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  • EV’s Won’t Kill Diesel – Electric Highways Will

    07/14/2016 3:03:07 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 34 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 14-07-2016 | Harvey
    There are millions of trucks on the world’s highways at any given time, carrying cargo from one place to another and spewing diesel exhaust fumes. That’s how it’s been since the dawn of trucking, that’s how it still is. But that’s not necessarily how it will be in the future. Electric trucks are a fact, though not a very popular one, which is undeserved to a certain degree. While short-haul deliveries are perfect for utilizing electric freight carriers, a long-haul electric truck would need a battery weighing 23 tons to be able to make a 500-mile journey in one go....
  • With TDI toxic, VW customers are moving on

    06/22/2016 10:11:25 AM PDT · by Wally_Kalbacken · 53 replies
    Autoweek, via Automotive News ^ | 6/20/2016 | Ryan Beene
    Dennis Gaudet has had some loyal VW customers. One of them bought his past four vehicles from Gaudet’s Volkswagen store, part of the AutoServ Dealer Group in Tilton, N.H., and had been back to the VW dealership three times since the diesel scandal erupted in September for guidance on what to do with his diesel vehicle as trade-in time approached. Each time, Gaudet says, his dealership told the customer to hang tight until more was known. “He didn’t show up a fourth time,” Gaudet said. “I happened to run into him, and he was driving a Honda.” Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/vw-diesel-scandal/tdi-toxic-vw-customers-are-moving#ixzz4CKLeP4qa
  • VW Will Buy Back Some Diesel Cars, Announcing A Deal With U.S.

    04/22/2016 6:22:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    NPR ^ | April 21, 201611:17 AM ET | Bill Chappell
    Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, right, arrives for a court hearing in San Francisco Thursday. Mueller has been overseeing talks about a settlement between Volkswagen, the U.S. government, and the car company's customers. ================================================================================================================== A buyback of emissions-cheating cars was one solution Volkswagen offered in federal court Thursday, outlining an agreement between the carmaker and the Justice Department over hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles that were sold in the U.S. despite not meeting pollution standards. Car owners would be able to choose between having their vehicle fixed or accepting a buyback; financial details weren't revealed about the plan, which...
  • Gas Drops Below $1.50 in Some Areas, and We Haven't Hit Bottom Yet

    02/02/2016 7:28:32 AM PST · by thackney · 49 replies
    NBC News ^ | FEB 2 2016 | MARTHA C. WHITE
    American drivers are now enjoying gasoline prices that haven't been this low since January 2009. Data from the AAA shows that the average annual price for a gallon of gas has been below $2 a gallon for about a month now. Just within the past week, the national average gas price ticked below $1.80 for a gallon of regular gas, a drop of 20 cents just since the beginning of 2016. "I think you have probably another three to four weeks of prices in this area - I think we could drop another nickel or so," said Denton Cinquegrana, chief...
  • Shell transitioning Houston truck fleet from diesel to LNG

    01/28/2016 12:48:34 PM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 28, 2016 | Jordan Blum
    Royal Dutch Shell is switching its trucking fleet to more liquefied natural gas-fueled vehicles in Houston and Louisiana as more companies increasingly move away from dirtier diesel fuel. The use of LNG and compressed natural gas -- another new CNG fueling station opened Thursday in Houston -- in commercial vehicles has rapidly expanded because of the nation's cheap and bountiful supply of natural gas. Shell said Thursday it partnered with Miami-based Ryder transportation company for 15 new, heavy-duty LNG trucks to support its oil and gas logistics operations in Houston and Lafayette, Louisiana. The 15 new trucks will replace diesel-fueled...
  • Saudi Arabia, UAE lead GCC subsidy reform

    01/14/2016 5:19:14 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 01/11/2016 | OGJ editors
    Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates lead the Gulf Cooperation Council in raising energy prices and cutting subsidies in response to fiscal pressures created by the slump in crude oil prices, according to Arab Petroleum Investments Corp. (APICORP), Dammam, Saudi Arabia. While welcoming the trend as "a step in the right direction, APICORP warns, in a review of reforms introduced so far, that "the path for energy-pricing reform will be long and fraught with risks." Increases in energy prices traditionally kept low by governments reduce household welfare and increase input costs of industries, the group notes. It urged governments...
  • Saudi Arabia To Increase Fuel Prices By 50 Percent

