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Tesla And Other Tech Giants Scramble For Lithium As Prices Double

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And the battle for market share in and around this commodity has everyone from major tech players to trend-setting investor gurus vying for a foothold. by James Stafford of Oilprice.com.

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UC Berkeley EBI, Shell sign $25M partnership to fund new energy tech research

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UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute has entered into a five-year research agreement with Shell International Exploration and Production to fund research that meets the growing demand for energy in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. The agreement is to spend up to $25 million over five years on fundamental research in the areas of global energy transition and new energy technology.

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Clean Tech Could Generate More Growth Than Fossil Fuels: Study

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Clean tech has obvious environmental benefits, but could it have economic benefits as well? The push by world governments to lower carbon emissions is viewed by some as financially hazardous, demanding considerable investment in new technologies in an economy that always seems to be in some state of distress. DON''T MISS: Four Ford Dealers To Test

Toyota Improves Semiconductor Tech In Hybrids, 10 Percent MPG Gains

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Toyota has revealed it''s developing a new design of semiconductor that could improve the fuel efficiency of its hybrid vehicles by up to ten percent. Developed with in-house technology partner Denso, it plans to test the semiconductor''s real-world gains in road trials within the year.

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Autonomous vehicle tech company Nauto enters strategic relationships with 3 automakers, including BMW and Toyota, and Allianz

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Autonomous vehicle technology company Nauto has entered into strategic agreements with three major auto companies, including BMW i Ventures and Toyota Research Institute, as well as with Allianz Ventures, part of the leading global financial service provider and insurance company Allianz Group.

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Quant Limousine With Flow-Cell Battery Tech Begins German Road Trials

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At the Geneva Motor Show in March, German firm Quant revealed a car powered by what it called ''nanoFLOWCELL'' technology. Now, the flow-cell vehicle will make its road-going debut, as the car has been approved for real-world testing by the TÜV or Technischer Überwachungsverein, Germany''s road safety monitoring agency. The first thing most

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Hybrid & Hydrogen, Or Electric? Toyota, Nissan Battle Over Future Green-Car Tech

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Japanese automakers Toyota and Nissan have always done things a little differently. But when it comes to company strategies for meeting future transportation needs, each firm''s approach couldn''t be more different. Nissan is resolute on its decision to go electric. Toyota, on the other hand, believes hybrid cars and fuel cells are the way forward

CALSTART white paper shows nationwide tech supplier industry ready to support more efficient heavy-duty trucks and buses

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is a leader in transportation tech, including next-generation advanced engines. Strong standards will encourage continued investment and drive advanced tech innovation and jobs in this sector.

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Volkswagen takes lead in car tech innovation

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Volkswagen is the global leader in the field of innovative drive technologies according to a new study.

BMW i3 To Get Fuel Cell Version With Toyota Tech?

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In 2015, Japanese automaker Toyota will make a fuel-cell vehicle available to the public. It has worked on the project with German firm BMW, itself planning a fuel-cell vehicle--and that vehicle could now be a fuel-cell version of the i3 electric car. According to Motoring, Toyota USA''s advanced vehicle boss, Craig Scott "intimated strongly" that

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BMW, Samsung To Share Electric-Car Battery Tech With Other Makers

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BMW has announced that it''s open to sharing the battery technology it uses in its i3 and i8 plug-in vehicles with other automakers. The company hopes that by sharing the technology, which it co-developed with Samsung SDI, it will benefit from improved economies of scale. According to Automotive News Europe, BMW purchasing boss Klaus Draeger says

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Chevrolet offers sneak peak of Spark EV Tech

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General Motors'' brand Chevrolet has decided to whet our appetite with a sneak peak of its exciting Spark EV Tech Performance concept.

CAR report quantifies automotive’s position as a leading high-tech industry

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A newly-released report by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) concludes that the automotive industry is not only “high-tech,” it is frequently a leader in technological developments and applications. Percentage of Global R&D Spending by Industry, 2013.

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Chevrolet Malibu Buyers Appreciate Gas-Saving Stop-Start Tech

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Stop-start engine technology is used widely in cars in Europe, but until recently very few automakers have applied it to vehicles sold in the U.S. For the most part, that''s because the benefits aren''t shown up in EPA testing. But a few automakers are also worried that customers may not be accepting of the gas-saving technology. Chevrolet needn''t

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Daimler investing >€7B in next 2 years in green tech; fuel cell plug-in, BEV architecture; 48V

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At its TecDay event in Stuttgart, Daimler said it will invest more than €7 billion (US$7.9 billion) in green technologies in the next two years alone.

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Via Motors Latest To Try Electric Vehicle-To-Home Backup Power Tech

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Japanese companies have explored the concept of electric vehicles powering houses for some time, but with events like last year''s Hurricane Sandy fresh in peoples'' minds, some U.S. organizations are investigating it too. One of these is the Department of Defense. Another is Via Motors, the Bob Lutz-backed electric vehicle company converting GM''s

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2017 Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid to get updates to styling, tech

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The 2017 Audi A3 sedan and convertible get several styling and technology updates that will likely be applied to the A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid model as well. The current-generation A3 debuted in Europe in 2012, although it didn't go on sale in the U.S. until the 2015 model year (there was no 2014 A3). Nonetheless, the model is now about. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars

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VW Talks Future Tech: Plug-Ins, Natural Gas, 10-Speed Transmissions

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Volkswagen chairman Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn covered virtually every area of green technology in his talk at the recent Vienna Motor Symposium. Plug-in cars, natural gas vehicles, diesels and a new ten-speed dual-clutch transmission were all discussed, pointing to a bright future for Volkswagen''s future vehicles. Winterkorn emphasized that

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The Social Non Profit – Working Smarter with Social Tech

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My starting point is that working smarter with social tech is about doing a better job on delivering on your Non Profit’s Mission and empowering your staff’s creativity and innovativeness so they can be even more effective in their work. The Social Non Profit.

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1983 Volvo Concept Car Previewed Today's Green Tech

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Traditionally, concept cars are superficial beasts, showing off an automaker''s latest style, eventually watered down and rationalized before they hits the road. More recently, they''ve also previewed new drivetrain technologies and materials, as products are now expected to minimize their impact on the environment. Volvo, ever the straight-laced

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Volvo Adds New Diesel Tech, 8-Speed Auto To Improve Fuel Economy

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Volvo doesn''t sell any diesel vehicles in the U.S, but if and when it decides to change that it''ll certainly have some of the more advanced units on sale. The company''s new diesel engine family, launched this fall in Europe, features what Volvo calls ''i-ART'' technology to help cut fuel consumption and emissions. i-ART provides pressure feedback

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Green car tech to spark intellectual property war?

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The race to dominate the growing market for so-called ‘green cars’ could spark a patents war, similar to the one that has over-run the smartphone industry, according to the Financial Times this week.

VW To Focus On Electric, Plug-In Hybrid Tech, Slash Spending Due To Diesel Scandal

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The Volkswagen diesel-emission cheating scandal has caused executive heads to roll, cars to be yanked off sale, and regulators to pore over real-world emission data with a laser-like focus. It has made the future of the VW Group as the world's largest carmaker seem far more perilous than it did just one month ago. This morning, the company's board

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Tokyo Tech team engineers Nannochloropsis algae to boost oil production; method potentially applicable to other strains

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Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and colleagues have engineered the Nannochloropsis algal strain NIES-2145 to enhance the production of fat-based molecules called triacylglycerols (TAGs), thereby increasing oil synthesis from the microalgae.

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Audi's Traffic Light Recognition Tech Will Save You Gas, Time

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Taking the average passenger car and making it more efficient is the combination of dozens of factors from engine technology to aerodynamics to more extreme measures like hybridization. But some factors you just can''t control, like traffic, weather and the changing of traffic signals. Audi thinks it can at least mitigate the latter with its latest

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500 Mile Electric Cars? New Lithium-Air Tech Has Potential

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We'd be the first to point out that many of the electric car owners currently out on the roads have had absolutely no trouble with the 100 or so miles they get from a full charge. However, it'd be foolish to assume that some people really don't need more than that, and as a result there's always room for an EV with greater range. Improvements to

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, partners demo automated, connected vehicles on I-395

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The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and Transurban, which operates the express lanes, conducted a demonstration of automated, connected vehicles on a 10-mile stretch of I-395 for federal and state officials. Mark Warner, US Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Greg Winfree, Virginia Tech President Timothy D.

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DOE to award $12.5M to improve efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks as part of new tech track for US-China initiative

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The US Department of Energy is soliciting applications ( DE-FOA-0001542 ) for the formation of a Consortium to pursue five identified R&D topic areas related to improving the operating efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The Consortium that is funded through this solicitation will form a new technical track under the US-China Clean Energy Research Center , a bilateral initiative to encourage R&D collaboration and accelerate technology development and deployment in both countries.

