October, 2013

Ford doubles electric drive market share in US from 2012 to 2013; surging with plug-in hybrids

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Ford’s changing share of the hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, battery-electric vehicle segments and total ED market in the US in 2012 and YTD 2013. Data: EDTA, Ford Motor. Click to enlarge. Ford Motor Company’s C-platform electric drive strategy has driven an increase in Ford’s overall electric drive market share (hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric) from 7.3% in calendar year 2012 to 14.7% for the first nine months of 2013.

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I’ve Done The Math – Now I’m Doing Something About It

Creative Greenius

Why would your Creative Greenius walk away from his high-paying, highly rewarding executive role at CBS EcoMedia where I was working to fund environmental, education, and wellness projects all across the USA, just as the company hit more growth milestones and was likely to pay generous bonuses? The answer is simple and direct – because I have done The Math. .

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Tesla Model S Was Best-Selling Car In Norway For September

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Well, here''s a first: The best-selling car in Norway is the Tesla Model S. Not the best-selling electric car. Not the best-selling car with a plug. For the month of September, the Tesla Model S was the best-selling car, period. Silicon Valley startup electric-car maker Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] sold 616 Tesla Model S cars in Norway last month

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HV makes the CCShell go

DIY Electric Car

DMOC and CCShell work ok with HV and a stable 12v supply. I''m using the lead acid battery from another car. Had to disable the CHARGED_ERROR fault, but it seems to persist even though the DMOC is presently resting on a bare metal frame and has a the spec grounding strap fitted. The manual says this error/parameter were removed in later versions so I guess it was too annoying to try to get it right, even in the factory

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Tesla Motors and Panasonic sign battery supply deal for 2 billion cells

National Green Transportation

Tesla Motors and their battery supplier, Panasonic, announced on Wednesday an agreement in which Panasonic will expand supplies of automotive-grade lithium-ion battery cells to Tesla. This expands on their 2011 agreement, and under the new

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Citroen claims GreenFleet Manufacturer of the Year

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French carmaker Citroen has won the prestigious GreenFleet Fleet Car Manufacturer of the Year award, in recognition of its extensive range of fuel efficient and fleet friendly vehicles. Sponsored by Rockingham race circuit, the award was presented to Citroen at a black tie ceremony held at the E[.]. Citroen

Volvo Car Group testing lightweight structural energy storage material applied in trunk lid and plenum cover

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A composite blend of carbon fibers and polymer resin is being developed that can store and charge more energy faster than conventional batteries can. Volvo Cars is the only car manufacturer participating in the EU-funded project, which started in early 2010. Click to enlarge.

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: First Drive Report

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Does the all-new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid really get 50 miles per gallon? And does it drive as well as a regular four-cylinder Honda Accord? To cut right to the spoiler: yes and yes. For some shoppers who already know and like the Accord, that might honestly be enough—once they run the numbers and see that this is a car for which hybrid

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Arc 1 Conversion Journal 10/1/2013 Big EV Grin

DIY Electric Car

So, this is only my third blog entry, and my car has been done for a month! I am not a very good documentarian. Sorry. My car is the ARC 1 over in the garage section of the forums, for anyone who wants to take a look. This car has continued to exceed my expectations. In just the first month, I have done about 400 miles of driving in this car. I have never run out of juice. in fact, the batteries have never been below 60% SOC except on range tests.

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GM's Chevy Spark EV a zippy little ultra-compact electric car (Video)

National Green Transportation

The Chevy Spark EV, GM's first all electric car since the EV1, is an urban-oriented car built on GM's popular ultra-compact Spark platform. Many dismiss the Spark EV as just a compliance car

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BMW could increase i3 electric car production as demand soars

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BMW is considering increasing production of its first electric car after early demand exceeded expectations. According to Bloomberg, BMW has received more than 8,000 orders for its i3 electric supermini even before the car hits showrooms next month. With initial plans to produce just 10,000 of the[.]. Electric cars BMW

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Cadillac ELR EREV goes on sale in January, starting price $75,995

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Initial sales of the 2014 Cadillac ELR extended range electric luxury coupe ( earlier post ) will begin in January in all major US metropolitan areas. The 2014 ELR has a starting price of $75,995, including a $995 destination charge but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees. Base price of a 60 kWh Tesla Model S—without Federal tax incentive, but with destination fee—is $71,070.)

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A123 Venture Technologies to collaborate with SolidEnergy on safer, high-energy battery chemistry; potentially up to ~800 Wh/kg

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SolidEnergy says that its Solid Polymer Ionic Liquid technology can deliver energy densities upwards of 800 Wh/kg—twice the densities of advanced startup batteries and four times the density of current conventional batteries. Source: SolidEnergy. Click to enlarge. A123 Venture Technologies, a Massachusetts-based technology incubator, will collaborate with MIT startup SolidEnergy.

