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Blog Post | March 4, 2014

Designing the Next Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule for Heavy-Duty Vehicles

The president recently announced that a second phase of fuel efficiency and [no-glossary]greenhouse gas[/no-glossary] standards for heavy-duty vehicles will be proposed in March of 2015, with rule adoption a year later. Some aspects of the program are likely to change from the first phase of the standards.

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Press Release | January 28, 2014

Greenercars.org Releases 2014 Environmental Scores: Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Tops Greenest Vehicles List

Washington, D.C.—Looking forward to vehicle sales above 16 million in 2014 for the first time in seven years, automakers are capitalizing on the market upswing by offering customers a vast array of vehicle options. Today, at greenercars.org, ACEEE released its 17th annual comprehensive environmental ratings for vehicles.

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Blog Post | September 25, 2013

Fuel Consumption of New Heavy-Duty Vehicles Can Be Reduced by More than One-Third by 2025

[no-glossary]Heavy-duty vehicles consume 2.9 million barrels per day of petroleum fuels in the United States today. In 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency adopted standards to reduce the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of heavy-duty vehicles in model years 2014–2018.

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Press Release | February 7, 2012

Electric Car Tops Greenest Vehicle List for First Time in 12 Years

New Mitsubishi i-MIEV Unseats Honda Civic Natural Gas after 8 Consecutive Years at the Top  

Washington, D.C.—With the auto industry back on its feet and fuel economy standards shifting into high gear, automakers provided American consumers with a huge array of vehicles and technologies to choose from in 2012. Today at greenercars.org, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 14th annual comprehensive environmental rankings showing how these offerings stack up.

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Press Release | January 24, 2012

ACEEE Submits Testimony on EPA and NHTSA Light Duty Fuel Economy Standards

Standards Would Deliver Fuel Savings That Would Stimulate the Economy and Job Growth.

 

Washington, D.C.—Proposed EPA/NHTSA fuel economy rules will lead to cost-effective consumer investments in fuel-efficient vehicles that will in turn stimulate economic activity and create an estimated net gain of 300,000 to 400,000 jobs per year on average over the period 2017 to 2025. The new rule will raise average new car and light truck fuel economy to 49.6 miles per gallon by 2025.

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Blog Post | December 16, 2011

Heavy Truck Fuel Efficiency Standards: Priorities for Phase II

EPA and NHTSA only finalized the first fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty vehicles in August but soon must begin thinking about the next round.

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Blog Post | November 17, 2011

New Fuel Economy Proposal Would Bring Major Oil Savings

Federal agencies have formally proposed standards that would raise average car and light truck fuel economy to nearly 50 miles per gallon by 2025, up from the current average new auto fuel economy of about 28 miles per gallon.

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Blog Post | September 22, 2011

ACEEE Updates Green Book® Online Methodology as U.S. Vehicle Market Diversifies

The uncertain economy and fluctuating gasoline prices have made consumers more discerning about their vehicle purchases. At the same time, the federal government is taking steps to ensure that future generations of vehicles will use less petroleum and emit less greenhouse gases.  In July 2011, the U.S.

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Blog Post | August 9, 2011

Heavy Truck Efficiency Standards Finalized – Now What?

Today the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency adopted the first fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for heavy trucks and buses in the U.S., covering vehicles from super-duty pickups to tractor-trailers starting in model year 2014.  ACEEE projects that the program will save 280,000 barrels of oil per day by 2030, roughly the amount the U.S. currently imports from Brazil.

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Press Release | February 16, 2011

Latest Technologies Place But Don't Win In This Year's Greenest Vehicles List

UPDATED: February 16, 2011 — Due to a mistaken vehicle emissions specification, our Greenest List inadvertently omitted the Mazda 2 (manual transmission), which beats the Chevrolet Volt by a hair. Both vehicles have Green Scores of 48. Hence this year’s Greenest List now features 13 vehicles, instead of the customary dozen. We regret the error.

 

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