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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mix Shifts, But April U.S. Fuel Economy Remains at Record Level

    Mix Shifts, But April U.S. Fuel Economy Remains at Record Level

    by John Sousanis, WardsAuto.com, May 10 2013 The average fuel economy of light vehicles delivered in April matched the record set in March of 24.3 mpg (9.7 L/100 km) on the WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index, a 0.8% increase over year-ago and a 16% gain on the base rating established in fourth-quarter 2007. The monthly score remained the same despite significant shifts in segment splits in the market, including a continued shift from cars to trucks. 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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