December, 2014

Used Electric Cars

Electric Cars are for Girls

For the first time in around 80 years, it is possible in many parts of the world to buy a used electric car

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EIA: California home to almost half of US plug-in electric vehicles

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Total US sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)—battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric—have increased in recent years, but still represent only about 0.7% of new vehicle sales in 2014 so far, up from 0.6% in 2013 and 0.4% in 2012.

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New Study Doesn't Say 'Electric Cars Aren't Green' (Headlines To The Contrary)

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Brace yourself, electric-car fans and advocates. It may be a bumpy ride for the next few days.

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Report: Toyota to invest ~$165M to triple Japan production capacity for Mirai fuel cell vehicle

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The Nikkei reports that Toyota will invest about ¥20 billion yen ($165 million) to triple production capacity in Japan for its new Mirai fuel cell vehicle ( earlier post ) to meet what it describes as strong corporate and public-sector demand.

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Renault & partners show research prototypes: 2-cyl. 2-stroke diesel, 48V mild-hybrid diesel, delivery EV

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POWERFUL two-cylinder, two-stroke diesel. Click to enlarge.

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Scania to test wirelessly charged plug-in hybrid city bus for the first time in Sweden

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Starting June 2016 a prototype for a new Scania plug-in hybrid bus (based on Scania Citywide Low Entry) will go into daily operation in Södertälje. Click to enlarge.

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New high-voltage electrolyte additive supports high energy density and stability in LMNC Li-ion battery; 2x energy density over LiCoO2

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Discharge capacity and cycle numbers for LMNC cathode with and without DFDEC in the electrolyte. Pham et al. Click to enlarge. A team led by researchers at Chungnam National University (S.

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive reduces lifecycle CO2 emissions by as much as 64% compared to B 180 gasoline model

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CO 2 emissions of the B-Class Electric Drive compared with the B 180 gasoline-engine variant [t/car]. Click to enlarge.

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GMZ Energy successfully demonstrates 1 kW thermoelectric generator for Bradley Fighting Vehicle

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GMZ Energy, a market leader in the development of high-temperature thermoelectric generation (TEG) solutions, has successfully demonstrated a 1,000W TEG designed for diesel engine exhaust heat recapture in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Earlier post.)

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ICCT study compares leading global driving cycles and provides usable conversion factors for CO2 emissions

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Cambridge team successfully tests hybrid light aircraft; 30% fuel savings

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Hybrid in flight. Click to enlarge. Researchers from the University of Cambridge, in association with Boeing, have successfully tested a light aircraft powered by a parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system, in which an electric motor and gasoline engine work together to drive the propeller.

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Audi introducing 2nd-gen Q7 SUV at NAIAS; e-tron quattro diesel PHEV model; 2nd gen MLB

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The new Q7. Click to enlarge. Audi will present the new second-generation Audi Q7 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

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Alcoa unveils major advance in aluminum manufacturing technology; new Micromill targeting future automotive aluminum products

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Alcoa’s Micromill has a much smaller footprint than conventional direct casting technology, and produces automotive aluminum alloys with 40% greater formability and 30% greater strength. Click to enlarge.

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Tesla Model S P85D Obliterates Ferrari In Drag Race (Video)

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The Tesla Model S P85D has only been on sale for a few weeks. But given its specifications it was only a matter of time before the dual-motor all-wheel drive electric car bloodied the nose of a more traditional performance vehicle.

Researchers develop free-standing nanowire mesh for direct solar water-splitting to produce H2; new design for “artificial leaf”

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The mesh with BiVO 4 nanowire photoanode for water oxidation and Rh-SrTiO 3 nanowire photocathode for water reduction produces hydrogen gas without an electron mediator. Credit: ACS, Liu et al. Click to enlarge.

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Tesla P85D Top Speed, PerformanceTo Be Boosted In 'Next Few Months'

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The Tesla Model S P85D electric car''s greatest talent seems to be generating outrageous performance figures. Tesla itself claims the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive car produces 691 horsepower. Now, the first independent test of its torque is equally impressive.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt To Add On-Demand Regenerative Braking

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With little morethan three weeks to go until the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is revealed, its maker is dribbling out more tantalizing details on the all-new car.

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Top Electric-Car Advertisers: Nissan And, Surprise, Kia--Chevy Not So Much

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Promoting electric cars is often a grassroots effort, with owners acting as some of the most enthusiastic (and effective) spokespeople. But what about one of the biggest way automakers themselves typically promote their wares? How do electric-car makers compare in terms of television advertising?

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BMW to show 360-degree collision avoidance and fully-automated remote parking in multi-story garages at CES

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The driver has the i3 park itself in a multi-story garage using a smartwatch. Click to enlarge.

