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Aug 30, 2015

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60% of $18B in US clean energy tax credits 2006-2012 went to top 20% by income; 90% in the plug-in program

Aug 30, 2015: A working paper by a team at the Energy Institute at Haas, University of California, Berkeley, has found that 60% of the $18 billion in US federal income clean energy tax credits issued between 2006 and 2012—e.g., for weatherizing homes,...

Self Charging Electric Cars May Use Tiny Solar Cells

Aug 29, 2015: Self charging electric cars may use tiny, flexible solar cells made from perkovsite say researchers at Case Western. Perkovsite reacts to more wave lengths The post Self Charging Electric Cars May Use Tiny Solar Cells appeared first on Gas 2.

EERC working with Fuel Cell Energy on $3.5M ARPA-E project for electrochemical cell to convert natural gas to methanol

Aug 29, 2015: The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is working with FuelCell Energy, Inc., an integrated stationary fuel cell manufacturer, to develop a durable, low-cost, and high-performance electrochemical cell to convert natural gas and other methane-rich gas...

Connecticut Offers Cash On Hood Advanced-Tech Vehicle Rebates

Aug 29, 2015: Some leaders in Connecticut are so confident in the state’s new electrified vehicle rebate, they believe the state can sell them more effectively than California. “We’re a small state, but we have some big ideas, and maybe we can show California how to do this,” said Jim Fleming, president of the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association. […] The post Connecticut Offers Cash On Hood Advanced-Tech Vehicle Rebates appeared first on

Ford Uses Different Fuels For Different Tests

Aug 29, 2015: Ford Motor Company uses different fuels for different tests - premium for its power ratings and ethanol free regular for mileage numbers. Does it matter? The post Ford Uses Different Fuels For Different Tests appeared first on Gas 2.

California ARB has awarded 2,000 vouchers for low-carbon hybrid and zero-emission trucks since 2010

Aug 29, 2015: The California Air Resources Board has awarded 2,000 Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Vouchers. Since its launch in 2010, the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) has provided more than $63 million to help California...

Two-wheel drive electric utility bike doubles as a remote power supply

Aug 28, 2015: The Ubco 2X2 is not exactly a speed demon, but as an electric workhorse with a 200kg capacity, it's well-suited to farm, rural, and offroad use.

Project 2&4 Heads to Frankfurt w/ Moto GP Power

Aug 28, 2015: Honda's Project 2&4 marries the best of bikes and cars in a new concept that promises to change the way we look at the brand. It's headed to Frankfurt The post Project 2&4 Heads to Frankfurt w/ Moto GP Power appeared first on Gas 2.

Horse Cycles Sidecar Bike Can Really Haul (Stuff)

Aug 28, 2015: Hand-made from recycled wood and chromoly steel, the Horse Brand sidecar bike is ready to carry your cool stuff all over the boardwalk! The post Horse Cycles Sidecar Bike Can Really Haul (Stuff) appeared first on Gas 2.

2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen TDI Review – Video

Aug 28, 2015: The 2015 Golf Sportwagen may resemble the former Jetta Sportwagen, but it arrives as part of the seventh-generation Golf line, and Volkswagen says this is an all-new car. And it is, but the traditional station wagon now being taken over by the Golf nameplate does retain what people liked about the Jetta wagon, except true […] The post 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen TDI Review – Video appeared first on

Automakers Put Billions Into “Connectivity” Tech No One Cares About

Aug 28, 2015: Okay, “no one” is a little strong, but the point is the same: automakers are investing billions of dollars into “connectivity” tech that people aren’t using. I can’t say I’m surprised. Aside from the Tesla Model S, I typically haven’t been impressed with the “connectivity” features I’ve found in cars — from Mercedes to BMW [&hellip The post Automakers Put Billions Into “Connectivity” Tech No One Cares About appeared first on Gas 2.

Port of Honolulu testing hydrogen fuel cell generator; Sandia-led Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell project

Aug 28, 2015: At Young Brothers Ltd.’s Port of Honolulu facility, Sandia National Laboratories is leading the Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell project to test a hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered generator as an alternative to conventional diesel generators. The project kickoff is being marked today with a...

Tesla Model S Showdown (Video)

Aug 28, 2015: First of all, street racing is not recommended in any fashion. On the positive side, in this case, it doesn’t look to me like the drivers here don’t surpass the speed limit while testing their acceleration against one another. They step on their respective pedals for a few seconds but then slow down and go [&hellip The post Tesla Model S Showdown (Video) appeared first on Gas 2.

