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Mercedes-Benz S-Class INTELLIGENT DRIVE drives autonomously over 100km interurban and urban route with near-production technology

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Networked sensor systems of the S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle. Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz has demonstrated the feasibility of autonomous driving on both interurban and urban routes with its S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle.

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Nissan Shows Fully Autonomous Cars It Plans To Build By 2020

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Cars that can drive themselves--under certain circumstances--are increasingly in the news. Even so, Nissan surprised the world with its recent announcement of a program to develop a fully autonomous car by 2020.

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Quick Look At Hybrid SUVs

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Many visitors who arrive on HybridSUV.com may be overwhelmed with the amount of information available here. Some people just want to know which SUVs are available as hybrids, how much they cost, what they get for gas mileage, and maybe a few other basic items.

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Porsche 918 Spyder debuts with fastest lap time at Nürburgring Nordschleife

National Green Transportation

The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sports car made an impressive debut by setting the street-legal production car lap time record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. This track is frequently used to establish speed records

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Volkswagen’s first two production battery-electric vehicles debut at Frankfurt

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Heinz-Jakob Neußer, of the Volkswagen Brand and Stephan Grühsem of Volkswagen AG present the new Volkswagen eGolf and the new e-up! in Frankfurt. Click to enlarge.

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Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van To Enter Production Next Year

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With the Nissan e-NV200 electric van in its final stages of development, the company said last week it plans to launch the vehicle early next year. It will become Nissan''s second second all-electric vehicle, after the Leaf hatchback that went on sale in December 2010.

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Tesla expands European Supercharger network (coming to the UK too!)

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Tesla’s new Supercharger network is to expand over the coming months, heading into new European destinations including locations within Germany, the Netherlands and even the UK. Launching its network last month in Norway, the Silicon-valley firm now plans to open more charging stations across Eu[.].

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GWU researchers introduce new class of molten air batteries; significantly greater energy capacity than Li-air

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Generalized form of the molten air battery. Licht et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers at George Washington University led by Dr. Stuart Licht have introduced the principles of a new class rechargeable molten air batteries that offer amongst the highest intrinsic electric energy storage capabilities.

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BYD Plans Electric Supercar, More Powerful Plug-In Hybrid

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BYD Auto hasn''t been in the news much lately, but the largest privately-owned Chinese carmaker hasn''t backed away from its ambitious plans. According to China Car Times, BYD will launch a new plug-in hybrid model next year, to be called the Tang, to be followed by an electric supercar.

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Electric car project explores second life for batteries

Green Cars News

A new project will explore the possibility of using old electric car batteries for energy storage in both domestic and workplace settings. Commissioned by Gateshead College’s low carbon subsidiary, Zero Carbon Futures, the new 2nd life for EV batteries project will explore using old batterie[.].

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City Car Share to use Scion iQ EV's in Pleasanton area car sharing

National Green Transportation

The Scion iQ EV exists after all, and is being deployed by City Car Share for a car sharing fleet in Pleasanton CA. On Wednesday, City Car Share and Toyota announced the deal to launch a new car-sharing

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BMW unveils production i8 plug-in hybrid; 94 mpg; on sale in US in 2014 priced from $135,925

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The BMW i8 goes on sale in the US in 2014. Click to enlarge. BMW unveiled the BMW i8 2+2 plug-in hybrid sports car ( earlier post ) today at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Coal Makes Electric Cars Bad? No, Plug-Ins Show Coal As Worse

Green Car Reports

Every so often, electric-car skeptics will attack the idea of using grid electricity to power a car by bringing up coal. Yeah," the argument goes, "but you''re just burning coal instead of gasoline in your electric car--so how''s that any better?" There is, of course, a fair amount of science that shows it actually is better when measured by

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Land Rover targets Europe with new diesel hybrid models

Green Cars News

Land Rover’s new hybrid models have been predominately built with the European market in mind, it has been revealed, as the carmaker explains why it chose to team an electric drivetrain with a diesel-rather than a petrol engine. Even though the leading markets for hybrids are in the US and Far E[.].

Formula E unveils the SRT_01E electric race car at Frankfurt Motor Show

National Green Transportation

The FIA Formula E World Championship today unveiled the long-awaited Spark-Renault SRT_01E at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The Formula E is an electric car racing world championship that's set to launch its first

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Continental presents new “48 Volt Eco Drive” system; orders received and production begins in 2016

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Components of the 48 Volt Eco Drive system and the demonstrator. Click to enlarge. Continental presented its new “48 Volt Eco Drive” system at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Could Google Buy Tesla? Should It?

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Speculating on what will happen to Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] can be endlessly entertaining, and the discussions have taken up terabytes of server space already. But last week, a Forbes contributor suggested an intriguing notion: Should search giant Google buy Tesla? The conventional wisdom has been that ultimately, Tesla''s backers and board will

Renault hits 100,000 sales of Kangoo electric van

Green Cars News

While the BVRLA bemoans the uptake of electric vans and their accompanying grants, oddly at the same time Renault is celebrating the success of its first electric van model, with the 100,000th registration of its Kangoo ZE van-Europe’s best selling electric van. Uptake in the UK of electric vans[.].

