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Why One LEAF-Driving Cop Can't Drive Straight Home After Work Anymore

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Friday November 22, 2013 Today I met a San Francisco cop. He wasn’t in uniform, so I figured he was another of those early adopter techie types buying EVs. We chatted while he finished charging his LEAF at the recently installed Quick Charger at the new Market Street Whole Foods in San Francisco. I''ll call him Officer Bill. Officer Bill has had his LEAF since February 2013, about 9 months. His infectious smile alone communicates how much he likes his car.

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Mercedes-Benz reports on 3.3M km of B-Class Fuel Cell testing, looks ahead to next generation

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While Hyundai, Toyota and Honda seized much attention over their presentations of fuel cell rollout plans (in the case of Hyundai) and concepts (in the case of Honda and Toyota) at the Los Angeles and Tokyo auto shows, Daimler used EVS27 in Barcelona as a forum to report on its 3.3

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How Dangerous Is Road Debris? It's THIS Dangerous (Video)

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You might have noticed a few recent high-profile stories about road debris puncturing the battery packs of Tesla Model S electric cars, causing fires.

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Driverless Nissan LEAF electric car tested on Japanese highway

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A Nissan LEAF electric car has become the first car to test autonomous driving on a stretch of Japanese motorway.

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Nissan carries out first public road test of Autonomous Drive on expressways in Japan

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Nissan Motor Corporation has carried out the first public road test of Autonomous Drive (AD) ( earlier post ) on a Japanese highway.

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China’s SAIC Motor named winner of 10th LA Auto Show Design Challenge; Mobiliant

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The judges of the 10 th annual LA Auto Show Design Challenge named SAIC Motor the winner of the 2013 competition.

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Study estimates 6% of lung cancer deaths in US and UK attributable to diesel exhaust

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In 2012, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), classified diesel engine exhaust (DEE) as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). Earlier post.). Now, a study by researchers from the Netherlands, the US, and France estimates that approximately 6% of annual lung cancer deaths in the US and UK—combining both environmental and occupational exposures—may be due to DEE exposure.

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Audi wins SPE award for plastic turbocharged air duct

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At the recent 43rd-Annual SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, Audi took the Powertrain category award for its turbocharged air duct applied on the A4 and A5 TDI and TFSI. Click to enlarge.

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Volvo’s Nova Bus and STM to test three electric buses and two rapid charging stations in Montréal

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Volvo Group’s North American subsidiary, Nova Bus, and the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) have entered into an agreement on an electrification project for the public transit system of Montréal, Canada.

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California Energy Commission to award up to $29.9M to hydrogen refueling infrastructure projects

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) will award up to $29.9 million to projects to develop hydrogen refueling infrastructure in California ( PON-13-607 ). The solicitation has two goals: 1) to develop infrastructure necessary to dispense hydrogen transportation fuel; and 2) to provide needed Operation and Maintenance (O&M) funding to support hydrogen refueling operations prior to the large—scale roll—out of Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs).

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Test drive of highway platooning with autonomous vehicles in the Netherlands

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Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz rode in the first highway test drive of an autonomous car in the Netherlands. TU Delft, TNO, RDW and Connekt are collaborating in the Dutch Automated Vehicle Initiative (DAVI).

ARPA-E to award up to $30M for intermediate-temperature fuel cell systems for distributed generation; exploring storage and power-to-fuels

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) will award up to $30 million to fund a new program focused on the development of transformational electrochemical technologies to enable low-cost distributed power generation.

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NREL study probes emissions impact of butanol-gasoline blends in light-duty vehicles

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Summary of significant emissions results from the fuel testing. Credit: ACS, Ratcliff et al. Click to enlarge.

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TUM CREATE introduces tropical megacity e-taxi prototype at Tokyo; super-fast charging with twin charge ports

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Drawing of the 50 kWh pack and the twin charge ports for super-fast charging. Click to enlarge. Singapore-based TUM CREATE unveiled an electric taxi prototype designed for tropical megacities, codenamed EVA, at the Tokyo Motor Show.

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Ford researchers present physics-based model of mass-induced fuel consumption for better insight into lightweighting benefits

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Schematic of fuel use in driving. F w = fuel consumption due to mass-induced loads; F x = fuel cons. due to aerodynamic resistance and accessory power loads; F f = fuel cons. due to mechanical losses in the engine; F l = fuel cons. due to mechanical losses outside of the engine; F load = fuel cons.

