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Though large gains are possible, the commercial trucking industry has been hesitant to invest in energy efficient technologies.
Date: 08/07/2009
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
GM announced that its expected plug-in hybrid vehicle can get 230 miles per gallon in city driving, much more efficient than traditional non-plug-in hybrids.
Date: 08/11/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Transportation
In an effort to reduce their overall fuel consumption and carbon emissions, Nissan Motors has introduced a collection of new, energy-efficient, fuel-saving technologies, to be used in upcoming vehicle models.
Date: 07/12/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
Bill Gates and Vinod Khosla have provided over $20 million in series B funding to EcoMotors, a startup that is developing a more efficient internal combustion engine called "Opoc."
Date: 07/13/2010
Type: News, Video
Technologies: Transportation
Chrysler is adopting a technology which electronically controls the valves that bring air into an internal combustion engine. The company hopes the "smart" technology will increase fuel economy by 25%.
Date: 08/19/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
Semi truck cab
The EPA has released a fuel efficiency standards proposal for heavy-duty vehicles. It covers heavy-duty trucks, tractors and semi trucks and the improved standards could reduce GHG emissions by ~250 million metric tons and save 500 million barrels of oil within the program's first five years.
Date: 10/25/2010
Type: News
Nissan's eco pedal
Nissan has unveiled a new gas pedal that uses resistance to discourage drivers from pressing the pedal to the metal. The new system is also available to other car manufacturers and could improve fuel efficiency by five to ten percent.
Date: 11/24/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Transportation
Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines has unveiled a new set of guidelines for flight paths and landings that has resulted in fuel efficiency gains of 5 to 15 percent per flight. The new guidelines, called Required Navigation Performance (RNP), could be introduced to all airports and airlines in the coming years.
Date: 01/12/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
The Scuderi Group's prototype split-cycle two-cylinder engine
A new type of engine that stores compressed air could improve fuel economy by as much as 50 percent.
Date: 01/24/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
New proposed federal fuel economy standards have the potential to save Americans $1.7 trillion in total fuel costs and net $8,000 per vehicle on average.
Date: 11/16/2011
Type: News

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