Sat.Jun 16, 2012 - Fri.Jun 22, 2012

Federal Mogul develops advanced aluminum piston for high-performance light-duty diesel engines

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Federal-Mogul’s DuraBowl technology strengthens the crown of a piston, improving the aluminum’s strength where it is most needed. Click to enlarge. Federal-Mogul Corporation has. developed an aluminium piston that meets the higher strength and thermal performance.

2012 Tesla Model S: EPA Range Of 265 Miles, 89 MPGe Efficiency

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Friday will be a big day for startup electric carmaker Tesla Motors. On that day, it will deliver its first 2012 Model S luxury sport sedans to retail customers in a big webcast event at its Fremont, California, assembly plant. But a couple of days beforehand, the EPA has issued the eagerly awaited range and efficiency numbers for the high-end

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New Zealand revs up for electric cars

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Widespread use of electric cars is just a matter of time: and according to industry experts in New Zealand, they could take over the roads within 10 years. Hong Kong University President CC Chan spoke at the APEC Workshop in Wellington and stated that electric cars had made a significant breakthrough by capturing the attention [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars green cars New Zealand Tesla Roadster

EESTOR continues to disappoint ZENN with ultracapacitor promises

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There was a time when ZENN and EESTOR were going to save the world. EESTOR had developed what the company called a ground-breaking ultracapacitor that would run rings around lithium-anything battery chemistries, charge instantly, and allow the

NRC report concludes hydraulic fracturing poses low risk for causing earthquakes, but risks are higher for wastewater injection wells; CCS impact undetermined

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Schematic diagram of a shale gas well following hydraulic fracture treatment, with the relative depths of local water wells shown for scale. Formation depths and horizontal well length varies; numbers shown are approximate length and depth averages in North America.

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SAE to hold symposium on impact of shale gas on new vehicle development

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A new SAE International symposium will explore the impact of the current shale gas boom on the development of new vehicles. The SAE 2012 Shale Gas Impact on Vehicle Development Symposium will focus on the impact of natural gas vehicle adoption, shale exploration and natural gas Infrastructure on bi-fuel vehicle production. Co-sponsored by SAE International and energy industry publisher Hart Energy, the event will be held 28 August 2012, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

Audi A3 e-tron Prototype: First Drive Video (Exclusive)

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Unlike other carmakers--including BMW with its ActiveE program--Audi has chosen to use only in-house drivers to test the fleet of electric A3 e-tron prototypes it has brought to the U.S. So we're pleased to be among the few media outlets to drive an Audi A3 e-tron, one of just 17 such cars in North America. Our short 45-minute test drive in the

Fisker’s Karma coming around in Europe

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Fisker’s European expansion continues apace with the news that car dealer group Guarnieri will exclusively import and market all Fisker vehicles in Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Guarnieri has dealerships and showrooms across the region, with a large and loyal customer base and a track-record of success with premium manufacturers including BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, and McLaren. [.]. Fisker Europe Fisker Karma Sales

Electric Cars for Sale Now

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A look at electric cars for sale in the US right now like the Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt, and the Tesla Roadster

EUCAR calls for targeted support for automotive initiatives in €80B Horizon 2020 program; targeting €5B budget

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The European Council for Automotive R&D ( EUCAR ) is calling for a number of priority automotive research and innovation (R&I) initiatives in Europe’s Horizon 2020 program to support competitive and sustainable road transport and for these initiatives to be supported by a substantial €5-billion budget. Horizon 2020 is the EU’s proposed €80-billion (US$100-billion) Framework Programme for Research & Innovation from 2014-2020.

