New Ricardo 48V electric motor aims to boost power and cut costs of hybrids; up to 50% increase in power density; ECOCHAMPS

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The design and testing of this new Ricardo 48V e-motor and inverter was carried out as a part of the company’s contribution to the European COmpetitiveness in Commercial Hybrid and AutoMotive PowertrainS ( ECOCHAMPS ) project.

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Renewable plastic precursor could reduce cost of cellulosic ethanol by >$2/gallon

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The highly efficient approach devised by Professor George Huber and collaborators is much cheaper than a previously reported method—direct hydrogenolysis of tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA)—and represents the first economically viable way of producing 1,5-pentanediol from biomass.

2017 83

UMTRI study finds total cost of ownership of diesels in US often much less than gasoline counterparts

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Though there are some exceptions to these positive results for some of the diesel versions of vehicles from a total-cost-of-ownership perspective, the overall direction of the results supports the idea that diesel vehicles are competitive within the U.S.

2015 117

UMTRI study finds US diesel vehicles generally have lower total cost of ownership than gasoline vehicles

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Diesel vehicles generally saved owners between $2,000 to $6,000 in total ownership costs during a three to five year period when compared to similar gasoline vehicles, according to data compiled by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). Fuel Costs.

2013 113

EPRI: lifetime cost of ownership of plug-ins is roughly comparable with conventional vehicles

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Consumers who purchase an electric vehicle will find that lifetime costs to own the vehicle are competitive with conventional and hybrid vehicles, according to an analysis conducted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The baseline analysis relies on a cost-of-ownership model that examines only current vehicles; current fuel prices; and a relatively conservative set of customer values. —“Total Cost of Ownership for Current Plug-in Electric Vehicles”.


ITM Power reports its estimated cost of producing hydrogen via electrolysis down significantly from last year

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ITM Power has provided an update on the cost structure of hydrogen generated by its HFuel electrolysis platform. The new estimated cost —US$4.13/kg after capital amortization—incorporates efficiency improvements, cost reduction of its HGas platform and data provided by Hyundai for the ix35 fuel cell electric vehicle ( earlier post ). ITM Power projects hydrogen cost at £4.19/kg (US$6.44/kg), a 32.7% 5% of sale price.

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BNEF forecasts EVs to be 35% of global new car sales by 2040; cost of ownership below conventional-fuel vehicles by 2025

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A new study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) forecasts that sales of electric vehicles will hit 41 million by 2040, representing 35% of new light duty vehicle sales worldwide. This would be equivalent to nearly 8% of global electricity demand in 2015.

2016 102

Ford poll finds Europeans want freedom of car ownership, but worry about traffic, cost of driving, environment

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A new Ford Motor Company-sponsored poll of 6,000 people across Europe found that most Europeans remain committed to car ownership, but have growing concerns about traffic congestion, the cost of driving and the environment. The Ford survey showed the majority of people say life would be “impossible” without a car; however 76% of Europeans say they are affected by stress from traffic congestion and fuel prices.

2012 103

DOE seeking input on analysis methodology and assumption for estimating total cost of ownership of future advanced vehicle technologies

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DOE analysis of ownership costs for future mid-size car. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) ( DE-FOA-0000592 ) seeking input from the public on its analysis methodology and assumptions used for estimating the total cost of ownership (TCO) of various advanced vehicle technologies within DOE’s portfolio that have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas GHG) emissions and petroleum consumption.

2011 74

Carbon Trust awards £2M to ACAL Energy and ITM Power to support major reduction in cost of automotive fuel cell systems

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million) to two UK fuel cell companies—ACAL Energy and ITM Power—to help deliver a step change reduction in the cost of the technology to about $35/kW. The two investments come from the Carbon Trust’s Polymer Fuel Cells Challenge (PFCC) which was launched in 2009 to support the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s objectives to develop lower cost fuel cells and follows this year’s launch of the Government’s UKH2Mobility project.

2012 80

UK Launches ERTOC Project to Improve Transport Efficiency and Sustainability; Tracking the Carbon Costs of Transport at the Consignment Level

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The Efficient and Reliable Transportation of Consignments ( ERTOC ) project, part funded by the UK government-backed Technology Strategy Board, has been launched by GS1 UK, Ricardo, Unipart Logistics, IRIS Technology and Coventry University to drive business improvement and sustainability throughout the supply chain from factory to point of sale. The focus of the project is to demonstrate how a standardized data hub can track the carbon costs of transport at the consignment level.

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Southern California Edison Introduces Online Plug-in Car Rate Assistant to Estimate Cost of Fueling Electric Vehicles

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Southern California Edison has launched an online Plug-in Car Rate Assistant to help customers estimate the cost of fueling an electric vehicle and the impact on their electricity bill. The online car rate assistant will provide an idea of the bill impacts and the benefits of charging electric vehicles during off-peak hours, 9 p.m. It’s important for customers to understand the advantages of the various rate plans.

