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First drive: Volvo XC90 T8 Drive-E Twin Engine PHEV sets a high bar for full-size luxury SUV plug-ins in US

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With the 2016 XC90 ( earlier post ) heading to dealerships across the US, Volvo Cars gave media an opportunity to experience the next generation of its full-size luxury SUV—in both its conventional T6 and plug-in hybrid T8 Drive-E Twin Engine forms—in and around Los Angeles.

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Tesla Gigafactory: Drone Flyover Shows How Huge It Really Is

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The very word "gigafactory" makes Tesla Motors' lithium-ion cell fabrication and battery assembly plant sound quite large. But how huge it actually is can be hard to comprehend.

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New promising solid-state electrolyte for rechargeable Li-metal batteries

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The new solid-state electrolyte shows electrochemical stability up to 10 V vs Li/Li +. Credit: ACS, Rangasamy et al. Click to enlarge.

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Lux Research: Li-ion battery costs to drop to as low as $172/kWh by 2025; big boost for EVs in mid- to late 2020s

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2015 122

Bosch retrofits a pair of Tesla Model S EVs for automated driving testing

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Bosch has retrofitted two Model S Teslas for automated driving; the vehicles join the Bosch test fleet. The two Teslas can now autonomously drive from on-ramp to off-ramp without the driver needing to monitor them constantly.

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Global Bioenergies delivering first renewable gasoline sample to Audi

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Global Bioenergies and its partner Audi ( earlier post ) announced that the first batch of renewable gasoline using Global Bioenergies’ fermentative isobutene pathway has been produced. Earlier post.)

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Toyota reports new real-time observation method sets stage for more efficient, durable fuel cell stacks

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2015 104

BMW making water pump wheel for DTM racecars and Z4 GT3s using 3D printing; ideal for small batch production

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BMW is making water pump wheels for its racers for German Touring Car Masters (DTM) and Z4 GT3 customer cars using additive manufacturing (3D printing); 500 3D-printed water pump wheels are currently in use.

2015 104

Anderman report projects annual global EV and PHEV market to grow four-fold to 1.4M vehicles between 2014 and 2020

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The 2015 xEV Industry Insider Report by Dr. Menahem Anderman, released this week, projects that the combined annual global electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) market will grow fourfold from 350,000 to 1.4 million vehicles between 2014 and 2020, with even faster growth likely in the following decade. The report reveals sharper growth for PHEVs than for EVs, with government regulations heavily impacting regional market direction.

2015 104

Lifecycle study finds fuel switching from diesel to natural gas could produce net climate damage absent reductions in CH4 emissions and improved vehicle efficiency

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Hitachi Automotive Systems supplying 5 kW/kg high power density prismatic Li-ion cells for MY 2016 Malibu Hybrid

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Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. will supply 5,000 W/kg high power density prismatic lithium-ion battery cells for the new MY 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid ( earlier post ).

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Eidesvik Viking Queen retrofitted with 650 kWh energy storage system for hybrid system; 18% fuel savings; ThinkGlobal connection

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Eidesvik is retrofitting its offshore support vessel (OSV) Viking Queen with a 650 kWh, 1600 kW energy storage system. The Viking Queen is the first OSV to get such a system installed as a retrofit solution.

2015 97

Mitsubishi Electric introduces new in-vehicle noise reduction system, next-generation infotainment system

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Mitsubishi Electric, long active in reducing automotive in-cabin noise attributable to engines, is introducing an advanced Active Noise Control (ANC) system that cancels less predictable and harmonically unrelated road sounds.

2015 97

Tenneco showcasing new large engine SCR system for marine applications

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Tenneco will showcase its complete urea-dosing control, fluid handling and catalyst solution for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) aftertreatment at the 2015 BariShip Maritime Fair in Imabari, Japan, 21-23 May.

New Gen 6 Camaro lighter, leaner, faster, more efficient; base 2.0L, 4-cylinder entry-level engine

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Fifty years after the introduction of the first Chevrolet Camaro, GM unveiled the new sixth-generation. The Gen Six Camaro provides a faster, more nimble driving experience, enabled by an all-new, lighter architecture and a broader powertrain range.

