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Credits and Fines Allow Carmakers to Comply with Fuel-Efficiency Standards

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Cars, SUVs and pickup trucks sold in the U.S. are quickly becoming more fuel efficient, in large part because Federal rules require them to be. Many domestic and overseas manufacturers meet the rising Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards by trimming vehicle weight and working technical innovations into their new models. But they also have [...]

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Are Chevy Volts Really Cheaper and Cleaner? A Case Study

Whenever Scientific American posts an article about electric cars, we see comments along the lines of “electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, so electric cars don’t really reduce your carbon footprint, and the electricity is more expensive than gas anyway,” possibly with more expletives. Ignoring issues of civility, it’s a good question. There’s no such [...]

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Can U.S. Cars Meet the New 54 mpg CAFE Standards? Yes They Can

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A new car in 2025 will go twice as far on a gallon of gasoline than a 2012 model does now, if automakers comply with new federal standards released today. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced aggressive new rules to raise the fuel efficiency of cars, SUVs and [...]

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