Sat.Jan 26, 2013 - Fri.Feb 01, 2013

Volvo Group to acquires 45% of Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles for $900M; Volvo to become world’s largest manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks

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China is the world’s largest truck market. Click to enlarge.

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Europe Bets Big On Electric Cars, Plans 500K Charging Stations By 2020

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The market for electric cars is a dynamic beast, different companies offering different options and usage varying all around the world. As with the U.S,

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Is 2013 the year of the affordable electric car? The Green Piece

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Tuesday, 29 January, 2013. The Green Piece Column. Could 2013 be the year when electric cars become much more affordable?

VW CrossBlue Plugin Diesel

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Aiming at the lucrative U.S. market, Volkswagen used the recent Detroit Auto Show to unveil the VW CrossBlue, a mid-sized plug-in diesel hybrid-electric sport utility.

Golia electric passenger transfer vehicle available in UK

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A battery-powered, six-seat passenger transfer vehicle is now available in the UK. The Golia multi-passenger electric vehicle (EV) has full N1 type approval, a 30 mph (48 km/h) top speed and a quick-swap battery pack for extended hours operations.

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Tesla Model S: Glitches, Quirks, and Peccadilloes Roundup

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To put it mildly, the Tesla Model S has been a resounding success. The New York Times has called the all-electric luxury sport sedan a game-changer, comparable to the Model T Ford.

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Electric van proves its pull with the fleet industry

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Nissan claims it has received very positive feedback from the fleet industry on its new e-NV200 electric van, after inviting fleet industry experts to inspect the model.

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Volkswagen introduces new 4WD Golf 4MOTION with 5th generation Haldex coupling; 15% reduction in fuel consumption over current model

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Fifth-generation Haldex coupling in the Golf 4MOTION. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen is expanding the new Golf range with versions with 4MOTION all-wheel drive. In this latest version of the Golf 4MOTION, Volkswagen is using a four-wheel drive system with an enhanced, fifth-generation Haldex coupling.

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Liox Power reports first operation of a Li-air battery with a straight-chain alkyl amide electrolyte solvent; new direction for Li-air research

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Researchers at startup Liox Power, a California-based company developing rechargeable Li-air batteries, have demonstrated for the first time the operation of a lithium-air battery with a Li anode in a straight-chain alkyl amide electrolyte solvent (N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMA)/lithium nitrate (LiNO 3 )). O 2 cell containing this electrolyte composition cycled for more than 2000 h (>80 cycles) at a current density of 0.1 mA/cm 2 , retaining >95% capacity and a consistent charging profile.

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$15M Visio.M project seeking to maximize light weight and safety in an urban EV

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A prototype vehicle on the track from the Visio.M project. Click to enlarge. In Germany, the Visio.M consortium is developing a mobility concept for an efficient electric vehicle, making the design as light as possible while still delivering the best possible safety protection.

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Down To The Wire: Fisker Wants Partner By Next Month

Green Car Reports

The clock continues to tick for Fisker Automotive, which hasn't built any cars for roughly six months now.

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Tesla Now Delivering 60-kWh Versions Of Model S Electric Car

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It's now clear: Volume deliveries of the second version of the 2013 Tesla Model S began this month. That would be the version fitted with the middle of three battery-pack sizes, with a stated energy capacity of 60 kilowatt-hours.

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New A123 Systems LLC emerges

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Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems LLC, a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Wanxiang America Corporation, has acquired substantially all of the non-government business assets of bankrupt A123 Systems, Inc. Included in the acquisition, which has received approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), are A123’s automotive, grid and commercial business assets, including technology, products, customer contracts and U.S.

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13 companies, 8 groups join DOE Workplace Charging Challenge

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Thirteen major US employers and eight stakeholder groups have joined the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) new Workplace Charging Challenge to help expand access to workplace charging stations for American workers across the country. In a speech at the Washington Auto Show, Energy Secretary Chu outlined the new initiative, which aims to expand the availability of workplace charging, increasing the convenience of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and providing drivers with more options.

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Study finds depletion of Antarctic ozone trumps GHG increase in shifting Southern Hemisphere jet-stream

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Depletion of Antarctic ozone is a more important factor than increasing greenhouse gases in shifting the Southern Hemisphere jet stream in a southward direction, according to researchers at Penn State. Their study is published today in the journal Science.

