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Auto industry should speed fuel economy fixes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – While plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells are likely one day to help cut U.S. gasoline consumption, major fuel savings can be achieved now if automakers put existing technologies to work under one hood.

So says Jason Mark, clean vehicles director for the nonpartisan, nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists, who toured the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday pointing to conventional gasoline-fueled cars and trucks that employ some of the fuel-savings ideas.

While automakers use some of the ideas on some of their models, they don’t use all of the ideas on all of their models, which Mark said could be done without difficulty and at minimal cost.

“The technology is here. It’s a matter of putting all the pieces of the puzzle together,” Mark said.


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