Wed.Jul 04, 2012

Volt continues to be top-selling plug-in in US; Prius PHV #2, LEAF #3

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The Chevrolet Volt was the top-selling plug-in vehicle (PEs) in the US in June 2012, posting 1,760 units, up 213.7% by volume from the 561 units in June 2011. For the first six months of the year, Volt sales reached 8,817 units, up 221.2% from 2,745 units in the first half of 2011. The Toyota Prius PHV posted 695 units, representing 3.6% of the 19,150 units of Prius family sales in June, and taking second place for PEV sales for the month. The Prius sedan posted 11,514 units (60.1%

Danish firms develop methanol range-extender car

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Current range-extended models combine a petrol engine with an electric battery and motors, but a new Danish design will break the stereotype by using methanol instead to boost the driving range of a new electric car model. The new Modular Energy Carrier concept project is being developed by Insero E-Mobility and Serenergy and ECOmove-the company [.]. Electric cars concept electric car fuel cell methanol

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ConocoPhillips announces sanction of $6B second train for Australia Pacific coal seam gas to LNG project; Sinopec interest to increase

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ConocoPhillips announced the sanction of development of a second 4.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) production train for its Australia Pacific LNG coal seam gas (CSG) to liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Queensland, Australia. Sanctioning of the second train is the final step in the approval process for the project. From this point we are committed to the development and construction of all infrastructure and facilities to ensure the first delivery of LNG in 2015.

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

ABI Research: 60% of new cars shipping globally in 2017 will feature connected car solutions

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Global OEM connected car system penetration is expected to increase from 11.4% in 2012 to 60.1% in 2017, according to ABI Research.

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Teijin Chemicals develops resin enabling new auto body designs

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Teijin Chemicals, Ltd., the Teijin Group’s resin and plastic processing business arm, has developed Panlite AM-9937F, a material that combines dimensional precision and an ultra-smooth surface for automotive applications. Panlite AM-9937F enables product designs that were previously unachievable due to the limitations of conventional metal.

Freerolling hybrid minicab firm gets wired

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One of London’s largest minicab operators, Greentomatocars has become the first passenger car company in Europe to adopt free in-car Wi-Fi across its entire fleet. Renowned for its fleet of hybrid Toyota Prius cars and other green models, including most recently, the Renault Fluence electric car; Greentomatocars will now make it easier for their passengers [.]. Green credentials car hire green car

Boeing forecasts $4.5T market for 34,000 new airplanes over next 20 years

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Boeing projects a $4.5-trillion market for 34,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years as the current world fleet doubles in size, according to the Boeing 2012 Current Market Outlook (CMO). The company’s annual forecast reflects the strength of the commercial aviation market. Airline traffic is forecasted to grow at a 5% annual rate over the next two decades, with cargo traffic projected to grow at an annual rate of 5.2%.

Lux Research: grid storage battery cost to fall to $500/kWh by 2022, short of expectations

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Lithium-ion and molten-salt battery costs will approach $500/kWh by 2022, reducing the high capital cost of emerging grid storage technologies. However, expectations of half that level will remain unrealistic for at least a decade, according to the Lux Research report “Grid Storage Battery Cost Breakdown: Exploring Paths to Accelerate Adoption.”.