Volkswagen Millerized 1.5 TSI ACT BlueMotion gasoline engine offers diesel-like fuel economy; derivatives may be applied in hybrid systems

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Volkswagen has developed and deployed a gasoline engine that offers diesel-like fuel economy but is significantly cheaper to buy. TSI ACT BlueMotion delivers 96 kW / 130 PS with combined fuel consumption of 4.8 Engines Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Systems

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EPA fuel economy report finds weight and power leveling off, footprint stable

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EPA recently released the latest edition of its annual report Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Fuel Economy Trends. The report is the authoritative reference for real-world fuel economy, technology trends and tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions, for new personal vehicles sold in the US every year since 1975. The report found that fuel economy for the US fleet continues to improve. Pickup trucks increased fuel economy by 0.1

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Ford unveils new Focus; 10% better fuel economy; focus on tech; gasoline and diesel

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The new Focus features a broad suite of Ford advanced driver assistance technologies and advanced EcoBoost gasoline and EcoBlue diesel engines offering a 10% fuel-efficiency improvement across the range. Engines. An integrated intake manifold for optimized engine breathing.

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2017 Audi A3 replaces 1.8L with Millerized 2.0L TFSI; better fuel economy, power and torque

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The 2017 Audi A3 Sedan and Cabriolet models in the US are now available with Audi’s more efficient Millerized 2.0-liter TFSI engine ( earlier post ) and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. l/100 km) from the 2016 A3 with the 1.8-liter engine (a 7.4% Engines Fuel Efficiency

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ORNL researchers quantify the effect of increasing highway speed on fuel economy

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Huff Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It also offers consumer information and advice pertaining to vehicle fuel economy and energy-related issues such as driving tips. Analysis has focused on speeds of 50, 60, 70 and 80 mph. [

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ORNL study quantifies fuel economy costs of common driver practices and vehicle alterations

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have quantified the fuel economy effects of some common driver practices and vehicle accessories or alterations—including underinflated tires, open windows, and rooftop and hitch-mounted cargo. The SUV, a 2009 Ford Explorer with a 4-liter V6 engine, was also tested while towing an enclosed trailer. l/100 km) at 60 mph (97 km/h) to 33 mpg (7.1 Using a rooftop cargo box with the SUV decreased fuel economy from 24.9

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New 3rd generation Audi TT diesel offers fuel economy of 56 mpg

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The new TT and TTS models will be available with three different four-cylinder engines with turbocharging and direct injection. The new sports car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph). Diesel Fuel Efficiency

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Update on the ACCESS fuel efficient engine project; simulations find up to 48.9% improvement in fuel economy over baseline

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Robert Bosch LLC, AVL Powertrain Engineering and partners including the University of Michigan are working on a four-year, $24-million US Department of Energy (DOE)-supported project— Advanced Combustion Concepts—Enabling Systems and Solutions (ACCESS)—to achieve a 30% fuel economy improvement in a gasoline-fueled light-duty vehicle without compromising performance while also meeting SULEV emission standards. I4 Ecotec engine. Engine configuration.

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Toyota announces expected fuel economy and pricing for RAV4 Hybrid: 33 mpg combined, entry at $28,370

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The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid combines output from a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and a small high-torque electric motor through its unique transaxle, delivering a combined 194 system horsepower and 206 lb-ft (279 N·m) of torque. Fuel Efficiency Hybrids

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ORNL study finds multi-mode RCCI can offer 15%+ fuel economy improvements across multiple light-duty driving cycles

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Drive cycle fuel economy for PFI, CDC, and multi-mode RCCI operation. Their paper is published in the International Journal of Engine Research. During RCCI-only operation, fuel usage was found to be between 57 and 69% gasoline. Dual-fuel RCCI injection strategy.

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2016 Ford Explorer SUV replaces 2.0L EcoBoost with new 2.3L EcoBoost unit; more power and torque, same fuel economy expected

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The new 2016 Ford Explorer SUV is making its global debut today at Los Angeles Auto Show with a new available 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that delivers more horsepower and torque than the 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder it replaces, with no compromise in fuel economy anticipated.

