December, 2015

Global Warming 101

Electric Cars are for Girls

Global warming, its causes and effects, and a little global warming controversy. Eyeroll:

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Audi’s production electric e-tron quattro may set a new standard for vehicle handling; advanced vehicle dynamics control

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The production version of Audi’s battery electric e-tron quattro SUV ( earlier post ), due out in 2018, is an important vehicle for the brand, and especially for Audi of America, which is driving many of the requirements for the C-segment electric SUV.

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When Electric-Car Drivers Learn How Gas Cars Work: Video

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One of the major tasks of electric-car advocates is getting people used to the idea of cars with plugs. For some people, driving around in near silence and plugging in at charging stations can take some getting used to.

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BMW, Nissan, jointly installing 120 EV fast charging stations across 19 states

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On Monday, Nissan and BMW announced a joint project to expand electric car fast charging in 19 states across the US. This move is very welcome because, instead of sticking with the dispute over which fast charging system is

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Nissan and ENEL announce V2G system, launch smart grid trials in Europe

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At the 21 st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris this week, Nissan announced the development of a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) system which will allow drivers to operate as individual energy hubs with the ability to store, use or return electricity to the grid.

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Largest ultra-fast EV charging station goes live in Beijing; supporting electric buses out of Xiaoying Terminal

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China State Grid has built and opened the largest ultra-fast EV charging station in the Chaoyang district of Beijing. The 26,500 m 2 EV charging complex at Xiaoying Terminal has 25 chargers at 360 kW and 5 chargers at 90 kW, offering fast capacity for 30 urban transit buses at the same time.

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New thermally durable solid-state Li-ion battery technology from Hitachi and Tohoku University

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Hitachi, Ltd. and Tohoku University’s Advanced Institute for Material Research (AIMR) have demonstrated technology reducing the internal resistance of all-solid-state lithium ion batteries (Li-ion battery) through the use of LiBH 4 -based complex hydrides as novel solid electrolytes.

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DINA consortium researches integrated diagnostic system for electromobility; draws up standards for diagnosis and repair

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A consortium led by the Bosch Group has developed a standardized integrated diagnostic system that in the future will be able to clearly identify and locate defects in the electrical powertrain.

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Mercedes-Benz publishes lifecycle analysis of its first PHEV SUV: GLE 500 e

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Mercedes-Benz has released the lifecycle analysis for its first plug-in hybrid SUV, the GLE 500 e 4MATIC (GLE 550e in the US). Earlier post.). The GLE 500 e 4MATIC burns 3.7–3.3 liters of fuel for every 100 km (63.5 to 71.2

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Audi testing autonomous driverless transport systems at Ingolstadt plant

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Earlier this month, Audi began testing driverless transport systems (DTS) at its Ingolstadt plant. With DTS, logistics employees no longer have to fetch the required goods from the material shelves; the goods will come to them fully automatically.

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UCLA researchers develop exceptionally strong and lightweight new metal nanocomposite

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A team led by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has created a super-strong yet light structural metal nanocomposite with extremely high specific strength and modulus, or stiffness-to-weight ratio.

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Torotrak introduces new technologies to enhance V-Charge variable supercharger

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Torotrak Group presented new technologies for low-cost, high efficiency drive systems at the Berlin CTI symposium and exposition.

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Study: 87% of world’s population in 2013 lived in areas exceeding WHO PM2.5 guidelines

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In 2013, 87% of the world’s population lived in areas exceeding the World Health Organization (WHO) Air Quality Guideline of 10 μg/m 3 PM 2.5 annual average), according to a major international study published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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Porsche greenlights Mission E electric sports car; launch at end of decade

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The supervisory board of Porsche AG today has greenlighted the Mission E—the first 100% electric Porsche. The Mission E battery-electric concept car made its premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September. Earlier post.)

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UPS to use biomethane for Memphis and Jackson alternative fuel fleet

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UPS will supply its fleet in Memphis, Tenn., and Jackson, Miss., with an estimated 15 million diesel gallon gas equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG)—biomethane—as part of a multi-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas and Water and Atmos Energy Marketing, LLC. Atmos will secure landfill gas and provide it to MLGW for conversion to LNG, which will be delivered to the UPS facility by tractor-trailer.

2nd annual Bosch analysis of ADAS finds emergency braking and lane assist systems on the rise

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An analysis of new car registration in Germany for 2014 reveals that driver assistance systems are playing an increasingly greater role when it comes to purchasing a car.

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Ford and Corning introduce lightweight Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield technology on Ford GT

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Ford and Corning have developed Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield technology—a light-weighting innovation set to debut on the all-new Ford GT.

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Lux projects beyond Li-ion batteries to be worth $10B in 2030

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While incremental improvements will extend the market dominance of Li-ion batteries into the next decade, a new generation of post-Li-ion battery technologies are rising and will be worth $10 billion by 2030, according to Lux Research.

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid powertrain named to Ward’s 10 Best Engines List

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The powertrain of the 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) ( earlier post ) was named to Ward’s 10 Best Engines list. This is the first time that a plug-in hybrid powertrain has made the list. For Hyundai’s first entry into the plug-in hybrid segment, Hyundai engineers did an impeccable job blending fuel efficiency with refinement and daily usability.

