February, 2014

A Few Words on Eco Terrorists, Cowards and Courage

Creative Greenius

Last night at the Hermosa Beach City Council meeting I heard an ignorant little man reference my favorite Edward Abbey book, “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” which I read the year it came out – in 1975 as a senior in high school. It’s true. I am that young.

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DENSO to test wireless charging system using refrigerated truck

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DENSO Corporation will begin a ten-month field test of its wireless inductive battery charging system in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The field test is intended to identify any potential operational issues and also look at ways to enhance the convenience of wireless charging.

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Many Car Dealers Don't Want To Sell Electric Cars: Here's Why

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The stories abound: A car buyer walks into a dealership, educated about the electric car she wants to buy.and the salesperson tries to convince her she doesn''t want that car after all. She really wants a gasoline car, he argues.

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BMW i3 electric car named UK Car of the Year

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Alternative vehicles are finally making an impact in the UK: and this has been emphasised by an electric car walking away with one of the most prestigious honours available. The BMW i3 electric car has been named as the UK Car of the Year 2014, while also scooping the best super-mini title. Vot[.].

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VW unveils Golf GTE, plug-in hybrid with 31 miles electric range, 157 MPG

National Green Transportation

On Thursday, Volkswagen unveiled the Plug-in Hybrid Golf GTE, making this the first automobile model line (the Golf GT) with a full range of drive train alternatives. Offering a 31 mile electric-only driving range, a total of

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What Does Henry Waxman Know About Climate That Made Him Quit?

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Congressman Henry Waxman receiving environmental award at 2013 Earth Day Celebration, Manhattan Beach (c) Joe Galliani.

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Volkswagen launches the battery-electric e-Golf in Germany; “Das e-Auto”

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The e-Golf shown at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen has launched the battery-electric version of the Golf, the e-Golf, in Germany with immediate availability. Earlier post.)

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Sumitomo installs first large-scale power system using used EV batteries

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Sumitomo Corporation has developed and installed the first large-scale power storage system which utilizes used batteries collected from electric vehicles. This commercial scale storage system, built on Yume-shima Island, Osaka, will begin operating in February 2014.

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IHS Automotive forecasts global production of plug-in vehicles to rise by 67% this year

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Global electric vehicle production forecast for 2014. Source: IHS Automotive. Click to enlarge.

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Nissan and Bhutan partner on national EV strategy

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Nissan has entered into an agreement with the Royal Government of Bhutan with the shared goal of achieving the nation’s transition to an electric vehicle fleet. The agreement follows talks between the Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn in Thimphu last year.

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Study finds that EV-specific factors rather than socio-demographic variables better predictors of EV uptake

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Tesla outlines scheme for $4-5B battery Gigafactory; announces $1.6B offering

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The planned cell output of the Gigafactory in 2020 exceeds 2013 global production by current manufacturers, Tesla said. Click to enlarge.

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Audi testing find e-ethanol and e-diesel produced by Joule often perform better than conventional counterparts

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Audi investigating its e-fuels in an optical research engine using laser-induced fluorescence. Click to enlarge.

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Toyota to begin wireless vehicle charging system verification testing

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will begin verification testing of its newly developed wireless battery charging system for plug-in electric vehicles—such as plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles—in late February in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

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Mitsubishi Electric develops EV motor drive system with built-in silicon carbide inverter

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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a prototype electric vehicle (EV) motor drive system with a built-in silicon-carbide inverter. The EV motor drive system, the smallest of its kind, will enable manufacturers to develop EVs offering more passenger space and greater energy efficiency.

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Tata and Westport introduce new 5L engine with GEMDi dual-fuel technology, new 3.8L SI gas engine

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Tata 5L engine with GEMdi. Click to enlarge. Westport Innovations Inc. unveiled its newest proprietary dual-fuel technology: Westport gas enhanced methane diesel (Westport GEMDi), applied to Tata Motors’ new 5-liter dual-fuel methane-diesel engine.

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Honda recalls Fit Hybrids and Vezel Hybrids in Japan; 3rd recall due to problems with 7-speed DCT

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Honda Motor Co.,

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SwRI develops D-EGR demonstrator highlighting fuel-efficient, cost-effective engine; 10% and above fuel economy improvements

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has built a demonstrator vehicle, based on a 2012 Buick Regal GS, incorporating the latest D-EGR (dedicated EGR) technology ( earlier post ), an outgrowth of SwRI’s HEDGE (High Efficiency Dilute Gasoline Engine) consortium projects ( earlier post ).

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Audi A3 g-tron goes on sale in Germany; CO2-neutral in e-gas mode

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Advance sales of the Audi A3 g-tron began at dealerships in Germany, at a base price of €25,900 (US$35,400). Its 1.4-liter TFSI engine developing 81 kW (110 hp) can be operated using either natural gas, e-gas generated by Audi ( earlier post ) or gasoline.

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Renault unveils Next Two autonomous electric vehicle prototype for 2020

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The Next Two prototype. Click to enlarge. Renault has unveiled the Next Two concept—the company’s current vision of an autonomous drive (AD) capable electric vehicle for the year 2020.

