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Ford plans make-to-order approach for electric car

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As Ford prepares for the full market launch of its first electric car, the Focus EV, over at BusinessGreen, they’ve discovered that the US carmaker is planning to make the model to order to reduce its risks in its first EV venture. Having already begun limited production to deliver models to corporate customers including Google [.].

80 Million Vehicles Built Globally Last Year--A New Record

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Well, the numbers are in. Despite the lingering effects of economic recession, the world's auto industry built more vehicles in 2011 than ever in history: 80 million, in fact. That's a new record, and the number is 3 percent higher than the 2010 total. The data comes from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, or OICA

Saturna Green Systems partners with evolve Motorcycles to equip electric bikes with digital dashboard and connected wireless services

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Components of the Saturna system. Click to enlarge. Saturna Green Systems Inc. Rider Interface options. evolve will include the Digital Dashboard.

52 MPG At 70 MPH? No, Not In A Prius--In A Porsche Panamera

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Steady-speed highway cruising doesn't actually take that much energy compared to accelerating up to, say, 70 mph in the first place. The really hard part is getting consistently high gas mileage in all driving conditions--which is why the 50-mpg Toyota Prius hybrid is still a remarkable vehicle. Does 52 mpg at 70 mph sound impressive to you?

EVI launches 500 electric medium-duty truck deployment initiative in California

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Electric Vehicles International is launching a new initiative to deploy 500 fully electric return-to-base medium-duty delivery trucks in California. Earlier post.). Earlier post.). We are thrilled that national fleet operators are choosing California to lead large-scale deployments of commercial electric vehicles. —Mary D. Brief

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NSF to award up to $17.9M for research in catalysis and bio-catalysis, bio-engineering, and process and reaction engineering

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The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued three separate solicitations for up to a combined $17.9 million in awards for research projects in Catalysis and Bio-Catalysis ($4.8 million, 16 awards); Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering ($8.2 million, 34 awards); and Process and Reaction Engineering ($4.9 million, 47 awards).

Vote Today For GCR To Win 'Best Of Green' Award! (Reminder)

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We're coming down to the wire here, and our small but plucky group of supporters may be overwhelmed by the thundering hordes voting in favor of. well, you know, those people. We're talking about voting for the TreeHugger Best of Green Reader's Choice Award--and once more we turn to you, our valued readers, to remind you to vote for us to win

EVs represented 0.25% of vehicle registrations in France in February; diesels gain 4 points of share

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Challenge Bibendum. Electric vehicles represented 0.25% (406 registrations) of the vehicle market in France in February. 290 Bolloré BlueCars were registered in February, almost double the January figure, representing 71.4% of the electric vehicle registrations. Hybrid vehicles represented 0.7% of the market in February, with 1,174 registrations.

2012 Toyota Prius C

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The 2012 Toyota Prius C has been a success from Day One, with strong sales for Toyota's new 50-mpg hybrid hatchback. If you're looking for the highest gas mileage of any non-plug-in vehicle on the market--but want something smaller and more nimble than the classic Prius liftback--the newest addition to the growing Toyota Prius line is well worth a

Nissan’s one-motor two-clutch hybrid system wins the Contribution Prize of Ichimura Prizes in Industry

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Nissan Motor won the Contribution Prize of the Ichimura Prizes in Industry hosted by the New Technology Development Foundation for the development of the one-motor two-clutch parallel full-hybrid system. Earlier post.). The award is given to outstanding technologies in various business fields in Japan. Brief

2012 Mazda Mazda3

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You can't help but smile when you see the 2012 Mazda Mazda3--mainly because it appears to be smiling back at you, since its redesign in 2010. The new look isn't to everyone's taste, but it's still a uniquely-styled and sporty choice in the compact car class. Along with the Ford Focus, the Mazda3 is one of the most engaging cars in the class to

CODA abandoning plan to build Li-ion battery factory in Columbus, Ohio

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The Columbus Dispatch reported that Coda Automotive is abandoning plans to build a Li-ion battery factory in Columbus. The company has been waiting for the US Department of Energy (DOE) to act on its $500-million loan application to help pay for construction. Brief

Coda Abandons Plan To Build Its Battery Cells In U.S.

