Sat.Nov 07, 2015 - Fri.Nov 13, 2015

How a tire company is doing its part to recycle and reuse; Michelin’s TREC

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by Derek Peterson. It’s fascinating how individuals and companies continue to find creative ways to recycle and reuse.

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Audi e-Tron Drive, Nissan's Big Battery, VW Weirdness, Doomed Tesla: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Who thinks Tesla Motors is "doomed"? And, while we liked driving the Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid, why was our verdict: "Good first effort, but should try harder"? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, November 6, 2015.

2015 110

Obama Administration announces actions to sustain and advance nuclear energy in US

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Although overshadowed by the announcement on denial of a Presidential Permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline ( earlier post ), on Friday, the Obama administration also on Friday announced and highlighted a number of actions to sustain and advance nuclear energy in the US. In 2014, nuclear power generated about 60% of carbon-free electricity in the United States, and continues to play a major role in efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector.

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Two years in, BMW i3 is the best-selling EV in Germany and the 3rd top seller worldwide; 80% of buyers new to BMW

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Two years after it went on sale, the BMW i3 has become the top selling electric vehicle in Germany (one in every four electrically-powered vehicles sold since introduction) and the third best selling model worldwide (one in 10).

2015 111

Local Motors introduces first 3D-printed car series; pre-sales to begin in 2016

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Local Motors , which live-printed a 3D-printed car at SEMA last year, is now moving into testing and development phases that will culminate with a road-ready, fully homologated series of cars built using direct digital manufacturing (DDM), of which 3D printing is a part.

2015 111

World Solar Challenge Concludes As Teams Cover 1,800 Miles On Sun Power (Video)

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The closest most people can get to a solar-powered car is to buy a battery-electric vehicle and charge it with electricity generated by a home solar array. But cars powered directly by the sun really do exist--at least a handful of them, anyhow.

2015 110

Sendyne patents novel active battery cell balancing method

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Sendyne, a developer of precision current and voltage measurement systems and modeling/simulation tools for battery systems and other applications, has been awarded a patent for a novel active cell balancing topology.

2015 108

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid coming to market with EPA-estimated 27-mile electric range; starts at $34,600

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The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is arriving in select dealerships in 10 states this week with an EPA-estimated 27-mile (43.5-kilometer) All-Electric Range (AER).

2015 108

IHS Automotive sees Google leading technology, testing, software development for autonomous driving

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The key to self-driving cars is software that can interpret all of a vehicles’ sensors and learn to mimic the driving skills and experiences of the very best drivers.

2015 108

Vanderbilt researchers find iron pyrite quantum dots boost performance of sodium-ion and Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Vanderbilt University have demonstrated that ultrafine sizes (∼4.5 nm, average) of iron pyrite (FeS 2 ) nanoparticles are advantageous to sustain reversible conversion reactions in sodium ion and lithium ion batteries. A paper on their work is published in the journal ACS Nano.

2015 103

KAIST researchers develop mechanical nanoscale fasteners for fuel cell membranes; lower cost, higher efficiency, easily manufactured

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Shell launches commercial operation of Quest carbon capture and storage in Alberta oil sands

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Shell marked the official opening of the Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Alberta, Canada, and the start of commercial operations there. Quest is designed to capture and safely store more than one million tonnes of CO 2 each year—equal to the emissions from about 250,000 cars.

Ford first to test autonomous vehicle at U Michigan Mcity

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Ford is the first automaker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity—the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. Earlier post.) The 32-acre facility is part of the university’s Mobility Transformation Center.

2015 102

Chevy Colorado diesel pickup EPA-rated at up to 31 mpg highway

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The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado two-wheel drive with the Duramax turbo-diesel ( earlier post ) will be the most fuel efficient pickup in the US, offering an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 31 mpg (7.58 l/100 km) highway fuel economy.

