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In a pre-Christmas media event, Ford president and CEO Mark Fields said while 2014 was a good year for the company, 2015 has the potential to be a “breakthrough year”. Fields said that Ford’s investments in products, people, plants and... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Green Car Congress
Volvo Cars, protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson will present an innovative safety technology connecting drivers and cyclists at the International CES in Las Vegas next month. The technology consists of a connected car and helmet prototype that... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Green Car Congress
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New Volvo Bus 7900 Electric Hybrid (plug-in hybrid) buses (earlier post) began scheduled operation in Hamburg on 18 December, coinciding with the opening of the Innovation Route 109. The public transport company in Hamburg, the Hamburger Hochbahn AG, is using... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Green Car Congress
Neste Oil Corporation and Renewable Energy Group have entered into a Settlement and License Agreement whereby the parties have settled Neste Oil’s US patent infringement lawsuits against REG and REG’s Singapore patent infringement lawsuits against Neste Oil and REG has... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Green Car Congress
Shanghai GM launched the Chevrolet Sail 3 in Chengdu; the third-generation Sail had been unveiled last month at the Guangzhou Motor Show. Five variants of the new family car with a choice of new 1.3L and 1.5L engines are available.... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Green Car Congress
The California Energy Commission has issued a solicitation (PON-14-310, Driving the Integration of Electric Vehicles to Maximize Benefits to the Grid) to fund Applied Research and Development projects that will advance technologies and strategies for smart and efficient charging and... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Green Car Congress
Toyota is planning a further $126-million expansion of its Southeast Michigan R&D campuses—the third time in just over a year that Toyota has announced plans to increase employment and investment in Michigan. Under the plan, Toyota will expand its powertrain... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Green Car Congress
G2X Energy, Inc. and Methanol Holdings Trinidad Limited (MHTL) announced that MHTL intends to partner with G2X Energy to construct the world-scale methanol-to-gasoline (MTG)-ready, methanol production facility being developed by G2X Energy in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (Earlier post.) MHTL is... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at Green Car Congress
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, led by Prof. Arumugam Manthiram, have found that using phosphorus pentasulfide (P2S5) as an electrolyte additive enables the direct use of commercially available bulk Li2S particles as high-capacity cathode materials for rechargeable... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at Green Car Congress
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Discharge capacity and cycle numbers for LMNC cathode with and without DFDEC in the electrolyte. Pham et al. Click to enlarge. A team led by researchers at Chungnam National University (S. Korea) has developed a novel high-voltage electrolyte additive, di-(2,2,2... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Cellulosic biofuel technology developer Iogen Corporation and Raízen, one of the world’s largest producers of sugarcane ethanol, have begun production of cellulosic ethanol on schedule at Raízen’s newly expanded Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil. Raízen... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
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Researchers from Rice University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley have developed a computational methodology to support the experimental exploration of potential high-capacity metal organic frameworks (MOFs) for use in on-board storage of natural gas. The advantages to using... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
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Johnson Controls is supplying the Lithium-ion battery pack for the Hybrid Range Rover (earlier post), announced in 2013. Production of the cells and complete battery systems is underway at Johnson Controls’ manufacturing facility in Holland, Michigan. Cutaway of the Li-ion... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
The EU must continue to allow the use of lead-based batteries in vehicles as they are essential for the needs of future generations of European cars, according to the automotive and automotive battery industries in Europe. Lead battery and car... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Toshiba Corporation has supplied a Li-ion battery traction energy storage system (TESS) to Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. TESS stores traction energy generated by decelerating trains as they enter a station and releases it as needed when trains accelerate from the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
The sixth in a series of reports on peak motorization in the US by Dr. Michael Sivak at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) finds that distance driven per GDP reached its highest values in a broad plateau... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Teijin Limited is opening the second production line for LIELSORT, an innovative separator for lithium-ion secondary batteries (LIBs) to meet the increasing market demands. (Earlier post.) Operations will begin on 24 December. Teijin produces two types of LIELSORT separators. One... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
A team of researchers from Purdue University’s Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, or C3Bio, has developed a process that uses a bimetallic Zn/Pd/C catalyst to convert lignin in intact lignocellulosic biomass directly into two methoxyphenol products... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use and cement production reached a new all-time high in 2013, according to the annual report “Trends in global CO2 emissions”, released by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the European Joint Research Centre... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a set of proposals to transition Washington to cleaner sources of energy and to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emission limits adopted by the state Legislature in 2008. The proposals build on a comprehensive executive order... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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CO2 emissions of the B-Class Electric Drive compared with the B 180 gasoline-engine variant [t/car]. Click to enlarge. The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive (earlier post) delivers up to 64% lower CO2 emissions than the equivalent B 180 gasoline model (when... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
The Honda FCV Concept (earlier post) will make its North American debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The Honda FCV Concept made its world debut in Japan on 17 November, followed by an... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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New Linde hydrogen station. Click to enlarge. Sandia National Laboratories and Linde LLC have signed an umbrella Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) they expect to accelerate the development of low-carbon energy and industrial technologies, beginning with hydrogen and fuel... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Starting June 2016 a prototype for a new Scania plug-in hybrid bus (based on Scania Citywide Low Entry) will go into daily operation in Södertälje. Click to enlarge. Scania is undertaking intensive research into various types of electrification technologies that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $60 million in funding for 22 new projects aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions and developing localized thermal management systems that reduce the energy needed to heat and cool buildings. The projects... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress