Minneapolis gets EV Ready

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Minneapolis will be getting 18 electric cars from Ford, and stimulus funding will be used to install charging points, as reported in the Twin Cities downtownjournal.com.

car2go pulls plug on car-sharing service in San Diego, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Daimler’s car-sharing service car2go is suspending its operations in San Diego, California and in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. In San Diego, car2go faced a lack of use, the company said. In the Twin Cities, the issue is the high state car rental taxation rates. car2go will continue to operate as normal in both locations until 31 December 2016, at which time all vehicles will be taken out of service and will no longer appear in the car2go app.

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Which City Has The Worst Fuel Economy For All Its Used Cars?

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Minneapolis-St. If you want to buy a used Toyota Prius, don''t go shopping for one in Detroit. The Motor City has the worst fuel economy among used cars, according to a new study by iSeeCars.com, as reported by WardsAuto. The study found that 71.2 percent of used cars in metro Detroit get 22.5 mpg or less. Paul was the runner-up, with 71.1 percent

Corn Belt Mayor Plugs In

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GreenOptions blog reports that Mayor RT Rybak of Minneapolis is now driving a plug-in hybrid. Tags: rt rybak plug-in prius plug-in hybrid minneapolis His daily drive, a Prius, has been converted. He's also moving the Minnesota city along a solar fast track.

UCLA researchers develop exceptionally strong and lightweight new metal nanocomposite

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of Minneapolis; and Suveen Mathaudhu of UC Riverside.

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Environmental Charter High School Gets Solar; Greenius Goes EcoMedia

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And in the next three months he’ll be in Cambridge, Massachusetts; back in Minneapolis; the Port of Los Angeles; Long Beach, California; Long Island, New York and Denver Colorado for the latest batch of environmental projects EcoAds have helped to fund.

Chrysler/DOE Ram PHEV project exploring battery life modeling

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The longest calendar lives were for packs modeled to be in use in Minneapolis, Detroit and Fairbanks, with 15.8, The RAM plug-in hybrid truck. Click to enlarge.

APTA reports record public transportation usage in US in 2013; growth outpacing population and VMT growth

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The following five commuter rail systems saw double digit increases in 2013: Austin, TX (37.3%); Harrisburg-Philadelphia, PA (33.9%); Anchorage, AK (30.0%); Lewisville, TX (23.0%); Stockton, CA (19.9%); Minneapolis, MN (12.5%); and Portland, OR (10.3%).

Aviat, Aviation Foundation unveil concept CNG-fueled single-engine aircraft

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and Minneapolis-based Aviation Foundation of America, Inc. Aviat Husky CNG. Click to enlarge. Airplane manufacturer Aviat Aircraft, Inc. unveiled the first dual-fuel, piston-powered aircraft to operate on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and aviation gasoline.

Voith SensoTop technology nets up to 7% fuel savings for city transit buses

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Field tests were completed in Austin, TX, Lancaster, PA, Minneapolis, MN, Portland, OR, Salt Lake City, UT, and San Mateo County, CA. Over one particular week, Minneapolis saw savings over 12%. Field tests for Voith’s SensoTop transmission technology have shown a reduction in fuel use of up to 7% for heavy-duty transit buses. Savings were achieved across multiple transit authorities and routes varying in elevation and length.

ExxonMobil, MIT and Synthetic Genomics team publishes results of LCA on algal biofuels; potential for large reductions in GHG

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At the 2011 Algae Biomass Summit in Minneapolis, Dr. Michael Matturro, Corporate Programs Laboratory Director for ExxonMobil, provided a brief overview of the scope of the work. Pond-to-wheel GHG estimates for low-impact, nominal, and high-impact algal diesel fuel technology sets.

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ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics progressing in their algal biofuels partnership; preliminary results from lifecycle analysis

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At the 2011 Algae Biomass Summit in Minneapolis, Dr. Michael Matturro, Corporate Programs Laboratory Director for ExxonMobil, provided a brief overview of the scope of the work and described some preliminary results from a comprehensive lifecycle analysis of different algal biofuel production pathways being done by the two partners along with MIT. ExxonMobil is progressing in its partnership with Synthetic Genomics (SGI) ( earlier post ) to explore algae biofuels.

TomTom launches Congestion Index based on traffic database; congestion levels in 57 cities in North America and Europe

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Conversely, Edmonton, New York, Boston, Minneapolis and Toronto experienced a reduction in congestion levels. TomTom, the leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services, launched its first quarterly Congestion Index. The Index accurately identifies and analyzes traffic congestion in 57 major cities across North America and Europe.

