March, 2014

nanoFLOWCELL unveils flow cell battery prototype vehicle

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Powertrain of the QUANT. The two 200L (400L, 106 gallons US total) electrolyte tanks are packaged in the rear and central tunnel of the vehicle. Click to enlarge.

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Light Up Your Future At The Manhattan Beach Pier 8pm Saturday March 29

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Some cities just turn out the lights for an hour to celebrate Earth Hour.

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Life With Tesla Model S: One Year And 15,000 Miles Later

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Well, it''s now been a year since I took delivery of my dark green 2013 Tesla Model S with the 60-kilowatt-hour battery. After almost four years of waiting, those first days after delivery were euphoric.

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Tesla Motors sideswiped by NJ Gov. Christie's administration over Model S sales

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On Tuesday, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) approved a new rule requiring that all new-car dealers have a franchise agreement in order to sell cars in New Jersey. This effectively blocks Tesla Motors, who directly

Arval heaps on high praise for Hyundai’s hydrogen-fuelled ix35

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It won''t go into series production until 2015 but Hyundai''s hydrogen-fuelled ix35 has been attracting kind words from Arval UK.

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Honda opens Smart Home US in California; produces more energy than it consumes; direct DC-DC EV charging

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The Honda Smart Home US integrates a number of technologies, and is managed by Honda’s Home Energy Management System (HEMS). Click to enlarge.

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A closer look at the basics of Volkswagen Group’s important new 2.0L diesel MDB engine

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The EA288 2.0-liter diesel, prominently showing the closely attached exhaust aftertreatment system. Click to enlarge.

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Is Walmart's WAVE Concept Truck The Fuel-Efficient Future Of Semis?

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Heavy-duty trucks spend more time on the road than passenger vehicles, so improving their efficiency can have a major effect on emissions--and their owners'' bottom lines. That''s why Walmart is getting into the truck-design business with the WAVE--Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience--concept.

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New Jerseyites can still buy Tesla Model S, despite new ban on Tesla car sales

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On Tuesday, New Jersey put up a road block preventing Tesla Motors from selling cars in that state. On Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued a blog post saying Tesla customers in New Jersey will still be able to

Honda FCEV hydrogen car debuts in Geneva

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One the most exciting appearances at the Geneva Motor Show this week has to be the Honda FCEV fuel cell concept which is expected to form the basis for a production car due to launch in 2015.

Walmart showcases WAVE tractor-trailer at MATS; micro-turbine range extended electric vehicle with 45.5 kWh Li-ion pack

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Walmart showcased its Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE) at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky.

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Volkswagen: e-mobility and sustainability; Part 1, the e-Golf and Golf GTE

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The e-Golf. Click to enlarge. In conjunction with its annual media and investor conference, Volkswagen is staging a two-week (8 - 21 March) e-mobility event at Berlin-Tempelhof.

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WHO links 7 million premature deaths annually to air pollution; 12.5% of total global deaths

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The World Health Organization now estimates that in 2012 around 7 million people died—one in eight (12.5%) of total global deaths—as a result of air pollution exposure.

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Naked Brammo Empulse Amps Up Electric Motorcycle Sex Appeal (Video)

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Electric motorcycle maker Brammo knows how to attraction attention: Get naked. Or, more specifically, strip down one of your hottest electric motorcycle to show off what it''s made of.

New Jerseyites can still buy Tesla Model S, despite new ban on Tesla car sales

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On Tuesday, New Jersey put up a road block preventing Tesla Motors from selling cars in that state. On Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued a blog post saying Tesla customers in New Jersey will still be able to

Robert Llewellyn: Volkswagen brings German-thinking to electric cars

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Flying to Berlin on a clear day was revealing of the British versus mainland Europe’s energy policy over the last 20 years. As we skirted the Thames estuary I could just make out the impressive and recently installed Thames Array of offshore wind turbines. Yes, it’s the biggest offshore array….

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Nissan introduces the e-NV2000 electric van

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e-NV200. Click to enlarge. Nissan introduced the Nissan e-NV200 battery-electric compact commercial van ( earlier post ), the second battery-electric vehicle in its global line-up, joining the Nissan LEAF.

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Maxwell Technologies introduces ultracapacitor-based engine start module for medium-duty diesel trucks

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New medium-duty ESM. The third terminal connects to the starter solenoid. Click to enlarge. Maxwell Technologies, Inc.

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Eaton and Cummins Westport launch first automated transmission/natural gas engine package for N.A. Market; expanding SmartAdvantage diesel packages

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ISXG12 G paired with UltraShift PLUS. Click to enlarge. Eaton and Cummins Westport, a joint-venture company of Cummins Inc.

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Electric Scooter In A Briefcase: Would You Pay $6,000 For It?

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You only need witness the success of the Transformers movie franchise to know that people like the idea of things changing into other things. Let''s assume that a Camaro that turns into an Autobot isn''t suitable for your commute however. How about a briefcase that turns into an electric scooter?

