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Nov 30, 2015

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Buy a House, Get a Free Tesla Model S

Nov 30, 2015: You know the neighborhood is a good one when they offer a free Model S with the purchase of a new home. Maybe the $3,199,000 selling price would be a hint as well, but an open house thrown today by Sotheby’s in the thriving Monterey County real estate market, replete with live music from members […] The post Buy a House, Get a Free Tesla Model S appeared first on

Driving The NASA NP01 Affordable Race Car

Nov 29, 2015: The NASA NP01 Prototype is designed to be an affordable race car for amateur drivers. It features a standard engine, transmission, tires and suspension. The post Driving The NASA NP01 Affordable Race Car appeared first on Gas 2.

New Audi R18 makes its debut; fundamental redesign of diesel hybrid racer with Li-ion battery storage

Nov 29, 2015: The new Audi R18 made its world premiere on the occasion of the Audi Sport Finale at the Audi Training Center Munich on Saturday. Audi Sport has fundamentally re-designed the Audi R18 for the 2016 season. The LMP1 race car...

Dearman begins on-vehicle testing of Gen 2 transport refrigeration system powered by liquid air engine; lighter, more efficient

Nov 28, 2015: Dearman has begun on-vehicle testing of the Generation 2 zero-emission transport refrigeration system. The system is powered by an innovative, liquid nitrogen Dearman engine, which replaces the standard diesel engine. (Earlier post.) As a result, the Dearman system is zero-emission,...

Formula E Will Introduce Robotic Racing Next Year

Nov 28, 2015: Formula E will add a new feature as early as next year -- robotic racing. Take the drivers out of the cars and replace them with artificial intelligence. The post Formula E Will Introduce Robotic Racing Next Year appeared first on Gas 2.

Heuliez Bus introduces new GX ELEC electric bus

Nov 28, 2015: France-based Heuliez Bus, a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., has entered the electric bus market with its new battery-electric GX 337 ELEC, which will be tested by the French public transport operator RATP. The 12-meter bus is propelled by a...

Toyota researchers develop truffle-inspired cathode material for Li-S battery with layer-by-layer self-assembled polymer membrane

Nov 28, 2015: A team at Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) (earlier post) has developed a nanostructured sulfur cathode with a truffle-like architecture which comprises a sulfur particle embedded with hollow carbon nanospheres and encapsulated with an ion-selective, flexible layer-by-layer (LBL)...

Researchers in Japan explore pathway to produce renewable diesel from rapeseed oil

Nov 27, 2015: A team at Kyoto University in Japan has investigated the production of renewable diesel hydrocarbons from rapeseed oil using hydrothermal hydrogenation and subsequent decarboxylation in a batch-type reaction vessel. By blending the obtained hydrocarbons from rapeseed oil with an adequate...

Study finds increased CO2 enhancing plankton growth; opposite of expected

Nov 27, 2015: Coccolithophores—unicellular, eukaryotic phytoplankton (algae)—have been increasing in relative abundance in the North Atlantic over the last 45 years, as carbon input into ocean waters has increased. Their relative abundance increased by an order of magnitude during this sampling period. This...

Tianjin, China's 4th largest city, will get 1,000 EV fleet for car-sharing

Nov 27, 2015: A city of over 15 million people that most people in the Western hemisphere probably have never heard about...

EOS enters a three-year technical partnership with Williams on additive manufacturing

Nov 27, 2015: Additive manufacturing developer and supplier EOS has entered a technical partnership with Williams Grand Prix Engineering and Williams Advanced Engineering. The partnership aims at providing Williams with direct and high level insights into the latest additive manufacturing (AM) technologies offered...

Top 10 GAS2 Posts of the Week

Nov 27, 2015: Check ’em out if you haven’t yet: Are You A Software Engineer? If So, Elon Musk Wants YOU! The End is Near for Formula 1 Hybrids Elon Musk Takes Journalist on Gigafactory Tour What’s Really Going On at Faraday Future? 5 Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents Tesla Recalls Every Model S Ever Made Here’s [&hellip The post Top 10 GAS2 Posts of the Week appeared first on Gas 2.

Norwegian postal service orders 240 Renault electric Kangoo Maxi Z.E.s.

