Driving Growth — and more

Driving Growth — and more

    The auto industry is just one part of the burgeoning clean energy economy. And now, Driving Growth is part of Cleanenergyworksforus.org, a new Web site chronicling how clean energy and clean transportation is driving economic growth and creating jobs all across America. To continue following how the auto industry and other clean energy sectors are fueling economic growth, please see www.cleanenergyworksforus.org.

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President’s Climate Plan Includes Fuel Savings for Heavy Trucks

President’s Climate Plan Includes Fuel Savings for Heavy Trucks

This afternoon at Georgetown University, President Obama is announcing a comprehensive initiative to cut carbon pollution in America, while also working with other countries to reduce the global risk of climate change. The president’s plan, released this morning, highlights ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing fuel efficiency and reducing vehicle emissions.  Specifically, the Obama Administration now plans new federal standards for heavy duty vehicles, covering trucks, vans and other large vehicles produced beyond 2018. The Obama administration [...]

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More gears, more jobs:  Chrysler’s 9-speed transmission Jeep adds employment in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan

More gears, more jobs: Chrysler’s 9-speed transmission Jeep adds employment in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan

Later this year, Chrysler will begin selling a Jeep Grand Cherokee equipped with a nine-speed transmission – a global first for a light-duty vehicle. This cutting-edge technology is seen as a step forward by both environmentalists (because the new technology improves fuel economy) and gearheads (because gearheads love more gears).

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Chevy Cruze and Ram Pickup Test U.S. Market for Diesel Vehicles

Chevy Cruze and Ram Pickup Test U.S. Market for Diesel Vehicles

Diesel technology, long a mainstay in the European light-duty vehicle market, is coming to North America as manufacturers work to meet new standards for high mileage, low-emission vehicles.

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Onshoring EV Components: Motors, Batteries for Advanced Vehicles Now Made in USA

Onshoring EV Components: Motors, Batteries for Advanced Vehicles Now Made in USA

by Roger Kerson, May 8, 2013 Two years ago, reports EV World, the land next to GM’s White Marsh transmission plant just north of Baltimore was an open, grassy field. Today, it’s the site of the first plant in the U.S. built specifically to supply electric motors for electric vehicles.  The new 110,000 square-foot facility will supply the motors to power the Chevy Spark, a low-volume model that will go on sale later this summer in California and Oregon. The [...]

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New hires, not layoffs: Fuel Standards Drive Investment and Jobs in Ohio

New hires, not layoffs: Fuel Standards Drive Investment and Jobs in Ohio

“We’re hiring people, not laying them off. And it’s because of the CAFE standards.” –Dave Green, President of UAW Local 1714 (Lordstown, OH)

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  • Driving Growth in OH: Johnson Controls

    Driving Growth in OH: Johnson Controls

    Employees of a Johnson Controls battery plant in Holland, Ohio, just outside of Toledo, discuss how their new AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery design is promoting fuel efficiency and creating jobs.

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  • Driving Growth in MI: NextEnergy

    Driving Growth in MI: NextEnergy

    Executives at NextEnergy, a Detroit-based accelerator for advanced-energy technologies, discuss how the current push for higher fuel economy and lower emissions fits with the Motor City’s role as “the seat of innovation, globally, for the automotive world.”

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  • Driving Growth in Michigan: University of Michigan

    Driving Growth in Michigan: University of Michigan

    Associate Research Scientist Stani Bohac describes how mechanical engineering students at the University of Michigan are working to improve the fuel economy of internal combustion engines for passenger vehicles, as well as partnering with some major players in the industry.

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In the News

  • EPA Has Big Ambitions for New Heavy Duty Fuel Economy Standards

    EPA Has Big Ambitions for New Heavy Duty Fuel Economy Standards

    by Oliver Patton, TruckingInfo.com, June 26 2013 The Environmental Protection Agency is more ambitious for the next phase of its heavy-duty truck fuel economy standards than it was for the first. Christopher Grundler, director of the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, said that while it’s too early to spell out details, the agency will look at trailers as well as new engine and transmission technologies. Read more…

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  • GM says its EcoTec3 V-6 engine in 2014 Silverado, Sierra pickups will get 18/24 mpg

    GM says its EcoTec3 V-6 engine in 2014 Silverado, Sierra pickups will get 18/24 mpg

    by Melissa Burden, Detroit News, June 19th 2013 General Motors Co. said Wednesday that its EcoTec3 V-6 engine, one of three engines that will power its revamped 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, will achieve an Environmental Protection Agency rated 18 miles per gallon city and 24 highway for two-wheel drive models. The combined mileage is 20. GM says its rating matches the 18 mpg city that the Ram 1500 HFE model achieves. Read more…

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  • 2025 Gas Mileage Reachable With ‘Radical Downsizing’ HyBoost Engine, Says Ricardo

    2025 Gas Mileage Reachable With ‘Radical Downsizing’ HyBoost Engine, Says Ricardo

    by Antony Ingram, Green Car Reports, June 19 2013 Noticed engines getting smaller recently? You’re not alone. “Downsizing”, as it’s called, involves using a smaller engine to do the work of a larger alternative–usually through turbocharging–while enjoying the fuel efficiency benefits associated with its size. Read more…

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  • New Gas Mileage Rules Will Reshape What Americans Drive: Engines And Transmissions

    New Gas Mileage Rules Will Reshape What Americans Drive: Engines And Transmissions

    by John Voelker, Green Car Reports, June 18 2013 Smaller, more efficient engines better matched to more complex transmissions will have some of the biggest effects in making tomorrow’s cars more fuel-efficient. The 2025 corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) level of 54.5 mpg translates to about 42 mpg on the EPA window sticker. Read more…

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  • New SUVs use different methods for efficiency

    New SUVs use different methods for efficiency

    by Dave Kunz, KABC, June 17 2013 LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Carmakers are trying to lure sport-utility vehicle buyers with the latest technology that promises to be more fuel-efficient. Some of the newest models can travel much longer without gassing up. The Mercedes-Benz GLK got a mild makeover last year, and it just got one under the hood as well. You can now choose a clean diesel engine for Mercedes’ smallest SUV. Read more…

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  • How higher fuel economy standards will save you money

    How higher fuel economy standards will save you money

    Consumer Reports, June 13 2013 Consumers who buy the fuel-efficient new cars that will roll out to meet tough new fuel economy standards will save thousands of dollars over the life of the vehicles, according to a new report released today by Consumer Reports. Fuel savings will more than offset any additional price increase for the new technology required to meet the more stringent standards. Safety and fuel economy have improved simultaneously, and the new standards will not impact safety. [...]

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