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EPA recognizes Volkswagen Chattanooga with a Green Power Leadership Award for on-site generation

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The 9.5 MW solar park at Chattanooga is owned and operated by Silicon Ranch; VW has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement. Click to enlarge.

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California Car Dealers Slam Tesla For Website Pricing Tricks

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State and national auto-dealer groups have been battling Tesla Motors for four years now.

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steam/ev hybrid

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I''m new to the ev world but my idea was to eleminate the batteries.start with a vw beetle, put a 50 hp or more electric motor kit (sold for 3k to 7.5k). Now instead of batteries arrange the front end to fit a two stroke engine (two strokes are easiest to convert to steam) running a generator head with enough current to power the 50 hp motor. Don''t know if it is posibble but would really like to get some info on it

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Range Rover Hybrid Coming

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The 2014 Range Rover is designed to be the most capable luxury condo on the market. Plop your well-heeled behind in the driver’s throne, and you can go in nearly any direction that you desire.

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Study shows paper-folding concepts can compact a Li-ion battery and increase its areal energy density

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Areal discharge capacities for Miura-folded versus unfolded cells. Credit: ACS, Cheng et al.Click to enlarge. Researchers at Arizona State University have shown that paper-folding concepts can be applied to Li-ion batteries in order to realize a device with higher areal energy densities.

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Chevy Volt Plug-In Electric Car Development: Academic Study Published

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The development of the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car was so complex that it''s now become fodder for a research paper.

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Tesla Model S tops sales charts

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Do not adjust your sets: the Tesla Model S (pictured), an electric super car, is currently topping the best-selling vehicle charts. Of course this isn''t on a global basis: but it is in one country where electric car infrastructure is thriving - Norway.

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Ford introduces second-generation 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Diesel for F-Series Super Duty; Gen 1 hits 500,000 mark

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Second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel. Click to enlarge. Ford introduced the 2015 F-Series Super Duty lineup at State Fair of Texas, featuring a second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine and increased towing capabilities.

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Researchers demonstrate “accelerator on a chip”

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In an advance that could significantly shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers have used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.

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U-Mich researcher’s first-principles analysis challenges conventional carbon accounting for biofuels; implications for climate policy

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System boundaries (red line) schematic for liquid fuel carbon balance. For biofuels, because biogenic carbon is automatically credited within a product lifecycle, the boundary effectively excludes vehicle end-use CO 2 emissions. DeCicco 2013. Click to enlarge.

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Georgia Tech study finds MD electric urban delivery trucks have cost advantages over diesel in some conditions; relative benefits depend on numerous factors

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The study found that TCO for electric and diesel medium-duty urban delivery trucks were similar. The electric truck is relatively more cost-effective on the NYCC and when VKT demand is higher. Cost-competitiveness of the electric truck diminishes in drive cycles with higher average speeds.

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Nissan and City of Yokohama launch car-sharing program with ultra-compact EVs

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Nissan Motor Co., has launched a one-way car sharing service with the City of Yokohama that is the first of its kind in Japan to involve significant use of ultra-compact EVs.

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NA steel industry has recycled more than 1B tons of steel since 1988; 16.3M tons of automotive scrap in 2012

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The North American steel industry has recycled more than one billion tons of steel since 1988, according to the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).

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Volkswagen ViaVision magazine focuses on e-up! and electromobility

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Volkswagen has released the latest version of its ViaVision magazine, which this month focuses on electromobility and the forthcoming e-up! city car ( earlier post ).

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New Mazda3 to offer Mazda Connect connectivity system; HMI based on heads-up cockpit concept

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The new Mazda3 (Axela in Japan) will feature a next-generation car connectivity system, Mazda Connect, when it goes on sale this autumn.

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Stanford engineers build first computer based on carbon nanotube technology; “imperfections-immune design”

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With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), a team of Stanford University engineers has for the first time built a tiny computer with 178 transistors made from carbon nanotubes, a semiconductor material that may replace silicon in computer chips.

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Ford introduces 2014 Transit Connect Taxi with CNG/LPG capability

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Ford unveiled the redesigned 2014 Transit Connect Taxi at the 2013 International Association of Transportation Regulators Conference in St. Louis.

New family of non-precious metal catalysts outperform platinum for oxygen-reduction reaction in fuel cells at 10% the production cost

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ORR polarisation curves of Pt/C and FeCo-OMPC catalysts before and after 10,000 potential cycles in O 2 -saturated 0.1?M M HClO 4. Potential cycling was carried out from 0.6 to 1.0?V V vs. RHE at 50?mV mV s ?1. Cheon et al. Click to enlarge.

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50 mpg city 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid starts at $29,155

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The EPA-rated 50 mpg (4.7 l/100 km) city 2014 Accord Hybrid ( earlier post ), which goes on sale 30 October in the US, will carry a manufacturer''s suggested retail price (MSRP) ranging from $29,155 to $34,905 plus a destination and handling charge of $790. The 2014 Accord Hybrid, equipped with a two-motor hybrid system, also carries EPA ratings of 45 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined (5.2 and 5.0 l/100 km).

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Chrysler Group files S-1 for IPO; snapshot of R&D priorities; exploring a light-duty hydraulic hybrid

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Chrysler Group LLC has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed initial public offering of common shares. Details of the offering—i.e., number of shares and price range—are yet to be determined.

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US DOE invests $60 million in nuclear energy technology research and training

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $60 million in nuclear energy research awards and improvements to university research reactors and infrastructure. According to industry estimates, the US electric power industry will have to replace nearly 100,000 workers—more than 25,000 of them in the nuclear industry—by 2015.

