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  • Audi Develops Suspension that Generates Electricity, Boosts MPG

    08/11/2016 9:07:18 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 16 replies
    TTAC ^ | 08/11/2016 | Steph Willems
    Audi just announced a new suspension system that harvests wasted energy and turns it into electricity, capable of adding juice to a vehicle’s 48-volt electrical subsystem. The automaker calls the system “eROT” after the electromechanical rotary dampers that capture kinetic energy and store it in a battery. Currently in the prototype phase, the system does away with conventional shock absorbers, replacing them with lever arms connected to a small gearbox and alternator. “Every pothole, every bump, every curve induces kinetic energy in the car,” said Stefan Knirsch, Audi’s technical development boss, in a release. “Today’s dampers absorb this energy, which...
  • Syrian army gains ground around Aleppo, looks to Raqqa

    02/13/2016 8:41:37 PM PST · by Mariner · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13th, 2016 | By Paul Carrel, Shadia Nasralla and Tom Perry
    Russia said on Saturday a Syria ceasefire plan was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and set their sights on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province. International divisions over Syria surfaced anew at a Munich conference where Russia rejected French charges that it was bombing civilians, just a day after world powers agreed on the "cessation of hostilities" due to begin in a week's time. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated accusations that Russia was hitting "legitimate opposition groups" and civilians with its bombing...
  • 54.5 mpg isn't a done deal, EPA official says

    08/10/2015 5:35:04 AM PDT · by thackney · 50 replies
    Automotive News ^ | AUGUST 10, 2015 | Richard Truett
    The director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality today shot down the notion that the agency has already decided to implement a 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average for 2025. The average is officially proposed, but the decision to raise, lower or leave alone the 54.5 corporate fleet fuel economy average for 2025 won’t be made until after a review in 2017 and 2018. The decision is due in April 2018. “There is a perception out here that the decision is already made,” Chris Grundler said at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars. “That is wrong. The EPA administrator...
  • Fuel economy improvements show diminishing returns in fuel savings

    07/11/2014 5:23:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 26 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JULY 11, 2014 | Nicholas Chase
    Fuel costs, which depend on vehicle fuel economy, miles driven, and fuel price, are an important factor in vehicle purchasing decisions. However, fuel economy improvement exhibits diminishing returns in fuel savings. For example, switching from a 10-mile-per-gallon (mpg) vehicle to a 15-mpg vehicle saves more fuel and results in greater fuel cost savings than switching from a 25-mpg vehicle to a 75-mpg vehicle. The fuel and cost savings of improving fuel economy from 12 mpg to 15 mpg are the same as increasing from 30 mpg to 60 mpg. Much of the reduction in fuel consumption and fuel cost comes...
  • Greenies and their twisted sense of risk

    01/22/2014 7:34:40 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 1-22-14 | Thomas Lifson
    One of the latest badges of greenie virtue is the mini-car. Supposedly, if you drive one of these contraptions, you demonstrate your concern for Mother Gaia and help diminish the risk that catastrophic global warming will engulf low lying coastal areas and fry the rest of us in temperatures that will be a couple of degrees higher in the next hundred years. In this worldview, people who drive around in SUVs are carelessly risking the very future of humanity. That's quite a serious risk; never mind that temperatures have failed to rise for the last 16 years as the models...
  • 25 Fuel Efficient Cars That Are Not Hybrids

    01/19/2014 7:58:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    MPG-O-Matic ^ | January 1, 2014
    Are you thinking about buying a new fuel efficient car but are wary of hybrid technology? Fear not! There are dozens of cars on the market today that deliver great fuel economy without resorting to heavy and expensive battery packs. While most of these vehicles are designed to run on petroleum products (either conventional gasoline or diesel fuel), the Ford Focus SFE is a FlexFuel vehicle that can run on 100% domestic E85 ethanol fuel as well as conventional unleaded gasoline. 2014 Ford Focus five-door E85 holds a significant price advantage over regular unleaded gas in some parts of the...
  • EPA updates MPG sticker for used cars

    09/12/2013 3:18:59 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    green autoblog ^ | 9-12-13 | Sebastion Blanco
    If you think your mileage may vary with a brand new vehicle, take a look at the differences in fuel economy results for older cars. Sites like the EPA's Fuel Economy tracker and Fuelly prove that there is not such thing as a standard MPG number, despite the EPA's best efforts. This all isn't stopping the EPA from releasing a new window sticker designed for used cars, which the agency announced today. It could be an important tool, since over 40 million used cars were sold in the US last year.
  • Some Cars I Can’t Review

    05/30/2012 6:48:00 PM PDT · by arthurus · 8 replies
    Eric peters Automobiles ^ | May 30,2012 | Eric Peters
    ou’ll probably never read a road test review by me of the Nissan Leaf, or the Chevy Spark, or the Toyota RAV4 electric. And that may tell you every thing you need to know about these vehicles.I can’t review them because they can’t make it down here for me to review. “Down here” being about 220 miles and five hours’ driving time from the hubs where the car companies keep their fleets of new cars, which ordinarily get sent out for hundreds of miles in every direction to guys like me for week-long evaluations.
  • White House Wants Cars to Average 56.2 MPG by 2025

    06/27/2011 12:25:52 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 71 replies
    MyFoxTwinCities ^ | 6/27/11 | DINA CAPPIELLO / Associated Press
    The Obama administration is telling American automakers that it would like cars and light trucks to average 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025. Government and industry sources familiar with the discussions say that's the number being floated by administration officials in the early rounds of negotiations on a 2017-2025 fuel economy standard. The White House wants to boost fuel economy to reduce reliance on oil and cut down on global warming pollution.
  • U.S. considers 56.2 mpg vehicle fuel standard -WSJ

    06/26/2011 8:33:12 PM PDT · by Flavius · 94 replies
    reuteurs ^ | 6/26/11 | reuteurs
    EW YORK, June 26 (Reuters) - The Obama administration is considering requiring all new cars and trucks sold in the United States to get an average of 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
  • Volkswagen's $600 car gets 258 mpg

    12/08/2010 10:56:05 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 84 replies ^ | 12-8-10 | examiner
    This $600 car is no toy and is ready to be released in China next year. The single seater aero car totes VW (Volkswagen) branding. Volkswagen did a lot of very highly protected testing of this car in Germany, but it was not announced until now where the car would make it's first appearance.
  • Drop 'miles per gallon' as fuel measure, says US National Research Council

    07/13/2010 8:04:34 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 199 replies · 1+ views
    Drop 'miles per gallon' as fuel measure, says US National Research Council The US National Research Council has said that "miles per gallon" should not be used on its own in measuring a car's fuel use, backing a green motorist's group which called the measure "stupid". By Tom Chivers Published: 2:57PM BST 13 Jul 2010 The NRC said that the measure caused consumers to overestimate the importance of changes at high miles-per-gallon (mpg) values, and underestimate it at small ones. Particularly, it says: "Fuel economy data cause consumers to undervalue small increases (1-4 mpg) in fuel economy for vehicles in...
  • List: SUVs Dominate the List of the 15 Safest Cars of 2009

    08/18/2009 7:38:02 AM PDT · by wrrock · 14 replies · 1,710+ views
    List: SUVs dominate the list of vehicles that topped the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highest crash-test ratings. View the Rankings:
  • Will Electric Cars Crash The Grid?

