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Safety Regulations Issued for Trains Carrying Oil

Pipe: Homepage Latest Headlines - Fri, 2015-04-17 19:53
The new Transportation Department rules include a 40-mile-an-hour speed limit for hazardous materials moving through urban areas.

bus-act -- Public Workshop to Discuss the Development of the Advanced Clean Transit (ACT) Regulation

Pipe: Advanced tech - Fri, 2015-04-17 19:45
The Air Resources Board (ARB) invites you to participate in a series of statewide public workshops on May 11, 14, and 20, 2015, to discuss development of the ACT regulation.

arbcombo -- Electric Power Entity Greenhouse Gas Reporting Webinar for 2015 Regulatory Updates

Pipe: Advanced tech - Fri, 2015-04-17 19:16
On April 27, 2015, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff is providing an online webinar for Electric Power Entities (EPE) to describe amendments to the Regulation for the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (MRR) that went into effect in January 2015.

'Eco-modders' gather at the Glen

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-04-17 17:56
“It's a fuel economy competition as well as a precision driving test,” said Bob Gillespie of the Glen Region of the Sports Car Club of America, which ...

Ford investing $2.5B for new engine, transmission plants in Mexico

Pipe: Advanced tech - Fri, 2015-04-17 17:00

Ford is investing $2.5 billion in new engine and transmission plants in the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Guanajuato, respectively. The investment covers three projects: a new engine plant in Chihuahua; expansion of Ford’s I-4 and diesel engine lines in Chihuahua; and a new transmission plant—Ford’s first in Mexico—in Guanajuato.

The investment, which comes during the celebration of Ford’s 90th anniversary in the country, will bring 3,800 direct new jobs plus additional indirect jobs to Mexico. Ford officials announced the investment today during a ceremony with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other members of the country’s Federal Government.

The new engine facility is being built within Ford’s Chihuahua Engine Plant, where the company will produce a new gasoline-powered engine. This $1.1-billion investment and 1,300 new jobs will allow Ford to export engines to the US, Canada, South America and the Asia-Pacific region, supporting the company’s growing small car lineup.

An additional $200-million dollar investment as well as the creation of 500 more new jobs is tied to the expansion of Ford’s current I-4 and diesel engines production in Chihuahua. As a result of these investments, the Ford Engine Plant in Chihuahua will become the biggest engine plant in Mexico.

In addition, Ford is building a new transmission plant within the premises of transmission supplier and longtime partner Getrag, which is based in the City of Irapuato in the State of Guanajuato. This $1.2-billion investment brings approximately 2,000 new jobs.

This new plant will produce two all-new automatic transmissions for key products primarily in South America, Europe and Asia Pacific as well as other North American markets.

Ford has 11,300 employees in Mexico. The Ford Fiesta, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ as well as the hybrid versions of both are manufactured in Mexico. Ford also has established an Engineering Center in Mexico, which employs more than 1,100 engineers who support global projects.

newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for April 17, 2015.

Pipe: Advanced tech - Fri, 2015-04-17 16:30
ARB Newsclips for April 17, 2015.

All New 2015 Honda Fit Designed to Top the Subcompact Class

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-04-17 16:15
With best-in-class passenger and cargo space, increased power, (US) 41 mpg fuel economy and more refined, yet sporty dynamics, the completely ...

Home / Car News / 2016 Jaguar F-Type R All-Wheel-Drive Official <b>Fuel Economy</b> Numbers <b>...</b>

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-04-17 15:04
WASHINGTON — The EPA has released official fuel economy numbers on the 2016 Jaguar F-Type coupe and convertible, including the R models, ...

North America Torque Sensor Market is Expected to Reach $452.0 Million by 2019, at a CAGR of <b>...</b>

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-04-17 14:56
As per the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, there has been a huge pressure on the auto manufacturers to step up the ...

Sydney becomes first Australian airport to release a sustainability report

Pipe: Aviation - Fri, 2015-04-17 14:03
Fri 17 Apr 2015 - Sydney Airport has become the first Australian airport to release a sustainability report, which, it says, conforms to the Global Reporting Initiative's G4 guidelines. The airport says the report responds to stakeholder feedback and supports the environmental, community engagement and other initiatives the airport is undertaking. During 2014 it received government approval for a five-year Environment Strategy that provides the strategic direction for the environmental management of the airport and outlines more than 100 ongoing actions and initiatives to minimise environmental impact and support sustainable growth. Another achievement during the year was Level 1 certification under the industry's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme and the airport is now developing a revised energy savings and carbon reduction plan.

