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Nissan Leaf withdrawn from New Zealand, electric-car sales plummet

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When it comes to thriving markets for electric cars, New Zealand doesn't exactly top the list. The Nissan Leaf is the bestselling electric car worldwide, but now Nissan will stop selling it from New Zealand. sales plug-in cars New ZealandDON'T MISS: 2012 Nissan Leaf To Arrive.

New Zealand revs up for electric cars

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Widespread use of electric cars is just a matter of time: and according to industry experts in New Zealand, they could take over the roads within 10 years. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars green cars New Zealand Tesla Roadster

New Zealand adjusts electric car guidelines

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In a bid to clear up the issues of electric car safety, New Zealand is offering new guidelines to electric car manufacturers and importers. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars green cars New Zealand

New Zealand's First Free Public Charging Point Installed

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Despite New Zealand's international clean and green image, it's a country which has been trailing behind when it comes to electric vehicles, with almost every all-electric vehicle on the nation's roads being a home-conversion. The price of New Zealand's gasoline has now reached $6.12

Licella signs MoUs with Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand on renewable aviation fuels

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Australia-based Licella , a wholly owned subsidiary of Ignite Energy , has signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand to examine the development and commercialization of a process to convert woody biomass into sustainable aviation biofuel. Licella has been supported with an A$2.3 Earlier post.).

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New Zealand simplifies Road User Charges system, extends exemption for light electric motor vehicles from 2013 to 2020

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New Zealand is implementing revenue-neutral changes to its road user charges (RUC) system as of 1 August 2012. In New Zealand, diesel and electric-powered vehicles pay for their road use through road user charges. The fund—which was approximately $2.65 battery electric) or partly (i.e., tonnes or less. The 4.1%

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia partner to investigate options for locally produced aviation biofuel

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In a trans-Tasman alliance, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia are issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to the market to explore the opportunity to procure locally-produced aviation biofuel. Interested parties have until 30 May 2016 to express their interest. Brief

New Zealand issues new guidelines for EV manufacturers and importers

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New Zealand has issued new guidelines for electric vehicle manufacturers and importers to provide clarity about the regulations and rules for the safe use of electric vehicles in New Zealand. In particular, the guidelines provide direction for consistency of plugs and how to charge electric vehicles safely. Brief

New Zealand LM Energy Applies for Underground Coal Gasification Prospecting Permit

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The application area is located north and south of the Huntly coal mines, which produce coal for supply to power generation and New Zealand Steel.

New Zealand Will Not Implement Fuel Economy Standard

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The government of New Zealand will not proceed with developing and implementing fuel economy standards as proposed by the previous government. We have also announced a Road User Charges exemption for electric vehicles until 2013 and a grant for biodiesel production in New Zealand until 2012. Earlier post.) Steven Joyce.

CSIRO report concludes that sustainable biojet fuel industry is achievable for Australia/New Zealand

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The report, “Flight Path to Sustainable Aviation”, examines a road map scenario under which the Australian and New Zealand aviation sectors achieve a 5% bio-derived jet fuel share in their fuel use by 2020, expanding that amount to 40% of their total fuel use by 2050. Source: CSIRO. Click to enlarge. Resources.

New Zealand Strategic Assessment of Biofuels Calls for Emphasis on Synthetic Diesel from Wood

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A report from the New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, is calling for a more strategic approach to biofuels. Furthermore, New Zealand still imports virtually all its liquid fuels; while domestic crude oil production has expanded, it is not nearly enough to meet local fuel demand. “.

New Zealand will not implement fuel economy standard

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The previous government in New Zealand may have proposed a fuel economy standard, but now the new government has announced it will not proceed with those plans. Tags: Green cars Latest news fuel economy fuel economy standard New Zealand

2012 Nissan Leaf To Arrive in New Zealand, Christchurch First

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The city of Christchurch, located on the southern of New Zealand's two large islands, is destined to become the first city to welcome the 2012 Nissan Leaf, its new electric car. According to the Christchurch City Council, 2012 will see the arrival of the highway-capable and affordable five-seat electric car.

Bad News: Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Delayed Yet Again

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The Outlander PHEV is already on sale in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and has been on the market in Japan for over a year, but a series of small problems has seen its U.S. Those of you holding out for Mitsubishi''s Outlander Plug-In Hybrid will have to hold out even longer--as the car''s U.S. launch has been put back once again.

Renault-Nissan Alliance Partners with the Wellington City Council, New Zealand on Zero-Emission Vehicles

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance (the Alliance) and the city of Wellington in New Zealand have formed a partnership to explore the development of a Zero Emission Vehicles program.

New Zealanders lured by clean diesel cars

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Motorists in New Zealand are increasingly turning to the power of diesel to reduce CO2 emissions and boost fuel efficiency, the country's Motor Trade Association (MTA) reveals.

DOE awards LanzaTech $4M for low-carbon jet & diesel demo plant; 3M gpy; Audi evaluating fuel properties

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In the DOE funded project, LanzaTech will work with ArcelorMittal to evaluate US opportunities for leveraging this expertise to demonstrate an entirely new pathway to low carbon fuels from industrial wastes that are either flared or underutilized. The LanzaTech award was one of six totaling $12.9 million. Earlier post.). Earlier post.).

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Study using real-world data finds low speed autonomous emergency braking leads to 38% reduction in rear-end crashes

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A study by a team of researchers from Europe, Australia and New Zealand has found that Low Speed AEB (autonomous emergency braking) technology leads to a 38% reduction in real-world rear-end crashes. The study also concluded that Low Speed AEB technology needs widespread fitment for maximum benefits. mph and 31 mph). —Dr. Bos, A.