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BYD’s Qin plug-in hybrid the best selling automotive EV in China

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2 nd -generation Dual Mode (DM II) plug-in hybrid system of the Qin. Click to enlarge. BYD’s second-generation Dual-Mode, plug-in hybrid electric sedan Qin has posted a second month of strong sales in February.

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Despite the doubters, the used electric car market is shaping up well

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In what might appear to be fine piece of needlework, The Times last week suggested that there is a glut of second-hand electric cars for sale in the UK, as buyers brave enough to try electric motoring quickly change their minds and look to offload their EVs.

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ADB: Projected cost of Uzbek Oltin Yo’l GTL plant increases by 37% to $5.6B

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The projected cost of the Olin Yo’l GTL project in Uzbekistan ( earlier post ) will hit $5.6 billion, according to a project update by Asian Development Bank (ADB), which is supporting the project with a $125-million loan.

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Inside the fuel-efficient 9-speed 9G-TRONIC from Mercedes-Benz

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Design of the Mercedes-Benz automatic transmission 9G-TRONIC. Click to enlarge.

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New 3rd generation Audi TT diesel offers fuel economy of 56 mpg

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3 rd generation Audi TT. Click to enlarge. Audi is unveiling the third-generation of its TT compact sports car at the Geneva Motor Show. The first generation arrived on the market in 1998.)

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New VW EA288 diesel to debut in 2H 2014 in the MY 2015 Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle; MDB comes to the US (updated with diagrams)

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Main modules of development of the EA288 diesel. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen of America announced that the new 2.0-liter EA288 diesel engine will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, and Jetta, all of which are set to arrive in dealer showrooms in the second half of 2014.

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Volvo Car and Flybrid vehicle testing showing flywheel KERS can deliver fuel savings up to 25%, with significant performance boost

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Rear-axle KERS unit. Click to enlarge. Volvo Car Group and engineering company Flybrid Automotive, part of the Torotrak Group, have been conducting UK tests of lightweight Flybrid flywheel KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology. Earlier post.)

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Sea-Tac Airport launches major ground support equipment electrification project

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The Port of Seattle, along with Alaska Airlines, Western Washington Clean Cities and US Representative Adam Smith unveiled a new project providing nearly 600 electric charging stations throughout the airport for ground support equipment (GSE) such as baggage tugs, bag ramps and pushback vehicles.

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Shell producing base oil from natural gas for motor oils

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Shell announced the production of the first clear base oil—the main component of motor oils—made from natural gas using its gas-to-liquids (GTL) PurePlus Technology. Shell PurePlus Technology is now being used to create motor oils for motorists in the United States.

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Toyota begins public road trials of i-Road 3-wheeled electric personal mobility vehicle

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Toyota’s i-Road 3-wheeled electronic personal mobility vehicle (PMV) ( earlier post ) has begun public road trials in Toyota City, Japan as part of “Ha:mo”, Toyota’s optimized urban transport system. i-Roads on the road. Click to enlarge.

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Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 Le Mans prototype makes its debut at Geneva Show

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Porsche 919 Hybrid. Click to enlarge. The Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 Le Mans prototype made its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Fleet testing shows UPM renewable diesel from wood biomass performs as well as petroleum diesel

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The first fleet tests of UPM’s BioVerno renewable diesel have shown that the fuel works in cars just as well as any conventional petroleum diesel. The fleet tests, conducted by the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, were started in May last year and ran until early 2014. Earlier post.).

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Audi says traffic light information system production ready; potential for 15% reduction in CO2 emissions

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Audi says that its Online traffic light information system, demonstrated in an Audi A6 as part of a technology display at the Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las Vegas, is production ready and could be fitted to every Audi model in the range subject to the necessary government legislation.

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Subaru shows VIZIV-2 diesel plug-in hybrid concept; independent rear-motor driven Symmetrical AWD

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VIZIV-2. Click to enlarge. Subaru returned to the Geneva Motor Show with the VIZIV-2 plug-in hybrid concept. The automaker unveiled the first version of the VIZIV concept at the 2013 Geneva show ( earlier post ), followed by the VIZIV Evolution Concept at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

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JEC updates well-to-wheels study on automotive fuels and powertrains; electro-mobility, natural gas and biofuels

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WTW energy expended and GHG emissions for conventional fuels ICE and hybrid vehicles shows the potential for improvement of conventional fuels and ICE based vehicles. Source: EUR 26236 EN - 2014 Click to enlarge.

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Kenworth and Peterbilt introduce more fuel-efficient Class 8 trucks

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Kenworth T680 Advantage. Click to enlarge. At the Mid-America Trucking show, PACCAR companies Kenworth and Peterbilt introduced more fuel efficient version of their heavy-duty models: the Kenworth T680 Advantage and the Peterbilt Model 579 with EPIQ package.

EU approves Mercedes-Benz ECO Thermo engine cover as fuel-saving Eco-innovation

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Phantom graphics of the Mercedes-Benz S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID showing ECO Thermo engine cover. Click to enlarge. The European Commission has approved the new ECO Thermo Cover engine compartment encapsulation in the Mercedes-Benz S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID ( earlier post ) as a manufacturer’s Eco-innovation.

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