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Audi testing carbon-fiber exoskeleton “chairless chair” for assembly workers at Neckarsulm

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Audi is testing a new technology that eases many assembly activities at its plant in Neckarsulm: the “chairless chair.” The carbon-fiber exoskeleton allows employees to sit without a chair. At the same time, it improves their posture and reduces the strain on their legs.

Kia Soul EV A Big Hit In CA; Sales To Expand Sooner Than Planned

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Just over a year ago, the 2015 Kia Soul EV was introduced at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show as the Korean brand''s first U.S.-market market electric car.

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Lux Research: the $40,000, 200-mile-range EV is the biggest coming growth opportunity for energy storage in transportation

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Analysis by Lux Research suggests that the market space represented by the emerging lower-cost, 200-mile-range EV will be the biggest coming growth opportunity in electric storage for transportation.

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Toyota to begin sales of Mirai fuel cell vehicle in Europe by September

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At the Geneva motor show, Toyota announced that it would begin sales of the new Mirai fuel cell vehicle ( earlier post ) in Europe by September. Sales of the FCV began in Japan last December. European launch markets in 2015 will be the UK, Denmark and Germany; more markets will be added in 2017.

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Mercedes-Benz introduces Metris midsize van to US and Canada

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Mercedes-Benz Vans USA introduced the Mercedes-Benz Metris midsize van at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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Nissan 'Ultimate Smart BBQ' Electric Van: Feast Your Eyes, Feed Your Body

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As electric cars become more common, it''s only a matter of time before more people start thinking of things to do with them besides drive to and from work. Like, for example, turning one into a barbecue on wheels.

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Audi introduces Q7 e-tron quattro diesel PHEV SUV at Geneva; 138 mpg US

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Audi introduced the Q7 e-tron quattro plug-in hybrid ( earlier post ) at the Geneva show. The Q7 e?tron tron quattro is Audi’s second vehicle featuring a plug?in in hybrid drive system, and the first diesel plug-in hybrid with quattro drive in its segment. Powered by the 17.3

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Researchers demonstrate high performance and stability of non-precious metal ORR catalysts in acidic PEM fuel cells

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Researchers at Case Western University led by Prof.

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Sub-micrometer carbon spheres as oil additives reduce engine friction up to 25%

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Researchers at Purdue University have shown that adding ultra-smooth submicrometer carbon spheres to motor oil can reduce friction and wear typically seen in engines by up to 25%.

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Opinion: Here’s what will send oil prices back up again

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by Martin Tillier of Oilprice.com. Oil’s rapid decline since August of last year has been dramatic. To listen to some commentators you would also think it is unprecedented and irreversible.

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UMTRI: new vehicle fuel economy down in February

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in February was 25.2 mpg (9.33 l/100km)—down 0.2

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Mercedes-Benz unveils V-Class concept plug-in hybrid MPV at Geneva; 78 mpg US

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At the Geneva International Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Concept V?ision ision e: a plug-in hybrid concept version of its V-Class MPV ( earlier post ).

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Volkswagen introduces the Sport Coupé Concept GTE PHEV at Geneva; 118 mpg US

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Volkswagen is unveiling the Sport Coupé Concept GTE plug-in hybrid at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, ushering in a new and progressive Volkswagen brand design language. Evolution and revolution come together in the Sport Coupé Concept GTE.

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Toyota introduces facelifted Auris; revamped powertrains including new Otto/Atkinson 1.2L gasoline engine

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At the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota introduced the facelifted Auris. With the launch of the Auris Hybrid in 2010, Toyota became the first manufacturer to offer a choice of three powertrains (gasoline, gasoline-electric hybrid, and diesel) in the C-segment.

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Silica-coated sulfur nanoparticles with mildly reduced graphene oxide as Li-S battery cathode

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One of the main obstacles to the commercialization of high-energy density lithium-sulfur batteries is the tendency for lithium polysulfides—the lithium and sulfur reaction products—to dissolve in the battery’s electrolyte and travel to the opposite electrode permanently.

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NanoSteel expands material capabilities for additive manufacturing powder portfolio

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The NanoSteel Company ( earlier post ) has expanded its additive manufacturing (AM) material capabilities to support metal 3D printing of complex high-hardness parts and the ability to customize properties layer-by-layer through gradient material design.

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Ford expands Smart Mobility projects with connected e-bike study

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Ford Motor Company is expanding its global Ford Smart Mobility plan ( earlier post ) with a new experiment to study how connected electric bicycles can work seamlessly with cars and public transport to deliver faster and easier daily commutes and help businesses operating in urban centers.

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Rice graphene aerogel catalyst doped with boron and nitrogen outperform platinum in fuel cell ORR

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Graphene nanoribbons formed into a three-dimensional aerogel and doped with boron and nitrogen (3D BNC NRs) exhibit the highest onset and half-wave potentials among the reported metal-free catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in alkaline fuel cells, and show superior performance compared to commercial Pt/C catalyst, according to a new study by Rice University researchers.

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EDI offering Class 3 plug-in hybrid utility truck

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Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. EDI) announced the availability of a Class 3 utility truck based upon its plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain that reduces emissions and fuel use by up to 80%.

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Audi piloting use of Serva robots to transport cars at Ingolstadt plant

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In a pilot test at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt that started in February, two robots independently transport cars from production to an interim storage area.

