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Researchers tailor lithiation behavior in Li-ion anode material using nanoscale interface and bandgap engineering

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Top: Schematic illustration of the core?shell shell lithiation in pure Ge nanowires. Bottom: Schematic illustration of the axial lithiation induced by an ultra-thin Si shell layer on Ge nanowires.

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California Extends Electric-Car HOV Lane Access To 2019

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Have you ever been alone in your car, wallowing in traffic, looked across to the empty carpool lane, and thought about making a break for it? California plug-in car drivers can do just that--and now they''ll be able to for several more years.

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Electric Cars Shut Off During Winter

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It is already September. A few months from now we, electric car enthusiasts, will have to prepare to take the public transport because most of the time our automobiles cannot make it through slippery piles of snow. Better prepare for a well-maintained garages now that winter is coming. It will still be better to prevent than to cure. Some owners out there are not afraid to take the risk. How about you? What do you do to avoid mishaps during the cold season

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Nissan LEAF leads electric cars to world record

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The emerging presence of electric cars was emphasised outside the roads of Norway''s capital city, Oslo: as 260 and a half electric vehicles were driven in unison.

KIT presenting modular battery concept for electric bus

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Design of the modular batteries. Source: KIT. Click to enlarge.

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Electric-Car Drivers Charge Anywhere; Check Out These Photos!

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Plugging in your electric car to recharge the battery is simple if you have your own garage, carport, or driveway. If you park on the street, it''s a little harder; there just aren''t that many curbside charging stations yet. So electric-car owners can get very, very resourceful.

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Nissan LEAF going on sale in South Africa next year

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On Tuesday, Nissan announced the LEAF will become the first electric car for sale in South Africa in the Spring of 2014. Its South African debut will come in October 2013 at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, and it

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Researchers developing binary-ion batteries

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Researchers at Changzhou University in China are developing a “binary-ion” battery system—a battery that uses cooperative behavior between Zn 2+ and Li + ions to conduct charge in a Zn/LiFePO 4 battery.

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales For Aug: Volt, Leaf Hit New Highs

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Sales of the two highest-volume plug-in electric cars soared in August, with both the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf setting all-time monthly sales records. Chevy, in fact, was so confident about the month''s Volt sales that GM president Mark Reuss previewed the total last week, telling the Los Angeles Times, "We will do about 3,300 Volt sales

Nissan LEAF going on sale in South Africa next year

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On Tuesday, Nissan announced the LEAF will become the first electric car for sale in South Africa in the Spring of 2014. Its South African debut will come in October 2013 at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, and it

Land Rover project looks to electrify Evoque SUV

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A new £16.3 million project will explore electrifying Land Rover’s hugely popular baby SUV, the Range Rover Evoque. Led by Land Rover, the new project, funded by the Technology Strategy Board, will develop three different research vehicles based on the Evoque platform each featuring a new electr[.].

Eni: new ultra-deep discovery offshore Mozambique could contain 5-7 Tcf of gas in place

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Italy-based oil and gas major Eni has made a new high impact discovery at Agulha exploration prospect, in Area 4, offshore Mozambique. Preliminary estimates show that the Agulha structure could contain 5 to 7 Trillion cubic feet of gas in place.

Will Tesla Alone Double Global Demand For Its Battery Cells?

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Tesla is on a roll right now, with 14,000 of its all-electric Model S luxury sedan on the road and its stock at record highs. If it achieves its planned production levels--21,000 cars this year, perhaps 40,000 by 2015--its voracious appetite for lithium-ion battery cells will only increase. The massive scale of cell purchases by Tesla Motors

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid EPA-rated at 50 mpg city

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. Click to enlarge. Honda has begun US production of the 2014 Accord Hybrid ( earlier post ), which will carry an EPA fuel economy rating of 50 mpg (4.7 l/100 km) in city driving. The EPA rating is 1 mpg higher than Honda had originally anticipated for the hybrid (49 mpg).

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August sales of plug-in hybrids in US up 83% from July, up 65% y-o-y

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Monthly sales of plug-in hybrids in US. Data: EDTA , automakers. Click to enlarge. Sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the US in August reached 6,407 units—up 83% from the prior month and up 65% from results in August 2012. jumped 83% from the prior month to 6,407 units.

