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Jul 31, 2015

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Walkonomics: New App Helps You ‘Enjoy the Ride’

Jul 31, 2015: Ever step outside for your morning jog and wonder which way to go? Well, there’s an app for that. If you live in Central London, New York, Paris, Glasgow, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, or Toronto, there is now Walkonomics. Hoping to capitalize on the popularity of jogging and leisure walking, the creators of Walkonomics have rated your The post Walkonomics: New App Helps You ‘Enjoy the Ride’ appeared first on Gas 2.

Countdown: Eight Months To Tesla Model 3 Release Date

Jul 30, 2015: The Tesla Model 3 may be the most anticipated electric car on the horizon and as people search for news, a few tidbits of new and seemingly new information surfaced last week. Some of it appears to be conjecture, but Autocar, a widely read publication in the UK last Thursday authoritatively stated the Model 3 […] The post Countdown: Eight Months To Tesla Model 3 Release Date appeared first on

2015 Toyota Auris — 1st Date

Jul 30, 2015: I’ve rented a brand new 2015 Toyota Auris for the week, and I’m going to run through my opinion of it in the 3-date format Jo Borras has laid out (more or less). My first impression, from the front, was, “This looks like a decent, normal car… not ugly.” The visualization screens were better than I The post 2015 Toyota Auris — 1st Date appeared first on Gas 2.

Delphi invests in Tula; Dynamic Skip Fire cylinder deactivation

Jul 30, 2015: Delphi has made a minority investment in Tula Technology, the developer of Dynamic Skip Fire cylinder deactivation technology. (Earlier post.) The software-enabled powertrain technology integrates advanced digital signal processing with advanced powertrain controls to create a variable displacement engine. DSF...

Maserati CEO Doubles Down On Fiat Idiocy, Motor Trend Calls BS

Jul 30, 2015: No one said you had to be a good fortune teller to run a car company. The latest executive in the automobile industry to indicate that he’s on the wrong side of the electric revolution is Maserati CEO, Alfa Romeo CEO, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CTO Harald Wester. It’s not the biggest surprise to find out that The post Maserati CEO Doubles Down On Fiat Idiocy, Motor Trend Calls BS appeared first on Gas 2.

Own or Lease an Electric Car?

Jul 30, 2015: If you were MIA this weekend and missed my first appeal to complete an electric car owner and lessee survey that I created, I would like to humbly request that you step it up and complete this thing now! We’re up to 478 responses as I write this, but I’d like a few more. You The post Own or Lease an Electric Car? appeared first on Gas 2.

Is Tesla’s Secret Demand “Weapon” This Referral Program?

Jul 30, 2015: Months ago, Elon Musk reiterated that Tesla was still production limited, not demand limited. However, he also noted that Tesla might need to stimulate demand for the Model S by the end of the year. If so, he had an idea (a “secret weapon”) that would both do that and stick it to the stupid, The post Is Tesla’s Secret Demand “Weapon” This Referral Program? appeared first on Gas 2.

Refer 10 New Tesla Buyers, Get a Free Model X

Jul 30, 2015: Tesla is starting a new referral program that will encourage people to refer new car buyers to the brand with a chance to get a free Model X. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, explained the new discount strategy yesterday during an earnings call yesterday afternoon. Simply put, current Model S owners can refer new […] The post Refer 10 New Tesla Buyers, Get a Free Model X appeared first on

Elon Musk Signs Letter Urging Military To Cancel Military Robots

Jul 30, 2015: Just as consumers are eagerly hoping for driverless cars, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and hundreds of others are urging military researchers to be careful what they wish for. Not quite predicting the day that Skynet becomes self aware, Musk, and others including Stephen Hawking are urging them to cease development of autonomous artificial intelligence weapons. […] The post Elon Musk Signs Letter Urging Military To Cancel Military Robots appeared first on

First pump sales of Gevo isobutanol-blended gasoline in US at Express Lube Service Station in Texas

Jul 30, 2015: Gevo, Inc. announced that Express Lube of Fredericksburg, Texas, is the first US service station to sell gasoline blended with Gevo’s renewable isobutanol at the pump. Gevo anticipates this to be the first of many retail locations to offer the...

BYD and Alexander Dennis partner on new $30M deal for single-deck electric buses in London

Jul 30, 2015: BYD Company Ltd. and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), Europe’s fastest growing bus and coach builder, have formed a new alliance and confirmed a £19-million (US$30-million) deal that will see the introduction of London’s first large-scale, zero-emission, single deck bus fleet....