    01/05/2016 4:48:55 AM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    South Texas News ^ | 1/3/2016 | South Texas News
    Domestic fuels have been heavily subsidized, but Riyadh has been under pressure to bring its spending under control as its budget deficit in 2015 ballooned to Riyal 367 billion due to lower revenue from crude exports. Jadwa estimated the cost of energy subsidies at USD 61 billion this year, of which diesel accounted for USD 23 billion and gasoline for USD 9.5 billion. The deficits represent a sharp turnaround from just a few years ago, before oil prices tumbled in mid-2014. Riyadh maintained high spending this year, and launched a military intervention against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, by tapping into...
  • Product Tankers Turn Back as European Storage Fills

    12/21/2015 5:02:10 AM PST · by thackney · 52 replies
    Maritime Executive ^ | 2015-12-15 | Reuters
    Tankers laden with diesel heading from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Europe are turning around in mid-ocean as European storage is nearly filled to the brim. At least three 37,000 tonne tankers - Vendome Street, Atlantic Star and Atlantic Titan - have made U-turns in the Atlantic ocean in recent days and are now heading back west, according to Reuters ship tracking. It is unclear if the tankers will discharge their diesel cargoes in the Gulf Coast or will await new orders, according to traders and shipping brokers. "European prices are so soft," one trader said. "Sellers must see better...
  • Recent trends in net oil import dependence vary by region, This Week in Petroleum

    12/17/2015 6:36:30 AM PST · by thackney
    Energy Information Administration ^ | December 16, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Net imports accounted for 26.5% of total petroleum and other liquid fuels consumed in the United States in 2014, the lowest percentage since 1971. Data through the first nine months of 2015 indicate a further reduction of net imports, averaging 24.6% of total consumption of petroleum and other liquid fuels. Increased U.S. crude oil production has replaced some crude oil imports, while increased refinery runs and global demand growth for petroleum products resulted in increased U.S. petroleum product exports. As a result, the United States remains a net importer of crude oil but less so, and is increasingly a net...
  • Crude oil storage capacity and inventories have increased in Cushing, Oklahoma and PADD 3 since Sept

    12/02/2015 12:07:15 PM PST · by thackney · 18 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | December 2, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Commercial crude oil inventories in Cushing, Oklahoma (located in Petroleum Administration for Defense District, or PADD, 2) and the Gulf Coast (PADD 3) totaled a record high 309.4 million barrels as of the week ending November 27 (Figure 1). Based on the recently released storage capacity and line fill data in the September Petroleum Supply Monthly (PSM), EIA estimates 70.2% utilization of working crude oil storage capacity in Cushing, Oklahoma and PADD 3 on a combined basis. This utilization level is only slightly below the record set in the week ending April 24 of this year. While often assessed separately,...
  • 'Carol' Named Best Picture By New York Film Critics Circle

    12/02/2015 11:35:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 2, 2015 | Hilary Lewis
    The New York Film Critics Circle has named Carol as its best picture of 2015. The Todd Haynes-directed film — which stars Cate Blanchett as a housewife who meets and begins an affair with a shop clerk and aspiring photographer, played by Rooney Mara, in 1950s New York — won four awards from the critics organization.
  • This is how VW will fix its Diesel engines

    11/26/2015 11:41:53 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 29 replies
    youtube ^ | 11-26-15 | Cars
    So machen wir es.
  • Consumer Reports Finds How Fuel Economy And Performance Drops When VW Diesels Stop Cheating

