April, 2014

Al’s Bright Idea for Hermosa, Ted’s Tough Stance Against Oil & Why I’m Worried About It Mattering

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Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay’s Science and Policy Director, Coastal Resources at the podium, California State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and State Senator Ted Lieu behind her – Photo by Jose Bacallao (lifted from Facebook).

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Toyota Central R&D developing free-piston engine linear generator; envisioning multi-FPEG units for electric drive vehicles

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Toyota’s FPEG features a hollow step-shaped piston, combustion chamber and gas spring chamber. Click to enlarge. A team at Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc.

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Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Ready Second Acts

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The Nissan Leaf electric car and Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid went on sale within days of each other back in December 2010. Now, we''re expecting second-generation versions of both cars for 2016--and each will have significant upgrades.

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British Gas commits to electric vans with Nissan e-NV200 order

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British Gas has ordered 100 of Nissan''s all-electric NV200 after the panel van proved it could handle the British winter during a six month trial. Fifty e-NV200 models are due to join the British Gas fleet immediately, with the remaining 50 arriving by December.

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Daimler releases pictures of the Mercedes-Benz-Tesla B-Class Electric Drive

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On Monday, Daimler released information and pictures about the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, which is due to go on sale in the U.S. in the summer of 2014. With a top speed limited to 100 miles

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Wendy Greuel Gains Green Ground in South Bay L.A. – Stands Up & Speaks Out To Keep Hermosa Hermosa

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Your friendly neighborhood Greenius has been waiting for awhile now to see which of the candidates for Henry Waxman’s 33rd District seat was going to step up environmentally. Today that person turned out to be Wendy Greuel.

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Hey Ted, Here’s My Card

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My California State Senator, Ted Lieu, doesn’t know who I am because I have never made a strong enough impression on him during the many times we have talked over the 21 years I’ve lived in Torrance.

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Audi presents plug-in hybrid TT offroad concept car at Beijing; wireless charging

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Audi TT offroad concept. Click to enlarge. Audi is presenting an Audi TT offroad concept at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition. Like many of the brand''s new production models, the Audi TT offroad concept is also based on the versatile modular transverse matrix (MQB).

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ZSW: more than 400,000 plug-in cars on road worldwide at beginning of 2014; 2x 2013

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Accumulated number of xEVs in leading global markets. Annual growth rate over the past three years is more than 100%. Click to enlarge.

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Honda progressing with high-efficiency low-emission Homogeneous Lean Charge Spark Ignition (HLSI) combustion work

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Honda’s engine technology roadmap and the key role of HLSI, as presented at the 2013 Aachen Colloquium by Toshihiro Mibe, Managing Officer, Honda R&D Co., Automobile R&D Center. Click to enlarge.

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Volkswagen Group’s MQB plug-in hybrid powertrain; foundation for Golf GTE, A3 e-tron, and more

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The MQB plug-in hybrid powertrain serves both the A3 e-tron and the Golf GTE. Source: Volkswagen AG. Click to enlarge. The first two mainstream plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from the Volkswagen Group—e.g.,

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FEV and Neander Motors AG showcasing double-crankshaft turbo-diesel outboard marine engine at SAE World Congress

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FEV North America, Inc. a leading developer of advanced powertrain and vehicle system technologies, will showcase a turbo-diesel outboard marine engine developed in cooperation with Neander Motors AG at the upcoming SAE World Congress 8-10 April at COBO Center in Detroit.

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Komatsu America launches third-generation hybrid hydraulic excavator; 20% fuel savings

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Komatsu America Corp. introduced its new HB215LC-2 hybrid hydraulic excavator. This third-generation model is based on iterations of Komatsu hybrid experience; Komatsu was the first in the industry to introduce a hybrid excavator in 2008. Earlier post.)

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SwRI D-EGR gasoline demo vehicle delivers diesel efficiency at lower cost; potential for LEV III/Tier 3 emissions

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Specific BSFC improvements from the D-EGR engine relative to baseline engine. Overall, the engine offered a 13.1% improvement in city fuel economy (24.5 to 27.7 mpg) and a 9.2% improvement on the highway (43.6 to 47.6 Chadwell et al., 2014-01-1190. Click to enlarge.

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Opbrid B?sbaar demonstrates ultra-fast charging at 625 Amps; pathway to 2-3 minute bus charging

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The infrared photo shows a temperature increase of only 9.8 degrees at the junction between the pantograph and the overhead charging rail of the Opbrid B?sbaar sbaar at 625 A. Click to enlarge.

