Sat.Mar 08, 2014 - Fri.Mar 14, 2014

Volkswagen: e-mobility and sustainability; Part 1, the e-Golf and Golf GTE

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The e-Golf. Click to enlarge. In conjunction with its annual media and investor conference, Volkswagen is staging a two-week (8 - 21 March) e-mobility event at Berlin-Tempelhof.

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Life With Tesla Model S: One Year And 15,000 Miles Later

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Well, it''s now been a year since I took delivery of my dark green 2013 Tesla Model S with the 60-kilowatt-hour battery. After almost four years of waiting, those first days after delivery were euphoric.

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Tesla Motors sideswiped by NJ Gov. Christie's administration over Model S sales

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On Tuesday, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) approved a new rule requiring that all new-car dealers have a franchise agreement in order to sell cars in New Jersey. This effectively blocks Tesla Motors, who directly

Despite the doubters, the used electric car market is shaping up well

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In what might appear to be fine piece of needlework, The Times last week suggested that there is a glut of second-hand electric cars for sale in the UK, as buyers brave enough to try electric motoring quickly change their minds and look to offload their EVs.

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Eaton and Cummins Westport launch first automated transmission/natural gas engine package for N.A. Market; expanding SmartAdvantage diesel packages

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ISXG12 G paired with UltraShift PLUS. Click to enlarge. Eaton and Cummins Westport, a joint-venture company of Cummins Inc.

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Electric Scooter In A Briefcase: Would You Pay $6,000 For It?

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You only need witness the success of the Transformers movie franchise to know that people like the idea of things changing into other things. Let''s assume that a Camaro that turns into an Autobot isn''t suitable for your commute however. How about a briefcase that turns into an electric scooter?

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New Jerseyites can still buy Tesla Model S, despite new ban on Tesla car sales

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On Tuesday, New Jersey put up a road block preventing Tesla Motors from selling cars in that state. On Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued a blog post saying Tesla customers in New Jersey will still be able to

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Shell producing base oil from natural gas for motor oils

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Shell announced the production of the first clear base oil—the main component of motor oils—made from natural gas using its gas-to-liquids (GTL) PurePlus Technology. Shell PurePlus Technology is now being used to create motor oils for motorists in the United States.

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Startup Vukee Hopes To Crowd-Fund Tesla Car Sharing Service

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Not everyone can afford a Tesla Model S, but if you had the opportunity to drive one whenever you wanted, that might be a pleasing alternative to ownership. Startup Vukee Car hopes to offer a service that lets you do just that, and is crowd-funding to raise cash to offer Model S car-sharing.

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New Jerseyites can still buy Tesla Model S, despite new ban on Tesla car sales

National Green Transportation

On Tuesday, New Jersey put up a road block preventing Tesla Motors from selling cars in that state. On Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued a blog post saying Tesla customers in New Jersey will still be able to

New Mini Hatch launches in the UK

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Available in dealerships from this weekend, the new Mini Hatch looks a lot like the old one, but Mini has made some changes to enhance both the performance and style. From the exterior, the Mini has grown by just 9.8cm in length, 4.4cm in width and 7mm in height and is now 3.8 metres long by 1.7

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Toyota continues prepare the market for fuel cell vehicle in 2015

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Toyota Motor continues to lay the foundation for the introduction of its production fuel cell hybrid vehicle in 2015; the company began work on fuel cell technology in 1992.

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Mercedes S-Class Electric Car Could Follow Plug-In Hybrid

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So far, Mercedes'' exploration of electric vehicles has been fairly diverse. It started, logically, with the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. But then it jumped to the other end of the scale with the SLS AMG Electric Drive supercar.

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Audi says traffic light information system production ready; potential for 15% reduction in CO2 emissions

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Audi says that its Online traffic light information system, demonstrated in an Audi A6 as part of a technology display at the Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las Vegas, is production ready and could be fitted to every Audi model in the range subject to the necessary government legislation.

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Proton OnSite to supply hydrogen generator in Hamburg

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US-based Proton OnSite has been chosen to install an on-site hydrogen generator at one of the first hydrogen fuel cell stations in Germany’s new nationwide H 2 Mobility refueling network. Proton OnSite won a competitive application process to install a C-Series proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer in the new station in Hamburg, Germany as part of the overall solution being provided by H 2 Logic.

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ATDynamics projects 200,000 semi-trailers to be equipped with fuel-saving rear-drag aerodynamics technology by end of 2017

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The patented TrailerTail design lowers vehicle fuel consumption by reducing low-pressure suction drag directly behind a trailer. Source: ATDynamics. Click to enlarge.

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BMW i8 customer demand exceeding planned production; improved fuel consumption

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Series production of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid ( earlier post ) begins in April, with delivery of the first customer cars to start in June 2014, beginning with the main European markets.

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Survey shows % of Californians walking, biking or used public transit more than doubled since 2000

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Results from the California Household Travel Survey ( CHTS ) —the largest and most complex review of its kind— show that the%age of California residents walking, biking, or using public transportation on a typical day has more than doubled since 2000.

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Study finds energy savings of PHEVs relative to HEVs dependent on charging coverage and daily VMT

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A study based on a spatial and longitudinal travel dataset by a team from Lamar University, Iowa State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory found that whether plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) have lower energy costs that conventional gasoline vehicles (CGVs) or hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) depends on charger coverage. Their paper is published in the journal Energy Policy.

