Sat.May 17, 2014 - Fri.May 23, 2014

The Curious Case of Buying A New State Senator From The South Bay

Creative Greenius

Candidate Ben Allen, running as a democrat, gets $300,000 from the right wing guy who wanted Henry Waxman out of office – Bill Bloomfield – and then Ben tells me he feels “weird” about it.

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Study shows two-stroke scooters dominant source of air pollution in many cities; asymmetric polluters

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A study by European researchers has found that two-stroke (2S) scooters, although constituting a small fraction of the fleet, can dominate urban vehicular pollution through organic aerosol and aromatic emission factors up to thousands of times higher than from other vehicle classes.

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Toyota Improves Semiconductor Tech In Hybrids, 10 Percent MPG Gains

Green Car Reports

Toyota has revealed it''s developing a new design of semiconductor that could improve the fuel efficiency of its hybrid vehicles by up to ten percent. Developed with in-house technology partner Denso, it plans to test the semiconductor''s real-world gains in road trials within the year.

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Robert Llewellyn: Formula E gears up to change motor racing for good

Green Cars News

It’s far to early to tell if Formula E will work. By that I mean we don’t know if it will survive for more than one season, will get sufficient long term financial backing (they''re fine for this year), will be exciting to watch or will attract widespread attention.

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2015 VW e-Golf going on sale in U.S. in late 2014, price and markets unknown

National Green Transportation

Volkswagen is beginning an electric car sales push they claim will make the company the world leader in e-mobility by 2018. The step VW recently announced is to begin sales of the 2015 VW e-Golf in the

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Toyota and Denso develop SiC power semiconductor for power control units; targeting 10% improvement in hybrid fuel efficiency

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Toyota intends to leverage the benefits of high frequency and high efficiency of SiC power semiconductors to enable PCU downsizing of 80%. Click to enlarge. Toyota Motor Corporation, in collaboration with Denso Corporation (Denso) and Toyota Central R&D Labs.,

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2014 BMW i3 Test Drive: No Help From Salesman For Electric-Car Buyer

Green Car Reports

Every time I visit a conventional car dealership to test-drive an electric car, I''m struck by the salesman''s lack of savvy about plug-in cars. The first time I drove a Chevy Volt three years ago, the salesman barely knew how to turn the car on, and had no clue about electric cars in general. The Nissan salesman showing me a Leaf wasn''t much

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Hyundia begins shipping Tuscon FCEV for compliance car sales in Southern Calif.

National Green Transportation

Hyundai's first "mass produced" fuel cell vehicles, the Tuscon Fuel Cell CUV, began arriving Wednesday on US soil ahead of first retail sales expected in a few weeks. As one of the first fuel cell

New ruthenium oxide/graphene and CNT foam material improves supercapacitor performance

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Microstructure of RGM electrode. (a) a) Schematic illustration of the preparation process of RGM nanostructure foam. SEM images of (b–c) as-grown GM foam (d) Lightly loaded RGM, and (e) heavily loaded RGM. Source: UCR. Click to enlarge.

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Crushed BMW ActiveE Test Fleet Headed For Scrapyard

Green Car Reports

Just two weeks ago, drivers of the BMW ActiveE fleet of electric test vehicles were delighted to see that their cars would have a second life. BMW announced that it would redeploy 80 ActiveE electric cars to its DriveNow car-sharing program in San Francisco. But then, yesterday, a photo appeared on Facebook that underscores the fate--sooner or

Nissan’s new electric van from under £14,000

Green Cars News

Nissan’s new electric van will cost from under £14,000 thanks to an option to lease the battery separately. The new van is expected to arrive in the UK in July and will be available in both panel van and five seat combi versions, with a choice of two trim grades. While the panel van will ben[.].

