2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel earns 28 mpg highway; best in segment

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The 3.6-liter V6 EcoDiesel-powered 2014 Ram 1500 pickup ( earlier post ) has earned a 28-mpg (8.4 l/100 km) highway, a rating that stands for model-year 2014. Pricing for the 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $24,200, plus $1,195 destination.

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Kia enhances 2014 Optima Hybrid

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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the 2014 Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan at the Chicago Auto Show last week. The 2014 Optima Hybrid builds upon the advancements of its gasoline-powered sibling, which went on sale in late-fall of last year. Available in LX and EX trims, the 2014 Optima Hybrid features carryover refinements for smoothness and drivability, including a 47 hp (35 kW) electric traction motor, a strong Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and a 47 kW lithium polymer battery. .

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ZSW: more than 400,000 plug-in cars on road worldwide at beginning of 2014; 2x 2013

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At the beginning of 2014, there were more than 400,000 electric cars—battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and range-extended electric vehicles—on the road worldwide, according to an analysis by Zentrums für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany.

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Mitsubishi takes divisional 1st and 2nd in Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2014; 2nd overall

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Mitsubishi Motors’ iMiEV Evolution III all-electric racecars ( earlier post ) took first and second place in the the Electric Modified Division of the 2014 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

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Volkswagen Group top global R&D spender in 2014; 3rd year in a row

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The Volkswagen Group was the top global R&D spender in 2014, according to The 2014 Global Innovation 1000 report from consultancy Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company). billion on R&D in 2014 according to the report, was followed closely by Samsung ($13.4

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Volkswagen Group 2014 sustainability report shows progress on key environmental performance indicators; Strategy 2018 and leadership in e-mobility

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The Volkswagen Group continues to make progress on the way to its goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable automaker, according to its 2014 sustainability report. By the end of 2014, a total of 14 models from various Group brands will feature an all-electric or hybrid powertrain.

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Video Review

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We tested the company''s first-ever hybrid model, the 2014 Subaru XV It''s no secret that Subaru has surged from strength to strength over the last several years.

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China iCET releases 2014 Green Car China report ranking mainstream cars by green and health impacts

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China’s Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET) recently released its 2014 Green Car China Annual Report , an evaluation of mainstream vehicles on sale in China by their lifecycle impacts and their health impacts. 2014 Top 5 Green Rated of China’s 2013 Top 50 Sales.

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New VW EA288 diesel to debut in 2H 2014 in the MY 2015 Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle; MDB comes to the US (updated with diagrams)

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Volkswagen of America announced that the new 2.0-liter EA288 diesel engine will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, and Jetta, all of which are set to arrive in dealer showrooms in the second half of 2014. Main modules of development of the EA288 diesel. Click to enlarge.

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Mahindra Racing unveils Formula E electric racer at Auto Expo 2014

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Mahindra Racing, the motor sports division of the India-based Mahindra Group, unveiled India’s first Formula E battery-electric race car, capable of reaching speeds of up to 225 km/h (140 mph), at Auto Expo 2014 in Delhi.

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DOE 2014 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Progress Report highlights substantial progress

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has posted the 2014 edition of its annual Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Progress Report —a nearly 1,000-page document.

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL fuel cell vehicle cracks 300,000 kilometer mark; Daimler receives f-cell Award 2014

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In recognition of the 300,000 km milestone, Daimler AG was honored with the “ f-cell Award 2014 ” given by Ministry of Environment, Climate, Protection and Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (WRS). “

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IIHS small overlap front crash testing finds mixed small car results; Volt wins 2014 Top Safety Pick+ award

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Five small cars, all 2014 models, earn an acceptable rating, two earn marginal and four earn poor ratings for occupant protection in a small overlap crash in the Institute’s latest round of evaluations. The other two are the 2014 Kia Forte, a small car, and the 2012 Prius v, a mid-size hybrid.

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Nissan leads with transfer of California ZEV credits out for year ending 30 Sep 2014

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Between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014, Nissan transferred out 663.6 As of September 2014, more than 100,000 ZEVs and plug-in hybrids are on California roads. ZEV credit balances by vehicle type as of 30 September 2014.

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Argonne releases GREET 2014 lifecycle analysis software; unified graphical toolbox and database

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The GREET (The Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation Model) team at Argonne National Laboratory has released a new version of the widely used GREET lifecycle analysis tool, GREET 2014.

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Honda to showcase new connected car and automated driving technologies at 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit; driver-to-driver “virtual tow”

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Honda will showcase several of its latest developments in intelligent transportation technology at the 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit, 7-11 September.

