June, 2014

Bradford: Twelve Years A Failure – His Reason To Kill CCAs

Creative Greenius

South Bay Gets More Done In 3 Months Than SCE’s Former Flack Got Done in a Dozen As A City Councilman in Gardena. What a unique concept. First admit what a failure you were in your own personal efforts of launching a Community Choice power program where you live.

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Cummins progressing with lightweight downsized T2B2 diesel for pickup; 40% improvement in fuel economy over gasoline V8

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Harley Davidson Reveals LiveWire Electric Motorcycle: Video

Green Car Reports

Harley Davidson, the brand behind those often obnoxiously loud V-twin motorcycles favored by bikers, has built an electric motorcycle. No, the sky is not falling.

McGuinness shatters TT ZERO lap record - 115+ miles/hr, Anstey at 113+ miles/hr

National Green Transportation

History was made on Monday when Mugen's rider, John McGuinness, had the fastest lap time ever in TT ZERO electric motorcycle racing, 115.598 miles/hr. McGuinness and Mugen teammate, Bruce Anstey, both shattered the previous record

E-bikes: the cheapest way to get into electric transport

Green Cars News

Could an electric bike solve your commuting nightmare — and get you fit too? Isn’t this summer weather wonderful? There’s barely a cloud in the sky, there’s a gentle summer breeze wafting through the trees, and it’s lovely and light in the evenings. If you’re stuck in traffic on your way to work[.].

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Ted Lieu To The Rescue! Heroic Climate Champion Saves Community Choice Aggregation.

Creative Greenius

My politically connected friends (who prefer to remain nameless) advise me to accept State Senator Ted Lieu as he is and be happy for his strong environmental record. .

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Wayne Powell, Duddly Do Right For All The Right Reasons

Creative Greenius

Your Friendly Neighborhood Greenius (white shirt) talks to Manhattan Beach Councilman Wayne Powell (center) and Councilman Mark Burton at the 2014 Manhattan Beach Earth Day Celebration. A lot of my political friends are still suffering from election night hangovers this Throwback Thursday.

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More Trending

Mitsubishi takes divisional 1st and 2nd in Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2014; 2nd overall

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Mitsubishi Motors’ iMiEV Evolution III all-electric racecars ( earlier post ) took first and second place in the the Electric Modified Division of the 2014 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

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Toyota working on all-solid-state batteries as mid-term advanced battery solution; prototype cell with 400 Wh/L

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Ragone plot showing various types of secondary batteries. An internal combustion engine and Toyota’s targeted “Sakichi battery” are added for reference.

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Researchers review risk to water resources from unconventional shale gas development in US

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EDI partners with Greenkraft for parallel-series multi-mode Class-4 CNG-PHEV truck; CEC funding

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Greenkraft truck. Click to enlarge. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

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Toyota to launch its fuel cell vehicle in Japan before April 2015, priced around $68,700; reveals exterior

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Toyota’s Mitsuhisa Kato briefs the media in Japan on the timing and pricing of the FCV, and outlines the company’s view of the role of fuel cell vehicles. Click to enlarge.

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California online dashboard provides information about PEV buyers; importance of incentive funds, $130M from California paid out to date

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Survey results show the importance of incentives in PEV purchases. Click to enlarge.

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2014 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro Le Mans racer consumes about 40% less fuel than first TDI engine at Le Mans in 2006

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Audi is racing three R18 e-quattros at Le Mans. Click to enlarge. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro diesel hybrids ( earlier post ) that will race at Le Mans this coming weekend (14-15 June) are the lightest and most fuel efficient LMP1 racers has yet to bring to the track.

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The technology behind Ford’s Lightweight Concept Vehicle; prospects for Mach-II with 50% mass reduction difficult

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Earlier this month, Ford unveiled its Lightweight Concept vehicle, which uses advanced materials to explore future weight-reduction solutions that could improve performance and fuel efficiency while reducing CO 2 emissions.

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Study suggests GTL blending could increase overall US refinery efficiency by improving diesel efficiency

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Impact of GTL diesel blending (5% penetration relative to refinery crude input) on US average overall refinery efficiency. Credit: ACS, Forman et al. Click to enlarge.

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US Hybrid awarded contract to deliver plug-in fuel cell shuttle bus to Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency

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The hydrogen shuttle bus. Click to enlarge.

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MIT team reveals inner workings of LiFePO4 cathodes in Li-on batteries; direct observation of predicted SSZ

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New observations by researchers at MIT have revealed the inner workings of a lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO 4 ) cathode—a material widely used in lithium-ion batteries.

