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SAIC introducing Roewe E50 electric vehicle in China

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SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor) is launching the battery-electric Roewe E50 on the market in China. The company expects to sell 1,000 of them within the first year. The E50 is based on a newly developed electric vehicle platform. Roewe E50. Click to enlarge.

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Assessing Sandy: Are Electric Cars A Better Bet In Emergencies?

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For many of us, lines at gas stations and homes without power are no more than news, but millions on the U.S. East Coast are still coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Many areas are still without power, and gasoline is a worryingly rare commodity for a transport system utterly dependent on it. But for many with electric cars, the latter

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UK’s largest hybrid bus fleet now in Sheffield

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Sheffield City Council has begun operating the largest fleet of hybrid buses for an English local authority in a bid to cut fuel costs and improve air quality in the steel city. There are only six but hey, it’s progress.

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Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid heading to select US showrooms

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Overview of the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid. Click to enlarge. Ford began production of the 2013 C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle ( earlier post ) at Michigan Assembly in October, and the vehicles are heading for showrooms.

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New fast hydrothermal process converts 65% of wet algae feedstock sample to biocrude in one minute

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Biocrude from Nannochloropsis. Credit: Savage Lab. Click to enlarge. A team led by Prof. Phillip Savage at the University of Michigan has found that with appropriate parameters, hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) can convert 65% of wet algae (a Nannochloropsis species) into biocrude in one minute.

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High Performance Computing key enabler for accelerating development of high efficiency engines

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Increasing complexity of vehicle design is driving the need for better simulation and more powerful computers. Wagner and Pannala. Click to enlarge.

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Cumulative sales of Toyota Motor hybrids top 2M units in Japan, 4.6M worldwide; 1.02M from Jan to Oct.

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Global annual sales of TMC hybrids. Data: TMC. Click to enlarge. Cumulative sales in Japan of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) hybrid vehicles—including plug-in hybrids— reached 2.04 million units as of 31 October.

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PwC analysis finds meeting 2 C warming target would require “unprecedented and sustained” reductions over four decades

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PwC analysis finds a need for global carbon intensity to drop an average of 5.1% per year through 2050. Click to enlarge.

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Gasoline rationing takes effect in 12 New Jersey counties

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Last night, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared a limited state of energy emergency with regard to the supply of motor fuel and implemented odd-even rationing for gasoline purchases in 12 New Jersey counties.

Ford’s EV+ feature learns frequent destinations and adjusts hybrid powertrain to deliver more electric-only driving

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Ford has developed EV+, a patent-pending feature that helps hybrids and plug-in hybrids learn frequent destinations, and then deliver more driving time in electric-only mode. EV+ is part of SmartGauge and is a standard feature on the Ford plug-in hybrids, C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi, along with the hybrid versions of Fusion and C-MAX. EV+ combines the built-in GPS of Ford SYNC with proprietary software algorithms developed by Ford engineers to learn frequent destinations.

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MIT team develops new synthetic pathway and modular engineering toolkit for direct biosynthesis of odd-chain molecules for fuels and chemicals

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Metabolic pathway construction for direct microbial synthesis of pentanol from glucose or glycerol. The pentanol biosynthetic pathway consists of three modules, each of which was validated separately and then assembled together. Tseng and Prather 2012. Click to enlarge.

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Rochester researchers demonstrate robust photogeneration of hydrogen in water using semiconductor nanocrystals and a nickel catalyst

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Researchers at the University of Rochester (New York) have developed a robust and highly active system for solar hydrogen generation in water using semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) and a nickel catalyst.

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Berkeley researchers integrate ABE fermentation and chemical catalysis to produce bio-hydrocarbon blend stocks from sugars at high yields

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A general approach to the catalyzed production of biofuels from the ABE fermentation mixture. Source: Anbarasan et al. Click to enlarge.

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UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in US in October hits highest level yet

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University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle report that the average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in October reached 24.1 mpg (9.76 l/100km)—the highest level yet, and up 4.0

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FERC approves CPUC settlement agreement with Dynegy/NRG; $100M EV charging infrastructure for California

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a settlement agreement that will bring more than $100 million in electric vehicle charging infrastructure to California, including at least 200 public fast-charging stations and the infrastructure for 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 diverse locations across the state. Earlier post.). The settlement, originally announced on 23 March 2012, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.,

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Researchers significantly boost yield of isobutanol from engineered yeast using new synthesis pathway located in the cytosol

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A team at the Institute of Molecular Biosciences, Goethe-University Frankfurt led by Prof. Dr. Eckhard Boles, has developed a new synthesis pathway for engineering the industrial yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to improve the production of isobutanol via fermentation. The work, noted Boles, is being done for the Swiss biofuels and biochemical company Butalco, of which he is a co-founder. Earlier post.).

