The Ford Motor Company is pushing ahead with a new fleet of all-electric vehicles and hybrids whether or not U.S. customers are ready.
According to the EPA, average fuel economy for all model year 2016 vehicles stood at 24.7 miles per gallon. The overall average is a modest 0.1 mile decrease from the previous model year, but it is still a record. Not all environmental groups were impressed.
After years of power generation emitting the most carbon in the U.S., that badge is now worn by the country’s transportation sector. This switch is the first time emissions from power generation were less than those from transport since the late 1970s.
Public Citizen and Greenpeace have been critical of Ford, saying the automaker and industry at large have been pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks manufactured between 2022 and 2025.
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Panasonic’s battery manufacturing capacity could be critical for Toyota, as the automaker is determined to rejoin the global electric vehicle market in 2020 with the launch of all-electric cars in India and China.
In 2019, Microsoft will reopen its newly modernized Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View in a drive to keep technology workers excited about working within one of the most expensive and congested areas in the U.S. Transport options, however, are sorely lacking.
Ford has rolled out a new plug-in hybrid police car that can drive up to 21 miles on a single charge and can go as fast as 85 miles per hour on battery power alone; in addition, the company promises the cars’ full hybrid-electric powertrain has a total range of 500 miles.
Tesla and Elon Musk wowed the press with the unveiling of the Semi and Roadster last week, but the elephant in the room is the Model 3, which is key to the company’s viability and reliability – and to date, the mid-priced sedan’s production has fallen far short of expectations.
UPS announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase up to 11.5 million gallon equivalents of renewable biogas a year, helping the company reduce its carbon footprint well into the next decade.
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Toyota may be known as a car company, but it’s the concept of mobility that is driving the company forward. The Human Support Robot or HSR helps with basic household tasks like fetching water and is making a world of difference to quadriplegics and other folks in need of a hand.
A recently concluded study concluded that despite advances in technology, sustainable transit is severely lacking across North America. No U.S. or Canadian city made it into this survey’s worldwide top 20 sustainable transportation systems.
Tesla has been caught up in what some critics have described as the “bro culture” that plagues Silicon Valley. The latest chapter involves a lawsuit accusing the company of looking the other way at anti-gay discrimination in its factory – and the company’s reaction to the litigation is making the situation worse.
The demand for palladium, which sent prices surging over $1,000 an ounce, is being driven by the automotive industry, which covets palladium for its effectiveness in catalytic converters – the exhaust emission control devices in cars that turn toxic gases into less harmful pollutants.