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City Car Share to use Scion iQ EV's in Pleasanton area car sharing

National Green Transportation

The Scion iQ EV exists after all, and is being deployed by City Car Share for a car sharing fleet in Pleasanton CA. On Wednesday, City Car Share and Toyota announced the deal to launch a new car-sharing

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Scuderi Group to build and to install LPG-powered split-cycle generator with compressed air storage capability

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Scuderi split-cycle engine in power generator/CAES application. Click to enlarge. Scuderi Group, Inc.,

Volkswagen Will Be The Biggest Electric-Car Maker In 2018, It Says

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As a group, German automakers have not been at the front of the move toward plug-in electric cars. Nonetheless, Volkswagen Group will be the world leader in electric and hybrid cars by 2018. It says. The bold claim came not from an offhand comment by an executive at this week''s Frankfurt Auto Show, but in a press release announcing that the VW

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Government subsidies ‘threaten’ electric car future market

Green Cars News

Subsidies for new electric cars pose a threat to the future viability of the market for battery cars, by reducing the value of second hand values, according to CAP Consulting. An independent pan-European study led by residual values experts, CAP, reveals that while a cautious market typically ten[.].

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Formula E unveils the SRT_01E electric race car at Frankfurt Motor Show

National Green Transportation

The FIA Formula E World Championship today unveiled the long-awaited Spark-Renault SRT_01E at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The Formula E is an electric car racing world championship that's set to launch its first

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3.0L I-4 EcoDiesel to make North American debut in 2014 Ram ProMaster van

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Fred Diaz, President and CEO - Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, introduces the 2014 Ram ProMaster at the Chicago Auto Show. Click to enlarge.

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Would You Pay $40,000 For An Electric.Airplane? Now You Can

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If you get from place to place on four wheels, there are plenty of ways to go green. But what if you prefer wings to wheels? GreenWing International has announced the release of its first 50 eSpyder electric aircraft. The single-seat plane will be sold as a kit for $39,990. That''s just slightly above the newly-reduced $35,000 price of a 2014

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Smart fortwo Electric Drive is an EV that sends mixed messages

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Weekly column. By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield. Forgive me for saying so, but smart cars are a little bit like Marmite: you generally either love them to bits, or you can’t stand them.

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Panasonic and Viessmann to sell Europe’s first fuel cell cogeneration system for homes

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Viessmann Group and Panasonic Corporation have jointly developed a new fuel cell cogeneration system, which will become the first polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) fuel cell system available for single-homes in Europe. It will be sold by Viessmann, starting in Germany in April 2014.

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Lux Research: Panasonic battery division back to profitability and expanding due to Tesla Model S

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Panasonic’s lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery division is resurgent, largely due to the shipments of Tesla Motors’ Model S, notes Lux Research. In Q2 2013, Panasonic’s battery division made about $40 million in profits, a turnaround from one year before, when it lost $20 million in Q2 2012.

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GKN Driveline Multi-Mode eTransmission used in Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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The new GKN Multi-Mode eTransmission makes its debut on the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ( earlier post ) being showcased at the Frankfurt Motor show this week. Multi-Mode eTransmission. Click to enlarge.

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ICCT report assesses domestic fuel efficiency performance of US airlines for 2010; Alaska Airlines on top, Allegiant on the bottom

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Relative fuel efficiency for the domestic operations of the 15 largest US airlines in 2010 across each carrier’s entire network (higher score means greater efficiency). Zeinali et al. Click to enlarge.

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Cornell spin-off lithium-sulfur battery company NOHMs to locate in Lexington, KY

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NOHMs technology portfolio. Source: NOHMs. Click to enlarge. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced that start-up lithium-sulfur battery company NOHMs (Nano Organic Hybrid Materials) Technologies Inc.

Johnson Controls introducing first-generation 48V Micro Hybrid battery at Frankfurt show

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The first-generation 48-volt Lithium-ion Micro Hybrid battery has the potential to enable up to 1% fuel savings in vehicles. Click to enlarge.

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Nissan in development with second battery-electric commercial vehicle, the e-NT400

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Nissan has begun development of its second electric commercial vehicle, the e-NT400. The company showed an e-NT400 concept in 2011, earlier post.)

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Georgia Tech study suggests unlinking EVs from CAFE and coordinating with power sector for low-cost benefits

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Change in total consumer expenditure for EVs and conventional vehicles (CVs) purchased in 2030 over the vehicle lifetime for 20% and 100% EV adoption scenarios. A negative value means the case has a lower TCE than the reference case. Credit: ACS, Choi et al. Click to enlarge.

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ETH Zürich team developing light-duty natural gas-diesel hybrid electric powertrain; 43 g/km CO2

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Consumption measurements of the dual-fuel natural gas-diesel engine as a function of speed and load. Source: Ott et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers at ETH Zürich have developed a light-duty hybrid electric vehicle featuring a dual-fuel natural gas-diesel engine.

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VW’s Winterkorn: “We are electrifying all vehicle classes”; 14 models with electric or hybrid drive by 2014

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The Volkswagen Group is aiming for global market leadership in electric mobility. “We We are electrifying all vehicle classes, and therefore have everything we need to make the Volkswagen Group the top automaker in all respects, including electric mobility, by 2018”, said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG on the eve of the 65 th International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main.

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Mercedes-Benz 2014 E250 BlueTEC sedan estimated EPA rated at 45 mpg highway, 28 mpg city

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The Mercedes-Benz 2014 E250 BlueTEC sedan, the first diesel E-Class to be available with 4MATIC, achieves an estimated EPA rating of 45 mpg US (5.2 l/100 km) on the highway and 28 mpg (8.4 l/100 km) in the city.

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