2010 68

Chevron Sanctions Development of Deepwater Jack/St. Malo Project in the Gulf of Mexico; Initial Development Cost of ~$7.5B

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Chevron Corporation has sanctioned development of the Jack/St. Malo project, its first operated project located in the Lower Tertiary trend in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. Malo fields are located within 25 miles (40 km) of each other approximately 280 miles (450 km) south of New Orleans, Louisiana, in water depths of 7,000 feet (2,100 m). The initial development of the Chevron project will require an investment of approximately $7.5

Argonne Study Examines Impact of Real World Drive Cycles on Efficiency and Cost of Different PHEV Configurations

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Results from a study by Argonne National Laboratory on the impact of real world drive cycles on the fuel efficiency and cost of different plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) configurations suggest that while different PHEV configurations all demonstrate great potential for displacing petroleum use (with fuel displacement increasing linearly with available electrical energy), the relative benefits of adding more battery capacity seem to decrease with increasing pack size.

2009 60

Hybrid Cars Can Cost Less To Own: Here Are Eight Examples

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Hybrids and other green cars often come with a higher purchase price, meaning their improved efficiency may be offset by a higher cost of ownership. Sometimes, hybrids actually cost less to own than comparable gasoline models. RELATED: Ford Fusion Vs Hyundai Sonata: Mid-Size Sedan Gas Mileage Comparison According to But that''s not always the case.

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Wall Street Report

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It had gobs of torque," he recalls. In the 1990s, as a mechanical-engineering professor at the University of California here, Dr. Frank produced another shocker. s Prius; Americans bought 205,790 of them last year. Only a handful of experimental plug-ins are on the road.

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CMU study suggests difficulties in reaching targeted low price points for Li-ion batteries

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Their findings suggest that prismatic cells, which are able to further capitalize on the cost reduction from larger formats, can offer further reductions than those possible for cylindrical cells. Their paper is published in the Journal of Power Sources.

2016 168

Tesloyota Electric Rav4

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After 6 years of losses nearing $260 million dollars, Elon Musk and Tesla Motors may have finally turned the corner. You may recall our excitement back in May, when we reported on Toyota’s plan to create a hybrid version of the current RAV4 sport utility vehicle.

2010 67

ICCT-led analysis of turbocharged, downsized engine tech finds lower costs and greater benefits than 2012 EPA/NHTSA analysis; 48V, e-boost, Miller

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— Broadly, the detailed analysis of different technologies found that costs are lower and benefits higher than originally determined by the two agencies. Comparison of ICCT/supplier and EPA/NHTSA costs and benefits of turbocharging and downsizing technologies.

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Plug-In Hybrids (or Plugin Hybrids)

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Its like having a second fuel tank that you always use first -- only you fill up at home, from a regular outlet, at an equivalent cost of under $1/gallon. Lifetime service costs are lower for a vehicle that is mainly electric.

Anglo American Platinum, Shell invest in HyET for electrochemical hydrogen compression

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Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), alongside Shell Technology Ventures (STV), has taken a stake in High-Yield Energy Technologies ( HyET ) ( earlier post ), a Dutch company that has developed cost-effective electrochemical hydrogen compression (EHC) technology.

2018 93

ICCT study details differences in fiscal policies to support uptake of EVs across 11 major markets

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The ICCT study is the first to evaluate the response to fiscal incentives in 2013 to incentivize the purchase of plug-in electric vehicles in major vehicle markets worldwide. Market share of new EVs in select markets, 2013 and 2014.

2014 113

Ricardo forms company to commercialize cryogenic split-cycle engine: CryoPower

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The Ricardo CryoPower concept aims to increase the fuel efficiency while reducing operating costs and CO 2 emissions for long haul trucks and other heavy-duty applications. CryoPower is based on the use of a separate induction and compression cylinder from that used for combustion and exhaust.

2018 93

DOT to Award Funding for Research Into Biofuels and Bio-based Lubricants for Locomotives

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The US Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FR-RRD-10-010) for two separate grants totalling $700,000 for research into biofuels and bio-based lubricants for locomotive application. Both studies were authorized by the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, 2008, (Division B of Pub. the effect of biofuel use on locomotive and other vehicle performance and warranty specifications.

2010 74

Hyundai introduces 2015 Sonata Eco with 1.6L Gamma turbo; 32 mpg combined

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The 2015 Sonata Eco is powered by a variant of the 1.6-liter turbocharged Gamma four-cylinder engine ( earlier post )—already available in the Veloster—producing an estimated 177 horsepower (132 kW) and 195 lb-ft (264 N·m) of torque. 2015 Sonata Eco. Click to enlarge.

2014 105

Hybrid SUV | Two Year Anniversary

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Next week marks the two year anniversary of, our first hybrid vehicle blog launched under the Hybrid Kingdom. To say that hybrid SUV’s have had their fair share of ups and downs over the past couple of years would be an understatement.

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Coskata files registration statement for proposed IPO

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has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock. The number of shares to be sold in the proposed offering and the offering price have not yet been determined. Coskata has developed a novel synthesis gas fermentation technology platform capable of producing a range of chemicals and fuels; the company is initially focusing on producing ethanol.

