Sat.Jun 29, 2013 - Fri.Jul 05, 2013

GM, Honda to collaborate on next-generation fuel cell technologies; targeting commercial feasibility in 2020 time frame

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2011 Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle. Click to enlarge. In New York, General Motors and Honda announced a long-term, definitive master agreement to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 time frame. Earlier post.)

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2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Unveiling On July 29: Video

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The 2014 BMW i3 electric car is coming. but you knew that already. Still, it gives BMW a chance to release another video, albeit one that tells us absolutely nothing save for the car''s official date of unveiling: July 29th.

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SF Bay Area gets largest yet electric car deployment to municipal fleets

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On Thursday, the largest municipal fleet deployment of electric cars in the U.S. took place when Mitsubishi Motors deployed 50 i-MiEV's to four Bay Area local government fleets – San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell and Mill

London train stations plug in to electric cars

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Two of London’s busiest train stations are to become EV friendly with the installation of eight charging points between them. Euston station will gain five dual socket GE DuraStation pedestal AC while Victoria will gain three, each providing 32amp Type 2, mode 3 fast charging for electric cars.

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HEHC engine company LiquidPiston raises $2.25M

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LiquidPiston, the developer of engines based on its High Efficiency Hybrid Cycle (HEHC) ( earlier post) , has raised $2.25 million in new funding, according to SEC filings. LiquidPiston’s X Engine is a non-Wankel rotary embodiment of the HEHC.

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Petition For Tesla Motors Direct Sales Crosses 100,000 Signatures

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The fans have spoken: Over 100,000 people have now signed a White House petition asking for Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] to be allowed to sell its cars directly in all fifty states.

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Buy A House (For $1.3 Million), Get A Tesla Model S (Lease)

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Everyone loves a great deal. Just how many times have you bought an extra bottle of soda because it''s on a "buy one, get another free" offer? Or shopped ''til you dropped in an "everything must go" sale? It''s not often you''re offered a free car though, even when buying a house.

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Abengoa inaugurates demonstration plant with Waste-to-Biofuels (W2B) technology

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Abengoa recently inaugurated a demonstration plant using Waste-to-Biofuels (W2B) technology. The plant has a capacity to treat 25,000 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) from which it will obtain up to 1.5 million liters (396,000 gallons US) of bioethanol for use as fuel.

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LowCVP study identifies cost-effective options for cutting bus emissions

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Meeting long-term CO 2 targets for buses will require the development of advanced technologies, in parallel with improvements to engines. Source: Ricardo. Click to enlarge.

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UC Berkeley leading project investigating partial fuel stratification and microwave-assisted sparkplugs for LTC engines

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The LTC research project has three proposed components. Click to enlarge.

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VTT study concludes gasification-based pathways can deliver low-carbon fuels from biomass for about 1.90-2.65 US$/gallon

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Summary of levelized production cost estimates of fuel (LCOF) for the examined plant designs. The horizontal red lines show the comparable price of gasoline (before tax, refining margin 0.3 $/gal, exchange rate: 1 € = 1.326 $) with crude oil prices 100 $/bbl and 150 $/bbl. Source: VTT.

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Ford advancing rapid freeform sheet metal forming technology; CAD-driven tool may reduce costs and delivery time for parts

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Ford Motor Company is developing a new form of manufacturing technology—rapid freeform sheet metal forming—that has the potential to reduce costs and delivery time for sheet metal parts needed in smaller quantities.

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TU/e student team unveils solar-powered family car for World Solar Challenge

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The Solar Team Eindhoven (STE) of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) presented the world’s first solar-powered family car. Stella ” is the first “energy-positive car” with room for four people, a trunk, intuitive steering and a range of 600 kilometers (373 miles). This is the car being entered by the student team in the Cruiser class of the World Solar Challenge that starts in Australia in October 2013. Stella. Click to enlarge.

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Abt life-cycle analysis of different Li-ion chemistries for PHEVs and EVs identifies opportunities for improving environmental profile of batteries

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Generic process flow diagram for lithium-ion batteries for vehicles (color coded to present LCI data sources). Source: “Application of LCA to Nanoscale Technology”. Click to enlarge. A recent Abt Associates, Inc.

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Shell announces successful exploratory well at Vicksburg in deepwater GOM

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Shell announced a successful exploratory well at Vicksburg in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The well is located 75 miles (120 kilometers) offshore in the Mississippi Canyon Block 393 in 7,446 feet (2,269 meters) of water.

