April, 2012

Hitachi develops 11 kW permanent magnet motor without rare earth materials

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Conventional industrial 11 kW induction motor (left) and Hitachi’s new 11kW motor (right). Source: Hitachi. Click to enlarge. Hitachi has developed a high-efficiency 11 kW permanent magnet synchronous motor without using rare earth (neodymium, dysprosium) materials; the work follows on its 2008 announcement of a prototype 150 W motor that used cores made of amorphous metal coupled with ferrite magnet rotors. Earlier post.).

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EV Fest 2012 Electric Vehicle Show in Toronto

Electric Cars are for Girls

Sunday, Sept. 9 2012 at The Pavilions in Toronto. Fall 2012 marks the fourth EV Fest, a show devoted to showing OEM and Personally converted Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Plug-in Hybrids, eBikes, Electric Scooters, Trikes, EV components and supplies

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11 Months, 36,000 Miles In A Nissan Leaf Electric Car? No Problem

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In the minds of many consumers, electric cars like the 2012 Nissan Leaf are over-priced, second-cars that are only capable of short trips around town. We’ve proven that sentiment wrong ourselves, covering just over 15,000 miles in a year in our 2011 Nissan Leaf. Earlier this week however, we found out about a 2011 Nissan Leaf owner who has

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I got the lead out!

DIY Electric Car

Hi, I have not posted for a while and have not worked on the car for a while. But I made up for it this weekend. Pulled out the drive shafts and finally after a lot of huffing and puffing got the engine and gearbox out. Also thanks for all the comments, very helpfull. Fatboynotslim. Attached Thumbnails

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What's it gonna take?

Plugs and Cars

It just might be up to us. Sales of plug-in cars are steady, but not overwhelming. The Volt has had to contend with the overblown battery fire incident and the production hiatus. Fisker is delivering the Karma, but not without glitches and its DOE loan is being questioned. Aptera went under. Bright Automotive went under. The press has not been kind. Gas prices are at historically high levels, and have become a political football, but haven’t led to a surge in EV purchases.

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USA Broadcast Premiere, and DVDs in Whole Foods

Revenge of the Electric Car

This month, Revenge of the Electric Car celebrates Earth Day with some great new ways to see the film. Still available on DVD online, and streaming on multiple outlets over the internet, we're happy to announce our USA broadcast premiere of the film this month! Starting April 19th, Revenge of the Electric Car will be on TV on the Independent Lens documentary series on PBS.

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Tour Engine has Prototype II split-cycle engine running

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Prototype II Tour Engine—a novel split-cycle engine—on the bench. The hot side is on the right. Click to enlarge. Tour Engine , the developer of a novel split-cycle engine ( earlier post ), has its Prototype II engine running and will present details on its operation at the upcoming SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit.

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Exclusive: Spy Shots Of Future Jeep Or Dodge Hybrid Model? (Updated)

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Always carry a camera; you never know what you'll see parked on the street. That's how our contributor, Thomas Bey, shot these exclusive spy shots of an engineering prototype for what may be a future hybrid Jeep or Dodge model to be based on the same running gear as the 2013 Dodge Dart compact sedan. Chrysler engineers used Alfa Romeo Giulietta

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Volvo Trucks to become ultra efficient

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It’s not just small and compact cars that are placing a clear emphasis on fuel efficiency – even the largest trucks are making efforts to go green. One of the clearest examples comes from Volvo Trucks, which is adding two drivetrain packages with exceptional efficiency to its line-up. The first is the XE16 package which [.]. Green cars Latest news Volvo fuel efficient green trucks volvo trucks

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New study finds GHG emissions from palm oil production significantly underestimated; palm oil biofuels could be more climate-damaging than oil sands fuels

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When peat swamps are drained for agriculture, the peat begins to decompose, and is an enormous source of carbon emissions. Based on visual interpretation of high-resolution (30 m) satellite images, a new study in the journal Global Change Biology: Bioenergy determined that industrial plantations covered over 3.1

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MIT study estimates ~7,500 early deaths per year in UK from PM2.5 from transport

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Annual average PM 2.5 concentration due to combustion emissions from (a) power generation; (b) commercial, institutional, residential, and agricultural sources; (c) industry; (d) road transport; (e) other transport; and (f) all UK combustion sources. Credit: ACS, Yim and Barrett. Click to enlarge. UK combustion emissions of PM 2.5

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Sandia researcher calculates likely discharge of 4.9-5.8 million barrels of oil from Deepwater Horizon well

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Stewart K. Griffiths from Sandia National Laboratories reports in a paper accepted for publication in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology that the likely total discharge from the BP Macondo Prospect well (MC252) during the Deepwater Horizon accident was in the range of 4.9 million barrels. Minimum and maximum credible values of this discharge are 4.6 and 6.2 million barrels. Calculated cumulative and net oil discharged from MC252. Cumulative discharge over the 86 days. mmstb.

