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Daimler Trucks NA SuperTruck achieves 115% freight efficiency improvement over 2009 baseline; 50.2% engine BTE

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DTNA’s SuperTruck was unveiled at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show. Click to enlarge.

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Tesla Model X: Video, Spy Shots Of Prototype Testing On CA Roads

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The Tesla Model X should be arriving in buyers'' driveways within six months, if the company keeps to its latest schedule and starts delivering the all-electric SUV in the third quarter of this year.

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Siemens develops new low-weight, high-power electric motor for aircraft; enabling larger hybrid aircraft

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Siemens researchers have developed a new electric motor that, with a weight of just 50 kilograms (110 lbs), delivers a continuous output of about 260 kW—five times more than comparable drive systems. The motor was specially designed for use in aircraft.

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Audi revamps 2015 R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans diesel hybrid racer; 4MJ class

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In the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the Le Mans 24 Hours as the season’s pinnacle event, Audi will compete with a thoroughly revised R18 e-tron quattro diesel hybrid racer in the 4-megajoule class. Earlier post.)

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Gallup poll finds Americans’ worries about environmental threats easing

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Americans’ concern about several major environmental threats has eased after increasing last year, according to Gallup’s annual Environment survey, conducted March 5-8. As in the past, Americans expressed the greatest worry about pollution of drinking water, and the least about global warming.

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GM to introduce strong hybrid version of Malibu; combined fuel economy above 45 mpg; leverages Volt

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GM will introduce a strong hybrid version of the next-generation Malibu. Using technology from the 2016 Chevrolet Volt propulsion system ( earlier post ), Malibu Hybrid will offer an estimated combined fuel economy rating exceeding 45 mpg (5.22

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New Ford S-MAX first worldwide to offer Intelligent Speed Limiter

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Ford of Europe announced that the a new S-MAX will be the first Ford worldwide to offer Intelligent Speed Limiter, a new technology that scans traffic signs and adjusts the throttle to help drivers stay within legal speed limits and avoid fines.

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Daimler putting ~€1B into Stuttgart-Untertürkheim to make it the center of competence for efficient engines, hybrid powertrains and fuel cell system production

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Daimler is investing about €1 billion (US$1.07 billion) in the Mercedes-Benz plant in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim and is transforming it into a center of competence for highly efficient engines, hybrid powertrains and the production of fuel cell systems.

2015 114

EPA annual report finds automakers outperforming GHG emissions standards

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Process for determining compliance status. Source: EPA. Click to enlarge.

2015 114

Mercedes-Benz introduces its first plug-in hybrid SUV: the GLE550 e

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Keeping pace with its announced intention to roll out 10 plug-in hybrids by 2017 ( earlier post ), Mercedes-Benz introduced the new GLE550 e 4MATIC plug-in hybrid (PHEV) along with the other members of the new GLE family of full-size SUVs. The GLE550 e is Mercedes-Benz’ first plug-in hybrid SUV.

2015 113

Nissan reports failure rate of LEAF battery pack in Europe of less than 0.01%

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Five years and more than 35,000 European sales since the launch of its all-electric LEAF, proprietary data released by Nissan show that 99.99% of its battery units remain entirely fit for purpose. The failure rate of the battery power unit is less than 0.01 percent—three units in total—a fraction of the equivalent industry-wide figure for defects affecting traditional combustion engines.

2015 112

BLM issues final rule for fracking on public lands; new rule on deepsea blowout preventers coming

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The US Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released final rule covering hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands. As of 30 June 2014, there were approximately 47,000 active oil and gas leases on public lands, and approximately 95,000 oil and gas wells.

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Porsche presents more efficient Gen 2 919 Hybrid LMP1 racer for 2015

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Porsche has presented the second generation of its Le Mans Prototype 919 Hybrid race car. Earlier post.) The new racer will compete in the 8 MJ category (8 MJ of recovered energy per race lap)—the highest of the current four energy categories in the LMP1 class.

2015 109

New Rutgers non-noble metal catalyst for hydrogen evolution performs as well as Pt in both acid and base

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Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a new noble metal-free catalyst—Ni 5 P 4 (nickel-5 phosphide-4)—performing on par with platinum for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in both strong acid and base.

