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    GM will use "greenhouse gas-friendly" A/C refrigerant in U.S. vehicles

    There are some people who cool their cars down with ice, but General Motors thinks drivers like standard air conditioning. Since the refrigerant used in most automotive air conditioning systems is not good for the environment, GM is proud to announce it will use a better type of refrigerant ...

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    California leaves "cool cars" regulation out in the, ahem, cold

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced that the "cool cars" regulation has been canceled. "Cool cars" tried to reduce the need for air conditioning in new vehicles by mandating that their windows reflect or absorb a portion of the heat-producing rays from the sun. The decision to ...

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    Efficient air conditioning could potentially save billions of gallons of gas

    The U.S. Department of Transportation and National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) are hard at work developing new ways to make the air conditioners more efficient and reduce the interior tempteratures in our cars and trucks. What's the big deal? Apparently, a whopping seven billion gallons of gasoline ...

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    EU calls for new eco-friendly air conditioners by 2011

    Following a directive first created back in 2006, the European Union has passed down a ruling that would force European automakers to find a new refrigerant to use in their vehicle's air conditioners. There's some debate as to the timing of this mandate, as it's no secret that most automakers are ...

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    Automakers work on sustainable air conditioning

    It wasn't all that long ago that the auto industry was under fire for its use of ozone-depleting chemicals in its air conditioning systems. To curb those fears, the older R-12 refrigerant was replaced with R-134a refrigerant. Interestingly enough, CO2, long associated with harmful automobile ...

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    Are high gas prices making your car sick?

    While "sick car syndrome" has been known about for quite some time now, the recent rise in gas prices may be causing a resurgence of sorts to the odd but mostly preventable issue. The cause of the problem is the air conditioning of your automobile, which features an evaporator which can be a haven ...

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    Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide: recycle your refrigerant

    Even though the older types of refrigerant like Dichlorodifluoromethane (R-12) have been replaced with newer types like Tetrafluoroethane (R-134a), your car's air conditioning system could still be damaging to the environment. While not as harmful as the older refrigerants, recent research suggests ...

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    Air conditioning could soon cost a lot more for Euro drivers

    Air conditioning was once considered a luxury option but in the past decade it has become almost universally standard equipment. New European Union rules could put a stop to that for drivers over there. In an attempt to reduce atmospheric emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, the rules would require a ...

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    Windshield reflects sun -> cools car -> reduces aircon -> improves mpg!

    Picture the scene - its a stinking hot day and you're glad the windows are up and the air conditioner is on. But what setting do you have the chill on? You know in the long run that it all adds up to more fuel burnt and money spent if that bad boy's set to deep freeze.PPG Industries looks to have a ...


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