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  • The Future of Fuel Efficiency

    The Future of Fuel Efficiency

    In this three part series, Ars Technica looks at the latest innovations in fuel efficiency.. and what the future holds. Part One: More bang, less buck: How car engine tech does more with less by Jonathan M. Gitlin, October 1, 2012 This article covers combustion engine design and turbocharging. Part Two: The road ahead: How we’ll get to 54.5 mpg by 2025 by Jonathan M. Gitlin and Kyle Niemeyer, October 8, 2012 Part Two covers new CAFE standards, start-stop technology, [...]

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  • How new wiper blades can help your car’s fuel efficiency

    How new wiper blades can help your car’s fuel efficiency

    by Michael Wayland MLIVE October 13, 2012 FLAT ROCK, MI- When thinking about improving a vehicle’s fuel economy, wiper blades probably don’t come to many drivers’ minds. But new wiper blade systems, which operate in a “butterfly motion” rather than the traditional tandem left and right motion, could be the future of how drivers see in the rain, sleet and snow, according to officials… Read more…

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  • Lima area could lead way with fuel-efficiency demands

    Lima area could lead way with fuel-efficiency demands

    by Heather Butz Lima News October 12, 2012 LIMA ‚Äî The new fuel economy standards finalized this summer by the Obama administration will nearly double vehicles’ mileage by 2025, to almost 55 miles per gallon. That is an aggressive policy goal, and a research and development challenge. It’s also in the wheelhouse, you might say, of some innovating companies in the region. Read more…

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  • Low carbon cars create new jobs in Europe, says T&E

    Low carbon cars create new jobs in Europe, says T&E

    by Faye Sunderland The Green Car Website October 12, 2012 The development of greener cars could create over 100,000 new manufacturing jobs across Europe, a new report from sustainable transport campaign group, Transport & Environment (T&E) suggests. Conducted by Dutch consultancy CE Delft, the new ‚ÄòLow Carbon Vehicles: Good for EU Employment’ report goes someway to dismiss the auto industry’s claims that reducing CO2 emissions from cars would have a negative impact on automotive jobs and competitiveness in Europe. Read [...]

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  • Ford will build on EcoBoost success

    Ford will build on EcoBoost success

    by Karl Henkel Detroit News October 11, 2012 Ford Motor Co.’s new head of worldwide powertrain engineering remembers working on the Dearborn automaker’s first EcoBoost engine ‚Äî the 3.5-liter V6 in 2009 ‚Äî that eventually became an option in its best-selling F-150. Expectations were so low, in fact, that Ford now sells more EcoBoost-equipped F-150s each month ‚Äî about 40 percent of all F-150 sales ‚Äî than it originally anticipated selling each year. Read more…

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  • For Lightweight Cars, a Materials Race

    For Lightweight Cars, a Materials Race

    by Jim Motavalli New York Times October 11, 2012 THANKS to tough new federal fuel-efficiency rules, automakers must meet a fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. More efficient engines and electric powertrains can’t carry the whole load, so carmakers and the federal government are pouring resources into “lightweighting” auto platforms to meet the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards. The Energy Department says that reducing a car’s weight by only 10 percent can improve fuel economy [...]

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