August, 2013

MIT study says combustion emissions cause ~200,000 premature deaths/year in US; vehicles and power generation top sources

Green Car Congress

Annual average concentrations of fine particulates from US sources of combustion emissions from (a) electric power generation; (b) industry; (c) commercial and residential sources; (d) road transportation; (e) marine transportation; (f) rail transportation; (g) sum of all combustion sources; (h) all sources. Source: MIT. Click to enlarge. Researchers from MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment have concluded that ground-level PM 2.5

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Climate Change #Liar-Deniers Are The New Racists

Creative Greenius

When you ignore reality and the facts and you choose to embrace ignorance and irrational prejudice then you’re not just a jerk, you are a dangerous jerk. .

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Tesla Model S Gets Five Stars For Crash Safety From NHTSA

Green Car Reports

The Tesla Model S electric sedan has become the latest car to be awarded a full five star crash test rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While it''s no surprise for modern cars to score highly in such tests, it''s still an impressive feat for a young automaker like Tesla Motors, which hasn''t had previous decades of safety

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Wheel Bearing Replacement Round 1

DIY Electric Car

Attempted to fit new wheel bearings into the hubs, but learned the hard way to not pound in the bearings with the wrong sized tool. Other side went in A-OK

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Nissan Leaf selling well outside West Coast strongholds, across the US

National Green Transportation

Nissan Leaf sales are up 335 percent over 2012, thanks to the introduction of the lower priced 2013 Nissan Leaf that's manufactured in the U.S. Nissan said on Friday they're seeing demand for electric

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London Underground services welcome electric car drivers with new charging points

Green Cars News

A new network of electric car charging points will make it easier for electric car owners to connect to London Underground services. Benefitting from exemption to the London Congestion Charge, electric cars can be driven into the capital without paying the fee, but are still then faced with the [.]. Electric cars

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Hybrids take 7% of California market in 1H 2013; PHEVs 0.7%; EVs 1.1%

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Hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicle share of the California retail market. Source: California Auto Outlook. Click to enlarge. Hybrid vehicle market share (excluding plug-in hybrids) in California increased to 7% in the first half of 2013, up from 6.2% in 2012, according to the California Auto Outlook for the second quarter of 2013. Plug-in hybrid market share was an estimated 0.7%, while battery electric vehicle market share hit 1.1%.

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2013 Smart Electric Drive: 4 Stars Overall For Crash Safety From NHTSA

Green Car Reports

The 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is the latest electric vehicle to have undergone the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration''s crash test procedures. Following frontal crash, side impact, and side pole impact tests, the Electric Drive was awarded four from a possible five stars overall. Individually, the electric smart was rated best

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Charging the pack - bench test

DIY Electric Car

I was very cautious with this because my experience tells me that I can ask every question I can think of but there is still room for the thing I wish I''d known. Even so I may have probably done something unnecessary or wrong - but it seems to work, so I''ll put all the parts in the car. Connected the traction cables and charger cables to the bus bar and enclosed it in an electrical box. Connected traction fuse, in separate electrical box near the pack.

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Toyota stressing hybrids over electric vehicles in next generation drive-train

National Green Transportation

While other automakers are developing plug-in electric vehicles, Toyota made it clear on Wednesday they are doubling down on hybrid vehicles and planning to show a fuel cell concept car in November. That Toyota's press release

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Tesla Model S electric car arrives in Europe

Green Cars News

Electric car maker, Tesla has made its first delivery of its new Model S to Europe, with the first customer in Oslo, Norway receiving their car. According to CleanTechnica.com, electric car enthusiast Frederic Hauge is the lucky recipient of the first European Model S, taking delivery of a new Si[.]. Latest News

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ARPA-E awarding $36M to 22 projects in RANGE program for transformative EV storage

Green Car Congress

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) will award approximately $36 million to 22 projects to develop transformational electric vehicle (EV) energy storage systems using innovative chemistries, architectures and designs.

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Strategic Vision: Tesla owners show differences from rest of EV buyers

Green Car Congress

Strategic Vision’s New Vehicle Experience Study (NVES), using a rapidly growing sample of Tesla buyers, finds what it calls “significant” differences between Tesla owners and the rest of the electric vehicle market. Creating complete buyer experience profiles, NVES gathers more than 400 variables to provide comprehensive views of the new vehicle driver, including the electric vehicle owner/shopper.

