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Univ. of Illinois team develops high-power Li-ion microbatteries that can out-power supercapacitors while retaining comparable energy density

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Ragone plot showing the performance of the new microbattery cells (A-H) and conventional power technologies. The energy and power density of our microbattery cells (A–H) at low to high C rates, along with previous microbattery cells having 3D electrodes (MB1 through MB3).

Best-Selling Nissan In Portland: Leaf Electric Car--Due To Electric Highway?

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We''ve already asked whether the Tesla Model S sells more units than the equivalent BMW, Audi or Mercedes--and now Nissan is outselling regular vehicles with its Leaf. Not Corollas or Ford Focus countrywide, of course--but apparently every other Nissan vehicle in March, in Portland, Oregon.

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Might go without the BMS

DIY Electric Car

Despite the cost of the thing, my experience of two small shorts while wiring up the pack - 7.2v only - has scared me sufficiently that I don''t want any unfused cabling where it could possibly short out the pack. At the same time, fusing 100 cells would take days and my usage is likely to be only 30% of real pack capacity, so I can probably stay away from both ends. Anybody want to buy an unused BMS

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GreenTech Automotive plans to build electric car for sale in North America

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GreenTech Automotive, a start-up company in the electric car manufacturing space, is teaming up with JAC Motors, a leading Chinese automaker. The two companies announced on Monday a plan to start manufacturing a five-passenger electric car at

Volvo Cars’ tests of flywheel technology confirm fuel savings of up to 25%

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Volvo Car’s flywheel KERS system. Click to enlarge.

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NYC Officially Launches Nissan Leaf Electric Taxi Program

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Within a few weeks, a handful of New Yorkers each day will ride in a new kind of taxi: an all-electric Nissan Leaf. On Monday, to celebrate Earth Day, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg joined with Nissan officials to announce that six Nissan Leaf taxis would go into service this spring.

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Subaru Ready To Go Hybrid!

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Japanese automaker, Subaru – known best for their boxer engines and all-wheel drive Forester, Impreza, and Outback has finally made its first foray into hybrids with the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid unveiled recently at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

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Renault adapts F1 KERS system for electric Twizy F1 Sport Concept

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The Twizy Renault Sport F1 concept. Click to enlarge. Renault engineers have built an “F1” concept version of the Twizy EV featuring a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) based on the solution used by Renault-powered Formula 1 race cars.

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Chrysler CEO: Going Green is Good, But Natural Gas Better Than Electric

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Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne isn''t known for his love of electric vehicles.

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GreenTech Automotive plans to build electric car for sale in North America

National Green Transportation

GreenTech Automotive, a start-up company in the electric car manufacturing space, is teaming up with JAC Motors, a leading Chinese automaker. The two companies announced on Monday a plan to start manufacturing a five-passenger electric car at

UK reveals plan for 1.6 million hydrogen cars by 2020

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With plans to put over one and a half million hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) on the roads by 2020, the UKH2Mobility project has published its Phase 1 report on how it expects to meet this target and what it has achieved so far.

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Volvo upgrades C30 Electric with more powerful motor and 22 kW fast charger

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The new 22 kW fast charger supports a full pack charge in 1.5 hours. Click to enlarge.

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Will Future Tesla Electric Cars Use Metal-Air Batteries?

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Most advocates and industry analysts expect lithium-ion batteries to dominate electric-car energy storage for the rest of this decade. But is Silicon Valley startup carmaker Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] planning to add a new type of battery to increase the range of its electric cars? The high-end 2013 Tesla Model S with an 85-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion

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New lithium polysulfide flow battery for large-scale energy storage

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Stanford / SLAC’s new lithium-polysulfide flow battery design compared to conventional “redox” flow batteries. The new flow battery uses only one tank and pump and uses a simple coating instead of an expensive membrane to separate the anode and cathode. Credit: Greg Stewart/SLAC). Click to enlarge.

