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Fuel economy of new cars reaches record highs in US

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The fuel economy of new cars in the US is improving and is now 14 per cent higher than four years ago, according to new research from the University of Michigan. While the US might comparatively seem like a country care-free of the cost of fuel (despite rising costs, petrol-or gasoline to our American friends-is [.]. Green credentials fuel economy University of Michigan USA

Average fuel economy on the up

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The average fuel economy of new light duty vehicles bought in the USA leapt from October 2007 to April 2009 from 20.2mpg to 21.3mpg. According to Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, both the unemployment rate and the cost of petrol influenced buyers’ decisions with regards to the fuel economy of their vehicles.

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Ford introduce the EcoBoost petrol engine

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Much of today’s drive for cleaner, more efficient engines has focused around either attaching an electric motor to an engine to take over some of the powertrain requirements, these are known as Hybrids (famously seen in the Toyota Prius), or efficiency gains on turbochargin diesel engines, where most carmakers have found significant increases in fuel efficiency and reductions in CO2 emissions are possible – Ford’s current EcoNetic range is based on fuel efficient diesel units.

The Inefficiency of Car Buying

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The buying experience of a new car for each of us is different, but the one similarity for all of us is its inefficiency. Each of us has a different approach to buying a new car. It means that with no effort, you are able to find a list of suitable vehicles.

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Audi using supplementary port fuel injection to address particulates from gasoline direct injection

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Elements of the dual injection system. In part-load operation, the indirect injection supplements direct gasoline injection to improve fuel economy and to reduce the output of particulates from the engine. Audi says the approach is sufficient to meet Euro 6 particle limits without the use of a particulate filter. GDI technology provides fuel efficiency benefits from charge air cooling, more facile turbocharging, and the downsizing that these permit.

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OECD paper presents and analyzes policies and programs to foster market growth of green cars

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Timing and sequencing of energy technology policy. Given the specific barriers, suggests author Andrea Beltramello, there is a role for government to support the development and diffusion of green vehicles, including through policies to strengthen the markets for green cars. It also reviews government policies in a number of OECD countries as well as a selection of non-OECD economies. The issue of equity is also important.

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GM sets sights high for Volt

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Few vehicles have captured the imagination of the US public quite like the Chevrolet Volt - and now General Motors has revealed some astonishing estimates for the vehicle. It expects the Volt to achieve city fuel economy of at least 230mpg given a single charge per day. Using the average cost of electricity in the US (around 11 cents per kWh), GM believes a Volt driver would pay about $2.75

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Has the cash for clunkers scheme failed? The Green Piece

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With payments of up to $4,500 for motorists willing to swap their ageing gas guzzling vehicles for more fuel efficient ones, it seemed like a ‘can’t lose’ scheme with consumers getting cheaper cars, the automotive industry enjoying more sales and the environment boosted by a reduction in harmful emissions. With General Motors and Chrysler also showing signs of modest improvement, all looked rosy. A money saving scheme that’s proving costly.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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Find recent important developments at the CalCars-News Archive ,) Its followed by our comments on the summary table and our explanation of how carmakers views evolved until this year — plus our priceless collection of automakers comments starting in 2005-2007 (which we stopped updating in early 2008 as the frequency of statements became to great to track). Has shown some concept fuel-cell PHEVs. There is also the problem of infrastructure.

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GM Says Chevrolet Volt Won't 'Pay the Rent' | Autopia from Wired.com

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It is simply the cost of doing business. "On some products, the costs, particularly in advanced technologies, are high," he said in a lengthy interview with Automotive News (free subscription required). Lutz, who retired earlier this year, called the car Detroits "moon shot" and an attempt to wrest the mantle of innovation back from the Japanese. GM will leapfrog Toyota and Honda by providing an electric car to the masses by the end of next year.

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