Sat.Jan 11, 2014 - Fri.Jan 17, 2014

Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

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Cell schematic. Discharge mode is shown; the arrows are reversed for electrolytic/charge mode. AQDSH 2 refers to the reduced form of AQDS. Huskinson et al. Click to enlarge.

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NYC Issues Roadmap For Electrifying One Third Of Taxis By 2020

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The electrification of New York City streets is continuing. In addition to passing legislation that will make 20 percent of new parking spaces electric-car ready, the city government would like to make one third of New York taxicabs electric by 2020. Mayor Michael R.

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Car industry enters ‘golden age of innovation’

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The global car industry is entering a global age of innovation according to The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), making leaps and bounds in four key technology areas; powertrain, lightweight materials, connectivity and active safety (or assisted driving).

Ford unveils next-gen F-150; up to 700 lbs lighter, new 2.7L EcoBoost with stop-start

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2015 F-150. Click to enlarge. Ford introduced the all-new Ford F-150 at its press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Audi using supplementary port fuel injection to address particulates from gasoline direct injection

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Elements of the dual injection system. Red is for the high-pressure direct injection system, blue for the low pressure MPI system. Credit: Audi. Click to enlarge.

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Audi wheeling out all-road shooting brake plug-in hybrid concept at Detroit show; the first e-tron quattro

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Shooting brake concept. Click to enlarge. Audi will unveil an all-road shooting brake plug-in hybrid concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The two-door car is a crossover; its hybrid drive demonstrates a new form of quattro drive—the e-tron quattro.

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Best Western To Use 1,000 Via Range-Extended Electric Vans As Hotel Shuttles

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VIA Motors has announced an $80 million purchase agreement with its Canadian distributor, Sun Country Highway, to deploy 1,000 of Via''s range-extended electric Vtrux vans as shuttle vehicles at Best Western hotels.

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Tesla sold almost 6,900 Model S units in Q4; exceeds prior guidance by 20%

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Sales of the Tesla Model S in the fourth quarter of 2013 were the highest in company history by a significant margin. With almost 6,900 vehicles sold and delivered, Tesla exceeded prior guidance by approximately 20%.

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Petrobras launches new 50 ppm ultra-low-sulfur gasoline throughout Brazil

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Petrobras launched new regular and premium ultra-low-sulfur gasoline throughout Brazil on 1 January 2014, entirely replacing the previous regular and premium gasoline.

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Modeling modules lead to higher-quality aluminum

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The Norwegian project “Modeling-assisted Innovation for the aluminum DC Casting Process” (MINAC), has developed modeling tools that show the impact of even minute adjustments to the casting process on casthouse products.

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Canada In 2013: Up 50 Percent

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Plug-in electric vehicle sales in Canada rose by half in 2013, with sales poised to top 3,000 units once end-of-year vehicle registration data arrives.

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Hino Motors signs as participant in Scuderi Split-Cycle Consortium

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Hino Motors, Ltd., a Toyota Group company focused on diesel trucks and buses, has signed on as a participant in the Scuderi Group’s Scuderi Split-Cycle (SSC) Engine Consortium. The SSC Engine Consortium is a cooperative research group of participants engaged in the development of the pre-competitive SSC engine technology.

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BYD launches Qin plug-in hybrid in China

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BYD Qin. Click to enlarge. BYD has officially launched its Qin plug-in hybrid in China; the performance-based hybrid car is intended to target key world markets. European availability of a similar but probably renamed model is planned for early 2015.

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UNIST team develops novel coated LMO cathode material with resistance to elevated temperatures for EVs

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Schematic view of fabrication process and a spinel particle surrounded by layered phase surface. Credit: ACS, Lee et al. Click to enlarge.

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DOE to provide ~$1B in cost-shared funding to FutureGen; oxy-combustion of coal with carbon capture and storage

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has decided to provide approximately $1 billion ( earlier post ) of cost-shared funding to the FutureGen Industrial Alliance (the Alliance) for the FutureGen 2.0 Project. Earlier post.) The FutureGen 2.0

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Mayor of London: all new London taxis will need to be zero-emission capable from 2018

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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced plans that would require all new taxis presented for licensing in the capital to be zero-emission capable from 1 January 2018, with the expectation that they will automatically operate in zero-emission mode while in areas where the capital’s air quality is at its worst—such as parts of central London.

