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    Official: Obama announces higher semi truck MPG standards for March 2016

    As promised in the State of the Union address, President Obama has delivered more details on the higher fuel economy standards his administration is working on for big trucks. The proposed plan, which Obama called "ambitious" in his speech today, will be applied to medium and heavy-duty vehicles ...

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    Official: DOT and NHTSA push for vehicle-to-vehicle communication

    Your car is about to get a lot more chatty. The Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today that Vehicle-To-Vehicle (V2V) technologies will be coming to all new cars. At some point in the future. Most likely. The basic idea behind the ...

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    Official: Energy Department offers $50 million for more, better plug-in vehicles

    Sequestration or no sequestration, Washington is investing another $50 million in electric vehicles and hybrid electric cars, with the goal of making them as affordable to own and operate as today's gas-powered vehicles. The funding by the Department of Energy is in support of its EV Everywhere ...

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    Video: With QR code sticker, Chevy Volt engages strangers

    There are already official QR code stickers on 2013 model cars, thanks to a rule from the US Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation. Chevrolet Volt owner Kevin Tofel thinks it's a smart move to address misconceptions about the car, its large battery and gasoline ...

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    DOT announces $104.1-million clean-fuel transit initiative

    U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that transit authorities can duke it out for a share of $101.4 million in federal funds by proposing innovative projects that promote the use of "clean fuels" for public transit. Says Secretary LaHood:

    This money supports ...

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    EPA, DOT unveil updated fuel economy window stickers [w/video]

    Updated U.S. fuel economy labeling unveiled today includes additional information on plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and highlights other advanced technologies aimed at reducing gasoline consumption and tailpipe emissions. These stickers replace the much-derided "letter grade" ...

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    Report: EPA and DOT drop letter grades from window stickers

    It seems that the Average Joe isn't the only one who thinks that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed letter grades on windows stickers are not only confusing, but too subjective for the government to assign, as well. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Obama ...

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    EPA, DOT, California all agree on timeframe for new CAFE standards

    Last April, the three main fuel economy regulatory players – the EPA, the DOT and the State of California – announced new CAFE targets for the 2012 through 2016 model years: 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016. If there's one thing U.S. automakers liked about this, it was that we had a ...

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    How EPA's new fuel economy label would grade current cars

    EPA Fuel Economy Sample Grades – Click above to view entire list
    Twenty years ago, the federal government made it mandatory for most food products to carry nutrition information based on a 2,000 calorie diet in the 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Information Act. In doing so, the feds ...

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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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    Obama administration shifting transportation priorities to include livibility, environment

    In well-planned residential areas, public transportation and places people want to go are located in the same place. Tokyo's Yamanote Line (山手線, pictured) is one of the best examples of this. Not only is each station placed near businesses and locations of interest, most stations along the ...

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    What is CAFE?

    It was big news when the Obama Administration updated CAFE requirements in May to a new and higher national MPG standard of 42 mpg for cars (26 mpg for light trucks) by 2016. The higher standards will start increasing with 2011 model year vehicles. But what is CAFE? And how do these new numbers ...

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    EPA and DOT announce new fuel economy, greenhouse gas plan: CO2 emissions take center stage over MPG

    Back in May, the Obama Administration raised the national CAFE standard to 35.5 mpg (for cars and trucks) by 2016. The higher standard would build from the 27.3 mpg 2011 standard and go up five percent each year until 2016. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of ...

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    Solar Roadways get prototype funding from DOT

    Tarmac 2.0 has just taken its first baby-step. The solar road technology that promises to produce clean electricity, replace power transmission and information infrastructure, requires no plowing and lights up to provide navigational and safety information is about to go from the drawing board to ...

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    REPORT: Cash for Clunkers could be dead

    Congress allocated close to $1 billion for the Cash for Clunkers program. That's billion with nine zeros. And all that money might be gone by midnight tonight. This, according to reports by both the Detroit Free Press and Edmunds AutoObserver. We learned earlier that the C4C program has proved to ...

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    Responses to higher CAFE standard from Plug In America, Auto Alliance, more

    In President Obama's speech this afternoon about the new 35.5 mpg CAFE standard for 2016, he made sure to emphasize the broad support for the new national rule. From the responses we're seeing around the web following the announcement, it's clear that he wasn't just expressing a hope that a broad ...

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    CAFE standard for 2011 model year will be 27.3 mpg

    While Congress passed the first increase in corporate average fleet fuel economy (CAFE) in 32 years way back in 2007, there was a lot left undeclared in that bill. Two years ago, the agreement was made that CAFE would rise to 35 mpg by 2020, but just how and when that would happen was not set in ...

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    Hybrids to get roll over testing for first time in 2008 model year

    Want to know a dirty little secret about the car industry? A lot of cars are not that different from other cars. I don't mean designs look the same, I literally mean many car brands are exactly the same cars (frame, engine, etc, etc) except for small differences in things like the interior design. ...

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    What does your employer do for your commute? US government ranks top 20 workplaces for commuters

    For the last three years, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transporation have ranked 20 companies that they feel offer the best benefits for commuters and for three years Intel has come out on top. Why shouldn't they? They offer their employees vanpools, subsidies for ...


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