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What Can I Save Driving An Electric Car? Apps Can Help, Soon

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Last month, Apple Stores in the United States began stocking the Automatic Link. And it might just point the way toward how to convince more car buyers that a plug-in electric car--or other alternatives, from hybrid to diesel to natural gas, for that matter--could make economic sense.

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Ford recalling nearly 140,000 2013 Escapes with 1.6L EcoBoost engines over fire potential

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Ford Motor Company is recalling 139,917 model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured 5 October 2011 through 2 June 2013 and equipped with 1.6L EcoBoost engines. These vehicles may experience localized overheating of the engine cylinder head which may cause cracks that could allow oil to leak; leaking engine oil may come into contact with a hot engine surface, potentially resulting in an engine compartment fire.

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Rosneft board of directors approves plan to develop West Siberian Kharampur gas field

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Rosneft Board of Directors has approved a project plan for the development of the Kharampur gas field in West Siberia. The gas to be produced at Kharampur will be one of the key sources of supplies under the long-term contracts by Rosneft.

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USC Viterbi engineers develop faster additive manufacturing process with multiple base materials

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USC Viterbi School of Engineering researchers have developed a faster 3-D printing process and are now using it to model and fabricate heterogeneous objects, which comprise multiple materials.

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Nissan testing LEAF as electrical power storage and supply for office buildings; LEAF-to-Building a development of LEAF-to-Home

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Nissan reports a successful early field test of a system that will allow companies to regulate their electricity bills using the batteries of Nissan LEAFs used by their staff to commute to work. Vehicle-To-Building” allows up to six Nissan LEAF EVs to be connected to a building’s power distribution board. Charging is phased during the day so at peak hours, when electricity is most expensive, the building draws power from the cars. When electricity is cheaper it flows the other way.

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Lithium-Sulfur Battery Lab Tests Show High Energy Density

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The month wouldn''t be complete without another battery technology breakthrough, and this time it''s the turn of lithium-sulfur technology. Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are experimenting with a lithium-sulfur battery design with twice the specific energy of lithium-ion batteries, and a

Advanced pre-collision safety system in 2014 Lexus LS helps avoid frontal collisions

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The Lexus flagship 2014 LS sedan offers an Advanced Pre-Collision System (A-PCS) with collision avoidance assist designed to detect obstacles and bring the car to a full stop if needed. This system is designed to assist the driver in avoiding or mitigating collisions with vehicles and pedestrians under a wide range of city and highway speeds, by day or night.

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Fisker Automotive files for Chapter 11, selling assets to Hybrid Tech Holdings

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Fisker Automotive, Inc. and Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc. collectively, Fisker Automotive) have entered into an asset purchase agreement with Hybrid Tech Holdings, LLC (Hybrid) for the sale of substantially all Fisker assets. Hybrid is the lender under an approximately $170-million loan secured by first liens on substantially all of Fisker Automotive’s assets. Hybrid’s parent, Hybrid Technology, LLC purchased the loan from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for $25 million. Earlier post.).

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Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars To Come From Toyota, Hyundai, Honda

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Last week saw no fewer than three hydrogen fuel-cell cars appear at auto shows around the world. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota unveiled its FCV Concept, a somewhat-disguised version of a production car it''s expected to launch next year and offer for limited sale in 2015. Meanwhile, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the wraps came off the Honda FCEV

Nissan Leaf Likely To Get 'Hot Weather' Battery In Next Year

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Nissan is readying a new lithium-ion chemistry for its Leaf electric car, aimed at better range performance in hot-weather climates. And it''s likely bound for all Leaf models in the first half of next year. Last week at the Tokyo Motor Show, Andy Palmer, Nissan''s executive vice president and global marketing chief, confirmed that the new chemistry

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Report: Nippon Steel, ArcelorMittal to buy US auto steel plant for $1.95B

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The Nikkei reports that Nippon Steel and ArcelorMittal will jointly acquire a ThyssenKrupp automotive steel sheet plant in Alabama for approximately ¥200 billion (US$1.95 billion). The acquisition, which would more than double the buyers’ combined production capacity in the US, would be Nippon Steel’s largest every outside of Japan. According to the report, the two partners will split the cost; specifics will be coming in early December.