2015 97

Aerovironment Level 2 capable portable charger standard with Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV

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The AeroVironment portable TurboCord Dual (120V/240V) charger will come standard with the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in electric hybrid (earlier pos t), which will go on sale in the US later this year. This marks the first time a plug-in hybrid manufacturer is including a Level 2 capable, 240V charger as part of its “standard equipment package”.

2015 93

Early exposure to PM2.5 associated with increased risk of childhood autism; causality unproven

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Exposure to fine particulate air pollution (PM 2.5 ) during pregnancy through the first two years of a child’s life may be associated with an increased risk of the child developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition that affects one in 68 children, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigation of children in southwestern Pennsylvania. The research is funded by The Heinz Endowments and published in the July edition of Environmental Research.

2015 92

Researchers use X-ray nanotomography to identify key mechanisms of FCC catalyst aging; could lead to more efficient gasoline production

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Scientists at Utrecht University and the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have used X-ray nanotomography to identify key mechanisms of the aging process of catalyst particles that are used to refine crude oil into gasoline.

2015 91

AllCell and LG develop high-performance Li-ion battery for material handling market

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AllCell Technologies, LLC, a Chicago-based Lithium-ion battery pack manufacturer for smart-grid, autonomous and light electric vehicle applications, and LG Chem Ltd. have developed a high performance long lasting Li-ion battery for material handling applications. The battery is built with LG’s cylindrical 18650-format Li-ion batteries and AllCell’s proprietary passive thermal management technology with phase change composite (PCC) ( earlier post ).

2015 90

California Test Track For Elon Musk's Hyperloop To Be Built

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Tesla's Powerwall home batteries have grabbed headlines recently, but another of Tesla CEO Elon Musk's many big ideas could be reaching an important stage in its development. That would be the "Hyperloop," a system of tubes and windowless pods that's unlike any current form of mass transportation. Elon Musk first proposed the Hyperloop in the. Elon Musk California mass transit Hyperloop

2015 87

Solar Panels On Dutch Bike Lane Produce More Power Than Planned

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Apparently, solar panels aren't just for roofs anymore. The Dutch company SolaRoad has long planned to build bike paths and roadways with embedded solar panels, using nominally open space for renewable-energy generation. Last November, it opened a 230-foot test section of bike path in Krommenie, near Amsterdam. DON'T MISS: The Coming Solar Power. Infrastructure energy infrastructure bicycle The Netherlands renewable energy solar

2015 87

Electric Car Charging: The Basics You Need To Know

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The number of plug-in electric cars on North American roads grows every year, and with them come new buyers. Each new electric-car driver will have a few things to learn, so we've rounded up some tips on how, where, and when how to charge up that new plug-in vehicle. Whether you're already an owner, considering the purchase of a new or used.

2015 87

Why LG Chem Leads In Electric-Car Batteries: Materials Science, It Says

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The top three battery makers for electric cars today are Panasonic, AESC, and LG Chem. But while Panasonic sells largely to Tesla, and AESC is a joint venture half-owned by Nissan, LG sells its cells to more carmakers than any other battery company. And the secret to that success is LG's expertise in chemicals and materials science, according to. Batteries lithium-ion battery pack plug-in cars lg-chem

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Next Toyota Prius Hybrid: 40-Percent Thermal Effiency From Engine, Toyota Says

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You may not hear about the thermal efficiency of engines much: It's the ratio of how efficiently they use the energy in the fuel they burn. Conventional gasoline engines have long run about 25 percent, diesels at 30 to 35 percent. But the gasoline engine to be used in the next generation of the Toyota Prius hybrid will achieve a remarkable thermal. Engine Future Cars Efficiency combustion cycle

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Volkswagen’s autonomous braking system cuts 3rd party injury claims by 45% in UK

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Safety experts at the Thatcham Research Centre in the UK have seen a 45% drop in third party personal injury insurance claims due to the fitment of auto-emergency braking systems in Volkswagen Golf and Passat models. The latest generation Golf went on sale in the UK in January 2013.

2015 86

Connecticut providing up to $3K cash rebate for buyers of BEVs, FCEVs, and PHEVs while funding lasts

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Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program (CHEAPR). Under this new initiative, a cash rebate of up to $3,000 is now available for Connecticut residents, businesses, and municipalities who purchase or lease an eligible electric vehicle (EV). EVs covered by CHEAPR include battery electric (BEV), fuel cell (FCEV), and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles.