    11/13/2015 9:11:13 PM PST · by Cowman · 41 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 10/09/15 3:17pm | David Tracy
    So Consumer Reports decided to put a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and a 2011 Jetta Sportwagen TDI to the test. To activate the car’s cheat mode, they pumped the accelerator pedal 5 times while the ignition was in the “on position” but the engine was off. To avoid being “kicked out” of the cheat mode when the car noticed the rear, undriven wheels spinning, CR simply unplugged the rear wheel speed sensors. Simple as that. Cheat mode activated. They ran their standard Consumer Reports drive cycle. This involved a city traffic simulation on the track and a 65 MPH highway...
  • Before recent transfer, Highway Trust Fund had reached its lowest level in years

    11/10/2015 6:02:09 AM PST · by thackney · 18 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | NOVEMBER 10, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Earlier this year, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) reached its lowest level in decades, ending July at $6.1 billion dollars. A congressionally approved transfer of more than $8 billion boosted the fund's balance to end the fiscal year (September 30) at $12 billion, but that is still the second-lowest year-end level since 1984. Construction of the U.S. Interstate Highway System began in 1956. Extensions brought the total length of the system to 47,856 miles by 2013. Maintenance of this highway system and some new road construction is financed by the HTF, which receives revenue from taxes on gasoline and diesel...
  • Volkswagen gives owners $500 amid scandal

    11/09/2015 11:10:39 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 35 replies
    CNN Money, via WCYB TV 5 ^ | November 9, 2015 | Chris Isidore
    After apologizing for two months, Volkswagen is finally putting its money where its mouth is, forking over $500 to VW car owners hit by its emissions cheating scandal. The payment will come in the form a gift card that can be spent anywhere. They'll also get another card worth $500 that can only be spent on purchases or services at VW or Audi dealerships, as well as free 24-hour roadside assistance for the next three years. It's the first time owners have been compensated by the German automaker, which admitted in mid-September that its cars use software designed to cheat...
  • Did One Company Spot Volkswagen's Diesel Deception Six Years Before Anyone Else?

    10/19/2015 2:48:31 PM PDT · by Cowman · 15 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 10-19-2015 | Dave Plank
    If you live in one of the more than 20 states where Opus Inspection, through its subsidiary Envirotest, operates emissions testing programs, you may have seen its “RapidScreen” trucks and, more lately, unmanned stations set up beside the road, scanning the tailpipe emissions of passing vehicles. You may even live in a state where receiving a clean bill of health from one of these trucks a couple of times a year can exempt you from having to present yourself and your car for an emissions test at registration time (though you still have to pay the inspection fee, naturally). The...
  • More VW trouble: 2016 diesels have new suspect software

    10/15/2015 2:07:15 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    phys.org ^ | October 14, 2015 | By Michael Biesecker And Tom Krisher
    A Volkswagen Touareg diesel is tested in the Environmental Protection Agency's cold temperature test facility, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Volkswagen has disclosed to U.S. regulators that there's additional suspect software in its 2016 diesel models that would potentially help their exhaust systems run cleaner during government tests. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) **************************************************************************************************************************************** U.S. regulators say they have a lot more questions for Volkswagen, triggered by the company's recent disclosure of additional suspect software in 2016 diesel models that potentially would help exhaust systems run cleaner during government tests. That's more bad news for VW dealers looking for...
  • Advice for owners of emissions-spewing Volkswagens and Audis

    10/11/2015 3:46:49 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 37 replies
    SFChron ^ | 10-6-15 | Kathleen Pender
    Breese Berkowitz of Walnut Creek bought a new 2015 Passat TDI on Sept. 12 to replace an aging Toyota Prius hybrid. Her family’s other car is a plug-in Prius, and she wanted something environmentally friendly but not another plug-in because she needed a longer range. Volkswagen had been advertising its “clean diesel” technology and Berkowitz thought the Passat — the “Eco-friendly Car of the Year,” according to Cars.com — offered great gas mileage without sacrificing performance. On Sept. 18, she and everyone learned it was a fraud, that Volkswagen had installed so-called defeat devices on 11 million Volkswagen and Audi...
  • The Latest Car Hysteria—Diesel VWs

