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Green Car Glossary: Vehicles, Drivetrains, Emissions, Fuels, Energy

Green Car Glossary: Vehicles, Drivetrains, Emissions, Fuels, Energy

As gasoline prices go up, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more common. Ever wonder what they all mean? Here's your chance to enter a veritable Twilight Zone of terminology--and find out, say, whether a PZEV is related to a PHEV. (It's not.) To help you in your journey, our... read more

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2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

Should EPA Gas-Mileage Ratings Tests Change? What You Need To Know

Your mileage may vary. We've heard it for years, we all know it's true, and yet we put our trust in the EPA's fuel-efficiency ratings as a guide to what kind of gas mileage a... read more May 10, 2013 by  23


 
Bob Lutz

Gas-Mileage Rules To Add $3,000 Or More To Car Prices By 2025?

You most likely know by now that fuel efficiency is slated to double in new vehicles by 2025. What you may not know is how much that will cost you when you buy a new car in... read more April 19, 2013 by  28


 
Gina McCarthy, nominee for Environmental Protection Agency administrator

Nominee To Head EPA Had Key Role in 2025 Gas-Mileage Rules

It's long been known that Lisa Jackson, the current administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, would step down now that President Obama is in his second term... read more April 12, 2013 by  2


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

Diesel Vs Small Turbo Gas Engines: Does Real-World MPG Matter?

As fuel efficiency standards tighten continuously between now and 2025, buyers will have more powertrain options to chose from. And many have suggested there's a battle... read more April 3, 2013 by  10


 
Gas Pump With Boot

EPA Moves To Cut Sulfur In Gasoline, Reducing Emissions Further

"Cleaner cars need cleaner fuels"--that's the message from a group of automakers in support of new EPA rules to clean up gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency will... read more March 29, 2013 by  4


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

U.S. Biofuels & Ethanol Mandate: More Vulnerable Than Ever Now?

Since 2007, U.S. fuel producers have been required by law to include more and more ethanol and other biofuels in their blends. Now, Pike Research suggests, the biofuels... read more March 13, 2013 by  12


 
ESB Sundancer experimental electric car, test drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Oct 1973 [Frank Lodge]

Electric Cars Of The Future...As Imagined In The 1970s

Cars of the future--especially those from the past--always exert a powerful pull on our imaginations. They range from the outlandish (no wheels) to the bizarre (extreme... read more March 8, 2013 by  1


 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adminstrator Lisa Jackson and President Barack Obama

Second Obama Term: New Energy Secretary, New EPA Head

Following EPA head Lisa Jackson's resignation at the end of December, President Obama will nominate Gina McCarthy as her successor. McCarthy will become the Environmental... read more March 4, 2013 by 


 
2011 Fuel Economy Labels

Breast-Beating Over EPA Mileage Labels: Will Ratings Change?

Obviously, fuel economy will be an increasingly big deal in years to come. The gas-mileage ratings of new cars and trucks must double (and then some) between last year and... read more February 28, 2013 by  12


 
2013 Nissan Leaf

2013 Nissan Leaf: 75-Mile Range 'Anticipated' In New Test By EPA

It's the last piece of information on the new and updated 2013 Nissan Leaf electric car that everyone's been waiting for: its range. The projected number, Nissan says, is 75... read more February 20, 2013 by  28


 
Fuel gauge

Gas Mileage Of New Cars Sold In Jan: 24.5 MPG, Highest Ever

Every month, the University of Michigan sends out its weighted average of the gas mileage of all new cars sold the previous month. And for January, the news is good. The new... read more February 4, 2013 by  4


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

EPA Quota For Cellulosic Fuels Tossed Out By Court As 'Wish'

Whatever the merits of ethanol as a fuel or a gasoline additive--and it's taken some hits lately--it's still in the running. The same cannot be said, however, for cellulosic... read more January 28, 2013 by  3


 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adminstrator Lisa Jackson and President Barack Obama

BREAKING NEWS: EPA Head Lisa Jackson To Resign

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson confirmed this morning that she is to resign from her position, the Washington Post reports. As well as setting... read more December 27, 2012 by 


 
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

EPA To Dig Into Ford Fusion Hybrid, C-Max Hybrid Mileage

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to look into claims that two Ford hybrids don't meet their official fuel economy ratings in real world driving. We reported... read more December 11, 2012 by  19


 
2013 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S 60-kWh Version: EPA Range Rated At 208 Miles

Without any fanfare, the EPA has released its range rating for the second version of the Tesla Model S to come to market. The 2013 Tesla Model S fitted with a... read more December 7, 2012 by  16


 
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