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SAE publishes SAE J2601 standard to harmonize H2 fueling of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles worldwide

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SAE J2601 enables fast refueling for all light-duty fuel cell vehicles. Photo courtesy of Shell. Click to enlarge.

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Airbus Electric Aircraft Makes Public Flight In UK, We Still Want One

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Aircraft--larger ones, at least--are surprisingly fuel-efficient ways of moving people around. They are however quite noisy, and aren''t subject to nearly as many pollution controls as road vehicles, so there''s still plenty room for improvement.

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Robert Llewellyn: Plug-in Prius breaks Nürburgring record (now I want to break mine too)

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If that isn’t a click bait headline I don’t know what is. A Prius on the Nürburgring, for goodness sake, that just silly. No way could that beat a Porsche 911 GT3 or the McLaren P1. Of course it didn’t, not in speed, but in fuel economy it did rather spectacularly well. This story has resonanc[.].

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Two Audi TDI technology studies with electric biturbo, 48V electrical systems; both technologies to go into series production

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V6 TDI bi-turbo with electric compressor. Click to enlarge. Audi has built two technology studies with the “electric biturbo” technology it is developing ( earlier post ): the Audi A6 TDI concept is equipped with a new 3.0 TDI monoturbo (i.e.,

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EIA: fuel economy improvements bring diminishing returns in fuel savings

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Improving fuel economy exhibits diminishing returns in fuel savings, according to a brief analysis by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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New Mercedes C-Class Estate offers new 1.6L diesel, diesel hybrid options; gasoline plug-in hybrid model coming

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Mercedes-Benz is adding a new Estate (wagon) model to its C-Class family starting in September 2014. The powertrain range for the Estate, which includes diesel, gasoline and hybrid options, features a new 1.6-liter 4-cylinder diesel (OM 626) produced by Renault.

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OpEneR: improving EV range by optimizing energy management

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OpEneR partners have developed driving strategies and driver assistance systems to improve the efficiency and safety of electric vehicles. Click to enlarge.

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Review: Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD with bi-fuel CNG option

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View of the CNG tank in the bed of a Silverado 2500HD with bi-fuel option. Click to enlarge.

New Kind Of Nurburgring Record: Toyota Prius Plug-In Sets Fuel-Economy Bar

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Automakers love to boast about Nürburgring lap times when selling performance cars. Once one of the most dangerous motor racing circuits in the world, it''s now a measuring stick for the capabilities of road-going sports cars, performance sedans and supercars.

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Cummins ETHOS 2.8L optimized E-85 engine demonstrates 50-80% reduction in CO2 emissions in medium-duty truck

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The ETHOS 2.8L demo truck. Click to enlarge. Cummins has developed an E-85-specific engine and powertrain that reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 80% compared with a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck. The work was jointly funded by Cummins and partners ($3,790,027) in partnership with the California Energy Commission (CEC) ($2,712,140). The Cummins ETHOS 2.8L is designed specifically to use E-85 (85% ethanol and 15% gasoline).

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Mazda begins production of 4th-gen Mazda2 (Demio)

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Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled the all-new Mazda2 (known as Mazda Demio in Japan). Production of the fourth-generation of the model, which has been fully redesigned for the first time in seven years, has begun at Mazda’s Hofu Plant No. 1 in Yamaguchi, Japan. Mazda2. Click to enlarge.

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Continental supplying first turbocharger with aluminum housing

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The water-cooled aluminum turbine housing. Click to enlarge. Continental’s powertrain developers have launched series production of the first car turbocharger with an aluminum turbine housing. Integration of the unit in the three-cylinder, 1.5L

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Shell adds 3rd major discovery to the Norphlet play in the Gulf of Mexico; total potential now above 700M barrels oil equivalent

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Shell announced its third major discovery in the Norphlet play in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico with the successful Rydberg exploration well. After more than 10 years of exploration activities in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, Shell continues to lead industry in exploring this Jurassic play.

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Crazy Diamond Performance develops mono-fuel CNG Chevrolet Cruze

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Crazy Diamond Performance (CDP) has developed a mono-fuel CNG Chevrolet Cruze, with intended market introduction no later than October 2014. The CDP CNG Cruze will certified to the cleanest emissions standard available for an internal combustion engine, according to CDP President Kevin Fern. Fern said that the 1.8L-equipped CNG Cruze outputs 20 hp and 24 ft-lbs torque over its competitor, while maintaining nearly the same fuel economy.