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New V10 in Audi R8 brings in supplementary port fuel injection, cylinder-on-demand, new start-stop

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The new naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engines in the newly introduced second-generation high-performance Audi R8 ( earlier post ) introduce two new efficiency technologies to that platform: supplementary port fuel injection, and cylinder-on-demand, along with a new start-stop system.

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ORNL microscopy directly images lithium dendrite formation in batteries; new technique for studying electrochemical processes

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Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have captured the first real-time nanoscale images of lithium dendrite structures known to degrade lithium-ion batteries.

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Renault boosts ZOE EV’s range by almost 15% to 149 miles with new motor unit

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The new R240 motor unit with integrated PEC. Click to enlarge. Renault has extended the range of its battery-electric ZOE to 149 miles (240 kilometers)—a boost of 19 miles (31 km), or 14.6%—in

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UQM Technologies receives initial purchase order for its new fuel cell compressor system from Ballard

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UQM Technologies Inc. has received its first fuel cell compressor module purchase order from Ballard Power Systems. These compressor modules are an integral component of hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles.

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BMW presents “Vehicular Small Cell” at Mobile World Congress; first mobile femtocell for optimized in-car connectivity

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At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the BMW Group, peiker acustic GmbH & Co. KG and Nash Technologies GmbH are presenting the “Vehicular Small Cell” research project, which aims to improve mobile reception in vehicles.

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Volvo Cars unveils new V60 D5 Twin Engine Special Edition diesel PHEV in Geneva

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Volvo Cars has unveiled a D5 Twin Engine Special Edition of its V60 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid, which went on sale in 2012. Earlier post.) The V60 D5 Twin Engine will deliver 120 kW (161 hp) via the combustion engine and about 50 kW (67 hp) from its 11.2

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Nissan launches 7-seat version of the electric e-NV200 van

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Due to growing requests from companies and fleets alike, Nissan has advanced the introduction of the latest iteration in its electric vehicle line-up—a seven-seat version of the all-electric e-NV200 van, and launched it at the Geneva Motor Show. Earlier post.). The e-NV200’s electric drivetrain, based on that used in the LEAF, is combined with the cargo volume of the NV200 to create a practical and versatile vehicle capable of carrying people or goods.

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Nissan Sway Concept Sets The Look For Future Small Cars—And Leaf?

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The Nissan Sway concept, shown this past week at the Geneva Motor Show, consolidates some of Nissan’s design themes into a single expression that’s important for Europe. Although it’s worth wondering: Are we also seeing a first glimpse of the look of the next Nissan Leaf electric car? The Sway is said to be aimed at European

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Tesla Model S Cross-Country Trip, Without (Many) Superchargers: Days 1-3

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With our daughter off to college, my wife and I recently became empty-nesters. Suddenly, there was no more reason to endure the wretched winters in New York’s Hudson Valley. California, here we come: We rented a cottage for February and March in the small beach town of Carpinteria, an hour north of Los Angeles. Fly or drive? For Lisa, the

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Mobileye unveils Gen4 system-on-chip EyeQ4; visual processing for ADAS and automated driving; design win for 2018

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Mobileye N.V., a designer and developer of camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for the automotive industry, introduced its 4 th -generation system-on-chip, the EyeQ4.

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Renault To Return To N America With Twizy Low-Speed Electric Car?

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Four of Europe''s six mass-market carmakers have long sold cars in North America. The exceptions, for a quarter of a century, have been the two French makers: PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault. Now it appears that Renault may be considering a return to the continent, using its Twizy low-speed electric car--and doing it via North America''s

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Nickel-Metal-Hydride Batteries For Electric Cars? Energy Density Can Rise 10-Fold: Researchers

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The division is pretty clear: nickel-metal-hydride batteries are for use only in hybrids--at least those from Toyota, which has used more of the batteries than any other maker by far. Lithium-ion cells, on the other hands, are the only ones with sufficient energy density to be used in the much larger packs of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid

California Bill Would Slash Sales Tax On Greenest New Vehicles

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The California Legislature is considering a bill that would cut the sales tax on green cars in the state by more than half. It calls for reducing the sales tax on battery-electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to 3.06 percent, compared to the current 7.5 percent. ALSO SEE: Six California Electric-Car Bills Signed By

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Four Years And 70,000 Miles Later, 2011 Nissan Leaf Going Strong

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The 2011 Nissan Leaf was the first modern battery-electric car to be offered in large numbers, and it still leads the field in terms of sales four years later. Each sales increase marks a new milestone for electric-car adoption, but how do all of those Leafs fare after a few years of daily use? DON''T MISS: Nissan Leaf Sets New Annual Record For

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Ford May Show A 200-Mile Electric Car This Year To Counter Chevy Bolt

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The announcement that the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric car will go into production within 18 months seemingly sent shockwaves through the auto industry. GM''s crosstown rival Ford, which has sold hybrids for more than 10 years but shown little love for battery-electric cars, now seems to feel the need to respond. According to reports, Ford will now

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2016 Volt Powertrain, Electric-Car Performance, Tesla Again At The Top: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Interested in the powertrain technology in the 2016 Volt? Or the performance potential in electric cars? Of course you are. This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, February 27, 2015.

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Honda Accord Hybrid: Supply Now Sufficient To Meet Demand

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The Honda Accord Hybrid was launched as a 2014 model, and the first few were sold back in October 2013. But over the next year, despite favorable reviews and a handful of awards, the Accord Hybrid remained a rare beast indeed on dealership lots. Now, more than a year later, it appears that supply has finally caught up to demand for Honda''s 47-mpg

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