May, 2015

This Is Why You Don’t Take Money From Oil Companies For Your Schools

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When Chevron, or Phillips 66, or ExxonMobil or E&B oil companies give schools and nonprofits funding money they do it for one reason only. To pay them to shut up.

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California providing incentives up to $12K to help low-income families afford the cleanest cars

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Tesla Gigafactory: Drone Flyover Shows How Huge It Really Is

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The very word "gigafactory" makes Tesla Motors' lithium-ion cell fabrication and battery assembly plant sound quite large. But how huge it actually is can be hard to comprehend.

2015 114

Protected: Here Lies Hermosa Beach – Truth Takes a Holiday In The City’s Massive Honesty FAIL

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2015 242

Town Bully Laughed Out of Court

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This morning I met my friend Ron at the Torrance Traffic Court just a 15 minute drive from my house. I had other things on my to do list, but Ron asked me to be there to testify on his behalf.

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Here Lies Hermosa Beach – Truth Takes a Holiday In The City’s Massive Honesty FAIL

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The Rabbi called and left voicemails urging me to call her back. She texted too. She’s a very persistent and impatient lady of religion. But she didn’t want to say what was up when I texted back. It didn’t matter. I already knew.

2015 215

Wrightspeed unveils new turbine range extender for medium- and heavy-duty electric powertrains; 30% more efficient than current microturbine generators

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Wrightspeed Inc., a developer of range-extended electric vehicle powertrains for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles ( earlier post ), has unveiled the Fulcrum, a new proprietary turbine generator for use in its Route family of electric powertrains (Route for Class 3-6, Route HD for Class 7-8).

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SAE World Congress panel highlights progress on H2 infrastructure and fuel cell vehicle commercialization

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Although the SAE World Congress has been running panel sessions on fuel cell vehicle commercialization since 2005, this year was the first in which three participating automakers—Toyota, Hyundai and Honda—had fuel cell vehicles that customers can buy now or within a year. Earlier post.)

2015 149

OEMs shifting towards onboard chargers > 6 kW for EVs; lower output chargers to remain dominant through 2020

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Most battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) manufacturers in Europe and the US have been adopting onboard chargers with a power output between 3 to 3.7 kilowatts (kW). Now, EV manufacturers are moving towards onboard chargers with a power output greater than 6.6

2015 138

Open source street legal EV, powered by hub motors

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An open source project is building an all-electric street vehicle powered by hub motors. Target single-charge range for the Luka EV is 300 km (186 miles), with a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) and a price below €20,000 (US$22,445). Project aims include quick design and build (less than a year).

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First drive: Volvo XC90 T8 Drive-E Twin Engine PHEV sets a high bar for full-size luxury SUV plug-ins in US

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With the 2016 XC90 ( earlier post ) heading to dealerships across the US, Volvo Cars gave media an opportunity to experience the next generation of its full-size luxury SUV—in both its conventional T6 and plug-in hybrid T8 Drive-E Twin Engine forms—in and around Los Angeles.

2015 134

New promising solid-state electrolyte for rechargeable Li-metal batteries

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The new solid-state electrolyte shows electrochemical stability up to 10 V vs Li/Li +. Credit: ACS, Rangasamy et al. Click to enlarge.

2015 128

Lux Research: Li-ion battery costs to drop to as low as $172/kWh by 2025; big boost for EVs in mid- to late 2020s

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2015 127

Ford exploring cylinder deactivation for 1.0L EcoBoost; testing shows up to 6% fuel efficiency improvement

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Ford, in collaboration with the Schaeffler Group, is investigating different cylinder deactivation approaches on its award-winning 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

2015 125

Volkswagen unveils Golf GTE Sport PHEV concept: 0-100 km/h in 4.3s and 118 mpg

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Golf GTE Sport PHEV concept. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen used the annual Wörthersee festival in Austria as the venue to unveil the Golf GTE Sport concept plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

2015 124

Bosch retrofits a pair of Tesla Model S EVs for automated driving testing

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Bosch has retrofitted two Model S Teslas for automated driving; the vehicles join the Bosch test fleet. The two Teslas can now autonomously drive from on-ramp to off-ramp without the driver needing to monitor them constantly.

2015 122

DOT issues final rule on transportation of flammable liquids by rail

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a final rule for the safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail.

2015 117

Audi introduces new high-efficiency 2.0L TFSI based on Miller cycle; 190 hp, 47 mpg

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Audi introduced its new series-production 2.0 TFSI gasoline turbocharged direct injection engine for the first time at the Vienna Motor Symposium this week. The engine, which features a new combustion method, will be used for the first time in the next generation of the A4.

2015 116

First 18-meter electric bus in China powered by TM4 SUMO HD powertrain with external rotor motor technology

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China’s first 18-meter battery electric bus has been put into service in Beijing. The Foton AUV 18-meter Harmony City BJ6180 is powered by a TM4 SUMO HD electric powertrain with a maximum torque of 3,500 N·m (2,581 lb-ft), 1600 N·m (1,180 lb-ft) continuous.

