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Opel presents new midsize gasoline engine at Aachen Colloquium; fuel consumption down 13%, torque and power up 33%

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New 1.6L SIDI engine. Click to enlarge. Opel revealed more details about its new mid-size gasoline engine family at the Aachen Colloquium in Germany. Earlier post.)

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If You're Going To Attack Electric Cars, Do Your Homework

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They pop up like weeds, these "Electric cars are failures" articles--and you just have to keep killing them. The latest is an opinion piece titled, "Why the Electric Car Failed," published last week in U.S. News & World Report. Author Michael Lynch identifies himself as a researcher for the petroleum industry. To judge by his confrontational

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Ford C-MAX Energi has longest driving range of any utility or compact car

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Have a long road trip to take but you don't want to spend much on gasoline and you can't afford a Tesla Model S? Ford announced on Tuesday that the Ford C-MAX Energi has

British firm pulls petrol from thin air!

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A British company has produced petrol ‘from the air’ by using unique technology to that captures water vapour and carbon dioxide present in air to produce a synthetic version of the fossil fuel. According to The Independent this morning, Teeside-based Air Fuel Synthesis has so far managed to produce five litres of fuel since its [.]. Latest news air electricity petrol

Nissan boosts fuel economy of 2013 Pathfinder SUV by 30%, drops weight by 500 lbs

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2013 Pathfinder. Click to enlarge.

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Judge Charged With Theft For Plugging In Chevy Volt Electric Car

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For centuries, the role of Judge has carried with it a solemn duty to uphold justice, the law, and to ascertain which facts are true, and which are not. So when a journalist in Carmi, Illinois spotted a Second Circuit Judge charging his electric car at Wayne County Courthouse, they ran a story claiming Second Circuit Associate Judge Mark Stanley

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Ford C-MAX Energi has longest driving range of any utility or compact car

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Have a long road trip to take but you don't want to spend much on gasoline and you can't afford a Tesla Model S? Ford announced on Tuesday that the Ford C-MAX Energi has

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LiquidPiston introduces latest X-series version of HEHC rotary engine; targeting 58% peak BTE, 2 hp/lb power density

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Isuzu D201 35 hp diesel engine (left) and the LiquidPiston 40 hp X2 Prototype (right). Click to enlarge. LiquidPiston, Inc.

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Forget Range Anxiety, Chevy Volt Owners Have Gas Anxiety

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When General Motors launched the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid back in 2010, it chose to emphasize how it differed from electric cars by highlighting how its gasoline engine meant folks didn’t suffer from range anxiety. Now, almost two years after the Volt launched, charging data by a charging infrastructure company suggests that Volt owners

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SAE International releases new fast-charging combo coupler standard (SAE J1772) for plug-in electric and electric vehicles

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SAE International’s anticipated new revised technical standard for the combo coupler for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and electric vehicles (EV) has been approved and published. Earlier post.).

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Nissan introducing independent control electric steering technology; to be deployed on select Infiniti models within a year

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Components of the next-generation steering system. Click to enlarge. Nissan Motor Co., unveiled the first steering technology that allows independent control of a vehicle’s tire angle and steering inputs.

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Fujitsu Ten developing compact 3D electronic scan mm-wave radar for automotive applications; delivery in 2014

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2D vs. 3D scanning. Click to enlarge. Fujitsu Ten Ltd.

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Petronas and LanzaTech partner on CO2 to chemicals technology

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Petronas and Lanzatech are partnering to extend LanzaTech’s CO fermentation technology to consume CO 2 for the production of acetic acid. Source: LanzaTech. Click to enlarge.

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Scion iQ EV arrives in US for campus and urban car-sharing programs

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2013 Scion iQ EV. Click to enlarge. Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) USA announced the arrival of the 2013 Scion iQ EV in the United States. Earlier post.)

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Audi’s €36M e performance research project closes; electric F12 e Sport with split voltage battery packs and 3 motors

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The F12 electric sports car research vehicle looks like an R8 but features a new electric powertrain. Click to enlarge. Audi’s e performance research project has wrapped up. Earlier post.)

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Ideal Power Converters and NREL demonstrate vehicle-to-grid capabilities

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Ideal Power Converters (IPC) announced that the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable. Energy Laboratory (NREL) has successfully demonstrated vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities using IPC’s bi-directional Battery Converter. IPC’s Battery Converter will provide bi-directional power between the EV. battery and a 480Vac power grid.

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New Opel 88 g/km CO2 (71 mpg US) diesel Corsa ecoFLEX model; 26% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2, 26% boost in performance over 5 years

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Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX. Click to enlarge. GM’s Opel has introduced a diesel Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFlex model with stop-start technology which consumes 3.3 l/100 km (71.3 mpg US)—equivalent to 88 g CO 2 /km in its three-door version, and 3.4

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LanzaTech exploring lipids production as part of its CO2 to acetic acid plans; pathways to renewable fuels

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LanzaTech’s proposed gas-to-liquids platform. The products in red would be produced by synthetic biocatalysts, while those in black—ethanol, acetic acid, and 2,3 BDO—can be produced by the LanzaTech native microorganisms. Source: LanzaTech. Click to enlarge.

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Pike ranks Volkswagen Group as the global leader in clean diesel vehicles

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Pike Pulse Grid for clean diesels. Click to enlarge. The new Pike Pulse Report: Clean Diesel Vehicles from Pike Research ranks the Volkswagen Group as the leader in this market, due to the efforts of the Volkswagen and Audi brands. The company has long.

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Toyota powers up 1.1 MW PEM fuel cell generator at Torrance headquarters campus; direct H2 pipeline feed

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Toyota Motor Sales USA (TMS) activated a new 1.1-megawatt hydrogen fuel cell generator on the Torrance headquarters campus. The fuel cell will supply approximately half of the electricity for six headquarters buildings during peak demand. Designed and built by Ballard Power Systems, the proprietary Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) stationary fuel cell is the largest PEM fuel cell of its kind.

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EIA: US electricity generation from coal and natural gas both increased with summer heat

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In August 2012, coal produced 39% of US electricity, up from a low of 32% in April 2012, when the natural gas share of generation equaled that of coal.

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CAS team proposes sulfone-based electrolyte for Li-air batteries

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Researchers at the Changchun Institute of Applied. Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China, propose the use of a tetramethylene sulfone (TMS)-based electrolyte for rechargeable Li-O 2 batteries. Cycle performance of Li-O 2 battery with TMS based electrolyte. Zhang et al.

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Nissan to deploy “Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication” driver aid

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Nissan Motor Co., has developed an “Emergency assist for pedal misapplication (with Carpark Detection Function)” to help reduce accidents caused by pedal misapplication by drivers. This new technology will debut on the new Nissan Elgrand MPV by the end of the year.

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Lexus reveals second version of LF-LC hybrid sports car concept; Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive develops 500 hp

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Lexus Australia revealed the second version of the Lexus LF-LC hybrid concpet, which made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year ( earlier post ), the new LF-LC Blue. Lexus LF-LC Blue. Click to enlarge.

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XG Sciences lands SBIR/STTR award to develop Si/graphene anodes for Li-ion batteries for EVs

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Plot of current performance data in the lab for Si/graphene anodes. Source: XG Sciences. Click to enlarge.

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Johnson Controls to acquire automotive assets of Li-ion maker A123 Systems for $125M; A123 and US subsidiaries file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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A123 Systems, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate lithium iron phosphate batteries and systems, has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Johnson Controls, Inc. in a transaction valued at $125 million.

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Volkswagen Group of America launches technology startup accelerator at Plug and Play Tech Center

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Volkswagen Group of America Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) and Plug and Play Tech Center have launched the Volkswagen ERL Technology Accelerator Powered by Plug and Play. The new Silicon Valley-based program is designed to accelerate 10 select startups from various industries to help develop next-generation technologies that can be applied in the automotive domain.

