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New mobile phone app identifies driver phone use, enabling action to reduce distracted driving

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Illustration of the logical flow in the system. By measuring the amount of time that sound takes to travel from each speaker, the cell phone app can determine whether the phone is on the driver’s side or the passenger’s side of the car. Source: Yang et al. Click to enlarge.

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Mechanic's Worry: Electric Car Brakes Will Ruin My Business

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Talk to any independent auto-repair mechanic, and you'll learn that the single most important item that keeps a shop in business is brakes. But hybrids and electric cars use their friction brakes far less aggressively than regular cars. That's because when the driver presses the pedal, some or all of the slowing comes from engaging an electric

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Two New Concept Hybrids

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A Sneak Peak at New SUV Hybrids. SUVs continue to be popular even as the economy remains stagnant. And so, automakers are planning to introduce new models and many of them will be offered with a hybrid option.

In electric cars, what is a compliance car? (EV 101)

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In the electric car market some of the cars are dismissed as a "compliance car" indicating a manufacturer that's apparently not fully on board with building electric or plug-in hybrid cars. The fans of

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UNIST teams develop high-rate iron oxide anode material, high-energy and high-rate cathode material for Li-ion batteries

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The spindle-like porous ?-Fe Fe 2 O 3 prepared from an iron-based metal organic framework (MOF) template showed high capacity and high rate capability. Credit: ACS, Xu et al. Click to enlarge.

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Volt Executive Tony Posawatz Is New CEO Of Fisker Automotive

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In an unexpected announcement, struggling startup electric-car maker Fisker Automotive this morning named Tony Posawatz its new CEO and President. He replaces Tom LaSorda, himself appointed CEO only in late February. LaSorda will leave the company but remain available as an advisor. Posawatz spent more than four years in executive positions on the

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Two New Concept Hybrids

Hybrid SUV Blog

A Sneak Peak at New SUV Hybrids. SUVs continue to be popular even as the economy remains stagnant. And so, automakers are planning to introduce new models and many of them will be offered with a hybrid option.

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Urban Green Energy and GE introduce integrated wind-powered electric vehicle charging station

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Urban Green Energy (UGE) and GE unveiled the first integrated wind-powered electric vehicle charging station.

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2013 Nissan Leaf: More Range, Cheaper Model, Report Says

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The 2013 Nissan Leaf that will go on sale in January will be a slightly different car from the 2011 and 2012 models sold in the U.S. so far. We already know the electric car will offer leather seats and a 6.6-kilowatt charger as options, along with a more efficient heating system. Now a report from Japan suggests that Nissan will offer a 2013 Leaf

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Folding electric car to go on sale in 2013

Green Cars News

A folding electric car first designed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is to go on sale in Europe with prices expected to be in the region of €13,000 ($16,000 US dollars) according to PSFK. Exact production levels are not known, but prototype models of the new Hiriko Fold car are already [.]. Electric cars design electric car Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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EIA: Estimated US 2012 gasoline consumption low compared to five-year average

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US gasoline consumption in the first quarter of 2012, which averaged about 8.5 million barrels per day (bbl/d), was down 124 thousand bbl/d compared with the same time last year, continuing the trend of lower consumption and higher prices, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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RFF papers explore differing outcomes of higher gasoline taxes on public transit and rural areas

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Variation across different regions of the United States of relative compensating variation (CV, additional money required to stay at same utility level). aggregated to the county level given a 10 cent per gallon tax shows tremendous. heterogeneity across and within states.

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Erosion-resistant nanocoating for turbine blades saves fuel, lowers costs

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The commercialization of an advanced, erosion-resistant nanocoating developed with assistance from the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) promises to benefit both the nation’s transportation and energy sectors.

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New mixed-oxide catalysts shown as viable substitute for platinum catalysts for diesel exhaust aftertreatment

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NO conversion versus ramp-up and ramp-down temperatures for MnCe-7:1 (?), SmMn 2 O 5 (?), GdSrCeMn 7 O 14.83 (?), and Pt (?). Credit: Science, Wang et al. Click to enlarge.

Fiat introduces 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo

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Fiat 500 Turbo. Click to enlarge. At the Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California, Fiat introduced the new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo, equipped with a 135 hp (101 kW) 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, sport-tuned suspension, track-proven brakes, dynamic exterior design and sport-styled interior.

