Illinois drops proposed $1,000 EV registration fee to $100

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The Illinois legislature has backed away from a proposed $1,000 registration fee targeted at electric cars that was met with scorn and opposition from automakers and electric-car advocates. Instead, the legislature imposed a new registration fee of $248 on electric cars as part of a sweeping measure to build income for the state's highway funds. road tax

'Rolling Coal' Fine Would Be $5,000 Under Proposed Illinois Law

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Green Illinois air pollution emissions legislation Over the past few years, some of America''s, shall we say, less enlightened drivers hit upon a new trend. They started modifying big diesel trucks to spew clouds of soot and smoke whenever the driver hit the accelerator. It''s called "rolling coal"--and drivers of hybrid and electric cars report that it often seemed to be directed at them.

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Illinois drops proposed $1,000 EV registration fee to $248

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The Illinois legislature has backed away from a proposed $1,000 registration fee targeted at electric cars that was met with scorn and opposition from automakers and electric-car advocates. Instead, the legislature imposed a new registration fee of $248 on electric cars as part of a sweeping measure to build income for the state's highway funds. road tax

Illinois Bill To Fine Car Owners Who Park In Electric-Car Charging Spaces Waits For Governor's Signature

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plug-in cars charging charging infrastructure Illinois legislationAs more public electric-car charging stations appear, they're creating a thorny etiquette issue. Charging stations may occupy parking spaces that everyone wants to use--no matter what they are driving. Sometimes, an electric car driver will pull up to a station, only to find that an internal-combustion-engined car is blocking it. Drivers call this.

$1,000 Illinois fee? State fees, credits can make or break EV sales

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Among states, incentives for electric cars vary wildly—from Colorado, which offers a $5,000 tax credit for EV buyers, to Illinois, where the legislature just proposed a $1,000 annual registration fee for electric cars. As states implement—or discontinue—various EV incentives, the effect on sales has been dramatic. For example. tax credit state laws

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U of Illinois study shows reduced speed limits save lives in busy cities with minimal impact on travel time

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A new study from University of Illinois shows that speed reductions in São Paulo, Brazil, significantly reduced fatal accidents and increased travel times only minimally. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of non-natural deaths worldwide. Lower speed limits may help prevent accidents. But speed-reduction policies can be controversial and effects are not well documented.

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Rivian reports delay for electric trucks, provides look inside Illinois factory

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Rivian does expect a pandemic-related delay for the R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV, which were due to be produced starting late this year, the company confirmed to Green Car Reports Wednesday.

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U of Illinois team models capabilities of hybrid-electric propulsion systems for general aviation aircraft

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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have utilized a series of simulations to model the performance of twin-engine hybrid-electric general-aviation propulsion systems. —Phillip Ansell, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois.

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Illinois Governor launches EV fast-charging network, currently US’ largest

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and representatives from the Illinois Tollway, 350Green LLC and 7-Eleven, Inc. 7-Eleven convenience stores at four of the Illinois Tollway Oases now have dedicated space for fast-charging stations. The Chicago-Area EV Infrastructure Project is funded in part by the state’s Illinois Jobs Now! The project is one of several initiatives now underway in Illinois to promote the adoption and use of electric vehicles. The Illinois Jobs Now!

Univ of Illinois team mixed metals with perchloric acid to create stable, efficient catalyst for water splitting

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Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have mixed metal compounds with perchloric acid to create a stable, efficient electrocatalytic material for the oxygen evolution reaction in acidic media. —Hong Yang, a co-author and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Illinois.

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How Did A Small Illinois Town End Up With 300 Plug-In Cars?

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Don''t let the name fool you; Normal, Illinois, is actually unique. That''s because this small town--with a population of 53,837--has more than 300 plug-in cars roaming its streets. And that''s because the town, along with neighboring Bloomington, has made a concerted effort to encourage the adoption of electric cars. Dubbed EV Town, the initiative

Illinois Industrial CCS Project begins ethanol-plant CO2 injection into saline reservoir

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) project in Decatur, Illinois, has begun operation by injecting carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) into a large saline reservoir. Simon Sandstone in the Illinois Basin—one of the largest saline aquifers in the world.

New Illinois law raises speed limit to 70 mph on rural highways

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law to increase the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph (105 to 113 km/h) on rural four-lane highways, and to lower the limit by five mph for excessive speeding. The new law lowers that threshold to 26 mph over the limit to increase safety on Illinois roads.

Large-scale CO2 injection test begins in Illinois

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The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), one of seven regional partnerships created by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to advance carbon storage technologies nationwide ( earlier post ), has begun injecting carbon dioxide for their large-scale CO 2 injection test in Decatur, Illinois. The CO 2 is being captured from the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Ethanol Production Facility in Decatur, Illinois.

U of Illinois researchers develop new capabilities for genome-wide engineering of yeast

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In a new open-access paper in Nature Communications , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers describe how their successful integration of several cutting-edge technologies—creation of standardized genetic components, implementation of customizable genome editing tools, and large-scale automation of molecular biology laboratory tasks—will enhance the ability to work with yeast.