2012 Tesla Model S Electric-Car Deliveries To Start Today

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They said it couldn't be done, but it looks like Tesla Motors has indeed pulled it off. If all goes to plan, at 3:30 pm Pacific today, CEO Elon Musk and other Tesla executives will hand over the keys of a new 2012 Tesla Model S to the first retail buyer to take delivery of the all-electric luxury sport sedan. The ceremony, which Tesla will webcast

UN calls for us to travel together for Rio+ 20 summit

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As the Rio+20 conference gets underway, the United Nations announce the launch of a new travel initiative as part of its new GreenUp campaign, which launches today. The ‘Let’s Travel Together’ initiative hopes to change the behaviour of travellers and commuters by encouraging car sharing and the use of public transport. In cooperation with SNCF, [.]. Green credentials environment United Nations

First Look: Havel E Hybrid SUV

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Is this China’s First SUV for the Global Market? Auto manufacturers are all eyeing the rapidly expanding Chinese market to sell their cars in the years to come.

Hertz Italy Launches smart fortwo Electric Vehicle in Rome for Italo-NTV train customers

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The Hertz Corporation in partnership with Italo-NTV, the first European private high-speed railway operator, will offer Italo customers the ability to rent smart fortwo electric drives from the Hertz locations at the Rome Tiburtina and Rome Ostiense train stations. These electric vehicles can be booked from €8 (US$10) per hour through the website [link] using the special Italo discount code, and will be powered at charging units provided by Enel, Italy’s largest electric utility.

Saab, Aptera, Think: Can China, Russia Save Electric Cars?

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Last week, something miraculous happened: after more than a year of being prepped for burial, Saab rose from the dead. Of course, there had been previous attempts to revive the quirky car company -- notably, one led by Chinese investors Pang Da and Youngman (subsequently, a Chinese bank and Youngman). However, General Motors 86ed those efforts

Skoda turns Stonehenge into recycled scrap

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If you’re driving close to London’s Southbank, then keep your eyes peeled for Stonehenge. No, the iconic site hasn’t moved from its Wiltshire home just in time for the summer solstice – it has actually been replicated by car manufacturer Skoda, using entirely recycled car parts. The giant build will be in place for today [.]. Green cars Latest news Skoda Citigo green cars London recycle Skoda Citigo UK

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First Look: Havel E Hybrid SUV

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Is this China’s First SUV for the Global Market? Auto manufacturers are all eyeing the rapidly expanding Chinese market to sell their cars in the years to come.

ITF analysis finds that societal costs for electric cars and vans range from €7K to €12K more than fossil-fueled equivalents

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Sample consumer and societal break-even curves for BEVs, with data points for a compact diesel for comparison. Source: Philippe Crist — Discussion Paper 2012-03. Click to enlarge. Electric passenger cars currently cost €4K to €5K (US$5,079 to $6,349) more to their owners than an equivalent fossil fuel car over the vehicle’s lifetime, according to the latest policy brief from the International Transport Forum (ITF), an intergovernmental organization with 54 member countries at the OECD.

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Are Electric-Car Batteries Already at $250 Per kWh? Analyst Says Yes

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How expensive are electric car battery packs? It’s a topic of much discussion among electric car fans, and a closely guarded secret within the auto industry, but now an industry analyst has suggested that improved technology and economies of scale has lowed electric car battery pack costs to just $250 per kilowatt-hour of energy stored

Electric vehicles ready to conquer Rome

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One of the world’s most beautiful capital cities will soon boast an even greener outlook as Rome, Italy, welcomes Smart Fortwo electric drive vehicles (pictured). The Hertz Corporation has teamed up with high-speed rail operator Italo-NTV to offer its customers the ability to rent the electric cars at its locations at both the Rome Ostiense [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars electric vehicles green cars Italy smart fortwo

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Heatsink replaced

Honda S2000 EV Conversion

I got some time yesterday and installed a new heat sink that I think will be more efficient while driving. I mentioned before the old heat sink below has the fins parallel with the controller, but the air while driving is perpendicular to the fins.

Ford cuts manufacturing energy use 22% in 6 years; targeting additional 25% Drop by 2016

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Ford has reduced the amount of energy required to produce each vehicle in its manufacturing facilities by 22% in the last six years. The company also announced plans to reduce usage another 25% on a per-vehicle basis by 2016. Other successful initiatives—highlighted in Ford’s 13th annual Sustainability Report—include reductions in water use, waste-to-landfill and CO 2 emissions as well as improvements in vehicle fuel economy and safety.

