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New cars have outpaced the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for the 2012-2014 model years, according to a new report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
The CAFE standards target a five-percent reduction in CO2 per mile each year through 2025. Based on fuel economy ratings, cars have exceeded this standard - and NHTSA's expectations - for the first three years of the current standard, which started in 2012. "If the current trends in annual improvements continue," the report concludes, "future achieved CAFE performance is expected to continue meeting or exceeding the projected performance levels (and desired GHG reductions) contained in the latest CAFE standards." Read more at the UMTRI website
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washingtow (CREW) is suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over transparency failings with regard to industry influence.
Earlier, CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for EPA documents regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard
(RFS), and called for an investigation by the EPA's Office of Inspector General. In addition to creating a flurry of acronyms, CREW hopes to shed light on the relationships between government and businesses like the Carlyle Group and Delta Airlines, both of whom lobbied for a reduction in the RFS. "Even though it is nearly 2015, the renewable fuel standards for 2014 still haven't been released," says CREW Executive Director Malanie Sloan. "Is this to avoid potential political fallout in the mid-terms for siding with the oil industry over the biofuel industry?" Read more at the CREW website
The Sierra Club has launched a new online tool, called Pick A Plug-in, to help people shop for EVs.
The tool asks basic questions about driving habits and needs, access to an outlet, budget and certain personal preferences, and provides the user with a list of suitable electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. It displays the model, its price after government incentives, seating, electric range and states where it is available. The Sierra Club also has a tool
to learn about any state and local incentives. Try Pick A Plug-in for yourself
or read more about it in the press release below
EVSR took first place in an SCCA event on at New Jersey Motorsports Park, setting an electric lap record at Thunderbolt Raceway.
The event took place on October 18 and 19, and the lap record of 1:33.582 was set during the race on day two, driven by Todd Reid. Earlier in October, EVSR also set an electric lap record of 1:27.482 during practice at the Watkins Glen short course. EVSR Project Manager and Chief Engineer Charlie Greenhaus was behind the wheel for that lap, which clocked an average speed of 100.8 miles per hour. See the record lap at Watkins glen in a video below
, where you'll also find a press release.
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