Nissan Leaf withdrawn from New Zealand, electric-car sales plummet

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When it comes to thriving markets for electric cars, New Zealand doesn't exactly top the list. The Nissan Leaf is the bestselling electric car worldwide, but now Nissan will stop selling it from New Zealand. sales plug-in cars New ZealandSo what happens when a bestselling electric car is withdrawn from what is already a low-volume market? DON'T MISS: 2012 Nissan Leaf To Arrive.

New Zealand revs up for electric cars

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Widespread use of electric cars is just a matter of time: and according to industry experts in New Zealand, they could take over the roads within 10 years. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars green cars New Zealand Tesla RoadsterHong Kong University President CC Chan spoke at the APEC Workshop in Wellington and stated that electric cars had made a significant breakthrough by capturing the attention [.].

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New Zealand adjusts electric car guidelines

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In a bid to clear up the issues of electric car safety, New Zealand is offering new guidelines to electric car manufacturers and importers. Entitled: Deploying electric vehicles in New Zealand: A guide to the regulatory and market environment; the guidelines were put together by the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Economic Development, [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars green cars New Zealand

New Zealand's First Free Public Charging Point Installed

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Despite New Zealand's international clean and green image, it's a country which has been trailing behind when it comes to electric vehicles, with almost every all-electric vehicle on the nation's roads being a home-conversion. The price of New Zealand's gasoline has now reached $6.12

Licella signs MoUs with Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand on renewable aviation fuels

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Australia-based Licella , a wholly owned subsidiary of Ignite Energy , has signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand to examine the development and commercialization of a process to convert woody biomass into sustainable aviation biofuel. The company’s new commercial demonstration facility at Somersby in New South Wales was just opened by the Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson.

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New Zealand simplifies Road User Charges system, extends exemption for light electric motor vehicles from 2013 to 2020

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New Zealand is implementing revenue-neutral changes to its road user charges (RUC) system as of 1 August 2012. In New Zealand, diesel and electric-powered vehicles pay for their road use through road user charges. Among the modifications to the RUC, the New Zealand government has extended the current exemption for light electric motor vehicles from the requirement to pay road user charges—enacted in 2009 and due to expire in 2013—to 2020.

Wrightspeed partners with AxleTech on heavy-duty electric drive

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The partnership integrates decades of axle engineering experience into Wrightspeed’s electrification technology to meet growing demand from the company’s customers and partners, including Mack Trucks and New Zealand Bus (NZB). Wrightspeed Inc.,

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Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia partner to investigate options for locally produced aviation biofuel

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In a trans-Tasman alliance, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia are issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to the market to explore the opportunity to procure locally-produced aviation biofuel. Air New Zealand Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer Captain David Morgan says the airline recognizes the impact aviation has on the environment and this RFI is a key initiative under its carbon management program.

New Zealand issues new guidelines for EV manufacturers and importers

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New Zealand has issued new guidelines for electric vehicle manufacturers and importers to provide clarity about the regulations and rules for the safe use of electric vehicles in New Zealand. These guidelines aim to facilitate electric vehicle uptake in New Zealand by providing information in one place about the regulatory and market conditions that affect electric vehicles.

New Zealand LM Energy Applies for Underground Coal Gasification Prospecting Permit

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As part of its long term strategy to secure substantial energy resources in New Zealand L&M Energy Limited (LME) has lodged an application for an underground coal gasification (UCG) prospecting permit over a 2.112 sq km area containing in excess of 2 billion tonnes of Waikato coal measures.

New Zealand Will Not Implement Fuel Economy Standard

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The government of New Zealand will not proceed with developing and implementing fuel economy standards as proposed by the previous government. While most countries deal with only a small number of importers and manufacturers, New Zealand does not have a domestic vehicle manufacturing industry and imports a large number of used vehicles through several thousand importers. The average CO 2 emissions of new vehicles entering the fleet have dropped from 220.6

CSIRO report concludes that sustainable biojet fuel industry is achievable for Australia/New Zealand

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Establishing an economically and environmentally beneficial, bio-derived Australian and New Zealand aviation fuels industry is a viable proposition, according to a report compiled by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia’s national science agency) in collaboration with the region’s major aviation industry players. If this scenario is realized, then by 2030 Australia and New Zealand are expected to save more than A$2 billion (US$2.1

New Zealand Strategic Assessment of Biofuels Calls for Emphasis on Synthetic Diesel from Wood

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A report from the New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, is calling for a more strategic approach to biofuels. The report concludes, and Commissioner Wright emphasizes in an overview of the report, that if biofuels are to play a significant role in New Zealand’s energy future, then drop-in synthetic diesel made from wood is the pathway on which the country should concentrate.

