LowCVP conference to explore beyond the tailpipe

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While we’re on the subject of air pollution, you might be interested to hear that tomorrow, the LowCVP will hold its 10th annual conference in London, under the title of ‘Beyond the Tailpipe’.

Ford doubles electric drive market share in US from 2012 to 2013; surging with plug-in hybrids

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Ford’s changing share of the hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, battery-electric vehicle segments and total ED market in the US in 2012 and YTD 2013. for the first nine months of 2013. Monthly 2013 sales of Ford electric drive vehicles.

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GM Working On 200-Mile Electric Car, Says CEO Akerson

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The chief executive officer of General Motors made the comment yesterday at an energy conference, as reported in Reuters. Last summer he dropped a hint that it might be possible. Now Dan Akerson has confirmed it: GM is working on an electric car with a 200-mile range, according to its CEO. He pointed to breakthroughs "on the horizon" in battery

Is There Any Business Model For Public Electric-Car Charging? Plug-In 2013 Report

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That was one sobering question that came up during the Plug-In 2013 conference, held in San Diego last Monday through Thursday. Suppose there''s no way for businesses to make money on public electric-car charging stations--even with DC quick-charging? Then what? Almost three years after the first mass-produced electric cars went on sale in December

Tesla Hires New Engineering VP From Luxury Maker Aston Martin

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While CEO Elon Musk is doing another tweet-hyped conference call today, Tesla has a lot going on in the background. Not only is it building and selling Model S electric luxury sport sedans, but Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] has quietly hired a new vice president of vehicle engineering. That new VP is Chris Porritt, whose previous job was chief platform

Study suggests fuel cell hybrid with supercapacitors for energy storage the most fuel efficient

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This, the researchers suggested in a paper presented at the recent EVS 27 conference in Barcelona, was due to the use of the efficient supercapacitors for the majority of the transient-power requirements (the SC can be charged or discharged at a high current, at which the battery cannot function).

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U. Maryland and Redox Power partnering to commercialize low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells for distributed generation and transportation

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Redox Power’s 25 kW “Cube” sitting outside a conference room. Click to enlarge.

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Volkswagen confirms e-up! for production

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At the firm’s annual press and investors conference in Wolfsburg today, the new e-up! Volkswagen has confirmed that an electric version of its new up! city car is to go into production and is coming to the UK!

Volkswagen e-Up Electric Minicar: Forbidden Fruit For Europe Only

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Today, first details of the Volkswagen e-Up minicar were released--with the car being shown at the company's Annual Press and Investors Conference, held at its Wolfsburg headquarters. The next 18 months will see a number of plug-in vehicles enter the market from Volkswagen, as the company has promised for several years.

Plug In America study projects Tesla Roadster packs will retain 80-85% capacity after 100K miles

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Plug In America launched the survey in January 2013, receiving data from about 4% of Roadster owners worldwide who completed a form on the PIA website. As of 4 July 2013, Tesla Motors reported that 2,100+ Roadsters have been driven more than 35 million miles.

Next Chevy Volt $10,000 Cheaper To Build, Profitable For GM?

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The latest comes from GM CEO Dan Akerson, who told the audience at Fortune''s Brainstorm Green conference Tuesday that the next Volt would cost "$7,000 to $10,000" less than today''s model. The 2013 Chevy Volt carries a base price of Here and there, a few little tidbits about the next-generation Chevrolet Volt electric car are starting to leak out.

I’ve Done The Math – Now I’m Doing Something About It

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Why would your Creative Greenius walk away from his high-paying, highly rewarding executive role at CBS EcoMedia where I was working to fund environmental, education, and wellness projects all across the USA, just as the company hit more growth milestones and was likely to pay generous bonuses?

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ALABC and CPT to introduce 48V LC Super Hybrid demonstrator at Vienna Motor Symposium

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Employing cost-effective low-voltage micro-mild hybrid technology, the LC Super Hybrid, which is based on a 1.4-liter VW Passat, will make its global debut at the 34 th annual powertrain conference. 12V and 48V LC Super Hybrid technology demonstrators. Click to enlarge.

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PNNL solar thermochemical reaction system can reduce fuel consumption in natural gas power plants by about 20%; future potential for transportation fuels

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PNNL’s thermochemical conversion device is installed in front of a concentrating solar power dish. Photo: PNNL. Click to enlarge.

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Alcoa introduces new aluminum wheel alloy for lighter weight but stronger wheels

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Unveiled at the American Trucking Association Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, the new lightweight alloy, called MagnaForce, is on average 16.5% Through the third quarter of 2013, Engineered Products and Solutions contributed 25% of the company’s total revenues. Alcoa, the inventor and global leader of forged aluminum wheels, introduced its most advanced aluminum wheel alloy in 45 years.

