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Schematic of graphene/lithium iron phosphate battery. Credit: ACS, Hassoun et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers in Italy have developed an advanced lithium-ion battery based on a graphene nanoflake ink anode and a lithium iron phosphate cathode. By balancing the cell... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Green Car Congress
Under a new agreement, Fontaine Modification will install the back-of-cab and side-saddle CNG fuel storage, management and delivery systems manufactured by Mainstay Fuel Technologies on Class 8 heavy-duty, over-the-road tractors. Fontaine, North America’s most comprehensive provider of truck modification services,... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Green Car Congress
UK-based GKN Aerospace is to lead a consortium of UK companies in a 3½-year £13.4-million (US$23-million) research and development program called Horizon (AM) that builds on GKN Aerospace’s extensive and fast-developing additive manufacturing capability. The Horizon (AM) team includes GKN... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Green Car Congress
The California Energy Commission gave final approval for nearly $50 million in grant awards for hydrogen refueling and electric charging construction projects recommended for funding in notices of proposed awards published in April and May. California’s zero-emission vehicle goal is... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Green Car Congress
Miscanthus, a perennial grass with vast potential to produce biomass, would deliver even better yields than once thought in Iowa, according to research by agronomists at Iowa State University. The research indicates that miscanthus could have a major role to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Taking a page out of Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter-based announcement style, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann (@KT_Neumann) tweeted today (in both English and German) that after the run-out of the current generation Ampera plug-in hybrid, Opel will introduce a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
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The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) released a white paper, “Transportation Electrification: Utility Fleets Leading the Charge,” that focuses on the electric power industry’s effort to accelerate the expansion of electric transportation in commercial and retail markets, beginning with electric utility... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
The new $148-million lightweight metals manufacturing institute announced in February by President Obama (earlier post) will locate in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, officials from the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) and the city announced today. ALMMII is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
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Compression is a major contributor to the cost of hydrogen fueling. Source: Elgowainy et al. Click to enlarge. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) will begin work in August on a $1.8-million contract awarded by the US Department of Energy DOE to... Continue reading
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Continental has developed an Electric Parking Brake (EPB) for drum brakes. It is especially tailored to the lower-priced automotive segment that, up until now, has had to make do with mechanical parking brakes built into the existing drum brake on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Enerpulse Technologies said that it has further identified the underlying mechanism by which its its pulsed energy ignition technology improves fuel economy, reduces emission and delivers higher torque in spark ignited (SI) internal combustion (IC) engines. (Earlier post.) Nano-Plasma Assisted... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
A carbon tax with revenues used to fund renewable energy programs gained support from 60 percent of Americans, according to a University of Michigan poll. That’s the highest among tax options presented and one that crossed the political divide with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
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2014 ECOTEC 2.5L I-4 iVLC DI (LKW) with stop/start. Click to enlarge. Ninety-seven percent of customers in the US who purchased a 2014 or 2015 Malibu—accounting for about 83,000 vehicles—opted for the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder base engine (LKW) equipped with standard... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
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The Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (Biomechanics Institute - IBV) and its consortium partners in the European project HARKEN have developed a non-intrusive system integrated into smart materials which is capable of monitoring cardiac and respiratory rhythms in order to... Continue reading
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Ballard Power Systems has received a purchase order from New Flyer Industries for the delivery of Ballard’s first next-generation FCvelocity-HD7 fuel cell power module to a North American bus manufacturer. (Earlier post.) Delivery of the power module to New Flyer... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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The MY 2015 Ford F-150 will offer a new high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 producing 325 hp (242 kW) and 375 lb-ft (508 N·m) of torque. Due to the extensive lightweighting in the new F-150 (earlier post), this will improve... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Fiscal Year 2015 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 1 technical topics. These topics include non-platinum catalysts for fuel cells and detection of contaminants in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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The TFF. Click to enlarge. To support the fair sale of gaseous hydrogen as a vehicle fuel, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a prototype Transient Flow Facility (TFF) to test the accuracy of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) launched a multi-million dollar joint industry project to better understand oil and gas separation technology. The objective of the Separation Technology Research Program (STAR Program) is to combine industry knowledge and resources to advance research that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
Renault and Fiat have signed an agreement under which Renault will supply Fiat with a light commercial vehicle based on a Renault platform. The styling of the Fiat vehicle will be developed by Fiat and will feature unique and distinctive... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
Global Bioenergies (GBE), a leading developer of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefins (earlier post) has received an fermentation unit and its associated devices optimized for the fermentative production of gaseous... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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The new XC90 will automatically brake should the driver turn in front of an oncoming vehicle. Click to enlarge. Volvo Cars’ new mid-size SUV XC90—which will be revealed in August—will offer two new “world-first” automated safety features: auto brake when... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
Effective 1 July 2014, the newly-established Opel Group assumed full responsibility for General Motors’ business in Europe. Through this new entity, the company aggregates the responsibilities for Opel/Vauxhall as well as all other operations of GM in Europe—including Russia. Led... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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ABB and Volvo Buses are partnering to co-develop and to commercialize electric and hybrid buses with open standards-based direct current (DC) fast charging systems. The cooperation will create a city-wide standardized charging system for electric and electric hybrid buses that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress