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Plug In America study projects Tesla Roadster packs will retain 80-85% capacity after 100K miles

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Capacity of Tesla Roadster batteries versus miles driven using the three types of capacity measurement: range mode (blue diamonds), standard mode (red squares), and calculated Ah capacity (green triangles). n=122. Source: PIA. Click to enlarge.

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$99+ Open Source 15kW EVSE from EMW

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Hi All, EMW here. EMW JuiceBox has reached its initial funding goal on kickstarter. Onward to a Stretch Wi-Fi goal of $40K! EMW has announced that Juicebox kickstarter campaign has reached its initial funding goal on July 10th, 2013 - with 13 days left to go. Find the project on kickstarter at [link]. Thank you all for your great support! The JuiceBox is now REAL! On to the stretch goal of $40K to make it a Wi-Fi ready!

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Tesla Model S, Roadster Break Electric-Car Lap Record At Laguna Seca

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In just a few years, the Re:Fuel racing event has become legendary among those who like their electric cars really, really fast. Two years ago, Joe Nuxoll set a new lap record for electric cars there (1:50.888), driving a completely standard Tesla Roadster.

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Electric rickshaw heads into production

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A battery-powered version of a tuk-tuk (or auto rickshaw) is to go into production in Asia, featuring key parts manufactured by UK company, Sevcon. Gateshead-based Sevcon partnered with Swedish manufacturer Clean Motion to develop the Zbee, a three-wheel electric city passenger vehicle. Now goin[.].

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Chevrolet Spark EV: speedy, smooth and quiet; the importance of motor control

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The Spark EV. Click to enlarge. Chevrolet is hosting a series of media drives this week for the production version of its new Spark EV ( earlier post ).

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Fastned's solar powered charging station network faces obstruction

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The newly announced fast charging network in the Netherlands is facing a lawsuit from incumbent service station owners afraid of the competition. News of the lawsuit emerged on Thursday, and was filed by 26 service station owners who are

Is This Volvo Solar Pavilion The Ultimate Electric Car Accessory?

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Solar panels are great, but they can be a bit. well, bland sometimes. We can''t argue with their benefits, but unless you''ve a keen eye for photography, they aren''t really works of art.

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BRUSA supplies complete drivetrain for E-FORCE 18-t electric truck

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The E-Force truck for Feldschlösschen. Click to enlarge. BRUSA Elektronik AG is to supply the main drivetrain components such as motors, inverters and chargers for the E-FORCE, Switzerland’s first all-electric 18-tonne truck.

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Fastned's solar powered charging station network faces obstruction

National Green Transportation

The newly announced fast charging network in the Netherlands is facing a lawsuit from incumbent service station owners afraid of the competition. News of the lawsuit emerged on Thursday, and was filed by 26 service station owners who are

It's Official: General Motors Now Sees Tesla As A Threat

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"History is littered with big companies that ignored innovation that was coming their way because you didn’t know where you could be disrupted." General Motors will be hoping those words, from vice chairman Steve Girksy as the automaker begins to study electric upstart Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], don''t become too prophetic. They''re a clear

Ford hybrid and electric sales quadruple

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While Japanese carmakers got there first, US carmaker, Ford has been making up for lost time, with its growing range of hybrid vehicles achieving record sales in its native country. Ford promises that fuel economy rates will improve too, in response to consumer feedback; starting from this Augus[.].

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BRUSA electric drive components now available in 750-volt versions; targeted for commercial and very high performance

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BRUSA 750V electric drive components. Click to enlarge. BRUSA Elektronik AG is now offering its proven electric-drive components—including motor, controller, power electronics, battery pack and chargers—in 750-volt versions.

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New diesel Volkswagen Golf GTD heading for the US; first driving impressions

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New Golf GTD. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen has introduced a new version of the Golf GTD (“Gran Turismo Diesel”) in Europe, and plans to bring it to the US market, reportedly likely for the 2016 model year.

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New $30M ARPA-E program to develop new solar conversion and storage technologies; targeting higher solar penetration in mix

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Schematic comparing the cost and dispatchability of PV to CSP with thermal storage. The “PV+Storage” box includes the high cost of electrical storage for PV. The FOCUS Program target zone for electricity generation is indicated. Source: ARPA-E. Click to enlarge.

