Sat.Nov 25, 2017 - Fri.Dec 01, 2017

The Tom Steyer I Know

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Of all the billionaires I know, Tom Steyer is my favorite. I had dinner and drinks with him and a handful of activists in Hermosa Beach a few years ago and found him to be about as as down to earth, smart and interesting as the guys I like to hang with. photo by Al Muratsuchi).

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Jeep introduces 2018 Wrangler with mild hybrid, diesel options; plug-in hybrid version in 2020

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At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Jeep unveiled the 2018 Wrangler, with new mild hybrid (eTorque) and diesel options to be available. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler 2-door model is available in three different trim configurations: Sport, Sport S and Rubicon.

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Half of all Porsches will plug in by 2025, showing importance of electric cars

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Its customers and employees know, but the rest of the world may not quite have realized that Porsche now sells six separate plug-in hybrid models. They span three different vehicles—the Porsche Panamera large sedan, the Panamera Sport Turismo shooting brake, and the Cayenne sport utility vehicle—and a pair of powertrains for each. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Porsche Mission E Panamera S e-Hybrid Performance Car

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Fraunhofer, KIT study finds CO2 mitigation potential of higher-range PHEVs greater than expected

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JBM Auto to launch 9-, 12-meter electric buses at Auto Expo 2018 in India

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JBM Auto will launch its EcoLife 9- and 12-meter electric buses at the Auto Expo 2018 in February in India. JBM Auto Limited, the bus division of JBM Group, partnered with Solaris on the development of the buses.

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SAE publishes J2954 Recommended Practice (RP) enabling wireless charging to 11 kW

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SAE International published SAE J2954 Recommended Practice (RP), providing the first worldwide specification for wireless power transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles up to 11 kW power levels (WPT 3). Following the previous Technical Information Report J2954, with power levels up to WPT 2 (7.7

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CMB launching dual-fuel hydrogen-diesel ship

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Maritime Belge SA (CMB) is launching the Hydroville —the first passenger shuttle that has received a Class approval to burn diesel and hydrogen in its combustion engines. The vessel completed her sea trials on 16 November.

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INFINITI unveils new QX50 with variable compression ratio engine; 35% improvement in fuel economy over prior FWD V6

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At the Los Angeles Auto Show, INFINITI revealed the all-new QX50—a premium mid-size SUV featuring the first production application of the VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine, transforming on demand. Earlier post.).

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Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Siemens partner on hybrid-electric aircraft; E-Fan X series hybrid to fly in 2020

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Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens have formed a partnership to develop a near-term hybrid-electric flight demonstrator for commercial aircraft.

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UPS putting eBike into package delivery service in Ft. Lauderdale

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UPS has launched an eBike that will deliver packages along Las Olas Boulevard and in surrounding neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Kia introduces 2018 Niro PHEV crossover to US at Los Angeles Show

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Kia introduced the 2018 Niro Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) ( earlier post ) to the US market at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

JATO: Tesla most popular global electric vehicle brand between January and September 2017; EV sales accelerating

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The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has accelerated as policymakers across the globe pass regulations to reduce emissions of air pollutants, according to the latest analysis by JATO Dynamics.

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New QX50 sees first automotive use of Super High Formability 980 MPa steel

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INFINITI’s new QX50 ( earlier post ) represents the first automotive use of SHF (Super High Formability) 980 MPa high-tensile steel. The high-tensile material can be molded into unprecedented shapes, saving weight and representing a torsional rigidity improvement of 23% over the current QX50.

2017 78

Wärtsilä to equip first US ocean-going LNG fueling barge

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The technology group Wärtsilä has been selected to provide a broad scope of products and solutions for a new articulated tug barge (ATB). The vessel will be used to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel to cruise ships along the east coast of Florida, USA.

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Volkswagen to introduce battery-electric compact SUV in US in 2020; based on I.D. CROZZ

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Volkswagen Group of America announced it will introduce a new battery-electric compact SUV in the US in 2020. The new SUV will be based on the I.D. CROZZ concept vehicle ( earlier post ), which is making its North American debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

2017 78

Latest release of DNV GL Phast makes behavior of toxic clouds easier to predict; along wind diffusion method

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The latest release of Phast , DNV GL’s software for process hazard analysis, brings in an entirely new dispersion model that increases accuracy in predicting the movement of certain types of toxic clouds.

2017 78

U.S. Postal Service urged to choose electric delivery trucks

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The current fleet of delivery trucks used by the United States Postal Service have stood the test of time, but their high maintenance costs mean it's time to retire the iconic boxy vehicles. The USPS began soliciting bids in 2016 and five finalists now remain in the running: they are Workhorse/Hackney, AM General, Karsan, Mahindra, and Oshkosh. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars Commercial vehicle fleet

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If you plan to buy an electric car, you should do it this month

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Common wisdom has it that the last few days of any calendar year are the best time to buy a car. Not only are franchised dealers and their salespeople seeking to close out the month with a bang, but it's the end of a year and their allocation of cars next year can depend on how many they sell this year. In other words: bargains may be there for. Politics rebates congress incentives tax credit plug-in cars

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Electric cars to be prioritized in South Australian fleets

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The government of South Australia and the City of Adelaide have agreed to increase the uptake of electric vehicles as part of their commitment to the Climate Action Roundtable. The roundtable, which includes state leaders from Victoria, Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory as well as city representatives from Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin, also agreed to coordinate the planning and construction of electric vehicle infrastructure and the standardization of incentives.

2017 73

Toyota to build first MW-scale 100% renewable power and hydrogen generation station

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At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota Motor North America announced that it will build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach. The Tri-Gen facility will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen. When it comes online in 2020, Tri-Gen will generate approximately 2.35 MW of electricity and 1.2

2017 73

Hyundai Kona, Nissan Kicks: New small crossovers storm the market

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Ten years ago, the subcompact crossover segment barely existed. Now multiple automakers are clamoring for your attention as each brand rushes to bring its own take on the small utility to market. At this week's 2017 Los Angeles auto show, Nissan and Hyundai revealed two new models that will vie for buyers' attention in the burgeoning segment. Los Angeles Auto Show

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Volkswagen ID Crozz electric SUV to launch in US in 2020

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A production vehicle based on the Volkswagen ID Crozz all-electric compact crossover will be launched in the U.S. market during 2020, VW said. The announcement came at a media event Tuesday night before the first of two media days at the Los Angeles auto show, where the electric SUV makes its North American debut. First unveiled at the Shanghai. Los Angeles Auto Show Future Cars VW Group plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV preview

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The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car is now arriving at Chevy dealers with no major changes—though drivers may find the heated steering wheel now turns itself on and off. Otherwise, the deletion of the map pocket on the back of the passenger seat from the 2LT trim level is the sole other change from the 2017 model year. The Bolt EV still. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Toyota to build megawatt electric and hydrogen plant fueled by California bio-waste

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Toyota today is the world's most ardent proponent of using hydrogen fuel cells for zero-emission vehicles rather than large battery packs. The huge Japanese carmaker, one of the world's four largest, now sells its Toyota Mirai fuel-cell sedan around the world, and has more hydrogen-powered vehicles in development. As it has discussed over the last. Los Angeles Auto Show hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell Fuel Cell Vehicles

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Tesla opens second huge China charging station for 50 electric cars

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It's only fitting that the country making a monumental push for more electric vehicles is getting the world's biggest Tesla Supercharger stations. Tesla's website shows that than 150 Supercharger stations locations are now operating in China. But its two new locations in Shanghai and Beijing are the largest Supercharger sites in the world: Each is. China Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) charging infrastructure Tesla Supercharger

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Commercial tests of self-driving Chevy Bolt EV to launch in many cities in 2019

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General Motors officials made a bold announcement on a Thursday conference call with investors: the automaker plans to launch commercial autonomous fleet operations beginning in 2019. The Detroit-based automaker's vision for commercial, autonomous ride sharing will begin with self-driving Bolt EV robo-taxis operating in dense urban areas in. General Motors GM Autonomous cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) self-driving cars

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Electric motorcycle news: Tacita Electric Cruiser, Energica, KTM, Alta, DigiNow fast charging

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New electric motorcycles have recently come onto the market, powered by new technologies in batteries, motors, and charging that make them more capable than their predecessors on a variety of fronts. Italian company Tacita sells several models of electric motorcycle, including street and off-road bikes, like many other electric motorcycle. charging electric motorcycles

MIT researchers develop oxygen permeable membrane that converts CO2 to CO

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MIT researchers have developed a new system that could potentially be used for converting power plant emissions of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, and thence into useful fuels for cars, trucks, and planes, as well as into chemical feedstocks for a wide variety of products. The new membrane-based system for CO 2 thermochemical reduction was developed by MIT postdoc Xiao-Yu Wu and Ahmed Ghoniem, the Ronald C.