    10/09/2015 5:11:10 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 49 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/09/15 | MICHAEL FUMENTO
    Lions, and Tigers, and Volkswagens! Oh, my! We’re under assault by a Teutonic Terror. About half a million US diesel cars and 11 million worldwide sold by Volkswagen AG, including VWs, Audis, Seats, and Škodas, appear to have software that tricks emissions tests. Actual emissions are “40 times higher” we’re told. And people are dying. “Quatsch!” as they say in German. Nonsense! It’s just another car mass hysteria, like “runaway” Toyotas a few years ago and runaway Audis before that. At least one freaked-out occasional car reviewer engaged in public self-flagellation: “I was fooled by Volkswagen’s diesel hype—and I’m sorry,”...
  • Volkswagen Emissions Investigation Zeroes In on Two Engineers

    10/05/2015 9:53:54 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 5, 2015 | William Boston
    Two top Volkswagen engineers who found they couldn’t deliver as promised a clean diesel engine for the U.S. market are at the center of a company probe into the installation of engine software designed to fool regulators, according to people familiar with the matter. The two men, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi ’s chief engineer, and Wolfgang Hatz, developer of Porsche’s Formula One and Le Mans racing engines, were among the engineers suspended in the investigation of the emissions cheating scandal that sank the company’s market value by 43% since Sept. 18 and triggered a world-wide recall to refit the engines to...
  • Volkswagen Emissions Probe Zeroes In on Two Engineers

    10/05/2015 12:23:46 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 51 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 4, 2015 | By William Boston
    WOLFSBURG, Germany—Two top Volkswagen engineers who found they couldn’t deliver as promised a clean diesel engine for the U.S. market are at the center of a company probe into the installation of engine software designed to fool regulators, according to people familiar with the matter. The two men, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi ’s chief engineer, and Wolfgang Hatz, developer of Porsche’s winning Formula One engines, were among the engineers suspended in the investigation of the emissions cheating scandal that sank the company’s market value by 43% since Sept. 18 and triggered a world-wide recall to refit the engines to meet clear-air...
  • Audi and Skoda say 3.3m cars have 'cheat' emissions software

    09/28/2015 1:13:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    BBC ^ | 09-28-2015 | Staff
    Audi and Skoda say they have a total of 3.3 million cars fitted with the software that allowed parent company Volkswagen to cheat US emissions tests. Some 2.1 million Audis affected worldwide include 1.42 million in western Europe, with 577,000 in Germany, and almost 13,000 in the US. Czech-based Skoda said 1.2 million of its cars were involved, but has yet to give a country or model breakdown. Separately, German prosecutors started a probe against VW's former boss. Former chief executive Martin Winterkorn will be investigated over "allegations of fraud in the sale of cars with manipulated emissions data," German...
  • Volkswagen is crashing hard after Audi got dragged into the emissions scandal

    09/28/2015 8:55:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/28/2015 | Oscar Williams-Grut
    The weekend break has not helped Volkswagen.Shares in the troubled German carmaker are crashing again, down 8.5% at 12.50 a.m. BST (7.50 a.m. ET).Google FinanceVolkswagen shares have been diving since it emerged that software in the company's cars was juicing the numbers on diesel emissions.On Monday, news broke that the scandal was even worse than first thought — over 2 million Audi cars are fitted with the same emissions-cheating software as Volkswagen's cars. Audi is owned by Volkswagen and produces higher-end cars.Bloomberg is also reporting that Volkswagen executives in Germany were directly involved in the faking of emissions, and former...
  • Will Volkswagen scandal tarnish 'Made in Germany' image?

    09/25/2015 7:42:03 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 39 replies
    Townhall Finance ^ | September 24, 2015 | AP/Townhall
    BERLIN (AP) — The "Made in Germany" label has stood for precision and reliability for decades, but since Volkswagen admitted to cheating on U.S. car emissions tests, many are questioning whether the automaker's problems could taint the rest of the country. It's the second serious blow to a major German company's reputation in six months, following the tragic crash of a Germanwings jet that killed 150 people. Parent company Lufthansa has faced questions over why it failed to identify the psychological issues suffered by the pilot who intentionally flew the plane into a French mountain. Will such crises tarnish the...
  • Report: BMW X3 Diesel Also Emits More Than Legal Limit [Update]

