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What's The Real Cost of a Better Place Electric Car in Israel?

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Since buying my Better Place Renault Fluence ZE in Israel, I'm frequently asked about the price. I bought the car because I liked the way it drove and thought it would save me money. I had been looking for a new car, but had no intention of buying a green model as such. I was quickly satisfied that the car's daily range wasn't an issue and that

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WHO IARC classifies diesel exhaust as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1)

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After a week-long meeting of an expert working group, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), classified diesel engine exhaust (DEE) as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), based on sufficient evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer. The summary of the evaluation will appear in The Lancet Oncology as an online publication ahead of print on 15 June 2012.

First BMW i Store Opens in London, i3 Concept Gets New Interior

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If you’ve ever visited central London in England and visited its famous Hyde Park, the chances are you’ve also seen one of BMW’s most prestigious showrooms, located along the highly-expensive and exclusive Park Lane. Now, weeks ahead of the BMW-sponsored 2012 London Olympic games, BMW’s London Park Lane store will become

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB acquires assets of Saab Automobile to create new EV company; first model based on 9-3 due year-end 2013/2014

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS)—an international consortium formed by Chinese, Japanese and Swedish stakeholders—and the Receivers of the Saab Automobile bankruptcy estate ( earlier post) signed a purchase agreement covering the main assets of Saab Automobile AB, Saab Automobile Powertrain AB and Saab Automobile Tools AB. NEVS will establish a new automobile venture in Trollhättan, solely dedicated to development and manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs).

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Chinese-Japanese Group To Turn Saab Into Electric-Car Brand

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Last December Saab fans all around the world received the grim news their beloved brand was filing for bankruptcy, despite the best attempts of its then-owner, Swedish Automobile, to find a buyer interested in paying off all of Saab’s outstanding debts and investing in new products. Since then administrators have been sifting through the

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2012 Honda Civic Models Recalled For Possible Assembly Error

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Honda has announced the voluntary recall of 50,190 model year 2012 Civics, to inspect and potentially replace the left driveshaft. During assembly, the left driveshaft on some Civic models may not have been properly seated, and the retaining clip may not have been properly installed. This could cause the driveshaft to separate from the outer CV

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BP Statistical Review finds global oil share down for 12th year in a row, coal share up to highest level since 1969; renewables at 2%

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World primary energy consumption grew by 2.5% in 2011, close to the historical average. Oil remains the world’s leading fuel, but its 33.1% share of consumption is the lowest on record. Coal’s market share of 30.3% was the highest since 1969. Source: BP. Click to enlarge. Global energy consumption grew by 2.5% in 2011, broadly in line with the historical average but well below the 5.1% seen in 2010, according to the newly released BP Statistical Review of World Energy, 2012.

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Job Training For Returning Vets: Installing Electric-Car Chargers

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Industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation, whose automotive business makes superchargers and many other parts, also supplies electric-car charging stations. Under a recent Federal contract, Eaton will provide those charging stations to various Federal locations--and the company is also working to train new installers for those stations. Among the

USDA providing $9.6M to create 9,000 acres of BCAP project areas for non-food energy crop production

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $9.6 million for the creation of two new Biomass Crop Assistance Program ( BCAP ) project areas in New York and North Carolina, and the expansion of an already established BCAP project area in Arkansas. The announcement provides the opportunity to expand the use of non-food, energy crops for liquid biofuels and to help meet state mandated Renewal Portfolio Standards (RPS). USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers BCAP.

Syracuse Non-Profit Replaces Blink Charging Stations, Sues Ecotality

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Just as those buying an electric car have a choice of several different models to chose from, there are many different charging stations that individuals, businesses and local government can chose to provide convenient electric car charging. But in Syracuse New York, a non-profit organization is suing electric car charging station manufacturer

Ford 1L EcoBoost engine named International Engine of the Year 2012

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Ford’s new 3-cylinder 1-liter EcoBoost ( earlier post ), which made its debut in the European Focus, has been named overall International Engine of the Year 2012. The engine also picked up the awards for New Engine and Sub 1-Litre categories in the annual event. In 2011, Fiat won the top spot with its 875cc Twin Air engine for the Fiat 500. Earlier post.). The Ford 999cc unit generates 123 bhp and 170 N·m peak torque (200 N·m with overboost) along with CO 2 emissions of 114 g/km.

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2012 Chevrolet Volt Owners Help With Peppy Volt Ad Campaign

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Just how do you advertise a plug-in car like the 2012 Chevrolet Volt? In the two years since advertising for General Motors’ first plug-in hybrid started, GM has tried a whole bunch of different tactics. Sadly, to date, very few have been successful, focusing on why you should want a Chevy Volt rather than why you’ll want one. Now it

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Saab to be reborn as electric car maker

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Swedish carmaker has indeed being sold to a Chinese-Swedish investment group with the intention of turning the firm into a maker of electric vehicles, the BBC confirms this afternoon. Last month we reported on the rumour that a new company called National Electric Vehicles Sweden (Nevs) was in line to buy the bankrupt carmaker, backed [.]. saab electric car

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2011 Nissan Leaf Battery Capacity Loss: Nissan Responds

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Just under a month ago, we reported a few cases in which owners of 2011 Nissan Leafs had noticed the first of twelve lights on their car’s battery capacity gauge had switched off, indicating a marked deterioration in battery capacity after just one year. Now Nissan has released an official statement about cases in which it affirms its belief