This weekend's screenings include many special events

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Come out this weekend in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, Houston and Sacramento! Lagoon Theatre, Minneapolis, MN. JOIN US for premiere events at our new theaters the weekend of 11/11, including Q&A's with Director Chris Paine, Former GM Executive (and Revenge star) Bob Lutz and much more. Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI. 11/12 - Director Chris Paine to participate in post-show Q&A after 7:00 pm screening.

Geographers provide new insight into commuter megaregions of the US

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Below are visuals from the study reflecting commutes to Minneapolis-St.Paul within a 50-mile radius based on the visual heuristic approach (top) as compared to commutes within the Twin Cities region using the algorithmic approach (bottom).

INRIX and Parkmobile bring end-to-end parking solution to the connected car

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Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Indianapolis and Houston. INRIX, Inc., a leading provider of dynamic connected car services worldwide, and Parkmobile, the leading provider of on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off- street parking and mobility solutions, announced a strategic partnership at the annual International Parking Institute (IPI) conference. The two will partner to develop an embedded, end-to-end parking solution for the auto industry.

Azure Dynamics signs HEV/EV sales/service agreements with 76 additional dealerships

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Azure previously announced dealerships in major markets including Boston, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, San Antonio and Toronto. Azure Dynamics Corporation has signed agreements with 76 additional dealerships to represent Azure’s products including the Transit Connect Electric and the Balance Hybrid Electric in key markets across North America. The new agreements bring the total number of dealerships in the Azure program to 103.

ICCT assesses factors driving EV market in US cities

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The markets of Charlotte, Detroit, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Providence, and Virginia Beach showed charging infrastructure growth of approximately 30% to 80%, corresponding with at least a doubling of their electric vehicle uptake from 2015 to 2016.

Warburg Pincus to invest up to $355M in First Green; focus on early-stage technologies in the carbon value chain; renewable fuels and chemicals, and green-black tech

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Erickson is a co-founder and general partner of BlueStream Ventures, a venture capital partnership focused on technology companies, and a former research director and technology analyst at Dain Rauscher Wessels, a Minneapolis-based brokerage and. investment banking group at Piper Jaffray, a global Minneapolis-based investment bank.

Voith introduces topography-dependent shifting program SensoTop for N. American city transit buses

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The technology is currently being tested in a number of North American cities, including Portland, Oregon and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Voith has introduced its topography-dependent shifting program, SensoTop, for heavy-duty transit buses into the North American market. SensoTop is designed to optimize bus transmission gear-shifting to reduce fuel consumption.

Generating Electricity from Air Flow

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They presented their concept at the 62 nd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics at the Minneapolis Convention Center on 23 November. In Minneapolis, Andreopoulos and his colleagues presented wind tunnel data showing how the devices work in both situations.

UPS Deploys 200 More Hybrid Delivery Trucks

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Long Island, Minneapolis and Louisville. UPS has expanded its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles with the deployment of 200 next-generation hybrid electric delivery trucks in eight US cities. Earlier post.). The 200 new hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) join roughly 20,000 low-emission and alternative-fuel vehicles already in use and have been deployed in Austin, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, D.C.,

Chelsea Sexton has a Volt for a foster child

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Read about her cautious optimism for GM’s new electric car in her recent blog post: “I first learned of the Chevrolet Volt while standing on a Minneapolis street corner on June 23, 2006. Our Consulting Producer Chelsea Sexton was recently chosen as one of a small group of EV enthusiasts to field test a Chevy Volt: living with it and driving it on a daily usage basis.

Omnitek receives EPA approval for 12L diesel-to-natural gas converted Mack E7 engine

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An assembly line engine remanufacturing/conversion process performed by the company’s strategic partner Reviva, based in Minneapolis, will assure that engines are in as-new condition. Omnitek Engineering Corp. has received a Certificate of Conformity from the US Environmental Protection Agency applicable for diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions of all Mack E7 electronic engines up to model year 2006.

4,500th GE Evolution Series Locomotive enters service; reductions in fuel consumption and emissions

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GE’s $4-billion transportation business marked the milestone at Railway Interchange 2011 held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 18-20 Sept. GE Transportation’s 4,500 th more fuel efficient Evolution Series Locomotive has entered revenue service. The Evolution Series represents a $400-million investment the most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient and low-emissions heavy haul freight locomotive to-date.

Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy issue RFI to advance drop-in biofuels for military and commercial transportation

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Representatives from USDA, DOE or Department of Navy will be present at the following events and available to answer industry questions: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, Honolulu, HI 13-15 September; SRI in the Rockies Conference, New Orleans, LA 2-5 October; Naval Energy Forum, Washington, DC 13-14 October; AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN 16-21 October; Global Cleantech 100 Summit, Washington, DC 17-18 October; Florida Energy Summit (Farm to Fuel), Orlando, FL 26-28 October.

