ASU research finds that Cash for Clunkers rebates were too high to prompt car upgrades

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The Car Allowance Rebate System, which cost the government $3 billion and was dubbed “Cash for Clunkers,” was so popular that it ran for only a few weeks in the summer before running out of money. The data included more than 320,000 real vehicle transactions completed under Cash for Clunkers. I think the economists have said it’s sort of a wash because it mainly just took future purchases and accelerated them.

Has the cash for clunkers scheme failed? The Green Piece

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The Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS for short, or ‘cash for clunkers’ as it is more commonly known) was the US’s answer to the scrappage schemes in Germany and the UK which appeared to have revitalised their respective automotive sectors. Though the scheme proved so popular that the initial $1billion set aside for it ran out last month, auto sales only rose by 2.4 When the cash for clunkers scheme was introduced, we at TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk

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Cash For Clunkers & Guzzlers Falls Short

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If news about “Cash For Clunkers&# or “Cash For Guzzlers&# has you excited about trading in your current ride for a hybrid SUV or green car, you may be disappointed to learn more of the details. Last month, the Car Allowance Rebate System was signed into law, providing roughly $1 billion dollars in incentives for people willing to trade in their current vehicle for a new, more fuel-efficient option.

UMD collaborative study finds that fuel efficiency of one car in household may be cancelled out by next car purchase

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In a recent collaborative study led by the University of Maryland (UMD), researchers found that consumers tend to buy something less fuel efficient than they normally would for their second car after buying an eco-friendly vehicle. While this sounds like an all-too-logical conclusion, the study reports a 57% reduction in the benefits of driving the fuel efficient car for carbon emissions purely based on the purchase of the second vehicle.

GM Launches Trial of Sales on eBay

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Starting tomorrow and running through 8 September, GM is running a test program for online car sales on eBay in California at gm.ebay.com. Consumers will be able to browse California dealer online showrooms, ask questions, negotiate prices, and arrange financing and payment to purchase a new 2008, 2009 or select 2010 car, crossover or truck online.

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Hybrid Car Sales Surge in U.S. in August

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When the Cash for Clunkers (CARS) program here in the U.S. ended, I wondered how many of the buyers who took advantage of the rebate chose to purchase a hybrid. Buying a hybrid made the most sense, in my view, especially with the slight surge in gas prices just before the program launched. If I had owned my own clunker — a well-loved 1989

Survey Finds Most Americans Concerned About Gas Prices But Not Enough to Stop Taking Their Own Car To Work

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The vast majority of Americans drive to work, but even the threat of higher gas prices doesn’t seem to be encouraging them much to carpool, take public transportation or buy an energy-efficient hybrid car, according to a new Rasmussen survey. Among the results: 80% of adults say the price of gas will be at least somewhat important in their deciding what vehicle they will purchase next. For 48%, it is a very important factor.

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Poll: 81% of Americans Oppose Gas Tax Hike To Encourage Sales of More Efficient Cars

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A new Rasmussen telephone poll found that 81% of Americans oppose an “ increase the tax on gasoline by a large amount ” as a way to encourage the purchase of more fuel-efficient cars. In April 2008, 60% of Americans favored suspending the federal gas tax completely for the summer to offset soaring gas prices. Only 22% of Americans are willing to spend more to buy an energy-efficient hybrid car to help the environment.

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Heard At The Show: Snippets from SAE 2009 World Congress

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For every kJ of chemical energy in the fuel for a spark ignition internal combustion engine, 73 % is sacrificed to chemical and thermal losses. Breaking out the 22%, aerodynamic losses account for 39%, tire resistance is 25%, transmission and drivetrain 20%, accessories 12% and bearings 3%. “ People were concerned about spending $35,000 for an SUV that seats five, they were saying for $21,000 I can get a sedan that seats five. Cash for Clunkers.

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Cash for Volts?

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A coalition of car makers, battery suppliers and electricity providers has come together to ask for federal help for EVs. by Judith Burns for Dow Jones. to offer tax credits for buying all-electric plug-in vehicles as part of a $128 billion program to get seven million such cars on the road by 2018. WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Move over, cash for clunkers. “We can set the stage for it, with a wide range of tax credits,&# said Sen.

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Labour's £5,000 sweetener to launch electric car revolution | Environment | The Guardian

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Photograph: Graeme Robertson/Guardian Consumers are to be offered incentives of up to £5,000 to purchase an electric car under government plans to be unveiled today that will also see the creation of electric car cities across the UK and the launch of large-scale experiments with ultra-green vehicles. The cash incentive for consumers would be available to offset the higher upfront costs of electric cars , in particular the price of the batteries in modern vehicles.

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