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Aleris to invest $350M to upgrade Kentucky aluminum rolling mill for anticipated growth in automotive demand

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Aleris will invest $350 million to upgrade capabilities at its aluminum rolling mill in Lewisport, Kentucky. We are excited to bring these capabilities to our Lewisport, Kentucky facility to serve automotive customers in North America as they shift toward significantly greater aluminum use. Fuel Efficiency Materials Weight reduction

Waste Management opens public-access CNG fueling station in Kentucky, expands natural gas-powered fleet

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Waste Management has launched a new local fleet in Louisville, Kentucky of 25 clean-burning CNG trucks and unveiled Louisville’s first public-access, 24-hour compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The fleet is the first of its kind in Kentucky, replacing heavy-duty collection trucks with new vehicles that run on CNG. Brief

E-Mazing Race III: Electric Cars Compete On Recharging In Multiple Locations

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American Pharaoh may have won the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby earlier this month, but the winners of another race remains to be determined. That would be the third running of the E-Mazing Race, a competition across Canada for plug-in electric vehicles.

Kobe Steel to build aluminum extrusion and fabrication plant in Kentucky; bumper and car frame materials

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KPEX) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Japan-based Kobe Steel, Ltd. will manufacture and sell aluminum extrusions for the automotive sector in the United States. The new business will operate through a company called Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc. KPEX will make bumper materials for cars and car frame materials. million. Brief

Toyota to establish new North American headquarters in Texas; consolidating from California, Kentucky and New York

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TEMA) in Erlanger, Kentucky.; Erlanger, Kentucky will lose about 1,000 to Plano, with 250 more heading north to Michigan. AirFlite Inc.

Toyota to use landfill gas to generate power for Kentucky plant

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. Since 2006, the Kentucky plant has been a zero-landfill facility. has teamed up with Waste Services of the Bluegrass to generate power from local landfill waste, marking the region’s first business-to-business landfill gas to energy initiative. A network. Camrys, to a local food bank. Brief

Plug-in Electric Car Sales In Canada, Feb 2014: Milestones, Millstones

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million people, the province has about the same population as Kentucky and represents one of every While February''s electric vehicle sales in Canada will have easily topped year-ago numbers, the plug-in market still faces headwinds in Canada during 2014. British Columbia hit a milestone of 1,000 plug-in vehicle sales earlier this year.

Landfill Power For Toyota Plant Cuts Carbon Emissions 90 Percent

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The latest is Toyota, which is simultaneously powering its plant and cutting local emissions in Georgetown, Kentucky, by capturing waste gas from a local landfill site. Several automakers have realized that being truly green involves much more than just building cars that don''t use much fuel.

ISU researchers find corn yields with perennial cover crop equal to traditional farming; recommend Kentucky bluegrass

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Corn remains vigorous with little competition from Kentucky bluegrass. And Kentucky bluegrass is out in every lawn in Iowa. Brief

Kentucky-Argonne Partnership to Help Build US Advanced Battery Industry

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The Commonwealth of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky (UK) and University of Louisville (U of L) are partnering with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory to establish a national Battery Manufacturing R&D Center to help develop and deploy a domestic supply of advanced battery technologies for vehicle applications.

Azure Dynamics Wins 10 Balance Hybrid Electric Sales to Kentucky Municipalities; Option for 40 Additional Buses

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Azure Dynamics Corporation recently won orders for up to 50 Balance Hybrid Electric Shuttle Buses by Kentucky municipalities. Ten buses were ordered immediately by three separate Kentucky municipalities with an option for up to 40 additional buses. The stimulus funds were provided to members of the Kentucky Public Transit Association.

Global Green Cars Announces New Kentucky Production Plant

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Global Green Cars, a partially owned subsidiary of Utah based Green Star Products, recently announced plans to move its operations to Williamsburg Kentucky from the current location in Idaho. The company reportedly plans on completing the transition of its personnel and operations by October 2009. GGC says that it intends to produce

National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries Opts for Kentucky Site for Li-ion Plant

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The National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries (NAATBatt) ( earlier post ) has selected a site in Hardin County, Kentucky to build a more than $600-million automotive lithium-ion battery plant. Kentucky was selected over Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Earlier post.).

SEMPEED (Simulation of Electrical Machines, Power Electronics and Electrical Drives) Consortium launches

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Stanley Pigman Chair in Power at University of Kentucky (UoK) in Lexington, KY. Motor Design Ltd ( MDL ) announced the official launch of the SEMPEED Consortium (Simulation of Electrical Machines, Power Electronics and Electrical Drives) which is for academic collaborators and industrial members. Another SEMPEED site is under development.

Cornell spin-off lithium-sulfur battery company NOHMs to locate in Lexington, KY

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced that start-up lithium-sulfur battery company NOHMs (Nano Organic Hybrid Materials) Technologies Inc.

TARC rolls out six new Proterra battery-electric buses; fleet total of 15

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With the new buses, TARC will have a total of 15 all-electric buses on the road, making it one of the largest electric bus operators in the country.

UPS to invest more than additional $90M in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure; 6 new CNG stations, 440 vehicles

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UPS currently operates 31 CNG fueling stations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia and runs CNG vehicles in 38 states in the U.S. million gallons of renewable natural gas. Orlando, Fla.; Salina, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.;

2013 Ford Escape With EcoBoost: On Its Way To Dealers Now

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Fitted with Ford’s latest green engine technology, the 2013 Ford Escape has started to roll off the production line at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. Starting at $22,470, the compact crossover SUV has undergone a complete redesign for this year, giving it a strong family resemblance to the smaller 2012 Ford Focus

FTA awarding $55M to 10 projects deploying battery-electric and fuel-cell buses

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Lextran, the transit authority in Lexington, Kentucky, will receive funding to purchase five Proterra battery-electric buses, one charging station and one maintenance area charging system. Funding is provided through FTA’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo). Earlier post.). The selected projects are: NoLo Awards. Funding.

SABIC introduces novel thermoplastic roof fairing concept for 3% improvement in heavy-duty truck fuel economy

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SABIC has introduced a thermoplastic roof fairing concept that can potentially reduce annual fuel consumption of a heavy-duty truck by at least 3%.

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Maxwell supplying ultracaps to ABB for hybrid version of Philadelphia rail energy recuperation system

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Maxwell Technologies, Inc. is supplying ultracapacitors to ABB for its recent contract win to upgrade Philadelphia area rail lines. When decelerating or braking, a traction vehicle (train, tram or trolleybus) is feeding the regenerated braking energy back into the DC power network. Brief

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: New Style, Same Old Hybrid System

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It's got some shots of the newly redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry moving down the production line in Georgetown, Kentucky. Sometimes, you find information in the strangest places. Take the YouTube video, "Georgetown Plant on the 2012 Camry," apparently posted by Toyota of the Black Hills, a dealer in Rapid City, South Dakota.

FTA LoNo grant recipients to purchase 35 Proterra electric transit buses

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Lextran (Kentucky), one 40' Catalyst FC bus. Proterra announced that eight new and existing customers have won Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No Emission (LoNo) Vehicle Deployment Grants. The 2016 LoNo grant winners will use their funds, a total of $22.8 With more than 2.4 Delaware Transit Corporation, six 35' Catalyst XR buses.

Westport launches Ford F-450 and F-550 with Bi-Fuel Westport WiNG Power System

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Assembled alongside the Westport-powered Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks at the Westport Kentucky Integration Center (WKIC), a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) audited facility, the new F-450 and F-550 trucks have undergone the same safety and durability testing used by Ford for all its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products. Brief

Toyota investing $1B in new TNGA plant in Mexico, realigning North American manufacturing; expansion in Guangzhou

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By 2019, the Cambridge, Ontario plants will all be producing higher-value mid-sized vehicles, along with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. Other recent manufacturing expansions by Toyota in North America include: $360-million investment in Georgetown, Kentucky plant. It will have the capacity to produce 200,000 units annually.

Allison Transmission’s powershifting twin countershaft gearbox to offer improved fuel efficiency for tractor units across entire drive cycle

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Allison Transmission has unveiled a new fully automatic 10-speed transmission for tractor units at the 2011 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. The novel gearbox, set to debut in North America in late 2012, has been designed specifically to maximize productivity and fuel efficiency during both cruising and stop-start operation.