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Stanford, UC Santa Cruz study explores ramifications of demand-driven peak to conventional oil

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In contrast to arguments that peak conventional oil production is imminent due to physical resource scarcity, a team from Stanford University and UC Santa Cruz has examined the alternative possibility of reduced oil use due to improved efficiency and oil substitution.

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2014 Mazda Mazda6 Gas Mileage Revealed: 40 Highway, 32 Combined

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The automobile market is no longer a stranger to cars achieving highway mileage of 40 mpg, but to see such a figure coming from a midsize car is quite an impressive feat.

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V?HL 05 lightweight supercar to launch in July; Ford EcoBoost engine

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The V?HL HL 05 mid-engined two-seat supercar will launch in July. The 05’s monocoque weighs in at 78kg (172 lb), while the dry weight of the entire car is 695 kg (1,532 lb). Drawing of the V?HL HL 05. Click to enlarge.

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Cat ships first MaK M 46DF dual fuel marine engine

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Caterpillar Marine Power Systems shipped the first MaK M 46 DF dual fuel marine engine. The M 46 DF, Caterpillar’s first marine dual fuel solution, will power a newbuild ordered by Germany’s AIDA cruises. Three 12 M 43 C marine engines will also power the cruise liner.

Worldwide Prius sales top 3-million mark; Prius family sales at 3.4 million

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced that as of the end of June, worldwide cumulative sales of the Prius gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle (generations I, II and III) passed the 3-million mark. The figure is based on worldwide cumulative sales through the end of May 2013 plus June sales in the US.) Total global Prius nameplate sales (the expanded Prius family) are at 3.436 million units. TMC launched the Prius in 1997. The second generation followed in 2003, and the third generation in 2009.

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2014 Volkswagen XL1: First Drive Of Wolfsburg's 261-MPG Car

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Look out, owners of 200-mph testosterone-supplement poster cars. If there ever was a real hypercar, it''s the Volkswagen XL1. Although in recent years the term hypercar has been distorted—to include cars that are faster (and often even thirstier) than those supercars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, and others—we''re getting back to basics

Will 100,000 Sign Petition For Tesla Motors Sales By Friday?

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On June 5, a Tesla Motors fan mounted what seemed like another quixotic effort to support Tesla in selling its electric cars directly to buyers. The petition at WhiteHouse.gov that he or she launched required 100,000 people to sign it within a month, by Friday, July 5. Suddenly, it seems that petition may actually get the needed support--helped

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Peugeot Cycles introducing AE21 HYbrid ebike

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Peugeot is unveiling its AE21 HYbrid compact ebike at the “Who’s Next” show on 6 July in Paris. Powered by a Li-ion battery, the AE21 features an electric motor located in the front wheel. The battery is locked in place and can be recharged directly in the bike or removed for recharging at home. The aluminum frame accommodates the battery, a laptop bag and an ABUS Bordo folding lock to ensure the everyday protection of the bike.

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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Debut In Tokyo, Match Tesla Model S On Range, Price?

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Would you buy a fuel cell car with similar range and at a similar price to the Tesla Model S electric car? Toyota will be hoping some customers will, as Bloomberg reports the Japanese automaker will show its fuel cell vehicle at November''s Tokyo Motor Show. The new car is expected to debut in 2014 as a 2015 model-year vehicle, though it''s unclear

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Volvo Car Group introducing autonomous steering, other new safety and driver assistance technologies on XC90 next year

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Volvo Car Group will introduce a number of safety and driver assistance technologies in the all-new Volvo XC90 at the end of 2014, including the use of autonomous steering functions to avoid accidents and make driving more comfortable, according to Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor Volvo Car Group. Pedestrian detection at night. According to STRADA (Swedish TRaffic Accident Data Acquisition), 44% of all the pedestrian fatalities occurred in darkness, at dusk or dawn.

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Navigant forecasts US military spending on non-tactical alt drive vehicles to more than double to $926M by 2020 from 2013; 11.4% CAGR

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Non-tactical vehicle spending by alternative drive type, US Department of Defense: 2013-2020. Source: Navigant Research. Click to enlarge. In a new report , Navigant Research forecasts that US military spending on alternative drive vehicles (ADVs—including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), and ethanol-powered vehicles—for the non-tactical fleet will increase from more than $435 million in 2013 to $926 million by 2020, a CAGR of 11.4%.

