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May 29, 2009

Green Thinking

Recycled oil, fuel-efficient fat tires and no ban on black cars in California

Ecopower

Motor oil
For 20 years, Safety-Kleen has produced recycled motor oils for large commercial fleets and the federal government by re-refining used oil the company collects from car dealerships and quick lube facilities. Now consumers can buy the company's recycled oil, under the brand name EcoPower.

Black car

Black ban?
California is moving to improve vehicle fuel efficiency, but regulating car paint isn't in its plans "at this time," says the California Air Resources Board. A controversy was fueled by reports that regulators were considering a ban on black cars. They say black absorbs sunlight, heating up automobile interiors and requiring greater use of air-conditioning systems which then sap horsepower and use more gasoline.

Tire

Fat tires
The U.S. Department of Energy says wide single truck tires cut fuel costs by 6 to 10 percent over duals on heavy trucks. The report, released in March, studied six instrumented tractors and 10 trailers over the course of four years.

--NWautos staff, Wheelbase Communications

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