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« Reply #1650 on: March 17, 2017, 07:06:49 PM »
A lot of the ICE efficiency gains went into making the cars bigger, if they had kept the same size the fuel efficiency would be way beyond 29mpg in the US, which has one of the worst efficiency numbers in the world. Compare the same make of car decade by decade and you see it grow - even the Japanese imports.

Shame that it looks like Trump will be changing the much stricter CAFE standards setup by Obama due to car company complaints (target of average fuel efficiency of 54.5mpg by 2025). Car companies tend to complain about any regulation then magically are able to meet it when forced to; seatbelts are a great example.

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« Reply #1651 on: March 17, 2017, 07:26:08 PM »
Sigmetnow - great report (http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2015/11/Cleaner-Cars-from-Cradle-to-Grave-full-report.pdf), took me a while to read it all.

One problem with the report is that it does not take into account fugitive methane emissions from fracked natural gas production and distribution. Once those are taken into account (at levels that independent researchers have found) natural gas looks as bad as coal, and of course Trump is rolling back any regulations meant to reduce leakages. Bill McKibben summarized this very well:

https://www.thenation.com/article/global-warming-terrifying-new-chemistry/

Fracked natural gas powered cars are just as bad as coal powered ones - 29mpg. We need much more renewables and nuclear for a low carbon future, and a lot more trains, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and walking.

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« Reply #1652 on: March 18, 2017, 06:10:48 PM »
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Fracked natural gas powered cars are just as bad as coal powered ones - 29mpg. We need much more renewables and nuclear for a low carbon future, and a lot more trains, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and walking.

And hyperloops!   ;)
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« Reply #1653 on: March 21, 2017, 11:53:02 PM »
Citroën unveils an all-electric version of its Berlingo compact van
• Real-world range is expected to be around 120 km (75 miles).
It’s not a lot, but it could be enough for some applications or to commute in cities.
• Citroën has yet to announce the price of the new all-electric vehicle, but they confirmed that they plan to start production at their Vigo production site as soon as May.
https://electrek.co/2017/03/21/citroen-all-electric-berlingo-van/
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« Reply #1654 on: March 25, 2017, 03:42:52 PM »
California Air Resources Board votes to keep emissions requirements, vowing to protect the environment even if the EPA won’t
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted unanimously to continue implementing higher emissions standards in their meeting on Friday.  This sets California’s clean-air agency up for a fight against the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which recently signaled that they aren’t too interested in doing their job of actually protecting the environment.

The emissions rules require automakers to average 54.5mpg (by the less stringent CAFE standard) over all new vehicles by 2025.

California has long had a special waiver through the Clean Air Act which allows the state to set stricter standards than the federal government when it comes to auto emissions.  CARB has used that waiver to implement stricter emissions standards, require different gasoline mixes unique to California, and to enforce a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate for automakers, requiring them to sell a certain percentage of ZEVs if they want to continue doing business in California.

And California’s actions have been extremely successful.  Anyone who lived near Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s will remember “smog days” where people were encouraged not to go outside because the air was dangerous to breathe, and will remember that the mountains which surround the city were obscured from sight by thick smog on all but the clearest of days.  But because of California’s strict emissions regulations, vehicle-related pollution in the Los Angeles basin has dropped by a whopping 98 percent since the 60s, even though LA now uses almost three times as much gasoline as it did then. ...
https://electrek.co/2017/03/25/california-air-resources-board-votes-to-keep-emissions-requirements-vowing-to-protect-the-environment-even-if-the-epa-wont/
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« Reply #1655 on: March 26, 2017, 12:17:03 AM »
Oslo is one of 12 cities which plans to phase out cars in the near future.
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/02/these-major-cities-are-starting-to-go-car-free
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« Reply #1656 on: Today at 12:54:50 AM »
New York’s new $2,000 EV incentive is aimed at Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt EV, and other long range affordable EVs
The state of New York has finally released all the details of its new electric vehicle incentive plan, which has been formally announced earlier this month and will start officially on April 1st.

They decided to go with tranches that take into account both range and price. Only a few vehicles, like the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt EV, will take advantage of the full $2,000 incentive.

The requirements to get the full $2,000 are a range of over 120 miles and a MSRP of less than $60,000.
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https://electrek.co/2017/03/27/new-york-ev-incentive-tesla-model-3-chevy-bolt-ev/

Article has a list of cars that can get the incentive.
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