Autonomous and connected car technologies may progressively curb emissions

Excitement around connected and autonomous vehicles has been building for years with consumers interested in the convenience of never having to touch the steering wheel and governments anticipating significant improvements in road safety. It’s presumed that these technologies will also have energy efficiency and emissions reductions benefits, but only recently have experts been able to quantify them.

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2015 Ford Mustang fuel economy drops

The 2015 Ford Mustang’s fuel economy is lower than that of the outgoing model, according to figures just released by the EPA.

The 2015 Mustang equipped with the 3.7-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission is officially rated at 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, while the same model with a six-speed manual transmission returns 17 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway.

That’s a drop of 3 mpg from the 2014 V6 Mustang’s highway rating of 31 mpg with the automatic transmission, and one mpg worse than the 2014 model’s highway mileage of 29 mpg with a manual transmission. City ratings for the 2014 V6 Mustang were 19 mpg with either transmission.

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San Francisco considers car sharing to replace fleet vehicles

San Francisco has proposed car sharing for city workers as a cost-savings measure and way to replace underutilized fleet vehicles.

Under the proposal, passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks in the city’s fleet would be replaced over the next 13 years and replaced with contracts with private car-sharing companies such as Zipcar or City CarShare.

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Vehicle fuel economy at a record high in August

From the The University of Michigan Eco-Driving Index (EDI): the average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in August was at a record high of 25.8 mpg—up 0.2 mpg from the value in July.  Vehicle fuel economy is up 5.7 mpg since October 2007. 

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8 Most Efficient Diesel Cars for 2014 and 2015

Great fuel efficiency is by no means a playground exclusive for compact cars and hybrids. A glance at Fueleconomy.gov reveals the many diesel cars that are featuring 40 mpg on the highway or better. In the top-rated diesel models, most of which are 2014 or 2015 models, combined mileage is often well above 30 mpg.

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