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Linamar introduces Agilit-e rear axle hybrid power unit for OEMs; FWD Cadillac SRX converted to AWD plug-in hybrid as demo

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The Linamar Agilit-e unit contains the two motors, gears, power electronics, and cooling. The ECU, which is discrete in this first demo application, will be subsequently integrated into the main unit. Click to enlarge.

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5 Million Toyota Hybrids Sold, Near 2 Million Of Them In U.S.

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Say the word "hybrid" and then ask drivers, anywhere in the world, to name a car brand. They''ll likely say "Toyota," a testimony to that brand''s launch of the first Prius in 1997 and its tenacious pursuit of improvement in hybrid-electric powertrain technology since then.

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Cleaning aluminium oxide off terminals

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Wiring up the pack. After doing 70% of it, I read on evworks that it''s a good idea to clean the terminals with a wire brush to remove aluminium oxide. So disconnected all the cells and BMS cabling. A whole day "wasted" - except that it will hopefully perform better with the lower resistance. I was surprised at the change in colour/albedo on some of the terminals, I''d never noticed they were oxidised

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Best Green Cars of 2013 are all hybrid and electric

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The new, updated Nissan LEAF has been named the best green car of the year, in a list completely dominated by hybrids and electric car models.

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Toyota cumulative global hybrid sales pass 5M, nearly 2M in US

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Cumulative global sales of TMC hybrid models as of 31 March 2013. Click to enlarge. Cumulative global sales of Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC’s) hybrid vehicles—including plug-in hybrids— topped the 5 million unit mark as of 31 March 2013, reaching 5.125 million units.

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AWD Tesla Model S Coming Soon? (Warning: Pure Speculation)

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With the delay of its Model X crossover until "late in 2014," it may look as if Tesla''s product pipeline is running dry. But we suspect the Silicon Valley startup electric-car company will offer a few new variants on its sole product, the Model S luxury sport sedan.

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Paul Scherrer Institute and Toyota RD team finds tiny memory effect in Li-ion batteries; implications for vehicle battery management systems

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The memory effect of the battery is written in a cycle with partial charging (here, 50% of the battery’s storage capacity) followed by complete discharge.

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GM unveils plug-in hybrid Buick Riviera Concept in Shanghai

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GM unveiled a new Buick Riviera concept vehicle in Shanghai on the eve of Auto Shanghai 2013. The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is the fourth global concept vehicle jointly developed by GM’s Shanghai GM and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint ventures in Shanghai.

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Can An 'Ultralight Adventure Vehicle' Be An Electric Bicycle?

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Got some money to burn and in need of a hobby? Perhaps some sort of adventure sport, but nothing too crazy--off-road bikes, perhaps? Not just any off-road bike though. It has to be electric, for a start. What about one of Outrider''s electric recumbent bikes?

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Volkswagen unveiling CrossBlue Coupé concept plug-in hybrid in Shanghai

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CrossBlue Coupé. Click to enlarge. At the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, Volkswagen will introduce the “CrossBlue Coupé” concept plug-in hybrid SUV.

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Schaeffler displays latest development version of e-wheel drive

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At the recent auto, motor und sport-Kongress 2013 in Stuttgart, Schaeffler presented the latest development version of its E-Wheel Drive electric wheel hub drive. The in-wheel drive is applied in a Ford Fiesta-based development vehicle created in cooperation with Ford.

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Mercedes-Benz unveiling Concept GLA compact SUV at Auto Shanghai; laser projectors in headlamps

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Mercedes-Benz will show the Concept GLA compact premium-class SUV at the Auto Shanghai motor show (21 to 29 April 2013. The new concept vehicle is powered by a 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 155 kW (211 hp) with a displacement of 1991 cc.

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Achates Power developing light-duty two-stroke opposed-piston diesel engine: the OP4

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The OP4 light-duty opposed-piston diesel. Click to enlarge. Achates Power, which is developing a family of two-stroke, compression-ignition (CI) opposed-piston (OP) engines, has designed and is developing a light-duty diesel concept engine, the OP4.

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New “inverse vulcanization” process produces polymeric sulfur that can function as high performance electrodes for Li-S batteries

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Battery cycling data for poly(S-r-DIB) (10 wt% DIB, C/10 rate). Chung et al. Click to enlarge.