£5,000 UK Plug-In Car Grant Extended

Aug 28, 2015: The £5,000 (~$7,800) “Plug-in Car Grant” in the UK is one of the most helpful electric car incentives in the world. Approaching expiration, the British government just extended the grant at least till February 2016. The initial plan was to review the grant once 50,000 vehicles had made use of it. With strong sales in [&hellip The post £5,000 UK Plug-In Car Grant Extended appeared first on Gas 2.

Russian Bikers Answer “What Do You Do When it Rains?”

Aug 28, 2015: Watch these Russian bikers power through a raging river ... on their sidecar-quipped, WW2 era Ural motorcycles! You won't believe this amazing video! The post Russian Bikers Answer “What Do You Do When it Rains?” appeared first on Gas 2.

Tesla Software Version 7.0 With Autopilot

Aug 28, 2015: Some details and screenshots of a beta version of Tesla’s 7.0 software update, which will include several autopilot or autonomous driving features, have recently been leaked. A Norwegian who is apparently not in the beta testing group, and actually drives a Model S 60 not equipped with autopilot, somehow got the options on his touchscreen… [&hellip The post Tesla Software Version 7.0 With Autopilot appeared first on Gas 2.

Study reorders significance of fungal and bacterial decomposition of organic matter; impact on climate models

Aug 28, 2015: In a 23-year experiment, a team from Lund University, Sweden, and the University of New Hampshire has determined that the common understanding of how organic material is decomposed by fungi and bacteria is fundamentally wrong. This means that climate models...

IBM and GENCI team to drive supercomputing closer to exascale

Aug 28, 2015: IBM and GENCI, the high performance computing agency in France, are collaborating to speed up the path to exascale computing (earlier post)—the ability of a computing system to perform at least one exaflop, or a billion billion calculations, in one...

Johnson Controls to build a new automotive battery plant in northeast China; focus on Start-Stop

Aug 28, 2015: Johnson Controls plans to build a new automotive battery manufacturing facility in the city of Shenyang in northeastern China as it continues to invest in the world’s largest new vehicle market. Johnson Controls has signed an investment agreement for a...

JCAP team reports first complete “artificial leaf”; >10% solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency

Aug 28, 2015: Researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) report the development of the first complete, efficient, safe, integrated solar-driven system—an “artificial leaf”—for splitting water to produce hydrogen. JCAP is a US Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Innovation Hub established...

Class Actions Suit Names 10 Automakers Over ‘Deadly’ Keyless Ignitions

Aug 28, 2015: Ten automakers in the U.S. are being sued for allegedly concealing the possible risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in some vehicles with keyless ignitions. A class action lawsuit has been filed against some of the world’s largest automakers claiming that they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than five-million vehicles equipped with […] The post Class Actions Suit Names 10 Automakers Over ‘Deadly’ Keyless Ignitions appeared first on

Lux: Bosch’s acquisition of Seeo risky but worthwhile; likely start of a spree of buying advanced battery developers

Aug 28, 2015: Commenting on Bosch’s newly revealed acquisition of Seeo, the Berkeley Lab spin-out developing solid-state Li-ion batteries (earlier post), Lux Research noted that the acquisition marks the first instance of a major automotive player outright acquiring a next-generation battery developer (although...

DOE to award up to $10M for Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2; provides $4M to two additional biofuel projects

Aug 28, 2015: The US Department of Energy (DOE) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0001320)for up to $10 million to advance the production of advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based biomass, such as algae, agricultural residues, and...

Hybrid model accounts for more than 35% of Toyota Yaris European sales; key to Yaris sales growth

Aug 28, 2015: European sales of the Yaris have grown continuously over the last four years, rising from some 144,000 units in 2011 to an anticipated 200,000+ in 2015. Over the same period, the Yaris has also increased its B-segment market share from...

AVnu Alliance, Cisco and TTTech to host Deterministic Ethernet Forum for in-vehicle networking

Aug 28, 2015: AVnu Alliance, Cisco and TTTech will host the Deterministic Ethernet Forum for automotive in-vehicle networking and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), on 23 October 2015 in Vienna, Austria. The forum will be an opportunity for leading automotive and industrial...

