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Report: Toyota to invest ~$165M to triple Japan production capacity for Mirai fuel cell vehicle

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The Nikkei reports that Toyota will invest about ¥20 billion yen ($165 million) to triple production capacity in Japan for its new Mirai fuel cell vehicle ( earlier post ) to meet what it describes as strong corporate and public-sector demand.

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How To Quit Smoking: Buy An Electric Car?

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Electric cars are good for the environment, but could they also benefit the health of the people who drive them? There''s now a small amount of anecdotal evidence that buying an electric car may help you quit smoking. CHECK OUT: Raw Diesel Fumes Worse Than Second-Hand Smoke, Says W.H.O. It comes from a newsletter issued by advocacy group Plug-In

2014 87

GMZ Energy successfully demonstrates 1 kW thermoelectric generator for Bradley Fighting Vehicle

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GMZ Energy, a market leader in the development of high-temperature thermoelectric generation (TEG) solutions, has successfully demonstrated a 1,000W TEG designed for diesel engine exhaust heat recapture in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Earlier post.)

2014 133

Researchers develop free-standing nanowire mesh for direct solar water-splitting to produce H2; new design for “artificial leaf”

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The mesh with BiVO 4 nanowire photoanode for water oxidation and Rh-SrTiO 3 nanowire photocathode for water reduction produces hydrogen gas without an electron mediator. Credit: ACS, Liu et al. Click to enlarge.

2014 117

Start-up Eco-Motive developing dual-fuel “H” engine; parallel, independently fueled piston banks

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The H-engine—basically two separate engines housed within the same engine block—comprises two switchable parallel piston banks, independently fueled by gasoline and CNG. Click to enlarge.

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Calls for an international 48V electrical standard for vehicles; looming WLTP implementation

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Vertimass receives up to $2M from DOE for conversion of ethanol into gasoline, diesel and jet blendstocks; expanding the ethanol market

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Ethanol conversion to hydrocarbons as a function of temp. at a LHSV of 2.93 Source: US 20140100404 A1. Click to enlarge.

2014 109

Honda begins sales of new Grace Hybrid in Japan; 4WD option

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Honda Motor Co., has begun sales of the all-new Grace hybrid sedan at dealerships across Japan. The Grace is equipped with Honda’s Sport Hybrid i-DCD one-motor hybrid system that enables the driver to start in EV mode and realizes fuel economy of 34.4 km/L (81 mpg US or 2.9

2014 108

PNNL team reports growth of dendrite-free lithium films with self-aligned and compact nanorod structure

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Suppressing lithium (Li) dendrite growth is one of the most critical challenges for the development of Li-metal batteries—i.e., high-energy density batteries using a Li-metal anode such as Li-sulfur or Li-air. Earlier post.)

2014 104

Novozymes launches commercial enzyme technology to convert waste oils into biodiesel

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Novozymes has launched Eversa Transform, the first commercially available enzymatic solution (a liquid lipase) to convert both glycerides and free fatty acids (FFA) into biodiesel.

2014 102

Siemens, Duke Energy and Ford demonstrate lower cost home smart charging technology for plug-ins; due on market next year

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Siemens Energy Management Division has teamed with Duke Energy and Ford to demonstrate the results of an 18-month effort to reduce the cost and expand electric vehicle charging technologies. Held at the Duke Energy Envision Center in Erlanger, Ky.,

2014 98

CEA LITEN develops high-temperature electrolyzer for more efficient hydrogen production from water

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France’s CEA LITEN (Laboratory for Innovation in New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials) has developed a new high-temperature electrolysis system for more efficient hydrogen production. The system delivers hydrogen from steam at 150 °C and electricity with power consumption of 3.9

2014 96

Oerlikon Graziano showcasing hybrid and electric transmission systems at CTI; new 2-speed AMT

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2014 96

Average fuel economy for new cars in US in November unchanged from October

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in November was 25.3 mpg (9.3

2014 96

Stanford team develops model and controller for reducing HCCI cycle-to-cycle variation

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A team led by researchers from Stanford University has developed a simplified, discrete-time analytical model of homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) dynamics. The model forms the basis for the design of a simple controller that reduces combustion timing variations in simulation. Late-phasing homogeneous charge compression ignition operating conditions have the potential to expand the useful operating range of homogeneous charge compression ignition in internal combustion engines.

2014 95

2015 Abarth 695 Biposto features SABIC lightweight PC glazing solutions; 40% weight savings

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Abarth’s production model of the 695 Biposto includes polycarbonate (PC) glazing solutions from SABIC. The vehicle’s front fixed windows, which include built-in sliding panels, are made from SABIC’s LEXAN resin, a PC material, and EXATEC coating technology.

2014 93

Rice researchers find amines cross-linked with buckyballs an effective, selective CO2 absorbent

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Rice University scientists have found that amine-rich compounds combined with carbon-60 molecules (buckyballs) are highly effective at selectively capturing CO 2.

2014 93

Toyota Tsusho venture starts full-scale lithium production at Salar de Olaroz, Argentina

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Toyota Tsusho Corporation announced today that Sales de Jujuy S.A., an Argentine lithium development company in which it owns a stake, has officially started lithium production at Salar de Olaroz in Jujuy Province, northwestern Argentina.

Hitachi Automotive Systems delivers compact, high-output inverters and DC/DC converters for Mercedes Benz S500 PLUG-IN HYBRID

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Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.

2014 93

Commentary: Could falling oil prices spark a financial crisis?

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by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. The oil and gas boom in the United States was made possible by the extensive credit afforded to drillers. Not only has financing come from company shareholders and traditional banks, but hundreds of billions of dollars have also come from junk-bond investors looking for high returns. Junk-bond debt in energy has reached $210 billion, which is about 16 percent of the $1.3 trillion junk-bond market.

MHI completes development of next-generation LNG carrier; apple-shaped tanks and hybrid propulsion

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Sayaringo STaGE. Click to enlarge. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MHI) has completed development of the “Sayaringo STaGE,” a next-generation LNG (liquefied natural gas) carrier. The Sayaringo STaGE was developed as a successor to the Sayaendo ( earlier post ), the company’s LNG carrier evolved from carriers with Moss-type spherical tanks that offer a high level of reliability.

2014 89

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Nov: Leaf Grows, Volt Wanes

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Sales of plug-in electric cars continued at a steady pace in November, reflecting continued strong vehicle sales of all types in the U.S. market. The Nissan Leaf set a new November record at 2,687 cars sold, its 22nd straight month of sales increases year-over-year, while the Chevy Volt delivered 1,336 cars last month. And all eyes will be on BMW

2014 87

Workplace Charging Doubles in Two Years, 90% Of Charging Stations Full

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It''s clear that more public charging stations are needed to boost the practicality of driving electric cars. And it turns out that a good place to put those stations is the location where many peoples'' cars spend hours parked: the workplace. Charging at work gives commuters who would otherwise have to rely on home charging only a little more

2014 87

BMW: No Interest In Tesla Cooperation, Musk Was Posturing For PR

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BMW and Tesla Motors seem like potential electric-car rivals, but over the past week there''s been much talk of a possible collaboration between the two carmakers. That''s because Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company was engaged in informal talks with BMW, and would be open to sharing things like battery and charging-station technology. MORE: Tesla

2014 87

China Overtook U.S. In Monthly Electric-Car Sales Two Months Ago

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China has been the world''s largest auto market for several years now, with 18 million passenger cars and another 4 million commercial vehicles sold there last year. But until recently, sales of plug-in electric cars have lagged those in the U.S. whose market seems likely to be around 17 million vehicles this year). DON''T MISS: Plug-In Electric

2014 87

2015 Kia Soul EV Video Road Test

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The Hamsters are back, and they''re performing a science experiment that resulted in this: the 2015 Kia Soul EV. It’s one of the newest electric cars on the market, but what''s it like to use? Let''s start with what makes the Soul EV different from any other Kia Soul to date: the powertrain. It’s driven by an 80-kilowatt electric motor

2014 87

Tesla Model S Tops Consumer Reports Customer Satisfaction Index, Again

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More than two years after its launch, it seems owners are still in love with the Tesla Model S electric car. The Tesla sedan topped Consumer Reports'' annual customer satisfaction rankings this year, just as it did last year. MORE: Consumer Reports: Tesla Model S Electric Car Is ''Best Overall'' Vehicle For these rankings, the consumer-testing group

2014 87

Californians Now Buy A Plug-In Electric Car For Every 2 Hybrids

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The difference between electric cars and "electrified" cars has tripped up numerous reporters, carmakers, and analysts over the years. Electric cars plug into the wall and power their wheels, partly or fully, with an electric motor running on energy from a battery pack. Electrified cars," on the other hand, include not only electric cars but any

2014 87

BMW Unveiled Not Just One, But Three Plug-In Hybrids Last Week

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If there was any doubt that we''ll see a spate of new plug-in hybrids over the next few years, a set of three different announcements from BMW last week should put that to rest. The Bavarian maker of "ultimate driving machines" launched a long-wheelbase 5-Series sedan for China with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, showed a prototype 3-Series plug-in

2014 87

Why Is Hydrogen Free To Fuel-Cell Car Drivers? Pumps Are The Problem

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Like the recently-launched Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, the 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car will come with free fuel. But it''s not just because Toyota wants to throw in an extra perk for customers. Free fuel is a great way to get people''s attention, but when it comes to hydrogen, it may very well be the only way to do things--at least for

Gas Prices To Plunge More After Oil Price Falls To 4-Year Low?

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Oil prices are at their lowest levels in four years, and retail gasoline prices are likely to follow--more or less. Thursday, while the U.S. celebrated its Thanksgiving holiday, oil prices fell 7 percent after OPEC announced it would leave production levels unchanged, according to CNN. The price of WTI crude oil in the U.S. closed that day at $69

2014 86

Days Numbered For Dirtiest Diesels In Europe; France To Phase Out Diesel Fuel

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For many European cities, diesel exhaust emissions have become a health as well as an environmental problem. So in addition to promoting electric cars or alternative forms of transportation, lawmakers are beginning to crack down on the dirtiest diesels. RELATED: Half Of All Cars Banned From Paris Roads Over Smog; Electric Cars Exempt Next year

2014 86

Kroger division takes delivery of first 11 of 40 Freightliner LNG heavy-duty tucks; replacing diesel

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Oregon-based Fred Meyer Stores, a division of The Kroger Co. has taken delivery of its first 11 Freightliner heavy-duty trucks that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Fred Meyer will receive a total of 40 LNG trucks over the next several months, making Fred Meyer the first in Oregon to deploy a fleet of heavy-duty LNG trucks. The trucks are equipped with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine and Westport iCE PACK systems for LNG storage.

2014 86

Germany To Boost Incentives Toward 1-Million Electric-Car Goal By 2020?

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When it comes to electric-car incentives, Germany hasn''t had policies as aggressive as those in some other European countries. Yet Germany has a goal of putting 1 million plug-in cars on its roads by 2020. Today, it''s a long way from meeting that goal. RELATED: Belatedly, Germany Follows California, Offers Electric-Car Incentives German Chancellor

2014 86

Dealer Chains May Still Hate Tesla, But Now They're Learning From It

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Auto-dealer groups are fighting Tesla Motors'' direct-sales model in a state-by-state battle, fostering legislation to outlaw the electric-car maker''s company-owned stores, and claiming they''re bad for consumers. However, that doesn''t mean these dealers aren''t also learning from Tesla. Tesla Stores may have proven controversial, but the

2014 86

Famed U.S. Route 66 To Go Electric In Illinois, With State Support

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As the song says, you can "get your kicks" on Route 66--but soon you''ll also be able to get a charge. The historic highway and the towns it passes through were largely done in by the construction of the Interstate highway system, but the need to stop and charge every so often makes an electric-car road trip more suited to the slower pace of Route