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Audi to introduce natural gas A3 Sportback g-tron at year’s end; CO2-neutral e-gas

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Audi A3 Sportback g-tron. Click to enlarge. Audi will introduce the compact A3 Sportback g-tron—which can be powered by the CO 2 -neutral Audi e-gas, synthetic methane generated from eco-electricity in the Audi e-gas project ( earlier post )—at the end of the year.

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VOLAR-e Electric Supercar: 1,000 HP McLaren-Beater

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Okay, so perhaps "McLaren-beater" is a bit of an exaggeration. The recently-unveiled McLaren P1 plug-in hybrid supercar has the looks, the heritage, the quality and indeed a full production run on the way--while the VOLAR-e from Spanish industrial design firm Applus Idiada is just a prototype.

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Gas Mileage For Every 2013 SUV

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The last time I checked, gas prices in the United States had increased every day for 33 consecutive days. The average cost for a gallon of gas at the time of this post was $3.74. Just a month earlier it was $3.31. In fact, some areas of California are already at more than $5 per gallon.

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A brief history of electric vehicles

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They might seem like a new development but electric cars have actually been around a long time. The first vehicles appear early in the ninetieth century, with a number of vehicles appearing within a few years of each other.

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McLaren to introduce P1 production-ready 900hp plug-in capable hybrid supercar at Geneva

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Powertrain of the McLaren P1. Click to enlarge. McLaren Automotive will unveil the production-ready version of its P1 plug-in capable hybrid supercar at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. McLaren had introduced a design study version of the P1 at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.)

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Clinton Told Better Place CEO: "Electric Cars Should Be Free"

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As any entrepreneur will tell you, starting a business isn't easy. Few know this more than Shai Agassi, founder of battery-swapping outfit Better Place. The company is making huge losses, has closed operations in some countries and even booted out Agassi himself as CEO.

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XL Hybrids enters installation and distribution partnership with Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products; expands hybrid drive system to Ford E-series vans

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XL Hybrids hybrid drive unit in place. Click to enlarge. XL Hybrids, Inc.,

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Land Rover unveiling 7 battery-electric Defender research vehicles at Geneva show

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Electric Defender research vehicle. Click to enlarge. Land Rover will unveil seven new battery-electric Defender research vehicles at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Chevron announces successful test well at deepwater St. Malo in Gulf of Mexico

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Chevron Corporation announced that it had conducted a successful production test on the St. Malo PS003 well in the prolific Lower Tertiary trend in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Oil flow rates, though limited by testing equipment constraints, exceeded 13,000 barrels of oil per day. Chevron’s Jack/St.

Johnson Controls modifies automotive PHEV Li-ion batteries for marine application; Torqeedo Deep Blue

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Johnson Controls, Inc. is slated to begin production this spring of Li-ion battery packs for Germany-based electric outboard motor manufacturer Torqeedo to power its electric boat motor, Deep Blue. Deep Blue. Click to enlarge. The Deep Blue motor delivers propulsive power of 29.7 kW (40.5

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class engine cover in bio-based polyamide from DSM

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Mercedes-Benz has chosen a high performance polyamide largely made from renewable resources for the engine cover of the brand-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

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UTS study details efficiency benefits of combining ethanol direct injection with gasoline port injection

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Variation of indicated thermal efficiency with increased EER at 3500 rpm and light load. Zhuang and Hong, 2013. Click to enlarge.

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CalBattery licenses Argonne silicon-graphene material for high-energy Li-ion batteries; targeting commercial availability in 2014

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and California Lithium Battery , Inc. CalBattery) have signed a licensing agreement for an Argonne-developed, silicon-graphene composite anode material for high-energy lithium batteries. CalBattery says it plans to move forward rapidly in the commercial scale-up and production of the novel composite anode material and to offer it in commercial production in the US by 2014.

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VW to introduce electric transporter concept at Geneva show

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At next week’s Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be showing an electric transporter concept vehicle: the e-Co-Motion. The concept offers large cargo capacity and 800 kg (1,764 lbs) of payload.

