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Turbos Grow Much Faster Than Hybrids In Quest For MPG

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There's a quiet revolution going on in the auto world, one that isn't as trendy as plug-in cars or hybrids: turbocharged engines. Cheaper to build and buy than hybrid systems, they offer great gas mileage and great performance. In some cases, such as the 3-cylinder 2014 Ford Focus 1.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost, which is rumored to launch in the

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New materials could cut parasitic energy costs for CO2 capture by up to 30-40%

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A computational analysis that screened hundreds of thousands of zeolite and zeolitic imidazolate framework structures has identified many different structures that have the potential to reduce the parasitic energy loss of carbon capture technologies for powerplant flue gas by as much as 30–40% compared with amine scrubbing. One of the main bottlenecks to deploying large-scale carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) in power plants is the energy required to separate the CO 2 from flue gas.

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Prius named third best selling car in the world

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Earlier this week, The Green Piece column explored how hybrids have escaped from the image of a hippy, niche vehicle into the mainstream (see story). Now in further confirmation of that, Bloomberg tells us that the Toyota Prius is now the world’s third best selling car, behind the Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus. In the [.]. Toyota Bloomberg data hybrid Sales Toyota Prius

Too much voltage, a new motor, and self discharge.

Honda S2000 EV Conversion

Sorry for the long delay in updates. I ran into just a couple months after starting to drive again (this was more than a year ago now). The ADC just couldn't handle the extra voltage and fried. The armature had a nice black burn on it. I debated getting it repaired but figured this motor was never intended for this much voltage. I purchased the gen 2 Warp9 which is suppose to handle a lot more voltage. It was also suppose to be a direct bolt in compared to the ADC 9.

Electric Cars Are Not Coming; They're Here (In 1974.)

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We've all heard the stories about how electric cars were set to take over at the turn of the last century (before ironically being killed by the electric starter motor), and at least once over the last four decades too. Now they're really here, and the fact that many major manufacturers are now investing heavily in the technology, suggests they're

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Need Electric-Car Charging At Work? Here’s How To Get It

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You’ve decided to take the plunge and buy an all-electric or plug-in car, and you want to use it as your daily driver to and from work. Although your car gets a full recharge every night, you’d like to convince your boss to let you plug in at work, or perhaps even have a dedicated charging station installed in your company parking lot

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California Energy Commission awards more than $35M for green transportation in California

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The California Energy Commission unanimously approved funding of $35,031,310 to projects that will accelerate the development of green fuels and technology in California. This set of awards supports a diversity of alternative fuel and vehicle types, including biodiesel production, natural gas vehicle technologies and incentives, hybrid and plug-in vehicles, and E85 fueling stations.

Hyundai reveals all-new i20 emitting just 84g/km

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Hyundai has released details of its brand new i20 model (pictured) – unveiling the first pictures of the revamped model. The vehicle has been refreshed both inside and out and boasts lower emissions across the entire line-up – including a 1.1litre diesel engine that emits just 84g/km of carbon dioxide (CO2) while delivering 88.3mpg. According [.]. Green cars Hyundai Latest news green cars Hyundai i20

2012 SUV Market Update

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SUV Market Remains Strong. In 2008, when gas prices first reached $4 a gallon in the United States, drivers unloaded their SUVs, flooding dealerships with used models that collected dust on dealer lots for several months. Fast forward to 2012 and the situation has changed dramatically.

Better Place Electric Renault Fluence ZE In Israel: 1st Week

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It's been just over a week since I picked up my all-electric Renault Fluence ZE--one of 110 Better Place customers to do so during May, according to the company. I've now put on 430 all-electric miles in nine days of driving. I've charged the car predominantly at home, with a couple of extra top-ups at a local shopping mall and one battery switch

Eaton enhances commercial vehicle hybrid electric system to improve fuel efficiency, performance and system payback

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Eaton Corporation has introduced a number of enhancements to increase the fuel economy, performance and payback of its hybrid electric power system for commercial vehicles ( earlier post ) including a new high-capacity battery; a new single-phase 115-volt AC Auxiliary Power Generator (APG); a higher capacity clutch to expand applications up to 860 lb-ft (1,093 N·m) of torque; and a new remanufactured battery for aftermarket purchase.