Toyota unveils ME.WE concept EV

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Toyota European Design & Development (ED2) and creative designer Jean-Marie Massaud have unveiled the Toyota ME.WE concept car. The Toyota ME.WE

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IEE forecasts electric-drive LDVs could constitute between 2 to 12% of US vehicle stock by 2035

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Forecast by LDV scenario (millions). Source: IEE. Click to enlarge. Under its most conservative of scenarios, more than 5 million light-duty electric-drive vehicles will be on the road in the US by 2035, according to a new forecast by IEE , an institue of the Edison Foundation.

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Maxwell supplying ultracapacitors for light rail braking energy recuperation system; 2.8% energy savings

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Clockwise from upper left: ESS enclosure, power control unit and ultracapacitor modules. Source: TIGGER, Tri-Met. Click to enlarge. Maxwell Technologies, Inc.

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Ford and Schaeffler demonstrate Fiesta-based e-WheelDrive car; follow-up research project in the works

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Fiesta eWheelDrive. Click to enlarge. At Ford’s Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium, Ford Motor Company and Schaeffler demonstrated the Fiesta-based eWheelDrive car. Earlier post.)

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Honda progressing with transverse flux motor for hybrid powertrain

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Left: Structure of original TF motor. Right: new TF motor. -32% 32% is the relative reduction in axial length compared to a conventional motor. Takizawa et al. Click to enlarge.

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Experian: US hybrid vehicle market share grew by 41% in 2012 to 3.1%

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Experian Automotive released findings from an analysis of the US hybrid vehicle segment showing that market share of hybrid vehicles has increased by 40.9% since 2011, going from 2.2% in 2011 to 3.1% in 2012.

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Winterkorn says Volkswagen developing 10-speed DCT and high-performance diesel; plug-in hybrids offer great potential

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Volkswagen’s view of powertrain technologies to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Source: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leohold, Executive Director Volkswagen Group Research. Click to enlarge. At the International Vienna Motor Symposium Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, gave a forecast of future drive system technologies.

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Univ. of Exeter team engineers unique biological pathway for the production of diesel range hydrocarbons by E. coli

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Hydrocarbons produced by cells expressing the synthetic alkane pathway (CEDDEC) or the cyanobacterial alkane pathway (AR and AD from N. punctiforme) without modifications to the fatty acid pool. n = 6 biological replicates; error bars represent SE of mean. Howard et al. Click to enlarge.

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Honda and Ford separately launching smart home demos

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American Honda Motor Co., will create the Honda Smart Home US, a showcase that demonstrates Honda’s vision for sustainable, zero-carbon living and personal mobility, including the use of solar power to charge a Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicle. The site is on the campus of the University of California, Davis; the building process will be documented and shared through the Honda Smart Home US website.

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ZF’s decoupleable all-wheel drive system for cars delivers up to 5% reduction in fuel consumption compared to conventional AWD

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Simulation of CO 2 savings using ECOnnect decoupleable AWD system. Source: ZF. Click to enlarge.

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Geely and Detroit Electric enter strategic partnership to co-develop EVs for China

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The Emgrand EC7-EV at Auto Shanghai. Click to enlarge. Geely Automobile Group and Detroit Electric Inc. have entered into a strategic partnership to co-develop battery-electric vehicles and related electric drive systems for the China market.

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Henkel and Benteler-SGL partner on lightweight composite leaf springs; 65% lighter than steel springs

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Working with Benteler-SGL, Henkel has developed a process for resin transfer molding (RTM) of glass-fiber-reinforced leaf springs that uses a polyurethane matrix resin. Compared to conventional leaf springs made of steel, these composite leaf springs are up to 65% lighter.

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Dongfeng Nissan unveils VIWA EV concept at Auto Shanghai 2013

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At Auto Shanghai 2013, Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV), the passenger vehicle business unit of Nissan’s joint venture in China, unveiled VIWA, a new electric vehicle concept, under the VENUCIA brand. Click to enlarge.

