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Pilot at BMW Munich plant evaluating use in vehicle assembly of custom orthotic devices produced by 3D printing

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A pilot project in BMW’s Munich vehicle assembly plan is exploring the benefits of a new and innovative ergonomic tool—a flexible finger cot, which protects workers against excess strains on the thumb joints while carrying out certain assembly activities.

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Mercedes Diesel Fuel Economy: European Model Beats 60 MPG

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Range is often discussed when the subject of electric cars comes up, but it''s also relevant in the world of internal combustion. Driving the most economical car in the world would still be a pain if the tank only allowed for fifty miles between trips to the gas station.

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Electric cars still cheaper to run, no matter what the BBC says

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It’s very hard not to imagine someone sitting at a desk in the BBC news department tapping a chewed ball point pen on their desk as they mutter, ‘there must be another way we can spin an anti-electric car story, there must!’ Well, they obviously had a good day, the latest is a doozie. Electric Ca[.].

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Mitsubishi takes divisional 1st and 2nd in Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2014; 2nd overall

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Mitsubishi Motors’ iMiEV Evolution III all-electric racecars ( earlier post ) took first and second place in the the Electric Modified Division of the 2014 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

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EDI partners with Greenkraft for parallel-series multi-mode Class-4 CNG-PHEV truck; CEC funding

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Greenkraft truck. Click to enlarge. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

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Mercedes-Benz presents autonomous Future Truck 2025 research vehicle; “Highway Pilot”

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Autonomous driving in long-distance truck operations with the “Highway Pilot”. Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Future Truck 2025 in Magdeburg, Germany.

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Toyota, Grenoble, EDF and Citélib launching Ha:Mo EV sharing service as part of multimodal transport solution; small EVs for the last kilometer

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Audi to use suspension springs of glass fiber-reinforced polymer instead of steel for ~40% weight savings

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Audi will introduce new, lightweight suspension springs made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) in an upper mid-size model before the end of the year. The GFRP spring is some 40% lighter than a steel spring.

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NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 reaches orbit

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by Jack Rosebro. At 2:56 AM PST today, NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) was successfully launched into orbit from Space Complex 2 West at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, riding on a two-stage Delta II 7320-10 launch vehicle.

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China iCET releases 2014 Green Car China report ranking mainstream cars by green and health impacts

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Only hybrids performed very well on both the green rating and the smog index. Source: iCET. Click to enlarge.

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Nissan Leaf News, Tesla Talks Price For Small Sedan, Next Prius Delayed: The Week In Reverse

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We have lots of news about the Nissan Leaf. What is realistic pricing on a Tesla? And have you seen the world''s coolest taxi? It''s the Week In Reverse for Friday, July 4, 2014, right here at Green Car Reports.

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Joule first to gain US EPA clearance for commercial use of modified cyanobacteria for fuel production

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has favorably reviewed Joule’s Microbial Commercial Activity Notice (MCAN) for the company’s first commercial ethanol-producing catalyst (a modified Synechococcus cyanobacterium).

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Scania finds driving with two full length trailers cuts fuel consumption by 30%

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Based on research conducted over the last six years, Scania Transport Laboratory has shown that by driving with two full-length trailers, Scania reduces fuel consumption by up to 30%. The Swedish Transport Agency has now granted permission to operate tandem truck rigs of 31.5 meters (103.3

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Royal Academy of Engineering and Highview create 5-year research chair in liquid air energy storage

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European consortium investigating graphene-based materials for lightweight cars; energy-efficient and safe vehicles

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The University of Sunderland (UK), working with a consortium of five other research partners from Italy, Spain and Germany, has been selected for funding by the €1-billion (US$1.4-billion) Graphene Flagship research initiative in Europe ( earlier post ) for their iGCAuto proposal.

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Damen, MTU and Svitzer to launch world’s first reverse stern drive CNG tug in 2016

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Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands, German engine manufacturer MTU Friedrichshafen, a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, and Denmark’s SVITZER have teamed up to bring the first Reverse Stern Drive (RSD) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tug to the market, with a planned introduction in 2016.

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Reading Group highlights benefits of aluminum truck bodies

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Vocational truck equipment provider The Reading Group has issued an infographic highlighting some of the benefits of aluminum truck bodies.

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Dept. of Interior to auction nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland for wind energy development

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The US Department of the Interior (DOI) will offer nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland for commercial wind energy development in a 19 August 2014 competitive lease sale. Offshore Maryland lease areas. Click to enlarge.

Rice researchers develop 2-D model of gas hydrate formation

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A decade of research by Rice University scientists has produced a two-dimensional model to show how gas hydrates—ice-like substances in which gas molecules are encased in cages of water molecules—are formed under the ocean floor.

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UMTRI: new vehicle average fuel economy fell slightly in June

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in June was 25.5 mpg (9.23 l/100 km)—down 0.1

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First production HondaJet makes first flight

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Honda Aircraft Company announced that the first production HondaJet ( earlier post ) achieved its initial flight, marking another milestone toward aircraft certification and entry into service in 2015. The event took place at the company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. During the 84-minute flight, the aircraft climbed to 15,500 feet and reached a speed of 348 Knots True Airspeed (KTAS). The aircraft was flown by test pilot Warren Gould, pilot-in-command.

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Caterpillar and Argonne’s VERIFI undertake cooperative virtual engine design, control project; first VERIFI CRADA

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Low-temperature combustion regimes show great efficiency and emissions potential, but they present optimization and control challenges that must be addressed before they enter the engine mainstream. Caterpillar Inc.

