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

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

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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

Scotland secures first hydrogen fuel cell car trial

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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 [.].

Johnson Controls putting carbon body exterior parts into series production

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

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Mercedes-Benz eyeing introducing a sedan model hydrogen fuel cell vehicle around MY 2017

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The 2011 F-Cell. Click to enlarge. We are not intending to build a particular fuel cell sub-brand that looks and feels different. —Sascha Simon.

Would Battery Leasing Ease Sticker Shock On Costly Electric Cars?

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There's no getting around it: Hybrids cost more than gasoline models, and plug-in electric cars cost a lot more than gas vehicles. Each type of green car cuts operating costs, either by raising gas mileage substantially or replacing gas costs with grid electricity that generally cuts the cost-per-mile by two-thirds or more. But that's a hard case

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Jay Leno Drives The Focus Electric And Fusion Plug-In Hybrid

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The online series Jay Leno’s Garage usually plays host to exotic supercars and brawny muscle cars but in the latest episode two of Ford’s greenest models, the 2012 Focus Electric and upcoming 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, are featured. The television host and comedian the series takes its name from, Jay Leno, comes away quite

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Mid-project data from Oak Ridge study suggests hydrogen vehicles could have up to 70% market share by 2050

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Hydrogen vehicle market penetration under different scenarios. Source: Dr. David Greene. Click to enlarge. Initial projection of purchase probability.

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2012 Chevrolet Volt Saves Supertanker Worth Of Gas Since Launch

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We all know electric and plug-in hybrid cars can help cut down consumption of gasoline, but just how do you measure how much gasoline savings can be made? Normally, we measure gasoline savings in gallons, or barrels of oil, but General Motors has decided to measure the gasoline saved by its Chevrolet Volt Plug-in Hybrid in supertankers. Using data

Volvo launching 13-liter heavy-duty LNG engine with Westport HPDI injection in 2014; CNG and DME potential

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Volvo Trucks plans to launch a 13-liter heavy-duty liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine featuring Westport high pressure direct injection (HPDI) technology for the North American market in 2014. Earlier post.). Volvo is also testing another promising fuel that can be produced from natural gas, DME (dimethyl ether). Westport will lead the program.

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Audi Urban Electric Bike Teased Before Official Launch

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Smart's eBike electric bicycle has been attracting a lot of attention recently, but it's not the only electric bike to emerge from Germany. Audi has teased its own electric bike in a short video, featuring French freestyle trials rider Julien Dupont. Where Smart's bike is very much a commuting tool, Audi's looks altogether more extreme, with front

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: More Popular Without The Blue Badge?

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Prejudice is a strange thing. Not only does it shape our opinion of the world around us, but it influences everything from the food we eat to the car we buy, either consciously or subconsciously. In the automotive world however, it seems that brand prejudice can be overcome with a little marketing finesse. Enter Ford, some social psychology, and

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

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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 [.].

2013 Mazda CX-5 & 2012 Mazda3: Real-World Gas Mileage Boost From SkyActiv Engine

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The trend is clear: To get higher gas mileage, almost all new cars will have smaller, more efficient engines. Mazda says its new line of SkyActiv engines and transmissions, though, take the carmaker to new heights of fuel efficiency. We recently tested two different Mazdas fitted with its SkyActive-G 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed

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Renault delivers UK’s first diesel-hybrid truck

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Britain’s first 26-tonne diesel-hybrid truck is expected to enter service after being handed over to freighters Norbert Dentressangle. Based [.]. Renault hybrid trucks

Chevrolet Volt makes a stunning impression

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As Chevrolet’s range-extended model Volt starts making its first deliveries to UK customers, the US carmaker embarks on a colourful promotional campaign in the hope of drawing more buyers for the new model. Renowned car artist Ian Cook has created a beautiful impression of the Volt using paint that reacts to ultra-violet light, making it [.].

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Electric car revolution boosts traction motors

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There are many knock-on effects of the automotive market turning to electrification – and one of them is the boost it will offer to the traction motor industry (traction motor, pictured). Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars electric vehicles green cars hybrid vehicles traction motors

Business drivers turned off EVs by range and availability of charging points

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Range anxiety and a lack of charging points remain two of the biggest put-offs when trying to convert business drivers to electric motoring. Six in ten business drivers – surveyed by vehicle leasing company ALD Automotive – would not change their current vehicle for an electric vehicle. Nearly eight in ten of these naysayers pointed [.].

New Honda personal mobility device is as free as walking

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Take a look at the pictures and you might think this is something we’d usually reserve for an April Fool’s Day story – but no, this is definitely the real deal. Yes, Honda has unveiled an all-new battery electric personal mobility device known as UNI-CUB – and, according to Honda, it gives its user all [.].

