California ARB: GHG emissions fell below 1990 levels for first time in 2016; down 13% from 2004 peak; transportation emissions up 2%

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that greenhouse gas emissions in California in 2016 fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004—a reduction roughly equivalent to taking 12 million cars off the road or saving 6 billion gallons of gasoline a year.

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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VW Coming Up PHEV? Why Not UP EV?

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nk City that Ford confiscated in 2004. VW's announced "Up Concept" city cars could have a Plug-in Hybrid version. Autoblog and Left Lane News are reporting VW will be showing a PHEV UP at the LA Auto Show. Small enough to be labeled "tiny" in DailyTech.com 's headline.

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

Green Car Reports

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

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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

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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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

New phase of globalization could undermine efforts to reduce CO2 emissions

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It found that trade among developing nations—South-South trade—more than doubled between 2004 and 2011. The researchers used the latest available data on international trade and CO 2 emissions from 2004, 2007 and 2011 to track emissions related to both intermediate and final goods and services from 57 industry sectors that were traded among 129 regions (101 of which are individual countries). Gt in 2004 and 2.2 Gt in 2004 to 1.1

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All Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars Are Compliance Cars, For Now

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And hybrids indeed logged annual sales in the low thousands until the second-generation Prius came along for 2004. When the first Honda Insight and Toyota Prius hybrids launched in 1999 and 2000, expectations for their sales were low. But the sales numbers for the earliest hybrids look stratospheric compared to the projections for sales of. Japan hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell compliance car

Volkswagen appoints Frank Blome to head Battery Cell Center of Excellence

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Following various positions as project manager and development manager for electric drive systems with Continental AG, he became Head of Energy Management of Continental AG in 2004. Volkswagen has appointed Frank Blome, previously Chairman of the Management Board of Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH, to head the Battery Cell Center of Excellence of the Volkswagen brand. Blome will assume the newly created function with effect from 1 January 2018.

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Graphene May Double Solar Cell Power, Harvest Hydrogen From Air

Green Car Reports

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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What's the matter with Costco?

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For example, the Mountain View location, a place I've charged and shopped at a few times a year since 2004. Costco, the big box retailer, has for over a decade been the business with more electric vehicle charge stations in more places around California than any other.

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

Green Car Reports

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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Romming on Earth (and Sky)

Plug In Partners

H ere is an interview with Joe Romm that recently appeared on the the popular radio show Earth and Sky Joseph Romm is author of " The Car and Fuel of the Future ," a 2004 report to the National Commission on Energy Policy.

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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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Recall Notice 2004-2009 Prius Owners, Toyota Urges You to Remove Floor Mats to Avoid Stuck Gas Pedal

All Cars Electric

Toyota has issued a safety advisory which will be followed by a recall regarding the all weather floors mats of many models dating back to 2004. The company will begin sending formal safety campaign notices next week and is working to solve the problem, but strongly urges driver's of all affected models to remove their driver's side floor

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Toyota reveals all you need to know about fuel cell cars

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DaimlerChrysler, for example, predicted the industry would be selling 100,000 fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) by 2004. Much has been made of late of Toyota and other automakers claims they will commercialize hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in 2015. Of course, we've heard these promises/predictions before. An SAE Research Report in 2001 stated that "several automakers have pledged the introduction of fuel cell vehicles, including buses, by 2003-2005."

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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

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U.S. Vehicles Now Have Average Age Of 11.5 Years (Waste Not, Want Not)

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That means the average passenger car on the road today was built for the 2004 model year--and that there's a long tail of cars stretching well back into the 1990s around you in daily traffic. The cars on U.S. roads are older than they've ever been. A recent survey found that the average age of U.S. vehicles is now at a record high of 11.5 years.

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G-Wiz! the Electric Car That Started a Revolution

All Cars Electric

In early 2004, a tiny new car appeared on the streets of London. It confused, surprised and confounded everyone who saw it. It was more compact than a Smart ForTwo, it had cheeky, quirky styling that demanded attention, it could turn around in the width of a narrow street, it squeezed into the tiniest parking space, and it traveled in silence.

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Norwegian Investors Rally to Revived Think Electric Car

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Ford ultimately followed the lead of the other automakers, and began to destroy the cars in 2004. The Aftenposten reports (in English) on the success Jan Olaf Willums is having at the helm of the revived Think Global.

