tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/automobiles1 automobiles news from mongabay.com 2013-06-11T22:10:12Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11581 2013-06-11T22:04:00Z 2013-06-11T22:10:12Z Bachmann was right? $2 gas, with a catch One of Republican House member Michele Bachmann's most famous and controversial campaign promises &#8212; that Americans would see $2-a-gallon gasoline prices if she were elected president &#8212; may have come true without her even winning the nomination. Only not in the way she expected. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9026 2012-01-30T15:20:00Z 2012-01-30T15:21:25Z California sets tough new clean car standards The U.S. state that takes climate change most seriously&#8212;California&#8212;has unanimously approved new rules dubbed the Advanced Clean Cars program to lower carbon emissions, reduce oil dependence, mitigate health impacts from pollution, and save consumers money in the long-term. According to the new standards, by 2025 cars sold in California must cut greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent and smog emissions by 75 percent. The program will also require 15.4 percent of all cars sold in California to be zero or near-zero emissions by 2025. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5224 2009-12-06T22:33:00Z 2009-12-06T22:40:03Z Obama administration about to declare carbon dioxide a danger to the public, allowing regulation The day before talks start in Copenhagen on a new international treaty to combat climate change, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States is set to declare carbon dioxide a 'public danger' as soon as Monday. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5001 2009-09-22T16:13:00Z 2009-09-22T20:59:29Z Hummer owners view themselves as morally upright For many the Hummer has become a symbol of all that is wrong with America: wastefulness without regard to consequences, entitlement beyond the scope of reason, and individualism to the point of arrogance. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4888 2009-08-24T05:00:00Z 2009-08-24T18:46:08Z Environmental disappointments under Obama While the President has been bogged down for the last couple months in an increasingly histrionic health-care debate-which has devolved so far into ridiculousness that one doesn't know whether to laugh or cry-environmental decisions, mostly from the President's appointees have still been coming fast and furious. However, while the administration started out pouring sunshine on the environment (after years of obfuscated drudgery under the Bush administration), they soon began to move away from truly progressive decisions on the environment and into the recognizable territory of playing it safe-and sometimes even stupid. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4551 2009-05-18T21:39:00Z 2009-09-06T14:56:55Z Obama to increase fuel economy standard to 35 mpg by 2016 The Obama administration will direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation to raise fuel economy standards of automobiles to 35 miles per gallon by 2016, four years earlier than required under current federal law, reports the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. The move is part of the administration's effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation accounts for nearly one third of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4210 2009-01-27T03:31:00Z 2009-01-27T13:53:53Z Obama pushes for better mileage standards President Obama has moved to allow states set automobile emission rules, opening the door for more fuel efficient vehicles. Monday Obama signed a memorandum requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider California's application to set tighter auto emissions and fuel efficiency standards than required under federal law. Should the waiver be granted, automakers would be forced to sell more fuel efficient vehicles if they want to do business in the state. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3558 2008-12-17T05:04:00Z 2008-12-17T05:16:00Z Tool helps overcome miles-per-gallon illusion A new tool helps motorists evaluate the fuel efficiency of their vehicle in terms that more accurately reflect the cost of driving than miles-per-gallon (MPG). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3428 2008-10-13T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:15:41Z New Beijing law cuts 800,000 cars from roads per day A new traffic law will cut the number of cars on Beijing roads by 800,000 per day, reports Chinese state media. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3443 2008-10-08T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:15:44Z US government: $28 carbon price would raise gas prices by 25 cents A national carbon price under a cap-and-trade system would have a limited impact on gasoline prices, reports a new study by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The report estimates that a carbon price of $28 per ton &#8212; a bit less than current carbon prices in the European market &#8212; would boost gas prices by 25 cents per gallon, while a $200 per ton tax would increase prices by less then $2. The findings suggest that the cost of climate change legislation may be lower than claimed by industry, but also indicate that efforts to curb Americans' driving habitats via a carbon tax or cap-and-trade scheme may be of limited effectiveness. A $2 increase in the price of gas would still leave U.S. fuel prices well below those in most of the world. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3147 2008-07-11T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:14:41Z $4 gas translates to fewer driving deaths Rising gas prices have trigger a drop in traffic deaths as motorists drive less and slow down, reports a researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3014 2008-06-27T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:14:17Z California plan would cut emissions 30% by 2020 California announced a plan to reduce state greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3036 2008-06-20T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:14:19Z Miles-per-gallon misrepresents gains in fuel efficiency from scrapping worst gas-guzzlers The use of miles-per-gallon instead of gallons-per-distance to measure fuel-efficiency may be clouding Americans' judgement when it comes to choosing whether to take the worst gas-guzzling vehicles off the road, argues a new paper published in the journal <i>Science</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2925 2008-04-02T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:14:00Z Mutant algae may fuel cars Chemically-modified algae may become key to the production of hydrogen gas which seen by researchers as a next-generation fuel source. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2853 2008-03-05T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:48:34Z Toyota, GM: Hydrogen fuels cells are not viable Executives from General Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor cast doubts yesterday about the viability of hydrogen fuel cells for mass-market production in the near term, reports The Wall Street Journal. The executives said electric cars will be a better way to cut emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2625 2008-01-16T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:13:07Z Could battery discovery make long-range electric cars viable? A discovery by Stanford University researchers could extend the life of rechargeable lithium ion batteries ten-fold, potentially ushering in a new era of 40-hour laptop batteries and long-range electric cars. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2657 2008-01-07T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:13:11Z Transportation accounts for 15% of global emissions The transport sector accounts for 15 percent of carbon dioxide emissions and 31 percent of ozone released into the atmosphere by humankind, reports a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2581 2007-12-04T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:47:35Z Vehicle-to-grid car generates electricity and cash for owners University of Delaware researchers have created a system that enables vehicles to not only run on electricity alone, but also to generate revenue by storing and providing electricity for utilities. The technology--known as V2G, for vehicle-to-grid--lets electricity flow from the car's battery to power lines and back. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2588 2007-12-03T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:47:36Z 35-mpg mileage target will save consumers $22 billion a year in gas costs The recently passed 35-miles per gallon target for the U.S. car fleet will save American consumers $22 billion a year in gasoline costs assuming an average price of $2.55 according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. However price premiums on fuel-efficient technologies could eat into these savings, reports an article in the Wall Street Journal. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2424 2007-11-30T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:47:03Z Deal reached on U.S. fuel-economy standards U.S. lawmakers reached an agreement to boost fuel-economy standards of the nation's cars and light-duty trucks for the first time in more than 30 years. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2394 2007-10-23T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:46:56Z Honda sees no future for plug-in hybrid vehicles Honda Motor Co. Chief Executive Takeo Fukui said plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles offered too few environmental benefits to be worth pursing for the Japanese car company, according to the Wall Street Journal. Instead Fukui suggested that improved batteries would be better used for electric vehicles. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2281 2007-08-08T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:46:33Z Economics of next generation biofuels 'Second generation' biorefineries -- those making biofuel from lignocellulosic feedstocks like straw, grasses and wood -- have long been touted as the successor to today's grain ethanol plants, but until now the technology has been considered too expensive to compete. However, recent increases in grain prices mean that production costs are now similar for grain ethanol and second generation biofuels, according to a paper published in the first edition of Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2282 2007-08-08T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:46:33Z 100 years ago: oil shortages spur need for alternative fuels The fuels committee of the Motor Union of Great Britain and Ireland has issued a valuable report on motor-car fuels... a famine in petrol appears to be inevitable in the near future, owing to the fact that demand is increasing at a rate much greater than the rate of increase of the supply. In 1904 the consumption of petrol in the United Kingdom was 12,000,000 gallons; in 1907 it had risen to 27,000,000 gallons... the committee discusses in the report other possible fuels. The supply is divided into two parts. The first includes all fuels limited in quantity...The second group contains one item only - alcohol - and it is evident from the whole tone of the report that the committee expects to find in denatured vegetable spirits the fuel of the future. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2099 2007-07-20T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:45:58Z Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will cut pollution, emissions, oil use Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality significantly by 2050, reports a new study by The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2138 2007-07-10T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:46:06Z Ford Motor to introduce plug-in hybrids, but lags behind rivals Monday Ford Motor Co. announced a partnership with utility Southern California Edison to test a fleet of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles in an effort to make the technology more accessible to consumers, reduce petroleum-related emissions and improve the cost-effectiveness of the nation's electricity grid. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2139 2007-07-09T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:46:06Z McDonald's bolsters eco credentials with recycled biodiesel <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/07/0709mcdonalds.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>McDonald's Corp. (Public, NYSE:MCD), the fast-food chain, has bolstered its 'green' credentials by announcing that its UK distribution fleet will be powered by biodiesel made of recycled cooking oil from its restaurants. While the move is expected to save only around 1,675 tons of carbon annually, environmentalists say it sets an important precedent for the parent company and the fast-food industry as a whole. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2000 2007-06-22T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:45:39Z Fuel efficiency boost wins unanimous Senate support The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to raise fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks as part of the new energy bill. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2008 2007-06-20T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:45:41Z Google to be carbon neutral by year end Google Inc. aims to be carbon neutral by the end of 2007, according to a statement posted on the Official Google Blog. The search giant plans to fight global warming by investing in and using renewable energy sources; reducing energy consumption by maximizing efficiency, and purchasing carbon offsets for the greenhouse gas emissions that it cannot reduce directly. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2013 2007-06-19T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:45:41Z Sudan arrests 4 journalists trying to cover dam killings GReporters Without Borders has condemned the continuing detention of four journalists employed by Khartoum-based daily newspapers who were arrested in Dongola, in the state of Shamiliyah (North), on 13 June 2007 while on their way to cover a protest against the building of a dam in the Kijbar region. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2014 2007-06-19T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:45:42Z Google will put $10M towards plug-in hybrid cars Google.org, Google Inc.'s philanthropic arm, today unveiled an initiative to convert hybrid cars to plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), a move that will cut carbon dioxide emissions, reduce oil use, and help stabilize the electrical grid. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1926 2007-05-14T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:45:25Z California sues Bush administration over fuel standards Monday California sued the Bush administration for "illegally adopting 'dangerously misguided' gas mileage rules." In a lawsuit backed by 11 states, the suit alleges that the Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new mileage standards violate federal law by ignoring both the environment environmental impact on oil use and the country's growing dependence on imported oil. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1949 2007-05-08T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:45:29Z Reps Lott and Stevens oppose fuel efficiency bill Tuesday the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee approved a bill that would raise the passenger fleet automobile fuel standard to an average 35 miles per gallon by 2020, reports Reuters. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1744 2007-04-30T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:49Z Chrysler to launch a hybrid SUV Chrysler will launch hybrid versions of the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen SUVs according to a report from CNNMoney.com. It will be the automaker's first hybrid engine car. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1747 2007-04-30T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:50Z Chinese traffic restrictions rapidly result in cleaner air Chinese government restrictions on motorists during a three- day conference last fall cut Beijing's emissions of an important class of atmospheric pollutants by up to 40 percent, recent satellite observations indicate. The November restrictions are widely viewed as a dress rehearsal for efforts by the city to slash smog and airborne contaminants when China hosts the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1804 2007-04-11T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:45:03Z Measures to drive adoption of super efficient cars in the U.S. <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.daylightonline.com/images/brasil/tempest-.gif" align="left"/></td></tr></table>To reduce its growing dependence on foreign oil the United States could implement relatively low-cost measures to put millions of super efficient vehicles on American highways, said energy efficiency expert Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute in a speech at Stanford University. The measures could significantly cut oil usage, help fight climate change, and make U.S. roads safer. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1624 2007-03-29T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:30Z U.S. can cut oil imports to zero by 2040, use to zero by 2050 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/07/0330us.