UK Extends £5,000 EV Rebate to February 2016

Aug 28, 2015: The U.K. is adding £200 million to its EV rebate program, which will extend the £5,000 new vehicle credit for an three additional months to February 2016. Previously set to run out this fall, U.K. government officials said they are expanding the rebates to spur more sales of low emission vehicles. “The U.K. is now […] The post UK Extends £5,000 EV Rebate to February 2016 appeared first on

California And Nevada Among Four States Vying For Faraday Future EV Factory

Aug 28, 2015: Although aspiring carmaker Faraday Future prefers to keep most of its plans a secret, it has revealed locations currently under consideration for a new EV factory. “We’re still actively talking to four states,” said company spokesman Marcus Nelson. “We have talked to California, Nevada, Georgia and Louisiana.” Nevada, which successfully snagged a deal with Tesla […] The post California And Nevada Among Four States Vying For Faraday Future EV Factory appeared first on

Video Highlights Hand-Made-in-Japan Toyota Mirai FCV Production

Aug 28, 2015: A video of Toyota’s Mirai fuel cell vehicle being hand-built is dramatic without a word being spoken. Consisting of 19 minutes of video at the Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Japan, workers put together with fastidious care a Mirai from bare body shell to finished car. Notably absent are robots, and this hands-on process is […] The post Video Highlights Hand-Made-in-Japan Toyota Mirai FCV Production appeared first on

Plug’n Drive Is Rockin’ It (Exclusive Video)

Aug 27, 2015: Originally published on EV Obsession. Cara Clairman gave the 4th presentation in the Renewable Cities “Trends, innovations, and barriers in electrifying transportation” panel that I recently moderated in Vancouver. (See my presentation, Brian Hansen’s, and Gil Friend’s if you missed them.) As the CEO and president of Plug’n Drive, as well as the driver of a [&hellip The post Plug’n Drive Is Rockin’ It (Exclusive Video) appeared first on Gas 2.

Report: Bosch buying solid-state Li-ion battery company Seeo

Aug 27, 2015: Quartz today reported that Bosch has agreed to acquire Berkeley Lab solid-state Li-ion battery spinoff Seeo. Seeo’s cell design couples a solid lithium metal anode with a conventional porous lithium iron phosphate cathode and Seeo’s nanostructured solid polymer electrolyte (“DryLite”)....

ZF TRW wins two major OEM contracts for Gen 2 Safety Domain ECU; building block for automated driving

Aug 27, 2015: ZF TRW has won two major contracts with North American and European vehicle manufacturers for its second generation Safety Domain ECU (SDE 2)—a key building block and enabler of automated driving. The central controller will launch in Europe and the...

New Opel Astra up to 441 lbs lighter than predecessor

Aug 27, 2015: The new Opel Astra, which makes its debut in several weeks at the IAA in Frankfurt, will be up to 200 kg (441 lbs) lighter than its predecessor (120 kg / 265 lbs at a minimum). The next generation of...

GM Flint Engine builds millionth 1.4L engine; transitioning to new engine for Chevy Volt and Cruze

Aug 27, 2015: GM Flint Engine Operations recently built its 1 millionth 1.4-liter engine, currently used in the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and Sonic. Flint Engine is now in the midst of a $200-million upgrade that will end the 1.4-liter engine production this week...

Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S P85D is the Best Car It’s Ever Tested

Aug 27, 2015: The Tesla Model S P85D can add another item to its long list of bragging rights. The regular Model S version of this all-electric luxury sedan was already the best car Consumer Reports had ever tested, earning an almost unheard of near-perfect score of 99 points. But the higher-performance P85D variant topped that, driving away […] The post Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S P85D is the Best Car It’s Ever Tested appeared first on

Renault Trucks and partners launch EDIT project to cut distribution vehicles’ fuel consumption by 13%

Aug 27, 2015: After Optifuel Lab 2 (earlier post), the laboratory vehicle which brought together technological innovations designed to reduce long-distance trucks’ fuel consumption, Renault Trucks is extending its research to distribution vehicles. Renault Trucks and six partners—Valeo, Lamberet, Michelin, BeNomad, INSA de...

Argonne researchers develop new non-precious-metal fuel cell catalyst with performance comparable to platinum

Aug 27, 2015: Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new fuel cell catalyst using earth-abundant materials with performance that is comparable to platinum in laboratory tests. The nanofibrous non-precious metal catalyst (NPMC) is synthesized by electrospinning...

