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Apr 01, 2015

Alternative Transportation

Raven Transport to deploy 115 additional heavy-duty LNG trucks; Clean Energy expands refueling network

Apr 1, 2015: Florida-based truckload carrier Raven Transport is expanding its clean-burning natural gas fleet with 115 Peterbilt Model 579s, equipped with sleepers and powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to haul goods for a leading consumer packaged goods company. Clean Energy will...

Chevrolet introduces 2016 Malibu; full hybrid option; 8-speed auto

Apr 1, 2015: Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2016 Malibu—the ninth generation of the midsize sedan which made its debut in 1964. The completely restyled midsize sedan is engineered to offer more efficiency, connectivity and advanced safety features, and features the option of a...

Golf SportWagen Alltrack to go onsale in 2016 as 2017 model

Apr 1, 2015: Coinciding with the arrival of the all-new Golf SportWagen, currently available in dealer showrooms, Volkswagen http://media.vw.com/release/953/ that the all-wheel-drive Alltrack model will go on sale in 2016 as a 2017 model. (Earlier post.) Technical and visual differences between the Golf...

Opinion: Can Argentina Capitalize On Its Vast Shale Reserves?

Apr 1, 2015: by Alexis Arthur for Oilprice.com Argentina, once a regional energy leader, is now better known for financial busts and bombastic politicians than hydrocarbons prospects. Still, with a resource potential both vast and untapped, the nation has never been far from...

Electric Circuit And VERnetwork Partnership

Apr 1, 2015: The two largest Canadian electric vehicle charging station networks have agreed to work together. Quebec’s Electric Circuit and the VERnetwork have announced that they will soon offer total interoperability. This means drivers with an access card for either system will soon be able to use it on both. Electric Circuit members will gain access to […] The post Electric Circuit And VERnetwork Partnership appeared first on HybridCars.com.

GM Makes Surprise Announcement – 240 mpg Chevy Amphibian

Apr 1, 2015: NEW YORK – Today General Motors announced the 2016 Chevrolet Amphibian (abbreviated Amp), a new four door hatch back built specifically for export to oil-producing nations. Designed to leapfrog all other cars on the road today, the new hatchback from Chevy has truly astonishing performance figures. In the hands of an enlightened commuter, the sleek-looking […] The post GM Makes Surprise Announcement – 240 mpg Chevy Amphibian appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Autonomous Acura RLX Tested In San Francisco Bay Area

Apr 1, 2015: Honda started testing its autonomous driving tech in California. The company has commenced testing of its automated and connected vehicle technology at the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under the terms of an agreement between Honda, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the City of Concord, Honda will […] The post Autonomous Acura RLX Tested In San Francisco Bay Area appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Scion iM Blends Efficiency and Sportiness

Apr 1, 2015: NEW YORK – It’s not a hot hatch, and not a hybrid, but Scion’s 2016 iM does tout a $20,000 entry point, respectable fuel economy and sportiness. Powered by a Corolla-inspired 137 horsepower “Valvematic” 1.8-liter DOHC four, the automaker says it expects 37 mpg highway – down a bit from the 42-mpg iA sedan also […] The post Scion iM Blends Efficiency and Sportiness appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Scion’s First Sedan Boasts 37 MPG and $16,000 MSRP

Apr 1, 2015: NEW YORK – Scion’s first-ever sedan promises to be as easy on the wallet when fueling the car as it is buying it new. With the Scion iA, Toyota’s subdivision includes in its “monospec” trim a 1.5-liter four – no hybridization – but still expected fuel economy of 33 mpg city, 42 highway, 37 combined […] The post Scion’s First Sedan Boasts 37 MPG and $16,000 MSRP appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Photo Of 2016 Cadillac CT6 Leaks Before Its New York Debut

Mar 31, 2015: Set to make its official debut tonight at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, the new Cadillac CT6 was revealed early this afternoon on the Internet instead. The photo gives us a first look at the luxury sedan’s exterior styling, showing a new profile that will fit in nicely with two other Cadillacs, the […] The post Photo Of 2016 Cadillac CT6 Leaks Before Its New York Debut appeared first on HybridCars.com.

The Stockholm syndrome, but in a good way!

Mar 31, 2015: Watch this and tell me it there's not a part of you that wants to live there!

Tenneco developing new gasoline particulate filter (GPF) technology ahead of Euro 6c emissions regulation

Mar 31, 2015: Tenneco is leveraging its expertise in diesel particulate filter (DPF) technology to develop gasoline particulate filters for 2017 model year light vehicles. These filters are designed for gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines to reduce particulate emissions in compliance with the...

BMW i8 Production Increased To Lower Wait Times

Mar 31, 2015: Demand for the BMW i8 is so strong, the company has decided to increase production so customers won’t have to wait too long to get their cars. In fact, they are doubling production to 20 cars a day. That should reduce the wait time from 4 months or more, as it is now, to a The post BMW i8 Production Increased To Lower Wait Times appeared first on Gas 2.

The Boxer Cycles Rocket cargo bike turns your commute into a trip to outer space

Mar 31, 2015: Quite possibly the coolest looking cargo bike around, the Rocket will not only turn heads, but is also a practical hauler for kids and gear.

Scania and Swedfund invest to develop biogas as automotive fuel in Indian city

Mar 31, 2015: Scania and the development financier of the Swedish state Swedfund are establishing a partnership to develop the production of biogas as an automotive fuel in the Indian city of Nagpur, which is located in the state of Maharashtra and has...

Opel introduces new Corsa 1.4 LPG ecoFLEX, Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX

Mar 31, 2015: The newly introduced Opel Corsa 1.4 LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) ecoFLEX develops 66 kW/90 hp and comes from the factory with a bi-fuel capability, and is specifically aimed at cost-conscious customers. LPG fuel costs are almost 50% lower compared to...

Tesla Home Battery System Likely To Debut On April 30th

Mar 31, 2015: It has long been hinted-at and speculated that Tesla Motors may be much more than just an electric automaker, and a recent tweet by CEO Elon Musk pretty much confirms that. Musk posted that a “Major new Tesla product line” will debut on April 30th at Tesla’s design center in Hawthorne, California…and it won’t be The post Tesla Home Battery System Likely To Debut On April 30th appeared first on Gas 2.

Study finds unprecedented urbanization and urban expansion in East-Southeast Asia from 2000 to 2010

Mar 31, 2015: In an open-access paper published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, researchers find that urban populations across the whole of East-Southeast Asia have grown more rapidly than the expansion of urban areas, leading to increased population densities in some of...

US submits target to cut GHGs by 26-28% from 2005 levels to UNFCCC; doubling the rate of reduction

Mar 31, 2015: The United States submitted its target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The submission—an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)—is a formal statement of the US target, announced in China last...

Audi expects series production of zFAS central driver assistance controller within 2 years

Mar 31, 2015: Audi expects to begin the series production of the central driver assistance controller (zFAS)—the core of future systems for piloted driving under development by Audi, within two years. Audi developed zFAS in collaboration with TTTech, Mobileye, nVidia and Delphi. (Earlier...

Elon Musk Tweets New Mystery Product

Mar 31, 2015: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has again turned to Twitter to tease a new product, but the mystery product to be unveiled is not a car. In response, people are whimsically speculating on Twitter in return that this unveiling will however be some sort of flying car or perhaps a space elevator, but Tesla has hinted […] The post Elon Musk Tweets New Mystery Product appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Achates Power awarded $14M military single-cylinder engine project; partnering with Cummins

Mar 31, 2015: Achates Power, Inc., the developer of a family of two-stroke compression-ignition opposed-piston engines (earlier post), has been awarded a $14-million project by the National Advanced Mobility Consortium to support research and development work of the US Army Tank Automotive Research,...

The Rockstars of Urban Planning On Walking In LA

Mar 31, 2015: The Hammer Museum at UCLA hosts weekly talks on hot topics. Being a huge fan of turning Los Angeles into a car-free city, I was eager to hear Seleta Reynolds, our new General Manager at the Department of Transportation. Mayor Garcetti stole her from San Francisco after she helped turn that city into a cyclists' paradise while also shortening car commute times The post The Rockstars of Urban Planning On Walking In LA appeared first on Gas 2.

Daimler SuperTruck Doubles Fuel Economy To 12 MPG

Mar 31, 2015: Yes, you read that right. This is a story about a truck that gets 12 miles per gallon. Why is that news? Because we are talking about a big, heavy tractor pulling a 65,000 lb load. Most of the big rigs you see out on the highway only get half of that — or less. The post Daimler SuperTruck Doubles Fuel Economy To 12 MPG appeared first on Gas 2.

IBM to invest $3B in new Internet of Things unit; acting on Big Data

Mar 31, 2015: IBM will invest $3 billion over the next four years to establish a new Internet of Things (IoT) unit, and that it is building a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions. IBM’s pioneering...

Bridgestone launches new tire in Ecopia fuel-efficient line-up

Mar 31, 2015: Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) launched the latest tire in its fuel-efficient Ecopia tire line, the Ecopia EP422 Plus tire. The Ecopia EP422 Plus tire is engineered with a combination of light and strong materials for greater fuel efficiency, giving consumers an...

Fraunhofer IAO patent analysis finds China leading in Industry 4.0

Mar 31, 2015: Part of Fraunhofer IAO’s China TechWatch research project involves analyzing developments in Chinese technology. The project’s first white paper reveals that China is way out in front when it comes to patent applications for the basic technologies needed for Industry...

Honda to unveil new China market SUV concept at Auto Shanghai

Mar 31, 2015: Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned Honda subsidiary in China, plans to stage the world premiere of an all-new concept model as well as other new Honda models at Auto Shanghai 2015 (The 16th International Automobile & Manufacturing...

Musk: Tesla Could Build Cars In China “In Three Years”

Mar 31, 2015: Originally posted on EVObsession Elon Musk has admitted that Tesla sales in China haven’t met expectations, but that doesn’t seem to have tempered his bullish attitude towards the world’s largest car market. After sitting down with the state-run news agency Xinhua, Musk said that Tesla Motors could be looking to localize production in China “in The post Musk: Tesla Could Build Cars In China “In Three Years” appeared first on Gas 2.

Berkeley Lab/UC Berkeley study shows EV batteries meet daily travel needs of 85%+ of US drivers even after 20% energy capacity fade; calls for new EOL criteria

Mar 31, 2015: A new study by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley shows quantitatively that EV batteries can continue to meet daily travel needs of drivers well beyond the 80% floor for remaining energy storage capacity that...

Hadrian South comes on-stream in US Gulf of Mexico ultra-deep waters

Mar 31, 2015: Production has begun in the Hadrian South Field in the Keathley Canyon area, located some 230 miles (370 km) off the coast of Louisiana, with water depths around 2,332 meters (7,651 feet, or 1.45 miles). ExxonMobil, the operator, holds a...

Toyota To Debut New Safety Tech On RAV4 Hybrid SUV

Mar 31, 2015: This Thursday, Toyota will be showing off more than the first hybrid version of its RAV4; the carmaker will also be introducing a new safety system that will soon become available fleet-wide. Toyota announced today that the RAV4 Hybrid will be the first of its models outfitted with the new safety system. The technology address […] The post Toyota To Debut New Safety Tech On RAV4 Hybrid SUV appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Leaf Used As Glow-In-The-Dark Paintbrush

Mar 31, 2015: Nissan has used a glow-in-the-dark Leaf EV to create a record-winning glow-in-the-dark painting. According to Nissan, the company has broken the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Glow-in-the-Dark Painting with its Leaf-supported experiment. The painting, depicting the front of a Nissan Leaf, was created by motoring artist Ian Cook of Popbangcolour. SEE ALSO: What […] The post Leaf Used As Glow-In-The-Dark Paintbrush appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Is spray-on reflectivity from Volvo really a boon for cyclists?

Mar 30, 2015: Life Paint is Volvo's spray-on, wash off reflective paint. It's pretty cool - but could it be another way to put the onus of safety on the individual cyclist?

Tesla Approved For Special License Plates In Shenzhen

Mar 30, 2015: Originally posted on CleanTechnica The air quality across China has reach apocalyptic levels in many places, prompting local and national governments offer generous incentives on electric vehicles. Most of those incentives only apply to locally-built EVs, but Tesla was just approved for a special license plate program in Shenzhen that could save drivers $15,000 or The post Tesla Approved For Special License Plates In Shenzhen appeared first on Gas 2.

2016 Camaro sheds 200 lbs (90.7 kg); new architecture

Mar 30, 2015: The new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, which will make its debut in May during a special public event at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park, shed more than 200 lbs (90.7 kg) Camaro compared with the fifth-generation model. A new architecture, one of...

Automakers: Increase CARB Credit For Plug-Ins

Mar 30, 2015: Four of the top carmakers are asking the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to give more credits to plug-in vehicles under the state’s emission regulations. It’s a plea heard from automakers before: the government can mandate emission requirements, but let us dictate the technology used to reach those regulations. Now, as California’s guidelines undergo an […] The post Automakers: Increase CARB Credit For Plug-Ins appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Elon Musk: Burning Fossil Fuels “Dumbest Experiment In History”

Mar 30, 2015: Elon Musk recently sat down with Cosmos host and all-around awesome scientist dude Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the television show. The topic naturally turned towards fossil fuels, with Musk telling Tyson; “If we don’t find a solution to burning oil for transport, when we then run out of oil, the economy will collapse and The post Elon Musk: Burning Fossil Fuels “Dumbest Experiment In History” appeared first on Gas 2.

Lincoln Continental Concept Debuts, And It’s About Damn Time

Mar 30, 2015: The past ten years will undoubtedly go down as some of the worst in Lincoln’s long history as both its sales and its status as a luxury car leader have plummeted. Even Ford’s venerated former CEO Alan Mulally considered euthanizing Lincoln, but the brand managed to hang on, and it might finally be turning a The post Lincoln Continental Concept Debuts, And It’s About Damn Time appeared first on Gas 2.

KIT and Schaeffler working on new energy-efficient assisted steering system for EVs

Mar 30, 2015: Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) and Schaeffler are developing a new energy-efficient assisted steering system for EVs under the project “Intelligent Assisted Steering System with Optimum Energy Efficiency for Electric Vehicles (e²-Lenk)” subsidized by the German Federal Ministry for Education...

Toyota and Lexus roll-out low-cost automated braking safety packages on RAV4 Hybrid and RX crossover

Mar 30, 2015: At separate press conferences Wednesday and Thursday at the New York Auto Show, Toyota will reveal the RAV4 Hybrid SUV, while Lexus unveils its all-new fourth-generation RX luxury crossover SUV. Both debuts will mark the arrival of new, multi-feature, integrated...

Millbrook joins APC-funded consortium to develop fuel cell range-extended electric LCVs

Mar 30, 2015: Millbrook, one of Europe’s leading independent test and technology centers for vehicles and vehicle systems, will join a UK industry consortium to develop a new class of light commercial vehicle (LCV) combining fuel cell technology with battery electric vehicles to...

Nissan Will Test Public Car Sharing Plan In Yokohama

Mar 30, 2015: When is a Renault Twizy not a Renault Twizy? When it is a Nissan New Mobility Concept vehicle based on the Renault Twizy chassis. Nissan will use the tiny two seaters to test a public car sharing program in Yokohama. The year long experiment kicks off in April. The Ultra Compact Mobility Certification System will The post Nissan Will Test Public Car Sharing Plan In Yokohama appeared first on Gas 2.

ITM Power awarded US$4.3M for hydrogen refueling stations in London

Mar 30, 2015: ITM Power has been awarded a total of £2.89 million (US$4.3 million) by the UK Hydrogen Refueling Stations (HRS) Infrastructure Grants Scheme, run by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The award is to build two new HRS in...

Report: VW e-Golf takes top EV sales spot from LEAF in W. Europe in Jan-Feb

Mar 30, 2015: The AID Newsletter reports that the Volkswagen e-Golf was the top-selling EV in the 17 West European markets during the first two months of 2015, ousting the Nissan LEAF from first place. According to AID’s data, the-Golf posted 2,150 regional...

Illinois Bill Would Levy $5,000 Fine For Drivers “Rolling Coal”

Mar 30, 2015: Over the summer an old pastime among diesel truck drivers became new news when an uninformed article linked “rolling coal” to the Tea Party. As I already explained, blowing unburnt diesel through an exhaust system to create big plumes of black smoke is nothing new, but a bill has been introduced in Illinois that would The post Illinois Bill Would Levy $5,000 Fine For Drivers “Rolling Coal” appeared first on Gas 2.

Maverick expands synfuels plant line-up with bio- and landfill-gas-to-methanol offerings

Mar 30, 2015: Maverick Synfuels announced the availability of the Maverick Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid methanol plant product line. These plants convert biogas from sources such as anaerobic digesters and landfills into higher value methanol, one of the world’s most widely used industrial chemicals....

LG Chem to supply EV batteries to Daimler for new smart EV

Mar 30, 2015: Daimler AG has selected LG Chem as the supplier of lithium-ion batteries for the smart EV that will be newly launched in 2016. Under the contract, LG Chem will provide battery cells to smart EV; Daimler will assemble the cells...

Volvo Cars to build new $500M factory in US

Mar 30, 2015: Volvo Cars will build a manufacturing facility in the US, fulfilling its ambition to be a truly global car maker, investing around US$500 million in the plant and underscoring its long term commitment to the US market. The company has...

Apple Electric Car: Concept Photos

Mar 30, 2015: Electric Cars | Future Technology | TransportationRecent rumours that suggest Apple may be working on an electric car have inspired the website carwow to produce some concept images of what the vehicle may look like. Speculation that Apple may be in talks to purchase electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors inspired the illustrations to have a similar resemblance. Apple obviously has the […]…