Sat.Sep 15, 2012 - Fri.Sep 21, 2012

National Plug In Day this Sunday

Revenge of the Electric Car

This weekend is a big weekend for electric vehicles: Sunday, September 23rd is National Plug In Day , organized by Plug In America , the Sierra Club , and the Electric Auto Association.

2012 130

Demonstration series hydraulic hybrid transit bus yields fuel economy of 6.9 mpg, 110% better than conventional diesel, 30% better than electric hybrids

Green Car Congress

The series hydraulic transit bus. Click to enlarge. The BUSolutions demonstrator LCO-140H (Low Cost of Ownership–1 st 40-foot Hybrid) series hydraulic hybrid transit bus yields fuel economy of 6.9

2012 126

Trending Sources

"To shift or not to shift, that is the question."

DIY Electric Car

You are running a transmission because you have admitted that you need two forward gears or need a reverse gear. (DC-without DC-without a reversing contactor.). EV conversions need to be catagorized. "Heavy" "Heavy" "medium" "light" "Flyweight" My car is in the light end of the "Light" class" It is almost capable of direct drive, without a transmission. Several "Rules-of-thumb", need to be established. More later

2012 100

Chevy Volt Outsells Half The Cars On Sale; Is That Failure?

Green Car Reports

With the Chevrolet Volt racking up the highest sales last month since it launched--though the numbers were helped by incentives for both buyers and dealers--some of the "Volt is a flop" coverage has abated. Now, a post on the fan site GM-Volt.com points out that this so-called "sales failure" has higher sales to date this year than roughly half of

2012 87

Comment: Sustainability in the motoring world

Green Cars News

BMW is again the most sustainable automotive company in the world, according to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. The annual survey, now in its 14th year, has seen BMW placed in the top three automotive brands every year since it began: the firm has also led the automotive sector for eight years running. Sustainable in [.]. BMW Fiat Weekly Column Dow Jones

2012 62

New Audi A3 Sportback cuts fuel consumption around 10% compared with prior models; up to 62 mpg US with entry diesel model; plug-in hybrid e-tron model in 2014

Green Car Congress

Audi A3 Sportback. Click to enlarge. Audi’s new A3 Sportback features a lightweight design and an initial choice of one diesel (TDI) and two gasoline (TFSI) engines, with two additional diesel engines and one gasoline unit to follow.

2012 121

GM applying new intake valve lift control technology in 2.5L Ecotec for 2014 Impala; up to 1 mpg fuel economy boost

Green Car Congress

IVLC enables variable intake valve lift, duration and timing over a range of operation. Click to enlarge. GM is applying a new advanced valvetrain technology on the Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder engine used in the 2014 Impala, due next year.

2012 120

More Trending

New Federal-Mogul coated diesel piston reduces friction up to 13%; reduced fuel consumption and CO2

Green Car Congress

Scanning electron microscope picture of EcoTough skirt coating. Click to enlarge. Federal-Mogul Corporation has developed a new coated diesel piston that reduces frictional losses in both light and heavy-duty engine applications. This improves fuel economy, CO 2 emissions, noise and refinement.

2012 108

Deutsche Bahn and MTU present converted hybrid rail car for public transport

Green Car Congress

Deutsche Bahn and Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH (MTU) have converted a diesel-mechanical powered car from the VT 642 series into a hybrid vehicle as part of a joint research project. The partners unveiled the vehicle to the public at InnoTrans 2012.

2012 106

Toyota Motor develops human support robot prototype

Green Car Congress

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has developed a human support robot (HSR) prototype to assist independent home living for persons with limited arm or leg mobility. The prototype is an addition to the Toyota Partner Robot series that TMC is developing to assist people in their everyday activities.

2012 106

Vision Industries and Balqon to partner to build fuel cell terminal tractor

Green Car Congress

Vision Industries Corp. entered into a Joint Development Agreement with Balqon Corporation to build its zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell /electric hybrid terminal tractor, the Zero-TT. Earlier post.)

2012 106

New power-dense 2.0L GDI turbo with twin-scroll turbocharger and new combustion system offered in 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Green Car Congress

New Ecotec 2.0L turbo. Click to enlarge. A new, gasoline direct-injected (GDI) Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged engine is available in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. It is rated at 259 hp (193 kW), making it one of the most power-dense automotive engines in the industry, GM notes.

2012 106

IEA technology and policy reports outline paths to halving fuel used for combustion-engined road transport in less than 40 years

Green Car Congress

IEA fuel economy readiness index status, 2010. Source: Policy package. Click to enlarge.

2012 106

Mercedes-Benz premiering Sprinter E-CELL large van battery-electric prototype

Green Car Congress

Chassis version of the Sprinter E-CELL prototype. Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz is staging the world premier of a Sprinter E-CELL battery-electric van at the 2012 International Motor Show (IAA) for commercial vehicles. The prototype of the Sprinter E-CELL at the IAA is a chassis version with driver’s cab and the middle wheelbase of 3665 mm. The premiere at the IAA will serve as a test of customer reactions before a decision is made about possible series production.

