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Frost & Sullivan consultant suggests European EV success will require radical lightweighting plus enabling legislation

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The 400 kg (curbweight) Aixam quadricycle, with a 400cc two-cylinder diesel, is an example of the size and weight needed in future city vehicles, Meilhan suggests. Click to enlarge.

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Nissan Celebrates Leaf Electric Car's Second Birthday

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Happy birthday, Nissan Leaf! Believe it or not, Nissan's electric car is now celebrating its second anniversary. With only relatively small numbers on the road--smaller than Nissan was hoping, anyway--the Leaf still seems like a recently-launched vehicle.

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Electric cars: What to expect in 2013

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A New Year is fast approaching and it promises to be an exciting time for electric vehicles, according to Pike Research.

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Continental focusing on automated driving as key long-term technology strategy; receives approval to test automated vehicles on Nevada roads

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Vehicle automation is set to be rolled out in stages, starting with partially automated driving from 2016; high levels of automation from 2020; and fully automated systems available from 2025. Click to enlarge.

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Pike Research makes 10 electric vehicle predictions for 2013

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Sales of plug-in vehicles (PEVs) in 2013 will continue to outpace the first years of hybrid vehicle sales as more than 210,000 PEVs will be sold globally and more than three dozen PEV models will debut, according to a year-end free whitepaper published by Pike Research, that makes 10 specific predictions about electric vehicles in 2013.

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Anderman: Li-ion capacity far outstripping demand as automakers focus more on hybrids, less on full EVs

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Global automotive Li-Ion battery production capacity is outstripping demand five-to-one as automakers refocus on hybrids and away from full electric vehicles, according to Dr. Menahem Anderman’s recently released xEV Industry Insider Report.

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DOE, ArcelorMittal partnership boosts efficiency of major steel manufacturing plant; 504 boiler project captures blast furnace gas flare

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Simplified process diagram that shows existing process components and the new elements of the 504 project. Source: NETL. Click to enlarge.

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Mercedes-Benz to offer new generation of 4MATIC all-wheel drive system next year integrated with 7G-DCT transmission; lighter and more efficient

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Elements of the new 4MATIC. Click to enlarge. Starting next year, Mercedes-Benz will offer a new generation of the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system with fully variable torque distribution.

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U of I team develops Zn-Ti-O nanofibers for efficient H2S adsorption from raw fuels

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University of Illinois researchers have developed mats of Zn–Ti–O nanofibers that adsorb sulfur from raw fuels such as natural gas and coal/biomass-derived syngas much more effectively than traditional materials.

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Portable sensors enable monitoring of pollution on smart phones; inferring pollution maps with greater granularity

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EPA AQI map of the San Diego County region,with a box added to. indicate UCSD campus. Right. AQI map generated using data collected by CitiSense for the UCSD campus area during a five-minute window on same date and time. Boxes represent pollution reading locations during that window. Nikzad et al.

Repost: DOE will award up to $12M to research projects to drive down the cost of drop-in biofuels via thermochemical, direct liquefaction pathways

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Note: This is a repost due to the Typepad publishing system eating the original version posted on Friday. Apologies to those commenters whose comments have been lost. ]. Thermochemical pathways for producing bioproducts from biomass. Source: DOE. Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge.

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Ford’s math on hybrid fuel economy; standing by the C-MAX EPA ratings, acknowledging large real-world variance

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Raj Nair outlining factors affecting real-world fuel economy in hybrids. Click to enlarge.

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ExxonMobil to explore offshore South Africa; deal for 75% interest in Tugela South

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Exxon Mobil Corporation’s affiliate, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa Limited, will soon begin exploration activities offshore South Africa.

Proterro secures $3.5M in new funding to advance its noncellulosic sucrose for biofuels and biobased chemicals; progress on patent on sucrose-producing cyanobacteria

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Proterro engineered cyanobacteria for continuous high-yield production of sucrose, which can then be used in the production of biofuels and biochemicals. Source: Proterro. Click to enlarge. Proterro , Inc.—the

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Eni signs agreement for the acquisition of a new ultra-deepwater exploration block offshore Pakistan

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Eni has signed an agreement with the Pakistani Authorities and the state oil and gas company OGDCL for the acquisition of 25% and the operatorship of exploration license Offshore Indus Block G, located in Pakistan’s Indus Basin.

