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Joe Galliani in Keep Hermosa Hermosa hat receiving his 2014 Environmental Hero Award from the City of Manhattan Beach and V.O.I.C.E. with Sona Kalapura, Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth, State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, Kaye Gagnon of V.O.I.C.E and Councilman Wayne Powell.

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First public test flight of Airbus electric 2-seat E-Fan aircraft at E-Aircraft Day; precursor to 4-seat extended range version

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The successful first public flight of the electric E-Fan experimental aircraft took place during the E-Aircraft Day in Bordeaux. Click to enlarge. The Airbus Group’s electric E-Fan experimental aircraft made its first public test flight at E-Aircraft Day in Bordeaux, France.

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Ebuggy Electric Car Trailer Boosts Range By 300 Miles, Looks A Bit Silly

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Despite protestations that electric vehicles are compromised by short battery range, most owners find the vast majority of driving is achievable on the modest 80-100 miles offered by most vehicles. Many drivers need to do a longer trip at some point, though.

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British Gas commits to electric vans with Nissan e-NV200 order

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British Gas has ordered 100 of Nissan''s all-electric NV200 after the panel van proved it could handle the British winter during a six month trial. Fifty e-NV200 models are due to join the British Gas fleet immediately, with the remaining 50 arriving by December.

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Hey Ted, Here’s My Card

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My California State Senator, Ted Lieu, doesn’t know who I am because I have never made a strong enough impression on him during the many times we have talked over the 21 years I’ve lived in Torrance.

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Honda progressing with high-efficiency low-emission Homogeneous Lean Charge Spark Ignition (HLSI) combustion work

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Honda’s engine technology roadmap and the key role of HLSI, as presented at the 2013 Aachen Colloquium by Toshihiro Mibe, Managing Officer, Honda R&D Co., Automobile R&D Center. Click to enlarge.

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2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Car On Sale In Summer From $41,450

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Just over a year after its unveiling at the 2013 New York Auto Show, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is getting ready for its U.S. showroom arrival. The compact electric hatchback will go on sale in the U.S. this summer with a base price of $41,450.

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Daimler releases pictures of the Mercedes-Benz-Tesla B-Class Electric Drive

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On Monday, Daimler released information and pictures about the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, which is due to go on sale in the U.S. in the summer of 2014. With a top speed limited to 100 miles

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BMW delivers first i3 EV in US

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BMW delivered the first all-electric BMW i3 (earlier post) in the US to Boston electric vehicle advocate and Tufts University professor of practice Charles Rabie at the BMW of Boston dealership.

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How Do You Make A Chevy Camaro Muscle Car Green? Students Have 3 Years To Try

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If you''re currently shopping for a fuel-efficient vehicle, the Chevrolet Camaro probably hasn''t appeared on your radar. With combined economy of 22 mpg for the most efficient, V-6 automatic model, that''s not a huge surprise.

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EVs clock up 500,000 miles on the Electric Highway

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Over the last twelve months, electric vehicles (EVs) have now travelled over half a million miles running on ‘green’ electricity from Ecotricity’s Electric Highway. The network of charging stations, or ‘electricity pumps’, is the biggest in Britain, and has expanded rapidly over the last year. [.].

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Daimler releases pictures of the Mercedes-Benz-Tesla B-Class Electric Drive

National Green Transportation

On Monday, Daimler released information and pictures about the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, which is due to go on sale in the U.S. in the summer of 2014. With a top speed limited to 100 miles

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Samsung researchers enhance energy density of Na-ion cathode materials by incorporating aluminum

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Researchers from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology report enhancing the energy density of manganese oxide (Na x MnO 2 ) cathode materials for sodium rechargeable batteries by incorporating aluminum. A paper describing their discovery is published in the journal ChemSusChem. Han et al.

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2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Rated At 81 Miles, 124 MPGe: BREAKING

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Well, the numbers are in, courtesy of a quickly-photographed window sticker, and now we know the range and efficiency ratings for the 2014 BMW i3 electric car. The EPA-rated range is 81 miles, and its efficiency is a record-breaking 124 MPGe combined (138 MPGe city, 111 MPGe highway). ALSO SEE: Toyota Describes Combustion Engine That Generates

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Electric Mercedes B-Class expected Q1 2015

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Mercedes-Benz will begin selling an all-electric version of its B-Class during the first quarter of 2015. The B-Class Electric Drive is expected to be priced around ?32k, 32k, before any grants or incentives are taken into account, according to Autocar. However with the ?5k

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive priced at $41,450 for US; 85-mile range

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The MY14 B-Class Electric Drive. Click to enlarge. The Mercedes-Benz MY14 B-Class Electric Drive ( earlier post )—the first electric offering for the brand in the United States—is priced at $41,450, excluding $925 destination and delivery.

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BMW Motorrad’s electric C evolution

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The C evolution. Click to enlarge. BMW Motorrad is launching its battery-electric C evolution maxi scooter. Earlier post.)

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Toyota to establish new North American headquarters in Texas; consolidating from California, Kentucky and New York

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Toyota is establishing a new headquarters in North Dallas (Plano), Texas for its North American operations.

SOLAR-JET project demonstrates solar-driven thermochemical conversion of CO2 and water to jet fuel

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SOLAR-JET concentrated thermochemical reactor. Red arrow indicates ceria reduction (oxygen evolution); blue arrow indicates oxidation (fuel production). Click to enlarge.

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CSIRO and partners to test Direct Injection Carbon Engine to reduce brown coal emissions by up to 50%

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EPA Report: data show automakers on track in meeting Greenhouse Gas Standards after first year

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On Friday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a Manufacturers Performance Report that assesses the automobile industry’s progress toward meeting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks in the 2012 model year—the first year of the 14-year program.

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Study finds São Paulo switch from ethanol to gasoline dropped local ozone levels by 20%, increased CO and nitric oxide concentrations

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A study by a pair of researchers at Northwestern University found that when fuel prices drove residents of São Paulo, Brazil, to switch from ethanol to gasoline in their flexible-fuel vehicles, local ozone levels dropped 20%. At the same time, nitric oxide and carbon monoxide concentrations tended to go up. The four-year study by chemist Franz M.

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Google focusing autonomous driving development on mastering city street driving; patents piling up

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Over the past year, Google has shifted the focus of its autonomous vehicle project onto mastering city street driving, according to Chris Urmson, Director, Google Self-Driving Car Project.

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Sandia Labs and NREL leading new DOE hydrogen infrastructure project; H2FIRST

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A new project launched by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and led by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will work in support of H 2 USA, the public private partnership introduced in 2013 by the Energy Department and industry stakeholders to address the challenge of hydrogen infrastructure. Earlier post.).

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CFA analysis shows more than 50% of current year LD models in US get more than 23 mpg

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Change in market share for different vehicle categories. Source: CFA. Click to enlarge. For the first time, more than 50% of the current year’s light-duty (LD) vehicles in the US get more than 23 mpg (10.2 l/100 km), according to an analysis by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA).

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Cambridge study of near-term alternative London bus technologies finds lean-burn CNG most costly with greater climate impact than diesel

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Annual GHG emissions relative to BASE Scenario (BASE Scenario = 949 kt CO 2 e on a 100-year GWP basis) for differing London bus fleet technology options. Lean-burn CNG is disadvantaged by unburned HC and natural gas pipeline leaks. Credit: ACS, Chong et al. Click to enlarge.

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ICCT: US domestic airlines show modest improvement in fuel efficiency since 2010, top performers Alaska and Spirit widen lead

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Fuel efficiency scores (FES) of the 13 largest US airlines on domestic operations in 2012. An FES of 1.00 corresponds to average in-use fuel efficiency in 2012; values above or below represent airlines that performed better or worse, respectively. 2010 industry average is also shown.

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Embry-Riddle and Powering Imagination LLC partner on electric aircraft project to reduce noise and emissions; converting a Diamond HK36 motorglider

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Powering Imagination LLC have agreed to create an electric flight program focused on reducing aircraft emissions and noise through the development of electric propulsion systems.

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A pathway to gasoline compressed ignition using naphtha fuels; higher efficiency, lower cost

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A new study by Dr. Gautam Kalghatgi and his colleagues at Saudi Aramco provides further support a pathway for significant improvements in the efficiency of a gasoline engine (i.e., spark ignited, SI) by running it in compression ignition mode with naphtha fuels. Earlier post.)

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FuelCell Energy receives contract for two 2.8MW direct fuel cell power plants from utility

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FuelCell Energy, Inc. has received a contract for two 2.8 megawatt DFC3000 fuel cell power plants from United Illuminating (UI), part of UIL Holdings Corporation. One direct fuel cell system will be located in Bridgeport, Connecticut as part of a distributed renewable power generation project that also includes a solar array. The second installation will be located within the UI service territory at a site to be named in the next 30 days.

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ORNL assessment finds >65 GW of untapped hydropower in US rivers and streams

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A new assessment conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has identified more than 65 gigawatts of untapped hydropower potential in US rivers and streams.

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Volkswagen of America reports best April and YTD diesel sales; Passat diesel take rate at 42.1%

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While overall Volkswagen of America, Inc. sales in April were down 8.4% to 30,831 units year-on-year, the company reported that TDI diesels represented 30.6% of its sales in April, marking the best April for TDI vehicles on record and also the best year-to date results. The Chattanooga-built Passat totaled 9,315 units delivered for the month. In April the Passat TDI delivered 3,923 clean diesels or 42.1% of total Passat sales. This marks the best April ever for Passat TDI.

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EIA: projected US CO2 emissions vary up or down depending on coal and nuclear power plant retirements

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EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) features several accelerated retirements cases that represent conditions leading to additional coal and nuclear plant retirements in order to examine the potential energy market and emissions effects of the loss of this capacity.

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Two new germanium-free ultrafast solid Li electrolytes

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Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Germany report the development of two ultrafast solid Li electrolytes which are germanium-free—i.e., based exclusively on abundant elements.

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BYD’s “5-4-2” performance standard for New Energy Vehicles; 3 models over 3 years

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Using the recent Beijing Auto Show as its stage, BYD introduced its new “5-4-2” New Energy Vehicle performance standard and a series of cars designed to meet it. “5” 5” represents the maximum time in seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds) in future car models. “4” 4” stands for the number of wheels under power; BYD’s future new energy cars will be integrated with all-wheel drive. “2”

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TDK licenses WiTricity patent portfolio for wireless charging of plug-in vehicles

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WiTricity announced an intellectual property license agreement with TDK Corporation which will enable TDK to commercialize WiTricity’s patented technology to create wireless charging systems for carmakers. Next-generation electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) will be able to charge by simply parking over a TDK wireless charging pad. TDK has long been a provider of electronic materials and components essential to modern wireless charging systems.

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California Air Resources Board adds another $25 million to expand clean vehicle rebate program

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) voted to immediately expand the funding and current waiting list for incentive funds that help consumers buy zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The Board’s action expanded the current $5-million waiting list, established last month, by an additional $25 million to accommodate expected market growth into the summer. The move is in response to the growing demand for zero-emission and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles over the past two years.

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