2012 106

Altair ProductDesign to support development of the New Edison2 Very Light Car

Green Car Congress

Altair ProductDesign is partnering with Edison2 to assist in the design of the new Very Light Car 4.0 (VLC VLC 4.0), the next generation version of the innovative, light-weight, fuel-efficient vehicle entered in the Progressive Automotive XPRIZE in 2010.

2012 105

Rolls-Royce delivers first rim-mounted permanent magnet tunnel thruster

Green Car Congress

Design of the new permanent magnet tunnel thruster. Click to enlarge. Rolls-Royce has delivered the first of its newly-developed permanent magnet tunnel thrusters (TT-PM) to Norwegian company Olympic Shipping, which will operate the thruster on their vessel Olympic Octopus.

2012 104

Fedex Express and Nissan expand cooperative testing of battery electric e-NV200 compact van; new panel version

Green Car Congress

e-NV200 Panel Van Concept. Click to enlarge. Nissan is in the final development phase of its second mass production zero-emission vehicle, the battery electric e-NV200 compact van. Earlier post.)

2012 104

Mercedes-Benz Aerodynamics trailer cuts air resistance by 18%, fuel consumption between 4–5%; new Aerodynamics rig truck

Green Car Congress

Model of the Aerodynamics trailer in the wind tunnel. Click to enlarge. At the 64 th IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, Daimler is unveiling the latest result of its “Aerodynamics Truck & Trailer” initiative, the new Mercedes-Benz Aerodynamics trailer and separate Aerodynamics rigid truck. Trailer.

2012 104

NSF awards Oregon State team $2M to support work on diatom-based photosynthetic biorefineries

Green Car Congress

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded researchers at Oregon State University a $2-million grant to further the development of a diatom-based photosynthetic biorefinery.

Oregon 104

BMW exploring heat pumps and infrared for BEV and PHEV cabin heating systems

Green Car Congress

The BMW Group’s Efficient Dynamics strategy is targeting reductions in fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions while at the same time increasing performance. In battery electric vehicles (BEVs) or automobiles using plug-in hybrid technology (PHEVs), the Efficient Dynamics strategy is aimed primarily at increasing the electric range. One element of this comes under the general heading “Intelligent Energy Management”.

2012 100

Purdue team awarded $5.274 million to manipulate a major plant metabolic pathway to produce biofuels directly

Green Car Congress

Researchers at Purdue University have received a five-year, $5.274-million award from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s Biological and Environmental Research program (DOE-BER) to support a project to reroute the carbon that plants currently use to make lignin and convert it directly into a biofuel.

2012 97

Honda to offer three hybrid systems; new fuel cell vehicles for US, Japan, Europe in 2015

Green Car Congress

Honda Motor Co. CEO, Takanobu Ito, outlined the product, technology and business developments and direction planned to drive Honda’s growth by fiscal year 2017; among these are a plan to introduce three hybrid systems, Ito said. Each system will possess unique characteristics and their deployment will reflect varying customer needs. First, Honda will further develop its lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system (IMA) with the aim of achieving leading fuel economy among all hybrid vehicles.

2012 90

Volvo Car Corporation intends to lead in field of autonomous driving technology; targeting the next-generation of consumers

Green Car Congress

Volvo Car Corporation intends to gain leadership in the field of autonomous driving as the next major step forward in vehicle safety. Autonomous driving—the self-driving car—gives the human driver the ability safely to do something else besides drive, such as sending text messages or reading a book while the car drives itself. It will also likely be an important capability for attracting the next-generation of auto consumers, says Volvo Car Corporation President and CEO Stefan Jacoby.

2012 89

Joule and Audi partner on sustainable liquid transportation fuels

Green Car Congress

Joule and Audi AG have entered a strategic partnership to accelerate the commercialization of Joule’s sustainable transportation fuels, Sunflow-E and Sunflow-D, for the global ethanol and diesel markets respectively. Audi selected Joule as its exclusive partner in the development of biologically-derived diesel and ethanol—the result of extensive evaluations of Joule’s proprietary technology and commercial plans.

2012 89

BMW applying predictive driving technology to increase fuel savings

Green Car Congress

At the same Innovation Day 2012: Efficient Dynamics event at which it introduced its new EfficientDynamics engine family ( earlier post ), BMW also discussed its approach to Predictive Power Management as an element in its toolkit for fuel savings.