Motorway network to rapidly attract electric vehicles

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The rollout of a new network of motorway rapid charge points begins this week, which allow electric car owners to drive the length of the country without the need for long journey-stops for recharging. Over the next few months, a network of rapid chargers, which can refill a battery in 30 mins or less, will [.]. Electric cars electric car network rapid charger

2012 SUV Market Update

Hybrid SUV Blog

SUV Market Remains Strong. In 2008, when gas prices first reached $4 a gallon in the United States, drivers unloaded their SUVs, flooding dealerships with used models that collected dust on dealer lots for several months. Fast forward to 2012 and the situation has changed dramatically.

First 2012 Ford Focus Electric Delivered To Retail Buyer, Very Quietly

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If reader response is any guide, there's a lot of interest in the 2012 Ford Focus Electric--which logged 12 sales last December and January but hasn't been heard from since. Now, it appears that the first retail customer has taken delivery of Ford's new all-electric compact hatchback. Very, very quietly. According to the MyFocusElectric.com forum

Details on Nissan’s I3 1.2L supercharged direct-injection gasoline engine

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In 2011, Nissan launched a version of the Micra city car equipped with a new supercharged gasoline direct-injection engine (HR12DDR). The 1.2-liter, inline three-cylinder Direct Injection Gasoline-Supercharger (DIG-S) engine, assisted with a stop-start system, produces 72 kW (97 hp) and 142 N·m (105 lb-ft), while CO 2 emissions are 95 g/km for the manual version (115 g/km for the CVT version). Earlier post.).

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The electric car’s revenge arrives in the UK

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Revenge of the Electric Car, the sequel to the 2006 film Who Killed the Electric Car? finally arrives for its screen debut in the UK. On general release from July 20, 2012, there are a number of London previews planned, the first of which aired last Sunday (May 27). Directed by Chris Paine, the documentary [.]. Green credentials film Revenge of the Electric Car UK

SARTRE road train premieres on public roads; focus now shifts to fuel consumption

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SARTRE public road test. Click to enlarge.

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MIT report finds China’s actions on climate change crucial; argues for global economy-wide greenhouse gas tax

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A new report from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change shows the importance of all major nations taking part in global efforts to reduce emissions—and in particular, finds China’s role to be crucial. The report—titled “The Role of China in Mitigating Climate Change” and published in the journal Energy Economics , compares the impact of a stringent emissions reduction policy with and without China’s participation.

Nissan to launch the “LEAF to Home” V2H power supply system with Nichicon “EV Power Station” in June

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LEAF to Home with EV Power Station. Click to enlarge. Nissan Motor Co.,

Antimony/carbon nanocomposite anode for Na-ion battery shows high capacity and stability

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Researchers at Wuhan University (China) have synthesized a Sb/C (antimony/carbon) nanocomposite for use as an anode material in a room-temperature sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery. A comparison of the cycling capacities of the metallic Sb and the Sb/C nanocomposite electrode at a current rate of 100 mA/g.

Beep Bloop Beep: Star Wars' R2D2, C3PO Sell Prius Plug-In (Video)

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. In fact, not that long ago, and right here on earth, a rebel alliance of green-minded folk were attracted to the force of hybrid vehicles. Using less fuel and producing less pollution, the oil empire has never been quite the same since. We're not sure the Death Star has quite been destroyed yet, but

Huge 2012 Chevy Volt Crash Proves Its Safety Credentials

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Ever since a battery pack from a 2012 Chevrolet Volt caught fire weeks after it was subjected to tough National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests in a laboratory, critics of General Motor’s plug-in hybrid have been quick to question its safety credentials. But after a Toyota Camry hit a parked Chevrolet Volt in the Sedate town of

A123 Systems 8K filing says substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern; status of grants and incentives

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In its most recent 8K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems said a number of circumstances have raised “ substantial doubt on [its] ability to continue as a going concern.”. On 26 March, A123 launched a field campaign estimated to cost US$51.6 million to replace battery modules and packs that may contain defective prismatic cells produced at A123’s Livonia, Michigan manufacturing facility.