New Zealand will not implement fuel economy standard

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The previous government in New Zealand may have proposed a fuel economy standard, but now the new government has announced it will not proceed with those plans. He said that New Zealand does not have a domestic vehicle manufacturing industry and imports a large number of used vehicles so the proposal would have been difficult and costly to carry out. Tags: Green cars Latest news fuel economy fuel economy standard New Zealand

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2012 Nissan Leaf To Arrive in New Zealand, Christchurch First

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The city of Christchurch, located on the southern of New Zealand's two large islands, is destined to become the first city to welcome the 2012 Nissan Leaf, its new electric car. According to the Christchurch City Council, 2012 will see the arrival of the highway-capable and affordable five-seat electric car. The council is also making plans to

Bad News: Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Delayed Yet Again

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The Outlander PHEV is already on sale in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and has been on the market in Japan for over a year, but a series of small problems has seen its U.S. Those of you holding out for Mitsubishi''s Outlander Plug-In Hybrid will have to hold out even longer--as the car''s U.S. launch has been put back once again.

Renault-Nissan Alliance Partners with the Wellington City Council, New Zealand on Zero-Emission Vehicles

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance (the Alliance) and the city of Wellington in New Zealand have formed a partnership to explore the development of a Zero Emission Vehicles program. The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which a working team of representatives from the City Council and Nissan will identify potential areas of co-operation in promoting the use of zero emission vehicles in the city.

New Zealanders lured by clean diesel cars

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Motorists in New Zealand are increasingly turning to the power of diesel to reduce CO2 emissions and boost fuel efficiency, the country's Motor Trade Association (MTA) reveals. According to the association, while New Zealanders are now faced with a growing array of alternative fuel options, those moving away from petrol are increasingly likely to choose [.].

DOE awards LanzaTech $4M for low-carbon jet & diesel demo plant; 3M gpy; Audi evaluating fuel properties

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In the DOE funded project, LanzaTech will work with ArcelorMittal to evaluate US opportunities for leveraging this expertise to demonstrate an entirely new pathway to low carbon fuels from industrial wastes that are either flared or underutilized.

Study using real-world data finds low speed autonomous emergency braking leads to 38% reduction in rear-end crashes

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A study by a team of researchers from Europe, Australia and New Zealand has found that Low Speed AEB (autonomous emergency braking) technology leads to a 38% reduction in real-world rear-end crashes. Real-world evaluations of advanced safety systems are often limited by slow take-up rates, insufficient crash data and lower crash rates of new, safer vehicles.

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2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Prius 'marvel,' electric-car tax credits: Today's car news

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Today, Toyota announces the refreshed 2017 Highlander Hybrid and a new Prius hybrid variant for the 2016 New York Auto Show, and we look at when electric-car tax credits expire. The Nissan Leaf is withdrawn from New Zealand, and electric-car sales there plummet as a result. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The refreshed 2017 Toyota. Today in Car News

Suzuki Swift beats official MPG with over 80mpg

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A Suzuki Swift completed an impressive marathon economy drive in the hands of a New Zealand motoring journalist, achieving an impressive 764 miles to a single tank. Auckland-based Donn Anderson drove a Swift DDiS down New Zealand’s North Island to Wellington and back, getting within 60km of reaching home before the tank finally ran dry. [.].

LanzaTech, Harsco ally to develop ethanol from steel gas process

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Founded in 2005 in New Zealand, LanzaTech is the first company to successfully demonstrate production of fuel-grade ethanol from steel mill gases. Overview of the LanzaTech process. Click to enlarge. Worldwide industrial solutions company Harsco Corp.

Study finds that EV-specific factors rather than socio-demographic variables better predictors of EV uptake

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NZ Super Fund makes $60M investment in LanzaTech, bringing total Series D to $112.6M

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The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has made a US$60 million equity investment in leading gas fermentation company LanzaTech. Founded in New Zealand in 2005 and now headquartered in Chicago, LanzaTech turns waste gas from steel mills into ethanol and other high value fuels and chemicals. In New Zealand, the Fund invests in expansion capital via investment managers Pencarrow Private Equity, Pioneer Capital Partners and Waterman Capital.

Wrightspeed in $30M deal to provide range-extended electric powertrains to NZ Bus

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announced a US$30M deal with Infratil-owned NZ Bus, New Zealand’s largest operator of urban bus services. The company’s patented Geared Traction Drive (GTD) digitally drives each wheel of the vehicle, providing the slip control needed to manage New Zealand streets.

Toyota to explore integration of SmartDeviceLink Technology with Ford subsidiary; open source version of Ford AppLink

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We continue to investigate new technologies that both enhance and safeguard the driving experience of Toyota and Lexus owners. Three new markets are slated to come on board this year: Taiwan, New Zealand and Thailand.

