Will Less Carbon-intense Cars Dim Electric Car Prospects?

Introduction of of turbochargers and more efficient engines are cutting CO2 emissions from conventional cars.

Published: 18-Sep-2011

In the global battle against carbon emissions, carmakers have made considerable progress in recent years boosting fuel efficiency of their internal combustion engines thanks to gadgets like turbochargers, industry officials and analysts said.

Although it may be an odd-sounding name for a green technology, the turbocharger raises fuel efficiency levels by up to 40 percent and is now included in 75 percent of new cars in Europe. That could rise to nearly 90 percent by 2015.

They are far less common in the United States, mainly due to Americans' aversion to diesel-powered cars, but that is expected to change soon in an era of strict fuel economy standards.


AMP Electric Vehicles announced earlier this year it would be supplying hundreds of electric car conversions like this Mercedes-Benz ML SUV to Iceland.

Michael Vaugh travels to Iceland in pursuit of electric cars running on green power and finds only 11.


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