December, 2012

Nissan LEAF Driving Lesson!

Electric Cars are for Girls

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Frost & Sullivan consultant suggests European EV success will require radical lightweighting plus enabling legislation

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The 400 kg (curbweight) Aixam quadricycle, with a 400cc two-cylinder diesel, is an example of the size and weight needed in future city vehicles, Meilhan suggests. Click to enlarge.

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Is an AC motor in your future?

DIY Electric Car

All major car makers use AC propulsion systems for a reason. That reason is simplicity, robustness and excellent, programmable. operating parameters. For the past year, there has been a group of people studying. AC propulsion systems. They all eventually noticed the huge.

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Nissan Celebrates Leaf Electric Car's Second Birthday

Green Car Reports

Happy birthday, Nissan Leaf! Believe it or not, Nissan's electric car is now celebrating its second anniversary. With only relatively small numbers on the road--smaller than Nissan was hoping, anyway--the Leaf still seems like a recently-launched vehicle.

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Review: 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Hybrid SUV Blog

The mid-size Toyota Highlander Hybrid remains one of the few vehicles on the market that offers a large SUV experience, while getting reasonable fuel economy for its size.

Mid-size cities looking to Bus Rapid Transit for traffic improvements

National Green Transportation

Public transportation systems have historically shaped the structure of cities. The largest metropolitan areas typically have extensive mass transit systems providing mobility for commuters, residents and visitors while providing a backbone for

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World first: driverless electric shuttle sets to work in Switzerland

Green Cars News

Delivery of the world’s first fully-electric driverless shuttle has been made in Switzerland this week.

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Ford to offer new 5-cylinder 3.2L diesel in Transit van in North America next year

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Ford’s 5-cylinder, 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel will be Ford’s second in North America. Click to enlarge. Ford’s all-new 2014 Transit full-size van, which goes on sale late next year, will be offered with a new 3.2-liter Power Stroke five-cylinder diesel.

Muons and ADNA proposing using accelerator-driven subcritical reactor for heat for production of synthetic fuels and chemicals

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Functional elements of the GEM*STAR reactor. Source : Muons, Inc. Click to enlarge. Muons, Inc. , a private-sector high-energy accelerator physics firm, and ADNA (Accelerator-Driven Neutron Applications) Corp.,

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Continental focusing on automated driving as key long-term technology strategy; receives approval to test automated vehicles on Nevada roads

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Vehicle automation is set to be rolled out in stages, starting with partially automated driving from 2016; high levels of automation from 2020; and fully automated systems available from 2025. Click to enlarge.

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Topping-out ceremony for the Audi e-gas plant; synthetic methane production to begin in early 2013

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Components of the e-gas plant. Click to enlarge. Audi is celebrating progress on its e-gas plant under construction in Werlte, Germany with a topping-out ceremony.

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Nissan launches EV battery manufacturing in Smyrna plant

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Nissan has launched production in its new battery plant in Smyrna, Tenn.

2012 130

BASF investigating sodium-air batteries as alternative to Li-air; patent application filed with USPTO

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Discharge–charge cycles of Na–O 2 cells at various current densities (i.e., the rate capability). Cutoff potentials were set to 1.8 V for discharge and 3.6 V for charge. Dotted line: E0(NaO 2 ) = 2.27 Hartmann et al. Click to enlarge.

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Volkswagen’s 1.0L eco up! natural gas vehicle offers 79g CO2/km

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The eco up! natural gas vehicle. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen has launched the eco up! natural gas vehicle, previewed in a concept form in 2011 ( earlier post ) and revealed in its production version at the Geneva auto show in March this year, in Europe. The four-seat Volkswagen with its 1.0L

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Citroën introduces first members of new 3-cylinder gasoline engine family; 1.0L and 1.2L PureTech reduce fuel consumption about 25%

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PureTech 3-cylinder engine. Click to enlarge. Citroën is introducing the first members of its new PureTech family of three-cylinder gasoline engines on the C3, DS3 and C-Elysée (for international markets) ranges.

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Ford introduces new Transit family in North America; emphasis on improved fuel economy in commercial vehicle segment

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Highlights of the full-size Transit. Click to enlarge. Ford unveiled the full new 2014 Transit family of commercial vehicles for North America, comprising the full-size Transit, the Transit Connect Van, and the Transit Connect Wagon (shown earlier, earlier post ).

Asian Development Bank providing $300M towards replacing 100K gasoline trikes with E-Trikes in the Philippines; $300M for major road upgrades in Chhattisgarh, India

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing $300 million towards a project that will replace 100,000 gasoline-burning tricycles in the Philippines with electric tricycles, or E-Trikes. About 3.5

Pike Research makes 10 electric vehicle predictions for 2013

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Sales of plug-in vehicles (PEVs) in 2013 will continue to outpace the first years of hybrid vehicle sales as more than 210,000 PEVs will be sold globally and more than three dozen PEV models will debut, according to a year-end free whitepaper published by Pike Research, that makes 10 specific predictions about electric vehicles in 2013.

2012 120

Anderman: Li-ion capacity far outstripping demand as automakers focus more on hybrids, less on full EVs

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Global automotive Li-Ion battery production capacity is outstripping demand five-to-one as automakers refocus on hybrids and away from full electric vehicles, according to Dr. Menahem Anderman’s recently released xEV Industry Insider Report.

