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A Shift to High MPG

Advanced powerplants represent but one method of gaining better fuel efficiency. In the propulsion realm, high-tech transmissions also play an important role. Their evolution is notable. In earlier years, cars came with three-speed manual transmissions while automatics had only two or three gear ratios. Today, five-speed manuals are the rule with some high performance cars […]

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Don't Let Politics Kill American Innovation

The huge gulf between environmentalists and the auto industry is shrinking. The relationship between these two interests has evolved to where we are finding a way to agree, and not just reflexively oppose everything the other side has to say.  Last summer, automakers and environmentalist joined together to support the historic new clean car agreement […]

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Rising Gas Prices Show Importance of EVs

Revenge has come. In April, 200 Sierra Club members across the country hosted screenings of Revenge of the Electric Car. Thousands gathered to watch a great film and welcome electric vehicles that seemed impossible only a few years ago.  As EVs are hitting the market, Big Oil, their cronies on Fox News, and even presidential candidates […]

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Meeting the Natural Gas Vehicle Challenge

Though natural gas vehicles (NGVs) have been around since the 1930s, they have never been able to break through the barriers to their widespread application in America – special infrastructure requirements, a shortage of fueling stations, and awkward, expensive fuel tanks that must be filled at pressures as high as 3600 psi. Moreover, until just […]

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EV Deployment Key to Moving Away from Oil

President Obama has announced proposals for continued support of advanced car and truck technologies, including EVs and other alternative fuel vehicles as well as infrastructure needed to support these vehicles. These proposals, and others like it, are essential for advancing technology that can help alleviate pain at the pump and dependence on oil. The proposal […]

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Michigan as the New Silicon Valley?

Can Michigan become the Silicon Valley of mobility? Ford Motor Company executive chairman Bill Ford seems to think so. He’s calling for policy reform to make this happen, pointing at the integration of communications and vehicle technologies as key to solving urban mobility challenges while creating more high-tech Michigan jobs in the process. These aren’t […]

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The Evolving Auto Scene: Are NGVs Next?

The auto field has seen interesting twists and turns over the years as it has explored the use of alternative fuels and advanced technologies to improve environmental performance. I have witnessed the ebb and flow of focus on fuels ranging from hydrogen, methanol, ethanol, propane, and natural gas to battery electric, gasoline-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid, […]

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CODA Electric Now in Motion

CODA Automotive has been selected as one of 40 businesses to be profiled in The GOOD Company Project, a collaboration between the integrated media platform GOOD and IBM. The GOOD Company Project highlights 40 businesses for their positive contributions toward economic and social improvement. Over the past few months, CODA has delivered its first fleet vehicle […]

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Enterprise Expands Car Sharing Program

Enterprise Holdings, parent of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent A Car brands, specializes in renting cars at airports and in neighborhood locations across the country. While best known for its ubiquitous rentals like Chevy Impalas and Toyota Corollas, in some markets drivers can choose ‘green’ models ranging from Toyota Prius and […]

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Mitsubishi i Evolution in Pikes Peak Race

Two electric Mitsubishi race cars will compete in this year's annual running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colorado this July. One of these will be an essentially stock version of the 2012 Mitsubishi i with a more aerodynamic front bumper, roll cage, and safety equipment, which will be driven by […]

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Chrysler Offers Wireless In-Car Charging

Okay, let’s admit it. We’ve come to depend on electronics in our lives and indispensible devices of all sorts have transitioned from our homes and pockets to our cars. So it’s no surprise that automakers and accessory companies have recognized the importance of making this an easy and convenient transition for us. Hands-free, Bluetooth, and […]

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How Natural Gas is Becoming a Major Transportation Fuel

Abundant domestic supplies, low emissions and cost, and activities by Clean Energy Fuels are bringing clean natural gas to our highways at an accelerated pace  

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Toyota RAV4 EV a Reality, at $50,000

Toyota has a long history in developing electric drive vehicles. Nobody can dispute its unparalleled success at dominating the gasoline-electric hybrid market with its venerable Prius, or how this success has led to a family of highly-efficient vehicles under a Prius sub-brand. Now the automaker has unveiled its new RAV4 EV that’s been developed in […]

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Few Cars Using Cylinder Deactivation

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest ‘Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends’ report, cylinder deactivation is an increasingly popular way to net greater efficiency from a V-6 or V-8 engine. However, the technology is largely bypassing passenger cars. Cylinder deactivation was found in 38 percent of all pickups, 17 percent […]

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Carroll Shelby: An American Icon

Our friend Carroll Shelby, who passed away at age 89, will be remembered by many for his racing wins early in his career including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, plus his skillful ability to craft some of the most notable street-legal sports cars ever made. The Shelby Cobra and Shelby Mustangs are top-of-mind among […]

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Natural Gas Pace Car at NASCAR Race

Alternative fuel vehicles are increasingly finding their way to racing as a way of promoting the breed to consumers. Most of these are competition cars. Now, for the first time a compressed natural gas (CNG) car has found its way to a NASCAR race as an official pace car. A Honda Civic Natural Gas sedan […]

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Dodge Dart Aero to Offer 41 Hwy MPG

Performance has historically been a huge touchstone for the Dodge brand. These days, though, this is defined in ways other than pure power and acceleration, with environmental performance at the top of many lists. The revival of the legacy Dodge Dart nameplate for the 2013 model year aims squarely at this ‘new’ performance. This car […]

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Fall Debut for BMW X1 Premium SAV

The sub-compact BMW X1 premium sport activity vehicle (SAV) combines the utility of an SAV with the driving dynamics of a BMW sports sedan. This combination has already proved popular in markets outside the U.S. Now the X1 is heading to our shores this coming fall. The U.S. version gets some unique updates for American drivers […]

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