UK auto industry warns anti-diesel agenda and slow uptake of EVs could mean missing 2021 CO2 targets; rising CO2 average in 2017

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The UK automotive industry warned that the current anti-diesel agenda combined with the ongoing slow take-up of electric vehicles could mean industry misses its next round of CO 2 targets in 2021, with negative consequences for the UK’s own climate change goals.

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EC rolls out CARS 2020 action plan for European auto industry

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Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, introduced the EC’s CARS 2020 Action Plan aimed at reinforcing the European automotive industry’s competitiveness and sustainability heading towards 2020. The anticipated action plan comes at a time when the automotive industry is facing particular pressure due to a strong decline of the EU market and structural overcapacities.

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Auto Industry Backs Additional Funding for Research into Impacts of Mid-Level Ethanol Blends

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is current considering a request to allow more than the current limit of 10% ethanol in gasoline to increase overall ethanol consumption in the US fuel pool. Status of research into the effects of mid-level blends.

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China publishes plan to boost fuel-efficient and new energy vehicles and domestic auto industry; targeting 500K PHEVs and EVs in 2015, rising to 2M by 2020

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China’s State Council has published a plan to develop the domestic energy-saving and new energy vehicle industry, which includes battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. Natural gas and other alternative fuel vehicle technology is basically mature, the government said, and is headed toward initial industrialization. 2012 Chinese Auto Industry Development Report. Developing the industrial system.

2012 108

Center for Automotive Research calls long-run economic risk to auto industry of mandating permanent fuel economy standards very serious; recommends periodic reviews

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The CAR report, the US Automotive Market and Industry in 2025 , relies on technology and market forecast data from the National Research Council (NRC) and J.D. employment in the US motor vehicle manufacturing industry in 2025. per gallon gasoline. per gallon gasoline.

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IHS Markit: US gasoline demand could be cut almost in half due to COVID-19

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A sudden drop in miles traveled by car in the US triggered by wide-spread social isolation measures will have immediate ramifications for gasoline demand. IHS Markit analysis finds that US gasoline demand could fall by as much as 4.1 Europe autos demand for 2020 is set at 15.6

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China developing timetable to end sales, production of gasoline cars

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The auto industry has now grudgingly accepted that battery-electric cars will make up some portion of the world's new vehicles in years to come. But a milestone in that trend may have come today, in news from China. Policy makers in the world's most populous country, and largest car market, are developing a timetable to end production and sales of. emissions China government climate change plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) transportation policy

2017 80

T&E concludes that diesel cars emit more CO2 on a full lifecycle basis than gasoline cars

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To derive the emissions figure, T&E said that it made a number of assumptions for their calculations: The average gasoline lifetime driving distance of 175,000 km (108,740 miles) is taken as the starting point. T&E used the latest real-world fuel consumption figures for diesel and gasoline: 6.3

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Will green cars put industry on road to profit?

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Warren Brown in The Washington Post took an in depth look at the issue and here is a summary of his arguments: According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in its 35-page document “ Fixing Detroit: How Far, How Fast, How Fuel Efficient “, the Obama administration’s push for more vehicle miles per gallon could return the industry to profitability. It could be argued then that America is still drunk on cheap gasoline.

Renewable-methanol fueled Geely cars in fleet testing in Iceland; 70% reduction in WTW CO2 compared to gasoline

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Among drivers testing the vehicles were CRI staff and members of the Icelandic Automobile Association as well as several local service providers in the auto industry. The participants reported virtually no difference in driving experience compared to regular gasoline- or diesel-fueled cars. It features a 1.8-liter, 127 hp engine which can run on both 100% methanol (M100) and gasoline. The switch from gasoline to methanol is not noticeable to the driver.

Ford, GM and AVL researchers argue match-blending a flawed approach to evaluate ethanol-gasoline blends

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In a newly published SAE paper, a team from Ford, General Motors and AVL argues that the exclusive use of a match blending approach to prepare ethanol-gasoline blends for regulatory emissions testing “has fundamental flaws”. Ethanol blends are created in two ways: by adding more ethanol to a product approved for commercial use, such as E10 (“splash blending”); or by adjusting the gasoline blendstock first to match certain selected parameters (“match blending”).

