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  • Vehicle Fuel Economy Has Biggest U.S. Gain Since 1975

    Vehicle Fuel Economy Has Biggest U.S. Gain Since 1975

    by Mark Drajem & Angela Greiling Keane Bloomberg March 15, 2013 An annual report by the Environmental Protection Agency showed new cars and trucks had a 16 percent gain in fuel efficiency in the past five years, to 23.8 miles per gallon… “The industry is getting it,” Alan Baum, principal of Baum & Associates, an automotive consulting firm in West Bloomfield, Michigan, said in an interview. “Obviously does it keep getting more difficult as the numbers go up? Of course [...]

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  • Obama wants $2 billion in vehicle technology research funding

    Obama wants $2 billion in vehicle technology research funding

    by David Shepardson The Detroit News March 15, 2013 Washington ‚Äî President Barack Obama will call on Congress today to approve $2 billion in funding for advanced vehicle technologies by tapping funds generated from oil and gas exploration on federal waters, the latest in a series of proposals to boost the nascent market for alternatively powered cars and trucks… He will call on Congress to set aside $2 billion over the next decade for research, including electric vehicles, batteries, compressed [...]

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  • Cummins’ new ‘super truck’ to use 50% less fuel

    Cummins’ new ‘super truck’ to use 50% less fuel

    by Jeff Swiatek Indianapolis Star March 14, 2013 Cummins Inc. says it’s making progress in developing a new “super truck” that gulps 50 percent less fuel than typical long-haul tractor-trailers. The truck, designed with Peterbilt Motors Co. and other partners, averaged 9.9 miles a gallon in road tests last fall in Texas, the Indiana heavy-duty engine maker announced today. Read more…  

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  • $50 Million For Plug-In Electric Vehicle Technology

    $50 Million For Plug-In Electric Vehicle Technology

    Clean Technica March 13, 2013 The Energy Department on March 8 announced more than $50 million in funding for new projects that will accelerate the development of advanced plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) technologies to improve vehicle fuel economy and performance. This new funding supports the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, which aims to make PEVs as affordable to own and operate as today’s gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years and will help to advance the technology goals outlined [...]

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  • Experts Respond To Distortions Of Electric Car’s Environmental Benefits

    Experts Respond To Distortions Of Electric Car’s Environmental Benefits

    by Jill Fitzsimmons Media Matters for America March 13, 2013 Fox News is promoting a Wall Street Journal column by Bjorn Lomborg to claim that electric vehicles are “even worse” for the environment than conventional gasoline cars. But experts say Lomborg’s assumptions are out of step with reality and that the environmental benefits of electric vehicles will only grow in the near-future. …as the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Max Baumherner noted, the study used estimates for production emissions that are [...]

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  • New internal combustion engine could boost electric cars

    New internal combustion engine could boost electric cars

    by Gary Gastelu Fox News March 13, 2013 A revolutionary new internal combustion engine doesn’t go in circles, at all. Developed by engineers at the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Vehicle Concepts, the Free Piston Linear Generator is an all-new type of powerplant designed to be used as a range extender for electric cars. Read more…

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