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China publishes plan to boost fuel-efficient and new energy vehicles and domestic auto industry; targeting 500K PHEVs and EVs in 2015, rising to 2M by 2020

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China’s State Council has published a plan to develop the domestic energy-saving and new energy vehicle industry, which includes battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. Natural gas and other alternative fuel vehicle technology is basically mature, the government said, and is headed toward initial industrialization.

Volvo develops new safety systems

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Swedish carmaker Volvo has had a long standing reputation for the safety of its vehicles – and now it is leading the way with a host of new developments designed to boost safety in modern traffic environments. Amazingly, Volvo has set a goal that in 2020 nobody will be killed or seriously injured using a [.].

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2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Pricing And Details Announced

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Some hybrids, like the 2012 Toyota Prius, are designed out-and-out to achieve great gas mileage and reduce emissions. Some, like the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3, are designed to entice existing luxury car buyers from their gas-guzzling models into slightly more parsimonious ones. while maintaining the levels of performance that BMW buyers expect

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Green cars turning motorists away from petrol

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Japanese drivers are using less and less petroleum… thanks to the popularity of green cars: and that’s driving fuel prices down. According to reports in business daily The Nikkei, the average price for regular petrol in Japan is now Y139.8 per litre: that’s a drop for the thirteenth straight week and a 16month low for [.].

Wireless Electric Car Charging: Now Through Your Tires

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Many electric car owners consider the debate over charging points all a bit of a fuss. After all, when the majority of your driving is between home and the office, then charging at one of those two locations will usually suffice. The presence (or otherwise) of chargers at rest stops or spread through your town is a non-issue. Naturally, not

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Like The Plug, Not The Range: Leaf Owner Trades In For Volt (Ampera)

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When the 2011 Nissan Leaf launched at the end of 2010, many environmentally-conscious drivers took the plunge and decided to buy one, hoping to leave gasoline behind for good. For the majority of Leaf owners, Leaf ownership does just that. For some others, however, a lack of reliable public charging, unreliable range prediction and a few flat

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Two-step process for converting light olefins into diesel-range hydrocarbons

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Researchers from Institut Charles Gerhardt (France) report the development of an original two-step process for converting light olefins into long-chain hydrocarbons in the distillate range. Their paper is published in the journal ChemSusChem. Resources. Lacarriere, A., Robin, J., ?wierczy?ski, wierczy?ski, ski, D., Finiels, A., Fajula, F., Luck, F.

Chrysler Sorts Out Its Green Branding: HFE For Gas To Join EcoDiesel

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On Friday we revealed that Chrysler is introducing a new badging system for its upcoming range of diesel engines, known as EcoDiesel. Now, the company has filed another trademark with the patent office, known as "HFE High Fuel Efficiency". Just as the EcoDiesel tag will be used on the marque's clean diesel vehicles, the HFE badge is likely to be

Mitsubishi Heavy to develop low-speed, 2-stroke, dual-fuel marine diesel capable of using natural gas

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MHI) will begin developing UEC-LSGi: low-speed, dual-fuel, marine diesel engines capable of using not only conventional heavy oil but also natural gas for their fuel. The new engine will be added to the lineup of the Mitsubishi UEC Engine Series, the company’s 2-stroke, low-speed marine diesel engine brand. Brief

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2012 Tesla Model S Tests: 1 Hour Or Less Is Not A Review

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Following its launch of the 2012 Tesla Model S, the Silicon Valley startup is now giving test drives to depositors who've put down $5,000--or more--for the all-electric luxury sport sedan. What Tesla hasn't done, as far as we're aware, is to provide Model S cars to automotive media outlets for multiple-day testing. Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] will

BMW makes huge electric vehicle investment

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BMW is ramping up its commitment to its new wave of electric vehicles – by pouring €125million into its plants in Landshut and Dingolfing. The plants will produce components for the BMW I model electric drive vehicles including the BMW i3, set to be introduced at the end of 2013; and the BMW i8 (pictured) [.].

Is There A Two-Door Coupe In Fisker’s Future? Sketch Says, Maybe

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Henrik Fisker is viewed by many in the automotive industry as one of the finest designers of his generation, responsible for stunning cars like the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9, and Fisker Karma. But at a recent TEDx talk where the founder of Fisker Automotive told the audience how he got into automotive design, he drew a tantalizing sketch on stage

Manufacturer Spotlight: Porsche

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Where we stand: July, 2012 Think Porsche and your mind will instantly conjure up images of slick sports cars like the world famous Porsche 911. However, in recent years even the ultimate performance car maker has tipped its hat towards the environment as pressures mount to meet tough new emission regulations. This month we take [.].

Notes from the road: a guest post from Portland

Revenge of the Electric Car

” that rallied the local electric army and provided a slingshot of momentum as the film hit the circuit. We were good & ready for REVENGE !

Toyota Prius+ now on sale

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Toyota has begun deliveries for its new Prius+ today. The seven-seater incarnation of the standard-setting hybrid is longer, taller and wider than a typical T3 Prius but still manages to offer competitive fuel consumption while preserving the eco-credentials the Prius has become famed for. The base T4 model arrives in UK showrooms as the first [.].

