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Reactions to Tesla Motors' master plan are mixed

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Last week, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk issued an updated version of the "master plan" whose first edition he wrote way back in 2006. It included proposals for everything from an electric semi truck to the development of fully-autonomous cars that could be shared among owners.

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Daimler launches sale of New Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid Truck

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The predecessor model of today’s Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid was already launched back in 2006. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.) Brief

EcoBoost system arrives with new Ford Edge

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Thanks to the use of the EcoBoost system, fuel economy for the new Ford Edge is 30 per cent better than it was when the vehicle was launched in 2006. It [.]. The Chicago Auto Show will mark the first application of Ford’s global 2.0litre EcoBoost I-4 engine as part of the refreshed 2011 Ford Edge line-up.

VW Premieres New Polo GTI; Textbook Downsizing Results in 25% Reduction in Fuel Consumption from Predecessor

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At the same time, it is VW’s most fuel-efficient and lowest emitting GTI. The new Volkswagen Polo GTI. Click to enlarge.

Sonangol, Maersk Oil and partners strike oil with their first deepwater pre-salt well offshore Angola

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Fully appraising the discovery will take several years and it is far too early to guess the outcome. Maersk Oil entered Angola in June 2005, when it acquired a 50% interest and operatorship of Block 16. Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola Empresa Pública (Sonangol, E.P.), Sonangol E.P. is the block Concessionaire. Brief

Tokyo Electric Power Licenses Aker Wade to Build Level III Fast Chargers

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Since 2006 it has tested more than 300 battery powered cars in the greater Tokyo area. Source: TEPCO. Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge.

Major spill from the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline in Arkansas

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It carries 90,000 barrels of oil per day, almost exclusively Western Canadian crude oil. Route of the Pegasus pipeline. Source: ExxonMobil.

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UK DfT Report Finds That While a Majority of the Public Still Thinks Individuals Should Limit Car Use to Benefit Environment, Support for Measures Drops

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It found that 65% of respondents spontaneously selected emissions from road transport as a cause of climate change. Source: DfT. Resources.

Toyota highlights its eco-factory

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After facing some questionable criticism about its manufacturing processes and how green the Toyota Prius really is, the Japanese manufacturer has hit back with a Press release highlighting its environmentally focused manufacturing. It aims to eventually cut this amount down to zero.

Transport for London to trial ISA technology

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This unit can be disabled at the touch of a button and there is also an override system to disable it entirely. It is also hoped that the technology will be trialled in a licensed taxi along with 20 TFL vehicles driven by road engineers, highway inspectors and traffic managers.

Mercedes-Benz hybrid bus to make world debut

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A total of 36 buses equipped with fuel cell drivers have already performed well in service with 12 public transport operators as part of the CUTE test carried out by the European Union from 2003 to 2006. Compared with previous fuel cell buses it will consume much less hydrogen thanks to a hybrid drive with a sophisticated control unit.

Smith Electric trucks go stateside

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It can be recharged in six hours. Newton was launched in the UK by Smith Electric Vehicles in 2006.

American Le Mans Series Introduces Green Dream Team

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The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patrón unveiled its “Green Dream Team”, a collection of five drivers who will serve as ambassadors for its green racing initiatives. The drivers comprising the Green Dream Team represent five distinct voices of varying initiatives in a movement that began in 2006.

Biofuels research awarded millions in funding

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The grants come from the US Departments of Energy and Agriculture under a joint DOE-USDA program that began in 2006. It is committed to research in biomass genomics that aims to provide a scientific foundation to help facilitate the use of lignocellulosic materials for both biofuels and bioenergy.