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Jim Kliesch

About the author: Jim Kliesch is an engineer with expertise in fuel efficiency, battery, and hybrid electric vehicle technologies and the policies needed to turn them into real solutions for U.S. oil dependence, air pollution and global warming. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in environmental and energy policy.

The Future is Now: 39 Models Meet Tomorrow’s Fuel Economy Requirements Today

A number of pieces in the media, including a recent column by long-time Automotive News number-cruncher John K. Teahen Jr., have wrongly claimed that the upcoming 2017-2025 vehicle standards will force consumers into small cars. Read More

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Fuel Economy Parlor Games

Quick question: Which saves more fuel, a 2 mpg increase or a 16 mpg increase? While most people would logically choose the latter, the correct answer is, in fact, “it depends.”  Read More

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Leaf vs. Volt, by the (Sales) Numbers

In the world of eco-friendly, advanced-tech vehicles, no debate today rages stronger than that of the all-electric vehicle vs. the plug-in hybrid. One design is pure, elegant, but with an Achilles heel. The other, a perfect blend of two near-but-not-quite-perfect systems. Read More

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The Old Problem of CAFE’s New Math

By now, you’ve probably heard about the new passenger vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards that were recently announced. (For those of you who missed class that day, these standards will make our vehicles more climate-friendly and go further on a gallon of gas in the coming years.)  Read More

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