May, 2012

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Better Place Electric-Car Battery Swapping: Live Report

Green Car Reports

Electric-car infrastructure firm Better Place has spent the past few years creating some serious waves in the electric car world with grandiose claims that it can make electric cars as convenient to use as gasoline ones. Alongside its fully integrated smart-grid network of charging stations, battery packs and cars, Better Place is best known for

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Steve Atlas hurt during practice round during TTXGP race at Infineon Raceway

National Green Transportation

Motorcycle pro racer Steve Atlas crashed today during practice rounds for this weekends TTXGP race at Infineon Raceway. The accident badly

8 automakers to demonstrate DC fast charging with Combined Charging System at EVS26

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Combined Charging System – Plug for DC-charging up to 100kW. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.). The standard is to be officially published this summer.

First Look: 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid

Hybrid SUV Blog

Sometimes it pays to be patient. That certainly seems to be the case with the Audi Q5 Hybrid Quattro. The hybrid model will use a 2.0 Audi Q5

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Scotland secures first hydrogen fuel cell car trial

Green Cars News

Aberdeen’s car club is to become the first in the UK to trial hydrogen fuel cell cars. The newly-established Commonwheels car club is to take loan of two of Hyundai’s left-hand drive ix35 FCEV, ahead of a renewable energy event arrives in the city. Members of Commonwheels will have the opportunity to drive the Hyundai [.].

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Oxford team suggests realizing EV revolution will require much better understanding of consumer behavior, policy and industry support

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The review, published in the journal Nature Climate Change , argues for an integrated approach to BEV diffusion that not only considers technological advancements but also the importance of better understanding consumer behavior—most importantly, how to incentivize early adoption, says Dr. Martino Tran, lead author. —Tran et al.

Hybrid Electric Cars: The Real and the Fake

Electric Cars are for Girls

When you hear 'hybrid electric cars', all sorts of warm fuzzy green thoughts come bubbling up, right? Yeah, me too. But don't get fooled by fake ones

Customer’s social conscience driving the changes at AMG

Green Cars News

30 per cent more efficient than the old car, no slower than the old car, more drivable than the old car – it’s a set of claims any cooking family hatchback would be proud of. Yet it’s not a mainstream model we’re talking about here, but Mercedes’ all-new SL 63 AMG. Despite producing up to [.]. Mercedes Weekly Column AMG Mercedes-Benz

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TTXGP 2012 North America season opens at Infineon Raceway

National Green Transportation

Gathered is a slightly slimmer grid from what was

Electric-Car Prices: Tesla, Nissan, Chevy Should Be Ashamed--Here's Why

Green Car Reports

Always read the fine print. That's a lesson every car buyer should take to heart. Especially since Nissan, Chevrolet, Tesla, and Mitsubishi all now engage in a pricing practice of which they should be ashamed. It's so-called "net pricing" of their electric cars, in which the price appearing in their marketing and on their websites is $7,500 lower

Steve Rapp rides and wrecks for Brammo in TTXGP Qualifying round at Infineon

National Green Transportation

Today, in the second day of 2012 TTXGP electric motorcycle race action at the Infineon Raceway, was a dramatic day.

Sandia researchers develop conceptual model for Low Temperature Combustion

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Conceptual model for conventional diesel combustion (CDC), left, and LTC combustion, right, for heavy-duty engines. Source: CRF. Click to enlarge.

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Sun-Powered Boat Completes Round-The-World Trip

Green Car Reports

While solar has its place in the electric car world, it's not yet suitable for powering an electric car directly. Prius or Leaf may come with a small solar panel mounted in the roof, but that's just to power accessories. And if you want to run your car on solar electricity, your best bet is mounting a solar array on the roof of your home. The MS

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Nissan’s electric car powers Spinnaker Tower landmark

Green Cars News

Nissan’s all-electric LEAF has powered Portsmouth’s famous Spinnaker Tower as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the potential of battery electric models. Pop sensation and Britain’s Got Talent presenter Alesha Dixon was on hand last night (May 21) to turn the lights on on the tower using the electricity stored in the LEAF’s [.].

Electric Cars: Some Are Real, Most Are Only 'Compliance Cars'--We Name Names

Green Car Reports

Since last year, you've likely heard a lot about electric cars. You'll hear much more in the years to come. But whether you're a fan or a foe, understand this: A few of the battery-electric cars you've heard about are "real"--meaning their makers want to sell as many as they can. But quite a few of them aren't. They're not meant to lure in

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BNL Researchers develop low-cost, efficient, non-noble metal electrocatalyst to produce hydrogen from water

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Details of the unexpected nanosheet structure of the nickel-molybdenum-nitride catalyst, seen here as dark, straight lines. Source: BNL. Resources.

Would we stop walking for Honda's UNI-CUB personal mobility gizmo?

National Green Transportation

It's one of those products that make us marvel at

New materials could cut parasitic energy costs for CO2 capture by up to 30-40%

Green Car Congress

A computational analysis that screened hundreds of thousands of zeolite and zeolitic imidazolate framework structures has identified many different structures that have the potential to reduce the parasitic energy loss of carbon capture technologies for powerplant flue gas by as much as 30–40% compared with amine scrubbing. —Lin et al. Brief


Fisker reports more than $100M in revenue Jan-Apr 2012; more than $1B in funding since 2007

Green Car Congress

The EVer (Electric Vehicle extended range) powertrain of the Fisker Karma. Click to enlarge. Fisker Automotive published its first business update, announcing that revenues had exceeded $100 million in the first four months of 2012. The latest funding has lifted the overall financing beyond $1 billion since the start of the company in 2007. Karma.

