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Boeing truck-mounted laser demonstrator destroys targets through wind and fog; “photons on target”, only diesel required

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Boeing and the US Army have demonstrated the capabilities of the truck-mounted High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator ( HEL MD ) under maritime conditions (i.e., wind and fog), successfully targeting a variety of aerial targets at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

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Saleen Foursixteen Tesla Model S Burns Rubber, Not Gas

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An electric car''s main purposes are those of efficiency and reducing reliance on oil. But as cars, they''re also objects ingrained into culture and often bought for emotive reasons, like speed and aesthetics.

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Mercedes reveals spec details for new plug-in hybrid S-Class

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Mercedes-Benz has announced the price and spec details for its new S 500 plug-in hybrid – which will be rated with official fuel economy of an impressive 100.9mpg on a combined cycle.

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Chevy’s Cruze Diesel: a compact diesel contender in the US

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The Cruze Diesel is identified by a discreet badge on the trunk. Click to enlarge. US buyers hunting for a non-premium diesel passenger car (i.e.,

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Production of BYD-Daimler DENZA EV begins in China

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The DENZA EV is manufactured by a Sino-German joint venture of BYD and Daimler in Shenzhen. Click to enlarge.

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Team led by Local Motors 3D-printing a car during 6-day IMTS

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The Strati is being 3D-printed at IMTS. Click to enlarge. A team led by Local Motors is 3D-printing a full vehicle body over 44 hours during the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 and will follow it up with a first drive set to take place the morning of Saturday, 13 September.

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Peugeot showcasing 208 Hybrid Air 2L Demonstrator at Paris show

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PEUGEOT is showcasing its 208 HYbrid Air 2L Demonstrator at next month’s Paris Motor Show. The 2L stands for two liters per 100 km, equivalent to 118 mpg US, and is based on a production version of the Peugeot 208 1.2-liter PureTech 82 hp 5-seater Hatchback.

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Cadillac to offer advanced V2V and semi-automated driving technologies in certain 2017 MY vehicles

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Super Cruise, GM’s semi-automated driving technology, will come to market in a new 2017 Cadillac vehicle. Click to enlarge.

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Eaton launches new line of medium-duty 7-speed dual-clutch transmissions; up to 8-10% better fuel economy

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Eaton has introduced Procision, a new line of medium-duty dual-clutch transmissions, that delivers 8 to 10 percent better fuel economy than a similarly equipped vehicle with a torque converter automatic.

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How To Recharge Any Electric Car, Anywhere, Any Time (Video)

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With charging stations still scarce in many areas, "range anxiety" is a continual concern for electric-car owners. Portable generators can provide electricity where this is no infrastructure, so could one rescue a stranded electric car?

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Renault Trucks’ Optifuel Lab 2 lab vehicle integrates technologies for more efficient big rigs; road test results coming in 2015

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Renault Trucks’ heavy-duty Optifuel Lab 2 laboratory vehicle brings together various technologies designed to reduce fuel consumption in heavy-duty trucks and to prepare the way for future production models. Renault Trucks will display a scale model of Optifuel Lab 2 at the upcoming IAA.

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EIA projects world liquid fuels use to rise 38% by 2040, driven by growth in Asia and Middle East; transportation 92% of demand

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Liquid fuels production (OPEC crude and lease condensate, non-OPEC crude and lease condensate, and other) and consumption (by OECD and non-OECD regions) under three price cases in 2040. Dashed red line shows 2010 consumption of 87 MMbbl/d. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge.

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Carbon Fiber Wheels Proposed To Cut Weight, Boost Efficiency

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You probably don''t think about your car''s wheels that much, but to state the exceedingly obvious they''re an essential part of every car. They''re also surprisingly heavy, as you''ll know if you''ve ever rotated your tires or had to change to a spare at the side of the road.

DNV GL researchers develop concept autonomous, battery-electric short-range shipping vessel; 3,000 kWh battery

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Researchers at classification society DNV GL have developed “ReVolt”, an autonomous, fully battery-powered and efficient vessel. Instead of using diesel fuel, “ReVolt” is powered by a 3,000 kWh battery.

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Opbrid Tr?kbaar ultra-high-power automatic charging station for heavy-duty trucks debuts at IAA 2014

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The Opbrid Tr?kbaar. kbaar. Click to enlarge. Spain-based Opbrid, the provider of the overhead pantograph-based ultra-fast charging Opbrid B?sbaar sbaar V3 for buses ( earlier post ), is introducing the Opbrid Tr?kbaar kbaar for trucks at IAA 2014.

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Scientists create “buckydiamondoids”; union of buckyballs and diamondoids function as rectifier

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An international team led by researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have joined two unconventional forms of carbon—diamondoids and buckyballs—to create “buckydiamondoids”.

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Ricardo to display functional integration prototype of ADEPT 48V “intelligent electrification” diesel

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ADEPT schematic. Click to enlarge. Ricardo will display the first functional integration prototype of the Advanced Diesel Electric Powertrain (ADEPT) collaborative research project ( earlier post ) in public for the first time this week at the Low Carbon Vehicle Event (LCV 2014) in the UK.

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Li-ion cell provider XALT Energy partners with Williams Advanced Engineering

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Williams Advanced Engineering, the engineering services and technology business of the Williams Group, has entered a partnership agreement with XALT Energy , supplier of the lithium-ion cells for the Williams’ battery in the Formula E racing series.

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Taiwan’s Aleees, Sony and Siemens team on electric buses

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Taiwan-based Aleees , a supplier of nano-crystalline lithium iron phosphate cathode materials , has entered into an agreement to team up with Sony to advance electric buses in conjunction with Siemens.

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Boeing successfully flight tests new ceramic composite engine nozzle; reduces noise, weight and fuel use

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Boeing recently successfully flight-tested an innovative engine nozzle made of ceramic composites designed to reduce noise and weight and to lower fuel use. The ceramic matrix composite (CMC) nozzle, attached to a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine, went through a series of tests on the ecoDemonstrator 787 Flight Test Airplane, including community noise testing, passing over a large acoustic array in Moses Lake, Wash.

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Allison Transmission names Enerdel Li-ion pack as approved support equipment for its hybrid drive systems

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Allison Transmission has named Li-ion battery manufacturer Enerdel’s PP320-689-LP Vigor+ battery pack as approved Allison support equipment. The low-profile Vigor+ pack is approved for use with the Allison Hybrid H 40/50 EP system installed in diesel-hybrid buses globally.

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Ohio State researchers use neutron depth profiling to track flow of Li atoms into and out of anode in real time

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Using a neutron beam, chemists and engineers at The Ohio State University have been able to track the flow of lithium atoms into and out of an anode in real time as a Li-ion battery charged and discharged.

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California passes 100K plug-in car sales; 40% of US plug-ins

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Californians have purchased more than 100,000 plug-in cars (PEVs) since the market started in 2010, according to figures gathered by the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative. Californians buy approximately 40% of all the PEVs sold in the US.

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Study warns on possible air pollution link to neuroinflammatory, Alzheimer and Parkinson’s pathologies in megacity children

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Children living in polluted megacities are at increased risk for brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes, including Alzheimer or Parkinson’s disease, according to a study led by University of Montana Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas and her colleagues.

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Mayor of London backs diesel car scrappage scheme; London ranked 9th best world city in new air quality study

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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has renewed calls for scrapping the most polluting diesel cars and giving drivers cash incentives to switch to cleaner vehicles as part of the evidence he gave to the Environmental Audit Committee today. The Mayor is supporting proposals for the UK Government to help motorists by offering between a £1,000 and £2,000 (US$1,614 to US$3,228) grant per vehicle for the most polluting diesels which are more than 12 months old.

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SwRI, UTSA researchers show biochar is low-cost, effective method to treat fracking water

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Researchers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have determined that biochar, a substance produced from plant matter, is a safe, effective and inexpensive method to treat flowback water following hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Flowback water treatment is a critical sustainability issue for the oil and gas industry. One to five million gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals are required for the fracking of each well.

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Electric Cars In Ireland: How To Get To The Tipping Point?

