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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SAE Hybrid Standards Committee: Works In Progress For 2009

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Active standards work. During the SAE 2009 World Congress in Detroit, Gary Kissel of General Motors presented an update of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle standards being revised or developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Hybrid Standards Committee.

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UCR study finds ultra-low emission natural gas bus exceeds federal and state NOx standards; as low as 0.0007g/bhp-hr

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A study by the University of California, Riverside College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) found that a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Agency (Metro) bus equipped with an ultra-low emission natural gas engine performs significantly cleaner than its certification standards across all duty cycles. In all conditions, the engine performed better than California’s toughest-in-the-nation standard for smog-forming emissions.

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

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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 This paper reports the results of a cost-benefit analysis of changes proposed for Mexico’s heavy-duty diesel vehicle emissions standard, NOM 044, through 2037.

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Mexico proposes new heavy-duty vehicle emission standards aligned with Euro VI and EPA 2010

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Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) has proposed new heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards, aligned with current standards in place in the rest of North America and in the European Union. The current limit values in Mexico are equivalent to Euro IV or EPA 2004 standards. Heavy-duty diesel emissions standards in the US, European Union, and Mexico. ICCT Policy Update: Mexico Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Standards.

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California ARB to hold public workshop on new GHG and emissions standards for heavy-duty engines and vehicles

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ARB staff proposes aligning with the federal regulation in order to provide California with the ability to certify engines and vehicles to the new standards as well as enforce them. The recently adopted federal regulation establishes national GHG emission standards for 2014 and newer model year heavy-duty tractors. ARB staff will be also propose optional NO x emission standards for California certified 2015 and later model year engines.

2013 73

EPA Posts Peer Review of Renewable Fuel Standards Lifecycle Analysis

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted the peer review of the renewable fuel standards lifecycle analysis—including significant indirect emissions, such as from indirect land use changes— online. Steps in determining biofuel lifecycle emissions.

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EPA, DOT and California align timeframe for proposing MY 2017-2025 light-duty vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of California have announced a single timeframe for proposing fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2017-2025 cars and light-duty trucks. ARB had earlier announced its intention to propose greenhouse gas emission standards for model years 2017 to 2025 in March of this year, while EPA and NHTSA were working on an end-of-September timeline for proposal.

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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.

2014 97

Graphene May Double Solar Cell Power, Harvest Hydrogen From Air

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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. Graphene is a graphite-like substance first isolated in 2004. Some analysts view it as useful in improving the efficiency of batteries, but now it appears

2014 87

US EPA Proposes New Emissions Rules for Category 3 Marine Diesel Engines, Tighter Fuel Sulfur Restrictions; Harmonization with International Standards

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As the next steps in a strategy to cut harmful emissions from ocean-going vessels, the US Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new engine emissions and fuel standards for large marine diesel engines on US-flagged ships that would harmonize with international standards. The proposed rulemaking is designed to reflect the IMO’s ECA standards and broader worldwide program. The Tier 2 standards would result in a 15 to 25% NO x reduction below the current Tier 1 levels.

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Latest EPA automotive trend report shows MY 2017 fleet fuel economy of 24.9 mpg; new record

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Since MY 2004, fuel economy and CO 2 emissions have improved in eleven out of thirteen years. The report also assesses compliance performance for individual automakers and for the US fleet as a whole with the greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles.

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Study finds 12-30% fuel consumption gap between certified and real-world use in China

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Although the Chinese government set fuel economy standards in 2004, like many countries it does not conduct testing to confirm real-world FC rates comply with the standards. A team from the Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET) reports that while average certified fuel consumption (FC) decreased by 15% between 2008 and 2017, real-world FC remained unchanged, resulting in a fuel consumption gap increase from 12% to 30%.

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Daimler invests in electric bus company Proterra; exploring electrification of Daimler’s Thomas Built school buses

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Proterra was founded in 2004 with headquarters in California and is a leader in the business with electric buses for local transport. We started working on electric trucks and buses at a very early stage and we aim to set the standards here in each relevant segment. Daimler Trucks & Buses is investing in the US company Proterra Inc.

2018 94

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. These certifications recognize an organization’s adherence to international standards for energy (ISO 50001) and environmental management (ISO 14001).

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2020 Ford Escape to offer hybrid and PHEV variants

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Escape, which debuted the world’s first hybrid SUV in 2005, brings back two hybrid choices for 2020—a standard hybrid and a plug-in variant—and introduces technologies ranging from drive modes and driver-assist features to electric vehicle ingenuity and on-board connectivity.

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Study: California will hit climate targets >100 years too late at current pace of reductions; transportation, wildfires & landfills

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These trends are complicated by the federal administration’s rollback of national fuel economy and emission reduction standards which were intended to lower transportation pollution significantly in the coming decade, and the recent revocation of California’s waiver to set vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards—which has kicked off a legal battle that could last for years before resolution.

