Alternative Energy

WHO WANTS HYBRIDS?

Falling gasoline prices make alternative-fuel vehicles a tougher sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
For a sign of the challenges in selling fuel efficiency as a virtue, Tanner Hulette need only look at the signs near his dealership advertising gasoline for $2.70 a gallon. Hulette, general manager of Mechanicsville Toyota near Richmond, Va., said he's seeing higher demand for pickups and SUVs, and less interest in the Prius hybrid....
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Ford to install major solar array, EV chargers at headquarters

10:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Ford is tapping DTE Energy to build a solar array at the automaker's world headquarters near Detroit. The solar array will also serve as a parking cover to 360 spaces, equipped with 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles....
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U.S. awards more than $55 million in vehicle technology grants

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
The Department of Energy has awarded more than $55 million in grants to companies including Ford, Delphi Automotive Systems and others for advanced vehicle technology r&d projects....
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July mpg figures rise, stand shy of U.S. record, report says

1:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The average stated fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the United States in July inched back closer to the all-time high set two months earlier, a University of Michigan report said today....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

California prepares for hydrogen fuel stations

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Now that Toyota and other automakers are preparing to introduce fuel-cell vehicles in California, entrepreneurs are starting to build a network of hydrogen fuel stations....
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Toyota plans to name $69,000 fuel-cell vehicle Mirai, report says

9:59 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Toyota is planning to name its $69,000 fuel-cell car Mirai, the Japanese word for future, a person familiar with the decision told Bloomberg....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why fuel economy faces law of diminishing returns

3:02 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
In economics, it's known as the law of diminishing returns, the shrinking benefit you get when you pour ever-increasing resources toward achieving a singular goal. The DOE showed a good mathematical example of the principle today with a graphic it released about the consumer benefits of fuel economy....
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U.S. seeks to fund Alcoa's bet on automotive aluminum

9:00 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2014
The United States Department of Energy has proposed lending money to Alcoa to expand aluminum production at a Tennessee factory, setting the stage for the first loan to a supplier under a dormant $25 billion fund....
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Toyota’s North America chief seeks fuel cell sedan supply boost

11:48 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Toyota's North American boss Jim Lentz, preparing to sell Camry-sized hydrogen sedans next year, said he’s “bullish” about advances in the company’s fuel cell system and wants more supply of the Japan-built cars in the United States....
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Energy Dept. dangles low-interest financing for suppliers

3:15 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
The department of energy wants auto suppliers to know that it still has $16 billion in low-interest financing available to support efficient-vehicle programs, and it wants them to step forward for a share of those funds....
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New car fuel economy in U.S. rose 0.1 mpg in January

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2014
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in January in the United States rose 0.1 mpg from December, to 24.9 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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VINCE BOND JR.

Self-driving shuttle shows way to autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
A French auto robotics company is taking development of autonomous vehicles in a new direction that could lead to public acceptance of the fledgling technology....
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U.S. may expand vehicle loan program to suppliers

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
The federal program to develop more fuel-efficient vehicles may expand to make suppliers eligible for the more than $15 billion in remaining funds, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said....
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VINCE BOND JR.

A new way for self-driving vehicles to win the public's trust?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
A French auto robotics company is taking development of autonomous vehicles in a new direction that could lead to public acceptance of the fledgling technology....
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U.S. new-vehicle fuel economy rises to 24.8 mpg in 2013, study says

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
The average fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States last year was nearly 25 mpg, up 1 mpg from 2012 and the highest for a full year since at least 2008, according to a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report....
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Ford adds solar cells to recharge electric C-Max concept

9:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 2, 2014
Ford is showcasing a plug-in hybrid electric C-Max that uses solar panels in the roof to recharge itself....
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