Nov 27, 2015: The Norwegian postal service Posten, which already has a fleet of 900 electric vehicles (cars, bikes, quadricycles, trailers), is ordering 240 units of Renault’s battery electric Kangoo Maxi Z.E. With a range of 170 km (106 miles) NEDC (80 to...

French researchers develop sodium-ion battery in 18650 format; performance comparable to Li-ion

Nov 27, 2015: Researchers within the RS2E network on electrochemical energy storage (Réseau sur le stockage électrochimique de l’énergie) in France have developed the first sodium-ion battery in an 18650 format. The main advantage of the prototype is that it relies on sodium,...

Sweden Leading The Way To A Fossil Fuel Free Future

Nov 27, 2015: Sweden has embarked on a campaign to become fossil fuel free by 2030. It will be a model for other nations to follow and will be active at COP21 in Paris The post Sweden Leading The Way To A Fossil Fuel Free Future appeared first on Gas 2.

Tesla Hides Model X High Power Charger Option From Customers

Nov 27, 2015: Tesla offers a 72 amp high power onboard charger for the Model X, but that option is hidden on the company's website unless you know how to find it. The post Tesla Hides Model X High Power Charger Option From Customers appeared first on Gas 2.

CARB Orders 3.0L Diesel Recall For VW, Audi, and Porsche

Nov 27, 2015: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has ordered the Volkswagen Group to recall its vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter diesel V6 engines. Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen are all impacted by the order, which affects over 15,000 vehicles sold in California since 2009. The regulator’s demand follows Audi’s admission that vehicles equipped with the 3.0-liter V6 diesel […] The post CARB Orders 3.0L Diesel Recall For VW, Audi, and Porsche appeared first on

US ‘Quiet car’ Rules For PEVs Delayed

Nov 27, 2015: Rules that will require plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) to emit certain sounds are being delayed. The “quiet car” rules for hybrid and electric cars have been in the works since 2013 and aim to mandate audio alerts at low speeds for hybrids and electric vehicles, or any vehicle that operates at low speeds without an […] The post US ‘Quiet car’ Rules For PEVs Delayed appeared first on

Improving an EV’s Cabin Heating System

Nov 27, 2015: Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have one leg up on battery electric vehicles (BEVs) because they have an internal combustion engine that gives off waste heat. Systems that capture this waste heat come in handy in the winter to heat the passenger cabin. Pure BEVs on the other hand don’t have this source of waste […] The post Improving an EV’s Cabin Heating System appeared first on

Happy Thanksgiving, From Gas 2

Nov 26, 2015: May you all be enjoying the bounty of the season in the company with someone you love. Or, you know, in the back of a 10-second all-electric super sedan The post Happy Thanksgiving, From Gas 2 appeared first on Gas 2.

Steam Powered Recumbent Bike Will Puff Its Way Into Your Heart

Nov 26, 2015: This steam powered recumbent bike can be ready to go in 30 seconds or less. It has 7 speeds, a hand clutch and a 17 ply wooden frame. Top speed? Don't ask. The post Steam Powered Recumbent Bike Will Puff Its Way Into Your Heart appeared first on Gas 2.

Self-driving cars might be "a coming congestion disaster"

Nov 26, 2015: Some think that they will lead to fewer cars on the road; Jarrett Walker thinks they will totally clog them up.

Navitas Systems awarded $7.2M contract to develop Gen 2 Li-ion military vehicle 6T batteries

Nov 26, 2015: Navitas Systems LLC recently was awarded a four-year $7.2 million contract to develop second generation (Gen 2) lithium-ion batteries for military vehicles. The US military and most NATO countries to-date have used lead-acid batteries in the 6T form factor to...

KPMG study finds autonomous vehicles & mobility services could add one trillion more vehicle miles traveled annually by 2050

Nov 26, 2015: Innovations in autonomous vehicles, connectivity, and mobility-on-demand will have a profound impact on consumers, particularly among younger and older people, according to a new study by KPMG. With these age groups set to embrace these technological and transformational changes, vehicle...

Saft signs ~€4M contract with SNCF for MRX Ni-Cd on-board train battery systems

Nov 26, 2015: Saft has signed an on-board battery system replacement contract valued at around €4 million with SNCF, France’s national state-owned railway operator. In its largest single contract with a European railway operator for the past 10 years, Saft is enabling SNCF...