Liquid Air Energy Network forms in UK; focus on transportation and energy storage

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The UK Centre for Low Carbon Futures published a multi-partner research report— Liquid Air in the energy and transport systems: Opportunities for industry and innovation in the UK —and presented the results at a a conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.

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Honda joins vehicle-to-grid technology demonstration project in partnership with University of Delaware and NRG Energy

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eV2g came online early in 2013 with the first revenue-generating vehicle-to-grid project, demonstrating the controls, regulatory requirements, and market participation rules for selling energy storage from vehicles into the PJM Interconnection Regulation Market. Proceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm 2013), Vancouver, 21-24 October 2013.

MIT researchers pursuing increasing human-vehicle collaboration

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Researchers at MIT are developing systems that could allow humans, robots and other autonomous vehicles to collaborate on everything from navigation to trip planning, and eventually pave the way for the operation of personal aircraft and driverless cars. In the shorter term, they are looking at applications such as optimizing trip planning and reducing plug-in vehicle range anxiety.

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Lola-Drayson all-electric car to be unveiled at 2012 Low Carbon Racing Conference

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Lola Group and Drayson Racing Technologies (DRT) will launch their Lola-Drayson B12/69EV all-electric prototype racing car as part of International Motorsport Business Week on 11 January 2012 at the MIA International Low Carbon Conference in the UK.

Univ. of Regina researchers propose new enhanced heavy oil recovery process for Western Canada

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A paper on their work is published in the journal Fuel ; the team had earlier presented their work at 2013 SPE Heavy Oil Conference in Calgary in June.

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Ford studying space-based robot telematics with St. Petersburg Polytechnic to improve connected vehicle communication

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Aerospace Conference, 2001, IEEE Proceedings. Ford has begun a three-year. three-year research partnership with the telematics department of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia in its association with that country’s space industry.

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TUM CREATE introduces tropical megacity e-taxi prototype at Tokyo; super-fast charging with twin charge ports

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At the EVS 27 conference in Barcelona, engineers from TUM CREATE presented a paper on the accelerated ageing tests they performed on the large format lithium-ion cells for EVA. Drawing of the 50 kWh pack and the twin charge ports for super-fast charging. Click to enlarge.

Tesla Makes Money On Model S: $35K Per Car Selling ZEV Credits?

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Tomorrow at 5 pm Eastern, Tesla will hold what may be its most eagerly awaited conference call to date. The Silicon Valley startup automaker will discuss its first-quarter financial results--which will give the first clue to its financial viability as an operating automaker. But Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] will have raked in revenue not only from

BASF pitching NiMH batteries for grid energy storage applications

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BASF Battery Materials will discuss its latest improvements in Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery technology for grid energy storage applications at the 8 th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition (IRES 2013), being held 18-20 November 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

Jaguar C-X75 Plug-In Hybrid Supercar Coming In 2013

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It’s been speculated for the past several months but today we finally got confirmation that Jaguar’s stunning C-X75 concept car is headed for production and due for launch in late 2013. In a press conference early this morning, Jaguar confirmed that together with the Williams Formula 1 team it would build the supercar, though without

German Government hosting international e-mobility conference; Merkel speaking

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The German Federal Government is hosting an international conference on e-mobility, “Electric Mobility Going Global” later this month (27-28 May) in Berlin; Germany’s chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is scheduled to give a speech on the first conference day. The conference is conducted in cooperation with the National Electric Mobility Platform (NPE). The conference language is German, with simultaneous translation to English.

Protean Electric and FAW-VW developing production-intent electric propulsion system with in-wheel motors

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Protean Electric introduced its production in-wheel motor at the 2013 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit. Alessandro Galeazzi and Gareth Roberts (2013) “Influence of wheel bearing performance on In-wheel motor advanced applications” (EVS 27). Tim Martin and Richard Burke (2013) “Practical Field Weakening Current Vector Control Calculations for PMSM in Vehicle Applications” (EVS 27). Cutaway of the Protean Electric in-wheel motor. Click to enlarge.

Tesla Planning Grid Storage As Part Of Supercharger Expansion

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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk revealed that little tidbit at a press conference today, where plans were detailed for an expanded network of the company''s Supercharger rapid-charging stations. Buy a Tesla Model S, and you won''t need to worry about brownouts. And you could even keep driving through the Zombie Apocalypse.

