January, 2012

Researchers engineer E. Coli to produce ethanol directly from brown seaweed with yield equivalent to ~80% of the theoretical maximum

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Design of the microbial platform for production of biofuels and renewable commodity chemical compounds from macroalgae. Wargacki et al. Click to enlarge. A team of scientists from Bio Architecture Lab (BAL) in Berkeley, California, ( earlier post ) has engineered a strain of Eschericia coli to break down and then to ferment alginate—one of the most abundant sugars in brown algae, but a sugar that industrial microbes can’t metabolize—into ethanol.

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Greenius Plants Tree to Help Restore Hope

Creative Greenius

Man, I can’t believe it’s been over a month now since I wrote in this space about the villainous and vile vandals who destroyed the trees and native plants at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park over Thanksgiving. But time has afterburners when the holidays roll around especially when your friendly neighborhood Greenius is in such demand locally.

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Electric Powered Cars: Coal or ICE

Electric Cars are for Girls

How are electric powered cars fueled with electricity from coal power plants better than the gas-guzzler I'm already driving

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Chevrolet Volt: Range-Extended Electric Car Ultimate Guide

Green Car Reports

The Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car has been on sale for over a year now. You might have caught our previous guide to the Volt, but so much can happen in such a short space of time that there's always something new to add. Over the next few pages you'll find links to all sorts of information about the Volt. This page deals with the

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A big week for electric vehicles

Revenge of the Electric Car

This week is HUGE for electric vehicle advocacy. REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR RELEASES ON DVD JANUARY 24TH! And on that very same day the town of Normal, IL will take delivery of 6 electric fleet vehicles from Mitsubishi, as part of the EVtown collaborative- an effort to make Bloomington-Normal, IL a model town for the future of electric cars.

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Ener1 enters bankruptcy with cooperation of stakeholders, plans restructuring

National Green Transportation

Ever since the bankruptcy of Think last spring, Indiana based battery manufacturer Ener1 has been in trouble. Not only was Think a major customer of Ener1, Ener1's large stake in Think was a big bet on that

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A123 Systems supplying Li-ion batteries for new BMW ActiveHybrid 3 and ActiveHybrid 5 models

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A123 Systems is providing Li-ion battery cells for the new BMW ActiveHybrid 3 ( earlier post ) and ActiveHybrid 5 ( earlier post ) models to be shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. BMW is doing the Li-ion pack work itself.) Both models, which use a similar powertrain, are due to go on sale in the US in 2012. A123 Systems had earlier said that it was involved in BMW production programs. Earlier post.).

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NEDRA: The National Electric Drag Racing Association

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Interview with Mike Willmon, president of NEDRA - the National Electric Drag Racing Association. Not surprisingly, we're talking about driving really, really fast in electric cars

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Life After Death: What Happens When Your Prius Battery Dies

Green Car Reports

Believe it or not, the humble Toyota Prius has been on sale in the U.S. for 12 years. While many of these original 2000 Priuses are still giving their owners the same gas milage they did when new, traction battery packs inside early cars are reaching the end of their predicted 10 year, 300,000 mile life. If the battery pack in your Toyota Prius

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Just bone idle: Should you leave your engine running or not? The Green Piece.

Green Cars News

Tuesday, 24 January 2012. The Green Piece Column. As the London Mayor Boris Johnson launches a campaign to combat idling engines (see story) we take a look at just what happens when you needlessly leave your engine running. You might think that sometimes it is more efficient to leave the engine on or that stopping [.]. The Green Piece car column emissions engine idling london Olympics

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Ener1 enters bankruptcy with cooperation of stakeholders, plans restructuring

National Green Transportation

Ever since the bankruptcy of Think last spring, Indiana based battery manufacturer Ener1 has been in trouble. Not only was Think a major customer of Ener1, Ener1's large stake in Think was a big bet on that

BMW introduces new 6-cylinder in-line diesel with 3 turbochargers for new M Performance models

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BMW has introduced a new range of M Performance Automobiles featuring a new 6-cylinder in-line diesel developed exclusively for those applications. The engines, which feature three turbochargers, deliver maximum output reaching 280 kW/381 hp and peak torque of 740 N·m (546 lb-ft). The new engine is applied in the BMW M550d xDrive Sedan, BMW M550d xDrive Touring, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d.