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Arnold Flexing for Flex-Fuels; Fouls Air & Guzzles More Gasoline

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Because environmental organizations have dropped the ball for so long on the actual costs and benefits of the various "green" transportation alternatives, policy makers and the public at large are at the whim of the advertising power of big auto and big oil. So as long as it seems a green option, it's a win-win for the little green giant of the Republican party and the sclerotic giant of the auto industry.

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GM CEO outlines highlights of fuel economy plan through MY2016: lightweighting; more efficient gasoline and clean diesel engines, electrification

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The auto industry should play a central role in the energy discussion, Akerson noted, because light-duty vehicles account for about 60% of total transportation energy usage in the United States. More efficient gasoline engines. GM is improving the thermodynamic efficiency of our gasoline engines using a suite of technologies, including turbocharging, direct injection, variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation.

2013 74

Mazda all but confirms rotary range extender engine for electric car

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How Mazda plans to integrate plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles into its range of increasingly efficient gasoline and diesel models is a topic that interests parts of the global auto industry. In 2019, the small Japanese maker will offer a combustion-engine technology never before achieved in production: a gasoline engine that can work.

2017 63

Electric-car vs gas costs, self-driving Bolt, more 2018 diesels, Workhorse orders open: Today's Car News

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Today, we've got a Chevy Bolt EV without a steering wheel, an update on available 2018 diesel vehicles, an analysis of the per-mile costs of electricity versus gasoline, and predictions by auto-industry execs. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The next wave of long-distance electric cars will arrive from European luxury makers, with the Audi. Today in Car News

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2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid released at Chicago auto show

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What the auto industry calls a "mid-cycle refresh" can range from indistinguishable to very evident. The hybrid Sonata follows the updated conventional gasoline. Chicago Auto Show Plug-In HybridsThe 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid falls into the latter category, with new front and rear styling, changes to the interior and dashboard, and numerous added safety and connectivity features.

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2019 Mazda 3 to feature world-first HCCI engine for efficiency: report

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It's a technology that's been a sort of Holy Grail in the auto industry for at least a couple of decades. It's called homogeneous charge compression ignition, or HCCI: in essence it lets a gasoline engine. Now Mazda, one of the smallest global automakers, plans to introduce it in a radical new engine to be used in a future Mazda vehicle in 2019. HCCI Engines Fuel Economy SKYACTIV

2017 63

Advanced Turbocharged, Direct Injected Gasoline Engines Poised to Take on Diesels in US and in Europe for Reduced Fuel Consumption and Emissions

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Cackette was in effect suggesting that the future tailpipe emissions baseline (LEV III) for light duty passenger vehicles—both diesel and gasoline—was likely to be or to approximate CA SULEV/US Tier 2 Bin 2.

2009 78

Purdue team developing pre-chamber technology for cars for ultra-lean combustion

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The auto industry is feeling the pressure to optimize these engines because of the competition from electric vehicles. Qiao is currently collaborating with industry on design and optimization of passive and active pre-chambers for gasoline engines.

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State Governors Ask For Natural-Gas Cars, Industry Listens

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Last week, governors of more than 20 states joined together to ask the auto industry for a specific kind of car: a mid-size sedan powered by natural gas, rather than gasoline. This week, the industry responded, with auto-company representatives gathering in Oklahoma City to discuss the request with Governor Mary Fallin, a member of the governors

Ford Executive Talks Plug-Ins

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That requires nothing less than a complete and radical change of mindset : not only for Ford Motor Company, where we are undergoing this transformation, but for the whole auto industry." autoblog EV World and Autoblog posted this story today.

