July, 2014

Let Us Now Murder AB 2145 Before It Kills Community Choice Power

Creative Greenius

When we last wrote about AB 2145 it was after a trip to Sacramento to speak out against the bill at the Senate Energy Committee hearing on it.

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Driving the VW e-Golf; strategy, assembly in Wolfsburg, Braunschweig battery plant

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The e-Golf. Click to enlarge. The e-Golf (“Das e-Auto” earlier post ), the Volkswagen brand’s second series production battery-electric vehicle after the e-up!,

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Electric Vehicle - Buyers Guide

DIY Electric Car

The Electric Vehicle market is full of new terminology and concepts. The charge2drive buyers guide tries to help newcomers to the market understand all the different options. Why go electric? Different types of Electric Vehicles. Pros and Cons of Electric Vehicles. - - - - - - - -.

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Riding The Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle: News Video

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Harley-Davidson may be the most traditional of motorcycle makers. But it''s now taken a huge leap into a greener future with its LiveWire electric motorcycle concept. Recently, our writer Ben Rich rode it--and reported on what it''s like.

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Electric cars still cheaper to run, no matter what the BBC says

Green Cars News

It’s very hard not to imagine someone sitting at a desk in the BBC news department tapping a chewed ball point pen on their desk as they mutter, ‘there must be another way we can spin an anti-electric car story, there must!’ Well, they obviously had a good day, the latest is a doozie. Electric Ca[.].

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Tesla Motors really did break ground in Reno on Gigafactory

National Green Transportation

On Thursday, the Tesla Motors letter to shareholders contained a verification of a some of us reported on the last couple weeks. Namely, there's a site near Reno Nevada where preparations are underway for what looked like

Fraunhofer researchers take a different angle on wireless charging: from the front

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB in Erlangen, Germany are pursuing an alternative approach to inductive (wireless) charging for electric vehicles.

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Two Audi TDI technology studies with electric biturbo, 48V electrical systems; both technologies to go into series production

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V6 TDI bi-turbo with electric compressor. Click to enlarge. Audi has built two technology studies with the “electric biturbo” technology it is developing ( earlier post ): the Audi A6 TDI concept is equipped with a new 3.0 TDI monoturbo (i.e.,

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Pilot at BMW Munich plant evaluating use in vehicle assembly of custom orthotic devices produced by 3D printing

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A pilot project in BMW’s Munich vehicle assembly plan is exploring the benefits of a new and innovative ergonomic tool—a flexible finger cot, which protects workers against excess strains on the thumb joints while carrying out certain assembly activities.

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EIA: fuel economy improvements bring diminishing returns in fuel savings

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Improving fuel economy exhibits diminishing returns in fuel savings, according to a brief analysis by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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Panasonic and Tesla sign Gigafactory agreement

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Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors, Inc. signed an agreement that lays out their cooperation on the construction of a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States (the specific location yet to be announced) known as the Gigafactory. Earlier post.)

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Daimler and BMW jointly to develop and implement common wireless charging technology

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Daimler and BMW have agreed on jointly developing and implementing one common technology for wireless recharging high-voltage batteries of electric drive and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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GKN to supply 500 electric flywheel hybrid drive systems to Go-Ahead Group for buses

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UK transport operator Go-Ahead Group has ordered 500 electric flywheel Gyrodrive systems from GKN Hybrid Power for use in buses. The Gyrodrive Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) system (featured in Audi’s LeMans-winning R18 e-tron quattro) harvests braking energy normally lost as heat.

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Researchers develop efficient technique to develop new materials with desired coefficient of friction

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Researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) have developed a highly efficient method for developing friction materials with a desired frictional property.

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New Mercedes C-Class Estate offers new 1.6L diesel, diesel hybrid options; gasoline plug-in hybrid model coming

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Mercedes-Benz is adding a new Estate (wagon) model to its C-Class family starting in September 2014. The powertrain range for the Estate, which includes diesel, gasoline and hybrid options, features a new 1.6-liter 4-cylinder diesel (OM 626) produced by Renault.

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PNNL team develops hybrid Mg-Li battery; excellent rate performance, safety and stability

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Schematic illustration of the the hybrid Mg-Li battery designed in this work. This battery has a piece of Mg foil as the anode, Mo 6 S 8 as the cathode, and the electrolyte contains both Mg 2+ and Li +. Cheng et al. Click to enlarge.

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Map of public biogas filling stations in Finland

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Finland now has 21 CBG100 public biogas filling stations—i.e. they sell 100% compressed biogas (CBG). All are automatic stations that are always open (but for two of them a cash option is only available during office hours). These are to be joined by 20 more planned stations by 2016.

Bosch improves the mechanical vacuum pump

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Bosch has made the EVOII mechanical vacuum pump lighter and much more efficient, putting it on a par with more expensive electric vacuum pumps. The Bosch EVOII offers the best value for money on the market and reliably provides the vacuum for the brake booster, the company claims.

