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Cambridge team successfully tests hybrid light aircraft; 30% fuel savings

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Hybrid in flight. Click to enlarge. Researchers from the University of Cambridge, in association with Boeing, have successfully tested a light aircraft powered by a parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system, in which an electric motor and gasoline engine work together to drive the propeller.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Another Video Teaser, This One On Snow And Ice

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Can the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Volt manage to propel itself on what looks like an inch or two of snow? Why, yes, actually, it can. In fact, the new Volt appears to behave just as any other front-wheel-drive car would on a similar surface.

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U Maryland team devises new method to stabilize high-capacity Si anodes for Li-ion batteries: interfacial oxygen

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Interfacial oxygen between the silicon and carbon improves electrode performance. Credit: ACS, Son et al. Click to enlarge.

Nissan Leaf Electric Car Disembowled, Displayed On Pegboard (Video)

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Have you ever wondered what a Nissan Leaf electric car looks like when you peel away the bodywork, seats, and virtually everything beside the powertrain? Thanks to one enterprising YouTube user--and one sacrificed electric car--now you can find out.

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Caltech team proposes taxonomy for solar fuels generators; different approaches to converting sunlight to chemical fuels

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Researchers at the California Institute of Technology are proposing a nomenclature and taxonomy for solar fuels generators—devices that harness energy from sunlight to drive the synthesis of chemical fuels.

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Toyota Mirai Test Drive, Tesla Drag Race, Cleaner Electric Cars: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Which promise made by electric-car maker Tesla Motors took 18 months to come to fruition? And what''s the 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle really like to drive?

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV now able to supply vehicle-to-home (V2H) power

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Mitsubishi Motors’ Outlander PHEV is now also able to supply electrical power to the home in Japan using the SMART V2H (vehicle-to-home) system made by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, the EVPower Station made by Nichicon Corporation and the Tsubaki eLINK made by Tsubakimoto Chain Co. Connecting to the V2H system is available only with vehicles with a CHAdeMO quick charging socket installed.

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USDOT preparing to issue solicitation for Phase 1 of Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment program

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The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) is preparing to issue (on or before 15 January 2015) a solicitation for a full and open competition to procure services for the Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment program, Phase 1: Concept Development.

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Biogas2PEM-FC project converts waste from olive oil production to electricity

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An EU-funded project, Biogas2PEM-FC , has developed a system to convert the toxic waste from olive oil production into electricity. The project, coordinated by Nordic fuel cell technology company PowerCell , resulted in the building of a complete pilot plant on an olive farm in Andalucía, Spain.

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Study finds flooded lead-acid battery performance & cycle life increased by adding dCNT to PAM and NAM; benefit for start-stop

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NEDO selects IHI and Toshiba as co-researchers for ocean energy power generator

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Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has selected IHI Corporation and Toshiba Corporation as co-researchers in a project to develop and to demonstrate an underwater floating-type turbine system for ocean energy power generation.

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Breakthrough in predictions of pressure-dependent combustion chemical reactions

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Researchers at Sandia and Argonne national laboratories have demonstrated , for the first time, a method to successfully predict pressure-dependent chemical reaction rates.

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Researchers discover bacteria could be rich source of terpenes

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Vitruivan crowd-sourcing funding for novel biofuel from sewage treatment bio-solids

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Vitruvian Energy is trying to crowd-fund its novel biofuel EEB (ethyl 3-ethoxybutyrate). EEB is produced from organic waste, including (and initially) sewage treatment bio-solids—the leftover, dirt-like organic material that remains after a community’s wastewater is treated. With 20 days left in the campaign, the company has raised $3,500 of a targeted $200,000. EEB has higher energy content than ethanol: 26-29 MJ/L compared to 23.

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ORNL, UT Austin team proposes optimization framework for hybrids; balancing fuel consumption, motor efficiency, battery capacity and life

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Sample output. Effect of increasing the β weighting factor (problem formulation with battery) and applying a higher cooling rate (problem formulation without battery) on the cumulative fuel consumption for the UDDS at a 70% target SoC. Shaltout et al. Click to enlarge.

