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Proterra extended range electric bus delivers 258 miles on one charge of 257 kWh pack

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A Proterra 40-foot Catalyst XR (extended range) electric bus drove 258 miles (415 miles) on a single charge under test conditions at Michelin’s Laurens Proving Grounds (LPG).

2015 149

Tesla P85D Love, Hydrogen Stations, Electric Hyundai, New Smart ForTwo: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Which green car broke the Consumer Reports new-car rating system? And, what automaker did we hear may be planning an all-electric car before the end of next year? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, August 28, 2015.

2015 112

First ever Nissan Leaf car fire a puzzle, no solid information known

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On Wednesday a video was posted to YouTube showing a Nissan Leaf fully engulfed in fire. The video description claims it was taken in "North Texas" Over on the My Nissan Leaf forum a discussion says

2015 91

60% of $18B in US clean energy tax credits 2006-2012 went to top 20% by income; 90% in the plug-in program

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A working paper by a team at the Energy Institute at Haas, University of California, Berkeley, has found that 60% of the $18 billion in US federal income clean energy tax credits issued between 2006 and 2012—e.g.,

2015 149

ICCT: industry lagging UN fuel efficiency goals for new commercial aircraft by about 12 years; need for a CO2 standard

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Reductions in the average fuel burn of new commercial aircraft have returned to the long-term average after stagnating from 2000 to 2010.

2015 119

FCA US upgrades 3.6L Pentastar V-6; 2-step VVL, cooled EGR; up to 6% better fuel economy

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FCA has significantly its 3.6-liter Pentastar engine for MY 2016. The 3.6L Pentastar, first introduced in 2009 ( earlier post ), was the first of an all-new line of V-6 engines intended to improve fuel efficiency across the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge lineup.

2015 116

BMW to showcase 4 production plug-in hybrids at IAA in Frankfurt; new 225xe

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BMW is using the upcoming IAA in Frankfurt to showcase four production BMW brand plug-in hybrid models from different vehicle segments—one newly announced.

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Bolloré Group launches electric car sharing service in Indianapolis

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BlueIndy has placed into service in Indianapolis, Indiana the first 50 of an eventual 500 electric vehicles (Bluecars) that provide convenient, cleaner transportation with the swipe of a membership card. This is the France-based Bolloré Group’s first electric car sharing service in the US.

Air pollution associated with increased heart attack risk despite “safe” levels

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2015 113

Lux: Despite softness in utilization, global biofuels capacity to grow to 61.4 BGY in 2018; driven by novel fuels and feedstocks

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The global biofuels industry averaged 68% in utilization rate from 2005 to 2014, reached a high of 80.9% in 2007, dropped to a low of 56.9% in 2012, and climbed slightly back to 60.4% in 2014.

2015 113

Fraunhofer researchers develop carbon nanotube thin film heater for EVs

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart have developed a film-based panel heater for electric vehicles. The panel is—particularly on short journeys—more effective than conventional electric heaters.

2015 108

DLR-led NEMESIS 2+ project develops compact direct steam reformer for diesel/biodiesel to H2

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The European NEMESIS 2+ consortium has and successfully tested a pre-commercial on-site system for the production of hydrogen from diesel and biodiesel. The prototype system—the size of a shipping container—can be integrated into existing infrastructure with relative ease.

2015 108

Euro 6 regs in full effect; ACEA launches clean diesel campaign in support of technology-neutral policies

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As of 1 September, all new cars sold in Europe must meet the Euro 6 emissions requirements.

2015 108

Saft America receives $6.13M USABC award for lithium-ion 12V stop-start battery technology development

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Saft America Inc. has received a competitively bid, $6.13-million award from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC ( USABC ) in collaboration with the US Department of Energy (DOE) for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development. The contract includes a 50% cost-share by Saft.

2015 108

Federal-Mogul Powertrain develops new high strength aluminium alloy material for automotive diesel pistons

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Federal-Mogul Powertrain has developed a new premium diesel piston aluminium alloy: DuraForm-G91.

