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Audi in new e-fuels project: synthetic diesel from water, air-captured CO2 and green electricity; “Blue Crude”

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2015 Volkswagen Golf: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2015

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Our Best Car To Buy award can go one of several ways here on Green Car Reports. Sometimes it goes to a moonshot car, like the first Nissan Leaf (in 2011) or the Tesla Model S (in 2013). Those are cars that radically redefined what green transportation could be, changing the auto industry forever.

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Via Motors gets EPA certification, starts eREV Van deliveries to utility fleets

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On Thursday, plug-in hybrid electric truck maker Via Motors announced having received EPA and CARB certifications allowing the company to proceed with a project to sell over 170 PHEV vans to 50 utility company fleets. The project, in

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Daimler shamed for fuel economy faking

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Cars made by Daimler have the biggest gap between their official fuel economy figure and real-road results, according to environmental NGO, Transport & Environment (T&E).

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Four Siemens 1200 kW electric motors power world’s largest truck; all-wheel drive

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The world’s biggest truck—the more than 800-ton GVW BelAZ 75710 mining truck—is powered by an electric drive system comprising four electric traction motors from Siemens, each with an output of 1,200 kilowatts (approximately 1,800 hp).

2014 159

Better Batteries Coming Soon, Experts Agree: A Video Panel Worth Watching

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The formula is simple: Put three battery and auto-industry experts in front of a camera, ask them a few leading questions, and let them debate. That''s exactly what the Autoline Network did three weeks ago; the resulting 27-minute video is a must-watch for any electric-car enthusiast.

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Via Motors gets EPA certification, starts eREV Van deliveries to utility fleets

National Green Transportation

On Thursday, plug-in hybrid electric truck maker Via Motors announced having received EPA and CARB certifications allowing the company to proceed with a project to sell over 170 PHEV vans to 50 utility company fleets. The project, in

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Ongoing market rollout for SAE hydrogen fueling standards

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Lexus CT 200h Hybrid Ad Slams Electric BMW i3: Gloves Come Off

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Is Toyota feeling more than a little threatened by electric and diesel alternatives to the hybrid segment it dominates? Its luxury Lexus brand has continued with a series of ads that either highlight the shortcomings of alternative powertrains or sneer at them--depending on your point of view.

2014 112

BMW shows prototype of streetlight with integrated EV charging

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During the Eurocities conference this week in Munich, the BMW Group presented the prototype of a highly energy efficient street light that is also a charging station for electric vehicles, called “Light and Charge”.

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Tritium launches Fast Cities Network charging initiative; Australia’s largest fast charging network for EVs

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The Fast Cities Network. Click to enlarge. Brisbane, Australia-based Tritium, developer of the Veefil Electric Vehicle (EV) Fast Charger, has launched a Fast Cities Network initiative to establish Australia’s largest fast-charging network in Australia and the first in Eastern Australia.

GKN develops two-speed eAxle; in production on BMW i8

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GKN has developed the first two-speed eAxle; the technology has entered production on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, ( earlier post ) in which it provides power to the front wheels from a 96 kW, 250 N·m (184 lb-ft) electric motor. (A

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Air Force tests all plug-in vehicle fleet in California; part of large DoD V2G project

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A fleet of plug-in electric vehicles sits ready to roll at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California. (US US Air Force photo by Sarah Corrice/RELEASED.) Click to enlarge.

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Researchers in China produce highest octane gasoline fuel reported from biomass

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Researchers in China have generated gasoline fuel with a research octane number of 95.4 from biomass-derived ?-valerolactone valerolactone (GVL)—the highest octane number reported for biomass-derived gasoline fuel—using an ionic liquid catalyst.

2014 114

New Toshiba image-recognition processors for ADAS; night-time pedestrian detection and 3D reconstruction

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Toshiba Corporation will expand its line-up of image-recognition processors for automotive applications with the launch of the TMPV760 series. Sample shipments of the first device, TMPV7608XBG, will start in January 2015, with mass production scheduled for December 2016 onwards.

2014 113

Honda beginning sales of Legend with 3-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system in January; V6 with cylinder deactivation

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Honda Motor Co., will begin sales of the all-new Legend flagship sedan (its cousin is already on sale in the US as the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) at dealerships across Japan on 22 January 2015.

2014 111

VIA Motors receives EPA Certificate of Conformity for eREV Van; 23 delivered, 3 more in transit

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VIA Motors has received its official Certificate of Conformity from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Extended Range Electric Vehicle (eREV) Van, according to VIA Motors CEO Pablo Acedo.

2014 109

ARPA-E tackles multi-modal transportation with approximately $10M in funding for TRANSNET

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ARPA-E is making approximately $10 million in funding available for a new program, TRANSNET (Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation), designed to optimize energy efficiency in multi-modal, urban transportation networks (e.g.

2014 106

Toshiba to partner with Kawasaki City on 5-year demo of independent energy supply system utilizing solar power and hydrogen

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Toshiba Corporation and Kawasaki City will conduct a cooperative demonstration experiment of an independent energy supply system utilizing solar power and hydrogen. This system will be set up in the Kawasaki Marien public facility and Higashi-Ogishima-Naka Park in the Kawasaki Port area.