Will Buick Launch A Volt Version Called Electra?

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Sometimes online news sites can build complete stories--almost entirely hypothetical--around a single factoid. This is one of those stories. The factoid is that General Motors registered its intent to use the name Electra on a product in the category of "Motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks, vans, engines

Cyclists saved the UK £40 million and tonnes in CO2

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Britain’s cyclists saved the economy more than £40 million last year according to estimates by sustainable travel charity Sustrans. The UK’s biggest increase in cycling use of the National Cycle Network last year saw an extra 40 million extra journeys made on bike than in 2010, Sustrans reveals at the start of Bike Week. According [.]. Green credentials bicycle cycle road Sustrans

EESTOR continues to disappoint ZENN with ultracapacitor promises

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There was a time when ZENN and EESTOR were going to save the world. EESTOR had developed what the company called a ground-breaking ultracapacitor that would run rings around lithium-anything battery chemistries, charge instantly, and allow the

CA Energy Commission awarding Wrightspeed $5.789M grant for retrofit range-extended electric powertrain for medium-duty commercial vehicles

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Wrightspeed’s Geared Traction Drive integrates an electric motor, a two-speed gear box and an inverter. Source: Wrightspeed. Click to enlarge. The California Energy Commission CEC is awarding Silicon Valley startup Wrightspeed a $5.789-million grant for Advanced Vehicle Technology Manufacturing.

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800 Number On Blink Electric-Car Charging Stations? Useless, Don't Bother

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You'd think a company awarded $115 million by the Department of Energy to build electric-car charging stations would make them accessible to every single driver, wouldn't you? Apparently, you'd be wrong. At least, that is, in the case of Ecotality's Blink network. Any plug-in driver arriving at a Blink station who hasn't previously signed up as a

Ford makes huge energy saving breakthrough

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US carmaker Ford has shown that it is not just committed to reducing energy use from its vehicles – it is also dedicated to making energy savings on the manufacturing of these vehicles too. It has revealed that it has made a 22 per cent reduction in the amount of energy required to produce each [.]. Ford Green cars Latest news energy saving green cars

Hyundai Heavy begins exporting LNG engine

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Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder and a leading marine engine manufacturer, has begun exporting the gas engine Hyundai HiMSEN H35/40GV after completing test runs.

Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid with flywheel energy system wins Le Mans; first hybrid win there

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The R18 e-tron quattro hybrids at work. Click to enlarge.

2012 Honda Civic Vs 2012 Toyota Corolla: Compact Comparo

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Other cars may steal the headlines, but the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla have spent plenty of time in the best-sellers lists. That's because each offers a wide range of talents to a wide range of individuals and families. They may lack the excitement of other models, but if you want a safe, comfortable, cheap-to-run four-door sedan, one or the

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Cellulosic ethanol from oil palm empty fruit bunch

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Researchers from Malaysia and Japan report on an efficient method of producing the cellulosic ethanol from oil palm waste in the Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science. Researchers first separated glucose from cellulose in the plant matter, and then used it as a substrate for ethanol production. Oil palm empty fruit bunch is an abundant biomass waste, with 15 million tonnes generated annually by palm oil mills in Malaysia alone.

EPA rating for 85 kWh Tesla Model S: 89 MPGe, 265-mile range

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The EPA has rated the Tesla Model S luxury EV equipped with the 85 kWh pack at 89 MPGe combined (88 MPGe city, 90 MPGe highway), with a range per charge of 265 miles. Tesla is offering a choice of three battery pack configurations on the Model S: 40, 60, and 85 kWH packs, along with an 85 kWh pack performance model. The numbers for the other packs have not been released, according to Tesla.

Germany to expand nationwide network of hydrogen filling stations from 15 to 50 by 2015

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The German Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) and several industrial companies signed a joint Letter of Intent to expand the network of hydrogen filling stations in Germany from 15 to 50. As part of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), Germany’s federal government and industrial sector are investing more than €40 million (US$51 million) to expand the country’s network of hydrogen filling stations.