fuel economy http://michiganradio.org en Ford lowers mileage rating for 6 vehicles, mostly hybrids http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-lowers-mileage-rating-6-vehicles-mostly-hybrids <p>You think Ford was a little embarrassed last year after <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radio-tests-fuel-economy-c-max-your-mileage-will-vary">having to reduce its mileage claims for the Ford C-Max</a>? Now they have to reduce those claims for six 2013 and 2014 models (claims on the C-Max have to be reduced <em>again</em>).</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All of Ford's 2013 hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles are affected, as well as most 2014 Fiesta models.</span></p><p>Here's a little damage control from Ford's Raj Nair:</p><p>http://youtu.be/Cz19ugjFZG0</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:05:03 +0000 Mark Brush 17981 at http://michiganradio.org Ford lowers mileage rating for 6 vehicles, mostly hybrids Record high reached for fuel economy in the US; what comes next? http://michiganradio.org/post/record-high-reached-fuel-economy-us-what-comes-next <p></p><p>There was an encouraging <a href="http://www.umich.edu/~umtriswt/EDI_sales-weighted-mpg.html">report</a> last month from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute about fuel economy.</p><p>We hit a record high in February in terms of gas mileage for new vehicles sold in the U.S.: 25.2 miles per gallon. It's the fifth-straight month gas mileage for new vehicles has topped 25 mpg.</p><p>That got us wondering how we're faring in the quest to squeeze out better mileage from our cars and trucks, and in the quest to create electric, hybrid, natural gas and fuel-cell vehicles and technologies.</p><p>Charles Griffith is the climate and energy program director at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:12:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 17190 at http://michiganradio.org Record high reached for fuel economy in the US; what comes next? Stateside for Thursday, April 10, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-april-10-2014 <p></p><p>The average gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. has steadily been improving, and greenhouse gas emissions are at an all-time low. The Environmental Protection Agency also recently set new emissions standards, scheduled to be phased in between 2017 and 2025, that will reduce the amount of sulfur found in gasoline.</p><p>B<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut is the slow and steady climb in fuel economy and emissions enough? On today’s show, we ask if the Obama administration's 2016 and 2025 fuel efficiency goals setting the bar too low?</span></p><p>Then, a new documentary film brings us the story of the Great Lakes as seen through its ice.</p><p>And, last month, Gov. Snyder confirmed a financial emergency existed in Royal Oak Township. Can other communities learn from Royal Oak’s situation?</p><p>Also, the Share Art Project is a collaborative effort among artists at the Buckham Gallery, students and the Genesee Valley Regional Center. We spoke to a Buckham board member about the program and an upcoming exhibit.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">here have been two big developments this week in the high-stakes showdown over Detroit's pensioners, its art treasures and creditors, who hope bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes will pressure the city to put those art treasures on the table.</span></p><p>There's a lot to try to sort out. So, as we do each Thursday, we spoke to Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:10:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 17192 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, April 10, 2014 Michigan's auto industry cited often in President Obama's State of the Union speech http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-auto-industry-cited-often-president-obamas-state-union-speech <p>Michigan’s auto industry figured prominently in President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night.</p><p></p><p>He started by talking about a hard-working auto worker building fuel-efficient vehicles and helping America wean itself off foreign oil.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The president then introduced the new CEO of General Motors, who was sitting with the First Lady. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:25:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16224 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's auto industry cited often in President Obama's State of the Union speech What will be fueling your car in the future? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-will-be-fueling-your-car-future <p>Hydrogen fuel cells, compressed natural gas, all-electric… what kind of cars are we going to be driving in a few years?</p><p>The LA Auto Show wrapped up… and the next big show is the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit in January.</p><p>There, of course, is a lot of well-orchestrated hype at these big auto shows. If you’re looking for a clear direction on what we’ll be driving in the future, it’s still a mixed bag. But, new advances are dominated by efficiency improvements in the internal combustion engine. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 15497 at http://michiganradio.org What will be fueling your car in the future? Fuel economy in new vehicles reaches record high http://michiganradio.org/post/fuel-economy-new-vehicles-reaches-record-high <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The average fuel economy for U.S. built vehicles reached a new high in May, at 24.8 miles per gallon. This is good news for drivers when gas station signs are showing prices near and above $4 a gallon.</p><p>The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) says consumers are not only being more fuel-efficient savvy, but car companies are listening.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/#remove">Remove</a> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 19:51:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12904 at http://michiganradio.org Fuel economy in new vehicles reaches record high