Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution and in turn prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses related to respiratory ailments.
Based on extensive input from the public and a (more…)
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
When the President took office, the fuel efficiency standards for our cars had been stuck at 27.5 miles per gallon for twenty years – two decades of lost time when it comes to developing new technologies that can get more miles per gallon out of every tankful of gas. That’s why one of the very first actions the President took in office was to direct (more…)
Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Perhaps the most talked about vehicle to come out of this year’s international auto show season is the redesigned Ford F-150. For 2015, Ford will bring dramatic efficiency improvements to its best-selling line of pick-ups—the most important of which will come from substantial weight reductions.
By switching to an aluminum body, and increasing (more…)
Monday, December 30th, 2013
In 2012 it seemed that every week a U.S. company with electric vehicle technology was announcing a China deal. That flood slowed to a steady stream in 2013 as Chinese companies and investors waited to see what technologies the government would support. Some companies I wrote about in those go-go days are no longer in business. So I (more…)
Thursday, December 26th, 2013
The 2014 Mazda 6 is a stunner. Now that we’re past that, consider this: The car won Popular Mechanics’ Car of the Year and the Red Dot Design Award. Yeah, it’s that good. It’s an efficient car too.
On a recent trip to Northern New Jersey, I had some quality time with the Mazda 6. The one that was (more…)
Friday, December 20th, 2013
The fuel economy of the average new vehicle sold in the United States rose last month to 24.8 miles per gallon, representing a 20-percent increase compared to five years ago. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)—which has tracked average new vehicle fuel economy since 2007—November saw the (more…)
Friday, December 6th, 2013
Ford will debut a stop-start option on all of its highest volume vehicles. That’s the word from the unveiling of the new Ford Edge concept (see picture) at the 2013 LA Auto Show last month. Stop-start systems automatically shut off a car’s engine at stoplights or in other situations where the vehicle would otherwise be idling. (more…)
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Though dozens of hybrid models are available for sale in the United States, the vast majority are sedans. Still, there are a handful of options for consumers in search of both fuel economy and passenger and cargo room. Based on the latest sales numbers, here are the five top-selling hybrid SUV options. (more…)
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Picture yourself back in 1995 for a moment. Besides questionable music and fashion choices, we were at the start of some troubling trends in energy. The fuel economy of our cars and trucks had flatlined for five years, and they would stay that way for another 15. We were producing less and less of our own fuel at home, and biofuels were barely on the map, let alone (more…)
Friday, October 4th, 2013
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson recently claimed that his company plans “to compete head-to-head” with Tesla Motors on plug-in electric vehicles. Given the current lineup of products offered by both companies, that’s a little hard to envision. Tesla makes high-end, electric-only performance vehicles, while GM has so far released a comparatively low-priced plug-in (more…)