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Power Generation Initiative Updates
Monday, 04 April 2016 18:10

CAFE Standards Midterm Evaluation

Potential Impact on Electric Vehicle (EV) Incentives



In 1974, Congress enacted the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards to improve the fuel efficiency of passenger vehicles and reduce oil imports. In April 2010, and August 2012, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the 2012 – 2016 CAFE standards and 2017 – 2025 CAFE standards, respectively. These CAFE standards included vehicle efficiency standards and, for the first time, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards, calculated in grams of carbon dioxide (CO2)/mile. There are also incentives for advanced vehicles, including electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and fuel cell vehicles, herein referred to as “EVs.”

By ACORE's Transportation Associate Pete Metz

ACORE’s Transportation Initiative launched in early 2012 to position our organization at the intersection of the renewable energy industry and the transportation sector.  ACORE recognized this as an important opportunity for a number of reasons:

Monday, 12 August 2013 13:23

A Clean-Car Boom

August 12 -- In a welcome development for the planet, the cars on American streets are becoming much more climate-friendly much sooner than many had expected. Consumers are increasingly buying fuel-efficient hybrid and electric vehicles thanks to breakthrough innovations and supportive government policies. >>View Article

July 18 -- Earlier this week we reported on Ozzie Zehner and his article, “Unclean at Any Speed,” which posited that electric vehicles are not the most environmentally friendly car when you consider the full product life cycle, also known as cradle-to-grave in environmental circles. Our coverage elicited a host of responses debunking Zehner’s debunking.  >>View Article

Friday, 21 June 2013 14:04

The real cause of rising food prices

June 21 -- As restaurant owners and managers in D.C., we have a healthy appreciation for the vibrant role restaurants play in our economy. We take pleasure and pride in providing the highest quality service, freshest ingredients and best menu options for our customers. >>View Article

Thursday, 30 May 2013 15:38

Biodiesel is green and farm-friendly

May 30 -- While the petroleum industry and alternative fuels supporters debate the merits of more domestic drilling versus providing assistance through the federal Renewable Fuels Standard in diversifying the transportation fuels market, it's important to note the protections afforded American consumers by the country's first commercially available advanced biofuel — biodiesel. >>View Article

Thursday, 18 April 2013 13:55

Toyota Predicts A Hybrid Majority

April 18 -- The man behind Toyota Motor Corp. first generation of hybrids — or vehicles that blend a gasoline-based engine and an electric motor — wasn’t always so confident that the cars would be a hit. “When the question of the future of hybrids first came up…I’d felt quite bold in saying that Toyota cars will be 30% hybrid by 2020,” former chief engineer and current vice chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada told reporters at a briefing in Tokyo on Wednesday. >>View Article

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 15:49

Toyota's Hybrid Vehicle Sales Pass 5 Million

April 17 -- Toyota's global sales of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles have surpassed 5 million in a milestone for a technology that was initially greeted with skepticism.  >>View Article

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 19:09

Electric Cars Battle For Hearts, Wallets

February 19 -- Electric cars are at a fork in the road, with oblivion lying in one direction and the mass market in the other. >>View Article

December 28 -- Six new hybrid vehicle models and eight more plug-ins  will be offered in auto showrooms in 2013 compared to this year, according to automotive forecaster Alan Baum.  >>View Article

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