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2014 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro Le Mans racer consumes about 40% less fuel than first TDI engine at Le Mans in 2006

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In addition to the new, more efficient internal combustion engine, the 2014 R18 powertrain concept, for the first time, features the integration of two hybrid systems: ERS-K and ERS-H. Audi is racing three R18 e-quattros at Le Mans. Click to enlarge.

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2014 Toyota Verso offering new 1.6L diesel from BMW, first stop/start system

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The 2014 Verso now features an expanded powertrain line-up of 4 diesel and 2 gasoline engines which introduces a new 1.6 2014 Verso. The new 1.6 D-4D for the Verso. Click to enlarge.

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Audi bringing Q3 compact SUV to US in Fall 2014

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The new 2015 Audi Q3 compact SUV will arrive in the US in the Fall of 2014, joining the Q5 and Q7. The Q3 will make its US debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next week; Audi originally unveiled the Q3 in April 2011. Earlier post.). The Audi Q3 will initially be powered by a 200 hp (149 kW) 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine mated with a six-speed Tiptronic transmission. The engine will deliver 207 lb-ft (281 N·m) of torque.

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Subaru upgrades US-spec Impreza; EyeSight driver assist technology, 1 mpg boost over 2014 model

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As a comparison, the 2014 Impreza with automatic is EPA-rated at 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined.). Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.

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EPA data shows 57,860 gallons of cellulosic biofuel produced in 1Q 2014

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EMTS gallons for 1Q 2014. For the first quarter of 2014, EMTS reported a total of 3.8

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: Video Road Test

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Honda was the first car company to sell a hybrid in the U.S. by a few months, but it hasn''t done nearly as well with its hybrids as Toyota has done with its Prius.

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BNSF Railway announces record $5B capital spend for 2014

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BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) announced a new single-year record capital commitment plan of approximately $5 billion for 2014, approximately a $1 billion increase over its 2013 capital spend. Much of the capacity expansion in the 2014 capital plan is for infrastructure investment on BNSF’s Northern Corridor to put the company in position to meet all customer service expectations, including Amtrak.

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Redesigned Audi A3 earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+; first Audi model to win 2014 TSP or TSP+

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It’s the first Audi model to earn either the 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ award and the first ever to earn a good or acceptable rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test.

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Magna producing all-thermoplastic, fully recyclable liftgate module for 2014 Nissan Rogue

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Magna International’s Magna Exteriors operating unit is producing the North American automotive industry’s first all-thermoplastic, fully recyclable liftgate module for the 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover utility vehicle. The Rogue liftgate is unique in that all materials are fully olefinic and therefore fully recyclable at the end of the vehicle’s life, and it features the first painted outer panel made from thermoplastic olefin.

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Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 team unveils 2014 challenger and PU106A Hybrid Power Unit; new fuel and lubricants

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The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS (Petroliam Nasional Berhad) Formula One Team unveiled the F1 W05, its 2014 challenger, at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain. Select 2014 F1 powertrain regulation changes. The PU106A Hybrid Power Unit. Click to enlarge.

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OPIS: Russia’s shipments of diesel to Europe surged 55% in first eight months of 2014

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Diesel imports from Russia are at a record in the first eight months of 2014, with Germany the most reliant, followed by France, and then the UK. million b/d by 2019, from just over 1 million b/d in 2013, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its Medium-Term Market Report 2014, released in June. Satellite tracking of oil cargoes by market reporting group OPIS shows that Europe’s dependence on Russia for road fuels in the 28 member countries has deepened significantly.

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2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review

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The Toyota Highlander Hybrid remains the sole seven-seat hybrid vehicle on the market, and it has been redesigned and updated for the 2014 model year. hybrid sales, the 2014 Highlander Hybrid stands at the top of Toyota''s mid-size SUV line. While smaller vehicles--the Prius far ahead of any other model--make up the bulk of U.S. Our model was rated

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Opbrid Tr?kbaar ultra-high-power automatic charging station for heavy-duty trucks debuts at IAA 2014

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kbaar for trucks at IAA 2014. The Opbrid Tr?kbaar. kbaar. Click to enlarge. Spain-based Opbrid, the provider of the overhead pantograph-based ultra-fast charging Opbrid B?sbaar sbaar V3 for buses ( earlier post ), is introducing the Opbrid Tr?kbaar

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1.0-liter EcoBoost powering 1 in 5 new Fords sold in 1H 2014 in Europe

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From January through June 2014, Ford sold approximately 120,000 1.0-liter EcoBoost vehicles, compared with 104,000 during the first six months of 2013—an increase of more than 15%. For the first half of 2014, 1.0-liter EcoBoost models made up 47% of all B-MAX multi-activity vehicles sold, 33% of Focus sales, and 30% of Fiesta sales. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost was in June again named the 2014 International Engine of the Year.

