Sat.Jul 21, 2012 - Fri.Jul 27, 2012

Greenius Will Meet With Al Gore To Talk Climate Reality

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Joe Galliani Selected As Climate Leader Just As Global Warming Reaches Tipping Points.

MTSU group seeking to commercialize new wheel motor plug-in hybrid retrofit kit

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A prototype plug-in hybrid retrofit kit is applied to a research vehicle’s rear wheels. After switching on the traction motors, the vehicle fuel economy increased from 50–100%. Click to enlarge.

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2013 Lexus Hybrids: A Complete Guide

Green Car Reports

As part of the Toyota empire, Lexus was one of the first carmakers to realize the potential of hybrids, and the company now has a wide range of hybrids, competing in several market classes. We've written about all of these vehicles here on GreenCarReports, so we've compiled information on each vehicle for a handy guide to the Lexus hybrid range

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Review: 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid

Hybrid SUV Blog

Many families are taking more frequently and shorter vacations nearer to home these days. And as a result, they are spending more time in their cars and SUVs.

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Greenius Will Meet With Al Gore To Talk Climate Reality

Creative Greenius

Joe Galliani Selected As Climate Leader Just As Global Warming Reaches Tipping Points.

Obama Administration publishes “roadmap” for solar energy development on public lands in West

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The Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy are publishing the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development in six southwestern states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.

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Tesla Opens Portland Store, Passes A Million Visitors So Far In 2012

Green Car Reports

By the sales numbers—even if you consider the 20,000 Model S sedans (which Green Car Reports drove this week, with a first drive review and video post) the company hopes to sell annually—Tesla Motors [NYSE: TSLA] is a small niche automaker. But based on what the upstart electric automaker has seen so far this year, there’s a lot

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Reviewed: 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid

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Many families are taking more frequently and shorter vacations nearer to home these days. And as a result, they are spending more time in their cars and SUVs.

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Preliminary cost analysis finds ITM Power fuel cell membranes could reduce automotive fuel cell costs to $35/kW

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Cost reduction potential of a polymer fuel cell system using an ITM Power membrane. Source: Carbon Trust. Click to enlarge.

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How Many Miles Are Enough To Kill Electric-Car Range Anxiety?

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Range anxiety, or the fear that an electric car will run out of charge before you reach your destination. is a real and present fear for many first-time electric car drivers and buyers. Even though research clearly shows that present electric cars can satisfy the requirements of 95 percent of all trips made in the U.S., many car buyers say

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gives better fuel economy, at same MSRP as EcoBoost mode

National Green Transportation

Going against traditional pricing for hybrid cars, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers the advantages and fuel cost savings of the Hybrid, but without the higher price.Hybrid vehicles have long carried a premium price which meant we had to justify

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Renault to trial wireless electric vehicle charging in London

Green Cars News

French carmaker Renault has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Qualcomm Incorporated to bring a wireless electric vehicle charging trial to London. They will conduct preliminary studies using Renault vehicles after Qualcomm acquired all of the technology and assets of HaloIPT last year – a company that provided wireless charging technology [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Renault electric cars green cars London Qualcomm Renault Twizy wireless charging

US Navy awards FuelCell Energy $3.8M Phase I contract for Hybrid SOFC-Battery system for Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

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The Navy program seeks to enable the operation of pier-launched UUVs in littorals for 70+ days. Source: US Navy. Click to enlarge. The US Navy has awarded FuelCell Energy, Inc.

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2012 Chevrolet Volt: Most Loved Compact Car, Most Satisfied Drivers

Green Car Reports

According to a recent, very peppy General Motors ad campaign, many Chevrolet Volt owners are brimming with enthusiasm about their plug-in hybrid. Then again, having Chevy Volt owners evangelize about their cars in an ad designed to sell the plug-in hybrid is hardly a fair yardstick to gauge how Volt owners feel about their cars. But a recent J.D.