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Shell selects site for proposed $12.5B GTL project in Louisiana

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Shell has selected Ascension Parish in Louisiana as the location for a potential natural gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility. According to the terms of an incentive agreement with the state, the company at a minimum would spend $12.5 billion and create 740 direct jobs, should the project be built. Shell’s Gulf Coast GTL facility would be one of the first of its kind built to commercial scale in the United States.

Linde develops new 500-bar H2 storage technology for more efficient transport in trucks

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The Linde Group has developed a new storage technology that will enable a much more efficient transport of larger amounts of hydrogen. The new solution works at a higher pressure of 500 bar (7,250 psi) and uses new, lighter storage materials to more than double the amount of compressed gaseous hydrogen (CGH 2 ) that can be transported in a single truck load.

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Palo Alto To Require Electric-Car Charger Wiring In New Homes

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With most electric-car charging today taking place in the garages of private homes, installing a home charging station can pose a hurdle to potential buyers. Now Palo Alto, California--the city in the center of Silicon Valley--is moving to make it easier for homeowners who want to switch to an electric car. The city council adopted a proposal that

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Update: 93 Cities Taking Part In Sunday's National Plug-In Day

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The third National Plug-In Day could be the biggest ever. Thus far, a total of 93 cities are slated to take part in this weekend''s event, which was created to educate the public on the benefits of electric cars. That''s a 43-percent boost in participation, the organizers say. In fact, this year''s event is so big, it''s outgrown its own name

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Ford acquires software startup Livio to advance smartphone-based in-car connectivity

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Ford has acquired startup connectivity application developer Livio for about $10 million. Livio—which started with Livio Radio—currently offers software development products including Livio Connect API, Livio Connect SDK, hardware emulators, reference code, libraries for iOS, Android and Blackberry, an authentication server, testing tools and a firmware update transfer feature.

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Tesla Model S Electric Car Available From Hertz As Rental Car

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Always wanted to drive a Tesla Model S? Well, now you can now rent one. The wonder car from Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] will be offered for rental from Hertz in (very) select U.S. markets, as part of the company''s "Dream Cars" program. Right now, the Model S all-electric luxury sedan is only available at San Francisco and Los Angeles airports

E15 now available in North Dakota

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E15 blended gasoline is now available in four of North Dakota’s larger cities. North Dakota is the ninth state to offer the fuel blend containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. The others are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. E15 is available at six Petro Serve USA locations in Bismarck, Mandan, West Fargo and Fargo.

Pinto Energy to build 2,800 bpd small-scale GTL plant in Ashtabula; Velocys microchannel technology

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Pinto Energy LLC (Pinto), a developer of smaller scale Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) facilities, will build a 2,800 barrel per day (bpd) GTL plant at Pinto’s 80-acre industrial site to the east of Ashtabula, Ohio. The plant will convert abundant low-cost natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale region into high-value specialty products (solvents, lubricants and waxes), as well as transportation fuels. Pinto has chosen to utilize Velocys Plc (Velocys) Fischer-Tropsch microchannel reactor technology.

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Future Of Electric Cars Depends On China, Says Nissan CEO Ghosn

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China is the future of the electric car. At least, that''s what Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn believes. Speaking to the Associated Press at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, he said the car industry is carefully watching China to see how it decides to reduce emissions. When the Chinese do make their move, it will bring on "the explosion of the

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California adds $72.5M for cleaner diesel trucks, deployment of advanced vehicle technologies

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced an additional $72.5 million in funding for state programs that will improve public health by helping to clean up California’s fleet of cars, trucks and buses. The Air Resources Board will move $8 million from other clean vehicle projects into ARB’s Truck Loan Assistance Program. Additionally, the board was briefed on additional funding the Legislature recently made available for clean car, truck and bus programs.

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AID reports Tesla Model S top-selling car in Norway in first 2 weeks in September

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After less than two months in the market, the Tesla Model S topped Norway’s best-sellers’ list during the opening two weeks of this month, comfortably outselling all other cars, regardless of fuel type, according to industry newsletter Automotive Industry Data (AID).

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Volkswagen Group opens new vehicle production plant in Foshan, China; first in China based on MQB

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The Volkswagen Group and its joint venture FAW-Volkswagen inaugurated the new vehicle production plant in Foshan, Guangdong province. First-stage production capacity is 300,000 vehicles per year. It is planned to double capacity in the medium-term. The first vehicle to leave the assembly line in Foshan is a seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf.

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Hertz introduces the Tesla Model S to expanding US Dream Cars lineup

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The Hertz Corporation has expanded its Dream Cars offering with the introduction of the all-electric Tesla Model S in the US. With the expansion, Dream Cars consumers in select markets are now able to rent both the Tesla Model S and Tesla Roadster, along with a variety of other high-end performance vehicles, from Ferrari to Lamborghini to Porsche and Mercedes Benz.

GM CEO: Cadillac To Take On Tesla, One Day--With Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, Perhaps?

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It looks like the success of the Tesla Model S all-electric luxury sedan may be starting to get under GM''s skin. CEO Dan Akerson told the Detroit News that General Motors will compete with Tesla Motors--"ultimately"--through its Cadillac luxury brand. But, Akerson said, he remained unconvinced that battery-electric vehicles were "the panacea that

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ACEEE recommends steps for enhanced data gathering and analysis essential to developing next phase of heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and GHG regs

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A newly released working paper from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) outlines the organization’s recommendations to policymakers for developing the next phase of fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles in the United States expected in 2015.

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Configure A 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid Sports Car For Yourself

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You know a car is ready for the road when its online configurator goes live. For the Porsche 918 Spyder, it has been a long journey from the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, where the plug-in hybrid hypercar was first shown as a concept, to the start of production on September 18. While most people probably can''t afford the $845,000 Spyder, everyone can at

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