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The United States could dramatically cut oil usage over the next 20-30 years at low to no net cost, said Amory B. Lovins, cofounder and CEO of the Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Institute, speaking at Stanford University Wednesday night for a week-long evening series of lectures sponsored by Mineral Acquisition Partners, Inc. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1641 2007-03-26T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:33Z Bush, U.S. automakers look for easy way out of fuel standards President Bush praised U.S. automakers on their efforts to build more 'flexible fuel' vehicles capable of running on blends of gasoline and biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel. Environments retorted that the announcement was simply a ploy to undermine efforts to develop more fuel efficient cars, according to The Associated Press. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1687 2007-03-14T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:40Z New green biofuels process could meet all U.S. transportation needs Purdue University chemical engineers have proposed a new environmentally friendly process for producing liquid fuels from plant matter - or biomass - potentially available from agricultural and forest waste, providing all of the fuel needed for "the entire U.S. transportation sector." Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1697 2007-03-12T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:41Z Plug-in cars could help fuel Austin power grid The city of Austin, Texas hopes to launch an ambitious plan using plug-in electric cars to reduce pollution and improve power grid management, reports an article in today's Wall Street Journal. Under the initiative put forth by Roger Duncan, deputy manager of Austin Energy, the city-owned electric utility, and backed by mayor Will Wynn, the plug-in electric cars would serve as sort of giant battery from which the city grid could draw power during peak demand. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1716 2007-03-06T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:45Z GM plans electric car for 2010 Underperforming U.S. automaker General Motors said it has set a 2010 target for production of an-electric car according to a statement from Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, as reported by Reuters. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1269 2006-11-29T20:00:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:35Z Supreme Court to decide on global warming issue America's highest court will decide whether the U.S. government should regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The case, known as Massachusetts v. EPA pits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an agency charged with protecting the environment, with the auto and power industries and 10 states against a dozen mostly northeastern and western states and 13 environmental organizations. The EPA opposes regulation of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas scientists say contributes to global warming, arguing that CO2 is a naturally occurring gas that does not fit the U.S. Clean Air Act's definition of a pollutant. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1161 2006-09-21T15:29:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:21Z California sues automakers over global warming California sued six of the world's largest automakers over greenhouse gas emissions charging that pollution their vehicles have caused billions of dollars in health damages. Auto industry representatives said the action was political and just in time for November elections. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1041 2006-07-22T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:06Z Bicycle riders worse for the environment than car drivers? A new paper argues that bicycling may be more damaging to the environment than driving a car, but not for the reason you might think. Karl T. Ulrich, a professor at the Wharton School of the Business at the University of Pennsylvania, argues that there are environmental costs associated with increased longevity of those who engage in physical activity. Ulrich reasons that because cyclers live longer they will produce more carbon emissions over the course of their extended life. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1027 2006-07-18T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:04Z American cars heavier, less fuel efficient in 2006 than 1986 finds EPA $3 gasoline no impact on American car sales finds EPA but agency takes a noteworthy stance on both climate change and energy security. Despite record nominal gas prices, American consumers continue to cars that are less fuel efficient than 20 years ago according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1018 2006-07-13T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:03Z High school students compete in solar car race Beginning on July 16th, high school students from the US, Puerto Rico and India will travel to Texas Motor Speedway to compete in the 11th annual Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge, a race tasking students to design, build and race their own solar powered cars. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/986 2006-06-29T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:58Z New process makes fuel from simple sugar The soaring prices of oil and natural gas have sparked a race to make transportation fuels from plant matter instead of petroleum. Both biodiesel and gasoline containing ethanol are starting to make an impact on the market. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/935 2006-05-14T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:52Z US has low-cost alternatives to oil; peak oil frenzy and human-induced climate change avoidable says Columbia University Surging oil prices have fueled calls for the United States to develop new sources of affordable and secure domestic energy. While renewable energy -- especially biofuels, wind power, and solar technologies -- is an area of particular interest, researchers from the Earth Institute at Columbia University say that the U.S. already has relatively low-cost alternatives to imported oil, including coal, tar sands, and oil shale. These resources can be extracted and used at a lower cost to the environment than some might expect. In a report published in the most recent issue of Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Klaus S. Lackner and Jeffrey D. Sachs argue that "coal alone could satisfy the country's energy needs of the twenty-first century." They say that "coal liquefaction, or the process of deriving liquid fuels from coal, is already being used in places and with expanded infrastructure could provide gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel at levels well below current prices." Further, Sachs and Lackner suggest that "environmental constraints such as increased carbon dioxide emissions arising from greater use of coal and other fossil fuels could be avoided for less than 1 percent of gross world product by 2050," a sum far less than others have estimated. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/925 2006-05-09T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:51Z High oil prices fuel bioenergy push High oil prices and growing concerns over climate change are driving investment and innovation in the biofuels sector as countries and industry increasingly look towards renewable bioenergy to replace fossil fuels. Bill Gates, the world's richest man, has recently invested $84 million in an American ethanol company while global energy gluttons ranging from the United States to China are setting long-term targets for the switch to such fuels which potentially offer a secure domestic source of renewable energy and fewer environmental headaches. Biofuels are fuels that are derived from biomass, including recently living organisms like plants or their metabolic byproducts like cow manure. Unlike fossil fuels -- like coal, petroleum, and natural gas, which are finite resources -- biofuels are a renewable source of energy that can be replenished on an ongoing basis. In general, biofuels are biodegradable and, when burned, have fewer emissions than traditional hydrocarbon-based fuels. Typically, biofuels are blended with traditional petroleum-based fuels, though it is possible to run existing diesel, engines purely on biodiesel, something which holds a great deal of promise as an alternative energy source to replace fossil fuels. Further, because biofuels are generally derived from plants which absorb carbon from the atmosphere as they grow, biofuel production offers the potential to help offset carbon dioxide emissions and mitigate climate change. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/865 2006-04-12T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:45Z Automakers, oil companies bicker over responsibility for high gas prices According to The Wall Street Journal automakers and oil companies over who is to blame for high oil prices. In an unusually public exchange, Jason Vines, vice president of communications for DaimlerChrysler's U.S. arm criticized Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's most profitable company, in a blunt blog posting. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/788 2006-03-06T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:37Z Carbon fiber composites could boost future car fuel efficiency 30 percent Highways of tomorrow might be filled with lighter, cleaner and more fuel-efficient automobiles made in part from recycled plastics, lignin from wood pulp and cellulose. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/790 2006-03-06T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:38Z Hydrogen fuel cars closer after major fuel advancement Chemists at UCLA and the University of Michigan report an advance toward the goal of cars that run on hydrogen rather than gasoline. While the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that practical hydrogen fuel will require concentrations of at least 6.5 percent, the chemists have achieved concentrations of 7.5 percent. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/708 2005-12-30T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:30Z Ford assesses business implications of climate change in new report In an industry first, Ford Motor Company has issued a report addressing the business implications of climate change, carbon dioxide emissions and global energy concerns. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/469 2005-10-04T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:14Z SUV sales plummet, high gas prices cited High gas prices caused American consumers to spurn sport-utility vehicles in September. Further, resale values for SUVs are falling as demand for the gas-guzzling vehicles softens while interest in smaller, more fuel-efficient models soars. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/194 2005-07-10T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:05Z Design of new Mercedes-Benz bionic car inspired by fish body shape DaimlerChrysler is using a new concept vehicle to examine the great potential of bionics for automobile development, and has achieved outstanding results for fuel consumption and emissions with a combination of pioneering diesel engine technology and innovative emission control methods. The Mercedes-Benz bionic car study will have its world premiere at this year's DaimlerChrysler Innovation Symposium in Washington. Rhett Butler