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Ram introduces Doblò-based 2015 Ram ProMaster City van

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2015 Ram ProMaster City. Click to enlarge. Chrysler’s Ram brand introduced the 2015 Ram ProMaster City commercial van. The Ram ProMaster City is based on the Fiat Doblò, a two-time International Van of the Year winner with more than 1.3 million units sold.

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Toyota implements Atkinson cycle in non-hybrid ESTEC engine; up to 38% thermal efficiency and improved fuel economy

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Performance of the new ESTEC engine (1NR-FKE) compared to the current 1NR-FE engine applied in the Yaris. Yamada et al. Click to enlarge.

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Lightning Hybrids releases initial emissions testing results for medium-duty hydraulic hybrids

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The Lightning Hybrid system. Click to enlarge.

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Alcoa and Phinergy jointly showcase Al-air EV demonstrator

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Alcoa and Israel-based Phinergy jointly showcased Phinergy’s aluminum-air EV demonstrator at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montréal.

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Pisa, Deutsche Telekom and Kiunsys launch smart city pilot project to optimize inner city parking as part of ITS; POSSE

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The Italian city of Pisa and Deutsche Telekom have launched a smart city pilot project to test an intelligent parking system and to analyze historical traffic data via a “big data” service.

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Ford Cuts Gas Mileage On 6 Models: What You Need To Know, And Open Questions

Green Car Reports

The news yesterday was simple: Ford has lowered the gas-mileage and efficiency ratings for six of its 2013 and 2014 models.

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Watch The BMW i3 Electric Car Park Itself, As Owner Reacts (Video)

Green Car Reports

Parking is one of those maneuvers that we all screw up now and then, no matter how experienced we are at driving. And there''s nothing worse than having an audience just as you''re trying to squeeze into a space. Even professional athletes can''t experience that much pressure, surely?

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2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car Enters Production

Green Car Reports

Kia''s Soul hamsters haven''t just got fitter with the latest generation car--they''ve gone green, too. The Korean company has now begun volume production of the Soul EV, an electric version of the popular hatchback and the first such car to be exported worldwide.

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Tesla opens up all its patents

Green Car Congress

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced in a blog post that the company is opening up access to its patents; Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use the company’s technology. Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. …At

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RHD Tesla Model S Electric Cars Delivered To First U.K. Buyers

Green Car Reports

Tesla Motors has some busy years ahead of it. There''s the continued roll-out of the Model S in global markets, such as China and Europe. There are two new models on the horizon. And there''s the enormous battery gigafactory. To that long list, Tesla has added U.K.

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Toyota, Grenoble, EDF and Citélib launching Ha:Mo EV sharing service as part of multimodal transport solution; small EVs for the last kilometer

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TÜV Nord scores Kia Soul EV as emitting 39.7% fewer whole life GHGs than diesel counterpart

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TÜV Nord, an independent technical inspection organization, has certified the new Kia Soul EV according to the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) standard.

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Nissan ZEOD RC hits record 300 km/h on Mulsanne straight on electric run at Le Mans

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The Nissan ZEOD RC has recorded the highest speed by an electric vehicle at Le Mans with driver Satoshi Motoyama reaching 300 km/h (186.4 mph) on the Mulsanne Straight in qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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New composite coating protects from corrosion at high mechanical stress

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Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials have developed a composite coating material which prevents metal corrosion in an environmentally friendly way, even under extreme conditions.

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Audi to use suspension springs of glass fiber-reinforced polymer instead of steel for ~40% weight savings

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Audi will introduce new, lightweight suspension springs made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) in an upper mid-size model before the end of the year. The GFRP spring is some 40% lighter than a steel spring.

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This Electric Motorcycle Lap At TT Zero 2014 Is Insane: Video

Green Car Reports

TT Zero is a relatively new addition to the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy road race meeting that takes place each June. Despite its novelty, it''s also raising more than a few eyebrows. None more so than this year, when experienced racer John McGuinness rode the lap you see above.

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LLNL/MIT team creates ultralight, ultrastiff metamaterials; possible applications for automotive and aerospace

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The new materials designed with additive manufacturing techniques exhibit high stiffness and low density, occupying a previously unpopulated area (upper left) of the Ashby material selection chart for Young’s modulus (stiffness) vs. density.

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LowCVP reports indicate pathways for meeting renewable energy targets in transportation, decarbonizing fuel to 2030 and beyond

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Illustrative impact of the fuel roadmap. Source: LowCVP, Element Energy. Click to enlarge.

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DOE awards $100M in 2nd funding round for 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $100 million in the second round of funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs); research supported by this initiative will enable fundamental advances in energy production, storage, and use. The 32 projects receiving funding were competitively selected from more than 200 proposals.

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