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  • Consumers Willing to Spend on Advanced Automotive Technology

    Consumers Willing to Spend on Advanced Automotive Technology

    by Joseph Szczesny The Detroit Bureau April 26, 2013 …A solid majority of vehicle owners say they interested in technology related to fuel economy, device/application linking for smart phones, wireless connectivity, natural language voice activation and a variety of infotainment features in their next vehicle, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Automotive Emerging Technologies Study… “Vehicle owners are continually aware of rising fuel costs and the need for better fuel economy,” said Mike VanNieuwkuyk, Power’s executive director [...]

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  • Fuel rules drive move to light vehicles

    Fuel rules drive move to light vehicles

    by Melissa Burden and David Shepardson The Detroit News April 24, 2013 Automakers are turning to lighter materials and innovative engineering to build cars that weigh less. Reducing the weight of cars is every bit as important as developing gas-thrifty engines, as automakers try to meet government standards of 54.5 miles per gallon across their fleets by 2025. Read more…

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  • 22M electric vehicles to be sold by 2020, Boulder’s Navigant forecasts

    22M electric vehicles to be sold by 2020, Boulder’s Navigant forecasts

    by Mark Harden Denver Business Journal April 23, 2013 A total of 21.9 million vehicles partially or entirely powered by electricity are likely to be sold worldwide between 2012 and 2020, according to a new forecast from Boulder-based Navigant Research. The forecast includes both plug-in electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles that run on either gasoline or electricity. Read more…

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  • Truck Design to Aid Fuel Economy, Emissions Reduction

    Truck Design to Aid Fuel Economy, Emissions Reduction

    by Tracey Schelmetic ThomasNet.com News April 23, 2013 With fuel prices – particularly diesel – historically high, costs are a sore spot for trucking companies and profit margins are slimming. As a result, there has been burgeoning interest in new truck designs that make use of better aerodynamics to cut fuel consumption and emissions. The European Union recently drafted new transport regulations that could save about $6,500 per year per rig in fuel costs. The new mandate, which will see [...]

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  • CAFE Opens Door to More Potent Turbos

    CAFE Opens Door to More Potent Turbos

    by Tom Murphy WardsAuto April 23, 2013 When 54.5 mpg (4.3 L/100 km) corporate average fuel economy standards take effect in 2025, more than 90% of vehicles on U.S. roads will employ 8-speed transmissions and downsized turbocharged engines using direct fuel injection, an Environmental Protection Agency official says. Likewise, turbochargers will gain power density as they grow in popularity for light-duty applications, says Edward Nam, director of the EPA’s Light Duty Vehicles & Small Engines Center in Ann Arbor, MI. [...]

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  • Study: 5 million electric cars expected by 2035

    Study: 5 million electric cars expected by 2035

    by Chris Woodyard USA TODAY April 23, 2013 More than 5 million electric cars will be plying American roads by 2035, a new study projects. If there’s a breakthrough to make batteries cheaper and have longer range, that number could increase to 30 million, the study by the Institute of The Edison Foundation estimates. Read more…

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