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Ford’s S-MAX concept showcases next-gen driver assistance and car-to-car communications

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Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally revealed Ford’s all-new S-MAX Concept vehicle during a keynote at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics show in Berlin.

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Researchers identify new pathways in low-temp oxidation of hydrocarbons; important to fuel combustion, atmospheric chemistry and biochemistry

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The diagram illustrates the newly-described reaction that transforms molecules of ketohydroperoxide into acids and carbonyl molecules, after going through intermediate stages. Credit: ACS, Jalan et al. Click to enlarge.

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Neste Oil and Raisioagro to research the potential of straw as a renewable diesel feedstock via microbial oil

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Neste Oil, developer of the NExBTL process for renewable diesel, and agritrader Raisioagro have launched a research project to investigate the potential of straw as a raw material for producing NExBTL renewable diesel via Neste’s microbial oil technology. Earlier post.).

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New 300 hp 3.0L V6 diesel for Porsche Panamera boosts power by 20%, small improvement in fuel consumption

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New Panamera diesel. Click to enlarge. Porsche is introducing a new 300 bhp (221 kW) 3.0L diesel in its Panamera Diesel. The six-cylinder V-engine increases power output by 50 bhp—equivalent to a 20% increase in performance—compared to the predecessor model.

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DSM and KACO develop crankshaft cover made in bio-based EcoPaXX polyamide 410 for next-gen VW diesels

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Crankshaft cover. Click to enlarge. Royal DSM, together with its automotive component specialist partner KACO, has developed a lightweight multi-functional crankshaft cover in EcoPaXX , DSM’s bio-based polyamide 410, for the latest generation of diesel engines developed by the Volkswagen Group.

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Burns & McDonnell develops bi-directional fast chargers for SPIDERS program

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Bi-directional fast charger at Ft. Carson. Click to enlarge. A team of Burns & McDonnell engineers, along with subcontractor Coritech Services, has developed a system of bidirectional, fast-charging stations for a fleet of plug-in electric vehicles at Fort Carson, Colo.

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DEMA consortium targeting direct production ethanol from algae at less than $2/gallon

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The EU-funded project DEMA (Direct Ethanol from MicroAlgae) is working to produce bioethanol directly from cyanobacteria—a microalgae found in almost every terrestrial and aquatic habitat, including in oceans, lakes and damp soil, and on rocks—for less than €0.40/liter (US$2.00/gallon). The conversion of solar energy, H 2 O and CO 2 into ethanol will be carried out by a metabolically engineered strain of the cyanobacterium, Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803.

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Citroën to show Cactus concept with Hybrid Air powertrain

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Citroën Cactus concept with Airbumps (not related to the Hybrid Air powertrain). Click to enlarge. At the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, Citroën will showcase its Cactus C-segment concept car, featuring, among other technologies, the Hybrid Air powertrain co-developed by PSA Peugeot Citroën and Bosch. Earlier post.). Hybrid Air is a full-hybrid solution combining compressed air and hydraulic power, with no battery required for energy storage.

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World Bank to focus on reducing short-lived climate pollutants; transport projects

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Aggregation of SLCP project activities into typologies. Click to enlarge.

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US DOT awards $13.6M to 8 projects to advance fuel cell technology for transit industry

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The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded $13.6 million in federal funding to 8 projects to advance the commercialization of American-made fuel cell buses for the transit industry. The awards come from FY2012 funds via FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program, which has provided nearly $90 million since 2006 to speed the development of fuel cell technology.

GKN Driveline on-demand all-wheel drive system contributes to improved fuel consumption in 2014 Range Rover Evoque

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2014 Range Rover Evoque. Click to enlarge. In August, Land Rover introduced the 2014 Range Rover Evoque, equipped with several new technologies which, combined, can lower fuel consumption by up to 11.4% and reduce CO 2 emissions by up to 9.5%.

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Paper suggests rare earth supplies likely to be disrupted in near future

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In a paper in the journal ChemSusChem , a team from the VU University Amsterdam suggests that with increasing demand from green and high-tech applications, the supply of rare earth elements (REEs) is likely to be disrupted (the degree of disruption depends on the REE) in the near future. Although there is no deficiency in the earth’s crust of rare earth oxides, the economic accessibility is limited.