Swiss company outlines methanol-to-gasoline option for Alaska North Slope gas to state legislature

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Van Wijk at the time said the new plant might consider the methanol-to-gasoline MTG process pioneered by ExxonMobil. MTG isin use in new Zealand, and now in China. Methanol-to-gasoline process flow diagram. Source: EMRE. Click to enlarge.

USDA approves corn amylase trait for Enogen; first approved genetically modified trait for ethanol industry

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The corn amylase trait in Enogen has already been approved for import into Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia and Taiwan, and for cultivation in Canada. Syngenta has received full deregulation for its corn amylase trait from the US. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Earlier post.) This is the first genetically modified output trait in corn for the ethanol industry.

LanzaTech and Swedish Biofuels partnering with Virgin Atlantic on waste gas-to-ethanol-to-jet fuel process; targeting commercial use by 2014

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Biofuels towards achieving the technical approval required for using new fuel types in commercial aircraft. A demo flight with the new fuel is planned in 12-18 months, with commercialization targeted for 2014. The new process uses LanzaTech technology to capture and ferment waste gases from industrial steel production into ethanol ( earlier post ), and Swedish Biofuels technology to chemically.

Fiat 875cc TwinAir named International Engine of the Year 2011

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Judged by a panel of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries as disparate as the USA, Japan, China, Russia, New Zealand, India, Korea, Germany, France, Romania, South Africa, Mexico and the UK, the Awards highlight and acknowledge engine engineering excellence.

DOE Joint Genome Institute approves 41 projects for 2012 Community Sequencing Program; climate, environment and bioenergy feedstocks

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Another terabase-sized metagenome project comes from Craig Cary at the University of Delaware and Charles Lee at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. AgResearch, New Zealand. The US Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has approved 41 projects from 152 submitted (culled from the 188 letters of intent originally received) for the 2012 Community Sequencing Program (CSP).

Global geothermal industry passes 12,000 MW operational

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The global geothermal industry surpassed 12,000 MW of geothermal power operational, with about 600 MW of new geothermal power coming online globally, according to a year-end update by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA). New geothermal power came on line in Kenya, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Turkey, and Mexico, as well as Oregon, Nevada and Utah in the United States. New project announcements have increased the resource under development to about 30,000 MW.

CSIRO and Australasian Aviation Partners Launch Study on Sustainable Aviation Fuels Industry

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Called the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Road Map, the study aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of a sustainable aviation fuels industry in Australia and New Zealand. The project has been developed in collaboration with the Australasian section of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG)—including Air New Zealand, Boeing, Qantas and Virgin Blue—together with the Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO).

ZeoGas licenses ExxonMobil Methanol-to-Gasoline technology for Gulf Coast plant

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ExxonMobil’s methanol-to-gasoline technology was first commercialized in 1985 by New Zealand Synfuels, a 14,500 barrel per day gas-to-gasoline plant in New Zealand. ZeoGas LLC ( ZeoGas ), a developer of natural gas-to-gasoline projects, has entered into a license agreement to use ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company’s (ExxonMobil) methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) technology in the development of a natural gas-to-gasoline plant on the US Gulf Coast.

Mack Trucks to showcase Wrightspeed turbine-based extended range electric powertrain in Class 8 refuse truck

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Wrightspeed counts FedEx, Ratto Group and New Zealand Bus as early Route customers.

Posco and LanzaTech to collaborate on conversion of flue gas to ethanol and key value-added products

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New Zealand-based LanzaTech, developer of a proprietary gas fermentation technology ( earlier post ) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South Korea’s Posco, one of the largest steel producers in the world, covering the implementation of its gas fermentation technology to convert the steel maker’s flue gases to ethanol and other value added products. It provides a new way to produce green energy and it will also contribute to reducing CO2 in steel plants.

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Waze adds speed limits feature, planned drives

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Waze is rolling out the new feature first in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, Tobago and Uruguay. Waze, the popular “connected driver” app that combines navigation with driver contributions on traffic, accidents and other road data, is adding a speed limit feature that will automatically notify drivers when they are exceeding the speed limit.

Global sales of EyeSight-equipped Subarus reach 1 million

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EyeSight-equipped Subaru models are currently sold in Japan, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and China, and will continue to be rolled out to other global markets. In Japan, EyeSight-equipped models tested in the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) preventive safety performance assessment have all received the highest possible rating. Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.

Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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Are new CAFE standards the answer? New Zealand. sales of hybrid SUVs and other fuel efficient vehicles will prove interesting to watch this year, especially if fuel prices remain relatively low. Expert predictions about where oil and gas prices are headed vary widely.