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Results from the recently released 2015 Harris Poll AutoTECHCAST suggest that the deluge of infotainment features and connected services coming from the automotive industry may do little to accelerate consumer adoption. Survey results suggest that redefining...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Friday, September 4, 2015
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Toshiba has developed a prototype of a highly efficient molecular catalyst that converts carbon dioxide into ethylene glycol, a useful industrial raw material, without producing other and unwanted by-products. The new catalyst can be used in artificial...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Friday, September 4, 2015
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BMW is showcasing new solutions for the “connected car” under the BMW ConnectedDrive banner at the IFA 2015 show in Berlin (4–9 September 2015), one of the world’s leading consumer electronics and home appliance fairs. One of the company’s...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Friday, September 4, 2015
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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will be investing approximately $50 million over the next 5 years to establish joint research centers at Stanford and MIT, focused on the research and development of intelligent vehicle and mobility technologies. Additionally...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Friday, September 4, 2015
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Audi is further expanding its range of S models, with the new SQ5 TDI plus arriving at German dealerships in October. The 3.0L biturbo V6 TDI diesel produces 250 kW (340 hp) by way of increased injection pressure, resulting in...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Friday, September 4, 2015
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Bosch is developing a 48V entry-level hybrid system that will be production-ready by 2017. “The boost recuperation system is the hybrid for everyone,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH and chairman of......
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Friday, September 4, 2015
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Mazda Motor Corporation and OJSC Sollers have agreed with the Government of the Russian Federation to begin assessing the establishment of an engine production plant at their joint venture Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus (MSMR), located in Vladivostok...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Friday, September 4, 2015
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Bosch is developing a new cloud-based solution that quickly alerts drivers—within 10 seconds or so—to the presence of a wrong-way driver. Wrong-way driver incidents—some 2,000 warnings about these are broadcast on German radio alone each year—can...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Friday, September 4, 2015
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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is soliciting applications for $10 million in competitive grant funding available to states to improve highway-rail grade crossings and track along routes that transport energy products such as crude oil and...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Friday, September 4, 2015
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Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance broke ground for their joint-venture manufacturing complex, COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes), in Aguascalientes in central Mexico, which will build next-generation premium compact vehicles...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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A Proterra 40-foot Catalyst XR (extended range) electric bus drove 258 miles (415 miles) on a single charge under test conditions at Michelin’s Laurens Proving Grounds (LPG). The Catalyst XR configuration for the max mileage test used 8 NMC Li-ion......
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Gevo, Inc. announced that Harbor Marina at Lake Pomme de Terre in Missouri is the first US marina to sell gasoline blended with Gevo’s renewable isobutanol at the pump. (Earlier post.) Lake Pomme de Terre is located in one of...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Lightweight metals leader Alcoa is expanding its R&D center in Pennsylvania to accelerate the development of advanced 3D-printing materials and processes. Alcoa will produce materials designed specifically for a range of additive technologies to...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Federal-Mogul Powertrain has developed a new premium diesel piston aluminium alloy: DuraForm-G91. In benchmarking tests, the new alloy—which will be on display at the IAA show later this month—provides between three and five times the component life...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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DEINOVE, a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria, has produced muconic acid in their laboratory using second-generation substrates. (Earlier post.) DEINOVE recently...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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BMW is using the upcoming IAA in Frankfurt to showcase four production BMW brand plug-in hybrid models from different vehicle segments—one newly announced. BMW eDrive is the new drive system technology used in all the electrically powered vehicles...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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BlueIndy has placed into service in Indianapolis, Indiana the first 50 of an eventual 500 electric vehicles (Bluecars) that provide convenient, cleaner transportation with the swipe of a membership card. This is the France-based Bolloré Group’s first...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the in August was 25.3 mpg (9.29 l/100 km), down 0.1 mpg from July, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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FCA has significantly its 3.6-liter Pentastar engine for MY 2016. The 3.6L Pentastar, first introduced in 2009 (earlier post), was the first of an all-new line of V-6 engines intended to improve fuel efficiency across the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart have developed a film-based panel heater for electric vehicles. The panel is—particularly on short journeys—more effective than conventional electric...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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BMW Group has made a strategic investment in on-demand parking and car services company ZIRX through BMW’s venture capital entity, BMW i Ventures. ZIRX intends to eliminate the frustration that drivers face in parking in major urban markets such as......
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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The European NEMESIS 2+ consortium has and successfully tested a pre-commercial on-site system for the production of hydrogen from diesel and biodiesel. The prototype system—the size of a shipping container—can be integrated into existing infrastructure...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected eight projects to receive almost $25 million in funding to construct small- and large-scale pilots for reducing the cost of CO2 capture and compression through...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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A study by researchers at Boise State University in Idaho has found that road noise degrades habitat that is otherwise suitable, and that “the presence of a species does not indicate the absence of an impact.” Their paper is published...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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by Dalan McEndree for Oilprice.com “If you are the world’s leading energy economy, you produce energy, that’s what you do.” “A government can stay irrational longer than it can stay solvent.” “Even in the short term, you’re dead, if you......
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Toyota will focus on two main themes at the upcoming IAA motor show in Frankfurt: hybrids and the continuation of the roll-out and democratization of the Toyota Safety Sense active safety technology. On the hybrid side, Toyota will showcase the...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Tesla Motors has made the promised battery upgrade for its Roadster available via its online shop. For a price of $29,000, with a $5,000 downpayment, customers will receive an new battery pack that Tesla says stores roughly 40% more energy...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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