A123 Systems makes battery breakthrough

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Things may have been rocky of late of battery-maker A123 Systems, but the company has now announced a major lithium ion breakthrough to cheer. A leading developer of nanophosphate lithium ion batteries, A123 Systems this week reveals Nanophosphate EXT™, a new lithium ion battery technology capable of operating at extreme temperatures without requiring thermal management. [.]. Green credentials A123 Systems batteries electric car lithium ion

2013 Buick Regal Gets eAssist Mild Hybrid As Base Engine To Boost MPG

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The eAssist system may have entered production less than a year ago, but General Motors is clearly making a big bet on the mild hybrid system to help its Buick brand meet rising fuel economy regulations. First offered on the base 2.4-liter engine in the 2012 Buick Lacrosse, the eAssist system was optional on the smaller 2012 Buick Regal. Now, for

Diesel fumes labelled as cancer-causing

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Diesel fumes are carcinogenic to humans, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has concluded. Part of the World Health Organization (WHO), the agency previously classed diesel engine exhaust as probably carcinogenic back in 1988, but has now decided there is sufficient research evidence to say that the fumes do cause cancers of the [.]. Green credentials diesel fuel

EIA: Delta’s planned boost of jet fuel yield at Trainer refinery from 14% to 32% is significantly above average

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Delta Air Lines recently purchased the Phillips 66 Trainer refinery, which is located in the Philadelphia area and had been idle since the fourth quarter of 2011. Earlier post.)

The only way is Twizy: Renault launches car-sharing service

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Renault is to launch is own car-sharing scheme in France with its two-seat Twizy electric vehicle at its heart. The carmaker will initially make 50 Twizy quadricycles available under the new Twizy Way car club service in the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines town, near Paris. Some 200 testers will be recruited to test the scheme when it launches [.]. Renault car sharing electric car Renault Twizy

Honda’s Idle Stop now standard on Jazz 1.2 i-VTEC SE in Europe

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Honda has introduced its fuel-saving Idle Stop (start-stop) technology to the Jazz 1.2 i-VTEC in Europe. The Jazz 1.2 SE with Idle Stop delivers a combined fuel economy of 54.3 mpg UK (45.2 mpg US, 5.2 L/100km) and CO 2 emissions of 120 g/km, representing an improvement of 3 g/km. For UK drivers, this drop in CO 2 emissions means the car now sits in tax band C and costs only £30 a year to tax.

Remy to supply HVH 250 motors to DMA in Turkey for PHEVs

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Remy International, Inc. signed a long-term supply agreement with DMA (Derindere) in Istanbul, Turkey. DMA will use Remy’s HVH 250 motor to power their plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) sedan. DMA will install Remy’s HVH 250 machine as the traction motor in the 5-passenger plug-in hybrid sedan, which will be available during the third quarter of 2012. DMA expects an all-electric range of 35 miles and a hybrid operational range of 400 miles.

Siemens and Vietnam Motors Industry Corporation launch hybrid-drive bus partnership

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Siemens Ltd. Vietnam and Vietnam Motors Industry Corporation (Vinamotor) entered a cooperation agreement to apply Siemens Elfa hybrid drive technology for city buses in Vietnam. A prototype of the Elfa will be built in 2012. Siemens will supply all necessary components and provide technical support, while Vinamotor will prepare the platform and manufacture remaining parts of the bus for operational readiness.

USEC and DOE sign $350M cooperative agreement for American Centrifuge research, development and demonstration program; next-gen uranium enrichment

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USEC Inc., a leading supplier of enriched uranium fuel and nuclear industry related services for commercial nuclear power plants, and the US Department of Energy (DOE) have signed agreements to move forward with a $350-million cooperative research, development and demonstration (RD&D) program to confirm the technical readiness of the American Centrifuge, the next-generation US uranium enrichment technology.

Valence Technology settles patent dispute With Hydro-Québec

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Li-ion battery maker Valence Technology, Inc. recently settled its patent dispute with Hydro-Québec, entering into a settlement agreement that resolves existing litigation with no monetary payment made by either side, and each party bearing its own costs and attorneys fees.

AAPG holding workshop on hydraulic fracturing

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The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) is holding a Geosciences Technology Workshop (13-15 August in Golden, Colorado) focused on new developments in hydraulic fracturing with an emphasis on the importance of understanding the geology, rock properties, geomechanics, geochemistry, reservoir fluids, natural fracture systems and the nature of the reservoir itself.

Ohio workshop seeks ideas for National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

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NASA and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) are sponsoring the second in a series of regional public workshops to gather ideas and suggestions on the design of the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The workshop will be held 9 July at the Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. Designing for Impact II: Workshop on Building the NNMI” is a partnership between the interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office in Gaithersburg, Md.,

Eaton to supply EV charging stations to federal EV Pilot Program

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Eaton Corporation announced a collaborative agreement to supply federal departments and agencies with electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and related installation and services equipment, through a US General Services Administration (GSA) contract awarded to Autoflex, Inc.

Buick offering 2.0L direct-injection turbo option for 2013 Verano

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For the 2013 model year, the Buick Verano (introduced in 2011), is offering buyers an Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged engine with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing that produces an SAE-certified 250 horsepower (187 kW) at 5300 rpm and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque at 2000 rpm. Acceleration from 0-60 mph is an estimated 6.2 seconds. More than 90% of the Verano Turbo’s peak torque—more than 234 lb-ft—is available between 1700 to 5500 rpm.