Light Duty Fuel Economy

Blog Post | January 1, 2007

Advanced Technology Showroom

Welcome to ACEEE's Advanced Technology Showroom. On this page you'll find writeups of some of the exciting energy-efficient and eco-friendly vehicle technologies being implemented on today's passenger cars and trucks, as well as advances in technologies just over the horizon. Content in the Advanced Technology Showroom will periodically change, so feel free to check back and enjoy future writeups.

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Blog Post | May 24, 2006

Federal Energy Legislation: Gas Prices Drive Up the Rhetoric

With gasoline prices hovering around $3 per gallon, and the prices of many other energy sources high as well, dozens of bills have recently been introduced in Congress to address our continuing energy problems. However, most of these bills are "message bills" designed to send a message back home rather than serious attempts to pass legislation.

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Press Release | May 2, 2006

Back Off Oil Demand to Bring Down Gasoline Prices

Washington, D.C. — Criticizing recent proposals to reduce gasoline prices as too weak and one-sided, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today called on government and business leaders to launch a vigorous public awareness and policy effort aimed at cutting pump prices by easing America's gasoline consumption.

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Press Release | March 29, 2006

Bush Fuel Economy Standard Extends America's Oil Addiction

Washington, D.C. — Changes announced today to the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) regulations for light duty trucks fall far short of the oil-addiction recovery goal set by President Bush in his State of the Union address, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Blog Post | January 1, 2006

Oil Security

America's dependence on foreign sources of oil continues to grow. Without significant reduction in vehicle miles traveled, implementation of more fuel-efficient technology, or use of a diversity of fuels, this trend will continue.

Percentage of Oil Imported

Source: EERE's Transportation Energy Data Book Ed. 24

Projected Percentage of Oil Imported

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Blog Post | January 1, 2006

Global Warming Emissions

Carbon dioxide is the predominant global warming pollutant, accounting for eighty percent of global warming emissions. Contrary to the goals set out in legislation recently considered in the U.S. Senate, emissions have continued to increase. Transportation is responsible for 32.3% of all carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. While the U.S. has made progress in reducing vehicles' emissions of regulated pollutants such as ozone precursors, CO2 emissions from the transporatation sector continue to rise.

Growing U.S. Carbon Emissions

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Blog Post | September 19, 2005

Energy Policy Act of 2005 Enacted — Contains Useful Provisions But Leaves Many Opportunities on the Table

On August 8th, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law after 4 ½ years of work by Congress. The new law deals with a wide array of topics including energy efficiency, renewable energy, coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power. From an energy efficiency perspective, highlights of the new law include establishment of new appliance and equipment efficiency standards on 16 products, and tax incentives for efficient appliances, air conditioners, furnaces, new homes, commercial buildings, as well as new hybrid and efficient diesel vehicles.

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Press Release | September 2, 2005

Blunting Katrina's Aftershocks Through Energy Conservation and Efficiency

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hurricane Katrina, in addition to causing massive destruction and human tragedy on the Gulf Coast, is creating aftershocks in energy markets that will affect most Americans for the coming months or longer. Early energy market trends include:

  • Gasoline prices spiking above $3, causing panic buying in several states. Heating oil prices have already reached $2.50 per gallon in some areas. Surging wholesale prices indicate further increases are coming.
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