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Audi A3 e-tron Prototype: First Drive Video (Exclusive)

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Unlike other carmakers--including BMW with its ActiveE program--Audi has chosen to use only in-house drivers to test the fleet of electric A3 e-tron prototypes it has brought to the U.S. So we're pleased to be among the few media outlets to drive an Audi A3 e-tron, one of just 17 such cars in North America. Our short 45-minute test drive in the

ITF analysis finds that societal costs for electric cars and vans range from €7K to €12K more than fossil-fueled equivalents

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Sample consumer and societal break-even curves for BEVs, with data points for a compact diesel for comparison. Source: Philippe Crist — Discussion Paper 2012-03. Click to enlarge. ITF acts as a strategic think tank for transport policy and organizes an annual summit of ministers. The brief is based on a longer discussion paper published in April.

Will Buick Launch A Volt Version Called Electra?

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Sometimes online news sites can build complete stories--almost entirely hypothetical--around a single factoid. This is one of those stories. The factoid is that General Motors registered its intent to use the name Electra on a product in the category of "Motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks, vans, engines

Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid with flywheel energy system wins Le Mans; first hybrid win there

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The R18 e-tron quattro hybrids at work. Click to enlarge. The win was Audi’s 11 th Le Mans victory. In the process, the wheels drive the MGU.

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe, GT: 40MPG Highway, Less Than $20k

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Earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai announced the expansion of its highly-popular Elantra line by announcing two new models for 2013. Now we know that both cars -- the 2013 Elantra Coupe and 2013 Elantra GT Five-door hatchback -- will go on sale for less than $20,000. Powered by the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder, 148-horsepower

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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Quick Drive

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On paper, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport sounds like the ideal compact crossover solution for those on a limited budget. It’s small in size, coming in at over a foot shorter than the standard Mitsubishi Outlander, which shaves some 700 pounds off the crossover’s curb weight. Power comes from the same 2.0-liter, 148-horsepower four

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Mitsubishi to unveil Outlander plug-in hybrid in Paris

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Mitsubishi is to reveal its next step in its electrification programme when it unveils a new plug-in hybrid version of its Outlander model at the Paris Motor Show this autumn. After the launch of its fully-electric i-MiEV city car last year, the Japanese car maker is to join the growing number of firms launching larger [.].

Weekend Test-Drive: Can Tiny Renault Twizy Be A Real Car?

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When we first heard that French automaker Renault was producing a tiny, two-seat electric car with a top speed of 52mph called the Twizy, we have to admit to laughing. A lot. But after driving a production Renault Twizy in Ibiza earlier this year, our impression of the plucky go-kart changed. Could it, we wondered, be used as a second or third car

Winners of 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge

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American Chemical Society (ACS) President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Ph.D., and Jim Jones, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced the winners of the 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Professor Geoffrey W.

Your Guide To Charging Station Rage, And How To Avoid It

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A few weeks ago while borrowing a 2012 Ford Focus Electric, Forbes writer Todd Woody experienced what he described as Electric Car Road Rage: fear and anger associated with unsuccessfully trying to charge an electric car. It happened while he was at a cafe in downtown Berkeley, California, when the car he was driving was unplugged by another

Air Canada to conduct biofuel flight from Toronto to Mexico City

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Air Canada is operating its first flight with biofuel today to highlight the airline's commitment to the environment. The flight is supported by Airbus and is part of an environmental demonstration by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to coincide with the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Brief

Mazda To Supply SkyActiv-D Diesels For 2013 Le Mans Teams

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If you’re not directly involved with the high-octane world of 24-hour endurance racing, it’s easy to forget that races like last weekend’s 24 Heures Du Mans take months -- even years -- to prepare for. On Saturday, Mazda reminded us of just that fact by announcing its intention to bring its SkyActiv-D diesel engines to next

Recycling battery to boost hybrid and electric car industry

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The end-of-life for battery packs in the first generation of electric and hybrids represents an opportunity for industry, according to US automotive website Edmunds.com. As the very first battery packs reach the end of their lives from the hybrid models first launched in the late nineties, there will be a vital opportunity to recapture and [.].

Nissan Sticks With 20K Leafs In U.S. By End Of (Fiscal) Year

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Electric-car sales are actually doing better than sales of hybrid-electric vehicles were at the same stage of their launch, though you'd never know it from much of the media. But the prevalent "electric-car-sales-are-disastrous" meme has caused carmakers to couch their predictions much more carefully. Nissan, which sold 10,000 Leafs in the U.S.