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Tesla Underground: Texas Franchise Rules Make Model S Owners Skirt The Law

Green Car Reports

Over the last couple of years, Tesla Motors has fought legal and legislative battles in a number of states over proposed or current state laws that try to stymie its unique factory-direct sales and service model. In most cases--Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina, among others--Tesla has managed to stave off the proposed laws, which are

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Eindhoven wins world championship for solar-powered family cars in World Solar Challenge

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The Solar Team Eindhoven’s Stella, the first solar?powered powered family car ( earlier post ), is the winner of the Cruiser class of the World Solar Challenge 2013. On the road in Australia. Eindhoven University of Technology / Bart van Overbeeke. Click to enlarge. Stella completed the race at 13:00 hours on 11 October, after a 3,000 km (1864 mile) journey with an average of three people on board. Their average speed, during the Challenge was 67 km/h (41.6

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Tesla's West Coast Supercharger Corridor opens for Model S road trips

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Tesla Motors announced on Wednesday the opening of the West Coast Supercharger Corridor. This is a continuous string of Supercharger stations from San Diego to the Canadian border, with enough stations in-between allowing Tesla Model S owners to

Nobel prize winners call for control over polluting tar sands

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Twenty one Nobel prize winners-including South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu-are calling on the EU to immediately implement the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) which would see tar sands labelled as dirtier than conventional fossil fuels. A letter from the peace and science laureates [.]. Green credentials

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U. Calgary analysis of energy balances and emissions of SAGD oil sands production finds need for improved processes; some operations not thermally efficient or net generators of energy

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Plot of cumulative steam-to-oil ratio (cSOR) vs. ratio of energy produced in form of chemical energy contained in bitumen if combusted to energy injected in form of steam (75% efficient steam generation). From Gates and Larter (2013). Click to enlarge.

Chevrolet introduces second-generation Duramax 4-cylinder diesels; global engine

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New Duramax 4-cylinder diesel. Click to enlarge. Chevrolet Sales Thailand introduced the new-generation MY14 Duramax four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine in 2.5- and 2.8-liter variants. The new Duramax engine was engineered in Europe and the US, with global application as one of its developmental objectives. Applications include powering the Colorado pickup truck and Trailblazer SUV for the Thailand and Southeast Asian markets.

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Tesla Superchargers Now Allow San Diego-To-Vancouver Electric Car Trips

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Can you drive from the Mexican border to the Canadian border for free? On Saturday, Tesla Model S drivers woke to find that radical idea was now a reality. Their cars'' GPS systems confirmed that the corridor of Tesla Supercharger DC fast-charging stations along Interstate 5 from San Diego, California, to Vancouver, Canada, was now complete.

California initiative to streamline permitting of new hydrogen and electric fueling stations

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California state economic development director Kish Rajan announced an effort to streamline the permitting process for zero emission vehicle fueling stations and significantly expand California’s hydrogen and electric vehicle capacity. Automobile manufacturers plan to roll out hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the 2015 to 2017 timeframe, while California’s share of the US market for plug-in electric vehicles currently stands at nearly 40%.

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Tesla Motors and Panasonic sign battery supply deal for 2 billion cells

National Green Transportation

Tesla Motors and their battery supplier, Panasonic, announced on Wednesday an agreement in which Panasonic will expand supplies of automotive-grade lithium-ion battery cells to Tesla. This expands on their 2011 agreement, and under the new

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Hybrid and electric vehicles to make 6% of new car market by 2020

Green Cars News

Sales of hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles are projected to reach 6.6 million sales annually by 2020 to represent almost 7 per cent of the global market for light duty vehicles. According to new market analysis from Navigant Research, as the number of market offerings of plug-in vehicles grow[.]. Electric cars Hybrid cars

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Fiat 500L Living diesels average about 70.6 mpg on Turin to Paris run

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Fiat 500L running in the Bosch Diesel Challenge. Click to enlarge. A small fleet of Fiat 500L Living models, equipped with the 1.6 MultiJet II 105 HP diesel with Start&Stop, covered the 800-kilometer (497-mile) route from Turin to Paris on an average of 27 liters (7.1 gallons US) of fuel, corresponding to approximately 30 km/l (70.6 mpg US , 3.33 l/100km). The drive was part of a Bosch Diesel Challenge; the 500L features a Bosch common rail system.

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Ford, University of Michigan open $8M battery lab focused on test production of advanced technologies

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Ford and the University of Michigan opened a new $8-million battery lab, housed at the U-M Energy Institute, which will serve as a battery manufacturing facility designed to support pilot projects. Advanced manufacturing methods will be used to make test batteries that replicate the performance of full-scale production batteries, allowing for faster implementation in future production vehicles.