University of Tennessee to head $250M advanced composites manufacturing institute; Ford, Honda and Volkswagen members

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The new hub will also unite these manufacturers with research universities, such as the University of Tennessee with its pioneering 3D printed carbon fiber research, and the University of Kentucky with the largest US open-access carbon-fiber chemistry laboratory. Adherent Technologies, Inc.; Honda R&D Americas, Inc.; TPI Composites, Inc.;

Proterra electric buses pass 2M revenue-miles mark

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Proterra has 63 buses on the road today in Texas, California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina and Washington. Proterra Inc. announced that its US fleet has surpassed two million miles of revenue service. million pounds of CO 2 emissions. kWh/mile. Brief

Defence researchers hope to make most of CO2

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Researchers at the laboratory have teamed up with colleagues from the Centre for Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky to investigate the hydrogenation of carbon dioxide (CO2) using a Fisher-Tropsch cobalt catalyst. Could carbon dioxide actually be put to good use?

DOE project captures and stores one million metric tons of carbon

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The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium, led by the Illinois State Geological Survey, is evaluating CCS options for the 60,000-square-mile Illinois Basin, which underlies most of Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and western Kentucky. Earlier post.) Brief

EIA: E85 increasingly price-competitive with gasoline on energy content basis in parts of the Midwest; mileage per dollar

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Daily average E85 and E10 prices in select Midwestern states. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge. Brief

OnStar and Google demonstrate concept service for managing charging Chevrolet Volts with renewable energy

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Concept of the service and mobile app for renewable charging. Click to enlarge. Renewables in the US grid. was conventional hydropower. and 6 a.m.

Dana introduces multi-layer steel transmission separator plates

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The MLS transmission separator plates were developed at Dana’s technical center in Neu-Ulm, Bavaria, Germany, and will be produced at its facilities in Neu-Ulm, and Danville, Kentucky. This technology also allows optimized channel paths and smaller valve bodies through the reduction of fasteners that can interfere with desired flow paths.

Westport and GM in 2nd agreement for advanced engineering development of natural gas LDVs

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To support OEM programs that will enable personal and commercial vehicles to run on natural gas, Westport Light Duty has recently established The Michigan Technical Center in Plymouth, and has opened an assembly centre in Louisville, Kentucky. Westport Innovations Inc. The first cooperative technology project was announced in June 2011.

13 governors send letter to automakers encouraging natural gas vehicle development

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The states participating in the letter with Colorado and Oklahoma are: Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming. Colorado Gov. This letter is part of a multi-state agreement initiated last fall by Hickenlooper and Oklahoma Gov. —Governors’ letter. Brief

Westport WiNG bi-fuel CNG systems for Ford F-250 and 350 Series

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Engineered at the new Westport technical center in Plymouth Michigan, WiNG Power Systems will be installed at the Westport manufacturing facility adjacent to the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant, in Louisville. Westport launched its new Westport WiNG Power System at the National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show. Brief

ZAP Completes Made-in-USA Electric Pickup Engineering Project

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ZMMK President Gary Dodd expects to build the vehicles in Kentucky pending funding from the DOE. Click to enlarge. ZAP CEO Steve Schneider.

Ford introduces second-generation 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Diesel for F-Series Super Duty; Gen 1 hits 500,000 mark

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Second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel. Click to enlarge. Ford introduced the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel in 2011. GT37 turbo.

Toyota converting biogas to power for Georgetown plant

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, with help from Waste Services of the Bluegrass , is converting methane from a local landfill into renewable electricity to power Toyota’s Georgetown assembly plant. Landfill gas is comprised of both methane and carbon dioxide, in addition to varying amounts of other contaminants. Brief

Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities. Duke Energy Kentucky. 46 organizations have signed on to the principles so far. Among the actions announced are: Unlocking up to $4.5 Electric vehicle coalition. Enhance American manufacturing competitiveness, innovation, and the development of advanced technology. ChargePoint. Nissan.