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    Study: EVs, plug-ins already saving 45 million gallons of gasoline per year in US

    Plug-in vehicles, battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids are cutting US gasoline use by 45 million gallons a year, which means Americans are already saving $100 million a year in refueling costs thanks to EVs. Now, imagine how those savings might look if startups like Aptera, Coda Automotive ...

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    Official: 40% of American households could easily drive EVs without changing habits

    It's a solution that would please just about everyone, save Exxon. Find every American household that could theoretically get by with a plug-in vehicle, and make them buy 'em. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Consumers Union says about 45 million households – about 42 percent of ...

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    Memorial Day weekend gas tab likely to hit $1.44 billion in US

    Americans are about to spend a lot of money on gasoline. If the number crunchers at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) are correct, US drivers will spend a tidy $1.44 billion filling up for their Memorial Day travels as 31.2 million people use the long weekend to participate in the ...

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    Report: Driving an EV is like paying a buck a gallon, eternally

    For those nostalgic for mullets, the Cosby Show and Oakland A's dominance, the Nissan Leaf may be for you. Those late 1980s hallmarks harken back to the days of $1-a-gallon gas, and that's what you're in for – forever – if you drive a battery electric vehicle, says Green Car Reports, ...

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    Study: UCS: no matter where you live, driving electric can save money, emissions

    It's easy to understand that, if you power your vehicle with electricity, you don't need to use as much gasoline. But, how much do you actually save, in terms of fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions if you plug in instead of gas up? A new report, released today by the Union of Concerned ...

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    Fewer flashy debuts, more serious efficiency efforts thanks to new CAFE rules

    Jim Kliesch, the Clean Vehicles Program research director for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), is noticing a change. Instead of hyping marquee "green" cars, auto manufacturers are settling into a groove where they regularly show off packages of conventional fuel-saving methods that will ...

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    Official: 2025 CAFE target set at 54.5 mpg; everyone's apparently happy with that

    Following the official announcement this morning that the new 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard would be set at 54.5 miles per gallon, our email box overflowed with something we rarely see: near-unanimous support. Everyone from the automakers to the Union of Concerned Scientists, from ...

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    Hybrid Scorecard calls out automakers for weak offerings

    2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The current batch of hybrids proves that automakers are capable of engineering vehicles with reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions, but have yet to "fully deliver" on those two key benefits, according to the ...

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    UCS calls out the Auto Alliance for relying on flawed fuel economy data

    Last December, the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) put out an analysis that said that the higher MPG standards the Obama administration was considering would cause the auto industry to lose jobs. That's the kind of message that some groups like to promote, so it wasn't a surprise to see ...

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    EPA's 2011 RFS2 numbers slash cellulosic ethanol target by 97 percent

    On top of certifying plug-in vehicles with mpg and mpge ratings (Chevy Volt, 93 mpge; Nissan Leaf, 99) and delaying E15 decisions, the EPA is also tasked with figuring out the 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards. Today, the agency finalized the 2011 percentage standards for the four categories of fuel ...

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    Honda wins UCS' "Greenest Automaker" title for fifth straight year, Chrysler named "most polluting"

    In 2009, Business Car said Toyota was still the world's greenest automaker. That same year, Dow Jones named BMW the greenest automaker, again. Apparently, an organization's methodology has a lot to do with automakers winning titles like this over and over, since the Union of Concerned Scientists ...

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    UCS updates its hybrid scorecard, praises Mercedes S400, slams BMW X6

    2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    A couple of months ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) first published its hybrid scorecard. That hybrid value reference source has now been updated with two newly available luxury models. UCS has used the ...

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    Positive reactions to new CAFE rules abound

    First reactions to the new CAFE standards announced yesterday are positive, with both the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Auto Alliance praising the new Clean Cars rules. UCS called the new 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016 number "a really big deal" that will allow Americans to "drive vehicles ...

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    Can this be true, does the Clean Air Act stop most of us from buying clean cars?

    A story by Lawrence Ulrich on MSNBC over the weekend made a claim I think we need to explore a bit here on AutoblogGreen. Ulrich writes about driving a very clean six-cylinder gasoline engine 2008 Honda Accord, then says the car is only available in certain states:You can't actually buy this ...

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    Union of Concerned Scietists to Auto Alliance: Stop spreading misinformation!

    After running their radio and print ads for the last few weeks, and creating a few websites all designed to sway consumer opinion away from higher government-mandated fuel economy requirements, The Auto Alliance is back with similar tactics, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The ...

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    GM's Bob Lutz meets with scientists; both sides butt heads over super ecocar

    The Union of Concerned Scientists say the technology to build a highly fuel efficient family vehicle is already available and on the shelf. So Bob Lutz challenged the scientists to show him."This is a challenge I want to put out to people who think they have a solution, and are so much smarter than ...

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    The Union of Concerned Scientists names Honda the "Greenest Automaker"

    Honda has been making headlines on sites such as ours as of late with the greening of their automotive fleet. Remember, Honda is not exactly a newcomer to the world of green vehicles, their Insight brought them into the hybrid game right from the start. Not only that, the combined fuel economy of ...

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    Scientists lump all fuel-economy measures in theoretical Vanguard minivan; but is it that easy in the real world?

    The Union of Concerned Scientists say the technology to build a fuel-efficient family vehicle that can meet future emissions standards is already implemented in some of today's vehicles. Instead of fighting against these government mandates with lawyers and lobbyists, they say just let the ...

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    "Out of Balance" film that attacks ExxonMobil now for sale

    "Out of Balance" is a short film that addresses ExxonMobil's impact on the climate and how the company influences governments and media. The filmmakers have recently posted a two-and-one-half minute trailer on their website and have announced that the movie has been accepted by the Sierra Club ...

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    Union of Concerned Scientists give a detailed primer on biomass

    A small-town paper near where I grew up in Michigan recently published a long and detailed explanation on biomass energy. I poked around online a bit and found out it was taken from the Union of Concerned Scientists and, since the entire thing is available online, I thought I'd pass it along to ...


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