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We here at AutoblogGreen are big on technology that can lower environmental impact. Hybrids are widely touted as one way of doing that although some are much better at it than others. With over a million of the most popular hybrid, the iconic Prius, being sold there must be a noticeable decrease in the amount of gas being burned by Americans, right? Have you ever wondered how much gas would be saved if we all drove a Prius? About half, unless we all drive like Danika. OK, that's an unlikely scen
Last December, President Bush signed a new energy bill into law that requires automakers to achieve a Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard of 35 mpg by 2020. This historic stiffening of CAFE standards set a lofty goal, but left plenty of time to get there and new standards of any kind won't begin until the 2011 model year. Today, which happens to be Earth Day, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters laid out the first set of new CAFE rules that will be implemented for passenger vehicles
The Bush camp hasn't exactly been extolled for its green virtue over the past seven years, but the administration is trying to make up for lost time by announcing 2011-2015 CAFE targets on Earth Day. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters is scheduled to announce the targets, which are expected to be differentiated by vehicle size, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Automakers already know they have to get to 35 mpg by 2020, so the 2011-2015 targets should be some
In case you haven't noticed yet, we are focusing our blogging today on Earth Day. That would be today, if you weren't aware. Anyway, did you know that Earth Day has it's very own dedicated network? If not, you should definitely check it out. There is a message board, ideas on what to do for Earth Day, organizations that are doing their part and news related to April 22nd.
Here's a list of dozens of things that happened on April 22 in past year that (mostly) bear no relation to Earth Day. It was the 19th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet in 1145, for example, and the Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings began in 1954. Wikipedia's list of April 22nd happenings includes notable births (Jack Nicholson, Queen Isabella) as well as some history: "After learning that Soviet forces have taken Eberswalde without a fight, Adolf Hitler admits defeat in his und
In order to support high demand for diesel vehicles in Europe, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has announced that it will start building oil-burning engines at its plant in Britain. Currently, its UK plant gets diesel powerplants from Japan, and will initially get the parts for the engines from Japan. Ultimately, however, the company plans to produce the parts in Blighty and assemble 20,000-30,000 engines annually.
Last month, Washington became the fourth state to join the growing ethanol wave. Governor Christine Gregoire signed the bill, which states that two percent of the state's diesel and gasoline must come from biodiesel or ethanol by the end of 2008. Other parts of the bill require state agency purchases to include a minimum of 20 percent biodiesel.
Gallup conducted a poll last month checking the pulse of automotive consumers, and how their buying attitudes are changing in light of America's increasing gas prices. According to the poll, fully 57 percent of the 1001 responders now state that they would consider purchasing a hybrid as their next vehicle. Those among the younger and middle-age were reportedly more interested than seniors, and would-be consumers with higher incomes looked upon hybrids with more favor than those i