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IBM, Honda and PG&E testing electric car smart grid technology

National Green Transportation

Claiming electric cars might overstress the electric power grid, IBM, Honda and PG&E have begun a pilot project exploring integrating electric cars to the smart grid, allowing grid operators to manage the charge rate of all plugged-in

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Will Electric-Car Charging Stations Get 'Roaming' Or Stay Proprietary?

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There’s an ongoing joke among electric car owners that every new electric car should come with a free wallet. To store the array of cards, tags and access keys that electric car drivers inevitably collect to gain access to an increasingly complicated public charging network. Earlier this week, we highlighted our concerns that confusion

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Mazda SKYACTIV engines scoop industry award

Green Cars News

The impressive fuel efficiency of Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology has earned recognition in high quarters – after five Mazda engineers received the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Medal. The medals are handed out each year as recognition for the best research papers in various fields. They are presented in the hope of encouraging research activities and [.]. Green cars Latest news Mazda green cars Mazda SkyActiv SKYACTIV

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BMW unveils third i concept model: i8 Concept Spyder plug-in hybrid

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BMW i8 Concept Spyder. Click to enlarge. Following on the presentation of the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept coupé at the Frankfurt show in 2011 ( earlier post ), the BMW Group has introduced a third i Model: the BMW i8 Concept Spyder. Like the i8 coupé concept, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder with eDrive is a plug-in hybrid. The 96 kW (131 hp) electric motor on the front axle works in tandem with a TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder gasoline engine sending 164 kW (223 hp) through the rear wheels.

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Fallbrook Technologies Inc. developing variable speed supercharger drive using its CVP technology

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Performance of supercharged Mustang with and without NuVinci CVP; variable ratio vs. 1:1. Source: Fallbrook. Click to enlarge. Fallbrook Technologies Inc. is developing a variable speed supercharger utilizing its NuVinci continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology. Earlier post.) Fallbrook has targeted and is soliciting select automotive OEMs for such a variable speed automotive supercharger.

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President Obama issues Executive Order to coordinate policy on development of unconventional natural gas

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President Obama has issued an Executive Order establishing an interagency working group to coordinate Administration policy efforts to support “safe and responsible” development of unconventional domestic natural gas and associated infrastructure. This would include coordination of policies on fracking. In 2011, natural gas provided 25 percent of the energy consumed in the United States.

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IBM, Honda and PG&E testing electric car smart grid technology

National Green Transportation

Claiming electric cars might overstress the electric power grid, IBM, Honda and PG&E have begun a pilot project exploring integrating electric cars to the smart grid, allowing grid operators to manage the charge rate of all plugged-in

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Toyota Prius C: Hybrid Subcompact Ultimate Guide

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Toyota's Prius has become such a significant figurehead for hybrids that Toyota has turned the Prius name into a burgeoning range of models. First to join the regular Prius was the 2012 Toyota Prius V, a hybrid wagon, and most recently we've got to know the 2012 Toyota Prius C, a Yaris-sized hybrid subcompact offering some impressive economy and

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Competition Time: We’re giving away a New Amazon Kindle Touch!

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We thought it was a about time we gave something away to our loyal band of readers. So when we heard that Amazon had launched a brand new version of their best-selling eReader, the Kindle. We knew that had to be it. The new Kindle Touch, as the name suggest, is a touchscreen version of [.]. Latest news Amazon competition Kindle

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Pinnacle 4-stroke opposed-piston SI engine shows fuel economy improvements of between 30-60% at light loads, 12-30% at medium loads over conventional

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Comparison of ISFC (@42.9 MJ/kg) (4000 RPM) between 250cc Pinnacle and 200cc poppet valve engine. Source: Pinnacle. Click to enlarge.

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Ford researchers suggest using higher ethanol blends to boost the minimum octane number of regular-grade gasoline

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Using higher volume blends of ethanol to leverage the alcohol’s inherent high octane rating to produce ethanol-gasoline blends with higher octane numbers could yield “substantial societal benefits”, according to a team of researchers from Ford Motor Company. Currently, ethanol is blended into a gasoline blendstock formulated with lower octane rating such that the net octane rating of the resulting final blend is unchanged from historical levels.

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ANSI releases Standardization Roadmap for EV deployment

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Domains and topical areas for the standardization roadmap for electric vehicles. Source: ANSI. Click to enlarge. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released the Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles – Version 1.0 , developed by the Institute’s Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP). Earlier post.)