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GM EV1 & Tesla Model S: Looking At 20 Years Of Electric Cars

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Last week, we were struck by a single photo that captured electric cars across two decades. The image, showing a GM EV1 and a Tesla Model S on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus, was posted on Facebook by Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA]. More than anything we''ve seen in a while, that photo showed how much progress electric cars have made in less

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Tesla to offer $1,000 CHAdeMO fast charging adapter for Model S

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Tesla Motors plans to offer a $1,000 adapter to enable Model S EVs to use CHAdeMO fast charging stations for those Model S units with Supercharging already enabled. For Model S without Supercharging enabled, onboard hardware must be activated to use the CHAdeMO adapter; for those vehicles, the CHAdeMO adapter will cost $2,400 prior to delivery and $2,900 after delivery. The North American CHAdeMO adapter for Model S. Click to enlarge.

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Rennovia produces cost-advantaged 100% bio-based nylon-6,6 polymer; automotive apps

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Rennovia, Inc., a privately held company that develops novel catalysts and processes for the cost-advantaged production of chemical products from renewable feedstocks, has produced and shipped to a prospective partner samples of what it believes to be the world’s first 100% bio-based nylon-6,6 polymer. Earlier post.) Nylon-6,6 is a widely used high-performance engineering resin, used especially in the automotive market for its strength, light weight, and performance at high temperatures.

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Nissan LEAF gains chauffeur role for East Winds Film Festival

Green Cars News

Nissan is to take a starring role at the four-day East Winds Film Festival this year. The UK’s largest celebration of East Asian cinema outside of London, the fully electric car will be used to chauffeur VIP guests including East Asian movie stars and directors, to screening and lectures between[.]. Electric cars Nissan

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NREL review of E15 effects on MY2001 and later cars finds no meaningful differences with E10

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A review of 43 studies of the effects of E15 (15% ethanol blends) on Model Year 2001 and newer cars by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that the studies reviewed showed no meaningful differences between E15 and E10 in any performance category. The NREL study, commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association, included 33 unique research studies, as well as 10 related reviews.

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Governors of 8 states sign MoU to put 3.3M zero-emission vehicles on roads by 2025; 15% of new vehicle sales

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The governors of 8 states—California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont—have signed a memorandum of understanding ( MoU ) to take specific actions to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the roads in their states by 2025, along with the refueling infrastructure required to support those vehicles.

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What Happens To A Nissan Leaf Electric Car At A Gas Station?

Green Car Reports

"Looks like we are going to fight with this car," one gas station attendant says to another. You''re in for quite a fight if you think you can fill a Nissan Leaf electric car with gasoline. In a delightful new South African television ad for the Leaf, the pretty young driver plays a "Candid Camera"-style trick: pulling up to the pumps and

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VIA launches electric vehicle assembly plant in Mexico

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VIA Motors inaugurated its first high volume electric vehicle assembly line this week at its new facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The new facility is strategically located in a free trade zone near several major automakers and suppliers. New vehicles are transported from the General Motors production facility in Silao, to VIA’s assembly plant in nearby San Luis Potosi, where they are transformed into electric vehicles by integrating VIA’s proprietary extended range electric power train.

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XL Hybrids introduces 3rd generation hybrid system for Class 1-4 trucks; XL3 features in-line motor to ease upfitting

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XL Hybrids’ third-generation inline post transmission motor and system components. Click to enlarge. XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1 to 4 commercial fleet use ( earlier post ), unveiled its third-generation XL3 product release for model year 2014 vehicles. The XL3 system features a patent-pending inline traction motor system design, the newest upgrade for its hybrid conversion system.

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UK buys more than 1,000 electric cars in Q3 2013

Green Cars News

The UK’s Plug-in Car Grants (PiCG) had their best quarter ever from July through to September, this year with 1,149 new electric cars registered with the support of the £5,000 incentives. Since January 2011, motorists buying a qualifying ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) have been eligible for a [.]. Electric cars

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Chevrolet, GMC expand CNG truck and van offerings

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Chevrolet and GMC will offer new bi-fuel versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty trucks and all-new dedicated compressed natural gas versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size passenger vans next year. The vehicles were announced at the Green Fleet Conference & Expo, which focuses on clean technologies and alternative-fuel vehicles for fleet operations.

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Fiat introducing new 2-cylinder 0.9L Turbo TwinAir in 2014 MiTo mini

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TwinAir. Click to enlarge. Fiat is introducing a new two-cylinder 0.9 Turbo TwinAir 105 HP engine for the 2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo sport mini. The gasoline engine delivers 105 hp (72 kW) at 5500 rpm and maximum torque of 145 N·m (107 lb-ft) at 2000 rpm/min, with combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.2 l/100 km (56 mpg US ), equivalent to 99 g CO 2 /km. The 0.9 Turbo TwinAir is also offered in the Fiat 500 L.).

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