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The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team unveiled its 2015 Formula One World Championship challenger, the F1 W06 Hybrid, ahead of the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain. An intensive design phase combining incremental... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Green Car Congress
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today the recall of more than 2.12 million Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac, and Toyota vehicles from model years 2002 to 2004 for a defect that may cause airbags to deploy inadvertently. The vehicles... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
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SolidEnergy, an MIT spin-out commercializing solid electrolyte technology enabling the use of lithium metal anodes for high energy density rechargeable batteries (earlier post), says that in 2016, it and its battery manufacturing partners will release a 2 Ah commercial battery... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for funding projects for Phase 1: Concept Development of the Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment Program. (DTFH6115R00003) DOT is sponsoring connected vehicle research to leverage the potentially... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
When the California Air Resources Board (ARB) initially established emissions criteria for replacement schoolbuses in 2008, the target for 2010 and newer model year school bus engines was 0.20 gram per brake horsepower-hour (g/bhp-hr) NOx and 0.01 g/bhp-hr particulate matter... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
The BMW Group is increasing the security of data transmission in its vehicles in response to reports from the German Automobile Association (ADAC). The motorist’s association had identified a potential security gap when data is transmitted. The BMW Group has... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
The Bosch Group has completed its acquisition of ZF Friedrichshafen AG’s 50-percent share in the joint venture ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (ZFLS). Bosch now owns all shares in the formerly 50:50 joint venture, formed in 1999. It will be incorporated into... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
EaglePicher Technologies, LLC has entered into a License Agreement and an Engineering Services Agreement with OneD Material to set up a new EaglePicher production facility in Joplin to produce SiNANOde, a silicon-nanowire-based anode material originally developed by Nanosys (earlier post)... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Volkswagen will formally introduce the new Golf GTD (“Gran Turismo Diesel”) Variant at the Geneva Motor Show; the sporty and economical long-distance cruiser is available to order now in Europe at a price of €31,975 (US$36,177). Like the Golf GTD... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
Researchers from Caltech and UC San Diego have developed a family of ruthenium-based metathesis catalysts that have shown exceptional activity in the conversion of seed oils to linear-chain olefins. In many cases, catalyst turnover numbers (TONs) of more than 100 ,000... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago has entered into an agreement with New Energy Innovations, Inc. (NEI), to optimize New Energy Innovations’ TPRES (Traffic Powered Renewable Energy System), a new traffic-powered source of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Voltage profiles of charge-discharge cycles of the solid-state Li-S battery. Current density of 0.05 C). The specific capacity is given per g of sulfur. Yamada et al. Click to enlarge. A team from Samsung R&D and the University of Rome... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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NEC Energy Solutions, along with NEC Corporation, has announced production availability of the Li-ion ALM 12V35 product line of 12-Volt batteries utilizing Nanophosphate lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) technology from A123 Systems. With its EverSafe battery protection technology, the ALM 12V35... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
The Aluminum Association has published a manual detailing the range of commercially available production processes for joining aluminum components in automotive applications. Developed in collaboration with the European Aluminium Association (EAA) and the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), the joining manual... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Kia Motors America will unveil an electric all-wheel drive (e-AWD) concept vehicle at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. The concept was conceived by Kia’s California design studio and built for city dwellers. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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McLaren-Honda revealed its new MP4-30 racer for the upcoming 2015 FIA Formula One (F1) World Championship. The car is fitted with Honda’s RA615H Hybrid power unit. (Earlier post.) The McLaren-Honda MP4-30 is the only chassis on the grid to be... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
In the face of shifting global trade patterns, international freight transport volumes will likely grow more than four-fold (factor 4.3) by 2050, according to the International Transport Forum at the OECD’s ITF Transport Outlook 2015. Average transport distance across all... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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SiC PCU under the hood of the Camry hybrid test vehicle. Click to enlarge. Toyota will begin the on-road testing of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors in Japan this year, using a Camry hybrid prototype and a fuel cell bus.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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University of Michigan researchers have developed a new process that can sprout microscopic spikes on nearly any type of particle and that may lead to more environmentally friendly paints and a variety of other innovations. The “hedgehog particles” are named... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Van Hool N.V. has signed a grant agreement with the EU Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking for deployment of 21 fuel cell buses in Europe as part of the 3Emotion Program. Ballard Power Systems and Van Hool, partners in the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Chevron Corporation’s subsidiary, Chevron USA will now work with BP Exploration and Production Inc. (BP) and ConocoPhillips Company (COP) to explore and to appraise jointly-held offshore leases in the emerging Paleogene trend in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The transaction... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Renault Energy F1-2015 Power Unit. Click to enlarge. Renault Sport F1 has unveiled its 2015 power unit for Formula 1 racing, which incorporates a number of changes compared to its 2014 predecessor (earlier post). 2015 is the second year of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
Ryder System’s fleet of natural gas vehicles has surpassed 30 million miles. The fleet consists of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas tractors serving customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Maryland, Georgia and Louisiana, as well... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
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1.3 CDTI four-cylinder only uses 3.1 l/100 km. Click to enlarge. Opel’s new Corsa three-door equipped with 70 kW/95 hp 1.3 CDTI ecoFlex diesel with Start/Stop technology fitted as standard, braking energy recuperation and low-rolling-resistance tires combined with the new... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
In a new report, Navigant Research forecasts that global sales of electric drive and electric-assisted medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles (MHDV, Classes 3 to 8) will grow from less than 16,000 in 2014 to nearly 160,000 in 2023, representing a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress