A simple equation can help explain America's increasing use and dependence on oil: (stagnating fuel economy) * (increasing miles traveled) = (rising petroleum use).
Fuel Economy Improvements Have Leveled Off
Source: EPA's Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends 1975 Through 2005
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.
Washington, D.C. — Plug-in hybrid vehicles could contribute greatly to reducing automobile oil consumption and emissions, but reaching those goals requires major progress in key areas. According to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the environmental and economic appeal of plug-in hybrid vehicles will depend heavily upon cleaner power sources and further battery advances.
Washington, D.C. — The average fuel economy of U.S. autos will remain unchanged from 2005 to 2006 according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), despite high gasoline prices and better technology entering the market, including hybrid vehicles, variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation. EPA released its annual “Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends” report on Monday. “The lesson is that better technology alone won’t get us the reductions we need in oil consumption and global warming gases.
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.
Washington, D.C. — This year, gasoline prices are eating into American budgets as they haven't done in decades. Cutting back on driving isn't the only way to reduce energy costs; most Americans can save on their electricity bills this summer with smart home cooling. Instead of toughing out one more season of high costs, consumers can save real money by reducing the energy they use to stay cool.
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.
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).
Washington, D.C. — Amid dramatic changes in the U.S. vehicle market and continued concerns about U.S. oil dependence, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today announced the year's "greenest" and "meanest" vehicles, along with the environmental scorings of all model year 2006 cars and passenger trucks. The vehicle scores are part of ACEEE's Green Book® Online, the ninth annual edition of ACEEE's environmental guide to cars and trucks, available online at GreenerCars.org.