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Can a motor power a 33' RV?

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Can a motor drive a 33' RV? Is there a motor designed to drive each wheel instead of driving the transmission? Is it stupid to consider an electric RV

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Global auto production may hit 80+ million units this year; hybrids below 2% of total output

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Worldwide light-duty vehicle production. Source: Worldwatch. Click to enlarge. Production of light-duty passenger vehicles (cars and light trucks) rose from 74.4 million in 2010 to 76.8

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Ford reducing rare earth metal use in 2013 electrified cars

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Ford Motors is coming out with a range of "electrified" cars this year, ones that have either hybrid, or plug-in hybrid or all electric drive trains. The cars have high fuel efficiency, but they also reduce

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U.S. Military Places Order For 1500 Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars

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It’s a well-known fact that President Obama is a fan of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. In fact, Obama has pledged to buy his own Chevrolet Volt when he leaves office, whenever that takes place. As Commander in Chief however, Obama will be pleased to see that the U.S. military isn’t waiting for him to leave office before it switches

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Exide Battery Cycle Life

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What is cycle life of Exide 8 volt golf car batteries? Hi, John! Well, I called Exide's customer service hotline to get the answer straight from

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CPT launching water-cooled electric supercharger for commercial diesel engines

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Cobra electric supercharger. Click to enlarge. At the 17 th Supercharging conference this week in Dresden, Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) will launch what it says is the first water-cooled electric supercharger developed for “quasi-continuous” boosting of commercial diesel engines, including those developed for off highway applications. The fully integrated electric supercharger includes all control and power electronics.

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Bob Lutz on the real cost to make the Chevy Volt, Reuters article "preposterous"

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On Monday, Reuters published an article claiming that each Chevy Volt cost GM $89,000 to manufacture, meaning that GM was eating $49k per Volt sold. That article cited a report prepared for Reuters by an "analyst,&quot

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Who Makes Pacer Batteries?

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Who is the manufacturer of the Pacer 6 volt electric golf cart battery? Hi, Joe - (Sorry if your name is Jerry and you're from New Brunswick, but

NREL study finds Class 8 hybrid trucks delivered 13.7% higher fuel economy than conventional diesels in comparable usage

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Laboratory and in-use fuel economy comparison. Source: NREL. Click to enlarge.

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Ford reducing rare earth metal use in 2013 electrified cars

National Green Transportation

Ford Motors is coming out with a range of "electrified" cars this year, ones that have either hybrid, or plug-in hybrid or all electric drive trains. The cars have high fuel efficiency, but they also reduce

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2012 Coda Sedan: First Drive

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It's been a long time coming, but the 2012 Coda Sedan is now on sale at a handful of dealers in California. Six months after the very first Coda compact electric cars were delivered to buyers, the compact is gearing up a major publicity push to sell the electric sedan--which we've now driven. Our bottom line is that the Coda Sedan is a practical

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Reliance 3-phase AC Motor

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Any thoughts on the Reliance Electric Duty Master AC Motor? I seem to be able to find a few of these with 50hp for decent prices. Say $500 or less

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MAN introduces new dual-fuel four-stroke marine engine

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MAN Diesel & Turbo introduced the L35/44DF engine, the latest addition to its four-stroke portfolio. The new marine engine offers dual diesel fuel-gas operation and can also be introduced as a retrofit to engines already in service.

Bob Lutz on the real cost to make the Chevy Volt, Reuters article "preposterous"

National Green Transportation

On Monday, Reuters published an article claiming that each Chevy Volt cost GM $89,000 to manufacture, meaning that GM was eating $49k per Volt sold. That article cited a report prepared for Reuters by an "analyst,&quot

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How Much Money Is GM Losing On Every Chevy Volt?

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Compared to its electric contemporaries, Chevrolet's range-extended Volt is currently proving the most popular plug-in, posting its best-ever sales figures during August. It's out-punching the Leaf consistently, and other electric cars aren't even getting a look-in. It's even outselling Toyota's Plug-In Prius. But overall, Chevy is still a long

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smart new design for smart’s new electric car

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Small carmaker smart is set to show an exciting new concept at the Paris Motor Show this month. Called forstars, this two seat coupe model takes its name from the glass roof above the passengers which should give the vehicle’s occupants a clear view of the starry sky above (unless of course, you’re affected by [.]. smart electric car France Paris Motor Show

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Partners begin verification testing of Blue Tower staged reforming technology for bio-hydrogen production from sewage sludge

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The HIT BusinessResearch Group intends to convert sewage sludge to hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles and stationary fuel cells. Click to enlarge. The Hydrogen Innovation Town (HIT) Business Research Group in Japan—including Japan Blue Energy Co., JBEC); Daiwa Lease Co.,

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Berkeley Lab seeking licensees or research partners for microbial-electrocatalytic system for hydrocarbon fuels production

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The MEC uses electricity to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. The bacterium uses the hydrogen as an energy source to take in carbon dioxide and convert it to a biofuel, which it then emits. Source: Berkeley Lab. Click to enlarge.

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Chevron Lummus and ARA partner with Agrisoma, US AFRL and Canada’s NRC to evaluate and to flight test ReadiJet 100% renewable biojet fuel

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Overview of the ReadiJet process. Click to enlarge. Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) are partnering with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.

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Nissan to unveil new fuel cell SUV concept at Paris Motor Show with 3-motor 4x4 powertrain; leveraging LEAF and PIVO

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Nissan TeRRA SUV concept. Click to enlarge. Nissan will unveil the Nissan TeRRA SUV fuel cell electric vehicle concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show on 27 September.

