Sat.Aug 26, 2017 - Fri.Sep 01, 2017

Transparent solar cells to let Audi capture energy from glass roofs

Green Car Reports

Solar energy has long generated electricity both on building roofs and in huge "solar farms" for utility companies, but only a few cars have had solar panels on their bodies. Solar roofs aren't a new concept, but Audi and Alta Devices' solution would be the most transparent photovoltaic solar roof implementation yet—literally. The German. solar roof plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) solar

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WLTP and RDE tests for measuring emissions come into force in EU tomorrow

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Two new tests for measuring emissions from cars and vans will come into force in the EU tomorrow. The new laboratory test, the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure ( WLTP ), will introduce more realistic testing conditions for measuring pollutant and CO 2 emissions than the previous, outdated lab test (NEDC). It thus provides a more accurate basis for measuring a vehicle’s fuel consumption and emissions.

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Just 2 More Weeks Till Sunstock 2017! Are You Ready to Rock L.A.?

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If you were with me last summer at Sunstock 2016 held on the Autry Museum field you know what a blast we had from start to finish. The best music. The best audience. The best vibe. Great food and drink. And all of it powered by the sun and the solar PV systems on site.

New tougher car emissions testing from 1 September: what will it mean for road tax, fleets and consumers?

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Stringent new emission regulations will be introduced across Europe from 1 September, following concerns that the ageing New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) doesn’t accurately reflect real-world levels of pollution and fuel economy figures

VW engineer gets 40 months in jail, $200K fine, for diesel cheating role

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Former Volkswagen employee James Liang was sentenced in Detroit on Friday to serve 40 months in prison and pay a $200,000 fine for his role in the global Volkswagen diesel-emission cheating scandal. It was a stiffer sentence than expected for an engineer who helped to create software that controlled exhaust emissions only when Volkswagen and. Diesel emissions TDI crime VW VW Group Volkswagen diesel scandal

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How Teslas charge in US and UK.: similarities and differences

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It's well-known that electrical outlets in the United States and elsewhere vary, but it also makes for somewhat different charging experiences with the Tesla Model S. In Europe, the standard voltage is higher than the United States, which means more power can be drawn from a standard wall outlet.

Mini Electric Concept revealed before Frankfurt auto show debut

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We've known since last July that an all-electric Mini Cooper will go into production in 2019. Now, we can see the first renderings of the car that will make its official debut at the Frankfurt auto show in two weeks. The Mini Electric Concept is recognizable as the three-door hardtop version of the famous British small car, but numerous design. Frankfurt Auto Show Frankfurt Motor Show plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) BMW Mini E

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CA should use VW mitigation funds for cleaner diesel trucks to cut NOx: diesel lobbying group

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California is set to receive a lump sum of funds from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust following its diesel emission scandal. With $423 million at the state's discretion, groups are lobbying hard to ensure the funds are used to have an immediate and positive impact on the environment and air quality. One diesel lobbying group believes. Diesel emissions Trucks California Volkswagen diesel scandal

2017 23

Which carmaker will sell most electric cars in 2020, China included? Poll results

Green Car Reports

Last year, China's BYD sold more plug-in electric cars than any other company in the world. That includes General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla. Now GM has launched the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the second-generation Nissan Leaf is just days away, and advocates, analysts, and enthusiasts are watching how quickly production ramps up for the Tesla Model 3. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Polls

2017 21

China's electric-car sales now twice those in US for Jan-June 2017

Green Car Reports

Hard numbers provide the latest evidence that shows China is by far the world's largest market for plug-in cars—or new energy vehicles, as they are referred to locally. The latest round of sales figures show the Chinese bought almost exactly twice the number of plug-in vehicles as car buyers in the United States did. Despite the high. China Plug-In Hybrids New car sales plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Car Sales

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Exxon knew climate change was real, ads told public it wasn't

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Sometimes it's best not to dare the public to do the research, especially if you're trying to persuade them of something that isn't true. Almost two years ago, Inside Climate News published a significant expose that confirmed Exxon's own scientists had agreed that human carbon emissions contributed to global warming as early as July 1977. But as. global warming climate change carbon dioxide Exxon fossil fuels

Chanje electric delivery truck from China to go on sale this year

Green Car Reports

A new electric-vehicle company called Chanje isn't focused on cars; instead, has set its sights on what it believes is a prime market for electric vehicles. That market is medium-duty delivery trucks, of which there are 7 million in the United States. About 500,000 new commercial-delivery trucks are sold each year. Chanje's electric truck, its. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Commercial vehicle Chanje