2014 106

New Volvo XC90 debuts enhanced multi-filter that improves interior air quality

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Volvo is introducing a larger, more efficient multi-filter in its cabins as part of its CleanZone initiative. CleanZone is an approach to controlling interior air quality and providing a better driving environment through innovative solutions for enhanced wellbeing and health.

2014 106

Ecofys report concludes current European regulations underestimating GHG reductions

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Substituting biofuels for marginal fossil-based liquid fuels results in the avoidance of significant GHG emissions that are not currently accounted for in the European Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC), according to a new analysis by the consultancy Ecofys.

2014 106

Researchers gain fundamental insight into key reaction for Li-air batteries

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A new study from Delft University and the University of Waterloo finds a different OER mechanism for electrochemically-generated Li 2 O 2 than for commercial Li 2 O 2. Credit: ACS, Ganapathy et al. Click to enlarge.

2014 106

DSM wins SPE Automotive Innovation Award for bio-based EcoPaXX integrated crankshaft cover for Volkswagen Group diesels

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EcoPaXX crankshaft cover. Click to enlarge. A lightweight multi-functional crankshaft cover in Royal DSM’s EcoPaXX high-performance polyamide 410 was top in the Powertrain category at the Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Division Innovation Awards Competition and Gala in Detroit.

2014 104

DOE 2014 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Progress Report highlights substantial progress

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has posted the 2014 edition of its annual Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Progress Report —a nearly 1,000-page document.

2014 104

UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles in US in October unchanged from September

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in October was 25.3 mpg (9.29

2014 104

Tesla Model X Delay, Hero Volt Dealer, Best Car To Buy: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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What did Tesla announce in this week''s third-quarter financial results? And, which of five new cars should win our Best Car To Buy award for 2015? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, November 7, 2014.

2014 103

Daewoo orders 54 Wärtsilä dual fuel engines for icebreaking LNG carriers

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The Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) yard in South Korea has ordered 54 Wärtsilä 50DF dual fuel engines to power 172,600 cbm icebreaking LNG carriers being built for use in Arctic conditions to serve the Yamal LNG project in Northern Russia.

2014 102

Lux Research provides snapshot of oil majors’ investments in alternative fuels; BP leads investment frequency

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Lux Research has investigated the trends of corporate financing of alternative fuels from oil majors, based on a non-exhaustive database of more than 1,000 deals and partnership engagements from 2000 through September, 2014.

2014 102

US and China jointly announce GHG reduction targets; US to cut net GHG 26-28% by 2025, China to peak CO2 by ~2030

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The US and China jointly announced greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. US President Barack Obama said the US will cut net greenhouse gas emissions in the US by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China announced targets to peak that country’s CO 2 emissions around 2030, with the intention to try to peak early, and to increase the non-fossil fuel share of all energy to around 20% by 2030.

2014 99

Bosch mid-range radar enters series production for rear-end applications

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Bosch’s MRR (mid-range radar) sensor system, based on fourth-generation Bosch radars, is entering series production with a leading European manufacturer in rear-end applications for one of its high-volume mid-sized vehicles.

2014 99

Ensyn begins generation & sale of cellulosic biofuel RINs under RFS2

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Ensyn has initiated the generation and sale of its first RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) under the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) ( earlier post ); Ensyn’s D7 cellulosic RINs have received QAP certification. Ensyn is the first company to generate cellulosic RINs under the US Environmental Protection Agency’s expanded definition of Heating Oil under RFS2, which became effective in December 2013. Ensyn believes it is now the leading producer of cellulosic D7 RINs in 2014.

2014 98

DOE fuel cell market report shows continued growth, with sales surpassing $1.3B worldwide in 2013

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2013 edition of its annual Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report , detailing trends in the fuel cell and hydrogen technologies market. More than 35,000 fuel cell systems were shipped in 2013, an increase of more than 26% over 2012 and 400% more than 2008. In 2013, worldwide fuel cell industry sales surpassed $1 billion for the first time, reaching $1.3 billion.

2014 97

Audi offers two new 3-cylinder engines in refreshed A1: 1.0 TFSI and MDB 1.4 TDI diesel for A1 ultra

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Audi A1. Click to enlarge. Since their introduction on the market in 2010, the Audi A1 and A1 Sportback have sold more than 500,000 units worldwide.

2014 96

Honda Aero begins production of HF120 turbofan at new Burlington plant

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Honda Aero, Inc. HAI) has begun production of its new HF120 turbofan engine completed at the new facility in Burlington, North Carolina.

2014 96

GM emphasizes its safety testing for the Bi-fuel Impala

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GM says that it has tested the compressed natural gas (CNG) tank in the 2015 Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala ( earlier post ) under normal and extreme conditions, exceeding both federal requirements and CNG industry guidelines.

2014 96

Visteon awarded 1st production program for Fusion platform; launch expected in 2018

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Visteon Corporation has been awarded the first production program for its Fusion connected platform by a leading European-based vehicle manufacturer. The vehicle line is expected to launch in 2018.

2014 96

Volkswagen Golf family named “2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year”

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Motor Trend named the Volkswagen Golf family—Golf 1.8T, Golf TDI Clean Diesel, Golf GTI and e-Golf models—as the 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year. The Golf has won COTY only once before, in 1985. For 2015, the Golf was a near-unanimous choice among our judges by virtue of its strong performance in each of our six Car of the Year criteria. —Motor Trend. Motor Trend ’s Car of the Year program is open to any all-new or substantially upgraded 2015 automobile.

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