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BYD’s Qin plug-in hybrid the best selling automotive EV in China

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2 nd -generation Dual Mode (DM II) plug-in hybrid system of the Qin. Click to enlarge. BYD’s second-generation Dual-Mode, plug-in hybrid electric sedan Qin has posted a second month of strong sales in February.

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Even Small Towns See Demand For Electric-Car Charging

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Small-town America is all about quaint Main Streets, mom''n''pop stores, and. electric-car charging stations? While major cities like New York are working to encourage the use of electric cars with public charging stations, some smaller municipalities are seeing demand for them too.

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Renault Twizy stars alongside Matt Damon in The Zero Theorem

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Renault’s fully electric Twizy is to star in a new film. Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem is the story of a lonely and eccentric IT genius looking for the meaning of life. Set in London, in a dark vision of the future, the Twizy has overtaken as the preferential mode of transport. Starri[.].

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New VW EA288 diesel to debut in 2H 2014 in the MY 2015 Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle; MDB comes to the US (updated with diagrams)

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Main modules of development of the EA288 diesel. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen of America announced that the new 2.0-liter EA288 diesel engine will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, and Jetta, all of which are set to arrive in dealer showrooms in the second half of 2014.

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Sea-Tac Airport launches major ground support equipment electrification project

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The Port of Seattle, along with Alaska Airlines, Western Washington Clean Cities and US Representative Adam Smith unveiled a new project providing nearly 600 electric charging stations throughout the airport for ground support equipment (GSE) such as baggage tugs, bag ramps and pushback vehicles.

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EU approves Mercedes-Benz ECO Thermo engine cover as fuel-saving Eco-innovation

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Phantom graphics of the Mercedes-Benz S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID showing ECO Thermo engine cover. Click to enlarge. The European Commission has approved the new ECO Thermo Cover engine compartment encapsulation in the Mercedes-Benz S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID ( earlier post ) as a manufacturer’s Eco-innovation.

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GM introducing new generation of modular 3- and 4-cylinder Ecotec engines; 11 variants from 1.0L to 1.5L

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New Ecotec 1.0L I-3, 1.4L I-4, 1.5L I-4 engines. Click to enlarge. GM is introducing a new generation of Ecotec small-displacement engines (1.0

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BMW orders two more ENGEL moulding machines for body shell components for i3 EV

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BMW has awarded ENGEL Austria another contract to supply system solutions to BMW’s Leipzig factory, where ENGEL duo injection moulding machines are used to manufacture car body shell components for the BMW i3 electric vehicle.

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EIA: ethanol production drives growth in overall biomass energy use over past decade

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Volvo Car Group initiates Scandinavian pilot using connected car cloud-based communication for slippery road warnings

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When the test car detects an icy or slippery road patch, the information is relayed to other vehicles that are approaching the slippery area. The information is also sent to the road administrator. Click to enlarge.

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Good News For Tesla: AZ Bill Would Legalize Direct Sales As State Angles For Gigafactory

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When the possibility of new jobs clashes with the desires of powerful campaign contributors, sometimes jobs can take priority.

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Will National Parks Become A Black Hole For Electric-Car Visitors?

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Thousands of Tesla Model S electric-car owners are now likely planning their summer road trips, enabled by a fast-growing network of Supercharger DC fast-charging stations. But it turns out that at least one popular U.S. scenic attraction may pose a problem: the National Park System.

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Nissan Tweets, Then Deletes, Electric-Car Sales Slap At Tesla

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Oh, Nissan, you just shouldn''t have gone there.

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Toyota beginning consumer trials of i-Road EV in Greater Tokyo area

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Toyota Motor Corporation is beginning consumer trials of the “i-Road” personal mobility vehicle ( earlier post ) in the Greater Tokyo Area.

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Partnership opens first of 3 public CHAdeMO fast charging stations in Berlin

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Project partners The New Motion , e8energy , Citroën and Total recently opened the first of three public fast charging stations in Berlin.

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Buying A Used 2000-2006 Honda Insight Hybrid: The Guide

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If you''ve been reading Green Car Reports over the past week, you might have seen we recently bought a 2001 Honda Insight--an example of one of the first hybrids sold by a major automaker. But what if you want to buy your own early Insight? What do you need to look out for?

Cenovus receives approval for Grand Rapids oil sands project; capacity to reach 180,000 bbls/d

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Cenovus Energy Inc. received approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) for its 100%-owned Grand Rapids thermal oil sands project. The proposed project is located approximately 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Edmonton, within the company''s Greater Pelican Region in northern Alberta.

Antimony nanocrystals as high-capacity anode materials for both Li-ion and Na-ion batteries

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TEM image (false colored) of monodisperse antimony nanocrystals. Photo: Maksym Kovalenko Group / ETH Zürich) Click to enlarge. Researchers from ETH Zürich and Empa have succeeded for the first time in producing uniform (monodisperse) antimony (Sb) nanocrystals (NCs).

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Researchers observe major source of aging in Li-ion cathode materials

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Study finds lubricating oil the dominant source of primary organic aerosol from both diesel and gasoline vehicles

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Comparison plot showing mass fractions (F m ) of chemically characterized components of lubricating oils and POA. Credit: ACS, Worton et al. Click to enlarge.