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New Honda Fit Hybrid improves fuel economy 35% over outgoing model; best hybrid (non plug-in) fuel economy in Japan

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Honda Motor Co., achieved fuel economy of 36.4 km/L (85.6 mpg US, 2.7 l/100 km) over the JC08 cycle on the new Fit Hybrid—a 35% improvement over the preceding model and the highest among all hybrid models (excluding plug-in hybrids) in Japan, according to Honda research. Earlier post.)

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EPFL/Technion team develops “champion” nanostructures for efficient solar water-splitting to produce hydrogen

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Hydrogen bubbles as they appear in a photoelectrochemical cell. © LPI / EPFL. Click to enlarge. Researchers from EPFL in Switzerland and Technion-Israel Institue of Technology have developed nanoparticle-based ?-Fe

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Wärtsilä to retrofit German ferry with LNG dual-fuel engines to reduce environmental footprint on sensitive sea area

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Wärtsilä has been awarded a retrofitting contract by the German shipyard BVT Brenn - und Verformtechnik Bremen GmbH. The project entails converting the m/v Ostfriesland , a car and passenger ferry owned by AG EMS, to be able to utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel.

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Honda to begin field testing of micro-sized EV in City of Saitama, Japan

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Honda Motor Co., and the City of Saitama in Saitama Prefecture, Japan will begin field tests of the Micro Commuter Prototype ?, Honda’s micro-sized EV model, this fall.

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EIA: rail, truck and barge crude oil deliveries to US refineries increasing

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New MECA report calls for implementation of particle number (PN) limits by North American regulators

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Particle number vs. particle mass for various LDV engine technologies. Source: MECA, Ford Motor Company. Click to enlarge.

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Volkswagen of America bringing in downsized 1.8L EA888 engine to displace 2.5L; all vehicles E15 capable

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Technologies in the EA888 engine line. Click to enlarge. Among the important product changes for Volkswagen of America for the 2014 model year is the introduction of the EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TSI engine, which will gradually replace the 2.5-liter five-cylinder naturally aspirated powerplant fitted to the Jetta, Beetle, and Passat models.

Nissan re-launches Datsun brand with 1.2L Datsun GO

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Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor President and CEO, unveiled the Datsun GO in India. The Datsun GO is the realization of Nissan’s commitment in March 2012 to return the Datsun brand to the marketplace. Datsun is now the third brand for the Nissan Motor Company along with the Nissan and Infiniti brands.

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Ford tweaking calibrations to boost on-road fuel economy for MY2013 hybrids

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Ford is boosting the on-road fuel economy performance of its 2013 model year hybrid vehicles in the US and Canada. Starting in August, the company will make calibration updates for owners at dealerships designed to improve on-road fuel economy of the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. New 2014 models will have the updated settings from the factory.

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Nissan providing six electric New Mobility Concepts for rental service in Japan

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Nissan Motor Co., will offer six units of the electric Nissan New Mobility Concept ( earlier post ) for Japan’s first ultra-compact mobility rental car service in Teshima, Tonosho-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa prefecture as part of a pilot project for ultra-compact mobility to be conducted on the island. Nissan New Mobility Concept. Click to enlarge.

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2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Production To Double To 40 Percent Of Total

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With hybrid sales growing all the time, no hybrid-touting manufacturer can afford to be left without stock. That''s why Ford has announced it''s to increase production of the 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid by double for the new model year. Announced by Ford''s group vice president of global product development, Raj Nair, the increased production means 40

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Caterpillar Marine Power Systems introduces Marine Hybrid System

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The Cat marine hybrid power system uses AKA’s XeroPoint Hybrid system. Source: AKA. Click to enlarge. Caterpillar Marine Power Systems has introduced the the Cat Powered Marine Hybrid System, a complete hybrid propulsion package applicable to all engine platforms. Developed with systems integrator Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA), the package utilizes AKA’s XeroPoint Hybrid marine propulsion system and provides fuel savings of up to 25% and corresponding emissions reductions.