More buyers 'go Rogue' with Nissan's capable CUV

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:50
EPA ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY: 26 mpg city/33 highway. INDICATED FUEL ECONOMY: 25 mpg, mixture of freeway and city. CURB WEIGHT: ...

BMW 4-Series Gran Coupé: a four-door two door

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:26
The results are impressive fuel economy numbers. The official numbers are 10.5 l/100km city and 7.0 highway for the four-cylinder and 11.5 and 7.4 ...

Five Reasons Ford Should Bring Ranger Back to US

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:11
To a certain extent, fuel economy is a good example of this. Just a few years ago, when fuel prices were higher and governmental regulation was more ...

Ford and DowAksa partnership could make carbon-fibre affordable for everyone

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:41
This has resulted in a weight shedding of almost 320 kg and that means an increase in fuel economy by almost 29% (depending on the powertrain).

Aerodynamics and the science of fuel efficiency

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:30
... situations, it becomes a significant factor at highway speeds, in terms of both fuel consumption rating determinations and real-world fuel economy.

New smart fortwo making official premiere in China at Auto Shanghai; China to be largest market

Pipe: Advanced tech - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:23

The new smart fortwo from Daimler will have its official premiere in China at the 16th Auto Shanghai next week. Following the successful market launch in Europe with a surge in new registrations (+22.7% as at March), the city coupé will be available in China from August 2015. The launch of the smart forfour will follow in early 2016.

The new smart fortwo 2014 in Beijing. Click to enlarge.

China is well on the way to becoming the largest market worldwide for smart. We have made high and very successful investments in the brand there.—Annette Winkler, Head of smart

Just five years after the market launch, in 2014 China (including Hong Kong) had already become smart’s second-largest market (after Germany and ahead of Italy) with almost 18,000 vehicles sold. In the first quarter of 2015 China was the largest single market for Mercedes-Benz cars.

The new generation of the smart fortwo features a fully revamped technology package that greatly improves comfort, safety, agility and infotainment while retaining the unique compactness and ultra-small turning circle. The new features include:

  • New tridion safety cell with markedly higher proportions of ultra-high-strength hot-formed steels and super-high-strength multiphase steel. Crosswind Assist (standard) is an additional safety feature.

  • Three-cylinder engines, transmission (twinamic dual clutch six-speed transmission is a standard feature in China).

  • The new chassis has 100 mm more track width than its predecessor—good for added driving stability without impairing agility.

  • The smart Audio-System is a standard feature in China. It incorporates a radio, digital playback options and comprehensive smartphone integration. Audio streaming allows music tracks stored on a smartphone to be played back via a Bluetooth connection. Furthermore, in combination with the smart cross connect app, a mobile phone is turned into an intelligent co-driver, knowledgeable navigator and multimedia partner.

Since first introduction in 2009, more than 70,000 smarts have been sold in China. The brand now has more than 140 showrooms in more than 70 cities there.

Aviation emissions covered by the EU ETS edge higher in 2014 to over 54 MtCO2 as emissions from other sectors fall

Pipe: Aviation - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:02
Fri 17 Apr 2015 - Preliminary data released by the European Commission shows aviation emissions covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) are likely to have increased by 2.6 per cent in 2014 compared to 2013. Analysis by Carbon Market Data (CMD) of the verified emissions reports submitted by the March 31 deadline indicates aircraft operators conducting intra-EEA flights emitted 54.36 million tonnes of CO2 in 2014, compared to nearly 53 MtCO2 in 2013. Once all the emissions are finally reported and entered in the registry, emissions in 2014 are likely to reach around 54.7 MtCO2, estimates CMD. However, this is far lower than the 84 MtCO2 reported in 2012. Since then, the number of aircraft operators covered by the scheme has almost halved as a result of changes to the scope of the scheme a year ago. In the EU ETS as a whole, emissions fell by around 4.4 per cent in 2014 to 1,584 MtCO2.

Short cuts: Aberdeen, Tanzania, Pakistan

Pipe: Aviation - Fri, 2015-04-17 11:41
European aviation, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge relaunch, travel ban to northern Pakistan lifted

Ford to Develop Carbon-Fiber Material for Cars

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-04-17 11:22
Tighter fuel-economy rules scheduled to be phased in over the next decade are forcing car companies to make slimmed-down cars and trucks. Known ...

50-MPG Honda Accord Hybrid named to's 10 Best Green Cars List for second year in a row

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-04-17 11:00
The award-winning Honda Accord Hybrid, boasting the highest EPA city fuel economy rating of any four-door sedan sold in America, was named to ...