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Life With Tesla Model S: Even After Update, Vampire Draw Remains

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The Tesla Model S, for all its technical and design artistry, has a dirty little secret: the car has a substantial appetite for kilowatt-hours even when turned off and parked. Since the Model S was introduced in 2012, this "vampire" power drain from the cars sold so far has consumed roughly 15 gigawatt-hours of electric energy, nearly a day''s

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Rotary Engine Lives On In Range-Extended Electric Mazda 2 Prototype

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Mazda is a relative minnow in the auto industry sea, but for such an independent company it punches above its weight in engineering terms. It''s still one of few companies to offer a simple two-seater sports car in a world of more profitable crossovers and hatchbacks.

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Nissan R&D Chief: Carbon Fiber Is Good For Planes, Not Cars

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Nissan has put a lot of investment into the battery and all-electric powertrain technology in its all-electric Leaf. Yet outside of that, the Leaf is a pretty ordinary small car in materials and layout. Meanwhile, the somewhat more expensive BMW i3 takes a radically different approach to materials and construction; from its carbon-fiber-reinforced

EU and China to collaborate on low-carbon city projects

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The European Union’s climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC , and the fourth largest city of China, Tianjin, have agreed to collaborate on the JiefangNan Rd New Meijiang pilot, a low-carbon city project. The agreement was signed in Beijing last week in the presence of China’s Premier Li Keqiang and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.

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UC Berkeley study quantifies LD gasoline on-road emissions

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Based on on-road measurements in their study, a team from the University of California Berkeley has estimated that, as of 2010, light-duty (LD) gasoline vehicles were responsible for 85% of CO; 18% of NO x ; 18% of organic aerosol (OA); and 6% of black carbon (BC) emissions from on-road motor vehicles in the United States.

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smart electric drive goes on sale in China

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The new smart fortwo electric drive is now available to buy from dealerships in China. The smart brand celebrated this market launch at the Guangzhou Motor Show, where the all-electric city runabout was presented to the Chinese public. The new generation smart electric drive has been available in Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan since production began in 2012. In Germany the electric smart quickly became the number one battery-powered electric vehicle, securing a market share of around 40%.

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Honda begins building new automobile production plant in Brazil; starting with new Fit in 2 years

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Honda Automóveis do Brasil Ltda. HAB), the Honda automobile production and sales subsidiary in Brazil, has begun construction of its new automobile production plant in the city of Itirapina in the state of São Paulo (approximately 200 km (124 miles) northwest of the city of São Paulo). With an annual production capacity of 120,000 units, the new plant is scheduled to become operational in two years, in 2015. Including the acquisition of the 5.8

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GE Transportation wins first order for new marine diesel engine; 50% reduction in emissions

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GE Transportation announced the first sale of its new 12V250 Marine Diesel Engine that is designed to meet EPA Tier 4i and IMO Tier III Emissions standards. GE’s technology eliminates the need for a urea-based after-treatment emissions reduction system, providing more valuable cargo space, and reduces emissions by 50%.

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Nissan and British Gas launch UK’s largest electric commercial vehicle pilot

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Nissan and British Gas have launched the UK’s largest electric commercial vehicle pilot. British Gas is testing 28 Nissan e-NV200 vans ( earlier post ) throughout the winter to determine the future viability of battery-electric vehicle technology as part of its 13,000 home service vans fleet. The test is being run in collaboration with Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions and Gateshead College.

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Neste Oil awarded first RSPO-RED certificate for NExBTL renewable diesel production

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Neste Oil is the first company to be awarded an RSPO-RED Supply Chain certificate under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) new, more demanding certification system. The certificate covers the production of NExBTL renewable diesel at Neste Oil’s refineries in Porvoo, Rotterdam, and Singapore. The RSPO’s new RSPO-RED overall certification system calculates greenhouse gas emissions released over the entire life cycle of a product, in line with the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

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Low-temperature plasma-assisted combustion could improve jet aircraft performance and fuel consumption

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Introducing plasma (ionized gas) to a combustion reaction can sustain combustion even in conditions that would otherwise snuff out the reaction: for example, at low air pressure, in high winds or when there’s low fuel. As such, low-temperature plasma-assisted combustion can potentially give an efficiency boost to high-performance aircraft.

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