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Fraunhofer researchers take a different angle on wireless charging: from the front

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB in Erlangen, Germany are pursuing an alternative approach to inductive (wireless) charging for electric vehicles.

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Riding The Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle: News Video

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Harley-Davidson may be the most traditional of motorcycle makers. But it''s now taken a huge leap into a greener future with its LiveWire electric motorcycle concept. Recently, our writer Ben Rich rode it--and reported on what it''s like.

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UK sales of electric cars reach record highs

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Over 11,000 subsidies have now been claimed in the UK for the purchase of electric cars, in what is expected to be the best month yet for EV sales.

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Tesla Motors really did break ground in Reno on Gigafactory

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On Thursday, the Tesla Motors letter to shareholders contained a verification of a some of us reported on the last couple weeks. Namely, there's a site near Reno Nevada where preparations are underway for what looked like

Leviton launches industry-first 40A EV charge connector assembly

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Leviton has introduced an industry-first 40A Electric Vehicle Charge Connector Assembly: the Evr-Green 400 Charging Station. The connector assembly was specially designed for the Leviton Evr-Green family of electrical vehicle supply equipment. Rated to 40 amps of current or 9.7

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First RHD Tesla Model S Electric Cars In Asia Delivered In Hong Kong

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Right-hand drive Tesla Model S electric cars have already begun to trickle out in the United Kingdom, but now they''re hitting the Asian markets too. The first Asian right-hand drive Model S have now been delivered to the first eight customers in Hong Kong.

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Which is better for fuel economy, windows open or AC on?

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Tuesday 29 July, 2014. The Green Piece Column. It’s hot, it’s sticky as you head home from work in your trusty car, so what do you do? Open the windows or turn on the air con? It’s a question that many drivers have pondered over the years and as many of you may already be aware there is a magic [.].

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Panasonic and Tesla sign Gigafactory agreement

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Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors, Inc. signed an agreement that lays out their cooperation on the construction of a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States (the specific location yet to be announced) known as the Gigafactory. Earlier post.)

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Electric Harley Ride, VW Golf Diesel Vs Electric, Ford F-150 Intrigues Buyers: The Week In Reverse (VIDEO)

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What''s the new Harley electric motorcycle concept like to ride? And why did Tesla stop building its Model S electric sedan? This is the Week In Reverse for Friday, July 25, 2014, right here at Green Car Reports.

Diesel drivers could be targeted by new pollution charges

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Diesel car drivers could soon face paying additional charges and taxes as part of measures to cut urban air pollution.

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Tesla Motors really did break ground in Reno on Gigafactory

National Green Transportation

On Thursday, the Tesla Motors letter to shareholders contained a verification of a some of us reported on the last couple weeks. Namely, there's a site near Reno Nevada where preparations are underway for what looked like

GKN to supply 500 electric flywheel hybrid drive systems to Go-Ahead Group for buses

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UK transport operator Go-Ahead Group has ordered 500 electric flywheel Gyrodrive systems from GKN Hybrid Power for use in buses. The Gyrodrive Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) system (featured in Audi’s LeMans-winning R18 e-tron quattro) harvests braking energy normally lost as heat.

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Tesla And Panasonic Reach Agreement On Gigafactory Project: Report

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Tesla Motors and its normally outspoken CEO, Elon Musk, haven''t had much to say about its plans to build a battery "gigafactory" lately. Now, a new report claims Tesla has secured an important pact in making the gigafactory a reality. Tesla has reached an agreement with Panasonic--its current supplier of lithium-ion cells--that will allow the

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Driverless cars to arrive on UK roads from Jan 2015

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Driverless cars could start appearing on UK roads from next year, under Government plans announced today. The Department for Transport has given the green light to measures which will support the country as it pushes to become a global leader role in the development of autonomous driving. UK c[.].

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PNNL team develops hybrid Mg-Li battery; excellent rate performance, safety and stability

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Schematic illustration of the the hybrid Mg-Li battery designed in this work. This battery has a piece of Mg foil as the anode, Mo 6 S 8 as the cathode, and the electrolyte contains both Mg 2+ and Li +. Cheng et al. Click to enlarge.

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Space station droplet combustion experiments reveal cool-burning flames; potential to lead to better engines

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Isolated droplet combustion experiments performed on the International Space Station (ISS) by a team of international researchers have revealed a new type of cool-burning flames.

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U Mich professor finds fuel cycle analysis for evaluating CO2 impacts of liquid fuels is fatally flawed; calls for focus on CO2 removal

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Fuel cycle analysis (FCA)—or “well-to-wheels analysis”—is a type lifecycle analysis (LCA) that examines fuel products and their supply chains, and that has greatly influenced climate-related research priorities and public policies for transportation fuels.

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First international commercial flight completed with direct sugar to hydrocarbon (DSHC) fuel

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Amyris has partnered with Brazilian airline GOL to fly the industry’s first commercial flight with sugarcane-derived farnesane, the recently approved renewable jet fuel. Earlier post.) The first flight, GOL flight 7725, departed from Orlando, Florida on 30 July 2014 and traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale; 84 mpg US

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S 500 Plug-In Hybrid. Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz has begun taking orders for the new S 500 Plug-In Hybrid ( earlier post ), with prices (in Germany, including 19% VAT) from €108,944.50 (US$146,000); the sedan will begin arriving at dealerships in September.