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City of Bogota, Columbia launches electric taxi pilot; part of C40-CCI EV Network

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The City of Bogota, Colombia, has launched a pilot project to spur the use of electric vehicles in Bogota’s center-city taxi fleet. The first taxis are expected to be operational in the city in the next few months.

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Is it wise to convert a VW Westfalia van to electric?

Electric Cars are for Girls

I've been doing some research into some cheap-ish manual vans but was wondering if there is a limit to what can be converted based on size and design

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2012 Toyota Prius V: Hybrid Wagon Ultimate Guide

Green Car Reports

The Prius name has been around since the very first Prius sedan back in 1999, but until now Toyota's flagship hybrid has been a single-model range. Soon to be joined by the 2013 Toyota Prius C subcompact, the 2012 Prius V is part of a three-pronged attack on the market. The new body is more spacious than ever and should open the range to customers

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Friction the key to reducing fuel consumption

Green Cars News

From electrifying powertrains, to making vehicles lighter – there are many ways to tackle fuel consumption. However, one of the key factors often overlooked, is reducing friction losses. A joint study by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Argonne National Laboratory in the USA believes that reduction in friction losses could lower fuel consumption [.].

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Zero Motorcycles begins production of their 2012 product line

National Green Transportation

Zero Motorcycles, a Santa Cruz based electric motorcycle manufacturer, began production of the full line of the company's 2012 model year motorcycles. Zero's 2012 model year includes game changing ("ground-breaking") range

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Chevrolet led US passenger car sales in 2011

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Chevrolet led all automakers in US passenger car sales in 2011 and posted its largest year-over-year retail sales increase in 35 years, due in large part to strong sales of the Cruze compact sedan. Chevrolet compact car sales almost doubled compared with 2010. Chevrolet sold more than 763,000 passenger cars in 2011. Products included the Sonic subcompact, Cruze compact sedan, Volt electric car, Malibu and Impala sedans, and Camaro and Corvette sporty cars.

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Zero Motorcycles, Jiangsu Xinri E-Vehicle score highest in new Pike Research assessment of electric motorcycle and scooter manufacturers

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Pike Pulse Grid for electric motorcycles and scooters. Click to enlarge. According to a new Pike Pulse report published by Pike Research, the two electric motorcycle and scooter manufacturers who are best positioned to take advantage of upcoming shifts in the market are Zero Motorcycles and Jiangsu Xinri E-Vehicle. The market for electric motorcycle and electric scooters is nascent in most regions of the world, except for Asia-Pacific.

2012 253

KillaJoule: Electric Motorcycle Racing

Electric Cars are for Girls

KillaJoule is the Killacycle racing team's salute to pure speed at 218 mph.! Interview with Eva Hakannson

Buick eAssist Smartphone App Makes A Game Out Of Saving Fuel

Green Car Reports

Want to get the next generation of drivers thinking green, long before they get behind the wheel? Buick has come up with an innovative and fun app for Android and iPhone platforms that carefully blends entertainment with education. It bundles three games into one app, called Buick Fuel Efficiency Games. Players learn about concepts like

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Just bone idle: Should you leave your engine running or not? The Green Piece.

Green Cars News

Tuesday, 24 January 2012. The Green Piece Column. As the London Mayor Boris Johnson launches a campaign to combat idling engines (see story) we take a look at just what happens when you needlessly leave your engine running. You might think that sometimes it is more efficient to leave the engine on or that stopping [.]. The Green Piece car column emissions engine idling london Olympics

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Obama rejects Keystone XL project while staying in bed with the oil industry

National Green Transportation

Today the Obama Administration released a statement rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline project citing obstructionist Republicans. The announcement was greeted by a chorus of approval from environmental organizations such as the NRDC, the Sierra

Opel expanding and enhancing its LPG offerings; new 1.4L LPG Turbo EcoFlex for Astra and Meriva

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The Opel Meriva can now be ordered with the 1.4 liter LPG Turbo ecoFLEX dual fuel engine. Click to enlarge. Opel is expanding and enhancing its Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) offer. The Astra 5-door hatchback, the Astra Sports Tourer and the Meriva can now be ordered with the new 1.4 liter LPG Turbo ecoFLEX engine.

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MIT team calls initial performance results of magnesium-antimony liquid metal battery “promising”

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Sectioned Mg||Sb liquid metal battery operated at 700 °C showing the three stratified liquid phases upon cooling to room temperature. The cell was filled with epoxy prior to sectioning. Credit: ACS, Bradwell et al. Click to enlarge.

