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Feb 07, 2016

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Brooklyn–Queens Connection: The Future of NYC Transit

Feb 6, 2016: In a $2.2 billion proposal, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio looks to begin installation of a 16 mile streetcar line connecting Brooklyn and Queens via the East River. The idea is to facilitate transportation for some of New York’s growing, yet still transit-deficient, areas. Imagine a trolley system lining the East River and delivering a long-awaited public transit [&hellip The post Brooklyn–Queens Connection: The Future of NYC Transit appeared first on Gas 2.

Bikesharing A Commuter’s Business

Feb 6, 2016: Citi Bike certainly has taken off in New York City. The bikesharing system is enjoyed by adventurous tourists, recreational residents, and daily commuters alike. However, new statistics are emerging that show commuters are actually representing an impressive percentage of Citi Bike riders. This supports the wheels turning in federal legislation to make “bikeshare” an official [&hellip The post Bikesharing A Commuter’s Business appeared first on Gas 2.

Who Should Pay For Electric Car Charging Infrastructure?

Feb 6, 2016: Who should pay for electric car charging infrastructure? Utilities in California want their customers to pay. Is that fair? The post Who Should Pay For Electric Car Charging Infrastructure? appeared first on Gas 2.

NREL and BESC discovery explains higher biomass degrading activity of C. thermocellum; potential boon for cellulosic biofuels

Feb 6, 2016: Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) have discovered a new cell-free cellulosomal system in Clostridium thermocellum—the most efficient single biomass degrader characterized to date —that is not tethered to the...

Honda Offers Hybrid Odyssey Minivan – In Japan

Feb 6, 2016: Honda has a new plug-in hybrid Odyssey for the home market but no plans to bring it to the US. Automakers need to stop being afraid to sell plug-in cars. The post Honda Offers Hybrid Odyssey Minivan – In Japan appeared first on Gas 2.

Buckeye Bullet 3 Targets LSR This Summer

Feb 6, 2016: The Buckeye Bullet 3 will attempt to set a land speed record for a battery powered car at the Bonneville Salt Flats this year. The car has 3000 horsepower and an estimated top speed of 372 mph. The post Buckeye Bullet 3 Targets LSR This Summer appeared first on Gas 2.

DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions issues first call to launch new energy technologies from national laboratories to market

Feb 6, 2016: As part of a continued push to encourage energy innovation and commercialization, the US Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) issued its first solicitation for proposals that help bring advanced energy technologies to market. The office’s Technology Commercialization...

BMW Focusing on Hybrids for the Future of M Performance Vehicles

Feb 5, 2016: Hybrid vehicles don’t have to be fuel sippers, they can be performance vehicles, as well. And, BMW is banking on that assertion, as comments made by vice president for engineering Dirk Hacker suggest. BMW Blog reports that Hacker told AutoExpress this: “We will look at electrification – I think it could be inevitable – but […] The post BMW Focusing on Hybrids for the Future of M Performance Vehicles appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Electric Cars, Hybrids Stand Atop ‘Greenest Vehicles’ List

Feb 5, 2016: It’s not surprising that on hybrids and electric cars would dominate any list of top “greenest” vehicles, and that’s the case with the annual Greenest Vehicles list as compiled by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The non-profit focuses on advocating on the behalf of energy policies, and it released its 2016 list […] The post Electric Cars, Hybrids Stand Atop ‘Greenest Vehicles’ List appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Toyota Prius Super Bowl Ad Is…..Interesting?

Feb 5, 2016: The Toyota Prius Super Bowl ad campaign is called Heck on Wheels. Is it a slyly funny comment on society or just stupid? The post Toyota Prius Super Bowl Ad Is…..Interesting? appeared first on Gas 2.

Diesel Dilemma Defies Description In Deutschland

Feb 5, 2016: The European parliament has passed a new law approving real world emissions testing of diesel powered vehicles. It allows manufacturers to exceed the prescribed limit for nitrous oxide emissions by a factor of two. The post Diesel Dilemma Defies Description In Deutschland appeared first on Gas 2.

€3.4M OmniSteer project seeks to increase urban maneuverability with highly-integrated lateral and transverse guidance systems for EVs

Feb 5, 2016: Automobile maneuverability is limited by cramped inner city conditions. Those who need to park their vehicles frequently—such as delivery services and mobile care providers—lose a lot of working time searching for and then getting into parking spaces. New chassis types...