LNG-fueled “Clean Sky” bulk carrier design developed by COSCO Shipyard Group, Golden Union and Lloyd’s Register receives AIP

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Lloyd’s Register has provided approval in principle (AIP) for the new “Clean Sky” bulk carrier design incorporating an LNG-as-fuel system.

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Chevy Cruze debuts industry-first flexible venting driver air bag

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The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze introduces an industry-first driver-side air bag that uses a flexible venting technology designed to deploy more efficiently while providing equivalent crash protection to more expensive and complex air bag systems.

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Pike forecasts growth for wireless charging for plug-in vehicles, but tied to overall growth of plug-in market

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In a new research brief , Pike Research forecasts that wireless charging equipment for light duty plug-in vehicle sales will grow by a CAGR of 91% from 2013 to 2020, as wireless systems move from a retrofit technology to an integrated part of new EVs, reaching annual sales of 283,000 units in 2020.

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Nissan Leaf Owners Get Hot Laps In Electric Nismo RC Racer

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Race cars aren't known for their gas-sipping qualities. The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC is a little different. Not only is it one of a handful of race cars in the world that emits no more pollution than its road car equivalent, but it's rather more silent than the production Leaf too.

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GM will debut 2014 Cadillac ELR extended range electric vehicle at NAIAS in January

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The 2014 Cadillac ELR extended-range electric luxury coupe, based on the Converj concept ( earlier post ), will make its world debut 15 January at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The Converj concept made its debut at the NAIAS in January 2009; in August 2011, GM announced that the concept would move forward as a production car called the Cadillac ELR. Earlier post.).

AMP Electric Vehicles and Momentum Dynamics form JV to deploy wirelessly charged electric paratransit vehicles; 2 vehicles slated for BARTA

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AMP Electric Vehicles, a manufacturer of electric drive systems for medium-duty class 3-6 commercial truck platforms, and wireless high-power electronics company Momentum Dynamics Corporation (Momentum) formed a joint venture to supply fully electric vehicles and wireless charging pads for the existing Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA) pilot project to begin in the first quarter of 2013.

Battery Tech Limitation Discovered, Improvements On The Way?

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There are three main paths to improving batteries for future electric vehicles. One is the development of entirely new technology replacing today's batteries entirely with something lighter, more powerful and more energy dense.

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Pike Research updates xEV forecasts; projects Ford to lead US PEV market, followed by GM

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Pike Research has published an update to its earlier forecasts on xEVs: hybrid (HEVs); plug-in hybrid (PHEVs); and battery electric vehicles (BEVs). As a result of new assumptions, Pike Research has slightly reduced its forecasts for plug-in vehicles (PEVs: PHEVs and BEVs combined) from past forecasts. This reduction was driven largely by. the slow growth of BEVs in the United States (the largest market for PEVs) in 2012 and the postponement of some vehicle launches, the research firm noted.

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400 propane school buses ordered for Omaha, Nebraska

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The Metropolitan Omaha Education Consortium and Student Transportation, Inc., (STI) STI) are collaborating to deploy more than 400 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses. The contract is the largest transportation agreement in STI’s history and is also the biggest single order to date of propane buses for Blue Bird.

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IDTechEx forecasts growth in electric bus and taxi market to $54B in 2021; buses the majority, China largest market

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A new report from IDTechEx , “Electric Buses and Taxis 2012-2022”, projects that the market for electric buses and taxis at ex-factory prices will rise 8.7 times from $6.24 billion in 2011 to $54 billion in 2021. The report concentrates primarily on buses defined as enclosed vehicles with a driver that have been designed for stage carriage or transit work and carrying at least 10 passengers.

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Neste Oil to produce 4,000 tons of NExBTL renewable aviation fuel as part of the EU-funded ITAKA project

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Neste Oil has joined the ITAKA (Initiative Towards Sustainable Kerosene for Aviation) project, which is being funded by the EU to support the commercialization and use of renewable aviation fuel comprising hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids in Europe. Neste Oil’s role in the consortium will be to produce the renewable fuel used in the project. The 36-month ITAKA project has been granted approximately €10 million (US$13.3

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GM to buy back 200M shares held by US Treasury for $5.5B

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General Motors today will purchase 200 million shares of GM common stock held by the US Department of the Treasury for $5.5 billion, or $27.50 per share. The share buyback is part of the Treasury’s plan, also announced today, to fully exit its entire holdings of GM stock within 12 to 15 months, subject to market conditions.