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BorgWarner three-stage turbocharging system for BMW M diesel

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BorgWarner is supplying the three-stage turbocharging technology for BMW’s M Performance diesel engine. Earlier post.) Exclusively developed for BMW M Performance automobiles, the engine powers the M550d xDrive Sedan and Touring, X5 M50d Touring, and X6 M50d models. The diesel delivers maximum output of 280 kW (381 hp) and a maximum torque of 740 N·m (546 lb-ft).

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Ford, UMTRI launch student contest for vehicle-to-vehicle communications innovation

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Ford and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) are partnering on a competition for undergraduate students to develop innovative applications that enhance vehicle safety and sustainability by using vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications. The competition is hosted by UMTRI.

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GM, Toyota continue to lead plug-in market in US

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The Volt remained the top-selling plug-in vehicle in the US in October. GM delivered a record 2,961 Volts—a 167% increase by volume from October 2011. From January through October 2012, GM has delivered 19,309 Volts—an increase of 286% from the same period in 2011. Overall, GM reported its highest October sales in the US since 2007, with deliveries up 5% versus a year ago to 195,764 vehicles. Year-on-year sales to retail customers were up 7% and sales to fleet customers were down 2%.

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Two connected vehicle test beds running in Virginia

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Vehicles are testing connected vehicle systems on two instrumented test beds in Virginia—one in Northern Virginia and one in Southwestern Virginia. The test beds are being operated by the Connected Vehicle/Infrastructure University Transportation Center, a Tier 1 University Transportation Center operated by a consortium made up of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), the University of Virginia’s Center for Transportation Studies (CTS), and Morgan State University.

A123 Systems receives bankruptcy court approval of stalking horse bidding procedures

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The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has granted A123 Systems approval of the bidding procedures and stalking horse bid protections in connection with the previously announced stalking horse asset purchase agreement, under which Johnson Controls intends to acquire A123’s automotive business assets in a court-supervised process under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Earlier post.).

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Fuji Electric introduces public 25 kW DC quick charger on Chargepoint network at Residence Inn in San Juan Capistrano

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Fuji Electric Corporation of America unveiled the first publicly available DC Quick Charger on the ChargePoint network at the Residence Inn by Marriott in San Juan Capistrano, California. Owned and operated by EV-integrator Evoasis, the 25 kW charging station is open to the public and conveniently located along the Interstate-5, offering electric vehicle drivers a quick and easy charging experience.

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GMC and Chevrolet bi-fuel pickup production begins

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Production of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD bi-fuel pickup trucks is underway in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the pickups are available for order by fleet and retail customers through Chevrolet and GMC dealers. The Silverado HD and Sierra 2500 HD Vortec 6.0L V8 engine runs on gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG) and switches between the two fuels without affecting performance.

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BorgWarner expects $2.3B of net new powertrain business 2013–2015; 80% engine-related; 32% in China

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BorgWarner Inc. expects $2.3 billion of net new powertrain business for 2013 through 2015. Demand for the company's advanced powertrain technologies, including gasoline and diesel turbochargers; dual-clutch transmission technology; engine timing systems; and emissions products, is expected to continue to drive strong growth.

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Skyfall Sequel: Five James Bond Cars For A New Green Age

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James Bond, Agent 007, has now been driving his Aston Martin DB5 sports cars since 1964. With the new film, Skyfall, opening tomorrow, we thought we'd propose some new motor cars for Commander Bond. He's ventured into many other vehicles, including airplanes, submarines, and newer Aston Martins, but his roadgoing cars have all burned gasoline

Volvo Car Corporation testing 22 kW on-board three-phase charger; recharging time down to 1.5h

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Volvo Car Corporation is testing a 22 kW, three-phase on-board charger for electric cars that cuts recharging time for a current EV down to 1.5 hours. Click to enlarge. The new charger will be installed and evaluated in a number of Volvo C30 Electric cars. The new 22 kW fast-charger is the first charger that operates on a three-phase supply and is small enough to be fitted in an electric car.