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Compare: Ford Escape

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The XLS, or standard trim, includes 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, antilock brakes, cruise control, full power accessories, and stability control. That was in 2004. Ford Escape Still on Top.

EIA: growing octane needs widen price difference between regular and premium in US

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On the demand side, the premium gasoline share of total motor gasoline sales has steadily increased in recent years, reaching a high of nearly 12% in August 2016—the highest share since 2004.

2017 78

Exide reports large performance gains in new AGM start-stop batteries

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The new AGM battery will achieve four times longer cycle life, 20% more power and more than three times the charge acceptance of a standard conventional battery, according to Exide. Exide developed its first Start-Stop AGM battery in 2004 and the first EFB battery in 2008. Exide Technologies announced that large performance gains will be seen in its new range of Start-Stop batteries.

2014 78

CRC ACES Phase 2 report finds emissions from modern heavy-duty diesels well below required levels

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2010 engines emissions reduction relative to 2010, 2007, and 2004 US emission standards. earlier post ), found that emissions of NO 2 and other nitrogen oxides—which can have direct health effects and contribute to the formation of smog—were approximately 61% below the 2010 EPA standard and 99% lower than in 2004 engines. These reductions came while emissions of fine particles were also 92% lower than the 2010 standard 99% lower than 2004 emissions.

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Achates showcases 2.7L, 3-cylinder opposed piston gasoline compression ignition engine in F-150; estimated 37 mpg combined

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An Opposed-Piston Engine is 30-50 percent more fuel efficient than comparable diesel and gasoline engines, it is a no-excuses way to meet future efficiency and emissions standards.

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EPA fuel economy report finds weight and power leveling off, footprint stable

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Since MY 2004, CO 2 emissions and fuel economy have improved in ten out of twelve years, and decreased only twice. For nearly two decades through MY 2004, on a fleetwide basis, automotive technology innovation was generally utilized to support vehicle attributes such as weight, performance, utility, and other attributes rather than fuel economy or CO 2 emissions. Both the GHG emissions and fuel economy standards rely on footprint to determine vehicle GHG and fuel economy targets.

2018 89

Canada publishes proposed regulations for criteria pollutants from locomotives

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The proposed regulations will criteria air contaminants (CACs), from locomotives operated by railway companies under federal jurisdiction through increasingly stringent emission standards and reduced idling. The emission standards set out in these proposed regulations will also align with those of the United States. The US regulations set emission standards for NO x , PM, HC, CO and standards for smoke opacity which become increasingly stringent over time. 1993–2004.

2016 60

Scuderi makes engine fuel saving breakthrough

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Testing on a Scuderi split-cycle engine at the Southwest Research Institute suggests the model would consume 25 per cent less fuel than a standard petrol engine while matching its power and torque. The preliminary results follow testing in a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, but may only be the beginning of the potential fuel consumption reduction.

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EPA annual trends report finds new vehicle fuel economy at record 24.1 mpg; new powertrain technologies rapidly gaining share

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mpg increase over the previous year and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since 2004. Car SUVs (SUVs that must meet car GHG and fuel economy standards) and truck SUVs had the highest annual improvement from MY 2012 to MY 2013 of 1.1

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ExxonMobil grants Nippon Steel first license for patented field welding technology for x120 ultra high-strength linepipe

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Welding is performed using standard automated and semi-automated welding tools familiar to pipeline industry welders. 2004) Development of Ultra-high-strength Linepipe, X120. 2004) Development and Mechanical Properties of X120 Linepipe. ExxonMobil has granted Nippon Steel the world’s first license for patented field welding technology used to construct high-pressure pipelines made with X120 ultra high-strength steel linepipe. Evolution of linepipe technology.

2011 69

Lead-acid battery companies join forces with Argonne to enhance battery performance

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The company's quality and environmental systems for its entire 520-acre complex have been certified to ISO 9001:2008, ISO/TS 16949:2009, and ISO 14001:2004 requirements. The company provides services to battery, mining and smelting companies and is focused on achieving the highest standards for health, safety and the environment.

Kansas City Assembly Plant comes on line as second US plant building new Ford F-150

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In January, F-Series had its strongest sales month since 2004—Ford’s best sales year ever for F-150. Robots with cameras to scan truck body to ensure the highest quality standards are met. Ford has begun production of the 2015 F-150 ( earlier post ) at Kansas City Assembly Plant, which joins Dearborn Truck Plant in building the first mass-produced light-duty pickup truck with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body.

Cal Energy to award up to $4M for off-road heavy-duty natural gas vehicle research and development

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The Energy Commission is seeking projects that exceed current CARB off-road vehicle regulations which can also meet potential future CARB off-road vehicle emission standards. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) established the surcharge and program in August 2004.

