Ford applies MuCell microcellular foam technology in Escape instrument panel

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Ford is applying MuCell microcellular foam technology ( earlier post ) in the instrument panel of the all-new Escape. Invented by MIT, and subsequently acquired by Trexel in 1995, the MuCell process was initially created for development and commercial use in the injection molding industry worldwide. The all-new Escape makes its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on 16 November.

Ford to build Transit commercial van at Kansas City Plant; $1.1B investment

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Ford Motor Company confirmed that it will build the full-size Transit van at its Kansas City Assembly Plant when the new product joins its North American lineup in 2013. A portion of the investment also will be used in the future to support next-generation F-150 pickup production at the plant. The current SUV line at the Kansas City facility, which will be idled for re-tooling after the current Escape model is phased out in April, will re-open in 2013.

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Ford adding hybrid F-150 & Mustang, PHEV Transit, new BEV SUV by 2020; $700M for Flat Rock for EV production; cancels $1.6B Mexico plant

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Ford is focusing its EV plan on its areas of strength—electrifying its most popular, high-volume commercial vehicles, trucks, SUVs and performance vehicles to make them even more capable, productive and fun to drive.

DOE to award up to $6.7M to projects to convert captured CO2 to useful products, including fuels

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million in federal funding for cost-shared projects that will develop technologies that utilize CO 2 from coal-fired power plants to produce useful products. DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy is seeking these projects as part of the Department’s Carbon Storage program, which has the goal of developing and advancing technologies to improve the effectiveness of carbon storage, reduce the cost of implementation, and be ready for widespread commercial deployment in the 2025–2035 timeframe.

Dearman-led consortium awarded $3.1M to develop waste-heat-recovery system using liquid air engine

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million) in the latest round of IDP10 funding from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board to support the development of a heat-recovery system for urban commercial vehicles. The Dearman project is to deliver a production-feasible waste-heat recovery system for urban commercial vehicles, which offers life-cycle CO 2 savings of up to 40%; fuel savings of 25%, with the potential of up to almost 50%; and potential payback in less than three years.

Ford to Invest Additional $450M in Michigan for Hybrid and Plug-in Vehicle Production; Battery System Design and Development to Be In-House Core Competency

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With the additional investment, Michigan Assembly will be the production site of next-generation hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full battery electric vehicles, all of which will be built off the company’s new global C-car platform. “We Ford will design advanced lithium-ion battery systems in-house for the next-generation hybrid in Michigan and move production of the battery packs from Mexico to Michigan. The production site will be announced at a later date.

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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We must act quickly as the planet is warming due to CO 2 production from burning fossil fuels. In addition, we need no more biofuel than what is currently in production now. Our society will continue to need more of these products in the future. by Professor Andrew Alfonso Frank.

Profile: Li-ion Provider Compact Power, Inc. Focusing on the Automotive and Vehicle Markets

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He served as the chief engineer for the Ford Escape Hybrid from 1998 to 2003 and holds 12 patents. CPI’s focus is the North American automotive and commercial vehicle market. by Bill Cooke.

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HEV - The current generation of production Hybrids are 100% gas fueled vehicles with a few EV tricks like Regen Braking and no wasteful Idling.

Ford Selects Johnson Controls-Saft for PHEV Battery Supplier in 2012; Adds 7 Utilities to PHEV Test Program

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Ford has into a partnership with Johnson Controls-Saft (JCS) to develop advanced lithium-ion battery system to power Ford’s first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) beginning in 2012. Also, seven regional electric utility partners are joining Ford and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to conduct real-world tests on an expanding fleet of Ford Escape PHEVs. Plug-in hybrids hold great promise, but do still face significant obstacles to commercialization.

Santa Monica signs 5-year deal with Clean Energy for renewable LNG for bus fleet; deploying CWI Near-Zero NOx engine

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The chassis-mounted CCV system prevents crankcase emissions, generated by the engine during normal operation, from escaping into the atmosphere. Redeem biomethane vehicle fuel is procured from biomethane production facilities, including two owned and operated by Clean Energy.

Increase in US rig count will not cap oil prices

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The impact of rising oil prices on North American light tight oil (LTO) production is said to be a “Catch 22”, the title of Joseph Heller’s popular 1961 novel set in WWII. So this avenue to escape the war didn’t work for the book’s main character John Yossarian. production declines.

ORCnext project concludes waste heat recovery efficiency can be boosted by 20-25%

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The Rankine cycle is widely used used commercially to generate power in stationary power plants, and has been considered as a potential waste heat recovery system for use in both light-duty and heavy-duty applications.>/p> The ORCnext consortium believed this was due to two main factors: The efficiencies of the cycles were too low for low temperature waste heat sources, resulting in too low energy production.

On the Horizon

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It can also be about a small commercial vehicle and a small crossover.” And by the end of the decade two more hybrids will join the Escape SUV in Ford's gasoline-electric lineup.

Ford Testing Intelligent System for Plug-in Vehicle to Grid Communication to Manage Charging

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All 21 of Ford’s fleet of plug-in hybrid Escapes eventually will be equipped with the vehicle-to-grid communications technology. This vehicle-to-grid communication technology is an important step in the journey toward the widespread commercialization of electric vehicles.

US DOE awards ~$5M to expand research on methane hydrates

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In May 2012, the Energy Department, alongside its Japanese partners, announced a successful field trial of methane hydrate production technologies on Alaska’s North Slope. Managed by the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, the new projects will build on that success by researching alternative methods of extraction and the potential for commercialization, as well as the environmental impact of natural gas extraction from hydrate formations.