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FuelCell Energy pathway for hydrogen from digester gas has negative carbon intensity for CA LCFS

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Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy (FCE) has applied for a prospective pathway for California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for the production of hydrogen fuel produced from biogas derived from the mesophilic anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge at a publicly owned treatment works (POTW).

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Toyota developing new cloud-based high-precision map generation system using data from production vehicles

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To aid the safe implementation of automated driving, Toyota is developing a high-precision map generation system that will use data from on-board cameras and GPS devices installed in production vehicles.

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Achates OPGCI project targeting 50% fuel efficiency gains over downsized GDI engine at reduced cost

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Achates Power will work with Delphi Automotive and Argonne National Laboratory on its ARPA-E-funded project to develop an innovative opposed-piston, gasoline compression ignition (OPGCI) engine. Earlier post.)

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Argonne study shows high-energy X-rays give industry affordable way to optimize cast iron

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, in partnership with Caterpillar, have used high-energy synchrotron X-ray tomography to perform quantitative 3D-characterization of the distribution of graphite particles in high-strength compacted graphite iron (CGI).

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Hyundai introduces IONIQ: compact car with BEV, PHEV or HEV powertrains

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Hyundai Motor announced the name of its advanced, alternative-fuel compact vehicle due for launch in 2016: the Hyundai IONIQ.

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Williams Advanced Engineering wins award for the Formula E battery

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Williams Advanced Engineering, the engineering services and technology division of the Williams Group, won the “Most Innovative New Motorsport Product” award for the Formula E battery at the Race Tech World Motorsport Symposium.

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Here's What The Tesla Model X Assembly Line Looks Like

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At the very end of September, CEO Elon Musk personally delivered the first handful of Tesla Model X electric crossover utility vehicles to their buyers in an event at its assembly plant.

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Musk On VW Diesels, Best Car To Buy Nominees, Bad Electric-Car Dealer: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Which iconic Sixties vehicle may be reborn as all-electric family transport? And, why does Tesla CEO Elon Musk think VW shouldn't bother to fix its cheating diesels? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, December 18, 2015.

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Prius Vs Volt Video, Tesla Reliability, Mercedes On Electric Cars: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Who answered questions from French university students about renewable energy and the climate--and gave us our longest article ever? And, how long does Mercedes-Benz think it will be before long-range electric cars are both desirable and profitable?

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Elon Musk On Climate: Tax Carbon Appropriately, Tesla Founder Says (Video)

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The COP21 climate summit in Paris is now in its second week. Presentations, conferences, trade shows, and probably thousands of individual meetings are being held among attendees from almost all the countries of the world.

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Use Old Electric-Car Batteries To Electrify Used Vans, Carwatt Suggests (Video)

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It's a frequent question about electric cars: What happens to the battery packs after they reach the limit of their automotive life? The usual answer is that they'll have a second life as energy storage in houses or for other stationary uses. But what if that second life were in another vehicle?

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USDA announces conditional commitment for $70M loan guarantee for Ensyn cellulosic biofuel refinery

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a conditional commitment for a $70-million loan guarantee to help build a cellulosic biorefinery in central Georgia. USDA is providing the loan guarantee conditional commitment through its Biorefinery Assistance Program. Ensyn Georgia Biorefinery I, LLC (Ensyn) will construct and operate a cellulosic biofuel refinery in Dooly County, Georgia.

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VW e-Golf: Staying Connected With Car-Net Services, Smartphone App

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Increasingly, buying or leasing a new car includes connectivity that extends well beyond the driver’s seat and the car’s cabin—to one’s smartphone and possibly even smartwatch.

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Renesas Electronics develops new on-chip SRAM to enable real-time image processing required in autonomous driving

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Renesas Electronics Corporation has developed a new dual-port on-chip static random access memory (SRAM) for in-vehicle infotainment system-on-chips (SoCs) in the 16 nanometer (nm) and later generations. The new SRAM is optimized for use as video buffer memory in automotive infotainment SoCs to realize the real-time image processing capabilities necessary for future autonomous-driving vehicle technologies.

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Faraday Future Asks: How Would You Invent A Car With A Clean Sheet Of Paper?

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It's not very often that a new car is designed completely from scratch. Established carmakers repeatedly reuse components and platforms, even for "all-new" models.

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BMW and Nissan partner to deploy dual fast chargers across the US

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BMW and Nissan are partnering to offer public DC Fast charging at 120 locations across 19 states in an effort to support Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 customers and to promote increased adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) nationwide. Each of these new locations will offer a dual 50 kW DC Fast-charging station with both CHAdeMO and CCS (Combo) connectors, serving owners of both Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 electric cars, as well as all EV drivers in the US whose vehicles are equipped with quick-charge ports.

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Linde hydrogen fueling system surpasses one million fills at BMW South Carolina plant

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Hydrogen fueling stations using Linde technology have surpassed more than 1,000,000 fills for the fuel-cell driven material handling equipment at the BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This is the most hydrogen fills at a single location anywhere in the world. While Linde hydrogen fueling systems involve very sophisticated technology, the filling operation is designed to be relatively simple and is much like putting gasoline into your car.

GM Canada Engineering Center to build fleet of self-driving 2017 Chevrolet Volts

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In remarks to the Economic Club in Ottawa, GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle confirmed that its Canadian Engineering Center in Oshawa, Ontario, has been awarded a mandate to play a leading role in the build of autonomous driving vehicles. These vehicles will be part of a test fleet based at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.

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