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2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Prius 'marvel,' electric-car tax credits: Today's car news

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Today, Toyota announces the refreshed 2017 Highlander Hybrid and a new Prius hybrid variant for the 2016 New York Auto Show, and we look at when electric-car tax credits expire. The Nissan Leaf is withdrawn from New Zealand, and electric-car sales there plummet as a result. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

Suzuki Swift beats official MPG with over 80mpg

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A Suzuki Swift completed an impressive marathon economy drive in the hands of a New Zealand motoring journalist, achieving an impressive 764 miles to a single tank. Suzuki fuel economy MPG Marathon Suzuki Swift

LanzaTech, Harsco ally to develop ethanol from steel gas process

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Founded in 2005 in New Zealand, LanzaTech is the first company to successfully demonstrate production of fuel-grade ethanol from steel mill gases.

Study finds that EV-specific factors rather than socio-demographic variables better predictors of EV uptake

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Of those, charging infrastructure was the best predictor of a country’s EV market share. Source: Sierzchula et al. Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge.

NZ Super Fund makes $60M investment in LanzaTech, bringing total Series D to $112.6M

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The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has made a US$60 million equity investment in leading gas fermentation company LanzaTech. Founded in New Zealand in 2005 and now headquartered in Chicago, LanzaTech turns waste gas from steel mills into ethanol and other high value fuels and chemicals. Earlier post.) million. Brief

Wrightspeed in $30M deal to provide range-extended electric powertrains to NZ Bus

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announced a US$30M deal with Infratil-owned NZ Bus, New Zealand’s largest operator of urban bus services. Wrightspeed Inc. L/100 km).

Toyota to explore integration of SmartDeviceLink Technology with Ford subsidiary; open source version of Ford AppLink

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We continue to investigate new technologies that both enhance and safeguard the driving experience of Toyota and Lexus owners. Ford SYNC 3.

Swiss company outlines methanol-to-gasoline option for Alaska North Slope gas to state legislature

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Van Wijk at the time said the new plant might consider the methanol-to-gasoline MTG process pioneered by ExxonMobil. Source: EMRE. to $2.85

USDA approves corn amylase trait for Enogen; first approved genetically modified trait for ethanol industry

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The corn amylase trait in Enogen has already been approved for import into Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia and Taiwan, and for cultivation in Canada. Syngenta has received full deregulation for its corn amylase trait from the US. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Earlier post.) Brief

LanzaTech and Swedish Biofuels partnering with Virgin Atlantic on waste gas-to-ethanol-to-jet fuel process; targeting commercial use by 2014

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Biofuels towards achieving the technical approval required for using new fuel types in commercial aircraft. A demo flight with the new fuel is planned in 12-18 months, with commercialization targeted for 2014. technology is currently being piloted in New Zealand, a larger demonstration facility will be commissioned.

Fiat 875cc TwinAir named International Engine of the Year 2011

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The TwinAir was also named Best New Engine of the Year, Green Engine of the Year, and Sub 1-Liter engine. Cutaway of the 875cc TwinAir. Engine

DOE Joint Genome Institute approves 41 projects for 2012 Community Sequencing Program; climate, environment and bioenergy feedstocks

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Another terabase-sized metagenome project comes from Craig Cary at the University of Delaware and Charles Lee at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. AgResearch, New Zealand. This amounts to the equivalent of at least 10,000 human genomes in data. —Eddy Rubin, DOE JGI Director. —Dangl team proposal.

Global geothermal industry passes 12,000 MW operational

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The global geothermal industry surpassed 12,000 MW of geothermal power operational, with about 600 MW of new geothermal power coming online globally, according to a year-end update by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA). New project announcements have increased the resource under development to about 30,000 MW. Brief

Global sales of EyeSight-equipped Subarus reach 1 million

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EyeSight-equipped Subaru models are currently sold in Japan, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and China, and will continue to be rolled out to other global markets. Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. The one-million mark was reached after eight years and seven months since the system was first launched in Japan in May 2008. Brief

Mack Trucks to showcase Wrightspeed turbine-based extended range electric powertrain in Class 8 refuse truck

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Wrightspeed counts FedEx, Ratto Group and New Zealand Bus as early Route customers. Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge.

CSIRO and Australasian Aviation Partners Launch Study on Sustainable Aviation Fuels Industry

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Called the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Road Map, the study aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of a sustainable aviation fuels industry in Australia and New Zealand. Australia’s CSIRO, together Australasian aviation partners, is leading a study to help develop a sustainable aviation fuels industry.

ZeoGas licenses ExxonMobil Methanol-to-Gasoline technology for Gulf Coast plant

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ExxonMobil’s methanol-to-gasoline technology was first commercialized in 1985 by New Zealand Synfuels, a 14,500 barrel per day gas-to-gasoline plant in New Zealand. The conversion of methanol to hydrocarbons and water is virtually complete and essentially stoichiometric in the MTG process. —Timothy D. Brief

Waze adds speed limits feature, planned drives

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Waze is rolling out the new feature first in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, Tobago and Uruguay. The rest of world will follow. It will stay there until the vehicle speed drops below the limit.

Posco and LanzaTech to collaborate on conversion of flue gas to ethanol and key value-added products

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It has investment from K1W1 (New Zealand), Khosla Ventures (US) and Qiming Ventures (China) as well as funding from the New Zealand and US governments. It provides a new way to produce green energy and it will also contribute to reducing CO2 in steel plants. Its crude steel production for 2010 was 33.7 Brief

Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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Are new CAFE standards the answer? New Zealand. Expert predictions about where oil and gas prices are headed vary widely. Country.

California Air Resources Board releases draft regulations for cap-and-trade program linkage with Québec

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Starting next year 34 emissions trading programs will serve as the primary vehicle to drive greenhouse gas reductions in Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and 27 European Union members, along with California and Québec. Earlier post.). —ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. South Korea’s program will begin in 2015.