Yeah, I Got Your Chevy Volt, Right Here. Day 2 @ Plug-In 2009

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Luckily no one was really at Plug-In 2009 to hear the Three Car Stooges at this point, they don’t have any pleasant surprises in store for us. If you’ve been wondering just how real the new Chevy Volt that gets 230 mpg in city driving is , well just take a look for yourself.

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Greenius On The Scene: Plug-In 2009

Creative Greenius

Here’s a few shots from yesterday first full day of the Plug-In 2009 conference in Long Beach, California. I’ll be back there today for more Greenius coverage to be published later this week. The Creative Greenius with the new Nissan Leaf flat lithium ion battery. They’ll be making Leafs in Tennessee and they will be making many more batteries than cars. The Nissan spokesman told me they will be selling the battery as a standalone product too.

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Meet Your Next Car At Plug-In 2009

Creative Greenius

Don’t miss Plug-In 2009 if you’d like to get on board the Cluetrain before it leaves the station without you. Last year’s Plug-In 2008 gave attendees an insider’s advantage on the Plug-In technology that will quickly replace today’s obsolete, planet-killing fossil fuel centric cars. Creative Greenius readers were right there with me as I live blogged from the event: Top Ten Things I Learned At Plug In 2008. Day 3 At Plug In 2008.

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Shouldn’t We ALL Be Going to PowerShift 2009?

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I know I should be in Washington DC in two weeks to help take over the capitol on behalf of green jobs, clean energy and ending our carbon-based economy. I know I should be there contributing, blogging and shooting pictures, marching and lobbying and networking with my green brothers and sisters in arms. I know I should be there with the 10,000 young people who are gathering in Washington to hold our elected officials’ feet to the accountability fire. “I

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What Can One Blog Do?

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Creative Greenius is a proud part of Blog Action Day 2009. Expect to be amazed on October 15, 2009. Tags: climate change blog action day 2009

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US Refiners Slightly Expanded Capacity From 2008 to 2009

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From 2008 to 2009, total US crude distillation capacity increased from roughly 17.6 As of January 1, 2009, there were 150 operable refineries in the United States, not including facilities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

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2009 Mazda Tribute Hybrid Review

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New on the 2009 model are: front and rear stabilizer bar, power-assisted ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, automatic on/off headlights, standard satellite radio, steering wheel audio controls and Dynamic Stability Control, Roll Stability Control and Traction Control.

SAE Hybrid Standards Committee: Works In Progress For 2009

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During the SAE 2009 World Congress in Detroit, Gary Kissel of General Motors presented an update of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle standards being revised or developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Hybrid Standards Committee. by Jack Rosebro. Active standards work.

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Best Selling Hybrid SUV for 2009

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2009 won’t end up being a record year for hybrid vehicle sales, but considering the circumstances it would be fair to say that hybrids have held their own. In the battle for best selling hybrid SUV of 2009 (U.S.),

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Piaggio Introduces Li-ion Electric Version of Ape Calessino As Part of 2009 Refresh

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Piaggio has introduced the refreshed 2009 range of the Ape Calessino, including a new electric version powered by lithium-ion batteries. Ape Calessino Electric Lithium. Click to enlarge.

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Geely May Begin Production of Methanol Cars in Late 2009

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Geely has set a target of 25% growth in sales for 2009, despite the global economic downturn. China Daily. Geely Auto may start mass production of its methanol-fueled cars ( earlier post ) in the second half of this year, its chairman said Saturday. Methanol Haifeng. Click to enlarge.

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Grand Prize Combustion-Engine Winner at 2009 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas Achieves 2,757.1 MPG

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Some of the vehicles in the 2009 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas. The student team from Laval University (Quebec, Canada) took the grand prize in the “Prototype” category at the 2009 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas , held 15-18 April at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, with 2,757.1

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Cheap and Green: 2009 Hyundai Accent vs 2009 Nissan Versa

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Actually, there are two: the 2009 Hyundai Accent and the 2009 Nissan Versa. Between car loans, trade-ins, and special promotional incentives, most people rarely write a large check for their new car purchase. But what you can get for $10,000? What's the absolutely simplest, least expensive car on the U.S. market today? They're a mere $20

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Event: REFF-Wall Street. 23-24 June 2009

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The 6th annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-Wall Street (REFF-Wall Street) will occur on 23-24 June at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The event brings together industry veterans to discuss the issues associated with renewable energy finance in the US. More than 650 people attended last year’s event with 70% of them senior level leaders within their respective organizations, according to the organizers.

