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Toyota recently switched on a solar array at its Deeside engine factory in North Wales. The solar array, designed and installed by British Gas, can produce up to 3,475,000 kWh a year—enough electricity to build up to 22,500 engines. The...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Volkswagen of America, Inc. has priced the 2015 e-Golf battery-electric vehicle for the US market. (Earlier post.) The e-Golf starts at $35,445 (plus $820 destination and delivery) for the SEL Premium model. As a comparison, the three trim levels of......
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, August 25, 2014
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The human health benefits associated with improvements in air quality related to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions improvements can offset 26–1,050% of the cost of US carbon policies, depending upon the type of policy, according to a new study......
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, August 25, 2014
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Nissan launched its Pathfinder range in the Russian market at the Moscow Motor Show. The Pathfinder made its debut alongside the new Russian-built Sentra sedan. Nissan’s all-new fourth-generation Pathfinder—which will be built in Russia—will be...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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General Motors will invest $185 million to make small-displacement gasoline engines at its Spring Hill, Tennessee manufacturing complex. An additional $48.4-million investment is planned for the Bedford, Ind. powertrain castings plant. Both investments...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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At the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2014, Mitsubishi presented its four-wheel drive SUV plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the Outlander PHEV (earlier post); sales of the Outlander PHEV will start in Russia from September, 2014. The Outlander...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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The University of North Carolina School of Government’s MPA@UNC program has produced an infographic on the 5 largest US public transit systems. The graphic showcases the history and development, ridership and key metrics, and current and upcoming improvements...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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The new XC90, with “Thor’s hammer” DRL lights. Click to enlarge. Volvo Cars revealed the XC90, its new 7-seat SUV, at an event in Sweden. Three years in the making and part of an $11-billion investment program, the new XC90...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Johnson Controls is investing in a German automotive research project working to combine steel and aluminum in laser-welded tailored tubes for use in seats for the first time. The result could be a 10 to 20 percent reduction in weight,...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Authors of the Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change (IPCC) have finished drafting the Synthesis Report of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) and sent the draft to governments for comments on the text. The Synthesis Report is the final product of......
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Nat G CNG Solutions, a Houston-based company specializing in compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle upgrades, has been selected as a Ford Motor Company Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM). Ford instituted the QVM Program to improve quality assurance for Ford...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Zipcar has introduced a 2014 Honda Fit battery electric vehicle (EV) at The University of California, Davis’ (UC Davis) West Village, the largest planned zero net energy community in the United States. In the course of a year, the community...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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In its latest Monday note, energy research company Douglas-Westwood wrote that the Exploration & Production industry (E&P), experiencing rising global hydrocarbon demand as well as rising costs, is facing the technical challenge of the development...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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A recently released total fuel cycle analysis for maritime case studies shows that natural gas fuels reduce some air quality pollutants substantially, and reduce major greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions slightly, when compared to conventional petroleum-based...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Volvo Buses will officially launch the plug-in 7900 Electric Hybrid bus at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show in September. The plug-in technology reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide by up to 75%, compared to a conventional diesel...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Black carbon (BC) from incomplete biomass and fossil fuel combustion is the most strongly light-absorbing component of particulate matter (PM) air pollution and a major climate-forcing emission. A new international study led by McGill University (Canada)...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Schematic illustration of the synthesis of SPGs. Credit: ACS, Li et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers at Rice University led by Dr. James Tour have developed a hierarchical nanocomposite material of graphene nanoribbons combined with polyaniline and...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Altech-Eco Corporation has obtained Executive Order (E.O.) certification from the California Air Resources Board (ARB) for the compressed natural gas (CNG) Dedicated conversion system for the 2014 Ford 6.2L V8 F-250/350 pickups with Ford-supplied CNG...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, August 25, 2014
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Audi will upgrade part of its vehicle electrical system from 12 to 48 volts. The move represents another technical building block for facilitating the integration of new automotive technologies while increasing the power and efficiency of its cars. Audi...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, August 25, 2014
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KRET, part of Rostec, has developed the FORA universal charging stations for the rapid charging of electric vehicles in Russia and abroad. Prototypes will be presented at the KRET pavilion during the 3rd international forum Engineering Technologies-2014....
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, August 25, 2014
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Specialists at Shvabe Holding, part of Russia’s Rostec, are preparing to test a newly developed ship-mounted laser cannon that can cut through ice. The company developed the ship-mounted laser for exploration and development in the Arctic, said Shvabe...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, August 25, 2014
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced nearly $67 million to 83 projects in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. As part of the announcement, the Energy Department is awarding over $30 million through its Nuclear...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, August 25, 2014
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Metallic lithium, with a high theoretical capacity of ~3,860 mAh g-1, is one of the most promising materials for anodes in next-generation high energy rechargeable battery systems for long-range electric vehicles. (Earlier post.) Indeed, in a paper in...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, August 25, 2014
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DieselNet reports that Mercedes-Benz has equipped the S500 with a gasoline particulate filter (GPF), representing the first series production application of the GPF technology. The installation was confirmed in the Auto-Umweltliste 2014/2015 report published...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, August 25, 2014
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