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Researchers exploring Li-Tellurium for high energy density batteries

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Researchers at the Kumoh National Institute of Technology in Korea have developed a new, high-performance Li-Tellurium (Li-Te) secondary battery system using a Li metal anode and a Te-based cathode.

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Tesla Model X Caught On Video In Acceleration, Cornering Tests

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Thank heavens for the Interwebs, which have now surfaced a video of a Tesla Model X electric SUV being tested in the San Francisco Bay Area. There''s just over 60 seconds of footage of what''s clearly a Model X, with camouflage patterns covering the details of its bodywork.

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U of I at Chicago team to optimize new traffic-powered source of electricity

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The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago has entered into an agreement with New Energy Innovations, Inc.

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China Yuchai LNG engine powers the “Fuel Efficient Heavy-Duty Truck of the Year 2014” in China

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China Yuchai International announced that a “K-Gold” model C&C truck equipped with the YC6K1340N liquid natural gas (LNG) engine has won the “Fuel Efficient Heavy-Duty Truck of the Year 2014” at China’s largest annual commercial vehicle event.

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BYD unveils battery-electric over-the-road coach bus; two more models to launch this year

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The C9. Click to enlarge. BYD Motors Inc. unveiled the first long range, 100% battery-electric over-the-road coach bus (as opposed to a city transit bus) at the United Motorcoach Association Expo in New Orleans. This first electric coach—the BYD C9—is a two-axle, 40'' coach with the seating capacity to carry 47 people at highway speed for more than 190 miles. The BYD C9 is the first of three battery-electric coaches the company will launch globally this year.

2015 120

Mitsubishi to show compact SUV PHEV concept at Geneva

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said it will unveil a world premiere compact SUV plug-in hybrid concept car on 3 March at the 85 th Geneva International Motor Show.

2015 116

Tesla Model S P85D 'Insane' Mode: NSFW Video Shows How Insane It Really Is

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Many Tesla fans and electric-car drivers now know about the Model SP85D, Tesla''s all-wheel-drive electric car that''s arguably the fastest four-door sedan on the market. What most of them likely don''t know is just what the car''s ultimate performance mode, called "Insane," actually feels like.

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Van Hool wins EU funding for 21 fuel cell buses; powered by Ballard FCvelocity-HD7 modules

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Van Hool N.V. has signed a grant agreement with the EU Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking for deployment of 21 fuel cell buses in Europe as part of the 3Emotion Program.

2015 113

Volkswagen will premiere diesel Golf GTD Variant at Geneva show

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Volkswagen will formally introduce the new Golf GTD (“Gran Turismo Diesel”) Variant at the Geneva Motor Show; the sporty and economical long-distance cruiser is available to order now in Europe at a price of €31,975 (US$36,177).

2015 109

Dana offering Spicer PowerBoost hydraulic-hybrid system for off-highway field testing; demonstrated fuel savings of 20-25%

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Dana Holding Corporation is now offering its Spicer PowerBoost hydraulic-hybrid system for field testing by off-highway original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

2015 108

Toyota beginning on-road testing of new SiC power semiconductor technology; hybrid Camry and fuel cell bus

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SiC PCU under the hood of the Camry hybrid test vehicle. Click to enlarge. Toyota will begin the on-road testing of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors in Japan this year, using a Camry hybrid prototype and a fuel cell bus.

2015 106

McLaren-Honda reveals MP4-30 F1 car for 2015 with new Honda hybrid power unit

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McLaren-Honda revealed its new MP4-30 racer for the upcoming 2015 FIA Formula One (F1) World Championship. The car is fitted with Honda’s RA615H Hybrid power unit. Earlier post.). The McLaren-Honda MP4-30 is the only chassis on the grid to be fitted with Honda’s new RA615H Hybrid power unit.

2015 105

Tesla Trounces Hellcat, Electric Cars Get More Fast Chargers: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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What was the big news this week in electric car charging? And why is one Hellcat owner really, really miserable right about now? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, January 23, 2015.