    09/25/2015 6:47:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    www.roadandtrack.com ^ | Sep 24, 2015 @ 9:39 AM | By Robert Sorokanich
    In the wake of the VW diesel scandal, German magazine Autobild found the Euro-market BMW X3 xDrive 20d also exceeds emissions limits by a significant amount. Volkswagen's unfolding diesel emissions crisis may prove to involve other automakers as well: German magazine Autobild reports that ​a German-market, diesel-powered BMW X3 xDrive 20d put out 11 times the legal limit of pollution in a test commissioned by the magazine. (Update below) Automotive News, which translated the Autobild report, explains that the BMW was tested by the International Council on Clean Transportation, the same group whose findings led U.S. regulators to investigate Volkswagen's...
  • Volkswagen Fix May Not Last Thanks to Aftermarket Tuners

    09/24/2015 8:15:04 AM PDT · by AdaGray · 67 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 09-24-2015 | AdaGray
    Volkswagen Emissions Fix May Not Last Long Thanks to Aftermarket Tuners http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/volkswagen-emissions-fix-may-not-last-long/
  • VW Scandal Bad News For Diesel

    09/23/2015 4:10:28 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 43 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-09-2015 | Tom
    The outlook for diesel looks grim after U.S regulators found that the world’s second biggest car manufacturer cheated on its emission tests. Last Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that Volkswagen violated the U.S Clean Air Act. The German auto maker deliberately rigged the so called emission control systems in several models of their cars in order to reduce nitrogen-oxide emissions when tested in the lab. However, when tested on the road, the size of the ‘diesel deception’ proved to be bigger than many could have imagined. Bloomberg reported on September 22 that on an open road test both...
  • Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn Resigns Over Emissions Scandal

    09/23/2015 8:27:42 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/23/2015 | By William Boston
    BERLIN— Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday in the wake of a developing emissions scandal that has stunned the auto industry and slashed the car maker’s market value. “Volkswagen needs a fresh start—also in terms of personnel,” Mr. Winterkorn said. “I am clearing the way for this fresh start with my resignation.” Mr. Winterkorn said that he accepted responsibility for the irregularities found in diesel engines and has asked the supervisory board to agree to his stepping down. He said, however, that he wasn't aware of any wrongdoing on his part.
  • Volkswagen Chief Martin Winterkorn Resigns Amid Emissions Scandal

    09/23/2015 8:29:58 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 65 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 23, 2015 | JACK EWING
    FRANKFURT — Martin Winterkorn resigned as chief executive of Volkswagen Wednesday, taking responsibility for an emissions cheating scandal that has gravely damaged the carmaker’s reputation and may spread to the German economy. “As C.E.O. I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines,” Mr. Winterkorn, who had headed the company since 2007, said in a statement. But he continued to insist he personally committed no misconduct. “I am not aware of any wrong doing on my part.”
  • Volkswagen shares crash on emissions cheating scandal

    09/21/2015 4:37:27 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    cnn ^ | 9-21-2015
    Shares in Volkswagen (VLKAF) crashed 20% Monday, wiping 16 billion euros ($18 billion) off the company's value after it was found to have misled U.S. regulators. Federal and state regulators said Friday that the German company cheated on environmental standards by programming some diesel-fueled cars to turn on emission controls only when being tested. Volkswagen, recently crowned the world's biggest carmaker by sales, also owns the Audi and Porsche brands. The software is installed in nearly 500,000 cars on U.S. roads, including some of its luxury-brand Audi cars. Regulators have ordered Volkswagen to recall the vehicles. The company said it...
  • VW Is Said to Cheat on Diesel Emissions; U.S. to Order Big Recall

