January, 2015

Hermosa Beach Sees The Light

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As if from the heavens above, The Word, appeared immaculately and impeccably on some of Hermosa Beach’s signature buildings last night.

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Cal State LA hydrogen station becomes first in state certified to sell to the public by the kilogram

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The Cal State L.A. CSULA) Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility has become the first hydrogen station in California to be certified to sell fuel to the public by the kilogram measure.

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Tesla P85D Destroys Dodge Challenger Hellcat On Dragstrip: Electric Car Thrashes 707-HP Hemi (Video)

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Say "P85D" to Tesla owners and fans, and you will see the drooling and twitching and heavy breathing and lustful stares--and more drooling--that Tesla''s fastest, highest-performance electric car brings. The same happens with the word "Hellcat" for fans of high-powered Hemi V-8 performance.

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With Bolt EV concept and 2016 Volt, GM ups its ante in electric vehicle market

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With lackluster sales and almost nonexistent marketing of the Chevy Volt, made some doubt GM's commitment to electrified vehicles. On Monday, at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), GM unveiled both the 2nd generation Chevy

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Riding Into A Better Future @ South Bay Bike Night

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Your friendly neighborhood Greenius has been a proud member of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition ever since there was one, and I’ve been on the Board of Directors just as long.

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IRENA report finds renewable power costs at parity or below fossil fuels in many parts of world

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The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving fuel cell hybrid luxury concept at CES; novel body structures

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In a world premiere, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the self-driving fuel cell hybrid electric F 015 Luxury in Motion concept at the CES.

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“I Bring You Greetings From The Lucky Sperm Club…

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Through whom I have been enjoying White Man’s Privilege since 1957… Those were the opening words of my remarks to the California Crossroads audience at the Los Angeles Tour Stop last Tuesday night in South Los Angeles at Holman Methodist Church. .

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Nissan LEAF is best-selling electric car in Europe for fourth year in a row; 26% market share

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European 2014 EV marketshare of top 5 OEMs. Data: Nissan. Click to enlarge.

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Local Motors 3D printing a Strati at NAIAS; announces two micro-factories to open

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Local Motors is 3D printing and assembling a Strati—the first 3D-printed car—live from the show floor at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Earlier post.).

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SolidEnergy targeting rechargeable Li-metal smartphone battery in 2016, EV battery with 2x range in 2017

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Volkswagen showcases inductive charging w/ “power lift”, autonomous and semi-autonomous capabilities & gesture control at CES

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Chevrolet unveils Bolt EV Concept; 200+ electric miles for ~$30,000

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At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Chevrolet introduced the Bolt EV concept crossover—a vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting around $30,000.

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Researchers exploring Li-Tellurium for high energy density batteries

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Researchers at the Kumoh National Institute of Technology in Korea have developed a new, high-performance Li-Tellurium (Li-Te) secondary battery system using a Li metal anode and a Te-based cathode.

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U of I at Chicago team to optimize new traffic-powered source of electricity

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The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago has entered into an agreement with New Energy Innovations, Inc.

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Turbomeca introduces additive manufacturing capability for production engine components

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After years of maturation and prototype testing, helicopter engine manufacturer Turbomeca (Safran) has entered serial production of parts using the latest additive manufacturing (3D printing) process at its Bordes facility in France.

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Greenius To Preach Community Choice & Climate Justice in South L.A. Church

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Opinion: Crushing the US energy export dream

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by Arthur E. Berman for Oilprice.com. Exporting crude oil and natural gas from the United States are among the dumbest energy ideas of all time. Exporting gas is dumb. Exporting oil is dumber. The US imports almost half of the crude oil that we use. We import 7.5 million barrels per day.

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Researchers devise method to produce jet-range hydrocarbons as co-product of production of algal biodiesel; role of alkenones

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Isochrysis extraction and fractionation scheme with yields given in parentheses for the different products obtained from each step. Credit: ACS, O’Neil et al. Click to enlarge.

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China Yuchai LNG engine powers the “Fuel Efficient Heavy-Duty Truck of the Year 2014” in China

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China Yuchai International announced that a “K-Gold” model C&C truck equipped with the YC6K1340N liquid natural gas (LNG) engine has won the “Fuel Efficient Heavy-Duty Truck of the Year 2014” at China’s largest annual commercial vehicle event.

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Acura unveils new NSX high performance hybrid sports car

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NSX at the reveal. Click to enlarge. Acura unveiled the production model of the next-generation NSX at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

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BYD unveils battery-electric over-the-road coach bus; two more models to launch this year

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The C9. Click to enlarge. BYD Motors Inc. unveiled the first long range, 100% battery-electric over-the-road coach bus (as opposed to a city transit bus) at the United Motorcoach Association Expo in New Orleans. This first electric coach—the BYD C9—is a two-axle, 40'' coach with the seating capacity to carry 47 people at highway speed for more than 190 miles. The BYD C9 is the first of three battery-electric coaches the company will launch globally this year.