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Hyundai Takes the Lead for MY 2009 CAFE in US

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According to the latest US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy report, Hyundai passed all major manufacturers in MY 2009 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) as measured in EPA testing. The EPA 2009 Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends Report indicates that Hyundai has the highest MY 2009 laboratory 55/45 (55% city 45% highway weighted metric) fuel economy with 30.1 MY 2009 EPA Lab 55/45 ( projected ).

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Ford Marks 5-Millionth EcoBoost Engine Since 2009

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Back in 2009, Ford introduced what would become the backbone of its fuel-efficiency strategy: the EcoBoost line of efficiency-focused engines. Ford has used the smaller turbocharged, direct-injected engines in most of its models to improve its EPA fuel-economy ratings--even if high gas-mileage numbers aren''t always reflected in all buyers''. EcoBoost Turbochargers direct injection downsizing Fuel Economy EPA Ratings

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Preliminary Data Shows June 2009 Second Warmest on Record Globally; Global Sea Surface Temperature Hits June Record

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Sea surface temperatures during June 2009 were warmer than average across much of the world’s oceans, with the exception of cooler-than-average conditions across the southern oceans. Large portions of each inhabited continent were substantially warmer than average during June 2009.

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Despite a Slight Recovery in 2009, Arctic Sea Ice Remains on Downward Trend

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According to the CU-Boulder center, the 2009 minimum sea ice extent was the third lowest since satellite record-keeping began in 1979. The 2009 Arctic sea ice extent was still 649,000 square miles (1.68

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Japan Meteorological Agency: 2009 Tied With 2002, 2003, and 2006 For Third Warmest Year Since Instrumental Records Began

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A preliminary analysis of worldwide surface temperatures from January to November conducted by the Japan Meteorological Agency shows that the average land and sea surface temperatures for 2009 have been +0.31

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Mitsubishi Sees 2009 launch for iMiEV EV

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Mitsubishi Motors President Osamu Mashiko clearly stated "We will commercialize a small electric vehicle in 2009.". Thomson Financial is reporting that Mitsubishi aims to launch its i-MiEV city electric car one year earlier than expected. Techon blog from Japan gives more details.

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Delphi Details Evaporative Emissions Control Strategies For Hybrid Powertrains at tank.tech 2009

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Delphi evaporative emissions canisters. Click to enlarge.

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Mitsubishi Motors Begins Production of i-MiEV; Targeting 1,400 Units in Fiscal 2009

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Mitsubishi Motors expects to distribute, on a maintenance lease basis, some 1,400 i-MiEV units in fiscal 2009 principally to corporations and to local authorities. The i-MiEV system configuration. Click to enlarge.

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US LDV Sales Dropped 36.8% in March 2009; March SAAR Up Slightly to 9.86M Units

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by volume year-on-year in March 2009 to 857,735 units, according to figures from Autodata. March 2009 had 25 sales days compared to 26 in March 2008; all figures here reflect changes in actual volume, rather than adjusted day selling rate.

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Mazda to Show New Mazda3 i-stop at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show

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Mazda Motor Corporation will debut two new models of the all-new Mazda3 (known as Mazda Axela in Japan) product range at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show from 3-15 March 2009.

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Honda’s Cumulative World-wide Hybrid Sales Pass 300,000 In January 2009

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Global sales of Honda hybrid vehicles reached 300,740 units on a cumulative basis at the end of January 2009. Cumulative hybrid sales by model and region. Click to enlarge. Honda first began hybrid sales in November 1999 with the introduction of its first-generation Insight in Japan.

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SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive 2009 road test

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Read the full SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive 2009 road test. Tags: Road Tests SEAT 2009 ecomotive road test The Ecomotive versions of the Ibiza add £600 to the price of the standard 1.4 turbodiesel models whether you choose the three- or five-door versions.

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Solar Roadways Named a Finalist for 2009 EE Times ACE Awards

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has been nanmed one of five finalists for the Best Enabler Award for Green Engineering category in the 2009 EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards. Solar Roadways , the developer of structurally engineered solar panels that are driven upon., Solar Roadway”s concept is to replace all current petroleum-based asphalt roads, parking lots, and driveways with Solar Road Panels that collect and store solar energy to be used by homes and businesses.

