Tagged with Autos

High-Mileage Light-Duty Fleet Vehicle Emissions: Their Potentially Overlooked Importance

Environmental Science & Technology (May 3, 2016; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b00717) / by Gary A. Bishop, et al. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.6b00717 [Green Car Congress]  A study by researchers from the University of Denver and the University of Puget Sound indicates that high-mileage light-duty fleets contribute higher emissions and emissions share than expected based on their actual numbers in the fleet. In … Continue reading

Consumer Impacts of California’s Low Carbon Transportation Policies

Consumers Union http://bit.ly/1V4U7zy [NRDC Experts Blog by Alex Jackson] …[A new report from the Consumers Union] looks at the cumulative impact of California’s climate policies on household transportation costs. The key finding? Even after accounting for industry compliance costs, California households are projected to save up to $1,500 annually by 2030 thanks to lower annual fuel … Continue reading

Fixing the Foul Play: Mitigating the Environmental and Public Health Damage Caused by the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Center for American Progress / by By Greg Dotson, Alison Cassady, Myriam Alexander-Kearns http://ampr.gs/1ZJ9AEV [Politico’s Morning Energy — email] The Center for American Progress is out today with a new report today recommending that EPA and DOJ make Volkswagen pay in multiple ways for its tricky, emissions-test-deceiving diesel vehicles. The report outlines the potential downsides … Continue reading

A New Relationship – People and Cars: How Consumers Around the World Want Cars to Fit their Lives

IBM Institute for Business Values http://ibm.co/1OtJwqI [Green Car Congress] Consumers expect to use cars differently—showing particular interest in self-enabling vehicles—though they don’t necessarily want to own one in the traditional sense, according to the results of IBM’s automotive consumer study, presented at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit… [The report shows] that consumers … Continue reading

Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) in China at a City Level

Scientific Reports (2015, v5, Article number: 14884; doi:10.1038/srep14884) / by Yan-Lin Zhang and Fang Cao http://www.nature.com/articles/srep14884 [Green Car Congress]  …A recent open access study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports (Zhang & Cao, 2015) found that only 25 out of 190 cities in China could meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards of China; the population-weighted mean of … Continue reading

Volkswagen Recall Plan for 2-liter Diesel Cars Submitted to the California Air Resources Board

California Air Resources Board http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=772 [CARB Press Release] Today the Volkswagen Group of America (VW) submitted a recall plan to the California Air Resources Board responding to the violations described in ARB’s September 18, 2015 letter to VW concerning illegal defeat devices in their 2-liter diesel-powered vehicles, model years 2009-2015. This submission initiates a review … Continue reading

Oil and Gas Energy Developments and Changes in Crash Trends in Texas

Texas A&M Transportation Institute http://tti.tamu.edu/2015/10/07/new-findings-more-new-oil-and-gas-wells-more-crashes-and-injury-costs/ …The total number of crashes decreased by 10 percent in the Barnett Shale region, increased by 1 percent in the Eagle Ford Shale region, and decreased by 4 percent in the Permian Basin region. As a reference, the number of crashes decreased by 7 percent in all other 175 counties … Continue reading

Who Pays for Roads? How the ‘Users Pays’ Myth Gets in the Way of Solutions to America’s Transportation Problems

Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG http://calpirgedfund.org/news/caf/new-report-finds-drivers-pay-less-half-cost-roads [From Press Release] As Congress struggles to renew the federal transportation law, a new report from CALPIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group finds that drivers currently pay less than half the total cost of roads, and argues that while increasing gas taxes could fill the shortfall, it would … Continue reading

25% of Cars Produce About 90% of Traffic-related Pollution: Univ. of Toronto Study

Plume-based Analysis of Vehicle Fleet Air Pollutant Emissions and the Contribution from High Emitters Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (2015,v8, p2881-2912; doi:10.5194/amtd-8-2881-2015 / by J.M. Wang, et al. http://www.atmos-meas-tech-discuss.net/8/2881/2015/amtd-8-2881-2015.pdf [Boston Globe] A recent study conducted by University of Toronto researchers found that just 25 percent of cars they measured produced about 90 percent of the total traffic-related air pollution… … Continue reading

Air Quality, Stroke, and Coronary Events: Results of the Heinz Nixdorf Recall Study From the Ruhr Region

Deutsches Ärzteblatt International (2015 v112 n12 p195-201; doi:10.3238/arztebl.2015.0195) / by Barbara Hoffmann, et al. http://www.aerzteblatt.de/int/archive/article?id=168832 [Green Car Congress]  While numerous studies have shown that air pollution is associated with cardio-pulmonary mortality, there has been less research into the possible effect of air pollution on stroke and non-fatal coronary events. Results from the Heinz Nixdorf Recall (HNR) study, reported … Continue reading