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CMU/MIT study finds large-scale battery manufacturing will do little to reduce unit costs past a 200-300 MWh annual production level

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Michigan Gov Snyder Signs Anti-Tesla Bill Called 'Corrupt Politics At Its Worst'

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As expected, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder yesterday signed a bill that bans Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to buyers online in the state.

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Electric car sales accelerate in the UK with record grant uptake

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Over a quarter of all the UK’s plug-in vehicles purchased through the Plug-in Car and Van Grants were sold in the last three month, according to the latest statistics from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). Through the third quarter of the year, between July and September, over 5,000 gr[.].

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ORNL solid-state 5V Li-ion battery shows cycle life of 10,000, 90% capacity retention

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Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a solid-state high-voltage (5 V) lithium battery with an extremely long cycle life of more than 10,000 cycles, with 90% capacity retention.

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Autonomous Audi RS 7 concept completes Hockenheimring lap at racing speed

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System components of the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept. Click to enlarge. At the DTM season finale, an autonomous Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept completed a lap on the Grand Prix track in Hockenheim at racing speed—without a driver.

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Swedish Energy Agency awards PowerCell $960K toward developing modular fuel cell range extender system for EVs

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The Swedish Energy Agency has awarded Volvo Group spinout PowerCell SEK7 million (US$965,000) for the MoRE Zero project to develop a fuel cell system for use in a modular range extender system for electric vehicles in the European ERA-NET project.

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UT Austin to lead $58M study of methane hydrate in Gulf of Mexico; $41M from DOE

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A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded approximately $58 million to analyze methane hydrate deposits under the Gulf of Mexico.

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California ARB mods to ZEV regulations for IVMs would result in ~1.9% drop in total ZEV/TZEV units 2018-2025; no impact on air quality requirements

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The Ferrari LaFerrari Hybrid Can Run Only On Electricity: Video Proves It

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The Ferrari LaFerrari supercar may be a hybrid, but Ferrari claims it isn''t meant to be particularly green. The hybrid powertain was primarily designed to improve performance, which is why the Italian carmaker has been adamant that the LaFerrari doesn''t have an all-electric mode.

US transit agencies adopting lower-emissions diesel at faster rate than HD truck fleet

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UMTRI: automakers have surpassed new CAFE requirements for past 3 years

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DSM launches next-gen Diablo high-temperature-resistant polyamides for engine compartment applications

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Royal DSM is launching its next generation of Diablo high-temperature-resistant polyamides. The new grades are part of both DSM’s Stanyl polyamide 46 and Akulon 6/66 portfolios and are aimed at applications in automotive engine compartments where temperatures can reach as high as 260 ?C C (500 ?F).

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Honda introduces new driver assistance system; SENSING first to be applied on new Legend in Japan

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Honda SENSING uses two sensors: millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera. Click to enlarge. Honda Motor Co.,

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Freescale introduces world’s smallest integrated tire pressure monitoring system

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Freescale Semiconductor introduced the FXTH87 tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) family—the smallest integrated package TPMS solution available at an extremely light weight of 0.3 grams. The FXTH87 family is 50% smaller than competing products, helping designers reduce overall bill of materials costs.

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Daimler restructures cooperation with Tesla; termination of share-price hedging and sale of 4% stake

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Daimler AG has restructured its cooperation with Tesla Motors. Daimler has terminated the share-price hedge it initiated in 2013 and has sold its stake in Tesla of approximately 4%. The cooperation between the partners on the automotive projects is unaffected. Development work for the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive ([link] is completed, and the partnership with Tesla remains in place, Daimler said. Daimler initially acquired a 9.1% interest in Tesla in May 2009.

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Maxwell and Corning ally to advance ultracapacitor technology

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Maxwell Technologies Incorporated and Corning Incorporated have entered a joint development agreement with the goal of advancing the state of capacitive energy storage technology by addressing the challenges frequently cited by ultracapacitor customers, including energy density, lifetime, operating environment, form factor and cost.