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Pike Research ranks ChargePoint, DBT as top EV charging equipment supply companies

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The new Pike Pulse Grid for EVSE manufacturers. Click to enlarge.

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Argentina’s YPF and Bridas, 50% owned by CNOOC, to invest $1.5B in Vaca Muerta shale oil development in Argentina

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Argentina state-owned energy company YPF and Bridas, an Argentina-based oil and gas company 50% owned by China National Offshore Oil Corporation, agreed to invest $1.5

Volt drivers collectively log more than 100M all-electric miles since sales launch

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Chevrolet announced that Volt owners collectively have driven more than 100 million all-electric miles since the vehicle went on sale two years ago this month. The average Volt owner travels more than 65% of the time in pure electric mode as the car was designed, only using the gasoline-powered generator for longer trips. By charging regularly, Volt owners drive approximately 900 miles, or a month and a half, between fill-ups.

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Cornell team proposes new scheme for Lithium-sulfide battery cathodes

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Discharge capacity (left axis) and Coulombic efficiency (right axis) of the Li 2 S-C cathode as a function of cycle number. A fixed current density of 200 mA g -1 was used for these measurements. Credit: ACS, Guo et al. Click to enlarge.

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BMW introduces 4 Series Concept Coupé; Air Curtain and Air Breather for front wheel aero enhancements

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In Munich, BMW presented the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe—a look ahead to the fourth generation of its sporty mid-range coupé, and successor to the current generation of the BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible. BMW Concept 4 Series Coupé. Click to enlarge.

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Enbridge to invest $6.2B in pipeline expansions for light oil from North Dakota and Canada

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Enbridge Inc. will proceed with a $6.2-billion program of pipeline expansions to carry an additional 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) of light oil from North Dakota and western Canada to refinery markets in Ontario, Quebec and the US Midwest. Program projects. Click to enlarge.

Eni and Anadarko to coordinate development of gas reservoirs offshore Mozambique, jointly to develop major onshore LNG facility

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Eni and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation signed a Heads of Agreement (HOA) establishing foundational principles for the coordinated development of common natural gas reservoirs in the offshore Mozambique.

DOE, ArcelorMittal partnership boosts efficiency of major steel manufacturing plant; 504 boiler project captures blast furnace gas flare

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Simplified process diagram that shows existing process components and the new elements of the 504 project. Source: NETL. Click to enlarge.

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DARPA awards up to $20M to NVIDIA to research high-performance, highly energy-efficient embedded processors for autonomous vehicles

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DARPA is seeking a major increase in performance per watt for embedded processors. Source: DARPA. Click to enlarge.

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IBM reports breakthrough in integration of optical components with electrical circuits on silicon chip; silicon nanophotonics

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IBM announced a breakthrough optical communication technology which has been verified in a manufacturing environment.

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A123 Systems reaches agreement to sell substantially all assets to Wanxiang for $256.6M

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A123 Systems, Inc. reached agreement on the terms of an asset purchase agreement with Wanxiang America Corporation through which Wanxiang would acquire substantially all of A123’s assets for $256.6 million. Earlier post.) Wanxiang outbid a joint Johnson Controls and NEC offer and a bid from Siemens in an auction held on 6 December for the assets of the bankrupt Li-ion battery maker.

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DOE will award up to $12M to research projects to drive down the cost of drop-in biofuels via thermochemical, direct liquefaction pathways

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Thermochemical pathways for producing bioproducts from biomass. Source: DOE. Click to enlarge.

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Mercedes-Benz to offer new generation of 4MATIC all-wheel drive system next year integrated with 7G-DCT transmission; lighter and more efficient

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Elements of the new 4MATIC. Click to enlarge. Starting next year, Mercedes-Benz will offer a new generation of the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system with fully variable torque distribution.

2012 108

U of I team develops Zn-Ti-O nanofibers for efficient H2S adsorption from raw fuels

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University of Illinois researchers have developed mats of Zn–Ti–O nanofibers that adsorb sulfur from raw fuels such as natural gas and coal/biomass-derived syngas much more effectively than traditional materials.

2012 108

Nissan Leaf Owners Get Hot Laps In Electric Nismo RC Racer

Green Car Reports

Race cars aren't known for their gas-sipping qualities. The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC is a little different. Not only is it one of a handful of race cars in the world that emits no more pollution than its road car equivalent, but it's rather more silent than the production Leaf too.

2012 108

Portable sensors enable monitoring of pollution on smart phones; inferring pollution maps with greater granularity

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EPA AQI map of the San Diego County region,with a box added to. indicate UCSD campus. Right. AQI map generated using data collected by CitiSense for the UCSD campus area during a five-minute window on same date and time. Boxes represent pollution reading locations during that window. Nikzad et al.

2012 107

Repost: DOE will award up to $12M to research projects to drive down the cost of drop-in biofuels via thermochemical, direct liquefaction pathways

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Note: This is a repost due to the Typepad publishing system eating the original version posted on Friday. Apologies to those commenters whose comments have been lost. ]. Thermochemical pathways for producing bioproducts from biomass. Source: DOE. Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge.

2012 107

Ford’s math on hybrid fuel economy; standing by the C-MAX EPA ratings, acknowledging large real-world variance

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Raj Nair outlining factors affecting real-world fuel economy in hybrids. Click to enlarge.

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