LG Chem providing batteries for 140 MWh ESS project in Germany

Nov 26, 2015: LG Chem is providing 140 MWh worth of batteries for use in ESS systems for STEAG power plants in Germany. (Earlier post.) As part of the world’s largest ESS (energy storage systems) project, STEAG GBS (Großbatterie-Systeme) plants belonging to the...

Oil Jobs Lost: 250,000 And Counting; Texas Likely To See Massive Layoffs Soon

Nov 26, 2015: by Charles Kennedy of Crude oil just capped off a third straight week of declines, as WTI nears the $40 per barrel threshold. Goldman Sachs is once again raising the possibility of oil dipping into the $20s per barrel....

California ARB instructs Volkswagen Group to begin recall and repair process for 3.0L diesels

Nov 26, 2015: The California Air Resources Board sent an In Use Compliance letter notifying Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche to start the process necessary to recall and repair illegal emissions software in all 3-liter diesel vehicles, model years 2009 – 2015, sold in...

Jaguar Land Rover to invest US$679 million to expand its Engine Manufacturing Center in UK

Nov 26, 2015: Jaguar Land Rover will double the size of its Engine Manufacturing Center (EMC) in the UK as part of a £450-million (US$679-million) expansion program. Total investment in the site, which opened a year ago, now stands at £1 billion (US$1.5...

5 Overseas Plug-in Cars We Wish Were Sold in the US

Nov 26, 2015: The U.S. may have more plug-in vehicles registered than any other country, but that doesn’t mean that every model is sold here. BYD, for example, is the top green car company in China by volume, but it doesn’t have any plug-in models in U.S. dealers. And it’s not alone: Peugeot, Renault and Geely are also […] The post 5 Overseas Plug-in Cars We Wish Were Sold in the US appeared first on

Group-buy Black Friday deal on 2015 Nissan LEAFs in Northern Colorado: $10,600

Nov 25, 2015: Consumers in Fort Collins and Loveland, Colo. will have a special group-buy Black Friday opportunity to purchase a 2015 Nissan LEAF for just more than $10,000, saving up to $21,000 off the sticker price. The program, offered in partnership with...

Tesla Model X Buyer Finds Hidden Doubly Quick 72A On-Board Charger Option

Nov 25, 2015: Imagine a major automotive company hiding an optional feature because it does not want buyers to choose it. That, by its own admission, is exactly what Tesla has done for buyers now invited to privately configure their Model X which comes standard with a 48-amp on-board single charger (OBC) which restricts charge times compared to […] The post Tesla Model X Buyer Finds Hidden Doubly Quick 72A On-Board Charger Option appeared first on

Garbage Goes In, Hybrid Toyota Comes Out

Nov 25, 2015: The Georgetown, Kentucky factory that builds the Camry and Avalon hybrid is getting enough power to build 10,000 new cars from the local landfill! The post Garbage Goes In, Hybrid Toyota Comes Out appeared first on Gas 2.

VW’s relatively simple technical fixes for cheating 1.6 and 2.0L diesels accepted by KBA; 1.2L fix coming by end of month

Nov 25, 2015: The Volkswagen Group has proposed the specific technical fixes for the non-compliant 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter diesel EA 189 engines equipped with the software defeat device resulting in excessive NOxemissions to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrtbundesamt, KBA). Following an...

Video: Porsche 918, McLaren P1 And LaFerrari in a Straight Fight

Nov 25, 2015: Chris Harris assembled a Porsche 918, a McLaren P1, and a Ferrari LaFerrari at the Portomao race track in Portugal to find out which one is best. Who won The post Video: Porsche 918, McLaren P1 And LaFerrari in a Straight Fight appeared first on Gas 2.

Zero Motorcycles Could Teach Tesla, Elio a Thing Or Two

Nov 25, 2015: Scott Harden of Zero Motorcycles says his company makes the best electric vehicle batteries in the world, mostly because of its innovative packaging model. The post Zero Motorcycles Could Teach Tesla, Elio a Thing Or Two appeared first on Gas 2.

Open Charge Alliance selects OASIS as the standard development organization for Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP)

Nov 25, 2015: The Open Charge Alliance (OCA) consortium has decided to standardize the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) at OASIS, an international open standards development organization (SDO). OCA said that the move to OASIS will provide an expeditious standardization process and potential...

