September, 2014

Renault presents the 235 mpg EOLAB prototype; plug-in “Z.E. Hybrid”; targeting production

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EOLAB. Click to enlarge. Renault has presented EOLAB, a new prototype which explores ways to deliver ultra-low fuel consumption. EOLAB delivers NEDC combined cycle fuel consumption of 1 liter/100 km (235 mpg US), equivalent to 22g of CO 2 /km.

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First Tesla Model S Convertible Built By Newport Engineering (Video)

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Electric-car buyers who want to feel the wind in their hair don''t have many choices. Aside from the 2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive--and the now-discontinued Tesla Roadster--electric convertibles haven''t been a segment in which carmakers have expressed much interest.

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Zero Motorcycles 2015 electric bikes feature 185 miles range, Showa suspension

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Electric motorcycle maker Zero Motorcycles announced, on Tuesday, pricing and details of the company's 2015 electric motorcycle lineup. The new models feature an upgraded suspension system, an anti-lock ABS braking system from Bosch

Green Hero: Johnson Controls

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Anyone who has ever been involved in the automotive industry will know all about its unsung heroes. Behind every successful brand and vehicle manufacturer sits a team of suppliers rich in expertise designing and building the parts that drive these motoring success stories.

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Wireless charging company WiTricity scaling up EV charging capability as well as itself

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ORNL study finds best current use of natural gas for cars is efficient production of electricity for EVs

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Top: Components of well-to-wheels pathway. Middle: WTW efficiency for CNGVs. Bottom: WTW efficiency for EVs. Curran et al. Click to enlarge.

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ICCT: gap between official and real-world fuel economy figures in Europe reaches ~38%; call to implement WLTP ASAP

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Divergence of real-world CO 2 emissions from manufacturers’ type-approval CO 2 emissions for various on-road data sources, including an average estimate for private and company cars as well as all data sources. Source: ICCT. Click to enlarge.

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Boeing truck-mounted laser demonstrator destroys targets through wind and fog; “photons on target”, only diesel required

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Boeing and the US Army have demonstrated the capabilities of the truck-mounted High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator ( HEL MD ) under maritime conditions (i.e., wind and fog), successfully targeting a variety of aerial targets at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

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Chevy’s Cruze Diesel: a compact diesel contender in the US

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The Cruze Diesel is identified by a discreet badge on the trunk. Click to enlarge. US buyers hunting for a non-premium diesel passenger car (i.e.,

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Production of BYD-Daimler DENZA EV begins in China

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The DENZA EV is manufactured by a Sino-German joint venture of BYD and Daimler in Shenzhen. Click to enlarge.

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Team led by Local Motors 3D-printing a car during 6-day IMTS

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The Strati is being 3D-printed at IMTS. Click to enlarge. A team led by Local Motors is 3D-printing a full vehicle body over 44 hours during the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 and will follow it up with a first drive set to take place the morning of Saturday, 13 September.

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Audi Sport wins 1st FIA Formula E race in Beijing

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Lucas di Grassi, FIA Formula E Beijing (Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team). Click to enlarge. Audi factory driver Lucas di Grassi and the Audi Sport ABT Formula E team won the inaugural event of the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship in Beijing.

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Peugeot showcasing 208 Hybrid Air 2L Demonstrator at Paris show

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PEUGEOT is showcasing its 208 HYbrid Air 2L Demonstrator at next month’s Paris Motor Show. The 2L stands for two liters per 100 km, equivalent to 118 mpg US, and is based on a production version of the Peugeot 208 1.2-liter PureTech 82 hp 5-seater Hatchback.

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Honda to showcase new connected car and automated driving technologies at 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit; driver-to-driver “virtual tow”

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Honda will showcase several of its latest developments in intelligent transportation technology at the 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit, 7-11 September.

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Promised VW Passat plug-in hybrid to debut at Paris show; both sedan and wagon

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Passat GTE sedan. Click to enlarge. In his remarks before the opening of the Geneva Motora Show in March 2014, Volkswagen Group Chairman of the Board of Management Prof.

2014 126

Citroën unveiling Cactus AIRFLOW 2L concept at Paris: Hybrid Air powertrain and 2L/100 km

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Citroën will unveil its new C4 Cactus AIRFLOW 2L concept at the Paris Motor Show.

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EPFL team develops low-cost water splitting cell with solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 12.3%

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A team led by Dr. Michael Grätzel at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland has developed a highly efficient and low-cost water-splitting cell combining an advanced perovskite tandem solar cell and a bi-functional Earth-abundant catalyst.

2014 122

KIA prices 2015 Soul EV starting at $33,700

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Kia Motors America (KMA) announced pricing for the all-electric version of the Kia Soul. Earlier post.)

2014 122

Study finds rapid charging and draining doesn’t damage lithium-ion electrode as much as thought

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X-ray microscope snapshot of nanoparticles in a battery midway through charging. Particles range from fully charged (green) to intermediate charge (orange/yellow) to drained of charge (red) The scalebar equals 500 nm. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) Click to enlarge.

