California ARB: GHG emissions fell below 1990 levels for first time in 2016; down 13% from 2004 peak; transportation emissions up 2%

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that greenhouse gas emissions in California in 2016 fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004—a reduction roughly equivalent to taking 12 million cars off the road or saving 6 billion gallons of gasoline a year.

2018 104

Waste gasification company Sierra Energy closes $33M Series A funding; FastOx

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The company’s first commercial-scale demonstration facility is located at US Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, California. Sierra Energy was founded in Davis, California in 2004. Sierra Energy Corporation closed a $33-million Series A investment round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and joined by Cox Investment Holdings, Inc., BNP Paribas SA, Twynam Investments Pty Ltd, Formica Ventures AB, and The March Fund I LP.

2019 99

Daimler invests in electric bus company Proterra; exploring electrification of Daimler’s Thomas Built school buses

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Daimler Trucks & Buses is investing in the US company Proterra Inc. Proterra was founded in 2004 with headquarters in California and is a leader in the business with electric buses for local transport. Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG with responsibility for Daimler Trucks & Buses, made the announcement at the 67 th IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover.

2018 94

Preh acquires power electronics company ePower from Kongsberg Automotive

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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. Lennart Garpenstedt, the ePower business unit head of Kongsberg Automotive, will become managing director of the future company Preh Sweden AB.

2017 60

Lead-acid battery companies join forces with Argonne to enhance battery performance

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Exploring the unrealized potential of lead batteries is the goal of a new collaboration between the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and two leading lead recycling and lead battery manufacturing companies: RSR Technologies and East Penn Manufacturing. The companies have joined forces with the Argonne Center for Collaborative Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) in a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).

GM Ventures invests in battery-electric bus company Proterra

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was founded in 2004 and is currently manufacturing buses in a temporary plant in Greenville, S.C. Proterra’s TerraVolt energy storage system consists of 54-72 kWh lithium titanate battery packs that recharge in 10 minutes using the company’s roof-mounted Fast Fill recharging system.

2011 104

CAM/PwC name Volkswagen Group most innovative global automotive company, Mercedes-Benz most innovative brand

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In their official rationale for selecting Volkswagen for the most innovative company award, CAM and PwC stated: “ The number of innovations at the company further increased to nearly 230 this year. This year’s analysis covered 18 global automotive companies and a total of 53 brands.

2014 104

Raízen investing in cellulosic ethanol company Iogen; joint development of cellulosic ethanol project in Brazil

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The deal comes after Raízen conducted a thorough review of cellulosic technologies and concluded that Iogen is the company with the most advanced technology ready for. Raízen Energia S/A is the production company of Raízen Group, a $12-billion joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and Brazilian ethanol company Cosan SA. The company.

2012 78

China Regulators Approve Acquisition of Australian Coal Company

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China’s National Development and Reform Commission has approved the takeover of Australian coal company Felix Resources Ltd. In 2004, Yanzhou acquired Southland coal mine in Australia (renamed as “Austar Coal Mine”), marking the first successful acquisition of an overseas coal mine by a Chinese coal enterprise. The two companies signed an agreement in August that Felix would be sold to Yanzhou Coal for AUD 16.95

2009 73

Opposed-piston Engine Company Achates Power Closes $19.2M Series B Round

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Achates Power, a company developing a new family of opposed-piston engines, has completed a $19.2M Triangle Peak joins the company’s existing investors: Sequoia Capital Partners, Rockport Capital Partners, Madrone Capital Partners, and InterWest Partners. With more than five years of dynamometer validation of its single cylinder engine, the company is now testing a 4.2L Achates Power is a novel company with innovative technologies that do just that.

2010 69

Hitachi Combines Hitachi Maxell and Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd. in New In-House Company Focused on Industrial Li-ion Batteries

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has established a new in-house company—the Battery Systems Company—to strengthen its battery business with a focus on the steadily growing lithium-ion battery market. The Battery Systems Company comprises two existing Hitachi companies: Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. was formed in 2004 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co. Battery Systems Company will aim for revenues of ¥250 billion (US$2.7 Hitachi, Ltd.

2010 73

Rentech Takes 25% Stake in Biomass Gasification Company

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Between 1987 and 2004, Pearson Technologies, Inc. Rentech, the developer of a Fischer-Tropsch process for the conversion of syngas derived from biomass and fossil resources into synthetic fuels, specialty waxes and chemicals, has acquired a 25% stake in ClearFuels Technology Inc. through a strategic investment. ClearFuels, established in 1998, has exclusive rights to a proprietary High Efficiency Hydrothermal Reformer (HEHTR) and process for biomass to syngas conversion (BTG).

2009 60

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 76

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: Video Road Test

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Honda was the first car company to sell a hybrid in the U.S. 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.

2014 110

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.

2013 85

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.

2016 67

Ford Making Aggressive Push With EcoBoost and Technologies Such as Ti-VCT for Improved Fuel Economy; Roadmap for Future Generations of EcoBoost Highlights Role as Company Strategy as Well as Product

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Ford, however, was starting with the worst 2004 new vehicle fleet fuel economy of any of its major competitors. In 2004, noted Mark Fields, Ford EVP and President, The Americas, Ford’s US portfolio was composed of 70% trucks and SUVs, the rest being cars and crossovers.

2009 90

FAA Awards Contracts for $125M to 5 Companies to Accelerate More Environmentally Friendly Aviation Technology; Renewable Fuels, Engines, Wings and Flight Management

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The five companies will research and demonstrate a variety of technologies, including: sustainable alternative aviation fuels; lighter and more efficient gas turbine engine components; noise-reducing engine nozzles; advanced wing trailing edges; optimized flight trajectories using onboard flight management systems; and open rotor and geared turbofan engines. CFM International is a 50/50 joint company of GE and Snecma (Safran Group).).

2010 65

2011 Detroit Auto Show: Ford C-Max Hybrid & Energi Plug-In Concepts

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While Toyota dominates global hybrid production, Ford was the first company to launch a hybrid SUV: the Ford Escape Hybrid, in 2004. Now, Ford is pioneering another hybrid model: the small minivan, or as Europeans call it, the people carrier. Hybrid mini-minivan Between 10 and 10:30 am today at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford will pull the wraps off a

2011 76

What's the matter with Costco?

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The company has refused to consider the CEC grant to upgrade their charge stations for free. For example, the Mountain View location, a place I've charged and shopped at a few times a year since 2004.

2011 130

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

2004 58

Toyota reveals all you need to know about fuel cell cars

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DaimlerChrysler, for example, predicted the industry would be selling 100,000 fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) by 2004. In 2007 GM spokesman Scott Fosgard told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that by 2012 there will be about 10,000 hydrogen vehicles on the market from a variety of companies. Much has been made of late of Toyota and other automakers claims they will commercialize hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in 2015. Of course, we've heard these promises/predictions before.

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Piëch Automotive unveiling Piëch Mark Zero electric sports car at Geneva; 500 km range, 80% charge in 4:40 minutes

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The group of companies was founded in 2004 by Chinese and German engineers, is listed on the stock exchange in Shenzhen, China, and is a market leader in eHouse solutions. Piëch Automotive will unveil the Piëch Mark Zero electric sports car concept at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

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Norwegian Investors Rally to Revived Think Electric Car

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Many of Norway's tycoons and heirs are making significant investments in the company which is planning production of as many as 10,000 cars by 2009. My first electric car was a Think City, produced when the company was owned by Ford.

2007 130

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

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The company can now convert applicable Ford 6.8 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

2010 73

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. Volkswagen Chattanooga is the first Volkswagen facility to receive dual certification and the first automotive company to do so in the first production year.

2012 91

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

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million-square-meter plot acquired by the company, located approximately 8 km southeast of the company’s first plant within Wuhan Economic & Technological Development District. 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.,

2016 81

DHL joins US EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

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Launched in February 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies and trade/professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial strategies that result in emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, as well as cost savings to the companies. DHL has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

2011 69

Five Questions: Nancy Gioia, Ford global electrification director

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automaker to offer a hybrid, introducing the Ford Escape Hybrid crossover in 2004. More recently, the company has announced plans for limited numbers of plug-in hybrids, as well as electric versions of its Transit Connect small delivery van Ford was the first U.S. It recently expanded its portfolio with the well-received 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Delphi Automotive joins US EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

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Launched in February 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies and trade/professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial strategies that result in emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, as well as cost savings to the companies.

2010 69

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

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In 2014, the company announced a prototype 2Ah pouch cell with a volumetric energy density of more than 1200 Wh/L; subsequently the company said it had achieved 1337 Wh/L in a 2Ah pouch cell. —Sadoway (2004).

2015 138

Last Chance Hybrid SUVs

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Ford Escape is the compact SUV line that was introduced by Ford Motor Company in 2000/2001. The hybrid version was introduced in the year 2004 for model year ’05. Over the past few years, the world had seen a huge shift in the automotive industry.

Plug-In Hybrids (or Plugin Hybrids)

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A PHEV with only a 20-mile all-electric range is 62% lower (see printed page 95 in the 2004 study ). CalCars produced the worlds first plug-in Prius (the PRIUS+) in 2004. Several companies are building plug-in hybrid schoolbuses (see bottom of page at Where-PHEVs-Are ).

Four-Way Two-Mode Hybrid Project Ends, Lab Closes; Now What?

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GM said in late 2004 it would partner with Daimler and Chrysler (then a single company) to develop a The Two-Mode Hybrid project was hailed as a model of technical cooperation when it was announced five years ago. But now the partners are going their separate ways, and the complex hybrid system may end up solely as a General Motors technology.

2004 43

CalCars' PRIUS+ Plug-In Hybrid

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If you know a decisionmaker at a company or institution that needs a best-available hybrid mini-fleet, especially Prius or Ford Escape, send them to us. About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Car-Makers Say.

2009 53

Exide reports large performance gains in new AGM start-stop batteries

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Similar gains will also be seen in Exide’s new enhanced flooded battery (EFB) the company said. Exide developed its first Start-Stop AGM battery in 2004 and the first EFB battery in 2008. The company’s technology has improved at a rapid pace, and the new range will support sailing, energy recuperation and other fuel-saving features. Exide Technologies announced that large performance gains will be seen in its new range of Start-Stop batteries.

2014 78

Ford Produces 100,000th Hybrid

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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. 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.

Cumulative vehicle production at Toyota China JV hits 1M mark

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GTMC), Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) vehicle-production and sales company established jointly with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., GTMC was established in 2004 as a base for Toyota-brand vehicle production and sales in China. GAC Toyota Motor Co., GAC), has produced more than 1 million vehicles since the start of production in 2006. Production began in May 2006 on Line No. 1 with the Camry, followed by the Yaris in May 2008. Line No.

2011 80

SEC slaps Total with cease-and-desist order, $153M disgorgement payment for bribes to Iranian official

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From approximately September 1995 to November 2004, Total and others paid approximately $60 million in unlawful payments to intermediaries for the purpose of inducing an Iranian government official (the “Iranian Official”) to use his influence to assist Total in connection with obtaining contracts to develop the Sirri A and E oil fields and two phases of the South Pars oil and gas field in Iran.

2013 69

NVIDIA Tegra Visual Computing Module debuts with Tesla Model S

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Tesla Motors is the first company to ship the Tegra VCM, enabling intuitive, interactive, high-resolution visuals inside its vehicles. The NVIDIA Tegra Visual Computing Module (VCM) is debuting as part of the Tesla Motors Model S electric luxury sedan.

2012 106

Scuderi Group expands operations to Asia

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The Japan office is located in Nagoya, the country’s automotive hub, and will serve as a regional base for the company to promote the viability of the Scuderi engine to address demands for improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. In Japan for example, the government introduced regulations in 2007 that require OEMs to improve the fuel efficiency of their new vehicles by more than 23% over 2004 levels by 2015— – an average of 39 mpg.

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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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Achates Power is showing the light duty demonstration pick up truck in the Aramco display as part of a joint development agreement, which formalizes the cooperative relationship between the companies.

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How to Get a Plug-In Hybrid

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At that point, we expect the aftermarket companies prices to have come down sufficiently so that their conversions will be attractive to owners of hundreds of thousands of hybrids already on the road. The company partners with approved installers charging $1,200-$3,000.