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Volkswagen: new EU 6 diesels clear of software cheat, but up to 11M EA189 diesels worldwide affected

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In a statement issued this morning, Volkswagen AG said that new vehicles from the Volkswagen Group with EU 6 diesel engines currently available in the European Union comply with legal requirements and environmental standards. EA189 TDI engine as the first four-cylinder diesel engine with four-valve technology in the Volkswagen Group for use in the Touran, and then in the Golf in 2004.

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Angela Belcher wins $500,000 2013 Lemelson-MIT Prize

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Belcher’s method adds just one simple step to standard manufacturing of this type of solar cell, making it possible to implement in existing facilities. In 2004, she co-founded Cambrios Technologies, which develops electronic materials for transparent coatings used for touch screens, LCDs and other devices.

2013 69

European Commission fines truck producers record €2.93B for colluding to pass on emission compliance costs

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For 14 years they colluded on the pricing and on passing on the costs for meeting environmental standards to customers. The timing for the introduction of emission technologies for medium and heavy trucks to comply with the increasingly strict European emissions standards (from Euro III through to the currently applicable Euro VI). Between 1997 and 2004, meetings were held at senior manager level, sometimes at the margins of trade fairs or other events.

2016 60

How to Get a Plug-In Hybrid

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We Promote PHEV Conversion Programs: First CalCars in 2004, then a number of aftermarket companies, have converted over 200 cars — at first most were for fleets, but more and more are going to individual owners.


NREL survey shows significant improvement in B100 biodiesel quality

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The ASTM standards serve as guidelines for industry and are designed to ensure quality at the pump for consumers along with reliable operation of the nation’s vehicles powered by biodiesel blends. million gallons in 2004 to more than 1 billion gallons in 2012. To ensure product quality, ASTM published the first B100 quality standards in 2002. NREL is among the organizations participating in the development of standards.

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Ford’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels

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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. Carbon Revolution first began delivering composite wheels in 2004 for Formula SAE campaigns.

California ARB awards $7M for ultra-low NOx heavy-duty diesel truck demo project with Achates opposed-piston engines

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California’s ultra-low NO x emissions standard is 0.02 This program will demonstrate the first diesel engine to comply with the state standard. Achates Power, founded in 2004, currently has a number of development projects underway spanning a variety of applications of its opposed-piston engine architecture, from light-to-heavy duty. That will enable us to meet ultra-low NO x tailpipe standards.

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Mazda Launches Revamped Micro-Mini Carol in Japan

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Mazda Motor Corporation has launched the fully updated the Mazda Carol micro-mini for the Japanese market, its first full remodeling since September 2004. Exhaust emissions are at least 75% lower than Japan’s 2005 standards. The CVT and five-speed manual transmission grades exceed Japan’s “2010 fuel economy standard plus 25%.” The Carol’s automatic transmission grades exceed the “2010 fuel economy standard plus 15%.”

2009 69

CalCars and PHEVs Frequently Asked Questions

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Power and Associates 2004 report ]. The standard Prius Panasonic batteries now have a replacement cost under $3,000; theyre waranteed for 100,000-150,000 miles in different states. About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Car-Makers Say.

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Renewable Energy Group to acquire Imperium Renewables

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We already sell into these markets as they have responded to the call for more clean, advanced biofuels through low carbon fuel standards. Seattle-based Imperium Renewables began developing proprietary technology and processes in the production of biodiesel in 2004. Renewable Energy Group, Inc. REG) will acquire substantially all the assets of Imperium Renewables, Inc.,

2015 75

Will CARB’s New Rules Damage EV Startups?

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When the air resources board relaxed its rules in 2003, it allowed car companies to receive credits toward zero-emission standards by building so-called partial-zero-emissions vehicles — super clean cars that produce little or no smog. 3Prong Power only works on Prius model years 2004 to 2009. Paul Guzyk and Daniel Sherwood of 3Prong Power. Photograph by Chris Duffey. 3Prong Power converts existing Toyota Priuses into plug-in hybrids that can run entirely on electricity.

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Whitefox Technologies receives C$1M payment towards developing container-based membrane ethanol dehydration system

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In May 2004, SDTC, an arm’s-length foundation created by the Government of Canada, committed up to $6M to support the project led by Whitefox. The container-based approach provides the industry with efficient and standardized systems for small- to medium-scale operations, for existing producers as well as new build plants. Whitefox Technologies Canada Ltd.

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Pike ranks Volkswagen Group as the global leader in clean diesel vehicles

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particulate matter (PM) emissions set by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tier 2 standards or the EU’s Euro 5 standards. Each of these standards mandated a. Pike Pulse Grid for clean diesels. Click to enlarge.

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