Texas fossil-fuel industry made state more vulnerable to hurricane

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While the storm has dissipated, with this week's attention focused on Hurricane Irma, the effects and damage tolls will last for years—and one thing already seems clear: Texas' dependence on the fossil-fuel industry poses an. emissions Weather oil climate change Texas fossil fuelsHurricane Harvey will go down as one of the most destructive and costliest natural disasters in the United States.

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Texas restores $2,500 electric-car purchase rebate, except for Teslas

Green Car Reports

Ah, Texas, the state that was formerly a nation and continues to do things slightly differently. Politics rebates dealers incentives Tesla Motors plug-in cars Texas state lawsIts politics is bare-knuckle, its hats are big, and so are its ranches. It also generates more renewable wind energy than any other state in the union. Its auto-dealer lobbyists, however, are equally large and powerful. DON'T MISS: Tesla Loses Legal.

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Tesla in Texas, Mustang Mach-E range, Polestar 1 miles and mpg: Today’s Car News

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Tesla is homing in on Austin, Texas, for its Cybertruck plant. The Polestar 1 has been rated for fuel economy and range and is now being delivered. And Ford wants us to know that its range meter in the Mach-E is very smart. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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Texas A&M team develops guidelines for 3D printing of martensitic steel

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Researchers from Texas A&M University, in collaboration with scientists in the Air Force Research Laboratory, have developed guidelines that allow 3D printing of martensitic steels into very sturdy, defect-free objects of nearly any shape.

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Pecan Street launches Texas’ first grid-connected vehicle-to-grid research and testing center

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Austin, Texas-based energy research organization Pecan Street Inc. launched Texas’ first grid-tied vehicle-to-grid (V2G) testing center at its lab in Austin, turning electric vehicles into a dispatchable load shaving tool for the municipally-owned electric utility, Austin Energy.

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U Texas team uses tellurium as cathode additive to improve Li-S performance

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Researchers at the University of Texas have discovered that introducing tellurium (Te) into a Li-Sulfur system as a cathode additive significantly improves the reversibility of Li plating/stripping by forming a tellurized and sulfide-rich solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer on the Li surface.

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Texas DOT to form connected and automated vehicle task force

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The Texas Department of Transportation is going to create a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Task Force to become a central point for CAV advancement in Texas. The task force is designed to be a one-stop resource for information and coordination on all ongoing CAV projects, investments and initiatives in Texas.

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Texas: From Shale Boom to Water Revolution

Green Car Congress

Texas is famous the world over for two things on a massive scale: oil and droughts. For the oil and gas industry, water-starved Texas is a highly competitive playing field and the competition between oil companies and other heavy users of water is intense.

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

Green Car Reports

Then there''s Texas, where a. 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. 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.

Texas reinstates incentives for electric and alternative fuel cars

Green Car Reports

After a three-year hiatus, Texas has reinstated purchase rebates for plug-in electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles. Texans who buy electric cars after Sept. 1 can get a $2,500 rebate from the state, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News, in addition to the $7,500 tax credit from the federal government. Buyers of fuel-cell cars

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Solar panels at Toyota's new Texas HQ to provide 25 percent of its electricity

Green Car Reports

Texas may be known as an oil state, but it's also a sprawling and sunny state, making it a good place to set up solar panels. The Japanese carmaker's campus in Plano, Texas, will. Texas renewable energy solar clean energy energyToyota hopes to take advantage of that when it completes the move of its North American headquarters from Torrance, California, to the Lone Star State next year.

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What it took to buy an electric car in Texas: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Green Car Reports

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to locate and purchase or lease a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid somewhere in the heart of Texas oil country. Buying Plug-In Hybrids dealers plug-in cars dealerships TexasHoping to make Tom Cruise proud, I accepted the mission. But first, a bit of perspective: in 2005 I had set out to purchase a Mercury Mariner Hybrid. I had done my homework, and knew exactly.

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Mach-E updates, Mini Cooper SE review, Tesla’s Tera Texas: The Week in Reverse

Green Car Reports

Which upcoming electric vehicle will be enabled for Tesla-style over-the-air updates? What green-car icon is getting a 20th anniversary edition? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending May 15, 2020.

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Rice, Texas Tech study finds automated cars and their operators fail to detect dangers

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New research from Rice University and Texas Tech University has found that drivers often fail to spot hazards missed by automated vehicles, and it only gets worse the longer drivers ride in them. —Eric Greenlee, assistant professor of psychological sciences at Texas Tech and lead author.

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Texas CNG, LNG motor fuel sales double FY 2014 estimate

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As of 31 July, fiscal 2014 tax revenue from sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) motor fuel totaled $2,178,199, according to the Texas state Comptroller’s office. Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter, who launched a Natural Gas Initiative to increase the use of natural gas motor fuel in Texas last October, hailed the Comptroller’s report.

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Could Elon Musk's Hyperloop Crack The Texas Tesla Sales Ban?

