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Senate panel rejects clean-energy cuts, boosts DoE funding instead

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The Senate Committee on Appropriations recently exhibited a quality somewhat rare in U.S. politics these days: bipartisanship. The committee released a lengthy report on the 2018 fiscal year budget for the Department of Energy that walks away from the Trump Administration's efforts to defund clean energy. In fact, the committee voted on a. Politics government senate Department of Energy DOE renewable energy clean energy Donald Trump

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Hyundai previews near-production-ready next-gen fuel cell SUV; new eco-vehicle development roadmap

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At a special preview event held in Seoul, Hyundai Motor provided an early glimpse of its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, which is due to launch early next year.

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With the 2040 sales ban in the near-distance, can the internal combustion engine stage a fightback?

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Ever since Michael Gove’s announcement a few weeks back that new petrol and diesel car sales would be banned from 2040, there has been a tailspin feel

San Diego utility offers $10,000 off Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 electric cars

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For southern California residents, it's an excellent time to start considering the purchase of a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf electric car. San Diego Gas & Electric has joined a host of other utility companies in the state in offering incentives towards the purchase of an i3 or a Leaf. In total, the incentives slash $10,000 from the purchase price of. California incentives electric utilities plug-in cars San Diego Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Gas stations aren't a model for electric-car charging: ChargePoint CEO

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For more than a century, motorists have been accustomed to gas stations, which provide places to stop and fill up a car with fuel, in recent years with larger and larger convenience stores attached. The model is so commonplace, it may mean drivers don't know electric-car charging stations even exist, since they often lack signage or branding. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Charging station charging infrastructure gas station ChargePoint Network

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German Chancellor Merkel rejects electric-car quotas for Europe: 'not well thought out'

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the country's leader, has detailed why she believes electric-car quotas are not a viable answer to emission and other issues plaguing Europe. Merkel, a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union, instead urged a much bigger-picture strategy, rather than a demand that more Europeans simply move to. Europe emissions government Germany plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) transportation policy

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Electric cars after 46 years: Chevy Bolt EV vs lunar rover

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President John F. Kennedy challenged the United States to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s, and the country's space agency met his challenge with five months to go. However, in 1971, NASA sent a remarkable piece of equipment into space with astronauts—the Lunar Rover—which was actually designed and built by General Motors. Fun Stuff plug-in cars NASA Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Hyundai-Kia: eight electric cars by 2022, dedicated EV platform

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It's long been said in the auto industry that Hyundai-Kia is the only competitor that truly scares industry colossus Toyota. Thirty years ago, the Korean company was a bit player, producing designs adapted from obsolete Mitsubishi technology. Today it's a major global player, reacting fast to market swings—and its goal is to be second only. South Korea Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Tesla electric-car plant expansion could double size of Fremont factory

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Electric-car maker Tesla is at a pivotal time in the 13-year-old company's history as production of its mass-market Model 3 ramps up and ambitious plans to roll out additional vehicles loom. Coinciding with the production start of the Tesla Model 3 are plans for a major expansion the Silicon Valley automaker's assembly plant in Fremont. Fremont Production Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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ChargEVC: New Jersey plug-in electric vehicle registration up 79% for MY 2016 vehicles over 2015

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Registration of model year 2016 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in New Jersey was up 79% over 2015, according to a recent analysis by ChargEVC , a diverse coalition of organizations and companies that support growth of the electric vehicle market.

BMW i3 vs Chevy Bolt EV, hydrogen Hyundai concept, Tesla Model 3 secrets: Today's Car News

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Today, Tesla is hugely expanding its Fremont assembly plant, but its real future may be concealed inside the Model 3 electric car, while Hyundai shows a hydrogen SUV concept and a BMW i3 owner tries out a Chevy Bolt EV. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Our occasional author and BMW i3 REx owner Tom Moloughney spent a week and 800 miles with. Today in Car News

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Do German makers face 'iPhone moment,' after dodging diesel bullet?