2015 105

Chevron, BP and ConocoPhillips partner to explore 24 leases in Paleogene trend in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

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Chevron Corporation’s subsidiary, Chevron USA will now work with BP Exploration and Production Inc. (BP) BP) and ConocoPhillips Company (COP) to explore and to appraise jointly-held offshore leases in the emerging Paleogene trend in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

2015 104

Study finds vertical force of in-wheel switched reluctance motors deteriorates vehicle stability and comfort

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E3 study finds low-carbon gas fuels option for meeting Calif GHG reduction goals

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A new study by Energy Environmental Economics (E3) consulting suggests that low-carbon gas fuels are a viable option for meeting California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals and can simultaneously help achieve pollution emission reduction targets.

2015 102

Animation of new Cummins M2 two-stage turbo in Nissan Titan XD 5L V8 diesel

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The Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel which makes its debut in the upcoming 2016 Nissan Titan XD full-size pickup truck ( earlier post) features a unique Cummins M² Two-Stage Turbocharger and is configured to work well at both low and high engine speeds.

2015 102

Obama Administration recommends designating most of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness

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On Sunday, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released its revised proposed comprehensive conservation plan and final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the 19.64-million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The FWS’ preferred alternative recommends an additional 12.28

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HEI ACES study of lifetime animal exposure to New Technology Diesel Engine exhaust finds no lung cancer

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The first study to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of lifetime exposure to new technology diesel exhaust (NTDE)—i.e., exhaust from heavy-duty diesel engines meeting EPA 2007 and later emissions requirements—has found no evidence of carcinogenic lung tumors.

2015 98

Lotus F1 Team presents E23 Hybrid for 2015; Mercedes power unit

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The Lotus F1 team presented its 2015 challenger, the E23 Hybrid, the successor to the E22. The 2015 racer features a Power Unit from new supplier Mercedes Benz in place of the E22’s Renault unit. Earlier post.)

2015 96

New Kevlar-based nanocomposite serves as dendrite-suppressing Li-ion battery separator with high ionic conductivity

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Researchers at the University of Michigan, with colleagues at Ford and the Harbin Institute of Technology in China, have developed a dendrite-suppressing membrane exhibiting high modulus, ionic conductivity, flexibility, ion flux rates and thermal stability for Li-ion batteries by using a composite made from Kevlar-derived aramid nanofibres assembled in a layer-by-layer manner with poly(ethylene oxide).

2015 96

Li-S battery with novel solid-state electrolyte shows capacity approaching theoretical value and high Coulombic efficiency

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Voltage profiles of charge-discharge cycles of the solid-state Li-S battery. Current density of 0.05 The specific capacity is given per g of sulfur. Yamada et al. Click to enlarge. A team from Samsung R&D and the University of Rome “La Sapienza” have fabricated a novel all solid-state Li-S battery that exhibits a capacity (? 1600 mAhg ?1 1 ) approaching the theoretical value and an initial charge-discharge Coulombic efficiency approaching 99% (the average in ten cycles was 98%).

2015 95

Hydrogenics to supply 1MW electrolyzer to project converting CO2 to methanol; Power-to-Gas

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Hydrogenics Corporation will supply a 1MW electrolyzer and provide engineering expertise to a consortium of companies working on the European project MefCO2 (methanol fuel from CO 2 ) in Germany.

2015 93

ITF: Freight transport will replace passenger traffic as main CO2 source from surface transportation by 2050

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In the face of shifting global trade patterns, international freight transport volumes will likely grow more than four-fold (factor 4.3) by 2050, according to the International Transport Forum at the OECD’s ITF Transport Outlook 2015. Average transport distance across all modes will increase 12%. As a result, CO 2 emissions from freight transport will grow by 290% by 2050. Freight will replace passenger traffic as main source of CO 2 emissions from surface transport.

2015 93

Kia teases release of electric AWD concept at Chicago show

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Kia Motors America will unveil an electric all-wheel drive (e-AWD) concept vehicle at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. The concept was conceived by Kia’s California design studio and built for city dwellers. Brief

Renault Sport F1 introduces revamped 2015 hybrid power unit

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Renault Energy F1-2015 Power Unit. Click to enlarge. Renault Sport F1 has unveiled its 2015 power unit for Formula 1 racing, which incorporates a number of changes compared to its 2014 predecessor ( earlier post ).

2015 93

Navigant forecasts 29.3% CAGR growth for electric-drive and electric-assisted commercial vehicles to nearly 160K units in 2023

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In a new report , Navigant Research forecasts that global sales of electric drive and electric-assisted medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles (MHDV, Classes 3 to 8) will grow from less than 16,000 in 2014 to nearly 160,000 in 2023, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.3%. Powertrain type included in the report are hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and battery electric. Onboard energy storage can be achieved via batteries, ultracapacitors, or a combination of both.

2015 93

Ryder’s natural gas truck fleet surpasses 30 million miles

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Ryder System’s fleet of natural gas vehicles has surpassed 30 million miles. The fleet consists of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas tractors serving customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Maryland, Georgia and Louisiana, as well as in Canada. Since deploying its natural gas vehicle program in 2011, Ryder has replaced approximately 4.6 million gallons of diesel fuel with lower emission domestically produced natural gas.

2015 89

Kansas City Power & Light To Build 1,000 Electric-Car Charging Sites

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Kansas City, Missouri, will become the latest municipality to gain an electric-car charging infrastructure this year. A local utility company is leading the effort to build a comprehensive network of charging sites for drivers of plug-in vehicles. DON''T MISS: BMW, VW, And ChargePoint To Build 100 CCS Fast-Charging Sites For Electric Cars Over the

Where Will BMW Electric-Car Batteries Go When They Retire?

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Presuming you don''t toss it over the nearest cliff, what do you do with a used electric-car battery pack? Even after battery capacity has degraded too much for use in cars, lithium-ion cells still have usable storage capacity. Now, BMW plans to put those used batteries to good use. MORE: Electric-Car Batteries: What Happens To Them After Coming

2015 87

New membrane technology for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture begins pilot-scale test

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A new carbon capture technology sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for economically capturing 90% of the carbon dioxide emitted from a coal-burning power plant has begun pilot-scale testing. The Polaris membrane system, developed by Membrane Technology and Research Inc. MTR), uses a specially designed CO 2 -selective membrane—a micro-porous film that acts as a semi-permeable barrier—to separate CO 2 from other gases, such as nitrogen, in a coal-burning plant’s flue gas.

2015 87

Once More: Low Gas Prices Don't Hurt Electric-Car Sales

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Data is important. Data on the effects of changing economic factors is very important to the car industry. Which is why it''s disappointing to see a Nissan executive repeating the canard that falling gas prices can hurt sales of plug-in electric cars. DON''T MISS: Plug-In Electric Car Sales Continue Rise In 2014: 100,000-Plus Last Year In an

2015 87

New, Smaller Porsche Four-Door Sedan To Be Electric Only: Rumor

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It''s pretty clear by now that the German luxury automakers, at first startled and shocked by the all-electric Tesla Model S, plan to fight back. But the latest report out of Germany--and it''s still nothing more than a rumor--is the most indicative of how seriously one of them takes the competition. DON''T MISS: Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche Electric

2015 87

Did The DC Quick-Charging 'Standards War' Just Quietly End For Electric Cars?

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Last week at the DC Auto Show, BMW, Volkswagen, and ChargePoint jointly announced they would install about 100 DC fast chargers for electric cars. Their goal is to create “Express Charging Corridors,” on both the East and West coasts, by the end of this year. The most intriguing news, however, was that the hardware will--in most

2015 86

2016 Chevrolet Volt TV Ad Released 6 Months Before Car

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One of the biggest concerns among electric-car advocates is GM''s ability to create and sustain a smart, coherent, clever, and explanatory marketing campaign for its new 2016 Chevrolet Volt. The plug-in hybrid with a 50-mile range will arrive on the market in the second half of this year, but Chevy just released its first commercial for the car on

2015 86

Tesla Transparency On Orders, Sales, Production Fades: Do Owners, Investors Care?

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Sometime next month, electric-car maker Tesla Motors will release its 2014 earnings and hold a conference call for financial analysts to discuss them. If recent patterns hold, the company won''t disclose a number of the important operating metrics that reveal how well it''s doing. In fact, over the last two years, Tesla has quietly stopped providing

2015 86

IHS: automotive semiconductor market up 10% in 2014 to $29B; hybrids, connectivity and ADAS major drivers

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The automotive semiconductor market did exceptionally well in 2014, according to new analysis from IHS. Strong growth in vehicle production together with increased semiconductor content in cars resulted in 10% growth year over year to reach $29B. IHS reported that the fastest growing segments for automotive semiconductors are hybrid-electric vehicles, telematics and connectivity and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

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