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Suncor Energy sells majority of conventional natural gas business in Western Canada for $1B

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Suncor Energy has reached an agreement to sell the conventional portion of its natural gas business in Western Canada for $1 billion to a newly established partnership between Centrica plc and Qatar Petroleum International.

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2014 Cadillac ELR: Variable Electric Regen Via Paddle Shifters

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Paddle shifters on an electric vehicle might seem like a bit of an engineering oversight. After all, what use is manual control over gears if there are no gears to control?

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Toyota Europe Q1 hybrid sales up 82.3% for 20% of total sales; Auris Hybrid the leader

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Toyota Motor Europe (TME) posted 2013 first quarter sales of 197,309 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Europe. During that period, Toyota and Lexus full hybrid sales reached 38,673, up 82.3% from the same period last year. Full hybrid models now constitute around 20% of total Toyota and Lexus sales in the first quarter, doubling from the same period in 2012.

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EPA annual US GHG inventory shows 1.6% drop in 2011 from previous year; transportation CO2 down 1.1%

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Total US greenhouse gas emissions by economic sector in 2011. Click to enlarge. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 18 th annual report of overall US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions showing a 1.6% decrease in 2011 from the previous year.

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Honda details development of powertrain components for Accord plug-in hybrid

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At SAE World Congress in Detroit, Honda engineers presented several papers on the development of the new Accord plug-in hybrid, describing work on the new gasoline engine (which will also be featured in the coming full hybrid version of the Accord), and the development of the new two-motor system. Through the end of March, Honda has sold 45 units of the new plug-in, which went on limited sale earlier this year.

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GE unveils LNG In A Box system

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GE Oil & Gas introduced the LNG In A Box system, a small-scale, plug-and-play, re-deployable liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling solution based on proven technology that can help accelerate the use of natural gas as a cost-effective, cleaner transportation fuel.

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GM begins manufacturing Spark EV electric motor in Baltimore

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General Motors has begun manufacturing the electric motor for the Spark EV at its Baltimore Operations plant in White Marsh, Md. Earlier post.). The heart of the Spark EV’s propulsion system is the GM-designed, oil-cooled, permanent magnet motor. Putting more than half a million road miles on development versions of the Spark EV enabled engineers to optimize the performance of the motor by using a specifically designed bar-wound copper stator and unique rotor configuration.

B&W, DOE sign cooperative agreement for small modular reactor funding

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Babcock & Wilcox subsidiary Babcock & Wilcox mPower and the US Department of Energy (DOE) signed a Cooperative Agreement for funding made available through DOE’s Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Licensing Technical Support Program for the development and licensing of B&W’s mPower technology. Earlier post.). The B&W mPower reactor is an advanced integral pressurized water reactor designed to generate 180 MW of electricity.

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Joule expands solar CO2 conversion platform to produce renewable gasoline and jet hydrocarbons

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Joule, the developer of a direct, single-step, continuous process for the production of solar hydrocarbon fuels ( earlier post ), has extended its solar CO 2 conversion platform to produce renewable gasoline- and jet fuel-range hydrocarbons. Joule has engineered photosynthetic biocatalysts that convert waste CO 2 into hydrocarbons through a patented, continuous process.

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Electric Car Sales In Europe: Most Going To Rental Fleets?

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Europe has been the source of some excitement over electric cars in recent months, as several new models have all hit the market in quick succession.

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IEA: carbon intensity of global energy supply has barely changed in last 20 years; “window of opportunity in transport”

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The ESCII, along with projections for three scenarios. To meet 2DS targets, the index needs to decline by 5.7% by 2020, and 64% by 2050. Source: IEA. Click to enlarge. In a fairly bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) concluded that, despite a few bright spots such as the rapid expansion of renewable technologies and the growth of hybrid and EV sales, the progress is far below that required to achieve a 2 °C pathway—i.e.,

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EDAG study finds aluminum BIW can deliver mass savings of 35-40% over steel; fuel economy boost

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Material selection for the Venza aluminum BIW. Click to enlarge. A new study by EDAG Group, commissioned by the Aluminum in Transportation Group of the US Aluminum Association, finds that an all-aluminum body in white (BIW) can deliver potential mass savings in the 35 – 40% range over a base steel BIW. This, when combined with secondary mass savings and other design changes, could boost fuel economy by around 18%.

