Sat.Oct 27, 2012 - Fri.Nov 02, 2012

Cool Planet projects production of carbon-negative high-octane biogasoline for $1.50 per gallon

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Cool Planet’s process relies on three core elements: novel biomass fractionation, advanced catalysis, and a char-to-soil enhancer. Source: Cool Planet. Click to enlarge.

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Real needs in an EV transmission

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What do we really need out of our EV automatic? We want it to drive like a normal car while getting GREAT mileage.LOL. There are many commonalities with an ICE transmission as it is doing the same job and it can not tell what is turning it. The huge benefit to electricity is that at stop lights, it can sit and not use any energy. It does not need to "idle" We can use a torque converter or not, but the automatic transmission does have one problem.

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October Plug-In Electric Car Sales: Volt, Leaf Stay Strong

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The good news for plug-in electric car sales just keeps on keeping on. In October, Chevy sold 2,961 Volts--the highest-ever single-month total--and Nissan continued a recent resurgence, selling 1,579 Leafs. Those numbers compare with 2,851 Volts sold in September and 984 Leafs the same month. That brings 2012 sales for each car to 19,309 for the

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Drivers positively charged about electric cars

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Consumer range anxiety about electric cars is a myth and motorists are largely positive about electric cars, new research suggests.

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CMU study finds small battery PHEVs and gasoline hybrids the least-cost policy solution to reducing gasoline consumption

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Comparison of current federal subsidy to base case assumptions showing lifetime fuel savings (HomeEve charging scenario). An EPA estimate based on the Chevy Volt’s reported efficiency is also included for comparison.

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Researchers show feasibility of lithium-metal-free anode for Li-air battery; addressing one of three main barriers to Li-air battery development

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Voltage profiles (A) and initial cycling behavior (B) of the Li x Si-O 2 -C cell. Cycling current: 200 mA g ?1 1 carbon. Credit: ACS, Hassoun et al. Click to enlarge.

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Volkswagen targeting 5% of Jetta sales in US with new sporty Hybrid model; expected 45 mpg combined

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The 2013 Jetta Hybrid. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen is holding media drive events this week for the sporty new 2013 Jetta Turbo Hybrid ( earlier post ), which features the second version of a Volkswagen gasoline-electric hybrid drive system: a 1.4L

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Researchers in China propose new strategy for Li-S batteries: smaller sulfur molecules

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Electrochemical properties of sulfur-carbon composite. (a) a) GDC voltage profiles of S/(CNT@MPC) at 0.1 b) Cycling performance of S/(CNT@MPC) and S/CB at 0.1 C (blue circles show the Coulombic efficiency of S/(CNT@MPC)). (c)

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ORNL unveils 20 petaflop Titan supercomputer

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has launched Titan, a 20 petaflop (20,000 trillion calculations per second) supercomputer that will be 10 times more powerful than ORNL’s last world-leading system, Jaguar, while overcoming power and space limitations inherent in the previous generation of high-performance computers.

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Pike Research US consumer survey finds decreasing fundamental interest in plug-in electric vehicles

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US consumer interest in PEVs, 2012. Source: Pike Research. Click to enlarge. A new Pike Research survey assessing US consumer demand, preferences, and price sensitivity for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and electric vehicle. charging equipment (EVCE) has found a decline in the fundamental interest in PEVs among survey participants between 2011 and 2012.

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Honda Aircraft Company begins production of HondaJet

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Honda Aircraft Company has commenced production on the HondaJet business jet. Earlier post.) During a press conference at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Fla.,

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Toyota RAV4 EV may not be compatible with all public Level 2 charging stations

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Toyota has notified their dealer network that some 2012 RAV4 EV customers may complain of a “Check EV System” warning message after they try to charge their vehicle at a public Level 2 electric vehicle charging station. Level 2” refers to a 240V AC electric vehicle charging station, or EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment). Toyota uses Leviton Manufacturing as its Level 2 EVSE supplier. Leviton offers 16A, 30A, and 40A charging stations, approved for use with the 2012 RAV4 EV.

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Ford C-MAX Hybrid posts 3,182 units in first full month of sales, outpacing Prius v

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Ford’s new C-MAX Hybrid ( earlier post ) sold 3,182 units in October in its first full month of sales, outselling the Prius v’s 2,769 units. Sales of the entire Prius family were 16,774 units, with the sedan accounting for 8,788 of those.) The C-MAX Hybrid also led Ford in achieving its best October hybrid sales month ever with a total of 4,612 sales, up 142% over October 2011. The C-MAX Hybrid is EPA-rated at 47 mpg US city, highway and combined.

