Study finds rates of LDV fuel consumption in US peaked in 2004; indications of peak motorization

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These rates are down 16% to 17% from their peaks in 2004, except that the rate per vehicle is down 13% (from its peak in 2003). This rate increased to a maximum of 474 gallons in 2004. The rate increased to a maximum of 698 gallons in 2004. The rate increased to a maximum of 1,240 gallons in 2004. 2004. -9% 2004. -11%. 2003 to 2004. -13% Total amount of fuel consumed by light-duty vehicles peaked in 2004 at 138.8

Satellite study: livestock digestion released 70% more methane than oil and gas industry in 2004

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Livestock were the single largest source of methane gas emissions in the United States in 2004, releasing 70% more into the atmosphere than the oil and gas industry as estimated by other inventories, according to a new study by a team from Harvard University, JPL/CalTech and UC Irvine. There is little reason to suspect that the amount of methane released by livestock has changed since 2004 (before the SCIAMACHY instrument used to collect the data stopped working), said Wecht.

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Graphene May Double Solar Cell Power, Harvest Hydrogen From Air

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Graphene is a graphite-like substance first isolated in 2004. As tough global emissions standards put more pressure on carmakers to produce larger numbers of zero-emission vehicles, the race is on to improve systems of electricity generation and storage. Some analysts view it as useful in improving the efficiency of batteries, but now it appears

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Ford pairs with Chinese maker Zotye for electric-car expansion

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maker to build hybrid cars, starting in 2004, and it launched its Focus Electric hatchback in December 2011, just a year after the arrival of the Nissan Leaf. Ford was the first U.S. It also continues to sell Energi plug-in hybrid versions of its mid-size Fusion sedan and its compact C-Max tall hatchback, two vehicles now in their sixth model. China Partnership plug-in cars

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Honda CR-V Hybrid SUV debuts in Shanghai, U.S. sales all but confirmed: UPDATE

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The Ford Escape Hybrid reigned alone in the first segment from 2004 through 2012, and then Ford simply walked away from the segment. It's one of the more frequent questions on consumer car sites: why aren't there any hybrid crossover utility vehicles? It took until last year for the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to arrive, quickly racking thousands of. hybrid SUV Shanghai Auto Show

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EPA Reports Fifth Consecutive Annual Increase in US New Vehicle Fuel Economy; Up 9% Since 2004, Back to Levels of Early 1980s

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mpg, or 9%, since 2004. This positive trend beginning in 2005 reverses a long period of increasing CO 2 emissions and decreasing fuel economy from 1987 through 2004, and returns CO 2 emissions and fuel economy to levels of the early 1980s.

2017 Nissan Leaf Renderings: How Conservative Will Design Be?

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It''s long been acknowledged that the current Nissan Leaf electric car is a radical and distinctive design, just as the landmark 2004 Toyota Prius hybrid was. But some portion of potential buyers, who may be amenable to the benefits of driving a battery-electric vehicle, won''t consider the Leaf because of its "weird" looks. DON''T MISS: New 2017

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: Video Road Test

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Its first two-seat Insight wasn''t close enough to the mainstream--and the first Honda Accord Hybrid in 2004 didn''t post gas-mileage numbers that were all that great. Honda was the first car company to sell a hybrid in the U.S.

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Geek Squad switches to Toyota Prius C hybrids from VW Beetles

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Since the service launched nationwide in 2004, it has primarily used a fleet of black-and-white Volkswagen Beetles, known as "Geekmobiles." Best Buy's Geek Squad tech-support unit is getting a makeover. Those vehicles are about to be replaced with 1,000 2016 Toyota Prius C hybrids. DON'T MISS: Toyota Prius C: Hybrid Subcompact Ultimate Guide. fleet sales fleet

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Bob Lutz called 2017 Chevy Bolt EV a 'compliance car'; is it?

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Electric-car advocates are often passionate, with memories long enough to remember GM's 2004 destruction of its pioneering fleet of EV1 electric cars. Since then, the company has built and sold two generations of the Chevrolet Volt, with the launch of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV imminent within a year—before Nissan, Tesla, BMW, or any other. Bob Lutz plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) compliance car

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Fiat Chrysler to electrify more vehicles as diesels fall out of favor

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Ford launched hybrids in 2004, before any other maker, but its battery-electric efforts thus far have been strictly compliance cars. Among the Detroit Three automakers, General Motors has a quarter of a century of electric-car experience, from the legendary EV1 to the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV. Chrysler, however, was by far the most pessimistic. Sergio Marchionne plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA

Ford Hybrid Cars: Fusion, C-Max, Escape And More, Ultimate Guide

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2004 saw the launch of its very first hybrid, the 2005 Escape Hybrid, and the maker''s cars have gone from strength to strength ever since. Ten years ago, your choice of hybrid vehicles was pretty limited. A lot has changed in those ten years, and the rise of Ford as a real force in the hybrid markets is one of the biggest changes. But what do you

Is Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV hurting Prius V wagon sales?

