Thu.Mar 29, 2012

80 Million Vehicles Built Globally Last Year--A New Record

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Well, the numbers are in. Despite the lingering effects of economic recession, the world's auto industry built more vehicles in 2011 than ever in history: 80 million, in fact. That's a new record, and the number is 3 percent higher than the 2010 total. The data comes from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, or OICA

Ford plans make-to-order approach for electric car

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As Ford prepares for the full market launch of its first electric car, the Focus EV, over at BusinessGreen, they’ve discovered that the US carmaker is planning to make the model to order to reduce its risks in its first EV venture. Having already begun limited production to deliver models to corporate customers including Google [.]. Ford electric car Ford Focus electric

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52 MPG At 70 MPH? No, Not In A Prius--In A Porsche Panamera

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Steady-speed highway cruising doesn't actually take that much energy compared to accelerating up to, say, 70 mph in the first place. The really hard part is getting consistently high gas mileage in all driving conditions--which is why the 50-mpg Toyota Prius hybrid is still a remarkable vehicle. Does 52 mpg at 70 mph sound impressive to you?

Saturna Green Systems partners with evolve Motorcycles to equip electric bikes with digital dashboard and connected wireless services

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Components of the Saturna system. Click to enlarge. Under a new partnership, New York-based evolve motorcycles will incorporate Saturna Green Systems’ wireless Communications Platform on its electric scooters and motorcycles. Saturna Green Systems Inc.

Blind Man Drives Prius, With A Little Help From Google (Video)

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Steve Mahan got into a Toyota Prius hybrid, drove to the dry cleaner's, picked up some clothes he'd left to be cleaned, and drove home. The trip was about a mile and a half. Steve Mahan is legally blind. He's lost 95 percent of his vision. He did it, though, with a little help from Google. The car he happened to be driving was one of several

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Vote Today For GCR To Win 'Best Of Green' Award! (Reminder)

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We're coming down to the wire here, and our small but plucky group of supporters may be overwhelmed by the thundering hordes voting in favor of. well, you know, those people. We're talking about voting for the TreeHugger Best of Green Reader's Choice Award--and once more we turn to you, our valued readers, to remind you to vote for us to win

NSF to award up to $17.9M for research in catalysis and bio-catalysis, bio-engineering, and process and reaction engineering

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The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued three separate solicitations for up to a combined $17.9 million in awards for research projects in Catalysis and Bio-Catalysis ($4.8 million, 16 awards); Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering ($8.2 million, 34 awards); and Process and Reaction Engineering ($4.9 million, 47 awards). Catalysis and Bio-Catalysis ( PD-13-1401 ).

2012 Toyota Prius C

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The 2012 Toyota Prius C has been a success from Day One, with strong sales for Toyota's new 50-mpg hybrid hatchback. If you're looking for the highest gas mileage of any non-plug-in vehicle on the market--but want something smaller and more nimble than the classic Prius liftback--the newest addition to the growing Toyota Prius line is well worth a

EVs represented 0.25% of vehicle registrations in France in February; diesels gain 4 points of share

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Challenge Bibendum. Electric vehicles represented 0.25% (406 registrations) of the vehicle market in France in February. 290 Bolloré BlueCars were registered in February, almost double the January figure, representing 71.4% of the electric vehicle registrations. The Renault Fluence was well behind with 28 registrations, followed by the Mia (27 units), the Nissan Leaf (24 units), the Citroën C-Zéro (21 units) and Peugeot iOn (15 units).

2012 Mazda Mazda3

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You can't help but smile when you see the 2012 Mazda Mazda3--mainly because it appears to be smiling back at you, since its redesign in 2010. The new look isn't to everyone's taste, but it's still a uniquely-styled and sporty choice in the compact car class. Along with the Ford Focus, the Mazda3 is one of the most engaging cars in the class to

Nissan’s one-motor two-clutch hybrid system wins the Contribution Prize of Ichimura Prizes in Industry

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Nissan Motor won the Contribution Prize of the Ichimura Prizes in Industry hosted by the New Technology Development Foundation for the development of the one-motor two-clutch parallel full-hybrid system. Earlier post.). The Ichimura Prizes in Industry, which is in its 44 th year, is given annually to an excellent technology developer or an excellent group of technology developers who contributed to or achieved development in the industrial field.

Coda Abandons Plan To Build Its Battery Cells In U.S.

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We breathed a sigh of relief when Coda announced it had started production of its electric Sedan earlier this month. Then, we positively jumped for joy when little over a week later, the first customers started taking delivery of their new 2012 Coda Sedans. It had certainly been a long time coming. However, good news rarely lasts, and now the

CODA abandoning plan to build Li-ion battery factory in Columbus, Ohio

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The Columbus Dispatch reported that Coda Automotive is abandoning plans to build a Li-ion battery factory in Columbus. The company has been waiting for the US Department of Energy (DOE) to act on its $500-million loan application to help pay for construction. Since Coda applied for the loan, the Department of Energy has come under fire for its loan to Solyndra, a maker of solar panels that later went bankrupt, and for aid to other electric car companies.

