Sat.Aug 23, 2014 - Fri.Aug 29, 2014

Details on how Enbridge will expand capacity of Alberta Clipper oil sands crude pipeline without US review

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California giving electric car owning tenants right to install charging stations

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On Monday, the California Legislature sent Gov. Brown a law meant to ease a big electric car adoption hurdle. The law, AB-2565, which passed in the California Senate on Monday after earlier approval by the House, will require

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2015 Kia Soul EV: Animals, Electrons, Maroon 5 (Video)

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Well, it''s about time: An electric-car maker is using straight-out sex appeal to market a new electric car. Even if it is, errrmmmm, rodent sex appeal. A new video posted last Wednesday uses Kia''s now-familiar supersized hamsters to market the new 2015 Kia Soul EV.

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Toyota seize the light with engine plant solar installation

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Almost 13,000 solar panels have been fitted to Toyota’s engine manufacturing factory in Deeside, North Wales.

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Infographic: 5 Largest US Public Transit Systems

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The University of North Carolina School of Government’s MPA@UNC program has produced an infographic on the 5 largest US public transit systems.

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KillaCycle Racing fastest at Bonneville, with 240 miles/hr electric motorcycle

National Green Transportation

KillaCycle racing came away from this weeks Bonneville Motorcycle Time Trials not only setting a new land speed record on Thursday, but scoring the fastest time of everyone at the time trials. This is the first time in history

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GM 200-Mile Electric Car, Accord Hybrid Shortages, Volt Vs BMW i3 REx, : The Week In Reverse (VIDEO)

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Why is Honda''s Accord Hybrid still in such short supply? And how much do we really know about GM''s mythical 200-mile electric car? This is the Week In Reverse for Friday, August 22, 2014, right here at Green Car Reports.

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Volvo reveals new XC90; limited diesel, gasoline First Edition on sale only online

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The new XC90, with “Thor’s hammer” DRL lights. Click to enlarge. Volvo Cars revealed the XC90, its new 7-seat SUV, at an event in Sweden.

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Rice University team develops new nanocomposite material for Li-sulfur battery cathode with high cycling stability

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Schematic illustration of the synthesis of SPGs. Credit: ACS, Li et al. Click to enlarge.

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Douglas-Westwood: oil & gas industry need to push High-Pressure - High Temperature envelope

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In its latest Monday note, energy research company Douglas-Westwood wrote that the Exploration & Production industry (E&P), experiencing rising global hydrocarbon demand as well as rising costs, is facing the technical challenge of the development of High Pressure – High Temperature (HPHT) reserves.

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Nissan to begin production of Pathfinder hybrid in Russia; importance of Russian market

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Nissan launched its Pathfinder range in the Russian market at the Moscow Motor Show. The Pathfinder made its debut alongside the new Russian-built Sentra sedan. Nissan’s all-new fourth-generation Pathfinder—which will be built in Russia—will be available with a standard 3.5L gasoline engine as well as the hybrid drive system. Earlier post.) Production of Pathfinder’s hybrid engine variant will make the St. Petersburg plant Russia’s first to produce a hybrid.

US MARAD study finds marine use of natural gas substantially reduces some air pollutants and slightly reduces GHG emissions

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A recently released total fuel cycle analysis for maritime case studies shows that natural gas fuels reduce some air quality pollutants substantially, and reduce major greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions slightly, when compared to conventional petroleum-based marine fuels (low-sulfur and high-sulfur).

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Toyota switches on solar array at Deeside engine plant

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Toyota recently switched on a solar array at its Deeside engine factory in North Wales. The solar array, designed and installed by British Gas, can produce up to 3,475,000 kWh a year—enough electricity to build up to 22,500 engines. The Toyota plant’s carbon emissions will fall by 1,800 tonnes a year, a figure matching the combined weight of 1,260 Auris hatchbacks.

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More work reported on approaches to stabilizing lithium metal anodes for high energy rechargeable batteries

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Metallic lithium, with a high theoretical capacity of ~3,860 mAh g -1 , is one of the most promising materials for anodes in next-generation high energy rechargeable battery systems for long-range electric vehicles. Earlier post.) Indeed, in a paper in ACS’ Chemical Reviews , Arumugam Manthiram et al. from the University of Texas suggest that “ it is reasonable to comment that the success of Li?S S batteries requires a reliable lithium metal anode. ”.

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DOE launches major 10-year project to use high performance computing for climate change research; ACME

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The ACME Project Roadmap, showing the relative sequencing of major simulation campaigns, model version development, and machine deployment. Click to enlarge.

Volvo Buses officially launching plug-in 7900 Electric Hybrid; up to 75% reduction in fuel consumption

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Volvo Buses will officially launch the plug-in 7900 Electric Hybrid bus at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show in September. The plug-in technology reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide by up to 75%, compared to a conventional diesel bus. Total energy consumption is reduced by 60%. Three Volvo Electric Hybrids have run in a field test in Gothenburg the past year, a test which has verified the reduction in energy consumption and emissions. Earlier post.).

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Black carbon linked to increased cardiovascular risk; exacerbated by co-exposure to motor vehicle emissions

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Black carbon (BC) from incomplete biomass and fossil fuel combustion is the most strongly light-absorbing component of particulate matter (PM) air pollution and a major climate-forcing emission. A new international study led by McGill University (Canada) Professor Jill Baumgartner suggests that black carbon may also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. The team’s findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS).

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Tesla's Battery Gigafactory Will Achieve Nirvana: $100 Per Kilowatt-Hour, Report Says

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Many within the electric car industry believe that $100 per kilowatt-hour will be the tipping point for electric-car batteries. It is the point at which electric vehicles will be able to compete directly with internal combustion vehicles on price, and therefore a major step in boosting sales. According to investment pundits at The Motley Fool (via

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2015 Tesla Model X Electric SUV To 'Devour' Premium Segment: Report

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The 2015 Tesla Model X electric crossover is already attracting enthusiasm from, among others, the analysts at Morgan Stanley. Apparently, the Model X won''t just match the premium-crossover competition, it will "devour" it. The Model X won''t launch until mid-2015--and no one outside Tesla has yet driven it--but Morgan Stanley is confident the

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk's Personal Touch: Secret To His Success?

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How does a car-company CEO get to be a rock star? It helps, of course, if your company makes a five-passenger luxury sedan that outdrags a Porsche 911, uses half the energy of a Prius, and has the highest crash-safety rating ever recorded. But Elon Musk has done something else to separate himself from the grey-flannel pack: He listens to his

Sakti3 Claims Solid-State Battery Breakthrough For Electric Cars

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A Michigan-based startup called Sakti3 claims it has battery chemistry that doubles the energy density of today''s best lithium-ion batteries. Speaking to Scientific American, Sakti3''s co-founder and CEO Ann Marie Sastry says the firm''s prototype solid-state lithium cells have reached 1,143 Watt-hours per liter--a number that wouldn''t just

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Which City Wants To Make Privately-Owned Cars Obsolete?

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Instead of continually improving the efficiency of cars, might it be better to replace them entirely? A few cities encourageresidents to eschew car use for public transit, cycling, or car-sharing services--but now one is trying to eliminate privately-owned cars altogether. Helsinki, Finland, is planning an ambitious public ridesharing service that

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Audi moving ahead with 48V system in vehicles; mild hybrids

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Audi will upgrade part of its vehicle electrical system from 12 to 48 volts. The move represents another technical building block for facilitating the integration of new automotive technologies while increasing the power and efficiency of its cars. Audi recently showcased the scope of the 48-volt electrical system with the two technology demonstrators Audi A6 TDI concept and RS 5 TDI concept. Earlier post.) Both models are fitted with an electrically powered compressor.

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Will California Pioneer A World Beyond Cars This Century?

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It''s almost inconceivable, the idea of a world without personally-owned automobiles. But that''s the startling vision proposed by noted researcher Tom Turrentine and colleagues, in a recent paper published online in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, entitled "California: Beyond cars?" (PDF). The abstract lays it out: Despite--or because

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Who Wins Electric-Car Brand Battle? BMW, Tesla Have The Buzz Now

Green Car Reports

While more than a dozen plug-in electric cars are now sold in the United States, only three carmakers--Chevrolet, Nissan, and Tesla--have emerged as volume players, with BMW perhaps intending to become the fourth. The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf still maintain an overall sales lead, but are they losing to BMW and Tesla in the more subjective

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Toyota Continues To Dominate Global Hybrid Sales (No Surprise There)

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Hybrid sales might have been slow to take off in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but there are no such concerns these days. In the first half of 2014, Japanese automaker Toyota sold 665,740 hybrid vehicles globally--beating last year''s record figure by a full four percent over the same period. As Wards Auto reports, that number puts it far ahead

