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    Check out the EPA's new electric vehicle page

    We're guessing our regular readers have been to the EPA's site before, but if you haven't visited in a while, there is a lot of new content worth checking out. Most notably is a new page dedicated solely to electric vehicles. The site does a great job of listing the most relevant ...

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    A glass of water a day can help keep your fuel consumption at bay

    The idea of driving around with a glass of water on your dashboard may seem a bit ludicrous, but if Toyota told you that a single glass of water could help reduce fuel consumption by 10 percent, would the craziness of placing that glass on your dash fade away. Toyota doesn't want you to literally ...

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    Electric vehicles already influencing auto industry, including ICE and hybrid vehicles

    We're only months away from seeing the first high-volume modern electric cars go on sale, but most analysts and industry officials expect these to only account for a very small percentage of the overall market in the next decade. The problem remains high cost and limited range for batteries. ...

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    2011 Ford Edge gets 19/27 mpg EPA ratings, tops mid-size V6 class

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    The 3.5-liter V6 edition of the revamped 2011 Ford Edge has received its official sticker fuel mileage ratings from the EPA and, like its more luxurious Lincoln MKX sibling, it has topped its class. The Edge is ranked at 19 miles per ...

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    Shanghai GM to boost vehicle efficiency 15 percent, performance 14 percent by 2015

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    Shanghai GM, a joint venture between General Motors and China's SAIC, has outlined plans for the next phase of the company's "Drive to Green" strategy. Phase two includes several fuel economy-related targets that the company hopes to ...

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    Study: Improving fuel efficiency doesn't come cheap

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    With strong CAFE standards looming, automakers have suggested that building cars that can meet new guidelines will undoubtedly cost more. We've heard some numbers regarding increased costs thrown around and most are in the ...

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    Auto industry supports Obama's newly announced long-term mpg standards

    President Obama recently announced plans to define fuel economy regulations beyond 2016. He briefly outlined a new plan that would regulate the mileage requirements of cars and light trucks through 2025 and medium- and heavy-duty trucks through 2018. The overall goal of his plan is quite simple: ...

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    40 mpg is the new 30 - or is it 60 mpg is the new 50?

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    With the Ford Fiesta officially rated at 40 miles per gallon highway and many people anticipating that the Chevy Cruze Eco will receive an identical number, it's believed that the new target mpg number for many gasoline-powered ...

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    Report: Obama kicks off drive to enact tough fuel economy standards through 2025

    A year ago, the White House led the effort to get automakers' Corporate Average Fuel Economy to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. Although the number was eventually pegged at 34.1 mpg, it will actually be slightly lower because of other non-automotive credits that will be applied. One might have ...

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    Poll: Americans favor raising gas mileage requirement to 50 mpg

    Fuel efficiency has been a hot topic as of late, both for consumers looking to ease their financial and environmental burdens and for automakers hoping to meet the latest round of government-mandated mileage requirements. A few months ago in late March – importantly, that means the survey ...

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    New car sales show buyers are less interested in efficient vehicles as economy rebounds

    In order to determine buyer interest in fuel efficient vehicles, Ward's Auto runs a monthly fuel economy index report. The report details the fuel economy numbers of all new vehicles purchased in any given month. The typical trend during the past five years indicates that buyers have opted for more ...

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    Report: Fuel economy for new vehicles up 12 percent since 2005

    With strict CAFE standards set at 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016, automakers have a long, tough road ahead of them. If you compare recent fuel economy increases over the past five years, the task that lies ahead is downright daunting. analysts compiled a list of fuel economy numbers ...

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    Report: Most Americans ready to downsize current rides for something more efficient

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    Americans have a love affair with large vehicles. While most of the world is satisfied with subcompact and compact cars, American's display a thirst for the big, boat-like autos. For reasons unknown to us, bigger always seems ...

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    Beyond 2016, automakers push for even stronger CAFE regulations, maybe a gas tax too

    It's not all that often that you hear automakers cry out for stronger regulations and stricter guidelines. In fact, the cries typically go the other way, begging for less oversight and looser laws. So, when automakers band together suggesting changes to CAFE guidelines beyond 2016 that would take ...

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    Audi pursues widespread engine downsizing to increase fuel economy

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    Producing an engine that meets Audi's dual criteria of performance and efficiency is not an easy task. The German automaker can usually get one part of the equation right. For example, when Ward's Auto tested the 4.2-liter V8 motor found ...

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    Report: Canada reveals first-ever vehicle emissions standards that looks awfully familiar

    Following the lead of the U.S., Canada has chosen to employ a fuel economy regulation program for the first time ever, and the numbers are virtually identical to ours. The differences between the two countries' programs are so minute that you could essentially say Canada copied our new Corporate ...

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    What's the real cost of new CAFE regulations? Millions, billions, nothing?

    News of new CAFE regulations that would push mileage requirements up significantly came just days ago. The numbers are set and automakers will have to aim high, sort of, to hit the target of 35 miles per gallon by 2016. Several reports have stated that meeting these goals will add an average of ...

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    New Federal CAFE standards officially released, 34.1 mpg by 2016

    We knew it was coming. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency jointly released new Federal CAFE fuel mileage and greenhouse gas emissions requirements that will cover the 2012 through 2016 model years. The estimated fleet-wide fuel ...

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    Shocks that can save fuel, charge batteries and propel vehicles down the road?

    What if something as simple as a shock absorber could do much more than just absorb the impacts coming from the road? What if the shock could save fuel, charge batteries and even move vehicles down the road? Wouldn't you be interested? We certainly are. The idea of transferring road impact into ...

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    Engine displacement tax could convince automakers to focus on smaller powerplants

    Last year, the state of Washington contemplated a tax that would be placed on vehicles dependent upon the displacement of its engine. The displacement tax was eventually discarded but not forgotten. Automakers noted the possibility of this tax cropping up again in the future and marked it in their ...


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