Thu.Jul 05, 2012

Oregon Joins Long Trail Of Pacific Coast Electric Car Charge Stations

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It may not be long before electric car owners on America's Pacific coast can drive all the way from Canada to Mexico--using quick-charge stations. Thanks to Oregon's new 'electric highway', it's now possible to charge an electric car every 25 miles down a 200-mile stretch of Interstate 5. That, says NBC News, makes it the longest stretch of

Renault embarks on Z.E. Test Drive Tour

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Renault’s Z.E. Test Drive Tour will kick off at London’s Covent Garden this weekend and it wants to make you dance. Setting up camp at the iconic London location from July 6 to 8, the event will aim to promote the numerous benefits of electric motoring by offering accompanied test drives of its Z.E. models [.]. Renault

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BMW i Electric Cars To Tour The World Before Launch

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Before the 2014 BMW i3 is officially launched as a production model, the innovative all-electric minicar is going on a whirlwind world tour--chaperoned by its more powerful, sexy, and sleek i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe sibling. The pair of concept cars just completed the first of seven stops they will make over the next year for what the maker

Electric cars head to the Alps for eco rallye’s return

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The Silvretta E-Car Rallye returns today to challenge electric cars to test their metal across the unforgiving terrain of the Austrian Alps. The three days rallye takes contestants through the Montafon region of the Alps, covering 330 kilometres (205 miles) at gradients as steep as 15.2 per cent and height differentials of as much as [.]. Mercedes smart Austria electric car rally

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Electric-Car Accident? What Your Insurance Company MUST Let You Do

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It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been driving, what type of car you have or how it happened: having a car accident isn’t nice. Normally, post-accident, your insurance company may help you find a local repairer to get your car looking good as new again. But if you have an electric car, letting them do that could damage your

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Volvo Trucks introducing new Euro 6 engine

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Volvo D13 Euro 6 with EGR and aftertreatment system. Click to enlarge. Volvo Trucks is introducing a Euro-6-compliant heavy-duty engine, with NO x emissions lowered by 77% and PM emissions halved compared to Euro 5. The first implementation of the new engine is the D13 460 hp (343 kW) unit.

Electric Mercedes Galore Competing In Austrian E-Car Rally

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Daimler might only have one full production electric car at the moment, in the shape of the 2013 smart fortwo electric drive, but the company has been experimenting with several other electric vehicles over the past few years. Many of these are set to compete in the third Silvretta E-Car Rallye, a three-day run through the scenic mountains of

Ford sells 89 Focus Electrics in US in June

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Ford reported selling 89 Focus Electric vehicles in the US in June, bringing the total sold year-to-date to 97 (6 in May and 2 in January). The company also reported that it has produced 763 units of the battery-electric vehicle Jan-Jun 2012. The company sold 1,265 hybrids in June—mostly the Ford Fusion hybrid (797 units), followed by the Lincoln MKZ (451). The outgoing Escape hybrid sold 17 units.

2013 Lexus RX 450h: 750-Mile Gas Mileage Test

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The Lexus RX luxury crossover line is the mainstay of Toyota's luxury line in the U.S., representing fully 42 percent of the brand's total 2011 sales. And the hybrid Lexus RX 450h model finds many buyers among progressive, affluent suburban families. There's just one problem: Its real-world gas mileage doesn't appear to match its EPA ratings

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Ford projects C-MAX Hybrid will deliver 47 mpg city, 44 mpg highway; expected payback of hybrid premium in two years

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2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid. Click to enlarge. Ford projects that its upcoming C-MAX Hybrid ( earlier post ) will achieve an EPA-rated 47 mpg city (5.0 L/100km) and 44 mpg highway (5.3 L/100km)—higher fuel economy than the Toyota Prius v (44 mpg / 5.3 L/100km city and 40 mpg / 5.9 L/100km highway) and at a $1,300-lower base price. The vehicle can be driven 500-plus miles with total system output of 188 hp (140 kW), compared to the 134 hp (100 kW) from Toyota Prius v and Prius.

University of Exeter makes car parts breakthrough

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Those studious minds at the University of Exeter (logo, pictured) have made a significant breakthrough with aluminium that could result in the creation of lightweight, complex parts for car manufacturing that are drastically less expensive than existing materials. Their development is a new method for creating three-dimensional reinforced aluminium composite parts and makes use of [.]. Green cars Latest news aluminium car parts green cars UK University of Exeter

Researchers use shape memory alloy to address capacity fading of tin anodes for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers from the South China University of Technology are proposing the use of NiTi shape memory alloys as a simple approach to solving the long-standing problem of capacity fade with tin (Sn)—and other high-capacity metallic—anodes for Li-ion batteries. Tin (like silicon) has a high theoretical specific capacity (992 mAh g -1 for Li 22 Sn 5 ) and is one of the more attractive materials for potential negative electrodes in lithium-ion batteries.

Companies plug into electric car power

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Twenty leading organisations based across England are set to lead by example in cutting road vehicle emissions after being selected to take part in the Energy Saving Trust’s Plugged-in Fleets initiative. Boots UK, London Fire Brigade, Network Rail, Surrey County Council, Southwark Council, Tristar, the University of Cumbria, Wm Morrisons PLC, York City Council, and [.]. Electric cars electric car Energy Saving Trust

UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in US in June edging downward from previous months

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in June was 23.6 mpg (9.97 L/100km), according to figures from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). This represents an improvement of 3.5

Suzuki splashes some new touches

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Suzuki has launched a new revised and refreshed Splash model this week, which boasts emissions as low as 109g/km CO2. Displaying design revisions to both the exterior and interior, the new Splash mini-MPV model also comes with no price increases over its predecessor and is available with the carmaker’s popular VAT free offer. Prices start [.]. Suzuki new car Suzuki Splash

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London adds 300th hybrid bus introduced to fleet

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London has introduced its 300 th hybrid bus into its fleet; 1,000 hybrid buses are set to be introduced in the next four years as part of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s plans to improve air quality. The 300th hybrid bus is now in service on route 211 between Waterloo and Hammersmith. A further 104 hybrid buses are on order using £5 million (US$7.8 million) funding from the Department for Transport.

