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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol required for gasoline supply.
Ever wondered just how big of a difference owning a hybrid makes on your wallet?
How much is “too much” to pay for a gallon of gas? A new survey by AAA hopes to give an updated answer.
President Barack Obama is currently in Israel and the presidential limo was brought from Washington, D.C. to the country for the visit. Except it’s not going to be going anywhere, other than on a trailer and heading back to the U.S.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that 2012 showed a significant one year increase of 1.4 mpg in fuel economy across vehicles in America, increasing the average fuel economy to its highest yet – 23.8 mpg.
According to ExxonMobil’s recently published Outlook For Energy: A View to 2040, diesel will surpass gasoline as the number one global transportation fuel by 2020.
Despite government mandated fuel economy improvements, overall fuel consumption is on the rise across America according to a new report.
Anyone that’s ever topped off their tank or filled up a jerry can knows gasoline comes in different grades, from regular unleaded to pricey premium. Each “flavor” has a number that corresponds to its octane level, but what does this mean? What is octane and what role does it play? AutoGuide reached out to experts in the fuels field for answers.
When it’s time to top-off the tank, drivers are confronted with a dizzying variety of choices at the pump. There’s premium gasoline, mid-grade, regular and – depending on where you live – some even offer ultra-high octane, with a rating of 94 or above.
Drivers in South Carolina are being treated to gas prices below $3 a gallon, something that might even creep into other parts of the country.
Major automotive parts supplier, Delphi, is working on new technology that could improve the fuel economy of standard gasoline engines by 50 percent.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that analysts are reporting that gas prices will hit an all-time high this summer with a potential of hitting an average of $3.90 per gallon, reports are now coming in that East Coast gas prices may spike due to refineries closing.
“There are going to be logistical problems getting product into New York,” said Ben Brockwell, an analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. “The people I talk to are expecting shortages from August through the rest of the year.”
You may think America has its fair share of uninsured motorists on the road, but out in the United Kingdom one out of every 25 drivers do not carry insurance. That equates to an astonishing 1.4-million people that law enforcement has had a tough time cracking down on.
The UK government has decided to step in hoping to curb the problem by installing cameras at gas stations and parking lots. Thanks to their automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system working in conjunction with CCTV cameras, the government will be able to track down all the uninsured motorists in their country.
The hope is that the cameras with the ANPR system will be able to quickly check whether or not a car getting gas is insured or taxed. If either of those are missing, the system will automatically shut down the pump – possibly leaving the vehicle’s owner stranded. What happens after that though would be an interesting scenario, especially if it happened in America.
The UK government plans to meet with representatives from major fuel companies to discuss whether or not this is a good idea. So far the idea has been met with criticism and skepticism; fuel companies fear that gas station cashiers could be in danger from angered motorists while insurance companies are playing devil’s advocate in the scenario where the system doesn’t instantly update that a motorist had renewed their insurance.
[Source: Mirror News]
New EPA labels have had QR codes for users to scan with their smart-phones since 2011, but an update to the mobile site of fueleconomy.gov allows users to take the next step in fuel savings.
Using www.fueleconomy.gov/m on your smartphone now gives you more options than ever before. Users can not only browse the EPA numbers of new and older cars, but can also personalize the information of each car to reflect that driver’s commute.
That means that you can plug in the cost of gas in your neighborhood, the distance of your commute, and your annual driving habits to reflect what the annual cost of fuel would be for your individual situation. Additionally, you can modify the percentage of city and highway driving you do to understand how many miles per gallon a car could bring you.
Another new feature that helps people who aren’t interested in buying a new car is the “Your MPG” feature. Now users can log their own MPG right at the pumps. The old process had users doing it when they got home to use the full desktop site.
The information you use in the “Your MPG” section of the site can be used to help fueleconomy.gov users find out real world MPG information on cars from actual drivers instead of EPA estimates.
Lastly the updated mobile site includes “Gas Mileage Tips” in order for you to save cash with better driving habits.
Reports are coming in that the United States is paying upwards of $400 per gallon of fuel delivered to troops on the ground, that’s a whooping 100 times more than we pay.
Of course that’s not the cost of fuel by itself. The high rate of gas price there includes the cost of having it delivered to the US ground military operations in Afghanistan, which is by parachute. That’s right, huge Air Force cargo planes drop dozens of pallets on the ground in a remote drop zone containing food, water and of course fuel. Almost seems like a scene right out of Lost huh?
And it appears that it won’t be getting any cheaper for the military as more and more air drops will be occurring now that ground-based supply convoys are becoming more dangerous to setup.
Check out the Wall Street Journal report video after the break.
The American Petroleum Institute has reported that total petroleum deliveries fell by 0.5 percent in July, compared to the same month one year ago. This was the first time deliveries have decreased for any month this year. As well, gasoline demand hit a ten-year low for the month of July.
John Felmy, API chief economist, said, “The numbers, though mixed, confirm continuing weakness in the economy. Consumers aren’t spending, and jobless claims have increased, so it isn’t surprising gasoline demand was down and overall demand slipped a bit”. It was also interesting that U.S refinery production of gas decreased for the first time in 2011, down by 2.3 percent from July 2010. However, on a year-to-date basis, gasoline production remains on par to set a record.