Study finds rates of LDV fuel consumption in US peaked in 2004; indications of peak motorization

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These rates are down 16% to 17% from their peaks in 2004, except that the rate per vehicle is down 13% (from its peak in 2003). This rate increased to a maximum of 474 gallons in 2004. The rate increased to a maximum of 698 gallons in 2004. The rate increased to a maximum of 1,240 gallons in 2004. 2004. -9% 2004. -11%. 2003 to 2004. -13% Total amount of fuel consumed by light-duty vehicles peaked in 2004 at 138.8

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Satellite study: livestock digestion released 70% more methane than oil and gas industry in 2004

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Livestock were the single largest source of methane gas emissions in the United States in 2004, releasing 70% more into the atmosphere than the oil and gas industry as estimated by other inventories, according to a new study by a team from Harvard University, JPL/CalTech and UC Irvine. There is little reason to suspect that the amount of methane released by livestock has changed since 2004 (before the SCIAMACHY instrument used to collect the data stopped working), said Wecht.

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EPA Reports Fifth Consecutive Annual Increase in US New Vehicle Fuel Economy; Up 9% Since 2004, Back to Levels of Early 1980s

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mpg, or 9%, since 2004. This positive trend beginning in 2005 reverses a long period of increasing CO 2 emissions and decreasing fuel economy from 1987 through 2004, and returns CO 2 emissions and fuel economy to levels of the early 1980s.

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DOE: new vehicle fuel economy improved 33% from 1980-2016

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In the 1990s and early 2000s, fuel economy decreased while vehicle weight increased, and fuel economy has improved nearly every year since 2004.

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

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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. Radically new powertrains are widely assumed to lose money for the companies that launch them. 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

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Geek Squad switches to Toyota Prius C hybrids from VW Beetles

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Since the service launched nationwide in 2004, it has primarily used a fleet of black-and-white Volkswagen Beetles, known as "Geekmobiles." Best Buy's Geek Squad tech-support unit is getting a makeover. Those vehicles are about to be replaced with 1,000 2016 Toyota Prius C hybrids. DON'T MISS: Toyota Prius C: Hybrid Subcompact Ultimate Guide. fleet sales fleet

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Volkswagen appoints Frank Blome to head Battery Cell Center of Excellence

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Following various positions as project manager and development manager for electric drive systems with Continental AG, he became Head of Energy Management of Continental AG in 2004. Volkswagen has appointed Frank Blome, previously Chairman of the Management Board of Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH, to head the Battery Cell Center of Excellence of the Volkswagen brand. Blome will assume the newly created function with effect from 1 January 2018.

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All Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars Are Compliance Cars, For Now

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And hybrids indeed logged annual sales in the low thousands until the second-generation Prius came along for 2004. When the first Honda Insight and Toyota Prius hybrids launched in 1999 and 2000, expectations for their sales were low. But the sales numbers for the earliest hybrids look stratospheric compared to the projections for sales of. Japan hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell compliance car

Graphene May Double Solar Cell Power, Harvest Hydrogen From Air

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Graphene is a graphite-like substance first isolated in 2004. As tough global emissions standards put more pressure on carmakers to produce larger numbers of zero-emission vehicles, the race is on to improve systems of electricity generation and storage. Some analysts view it as useful in improving the efficiency of batteries, but now it appears

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Bob Lutz called 2017 Chevy Bolt EV a 'compliance car'; is it?

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Electric-car advocates are often passionate, with memories long enough to remember GM's 2004 destruction of its pioneering fleet of EV1 electric cars. Since then, the company has built and sold two generations of the Chevrolet Volt, with the launch of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV imminent within a year—before Nissan, Tesla, BMW, or any other. Bob Lutz plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) compliance car

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Is Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV hurting Prius V wagon sales?

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That was a market pioneered by the Ford Escape Hybrid, in 2004, and one that Ford walked away from for 2013. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the sole mass-market crossover SUV that offers a hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive. It turns out that there seems to be a market for compact crossovers with both AWD and high fuel economy. DON'T MISS: 2016. all-wheel drive Escape Hybrid Prius V RAV4 Hybrid

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2017 Nissan Leaf Renderings: How Conservative Will Design Be?

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It''s long been acknowledged that the current Nissan Leaf electric car is a radical and distinctive design, just as the landmark 2004 Toyota Prius hybrid was. But some portion of potential buyers, who may be amenable to the benefits of driving a battery-electric vehicle, won''t consider the Leaf because of its "weird" looks. DON''T MISS: New 2017

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: Video Road Test

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Its first two-seat Insight wasn''t close enough to the mainstream--and the first Honda Accord Hybrid in 2004 didn''t post gas-mileage numbers that were all that great. Honda was the first car company to sell a hybrid in the U.S.

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U.S. Vehicles Now Have Average Age Of 11.5 Years (Waste Not, Want Not)

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That means the average passenger car on the road today was built for the 2004 model year--and that there's a long tail of cars stretching well back into the 1990s around you in daily traffic. The cars on U.S. roads are older than they've ever been. A recent survey found that the average age of U.S. vehicles is now at a record high of 11.5 years.

