Category Archives: fuel economy or emissions

Death of the Diesel: Daimler in the US Agrees to Pay For Noxious Diesel Emissions Fraud

For the settlements with the U.S. authorities, Daimler expects costs of approx. USD 1.5 billion* (€1.27 billion). The estimated cost of the class action settlement is ~$700 million (~ €592 million) including the court’s anticipated award of attorneys’ fees and costs. In addition, Daimler estimates further expenses of a mid-three-digit-million Euro amount to fulfill requirements of the settlements. Continue reading

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District of Columbia, 15 States to Completely Wipe Out Toxic Diesel Fumes By 2050 in New MOU

While trucks and buses only account for 4% of vehicles on the road, they are responsible for ~25% of total transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions. Included in the sweeping reform are large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul delivery trucks (big-rigs). Continue reading

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Xpeng Now Delivering P7 Intelligent EV Sports Sedan

The P7 claims cutting-edge autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle technology. On paper it’s formidable. P7 arrives as the Trump Administration is being outflanked in a trade war that Trump started and is losing. Continue reading

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Navistar Settles Diesel Air Quality Violations for $2m

The Illinois-based company modified its vehicle calibrations from their certified design through “running changes” in the engines of its heavy-duty trucks without notifying the California Air Resources Board that the changes were being made, as is required. Continue reading

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California Requires Electric Trucks by 2045

Trucks are the largest single source of air pollution from vehicles, responsible for 70% of the smog-causing pollution and 80% of carcinogenic diesel soot even though they number only 2 million among the 30 million registered vehicles in the state.  Continue reading

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Top Five Air Pollution Actions to Improve Health, Climate

While some efforts that replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources improve both local health and favorably impact climate change, other, often politically popular programs are of limited value on either front. Continue reading

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Ford Embraces Paris Climate Agreement Globally

This promise came as Ford released its 21st annual Sustainability Report. Ford is also working with California for stronger vehicle greenhouse gas standards. Ford did not mention its current financial crisis that resulted from the Corona virus plague.  Continue reading

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FCA Delivers Two 4xe Jeep Renegades to RSE

The data gathered during the tests will be highly significant – it’s hoped – for FCA technicians, who may receive an amount of information in a short period of time that would only have come to light after a much longer period of usage by customers. Continue reading

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Rolls-Royce, Daimler Truck to Develop Stationary Fuel-Cells

The Rolls-Royce Power Systems business unit plans to rely on these fuel-cell systems from the planned joint venture – as well as Daimler’s experience in the emergency power generators it develops and distributes for data centers under the MTU product and solution brand. Continue reading

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First Virtual Look – 2021 Toyota Venza Two-Row Crossover

All Venza’s will be hybrids – supporting Toyota’s stated goal of selling 25% of its product line as hybrids by 2025 – and all will be AWD. More pertinent to buyers, the 219 horsepower, 5-seat Venza is projected to have an EPA combined mileage of 40 mpg (LE trim and Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive) when it goes on sale this summer. Pricing is not released yet and could be critical to Venza’s success in the salesroom or as is likely online as the U.S. is far, far behind in social distancing and a national response. It does however lead the world in Covid plague deaths. Continue reading

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Einride and Oatly to Electrify Transport in Sweden

“Road freight transport as it currently exists is a system that drastically needs to change. Nearly 7% of global CO2 emissions come from this road freight, a figure that will only increase if we do not switch to more sustainable,” says Robert Falck, CEO and Founder of Einride. Continue reading

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Toyota Yaris Cross Makes Virtual World Debut

Cross follows last year’s debut of the all-new Yaris, unveiled in October 2019 as the next-generation compact car, which – it was claimed – brought enhanced driving pleasure, the world’s highest level of fuel efficiency for its class thanks to its use of Toyota’s latest hybrid system, as well as advanced safety and security technologies. Continue reading

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First Look: 2021 Elantra and Elantra Hybrid

The 2021 Elantra has hybrid electric vehicle technology, and segment-first wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Production of the 2021 Elantra starts in the fall in Ulsan, Korea as the Avante, and at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and sales begin in the fourth quarter. Continue reading

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Toyota: New Paint Atomizer with 95% Coating Efficiency

The newly developed airless painter, said to be the first of its kind in the world, achieves more than 95% coating efficiency. Continue reading

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Tire Wear Emissions 1000 Times More Than Exhaust Emissions

Non-exhaust emissions (NEE) are particles released into the air from brake wear, tire wear, road surface wear and re-suspension of road dust during  vehicle operation. No legislation is in place to limit or reduce NEE, but they affect air quality. Continue reading

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