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Navigant: gasoline and diesel stop-start vehicles to represent 58% of all new vehicles sold in 2025

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In a new report analyzing the emerging global market for technologies that improve fuel economy, Navigant Research forecasts that sales of gasoline and diesel stop-start vehicles (SSVs) will reach 63 million annually by 2025, representing 58% of all vehicles sold in that year. SSVs eliminate idling when the vehicle is stopped and restart the engine when the driver moves from brake to accelerator.

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BNEF: Oil price plunge to have only moderate impact on low-carbon electricity development, but likely to slow EV growth

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The collapse in world oil prices in the second half of 2014 will have only a moderate impact on the fast-developing low-carbon transition in the world electricity system, according to research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance. However, the slump in the Brent crude price per barrel from $112.36 on 30 June to $61.60 on 22 December will nevertheless have an impact in various sectors and regions.

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Gas Cars Parked In One Electric-Car Spot Earn Raleigh $27,000 A Year

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The problem of gasoline cars parking in spaces reserved for plug-in electric cars to recharge at is nothing new. It''s known as "ICE-ing," referring to cars with internal combustion engines parking where they shouldn''t. But the problem has proved to be lucrative for Raleigh, North Carolina. DON''T MISS: Been ICEd? Gas Cars Parking In Electric-Car

2014 Tesla Model S P85D: First Drive Of All-Electric AWD Performance Sedan

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As a long-time Tesla Model S owner—almost two years now—I was naturally eager to get behind the wheel of the new dual-motor P85D. I’d had a couple of brief stints in 416-hp P85 loaners while my standard S85 was in for service. Those had been exhilarating enough, almost scary. What would it be like to drive a Model S with 691 hp

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Tesla Roadster 3.0: 70-kWh Battery, Aero Kit, New Tires, For 400-Mile Range

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Tesla Motors announced today that it has prototyped a "Roadster 3.0" package, which Roadster owners will be able to purchase in the future to update the battery pack, aerodynamics, and tires of their 2008-2012 Tesla Roadster electric sports cars. Taken together, the updates are expected to boost the Roadster''s rated range 40 to 50 percent, from

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Gas Stations: Hazardous To Your Health In Many Ways

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It turns out that--in addition to their environmental benefit--electric cars can help improve the health of the people who drive them. A few weeks ago, we posted an anecdote collected by advocacy group Plug-In America, about how driving an electric car helped a handful of people quit smoking. CHECK OUT: How To Quit Smoking: Buy An Electric Car?

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Electric Vehicles Come Out Ahead Of Gas Cars On Taxes--Except In One State

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Several states have adopted or proposed special taxes and fees for electric-car drivers. which are supposed to make up for lost revenue from taxes on the fuel their drivers don''t buy. Electric-car advocates typically view these policies as discriminatory, and claim they work against efforts to get more people into plug-ins. MORE: Washington

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DOE releases report from 6 projects evaluating EV charging impacts on grid and customer charging behaviors

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Charging patterns with (TOU) and without (RES) whole house time-of-use rate during summer weekdays at Progress Energy, one of the participating utilities. Peak period is in gray.) Click to enlarge. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report detailing the findings from six utilities which evaluated operations and customer charging behaviors for in-home and public electric vehicle charging stations.

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Tesla to begin piloting battery pack swap program for invited Model S owners

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Starting next week, Tesla Motors will pilot a battery pack swap program with invited Model S owners. The selected owners will have the opportunity to swap their car’s battery at a custom-built facility located across the street from the Tesla Superchargers at Harris Ranch, CA. Tesla intends the pilot program to test the technology and to assess demand.

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Tesla previews “Roadster 3.0” update; 70 kWh pack

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In a post on the company blog, Tesla Motors outlined the areas addressed with an upcoming a Roadster 3.0 upgrade, based on learnings from the Model S. Tesla also said no new Model S battery pack or major range upgrade is expected in the near term. The prototype Roadster 3.0 package consists of three main improvement areas: Batteries. Tesla said it has identified a new LI-ion cell that has 31% more energy than the original Roadster cell.

