Sat.Nov 02, 2013 - Fri.Nov 08, 2013

Brookings analysts recommend against repeating cash for clunkers program in future recession

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Will Quebec Join California, Oregon As Electric-Car Pioneers?

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Today, California buys the largest number of plug-in electric cars by far of any North American state or province. But the many civic benefits of electric cars--from zero emissions to greater energy efficiency--are inspiring other locales to step up to the plate.

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Robert Llewellyn: How does the electric Renault ZOE compare to its Nissan sibling?

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One of the big advantages of driving a Nissan LEAF 35,000 miles becomes apparent when you get to drive another electric car. Instead of just experiencing the novelty of the electric car (oh goodness me, it’s so quiet!) I have something concrete to judge it against.

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Ford plug-in hybrid sales tops both Toyota and GM PHEV sales

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Ford Motors' had the highest market share of plug-in hybrid car sales in October 2013, according to information the company released on Monday. The Ford C-MAX Energi, and Ford Fusion Energi, the company's two

Altran and Quimera expand vehicles partnership; first up is the electric AEGT Evo2 racer

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Rendering of the AEGT Evo2. Click to enlarge. Altran and Quimera have signed a new agreement to invest in their continued development and construction of vehicles to achieve better performance while significantly reducing environmental impact.

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Nissan BladeGlider Concept: Electric Delta Wing Racer For The Road

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The claim that race car development helps road car development is getting harder to uphold these days, but there are still some engineers willing to have a go.

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Milton Keynes to get first driverless public transport system from 2015

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Milton Keynes is about to become the first town in the UK to use driverless vehicles, expected to arrive from 2015. The town will deploy around 100 driverless pods in an initial trial expected to last two years.

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JCAP researchers propose protocol for standardized evaluation of OER catalysts for solar-fuel systems

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Protocol for measuring the electrochemically active surface area, catalytic activity, stability, and Faradaic efficiency of heterogeneous electrocatalysts for OER. Credit: ACS, McCrory et al. Click to enlarge.

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Yes, A Tesla Model S Can Hit 132 MPH On The Autobahn (Video)

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A few weeks back at the opening of a Tesla Motors service center in Munich, Elon Musk told a room full of fans and journalists that Tesla would offer a special tuning package for high-speed Model S driving.

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Microcab hydrogen car schedules in rare show appearance

Green Cars News

There will be a rare chance to see an exciting hydrogen fuel cell H2EV city car, produced by Coventry University spin-off Microcab at the 2013 Automotive Engineering Show at the NEC in Birmingham next week.

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Nissan to show BladeGlider EV concept at Tokyo Motor Show

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Nissan BladeGlider concept. Click to enlarge. Nissan will reveal several new concept cars at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Among them is the BladeGlider —a highly efficient EV with radical swept-wing styling.

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Moller’s Skycar rotary engine produces 3hp per pound

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Paul Moller, President of Moller International , Inc.,

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ICCT report finds global implementation of advanced emissions and fuel-quality regs could cut early deaths from vehicle emissions by 75% in 2030

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Global trends in vehicle-kilometers traveled (VKT) and early deaths from vehicle-related fine particle exposure (2000–2030). Chambliss et al. Click to enlarge.

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U-Mich Mobility Transformation Center targeting full autonomous vehicle deployment in Ann Arbor by 2021

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By 2021, Ann Arbor could become the first American city with a shared fleet of networked, driverless vehicles. That’s the goal of the Mobility Transformation Center, a cross-campus University of Michigan initiative that also involves government and industry representatives. Earlier post.).

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GE researchers developing a “cold spray” additive manufacturing technique

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GE researchers are working with an additive manufacturing process called “cold spray,” in which metal powders are sprayed at high velocities to build a part or add material to repair an existing part. Cold spray is part of GE’s expanded additive manufacturing toolkit.

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Coates setting up subsidiary in China; Coates Spherical Rotary Valve (CSRV) engine

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Coates International , Ltd., the developer of the , is establishing a new subsidiary—Coates Engines, China Ltd.—in —in Hong Kong. The Coates manufacturing and mass production operations are being established in mainland China.

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JRC study finds 8 metals for low-carbon energy technologies at risk of shortages; EVs, wind and solar, and lighting the applications of most concern

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A new European Joint Research Centre (JRC) study looking into the supply of raw materials for the manufacture of low-carbon energy technologies found that eight metals were at high risk of shortages. The applications, i.e. technologies, of particular concern as a result are electric vehicles, wind and solar energy, and lighting. The risk arises from EU dependency on imports, growing demand worldwide and geopolitical reasons.

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Will Europe Too Write Rules To Make Quiet Electric Cars Noisier?

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This one just isn''t going to go away, is it? A member of the UK parliament is set to raise concerns that electric cars are "a new threat" to pedestrians due to their low levels of noise.

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Via Motors Range-Extended Electric Cargo Van Completes Crash Testing

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Another range-extended electric vehicle is getting closer to the market, as Via Motors'' electric cargo van has moved one step nearer to production. Via says the van has now successfully passed all crash testing required before it can be put on sale.

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Lexus RC to debut at Tokyo with 3.5L V6 and hybrid models; LF-NX turbo compact SUV

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The new Lexus RC will make its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show on 20 November. Two RC models will be displayed: the RC 350 with 3.5L V6 engine, and the RC 300h hybrid with 2.5L engine. Lexus RC 300h hybrid. Click to enlarge.

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Tesla Fires: What We Know, And What We Need To Find Out

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There have now been three separate fires among roughly 20,000 Tesla Model S electric luxury sedans on the world''s highways. The most recent one, two days ago, seems to have set off a fresh round of Internet fulmination--combined with much opining on what the news would do to the falling stock price of Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA]. So let''s pull

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Nissan LEAF best selling car in Norway in October

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The Nissan LEAF has for the first time claimed the number one spot in Norway’s passenger car sales chart. In October, the battery-electric family car outsold all of its internal combustion engine, hybrid and electric rivals, posting 716 units for 5.6% of the total passenger vehicle market. The LEAF is the fourth best-seller in the Norwegian market for 2013 to date, with 3,755 units sold for 3.2% of the market.

Study shows connected-car ecodrive system can increase fuel savings 27% without increasing inter-vehicle spacing

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A study by researchers at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Virginia Tech, and Chosun University (S. Korea) demonstrated that a proposed connected-car ecodrive system can significantly improve vehicle fuel efficiency without significantly increasing the inter-vehicle spacing. Specifically, fuel savings in the range of 27% were achieved with an average vehicle spacing of 47 m along a study section of an Interstate highway.

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1.4MW Direct Fuel Cell co-generation plant now in operation at Cal State San Bernardino

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A new 1.4-megawatt utility-owned fuel cell is now in full operation at Cal State San Bernardino. The commissioning of a Direct Fuel Cell DFC1500 power plant, a joint project with Southern California Edison, was recently completed. Now integrated into the campus’ central plant, the fuel cell is generating electricity to the utility grid with waste heat to the campus.

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USDA awards nearly $10M for research on using beetle-killed trees as feedstock for on-site thermochemical conversion technologies

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded nearly $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University (CSU) and their partners to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy. Specifically, the team will explore recent advances in scalable thermochemical conversion technologies, which enable the production of advanced liquid biofuel and co-products on-site.

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Mitsui awards Ocean Power $2.6M contract for PowerBuoy system design and components for deployment off Japan

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Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., MES) has awarded a $2.6-million contract to Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. OPT) to provide the final design and supply of key components of a PowerBuoy system intended for deployment off the coast of Japan to demonstrate its utility application in local sea conditions. This follows work performed under a previously-announced contract for preliminary development and design work completed earlier this year.

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DOE launches alternative fueling station locator app

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) launched a new mobile app to help drivers find stations that provide alternative fuel for vehicles. Developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with support from the Energy Department, the Alternative Fueling Station Locator app provides information on more than 15,000 stations across the country. Users can search for stations that offer electricity, biodiesel (B20), natural gas (compressed and liquefied), ethanol (E85), hydrogen, and propane.

