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How to pay most of a million bucks to use the carpool lane in Florida

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Like many other states, Florida offers drivers of greener cars solo access to its high-occupancy vehicle lanes, also known as carpool lanes. carpool Plug-In Hybrids incentives plug-in cars hov FloridaSome people will do anything to avoid a little traffic. That privilege is extended to hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and battery-electric cars. DON'T MISS: Porsche 918 Plug-In Hybrid Supercar Ends Production After.

Tesla Model S: NY-To-FL Trip, Day 4, Florida Destination--Made It!

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The final segment of my New York-to-Florida electric-car road trip, made possible through Tesla''s new network of Supercharger stations along the East Coast, provided what I''d come for--time spent with old comrades--but it started gloomy. The grueling 380-mile day was brightened by the kindness of friends. It began with the sound of a frigid rain

Audi to demonstrate automated driving technology in Florida

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In 2012, Governor Scott signed into law HB 1207, which allowed the testing of autonomous vehicles in the state, and made Florida one of only three states (Nevada and California being the other two) where automobile and technology manufacturers could invest, with certainty, in research and design projects for autonomous technology. The state also is hopeful that this research will unlock innovations that will bring safety advances to Florida drivers sooner.

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15 companies form Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition

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A group of 15 companies, including TECO/Peoples Gas, Florida Natural Gas, Champion Brands, and JJ Taylor Companies, has formed The Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition ( FNGVC ). FNGVC advocates incentives for natural gas vehicles in Florida similar to those in Texas and nearly a dozen other states. 5.9% (1,992 vehicles) of AFVs in Florida. Florida State Representative Lake Ray believes that NGVs will be considered in the 2013 legislative session in Tallahassee.

U Florida team using fungi to extract cobalt and lithium from waste batteries

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A team of researchers University of South Florida is using naturally occurring fungi to drive an environmentally friendly recycling process to extract cobalt and lithium from tons of waste batteries. The researchers presented their work at the 252 nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia. Although a global problem, the US leads the way as the largest generator of electronic waste. It is unclear how many electronic products are recycled.

New Effort: Electric-Car Rentals And Charging For Orlando, Florida

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That woud be Orlando, Florida. What''s the best way to persuade people that electric cars are a viable alternative to gasoline cars? Get "butts in seats." And what''s one of the largest car-rental markets in the United States? Now a new initiative, Drive Electric Orlando (DEO), is coordinating rental agencies, charging stations, hotels, theme parks

Tesla Model S: NY-To-FL Trip, Day 3, South Carolina To Florida

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The third day of my New York-to-Florida electric-car road trip, using the newly completed string of Supercharger stations along the East Coast, brought me almost to my destination in Florida. DAY 3: Santee, South Carolina, to Ormond Beach, Florida SANTEE, SOUTH CAROLINA, to SAVANNAH, GEORGIA I

Trek highlights green credentials of plug-ins

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A Florida car dealer set a mission to drive 1,100 miles in a Toyota Prius, which had been modified as a plug-in hybrid, while burning as little petrol as possible. The trip was sponsored by Florida Toyota dealer Earl Stewart to show the need for clean emission vehicles. Tags: Green cars Latest news Toyota Florida car dealer plug-in hybrid cars Toyota Prius Toyota Prius PHEV How do you prove the benefits of a plug-in hybrid car to the public?

Rentech receives term sheet for loan guarantee from DOE for recently-acquired advanced-stage renewable power project in Florida

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Joe, Florida, that would employ a Rentech-SilvaGas biomass gasifier to produce renewable power. Most of the project’s power output has been contracted for sale to Progress Energy Florida under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), with a small fraction available for sale on a merchant basis. The PPA has been approved by the Florida Public Service Commission. Rentech, Inc.

Tesla Model X drives semi-conscious owner to hospital on Autopilot

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Three months later, the May 7 death of a Model S driver in Florida continues to generate headlines and spark debate on the merits of electronic driver-assistance technologies. But a recent story points out at least one of the potential future advantages to self-driving cars: their ability to transport incapable occupants to their destinations. Tesla Motors Autonomous cars plug-in cars emergency self-driving cars Tesla Autopilot

Florida repeals state Renewable Fuel Standard

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law HB 4001 , the “Florida Renewable Fuel Standard Act”, which repeals the state’s Renewable Fuel Standard, effective 1 July 2013. The bill repeals the Florida Renewable Fuel Standard Act (ss. which requires that, beginning 31 December 2010, all gasoline sold or offered for sale in Florida by a terminal supplier, importer, blender, or wholesaler be blended gasoline.

2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: first drive of electric two-seat car

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On a hot, muggy day in south Florida, nothing is more comforting than knowing that your well-cooled car will make it to its destination. When that car is a reboot of the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, the tiny battery-powered European city slicker—and you’re surrounded by a sea of drivers who couldn't care less about keeping to a speed. minicar plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) two-seat

Tesla Autopilot crash: what one Model S owner has to say

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Media coverage on the May 7 death of a Model S driver in Florida continues to debate the merits of electronic driver-assistance technologies, often using remarkably uninformed language. The NHTSA has now said it will investigate two separate crashes reportedly involving a Tesla electric car operating with the Autopilot feature engaged.

