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As one of the first automobile manufacturers permitted to do so, Mercedes-Benz has been testing autonomously driven automobiles on public roads in California since September. In addition, the company will from now on also use California’s Concord Naval Weapons Station... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Green Car Congress
Volvo Trucks has put on hold plans to launch its own compression ignition liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine for North America. The company had originally planned to begin limited production of DME-fueled heavy-duty trucks for North America in 2015. (Earlier... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Green Car Congress
Panasonic Corporation and Minda Industries Ltd. (UNO MINDA) have agreed to establish a joint venture company to develop, manufacture and sell lead acid storage batteries in India to meet rapidly growing demand. The new joint venture company will address the... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Green Car Congress
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Honda Motor Co., Ltd. provided a first look at an image of the power unit currently in development for the 2015 FIA Formula One (F1) World Championship. During the 2014 FIA Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, Honda will offer a... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Green Car Congress
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Engineers from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) have designed a “2-in-1” electric motor unit which can increase the range of electric vehicles in hot climates. This innovative electric machine integrates the A/C compressor, the compressor... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Green Car Congress
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, detailing greenhouse gas pollution trends and emissions from large sources and suppliers broken down by industrial sector, geographic region and individual facilities. In 2013,... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Green Car Congress
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1st-generation Westport HPDI Injector and next-generation injector. (CNW Group/Westport Innovations Inc. Click to enlarge. Westport Innovations Inc. is updating its second-generation Westport high pressure direct injection (Westport HPDI 2.0) (earlier post) development program with a new family of high-pressure fuel... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Green Car Congress
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TG16. Click to enlarge. GMZ Energy, a developer of high temperature thermoelectric generation (TEG) solutions, has introduced the TG16-1.0, a new thermoelectric module capable of producing twice the power of the company’s first product, the TG8-1.0. By doubling the power... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Green Car Congress
The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $25 million in funding to reduce the cost of algal biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) by 2019. (Earlier post.) The release of the new funding opportunity... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a draft solicitation that would provide up to $12.6 billion in loan guarantees for Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects. Once finalized, these loan guarantees will provide critical financing to help commercialize advanced nuclear... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Chrysler’s Ram has decided to increase the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel powertrain mix to 20% of the total Ram 1500 production volume—double the initial expectation. The EcoDiesel delivers 240 hp (179 kW), 420 lb-ft (569 N·m) of torque with up to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden, Germany will hold its 3rd annual workshop on Lithium-sulfur batteries from 12-13 November 2014. Fraunhofer says that Lithium-sulfur batteries are the most promising choice for future energy storage systems, with novel materials such as nanostructured carbon/sulfur... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
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Conventional 3D metal printing (additive manufacturing) is generally restricted to metals with a high melting point, and the process is can be rather time consuming. Now, scientists at the Beijing Key Laboratory of CryoBiomedical Engineering, part of the Technical Institute... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Allowing single-occupant low-emission cars in California to use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on congested highways exacerbates the congestion and causes up to about $4,500 per car in adverse social costs annually, including increased commute times and carbon dioxide emissions, according... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
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The automotive turbocharging industry will generate $12 billion in revenue by equipping 49 million vehicles with turbochargers annually by 2019, according to Honeywell Turbo Technologies’ 2014 Global Turbo Forecast. The continued growth of turbocharging technologies will be driven by requirements... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
On the heels of three new projects announced in the past three months, Velocys has raised approximately $85 million through an oversubscribed equity placing, priced at a premium to the market price. The new funds will be used to build... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
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Cover courtesy of S. Nygaard, Haldor Topsøe A/S. Click to enlarge. Researchers from Haldor Topsøe A/S have analyzed an industrial-style MoS2-based hydrotreating catalyst at the single-atom level using electron microscopy. With this method, the sites of single cobalt atoms, which... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
BMW’s autonomous driving research prototypes have already driven thousands of kilometers in highly automated—i.e. self-driving—mode on German highways. In February 2013, the focus shifted to European motorways when BMW launched a joint project with Continental. Now, BMW is embarking on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
A decision by Russia to retaliate against sanctions imposed by the European Union and the US over Ukraine by imposing strong Russian sanctions—i.e., an embargo—on car imports from Europe and the US could undermine a faltering Russian economy even more,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) Board has approved a project seeking a private partner to develop compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations at public transit agencies around the state that would also provide public access to the facilities. Through the project,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new tool for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations. Called JOBS NG, the tool is freely available to the public. JOBS... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
Magna International Inc. is leveraging its advanced composites and exteriors systems expertise to produce an innovative, lightweight composite liftgate assembly on the BMW i3. Magna’s collaboratively-designed liftgate achieves the BMW i brand appearance and vehicle mass requirements through the use... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Passat GTE sedan. Click to enlarge. In his remarks before the opening of the Geneva Motora Show in March 2014, Volkswagen Group Chairman of the Board of Management Prof. Dr. Winterkorn said that a plug-in hybrid version of the Volkswagen... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Passat GTE sedan. Click to enlarge. In his remarks before the opening of the Geneva Motora Show in March 2014, Volkswagen Group Chairman of the Board of Management Prof. Dr. Winterkorn said that a plug-in hybrid version of the Volkswagen... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have, for the first time, been able to use laser measurement techniques and microphones to make highly precise, simultaneous measurements of the sources of noise in the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress