SolarEdge, Kokam open 2GWh cell plant in South Korea

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Once ramped, Sella 2 will enable SolarEdge to have its own supply of lithium-ion batteries and the infrastructure to develop new battery cell chemistries and technologies.

Reactions to Tesla Motors' master plan are mixed

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Last week, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk issued an updated version of the "master plan" whose first edition he wrote way back in 2006. It included proposals for everything from an electric semi truck to the development of fully-autonomous cars that could be shared among owners. As with virtually all things Tesla, the plan has generated quite a. Tesla Motors plug-in cars solar self-driving cars ridesharing

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Daimler launches sale of New Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid Truck

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Daimler’s Japanese commercial vehicle subsidiary, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), has launched the sale of its Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid truck in Japan. The light duty truck, which celebrated its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show in November 2011, will also be introduced by Fuso in Europe and other international markets in the third quarter of this year. The predecessor model of today’s Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid was already launched back in 2006.

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Sonangol, Maersk Oil and partners strike oil with their first deepwater pre-salt well offshore Angola

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Fully appraising the discovery will take several years and it is far too early to guess the outcome. Maersk Oil entered Angola in June 2005, when it acquired a 50% interest and operatorship of Block 16. In November 2006, it acquired a 50% interest and operatorship of Blocks 8 and 23 with Svenska Petroleum Exploration (30%) and Sonangol (20%). Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola Empresa Pública (Sonangol, E.P.),

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EcoBoost system arrives with new Ford Edge

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Thanks to the use of the EcoBoost system, fuel economy for the new Ford Edge is 30 per cent better than it was when the vehicle was launched in 2006. It [.]. The Chicago Auto Show will mark the first application of Ford’s global 2.0litre EcoBoost I-4 engine as part of the refreshed 2011 Ford Edge line-up.

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Major spill from the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline in Arkansas

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ExxonMobil said that it observed a few thousand barrels of oil in the area (approximately 84,000 gallons), but is staging a response for more than 10,000 barrels (420,000 gallons) to be conservative. It carries 90,000 barrels of oil per day, almost exclusively Western Canadian crude oil. In 2006, its reversal was completed, and in 2009, ExxonMobil completed a project that increased its capacity by 50% (about 30,000 barrels per day).

VW Premieres New Polo GTI; Textbook Downsizing Results in 25% Reduction in Fuel Consumption from Predecessor

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At the same time, it is VW’s most fuel-efficient and lowest emitting GTI. By comparison, its direct predecessor with regard to power—equipped with a 132 kW 1.8-liter turbo engine—consumed 7.9 The 177 hp Euro-5 16-valve four-cylinder engine reaches its maximum power at 6,200 rpm. It ensures that the Polo GTI’s power is cleanly transferred to the road, even in tight curves. The new Volkswagen Polo GTI. Click to enlarge.

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China BAK to Supply Li-ion Batteries for Electric Bus Project in China

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Ltd, one of the largest automobile manufacturers in China, to provide high-power lithium-phosphate batteries for use in its Electric Bus Project. It represents customers’ confidence in our products, and is a new and significant stage in China BAK’s product development. China BAK said then at it aimed to commercialize the production of high-power lithium-phosphate cells for use in light electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles. China BAK Battery, Inc.,

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GM Brazil to Invest R$2B in Expansion and New Line of Chevrolet Small Cars

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General Motors Brazil will invest R$2 billion (US$1.033 billion) to launch a new Chevrolet line of vehicles and to expand its plant in Gravataí, Rio Grande do Sul. The investment is the largest made by the company in its 84 years in Brazil. In 2005 and 2006, it received investments of about US$480 million, resulting in the launch of the Chevrolet Prism in October 2006 and the expansion of its production capacity to 230,000 vehicles per year.

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Tokyo Electric Power Licenses Aker Wade to Build Level III Fast Chargers

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Since 2006 it has tested more than 300 battery powered cars in the greater Tokyo area. From this experience it became convinced that fast chargers were the answer to overcome consumers concerns about the electric vehicle’s limited range. TEPCO analysis found that quick charger availability has a significant effect on driving behavior. Source: TEPCO. Click to enlarge.

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American Le Mans Series Introduces Green Dream Team

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The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patrón unveiled its “Green Dream Team”, a collection of five drivers who will serve as ambassadors for its green racing initiatives. ALMS believes the announcement is the first of its kind in sports addressing the concerns of the global warming, the environment and reducing dependence on foreign fuels and energy sources. O’Connell has started more American Le Mans Series races than anyone in its history, 103.

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UK DfT Report Finds That While a Majority of the Public Still Thinks Individuals Should Limit Car Use to Benefit Environment, Support for Measures Drops

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The report for the Department for Transport is based on a survey module included in the Office for National Statistics’ Opinions (Omnibus) survey which has been carried out each August since 2006. It found that 65% of respondents spontaneously selected emissions from road transport as a cause of climate change. In 2008, 64% agreed with that; in 2007, 63%; and in 2006, 62% agreed. Increasing tax on gasoline was supported by 10% of respondents in 2009, lower than in 2006 (14%).

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Mercedes-Benz hybrid bus to make world debut

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A total of 36 buses equipped with fuel cell drivers have already performed well in service with 12 public transport operators as part of the CUTE test carried out by the European Union from 2003 to 2006. It is estimated that the Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid can achieve hydrogen savings of between 10 and 25 per cent depending on the traffic conditions and topography.

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Toyota highlights its eco-factory

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After facing some questionable criticism about its manufacturing processes and how green the Toyota Prius really is, the Japanese manufacturer has hit back with a Press release highlighting its environmentally focused manufacturing. It suggests that the Prius is a standard bearer for clean operations and the use of renewable energy sources. The plant sends no waste to landfill and has reduced the amount incinerated by 82 per cent to 730 tonnes from 1999 to 2006.

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Transport for London to trial ISA technology

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This unit can be disabled at the touch of a button and there is also an override system to disable it entirely. It is also hoped that the technology will be trialled in a licensed taxi along with 20 TFL vehicles driven by road engineers, highway inspectors and traffic managers. Research on ISA technology has now been ongoing for more than 10 years and includes a major ISA-UK project funded by the Department for Transport between 2001 and 2006.

Smith Electric trucks go stateside

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It can be recharged in six hours. Newton was launched in the UK by Smith Electric Vehicles in 2006. It is produced in North America by Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation, based in Kansas City, Missouri. Missouri is a growing leader in exciting new battery technology, making it an ideal partner for all-electric vehicle manufacturing.”. Electric trucks created in Washington, Tyne & Wear are today on the roads of Washington DC.

Biofuels research awarded millions in funding

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The grants come from the US Departments of Energy and Agriculture under a joint DOE-USDA program that began in 2006. It is committed to research in biomass genomics that aims to provide a scientific foundation to help facilitate the use of lignocellulosic materials for both biofuels and bioenergy. Seven projects have picked up a total of $6.3million towards fundamental genomics-enabled research that will lead to the improved use of plant feedstocks and biofuel production.

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