Sat.Feb 08, 2014 - Fri.Feb 14, 2014

A Few Words on Eco Terrorists, Cowards and Courage

Creative Greenius

Last night at the Hermosa Beach City Council meeting I heard an ignorant little man reference my favorite Edward Abbey book, “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” which I read the year it came out – in 1975 as a senior in high school. It’s true. I am that young.

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Sumitomo installs first large-scale power system using used EV batteries

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Sumitomo Corporation has developed and installed the first large-scale power storage system which utilizes used batteries collected from electric vehicles. This commercial scale storage system, built on Yume-shima Island, Osaka, will begin operating in February 2014.

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Many Car Dealers Don't Want To Sell Electric Cars: Here's Why

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The stories abound: A car buyer walks into a dealership, educated about the electric car she wants to buy.and the salesperson tries to convince her she doesn''t want that car after all. She really wants a gasoline car, he argues.

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Renault reveals Next Two electric car

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An electric car that takes autonomous drive into a new era: that''s the vision behind the new Renault Next Two concept (pictured).

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Toyota to begin wireless vehicle charging system verification testing

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will begin verification testing of its newly developed wireless battery charging system for plug-in electric vehicles—such as plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles—in late February in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

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Mitsubishi Electric develops EV motor drive system with built-in silicon carbide inverter

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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a prototype electric vehicle (EV) motor drive system with a built-in silicon-carbide inverter. The EV motor drive system, the smallest of its kind, will enable manufacturers to develop EVs offering more passenger space and greater energy efficiency.

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Tata and Westport introduce new 5L engine with GEMDi dual-fuel technology, new 3.8L SI gas engine

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Tata 5L engine with GEMdi. Click to enlarge. Westport Innovations Inc. unveiled its newest proprietary dual-fuel technology: Westport gas enhanced methane diesel (Westport GEMDi), applied to Tata Motors’ new 5-liter dual-fuel methane-diesel engine.

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Audi A3 g-tron goes on sale in Germany; CO2-neutral in e-gas mode

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Advance sales of the Audi A3 g-tron began at dealerships in Germany, at a base price of €25,900 (US$35,400). Its 1.4-liter TFSI engine developing 81 kW (110 hp) can be operated using either natural gas, e-gas generated by Audi ( earlier post ) or gasoline.

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Magnetic eCVT could replace conventional hybrid mechanical eCVT with likely 1-2% fuel economy improvement and other benefits

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MAGSPLIT is intended to replace mechanical eCVTs with a combination motor/magnetic gear. Source: Magnomatics. Click to enlarge.

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Toyota recalling about 701,000 Gen 3 Prius vehicles in US over software issue in inverter assembly

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Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., is advising the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of plans to conduct voluntary safety recalls of approximately 701,000 Model Year 2010-2014 Prius vehicles to update the motor/generator control ECU and hybrid control ECU software. This is part of a global recall for the issue.

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Elon Musk Talks Tesla Model X Details, Model S Upgrades, At Europe Q+A Sessions

Green Car Reports

Tesla Motors is notoriously stingy with information about its cars and future plans, to the great frustration of news-hungry Model S owners and fans.

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BMW Advertises i3 And i8 Electric Cars On Olympics Broadcasts

Green Car Reports

The Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, are now underway, and official partner BMW is using the games to promote its two plug-in offerings, the i3 and i8. Three different commercials will be broadcast during NBC''s coverage of the games, focusing on different aspects of the BMW-i lineup.

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Mahindra Racing unveils Formula E electric racer at Auto Expo 2014

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Mahindra Racing, the motor sports division of the India-based Mahindra Group, unveiled India’s first Formula E battery-electric race car, capable of reaching speeds of up to 225 km/h (140 mph), at Auto Expo 2014 in Delhi. Mahindra is the only Indian team in the Formula E.

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SsangYong to unveil diesel mild hybrid SUV concept at Geneva Show

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SsangYong will unveil its new XLV concept (eXciting smart Lifestyle Vehicle) at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show in March. The XLV is a multi-role B-segment SUV concept featuring a mild hybrid system which combines a 1.6

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Study concludes that NG leakage higher than reflected in inventories; transportation fuel climate benefits questioned

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A review of 20 years of technical literature on natural gas (NG) emissions in the United States and Canada comprising more than 200 papers has concluded that official inventories consistently underestimate actual CH 4 emissions due to leakage from the natural gas system.

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Chevy buying carbon credits from US colleges; new formula helps fund campus energy-efficient projects

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Chevrolet is investing in clean energy efficiency initiatives of US colleges and universities through its voluntary carbon-reduction initiative.

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Did You Know There's Now A 'Tesla Lifestyle'? Neither Did We

Green Car Reports

Tesla Motors continues to rack up achievements, it seems. The company has built more than 30,000 of its sleek Model S electric sport sedans, it''s expanding into Europe and China, and it continues to get buzz and set stock-price records. In other words, the brand is HOT.

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API releases latest report on US and state fuel taxes

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The American Petroleum Institute has released its January 2014 update report and maps on gasoline and diesel taxes for all 50 states in the US along with a national average; the information is updated quarterly. API’s chart reflects a weighted average for each state—i.e.,

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Senators introduce bill to encourage US production of thorium and rare earth minerals

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US Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Joe Manchin (W. introduced the “National Rare Earth Cooperative Act of 2014” this week, bipartisan legislation to encourage US production of rare earth metals (and thorium), relieving US dependence on China’s rare earth minerals.

