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IHS CERA meta-analysis finds lifecycle GHG emissions for fuel produced solely from oil sands crude average 11% higher than from average crude refined in the US; high variability

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Average values for WTW GHG emissions for oil sands and other crudes, tight boundary. Source: IHS CERA. Click to enlarge.

GM To Concentrate On Plug-In Electric Cars, Downplay Hybrids

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General Motors has narrowed its portfolio of future technologies, and will focus on plug-in and electric vehicles over the coming years. The company will build on the success of its Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, an area where it leads its competitors, while downplaying more traditional full hybrid technologies. GM Product Chief Mary

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Review: 2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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Review: 2013 Escalade Hybrid. One phrase sums up Cadillac’s 2013 Escalade Hybrid: No compromise. The Escalade offers everything you would expect from a large SUV. It has three rows of seats easily accommodating eight passengers.

Lexus introduces eco-upholstery in the CT 200h

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Lexus introduced a new version of the CT 200h this week, called the Advance. Part of the revived range for the brand’s to-date underwhelming petrol-electric hybrid, it is packed with technology including the oft-underestimated fuel-saving gadget of sat nav: no more wasted fuel in getting lost.

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GM and ABB demonstrate community energy storage system built from 5 used Volt batteries; Duke Energy testing

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GM and ABB partnered to produce a prototype back-up power storage unit that repackages five used Volt batteries into a modular unit that becomes an uninterruptible power supply and grid power balancing system. Click to enlarge.

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Scientists Convert Algae To Crude Oil In 60 Seconds

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Crude oil, from which all fossil fuels are made, is a dwindling resource. There will come a point, some time in the future, where the expense of extracting it from deep under the ground becomes too great for the return on investment. While one solution is to wean ourselves off fossil fuels entirely, another is to artificially create them--and

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Additional details on Honda’s new 1.6L diesel

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Honda’s 1.6L i-DTEC engine. Click to enlarge. The new 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine to be applied first in the Civic is the first engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series to be launched in Europe.

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NREL launches new alternative transportation web tools; planning, maps, data

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One of the many charts available from the maps and data library on the AFDC site, this shows the number of light-duty alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and diesel models offered by vehicle manufacturers from 1991 through 2012. Click to enlarge.

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GM will focus its electrification strategy on light electrification, extended range, and battery-electric vehicle technologies; major focus on the plug; preview of the Spark EV

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GM will focus its vehicle electrification strategy on eAssist-type systems and the plug. Source: Larry Nitz, GM. Click to enlarge.

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NYU-BMW i report explores future urban mobility; sustainability and resilience

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A new study released by BMW i and New York University (NYU) finds that, in the coming years and decades, fundamental changes in the demographic makeup of cities will profoundly alter the way people travel. This report, prepared by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at NYU’s Robert F.

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BMW i features i8 Concept Roadster and BMW i3 at Manhattan stop on “Born Electric” World Tour

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The i3. Click to enlarge. At the Manhattan stop on its year-long “Born Electric” World Tour, BMW i featured the BMW i8 Concept Roadster—shown for the first time in North America—and the BMW i3 Concept.

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ABB develops circuit breaker for high voltage direct current

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ABB, the power and automation technology group, announced that it has developed the world’s first circuit breaker for high voltage direct current (HVDC).

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NRC releases report on potential for climate change to pose or to alter security risks for the US over next decade

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A schematic model showing the links between climate events and outcomes of national security concern, highlighting the roles of exposure and vulnerability. The shaded area corresponds to the event-exposure-vulnerability model form the IPCC. Source: NRC. Click to enlarge.

European new car market continued to shrink in October

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In October, the EU market of new passenger cars continued to shrink, although at a slightly slower pace than in the previous months, according to data released by the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA). New registrations totaled 959,412 cars, or 4.8%

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Binder-free 3D silicon-nickel electrodes for Li-ion batteries show high capacity and cycling stability

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Cycling characteristics of 700 nm 3D(Si,Ni) at 1C showing a reversible specific capacity of 1,650 mAh/g after 120 cycles of charge/discharge. Credit: ACS, Gowda et al. Click to enlarge.

