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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 predecessor model of today’s Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid was already launched back in 2006.

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.

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 new Volkswagen Polo GTI. Click to enlarge.

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.),

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.

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.

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. In 2008, 64% agreed with that; in 2007, 63%; and in 2006, 62% agreed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.