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EuroCarBody Award 2015 goes to the Carbon Core body of the new BMW 7 Series

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The Carbon Core body structure of the new BMW 7 Series has been awarded the EuroCarBody Award 2015 at the 17 th Global Car Body Benchmarking Conference. The body of the new BMW luxury sedans was given a rating of 41.87

2015 102

Hyundai introducing augmented reality owner’s manual app

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Hyundai is on track to be the first mainstream automaker to launch an augmented reality owner’s manual app.

2015 102

First flight of Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 aero engine; highest thrust, 3D-printed structure

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Rolls-Royce announced the first flight of the higher thrust Trent XWB-97 aero engine, demonstrating both additional thrust capability and ground-breaking new technical innovations, such as the world’s largest Additive Layer Manufactured (ALM) structure.

2015 102

Researchers develop computer model for crash injury risks based on precrash occupant position

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Researchers led by Ashley Weaver, assistant professor at the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University Center for Injury Biomechanics, have developed a method to compute crash injury metrics and risks as functions of precrash occupant position.

2015 97

Report finds road transportation sector in Canada likely to fall far short of 2050 GHG emissions reduction target

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A new Conference Board of Canada report finds that Canada is unlikely to achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.

2015 97

Rice U team develops new class of quasi-solid-state electrolytes; stable performance at high temperatures

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Researchers at Rice University, with colleagues at Wayne State University, report the development of a new class of quasi-solid-state Li-ion battery electrolytes which have the structural stability of a solid and the wettability of a liquid.

2015 97

Euro NCAP introducing new test for autonomous emergency braking

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European safety organisation Euro NCAP is introducing a new test that will check how well vehicles autonomously detect and prevent collisions with pedestrians.

2015 97

2017 Cadillac XT5 initiates new series of Cadillac luxury crossovers; cylinder deactivation and stop/start

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Cadillac unveiled the first 2017 Crossover Touring 5 (XT5), a comprehensively upgraded luxury crossover and the cornerstone of a new series of crossovers. Cadillac crossovers will wear the “XT” designation.

2015 97

Sweden’s FVG to add 400 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel cars to fleet; options for up to 240 more

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Westport Innovations Inc., together with Volvo Car Sverige and Upplands Motor, announced that Sweden-based Fågelviksgruppen (FVG) has signed an agreement covering the purchase of 400 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel taxis with Westport technology and fuel systems including options to purchase up to 240 more.

2015 97

EIA: More than 1 billion gallons of renewable drop-in diesel/jet produced worldwide in 2014

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More than one billion gallons of hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) fuels—renewable, drop-in diesel and jet fuels such as Neste’s NEXBTL—were produced worldwide in 2014, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

2015 97

GKN Driveline introduces new family of lightweight CV joint systems; 4kg weight reduction

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GKN Driveline has developed a new family of lightweight constant velocity joint (CV joint) systems that enable rear-wheel drive platforms to save more than 4kg of weight. Higher performance drivelines with less rotating mass are a key element in auto industry CO 2 reduction strategies.

2015 97

Fujitsu launches Singapore field trial of AI-enhanced event-congestion-mitigation system

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Fujitsu Laboratories has begun a field trial that aims to reduce congestion around major events, stadiums, and shopping centers through behavioral guidance.

2015 97

Mazda’s new Aqua-tech Paint System receives Prime Minister’s Award; lower VOCs than Three Layer Wet

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Mazda Motor Corporation’s new paint system—the Aqua-tech Paint System —has received the Prime Minister’s Award (Manufacturing and Production Process Category) at the 6 th Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award ceremony.