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New system for space-based, aerial and terrestrial monitoring of marine emissions

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Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), together with the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), are developing a new solution (SAMBA) to support a level playing field for the maritime transportation. SAMBA combines space-based, aerial and terrestrial technologies.

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Isfahan University of Tech team reports new efficient pretreatment method for rice straw to boost yield of cellulosic ethanol

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Researchers at Isfahan University of Technology (Iran) report the efficient production of cellulosic ethanol from rice straw using a new sodium carbonate pretreatment method.

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Ford poll finds Europeans want freedom of car ownership, but worry about traffic, cost of driving, environment

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A new Ford Motor Company-sponsored poll of 6,000 people across Europe found that most Europeans remain committed to car ownership, but have growing concerns about traffic congestion, the cost of driving and the environment. Ford commissioned the survey, conducted by the consultancy The Futures Company, to better understand the opinions and attitudes of Europeans across a range of mobility issues—from car sharing to green driving to the future of the internal combustion engine.

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UW Madison team develops streamlined process for biomass conversion to GVL for fuels and chemicals

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Schematic representation of the integrated conversion of hemicellulose and cellulose portions of lignocellulosic biomass to furfural and GVL, using a portion of the GVL as a solvent and the remainder for conversion to butene oligomers as hydrocarbon. Alonso et al. Click to enlarge.

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Honda’s new 1.6L diesel i-DTEC Civic for Europe offers 65 mpg US

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Honda is launching a Civic model equipped with a new 1.6-liter diesel i-DTEC engine in Europe. The i-DTEC Civic, which will arrive in dealerships early next year, delivers fuel economy of 65 mpg US (3.6 l/100 km) with CO 2 emissions of 94 g/km (down one gram from the 95 g/km level announced by Honda Motor Europe’s President, Manabu Nishimae, earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show). Earlier post.).

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Mercedes-Benz to present G-Class-derived fuel-cell SUV concept

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Mercedes-Benz will present a fuel-cell powered design study of an off-road SUV, the Ener-G-Force, based on the concept of a future police car developed for the Los Angeles Design Challenge.

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Primet licensing NanoScission process for lower cost production of electrode materials

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Primet Precision Materials, Inc. is licensing its NanoScission process technology to manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The process reduces the manufacturing cost of electrode materials.

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Ford introduces 7-passenger people mover with up to 30+ mpg highway: Transit Connect Wagon

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Ford is introducing a seven-passenger people mover expected to break the 30 mpg-plus highway barrier.

EPA denies waiver of Renewable Fuels Standard

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has not found evidence to support a finding of severe “economic harm” that would warrant granting a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The decision is based on economic analyses and modeling done in conjunction with the US Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE).

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Honda develops new compact one-motor hybrid system; joins two-motor and three-motor systems in new hybrid systems lineup

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The three Honda SPORT HYBRID systems. Click to enlarge. Honda Motor Co., has developed a new lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system optimized for small-sized vehicles: the Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive system. This new hybrid system will be the latest addition to the Earth Dreams Technology series of next-generation powertrain technology (replacing the current IMA hybrid system), and was previewed by Honda Motor Co. CEO Takanobu Ito in September. Earlier post.).

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SwRI to demonstrate use of electric vehicles as part of emergency power microgrid under US Army SPIDERS program

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is a member of a team that was recently awarded a $7-million contract from the US Army Corps of Engineers to demonstrate integration of electric vehicles, generators and solar arrays to supply emergency power for Fort Carson, Colo. The project is part of a Joint Capability Technology. Demonstration (JCTD) called the Smart Power Infrastructure. Demonstration for Energy.

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GE and Clean Energy Fuels Partner to expand LNG refueling infrastructure in US for trucks; new MicroLNG plants

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GE’s MicroLNG plant can liquefy natural gas at any point along a gas distribution network. Click to enlarge. GE and Clean Energy Fuels are collaborating to expand the infrastructure for natural gas transportation in the United States. The agreement supports Clean Energy’s efforts in developing “America’s Natural Gas Highway,” ( earlier post )—a fueling network spanning the contiguous US that will enable trucks to operate on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) coast to coast and border to border.

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Exide Technologies and Maxwell Technologies form strategic alliance to develop and market integrated battery-ultracapacitor solutions

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Exide Technologies and Maxwell Technologies have formed a strategic alliance. The two companies will work together in the development and marketing of advanced, integrated, battery-ultracapacitor energy storage solutions to be used in a wide array of transportation and industrial applications. Principal elements of the strategic alliance include: Joint identification and evaluation of market opportunities for integrated products; Collaborative product development and testing; and.

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Coca-Cola Central Japan to field test Nissan e-NV200 electric van ahead of market launch

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Nissan Motor Co., is providing Coca-Cola with the e-NV200, a battery-electric light commercial vehicle ( earlier post ), for field testing starting in mid-November. Coca-Cola’s regional organization, Coca-Cola Central Japan Co., will use Nissan’s multipurpose commercial van as regional sales vehicle in Yokohama, evaluating its performance and practical usability against conventional internal-combustion engine vehicles. The van will be recharged only at night when electricity consumption is low.

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Toyota researchers show superior performance for tin anode for Mg-ion batteries with conventional electrolytes

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Researchers at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) have developed an insertion-type tin (Sn) anode material for use in a magnesium-ion (Mg-ion) battery ( earlier post ) that shows superior operating voltages and capacity. In a paper accepted for publication in the RSC journal Chemical Communications , they report showing that a Sn anode could attain higher capacities (903 mAh g -1 ) and lower Mg 2+ insertion/extraction voltages (+ 0.15/0.20

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Urea-reduced graphene oxide for high performance Li-ion capacitors

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Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and SK Innovation have used urea-reduced graphene oxide (URGO) to build lithium ion capacitors (LICs) that deliver a specific energy density of approximately 106?Wh Wh kg total ?1 1 and a specific power density of approximately 4200?W?kg kg total ?1 1 with perfect capacity retention up to 1,000?cycles. cycles.

Electrovaya launches Li-ion residential energy storage system; 3 kWh – 20 kWh

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Electrovaya Inc. launched its lithium-ion energy storage system for home usage. The battery stores power from the grid or from solar panels and stores it for later household use. For consumers subject to time-of-use charges, the EnergyBlock can be used to store off-peak power to be used later during peak times, lowering the amount of peak-rate costs for the user.

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Toyota Motor introducing three new automated driver assistance safety systems; begins operations at new ITS Proving Ground

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TMC says that its PCS is effective at higher speeds. Click to enlarge.

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Parker Aerospace and GE Aviation launch JV for aircraft engine fuel nozzles; enhanced performance for GE engine platforms

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Parker Aerospace and GE Aviation reached an agreement to form a joint venture, Advanced Atomization Technologies, LLC, to enhance the development and manufacture of commercial aircraft engine fuel nozzles. The 50-50 joint venture—created specifically to produce fuel nozzles for current and future GE Aviation commercial engine platforms (including aerospace and aero-derivative engines)—will be located in the Parker Gas Turbine Fuel Systems Division facility in Clyde, New York.

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Chevrolet to debut production Spark EV at LA Auto Show

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Chevrolet will unveil the plug-in electric version of the Spark mini car at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. The Spark EV ( earlier post ) is one of 13 new or significantly redesigned products that Chevrolet will be launching in 2013. Chevrolet will also showcase the expanded functionality of an advanced version of MyLink, which will be available first in the all-new 2014 Impala full-size sedan.

Elon Musk, CEO Of 'Loser' Tesla, Suggests Romney Got It Wrong

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One week ago today, Americans elected a president. During the hard-fought campaign that preceded the election, Republican candidate Mitt Romney called Tesla a "loser" company, along with Fisker Automotive. Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] and other companies named by Romney had received loans or grants from the U.S. government. Last night, Tesla CEO Elon

BASF celebrates grand opening of Li-ion cathode materials production plant in Elyria, Ohio

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BASF celebrated the grand opening of its new Li-ion cathode materials production plant in Elyria, Ohio. Construction of the new cathode materials plant required an investment of more than $50 million, which was supported by a $24.6 million grant from the US DOE. In addition, BASF was selected as one of only two licensed suppliers of ANL-patented Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (NCM) cathode materials, which employ a unique combination of lithium and manganese-rich mixed metal oxides. Earlier post.)

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