Continental urea sensors for efficient SCR NOx aftertreatment in diesels; measuring level, quality and temperature

Feb 5, 2016: Continental has begun production of urea sensors for the first time to support more efficient exhaust-gas aftertreatment in diesel engines. The sensor measures the level, quality, and temperature of the aqueous urea solution in the “AdBlue” tank used in conjunction...

The Oil Tax! Obama Wants To Invest In Clean Transportation

Feb 5, 2016: President Obama has proposed adding $10 a barrel to the price of oil. The funds raised would be invested in clean transportation technologies to reduce America's dependence on fossil fuels and lower the nation's greenhouse gas emissions. The post The Oil Tax! Obama Wants To Invest In Clean Transportation appeared first on Gas 2.

German team reconfigures Li-S battery for improved performance; new porous conductive separator coating

Feb 5, 2016: Researchers in Germany report significant improvement in specific capacity and cycling stability of “reconfigured” Li-S cells compared to a standard cell setup. At a constant charging rate of C/5, cells with their modified separator showed 2.5 times higher residual capacity...

Americans Watch As Honda Launches High-MPG Odyssey Hybrid Minivan in Japan

Feb 5, 2016: A month after Fiat-Chrysler announced America’s first plug-in hybrid minivan, long-time minivan leader Honda announced an Odyssey hybrid too – for its home market. Honda’s announcement this week is that today dealers across Japan will begin offering its Odyssey with a version of the Accord Hybrid’s powertrain alongside conventionally powered Odysseys. The new gas-electric variant comes […] The post Americans Watch As Honda Launches High-MPG Odyssey Hybrid Minivan in Japan appeared first on HybridCars.com.

HRL Laboratories achieves 1st demo of GaN CMOS FET technology

Feb 5, 2016: Researchers at HRL Laboratories, LLC, have achieved the first demonstration of gallium nitride (GaN) complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) field-effect-transistor (FET) technology. In doing so they have established that the semiconductor’s superior transistor performance can be harnessed in an integrated circuit. This...

Formula 1 Scraps Token System for Engine Development

Feb 5, 2016: The Formula 1 engine rules were broken by a desire to reduce costs. Could free'd up spending limits be the sport's cure-all The post Formula 1 Scraps Token System for Engine Development appeared first on Gas 2.

U Toronto study measures GDI emissions in urban near-road environment

Feb 5, 2016: A study of emissions from gasoline direct injection (GDI) vehicles in an urban near-road environment in Toronto over a wide range of weather conditions (February 2014 to January 2015) found that—other than for NOx and CO—the GDI engines had elevated...

Hyundai Heavy introduces first Tier III-compliant high pressure SCR for 2-stroke marine engines

Feb 5, 2016: Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder and a leading marine engine maker, has produced the first High Pressure Selective Catalytic Reduction (HP SCR) system for the significant reduction of NOx emission from 2-stroke marine engines. The HP SCR...

Facebook Plans Ridesharing Feature

Feb 5, 2016: The social media juggernaut Facebook is looking into the business of organizing and enabling carpools. The world’s most popular social media site has filed a patent with the intent to become a ridesharing platform for patrons of concerts, sporting events, protests, and other social events of the season. Demonstrating how people could easily organize carpools [&hellip The post Facebook Plans Ridesharing Feature appeared first on Gas 2.

NREL patents method for continuous monitoring of materials during manufacturing; benefits for fuel cell components, semiconductor wafers

Feb 5, 2016: The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was recently issued a patent for a novel method that rapidly characterizes specialized materials during the manufacturing process. This approach significantly improves on standard quality control techniques by allowing...

Study shows viability of RCCI in a two-stroke engine; higher efficiency than direct-injection spark ignition

Feb 5, 2016: A team at the Engine Research Center (ERC), University of Wisconsin-Madison has demonstrated the viability of reactivity-controlled compression ignition (RCCI) in a two-stroke engine. (Earlier post.) A paper on their work is published in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical...

Researchers create graphene-like structure with transition metal atoms

Feb 5, 2016: An international group of physicists led by the University of Arkansas has created an artificial graphene-like structure with transition metal atoms in place of carbon atoms. The U of A-led group published its findings in Physical Review Letters. Graphene, discovered...

President Obama proposes 50% increase in spending on clean transportation, funded by $10/barrel tax on oil

Feb 5, 2016: President Obama has laid out a plan for building a “21st Century Clean Transportation System”, the investment for which would be funded by a new $10 per barrel fee on oil paid by oil companies, which would be gradually phased...

Toyota Superbowl Ad Teaser Shows Prius Is ‘Heck on Wheels’

Feb 5, 2016: Like it or not, Toyota’s pre-Superbowl ad for the 2016 Prius takes counterintuitive to a new level portraying itself as a ride of choice for tough guys, sort of. It does get your attention, and may induce more than a few rolled eyebrows as well, but if it makes the vehicle memorable, people get over […] The post Toyota Superbowl Ad Teaser Shows Prius Is ‘Heck on Wheels’ appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Study finds nanoparticle NMC material used in Li-ion batteries harms key soil bacterium

Feb 4, 2016: Nanoparticle nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC), an emerging material that is being rapidly incorporated into lithium-ion battery cathodes, has been shown to impair Shewanella oneidensis, a key soil bacterium, according to new research published in the ACS journal Chemistry of...

Why are these bicycling models not wearing helmets?

Feb 4, 2016: Because they have become an emotional battleground of "shouty strangers shouting at other shouty strangers"…

Change in magnesium alloy microstructure changes corrosion resistance and improves potential for transportation applications

Feb 4, 2016: Changing the microstructure in magnesium alloys improves their corrosion resistance, and so improves the possibilities for the transport sector to use these materials to decrease the weight of vehicles, according to work done by Mohsen Esmaily, researcher in Atmospheric Corrosion...

ANGP gets exclusive license to UTRC technology for conformable natural gas vehicle storage tanks

Feb 4, 2016: Adsorbed Natural Gas Products (ANGP) announced an exclusive licensing agreement with United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) allowing ANGP to use UTRC’s patent-pending technology—developed with support from DOE’s ARPA-E (earlier post)—to develop and produce the first commercially viable conformable adsorbent-based low...

New Flyer completes 1,150 mile in-service demonstration of the Xcelsior battery-electric bus for Miami-Dade Transit

Feb 4, 2016: New Flyer of America, a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries, the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses and motor coaches in the United States and Canada, has completed a two-week in-service demonstration with Miami-Dade Transit of the New Flyer Xcelsior...

Connected Energy and Renault to collaborate on energy storage and EV charging technology; second-life batteries in E-STOR

Feb 4, 2016: Renault and distributed energy storage company Connected Energy are partnering to develop sustainable and efficient ways of using electric vehicle batteries at the end of their useable in-vehicle life in order to supply innovative and more affordable vehicle charging solutions....

Berkeley team develops host-guest nanowires for efficient water splitting and solar energy storage

Feb 4, 2016: Although metal oxides that absorb visible light are attractive for use as photoanodes in photoelectrosynthetic cells, their performance is often limited by poor charge carrier transport. Researchers from UC Berkeley and colleagues have now addressed this issue by using separate...

Honda to begin sales of hybrid Odyssey minivan in Japan on Friday

Feb 4, 2016: Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will begin sales of an affordably-priced hybrid version as well as the newly refreshed gasoline-powered version of the Honda Odyssey and Odyssey Absolute premium minivans on Friday, 5 February, at dealerships across Japan. (Earlier post.) The...

Albemarle granted permit to increase lithium brine extraction rates in Chile; MOU for 27-year lithium quota

Feb 4, 2016: Albemarle Corporation, a premier specialty chemicals company and leader in the production of lithium and lithium derivatives, has been granted approval by the Environmental Assessment Commission (CEA) of the Antofagasta Region to increase its currently authorized lithium brine extraction rate...

New German ecoPtG project seeks to make power-to-gas commercially viable with help of automotive technology

Feb 4, 2016: In collaboration with engineering partner IAV, the Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg, ZSW); the Reiner Lemoine Institut (RLI); and Wasserelektrolyse Hydrotechnik (HT) are researching cost-effective methods of producing hydrogen with the...

UMTRI: average new vehicle fuel economy in US in January up from December

Feb 4, 2016: The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in January 2016 was 25.1 mpg—up 0.2 mpg from the value for December 2015, and the first increase in eight months, according to the latest monthly report...