Green Car Reports

Tesla can''t sell its electric cars directly to customers in Texas, but CEO Elon Musk still has ambitious plans for the state. As he often does, Musk dropped a bombshell on Twitter last week, announcing that he plans to build a test track for his "Hyperloop" transportation concept in the Lone Star State. MORE: Elon Musk''s Hyperloop: 30 Minutes In

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Tesla Vs Franchised Car Dealers In Texas, Arizona: Battles Continue

Green Car Reports

Both Texas and Arizona have seen skirmishes before between Tesla and groups representing franchised car dealers. The battle between Tesla Motors and car-dealer groups has flared up again on two familiar fronts. Franchised dealers, who have long enjoyed a state-mandated monopoly on retail car sales, appear to feel threatened by the automaker''s

Texas in process of raising speed limits

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In May, the 82 nd Texas Legislature passed and the Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 1353 , which took effect on 1 September. This legislation allows the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to create a 75-mph speed limit on sections of the highway system found to be reasonable and safe through a speed study. As soon as practicable, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) would have to conceal or remove any old speed limit signs and install updated ones.

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Tesla Testifies In Texas, Takes On State's Auto Dealers Over Stores

Green Car Reports

Texas is tough, and Texas car dealers are no exception. But electric-car startup Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], in the person of its CEO Elon Musk, testified yesterday at a hearing in the Texas legislature on a bill that would allow it to sell its cars directly to Texas buyers. That''s presently illegal in Texas, where legislation long backed by state

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Planet-Warming Texas Oil Refineries Embrace Communist Chinese Stance on Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions. CO2-Belching Texas Polluters Pony Up Millions To Overturn California’s AB 32

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Just mosey on over to the Republic of Texas where two of America’s biggest polluting oil companies are ponying up millions of dollars to pay for an initiative on the California ballot that would suspend our state’s Global Warming Solutions act, AB 32.

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Tesla Loses Legal Battles To Texas, North Carolina Dealers

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In Texas, the state legislature declined to make an exception to existing rules that make it illegal for automakers to sell cars to retail buyers. Win some, lose some. Tesla''s had a very good year thus far, but it was recently dealt legislative defeats in two states where it had hoped to sell its electric cars. In North Carolina, a Senate

Tesla Model 3 refunds, Toyota Prius Prime award, and Texas electric car rebates: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Texas has reinstated rebates and incentives for electric cars. Tesla has reportedly refunded 23 percent of Model 3 deposits. The Toyota Prius Prime has been recognized for its low environmental and social impact. And we ask what electric car readers would purchase after Tesla's federal tax credits expire. All of this and more on Green Car Reports

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Not big news: 450,000 gallons of oil spill in Texas

Plugs and Cars

Two vessels collided in Port Arthur, Texas. As much as 450,000 gallons of crude oil spilled. Some nearby residents have been evacuated from the area because of hydrogen sulfide that was emanating from the oil. Source: RawStory.com

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Why I leased a 2017 Chevy Volt (in Texas) to replace a Volvo

Green Car Reports

Texas is the land of pickups and SUVs, of oil wells and full-day drives from your Texas home to Grandma’s Texas home. Your everyday driver had better be your highway car, because every drive involves a highway. I’ve owned every size of SUV, from Chevy Suburban to Toyota Land Cruiser to BMW X1 to Subaru Outback (not exactly an SUV. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars

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DOE awards Texas A&M AgriLife Research $2.2M to investigate ways to market bio waste from biofuel refineries

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a $2.2-million grant to researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research to investigate potential discoveries for waste products used in lignocellulosic biofuel production, turning them into valuable agents used in producing commercial products such as biodiesel and asphalt binding agents.

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Dealing with petroleum addiction, Texas style

Plugs and Cars

The Texas House of Representatives votes in favor of increased gasoline consumption. I should add that Texas, in the form of Austin Energy's Plug-in Partners effort, shows us the right direction to head, promoting plug-in hybrids (and electric cars) to use the electrical grid to replace gasoline.

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Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Partnership forms; applying for national designation

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Cities and regions across Texas are partnering with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Transportation Research (CTR), and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to form the Texas Automated Vehicle (AV) Proving Ground Partnership. Members of the Texas Partnership are contributing their facilities, expertise and talents as part of a larger Texas network of proving grounds and test-bed sites.

2018 Leaf range, Honda plug-in hybrid, used VW diesels, Texas fossil fuels: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Today, we've got news on a pair of Honda hybrids, a remarkable announcement on the future of cars out of China, an explanation of how Texas exacerbated its hurricane damage, and a philosophical question about the 2018 Nissan Leaf. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over the weekend, we ran down last week's top green-car stories. Owners who. Today in Car News

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Texas Electric-Car Purchase Rebates Up To $2,500 To Start Soon

Green Car Reports

Texas will soon become the latest state to reward electric-car buyers with a check. The program was approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in November 2013 with an intended The Lone Star State will implement a rebate program, announced last fall, that will give $2,500 rebates to owners of plug-in cars, Charged EVs reports.