2017 18

Europe's tougher new emissions, fuel-economy tests should be closer to real-world results

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Fuel-economy ratings for cars sold in Europe have long been wildly unrealistic, sometimes more than 30 percent more optimistic than real-world consumption figures. Today, that will change. As of September 1, two new and more stringent testing regimes are to be used for certifying new vehicles going on sale in European Union countries. DON'T MISS. Europe Diesels emissions EU Fuel Economy Vehicle Testing

2017 15

Cummins electric semi truck: traditional maker takes on Tesla

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The well-established Cummins company chose an appropriate time to reveal its all-electric semi tractor concept: just before Tesla prepares to reveal its own electric semi next month. The traditional diesel-engine maker debuted its Urban Hauler Tractor, a Class 7 semi truck with a 44,000-pound payload. Notably, the company called the semi truck a. Trucks cummins Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Commercial vehicle semis

2017 14

Autonomous electric truck prototype can be controlled remotely

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Swedish company Einride has officially unveiled the first full-scale prototype of its futuristic autonomous electric truck. First announced back in April, the T-pod is touted as being more than a simple self-driving electric truck—it’s pitched as an entirely “new transportation system,” with plans to have an active fleet of. Trucks Sweden Autonomous cars remote plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) semis Startups self-driving cars

2017 12

Used Renault electric-car batteries provide DC fast-charging on highway

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Renault hasn't tackled the home-energy storage market to the degree its alliance partner Nissan has, but it has found another use for "second-life" batteries. The French brand has worked with UK-based Connected Energy to install two electric-car DC fast-charging stations powered by second-life batteries. Once the energy capacity of lithium-ion. Batteries lithium-ion battery pack plug-in cars Charging station DC Rapid Charging

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Audi diesel: another shoe drops as top VW Group execs implicated

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It has been nearly two years since Volkswagen came clean and admitted its "clean diesel" engines were actually quite dirty. In 2015, a VW engineer admitted the TDI diesel cars sold in the U.S. since 2009 were outfitted with "defeat device" software that let them pass emission tests, only to emit far more nitrogen oxides in real-world use. emissions VW VW Group Diesel cars Volkswagen diesel scandal

2017 11

Used diesel demand drops in Germany over fear of software upgrades

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Diesel-powered cars, long a staple on European roads, are starting to lose favor as million of dollars of inventory begins to pile up in used diesel models. The inventory, largely recent models certified under the superseded Euro-5 emission standards, has boomed recently over the possibility the cars will not meet future emission limits to be. Europe Diesels emissions Used Cars

2017 11

Green car concepts, production models at Frankfurt auto show

Green Car Reports

Although a handful of automakers have opted to skip the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, there are still plenty of new green concept cars and production models confirmed to make their debut. Leading up to the media days of the 2017 Frankfurt show, we will continue to update this running list of what is confirmed and what potentially may make its debut. Future Cars Frankfurt Motor Show plug-in cars Fuel Cell Vehicles

The Smart Vision EQ Fortwo is a self-driving electric matchmaker

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The Smart Vision EQ Fortwo wants to be a self-driving electric matchmaker. Ahead of its global unveiling at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Smart on Wednesday took the wraps off of an urban-oriented, self-driving electric concept car that can supply power back to the grid when it's not in use and could automatically visit an inductive charging. Frankfurt Auto Show

Electric-car range, Audi A5 g-tron, Chevy Equinox Diesel, Bolt EV battery failure: The Week in Reverse

Green Car Reports

How many miles of electric-car range turns out to attract many more buyers than a number slightly lower? Which German sport sedan did we test-drive, using a fuel that's all but irrelevant in North America? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, August 25, 2017. The Week In Reverse

Electric-car sales, tough new EU emission tests, two different electric trucks: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Today, we've got electric trucks and more electric trucks, some tough new tests for European emissions, and our monthly plug-in sales report too. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Cummins is an old and traditional name in diesel truck engines, but its electric semi tractor concept stole a march on Tesla, which will reveal its own upcoming. Today in Car News

SK Innovation to begin production of NCM-811 batteries

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Korea-based SK Innovation said it will start the first commercial production of mid-and large-size pouch-type NCM-811 batteries. NCM-811 refers to the nickel-rich layered cathode material, comprising 80% nickel, 10% cobalt and 10% manganese.

