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New Diesel Engines Don’t Increase Lung Cancer Risks, Study Says
Jan 28, 2015 - 3:18 AM - by frv
New study says diesel aren't a threat
Gabriel Brindusescu - - Jan. 27, 2015

You probably heard about soot-emitting diesel engines and how they are a serious health risk now. They are way too many out there, especially in Europe, and they increase the lung cancer risks. There are even plans to get rid of them in around 10 to 20 years completely, but a new study says newer versions are no threat.

Boston-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) conducted the independent study of new technology... [Read More]
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Mitsubishi previews new plug-in hybrid concept
Jan 27, 2015 - 11:39 AM - by frv
Mitsubishi XR-PHEV
Darren Moss - AUTOCAR.CO.UK - Jan. 27, 2015

Mitsubishi has previewed a new concept car that will make its debut at the Geneva motor show in March.

The concept, which is described as a “declaration of intent” for the brand, looks to be an evolution of 2013’s XR-PHEV concept and could point towards a future performance crossover that would sit below the Outlander PHEV.

The XR-PHEV concept, revealed at the Tokyo motor show in 2013, was powered by a turbocharged 1.1-litre three-cylinder engine coupled to an electric motor, producing a combined output of 134bhp. The concept could return up to 68mpg and operate on electric power alone for... [Read More]
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Audi Program “Vets to Techs”
Jan 26, 2015 - 4:36 PM - by xcel
A great source from which to draw qualified hard working applicants to work on future Audis.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Jan. 26, 2015

Audi Vets to Techs

Last week Audi revealed the success of its Veterans to Technicians program.

Since the Audi Veterans to Technicians program launched in the spring of 2013, Audi dealerships across the country have hired 162 highly skilled former U.S. military personnel in careers as certified service technicians, service consultants, and parts specialists.

For Audi, the program also helps meet the... [Read More]
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Ford Invests in its High Tech Future
Jan 26, 2015 - 2:50 PM - by xcel
Silicon Valley Research Facility should improve Ford’s next generation connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles and the ever important customer experience.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Jan. 26, 2015
Just one of the new R&D directions Ford is leading in is home climate and security control.

Late last week Ford stated it will be opening a new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, Calif., the heart of Silicon Valley, to accelerate its development of its highest tech soft technologies intended to improve future Ford customer purchase and ownership experiences.
... [Read More]
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Audi Autonomy: Silicon Valley to Vegas with Minimal Driver Interaction
Jan 25, 2015 - 4:35 PM - by xcel
We are closer than some believe.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Jan. 25, 2015

Audi A7 TFSI quattro autonomous driving concept.

Earlier this month an Audi A7 Autonomous Concept made a historic drive with a few select journalists behind the wheel. The job they were going to perform? Basically to enjoy the hands off ride while the car did 99 percent of the work driving between San Francisco and Las Vegas.

The long-distance test drive concluded with impressive results as most found it to be an experience of a lifetime to drive on roads occupied by others with little in the way of activity other than watching a... [Read More]
2 Replies | 676 Views
GM Advanced Mixed-Metal Bonding
Jan 24, 2015 - 5:26 PM - by xcel
Cadillac will be the first to use the companies best solutions to mate aluminum alloys to various steels for a lighter weight and stiffer structure.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Jan. 22, 2015

Advanced lightweight alloys of different compositions can now be joined without worry of galvanic corrosion or bond strength and durability.

At the Washington Auto Show, Cadillac stated it will use the auto industry’s most advanced mixed-material manufacturing techniques to build its upcoming all-new CT6 sedan, allowing the efficiency of a smaller vehicle.

... [Read More]
0 Replies | 796 Views
Interest in hybrid, electric vehicles declines while gas prices fall
Jan 23, 2015 - 9:32 AM - by ALS
“We've sold half the amount of Priuses as last year. Gas prices are cheap,”
Chris Fleisher - TRIBLIVE - January 23, 2015

Car buyers are showing less interest in electric and hybrid vehicles amid falling gasoline prices, raising questions for manufacturers torn between a shifting market and regulatory demands for fuel efficiency.

The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the United States has fallen $1.24 in the past year to $2.041 Thursday, according to AAA.

The result has been waning customer interest in the super-efficient — but often pricier — alternative-fuel cars that consumers scooped up when gas was above $3 per gallon.
... [Read More]
16 Replies | 1,453 Views
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Review
Jan 22, 2015 - 10:20 PM - by xcel
The 2015 mid-model year refresh is better looking, better driving, and even more convenient.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Jan. 22, 2015

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE - Starts at $26,790 + $825 D&H and offers owners a 43/39 mpgUS city/highway rating.

It has been a while since we have had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Camry. Besides the various MAMA Rally’s, the short lead gave us the opportunity drive the all-new at the time, 7th generation 2012 model in Washington State way back in 2011.