Navigant Research Leaderboard puts LG Chem as leader for Li-ion batteries for transportation

Nov 25, 2015: In its latest Leaderboard report on what it sees as the top 8 automotive Li-ion battery companies, Navigant research has put LG Chem in first place, followed closely by Panasonic and Samsung SDI in the “Leaders” segment. To qualify for...

Federal-Mogul marine piston ring technology reduces oil consumption and pollution from two-stroke diesels

Nov 25, 2015: Federal-Mogul Powertrain, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, has developed a new piston ring for two-stroke diesel engines that reduces oil consumption and marine pollution by allowing the quantity of lubricant used to be greatly reduced. The patented surface topography...

NXP & Tongji University collaborate on Shanghai Intelligent And Connected Vehicle Demonstration Program

Nov 25, 2015: NXP Semiconductors N.V. and Tongji University announced the continuation of their successful collaboration through the new Shanghai Intelligent and Connected Vehicle Demonstration Program. Launched in October, the Shanghai Intelligent and Connected Vehicle Demonstration Program is one of 46 pilot programs...

Ensyn granted EPA Part 79 approval for renewable gasoline

Nov 25, 2015: Ensyn (earlier post) has been granted a key regulatory approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its renewable gasoline product, RFGasoline. This approval, pursuant to Title 40 CFR Part 79 promulgated under the Clean Air Act, is required...

ARPA-E awards $2.1M to Marine BioEnergy for open ocean farming of kelp for hydrocarbon biofuels

Nov 25, 2015: Marine BioEnergy, Inc. was awarded $2.1 million in funding from the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) under the agency’s OPEN 2015 solicitation (earlier post). The funding will be used to research and develop open...

Dürr supplies new robot cell for human-robot collaboration for vehicle assembly

Nov 25, 2015: Dürr, a global mechanical and plant engineering firm, is for the first time supplying a complete robot cell for human-robot collaboration (HRC) to the car manufacturing industry. In this plant design, humans and robots are working together “hand-in-hand” in final...

DUH charges that Renault Espace diesel emits 13-25 times Euro 6 NOx limit; Renault disputes

Nov 25, 2015: The 1.6-liter Renault Espace diesel is the latest vehicle to come in the emissions crosshairs of German environmental NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH). DUH published results of emissions testing by the University of Bern showing that NOx emissions from New European...

Kia Niro Hybrid SUV To Launch In 2016

Nov 25, 2015: Next year, Kia plans to begin delivering the Kia Niro, an all-new hybrid SUV. Kia said it designed the Niro from “the ground up as a dedicated hybrid” to satisfy two growing markets: low emission vehicles and compact SUVs. The Niro is also one of the first vehicles to be launched under Kia’s new green […] The post Kia Niro Hybrid SUV To Launch In 2016 appeared first on

What is Level 3 Charging?

Nov 25, 2015: Answer: Level 3 charging is one level higher than level 2 charging. Level 2 Charging is AC while level 3 is DC. Right? Wrong. According to the SAE, level 3 charging doesn’t imply DC. It can be either AC or DC. “Levels” are indicative of the charging power. The higher the level the higher the […] The post What is Level 3 Charging? appeared first on

Bosch Being Investigated for its Role in VW Diesel Scandal

Nov 25, 2015: One of the world’s biggest automotive suppliers is under investigation for its possible role in the Volkswagen diesel scandal. The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation to determine whether Robert Bosch GmbH was aware or participated in the software-controlled cheat used in various Volkswagen diesel models. One spokesman for the U.S. Department of […] The post Bosch Being Investigated for its Role in VW Diesel Scandal appeared first on

Audi Submitting Repair For 3.0-Liter Diesel V6

Nov 25, 2015: Audi is submitting a fix that will hopefully resolve issues with the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. The German automaker will update its emissions control software on over 85,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles equipped with the affected V6 TDI engine. This update will be submitted for U.S. government emission certification for the revised software. According to a […] The post Audi Submitting Repair For 3.0-Liter Diesel V6 appeared first on

U of Maryland inventors receive patent for cellulose-digesting bacteria that make ethanol; looking for licensees

Nov 24, 2015: The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued patent Nº 9,193,979 for ethanol-tolerant microorganisms that convert cellulosic biomass to ethanol. Inventors Richard A. Kohn and Seon-Woo Kim are faculty members at the University of Maryland where the organisms were first...