May, 2015

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

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In coordination with local air officials, the California Air Resources Board is initiating a retire-and-replace pilot program in the Greater Los Angeles area and San Joaquin Valley to help people of low income replace old, polluting cars with cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles that also cut greenhouse gas emissions. The air district-administered program provides incentives on a sliding scale, with larger cash payments for the lowest-income families moving up to the cleanest cars.

2015 314

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. You can fool yourself if you want to, but you can’t fool your kids, because in the end they will know their school, or that nonprofit pretending to be teaching kids about the environment, sold them out. Sold them out to the very oil companies who are destroying their chance of having a decent future.

2015 284
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California Test Track For Elon Musk's Hyperloop To Be Built

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Tesla's Powerwall home batteries have grabbed headlines recently, but another of Tesla CEO Elon Musk's many big ideas could be reaching an important stage in its development. That would be the "Hyperloop," a system of tubes and windowless pods that's unlike any current form of mass transportation. Elon Musk first proposed the Hyperloop in the. Elon Musk California mass transit Hyperloop

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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). The new 80 kW Fulcrum is a radial inflow, axial turbine, intercooled and recuperated. Fulcrum is a single shaft machine, the generator runs at turbine speed (~100,000 rpm). Weighing in at 250 lbs (113.4

2015 299

Daimler enters stationary energy storage market with ACCUmotive battery systems; 500 kWh unit already on line for grid stabilization

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Daimler is entering the commercial and residential stationary energy storage system (ESS) market with its wholly-owned subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive. The announcement comes four weeks after Tesla Motors announced its own entry into the ESS market with the home PowerWall Li-ion battery system ( earlier post ), although Daimler has been considering the move for several years.

2015 295

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.) Many other OEMs are also working on development of fuel cell vehicles as well.

2015 287

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.,

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

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This post is password protected. You must visit the website and enter the password to continue reading. Filed under: citizen volunteer , Community Activists , election , environment , fossil fuels , greenwashing Tagged: Carolyn Petty , Chief Pappas , Chris Miller , Hermosa Beach , Joe Galliani , Keep Hermosa Hermosa , Ken Hartley , liars , Measure O , Rabbi.

2015 280

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.

2015 277

Study concludes air pollution directly affects cognition

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Results of new analysis conducted by German and Swiss researchers suggests that air pollution directly affects cognition and is not mediated by lung function; put another way, the two are independent risk factors for cognitive decline.

2015 270

UN Secretary-General urges transport ministers to reshape world’s transport systems

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the world’s transport ministers meeting at the International Transport Forum 2015to accelerate efforts to combat climate change and “ find new green solutions ”. Ban called sustainable transport “ a common thread ” linking the upcoming UN Summit in September in New York and the COP21 climate change conference in Paris in December. In New York, world leaders will define a post-2015 development agenda.

2015 267

Anderman report projects annual global EV and PHEV market to grow four-fold to 1.4M vehicles between 2014 and 2020

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The 2015 xEV Industry Insider Report by Dr. Menahem Anderman, released this week, projects that the combined annual global electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) market will grow fourfold from 350,000 to 1.4 million vehicles between 2014 and 2020, with even faster growth likely in the following decade. The report reveals sharper growth for PHEVs than for EVs, with government regulations heavily impacting regional market direction.

2015 267

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 kW to reduce charging time. While high-end PHEVs are contributing to this trend, lower-end models in this segment are still using 3.7 kW onboard chargers. Consequently, onboard chargers with power ratings between 3 to 3.7

2015 265

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). The project team is using design bodywork from gaming, converted to a Solidworks file. The body is fabricated using FRP (fiberglass); The solidworks file provides the basis for a full-size foam model.

2015 263

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. I first met Ron when we were both working on the No Oil Drilling in Hermosa Beach campaign with Keep Hermosa Hermosa.

2015 262

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. Volvo also brought in members of its engineering and design teams, including Michael Fleiss, VP of Powertrain Engineering, to provide more technical details on the car.

2015 258

2016 Chevy Volt to start at $33,995 MSRP

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Pricing for the 2016 Chverolet Volt ( earlier post ) will start at $33,995 MSRP, including an $825 destination fee (excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees). This is almost $1,200 less than the current-generation Volt. Pricing will be as low as $26,495 after the full federal tax credit of $7,500. Federal tax credit can range from $0 up to $7,500.)

2015 257

Hydrogenics and Alstom Transport to develop and commercialize H2 fuel-cell commuter trains in Europe; €50M, 10-year agreement

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Hydrogenics Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, signed a 10-year exclusive agreement to supply Alstom Transport with hydrogen fuel cell systems for Regional Commuter Trains in Europe. Alstom Transport is a unit of Alstom, a France-based global leader in power generation, transmission and rail infrastructure with sales of €6.2 billion.

2015 255

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. When she got on the phone she sounded nervous and anxious. We bypassed the usual chit chat and cut to the chase. “I understand you posted something on Facebook and I just want to ask you to please leave me out of this,” she pleaded.

2015 248

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. A team led by researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a promising solid-state electrolyte for use in advanced rechargeable batteries with Li-metal anodes: a Li 7 P 2 S 8 I phase that exhibits the characteristics of a solid solution between Li 3 PS 4 and LiI with fast ion conduction and electrochemical stability up to 10 V vs Li/Li+.

2015 247

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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The electric vehicle opportunity is set to expand, as leading battery developers such as Panasonic drive down prices of Li-ion battery packs by 35% to $172/kWh in 2025, according to a new report , “Crossing the Line: Li-ion Battery Cost Reduction and Its Effect on Vehicles and Stationary Storage,” by Lux Research. However, only the best-in-class players will achieve that cost threshold, while others lag at $229/kWh.

2015 246

Aerovironment Level 2 capable portable charger standard with Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV

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The AeroVironment portable TurboCord Dual (120V/240V) charger will come standard with the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in electric hybrid (earlier pos t), which will go on sale in the US later this year. This marks the first time a plug-in hybrid manufacturer is including a Level 2 capable, 240V charger as part of its “standard equipment package”.

2015 244

Early exposure to PM2.5 associated with increased risk of childhood autism; causality unproven

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Exposure to fine particulate air pollution (PM 2.5 ) during pregnancy through the first two years of a child’s life may be associated with an increased risk of the child developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition that affects one in 68 children, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigation of children in southwestern Pennsylvania. The research is funded by The Heinz Endowments and published in the July edition of Environmental Research.

2015 241

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. On-road tests using a working prototype showed fuel efficiency improvements of up to 6%, according to Dr. Andreas Schamel, director, Ford Global Powertrain, Research & Advanced Engineering in Vienna last week. For the test, the engineers also developed a new dual mass flywheel.

2015 241

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. Featuring a carbon fiber body and a three power unit, all-wheel drive system, the 295 kW (396 hp) Golf GTE Sport accelerates from 0 - 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, has a top speed of up to 280 km/h (174 mph), yet offers fuel consumption of just 2.0 l/100 km/h (118 mpg) on the NEDC cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles.

2015 239

AllCell and LG develop high-performance Li-ion battery for material handling market

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AllCell Technologies, LLC, a Chicago-based Lithium-ion battery pack manufacturer for smart-grid, autonomous and light electric vehicle applications, and LG Chem Ltd. have developed a high performance long lasting Li-ion battery for material handling applications. The battery is built with LG’s cylindrical 18650-format Li-ion batteries and AllCell’s proprietary passive thermal management technology with phase change composite (PCC) ( earlier post ).

2015 235

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. Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the Bosch board of management, said that Bosch opted for two all-electric Model S vehicles because they combine two automotive industry trends: electrification and automation.

2015 235

DARPA program integrates non-mechanical optical scanning tech on microchip; new class of low-cost, miniature LIDAR could support autonomous vehicle apps

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DARPA’s Short-range Wide-field-of-view Extremely agile Electronically steered Photonic EmitteR ( SWEEPER ) program has successfully integrated breakthrough non-mechanical optical scanning technology onto a microchip. Freed from the traditional scanning architecture of gimbaled mounts, lenses and servos, SWEEPER technology has demonstrated that it can sweep a laser back and forth more than 100,000 times per second, 10,000 times faster than current state-of-the-art mechanical systems.

2015 232

ARPA-E awarding $60M to 23 projects; dry cooling and fusion power

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The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will award $60 million in funding to 23 new projects aimed at creating highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants and developing prototype technologies to explore new pathways for fusion power.

2015 230

Volvo Cars selects South Carolina for its first US plant

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Volvo Cars has selected South Carolina as the location of its new $500-million factory in the US. The new facility will have initial annual production of around 100,000 cars and be located in Berkeley County, close to Charleston. The new plant will make latest generation Volvo models for sale in the United States and for export. Construction will begin in early autumn 2015, with the first vehicles expected to roll off the assembly line in 2018.

Volkswagen Group to offer more than 20 electric vehicle models in China “in near future”

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The Volkswagen Group plans to offer more than 20 electric vehicle models—from small cars to large sedans and SUVs, plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles—to Chinese customers “ in the near future ,” according to Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Group Board of Management with responsibility for China, in a special essay published in the Environment section of the company’s newly released sustainability report.

2015 228

Cooper Tire completes work on $1.5M DOE project to develop fuel efficient tires, exceeding targets

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Company completed work under a $1.5-million government grant to develop advanced tire technology aimed at increasing vehicle fuel efficiency. The grant, awarded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, called for Cooper to develop technology for light vehicle tires that delivered a minimum 3% improvement in vehicle fuel efficiency while lowering average tire weight by at least 20%, all without sacrificing performance.

2015 228

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. The final rule, developed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in coordination with Canada, focuses on safety improvements that are designed to prevent accidents, mitigate consequences in the event of an accident, and support emergency response.

2015 226

Volkswagen’s autonomous braking system cuts 3rd party injury claims by 45% in UK

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Safety experts at the Thatcham Research Centre in the UK have seen a 45% drop in third party personal injury insurance claims due to the fitment of auto-emergency braking systems in Volkswagen Golf and Passat models. The latest generation Golf went on sale in the UK in January 2013.

2015 224

Connecticut providing up to $3K cash rebate for buyers of BEVs, FCEVs, and PHEVs while funding lasts

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Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program (CHEAPR). Under this new initiative, a cash rebate of up to $3,000 is now available for Connecticut residents, businesses, and municipalities who purchase or lease an eligible electric vehicle (EV). EVs covered by CHEAPR include battery electric (BEV), fuel cell (FCEV), and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles.

2015 224

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. The four-cylinder engine delivers 140 kW (190 hp) and 320 N·m (236.0 lb-ft) from a displacement of 1,984 cc; the high torque is applied in a broad range of 1,450 to 4,400 rpm.

2015 224

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. The SUMO HD is designed to interface with standard rear differentials without the need for an intermediate gearbox.

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