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Commissioning of Westinghouse plasma biomass gasifier at waste to liquids facility in China

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Alter NRG Corp. announced that Wuhan Kaidi, which purchased a Westinghouse Plasma gasifier design, and plasma torch systems, from Alter NRG in 2010, has successfully completed the commissioning of the unit at its demonstration facility in Wuhan, China. Westinghouse Plasma is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alter NRG that licenses and sells the Westinghouse Plasma technology solutions worldwide.

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Researchers demonstrate electrochemical synthesis of ammonia from air and water under mild conditions

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Researchers from the University of Strathclyde and the University of St. Andrews have demonstrated that ammonia can be synthesized directly from air (instead of N 2 ) and H 2 O (instead of H 2 ) under a mild condition (room temperature, one atmosphere) with supplied electricity which can be obtained from renewable resources such as solar, wind or marine.

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Study finds urban waste heat affects temperatures across thousands of miles, warming some areas and cooling others

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The waste heat generated by everyday activities in metropolitan areas—which is distinct from the urban heat island effect—alters the character of the jet stream and other major atmospheric systems, affecting temperatures across thousands of miles, significantly warming some areas and cooling others, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Nissan plans to add at least 500 quick-charging stations to US in next 18 months, tripling the quick-charging infrastructure

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Nissan plans to triple the current electric vehicle quick-charging infrastructure in the United States with the addition of at least 500 quick-charging stations in the next 18 months, including the greater Washington DC area’s first fast-charge network. Nissan outlined the strategy at the Washington Auto Show. Nissan has been working on accelerating a European quick-charging network since 2011. Earlier post.)

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€4.6M eNterop project for PEV-charging point interoperability kicks off

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The eNterop project, the goal of which is to to ensure the smooth interoperation of plug-in vehicles (PEVs) and charging points from different manufacturers, recently had its kick-off meeting in Berlin. Funding for the €4.6-million (US$6.2-million) project is split 50/50 between the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and industry parters: Continental, Fraunhofer, TU Dortmund, BMW, VW, Daimler, RWE, and Siemens.

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EPA proposes 2013 standards for RFS; cellulosic biofuel at 14 million gallons

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). The proposal comes shortly after the DC Circuit Court vacated the EPA’s 2012 cellulosic biofuels standard for the RFS. Earlier post.). The cellulosic biofuel standard for 2012—vacated by the court for being too high given the reality in the market—was 8.65 million gallons. Earlier post.)

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Electric Cars In Winter: Six Steps To Maximize Driving Range

Green Car Reports

We get asked a lot whether winter weather makes electric cars impractical. Short answer: No. We even rounded up some of the best electric-cars-in-winter stories last month. But it's a fact of physics that a plug-in electric car will have a longer range in temperate Southern California than in the icy steppes of the Northeast, upper Midwest, and

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DSE Hybrid selects Balqon Li-ion system For Island Pilot Hybrid Yacht

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Balqon Corporation, a developer of electric vehicles, drive systems and lithium battery storage devices, announced delivery and installation of a Li-ion HIQAP 1000 Ah, 48-volt battery system into the Island Pilot Yacht powered by DSE Hybrid solar electric drive. The lithium iron phosphate HIQAP battery system is designed to be a direct replacement of lead acid batteries in transportation and energy storage applications.

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Daimler, Renault-Nissan Alliance Ford to develop common fuel cell system; targeting vehicles in 2017

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Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Co., have signed a three-way agreement for the joint development of a common fuel cell system to speed up availability of zero-emission technology and significantly reduce investment costs. The goal of the collaboration is to develop jointly a common fuel cell electric vehicle system while reducing investment costs associated with the engineering of the technology. Each company will invest equally towards the project.