At the time, it was the midsize sales leader thanks in part to its bulletproof reliability, its decent pricing, and excellent... [Read More]
3 Replies | 1,308 Views
VW, BMW and Chargepoint Creating SAE Level3 Fast Charging Corridors
Jan 22, 2015 - 1:27 PM - by xcel
Urban center to urban center using this network without having to depend on any OEM’s proprietary solution will soon be a reality.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Jan. 22, 2015

2015 VW e-Golf – $35,445 to start not incl. any localized tax credits while allowing owners an 83 mile all-electric range (AER).

Washington DC – Just minutes ago at the 2015 Washington Auto Show, Volkswagen and BMW together with ChargePoint announced they were prepping to create charging corridors along heavily-traveled routes on the East and West Coasts. Designed to increase the number of Level3 fast charging station locations, the initiative will help meet the growing demand for convenient, publicly... [Read More]
12 Replies | 1,270 Views
Spark EV Heading to Maryland This Spring
Jan 22, 2015 - 10:22 AM - by xcel
Cute and efficient, Maryland residents finally receives its chance to purchase the Spark EV.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Jan. 22, 2015

2015 Chevrolet Spark - $27,645 to start incl. D&H while continuing to offer an 82 miles AER.

Washington, DC - At the Washington Auto Show this morning, Chevrolet announced it will begin selling the slow selling Spark EV in Maryland this spring.

In Maryland, the Spark EV can be picked up for as little as $17,845, after the $7,500 federal and $2,300 Maryland tax credits.

Chevrolet requires service training certification before a dealer is authorized to sell the Spark EV because of its... [Read More]
2 Replies | 1,149 Views
BP Boss Expecting Long Oil Price Lull
Jan 21, 2015 - 5:07 PM - by brick
Others in industry forecasting $200/bbl spike thereafter
BBC - January 21, 2015

The roller-coaster continues. --Ed.

The boss of oil giant BP Bob Dudley has said that oil prices could remain low for up to three years.

He added that could send UK petrol prices below £1 per litre. He told BBC Business editor Kamal Ahmed in Davos BP was planning for low oil prices for years to come. That is expected to lead to job losses and falling investment in the North Sea oil industry and elsewhere, curbing supply and eventually forcing the price back up.

Italian oil group Eni has said the next spike could be around $200 a barrel. Eni's chief executive, Claudio Descalzi, said... [Read More]
5 Replies | 1,352 Views
#MadeAcrossAmerica - Nissan Highlights 2014 from the 2015 Washington Auto Show
Jan 21, 2015 - 12:18 PM - by xcel
Celebration culminates with a #MadeAcriossAmerica drive to the show.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Jan. 21, 2015

Teams leaving Nissan's Nashville HQ yesterday.

Washington, D.C. – At the Washington Auto Show today, Nissan announced it has the largest U.S. manufacturing footprint and sales results since the company sold its first automobile in America in 1958. This includes all-time records for total sales of 1,386,895 vehicles, production of 947,558 vehicles and exports of 129,761 vehicles.

Adding to our Nissan December Sales Up 6.9% with 117,318 Vehicles... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,216 Views
2016 Range Rover and Sport Td6
Jan 21, 2015 - 11:13 AM - by xcel
Td stands for what again?

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Jan. 12, 2015

A Range Rover taking on the Empty Quarter in record time.

2016 4WD Range Rover and Sport Td6 – Pricing TBA while offering owners an unusually high for the brand, 22/28 mpgUS city/highway rating.

Detroit, Michigan – At the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Land Rover had... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,178 Views
Hawaii’s Solar Push Strains the Grid
Jan 20, 2015 - 3:09 PM - by ALS
Kauai’s utility takes a second stab at battery storage as solar heads toward 80 percent of peak power.
Peter Fairley - TECHNOLOGYREVIEW - January 20, 2015

The prospect of cheaper, petroleum-free power has lured the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to quintuple utility-scale solar capacity over the past year, building two 12-megawatt photovoltaic arrays. These facilities are the biggest and a significant contributor to the island’s 78-megawatt peak power supply. When the second plant comes online this summer, peak solar output on Kauai will approach 80 percent of power generation on some days, according to Brad Rockwell, the utility’s power supply... [Read More]
11 Replies | 1,488 Views
Shell Eco-Marathon of Americas 2015 Heading To the Motor City
Jan 20, 2015 - 2:19 AM - by xcel
April 10-12 are the dates and the public is welcome.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Jan. 12, 2015

The Cedarville University Urban Concept entry named “Urbie” – Over three years of development and continuous improvement allowed a 550+ mpgUS result at the 2014 Shell Eco-Marathon of Americas held in Houston, Texas last Spring.

Detroit, Michigan – At the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Shell was on hand providing a small taste of what the Motor City will host and attendees will experience in just 4 short months from now. It is called the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas (#SEM2015) and is not... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,405 Views
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