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That was a market pioneered by the Ford Escape Hybrid, in 2004, and one that Ford walked away from for 2013. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the sole mass-market crossover SUV that offers a hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive. It turns out that there seems to be a market for compact crossovers with both AWD and high fuel economy. DON'T MISS: 2016. all-wheel drive Escape Hybrid Prius V RAV4 Hybrid

Volkswagen Group appoints new heads of Global R&D, Group Design, Group Product and Modular Toolkit Strategy

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He has been Head of the Design Department at Porsche AG since 2004 and was also given responsibility for styling the 2007 Porsche Cayenne, the Panamera and the 918 Spyder. He became Head of Sales Germany for the Volkswagen brand in 2000, Board Member for Sales at Škoda Auto in 2004, Head of Sales Volkswagen Genuine Parts in 2009, and Head of Group Services in 2011. The Volkswagen Group is continuing its restructuring in the aftermath of the diesel engine emissions scandal.

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2012 Ford Escape Hybrid: Sentenced To Death, So Buy One Now If You Want One

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It's had a good run, starting in the fall of 2004 and continuing through the 2012 model year. The Ford Escape Hybrid was not only the first U.S.-built built hybrid electric vehicle, it was also the first hybrid sport-utility vehicle--or crossover, if you prefer. As of the end of September, Ford has sold 110,000 Escape Hybrids, along with 12,000 related

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Why Ford Would Be Crazy To Kill The Escape Hybrid: Real AWD

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Now comes word that the new Ford Escape compact crossover for 2013 may not include the Escape Hybrid model it has sold since 2004. Ford has made lots of changes to its model lineup of late, some of them remarkably quickly. We think that would be a terrible shame, because it takes off the market a unique vehicle: the only affordable hybrid

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Toyota Transport begins operating first CNG-fueled car hauler

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Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have saved 144.3 Toyota Transport, the automaker’s in-house vehicle transportation trucking company, is using its first car hauler that runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

2012 Toyota Prius V & Plug-In: GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy 2012 Nominees

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Until this year, though, the Prius has been a single model: a subcompact four-door sedan from 2000 through 2003, and then two generations of mid-size five-door hatchback after that, one from 2004 through Ask pretty much any car buyer about green cars or hybrids and, chances are, that person will likely mention the Toyota Prius sooner or later.

SolidEnergy targeting rechargeable Li-metal smartphone battery in 2016, EV battery with 2x range in 2017

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In a 2004 paper in the Journal of Power Sources , Professor Sadoway of MIT observed that electrical conductivity of BCEs varied inversely with the glass transition temperature of one of the block components. —Sadoway (2004).

Hybrid Sales Soar So Far In 2013: Ford Rises, Prius Falls

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Starting with the 2004 model, it really came to define the public image of a hybrid car. For a long time, the Toyota Prius was the only game in town for high fuel-efficiency vehicles. Now, though, as hybrids and plug-in cars are slowly growing their share of the market, Prius sales have fallen--not just as a share of the "alternative powertrain

Ford’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels

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Carbon Revolution first began delivering composite wheels in 2004 for Formula SAE campaigns. To source the new lightweight track-capable carbon fiber wheels that are standard on the new Shelby GT350R Mustang, Ford partnered with Australia-based Carbon Revolution.

2011 Detroit Auto Show: Ford C-Max Hybrid & Energi Plug-In Concepts

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While Toyota dominates global hybrid production, Ford was the first company to launch a hybrid SUV: the Ford Escape Hybrid, in 2004. Now, Ford is pioneering another hybrid model: the small minivan, or as Europeans call it, the people carrier. Hybrid mini-minivan Between 10 and 10:30 am today at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford will pull the wraps off a

Report finds comparable safety records for railways and pipelines moving crude oil

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It also assessed the movement of dangerous goods by rail from 2004 to 2014, and concluded that railways and pipelines have equally strong safety records. Railways and pipelines are equally safe means of transporting crude oil, according to a report comparing safety data for each mode.

Fairbanks Morse Engine and Achates Power team up on opposed-piston engines

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Achates Power began modernizing opposed-piston engines in 2004, inspired by the record-setting Junkers Jumo 205 diesel aircraft engine. Fairbanks Morse Model 38 opposed-piston engine. Click to enlarge. The leading manufacturer of opposed-piston engines, Fairbanks Morse Engine (FME), an EnPro Industries company, has signed a joint development and licensing agreement with Achates Power, Inc.,

2011 Ford Escape Hybrid

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It was the first hybrid sport utility in the world, launched with great fanfare by Ford in 2004, and for 2011, the Escape Hybrid is still going strong--and still selling steadily. The current design dates back to a 2008 freshening of a basic vehicle first launched way back in 1999. Now an old design in the twilight of its life cycle, the 2011 Ford

California greenhouse gas emissions up 2% in 2012; driven by economic growth, closing of San Onofre, and drought

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Since 2000, GHG emissions have decreased by 1.6% (from 466 to 459 MMTCO 2 e) after reaching a peak of 493 MMTCO 2 e in 2004. According to the most recent greenhouse gas emissions inventory from the California Air Resources Board (ARB), the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions rose 1.7% in 2012 from 2011 to 459 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO 2 e).

