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ORNL study finds best current use of natural gas for cars is efficient production of electricity for EVs

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Top: Components of well-to-wheels pathway. Middle: WTW efficiency for CNGVs. Bottom: WTW efficiency for EVs. Curran et al. Click to enlarge.

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First Tesla Model S Convertible Built By Newport Engineering (Video)

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Electric-car buyers who want to feel the wind in their hair don''t have many choices. Aside from the 2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive--and the now-discontinued Tesla Roadster--electric convertibles haven''t been a segment in which carmakers have expressed much interest.

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Rapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds

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Fast charging electric cars might not be as bad for their lithium ion battery packs as first feared according to a new study.

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EPFL team develops low-cost water splitting cell with solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 12.3%

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A team led by Dr. Michael Grätzel at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland has developed a highly efficient and low-cost water-splitting cell combining an advanced perovskite tandem solar cell and a bi-functional Earth-abundant catalyst.

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4 companies jointly propose $8B green energy initiative for LA area; Wyoming wind, Utah storage, transmission

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Four companies—Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, Magnum Energy, Dresser-Rand and Duke-American Transmission—have proposed a first-in-the-US, $8-billion green energy initiative that would bring large amounts of clean electricity to the Los Angeles area by 2023.

California governor signs 6 bills to advance state’s electric vehicle market; HOT and HOV benefits

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Capping off National Drive Electric Week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law half a dozen bills to strengthen California’s best-in-the-nation electric vehicle market, including free or reduced-rate access to new high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, and more HOV stickers for plug-in hybrids.

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New Guinness World Record: 507 Electric Cars In One Place

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Start those patriotic cheers, because the U.S. can now claim the record for most electric cars in one place.

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Ford and Automatic Labs working together to support connected-car solutions

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Automatic uses vehicle data from the OBD port to report on driving performance. Click to enlarge. Automatic Labs and Ford Motor Company announced a joint experimental collaboration to improve the driving experience for Ford & Lincoln vehicle owners.

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Westport to unveil 2015 natural gas Ford Transit with 3.6L V-6

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Westport will unveil its natural gas powered 2015 Ford Transit Van at Parcel Forum. Used to transport passengers and cargo, the Westport WiNG Power System Transit van and cutaway models operate on dedicated CNG using a 3.7L V6 gaseous prep engine.

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Nissan extends trial of ultra-compact EV sharing service in Yokohama for one year; publishes top-level data

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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd and the City of Yokohama will extend the one-year trial run of the first large-scale One-way Car Sharing Service in Japan, called “Choimobi Yokohama,” for another year. Earlier post.).

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Promising results from Mercedes-Benz fleet test of Clariant high-octane cellulosic E20

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Clariant, Haltermann and Mercedes-Benz have fleet-tested high-octane sunliquid 20 fuel—containing 20% cellulosic ethanol produced from straw—since January. Earlier post.)

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Skygo receives EPA approval for dual fuel conversions of Cummins ISX engines

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Skygo Fuel Systems ’ latest dual fuel (natural gas/diesel) conversion system has been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The dual fuel system is available as an aftermarket upgrade for 2007 to 2009 Cummins ISX engines.

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4-cylinder Ingenium diesel most efficient Jaguar diesel to date; up to 62 mpg US (3.8L/100 km) in new XE

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Jaguar says that its new four-cylinder Ingenium diesel ( earlier post ) is its most efficient diesel to date; with the new Ingenium diesel engines driving the rear wheels, the aluminium-intensive XE ( earlier post ) is also the most fuel-efficient Jaguar yet, with CO 2 emissions as low as 99 g/km.

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Efacec introducing small “semi-fast” 24 kW DC charger

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Efacec will be presenting a new DC charger at eCarTec 2014 in Munich this October. The new 24 kW QC24S is targeted at the semi-fast charging of any CCS car, such as those from VW, BMW, Daimler, or GM. A CHAdeMO version will also be launched near the end of this year.