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Ireland is--or should be--an ideal place for large-scale adoption of electric cars. The island is compact; it has a vibrant IT sector, a favorable policy environment, and petrol and diesel fuel each cost roughly $8 per gallon--about eight times what it costs to charge an electric car on off-peak electricity. By 2020, Ireland is expected to produce

Drive Electric Week, Starting Next Monday, Set To Break Records

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As an example of how far the reach of electric vehicles has grown, you need to look little further than the growth of National Drive Electric Week. Now in its fourth year, Drive Electric Week began life as National Plug In Day. This year, 115 cities in 35 states and countries abroad will showcase electric vehicles, drawing four times the crowds it

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Self-Driving Cars From Tesla In About 3 Years, Says CEO Elon Musk

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Autonomous vehicles have become a hot talking point in recent years, as major firms like Google continue high-profile development of the technology. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] has also expressed an interest in recent years, and now tells Nikkei that the firm could introduce self-driving technology in the next three years. Musk says

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California Has More Than 100,000 Plug-In Electric Cars On Roads

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California has hit a major plug-in car milestone this week: Since the first electric vehicle was sold back in 2010, more than 100,000 others have now hit the streets. The figures have been compiled by the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative. The number is impressive on its own, but also means that California accounts for around 40

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Life With Chevy Volt: 3 Years & 35,000 Miles Later, It's Over

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It was a sad day. After three years, 34,752 miles, roughly 7,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity, and 327 gallons of gas, I said good-bye to my 2011 Chevy Volt last week. Its lease was up, and there was no one left in the family to drive it. I''ve been at the wheel of a Tesla Model S for the last 18 months. My wife, a fanatical stick-shift devotee

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Anderman report on Tesla’s battery prospects with the Gigafactory

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In his new “ Tesla Battery Report ”, Dr. Menahem Anderman, independent battery expert, consultant and head of the Advanced Automotive Batteries conferences and publications, concludes that with the planned Gigafactory ( earlier post ), now targeted for Nevada, ( earlier post ), Tesla may succeed in accomplishing what the US Government failed to achieve—i.e., to establish a domestic Li-Ion battery industry.

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Jaguar Land Rover investing $1.6M in two new Centers of Excellence for Engine Combustion Research at Oxford and University College London; gasoline and diesel

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Jaguar Land Rover announced the creation of two new Centers of Excellence for Engine Combustion Research at two leading UK universities. The £1-million (US$1.6 million) investment will be shared equally between University College London (UCL) and the University of Oxford to support the development of new research facilities and fund two 5-year study programs. Each center will focus on specific combustion technologies, both targeting higher engine efficiency.

Chinese Production Of Plug-In Electric Cars Finally Starts To Grow

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After years of encouragement through government policies, Chinese production of plug-in electric cars is finally starting to grow. Amidst rampant air pollution, the Chinese government has heavily incentivized electrified vehicles, but so far that hasn''t won the interest of consumers. That appears to be changing, as production of electric cars and

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2015 Kia Soul EV: Estimated 93 Miles Of Range, Priced Under $35,000 Or $249 A Month

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Kia has announced pricing for the 2015 Soul EV, the company''s first mass-market electric car. The 2015 Kia Soul EV will start at $34,500 in base price, not including the $7,500 Federal tax credit for electric cars, or any available state and local incentives. That price buys a Base model that includes features such as navigation, a rearview

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Volkswagen Japan Chief: Fuel-Cell Cars May Struggle Outside Of Japan

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Most major automakers have nailed their colors to their mast when it comes to alternative powertrains for the future. For Volkswagen, that''s electric vehicles at its most extreme. Japanese automaker Toyota has taken a different path, and is hedging its bets on hydrogen fuel cells. Few share Toyota''s vision and VW has just added itself to the list

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More Tesla-Toyota Plans In The Pipeline? Musk Hints At Possibility

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Tesla can now add Japan to the list of countries that its Model S electric sedan is roaming the roads. CEO Elon Musk appeared at a recent ceremony to launch the car, but also used the occasion to hint that there may be another project with Toyota in the pipeline. According to Automotive News, Tesla and Toyota could work on another "significant

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