Kia enhances 2014 Optima Hybrid

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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the 2014 Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan at the Chicago Auto Show last week. The 2014 Optima Hybrid builds upon the advancements of its gasoline-powered sibling, which went on sale in late-fall of last year. Available in LX and EX trims, the 2014 Optima Hybrid features carryover refinements for smoothness and drivability, including a 47 hp (35 kW) electric traction motor, a strong Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and a 47 kW lithium polymer battery. .

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Texas CNG, LNG motor fuel sales double FY 2014 estimate

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As of 31 July, fiscal 2014 tax revenue from sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) motor fuel totaled $2,178,199, according to the Texas state Comptroller’s office. State forecasters projected fiscal 2014 natural gas motor fuel tax revenue of $992,000, equal to sales of 6.6

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Honda adds 2014 Civic Hybrid and Natural Gas to US 2014 Civic lineup

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Honda is adding the 2014 Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas models to its 2014 Civic lineup in the US. The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid has an improved EPA rating of 44/47/45 mpg city/highway/combined (5.3/5.0/5.2 The 2014 Civic Hybrid is on-sale today with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $24,635. l/100 km), up from the 2013 model’s 44/44/44 mpg.

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ZSW: more than 400,000 plug-in cars on road worldwide at beginning of 2014; 2x 2013

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At the beginning of 2014, there were more than 400,000 electric cars—battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and range-extended electric vehicles—on the road worldwide, according to an analysis by Zentrums für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany. Accumulated number of xEVs in leading global markets. Annual growth rate over the past three years is more than 100%. Click to enlarge.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel earns 28 mpg highway; best in segment

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The 3.6-liter V6 EcoDiesel-powered 2014 Ram 1500 pickup ( earlier post ) has earned a 28-mpg (8.4 l/100 km) highway, a rating that stands for model-year 2014. The Ram 1500 now owns the half-ton pickup segment’s top two spots in the EPA’s 2014 highway fuel-economy rankings. Pricing for the 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $24,200, plus $1,195 destination. Click to enlarge.

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Mitsubishi takes divisional 1st and 2nd in Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2014; 2nd overall

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Mitsubishi Motors’ iMiEV Evolution III all-electric racecars ( earlier post ) took first and second place in the the Electric Modified Division of the 2014 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. With a time of 9 minutes 08 seconds 188, Greg Tracy won the Electric Modified Division honors and 2 nd overall—just a few seconds shy of taking the overall win. Meanwhile, Hiroshi Masuoka set a time of 9 minutes 12 seconds 204, finishing 2 nd in the division and 3 rd overall.

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Navigant Research forecasts new EV global sales of > 346,000 units in 2014; 10 predictions for the year

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During 2014, the global plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) industry is poised to grow by 86% and will surpass more than 346,000 new vehicles sold, according to a new white paper—“ Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions for 2014 ”—published by Navigant Research. Navigant’s 10 predictions of significant trends shaping the PEV market in 2014 are: Click to enlarge. Tesla is also readying the Model X, a more affordable crossover for launch by the end of 2014.

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Volkswagen Group top global R&D spender in 2014; 3rd year in a row

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The Volkswagen Group was the top global R&D spender in 2014, according to The 2014 Global Innovation 1000 report from consultancy Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company). billion on R&D in 2014 according to the report, was followed closely by Samsung ($13.4 In terms of the report’s ranking of the most innovative companies, of the world’s automakers only Tesla made the top 10 (coming in fifth place with 2014 R&D spending of $200 million).

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Audi bringing Q3 compact SUV to US in Fall 2014

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The new 2015 Audi Q3 compact SUV will arrive in the US in the Fall of 2014, joining the Q5 and Q7. The Q3 will make its US debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next week; Audi originally unveiled the Q3 in April 2011. Earlier post.). The Audi Q3 will initially be powered by a 200 hp (149 kW) 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine mated with a six-speed Tiptronic transmission. The engine will deliver 207 lb-ft (281 N·m) of torque.

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OPIS: Russia’s shipments of diesel to Europe surged 55% in first eight months of 2014

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Diesel imports from Russia are at a record in the first eight months of 2014, with Germany the most reliant, followed by France, and then the UK. million b/d by 2019, from just over 1 million b/d in 2013, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its Medium-Term Market Report 2014, released in June. Satellite tracking of oil cargoes by market reporting group OPIS shows that Europe’s dependence on Russia for road fuels in the 28 member countries has deepened significantly.

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1.0-liter EcoBoost powering 1 in 5 new Fords sold in 1H 2014 in Europe

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From January through June 2014, Ford sold approximately 120,000 1.0-liter EcoBoost vehicles, compared with 104,000 during the first six months of 2013—an increase of more than 15%. For the first half of 2014, 1.0-liter EcoBoost models made up 47% of all B-MAX multi-activity vehicles sold, 33% of Focus sales, and 30% of Fiesta sales. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost was in June again named the 2014 International Engine of the Year.