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2015 VW e-Golf going on sale in U.S. in late 2014, price and markets unknown

National Green Transportation

Volkswagen is beginning an electric car sales push they claim will make the company the world leader in e-mobility by 2018. The step VW recently announced is to begin sales of the 2015 VW e-Golf in the

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GM reduced energy intensity and carbon intensity per vehicle in 2013

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In 2013, GM reduced the energy-intensity per vehicle manufactured 3.5% from 2012, down to an average 2.22 MW/vehicle from 2.30 MW, according to the company’s just released 2013 sustainability report. GM has set a target of 1.97 MW/vehicle for 2020, a reduction of 20% from the 2010 baseline of 2.47

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Now Electric-Car Drivers Can Use Google Glass To Find Charging Stations

Green Car Reports

Google Glass has taken the tech sector by storm--and now it''s giving electric-car drivers a reason to pay attention as well. Charging-station operator SemaConnect has developed an app (via BWWGeeksWorld) for the wearable computer that helps drivers find places to charge. The app allows drivers to locate the nearest charging station within a

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Hybrids: better in small packages? Sales numbers say yes.

Green Cars News

Tuesday 20 May, 2014. The Green Piece Column. Recently, we discovered how many larger hybrid models in the US are being dropped from the range as customers fail to warm to them. Though they might have seemed like the perfect solution; offering the size which Americans are renowned to love with a[.].

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Hyundia begins shipping Tuscon FCEV for compliance car sales in Southern Calif.

National Green Transportation

Hyundai's first "mass produced" fuel cell vehicles, the Tuscon Fuel Cell CUV, began arriving Wednesday on US soil ahead of first retail sales expected in a few weeks. As one of the first fuel cell

Ford: new F-150 features more than 100 new patents and/or patent applications

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Ford announced that its new 2015 F-150 ( earlier post ) 2015 Ford F-150 features more than 100 new Ford patents and/or patent applications, making this vehicle a benchmark for new technologies in Ford’s history, and its most patented truck.

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Electric Cars For Speed Freaks: Which One Is Quickest?

Green Car Reports

Debate still rages on the best way to sell electric cars. Should automakers be boasting of their environmental credentials? Or should they talk in a language people understand--money--and highlight the economic benefits? Maybe it''s all about silence and refinement? Rarely mentioned is just how fun electric cars can be to drive. So we''ve taken a

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Time for a bargain: Why electric car might just be within your price bracket

Green Cars News

Electric cars are great, aren’t they? They’re quick, easy to drive, affordable to run, and never cause you to queue for petrol in the morning. And if you’ve got a car which rapid charges, you can even stop and recharge on the motorway at a DC or AC quick charge station.

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Japanese automobile industry establishes joint Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines (AICE)

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Navigant forecasts plug-in and fuel cell vehicles to be 2.5% of all vehicles in use in 2035; global parc of >2B vehicles

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In a new report , Navigant Research estimates that nearly 84.1 million new light-duty vehicles (LDVs) will be sold globally in 2014, putting more than 1.2 billion vehicles on the world’s roads. The company forecasts that annual LDV sales will grow to 126.9

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MIT/Stanford team develops battery technology for the conversion of low-grade waste heat to power; TREC

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Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed new battery technology for the conversion of low-temperature waste heat into electricity in cases where temperature differences are less than 100 degrees Celsius.

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Petrobras confirms another discovery in the ultra-deep Santos Basin pre-salt

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Petrobras has completed the formation test on well 1-SPS-98 (1-BRSA-1063-SPS), informally known as Sagitário, located in ultra-deep waters of the Santos Basin pre-salt.

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Hyundai’s first mass-produced Tucson fuel cell vehicles arrive in Southern California; $499/month, including H2

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The first of Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell CUVs arrived in Southern California; first retail sales are expected in the next few weeks. Under the Hyundai leasing program, approved lessees can drive Hyundai’s next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell for $499 per month, including unlimited free hydrogen refueling and “At Your Service” valet maintenance at no extra cost.

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Roadmap shows how to improve lignocellulosic biofuel biorefining with high-value products from isolated lignin

Green Car Congress

A new review article in the journal Science highlights emerging opportunities to increase the transformation of lignin to value-added products—i.e., lignin valorization.