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Hybrid Sales Soar So Far In 2013: Ford Rises, Prius Falls

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Starting with the 2004 model, it really came to define the public image of a hybrid car. For a long time, the Toyota Prius was the only game in town for high fuel-efficiency vehicles. Now, though, as hybrids and plug-in cars are slowly growing their share of the market, Prius sales have fallen--not just as a share of the "alternative powertrain

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2015 Smart Electric Drive: Both ForTwo & ForFour Models

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The company previously sold a car with this name in Europe between 2004 and 2006, but the Mitsubishi-based Smart is doubling up on electric vehicles with its next generation small cars--as its Electric Drive will come in both two- and four-seat formats. It''s been known for a while that Smart would revive the ForFour name with its next city car.

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The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid: An Oldie, But A Goodie

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The 2004 Ford Escape Hybrid was the first hybrid SUV on the market. Not only did the 2004 Escape offer the first hybrid SUV, it was also the first American-made hybrid electric vehicle. When Ford introduced the first version, they received several accolades for their groundbreaking approach. Six years later, the 2010 version still reigns supreme

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China to expand production and use of ethanol; 2020 E10 mandate would make China 3rd largest ethanol consumer

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From 2004 to 2016, the average annual production growth rate was 16.8%, according to CARD.

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Study: air pollution may shorten telomeres in newbornsa sign of increased health risks

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A study conducted before and after the 2004 closure of a coal-burning power plant in Tongliang, China, found that children born before the closure had shorter telomeres than those conceived and born after the plant stopped polluting the air. In May 2004, high levels of air pollution in Tongliang prompted the government to shut down.

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Dongfeng Honda to invest US$436M and build 3rd plant in China; accommodation for electrified vehicles

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Since it began production and sales of CR-V in April 2004, Dongfeng Honda has continued enhancing its product lineup, including the Civic, since 2006, and the XR-V compact SUV, since 2015. Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd., a Honda automobile production and sales joint venture in China, plans to build a third automobile production plant to meet increasing demand from the continuously growing automobile market in China. Dongfeng Honda plans to build the third plant on a 1.2

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Recall Notice 2004-2009 Prius Owners, Toyota Urges You to Remove Floor Mats to Avoid Stuck Gas Pedal

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Toyota has issued a safety advisory which will be followed by a recall regarding the all weather floors mats of many models dating back to 2004. The company will begin sending formal safety campaign notices next week and is working to solve the problem, but strongly urges driver's of all affected models to remove their driver's side floor

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Will Toyota Prius Hybrid Change Its Shape For 2015?

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Since the second generation model arrived in the 2004 model year, the aerodynamically-honed one-box shape has always shouted "Prius". Love it or loathe it, everyone can recognize the Toyota Prius. So much so that many consider Honda's Insight hybrid to deliberately feature similar styling. Only when a new Prius arrives, likely in 2014 as a 2015

NSF awards UIC $1.44M to discover new 2D materials for better batteries

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Since the discovery of graphene in 2004, about 700 2D materials are predicted to be stable; many remain to be synthesized. The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $1.44-million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to discover new 2D materials that can be used to manufacture better and cheaper batteries. Two-dimensional materials, of which graphene is the most common, are extremely strong, lightweight, flexible, and excellent conductors of heat and electricity.

VW Coming Up PHEV? Why Not UP EV?

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nk City that Ford confiscated in 2004. VW's announced "Up Concept" city cars could have a Plug-in Hybrid version. Autoblog and Left Lane News are reporting VW will be showing a PHEV UP at the LA Auto Show. Small enough to be labeled "tiny" in DailyTech.com 's headline.

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EPA grants approval to Icom bi-fuel propane system for Ford 6.8L engines

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Since 2004, Icom North America has been supplying its patented JTG liquid-injection propane mono-fuel systems to leading bus, truck and commercial vehicle manufacturers in the US. More than 120,000 vehicles worldwide have utilized the Icom JTG Propane System since 2004. Icom North America has attained the first US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval for its Liquid Injection Propane bi-fuel systems for the Ford 6.8 liter engines, produced for Ford Econoline vans.

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G-Wiz! the Electric Car That Started a Revolution

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In early 2004, a tiny new car appeared on the streets of London. It confused, surprised and confounded everyone who saw it. It was more compact than a Smart ForTwo, it had cheeky, quirky styling that demanded attention, it could turn around in the width of a narrow street, it squeezed into the tiniest parking space, and it traveled in silence.