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The Volkswagen diesel scandal has largely fallen out of the public eye in the U.S., as VW and Audi buy back and modify roughly half a million noncompliant vehicles sold from 2009 through 2016. In Germany, meanwhile, the major sellers of diesel vehicles—not only VW Group but also Mercedes, Opel, and Fiat—have agreed to modify 5 million. Europe Germany EU Tesla Motors

Chevy Bolt EV reviewed by BMW i3 driver: electric cars compared

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Owners of specific electric cars sometimes tend to become boosters and fans for their particular EV as well as plugging in to drive in general. So it was with Tom Moloughney, whose purchase of the very first 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car in the U.S. he wrote about for us three years ago. That car was regrettably totaled in an. Chevy plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) BMW i3 REx

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Is the Tesla Model 3 really 'Car 2.0'? Maybe not: here's why

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Like the company's three previous electric cars, the Tesla Model 3 launched into production with a splashy media event during which owners received the keys to their new cars and the company's fans applauded. Like the Model S and Model X, production is starting at very low rates, with the rate of increase—to 5,000 cars a week by December 31. Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Trump NHTSA might reduce emission rules for two-thirds of U.S. vehicles

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Consumers all over the world, but especially in North America, are buying more crossover utility vehicles and fewer passenger sedans and hatchbacks. The U.S. auto industry makes the bulk of its profits on light trucks, which include crossovers, pickup trucks, and even minivans. The Trump Administration has said it wants to roll back environmental. Politics NHTSA CAFE Fuel Economy Corporate Average Fuel Economy Donald Trump

New graphene-zinc oxide composite solid lubricant reduces friction and wear on steel surfaces

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Researchers at Purdue University have created a new type of non-liquid lubricant—a novel graphene-zinc oxide composite—that has been shown to reduce friction and wear significantly under the extreme conditions found in various applications, from air compressors to missile systems.

RIP natural-gas cars, doomed by cheap gas and electric cars

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Natural gas vehicles were first promoted starting in about 2000 as a way to reduce reliance on imported oil and cut tailpipe emissions. Their promise appeared to grow near the height of the global financial crisis, when gas prices hovered around $4 per gallon across much of the United States. The domestic fuel promised to cut carbon-dioxide. natural gas LPG alternative fuel vehicles natural gas vehicle

European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for Jan-June 2017

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The numbers are in, which means it's once again time take a look at European electric and plug-in hybrid sales. Delivery and registration data is compiled from January through June of 2017, and once more, it remains clear Europe has a favorite electric car. The Renault Zoe walks away with an even higher market share than it had in May and leaves. Europe sales Plug-In Hybrids EU New car sales plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Seat UK fleet sales grow 37% in first half of 2017

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Seat UK fleet sales continue to flourish, with the Barcelona-based brand achieving year-on-year growth of 37% in the first half of 2017. Accompanyi

Florence taxi drivers choose Nissan LEAF

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Last year, the municipality of Florence, Italy called a tender notice that involved 70 new electric taxi licenses, all of which have now been allocated. Nissan LEAF is now the most popular EV taxi in Florence after 67 taxi owners decided to buy a Nissan LEAF ENEL EDITION. In addition, Nissan provided a free Wi-Fi hotspot capable of powering up to eight devices—an advantage for customers and tourists who choose to hail a ride with a Nissan LEAF.

University of Sydney team advances rechargeable zinc-air batteries with bimetallic oxide–graphene hybrid electrocatalyst

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University of Sydney team advances rechargeable zinc-air batteries with bimetallic oxide–graphene hybrid electrocatalyst. Researchers at the University of Sydney, with colleagues at Nanyang Technological University, have found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks hindering the commercialization of rechargeable zinc-air batteries. Zinc-air batteries are powered by zinc metal and oxygen from the air.

