Fuel Efficiency

Electric Cars

Hybrid Car Sales Fail to Meet Predictions

Over a decade ago, automakers predicted that every new car would be a hybrid by 2020. Why were they so off the mark?

September 2, 2021 - Vice

Climate Change

Climate Concerns Largely Absent in Auto Showrooms

A consumer survey found that less than a third of respondents considered carbon emissions or the environment when they last purchased a motor vehicle, yet three-quarters of Americans consider climate change a major problem or crisis.

February 7, 2020 - Streetsblog USA

American Car

Ford Follows GM to Prioritize SUVs

The efficient days of the post-auto industry bailout are over. American car companies are committing to larger, less efficient vehicles to keep up with the preferences of American consumers.

November 29, 2018 - Associated Press

Downtown Detroit

GM Announces Plant Closures, Shift Toward Larger Vehicles

General Motors cut the bad environmental and economic news with an announcement that cost cutting measures would allow the company to focus more resources on electric and self-driving cars.

November 27, 2018 - USA Today

Refueling

Car Manufacturers Worried After Trump Administration Gave More Than Expected

The auto industry lobby is meeting with Trump Administration officials to convince them to ease off the throttle.

May 14, 2018 - The New York Times

Driving

The Future of the American Auto Industry: Not Cars

The American passenger vehicle fleet is being transformed into bigger, fuel-thirstier, and more dangerous models (for those hit by them). Americans have shown a preference for light trucks, and manufacturers are responding by ditching cars.

May 14, 2018 - Car and Driver

Gas Station 7-Eleven

Odd Years are Good for Hiking State Gas Taxes

Already California, Indiana, Montana, South Carolina (overriding a governor's veto), Tennessee, and Utah* have raised gas taxes this year, while last year was a drought—only New Jersey increased its gas tax.

June 14, 2017 - The Council of State Governments

Gas Pump

U.S. Gasoline Consumption Might Decline Despite Love Affair with SUVs

Gasoline consumption in the U.S. peaked in 2007, but began climbing in late 2014 with the decline in gas prices. Last year almost set a new record, but increases in gas prices, fuel efficiency and more EVs could reverse the direction—but when?

January 24, 2017 - Oil Price

Electric Car

Hybrid and Electric Cars Take a Downturn in the Used Car Market

It's not just Americans favor SUVs and light truck over compact cars, but that a majority of EV and hybrid owners who have traded in their cars are opting for all-gas vehicles, and that spells trouble for meeting President Obama's climate goals.

June 27, 2016 - The New York Times - Science

Bakersfield and Fresno Sign

California Road Charge Pilot Launches July 1; Gas Tax Increase Still Needed

Two notable transportation developments occur in California on July 1. First, a pilot road charge program begins—5,000 motorists will be charged by the mile driven. Second, the gas tax drops by 2.2 cents. An analysis by ITEP looks at both.

June 24, 2016 - Tax Justice Blog

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