EPA will maintain fuel-economy standards through 2025

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to maintain existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards through 2025. Enacted by the Obama Administration in 2012, the standards call for automakers to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 emissions Politics EPA CAFE transportation policy Corporate Average Fuel EconomyThe U.S.

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Report: EPA delays proposed fuel economy plan until September—or later

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The EPA's plans to freeze fuel economy and emissions standards have been put on hold until at least Labor Day, sources familiar with the plans told Bloomberg earlier this week. Last August, the EPA released its long-anticipated proposal to unwind the steadily rising fuel-economy standards put in place in 2012 under President Obama, in part to. emissions EPA global warming Corporate Average Fuel Economy

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US sets strict new CAFE fuel economy standards

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The US has set tough new fuel economy standards which will require carmakers to reach a corporate fleet average of 54.5 New Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards represent a significant tightening on the current standard set for 2016 which requires carmakers to reach a fleet average of 35.5mpg for their cars [.]. Green credentials CAFE fuel economy

2012 Subaru Impreza with 30% fuel economy improvement uses BorgWarner variable cam timing technology

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BorgWarner’s Cam Torque Actuated (CTA) variable cam timing (VCT) technology ( earlier post ) with new mid-position lock system ( earlier post ) helps improve fuel economy for the 2012 Subaru Impreza. According to Subaru, the 2012 Impreza offers 30% better fuel economy compared with the previous model year.

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Fuel economy standards to hit fuel tax

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There may be one negative knock-on effect of improving the fuel economy standards of our vehicles: fuel tax revenues could slump massively. According to a report by the Congressional Budget Office (logo, pictured), fuel economy standards proposed for 2017-2025 would cut revenues from petrol tax by 21 per cent in 2040. Green cars Green credentials Latest news Congressional Budget Office fuel consumption fuel economy fuel tax green cars

Nissan boosts fuel economy of 2013 Pathfinder SUV by 30%, drops weight by 500 lbs

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Nissan’s new 2013 Pathfinder SUV—the 4 th generation of the vehicle introduced more than 25 years ago— utilizes a new drivetrain featuring a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine mated to a next-generation Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) to help provide up to a 30% increase in combined city/highway fuel economy over the previous V6-equipped model while maintaining comparable power. By comparison, the 2WD MY 2012 Pathfinder, equipped with a 6-cylinder, 4.0L

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Japan Ministries propose light commercial vehicle fuel economy standards for 2022

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In a policy update, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) reports that Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) have finalized new proposed fuel economy standards for light- and medium-duty commercial vehicles with gross vehicle weights less than 3.5 l/100 km) in 2012. Fuel Efficiency Japan Policy Regulations

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EIA: fuel economy standards drive down projected gasoline use; diesel use, product exports rise

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In the US Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) Reference case, more-stringent vehicle fuel economy standards contribute to a decline in motor gasoline consumption through 2040. At the same time, growth in heavy-duty vehicle miles traveled (VMT) is greater than increasing heavy-duty vehicle fuel economy, contributing to rising diesel fuel demand. Click to enlarge.

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Hyundai/Kia to correct overstated fuel economy claims of MY 2012 and 2013 models as result of EPA investigation

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Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America will reduce their fuel economy (mpg) ratings for a number of 2011-13 model year models in showrooms after EPA testing found discrepancies between agency results and data submitted by the company. The changes affect the fuel economy ratings for approximately 900,000, or 35% of, 2011-13 model year vehicles sold through 31 October 2012. At its National Vehicle and Fuel Emission Laboratory (NVFEL) in Ann Arbor, Mich.,

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Fuel economy measures could cut Commonwealth countries’ cumulative oil bill by US$3.2T through 2050

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trillion) through to 2050 and can help cut the world’s road transport energy use and CO 2 emissions by nearly half in that same time, by improving vehicle fuel economy, according to an opinion paper recently published by the Commonwealth Advisory Bureau (CAB) and sponsored by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI). The number of road vehicles, and road fuel use, in Commonwealth countries could double by 2030 and increase four-fold by 2050.

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US EPA and DOT propose freezing light-duty fuel economy, GHG standards at 2020 level for MY 2021-2026 vehicles; 43.7 mpg for cars; 50-state solution

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released their long-expected notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to adjust the Congressionally-mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards. Technology that can improve both fuel economy and/or performance may not be dedicated solely to fuel economy.

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Global Fuel Economy Initiative launches second 3-year campaign; ICCT joins partnership

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The Global Fuel Economy Initiative ( GFEI ) ( earlier post ) launched its second three-year effort to improve vehicle fuel economy around the world at the International Transport Forum in Leipzig. It began a “50 by 50” effort calling for cars worldwide to be made 50% more fuel efficient by 2050, with an interim OECD target of 30% improvement by 2020. per year, whereas to hit the 2030 target we need a more than 3% improvement per year from 2012.

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Chrysler unveils 2013 Ram with array of new systems focused on fuel economy

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Chrysler unveiled the 2013 Ram pickup, featuring an array of fuel-saving systems including a more fuel efficient and more powerful 3.6-liter V-6 engine; eight-speed automatic transmission; stop-start system; thermal management system; pulse-width modulation to reduce parasitic electrical load; and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension. Specific fuel economy figures are note available yet.) improvement in fuel efficiency.

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New Ford Police Interceptors deliver up to 35% better fuel economy when idling

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The city and highway fuel economy ratings for the new Ford Police Interceptors (PI) have increased by 25% over the retired Crown Victoria. But as law enforcement vehicles spend the majority of their lives idling, Ford engineers also tuned the Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle models to save fuel even when they are standing still, with no sacrifice to pursuit performance. Fuel economy test results from the LA Sheriff’s Department 2012 evaluations.

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Ford introduces new Transit family in North America; emphasis on improved fuel economy in commercial vehicle segment

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With the full size Transit, Ford is moving from an exclusively gasoline engine lineup of two V8s and a V10 in the E-Series to offering a standard 3.7-liter V6, the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine used in Ford F-150 and an all-new 3.2-liter Power Stroke Diesel option ( earlier post ). Ford says that the Transit will achieve an average of 25% better fuel economy and haul at least 300 pounds more than today’s E-Series. Engines Fleets Fuel Efficiency

New Ford Police Interceptors deliver up to 35% better fuel economy when idling

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The city and highway fuel economy ratings for the new Ford Police Interceptors (PI) have increased by 25% over the retired Crown Victoria. But as law enforcement vehicles spend the majority of their lives idling, Ford engineers also tuned the Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle models to save fuel even when they are standing still, with no sacrifice to pursuit performance. Fuel economy test results from the LA Sheriff’s Department 2012 evaluations.

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NREL study finds Class 8 hybrid trucks delivered 13.7% higher fuel economy than conventional diesels in comparable usage

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Laboratory and in-use fuel economy comparison. A performance evaluation of Class 8 hybrid electric tractor trailers (Kenworth T370 hybrid tractors) compared with similar conventional vehicles (Freightliner M2106 standard diesel tractors) by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that hybrid tractors demonstrated 13.7% higher fuel economy than the conventional tractors, resulting in a 12% reduction in fuel costs for the hybrids.

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Volkswagen launches second-generation Santana; up to 28% improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions

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The new Sanata improves fuel economy and CO 2 emissions by up to 28% compared to the previous model. The 1.4-liter version produces 66 kW / 90 PS / 89 hp and has a combined fuel consumption of 5.9 l/100 km (40 mpg US), while the 1.6-liter has 81 kW / 110 PS / 109 hp and fuel consumption of 6.0 Volkswagen held the world premiere of the second-generation Santana sedan at its plant in Wolfsburg.

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New 2013 Nissan Sentra delivers 34 mpg combined fuel economy, up to 40 mpg highway

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Nissan’s all-new 2013 Sentra, featuring a new 1.8-liter engine and next-generation Xtronic CVT with sub-planetary gear, offers combined fuel economy of 34 mpg (6.9 The lighter and more aerodynamic new Sentra allows Nissan to use the more fuel-efficient 1.8-liter engine, which along with the Xtronic CVT with sub-planetary gear helps deliver a 13% improvement in EPA combined fuel economy. Fuel economy is rated at 30 mpg (7.84 Fuel Efficiency

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Schaeffler bringing thermal management module to North American market; up to 4% improvement in fuel economy

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Through the proactive management of engine, transmission, hybrid component and battery temperature, Schaeffler’s Thermal Management Module improves fuel economy by as much as 4%, according to the company. The engine temperature can also be lowered under full load conditions, reducing knocking and fuel enrichment. The standardized sensor and drive group, as well as the sealing and material technologies offer reduced R&D cost. Engines Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Systems

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Chevrolet Cruze improves fuel economy by 2 mpg for 2012

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For 2012, Chevrolet Cruze models with the 1.4L turbo and six-speed automatic transmission will deliver 2 mpg better fuel economy. A lower axle ratio for the 2012 models enables the approximately 5% increase in highway fuel efficiency for Cruze. Cruze Eco with the standard six-speed manual transmission remains the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered/non-hybrid vehicle in the US, with an EPA-rated 42 mpg (5.6

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Honda boosts performance and fuel economy on 2013 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe using new Li-ion pack

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The 2013 Honda CR-Z goes on sale 21 November with a number of powertrain, styling and feature upgrades, including a new Li-ion battery pack that replaces the NiMH pack in the MY 2012 CR-Z hybrid and delivers more power and improved fuel economy. The new, more powerful Lithium-ion battery pack helps boost EPA-rated fuel economy figures by 1 mpg city for CVT equipped models, and 1 mpg highway for CR-Z models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.

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Downspeeding and supercharging with transmission optimization can deliver fuel economy improvement over downspeeding and turbocharging

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Researchers from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and Eaton have demonstrated the application of downspeeding and supercharging a diesel vehicle, in conjunction with optimizing transmission gear ratios and the shift schedule, to deliver a greater improvement in fuel economy than a downsped and turbocharged configuration. The shift schedule optimization technique resulted in fuel economy gains of up to 12.2% The team presented its work at the SAE 2012 World Congress.

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New hull design boosts fuel economy of ultra-large container ships up to 20%

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A collaboration involving APL, Hyundai Heavy Industries and DNV has resulted in a hull design that will make APL’s 10 new ultra-large container ships some 20% more fuel efficient per TEU (twenty-foot-equivalent unit, the cargo capacity of a standard intermodal container) compared with existing designs. The resulting fuel savings will be worth about US$3 million per ship per year to APL.

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CARB affirms that “deemed to comply” applies only to vehicles meeting current federal and California GHG and fuel economy regs

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) yesterday voted to clarify its requirement that automakers must comply with California vehicle standards if they sell vehicles in the state. A provision adopted in 2012 establishes that cars meeting federal standards for model years 2017-2025 are “deemed to comply” with California’s standards. Emissions Fuel Efficiency Regulations

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Nissan to offer “Easy-Fill Tire Alert” on all newly designed models beginning in 2013; enhanced safety and fuel economy

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This safety feature, which also bolsters fuel economy, currently comes standard on all 2013 Nissan Altima, 2012 Nissan LEAF and 2012 Nissan Quest models, with standard or optional availability on more products to follow later this year. Nissan will make it “Easy-Fill Tire Alert” system available on all future models it brings to market beginning in 2013.

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Demonstration series hydraulic hybrid transit bus yields fuel economy of 6.9 mpg, 110% better than conventional diesel, 30% better than electric hybrids

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The BUSolutions demonstrator LCO-140H (Low Cost of Ownership–1 st 40-foot Hybrid) series hydraulic hybrid transit bus yields fuel economy of 6.9 mpg (34 l/100km) on the industry-standard ADB duty cycle—110% better than conventional diesel buses on the road today and 30% better than the best-in-class electric hybrid buses available today, according to the final report on the project published by the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

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New automatic climate control in the BMW 3 Series improves both air quality and fuel economy

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With the new automatic climate control system in the BMW 3 Series, BMW is offering a combination of increased interior comfort due to improved air quality and better fuel economy through intelligent control. Within the framework of EfficientDynamics measures, BMW engineers paid special attention to improving the fuel consumption of the new BMW 3 Series.

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New Zealand Will Not Implement Fuel Economy Standard

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The government of New Zealand will not proceed with developing and implementing fuel economy standards as proposed by the previous government. While the details of the scheme were never confirmed, it would have meant that importers of less fuel-efficient vehicles would have needed to buy credits, and more fuel-efficient vehicles would have been awarded credits. Transport fuels will of course be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Mercedes-Benz introducing diesel E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID with fuel economy of 56 mpg US; gasoline-engined E 400 HYBRID model to follow

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Mercedes-Benz is introducing the new E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID; the luxury-class diesel hybrid offers fuel consumption of 4.2 The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is based on the E 250 CDI, yet has a higher output and approximately 15% lower fuel consumption. This diesel hybrid will be available in the European market as a Saloon and Estate from the third quarter 2012. E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID Click to enlarge.

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EPA’s FY 2013 budget proposal includes $576M for research, $10M boost to support fuel economy and GHG programs

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The Obama Administration’s proposed FY 2013 budget of $8.344 billion for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is $105 million below the EPA’s enacted level for FY 2012. Among the elements of the budget are $576 million to support research and innovation and a $10-million increase to the EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory for certification and compliance testing programs and to evaluate new biofuels technologies.

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ORNL researchers quantify the effect of increasing highway speed on fuel economy

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Huff Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This website, jointly maintained by the US Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides information such as official EPA “window label” fuel economy estimates for city, highway, and combined driving for all U.S.-legal It also offers consumer information and advice pertaining to vehicle fuel economy and energy-related issues such as driving tips.

