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Bosch Automotive Service Solutions introduces sub-$450 Level 2 EV charging station

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Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, formerly SPX Service Solutions, has introduced Power Max, a plug-in vehicle residential charging station with a starting price point of less than $450.

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Lexus Compact Luxury Hybrid CUV

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Hybrid SUV fans will be excited to learn that Lexus will soon add a new crossover hybrid to their lineup. Automotive News (Europe) broke this story (subscription is required, but try this ) and noted that Lexus plans to sell this smaller hybrid CUV in North America and Europe.

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Consumer Reports On Tesla Model S: Best Test Car Since 2007

Green Car Reports

Chalk up another huge accolade for the Tesla Model S electric car: Consumer Reports has awarded it 99 out of 100 points, and said it''s the best car the magazine has tested since 2007. In fact, the magazine''s descriptions of the luxury sport sedan brim with adjectives.

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Renault CEO Ghosn body blow to Better Place by questioning swappable batteries

National Green Transportation

Better Place just received what may be a fatal body blow as Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn flatly says swappable battery packs are not the future for electric cars. The statement appeared on Saturday in the Danish online news

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Tritium introduces Veefil 50 kW EV fast charger

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Tritium , an Australia-based designer and manufacturer of power electronic systems for electric vehicles, has introduced the Veefil fast charger for plug-in vehicles.

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car2go launches in Birmingham on year-long trial

Green Cars News

Birmingham has become the second UK city to introduce smart''s flexible free-floating car2go car club. From today, 250 sub-100g/km CO2 smart fortwo coupes will be available to hire for use over a 21 square mile section of the city, as part of a 12 month pilot programme. After a £29.90

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2013 Nissan Leaf Electric Car Gets IIHS 'Top Safety Pick' Rating

Green Car Reports

Nobody really wants to crash, but if you''re unfortunate enough to do so it''s nice to know your chances of escaping injury are better than most. That''s the case with the 2013 Nissan Leaf, which has picked up a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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2014 Sprinter van for US standard with new 2.1L diesel; new driver assistance features

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2014 Sprinter. Click to enlarge. The new MY2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van for the US now features a 2.1L, 4-cylinder diesel with a t-speed automatic transmission as standard. The familiar V6 diesel is available as an option.

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Porsche 911 Turbo to boast 16 per cent fuel economy boost

Green Cars News

Even sports car makers are increasingly aware of the importance of offering vehicles that keep a keen eye on fuel economy: as reflected by the new generation of both the Porsche 911 Turbo (pictured) and the Turbo S.

Is Belgian Granny Sex Rap The Key To Selling Electric Cars? (Video)

Green Car Reports

Take one very small Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric minicar with a flower decal on the side. Fold in three severe Belgian elderly ladies with disapproving looks. Incorporate one blatantly obvious occurrence of plumber butt in public. Then add one young motorcycle police officer to the resulting mix.

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Renault CEO Ghosn body blow to Better Place by questioning swappable batteries

National Green Transportation

Better Place just received what may be a fatal body blow as Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn flatly says swappable battery packs are not the future for electric cars. The statement appeared on Saturday in the Danish online news

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Elio Motors unveils prototype 3-wheeler

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Startup Elio Motors unveiled its prototype 3-wheeler at a press event in Michigan. The car is powered by an inline, 3-cylinder, 1-liter, 70 hp (52 kW) gasoline fuel-injected, SOHC engine and has projected fuel economy of 84 mpg (2.8 l/100km) on the highway and 49 mpg (4.8 l/100 km) in the city.

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Could heavy-handed government intervention actually damage ultra-low emission cars? The Green Piece

Green Cars News

Tuesday 7 May, 2013. The Green Piece Column. If there is one thing people hate; it is the government telling them what to do. That''s why when there is talk about what more we could do to push ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs); there has to be an element of caution. With much of the public stil[.].

