Ford Water-Saving Technologies Reduced Usage by 13 Million Gallons

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Water-saving technologies at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, implemented toward the end of 2016, helped the facility reduce water usage by 13 million gallons last year, and the automaker expects to that number to be significantly higher in 2017 after a full year of use.

Ford implemented two projects at the plant last year: an increase in the re-use of water in the plant’s pre-treatment system and the addition of a cooling tower side-stream electrolysis (water softening) to remove calcium and magnesium.

Offices of Volkswagen and Audi Chiefs Searched in Raid, Warrant Says

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German officials included the offices of both Volkswagen’s chief executive and the head of the Audi division when they raided company premises last week as part of an investigation into emissions fraud, according to a copy of the search warrant.

The no-brainer case for saving fuel economy standards

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Strong fuel efficiency standards make Americans’ lives better.

They save people money at the pump and encourage automakers to innovate so they can compete in the global marketplace. They reduce U.S. reliance on gasoline, which makes the country more independent, while cutting pollution and improving air quality.

That’s why the government worked with the auto industry to set new fuel standards in 2010 that called for cars to average 27.5 miles per gallon in 2010, rising to more than 54.5 mpg by 2025. In fact, car manufacturers already have been able to achieve these standards and sell more cars.

It’s absolutely critical that the United States continues to reduce carbon pollution from the auto sector, which has become the biggest source of U.S. emissions today. Lowering these emissions is good for the climate and people’s health.

Yet, the Trump administration is on the verge of calling for a review of these standards. The bottom line is that rolling back vehicle fuel standards would take money from people’s wallets and leave them with dirtier air to breathe.

EPA decides not to weaken car efficiency rules

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) won’t weaken the car fuel efficiency standards it set in 2012, despite pleas from the auto industry.

The EPA proposed Wednesday a formal finding that the standards should remain in place and do not need to be revised for the model years 2022 to 2025.

Administration Gives Electric Car Charging Grid A Boost

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Now, the Obama administration says it will significantly expand the nation’s infrastructure for electric vehicles. The U.S. Department of Transportation is establishing 48 national electric vehicle charging corridors. Those vehicle routes dotted with charging stations are intended to cover 25,000 miles of highway in 35 states.

It May Not Cost You More To Drive Home In A Climate-Friendly Car

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It has been a common belief that low-emissions vehicles, like hybrids and electric cars, are more expensive than other choices. But a new study finds that when operating and maintenance costs are included in a vehicle’s price, cleaner cars may actually be a better bet.

The cars and trucks we drive are responsible for about a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions in this country. That’s why Jessika Trancik, an energy scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, decided it was time to take a closer look at vehicle emissions.

Plastics Industry, Recyclers Launch Automotive Recycling Project

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A new automotive recycling project aims to develop a method to collect and recover plastic auto parts in a way that is technically and economically feasible.

The Automotive End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project is a partnership between SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, Automotive Recyclers Association, Automotive Recyclers of Canada, Canadian Plastics Industry Association and a number of independent plastics and automotive recyclers.