US Requires New Efficiency Standards for Trucks and Buses

August 15, 2011 by  
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Along with the recent announcement of increased efficiency standards for cars , the US government is also, for the first time, setting efficiency standards for trucks and buses and other heavy-duty vehicles which have previously not had an efficiency standard. The new regulations apply to three categories of vehicles (combination tractors (semi-trucks); vocational vehicles (such as transit buses); and heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans) and take effect beginning in 2014 and run through 2018. Under these new requirements, national oil consumption is expected to decrease by 530 million barrels. The program is also expected to provide a savings of $50 billion in benefits to vehicle owners. Furthermore, by the 2018 model year, specific program goals call for semi trucks to be 20% more efficient than current levels, and heavy-duty pickups and vans are to be 15% more efficient, while vocational vehicles to be 10% more efficient. As was the case with the recent automotive standards, these new truck and heavy-duty standards have also been generally well accepted by the industry.

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Small Diesel Pickup Truck from India Coming to US

August 26, 2010 by  
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American automakers, as well as foreign manufacturers selling in the US have a few full-size pickup trucks with diesel engines, but for years a small pickup with a diesel engine has not been available. That is set to change as Indian car maker Mahindra & Majindra has received EPA approval to sell its small pickups in the US. The company is producing small pickups with a 2.2 liter common-rail turbo diesel engine that has 140 horsepower and gets up to 30 miles per gallon

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Hybrid Wind Turbines Can Generate Power Even When the Wind Isn’t Blowing

August 26, 2010 by  
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A Colorado company is introducing a system that will allow wind turbines to generate power even when the wind is not blowing. The SmartGen hybrid gas-wind turbine enables wind turbines to produce energy at periods of low wind, by turning the turbine with compressed air generated at the base of the tower from a turbo-compressor that is run on natural gas or biogas. Even more importantly, the SmartGen system can be retrofitted into existing wind turbines, allowing existing facilities to increase their performance

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Lung-Inspired Fuel Cell Cuts Platinum, Boosts Efficiency

August 26, 2010 by  
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Scientists at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters have designed a new fuel cell inspired by the bronchial structure of the lungs.  The new design requires less of the expensive platinum catalyst while also boosting efficiency.

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