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Electric-Car Battery Swapping, Slovakian Style (Well, Vans, Anyway)

Green Car Reports

Battery swapping was once hailed as the miracle cure for short-range electric cars, but the trials and tribulations of Better Place have shown that isn''t necessarily the case. It''s not a bad idea though--it just needs the correct application.

Consumer Reports gives Tesla Model S top score in car review

National Green Transportation

Consumer Reports adds its accolade to the chorus cheering the Tesla Model S, awarding the all electric luxury sedan the highest score the magazine has ever awarded. The score, 99 points out of 100, ties with an old Lexus

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Liquid Air Energy Network forms in UK; focus on transportation and energy storage

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Example power cycle of the cryogenic (e.g., liquid air) Dearman piston engine. Source: Dearman Engine Company. Click to enlarge.

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Update on ACCESS fuel economy project

Green Cars News

A key project is under way in the USA aiming to boost fuel economy of petrol powered light duty vehicles by as much as 30 per cent: without compromising performance.

New Tesla Testing Technique From Staid Consumer Reports: Drifting!

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New ionic liquid biomass pretreatment method eliminates need for enzymes, reduces water use

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The new ionic liquid pretreatment of cellulosic biomass yields a biphasic solution, a lower phase rich in sugar and an upper phases rich in ionic liquid. Courtesy of Simmons/JBEI) Click to enlarge.

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Euro Parliament Environment Committee approves 147 g CO2/km target for light commercial vehicles by 2020; caps van speed

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Members of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee approved a draft law setting out rules for achieving a 147 g CO 2 /km (235 g/mile) target for new light commercial vehicles by 2020, down from 203 g/km (325 g/mile) today—i.e., reduction. The vote was 53 to 4 with 1 abstention. The committee also proposed indicative targets for post-2020 CO 2 emissions in a range of 105 to 120 g/km (168 to 192 g/mile) from 2025.

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Toyota installs electric mobility sharing station at Toyota City model eco district

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has installed a Smart Mobility Park electric mobility charging station at Toyota Ecoful Town, its low-carbon society model district located in Toyota City. Chargers single phase AC 200 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz, 15 A. Earlier post.). Smart Mobility station. Click to enlarge.

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Shell moves forward with ultra-deepwater Stones project in Gulf of Mexico; deepest production facility in world

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Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) made a final investment decision in the Stones ultra-deepwater project, a Gulf of Mexico oil and gas development expected to host the deepest production facility in the world.

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3D magnetic vortices could enable antennas for ultrafast wireless data transmission

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Scientists from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) together with colleagues from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have discovered three-dimensional magnetic vortices. These 3D magnetic vortices could enable future antennas for ultrafast wireless data transmission.

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Cummins progressing toward ATLAS Tier 2 Bin 2 fuel-efficient diesel for light-duty pickups

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In a US Department of Energy (DOE)-sponsored project, engineers at Cummins are developing a Tier 2 Bin 2 emissions compliant diesel for application in a light duty pickup (ATLAS, Advanced Technology Light Automotive Systems, earlier post ). Tier 2 Bin 2 requirements are only slightly less stringent than the CARB LEVIII-SULEV20 requirements. Earlier post.) Fuel economy targets for the vehicle are 22.4 mpg US (10.5 l/100km) city and 34.3 mpg US (6.9 l/100 km) highway.

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Tesla Motors posts first quarterly profit

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Tesla reached profitability in the first quarter of 2013 for the first time in its ten year history. According to the shareholder letter, the company exceeded its targets for deliveries; significantly expanded gross margin; and improved execution throughout the company. Excluding non-cash warrant and stock option items, the company generated a profit of $15 million. Including those factors, its GAAP profit was $11 million.

Nissan LEAF second best-selling car in Norway in April

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The Nissan LEAF took the number two spot in the overall car sales chart for Norway in April, outpacing numerous combustion-engined cars. The LEAF posted 455 units, representing a 3.3% share for the month. The Volkswagen Golf was the top seller, with 903 units (6.5%). The LEAF is running in 5 th position overall in sales for 2013 to date in the country, and was number 13 overall in 2012.

