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Monster El Nino May Be Brewing
Apr 20, 2014 - 10:44 AM - by xcel
Ready for a ’90s El Niño flashback?
John Roach - MSNBC - April 19, 2014

The Merced Irrigation District Depleted Reservoir.

The warm temperature band across the Pacific does not look good. Hopefully however, California will receive the rains it needs.

Three consecutive dry years have left Lake McClure, Merced Irrigation District (MID)’s storage reservoir as shown, at historic lows. As a result, MID growers will likely receive mere inches of water this year, rather than feet. -- Ed.

Researchers... [Read More]
4 Replies | 512 Views
Nest Uses Its Data To Turn Electric Utilities Into Cash Cows
Apr 20, 2014 - 8:13 AM - by ALS
Some utility partners are willing to spend $30 to $50 per year and per thermostat to be able to turn the air conditioner up when it’s a hot day.
Romain Dillet - TECHCRUNCH - April 20, 2014

.I never saw the advantages of a Nest over a programmable thermostat and have always thought it was over priced for what it did. --Ed.

When Google acquired smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion, the startup quickly stated that it would never share its user data with other Google services and outside companies. But according to a recent report by Forbes, the company is taking advantage of its data to create a lucrative revenue stream from electric utilities.
... [Read More]
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Automakers rush to roll out pint-size SUVs
Apr 18, 2014 - 10:56 AM - by ALS
Globally, the subcompact SUV segment accounts for 2.7 million in annual sales,
Brent Snavely - USATODAY - April 18, 2014

Suddenly automakers are falling all over each other to introduce new small SUVs and crossovers in the U.S.

Chrysler, General Motors and Honda unveiled entries this week in one of the industry's fastest growing segments: the Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V.

The product onslaught follows on the modest success of vehicles such as the Nissan Juke and Buick Encore, according to Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelly Blue Book.

"Both of those... [Read More]
40 Replies | 1,161 Views
300mpg Diesel-Electric Hybrid Unveiled by Volkswagen
Apr 17, 2014 - 11:13 AM - by ALS
The bad news for XL1 enthusiasts is that currently only 250 are to be constructed, with production ceasing next year.

John Daly - OILPRICE - April 17, 2014

The star of this week’s Qatar motor show will undoubtedly be Volkswagen’s “one-liter car,” the diesel hybrid XL1, which is able to achieve more than 300 mpg.

The $60,000 XL1 is powered by an 800cc, two-cylinder turbodiesel powerplant (half a BlueMotion engine), producing 47bhp, supported by a 27bhp electric motor hat fuelled by lithium-ion batteries. The... [Read More]
10 Replies | 887 Views
From the Floor of the 2014 NYAIS: Audi’s 2015 A3 TDI Sportback Confirmed for US
Apr 16, 2014 - 2:27 PM - by xcel
The A3 TDI Sportback (Wagon) will join the A3 e-tron to provide a range of efficient small family choices.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 16, 2014

2015 Audi A3 TDI on the floor of the 2015 NYIAS press event minutes ago.

2015 Audi A3 TDI – Pricing and Fuel Economy ratings will be announced closer to launch. Expect at least a 43 mpgUS highway rating and maybe even more!

Just minutes ago Audi announced it is bringing back the Sportback (Wagon) in the form of the all-new A3 TDI Sportback set to arrive in the U.S. in the summer of 2015. The A3 TDI Sportback is the latest model to join the just launched Audi A3... [Read More]
3 Replies | 829 Views
2014 NYIAS: The Most Fuel Efficient Automobile in the US Is? 2015 VW Jetta TDI
Apr 16, 2014 - 1:11 PM - by xcel
All-new model features the all-new and very much anticipated EA288 2.0L TDI.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 16, 2014

2015 Volkswagen Jetta with the 2.0L TDI and 6-speed MT – Pricing TBA while its fuel economy is 32/45 mpgUS city/highway. Plus a whole lot more than that for everyone despite what the EPA states.

We have reported on its arrival a number of times over the past year and it almost here. The Jetta, Volkswagen of America’s number one-selling car and one of the world's most successful sedans with more than 14 million vehicles sold since 1979, has been revealed on the stage of the 2014 NYIAS.

Introducing the all-new redesigned 2015... [Read More]
45 Replies | 1,642 Views
40 mpgUS rated 2015 Nisan Versa Sedan from the Floor of the 2014 NYAIS
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:19 PM - by xcel
Versa: One of Nissan’s most affordable and fuel efficient offerings provides affordable room and excellent efficiency.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 16, 2014

2015 Versa Sedan – $12,800 to start with the 5-speed MT (27/36 mpgUS city/highway) while Xtronic CVT equipped 2015 Versa Sedans are rated at an excellent 31/40 mpgUS.

The new 2015 model Versa Sedan and Murano are being introduced as I type at the 2014 NYIAS press conference. Focusing on the 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan, it features an updated exterior, refined Interior, more content and a similar starting price.