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Norwegian Cruise Line selects Rolls-Royce permanent magnet tunnel thruster

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Norwegian Cruise Line has selected a highly innovative and efficient Rolls-Royce permanent magnet tunnel thruster (TT-PM) to upgrade the propulsion package onboard Norwegian Epic.

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Hyundai launches Sonata PHEV; 22-mile electric range

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Hyundai lanched the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle—Hyundai’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle—along with the hybrid version of the seventh-generation Sonata, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The PHEV is fitted with a 9.8

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Mitsubishi to show compact SUV PHEV concept at Geneva

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said it will unveil a world premiere compact SUV plug-in hybrid concept car on 3 March at the 85 th Geneva International Motor Show.

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Production and sales of plug-ins boomed in China in 2014

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The production and sales of plug-in vehicles in China boomed last year, according to statistics from CAAM (China Association of Automobile Manufacturers). Total production reached 78,499 units, 3.5 times the number in 2013. Among the total, 48,605 units were battery electric vehicles (BEV) (62%) and 29,894 units were plug-in hybrids (PHEV) (38%)—2.4 times and 8.1 times the numbers of 2013. As for the sales, the total volume reached 74,763 units, 3.2 times from a year earlier.

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ICCT: available low-carbon fuels can reduce CI of on-road transportation fuels in Pacific Coast region by 14%–21% by 2030

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Fuel carbon intensity reduction from 2015-2030 from fuel deployment scenarios for the Pacific Coast region. Source: ICCT. Click to enlarge.

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New Opel Corsa diesel with only 82 g/km CO2, 75.8 mpg

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CDTI four-cylinder only uses 3.1 l/100 km. Click to enlarge. Opel’s new Corsa three-door equipped with 70 kW/95 hp 1.3 CDTI ecoFlex diesel with Start/Stop technology fitted as standard, braking energy recuperation and low-rolling-resistance tires combined with the new Easytronic 3.0

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Crazy Diamond Performance offering dedicated CNG vehicle and refueling package

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Crazy Diamond Performance Inc. CDP) is now offering BRC FuelMaker residential and commercial fueling compressed natural gas (CNG) products, when ordered in conjunction with its advanced dedicated CNG vehicle retrofit systems. CDP is offering a package of an EPA certified 2015 mono-fuel CNG Cruze LS ( earlier post ) and a BRC FuelMaker Phill refueling compressor for $27,559, for a limited time.

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Van Hool wins EU funding for 21 fuel cell buses; powered by Ballard FCvelocity-HD7 modules

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Van Hool N.V. has signed a grant agreement with the EU Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking for deployment of 21 fuel cell buses in Europe as part of the 3Emotion Program.

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BMW and Total begin field tests of AdBlue pumps in Germany

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In Germany, BMW and Total have officially begun the field testing of AdBlue pumps installed at three fueling stations in Munich and Berlin. AdBlue, used in Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) NO x aftertreatment systems for modern diesels, is stored in an auxiliary tank in the car.

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Tesla Model X Caught On Video In Acceleration, Cornering Tests

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Thank heavens for the Interwebs, which have now surfaced a video of a Tesla Model X electric SUV being tested in the San Francisco Bay Area. There''s just over 60 seconds of footage of what''s clearly a Model X, with camouflage patterns covering the details of its bodywork.

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Tesla Model X Appears At CES: Video Walkaround

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While its name may suggest smartphones and laptops, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has become an important venue for carmakers to announce new in-car technology.

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Tesla Model S P85D 'Insane' Mode: NSFW Video Shows How Insane It Really Is

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Many Tesla fans and electric-car drivers now know about the Model SP85D, Tesla''s all-wheel-drive electric car that''s arguably the fastest four-door sedan on the market. What most of them likely don''t know is just what the car''s ultimate performance mode, called "Insane," actually feels like.

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Jaguar Land Rover “Bike Sense” uses color, sound and vibration to help prevent accidents involving bicycles and motorbikes

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Jaguar Land Rover is developing a range of new technologies that would use colors, sounds and touch inside the car to alert drivers to potential hazards and prevent accidents involving bicycles and motorbikes. Click to enlarge.

Johnson Controls displays 40% lighter CAMISMA seat prototype at NAIAS; planned availability in 2019

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CAMISMA seat prototype is 40% lighter than conventional seats. Click to enlarge.

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NREL enzyme enables conversion of biomass to sugar up to 14x faster than current alternatives; changing the economics of conversion

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Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed an enzyme that can enable the conversion of biomass to sugars up to 14 times faster and more cheaply than competing catalysts in enzyme cocktails today.

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