Collaboration of Bosch, Stanford and Univ. of South Florida receives $1.2M grant from NSF/DOE partnership for automotive thermoelectric waste heat recovery

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a collaboration between Stanford University, the University of South Florida and Bosch Research and Technology Center North America a $1.2-million, three-year grant (award # 1048796 ) to address various topics relevant to automotive waste heat recovery using thermoelectrics. Research discoveries will be integrated in undergraduate and graduate classes at both Stanford and The University of South Florida.

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Owning A Tesla Model S: New Book Offers Tips, Tricks, Inside Info (Book Review)

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A Florida chemical engineer and owner of a Tesla Model S P85, Howe has technical savvy, dogged curiosity, and some inside Tesla contacts. Regular readers of Tesla forums will recognize the name of Nick J. Howe, whose hundreds of astute comments recently earned him accolades for "best forum postings over time," according to a reader poll. He may

VW exec pleads not guilty on diesel cheating charges

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He was arrested by the FBI in Florida last month, while attempting to return home to Germany from a. A Volkswagen executive appeared in a federal courtroom in Detroit on Thursday to be arraigned on charges related to the automaker's diesel-emissions cheating. Oliver Schmidt previously headed the VW Group's U.S. regulatory compliance group. TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandal

Home Owner Associations & Electric Cars: How To Make It Work (Advice From A Pro)

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Early this month, a $450 charging cable was destroyed by a vandal in a Venice, Florida, condominium parking garage while it was plugged into a 2013 Chevrolet Volt. Residents of condominiums and other multiple dwellings who drive plug-in electric cars are fast becoming a challenge for the managers and boards that run those buildings.

Hasner’s Florida State Electric Car Tax Break Gets Boost

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Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner. Josh Hafenbrack posts this informative entry covering the status of Hasner’s Florida State electric car tax break on the SunSentinel.com. Florida State Representative (and House Majority Leader) Adam Hasner (R) has just introduced the bill HB 879 - Financial Incentives for Electric Vehicles. There are just 100 plug-ins on the road on Florida.

Hasner’s Florida State Electric Car Tax Break Gets Boost

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Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner. Josh Hafenbrack posts this informative entry covering the status of Hasner’s Florida State electric car tax break on the SunSentinel.com. Florida State Representative (and House Majority Leader) Adam Hasner (R) has just introduced the bill HB 879 - Financial Incentives for Electric Vehicles. There are just 100 plug-ins on the road on Florida.

CNG Ford Focus Available in Florida

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and Altech-Eco have signed an exclusive agreement to bring EPA-certified dedicated and bi-fuel (gasoline/compressed natural gas) retrofitted Ford Focus vehicles (MY 2008 and 2009) to Florida consumers. The Ford Focus with CNG option is now available in Florida through Wise Gas, Inc. is in the permitting and planning process for the state’s first public CNG fueling station in South Florida. Wise Gas , Inc.

Dealer brings 'forbidden fruit' used electric cars to Boulder, Colorado

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Think Subarus in the Northeast or the Rocky Mountains, convertibles in Florida, and pickup trucks in Texas. Some markets are stronger than others for certain types of cars. Used-car dealers carefully watch auctions to find cars in less demand elsewhere that they can sell locally for more money. Now, a used-car dealer in Boulder, Colorado, has made. incentives Used Cars tax credit plug-in cars state laws

Across The Country In 5 Days--On An Electric Motorcycle

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Instead, his trip from Florida to California (and back) was done Little fuels a passion for travel like a cross-country trip. Perhaps "fuels" is the wrong word though, as it''s not unusual to see people attempt U.S. crossings using electrons these days.

Could Uber be the best form of mass transit: disruption or dysfunction?

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A Florida city has become the nation's—and presumably the world's—first to subsidize Uber rides beginning or ending within its borders. Altamonte Springs, a suburb of Orlando, will cover 20 percent of any ride that starts or finishes within its city limits. Call Uber for a ride to SunRail, the region's commuter train system, in fact. Car Sharing Public transport Uber

LS9 expands operations at its Florida demonstration facility with successful customer trial

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LS9, a developer of renewable chemicals and fuels, has expanded operations at its Okeechobee, Florida demonstration facility with a successful customer trial. The Florida facility was initially designed, and has been used, to scale-up LS9’s fermentation technology and generate large commercial samples for testing and product qualification by key partners and prospective customers.

Tesla Model S: NY-To-FL Trip, From Home To South Carolina

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So far, the New York-to-Florida electric-car road trip in my 2013 Tesla Model S is progressing pretty much according to plan. That''s not to say I haven''t learned a few things in traveling via the newly-completed network of Tesla Supercharger DC quick-charging stations.

