Posts tagged with 'fuel efficiency'
CGI Live Blogging: Cash For Clunkers "Not a Silver Bullet"
CGI Live Blogging: Cash For Clunkers "Not a Silver Bullet"
Cash for Clunkers program – funded with $3 billion of U.S. government money – was launched as a commitment at last year’s CGI Annual Meeting? Jack Hidary, chairman of SmartTransportation.org, a nonprofit coalition of organizations dedicated to promoting clean technology ...
Yellow-Carded Vehicles Banned from Beijing's Streets
Yellow-Carded Vehicles Banned from Beijing's Streets
To control pollution from a growing population of 3.7 million cars, Beijing today began prohibiting high-emission vehicles from entering the city limits. This latest measure is part of an ongoing plan to improve Beijing’s air quality post-Olympics. While high-emission cars ...
Consumer Hype Wanes as Cash for Clunkers Revives
Consumer Hype Wanes as Cash for Clunkers Revives
Photo by ThreadedThoughts. Looks like the Cash for Clunkers frenzy is dying down, just a few days after the Senate pumped another $2 billion into the program. According to E&E News: Consumer interest in the government’s “cash for clunkers” program ...
Cash for Clunkers: "Environmental Effects Will Be Negligible"
Cash for Clunkers: "Environmental Effects Will Be Negligible"
The Cash for Clunkers program is not all that it’s cracked up to be. Photo by ThreadedThoughts. The Cash for Clunkers program, which gives consumers up to a $4,500 discount when they trade in their old vehicle for a newer, ...
New Report: "Easing Off the Gas" in the U.S. Northwest
New Report: "Easing Off the Gas" in the U.S. Northwest
A new report from the Sightline Institute shows that people in the Northwest states — Oregon, Washington and Idaho — are consuming less gasoline, riding more public transit and driving less than before, indicating a shift in the transportation patterns ...
New Report: Smart Growth Necessary for CO2 Reduction
New Report: Smart Growth Necessary for CO2 Reduction
It’s always good to have your argument laid out for you in a well-designed policy paper. The Center for Clean Air Policy’s new report, “Cost-Effective GHG Reductions through Smart Growth and Improved Transportation Choices,” does just that. It lays out ...
It Takes a Village to...Build a Car?
It Takes a Village to…Build a Car?
Open source technology: Software companies do it. Why not carmakers? Photo via Riversimple. What if you could revolutionize the way cars are designed and built by opening the process up to input from the entire community? That’s exactly what Riversimple ...
Economic Activity = Energy Use? Think Twice
Economic Activity = Energy Use? Think Twice
Increased economic activity doesn’t necessarily have to lead to greater energy consumption. Photo by bitzcelt. Energy use in the transport sector follows economic activity, but the relationship is not necessarily in direct proportion. Energy efficiency plays an important role in ...
Zero Pollution Motors Pulling Energy Out of Thin Air
Zero Pollution Motors Pulling Energy Out of Thin Air
From the Associated Press: Zero Pollution Motors is trying to bring a car to U.S. roads by early 2011 that’s powered by a combination of compressed air and a small conventional engine. ZPM Chief Executive Shiva Vencat said the ultimate ...
Game-Changers? "Complete Streets" and Fuel Efficiency Standards
Game-Changers? "Complete Streets" and Fuel Efficiency Standards
A pedestrian waits at 14th and U St. NW, Washington, D.C. Photo by M.V. Jantzen. Two stories you need to know about sustainable transportation in the United States this week: Vehicle Emission Rules to Tighten Washington Post May 19, 2009 ...
Dude, Where's My 50 Miles Per Gallon Gasoline Car?
Dude, Where's My 50 Miles Per Gallon Gasoline Car?
According to Lee Schipper, “a battery supplying the 40-mile range of the GM Volt is said to cost $20,000.” Photo by EuroTraveler. Lee Schipper, senior fellow at EMBARQ and senior research engineer at the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center of Stanford ...
GOOD Magazine: "Reinventing Our Wheels"
GOOD Magazine: "Reinventing Our Wheels"
GOOD magazine published its jam-packed, 112-page “Transportation Issue,” devoted to a “drastic rethinking of how we move around, how we design our cities, and how we power our vehicles.” The articles cover a lot of ground, discussing the problems and ...
GM, Segway Unveil P.U.M.A. as Future of Urban Transportation
GM, Segway Unveil P.U.M.A. as Future of Urban Transportation
For more photos, check out this photo gallery by Autoblog. Last week, General Motors and Segway unveiled the much-hyped Project P.U.M.A, which stands for “Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility,” an electric two-wheeler prototype vehicle that is supposed to transform the ...
Will China Dominate the Electric Car Market?
Will China Dominate the Electric Car Market?
Step aside, Japan. Don’t even try, Detroit. China has plans to corner the electric car market. From the New York Times: TIANJIN, China — Chinese leaders have adopted a plan aimed at turning the country into one of the leading ...
The Tata Nano Released at Last: Blessing or Curse?
The Tata Nano Released at Last: Blessing or Curse?
India experienced an automotive breakthrough last week: the release of the Tata Nano, the most economic vehicle in the Indian market, and arguably, in the world. The so-called “people’s car” has received praise from many sources, such as The Economist: ...
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