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Canadian Electric Vehicles: Randy Holmquist

Electric Cars are for Girls

Canadian Electric Vehicles of Errington, BC has the reputation of being one of the very best conversion shops. Randy Holmquist also sells conversion kits and builds the Might-e truck NEV

2012 128

2013 Ford Fusion: High-MPG Engines, Hybrid, Plug-In (Video)

Green Car Reports

Now that we're back from the Detroit Auto Show, we can say with confidence that the two most important cars of the show were the 2013 Ford Fusion and the 2013 Dodge Dart. The 2013 Fusion in particular got rave reviews for its styling--which blended elements of Audi A7 and even a hint of Aston-Martin sports car in the grille forms--and high hopes

Ford EcoBoost experience draws the crowds

Green Cars News

With the Detroit Auto Show now open to the public, car fans of all ages have the chance to go sample what the show has to offer. One stand drawing the crowds this week is Ford’s, where the car maker has found a unique and interactive way to show of the performance and environmental credentials [.]. Ford ecoboost engine Fiesta

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GM announces safety enhancing fix for Chevy Volt battery pack

National Green Transportation

We know that GM is intent on defusing the firestorm that erupted at the beginning of November with disclosure that a Chevy Volt battery pack had burst into fire last May. Today GM's Mary Barra and Mark

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California’s newly ZEV rule introduces the BEVx; ARB staff expects these vehicles to play a longer-term role than plug-in hybrids

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On Friday 27 January, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the new Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) package that sets out the regulatory emissions and technology requirements for light-duty automobiles through model year 2025. Earlier post.)

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India, China, Brazil, Japan, other non-Arctic countries want a voice on Arctic Council; interest in climate change impact and access to resources

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Countries such as China, India and Brazil, which have no Arctic territories, are now seeking admission to the Arctic Council as permanent observers. The issue has divided existing members, with Russia and Canada most strongly opposed. It is among the major questions with which Canada will have to grapple as it prepares to chair the Council next year, notes the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, a Canadian public policy organization.

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NEDRA: Electric Vehicle Racing, Speed, and Safety

Electric Cars are for Girls

Interview with Mike Willmon, president of NEDRA - the National Electric Drag Racing Association. We talk about drag racing categories, electric race car safety, and the motors and lithium batteries preferred for electric car racing

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Volkswagen E-Bugster Electric Concept: Detroit Auto Show

Green Car Reports

It wouldn't be an auto show without concept cars, and the Detroit Auto Show this year has its share. From Volkswagen comes a new take on a familiar shape: the Volkswagen E-Bugster, an all-electric two-seat coupe version of its iconic Beetle. Volkswagen isn't unveiling the car until the show opens, but with sites violating the maker's embargo, we

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What to expect in 2012. The Green Piece

Green Cars News

Tuesday 3 January, 2012. The Green Piece Column. A New Year and a new chance to cut down on excesses, right? No, I’m not talking food or drink, but excessive energy consumption. While 2011 was dubbed the ‘year of the electric car’ it looks like 2012 could be even more exciting in the world of [.]. The Green Piece 2012 Detroit geneva highlights year

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Obama rejects Keystone XL project while staying in bed with the oil industry

National Green Transportation

Today the Obama Administration released a statement rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline project citing obstructionist Republicans. The announcement was greeted by a chorus of approval from environmental organizations such as the NRDC, the Sierra

Japan-based JNC completes bamboo-to-ethanol demonstration plant

Green Car Congress

Japan-based JNC Corporation and its partners have completed construction of a bamboo-to-ethanol demonstration plant and have begun test runs. Bamboo is of interest as a biofuel feedstock as it does not compete with food. The bamboo raw material is procured from the city of Minamata. The demo plant at Kumamoto University saccharifies the bamboo to produce sugar, which is then fermented using genetically modified yeast developed at Sojo University. Brief

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DSM and POET form major JV for cellulosic bioethanol; POET to decline $105M DOE loan guarantee

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Royal DSM and POET, LLC, one of the world’s largest ethanol producers, have formed a joint venture to commercially demonstrate and license cellulosic bioethanol based on their proprietary and complementary technologies. POET–DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC , is scheduled to start production in the second half of 2013 at one of the first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants in the United States.

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