2015 106

Opinion: OPEC Divorce And Self-Destruction Thanks To Saudi Oil Strategy?

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by Dalan McEndree for Oilprice.com. “If If you are the world’s leading energy economy, you produce energy, that’s what you do.”. “A A government can stay irrational longer than it can stay solvent.”. Even in the short term, you’re dead, if you commit suicide.”.

2015 103

Land Rover researchers develop an innovative camera system for “Transparent Trailer”; Cargo Sense App

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Land Rover is developing a “see-through” trailer concept that would completely remove the blind spot created when towing a caravan or trailer. This transparent view would allow the driver to clearly see vehicles coming up behind and help driver confidence by improving visibility while maneuvering.

Audi introduces new top end diesel SQ5 TDI plus; 340 hp, 35.6 mpg

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Audi is further expanding its range of S models, with the new SQ5 TDI plus arriving at German dealerships in October. The 3.0L biturbo V6 TDI diesel produces 250 kW (340 hp) by way of increased injection pressure, resulting in 20 kW/27 hp more power compared to the SQ5 TDI.

2015 97

Bosch 48V mild hybrid system to be production-ready by 2017; Gen 2 prototype integrated in transmission for all-electric driving

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Bosch is developing a 48V entry-level hybrid system that will be production-ready by 2017. “ The boost recuperation system is the hybrid for everyone ,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH and chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector.

2015 97

Toshiba catalyst for efficient direct solar conversion of CO2 into ethylene glycol

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Toshiba has developed a prototype of a highly efficient molecular catalyst that converts carbon dioxide into ethylene glycol, a useful industrial raw material, without producing other and unwanted by-products.

2015 97

BMW showcasing new connected car apps; Smart Home, G2 smart watch, GoPro

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BMW is showcasing new solutions for the “connected car” under the BMW ConnectedDrive banner at the IFA 2015 show in Berlin (4–9 September 2015), one of the world’s leading consumer electronics and home appliance fairs.

2015 97

UMTRI: US average new vehicle fuel economy dropped in August

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the in August was 25.3 mpg (9.29 l/100 km), down 0.1 mpg from July, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

2015 97

UCL, BP team study on combustion and emissions characteristics of a range of fuel molecules from lignocellulosic biomass

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A team from University College London and BP’s Fuels and Lubricants Research group has investigated the combustion and emissions characteristics of a range of fuel molecules which can be produced from lignocellulosic biomass through a variety of processing routes.

2015 97

Joint IEA-NEA report details plunge in costs of renewable electricity; nuclear competitive with other baseload power sources

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2010 and 2015 LCOE ranges for solar and wind technologies. Source: IEA/NEA. Click to enlarge. The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar has been falling for several years.

2015 97

Bosch developing a cloud-based wrong-way driver warning; production in 2016

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Bosch is developing a new cloud-based solution that quickly alerts drivers—within 10 seconds or so—to the presence of a wrong-way driver. Wrong-way driver incidents—some 2,000 warnings about these are broadcast on German radio alone each year—can lead to serious accidents. According to statistics, nearly every third of such incidents end—fatally, in the worst case—before the vehicle has traveled just 500 meters.

2015 94

Mitsubishi Motors 2016 Outlander PHEV will make its European debut at IAA

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC)’s revamped 2016 Outlander PHEV, due to go on sale in Europe in September, will make its European debut at the 66 th International Motor Show (IAA) in several weeks. MMC will also show the rally version of the Outlander PHEV that will compete in the Baja Portalegre 500 cross-country rally as well as a display outlining a Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) electricity supply system that will be available for the new Outlander PHEV.

