US cash for clunkers scheme ends

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The US car scrappage scheme know as the ‘cash for clunkers’ plan will end next week after the funds ran out. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on Thursday that after a successful run, the cash for clunkers program will come to a close on Monday, August 24th at 8 p.m. The scheme gave owners of old cars and lorries up to $4,500 towards a new, more fuel efficient vehicle in exchange for their old model.

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. With General Motors and Chrysler also showing signs of modest improvement, all looked rosy. 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

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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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Can Electric Vehicles Speed Up As The Economy Slows Down?

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For the past few years, EVs became an increasingly popular choice amongst drivers. As a McKinsey report points out, early adopters sparked 60% growth year-on-year for the past decade.

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

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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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