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Researchers develop new highly efficient core-shell catalyst for methane oxidation; potential for reducing emissions from automotive engines

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A representation of the newly developed catalyst on an aluminium oxide surface depicts the core-shell structure. Click to enlarge.

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Interior Secretary Salazar outlines proposed plan for additional development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

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Map of preferred alternative. Download original pdf. Click to enlarge.

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Obama Administration launches new public-private institute to support innovation in additive manufacturing technology with $30M in federal funding

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The Obama Administration launched a new public-private institute for innovation in additive manufacturing technology. Additive manufacturing is defined in ASTM 2792-12 as a process of joining materials to make objects from three-dimensional (3D) model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. Synonyms include additive. fabrication , additive processes , additive techniques , additive layer manufacturing , layer manufacturing and freeform fabrication.

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RWE fires up new 2.2 GW coal-burning power plant in Germany; 43% efficient and flexible to respond to renewables intermittency

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RWE officially commissioned its new 2.2 GW lignite-powered generating unit in Grevenbroich-Neurath near Cologne. With a 43% efficiency rating and flexibility designed to offset the intermittency of wind and solar power, the twin-unit BoA 2&3 plant is the world’s most advanced lignite coal-fired production power station, according to the company. The total investment of €2.6 billion (US$3.2 billion) is one of the largest ever made by RWE.

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New data indicate 57% decline in carbon emissions resulting from 78% drop in deforestation In Amazon

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Carbon emissions from deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon have dropped 57% from 2004 to 2011, according to new data recently released by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) in São José dos Campos, São Paulo. This decrease in emissions is a result of a 78% drop in deforestation in the region during the same period, as measured by INPE’s PRODES satellite monitoring system. Illegal logging in the Amazon peaked in 2004, when 27,700 square kilometers of forests were cleared.

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UNSW team demonstrates high reversible hydrogen storage capacity under mild conditions for sodium borohydride using novel core-shell nanostructure; potential for vehicles

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The core-shell NaBH 4 @Ni nanoparticles show high reversible hydrogen storage under reasonable conditions. Credit: ACS, Christian and Aguey-Zinsou. Click to enlarge. A team from the University of New South Wales (Australia) reports on a novel core-shell strategy leading to high and stable hydrogen absorption/desorption cycling for sodium borohydride (NaBH 4 ) under mild pressure conditions (4 MPa) in an open-access paper in the journal ACS Nano.

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Toyota Motorsport set new electric record at Pikes Peak Climb

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Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) recently set a new electric record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, United States. Using the TMG EV P002 race car ( earlier post ), powered by a high-performance TMG electric powertrain, driver Fumio Nutahara set a time of 10 minutes 15.380 seconds to set a new record for electric vehicles on the 19.99-kilometer (12.4-mile) track.

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GM China begins prototype battery cell fabrication

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GM China Advanced Technical Center’s Cell Fabrication Lab in Shanghai recently produced its first batch of battery cells. Click to enlarge. General Motors China is fabricating and testing prototype battery cells and complete systems at its Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai to support GM researchers and engineers in the development of next-generation vehicle battery systems.

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Study finds SOx emissions from shipping down sharply in EU ports due to sulfur content rules

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Sulfur dioxide emissions from shipping have sharply decreased in EU ports due to stricter EU rules for sulfur content in fuels used by ships at berth or at anchor in ports, according to a team at the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC). The air quality measurements were carried out using an automated monitoring station on the cruise ship Costa Pacifica which followed a fixed weekly route in the Western Mediterranean during 2009 and 2010.