GFEI report suggests $2T savings from fuel economy improvements in ICE vehicles through 2025 can help fund long-term transition to plug-ins

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Fuel economy improvements from conventional internal combustion engine cars can save an estimated $2 trillion in fuel costs through 2025—and more in years after— according to a new working paper published by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) prepared by Dr. Lew Fulton, Co-Director, NextSTEPS Program at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Davis.

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Battelle evaluating pilot-scale mobile catalytic pyrolysis unit to convert biomass to bio-oil

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Battelle researchers have developed a mobile catalytic pyrolysis unit that converts biomass materials such as wood chips or agricultural waste into bio-oil. As currently configured, the Battelle-funded unit converts one ton of pine chips, shavings and sawdust into as much as 1,300 gallons of wet bio-oil per day. The bio-oil then can be upgraded by hydrotreatment into a gas/diesel blend or jet fuel.

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Enterprise CarShare expands to Salt Lake City

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Enterprise CarShare, a service offered through the Enterprise Rent-A-Car local network, launched in Salt Lake City with vehicles at nearly 30 locations throughout the downtown area and on local university campuses. Salt Lake becomes the seventh major retail market to offer Enterprise CarShare in the past two years.

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PG+E Data: Electric Cars Have Almost No Grid Impact So Far

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Electric cars lessen dependence on fossil fuels, but what effect are they having on power consumption? The concern often comes up that large numbers of electric cars will increase the demand for electricity and overwhelm power grids--despite studies to the contrary. Now we have data: Electricity usage doesn''t seem to be affected, at least thus

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New study finds natural aerosols may contribute more uncertainty than previously thought to how climate responds to anthropogenic GHG emission

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Natural aerosols, such as emissions from volcanoes or plants, may contribute more uncertainty than previously thought to estimates of how the climate might respond to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Leeds (UK) and their colleagues in the US and Australia published in the journal Nature. The finding could further complicate attempts to model climate change.

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Chevy unveiling lightweight, performance-oriented Silverado Cheyenne Concept pickup at SEMA

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Chevrolet is unveiling the Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne concept vehicle today at the SEMA Show. The performance-oriented version of the 2014 Silverado regular cab combines a reduced curb weight with the performance of the new 420 hp (313 kW) 6.2L V-8 for a strong power-to-weight ratio and exciting performance. A lowered ride height, a rear stabilizer bar and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes complement the Cheyenne concept’s high-performance character with enhanced handling and braking capability.

Pennsylvania awards $3M+ in 33 incentive grants for alternative fuel vehicles

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Pennsylvania has awarded more than $3 million in Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) to 33 companies, counties and organizations making the switch to compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), or propane for medium to light-weight fleet vehicles. The awarded AFIG grants will help pay for the conversion or purchase of 351 natural gas vehicles and 337 propane vehicles weighing less than 14,000 pounds.

Mercedes-Benz To Do More Projects With Tesla, Countering BMW i3?

Green Car Reports

Look closely enough at the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, and there''s probably a little ''Tesla Motors'' sticker hiding within its drivetrain. Likewise, eagle-eyed car-buyers may spot the occasional Mercedes-Benz interior component in the Tesla Model S. This curious cross-pollination is a result of collaborations between Tesla and Mercedes-Benz parent

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Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2014 Mazda 3

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Even conventional gasoline cars--no plugs, no hybrids, no turbos--can be green. And we''ve long been looking forward to the debut of the 2014 Mazda 3, an all-new generation of the compact hatchback and sedan that have always been among the more rewarding cars to drive in the segment. With Mazda''s new SkyActiv engine and design technology, we

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Is A $500 Garage Fueling Appliance The Missing Link For Natural-Gas Cars?

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In some ways, natural-gas cars are hampered by their own form of range anxiety. The high-pressure tanks necessary to hold enough fuel to drive 200 miles or more take up many cubic feet of cargo space, and public fueling stations are extremely rare. Electric-car drivers can overcome range anxiety with home recharging--but could this work for

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