January, 2013

PSA Peugeot Citroën and Bosch developing hydraulic hybrid powertrain for passenger cars; 30% reduction in fuel consumption in NEDC, up to 45% urban; B-segment application in 2016

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Elements of the “Hybrid Air” hydraulic hybrid powertrain under development for B, C, and D vehicles. Click to enlarge.

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales Triple In 2012 As Buyers, Models Increase

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car buyers took home about 17,500 plug-in electric cars in 2011. Last year, the numbers got better. A lot better. In 2012, about 53,000 electric cars were likely sold--essentially triple the prior year's number. Not bad, huh?

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Hybrid SUV Resale Value

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Top Hybrid SUVs Retain Their Value. Many people can’t wait to get the latest model SUVs and cars. For those considering their first hybrid SUV or car, the high resale value of many hybrids might come as a surprise.

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Etiquette In Charge

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It's applaudable to see so many plug-in vehicles on the roads. but at the public charge; it's a shock. Here's a scenario philisophis electricus: You are beyond the range of no return. You pull into your strategic public charger to find it occupied by, let's say a Volt. You can not get home, the Volt of course, can. Do you unplug it? Comments please

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Solar panels better than biofuel, says new study

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While biofuels may right now make up much of our answer to the demand for renewable transport fuel, both here in Europe and in the US, that could soon change.

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ORNL researchers quantify the effect of increasing highway speed on fuel economy

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John F. Thomas, Brian H. West and Shean P. Huff Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Figure 1. Vehicle installed on the chassis dynamometer in the ORNL vehicle research laboratory. Click to enlarge.

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NTSB investigation into Dreamliner Li-ion fire finds signs of short circuiting, thermal runaway

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Damaged electrode with sign of internal short circuit from the 787 Li-ion battery. Source: NTSB. Click to enlarge.

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VW CrossBlue Plugin Diesel

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Aiming at the lucrative U.S. market, Volkswagen used the recent Detroit Auto Show to unveil the VW CrossBlue, a mid-sized plug-in diesel hybrid-electric sport utility.

Guangzhou Automobile Group to show battery-electric SUV concept at Detroit Auto Show

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Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd (GAC Group) is showing the Trumpchi GS5-BEV Pure Electric Vehicle Concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The electric SUV concept is based on the conventionally-engined Trumpchi GS5 SUV which was introduced in March of 2012.

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Solar-powered car ports help EV owners drive on sunshine

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A company that provides sustainable charging to electric cars is expanding nationwide, in a bid to get EV owners charging from solar power.

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Spatially explicit life cycle assessment of 5 sun-to-wheels pathways finds photovoltaic electricity and BEVs offer land-efficient and low-carbon transportation

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Direct land use, life cycle GHG emissions (excluding indirect land use change), and life cycle fossil fuel requirements to generate the transportation services provided by 17.8 × 10 12 MJ NCV of gasoline, the amount used in transportation in the US in 2009. Credit: ACS, Geyer et al.

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Siemens and Fjellstrand partner on battery-electric car ferry

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Rendering of the battery-electric car ferry. Click to enlarge. Siemens, together with the Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand, has developed a battery-electric car ferry, the miljøferge (environmental ferry) ZeroCat. The 80-meter vessel can carry up to 120 cars and 360 passengers.

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Tesla Model S Production Line Now Running At Full Capacity

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For fans of the Tesla Model S all-electric sport sedan, the past few weeks have been full of good news.

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Wind Explorer EV crosses Australia for less than $15 of electricity; kite-assisted

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Evonik Corporation is featuring the Wind Explorer—a lightweight, electric vehicle that crossed Australia on less than $15 of electricity—at its administrative center in Parsippany, N.J.

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Study finds that aluminum reduces electric vehicle cost against steel counterpart for same targeted range

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The study task design steps. Source: fka. Click to enlarge. A recent study found that an aluminum electric vehicle can cost up to €635 (US$829) less than that its steel counterpart despite the higher cost of aluminum, given equivalent range targets.

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Report: Lithium-ion battery market to be worth $22billion by 2020

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Ever wondered about the hottest new industries that are going to shape the way we live over the next decade? Well, if a new report is to be believed then few industries are going to be more successful than the production of lithium-ion batteries (pictured) for light duty transportation.

GM and Nissan lead in US plug-in sales in December; GM and Toyota for the year

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2012 US sales of plug-in vehicles by major OEMs. Click to enlarge. GM was the US sales leader among the major OEMs for plug-in vehicles in December, and for 2012. GM sold 2,633 units of the Volt extended range electric vehicle in December, up 72.2% by volume from 1,529 units in December 2011.

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Williams Hybrid Power and Alstom cooperate to develop flywheel energy storage technology for Citadis trams

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Williams flywheel unit. Click to enlarge.

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Volvo Group to acquires 45% of Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles for $900M; Volvo to become world’s largest manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks

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China is the world’s largest truck market. Click to enlarge.

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Nissan and Yamato Transport begin test drives of battery-powered refrigerator trucks

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Nissan Motor Co., will conduct test drives of the ATLAS F24 Refrigerator Truck by Li-ion Battery for a one-year period starting this month, in cooperation with Yamato Transport Co.,

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Golia electric passenger transfer vehicle available in UK

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A battery-powered, six-seat passenger transfer vehicle is now available in the UK. The Golia multi-passenger electric vehicle (EV) has full N1 type approval, a 30 mph (48 km/h) top speed and a quick-swap battery pack for extended hours operations.

