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Tour Engine receives $2M investment to further development of latest generation of split-cycle engine

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Tour Engine , the developer of a novel split-cycle engine ( earlier post ), has secured a $2-million investment from Joan and Irwin Jacobs to further the development of the latest generation of the engine, which features a new patent-pending crossover mechanism.

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Hybrid Garbage Truck Now On Sale In U.S.: Saving Fuel While Hauling Trash

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We can buy a hybrid or electric vehicles and cover the roof of our homes in solar panels, but when it comes to other aspects of our daily lives a fossil-fuel reducing lifestyle is often a the whim of local governments or private businesses.

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Robert Llewellyn: Should I raid the pension pot to buy a Tesla Model S?

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In January I drove a Nissan LEAF from London to Edinburgh, it was cold and we had the heater on. We stopped to charge eight times. Twenty minutes charge each time, we never got close to empty.

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Schaeffler introduces new automatic bicycle gearshift system

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Schaeffler is presenting the new automatic bicycle gearshift system FAG-VELOMATIC at EUROBIKE 2014.

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EY: oil & gas megaproject overruns to cost industry more than $500B

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A new report by EY finds that 64% of multibillion-dollar, technically and operationally demanding oil & gas megaprojects continue to exceed budgets, with 73% missing project schedule deadlines. On average, current project estimated completion costs were 59% above the initial estimate.

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Rosneft and ExxonMobil start drilling in the Arctic Kara Sea

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Rosneft and ExxonMobil joint venture company Karmorneftegaz began drilling of Universitetskaya-1, the Russian Federations northernmost well, using the West Alpha rig in the Kara Sea. The Kara Sea is part of the Arctic Ocean north of West Siberia. Earlier post.). Click to enlarge.

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Mercedes-Benz to use new steel pistons in V6 diesel of E 350 BlueTEC

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Mercedes-Benz will replace conventional aluminum pistons with a new generation of steel pistons in the V6 diesel engine of the E 350 BlueTEC in September.

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Could 'Rolling Coal' Become Illegal In NJ? The Downside Of (Some) Diesel Drivers

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Bullies. We all knew one at school--usually bigger than you, typically loud, obnoxious, and cruel, and often pretty dumb. Often they acted that way to make up for deficiencies in their own lives; today you may meet one who tormented you as a kid pushing shopping carts at your local mall.

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Smart Electric Drive Ad: Where Winning Drag Races Really Counts

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Whatever you think of the diminutive city cars produced by Daimler''s Smart brand, the company certainly has a talent for marketing.

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To Get Hydrogen Competitive With Gasoline: $1 Billion, Cheap Natural Gas Needed

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While battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars have had much of the spotlight to themselves for the past four years, we''re going to be hearing a lot more about hydrogen fuel-cell cars over the next few.

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GMZ-led project tracking to deliver vehicular thermoelectric generators for Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Honda Accord

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The assembled 200W TEG tested in June delivered 270W of output. Click to enlarge.

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Polestar modestly optimizes Volvo V60 diesel Plug-in Hybrid

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Polestar, the motorsport and performance collaboration with Volvo Cars, has introduced a modest Performance optimization of the Volvo V60 diesel Plug-in Hybrid. Earlier post.)

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DOE to award more than $55M to 31 projects for plug-in and efficient vehicle technologies; Delphi receives $10M to further GDCI

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding more than $55 million to 31 new projects to accelerate research and development of vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs under a program-wide funding opportunity announced in January. (DE-FOA-0000991, DE-FOA-0000991, earlier post.)

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Toyota???s Carter: we???re on the cusp of the automotive hydrogen age

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In his talk at the 2014 J.P. Morgan Auto Conference in New York, Bob Carter, Toyota Motor Sales (USA) Senior Vice President, Automotive Operations said that the company in spending an average of more than $1 million an hour this year on R&D. Carter said that a prime example of the R&D focus is the hydrogen fuel cell sedan to be launched to the public in California next summer ( earlier post ) and, he suggested, thereafter to the East Coast.

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Chevy 2015 City Express cargo van rated at 25 mpg combined

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Chevrolet’s 2015 City Express cargo van, the company’s first entry into the small van segment, will offer an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, resulting in 25 mpg combined (9.8, and 9.4 L/100 km, respectively). The vehicle’s 2.0L

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Using magnesium alloy waste for hydrogen storage materials

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Researchers have shown that magnesium industrial wastes of AZ91 alloy and Mg-10 wt.% Gd alloy can be used for the production of hydrogen storage materials. A paper on their work is published in the Journal of Power Sources. The team of researchers, from Germany, Denmark, Italy and Sweden, investigated the properties of the alloys by means of volumetric technique; in situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction (SR-PXD); and calorimetric methods.

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Copper foam catalyst yields different product slate from CO2 than smooth electrodes; importance of catalyst architecture

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A catalyst made from a foamy form of copper has different electrochemical properties from catalysts made with smooth copper in reactions involving carbon dioxide, according to a new study by a team from Brown University. The research, reported in the journal ACS Catalysis , suggests that copper foams could provide a new way of converting excess CO 2 into useful industrial chemicals.

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Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations reveals new lightweight E-type

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Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations new Lightweight E-type. Click to enlarge. Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations unveiled its new Lightweight E-type—the first recreation to come from Jaguar Heritage, which operates within the Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations division.

BYD electric bus logs 746 miles in 24h period

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The Antelope Valley Transit Authoritys (AVTA) and BYD operators have put AVTAs new BYD electric bus through a 24-hour marathon ride that looped from Rosamond to Palmdale (California) a total of 18 times. The BYD bus traveled 746 miles (1,201 km) over the 24-hour period, operating in three shifts. Each shift logged between 240 and 256 miles (386 and 412 km) before recharging the battery. AVTAs electric bus was loaded with 5,250 lbs.

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Report: BYD to begin production of lithium manganese iron phosphate batteries for EVs in 2015

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Shanghai Metals Market. BYD Auto will begin production of a new high-energy density battery in 2015 and apply them in its vehicles, according to board secretary Wu Jing-sheng, as cited by Chinas Securities Times. BYD reportedly plans to add manganese to its lithium iron phosphate cathode material to improve the range of electric vehicles and reduce costs.

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Tesla boosts Model S drive unit warranty; 8 years, “infinite” miles

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Tesla Motors has increased the Model S drive unit warranty to match that of the battery pack—i.e., the 85 kWh Model S, the company’s most popular model, now has an 8-year, “infinite-mile” warranty on both the battery pack and drive unit. The warranty extension will apply retroactively to all Model S vehicles ever produced. There is also no limit on the number of owners during the warranty period. No other changes have been made to the warranty.

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Tesla Repairs, 2016 Volt, 2015 Subaru Outback, Electric-Car Sales: The Week In Reverse (VIDEO)

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What did Chevy reveal to an unsuspecting public? And how serious are Tesla''s drivetrain problems? This is the Week In Reverse for Friday, August 8, 2014, right here at Green Car Reports. On Friday, we asked how serious the Model S drivetrain-replacement problem is for Tesla Motors.

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FAA to select Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in FY 2015

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to select competitively a Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in fiscal year 2015. The goal is to create a cost-sharing relationship between academia, industry, and government that will focus on research areas of primary interest to the FAA and the US unmanned aircraft systems community.

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Electric-Car Batteries: What Happens To Them After Coming Out Of The Car?

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It''s one of the recurring questions asked by electric-car skeptics: Yeah, but what about all those battery packs? Won''t they just end up in landfills? We know already that the 12-Volt lead-acid car battery appears to be the most-recycled consumer good in the world--though that''s largely for safety reasons, as lead is far more toxic than the

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Tesla Roadster To Get Replacement Battery, 400-Mile Range: Musk

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Retrofitting new powertrains to used cars isn''t something that automakers have done, historically--but electric cars may change that rule. Now, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has suggested that the Silicon Valley electric-car maker will offer a replacement battery for the 2008-2012 Tesla Roadsters that were its first production cars. Musk''s

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Electric Boats: As In Cars, Battery Power Offers Advantages On The Water

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The world now has something around half a million plug-in electric cars on the roads, and electric propulsion is slowly spreading into other types of transportation. One of them is electric boats, which have been around for more than a century but are now seeing renewed interest. Just as with automobiles at the turn of the last century

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Chevy Volt Electric Car: Only Current GM Model NOT Recalled This Year

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The current 2015 Chevrolet Volt, now in its fifth year, will be the last of its generation before a revised and updated 2016 Volt is unveiled next January and goes on sale later in the year. But GM''s first range-extended electric car turns out to have logged another minor distinction in its list of firsts: The Chevy Volt is, thus far, the sole

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Tesla Hopes To Hire Hackers To Ensure Security Of Its Cars, Present And Future

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The term "hacker" conjures up images of shady individuals stealing your personal details through loop-holes in your internet security, but in the modern world a professional hacker can actually provide a valuable skill. Tesla Motors, for example, recently attended the Def Con security conference in Las Vegas in order to hire hackers to develop

Don't Be Fooled: Only Three Electric Cars Are Sold Nationwide Today

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Three and a half years after modern electric cars entered the mass market, there are now no fewer than 17 models on sale in the U.S. But that impressive number shouldn''t disguise a fundamental truth about the current state of the plug-in electric cars offered today: Only three of them are widely available nationwide. Those three are the Chevrolet

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Virent receives EPA fuel registration for BioForm biogasoline blends up to 45%

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Gas chromatographs (samples stacked for clarity) of Virents BioFormate biogasoline reformate vs. conventional petroleum reformate. Source: Virent. Click to enlarge. Virent has received fuel registration from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its BioForm drop-in biogasoline in blends of up to 45%. Earlier post.) As a registered fuel, Virents biogasoline can now be used in on-highway motor vehicles.

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National 'Drive Electric Week' Planned For September, With 100-Plus Events

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If you''re an electric car fan, mark your calendar for roughly a month from now. In 2011, several organizers looking to promote electric cars started National Plug-In Day--but apparently one day is no longer enough to contain advocates'' enthusiasm for electric cars. National Drive Electric Week will take place September 15 to 21, with 113 events

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Icon Helios Is Gorgeous Tesla-Powered Electric Streamliner Concept

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The Tesla Model S is a great car, but if there''s one thing the luxury electric sedan is missing it''s a bit of Art Deco style. And maybe a hint of World War II fighter aircraft. And some steampunk cool mixed in for good measure. All those aspects somehow come together in the Icon Helios--a 1930s-style streamliner using the batteries and running

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Chevrolet Volts In Fleet Use: Might As Well Not Have A Plug

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Chevy Volt owners, and even Chevrolet itself, are usually quite proud of the amount of miles the range-extended electric car covers on grid electricity. The company said last week that 63 percent of all Volt miles driven have been covered on grid power, totaling more than half a billion miles altogether. But there''s one set of Volts that appears

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Tesla Gigafactory: CA Could Waive Environmental Rules To Get It: Report

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When Tesla Motors announced the short list of possible locations for its lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory," California wasn''t on it. The Silicon Valley electric-car maker is headquartered in Palo Alto and builds the Model S in Fremont, about 30 miles away. But it chose Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas as the finalists for the Gigafactory site

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RIKEN researchers develop bio-inspired catalyst that splits water at neutral pH

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Plants use photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugars and oxygen. The process starts in a cluster of manganese, calcium and oxygen atoms at the heart of a protein complex called photosystem II, which splits water to form oxygen gas, protons and electrons. Numerous researchers have attempted to develop synthetic catalysts that mimic this cluster, using light or electricity to convert water into fuels such as hydrogen gas.

2014 85

Ford HQ To Have Michigan's Largest Solar Array, 30 Charging Stations Included

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Building electric cars and plug-in hybrids is great, but what if there''s no place to charge them? Ford is starting a project that will not only give employees a place to charge, but also reduce its corporate carbon emissions. The carmaker announced it is teaming with Detroit utility DTE Energy to build a solar canopy over hundreds of parking

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DOE seeking feedback on distributed wind energy systems

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Program is seeking ( DE-FOA-0001155 ) feedback from the wind industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders regarding the Energy Department’s new perspective on Distributed Wind Research & Development (R&D) focus areas in order to inform future activities and priorities.

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