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Xinhua reports that China’s State Administration of Grain (SAG) said that China will expand production and consumption of bioethanol fuel this year as the country seeks more channels to use corn and grain stockpiles. Years of government support for corn farmers—paying Chinese corn producers more than twice the international price... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
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Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick (UK) have developed a method to assess the maximum current for commercial 18650 Li-ion batteries, using novel instrumentation methods enabling in operando measurements. In an open-access paper in the journal Electrochimica Acta, they reported that the maximum charging current that could be... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
The 2019 Subaru Ascent, a 3-row SUV and the largest Subaru ever built, will feature an all-new 2.4-liter BOXER engine mated to a new version of Subaru’s high-torque Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The new 2.4-liter Boxer engine uses a combination of direct fuel injection, high... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has selected seven projects to receive approximately $44 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development through the funding opportunity announcement, Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies. The projects will target one of two areas: 1) engineering-scale... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
A consortium of companies comprising Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam has signed a project development agreement covering initial investments in an advanced waste-to-chemistry facility in Rotterdam. The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative solution for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Researchers at the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Company have found that using a Level 4 connected and automated vehicle (CAV) subsystem could increase vehicle primary energy use and GHG emissions by 3–20% due to increases in power consumption, weight, drag, and data transmission. However, when potential operational effects... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Consumer products such as shampoo, cleaning products and paint now contribute as much to emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in cities as tailpipe emissions from vehicles, according to a new study led by NOAA. The results, published in an open-access paper in the journal Science, suggest that the focus of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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The life-cycle water consumption of fuel cell electric vehicles using hydrogen produced from natural gas with steam methane reforming is almost 50% less than the life-cycle water consumption of conventional internal combustion engine vehicles using gasoline, according to a study by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). If the hydrogen... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
The Fort Worth (Texas) Transportation Authority (FWTA) has awarded New Flyer with a new contract for up to 46 Xcelsior compressed natural gas (CNG) sixty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. The contract includes six firm orders with options to purchase an additional 40 compressed natural gas (CNG) sixty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have selected nine projects to receive approximately $6.5 million in federal funding for Phase I of the Fossil Fuel Large-Scale Pilots funding opportunity announcement (FOA). This FOA, issued in August 2017, is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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New research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Carnegie Mellon University, SRI International and the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that drone-based delivery could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in the transportation sector. An open-access paper on the research appears in Nature Communications. Drones have been used... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Motor Design Limited (MDL) has released the latest version of Motor-CAD, a software package that enables users to perform electromagnetic and thermal performance tests on electric machine designs, using an integrated system of software packages. New synchronous wound field machine model. Click to enlarge. Motor-CAD v11 has many new features... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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The US Air Force is demonstrating the use of hydrogen as an alternate fuel source at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. In a recent visit to JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, members of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Energy and Operations directorates were given a tour of the installation’s hydrogen production... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
Rapid increases in pollution may be as harmful to the heart as sustained high levels, according to new research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The authors urgently call for confirmatory studies as even residents of clean air cities could be at risk. There is longstanding evidence that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative (Co-Optima) (earlier post). The first study, Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize Future Gasoline Engine Performance, identifies eight representative high-octane blendstocks across five chemical groups that could be blended into gasoline... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
Consumers in seven US Midwest states seeking information about plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles now have access to a new-vehicle purchase guidance tool created by Argonne National Laboratory. The tool was created as a part of an innovative clean-vehicle program recently launched in the Midwest. States currently covered by the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
UQM Technologies Inc. has received a new order from Proterra for UQM’s PowerPhase HD electric drive systems, to be manufactured and shipped in 2018. Proterra continues to build upon its electric bus technology, utilizing the UQM electric powertrain system for orders in 2018. Proterra was recently awarded the Los Angeles... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
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The Municipal Transport Company of Madrid (EMT) has unveiled the first 15 electric buses being introduced into its fleet; the 12-meter Irizar buses will service three central lines within the Spanish capital. Each bus has the capacity to hold 76 people and a daily range of more than 200 kilometers... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
The Nikkei reported that China has lowered its subsidies for many electric cars and plug-in hybrids by about 30%. The changes to the program last through June 11. The government will re-examine the subsidies after assessing sales trends. Local governments also likely will lower their subsidies to manufacturers. For an... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Alongside the A-Class, the G-Class and the new four-door Mercedes-AMG GT Coupé, Mercedes-Benz will hold the world premiere of the new facelifted C-Class Saloon and Estate models featuring new gasoline and diesel engines, and plug-in hybrid versions. The C-Class in its current generation was Mercedes-Benz’s top-selling model in its fourth... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz will showcase the first EQ series-production model with battery-electric drive. Various latest-generation plug-in hybrid models will also celebrate their world premieres. They combine the latest hybrid technology from Mercedes-Benz with the latest-generation diesel engine (OM 654). With the smart edition nightsky (combined electrical... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
Ballard Power Systems has signed a Technology Solutions program with an unnamed strategic customer to develop a next-generation air-cooled fuel cell stack. The multi-year program has an initial value to Ballard of approximately $4.2 million. A key objective of the Technology Solutions program is to design and validate an ultra-high... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
A team of researchers from the Energy and Transportation Science Division at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is studying soot and ash collection and removal in particulate filters with neutron imaging, a technique sensitive enough to detect fine layers of material. Using the Neutron Imaging Facility instrument,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) and Haifa Municipality have begun operating a low-emission zone (LEZ). As of 2 February 2018, polluting heavy diesel vehicles were no longer allowed in downtown Haifa. These buses and trucks must install a particulate filter in order to enter the restricted area. The creation... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
EV developer Faraday Future (FF) hosted its first Global Supplier Summit at its headquarter in Gardena, California. Nearly 200 representatives from more than 100 global suppliers joined this two-day event, a crucial gateway to achieving the first delivery of its flagship FF 91 by the end of 2018. Faraday Future’s... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress