fuel efficiency


Automaker Rankings Revisited—Does Volkswagen Now Have the “Dirtiest Tailpipe”?

, senior vehicles analyst

Last year, we released our semi-regular report card on the auto industry, the Automaker Rankings, where Volkswagen tied for 3rd place behind Hyundai-Kia and Honda. However, the astounding news this month around VW’s diesel vehicles is not only a black eye on the company—it also calls into question just how “green” the VW fleet truly is. We’ve received a lot of questions about the impact this scandal has on their environmental performance, so I’d like to take the opportunity to address some of those questions. Read more >

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week—Just One Week To Say Thanks For Moving All My Stuff?

, senior vehicles analyst

Every day seems to bring a new internet holiday, from “Talk Like a Pirate” Day to National Cat Day (like we need an excuse to share cat videos or say “Arrrrh”?). But while the internet may have alerted you that it’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, it’s no passing fad—at 27 years strong, NTDAW is a reminder of all the hard work that goes into moving goods around the country and some of the unsung folks that help drive our economy. Read more >

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Fleet Experts Weigh In: Fuel Economy Rules for Trucks Pay Off

, senior vehicles analyst

With fuel such a key expense for truck fleets, one of the questions I get asked the most is—why do we need fuel economy rules? As I outlined in Engines for Change, there are actually a lot of market barriers that can slow investment in efficient trucking, including fuel surcharges and the risk-averse conservatism of a capital-constrained marketplace. But you don’t need to take my word for it: Fleet owners across the country also support fuel economy regulations. Read more >

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California Can Cut Its Oil Use In Half

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

Governor Brown’s goal of cutting oil use by up to 50 percent, and the subsequent legislative effort through SB350 to codify that goal in California law, has raised the rancor of the oil industry. It’s not surprising an industry might get defensive when lawmakers want to slash the amount of product they sell – nor is it surprising that an industry with a history of deception would not let the facts stand in the way of their response. Despite their “consumer-friendly” ads, the oil industry is really working against the public interest to protect their stranglehold over our transportation choices.

But the fact of the matter is that California, and the rest of the nation, can cut its oil use in half. Read more >

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New National Academies Study Says EPA and NHTSA Got it Right

, senior vehicles analyst

A new report from the National Academies’ National Research Council (NRC) was released this morning. The overarching message of the report reiterates what we have said repeatedly:  Automakers are well on their way to meeting 2025 standards, and they will do so primarily with efficient conventional vehicles. Read more >

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