Deadline for comments on EPA fuel-economy rollback is Tuesday

Green Car Reports

Readers who want to make their voices heard in objection to (or support of) the EPA proposal to freeze fuel economy standards have until tomorrow to get their comments in. The EPA proposed in early August to undo Obama-era rules requiring cars to reach increasingly stringent fuel-economy targets through 2025. Called the Safer Affordable. EPA Corporate Average Fuel Economy

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New California program to make clean cars affordable for lower-income residents

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The funding is from California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in low-income and disadvantaged communities. The California Air Resources Board announced a new statewide grant and loan program to help lower-income consumers across California get into the cleanest new and used cars on the market.

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IEA: time to tap into hydrogen’s potential to play a key role in a clean, secure and affordable energy future

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In a major new report on hydrogen, the International Energy Agency says that the time is right to tap into hydrogen’s potential to play a key role in a clean, secure and affordable energy future.

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Advanced ADEPT 48V affordable mild hybrid on path to meet future ultra-low vehicle emissions

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Ricardo believes the above package is very competitive with other fuel economy solutions such as full hybridization. In addition to powering these ancillaries and facilitating a significantly improved start-stop functionality, ADEPT’s 48V architecture also provides significant levels of torque assist from the BSG to offset fuelling to the engine for improved fuel economy, and to increase overall powertrain torque capability for enhanced vehicle performance.

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Renault-Nissan jointly developing new vehicle program for growth markets; CMF-A for affordability

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CEO and Chairman Carlos Ghosn confirmed that the Renault-Nissan Alliance is developing all-new vehicles to meet the specific demands of new car buyers in the world’s fastest growing economies. The program, internally named CMF-A, covers the most affordable category of cars in the Common Module Family (CMF, earlier post ), Renault-Nissan’s modular system of vehicle architecture.

Car Dealers Fight Higher MPG Rules, Again, Over Affordability

Green Car Reports

At a Tuesday public hearing on the proposed joint NHTSA-EPA standards for fuel economy in 2017-2025 vehicles, the National Auto Dealers You'd think that if President Obama, two government agencies, and 13 of the world's largest carmakers supported a set of new regulations to improve gas mileage, they might be popular with auto dealers too. Not so.

Report: EPA backs off plans to freeze fuel economy rules–slightly

Green Car Reports

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced Thursday that the agency will delay and revise its plan to freeze emissions and fuel-economy rules, which was expected to be released early this month. The proposed rule, the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule, would freeze fuel-economy standards at 2020 levels through 2026 and reverse.

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ORNL-developed ACMZ aluminum alloy promises better fuel economy

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Researchers at ORNL, in partnership with FCA US and Nemak USA, have developed a new suite of aluminum-based alloys that could give automakers a boost in achieving ambitious fuel economy goals. Affordable, lightweight and capable of withstanding temperatures 100 degrees Celsius higher than commercially available automotive cast alloys, ACMZ is proving to be suitable for the next generation of more fuel-efficient internal combustion engines.

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ORNL-developed ACMZ aluminum alloy promises better fuel economy

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Researchers at ORNL, in partnership with FCA US and Nemak USA, have developed a new suite of aluminum-based alloys that could give automakers a boost in achieving ambitious fuel economy goals. Affordable, lightweight and capable of withstanding temperatures 100 degrees Celsius higher than commercially available automotive cast alloys, ACMZ is proving to be suitable for the next generation of more fuel-efficient internal combustion engines.

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Analysis: Higher fuel costs under lax Trump mpg rules outweigh affordability gains

Green Car Reports

The Trump administration's proposed fuel economy regulation rollbacks could cost U.S. consumers as much as $300 billion, a new analysis suggests, calling into question EPA chief Andrew Wheeler's claims that the new proposals would save buyers money, prompting them to purchase newer, safer cars. Consumer Reports analyzed the proposed rule changes.

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Variable Supercharger Blends Fuel Economy, Performance: Video

Green Car Reports

Many of us can’t wait for the day when affordable performance cars come in electric-powered versions, too. Contrary to popular belief, not all of us who love speed embrace gas-guzzling V-8s. There’s a lot to be said for maximum torque at zero rpm, something internal combustion engines (ICE) can’t match. That said, one company is

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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Young Buyers Like Small Cars, Don't Care About Fuel Economy

Green Car Reports

For example, we've heard time and again that even if Millennials (aka "Generation Y") could afford to buy cars, they wouldn't flock to showrooms, because they have other priorities Statistics are curious and often contradictory things. That's doubly so when they reveal shopping habits, because shoppers are curious and contradictory creatures.

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Flywheel hybrid research vehicle delivers up to 22.4% fuel economy improvement in ARTEMIS cycles

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A research vehicle fitted with a flywheel hybrid system including stop-start has demonstrated improvements in fuel economy of up to 22.4% There is growing support for flywheel hybrid systems across the industry, fundamentally driven by affordability. FHSPV flywheel CVT system layout. Click to enlarge. in the new European ARTEMIS test cycles.