Audi C-BEV Concept To Be Shown In Frankfurt Prior To Q6 EV

Jul 30, 2015: The Audi C-BEV concept will debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, likely previewing the upcoming Q6 electric crossover. Renderings of the Audi C-BEV concept made an early appearance on the Internet today, revealing what will likely be the recently rumored 2019 Audi Q6 aimed to take on the Tesla Model X electric crossover. […] The post Audi C-BEV Concept To Be Shown In Frankfurt Prior To Q6 EV appeared first on

Brammo is Out, Victory Empulse TT is In

Jul 30, 2015: The all-new for 2016 Victory Empulse TT is the same Brammo Empulse we already know and love, with a better seat, updated suspension, and better battery! The post Brammo is Out, Victory Empulse TT is In appeared first on Gas 2.

ICCT study assesses EV promotion and uptake in top 25 metropolitan areas in US

Jul 30, 2015: A new study by a team at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has found that the top metropolitan markets in the US for electric vehicles tend to be characterized by a combination of relatively progressive promotional activities; more...

Canada aligns Tier 3 regulations with US

Jul 30, 2015: Canada has aligned new vehicle and fuel standards with the United States to cut air pollution from on-road vehicles. Canada’s Tier 3 regulations will introduce more stringent air pollutant emission standards for new passenger cars, light-duty trucks and certain heavy-duty...

Bosch, Toyota and startups join CalCharge energy storage effort

Jul 30, 2015: CalCharge, a California initiative designed to accelerate breakthrough energy storage technologies, welcomed six new member companies, including Bosch and Toyota Motor Corporation. The newly announced charter members, Bosch and Toyota, along with general members Blue Current, Ensor, EnZinc and ITN...

Researchers engineer first low-methane-emission, high-starch rice; benefits for GHG control, food and bioenergy

Jul 30, 2015: Rice—the staple food for more than half of the world’s population—is one of the largest manmade sources of atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Now, however, with the addition of a single gene from barley (SUSIBA2), a team of researchers...

Brazil’s UNICA opposes EPA’s proposed RFS changes; says sugarcane ethanol can meet volume requirements

Jul 30, 2015: UNICA, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, this week submitted formal comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opposing the agency’s proposed reductions (relative to the volumes originally specified) to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume targets for 2014, 2015...

Caterpillar ending collaboration with Navistar on vocational trucks; bringing design and production in-house

Jul 30, 2015: Caterpillar Inc. will begin independently designing and manufacturing its vocational truck product family at its plant in Victoria, Texas. The plant, which opened in 2012, currently produces hydraulic excavators. Caterpillar launched its first vocational truck, the CT660, in the North...

Forecast: marine hybrid propulsion market to reach $4.5B by 2022

Jul 30, 2015: A market study recently published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) projected that revenue from the global marine hybrid propulsion market will rise from US$2.24 billion in 2013 to US$4.46 billion in 2022—an 8.02% CAGR. The research report, titled “Marine Hybrid...

Texas-Based Company Giving Away 10 New Teslas

Jul 30, 2015: Never mind that Texas is in a stand-off with Tesla over rights to open stores, Stream is bringing 10 new Model S sedans to its Dallas headquarters to give away for free. The company, a “provider of services for the connected home, including Energy Services, Mobile Services and Protective Services,” will do the honors this […] The post Texas-Based Company Giving Away 10 New Teslas appeared first on

Momentum Dynamics Says Wireless Electric Car Charging Is Ready Now

Jul 29, 2015: Imagine being able to wirelessly recharge an electric car in less than one hour instead of plugging in and waiting 4-7 hours or longer. Far off future fiction? No fact today, and something Momentum Dynamics has working in prototype form as it quietly works with companies intent on incorporating inductive charging technology into passenger cars […] The post Momentum Dynamics Says Wireless Electric Car Charging Is Ready Now appeared first on

Volkswagen MY2016: high-end driver assistance moves throughout the lineup; next-gen MIB II infotainment system

Jul 29, 2015: For the 2016 model year, Volkswagen is offering a number of advanced driver assistance (ADAS) features that were only previously available on the premium Touareg SUV, and is also adding some new ones that democratize driver assistance for the compact...

2016 Chevy Volt Pics Surface

Jul 29, 2015: GM-Volt forum member “cab” dropped a bunch of pictures of the 2016 Chevy Volt yesterday. These pictures from the wild make me like the 2016 Chevy Volt even more, and I was already a fan. It’s one of the best-looking electric vehicles on the market, imho. With 50 miles of all-electric range, it also means most The post 2016 Chevy Volt Pics Surface appeared first on Gas 2.