News of Cadillac ELR’s Eventual Cancellation Circulates, Again

Feb 4, 2016: Poor Cadillac, its extended-range electric ELR only introduced in 2014 was again reported this week as to-be-canceled and it’s only now just enjoying an early mid-cycle refresh. The news this week nearly duplicating the gist a story run last April is that Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen “confirmed” on Monday the car will get the […] The post News of Cadillac ELR’s Eventual Cancellation Circulates, Again appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Elon Musk Cancels Model X Order For ‘Super Rude’ Customer

Feb 3, 2016: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has denied service to a customer for being “super rude.” U.S. venture capitalist Stewart Alsop wrote a post stating that Musk canceled his Model X pre-order following a phone conversation. It appears the phone conversation was in response to another post Alsop had written, where he complained about a delay in […] The post Elon Musk Cancels Model X Order For ‘Super Rude’ Customer appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Scion to Fold, Models to Become Part of Toyota Brand

Feb 3, 2016: Scion, which came to life in 2003 as a Toyota sub-brand aimed at young buyers, is going away. All of its current models, save the tC coupe, will be become Toyotas. That means the FR-S sports coupe, the iA sedan, and iM hatchback, along with the upcoming C-HR, will all be rebadged as Toyotas for […] The post Scion to Fold, Models to Become Part of Toyota Brand appeared first on HybridCars.com.

US DOT releases assessment of DSRC technology for connected vehicles

Feb 3, 2016: The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released its Report to Congress assessing the status of the 5.9 Gigahertz dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) to enable connected vehicle technologies and applications. The assessment found that DSRC is ready for deployment and...

January 2016 Dashboard

Feb 3, 2016: The HybridCars.com monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall sales for January were down slightly from a year ago, although there were fewer selling days in the month so the sales rate was […] The post January 2016 Dashboard appeared first on HybridCars.com.

European Parliament rejects proposed veto of plan to raise diesel NOx limits temporarily for RDE deployment

Feb 3, 2016: Members of the European Parliament voted yesterday to reject a proposed veto of the plan to raise NOx emission limits for diesel cars temporarily by up to 110% when the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test procedure is introduced. The EU...

Scion brand to fold in to Toyota brand

Feb 3, 2016: Scion, established as a separate brand in 2003 to explore new products and processes to attract youth customers, will transition to the Toyota brand. Toyota said that Scion achieved its goals of developing unique products and processes, and bringing in...

Bio-isobutanol company Gevo signs licensing and joint development agreements with Porta in Argentina; corn feedstock

Feb 3, 2016: Gevo, Inc. has entered into a license agreement and a joint development agreement with Porta Hnos S.A. to construct multiple isobutanol plants in Argentina using corn as a feedstock. The first plant is to be wholly owned by Porta and...

OSU-led team demonstrates effective vibration energy harvesting platform inspired by trees

Feb 3, 2016: Inspired by the damping mechanisms which sustain trees under wind and seismic loads, researchers at The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan are investigating the potential for the development of energy harvesting systems that efficiently convert the same...

USC team develops highly efficient catalyst system for converting CO2 to methanol; 79% yield from CO2 captured from air

Feb 3, 2016: Researchers at Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, have developed a highly efficient homogeneous Ru-based catalyst system for the production of methanol (CH3OH) from CO2 and H2 in an ethereal solvent (initial turnover frequency...

easyJet to trial electric taxi system in aircraft; H2 fuel cells, batteries and wheel motors

Feb 3, 2016: European carrier easyJet plans to test an electric taxi system later this year that utilizes a hydrogen fuel cell stowed in the hold, batteries charged by regenerative braking, and electric wheel motors. The energy can then be used by the...

IDTechEx forecasts more than 300M 48V mild hybrids worldwide through 2031

Feb 3, 2016: In a new report, Analyst firm IDTechEx forecasts more than 300 million 48V mild hybrids to be on the world’s roads by 2031. The report, “Mild Hybrid 48V Vehicles 2016-2031”, finds that, although they are not yet in series production,...

Costco Auto Program Sales Up 16.8 Percent Compared to Last Year

Feb 3, 2016: The Costco Auto Program is a great way to buy a new vehicle. It takes the hassle and stress out of this often torturous process by guaranteeing a low price and unprecedented levels of service. The program had a record year in 2015, with sales growing by nearly 16.8 percent compared to the year prior. […] The post Costco Auto Program Sales Up 16.8 Percent Compared to Last Year appeared first on HybridCars.com.