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Toyota and partners launching Cité lib by Ha:mo EV car sharing in Grenoble; ultracompact EVs complementing public transport

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Toyota i-ROAD and COMS for use in "Cité lib by Ha:mo" EV sharing trial in Grenoble, France. Click to enlarge.

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Volvo Buses officially launches the all-new plug-in Electric Hybrid bus

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Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid with overhead conductive charging station and pantograph extended. Click to enlarge. As previously announced ( earlier post ), Volvo Buses will officially launch the new plug-in 7900 Electric Hybrid bus at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show in September.

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Groundbreaking in Turkmenistan for major synthetic gasoline plant; first full-scale Haldor Topsøe TIGAS facility

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In August, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Ovadan-Depe near the capital of Ashgabad in Turkmenistan to launch the construction of a major plant focused on the conversion of natural gas into synthetic gasoline. The plant will be based on Haldor Topsøe’s TIGAS (Topsøe Improved Gasoline Synthesis) technology (earlier post ) and will become the first full-scale large commercial facility using this technology.

Cadillac to offer advanced V2V and semi-automated driving technologies in certain 2017 MY vehicles

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Super Cruise, GM’s semi-automated driving technology, will come to market in a new 2017 Cadillac vehicle. Click to enlarge.

2014 116

UMTRI: new vehicle fuel economy hits record high of 25.8 mpg in August

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in August was at a record high of 25.8 mpg (9.1 l/100 km)—up 0.2

2014 116

Honeywell Global Turbo Forecast projects 49M turbocharged vehicle sales, $12B revenue per year by 2019

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The automotive turbocharging industry will generate $12 billion in revenue by equipping 49 million vehicles with turbochargers annually by 2019, according to Honeywell Turbo Technologies’ 2014 Global Turbo Forecast.

2014 116

4 companies jointly propose $8B green energy initiative for LA area; Wyoming wind, Utah storage, transmission

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Four companies—Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, Magnum Energy, Dresser-Rand and Duke-American Transmission—have proposed a first-in-the-US, $8-billion green energy initiative that would bring large amounts of clean electricity to the Los Angeles area by 2023.

California governor signs 6 bills to advance state’s electric vehicle market; HOT and HOV benefits

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Capping off National Drive Electric Week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law half a dozen bills to strengthen California’s best-in-the-nation electric vehicle market, including free or reduced-rate access to new high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, and more HOV stickers for plug-in hybrids.

2014 115

Two new generation TwinPower Turbo diesels in BMW 518d and 520d; up to 57.4 mpg

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New BMW 518d sedan. Click to enlarge. BMW has introduced two variants of its new generation of 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines in the 5 Series which boost the output of the new BMW 518d and new BMW 520d by another 5 kW apiece. Average fuel consumption drops to as little as 4.1 l/100 km (57.4

2014 114

New Guinness World Record: 507 Electric Cars In One Place

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Start those patriotic cheers, because the U.S. can now claim the record for most electric cars in one place.

2014 114

Electric Cars Have Lots Of Torque; Use It Wisely, Kids! (Video)

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Electric-car ads typically emphasize efficiency and sustainability, but electric power offers other advantages too. In "Easy Thrills," its latest video ad for the Leaf plug-in, Nissan shows how an electric motor''s instantly-available torque can enliven the driving experience.

2014 113

Westport to unveil 2015 natural gas Ford Transit with 3.6L V-6

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Westport will unveil its natural gas powered 2015 Ford Transit Van at Parcel Forum. Used to transport passengers and cargo, the Westport WiNG Power System Transit van and cutaway models operate on dedicated CNG using a 3.7L V6 gaseous prep engine.

2014 113

Eaton launches new line of medium-duty 7-speed dual-clutch transmissions; up to 8-10% better fuel economy

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Eaton has introduced Procision, a new line of medium-duty dual-clutch transmissions, that delivers 8 to 10 percent better fuel economy than a similarly equipped vehicle with a torque converter automatic.

2014 113

Nevada the site for the Tesla Gigafactory pending legislative approval of incentive package estimated at up to $1.25B over 20 years

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2014 113

Saleen Foursixteen Tesla Model S Burns Rubber, Not Gas

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An electric car''s main purposes are those of efficiency and reducing reliance on oil. But as cars, they''re also objects ingrained into culture and often bought for emotive reasons, like speed and aesthetics.

2014 113

Ford and Automatic Labs working together to support connected-car solutions

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Automatic uses vehicle data from the OBD port to report on driving performance. Click to enlarge. Automatic Labs and Ford Motor Company announced a joint experimental collaboration to improve the driving experience for Ford & Lincoln vehicle owners.

2014 112

First Formula E Electric-Car Race Held Sunday In Beijing

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Modern electric cars are good at many things, but generating excitement from fans of speed arguably isn''t one of them. The Formula E Championship is an attempt to show that electric cars can be exciting, and its first race didn''t disappoint.

2014 111

How To Recharge Any Electric Car, Anywhere, Any Time (Video)

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With charging stations still scarce in many areas, "range anxiety" is a continual concern for electric-car owners. Portable generators can provide electricity where this is no infrastructure, so could one rescue a stranded electric car?

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