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Mercedes-Benz introduces latest E 200 Natural Gas Drive and E 220 BlueTEC BlueEFFICIENCY Edition

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E 200 Natural Gas Drive. Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz is introducing the latest version of the bivalent drive E 200 Natural Gas Drive (NGD) variant to the E?Class Class family in Europe.

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Tesla Model S Gets Five Stars For Crash Safety From NHTSA

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The Tesla Model S electric sedan has become the latest car to be awarded a full five star crash test rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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London Underground services welcome electric car drivers with new charging points

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A new network of electric car charging points will make it easier for electric car owners to connect to London Underground services. Benefitting from exemption to the London Congestion Charge, electric cars can be driven into the capital without paying the fee, but are still then faced with the [.].

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GM slashes Volt price to compete with low-priced Nissan Leaf

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In an effort to compete against the much cheaper 2013 Nissan Leaf, GM announced on Tuesday the base MSRP for the 2014 Chevy Volt has fallen to $34,995, or a $5,000 decrease over the 2013 Volt.

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KAIST rolling out dynamic wireless charging in buses in South Korea

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The OLEV bus in Gumi. Click to enlarge. The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is trialing a bus application for its Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV) technology, a dynamic wireless charging technology that recharges a vehicle’s battery while the vehicle is in motion.

Solar Power Initiative By DoE Could Make Grid Electricity Cleaner, Cheaper

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Some of our electric car-owning readers already reap the benefits of solar energy with roof-mounted panels, but on a grid level solar still has a long way to go. The U.S. Department of Energy wants to change that, revealing targets that would mean one third of the Western U.S.

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Mercedes reveals natural gas E-Class

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Mercedes’ E-Class range got much greener with the introduction of its diesel hybrid model, the E300 BlueTEC Hybrid last November, but now there is another model in the luxury saloon range that lends the car more eco-credentials. The carmaker’s E200 Natural Gas Drive car will be available f[.].

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Audi unveils first “ultra” production model: fuel efficient A3 1.6 TDI ultra with 73.5 mpg US

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Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra. Click to enlarge. Audi unveiled its most fuel-efficient production model, the A3 1.6 TDI ultra. With 81 kW (110 hp) of power output, the Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra consumes 3.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (73.50 US mpg).

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Life With Tesla Model S: Owner's Report After 5,000 Miles

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It''s now been more than five months and 5,000 miles since I took delivery of my 2013 Tesla Model S. The four-year wait after I put down my deposit in 2009 created a huge burden of pent-up hopes and expectations. With the initial glow of ownership now dulled by the daily routine of real-world driving, how has the Model S stood up to those grand

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Top ten weird and wonderful transport ideas. The Green Piece

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Tuesday 6 August, 2013. The Green Piece Column. Toyota recently revealed that it was trialling a new mobility device it calls the Winglet. While the fact that a car giant like Toyota even troubles itself to look at small mobility solutions like this is quite admirable, there is a fine line bet[.].

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BMW Group presents prototype of i8 plug-in hybrid; first use of new 3-cylinder engine

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Prototype BMW i8 at the track. Click to enlarge. BMW i presented a prototype of its second production vehicle, the i8 ( earlier post ), at a driving event at the BMW Group’s Miramas test track in France.

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US to hold second auction for renewable energy on Outer Continental Shelf

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The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold its second competitive lease sale for renewable energy on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) on 4 Sept., offering nearly 112,800 acres offshore Virginia for commercial wind energy leasing.

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General Atomics launches bid for DOE small modular reactor program with EM2

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General Atomics (GA) is developing a small modular reactor (SMR) and has recently submitted a proposal to the DOE SMR initiative to help bring the reactor to market.

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EPS showcases lightweight Vision 350 diesel aircraft engine at EAA AirVenture

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At the Innovations Pavilion at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last week, Engineered Propulsion Systems (EPS) showcased the Vision 350 engine, a prototype of a lightweight diesel aircraft powerplant in the 350-hp range that is small enough to fit into the cowls of current production single-engine aircraft.

