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Novo processo licitatório poderia contribuir para ônibus sem fuligem e sem emissões em Campinas

(Post in English) A cidade de Campinas, no Brasil, está trabalhando para o estabelecimento de novos contratos para a prestação de serviços de transporte público na cidade. Como muitas cidades...Um plano ambicioso para renovação e eletrificação da frota posicionaria a cidade como um líder regional para um transporte público mais limpo e sustentável
Published 2019.03.13: Blog Post

Why efficiency technology still matters in China

On September 5, 2018, six years after its retreat from the U.S. car market., the Suzuki Motor Corp. officially pulled out of China. As stated by Suzuki’s Chairman, the consumer shift in China towards...Until BEVs are able to meet the needs of mainstream vehicle market in China, manufacturers are continuing to develop advanced efficiency technologies for use in conventional vehicles. 
Published 2018.09.17: Blog Post

Legislative do over creates opportunity for clean bus transition in São Paulo

On September 12, 2017, the Climate Committee of São Paulo approved a proposed amendment to Article 50 of the city’s Climate Change Law, one of several proposals now under discussion to improve the...São Paulo’s clean bus transition has been delayed for long enough. The negotiations of the Article 50 amendment provide an opportunity for policymakers to put the city back on the right path for...
Published 2017.10.23: Blog Post

7 + 3 = 10

The Run on Less roadshow tracked seven trucking fleets around the U.S. and Canada over a 3-week span to showcase highly fuel efficient tractor-trailers using off-the-shelf technologies. The Run...7 fleets put the U.S. average fuel economy of 6 mpg in their rear-view mirrors long ago. Run on Less was a great way to help to get the word out to the rest of the industry that these results are no...
Published 2017.09.29: Blog Post

Technology Leapfrog: Or, all recent auto technology forecasts underestimate how fast innovation is happening

The key to vehicle efficiency standards is technology forecasting, which is the centerpiece of a painstaking process the regulatory agencies go through to determine challenging but realistic mpg...Technology is coming at astounding rates and the current 2025 standards will not be difficult to meet at a cost a lot less than anybody has forecast. When NHTSA and EPA reevaluate the “...
Published 2017.09.25: Blog Post

Maximizing aircraft fuel efficiency: Make sure the economics add up

Part 3 in a series featuring interviews with members of the technical advisory group who worked with the ICCT on our cost assessment of near- and mid-term technologies to improve new aircraft fuel...Richard Golaszewski's insights on what a successful clean-sheet aircraft program looks like—from research and development to sales, what made it successful, and what makes sense for manufacturers and...
Published 2017.07.18: Blog Post

The next generation of electric vehicles is on the way

Anyone in the market for a new electric vehicle may feel overwhelmed by the multitude of recent automaker announcements unveiling new consumer options. Proponents of electric vehicles are bound to...Electric vehicle metrics like range and cost are expected to continue to dramatically improve over the next few years as the next-generation technology emerges. In turn, these cost reductions will...
Published 2016.11.15: Blog Post

The latest paper by the Center for Automotive Research is not what it thinks it is

Last month, the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) released a report on the potential economic effects of EPA/NHTSA’s 2017-2025 light duty rule. Although CAR receives funding or research support...The whole report rests on a false premise about the costs of meeting the standards. And whether that reflects a lack of "objectivity" or something else, it renders the report completely unreliable as...
Published 2016.10.12: Blog Post

Money in your pocket and a good night's sleep

Mike Roeth at the North American Council for Freight Efficiency told me a story last week about a U.S. husband-and-wife trucking team. The husband was reluctant to give up his 12-year-old truck,...Helping (again) to correct some misinformation about the costs of cleaner heavy-truck emission standards in Mexico and the United States.
Published 2016.03.04: Blog Post

Estimating the costs of vehicle efficiency: Will the European Commission incorporate lessons from experience?

Earlier this year, I wrote about estimating future vehicle technology costs, to make the observation that in reality meeting CO2 reduction targets has consistently ended up being cheaper than...Draft vehicle technology cost curves for post-2020 CO2 standard were presented to the European Commission in late July. Here's how they look in light of earlier (not always accurate) estimates.
Published 2015.09.02: Blog Post

What the NRC report on LDV technologies does and doesn't add to the debate in the run up to the US CAFE 2025 standard midterm evaluation

The National Research Council's latest vehicle technology assessment, Cost, Effectiveness and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles, released last week, presents a massive...Convincing support for the agencies' initial analysis, that could have pushed its conclusions even further.
Published 2015.06.24: Blog Post

Eighteen wheels and ten miles per gallon

Over the past generation, a lot has changed for the workhorse of American freight-hauling, the eighteen-wheel big rig, officially known as the Class 8 long-haul tractor-trailer. One thing that hasn't...The average long-haul tractor-trailer on U.S. highways gets the same 6 miles per gallon of diesel that it did decades ago. But there are clear signs that that, finally, is about to change.
Published 2015.04.21: Blog Post

Vehicle technology costs: Estimates vs. reality

In Europe by now we have gained considerable experience with setting CO2 standards for light-duty vehicles: First, in 2009 a target of 130 g/km for 2015 was adopted, then 2014 the target of 95 g/km...The IKA institute just released a study on technology potential and cost for 2025/2030 CO2 targets in the EU—an opportune moment to look back at all the previous such studies and see how accurate...
Published 2015.01.27: Blog Post

Assembling vehicle technology cost data for the European market

Setting effective CO2 standards for vehicles requires knowledge of the technical potential and the associated costs. Obtaining comprehensive and transparent data on vehicle technologies, their effect...ICCT has been working with the consultancies Ricardo and FEV to transfer technology assessment data assembled in developing U.S. regulations on LDV CO2 emissions to the European context. The results...
Published 2012.11.05: Blog Post