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CMU/Ford study assesses optimal mix of conventional, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles for minimizing GHG and cost

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Breakdown of (a) equivalent annualized life cycle cost and (b) life cycle GHG emissions for four independently cost-optimized vehicle designs. Traut et al. Click to enlarge.

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Sapphire Energy and Institute Of Systems Biology partner on commercial algae production

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Sapphire Energy, a leading producer of crude oil from algae, and Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) announced a strategic partnership to further the research and development of algae biofuels. Through this partnership, the companies will focus on applying systems biology solutions to algae with the goal of significantly increasing oil yield and improving resistance to crop predators and environmental factors in order to further the advancement of commercialized algae biofuel production.

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Beta Renewables and Novozymes to form strategic partnership in the cellulosic biofuel market; Novozymes takes 10% stake

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Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial enzymes, and Beta Renewables have agreed to market, to demonstrate and to guarantee jointly cellulosic biofuel solutions. Beta Renewables is a $350-million (€250-million) joint venture formed from the Chemtex division of Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi and TPG focused on the development and broad licensing of the PROESA enzymatic hydrolysis technology. Earlier post.).

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SPX Service Solutions to distribute and install Plugless Power wireless electric vehicle charging systems

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Evatran has signed an agreement with SPX Service Solutions to distribute and install Plugless Power wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging systems. Earlier post.) These systems, available to individual Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt owners starting in April 2013, require station installation in customers’ homes, as well as the installation of an adapter onto the undercarriage of the EV.

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Bosch introducing new mid-range radar sensor, stereo-video sensor in 2014

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As part of its work on developing new safety and driver assistance systems, Bosch will introduce a new mid-range 77 GHz radar sensor for front- and rear-end applications and a new stereo-video sensor. 77 Ghz radar. A leading European automaker is slated to deploy the new Bosch MRR rear mid-range radar sensor, which can precisely locate vehicles in blind spots or approaching from behind, in 2014.

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Honeywell Green Jet Fuel powers full Gulfstream model range

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Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced using Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Jet Fuel process powered demonstration flights by Gulfstream Aerospace to this year’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. Five Gulfstream aircraft traveled on 27 and 28 October from Gulfstream’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga., to Orlando, Fla., for the NBAA convention, the world’s largest civil aviation tradeshow.

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KLD Energy and Cenntro Group to develop 4-wheel EVs with KLD drive system

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KLD Energy Technologies, a developer of high-performance electric motor technology ( earlier post ), and Cenntro Group Limited, a developer of diesel and LPG powertrains for industrial, agricultural, transportation and construction equipment worldwide, entered into a relationship jointly to develop 4-wheel electric vehicles which will incorporate KLD’s electric vehicle drive system technologies.

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Neste Oil launches sales of NExBTL renewable naphtha; plastics feedstock and biocomponent for gasoline

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Neste Oil—the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel—has launched the commercial production and sales of renewable naphtha for corporate customers; the company is one of the first to supply bio-naphtha on a commercial scale. NExBTL naphtha is produced as part of the NExBTL renewable diesel refining process at Neste Oil’s sites in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore.

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Report: Fujitsu develops radar technology for cars that detects people, obstacles

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The Nikkei reports that Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has developed radar technology for cars capable of warning drivers about people appearing suddenly from behind walls and objects in the dark. Commercialization is targeted for 2014. Fujitsu plans to develop an early-warning system that sounds an alarm when it detects approaching people or hidden objects as drivers back into a parking space. The radar system employs lasers normally used in optical communications gear to detect hard-to-see objects.

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Lux: charging stations for electric vehicles will be $1.2B market in 2020

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With government policy and investment driving automotive companies toward plug-in vehicles, the technology for delivering electricity to these vehicles will rise to a $1.2 billion market in 2020, according to a Lux Research report. Lux Research developed a forecast using vehicle sales to project the global electric-vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) market. Overall, despite slow adoption of plug-in vehicles, the charging station market will grow in unit sales from around 120,000 in 2012 to 1.3

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$199-A-Month Lease On 2012 Ford Focus Electric Matches Nissan

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The battle of low-cost electric car leases has expanded: Ford is now enticing new customers to its 2013 Ford Focus Electric with offers as low as $199 per month. Nissan has attracted new customers with 24- and 36-month leases for its Leaf electric car at a base price of $199/month. This has greatly increased showroom traffic for the Leaf, says Los

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Odyne and Altec approve non-exclusive global supply agreement for plug-in parallel hybrid work truck systems

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Odyne Systems, LLC, and Altec, Inc., have agreed to market and promote the sale of Odyne’s plug-in hybrid products to Altec customers and potential customers. Earlier post.). Odyne Systems develops and manufactures turnkey hybrid solutions optimized for fleets that utilize vehicles with driving cycles that have a high percentage of starting and stopping, and extended periods of job site idle time.