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Fuel economy rules will price millions out of new cars, warns NADA

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New fuel economy rules for car makers in the US will price many ordinary Americans out of the market for a new car, the country’s National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) warns today. New CAFE standards proposed for 2017 to 2025 build on previous economy rules introduced by the Obama Administration. Under the new standards, cars [.]. Green credentials fuel economy USA

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EPA annual report on CO2, fuel economy and technology trends finds 2012 heading for all-time best; rapid adoption of new technologies

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Adjusted CO 2 emissions and adjusted fuel economy, MY 1975-2011. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual report summarizing key trends in carbon dioxide emissions, fuel economy, and CO 2 - and fuel economy-related technology for gasoline- and diesel-fueled personal vehicles sold in the United States, from model years (MY) 1975 through 2012. Preliminary projections for MY 2012 are 374 g/mi CO 2 emissions and 23.8

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South Korea to Boost Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards

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South Korea plans to raise the fuel economy of locally-made vehicles to surpass future requirements being by the US and Japan, according to the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE). Korea’s fuel efficiency standards are already slated to increase 16.5% in 2012 from the current levels. kilometers per liter of fuel (27 mpg US, 8.7 Companies manufacturing or importing more than 10,000 vehicles per year are subject to US CAFE standards.

EPA trends report sees record levels of average new vehicle fuel economy and CO2 emissions for MY 2012; role of new gasoline vehicle technologies

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Average new vehicle CO 2 emissions rate and fuel economy in the US achieved record levels in MY 2012, and have improved in 7 of the last 8 years, according to the newly released Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 - 2013 (the annual “Trends” report) from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). MY 2012 adjusted fuel economy is 23.6 square feet in MY 2012.

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BMW upgrading 1 and 3 Series models with focus on fuel economy and emissions; BMW 114d to debut with 1.6L diesel

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BMW is making a number of enhancements to its 1 and 3 Series in fall 2012. Too, the BMW 320i EfficientDynamics Edition Sedan will be available as the first gasoline-driven model with additionally enhanced technology for reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. As early as in the autumn of 2012, further model variants of the BMW 1 Series and the BMW 3 Series as well as the BMW X1 will comply with this classification due to come into effect as from 2014. BMW 114d.

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Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck shows 54% improvement in fuel economy, 61% improvement in freight efficiency

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The new SuperTruck achieved a 54% increase in fuel economy. and Peterbilt Motors Company, a division of PACCAR, released test results showing their demonstration SuperTruck tractor-trailer achieved a 54% increase in fuel economy, averaging nearly 10 mpg US (23.5 Freight efficiency is based on payload weight and fuel efficiency expressed in ton-miles per gallon. Supertruck technologies for 55% thermal efficiency and 68% freight efficiency (DEER 2012).

DOT, EPA unveil joint proposal for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards: 49.6 mpg CAFE, 163 g/mile GHG in 2025; flexibilities and incentives

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) formally unveiled their joint proposal to set stronger fuel economy and greenhouse gas pollution standards for Model Year 2017-2025 passenger cars and light trucks. The standards proposed would apply to light duty vehicles manufactured in model years 2017 through 2025. EPA’s proposed GHG standards, which are. features in developing the standards.

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New Zealand will not implement fuel economy standard

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The previous government in New Zealand may have proposed a fuel economy standard, but now the new government has announced it will not proceed with those plans. Though details of the scheme were never confirmed it was believed it would have meant that importers of less fuel efficient vehicles would have had to buy credits, whereas the more fuel efficient vehicles would have been rewarded credits.

Review: 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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As the demand for SUVs grows and remains strong, so too does the desire for larger hybrid models that can accommodate the needs of the whole family and still deliver some measure of fuel economy. If that’s what you’re looking for, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid fits the bill. Specifically, it is a full-size SUV with great fuel economy. The 2012 Escalade Hybrid gets 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. A No Compromise Hybrid SUV.

Toyota introduces 7th generation Camry for 2012 with improved fuel economy and performance across all models; ~39% jump in EPA city cycle fuel economy for the hybrid

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2012 Camry Hybrid. The 2012 Camry again offers three powertrain choices, all of which have been enhanced for 2012 to provide better fuel economy and more responsive performance: a revised 2.5L, 4-cylinder gasoline engine; an enhanced 3.5-liter V6; and a highly revised version of the Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain for the Camry Hybrid, including a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (the new 2AR-FXE, a variant of the Camry 2AR-FE 2.5L). Click to enlarge.

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Oak Ridge-GM prototype low-viscosity ionic liquid-additized engine oil delivers 2% fuel economy improvement over 5W-30

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Prototype low-viscosity ionic liquid-additized engine oil demonstrated a 2% improved fuel economy compared to Mobil 1 5W-30 engine oil (3.93% over the 20W-30 baseline oil) in standard fuel efficiency engine dynamometer tests. Accordingly, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Vehicle Technologies Office, which sponsored this research, has set a goal of 2% fuel economy improvement via lubricant advances by 2015. Fuel Efficiency Lubricating Oils

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