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We breathed a sigh of relief when Coda announced it had started production of its electric Sedan earlier this month. Then, we positively jumped for joy when little over a week later, the first customers started taking delivery of their new 2012 Coda Sedans. It had certainly been a long time coming. However, good news rarely lasts, and now the

Don’t panic! Save fuel by inflating your tyres

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As motorists across the country top up their tanks to weather an impending strike by fuel tanker drivers, causing queues at petrol forecourts across the country, Kwik Fit is issuing a reminder to drivers of just how much fuel is wasted due to under-inflated tyres. According to a Kwik Fit survey, over two thirds of [.]. Latest news fuel Tyres

Want A Used Small Car? Consumer Reports Rates Best Deals

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Shopping for a used car can be one of life’s more frustrating experiences. If you know what you’re looking for in terms of year, make and model, the trouble is often in finding the specific car you’re seeking. If you're just shopping for a used small car, and you're flexible regarding year, make and model, chances are good that

Azure Dynamics files for bankruptcy

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Electric powertrain maker, Azure Dynamics has filed for bankruptcy protection in Canada. In the process, the company makes redundant some 120 workers at its facilities in the US, UK and Canada. Headquartered in Michigan, US, the company is best known for its work with Ford, retrofitting Transit Connect vans with batteries to convert them to [.].

2012 Subaru Impreza

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The all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza carries the small, quirky Japanese company further into competition with mainstream makers of compact sedans and hatchbacks. But true to its roots, Subaru does things a little differently. The goal for this latest iteration of its smallest model line was to make the 2012 Impreza sedan and hatchback a closer match to

I bought myself a hoist

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As I think I am getting close to pulling out the engine. decided to buy myself a cherry picker. Cost me $175 secondhand off craigslist. Fatboynotslim.

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2012 Toyota Corolla

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There's not a lot to say about the 2012 Toyota Corolla that you won't know already--it's a perfectly respectable compact four-door sedan, rivaling cars like the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, and Volkswagen Jetta, but without any of their style or interest-grabbing features. Despite its lack of style, flair, an excitement, it was the

FMC Technologies signs $1.5B agreement with Petrobras for supply of pre-salt deepwater subsea tree equipment

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FMC Technologies, Inc. has signed a four-year agreement with Petrobras for the supply of pre-salt subsea equipment. FMC’s 15K EVDT. Brief

Hybrid Payback: How Long For Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata?

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People have many reasons for choosing hybrid vehicles. For some, the chance of cutting down on fuel bills may be a priority. For others, knowing that they're doing less damage to the environment is very appealing. We've noticed that you, our readers, prioritize many different factors when choosing a green car. Some of you accept that spending a

BSEE approves Shell Beaufort Sea oil spill response plan

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This decision follows the bureau’s review of the plan and consultations with federal and state partner agencies involved in Arctic oil spill response.

Renault to host EV test drive in Regent Park

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Renault will stress the benefits of ditching fossil fuels in favour of electric technology at a test drive event in London’s Regent Park tomorrow (Friday 30 March). Residents and business decision makers in and around Camden are invited to give Renault’s 100% electric Fluence and Kangoo Z.E. models a whirl as part of the showcase [.]. Kangoo Z.E

NOAA: global combined land and sea temperatures 22nd warmest on record for February, 17th warmest for Dec-Feb period

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The margin of error is ±0.16°F (0.09°C). 2012 selected climate anomalies and events. Source: NOAA NCDC. Click to enlarge. below average. Brief

DaniMer Scientific and Myriant form strategic alliance; bio-succinic acid for production of bio-based polymers

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DaniMer Scientific and Myriant have formed a strategic alliance focused on delivering innovative, cost-effective bio-based materials to the marketplace. As part of the alliance, DaniMer will utilize Myriant’s bio-succinic acid for the production of high-performance, bio-based polymers used to make a broad range of products. Brief

UK House of Commons Transport Select Committee undertaking inquiry into low carbon vehicles

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The UK House of Commons Transport Select Committee is inquiring into the potential for plug-in vehicles to contribute to decarbonizing transport and Government action to facilitate this. In its announcement, the Committee noted that more than 90% of the UK’s domestic transport emissions come from road transport. Brief

BOEM releases for comment draft EIS on G&G survey activities to develop energy resources in Mid- and South Atlantic

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The US Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released for public comment the draft Atlantic Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Activities Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS). The selection of a specific technique or suite of techniques is driven by data needs and the target of interest. Resources.

JAPAN-GTL process demonstration test project completed successfully

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The partners conducting the 6-year JAPAN-GTL Demonstration Test Project announced that the project achieved all of the associated R&D goals and successfully established a JAPAN-GTL process as an applicable technology to commercial plants. Earlier post.). INPEX Corporation, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Brief