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Naturally aspirated gasoline engines and cylinder deactivation

The technology assessments conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to inform the 2017–2025 passenger vehicle fuel economy and...
Published 2016.06.21: Publication

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

Costs of emission reduction technologies for heavy-duty diesel vehicles

This report presents the manufacturing costs of emission control technology used to meet recent U.S. and European emission standards for heavy-duty diesel engines and vehicles. The costs assessed...
Published 2016.02.29: Publication

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

Hybrid vehicles: Trends in technology development and cost reduction

Since their introduction, sales of hybrid vehicles and the number of hybrid models have both risen steadily in the U.S., with that growth trend accelerating sharply starting in 2003. The forty-five...
Published 2015.07.23: Publication

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

Cost effectiveness of advanced efficiency technologies for long-haul tractor-trailers in the 2020–2030 timeframe

As U.S. regulatory agencies work on the second phase of heavy-duty vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel-efficiency standards, a key question concerns the payback periods of various...
Published 2015.04.21: Publication

Costs and adoption rates of fuel-saving technologies for trailers in the Canadian on-road freight sector

This report, “Costs and adoption rates of fuel-saving technologies for trailers in the Canadian on-road freight sector,” is the outcome of a collaboration between the ICCT and Pollution Probe, a...
Published 2015.02.11: Publication

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

International Workshop on Technology and Policy Solutions for Energy-Efficient and Low Carbon Light-Duty Vehicles

High-level government officials from China’s key ministries responsible for setting fuel economy standards for the country, over 70 experts from semi-governmental research agencies, the academy, NGOs...
Published 2014.06.19: Event

Passenger car fuel-efficiency standards in China and the US: Stringency and technology, 2020–2025

China's leaders are determined to ensure that China's domestic auto industry is world-class. Technology upgrades were one of the top priorities in China’s auto industrial strategic plan for the...
Published 2013.08.22: Publication

Initial processing of Ricardo vehicle simulation modeling CO2 data

The basic CO2 data used in the development of the EU cost curves is derived from simulation modeling performed by Ricardo inc. This paper summarizes how the data developed by Ricardo was processed to...
Published 2013.02.04: Publication

Mass reduction impacts on EU cost curves

This paper discusses the impacts of new vehicle mass reduction data on CO2 benefit and cost curves for EU light-duty vehicles in the 2020–2025 timeframe. This paper is the third in a series, with the...
Published 2013.02.04: Publication

Cost and benefits of clean technologies for bus rapid transit (BRT): Summary of results for Nairobi

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems have been shown to be one of the biggest reducers of greenhouse gases emissions in cities of developing countries. The sustainability of BRT systems will however...
Published 2012.12.14: Publication

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

EU cost curve development methodology

This paper explains the methodology used to develop technology benefit and cost curves applicable for EU light-duty vehicles in 2020–2025. With appropriate modification of assumptions, the...
Published 2012.11.05: Publication

GHG reduction potential and costs of LDV technologies, II

Second in a workshop series for regulators, manufacturers, fleets, academics and NGOs to discuss greenhouse gas reduction potential for light-duty vehicles and projected technology costs in the 2020–...
Published 2012.05.01: Event

GHG reduction potential and costs of light-duty vehicle technologies

Update: A second workshop is scheduled for 27 April 2012. See here for details and registration. This public workshop brings together regulators, manufacturers, fleets, academics and NGOs to discuss...
Published 2012.01.19: Event

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