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New Porsche 911 Turbo improves fuel economy by 16%

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The new generation Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S, equipped with new advanced engines, PDK transmission, new combined thermal management system for the turbo engine and the transmission, the new Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system, and other fuel efficiency technologies such as start/stop and active aerodynamics, have reduced NEDC fuel consumption by up to 16% to 9.7 Engines Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Systems

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Volkswagen boosts Beetle Turbo and Jetta GLI with EA888 Gen 3 engine; more power, improved fuel economy

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The most notable of these is fitment of a new version of the EA888 Gen 3 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI gasoline engine. The new engine delivers a manufacturer-estimated improvement in fuel efficiency for the Beetle models of between 4-8% percent on the combined cycle and by up to 9% percent on the city cycle. The new engine produces 210 horsepower (157 kW), an increase of 10 hp over the previous Gen 2 TSI engine. Engines Fuel Efficiency

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Ford tweaking calibrations to boost on-road fuel economy for MY2013 hybrids

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Ford is boosting the on-road fuel economy performance of its 2013 model year hybrid vehicles in the US and Canada. Starting in August, the company will make calibration updates for owners at dealerships designed to improve on-road fuel economy of the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Combining a “lead foot” with environmental factors can lead to the wide swings in fuel economy results, he said.

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Bentley’s new 616hp 12-cylinder GT Speed convertible with 8-speed and energy recuperation improves fuel economy by 15%

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liter W12 combined with a close-ratio eight-speed ZF transmission to deliver a 15% improvement in fuel economy. Provisional EPA fuel economy ratings for the convertible are 12 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined. Provisional EU cycle fuel consumption figures are 22.7 The twin-turbocharged, 48-valve, W12 engine powers the new convertible to 60 mph in 4.1 s) and onto a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h).

Consumer Reports finds Honda Accord hybrid fuel economy “impressive”, but short of EPA 47 mpg rating

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Consumer Reports fuel economy tests found the Honda Accord Hybrid delivered impressive overall fuel-economy of 40 mpg (5.88 However, Consumer Reports’ engineers cautioned that buyers expecting their car to deliver the EPA’s figure of 47 mpg posted on the window sticker might be disappointed. We’ve found that the EPA tests often exaggerate the fuel-economy of hybrids.

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Hyundai introduces hybrid version of new Sonata; 10% improvement in fuel economy over predecessor

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Hyundai expects the 2016 Sonata Hybrid to improve fuel economy more than 10%. The 2016 Sonata Hybrid features a downsized 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that houses a more powerful 38 kW electric motor and clutch where the torque converter would normally be found. Sonata Hybrid’s Nu engine produces 154 horsepower (115 kW) and 140 lb-ft (190 N·m) of torque.

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New Ford Police Interceptors deliver up to 35% better fuel economy when idling

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The city and highway fuel economy ratings for the new Ford Police Interceptors (PI) have increased by 25% over the retired Crown Victoria. And, according to Police Fleet Magazine , the typical police vehicle wastes half a gallon of fuel for each hour it idles.

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New Ford Police Interceptors deliver up to 35% better fuel economy when idling

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The city and highway fuel economy ratings for the new Ford Police Interceptors (PI) have increased by 25% over the retired Crown Victoria. And, according to Police Fleet Magazine , the typical police vehicle wastes half a gallon of fuel for each hour it idles.

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Audi announces pricing and fuel economy for 2014 Audi A6, A7 and Q5 TDI diesels

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Audi has now announced pricing and fuel economy figures for the 2014 A6, A7 and Q5 TDI models, expected to begin arriving at US dealers in late Summer 2013. EPA estimated fuel economy figures for the clean diesel introductions are as follows: Audi MY 2014 US diesel lineup. The all-new Audi A3 sedan arriving in 2014, will also be available with a TDI clean diesel engine. Diesel Engines Fuel Efficiency

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Ford’s math on hybrid fuel economy; standing by the C-MAX EPA ratings, acknowledging large real-world variance

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Raj Nair outlining factors affecting real-world fuel economy in hybrids. Combining a “lead foot” with environmental factors can lead to the wide swings in fuel economy results, he said. Quite a few factors can affect hybrid fuel economy, more so than regular gas engines.