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BMW Technology Day 2009: Focus on Aerodynamics, Two New Engines and 8-Speed Transmission

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For its Technology Day 2009 in Germany, BMW focused on describing its work with aerodyanmics, engines and transmissions in the context of its EfficientDyanmics development strategy. This will be applied in a production BMW 7 Series hybrid model in 2009.

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Toyota Prius T Spirit 2009 road test

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Three years later came the second-generation Prius, and 2009 sees the arrival of the third. Read the full Toyota Prius T Spirit 2009 road test. Tags: Road Tests Toyota 2009 prius road test t spirit The world’s first mass market hybrid car first went on sale in Europe in 2000.

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NOAA: February 2009 Ninth Warmest February for Globe

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The combined global land and ocean surface average temperature for February 2009 was the ninth warmest since records began in 1880, according to an analysis by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. million square kilometers) of Eurasia (Europe and Asia) were covered by snow in February 2009, which is 0.4

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Toshiba To Begin Mass-Producing Portable Direct Methanol Fuel Cells in 2009

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Although production will initially focus on external fuel cells for recharging, the company plans to commercialize mobile handsets and PCs with built-in fuel cells by the end of fiscal 2009. The Nikkei reported that Toshiba Corp.

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Beijing Has No Plans for Vehicle Emission Fees in 2009

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Responding to a story in the Beijing Times about the pending imposition of fees on vehicle emissions in the city, the deputy-director of Beijing’s environmental protection bureau said that there are no plans for such fees in 2009. “We Xinhua. We usually follow the state policies on pollutant discharge fees,” said Du. Beijing had suggested tightening the management on vehicle tail gas after the Beijing Olympics. But relevant state departments are still doing research on the policy.”.

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Fiat, MINI and smart Beat 130 gCO2/km New Car Average in Europe for First Half of 2009

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The average CO 2 emissions figure on new Fiat cars sold in Europe during the first half of 2009 dropped 5.2 g/km reduction in the CO 2 output of new cars sold by the top 25 brands in Europe in 1H 2009, with a similar reduction measured in JATO’s 21 monitored EU markets.

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Fuji Heavy Launches Subaru Plug-in STELLA EV in Japan; Targets 170 Units in FY 2009

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Components of the STELLA EV powertrain. Click to enlarge. Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, launched its Subaru Plug-in STELLA electric vehicle (EV). The model will be sold in Japan directly through FHI, with delivery starting from late July.

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The Long View from SAE 2009 World Congress

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On 20 April, the opening day of the SAE 2009 World Congress, the AVL Technology Leadership Theater presented a forum on “Green Mobility—The Long View”. For reference, the fully loaded PRT is approximately 80% the weight of 2009 VW Rabbit. The city’s first section, MIST - Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, will be complete by the end of 2009. by Bill Cooke.

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Mazda to Debut Next-Generation Direct Injection Gasoline and Diesel Engines, Transmission and Kiyora Concept at Tokyo Motor Show 2009

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The Kiyora Concept uses a 1.3-liter version of the new SKY-G gasoline direct injection engine and achieves fuel economy of 75 mpg US on the Japanese 10-15 cycle. Click to enlarge.

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Honda to Show Hybrid and Battery-Electric Vehicle Concepts at Tokyo Motor Show; CR-Z Concept 2009

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The CR-Z Concept 2009. Honda will reveal the CR-Z Concept 2009, the most recent prototype of a compact sports car using Honda’s IMA technology, at October’s Tokyo Motor Show. Click to enlarge.

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Sales Record for Mercedes-Benz Atego with Automatic Engine Start/Stop System; Up 130% in First Half 2009

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More than 2,600 Mercedes-Benz Atego medium-duty trucks with the automatic engine start/stop system were sold in the first half of 2009. That corresponds to a sales increase of about 1,500 units or 130% compared to the total recorded in all of 2008. The Atego. Click to enlarge.

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2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid Test Drive

Hybrid SUV Blog

I had the opportunity to test drive a 2009 GMC Yukon hybrid SUV last week, and I learned first hand how incredible the Two Mode hybrid transmission really operates. The interior of the 2009 model that I drove looked pretty much the same, although the exterior did not have the large “H Y B R I D&# badges on the sides.

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Heard At The Show: Snippets from SAE 2009 World Congress

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Where does all of the energy go? In a session on total vehicle energy consumption, several people shared similar pie charts showing the flow of energy within an automobile. For every kJ of chemical energy in the fuel for a spark ignition internal combustion engine, 73 % is sacrificed to chemical and thermal losses. Braking losses add another 6%. Only 22% remains to power the vehicle.

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