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Passing Gas: More Electric Cars Than Gasoline Stations Now

Green Car Reports

Electric cars achieved another milestone recently: Plug-in vehicles on American roads now outnumber the gas stations they whiz past on the roadside. We estimate the watershed (oil-shed?) event took place in early July--though there are some asterisks, as we''ll discuss below. As early as next year, electric-car sales in the United States each year

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Petrobras awards Technip/DOF Subsea JV ~$3.5bn in contracts for four new pipelay support vessels; ultra-deep water capabilities

Green Car Congress

Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. Petrobras) has awarded the joint venture formed by Technip (50%) and DOF (50%) has eight contract covering the construction of four new pipelay support vessels (PLSVs) and operation in Brazilian waters to install flexible pipes. The combined value for Technip is approximately €1.35 billion (US$1.8 billion). The combined value for the DOF Group is approximately NOK 10 billion (US$1.7 billion).

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Tesla's Elon Musk show Hyperloop, offering 1/2 hour travel between SF and LA (Photos)

National Green Transportation

Want to travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles for $20 each way, and a 30 minute travel time? Elon Musk finally unveiled, on Monday, his plan for a vacuum tube train system called Hyperloop which not only offers

Is the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid the do-everything plug-in?

Green Cars News

Weekly column. By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield. For what seems like an eternity, plug-in cars have been portrayed by the mass media as effeminate city commuter toys, only fit for life within the safe confines of a pedestrian, urban life of overly-paid townies with delusions of saving the planet. It’s a [.]. Hybrid cars Volvo Weekly Column Road tax

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Top 15 Nissan LEAF markets in US in 2013

Green Car Congress

Top 15 LEAF market year-to-date in 2013. Source: Nissan Click to enlarge. Nissan provided a list of the top 15 markets in the US for the Nissan LEAF battery-electric vehicle. Nissan LEAF sales in the United States are up by 335% year-over-year since the launch of the enhanced 2013 model in March. Earlier post.) Nissan has sold 11,703 LEAFs in the US during the first 7 months of 2013—an increase of 230% from the 3,543 units for the same period in 2012.

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VW introducing 1.8L EA888 Gen 3 engine in 2014 Jetta, Passat and Beetle; driving impressions

Green Car Congress

The new 4-cylinder Gen 3 1.8 EA888 TSI engine (red) delivers its peak 250 N·m of torque as early as 1,400 rpm, and maintains the strong and flat torque curve through 4,750 rpm—far outpacing the performance of the 5-cylinder 2.5-liter engine (blue) it replaces. The resulting boost in driving performance is manifest. Click to enlarge.

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Tesla Takes The Lead On Dumping Door Mirrors For Video Cameras

Green Car Reports

The rear-view mirror has now been with us exactly 100 years, having first been introduced in 1914, and it hasn''t changed much in all that time. It''s a small area of mirrored glass--three of them now, actually--for the purpose of seeing through the rear window or along each side of the car without the driver having to turn his or her head more than

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AER reports recovery of 337,000 gallons of bitumen from surface seeps at CNRL Primrose site; earlier event in 2009

Green Car Congress

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) reports that 1,275.7 m 3 (337,004 gallons US) total bitumen emulsion has been recovered from the ongoing bitumen upwelling at four sites in Canadian Natural Resources Limited’s Primrose project. The incident site locations are approximately 45 km NW of Cold Lake, Alberta. CNRL is using high pressure cyclic steam stimulation (HPCSS) operations (also called “huff and puff”) at Primrose—i.e., underground, in-situ thermal production of the bitumen.

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GM slashes Volt price to compete with low-priced Nissan Leaf

National Green Transportation

In an effort to compete against the much cheaper 2013 Nissan Leaf, GM announced on Tuesday the base MSRP for the 2014 Chevy Volt has fallen to $34,995, or a $5,000 decrease over the 2013 Volt.

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Interview with Robin Hayles, ix35 Fuel Cell Product Manager for Hyundai

Green Cars News

Korean carmaker Hyundai has been a surprising leader in developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, already taking its ix35 FCEV into series production, with plans to increase that in 2015. Despite competing with some of the heavyweights of the automotive industry such as Toyota and Daimler, the carmake[.]. Interviews Hyundai Hydrogen cars

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BMW’s hybrid motor design seeks to deliver high efficiency and power density with lower rare earth use

Green Car Congress

Drawing from a 2012 BMW patent application showing one embodiment of a proposed method to increase the efficiency of an electric motor. In addition to magnetic layers, the rotor has two magnetic flux influencing groups comprising a number of air-filled recesses. Source: BMW patent application Nº 2012/0267977. Click to enlarge.