The new Tesla is so good, it broke the Consumer Reports rating system with a score of 103%

Aug 27, 2015: And this wasn't even the most recently announced model with "ludicrous" mode...

Hyundai Teases Cleaner-Designed 2017 Elantra Interior

Aug 27, 2015: After numerous teaser photos of the upcoming 2017 Hyundai Elantra, here is the first look at the new model’s interior. Last week, the Korean automaker released a teaser sketch of the all-new Elantra’s styling, revealing a model that appears to be heavily inspired by the new Genesis sedan. It appears that the upscale treatment will […] The post Hyundai Teases Cleaner-Designed 2017 Elantra Interior appeared first on

ŠKODA introducing most efficient Superb yet at Frankfurt

Aug 27, 2015: ^Volkswagen Group’s Czech brand ŠKODA will introduce its most efficient Superb model yet at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The ŠKODA Superb GreenLine features a 1.6 TDI 120PS engine delivering 63.6 mpg US (3.7:/100 km) and emitting 96 g/km of...

Very high-performance silicon anodes with engineered graphene assemblies

Aug 27, 2015: Researchers in China have developed a self-supporting high-performance silicon anode for Li-ion batteries (LIBs) consisting of silicon-nanoparticle-impregnated assemblies of templated carbon-bridged oriented graphene. The binder-free anodes demonstrate exceptional lithium storage performances, simultaneously attaining high gravimetric capacity (1390 mAh g–1 at...

Study: frequency of power outages in US stable, but total minutes without power increasing over time

Aug 27, 2015: In the most comprehensive analysis of electricity reliability trends in the United States, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Stanford University have found that, while, on average, the frequency of power outages has not changed in recent...

TTI/INRIX study shows US traffic congestion back at pre-recession levels; average travel delay/commuter 2x that in 1982

Aug 27, 2015: A new report produced by INRIX and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) shows that traffic congestion in the US has returned to pre-recession levels. Washington, D.C. tops the list of gridlock-plagued cities, with 82 hours of delay per commuter,...

IIHS: Front Crash Prevention Systems Better Than Ever

Aug 27, 2015: Vehicles that offer automatic braking are on the rise and the systems are better than ever according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS put 19 different new vehicles (photo from previous testing) with front-crash avoidance systems to the test and fourteen of the models were given a […] The post IIHS: Front Crash Prevention Systems Better Than Ever appeared first on

RadWagon electric cargo bike could be the ticket to low-car living

Aug 26, 2015: The latest offering from ebike company Rad Power Bikes has a 350 lb capacity and a large rear deck, delivering cargo bike performance in a normal-sized bicycle.

China Set To Overtake US In 2015 As EV Sales Leader

Aug 26, 2015: China has been aggressively adding new initiatives to spur adoption of electrified vehicles, and its efforts are paying off. Looking only at passenger vehicles, if sales continue at the current rate, about 121,000 EVs will be sold in China by the end of the year. The U.S., in comparison, will reach 112,000 sales if it […] The post China Set To Overtake US In 2015 As EV Sales Leader appeared first on

DOE awarding $10M to 8 transportation technology incubator projects; single-fuel RCCI with reformer

Aug 26, 2015: The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $10 million to eight incubator projects to develop innovative solutions for efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicle technologies that will help reduce petroleum use in the United States. Among the projects is a novel...

FEV working on water injection system using exhaust condensate; fuel consumption improvements up to 16% possible

Aug 26, 2015: FEV is developing a water injection system for internal combustion engines using condensate from exhaust gases, the “Extended Direct Condensate Injection” system. The concept, as reported in a new paper in the International Journal of Engine Research , demonstrates a...

UK extends current levels of the Plug-in Car Grant to at least February 2016

Aug 26, 2015: The UK Government announced that the current Plug-in Car Grant scheme will continue to offer motorists up to £5,000 (US$7,800) off the price of an electric car until at least February 2016 for all categories of vehicle, boosting further the...

Americans drove 1.54 trillion miles in the first half of 2015, more than previous peak in 2007

Aug 26, 2015: U.S. roads are choking on too many cars driving too many miles.

Verizon Telematics’ aftermarket connected vehicle solution now on market: hum

Aug 26, 2015: Verizon Telematics announced the commercial availability of hum, an aftermarket vehicle connectivity technology and subscription service. First announced in January at the North American International Auto Show as Verizon Vehicle, hum provides subscribers with a self-installed solution that helps predict...