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Volvo Trucks introducing new version of I-See for improved fuel economy

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Volvo Trucks is introducing a new version of I-See, a system in the new Volvo FH that saves fuel when driving in hilly terrain. Earlier post.)

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New low-temperature catalytic process for producing hydrogen from methanol; potential future application for fuel cell vehicles

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(a) Schematic pathway for a homogeneously catalyzed methanol reforming process via three discrete dehydrogenation steps. (b) b) Best performing catalysts. Nielsen et al. Click to enlarge.

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New modeling study suggests wind farm power generation capacity has been significantly overestimated

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Research in mesoscale atmospheric modeling by the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte’s Amanda S. Adams and Harvard University’s David W. Keith suggests that the power capacity of large-scale wind farms may have been significantly overestimated. Their open access paper appears in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Large-scale wind farms can comprise hundreds of tower-mounted turbines. Each wind turbine creates a “wind shadow” behind it, in which the turning blades slow the air.

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Researchers at UC Santa Barbara develop efficient and stable plasmonic water splitter; potential alternative to semiconductor-based solar conversion

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Showa Denko starts volume production of water-based anode binder for Li-ion batteries

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Showa Denko K.K. SDK) has begun volume production of its “Polysol LB Series” water-based anode binder for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). The product is a water-based emulsion containing acrylic synthetic resin particles, ensuring lower environmental impact at the time of production compared with solvent-based binders.

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California Energy Commission awards $4.5M to ARB for more clean vehicle rebates

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The California Energy Commission voted to expand the state’s clean-vehicle rebate program with an award of $4.5 million to the California Air Resources Board through an interagency agreement to provide funding for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. This funding will be used to support purchases of light-duty zero-emission electric vehicles and light-duty plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. All vehicles must be capable of freeway operation and certified for at least four passengers.

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Sinopec purchasing 50% of Chesapeake Energy leasehold in Mississippi Lime unconventional play for $1.02B

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Will Nissan's 2014 Le Mans Race Entry Be A Full Electric Car?

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Every year, the organizers of the 24 Heures du Mans--the world's most famous and prestigious endurance race--set aside a special garage for a car that pushes technological boundaries. Garage 56, as it's known, has hosted some spectacular vehicles.

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Zipcar places Honda Fit EVs into Portland fleet

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Zipcar, Inc. has introduced the battery-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV ( earlier post ) into the Zipcar Portland fleet, with the first vehicles located at Portland State University (PSU). Charging stations for the EVs are provided by ECOtality, Inc. The new Honda Fit EVs are located on PSU’s campus at Parking Structure 1, and are available to all Zipcar members ages 21+ for hourly reservations, starting from $10.25 per hour.

Continental and BMW Group working together to develop freeway-grade highly automated driving

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Continental and the BMW Group are pooling their development capacities to define the long-term prerequisites for series introduction of highly automated driving on European freeways. In January 2013, the two companies signed an agreement to jointly develop an electronic co-pilot for this purpose. The overarching aim of the research partnership is to pave the way to highly automated driving functions beyond the year 2020.

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Hyundai begins limited production of ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle for fleet use; 1,000 planned by 2015

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Hyundai has begun assembly-line production of the ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle for fleet use; the first ix35 FCV rolled off the line at its Ulsan manufacturing facility today. Earlier post.) The vehicle will be displayed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. That ix35 Fuel Cell will be one of 17 destined for fleet customers in the City of Copenhagen, Denmark and Skåne, Sweden.

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EU “POWERFUL” project developing new low-emission combustion engines

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A European consortium is developing new low-emission spark ignition (SI) and compression ignition (CI) engines for road transport. The EU-funded ‘POWERtrain for FUture Light-duty vehicles’ ( POWERFUL ) project is targeting a 40% reduction in CO 2 emissions for SI (gasoline) engines and a 20% reduction for CI (diesel) with respect to 2005.

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Battelle introduces Grid Command Distribution services and software for rapid modeling of smart grid distribution circuits

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Screen shot of a Grid Command Distribution “heatmap” analysis for a neighborhood. Source: Battelle and AEP (data). Click to enlarge. Battelle recently unveiled its new Grid Command Distribution services and software for utilities. The software is a front-end for the open-source GridLAB-D , a distribution system simulation and analysis tool developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a Department of Energy (DOE) lab managed by Battelle.

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New high-performance anode material for Na-ion batteries

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A team from the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia) and Gyeongsang National University (S. Korea) have developed SnO2 @graphene nanocomposites for use as anodes in sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries. The nanocomposite exhibited a high reversible sodium storage capacity of above 700 mAh g -1 and excellent cyclability, which the researchers ascribed to the 3D architecture of the SnO 2 @graphene nanocomposite.

Virginia General Assembly moving forward with replacing gasoline and diesel fuel tax with sales tax; $100 annual tax for EVs, HEVs and alt-fuel vehicles

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The Virginia General Assembly is moving forward with legislation ( HB2313 ), that, among its other elements, would abolish the state’s gasoline and diesel fuel taxes and replace them with a sales tax. Currently, both gasoline and diesel carry a $0.175/gallon fuel tax. Beginning 1 July 2013, the gasoline tax would be replaced with a 3.5%

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2011 Nissan Leaf At Two Years: 32,000 Miles, No Signs Of Age

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Almost two years ago, I took delivery of one of the very first 2011 Nissan Leafs to be imported into the United Kingdom. With its two-year anniversary approaching, and more than 32,000 miles on the clock, has our family's opinion of the Nissan Leaf changed? What has life with the car been like? And do we regret buying it? Just as we said last

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Driverless Nissan Leaf: Oxford University Wants To Reduce System's Cost

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It's early days for both electric vehicles and autonomous cars, but the technology for the two seems to go hand-in-hand. After all, what better way to be whizzed home after a hard day at work than in a smooth, quiet, green, and entirely autonomous electric car?

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Engineered E. coli from Rice University part of USDA-funded project to develop drop-in fuels from biomass

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A process developed by researchers at Rice University is part of a USDA-funded $6.6-million project to convert lignocellulosic biomass to infrastructure-compatible renewable diesel, bio-lubricants, animal feed and biopower. Earlier post.). Patent-pending fermentation processes created by Rice bioengineer Ka-Yiu San and his colleagues use genetically modified E. coli bacteria to produce fatty acids from hydrolysates.

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Boeing joins Univ. of British Columbia in composites research

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Boeing has become the founding industrial member of the University of British Columbia’s Composites Research Network (CRN). The CRN will collaborate with other composite initiatives, such as the Canadian Composites Manufacturing Research and Development Consortium hosted by the Composites Innovation Centre in Manitoba.

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Audi and BMW Group join Aluminium Stewardship Initiative; seeking a standard for sustainable aluminum

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AUDI AG and the BMW Group, along with Hydro and Rexam, have joined the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) to help develop a global standard for sustainable aluminum. Aluminium is the world’s second most used metal after steel, and is of specific importance to the automotive industry due to its combination of its light weight, durability and strength.

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Toyota i-Road Concept: Urban Electric Car Appears In Geneva

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Unusual urban microcars have been a staple of Japanese auto shows for years, but as electric propulsion becomes more realistic and city landscapes change, most big carmakers have now developed some kind of tiny urban electric vehicle.

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Westport and China’s ENN Group enter global co-marketing agreement for natural gas transportation systems and fuel

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Westport Innovations Inc. and China-based ENN Group have entered a global co-marketing agreement aimed at the proliferation of natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation solutions and fuel for on-road, off-road, rail and marine applications. ENN is one of China’s largest private companies.

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Westport launches Ford F-450 and F-550 with Bi-Fuel Westport WiNG Power System

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Westport Innovations Inc. announced that its Westport WiNG Power System, a compressed natural gas (CNG) bi-fuel system, will be available for order on the Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty Chassis Cab trucks starting 1 April 2013. Earlier post.) The trucks will make their debut at next week’s National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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