2012, 2013 Nissan Leaf Electric Cars Get $5,000 Lease Buyout Credit

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Electric cars may be very different from their internal-combustion counterparts, but some aspects of the ownership experience are the same. Regardless of the powertrain, owners reaching the end of leases have to decide what to do. Does it make more sense to trade the car in for a new vehicle, or buy it out and keep going? DON'T MISS: Four Years. car buying plug-in cars deals lease price

2015 85

Will Tesla Powerwall Home Battery Save Money? Cost Calculator Helps You Decide

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Tesla's Powerwall home batteries comprise a high-profile entry by the electric-car maker into a new segment of the energy industry that's expected to grow rapidly. Energy storage potentially allows homes and businesses to make greater use of renewable sources like solar and wind, and gives them a degree of flexibility in power rates. For home. Batteries electric utilities plug-in cars electricity costs Tesla Powerwall

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New Chrysler Minivan Might Get Electric All-Wheel Drive: CEO

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Carmakers typically turn to electrification for increased fuel efficiency, but it can have other benefits as well. In some cases, it may even help maximize interior space in vehicle where that is an important selling point. Chrysler wants to offer all-wheel drive as an option for its next-generation Town & Country minivan, but there's a catch. all-wheel drive Plug-In Hybrids Future Cars AWD Sergio Marchionne Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA

Connecticut Electric-Car Incentives Unveiled, Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars Included

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Connecticut can now count itself among the cadre of states offering incentives for the purchase of new plug-in electric cars. And the name of its incentive program gets right to the point: CHEAPR is the suitably appropriate acronym for the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate pilot program. DON"T MISS: Rewarding Dealers Who. rebates hydrogen incentives plug-in cars transportation policy Connecticut fuel cells

IMF: Fossil Fuels Subsidies Are $5.3 Trillion A Year If Climate Costs Included

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Climate change doesn't just present an environmental threat to human populations, it also has a tangible economic impact. Governments must invest in measures to combat climate change, and deal with its effects as well as the general consequences of societies that depend on the combustion of fossil fuels to run their economies. So how much does all. Carbon Footprint global warming energy policy climate change fossil fuels

2015 84

How Much Do Plug-In Hybrids Plug In? Volt Has Most Electric Miles, Data Shows

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It's one of the big unknowns about plug-in hybrids: How much do they actually get plugged in? Battery-electric cars have to plug in to remain usable, but plug-in hybrids and range-extended electric vehicles don't. And while some makers--most notably Chevrolet and Ford--happily release data showing that their drivers plug in more than expected. Plug-In Hybrids Department of Energy U.S. DOE plug-in cars Range-Extended Electric Vehicle

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2016 Volvo XC90 T8: First Plug-In Hybrid With 240-Volt Charging Built In

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The 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 "Twin Engine" is the world's first seven-seat plug-in hybrid SUV, and when it goes on sale this fall it will apparently claim another distinctive first. So far, no production plug-in hybrid has been offered with 240-volt Level 2 charging as standard equipment. But the XC90 T8 will ship with an AeroVironment TurboCord that. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars charging

2015 83

Audi Q6 e-Tron All-Electric 'Coupe SUV' Confirmed For 2018

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Over the next few years, the German luxury establishment--including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche--is expected to launch a barrage of electric car models in a belated attempt to take on startup Tesla Motors. For some time, it's been understood that one of those models will be an all-electric SUV from Audi. The carmaker now says that the. plug-in cars Audi Q6

2015 83

CA Green Stickers All But Gone; Will Plug-In Hybrid Sales Suffer Without Carpool-Lane Access?

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All good things must come to an end, and so it is with the green stickers that give plug-in hybrid drivers access to California's freeway carpool lanes with just one person in the car. A total of 70,000 stickers were allotted, and the supply is now almost exhausted. A bill to allocate 15,000 more stickers is pending in the California legislature. carpool Plug-In Hybrids California incentives CARB plug-in cars hov High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes

2015 82

German State To Test City 'Eco Lane' For Cleanest Cars, Carpools

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Carpool lanes have been an accepted part of the landscape in California for more than 40 years now. But they're less well-known in Europe, where bus lanes have taken priority instead--largely due to pervasive and well-accepted mass transit systems. But now Germany is planning to test the concept of "eco lanes," restricted to not only vehicles with. emissions Politics carpool Germany traffic incentives High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes

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