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ABB Terra DC chargers first to pass CHAdeMO 1.0 and third-party CE certification for multi-standard chargers

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ABB announced that its Terra 23/53 range of fast chargers has successfully passed the new European certification process for DC fast chargers at Applus+ IDIADA , the independent certification house in Spain. The ABB multi-standard chargers are compliant with CHAdeMO 1.0,

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MIT study: higher octane standard fuel in US could lower fleet fuel consumption & GHG an extra 4.5-6% by 2040

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Offering a higher-octane gasoline to the consumer market in the US as the standard grade could deliver an incremental 4.5% to 6% reduction in fleet fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, on top of a projected 26.8% reduction by then in the baseline case (i.e.,

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Promising Delphi 1st-gen Gasoline Direct Injection Compression Ignition engine meeting ultra fuel efficient program targets

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US Navy demos recovery of CO2 and production of H2 from seawater, with conversion to liquid fuel; “Fuel from Seawater”

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Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division have demonstrated novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of CO 2 and hydrogen from seawater and their subsequent conversion to liquid fuels.

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive priced at $41,450 for US; 85-mile range

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The MY14 B-Class Electric Drive. Click to enlarge. The Mercedes-Benz MY14 B-Class Electric Drive ( earlier post )—the first electric offering for the brand in the United States—is priced at $41,450, excluding $925 destination and delivery.

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SWASH pilot boat with Siemens diesel hybrid drive system; ELFA packaged in a tube

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The Explorer is a SWASH (Small Waterplane Area Single Hull) vessel with a torpedo-shaped float located centrally underneath the hull. The boat’s propulsion system is also located in this tube. Copyright: Abeking & Rasmussen AG. Click to enlarge.

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Toyota introducing new series of gasoline engines with gain of at least 10% fuel efficiency; up to 38% maximum thermal efficiency

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New 1.3L Atkinson cycle engine can reach a thermal efficiency of 38%. Click to enlarge. Toyota Motor Corporation has developed a new series of fuel-efficient gasoline engines that achieve improved thermal efficiency.

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Toyota to establish new North American headquarters in Texas; consolidating from California, Kentucky and New York

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Toyota is establishing a new headquarters in North Dallas (Plano), Texas for its North American operations.

SOLAR-JET project demonstrates solar-driven thermochemical conversion of CO2 and water to jet fuel

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SOLAR-JET concentrated thermochemical reactor. Red arrow indicates ceria reduction (oxygen evolution); blue arrow indicates oxidation (fuel production). Click to enlarge.

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Sinopec targeting 10B cubic meters of gas per year by 2017 from China’s first large-scale shale gas field

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Volvo Cars adds R-Design version of V60 diesel Plug-in Hybrid

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Volvo Cars has added an R-Design version of its V60 Plug-in Hybrid, which was has been one of the better selling plug-in vehicles in Europe since going on sale, and currently is in fifth place for the first quarter of 2014. 2015 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design. Click to enlarge.

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UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in US in March was 25.4 mpg; best mark yet

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in March was 25.4 mpg (9.26 l/100km)—a 0.3

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BMW starts series production of electric scooters in Berlin

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BMW’s plant in Berlin has begun series production of the battery-electric BMW C evolution maxi-scooter. C evolution in the finish area. Click to enlarge. The C evolution is powered by a drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor via a toothed belt and ring gearing.

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Ebuggy Electric Car Trailer Boosts Range By 300 Miles, Looks A Bit Silly

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Despite protestations that electric vehicles are compromised by short battery range, most owners find the vast majority of driving is achievable on the modest 80-100 miles offered by most vehicles. Many drivers need to do a longer trip at some point, though.

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CSIRO and partners to test Direct Injection Carbon Engine to reduce brown coal emissions by up to 50%

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IPCC: GHG emissions accelerating despite mitigation efforts; major institutional and technological change required to keep the heat down

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Decomposition of the decadal change in total global CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion by four driving factors; population, income (GDP) per capita, energy intensity of GDP and carbon intensity of energy. WG III Summary for Policymakers. Click to enlarge.

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18-month trial of 16t battery-electric truck returns positive technical and environmental results; range the only issue

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Logistics specialist STEF has been testing an experimental 16 tonne all-electric vehicle under actual operating conditions for Carrefour France.

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2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Car On Sale In Summer From $41,450

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Just over a year after its unveiling at the 2013 New York Auto Show, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is getting ready for its U.S. showroom arrival. The compact electric hatchback will go on sale in the U.S. this summer with a base price of $41,450.

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FEV showcasing plug-in hybrid transmission at SAE World Congress

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FEV North America, Inc. is showcasing its most recent transmission design at the SAE World Congress in Detroit, Mich. The plug?in in hybrid transmission’s capabilities include a 2?speed

EPA: US greenhouse gases dropped 3.4% in 2012 from 2011; down 10% from 2005 levels

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US greenhouse gas emissions by gas. Source: EPA. Click to enlarge. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 19 th annual report of overall US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, showing a 3.4% decrease in 2012 from 2011. The Inventory of U.S.

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Opportunity charging electric bus using PRIMOVE inductive charging from Bombardier in service in Germany

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A 12m Solaris battery-electric bus with electrical traction and on-board power supply equipment from Vossloh Kiepe has entered passenger service with the Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG as the first of five such buses.

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Nissan Leaf Vs The Volcano: The Silent Ascent

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Electric cars may inspire "range anxiety" among the unfamiliar, but a single battery charge can take you to some amazing places. The top of a volcano, for example.

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