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California to link its cap-and-trade program with Québec’s 1 Jan 2014

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The California Air Resources Board voted to approve a date of 1 January 2014 officially to link California’s cap-and-trade program with that of the Canadian Province of Québec. California and Québec have worked together over the past four years to develop their respective cap-and-trade programs to provide for potential linkage.

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Protean Electric introduces production in-wheel motor at SAE World Congress; 25% increase in peak torque

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Protean Electric introduced its production in-wheel motor at the 2013 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit. Earlier post.). The motors reside in the space behind the wheel. Protean’s new production motor provides a 25% increase in peak torque compared with the previous generation’s design and can deliver 1,000 N·m (735 lb-ft) and 75 kW (100 hp). Other features of Protean’s in-wheel motors include: Mass of only 31 kg (68 lbs) per motor.

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US and China forming Climate Change Working Group; say a more focused and urgent initiative required

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The US and China will initiate a Climate Change Working Group to determine and finalize ways in which they can advance cooperation on technology, research, conservation, and alternative and renewable energy. The Working Group was outlined in a joint statement on climate change issued by the two countries, which asserted that “ the increasing dangers presented by climate change measured against the inadequacy of the global response requires a more focused and urgent initiative.”.

Does Tesla Already Outsell Audi, BMW, Lexus & Mercedes-Benz?

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The established German luxury brands--Mercedes-Benz and BMW--have sold cars in the U.S. for decades. So how could Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] possibly be beating them at their own game? The answer lies in how you define sales: It appears that the Tesla Model S electric sport sedan is outselling both the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes-Benz S Class in

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Worst Thing About The Tesla Model S? Driving Anything Else Afterwards

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If early ownership experiences are to believed, there''s not a lot wrong with driving a Tesla Model S. The performance is great, it''s luxurious, quiet, has a great electric range. but there''s still one thing that bugs owners. One thing they wish wasn''t part of the Model S ownership experience. Yep, that''s right--driving other cars. Model S owners

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Ford / AVL study concludes mid-level ethanol blend attractive as a long-term future fuel for use in optimized engines in US

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A study by a team from Ford Motor Company and AVL has concluded that a mid-level ethanol blend—greater than E20 but less than E40—appears to be attractive as a long-term future fuel for the US for use in engines optimized for the higher octane blend. The team presented a paper on their work at the 2013 SAE World Congress in Detroit. Ford engineers also presented two other papers evaluating the effects of low to mid-level ethanol blends in spark-ignited engines at the conference.

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Park A Regular Car In Electric-Car Space? In WA, It'll Cost Ya: $124

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They call it being ICEd--the practice of Internal Combustion Engine vehicles parking in spaces set aside for electric cars. It''s the bane of many an electric vehicle owner''s existance, pulling into their local parking lot to find the only charging spot occupied by some klutz in a regular car. And in Washington state, it''s a practice that''ll cost

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Will New High-Power Microbatteries Matter For Electric Cars?

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We''ve heard it all before--new battery technologies appear, set to revolutionize the way we use electric products. The story is the same for new microbatteries developed at the University of Illinois, but the researchers there are making even bigger claims than most. Imagine a battery so small it could feature in a credit card-sized cellphone

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BYD To Build Only Electric Cars, End Production Of Gasoline Cars?

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Chinese automaker BYD, or ''Build Your Dreams'', could be on the verge of abandoning convenionally-fueled car production in favor of electric vehicles. Already known for electric vehicles like the e6 crossover, BYD is aiming for a "re-birth" plan to counter a recent slump in sales. Reuters reports the Chinese company, which is part owned by

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GM Now Building Chevy Spark EV Electric-Car Motors In Maryland

Green Car Reports

Eighteen months ago, GM announced that it would build the electric motor for its upcoming Chevrolet Spark EV electric car in the U.S. Now, that motor is officially in production at the company''s Baltimore Operations plant in White Marsh, Maryland--along with the associated final-drive unit--fulfilling a promise originally made in January 2010

Protean Launches Production In-Wheel Electric Motor

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The benefits for dedicating an electric motor to each wheel of a vehicle were clear to see in Drive''s recent video of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive. Make those motors in-wheel units, and in theory you get even more benefits. It''s a design that in-wheel motor company Protean has been perfecting over the last few years, and has debuted a

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