    08/14/2009 5:51:51 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 151 replies · 3,057+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 14, 2009 | IBD staff
    Conservation: The Chevy Volt is said to be able to get 230 miles per gallon. That's if it's continually plugged into a fragile and overburdened power grid. Where will you be when the lights go out? Since most U.S. electricity generation is not carbon-free, the Congressional Research Service agrees. The "widespread adoption of plug-in hybrid vehicles through 2030 may have only a small effect on, and might actually increase, carbon emissions," it observes. "If you are using coal-fired power plants and half the country's electricity comes from coal powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?"...
  • EPA Secretly Changing MPG Numbers Ahead Of Cash For Clunkers, Screwing Consumers

    07/28/2009 3:04:19 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 58 replies · 3,935+ views
    Jalopnik ^ | Jul 27 2009 | Matt Hardigree
    EPA Secretly Changing MPG Numbers Ahead Of Cash For Clunkers, Screwing Consumers By Matt Hardigree, 3:30 PM on Mon Consumers hoping to trade in their old "clunkers" for new vehicles through the Cash for Clunkers (or CARS) program are discovering the EPA changed fuel economy numbers for some cars last week, making it impossible to trade them in! New Jersey resident Jeff Chase was considering trading in his 1989 Mazda 929 for a new car and checked the government's website and it said it met the 18 MPG threshold to be considered a gas-guzzling clunker. He went back later...
  • French MicroJoule concept car gets 8,923 miles per gallon

    07/08/2009 6:52:58 PM PDT · by jbp1 · 50 replies · 1,681+ views
    / ^ | March 18, 2008 | Jorge Chapa
    What is the most efficient vehicle on the planet? And more importantly, how far can it go on a single liter of gas? The Microjoule is your answer, getting over 3,794 kilometers per liter, or approximately 8,923 miles per gallon! Looking less like a car than an amoeba-on-wheels, the Microjoule is the design of students from the French Technical School, St. Joseph La Joliverie, who are set to compete in the Eco-Marathon 2008 to be held in Europe this coming May.
  • Not So Fast With Those Electric Cars

    07/08/2009 5:07:23 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 27 replies · 1,134+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 7, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Alternative Energy: A government report says reliance on electric cars will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may merely shift our dependence on foreign sources from one set of dictators to another..."If you are using coal-fired power plants, and half the country's electricity comes from coal-powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?" asks Mark Gaffigan, co-author of the GAO report. The report itself notes: "Reductions in CO2 emissions depend on generating electricity used to charge the vehicles from lower-emission sources of energy."
  • $600 Car that Gets 258 MPG

    07/06/2009 8:52:22 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 68 replies · 3,105+ views ^ | 07 06 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    What if you could buy a car for yourself, one for your spouse, and one for each of your kids, and still spend way less than you would on one average new car? Well, if you lived in China you could. This is not a toy, not a concept car. It is a newly developed single seat car in highly aerodynamic tear-shape road-proven real car. It is ready to be launched as a single-seater for sale in Shanghai in 2010 for a mere RMB 4,000 (US$600)! Interested? Wait till you learn that it will cruise at 100-120 Km/Hr with an...
  • Definitive Proof That Government’s Attempts To Regulate Fuel Mileage Is Asinine

    06/05/2009 4:11:05 PM PDT · by vaper69 · 11 replies · 756+ views
    Anyone interested in a car that gets 110 mpg, 400 hp, and 500 tq? Of course you are, but where can you get such an automobile? What if I told you that you just need to get the engine, and put it in your car? Awesome huh? A man has invented an E85 engine that gets all those stats. E85 is known for being very inefficient, but it delivers more horsepower to engines that can run on it while reducing mpg. All we needed was someone to make E85 efficient. Well, now we have.
  • This family sedan seems to prove that Zero's new CAFE standards can be met in a "normal" car.

    05/25/2009 1:57:15 PM PDT · by seatrout · 36 replies · 1,805+ views
    Car and Driver ^ | August 2008 | Jared Gall
    It’s rare that we test two-year-old cars, but this particular Accord is rarer—in the U.S., anyway—than burlesque houses in a Texan polygamy camp. Under the hood is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine. It’s happy as low as 1300 rpm, but power starts at about 1600, with a whopping 251 pound-feet of torque (55 percent more than the current four-cylinder Accord) available at 2000 rpm. There is a nearly imperceptible difference between 70- or 80-percent throttle and flat-footing it, meaning the car feels quick when driven at about 8/10th, but sluggish when it’s really hammered. It took 8.9 seconds to wind the...