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  • Seventy Companies, Organizations Pledge to Support Electric Vehicles

    Seventy Companies, Organizations Pledge to Support Electric Vehicles

    EV Worldwire June 21, 2012 BMW, Frito-Lay, Price Chopper, Ikea, National Grid, Public Service Electric and Gas Company, and Ceres’ business advocacy coalition BICEP ‚Äì on behalf of member companies including Starbucks, Nike, eBay and Clif Bar ‚Äì are among the 70 companies and organizations that have pledged to facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles in the northeastern US, according to the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). The commitments come as 10 states and the District of Columbia develop the […]

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  • Mack’s Super Econodyne Saves Fuel With Low RPMs

    Mack’s Super Econodyne Saves Fuel With Low RPMs

    by Tom Berg Truckinginfo June 21, 2012 Mack Trucks has shown off its new Super Econodyne low-rpm powertrain that promises significant fuel economy improvements over existing truck engines. At a day-long event Wednesday at the Mack Customer Center in Allentown, Pa., yesterday, the company also announced further bundling of its ownership services to include financing plans. By basically reducing engine cruise speed by 200 rpm, Super Econodyne improves fuel economy by 2% over current Mack offerings and 5% over pre-2007 […]

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  • Fuel-Cell Frenzy Looks to Convert Obama

    Fuel-Cell Frenzy Looks to Convert Obama

    by Angela Greiling Keane and Alan Ohnsman Bloomberg News June 20, 2012 Remarks by two aides to President Barack Obama yesterday calling fuel cells part of the solution for improving automobile efficiency gave boosters some optimism the U.S. will help create a market for the technology. Hydrogen fuel cells, encouraged by President George W. Bush, lost favor to plug-in electric vehicles after Obama took office in 2009. Energy Secretary Steven Chu questioned the merits of hydrogen-powered cars and cut funding […]

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  • Fuel Efficiency Takes Baby Steps in the Auto Industry

    Fuel Efficiency Takes Baby Steps in the Auto Industry

    by ERICA GIES New York Times June 20, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO ‚Äî Thanks to climate change policies and expensive gasoline, electric cars‚Äî and especially hybrid electrics ‚Äî have made some inroads in the U.S. vehicle market. Still, the internal combustion engine is not about to go the way of the dodo. Mainstream engine makers are continually pushing forward incremental improvements and a few companies are developing radically different technologies. Most of these innovators are still testing and marketing their designs […]

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  • 58.9 mpg Ford engine will be a global game-changer

    58.9 mpg Ford engine will be a global game-changer

    by Denis Flierl Torque News June 17, 2012 Ford has announced that their new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has received the 2012 “International Engine of the Year” award along with winning the “Best New Engine” and “Best Engine Under 1.0-Liter” in the awards presented by Engine Technology International magazine. The new engine from Ford combines the latest technology and delivers some incredible fuel-mileage numbers. All the attention and awards are certainly well deserved. The new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine from Ford combines […]

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  • Megatrends: Ideas welcome to boost efficiency – NACFE

    Megatrends: Ideas welcome to boost efficiency – NACFE

    By RUTH DAWSON Automotive World June 15, 2012 Speaking atAutomotive World’s commercial vehicle conference, experts from the commercial vehicle industry offered new perspectives on how different technologies can be managed to give fleets the best fuel efficiency.Starting day three ofAutomotive World’sCommercial Vehicle Megatrends USA 2012conference, this first session gave delegates an exclusive insight into how new technologies can drastically increase fleet fuel efficiency. Read more…

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