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ExxonMobil Outlook: 35% growth in energy demand by 2040; hybrids to account for ~50% of new vehicle sales

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By 2040, hybrids are expected to account for about 35% of the global light-duty vehicle fleet, up from less than 1% in 2010. Hybrids are expected to account for about half of global new-car sales by 2040. Source: ExxonMobil. Click to enlarge.

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Tesla To Add Production Capacity For 35,000 More Electric Cars

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Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is gearing up for increased production over the next few years with the aid of healthy tax breaks from its home state of California. It''ll save the company as much as $34.7

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BMW Uses Siri-like Tech to Promote Electric Car

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i Genius? service will be promoted across BMW?s s advertising for the BMW i3, which is due to go on sale in the UK in late 2013. I Genius uses software that is capable of interpreting words, their context and sentiment to instantly respond to questions. Consumers can text their questions for free and the system will instantly respond. If people ask a non-sensical or rude question, I Genius will answer with stock replies such as ?I I could talk about that, but I?d

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Seattle man drives Nissan Leaf on a long commute, 100k miles in 3 years

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Conventional wisdom might say a Nissan Leaf would not be able to rack up 100,000 miles in under three years. However a Seattle man, Steve Marsh, was recognized on Monday by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for doing

American Axle introduces EcoTrac disconnecting all wheel drive

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American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) announced the introduction of the automotive industry’s first disconnecting all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. EcoTrac is featured on the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee (rear-axle disconnect).

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Modern Electric Cars, Three Years Later: Lessons Learned

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Three years ago yesterday, the first retail buyer of a brand-new Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car was handed his keys in Denville, New Jersey. Just three days earlier, the first Nissan Leaf buyer had received his battery-electric car in a large ceremony at San Francisco''s City Hall. Together, Jeffrey Kaffee and Olivier Chalouhi became

Hybrid QX60 Hits The Streets

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Not too long ago, hybrid vehicles cost thousands more than their conventionally-fueled counterparts. The technology was new, and the whole ‘hybrid experience’ seemed to be much more ‘exciting’ than it is today.

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Rotterdam using BYD e6 for electric taxi fleet

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Rotterdam Taxi Centre (RTC), one of the biggest taxi operators in the Netherlands, is switching to electric taxis and has put into service two BYD e6 models, following successful extensive operation with an e6 model.

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Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt Range Loss In Winter: New Data From Canada

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Just in time for the holiday-feast season, we now have published charts that detail the effect of cold weather on the battery range of Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt electric cars. Think "range shrinkage". MORE: Electric Cars In Winter: Six Steps To Maximize Driving Range The data comes courtesy of FleetCarma, the Canadian company whose app MyCarma

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Seattle man drives Nissan Leaf on a long commute, 100k miles in 3 years

National Green Transportation

Conventional wisdom might say a Nissan Leaf would not be able to rack up 100,000 miles in under three years. However a Seattle man, Steve Marsh, was recognized on Monday by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for doing

Electric buses set to work in London

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London welcomes two new electric buses today, as operator Go-Ahead takes delivery of the new BYD Ebuses and sets them to work on central London bus routes. Both buses will serve out of Waterloo Station, with one servicing the 507 route to Victoria Station and the other running the 521 route [.].

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Honda begins sales of new VEZEL and VEZEL hybrid in Japan

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VEZEL HYBRID. Click to enlarge. Honda Motor Co., began sales of the VEZEL in Japan today. Honda says that the VEZEL fuses the dynamic qualities of an SUV, the elegance of a coupe, the functionality of a minivan and excellent fuel economy. The conventional VEZEL is equipped with a 1.5L

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Life With Tesla Model S: Battery Upgrade From 60 kWh To 85 kWh

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A recent 1,200-mile East Coast road trip in my 2013 Tesla Model S electric car proved to be something of a turning point in my view of the car. Fitted with the smaller 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack, my car''s EPA range of 208 miles was not quite enough to make it between Superchargers--Tesla''s proprietary ultra-fast DC charging stations--at normal

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Univ. of Waterloo and GM team develop simple flash heat treatment to boost performance of Si-based anodes for Li-ion batteries

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Flash heat treatment significantly boosted the performance of silicon-based electrode materials. Credit: ACS, Hassan et al. Click to enlarge.

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EIA: light duty vehicle energy consumption to drop 25% by 2040; increased oil production, vehicle efficiency reduce US oil and liquid imports

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Energy consumption by light-duty vehicles in the United States, AEO2013 and AEO2014, 1995-2040 (quadrillion Btu). LDV energy consumption declines in AEO2014 Reference case from 16.0 quadrillion Btu in 2012 to 12.1 quadrillion Btu in 2040, compared with 13.0

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New Mercedes-Benz C-Class drops weight, adds new engines, diesel hybrid, w/ plug-in to come; up to 20% cut in fuel consumption

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The new C-Class. Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz has launched its new C-Class, featuring a lightweight design concept with weight savings of up to 100 kg (220 lbs); excellent aerodynamics and new, economical engines along with a hybrid model.

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Ford brings cellulose fiber reinforced thermoplastic to 2014 Lincoln MKX

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Early version of CRP-based armrest piece under development. Source: Weyerhaeuser. Click to enlarge.

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Novatek and Total green-light $27-billion Arctic Yamal LNG project

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Novatek and Total have approved a final investment decision (FID) for the Yamal LNG project in Russia, consisting of the development of the South-Tambeyskoye gas condensate field and the construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant on the Yamal Peninsula in Western Siberia.

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The BMW-sourced 1.6L diesel in the Toyota Verso

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The enhanced 2014 Toyota Verso features an expanded engine line-up which introduces a new 1.6 liter D-4D turbodiesel, sourced from BMW. Earlier post.) Since the initial launch of the European market Verso in 2002, cumulative sales have risen to more than 700,000 units.

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Berkeley Lab study suggests subsurface structures responsible for dendrite formation with Li metal anodes

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Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shed new light on the formation of dendrites in high energy density rechargeable batteries with lithium metal anodes.

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Two case studies outline how Houston and Loveland are saving money with EVs in their fleets

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The Electrification Coalition released two case studies outlining how two cities— Houston, Texas and Loveland, Colorado —are saving money by using electric vehicles (EVs) in their vehicle fleets. The Electrification Coalition, launched in November 2009, is committed to promoting policies and actions that facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale in order to combat the economic, environmental, and national security threats posed by US dependence on petroleum.

Converting glycerol from biodiesel production into bio-gasoline

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A team at the University of Idaho has demonstrated that glycerol, a byproduct from biodiesel production, could be used as a substrate for producing drop-in gasoline-range biofuel. In a paper published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels , Guanqun Luo and Armando G. McDonald describe their study of converting methanol (MTG) and a mixture of methanol and glycerol (MGTG) into gasoline-range hydrocarbons using a bench-top, fixed-bed microreactor.

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DOE releases three reports showing strong growth in US fuel cell and hydrogen market

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released three new reports showcasing strong growth across the US fuel cell and hydrogen technologies market. According to these reports, the US continues to be one of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets for fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. In 2012, nearly 80% of total investment in the global fuel cell industry was made in US companies.

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BASF to partner with Renmatix for the production of industrial sugars from biomass; bio-based precursors for chemicals and fuels

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BASF and US-based supercritical hydrolysis company Renmatix Inc. signed a non-exclusive joint development agreement to scale up the Renmatix Plantrose process for the production of industrial sugars based on lignocellulosic biomass.

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Sen. Baucus draft for energy tax reform focuses on clean production of electricity and fuels; repeals plug-in vehicle credits

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced the latest in a series of discussion drafts to overhaul the US tax code. This new staff discussion draft focuses energy tax policy on stimulating domestic, clean production of electricity and transportation fuels, which account for 68% of energy consumed in the US. It also would repeal a number of current tax incentives, including those for plug-in electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles.

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EnerG2 develops new carbon adsorbent material for on-board natural gas storage

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EnerG2 , a manufacturer of advanced carbon materials for next-generation energy storage (generally for batteries and ultracapacitors), has leveraged its polymer chemistry technologies to develop materials for adsorbed natural gas (ANG) applications. The ultra-high surface area carbon adsorbent material, which packs at optimal density and has been produced at scale, is compatible with any and all tank geometries and systems, the company says.

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Navigant Research forecasts stop-start vehicles to account for 53.4% of global vehicle sales by 2022

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Annual stop-start light duty vehicle sales by region, world markets: 2013-2022. Source: Navigant. Click to enlarge. By 2022, total global annual sales for light duty stop-start vehicles (SSVs) will exceed 55 million, accounting for 54.3% of total vehicle sales, according to a new report by Navigant Research.

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Biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group to acquire F-T company Syntroleum

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US-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. REG) has entered into an asset purchase agreement under which it would acquire substantially all of the assets of Syntroleum Corporation, and assume substantially all of the material liabilities of Syntroleum, a Fischer-Tropsch gas-to-liquids and renewable diesel fuel technology company. Syntroleum has 101 patents issued or pending.

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First Tesla Supercharger in Switzerland

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Tesla Motors opened its first Supercharger station in Switzerland today; the Lully station is about 50 km (31 miles) northeast of Geneva on the A1 motorway. With more Supercharger stations opening soon in Germany and Austria, Model S owners will be able to drive through Germany to Switzerland and Austria this winter, Tesla said. Superchargers provide up to 120 kW of DC power directly to the Model S battery using special cables that bypass the onboard charging equipment.

Volkswagen recalling some MY13-14 Jetta Hybrids worldwide due to gearbox fluids issue

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Volkswagen Group of America, Inc (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Jetta Hybrid vehicles manufactured October 2012 through October 2013 and equipped with a DQ-200 direct-shift gearbox. Due to an issue with gearbox fluid additives, the vehicle may lose motive power. Over time, Volkswagen said in its notice to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the gearbox fluid additives may cause the internal gearbox lead frame to corrode.

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University of Houston team demonstrates new efficient solar water-splitting catalyst for hydrogen production

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Researchers from the University of Houston (UH) have developed a cobalt(II) oxide (CoO) nanocrystalline catalyst that can carry out overall water splitting with a solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of around 5%. They report on their work in a paper in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

World Environment Center awarding 30th Anniversary Gold Medal Award for sustainable development to Volkswagen Group

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The World Environment Center ( WEC ) will award its 30 th Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to the Volkswagen Group. WEC is recognizing Volkswagen for its comprehensive commitments to environmental sustainability operations, most notably through its holistic sustainable business model, Think Blue. Volkswagen will accept the Gold Medal Award on 15 May 2014 during the Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony in Washington, DC.

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EPA issues final rule for using carbon capture and sequestration technologies

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that helps create a consistent national framework to ensure the safe and effective deployment of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies. The new rule clarifies that carbon dioxide streams captured from emission sources, injected underground via UIC Class VI wells approved for the purpose of geologic sequestration under the Safe Drinking Water Act, and meeting certain other conditions (e.g.,

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ABB to supply 50 CCS (Combo) fast chargers for EVs to CLEVER in Denmark

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ABB has been selected by the leading Danish electric-mobility operator CLEVER to supply 50 CCS (Combo) compatible DC fast chargers for CLEVER’s country-wide network. This order follows an earlier roll-out of 50 ABB DC fast chargers at the beginning of 2013 and brings CLEVER’s total nationwide network of DC fast chargers to 100 locations. CLEVER’s network comprises both AC and DC chargers, supporting all EVs on the Danish market.

Alcoa signs long-term agreement with Airbus for titanium and aluminum parts; modernized 50,000-ton press

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Alcoa signed a multi-year supply agreement with Airbus valued at approximately $110 million for value-add titanium and aluminum aerospace forgings. Alcoa will produce the parts using its recently modernized 50,000-ton press in Cleveland, Ohio. The 3-year modernization project—entailing the disassembly, reengineering and modernization of the press—required a $100-million investment.).

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Audi R8 e-Tron Electric Supercar Back From The Dead, With Greater Range?

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The on-again--then off-again, then on-again, then off-again, then on-again--Audi R8 e-tron all-electric sports car may in fact hit showrooms next year after all. And it''s all due to what Audi suggests are unspecified advances in battery technology.

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Linde Material Handling delivers hydrogen fuel cell industrial trucks and tow trucks to BMW for BMW i production; H2IntraDrive

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Linde Material Handling recently handed over a fleet of four tow trucks and five industrial trucks with hydrogen fuel cell hybrid drive to the BMW plant in Leipzig. As part of a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, these vehicles are powered by green-certified hydrogen and will be used for the supply of parts in body production of the BMW i.

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