July, 2015

Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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by Professor Andrew Alfonso Frank. CTO Efficient Drivetrains Inc. and UC-Davis Emeritus and Catherine JJ DeMauro. Abstract. The alternative-fuel car evolved to reduce exhaust emissions and other problems derived from burning fossil fuels.

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Tesla Adds Nevada Land; Will Gigafactory Be Planet's Biggest Building?

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Tesla claims that its lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory"--currently under construction just outside Reno, Nevada--will be the largest of its kind in the world. But could the factory turn out to grow even larger than originally planned?

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Audi e-gas plant qualified to participate in balancing market to stabilize grid

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The Audi e-gas plant in the city of Werlte in Lower Saxony ( earlier post ) produces CO 2 neutral-fuel (synthetic methane from water, renewable electricity and CO 2 ); it now also contributes toward stabilizing the public power grid.

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Lightning Hybrids’ lightweight composite accumulator for hydraulic hybrid systems

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Lightning Hybrids, developer and manufacturer of hydraulic hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses ( earlier post ), has provided some detail and background on a core component of its system: the hydraulic accumulator, or “mechanical battery”.

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SFU researchers find promise for plug-in vehicles in Canada, but need for increased supply and policy support

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New work by a team at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada has found that more than one-third of Canadian buyers want a plug-in vehicle (PEV), with the majority of those (89—93%) wanting a plug-in hybrid rather than a pure electric vehicle.

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Mitsubishi joins PSA and other French partners in second-life batteries demonstration

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) announced the launch of a joint demonstration project for utilizing used lithium-ion batteries from electric-powered vehicles.

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FreeWire partners with Siemens on mobile charging system; project first US use of Siemens’ eCar Operation Center technology

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FreeWire Technologies, Inc. and Siemens are partnering to pilot and commercialize the Mobi Charger (which uses onboard second-life EV batteries), employing the Siemens eCar Operation Center (OC) and the Siemens VersiCharge electric vehicle-charging technology.

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Researchers engineer first low-methane-emission, high-starch rice; benefits for GHG control, food and bioenergy

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Rice—the staple food for more than half of the world’s population—is one of the largest manmade sources of atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

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Argonne, Ford and FCA partnering to study natural gas and gasoline blending for 50% cut in gasoline, 10% boost in efficiency and power density

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are partnering with Ford Motor Company and FCA US LLC in pre-competitive research to study blending natural gas and gasoline using natural gas direct injection to enable more efficient engines.

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Researchers find Nissan LEAF creates less CO2 than Toyota Prius hybrid in west US and Texas, but more in N. Midwest

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Regionally specific lifecycle CO 2 emissions per mile traveled for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the US can vary widely based on grid emission factors (i.e.,

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BMW and SCHERM put 40t battery-electric truck into service for material transport in 1-year pilot

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The BMW Group and the SCHERM group have put a 40-ton electric truck for material transport into service on public roads in a one-year pilot. The truck, a Terberg YT202-EV electric tractor, has successfully completed its first test drives. The truck will travel a 2km route (1.2

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EV World publisher seeking to Kickstart e-bike project; EcoForce bamboo/aluminum bike with Bike+ All-in-One hub as incentive

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Bill Moore, the publisher of EV World and longtime electric bike enthusiast, has spunoff a company, QuikByke, that will rent top-quality electric bicycles in tourist markets on a seasonal cycle: winter in the tropics, summer in the north.

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Ford’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels

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To source the new lightweight track-capable carbon fiber wheels that are standard on the new Shelby GT350R Mustang, Ford partnered with Australia-based Carbon Revolution. Carbon Revolution first began delivering composite wheels in 2004 for Formula SAE campaigns.

Aeristech launches new 48V electric supercharger

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UK-based Aeristech has introduced a new 48V electric supercharger capable of continuous operation at high boost levels.

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China’s ZTE pushing ahead with high-power wireless charging vehicle test deployment

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ZTE Corporation, China’s largest listed telecommunications equipment company, is developing high-power wireless charging systems and services for electric vehicles, with a focus on public charging infrastructure.

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Skeleton introduces 24V ultracap Engine Start Module for trucks

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European manufacturer Skeleton Technologies announced the availability of a new 24V Engine Start Module (SkelStart ESM), which uses high-performance ultracapacitor technology to ensure engine start at any time, in any conditions.

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Kia prepping Washington and Oregon for Soul EV launch; dealers and charging network w/ fast-chargers

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Kia Motors America (KMA) is continuing its progressive launch of the Soul EV and adding to the electric vehicle ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest with 20 Soul EV-certified dealers and a charging network. Of the 20 dealers in the region, 12 will be located in Washington and eight in Oregon.

