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May 29, 2015

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Driver Ticketed While Using Apple Watch

May 29, 2015: Apple Watch users might want to use caution when using their smartwatch behind the wheel. An Apple Watch user, Jeffrey Macesin, received a ticket in Quebec, Canada for using his smartwatch to change songs while driving. The ticket was for $120 and four points on his license as the officer charged him under the section […] The post Driver Ticketed While Using Apple Watch appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Chevrolet Bolt Trademark Application Has Been Suspended

May 29, 2015: For the second time, General Motors application to trademark the name “Bolt” for its upcoming electric car is under suspension. GM unveiled the Bolt Concept during the 2015 North American International Car Show, saying that it will have a driving range of roughly 200 miles and a price tag around $30,000 after federal tax credit. […] The post Chevrolet Bolt Trademark Application Has Been Suspended appeared first on HybridCars.com.

1700-Horsepower Plug-in Hybrid Hypercar Being Built By PSC Motors

May 29, 2015: A Las Vegas-based automaker is developing a crazy plug-in hybrid hypercar. PSC Motors has revealed the SP-200 SIN that is still in its early phases of development. It boasts a 9.0-liter V8 naturally-aspirated engine paired to an electric motor to deliver a total combined system output of 1,700 horsepower. The plug-in hybrid will feature a […] The post 1700-Horsepower Plug-in Hybrid Hypercar Being Built By PSC Motors appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Sandia RAPTOR turbulent combustion code selected for next-gen Summit supercomputer readiness project

May 28, 2015: RAPTOR, a turbulent combustion code developed by Sandia National Laboratories mechanical engineer Dr. Joseph Oefelein, was selected as one of 13 partnership projects for the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR). CAAR is a US Department of Energy program located...

Ford opens up its electric and hybrid car patent portfolio ... for a fee

May 28, 2015: It's a very good thing, but it could have been better.

How Do Electric Vehicle Incentives Compare To Oil And Gas Subsidies?

May 28, 2015: More regions have recently reduced government-financed incentive programs for electric vehicles to save money, but many of these same areas are already paying far more to support the oil and gas industry. As much as $5.3 trillion is spent annually worldwide to subsidize fossil fuels, according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund. […] The post How Do Electric Vehicle Incentives Compare To Oil And Gas Subsidies? appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Ford Opens Electrification Patents, Hiring 200 EV Engineers

May 28, 2015: In a move meant to mimic Tesla and Toyota, Ford has announced that it will open up some 650 hybrid and electric vehicle patents for use by its competitors. Unlike Tesyota though, Ford won’t be giving its patents away, but rather charging an unspecified licensing fee. That’s hardly newsworthy, though the announcement of 200 additional The post Ford Opens Electrification Patents, Hiring 200 EV Engineers appeared first on Gas 2.

Used Model S Can Be Had For $55,000

May 28, 2015: Used Teslas start as low as $55,000 for a certified pre-owned Model S from the company’s program. At least that’s what the American automaker has announced. Earlier this month, Tesla launched its pre-owned sales online with models ranging anywhere from $65,000 to $105,000 but now cheaper units are making an appearance on the website. We […] The post Used Model S Can Be Had For $55,000 appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Kia’s Niro Hybrid Spied At Nurburgring – Video

May 28, 2015: Cameras captured Kia testing a prototype of its Niro Hybrid SUV on Germany’s Nurburgring racetrack this week. Kia first introduced the Niro Hybrid in September 2013, and then showed it once more at the Chicago Auto Show a year later. Nothing else has been heard on the Niro from the Korean carmaker in the past […] The post Kia’s Niro Hybrid Spied At Nurburgring – Video appeared first on HybridCars.com.

DOE announces $26.6M SBIR/STTR FY15 Phase 1 Release 2 awards; fuel cells, batteries, power electronics and efficient combustion engines

May 28, 2015: The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 162 projects to receive about $26.6 million in the 2015 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 2 Awards. (Earlier post.) Of these, 16 are vehicle-related,...

Deliveries of the 500 HP BYD Tang Plug-In SUV Begin in July

May 28, 2015: BYD is one of China’s most ambitious automakers, not only moving beyond China’s borders to sell its vehicles, but going all-in with plug-in car technology. One of the most anticipated plug-in cars of 2015 is the BYD Tang, a 500 horsepower plug-in SUV that is slated to arrive at dealerships this July, reports CarNewsChina. While The post Deliveries of the 500 HP BYD Tang Plug-In SUV Begin in July appeared first on Gas 2.