California ARB study finds commuters’ exposures to air pollution greatly depends on mode of travel; light rail, personal vehicles the lowest

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The mode of travel you take on your daily work commute can make a big difference in your exposure to air pollution, according to a new study by researchers at the California Air Resources Board (ARB).

EU NELLI project delivers new generation solid-oxide fuel cell; efficient and lower cost

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The EU-funded three-year NELLHI project has concluded after successfully developing a new stack design of solid oxide fuel cells, from an all-European supply chain.

2018 BMW i3 electric car range adds sportier i3s version

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While the 2018 BMW i3 will formally debut next week at the Frankfurt auto show, the company has released details ahead of time on the updates to the lineup of its compact electric car. While battery range stays the same as last year, a new i3s model (for Sport) has been added, with revised suspension and a Sport mode added to its drive-mode. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Range-Extended Electric Vehicle REx range extender engine BMW i3 REx

Shell, ITM Power to install 10MW electrolyzer for refinery hydrogen

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Shell, together with ITM Power, plans to install a 10MW electrolyzer to produce hydrogen at the Wesseling refinery site within the Rheinland Refinery Complex. This would be the largest unit of its kind in Germany and the world’s largest PEM (Polymer Electrolyte Membrane) electrolyzer. Today, the refinery uses approximately 180,000 tons of hydrogen per year in its various plants.

nanoFlowcell planning entry into FIA Formula E with flow cell and 48V drive

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Swiss R&D company nanoFlowcell Holdings ( earlier post ) is in discussions with Formula E Holdings on nanoFlowcell’s participation in the FIA Formula E Championship and intent to enter with a Formula E race car with nanoFlowcell 48VOLT flow-cell drive. The nanoFlowcell is a compact flow battery operated with two ionic liquid electrolytes (bi-ION).

EY launches Tesseract, a blockchain-based mobility platform

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EY launched Tesseract, an integrated mobility platform underpinned by blockchain technology. The platform facilitates fractional vehicle ownership, shared use and seamless multimodal transport and it will help lay the groundwork for how autonomous vehicle fleets could be owned in the future and provide access to a variety of on-demand mobility options.

Ballard-powered fuel cell electric bus achieves 25,000 hours of revenue operation

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Ballard Power Systems announced that a fuel cell electric bus powered by Ballard’s FCveloCity-HD6 fuel cells has achieved a new durability record with more than 25,000 hours of revenue service. This is equivalent to operating a bus on a 14-hour daily schedule, 5-days per week for 6.9 years with no significant maintenance to the fuel cell stack, a core engine component.

Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor Group form new JV to co-develop electric vehicles in China

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor Group Co., Dongfeng) have formed a new joint venture to co-develop and sell electric vehicles (EV) in China. The new joint venture, eGT New Energy Automotive Co., eGT), will focus on the core competencies of each partner and will harness the full potential of the Renault-Nissan Alliance electric vehicle leadership, as well as the resources of Dongfeng in the new energy industry, to meet the expectations of the Chinese market.

Australian, Germany Li-ion gigafactory aspirants sign MoU

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Magnis Resources Limited, part of a consortium aspiring to build a Li-ion gigafactory in Australia ( earlier post ), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with German Lithium-ion battery consortium TerraE-Holding GmbH (TerraE) for the supply of raw materials. TerraE-Holding GmbH has organized 17 major companies and research institutions into a consortium to handle planning for building large-scale lithium ion battery cell manufacturing in Germany. Earlier post.).

Cadillac XT5 hybrid, plug-in hybrid owners, Frankfurt auto show: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Today, the Cadillac XT5 hybrid breaks cover, we ask about plug-in hybrid owners, we turn to the Frankfurt auto show, and discuss CA and VW's mitigation funds. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Cadillac revealed the XT5 mild-hybrid in China at the Chengdu auto show. We asked what happens to plug-in hybrid owners in our latest Twitter poll. Today in Car News

Diesel drama, Nissan battery sale, VW jail time, electric-car charging: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Today, we ended up with two separate stories on the Volkswagen diesel scandal, Nissan sold its electric-car battery unit, transparent solar moonroofs may be coming, and we explain why you should think about hot dogs. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over the weekend, we summarized last week's top green-car stories. We also reported on the. Today in Car News