October, 2012

DOE to award up to $1M to evaluate technology pathways for cost-competitive hydrogen fuel

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $1 million for up to two projects for 3–4 years to evaluate the most promising technology paths toward achieving $2 to $4 per gallon gasoline equivalent (gge) of hydrogen fuel or less by 2020. The projects selected through this funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0000748 ) will help identify cost-effective and efficient materials and processes to produce hydrogen from renewable energy sources and natural gas.

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Kenguru NEV for Wheelchairs

Electric Cars are for Girls

The Kenguru NEV is pretty much the PERFECT around-town vehicle for wheelchair users. It's more convenient and easier to use than its gas-guzzling counterpart, and it's a quarter of the price

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Tesla: 'Loser' Along With Ener1, Solyndra, And Fisker, Romney Says

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has weighed in with his verdict on startup electric-car maker Tesla Motors: It's a "loser." So, for that matter, is another startup that's still in business, Fisker Automotive. The two car companies were lumped in with a pair of bankrupt businesses, lithium-ion cell maker Ener1 (which was later

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Motor in

DIY Electric Car

Bought most of the bits for the conversion in December 2010. They shipped in and I took delivery in May 2011. July 2012: Embarrassing mess. Wasted $$ in battery connectors made of tinned steel and copper mesh. Good lesson: make sure I post online any questions at least a week before I have to make a decision. Eventually bought good ones and a vacuum pump for the brakes from. www.evworks.com.au/. The good ones cost 25% of what I paid for the bad ones. 8 Oct 2012: AC55 motor is in.

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Review of the Ford Focus Electric - Electric drive train

National Green Transportation

In this part of the Ford Focus Electric review, we will go over the electric drive train systems. This is part of a multi-part review of Ford's all-electric Focus, for an overview of the car

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Drivers positively charged about electric cars

Green Cars News

Consumer range anxiety about electric cars is a myth and motorists are largely positive about electric cars, new research suggests. Given the chance, drivers quickly get over any anxiety or concerns they have about battery-power cars, with many motorists who have driven them found to prefer them to conventional models, according to a study by [.]. Electric cars electric car London range anxiety trial

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US DOE launches Vehicles Data Challenge

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As part of the Energy Datapalooza event in Washington, DC, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced a challenge to to foster new technologies that can. increase fuel efficiency while also addressing distracted driving concerns. The challenge will seek to recognize the best innovative technology solutions that vehicle owners can choose to use with their own private vehicle data. DOE and the Environmental Protection.

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Romney Slams Tesla, Fisker Again In Final Presidential Debate

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The CEOs of Tesla and Fisker may have thought they were home free--but it was not to be. Both startup electric-car companies were named at the very end of last night's third and final presidential debate. Republican candidate Mitt Romney didn't repeat his charge that Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] and Fisker Automotive were 'loser' companies--as he said

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The Plan for the Waiheke EV

DIY Electric Car

[link]. I bought Gavin Shoebridge's EV Secret's book, Kia Ora mate! and am starting down the path. The first thing the ebook I bought said to do was plan. I don't have a donor vehicle yet, I am going to trawl trade me to see what I can find, and what I like, after I work out what my modifications will weigh! So the requirements for my Waiheke EV. Power. The highest speed limit on the island is 70km/h, and that's only on one 3km stretch of road. The rest of the island is 50km/h.

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Ford C-MAX Energi has longest driving range of any utility or compact car

National Green Transportation

Have a long road trip to take but you don't want to spend much on gasoline and you can't afford a Tesla Model S? Ford announced on Tuesday that the Ford C-MAX Energi has

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Robbie Savage takes on former Stig in Volkswagen van challenge

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Former footballer and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Robbie Savage has taken on the former Stig, Ben Collins, in the Volkswagen Fan in a Van Football Ground Challenge. The challenge, which can be viewed on the Daily Mirror’s website. included visiting as many football grounds as possible in a day on one tank of fuel and [.]. Latest news Volkswagen

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Cool Planet projects production of carbon-negative high-octane biogasoline for $1.50 per gallon

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Cool Planet’s process relies on three core elements: novel biomass fractionation, advanced catalysis, and a char-to-soil enhancer. Source: Cool Planet. Click to enlarge. Cool Planet Energy Systems projects that using its patented mechanical process and novel scaling approach ( earlier post ), it will be able to produce high-octane carbon-negative (with the use of its bio-char byproduct) renewable gasoline at a cost of $1.50 per gallon, without the need for government subsidies.

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New 450hp Small Block V8 for 2014 Corvette features direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing

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Power density. The 6.2L LT1 is almost 40 lbs lighter (and more compact) than the 4.4L BMW Twin Turbo V8, and is expected to deliver more power and comparable torque. Click to enlarge. When the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette arrives late next year, it will be powered by a new 6.2L V-8 delivering an estimated 450 hp (335 kW) and 450 lb-ft (610 N·m ) of torque (610 Nm) and helping to produce 0-60 times of less than four seconds.