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Texas Latest To Consider Dedicated Electric Car Tax

Green Car Reports

Texas is the latest to consider an extra tax on electric vehicles to make up for lost gas revenue, helping to raise money for road maintenance. If you bought an electric car to try and save a few dollars on gas, you may start to find it a little more difficult in some states. According to state Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), increasing

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TxDOT, TTI sign MOU to test connected and automated vehicle technologies in Texas

Green Car Congress

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) recently co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to begin testing connected and automated vehicle (CV/AV) technologies on the state highway system. TxDOT is responsible for the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of 80,000 miles of Texas’ highway system. The plan will also describe how the tests can be safely demonstrated and piloted on Texas highways.

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Toyota to establish new North American headquarters in Texas; consolidating from California, Kentucky and New York

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Toyota is establishing a new headquarters in North Dallas (Plano), Texas for its North American operations. Toyota is consolidating its North American headquarters operations in Plano, Texas, just north of Dallas. GST), a private distributor of Toyota vehicles based in Houston, Texas.

USGS estimates 20B barrels of oil in Texas’ Wolfcamp Shale; largest USGS estimate of continuous oil ever in US

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The Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin province contains an estimated mean of 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas, and 1.6

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NHTSA Opens “Field Inquiry” Into Texas 2012 Fisker Karma Fire

Green Car Reports

Last week, we told you about a house fire in Texas on May 3 involving a 2012 Fisker Karma luxury Sedan, which fire investigators believed to be the cause of the blaze. Shortly after the story broke, Fisker Automotive released an official statement stating that it had “not ruled out possible fraud or malicious intent,” adding that the

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Propane Council of Texas offers business fleets incentives for new or converted propane autogas vehicles

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The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT)—a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner-burning, domestically produced propane—is offering incentives to private Texas vehicle fleets that are new to propane autogas. The Propane Council of Texas defines a private fleet as a business fleet with three or more vehicles registered in Texas. —Jackie Mason, Education and Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT).

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Why Oil State Texas Turns Out To Be Friendly To Electric Cars

Green Car Reports

As the land of big pickup trucks and Big Oil, Texas would hardly seem like the kind of place where electric cars could thrive. Yet the Lone Star State is one of the friendliest for plug-in cars which, according to a recent Navigant Research post, have a powerful ally there: utility companies. There are now around 5,000 electric cars registered in

2014 86

Car sharing to continue in Texas

Green Cars News

The two-year car2go North America Pilot Programme in the state capital of Texas – Austin – has come to an end. Green cars Latest news Austin car sharing car sharing scheme Car2go Daimler TexasHowever, a new agreement has been signed to ensure that car2go will continue its operations in the city. Developed by Daimler, car2go is the world’s first free floating car sharing network and it launched [.].

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Texas electric-car buying, Ford 10-speed automatic, Kia Rio details: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Today, one owner describes what it's like to buy an electric car in Texas, the 2017 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck is set to launch next month with a new 10-speed automatic transmission, and we have more details on the new Kia Rio debuting at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

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2017 Chevy Volt in Texas, Tesla Model 3 Supercharger access, California climate bill: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Find out why a Texas driver decided to lease a 2017. Today, one owner explains his decision to lease a 2017 Chevrolet Volt, how Tesla Model 3 owners may be charged for access to the company's Supercharger stations, and a landmark California climate bill that could have wide effects on cars and energy. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Today in Car News

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paragon AG US subsidiary Voltabox opens Li-ion battery pack assembly plant in Texas

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Voltabox of Texas , the US subsidiary of German automotive supplier paragon AG, officially opened of its new plant in Cedar Park where Voltabox is now operating one fully automated assembly line for Li-ion battery packs. Voltabox of Texas obtained certification that more than 60% of its value creation is based in the US at the end of 2014.

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Cross-Country Tesla Trip? Done! How About Texas To Panama?

Green Car Reports

It was only a matter of time. Produce an electric car with enough range, and the journeys it can realistically achieve become almost limitless. There have been a flurry of coast-to-coast trips recently as Tesla opens up its countrywide Supercharger network, but perhaps the most impressive trip undertaken is that of Randy Denmon and Dean

Toyota's Texas Move: Prius Maker Lands In Highest-Carbon State (Updated)

Green Car Reports

arm from Torrance, California, to Plano, Texas. Toyota announced yesterday that it would relocate the headquarters of its U.S. Left unaddressed in the announcement was the fact that the Japanese carmaker, known for its green image and its pioneering Prius hybrid range of 50-mpg cars, is moving from a state that has aggressively cut auto emissions

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WiTricity and Texas Instruments collaborate on wireless charging solution for EVs

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Wireless power transfer company WiTricity has collaborated with Texas Instruments (TI) to use automotive-grade semiconductor components in WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 wireless charging systems and reference designs. WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 wireless charging system enables drivers to park their electric vehicles (EVs) and be assured of rapid and efficient charging without having to handle charging cables.

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