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8 ZEV states announce US ZEV sales top 260,000 units

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Representatives of an eight-state partnership to develop and to support the market for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) joined California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols in Diamond Bar, California to announce that sales figures from around the country now show ZEV sales of more than 260,000 vehicles, with the quarter-million mark reached in September. In October 2013, the 8 states signed a memorandum of understanding to take specific actions to put 3.3

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CA To Require New Buildings To Be Wired For Electric-Car Charging Stations

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With extensive electrical infrastructure already in place in built-up areas, plug-in electric cars are never too far from a potential recharging source. But retrofitting existing structures with the necessary wiring to install 240-Volt Level 2 charging stations can be complicated. Now, California has ensured that new buildings at least will have

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Can New Titanium-Dioxide Battery Last 20 Years, Recharge In 5 Minutes?

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Lithium-ion batteries help make modern electric cars possible, but they''re also responsible for those vehicles'' limitations. That''s why so much attention is given to improving lithium-ion chemistry, which can help electric cars overcome current limits of range, charging times, and battery lifespan. ALSO SEE: Nissan Leaf New Battery Cost: $5,500

Delaware Vehicle-To-Grid Test Lets Electric Cars Sell Power

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The ability to have large numbers of electric cars store energy and feed it back into electric grids is still many years away, but researchers are studying how it could work in the real world. Vehicle-to-grid technology is seen by some as a way to smooth out demand for grid electricity by using electric cars as mobile energy reserves, while

How Many Celebrities Drive Toyota Prius Hybrids? Well, What's A Celebrity?

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It may not be as flashy as a Lamborghini or Rolls-Royce, but the Toyota Prius hybrid''s popularity with celebrities is well known. It''s as much a fixture of Hollywood as gossip and botox. Celebrities looking to advertise their environmentalist principles flock to the Prius, but competitive hybrids and now plug-in electric cars have made the Toyota

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VW Westfalia Camper Van Spiritual Successor: Nissan e-NV200 Camper

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If you''ve had your heart set on a modern interpretation of the old Volkswagen Westphalia camper van, you''re in luck. A British company called Hillside Leisure will offer a camper conversion of the Nissan e-NV200 small electric van. RELATED: Electric Vehicles In RV Campgrounds: What You Need To Know Called the DalburyE, the electric camper van

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2015 Ford Focus Electric Price Cut To $29,995, A $6K Drop: Report

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It appears that the 2015 Ford Focus Electric will get a major price cut of $6,000, bringing the suggested retail price to $29,995--more in line with the best-selling Nissan Leaf. The battery-electric Focus is now in its fourth model year, and only about 4,000 have been sold since it first went on sale in December 2011. That''s roughly one-fifteenth

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Plug-In Hybrids Are The Best Competitors To Fuel-Cell Vehicles: Here's Why

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With the imminent unveiling of the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle, and the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell already on sale, you can expect to hear a lot more about hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in the coming months. Initially they will be offered only in very low numbers, and restricted to Southern California, where the state and the carmakers are jointly

First natural gas GM half-ton pickups with 5.3L DI engines delivered in Texas

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Nat G CNG Solutions has delivered the first natural gas half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors’ 5.3-liter direct injection engine. The 2015 model vehicles were purchased by local Houston company NewTex Plumbing and San Antonio-based Pioneer Energy Services. GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado trucks for each fleet were upgraded to run on either natural gas or gasoline using the new DuraDrive DI natural gas system, supplied by Utah-based AGA Systems.

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MetLife: Free Charging At Work For Electric Car-Driving Employees

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Even Snoopy and the Peanuts gang are getting into electric cars these days. The long-time mascot of insurance company MetLife adorns dozens of plug-in electric vehicle charging stations the company has installed at every one of its 14 company-owned and operated sites in the U.S. DON''T MISS: Why Electric-Car Charging At Work Matters: Explaining The

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Says Franchised Dealers Might Come, Sometime, One Day

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Tesla Motors'' company-owned stores have provoked a bitter response from state auto-dealer associations, who view them as a threat to traditional franchised dealerships. Yet Tesla CEO Elon Musk seems to think the two business models can coexist. DON''T MISS: Michigan Car Dealers Slip One Over On Tesla, Ban Direct Sales: UPDATED In a recent interview

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Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Coming Next Year, Kia Optima Too

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While the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a completely redesigned vehicle for the new model year, the Sonata Hybrid for 2015 continues to use the previous-generation body. This has led to a certain amount of speculation about what direction Hyundai plans to take with its hybrid program. Now, it appears that the company will launch the hybrid version of the

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Cross-County Electric-Car Trips: Reality For A Few, Getting Closer For Many

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The idea of traveling long distances in electric cars that have to be recharged after only 70 or 80 miles--or even 250 miles--may seem absurd to some. But while even the fastest of DC fast-charging isn''t quite as quick as refilling with gasoline, yet, longer road trips in electric cars are possible for a few and on the horizon for many more. DON''T

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Now That's Combo Quick Charging: CHAdeMO, CCS, Tesla Supercharger

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The growing number of DC fast-charging stations is making life a little more convenient for electric-car drivers--provided they can match their vehicles to the right plug. There are currently three major DC fast-charging standards in use--CHAdeMO, Combined Charging Standard (CCS), and Tesla Motors'' Supercharger--but only one charging site has them

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GM completing 2.2MW solar array at Lordstown

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General Motors’ new 2.2 megawatt ground-mounted solar array will be complete by the end of 2014 at its Lordstown Complex, home of the Chevrolet Cruze. When the last of more than 8,500 solar panels are in place, it will be GM’s largest solar installation in the Western Hemisphere. The renewable energy produced by the array is enough to power nearly 1.5% of the plant. This announcement comes nearly one year after announcing completion of the 1.8

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Fisker To Launch Two New Models At Los Angeles Auto Show

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While new owner Wanxiang looks to restart production of the Fisker Karma extended-range electric sedan, the man who gave his name to the car--Henrik Fisker--seems to have plans of his own. The man after whom the now-defunct Fisker Automotive was named will appear at back-to-back press conferences at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show next week

Daimler Cashes In On Tesla Stock, Sells Share In Electric-Car Maker

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In early 2009, German luxury car maker Daimler effectively saved Silicon Valley electric-car maker Tesla Motors by purchasing 9.1 percent of the company for a reported $50 million. Now, more than five years later--following a remarkable rise in Tesla''s stock price--Daimler has largely cashed out its remaining 4-percent holding, adding a healthy

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Brazil's Green-Car Incentive Surprise: Electrics, Plug-In Hybrids Omitted

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Many countries have adopted green-car incentives as a way to combat air pollution and lower oil consumption, and they tend to focus on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen-fuel cell vehicles. These incentives help encourage the adoption of more-efficient cars, and act as a counterweight to negative factors like cost and the lack of

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Low oil prices hurting some US shale operations; slumping oil prices putting pressure on drillers

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by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. The number of active rigs drilling for oil and gas fell by their most in two months, according to the latest data from oil services firm Baker Hughes. There were 19 oil rigs that were removed from operation as of Oct. 17, compared to the prior week. There are now 1,590 active oil rigs, the lowest level in six weeks.

Asplundh adds medium-duty propane autogas F-650 trucks to fleet

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Asplundh, an international provider of vegetation management services to utilities and municipalities, is one of the first in its industry to adopt propane autogas for some of the medium-duty trucks in its fleet. Currently, Asplundh has two Ford F-650 trucks powered by ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems. The most complex unit is a bucket truck equipped with a 58-foot aerial lift that is operating in the Charlotte area, pruning trees away from power lines.

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36-MPG Jaguar XJ-S: Hypermiling Owner's Great Lengths For 1984 Luxury Coupe

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When thinking of fuel-efficient cars, the Jaguar XJ-S doesn''t generally spring to mind. This luxury coupe initially launched with a V-12 engine was built for comfort and speed, not efficiency, at a time when the technology available to lower fuel consumption was much more limited compared to today. DON''T MISS: 2017 Jaguar XE Diesel To Face Off

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