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Frost & Sullivan analysis suggests momentum toward supplementary 48V on-board power-net

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Vehicle electrification is not limited to hybrid or electric drive. Conventional automobiles of today are partly electric in their own way, with most systems in the vehicle having electrical and electronic connections for better functionality. However, the trend is not limited to luxury cars. —Prana Natarajan. —Prana Natarajan.

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One Way Better Place Wins In Israel: Actual Customer Service

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After five weeks driving a Better Place electric car in Israel, I'm gaining a deeper insight into the company's plans. The Better Place annual subscription model, including service and support, costs more than the U.S. practice of buying an electric car outright and charging it at home. How customers feel about this subscription payment rests on

Get ready for the eco hybrid truck

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Trucks are rarely known for their “green” qualities – but the latest model from Daimler might change that perception. Daimler Truck Group has just announced the launch of a factory-built EcoHybrid Fuso Canter (pictured). Green cars Latest news Mercedes Daimler Daimler EcoHybrid Fuso Canter Daimler trucks green trucks

Elon Musk Wins His 2012 Tesla Model S Bet, Dan Neil Pays Up

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It may be that no one has been happier to lose a bet and write a check for $1,000 than Wall Street Journal auto writer Dan Neil. The bet he always said he wanted to lose was over the date Tesla Motors would deliver its first production 2012 Model S electric cars to paying customers--which it did at the end of last month, right on time--and that

The Prius Plug-in and the Prince: new hybrid’s royal appointment

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The very first European production Toyota Prius Plug-In has been delivered to a suitably distinguished customer; His Serene Highness , the Prince Albert II of Monaco. His Highness took the car on a two month loan, with a view to the car becoming the replacement for the standard Prius model he currently uses. In February, [.].

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2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Better At Predicting Range, Charging Needs

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How far can your electric car travel before you need a recharge? For most electric car owners, that question is answered with a mixture of (usually inaccurate) on-board computer software and a good dose of past-experience behind the wheel of his or her car. But two planned updates to Nissan’s telematics and route-planning system for Nissan

Volkswagen introduces Polo Blue GT with cylinder deactivation

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Volkswagen is introducing the gasoline-fueled Polo Blue GT with active cylinder management (ACT)—the first Volkswagen with a cylinder deactivation system, and the first commercial application from an OEM of such a system in a four-cylinder engine. Earlier post.). l/100 km (51 mpg US), equivalent to 107 g/km CO 2 ). l/100 km (52.3 seconds.

Hybrids: Should You Buy One? The Pros And Cons

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If you want to cut down on gas and reduce your tailpipe emissions, there's never been a better selection of vehicles to choose from. Whether you go the whole hog with an electric car or simply buy a more efficient gasoline vehicle, you're spoiled for choice. Each fuel and vehicle variation has its own benefits and problems though, so if you're in

GM and PSA Peugeot Citroën reach long-term logistics agreement to improve operational efficiency and save costs

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As a first result of its global alliance ( earlier post ), GM and PSA Peugeot Citroën have reached a long-term, exclusive agreement to transfer the majority of GM’s logistics business in Europe to Gefco, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSA Peugeot Citroën and established leader in automotive and industrial logistics in Europe and beyond. Brief

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Audi R8 e-tron Sets New Production Electric Car Record At Nürburgring

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“To us, electric mobility means dynamics and driving pleasure” So explained Audi AG board member for technical development, Michael Dick, after racing driver Marcus Winkelhock set a new production lap record for electric cars, at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. Well, it's certainly a more positive outlook than

Grace and Braskem sign catalyst agreement to produce green chemicals

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Grace & Co. has signed a multi-year agreement with Braskem to develop process technologies and catalyst solutions to produce green chemicals. The agreement is intended to advance the commercialization of a process to convert renewably sourced feedstocks into value-added products. Details and financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Gas Station Staff Get Punk'd Electric Style With Nissan Leaf

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If there's one comment we see more than any other from drivers of electric cars, it's the one about driving past gas stations with a smile, knowing they aren't using a drop. Maybe they'd get even more of a smile by driving in and filming the result--as that's exactly what Nissan has done during a sustainable development conference in Rio.

German ELAB study finds growth of alternative drivetrains to increase employment opportunities in auto industry

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Comparison of the personnel requirements under four scenarios in the ELAB study for an idealized production of 1 million powertrains. The FCV scenario requires most workers to produce the million powertrains. Source: ELAB Studienergebnisse. Click to enlarge. In doing so, the study takes into account the uncertainty of the future development.