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Report: VW invests in novel energy storage company QuantumScape and its solid-state “All Electron Battery”

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Start-up Eco-Motive developing dual-fuel “H” engine; parallel, independently fueled piston banks

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The H-engine—basically two separate engines housed within the same engine block—comprises two switchable parallel piston banks, independently fueled by gasoline and CNG. Click to enlarge.

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Calls for an international 48V electrical standard for vehicles; looming WLTP implementation

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Nissan Leaf Electric Car Disembowled, Displayed On Pegboard (Video)

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Have you ever wondered what a Nissan Leaf electric car looks like when you peel away the bodywork, seats, and virtually everything beside the powertrain? Thanks to one enterprising YouTube user--and one sacrificed electric car--now you can find out.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Another Video Teaser, This One On Snow And Ice

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Can the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Volt manage to propel itself on what looks like an inch or two of snow? Why, yes, actually, it can. In fact, the new Volt appears to behave just as any other front-wheel-drive car would on a similar surface.

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Achates Power secures fifth OEM contract for opposed-piston 2-stroke CI engines; 3-cylinder configurations under test

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Achates Power, Inc., the developer of a family of efficient compression-ignition opposed-piston two-stroke (OP2S) engines ( earlier post ) has secured another contract with a leading global OEM.

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'Thanks A Billion': Nissan Leaf Electric Car Logs 1 Billion Kilometers (Video)

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As the world''s bestselling electric car, the Nissan Leaf continues to be the first to pass many important milestones for the segment. In just under four years on sale, it recently became the first electric car to pass 1 billion kilometers driven (about 620 million miles).

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U Maryland team devises new method to stabilize high-capacity Si anodes for Li-ion batteries: interfacial oxygen

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Interfacial oxygen between the silicon and carbon improves electrode performance. Credit: ACS, Son et al. Click to enlarge.

ExxonMobil: global GDP up ~140% by 2040, but energy demand ~35% due to efficiency; LDV energy demand to rise only slightly despite doubling parc

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As the world population increases by the estimated 30% from 2010 to 2040, ExxonMobil sees global GDP rising by about 140%, but energy demand by only about 35% due to greater efficiency. Click to enlarge.

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BASF’s new four-way conversion catalyst: TWC plus particulate filter

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BASF researchers have further developed the three-way conversion catalyst and optimized its cleaning effect. The new four-way conversion catalyst, FWC, is a technology for vehicles with gasoline engines.

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Mercedes-Benz S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID can cut lifecycle CO2 by up to 56% compared to S 500

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Comparison of CO 2 emissions for the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID and the S 500 [t/car]. Source: TÜV SÜD. Click to enlarge.

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Toyota Mirai Test Drive, Tesla Drag Race, Cleaner Electric Cars: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Which promise made by electric-car maker Tesla Motors took 18 months to come to fruition? And what''s the 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle really like to drive?

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Honda begins sales of new Grace Hybrid in Japan; 4WD option

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Honda Motor Co., has begun sales of the all-new Grace hybrid sedan at dealerships across Japan. The Grace is equipped with Honda’s Sport Hybrid i-DCD one-motor hybrid system that enables the driver to start in EV mode and realizes fuel economy of 34.4 km/L (81 mpg US or 2.9

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Caltech team proposes taxonomy for solar fuels generators; different approaches to converting sunlight to chemical fuels

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Researchers at the California Institute of Technology are proposing a nomenclature and taxonomy for solar fuels generators—devices that harness energy from sunlight to drive the synthesis of chemical fuels.

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HyperSolar reaches 1.25 V for water-splitting with its self-contained low-cost photoelectrochemical nanosystem

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HyperSolar, Inc. announced that it had reached 1.25 volts (V) of water-splitting voltage with its novel low-cost electrolysis technology. Future development efforts will focus on increasing the currents and photovoltages beyond 1.5V.

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Vertimass receives up to $2M from DOE for conversion of ethanol into gasoline, diesel and jet blendstocks; expanding the ethanol market

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Ethanol conversion to hydrocarbons as a function of temp. at a LHSV of 2.93 Source: US 20140100404 A1. Click to enlarge.

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Penn State researchers develop thermally regenerative ammonia battery (TRAB) for efficient waste heat recovery

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Researchers at Penn State University have demonstrated the efficient conversion of low-grade thermal energy into electrical power using a thermally regenerative ammonia-based battery (TRAB). A paper on their work is published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science.

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rFpro simulator software for ADAS/autonomous vehicle development features low-latency, high-quality graphics for improved testing

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rFpro, a provider of Driver-In-The-Loop simulators for vehicle dynamics engineering, is offering driving simulator software, originally developed for Formula 1, that will enable vehicle manufacturers to test ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) technologies more accurately than before.

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