Razor Launches New, All-Electric Performance. Ummmm. Vehicle

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The trouble with kids is that they just don''t have enough ways to injure themselves these days. If you''re a parent who thinks this should change, then we can''t think of anything with better arm-breaking potential than the Crazy Cart from Razor. What the Crazy Cart is, is a shrunken electric go-kart on casters with a tiny seat and a

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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV: First Drive Report

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Aspire, Sprint, Swift, and Esteem: They’re among the most ironically inappropriate car names. But in its new EV guise, the Chevy Spark has the perfect name, on many levels. This car certainly has more than a spark of personality; it''s all-electric (forget about those spark plugs); and, perhaps most importantly, as GM''s first battery-electric

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Chrysler Group partnering with NextEnergy to evaluate vehicle-to-grid technology

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Chrysler Group is working with NextEnergy to evaluate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology using four all-electric minivans. Detroit-based NextEnergy is a non-profit energy-technology and business accelerator. The battery-powered minivans are connected to a charging module that, using NextEnergy technology, can simulate any electrical grid in the world.

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Tesla Motors Buys 35-Acre Test Facility In Fremont, CA

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As Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] faces the obstacle of obstreperous dealer organizations, rides the wave of its strong production figures, and quietly welcomes recent evidence that its batteries in the Roadster are lasting longer than predicted, another development: the electric car company has purchased a 35-acre tract adjacent to its Fremont, CA

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Kickstarter Project For Open-Source Level 2 Electric-Car Charging Station Reaches Goal

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A Kickstarter project promising faster, cheaper Level 2 240V, 15 kW charging has reached its goal, with the first units expected to deliver this month.

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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid: 500K Miles, Still In Patrol Service

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If you ever had any doubt that hybrids were durable--and many people do--here''s a case study to set your mind at ease. A white base-model 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid has just crossed 500,000 miles, which possibly makes it the highest-mileage Escape Hybrid on the road. That''s much higher than the Escape Hybrids with 300,000 miles of taxi service in San

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SK Innovation, BAIC and Beijing Electric Works forming EV battery pack JV

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Asian Power reports that South Korea’s SK Innovation Company, Beijing Automotive Industries Holding Co. BAIC) and Beijing Electronics Holding Co., the world’s fifth-largest LCD maker, have signed an agreement to form a joint venture to produce battery packs for electric vehicles. The joint venture will invest US$166.4

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IEA report finds “avoid, shift and improve” policies for urban transport could deliver up to $70T in savings through 2050

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Expected urban private motorized travel (in passenger kilometers). Source: IEA. Click to enlarge. Policies that improve the energy efficiency of urban transport systems could help save as much as US$70 trillion in spending on vehicles, fuel and transportation infrastructure between now and 2050, according to a recently released report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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UMTRI study finds diesel vehicles save owners thousands in total ownership costs compared to gasoline vehicles

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Drivers of diesel vehicles can save thousands of dollars in total ownership costs compared to similar gasoline vehicles, according to a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) study. The estimates of savings for three and five years of ownership vary from a low of $67 in three years to a high of $15,619 in five years, but most of the savings are in the $2,000-to-$6,000 range, which also include the extra cost that is usually added to the diesel version of a vehicle.

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Bosch and PSA present first two OpEneR prototypes for increased range of electric drive vehicles

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OpEneR prototype at RIVE2013 in Alès. Click to enlarge. Bosch, PSA Peugeot Citroën and partners recently presented the first two Optimal Energy Consumption and Recovery solution ( OpEneR ) prototypes. OpEneR is a European research project under the Seventh Framework Programme designed to increase the range of future hybrid and electric vehicles by optimizing energy management.

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Sapphire Energy and Linde Group to commercialize hydrothermal treatment technology used to upgrade algae into crude oil

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Sapphire Energy, Inc. and The Linde Group will expand their partnership to commercialize a new industrial-scale conversion technology needed to upgrade algae biomass into crude oil. Together, the companies will refine the hydrothermal treatment process developed and operated today by Sapphire Energy at pilot-scale.

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