Illinois launches largest electric vehicle charging network in USA

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While they may seem like the obvious answers given their extensive green car push, the answer is actually: Illinois. That’s because Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (pictured) has announced the availability of the largest network of fast charging electric vehicle stations in the [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars electric vehicle chargers green cars IllinoisSo which state has the lead on electric vehicles? Perhaps California? Or Oregon?

City of Springfield, Illinois converts 24 vehicles to propane autogas

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CleanFUEL USA has partnered with the City of Springfield, Ill., to convert 24 police patrol cars and pickup trucks to clean burning propane autogas. We estimate our fuel savings in the first year alone to be more than $82,000. Transitioning our fleet to propane autogas was an extremely easy decision to make because we are saving taxpayer dollars, improving the environment through cleaner auto emissions and supporting a domestically produced fuel source.

Univ. of Illinois team argues that renewable fuel standard needs to be modified, not repealed

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A policy analysis by two University of Illinois researchers argues that Congress should minimally modify, not repeal, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In the study, law professor Jay P. Kesan and Timothy A.

Univ. of Illinois team develops high-power Li-ion microbatteries that can out-power supercapacitors while retaining comparable energy density

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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a high-power and high-energy density microbattery constructed from interdigitated three-dimensional (3D) bicontinuous nanoporous electrodes. King also is affiliated with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory; the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory; and the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois.

Famed U.S. Route 66 To Go Electric In Illinois, With State Support

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As the song says, you can "get your kicks" on Route 66--but soon you''ll also be able to get a charge. The historic highway and the towns it passes through were largely done in by the construction of the Interstate highway system, but the need to stop and charge every so often makes an electric-car road trip more suited to the slower pace of Route

Univ of Illinois researchers exploring concepts for safe, self-healing Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are applying new materials and concepts integrated within the battery cell to enable a variety of critical features including fail-safe or autonomic shutdown, self-healing of battery performance, and greatly extended lifetimes.

Solazyme announces successful commissioning of integrated renewable oil production biorefinery in Peoria, Illinois

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announced the successful commissioning of its first fully integrated biorefinery (IBR) in Peoria, Illinois, to produce algal oil. Solazyme, Inc. Solazyme has been running routine fermentations at commercial scale since 2007 and began running fermentation operations at the Peoria facility in Q4 2011. Solazyme uses heterotrophic microalgae—i.e., they grow in the dark (in fermenters) by consuming sugars.

AllCell Receives $460K Li-ion battery manufacturing grant Through Illinois Energy Plan

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Illinois-based Li-ion manufacturer AllCell Technologies, LLC received a $460,433 grant as part of the Illinois Energy Plan. The PCM technology spun-out from Illinois Institute of Technology and AllCell developed its products as the first tenant in the state-funded incubator at University Technology Park at IIT. AllCell plans to increase production capacity for lithium-ion batteries at the company’s manufacturing facility in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.

IL Suspends Clean-Car Rebates; GA Tax Credit In Trouble Too; Texas Next?

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But they don''t last forever, as buyers in Illinois and Georgia are learning; the Ilinois program has been suspended, and Georgia seems likely to kill off its program as well. Green Georgia Illinois Texas incentives plug-in cars rebates state laws tax credit State tax credits and purchase rebates have proven effective in kickstarting the early market for plug-in electric cars and other green vehicles.

Univ. of Illinois study argues regulatory hurdles hindering commercialization of new biofuels; biobutanol case study

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Regulatory hurdles are hindering the successful commercialization of emerging liquid biofuels, according to a new study by University of Illinois law professor Jay P. Slating, a regulatory associate with the University of Illinois Energy Biosciences Institute. Wisconsin Law Review ; Illinois Public Law Research Paper No.

University of Illinois licenses StructurePore cathode technology to Xerion for commercialization of the ultra-rapid charging technology

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has entered into a licensing agreement with Xerion Advanced Battery Corp under which Xerion has the exclusive right to bring the University’s patented StructurePore electrode technology to the market. The StructurePore technology was developed by Dr. Paul Braun, of the Department of Materials, Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois, who is presently also an officer and director of Xerion.

Linde to Supply Hydrogen to CITGO’s Illinois Oil Refinery for ULSD Production

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Linde has executed a new long term contract with PdV Midwest Refining LLC to supply hydrogen to the company’s CITGO Lemont, Illinois, oil refinery. The hydrogen will be produced by a new plant that Linde is building for CITGO’s production of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel.

Mitsubishi Picks Central Illinois For Initial Tests Of ?i' Electric Car

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Mitsubishi was one of the first major automakers to announce plans for a mass-produced electric car and even had a working prototype out testing as far back as 2008 in the form of the first generation i-MiEV. Since then the i-MiEV has gone through a series of redesigns until finally being launched in production trim last year in Japan and Europe

Failed Local Paper Put Out Of Its Misery - By Creative Greenius!

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Facts like this from his blog Climate Progress: The University of Illinois’ Arctic Climate Research Center — has become weary of having their data misreported by global warming deniers like Will. Greenius Blog Fires Daily Breeze Editors, Takes Over Environmental Coverage.

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Rivian provides up-close look at pre-production of R1T electric pickup

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Rivian on Thursday released a short video showing pre-production R1T electric pickup trucks being assembled at its Normal, Illinois, factory. These pre-production vehicles will be used for final testing, and won't be sold to customers.

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Rivian might build upcoming Ford electric SUV

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Rivian will likely be entrusted to build an upcoming Ford electric SUV, due early within the next few years, at the startup’s former Mitsubishi assembly plant in Normal, Illinois. "It It would be counterproductive for us to try and make what they have capacity to do in the beginning here, because they've got a factory in Illinois that meets a.

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Getting ready: Rivian CEO provides video walkthrough of electric-truck factory

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In the roughly three-minute video, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe provides a walkthrough of the company's Normal, Illinois, factory. Rivian is making steady progress toward the start of production of its electric pickup trucks and SUVs, a video released by the company Tuesday showed. Formerly owned by Mitsubishi, the factory has been outfitted with. youtube

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Old computer parts make algae biofuel

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Students at Illinois University have found a novel new way to produce biofuel and recycle unwanted electronic goods at the same time. Tags: Biofuels Algae biodiesel computer Illinois University parts unwanted electronics Using old computer parts, researchers at the university developed a new algae-growing tank they call Bio-Grow. Using various computer parts, the students developed a reservoir in which they could cultivate algae which could [.].

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Could nickel catalyst lead to more efficient biofuels?

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Chemists at the University of Illinois report that the catalyst enables the selective hydrogenolysis of aromatic carbon-oxygen (C-O) bonds under mild conditions. Biofuels Green cars Latest news biomass nickel nickel catalyst science University of IllinoisA paper in the current issue of Science reveals how the development of a nickel-based homogenous catalyst could support the production of fuels and chemical feedstocks from biomass.

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US EIA: Iowa produced more than one-quarter of all US-produced fuel ethanol in 2018

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Other Midwestern states that produced more than one billion gallons were Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota. In 2018, Iowa produced 4.21

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Rivian-built Lincoln electric SUV project canceled due to "current environment"

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A Lincoln electric SUV based on Rivian's "skateboard" chassis, and intended to be built at the startup's Illinois factory, has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The news was first reported by Automotive News, and subsequently confirmed by Lincoln and Rivian to Green Car Reports. Stay-at-home orders and an imploding economy

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Rivian electric trucks: R1T and R1S delayed to summer 2021

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Electric truckmaker Rivian announced Friday that its pilot production line has started up at the company’s factory in Normal, Illinois. With a precise perspective on what needs to be done between that and the trucks’ arrival, Rivian reported that deliveries of its R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV will start in June 2021 for the

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Rivian project shuffled, Polestar 2 safety, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid drive: Today’s Car News

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The Lincoln electric SUV that was to be co-developed and built by Rivian in Illinois has been canceled The Rivian-built Lincoln electric SUV project has been canceled—or at least revamped. The Polestar 2 will offer some safety firsts. And we bring you a first drive of the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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Rivian R1S electric SUV goes family style with 7 seats, 410-mile range

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Two years from now, the electric-vehicle startup Rivian hopes to be making its R1T electric pickup truck at a former Mitsubishi (and Chrysler) plant in Normal, Illinois. If everything goes according to plan, shortly after that, in early 2021, it will start to deliver its other so-called electric adventure vehicle: the R1S all-electric. Third-Row Seats

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Champaign-Urbana orders two New Flyer 60' hydrogen fuel-cell buses

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MTD is the public transportation provider in the Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy regions of Illinois, also serving the University of Illinois. It delivers nearly 12 million rides per year through a full range of mobility services including bus service, ADA paratransit service, rural service, half fare cab, MCORE, the Illinois Terminal, and efforts to encourage walking, biking, and ride sharing.

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Fast Tesla chargers, Honda fuel cell recall, Rivian sharing: Today's Car News

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Illinois backtracks on its $1,000 registration fee for electric cars—but it'll still cost EV drivers. Tesla has opened its first Version 3 Superchargers to all Tesla drivers. Honda has recalled 2017 and 2018 Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles—again. And Rivian reveals its trucks will have a new peer-to-peer charging technology. All this and. youtube Today in Car News

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Nanostructure Research: Electric Car Charging In 5 Minutes?

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No sooner do I discuss University of Illinois researchers who have created 3D antennas for mobile phones using nanotechnology than another group of researchers at the University of Illinois (this time at Urbana-Champaign) have developed 3D material for batteries that combines the qualities of supercapacitors with those of batteries and could

How should EV owners pay for road maintenance? Take our Twitter poll

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Some can be quite onerous, such as the $1,000 fee for electric-car registration proposed last week in the Illinois legislature, compared to a $148 fee for other cars. States around the US are imposing new fees on electric-car owners to make them contribute to state highway maintenance funds. CHECK OUT: 17 states have passed extra fees on electric. Gas Tax highway funding Polls