May, 2012

Nissan to launch the “LEAF to Home” V2H power supply system with Nichicon “EV Power Station” in June

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LEAF to Home with EV Power Station. Click to enlarge. Nissan Motor Co., will launch the “LEAF to Home” V2H (vehicle-to-home) power supply system, which can supply electricity from the 24 kWh Li-ion battery pack in Nissan LEAF electric vehicles (EV) to residential homes when used with the “EV Power Station” unit—which is also a 6 kW charger for charging the LEAF—developed by Nichicon Corporation.

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Prices Drop For Used High-MPG Cars, June A Good Time To Buy

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Like so many Americans, perhaps you've been thinking you really have to replace your old car this year. And maybe you're thinking your next car should get much better gas mileage, to protect against fluctuating gas prices. They're down this month, but who knows for the future?) Well, looks like June might be a good time to get that high-MPG

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Hybrid Electric Cars: The Real and the Fake

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When you hear 'hybrid electric cars', all sorts of warm fuzzy green thoughts come bubbling up, right? Yeah, me too. But don't get fooled by fake ones

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Steve Rapp rides and wrecks for Brammo in TTXGP Qualifying round at Infineon

National Green Transportation

Today, in the second day of 2012 TTXGP electric motorcycle race action at the Infineon Raceway, was a dramatic day. The day began with Team Icon Brammo having exited the paddock in order to repair the Empulse RR after

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Scotland secures first hydrogen fuel cell car trial

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Aberdeen’s car club is to become the first in the UK to trial hydrogen fuel cell cars. The newly-established Commonwheels car club is to take loan of two of Hyundai’s left-hand drive ix35 FCEV, ahead of a renewable energy event arrives in the city. Members of Commonwheels will have the opportunity to drive the Hyundai [.]. Fuel Cells Hydrogen cars Hyundai Aberdeen car club fuel cell hydrogen UK

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NOAA predicts a near-normal 2012 Atlantic and Eastern Pacific hurricane season, below-normal in Central Pacific

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Conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season, NOAA forecasts. NOAA’s outlook for the Eastern Pacific basin is for a near-normal hurricane season and the Central Pacific basin is expected to have a below-normal season.

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Audi introduces sport e-bike concept at Wörthersee

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Audi e-bike Wörthersee. Click to enlarge. One of the highlights on the Audi stand at the 2012 Wörthersee Tour in Austria (an annual gathering of Audi VW, Seat and Skoda enthusiasts) is an electric bicycle technology concept: the Audi e-bike Wörthersee. The prototype cycle—described by Audi as a high-end pedelec made for sport, fun and tricks—combines an electric drive and muscle power.

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8 automakers to demonstrate DC fast charging with Combined Charging System at EVS26

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Combined Charging System – Plug for DC-charging up to 100kW. Click to enlarge. Eight global automakers will participate in a charging display and will demonstrate a harmonized single-port DC-fast charging technology at the upcoming EVS26 event in Los Angeles. The system is intended to optimize customer ease of use and to accelerate more affordable deployment of electrified vehicles and fast charging infrastructure.

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Toyota unveils RAV4 EV, the first all-electric SUV on the market, at EVS26

National Green Transportation

Today the wait for the 2nd generation Toyota RAV4 EV ended. The all electric SUV co-designed by Tesla and Toyota was first announced almost two years ago on the heels of Toyota's investment in Tesla, and the

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Motorway network to rapidly attract electric vehicles

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The rollout of a new network of motorway rapid charge points begins this week, which allow electric car owners to drive the length of the country without the need for long journey-stops for recharging. Over the next few months, a network of rapid chargers, which can refill a battery in 30 mins or less, will [.]. Electric cars electric car network rapid charger

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Audi A3 launching with new 4-cylinder engines; cylinder-on-demand, supplementary indirect injection, start-stop and modular efficiency technologies

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TFSI with cylinder on demand technology. Click to enlarge. When the new A3 is launched ( earlier post ), Audi will be offering one TDI and two TFSI engines, with a 1.4L TFSI with cylinder-on-demand to follow. The initial three four-cylinder engines all make their appearance as new developments. Their engine displacements range from 1.4 liters and their power from 90 kW (122 hp) to 132 kW (180 hp). Also playing a large role are technologies from the Audi modular efficiency platform.

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Mercedes-Benz eyeing introducing a sedan model hydrogen fuel cell vehicle around MY 2017

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The 2011 F-Cell. Click to enlarge.