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IIHS small overlap front crash testing finds mixed small car results; Volt wins 2014 Top Safety Pick+ award

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The Mini Cooper Countryman was the only small car to earn a good rating among the latest group of 12 cars subjected to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) small overlap front crash test. Two battery- electric models and a hybrid also are in the mix, with varied results.

2014 112

Google and IEEE launch $1M challenge for downsized inverters

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Google and the IEEE have launched the Littlebox Challenge—an open competition to design and build a small kW-scale inverter with the highest power density (of at least 50 W/in 3 , or 3.05 kW/L) in an enclosure of less than 40 in 3 in volume (0.66L).

Navigant forecasts global road transportation energy consumption to increase 25% by 2035; 84% from conventional fuels

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In a new report ( Transportation Forecast: Global Fuel Consumption ), Navigant Research forecasts total road transportation energy consumption will grow from 81.1 quadrillion Btu in 2014 to 101.7 quadrillion Btu in 2035—an increase of 25.4%.

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Toyota starts CVT production in China; production of hybrid vehicle transaxles to begin in 2015

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Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC’s) vehicle powertrain production subsidiary in Changshu, China, Toyota Motor (Changshu) Auto Parts Co., TMCAP), has begun localized production of continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), which is a first for Toyota outside Japan.

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Jaguar: aluminum-intensive XE will feature fuel consumption lower than 4L/100km; structure is 75% aluminum

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The aluminum body of the XE. Click to enlarge. In the second of four technology previews leading up to the introduction of the new Jaguar XE on 8 September, Jaguar outlined its extensive use of aluminum in the new model.

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Four Optare electric buses enter service in London

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Four British-built Optare MetroCity single deck electric buses are currently being trialed on route H98 in London, which operates between Hayes and Hounslow.

2014 109

Stanford team reports progress toward stable Li-metal anode for high-energy-density batteries

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EPRI, 8 automakers and 15 utilities to create an open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles

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The Electric Power Research Institute, 8 automakers and 15 utilities are working to develop and to demonstrate an open platform that would integrate plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with smart grid technologies enabling utilities to support PEV charging regardless of location. The open platform will simplify and streamline V2G (vehicle-to-grid) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in vehicles.

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China team reports high-rate, high-capacity, long lifecycle Li-sulfur cell using nitrogen-doped graphene cathode material

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Long-term cycling performance test of the S@NG electrode at 2 C discharge/charge rate. Inset is its corresponding Coulombic efficiency at 2 C. Bottom. The corresponding voltage-capacity profiles at different cycles. Credit: ACS, Qiu et al. Click to enlarge.

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ABS to class first CNG carrier; intra-Indonesia transport

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ABS, a leading provider of global marine classification services, has been chosen to class the world’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) carrier, which has been ordered by Pelayaran Bahtera Adhiguna, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s state-owned power company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PT PLN).

New catalytic system for conversion of CO2 to methanol shows much higher activity than others now in use

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Scanning tunneling microscope image of a cerium-oxide and copper catalyst (CeO x -Cu) used in the transformation of CO 2 and H 2 to methanol (CH 3 OH) and water. In the presence of hydrogen, the Ce 4+ and Cu 1+ are reduced to Ce 3+ and Cu 0 with a change in the structure of the catalyst surface.

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Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid sales start in Europe; 157 mpg US

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A3 e-tron. Click to enlarge. Audi’s first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron ( earlier post ), is now available to order for customers in Europe. Approximately 410 Audi dealers in Europe—including 105 in Germany—are selling the A3 e-tron.

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BMW introduces compact i DC Fast Chargers; ChargeNow DC Fast program for no-cost 30-min charge through 2015

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BMW of North America launched its BMW i DC Fast Chargers, which can charge the BMW i3 all-electric vehicle’s battery up to 80% in 30 minutes, at the Plug-In 2014 conference. The fast chargers are a joint development between BMW and Bosch Automotive Service Solutions.

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U Tokyo team proposes new high-capacity rechargeable battery system based on oxide-peroxide redox reaction

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(a) Charge and discharge voltage curves in repeated charge/discharge cycles at 45 mA g ?1. b) Charge and discharge voltage curves at various current densities (13.5–1080 1080 mA g ?1 Click to enlarge.

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Audi to demonstrate automated driving technology in Florida

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Audi will be the first to test its automated driving technology on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa, Florida—which recently was designated as an automated driving and connected car test bed—using an Audi A7 equipped to handle piloted driving functions on freeway conditions up to 40 mph (64 km/h). Audi believes this initial version of piloted driving—Traffic Jam Pilot—could be available to consumers within five years.

NIST study suggests severe corrosion in underground gasoline storage tanks may require component replacement sooner than expected; 500K USTs in US

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Optical micrographs of severe corrosion on steel alloy samples exposed to ethanol and acetic acid vapors—conditions typical of underground gasoline storage tanks—after 355 hours, 643 hours, and 932 hours. Source: NIST. Click to enlarge.

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California and Mexico sign agreement to reduce GHGs

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On Monday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Rodolfo Lacy and Mexican National Forestry Commission Director General Jorge Rescala Pérez signed an agreement to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

DOE awarding $11M to advance renewable carbon fiber production from biomass

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $11.3 million for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. Carbon fiber can lower the cost and improve performance of fuel-efficient vehicles and renewable energy components such as wind turbine blades.