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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

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2015 Smart Electric Drive: Both ForTwo & ForFour Models

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The company previously sold a car with this name in Europe between 2004 and 2006, but the Mitsubishi-based Smart is doubling up on electric vehicles with its next generation small cars--as its Electric Drive will come in both two- and four-seat formats. It''s been known for a while that Smart would revive the ForFour name with its next city car.

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The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid: An Oldie, But A Goodie

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The 2004 Ford Escape Hybrid was the first hybrid SUV on the market. Not only did the 2004 Escape offer the first hybrid SUV, it was also the first American-made hybrid electric vehicle. When Ford introduced the first version, they received several accolades for their groundbreaking approach. Six years later, the 2010 version still reigns supreme

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Dongfeng Honda to invest US$436M and build 3rd plant in China; accommodation for electrified vehicles

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Since it began production and sales of CR-V in April 2004, Dongfeng Honda has continued enhancing its product lineup, including the Civic, since 2006, and the XR-V compact SUV, since 2015. Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd., a Honda automobile production and sales joint venture in China, plans to build a third automobile production plant to meet increasing demand from the continuously growing automobile market in China. Dongfeng Honda plans to build the third plant on a 1.2

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Lillian Light Is No Lightweight - The Environmental Lioness of the South Bay is Fired Up, Ready To Go!

Creative Greenius

Public Policy Conference on Clean Air - 2004. Earth - Environment - Economic - Election - 2004. The more time I spend with Lillian Light the more I admire, respect and flat out like her.

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Compare: Ford Escape

Hybrid SUV Blog

That was in 2004. Ford Escape Still on Top. Few car or SUV models have the staying power to remain a best seller and top performer for several years. But how about a vehicle that keeps ahead of the market for a dozen years? That’s basically been the case with the compact SUV the Ford Escape.

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

Green Car Reports

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

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China to expand production and use of ethanol; 2020 E10 mandate would make China 3rd largest ethanol consumer

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From 2004 to 2016, the average annual production growth rate was 16.8%, according to CARD.

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Study: air pollution may shorten telomeres in newbornsa sign of increased health risks

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A study conducted before and after the 2004 closure of a coal-burning power plant in Tongliang, China, found that children born before the closure had shorter telomeres than those conceived and born after the plant stopped polluting the air. In May 2004, high levels of air pollution in Tongliang prompted the government to shut down.

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NSF awards UIC $1.44M to discover new 2D materials for better batteries

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Since the discovery of graphene in 2004, about 700 2D materials are predicted to be stable; many remain to be synthesized. The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $1.44-million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to discover new 2D materials that can be used to manufacture better and cheaper batteries. Two-dimensional materials, of which graphene is the most common, are extremely strong, lightweight, flexible, and excellent conductors of heat and electricity.

Will Toyota Prius Hybrid Change Its Shape For 2015?

Green Car Reports

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

Last Chance Hybrid SUVs

Hybrid SUV Blog

The hybrid version was introduced in the year 2004 for model year ’05. Over the past few years, the world had seen a huge shift in the automotive industry. The culture is leaning towards a more environment friendly and “green” technology for cars, trucks and SUVs.

What up with GM's Plug-in hybrid Volt?

Plugs and Cars

DaimlerChrysler AG promised a production fuel-cell vehicle by 2004, but couldn't deliver despite spending $1 billion on the technology. "GM tries to unplug Volt hype" is not the headline I've been hoping to see out of Motor City this spring. But there it is in a Detroit News Autos Insider piece today. Just weeks after announcing production, perhaps, in 2010, the industry's hometown paper lets us know this is no done deal.

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EPA grants approval to Icom bi-fuel propane system for Ford 6.8L engines

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Since 2004, Icom North America has been supplying its patented JTG liquid-injection propane mono-fuel systems to leading bus, truck and commercial vehicle manufacturers in the US. More than 120,000 vehicles worldwide have utilized the Icom JTG Propane System since 2004. Icom North America has attained the first US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval for its Liquid Injection Propane bi-fuel systems for the Ford 6.8 liter engines, produced for Ford Econoline vans.

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Audi and Hyundai to partner on fuel cell technology

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The first test vehicle was the compact Audi A2H2 in 2004, followed by the Audi Q5 HFC in 2008. Audi AG and Hyundai Motor Group will partner on the development of fuel cell technology. The two companies plan to cross-license patents and grant access to non-competitive components. The agreement is currently subject to approval from the applicable regulatory authorities.

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