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Etiquette For Electric-Car Charging: Debates Heat Up Over Who Goes First

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Pull up to an occupied gas pump, and chances are you''ll have to wait five minutes max for the car in front to vacate the spot. Arrive at an occupied electric car charging space and you may be in for quite some wait--and debate on who should get priority at EV charging spots is beginning to escalate. PluginCars has come up with a rather handy list

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2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: First Drive

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Porsche isn''t the first name in hybrids, or even in green cars. But the company is leveraging its depth of engineering knowledge to move forward in the field rather quicker than a small company should. Examples of this include the 918 Spyder supercar and the new 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid. The 918''s 887-horsepower rating and 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds

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Cadillac PHEV targeting driving dynamics

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Cadillac’s upcoming extended-range electric luxury coupe, the 2014 ELR ( earlier post ), the Volt’s upscale cousin, is targeting responsive driving dynamics enabled by advanced suspension and steering systems as well as the smart use of energy. The technologies include front HiPer Strut suspension, rear compound crank with Watt’s link suspension, a premium ZF electric power steering system and ZF-Sachs continuous damping control.

Advanced Biofuels USA introduces “E30 Capable” high-octane fuels concept in EPA Tier 3 comments

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Biofuel advocacy group Advanced Biofuels introduced the concept of “E30 Capable” vehicles as part of its comments to the the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recently proposed Tier 3 motor vehicle fuel and emission rulemaking. Earlier post.).

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GM, Honda Latest Automakers To Collaborate On Fuel Cell Tech

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The puzzle is almost complete: General Motors and Honda have signed an agreement to work on the future of fuel cell technology. They''re the latest large automakers to announce a fuel cell technology share agreement, as car companies continue to explore the future of alternative propulsion. GM and Honda are calling it a "long-term, definitive

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Spy Shots: 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid X5 Prototype

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Is BMW planning an ActiveHybrid X5 model for the next-generation X5 crossover, due to launch this fall as a 2014 model? That''s what it appears from one reader''s sighting of a camouflaged prototype in San Francisco. Yesterday, Alister Oliver wrote: I''m currently at Hawk Hill in San Francisco overlooking the Golden Gate [and] this pulled up. On its

FTA to award up to $3M for RD&D on bus efficiency

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The US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award up to $3.0 million of Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 research funds for innovative research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects targeting bus efficiency enhancements, specifically enhanced electrification of accessories, and improvements in thermal management of bus bodies ( FTA-2013-003-TRI ).

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Nissan Planning Electric City Car Rival To Renault's Twizy

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Buoyed by the quiet European success of the Renault Twizy electric city car, the French firm''s Japanese partner Nissan is considering its own diminutive electric vehicle. That''s according to Etienne Henry, Nissan''s head of product strategy and planning. Speaking to Automotive News Europe, Henry said Nissan''s vehicle would improve on the Twizy''s

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Hot VW Golf GTD Diesel Confirmed For U.S. Sales, Debuts 2015

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Forbidden fruit no longer: Volkswagen''s hottest diesel Golf, the GTD, looks like it''s finally coming to the U.S. As Automotive News reports (via Autoblog), the German automaker sees the GTD as an important "halo product" for the rest of its diesel range. It''s a diesel range getting more popular all the time, VW expecting to shift 100,000 units of

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2014 Mazda6 with i-ELOOP rated at 28 city/40 highway/32 mpg combined

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Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) announced fuel economy figures for and updated pricing of its new 2014 Mazda6 midsize sedan, featuring the i-ELOOP regenerative engine braking system. Earlier post.) The i-ELOOP equipped Mazda6 is EPA-rated at 28 city/40 highway/32 combined mpg US (8.4, and 7.4 l/100km, respectively). Fuel efficiency when paired with the manual transmission for non-i-ELOOP cars is rated by the EPA at 25 city/37 highway/29 combined mpg (9.4, and 8.1

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Electric vehicle lease scheme launched in London with 50 LEAFs; enrolled in EV trials

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An electric vehicle (EV) leasing scheme has been launched in London as part of UK Power Networks’ Low Carbon London EV trials. Fifty new Nissan LEAFs are being leased to residential and commercial motorists for up to two years, accompanied by free charging units for homes or offices.

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