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ZSW: more than 400,000 plug-in cars on road worldwide at beginning of 2014; 2x 2013

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Accumulated number of xEVs in leading global markets. Annual growth rate over the past three years is more than 100%. Click to enlarge.

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Electric-Car Sales Surge In South Korea, Supported By Subsidies

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Sales of plug-in electric cars are very regional right now, globally as well as within the United States. Norway, for instance, has seen electric-car sales soar because it offers financial incentives and other benefits that aren''t available to drivers of vehicles with combustion engines.

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Charging station etiquette: Do you have it?

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There was a time not so long ago when making a trip long-distance by electric car required you to cross your fingers, hope that you were able to reach the next charging station with power to space, and pray to the gods of charging that the charging station was actually working. These days, with [.].

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Volkswagen Group’s MQB plug-in hybrid powertrain; foundation for Golf GTE, A3 e-tron, and more

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The MQB plug-in hybrid powertrain serves both the A3 e-tron and the Golf GTE. Source: Volkswagen AG. Click to enlarge. The first two mainstream plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from the Volkswagen Group—e.g.,

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FEV and Neander Motors AG showcasing double-crankshaft turbo-diesel outboard marine engine at SAE World Congress

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FEV North America, Inc. a leading developer of advanced powertrain and vehicle system technologies, will showcase a turbo-diesel outboard marine engine developed in cooperation with Neander Motors AG at the upcoming SAE World Congress 8-10 April at COBO Center in Detroit.

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UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in US in March was 25.4 mpg; best mark yet

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in March was 25.4 mpg (9.26 l/100km)—a 0.3

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BMW starts series production of electric scooters in Berlin

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BMW’s plant in Berlin has begun series production of the battery-electric BMW C evolution maxi-scooter. C evolution in the finish area. Click to enlarge. The C evolution is powered by a drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor via a toothed belt and ring gearing.

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Berkeley Lab study finds hybrids more fuel efficient in India, China than in US

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Improvement in fuel consumption in India of a hybrid vehicle over a conventional vehicle. Click to enlarge.

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Full lifecycle CO2 of new Mercedes C-Class 10% less than outgoing model

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CO 2 emissions of the C 180 in comparison to its predecessor [t/car]. Source: Mercedes-Benz. Click to enlarge.

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USC Viterbi team integrating silicon anode and sulfur-based cathode for Lithium-sulfur battery with low fabrication cost

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USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor Chongwu Zhou and his research team have developed a silicon nanoparticle anode and a sulfur-based cathode with low fabrication cost and high electrode performance for rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries.

Researchers engineer poplar trees for easier degradation of lignin to ease production of biofuels

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Poplar vascular tissue showing feruloyl-coenzyme A (CoA) monolignol transferase (FMT) expression. Source: GLBRC. Click to enlarge.

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Daimler buys out Evonik from Li-Tec and Deutsche ACCUmotive Li-ion companies; Daimler sole owner

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Daimler AG and Evonik Industries AG are restructuring their joint venture activities in the field of electric mobility. Daimler will acquire all of the shares held by Evonik in Li-Tec Battery GmbH (50.1%) and in Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH & Co. KG (10%). This will make Daimler the sole owner of the two companies. The parties have agreed not to divulge the details of the agreement.

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UECC orders two dual-fuel LNG pure car and truck carriers

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United European Car Carriers, jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract to construct two Lloyd’s Register (LR) classed dual-fuel LNG pure car and truck carriers (PCTC). Computer-generated image of the new UECC PCTCs. Click to enlarge.

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Heat-conducting polymer cools hot electronic devices at 200 C; potential for automotive applications

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Scanning electron microscope image shows vertical polythiophene nanofiber arrays grown on a metal substrate. The arrays contained either solid fibers or hollow tubes, depending on the diameter of the pores used to grow them. Credit: Virendra Singh. Click to enlarge.

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Ricardo TorqStor flywheel energy storage technology receives SAE 2014 World Congress Tech Award

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Ricardo’s TorqStor high speed flywheel energy storage technology ( earlier post ) has been selected to receive the SAE Tech Award, as one of the top five technologies to be on display at the SAE World Congress 8-10 at the COBO Center, Detroit.

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Renewable fuels and biochar company Cool Planet closes on $100M Series D financing

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Cool Planet Energy Systems, a renewable fuels and biochar company ( earlier post ), closed on its targeted $100 million Series D financing.

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New Range-Extended Electric London Cab A 'Masterpiece,' Says Mayor After Test Drive

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London has some of the worst inner-city pollution of any city in Europe, but legislators and automakers are now working hard to correct that.

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Always Wanted A Harley-Davidson-Powered Prius? You're In Luck!

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It''s fair to say most Toyota Prius owners are probably quite happy with their cars. Sure, they aren''t the quickest vehicles on the road, and plug-in cars use even less gas. But they''re quiet, efficient and easy to drive.

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EIA: 5 states and the Gulf of Mexico produce more than 80% of US crude oil; shales drive the growth

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Five states (Texas, North Dakota, California, Alaska, and Oklahoma) and the Gulf of Mexico supplied more than 80%, or 6 million barrels per day, of the crude oil (including lease condensate) produced in the United States in 2013, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

GE and PowerStream launch Ontario microgrid demonstration project; Durathon batteries

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GE and PowerStream Inc. launched their first joint microgrid demonstration project , located at PowerStream’s headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario.

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Scania introduces new 100% biodiesel version of 16-liter V8; Euro 6 with EGR and SCR

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Scania 16-liter V8 580 hp Euro 6 engine with EGR and SCR is available in a 100% biodiesel version. Click to enlarge. Scania is adding another alternative to its engine lineup with a 100% biodiesel (EN 14214) configuration of a 16-liter, 580 hp (433 kW) V8 engine in the R-series.

