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New Light-Duty Fuel Economy Reaches 25.6 MPG

The average fuel economy of new light-duty vehicles sold in May climbed higher to 25.6 miles per gallon, according to University of Michigan researchers.

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BMW Delivers First i8 Plug-in Sports Cars

BMW delivered its initial i8 luxury sports cars to customers in Munich, Germany, this week during the roll-out of the plug-in hybrid.

Emissions-based Tax Schemes Becoming the Norm in Europe

An increasing number of European countries are switching to an emissions-based car tax system due to global pressure to reduce carbon emissions, according to the 2014 edition of the annual Fleet Europe Taxation Guide.

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Ford Unveils Lightweight Concept Car

Ford Motor Company today unveiled its Lightweight Concept vehicle, which uses advanced materials to explore future weight-reduction solutions that could improve performance and fuel efficiency while reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

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Wesport Offers CNG Transit Connect Models

Westport is now offering the 2015 Ford Transit Connect as a dedicated or bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) Westport WiNG Power System vehicle.

Photo of Model S courtesy of Tesla Motors.

Clean Diesel Cars Nab 5 of AAA's Top Green Cars

Clean diesel vehicles made up half of the 10 highest scoring green cars in the Automobile Association of America's (AAA) Green Car Guide. The remainder included three electric vehicles and two hybrids.

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8 States Release Zero-Emission Vehicle Plan

Eight states released an 11-point action plan they say will help them reach 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEV) on their roadways by 2025.

Toyota has been testing an engineering prototype of a fuel cell vehicle planned for the 2015 model year. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Feds Commit $7M Toward Hydrogen Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $7 million to projects expected to advance the development of hydrogen fuel cell systems for variously sized vehicles.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (left) and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard are partnering to reduce fuel use. Photo courtesy of City of Indianapolis.

Indianapolis, Sacramento Forge Alt-Fuel Pact

The mayors of the cities of Indianapolis and Sacramento, Calif., have pledged to work together to reduce the use of petroleum-based fuels in their municipal fleets.

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Google Introduces Self-Driving Electric Car

Google has built several prototypes of self-driving cars as the company moves away from modifying existing vehicles, the company announced on the Google blog.

Circle Seal Recalling CNG Valves for Fire Risk

The pressure relief valves, used in compressed natural gas and bi-fuel vehicle fuel tanks, have O-rings that can fail and allow fuel to leak.

Study Shows Diesel Not Leading Particulate Matter Contributor

A new paper issued by the UNECE concluded that diesel road vehicles were the cause of only a small percentage of particulate matter versus other economic sectors.

Texas Provides $7.7M in Grants for Light-Duty Alt-Fuel Vehicles

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering up to $7.7 million in incentives for the purchase or lease of eligible vehicles powered by CNG, propane autogas, or electric drives. Applicants can receive $2,500 per vehicle.

Chart courtesy of Union of Concerned Scientists.

Group Names Hyundai-Kia 'Greenest Automaker'

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) recently announced its rankings of the environmental performance of 2013 model-year light-duty vehicles sold in the U.S. by the top eight automakers.

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Hyundai's Tucson Fuel Cell SUV Arrives in Calif.

The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell compact SUV will initially be offered to retail buyers as part of a leasing program for $499 per month on a 36-month term with $2,999 down.

Photo of General Motors facility in Baltimore courtesy of GM.

GM Surpasses 400 EV Charging Stations at Facilities

General Motors has installed 401 electric vehicle charging stations at its U.S. production and business facilities, the automaker has announced.

Photo of City of Long Beach's Elgin LNG sweeper by Paul Clinton.

Calif. City's LNG Sweepers Reducing Fuel Costs By 58%

The City of Long Beach (Calif.) has reduced its fuel costs by nearly 60% annually and significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions, after updating its fleet of LNG-powered street sweepers six years ago.

(L to R) PCU with silicon power semiconductors (production model); PCU with SiC power semiconductors (future target). Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Develops Chip to Boost Hybrid Performance

Toyota recently announced that it has manufactured a semiconductor chip that could improve the fuel efficiency of the OEM's hybrids, such as the Prius, by as much at 10 percent.

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Volvo to Study Possibility of Electric Roads

In an effort to further develop sustainable transport solutions, the Volvo Group will collaborate with the Swedish Transport Administration to study the potential for building electric roads which would charge city buses while they are in operation.

Graphic courtesy of GM.

GM Updates Global Goals for Emissions, Sustainability

General Motors has reduced carbon tailpipe emissions 5.2 percent in the past two years, the company announced in an annual sustainability report that presented its commitments for producing a greener fleet of vehicles in coming years.

Photo of 2014 LEAF courtesy of Nissan.

Missing Welds Prompt Nissan LEAF Recall

Nissan North America is recalling 211 2014 model-year LEAF electric cars because the front structural member assembly may be missing welds, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Photo of the Spark EV battery production line courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Spark EV Gets Smaller, Lighter Battery

The 2015 Spark EV battery will weigh 474 pounds, or 86 pounds less than GM's initial 2014 model. The new battery offers a storage capacity of 19 kilowatts per hour and uses 192 lithium-ion cells supplied by LG Chem.

EPA Releases $9M in Funding for Clean Diesel Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $9 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects to reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from existing diesel engines.

Photo of 2014 Civic Natural Gas courtesy of Honda.

Calif. Offers $1,000 Incentive for Honda Civic CNG

The California Energy Commission is providing fleet-eligible $1,000 incentives for the purchase of Honda's Civic Natural Gas sedan as part of a larger initiative to expand the use of alternative fuels in the state.

Photo courtesy of AT&T.

AT&T Deploys 8,000th CNG Vehicle

AT&T recently marked another milestone by adding its 8,000th compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle as part of the company's 10-year alternative fuel plan.

 

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