August, 2013

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. .

Audi banking on Gen 2 3.0L TDI diesel for US sales; calls for a “fair shot” for diesel

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Audi''s Gen 2 3.0L Click to enlarge. Audi of America introduced four new TDI clean diesel models for the US market this year—the Audi A8, A7, A6, Q5—along with an updated Q7 TDI, all equipped with a second-generation 3.0L V6 TDI diesel engine. Earlier post.)

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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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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.

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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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Tesla Model S electric car arrives in Europe

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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[.].

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

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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.

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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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Electric Car Prototype Can Run 12 Miles On Solar Power Alone

Green Car Reports

Due to the very specific processes by which the universe works, it isn''t really possible to power a modern electric car via on-board solar panels. Current photovoltaic cells simply don''t produce enough power over a specific area to supply the needs of a power-hungry electric road car.

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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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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 [.].

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Big Science tools for clean transportation: neutron scattering at ORNL

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Images of Li-air cathode produced by neutron-computed tomography. Source: ORNL. Click to enlarge.

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Tesla Models S Gets Highest Safety-Test Score Ever Awarded By NHTSA

Green Car Reports

The Tesla Model S is no stranger to awards and high scores, but its latest accolade could be its most important yet.

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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.

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

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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.

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KAIST rolling out dynamic wireless charging in buses in South Korea

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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.

Honda unveils new Civic Tourer with 1.6L i-DTEC diesel

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New Civic Tourer. Click to enlarge. Honda unveiled the new UK-built Civic Tourer wagon ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The Civic Tourer will be available with the choice of two engines: the new 1.6

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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.

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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.

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U. Maryland and Redox Power partnering to commercialize low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells for distributed generation and transportation

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Redox Power’s 25 kW “Cube” sitting outside a conference room. Click to enlarge.

Bosch eClutch enables stop-and-go driving with manual transmission without driver engaging clutch

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This electronically controlled eClutch closes the gap between automatic and manual transmissions. In addition, the eClutch makes the coasting function possible, which saves fuel. Click to enlarge.

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Audi unveils first “ultra” production model: fuel efficient A3 1.6 TDI ultra with 73.5 mpg US

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Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra. Click to enlarge. Audi unveiled its most fuel-efficient production model, the A3 1.6 TDI ultra. With 81 kW (110 hp) of power output, the Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra consumes 3.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (73.50 US mpg).

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Does Toyota's Hybrid Leadership Blind It To Electric Cars?

Green Car Reports

Many who follow the progress of plug-in electric cars wonder why Toyota, despite its leadership in hybrids, lags other carmakers in its electric vehicles.

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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

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.

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Peugeot and Total unveiling 208 HYbrid FE concept at Frankfurt; leveraging motorsports

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HYbrid FE concept. Click to enlarge. At the Frankfurt Motor Show, PEUGEOT and Total will unveil the hybrid 208 HYbrid FE concept. Based on a production 208 hatchback, the HYbrid FE accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 8 seconds, with CO 2 emissions of 49 g/km (NEDC combined cycle).

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JBEI team develops one-pot, wash-free process for pretreatment and saccharification of switchgrass; avenues for driving down biofuel cost

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Conventional separate pretreatment and saccharification of biofuel feedstock (a) entails water and waste disposal that the new one-pot system (b) eliminates. Image courtesy of Joint BioEnergy Institute). Click to enlarge.

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BMW Group presents prototype of i8 plug-in hybrid; first use of new 3-cylinder engine

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Prototype BMW i8 at the track. Click to enlarge. BMW i presented a prototype of its second production vehicle, the i8 ( earlier post ), at a driving event at the BMW Group’s Miramas test track in France.

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Tesla: As Disruptive To U.S. Car Market As Toyota, Nissan Were?

Green Car Reports

In its decade of existence, electric-car startup Tesla has accomplished many things the auto industry didn''t think it could do.

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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[.].

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Nissan says it will have first commercially-viable autonomous drive vehicles by 2020; across the range in 2 vehicle generations

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Nissan Motor Co., announced that the company will be ready with multiple, commercially-viable autonomous drive (AD) vehicles by 2020.

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

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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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