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May 03, 2016

Alternative Transportation

NextEV to build $463M plant in Nanjing; motors and modules

May 3, 2016: NextEV and the Nanjing Municipal Government signed a strategic partnership agreement to build a 3 billion RMB (US$463 million) plant facility for the development and production of high-performance motors and electronic modules in the Nanjing Economic and Technological Development Zone....

Porsche Panamera Wagon Is Coming Our Way.

May 3, 2016: Porsche is planning to introduce a wagon version of the Panamera when the second generation car goes into production. It plans to sell the car in the US market. The post Porsche Panamera Wagon Is Coming Our Way. appeared first on Gas 2.

Bosch’s new electronic driver assistance system for trams adds collision warning with automatic braking; derived from automotive

May 3, 2016: Bosch has developed a new electronic driver system for trams that not only warns tram drivers of any impending collision but will engage the brakes independently to stop the tram and avoid an accident if the driver reacts to late...

SunLine adds first electric buses to fleet; BYD

May 3, 2016: SunLine Transit Agency, which serves more than 3.5 million passengers annually in the Coachella Valley in California, has added its first all-electric buses, manufactured by BYD. The 40-ft low-floor transit buses are equipped with BYD-designed and -built iron phosphate batteries,...

Norwegian Scientists Invent Fast Charging Battery

May 3, 2016: Scientists and researchers around the world are working on improved battery technology that will facilitate the transition away from fossil fuels to electric vehicles. Their quest is for a battery that is lighter, cheaper, smaller, with greater energy density. It is unlikely anyone will find a single solution that checks all those boxes, but incremental [&hellip The post Norwegian Scientists Invent Fast Charging Battery appeared first on Gas 2.

Judge Agrees With Young Plaintiffs In Climate Change Case

May 3, 2016: Climate change was on the agenda in a state court in Washington last week. On April 29, a Superior Court judge ruled in favor of 7 young plaintiffs. He and ordered the state’s Department of Ecology to promulgate an emissions reduction rule by the end of 2016. He also ordered the agency to make recommendations to [&hellip The post Judge Agrees With Young Plaintiffs In Climate Change Case appeared first on Gas 2.

Tesla Puts Its Bioweapons Defense Mode System To The Test

May 3, 2016: Tesla put its Bioweapons Defense Mode climate control system to the test. It worked flawlessly, and even started cleaning the air outside the vehicle. The post Tesla Puts Its Bioweapons Defense Mode System To The Test appeared first on Gas 2.

U Mich study explores performance of renewable diesel, FT diesel and ULSD in PCCI combustion

May 3, 2016: A team at the University of Michigan has investigated the performance of three different fuels—ultralow sulfur diesel (ULSD), diesel fuel produced via a low temperature Fischer–Tropsch process (LTFT), and a renewable diesel (RD), which is a hydrotreated camelina oil under...

REG expands logistics and storage at Danville biodiesel plant

May 3, 2016: Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) announced that its Danville, Illinois operation now has more than 14 million gallons of tank capacity to store both biodiesel and feedstocks. REG Danville, LLC recently purchased the tank complex at the adjacent Bunge Milling,...

Tesla tests its HEPA Filter and “Bioweapon Defense Mode” under extreme conditions of 1,000 µg/m3 of PM2.5

May 3, 2016: At the launch of the Model X, Elon Musk touched on the vehicle’s oversized HEPA filters, claiming that “We can’t even detect any viruses or bacteria or spores. Zero come through. If there is ever an apocalyptic scenario, just press...

Quad-Turbo Diesel Six-Cylinder Engine Revealed by BMW

May 3, 2016: BMW has announced a new quad-turbocharged, diesel six-cylinder engine. The new oil burner was introduced at the 2016 Vienna Engine Symposium with the German automaker confirming that it will be its top-of-the-line diesel offering. The new engine will be used in the 750d xDrive with other models to follow, generating 394 horsepower and 561 pound-feet […] The post Quad-Turbo Diesel Six-Cylinder Engine Revealed by BMW appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Top Alternative Transportation Jobs For The Week Of May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016: For this week’s top alternative transportation jobs, we’ve got listings for a senior control engineer of electric motors, a fuel cell technician, a spaceship propulsion design and manufacturing engineer, a senior electrical designer for hybrid EV program, and a district manager for a forthcoming fuel cell EV, and more. Alternative transportation is what we do [&hellip The post Top Alternative Transportation Jobs For The Week Of May 2, 2016 appeared first on Gas 2.