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New process for nanocomposite silicon-based powders for high-capacity Li-ion anodes

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Capacity change with number of cycles for PS-PVD powders with different C/Si ratios. The battery was charged at a constant current of 0.1 mA for the first three cycles and at 0.5 mA for the rest of the cycles. Homma et al. Click to enlarge.

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Researchers discover boron buckyball; possible potential for hydrogen storage

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Researchers from Brown University, Shanxi University and Tsinghua University in China have shown that a cluster of 40 boron atoms forms a hollow molecular cage similar to a carbon buckyball.

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BMW Group and Samsung SDI expand partnership on electric drive batteries; i3, i8 and additional hybrid models

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The BMW Group and Samsung SDI have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to expand their supply relationship for battery cells for electro-mobility. Samsung SDI will supply the BMW Group with battery cells for the BMW i3, BMW i8 and additional hybrid models over the coming years. The most important elements of the agreement are the increase in quantities delivered over the medium-term in response to growing demand for electro-mobility, and further technological development of battery cells.

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Eberspächer introducing diesel fuel-cell APU at IAA; planned market introduction in US in 2017

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Basic elements and operating principle of the diesel fuel-cell APU. Click to enlarge.

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Lux: transportation energy storage market worth $21B in 2020; closing the gap with electronics

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Energy storage, driven largely by electronics and plug-in vehicles, will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8% to $50 billion in 2020, with significant shifts coming from the transportation industry, according to a new report by Lux Research.

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2015 Chevrolet and GMC pickups, SUVs to offer eight-speed transmission with EcoTec3 V-8

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Chevrolet and GMC have confirmed a new eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models equipped with the 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 (L86) ( earlier post ).

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DOE awards $3.5M to Cellana to develop cost-competitive algal biofuels; hybrid production system

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $3.5 million to Cellana for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels.

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World premiere of new smart fortwo and forfour

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The new smart fortwo: Body panels in white, tridion safety cell in lava orange (metallic). The new smart forfour: Body in white, tridion safety cell in black. Click to enlarge.

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SAIC-GM-Wuling breaks ground for new R&D center and proving ground

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SAIC-GM-Wuling broke ground for its new R&D center and proving ground in Liuzhou, Guangxi, on 12 July. The facilities, which are adjacent to the joint venture’s Baojun passenger car production base, will support the development of new vehicles for China.

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VW Scirocco gets a completely new range of engines; up to 20 PS more power and 19% more fuel efficient

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Volkswagen is endowing its the new version of its Scirocco sports coupé with a range of six new gasoline (TSI) and diesel (TDI) engines delivering more power and better fuel economy. With its entry-level engines, the Scirocco consumes 5.4 l/100 km (43.6 mpg US) with the 92 kW 1.4 TSI, and 4.2

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Refreshed 2014 Toyota Yaris features revamped 1.0L engine with switching between Atkinson and Otto cycles; new hybrid

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2014 Yaris Hybrid. Click to enlarge. Toyota’s refreshed 2014 Yaris for Europe offers a choice of four powertrains, including a thoroughly reworked 3-cylinder 1.0 gasoline unit that is the first member of a new family of 14 highly efficient engines to be launched by 2015. With a thermal efficiency of 37%, the engine delivers a combined-cycle fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100 (57.4 mpg US), and CO 2 emissions reduced to 95 g/km in conjunction with a stop/start system.

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Rutgers chemists develop new high-performance, platinum-free electrocatalyst for electrolysis; licensing available

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Rutgers researchers have synthesized cobalt-embedded nitrogen-rich carbon nanotubes (NRCNTs) that 1) can efficiently electrocatalyze the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) with activities close to that of costly platinum and 2) function well under acidic, neutral or basic media alike, allowing them to be coupled with the best available oxygen-evolving catalysts—which also play crucial roles in the overall water-splitting reaction.

