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VW air rule violation allegations ‘stunning,’ $18B fine unlikely

Published: September 18, 2015

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Filed under: Government/Legal , Green , Volkswagen , AutoblogGreen Exclusive , Diesel After the EPA says VW used software to get around federal tests, we see how it looks from a green car event in California and try to understand what happened.


Former ABG writer publishes Volt biography called "Recharging The Car" *UPDATE

Published: August 16, 2011

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , Chevrolet , GM , AutoblogGreen Exclusive The name Sam Abuelsamid should be familiar to long-time Autoblog and AutoblogGreen readers, and it will hopefully soon reach a wider audience now that our former fellow scribe has written a book all about the Chevy Volt called “Recharging the Car: Chronicling the Development of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.” We haven’t yet read the book (it was just released), but we may have read parts of it back in the day. Sam says that “Recharging the Car” is a compilation of articles from ABG (and other sites) “along with related articles about the response of other automakers.” Here’s a tease: Back in December 2006, I was still relatively new on the automotive journalism scene but I got invited to a General Motors background briefing in New York City.


New problem, new solution: Chevrolet Volt’s "maintenance mode" will burn gas to prevent aging

Published: September 13, 2010

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , Chevrolet , GM 2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery When General Motors conceived the extended range electric powertrain for the Chevrolet Volt , the 40-mile electric driving range was specified so that most drivers would rarely, if ever, have to use any liquid fuel. Components like the battery were then sized to match the performance and range specifications. However, the whole point of incorporating the range extending engine was so that the Volt could keep going without the driver having to continuously monitor the battery level, even though GM once told us that the Volt would move without gas in the tank


Report: 2011 Ford F-150 to get electric power steering

Published: September 9, 2010

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Filed under: MPG , Ford Since Ford is replacing the entire engine lineup for the 2011 F-150 pickup trucks, it has apparently decided not to reinstall at least one component that is usually bolted to those engines: the hydraulic power steering pump. According to PickupTrucks.com , the updated models will be the first full-size trucks to use electric power steering (EPAS) almost across the board


BMW launches DontBlogAboutThis.com with "spy photos" of EfficientDynamics mule

Published: September 8, 2010

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Filed under: Diesel , EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , BMW BMW EfficientDynamics mule – Click above for high-res image gallery A few days ago, BMW launched a web site called dontblogaboutthis.com which obviously means they do want us to blog about it.


David Suzuki: Why even electric vehicles won’t save us

Published: September 8, 2010

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Filed under: Etc. , EV/Plug-in , Green Culture Long-time environmental activist Dr. David Suzuki is unconvinced that a huge shift to electric vehicles will do enough to address the impact of our transportation culture.


Ask AutoblogGreen: What’s up (and down) with electric vehicle performance in hilly terrain

Published: September 5, 2010

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , AutoblogGreen Exclusive We recently got the following query from reader Felipe about electric vehicles (EVs) and we thought the answer would be of interest to many readers who are considering purchasing or leasing one of the upcoming crop of plug-in vehicles: Hi, do you have any info for EV performance in hill terrain (paved roads).


Byproduct use makes corn ethanol a net energy gain, water use still ignored

Published: August 28, 2010

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Filed under: Ethanol For the past several years, the answer to the question of whether producing ethanol from corn is a net energy benefit or loss has depended on who you asked. An assortment of studies have come down on both sides of the equation.


Maui car rental company provides biodiesel VWs and Jeeps

Published: August 27, 2010

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Filed under: Biodiesel Shaun Stenshol and a Bio-Beetle – Click above for high-res image gallery They don’t call Hawaii a paradise for nothing. The archipelago lies in the middle of the Pacific ocean and is one of the most remote locations on the planet relative to major population centers.


Would a carbon tax help or hurt the auto industry?

Published: August 27, 2010

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Filed under: Legislation and Policy The idea of a carbon tax has been floated for over a decade now as a way to more accurately represent the true environmental cost of energy. Many automakers have advocated switching from the current tax on each gallon of gasoline and diesel to a carbon-based tax on all energy sources as a way to help incentivize consumers to buy the cleaner, more efficient vehicles that automakers will be forced to build under new CAFE rules . The biggest advantage of a tax based on the carbon content of a fuel is that it is, at least theoretically, technology neutral.


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