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    Official: Ford, DOE help fund new $8M EV battery lab at University of Michigan

    Everything's coming up batteries. Over in Ann Arbor, MI, the University of Michigan is announcing a new lab to test out new battery chemistries and concepts, all with an eye towards building better electric cars. The basic idea is to see if these "experimental battery chemistries" will work on a ...

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    Official: UM's solar race team builds Generation, the 'ultimate electric vehicle,' for World Solar Challenge

    The University of Michigan has built a vehicle just about any green-car enthusiast would appreciate, except maybe those from Ohio State University. Last week, U of M unveiled its "Generation" solar-powered electric vehicle that it is entering in Australia's World Solar Challenge. The team ...

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    Official: U of M researcher says plug-ins, hydrogen cars are 'no carbon cure-all'

    Your Monday green-car buzzkill is brought to you buy University of Michigan research professor John DeCicco, who says more electric vehicles won't do much to slow global warming if energy-production methods aren't addressed. DeCicco, who's with the university's Energy Institute, says the ...

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    Study: US gas prices to fall over next two years

    US gas prices are expected to fall over the next couple of years as fuel consumption levels off, indicating that vehicle fuel-economy gains may have positive long-term effect on everyone's wallets. Regular fuel prices, which on average rose 2.8 percent in 2012 to $3.63 a gallon, will fall to ...

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    Official: University of Michigan wins American Solar Challenge fourth time in a row

    When you're within spitting distance of the Motor City, you've got to defend your turf. That's exactly what the University of Michigan's Solar Car Team did with its solar-powered vehicle last week when it won the 2012 American Solar Challenge – the fourth year in a row the team has taken ...

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    Report: U.S. fleetwide fuel economy falls for third straight month

    Go figure. That's all we can say to reports that U.S. fleetwide fuel economy in June fell for the third straight month, despite the fact that hybrid and alt-fuel vehicle sales are about double what they were a year earlier. Fleetwide fuel efficiency last month fell to an even 23 miles per ...

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    Video: The Michigan Transportation Musical puts the glee into riding a bus

    Need some lighthearted proof that Millennials – or whatever we're calling college-age students these days – can get excited about not driving cars? Check out The Michigan Transportation Musical. The reason the twelve-and-a-half-minute video got made is to let new students at the ...

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    University of Michigan hopes to set new 3,300-mpg record in SAE Challenge [w/video]

    The University of Michigan has had one of the preeminent solar car teams in the world for more than two decades, but a new group of students is looking to make its own mark in the world of green engineering. The school will be fielding its first entry in the annual SAE Supermileage competition ...

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    Video: Translogic chases the sun with Michigan's solar car team

    No, that is not the world's most awesome Michigan Wolverines beer pong table. It's a million-dollar race car that's powered by the sun, and in the most recent episode of Translogic, our sister site visits the University of Michigan Solar Car Team to learn all about it. The Wolverines have been ...

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    Official: U.S. new-vehicle fuel economy hits 24.1 mpg, another record, in March *UPDATE

    As gas prices rise, Americans continue to speak with their wallets. New car fuel economy levels in the U.S. reached a record high for the third straight month in March, reflecting efforts by the American public to curb refueling spending by buying more hybrids and four-cylinder cars, according ...

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    Official: U.S. vehicle fuel economy hits new record high in February

    New car fuel economy levels in the U.S. reached a record last month, indicating that more Americans are choosing more fuel-efficient vehicles in order to cope with surging gas prices. The average fuel economy of a new car sold in the U.S. in February was 23.7 miles per gallon, up slightly from ...

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    Study: New vehicles 14% more fuel efficient than four years ago

    It's amazing what a little regulation can do for an industry. In the past four years, the fuel economy of new vehicles has improved by an average of 14 percent, according to a new study by the University of Michigan. This increase comes on the heels of big hikes in the Corporate Average Fuel ...

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    Study: U.S. new car fuel economy dips in December

    The average fuel economy of a new U.S. vehicle purchased last month fell about two percent from November and was down slightly from a year earlier, reflecting what may be the public's reaction to fuel prices that have steadily fallen since eclipsing the $4 threshold in May. The average new ...

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    Study: Why CAFE changes could lead to larger cars, not smaller ones

    A study by the University of Michigan shows that auto manufacturers could meet tougher fuel economy standards simply by increasing the size of the vehicles they sell. A "footprint-based" formula for calculating mileage targets was adopted when Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards were revised ...

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    Why compete? U.S. and China will work together on clean cars

    The United States and China are the world's top two energy consumers, energy producers and greenhouse gas emitters. Though it's unlikely that either nation will brag about holding those top honors, maybe the creation of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) will help both clean up ...

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    DOE funds Ricardo, Bosch and University of Michigan for next gen FFV

    The US Department of Energy will be providing funding to a partnership comprised of Ricardo, Bosch and the University of Michigan for research on an optimized flex-fuel engine (see related post). The team will start with an existing gasoline optimized engine that is turbocharged and direct ...

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    Don't forget about the Alternative Fuel Cars Forum in Ann Arbor on Tuesday

    If you are in the Southeast Michigan area on Tuesday, June 12 (tomorrow), come on over to Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan is putting on an Alternative Fuels Cars forum at the Power Center on central campus downtown. The presenters will include Dr. David Cole of the Center for Automotive ...

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    ZipCar gaining popularity in Ann Arbor

    Last October the University of Michigan teamed up with ZipCar to offer the car-sharing service for staff and students at the Ann Arbor School. There are currently six cars available at three different campus locations around town and the service has been growing in use ever since. The Ann Arbor ...

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    University of Michigan to host Alternative Fuel Cars forum

    This June the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will be hosting a forum on alternative fuel vehicles that will include a panel of interested people discussing the future of personal transportation. Ms. Vile Gossip herself, Jean Jennings of Automobile will be the MC and some of the panelists will ...

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    GM Design helps U-M students develop new solar race car

    Engineering students at the University of Michigan have been building solar powered racers for many years. Currently they are working on their ninth generation car called Continuum with technical assistance from General Motors. Staff at the Pre-Production Operations (PPO) Design Center shop at the ...


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