Volume 84 Issue 36 | pp. 26-28
Issue Date: September 4, 2006

Earth-Friendly Cool Cars In 2011

Fluorine-based-refrigerant makers jockey to save auto-air-conditioning market from CO2 threat
Department: Business | Collection: Climate Change
News Channels: Environmental SCENE

Big changes are under way in automotive air-conditioning that could add anywhere from $40 to more than $1,000 to the price of a new car with air-conditioning. Leading the way is the European Community, whose Parliament voted in June to phase out HFC-134a, the workhorse hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant used in virtually all automotive air conditioners today.

The trouble with HFC-134a is that when it leaks from air conditioners during use and servicing, the refrigerant becomes a . . .

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