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Independent testing shows 21.2% reduction in fuel consumption with XL Hybrids retrofit system

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The XL Hybrids system in place. Click to enlarge. Testing at Environmental Solutions Worldwide Americas (ESWA), an EPA-certified vehicle laboratory, showed a 21.2% reduction in fuel consumption achieved with XL Hybrids’ aftermarket hybrid electric powertrain ( earlier post ) on a light-duty cargo van on the UDDS cycle (urban conditions). Both the 2.0

BMW and Toyota to expand green car partnership?

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BMW and Toyota are expected to expand their cooperation beyond its current collaboration in electric car and diesel technology, according to Der Spiegel magazine. The German publication says that the two car giants are expected to make an announcement soon, although it is not known how the mag heard rumours of the expanding collaboration. It [.].

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2012 Tesla Model S All-Electric Sedan: Drive Reviews Roundup

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On Friday, Tesla Motors delivered its first production Model S electric sedans to retail customers, an event the company webcast live. Watch the 26-0minute video above if you want to relive the glorious event. While Green Car Reports wasn't there, we've watched the deluge of coverage and read the handful of drive reviews published so far. Happy

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Federal-Mogul introduces new range of low- and zero-copper brake pad materials to meet new legislation

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Federal-Mogul developed its Eco-Friction range ahead of legislations set to reduce the amount of copper that can be used in brake pads. Our in-depth.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Half Of New Cars Will Be Electric In 15-20 Years

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Last time Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk made a bet, with journalist Dan Neil about several aspects of the Model S, he won it. That same confidence and ambition has now led him to make another--that by the late 2020s, more than half of all new vehicles being manufactured will be electric. If you're raising an eyebrow right now, you aren't alone

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2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: 40-MPG Model For Mid-Size Sedan

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Toyota's remorseless drive to maintain its largest-by-far share of the global hybrid vehicle market continues apace. The latest vehicle to add a hybrid variant is the all-new 2013 Toyota Avalon, the large, luxurious, mid-size front-wheel drive sedan sold only in North America. The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid follows the model set by its competitors

Brammo and VA Tech win TTXGP at Portland Raceway, after MotoCzysz pulls out

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Want To Start An Electric Car Charging Company in CO? You Can, For Just $5,000

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If you’ve been reading GreenCarReports for a while, you’ll know that Colorado loves its green cars, with more than double the national average of hybrid cars registered there and some pretty big tax credits available to those buying a plug-in car. Now, thanks to a change in law in the mountainous state, companies wanting to install

Elektromotive JV aims to create UK’s biggest pay-as-you-go electric vehicle recharging network with 10,000 charge points

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Elektromotive Limited aims to create the UK’s largest pay-as-you-go, “open source” network of public access charging stations for EVs, based upon the development of its pay-by-phone technology. The initiative comes as the result of a new joint venture with Charge your Car (North) Ltd. Earlier post.) Brief

New 2014 Chevrolet Impala Eco Model To Join Cruze, Malibu

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Buick has placed a major bet on its eAssist mild hybrid system, offering it as standard equipment on base versions of the 2012 Lacrosse and, more recently, the 2013 Regal as well. Now Chevrolet is planning to spread that same system--which the Bowtie Brand uses on the 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco on sale since early this year--to more models.

Misery for Manchester’s commuters

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For those of us familiar with Manchester’s transport networks it will come as now surprise to you that the city has been found to have the country’s most miserable commuters. Transport charity, Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) looked at train services in 11 cities across the UK, assessing them on affordability, overcrowding and punctuality.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel Coming Next January?

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The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee may not be long for this world, as Chrysler looks set to introduce a diesel variant next January, for the 2014 model year. Sources within Chrysler say that the 3.0-liter turbo diesel already available in Jeeps overseas will hit the U.S. market next year. With a five-speed automatic transmission, the diesel is capable

Brammo and VA Tech win TTXGP at Portland Raceway, after MotoCzysz pulls out

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Nissan Leaf: Does A Battery Inspection Give Peace Of Mind?