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BorgWarner providing BYD Auto with turbo technology for hybrids

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BorgWarner is supplying its advanced wastegate turbocharging technology for numerous hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) from BYD Auto Industry Company Limited. The turbochargers boost BYD Auto’s 1.5-liter direct injection gasoline engine in its Qin, Song and Yuan HEVs as well as the 2.0-liter direct injection gasoline engine in its Tang and Song HEVs. In addition, BorgWarner also delivers its technology for numerous gasoline powered vehicles of BYD Auto.

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NYT Editorial

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Editorial Trying to Find the Road Ahead Published: January 24, 2006 W ith its bonds downgraded to junk and its market share on the ropes, Detroit's auto industry almost looks to be in a free fall. What's really sad is that Ford is in such bad shape that few people think the restructuring and job cuts are too aggressive, even though they were larger than many auto industry analysts had been expecting.

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Auto Lobby Deals a New Card

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Changing of the guard at the auto makers' industry group the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM). Former Democratic Congressman Dave McCurdy takes his lobbying skills from Electronics to Autos. See his presentation at the Santa Monica AltFuel Auto Show below this post.

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EPA proposes leaving light-duty vehicle GHG standards for MY 2022-2025 unchanged

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The final standards are projected result in an average industry fleet-wide level of 163 grams/mile of CO 2 in model year 2025, which is equivalent to 54.5 Although EPA’s technical analysis indicates that the standards could be strengthened for model years 2022-2025, proposing to leave the current standards in place provides greater certainty to the auto industry for product planning and engineering, the agency said.

2016 80

Nissan Leaf – Taking Reservations

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Funny that this article cites “a shortage of public charging stations&# as the sole reason for auto makers scrapping electric vehicles in the 1990s. The four-door Nissan Leaf will go on sale later this year at a cost of about $20,000 after a federal tax credit and state rebate, a price low enough that auto industry analysts say it will attract consumers who have never considered driving electric vehicles before. Nissan's new electronic vehicle, the Leaf. (AP

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Obama on cars

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MR. RUSSERT: How long before our automobiles are off of gasoline oil and, and using something like an alternative fuel? OBAMA: Well, you know, I, I think that if we decided right now that we were going to make the kind of investment I've proposed--$150 billion over 10 years--then I think at the end of the decade we could have a auto industry that has significantly reduced our consumption of oil by as much as 35, 40 percent. Today Barak Obama appeared on Meet the Press.

2008 100

Green-Car Tip: Hybrid Vehicles Get Discounts, Incentives Too

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While the auto industry in general offers an average incentive of more than $1,000 off the sticker price of any new vehicle, many buyers somehow assume this doesn't apply to hybrids. You can get money off pretty much any hybrid out there at the moment, since gasoline prices are far from the heights they reached in 2008.

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China’s EV Subsidy

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From the article: “Buyers of electric vehicles will receive up to 60,000 yuan ($8,800), and buyers of certain gasoline-electric hybrids as much as 50,000 yuan, under the two-year program set to start this year in five cities—Shanghai, Hangzhou, Changchun, Shenzhen and Hefei—the ministry of finance said Tuesday… Already, the move provoked resentful comments from some ordinary Chinese who question why the government is using public funds to subsidize car purchases for wealthy buyers.

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When Will EVs Hit Primetime?

Revenge of the Electric Car

gasoline-powered vehicles could be delayed. Despite a surge in interest, electric cars may remain niche products in the world’s two largest auto markets. If electric cars can’t break out of niche status in the world’s two largest passenger car markets, then a transition away from gasoline-powered vehicles could be delayed. China overtook the US last year as the largest auto market in the world.

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Toyota Financial Services issues first Euro-denominated Green Bond allocated specifically to the sales of low-emission vehicles; €600M

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TFS introduced the auto industry’s first Asset-Backed Green Bond in 2014; this latest issuance is the fourth Green Bond the company has issued. The TFS Green Bond program is unique in the auto industry and enhances Toyota’s reputation for leadership in green innovation across industries. Toyota Financial Services (TFS) issued its first euro-denominated unsecured Green Bond today, expanding its commitment to the sale of environmentally friendly vehicles.