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2014 Cadillac ELR Electric Coupe: Free Home Charging Station Included

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When the price of the 2014 Cadillac ELR range-extended luxury coupe was announced last October--it''s $75,995--the gasps and shrieking could be heard throughout the plug-in electric car world.

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Ricardo TorqStor flywheel energy storage technology receives SAE 2014 World Congress Tech Award

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Ricardo’s TorqStor high speed flywheel energy storage technology ( earlier post ) has been selected to receive the SAE Tech Award, as one of the top five technologies to be on display at the SAE World Congress 8-10 at the COBO Center, Detroit.

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2014 Mercedes E250 Diesel MPG, 2014 BMW i3 Demand, EPA Ethanol Rules: Today's Car News

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Today on Green Car Reports: 2014 BMW i3 production rises to meet strong demand, the EPA resets its ethanol rules, and we drive the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec diesel sedan. Production of the 2014 BMW i3 electric car will rise to meet strong demand, but will sales stay strong when the i3 hits U.S. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

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EIA forecast of 2014 US gasoline use has risen 2 billion gallons (1.6%) in past 10 months

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The latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) expects 2014 gasoline consumption to be 8.82 million barrels per day (2 billion gallons) higher than last November’s forecast, which was close to the average 2014 consumption forecast across the 12 editions of STEO published in 2013. The STEO forecast of 2014 gasoline consumption was generally declining between January 2013 and September 2013, but has risen over the past year.

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2014 BMW i3 Vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class: Luxury Electric Car Comparison

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Those cars are the 2014 BMW i3 and the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. This summer, buyers will have the option of two electric cars that on the surface, offer very similar attributes. Both are from Germany, for a start. Each has a very similar price tag. Each offers four doors and a liftback-style luggage area. And since we''ve driven

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Testing shows Volvo Trucks’ 2014 engines delivering up to 3% fuel efficiency improvement over 2013 models

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Volvo Trucks’ 2014 heavy-duty engines are providing greater fuel efficiency than anticipated, delivering up to a 3% fuel efficiency improvement compared with their 2013 counterparts, according to the company. Introduction of our SCR-equipped models yielded a 5 percent fuel efficiency increase, and we’re pleased to announce that our 2014 engine lineup is delivering up to an additional 3 percent savings.

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MY 2014 Fiat 500 to receive 2-cylinder 105 hp 0.9 TwinAir Turbo

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At the Geneva Motor Show, Fiat will introduce the MY 2014 Fiat 500, featuring a wide range of engines including the new two-cylinder 105 hp 0.9 TwinAir Turbo also offered in the Alfa Romeo MiTo sport mini. Earlier post.). Combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, the new 0.9 TwinAir engine delivers 105 hp (78 kW) at 5,500 rpm with a maximum torque of 145 N·m (107 lb-ft) at 2,000 rpm. The Fiat 500 with the 105 HP 0.9

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GM reaches 3M sales in China in 2014; planning 60 new or refreshed vehicles through 2018

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General Motors and its joint ventures sold their 3 millionth vehicle in China in 2014. Cadillac sales in China in the first ten months of 2014 increased 57.9% In the first 10 months of 2014, sales by GM and its joint ventures in China increased 10.7% This is the second consecutive year that GM has reached the milestone, a month earlier than last year.

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MIT Energy Initiative announces 2014 seed grant awards

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Other recipients of the spring 2014 MITEI seed grants are: Assessment of technologies at different scales to monetize natural gas under uncertain and dynamic conditions; Paul Barton, chemical engineering. The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) announced its latest round of seed grants to support early-stage innovative energy projects. A total of more than $1.6 million was awarded to 11 projects, each lasting up to two years.

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Air Resources Board seeks nominations for 2014 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards

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The California Air Resources Board is accepting applications for the 2014 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards. The 2014 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards nomination period is between1 Oct. 2014, and 1 Dec.2014. The awards are annually bestowed upon scientists, policy makers, community leaders and educators who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of clean air and climate change science, technology and policy.

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