Tesla Pedal Update, BMW Diesel Drive, China Coal Use: Today's Car News

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Today on Green CarReports: Tesla''s doing well on reservations for its next model, Audi offers renewable energy to recharge its first plug-in hybrid (in Germany, anyway), and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are (still) coming soon. All this and more on Green Car Reports. There may be as many as 13,000 reservations for the Tesla Model X electric

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Automakers agree on common plug to recharge electric vehicles

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Automakers agree on common plug to recharge electric vehicles by Darren Murph , posted Apr 19th 2009 at 4:24PM Just hours after General Motors put forth a proposal for a standardized plug for electric vehicles , in flies this. Caroline Reichert, an RWE spokeswoman, noted that the idea here is to ensure that "a car can be recharged in Italy in exactly the same way as in Denmark, Germany or France." excluding coal power in china.

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The Greenius Misplaces His Mojo… Momentarily

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Either way, I’m back and I’m returning with a new attitude, recharged energy and a fresh direction. I’d say “No More Mr. Nice Guy,&# but hell I’m such an inherently nice guy at heart that no one would believe that… well, except maybe the gasholes who I’ll be metaphorically skewering like a razor sharp steel spike through a marinated lamb shish-kabob over burning hot coals.

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Renewable energy growth accelerating, says International Energy Agency

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

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Electric Car Life-Cycle Analysis: Renault Fluence ZE Vs Diesel, Gas Models

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They use less energy on a wells-to-wheels carbon basis than the vast majority of new cars sold in North America, even if they''re recharged on coal-heavy electric grids. The environmental impact of plug-in electric cars is a source for much debate these days. But the manufacturing impact is greater--and the degree to which that is the case has been

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Another study confirms electric cars have lower carbon emissions, in Minnesota this time

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It's a very reasonable question: electric cars themselves have no tailpipe emissions, but what about the power plants used to recharge them? In North America, an electric car charged on even the dirtiest, most coal-intensive electric grid in the nation. After more than a dozen studies and five-plus years of plug-in car sales, we know the answer. Carbon Footprint emissions Minnesota greenhouse gas electric utilities plug-in cars

How Efficient Is Your EV? It’s Complicated

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But the efficiency equation is more complicated than that because, unlike petrol pumps, recharging stations do not transfer energy perfectly. Some people will use this information to adapt their choices about where and when to recharge.

Humble One: World’s First Solar-Powered Production SUV

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Nearly 61 % of electricity is generated by burning non-renewable energy sources such as coal or natural gas. We know that most carmakers are now moving to EVs and strategizing their future goals based on it, indicating that the global boom in electric vehicles is now a reality.

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CMU policy briefs outline benefits and potential for adoption of electrified vehicles in the US

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Further, drivers should not be encouraged to charge at night in coal-heavy regions. As the electric power grid becomes cleaner, as electric vehicles become cheaper and faster to recharge with longer range, and as policies adjust, electrification may offer benefits across the board, the brief notes.

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Asian Development Bank providing $300M towards replacing 100K gasoline trikes with E-Trikes in the Philippines; $300M for major road upgrades in Chhattisgarh, India

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The new E-Trikes, which run on an electric motor and rechargeable lithium-ion battery, will be introduced to Metro Manila and other urban centers across the Philippines under a lease-to-own arrangement. Low quality roads are undermining the benefits of the state’s rich mineral and coal deposits, holding back new economic opportunities and access to social amenities, especially for minority groups.

MIT, Ford researchers find lightweight conventional vehicles could have lower lifecycle GHG impact than EVs depending upon location

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That mix is cleaner on both the East and West coasts, with higher usage of renewable energy sources and relatively low-emissions natural gas, while in the upper Midwest there is still a much higher proportion of coal-burning power plants. That means that even though electric vehicles produce no greenhouse emissions while they are being driven, the process of recharging the car’s batteries results in significant emissions.

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Energy Secretary Chu says US faces a new Sputnik Moment in Chinas clean energy successes

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Advanced Coal Technologies. China is rapidly deploying supercritical and ultra-supercritical coal combustion plants, which have fewer emissions and are more efficient than conventional coal plants because they burn coal at much higher temperatures and pressures.