Top 5 Best Selling Electric Cars

May 28, 2015: There are an even dozen electric vehicles (EVs) offered in the U.S. and their sales range from quite respectable to so little as to give fodder to critics. As a type of vehicle, EVs are a slim minority of the U.S. sales total at 0.40 percent but they have an outsized reputation and more EVs […] The post Top 5 Best Selling Electric Cars appeared first on HybridCars.com.

UK study provides observational evidence linking ocean circulation to weather and decadal-scale climate change

May 28, 2015: A new study by scientists from the University of Southampton and the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) suggests that the global climate is on the verge of broad-scale change that could last for a number of decades. The change to...

IHS forecasts global EV charger market to grow to more than 12.7M units in 2020

May 28, 2015: The global EV Charger (EVC) market is forecast to grow from more than 1 million units in 2014 to more than 12.7 million units in 2020, according to a new EV Charging Infrastructure report by IHS Inc. IHS Automotive foresees...

Canadian Creates Record-Setting Hoverboard

May 28, 2015: Electric cars are supposed to be the transportation solution of the future, but after watching Canadian inventor Catalin Alexander Duru fly over 900 feet on a hoverboard of his own creation, I’m just not sure of anything anymore. Well, except that I really, really want a hoverboard. Imagine a world where hoverboards have replaced cars The post Canadian Creates Record-Setting Hoverboard appeared first on Gas 2.

Audi Q6 E-Tron With 300+ Mile Range Confirmed

May 28, 2015: The Audi Q6 E-Tron has been confirmed for production, starting in 2018. The electric crossover SUV is expected to offer more than 300 miles of range. The post Audi Q6 E-Tron With 300+ Mile Range Confirmed appeared first on Gas 2.

U Waterloo team identifies key reaction in sodium-air batteries; implications for improving Li-air

May 28, 2015: Chemists at the University of Waterloo have identified the key reaction that takes place in sodium-air batteries. The researchers from the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, led by Professor Linda Nazar who holds the Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy...

Volkswagen Tiguan gets new range of diesel engines; up to 17g/km cut in CO2

May 28, 2015: Volkswagen has updated some key equipment specifications of the Tiguan for the new model year. Along with a new generation of engines, the compact SUV now also offers new radio and radio navigation systems. The Tiguan has been one of...

DENSO invests in truck platooning company Peloton; platooning as managed service

May 28, 2015: DENSO International America, Inc. has entered into an investment agreement with Peloton Technology, a developer of platooning systems for large truck transportation fleets. Peloton’s truck platooning system is an integrated safety, efficiency and analytics platform that builds on advanced safety...

Oxea launches new phthalate-free plasticizer as C8/C10 trimellitate replacement

May 28, 2015: Oxea is expanding its phthalate-free plasticizer portfolio with the introduction of Oxsoft L9 (linear trinonyltrimellitate). Oxsoft L9 is suited for special applications where products must meet the most rigid demands, such as the manufacture of resilient and durable high temperature...

California providing incentives up to $12K to help low-income families afford the cleanest cars

May 28, 2015: In coordination with local air officials, the California Air Resources Board is initiating a retire-and-replace pilot program in the Greater Los Angeles area and San Joaquin Valley to help people of low income replace old, polluting cars with cleaner, more...

Ford opens portfolio of patented technologies to competitors to accelerate industry-wide electrified vehicle development

May 28, 2015: Ford Motor Company is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents in a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles. In 2014, Ford filed more than 400 patents dedicated to electrified vehicle technologies. This...

Ford Offering Competitors Its Technology Patents – For A Price

May 28, 2015: Sort of following a precedent set by Tesla, Ford today said it’s opening its portfolio of patents to hasten the proliferation of electrified vehicle technologies. However, unlike Tesla, they are not free. “The patents would be available for a fee,” said Ford in a statement without divulging how much this fee would be. But, Ford […] The post Ford Offering Competitors Its Technology Patents – For A Price appeared first on HybridCars.com.

2016 Toyota Prius Engine To Boast 40 Percent Thermal Efficiency

May 28, 2015: Toyota announced that its next Prius will be the most efficient yet, delivering up to 40 percent thermal efficiency. This news came during last week’s Annual Spring Congress for Japan’s Society of Automotive Engineers where the automaker revealed more details about its class-leading gasoline Prius hybrid engine. “The efficiency will be realized by improving the […] The post 2016 Toyota Prius Engine To Boast 40 Percent Thermal Efficiency appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Ford partners with Haier, Trina Solar and Delta Electronics to launch MyEnergi Lifestyle in China

May 27, 2015: At Consumer Electronics Show Asia, Ford launched a strategic collaboration with Haier (home appliance), Trina Solar (solar power) and Delta Electronics (power management) to introduce MyEnergi Lifestyle (earlier post) to China, a holistic approach for lowering the energy costs and...