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Exploring the adoption of EVs in the US, Europe and China; charging scenarios and infrastructure

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Aspirational targets among seven countries participating in the Electric Vehicle Initiative would see growth from just under 2 million EV and PHEVs to just under 20 million by 2020. Source: “Electric Vehicle Grid Integration”. Click to enlarge. A recently published paper by M.J.

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New lightweight steel wheel design equivalent in mass to aluminum; up to 40% cost savings

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The Steel Market Development Institute’s (SMDI) Wheels Task Force recently presented the results of its latest lightweight steel wheel project. The analysis developed a new steel wheel design solution that is equivalent in mass to a comparable aluminum wheel, but at a 30 to 40% cost saving.

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ITS Asset Viewer provides insight into asset placements for intelligent transportation systems nationwide

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Opel launching new all-aluminum 1.0L 3-cylinder turbo for Adam; fuel economy and refinement

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The new 1.0L turbo. Click to enlarge. Opel will introduce the first in an all-new modular family of small-displacement three- and four-cylinder gasoline direct injection engines at the upcoming Frankfurt International Motor Show next month.

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Bi-metal aerogel catalyst shows promise as high-efficiency, lower-platinum electrocatalyst for fuel cells

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Detailed structure of the platinum/palladium aerogel nanowires (alloy ratio: 50% platinum, 50% palladium) Source: PSI. Click to enlarge.

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Polk finds average age of US light vehicles continues to increase

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Global automotive market intelligence firm Polk reports the average age of all light vehicles on the road in the US now stands at a record high of 11.4 years, based on review of more than 247 million US car and light truck registrations earlier this year.

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Toyota launches Corolla hybrid models in Japan

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) launched hybrid versions of the Corolla Axio sedan and Corolla Fielder station wagon in Japan. In addition, there will be a special Corolla Fielder Hybrid G Aerotourer·WxB grade. Monthly sales target for Japan are 1,000 units of the Corolla Axio hybrid and 1,500 units of the Corolla Fielder hybrid. The vehicles are equipped with a 1.5-liter hybrid system akin to that in the Prius c ( earlier post ) and that achieves a fuel efficiency of 33.0 km/L (77.6 mpg US, 3.0

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Biofuels Center of North Carolina to close due to state’s elimination of its funding

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The Biofuels Center of North Carolina has begun to shut down operations over a 90-day period and will close its doors by Thursday, 31 October 2013, due to the North Carolina General Assembly’s elimination of its funding in the state budget signed recently by Gov. Pat McCrory.

IHS-CERA concludes “no material impact” on US GHG from Keystone XL; heavy crude from Venezuela most likely replacement

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The proposed Keystone XL pipeline for transporting oilsands-derived crude to Gulf Coast refineries would have “ no material impact ” on US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to a new Insight report by IHS CERA. In a June speech at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama said that the controversial Keystone XL pipeline would only be built if the project “ does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” ( Earlier post.).

Monash University team develops graphene-based supercapacitor with energy density of 60 Wh/L

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A research team at Monash University (Australia) led by Professor Dan Li of the Department of Materials Engineering has developed a new strategy to engineer graphene-based supercapacitors (SC), resulting in an energy density of 60 Wh/liter—comparable to lead-acid batteries and around 12 times higher than commercially available SCs. The approach could make SCs more viable for widespread use in renewable energy storage, portable electronics and electric vehicles.

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DynoTRAIN could establish virtual testing as a valid route to rail vehicle certification

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Multi-body simulation of bogies which could be used for virtual certification. Source: TrioTRAIN. Click to enlarge.