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2015 Fiat 500e models now available at studios in California and Oregon

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The battery-electric Fiat 500e is now available as a 2015 model year at Fiat studios in California and Oregon for $199 a month for 36 months with $999 due at signing. Sales of the Fiat 500e expanded to Oregon earlier this year.

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Airbus: emerging markets and urbanization driving air passenger traffic growth; up 4.7% annually for next 20 years

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Air passenger traffic will grow annually at 4.7% over the next 20 years (2014-2033), driving a need for around 31,400 new passenger and freighter aircraft (100 seats and above) worth US$4.6 trillion, according to Airbus’ Global Market Forecast (GMF).

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Sandia team reports significant output from MagLIF fusion technique

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Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z pulsed-power accelerator have produced a significant output of fusion neutrons, using a method fully functioning for only little more than a year.

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Southland Transportation adds 101 Blue Bird Propane Vision buses to districts in Canada

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Southland Transportation (Alberta, Canada) recently added 101 Blue Bird Propane Vision buses to its propane autogas school bus fleet. Districts in Canada are specifying the technology due to the superior cold weather operation, reduced maintenance and clean emissions, the company said.

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Southwest Airlines signs purchase agreement with Red Rock Biofuels for renewable jet fuel from forest residues; ~3M gallons per year

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Southwest Airlines has signed an agreement with Red Rock Biofuels LLC ( RRB ) to purchase low carbon renewable jet fuel, made using forest residues that will help reduce the risk of destructive wildfires in the Western United States. The airline’s agreement with RRB covers the purchase of approximately three million gallons per year. The blended product will be used at Southwest’s Bay Area operations with first delivery expected in 2016.

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Subaru upgrades US-spec Impreza; EyeSight driver assist technology, 1 mpg boost over 2014 model

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Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, will debut an upgraded Subaru Impreza compact 4-door and 5-door models on the US market later this year as part of its 2015 lineup.

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Volvo Cars introduces All Wheel Drive powertrain upgrade for V40 Cross Country; reduced fuel consumption and emissions

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Volvo Cars is introducing the Drive-E powertrain with a 245 hp gasoline turbo T5 engine, made available earlier this year for the V40 ( earlier post ), for the V40 Cross Country with the added capability of AWD.

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Maverick Synfuels introduces affordable small-scale methane gas-to-liquid modular methanol plants

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Maverick Synfuels ( earlier post ) introduced a small-scale, modular methane-to-methanol production plant that can be co-located at the methane source.

2014 96

Honda introducing prototype of new European Jazz and new Civic derivative at Paris

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Honda will unveil a new European Jazz prototype at the Paris Motor Show. Due to go on sale in summer 2015, the new European Jazz will offer improved fuel economy and higher performance due to its new Earth Dreams Technology engine. The new 1.3

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Toyota teases new C-segment hybrid C-HR crossover concept for Paris

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Toyota released a teaser image of its new C-HR Concept, which will make its global debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Using a hybrid powerplant, this crossover gives a first hint of a type of vehicle that Toyota would like to bring to the C-segment market.

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Sion Li-S battery pack powers electric UAV on 11-day flight

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Sion Power announced that its proprietary lithium sulfur (Li-S) batteries played a critical role in the Airbus Defence and Space Zephyr 7 prototype High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) aircraft completing a southern hemisphere winter weather flight of more than 11 days duration controlled by satellite communications. The Zephyr 7 is a solar/battery powered electric UAV with a wing span of 70 feet (22.5 m) and a weight of just over 110 lbs. (50 50 kg).

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German researchers boost algal hydrogen production five-fold using metabolic engineering approach

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Scientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Chemical Energy Conversion and Coal Research and from the research group Photobiotechnology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have discovered a way of increasing the efficiency of hydrogen production in microalgae by a factor of five by using a combined metabolic engineering approach. An open access paper on their work is published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science.

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Li-ion maker Boston-Power launches module system for EV and ESS applications; no-weld integration

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Li-ion battery maker Boston-Power Inc. earlier post ) recently launched its Ensemble Module System; a “kit” of standard components that provides OEMs and pack assemblers with a simple, cost-effective way to assemble large format battery pack solutions for electric vehicle (EV) and energy storage system (ESS) applications. Available in 155 Wh and 116 Wh increments, module designs can be created to meet a wide variety of voltage and capacity requirements.