    09/20/2015 2:48:12 PM PDT · by kristinn · 78 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, September 18, 2015 | Coral Davenport and Jack Ewing
    The Obama administration on Friday directed Volkswagen to recall nearly a half-million cars, saying the automaker illegally installed software in its diesel-power cars to evade standards for reducing smog. The Environmental Protection Agency accused the German automaker of using software to detect when the car is undergoing its periodic state emissions testing. Only during such tests are the cars’ full emissions control systems turned on. During normal driving situations, the controls are turned off, allowing the cars to spew as much as 40 times as much pollution as allowed under the Clean Air Act, the E.P.A. said. “We expected better...
  • Volkswagen Accused Of Hacking 482,000 Diesels To Fake U.S. Emissions Tests

    09/18/2015 11:14:17 AM PDT · by Reaganez · 51 replies
    Yahoo Autos ^ | September 18, 2015 | Justin Hyde
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California officials say some 482,000 Volkswagen and Audi diesels were engineered to falsify their emissions for federal tests—a violation that opens the German automaker to a theoretical fine totaling $18 billion. The EPA and California Air Resources Board say the affected models had software in its computer engine controls that could sense exactly when it was being tested for emissions quality. At all other times, it would run the diesels in a different mode with illegal levels of pollution; for example, spewing up to 40 times more nitrogen oxide, a key component of smog,...
  • Oil sinks to six-month low amid weak data, slump in gasoline

    08/03/2015 12:31:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    ca.news.yahoo.com ^ | 08-03-2015 | By By Barani Krishnan
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil sank to six-month lows on Monday with Brent crude falling below $50 a barrel on sluggish U.S. and Chinese economic data and bets for weaker gasoline consumption in the United States after tearaway demand earlier in the summer. Evidence of growing global oversupply and a stock market collapse in China, the world's largest energy consumer, have weighed on oil for weeks, leading in July to U.S. crude futures' largest monthly decline since the 2008 financial crisis. On Monday, the rout deepened as U.S. gasoline fell its most in a day in 10 months. Supply worries...
  • ‘Switch to that unicorn power’: Obama to announce major escalation of ‘war on energy’

    08/02/2015 10:01:12 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 08/02/2015 | Twitchy Staff
    Hope you like increasing prices, everyone! #ForTheMiddleClass https://twitter.com/WSJPolitics/status/627796768328183808 … It’s not like Americans weren’t warned. All in the name of fighting “climate change,” of course. Has that ever really been a barrier for this administration?
  • Net petroleum product exports continue to increase

    07/08/2015 5:15:47 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JULY 8, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Over the past decade, domestic refinery output of petroleum products has grown significantly while consumption has declined, resulting in a major increase in product exports. Petroleum product exports averaged 4.1 million barrels per day (b/d) in the first four months of the year, an increase of 0.5 million b/d over exports the same time last year. Product imports are also higher than last year, but to a lesser extent, leading to an increase in net petroleum product exports. Import and export patterns vary by region, with most exports leaving from the Gulf Coast (Petroleum Administration for Defense District 3), and...
  • US: VW and Audi try to impose diesel engines

    06/19/2015 1:35:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.inautonews.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | By Aurel Niculescu
    Germany’s VW AG has a mixed situation in the US – on one hand its luxury stablemate Audi is thriving and posting record sales each month, while on the other hand the mass-market brand is suffering. The company is a powerhouse in Europe, where it’s the largest automaker and thanks to China has also achieved the status of the second biggest carmaker in the world. Among the issues lie the fact that in the US the mass-market car brand VW has been sliding while the rest of the market is going up and the fact that Audi is indeed posting...
  • Audi sets diesel records on road and track

    06/19/2015 1:28:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    www.autoblog.com ^ | Jun 16th 2015 at 8:00AM | Noah Joseph
    Ever the proponent of diesel propulsion, Audi has claimed two very different kinds of records in Europe with its finest oil-burners. The more exciting of the two was achieved recently at the Sachsenring, where the Audi RS5 TDI Competition Concept posted the fastest diesel-powered lap time ever recorded on the track. As you may recall, Audi revealed the RS5 TDI Concept last year, swapping the gasoline-burning 4.2-liter V8 in the production RS5 coupe for a 3.0-liter V6 diesel with two turbochargers and an electric supercharger. The result was 385 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, but Audi's been working on...
  • Toyota's Revamped Next Generation Turbo Diesel Engines

