Sat.May 19, 2012 - Fri.May 25, 2012

Electric Cars Equal $1/Gallon Gas For Life + $1,200 Cash A Year

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Car buyers are notoriously fond of focusing only on the purchase price of new vehicles, without much thinking about the total cost of ownership. For electric cars that may cost twice or more what a similar-size gasoline vehicle does, that's a problem. Still, two separate pieces of evidence begin to make a compelling case for the huge running-cost

First Look: 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid

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Sometimes it pays to be patient. That certainly seems to be the case with the Audi Q5 Hybrid Quattro. The hybrid crossover was teased at an auto show about two years ago and unveiled last year. Now it is finally set to come to market within the year.

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Mahle gasoline-only pre-chamber jet ignition combustion system yields diesel-like thermal efficiency of 42.8%; 45% achievable with engine upgrade

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Experimental results at part load (1500 rpm, 4.7 bar IMEP n ) showing performance of jet ignition with vaporized gasoline. Results showed a 19% fuel economy improvement over conventional SI combustion at this operating point. Source: Mahle. Click to enlarge.

Nissan’s electric car powers Spinnaker Tower landmark

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Nissan’s all-electric LEAF has powered Portsmouth’s famous Spinnaker Tower as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the potential of battery electric models. Pop sensation and Britain’s Got Talent presenter Alesha Dixon was on hand last night (May 21) to turn the lights on on the tower using the electricity stored in the LEAF’s [.]. Nissan campaign Nissan LEAF UK

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Electric-Car Prices: Tesla, Nissan, Chevy Should Be Ashamed--Here's Why

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Always read the fine print. That's a lesson every car buyer should take to heart. Especially since Nissan, Chevrolet, Tesla, and Mitsubishi all now engage in a pricing practice of which they should be ashamed. It's so-called "net pricing" of their electric cars, in which the price appearing in their marketing and on their websites is $7,500 lower

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BREAKING: 2012 Tesla Model S Deliveries To Start June 22

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It’s official: in one month, Tesla will deliver its first 2012 Model S electric sedan to customers in the U.S., webcasting the whole ceremony live on the Internet. A few weeks ahead of schedule, Tesla’s engineering team have been working hard to ensure that production is up to speed at its massive factory in Fremont, California.

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Orbital to supply FlexDI spark-ignited heavy fuel engines to AAI in $4.7M contract

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Orbital’s air-assisted direct injection can deliver similar droplet sizes for all size fuels. Spray shape is not affected by fuel type. Source: Orbital. Click to enlarge.

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Toyota sells 4m hybrids worldwide

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Toyota and Lexus have shifted 4,000,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide since sales of the very first Prius began at the end of 2000. This latest sales milestone – achieved on April 30, 2012 – comes just 14 months since surpassing the 3m mark in February 2011. Before May, Europe had snapped up 423,000, with 94,000 of [.]. Toyota Sales

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WSU researchers developing nanoneedle tin anode material for Li-ion batteries

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Nanoneedles. Source: WSU. Click to enlarge. Researchers at Washington State University (WSU), led by Dr. Grant Norton, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, are developing a nanoneedle tin (Sn) anode material for Li-ion batteries.

Chevrolet’s electric car battery becomes wildlife home

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Chevrolet has found an innovative and considerate way to recycle part of the battery packs it uses in the Volt model; convert them into wildlife habitats. Battery covers from the range-extended model, newly launched in the UK, get converted into duck nesting boxes and bat houses to help wildlife projects. More than 150 of them [.]. Chevrolet Chevrolet Volt miles

BMW updates 7 Series; completely new powertrain for ActiveHybrid 7

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The new BMW ActiveHybrid 7. Click to enlarge. BMW is updating its flagship BMW 7 Series for 2013 with significant powertrain upgrades in the 740i/Li and 750i/Li models—including BMW’s 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission; and xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, now available for the 740Li—as well as a completely new powertrain for the ActiveHybrid 7.

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Aviation and clean technology leaders launch Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative

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United Airlines, Boeing, Honeywell’s UOP, the Chicago Department of Aviation and the Clean Energy Trust today have formed the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative ( MASBI ), designed to advance aviation biofuel development in a 12-state region holding significant promise for biomass feedstock, technology development, job creation and sustainable commercialization.

Green motoring that will drive you around the bend

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It’s well known that driving smoothly can help to reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions. However, how does this apply to driving around bends? Simon Elstow, the head of training for IAM Drive & Survive, has issued a number of motoring tips aimed at enhancing the way we drive around bends – and even though [.]. Green cars Latest news eco-driving green cars green motoring IAM

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Fuel efficient Citigo to drive Skoda sales

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Skoda expects its new city car to hit sales of around 10,000 a year, providing a significant boost towards the car maker’s target of achieving UK sales of 80,000 a year by 2015 across its range. Last year, the car maker sold 45,000 cars in the UK. With increasing consumer interest in small and efficient [.]. Skoda city car new Skoda Citigo

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Attacks Abate From The Right On Volt & Electric Cars

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A funny thing happened around the politics of electric cars. The screaming stopped. We've waited almost two months to write about it, but it would appear that the chorus of right-wing attacks on electric cars--including the Chevrolet Volt--has mysteriously and quite suddenly abated. In late March, there was the remarkable Fox News segment in which

Sustainable Rail International, U of Minnesota partner to develop most powerful carbon-neutral locomotive, using new steam engine and biocoal

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New European Trend: Renting Tiny Cars.By The Minute

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We're all familiar with daily car rental. Even hourly car rental is becoming a growing trend, with car-sharing services allowing you to pick up a car somewhere in a city and deposit it somewhere else, paying for the hours in between. In Europe, things are taken one step further, with rental by the minute. Popular Daimler-owned car-sharing service

Green-Car Death List: 2012 Models To Which We Bid Adieu

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Every year, some car models pass from our midst, often dying quietly and unnoticed. Here's our list of the green cars that are no longer with us. There were, of course, more cars than just this handful of the greenest models that died in 2012; here's a more complete list. Chevrolet Aveo While the Chevy Aveo nameplate actually left the building

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Diesel retrofits slow down in the USA

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It seems fleet owners are becoming increasingly conscious of their impact on the environment when behind the wheel – so much so that they are even willing to invest in retrofitting their vehicles. However, it appears the number of diesel retrofits has actually slowed down in the USA – with many fleet owners looking towards [.]. Green cars Latest news California Air Resources Board diesel diesel retrofits green cars Manufacturers of Emission Controls

XL Hybrids, Henley Transmission Services partner to certify AAMCO for hybrid conversion installation, servicing

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XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1-3 commercial fleet use ( earlier post ), has signed an agreement with Henley Transmission Services, LLC, the largest franchise holder of AAMCO automotive service centers, to certify AAMCO technicians to install and service XL Hybrids’ hybrid-electric conversions.

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MECA member companies sold 20,177 diesel retrofits in the US 2011

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The total number of verified (US EPA- and/or California ARB-verified) diesel retrofit devices (for both on-road and off-road diesel engines) sold in the US (including California) by MECA member companies in 2011 was 20,177, according to the Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association (MECA). Overall, these annual retrofit sales numbers are relatively small compared to the total number of diesel engines currently operating in the US (up to 20 million based on EPA estimates), MECA noted.

ACEA, CLEPA AND EURELECTRIC promote single standard for charging plug-in vehicles; EURELECTRIC not keen on fast charging

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Oak Ridge researcher developing autonomous intelligent engines capable of real-time calibration based on driver behavior

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Improvement in fuel consumption (red line) from one of the case models using the POD learning model. Source: Malikopoulos 2010. Click to enlarge.

GraalBio to build $145M cellulosic ethanol plant in Brazil; first in the Southern Hemisphere

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GraalBio will use the Chemtex PROESA cellulosic ethanol process. Source: Chemtex. Click to enlarge. GraalBio, a biotechnology company of the Graal Group, is planning to build a commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol in Brazil.

Worldwide sales of Toyota Motor hybrids top 4M units; Prius family accounts for almost 72%

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Cumulative worldwide sales of TMC hybrids. Data: TMC. Click to enlarge. Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced that global cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles—passenger car and commercial—topped the 4-million unit mark as of 30 April.

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Wanxiang and GreatPoint Energy close $1.25B deal for 1 Tcf/year coal-to-natural-gas plant in Xinjiang; Sinopec to purchase output, building pipeline to east

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Overview of the Bluegas catalytic coal methanation process. Click to enlarge.

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Simulation study finds “Millerizing” the Scuderi split-cycle engine could enable 50% engine downsizing with retention of power and torque, along with reduced fuel consumption

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Simulation study finds Miller version of Scuderi engine can deliver twice the BMEP as naturally aspirated version, theoretically enabling 50% downsizing while maintaining performance. Source: Scuderi. Click to enlarge.

Study finds that optimizing engine parameters for renewable diesel can reduce PM and NOx both by more than 25%

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Relative changes in PM characteristics (PM, N tot , GMD, FSN, and SA) on (a) 50%, (b) 75%, and (c) 100% loads and (d) NO x emissions due to engine parameter adjustments at the studied engine loads. Credit: ACS, Happonen et al. Click to enlarge.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Tentatively Priced From $27,995

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One of the most anticipated cars of the year is the 2013 Ford Fusion, which will be attempting to cater to a much wider audience than the current model thanks to the introduction of three separate variants: regular gas, hybrid and plug-in hybrid. While the plug-in hybrid, or Energi as Ford likes to call it, won’t be available at this

2012 Scion iQ: The 37-MPG Minicar We Wish We Liked Better

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Small cars are fun to drive--or at least they should be. But there may be a law of diminishing returns in adapting the very smallest cars from Asia and Europe to the U.S. market. We don't much like the driving experience in the Smart ForTwo, so we had high hopes for the 2012 Scion iQ minicar--the smallest car by far that Toyota sells in the

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Senate To Get Electric-Car Charging Stations (No Tax Dollars Used)

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Electric-car charging stations may be coming to the U.S. Senate garage, under a bill passed yesterday on a bipartisan basis. But fear not, zealous guardians of the sacred taxpayer dollar--no public funds will be used for the installation. Yesterday, S.739 was passed by the Senate. The bill had been introduced earlier this month by Sen. Carl Levin

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Aptera: It's Baaaaaaaaack! (We'll Believe It When We See it)

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This story is now a couple of weeks old, but we haven't hurried to publish it. The gist is that the unique Aptera three-wheeled electric car is supposedly going to be reborn, and will return to the U.S. market sometime next year. A new company, Aptera USA, purchased the assets of the old Aptera after its December shutdown--including the designs

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2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Newest Competitor For Camry, Fusion Hybrids

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With Toyota celebrating the sale of its four-millionth hybrid, and Ford poised to launch another hybrid car in the U.S., it’s easy to forget that other automakers also make hybrid cars. Take the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid for example. Although Hyundai has only offered a hybrid version of its popular family sedan since 2011, we think the 2012

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Lotus Shows Carmakers How To Shed The Pounds, CARB Agrees

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There's a phrase oft-quoted in the automotive world when the topic of lighter cars is discussed. The phrase, "add lightness", originated from Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus Cars and builder of some of the best sports cars and racing vehicles ever made. And the influence has remained--Lotus still builds light cars, to the benefit of performance

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