July 4th Special: Six U.S. Cars That Get More Than 30 MPG

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If your workplace is anything like ours, it seems that while you're at work, most of the rest of the United States has taken the entire week off to celebrate Independence Day. For our own celebration, and with a friendly nod to our defeated British colleagues, we thought it would be appropriate to highlight six different vehicles from U.S.

US Navy and USDA make $30M available for commercial-scale advanced drop-in biofuels, with potential for $180M follow-on; $32M from DOE for earlier stage research

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Navy will provide $30 million in federal funding ( FOA-12-15-PKM ) for Phase 1 projects to match private investments in commercial-scale advanced drop-in biofuels. The program envisions a subsequent investment of up to $180M in follow-on Phase 2 projects. Commercial-stage program. DOE early research.

Lexus Recalls 2010 RX450H In Extended Floor Mat Recall

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More than two years after Toyota and its luxury brand Lexus recalled the majority of its hybrid cars to stop the accelerator pedal sticking on aftermarket mats, yet more of its cars have just been recalled for the snip. This time, it isn’t Toyota’s Prius hybrid, but over 150,000 RX crossover models from 2009, including the 2010 RX 450h

The Carlyle Group and Sunoco to form Philadelphia refinery joint venture

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Global asset manager The Carlyle Group L.P. and Sunoco, Inc. have agreed to form Philadelphia Energy Solutions, a joint venture that will enable the historic Philadelphia refinery to continue operating. Earlier post.). This transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012.

Car tyres get new performance labels under new EU law

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New tyres now have to be sold with a label detailing how noisy, safe and how energy efficient they are, under new laws brought into force yesterday (July 1, 2012). Colour-coded stickers, similar to the ones found on white goods or new cars, will help motorists make an informed choice on how well different tyres [.].

Pike Research projects plug-in sales to fall short of US 2015 target; strong growth through 2020

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Plug-in vehicle (PEV) sales—comprising battery-electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV)—in the US by 2015 will fall far short of the 1-million unit target set by the Obama Administration, according to a new report from Pike Research. At the end of the decade, hybrid electric vehicles will see 1.6 million annual sales.

The petrol engine fights back

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The Ford Fiesta is the UK’s best-selling car, by a clear margin. OK, May 2012 saw the Vauxhall Corsa overtake it for the first time in living memory (only a slight exaggeration, that), but the Fiesta remains clear leader year to date. Just as it has done for many years previously. So Ford has an [.]. Ford Weekly Column UK weekly column

Nissan providing residual battery power forecast and use information services to LEAF owners

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Nissan Motor Co., introduced two services through the Nissan LEAF owners’ website and smartphone applications: one that precisely forecasts the LEAF’s remaining battery capacity when it arrives at a destination; and the other called “Minna no Syouhi Denryoku (Energy Usage Database)” (available in Japan and North America).

Frugal or false economy? UK motorists are holding onto older cars

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Motorists are holding onto their cars for longer as the economic recession continues to bite, new research from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveals. The average car on UK roads is now 7.44 years old, two months than a year ago, suggesting that cash-strapped drivers are holding onto their cars for longer. [.].

Allison Transmission purchases equity stake in Odyne Systems; commercial hybrid trucks

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Allison Transmission Inc., the largest manufacturer of fully-automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses, has invested in a non-controlling equity stake in Odyne Systems LLC. Earlier post.). —Lawrence E. Dewey, Chairman, President and CEO of Allison Transmission. Brief

Suzuki offers the cheapest way to 99g/km CO2

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The UK’s ‘most affordable new car’ just got even easier to buy with the launch of a new offer. Available for as little as £5,995 and VAT free until September 30, 2012, the new Suzuki Alto is now one of the easiest ways to buy a low-emission new car. Benefitting from recent revision, the new [.]. Suzuki Suzuki Alto

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Lawrence Livermore and NASA to collaborate; space missions, energy and advanced computing

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC) in Mountain View, Calif., have agreed to collaborate by sharing technology and resources on technical areas of national interest, including space missions, energy and advanced computing. Brief

NOx emissions exceeded limits in 12 European countries in 2010

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2010 NO x emissions (all sectors) and ceilings for 12 EU countries exceeding their limits. Source: EEA data viewer. Click to enlarge. Air pollution emitted from sources such as traffic, industry and households is still above internationally agreed limits in 12 European countries, according to newly published data. Earlier post.). Resources.