Ken Gillette Racing to Demonstrate Electric Supercharger

May 2, 2016: Ken Gillette, a well known racer and hill climb specialist, will campaign his car this season using an electric supercharger from Duryea Technology The post Ken Gillette Racing to Demonstrate Electric Supercharger appeared first on Gas 2.

The importance of considering non-exhaust traffic emissions; the role of EVs

May 2, 2016: Regulatory regimes seeking to reduce emissions from transport have largely focused on tailpipe emissions—i.e., the criteria pollutants and CO2 that emerge with the exhaust from the tailpipe. However, there is more than 15 years of research showing that the contribution...

Taxis Could Be Ideal for Bringing Self-Driving Cars to Streets

May 2, 2016: With safety being the biggest concern for the viability of self-driving cars, taxis could be the ideal testing ground over the next five years. Jeff Owens, chief technology officer and executive VP at Delphi Automotive, says that the largest barrier for self-driving cars will be legal issues. City governments can quickly adopt the legal framework […] The post Taxis Could Be Ideal for Bringing Self-Driving Cars to Streets appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Survey of Tesla Owners Finds an Increase in Brand Loyalty

May 2, 2016: More Tesla owners would buy another Tesla now than in 2013, and nearly a quarter would consider owning a gas-powered car again. This is according to a survey by Prenzler Digital Media of 296 Tesla owners, with 93 percent driving a Model S and 7 percent driving a Model X. Of those surveyed, 92 percent […] The post Survey of Tesla Owners Finds an Increase in Brand Loyalty appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Toyota Mirai May Be Following Prius Strategy

May 2, 2016: The Toyota Mirai may join the Prius in rolling out its own smaller version. Toyota plans on introducing a smaller, less-expensive model in the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle lineup in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, according to a Japanese media outlet. The smaller Mirai will make it to streets in 2019 at […] The post Toyota Mirai May Be Following Prius Strategy appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Electric Rocketman From BMW Mini Is Being Considered

May 2, 2016: Originally published on CleanTechnica. This is a story that I’m sure will get my mom to perk up — she (like many) is a huge fan of the BMW Mini Cooper styling, which seems to bring us back to another era while still fitting in nicely with a modern life and especially the cities of today. [&hellip The post Electric Rocketman From BMW Mini Is Being Considered appeared first on Gas 2.

Bloomberg: EVs Are First Step to a Cleaner Grid

May 2, 2016: An article in Bloomberg is putting forth the argument that the rapid advancement of the EV market could lead the drive to a cleaner energy grid. The piece, written by Eric Roston, suggests that the impending arrival of the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt, as well as the upcoming planned EVs from Ford, Hyundai, […] The post Bloomberg: EVs Are First Step to a Cleaner Grid appeared first on HybridCars.com.

BMW i8 Following i3 with More Power and Battery Range

May 2, 2016: The BMW i8 will be following planned changes to the i3 in the next year, with more horsepower and longer battery range. While details are yet to be officially released, BMW sources reportedly say the new i8 will be getting a more powerful electric motor than its current 129 horsepower unit. Combined with the 1.5 […] The post BMW i8 Following i3 with More Power and Battery Range appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Electric “Magnum PI” Ferrari 308 Is Stunning

May 2, 2016: This all electric Ferrari 308 weighs 150 lbs more than stock but has more than double the horsepower. It features 3 electric motors arranged in a V pattern that resembles the original V-8 engine in the car. The post Electric “Magnum PI” Ferrari 308 Is Stunning appeared first on Gas 2.

Tesla Model 3 Will Offer Ludicrous Mode

May 2, 2016: How quick would a Tesla Model 3 with Ludicrous mode be, and what would it cost? That remains to be seen, but at least confirmed is a Ludicrous-spec Model 3 is in the offing, tweeted Tesla chief Elon Musk. It has already been known the base-level 215-plus-mile EV projected for late 2017 and starting at […] The post Tesla Model 3 Will Offer Ludicrous Mode appeared first on HybridCars.com.

BMW i3 Is Getting An Energy Boost From Larger Battery

May 2, 2016: The BMW i3 is about to get a new battery with greater capacity -- 33 kWh versus 22 kWh. It will also be able to recharge faster on a per kilowatt basis than the original. The post BMW i3 Is Getting An Energy Boost From Larger Battery appeared first on Gas 2.

