European Electric Vehicle Congress 2011

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The European Electric Vehicle Congress (EEVC-2011) will be held in Brussels, 26–28 October 2011, and is organized by Frédéric Vergels, who has served as the Secretary General of AVERE , the European Association of Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell, Electric Vehicles, since 1998. EEVC 2011 will be held in Brussels with the aim to involve as many representatives of the European Commission, Committee of the Regions and Parliament as possible in the discussions.

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Fiat 875cc TwinAir named International Engine of the Year 2011

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Fiat’s 875cc TwinAir engine ( earlier post ) was named the International Engine of the Year 2011. Cutaway of the 875cc TwinAir. Click to enlarge. Judged by a panel of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries as disparate as the USA, Japan, China, Russia, New Zealand, India, Korea, Germany, France, Romania, South Africa, Mexico and the UK, the Awards highlight and acknowledge engine engineering excellence.

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Chrysler launches the 2011 GEM line

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Chrysler Group Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, recently launched the 2011 GEM vehicle line of low-speed battery-electric vehicles. New for the 2011 GEM model year is the energy monitoring system, which allows drivers to determine the total amount of energy in kilowatt-hours (kWh) that the GEM vehicle has removed from the grid.

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New PLUS Performance Package for 2011 Prius

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Toyota is offering a new accessory package for the 2011 Prius. Ordering for the limited production 2011 Prius PLUS Performance Package will begin in July. First debuted at the 2010 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, the Prius PLUS Performance Package features components of the new PLUS hybrid performance line from Toyota Racing Development (TRD). Developed to meet the evolving demands of the growing hybrid segment, PLUS adds sporty looks plus performance handling.

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US vehicle miles traveled down 1.1% in 1H 2011

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billion miles) in the first six months of 2011, according to the June 2011 Traffic Volume Trends report from the Federal Highway Administration. Total vehicle miles traveled in the US dropped 1.1% (15.5 The cumulative estimate for the year is 1,452.7 billion vehicle miles of travel. Moving 12-month total on all roads. Click to enlarge. Brief

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Lux Research: smart grid, energy storage, and EV M&A hits $2.4B in 1H 2011; start-ups selling at bargain prices

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Merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the smart grid, energy storage, and electric vehicle (EV) sectors during the first six months of 2011 already totaled twice those made during all of 2010, and many more cash-starved start-ups are due for the auction block, according to a new report from Lux Research. From July 2010 to June 2011, the three sectors landed only $1.54 billion in all three sectors during the first half of 2011—more than double the $1.20

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2011 Chevrolet Volt earns NHTSA 5-star safety rating

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The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has earned a 5-star overall vehicle score for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program. Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA introduced tougher tests and more rigorous requirements for its five-star safety ratings program that provide more comprehensive information about safety performance and crash-avoidance technologies.

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Study finds California captured 69% of global venture capital investment in EVs in 1H 2011

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A new report prepared by Collaborative Economics and produced by the organization Next 10 finds that California took in $467 million in global venture capital (VC) investment in EVs (69% of total dollars) in the first half of 2011. In the first half of 2011, California attracted 69% of global VC investment in EV-related sectors and 74% of United States VC investment in EV-related sectors ($467 million).

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Pike highlights 10 trends influencing growth of global fuel cell industry in 2011

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In the midst of the increase in revenue and shipments, a number of metatrends are emerging that will change the shape the industry by the end of 2011, according to a new white paper by Pike Research. The paper , which includes predictions about the fuel cell and hydrogen industry in 2011 and beyond, is available for download on Pike Research’s website. Pike Research says that it will publish a suite of reports during 2011 analyzing these trends in depth.

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Siemens developing inductive charging system for plug-in vehicles with BMW; testing in Berlin in June 2011

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At Hannover Messe 2011, Siemens presented a development project for inductive charging (“Contactless Charging of Battery-Electric Vehicles”), developed in cooperation with BMW. In June 2011, the capabilities of this non-contact charging system will be tested in a project funded by the German Environment Ministry and involving several vehicles in Berlin.

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US Department of Energy releases 2011 Strategic Plan

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released its 2011 Strategic Plan. The DOE Strategic Plan is organized into four distinct categories, representing the broad cross-cutting and collaborative efforts taking place across the Department's headquarters, site offices and national laboratories. Those include: Catalyzing the timely, material, and efficient transformation of the nation's energy system and securing US leadership in clean energy technologies.

