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.

Study finds that replacement programs that reduce vehicle lifetime can result in increased lifecycle CO2 emissions

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Effects of changes in the average lifespan of ordinary passenger cars newly registered between 1990-2000 on total induced CO 2 emissions in 2000. Vehicle replacement schemes such as the “cash for clunkers” program in the US and the “scrappage scheme” in the UK have featured prominently in the economic stimulation packages initiated by many governments to cope with the global economic crisis—at least 13 countries have deployed such schemes.

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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. Nissan is bullish on plug-ins, which Ghosn predicts will account for 10% of cars sold by 2020.

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Perspective: Drive Star Conversion Program Could Cut US Oil Use in Half by 2020

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Calling the recent weeks “ one of the most emotionally difficult times for me as I’ve seen people with far more clout than I fail to make headway in changing the lackluster, dispiriting and immensely frustrating responses to the Gulf catastrophe ,” CalCars founder Felix Kramer has written a pre-response to President Obama’s scheduled Tuesday night speech to the US about the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.]. Realists” say that’s impossible for decades.

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

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

It will be launched today by Geoff Hoon, the transport secretary, and Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, with the aim of kickstarting the market for cleaner road vehicles and slashing the UKs CO2 emisisons. Of that, 58% of the emissions are caused by motor cars." 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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