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GE Energy Financial Services joins $8M investment round in biomass-to-gasoline startup

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When the excess process carbon is used for fuel such as a coal substitute, the entire process is carbon neutral and, thus produces both carbon neutral petrochemical compatible components and a carbon neutral coal substitute, the company says. Gas chromatograph traces of conventional 87 octane gasoline (top) and CoolPlanetBioFuels drop-in gasoline produced from corn cobs. Source: CoolPlanetBioFuels. Click to enlarge.

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Altair Nanotechnologies Pursuing ARRA Funding for Grid Modernization

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In the US each year, an estimated one billion tons of coal and 6.9 Of this amount, nearly 10 million tons of coal and 18 billion cubic feet of natural gas are used to effectively manage the stability of the US electricity grid—a process that produces more than 39 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The Altairnano systems feature rapid recharging and discharging. Altair Nanotechnologies Inc.

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DOE FY17 SBIR Phase I Release 2 topics include fuel cells, EV batteries, engines

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The first is a roadside assistance—portable emergency hydrogen refueler to be carried on roadside assistance vehicles and capable of providing hydrogen to at least three stranded vehicles before needing to be recharged. It is also being tested for stationary source applications such as remote power supplies (gensets) and coal-fired power plants.

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PHEV Blowback

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In the the story, he quotes a previously published NRDC report , specifically this quote: "If large numbers of plug-in hybrids were being recharged with power from the least-sophisticated coal plants, "There is a possibility for significant increases of soot and mercury," says a report by environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council. A curious story ran in USA Today last week.

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Georgia Tech study finds MD electric urban delivery trucks have cost advantages over diesel in some conditions; relative benefits depend on numerous factors

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In a paper published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology , they report that the relative benefits of electric trucks depend heavily on vehicle efficiency associated with drive cycle; diesel fuel price; travel demand; electric drive battery replacement and price; electricity generation and transmission efficiency; electric truck recharging infrastructure; and purchase price. The study found that TCO for electric and diesel medium-duty urban delivery trucks were similar.

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ARPA-E Selects 37 Projects for $106M in Funding in Second Round; Electrofuels, Better Batteries and Carbon Capture

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This novel high energy battery concept is based upon a closed loop system in which the zinc (anode), suspended as slurry in a storage tank, is transported through reaction tubes (cathode) to facilitate the discharge and recharge of the battery. ReVolt’s fundamental breakthroughs in air electrodes enable a new class of high-energy rechargeable battery systems that combines key innovations from the fields of fuel cells and batteries.

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Hawaii opts for EVs and renewable energy

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Clean base load energy is particularly important since that is usually generated by nukes, burning coal or, in the case of Hawaii, oil. SAN FRANCISCO — The State of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Electric Company on Tuesday endorsed an effort to build an alternative transportation system based on electric vehicles with swappable batteries and an “intelligent” battery recharging network.

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U. Mich study: natural-gas-based ICE, BEV and FCV all show promise for environmental benefits relative to conventional ICE

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natural-gas burning ICE vehicles; battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) recharged with gas-generated electricity; and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) using hydrogen produced from natural gas—all show promise for reducing environmental impacts, energy demand and climate change impacts relative to conventional petroleum-fueled internal combustion engined vehicles for personal mobility.

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Volt for Real?

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At that point, the internal combustion engine kicks in and recharges the battery while you are driving. While you are working, the battery is also recharging. clip) Volt technology , combined with reforms at power plants (cleaner coal technology and more nukes to generate electricity) to provide the electricity represents a greener cleaner U.S.

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Royal Academy of Engineering Report Says EV Success Depends on Low-Carbon Electricity, Universal Broadband Provision and Smart Grids

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The need for a national energy system and smart grid that can recharge millions of electric vehicles using low-carbon electricity without overwhelming local distribution circuits. When most electricity in Britain is still generated by burning gas and coal, the difference between an electric car and a small, low-emission petrol or diesel car is negligible.

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Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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The combination of harvesting whole forests and burning long-sequestered carbon sources such as coal or oil has impaired the Earth’s carbon cycle at an increasing pace. The pure electric vehicles, for reserve, must carry heavy and expensive batteries—which add expense as well as weight—and must have access to high-powered recharging stations [ 1 ]. by Professor Andrew Alfonso Frank. CTO Efficient Drivetrains Inc. and UC-Davis Emeritus and Catherine JJ DeMauro. Abstract.