GreenTeam Electric Racer Sets 0–100 KM/H World Record — 1.779 Seconds

Jul 29, 2015: One of the reasons many of us are convinced electric vehicles are the future are their wicked crazy instant torque. The jump off the line, even for a vehicle like the Nissan Leaf, is wonderful. But some vehicles are set up to make that jump better, and some are set up to make it to The post GreenTeam Electric Racer Sets 0–100 KM/H World Record — 1.779 Seconds appeared first on Gas 2.

Average Age For Cars in US Increases To 11.5 Years

Jul 29, 2015: The average vehicle on U.S. roads is roughly 11.5 years old. That means that the average car driving beside you was bought brand new in 2004 (like the 2004 Civic, seen below). According to IHS Automotive, overall vehicle registrations have grown by 2 percent compared to last year, and now sit at a record 257.9 […] The post Average Age For Cars in US Increases To 11.5 Years appeared first on

Tesla Model X Production Starting Next Week (Rumor)

Jul 29, 2015: Word recently went out that Tesla’s Fremont factory tours were put on hold for a short time. In other words, for some reason, outsiders are not being brought into the Fremont factory for a couple of weeks or so. Hmm, you thinking what I’m thinking? Following that news, today, I caught rumor that Model X production The post Tesla Model X Production Starting Next Week (Rumor) appeared first on Gas 2.

IHS: average age of light vehicles in US rises slightly in 2015 to 11.5 years; length of new vehicle ownership hits record high

Jul 29, 2015: The combined average age of all light vehicles on the road in the US has climbed slightly to 11.5 years, based on a snapshot of vehicles in operation (VIO) taken 1 January 2015, according to IHS Automotive. Registrations for light...

Global Bioenergies bio-isobutene process hits 70% of commercial yield at R&D scale

Jul 29, 2015: Global Bioenergies announced that its bio-isobutene process has reached 70% of the commercial yield at R&D scale. The targeted commercial yield is 3.84 tons of low-cost, industrial-grade sugar for 1 ton of high-purity high-value bio-isobutene. This is a huge milestone....

Renault May Buy Lotus F1 Team … as Early as This Week

Jul 29, 2015: Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is expected to make a decision regarding the purchase of the struggling Lotus F1 team sometime this week The post Renault May Buy Lotus F1 Team … as Early as This Week appeared first on Gas 2.

GM OnStar tops 1 billion customer interactions

Jul 29, 2015: GM OnStar has fielded more than 1 billion requests from customers, who interact by phone, mobile app or embedded cellular service in their cars and trucks. Launched nearly 19 years ago as an industry-first service that would place a call...

Ricardo officially opens new Vehicle Emissions Research Center

Jul 29, 2015: Ricardo formally opened its new £10-million (US$15.6-million) Ricardo Vehicle Emissions Research Center (VERC) as part of the company’s centenary celebrations at its world headquarters in Shoreham-by-Sea, UK. The new Ricardo VERC is designed to accommodate the development requirements of the...

Qualcomm and BRUSA sign commercial wireless electric vehicle charging license agreement

Jul 29, 2015: BRUSA Elektronik AG, an automotive Tier 1 power electronics supplier, has licensed Qualcomm Incorporated’s Halo (earlier post) patented inventions to commercialize Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) systems for Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (EVs). Under the terms of the agreement,...

UPS announces renewable diesel agreements with Neste, REG and Solazyme; up to 46M gallons over next 3 years

Jul 29, 2015: UPS announced agreements for up to 46 million gallons of renewable diesel over the next three years, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one of the largest users of renewable diesel in the world. Neste, Renewable...

Aclima partnering with Google to map outdoor air quality with Street View vehicles

Jul 29, 2015: Aclima, Inc., a San Francisco-based company that designs and deploys environmental sensor networks, is partnering with Google Earth Outreach to map and better to understand urban air quality. Google Street View cars can be equipped with Aclima’s mobile sensing platform...

Roland Berger study explores need for consolidation in vehicle electronic architectures

Jul 29, 2015: In a new study, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants explores the strategy of module consolidation as a solution for the feature- and function-driven increasing complexity of vehicle electronic architectures. Consumers increasingly expect the latest and greatest in electronics and safety when...

Intel and Micron begin production on new breakthrough class of non-volatile memory; 3D Xpoint memory speeds up to 1000 faster than NAND

Jul 29, 2015: Intel Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc. unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, 3D XPoint technology...