Elon Musk Biography Offers Insight Into Tesla’s CEO

May 27, 2015: A newly released biography gives a closer look into the upbringing and inner workings of entrepreneur Elon Musk. Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has sparked the interest – and sometimes the ire – of many. He’s known for sidestepping his publicity team to announce company updates through Twitter posts. And his interviews and shareholder […] The post Elon Musk Biography Offers Insight Into Tesla’s CEO appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Tesla's solar-powered, free-to-use Superchargers growing like weeds worldwide

May 27, 2015: 21st century infrastructure to help us get off oil.

Recycled Hawtness: Honda S600 Gets Motorcycle Motor Upgrade

May 27, 2015: We live in an era where 600+ horsepower supercars are surprisingly common and affordable. The Shelby GT500, Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and Tesla P85D all offer immense power and speed for between $55,000 and $110,000. But you don’t need a cutting edge car and hundreds of horsepower to have fun, as Jay Leno demonstrated driving around The post Recycled Hawtness: Honda S600 Gets Motorcycle Motor Upgrade appeared first on Gas 2.

Tesla Pop-Up Stores Skirt Dealer Regulations

May 27, 2015: Tesla pop up stores are coming to Europe and the United States. The self contained stores fit on a single flat bed trailer and can be set up in a few hours The post Tesla Pop-Up Stores Skirt Dealer Regulations appeared first on Gas 2.

Amyris/Cosan JV Novvi introduces 100% renewable Group III and IV base oils

May 27, 2015: Novvi LLC, a joint venture of Amyris, Inc. and Cosan S.A. Industria e Comercio, unveiled two new 100% renewable base oil—the main component of motor oils—products: a renewable polyalphaolefin (PAO) Group IV and a renewable version of its NovaSpec Group...

Lamborghini confirms SUV, launch in 2018

May 27, 2015: Lamborghini, a Volkswagen Group company, confirmed that a luxury SUV will join its product range as its third series model, with market introduction planned for 2018. A concept of the car was first presented as the Lamborghini Urus in 2012...

Self-Driving Audi R8 E-Tron Revealed In Asia

May 27, 2015: Billed as an all-electric supercar, the 2016 Audi R8 e-tron already has a lot going for it in terms of cutting edge technology. Packing 459 horsepower and 679 lb-ft of torque, the R8 e-tron can silently scoot from 0 to 60 MPH in a scant 3.9 seconds, and now it can do so without any The post Self-Driving Audi R8 E-Tron Revealed In Asia appeared first on Gas 2.

Honda targets new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency with 8,500-mile diesel drive across Europe

May 27, 2015: Honda aims to win a new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency in an 8,500-mile (13,679 km) drive across all 24 contiguous EU countries in a 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engined Honda Civic Tourer. In the Civic Tourer, the 1.6...

GM and Shanghai Jiao Tong University begin vehicle sharing pilot program with EN-V 2.0 fleet

May 27, 2015: General Motors and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) have begun a two-year vehicle sharing pilot program in Shanghai featuring 16 Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 (earlier post) electric concept vehicles. (Earlier post.) The EN-V 2.0 pilot vehicles will be integrated into the...

2016 Toyota Prius Engine Achieves 40% Thermal Efficiency

May 27, 2015: The new Toyota Prius engine achieves 40 per cent efficiency, according to a presentation by Toyota at the SAE Spring Conference in Yokohama, Japan The post 2016 Toyota Prius Engine Achieves 40% Thermal Efficiency appeared first on Gas 2.

UN Secretary-General urges transport ministers to reshape world’s transport systems

May 27, 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the world’s transport ministers meeting at the International Transport Forum 2015to accelerate efforts to combat climate change and “find new green solutions”. Ban called sustainable transport “a common thread” linking the upcoming UN Summit...

Renault-Nissan Alliance to provide 200 EVs for Paris climate conference

May 27, 2015: The Renault-Nissan Alliance will provide a fleet of 200 all-electric vehicles as the official passenger-car provider for the United Nation’s COP21 climate conference in Paris later this year. The fully electric car fleet will shuttle delegates during the event from...