People Will Buy Electric Cars If They're Cheap, Privileged, And Convenient

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If sales in Norway are any indication, that will happen when electric vehicles become inexpensive, easy to own, and confer certain privileges. Electric cars may be growing in popularity, but they still make up just a tiny percentage of the U.S. auto market. When will things take off? According to Treehugger, Norwegians are crazy about electric

Ohio State team wins EcoCAR2 competition with E85 series-parallel plug-in hybrid Malibu

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The OSU team’s engineered 2013 Chevrolet Malibu featured a series-parallel plug-in hybrid drive with E85-fueled engine technology. EcoCAR 2—a three-year competition managed by Argonne National Laboratory and sponsored by the US Department of Energy, GM and 30 other government and industry leaders—gave students the opportunity to gain real-world automotive engineering experience while striving to improve the environmental impact and energy efficiency of a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

Report: Honda, GM to announce tie-up on environmental technology on Tuesday

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Honda Executive Vice President Tetsuo Iwamura and GM Vice Chairman Stephen Girsky will explain the details at a news conference in New York at 9 am Tuesday, local time, according to the Nikkei report. The Nikkei reports that Honda Motor Co. and General Motors will tie up in environmental technology.

ABB launches Terra 53 DC fast charger in NA; SAE Combo and CHAdeMO

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ABB has introduced the Terra 53 for North America, showcasing it at the Plug-in 2013 conference in San Diego. This 50 kW DC fast charging station meets both SAE Combo and CHAdeMO standards for battery electric vehicles. ABB was the first manufacturer in the world to meet both standards, launching the harmonized product in Europe last spring.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI: Live Gallery From Chicago Auto Show

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While Volkswagen didn't host a press conference to launch its new diesel Beetle, the carmaker put the 2013 Beetle TDI on display at the Chicago Auto Show in its first U.S. appearance. It's really the return of a long-lost friend, since VW sold the previous-generation New Beetle with a 1.9-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine from its 1999 launch

UK’s greenest football club goes greener with electric fleet

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The side, which finished 10th in the Conference National league last [.]. From zippy sports cars to monstrous 4x4s, footballers tend to like their cars fast and extravagant, which usually leaves not much opportunity for a lithium-ion battery or double-figure CO2 output.

Volvo Trucks showcasing DME, CNG trucks at ACT Expo

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Volvo trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and dimethyl ether (DME) will be on display this week at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America’s largest alternative fuel and clean vehicle technology conference. Volvo announced 6 June that it would commercialize DME-powered vehicles in 2015 as part of its “Blue Power” alternative fuels strategy for North America. Earlier post.).

Governors of 8 states sign MoU to put 3.3M zero-emission vehicles on roads by 2025; 15% of new vehicle sales

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million ZEVs would represent a new vehicle market penetration for the group of states of about 15%, said Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board (ARB), during a conference call announcing the agreement. Motorists bought more than 40,000 plug-in cars in the first and second quarters of 2013.

Petrobras CEO says company will grow production to 5.7 mboe/day by 2020

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Speaking at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston , Petrobras CEO Maria das Graças Silva Foster said that the Brazilian oil and gas company’s reserves will double in size by 2020. Production, which was 2.2 million barrels of oil equivalent (oil and natural gas) per day in 2012, is expected to reach 5.7 mboe in 2020, due largely to the pre-salt discoveries. We (Petrobras) have made 53 discoveries in Brazil during the last 14 months.

One way or another, Fisker Automotive may soon be off the market

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chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, proposed an amendment to end the $25-billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program. For example, in March 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported that a group of Chinese automakers ended talks of purchasing Fisker over a disagreement on the continuation of the DOE loan. by Keith Patterson.

Chevrolet, GMC expand CNG truck and van offerings

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The vehicles were announced at the Green Fleet Conference & Expo, which focuses on clean technologies and alternative-fuel vehicles for fleet operations. Chevrolet and GMC will offer new bi-fuel versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty trucks and all-new dedicated compressed natural gas versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size passenger vans next year.

FEV’s two-stage VCR system; 5-7% increase in fuel economy using variable length conrods

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At SAE World Congress 2013, engineers at FEV reported on their progress on a two-stage variable compression ratio (VCR) system based on a variable length conrod with eccentric piston pin suspension. Increasing Efficiency in Gasoline Powertrains with a Two-Stage Variable Compression Ratio (VCR) System,” SAE Technical Paper 2013-01-0288, 2013, doi: 10.4271/2013-01-0288 D. DEER Conference 2012). Working principle of FEV’s two-stage VCR system. Click to enlarge.