Harvard team develops cleaner method to separate rare-earth metals using bacteria

Green Car Congress

Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a cleaner method to extract rare earth metals. Current process for separating rare-earth metals is time consuming, expensive, and dangerous. Processing one ton of rare earths can produce 2,000 tons of toxic waste.

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2014 Was A Good Year For Cleaner, Greener, More Efficient Cars

Green Car Reports

DON''T MISS: In Just One Year, Electric Cars Have Gotten Cleaner: How''d They Do That? With the year all but wound down, it''s an appropriate time to look back and take stock of what''s been achieved over the past 12 months. So how did 2014 measure up in terms of boosting vehicle fuel efficiency and reducing emissions? According to the National

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EU cleaner-car proposals slammed for too few electric cars, too much biodiesel

Green Car Reports

A new package of laws drafted by the European Commission aims to reduce consumption of fossil fuels within the European Union. Called "Clean Energy for All Europeans," the plan calls for emissions reductions in both the transportation and energy sectors, as well as increased use of renewable energy for electricity generation, and biodiesel for. Europe Biofuels energy policy EU plug-in cars biodiesel transportation policy

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In Just One Year, Electric Cars Have Gotten Cleaner: How'd They Do That?

Green Car Reports

Electric cars have no tailpipe emissions, but their overall impact on the environment includes the electricity generated to recharge their batteries. The carbon emissions associated with that power vary greatly, depending on the local utility that provides it. Now an updated study from the Union of Concerned Scientists calculates that in many

Mercedes Announces Cleaner, More Efficient Diesel Engines

Green Car Reports

Diesel may be a dirty word for some but for the major automakers, especially those with a significant presence in fuel-conscious Europe, it commands a lot of importance. One such automaker is Mercedes-Benz, which this week announced it is investing close to $3 billion over the coming years in developing next-generation diesel engines. This is in. Engine

Electric Cars Get Cleaner, 2016 Chevy Volt On-Demand Regen, 2015 Audi A3 TDI Driven: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

We''ve got a lot of electric-car news today--including stories on how electric cars have gotten cleaner in the past year and an on-demand regenerative braking feature for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt--plus a review of the 2015 Audi A3 TDI. In just one year, electric cars have gotten cleaner.

New £1 billion centre opens to develop cleaner cars

Green Cars News

A new £1 billion centre to research the development of new, cleaner cars has been opened this week by the Business Secretary, Vince Cable. Opening the new Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) at the University of Warwick, Cable also announced a fund of a further £32 million would be given for two new [.]. Green credentials Editor Pick

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New cleaner and more powerful Honda Civic

Green Cars News

The new Honda Civic will feature a cleaner, more powerful and economical diesel engine to deliver lower running costs for owners, the car maker has said. Improvements to Honda’s 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine, coupled with a low-drag body design, mean the new Civic emits 110 g/km of CO2 – while producing 150 PS and 350 Nm [.]. Green cars diesel engine Honda Civic i-DTEC low emissions

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Cities lead global push for cleaner, zero-emission cars

Green Car Reports

Carlos Ghosn, the man behind the Nissan Leaf electric car and now the chairman of the Renault Nissan Alliance, isn't the first to say it. But his recent comment that cities are driving the push for electric cars is an important one, because it indicates a prime market for their advantages. The result is that city governments all over the world are. Paris emissions carbon dioxide London Zero Emission Vehicle regulation cities transportation policy

Mazda Next-Gen Sky-D Diesel: Cleaner Than VW TDI?

Green Car Reports

For decades, Volkswagen and Audi have held the only options for North American shoppers wanting a highly efficient model with a four-cylinder turbo-diesel—their 2.0-liter TDI engine. Now, with Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, and even Chevrolet slated to bring four-cylinder diesels back to the U.S. within the next couple of years, the playing field is

Volvo proves visionary in mission for a cleaner, safer motoring. The Green Piece

Green Cars News

November 12, 2013. The Green Piece Column.

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Solar Power Initiative By DoE Could Make Grid Electricity Cleaner, Cheaper

Green Car Reports

Some of our electric car-owning readers already reap the benefits of solar energy with roof-mounted panels, but on a grid level solar still has a long way to go. The U.S. Department of Energy wants to change that, revealing targets that would mean one third of the Western U.S.

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Toyota misses the point: EVs can make the electricity grid cleaner

Green Cars News

Clean up your smelly electricity grid, or the plug-in cars get it!

Jaguar proves to cleaner than we thought

Green Cars News

It is not very often we mention Jaguar on TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk but this was a story we just couldn’t resist. The luxury car maker has been busy proving the efficiency of its diesel XF car in the US, where gasoline (or petrol to us Brits) is by far the preferred fuel. Driving from New York to [.]. Green credentials diesel Jaguar Los Angeles New York XF

Lighter, Cleaner, More Efficient Diesel Engine: Too Good To Be True?