Efficient Drivetrains now offering OEM developer kit for plug-in hybrid solutions

May 2, 2016: Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a developer of advanced hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions, has expanded its product portfolio to include the EDI PowerDrive electrification kit and developer support program for vehicle manufacturers moving to create a PHEV offering. The EDI...

2017 BMW i3 Gets 33-kWh Battery and 114-Miles Range

May 2, 2016: BMW has added a new version of the i3 electric car to its lineup for the 2017 model year. The 2017 BMW i3 will be offered in a new version that has 50 percent better battery capacity, meaning range has been increased to about 114 miles combined on a full charge, 33 miles more than […] The post 2017 BMW i3 Gets 33-kWh Battery and 114-Miles Range appeared first on HybridCars.com.

2016 Toyota Prius Offers Light Towing and AWD In non-US Markets

May 2, 2016: For the first time in the Toyota Prius’ 19-year history are optional towing capability and all-wheel drive, but neither of these are offered in the U.S. While the fully revised mid-sized hybrid is essentially the same in all global markets, Toyota has tailored it to meet specific government regulations as needed in different countries, and […] The post 2016 Toyota Prius Offers Light Towing and AWD In non-US Markets appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Volkswagen brings new 3.0L diesels to Amarok pickup

May 2, 2016: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is fitting its premium pick-up, the Amarok, with the latest generation of Volkswagen V6 diesel engines. The top performing 3.0-liter unit will deliver 550 N·m (406 lb-ft) of torque at 1,500 rpm; 224 PS (221 hp, 165...

Turo CEO Will Rent You His Model X For $449 A Day

May 2, 2016: Andre Haddad, CEO of Turo, an online car rental company, will rent you his personal Tesla Model X for $449 a day. That might be a small price to pay to find out if the $132,000 Model X is the right car for you before you buy one for yourself. The post Turo CEO Will Rent You His Model X For $449 A Day appeared first on Gas 2.

Chevrolet Product Manager Says Market Has Room For Chevy Volt, Bolt, and Tesla Model 3

May 2, 2016: Recently a few takeaway points were offered by Chevrolet about the Chevy Bolt, Volt, along with a comment or two about the massive market reception Tesla’s Model 3 has created. In an interview in the LA Times, questions answered by Shad Balch, manager of new product focused on the new-generation 2016/2017 Volt, the pending 200-plus-mile, […] The post Chevrolet Product Manager Says Market Has Room For Chevy Volt, Bolt, and Tesla Model 3 appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Bosch opens innovation incubator in Lund, Sweden; vehicle connectivity, security, two-wheelers

May 2, 2016: Bosch has opened a new innovation center in Lund, Sweden. The engineers there are working on new software and hardware in areas such as vehicle connectivity, automotive security systems, and motorized two-wheelers. In addition, they are developing cross-domain solutions for...

Clean Energy to provide LNG to Hawaii Gas; additional agreements in trucking, transit and refuse markets

May 2, 2016: Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has secured a contract to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Hawaii Gas, the State of Hawaii’s only franchised gas utility. Clean Energy has also signed additional agreements throughout the United States representing their growing portfolio...

USC team develops high productivity ammonia borane dehydrogenation system

May 2, 2016: A team of researchers at USC’s Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and Department of Chemistry has developed a high productivity, non-hydrolytic ammonia borane (AB) dehydrogenation system capable of releasing up to 2.7 equiv. of H2 at low catalyst loading. The ruthenium...

Quadrant CMS plastics/metal hybrid technology saves weight in airbag assemblies with integrated lead frames

May 2, 2016: A hybrid plastics/metal airbag housing with integrated lead frame, co-developed and produced by Quadrant Creative Molding & Systems for an automotive steering wheel airbag assembly, reduces weight, packing space and costs. Production is carried out fully automatically to provide high...

BMW boosts battery capacity of MY2017 i3 to 33 kWh with higher energy density Li-ion cells; up to 114 miles combined cycle range

May 2, 2016: BMW will offer a new model range of its i3 compact electric car, and from the 2017 model year will be offering a new version with more than 50% increased battery capacity. The 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah) has a...

Roland Berger study outlines integrated vehicle and fuels roadmap for further abating transport GHG emissions 2030+ at lowest societal cost

Apr 30, 2016: A new study by consultancy Roland Berger defines an integrated roadmap for European road transport decarbonization to 2030 and beyond; the current regulatory framework for vehicle emissions, carbon intensity of fuels and use of renewable fuels covers only up to...