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Satellite study shows drought-stricken Colorado River Basin states depleting their groundwater

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A new satellite study finds more than 75% of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought.

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ABB and Volvo Buses partnering on fast-charging system for hybrid and electric buses

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ABB and Volvo Buses are partnering to co-develop and to commercialize electric and hybrid buses with open standards-based direct current (DC) fast charging systems.

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Space station droplet combustion experiments reveal cool-burning flames; potential to lead to better engines

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Isolated droplet combustion experiments performed on the International Space Station (ISS) by a team of international researchers have revealed a new type of cool-burning flames.

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Volvo XC90 SUV PHEV to offer up to 400 hp and low GHG emissions of around 60 g/km

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Powertrain of the Volvo XC90 Twin Engine PHEV. A two-liter, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E gasoline engine powers the front wheels and an 80 hp (60 kW) electric motor drives the rear wheels. The battery pack is located in the center of the vehicle. Click to enlarge.

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Mercedes-Benz presents autonomous Future Truck 2025 research vehicle; “Highway Pilot”

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Autonomous driving in long-distance truck operations with the “Highway Pilot”. Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Future Truck 2025 in Magdeburg, Germany.

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IBM Research launches 10y project to support China in transforming national energy systems; “Green Horizon”

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IBM Research is launching a 10-year project to support China in transforming its national energy systems and protecting the health of citizens.

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Navigant forecasts MHD vehicle market to nearly double by 2035 with declining share of conventional engines; gases win out over electricity

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The number of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) in use worldwide will nearly double between 2014 and 2035, according to a new forecast report by Navigant Research. Navigant projects that annual MHDV sales will grow throughout the forecast period at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4%.

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Navigant forecasts 40% of new vehicles in 2030 will have some form of autonomous driving capability; 75% by 2035

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In a new research report (“ Autonomous Vehicles ”), Navigant Research forecasts that by 2030, about 40% of new vehicles sold will have some form of autonomous driving capability installed. The company expects this to increase to 75% by 2035.

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U Mich professor finds fuel cycle analysis for evaluating CO2 impacts of liquid fuels is fatally flawed; calls for focus on CO2 removal

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Fuel cycle analysis (FCA)—or “well-to-wheels analysis”—is a type lifecycle analysis (LCA) that examines fuel products and their supply chains, and that has greatly influenced climate-related research priorities and public policies for transportation fuels.

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OpEneR: improving EV range by optimizing energy management

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OpEneR partners have developed driving strategies and driver assistance systems to improve the efficiency and safety of electric vehicles. Click to enlarge.

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UC Riverside team wins EPA design contest with lawnmower exhaust aftertreatment device

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A team of University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering students have won an EPA student design contest for developing an exhaust aftertreatment device that cuts CO, NO x and PM emissions from lawnmowers.

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Researchers demonstrate use of 3D printing to produce and operate light-weight, low-cost electrolyzers

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A team at the University of Glasgow has demonstrated the production and operation of a PEM electrolyzer constructed from silver-coated 3D-printed components fabricated from polypropylene.

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First international commercial flight completed with direct sugar to hydrocarbon (DSHC) fuel

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Amyris has partnered with Brazilian airline GOL to fly the industry’s first commercial flight with sugarcane-derived farnesane, the recently approved renewable jet fuel. Earlier post.) The first flight, GOL flight 7725, departed from Orlando, Florida on 30 July 2014 and traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale; 84 mpg US

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S 500 Plug-In Hybrid. Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz has begun taking orders for the new S 500 Plug-In Hybrid ( earlier post ), with prices (in Germany, including 19% VAT) from €108,944.50 (US$146,000); the sedan will begin arriving at dealerships in September.

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New Volvo XC90 offering two new enhanced automated safety features and new automatic parking capability

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The new XC90 will automatically brake should the driver turn in front of an oncoming vehicle. Click to enlarge.

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California Energy Commission approves $46.6M for hydrogen refueling and $2.8M for EV charging projects

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The California Energy Commission gave final approval for nearly $50 million in grant awards for hydrogen refueling and electric charging construction projects recommended for funding in notices of proposed awards published in April and May. California’s zero-emission vehicle goal is to get 1.5 million hydrogen, battery electric, and plug-in electric vehicles on the roadway by 2025.

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Study finds testing the technology the strongest initial motivation for fleet managers adopting EVs

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According to a report from Frost and Sullivan (Kumar, 2013), fleet managers adopted more than half of EVs sold globally up to 2013.

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Non-intrusive bio-monitoring system anticipates driver fatigue in the vehicle to prevent accidents

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PNNL silicon sponge delivers high capacity with long cycle life as Li-ion anode material

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The porous, sponge-like nanomaterial made of silicon. Source: PNNL. Click to enlarge.

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