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    Official: Air conditioners in EVs may not be that dirty of a secret
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    Reports that the leaking of a certain type of air-conditioning fluid used in electric vehicles may help cause global warming may be a bit of hot air. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is addressing stories saying that HFC-134a, also known as R-134a, may nullify the benefits of driving ...

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    Official: Eva electric taxi concept geared for tropical cities, cools your head
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    What's the secret to long-range urban electric driving in the tropics? Individualized overhead air-conditioning units, apparently. Tum Create, a collaboration between two engineering schools, Technische Universität München (TUM) in Germany and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in ...

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    Frankfurt: Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE concept improves mpg numbers to 118 mpg, loses AC
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    Before the Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot was saying that its Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE Concept would emit just 49 grams of CO2 per kilometer. That's the equivalent of 111 miles per gallon (US) and it was an impressive enough number for the automaker to plaster it all over the side of the show car ...

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    Official: Volkswagen to use CO2 as future refrigerant for air conditioning systems
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    Another German automaker has rejected the air conditioning refrigerant that's scheduled to be adopted by global automakers in 2017. Earlier this month, Volkswagen lined up with Daimler and BMW to support Daimler's findings from last year that the new refrigerant, called HFO-1234yf, can become ...

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    Report: Safety outweighs emissions benefits of new A/C refrigerant for BMW
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    BMW has joined Daimler and, potentially, Audi in quitting an automotive industry research program studying a proposed new air conditioning refrigerant, the simply named HFO-1234yf. BMW disagrees with the test methods being used. "We do not want to say the test results are wrong, but we are not ...

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    Got range anxiety? Solar control glass lets you turn down the A/C
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    The EPGAA, an automotive glass industry association, says that solar control glass can "substantially" reduce the need for A/C, thus extending the range of an electric vehicle. Overcoming "range anxiety" is key to electric vehicle adoption, says the EPGAA. That's exactly why the association ...

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    EPA approves use of HFO-1234yf refrigerant in vehicles
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    What is HFO-1234yf? Well, it's the refrigerant that recently received final approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is supposedly 350-times less damaging to the atmosphere than the current HFC-134a. HFO-1234yf, which is claimed to be a non-ozone-depleting refrigerant, can now ...

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