Mercedes-Benz receives license for testing autonomous vehicles on California roads; differences between Germany and US

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On 16 September 2014, California introduced a legal requirement for an official licence for testing vehicles in autonomous driving mode on public roads. On Senate Bill No. 1298 taking effect, Mercedes-Benz received a corresponding licence permitting it to test vehicles in autonomous driving mode in daily traffic on California''s roads. With the approval from the US federal state of California we can now take autonomous driving to a new level in the USA.

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Foothill Transit launching fully fast-charging electric bus line

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Foothill Transit, the primary public transportation provider for the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys in Los Angeles County, California, is launching a heavy-duty, fast charging, fully electric bus line at the Pomona Transit Center on 27 September. Almost four years ago to the day, Foothill Transit became the first public transit agency to put fast-charge electric buses into service.

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Departments of the Navy, Energy and Agriculture award $210M in contracts for 3 drop-in fuel biorefineries; more than 100M gallons/year

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The US Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture have awarded contracts worth a combined $210 million to three companies—Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum BioEnergy and Red Rock Biofuels—to construct and commission biorefineries capable of producing drop-in biofuels. In total, these projects are intended to produce more than 100 million gallons of military-grade fuel beginning in 2016 and 2017 at a price competitive with their petroleum counterparts.

2014 88

National Drive Electric Week: 150 Cities, 90,000 People, Electric Cars All Over

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This past week, thousands of people came out to learn about, experience, and extoll the virtues of the electric car. They were participating in National Drive Electric Week--which, despite its name, has become an international event taking place not only in 150 U.S. cities, but also in Canada, Italy, and The Netherlands. Organizers estimate that

2014 87

MIT team improves liquid metal batteries for grid-scale storage; lower operating temperature, cost

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Researchers at MIT have improved a proposed liquid battery system that could enable renewable energy sources to compete with conventional power plants. Professor Donald Sadoway and colleagues have already started a company, Ambri (initially Liquid Metal Battery Corporation), to produce electrical-grid-scale liquid batteries, which comprise layers of molten material which automatically separate due to their differing densities. Earlier post.).

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From Making iPhones To Electric Cars: Foxconn To Offer $15K Plug-In Vehicle

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Foxconn is well known for manufacturing Apple iPhones--and for controversy over its labor practices--but now the company is expanding to a new area. The electronics manufacturer announced in June that it would build an electric car, and that it would sell for less than $15,000. It''s now following that declaration with action, specifically a 5

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Six California Electric-Car Bills Signed By Governor Brown

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As thousands participated in National Drive Electric Week events around the country last week, California took further steps to promote electric cars. Governor Jerry Brown signed six bills intended to spur electric-car adoption through a combination of increased incentives and measures to make ownership easier. DON''T MISS: In CA, Renters Can Now

2014 87

Rapid Charging Electric-Car Batteries: Less Damaging Than We Thought?

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DC fast charging makes electric cars considerably more practical, allowing drivers to recharge a car''s battery to 80 percent of capacity in half an hour or less. But quick charging was widely thought to come with a major drawback: While it lowers recharging times, research so far has indicated that fast charging shortens the lifespan of

2014 87

Aleris to invest $350M to upgrade Kentucky aluminum rolling mill for anticipated growth in automotive demand

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Aleris will invest $350 million to upgrade capabilities at its aluminum rolling mill in Lewisport, Kentucky. The investment positions Aleris to meet anticipated significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminum use for the production of lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. Aleris is currently a leading supplier to the European premium auto industry, which has led the transition to aluminum driven by tighter emissions standards.

Diesel Pollution In London Makes Air Worse Than Beijing For Nitrous Oxides

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There''s a lot of talk about so-called clean diesel, which in North America means any diesel that meets tailpipe emissions standards that went into effect seven years ago. Those standards, known as Tier II, Bin 5, are among the strictest in the world--and considerably tougher than the European standards in force over that period. Europe, where

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