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Systematic review of EV battery pack costs suggests economies of scale may push cost toward US$200/kWh without further cell chemistry improvements

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The results further suggest that it is possible that economies of scale will continue to push cost towards US$200/kWh in the near future even without further cell chemistry improvements. The single most important factor in achieving a compelling and affordable mass-market BEV is its relative cost. Combined with improvements due to economies of scale, the industry can see an ongoing drop in cost.

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California girds for battle with EPA over fuel economy

Green Car Reports

Last Friday, California released a 400-page repudiation of the Trump administration's plan to freeze fuel economy standards and revoke California's statutory right to set its own limits on vehicle emissions. The report comes in response to the EPA and NHTSA's proposed Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Rule, which would undo fuel-economy. EPA NHTSA CARB Corporate Average Fuel Economy

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6-Speed PowerShift automatic in Fiesta, Focus delivers a 10% fuel economy gain

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The new dual dry-clutch Ford PowerShift six-speed automatic available in the Focus and Fiesta enables a 10% fuel economy gain compared to a four-speed automatic transmission, contributing to both cars delivering as much as 40 mpg on the highway. Neutral idle: This feature helps improve fuel economy by eliminating the drag a traditional hydraulic transmission puts on the engine when a vehicle is idling. Less weight helps improve fuel economy.

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Stop/start to be standard with V-6 in Jeep Cherokee and I-4 in 2015 Chrysler 200; up to 3% better fuel economy

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Chrysler 200 customers who opt for the 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4, and Jeep Cherokee customers who choose the available 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6, will experience estimated fuel-economy improvements of up to 3%, compared with the conventional vehicle-engine pairings. ESS accounts for a one-mpg city-cycle fuel-economy gain in the Ram, the most fuel-efficient truck in its segment. This design feature reduces weight and affords packaging benefits.

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Study finds what Trump is missing about fuel economy: Poor people don't buy new cars

Green Car Reports

Rising fuel economy standards make driving more affordable for low-income households, not less as the Trump administration argues, according to a new study by the Consumer Federation of America. In their proposal to freeze fuel-economy increases, the EPA and NHTSA argued that increasing fuel economy standards compromised safety by making new cars. EPA Fuel Economy Donald Trump

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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%

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Chevrolet to offer small number of 2016 Silverados pickups with e-Assist mild-hybrid technology; 13% better city cycle fuel economy

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As a result, Chevrolet can deliver a low-volume, affordably priced hybrid pickup that delivers uncompromised capability and up to 13% better fuel economy in city driving. Silverado already leads the full-size truck segment in V8 fuel economy. V-8 engine to operate in 4-cylinder mode for longer periods, resulting in additional fuel economy benefits. These features deliver a 13% improvement in city fuel economy, based on EPA estimates.

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GM battery layoffs, Trump and fuel economy, more fast chargers: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

A new study shows what the Trump administration is missing about how fuel-economy standards affect vehicle affordability. General Motors Fuel EconomyElectrify America gets plans approved to build more fast chargers in California. And we have results from our last Twitter poll and a new poll for you to try. All this and more on Green Car Reports. After announcing the demise.

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PNNL team develops higher-strength, lower-cost titanium alloy aimed at improving vehicle fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions

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The resulting alloy is still more expensive than steel but with its strength-to-cost ratio, it becomes much more affordable with greater potential for lightweight automotive applications, said Vineet Joshi, a metallurgist at PNNL. An improved titanium alloy—stronger than any commercial titanium alloy currently on the market—gets its strength from the novel way atoms are arranged to form a special nanostructure.

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Obama climate plan calls for new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018; cleaner fuels and investment in advanced fossil energy

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Among the transportation-related elements of US President Barack Obama’s new climate action plan, which he is outlining today in a speech at Georgetown University, is the development of new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018. In 2011, the Obama Administration finalized the first fuel economy standards for Model Year 2014-2018 for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses, and vans.

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DOT and EPA release revised fuel economy and GHG emission standards for MY 2021-2026 light-duty vehicles

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The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule setting corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and CO 2 emissions standards for model years 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks. Under the SAFE Rule, the projected overall industry average required fuel economy in MYs 2021-2026 is 40.4

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DOE issues RFI in support of medium- and heavy-duty truck research and development

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Affordable freight movement is essential for the nation’s economy. EERE is specifically interested in information on safe, efficient, affordable solutions that reduce energy use, emissions and total cost of ownership (purchase, fuel, maintenance and operational cost) for medium and heavy-duty trucking.

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EPA plans to roll back emissions standards on power plants

Green Car Reports

After wiping out plans to continue boosting fuel economy standards earlier this month, the EPA on Tuesday proposed rolling back emissions standards on electric power plants. The new proposed rule, which the EPA calls the "Affordable Clean Energy" rule, would eliminate Obama-era standards that would have required power plants to reduce carbon.

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Lotus Omnivore Engine Shows Up To 10% Better Fuel Economy Than Spray-Guided GDI Engines; Achieves HCCI At Extremely Light Loads

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A multi-cylinder version is practical for a wide variety of vehicles and offers greatest benefit to C and D class passenger cars which can take advantage of the low cost architecture and significantly improved fuel economy and emissions. The chief advantage of a monoblock construction in any engine, aside from the bill of materials and assembly benefits, is the reduction of bore distortion afforded by the removal of cylinder head bolts.

