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Wrightspeed unveils new turbine range extender for medium- and heavy-duty electric powertrains; 30% more efficient than current microturbine generators

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Wrightspeed Inc., a developer of range-extended electric vehicle powertrains for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles ( earlier post ), has unveiled the Fulcrum, a new proprietary turbine generator for use in its Route family of electric powertrains (Route for Class 3-6, Route HD for Class 7-8).

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BMW i3 Tear-Down Videos Show Electric Car's Radical Design

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Back in January, engineering firm Munro & Associates orchestrated a "tear-down" of a BMW i3 electric car at its facility near Detroit. The company--which specializes in disassembling new cars, analyzing them, and selling the information to competitors--even posted a video of the process.

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OEMs shifting towards onboard chargers > 6 kW for EVs; lower output chargers to remain dominant through 2020

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Most battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) manufacturers in Europe and the US have been adopting onboard chargers with a power output between 3 to 3.7 kilowatts (kW). Now, EV manufacturers are moving towards onboard chargers with a power output greater than 6.6

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DOT issues final rule on transportation of flammable liquids by rail

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a final rule for the safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail.

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First 18-meter electric bus in China powered by TM4 SUMO HD powertrain with external rotor motor technology

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China’s first 18-meter battery electric bus has been put into service in Beijing. The Foton AUV 18-meter Harmony City BJ6180 is powered by a TM4 SUMO HD electric powertrain with a maximum torque of 3,500 N·m (2,581 lb-ft), 1600 N·m (1,180 lb-ft) continuous.

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Audi introduces new high-efficiency 2.0L TFSI based on Miller cycle; 190 hp, 47 mpg

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Audi introduced its new series-production 2.0 TFSI gasoline turbocharged direct injection engine for the first time at the Vienna Motor Symposium this week. The engine, which features a new combustion method, will be used for the first time in the next generation of the A4.

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Volkswagen introduces new generation of EU6 TDI diesels for light-duty vehicles; 2.0 TDI BiTurbo offers avg. 14% reduction in fuel consumption

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At the Vienna Motor Symposium, Jörn Kahrstedt, Head of Diesel Engine Development for the Volkswagen brand, presented the new EU6 TDI engine family for light-duty vehicles. The newly developed 2.0

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Tesla Model S Drifting Shows Wild Side Of Electric Cars (Video)

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Numerous drag-race videos have proven that the Tesla Model S P85D can take on just any challenger in a straight line. But what about other forms of automotive hooliganism? Drifting is a sport in which drivers purposely break the traction of a car's rear tires and slide through corners.

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Alternative Fuel Vehicle registrations in Europe up 28.8% in first quarter

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In the first quarter of 2015, total alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) registrations in the EU significantly increased (+28.8 %), totaling 144,421, according to figures from the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA).

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Momentum Fuel Technologies introduces CNG storage system for Class 6-8 trucks

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Bosch developing series production water injection system for SI engines to reduce fuel consumption and improve performance

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Tesla Drags, Toyota Irony, Audi Q6 Electric SUV: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Which pastime has our 71-year-old contributor George Parrott taken up in his new Tesla? And, what irony is China's aggressive electric-car promotion forcing on Toyota? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, May 1, 2015.

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UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in US in April down 0.2 mpg to 25.2 mpg

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in April was 25.2 mpg—down 0.2 mpg from March, according to the monthly analysis by Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

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Report for the EC evaluates prospects for sugar-based platform for biofuels and bio chemicals

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Volkswagen presents next gen W12 TSI; dual fuel injection, cylinder deactivation, start-stop

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At the Vienna Motor Symposium, Friedrich Eichler, Head of Powertrain Development for the Volkswagen brand, presented the Volkswagen Group’s new top-end 6.0 liter W12 TSI, destined for the Group’s premium models. New 6.0 W12 TSI. Click to enlarge.

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UPS enters agreement with Clean Energy Fuels for renewable natural gas (biomethane) in the US

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UPS has entered into an agreement to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) for its delivery vehicle fleet from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. RNG (biomethane) can be derived from many abundant and renewable sources, including decomposing organic waste in landfills, wastewater treatment and agriculture.

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2016 Chevy Volt to start at $33,995 MSRP

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Pricing for the 2016 Chverolet Volt ( earlier post ) will start at $33,995 MSRP, including an $825 destination fee (excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees). This is almost $1,200 less than the current-generation Volt. Pricing will be as low as $26,495 after the full federal tax credit of $7,500. Federal tax credit can range from $0 up to $7,500.)

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Freightliner Inspiration truck receives autonomous vehicle licensing from Nevada DMV

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Nevada has granted the first license for an autonomous commercial truck—the Freightliner Inspiration—to operate on an open public highway in the United States to Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).

Hyundai Heavy Industries fuel-saving propeller attachment can reduce consumption up to 2.5%, save a 8,600 TEU ship about $750,000 per year

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Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder, is putting its fuel-saving propeller attachment Hi-FIN into service.

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2016 Ford F-150 offers ability to run on compressed natural gas, propane

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Ford will offer the 2016 F-150 with an available gaseous-fuel prep package that enables 5.0-liter V8-powered models to run on compressed natural gas or propane, making Ford the only manufacturer of a CNG/propane-capable half-ton pickup.

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New bendable and thin sulfide solid electrolyte films enable higher performance solid-state Li-ion batteries

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Schematic diagram of new cell. Credit: ACS, Nam et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers in South Korea have developed free-standing and stackable all-solid-state lithium batteries (ASLBs) with high energy density and high rate capabilities.

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Gallium nitride power switching semiconductor company GaN Systems raises $20M in Series C

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GaN Systems Inc., a developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, closed a $20-million Series C financing round.

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Wärtsilä 50DF engine successfully demonstrates capability to operate on ethane gas

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Wärtsilä announced that its 50DF marine engine has been successfully tested and certified to run on ethane (LEG) fuel.

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Bosch stereo video camera goes into series production; single-sensor solution for assistance systems

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Bosch has developed a stereo video camera with which an emergency braking system can function based solely on camera data. Normally, this would require a radar sensor or a combination of radar and video sensors.

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Volkswagen Group to offer more than 20 electric vehicle models in China “in near future”

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The Volkswagen Group plans to offer more than 20 electric vehicle models—from small cars to large sedans and SUVs, plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles—to Chinese customers “ in the near future ,” according to Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Group Board of Management with responsibility for China, in a special essay published in the Environment section of the company’s newly released sustainability report.

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Cooper Tire completes work on $1.5M DOE project to develop fuel efficient tires, exceeding targets

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Company completed work under a $1.5-million government grant to develop advanced tire technology aimed at increasing vehicle fuel efficiency. The grant, awarded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, called for Cooper to develop technology for light vehicle tires that delivered a minimum 3% improvement in vehicle fuel efficiency while lowering average tire weight by at least 20%, all without sacrificing performance.

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Tesla Model S Certified Used Electric Cars: Now On Sale Online

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Tesla Motors strives not only to build electric cars that compete against established luxury brands, but also to provide the service that customers in that market tend to expect. However, there's one area Tesla hasn't gotten involved in so far. Buyers looking for a used Tesla Model S electric car have had to turn to independent sellers--until now. Used Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars

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Toyota Prius Brand Perception More Negative In Social Media: Analysis

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The Toyota Prius will go down in history as a truly ground-breaking vehicle, both the first and the highest-production hybrid vehicle built to date. It's also the sole vehicle sold in the U.S. this year that is rated at 50 miles per gallon combined--for three different models, no less. But a new analysis suggests that the perception of the Prius. Social Media Fuel Economy brand perception

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BMW will launch plug-in hybrid version of refreshed 3 Series in 2016: BMW 330e

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As part of its introduction of the lifecycle freshening for all 3 Series Sedans and Sports Wagons, BMW announced that it will launch the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid in 2016. The BMW 330e will be powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system with a combined output of around 250 hp (186 kW) and 310 lb-ft (420 N·m) (preliminary). The BMW 330e will accelerate from 0–60 mph in approximately 6.1 seconds (preliminary) and have a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h) (preliminary).

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2016 Chevrolet Volt Priced From $33,995, Or $1,195 Lower Than 2015 Volt

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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be priced from $33,995 when it goes on sale sometime this fall, a GM executive said this morning. The price, which includes delivery, is $1,175 lower than that of the outgoing 2015 Volt. The old Volt lacks the 50-mile range, 41-mpg fuel efficiency, and fifth "seating position" of the 2016 version. DON'T. Plug-In Hybrids Pricing plug-in cars Prices

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$13.5M in EPA clean diesel grant funding available

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $13.5 million in grant funding to help governments and nonprofit organizations switch to cleaner diesel engines. Local governments, tribal agencies and nonprofits can win grants up to $2.14 million each. Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, and port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality.

2015 87

Tesla Didn't Invent Home Energy Storage, Has Many Competitors

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Like almost everything else related to the company, its venture into energy storage is generating plenty of publicity for electric-car maker Tesla Motors. The new product line includes Powerwall home battery packs for the home, as well as a separate line of battery packs designed for businesses and utilities. But it's worth noting that Tesla. Batteries Tesla Motors plug-in cars renewable energy Tesla Powerwall

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PlugShare App Showing Electric-Car Charging Sites: Trip Planner Update

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Finding electric car charging stations in the wild is easy thanks to a variety of iPhone and Android apps. PlugShare is currently the leader in charging station locator apps with thousands of stations listed. Now the company has updated its app with some new features, so we took it for a test drive (test tap, perhaps?). DON'T MISS: Chargepoint. App Apps plug-in cars charging infrastructure PlugShare

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First Eight CA Dealers Announced For 2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car

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With the 2016 Toyota Mirai set to go on sale this October, Toyota has now announced the first eight dealers that will be selling its first production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. Four are in Northern California, four in the southern part of the state. Production of the Mirai will be limited to about 3,000 vehicles for the U.S. through 2017. Green California Dealership dealers hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell

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Plug-in Electric Car Sales in Canada, April 2015: Leaf Likely Leads After Tesla March Madness

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The Tesla Model S now owns the record for the most electric car sales in Canada in a single month To borrow from the popular song, Canada's plug-in electric vehicle market in March was "all about that S". Based on registration data, which lags by a month, Tesla sold a whopping 250 Model Ses in Canada during March – half the entire country's

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2016 Chevy Volt To Get California Carpool Lane Access

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Access to the carpool lane in California with only a single occupant has proven to be one of the more effective incentives to get the state's drivers to buy electric cars. The first year and a half of Chevy Volt range-extended electric cars didn't qualify, but Volt sales in California surged once buyers could add the crucial green sticker to their. carpool Plug-In Hybrids California incentives plug-in cars hov High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane

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Toyota announces initial 8 California dealers for Mirai fuel cell vehicle

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Toyota has announced the first 8 California dealers for the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, which will arrive in the dealerships in October. Toyota is planning for Mirai US sales volume of approximately 3,000 units through 2017. Northern California drivers will meet Mirai at San Francisco Toyota, Roseville Toyota, Stevens Creek Toyota or Toyota of Sunnyvale. Farther south, Longo Toyota, Toyota Santa Monica, Toyota of Orange and Tustin Toyota will welcome Mirai customers.

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