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Researchers use crumpled graphene balls to avoid dendrite growth on Li-metal anodes

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Lithium metal—with its high theoretical capcity and low electrochemical potential—is an ideal anode for Li-ion batteries, and is the material of choice for advanced batteries such as Li-sulfur and Li-O 2.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car: owners' impressions after a year

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Californians got the chance to buy Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars before everyone else, and the compact hatchback has sold well in the state, aided by its 238-mile rated range. Last February, readers John and Mimi Porter of San Diego shared their first impressions of the new silver Bolt EV they had purchased the previous month. Now we have a. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Achates showcases 2.7L, 3-cylinder opposed piston gasoline compression ignition engine in F-150; estimated 37 mpg combined

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At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Achates Power and new development parter Aramco Services ( earlier post ) showcased a Ford F-150 fitted with a 3-cylinder, 2.7-liter Opposed-Piston Gasoline Compression Ignition (OPGCI) engine. Earlier post.).

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VW unveils 2019 Jetta at Detroit; MQB-based, lower price

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Volkswagen of America, Inc., unveiled the new 2019 Jetta at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Jetta is one of the world’s most successful sedans, with more than 17 million models sold worldwide since it was introduced in 1979; more than 3.2

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DOE analysis suggests rapid convergence of FCEV and BEV TCOs; FCEVs less expensive for majority of LDV fleet by 2040; mass compounding

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In 2020, battery-electric vehicles will be a cheaper vehicle option than fuel cell electric vehicles for the majority of the light duty fleet (79-97%), according to a new study by a team at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO).

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Evea study estimates 69% reduction in GHG emissions for Global Bioenergies’ fully renewable ETBE compared to fossil gasoline

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Life-cycle analysis specialist EVEA has estimated that fully renewable ETBE produced by the Global Bioenergies’ IBN-One plant would enable 69% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil gasoline. This figure was calculated for the current design planned for the IBN-One plant using a greenhouse gases emissions calculator based on 2BSVS, compliant with the Renewable Energy Directive.

2018 23

New Navigant Leaderboard puts GM and Waymo at the head of the autonomous driving technology pack, Tesla last

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Navigant Research has issued a new iteration of its Leaderboard Report on Autonomous Driving (AD), reflecting the new partnerships, strategic investments and acquisitions made since the early version less than one year ago.

2018 17

USDA awards $3M biorefinery grant to support conversion of lignin into renewable alternative for ABS Resin

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The USDA has awarded a consortium including Attis Innovations, Inc., a subsidiary of Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc.,a a $3-million grant to support the commercialization of its patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies. Attis Innovations is the combination of recent transactions with American Science and Technology Corp. and Advanced Lignin Biocomposites LLC.

2018 18

Fisker EMotion: here's why we're skeptical about Fisker's latest electric car

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After the rise and fall of Henrik Fisker's former automotive venture, a number of analysts and enthusiasts are skeptical about his newest company—Fisker, Inc.—and —and its first creation, the EMotion electric sedan. It's not hard to see why. The second company bearing the Fisker name has made numerous claims regarding future technologies. Consumer Electronics Show

2018 23

GM promises it can make money on all-electric cars by 2021

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Radically new powertrains are widely assumed to lose money for the companies that launch them. Toyota's hybrid-electric system, launched in Japan in 1997, likely didn't break even until sometime after the 2004 launch of the second-generation Prius. Long-range battery-electric vehicles are the same, according to analysts and insiders: the question. General Motors Plug-In Hybrids GM plug-in cars Profit Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

2018 23

All renewable energy types to be cost-competitive by 2020: report

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Renewable-energy generation costs are falling like photons onto a solar panel. By 2020, it's expected all types of renewable-energy generation will be able to compete with fossil fuels on cost. That's right: saving our environment will actually save electric utilities some money, too. DON'T MISS: Two-thirds of world's new energy capacity in 2016. electric utilities renewable energy solar wind energy

2018 21

Carbon fiber from plants close to carbon-neutral? Scientists hopeful

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When it comes to materials with the most promise in automotive applications, carbon fiber and graphene each rank high on the list. Unlike graphene, however, real-world carbon fiber applications exist today—and they're helping automakers reduce the weight of cars coming tomorrow. There's one big, unfortunate, and somewhat ironic problem with. Manufacturing Carbon Fiber research and development materials weight reduction Lightweight

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Costa Rica to become Latin American electric-car pioneer?