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Saturna Green Systems and Evolve Motorcycles teams up on electric motorcycles

National Green Transportation

Electric bicycles and scooters are growing popular, and in Europe and China these vehicles are quite popular. However, the typical electric bicycle or electric scooter has a very poor dashboard system with rudimentary display. This is the 2010

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Five Wacky Ways Automakers Try To Sell You New Green Cars

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In the automotive world, there’s a constant struggle going on between automakers keen to encourage customers to choose their green car over the competition. Just after a major auto show or car launch, automakers find it relatively easy to sell new car, especially if they have lots of new features or impressive gas mileage. But at other times

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Electric car becomes first car, study shows

Green Cars News

A new study of 600 families running an electric car as a second car, shows that the EV quickly replaces their combustion car for the majority of car journeys. Based on the findings of a pilot study conducted by in Denmark by UK EV charging company POD Point and Danish EV leasing specialist ChoosEV, the [.]. Electric cars electric car Pod Point

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Study finds biomass-to-liquids fuels could be economically competitive at current price levels; pyrolyzer and biorefinery collectives

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The biorefinery collective encompasses multiple pyrolyzer collectives. Credit: ACS, Manganaro and Lawal. Click to enlarge. Given a sufficiently large production scale, liquid fuels such as diesel produced from crop residue could be economically competitive with petroleum-derived fuels at current price levels, suggests a new study by a team from the Stevens Institute of Technology. Their analysis is published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels.

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SAE High Efficiency IC Engine Symposium opens with consideration of alternative engine designs

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SAE’s 2012 High Efficiency IC Engine Symposium in Detroit—the second as an immediate precursor to the SAE World Congress—opened on Sunday with a consideration of several alternative engine designs: opposed piston 2-stroke (Achates Power); variable compression ratio (MCE-5); split cycle (Scuderi); and advanced rotary (Liquid Piston).

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GM begins market positioning for Cruze Diesel in 2013; small displacement diesels to “fill an important niche”

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GM expects that the North American introduction of a 2.0L turbodiesel engine on Cruze—one of the top-selling gasoline-powered cars in the US in 2011 and General Motors’ best-selling model globally—will establish Chevrolet as the only domestic automaker offering an American-manufactured diesel-powered compact car with a European-American developed engine. Earlier post. ).

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Coda Automotive teams up with Mr. Electric on electric car charging stations

National Green Transportation

Coda Automotive announced today the company had selected Mr. Electric to handle installation of electric car charging stations for Coda electric car purchasers. Mr. Electric isn't some speciality act playing clubs in Vegas, instead it is a

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Electric Cars' Secret Advantage: They're Just Nicer To Drive

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Plug-in electric cars are now on sale from several carmakers, and their sales will rise slowly over the next decade. Right now, most of the marketing for those electric cars focuses on green themes or cost savings on the gasoline drivers don't have to buy. But there's one factor no electric-car maker has yet used to market cars powered by electric

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Is the Toyota Prius Plug-in a game changer?

Green Cars News

So, it’s finally here: the hybrid Toyota Prius that will now do what people have expected the Prius to do all along. Available to order now, the Prius Plug-in arrive in showrooms on 9 July, to give extended electric running of nearly 15 miles instead of 15 seconds without the whining petrol engine kicking in [.]. Toyota Weekly Column plug-in Prius

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EIA: global natural gas consumption doubled from 1980 to 2010

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The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that between 1980 and 2010, global consumption of dry natural gas rose from 53 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) to 113 Tcf. Although consumption in North America saw the slowest regional growth in percentage terms (29%) from 1980 to 2010, the region accounted for more than 25% of the world’s natural gas consumption during all years in the period. Natural gas consumption by region, 1980 to 2010. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge.

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Updated Roland Berger Li-ion study forecasts auto Li-ion battery market of more than US$9B by 2015; massive overcapacity and market consolidation

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Roland Berger forecasts for LiB market size by vehicle class (left) and region (right). High and low growth scenarios are shown. Source: Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Click to enlarge. Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has updated its global Li-ion automotive battery study ( earlier post ). In light of recently presented or announced vehicle models with electric, hybrid or plug-in-hybrid drives (xEV), Roland Berger experts expect the global LiB market to grow from US$1.5

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Ford begins roll-out of Focus Electric; electrifying the platform efficiently

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The Ford Focus Electric. Click to enlarge. Ford has begun the consumer roll-out of the Focus Electric, the battery-electric version of its new Focus; production of the vehicles began in December 2011 at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. Earlier post.) The Focus Electric is Ford’s first electric drive light-duty passenger vehicle resulting from its strategy to electrify its entire high-volume platforms, rather than one-off specialty models.

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Saturna Green Systems and Evolve Motorcycles teams up on electric motorcycles

National Green Transportation

Electric bicycles and scooters are growing popular, and in Europe and China these vehicles are quite popular. However, the typical electric bicycle or electric scooter has a very poor dashboard system with rudimentary display. This is the 2010

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