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Tetrahedrite-based tech could save waste heat from cars

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Whenever you run a car, a lot of the energy in the fuel you used is lost as waste heat. The result is that combustion cars are typically no more than 38 per cent efficient in their fuel use when you combine energy losses through heat and friction. With the growth of hybrid vehicles it was though[.].

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Volkswagen adds BlueMotion tech to Transporter range

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It is not just cars that are cutting emissions this morning, good ol’ vans are getting in on the action too, as Volkswagen extends its BlueMotion technology to the Transporter panel van, kombi and people carrier ranges. The carmaker’s proven BlueMotion efficient diesel technology as featured on the Golf, Passat and other passenger cars, now [.]. Volkswagen Transporter

Will Audi's Next Sports Coupe Use E-Tron Quattro Hybrid Tech?

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It seems strange that Audi has so far failed to capitalize on the huge success of its R18 e-tron quattro endurance racing cars. They''re without doubt some of the most technologically-advanced race cars of the modern age, yet the Ingolstadt automaker has made only token references to the R18 with plug-in hybrid or diesel A3 hatchbacks, or the

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Chinese Electric Car Maker Dubs Its Top-Secret Tech 'Snowden,' After You-Know-Who

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Sometimes, you just can''t make them up. A small Chinese electric car firm is currently seeking permission to name its new electric car technology ''Snowden''--named for the former U.S. intelligence contractor now in political asylum in Russia, after leaking top-secret mass surveillance details to the press. In a shameless but amusing attempt to ride

Hyundai Vs. Tesla, Gas-Mileage Road Testing, BMW Shares Battery Tech: Today's Car News

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Today on Green Car Reports: An executive''s statement sparks conflict between Hyundai and Tesla, the EPA wants carmakers to verify gas mileage with road testing, and BMW and Samsung plan to share battery tech with other companies. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Apparently sick of "range anxiety," a Chinese Tesla Model S owner buys a series

Volvo XC90 'Twin Engine' Tech: Plug-In Electric, Turbocharged AND Supercharged

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Volvo''s long-term powertrain strategy is all about four-cylinder engines. Gone are the firm''s long-standing five-cylinder gasoline and diesel units, and gone is the old XC90''s V-8--replaced, in the next-generation car, with a power unit Volvo calls ''Twin Engine''. Using an intriguing mix of four-cylinder gasoline power, a turbocharger, supercharger

Tomorrow’s motorists more interested in tech than cars

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It''s been said before; young people are falling out of love with the car, as high insurance and fuelling costs price them off the road and back to their computers and social networks as a means to keep in touch with friends from afar.

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2015 Ford C-Max Ads To Downplay Twice-Cut Gas Mileage, Focus On Fun, Tech

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Offered in North America only with hybrid powertrains, the Ford C-Max hatchback was supposed to give its maker a high-profile, high-efficiency model to compete with the Toyota Prius family. However, Ford has had to cut the C-Max Hybrid''s fuel-economy ratings twice, leading the company''s marketers to think of a different way to sell it. RELATED

Bob Lutz: Volt's Electric Tech Should've Gone Into Escalade First

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Ex-GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz played an instrumental part in getting Chevrolet's range-extended electric car, the Volt, to market.

New Lithium-Ion Battery Tech Could Appear In Next Few Years

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Silicon nanoparticle battery tech currently under development at the New battery technology is five years away, and always will be. Well, that's the impression you might get whenever new technology is announced. Some of it is very, very clever indeed, but much of it is only theoretical, and the rest has rarely been tested on suitably large scales.

Honda Demonstrates 'Green Wave' Tech Designed To Ease Traffic

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Have you noticed how much poorly synchronized lights—or traffic that's trying to go faster than the lights permit—can add to congestion? A new system in the works from Honda aims to provide a simple interface for smoothing traffic flow, while increasing safety and gas mileage. The idea is simple and two-fold: to advise drivers on what

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Pasha, Port of LA and California ARB partner on $26.6M Green Omni Terminal demo project; emerging zero and near-zero emission tech

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A hallmark of the project is collaboration with green-tech original equipment manufacturers and technical experts from the private sector, academia and regulatory agencies. Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals L.P. and the Port of Los Angeles are launching the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project, a full-scale, real-time demonstration of zero and near-zero emission technologies at a working marine terminal.