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ICCT study finds state EV incentives playing a significant role in driving sales

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A study by a team from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows that state electric vehicle incentives are playing a significant early role in reducing the effective cost of ownership and driving electric vehicle sales.

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The Videos Car Dealers Hate: Is It 'Haggling' Or 'Negotiating'?

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Car dealers often come in for criticism, especially among electric-car advocates and Tesla Motors supporters who have watched state dealership lobbying groups make Tesla''s direct-sales model illegal in a number of states.

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Hydrogen car to take on rally championship for first time

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Hydrogen fuel cell cars might still be mostly just concept vehicles at the moment, but for Toyota, its new soon-to-launch FCV is about to do the carmaker proud on the race course.

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Graphene 3D Lab showing prototype 3D printed battery; potential for structural batteries

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Graphene 3D Lab Inc., which develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary graphene-based nanocomposite materials for various types of 3D printing, including fused filament fabrication, has developed a 3D printable graphene battery.

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First look at all-new Voltec propulsion system for 2G Volt; “the only thing in common is a shipping cap”

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Cutaway of the new power electronics unit, which is much smaller than in gen 1, and which is now integrated into the drive unit housing. The power electronics and the motors use separate cooling: water for the PE and ol for the motor unit. Click to enlarge.

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Mercedes-AMG HPP awarded Dewar Trophy for PU106A Hybrid F1 Power Unit

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The Dewar Trophy was presented to Andy Cowell, Managing Director of HPP, along with members of his project team from Brixworth. Click to enlarge.

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Mercedes-Benz wins MATERIALICA awards for diesel passenger car steel pistons and CFRP struts

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Mercedes-Benz received two MATERIALICA Design and Technology Awards at the MATERIALICA 2014 trade fair for materials applications, surface technology and product engineering in Munich.

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EIA: US gasoline’s average energy content per gallon declined ~3% from 1993-2013 due to increasing ethanol fraction

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The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has adjusted its estimates of the energy content of retail motor gasoline in its Monthly Energy Review (MER) to reflect its changing composition.

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Lux Research: CFRP demand to grow at 13% CAGR 2020 to $35B in 2020; faster growth in automotive

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New analysis by Lux Research shows that carbon fiber demand will grow at an overall 13% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 36,000 tons in 2013 to 86,000 tons in 2020. In parallel, CFRP demand will also grow at 13% CAGR, from $15.4

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Volkswagen Group top global R&D spender in 2014; 3rd year in a row

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The Volkswagen Group was the top global R&D spender in 2014, according to The 2014 Global Innovation 1000 report from consultancy Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company). This marks Volkswagen’s third year in a row in the top spot. Volkswagen, which spent US$13.5

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JBEI researchers boost isopentenol output from E. coli; potential benefit for bio-gasoline

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified microbial genes that can improve both the tolerance and the production of isopentanol in engineered strains of Escherichia coli.

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Study shows biodiesel blends in buses reduce PM, other harmful exhaust elements, EC and CO

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A new study on the combustion properties of biodiesel for use in urban transit buses found that using biodiesel can effectively reduce the mass of particulate matter released in both hot and cold idle modes. The study, published by the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium (MNTRC), observed a reduction in amount of particulate matter, number of elements, and elemental carbon; the reduction is considered beneficial to promoting the clean air and human health.

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DOE launches $1M H2 Refuel H-Prize for small-scale hydrogen refueling

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) and the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) launched the $1-million H2 Refuel H-Prize. The two-year competition challenges America’s engineers and entrepreneurs to develop affordable systems for small-scale hydrogen fueling.

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La Poste Group and Renault enter new eco-mobility partnership; coincides with delivery of the 5,000th Kangoo Z.E.

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Philippe Wahl, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of La Poste group, and Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Renault group, signed a new partnership agreement today to pursue and strengthen their cooperation on the search for eco-mobility solutions.

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Mercedes-Benz making Crosswind Assist available as retrofit solution for older Sprinter models

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Mercedes-Benz is now making its Crosswind Assist driver assistance function available as a retrofit solution for numerous variants of the Sprinter. The most important prerequisite is that the vehicle must be fitted with the current version of Adaptive ESP, available since January 2012.

