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.
Washington, D.C. — Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation proposed the first-ever fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. The affected vehicles, ranging from large pickup trucks to big rigs, today consume about 2.5 million barrels of oil per day, one-fifth of total transportation oil use in the U.S.
Washington, D.C. – Making good on a commitment made by President Obama in May, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation today announced progress in developing standards that will dramatically reduce the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks in model years 2017 to 2025. The announcement follows the adoption earlier this year of standards boosting average fuel economy to 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016.
Washington, D.C. — Amidst continual buzz about innovative green vehicle technologies and the impending arrival of the first full-function all-electric vehicles in a decade, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy today released environmental ratings for model year 2010 vehicles. This is the thirteenth year ACEEE has published its rankings as part of ACEEE’s Green Book® Online, the organization’s environmental guide to cars and trucks, available at greenercars.org.
In March 2009, President Obama pledged to have 1 million plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on the road by 2015. While the penetration of electric drive vehicles in the American automobile market could significantly reduce petroleum use, vehicle emissions, and fuel expenditures countrywide, there are several challenges to implementing the President’s 2015 goal.
Washington, D.C. — The Department of Transportation today announced new fuel economy standards averaging 27.3 miles per gallon for model year 2011 cars and light trucks. The standards are disappointing. They are weaker than the standards proposed last spring, and those were based on an unrealistically low gasoline price forecast. A reasonable price forecast should have led to higher standards, not lower ones.
Washington, D.C. — With the auto industry in turmoil and energy prices in flux, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy today released environmental ratings for model year 2009 vehicles. This is the twelfth year ACEEE has published its rankings as part of ACEEE’s Green Book® Online, the organization’s environmental guide to cars and trucks, available at greenercars.org.
Washington, D.C. — The Accelerated Retirement of Inefficient Vehicles Retirement Act of 2009 (ARIVA), introduced in the House and Senate this morning, will help consumers dissatisfied with their gas guzzlers to retire those vehicles and replace them with fuel-efficient vehicles. ARIVA is designed to speed up the transition to a low-consuming vehicle stock in the U.S. “Unstable gasoline prices, tight household budgets, and signs of global warming are causing many consumers to rethink their vehicle preferences,” said ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel.
Washington, D.C. — Today, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) unveiled a new Web resource for state policymakers and energy efficiency advocates. This site is the initial phase of ACEEE's new State Energy Efficiency Policy Web site, an ongoing project under the umbrella of ACEEE's State Energy Efficiency Policy Activities. The site serves as an easy-to-use online database of energy efficiency policies in the states, searchable by state or by policy. The database covers: