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Fuel efficiency trends for new commercial jet aircraft: 1960 to 2014

This report updates a 2009 study that analyzed the sales- and activity-weighted fuel efficiency improvement of commercial jet aircraft from 1960 to 2008. It improves on that work in several...
Published 2015.09.03: Publication

Estimating the costs of vehicle efficiency: Will the European Commission incorporate lessons from experience?

Earlier this year, I wrote about estimating future vehicle technology costs, to make the observation that in reality meeting CO2 reduction targets has consistently ended up being cheaper than... Draft vehicle technology cost curves for post-2020 CO2 standard were presented to the European Commission in late July. Here's how they look in light of earlier (not always accurate) estimates.
Published 2015.09.02: Blog Post

Review of Current Practices and New Developments in Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Programs

The purpose of an inspection and maintenance (I/M) program is to identify high-emitting vehicles and mitigate their impact on air quality and climate. I/M programs require vehicle owners to...
Published 2015.09.01: Publication

Will new U.S. truck standards bring “SuperTrucks” to the market?

As we’ve indicated previously, there is a lot at stake with the proposed U.S. truck efficiency standards. This was made even more evident by the input from many stakeholders at the recent EPA and... Compared with the U.S. Deptarment of Energy SuperTruck demonstrations, just how “Super” are the proposed US tractor-trailer standards for model year 2027? Not very.
Published 2015.08.31: Blog Post

Lingzhi Jin

Published 2015.08.28: Profile

Nikita Pavlenko

Published 2015.08.27: Profile

Why heavy-duty engine standards put India on the best path forward

Last week, my colleague Anup Bandivadekar and I held a webinar to discuss the heavy-duty truck and bus market in India and considerations for an upcoming regulatory program to improve the fuel... Efficiency standards for engines are the most advantageous regulatory design option for India to maximize near-term fuel savings and emission reduction benefits from new heavy-duty vehicles. Engine...
Published 2015.08.25: Blog Post

Marine Program Researcher

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) is an independent, non-profit organization founded to provide first-rate, unbiased research along with technical and scientific analysis to...
Published 2015.08.21: Job Posting

Second Workshop on Marine Black Carbon Emissions

This invitation-only workshop will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on September 16th and 17th, 2015. The International Council on Clean Transportation will host the workshop in collaboration...
Published 2015.08.20: Event

Correcting the record: CALmatters story on California's goal to cut oil use

I was quoted out of context in a story on California's SB 350 published by CALmatters August 4. Ordinarily I'd just chalk it up to the hazards of dealing with the press, but the story's being... I was quoted out of context in a story on Senate Bill 350, which would assert California's role as a global leader in transportation and environmental policy as emphatically as the state has ever...
Published 2015.08.19: Blog Post

Isn't that a lot of biodiesel?

EPA’s recently released proposal for 2014-2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes includes a substantial amount of growth for biomass-based diesel (BBD). The proposal is for 1.7, 1.8, and 1.9... A new study assesses biodiesel feedstock availability in the U.S. and finds that annual domestic supply growth is modest. We comment on these findings in light of EPA's proposal to increase biomass-...
Published 2015.08.17: Blog Post

What do the new truck regulations mean for pickups?

With the Obama administration’s proposed truck efficiency rules, nearly everyone is focused on what they will mean for engines and tractor-trailers. We’re certainly guilty of that, with our technical... Sales of heavy pickups are over half of all the trucks covered by the new rules, and they account for 15%–20% of fuel use by U.S. trucks. The rules could have a large and widespread impact.
Published 2015.08.17: Blog Post

The ever-improving efficiency of the diesel engine

Rudolf Diesel in the 1880s said, “The automobile engine will come, and then I will consider my life's work complete.” He clearly knew how big a deal his invention was. But whatever judgment should be... A strong case can be made that the pending U.S. decision on HDV engines standards should push the technology envelope as hard as is feasible based on emerging efficiency technologies.
Published 2015.08.14: Blog Post

What is at stake in the U.S. truck efficiency rule

In the California Air Resources Board hearing on July 23, 2015, the Board received testimony from stakeholders on how the federal U.S. rulemaking on heavy-duty vehicle efficiency might change. One of... The proposed rule is expected to reduce GHG emissions 150 MMT/year by 2040, and cut oil use in the U.S. by over a 1M bbl/day. But how much further might it go?
Published 2015.08.12: Blog Post

Auto Fuel Policy Roadmap for India - What Next?

Following the submission of the Saumitra Chaudhari committee report on Auto Fuel Vision and Policy, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) is yet to announce a roadmap for BS VI emission...
Published 2015.08.10: Event

Comments on RFS 2014-2016 RVO

ICCT comments to the U.S. EPA on proposed volumes for the Renewable Fuel Standard program for 2014–2016 and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2017. Download PDF. View on Scribd. More documents by the...
Published 2015.08.10: News

Market analysis of heavy-duty vehicles in India

The Government of India has begun the formal process of considering regulation of the fuel efficiency of new trucks and buses. In any regulatory development process, a thorough understanding of the...
Published 2015.08.10: Publication

Assessment of Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Emissions: Implications and Policy Recommendations

Recent assessments indicate that natural gas vehicles could constitute up to 20 percent of the new 2025 heavy-duty vehicle market, potentially displacing a significant number of diesel vehicles....
Published 2015.07.30: Publication

Electric vehicles rising, in select US cities

Are electric vehicle sales in the doldrums, or are they skyrocketing? If you follow enough of the news, you'll see stories arguing both of those opposing conclusions. This is part of what makes... As our latest study demonstrates, digging down to the city and regional level can illuminate what's really happening across markets and identify how policies and promotional activities are connected...
Published 2015.07.29: Blog Post

Assessment of leading electric vehicle promotion activities in United States cities

Cities, with their urban driving patterns, high concentration of vehicles, and dense infrastructure, are keys to the development of a robust electric vehicle market. They are also an increasingly...
Published 2015.07.29: Publication

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