Latest Automotive News

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NGVAmerica expects growth of natural gas in vehicles to continue in 2011

Since federal incentives were introduced in 2006, natural gas usage in vehicles has increased 25 percent each year, displacing more than 320 million gallons of gasoline. With the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, these incentives will continue. Natural Gas Vehicles for America even expects that rate to continue to grow in 2011 and beyond.

Department of Energy extends RFI deadline for fuel cell technology opportunities

As part of a recent update, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has extended the deadline to January 18, 2011, for the Request for Information (RFI) on fuel cell technologies early opportunities. The purpose of this RFI is to obtain information relevant to the core requirements and relevant costs for each of three topic areas of interest.

NHTSA adds front suspension to Ford Windstar investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a probe and subsequent recall into excessive rust issues on the rear axle housing of the 1998-2003 Ford Windstars and now the NHTSA has taken it one step further, adding the front suspension to the list of corrosion concerns for the aging Ford minivans.

Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy 2011 to be largest energy conference in 22 years

More information is pouring in, as Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) takes full advantage after its visionary move to merge the National Hydrogen Association with the US Fuel Cell Council. Their combined strengths will now attempt to move this industry forward by meeting in Washington, DC from Feb 13 -16.

DOE announces up to $74M for fuel cell R&D

Less than one week after the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NHTSA announced up to $184M for advance vehicle development, the DOE announced it is accepting applications for a total of up to $74 million to support the research and development of clean, reliable fuel cells for two separate but related applications: stationary and transportation.

Dual fuel upgrades on the rise for heavy trucks

GreenMan Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:GMTI) announced that its subsidiary, American Power Group Inc. (APG), has received a Vehicular Memorandum of Exemption from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It includes eleven initial Test Exemptions of testing and verification of APG’s unique, non-invasive, dual fuel upgrade system for aftermarket diesel truck and tractor engines.

Roof strength plays major factor in IIHS 2011 Top Safety Picks

While most reviews of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award for 2011 seem centered on who made the list, some have astutely noticed the emphasis on electronic stability control, a crash avoidance feature. Fewer, though, have concentrated on the criteria behind the weakest point of an automobile - the roof.

Projected fuel cell costs decline 81 percent since 2003

Contained within a 2010 update by the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), fuel cell costs have reduced to the level of high-end internal combustion engines. This means Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) can become cost effective within a few years if produced in high volumes.

Judge rules that Toyota must disclose recall settlement terms

Toyota Motor Corp reportedly settled with the first of what could be a great many lawsuits from consumers against the automaker for their lethal recall practices and when the settlement was achieved, Toyota requested that the terms of the settlement not be disclosed publicly but Judge Anthony J. Mohr has ruled that Toyota must indeed disclose the terms of the agreement.
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Four alternate engine technologies for 2011 and beyond

With ultra-green ideas on the minds of many legislators that may one day force 60-plus mpg and ultra-low CO2 levels into law, the auto industry best rethink its entire engine technology position for 2011 and beyond. Fact is, there are technologies and concepts just waiting for development and a chance to prove the ICE and other combustion technologies can compete, not only on a fuel mileage basis, but on a cost and an ecological basis as well.

Tesla has already taken 3000 buyers for the 2012 Tesla Model S sedan

In a form filed recently with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Tesla Motors revealed a handful of information about the current goings-on within their company, including the fact that they have already received 3,000 pre-orders for the 2012 Tesla Model S sedan – accounting for $15 million in revenue from a car over a year away from seeing production.

Dodge announces free maintenance program for 2011 Durango, Journey

The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango and refreshed 2011 Dodge Journey are all packed full of reasons to belong in your short list for your next new car but in case you needed one more reason, Dodge has just announced a free maintenance program for the highline versions of their crossover and new SUV.