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A123 Venture Technologies to collaborate with SolidEnergy on safer, high-energy battery chemistry; potentially up to ~800 Wh/kg

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SolidEnergy says that its Solid Polymer Ionic Liquid technology can deliver energy densities upwards of 800 Wh/kg—twice the densities of advanced startup batteries and four times the density of current conventional batteries. Source: SolidEnergy. Click to enlarge.

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Tesla Underground: Texas Franchise Rules Make Model S Owners Skirt The Law

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Over the last couple of years, Tesla Motors has fought legal and legislative battles in a number of states over proposed or current state laws that try to stymie its unique factory-direct sales and service model.

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Recall Alert: Avoid Limp Home Mode

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When you’re the world’s largest hybrid manufacturer, things can sometimes go wrong. Such is the case with the 2006-2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid & 2006-2008 Lexus RX 400h.

Citroen claims GreenFleet Manufacturer of the Year

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French carmaker Citroen has won the prestigious GreenFleet Fleet Car Manufacturer of the Year award, in recognition of its extensive range of fuel efficient and fleet friendly vehicles. Sponsored by Rockingham race circuit, the award was presented to Citroen at a black tie ceremony held at the E[.].

U. Calgary analysis of energy balances and emissions of SAGD oil sands production finds need for improved processes; some operations not thermally efficient or net generators of energy

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Plot of cumulative steam-to-oil ratio (cSOR) vs. ratio of energy produced in form of chemical energy contained in bitumen if combusted to energy injected in form of steam (75% efficient steam generation). From Gates and Larter (2013). Click to enlarge.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Calls Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars "Waste Of Time"

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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is not a man to mince his words. We already know he''s not a fan of other electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt, he doesn''t really like plug-in hybrids, and he''s quick to step in and defend his company whenever there''s a hint of negative publicity.

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Fiat introducing new 2-cylinder 0.9L Turbo TwinAir in 2014 MiTo mini

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TwinAir. Click to enlarge. Fiat is introducing a new two-cylinder 0.9 Turbo TwinAir 105 HP engine for the 2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo sport mini.

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UCR CE-CERT resting of hybrid construction equipment finds reduction in fuel consumption, but increase in NOx emissions

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Summary of comparison of NO x emissions and fuel consumption of hybrid (D7E) and conventional (D6) dozers. Negative values mean hybrid benefit and positive values mean dis-benefit.

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Tier 1 HELLA evaluating PowerGenix NiZn batteries for 48V mild hybrid vehicles

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PowerGenix, the developer of nickel-zinc (NiZn) rechargeable batteries ( earlier post ), has signed a product evaluation contract with HELLA, a Tier 1 supplier to major automotive manufacturers worldwide.

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LPG Ford Transit Connect Taxis going into service in Hong Kong

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Ford Motor Company has added Hong Kong to the list of global cities served by its Transit Connect Taxi, among them New York City, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles. The Transit Connect Taxi Ford unveiled in Hong Kong comes equipped with a Ford-engineered, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fuel system.

Women Now Buying One-Third Of All Nissan Leaf Electric Cars

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Perhaps a result of the comparatively limited selection of electric cars currently on sale, they''ve not yet developed any real gender stereotypes.

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2D niobium and vanadium carbides as promising materials for high-power Li-ion batteries; extending MXenes

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Specific lithiation (circles.) and delithiation (squares) capacities (per mass of active material) vs cycle number at different rates for Nb 2 CT x and V 2 CT x -based electrodes compared to previously reported Ti 2 C. Credit: ACS, Naguib et al. Click to enlarge.

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Brookhaven researchers identify key genes for significantly increasing oil content in plant leaves

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Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified two key genes required for oil production and accumulation in plant leaves and other vegetative plant tissues.

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Governors of 8 states sign MoU to put 3.3M zero-emission vehicles on roads by 2025; 15% of new vehicle sales

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The governors of 8 states—California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont—have signed a memorandum of understanding ( MoU ) to take specific actions to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the roads in their states by 2025, along with the refueling infrastructure required to support those vehicles.

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Former Sec’y Transportation LaHood outlines his view of future transportation systems in US, calls for 10-cent boost in gasoline tax

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BMW introduces the 2 Series; power up, fuel consumption down by up to 21% over 1 Series, depending upon model

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New BMW 2 Series Coupe. Click to enlarge. BMW has introduced an entirely new model series in the form of the BMW 2 Series Coupe.

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ARPA-E announces $27M for transformational power electronics technologies

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The US Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 14 projects for $27 million in funding to support the development of next-generation power conversion devices. The projects were selected under ARPA-E’s SWITCHES program (Strategies for Wide-Bandgap, Inexpensive Transistors for Controlling High-Efficiency Systems). Earlier post.).

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Musk says Tesla making significant investments in Germany: Superchargers, service centers and free tuning for better Autobahn performance

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Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors announced that his company will make “ a significant investment ” in Germany, focused on expanding the Supercharger network, expanding the number of service centers, and high-speed tuning for the Model S for improved performance on the Autobahn. Deliveries of Model S in Europe started this summer.

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Total greenlights Vega Pleyade gas field development offshore Tierra del Fuego

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Total (operator, 37.5%) has made the final investment decision to develop the Vega Pleyade gas and condensate field offshore Tierra del Fuego, Argentina in the Southern Atlantic. Vega Pleyade will produce through three horizontal wells.

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EIA: US energy-related CO2 emissions declined 3.8% in 2012; transportation contributes 22% of decline in consumption

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US energy-related CO 2 emissions dropped to their lowest level since 1994 and more than 12% below the recent 2007 peak, according to figures released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). After 1990, only the recession year of 2009 saw a larger percentage emissions decrease than 2012.