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Gasoline rationing takes effect in 12 New Jersey counties

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Last night, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared a limited state of energy emergency with regard to the supply of motor fuel and implemented odd-even rationing for gasoline purchases in 12 New Jersey counties. Odd-even fuel sales took effect at noon today in the following counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.

Mazda to produce sub-compact Toyota vehicle for NA market at new plant in Mexico

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda) announced that Mazda’s new plant in Mexico, currently under construction, will produce a Toyota-brand vehicle for sale mainly in North America. The sub-compact Toyota-brand vehicle, to be based on the Mazda2, is to start. production around the summer of 2015 at a pace of 50,000 units per year and will be sold through Toyota dealerships. Total annual production capacity of the new Mazda plant is 140,000 units.

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Faurecia and Mitsubishi Chemical to co-develop and produce bioplastics for the automotive industry; BioAmber supplying bio-based succinic acid

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Faurecia signed an exclusive industrial partnership agreement with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation to co-develop bioplastics designed for mass-production for use in automotive interior parts. The joint development will start by modifying. Mitsubishi Chemical’s patented biomass-derived poly-butylene succinate (PBS) and ultimately target to be produced from 100% bio sources. BioAmber will be the supplier of bio-based succinic acid to the partnership.

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UPA installs 500 kWh containerized Li-ion system from BYD for grid storage

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BYD Ltd and Utility Partners of America (UPA) have put into service a 500 kWh containerized energy storage system (ESS) for one of the largest investor-owned utility companies in North America. The 40-foot unit is located in south Charlotte and has several BYD-vertically integrated components including a 200 kW bi-directional, UL-compliant BYD inverter with BYD’s 500 kWh Iron Phosphate battery. Expected service life of the Iron-Phosphate batteries is more than 25 years.

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Tesla Model S Production Ramps Up, Company Says In Earnings Call

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The biggest question facing tiny Tesla Motors right now is whether it can ramp up production of its Model S all-electric sport sedan and deliver enough of them to paying customers that it can generate the income it needs to keep going. On the quarterly Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] earnings call this morning, CEO Elon Musk said everything's going well

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2013 Ford C-Max Energi: New EV+ Feature 'Learns' Regular Routes

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Every driver of a plug-in hybrid electric car eventually wants to drive more on electricity and less on gasoline. So it's frustrating when the battery charge indicator shows a reasonable level of charge, you're only a few hundred feet from home, and yet the engine kicks on because of that one steep hill. Wouldn't it be nice if the car could "know

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Will France Lead Europe In Electric-Car Industry?

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Which international carmaker currently has the largest range of electric vehicles? The answer is Renault. The French automaker has a significant EV portfolio--and as the French government puts greater emphasis on EVs, it may soon be joined by other carmakers too. Indeed, between electric cars, investment in infrastructure and electric car sharing

Transonic Combustion closes $32M Series D round

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Transonic Combustion Inc., a company focused on developing a supercritical fuel injection system for internal combustion engines ( earlier post ), closed a $32-million Series D Round of funding. This $32-million round of financing puts Transonic Combustion on strong footing to continue to execute, deliver and expand development of our product and meet customer commitments.

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Saft to provide Li-ion energy storage system for wind project in Saskatchewan

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Saft has been selected by Cowessess First Nation (CFN) to design, produce and install a battery energy storage system (ESS) including two Intensium Max 20E lithium-ion battery containers as part of the High Wind and Storage Project near the City of Regina, Saskatchewan. The Regina project is the first wind power application for Saft in North America.

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Diesel Hybrids: Why They Don't Make As Much Sense As You Think

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Volkswagen's line of TDI diesel cars has passionate fans. Now that the company is launching the 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid, it will likely gain some hybrid advocates too. But diesel and hybrid fans are very different groups, as the company's marketing surveys show. So why couldn't Volkswagen simply add a hybrid system to its diesel, thereby getting the

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Ford triples number of US dealers certified to sell plug-in vehicles

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Ford has tripled to more than 200 the number of US dealers certified to sell its lineup of plug-in electrified vehicles, including the new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid that is on sale now and delivers the equivalent of 105 mpg combined in electric mode. Ford recently began production of the C-MAX Energi at its Michigan Assembly Plant. Ford’s plug-in electrified vehicle dealer growth comes as the number of new vehicle shoppers considering plug-in hybrids has grown to 25%.

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