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Kulan Electric Utility Concept: Simple 'Donkey' Vehicle For Parks, Farmers

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Naming an electric car after a donkey would normally seem like an odd choice, but this isn''t exactly a car. The Kulan gets its name from a donkey native to Central Asia and, like its namesake, this electric vehicle is a beast of burden. SEE ALSO: It''s Not Just Cars: Diesel Tractors, Construction Equipment Clean Up Emissions Too Its creators hail

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Lexus To Launch Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Powered LS Sedan: Report

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Toyota and its Lexus luxury brand share underlying architectures, powertrain, and numerous other components across a number of their models. That''s why there have been several Lexus hybrid models over the last 10 years--including the brand''s current flagship, the LS 600h L sedan. DON''T MISS: Lexus Keeping An Eye On Tesla, Calls Mall Stores

Lead Batteries Likely To Be With Us A Long, Long Time: European Study

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Lead is terrible stuff: damaging to humans in even small quantities, and persistent if it''s improperly disposed of. Nonetheless, it''s a central element of technology that has enabled a century of automobiles to be started via ignition keys rather than hand cranks--which occasionally broke the arms of hapless drivers. DON''T MISS: Who Knew? A Car

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Tesla Roadster Battery Upgrade Details: Coming This Week, Musk Says

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Say what you will about Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk, he''s one of the very few global automaker CEOs who personally responds to owner questions via Twitter. And he''s at it again, promising late Friday afternoon that details will be coming this week on the promised battery upgrade for the Tesla Roadster sold in the U.S. from 2008 through

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Vaclav Smil: Cars weigh too much

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In an opinion piece in the January 2015 issue of IEEE Spectrum , Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy), and the Member of the Order of Canada, writes that modern cars—even with the tremendous gains in efficiency and even electrics—simply weigh too much, given the dominant usage pattern of one driver per vehicle.

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Mexico proposes new heavy-duty vehicle emission standards aligned with Euro VI and EPA 2010

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Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) has proposed new heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards, aligned with current standards in place in the rest of North America and in the European Union. The current limit values in Mexico are equivalent to Euro IV or EPA 2004 standards.

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2016 Toyota Prius Was Delayed Due To Redesign For Sportier Style

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Since his arrival about five years ago, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has pushed for more exciting styling and better driving dynamics in the carmaker''s products. So with an entirely redesigned version of Toyota''s halo car--the Prius hybrid--set for the 2016 model year, its designers will emphasize styling like never before. MORE: 2016 Toyota Prius

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Renovo to show electric supercar prototype at CES

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Renovo Motors, Inc., will offer the first public viewing of its electric supercar prototype at the upcoming 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. Earlier post.). Using a factory-modified Shelby American CSX9000 rolling chassis (“Cobra Daytona Coupe”), Renovo’s eponymous coupe features twin mid-mounted sequential axial-flux motors producing more than 370 kW (500 hp) and 1,000 lb-ft (1,356 N·m) of torque, with a 0-60 mph time of less than 3.4 seconds. Top speed is more than 120 mph (193 km/h).

DOE to award up to $2M to 3 projects for hydrogen and fuel cell supply chain and manufacturing analysis

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected three projects to receive up to $2 million in new funding for analysis of the hydrogen and fuel cells domestic supply chain and manufacturing competitiveness. Funded in part by the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, this funding opportunity supports the Department’s broader effort to boost US competitiveness in the manufacturing sector.

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Google announces first fully functional build of self-driving prototype

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In a post on Google+, Google engineers announced that they have assembled a fully functional prototype for fully autonomous driving; the vehicle unveiled earlier this year was an “early mockup”. Since then, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car—for example, the typical “car” parts like steering and braking, as well as the “self-driving” parts like the computer and sensors.

Siemens unveils first series production EV with RACE architecture and system

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Siemens has unveiled the first electric series production vehicle with the central electronics and software architecture RACE. Earlier post.) This technology, developed in the research project of the same name, replaces the entire control system with standard hardware and a kind of “operating system for automobiles.”.

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2014-2015 Mercedes Diesel Models Recalled For Possible Oil Leak

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Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain 2014 and 2015 BlueTec diesel vehicles to address an issue that could potentially lead to hazardous oil leaks. The recall of 4,871 E 250 BlueTec sedans and GLK 250 and ML 250 BlueTec SUVs is meant to repair a loose chain-tensioner gasket. The gasket''s improper seal could allow oil to leak onto a vehicle''s engine

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