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MIT researchers propose subsea version of pumped hydro for renewable energy storage

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Researchers at MIT are proposing using a variation on pumped hydroelectric systems for storage of electricity produced by offshore wind farms. The key to this Ocean Renewable Energy Storage (ORES) system is the placement of 30-meter-diameter hollow concrete spheres on the seafloor under the wind turbines. These structures would serve both as anchors to moor the floating turbines and as a means of storing the energy they produce.

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ALABC and CPT to introduce 48V LC Super Hybrid demonstrator at Vienna Motor Symposium

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12V and 48V LC Super Hybrid technology demonstrators. Click to enlarge. The Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) and Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) will introduce a low-carbon 48 volt LC Super Hybrid technology demonstrator at the International Vienna Motor Symposium this week.

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Rennovia demonstrates production of HMD from renewable feedstocks; enabling production of 100% renewable nylon-6,6

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Rennovia, Inc., a privately held company that develops novel catalysts and processes for the cost-advantaged production of chemical products from renewable feedstocks, has successfully demonstrated production of hexamethylenediamine (HMD) from widely available, renewable feedstocks.

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UPS to purchase ~700 LNG trucks, build 4 refueling stations by end of 2014

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UPS plans to purchase approximately 700 liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks and to build four refueling stations by the end of 2014. Once completed, the LNG private fleet will be one of the most extensive in the US. An initial investment of more than $18 million to build fueling stations will be supported by the purchase of the 700 LNG tractors and continued expansion of the natural gas fleet in the US. UPS already operates 112 LNG tractor trailers from fueling stations in Las Vegas, Nev.;

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Honda to build wind farm to cover 100% of electricity needs of Brazil plant

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Honda Automoveis do Brasil Ltda. HAB), the Honda automobile production and sales subsidiary in Brazil, will build a wind farm in the city of Xangri-lá in Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state in Brazil—approximately 1,000 km (621 miles) south of HAB’s automobile production plant in Sumaré, São Paulo.

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Electric Cars Are Fast: First-Ever U.S. Speeding Ticket

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Speeding is big business. There''s no money to be made from it as an individual of course, unless you subscribe to the theory "time is money". But the U.S. Census Bureau estimates 100,000 Americans are ticketed for speeding every day, at an average cost of $150 per ticket--$5.5 billion a year in revenue. There''ll only ever be one "first" speeding

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BMW Group and NTU launch future mobility research lab in Southeast Asia; focus on EVs and mega-cities

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BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) launched the joint Future Mobility Research Lab, the first for BMW Group in Southeast Asia. This new research facility will study and develop key areas relating to future transportation, which includes advanced battery materials for electric vehicles, human-machine interfaces, and mobility patterns and concepts. A key focus will see how research outcomes can benefit the Asian market based on the needs of the region.

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EIA: Top 5 US crude oil suppliers account for 72% of total crude imports; highest proportion since 1997

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Crude oil imports from the top five foreign suppliers to the United States—which in 2012 were Canada, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela, and Iraq, in that order—accounted for almost 72% of total US net crude oil imports, the highest proportion since 1997, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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US diesel car registrations increased by 24% from 2010-2012, hybrids up 33%

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New diesel car registrations increased by 24.3% in the US from 2010 through 2012, according to data compiled for the Diesel Technology Forum by R.L. Polk and Company. The national registration information includes data for all types of passenger vehicles—cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and vans—in all 50 states and the District of Columbia from 1 January 2010 through 31 December 2012. Diesel car and SUV registrations increased from 640,779 in 2010 to 796,794 at the end of 2012—a 24.34

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GreenTech Automotive to bring 2,000 JAC BEVs from China for US market

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China automaker JAC (Jianghuai Automobile Co) will sign a cooperation agreement on the export of 2,000 battery electric vehicles with US-based GreenTech Automotive Corp. GTA) to develop the US electric vehicle market. In February 2013, a sample EV was sent to the US for testing and performance inspections.

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