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Tesla Recruits U.S. Military Veterans To Build Electric Cars In California

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The environmental benefits of electric cars are obvious, but cutting emissions is far from the only way carmakers can play a positive role in society. Many U.S. military veterans face difficulties in finding civilian jobs after they return from deployment. While that fact is a fixture of the news cycle, frequent discussion of the problem hasn''t

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Hyundai Vs. Tesla: Exec Claims U.S. Funds Superchargers, Electric-Car Maker Angrily Rebuts

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Every so often, an auto executive will say something that raises an eyebrow or two. In this case, a Hyundai executive suggested that while his company had received no money for its hydrogen vehicles from the U.S. government, the Tesla Motors network of Supercharger DC fast-charging stations for electric cars was paid for using "money that has come

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Quant Limousine With Flow-Cell Battery Tech Begins German Road Trials

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At the Geneva Motor Show in March, German firm Quant revealed a car powered by what it called ''nanoFLOWCELL'' technology. Now, the flow-cell vehicle will make its road-going debut, as the car has been approved for real-world testing by the TÜV or Technischer Überwachungsverein, Germany''s road safety monitoring agency. The first thing most

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Chinese Tesla Owner Buys 20 Charging Stations, Seeks Sites On Social Media

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The question of how to build a comprehensive network of public electric-car charging stations has often puzzled government officials and carmakers alike. For plug-in car adoption to grow, most observers feel there must be plenty of public charging available to boost confidence--whether or not it actually gets used. Now, one Chinese owner Tesla

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BMW, Samsung To Share Electric-Car Battery Tech With Other Makers

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BMW has announced that it''s open to sharing the battery technology it uses in its i3 and i8 plug-in vehicles with other automakers. The company hopes that by sharing the technology, which it co-developed with Samsung SDI, it will benefit from improved economies of scale. According to Automotive News Europe, BMW purchasing boss Klaus Draeger says

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Is Detroit Responding To Tesla Patent Offer With Collective 'Meh'?

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Last month, electric car maker Tesla Motors took the unusual step of opening up its patents to other automakers. Automakers usually guard their patents very closely, ensuring them as much competitive advantage as they can get away with before someone builds something better. Open Tesla''s patents may now be, but as far as America''s Big Three

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2016 Chevy Volt To Get More Efficient, Less Expensive Inverter

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General Motors is still hard at work behind the scenes on the next-generation Chevrolet Volt. We won''t know full details of the car for some time, but one upgrade it''s likely to feature is a new, more efficient and less expensive power inverter. According to Charged EVs, GM is currently developing an inverter capable of a 55kW peak and 30kW

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BYD building factory in Brazil for electric buses and battery packs

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BYD will build its first factory in Brazil in the city of Campinas (in the São Paulo region of Brazil). The factory is slated to open in 2015 and will launch the manufacturing and assembly of the BYD’s electric transit bus in South America as well as the Iron-Phosphate battery packs. Maximum capacity in the first year of operation (starting in 2015) will be 1,000 electric buses as well as all of their batteries, said BYD Brazil’s General Manager Tyler Li.

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2016 Toyota Prius: AWD Still Considered For Next-Gen Hybrid

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With a new Toyota Prius on the horizon, rumors abound as to what the next-generation of the world''s best-selling hybrid will offer when it''s unveiled late next year. Some changes are a given: Better fuel efficiency, an improved interior, a revised yet familiar shape. Others, such as all-wheel drive, looked less likely--but Toyota engineers are

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First high-heat plastic air intake manifold with integrated charge air cooler in production on hybrid sports car

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Plastic air intake manifold with integrated CAC for 3-cylinder 1.5-liter engine. The world’s first high-heat plastic air intake manifold (AIM) with integrated charge air cooler (CAC) in Stanyl Diablo, Royal DSM’s high-temperature-resistant polyamide 46, recently went into production on a recently introduced hybrid sports car—by its description (although not by confirmation from DSM) the BMW i8 ( earlier post ).

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2015 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid: First Drive Of Luxury Compact Utility Vehicle

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The 2015 Lexus NX is the first compact crossover from Toyota''s luxury brand, and it''s been a long time coming. Unlike the mid-size Lexus RX, which helped to launch the luxury crossover category 15 years ago, the smaller NX faces established competitors from the German luxury brands. But Lexus will likely sell quite a few NXes anyhow, and it''s

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