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Tritium and ChargePoint partner for fast charging across the US

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Under a newly signed agreement, ChargePoint will install Australia-based Tritium’s Veefil DC fast charging stations ( earlier post ) across the US. The 50 kW Tritium stations are able to charge all cars equipped for DC fast charging, using the included SAE-Combo connector or a CHAdeMO connector.

2015 106

Wall Street Losing Millions From Bad Energy Loans

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by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. Oil companies continue to get burned by low oil prices, but the pain is bleeding over into the financial industry. Major banks are suffering huge losses from both directly backing some struggling oil companies, but also from buying high-yield debt that is now going sour. The Wall Street Journal reported that tens of millions of dollars have gone up in smoke on loans made to the energy industry by Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and UBS.

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Sandia releases literature survey of crude oil properties relevant to handling and fire safety in transport

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Toyota progress report on TNGA; half of vehicles sold in 2020 to feature new platforms

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In 2012, Toyota Motor introduced its new development framework, the Toyota New Global Architecture. Earlier post.) Designed to balance product advances with cost reductions, TNGA supports the grouping of the development of new vehicles to promote strategic sharing of parts and powertrain components.

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Fiat 500e Deals, BMW X5 Plug-In, Tesla Ends Range Anxiety: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Want to know how Tesla will end range anxiety? And how some California enthusiasts got such a great deal on the Fiat 500e? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending Friday, March 20, 2015.

2015 99

New UK Energy & Fuels 2050 transportation roadmap highlights important role of drop-in fuels and power-to-gas

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Professor Neville Jackson, Ricardo’s chief technology and innovation officer, presented the results of a research project carried out by the Automotive Council UK to establish a long-term (to 2050) transition from current gasoline and diesel fuels to a majority renewable energy portfolio.

2015 98

SABIC introduces novel thermoplastic roof fairing concept for 3% improvement in heavy-duty truck fuel economy

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SABIC has introduced a thermoplastic roof fairing concept that can potentially reduce annual fuel consumption of a heavy-duty truck by at least 3%. SABIC’s design concept is aerodynamically optimized to deflect air by accelerating airflow through and across the top and sides of the roof fairing.

2015 97

DeltaWing to develop GT race car concept; step toward street-legal DeltaWing sports car

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DeltaWing Technology Group is beginning development of a DeltaWing GT race car concept.

2015 97

Report: VW Group to decide how to proceed with Quantumscape solid state energy storage by July

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Bloomberg reports that the Volkswagen Group will decide by July how to proceed with solid state energy storage technology under development by Quantumscape ( earlier post) , citing Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management, who spoke outside a press conference in Stuttgart. According to the report, Winterkorn said that the technology’s potential to boost the range of battery-powered vehicles is compelling and tests are progressing. Progress has been made, ” he said.

2015 97

Boeing enhances 777; up to 5% improvement in fuel use per seat

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At the recent ISTAT (International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading) Americas conference, Randy Tinseth, vice president, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes unveiled a series of product improvements that will be available on the 777-300ER, the 777-200LR and the 777 Freighter. Baseline engine, airplane weight and aerodynamic improvements will be phased into production by the third quarter of 2016, lowering trip fuel use by 2%.

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Purdue researchers convert packing peanuts into anode materials for Li-ion batteries; outperforming graphite

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Purdue researchers have developed a process to manufacture carbon-nanoparticle and microsheet anodes for Li-ion batteries from polystyrene and starch-based packing peanuts, respectively. The work, performed by postdoc Vinodkumar Etacheri, Professor Vilas Pol and undergraduate chemical engineering student Chulgi Nathan Hong, is being presented at the 249 th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Denver.

2015 93

Toyota updates hybrid LMP1 racer for 2015

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Toyota has updated its championship-winning LMP1 racer for 2015 with new aerodynamics, revised front end including crash structure and new suspension kinematics to optimize tire usage, plus additional weight saving. During the 2014 season, the TS040 Hybrid took five wins from eight races.

2015 91

New ABB Azipod D for electric marine propulsion requires 25% less installed power, boosts flexibility

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Azipod D. Click to enlarge. ABB has introduced a new offering, Azipod D, to its line of Azipod marine electric propulsion systems.

2015 91

The Five Most Ignorant Media Myths About Electric Cars

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We spend more time than we probably should in grumbling at media coverage of plug-in electric cars. Journalists try to get it right, in general, but often the specific and complex issues around electric cars, who buys them, and how they''re really used get lost or ignored in general reporting. At one reader''s suggestion, then, here are the five. Green battery pack myths plug-in cars sales

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Electric-Car Battery Costs Already Cheaper Than 2020 Predictions: Study

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It''s widely assumed that electric cars will never emerge into the mass market if buying them requires paying a significant premium over comparable internal-combustion models. While owners may save money on fuel and maintenance over the long term, a higher initial purchase price remains intimidating, and take time to amortize. And by far the most. Green Batteries Manufacturing Study battery pack costs lithium-ion plug-in cars solid-state cell

2015 87

VW Bus Hybrid That Never Was: The Microbus Prototype Of 1977

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There truly is nothing new under the sun, as the saying goes. Now, a Volkswagen bus from almost 40 years ago has surfaced to prove the point. While hybrid cars have only emerged as a practical alternative to straight internal-combustion over the past 15 years, this recent success was proceeded by decades of experimentation. CHECK OUT. Green History Microbus Vintage

2015 87

How To Drive A Tesla Model S Electric Car Free For 18 Months

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The low cost of electricity compared to gasoline or diesel means driving an electric car typically comes with significant savings per mile, even if not necessarily in purchase price. What could be better than dramatically reduced operating costs? Well, how about driving a sexy, glamorous, high-performance electric car.for free? DON''T MISS: Tesla. Green Cost Of Ownership costs ownership costs plug-in cars

2015 87

As Solar Power Spreads, Diverse Users Fight Utility Attempts To Penalize It

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You''d be surprised how much a rooftop solar panel can make utility-company executives sweat. Home solar installations are on the rise in the U.S., and that has electric utilities worried. Now they have a new worry: A remarkably varied group of advocates and interest groups is fighting efforts by utility lobbyists to restrict, penalize, or boost. Politics energy infrastructure electric utilities plug-in cars electricity costs solar state laws

2015 87

GE and EV Connect partner on EV charging

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EV Connect, a provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, including a cloud-based software platform for managing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, their interaction with utilities and the driver experience, entered into a joint marketing and product agreement with GE’s Industrial Solutions business.

2015 87

Daimler Unveils SuperTruck; 12-MPG Semi Is More Than Twice As Fuel-Efficient

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Heavy-duty trucks make up a fairly small percentage of the traffic on U.S. roads, but they cover many more miles each year than the average passenger car--with much worse fuel economy. Even small efficiency improvements for the biggest trucks can have a major impact on overall emissions, and perhaps lower the cost of the goods they transport as. Trucks Daimler Freightliner Fuel Economy Commercial vehicle semis

2015 87

What Country Powered Itself Entirely On Renewable Energy For 75 Days?

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The idea of an electricity grid powered entirely by renewable energy may seem like a utopian dream, but one country has recently achieved it, albeit briefly. That would be little Costa Rica, which claims to have powered itself using only renewable energy for 75 days. CHECK OUT: World''s First Entirely Renewable-Energy Place: Wind-Swept Scottish. Green Costa Rica clean energy energy infrastructure energy policy renewable energy

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid: Volt's Sibling Without A Plug May Be First Of Several

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It''s rare that a carmaker entirely replaces a car after just three model years, but the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is remarkable in more ways than that. Chevy will offer a full-hybrid model of the new 2016 Malibu that goes head to head with hybrid mid-size sedans from Toyota, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, and Kia. And GM is using an adaptation of its. Green Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Chevy Volt Plug-In Hybrids Voltec

Federal Government Will Buy Many More Electric, Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

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Through both regulations and incentive programs, the Federal government is making a concerted effort to lower the emissions of cars on U.S. roads. Every consumer walking into a showroom will notice the effects of these policies in better fuel-economy ratings and a wider selection of electrified models. DON''T MISS: White House Budget Asks For $10K. Green Plug-In Hybrids White House federal government fleet plug-in cars

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