BioAmber closes $45M Series B to fund biobased succinic and adipic platforms

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The company has offices and research labs in Minneapolis, MN, an office in Montreal, a sales office in Shanghai, China and a production plant in Pomacle, France. BioAmber Inc., a developer of bio-based succinic acid ( earlier post ), has raised $45 million dollars in a Series B financing that will accelerate the commercialization of succinic acid and modified PBS (polybutylene succinate, a renewable, biodegradable polymer).

Xcel Energy and Customer Coalition To Be Among First Users of Electric Transit Connect

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The company is finalizing agreements with others eligible to participate, including the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County in Minnesota and the city of Denver in Colorado. Xcel Energy and a coalition of its customers have been selected to be among the first in the country to receive the all-electric Ford Transit Connect Electric commercial van. Azure Dynamics Corp. has named Xcel Energy to its “Lead Customer” program to receive a total of 13 vans.

Azure Dynamics announces sales of 29 Transit Connect Electrics

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Boyer Ford in Minneapolis, MN. Azure Dynamics Corporation announced 29 new Ford Transit Connect Electric sales, including 8 units in Europe and 21 units in North America, which includes a 3-unit reorder from Johnson Controls, Inc. Azure is a provider of electric drive technology for light to medium-duty commercial fleet vehicles in North America and is the first authorized provider of electric and hybrid electric solutions on Ford’s light-and medium-duty commercial vehicles.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Adds 5,000 Hybrids to Nationwide Fleet

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Markets include California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno); Colorado (Denver); Florida (Orlando, Tampa); New York (Albany, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester); Oregon (Eugene, Portland); Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston); Atlanta; Boston; Detroit; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; St. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is adding approximately 5,000 additional gas/electric hybrids to its nationwide fleet and designating nearly 80 rental locations across the country as “hybrid branches.”

New York Turn On

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Turn on the Electric Road By DAVID MORRIS Published: October 8, 2006 Minneapolis LAST summer, New York State took a page from California’s playbook, using state policy to jump-start a 21st century automobile industry.

Air Line Pilots Association Calls for Temporary Ban on Li-ion and Li-metal Battery Shipments on Airliners

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The incidents, which took place in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Honolulu, Hawaii were similar to a 2006 battery fire aboard a DC-8 in Philadelphia, Pa. The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) is calling on the US government to prohibit shipments of lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries on passenger and all-cargo aircraft until new regulations are in place to ensure the safe transport of these materials.

New yeast engineered by BESC, Mascoma could accelerate production of cellulosic ethanol

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The results were presented at the 31 st International Fuel Ethanol Workshop this week in Minneapolis. Consolidated bioprocessing technology company Mascoma LLC and the US Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) have developed a new strain of yeast that could help significantly accelerate the development of biofuels from nonfood plant matter.

Cummins Demonstrates Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Auxiliary Power System

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The demonstration, held at Cummins Power Generation facilities in Minneapolis, leveraged development supported by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The SOFC APU. Click to enlarge.

US Public Transit Ridership in 2008 At Highest Level in 52 years; 10.7B Trips

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Light rail systems with double digit ridership in 2008 were located in the following areas: Buffalo (23.9%); Philadelphia (23.3 %); Sacramento (14.4%); Baltimore (13.7%); Minneapolis (12.3%); Salt Lake City (12.3%); the state of New Jersey (10.9%); Denver (10.5%); and Dallas (10.2%). Americans took 10.7

New diamine-appended MOFs can capture CO2 for half or less of the energy cost of current materials

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UC Berkeley chemists have developed a new material that can efficiently capture CO 2 and then release it at lower temperatures than current carbon-capture materials, potentially cutting by half or more the energy currently consumed in the process.

Could electricity come from the air?

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Their idea was presented at the 62 nd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics at the Minneapolis Convention Centre. Researchers at the City College of New York are developing a new way to generate power for planes and road vehicles, which would source electricity from air flow.

DOE, USDA awarding $12.6M to 10 biomass genomics research projects for improved biofuels

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Michael Marks, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have selected 10 projects that will receive funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower, and bio-based products. The $12.6

Summer Update

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The bill, sponsored by Representative Frank Hornstein of Minneapolis, would require that the State of Minnesota begin buying PHEVs once they are commercially available and when the price is no more than 10% higher than similarly equipped vehicles.

Test drive the Fusion Hybrid and attend American Idol finale

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Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Tampa, Washington, D.C. Motorists in the US are being given the opportunity to attend a special showing of the American Idol finale at cinemas* across the country on May 19.