Ford and Smith Terminate Partnership on Electric Transit Connect Project for US; Ford Now Partnering with Azure Dynamics to Deliver the Vehicle in 2010; Smith Partnering with AM General on Electric Vans for USPS

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In a trading statement issued today, UK-based Tanfield Group, SEV US’ parent, said that given the growth in demand for its production-ready Smith Newton, the forecast volumes of the electric Transit Connect did not, in the short- to medium-term, justify the investment requirement to deliver the vehicle, and also limited the working capital available to support the growth of Newton. Azure Dynamics and Ford both currently utilize Johnson Controls-Saft battery technology for other products.

DOE Award Supports Largest Single Deployment of EVs and Infrastructure Yet; Up to 5,000 Nissan LEAF EVs in 5 Regions

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The project will collect and analyze data characterizing vehicle use in diverse topographies and climate conditions, evaluate the effectiveness of charging infrastructure, and conduct trials of various revenue systems for commercial and public charging infrastructure. US production is planned to begin in late 2012 at Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn. 30 million to Ford to deploy up to 150 PHEVs, including 130 Escape PHEVs and 20 Ford E450 Van PHEVs. $10

BP Spots Third Leak from Deepwater Horizon Riser; NOAA Estimates Oil Leaking at Up to 5,000 BPD

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BP, in its monitoring of Deepwater Horizon ’s blowout preventer (BOP) on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, has identified a third leak in the riser of the deep underwater well, according to Doug Suttles, chief operating officer for BP Exploration and Production, during a press conference on the incident response held yesterday.

Ford Conducts Design of Experiment Investigating Thermoelectric Energy Regeneration

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engine with an Atkinson-cycle engine, as used in Ford’s Escape hybrid SUV. Escape hybrid SUV engine with the Atkinson-cycle during the EPA highway test cycle, results from Design 1 (see diagram at right) projected a 325W power generation with an exhaust pressure drop of 3.21

MIT researchers develop surface coatings to inhibit buildup of methane hydrates that can block deep-sea oil and gas pipelines

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The oil and gas industries currently spend at least $200 million a year just on chemicals to prevent such buildups, Varanasi says; industry sources say the total figure for prevention and lost production due to hydrates could be in the billions. Blockages can happen without warning, and in severe cases require the blocked section of pipe to be cut out and replaced, resulting in long shutdowns of production.

Mercedes-Benz presents B-Class F-CELL fuel cell vehicle at LA Auto Show; delivery to US leasing customers by end of 2010

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Mercedes-Benz presented the new B-Class F-CELL, its first (limited) series production fuel-cell powered electric vehicle available in the US ( earlier post ), at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The tanks are hermetically sealed, preventing the escape of hydrogen into the atmosphere, even if the vehicle is left to stand for long periods.

Sentience Project Intelligent Automotive Air Conditioning Control System Delivers Fuel Savings in Excess of 9% in Urban Cycle

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The project team unveiled the Sentience research vehicle—based on a Ford Escape Hybrid—at a press launch in early March 2009. The Sentience project vehicle. Click to enlarge.

Ford Crew Chief telematics system can improve fuel economy by up to 20% through better fleet management

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Crew Chief was developed by Ford Motor Company in response to commercial customer demand for a system that would allow fleet managers to monitor the location of the trucks in their fleets. —Bill Frykman, Ford Work Solutions product and business development manager. It also is being tested on Escape and Fusion.

It’s Time To Go To The Mattresses

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As an added comedy bonus while they’re down there we’d make them watch all those propaganda commercials they’ve been running about how sanitary and fresh smelling coal is.

President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

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Production of nickel-cobalt-metal battery cells and packs, as well as production of battery separators (by partner Entek) for hybrid and electric vehicles. Production of manganese oxide cathode / graphite lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles. Production of lithium-ion polymer battery cells for the GM Volt using a manganese-based cathode material and a proprietary separator. Production of lithium-ion cells and packs for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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CalCars and PHEVs Frequently Asked Questions

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See EnergyCSs Greg Hanssens Hydrogen Bridges PDF ] We believe, however, that the advantages of flex-fuel PHEVs (and, counting conversion efficiencies, the 4X energy storage advantage of batteries over fuel cells) mean that the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles may never happen.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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In late 2008, BYD started selling the first production PHEV in China. This is from "Commercializing Plug-In Hybrids" (pdf), the current CalCars 24-slide presentation about PHEVs available along with other documents at CalCars Downloads. Ford Escape PHEV-40 around 2012.

GM, Segway to Make Vehicle - WSJ.com

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GM has slashed product-development programs, advertising and spending on auto-show events. More Autos Blog: PUMA on Today Show X-Prize Race for Fuel-Efficient Car Video : GM and Segway Join Forces The Segway Personal Transporter was launched with considerable hype eight years ago but practical issues prevented the scooter from becoming a mass-market product, including its relatively high cost and restrictions on its use in many jurisdictions.

Cleantech Blog: Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles

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Review of Forestry Carbon Standards 2008 Ford Partners to Commercialize Electric Vehicles A New "Green" Deal.Direction for the economic re. 2) Chevy Volt (2) China (2) ECOD3.SA (2) FDX (2) FSLR (2) FedEx (2) First Solar (2) Ford (2) Ford Escape Hybrid (2) Ford Fusion Hybrid (2) GE (2) Global Solar (2) Government (2) HEV (2) Honda FCX Clarity (2) IBM (2) ITM.l (2)