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Magnetic eCVT could replace conventional hybrid mechanical eCVT with likely 1-2% fuel economy improvement and other benefits

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MAGSPLIT is intended to replace mechanical eCVTs with a combination motor/magnetic gear. Source: Magnomatics. Click to enlarge.

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Update on Honda/GM fuel cell partnership; “It’s about cost reduction”

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In July 2013, General Motors and Honda announced a long-term, definitive master agreement to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 time frame. Earlier post.)

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Opel introducing ADAM with new 1.0L, 3-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual at Geneva

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The new 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo from Opel. Click to enlarge. At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March, Opel will introduce an ADAM will an all-new, three-cylinder turbo gasoline mated with a 6-speed manual transmission that is also from a new generation. Earlier post.)

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New 3-speed EV powertrain to offer 10-15% improvement in EV range

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Compared to a single-speed EV or HEV transmission, DSD’s MSYS 3-speed system provides a 40% weight saving and 10-15% lower energy consumption. Click to enlarge. UK-based Drive System Design is developing a new EV powertrain.

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UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in US in Jan was 24.9 mpg, up 0.1 mpg from Dec

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in January was 24.9 mpg (9.4 l/100 km)—up 0.1

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Opel Astra with 1.6 CDTI diesel drops fuel consumption as low as 64 mpg US

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With the 81 kW/110 hp turbo diesel version, the Opel Astra Sports Tourer consumes only 3.7 l/100 km (63.6 mpg US) with 97 g/km CO 2 in the NEDC combined cycle. Click to enlarge. Opel will present the new Astra 1.6 CDTI at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.

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UC Davis process produces gasoline-range hydrocarbons from biomass-derived levulinic acid; field-to-tank yield of >60% claimed

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GC-MS chromatogram of the liquid products obtained after hydrodeoxygenation of angelica lactone dimer. Source: Mascal et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a process for the production of branched C 7 –C 10 hydrocarbons in the gasoline volatility range from biomass-derived levulinic acid with good yield, operating under relatively mild conditions, with short reaction times.

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Alcoa and Phinergy enter joint development agreement for high energy-density aluminum-air batteries

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Alcoa and Israel-based Phinergy have entered into a joint development agreement to develop further Phinergy ’s aluminum-air batteries. Announced at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference in Atlanta, the partnership will collaborate on new materials, processes and components to commercialize the aluminum-air battery, which could significantly extend electric vehicle range. Aluminium–air cells are high-energy density primary (non-rechargeable) batteries originally developed in the 1960s.

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United becomes first airline to fly with Split Scimitar Winglets; up to 2% reduction in fuel consumption

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A United Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft freshly retrofitted with new Split Scimitar Winglets became the first commercial flight worldwide to operate with the advanced winglet technology. United flight 1273 on Tuesday took off from the airline’s Houston hub and flew to Los Angeles.

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Babcock & Wilcox and TerraPower to partner on development of Gen IV traveling wave reactor

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The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) and TerraPower have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the development of TerraPower’s Generation IV traveling wave reactor (TWR).

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Toyota recalling about 701,000 Gen 3 Prius vehicles in US over software issue in inverter assembly

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Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., is advising the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of plans to conduct voluntary safety recalls of approximately 701,000 Model Year 2010-2014 Prius vehicles to update the motor/generator control ECU and hybrid control ECU software. This is part of a global recall for the issue.

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Renault introduces 1.6-liter Twin Turbo diesel engine; leveraging F1 learnings

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Energy dCi 160 Twin Turbo will be applied in D- and E- segment models. Click to enlarge. Leveraging work done for its F1 engine program ( earlier post ), Renault has introduced the Energy dCi 160 Twin Turbo, its first 1.6-liter diesel engine with twin-turbocharging.

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Primus Green Energy’s STG+ patent for liquid fuel synthesis from syngas approved

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Primus Green Energy Inc.,

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Elon Musk Talks Tesla Model X Details, Model S Upgrades, At Europe Q+A Sessions

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Tesla Motors is notoriously stingy with information about its cars and future plans, to the great frustration of news-hungry Model S owners and fans.

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Electric Cars Cut Greenhouse Gases Even More Than Expected, NASA Says

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A trial program with electric cars at the Kennedy Space Center is going better than expected, cutting greenhouse gas emissions in company vehicles.

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Volvo V40 D4 with new Drive-E powertrains; diesel up to 71.3 mpg

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Volvo Car Group’s new Drive-E powertrains ( earlier post ) are now also available on the Volvo V40 and V40 Cross Country. Fuel consumption in a diesel Volvo V40 D4 with a manual gearbox is down to 3.3 l/100 km (71.3 mpg US) (EU Combined), which corresponds to CO 2 emissions at 85 g/km.

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Volkswagen to introduce Golf plug-in hybrid at Geneva; first deliveries in autumn

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Golf GTE plug-in hybrid. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen will formally unveil the Golf GTE—a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Golf hatchback combining electric mobility with the dynamics of a Golf GTI—at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

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