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Unique air shutter helps morph Chevrolet Cruze into 40 MPG leader (w/ Video)

Squeezing out every last drop of fuel efficiency is one of the key tasks for Greg Fadler, aerodynamics engineering group manager at Chevrolet.

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US sets new standards for truck, bus emissions

The United States on Monday unveiled new standards for heavy-duty trucks, vans, buses and delivery vehicles, aimed at improving their fuel efficiency and reducing emissions by up to 20 percent.

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Hydrogen powered car leaves Bristol for Arkansas

Professor Cliff Ricketts preferred the fuel efficiency of a 1994 Toyota Tercel when compared to other used cars. That's why he gutted its gas tank and fuel lines in favor of water tanks and solar cells.

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Should airplanes look like birds? Engineers envision more fuel-efficient design

Airplanes do not look much like birds -- unless you were to imagine a really weird bird or a very strange plane -- but should they? This question is exactly what a pair of engineers in California and...

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Split-cycle engine now more efficient than traditional combustion engine (w/...

(PhysOrg.com) -- Split-cycle engines have been around for some time but until now have never matched the fuel efficiency of traditional internal combustion engines. That is about to change, with the...

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Rising fuel price casts shadow on Geneva auto show

(AP) -- The car industry, it seems, just can't get a break. Just when automakers thought it safe to roll out new models in the wake of the devastating economic crisis - 170 premiers are advertised for...

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Ford's new chocolate-inspired plastic, made with air bubbles

(PhysOrg.com) -- Plastic is often used in vehicles, when the designs demand a lower weight on the vehicle, in order to increase vehicle speed or fuel efficiency. Current plastics only meet those goals...

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Zyvex Technologies finishes testing on a nano-enhanced boat

(PhysOrg.com) -- Zyvex Technologies, an Ohio-based nano-enhanced products company, has announced that its 54' boat, code name the Piranha, has completed its sea trials. The trials, which took place...

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2,564 miles per gallon achieved at Shell Eco-marathon

Going the farthest distance might sound like a foot race. But this past weekend, it meant stretching the boundaries of fuel efficiency as student teams competed in the fifth annual Shell Eco-marathon...

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DeltaWing concept car to race at Le Mans

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Le Mans endurance race is a 24-hour competition that features cars that typically have an engine that comes in at over five liters. One team, known as the Project 56 group, has...

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Five myths about diesel engines

(PhysOrg.com) -- Diesel engines, long confined to trucks and ships, are garnering more interest for their fuel efficiency and reduced carbon dioxide emissions, relative to gasoline engines. Argonne...

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Students design cars the get 1000 MPG+

(PhysOrg.com) -- When you think about the design team for an ultra-fuel efficient vehicle, on that can get more than one thousand miles per gallon of gas; you probably picture a professional design lab...

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Porsche is developing a system for a self-driving car, no pedal pressing needed

(PhysOrg.com) -- How much of the driving experience are you willing to give up to the computer in your car? Are you OK with cruise control? Anti-lock brakes? Skid control systems? How about taking your...

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F1 gearing up for new 'green' and 'cool' future

Formula One is preparing itself for a period of progressive change towards greater fuel efficiency, clearer 'green' credentials and much bigger popularity with car makers and racing fans.

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Airlines positioned for big gains in efficiency

Planes are being built out of the same lightweight materials used for Formula 1 race cars. Their engines are being redesigned to squeeze more thrust out of every gallon of fuel. And governments are...

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Obama to announce new car efficiency standards

US President Barack Obama will later this week unveil new fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars and light trucks for the 2017-2025 period, the White House said Wednesday.

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Study aims to improve fuel economy by 30 percent

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside along with their research partners have received a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Energy to study and evaluate technologies that...

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Increasing fuel efficiency with a smartphone

In July, at the Association for Computing Machinery’s MobiSys conference, researchers from MIT and Princeton University took the best-paper award for a system that uses a network of smartphones mounted...

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Airlines decry EU carbon emissions scheme

Airlines denounced on Tuesday an EU plan to charge them for carbon emissions, warning it would cost the industry 17.5 billion euros ($23.8 billion) over eight years.

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Like birds in the sky: Green flight challenge competition, day two

On the second day of the CAFE Green Flight Challenge, sponsored by Google, planes competing in the challenge flew like birds in the sky to test the fuel efficiency of their aircraft.

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