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BASF Venture Capital leads $3M investment in SLIPS for super-omniphobic technology; joint development agreement

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BASF Venture Capital has led a $3-million Series A financing with a $1.5 million investment in SLIPS Technologies Inc. based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Swiss entrepreneur and private investor Hansjörg Wyss has also participated in the financing.

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Indianapolis plans to add 425 PHEVs and BEVs to municipal fleet by 2016

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The City of Indianapolis will upgrade 425 non-police-pursuit sedans in its muncipal fleet to plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles by early 2016, cut the size of the fleet by 100 vehicles, and save $8.7 million over ten years. The Indy fleet would be the largest municipal fleet of electrified vehicles in the US.

UK providing £15M ($24M) for latest competition for greener transportation technologies

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The UK government and Innovate UK—theTechnology Strategy Board are providing £15 million ($24 million) for the latest competition to encourage technologies for road-vehicles that will deliver significant reductions in CO 2 emissions. The UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has committed £11 million (US$18 million) while Innovate UK is providing £4 million (US$6 million).

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Neste Oil seeking California LCFS approval for gutter oil to renewable diesel pathway

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Among four new California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) fuel pathway applications is a used cooking oil (gutter oil) to renewable diesel (NExBTL) pathway from Neste Oil at its Singapore plant. Boeing and COMAC are opening a demonstration facility in China to convert gutter oil to renewable aviation fuel. Earlier post.). Neste Oil Singapore Pte Ltd. produces approximately 250 million gallons annually of drop-in renewable diesel (RD)—i.e.,

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Study casting doubt on GHG benefits of corn stover ethanol draws sharp criticism by other researchers; Liska responds

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A study published earlier this year in the journal Nature Climate Change that cast doubt on whether biofuels produced from corn residue could meet federal mandates for cellulosic biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% compared to gasoline ( earlier post ) has drawn critical response published as correspondence in the same journal.

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Nissan Leaf-To-Home Electric-Car Power Tests: More Practical For U.S. With Longer-Range Cars?

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Nissan and other makers are beginning to view electric cars not as just as transportation, but as mobile energy-storage units that can provide emergency power and take stress off electrical grids. This month the carmaker will begin testing its Leaf-To-Home energy station in Japan, testing the ability of electric cars to provide temporary

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How Audi, BMW & Mercedes Plan To Compete With Tesla--And Why

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We already know that in the next few years, we''ll see a slew of mid-size SUVs offered with plug-in hybrid powertrains--most from luxury brands like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, and Range Rover. But the German luxury marques are making plans to compete more directly with Tesla Motors and its Model S all-electric long-range luxury sedan. All have

2014 87

Tesla Taxis In Holland Follow Norway In All-Electric Green Cabs

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The Tesla Model S electric car has garnered plenty of praise from individual owners, but a handful of operators are finding that it works pretty well as a taxi, too. Model S taxis are already operating Norway--where generous electric-car incentives make the Tesla one of the country''s best-selling vehicles--and now Holland is following Norway''s

2014 87

2016 Chevy Volt: Bigger Battery, More Motor Power, New Range Extender Engine Details

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General Motors took the wraps off its second-generation Voltec electric-drive system this morning that will power its 2016 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car. Company executives declined to give specifications for power of the two electric motors, the range-extending engine, or range of the final vehicle. DON''T MISS: 2016 Chevrolet Volt To

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Study identifies halogen-free superhalogen electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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Most electrolytes currently used in Li-ion batteries contain halogens, which are toxic. An in-depth study based on first-principles calculations by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University has shown that the anions of commercially available electrolytes for Li-ion batteries are all superhalogens. With this knowledge, they identified several halogen-free less-toxic superhalogen electrolytes with comparable performance characteristics.

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Minnesota Tesla Owners Show Banned Model S To Iowa Electric-Car Shoppers

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Suppose auto dealers in a neighboring state pressured their DoT to make Tesla Motors stop giving test drives of its Model S electric car--the same kind it now offers in more than a dozen other states. What would you do? If you were you a group of Tesla owners in Minnesota, you might just take matters into your own hands. You might, in fact, drive

Were Small Cars Exactly The Wrong Way To Launch Electric Cars?