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gives better fuel economy, at same MSRP as EcoBoost mode

National Green Transportation

Going against traditional pricing for hybrid cars, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers the advantages and fuel cost savings of the Hybrid, but without the higher price.Hybrid vehicles have long carried a premium price which meant we had to justify

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Electric car family travel 1,500 miles across Europe

Green Cars News

A family from the Grasse region of France is testing the UK’s electric car charging network on a cross-European road trip, set to once and for all prove that long distance EV road trips are possible. Mark Nitters, along with wife Rhona, eight year-old son Alexander and six year-old daughter Louise have started a journey [.]. Electric cars electric car France Netherlands UK

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U-M Solar Car Team wins a fourth consecutive American Solar Challenge, sets record

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The University of Michigan Solar Car Team won the 2012 American Solar Challenge (ASC) with its car Quantum, snagging a fourth consecutive ASC title, and also breaking the record the team set in 2008.

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2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Gets 4-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

Green Car Reports

A few months after going on sale, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid has been given an official crash-test rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unlike the 5-star rated, five-door Prius liftback it is based on however, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid only managed a 4-star overall rating. Similar to its

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China’s CNOOC to acquire Canada-based Nexen for $15.1B; offshore oil and gas, oil sands, and shale gas

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CNOOC Limited—China’s largest producer of offshore crude oil and natural gas and one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the world—is acquiring all of the Common Shares of Canada-based energy company Nexen Inc. for US$15.1 billion cash. The price represents a premium of. 61% relative to the closing price of the Common Shares on the NYSE on.

Clariant inaugurates Germany’s largest cellulosic ethanol pilot plant

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Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant recently inaugurated Germany’s largest pilot plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural waste. Earlier post.)

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Researchers suggest subsidies and policies targeting plug-ins with small battery packs would produce more benefits at lower cost

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Federal subsidies and policies to encourage plug-in vehicle adoption would produce more benefits at lower cost by targeting the purchase of vehicles with small battery packs, according to Jeremy J. Michalek, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University and his colleagues Mikhail Chester, an assistant professor at Arizona State University; and Constantine Samaras, an engineer at the RAND Corporation.

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Toyota worldwide cumulative vehicle production passes 200 million

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Almost 77 years (76 years, 11 months) after the production of the first Model G1 truck in August 1935 at Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Toyota Motor Corporation’s worldwide cumulative vehicle production has surpassed 200 million units. The G1. Click to enlarge.

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American Sands Energy announces successful operation of oil sand pilot facility in Utah

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American Sands Energy Corp., an oil sands exploration and development company operating in the state of Utah, announced the successful operation of its oil sand recovery pilot facility. As a result, CEO William Gibbs said that the company is now ready to submit a mine permit application and begin development of a 5,000 barrel per day facility at its Utah property. The pilot facility, which is based in Phoenix, Arizona, has been operational since early July.

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BSEE launches deepwater oil and gas containment exercise in Gulf of Mexico; MWCC deploying capping stack

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) initiated the first drill designed to deploy critical pieces of advanced well control equipment to the ultra-deep seabed of the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to exercise the oil and gas industry’s response to a potential subsea blowout.

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Nikkei: Toyota to launch car-sharing service

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The Nikkei reports that Toyota Motor Corp. will launch a car-sharing service through affiliated auto-rental shops across Japan. Toyota is already operating a pilot program at some locations. Plans call for a full launch under a new brand, starting with about 10 affiliated car-rental locations in Hokkaido, Tokyo, Aichi Prefecture and elsewhere, including the facilities participating in the pilot program.

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Renault, LG Chem and CEA preparing to sign three-way agreement concerning next-generation traction battery development and production; European plant, based in France

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Renault, LG Chem and CEA (France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) are preparing to sign a three-way agreement in September concerning next-generation battery production. In 2010, Renault and the CEA initiated a strategic partnership in the areas of clean vehicles and mobility. As part of this partnership, they signed several research agreements including a strategic cooperation contract for new battery technologies.

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Honda delivers first Fit EV to California customer

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American Honda Motor Co., delivered the first all-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV to a couple in Southern California. The 2013 Honda Fit EV carries a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPGe, and a consumption rating of 29 kWh per 100 miles. Ventura County, Calif., residents, Matt and Becky Walton, took delivery of their Honda Fit EV at the Woodland Hills Honda dealership located north of Los Angeles.