Green Car Reports

Clatter, grumble, shudder, belch. Sound familiar? Not if you drive one of the modern breed of diesel-engined cars, which have virtually banished all sign of their clattery, tractor-like forebears. A modern Volkswagen TDI, for example, isn't just efficient and quiet--it even approaches fun, if you get your thrills from effortless low-down torque

Supreme Court: California Cleaner-Fuels Plan OK, Oil Companies Lose Appeal

Green Car Reports

That means the LCFS now has one fewer obstacle in its aim to encourage the adoption of cleaner fuels in the state''s cars and In an action sure to appease fans of a greener transportation future, the U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to decline oil and ethanol companies'' appeal to a decision to uphold California''s Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS).

Diesel: The Dark-Horse Contender For Cleaner, Greener Cars?

Green Car Reports

Though about half the new cars sold in Europe are diesels, the technology has never had much traction in the United States, partly because much stricter U.S. clean air regulations made it virtually untenable. But several years ago Daimler and Volkswagen introduced cars powered by clean diesel technology capable of meeting U.S. requirements.

IEA: Estonia is pioneering technologies for more efficient and cleaner use of oil shale

Green Car Congress

An article in the latest issue of IEA Energy: The Journal of the International Energy Agency reports that Estonia, which has the most developed oil shale industry in the world, is collaborating in pursuing wider use of oil shale in a cleaner, more sustainable manner.

Hydrogen Production Gets Cleaner: Now With Lower Carbon Monoxide

Green Car Reports

Hydrogen is often lauded as a fuel of the future--a way to offer the combined benefits of electric vehicles and combustion cars in one, simple package. The reality is a little more complicated, as you might imagine. But one of hydrogen''s long-standing issues, the cleanliness of its production, could change with a new technique. As Science Daily

All Dutch electric trains now running on 100-percent renewable energy

Green Car Reports

The cleaner an energy source, the cleaner the vehicles it powers. While modern electric cars have only been available in large numbers for a few years, electric trains have been commonplace for some time. As with electric cars, the source of the electricity used to power these trains impacts their overall carbon footprint. DON'T MISS: Alstom. Europe The Netherlands renewable energy Public transport Trains wind energy

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Alberta CCEMC providing $46M for carbon capture and storage and cleaner energy projects in oil sands region

Green Car Congress

Alberta, Canada’s Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation is providing C$46 million (US$45 million) in funding to support six new carbon capture and storage and cleaner technology projects in the Canadian oil sands region. The projects have a combined value of more than $327 million (US$321 million). The organizations receiving funding from CCEMC are: Cenovus Energy Inc.: $10

Cleaner Cars Save You Gas, Also Save Lives, Cut Health Costs

Green Car Reports

Cars that consume less fuel have many benefits, including lower gasoline costs. Now it turns out that they also bring significant public-health benefits, reducing health-care costs and premature deaths from cardiopulmonary causes. The challenge is that the costs and benefits aren't equally spread. The American Lung Association released a report on

Audi A4 gets cleaner

Green Cars News

Audi has revealed a raft of changes to its A4 as part of a midlife refresh. Cosmetically the designers have managed to give the executive car a fresh new look, with subtle changes to bumpers, grille, and headlights. However, perhaps the best news is that across the board the engineers have managed to reduce CO2 [.]. Audi A4 diesel midlife

Leaky Natural Gas Wells No Cleaner Than Coal, Says NOAA

Green Car Reports

Natural gas is increasingly considered a cleaner alternative to coal when it comes to energy production--not to mention a greener alternative to gasoline when used in vehicles like the Honda Civic Natural Gas. However, a new study suggests its green credentials may be damaged by methane leaks--negating any benefit from shifting to gas from dirtier

Electric cars: the cleaner choice. The Green Piece

Green Cars News

Tuesday 28 August, 2012. The Green Piece Column. One of the things that confuses me deeply (I confess there are many things that confuse me) in the apparent rejection of electric cars is the argument that they are not any greener than combustion cars because electricity is produced from fossil fuels. While it is largely [.]. Electric cars The Green Piece electric car power generation The Green Piece Column

5 African nations push for cleaner diesel fuel from European suppliers

Green Car Reports

African nations have a very specific problem when it comes to dealing with emissions from diesel vehicles. Because of lax emissions standards, traders import fuel to these countries that is too dirty for sale elsewhere. But now a handful of African nations are taking a stand against this. DON'T MISS: Why Africa gets filthiest diesel fuel: little. Environmental emissions energy policy air pollution Africa

Renault internal review proves EVs are cleaner than ICE

Green Cars News

An internal review by Renault, comparing its combustion Fluence to its battery-powered Z.E version, shows that while the electric model has a much higher production environmental footprint, the car more than makes up for it over the course of its lifetime. The internal review, prepared by Renaul[.].

Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

Green Car Reports

One of the advantages of electric cars is that they get cleaner as the emissions associated with generating the electricity to power them decrease. And the good news for electric-car drivers is that the grids that supply their electricity have been getting cleaner--and will likely continue to do so this year and into the future.

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Hydro-power reservoirs emit methane, a greenhouse gas: no free lunch?

Green Car Reports

The cleaner the electricity used to charge an electric car, the cleaner that car becomes in operation. The energy sources used to generate grid electricity can be a major source of greenhouse-gas emissions, and thus they affect the environmental impact of electric cars. And among potential energy sources, hydroelectric power from dams would seem. emissions climate change plug-in cars renewable energy clean energy energy

Volkswagen aims for cleaner plants by 2018

Green Cars News

Car giant, Volkswagen has set itself an ambitious target of making its plants more sustainable by cutting their environmental impact by 25 per cent by 2018. The car maker’s factories must reduce their energy consumption, waste volumes, air-borne emissions, water consumption and carbon dioxide emissions to meet the target which will compare performance in 2010 [.]. Volkswagen emissions environment production Think Blue

EPA Moves To Cut Sulfur In Gasoline, Reducing Emissions Further

Green Car Reports

"Cleaner cars need cleaner fuels"--that's the message from a group of automakers in support of new EPA rules to clean up gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency will today move ahead with rules requiring cleaner gasoline nationwide, with huge potential environmental benefits. According to a senior Obama administration official (via The

How China's horrific air quality magically turns cleaner: cotton

Green Car Reports

But officials in one Chinese city found a way to at least make that air appear cleaner, for awhile. China is known for having some of the most polluted air in the world. Like many Chinese cities, Xi'an, the provincial capital of Shaanxi, in the northern part of the country, has air-monitoring equipment. DON'T MISS: Coal in China: huge problem for. emissions China air pollution

Modified SOFC anodes allow operation at lower temperatures with carbon-containing gases; potential for much more efficient and cleaner generation of electricity from coal

Green Car Congress

The resulting lower-temperature SOFCs could provide a cleaner, more efficient alternative to conventional power plants for generating electricity from coal reserves.

Renewable energy growth accelerating, says International Energy Agency

Green Car Reports

The overall carbon emissions associated with electric cars decrease as the electricity used to recharge them gets cleaner. And the latest statistics from the International Energy Agency (IEA) will be good news indeed for electric-car drivers. Last year saw record growth in renewable energy, according to the IEA, which surpassed coal to become the. China energy policy plug-in cars renewable energy solar wind energy

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New catalyst could lead to affordable fuel cell cars

Green Cars News

Fuel Cells Hydrogen cars affordable catalyst cheaper cleaner fuel cell hydrogenScientists have made a major breakthrough in the development of affordable fuel cells. One of the biggest hurdles for the use of hydrogen fuel cells in cars is the cost of the platinum used as a catalyst within the fuel cell. Increase in the demand for platinum-based catalysts could drive up the cost of platinum [.].

Honeywell UOP introduces range of new hydrotreating catalysts; production of cleaner-burning gasoline and diesel

Green Car Congress

Honeywell UOP is introducing an expanded portfolio of new hydrotreating catalysts used to remove impurities and contaminants from petroleum and other refining feedstocks to produce cleaner-burning gasoline and diesel that meets new global emissions regulations.

Rental cars are cleaner and safer than private ones, research finds

Green Cars News

Rental cars in the UK emit less CO2 and other air pollutants and are used more efficiently than the average privately-owned car, new research suggests. Commissioned by the industry body, British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), the new study found that the average CO2 emissions were [.]. Green credentials bvrla car rental co2 emissions Contract Hire

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Computerized car convoy hopes for cleaner and safer driving

National Green Transportation

Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and pay attention to your driving. That key to safe driving may become irrelevant if the SARTRE system, now entering testing in Europe, works out. It's a "road train"

Australia cuts green car funding in wake of floods

Green Cars News

billion Green Car Innovation Fund will be dropped along with the Cleaner Car Rebate Scheme as part of spending cuts to help finance rebuilding Australia’s flood-affected regions. Green credentials Australia cleaner car fund grants green car Innovation fund rebateAustralia has abolished plans to help develop greener cars and encourage consumer uptake of lower emission vehicles. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that the country’s $1.3

New £90 million fund for cleaner and better bus services

Green Cars News

Buses services around England are set to receive £90 million in funding to make them greener and easier to to use, Transport Minister Norman Baker announced today. £50 50 million will go to a ‘Better Bus Areas’ fund initiative which will see bus operators working in partnership with local authorities to increase passenger numbers. Successful bids [.]. Green credentials Better Bus Area buses funding low carbon Transport Minister