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Costa Rica isn't what you'd call a bastion of automotive sales. The Central American country ,wedged between Nicaragua and Panama, is home to 4.8 million people who buy just 154,000 vehicles annually—less than 1 percent of the sales in the United States. But that won't deter the Costa Rican government from greening its fleet. It now aims to. Plug-In Hybrids incentives plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Costa Rica

Gas tax should rise 25 cents to fund road repair: US Chamber of Commerce

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It's an unusual thing, to say the least, when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce publicly suggests a major tax increase. In general, the pro-business lobbying group advocates for tax cuts, reducing or eliminating regulations, and free-market policies that allow companies to operate however they choose. But there it was on Tuesday: The Chamber will. Gasoline Politics Infrastructure Gas Tax state laws federal government

2018 18

U Alberta study shows for the first time that sunlight causes chemical reactions in road dust; singlet oxygen

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Researchers at the University of Alberta (Canada) have shown for the first time that road dust is photochemically active; i.e., sunlight causes chemical reactions in the dust.

2018 12

Electric cars are 'historic opportunity' for US carmakers: Autonation CEO

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Unlike many auto dealers and dealership groups that see selling electric vehicles as a necessary burden, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson believes electric vehicles offer a "historic opportunity" for the industry Speaking at the Automotive News World Congress, Jackson recognized the challenges associated with electric vehicles, but said he also thinks. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) AutoNation

2018 18

Bee’ah to add 50 Tesla Semis to fleet; first in Middle East

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Bee’ah, the UAE’s fastest growing environmental management company has ordered 50 Tesla Semis—the first and largest fleet of Tesla Semi trucks in the Middle East. The incoming Tesla Semi trucks, which enter production in 2019, will primarily be used for waste collection and transportation, including transportation of materials for recovery.

2018 13

Fisker EMotion: what we learned about 300-mile electric car at CES

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Fisker Inc., the second namesake automaker from the Danish auto designer, rolled out its first model at the Consumer Electronics Show last week and gave us some details on what to expect from the luxury electric car. The supercar-esque sedan, which Fisker hopes will steal customers away from rival Tesla, should produce 775 horsepower from its

2018 18

Achates engine in Ford F-150 pickup targets 37 mpg, with Saudi oil company backing

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One year ago at the Detroit auto show, a company called Achates Power unveiled models of a new kind of internal-combustion engine. With opposed pistons in the middle and crankshafts at either end, it was sufficiently different to startle most visitors who paid attention. That engine came with some audacious claims, too: How about an EPA combined. emissions Detroit Auto Show EPA Engines Fuel Economy carbon dioxide Achates Power

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China plug-in electric vehicle sales in 2017: almost four times those in the U.S.

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Compared to previous years, overall car-sales growth in the U.S. has all but plateaued at around 17.5 million. China is doing little better, with growth reaching just 3 percent for 2017. But the Chinese new-vehicle market is undergoing a seismic shift in which types of cars are sold. Want proof? China sold 777,000 new-energy. China sales New car sales plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

2018 16

2019 Ram 1500 pickup has 48-volt 'mild hybrid' system for fuel economy

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The dominant news at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit was about pickup trucks. Ironically, the Detroit automaker with the fewest electrified models on sale was the only one to bring hybridization to a new truck, in the form of its brand-new 2019 Ram 1500. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has lagged GM and FOrd on the. Detroit Auto Show mild hybrid Fuel Economy start-stop system 48-Volt mild hybrid

2018 16

Could improving electric-car tax credit be possible even with today's politics?