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RFA, ABFA and UNICA announce joint biofuel trade mission to Brazil

Green Car Congress

Leading biofuels advocacy organizations from the United States and Brazil announced a joint trade mission to improve and enhance biofuels trade by matching businesses seeking greater trade opportunities in ethanol and other biofuels as well as green technology designed to expand and enhance biofuel production. Since January 2013, the United States has exported more than 97 million liters (25.6

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2015 Toyota Prius: Next Hybrid Aims For 55 MPG, More Room, Better Handling

Green Car Reports

Toyota today released a few more nuggets of information about the next, all-new generation of its Prius hybrid car. The all-new Prius, to be released in 2015, is likely to continue each generation''s 10-percent improvement on the fuel economy of its predecessor. With the current Prius Liftback rated at 50 mpg combined, that would take the 2015

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U Wisc. study explores effects of biodiesel-gasoline blend in diesel engine

Green Car Congress

One high-efficiency combustion concept under investigation is gasoline compression ignition (GCI)—the use of gasoline-like fuels to deliver very low NO x and PM emissions as well as high efficiency in a diesel compression ignition engine. Earlier post.) A challenge to be overcome with this approach is the higher resistance to autoignition of gasoline fuels.

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Innov8 Transport thanks Elon Musk's attention-getting Hyperloop design

National Green Transportation

Austin Texas based startup, Innov8 Transport, welcomed today's unveiling of the Hyperloop system by Elon Musk, using the occasion to show off their own system, the Electric Dual-Mode Skyway. While their system has similar concepts, the

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Electric car concept covers 20km on own solar energy

Green Cars News

A new electric car prototype hopes to overcome the issue of electric cars only being as green as the electricity that drives them. Able to drive up to 20km (12 miles) on solar power generated via the car’s own on-board solar panels, the new P-MOB car could ensure that short journeys are completely g[.]. Electric cars

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Big Science tools for clean transportation: neutron scattering at ORNL

Green Car Congress

Images of Li-air cathode produced by neutron-computed tomography. Source: ORNL. Click to enlarge. This begins an occasional series on “big science” tools hosted at US national laboratories that are being applied to support the development of technology innovations for clean transportation.

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ZF and start-up Levant Power partnering on first fully active, regenerative suspension for automobiles

Green Car Congress

The first fully active and regenerative suspension is based on a pioneering electrohydraulic functional unit fitted to the exterior of the damper. Photo: ZF. Click to enlarge. ZF Friedrichshafen AG has entered into a partnership with Levant Power Corp. to build the first fully active suspension system with energy recovery function. GenShock technology is a fully active system for passenger cars which combines dynamics, safety and comfort characteristics with minimum energy consumption.

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Armadillo Electric Car: Fold It, Park It With A Smartphone

Green Car Reports

They aren''t practical for all, but some of the ideas for future urban electric cars are certainly intriguing. Renault was the first to take the concept seriously with the Twizy, but since then several Japanese companies have had a go, and Europe has also tackled the urban congestion problem with a series of small, electric vehicles. Now, it''s

2013 104

Mercedes-Benz introduces latest E 200 Natural Gas Drive and E 220 BlueTEC BlueEFFICIENCY Edition

Green Car Congress

E 200 Natural Gas Drive. Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz is introducing the latest version of the bivalent drive E 200 Natural Gas Drive (NGD) variant to the E?Class Class family in Europe. The E200 NGD can run on either gasoline or natural gas; benefits of running the car on natural gas include a 20% reduction in CO 2 emissions compared with comparable operation using gasoline, and much lower fuel costs.

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Toyota stressing hybrids over electric vehicles in next generation drive-train

National Green Transportation

While other automakers are developing plug-in electric vehicles, Toyota made it clear on Wednesday they are doubling down on hybrid vehicles and planning to show a fuel cell concept car in November. That Toyota's press release

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Renault ZOE electric car wins BusinessCar ‘Techies’ award

Green Cars News

Renault’s electric supermini, the ZOE has won a prestigious award from trade magazine BusinessCar, claiming the Green category in the 2013 Fleet Technology Awards, known informally as ‘The Techies’. Respected among the business world, the awards are the only ones in the industry that reward tech[.]. Renault

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KAIST rolling out dynamic wireless charging in buses in South Korea

Green Car Congress

The OLEV bus in Gumi. Click to enlarge. The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is trialing a bus application for its Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV) technology, a dynamic wireless charging technology that recharges a vehicle’s battery while the vehicle is in motion. Earlier post.) An OLEV bus thus requires no pantographs to feed power from electric wires strung above the tram route.

IBM introduces new wind and solar forecasting system for utilities; big data analytics and weather modeling to predict output

Green Car Congress

IBM has developed an advanced power and weather modeling technology that will help utilities increase the reliability of renewable energy resources. The solution combines weather prediction and big data analytics to forecast accurately the availability of wind power and solar energy. This will enable utilities to integrate more renewable energy into the power grid, the company says.

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