June, 2013

Electrified MG Midget - Fuel Tank Removal

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Fuel tank removal went easily enough following the instructions from the Haynes Manual. Just had a small hangup as the lip of the tank didn''t want to easily let go from being behind the right rear shackle. Set of photos on flickr

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EADS demonstrating electric and hybrid aviation propulsion; innovative distributed propulsion series hybrid

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E-Thrust is a “series hybrid” electrical distributed propulsion system concept using one gas power unit providing the electrical power for six fans for lower fuel consumption, fewer emissions and less noise. Click to enlarge.

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Tesla Shows 90-Second Battery Swapping For Model S, Details Rollout Plans

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As predicted last month, and tweeted and teased by CEO Elon Musk, Tesla Motors showed off battery swapping for its Model S electric car at a press event last night.

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SF Bay Area gets largest yet electric car deployment to municipal fleets

National Green Transportation

On Thursday, the largest municipal fleet deployment of electric cars in the U.S. took place when Mitsubishi Motors deployed 50 i-MiEV's to four Bay Area local government fleets – San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell and Mill

Your Next Small SUV

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In 1994, Toyota introduced the first compact crossover to the Japanese market. Apparently, since the Land of the Rising Sun is a rather small place, they don’t have as much room for an “American sized” SUV. So Toyota bolted a smaller SUV body to a Corolla chassis, and called it the RAV4.

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Ford slashes CO2 emissions by a third

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Ford has cut CO2 emissions by more than a third (37 per cent) per vehicle across its global operations between 2000 and 2012, the carmaker has revealed, as it releases its 14th annual Sustainability Report.

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Electrified MG Midget - Seats and Dash Removal

DIY Electric Car

On 10 June 2013, I removed the seats and dash. The Haynes manual was clear and helpful concerning the seat removal instructions, but unhelpful with the dash removal. After searching the internet, I found a very helpful video on YouTube. link].

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Flying Electric Bicycle Debuts In Prague, Will NYC Ban These Too?

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New Yorker? Own an electric bicycle? You''re probably pretty angry right now, since the city has just banned the use of electric bikes on its streets. Which would be fine, had you not just bought one, still entirely legally, from a shop.

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Honda gives more MPG to 2014 Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-in Hybrid

National Green Transportation

On Wednesday and Thursday, Honda unveiled the updated 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-in Hybrid for both the U.S. and Japan. The new cars feature improved fuel efficiency, and improvements to driver assist features like the

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Electrifed MG Midget - Project Revived

DIY Electric Car

This project is an electric vehicle conversion on a 1976 MG Midget. I''ve owned the car for about 15 years, and last worked on it in 2005. I''m back at it and making good progress. Here''s some photos of the car before the project began

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XL1 dive and drive: Volkswagen aggressively optimizes for efficiency in its sleek diesel plug-in hybrid

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XL1s ready to roll. Click to enlarge. During a media event in Wolfsburg, Germany, Volkswagen provided a medium dive into details of its two-seater XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle diesel plug-in hybrid ( earlier post ) as well as some driving time on local roads and highways.

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ACAL Energy FlowCath fuel cell reaches 10,000 hours runtime on automotive durability test; 2x US DOE 2017 target

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FlowCath PEM fuel cell. Click to enlarge. UK-based ACAL Energy Ltd announced that its FlowCath platinum-free liquid cathode system has enabled a PEM hydrogen fuel cell to reach 10,000 hours’ runtime on a third-party automotive industry durability test without any significant signs of degradation.

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VW wins “Best New Engine Award” for 1.4L TSI engine with active cylinder management (ACT)

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TSI with ACT. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen’s 1.4 TSI with automatic cylinder deactivation (ACT) ( earlier post ) received the “Best New Engine Award” at the 2013 International Engine of the Year Awards 2013 at Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany.

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New 2014 Toyota Corolla brings Valvematic, new CVT to North America; up to >40 mpg highway

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2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco. Click to enlarge. Toyota unveiled the 2014 Toyota Corolla—the 11 th generation of the car. With nearly 40 million units sold, the Toyota Corolla is the world’s best-selling car nameplate; this year marks its 47 th year on the market.

Boulder Electric Vehicle and Coritech Services demonstrate Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) charging with electric truck

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Boulder Electric Vehicle and Coritech Services have demonstrated bi-directional DC fast charging, making Boulder Electric Vehicle the first electric truck company to implement Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) charging.

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Audi opens power-to-gas facility in Werlte/Emsland; e-gas from water, green electricity and CO2

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Audi’s e-gas plant. Click to enlarge. Audi has opened its e-gas plant in Werlte, making it the first automobile manufacturer to develop a chain of sustainable energy carriers. Earlier post.).

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New Bosch iBooster for improved braking control, more complete capture of braking energy in hybrids and EVs

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The iBooster. Click to enlarge. Bosch has developed the iBooster, an electromechanical brake booster that provides situation-dependent support when the driver initiates braking.

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Bosch sees future requiring multiple powertrain technologies; the larger the vehicle, the more the electrification

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Powertrain technologies outlook up to 2020. Click to enlarge.

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Chiyoda successfully demonstrates liquid organic chemical hydride hydrogen storage technology

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Chiyoda’s hydrogen supply chain concept. Click to enlarge. Japan-based Chiyoda Corporation announced that a demonstration plant located in its Koyasu Office and Research Park has successfully achieved expected performance using a liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology.

