Fri.Jun 15, 2012

2012 Ford Focus Electric SmartPhone App, Website, Goes Live

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According to our own reckoning, Ford hasn’t really sold that many 2012 Ford Focus Electric cars to non fleet customers. For those who have made the purchase however, the automaker has announced its smartphone iPhone app and website are now live, letting customers remotely interact with their car. Just like smartphone apps for the 2012 Nissan

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BMW shows i Pedelec Concept e-bike

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Coinciding with the opening of the first BMW i Store on London’s Park Lane, the BMW Group presented the new BMW i Pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) Concept—a custom-made complement to the BMW i3 Concept ( earlier post ).

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Toyota’s New Electric Car Is One Your Kids, Not You, Will Want To Drive

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If children are the future, then how do we get them driving clean, green electric cars? It’s a question we’ve thought a lot about, but Toyota thinks it has come up with a solution, with a new three-seat electric concept car that your kids can drive. As Automotive News (subscription required) details, the tiny car was unveiled this week

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Ethanol thermal stratification as a means to extend the high-load limit of HCCI engines

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The effect of increasing levels of fuel stratification on observed pressure. Increased stratification leads to longer combusstion duration, no stratification results in the highest PRR. Krisman et al. Click to enlarge.

2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Quick Drive, Highest MPG With Third Row

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If you need to carry up to seven people at once, and you're quite horrified by the mileage ratings on most of the three-row vehicles that are truly up to the task, we have the vehicle for you: the 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. With EPA ratings of 28 mpg city, 28 highway, it's the highest-mileage three-row vehicle, based on Combined

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So-Long V-6, V-8: High-MPG 4-Cylinder Now The Most Popular Engine

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For as long as we care to remember, U.S. roads have hummed to the tune of the V-6 and V-8. Low-stressed and powerful, we’ve used V-engines in everything from pickup trucks and hotrods to family sedans and crossover SUVS. Times, however, are changing. According to JD Power Associates (via Associated Press) more than half of the new cars and

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EPA proposes updates to annual PM2.5 national air quality standard

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Projected non-attainment by county in 2020 under the range of the proposed new limits. Source: EPA. Click to enlarge. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed updates to its national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for harmful fine particle pollution (PM 2.5 ).

Europe to target van emissions of 147g/km by 2020

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The European Commission is to propose enforcing strict new CO2 emissions for vans, as it seeks to tighten standards for cars too. Draft text seen by the Reuters news agency suggests that the EU could impose a fleet average emission level of 147g/km CO2 by 2020 for vans to compliment plans for a 95g/km CO2 [.]. Latest news CO2 emissions eu van

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Audi’s diesel hybrid racer takes grid position one at Le Mans

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The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro diesel hybrid ( earlier post ) will start the 80 th running of Le Mans from grid position one. The combination of TDI power at the rear axle and an electrically driven front axle made it possible for André Lotterer in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro designated as car number “1” to achieve a fastest lap of 3m 23.787s in the final qualifying session on Thursday night shortly after 22:00—and thus an improvement of last year’s best time by nearly two seconds.

Carbage problem litters Britain’s roads

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Nine million of Britain’s drivers threw rubbish from their cars last year, according to new research, revealing a worrying lack of regard for the environment. A new report from roadside recovery firm Green Flag, shows that 18 per cent of Britain’s motorists are guilty of contributing to the country’s ‘carbage’ problem, throwing a staggering 29 [.]. Green credentials car environment waste

Audi introduces first S model with diesel: Audi SQ5 TDI

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Audi has introduced the SQ5 TDI—the brand’s first S model with a diesel engine. The biturbo SQ5 TDI accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds, with an average fuel consumption of 7.2 liters per 100 km (33 mpg US). The SQ5 TDI. Click to enlarge. Boosted by two turbochargers, its 3.0


European biofuel demand driving food price increases

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European demand for biofuels could drive up food prices by as much as 36 per cent by 2020, a new report from poverty-fighting charity ActionAid suggests. A renewed call from the charity to remove targets for the use of biofuel by wealthy countries comes as the G20 prepare to meet in Los Cabos, Mexico next [.]. Biofuels ActionAid biofuel

Rosneft and ExxonMobil to develop tight oil reserves in Western Siberia and establish Arctic Research and Design Center for offshore developments

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Russia’s Rosneft and ExxonMobil signed agreements jointly to develop tight oil reserves in Western Siberia and establish a joint Arctic Research Center for Offshore Developments. The agreements, which support implementation of the companies’ August 2011 long-term strategic cooperation agreement ( earlier post ), were signed by Rosneft President Igor Sechin and Stephen M. Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, Rex W.

Field study suggests climate models should include ocean waves

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A new study by researchers from Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) suggests that the effect of wave activity on oceans should be incorporated in long-term climate and weather prediction models. Mixing of the upper ocean directly affects the air-sea exchange of heat, momentum and gases, but currently wave physics exists only as a remote factor in most climate models. The study analysed oceanographic data supplied by Woodside Energy Ltd.

Research team demonstrates Li-air battery capable of long cycle life

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A team from Hanyang University (Korea) and University of Rome Sapienza (Italy) have demonstrated a lithium–air battery capable of operating over many cycles with capacity and rate values as high as 5,000 mAh g carbon ?1 1 and 3 A g carbon ?1 1 , respectively. The team, led by Yang-Kook Sun and Bruno Scrosati, reports on their work in a paper in the journal Nature Chemistry.