Fuel economy standards to hit fuel tax

Green Cars News

There may be one negative knock-on effect of improving the fuel economy standards of our vehicles: fuel tax revenues could slump massively. According to a report by the Congressional Budget Office (logo, pictured), fuel economy standards proposed for 2017-2025 would cut revenues from petrol tax by 21 per cent in 2040. Green cars Green credentials Latest news Congressional Budget Office fuel consumption fuel economy fuel tax green cars

Ford Focus Econetic becomes first of its kind to duck under 100g/km

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Ford’s hugely popular Focus model has become the first family car to offer a petrol model with emissions of less than 100g/km CO2. That means that the Focus now comes with exemption to road tax (VED) when customers choice the new 1.0 litre EcoBoost model, which also offers them fuel economy as s[.].


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

Green Car Congress

While alternative fuel vehicles can potentially provide an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and threats to air quality and human health; enhancing the energy security of countries; and providing governments with new sources of economic growth and competitiveness, there are a number of specific barriers retarding the development of the market, according to a detailed policy paper newly published by the OECD as part of its “Green Growth” series.

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Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

Hybrid SUV Blog

sales of hybrid SUVs and other fuel efficient vehicles will prove interesting to watch this year, especially if fuel prices remain relatively low. Some expect both to remain steady due to global economic conditions while others point to the return of $3/gallon gas (in the states) fueled mainly by an increase in foreign demand. Low gas prices encourage less fuel efficient vehicles. how much do you pay for gas/petrol?

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Hybrid Escape vs. Gas Escape

Hybrid SUV Blog

Not including destination, tax, or license fees - you can pick up the Escape XLS (manual transmission) for $21,160, the XLS for $22,370, the popular XLT for $24,180, or the Escape Limited for $25,624. Don’t forget to see if you qualify for a 2009 hybrid tax credit on this vehicle! For starters, the most obvious improvement will be your gas mileage, a benefit that becomes more appealing the longer you own the vehicle, the more miles you drive, and the higher fuel prices climb.

Mitsubishi to unveil two new concepts

Green Cars News

There will also be 10 Mitsubishi current production vehicles on display that qualify for eco-car tax incentives in Japan. The Mitsubishi Concept PX has fuel economy in excess of 118mpg on the Japanese 10-15 cycle. DOHC MIVEC petrol engine that can power the front wheels, as well as a 70kW generator. The vehicle also uses the MiEV Operating System that selects the optimum drive mode through integrated control of the electric vehicle components and the petrol engine.

Audi showcases new city car

Green Cars News

Engineers at the VW Group are working on two 600cc two-cylinder turbo-charged units - one diesel and one petrol - with fuel economy predicted to be around 95mpg. This will leave carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions below 100g/km and the Audi won’t cost a penny under existing road tax rules.

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Insight becomes Science Museum piece

Green Cars News

Donning a bright livery that explains its petrol-electric hybrid technology and regenerative braking, the Insight has been transformed into an educational display that is functional too. Honda’s all-new Insight is being put to work by the Science Museum. The affordable hybrid car will be an example of environmental technology used by the museum on a daily basis as part of a drive to improve the museum’s energy efficiency.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class B170 BlueEfficiency Sport road test

Green Cars News

However, unlike most other manufacturers, Mercedes has decided to tweak its petrol-powered cars, rather than its diesels. This new BlueEfficiency model has been tweaked by Mercedes engineers to return better fuel economy and emit less carbon dioxide – but not by a huge amount. On the combined cycle, the B170 consumes 44.1mpg (an improvement of 2.6mpg) and CO2 emissions are an unspectacular 156g/km (a cut of 7g/km), placing it in Band G for road tax (£150 per year).

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Toyota extend iQ range

Green Cars News

With manual transmission, iQ3 returns an official 58.9mpg in combined cycle driving, and 113g/km of CO2 – Band B for road tax (£35 annual charge). Equipped with Toyota’s new Multidrive CVT system, fuel economy is just as good, while emissions rise slightly to 120g/km, but remain within Band B. The iQ range is famed as currently the greenest mass-produced petrol cars.

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The Budget 2009 - working towards sustainable transport

Green Cars News

Increasing company car benefit in kind tax in the future for all but the lowest carbon cars. Confirming future increases in fuel duty. The new fuel economy label which confirms the new VED rates will be available for download from the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) website [link]. From April 2010 anyone buying a new car will pay a different rate of vehicles tax in the first year of registration. Company Car Tax. Company Car Fuel Benefit.

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How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Has shown some concept fuel-cell PHEVs. General Motors Chevy Volt series PHEV, which it calls "extended range electric vehicle" (EREV), part of "E-Flex" multi-fuel platform. Honda Sees PHEVs as having "unnecessary fuel engine and fuel tank;" promises all-electrics "assuming we can come up with a really high-performing battery that we are working on currently." Blue Concept PHEV Van with diesel or hydrogen fuel cells and rooftop photovoltaic.

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

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

It says the Volt is too little, too lateand too expensive to save the beleaguered automaker, and it recently chastised GM for pumping so much money into the Volt instead of developing more fuel-efficient gasoline cars. GM is developing more fuel-efficient vehicles. This isnt an either-or equation — GM needs to develop more fuel efficient cars alongside the Volt, and its stupid to expect the Volt to be a money-maker out of the gate. Engineering proptypes enjoy a tax break.

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