Adapted electric cars “full of compromise”

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Purpose-built electric cars are better models on the whole, than EVs adapted from combustion models-that’s the verdict of the hugely influential US consumer champion, Consumer Reports. Electric cars consumer electric car EVs review

Red light rouges: Cyclists put their lives on the line

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We are all being encouraged to be greener these days, and one popular way which people cut down on their transport CO2 and is to hop on a bicycle. But according to a new survey from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), a huge number of cyclists are proving to be rather badly behaved, ignoring [.]. Latest news bicycle cycle cycle lanes IAM

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Want Govt To Pay For Half Of Your Electric Car? Try Estonia

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Some electric-car makers (they know who they are) tend to quote base prices after subtracting the U.S. Federal income tax credit of $7,500. We don't do that here, but that practice would be even more tempting in Estonia--which gives a whopping $22,900 (18,000-euro) incentive on every electric car sold in the small Baltic republic. It may not go

FedEx Express closes in on goal of 20% improvement in vehicle fleet fuel efficiency years ahead of schedule

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FedEx Express, a unit of FedEx Corp., announced that its vehicle fleet was 16.6% more fuel efficient through FY2011 than it was in 2005. The company has a goal of making the vehicle fleet 20% more efficient by 2020. By the end of FY13, FedEx will have more than 11,000 such vehicles in service, more than 35% of its U.S. pick-up and delivery fleet.

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Prayon obtains worldwide sublicense for lithium iron phosphate battery material

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Belgium-based Prayon Group has obtained a worldwide. sublicense under a portfolio of key patents for the manufacture, sale and use of lithium metal phosphate (LMP), including lithium iron phosphate (LFP). The patents are owned by Hydro-Québec (Canada), Université de Montréal (Canada) and French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, France).

Better Place Battery Swapping: The Technology Behind The Idea

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Last week, we shared with you our first-hand experience of driving an electric car through a Better Place battery swap station in Israel. Publicly, especially outside of Israel, Better Place’s concept of switching out depleted electric car battery packs for fully charged ones at its proprietary automated switch stations is what the firm is

Vintage Electric Car Gets New Life: As Street-Legal Tesla-Beater

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Forty years ago, in the midst of fuel crisis after fuel crisis, automakers large and small around the world came up with concept and limited-run electric cars that would, it was hoped, revolutionize city commuting. They didn’t. Powered by several thousand pounds of lead acid batteries, fitted with single-digit kilowatt motors, and with price

Argonne study identifying fuel consumption penalties for CNG use in conventional light-duty vehicles; optimization pathways

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Light-duty vehicle fuel economy penalties for CNG in conventional engines, with and without scaling for performance equivalence. Source: ANL. Click to enlarge. seconds for CNG vs. 9.5 seconds for gasoline. When scaling the CNG engine up for comparable performance (9.5 seconds 0-60 mph), resulting in 145 kW of output, fuel economy dropped to 32.1


Umicore and Prayon form beLife JV to develop and produce phosphate-based cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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Materials company Umicore and phosphate producer Prayon are forming a joint venture—beLife—to develop and produce. phosphate-based cathode materials for use in lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable batteries. The JV is set up on a 51 (Prayon): 49 (Umicore) ownership basis. The joint venture is establishing an. This intellectual. We are.

ElectronVault launches cloud-based rapid prototyping tool for traction batteries

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ElectronVault Inc., an energy storage startup co-founded and led by Rob Ferber, a former Science Director at Tesla Motors who worked on the Tesla Roadster battery system, has launched a new cloud-based service for traction battery design for electric vehicle manufacturers. Systems are deliverable in 30 to 60 days, or to suit development timelines.

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Midtronics completes initial field testing of new high-voltage Hybrid/EV vehicle battery service and de-power tool

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The GRX-5100. Click to enlarge. Battery testing and management company Midtronics, Inc. —Midtronics Chief Technology Officer Kevin Bertness.

Nissan begins testing NV200-based EVs with AEON Retail Company in Japan

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Nissan Motor Co., has begun tests of an electric vehicle (EV) based on the compact commercial vehicle NV200. AEON Retail Co., Earlier post.). Brief

Ferrari's Enzo Supercar Successor Goes Down Hybrid Route

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It now looks almost certain that Ferrari will use hybrid technology for the next iteration of its range-topping supercar line, according to reports. Following the iconic 288 GTO, F40, F50 and Enzo hypercars, the next model--dubbed by some as F70--looks set to use Ferrari's HY-KERS hybrid system, which pairs two electric motors with a 12-cylinder

New Brammo Empulse Electric Motorcycle Unveiled

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Electric motorcycle manufacturer Brammo has revealed two brand new motorcycles, the Empulse and Empulse R. Each motorcycle offers both a 100 mph top speed, and 100 miles of range. The company has incorporated features suggested from research on its previous products, to ensure the Empulse and Empulse R are more advanced than ever. Power is put to

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