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ORNL study identifies more biopathways for formation of toxic methylmercury

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UMTRI: Average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in July matches the record high of earlier months

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The average fuel-economy (window-sticker) value of new vehicles sold in the US in July was 24.8 mpg (9.49 l/100 km)—up 0.1

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New York launches $19M truck voucher incentive program; $9M for EVs, $10M for alt fuels

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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $19-million New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program to encourage the purchase of battery-electric commercial trucks as well as other energy-efficient transportation, including hybrid and CNG (compressed natural gas) trucks. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) estimates that this program could encourage the purchase or retrofit of up to 1,000 low-emission trucks in areas of the state with the poorest air quality.

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German-US collaboration demonstrates strong power density results with HEM fuel cell

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A German-US collaboration including OH-Energy Germany, GmbH; the University of Delaware; Fraunhofer ICT; and Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research released initial results demonstrating 616 mW/cm 2 peak power density at 80 °C for a hydroxide (OH - ) exchange membrane (HEM) fuel cell. Earlier post.). The results are an early indication the partnership is on track to reach its stated goal of delivering 600 mW/cm 2 from a platinum-free fuel cell by 2015.

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Bosch overview of global diesel markets; optimistic about US, China

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Bosch, a leading supplier of technology for diesel engines, recently provided an overview of trends it sees in the diesel engine marketplace globally. In addition to the ongoing strength in the European market and India (the second-largest diesel market after Europe, Bosch sees potential strength in North America and China. Europe. Because diesel vehicles already account for a high share of the European market, opportunities for growth are correspondingly moderate.

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Rare Surviving GM EV1 Waits For Savior At Missouri University

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The late and much lamented GM EV1 electric car is by now a mythical creature. It''s been the subject of a much-discussed documentary, and is still cause for blind loathing of General Motors in some quarters. Designed, engineered, and offered for lease in California and a few other locations from 1998 to 2003, the two-seat EV1 was likely the most

2014 Chevrolet Volt Price Cut By $5,000, To $34,995

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The 2014 Chevrolet Volt electric car will carry a base price of $34,995, a cut of $5,000 from the 2013 model. That price includes an $810 destination fee, but not any optional equipment. Chevrolet has "made great strides in reducing costs as we gain experience with electric vehicles and their components,” said Don Johnson, Chevy''s vice

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SoCal Edison white paper shares data about PEV usage and charging

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About 50% of the more than 12,000 PEV owners in SCE territory charge at Level 1. Click to enlarge. Southern California Edison (SCE) released a white paper summarizing learnings from its Electric Vehicle (EV) readiness program.

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Tesla's Musk Promises Deep Dive Into Electric-Car Emissions

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The environmental impact of plug-in electric cars is a hot topic right now, and a fiercely debated one at that. A couple of weeks ago, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk pledged to dive into it himself. Musk tweeted, "Am seeing many poorly argued attacks on ''true'' CO2 impact of electric cars. Will rewrite attacks 4 max strength & try my best to

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Why 'Compliance Cars' Turned Out To Be Good For Electric-Car Buyers

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Electric-car advocates spend a lot of time grumbling about compliance cars. But it turns out that even in low volumes, limited mostly to sales in one state, they''ve unexpectedly produced a benefit for all electric-car buyers: lower prices.

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Chevy Volt Plug-In Electric Cars Now Have Battery Cells Made In U.S.

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Over the next few months, the Chevrolet Volt will get just that little bit more American--as its battery cells are now produced in the U.S. Korean battery maker LG Chem opened a plant in Holland, Michigan two years ago, and production of lithium-ion cells for Chevy''s range-extended plug-in Volt is now finally underway. It could be a few months

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Nissan and Ecotricity put 13 more rapid chargers on UK motorways

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Electric vehicle (EV) drivers using the UK’s motorway system can now access 13 more rapid chargers at Welcome Break service stations. The rapid chargers represent the latest phase of work completed by Nissan and Ecotricity to expand the rapid charging network on the UK’s motorways. The new additions bring the total number of rapid chargers in the UK to 97.

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