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Mercedes-Benz introducing diesel E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID with fuel economy of 56 mpg US; gasoline-engined E 400 HYBRID model to follow

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Mercedes-Benz is introducing the new E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID; the luxury-class diesel hybrid offers fuel consumption of 4.2 The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is based on the E 250 CDI, yet has a higher output and approximately 15% lower fuel consumption. Engine.

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Downspeeding and supercharging with transmission optimization can deliver fuel economy improvement over downspeeding and turbocharging

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Researchers from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and Eaton have demonstrated the application of downspeeding and supercharging a diesel vehicle, in conjunction with optimizing transmission gear ratios and the shift schedule, to deliver a greater improvement in fuel economy than a downsped and turbocharged configuration. The shift schedule optimization technique resulted in fuel economy gains of up to 12.2% The team first tested the base turbocharged engine.

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New Volkswagen Polo BlueGT with cylinder deactivation offers gasoline engine fuel economy of up to 52 mpg US

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The system was realized with the new 1.4-liter gasoline-fueled TSI of the Polo BlueGT. The TSI develops a power output of 103 kW / 138 hp, with a combined fuel consumption of 4.7 If the Polo BlueGT is ordered with the optional 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), fuel consumption drops further to 4.5 With a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph), the car accelerates to 100 km/h in 7.9 TSI in the Polo BlueGT is the top engine of the entirely new EA211 series of petrol engines.

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Mercedes-Benz previews new GLA compact SUV; fuel economy as high as 54.7 mpg in diesel version

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and 2.0-liter gasoline engines will extend from 115 kW (156 hp) in the GLA 200 to 155 kW (211 hp) in the GLA 250. The GLA 200 CDI develops 100 kW (136 hp) and maximum torque of 300 N·m (221 lb-ft), with fuel consumption of 4.3 Diesel Driver Assistance Systems Fuel Efficiency

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Chevrolet makes Stop/Start standard on base 4-cylinder in 2015 Impala; 5% improvement in city fuel economy

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Stop/start technology will be standard on the 2015 Impala base 2.5-liter ECOTEC engine, an addition that improves the vehicle’s city fuel economy by nearly 5%, or one mile per gallon. The Impala comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, which currently accounts for more than 30% of Impala retail sales. engine with stop/start, and a premium 3.6L six-cylinder engine. V-6 engine will not include stop/start technology. Fuel Efficiency SSVs

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Honda boosts performance and fuel economy on 2013 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe using new Li-ion pack

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The 2013 Honda CR-Z goes on sale 21 November with a number of powertrain, styling and feature upgrades, including a new Li-ion battery pack that replaces the NiMH pack in the MY 2012 CR-Z hybrid and delivers more power and improved fuel economy. 2013 Honda CR-Z. Click to enlarge.

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Fuel economy tips from an unlikely source

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Here, for the record, are its tips: - Pack light: Remove unnecessary baggage from a vehicle as for every 100lbs that a car carries, its fuel economy is cut by one-two per cent. A loaded roof rack should also be avoided, as this can decrease fuel economy by five per cent. Avoid idling: Idling along will give you a fuel economy rating of 0mpg so try and avoid congested roads and map out a back-up route beforehand.

2018 Toyota AYGO mid-lifecycle update features enhanced 1.0L engine; Euro 6d-TEMP-compliant; up to 61.8 mpg

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With my 14 years of experience in being a Chief Engineer for joint venture projects, I know the importance of sustaining modernity during a vehicle’s lifecycle. —David Terai, AYGO Chief Engineer. seconds, and on to a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph).

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BMW upgrading 1 and 3 Series models with focus on fuel economy and emissions; BMW 114d to debut with 1.6L diesel

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Too, the BMW 320i EfficientDynamics Edition Sedan will be available as the first gasoline-driven model with additionally enhanced technology for reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. Average fuel consumption is between 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph).

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GM and partners to begin work in January at National Tire Research Center; seeking improvements in fuel economy

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GM engineers and scientists will begin work in January with research partners to accelerate the development of tire technology at the new National Tire Research Center in Halifax County, Va. By some estimates, tire design can help improve fuel efficiency by up to 7%.