Toyota Prius Popularity Continues To Soar, Boosting Hybrid Sales

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At the end of every month, major automakers participate in the age-old tradition of reporting their sales figures for the previous month. Frankly, those figures aren’t normally that exciting, but this month’s sales returns from Toyota caught our attention for one simple reason. During June 2012, sales of the 2012 Toyota Prius family

Pike Research forecasts China plug-in market to reach 152,000 units/year by 2017, falling short of government targets; BEVs to dominate

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PEV Sales in China by segment: 2012-2017. Source: Pike Research. Click to enlarge. The government of China—now the world’s largest automotive market—has made vehicle electrification central to its plan for growing the automotive market both domestically and internationally, and accordingly has created many national and local incentives for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) purchases.

2013 Fiat 500X: Previewed On Video, Full Details Soon?

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It's just 18 seconds of video, but a clip from Italy appears to show the first clear details of yet another upcoming Fiat model to help the brand return to volume sales in the U.S. market. Posted on Tuesday, the video shows what is almost surely a Fiat 500X crossover. This new model is the all-wheel drive version that will be derived from the

New algorithm to allow Wi-Fi connected cars to share Internet connections

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At the ACM SIGACT-SIGOPS Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing this month in Portugal, researchers from MIT, Georgetown University and the National University of Singapore (NUS) will present a new algorithm that would allow Wi-Fi-connected cars to share their Internet connections. In this setting, we’re assuming that Wi-Fi is cheap, but 3G is expensive. —Alejandro Cornejo, lead author on the paper.

Two Electric Cars, One Planet To Race Around: Who Will Win?

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Remember the two French guys in their Mitsubishi i (well, Citroen C-Zero)? Their eight-month, 15,500-mile journey in the tiny electric car is just one of many long-distance EV publicity drives we've seen, but certainly one of the longest. Naturally, they're not the only people to have thought of circumnavigating the globe on in a production

Volkswagen and Porsche moving up full integration to August

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Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE) are accelerating the creation of an integrated automotive group through the contribution in full of Porsche’s automotive business to the Volkswagen Group, with the move expected to take effect as of 1 August 2012.

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Ford C-MAX Hybrid to beat Toyota Prius V for fuel economy

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The hybrid car market is becoming increasingly competitive – as is emphasised by Ford openly boasting that it’s new C-MAX Hybrid (pictured) will topple the Toyota Prius V in terms of fuel economy and will come with a lower price. The Ford C-MAX Hybrid is set to return 47mpg highway, compared to the Toyota Prius [.]. Ford Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Ford C-MAX Ford C-MAX Hybrid green cars hybrid cars Toyota Prius V

California ARB posts LCFS pathway for biomethane from dry fermentation; -15.29 g CO2e/MJ, compared to +95.86 and +94.71 for gasoline and diesel

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has posted a new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) internal pathway for biomethane produced from the high solids anaerobic digestion (HSAD) (dry fermentation) of organic (food and green) wastes—with accommodations for small proportions of food-contaminated, non-recyclable (soiled) paper, and fats, oils, and greases (FOG) in the feedstock. The HSAD fuel carbon intensity is -15.29 g CO 2 e/MJ, compared to gasoline and diesel carbon intensities of 95.86

Volkswagen and Porsche expand partnership

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German carmakers Volkswagen and Porsche are furthering their links by accelerating the creation of an integrated automotive group – with Porsche’s automotive business to become a complete part of the Volkswagen Group by August 1, 2012. The completion of the move will mean that Porsche will receive around €4.46billion as well as one Volkswagen ordinary [.]. Green cars Latest news Porsche Volkswagen Dr Martin Winterkorn green cars

One-step hydrotreatment process for vegetable oil to produce high quality diesel-range alkanes

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Researchers at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences have devised a one-step hydrotreatment process for vegetable oil that combines deoxygenation and isomerization directly to produce low cloud point, high quality diesel. A paper on their work is published in the journal ChemSusChem. The process uses Pt/zeolite bifunctional catalysts with SAPO-11 and ZSM-22 zeolites as supports. Catalytic reactions are conducted in a fixed-bed reactor under a hydrogen atmosphere.

And the top-selling plug-in hybrid or electric car is…

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The Nissan LEAF? The Toyota Prius Plug-in? Which of the new breed of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles do you think is leading the way in the sales charts? Well, the answer is… The Chevrolet Volt (pictured)! According to new statistics for vehicle sales in the USA during June, the Chevrolet Volt was the top-selling [.]. Chevrolet Electric cars GM Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Nissan Toyota Chevrolet Volt General Motors green car sales green cars Nissan LEAF Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Audi sets new first half sales record in China

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Audi increased its unit sales in China and Hong Kong in the first half of the year by 37.8% to 193,871 automobiles, achieving new record results. In June, the company increased its unit sales by 20.4% year-on-year to 33,309 automobiles. This success in the first half of the year was due in particular to the models produced in Changchun, with sales of 157,441 units and growth of 38.8%. The locally produced SUV, the Audi Q5, actually achieved growth of 86.7%