2014

Toyota Central R&D developing free-piston engine linear generator; envisioning multi-FPEG units for electric drive vehicles

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Toyota’s FPEG features a hollow step-shaped piston, combustion chamber and gas spring chamber. Click to enlarge. A team at Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc.

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Electric Aircraft Are On The Way, Stylish E-FAN Makes First Flight

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While electric vehicles are gaining popularity in the automotive world, the aviation industry is also looking into ways to clean up its act. French firm Airbus is best known for its large passenger jets--including the double-deck Airbus A380--but its latest project is rather smaller.

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California giving electric car owning tenants right to install charging stations

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On Monday, the California Legislature sent Gov. Brown a law meant to ease a big electric car adoption hurdle. The law, AB-2565, which passed in the California Senate on Monday after earlier approval by the House, will require

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Wendy Greuel Our Best Bet To Get To 100% Renewable Energy In Time

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Joe Galliani in Keep Hermosa Hermosa hat receiving his 2014 Environmental Hero Award from the City of Manhattan Beach and V.O.I.C.E. with Sona Kalapura, Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth, State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, Kaye Gagnon of V.O.I.C.E and Councilman Wayne Powell.

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JLR running on solar power

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Jaguar Land Rover has finished building the UK’s largest rooftop solar panel array at the company’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre in Staffordshire. The facility has been designed with sustainability in mind and has been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by BREEAM. The array is made up of more than [.].

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Ongoing market rollout for SAE hydrogen fueling standards

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Opbrid B?sbaar demonstrates ultra-fast charging at 625 Amps; pathway to 2-3 minute bus charging

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The infrared photo shows a temperature increase of only 9.8 degrees at the junction between the pantograph and the overhead charging rail of the Opbrid B?sbaar sbaar at 625 A. Click to enlarge.

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Wireless charging company WiTricity scaling up EV charging capability as well as itself

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GKN to supply 500 electric flywheel hybrid drive systems to Go-Ahead Group for buses

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UK transport operator Go-Ahead Group has ordered 500 electric flywheel Gyrodrive systems from GKN Hybrid Power for use in buses. The Gyrodrive Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) system (featured in Audi’s LeMans-winning R18 e-tron quattro) harvests braking energy normally lost as heat.

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Dual-Carbon Battery: Same Energy Density, Safer, Longer Life Than Lithium-Ion, Says Power Japan Plus

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In the search for better electric-car batteries, lots of lab research has to happen before anything can be announced. Today, a company called Power Japan Plus came out of stealth mode to unveil a new battery chemistry, with both electrodes--anode and cathode--made of carbon.

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Fastest production motorcycle debuting Quail Moto Gathering: it's electric

National Green Transportation

On Monday, Lightning Motorcycles announced the debut of the fastest production motorcycle in the world, a motorcycle which happens to be electric. The debut of the Lightning Superbike LS-218 will occur this weekend at the Quail Motorsport

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The Curious Case of Buying A New State Senator From The South Bay

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Candidate Ben Allen, running as a democrat, gets $300,000 from the right wing guy who wanted Henry Waxman out of office – Bill Bloomfield – and then Ben tells me he feels “weird” about it.

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Bentley plant scoops environmental award

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Bentley may not be the first name you associate with environmental consideration, but the British brand has become the first car manufacturer to be awarded the triple Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste reduction at its headquarters in Cheshire. The certification has verified Bentle[.].

Scania to test wirelessly charged plug-in hybrid city bus for the first time in Sweden

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Starting June 2016 a prototype for a new Scania plug-in hybrid bus (based on Scania Citywide Low Entry) will go into daily operation in Södertälje. Click to enlarge.

ABB launches first DC fast charger compliant with Chinese GB standard

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ABB launched Terra 53 Z, its first high power DC fast charger that complies with the Chinese GB standard. Earlier post.) The new chargers will be manufactured locally in Shenzhen at ABB’s recently established base for electric vehicle chargers.

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6 DOE-funded applied battery research projects targeting Li-ion cells with >200 Wh/kg for PHEVs and EVs

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has six recently launched applied battery research (ABR) projects as part of its Vehicle Technologies portfolio. ABR, noted Peter Faguy, the DOE manager of the applied battery research program, during his presentation at the Annual Merit Review in Washington, DC, is the difficult regime between the discovery of materials and their application in batteries that can be commercialized.

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Honda progressing with high-efficiency low-emission Homogeneous Lean Charge Spark Ignition (HLSI) combustion work

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Honda’s engine technology roadmap and the key role of HLSI, as presented at the 2013 Aachen Colloquium by Toshihiro Mibe, Managing Officer, Honda R&D Co., Automobile R&D Center. Click to enlarge.