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Another LNG platform supply vessel win for Wärtsilä; Siem Offshore selects Wärtsilä’s design and integrated solution

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Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply the design and an integrated solution for a new large platform supply vessel (PSV). The ship will operate primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is owned by Siem Offshore, the Norway-based provider of marine services to the oil and gas industry.

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Wirtschafts Woche: VW to make 250 XL1s, priced at $145,000 each

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Germany’s Wirtschafts Woche reports that Volkswagen will produce 250 units of its ultra-efficient XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid ( earlier post ), and price them at €111,000 (US$145,000). The lightweight XL1 (795 kg, 1,753 lbs) delivers NEDC fuel consumption of 261 mpg (0.9 l/100 km) with CO 2 emissions of 21 g/km and an all-electric range of 31 miles (50 km) as well as a total range of 310 miles (499 km).

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High-speed imaging study provides insights into diesel fuel spray behavior

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Researchers at the University of Michigan have used high-speed imaging of diesel injection spray to provide insights into transient fuel spray behavior and to guide the development of the next generation of spray theory and models. In the study reported in the journal Fuel , they used high-speed imaging of a high-pressure diesel common-rail fuel injector mounted in a spherical constant volume combustion chamber.

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VW launches Car-Net

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Volkswagen of America, Inc. has launched VW Car-Net, a new in-car system that offers a number of convenience and diagnostics features, in addition to services that help customers feel safe and secure. Beginning in the 2014 model year, VW Car-Net will be introduced on select trims of Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, CC, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Eos models. VW Car-Net is offered with all features as standard with each subscription, including Agent Destination Assist.

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California ARB to hold workshop on future of Zero Emission Bus regulation

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is holding a public workshop on 17 September 2013, in Diamond Bar, California, to discuss updates to the Zero Emission Bus (ZBus) regulation and to explore the status of, and future developments to, ZBus technology and related systems. In February 2000, ARB established a new transit fleet rule for transit agencies which included the zero emission bus (ZBus) regulation.

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PlugShare Launches PlugScore, So Electric-Car Drivers Can Rate Charging Stations

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While the quality of gasoline can vary slightly from station to station, you''re always pretty sure of the experience you''ll get. There''s a gas station in most towns, you pump some fuel into your tank, and you''re generally there for no more than ten minutes.

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Mazda beginning road trials of advanced safety vehicle; streetcar-to-vehicle communication system

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Mazda Motor Corporation will begin testing its advanced safety vehicle, the Mazda Atenza ASV-5, on public roads from September 2013. The vehicle will be used to test a driving safety support system which utilizes intelligent transport systems (ITS) jointly developed by industrial, academic and government organizations.

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Audi presenting plug-in hybrid Sport quattro concept show car at Frankfurt; 700 hp and 94 mpg

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The Audi Sport quattro concept. Click to enlarge. At the upcoming 2013 IAA in Frankfurt am Main, Audi will present the Audi Sport quattro concept show car—a coupé plug-in hybrid with a system output of 515 kW (700 hp). The original Sport quattro, which made its debut at the 1983 IAA and was designed as a homologation model for the World Rally Championship, delivered 225 kW (306 hp).

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EPA grants Aemetis’ sorghum ethanol and biogas the D5 advanced biofuel RIN category

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted Aemetis, an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company formerly known as AE Biofuels, approval to produce ethanol using grain sorghum and biogas at its converted corn ethanol plant to generate D5 Advanced Biofuels Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).

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Nissan to provide LEAFs and LEAF-to-Home power supplies to roadside rest stations in Japan

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Nissan Motor Co., plans to donate 47 Nissan LEAF all-electric zero-emission EVs and “LEAF-to-Home” power supply systems ( earlier post ) to roadside rest area stations in all of Japan’s 47 prefectures. The plan will begin in September 2013. One Nissan LEAF, paired with a LEAF-to-Home power system, will be donated by Nissan to at least one roadside rest area (called michi-no-eki in Japanese) to each prefecture in the country.