2015 88

2016 Chevrolet Volt First Drive: Plug-In Hybrid Home Run

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The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt is just about here, and it builds on all of its predecessor's virtues while resolving most of that car's vices. It's got a lot more electric range--53 miles--and at 42 miles per gallon, it's more fuel-efficient on those rare occasions when the range-extending engine comes on. The new Chevy Volt is smoother, faster. Plug-In Hybrids Chevy Volt plug-in cars Range-Extended Electric Vehicle

2015 87

Tesla Model X Configurator Now Live; Prices Start At $132,000

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The appearance of an online configurator is usually a good indication that a new model is about to go on sale. So the launch of the Tesla Model X online configurator will likely be viewed as a welcome sight indeed by those anticipating the much-delayed launch of the electric crossover. That includes the 20,000 or so customers Tesla says have made. plug-in cars Configurator Tesla Model X

2015 87

2016 Toyota Prius: Full View Photos Finally Leaked

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With the 2016 Toyota Prius scheduled to make its global debut in Las Vegas on the evening of September 8, you had to figure that photos of the car would leak out at some point. And so they have. After years of spy shots of camouflaged Prius development mules, pre-production prototypes, and test vehicles, now we can see the actual lines of the 2016. Future Cars 2016 Toyota Prius

2016 87

Drive Electric Week Larger Than Ever: 165 Cities, 3 Countries, Starting Sep 12

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The event that began as National Plug-In Day is now entering its second year as National Drive Electric Week, and organizers say this year's will be bigger than ever. Every year, advocacy group Plug-In America collaborates with the Sierra Club, the Electric Auto Association, and various smaller local groups to host a variety of activities that. plug-in cars Drive Electric Week

2015 87

Renewable Energy Doing So Well That Subsidies Could End: Energy Secretary Moniz

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Government subsidies have been an important lifeline for renewable energy, helping to make different technologies viable even when costs are not in their favor. But at what point will the industry be competitive enough with fossil fuels that subsidies will no longer be necessary? It's possible that will happen sooner, rather than later. DON'T. emissions energy policy Department of Energy renewable energy solar wind energy

2015 87

Scotland Launches New Electric-Car Incentive: Interest-Free Loans To Buy

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Incentives to purchase zero-emission cars come in a wild variety of types, from California's rebates--essentially a four-figure check in the mail--to single-occupant access to carpool lanes. The U.S. government has a Federal income-tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500 for purchase of a plug-in car that varies with the car's battery pack size. Green Scotland UK incentives loans plug-in cars

2015 87

Chinese Electric-Car Sales Booming, But Not Because Buyers Want Them

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In recent years, the Chinese government and some cities have instituted generous incentives on electric cars, hoping that putting more of them on its roads will curb air pollution. Until late last year, car buyers didn't seem to show much interest. Since then, Chinese electric-car sales have climbed steadily. DON'T MISS: China Built 25,000. China Plug-In Hybrids incentives plug-in cars transportation policy

2015 87

Tesla Model X Electric SUV: Ultimate Guide To Electric Luxury SUV

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The first Tesla Model S electric sedans hadn't even been delivered when the company announced its Model X electric crossover utility vehicle in February 2012. Since then, it's become one of the most anticipated new electric cars. The Model X's incorporation of Model S styling and technology features into a more practical utility vehicle. Tesla Motors plug-in cars Tesla Model X

2015 87

Toyota to invest ~$50M to establish joint research centers at MIT and Stanford; intelligent vehicle and mobility technologies

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will be investing approximately $50 million over the next 5 years to establish joint research centers at Stanford and MIT, focused on the research and development of intelligent vehicle and mobility technologies.

2015 87

Tesla Model 3 Unveil Comes In March, Pre-Orders Start Then, CEO Musk Says

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Pre-orders for the Tesla Model 3 will open in March 2016, when the design for the $35,000 electric car will be unveiled, CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter. Musk is known for being more open on the social media site than just about any other forum, so it's not all that surprising that the news was released this way. The opening of pre-order books. Elon Musk Tesla Motors plug-in cars gigafactory Tesla Model 3

2015 86

2016 Toyota Prius: What We Want To Know About All-New Hybrid

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Next Tuesday evening, the 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid will make its world debut in Las Vegas, kicking off what its maker calls "the next era of an icon." "We’re We’re pulling out all of the stops for this exclusive event to celebrate the future of Prius in a truly spectacular way that will be anything but expected," Toyota has promised attendees. Green Fuel Economy Future Cars Prius Plug-in Hybrid battery pack