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GM sales in China top 2 million in 2011

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For the second time, General Motors has sold more than 2 million vehicles in China in a calendar year, reaching the milestone today. On 4 November 2010, GM became the first global automaker in China to sell 2 million vehicles in one year. Demand in China this year for the Buick brand has risen 24%, Chevrolet 18% and Cadillac 73%. In addition, GM’s SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture sold its 1 millionth vehicle in China this year on 14 Oct.

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Iran-Khodro to improve fuel economy in 2011

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liters per 100km (32 mpg US) in 2011. Iran-Khodro Company (IKCO) plans to reduce the fuel consumption of its products to 7.4 By 2014, the company plans to reduce average fuel consumption to 6.5 L/100km (36 mpg US). IKCO’s Director for standardization Kayvan Vaziri said that the fuel consumption of its cars had been improved by about one 1 L/100km 2010 in comparison to the previous year. In 2009, the average fuel consumption of IKCO cars was about 8.86 L/100km (26.6

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Chevrolet accelerates Volt rollout; available nationwide by end of 2011

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Chevrolet is stepping up the national rollout of the Volt, and plans to have Volts in all participating dealerships in every state by the end of this year. Chevrolet Volts have been delivered to customers in the Washington DC area, as well as California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Texas. Customer deliveries in Michigan begin this spring. Customers nationwide will be able to order Volts with participating dealers beginning in the second quarter.

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Iveco featuring concept Glider truck at Challenge Bibendum 2011

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At Challenge Bibendum 2011, organized by Michelin and held in Berlin from 18–22 May, Fiat Group company Iveco is featuring its concept Iveco Glider truck.

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Daimler investing more than €1.5B at its main Mercedes-Benz powertrain plant in Germany in 2011 and 2012

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billion (US$2 billion) in 2011 and 2012 in its main Mercedes-Benz powertrain plant in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim for the extension and conversion of various parts of the plant and in the launch of new products and production technologies. Daimler is investing more than a combined €1.5

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A123 Systems revises 2011 revenue guidance downward due to Q4 reduction in orders from Fisker

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revised revenue guidance range for the full year 2011 downward to the range of $165–$180 million, which would represent 70–85% revenue growth from 2010. A123’s previous 2011 revenue guidance range was $210–$225 million. A123 will release its third quarter 2011 financial results for the period ended 30 September 2011 on 9 November 2011. A123 Systems, Inc.

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SAE to hold 2011 Vehicle Battery Summit in November in Shanghai

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SAE International will hold the 2011 Vehicle Battery Summit in Shanghai, 14-15 November 2011. Designed to integrate the most recent battery innovations with lessons learned in recent EV/PHEV commercialization efforts, this year’s Summit will build significantly on the knowledge presented at last year’s highly successful (2010) Summit.

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BMW ActiveE available for leasing in US in Fall 2011

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The BMW ActiveE ( earlier post ) will be available for lease in the metropolitan markets of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York and Boston as well as the state of Connecticut beginning in Fall 2011 for $499 per month for 24 months with a down payment $2,250. Beginning in 2011 in the US, Europe and China, a test fleet of more than 1,000 BMW ActiveE vehicles, produced at BMW’s Leipzig plant, will provide further insights into the everyday use of the vehicle.

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GM China Science Lab hosts 2011 GM Global R&D Symposium; lightweight materials and automotive batteries

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The General Motors China Science Lab hosted the 2011 GM Global R&D Symposium in Shanghai. The one-day event focused on automotive lightweight material and battery research and technology development. Sixteen experts from global academic institutions, industry and government organizations shared their perspectives on future technology trends and their cutting-edge research findings.

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2011 Chevrolet Volt Vs 2011 Nissan Leaf: 7,000 Miles Later

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After several months of using a 2011 Chevy Volt and a 2011 Nissan Leaf as our sole family transport, we have a better understanding of both cars than we did in March, when I first wrote about how they compared. First to arrive at our West Sacramento home was a beautiful crystal red 2011 Volt.

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Munich Re: 2011 already the highest-ever loss year on record from natural catastrophes; led by Japan earthquake

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An exceptional accumulation of very severe natural catastrophes makes 2011 the highest-ever loss year on record, even after the first half-year, according to Munich Re. The total number of loss-relevant natural events in the first six months of 2011 was 355, somewhat below the average for the previous ten years (390). The Japanese quake was also the biggest catastrophe to occur in the first half of 2011 in human terms.