    06/19/2015 1:17:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    nextbigfuture.com ^ | 06-19-2015 | Toyota
    Toyota's newly developed direct-injection turbo diesel engines raise the bar for fuel efficiency, power and quietness. The world's first use of Thermo Swing Wall Insulation Technology (TSWIN) makes the 2.8-liter 1GD-FTV engine one of the most thermally efficient in existence, with a maximum thermal efficiency of 44 percent. Despite smaller engine displacement in comparison to the current KD engine, maximum torque is improved by 25 percent and low speed torque improved by 11 percent, while fuel efficiency has received a 15 percent boost. The engines also have Toyota's first-ever urea Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)6 system that can eliminate up to...
  • Mideast oil powers Saudi Arabia, UAE to cut gasoline imports

    06/16/2015 6:03:46 AM PDT · by thackney
    Reuters ^ | Jun 15, 2015 | Seng Li Peng
    -Saudis, UAE to cut gasoline imports as refining capacity grows -Shrinking OECD refining capacity to replace some import demand -Asian demand pushes gasoline margins to over 6-year high ...Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will sharply cut or even halt costly gasoline imports next year after ramping up new refining capacities that put them a step closer to becoming exporters of the motor fuel. The estimated loss of at least 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) in shipments to Saudi Arabia and the UAE is expected to be mitigated by strong global demand that will help replace revenue lost by...
  • U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel imports decline 36% in 2014

    03/22/2015 7:12:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | MARCH 20, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    After reaching record levels in 2013, United States imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36%, to 333 million gallons in 2014. Uncertainty surrounding future Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets and the absence of a late-year influx of volumes from Argentina were two main factors in this decline. The strongest drivers of the resurgence in U.S. biomass-based diesel demand since 2012 have been increasing RFS targets and the on-again, off-again biodiesel tax credit. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are valuable because they qualify for the two major renewable fuel programs in the United States: the RFS applied...
  • Diesel is on the road to lower prices

    01/17/2015 8:07:20 AM PST · by thackney · 21 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 12, 2015 | Vicki Vaughan
    Users of diesel fuel - mostly the nation's truckers - haven't seen diesel prices fall as much as gasoline, but that's about to change. Diesel "is slowly joining the party," with prices nationally declining an average of 44 cents a gallon in the last month, said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at consumer website GasBuddy.com. DeHaan expects diesel prices to continue to fall by 35 to 50 cents a gallon nationally in the next month or so. That aligns with the Energy Department's view, which expects diesel to average $3.07 a gallon this year, down from an estimated average of...
  • Dramatic drop in gas prices doesn’t carry over to diesel

    12/11/2014 6:17:48 AM PST · by thackney · 63 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | : 10 December 2014 | JAMES OSBORNE
    Over the last few months motorists have enjoyed the steepest drops in gasoline prices since the collapse of the world financial markets in 2008. And Texans could soon be enjoying $2-a-gallon gasoline. But for the truckers who move food and televisions back and forth across the nation’s highways, the news has hardly been so bright. “We haven’t seen that same price discount. And now we’re entering into the winter. The competition with heating oil, you never know how that impacts diesel,” said John Esparza, president of the Texas Trucking Association. “Come springtime it’s going to be interesting to see if...
  • California company to build GTL facility in Houston by Q4 2015

    11/05/2014 5:00:49 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 4, 2014 | Joshua Cain
    Greyrock Energy said it plans to build a small scale gas-to-liquids facility in Houston in late 2015, taking advantage of a glut of cheap natural gas to be converted into high grade diesel fuel. The company, based in Sacramento, California, has not announced where the plant will be set up, nor who its customers will be. But the project has backing from Sterling Private Capital and Eagle Oil & Gas Co., both based in Dallas. The facility will be able to process as much as 50 million cubic feet per day of natural gas to produce 5,000 barrels per day...
  • Achates Closer To Production Of Radically Efficient Two-Stroke Truck Diesel

    10/15/2014 8:38:41 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 22 replies
    greencarreports ^ | Oct 15, 2014 | John Voelcker
    <p>That's the promise of Achates Power, which has been working for a decade on its horizontally opposed two-stroke diesel truck engine.</p> <p>And it hopes to have a large-scale production contract with a global maker by 2020 or so.</p> <p>But why promote the engine now?</p>
  • U.S. Submarines: Run Silent, Run Deep...On Diesel Engines?