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National Academies report finds climate models need to evolve substantially, calls for strategy of increased unification amidst diversity

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A new generation of climate models will be needed to address a wide spectrum of climate information needs. A national strategy consisting of four key unifying elements and several other recommendations can help to achieve this vision. Source: NRC. Click to enlarge.

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Airbus displaying new Multifunctional Fuel Cell system for onboard power

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Airbus is displaying a Multifunctional Fuel Cell (MFFC) system concept for onboard power at the ILA Berlin Air Show.

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Airbus’ Sharklets deliver on fuel savings

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Flight testing of A320s outfitted with “Sharklets” wing-tip devices has confirmed the fuel savings expectations for these Airbus wingtip devices. Earlier post.). A319 with Sharklets. Click to enlarge.

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Peugeot adding battery-electric version of Partner van

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Partner Electric. Click to enlarge. Peugeot is expanding its Partner vehicle range o include a battery-electric version. Equipped with an electric drive train fitted under the hood, the Partner Electric operates on two high-energy lithium-ion battery packs with a capacity of 22.5

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ROUSH CleanTech expands commercialization of propane transit shuttle buses with new conversion partner

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ROUSH CleanTech unveiled a propane autogas fueled shuttle bus converted by new industry partner, Green Alternative Systems (GAS), at the 2012 BusCon Expo this week in Chicago, Ill. The propane shuttle bus. Click to enlarge.

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Peugeot presenting 2008 Concept at Paris Motor Show; first application of new 1.2L, 3-cylinder engine

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At the Paris Motor Show, Peugeot is presenting the 2008 Concept, a B-Segment follow up to the Urban Crossover Concept it introduced in Beijing earlier this year.

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Stanford team develops method enabling use of lithium sulfide as cathode material for high specific energy batteries; a simpler approach rivaling lithium sulfur

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(A) Comparison of different Li-ion cathode materials. Numbers in parentheses are the specific energy of a battery made of the cathode and a silicon anode with a specific capacity of 2000 mAh/g and potential of 0.45 V vs Li/Li+. (B)

GL presents Approval in Principle to new TECHNOLOG LNG container vessel design

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Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has presented an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate to TECHNOLOG for the LNG-fueled IPP-designed STREAM range of 3,000 TEU to 5000 TEU liner or feeder vessels designed for worldwide service.

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Mitsubishi Materials and Honda to partner on recovery of rare earth magnets from hybrids

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Mitsubishi Materials and Honda Motor are partnering on a new business to recover rare-earth magnets from the electric motors in hybrid cars. Mitsubishi Materials, which already operates five recycling centers to recover materials from consumer electronics, including rare-earth magnets, will develop equipment for extracting drive motors and then removing the magnets. It will then begin testing the procedures on hybrid cars collected by Honda Trading Corp.

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Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and Renault preparing a Zero Emissions Partnership

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Antalya Metropolitan Municipality in Turkey and Renault signed an agreement to deploy a program to prepare a Zero Emissions Partnership. This agreement aims to achieve a partnership for the promotion and deployment of the environmental friendly electric vehicles in Antalya.

Solar fuels company Joule commissions first plant to demo commercial readiness, launches Joule Fuels subsidiary to advance direct solar-to-fuels platform

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Joule has commissioned its first SunSprings demonstration plant in Hobbs, New Mexico ( earlier post ), where the company will prove its scalable platform for solar fuel production using a fraction of the land and capital investment required for algae-derived or agricultural biofuels. Joule has developed a highly modular system using highly engineered photosynthetic organisms to catalyze the conversion of sunlight and CO 2 directly to liquid hydrocarbons and ethanol ( earlier post ).

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UCLA/UC Berkeley law schools release policy paper on actions required to stimulate long-term, mass-adoption of electric vehicles; leveraging California

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The environmental law centers at UCLA and UC Berkeley Schools of Law today released a new policy paper on industry actions and federal, state, and local policies needed to ensure that California catalyzes mass adoption of electric vehicles by 2025, with the goal of building a long-term market in the US. At stake, the paper argues, is the future of the electric vehicle market.

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Biogasoline company Terrabon files for Chapter 7 liquidation

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Terrabon, a company commercializing a waste-to-biogasoline technology developed at Texas A&M, ( earlier post ), has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 7 of the Federal bankruptcy laws. Under Chapter 7 proceedings, the company’s operations cease and a trustee will be tasked with liquidating the company’s assets for the benefit of creditors. In January 2011, Terrabon, Inc.

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Optimized Deinococcus bacteria produce ethanol from biomass

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France-based DEINOVE announced that its R&D team and its partners in the DEINOL program isolated and optimized a strain of Deinococcus bacteria able to generate ethanol from wheat-based biomass. With production of an alcohol content of more than 3%, DEINOL exceeded its goal for this proof of concept milestone.

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DOE seeking public comments on EV Everywhere Initial Framing Document

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is requesting public comment on its recently published EV Everywhere Initial Framing Document. Earlier post.) Public comments on this proposed framing document must be received on or before 29 October 2012.

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LS9 starts up Florida demonstration facility; 135,000 liter scale

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LS9, a synthetic biology company producing renewable fuels and chemicals directly by microbes ( earlier post ), announced the successful start-up of its Florida operations with an initial production run of fatty alcohols. LS9 completed the retrofit of the demonstration facility in Okeechobee, Fla. in May of this year. Earlier post.).

Study projects net cooling of climate from ship emissions through 2050

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Shipping-induced global temperature change in 2050 using different parameterizations of Indirect Aerosol Effect (IAE). Credit: ACS, Lund et al. Click to enlarge. A recent study by an international team calculated that shipping causes a net cooling of climate across all parametrizations of the indirect aerosol effect (IAE) and scenarios throughout the period 1900?2050.

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