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New Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan features standard nine speed transmission, expected 35 mpg highway

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2015 Chrysler 200. Click to enlarge. Chrysler introduced the revamped new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan at the Detroit Auto Show. The mid-size sedan segment is one of the largest segments in North America, with more than 2 million sales annually. The 200 is the industry’s first mid-size sedan with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission, which enables expected highway fuel economy ratings of 35 mpg US (6.7 l/100 km) when coupled with the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine.

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Study cautions on sole focus on energy crop biomass yield; perennial grasslands deliver greater ecosystems services than corn

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A study by a team from the DOE’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Center has concluded that focusing on the yield of an energy crop alone can come at the expense of many other environmental benefits. The study, published as an open access paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), found that switchgrass and prairie plantings harbored significantly greater plant, methanotrophic bacteria, arthropod, and bird diversity than corn.

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2015 Honda Fit: Video Summary From Detroit Auto Show

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Undoubtedly the most important green car at a rather scattered Detroit Auto Show, the 2015 Honda Fit promises to be a strong entry in the subcompact segment when it arrives this spring.

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SwRI develops first ERCOT-qualified vehicle-to-grid aggregation system

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SwRI’s V2G aggregation system allows electric delivery truck fleet owners to make money by using normal vehicle charge times to assist in managing grid frequency. This laboratory test framework, using light bulbs in place of the vehicle chargers, allows SwRI engineers to continue to test and fine-tune the system post-deployment. Click to enlarge.

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MIT modeling study finds 52% of projected global population in 2050 will live in water-stressed areas

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A modeling study by researchers at MIT projects that 5 billion (52%) of the world’s projected 9.7 billion people in 2050 will live in water-stressed areas. The researchers also expect about 1 billion more people to be living in areas where water demand exceeds surface-water supply. A large portion of these regions already face water stress—most notably India, Northern Africa and the Middle East.

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Electric-Car Market Share In 2013: Understanding The Numbers Better

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Last year, the 96,000 plug-in electric cars sold in the U.S. represented a bit more than half a percent of the total market of 16.5 million vehicles. While market share is a good statistic: It''s useful, and easy to track. But to piece together the relationships between vehicle price, type, and market share, to gain a fuller sense of the

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Five Big Myths About Green Cars And Gas Mileage, Debunked

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Every now and then we get a reader question that reminds us how many myths about green cars are out there. In the interests of helping you actually save money by using less gasoline, here are five of our favorites--with explanations as to why they''re myths. (1) 1) Boosting gas mileage from 33 to 50 mpg saves more gasoline than replacing a 10-mpg

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Tesla provides customers with upgraded charging software and adapter to reduce potential risk of garage fires

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Following up on a December 2013 over-the-air software upgrade to the Model S to enable safer charging under certain conditions, Tesla Motors announced that it has also designed an improved wall adapter with a thermal fuse. Tesla will provide this upgraded adapter to existing and new customers free of charge starting in a few weeks. Both measures are designed to reduce the risk of garage fires.

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Nissan Electric Cars To Be Split Into Three Different Types: Design Director

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Fed up of waiting for a cheaper, smaller electric car from Nissan, or something a bit more interesting and sportier than the Leaf? You may not have to wait much longer. In an interview with Motor Authority, Nissan''s global design chief Shiro Nakamura says Nissan''s electric car plans will take three different paths in the future. One of these will

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Audi R8 e-Tron Electric Supercar Nearly Ready For Production

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Last summer, Green Car Reports got the chance to drive a rather special model from Audi''s portfolio--one of the handful of R8 e-tron electric supercars Audi had produced to demonstrate its electric car abilities. While spectacular to drive, it was hard not to feel a bit hollow, since Audi had just confirmed it wasn''t going to put the sleek red

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Daimler Boss Says Smart Car Is "More Relevant" Than Ever

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Cars described as "ahead of their time" are usually regarded fondly, but often commercially unsuccessful--the resulting vehicles often too unusual for many consumers. Daimler''s Smart brand and the Fortwo minicar fits that bill and could well be described as ahead of its time, but company boss Dieter Zetsche believes the brand''s time may finally

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Michelin's new EverGrip tire technology stops shorter on wet roads when worn than competing new tires

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At the North American International Auto Show, Michelin introduced the Premier A/S tire with new EverGrip technology, which provides drivers with greater levels of safety even as their tires wear down. Even when worn, the MICHELIN Premier A/S with EverGrip technology stops shorter on wet roads than a new Goodyear tire, according to Michelin.

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Honda introduces all-new 2015 Fit at Detroit; more fuel efficient, with new 1.5L VTEC

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2015 Fit. Click to enlarge. Honda unveiled the all-new 2015 Fit at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Set to go on sale in the US this spring, the new subcompact Fit is completely redesigned, featuring a sportier style. Retaining a similar exterior footprint to the current model, the new Fit is slightly shorter (-1.6 and wider (+0.3 with a longer wheelbase (+1.2 resulting in improved handling and maneuverability.

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KiOR halts cellulosic fuels production at Columbus in Q1 to optimize production; need for R&D to boost yield and cut costs

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In a conference call on Friday, KiOR President and CEO Fred Cannon said that the company will halt production of cellulosic gasoline, diesel and fuel oil at its plant in Columbus, Mississippi in order to implement a number of optimization projects it identified as necessary—based on its experience in 2013—to optimize production to enhance yield, throughput and operability and to minimize cost.

EPA to award up to $4M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from port fleets

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EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) is soliciting proposals ( EPA-OAR-OTAQ-14-02 ) that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, from fleets operating at marine and inland water ports. The total estimated funding for this competition is approximately $4 million.

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2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum Body, Smaller Engines: Details Emerge

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The 2015 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck won''t be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show until tomorrow morning, but some details of its innovations to boost gas mileage have emerged already. Ford apparently gave exclusive details to The New York Times, which reports that the new truck will use an aluminum body and pickup bed, cutting 450 pounds or

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Volkswagen Group CEO: >$7B investment in N. America over next 5 years; mid-size SUV for US launching in 2016

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On the eve of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Group, announced a more than $7-billion investment program in North America over the next five years. Winterkorn also confirmed a coming Volkswagen midsize SUV for America and reaffirmed the goal to sell one million vehicles from the Volkswagen and Audi brands per year in the US by 2018.

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Electric Cars: Long-Term Thinking Vs Short-Term Analysis

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Are electric cars a risk? Not mechanically, or electrically, or if you''re intending to drive a long distance, that is. But from the eyes of a financial trader, looking for a safe place to put their money, the answer is often a cautious "yes". But should it be? One investor writing for The Globe And Mail (via Charged EVs) says not--and his

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2015 Ford F-150: Full Details From Detroit Auto Show

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Ford has released full details on the new 2015 F-150 pickup, and with a host of new technologies and engines, it may be the most advanced full-size truck ever. The company says it''s tougher, smarter, and more capable than ever before--and looking at the styling, it''s hard to argue on the first point. We''re aware that many of our readers are less

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GMC unveils the midsize 2015 Canyon pickup; diesel coming in 2016

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2015 GMC Canyon All Terrain SLE Extended Cab Short Bed Click to enlarge. GMC revealed the new 2015 Canyon midsize pickup on the eve of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Based on a proven global architecture, the new Canyon will initially offer two engines, with a Duramax 2.8L turbodiesel engine coming in the 2016 model year. The standard 2.5L

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Tesla Recall: Over-The-Air Updates, NEMA Connectors, And More

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Every carmaker puts its own interpretation on news, especially at Detroit Auto Show. So it''s reasonable for Tesla Motors to cast an NHTSA recall yesterday as an example of its ability to respond swiftly and effectively to update its Model S electric car to make the customer experience even better. The NHTSA recall (number 14V006000), issued

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