April, 2015

U Toronto studies find traffic emissions spread farther than thought; 25% of cars causing 90% of pollution

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A trio of recently published studies from a team of University of Toronto engineers has found that air pollution could be spreading up to three times farther than thought, contributing to varying levels of air quality across cities.

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Photos of progress

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A selection of shots of the progress so far. Attached Thumbnails

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Energica Ego Electric Superbike Beats 2 Teslas, Ferrari In 1/4-Mile (Video)

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Energica recently released a video that puts its Energica Ego electric superbike in direct competition with a variety of well known high-powered cars and motorcycles.

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New Li-S battery shows cycle performance comparable to that of Li-ion batteries along with more than double the energy density

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A team of researchers in South Korea and Italy has demonstrated a highly reliable lithium–sulfur battery showing cycle performance comparable to that of commercially available lithium-ion batteries while offering more than double the energy density.

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GM provides technical details of the Gen 2 Voltec propulsion system used in the 2016 Volt

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The second-generation “Voltec” extended range electric powertrain applied in the MY2016 Chevy Volt ( earlier post ) marks a significant evolution in the electric drive technology platform from its first-generation origins.

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Toyota pops the hood on the technology of the fuel cell Mirai at SAE World Congress

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The new fuel cell stack in Mirai increases the current density by a factor of 2.4 compared to the conventional FC stack. Konno et al. Click to enlarge.

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Systematic review of EV battery pack costs suggests economies of scale may push cost toward US$200/kWh without further cell chemistry improvements

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Fujitsu and GMS partner on trial of electric tricycles in the Philippines

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Fujitsu Limited and Global Mobility Service, Inc. GMS), a venture company providing mobility services, will partner on field testing to expand the use of electric tricycles (a three-wheel taxi) in the Republic of the Philippines.

ITF report finds self-driving shared vehicles could take up to 90% of cars off city streets; total kilometers travelled increases

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A fleet of self-driving shared cars combined with high-capacity public transport could make 90% of conventional cars in mid-sized cities superfluous under certain circumstances, according to a study published by the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD.

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Stanford team develops ultra-fast aluminum-ion battery with stability over thousands of cycles

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A team at Stanford University, led by professor Hongjie Dai, has developed a high-performance, safe, fast-charging aluminum-ion battery that can last for thousands of cycles.

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Research facility in Dresden produces first batch of Audi e-diesel; sunfire’s power-to-liquid technology

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A pilot plant in Dresden has started production of the synthetic fuel Audi e-diesel using water, CO 2 and green power—i.e., power-to-liquid (PtL).

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Jaguar bringing XE diesel to US in 2016

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The Jaguar US lineup will expand in 2016 with the addition of the all new, aluminum-intensive Jaguar XE compact sports sedan in 20d (diesel) and 35t models each in Premium, Prestige and R-Sport trim levels and available in RWD or AWD.

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Phoenix Cars delivers electric flatbed truck with V2G capability to US Navy

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Phoenix Cars LLC, a developer of electric vehicle technologies for the fleet market, delivered an electric Zero Emissions Utility Shuttle flatbed (ZEUS) to US Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme, California.

Volkswagen introduces high-end plug-in hybrid C Coupé GTE concept in Shanghai

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At Auto Shanghai, Volkswagen is presenting the world premiere of the C Coupé GTE, which illustrates a new design approach for future top-end sedans at Volkswagen.

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Virginia Tech team engineers optimized synthetic enzymatic pathway for high-yield production of H2 directly from biomass

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A team of Virginia Tech researchers and colleagues has demonstrated the complete conversion of glucose and xylose from pretreated plant biomass to H 2 and CO 2 based on an in vitro synthetic enzymatic pathway crafted from more than 10 purified enzymes.

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Chevrolet introduces 2016 Spark; new 1.4L engine with 16% more power and 40 mpg highway

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At the New York International Auto Show, Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2016 Spark—a completely redesigned and more sophisticated execution of the brand’s global minicar. It offers greater efficiency and refinement, along with new, available safety and connectivity features.

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Carbon Core of next-gen BMW 7 Series helps reduce sedan’s weight by up to 130 kg; remote control parking

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BMW presented an initial selection of technology highlights for the next generation of the BMW 7 Series model range featuring developments in lightweight design, driving dynamics, comfort, intelligent connectivity and operation.

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Cadillac boosts performance of ELR plug-in hybrid for MY2016, cuts MSRP by $9K; $58,495 net after Fed credits

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Cadillac has greatly enhanced the performance of its ELR extended range electric vehicle (plug-in hybrid) ( earlier post ) for the 2016 model year, and is also cutting the MSRP by $9,005, bringing the starting price down to $58,495 net after the $7,500 US federal tax credit (MSRP = $65,995).

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Shell, Gordon Murray and Osamu Goto to develop new ultra-compact ICE city car

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Shell, in collaboration with Professor Gordon Murray and engine specialist Osamu Goto will co-engineer an ultra-compact, efficient car for city use based around the internal combustion engine (ICE).

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“WaterBone” design wins grand prize in ARPA-E LITECAR Challenge

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The winning design: “WaterBone”. Click to enlarge. Local Motors, in partnership with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), announced the winner of the LIghtweighting Technologies Enabling Comprehensive Automotive Redesign ( LITECAR ) Challenge.

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Volvo Cars introducing production S60L T6 Twin Engine PHEV at the Shanghai Motor Show; on sale next week

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Volvo Cars will introduce the production version of the S60L T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid sedan at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show; the plug-in sedan first made its appearance as a concept car at the Beijing auto show in 2014. Earlier post.) Sales of the S60L T6 Twin Engine begin next week in China.

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California Energy Commission awards nearly $9M to 3 projects to support local manufacturing of heavy-duty electric vehicles, PHEVs

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As part of its approval of more than $83.7

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LiquidPiston signs $1M agreement with DARPA to advance development of power-dense X-Mini rotary engine for JP-8

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LiquidPiston, Inc.

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New study finds asthma morbidity in children is enhanced in areas with high traffic-related air pollution near the home

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Results from a new study by researchers at the University of California Irvine support a growing body of scientific literature indicating that sensitive populations, including children, certain ethnic groups and people of lower socioeconomic status, are more vulnerable to the effects of high exposures to traffic-related air pollution. The UC Irvine study, which examined the effect of chronic exposure in asthmatic children living in homes near traffic pollution, was led by Ralph J.

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DOE investing $200M in next-gen supercomputer for Argonne; on the road to exascale computing

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Under the joint Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) initiative, the US Department of Energy (DOE) will invest $200 million to deliver a next-generation supercomputer—Aurora—to the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF).

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Jaguar introduces Gen 2, aluminum-intensive XF; up to 60 mpg US with diesel Ingenium engine

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Jaguar has unveiled the second-generation, all-new Jaguar XF at the New York International Auto Show.

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New Tesla Model, Elio Three-Wheeler, Plug-In Hybrid Porsche: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Why did winter hurt the performance of one Porsche we drove? And what surprise did electric-car maker Tesla drop on us Wednesday morning? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, April 10, 2015.

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Lexus Bypassing Plug-In Hybrids, Looking At Fuel Cells, Maybe EVs

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Hybrid models are a very significant part of the lineup for both the luxury brand Lexus and its mainstream counterpart (and parent company) Toyota. Hybrids accounted for about 16 percent of the brands’ U.S. sales, while they encompass nearly 70 percent of the U.S.

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Chevrolet introduces 2016 Malibu; full hybrid option; 8-speed auto

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Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2016 Malibu—the ninth generation of the midsize sedan which made its debut in 1964.

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Global investment in renewable power reached $270.2B in 2014, ~17% up from 2013; biofuel investment fell 8% to 10-year low

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Global investment in renewable power and fuels (excluding large hydro-electric projects) was $270.2

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Daimler introduces electric mobility in driving schools in Germany

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Daimler AG and the ACADEMY Holding AG are launching a pilot project with five selected ACADEMY driving schools in the wider Stuttgart area, with the aim of making electric vehicles an integral part of driver training.

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ORNL VIBE open-architecture framework for improved EV battery design

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VIBE provides an open architecture framework for pre-experimental design simulation as part of the CAEBAT program. Click to enlarge.

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How A Chevy Camaro Gets Greener: Student Competition In EcoCar 3

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All cars are getting more fuel-efficient under the rising requirements for corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) from now through 2025. Still, if you thought about the category of cars with good gas mileage, the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car likely wouldn''t be high on your list.

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Rare E85 Ethanol Fuel Good For Racers, As 750-HP Hellcat Shows (Video)

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What if you could take a powerful but thirsty muscle car and significantly lower its tailpipe emissions--while adding even more power? That could very well be the best of both worlds. It turns out there is such a solution for green-minded street racers, but it comes with one serious drawback.

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Self-propelled catalytic microparticles boost hydrogen release from liquid storage media

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have developed catalytically active micromotors that significantly increase the release of hydrogen from liquid storage media.

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New Toyota Film Appropriates Musk 'BS' Comment On Hydrogen For Its Title

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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk once notoriously called hydrogen fuel-cell cars "bull *"," and for a moment, it may seem that Toyota agrees.

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Efficient Drivetrains develops PHEV SUV for Asian market

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Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. EDI), a developer of plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) and continuously variable transmission (CVT) technologies spanning light- to heavy-duty classes ( earlier post ), has developed a new energy plug-in hybrid electric SUV for the Asian marketplace.

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