U.S. Vehicle Fuel Economy Hits a New Efficiency Record

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.

Biomimicry’s Best Answers for 2018

Biomimicry is today’s go-to answer for tough engineering problems. We tip our hat to Mother Nature for new ways to treat surgical wounds, the versatility of the honey comb and a new friend who may help us reduce the number of plastic bags in landfills and ocean gyres.

Ford Rolls Out First Plug-in Hybrid Police Car

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.

UPS Boosts Supplies of Renewable Biogas

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 Brings Mobility Inside with Human Support Robots

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.

North American Transit Systems In Dire Need of Help

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 Faces String of Harassment Lawsuits

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.

Catalytic Converter Demand Pushes Price of Palladium Over $1,000 an Ounce

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.