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World premiere of new Volkswagen Passat; 8th generation brings plug-in hybrid option

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The new Volkswagen Passat. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen unveiled the eight-generation Passat ( earlier post ) at the Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam. The new Passat made its global debut with new engines, less weight and with the latest assistance, Infotainment and convenience systems. The new Passat delivers improved fuel efficiency (up to 20%); diesel and gasoline powertrains; up to 85 kg less weight, and a plug-in hybrid option.

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GM adds 3 acres of solar arrays in Michigan

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General Motors is increasing its renewable energy use with 3 acres of new solar arrays at two Michigan facilities. The company’s processing center in Swartz Creek and engine plant in Flint will feature 150 kW ground-mount solar arrays expected to generate a combined 400,000 kWh of renewable energy per year to the facilities’ grids. That is equivalent to the annual energy use of 25 homes.

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Nissan Leaf New Battery Cost: $5,500 For Replacement With Heat-Resistant Chemistry

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Three and a half years after the first Nissan Leaf went on sale, Nissan has announced the cost of a replacement lithium-ion battery pack for its electric car. It''s a surprisingly low $5,499 (after a $1,000 credit for turning in the old pack, which is required), plus installation fees and tax. The installation is estimated at roughly 3 hours of

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Why Workplace Charging Is Important: It Sells Electric Cars

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Human beings are creatures of convenience. Our ancestors built tools to make jobs easier and more efficient, and we like things that make our lives easier today too. Workplace charging is one of those conveniences for electric car drivers, and could be instrumental in helping sell more electric cars. According to Navigant Research''s Electric

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Audi Plans Plug-In Hybrid Version Of Every Major Model By 2020

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Audi will concentrate heavily on the development of plug-in hybrids over the next few years, as the company plans to offer a plug-in model of very significant model in its lineup by 2020. Speaking to Autocar, Audi''s research and development chief Ulrich Hackenberg says plug-in hybrids will be prioritized over other plug-ins, as they best meet

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BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sports Car: Full Pricing And Options Announced

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BMW has revealed full pricing and options details for its plug-in hybrid sports car, the i8. It''s the first glimpse we''ve had of pricing beyond the i8''s regular base price, and what BMW''s ''World'' trim levels offer beyond the standard i8''s equipment tally. Revealed by BMW Blog, the i8''s base price comes in at $135,700, before BMW''s $950 destination

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Tesla's Smaller Electric Sedan To Have 'Realistic' Pricing Next To BMW, Audi

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Tesla might have abandoned its trademark to the ''Model E'' name for its planned smaller electric sedan, but the car itself is still very much on Tesla''s radar. It''s likely to be on buyers'' radars too when it makes its expected debut in late 2016, priced to compete with conventional rivals like BMW''s 3-Series and Audi''s A4. Speaking to Chris

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DOE seeking input on commercialization of fuel cells as range extenders for battery-electric vehicles

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) ( DE-FOA-0001145 ) to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the technical and economic feasibility of commercializing fuel cell range extenders for available battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in the US market.

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June Plug-In Car Sales Surprise: Ford Fusion Beats Chevy Volt

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We''ve got used to seeing plug-in car sales inexorably rising over the last few years. Different models sell at different rates of course, but when one or two cars each month hit some kind of individual sales record, the growth is rarely remarkable. But every so often we''re taken by surprise by one car''s performance. This month, it''s that of the

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Toyota i-Road Electric City Car Undergoes French Car-Share Trials

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Toyota might not be convinced by battery electric vehicles but that hasn''t stopped the company testing its i-Road urban electric vehicle. Its latest round of testing takes place in Europe, where a fleet of 70 i-Road and Coms personal mobility vehicles are being deployed throughout the French city of Grenoble. The vehicles won''t just be driven by

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Nissan's DC Quick-Charging Stations: 630 CHAdeMO Sites Live Today

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While most electric cars get charged overnight for most of their miles, the growing number of DC fast-charging sites enable longer trips when necessary. But those quick chargers--initially CHAdeMO stations for Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV cars, and more recently Tesla Supercharger sites for its cars alone--have to be there to make those trips

EU research partners develop solid state hydrogen storage tank coupled with fuel cell as vehicle APU unit

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Partners in a 42-month, €3.5-million (US$4.8-million) EU research project have developed a system comprising a solid state hydrogen storage tank coupled to a fuel cell ( SSH2S ). The unit was fitted for the first time into an Iveco Daily van as an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), and was able to supply electrical energy for air conditioning, auxiliary heating and lighting. SSH2 explored the use of a new class of material for hydrogen storage (i.e.

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Volkswagen XL1 Hybrid Deliveries Begin In UK, And It Ain't Cheap.

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We always knew the Volkswagen XL1 wouldn''t be cheap. It''s a limited-run, carbon-fiber bodied, plug-in hybrid, gull-winged low-slung eco supercar. None of that sounds cheap. And as Volkswagen UK reveals pricing for the light-weight plug-in hybrid, we now know just how not-cheap it actually is: £98,515, or just under $169,000 at current

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Tesla In China: Discovering Local Quirks And Fixing Issues

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China is a tricky but potentially lucrative market to conquer. Automotive brands all around the world want a piece of the action given the potential rewards, but the market is still quite different to others around the globe. Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is one such automaker giving the Chinese market a go, when it recently started sales of its Model

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Supreme Court: California Cleaner-Fuels Plan OK, Oil Companies Lose Appeal

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In an action sure to appease fans of a greener transportation future, the U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to decline oil and ethanol companies'' appeal to a decision to uphold California''s Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS). That means the LCFS now has one fewer obstacle in its aim to encourage the adoption of cleaner fuels in the state''s cars and

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