2017 69

Australian Renewable Energy Agency awarding US$9M to Ethtec cellulosic ethanol project

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is awarding $11.9 million (US$9 million) in funding for Australian biofuel company Ethanol Technologies Limited ( Ethtec ) to complete the development and demonstration of its advanced biofuel technology. As part of a $48-million (US$36.5 million) project, Ethtec aims to construct a $30-million (US$23-million) purpose-built pilot-scale facility based in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.

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Even supercar maker Lamborghini may go electric, and it's a very cool concept

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Lamborghini, the Italian purveyor of V10- and V12-powered supercars, has teased a fully electric performance machine for the first time in its 54-year history. Unveiled at Lamborghini's home base in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept is the product of a partnership between the automaker and the Massachusetts. Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) wheel motor

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Tesla Model 3 video review compares lower-priced electric car to Model S

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There have been no full reviews of the 2017 Tesla Model 3 to date by automotive media outlets, meaning professional test drivers spend a few days with the car putting it through a standard battery of tests. A few early video reviews, apparently by owners, have also vanished from the Internet, leading to various theories about what owners must. Videos Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Big Tesla battery, Prius Prime vs Volt, Ioniq Hybrid miles, China vs US electric cars: The Week in Reverse

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What new hybrid and plug-in cars are coming from Ford, which has been notably silent on that front since 2013? How does fossil-fuel-loving EPA administrator Scott Pruitt define the word "environmentalism"? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, November 24, 2017. The Week In Reverse

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Lockheed Martin autonomous driving system tops 55,000 miles in extended Army testing

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Lockheed Martin’s Autonomous Mobility Applique System ( AMAS ) logged more than 55,000 testing miles during the US Army Extended Warfighter Experiment (EWE) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Fort Bliss, Texas. AMAS is an applique kit comprising sensors, actuators and controls that can be installed on virtually any military tactical wheeled vehicle.

2017 65

BSEE approves new drilling operations by Eni in Arctic; extended reach drilling

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The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has approved Arctic exploration operations on the Outer Continental Shelf for the first time in more than two years. BSEE approved an Application for Permit to Drill submitted by Eni U.S. Operating Co. in August. Drilling the exploratory well from a man-made artificial island in the Beaufort Sea is expected to start as early as this December.

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Samsung researchers develop graphene balls for high-capacity electrode materials with fast charging

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A Korean team led by researchers from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) has developed “graphene balls”—graphene-silica 3D assemblies—that can be uniformly coated onto a nickel-rich layered cathode (LiNi 0.6 Co 0.1 Mn 0.3 O 2 ). The graphene-ball coating improves cycle life and fast charging capability by protecting the electrode surface from detrimental side reactions and providing efficient conductive pathways.

2017 65

Life with Tesla Model S: musings on new Tesla Roadster

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Like almost everyone else, I was blown away by Tesla’s surprise introduction of the second-generation Roadster at the recent semi-truck reveal event. Zero to sixty in 1.9 seconds, a 620-mile range, gorgeous sleek lines, and a price of $200,000. Mind-blowing indeed. But a few of the new Roadster’s numbers didn’t add up for me. Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

2017 63

Iconic Vespa Scooter, now 70 years old, gets brand-new electric powertrain

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The Vespa scooter is undeniably an icon on European streets. For 70 years, Vespas have buzzed about roadways, but the buzz will soon give way to an all-but-silent hum in the company's latest scooter. Earlier this month at the Milan Motorcycle Show, Vespa announced its first all-electric scooter, dubbed the Elettrica. DON'T MISS: Volkswagen. Plug-In Hybrids scooter Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) electric motorcycles Electric Scooter

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