2012 87

Tesla Will Sell 5 Models In 2016; Small SUV And Sports Car Added

Green Car Reports

Along with the news that Tesla expects to build 80 Model S electric cars this week, CEO Elon Musk also released a few more details of the company's plans for additional models in 2016. Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] has already said that it will launch the Model X crossover within the next year or so. That seven-seat crossover utility, complete with

2012 86

Eni converting Venice Refinery to biorefinery based on Ecofining technology

Green Car Congress

Eni plans to convert its Venice (Italy) Refinery into a biorefinery producing innovative and high quality biofuels. The project involves an estimated investment of approximately €100 million (US$130 million), and is the first in the world to convert a conventional refinery into bio-refinery. The new biorefinery is based on Ecofining technology developed and patented by Eni. Earlier post.).

2012 85

Toyota reduces fuel consumption and emissions across the new Auris range; 13% average reduction in CO2 compared to predecessors; gasoline, diesel and hybrid

Green Car Congress

Toyota is unveiling its new Auris for the European market ( earlier post ), representing its first step in a product offensive in the European C-Segment. Aerodynamic improvements, weight savings and engine enhancements have reduced fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions across the range. Toyota anticipates a 1/3 full hybrid, 1/3 gasoline, 1/3 diesel engine mix. Average emissions for Auris—which is designed for the European market—have fallen steadily over the last years.

2012 85

Smith Electric Vehicles withdraws IPO

Green Car Congress

Commercial electric vehicle manufacturer Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. has decided not to pursue its planned initial public offering. The company intends to withdraw its registration statement on Form S-1 as filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. We received significant interest from potential investors, however, we were unable to complete a transaction at a valuation or size that would be in the best interests of our company and its existing shareholders.

Two Wheels Good, One Wheel Better: Ryno Electric Unicycle

Green Car Reports

The trouble with most vehicles is that you can't drive them on the sidewalk. Or through a hotel lobby--people tend to object. Neither of those are concerns with the Ryno, an electric, self-balancing unicycle, the brainchild of Ryno founder Chris Hoffman. The Ryno wasn't actually Chris's idea, but that of his daughter--who one day saw something

2012 84

Inside EVs reports on independent testing of Nissan LEAFs and battery capacity loss

Green Car Congress

An independent test of Nissan LEAF battery capacity and range loss organized by Inside EV writer and LEAF owner Tony Williams has found significant battery capacity loss—and therefore range loss—in the EVs. In a post on the Inside EV site, Williams has compiled the data and published a report on the test. The Nissan LEAF electric car was introduced to the world as a mass production vehicle during December 2010.

2012 84

Voith Turbo launching new 4-speed gearbox for bus market; improved fuel efficiency of 3–5% via reduced weight

Green Car Congress

Voith Turbo, the German transmissions specialist, is launching a new four-speed automatic gearbox specifically designed for the bus market at EuroBus Expo 2012 in November. The new Euro 6 compliant gearbox, DIWA.6,

2012 83

GTI develops FuelMule mobile fast-fill CNG fueling station

Green Car Congress

Research teams at Gas Technology Institute (GTI) are working on several fronts to lower the costs of adoption of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and their fueling infrastructure, particularly first-cost entry. One example of these initiatives is a new mobile fueling technology, the FuelMule. Rendering of the FuelMule. Source: Ultimate CNG. Click to enlarge.

2012 83

Mercedes-Benz presenting new battery-electric B-Class concept at Paris show

Green Car Congress

Mercedes-Benz will present a battery-powered electric concept variant of the B-Class at the Paris Motor Show, reportedly developed in partnership with Tesla Motors. Earlier post.) Market launch is planned for 2014. This concept vehicle is one of the first models to incorporate the term “Electric Drive” into its model designation; in the future, “Electric Drive” lettering will be featured on all battery-powered electric passenger cars from Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG and smart.

2012 83

2013 Chevrolet Volt

Green Car Reports

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt is the third model year of Chevy's unique range-extended electric car, and after a challenging start and a lot of bad media, it has emerged as the best-selling plug-in car in the U.S.--selling selling at a faster rate than the Nissan Leaf battery electric hatchback and the new Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. The four-seat, five-door

2013 82

Stanford faculty awarded $2.2M for 9 energy research projects; high-performance batteries, promoting sustainable vehicles, wireless power transfer for moving vehicles

Green Car Congress

Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE), TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy and Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) have awarded 9 faculty seed grants totaling $2.2 million for promising new research in clean technology and energy efficiency. Seed funding supports early work on concepts that have the potential for very high impact on energy production and use.

2012 82

Toshiba and Honda jointly to conduct demonstration testing of smart home systems

Green Car Congress

Toshiba Corporation will join Honda Motor Co. in the testing of the smart home system that Honda has been conducting in the city of Saitama. The two companies will jointly conduct demonstration testing with the goal of pursuing the optimization of energy generation and usage. Since April 2012, as a part of the E-KIZUNA Project run by the city of Saitama, Honda has been conducting demonstration testing using two smart home system equipped houses built on land adjacent to Saitama University.

2012 81