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Single Pt atom catalysts show enhanced catalytic activity for water-splitting; potential to drive down electrolysis cost

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In an open-access paper published in Nature Communications , the researchers reported that the single Pt atom catalysts exhibit significantly enhanced catalytic activity (up to 37 times) and high stability in comparison to the state-of-the-art commercial platinum/carbon (Pt/C) catalysts.

2016 115

Volkswagen prices 2017 e-Golf starting at $30,495; longer range, better fuel economy, more power

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Volkswagen of America Inc. For 2017, Volkswagen is using an updated lithium-ion battery with an increased energy capacity of 35.8 The revised battery helps increase the vehicle’s range from an EPA-estimated total range of 83 miles to 125 miles on a single charge.

2017 93

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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The electric truck is relatively more cost-effective on the NYCC and when VKT demand is higher. Cost-competitiveness of the electric truck diminishes in drive cycles with higher average speeds. Is the electric truck cost-effective in comparison with the diesel truck?

2013 115

Gel polymer electrolyte for stabilizing sulfur composite electrodes for long-life, high-energy Li-S batteries

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Researchers in Sweden and Italy have devised a simple strategy to address the issues currently hampering commercialization of high-energy density Li-sulfure batteries, including. limited practical energy density, life time and the scaling-up of materials and production processes.

2017 88

US DOE launches cost calculator to compare emissions and operating costs for alternative fuel and conventional vehicles

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The US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently launched a new Vehicle Cost Calculator and accompanying widget. The Vehicle Cost Calculator, an easy-to-use tool that allows users to compare emissions and lifetime operating costs of specific vehicle models, including conventional cars and trucks, as well as vehicles running on alternative fuels such as electricity, ethanol, natural gas, or biodiesel.

CalCars and PHEVs Frequently Asked Questions

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Until then, we also recommend you look at the FAQ at the Climate Progress Blog and the FAQ by Hybrids-Plus , an after-market converter of hybrid cars, for answers to many questions! The costs and benefits of cars extend far beyond an individual driver to society as a whole.

Iveco begins deliveries of heavy-duty Euro VI natural gas trucks

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Iveco has begun deliveries of the first units of Stralis Natural Power Euro VI, the new heavy-duty range of natural gas-powered vehicles. Iveco offers a complete range of light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles as well as buses powered by natural gas. A total of more than 12,000 units have been sold to date, 2,000 of which were sold in 2013. Natural gas PM emissions are 95% lower in comparison to diesel, and 35% lower in NO x.

2014 76

ICCT: ongoing cost reductions in full- and mild-hybrid systems could bring them into consumer mainstream by 2025

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According to a new technology briefing paper on hybrid system technologies by John German at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), the costs of full-function hybrid systems are likely to drop to half the cost of their 2010 counterparts before 2025.

2015 114

Novel hybrid electrolytes to enable high-safety high-voltage Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at the Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering in China have developed new hybrid electrolytes to support high-voltage Li-ion batteries (e.g., ~5 The result combines the merits of both solid and liquid electrolytes. b) The photographs of LiNi 0.6

2018 93

Electric-Car Fans Rally Around the Volt - Green Inc. Blog -

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Supporters of the car say that’s shortsighted. is hoping to launch the Volt in late 2010 with a price tag of about $40,000. report titled, “The Comeback of the Electric Car? For $50k you can get a Tesla sedan which will get hundreds of miles strictly on electric.

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Greenlings: Benefits of charging stations vs. battery swaps vs. home charging

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There are proponents of each method and, though all three could be used, it is possible that one or more might never make it in the real world or that another method might come to the fore. Hit the jump for a comparison that includes plenty of pics and video.

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Ricardo develops new model-based EV battery control technology; evaluating new cell chemistries

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Ricardo has developed a new Battery Management System (BMS) for EVs that is scalable to a wide range of applications. The new BMS enhances the use of advanced model-based control methods to optimize the performance of both existing and next-generation cell chemistries. One of the most significant impediments to an increased market share for plug-in vehicles is the high cost of rechargeable energy storage.

2017 60

DOE awards more than $20M to advance fuel cell technologies; new report highlights strong market growth

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded more than $20 million to 10 projects to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, and to enable early adoption of fuel cell applications such as light-duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) (DE-FOA-0001224, earlier post ).

2015 114

ICCT working paper highlights benefits of current and emerging light-duty diesel technology; “promising pathway for compliance”

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The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), one of the organizations at the root of uncovering the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal ( earlier post ), has published a new analysis of developments and trends in advanced diesel engine technology.

2017 88

Preliminary cost analysis finds ITM Power fuel cell membranes could reduce automotive fuel cell costs to $35/kW

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Cost reduction potential of a polymer fuel cell system using an ITM Power membrane. US Department of Energy (DOE) is targeting $30/kW. DOE says that 2011 costs are $49/kW. Source: Carbon Trust. Click to enlarge.

2012 112

Mercedes-Benz provides additional details on upcoming 12m electric Citaro bus

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Mercedes-Benz will introduce its 12m battery-electric Citaro bus in September at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show, with the start of series production also taking place this year. The company has now given a preview of the new locally emission-free 12-meter variant.

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