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Air Resources Board seeks nominations for 2014 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards

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The California Air Resources Board is accepting applications for the 2014 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards. The 2014 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards nomination period is between1 Oct. 2014, and 1 Dec.2014. The awards are annually bestowed upon scientists, policy makers, community leaders and educators who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of clean air and climate change science, technology and policy.

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GM reaches 3M sales in China in 2014; planning 60 new or refreshed vehicles through 2018

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General Motors and its joint ventures sold their 3 millionth vehicle in China in 2014. Cadillac sales in China in the first ten months of 2014 increased 57.9% In the first 10 months of 2014, sales by GM and its joint ventures in China increased 10.7% This is the second consecutive year that GM has reached the milestone, a month earlier than last year.

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EIA forecast of 2014 US gasoline use has risen 2 billion gallons (1.6%) in past 10 months

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The latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) expects 2014 gasoline consumption to be 8.82 million barrels per day (2 billion gallons) higher than last November’s forecast, which was close to the average 2014 consumption forecast across the 12 editions of STEO published in 2013. The STEO forecast of 2014 gasoline consumption was generally declining between January 2013 and September 2013, but has risen over the past year.

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Testing shows Volvo Trucks’ 2014 engines delivering up to 3% fuel efficiency improvement over 2013 models

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Volvo Trucks’ 2014 heavy-duty engines are providing greater fuel efficiency than anticipated, delivering up to a 3% fuel efficiency improvement compared with their 2013 counterparts, according to the company. Introduction of our SCR-equipped models yielded a 5 percent fuel efficiency increase, and we’re pleased to announce that our 2014 engine lineup is delivering up to an additional 3 percent savings.

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DOE VTO publishes summary report from 2014 Annual Merit Review (AMR) and Peer Evaluation Meeting

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The Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) published its summary report (1,193 pages) from the 2014 Annual Merit Review (AMR) and Peer Evaluation Meeting held June 16-20. The VTO Merit Review is held jointly with the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) Merit Review.

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Magna producing all-thermoplastic, fully recyclable liftgate module for 2014 Nissan Rogue

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Magna International’s Magna Exteriors operating unit is producing the North American automotive industry’s first all-thermoplastic, fully recyclable liftgate module for the 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover utility vehicle. The Rogue liftgate is unique in that all materials are fully olefinic and therefore fully recyclable at the end of the vehicle’s life, and it features the first painted outer panel made from thermoplastic olefin.

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EPA delays issuing 2014 RVO standards for RFS until sometime in 2015

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not finalize the 2014 applicable percentage standards (the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations, RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program until sometime next year. In a notice to be published in the Federal Register , the agency said that it intends to take action on the 2014 standards rule in 2015 prior to or in conjunction with action on the 2015 standards rule.

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DOE 2014 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Progress Report highlights substantial progress

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has posted the 2014 edition of its annual Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Progress Report —a nearly 1,000-page document. A new catalyst synthesized in 2014, which consists of a platinum-nickel alloy nanoframe covered by a thin platinum skin, has a performance more than 30 times higher than conventional platinum on carbon catalysts.

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MY 2014 Fiat 500 to receive 2-cylinder 105 hp 0.9 TwinAir Turbo

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At the Geneva Motor Show, Fiat will introduce the MY 2014 Fiat 500, featuring a wide range of engines including the new two-cylinder 105 hp 0.9 TwinAir Turbo also offered in the Alfa Romeo MiTo sport mini. Earlier post.). Combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, the new 0.9 TwinAir engine delivers 105 hp (78 kW) at 5,500 rpm with a maximum torque of 145 N·m (107 lb-ft) at 2,000 rpm. The Fiat 500 with the 105 HP 0.9

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China iCET releases 2014 Green Car China report ranking mainstream cars by green and health impacts

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China’s Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET) recently released its 2014 Green Car China Annual Report , an evaluation of mainstream vehicles on sale in China by their lifecycle impacts and their health impacts. Among the results of the Green rankings for all vehicles: 2014 China Green Car ratings. 2014 Top 5 Green Rated of China’s 2013 Top 50 Sales. Only hybrids performed very well on both the green rating and the smog index. Source: iCET. Click to enlarge.

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Mahindra Racing unveils Formula E electric racer at Auto Expo 2014

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Mahindra Racing, the motor sports division of the India-based Mahindra Group, unveiled India’s first Formula E battery-electric race car, capable of reaching speeds of up to 225 km/h (140 mph), at Auto Expo 2014 in Delhi. In a bid to create awareness about electric vehicles as well as help advance EV technology, the FIA has organized the Formula E Championship which begins in September 2014 and will include 10 races in its first season.