2015 97

Why Exxon Is Attacking The Media Over Climate Change Research

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Beginning in the 1970s, Exxon conducted research that confirmed the occurrence of climate change, and that the burning of fossil fuels is a major contributor to it. But--at the direction of then-CEO Lee Raymond--the company kept the research quiet. Then it spent the better part of two decades funding groups that denied the science of climate. emissions oil research climate change Exxon science

Expect A 500-Mile Electric Car By 2025, Says Tesla's Elon Musk

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It was a relatively brief projection of the future from a man who's juggling a lot of balls in the present, but even Elon Musk's quick hits can be newsworthy. The CEO of electric-car maker Tesla Motors told attendees at the Barron's Investment Conference that he expects 500-mile electric cars to be available in just 10 years. His remarks, last. lithium-ion future Elon Musk battery pack Tesla Motors plug-in cars

2015 87

Electric Cars Sans Cords: Nissan Readying Higher-Power Inductive Charging

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Electric car owners get to enjoy a certain level of pride in saying that they never have to deal with gas stations and dirty fuel-filler nozzles. Most of those owners would likely agree that not having to deal with cords and charging ports would be another great step forward, however. Soon, if Nissan and several other automakers have their way. Wireless charging Inductive Charging

2015 87

Electric-Car Drivers Will Pay For DC Fast-Charging 12-To-1 Over Level 2

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A growing fleet of electric cars will need a comprehensive network of public charging stations, but those who build and maintain those stations have some choices to make. They have to provide charging infrastructure that will be useful to the public, but is also financially sustainable. Level 2 AC charging stations are relatively inexpensive and. plug-in cars charging charging infrastructure Fast Charging eVgo charging network

2015 87

Report: Hyundai launching new brand of electrified vehicles in January: hybrid first, then PHEV and EV

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The Korea Times reports that Korea-based Hyundai Motor will launch its new brand of electric vehicles scheduled for January. The first model of Hyundai’s new car brand—tentatively named “AE”—will be first introduced as a hybrid electric vehicle, followed by PHEV and full-EV editions, according to the report. Hyundai Motor Group vice chairman Chung Eui-sun earlier this year declared the PHEV as the answer to the future survival of the company and the industry.

2015 87

Electric-Car Drivers Don't Pay Their Share? Actually, No One Does

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The annual registration fees for electric cars implemented by several states have been the subject of much controversy. Electric-car advocates view the fees as a form of harassment, and a hindrance to electric-car sales. But advocates of the fees claim they just force drivers to pay their fair share. DON'T MISS: Electric Vehicles Come Out Ahead Of. Infrastructure plug-in cars highways road tax transportation policy highway funding

2015 87

Is An Electric Scoot Quad (Nee Renault Twizy) Car-Sharing's Urban Future?

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In San Francisco, driving a bight-red tandem two-seat electric Renault Twizy gets you noticed--by everyone from sweet little old ladies to skate punks. Even on Castro Street. On Halloween. We spent a weekend with the low-speed electric vehicle, which is just being added to the Scoot Networks fleet of electric scooters on a test basis. DON'T MISS. Car Sharing neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) san francisco plug-in cars Startups 2012 Renault Twizy

2015 86

More Faraday Info: Chinese Billionaire Backer, Ex-Tesla Staff For Electric-Car Startup

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It seems like something out of a movie: a mysterious startup company operates for a few years in total secrecy, then drops plans for a billion-dollar factory that will build electric cars. But that's the summary of the secretive Faraday Future, about which a bit more information slipped out last week. Faraday (it suggests you call it "FF") issued. China Car Sharing Tesla Motors plug-in cars Startups

2015 86

EPA's 'Top Fuel Sippers' Don't Use Fuel: They're Electric Cars

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a list of top "fuel sippers," compiled from its fuel-economy ratings. But none of them actually use any fuel at all. That's because they're all electric cars. DON'T MISS: What Is MPGe Anyway? What Is Efficiency For Electric Cars? Published on the EPA's Fueleconomy.gov website, the list includes. Green EPA EPA Ratings MPGe plug-in cars

2015 86

Will Nissan Leaf Offer Autonomous Driving Just Like A Tesla?

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With the IDS Concept that Nissan showed at the recent Tokyo Motor Show, the automaker hinted that Nissan may be readying a suite of autonomous technologies—and a language through which the car will communicate with the driver and with its surroundings. And while it might be tempting to see the IDS as a thinly veiled next-generation Leaf, and. Tesla Motors Autonomous cars Tesla Autopilot Nissan IDS Concept

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