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Saudi Arabia Uses Your Gas Dollars To Fund.Solar Energy

Green Car Reports

Renewable energy, especially solar, is making inroads into the U.S. power grid, but it's a very slow process. And especially in the wake of the Solyndra collapse, it's one fraught with political wrangling. But there's another country that plans to invest heavily in solar power, hoping to provide fully 30 percent of its energy needs from the sun in

Ideal Power Converters and NREL demonstrate vehicle-to-grid capabilities

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Ideal Power Converters (IPC) announced that the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable. Energy Laboratory (NREL) has successfully demonstrated vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities using IPC’s bi-directional Battery Converter. IPC’s Battery Converter will provide bi-directional power between the EV. battery and a 480Vac power grid.

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Ford C-MAX Energi beats Prius Plug-in and Volt on fuel efficiency and price

National Green Transportation

The Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid is shaping up as a big winner for Ford. On Thursday (today), Ford announced the C-MAX Energi fuel efficiency ratings, 108 MPGe city 100 MPGe combined, tops those of the

2012 64

Robert Llewellyn: The Numpty Factor

Green Cars News

Over the last week I have noticed a marked and almost unconscious shift in my car journeys. Up to about 3 weeks ago, a journey I did last week-230 miles in one afternoon- I would not have considered attempting in the Nissan LEAF. I would just have gone in the Prius and not given it [.]. Electric cars Robert Llewellyn electric car Nissan LEAF

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Opel presents new midsize gasoline engine at Aachen Colloquium; fuel consumption down 13%, torque and power up 33%

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New 1.6L SIDI engine. Click to enlarge. Opel revealed more details about its new mid-size gasoline engine family at the Aachen Colloquium in Germany. Earlier post.) The all-new 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, SIDI (spark ignition direct injection) ECOTEC Turbo engines, which begin Opel’s renewal of its powertrain portfolio, deliver improved fuel consumption, performance and refinement.

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ABB launches 22 kW AC & DC fast charging station

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ABB launched the Terra Smart Connect Duo , the first 22 kW AC & DC fast charging station tested and proven to successfully support the Daimler smart electric drive and Renault Zoe using AC charging, as well as with CHAdeMO cars such as the publicly announced Nissan EV200, Mitsubishi Outlander, Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner. Terra SC Duo Charge Station. Click to enlarge.

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Fisker Karma Boosts Hollywood Image With Cameo In Thriller

Green Car Reports

Some might say that luxury carmaker Fisker's story is a bit of a thriller itself. Whether tales of fires and frozen loans will measure up to the new Harrison Ford thriller Paranoia is a different matter, but Fisker's range-extended luxury sedan makes a cameo appearance in the film. According to USA Today (via Motor Authority), the car is a gift

2012 119

Furtive eGT electric sports car hits 240 km/h on the Nordschleife; small production series for 2013

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On the Nordschleife. Click to enlarge. The racing driver Sabine Schmitz has tested the battery-electric Furtive eGT sports car from Exagon Motors ( earlier post ) on the Nordschleife (north loop) of the Nürburgring, achieving a top speed of nearly 240 km/h (149 mph) on the 20 kilometer long Nordschleife. The Furtive eGT, introduced earlier this year at the Paris Motor Show, features motors from Siemens and batteries from Saft.

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Ford C-MAX Energi has longest driving range of any utility or compact car

National Green Transportation

Have a long road trip to take but you don't want to spend much on gasoline and you can't afford a Tesla Model S? Ford announced on Tuesday that the Ford C-MAX Energi has

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Clothes that clean the air as you walk

Green Cars News

Jeans that act as catalytic converters, actively cutting pollution as you walk down the street, are one of the star attractions at the Manchester Science Festival this week. Developed by chemist Tony Ryan and fashion designer Helen Storey, the denim is coated in nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, a mineral capable of breaking down nitrogen oxides-a [.]. Green credentials catalytic converter pollution

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Toyota powers up 1.1 MW PEM fuel cell generator at Torrance headquarters campus; direct H2 pipeline feed

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Toyota Motor Sales USA (TMS) activated a new 1.1-megawatt hydrogen fuel cell generator on the Torrance headquarters campus. The fuel cell will supply approximately half of the electricity for six headquarters buildings during peak demand. Designed and built by Ballard Power Systems, the proprietary Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) stationary fuel cell is the largest PEM fuel cell of its kind.

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ORNL unveils 20 petaflop Titan supercomputer

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has launched Titan, a 20 petaflop (20,000 trillion calculations per second) supercomputer that will be 10 times more powerful than ORNL’s last world-leading system, Jaguar, while overcoming power and space limitations inherent in the previous generation of high-performance computers.

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2012 Tesla Model S: Most Important New Car Since Ford Model T?