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DOE announces approximately $64M in funding for 18 projects to advance H2@Scale

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $64 million in Fiscal Year 2020 funding for 18 projects that will support the H2@Scale vision for affordable hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and use. These projects will fuel the next round of research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities under H2@Scale’s multi-year initiative to fully realize hydrogen’s benefits across the economy. Developing a Workforce for a Hydrogen Technology Economy.

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EPA Administrator broadly outlines Trump Administration thinking on fuel economy standards and California

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In a speech on Tuesday at the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in Washington, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler outlined the Trump Administration’s thinking on national fuel economy standards and California. Wheeler said that the Administration will begin taking steps in the very near future to establish one set of national fuel-economy standards. (On

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Toyota Corolla Hybrid, flow batteries, Greenlots, GM-Tesla pickup rumor: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

The EPA released impressive fuel-economy estimates for the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hybrid. Indiana professors combine ethanol, and fuel-cell tech in affordable next-gen electric-car battery. One-step Plug&Charge comes to Greenlots chargers. And a report reveals that Tesla may be supplying batteries and motors for a new electric pickup from GM. pickup GM self-driving cars

DOE to invest up to $100M in two new consortia to advance hydrogen and fuel cell R&D

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One consortium will conduct R&D to achieve large-scale, affordable electrolyzers, which use electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Simmons, gave a preview of this announcement last week during his remarks at the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) Global Hydrogen Forum, where he represented the United States as the IPHE Chair.

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Federal agencies release framework for advancing the bioeconomy

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The federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board unveiled a multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. The vision of the Bioeconomy Initiative is a vibrant US bioeconomy that enhances economic growth, energy security, and environmental quality by maximizing sustainable use of the nation’s domestic biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower.

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Toyota introduces new Yaris Cross compact SUV in Japan; TNGA GA-B platform; E-Four electric AWD

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A 4WD (four-wheel drive) system affords a seamless driving performance for a wide range of activities from urban driving to leisure activities. Furthermore, the hybrid variant achieves world-class, top-level fuel economy for its class (2WD, 30.8

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2013 Mazda CX-5

Green Car Reports

The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 may be our favorite crossover, wrapping remarkable fuel economy and some of the most fun driving we've experienced in any utility vehicle into a single, fairly affordable package. It should prove a strong competitor in the second tier of crossovers, following the perennial best-sellers: Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape

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New MINI Cooper Teased, Win A Trip To The Unveiling: Video

Green Car Reports

The classic Mini was one of the first true economy cars, both in terms of frugality and in offering purchase price that regular people could afford. Since BMW''s resurrection of the badge its priorities have shifted a little to capitalize on the car''s fashion status, but that doesn''t mean the new car, revealed on November 18, won''t be frugal too

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US, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, and EC launch new hydrogen initiative

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The new hydrogen initiative will drive international collaboration on policies, programs and projects to accelerate the commercial deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across all sectors of the economy. It will aim to address barriers and identify opportunities for hydrogen in the global transformation to a clean, affordable and reliable energy sector, including global supply chains for this new energy vector.

US, Europe and Japan to cooperate on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

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On the sidelines of the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, US Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette; Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Hiroshige Seko; and European Union Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Cañete signed a joint statement of future cooperation on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

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New IACMI collaboration to develop advanced carbon fiber for hydrogen, natural gas storage tanks; $2.7M DOE award

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The new award is one of 18 projects and approximately $64 million in DOE funding that will support the H2@Scale vision for affordable hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and use. The projects will support the next round of research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities under H2@Scale’s multi-year initiative to fully realize hydrogen’s benefits across the economy. The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) will receive $2.7

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Aluminum industry says NHTSA/EPA draft rule assumptions on lightweighting in small cars false

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Automakers are not reducing the weight of small cars, but instead are prioritizing weight reductions where it offers the most promise to boost fuel economy and reduce emissions—their larger, heavier cars and trucks.

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More Doom & Gloom On Higher MPG Standards From Car Dealers

Green Car Reports

It's not news that new, higher fuel-economy standards will raise the cost of future cars in real dollars. Now a new study, funded by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), suggests that those increases will prevent up to 7 million buyers from affording new cars in 2025. That's out of a pool of perhaps 80 or 100 million potential

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2012 SUV Market Update

Hybrid SUV Blog

One factor for this market turnabout could be the economy. Families traveling together for a day trip or overnight stay often need the seating room and cargo space afforded by larger vehicles such as sport utilities. While they got better fuel economy, the cars turned out to be too small for their lifestyles. SUV Market Remains Strong.

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Pathfinder Hybrid SUV Preview

Hybrid SUV Blog

Affordable and Economical – Easy on the Pocket. When compared with other SUV hybrids on the market, the extra cost is relatively low and could make the Pathfinder Hybrid one of the more affordable hybrid sport utilities. Moreover, the affordability and economy doesn’t end there. According to the company, the fuel economy is a whopping 24% better than the standard fuel-based model of the Pathfinder.

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