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Partners launch $51M hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and infrastructure project in Europe

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Automakers, hydrogen fuel suppliers, the Mayor of London’s Office and energy consultancies launched the £31-million (US$51-million) European HyFive project at City Hall in London. Five different manufacturers will deploy a total of 110 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at several European locations (Bolzano, Copenhagen, Innsbruck, London, Munich, Stuttgart) and develop new clusters of hydrogen refueling stations.

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Study of californium borate could lead to new technologies for radioactive waste storage and nuclear fuel recycling

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The element californium (Cf, atomic number 98) is the heaviest element existing on Earth. Scientists have thought that Cf chemistry was dominated by ionic interactions.

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Sheffield engineers use 3D printing for a 1.5m-wide UAV prototype

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Engineers at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre ( AMRC ) at the University of Sheffield have successfully printed a 1.5m-wide prototype unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for a research project looking at 3D printing of complex designs.

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Continental takes over full ownership of Zytek Automotive

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With effect from 3 February 2014, international automotive supplier Continental has taken over full ownership of its former joint venture, Zytek Automotive, based in the UK. It previously had a 50% shareholding in Zytek Automotive. Both companies have agreed not to disclose the price for the acquisition.

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Why We Moderate Comments On Green Car Reports

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This site now gets a few hundred comments a day on our accumulated total of more than 10,000 articles. The vast majority of them are thoughtful, from experienced owners and advocates who want to discuss a new item or vehicle test in more detail.

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Ryder’s natural gas fleet surpasses 20 million miles

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Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, reports that its fleet of over 500 natural gas vehicles has surpassed 20 million miles (32 million km). The fleet consists of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas tractors serving more than 40 customer operations in California, New York, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Utah, Georgia, and Louisiana. Since deploying its natural gas vehicle program in 2011, Ryder has replaced approximately 3.1

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3-year, $75.7M eRamp power electronics research project launches at Infineon

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The three-year research project “eRamp”, intended to strengthen and expand Germany and Europe as centers of expertise for the manufacture of power electronics, launched at Infineon Technologies in Dresden. Twenty-six research partners from six countries are participating. Infineon, a global market leader in power semiconductors, is leading the €55-million (US$75.7-million) project.

DOE awards $17M to FY 2014 SBIR Phase II projects; includes Si/graphene anodes, motor windings, exhaust treatments

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The US DOE recently awarded $17 million to 17 FY 2014 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II projects to further develop Phase I projects and to produce a prototype or equivalent within two years. The selected 17 awards represent the best of nearly 1,000 ideas submitted for the FY 2012/13 Broad Based Topic Solicitation, DOE said.

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ARB announces formation of waiting list for clean vehicle rebates due to demand

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With demand for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and zero-emission vehicles rapidly growing in California, the California Air Resources Board announced the immediate formation of a rebate waiting list for up to a total of $5 million of incentive funds. To accommodate expected market growth into the summer, ARB staff also plan to propose expanding the waiting list by an additional $25 million at the Board’s April meeting.

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Memo To TV News Shows: Tesla Electric Cars Don't Make Engine Noises

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If you watched 60 Minutes on Sunday night--perhaps wondering whether the show would target the Tesla Model S electric car--you may have been relieved. The segment, "Fast Cars and Rocket Ships," was nothing less than a laudatory paean to the vision and accomplishments of Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. MORE: Tesla''s Lithium-Ion Battery Gigafactory

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales In March: Nissan Leaf Has Best March Ever

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March was another good month for U.S. sales of the Nissan Leaf, the best-selling electric car in the world. Nissan sold 2,507 Leafs in March, bringing its three-month total to 5,184--logging a 12-percent increase over the 2,236 sold in March 2013, the first month in which U.S.-built built Leafs were sold in any number. The March number was the single

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Massachusetts To Offer Rebates For Plug-In Electric-Car Purchases

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Massachusetts is about to give its residents a reason to plug in. A rebate program for electric-car purchases was announced last week by Governor Deval Patrick, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette (via the Sierra Club). The program will provide state residents who buy or lease a new plug-in car with a rebate of up to $2,500 at the

Volkswagen Shows Off Its 40-Year History Of Electric Cars

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While its new 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf will be the first-ever plug-in electric VW sold in the U.S., the German carmaker has a surprisingly long history of prototype electric cars. Two weeks ago, during a drive event for its VW e-Golf and e-Up production models, along with prototype Golf GTE plug-in hybrids, Volkswagen showed off restored examples of

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales Cross 400,000 Globally In Three Years

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In global terms, plug-in car sales are still a drop in the ocean. That''s to be expected--we''ve only had volume production models for the last three or four years. Disruptive products always take a little while to get going. But global plug-in electric car sales have now topped 400,000 units--a figure expected to rise into the millions by 2016, if

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Volkswagen Could Offer Wireless Electric Car Charging By 2017

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Volkswagen is on a plug-in car push right now, releasing several plug-in vehicles over the course of this year and the next. It''s keen to invest in related technology too, hinting that wireless charging could be an option on its vehicles as early as 2017. Speaking to Ecomento (via Autoblog), Herbert Ruholl, Volkswagen’s technical leader for

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GM recalling 656 Cadillac ELR extended range electric vehicles over calibration of Electronic Brake Control Module

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GM is recalling 656 model year 2014 Cadillac ELR vehicles not equipped with adaptive cruise control and manufactured 26 September 2013 through 14 February 2014, and equipped without Adaptive Cruise Control. NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V-144; GM’s number for this recall is 14087.).

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