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UC Davis study highlights results of MINI E field trial in US; MINI E met 90% of daily driving needs

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The report shows that the participants found the cars to be fun yet practical, easy to drive and recharge, and many said they would buy an electric car in the next five years, according to UC Davis researchers. By the end of the lease period, MINI E drivers overwhelmingly thought that the electricity for charging their BEV should come from renewable resources such as solar, wind and hydropower, and were strongly opposed to using coal to generate electricity for their vehicles.

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Revenge of the Electric Car

Instead, while you recharge your battery after a long day at work, your new electric car could be recharging as well. If the power plants are going to be fueled by coal we’re going to be worse off than if we fuel them by gas,&# said Zupan. This Tesla is one of a number of electric cars coming on the market. Will Electric Cars Give New York a Charge? by Lars Vercelli for the Gotham Gazette.

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ChargePoint’s roadmap: EV charging 80% home/work, 20% public/fast, “virtual batteries” for utilities

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Or they maintain coal-fueled backup generators that can be fired up quickly. For example, an electric car parked in an office building needs to recharge its battery, but the charge rate can be fast or slow, and the charging might take place at any time within, say, a four-hour window.

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The Most Powerful Greenius In America

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Indeed I am talking about Big Dick Cheney, who in addition to his many other immoral and criminal acts also shamelessly promoted the excessive use of oil, coal, gasoline and other fossil fuels by encouraging Americans to use all the energy they could afford to put on their credit cards. Nobody was recharging any cell phones or laptops during the 1976 bicentennial year. (I FOLLOW ME IF YOU WANT TO LIVE.

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VW Chief Executive Says Company Will Introduce EVs Based on the Up! New Small Family in 2013; Cautions Against Electro-Hype

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First is the energy capacity and the recharge time of current batteries, which now are “ simply inappropriate ” for pure electric propulsion. Customers want adequate range (the example he gave was from Munich to Hamburg—about 775 km (480 miles), a one-to-two hour recharging time along with a quick charge option; and a price increase of a maximum €2,000 (US$2,800) more than today. Does it ever make sense ecologically to operate a car with power from a coal-fired plant?

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autoPOLIS report suggests tackling automotive environmental and energy problems from the market end first, rather than by technology push; need for a new transportation model

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Blow the tops off all those mountains in Appalachia, burn that coal! The short-term disadvantages are severe, Wormald says: cost (which leasing can disguise but not change, like a sub-prime mortgage); complete uncertainty about residuals (which makes leasing risky for its providers); limited range; long recharging times; and limited charging point networks. Wormald’s roadmap to an 80% reduction in automotive GHG by 2050. Source: Wormald 2011. Click to enlarge.

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Energizing America

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We have diversified sources to meet many of our energy needs (for example, coal, nuclear power, hydroelectric and biomass). In some areas of the country, electricity can be purchased off-peak (that is, when most people would recharge their cars, as they presently do their laptops and cell-phones) for the equivalent of 24 cents per gallon.

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NRC report concludes US LDVs could cut oil consumption and GHGs by 80% by 2050; reliance on plug-ins, biofuels and hydrogen; strong policies mandatory

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However, even these costs are unlikely to create a mass market for BEVs, because a battery large enough for a 300-mile real-world range would still present significant weight and volume penalties and probably could not be recharged in much less than 30 minutes. PHEVs offer substantial amounts of electric-only driving while avoiding the range and recharge-time limitations of BEVs.

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The Wall Street Journals

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Mayor Will Wynn is pushing a new version of the electric car called the plug-in , which runs almost entirely on electricity and has a big rechargeable battery. These days, Austin Energy is part owner of a nuclear plant, and Mr. Duncan considers such plants part of the solution to global warming because they don't generate the pollutants that coal-burning ones do. A few months back, a reporter from the WSJ came to our offices. Here's part of his story. The whole story is here.

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Tennessee, Nissan and TVA forge a path for electric car | www.tennessean.com | The Tennessean

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Retail versions will use a system similar to that of the Volt, with a small gasoline engine used strictly to run a generator to recharge the onboard battery pack. We dont have the electric infrastructure on the highway to recharge cars." To recharge on rural stretches of highway, the power companies "would have to bring in whole new power lines," Hoagland said. "I Also being worked out is how to bill consumers for recharging done away from their own homes, Hoagland said.