IEEE publishes new 1609.3-2016 WAVE standard supporting connected vehicle deployment

Apr 30, 2016: IEEE has published the 1609.3-2016 Standard for Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments (WAVE) -- Networking Services. IEEE 1609.3 defines network (Layer 3) and transport layer (Layer 4) services that support secure WAVE data exchange, including addressing and routing. The lack...

DOE and DOT collaborate to support smart transportation systems and alternative fuel technologies

Apr 30, 2016: The US Departments of Energy (DOE) and Transportation (DOT) announced a collaboration to accelerate research, development, demonstration, and deployment of innovative smart transportation systems and alternative fuel technologies. The agencies formalized this collaborative relationship through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)...

Do statistics really show that 80 percent of pedestrian crashes are their own fault?

Apr 29, 2016: Two studies are quoted over and over again. But what are they really saying?

Study: long-term exposure to PM2.5 associated with numerous types of cancer

Apr 29, 2016: Long-term exposure to ambient PM2.5, a mixture of environmental pollutants, was associated with increased risk of mortality for many types of cancer in an elderly Hong Kong population, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a...

Study: Even small amounts of PM2.5 may have long-term health effects on developing fetus

Apr 29, 2016: Even small amounts of PM2.5 pollution appear to raise the risk of a condition in pregnant women linked to premature births and lifelong neurological and respiratory disorders in their children, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests....

Qoros and FreeValve partner on camless technology; new Qoros concept uses FreeValve PHEA

Apr 29, 2016: At Auto China in Beijing, Qoros Auto unveiled a concept car showcasing a new Qoros “Qamfree” engine featuring FreeValve’s Pneumatic-Hydraulic-Electric-Actuator (PHEA) technology. FreeValve and Qoros also announced a partnership for the continued development of the camless technology. FreeValve AB is...

Roof racks are a drag

Apr 29, 2016: They actually are such a drag that they use a hundred million gallons of gas every year.

Study identifies Bakken Formation alone as responsible for ~2% of global ethane emissions

Apr 29, 2016: The Bakken Formation, a shale oil and gas field in North Dakota and Montana, is emitting roughly 2% (about 250,000 tons per year) of the globe’s ethane, according to new study led by researchers at the University of Michigan. The...

Neste Renewable Isoalkane to be used for Avantherm’s renewable products for transferring heat and cold

Apr 29, 2016: Avantherm, a Swedish company specializing in heat transfer media products, has started using Neste Renewable Isoalkane to produce the next generation, high-performance and more environmentally friendly heat transfer media. Avantherm thus becomes one of the first companies to market Heat...

Cactus-inspired membranes with nanocrack coatings boost fuel cell performance significantly

Apr 29, 2016: Regulating water content in polymeric membranes is important in a number of applications—such as in the proton-exchange fuel-cell membranes used in automotive fuel cell stacks. Researchers from CSIRO in Australia and Hanyang University in Korea have now developed a new...

Volkswagen starts recall of the first EA 189 Golf model in Europe for diesel emissions fix

Apr 29, 2016: In Europe, the Volkswagen passenger car brand is starting the technical modification of the non-compliant diesel vehicles with engine type EA 189 and the software defeat device. The first model is the Golf TDI Blue Motion Technology (BMT) with a...

Volkswagen again reaffirms 20 new PEV models coming across the Group; MEB development

Apr 29, 2016: In his remarks at the Annual Media Conference, where the Group presented 2015 results, Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, said that 2016 will be a year of transition for Volkswagen, and will also see...

Daimler investing €500M to modernize Mercedes-Benz Hamburg plant; production of e-mobility components

Apr 29, 2016: Daimler is investing €500 million (US$567 million) to modernize the Mercedes-Benz Hamburg plant and is expanding its product portfolio to include key components for electric driving. The production of axles and axle components, lightweight structural components and steering columns, along...

VW introduces new, more efficient TSI engine generation; Miller cycle with higher compression and electric VTG turbo

Apr 28, 2016: Volkswagen is presenting the latest generation of the EA211 TSI evo at the 37th International Vienna Motor Symposium. The first model in this future generation of spark ignition engines is the 1.5-liter TSI. The fuel-efficient and high-torque gasoline-fueled TSI engine...

Diesel is probably dying; will gasoline powered cars follow?

Apr 28, 2016: Norway, Holland, Austria and even India are considering the ban of fossil fuelled cars. How far will this spread?