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Rhode Island Launches Hybrid-Electric License Plates For EMT Safety

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Hybrid and electrified cars may be good for the environment, but they can pose a danger to first responders. EMTs, police officers, and other rescue workers could be electrocuted if the high-voltage cables in a wrecked vehicle are damaged or exposed. That''s why Rhode Island plans to issue special license plates that identify a vehicle as an

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Price To Start At $36,265, Top Trim Level Only

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The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf electric car will be priced from $36,265, VW announced this morning. And the first battery-electric car ever offered in the U.S. by Volkswagen will be offered only in the very top Golf trim level, the SEL Premium model. The 2015 e-Golf goes on sale in November at selected Volkswagen dealerships in launch regions that

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Zipcar introduces Honda Fit EV into UC Davis West Village fleet

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Zipcar has introduced a 2014 Honda Fit battery electric vehicle (EV) at The University of California, Davis’ (UC Davis) West Village , the largest planned zero net energy community in the United States. In the course of a year, the community is designed to generate as much energy as it consumes. The new Honda Fit EV at UC Davis is located at West Village Square right across the street from West Village’s other Zipcar, a Honda Insight, in front of “The Hub Market.”

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In CA, Renters Can Now Install Electric-Car Charging Stations

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For many drivers, a home charging station is necessary to make electric-car ownership feasible. For people who don''t own a home in which to install a charging station, that can be a problem. California has now made life a little easier for plug-in electric-car drivers who rent apartments, condos, and homes, though. DON''T MISS: Landlords Vs Tenants

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Will The Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Target The Tesla Model S?

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Imagine a smooth, quiet, comfortable largish sedan that emits nothing, with a range of 250 miles or more--one that pegs its driver as a person in the vanguard of advanced technology vehicles. The Tesla Model S electric car, you say? No, no, no: That would be Toyota''s upcoming hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, on sale next year. DON''T MISS: Hydrogen

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2017 Nissan Leaf Renderings: How Conservative Will Design Be?

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It''s long been acknowledged that the current Nissan Leaf electric car is a radical and distinctive design, just as the landmark 2004 Toyota Prius hybrid was. But some portion of potential buyers, who may be amenable to the benefits of driving a battery-electric vehicle, won''t consider the Leaf because of its "weird" looks. DON''T MISS: New 2017

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Diesel Drivers: Would You Take $13,000 To Switch To Electric Cars?

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Diesel has long been the fuel of choice for European drivers wishing to reduce their motoring costs. However, recent concerns over the emissions of older diesel vehicles has led to several countries drawing up plans to help remove them from the roads. France has always been strongly pro-diesel, but is now considering a 10,000 Euro incentive

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Main Path To Better Fuel Efficiency: Lighter Vehicles, Say Automakers

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There are many routes to improving fuel efficiency in modern cars, but one route in particular seems to be resonating with automakers, automotive engineers and designers: Shedding weight. A survey of 900 automotive engineers and designers conducted by Wards Auto and sponsored by DuPont showed that lightweight materials and weight reduction were a

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Russia’s KRET develops universal charging stations for electric vehicles

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KRET, part of Rostec, has developed the FORA universal charging stations for the rapid charging of electric vehicles in Russia and abroad. Prototypes will be presented at the KRET pavilion during the 3 rd international forum Engineering Technologies-2014. The State Ryazan Instrument Plant, which is part of KRET, has made three working prototypes of the FORA charging station, one of which operates in MODE-2 (slow charge) and two that deliver an express charge of 20 kW.

Every 2014 And 2015 Hybrid Car In The U.S.: Ultimate Guide

Green Car Reports

Turn back the clock by one decade, and there were just four hybrid cars on sale in the U.S. One was the first-generation Toyota Prius. The original Honda Insight was still going strong as the most efficient vehicle on sale (and only plug-in cars still better it today). Honda also offered the Civic Hybrid. And Ford''s Escape Hybrid had just made its

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Why Aren't Natural Gas-Powered Long-Haul Semi Trucks Selling Better?

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We will likely never see battery-electric trucks enter the long-haul freight mainstream, but other alternatives to diesel fuel exist today. One is natural gas, which comes with fewer packaging and range constraints than electric propulsion--and a ready and growing domestic supply of the fuel. So why aren''t natural gas-powered trucks selling

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