September, 2013

EPA recognizes Volkswagen Chattanooga with a Green Power Leadership Award for on-site generation

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The 9.5 MW solar park at Chattanooga is owned and operated by Silicon Ranch; VW has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen Chattanooga has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—the only automaker to be so recognized. The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market.

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Latest EV Buying Guide

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Compare all the electric cars that are available for sale right now with this handy guide from the Sierra Club! The Tesla S looks pretty good

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Will Tesla Alone Double Global Demand For Its Battery Cells?

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Tesla is on a roll right now, with 14,000 of its all-electric Model S luxury sedan on the road and its stock at record highs. If it achieves its planned production levels--21,000 cars this year, perhaps 40,000 by 2015--its voracious appetite for lithium-ion battery cells will only increase. The massive scale of cell purchases by Tesla Motors

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steam/ev hybrid

DIY Electric Car

I''m new to the ev world but my idea was to eleminate the batteries.start with a vw beetle, put a 50 hp or more electric motor kit (sold for 3k to 7.5k). Now instead of batteries arrange the front end to fit a two stroke engine (two strokes are easiest to convert to steam) running a generator head with enough current to power the 50 hp motor. Don''t know if it is posibble but would really like to get some info on it

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Porsche 918 Spyder debuts with fastest lap time at Nürburgring Nordschleife

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The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sports car made an impressive debut by setting the street-legal production car lap time record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. This track is frequently used to establish speed records

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Volkswagen named most sustainable carmaker

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For the first time in its history, Volkswagen has been declared as the most sustainable carmaker in the world, as part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. As part of a 2013 review, the analysis looked at the environmental, economic and social sustainability performance of 31 automotive compani[.]. Volkswagen

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Kawasaki Heavy to build first ocean-going liquid hydrogen tanker with demo in 2017; H2 for transport, industry, power in Japan

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KHI’s view of a “CO 2 -free hydrogen chain”. Source: KHI. Click to enlarge. The Nikkei reports that Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. KHI) will build the first ocean-going ships to carry liquefied hydrogen (LH 2 ), with plans for a demonstration test by 2017 in which liquefied hydrogen will be shipped from the state of Victoria in Australia to Japan. The project will cost ¥60 billion (US$610 million), according to the report.

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales For Aug: Volt, Leaf Hit New Highs

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Sales of the two highest-volume plug-in electric cars soared in August, with both the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf setting all-time monthly sales records. Chevy, in fact, was so confident about the month''s Volt sales that GM president Mark Reuss previewed the total last week, telling the Los Angeles Times, "We will do about 3,300 Volt sales

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Electric Cars Shut Off During Winter

DIY Electric Car

It is already September. A few months from now we, electric car enthusiasts, will have to prepare to take the public transport because most of the time our automobiles cannot make it through slippery piles of snow. Better prepare for a well-maintained garages now that winter is coming. It will still be better to prevent than to cure. Some owners out there are not afraid to take the risk. How about you? What do you do to avoid mishaps during the cold season

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Qualcomm supplying wireless electric car charges to Formula E electric race cars

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The FIA Formula E World Championship has signed Qualcomm as an Official Founding Technology Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship, and pledged that the Qualcomm Halo wireless charging system will be used starting in Formula E's second

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Tesla expands European Supercharger network (coming to the UK too!)

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Tesla’s new Supercharger network is to expand over the coming months, heading into new European destinations including locations within Germany, the Netherlands and even the UK. Launching its network last month in Norway, the Silicon-valley firm now plans to open more charging stations across Eu[.]. Electric cars Tesla Motors

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class INTELLIGENT DRIVE drives autonomously over 100km interurban and urban route with near-production technology

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Networked sensor systems of the S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle. Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz has demonstrated the feasibility of autonomous driving on both interurban and urban routes with its S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle. The company set the vehicle to cover a 100 km (62-mile) route from Mannheim to Pforzheim—retracing that taken by motoring pioneer Bertha Benz exactly 125 years ago when she set off on the first long-distance drive.

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Ford launches electric vehicle charging network for employees; hoping to increase number of all-electric trips

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Ford Motor Company is installing a new workplace plug-in vehicle charging network at nearly every Ford facility in the US and Canada. Ford will install charging stations at more than 50 company offices, product development campuses and manufacturing facilities. Installation will begin later this year and roll out throughout 2014.