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Study finds diesel derived by pyrolysis of plastic grocery bags suitable for blending with petroleum diesel

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High-density polyethylene (HDPE) grocery bags can be successfully pyrolyzed to alternative diesel fuel, according to a new study by a team from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service ARS.

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Mitsubishi Electric develops ultra-simple and fast HMI for in-car device operation

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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed an “Ultra-simple HMI” (human-machine interface) that predicts a car driver’s needs for the safe and easy operation of vehicle equipment in one or two steps and no more than 15 seconds.

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Honda Film: Controlling Air Pollution A 'Never-Ending Race'

Green Car Reports

The fight to improve air quality may not sound like fodder for a typical Hollywood blockbuster, but Honda has done its best to make the topic exciting.

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid: Ultimate Guide, What You Need To Know

Green Car Reports

Where are you hedging your bets when it comes to the future of automobile propulsion? Maybe you''re sticking with hybrids. Maybe you''ve already gone all the way to an electric car, or are rolling around in a range-extended Chevrolet Volt.

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Will We Reach 'Peak Cars' Within Our Lifetime?

Green Car Reports

"Peak oil" is the term given to the date after which extraction and production of oil enters terminal decline. It doesn''t mean the oil is necessarily running out--more that its extraction becomes less viable as time goes on. Some suspect a similar thing is happening with automobile use in the U.S,

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GS Yuasa develops 12V Li-ion battery for start/stop applications

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Engineers at GS Yuasa in Japan have developed a 12V lithium-ion battery targeting the start/stop systems market. The external configuration of the Li-ion battery is compatible with DIN LN5 12V lead-acid batteries, and the operational voltage range is almost the same as the lead-acid battery.

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DENZA EV tracking towards market introduction in China this year; ABB to supply DC fast chargers

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Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., BDNT), the Chinese joint venture between Daimler and BYD, has selected ABB to supply DC fast chargers for BDNT’s battery-electric DENZA over the next six years.

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New tin-seeded germanium nanowire array anodes for Li-ion batteries show high capacity and lifetime

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The chart shows the discharge capacities of the Sn-seeded Ge NW electrode over 1,100 cycles. The active material was charged and discharged at a C/2 rate in the potential range of 0.01?1.5 The illustration shows the formation of the porous network over time. Credit: ACS, Kennedy et al.

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2014 Cadillac ELR Ad: What Does It Say About Who Buys Electric Cars? (Video)

Green Car Reports

Well, if this is the guy who''s actually going to buy a 2014 Cadillac ELR, there may be some interesting conversations to come with Nissan Leaf owners.

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BMW introducing 2 Series Active Tourer at Geneva; new 3- and 4-cylinder engines, front-wheel drive

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The new compact 2 Series Active Tourer. Click to enlarge. The new compact BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will celebrate its world premiere at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

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Maxwell providing ultracap Engine Start Modules for anti-idling systems

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Maxwell Technologies, Inc. is supplying ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Modules (ESM) ( earlier post ) to Idle Free Systems, Inc.,

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Panasonic 12V Ni-MH Energy Recovery Systems used in new idle-stop minicars from Nissan and Mitsubishi

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Panasonic Corporation’s NiMH 12V Energy Recovery Systems ( earlier post ) is being applied in the new idle-stop (stop-start) minicars just introduced by Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors in Japan: the Nissan DAYZ ROOX and Mitsubishi eK Space.

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Elio Motors selects Comau for powertrain and automated assembly systems for 3-wheel vehicles

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Elio Motors has selected Comau Inc., a global leader in the development and implementation of engineering solutions for sustainable automation and production, as its automation partner to build its three-wheel, high efficiency vehicle. Comau will provide Elio with powertrain and automated assembly systems. Slated to begin production in the fourth quarter of 2014 and available in the US by the first quarter of 2015, the Elio will be built in a plant in Shreveport, LA.

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Calif. ARB releases GHG scoping plan update; more ZEVs, “LEV IV”, MD and HD regulations; ZEV for trucks; more LCFS

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The California Air Resources Board released the draft proposed first update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan, which guides development and implementation of California’s greenhouse gas emission reduction programs. The Air Resources Board is required to update the Scoping Plan every five years.

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Brunel engineers optimizing CAI combustion in 2-stroke camless gasoline DI engine

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Operating range of 2-stroke CAI fueled with gasoline, E10 and E85. Zhang et al. 2013a) Click to enlarge.

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Researchers identify new class of non-flammable electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers led by chemist Joseph DeSimone at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in collaboration with Nitash P. Balsara at UC Berkeley, have identified a new class of nonflammable electrolytes based on functionalized perfluoropolyethers (PFPEs) for lithium-ion batteries.

2014 Nissan Leaf Has Lowest Lifetime Carbon Footprint: Report

Green Car Reports

Which new vehicle sold today has the lowest overall carbon footprint over its lifetime? The answer, according to Automotive Science Group (via InsideEVs), turns out to be the Nissan Leaf battery-electric car. In a study to be released this spring, The Automotive Peformance Index: Redefining Value in the North American Automotive Marketplace, ASG

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Aluminum-Air Battery Developer Phinergy Partners With Alcoa

Green Car Reports

Battery developer Phinergy is moving toward its goal of marketing an aluminum-air battery that could offer electric-car drivers 1,000 miles of range. Green Car Congress reports that the Israeli startup has entered into a joint development agreement with Alcoa. The partnership--announced at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference in

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