    09/18/2014 7:11:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    National Interest ^ | September 18, 2014 | James Holmes
    "Underway on nuclear power", radioed the skipper of USS Nautilus in 1955, after taking history's first nuclear-powered attack submarine to sea for the first time. Nautilus's maiden cruise left an indelible imprint on the navy. Her success, cheered on by the likes of Admiral Hyman Rickover, the godfather of naval nuclear propulsion, helped encode the supremacy of atomic power in the submarine force's cultural DNA.
  • U.S. petroleum product exports continue to rise {This Week In Petroleum}

    09/05/2014 5:23:33 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | September 4, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    U.S. exports of petroleum products, primarily from the Gulf Coast (PADD 3), have continued to increase. Year-to-date product exports through June 2014 (the latest month for which data are available), including gasoline, distillate, jet fuel, petroleum coke, and hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGL), averaged 3.7 million barrels per day (bbl/d), up 543,000 bbl/d over last year. Increased exports from the Gulf Coast have accounted for 72% of the growth in total U.S. exports (Figure 1). With U.S. refinery runs at or near record levels for much of the year and domestic product demand only slightly higher than last year, product exports...
  • Battle of the Fuels: Will Natural Gas Replace Diesel?

    08/08/2014 4:28:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 22 replies
    Motely Fool ^ | July 28, 2014 | Jonathan Cook
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) administrator, in his March report to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the U.S. Senate, stated that EIA analysis shows that during the next 25 years, natural gas will grow dramatically in use by freight trucking and other commercial transportation modes. Source: EIA, Annual Energy Outlook 2014.The New York Times profiled the freight truck natural gas conversion process in an April 2013 article and recently reported plans by the Obama Administration to impose tough new fuel efficiency standards for big trucks, potentially reducing diesel's competitiveness.In addition, NGV Today, the publication for the...
  • US senator expects 2014 RFS volumes to go up, following meeting with Obama adviser

    07/25/2014 5:18:38 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Platts.com ^ | 7-24-14 | Washington (Platts)
    Following a meeting with President Barack Obama's top energy adviser, Minnesota Senator Al Franken on Thursday said he believes the Environmental Protection Agency will raise its biofuels blending targets when it finalizes the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. "We are hoping for and we definitely believe we're going to get higher numbers than in the preliminary rule, and we hope they're significantly higher," Franken said on a conference call with reporters. Franken and eight other Democratic senators met with Obama adviser John Podesta to discuss the biodiesel mandate within the 2014 RFS, though Franken said ethanol issues came up, as well....
  • Smoke Responsibly And Roll Coal The Right Way With These Truck Modification Options

    07/11/2014 7:58:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/10/2014 | Emma Colton
    Conservative truck owners have a new way to rebel against environmentalists and the government’s obsession with carbon footprints: tricking-out diesel pickups with coal stacks that spew black smoke. Called “coal rollers,” these smoky renegades use their sweet chimney stacks to smoke-out hybrids by emitting black exhaust into the atmosphere. Here at The Daily Caller, we are going to give you the basics on how to modify your pickup, so every hybrid driven by some guy in a pink Argyle sweater will know exactly where you stand.
  • EIA expects crude oil prices to decline in 2014, This Week in Petroleum

    05/08/2014 5:35:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | May 7, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    EIA expects crude oil prices to decline in 2014 In its May Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts that the spot price of North Sea Brent crude oil will fall through the remainder of 2014, declining from current levels of $108 per barrel (bbl) to average $103/bbl during the fourth quarter (Figure 1). For full-year 2014, EIA expects the Brent price to average $106/bbl, down $2 from the 2013 average, but more than $1 higher than last month´s forecast. EIA expects crude prices to decline through the end of the year as demand for OPEC crude falls to offset the...