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When a Nissan dealer services an all-electric Nissan Leaf, the garage’s diagnostic computer produces a Battery Information Sheet that can give the owner a an at-a-glance assessment of how healthy the battery is in his or her Leaf. But with several dozen Leaf owners, mainly in warmer states, reporting a loss in battery capacity--many within

Toyota plans six more hybrids as Prius+ launches

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Toyota has plans to expand its current hybrid range to ten models by 2015, the carmaker revealed as it launches its fourth, the Prius+. The model joins the Prius hatchback, Auris and Yaris hybrid models as the firm plans to introduce a petrol-electric model of nearly every model it makes. “We chose an MPV [for [.]. Toyota hybrid Toyota Prius

2012 Toyota Yaris Vs 2012 Honda Fit: Subcompact Hatches Compared

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The trendy 2012 Toyota Yaris is certainly an improvement on its predecessor, attracting a lot of attention wherever it goes. But can Toyota’s latest offering in the subcompact hatch war compete with the granddaddy of the segment, the venerable, flexible, upright but jaunty Honda Fit? Both cars provide seating for five, a choice of trim

Fiat Punto slashes emissions

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Fiat’s new Punto offers emissions as low as 90g/km CO2 and efficiency as strong as 80.7 mpg on a combined cycle, thanks to its use of the carmaker’s range of award-winning economical engines. Already on sale, the new Punto is available as a three or five door model and a choice of six engine options. [.]. Fiat emissions Fiat Punto new car

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2013 MINI Clubvan, Its First Truck, To Arrive This Fall

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Anyone who's traveled overseas has seen the small car-based commercial vehicles common in the crowded cities of Europe and Asia. While U.S. workmen may use full-size Ford or Chevy vans, their European counterparts use smaller vans (and pickups too) based on compact or even subcompact models. But here, there have only been two such entries: the

2013 Toyota Avalon features both gasoline and hybrid powertrains; hybrid expects a 40-mpg combined EPA-rating

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Avalon Hybrid. Click to enlarge. Toyota anticipates the hybrid model will achieve an EPA-rating of 40 mpg US (5.88 L/100km) combined. and 7.6 Hybrids

KL Energy and Petrobras SA extend joint development agreement for cellulosic ethanol from bagasse

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KL Energy Corporation successfully completed the first phase of the work program under the Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Petrobras America, Inc. signed on 23 August 2010. Having met all technology milestones and ethanol production targets, Petrobras and KLE decided to extend the scope of the JDA. Brief

Omnitek Engineering enters into agreement with refuse collection company to convert diesel engines to natural gas

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Terms were not disclosed. The Experimental Permit pilot program is intended to provide empirical data and accelerate certification by the ARB and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). —Werner Funk. Brief

Nissan JV in China investing $785M in new plant, targeting 2M units by 2015; 1,000 Venucia EVs for pilot in Dalian by 2014

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The Venucia e-concept unveiled at the Beijing show in April. Click to enlarge. Dongfeng Motor Co., DFL), Nissan’s joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group in China, will build a new manufacturing facility in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China with an investment of up to RMB 5 billion (USD $785 million). Venucia. China Electric (Battery

Kawasaki Heavy takes 2.2% stake in CompactGTL, completes the supply chain for delivery of commercial scale plants

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has taken a minority shareholding (2.2%) in CompactGTL, a UK-based developer of modular gas-to-liquids (GTL) solutions. In addition, KHI has become a strategic supply chain partner to execute the reactor modularization for modular commercial-scale GTL pants. Commercial details of the agreement remain confidential.

Reports: Toyota and BMW to expand partnership on fuel-efficient vehicles, with Toyota providing hybrid and fuel cell technology to BMW

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The Nikkei reported that Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW will expand their partnership, one aspect of which will be Toyota providing hybrid systems and fuel cell technology to BMW. Kyodo News also reported the same, attributing it to “Toyota sources”. Earlier post.). Toyota already provides hybrid technologies to Mazda Motor. Earlier post.).

VG Energy launching commercial product for palm and algae oil production based on Metabolic Disruption Technology

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VG Energy , a majority-owned subsidiary of Viral Genetics, is launching its first commercial product: LipidMax, a lipid enhancement compound based on VG’s Metabolic Disruption Technology (MDT) for use in the production of oils from algae and other plants or plant-like organisms. Earlier post.). Earlier post.). Algae Algal Fuels