When will ads for cars with tailpipes be banned as health hazards? Poll results

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Just 30 years ago, people could smoke anywhere, including offices, malls, and restaurants. The 1987 opening of a New York City restaurant called "Nosmo King" (read it again) was considered a bizarre, if amusing, idea that restauranteurs said would bankrupt the place because no one would give up cigarettes to eat there. Now, throughout much of the. emissions zero emissions plug-in cars Polls

Karma redux, gas stations vs charging, electric cars for Rallycross, CAFE changes: Today's Car News

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Today, the least efficient plug-in car, why rallycross should go electric, possible CAFE changes, and where electric cars should charge. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We drove the Fisker Karma in 2012; now we've driven the 2017 Karma Revero, the reborn version of the sleek, low, inefficient plug-in hybrid luxury sedan. Are gas stations. Today in Car News

Does Tesla Model 3 compete with Bolt EV and Leaf, or BMW 3-Series?

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There's a new generation of the BMW 3-Series sport sedan coming next year, and rumors suggest there will be an all-electric version in 2019 or 2020. If so, there's only one car that it would be targeting: the Tesla Model 3, the 220-mile or 310-mile electric sedan from the Silicon Valley carmaker that says it will be making 5,000 of them by the end. Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

More Hyundai electrics, RIP NGVs, European plug-in sales, advertising poll: Today's Car News

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Today, we've got the latest on Hyundai-Kia's aggressive electric-car plans, a eulogy for natural-gas cars, plug-in sales in Europe, and a poll about the future of ads for cars with engines. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We polled our Twitter followers on when ads for cars with tailpipes would be banned as a health hazard. Results were. Today in Car News

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Cruze Diesel driven, Model 3 mania, emission rules revisited, electric-car lessons: The Week in Reverse

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What lessons have visitors, car shoppers, and advocates taught an EV showroom about how people really view electric cars? Which settled emissions regulations were reopened by the Trump Administration this week—and how do auto-industry lobbyists want them changed? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car. The Week In Reverse

BMW vs Tesla; Merkel vs electric cars; $10K off Leaf, i3; Germany's iPhone moment: Today's Car News

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Today, Tesla and its impact on the German auto industry crop up in two very different reports, you can get $10,000 off an electric car (if you live in San Diego), and we honor Dull and Boring drivers. All this and more on Green Car Reports. With continued attention on Tesla's latest product, we ask: is the BMW 3-Series the most direct competitor. Today in Car News

Baojun E100: GM's tiny, two-seat electric car for China

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Most North Americans and Europeans will likely never have heard of Baojun, but it's one of many brands operated under General Motors' SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture in China. Its portfolio is mostly made up of small sedans, multi-purpose vehicles (small minivans), hatchbacks, and a crossover utility vehicle, but the brand recently undertook its. China General Motors minicar GM plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) two-seat

Audi A4 and A5 now available to order as g-tron in Europe; Audi e-gas for 3 years as standard

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Audi’s two latest natural-gas alternatives in the midsize category—the new A4 Avant g-tron ( earlier post ) and the new A5 Sportback g-tron—are now available for order in Europe. Both models are powered by a bivalent 2.0 TFSI engine developing 170 hp.

NATO-funded Serbian-led project developing biofuel from algae

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Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae.

ARB report: 1,600 fuel cell vehicles in California, 29 stations active; need to accelerate station deployment

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Researchers estimate 1.30 million premature deaths in China in 2013 due to PM2.5 exposure

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Using new PM 2.5 exposure methods, researchers in China have estimated 1.30 million premature deaths in China in 2013 due to PM 2.5. Their findings, presented in a paper in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology , are consistent with other estimates (1.37 million and 1.36

Wärtsilä designing first hybrid propulsion system for fish farming ship

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Wärtsilä has been contracted to deliver the ship design for a new processing and transportation vessel to be built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain on behalf of Hav Line AS of Norway.

Purdue, Notre Dame, Cummins discovery could lead to new SCR catalyst design for improved NOx control

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Researchers at Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame and Cummins have discovered a new reaction mechanism that could be used to improve SCR catalyst designs for pollution-control systems to further reduce emissions of smog-causing nitrogen oxides in diesel exhaust.