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Ford Hybrid Cars: Fusion, C-Max, Escape And More, Ultimate Guide

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2004 saw the launch of its very first hybrid, the 2005 Escape Hybrid, and the maker''s cars have gone from strength to strength ever since. Ten years ago, your choice of hybrid vehicles was pretty limited. A lot has changed in those ten years, and the rise of Ford as a real force in the hybrid markets is one of the biggest changes. But what do you

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Fraser Institute: pipelines 2.5x safer than rail for oil transportation; tankers have safest record

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accidents per million barrels of oil shipped by pipeline between 2004 and 2015, compared to 0.08 Transporting oil by pipelines is more than twice as safe as using rail, and marine tankers are safer still with a markedly improved safety record over the past 40 years, according to a new study released by the Fraser Institute, a Canadian policy think-tank. The study updates previous research that finds pipelines are 2.5

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2012 Toyota Prius V & Plug-In: GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy 2012 Nominees

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Until this year, though, the Prius has been a single model: a subcompact four-door sedan from 2000 through 2003, and then two generations of mid-size five-door hatchback after that, one from 2004 through Ask pretty much any car buyer about green cars or hybrids and, chances are, that person will likely mention the Toyota Prius sooner or later.

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Volkswagen Chattanooga receives two ISO Environmental Certifications

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Volkswagen Chattanooga announced that, following an independent audit, the factory has met requirements to receive of the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) 14001:2004 and 50001:2011 certifications. The ISO 14001:2004 and 50001:2011 audits review organizations’ energy and environmental management, including the areas of continuous improvement, regulatory compliance and environmental impact.

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EPA fuel economy report finds weight and power leveling off, footprint stable

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Since MY 2004, CO 2 emissions and fuel economy have improved in ten out of twelve years, and decreased only twice. For nearly two decades through MY 2004, on a fleetwide basis, automotive technology innovation was generally utilized to support vehicle attributes such as weight, performance, utility, and other attributes rather than fuel economy or CO 2 emissions.

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Preh acquires power electronics company ePower from Kongsberg Automotive

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Within the Joyson Group of companies, Ningbo (China), which was founded by Jeff Wang in 2004, Preh forms the Automotive Electronics Division. Global automotive supplier Preh GmbH is acquiring ePower, a business unit of Kongsberg Automotive ASA in Norway. ePower Nordic AB was established in 2011 by Kongsberg Automotive and Swedish electronics company QRTECH to excel in the field of power electronics, meeting stringent requirements regarding quality, low weight and high power density.

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Miles Electric Vehicles start-up files for bankruptcy

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Founded in 2004, by entrepreneur Miles Rubin, the vehicle manufacturer designed a range of low-speed electric passenger cars and vans designed for off-highway use such as around universit[.].

Petrobras announces first discovery in Colombian Caribbean deep waters

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Petrobras, in partnership with Ecopetrol, pioneered exploration in the Tayrona Block when the first exploration concession was granted by Colombia’s National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) in 2004, opening up the Colombian Caribbean to deep water exploration. The Petrobras Orca–1 exploratory well (Tayrona Block) has revealed a natural gas accumulation in Colombian Caribbean deep waters, 40 km off the coast of La Guajira.

Sasol to Study Viability of $10B Coal-to-Liquids Project in Indonesia

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In 2004, Indonesia produced 142 million short tons (MMst) of coal, up about 68 percent since 2000. Coal consumption has remained relatively flat in Indonesia, with 2004 consumption at 24 MMst. According to EIA statistics, Indonesia was the second largest net exporter of coal in the world in 2004, with 118 MMst of apparent net exports. Jakarta Globe.

Studies indicate US population has fewer light duty vehicles and drives them less

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Sivak found that the distances driven per person; per licensed driver; per household; and per registered vehicle all reached their maxima in 2004—four years prior to the beginning of the current economic downturn—and decreased by 5% to 9% by 2011. Because the reductions in the driving rates were not the result of short-term, economic changes, Sivak suggested, the 2004 maxima in the distance-driven rates have a reasonable chance of being long-term peaks as well.

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Ford Produces 100,000th Hybrid

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Ford began sales the Ford Escape hybrid in 2004, followed by the Mariner Hybrid in 2005. The Kansas City Assembly Plant, which employs 4,100 people, has been the hub for Ford’s hybrid SUV production since 2004. Ford Motor Company has produced its 100,000th hybrid SUV and used the milestone to restate its commitment to ramping up production of hybrid vehicles this year.

New data indicate 57% decline in carbon emissions resulting from 78% drop in deforestation In Amazon

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Carbon emissions from deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon have dropped 57% from 2004 to 2011, according to new data recently released by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) in São José dos Campos, São Paulo. Illegal logging in the Amazon peaked in 2004, when 27,700 square kilometers of forests were cleared.

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SolidEnergy targeting rechargeable Li-metal smartphone battery in 2016, EV battery with 2x range in 2017

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In a 2004 paper in the Journal of Power Sources , Professor Sadoway of MIT observed that electrical conductivity of BCEs varied inversely with the glass transition temperature of one of the block components. —Sadoway (2004).

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EPA: US greenhouse gases up 2% in 2013; increased coal consumption, cool winter

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MMT CO 2 ) from 1990 due, in large part, to increased demand for travel as fleet-wide light-duty vehicle fuel economy was relatively stable (average new vehicle fuel economy declined slowly from 1990 through 2004 and then increased more rapidly from 2005 through 2013).

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