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL fuel cell vehicle cracks 300,000 kilometer mark; Daimler receives f-cell Award 2014

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In recognition of the 300,000 km milestone, Daimler AG was honored with the “ f-cell Award 2014 ” given by Ministry of Environment, Climate, Protection and Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (WRS). “ A B-Class F-CELL fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) ( earlier post ) from Mercedes-Benz’ current FCEV fleet has achieved a continuous running record of more than 300,000 kilometers (186,411 miles) under normal everyday conditions.

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MIT Energy Initiative announces 2014 seed grant awards

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Other recipients of the spring 2014 MITEI seed grants are: Assessment of technologies at different scales to monetize natural gas under uncertain and dynamic conditions; Paul Barton, chemical engineering. The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) announced its latest round of seed grants to support early-stage innovative energy projects. A total of more than $1.6 million was awarded to 11 projects, each lasting up to two years.

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GM’s truck and crossover sales pass 1M unit mark for 2014

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GM was the first automaker to pass the million-unit milestone in both 2014 and 2013. GM’s medium-sized Chevrolet, GMC and Buick crossovers, which were redesigned for the 2014 model year, were up 14% compared with last July, led by a 25% increase in Chevrolet Traverse deliveries. Sales of General Motors crossovers and trucks, which include pickups, vans and SUVs, surged by double-digits in July, pushing combined sales for the year to 1,048,114 through July.

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Honda to showcase new connected car and automated driving technologies at 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit; driver-to-driver “virtual tow”

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Honda will showcase several of its latest developments in intelligent transportation technology at the 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit, 7-11 September. Honda is also leading the industry in the deployment of rearview cameras, to be offered as standard equipment on all model year 2015 Honda and Acura vehicles (having been offered on more than 95% of model year 2014 vehicles).

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Refreshed 2014 Toyota Yaris features revamped 1.0L engine with switching between Atkinson and Otto cycles; new hybrid

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2014 Yaris Hybrid. Toyota’s refreshed 2014 Yaris for Europe offers a choice of four powertrains, including a thoroughly reworked 3-cylinder 1.0 Complementing the reduction in unwanted vibration through increased body stiffness and suspension re-tuning, the new 2014 Yaris also benefits from a marked reduction in interior noise levels. D-4D at the beginning of 2014 and now the new Yaris. Click to enlarge.

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Altech-Eco receives ARB certification for dedicated 2014 F-250/350 6.2L CNG conversion system

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certification from the California Air Resources Board (ARB) for the compressed natural gas (CNG) Dedicated conversion system for the 2014 Ford 6.2L and 2014 F-150 3.7L Altech-Eco Corporation has obtained Executive Order (E.O.) V8 F-250/350 pickups with Ford-supplied CNG gaseous prepped engine. The dedicated version converts the vehicle to operate 100% on CNG, which allows users to take advantage of using CNG as a cleaner burning and more economical alternative fuel.

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Argonne releases GREET 2014 lifecycle analysis software; unified graphical toolbox and database

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The GREET (The Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation Model) team at Argonne National Laboratory has released a new version of the widely used GREET lifecycle analysis tool, GREET 2014. GREET 2014 provides a fully graphical toolbox with which users can perform life cycle analysis simulations of alternative transportation fuels and vehicle technologies with just a few clicks.

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Volkswagen Group 2014 sustainability report shows progress on key environmental performance indicators; Strategy 2018 and leadership in e-mobility

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The Volkswagen Group continues to make progress on the way to its goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable automaker, according to its 2014 sustainability report. By the end of 2014, a total of 14 models from various Group brands will feature an all-electric or hybrid powertrain.

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Nissan leads with transfer of California ZEV credits out for year ending 30 Sep 2014

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Between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014, Nissan transferred out 663.6 As of September 2014, more than 100,000 ZEVs and plug-in hybrids are on California roads. ZEV credit balances by vehicle type as of 30 September 2014. Nissan led with California ZEV credit transfers out during the last report period. Click to enlarge.

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Mazda to showcase Adaptive LED Headlights, automated driving technology at CEATEC JAPAN 2014

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Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase its Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) next-generation headlamp technology at CEATEC JAPAN 2014, a comprehensive exhibition of cutting-edge IT and electronics. CEATEC JAPAN 2014 runs from Tuesday, 7 October through Saturday, 11 October 11 at the Makuhari Messe convention complex in Tokyo.