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Rather to the surprise of electric-car advocates, the massive tax bill passed by the U.S. Congress in December did not eliminate the federal tax credit for purchase of a plug-in electric vehicle. That credit lets buyers take a credit of $2,500 to $7,500 on their income-tax filing in the year of purchase. Now, financial columnist James Stewart has. Politics Plug-In Hybrids incentives tax credit plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

2018 13

2019 Honda Insight video preview from Detroit auto show

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Pickup trucks took the limelight this year, but a significant green car made a quiet debut. It's an interesting and handsome model that revives a familiar name for Honda. The 2019 Honda Insight is a compact premium sedan projected to get an EPA combined rating of 50 mpg or better. The new Insight is Honda's third try at a dedicated hybrid, each of. Detroit Auto Show Videos

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UCSC team develops high-performance nanostructured composite catalyst for water-splitting to produce hydrogen

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A low-cost, nanostructured composite material developed by researchers at UC Santa Cruz has shown performance comparable to Pt/C as a catalyst for the electrochemical splitting of water to produce hydrogen.

2019 Ram drops weight, gains 48V eTorque mild hybrid system

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FCA pulled the wraps off the new 2019 Ram 1500 at the Detroit Auto Show. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds (102 kg).

What you need to know about electric-car namesake Nikola Tesla

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This month marks the 75th year since the death of famed inventor and and electrical innovator Nikola Tesla, a man whose life is as interesting as his technical achievements. Tesla, a Serbian who was born in what's now Croatia, brought the world numerous innovations in electricity that, to this day, define how we live. On January 7th, Tesla was. History research electric utilities plug-in cars Nikola Tesla Nikola

Ferrari, Infiniti embrace EVs; Mazda takes the top EPA slot; Ford has more EVs to come: Today's Car News

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Today, we look at details about Fisker, learn more about luxury brands coming around to electrification, and Mazda takes home another win from the EPA's calculators. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Automotive designer Henrik Fisker is back with a new car company bearing his name but just like the last time around, we have our reservations. Today in Car News

German OEMs have 16% of electric car market in US

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German automakers have 16% of the electric car market in the US, according to Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). Speaking at the organizations’s annual press conference at the Detroit Auto Show, Wissman observed that the 16% share of the electric car market is roughly double the German OEM’s share of the total light vehicle market.

Tesla wins another, licensed to sell electric cars in Rhode Island

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Tesla can now add another notch to its sales board. Rhode Island will allow the direct sale of Teslas and has issued a state dealer license to the company to open a dealer in Warwick. Additionally, the city itself issued its own license to the electric-vehicle manufacturer, which plans to take over the former site of a Hyundai dealer in the city. Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) state laws Rhode Island

Gas-tax hike, Kia Sorento Diesel, Bolt EV after a year, 37-mpg F-150, electric cars in CA: Today's Car News

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Today, we've got an interesting mix of stories, from a debate over how many electric cars California needs to the source of funds for an engine promised to deliver 37 mpg in a full-size Ford F-150 pickup. Also, your Tesla primer (it's not what you may think) and the Chevy Bolt EV after a year. All this and more on Green Car Reports. California. Today in Car News

Number of electric cars California needs to cut 2030 emissions unclear: 4 million or 7 million?

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One of California's largest electricity producers recently published a white paper that analyzed how the state will achieve its 2030 greenhouse-gas targets—and it called into question targets set forth by California regulators. Specifically, Southern California Edison (SCE) said the targeted 4 million electric vehicles isn't nearly enough to. emissions California greenhouse gas climate change plug-in cars state laws

What will your next new car be? Twitter poll results

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Experienced survey companies know that what people say they will do and what they actually end up doing are sometimes two different things. They also know that picking the correct survey group to represent a broader population is crucial to obtaining useful results. Our (unscientific) Twitter polls are largely seen only by this site's Twitter. Polls

Ford 300-mile all-electric SUV may be named Mach 1; due 2020

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The big new debuts at the 2018 Detroit auto show are largely pickup trucks, one of them being the new mid-size 2019 Ford Ranger. Ford also introduced a new Bullitt Mustang, honoring the 51st anniversary of the legendary 1968 movie, and a high-performance ST version of the Edge crossover. (Is Is it the Edgest Edge?) But as for new hybrids or plug-in. Detroit Auto Show Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Detroit auto show, 2019 pickups, Fisker EMotion, Honda Insight, Tesla history: The Week in Reverse

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What tricks and technologies did Chevy engineers use to boost the fuel economy of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck? Which state will likely counter any proposed weakening of corporate average fuel-economy standards by the Trump administration? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car. The Week In Reverse