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Audi names vehicle networking strategy Audi connect; expanding functions in summer 2011

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With the applications we presented at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early 2011, we will contribute significantly to shaping the networked world of the future. Additional milestones are due to follow in Europe during summer 2011, with Audi online traffic information and expanded voice command controls, which can be used to find special destinations via Google. Audi has named its vehicle networking strategy “Audi connect.”

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Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept to debut at 2011 New York International Auto Show

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Lexus announced that the LF-Gh hybrid concept will make its world debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The new concept will be on display in the Lexus exhibit at the New York International Auto Show from 20 April – 1 May 2011. Lexus says that the LF-Gh, which stands for L exus F uture G rand Touring H ybrid, sets out to redefine the premium grand touring sedan.

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Forecast: global spending in 2011 on advanced oil and gas exploration technologies to total $10.17 billion

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UK-based market analyst visiongain projects that global spending in 2011 on advanced oil & gas exploration technologies will total $10.17 billion.

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Report: Increasing fuel prices drive hybrid, diesel and small car sales in US to outpace market in 1Q 2011

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in 1Q 2011 compared to 1Q 2010; diesel grew 42.9%; and small cars such as the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit grew 23.3%. These results led to a hybrid new vehicle marketshare in 1Q 2011 of 2.3%; a diesel marketshare of 0.6%; and a small car marketshare of 3.4%. For March 2011, hybrid sales grew 46.4% March 2011 new vehicle marketshares were 2.7% in 1Q 2011, for a marketshare of 7.8%, while sales of small crossovers grew 43.7% in 1Q 2011, for a marketshare of 9.3%.

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Texas Forest Service preliminary estimates find 2011 drought killed 100-500M trees in state, equivalent to 2-10% of total

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Each forestry expert estimated the percentage of trees in their region that have died as a result of the 2011 drought. In 2011, Texas experienced an exceptional drought, prolonged high winds and record-setting temperatures. As many as 500 million trees scattered across Texas have died this year as a result of the unrelenting drought, according to preliminary estimates from Texas Forest Service.

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Toyota EV prototype to make European debut at the 2011 Geneva motor show

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The new Toyota EV will undergo trials in Europe during 2011 and a fully engineered production vehicle will be launched in Europe in 2012, as part of a lease program. Toyota will showcase three World and one European premieres at the 2011 Geneva motor show: the Yaris HSD concept, Prius +, FT-86 II concept and EV Prototype. Toyota’s EV prototype—a Toyota iQ package equipped with an all-electric powertrain—will make its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Ford India sales up 71% in first 5 months of 2011

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The Figo ( earlier post ) helped Ford India increase sales for the first five months of 2011 by 71%, compared to the same period last year, with 51,420 wholesale units sold, including exports, from January to May 2011. In May, Ford India sold more than 9,000 wholesale units—7,046 domestically, and more than 2,000 exported. Based on continued high demand, the company began exporting the Figo to Bahrain and Kenya this month.

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FEV to show 2nd generation diesel High Efficiency Combustion System at 2011 SAE World Congress

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will exhibit its High Efficiency Combustion System (HECS) diesel engine at the 2011 SAE World Congress, 12-14 April at Cobo Center in Detroit. FEV, Inc., The HECS engine incorporates novel and conventional technologies to achieve low CO 2 emissions and a 17% reduction in fuel consumption, while also meeting Euro 6 emission standards without aftertreatment.

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SwRI acquires 2011 plug-in electric vehicle to include its batteries in EssEs Consortium matrix

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) recently acquired an extended range electric vehicle to include its batteries in the Energy Storage System Evaluation and Safety (EssEs) Consortium. Earlier post.) The acquired vehicle is powered by an electric motor with electricity stored in a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

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Evonik debuts at Auto Shanghai 2011; focus on technologies for lower-carbon vehicles

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For the first time at the event, Evonik Industries will demonstrate a wide range of applications for cars at the 14 th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2011) from April 21 to 28 in Shanghai, China. The theme of Auto Shanghai 2011, “Innovation for Tomorrow”, reflects that low-carbon, green economy and sustainable development will become trends of the Chinese automotive industry.