Battery-maker Leclanché acquires battery-maker Trineuron; focus on transport

Jul 29, 2015: Leclanché, the Swiss/German manufacturer of Li-ion cells and systems (earlier post), has acquired Belgian battery-maker Trineuron. The acquisition strengthens Leclanché’s product range and system integration capabilities, and will allow Leclanché to increase its offering in terms of Battery Management Systems...

Camouflaged Hyundai Hybrid Spied

Jul 29, 2015: With a teardrop profile culminating in the hatchback’s high rear deck, a recently spied camouflaged mule could easily be mistaken as the next Toyota Prius. But it isn’t. The photos, captured by, are actually of a Hyundai hybrid in testing. To date, Hyundai has been tight-lipped about this new hybrid. It’s been known for […] The post Camouflaged Hyundai Hybrid Spied appeared first on

Chevy Volt Batteries Get Secondary Use – and Help Set Guinness Record

Jul 29, 2015: As General Motors works on secondary uses for the Chevrolet Volt battery a recent opportunity came up to nab a Guinness World Record in Canada. At the Pan American Games in Toronto, from July 17-27, a record 4,739 people pedaled bikes to generate electricity into a Volt’s battery. The record title: the most number of […] The post Chevy Volt Batteries Get Secondary Use – and Help Set Guinness Record appeared first on

Chevrolet introduces Colorado Duramax Diesel midsize pickup

Jul 28, 2015: Chevrolet has introduced the diesel version (earlier post) of its 2016 Colorado midsize pickup truck. (Colorado is the 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the Year and’s Best Pickup Truck of 2015.) With 369 lb-ft of torque (500 N·m) generated...

By 2025, Hybrids Could Be Priced Evenly With Non-Hybrids

Jul 28, 2015: If hybrid vehicles continue improving at their current pace, a new study said manufacturing costs will “be cut in half before 2025,” positioning hybrids to compete directly with non-hybrids for sales. John German’s technical paper, published by The International Council on Clean Transportation, named advances through the learning process, increases in vehicle production and development […] The post By 2025, Hybrids Could Be Priced Evenly With Non-Hybrids appeared first on

Gulf MARINE fuel with isobutanol meets new biofuel recommendations from National Marine Manufacturers Association

Jul 28, 2015: Gulf Racing Fuels announced that its Gulf MARINE biofuel with isobutanol (earlier post) is one of the first fuels on the market to comply with the recent biofuel recommendations issued last week by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and...

Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance start $1B manufacturing JV in Mexico for next-gen premium compacts

Jul 28, 2015: Five years after first establishing a strategic cooperation, Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have expanded their collaboration with the start of a manufacturing joint venture in Aguascalientes in central Mexico. The new business entity COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes) is...

Purdue team discovery could reduce energy required to machine annealed metals by >50%

Jul 28, 2015: Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a previously unknown type of metal deformation—sinuous flow—and a potentially simple method to suppress it. The results, reported in a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), could lead to...

Cummins Westport introducing ISB6.7 G natural gas engine to Type C school bus market

Jul 28, 2015: Cummins Westport Inc. is introducing its new 2016 ISB6.7 G, a 6.7-liter MidRange, factory-built, dedicated natural gas engine (earlier post), to the Type C School bus market at the North American School Bus Show – STN Expo Conference and Trade...

GM and SAIC Motor to partner on all-new vehicle family for global growth markets; $5B investment from Chevrolet

Jul 28, 2015: General Motors and SAIC Motor are enhancing their partnership through an agreement jointly to develop the core architecture and engine of a new vehicle family targeting global growth markets. GM expects the partnership will result in significant development cost savings...

More than 5,000 signed up for Opel’s CarUnity carsharing in first month

Jul 28, 2015: CarUnity, the brand-agnostic carsharing concept powered by Opel (earlier post), currently, roughly one month after its launch, has around 1,500 cars available on the new platform, mainly in the Rhine-Main area, which is Opel’s home turf. The free app already...

Emissions from auxiliary engines may be included in future air quality monitoring in London

Jul 28, 2015: The Mayor of London has indicated that the impact of auxiliary engines could be included in future air quality monitoring in London. This would be the first time that pollutants from secondary vehicle engines, such as on refrigerated trucks, will...

Technip, EGPC and ASORC agreement for $1.5B modernization of Egypt’s Assiut Refinery; maximizing diesel

Jul 28, 2015: Technip Italy SpA announced the finalization of a joint agreement with Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and Assiut Oil Refining Company (ASORC) for the $1.5-billion modernization project of the Assiut refinery, Upper Egypt. The investment aims to maximize diesel production,...