Seattle City Council passes resolution opposing transportation of coal through Seattle for export, measures for mitigating impact

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The Seattle City Council unanimously passed Resolution 31379 stating Seattle’s opposition to the transportation of coal through Seattle. In addition to emphasizing the negative impacts on the climate, the resolution outlines measures the City will take to mitigate the regional impacts from the significant increase in coal trains that would run through Seattle.

2012 Chevrolet Volt Gets New Salesman: 13-Year Old Thomas Hundal

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When it comes to learning stuff, most kids look towards older siblings, parents and teachers to find out how to do something. But a 13-year old car expert in Ontario, Canada is so enthusiastic and knowledgable about cars that he’s helping his local Chevrolet dealership train its staff to be better salespeople. And that includes the 2012

Washington State opens 10 new public charging stations on West Coast Electric Highway; Seattle to Canadian border

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The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), along with electric charging station partner AeroVironment opened 10 new public charging stations—seven along Interstate 5 and three along US Route 2 in northern Washington—that provide EV drivers the ability to travel from Seattle to the Canadian border.

PNNL small solid oxide fuel cell achieves record efficiency; microchannels, external steam reforming and recycling

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Power system configuration diagram. Powell et al. Click to enlarge.

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Green Race Website Helps Electric-Car Drives Plan Range

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Like it or not, range anxiety is a real phenomenon that affects a high proportion of first-time electric car drivers, especially when driving unknown routes. But a website we’ve recently discovered -- that has been in development for several years -- helps electric car drivers better predict how much energy a particular route will use before

For The Truly Green Driver: Buy Carbon Offsets At The Gas Pump

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Virtually everything we do has an unavoidable impact on the planet in some way, if you trace the line far enough. Even if you're using solar-generated electricity to power your computer to read this article, your computer will still have used energy to produce, and to ship to you, and those solar cells had to be made too. Like we said, it's

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Buy Luxury House, Get Low Tesla Model S Reservation Number!

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Less than 30 days hence, the first 2012 Tesla Model S sedans will be delivered to paying customers. Now, one Model S buyer who holds a low reservation number for the all-electric luxury car is using it as a lure to sell a million-dollar home in an upscale Illinois suburb. Not only has the home, originally listed for $1.5 million, been recently

Nikkei: Japan gov’t to ease rules for building hydrogen stations in June, offer subsidies

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The Nikkei reports that the Japan government will ease regulations on the construction of hydrogen stations for fuel cell cars in June, in addition to offering subsidies to companies involved in a plan to set up 100 such sites throughout the country by 2015. The government will revise a ministerial ordinance in the High Pressure Gas Safety Act to facilitate the construction of hydrogen stations in residential areas and commercial districts.

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Lexus introduces 2013 ES 350 and first ES 300h hybrid

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2013 Lexus ES 300h. Click to enlarge. Lexus has introduced the 2013 ES 350—the sixth generation of Lexus’ luxury sedan since its introduction more than 20 years ago—and the first hybrid version of the ES, the ES 300h.

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Carbon nanotube–graphene complexes show promise as low-cast, high-activity electrocatalysts for fuel cells or metal-air batteries

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This drawing shows the damaged outer wall of a carbon nanotube with nanosized graphene pieces (white patches), which facilitate the formation of catalytic sites made of iron (yellow) and nitrogen (red) atoms. The catalyst reduces oxygen to water. Click to enlarge.

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Study finds diesel oxidation catalyst eliminates mutagenicity of diesel exhaust in gas phase

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Top row: Effects of the DOC on mutagenicity of the condensates in the strain TA98 with and without metabolic activation (+/?S9); S9); n.s.: not significant. Bottom row: Mutagenicity of the particle extracts with and without DOC. Credit: ACS, Westphal et al.Click to enlarge.