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2011 Toyota Prius

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The 2011 Toyota Prius hybrid has the highest gas mileage of any car sold in the U.S. this year: 51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway, for a combined EPA fuel efficiency rating of 50 mpg. It's a practical five-door hatchback with enough interior room to qualify as a mid-size car. Outside times when gas prices spike--when Prius sales go through the roof--you

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Daimler fielding seven electric cars for the 2011 Silvretta electric car race

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Daimler AG is competing in the second Silvretta electric car rally (7 to 9 July) with a total of seven electric cars from the Mercedes-Benz and smart brands. Models include: smart fortwo electric drive. B-Class F-CELL (hydrogen fuel cell). Battery-electric A-Class E-CELL (first time). SLS AMG E-CELL (scheduled for launch in 2013). Covering a total distance of almost 300 kilometers (186 miles) and a total difference in altitude of 5500 meters (3.42

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2011 Nissan Leaf

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The 2011 Nissan Leaf is the first battery electric car from a major carmaker built in high volumes for almost a century. Its distinctive five-door design makes it as recognizable and iconic on the road as the Toyota Prius hybrid, yet distinctively a Nissan. As the sole all-electric car sold in volume this year, it’s hands-down the greenest

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FEV to show compressed natural gas light-duty concept engine with ATAC combustion system at 2011 SAE World Congress

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FEV) a leading developer of advanced powertrain and vehicle technologies, will exhibit a lean burn engine concept at the SAE 2011 World Congress that has been modified to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). FEV Inc., (FEV) The engine is designed for use in light-duty vehicles, and demonstrates the potential of modifying passenger vehicle engines to achieve diesel-like fuel efficiency and power using CNG as an alternative fuel.

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SAE taskforce developing standards for wireless charging for plug-in vehicles; targeting first guideline by end of 2011

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The taskforce, which launched in October 2010 and began meeting in November 2010, has a goal of delivering the first SAE guideline by end of 2011 for publishing in 2012. VDE is planning to publish their whitepaper on wireless charging for Germany in the first quarter of 2011 and ISO & IEC are planning to standardize in the coming years. Closed loop wireless charging diagram. Source: Jesse Schneider. Click to enlarge.

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All-New Mazda CX-5 Crossover with full range of Skyactiv Technology to debut at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

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Mazda Motor Corporation will hold the world premiere of the new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (13–25 September). The CX-5 is the first of a new generation of Mazda products that will adopt the full range of Mazda’s Skyactiv Technology and new design theme.

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Wyoming Clean Coal Task Force wards $8.8M to 9 projects for 2011, including coal-to-liquids

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The other CCTF-endorsed projects for 2011: A $1,205,596 award to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, matched by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for a total of $2,411,192, to address gasification gas clean-up, carbon capture and coal-to-natural gas technologies.

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2011 Lexus RX 450h

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The 2011 Lexus RX 450h may be the star attraction of the most popular model in the entire Lexus line. Now in its third generation, the RX mid-size crossover utility vehicle has become the de facto standard for upscale suburban families. Its hybrid model adds a suitably green conscience to this otherwise tall, heavy luxury family vehicle.

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Vs 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco (Video)

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Two of the newest compact cars on the road today are the 2011 Hyundai Elantra and the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. In the case of the Chevy, we drove the 2011 Cruze Eco model, which gets the highest EPA gas mileage rating: 28 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, for a combined Now we've driven both of them, testing each car with a six-speed manual transmission.

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Latest UMTRI Eco-Driving Index shows 14% reduction of emissions per driver of newly purchased vehicles in US in April 2011 compared to October 2007

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Eco-Driving Index (EDI) and the two sub-indices (EDI d and EDI f ) for October 2007 through April 2011. The most recent (April 2011) value of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute ( UMTRI ) Eco-Driving Index (EDI) stands at 0.86, indicating that in April 2011 there was a 14% reduction of emissions per driver of newly purchased vehicles in the US compared to the situation in October 2007.

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Cella Energy Ltd named UK winner for Shell Springboard Awards 2011 for novel solid-state hydrogen storage technology

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Cella Energy, developer of a novel hydrogen storage technology ( earlier post ), was named the UK winner for the Shell Springboard Awards 2011. Being named the overall Shell Springboard winner for 2011 is a great boost for Cella Energy which will give us real credibility in the eyes of customers and potential investors alike.

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