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Divergent 3D partners with Altran to deploy 3D printing for car manufacturing

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Nodes join aerospace-grade carbon fiber tubing into standardized building objects, resulting in an industrial-strength chassis that can be assembled in a matter of minutes.

2016 102

Bailouts and Beemers

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None can deny the importance of the auto industry to the American economy, but no one was in the mood to pay obeisance to the once-powerful supplicants. Chairman Carlos Ghosn has gone further than any auto exec in making an alternative fuel choice for the future and it is unambiguously battery electric cars. At the LA Auto Show Ghosn and Governor Ted Kulongoski announced an agreement that will make Oregon the first state to see Nissan electric cars, beginning in 2010.

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A 100 m.p.g. truck? A Bright IDEA | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press

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Facebook Digg Reddit Newsvine More evidence that we are approaching an exciting new frontier in the automotive industry will be on display today on Capitol Hill. Three years ago, the magazine Popular Mechanics even wrote an article prodding the auto industry for not building the 100 m.p.g. So, Im going to go out on a limb here and say bags of Frito snacks will soon be coming to stores near you with a lot less gasoline, noise and dirty emissions. (2

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Toyota cumulative global hybrid sales pass 5M, nearly 2M in US

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Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles make up 70% of the US auto industry’s total hybrid sales, while they account for 16% of overall Toyota/Lexus sales, both globally and locally. Total industry hybrid sales are roughly three percent of the US car market.

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California ARB holding informational meeting on feasibility of measuring LEV III PM mass standards

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In the past, gasoline vehicles have had very low PM emissions—typically less than 1 mg/mi—as have diesel vehicles since the introduction of diesel particulate filters (DPFs). However, newer, more fuel-efficient gasoline technologies such as direct injection result in higher PM emissions.

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Zero-Carbon Drive to Sacto Anti-Carbon Rally and Back

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Dan Kalb of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Bonnie Holms-Gen of the Lung Association were there to lend their voices of protest against the auto industry's continuing legal assault on California. At 20 lbs of carbon emissions per gallon of gasoline burned (US Energy Information Administration estimate), a Prius or Civic would have released about 80 lbs of carbon for this one round trip. The auto manufacturers have sued to stop progress before.

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Will CARB’s New Rules Damage EV Startups?

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But a powerful state agency is poised to put 3Prong Power out of business and deal a severe blow to a promising new industry. Going faster than that triggers the car’s gasoline-powered engine, transforming the vehicle back into a traditional hybrid. But the auto companies hated the CARB rules and never really wanted to sell the cars. There are two in San Francisco, Luscious Garage and Pat’s Garage, and one on the Peninsula, A+ Japanese Auto Repair in San Carlos.

2009 100

CalCars and PHEVs Frequently Asked Questions

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Heres our roundup of auto-maker comments in the media recently. Dont PHEVs just shift pollution from gasoline cars to power plants? The enthusiasm for ethanol ("flex-fuel" cars use E85, which is 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline) is welcome.

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GM emphasizes its safety testing for the Bi-fuel Impala

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GM says that it has tested the compressed natural gas (CNG) tank in the 2015 Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala ( earlier post ) under normal and extreme conditions, exceeding both federal requirements and CNG industry guidelines.

2014 96

Geely acquiring flying car startup Terrafugia

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Terrafugia will also benefit from the Geely Group’s significant expertise and track record of innovation within the global auto industry.

2017 110

Electric-Car Fans Rally Around the Volt - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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While the Volt holds promise, it is currently projected to be much more expensive than its gasoline-fueled peers and will likely need substantial reductions in manufacturing cost in order to become commercially viable,” the task force noted in its recent assessment of GM’s restructuring plans.

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EPA to maintain light-duty vehicle GHG standards unchanged through 2025

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EPA further projects that the MY2022-2025 standards can be met largely through advances in gasoline vehicle technologies, such as improvements in engines, transmissions, light-weighting, aerodynamics, and accessories.

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