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Tesla to open 30 new service centers and stores across Europe, expand Supercharger network

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Tesla Motors will open more than 30 new service centers and stores across the continent, the company announced at the Geneva Motor Show. Tesla will also continue rapidly expanding its Supercharger network, allowing Model S drivers to travel long distances across Europe for free. The retail, service, and Supercharger expansions come as Tesla dials up its commitment to Europe, which continues to be a priority market for the company. In 2013, Tesla delivered 22,477 vehicles to customers worldwide.

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Driving the VW e-Golf; strategy, assembly in Wolfsburg, Braunschweig battery plant

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The e-Golf. Click to enlarge. The e-Golf (“Das e-Auto” earlier post ), the Volkswagen brand’s second series production battery-electric vehicle after the e-up!,

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BMW shows prototype of streetlight with integrated EV charging

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During the Eurocities conference this week in Munich, the BMW Group presented the prototype of a highly energy efficient street light that is also a charging station for electric vehicles, called “Light and Charge”.

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New Study Doesn't Say 'Electric Cars Aren't Green' (Headlines To The Contrary)

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Brace yourself, electric-car fans and advocates. It may be a bumpy ride for the next few days.

Tesla's net zero energy Gigafactory will indeed be in Reno

National Green Transportation

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced on Thursday that, indeed, the Gigafactory will be located at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center just outside Reno, NV. The press conference held in Carson City not only

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California online dashboard provides information about PEV buyers; importance of incentive funds, $130M from California paid out to date

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Survey results show the importance of incentives in PEV purchases. Click to enlarge.

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New electric car battery could triple EV driving range

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Scientists have developed a new lithium ion battery which could overcome the two major complaints about current generation batteries – price and range. What’s even better, the new battery could become fully commercialised in just over a year’s time. Developed by scientists at the Massachusetts I[.].

Opportunity charging electric bus using PRIMOVE inductive charging from Bombardier in service in Germany

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A 12m Solaris battery-electric bus with electrical traction and on-board power supply equipment from Vossloh Kiepe has entered passenger service with the Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG as the first of five such buses.

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SAE publishes SAE J2601 standard to harmonize H2 fueling of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles worldwide

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SAE J2601 enables fast refueling for all light-duty fuel cell vehicles. Photo courtesy of Shell. Click to enlarge.

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Swedish Energy Agency awards PowerCell $960K toward developing modular fuel cell range extender system for EVs

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The Swedish Energy Agency has awarded Volvo Group spinout PowerCell SEK7 million (US$965,000) for the MoRE Zero project to develop a fuel cell system for use in a modular range extender system for electric vehicles in the European ERA-NET project.

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Daimler and BMW jointly to develop and implement common wireless charging technology

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Daimler and BMW have agreed on jointly developing and implementing one common technology for wireless recharging high-voltage batteries of electric drive and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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Fujitsu launches hydrogen station data management service to support spread of fuel-cell vehicles

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Caterpillar and Argonne’s VERIFI undertake cooperative virtual engine design, control project; first VERIFI CRADA

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Low-temperature combustion regimes show great efficiency and emissions potential, but they present optimization and control challenges that must be addressed before they enter the engine mainstream. Caterpillar Inc.

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Nissan begins production of its second BEV; e-NV200 in Barcelona

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Nissan has started the production of its second all-electric vehicle—the e-NV200—which will be available as both a passenger vehicle and light commercial van. The Nissan plant in Barcelona will be the global production site for this vehicle, which will be available as a light commercial van, passenger vehicle and electric taxi.

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Could Solar Roads Meet Our Power Needs? Crowdfunding Project Begins

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If there''s one big problem with centralized solar power facilities it''s that finding the space to build them is quite difficult. But what if you could take existing infrastructure and put it to other uses?

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Achates: LD opposed-piston, 2-stroke diesel can meet 2025 final CAFE, Tier 3 standards for full-size pickup; 30% better FE than Cummins ATLAS

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Brake specific fuel consumption map for the LD Achates opposed-piston engine. The map is extremely flat, with the engine’s high efficiency extending to low loads. Source: Achates Power. Click to enlarge. Achates Power, Inc.,

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Tour Engine receives $2M investment to further development of latest generation of split-cycle engine

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Tour Engine , the developer of a novel split-cycle engine ( earlier post ), has secured a $2-million investment from Joan and Irwin Jacobs to further the development of the latest generation of the engine, which features a new patent-pending crossover mechanism.

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