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ISU study finds large potential for biobased materials in auto industry, but with challenges

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A study by researchers at Iowa State University has determined that the automotive industry has a very large potential to utilize biobased materials. Their report, “Biobased Automobile Parts Investigation”, was developed for the USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses. Because SUVs and trucks have a large number of parts, the authors suggested, they are good candidates to be the vehicle types with the largest amount of biobased material on a part number basis.

IBM and Green eMotion project on EV roaming

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A new IBM project in Europe is intended to enable EV roaming—i.e., simplifying electric vehicle (EV) charging and payment for consumers, regardless of their location. The B2B Marketplace operational demonstration will allow energy providers, car manufacturers, and charging point owners to share and integrate services on one common IT platform. This will create a network of EV charging services that are compatible regionally in Europe.

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Volvo Car Group and Ericsson partner on global connected car services; Connected Vehicle Cloud

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Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) and Ericsson will jointly advance the technical development of automotive internet services. Volvo Cars’ expertise in driver behavior and traffic security requirements, along with Ericsson’s consulting and systems integration expertise, will be used to define and select services. A Connected Vehicle Cloud based on Ericsson’s Multiservice Delivery Platform will provide infotainment, apps and communication services in new Volvo cars.

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Sales Of Hybrids & Electric Cars Surge 73% In 2012

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Eco-minded shoppers have seen environmental issues take up more space in the news, and they've known that it was simply a matter of time before those concerns began affecting the sorts of vehicles we drive. Now, mainstream consumers are beginning to see the light. The change hasn't come overnight. Though the first hybrids debuted in the late

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Hiriko Folding Electric Car Now Set For Production

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One of the most novel electric vehicles we've seen in recent years is the Hiriko. The Hiriko is designed for inner city car sharing schemes, initially in Europe but also touted for some U.S. cities. And it has a party piece: The Smart-sized electric vehicle can effectively fold in half to fit tiny parking spaces. In previous years this might have

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Nissan Offers Almost $10K Cash Back On Leaf Electric Cars

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If you want a Nissan Leaf then getting one before the start of January could net you a hefty cashback offer right now. Some Nissan dealers are advertising a $9,775 cashback offer direct from Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp (NMAC), Nissan's car finance arm. The offer has been running since the start of December, and ends on January 2, 2013. Details on

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Wireless Electric Car Charging: Steady Growth Through 2020

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Wireless charging is nothing new--but it could be the next widely-used technology in the world of electric cars. That's according to Pike Research, which suggests wireless charging sales will surpass 280,000 by 2020. The group cites the partnerships of several electric vehicle manufacturers with wireless charging companies as the reason for such

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Cumulative global sales of Lexus hybrids pass half-million mark

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From the sale of the first RX 400h in 2005 through to the end of November this year, Lexus has sold more than 506,000 of its hybrid vehicles. In 2005, 26,000 Lexus hybrids were sold; by 30 November this year the annual total was at 113,000. Today, hybrids account for about 25% of all Lexus sales. Cumulative global sales of all Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC)-produced hybrid vehicles—i.e., including the Lexus brand—since 1997 topped 4.60 million units at the end of October.

Researchers begin quantifying effect of driving style on electric vehicle performance, economy and perception

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In an initial study of the effect of age and driving style on energy consumption of EVs, researchers at the Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP), University of Sunderland (UK) asked a number of drivers of different ages to take an EV around a standard route. They found that efficiency could vary from 0.46 km to 1.89 km per percent of battery charge depending on driving style with the greatest efficiency.

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Canada To Boost Electric-Car Charging Station Networks In Provinces

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Electric car availability is low in some Canadian provinces, but as that changes, some companies have already begun to set up charging networks. As with the U.S. and elsewhere around the world, electric cars are expected to be most prevalent in larger cities, such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

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