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2011 edition of EPA Fuel Economy Trends report shows several advanced powertrain technologies making significant gains

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From MY 2004 to MY 2010, CO 2 emissions decreased by 67 g/mi (15%), and fuel economy increased by 3.3 Truck market share is now at the second lowest level since MY 1996 and 9% lower than the peak in MY 2004. kg) compared to MY 2009, but the second lowest average weight since MY 2004.

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DOE: new vehicle fuel economy improved 33% from 1980-2016

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In the 1990s and early 2000s, fuel economy decreased while vehicle weight increased, and fuel economy has improved nearly every year since 2004.

Hybrids Just One Of Many Auto Niches

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One site that many of our readers have likely visited is Motherproof.com which might have been the first auto-related “Mommy Blogger&# site back in 2004, and today is part of Cars.com.

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PM2.5 pollution linked to blood vessel damage in healthy young non-smoking adults

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In 2004, the American Heart Association released a scientific statement, updated in 2010, warning of the risk and recommending that people talk to their doctor about avoiding exposure to air pollution specific to their area. Fine particulate matter air pollution (PM 2.5 ) may be associated with blood vessel damage and inflammation among young, healthy adults, according to new research in Circulation Research , an American Heart Association journal.

Volkswagen Chattanooga receives two ISO Environmental Certifications

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Volkswagen Chattanooga announced that, following an independent audit, the factory has met requirements to receive of the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) 14001:2004 and 50001:2011 certifications. The ISO 14001:2004 and 50001:2011 audits review organizations’ energy and environmental management, including the areas of continuous improvement, regulatory compliance and environmental impact.

EPA: US greenhouse gases dropped 3.4% in 2012 from 2011; down 10% from 2005 levels

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in 2004, and since then have declined about 10%. US greenhouse gas emissions by gas. Source: EPA. Click to enlarge. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 19 th annual report of overall US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, showing a 3.4% decrease in 2012 from 2011.

Will Toyota Prius Hybrid Change Its Shape For 2015?

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Since the second generation model arrived in the 2004 model year, the aerodynamically-honed one-box shape has always shouted "Prius". Love it or loathe it, everyone can recognize the Toyota Prius. So much so that many consider Honda's Insight hybrid to deliberately feature similar styling. Only when a new Prius arrives, likely in 2014 as a 2015

ICCT paper finds $123B benefit to Mexico from tighter heavy-duty diesel emission standards

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At present, the Mexican regulation is based on the outdated EPA 2004 or Euro IV standards, which differ substantially with respect to both effectiveness and compliance costs. A new working paper by the the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) concludes that tighter heavy-duty diesel vehicle emissions standards in Mexico (NOM 044 standards) would result in a net benefit to Mexico of US$123 billion (1.6

Startup commercializing thermo-acoustic Stirling technology for combined heat and power for homes

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As outlined in a 2004 study of a traveling-wave thermo-acoustic power converter that generates electricity from heat for NASA by researchers from Northrup Grumman Space and Technology and Los Alamos National Laboratory, a thermo-acoustic design incorporates a thermo-acoustic driver that converts heat to acoustic power without any moving parts. Backhaus (2004) “ Design of a High Efficiency Power Source (HEPS) Based on Thermoacoustic Technology ,” Final report, NASA contract no.

Panasonic to supply Li-ion battery cells for Ford’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles

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Ltd, which was acquired by Panasonic last year, has been supplying Ni-MH battery systems for the Ford Escape hybrid vehicle since 2004. Lithium-ion battery cell for plug-in hybrid vehicles (left) and. hybrid electric vehicles (right). Click to enlarge. Panasonic Corporation will supply prismatic lithium-ion battery cells for Ford Motor Company’s Fusion Hybrid Electric and C-Max Hybrid Electric as well as the Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids.

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New SEAT Toledo to boast fuel efficient engines

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Its latest generation will be four centimetres longer than its 2004 predecessor and will come with a large, [.]. Spanish carmaker SEAT has now unveiled its brand new Toledo model (pictured) – set to go on sale in the UK in 2013 – with a host of new features, including highly efficient TSI and TDI engines. Green cars Latest news SEAT green cars SEAT Toledo

Achates: LD opposed-piston, 2-stroke diesel can meet 2025 final CAFE, Tier 3 standards for full-size pickup; 30% better FE than Cummins ATLAS

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Founded in 2004, Achates Power is designing and developing engines based on a two-stroke, opposed-piston, compression-ignition technology. Brake specific fuel consumption map for the LD Achates opposed-piston engine.

Lord Drayson launches business to commercialize efficient wireless power transfer over distances; ongoing partnership with Imperial College London

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He became a life peer in the House of Lords in 2004 and served as Defence and Science Minister in the Blair and Brown governments before returning to his career in business. Lord Drayson has launched Drayson Wireless Limited , a new venture to commercialize technology developed at Imperial College London (ICL) for the efficient wireless transfer of power over longer distances.

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Achates Power developing light-duty two-stroke opposed-piston diesel engine: the OP4

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Founded in 2004, Achates Power is designing and developing engines based on a two-stroke, opposed-piston, compression-ignition technology. The OP4 light-duty opposed-piston diesel. Click to enlarge.

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