Volvo Car Corporation developing new safety systems with autonomous driving support

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Autonomous Driving Support helps the driver to comfortably stay in the lane and follow the traffic flow in slow-moving queues. Click to enlarge.

Ford creates smoother start-stop for Fusion

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Stop-start technology has provided a huge boost to the economy of many cars and has proven a vital tool in reducing urban air pollution and fuel bills-however consumers can sometimes find its function a little irritating and even unpredictable. But a new smoother start-stop system developed by Ford promises to iron out the niggles of [.].

Global Bioenergies opens US branch for production of light olefins from renewable resources

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France-based Global Bioenergies, an industrial biology company developing sustainable routes to light olefins ( earlier post ), has opened a branch facility in Ames, Iowa. The new operation will focus on Global Bioenergies’ program for bioconversion of renewable resources into isobutene and other light olefins through fermentation. Earlier post.).

Natural gas vehicles on the rise

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Amid all the hype for electric and hydrogen vehicles, natural gas vehicles have slowly been building momentum: and now they are set for a significant spike in sales. According to a report from Pike Research, the global market for light duty natural gas vehicles – which includes light duty trucks, commercial vehicles and passenger cars [.].

AliphaJet joins Advanced Biofuels Association, beginning commercial scale-up of catalytic process to convert plant oils to drop-in fuels

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AliphaJet, Inc., the developer of a cost-effective catalytic decarboxylation (CDC) process for making jet fuel, diesel and high-octane gasoline from renewable plant oils or animal fats ( earlier post ), has joined the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) and is beginning its commercial scale-up program. AliphaJet can use vegetable oil or animal fat.

Forget Electric-Car Charging Networks, Pay By Mobile Phone?

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It's a well-known problem among electric car owners: accumulating the memberships and authorization cards from enough charging networks in your area so you're sure to have the right one when you pull up to a charging station. Now a new company, Liberty Plug-Ins, suggests that maybe all those cards and tags and fobs aren't necessary. Liberty wants

GE progressing on next generation engine for Boeing 777X Aircraft; 10% fuel improvement

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At the Farnborough Air Show in the UK, GE Aviation said it continues its studies into advanced technologies for the next-generation engine to power Boeing next-generation 777 aircraft. The GE9X engine will offer 10% percent fuel improvement over today’s GE90 engines. Key features of the 100,000 lb. Enhanced titanium aluminide (TiAl) LPT airfoils.

2012 Toyota Prius C: Yes, Your Gas Mileage Will Vary

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Whenever a new car hits the market, there’s always a website somewhere on the Internet keeping track of how real-world gas mileage differs from the EPA’s official quotes. So it’s no surprise that owners of the 2012 Toyota Prius C have started to keep track of the gas mileage of their car on websites like PriusChat. One post, What

European Commission launches €8.1B call for proposals for FP7 2013 work program

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The European Commission launched the final and biggest ever set of calls for proposals for research under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). In total, €8.1 Most of the calls for proposals will be published on 10 July, with some further specific calls to follow in the autumn. In total €4.8 billion (US$5.9 billion (US$1.5 billion). Around €2.7

Ireland hosts international EV summit

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Dublin is about to get ‘Fully Charged’ with the opening of a one day conference this week, welcoming electric vehicle experts from Europe, the US and China. Opening this Wednesday (July 11, 2012) at the Convention Centre in Dublin, delegates will discuss how these regions are embracing the transition to electric transport and will share [.].

CFM international to use GE additive layer manufacturing for some LEAP-X engine parts

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CFM International, a 50:50 venture between GE Aviation and France’s Snecma, will produce some parts for the Leap-X family of engines ( earlier post ) for single-aisle short-haul aircraft using an additive layer manufacturing process (ALM, earlier post ) developed at GE’s Global Research Center. GE has been developing the material for two decades.

Battery swapping EVs reach 1 million kilometres

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Battery-swap company, Better Place has reached a significant milestone; logging one million kilometres from the electric vehicles using its charging infrastructure in Israel and Denmark. Green credentials Better Place stations

Teijin CNF Korea begins production of LIELSORT separators for Li-ion batteries

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Teijin CNF Korea Co., Ltd., an Asan-based joint venture between Teijin and major Korean film processor CNF, has begun commercial production of LIELSORT, a Teijin-developed separator for lithium ion secondary batteries (LIBs). to sell both separators. Both technologies enable more efficient production. Brief

Daimler brings new hybrid vehicles to Europe

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Truck driving across the continent is about to get a little bit greener as Daimler launches the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid (pictured) in Europe. Last week we told you the vehicle was coming (see article) – and now production of the green truck is just starting with it to be introduced in the third quarter [.].

EQT launches pilot program to convert Marcellus drilling rigs to LNG

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Appalachian area natural gas producer EQT Corporation launched a pilot program to begin converting drilling rigs to liquefied natural gas (LNG), displacing the diesel used to power equipment at the well site. The LNG being used for EQT’s pilot program is produced locally from Marcellus natural gas reserves. Brief

Researchers report hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol using a homogeneous ruthenium–phosphine catalyst

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Researchers at RWTH Aachen University describe the homogenously catalyzed hydrogenation of CO 2. to methanol using a homogeneous transition metal catalyst system based on a single ruthenium phosphine complex under relatively mild conditions in a paper published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. with H 2. Resources. Angew.