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Jay Leno Drives 2012 Tesla Model S Electric Car (Video)

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Larger-than-life TV presenter Jay Leno is known for his love and obsession of cars--and not just those fueled by gasoline. To prove it, he tests one of the hottest electric cars around in his latest video--the 2012 Tesla Model S. The comedian even counts a 1909 Baker Electric among his personal collection, as well as a Chevrolet Volt--as long as

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Rice University researchers develop inexpensive silicon-based anode for Li-ion batteries with good capacity and cycle life

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Comparison of the discharge capacity and coulombic efficiency of MPSPs/PPAN anodes at various ratios versus cycle number. Thakur et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers at Rice University have created an inexpensive silicon-based anode material for Li-ion batteries consisting of macroporous silicon particulates (MPSPs) created by crushing porous silicon films they had earlier developed. Earlier post.)

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New platinum-cobalt nanocatlysts for fuel cells greatly enhance activity and stability and cut costs

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A research team at the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (EMC 2 ) is developing platinum-cobalt nanoparticles with a platinum enriched shell that show improved catalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction in fuel-cell applications.

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See Nissan's Wireless Charging With Automatic Parking Location (Video)

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Right now, all plug-in electric cars are recharged using a cable that connects the car through a charging device to electric current of various types. But if Nissan has its way, that will change in a couple of years. The company has said it expects to offer a wireless charging system as an accessory for the 2015 Infiniti LE four-door luxury

NYC's Hybrid Taxis Stay On The Road As Sandy Gas Shortages Hit

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As the U.S. East coast copes with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and New York City breathes life back into its flooded 105-year old subway system, public transit is currently in short supply. News images of huge queues for gas, people queuing around the block for buses and tens of thousands walking to work illustrate the mayhem. Those gas

California Energy Commission to award up to $1.75M for work on economic and environmental impacts of plug-in battery packs

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The California Energy Commission is issuing a competitive grant solicitation for up to $1.75 million in funding ( PON-12-501 ), sponsored by the Transportation Research Area of the Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER), to address the economic and environmental impacts of battery packs for plug-in vehicles (PEVs). The commercial viability of PEVs faces barriers including high purchase costs and uncertain disposal impacts of PEV battery packs, according to the Commission.

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First US-China Clean Truck and Bus Summit

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More than 120 attendees from leading US and Chinese clean truck and bus technology companies, together with representatives from key agencies of both governments, took part in the first US-China Clean Truck and Bus Summit in Beijing to help link US firms with Chinese partners and increase exports. The Summit was a first-of-its-kind event to link U.S.

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Hyundai/Kia to correct overstated fuel economy claims of MY 2012 and 2013 models as result of EPA investigation

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Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America will reduce their fuel economy (mpg) ratings for a number of 2011-13 model year models in showrooms after EPA testing found discrepancies between agency results and data submitted by the company. The changes affect the fuel economy ratings for approximately 900,000, or 35% of, 2011-13 model year vehicles sold through 31 October 2012.

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FedEx Freight debuts new LNG-only tractors in Dallas

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FedEx Freight has begun beta testing two new Kenworth T660 tractors powered by Cummins Westport ISX12 G liquefied natural gas (LNG)-only engines. Earlier post.) The pre-production engine used in the new tractors is slated for limited release in 2013 and is currently the only all natural gas engine that begins to meet the size and power needs of Class 8 trucks.

IACT team using ALD to build nanobowls for tailored catalysts for biofuel production

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A team of scientists from the Institute for Atom Efficient Chemical Transformations (IACT)—an Energy Frontier Research Center ( earlier post ) led by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and including Northwestern University, the University of Wisconsin and Purdue University—is using atomic layer deposition (ALD) to build nanoscale “bowls” that protect metal catalysts from the harsh conditions of biofuel refining.

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EcoDual partners with VFG to provide financing for dual-fuel natural gas conversions

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EcoDual, LLC, a provider of diesel-to-natural-gas dual-fuel conversion systems for heavy duty diesel powered trucks has partnered with Vision Financial Group (VFG) to provide lease-to-own financing options for fleet owners seeking to convert to natural gas operation. In dual fuel operation, the trucks maintain full torque and power with no loss of miles per gallon. Systems can be configured for range of more than 800 miles on CNG or LNG.

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Greenway Operator inaugurates battery swap station for electric vans up to 3.5t

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Slovak electromobility operator GreenWay Operator has inaugurated its first battery swap station for electrovans up to 3.5 t in Bratislava. The company says that it is the first up its kind (for vans up to 3.5 t)in Europe.

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