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Chrysler offering ZF 8-speed automatic in 2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger; improved fuel economy

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Initially, the transmission will be mated exclusively to the 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine that was introduced last year. The result is a four mile-per-gallon increase in fuel economy that pushes the highway EPA rating to 31 mpg US (7.6 The transmission efficiency and wide ratio spread also provide the improved fuel economy in city traffic. Fuel economy for both models is 19 mpg US (12.4 Fuel Efficiency Transmissions

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2014 Cascadia Evolution Class 8 rig delivers 10.67 mpg on closed-track demo; 7% better fuel economy than EPA 2010 Cascadia in cross-country tour

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The Freightliner Trucks 2014 Cascadia Evolution—powered only by the newly designed Detroit DD15 engine and featuring enhanced aerodynamic specs—delivered fuel economy of 10.67 Fuel consumption and distance traveled were again documented by ATDS.

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New Ford Focus in Europe delivers fuel economy improvements up to 19% with new 1.5L TDCi; 1.5L EcoBoost, Enhanced Transitional Stability

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The new Ford Focus for Europe ( earlier post ) delivers the car’s most fuel-efficient powertrain line-up yet with improvements of up to 19%, and a significant CO 2 emission reduction across the entire line-up. The new Focus will be the first vehicle in Europe to offer Ford’s new 1.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine and new Focus also will be available for the first time with Ford’s 1.5-liter TDCi diesel engine. New Ford Focus. Click to enlarge.

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Land Rover bringing two diesel SUVs to N. America; 32% better combined fuel economy, up to 28 mpg on highway; LEV 3

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The 3.0-liter Td6 turbocharged V6 diesel engine delivers 254 horsepower (189 kW) and a low-end torque output of 440 lb-ft (597 N·m). The Range Rover Sport Td6 and Range Rover Td6 accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.1 Preliminary fuel economy figures for the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover are 22 mpg (city), 28 mpg (highway) and 25 mpg (combined) (10.7, The fuel filler neck on diesel Land Rover vehicles is fitted with a misfueling protection device.

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Qoros Auto unveils drivable engineering development car with QamFree engine; near +50% boost in power & torque, -15% fuel consumption

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At the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show, Qoros Auto introduced the first drivable engineering development car—a modified Qoros 3 hatchback—equipped with the QamFree engine featuring FreeValve’s Pneumatic-Hydraulic-Electric-Actuator (PHEA) technology. Engines Fuel Efficiency

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2014 Audi A8 TDI Pricing & EPA Fuel Economy

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Audi's A8 L may be a big vehicle, but with one of Audi's famed TDI engines under the hood, you know it's unlikely to drink fuel like a big vehicle. That TDI engine is a 3.0-liter V-6, developing 240 horsepower and a chunky 406 pounds-feet of torque. Despite the performance on offer--60 mph will flash by in only 6.4 seconds--the A8 L TDI is still

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Axion Power and ePower Engine Systems enter 5-year agreement for use of PbC batteries in diesel-electric drivetrains for Class 8 trucks; tests suggest up to 35% improvement in fuel economy

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Axion Power International, Inc, the developer of advanced lead-carbon PbC batteries and energy storage systems ( earlier post ), has entered a strategic relationship with ePower Engine Systems LLC. —Andy Claypole, ePower Engine Systems CEO.

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Ford C-MAX Hybrid EPA-rated at 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway; plug-in Energi version offers 85 mph top electric speed

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The Ford C-MAX Hybrid ( earlier post ) is now officially EPA-certified at 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined (5.0L/100km), bettering the fuel economy of the Toyota Prius v by 3 mpg on the city cycle and 7 mpg on the highway (5 mpg combined). We’ve done this with innovation—represented by nearly 500 hybrid patents—while driving costs down 30 percent so we can bring these fuel-saving vehicles to more customers.

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Ford Crew Chief telematics system can improve fuel economy by up to 20% through better fleet management

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Users of Ford Crew Chief —powered by Telogis —are improving fuel efficiency for their fleets by up to 20% through better management of vehicle diagnostics, location and driver behavior. Driver behavior has so much influence on not only fuel efficiency but on the overall maintenance and life of a vehicle. The US Department of Energy reports that aggressive driving decreases fuel economy by up to 33 percent. Fuel Efficiency Telematics

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