IEA World Energy Outlook view on the transport sector to 2035; passenger car fleet doubling to almost 1.7B units, driving oil demand up to 99 mb/d; reconfirming the end of cheap oil

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Providing the recharging infrastructure will require roughly an additional $50 billion. Prospects for coal are especially sensitive to energy policies – notably in China, which today accounts for almost half of global demand. More efficient power plants and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology could boost prospects for coal, but the latter still faces significant regulatory, policy and technical barriers that make its deployment uncertain.

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Car Companies Standardize Plug for Electric Vehicles : Gas 2.0

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

“A car must be able to be recharged in Italy in exactly the same way as in Denmark, Germany or France,&# she was quoted saying in an edition of Die Welt to appear Monday. The three-point, 400-volt plug, which will allow electric cars to be recharged anywhere in a matter of minutes , will be unveiled Monday at the world’s biggest industrial technology fair in Hanover, northern Germany.

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Electric Cars and a Smarter Grid - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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A key thing, he said, will be to recharge the batteries at an acceptable time for the electricity grid — to “make sure people aren’t charging at the very peak, peak time,” like late afternoon when the electricity grid is already weighted down by demands like air conditioning. Battery recharging would typically take two to four hours, he said. Are we going to burn more oil, natural gas, or (gasp) coal to produce it?

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Plug-In Hybrids (or Plugin Hybrids)

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Plug-In Hybrids Are Cleaner (Even on a Coal Grid) [ to top ] This entire section is finally obsolete -- because we now have a definitive study by the Electric Power Research Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council. In the second study, for the next 20 years, even if, worst-case, we still use lots of coal, nationwide air quality for other emissions will also improve. About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Car-Makers Say.

Researchers Demonstrate Liquid-Tin Anode SOFC Operating on Biodiesel

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In a separate reaction, the tin is “recharged” by the fuel (carbon, plastic, JP-8, biodiesel). Liquid Tin Anode Fuel Cell Direct Coal Power Generation (10 th Annual SECA Workshop). Schematic of the bread-board rig employed in the LTA-SOFC study. The top shows the LTA-SOFC and BOP (balance of plant). The bottom shows the JP-8 heater that transfers heat to the SOFC via a plate-style radiating heat exchanger. Credit: ACS. Click to enlarge.

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MIT Battery Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Electric Cars : Gas 2.0

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

MIT Battery Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Electric Cars Written by Andrew Williams Published on March 12th, 2009 7 Comments Posted in Batteries , Electric Cars (EVs) Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed battery cells capable of charging in under a minute, an astonishing 100 times faster than a regular rechargable battery. 3 David Herron said on March 16th, 2009 at 12:31 am Fast recharge will require huge power levels.

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DOE Awarding $620M for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects

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This new class of advanced lithium-ion rechargeable battery will demonstrate the substantial improvements offered by solid state lithium-ion technologies for energy density, battery life, safety, and cost. Demonstrate 1 MW vanadium redox battery (VRB) storage system at the 32 MW municipal coal fired power plant in Painesville. The US Department of Energy is awarding $620 million for projects around the country to demonstrate advanced Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems.

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Nissan plans to start selling electric car in Seattle next year

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

The new plug-in vehicle will be able to exceed highway speed limits, go 100 miles on a charge and recharge in four to eight hours using a 220-volt line, similar to those for clothes dryers, said Mark Perry, director of product planning for Nissan North America. If we do things the wrong way, thats going to mean building more power plants, more dirty coal plants," he said.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Volvo Ford-owned company exploring PHEVs "ReCharge" flex-fuel series 60-mile concept PHEV w/wheel motors. announced a partnership with utility Southern California Edison to test a fleet of rechargeable electric vehicles and said it expected to sell such plug-in hybrids within the next decade if battery technology keeps pace. But Fukui said he saw no significant value in researching plug-in hybrid models, which can be recharged by connecting to a power plug.

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Green Star to Demonstrate Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Todays hybrids have small battery packs and cannot be recharged from the utility grid system. The advantages of a PHEV with a larger battery pack with ranges up to 40 miles or more is that it gives you the ability to recharge this battery pack from the electric utility company at night, utilizing inexpensive clean electrical energy which is abundantly available during night time hours.