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GE Capital and Clean Energy form strategic alliance to accelerate adoption of natural gas in trucking industry

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GE Capital’s Transportation Finance business and Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, have entered into a strategic alliance to accelerate the conversion of heavy-duty trucking fleets from diesel to cleaner-burning, less-expensive natural gas.

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Volvo Drive-E engines delivering NEDC fuel consumption in S60 sedan as low as 62 mpg US for diesel, 40 mpg for gasoline

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The new Drive-E diesel engine. Click to enlarge.

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DuPont calls on EU and German authorities to complete HFO-1234y work; “high time to get final clarity”

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Thierry Vanlancker, president, DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts, issued a statement calling on German and European Union authorities to quickly bring closure to questions about safety related to HFO-1234yf, the low global warming potential (GWP) mobile air conditioning refrigerant targeted as the replacement for the current refrigerant, R134a. Earlier post.).

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2014 BMW i3: First Drive Of BMW's Radical New Electric Car

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You may have read stories lately that suggest the BMW i3 is the first luxury competition for the Tesla Model S electric car. It’s not. You may also have read that it’s the first range-extended car to go head to head with the Chevrolet Volt. It’s not. In building its first battery-electric vehicle, BMW has done precisely what it

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Audi Sees Tesla As Direct Competitor, But Likes Dealers Over Direct Sales

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It''s always interesting hearing one automaker''s opinion of another, and even more so when a huge global company has to concede that a young upstart is worth keeping an eye on. The huge global automaker in question is Audi, part of the massive Volkswagen group. And the young upstart?

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Forget Red Ferraris; It's Green Cars Men Should Drive To Attract Women

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Apparently, women like miles per gallon more than horsepower. A British survey finds that women are more attracted to men with green cars, Mother Nature Network reports. A total of 2,000 adults from the United Kingdom were surveyed. Of that number, the majority of women viewed Toyota Prius hybrid and Nissan Leaf electric car owners as

Alcoa introduces new aluminum wheel alloy for lighter weight but stronger wheels

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Alcoa, the inventor and global leader of forged aluminum wheels, introduced its most advanced aluminum wheel alloy in 45 years. The new material enables lighter weight wheels at increased strength with the same corrosion-resistant characteristics as the industry standard, also made by Alcoa. Alcoa expects to introduce a new, advanced wheel featuring the alloy in early 2014.

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University of Michigan to build test facility for connected and automated vehicles

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The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved plans to proceed with the design of a unique environment for testing connected and automated vehicles. The facility, which simulates a dynamic urban environment, is a critical element of a joint project with industry and government to develop and implement an entire system of connected and automated vehicles on the streets of Southeastern Michigan by 2021.

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GM announces 1.8MW solar project at Toledo Transmission plant

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General Motors announced that a 1.8-megawatt rooftop solar array at its Toledo Transmission plant in Ohio would be completed next month. The project, which will generate nearly 3% of the plant’s overall electricity consumption, will be the largest rooftop array in Ohio. The energy produced will be enough to power 200 homes in the United States.

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Fuel Cell Equinox tops 100,000 miles in real-world driving

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One of General Motors’ fuel cell research vehicles recently passed a milestone for a hydrogen-powered vehicle, topping 100,000 miles (161,000 km) of real-world driving. By using renewable hydrogen, this vehicle has saved 5,260 gallons of gasoline. At $3.50 per gallon, that’s more than $18,000 in fuel cost savings. The specially equipped 2007 Chevrolet Equinox was part of GM’s 119-vehicle Project Driveway program, launched in 2007. Earlier post.)

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Researchers advance concept of “4-D” printing technology using shape memory polymer fibers

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Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and Singapore University of Technology and Design have added a “fourth dimension” to additive manufacturing technology, opening up possibilities for the creation and use of adaptive, composite materials in manufacturing, packaging and biomedical applications.

National Robotics Initiative invests $38 million in next-generation robotics

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The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and NASA, announced new investments totaling approximately $38 million for the development and use of robots that cooperatively work with people to enhance individual human capabilities, performance and safety.

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WiTricity secures $25M in funding to advance wireless charging

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WiTricity has secured $25 million in Series E financing from new and existing investors, including Intel Capital and Hon Hai/Foxconn. The funding will support the company’s growth strategy as it further develops designs and products for wireless charging in the consumer electronics, electric vehicles, defense and medical device industries, as well as allowing WiTricity to pursue other strategic growth opportunities in the wireless power field.

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Sumitomo Electric concludes joint development agreement with Tongji University on bus priority control system

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Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. has reached an agreement with Tongji University in China on joint development of a bus priority control system to support the smooth flow of public buses.

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USDA announces availability of $181M to support development of advanced biofuels projects

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US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $181 million via its Biorefinery Assistance Program to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels. The Biorefinery Assistance Program was created through the 2008 Farm Bill and is administered by USDA Rural Development.

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Clariant supplying SNG catalyst for methanation unit in Audi’s new “Power-to-Gas” plant

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Clariant, a global provider of specialty chemicals, has supplied a proprietary CO 2 -SNG (synthetic natural gas) catalyst for the methanation unit of Audi’s new power-to-gas facility in Werlte, Germany. Earlier post.). The “e-gas plant” was started up in June this year and is part of Audi’s sustainability initiative.

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From Nissan Leaf To Tesla Model S: The Big Electric-Car Jump

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With more than a dozen plug-in cars on the market in California, this was the year we decided it was time to trade up--and swap one electric car for another. Since March 2011, our household fleet has consisted of a 2011 Nissan Leaf and a 2011 Chevrolet Volt. MORE: 2011 Nissan Leaf vs 2011 Chevy Volt: Strengths & Weaknesses, By The Man Who Owns

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