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.

Argonne and University of Illinois to form Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering intend to form the Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition to raise awareness of the potential for hydrogen and fuel cells to provide energy resilience and security, reduce emissions and foster economic growth.

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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

$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.

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'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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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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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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.

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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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

Wal-Mart, Anheuser-Busch, DHL to test Tesla Semi: 1,200-plus reservations?

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Elemental Landscapes of Illinois posted a screenshot of its reservation for three Tesla Semi trucks, showing a reservation number EO000001230. An Instagram post by an "outdoor living design and construction firm serving the Chicago Southland" seems to confirm a total of 1,230 reservations for Tesla's new all-electric truck. If the reservation. Trucks Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Commercial vehicle freight Tesla Semi

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Even Small Towns See Demand For Electric-Car Charging

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One example is Naperville, Illinois. Small-town America is all about quaint Main Streets, mom''n''pop stores, and. electric-car charging stations?

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Six Possible VW TDI Diesel Fixes: From Software To New Car

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That's the conundrum facing diesel-engine engineers, as summarized by Don Hillebrand, the director of energy systems research at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. "You have power, you have energy, you have emissions: You get to choose two of them." And the VW diesel emission cheating scandal shows just how tough those tradeoffs become in. emissions EPA TDI VW selective catalytic reduction (SCR) AdBlue

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DOE project captures and stores one million metric tons of carbon

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Illinois Basin-Decatur Project has successfully captured and stored one million metric tons of carbon dioxide, injecting it into a deep saline formation. The carbon dioxide is captured from the Archer Daniels Midland Company ethanol-production facility in Decatur, Illinois, and is compressed before traveling across a mile-long pipeline and injected approximately 7,000 feet below the surface into the Mount Simon Sandstone formation.

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Tesla expands Supercharger fast-charging sites into cities for Model 3 owners

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Earlier this month, Tesla opened its first two Supercharger stations in Chicago, Illinois, and Boston, Massachusetts. With the mass-production Model 3 in mind, Tesla has begun to expand its Supercharger fast-charging stations into urban areas. The Chicago site features 10 charging stalls, while the Boston location is equipped with eight stalls. Tesla Motors plug-in cars charging infrastructure Fast Charging Charging stations Tesla Supercharger

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Value Of Early Fisker Stake Drops By Two-Thirds After New Money

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And if the startups are carmakers, it may be even riskier yet--as the Illinois Student Assistance Commission found out recently. The state agency managing the College Illinois prepaid tuition program had invested $10 million in the stock of range-extended electric car maker Fisker Investing in startup companies is a risky way to make money.

Chicago Will Get Nissan Leaf Early Because It Loves Electric Cars

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The City of Chicago has put so much time and money into supporting electric cars that Nissan has decided to reward Illinois by moving forward the planned Chicago launch of its Leaf electric hatchback to this Fall. Quinn of Illinois signed a bill investing $1 million in electric car infrastructure throughout the

November Plug-In Car Sales, Route 66 Goes Electric, WA Electric-Car Incentives: Today's Car News

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Illinois announces a plan to electrify Route 66 by adding public charging stations, Washington state mulls electric-car incentives, and the first plug-in electric car sales figures for November are in. We''ve got news from all across the U.S. today. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Will Washington state grant electric-car owners tax breaks

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Tesla Model 3 braking problems, new electric SUVs, 2-cylinder pickup: The Week in Reverse

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What new company is getting ready to build electric SUVs in Illinois? Which new car won't Consumer Reports recommend? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending May 25, 2018. Friday, we shared a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance that predicts that more than half of all new. The Week In Reverse

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