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New approach to self-extinguishing Li-ion batteries: temperature-responsive fire-extinguishing microcapsules

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Researchers at the Advanced Batteries Research Center of the Korea Electronics Technology Institute have developed lithium-ion batteries with a self-extinguishing capability for improved safety by integrating temperature-responsive microcapsules containing a fire-extinguishing agent in the cell.

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ChargePoint Home EV charger to be available from Amazon starting at $499

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The ChargePoint Home EV charger, introduced at CES in January ( earlier post ), will be available to order on Amazon later this summer. The price of the networked station ranges from $499 to $749. ChargePoint Home’s price varies based on power level, installation type and cord length.

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Honda diesel sets new Guinness record for fuel efficiency, averaging 83 mpg US in 8,387-mile drive across 24 EU countries

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Honda has set a new Guinness World Records title for “Lowest fuel consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars)”, recording an average 83 mpg US (2.82 l/100 km) over 8,387 miles (13,498 km), in a 25-day drive across all 24 EU contiguous countries. Earlier post.)

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Argonne team develops effective low-pressure catalyst for reduction of CO2 to methanol

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, with colleagues at Universität Freiburg in Germany, have developed an effective low-pressure catalyst for the reduction of CO 2 to methanol (CH 3 OH).

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BMW brings Enlighten real-time signals app into car

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The BMW Group is the first manufacturer to bring the EnLighten App, by Connected Signals , into the car. Drivers of BMW Vehicles with iOS Devices will be able to see traffic signal data on the vehicle’s display in real time.

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UMTRI study finds total cost of ownership of diesels in US often much less than gasoline counterparts

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Study: even with high LDV electrification, low-carbon biofuels will be necessary to meet 80% GHG reduction target; “daunting” policy implications

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Berkeley Lab analysis finds autonomous electric taxis could greatly reduce US LDV GHG emissions

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CMU policy briefs outline benefits and potential for adoption of electrified vehicles in the US

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have published two new policy briefs, along with accompanying videos, about the benefits of electrified vehicles and the potential for their adoption in the US.

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BMW launches operations at Center of Urban Mobility Competence; boosting electromobility through EV sharing

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BMW Group has officially launched operations at its Center of Urban Mobility Competence, which it established earlier this year. Its experts are working with cities and the relevant stakeholders to develop sustainable concepts for future mobility in urban areas.

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DLR techno-economic valuation of power-to-liquids finds reducing electrolyzer and electricity costs key to cost-competitive liquid hydrocarbons

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In 2012, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers launched a three-year project on the production of synthetic liquid hydrocarbons from electricity (i.e.

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Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept turns in best performance so far at Sonoma Raceway

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Audi ran the latest generation of its Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept at the Sonoma Raceway in California, surpassing prior performance. The RS 7 took just 2:01.01 minutes to complete the 4,050-meter (2.5 mi) circuit.

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Total hydrogen station in Munich first to feature standard compressed H2 and BMW cryo-compressed H2 technology

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Total has opened a hydrogen filling station on Munich’s Detmoldstraße.

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Volkswagen 2015 Golf TDI diesel tours all lower 48 states on 101.43 gallons; 81.17 mpg

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A 2015 Golf TDI Clean Diesel has set a new Guinness World Records achievement for the “lowest fuel consumption—48 US contiguous States for a non-hybrid car” with an 81.17 mpg (2.9 l/100 km) performance. Traveling 8,233.5 miles (13,251 km) around the US in 16 days on $294.98

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Alaska EV company seeking crowd-funding for low-volume production AWD electric roadster

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ICCT: ongoing cost reductions in full- and mild-hybrid systems could bring them into consumer mainstream by 2025

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According to a new technology briefing paper on hybrid system technologies by John German at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), the costs of full-function hybrid systems are likely to drop to half the cost of their 2010 counterparts before 2025.

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Purdue team discovery could reduce energy required to machine annealed metals by >50%

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Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a previously unknown type of metal deformation—sinuous flow—and a potentially simple method to suppress it.

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BRUSA offering new high-efficiency motor/gearbox combination for electric commercial vehicles

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BRUSA Elektronik AG is offering its Planetary Traction Drive DTSP1 —a fully integrated electric vehicle drivetrain combining motor and gearbox—with its higher power HSM1-10.18.22

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Fukushima launching power-to-gas hydrogen project with MCH as hydrogen carrier; supply center by 2016

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Fukushima and the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute (FREA) have launched a power-to-has project with a view to making the prefecture a hydrogen supply center by as early as 2016, according to a report in The Japan Times , via Fukushima Minpo.

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BMW Group and NTU Singapore launch US$965K electromobility research program; Electromobility in Asia and Smart Materials

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BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) launched a new electromobility research program, involving the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8.

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