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Comprehensive assessment concludes black carbon second-most important human emission in warming climate

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A comprehensive assessment of black-carbon climate forcing accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres estimates that black carbon, with a total climate forcing of +1.1?W?m

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Classic BMW Coupe Becomes 800-Horsepower Electric Car

Green Car Reports

BMW's ActiveE coupe is a great little electric car. Even more so when it's working. It looks pretty good, there's decent performance on offer, and drivers enjoy BMW handling and BMW quality without having to feed a drop of gas into it.

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Hybrid RAV4 Looks Promising

Hybrid SUV Blog

Toyota Updates the RAV4 for 2013. Did you catch the Toyota RAV4 commercial during the 2013 Super Bowl? I know that my first wish for this crossover came true -the tailgate-mounted spare tire is now gone.

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Better Place halts US and Australian operations, focusing on Denmark and Israel

National Green Transportation

Project Better Place announced on Wednesday it is shutting down operations in the U.S. and Australia in a move that's meant to focus the company's efforts on existing operations in Denmark and Israel. These

Consumer Reports testing finds many small turbo engines underperforming; fuel economy, acceleration no better than in larger conventional powertrains

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Consumer Reports’ own fuel economy tests of vehicles equipped with small turbocharged engines has found in many cases that the turbocharged cars tested by CR have slower acceleration and no better fuel economy than the models with larger conventional engines, the organization said.

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Tesla Model S Driving On Sunlight: Amateur Video Not So Amateur

Green Car Reports

The right car can inspire people. Whether it's the poetic beauty of an Italian sports car or the noise of the race track, that inspiration takes many forms. For some, the all-electric Tesla Model S is their inspiration.

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Are hydrogen cars finally on their way to the UK? The Green Piece

Green Cars News

Tuesday 5 February, 2013. The Green Piece Column. Toyota and BMW and now Ford, Daimler and Nissan; marriages made in the name of fuel cell vehicles. Why are these collaborations happening now?

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DOE seeking input on proposed automotive fuel cell cost and durability targets

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) ( DE-FOA-0000855 ) seeking input from stakeholders on proposed cost targets for fuel cells designed for automotive applications.

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Jeremy Clarkson Invents A Hybrid Microcar: The P45

Green Car Reports

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson isn't known for being a fan of electric or hybrid vehicles. Usually when we write about him on Green Car Reports it's to comment on the latest daft stunt or anti-electric piece on the program, but naturally, we're prepared to give credit where credit is due.

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LEAF becomes UK’s first electric driving school car

Green Cars News

Nissan’s famous electric hatchback has taken on a new role; helping the next generation learn how to drive and in the process becomes the UK’s only fully electric driving school car.

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Achates Power opposed-piston diesel for TARDEC will demonstrate multi-cylinder configuration

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Achates Power says that its 2-stroke OP engine offers higher best point brake thermal efficiency than diesel or gasoline engines. Source: Achates Power. Click to enlarge. In December 2012, the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) awarded Achates Power, Inc.,

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AC Kinetics to showcase next-generation motor control software at ARPA-E Summit; 10-40% reduction in energy consumption and improved performance

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Internal AC Kinetics testing used an AC induction motor coupled to a large inertia, following a modified EPA city traffic cycle. The AC Kinetics drive used about half of the energy of competitor commercial drives, while also having the smallest tracking error. Source: AC Kinetics. Click to enlarge.

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UPS deploys 100 commercial EVs in California

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UPS announced the deployment of 100 fully electric commercial vehicles that will be delivering packages around the state. The vehicles were manufactured in Stockton, California by Electric Vehicles International ( EVI ). Earlier post.). These UPS electric trucks will reduce the consumption of conventional motor fuel by approximately 126,000 gallons per year. Additional benefits include reduction of carbon emissions and noise.

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PSA to commercialize SwRI-developed Dedicated-EGR technology in high-efficiency gasoline engines by 2018

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The D-EGR concept dedicates one (or more) cylinders to EGR production and fuel reforming. Source: SwRI, DEER 2012. Click to enlarge.

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California Governor’s Office releases 2013 ZEV action plan; 1.5M ZEVs on CA roadways by 2025

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California Governor Jerry Brown’s Office and state agencies issued a 2013 Zero-emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan. The Action Plan follows on Governor Brown’s Executive Order (B-16-2012) released March 2012, which set required milestones for state government to enable 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roadways by 2025. Earlier post.)

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Chevrolet debuts 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel for US and Canada

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2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel engine. Click to enlarge. Chevrolet is entering the US and Canadian diesel car markets this summer with a 2.0L turbo-diesel version of the Cruze. Assembled in Lordstown, Ohio, the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel has demonstrated an estimated 42 mpg (5.6

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Chevron greenlights $5.6B Mafumeira Sul project offshore Angola

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Chevron Corporation’s Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited subsidiary will proceed with the development of the Mafumeira Sul project located offshore Angola.

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Ford and PlugShare partner on real-time charging station information

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Ford is partnering with PlugShare, an aggregator of public charge stations, to provide real-time charge station information to drivers of Ford’s plug-in vehicles. Ford’s MyFord Mobile smartphone app and Web portal now features a charging station finder powered by PlugShare.com. In addition to aggregating publicly available lists of charging stations from a variety of sources, PlugShare incorporates crowd-sourced information from users to provide the most comprehensive dataset available.

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EIA: US rail traffic reflects increase in crude oil production, decrease in coal use; coal still dominant

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The record increase in US crude oil production during 2012 and the significant decline in coal use for domestic electricity generation were reflected in the movement of those two commodities by rail last year, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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Toyota to introduce zero emissions i-ROAD urban mobility concept at Geneva Motor Show

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At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Toyota will introduce the i-ROAD concept, a new personal mobility concept capable of swiftly and efficiently transporting two people in an urban environment with zero emissions. i-ROAD concept teaser. Click to enlarge.

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Frost & Sullivan forecasts extended range electric vehicle market to reach more than 329K units by 2018

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan —Strategic Analysis of Global Market for Range Extenders—estimates the total market for range extenders will exceed 329,000 units by 2018. Extended range electric vehicles (eREVs) will be equipped with different applications such as internal combustion engine range extenders, fuel cell range extenders and micro-gas turbine range extenders.

Tesla Model S Performance: Fastest Electric Car (Video)

Green Car Reports

The Tesla Model S Performance looks great on paper. Not only does the 85 kWh Model S have an impressive 265-mile EPA-rated range, but it'll do the benchmark 0-60 mph sprint in only 4.4 seconds. That means the all-electric luxury sport sedan from Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is at least as fast as V-8 German super sedans like the BMW M5. But how do you

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Norwegian shipping industry pursuing battery-powered ships

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The Norwegian shipping industry is teaming up to develop battery-powered ships. The first four hybrid vessels will start to sail in 2013/14. In 2015, these will be followed by the world’s largest electric ferry, which will regularly cross Norway’s largest fjord. Some 120 managers representing the entire maritime cluster gathered at a DNV seminar last week. 15 years ago, the Norwegian cluster was looking into opportunities for gas-fueled ships.

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Electric Monster Truck Crushes Puny Gasoline Cars This Weekend

Green Car Reports

Remember the world's first all-electric monster truck? If you're at the AutoRama Car Show in Kansas City, Missouri this weekend, you'll be able to see it in action. We're told it'll be "participating in two car-crush demonstrations per day", which sounds like a polite way of saying it'll be causing total mechanical carnage as it pulverises a

Imperial Oil ups costs of Kearl oil sands initial development 18% to $12.9B

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Imperial Oil has raised the expected final cost for the Kearl oil sands initial development to $12.9 billion, up 18% from the 2011 figure of $10.9 billion. Kearl, jointly owned between Imperial Oil (operator) and ExxonMobil Canada, will be one of Canada’s largest open-pit mining operations with regulatory approval for up to 345,000 barrels a day of production. Imperial expects production of mined diluted bitumen from the first froth treatment train in this quarter.

Caterpillar and Fiat develop turbo-supercharged marine diesel

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Caterpillar has partnered with Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT Industrial, S.p.A.) to deliver a solution for its pleasure craft customers seeking a high performance, fuel-efficient marine diesel engine: the Cat C12.9. Expected to be available in 2014, the C12.9 will be available in both 850 mhp @ 2300 rpm and 1000 mhp @ 2300 rpm iterations, with the latter making the C12.9 an industry leader in power density.

UKH2Mobility interim report finds potential for 1.6M hydrogen-powered vehicles on UK roads by 2030, with annual sales of 300K units

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UK consumer demand for FCEVs increases as the cost premium diminishes and the network of hydrogen refueling stations (HRS) expands. Source: UKH 2 Mobility. Click to enlarge. More than 1.5

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DOE moves FutureGen 2.0 CCS project forward into second phase

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Following the successful completion of the first phase, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the beginning of Phase II of the FutureGen 2.0 project development with a new cooperative agreement between the FutureGen Industrial Alliance and DOE for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Illinois. The Department of Energy is committed to the demonstration of carbon capture and storage technologies. We believe FutureGen 2.0

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Better Place winding down ops in North America and Australia, to focus on Denmark and Israel

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Better Place, the startup provider of electric car networks using a battery switch model, has decided to focus its efforts on Denmark and Israel, where the complete infrastructure is in place and commercial operations are underway. As a corollary, it will wind-down of its non-core activities in North America and limit any further investment in Australia beyond its current commitments.

DOE seeking comment on draft $50M solicitation for new projects over 11 areas of interest to improve vehicle performance and decrease fuel consumption

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technology Program is seeking public comment on the draft of an upcoming solicitation ( DE-FOA-0000793 ) totaling more than $50 million for new research projects that will develop advanced technologies to improve vehicle performance and increase fuel economy. As part of the Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Alliance between DOE and the Department of the Army, the Army plans to contribute $3.5

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SAE High Octane Fuels Symposium: Is a new high-octane fuel a pragmatic pathway for higher engine efficiency in the US? (part 2)

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As highlighted at the 2013 SAE International High Octane Fuels Symposium (HOF) last week, high octane fuels—combined with optimized engines—are viable enablers to higher efficiency operation. When ethanol is used as the octane enhancer, there is an added benefit due to the latent heat of vaporization of that fuel. Earlier post.).

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BP and Maersk collaborating to develop next-generation offshore drilling rigs for Project 20K

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BP and Maersk Drilling will collaborate to develop conceptual engineering designs for a new breed of advanced technology offshore drilling rigs that will unlock the next frontier of deepwater oil and gas resources. The agreement is part of BP’s Project 20K, a multi-year initiative to develop next-generation systems and tools for deepwater exploration and production that are beyond the reach of today’s technology.

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DOE launches new database to support sustainable development of ocean energy resources

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As part of an international collaboration with the International Energy Agency, the US Department of Energy (DOE) launched a new database that includes results of environmental monitoring and research efforts on wave, tidal, and current energy development worldwide. Called “ Tethys ,” after the Greek titaness of the ocean, the database will help industry regulators and energy project developers deploy sustainable ocean energy projects in an environmentally responsible manner.

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Energy 2030 outlines steps to double US energy productivity by 2030; spend $166B a year to net savings of $327B

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The Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy released a set of recommendations— Energy 2030 —designed to double US energy productivity by 2030. The Commission was created in 2012 to identify solutions for increasing US energy productivity and aid in jumpstarting the economy.

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Kandi Technologies to form JV with Geely Auto for EVs in China

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Zhejiang Kandi Vehicles Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chinese EV maker Kandi Technologies Group, Inc., signed a cooperation framework agreement with Shanghai Maple Guorun Automobile Co., Ltd., a 99% owned subsidiary of Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. to establish a joint venture company, named Zhejiang Kandi Electric Vehicles Investment Co, Ltd. to engage in the investment, research and development, production, marketing and sales of electric vehicles in China.

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Ford increasing EV-certified dealerships in US to 900; 3,405 plug-in vehicles sold in total so far

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Ford will have one-third of its US dealers in all 50 states—more than 900— certified to sell the Focus Electric battery electric vehicle (BEV) and C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by spring.

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel: Ultimate Guide

Green Car Reports

Set to join the Chevrolet Cruze Eco during the first half of 2013, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is one of Chevy's most eagerly-awaited models. The Cruze Diesel has featured several times before on GreenCarReports, so below you can find all our previous coverage on the model. The most recent articles are listed first--bookmark this page in your

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