Fri.Jun 29, 2012

Why Is Tesla Scared To Release Its Electric-Car Sales Data?

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Frankly, we understand why Fisker Automotive and Coda Automotive might not want to release their sales data. Both companies have struggled mightily with delayed rollouts of their first plug-in electric cars. But Tesla Motors just nailed its promised late-June first delivery date for the Model S electric luxury sedan, so we expected more. You would

Renault goes from green cars to green gardens

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French carmaker Renault has certainly made an impact on the green car world with electric vehicles such as the Renault Twizy (pictured) and Renault Kangoo Van ZE – but now it’s ready to take its green fingers into the garden. That’s because the automaker will have its own eco-friendly garden at the RHS Hampton Court [.]. Green cars Latest news Renault electric cars green cars green credentials Renault electric Renault Twizy

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World record for the Audi R8 e-tron at the Nürburgring

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The Audi R8 e-tron ( earlier post ) has set a world record for a production vehicle with an electric drive system on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Racing driver Markus Winkelhock piloted the sports car around the demanding 20.8-kilometer (12.9-mile) track in 8:09.099 minutes.

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2013 Ford Escape: New High-MPG Crossover Selling Strong Even Before Ads

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You might not have seen any adverts for it yet, but the 2013 Ford Escape is already flying out of dealer lots. That's not bad when the auto market is currently undergoing a summer slump, but the first all-new Escape in over a decade really seems to be grabbing the attention of buyers. The Escape's early success probably isn't that much of a

Rockwood Lithium opens new lithium production facility in Nevada; announces global price increases for lithium salts

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Rockwood Lithium has opened its expanded manufacturing facility in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Rockwood is leveraging a $28.4-million investment from the Recovery Act to expand its North Carolina lithium production facility as well as its production operations in Silver Peak, Nevada. This project will increase the United States’ capacity to produce lithium; the federal investment leveraged more than $46 million in additional private sector funding.

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Jaguar adds two new smaller forced induction gasoline engines to 2013 XF and XJ lineup; 8-speed automatic and start-stop

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For the 2013 XF and XJ lineup, Jaguar is adding two new downsized forced induction gasoline powerplants: 3.0-liter V6 Supercharged and 2.0-liter i4 Turbocharged units. These join the existing line-up of 2.2-liter i4 Turbodiesel, 3.0-liter V6 Turbodiesel and both naturally-aspirated and Supercharged 5.0-liter V8 gasoline units. Eight-speed ZF automatic transmissions are now fitted to all gasoline and diesel XJ and XF variants as standard for greater efficiency and performance.


2013 Honda Fit EV: First Drive Of Honda's All-Electric Car

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The 2013 Honda Fit EV is a fun and well-executed little all-electric hatchback. It's quick, handles decently, gets the highest EPA efficiency rating of any vehicle on the market (118 MPGe), and its rated range of 82 miles is longer than that of the somewhat larger Nissan Leaf. Too bad you have very little chance of buying one. That's because the

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Michelin introducing intelligent tires to provide easy tire pressure monitoring for large commercial vehicles

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Michelin will introduce a new generation of tires which can automatically communicate pressure levels and also provide traceability of tires throughout their lives in service to a fleet of 100 double-decker buses operated by Stagecoach in London. The system offers the potential for better tire management which can improve fuel consumption and cut CO 2 emissions.

Jaguar Displays XJ_e Plug-in Hybrid At GoodWood Festival Of Speed

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In the automotive world, development and commercialization of plug-in vehicles has varied from company to company. While some, like Nissan and General Motors, sell plug-in cars, others, like Jaguar Land Rover, are in developmental stages. Which is why we’re pleased to hear that Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled the latest of its plug-in hybrid

2013 Honda Fit EV begins leasing 20 July in California and Oregon for $389/month

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Fit EV. Click to enlarge. The battery-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV ( earlier post ) will be available for lease beginning 20 July 2012, with a three-year lease price of $389 per month.

Funky Friday: Flux Capacitor Charges Up Historic Electric Drag Racing

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Every Friday, those of us who work at GreenCarReports like to kick back a little with a story that, if you’ll forgive us, is more about indulging our fun side than it is educating you about green cars. In keeping with that tradition, we felt it time to combine two of our collective loves -- vintage and electric cars -- and give you an update

Jaguar to display XJ_e PHEV at Goodwood

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The XJ_e plug-in hybrid. Click to enlarge. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will display the XJ_e plug-in hybrid engineering research vehicle at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Fisker Admits In Ads, 'It Isn't Easy'

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We have to admit, Kermit the Frog has wisdom well beyond his species. "It It isn't easy being green" describes the world of electric and hybrid vehicles quite vividly, and few have found it less easy being green than Fisker Automotive, makers of the Karma range-extended luxury car. So difficult have they found it, the company has seen fit to buy four

New hierarchical nanosheet zeolite catalysts could improve efficiences in fuel, chemical and pharmaceutical production

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The research team used a unique process to encourage growth of ultra-thin zeolite nanosheets at 90-degree angles, similar to building a house of cards. Credit: U of Minn. Click to enlarge.