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Study finds households manage charging of PHEVs without help from online tools

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Households with plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) and smart meters actively managed how, when and where they charged their cars based on electricity rates but rarely took advantage of online feedback, according to a two-year study by a team at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute ( RASEI ).

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EPA pegs Ford C-MAX Energi PHEV range at 620 miles

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the overall range for Ford’s plug-in hybrid C-MAX Energi at 620 miles (998 km). The Toyota Prius plug-in trails the C-MAX Energi by 80 miles at 540 miles of overall range, and the Chevrolet Volt comes in third at 380 miles.

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Cadillac extended range electric vehicle ELR to be built at Detroit-Hamtramck

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GM will build the Cadillac ELR, a luxury coupe featuring extended-range electric technology, at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, General Motors North America President Mark Reuss said Tuesday. The ELR is the production version of Cadillac’s Converj, a concept vehicle revealed at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. Earlier post.). Production is scheduled to begin in late 2013.

Honda demonstrating car and motorcycle V2X communication at ITS World Congress 2012

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Honda Motor Co., will participate in the 19 th World ITS Congress from 22–26 October 2012 with a demonstration of automobile and motorcycle V2X communication—how its vehicles can communicate both with each other and with road-side infrastructure to benefit road safety, the environment, driver comfort and convenience.

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China-US team develops inkjet-printing assisted method for high-throughput generation of catalyst libraries

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Inkjet printing assisted cooperative-assembly (IJP-A) synthesis uses stabilized “inks”, a specially modified color management system, and multidimensional group testing rapidly to identify optimal catalysts. Credit: ACS, Liu et al. Click to enlarge. A team from Zhejiang University (China) and the University of California, Santa Barbara have developed an inkjet printing assisted cooperative-assembly technique for ultrafast explorations in combinatorial chemistry.

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A123 says it will be in default on debt payments; 30-day grace period; bankruptcy an option

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In a Form 8K filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on 15 October, Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems said it will be in default under several of its debt agreements as of today (16 October). First, the company does not expect to pay its October interest payment of $2,695,312.50 to Wanxiang America Corporation on the 3.75% convertible subordinated notes due 2016 in the aggregate principal amounts of $143,750,000. Earlier post.).

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OMV opens the first public hydrogen filling station in Austria

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Austria-based oil and gas company OMV opened the first public hydrogen filling station in Vienna, Austria. OMV has been researching the alternative drive concept for vehicles with hydrogen and fuel cells for several years. The focus of the OMV filling station on Shuttleworthstraße was on a massive reduction in electricity consumption and the complete replacement of conventional heating systems.

China planning 120km test drive for autonomous vehicles in 2013; 2,400 km test to come

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Xinhua. China is planning a 120 km test drive from Beijing to Tianjin for autonomous vehicles in 2013, according to the National Natural Science Foundation. The vehicles are designed to perceive their environment, process it and respond accordingly with the help of GPS, ultrasonic radar and a variety of sensors.

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Westport Innovations reduces price of WiNG CNG system for F-250, F-350 Super Duty

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Westport Innovations Inc. is lowering the price of its Westport WiNG Power System. Earlier post.) Starting with the 2013 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup truck models, the Westport WiNG System will be priced at $9,500 (down from $9,750). To achieve the reduction, Westport worked with its suppliers to lower the cost of components, while maintaining quality and performance standards.

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Nikkei: Sumitomo Electric hopes to show prototype superconducting motor to automakers next spring

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The Nikkei reports that Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI) Ltd. hopes to have a prototype of a superconducting motor ( earlier post ) for electric buses ready by next spring to present to OEMs. Sumitomo has been working on motor application for its superconducting wire for a number of years. In 2008, SEI unveiled an electric vehicle equipped with a prototype superconducting motor cooled by liquid nitrogen and built using SEI’s high-temperature superconducting (HTS) wires.

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