Sat.Nov 09, 2013 - Fri.Nov 15, 2013

Serving My Country – My Patriotic Duty

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Robert Earl Bushweit (right) runs into his Detroit buddy, Percy, in a captured German town during WWII. And The River Opens For The Righteous.

Field test shows Volvo Buses’ plug-in hybrid reduces fuel consumption by 81% and energy consumption by 61%; 21 mpg

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Volvo Bus’ plug-in hybrid. The pantograph for rapid charging can be seen on the roof. Click to enlarge.

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Hybrid Nissan Pathfinder

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Many years ago, the Nissan Pathfinder was one of America’s favorite SUVs. It was a sturdy, go-anywhere brute, with concealed rear door handles and room for 5. Compared to its rivals from Jeep and Chevrolet, the Pathfinder ruled.

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2014 Zero SR Electric Motorcycle Boosts Power, Range: Video

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The needs of electric motorcycles are very different from those of electric cars, and it''s leading to a quite startling pace of development in the electric two-wheeler market.

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Renault ZOE to demo usability of EVs in cross European trip

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A trip to demonstrate the capabilities of electric cars and the availability of the infrastructure to support them, will take one Renault ZOE some 854 miles from Munich to Barcelona.

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UMTRI: average fuel-economy of new vehicles in the US in October rose to 24.8 mpg

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The average fuel-economy (window-sticker) value of new vehicles sold in the US in October was 24.8 mpg (9.49 l/100km), up 0.2 mpg from September, according to the monthly analysis from Michael Sivak and Brendan Schoettle from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

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Inaugural PlugInsights report highlights need to expand public fast charging

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The study shows that home charging is dominant. Data: PlugInsights. Click to enlarge. Electric vehicle software and information services company Recargo Inc.,

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California Energy Commission to award up to $6M to EV charging infrastructure projects

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CMU study finds limited dedicated residential parking and charging a significant barrier to mainstream EV adoption

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Selected forecasts of US PEV sales with barriers to fleet penetration from limited residential charging infrastructure. Traut et al. Click to enlarge.

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Audi offering three engines with cylinder deactivation technology; fuel savings up to 20%

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Cylinder on demand V8. Click to enlarge. Audi has three gasoline engines equipped with its cylinder-on-demand (COD) technology (cylinder deactivation): the 1.4 TFSI COD, the 4.0 TFSI COD and now also the 12-cylinder W12 COD in the new Audi A8 L. Earlier post.)

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2014 Silverado and Sierra pickups leverage high- and ultra-high strength steels for weight reduction

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The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 have strategically replaced traditional steel with lightweight, high-strength steels for improved capability, safety and fuel efficiency.

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Honda unveils new UNI-CUB ? personal mobility device

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Honda Motor Co., unveiled the UNI-CUB ?, a new personal mobility device which was made usable for a wider range of people by enhancing the device’s compatibility.

VW provides details on e-Golf prior to launch at LA Auto Show

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e-Golf. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced details of the e-Golf, its first fully electric vehicle to go on sale in the US, prior to its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Volkswagen earlier this year introduced the production version of the e-Golf and e-up!

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Nanocomposite of bio-templated manganese oxide and Pd as high-performance cathode for Li-air batteries

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Schematic of a nanocomposite structure. Synthesis step of the metal nanoparticle/M13 virus-templated manganese oxide nanowires (bio MO nanowires) and the operational reaction inside Li-O 2 battery cells. Oh et al. Click to enlarge.

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Japan’s PM rides in Nissan LEAF for first Autonomous Drive public road test

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Nissan’s Autonomous Drive test car has taken to the public roads in Japan for the first time, with the country’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on board.

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NASA, Boeing finish tests of 757 vertical tail with active flow control technology

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The full-sized test tail modified and equipped with sweeping jet actuators. Image credit: NASA Ames Research Center) Click to enlarge. NASA’s Ames Research Center and NASA’s Langley Research Center, in partnership with The Boeing Co.,

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Primus Green Energy synthetic gasoline demo plant hits 720 hours continuous operation

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Primus Green Energy, Inc., an alternative fuel company that converts natural gas and other feedstocks directly into drop-in transportation fuels, announced that its natural gas-to-gasoline demonstration plant ( earlier post ) has achieved 720 hours of continuous operation, indicating the reliability and stability of its STG+ technology.

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CSX and GE Transportation partner to pilot LNG locomotives; dual-fuel NextFuel retrofit

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CSX Corporation and GE Transportation will explore emissions-cutting and efficiency breakthroughs in liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology for locomotives beginning with a pilot program in 2014.

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Zero Waste Energy breaks ground on organic waste to CNG fuel facility

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Zero Waste Energy, LLC (ZWE) broke ground on an anaerobic digestion facility in South San Francisco, CA that will convert organic waste into compressed natural gas (CNG) and compost. The Blue Line Biogenic CNG facility will convert 11,200 TPY of food and green waste into 100,000+ diesel equivalent gallons of CNG fuel. The company estimates that each collection vehicle will gather enough organic waste during just one route to fuel it for an entire day, creating a closed-loop system.

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Bio Batteries: Researchers Use Viruses To Improve Electric-Car Energy Storage (Video)

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Researchers at MIT say that a benign virus could be the next step in improving lithium-air battery technology.

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Dutch initiative focusing on deployment of sustainable biofuel

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A new Dutch initiative is aimed at the deployment of sustainable biofuel in the aviation sector. Partners in the initiative include KLM, SkyNRG, Neste Oil, Schiphol Airport, the Port of Rotterdam, the State Secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment, and the Minister of Economic Affairs.

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New high-performance silicon@graphitic nanowire array Li-ion anode shows excellent cycling stability

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Cross-sectional view of a proposed textured silicon@graphitic carbon nanowire (t-Si@G NW) array electrode configuration. Credit: ACS, Wang et al. Click to enlarge.

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Eight States With Big ZEV Plans Meet With Automakers, Feds

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Recently, the governors of eight states pledged to cooperate toward putting 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on their roads by 2025. Now, representatives of those eight states are meeting with car companies and policy makers to hash out exactly how they will do that.

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Government of Québec awards $675k to Lion Bus for electric school bus; part of $516M transportation electrification strategy

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Québec’s Ministry of Natural Resources has awarded Lion Bus Inc. C$675,000 (US$643 million) for a project to develop an all-electric school bus. This project follows the recent release of the $516-million (US$492-million) Transportation Electrification Strategy, recently made public by the government. Our government wants to make Québec a world leader in the electrification of transportation. It is a milestone in the economic development of Québec.

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Researchers explore ethanol-diesel dual-fuel combustion for reduction in engine-out emissions

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Effect of ethanol energy fraction and PFI position on CO, NO x , HC, and opacity emissions. Credit: ACS, Padala et al. Click to enlarge.

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Delphi enhances Delphi Connect with new 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability for in-vehicle wi-fi connectivity

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Delphi Automotive PLC launched Delphi Connect with 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot, a premium version of its cloud-based automotive connectivity system with Verizon Wireless introduced last year.

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2015 Kia Soul EV: Target Range Of 120 Miles, More Details

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Kia is getting the (hamster) ball rolling on its first globally-marketed electric car. The 2015 Kia Soul EV will be the first electric car made by Kia to be marketed outside Korea when it goes on sale next year.

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SAE New Energy Vehicle Forum: China’s focus on NEVs may have profound impact on future of transportation

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China has a number of critical economic and environmental imperatives driving its pursuit of vehicle electrification, said the roster of plenary speakers at the SAE 2013 New Energy Vehicle Forum held in Shanghai this week.

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EIA forecasts Bakken oil production will top 1M barrels per day next month; >10% of US oil production

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The latest monthly update of estimated crude oil production in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana shows total wellhead output topping 1 million barrels of oil per day (bbl/d) next month. The update appears in the most recent issue of the US Energy Information Administration’s Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The Bakken region now accounts for a little over 10% of total U.S.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: Teaser Video Emerges From Company

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It''s never too early to start teasing. Like a Hollywood blockbuster, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is getting its own trailer to build anticipation in advance of the electric car''s on-sale date sometime in the first half of 2014.

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Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi to provide financial assistance for EV charging infrastructure in Japan

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Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation have agreed on the details of specific financial assistance they will provide to installers of charging stations for electric vehicles (PHVs, PHEVs, and EVs). This announcement follows an agreement the four companies announced in July jointly to promote the construction of a user-friendly network of charging infrastructures. Earlier post.).

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Kia confirms development of battery-electric Soul for US; on sale in 2014

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p> Kia Motors has confirmed the development of a battery-electric version of the Kia Soul for the US market, scheduled to go on sale in 2014. The Kia Soul EV will be Kia’s first all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle marketed outside of Korea. The Soul EV takes its design cues from the recently-launched second-generation Kia Soul.

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Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

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For 2014, our fourth annual Green Car Reports'' Best Car To Buy award goes to the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. This new model of the redesigned Honda Accord sedan introduced last year is comfortable, quiet, stylish--and delivers real-world fuel economy from 40 mpg to as much as 52 mpg. And that''s Toyota Prius liftback territory, in a mid-size sedan

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EPA proposes reduction in cellulosic biofuel and total renewable fuel standards for 2014

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a reduction in the cellulosic biofuel and total renewable fuel standards (RFS) for 2014. Once the proposal is published in the Federal Register, it will be open to a 60-day public comment period. Specifically, EPA is proposing a total renewable fuel target of 15.21 billion gallons; the final 2013 overall volumes and standards require 16.55 billion gallons; the original target as specified in the Clean Air Act is 18.15 billion gallons.

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Coca-Cola Company and Ford unveil Ford Fusion Energi with PlantBottle Technology interior

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The Coca-Cola Company and Ford Motor Company are collaborating on the first interior fabric made from the same renewable material used to produce Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle Technology packaging. Fabric made from PlantBottle Technology consists of up to 30% plant-based materials.

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2015 Volkswagen E-Golf Electric Car Shown Before LA Auto Show

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This morning, we got all the details on the new Volkswagen e-Golf electric car, ahead of its debut next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The E-Golf is a battery-electric version of the all-new seventh-generation VW Golf, which will go on sale in the U.S. next spring as a 2015 model. The electric five-door hatchback is the first Volkswagen

Next Toyota Prius Plug-In To Have 10 Miles Of Electric Range: Here's Why

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You never know what you may find if you read through public comments on government proposals. That''s how we found a broad hint that the next version of the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid will have a continuous all-electric range of at least 10 miles. Remember that the current car, which the EPA rates at 11 miles of electric range, only offers 6 miles

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