Tagged with Fuel Economy

Cost, Effectiveness and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles

National Research Council http://bit.ly/1JXhvd8 The light-duty vehicle fleet is expected to undergo substantial technological changes over the next several decades. New powertrain designs, alternative fuels, advanced materials and significant changes to the vehicle body are being driven by increasingly stringent fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards. By the end of the next decade, cars … Continue reading

Legal Considerations Surrounding the Introduction of an Emissions Performance Standard at EU Level

ClientEarth | World Wildlife Fund http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/all_publications/?uNewsID=250230 This paper is produced by ClientEarth, in conjunction with WWF European Policy Office, in order to consider the appropriate legal framework for the introduction of an Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) into EU law. An EPS sets a maximum of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, or CO2 equivalent, per unit of … Continue reading

Cost, Effectiveness and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles

National Research Council http://bit.ly/1JXhvd8 The light-duty vehicle fleet is expected to undergo substantial technological changes over the next several decades. New powertrain designs, alternative fuels, advanced materials and significant changes to the vehicle body are being driven by increasingly stringent fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards. By the end of the next decade, cars … Continue reading

Development of CO2 Emission Conversion Factors for the Four Leading Global Driving Cycles

Development of Test Cycle Conversion Factors Among Worldwide Light-duty Vehicle CO2 Emission Standards International Council on Clean Transportation / by Jörg Kühlwein, et al. http://theicct.org/test-cycle-conversion-factors-methodology-paper [Green Car Congress]  A team at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has compared the dynamics of the four leading driving cycles worldwide—the US CAFE standards (a composite of … Continue reading

Seeing is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States

World Resources Institute / by by Nicholas Bianco, et al. http://www.wri.org/publication/seeing-believing-creating-new-climate-economy-united-states [From Executive Summary and Overview]  A growing body of evidence finds that economic growth and tackling climate change can be achieved together. This is changing the way decision-makers think about economic and climate action. The new study Seeing Is Believing builds on the global New … Continue reading

Reducing the Fuel Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Medium-and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Phase Two: First Report

National Research Council http://bit.ly/1pMz0NP Medium- and heavy-duty trucks, motor coaches, and transit buses – collectively, “medium- and heavy-duty vehicles”, or MHDVs – are used in every sector of the economy. The fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of MHDVs have become a focus of legislative and regulatory action in the past few years. Reducing the Fuel … Continue reading

Well-to-wheel Analysis of Direct and Indirect Use of Natural Gas in Passenger Vehicles

Energy (October 1 2014, v75, p194–203; DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2014.07.035) / by Scott J. Curran http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544214008573 [Green Car Congress] A well-to-wheels analysis of the use of natural gas for passenger vehicles by a team of researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has found that, with a high PTW (pump-to-wheels) efficiency and the potential for high electrical … Continue reading

Accelerating Global Vehicle Efficiency

Center for American Progress / by Cecilia Springer, Peter Ogden, Nigel Purvis, and Andreas Dahl-Joergensen http://bit.ly/1uDtwrR The U.S. government should lead a global effort to improve vehicle efficiency through more stringent, long-term fuel-economy standards for cars and trucks. Doing so would align interests in economic growth, energy security, public health, and climate protection across a … Continue reading

Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards

Congressional Budget Office http://nationalaglawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads//assets/crs/R43497.pdf On March 3, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized new (“Tier 3”) emission standards for light duty (and some larger) motor vehicles. Light duty vehicles include cars, SUVs, vans, and most pickup trucks. Phase-in of the standards will begin with Model Year 2017. By the time Tier 3 is fully implemented … Continue reading