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Federal Mogul develops advanced aluminum piston for high-performance light-duty diesel engines

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Federal-Mogul’s DuraBowl technology strengthens the crown of a piston, improving the aluminum’s strength where it is most needed. Click to enlarge.

Nissan holds jobs fair as LEAF heads to Sunderland

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Nissan is preparing for the production of four new vehicles-including its all-electric LEAF model- at its Sunderland plant by holding a Specialist Recruitment Day this weekend. Already the UK’s biggest car manufacturer by volume, the Nissan Sunderland plant is preparing for the for the busiest period in its 26-year history.

2012 Honda Civic Vs 2012 Toyota Corolla: Compact Comparo

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Other cars may steal the headlines, but the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla have spent plenty of time in the best-sellers lists. That's because each offers a wide range of talents to a wide range of individuals and families. They may lack the excitement of other models, but if you want a safe, comfortable, cheap-to-run four-door sedan, one or the

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Electric vehicles ready to conquer Rome

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One of the world’s most beautiful capital cities will soon boast an even greener outlook as Rome, Italy, welcomes Smart Fortwo electric drive vehicles (pictured). The Hertz Corporation has teamed up with high-speed rail operator Italo-NTV to offer its customers the ability to rent the electric cars at its locations at both the Rome Ostiense [.].

Hertz Italy Launches smart fortwo Electric Vehicle in Rome for Italo-NTV train customers

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The Hertz Corporation in partnership with Italo-NTV, the first European private high-speed railway operator, will offer Italo customers the ability to rent smart fortwo electric drives from the Hertz locations at the Rome Tiburtina and Rome Ostiense train stations. fully charged battery is sufficient for up to 135 kilometers (84 miles). Brief

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Japan will begin test drilling for oil and gas off Niigata coast in 2013

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Nikkei. Commercialization could begin as early as 2023. Location of Sado Island in the Sea of Japan. Map: EIA. Click to enlarge. Brief

Car clubs keep cutting transport emissions

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Car clubs are continuing to reduce car ownership levels and are helping to cut emissions and congestion-that’s the findings from the fifth annual survey of the nation’s car club members from the charity Carplus. Carplus car clubs car share UK

Will Lower Summer Gas Prices Boost Car Travel For Vacations?

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The numbers came in this morning, and gas prices took a sharp drop, with the national average now at just $3.50 per gallon. And they're expected to stay relatively flat through the summer, barring any surprises and geopolitical actions. That $3.50 average is s a drop of 7 cents in the last week alone, and sharply lower than in 2008, when the

North East partnership to boost EV market

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The North East’s reputation as a leading region in the development of an electric vehicle economy gets a major boost today, in the announcement of a new partnership between four leading EV advocates. Electric cars electric cars Gateshead College north east Transport Research Laboratory

2012 Tesla Model S: 'Opportunity Console' Details Revealed

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If you've ever climbed into a car and struggled to find a place to put that one item you like to carry around, then Tesla might have the solution for you. Tesla Motors has announced details of its 'Opportunity Console', a new concept for the console between the front seats that will allow owners to specify the cubby holes and compartments they

Honda’s relunctant green gain. The Green Piece.

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Tuesday 19 June, 2012. The Green Piece Column. Honda has launched a notable new Jazz that… few people are going to notice. The new Jazz 1.2 SE with Idle Stop is not the snappiest of names, and the claims made for it – 3g/km less CO2 than the alternative – are hardly headline-grabbing, but they [.].

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Think The 2012 Nissan Leaf Is Too Expensive? Australians Pay $52K

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One of the most frequent criticisms we hear of electric and plug-in hybrid cars is that they’re just too expensive. Take the 2012 Nissan Leaf, for example. Before government and state incentives, a base-level Leaf SV will set you back $35,200. Live in the right area however, and incentives can dramatically lower that cost. Still expensive

Electric cars versus conventional cars: which costs more?

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While electric cars are in their infancy and battery prices are high, their price tag tends to be much steeper than equivalent petrol and diesel cars. However, could they save you money over the vehicle’s lifetime? According to a report from the International Transport Forum (logo, pictured), the answer is “yes” and “no”: depending on [.].

Audi's Hybrid Race Car Wins Famous Le Mans 24-Hour Endurance Race

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Audi has taken a historic first victory for a hybrid vehicle at the Le Mans 24-Hour race, held at Circuit de la Sarthe in northern France. On the 80th running of the famous race, Audi took its 11th victory with the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, an all-wheel drive, hybrid race car showcasing the best of Audi's technology. Audi has previously taken

GE and Sargas AS partner on gas-fired plants with carbon capture for enhanced oil recovery

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Overview of the Sargas system. Source: Sargas. Click to enlarge. It also offers low-emissions electricity, in a proven and practical manner. Brief

2013: Smart ForTwo Iceshine Brings Exclusivity To Niche Market

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How do you make a niche market car with low sales figures more attractive to buyers? By releasing a limited-edition, of course. Enter Smart, Mercedes-Benz’s microcar devision, and its plans to follow its summer-themed Smart ForTwo Sharpred Special Edition with a winter-themed special edition. Called the Smart ForTwo Iceshine Special Edition

Scientists call for careful use of time scales, reference dates and statistical approaches in analyzing climate change trends to avoid distortion and hampering of response

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Interpolated surfaces showing the change in mean annual temperature across Alaska for three different time series: 1949?2009, 2009, 1949?1976,

2012 Mercedes-Benz S 350 BlueTEC: One Week In 32-MPG Diesel Luxury Sedan

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If your daily driving resembles a New York City cabbie's--lots of stop and go--you should get a hybrid for best fuel efficiency. But if it's closer to that of a traveling farm salesman--steady speeds on Interstate highways and wide-open state roads for hours--you'll likely be better off with a diesel. That's our conclusion after a remarkable

KLM flying Amsterdam to Rio with biojet blend

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KLM is operating the longest biofuel flight undertaken yet as flight KL705 departs from Amsterdam with a Boeing 777-200 and flies to the Rio+20 sustainable development conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (about 9,500 km or 5,900 miles). SkyNRG is now a world market leader for sustainable kerosene, supplying more than 15 carriers worldwide. Brief

Yale team advances toward a one-pot oil extraction and transesterification process for algal biodiesel using a supercritical CO2 system

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A team from Yale described advances toward achieving a single-step lipid extraction and transesterification process to produce algal biodiesel during the symposium “Biobased Feedstocks for Chemical and Fuel Production” at ACS’ 16 th annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference. Such tuning is not possible with conventional solvents. Resources.

BLM approves Gasco Uintah Basin gas project

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The Bureau of Land Management approved a natural gas project by Gasco Energy in Utah’s Uintah Basin that would drill up to approximately 1,300 new wells over 15 years. No drilling or infrastructure will be developed in or near Desolation Canyon. As originally proposed by Gasco Energy, Inc., Brief

GM adds 100th landfill-free facility

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GM recently added its 100 th landfill-free facility: a parts distribution center in Lansing, Mich. GM’s landfill-free roster includes more than half of its global manufacturing facilities. In its landfill-free efforts, GM first reduces waste and then focuses on recycling and reuse. In 2011, it recycled or reused 2.6 Brief

NREL researchers report on two approaches to upgrading biomass pyrolysis oil for hydrocarbon fuels

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At last month’s World Renewable Energy Forum 2012 in Denver, Colorado, researchers from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory presented papers on two different approaches to upgrade pyrolysis oils to hydrocarbon fuels or fuel intermediates. Fast pyrolysis can convert about 70% of the mass and energy into the liquid product. —Iisa et al.