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Better Place Electric-Car Battery Swapping: Live Report

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Electric-car infrastructure firm Better Place has spent the past few years creating some serious waves in the electric car world with grandiose claims that it can make electric cars as convenient to use as gasoline ones. Alongside its fully integrated smart-grid network of charging stations, battery packs and cars, Better Place is best known for

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MIT report finds China’s actions on climate change crucial; argues for global economy-wide greenhouse gas tax

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A new report from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change shows the importance of all major nations taking part in global efforts to reduce emissions—and in particular, finds China’s role to be crucial. The report—titled “The Role of China in Mitigating Climate Change” and published in the journal Energy Economics , compares the impact of a stringent emissions reduction policy with and without China’s participation.

Balqon gains contract to build electric trucks for Port of Los Angeles

National Green Transportation

Balqon, a developer of electric big trucks and electrical energy storage systems, has announced today signing a contract with the Port of Los Angeles to retrofit six electric "yard tractors" with advanced lithium-ion battery packs.

Car2go car club doubles membership

Green Cars News

In the last six months, the world’s fastest growing car club has doubled its customer numbers. Owned and operated by car giant, Daimler, the car2go service now operates in 12 cities through Europe and North America and now has over 100,000 registered members. In total, its fleet of 3,375 smart fortwo and 625 smart fortwo [.]. smart cars2go smart fortwo smart fortwo electric drive

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First application of ZF 7-speed manual transmission for passenger cars; standard automatic stop-start system

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The 7-speed manual transmission is based on the 7-speed double-clutch transmission. Click to enlarge. ZF Friedrichshafen AG is supplying a 7-speed manual transmission (7MT) for Porsche’s new 911 models, marking the first manual transmission with 7 speeds available for passenger cars. The transmission design is based on ZF’s 7-speed double clutch transmission (7DT).

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DOE soliciting projects for up to $5M in funding to spur adoption of alternative fuel vehicles

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The Department of Energy’s (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is seeking applications ( DE-FOA-0000708 ) for up to $5 million in funding to reduce multiple barriers to alternative fuel vehicle—including electric vehicle—adoption and use.

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Smart eBike: First Ride

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Going electric makes a lot of sense for the smallest city-commute vehicles—like the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, which is still on the way. But in the meantime, it looks like a different Smart electric vehicle will arrive first: the Smart eBike. The Smart eBike is a bicycle, but an electrically boosted, hybridized bicycle at that. With a

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Washington State opens 10 new public charging stations on West Coast Electric Highway; Seattle to Canadian border

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The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), along with electric charging station partner AeroVironment opened 10 new public charging stations—seven along Interstate 5 and three along US Route 2 in northern Washington—that provide EV drivers the ability to travel from Seattle to the Canadian border.

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Barnes and Szwarc win in first of todays TTXGP races at Infineon Raceway

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Michael Barnes (Lightning) and Martin Szwarc (Zero) wins in the first race of this weekends TTXGP electric motorcycle racing action at Infineon. The weekend has seen drama with two wrecks that took Team Icon Brammo out of the action

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A Volt to the heart: Love conquests all

Green Cars News

Chevrolet’s Volt is winning customers away from rival brands including Toyota, Honda and BMW, the GM-owned brand boasts. The carmaker’s new range-extended model, launched in a blaze of publicity, is attracting the same sort of customer who just had to have a Toyota Prius when it first launched. Tech-savvy, early adopters and well as those [.]. Chevrolet Chevrolet Volt range-extended

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The Renault Foundation launches first professional “electric vehicle and electro-mobility” diploma

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The Renault Foundation is launching a new training course for students with two years’ further education (Bac+2 or professional-experience diploma) in partnership with the IUT technology institute in Mantes (Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin): the first professional diploma (a French licence) in “Electric Vehicle and Electro-mobility”.

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Initial details on fiery crash involving BYD e6 that killed 3

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China Auto Web. Three passengers in a BYD e6 taxicab, including the driver, were killed in an accident in Shenzhen on 26 May. BYD e6 in flames following crash. Click to enlarge. In its microblog on weibo.com, Shenzhen traffic police say the accident happened at about 3:08 in the early morning on Binhai Dadao (Beach Boulevard) near the city’s downtown. A drunk driver crashed a high-speed Nissan GT-R into a BYD e6, and then collided with another, gasoline taxicab.