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Nissan Leaf Ad Crosses A Line: 'Not Why Electric; Why Gas?'

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The question isn''t, "Why electric?" It''s, "Why gas?" And with those eight words, Nissan marketers crossed a line that no other established carmaker has dared to cross. In a 20-second ad for the 2013 Nissan Leaf electric car now running on television--you may already have seen it--Nissan said it out loud, or at least hinted it: Electric cars are

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Volkswagen’s first two production battery-electric vehicles debut at Frankfurt

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Heinz-Jakob Neußer, of the Volkswagen Brand and Stephan Grühsem of Volkswagen AG present the new Volkswagen eGolf and the new e-up! in Frankfurt. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen marked its serious entry into the battery-electric vehicle market with the introduction in Frankfurt of its first two series production EVs: the e-up! and the e-Golf. Earlier post.) The e-up! is going on sale in mid-October, followed by the e-Golf launch in the spring of 2014 (in Germany).

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Nissan LEAF going on sale in South Africa next year

National Green Transportation

On Tuesday, Nissan announced the LEAF will become the first electric car for sale in South Africa in the Spring of 2014. Its South African debut will come in October 2013 at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, and it

UK to host first Formula E electric car racing series finale

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Beijing will be the first city to host the new Formula E electric car racing championship, it has been revealed, as the provisional 2014/15 calendar for the event is released. London has been named as the location for the season finale, expected to take place on June 27, 2015. The new calendar w[.]. Electric cars

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NIST awards $7.4M in grants for additive manufacturing research

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The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is awarding grants totaling $7.4 million to fund two research projects aimed at improving measurement and standards for the rapidly developing field of additive manufacturing (AM). Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a group of new technologies that build up objects, usually by laying down many thin layers on top of each other.

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Study shows paper-folding concepts can compact a Li-ion battery and increase its areal energy density

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Areal discharge capacities for Miura-folded versus unfolded cells. Credit: ACS, Cheng et al.Click to enlarge. Researchers at Arizona State University have shown that paper-folding concepts can be applied to Li-ion batteries in order to realize a device with higher areal energy densities.

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Five Facts About Tesla & Electric Cars That May Surprise You

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Tesla always tops the charts. Coverage of the feisty startup electric-car maker from Silicon Valley attracts huge attention any time it appears. Discussion boards, forums, videos, comment sections, and investment blogs overflow with opinions, analysis, and utterly confident (and wildly differing) pronouncements about what will happen to Tesla

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VW’s Winterkorn: “We are electrifying all vehicle classes”; 14 models with electric or hybrid drive by 2014

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The Volkswagen Group is aiming for global market leadership in electric mobility. “We We are electrifying all vehicle classes, and therefore have everything we need to make the Volkswagen Group the top automaker in all respects, including electric mobility, by 2018”, said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG on the eve of the 65 th International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main.

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City Car Share to use Scion iQ EV's in Pleasanton area car sharing

National Green Transportation

The Scion iQ EV exists after all, and is being deployed by City Car Share for a car sharing fleet in Pleasanton CA. On Wednesday, City Car Share and Toyota announced the deal to launch a new car-sharing

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Scotland to phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2050

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Almost every new car sold in Scotland will either be electric or a low emission vehicle by 2050 if the Scottish Government fulfils its vision. A 82-page roadmap has revealed the Government’s dream of making Scotland’s cities free from the “damaging effects of petrol and diesel fumes” by 2050, with [.]. Electric cars

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EIA: E85 increasingly price-competitive with gasoline on energy content basis in parts of the Midwest; mileage per dollar

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The retail price of E85 motor fuel (a gasoline blend with up to 85% ethanol), has fallen in recent months, notes the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). While ethanol has been less expensive than regular gasoline on a per-gallon basis for several years, ethanol’s lower energy content often meant that consumers paid more per mile when using higher ethanol blends such as E85.

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GWU researchers introduce new class of molten air batteries; significantly greater energy capacity than Li-air

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Generalized form of the molten air battery. Licht et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers at George Washington University led by Dr. Stuart Licht have introduced the principles of a new class rechargeable molten air batteries that offer amongst the highest intrinsic electric energy storage capabilities. In a paper just accepted and published online by the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science , Licht and his colleagues show three examples of the new battery’s electron transfer chemistry.

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Tesla To Build A Self-Driving Car Within 3 Years, CEO Musk Says

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Electric-car maker Tesla has released a bit more detail about its plans to jump on the self-driving car bandwagon. Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] will build a self-driving car within three years, CEO Elon Musk said in an interview with the British Financial Times. If the company carries through on its promise, it may beat other companies--including

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Nissan LEAF with semi-autonomous driver assistance systems cleared for public road testing in Japan; moving to Autonomous Drive

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The LEAF with semi-autonomous ADAS. Click to enlarge. Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn took delivery of Japan’s first license plate for a car equipped with semi-autonomous advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). It clears the way for a Nissan LEAF equipped with the technology to be tested on the public roads in Japan for the first time. The research program will accelerate the development of technologies fundamental to Autonomous Drive (AD).

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Formula E unveils the SRT_01E electric race car at Frankfurt Motor Show

National Green Transportation

The FIA Formula E World Championship today unveiled the long-awaited Spark-Renault SRT_01E at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The Formula E is an electric car racing world championship that's set to launch its first

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3rd National Plug-in Day goes global to promote EVs

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The third annual National Plug-in Day took place over the weekend with more than 90 US cities getting involved, raising awareness of the market availability and appeal of battery-powered vehicles. This year, events in Mexico and Amsterdam also took place, as an American-led event went global. Or[.]. Electric cars

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BMW unveils production i8 plug-in hybrid; 94 mpg; on sale in US in 2014 priced from $135,925

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The BMW i8 goes on sale in the US in 2014. Click to enlarge. BMW unveiled the BMW i8 2+2 plug-in hybrid sports car ( earlier post ) today at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The i8—the first plug-in hybrid vehicle from the BMW Group—will have a manufacturer’s suggest retail price of $135,925 (including destination and handling) when it arrives in US showrooms in spring of 2014.

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Western Hydrogen produces first hydrogen from Molten Salt Gasification pilot plant

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Molten Salt Gasification Process. Click to enlarge. Western Hydrogen Limited reported first production of hydrogen from its Molten Salt Gasification (MSG) pilot plant in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. The MSG process, under license from Idaho National Laboratory, uses a combination of molten sodium salts (sodium carbonate and sodium hydroxide) to convert a carbon feedstock and water into hydrogen.

New Gas Stations Must Have Quick Charging Or Other Alt Fuels, Canadian City Says

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Where should you put public charging stations for electric cars? Local businesses and governments and urban planners all over the country are grappling with that question right now. But one Canadian city has passed a law that requires new or renovated gas stations to install electric-car charging equipment--or other "alternate fuel

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Study finds HTL algal biofuels offer 50-70% lifecycle CO2 reduction compared to petroleum fuels; EROI and GHG comparable to or better than other biofuels

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The EROI ratio and GHG emissions/MJ of (a) algae-derived diesel and (b) algae-derived gasoline produced using HTL. The results are benchmarked against commercialized biodiesel or bioethanol as well as petroleum-derived versions of the drop-in fuels. Credit: Liu et al. Click to enlarge.

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City Car Share to use Scion iQ EV's in Pleasanton area car sharing

National Green Transportation

The Scion iQ EV exists after all, and is being deployed by City Car Share for a car sharing fleet in Pleasanton CA. On Wednesday, City Car Share and Toyota announced the deal to launch a new car-sharing

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World’s first electric taxi set for Tokyo debut

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The world’s first purpose-built electric taxi will make its global debut at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in November. Developed by TUM Create - a joint project between universities Technische Universität München (TUM) and Nanyang Technological University - EVA has been designed as an e-taxi from the [.]. Latest News

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Scuderi Group to build and to install LPG-powered split-cycle generator with compressed air storage capability

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Scuderi split-cycle engine in power generator/CAES application. Click to enlarge. Scuderi Group, Inc., the developer of the Scuderi Split-Cycle Engine for mobile applications ( earlier post ) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Asociación de Miembros de la Policia de Puerto Rico for the first Scuderi Split-Cycle Engine to be utilized as a stationary liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) generator with compressed air energy storage (CAES) capability.

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Continental presents new “48 Volt Eco Drive” system; orders received and production begins in 2016

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Components of the 48 Volt Eco Drive system and the demonstrator. Click to enlarge. Continental presented its new “48 Volt Eco Drive” system at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new system supplements the traditional 12V electrical network with a 48V electrical system and components, bridging the gap between low-end hybridization based on present-day 12V start/stop systems and more sophisticated high-voltage hybrid solutions.

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