Hydrogenics and Alstom Transport to develop and commercialize H2 fuel-cell commuter trains in Europe; €50M, 10-year agreement

May 27, 2015: Hydrogenics Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, signed a 10-year exclusive agreement to supply Alstom Transport with hydrogen fuel cell systems for Regional Commuter Trains in Europe. Alstom Transport is a unit of...

Why do we accept so many deaths caused by cars as a fact of life?

May 27, 2015: Cartoonist Ken Avidor wonders why we accept this sacrifice of lives to the automobile god.

2015 Kia Soul EV Final Thoughts: Or, I Miss Regenerative Braking

May 27, 2015: It’s now been about a week since I had to return the Kia Soul EV test car that I ended up with for almost twice as long as originally planned. I really had a chance to experience life with one of the newest electric cars on the market, and while it couldn’t quite replace my The post 2015 Kia Soul EV Final Thoughts: Or, I Miss Regenerative Braking appeared first on Gas 2.

CMU study compares lifecycle GHGs of natural gas pathways for MHDVs; MD BEVs can deliver large reductions, but diesel hard to beat for Class 8

May 27, 2015: A study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers comparing life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from different natural gas pathways for medium and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) found that the GHG reduction potentials of the pathways vary sharply between non-Class 8 MHDVs...

Indiana U study suggests cost-effectiveness of EPA air quality regs more uncertain than commonly believed

May 27, 2015: The US EPA estimates that its air pollution regulations save thousands of lives annually. A new study by researchers at Indiana University suggests the estimates are more uncertain than commonly accepted. An open-access paper on their study appear in the...

Navigant forecasts annual plug-in electric vehicle sales in N America to exceed 1.1M by 2024

May 27, 2015: In a new report, Navigant Research forecasts that North American plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales will exceed 1.1 million annually by 2024. The report, Electric Vehicle Geographic Forecasts, provides data and forecasts for LD PEV sales in North America, including...

GM to invest $1.2B in full-size truck plant

May 26, 2015: General Motors is investing $1.2 billion in its full-size pickup truck plant in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, for upgrades and technology that will improve the plant’s competitiveness in assembling high-quality light- and heavy-duty models. Construction of the new pre-treat, electro-coat paint...

Rimac Pairs With Monster Tajima For Pikes Peak Run

May 26, 2015: Priced at a million bucks and packing 1,088 horsepower, the Rimac Concept_One probably has more in common with the Formula E electric race cars than a Nissan LEAF. Yet Rimac’s ambitions aren’t necessarily to make an electric car for the masses, but rather to build the components other companies need to make their EVs stand The post Rimac Pairs With Monster Tajima For Pikes Peak Run appeared first on Gas 2.

Ford makes GoDrive car-sharing available to public in London

May 26, 2015: Ford Motor Company will begin making its London-based GoDrive car-sharing service available to the public. (Earlier post.) The service offers flexible, practical and affordable access to a fleet of cars for one-way journeys with easy parking throughout the city. The...

Delivery of renewable isooctane to Audi tips interesting potential non-biomass pathway for biogasoline; “e-benzin” as solar fuel

May 26, 2015: Last week, Audi and its partner Global Bioenergies announced that the first batch of renewable isooctane—which Audi calls “e-benzin”—using Global Bioenergies’ fermentative isobutene pathway (sugar→isobutene→isooctane) had been produced and presented to Audi by Global Bioenergies. (Earlier post.) Global Bioenergies, founded...

GM Powertrain Europe strengthens collaboration with Politecnico di Torino; diesel engine focus

May 26, 2015: To mark the 10th anniversary of the foundation of GM Powertrain Europe Turin, GM President Dan Ammann visited the engineering site and announced plans to strengthen the collaboration with the Politecnico di Torino, further expanding the engineering development center. The...

Volkswagen Group inaugurates vehicle plant in Southern Chinese city of Changsha; 300,000 units per year; “carbon-neutral production”

May 26, 2015: The Volkswagen Group continues to expand its production capacity in China with a new vehicle plant for Shanghai-Volkswagen (SVW) in Changsha, southern China. This plant is the Group’s 119th global facility and its 20th in China. China is not only...

Gexpro partners with LG Chem, Geli and Ideal Power on stationary ESS

May 26, 2015: Gexpro, a worldwide electrical distributor, solutions provider and a subsidiary of Rexel, will offer, in conjunction with Geli, Ideal Power and LG Chem, a Battery Energy Storage Solution (BESS)—Gexpro Power IQ—to commercial and industrial customers. Gexpro will be the system...