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Eni’s Versalis to partner with Genomatica and Novamont for bio-based butadiene; rubber for tires

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Versalis, Eni’s chemicals subsidiary leader in the production of elastomers, together with Genomatica, a leading developer of process technology for renewable chemicals, and Novamont, a leader in biodegradable plastics and pioneer in third-generation integrated biorefineries, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic partnership to enable production of butadiene from renewable feedstocks.

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Ford prices C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid at $29,995 after federal tax credit; expects conquest rate of about 50%

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Ford is pricing the new C-MAX Energi—expected to offer 15 class-exclusive features, a 550-mile (885 km) total range and more than 20 miles (32 km) of electric-only range ( earlier post )—at $33,745. Its eligibility for a $3,750 federal tax credit drops that to $29,995.

DENSO develops vehicle-to-home power supply system for electric vehicles

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DENSO’s H2V system leverages its HEMS. Click to enlarge. DENSO Corporation has developed a vehicle-to-home (V2H) power supply system for electric vehicles (EV), which is designed to work in coordination with DENSO’s home energy management system (HEMS), which was introduced earlier this year. earlier post ). The V2H system can quickly charge an EV with direct current from the HEMS storage battery, and can supply the electricity in the EV back to the household.

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Univ. of St. Andrews researchers show reversible, higher-rate non-aqueous Li-air battery using gold cathode and DMSO electrolyte

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Very high energy density rechargeable lithium air (or Li-O 2 ) batteries are of great interest for future electrified transportation because at best their practical energy density could approach that of current gasoline engined vehicles (after factoring in tank-to-wheel efficiencies). However, researchers are still looking at a multi-decade development cycle for the technology, which can be embodied in a several different architectures. Earlier post.).

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Cloud Peak Energy and Crow Tribe reach tentative agreement for up to 1.4B tons of in-place coal in Montana

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Cloud Peak Energy Inc., one of the largest US coal producers, and the Crow Tribe of Indians reached tentative agreements regarding exploration rights and exclusive options to lease and develop up to an estimated 1.4 billion tons of in-place Northern Powder River Basin coal on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeast Montana. An earlier Crow Tribe project with Australian-American Energy Co. to build a coal-to-liquids plant ( earlier post ) had foundered.

Daimler invests in ridesharing network carpooling.com

Green Car Congress

Daimler AG is investing in the ridesharing network carpooling.com GmbH. The main shareholders will continue to be the company’s three founders, as well as venture capital firm Earlybird. The capital investment will serve primarily the development and expansion of carpooling.com’s mobility solutions. carpooling.com is the leading ridesharing network, with 4 million registered users, transporting 1 million people a month across Europe.

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DOE awards $7M to eight oxy-combustion coal technology projects; carbon capture, utilization and storage

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected eight projects to advance the development of transformational oxy-combustion technologies capable of high-efficiency, low-cost carbon dioxide capture from coal-fired power plants. The Energy Department’s $7 million investment—leveraged with recipient cost-share to support approximately $9.4

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Schneider Electric, Coulomb make charging announcements at Plug-in 2012

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At Plug-in 2012, Schneider Electric announced US availability of its latest EVlink indoor Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging station. Also at the event, Coulomb Technologies announced the release of its ChargePoint 4.0 platform for electric vehicle drivers and charging station owners. Schneider Electric. The new EVlink charging station is available for residential and now indoor light commercial applications.

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UOP looking to biomass catalytic pyrolysis to expand volumes of renewable hydrocarbon fuels

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Honeywell’s UOP—a major international supplier and licensor of technology for petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical production and major manufacturing industries—has also been an early leader in developing technologies for the production of renewable drop-in hydrocarbon fuels.

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GM developing Wi-Fi Direct driver assistance systems for wireless pedestrian and bicyclist detection

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General Motors researchers are developing a driver assistance feature potentially capable of detecting pedestrians and bicyclists on congested streets or in poor-visibility conditions. The feature relies on Wi-Fi Direct , a peer-to-peer (P2P) wireless standard that can allow mobile devices such as smartphones to communicate directly with each other rather than through a shared access point such as a cell phone tower.

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