Gevo signs letter of intent with Highlands EnviroFuels to license isobutanol technology for Florida plant; sugar cane and sweet sorghum

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Highlands will build a commercial-scale “Brazilian-style” syrup mill in Highlands County, Florida, which would have a production capacity of approximately 200,000 metric tons of fermentable sugar per year. In particular, isobutanol has a significant market opportunity in Florida with the boating industry given isobutanol’s favorable properties as compared to ethanol.

To the four corners of the USA on an electric motorcycle

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Seattle, Los Angeles, Florida, and Maine: the four corners of the continental U.S. Those points are where I intend to ride my 2014 Zero SR electric motorcycle this summer. The summer road trip is a great tradition, and every year, electric vehicles shape up to be more road-trip-worthy than before. DON'T MISS: 'Kick Gas' Movie: Driving Across U.S. road trips electric motorcycles Zero Motorcycles

Parker Hannifin and Autocar Deliver Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Vehicles to Florida Communities

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Parker Hannifin Corporation, in partnership with Autocar, delivered hydraulic hybrid refuse vehicles to three South Florida municipalities ( earlier post ): City of Miami, the City of Hialeah, and Miami-Dade County.

Fuel cell company Bing Energy sets up HQ in Florida; partnership with FSU

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BEI) of Chino, California, a manufacturer of advanced components for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, is moving its headquarters to Tallahassee, Florida. BEI, in collaboration with Florida State University’s (FSU) Dr. Jim P. The institute’s director, Dr. Ben Wang, is the assistant vice president for research at Florida State University. s move to Florida is tied to a $1.9-million award it received from the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development.

The Detonator: Electric Motorcycle Quieter Than Name Suggests

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Built by Parker Brothers Choppers in Florida, who were also responsible for the If you were to come up with a list of characteristics of your average chopper bike, "near silence" probably wouldn't feature on it. Electric motors are great at doing "near silence" so to find one forming an integral part of The Detonator seems slightly incongruous.

QuantumSphere and University of South Florida Exceed 2010 DOE Goals for Solid State Hydrogen Storage

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and the University of South Florida announced that they have exceeded the 2010 Department of Energy (DOE) goals for solid state hydrogen storage. Material capacity vs. temperature in developing hydrogen storage systems. Source: DOE. Click to enlarge. QuantumSphere, Inc.

Florida Governor Rick Scott rejects proposed Federal high-speed rail project

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has informed US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood of the state’s decision to reject President Obama’s Tampa to Orlando high-speed rail project. The Governor said the decision to reject the project comes down to three main economic realities: Capital cost overruns from the project could put Florida taxpayers on the hook for an additional $3 billion. As a note, Florida subsidizes Tri-Rail $34.6

LS9 Purchases Florida Site to Manufacture Renewable Diesel; Commercial-Scale Demonstration

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LS9, a synthetic biology company developing fermentation-derived drop-in renewable fuels and chemicals ( earlier post ), has acquired an existing production facility in Okeechobee, Florida. The new Renewable Petroleum Facility. Click to enlarge.

Nopetro opens largest US public/private CNG fueling facility

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Nopetro , Florida’s leading compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure provider, has opened the US’ largest public/private compressed natural gas fueling facility. The facility, located at the intersection of John Young Parkway and LYNX Lane, is part of a public-private partnership (P3) with the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX).

South Florida Communities Purchase 11 Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Trucks with Parker Hannifin System

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The Florida communities of Hialeah, Miami-Dade County, and the City of Miami are purchasing 11 Autocar E3 refuse trucks fitted with parker Hannifin’s RunWise hydraulic hybrid technology. During a full month of testing in South Florida, the RunWise system registered a 72% improvement in fuel efficiency.

Pike Research projects California, New York and Florida to lead US in PEV sales

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Pike forecasts that, “unsurpisingly” California, New York and Florida will likely lead the way in PEV sales in the early years of the decade, with 366,099, 146,242 and 101,530 cumulative vehicle sales between 2011 and 2017, respectively. Pike projections of cumulative light duty plug-in electric vehicle sales, 10 largest MSAs by population, 2011-2017. Click to enlarge.

University of Florida IFAS, Buckeye Technologies and Myriant Partner on Research and Demonstration Cellulosic Biorefinery

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The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF IFAS), and Myriant Technologies LLC (formed by BioEnergy International, LLC) are planning a research and demonstration plant that will explore ways to harness byproducts from some of the most promising cellulosic ethanol techniques to make bio-derived versions of petroleum products. The project will seek to combine several technologies developed by Dr. Lonnie Ingram at the University of Florida.

Univ. of South Florida Researchers Link Subsurface Clouds of Degraded Oil to BP Well

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University of South Florida researchers say they have definitively connected clouds of degraded underwater oil found in the northern Gulf of Mexico to the Deepwater Horizon well (MC252) through Compound-Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA). The clouds were found near the DeSoto Canyon, a critical area that interacts with Florida’s spawning grounds.

Saft Confirms Location for Li-ion Battery Factory in Jacksonville, Florida

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Following receipt of a $95 million grant from the US Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and successful negotiations between Saft, the state of Florida, and the city of Jacksonville, construction will soon begin in Jacksonville for a lithium-ion battery factory.