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97% of US buyers opted for 2.5L stop/start base engine on 2014, 2015 Malibu

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2014 ECOTEC 2.5L Ninety-seven percent of customers in the US who purchased a 2014 or 2015 Malibu—accounting for about 83,000 vehicles—opted for the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder base engine (LKW) equipped with standard stop/start technology, according to GM. The 2014 Malibu was the first in its segment with a standard engine featuring fuel-saving stop/start technology. I-4 iVLC DI (LKW) with stop/start. Click to enlarge.

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IIHS small overlap front crash testing finds mixed small car results; Volt wins 2014 Top Safety Pick+ award

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Five small cars, all 2014 models, earn an acceptable rating, two earn marginal and four earn poor ratings for occupant protection in a small overlap crash in the Institute’s latest round of evaluations. The other two are the 2014 Kia Forte, a small car, and the 2012 Prius v, a mid-size hybrid. That’s still the case with the 2014 versions of both cars. Small overlap front crash test ratings for small cars, 2014 models. Scion xB (built after Feb 2014).

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DOE awards $17M to FY 2014 SBIR Phase II projects; includes Si/graphene anodes, motor windings, exhaust treatments

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The US DOE recently awarded $17 million to 17 FY 2014 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II projects to further develop Phase I projects and to produce a prototype or equivalent within two years. Selected vehicle and hydrogen technology projects are: FY 2014 SBIR Phase II vehicle projects. FY 2014 SBIR Phase II hydrogen and fuel cell projects.

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GM sells 1 millionth vehicle in China in 2014; 8th consecutive year and earliest yet

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General Motors and its joint ventures sold their 1 millionth vehicle in China in 2014. As a point of comparison, GM’s four brands in the US (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac) have delivered 649,637 vehicles during the first three months of 2014. This is the eighth consecutive year that GM has sold more than one million vehicles in a calendar year, and the earliest it has reached the 1 million mark.

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Ford tops 50 Best Global Green Brands list for 2014; Toyota, Honda and Nissan 2nd, 3rd and 4th

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Automakers took the top four slots in the 50 Best Global Green Brands list for 2014, published by Fortune magazine in conjunction with the consulting firm Deloitte and Interbrand. 2014 rank. 2014 gap score. Ford bumped last year’s leader, Toyota, to take the top spot. Toyota came in second, followed by Honda and Nissan. Panasonic was in fifth place. The list was first created in 2011.

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2014 BMW i3 Vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class: Luxury Electric Car Comparison

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Those cars are the 2014 BMW i3 and the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. This summer, buyers will have the option of two electric cars that on the surface, offer very similar attributes. Both are from Germany, for a start. Each has a very similar price tag. Each offers four doors and a liftback-style luggage area. And since we''ve driven

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New VW EA288 diesel to debut in 2H 2014 in the MY 2015 Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle; MDB comes to the US (updated with diagrams)

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Volkswagen of America announced that the new 2.0-liter EA288 diesel engine will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, and Jetta, all of which are set to arrive in dealer showrooms in the second half of 2014. Main modules of development of the EA288 diesel. Click to enlarge.

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Li-S battery company OXIS Energy receives 2014 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation

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Consultancy Frost &Sullivan has selected UK-based lithium-sulfur battery developer OXIS Energy to receive the 2014 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation. OXIS Energy has developed a lithium-sulfur battery technology that resolves some of the issues in the batteries currently used in military, automotive, and solar energy storage applications.

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2014 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro Le Mans racer consumes about 40% less fuel than first TDI engine at Le Mans in 2006

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In addition to the new, more efficient internal combustion engine, the 2014 R18 powertrain concept, for the first time, features the integration of two hybrid systems: ERS-K and ERS-H. Audi is racing three R18 e-quattros at Le Mans. Click to enlarge. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro diesel hybrids ( earlier post ) that will race at Le Mans this coming weekend (14-15 June) are the lightest and most fuel efficient LMP1 racers has yet to bring to the track.

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Subaru upgrades US-spec Impreza; EyeSight driver assist technology, 1 mpg boost over 2014 model

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As a comparison, the 2014 Impreza with automatic is EPA-rated at 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined.). Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, will debut an upgraded Subaru Impreza compact 4-door and 5-door models on the US market later this year as part of its 2015 lineup.

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Opbrid Tr?kbaar ultra-high-power automatic charging station for heavy-duty trucks debuts at IAA 2014

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kbaar for trucks at IAA 2014. The Opbrid Tr?kbaar. kbaar. Click to enlarge. Spain-based Opbrid, the provider of the overhead pantograph-based ultra-fast charging Opbrid B?sbaar sbaar V3 for buses ( earlier post ), is introducing the Opbrid Tr?kbaar The system for the automatic fast charging of heavy-duty electric trucks is 100% compatible with the standards-based B?sbaar. sbaar. The Opbrid Tr?kbaar kbaar and B?sbaar

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