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Report: Denso to produce engine control units in Brazil

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The Nikkei reports Denso Corp. will begin production of engine control units (ECUs) in Brazil in September, becoming the first company to make ECUs for cars in South America. Denso will supply the ECUs to Toyota. Denso already has an ECU-related facility in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus, which it built at a cost of 400 million yen. In addition to Toyota, Denso aims to supply ECUs made in Brazil to other Japanese automakers, including Nissan Motor Co.,

2012 Tesla Model S: Yes, It Really Does Perform That Well

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The 2012 Tesla Model S is the most anticipated all-electric car of 2012, but it is also the most enigmatic. That’s because even though it launched back in late June, access to -- and time behind the wheel of -- the Model S has been strictly controlled by Tesla. Our own 1-hour test-drive proved to us that the Tesla Model S was a viable

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Toshiba develops dysprosium-free samarium-cobalt magnet to replace heat-resistant neodymium magnet in motors

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Toshiba Corporation has developed a high-iron concentration samarium-cobalt (SmCo) magnet that is free of dysprosium, a rare earth mineral that is in extremely short supply and increasingly expensive. Earlier post.) At typical operating temperatures, the samarium-cobalt magnet has superior magnetic properties to the heat-resistant neodymium magnets—which contain dysprosium—currently used in motors.

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Pikes Peak Hill Climb: Toyota, Mitsubishi Place Electric Cars In Top 10

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Over the weekend, the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb took place, pushing cars and drivers to the limit on the 12.42-mile course. For years, the event has been dominated by purpose-built gasoline-powered hill climb cars, but at this year’s event two all-electric cars placed in the top 10 overall. Rescheduled to August after

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DOE issues RFI for high-accuracy meters for hydrogen fueling equipment

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Program has issued an RFI ( DE-FOA-0000753 ) seeking feedback from interested stakeholders regarding the current and near-term status and availability of high-accuracy meters that can perform under hydrogen fueling conditions and meet measurement accuracy requirements. The commercialization of hydrogen fueling stations remains one of the critical barriers to the widespread market penetration of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

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BP Biofuels, Texas AgriLife Research partner to advance cellulosic biofuel feedstock development

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BP Biofuels and Texas AgriLife Research, part of The Texas A&M University System, have signed a three-year agreement to develop and commercialize cellulosic feedstocks for the production of advanced biofuels. The collaboration will utilize AgriLife Research’s diverse high biomass energy crop breeding program and BP Biofuels’ position as one of the few global energy companies growing commercial-scale biomass crops for liquid fuels.

Electric DeLorean DMC-12: Better Than The Original? (Video)

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There's a line of thinking that recommends that you never meet your heroes, as they'll only disappoint you. You could argue that the same applies to cars, and the DeLorean DMC-12, stainless star of the silver screen, is often described as one of those cars--slow, crude, not great fun to drive. But Matt Farah from the DRIVE channel on Youtube has

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Siemens improving efficiency of steam turbines; more power from same heat

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Siemens is making its industrial steam turbines more efficient and more flexible. The upgrade is based on an improved design that increases the efficiency of the turbines by up to two percentage points. In addition, the redesigned turbines can be started up much more quickly—in the best case, in only half the time that was previously needed.

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Are Air Cars Really An Option, Or The Next Alt-Fuel Joke?

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Remember when electric cars were considered a bit of a joke? With talented options like the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S and others currently on sale, it's easy to forget that a few decades ago, their image was very different. No style, no performance, no range--electric cars conjured images of glorified golf carts. You can draw your own opinions on

GE 'Skypump' Charges Electric Cars With Wind Power

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Last year, GE and vertical axis wind turbine company Urban Green Energy announced the launch of the Sanya Skypump, a wind-powered charging station capable of recharging an electric car on wind energy alone. Almost a year later, the two firms have just announced the official unveiling of the first Sanya Skypump to be installed in the world. Located

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Scotland greenlights £3.3M for clean energy hub with 10 hydrogen buses in first phase

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Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond gave the green light for a pioneering clean energy hub in Scotland, including Europe’s largest hydrogen bus fleet, as he announced funding of up to £3.3 million (US$5.2 million) for the EU-backed project. The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise funding will enable Aberdeen City Council, supported by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, to start the project’s first phase with an order for 10 hydrogen fuel-cell buses.

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Ford investing $135M in design, engineering and production of key components for hybrids

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Ford is investing $135 million in the design, engineering and production of key components—including advanced battery systems—for its next-generation hybrid-electric vehicles going into production this year. For example, Ford’s battery-testing capabilities will double by 2013 to a total of 160 individual battery-test channels.

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USGS releases new estimates of reserve growth for US conventional oil and gas

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The US Geological Survey (USGS) has released a new estimate—based on a new methodology—for potential additions to domestic oil and gas reserves from reserve growth in discovered, conventional accumulations in the United States.

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