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    Official: Consumer Reports says Ram 1500 tops fuel economy fight [w/video]
    Toyota Highlander Hybrid Knocks Out Midsize SUV Competition 1409148900

    Consumer Reports takes its independent vehicle testing procedures seriously. In an era when we have to question the EPA's official ratings thanks to recent re-evaluations from Ford and Hyundai, an independent voice is important. So, when CR says something is the best, it's worth paying attention ...

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    Official: Audi says new 48 volt micro-hybrid system improves fuel economy, paves way for electrification
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    Most cars use a 12-volt system to power their electrical components. But, with more and more electric bits and bobs being added to new vehicles, a dozen volts is looking a bit weak these days. In fact, Audi says that standard 12-volt systems are being stretched "to their very limits." Enter 48 ...

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    Report: Ram exec: first 30-mpg pickup truck will 'win'
    Company's Best Today Gets 28 1407450600

    It is totally possible, today, to take the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck, load it up with gear and people, and drive it from Texas to Michigan while getting 38 miles per gallon. We know because we did it. Officially, though, the 1500 gets just 20 mpg combined. A more impressive number is the 28 ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Google Street View maps gas leaks, Rolls-Royce helps kids build electric racer
    Groups call for MPG clarity in advertising 1405634520

    Google Street View is looking for gas leaks. Natural gas leaks are not only extremely dangerous, they're a terrible waste of resources and, as a greenhouse gas, a threat to the environment. Unfortunately, with the decaying infrastructure in many of America's older cities, they're pretty common, ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Batty battery covers, Mercedes at Silvretta, new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid available in 2015
    And Just Look At What You Can Get With Your BMW i8 1404854820

    Apparently, Chevrolet Volt battery covers make suitable homes for bats. As part of an Eagle Scout project, Matthew Netherland created 30 bat houses out of scrapped Volt battery covers donated by Chevy. 22 of the bat houses will be set up near hydroelectric dams in Michigan. Each bat house will ...

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    Exclusive: Ford made three big mistakes in calculating MPG for 2013 C-Max Hybrid
    Latest Error Was Discovered In March 1403029680

    It's been a rough time for the official fuel economy figures for the Ford C-Max Hybrid. When the car was released in 2012, Ford made a huge deal about how it would beat the Toyota Prius V, which was rated at 42 combined miles per gallon, 44 city and 40 highway. The Ford? 47 mpg across the ...

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    Report: Professor uses algorithms to put a hypermiler in your cruise control
    Let math improve your MPG 1402516500

    The next time the hypermiler in front of you stops you from catching that next green light, take heart. One day, it won't be the driver's fault. There will be algorithms involved. But you migh still be aggravated for not making that light. Hermann Koch-Groeber, a professor at Germany's ...

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    Study: Average new-vehicle MPG climbs yet again, to 25.6
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    April Fools! That dip in new-car fuel economy during the fourth month of this year was in fact an aberration. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) calculated the weighted average of new-car fuel economy and determined that new car month-over-month fuel economy in ...

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    Official: Stop-start standard in four-cylinder 2015 Chevrolet Impala
    But Chevy Discontinuing More Efficient Mild-Hybrid eAssist Model 1400870580

    Chevrolet has announced that it will include stop-start technology as standard in the entry level 2015 Impala. The result is a nearly five-percent improvement in city fuel economy, also known as one mile per gallon, up to 25 mpg, combined. The 3.6-liter V-6 Impala will not feature ...

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    Official: Toyota finds 10% MPG improvement in hybrid PCU
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    Keeping up its from-all-angles approach to efficiency, Toyota has found yet another way to eke out up to ten percent more precious MPGs in its hybrid vehicles, this time electronically. The automaker has announced the development of new silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors for use in power ...

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    Official: Median US new-car fuel-efficiency of 23 mpg may be highest ever
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    With US gas prices approaching levels likely to give Americans the summertime blues, both automakers and prospective consumers appear to be trying to minimize the damage by driving fleetwide fuel economy up to unprecedented levels. This year will be the first model year ever in which more than ...

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    Study: EPA says automakers ahead of schedule for 54.5 MPG by 2025
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    Remember, the target is 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Today, the CAFE level is a little over 30. How we get from here to there is something the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is monitoring closely. Thus, the EPA just released an annual flash report on how the auto industry is ...

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    Official: Cleaner than cow farts, Elio 84-mpg trike hits 15,000 reservations
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    If you think the fact that Elio Motors has taken 15,000 reservations for its high-MPG three-wheeler is something to scoff at, well, consider the fact that Honda sold less than 21,000 of its hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles combined last year. But, if you think that the company's ...

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    Exclusive: SwRI Dedicated-EGR concept improves fuel economy by 15 percent
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    We've often heard that hitting higher fuel economy targets (like, say, the 54.5 miles per gallon CAFE requirement for 2025 in the US) will need not a silver bullet but something more like silver buckshot. In other words, the industry is going to try lots of different ways to make cars burn less ...

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    AAA warns cold weather kills EV range, ignores effect on gas cars
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    The AAA sent out a new press release today warning about the effects of extreme temperatures on electric vehicle range. The numbers are kind of astounding: "nearly 60 percent lower in extreme cold and 33 percent lower in extreme heat." Wow, right? Well, sort of. The AAA ran a simulated EV test ...

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    Report: Hyundai admits 'error' in KDM Sonata fuel economy announcement
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    Stop us if you've heard this one before: Hyundai is going to have to reduce the officially announced miles-per-gallon number for its 2014 Sonata. While there's a lot of similarity between this new situation and events that transpired in 2012, there are some important differences. For one, the new ...

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    Official: Mitsubishi Mirage fuel economy challenge winner duct tapes his way to 74.1 MPG
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    There's a lesson to be learned from the Mitsubishi Motors' Extreme MPG Hypermiling Challenge: if you want to get your 2014 Mirage to get over 74 miles per gallon, apply duct tape. During the recent event, which ran from Las Vegas, NV to Cypress, CA (where Mitsubishi has its North American HQ), a ...

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    Official: Mazda says 83 percent of new cars bear Skyactiv moniker
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    Mazda's US sales are down a little bit but the company's fuel economy is almost assuredly up. That's because its fuel-saving Skyactiv drivetrain technology is essentially taking over US vehicles sales. To the tune of about five out of every six vehicles sold, at least. While the Japanese ...

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    Official: Obama announces higher semi truck MPG standards for March 2016
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    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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    Report: UMTRI: average fuel economy in US climbs yet again
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    Go figure. That's what we're saying after fleetwide fuel economy of new cars purchased in January rose during a month when green-car sales fell yet again. January's new cars got an average fuel economy of 24.9 miles per gallon, which was up from 24.8 mpg in December and approached the all-time ...

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