2015 116

Behind Audi’s new “rightsized” efficient EA888 Gen.3B family

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Audi’s new “rightsized” 2.0L engine maintains the displacement of the 2.0L and delivers the power of the 1.8L TFSI with the fuel consumption of the 1.4L Click to enlarge. Audi’s new higher-efficiency series-production 2.0

2015 116

Volkswagen introduces new generation of EU6 TDI diesels for light-duty vehicles; 2.0 TDI BiTurbo offers avg. 14% reduction in fuel consumption

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At the Vienna Motor Symposium, Jörn Kahrstedt, Head of Diesel Engine Development for the Volkswagen brand, presented the new EU6 TDI engine family for light-duty vehicles. The newly developed 2.0

2015 116

Production Peugeot diesel sets new test circuit long-distance fuel economy record: 117.5 mpg US

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A 1.6-liter BlueHDi 100 S&S PEUGEOT 208 has set a new long-distance fuel consumption record, under the supervision of the UTAC: 1,337.19 miles (2,152 kilometers) were covered on 9.45 gallons (43 liters) of Diesel, with an average fuel economy of 117.5 mpg US (2.0 l/100km).

2015 116

Delivery of renewable isooctane to Audi tips interesting potential non-biomass pathway for biogasoline; “e-benzin” as solar fuel

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Last week, Audi and its partner Global Bioenergies announced that the first batch of renewable isooctane—which Audi calls “e-benzin”—using Global Bioenergies’ fermentative isobutene pathway (sugar→isobutene→isooctane) had been produced and presented to Audi by Global Bioenergies. Earlier post.). Global Bioenergies, founded in 2008, has developed a synthetic isobutene pathway that, when implanted in a micro-organism, enables the organism to convert sugars (e.g.,

2015 114

First Drive: 2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV and HEV

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Hyundai began the US rollout of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) ( earlier post ) and its conventional hybrid sibling (HEV) with a series of media drives in California—one of the main markets for the PHEV, which offers some 24 miles (38.6

2015 114

Smith Electric Vehicles and FDG form JV for commercial EVs in US; new joint EV platform

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Smith Electric Vehicles executed an agreement to form a joint venture with China-based strategic partner and investor FDG Electric Vehicles, a vertically integrated electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturer engaged in the R&D, production and distribution of all-electric vehicles.

2015 114

BMW i3 Tear-Down Videos Show Electric Car's Radical Design

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Back in January, engineering firm Munro & Associates orchestrated a "tear-down" of a BMW i3 electric car at its facility near Detroit. The company--which specializes in disassembling new cars, analyzing them, and selling the information to competitors--even posted a video of the process.

2015 114

Alternative Fuel Vehicle registrations in Europe up 28.8% in first quarter

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In the first quarter of 2015, total alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) registrations in the EU significantly increased (+28.8 %), totaling 144,421, according to figures from the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA).

2015 113

Tesla launches line of Li-ion stationary storage systems for homes and businesses: POWERWALL and POWERPACK

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Multiple POWERWALL units may be combined. Click to enlarge. As widely expected, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s new product line: scalable stationary battery systems for homes, businesses and beyond.

2015 113

Tesla Model S Drifting Shows Wild Side Of Electric Cars (Video)

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Numerous drag-race videos have proven that the Tesla Model S P85D can take on just any challenger in a straight line. But what about other forms of automotive hooliganism? Drifting is a sport in which drivers purposely break the traction of a car's rear tires and slide through corners.

2015 113

IHS forecasts global EV charger market to grow to more than 12.7M units in 2020

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The global EV Charger (EVC) market is forecast to grow from more than 1 million units in 2014 to more than 12.7 million units in 2020, according to a new EV Charging Infrastructure report by IHS Inc. IHS Automotive foresees that AC charging—i.e., Level 1 and 2 charging, the dominant type now—will play a crucial role in the public domain of the EV charging infrastructure.

2015 113

Global Bioenergies delivering first renewable gasoline sample to Audi

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Global Bioenergies and its partner Audi ( earlier post ) announced that the first batch of renewable gasoline using Global Bioenergies’ fermentative isobutene pathway has been produced. Earlier post.)

2015 112

Momentum Fuel Technologies introduces CNG storage system for Class 6-8 trucks

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2015 112

Is This The Next Toyota Prius Hybrid Captured On Video?

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The current-generation Toyota Prius hybrid is due for replacement soon, but Toyota has been tight-lipped when it comes to details about that new model.

2015 112

CMU study compares lifecycle GHGs of natural gas pathways for MHDVs; MD BEVs can deliver large reductions, but diesel hard to beat for Class 8

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A study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers comparing life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from different natural gas pathways for medium and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) found that the GHG reduction potentials of the pathways vary sharply between non-Class 8 MHDVs (e.g.,

2015 111

Drag-Racing My Tesla P85D: 71-Year-Old Novice Hits The Strip (Video)

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It had been more than 50 years since I'd been to a drag race--back in what now seems almost like the very dawn of motoring. Back then, I just watched. Yet here I was, just a month ago, behind the wheel of my Tesla Model S P85D, facing off against another car as I watched the lights change.

2015 111

Bosch developing series production water injection system for SI engines to reduce fuel consumption and improve performance

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2015 111

Ford opens portfolio of patented technologies to competitors to accelerate industry-wide electrified vehicle development

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Ford Motor Company is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents in a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles. In 2014, Ford filed more than 400 patents dedicated to electrified vehicle technologies. This is more than 20% of the patents the company filed, totaling more than 2,000 applications.

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