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Nissan To Triple Quick-Charging Stations For Electric Cars Over 18 Months

Green Car Reports

Nissan announced today that it would provide 40 quick-charging stations to NRG, which will use them to expand its eVgo electric-car charging network into the Washington, D.C., region. Working with its dealers, local authorities, and charging-station partners. Nissan hopes to triple the number of quick-charging stations available in the U.S. There

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Kept Off Freeways, Electric Cars Outpace EPA Range, Says Edmunds

Green Car Reports

Ask the average person how far an electric car will go on a charge, and they'll probably say "around 100 miles". In reality, most electric cars have an EPA range lower than that--the Tesla Model S an honorable exception--but driving conditions can have a large effect on just how far they'll go. Take freeways, for example. The constant high-speed

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Subaru's First Hybrid Expected Soon, New York Auto Show Debut Possible

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There aren't many automakers left that don't offer some form of hybrid in their lineup, but Japanese firm Subaru can count themselves among the "have nots". Subaru is best-known for its all-wheel drive systems rather than fuel efficiency, but since 2011's hybrid Advanced Tourer Concept, we've known there was something in the works. Now, sources

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Offers Help To Boeing On Battery Problems

Green Car Reports

He has his eyes on space, and is changing the world of automobiles with his Tesla electric cars--but now Elon Musk is offering a hand to Boeing, too. The Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] CEO tweeted Saturday that he was in talks with the chief engineer of Boeing's Dreamliner 787 aircraft, currently grounded after a series of problems. Reuters reports that

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Tesla CEO Musk: Boeing 787 Batteries 'Inherently Unsafe'

Green Car Reports

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is hardly shy and retiring. He tweets out random financial results, states as fact things that haven't quite happened yet, and regularly speaks his mind. Yesterday, he described the troubled Boeing 787 Dreamliner's battery pack design as 'inherently unsafe,' which could add fuel to the.ahem.fire. It came just one day

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EV Everywhere Blueprint outlines DOE technical and development goals for EVs for 2022

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge Blueprint , which describes plug-in vehicle (PEV) technology and deployment barriers, and provides an outline for DOE’s technical and deployment goals for electric vehicles to 2022. DOE will pursue these targets in cooperation with a host of public and private partners.

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Daimler to take 12% stake in BAIC Motor

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According to a new binding agreement, Daimler AG will invest in BAIC Motor, the passenger car unit of BAIC Group. Daimler’s investment will take place through the issuance of new shares corresponding to a 12% stake in BAIC Motor. This move comes ahead of an intention by BAIC Motor to launch an initial public offering (IPO) in the future. Daimler’s shareholding in BAIC Motor is subject to the approval by the relevant authorities.

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European Commission selects Graphene as one of first €1B Future Emerging Technology flagships

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The European Commission has chosen Graphene as one of Europe’s first 10-year, €1 billion (US$1.34 billion) Future Emerging Technology (FET) flagships. The mission of Graphene is to take graphene and related layered materials from academic laboratories to society, revolutionize multiple industries and create economic growth and new jobs in Europe.

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Nissan Leaf Range: How Much Does It Lose In The Cold?

Green Car Reports

Whatever car you drive, whether powered by fossil fuels or electricity, range will vary depending on weather conditions. Typically, the average gasoline or diesel vehicle will be more economical in warmer weather, and less so when it's cold, where the dense air is matched by larger quantities of fuel. Electric cars vary too, but a difference of

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Toyota Prius Becomes Emergency Generator With Special Kit

Green Car Reports

Last year's East Coast power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy illustrated just how much we rely on electricity in our daily lives. Virtually everything we rely on day to day requires power. No power means no hot water for washing, no refrigerated food, and often, no way of cooking. After the storm, we reported on one individual who used his

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DC Circuit court vacates 2012 cellulosic RFS standard, affirms 2012 advanced biofuel standard

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The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled this week in a case (#12-1139) brought by the American Petroleum Institute (API) against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ( earlier post ), and vacated the 2012 cellulosic biofuel RFS standard while affirming the 2012 advanced biofuel standard.

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Honda To Use Wind Turbines For Energy At Ohio Plant

Green Car Reports

It's no good simply producing green cars these days--you have to be green at every stage of producing the cars, too. With GM using solar at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant and Volkswagen recently unveiling a huge solar array at its Chattanooga plant, Honda is next to display its green credentials--with wind turbines at its Ohio transmission factory

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Classic Microcars To Be Auctioned On February 15

Green Car Reports

If you've heard of a 1951 Atlas Babycar, 1954 Cuno Bistram or a 1956 Eshelman Deluxe Adult Sport Car, you've probably visited The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum in Madison, Georgia. Filled with the tiniest, oddest cars you could ever contemplate, the museum was a shrine to the largest collection of microcars in the world. We say "was", because as of

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