Want A Used Small Car? Consumer Reports Rates Best Deals

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Shopping for a used car can be one of life’s more frustrating experiences. If you know what you’re looking for in terms of year, make and model, the trouble is often in finding the specific car you’re seeking. If you're just shopping for a used small car, and you're flexible regarding year, make and model, chances are good that

Don’t panic! Save fuel by inflating your tyres

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As motorists across the country top up their tanks to weather an impending strike by fuel tanker drivers, causing queues at petrol forecourts across the country, Kwik Fit is issuing a reminder to drivers of just how much fuel is wasted due to under-inflated tyres. According to a Kwik Fit survey, over two thirds of [.]. Latest news fuel Tyres

2012 Subaru Impreza

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The all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza carries the small, quirky Japanese company further into competition with mainstream makers of compact sedans and hatchbacks. But true to its roots, Subaru does things a little differently. The goal for this latest iteration of its smallest model line was to make the 2012 Impreza sedan and hatchback a closer match to

I bought myself a hoist

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As I think I am getting close to pulling out the engine. I decided to buy myself a cherry picker. Cost me $175 secondhand off craigslist. Fatboynotslim. Attached Images

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2012 Toyota Corolla

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There's not a lot to say about the 2012 Toyota Corolla that you won't know already--it's a perfectly respectable compact four-door sedan, rivaling cars like the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, and Volkswagen Jetta, but without any of their style or interest-grabbing features. Despite its lack of style, flair, an excitement, it was the

Azure Dynamics files for bankruptcy

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Electric powertrain maker, Azure Dynamics has filed for bankruptcy protection in Canada. In the process, the company makes redundant some 120 workers at its facilities in the US, UK and Canada. Headquartered in Michigan, US, the company is best known for its work with Ford, retrofitting Transit Connect vans with batteries to convert them to [.]. Electric cars Azure Dynamics bankruptcy electric van

Hybrid Payback: How Long For Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata?

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People have many reasons for choosing hybrid vehicles. For some, the chance of cutting down on fuel bills may be a priority. For others, knowing that they're doing less damage to the environment is very appealing. We've noticed that you, our readers, prioritize many different factors when choosing a green car. Some of you accept that spending a

FMC Technologies signs $1.5B agreement with Petrobras for supply of pre-salt deepwater subsea tree equipment

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FMC Technologies, Inc. has signed a four-year agreement with Petrobras for the supply of pre-salt subsea equipment. The total award would result in approximately $1.5 billion in revenue to FMC Technologies if all of the subsea equipment included in the agreement is ordered.

Renault to host EV test drive in Regent Park

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Renault will stress the benefits of ditching fossil fuels in favour of electric technology at a test drive event in London’s Regent Park tomorrow (Friday 30 March). Residents and business decision makers in and around Camden are invited to give Renault’s 100% electric Fluence and Kangoo Z.E. models a whirl as part of the showcase [.]. Renault Fluence Z.E Kangoo Z.E

BSEE approves Shell Beaufort Sea oil spill response plan

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The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has approved Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc.’s s Oil Spill Response Plan (OSRP) for Alaska’s Beaufort Sea.

NOAA: global combined land and sea temperatures 22nd warmest on record for February, 17th warmest for Dec-Feb period

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While the contiguous United States just experienced the fourth warmest winter on record, the globe experienced its 22 nd warmest February since record keeping began in 1880, according to the latest State of the Climate report from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

DaniMer Scientific and Myriant form strategic alliance; bio-succinic acid for production of bio-based polymers

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DaniMer Scientific and Myriant have formed a strategic alliance focused on delivering innovative, cost-effective bio-based materials to the marketplace. As part of the alliance, DaniMer will utilize Myriant’s bio-succinic acid for the production of high-performance, bio-based polymers used to make a broad range of products. According to a 2011 report by Pike Research, “green chemistry” will reach a market opportunity of approximately $98 billion by 2020.

UK House of Commons Transport Select Committee undertaking inquiry into low carbon vehicles

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The UK House of Commons Transport Select Committee is inquiring into the potential for plug-in vehicles to contribute to decarbonizing transport and Government action to facilitate this. In its announcement, the Committee noted that more than 90% of the UK’s domestic transport emissions come from road transport. The Government says that it expects to see tens of thousands of plug-in vehicles on the roads by 2015 as part of its Plug-In Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy.

BOEM releases for comment draft EIS on G&G survey activities to develop energy resources in Mid- and South Atlantic

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The US Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released for public comment the draft Atlantic Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Activities Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS).

JAPAN-GTL process demonstration test project completed successfully

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The partners conducting the 6-year JAPAN-GTL Demonstration Test Project announced that the project achieved all of the associated R&D goals and successfully established a JAPAN-GTL process as an applicable technology to commercial plants. Earlier post.). INPEX Corporation, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd, Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd, Nippon Steel Engineering Co.,