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Volkswagen unveils mid-size SUV plug-in diesel-electric hybrid concept at Detroit Show

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Powertrain of the CrossBlue SUV PHEV concept. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen unveiled the CrossBlue SUV concept at the North American International Auto Show.

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Black carbon is a much larger cause of climate change than previously assessed; about twice previous estimates, and 2/3 the effect of CO2

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Schematic overview of the primary black-carbon emission sources and the processes that control. the distribution of black carbon in the atmosphere and determine its role in the climate system. Source: Bond et al. Click to enlarge.

G2X Energy and EMRE sign methanol to gasoline technology license and license option agreements; plans for $1.3B natural gas to gasoline plant

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The ExxonMobil MTG process flow diagram. Source: EMRE. Click to enlarge. G2X Energy, Inc.,

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Cox Powertrain and Ricardo receive MoD development contract for advanced engine concept; supercharged, opposed-piston diesel

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Single-module Cox powerhead unit. Click to enlarge.

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Polk expects 2013 US new vehicle registrations to grow 6.6% to 15.3M; only slight improvement in hybrid category

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Polk light vehicle forecast through 2016. Data: Polk. Click to enlarge. New light vehicle registrations in the US in 2013 are expected to rise 6.6% over 2012 levels to 15.3 million vehicles, according to Polk, a global automotive market intelligence firm.

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DOE awards $10 million to 5 projects for advanced biofuels and bio-based products

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The US Department of Energy announced more than $10 million in funding to five new projects that will develop new synthetic biological and chemical techniques to convert biomass into advanced biofuels and bioproducts such as plastics and chemical intermediates.

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Volkswagen inaugurates 9.5 MW solar park at Chattanooga plant in US; key element of VW Group’s strategic sustainability targets

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The 9.5 MW solar park at Chattanooga is owned and operated by Silicon Ranch; VW has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement. Click to enlarge.

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New study concludes oil sands development has significantly increased PAH and DBT loadings in regional lakes; combined with effects of climate change, a “new ecological state” for the lakes

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Standardized values (Z scores) of (A) visible reflectance spectroscopy (VRS) chlorophyll a inferences from the five lakes proximate to major oil sands operations as indicators of lake primary production; (B) total PAH concentrations and (C) total DBT concentrations from all six study sites.

Researchers develop four-step catalytic process to produce petroleum refinery feedstocks from biomass sugars

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Molar carbon selectivities for different renewable petroleum refinery feedstocks obtained by hydrocycloaddition and hydrodeoxygenation of condensed furfural–acetone mixtures. Source: Olcay et al. Click to enlarge.

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Nissan cuts entry-level MSRP for 2013 LEAF by 18% to $28,800

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Nissan announced that US pricing for the updated 2013 Nissan LEAF electric vehicle ( earlier post ) will start at an MSRP of $28,800 for the newly-added entry-level S grade—an 18% reduction from the $35,200 MSRP of the 2012 LEAF entry model, the SV. The entry-level 2013 LEAF S becomes the lowest priced five-passenger electric vehicle sold in the United States.

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Chinese automakers bring hybrids and plug-ins to Detroit, Geneva auto shows

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The E-JET concept range extended electric vehicle from GAC. Click to enlarge. At least two Chinese automakers are bringing some of their new energy vehicles—hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric—to two of the major international auto shows in the first quarter of this year.

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High-performance micro-sized Si-C composite for Li-ion anodes offers high tap density for high volumetric capacity

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Cycling performance of the Si-C composite and porous Si at 400 mA/g. Source: Yi et al. Click to enlarge.

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Researchers demonstrate water splitting to generate hydrogen using ultra-small Si nanoparticles

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Schematic showing CO 2 laser pyrolysis synthesis of silicon nanoparticles transferred to a custom stainless steel prototype cartridge used to generate hydrogen for fuel cell applications. Credit: ACS, Erogbogbo et al. Click to enlarge.

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Final session on international mercury convention this week expected to culminate in agreement; UNEP Global Mercury Assessment 2013 finds industrial source Hg emissions may be rising

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Comparison of Hg emissions in 2005 and 2010, by selected sector and region. Unintentional emission sectors: Coal burning, ferrous- and non-ferrous (Au, Cu, Hg, Pb, Zn) metal production, cement production.

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Sales of plug-ins in France in 2012 reached 5,663 units for cars and 3,651 for LCVs

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AVERE-France, the French hybrid and electric vehicle association, reports that sales of electric vehicles in France reached 5,663 units for cars (VP) and 3,651 units for commercial vehicles (LCV) in 2012, increasing 115% and 117%, respectively, against the 2011 results. In France, PSA Peugeot Citroën was in first place (2,744 units) in the VP market with the Ion/C-Zero, followed by the Bolloré BlueCar (1,800), followed by the Nissan LEAF (524) and Renault Fluence (343).

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ExxonMobil to proceed with $14B Hebron heavy oil project off Canada’s East Coast; more than 700B barrels of oil

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Exxon Mobil Corporation will develop the Hebron oil field offshore the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador using a gravity-based structure that will recover more than 700 million barrels of oil, an increase from earlier estimates. Capital cost for the project, which is expected to begin oil production around the end of 2017, is estimated at $14 billion. The platform is being designed for daily production of 150,000 barrels of oil. Location of Hebron field. Source: Chevron.

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