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Historically, most technology innovations in automobiles start at the high end and gradually work their way down the lineup until they''ve become standard features of even the humblest of cars. From automatic transmissions to disc brakes, turbochargers to fuel injection, high-end audio systems to touchscreens, the most expensive cars get the

2014 86

Life With Tesla Model S: At Last, Some Maintenance Needed (New Tires)

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After 20 months and 26,000-plus miles, I finally spent my first dollar on maintenance for my 2013 Tesla Model S. Almost 2,000 of them, in fact. The total was $1,858--the cost of four new tires and Tesla''s recommended annual service. Up till that point, tire rotations, washer fluid replacements, service bulletin updates, and the like had been

Car Sharing Awareness Grows: 1 In 5 Americans Has Used It Now

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Seventy years of sprawling suburban development makes cars the most practical way for most people in the U.S. to get around, but actually owning that car may become optional. Particularly in urban areas, car sharing is steadily growing as an alternative to ownership--and apparently at a much faster rate than many previously thought. DON''T MISS

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Toyota i-Road Electric City Car: Here's How It Leans

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Toyota might not be planning to invest in a mainstream electric vehicle for the U.S. anytime soon, but now, globally, it has this oddity: the i-Road. As we caught last month in this demonstration at the Paris Auto Show, the i-Road is driven at the front wheels by twin 2-kW electric motors, and steered at the rear wheels, as the articulating front

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Ford Can Design Tesla-Like Electric Car, CEO Says; Does Higher-Power Charging Push Mean It May?

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Ford''s CEO, Mark Fields, told Wall Street financial analysts Friday that the company had the product development staff and engineering ability to build an electric car like a Tesla. While he didn''t say the company would do so, he did say that such a car would be "very consistent with our product strategy". On top of that, behind-the-scenes efforts

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BC's Electric-Car Charging Stations: 2 Years Of Data And What It Tells Us

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British Columbia''s public charging stations got twice as busy in the past year, roughly tracking the increase in the Canadian province''s plug-in electric vehicle population. The results were announced earlier this month by the Fraser Basin Council and Powertech Labs, two members of the Plug in BC initiative working to support the adoption of

2014 85

Which Car Should Be Named Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2015? (Poll)

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New-car ratings, driving impressions, and a lot of lengthy discussions go into picking our Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy award winner each year. We explained our process yesterday, along with all of our nominees for the 2015 award, but this year we thought we''d add a new element. DON''T MISS: Green Car Reports'' 2015 Best Car To Buy: The

2014 85

Tesla Model S Gets Huge Incentive In Shanghai: No $12K Fee For Registration

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The Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan has now been on sale in China for six months, but it recently received a major sales incentive from local officials in Shanghai. That city''s municipal government has ruled that Tesla buyers will be exempted from paying the $12,000 registration fee required to obtain license plates. DON''T MISS: Tesla In

2014 85

Elon Musk Vs Ward's: A Sales Battle Tesla Brought On Itself

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It all started when stock analysts circulating an estimate from auto-industry trade journal Ward''s Auto that Tesla''s U.S. sales were down 26 percent for the first nine months of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. It was covered in a Wall Street Journal story on the company''s new lower-cost leasing program, and Tesla''s stock price fell.

2014 85

Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy: The Nominees (Video)

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It''s time once more for our annual Best Car To Buy award. It''s the fifth time we''ve chosen the one car or lineup, newly introduced for this model year, that represents the best new green car to enter the market. To qualify, a car must be all-new or substantially updated from the previous model year. That''s why, Tesla fans, we''re not going to say

2014 84

Toyota: 'No One Wants Us To Build Electric Cars'

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Well, here''s one that may give electric-car owners and advocates a Friday morning chuckle. Toyota is well-known not only as one of the world''s three largest carmakers, but also the global leader in hybrids. DON''T MISS: Toyota Fuel-Cell Ad Asks: Are You ''The Bold Few'' Or A ''Handbrake''? And it''s a staunch proponent of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

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