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Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as “gutter oil” in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel. The two companies estimate that 500 million...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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General Motors’ new 2.2 megawatt ground-mounted solar array will be complete by the end of 2014 at its Lordstown Complex, home of the Chevrolet Cruze. When the last of more than 8,500 solar panels are in place, it will be...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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B-Class Electric Drive (right) and B-Class Natural Gas Drive (left). Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz earlier gave the already successful B-Class a thorough facelift, giving particular attention to an upgrade of the interior. (Earlier post.) The revamped...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The Government of the Republic of Macedonia last week joined a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Hungary-based Ethanol Europe and DuPont to facilitate the development of the cellulosic ethanol market in the Pelagonia region—one of eight statistical...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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In the three years since the new CAFE standard for fuel economy has been in effect, automakers have surpassed it each year, improving new-vehicle fuel economy by about a mile per gallon annually, according to an analysis by Brandon Schoettle...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded approximately $58 million to analyze methane hydrate deposits under the Gulf of Mexico. The grant, one of the largest ever awarded to the university, will allow...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Capped by last week’s announcement that Qualcomm Inc. would buy CSR PLC, the automotive semiconductor industry recently has been undergoing a wave of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity that has shaken up the competitive order of the market,...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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The Swedish Energy Agency has awarded Volvo Group spinout PowerCell SEK7 million (US$965,000) for the MoRE Zero project to develop a fuel cell system for use in a modular range extender system for electric vehicles in the European ERA-NET project....
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Researchers in Korea have developed a spinel NiCo2O4 material with a sea-urchin-like structure as an effective electrocatalyst for rechargeable non-aqueous Li-O2 batteries. A Li-O2 battery containing the exhibited a high specific capacity of about 7.309...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A new techno-economic analysis by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and MIT has found that economies of scale for manufacturing current Li-ion batteries for light-duty EV applications (in this case, prismatic pouch NMC333-G batteries and...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Ballard Power Systems and partner Van Hool N.V., announced that a dedicated joint European Service and Parts Center for fuel cell buses (to be called ESPACE) will be operational in November 2014. The key objective of ESPACE is to support...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has completed tire builds using rubber derived from guayule plants and new guayule related materials. The tires are being evaluated by Cooper’s technical team using wheel, road and track tests, which are ongoing, but...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Nissan has delivered its first electric taxis to Madrid and Barcelona—the Nissan LEAF to Madrid’s taxi fleet, and the e-NV200 taxi for Barcelona. The Barcelona deliveries served as an important step in the execution of an agreement between Nissan,...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Daimler AG has restructured its cooperation with Tesla Motors. Daimler has terminated the share-price hedge it initiated in 2013 and has sold its stake in Tesla of approximately 4%. The cooperation between the partners on the automotive projects is unaffected.......
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Batteries with an aqueous catholyte and a Li-metal anode (e.g. aqueous Li-air or Li-redox-flow) are of great interest due to their exceptional energy density and high charge/discharge rate. However, long-term operation of such batteries requires that...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Gevo, Inc., the commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, is selling renewable isooctane (earlier post) to Total for formulation into Formula 1 racing fuel. The Total racing fuel incorporating Gevo’s renewable isooctane is being used by the Infiniti...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Ioxus, a manufacturer of premium performance ultracapacitor technology for use in transportation, industrial and energy applications, announced results of an extensive durability test of its flagship hybrid bus product, the 48 Volt (V) / 165 Farad (F)...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Novelis officially opened China’s first plant dedicated to the production of heat-treated aluminum automotive sheet. The opening makes Novelis the only company to produce automotive aluminum sheet in all three of the world’s major automobile producing...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) and Celanese Corporation recently signed an MOU (memorandum of understanding) to explore the potential of a joint investment in a fuel ethanol plant to be built in India, based on Celanese’s TCX Technology. Celanese is...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Predicted surface-level concentrations of cerium due to use of nCe diesel fuel additives. Credit: ACS, Erdakos et al. Click to enlarge. Results of a modeling study by researchers from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggest that widespread...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Researchers at GMZ Energy, a provider of nano-structured thermoelectric generation (TEG) power solutions for mobile and stationary waste-heat recovery (earlier post), with their colleagues at the University of Houston and Bosch, have developed a new...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Visio.M EV. Click to enlarge. The academic and industry partners in the Visio.M consortium (earlier post) are showcasing their new lightweight urban electric vehicle at eCarTec in Munich. The 2.5-year project was funded under the priority program “Key...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A research group led by Dr. Kazuhiro Hono at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) has synthesized a new magnetic compound which requires a lower amount of rare earth element than the currently used neodymium iron boron compound....
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Alion Science and Technology Corporation has awarded Navitas Systems LLC a contract worth up to $1.55 million to develop a next-generation lithium ion “6T” battery system for use in military applications, with a focus on ground combat vehicle applications....
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, October 20, 2014
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XL Hybrids, Inc. announced that fleet customers of its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System retrofit system have logged a cumulative total of four million on-road miles. Customers are driving their service, delivery and cargo fleets more than 500,000 miles...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Freescale Semiconductor introduced the FXTH87 tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) family—the smallest integrated package TPMS solution available at an extremely light weight of 0.3 grams. The FXTH87 family is 50% smaller than competing products,...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Ford is investing an additional £190 million (US$306 million) at its Dagenham London site to produce a family of all-new advanced 2.0-liter diesel engines (code-named Panther) in a wide range of outputs due to be applied in commercial vehicles starting......
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, October 20, 2014
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System components of the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept. Click to enlarge. At the DTM season finale, an autonomous Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept completed a lap on the Grand Prix track in Hockenheim at racing speed—without a...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Early in September, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced it would consider in a 23-24 October meeting amendments to the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulation that would modify the requirements for intermediate volume manufacturers (IVMs)...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a solid-state high-voltage (5 V) lithium battery with an extremely long cycle life of more than 10,000 cycles, with 90% capacity retention. The solid electrolyte enables the use of high-voltage...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The Dalian plant of Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV) has commenced production, bringing production sites for Nissan cars in China—all bound for the domestic market—to four. With a gross floor area of 1.32 million m2, the Dalian...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Monday, October 20, 2014
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