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There's no denying that the Ford Model T is one of the most important cars of all time. It jump-started the auto industry as we now know it. But Tesla is looking to change the automotive industry, and the new 2012 Model S just might be the most important new car since the Model T. Let's start with the obvious: Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is a U.S.

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Nissan boosts fuel economy of 2013 Pathfinder SUV by 30%, drops weight by 500 lbs

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2013 Pathfinder. Click to enlarge. Nissan’s new 2013 Pathfinder SUV—the 4 th generation of the vehicle introduced more than 25 years ago— utilizes a new drivetrain featuring a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine mated to a next-generation Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) to help provide up to a 30% increase in combined city/highway fuel economy over the previous V6-equipped model while maintaining comparable power.

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Ford C-MAX Energi beats Prius Plug-in and Volt on fuel efficiency and price

National Green Transportation

The Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid is shaping up as a big winner for Ford. On Thursday (today), Ford announced the C-MAX Energi fuel efficiency ratings, 108 MPGe city 100 MPGe combined, tops those of the

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British firm pulls petrol from thin air!

Green Cars News

A British company has produced petrol ‘from the air’ by using unique technology to that captures water vapour and carbon dioxide present in air to produce a synthetic version of the fossil fuel. According to The Independent this morning, Teeside-based Air Fuel Synthesis has so far managed to produce five litres of fuel since its [.]. Latest news air electricity petrol

Pike Research US consumer survey finds decreasing fundamental interest in plug-in electric vehicles

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US consumer interest in PEVs, 2012. Source: Pike Research. Click to enlarge. A new Pike Research survey assessing US consumer demand, preferences, and price sensitivity for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and electric vehicle. charging equipment (EVCE) has found a decline in the fundamental interest in PEVs among survey participants between 2011 and 2012.

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PSA Peugeot Citroën and GM confirm key steps in global strategic alliance; four vehicle projects, joint purchasing

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PSA Peugeot Citroën and General Motors confirmed important steps toward the execution of their Global Strategic Alliance. earlier post ) This alliance is structured around two main pillars: the sharing of vehicle platforms, components and modules; and the creation of a global purchasing joint venture for the sourcing of commodities, components and other goods and services from suppliers with combined annual purchasing volumes of approximately $125 billion.

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2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Even Cheaper: Now, $139/Month Lease

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Plug-in electric car sales are growing in the U.S., with the Chevy Volt in particular going from strength to strength. The 2012 Nissan Leaf, however, is not doing so well. Despite being one of the earliest electric cars on the market, it's been outsold three to two this year by the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. What is it that carmakers do to boost

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CMU study finds small battery PHEVs and gasoline hybrids the least-cost policy solution to reducing gasoline consumption

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Comparison of current federal subsidy to base case assumptions showing lifetime fuel savings (HomeEve charging scenario). An EPA estimate based on the Chevy Volt’s reported efficiency is also included for comparison. The federal subsidy significantly favors larger battery packs to a stronger degree than their potential for additional gasoline savings. Peterson and Michalek 2012. Click to enlarge.

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LiquidPiston introduces latest X-series version of HEHC rotary engine; targeting 58% peak BTE, 2 hp/lb power density

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Isuzu D201 35 hp diesel engine (left) and the LiquidPiston 40 hp X2 Prototype (right). Click to enlarge. LiquidPiston, Inc. LPI), the developer of engines based on its High Efficiency Hybrid Cycle (HEHC)( earlier post ), introduced the latest version of its X-series of rotary engines embodying HEHC at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2012 Directions in Engine-Efficiency and Emissions Research (DEER) Conference in Dearborn, Michigan.

2012 252

Could liquid air be the fuel of the future? The Green Piece.

Green Cars News

Tuesday 30 October, 2012. The Green Piece. When we talk of ‘alternative fuel’ vehicles, we usually mean battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell or maybe biofuel-powered, but there is one alternative that might prove to be a more practical alternative-liquid air. It’s not a new idea but one has been traditionally sidelined in favour of [.]. The Green Piece liquid air liquid nitrogen The Green Piece Column

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Simulation study suggests ORC waste heat recovery system could deliver potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a PHEV on highway

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A simple Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) waste heat recovery system could recover up to 10% of engine waste heat under highway driving conditions, corresponding to a potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a light-duty plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), with low penalization of the added weight to the vehicle electric range, according to a simulation study by researchers from the University of Stuttgart and the Ohio State University.

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Volvo Car Corp. demonstrates autonomous driving in traffic jams; traffic jam assistance system ready for production in 2014

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As another step toward autonomous driving systems, Volvo Car Corporation is demonstrating a new traffic jam assistance system. The new system, whereby the car automatically follows the vehicle in front in slow-moving queues up to 50 km/h (31 mph), will be ready for production in 2014. The traffic jam assistance function is an evolution of the current Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Aid technology, which was introduced in the all-new Volvo V40 earlier in 2012.

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