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Study projects explosive growth in African emissions from combustion of fossil fuels and biofuels absent regulation

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According to a new study by researchers from France, emissions of gases and particles from the combustion of fossil fuels and biofuels in Africa are expected to increase significantly in the near future due to the rapid growth of African cities and megacities.

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Autolib Electric Car-Sharing Service Expands Into London From Paris

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Car-sharing services have proven popular for city-based users, many preferring to use the conveniently-located cars in lieu of buying, owning and running their own. Few have been more successful than the Parisian Autolib electric car sharing business though.

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Study finds no benefit to delaying or weakening ZEV policies to drive transition to electric drive

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A study by a team from the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory concludes that starting the California ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mandates five years earlier or doubling their intensity increases upfront costs but also increases benefits by a greater amount. Similarly, the study found, delaying the ZEV mandate is estimated to reduce upfront costs, but cause an even greater reduction in the present value of benefits.

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Volkswagen shows new 65 mpg Golf Sportsvan TDI BlueMotion at Geneva show

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At the Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen is giving the new Golf Sportsvan TDI BlueMotion its debut. The new 5-seater diesel Golf Sportsvan offers combined cycle fuel consumption of 3.6 l/100 km (65 mpg US), equating to CO 2 emissions of 95 g/km (provisional). The good aerodynamics of the 81 kW / 109 hp Golf Sportsvan TDI BlueMotion contributes significantly to the low fuel consumption. With numerous modifications, the new MPV achieves a CD value of 0.27.

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Feds Block Purchase Of Chinese BYD Electric Buses In Long Beach

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Plans by the California city of Long Beach to purchase BYD electric transit buses has hit another speed bump. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) may block the purchase of the Chinese company''s buses, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports (via ChargedEVs).

Rolls-Royce Considers Plug-In Hybrid Luxury Sedan

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In theory, electric power is perfect for Rolls-Royce. What better source of propulsion than a quiet electric motor, for a company that strives for ultimate refinement?

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Volvo Car Group tests road-embedded magnets for accurate positioning of self-driving cars

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Volvo Car Group has completed a research project using magnets in the roadway to help the car determine its position. A pattern of round ferrite magnets (40x15 mm) was located 200 mm below the road surface. The test car was equipped with several magnetic field sensors. Click to enlarge.

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MOL confirms NOx-reducing SCR system efficacy in shipboard tests

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

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APTA reports record public transportation usage in US in 2013; growth outpacing population and VMT growth

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Growth in public transit ridership since 1995 has outpaced population and VMT growth. Data: APTA. Click to enlarge. In 2013, Americans took 10.7

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Audi of America introduces 2015 A3 Sedan with gasoline engines; diesel and PHEV coming

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Audi of America introduced the all-new 2015 A3 Sedan with both the 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI gasoline-fueled powertrains. Earlier post.)

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Introduction To Our Used 2001 Honda Insight Hybrid

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In the world of automotive journalism, "practice what you preach" is a difficult statement to honor. It just isn''t always possible. We do our best though, which is how I''ve come to be the proud owner of a 2001 Honda Insight. Let me explain.

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Volkswagen To Triple Battery Capacity With Lithium-Air Technology?

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Fossil fuels may not be the cleanest way of powering us between two points on a map, but there''s little doubt they offer convenience. So far, scientists have struggled to find batteries for electric cars that match the huge amounts of energy stored in a gallon of gasoline or diesel. As a result we get big, heavy batteries with relatively short

California Launches Country's First All-Electric School Bus

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It may not be capable of space travel, but one California district has found a magic school bus. The Kings Canyon Unified School District recently launched the first all-electric school bus in the United States, Inhabitat reports. The bus is a modified SST Trans Tech model based on a Ford E-Series van chassis, with an electric powertrain from

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NJ Hearing Today Could Ban Tesla Stores In State; Electric-Car Maker Cries Foul

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Another battle in Tesla Motors'' nationwide war with car dealers seems imminent. The latest state to oppose Tesla''s direct-sales model is New Jersey, which the company says is on the verge of passing rules that would push its direct-sales model out of the Garden State. ALSO SEE: Tesla Stores Changing Dealer Relationship, Says Ex-Apple Exec At Ford

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The CA City You've Never Heard Of That's An Electric-Car Epicenter

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California loves electric cars. its residents have embraced plug-in cars them like no one anywhere else in the United States. While better-known Bay Area cities like San Francisco have a reputation for being green, there''s another California municipality that''s giving them a run for their money: Fremont. Located in the East Bay and known as a

MIT, GE, Audi launch HubCab Project in New York City

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MIT, in partnership with Audi and GE, has launched HubCab —a transportation tracking tool aimed at reducing commuting congestion, decreasing vehicle emissions and lowering the cost of mobility infrastructure. HubCab tracks more than 150 million taxi rides in New York City over the course of a year. With this information, researchers can identify commuter travel patterns and work to develop a more efficient car share system.

Proposal: Buy Out, Shut Down U.S. Coal Industry For $50 Billion

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Give Felix Kramer credit for thinking big. Twelve years ago, he and others founded CalCars, a group dedicated to promoting plug-in hybrid vehicles with large battery packs--and built the world''s first plug-in Prius hybrid. Now he and coauthor Gil Friend have published an audacious proposal to buy up and shut down every private and public coal

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DOE to award $10M for demonstration and testing of advanced wave and tidal energy technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award a total of $10 million through two funding opportunities to support the design, manufacturing, demonstration, and testing of sustainable, environmentally responsible marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy devices and components. Wave Energy Converter (WEC) Prize. ( DE-FOA-0000979 ) The Energy Department will make $6.5

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