Electric cars in race around the world

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The race is on to be the first team to drive around the world purely powered by electricity. Back in September, Rafael de Mestre declared that he would be making a trip around the world in a Tesla Roadster (pictured) in fewer than 80 days. However, his journey started almost three months after French engineers [.].

Brookhaven study finds carbon availability is a key metabolic factor controlling oil biosynthesis in algae

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Confocal image of the algae Chlamydomonas showing the accumulation of oil droplets (golden dots). Red represents chlorophyll autofluorescence.

Next year at Le Mans: Mazda to go SKYACTIV

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This year’s Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race may barely be in the record books, but attention has already turned to the 2013 event. That’s because Mazda has decided to sell racing versions of its SKYACTIV-D diesel engines (pictured) to teams that will compete in the LMP2 class of the event: with the technology to [.].

ABB, KredEx and Estonia’s Ministry of Economic Affairs deploy first of 200 web-managed DC fast chargers in Estonia

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Map of the Esontian fast chargers. list outlining the locations of all DC fast charging points can be found at [link]. Click to enlarge. Brief

US EPA grants E15 market approval

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Ethanol blends of 15 per cent (E15) look set to be introduced in the US marketplace after receiving approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA approved plans from individual companies to satisfy misfuelling mitigation conditions of E15 partial waivers. Biofuels Green cars Latest news biofuels E15 EPA ethanol green cars

Oerlikon Graziano to showcase new multispeed EV transmission and innovative supercar transmissions at VDI Congress

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The two-speed electric vehicle transaxle. Click to enlarge. Efficiency is a core motivator in modern automotive design for both EVs and supercars.

Electric vehicle sales slump in India

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With a subsidy scheme on electric vehicles reaching its conclusion in India, there has been a 75 per cent drop in sales of electric cars (such as India’s first electric car, the Reva, pictured) and other battery powered vehicles in the country. The slump has occurred since April 2012 with many key industry players now [.].

Sandia InGaN solar nanowire array may increase percentage of sun’s frequencies available for energy conversion

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Changing the concentration of indium gallium nitride in photovoltaics allows researchers to tune the material’s response to collect solar energy from a variety of wavelengths, thereby maximizing efficiency. The more variations designed into the system, the more of the solar spectrum can be absorbed, leading to increased solar cell efficiencies.

Audi hybrid takes Le Mans title

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For the first time ever, a hybrid vehicle has won the Le Mans 24 Hours Race – as the Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro (pictured) raced to victory. The vehicle, which is equipped with Williams Hybrid Power’s electromechanical hybrid flywheel system, took both of the top two spots during the endurance race last weekend – marking [.].

Butamax expands Biobutanol Early Adopters Group; brings bio-isobutanol capacity to half a billion gallons per year

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Butamax Advanced Biofuels announced that the Fagen-owned facility Platinum Ethanol LLC of Arthur, Iowa and three other facilities have joined the Butamax Early Adopters Group ( earlier post ), indicating their interest in biobutanol production. Fagen, Inc. Butamax recently announced a collaboration with Fagen, Inc. and the US Air Force. Brief

UQM powering new Hino Electric Buses

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UQM technologies, Inc. PowerPhase Select 200 electric drive systems are powering Hino electric city buses, featuring the ‘Poncho’ low-floor bus platform, already deployed in Japan. The UQM PowerPhase Select 200 systems comprises a power-dense electric motor and advanced controller. —Eric R. Ridenour, UQM Technologies’ President and CEO. Brie

Myriant receives USDA loan guarantee to close bond placement for construction of bio-succinic acid plant

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Myriant Corporation closed a $25 million private bond placement for the construction of its flagship commercial bio-succinic acid plant located in Lake Providence, Louisiana. The placement utilized the Business and Industry (“B&I”) Rural Development Loan Guarantee program that is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Tokyo Electric signs equity and additional LNG offtake agreements with Chevron for Wheatstone Project

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Chevron Corporation’s Australian subsidiaries have signed additional binding agreements with Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for liquefied natural gas (LNG) offtake and equity interests in the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project. Under the agreements, TEPCO will purchase an additional 0.4 Joe Geagea, president, Chevron Gas and Midstream. Brie