Fuel Efficiency

 
2019 Mazda 3 sedan and hatch aim for an X factor–and that’s not electric

2019 Mazda 3 sedan and hatch aim for an X factor–and that’s not electric

Mazda has revealed its 2019 Mazda 3 compact car, in new-generation form, at the 2018 LA Auto Show. It’s not surprising, given the brand’s go-it-alone strategy this decade, that the new ‘3’ appears to take a different path than key global compact-car rivals in nearly every... read more

November 28, 2018 by -
 
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drive, Napa Valley, Caifornia, Dec 2017

Honda joins GM, others in heated opposition to Trump's EPA fuel-economy freeze

Honda joined General Motors on Friday and called on the EPA to abandon its proposed fuel-economy rollback, asking federal officials to negotiate with states like California... read more October 29, 2018 by


 
2015 Volkswagen XL1  -  Silverstone Auctions sale, November 10, 2018

Volkswagen XL1 eco halo already a sound investment?

It’s been less than five years since Volkswagen produced its limited run of just 250 XL1 plug-in diesel hybrid coupes, of which only 200 were sold to retail buyers. The... read more October 28, 2018 by


 
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

GM wants Trump administration to consider national electric-vehicle mandate

The term “hail Mary” might be appropriate for what General Motors, led by chief executive officer Mary Barra, is attempting at this stage of the federal... read more October 26, 2018 by


 
2018 Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 range-efficiency edge is a serious market strength

Although Tesla may still sometimes be finding its way in terms of how to build cars themselves, it retains a distinct advantage over pretty much every other automaker in one... read more October 25, 2018 by


 
EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler

Deadline for comments on EPA fuel-economy rollback is Tuesday

Readers who want to make their voices heard in objection to (or support of) the EPA proposal to freeze fuel economy standards have until tomorrow to get their comments in... read more October 22, 2018 by


 
EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler

Commentary: How to make your voice heard on fuel economy freeze

Drivers are not helpless in the face of government plans to roll back fuel economy standards. A joint August proposal from the EPA and NHTSA to freeze planned increases in... read more September 4, 2018 by


 
2017 Ford Focus Electric window sticker showing 115-mile range rating

Americans still want better fuel economy, survey says

Just as the Trump administration moves to roll back fuel economy standards, a new survey shows that Americans are dissatisfied with the fuel economy their cars already get... read more August 30, 2018 by


 
Teaser for Pininfarina Battista debuting at 2019 Geneva auto show

Best deals on green cars, Tesla scrutiny, Swiss stop diesels, EPA pushback: Today's Car News

The SEC issues subpoenas to Tesla over CEO Elon Musk's plan to take the company private. Switzerland halts registrations of some diesels from Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. New... read more August 16, 2018 by


 
Teaser for Infiniti Prototype 10 concept debuting on August 23, 2018

Chevy Bolt EV road trip, GM patents, charger disruptions, resources report: Today's Car News

GM files patents for three new active aerodynamic aids. A reader's family finds enough charging outlets to make a 2,000-mile road trip in a Chevy Bolt EV. Our readers report... read more August 15, 2018 by


 
Patent for Active Side Skirts filed by General Motors

GM files patents for new active aerodynamic aids

General Motors filed patent applications in June for three types of active aerodynamic systems that could make cars more efficient and potentially even give electric cars... read more August 15, 2018 by


 
2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, Six Flags Magic Mountain, California, Dec 2017

The 7 best plug-in cars for students going back to school

Today's environmentally conscious students are thinking more about the environment in the choices they make. They still need to get around, but they may be less likely to... read more August 7, 2018 by


 
ExxonMobil oil refinery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by WClarke [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Analysis: Is shale oil a cost effective switch or just a dent in our wallets?

Shale oil's prevalence in the American oil market may present a large obstacle for rising fuel economy standards. Shale oil creates gasoline with a lower octane rating than... read more July 30, 2018 by


 
Scoot Quad (nee Renault Twizy) tested in San Francisco, Oct 2015

Even Wackier! Most bizarre green cars ever proposed, Part II

Last week we listed seven of the most bizarre "green" cars (and some not-so-green) of the 20th century, most of which were rolled out in response to depression, war recovery... read more June 3, 2018 by


 
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2019 Chevy Silverado will offer new turbo-4 that can run on 2 cylinders

Chevrolet announced last week that its upcoming 2019 Silverado full-size pickup will offer a new turbo-4 in place of the base V-6 in some models. Like the V-8s in some of... read more May 22, 2018 by


 
Shell Airflow Starship fuel economy record truck

Shell Airflow Starship semi truck leaves San Diego on record fuel-economy run

Truck driver Bob Sliwa hit the road on Thursday night in his carbon-fiber-bodied, diesel-powered semi truck, as he attempts to set a fuel economy record for big rigs by the... read more May 18, 2018 by


 

 
 

 
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