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Scientists discover potential way to make graphene superconducting

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Adding calcium atoms (orange spheres) between graphene planes (blue honeycomb) creates a superconducting material called CaC 6. A study at SLAC has shown for the first time that graphene is a key player in this superconductivity: Electrons scatter back and forth between the graphene and calcium layers, interact with natural vibrations in the material’s atomic structure and pair up to conduct electricity without resistance. Greg Stewart/SLAC). Click to enlarge.

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Ford installing GE WattStation chargers, charging network at facilities

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The WattStation Connect network will enable Ford to gather information on charging station use. Click to enlarge. Ford Motor Company, in conjunction with GE, will supply electric vehicle charging stations at Ford facilities nationwide, beginning with facilities in and around its headquarters.

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MAN prefers “power-to-gas” as an alternative to new power lines

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The construction of a new north-south electric power line is being extensively discussed in Germany. MAN SE, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles, engines and mechanical engineering equipment, and mostly owned by the Volkswagen Group, prefers “power-to-gas” instead. Power-to-gas, or e-gas as Audi calls it, converts surplus electricity into synthetic natural gas and utilizes the existing gas infrastructure.

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First BYD electric bus trial in Turkey

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A BYD electric transit bus is entering service in the Turkish capital for a one-month trial. The trial in Ankara is the latest in a series of European trials of the electric bus; more than 25 major cities have evaluated the bus in revenue service. Results across many different duty cycles have shown that the bus is capable of up to 24-hour, route-service on a single battery charge (usually competed in 3-5 hours off-peak).

DOI: latest Gulf of Mexico oil & gas lease sales garner $872M in high bids

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the latest oil and gas lease sales for federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico garnered $872,143,771 million in high bids on 329 tracts covering 1,707,358 acres. The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) offered nearly 40 million acres covering tracts in the Central and Eastern planning areas of the Gulf of Mexico, and opened bids from previously offered acreage in the Western planning area.

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Bosch offers copper-free brake pads

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In response to legislation requiring the reduction of copper in friction formulations, Bosch has announced the use of its first copper-free ceramic material in the premium-grade QuietCast line of braking products. Bosch provides full coverage for US, Asian and European cars, vans and SUVs; one out of every three vehicles on the road today uses Bosch braking component content, the company said.

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Toshiba delivers two SCiB Li-ion grid energy storage systems

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Toshiba Corporation has delivered battery energy storage systems integrating the company’s SCiB Li-ion battery ( earlier post ) to Kyushu Electric Power Co., for a demonstration project to expand introduction of renewable energy sources on remote islands.

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Jordan signs $2B oil shale investment agreement with Saudi company

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The government of Jordan and the Saudi Arabian Corporation for Oil Shale (SACOS) recently signed a $2-billion agreement under which the government grants the Saudi company the right to extract and to develop the oil shale resources in the Attarat Um-AL-Ghudran region covering an area of 11 square kilometers.

2016 Chevrolet Volt To Launch Next Year: What We Know So Far

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There''s been very little news lately about the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, and its sales in 2013 sales were stagnant. In fact, the most recent item of note was a $5,000 price reduction on the 2014 Volt last August, to bring it closer to the center of the volume-car market. But behind the scenes, Chevrolet is preparing the next

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Half Of All Cars Banned From Paris Roads Over Smog; Electric Cars Exempt

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Hazardous levels of pollution have caused authorities in Paris to enact its first car ban since 1997. The French capital will ban all vehicles on alternate odd and even license plates today and tomorrow in an effort to reduce the output of polluting particles in the air, following a run of warm, windless days that have trapped pollution in the

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Nissan On Track To Beat 2020 Electric Car Sales Target?

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Nissan and its French partner Renault could be on track for selling 1.5 million electric vehicles before 2020, according to the company''s latest estimates. The two companies have currently sold around a tenth of that number since each firm released its first electric cars a few years back. But as the Wall Street Journal reports, increasing

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How Lithium-Ion Batteries Age: Scientists Offer Insight

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Aging is a part of life, even for lithium-ion batteries. And battery life is an important consideration for electric-car owners, especially in these early days before there''s sufficient real-world data on actual life of electric-car battery packs over the 10- or 15-year lifespan of a typical vehicle. Just like any other car part, batteries degrade

Ethanol industry taking challenge to California LCFS to US Supreme Court

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Following the January decision by the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals to deny rehearing en banc in the litigation regarding California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy are petitioning the US Supreme Court for certiorari to make a final determination relating to the LCFS. RFA and Growth Energy moved forward with a Supreme Court challenge after a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a District Court (O’Neill, J.)

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As Gas Mileage Rises, Energy To Make Cars Gets More Important

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As vehicles all over the world slowly get more fuel-efficient, the energy required to make them--and their thousands of parts--is coming to represent a higher proportion of their lifetime energy footprint. And this, in turn, is leading carmakers to focus on cutting the energy required to manufacture new cars wherever possible. A recent study by

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Does Quick Charging Hurt Battery Life? Total Miles Are More Important

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Some electric car makers, notably Nissan with its Leaf, make recommendations that owners don''t charge too frequently using quick-charging stations. The belief is that the chemical processes involved in rapidly charging a battery can lead it to degrade faster than regular charges, reducing range. But is that really the case? One ongoing experiment

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Ohio State University Team Readies Electric Motorcycle For TT Zero

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Electric vehicle technology is finding its way into various motorsport disciplines, but few are more exciting than the world of electric motorcycling. Not only did an electric motorcycle win the two-wheeled class at last year''s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, each year one race at the world''s most famous motorcycle event is dedicated to

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