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LEAF sales hit 50K mark in US, almost 115K worldwide

Green Car Congress

Cumulative Nissan LEAF sales in the US hit the 50,000 mark this month, with the delivery of a black LEAF SL in Dallas, Texas. Dallas—and the state of Texas—have become hot growth markets for LEAF.

Renault and LG sign MOU on development of next-gen long-range EV batteries

Green Car Congress

Renault and LG Chem signed an MOU to develop the next-generation of Li-ion batteries for longer-range electric vehicles (EV), reportedly with an eye to doubling current range (e.g., from about 90 miles to about 180.). LG Chem already supplies batteries to Renault.

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DSM’s new Akulon polyamide 6 grades for auto exterior parts eliminate the need for painting

Green Car Congress

Royal DSM is extending globally its portfolio of UV-stabilized grades of its glass-fiber-reinforced Akulon polyamide 6 for exterior automotive parts that require very good surface quality even when unpainted.

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Honda reveals production HondaJet; program update

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Honda Aircraft Company revealed the first production HondaJet at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. Earlier post.) The company also shared its progress in preparation for HondaJet entry into service. First production jet with new color scheme.

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Bultaco brand returning to market with electric two-wheelers

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The Bultaco Rapitán. Click to enlarge. A start-up is bringing the old Bultaco motorcycle brand back to the market with the planned launch of a line of electric two-wheelers. The new company unveiled the Rapitán and Rapitán Sport prototypes—close approximations to the Bultaco motorcycles that will be brought to market later in 2014.

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DOE to award up to $2M to develop supply chain, manufacturing competitiveness analysis for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

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The Energy Department announced up to $2 million to develop the domestic supply chain for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and to study the competitiveness of US hydrogen and fuel cell system and component manufacturing. ( DE-FOA-0000854 ) ( Earlier post.). This funding will support projects that focus on scaling-up the production of today’s hydrogen and fuel cell components and systems to commercial scale.

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Intelligent Energy unveils next-generation, integrated, compact fuel cell power unit; developed with Suzuki

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The new Gen4 unit. Click to enlarge. Intelligent Energy introduced its Gen4 air-cooled fuel cell power unit, designed for easy integration into two-wheel and four-wheel vehicles, at the 2014 JSAE (Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan) Annual Congress in Yokohama. The technology has been developed in collaboration with the Suzuki Motor Corporation.

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Iron-based MOF can convert ethane to ethanol

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Researchers report in a paper in Nature Chemistry that the metal-organic framework (MOF) Fe-MOF-74 can convert ethane—a component of natural gas—to ethanol and acetaldehyde.

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Formula E Draws Closer, Teams Receive Their Electric Race Cars

Green Car Reports

There are now just four months to go before a new, global all-electric race series gets underway in Beijing, China. Formula E has been in the works for several years now, and has a ten-race schedule and ten-team roster for its inaugural season. Those ten teams have now received the first batch of SRT_01E race cars built by Spark-Renault, the

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Google Gets Chevy Spark EV Electric Cars For Ride-Sharing Test

Green Car Reports

While Google''s self-driving car program continues to make headlines, it''s hardly the only automotive project the company is involved in. Among the items in General Motors'' recently-released sustainability report is a ride-sharing pilot program to be conducted in partnership with the tech giant. The pilot program will use Chevrolet Spark EV

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GM has installed 401 EV charge stations at its facilities in US; 5,900 at dealerships

Green Car Congress

Based on growing employee demand, General Motors has installed 401 electric vehicle charging stations at its US production and business facilities; nearly 160 of these are at various manufacturing facilities. More than 20% of the stations use electricity generated from solar canopies to help charge employee vehicles. The majority of the stations are located at GM’s large engineering and corporate facilities in Michigan, where employee EV ownership is growing steadily.

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Indianapolis Electric-Car Sharing: We Drive BlueIndy's BlueCar

Green Car Reports

While you might expect a city-wide electric car-sharing service in Paris--or perhaps progressive havens like San Francisco or Santa Monica--the midwestern city of Indianapolis may not be the first such place you''d look for an all-electric car-sharing plan. Nevertheless, the city announced the BlueIndy car-sharing service this week; it will launch