Sat.Oct 04, 2014 - Fri.Oct 10, 2014

Month-long study finds heat released by Rossi E-Cat and isotope changes in fuel suggest low-temp nuclear reaction taking place

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Researchers from Uppsala University, KTH and the University of Bologna have reported that during a 32-day test, an “E-Cat” reactor developed by Andrea Rossi ( earlier post ) released an abundance of heat that cannot be explained by chemical reactions alone.

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Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock Discuss VW Electric Cars In New Ad (In German)

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Electric cars can be a more efficient alternative to internal-combustion vehicles, but how do they compare to a starship? Two people well-positioned to make that assessment--Star Trek stars William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy--are now featured in a new Volkswagen ad.

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Smaller car worst for true fuel economy performance

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The idea that downsizing will save you money in fuel costs, has been thrown into doubt as new research reveals that small engines often fail to meet their official MPG figures by the largest margin.

Tesla Motors unveils dual drive Model S, and advanced self-parking autopilot

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Last week Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk taunted us with a vague tweet about showing us his D, and on Thursday he made good on that promise. In front of a packed crowd in Hawthorne (near Los Angeles), Elon

Volvo Cars reveals triple-boosted 4-cylinder, 450 hp Drive-E powertrain concept

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Drive-E Powertrain Concept. Click to enlarge. Volvo has developed a concept 2-liter, 4-cylinder, triple-boost Drive-E concept engine that delivers 450 hp (336 kW). The 450 hp High Performance Drive-E Powertrain Concept is based on a set of technologies not usually found in a four-cylinder engine.

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Volkswagen XL Sport At Paris Motor Show: The Details (Video)

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Last week''s media days at the Paris Motor Show were the usual mix of cars and marketing. They brought together stunning concept cars, more prosaic production models under pin spots, and speeches laying out how important every single model actually was to the future of the automotive world.

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Majority of hybrid owners would choose hybrid again

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Hybrid car drivers are extremely happy with their choice of car and are highly likely to choose a hybrid model again, according to new research in the US.

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USDA provides $91M loan guarantee to Cool Planet for biogasoline blendstock plant; biomass pyrolysis and catalytic conversion

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Gas chromatography comparison of Conoco fuel and a Conoco-CoolPlanet blend. Cool Planet’s biogasoline blendstock is 100% compatible with pump gasoline. Source: Cool Planet. Click to enlarge.

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Mysterious Tesla 'D,' VW XL Sport, 2015 Honda CR-V Gas Mileage: Last Week In Reverse (Video)

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How good were September''s electric-car sales? And, what did Elon Musk mean by the letter "D"? This is our (slightly belated) video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the seven days ending on Sunday, October 5, 2014.

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Hyundai reveals new hybrid and CNG models

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A new generation i30 powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and a hybrid version of the i40 are just two of the highlights on the Hyundai stand at the Paris Motor Show.

Neste Oil de-emphasizing microbial oil R&D for renewable diesel; seeking other uses for cellulosic biomass

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Major refresh on 2015 Honda CR-V with new Earth Dreams powertrain provides fuel economy gain of up to 12%

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2015 Honda CR-V. Click to enlarge. Honda has given its 2015 CR-V compact SUV, which launched in US dealerships on 1 October, the most significant mid-model cycle refresh in the 17-year history of the model.

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ONR developing offensive autonomous swarming capability for unmanned surface vehicles; adapting JPL’s CARACaS

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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is developing an autonomous offensive swarming capability for unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) not only to protect Navy ships, but also, for the first time, to attack hostile vessels.

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL fuel cell vehicle cracks 300,000 kilometer mark; Daimler receives f-cell Award 2014

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A B-Class F-CELL fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) ( earlier post ) from Mercedes-Benz’ current FCEV fleet has achieved a continuous running record of more than 300,000 kilometers (186,411 miles) under normal everyday conditions.

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Winnebago offering LPG options on its Metro Link buses via ICOM

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Winnebago Industries, Inc, perhaps better known for its motorhomes and recreation vehicles, recently announced new bi-fuel and dedicated LPG product offerings across its entire Metro Link bus lineup for the public and private transportation industry.

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2015 VW Jetta TDI: a more refined, powerful and efficient diesel within a nicely redesigned model line

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2015 Jetta TDI. Click to enlarge. The Jetta is Volkswagen’s current best selling car in the US; total 2014 Jetta sales through September were 115,055 units, or 42.5% of Volkswagen USA total sales.

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BNL team devises new method to boost oil accumulation in plant leaves; implications for biofuel production

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Researchers at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have developed a new method to increase significantly the amount of oil accumulated in plant leaves, which could then serve as a source for biofuel production.

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Parker Hannifin gaining traction with RunWise HD hydraulic hybrid; developing CNG-based HD system, next-gen MD system

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Parker Hannifin is seeing growing acceptance in the market for its RunWise heavy-duty hydraulic series hybrid system ( earlier post ), currently only applied in Autocar refuse trucks.

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Tesla adds 2-motor all-wheel drive and advanced driver assistance “Autopilot” to Model S

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Tesla Motors is adding a two-motor all-wheel drive option for its electric Model S as well as a standard set of forward-looking camera, radar and 360? ultrasonic sensors that will, over time with software updates, provide increasing autonomous drive capabilities.

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DuPont and Procter & Gamble partner to use cellulosic ethanol in Tide laundry detergent; replacing corn ethanol

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DuPont and Procter & Gamble are collaborating to use cellulosic ethanol in North American Tide Cold Water laundry detergent—the first such application for cellulosic ethanol. The cellulosic ethanol will replace corn-based ethanol in the formulation.

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EPA annual trends report finds new vehicle fuel economy at record 24.1 mpg; new powertrain technologies rapidly gaining share

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EPA released the latest edition of its annual report on trends in CO 2 emissions, fuel economy and powertrain technology for new personal vehicles in the US. Among the top-level findings was that Model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 mpg (9.76 l/100 km)—a 0.5

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USABC reopens 4 RFPIs for development of advanced high-performance batteries for start/stop, 48V HEV, PHEV and EVs

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Argonne releases GREET 2014 lifecycle analysis software; unified graphical toolbox and database

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The GREET (The Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation Model) team at Argonne National Laboratory has released a new version of the widely used GREET lifecycle analysis tool, GREET 2014.

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Researchers find isolated Pd atoms efficient low-temperature catalysts to convert CO in automotive exhaust

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Researchers have found that isolated palladium atoms on ?-alumina alumina supports along with a small amount of lanthanum oxide can efficiently turn the carbon monoxide in automotive exhaust into carbon dioxide at temperatures as low as 40 ?Celsius,

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SwRI opens new high-horsepower dynamometer facility to service marine, rail and petroleum industries

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) recently opened a new high-horsepower engine dynamometer facility to improve its engine research and evaluation services to industries that use engines up to 7,000 horsepower for applications in transportation, pipelines and power generation.

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Linde close to completing its first retail H2 fueling station in the US; next-generation ionic compressor

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Design of the IC 90 ionic compressor. (US+EU US+EU Version) Source: Linde. Click to enlarge. Linde LLC is close to completing the first retail hydrogen fueling station the company will operate in the US. The station, which Linde expects to be online before the end of the year, is being installed at the Ramos Oil Company multi-fuel station in West Sacramento, California, where Ramos currently retails gasoline, diesel, bio-diesel, ethanol-85, methanol, and racing fuels.

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Toyota upgrades European 2015 Prius+; powertrain to Euro6

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Toyota has given its European 2015 Prius+ (Prius v in the US) an upgrade including a more dynamic exterior, better interior execution, and expanded range of equipment and a Euro6-compilant powertrain. First launched in 2012, the Prius+ was the first full hybrid 7-seat vehicle to go on sale in Europe.

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Petrobras makes ultra-deepwater discovery in Espírito Santo Basin

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Petrobras has confirmed the extension of an accumulation of hydrocarbons in the ultra-deep waters of the Espirito Santo Basin post-salt deposits. An extension well was drilled at a water depth of 1,886 meters (6,188 feet) to confirm the discovery.

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Chevron sells 30% stake in Canadian Duvernay shale play to Kuwait Foreign Petroleum for $1.5B

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Chevron Corporation’s indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary, Chevron Canada Limited, has reached an agreement to sell a 30% interest in its Duvernay shale play to Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, KUFPEC Canada Inc., for $1.5 billion.

DELO and Böllhoff launch ONSERT joining method for light-weight materials; used in BMW i3, i8

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The assembly specialist Böllhoff and the adhesive expert DELO have developed an innovative joining method for light-weight materials using a bonded bolt called ONSERT. With ONSERT, composites, thin sheet metals, plastics and other materials are equipped with a multi-purpose connection element.

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Oregon DEQ seeking public comments on implementing Low Carbon Fuel Standard before sunset in 2015

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Oregon’s Department on Environmental Quality (DEQ) is inviting public comment on a proposed rulemaking that would fully implement Oregon’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). Earlier post.) The first phase required Oregon producers and importers of fuels to register with DEQ, keep records and submit reports about the fuels they currently supply.

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2015 Electric Motorcycles: Buyer's Guide

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The 2015 model year follows a big 2014 for the electric motorcycle industry. Zero made significant upgrades to its entire lineup, the Harley-Davidson Livewire concept was unveiled and toured around the country, and Brammo updated its flagship Empulse. Some of the higher-end bikes--among them the Energica Ego, Lightning LS 218, Lito Sora, and

Used Tesla Electric Cars: Certified Previously Owned (CPO) Program Coming, Company Confirms

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Historically, auto dealerships have made as much or more money selling used cars as new ones. Since electric-car maker Tesla Motors doesn''t have dealerships, but sells cars online directly to buyers, that has left the question of buying used Teslas to owners who may want to sell. Now, however, Tesla has confirmed that it plans to offer a Certified

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Cairn, ConocoPhillips confirm oil find offshore Senegal

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Cairn, ConocoPhillips and their other joint venture partners confirmed that oil was discovered in the FAN-1 exploration well, located approximately 60 miles (97 km) offshore Senegal, in Northwest Africa. Further evaluation is required in order to determine commerciality.

GKN develops all-wheel drive disconnect system for A-, B-, C-segments; fuel economy improvement up to 4%

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GKN has developed the first Disconnect All-Wheel Drive System for A-, B- and C-segment vehicle platforms. The innovative disconnect function enables vehicles to combine the enhanced traction, dynamics and stability of all-wheel drive with improved on-highway fuel efficiency.

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Electric Vehicles In RV Campgrounds: What You Need To Know

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Electric vehicles are coming soon to a campground near you! With electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and even electric motorcycles selling in greater numbers every year, a growing number of buyers who want to enjoy the great outdoors are discovering that some recreational vehicle (RV) campgrounds offer access to 50-Amp electrical outlets.

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Tesla Reveals 'D' All-Wheel-Drive Model S, 'Autopilot' Feature

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In the end, the online rumors proved to be largely accurate. Last night, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk revealed an all-wheel-drive version of the Tesla Model S electric luxury car--known as ''D''--whose most powerful P85D version will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. DON''T MISS: Tesla Model S Adds ''Speed Assist,'' Lane-Departure Warning

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