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New organogel electrolyte for Li-ion batteries offers ionic conductivity close to liquid electrolytes, with thermal stability

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Electrochemical and electrochemistry-associated behaviors of pouch-type LIB full cells using the organogel electrolyte (gel.ELF 1 PVA-CN). Two liquid electrolytes (liq.ELF and liq.ELF 1 Pullulan-CN) are included for comparison. Source: Kim et al. Click to enlarge.

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Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupé plug-in makes its European debut; showcasing the MQB

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Engine compartment of the CrossBlue Coupé plug-in hybrid shows the transverse-mounted 3.0L V6; DSG is to the right, with the power electronics unit mounted above it. Click to enlarge.

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Volvo Trucks to begin limited production of DME heavy-duty trucks in NA in 2015; customer trials; Oberon partnership

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Volvo VNL D13 with DME. Click to enlarge. At an event in Sacramento, California, Volvo Trucks announced that it will commercialize dimethyl ether (DME)-powered heavy-duty commercial vehicles in North America, with limited production beginning in 2015.

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Chrysler introducing 2014 Ram 1500 pickup with new 3.0L diesel

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EcoDiesel. Click to enlarge. Chrysler’s 2014 Ram 1500 will offer a new, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, mated with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Ram is now the only brand to offer a small-displacement diesel for its half-ton line of trucks.

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Study finds that California clean diesel programs have slashed black carbon, a powerful short-term contributor to global warming

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California’s air quality programs have forced a reduction in black carbon despite a significant increase in diesel fuel consumption. Click to enlarge.

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UMTRI study finds US diesel vehicles generally have lower total cost of ownership than gasoline vehicles

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TCO for selected gas and diesel vehicles over a 3 year timeframe. Source: UMTRI. Click to enlarge.

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ZSW develops process for Li-ion batteries with extended cycle life; 10,000 charge cycles

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Scientists at the Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) (Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg) have developed Li-ion batteries that have already demonstrated a very high cycle life of more than 10,000 full cycles with retention of more than 85% of original capacity. The cells have a power density of 1,100 W/kg. The active materials for the batteries exclusively originate from German companies.

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Lower Prices Cause Electric-Car Shortages In CA: Shock, Surprise!

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"Electric cars sold out!" isn''t a phrase you''ll have heard often over the past few years, but that''s just what''s happened in Southern California recently.

Volkswagen’s 3rd-gen Golf TDI BlueMotion rated at 73.5 mpg US; 15% better than predecessor

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New Golf TDI BlueMotion. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen’s third-generation Golf TDI BlueMotion, introduced as a concept at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris last September( earlier post ), is rated with fuel consumption of 3.2 l/100 km (73.5 mpg US) on the NEDC—equivalent to 85 g/km CO 2.

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Nissan unveils ZEOD RC electric Le Mans Prototype; targeting 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours

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Nissan ZEOD RC. Click to enlarge. Nissan unveiled the ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car)—an electric Le Mans prototype racing car intended to reach speeds of more than 300 km/h (186 mph) at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 2014, where it will makes its debut.

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Are Electric Cars A Sales Failure, Or Sold Out Due To Demand?

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You see it all over: the meme that "electric cars are a sales failure." Yet California is experiencing shortages of electric cars, with many dealers saying they''ve entirely sold out of plug-in electric cars.

Does Tesla Motors Really Want To Be Chevron, Rather Than Ford?

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It''s been a great few months for Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA]. The company''s flagship product attracted a near best-ever rating from Consumer Reports to add to its trophy cabinet. Its DoE federal loans have been paid, and the company made a profit in the first quarter.

E.ON power-to-gas unit injects hydrogen into natural gas system for first time

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A power-to-gas (P2G) unit installed by E.ON in Falkenhagen in eastern Germany ( earlier post ) injected hydrogen into the natural gas system last week for the first time as part of a function test.

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Siemens presents three-point plan for implementing cost-efficient energy transition in Germany

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Siemens suggests abandoning a fixed target for renewable energies and concentrating on the CO 2 reduction goal.

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HEHC engine company LiquidPiston raises $2.25M

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LiquidPiston, the developer of engines based on its High Efficiency Hybrid Cycle (HEHC) ( earlier post) , has raised $2.25 million in new funding, according to SEC filings. LiquidPiston’s X Engine is a non-Wankel rotary embodiment of the HEHC.

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Nissan introduces new 1.5L diesel in Juke in Europe; 56 mpg US

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Nissan Juke n-tec. Click to enlarge. Nissan is introducing a new 1.5-liter dCi diesel engine in the Juke in Europe. The new 1.5L engine brings CO 2 emissions down to 109 g/km from 124 g/km, with fuel consumption on the combined cycle of 4.2

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Abengoa inaugurates demonstration plant with Waste-to-Biofuels (W2B) technology

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Abengoa recently inaugurated a demonstration plant using Waste-to-Biofuels (W2B) technology. The plant has a capacity to treat 25,000 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) from which it will obtain up to 1.5 million liters (396,000 gallons US) of bioethanol for use as fuel.

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Navigant forecasts global natural gas fleet of 34.9M by 2020

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Cumulative natural gas vehicles in use by segment, world markets: 2013-2020. Source: Navigant Research. Click to enlarge. In a new report , Navigant Research forecasts that the number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) on roads worldwide will reach 34.9 million by 2020. The increase is largely driven due to a combination of low-cost natural gas and sustained higher prices for gasoline and diesel in many countries, Navigant suggests.

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