Tony Posawatz, Chevy Volt Product Line Director, Retires From GM

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The Chevrolet Volt electric car, now in its third model year, has survived the bankruptcy and government-led restructuring of General Motors, politically motivated attacks on electric cars, a battery-safety investigation by the NHTSA, and some breathtakingly inept marketing efforts. But many leaders of the team that created the Volt have moved on

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Daimler strengthens its truck business in Japan: Fuso and Nissan cooperate on light-duty trucks

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Daimler subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) and the Nissan Motor Co., have reached a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the mutual supply of light-duty trucks. The basis for this agreement is the strategic partnership between Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Earlier post.). The agreement seeks to use both manufacturers’ expertise to further strengthen business with light-duty trucks in Japan.

Jaguar XJ plug-in hybrid revealed at Goodwood

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Yet another exciting debut at Goodwood now, with the news that a new Jaguar XJ plug-in hybrid concept will be appearing at this weekend’s Festival of Speed. Developed in association with lithium ion battery firm, Axeon, this new demonstrator vehicle is is a result of a collaborative R&D project funded by the Technology Strategy Board. [.]. Hybrid cars Axeon goodwood hybrid Jaguar

ITM Power and GHR collaborate on dual 700 and 350 bar H2 refueling in Germany

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ITM Power has signed an agreement with GHR Hochdruck-Reduziertechnik GmbH (GHR), part of IMI plc, to collaborate on the deployment of dual 700 bar and 350 bar hydrogen refueling products in Germany. GHR has developed a mobile hydrogen dispenser for both 700 bar and 350 bar refueling which has been in use for several years in Germany. A strong pedigree in fluid control and pressurized systems also makes GHR an important partner in the supply chain for high-pressure components.

Volkswagen is Germany’s Greenest Brand

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Volkswagen has been named Germany’s Greenest Brand in a list which places it as one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable car manufacturers. Compiled by Interbrand, the ‘Best Global Green Brands 2012’ rankings has put VW fourth on the list, two places higher than last year, but still behind frontrunners Toyota, Johnson & Johnson, [.]. Volkswagen

GM harvests energy from Torino engine test benches to power facility’s computers

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At its Powertrain Engineering Center in Torino, Italy, GM is harvesting the 300 kWh of energy from its test benches—equipment that tests various measures of a running engine—to power all of the facility’s computers. The plant runs 15 test benches, with five more on the way, as engineers design fuel-efficient engines for Chevrolet and Opel. The idea to put the excess energy to better use fell in line with the company’s sustainability goals.

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I-See a fuel saving future for Volvo Trucks

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The name may conjure images of games you’d play with a baby – “I-See” – but it is environmentalists who will have smiles on their faces when they hear about the effects of Volvo Trucks’ new technology. The I-See System (pictured) operates like an auto-pilot and takes over gear changing for the truck driver while [.]. Green cars Latest news Volvo green trucks I-See System volvo trucks

Solazyme announces successful commissioning of integrated renewable oil production biorefinery in Peoria, Illinois

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Solazyme, Inc. announced the successful commissioning of its first fully integrated biorefinery (IBR) in Peoria, Illinois, to produce algal oil. Solazyme has been running routine fermentations at commercial scale since 2007 and began running fermentation operations at the Peoria facility in Q4 2011. Solazyme uses heterotrophic microalgae—i.e., they grow in the dark (in fermenters) by consuming sugars.

Audi electric cars make UK debut

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It’s the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend and among the highlights will be be Audi’s stand where the German brand will be making the UK debuts of electric-hybrid A3 e-tron model and its futuristic Urban concept. That’s not all the carmaker will be displaying; the R18 e-tron quattro sports prototype will be in the [.]. Green credentials Audi electric car

California ARB approves more rebate funding for hybrid and zero-emission cars, trucks, buses9

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The California Air Resources Board approved $27 million for its Air Quality Improvement Program, a statewide effort to provide incentives for the purchase of advanced-technology passenger cars and heavy-duty trucks. ARB will use the majority of those funds for its California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project to provide incentives for the purchase of zero-emission and plug-in hybrid passenger cars.

EU gets tough on UK air pollution failings

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The European Commission has rejected an application by the UK to give the country more time to comply with laws governing dangerous transport emissions. The move could lead to legal action against the UK for failing to comply. According to The Guardian, that means twelve UK cities and urban regions may have to introduce their [.]. Green credentials air pollution traffic UK

California ARB holding public workshop for review of OPGEE crude oil production lifecycle assessment model

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is holding a public workshop on 12 July 2012 to discuss the lifecycle assessment of crude oil production within the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation. ARB staff will present for public review v1.0 Draft Version A of the Oil Production Greenhouse Gas Emissions Estimator (OPGEE), supporting documentation for the model (by Hassan M. El-Houjeiri and Adam R.

BMW and Toyota agree fuel cell and EV partnership

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The rumoured expansion of BMW and Toyota’s collaboration for green car technology has been confirmed this morning at a joint press conference held by the two car industry heavyweights. Early this week we reported on a rumour that the two were set to expand their collaboration (see story) and now it has been confirmed that [.]. BMW Toyota electric car fuel cell


car2go expands to Toronto

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car2go Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, launches its program in Toronto on 30 June. There will be 250 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles available for people to use and share collaboratively.

BorgWarner supplying turbochargers for first GDI engine designed by BYD Auto in China

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BorgWarner is providing its leading turbocharging technology for BYD Auto’s 1.5-liter gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engine, the first developed in-house by a domestic Chinese company. Boosted by BorgWarner’s KP39 turbocharger, the inline four-cylinder engine achieves a power output of 154 HP (113 kW) and a maximum torque of 240 N·m (177 lb-ft), providing improved fuel economy compared with its predecessor and helping the engine comply with Euro 5 emissions standards.