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New GM 4.3L EcoTec V-6 for Sierra delivers 305 lb-ft torque

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When the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra full-size pickup arrives this summer, its standard 4.3L EcoTec V-6 ( earlier post ) will offer the most torque of any standard V-6 in the segment: 305 lb-ft (413 N·m). EcoTec3. Click to enlarge. Buyers can choose from three new EcoTec3 engines—a 5.3L

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U. Minn. team proposes strategy for automated selection of optimal biomass-derived fuel blends and synthesis paths

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Proposed strategy for connecting automated network generation and optimization. Credit: ACS, Marvin et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers at the University of Minnesota are proposing a novel strategy that simultaneously identifies (a) the most desirable biomass-derived chemical products for an application of interest, such as fuels, and (b) the corresponding synthesis routes.

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Exxon Mobil beginning development of ultra-deepwater Julia oil field in Gulf of Mexico

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Exxon Mobil Corporation is commencing development of the ultra-deepwater Julia oil field in the Gulf of Mexico. ExxonMobil, the operator, and Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC each hold a 50% interest in the Julia unit. Capital cost for the project, which is expected to begin oil production in 2016, is estimated to be more than $4 billion.

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California Energy Commission adopts $100M investment plan for 2013-2014 for green vehicles and fuels

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The California Energy Commission unanimously adopted the 2013-2014 Investment Plan Update to support the development and use of green vehicles and alternative fuels. The update sets funding priorities for the approximately $100 million in annual state funds under the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) Program, created by Assembly Bill 118.

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Tesla Model S To Get Adaptive Cruise, Lane-Departure Warning, More?

Green Car Reports

Drivers of the Tesla Model S are generally pretty happy with their cars, but as with any new product there are always a few ways it could be improved.

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Introducing Green Car Congress Discussions: a forum area for the user community

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Green Car Congress is launching a new forum section for the community of GCC readers to post and to discuss developments in energy, transportation, and sustainable mobility not covered on the main GCC site: research and ideas, questions, analysis, reactions to current events, and whatever else strikes your fancy. My hope is that these discussions will be heavy on content and light on invective.

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Update on the ACCESS fuel efficient engine project; simulations find up to 48.9% improvement in fuel economy over baseline

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Robert Bosch LLC, AVL Powertrain Engineering and partners including the University of Michigan are working on a four-year, $24-million US Department of Energy (DOE)-supported project— Advanced Combustion Concepts—Enabling Systems and Solutions (ACCESS)—to achieve a 30% fuel economy improvement in a gasoline-fueled light-duty vehicle without compromising performance while also meeting SULEV emission standards. Earlier post.).

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Audi begins construction of first North American plant

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Audi has begun construction on a more than €900-million plant, comprising a press shop, body shop and assembly line in San José Chiapa, Mexico—the company’s first plant in North America. Starting in mid-2016, the plant will produce the successor generation of the successful Audi Q5 SUV. Audi’s current production sites include the German sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm; Brussels (Belgium); Gy?r

Power-to-Gas project awarded DECC grant funding

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The UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) awarded 16 organizations a share of £2 million (US$3.1 million) to help develop innovative storage solutions for energy, as part of the £21-million (US$32.6 million) Energy Technology Demonstration Competition. One of the projects to be awarded grant funding is the “P2G BioMet” project, led by Hydrogenics, along with consortium members CNG Services, Electrochaea and National Grid.

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Naval Research Lab uses liquid hydrogen to almost double endurance record for small electric UAV

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Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) flew their fuel cell powered Ion Tiger unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for 48 hours and 1 minute, 16-18 April, by using liquid hydrogen (LH 2 ) fuel in a new, NRL-developed, cryogenic fuel storage tank and delivery system.

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GM recalling certain eAssist models; up to 42,904 vehicles potentially affected by GCM issue

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General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 and 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Regal, and model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco vehicles equipped with the eAssist light electrification system. Earlier post.) Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the Generator Control Module (GCM) may not function properly.

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