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Feature: Drive Away from High Gas Prices

Bring Advanced Clean Vehicles to the Mass Market

Advances in car design and technology are yielding cleaner cars and more options for drivers, including electric cars, hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Recently announced fuel efficiency standards to deliver almost 55 mpg by 2025 will free drivers from high gas prices, reduce America’s dependence on oil and curb dangerous pollution. These higher standards will also ensure the American auto industry gets back to work creating innovative cars and leading the world in advanced vehicle manufacturing.

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NRDC's Beinecke and Former GM's Lutz: "Petty politics are killing our spirit of innovation"

Posted March 29, 2012 by Roland Hwang

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For the last several months, the right wing has been mercilessly assaulting the viability of electric cars and government loans for clean energy.  It is now becoming clearer that turning clean cars into a political punching bag is backfiring. The collateral...continued

Broad coalition shows electric cars can bring relief at pump

Posted March 13, 2012 by Roland Hwang

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With gasoline prices already exceeding $4 gallon in some parts of the country, American drivers need more than ever choices to relieve their pain at the pump. One of these most promising solutions is the electric car which has the...continued

Obama's Visit to DC Auto Show Highlights More MPG is Good for America

Posted January 30, 2012 by Roland Hwang

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Tomorrow, the President is scheduled to visit the DC auto show and see firsthand the fuel efficiency technologies that are a key reason for the Detroit automakers remarkable rebound. As I said in a previous blog responding to last week’s State...continued

Safety Regulators Close Volt Investigation: Time to Get Moving Beyond Oil

Posted January 25, 2012 by Roland Hwang

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Top safety regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Transportation Administration (“NHTSA”) have closed the books on the Chevy Volt safety investigation. NHSTA concluded last Friday that it does not believe the Volt and other electric vehicles “pose a greater...continued

New Labels Expected to Boost Information for Consumers Hungry for Clean, Efficient Vehicles

Posted May 24, 2011 by Luke Tonachel

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This week, federal agencies are expected to release a revamped window label for new cars and light trucks starting with model year 2012. With drivers looking for relief from high gasoline prices, it’s important that the improved label gets out...continued

Thank You EIA, for Making it Clear: Driving on Electricity is the Safer Bet

Posted May 11, 2011 by Max Baumhefner

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As big oil and its friends call for more drilling under the false pretense that we can drill our way to lower gasoline prices, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the importance of the Energy Information Agency's unbiased...continued

With 60 MPG, U.S. Automakers and Workers Can Lead World in Vehicle Manufacturing

Posted May 11, 2011 by Luke Tonachel

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During his most recent weekly address, President Obama stated that the U.S. can “out-innovate and out-compete” the rest of the world by investing in and adopting clean energy. The President can realize this vision and grow good jobs in the U.S. automotive...continued

Obama's Biggest Opportunity to Save Us Money at the Pump: Call for 60 MPG by 2025

Posted May 9, 2011 by Frances Beinecke

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Even after a minor correction in oil markets last week, Americans continue to pay more than $4 a gallon for gas. Experts forecast that gasoline prices will remain high, leaving drivers with steep fuel bills throughout the summer.   Some lawmakers...continued

How American Ingenuity Can Reduce Our Pain at the Gas Pump: Part 2

Posted April 21, 2011 by Simon Mui

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In this blog (Part 2 of 2),  I take a swing at describing ways that electric-drive vehicles can help reduce our pain at the gasoline pump, benefit our economy, and clean up our air. Yesterday, Secretary LaHood of the U.S....continued

How American Ingenuity Can Reduce Our Pain at the Gas Pump: Part 1

Posted April 19, 2011 by Simon Mui

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How can we reduce our pain at the gasoline pump, clean up the air, and spark American ingenuity? This week, leaders from industry, government, and non-governmental organizations are all gathering in the nation’s Capital to see how we can move...continued

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