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Toyota Prius Becomes World’s Third Best-Selling Car Line

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Green is the new black. At least, when it comes to cars. For just over a decade, those who bought a Toyota Prius hybrid have had to entertain the possibility that the rest of the world would view them as tree-hugging, tofu-eating, hemp-wearing, middle-class hippies In April however, that changed forever as the Toyota Prius family became the

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Toyota introduces new RAV4 EV; 41.8 kWh pack, 100-mile range

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RAV4 EV. Click to enlarge. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., revealed the all-new Toyota RAV4 EV at the 26 th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26) in Los Angeles. The battery-electric SUV features a 41.8 kWh Li-ion pack, offering an expected driving range rating of approximately 100 miles (161 km). With a 10 kW charger on-board (SAE J1772 connector), charging time of the large pack is approximately six hours on a 240V/40A charger.

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Would we stop walking for Honda's UNI-CUB personal mobility gizmo?

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Honda has unveiled the UNI-CUB, which the company describes as a personal mobility device, one that offers the same freedom of movement as enjoyed while walking. It's one of those products that make us marvel at

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Sorry Boris, Europe’s EV capital is…Oxford

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Forget Paris, Barcelona, even London; Oxford is the electric vehicle capital of Europe, according to Chargemaster. The charging point provider has compiled a top 10 list of cities, comparing the number of publicly available EV charging points against the city’s population, and despite boasting just 64 charging points (less than a tenth of London’s count), [.]. Latest news Chargemaster London Oxford

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A123 Systems 8K filing says substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern; status of grants and incentives

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In its most recent 8K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems said a number of circumstances have raised “ substantial doubt on [its] ability to continue as a going concern.”. On 26 March, A123 launched a field campaign estimated to cost US$51.6 million to replace battery modules and packs that may contain defective prismatic cells produced at A123’s Livonia, Michigan manufacturing facility.

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XL Hybrids, Henley Transmission Services partner to certify AAMCO for hybrid conversion installation, servicing

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XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1-3 commercial fleet use ( earlier post ), has signed an agreement with Henley Transmission Services, LLC, the largest franchise holder of AAMCO automotive service centers, to certify AAMCO technicians to install and service XL Hybrids’ hybrid-electric conversions.

2012 249

Electric Cars: Some Are Real, Most Are Only 'Compliance Cars'--We Name Names

Green Car Reports

Since last year, you've likely heard a lot about electric cars. You'll hear much more in the years to come. But whether you're a fan or a foe, understand this: A few of the battery-electric cars you've heard about are "real"--meaning their makers want to sell as many as they can. But quite a few of them aren't. They're not meant to lure in

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Oxford team suggests realizing EV revolution will require much better understanding of consumer behavior, policy and industry support

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Although the energy-saving and emissions reduction potential of battery-electric vehicle (BEV) technology has been shown, the scale of BEV diffusion necessary to decarbonize transport will not be realized without immediate and sustained policy support, industry investment and fundamental changes in consumer behavior, according to a team from the University the Oxford in a new paper.

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Steve Atlas hurt during practice round during TTXGP race at Infineon Raceway

National Green Transportation

Motorcycle pro racer Steve Atlas crashed today during practice rounds for this weekends TTXGP race at Infineon Raceway. Atlas was badly shaken up, and was taken to the hospital for examination, but was apparently okay. The accident badly

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Manufacturing Spotlight: Vauxhall

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Where we stand: May, 2012 The Vauxhall brand of General Motors has been the second largest selling motoring brand in the UK for more than two decades. Its vehicles are largely identical to those of the Opel brand, which is sold across Europe, with most designed in Germany and produced across Germany, Spain and Poland, [.]. Vauxhall ecoFLEX Manufacturer Spotlight Vauxhall Ampera

PNNL small solid oxide fuel cell achieves record efficiency; microchannels, external steam reforming and recycling

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Power system configuration diagram. Powell et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report on a highly efficient, small-scale solid oxide fuel cell system featuring PNNL-developed microchannel technology in combination with adiabatic, external steam reforming and anode gas recirculation. The heat and water required for the endothermic reforming reaction are provided by the recirculated anode gas emerging from the SOFC stack.

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Sustainable Rail International, U of Minnesota partner to develop most powerful carbon-neutral locomotive, using new steam engine and biocoal

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The Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR)—a collaboration of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) and the nonprofit Sustainable Rail International (SRI)— plans to develop what it calls the most powerful carbon-neutral locomotive to date, proving the viability of solid biofuel and modern steam locomotive technology. The locomotive will run on torrefied biomass (biocoal), a biofuel created through an energy-efficient processing of cellulosic biomass.

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Our Guide To Every Hybrid Car On Sale In The U.S.

Green Car Reports

Turn back the clock by one decade, and there were three hybrid cars on sale in the U.S. One was the first-generation Toyota Prius, the original Honda Insight was still going strong as the most efficient vehicle on sale, and Honda also offered the Civic Hybrid. Today, including different transmission options that figure has risen to 48, giving

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