Following the introduction of an all-new Versa Note hatchback for the... [Read More]
1 Reply | 684 Views
A Better Mousetrap -- Nissan’s LCD Rearview Mirror
Apr 16, 2014 - 11:19 AM - by xcel
What will Nissan think of next? I have an idea what's in store...

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 16, 2014

A smarter idea pointing towards a future of total impediment free awareness of one’s surrounds from behind the wheel of the automobile.

Introduced at this year’s 2014 NYIAS and following the game changing Around View Monitor available on the Versa Note, Sentra, Altima, Pathfinder and Rogue, the Smart Rearview Mirror is a game changer
... [Read More]
1 Reply | 611 Views
Chrysler Brings Back the Alfa Romeo
Apr 16, 2014 - 10:19 AM - by xcel
An Italian Lotus.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 16, 2014

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe and limited-edition 4C Launch Edition marks the Italian sports car brand’s return to the North American market.

The Italian brand’s return to North America arrives in the form of the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C, a state-of-the-art carbon fiber monocoque and all-aluminum turbocharged engine influenced by Formula 1, and advanced technological solutions, all to deliver supercar-level performance and driving exhilaration.

In other words, it’s a low production race car and very impractical to the point of a non-event.


The... [Read More]
1 Reply | 560 Views
2015 Hyundai Sonata from the Floor of the 2014 NYAIS
Apr 16, 2014 - 9:56 AM - by xcel
Most modern “Full Size” and all-new 2015 Sonata.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 16th, 2014

New face of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata with Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 and Class-Above features – Pricing and EPA have yet to be released. And a really excellent press kit as always from the PR folks at Hyundai.

Hyundai is at this very moment introducing its all-new seventh-generation 2015 Sonata at the New York International Auto Show. The all-new generation offers a more refined look through a new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness... [Read More]
10 Replies | 758 Views
2015 Toyota Camry from the Floor of the 2014 NYAIS
Apr 16, 2014 - 9:05 AM - by xcel
A sweeping new interior/exterior redesign for 2015.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 16, 2014

2015 Toyota Camry – Pricing and any change to EPA has yet to be revealed. And a new face even more will come to know in the future.

NEW YORK -- The best-selling car in the industry for 12 straight years is better than ever. A few minutes ago Toyota introduced the new 2015 Camry.

Toyota re-imagined nearly every exterior surface with only the roof remaining unchanged. The new, upscale interior features premium, soft-touch materials throughout the spacious cabin. Advanced instrumentation with intuitive controls helps keep... [Read More]
15 Replies | 953 Views
The Auto Show Returns To The Big Apple
Apr 16, 2014 - 5:47 AM - by MaxxMPG
NYIAS promises to have some interesting reveals this year
Chris Bernius - CleanMPG - April 16, 2014

The New York International Auto Show returns for 2014 with some interesting news and CleanMPG will be here covering the cars and technologies that will shape the automotive market in the coming years.

Without digging through the magazine of teasers to review the details, here are a couple of interesting news tidbits, quoted entirely from memory, that I expect to see over the next two days:

- Toyota is said to have a heavily refreshed Camry, and any refresh of a top selling model carries quite a risk. I expect Toyota to go the safe route, with incremental changes inside and exterior... [Read More]
9 Replies | 916 Views
Navy Research At The NRL Takes Flight With Fuel From the Sea Concept
Apr 15, 2014 - 11:18 AM - by ALS
The predicted cost of jet fuel using these technologies is in the range of $3-$6 per gallon.

Als - CleanMPG - April 15, 2014

Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, demonstrate proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel.

Fueled by a liquid hydrocarbon—a component of NRL's novel gas-to-liquid (GTL) process that uses CO2 and H2 as feedstock—the research team demonstrated... [Read More]
2 Replies | 606 Views
Motor City to Host the Shell Eco-marathon America’s in 2015
Apr 11, 2014 - 12:21 AM - by xcel
Where the American automobile’s past and present meet the future.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 10, 2014

The annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas challenge heads to Detroit.

The Shell Eco-marathon is one of the premier design challenges for high school and university students who do not just want to push the boundaries of fuel efficiency, but bend, break, and blow out what most believe possible from the liquid gold we use to propel our automobiles each and every day.

CleanMPG will have boots on the ground courtesy of Chris Bernius (MaxxMPG) for the... [Read More]
15 Replies | 1,271 Views
Good News from GM: More ENERGY STAR Awards Earned
Apr 06, 2014 - 11:51 AM - by xcel
A small good news story amongst a Corporation needlessly being dragged through the mud called Congress.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 6, 2014

GM produces vehicles in 30 countries. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands.

For the second year in a row, the EPA has recognized GM with a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy management.

The U.S. EPA also recognized GM’s efforts to raise consumer awareness of climate change and presented the company with... [Read More]
12 Replies | 1,690 Views
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