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Toyota sells 4m hybrids worldwide

Green Cars News

Toyota and Lexus have shifted 4,000,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide since sales of the very first Prius began at the end of 2000. This latest sales milestone – achieved on April 30, 2012 – comes just 14 months since surpassing the 3m mark in February 2011. Before May, Europe had snapped up 423,000, with 94,000 of [.]. Toyota Sales

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2012 Tesla Model S: Coming In June, Projected 250-300 Miles At Highway Speeds

Green Car Reports

Tesla motors has announced that it is on schedule to deliver the first examples of its Model S electric sedan by June. The company is also set to use all of its $465 million Department of Energy loan within the next six months, though Elon Musk says Tesla is still on target to turn a profit in 2013. The next few years will be all about the

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Car sharing service on the go with new app

Green Cars News

Carpooling has just got easier as the Europe’s largest car sharing service launches a new iPhone app. The UK branch of the network, operated through the website is now fully accessible through the app, giving UK commuters the opportunity to share one of the 650,000 carpool journeys currently available. There is also now the [.].

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Barnes and Szwarc win in first of todays TTXGP races at Infineon Raceway

National Green Transportation

Michael Barnes (Lightning) and Martin Szwarc (Zero) wins in the first race of this weekends TTXGP electric motorcycle racing action at Infineon.

Second EcoVelocity show notes “growing acceptance of electric vehicles”

Green Cars News

EcoVelocity’s relocation from Battersea Power Station to the London ExCeL has been well worthwhile, according to organisers. Thousands of visitors have descended on the green motoring show, which ends its week-long stay at the ExCeL on Saturday (May 13), to get a first hand feel of electric and low carbon vehicles from some of the [.].

Mahle gasoline-only pre-chamber jet ignition combustion system yields diesel-like thermal efficiency of 42.8%; 45% achievable with engine upgrade

Green Car Congress

Experimental results at part load (1500 rpm, 4.7 bar IMEP n ) showing performance of jet ignition with vaporized gasoline. Source: Mahle. —Dr.

Tata reveals alternative fuel vehicle plans for UK

Green Cars News

After the bombshell this week that Tata has ditched plans to introduce an electric car model into the UK (see story), Tata has revealed more details of its future plans for alternative-fuel vehicles in the country, as the Indian firm continues to build its presence here. Plans to launch the Indica Vista EV have indeed [.].

Cheesiest DC Fast-Charging Video Ever: Tight Dress, High Heels Included

Green Car Reports

Pretty young women in tight black dresses, spike heels, and sunglasses are too rarely associated with the less glamorous topic of DC fast-charging stations for electric cars. And that's a shame. To rectify this tragic oversight, Andromeda Power has put out a promotional video for its Orca Mobile 50-kilowatt DC quick charger that combines both into

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Prius named third best selling car in the world

Green Cars News

Earlier this week, The Green Piece column explored how hybrids have escaped from the image of a hippy, niche vehicle into the mainstream (see story). Now in further confirmation of that, Bloomberg tells us that the Toyota Prius is now the world’s third best selling car, behind the Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus. In the [.].

Balqon gains contract to build electric trucks for Port of Los Angeles

National Green Transportation

Balqon, a developer of electric big trucks and electrical energy storage systems, has announced today signing a contract with the Port of Los Angeles to retrofit six electric "yard tractors" with advanced lithium-ion battery packs.

Chevrolet’s electric car battery becomes wildlife home

Green Cars News

Chevrolet has found an innovative and considerate way to recycle part of the battery packs it uses in the Volt model; convert them into wildlife habitats. Battery covers from the range-extended model, newly launched in the UK, get converted into duck nesting boxes and bat houses to help wildlife projects. More than 150 of them [.].

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Johnson Controls putting carbon body exterior parts into series production

Green Car Congress

The company says that it is already supplying a well-known automotive manufacturer with its carbon components. Structure of the carbon body parts.

Nissan’s electric NV200 wins Environment Award

Green Cars News

It’s not even due to hit the market for at least another year but Nissan’s e-NV200 has won its first award. The fully electric version of the LCV is still in testing stages with various companies but that didn’t bear any influence on Van Fleet World presenting it with the Environment Award at this week’s [.]. Nissan award e-NV200

Reliability Of Electric-Car Charging Networks Varies Wildly, Study Says

Green Car Reports

Remember the early days of mobile phones, when lots of small carriers competed and roaming was just a far-distant dream? Welcome to the wild world of electric-car charging, folks. Right now, more than a dozen networks--some local, some regional, some national--operate Level 2 charging stations for plug-in cars. Each has a separate membership

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Are carmakers’ green credentials really just smoke and mirrors? The Green Piece

Green Cars News

Tuesday 15 May 2012. The Green Piece Column. Let’s get this straight from the very start; there is nothing green about making cars. That said, there is increasing pressure on the motor industry to reduce its environmental impact both from regulators and perhaps more significantly, from consumers, who want more efficient cars. But a new [.].

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