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Nov 26, 2015

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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...

I Bought a Thing: 1998 Honda CR-V AWD (Part 1)

Nov 25, 2015: After trying to convince my wife to buy a 20 year old Honda instead of a brand-new Volvo XC90, I ended up selling myself ... a 20 year old Honda The post I Bought a Thing: 1998 Honda CR-V AWD (Part 1) appeared first on Gas 2.

Hurry! The Climate XChange Tesla Raffle Ends Soon!

Nov 25, 2015: The Climate XChange raffle is ending soon. The winner will get a new Tesla plus money to pay all applicable income and sales taxes and install a charger The post Hurry! The Climate XChange Tesla Raffle Ends Soon! appeared first on Gas 2.

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

Seven Seats Are Now A $4,000 Option for Tesla Model X

Nov 25, 2015: Since the pre-production Model X was introduced in 2012 it’s been commonly described as a seven-passenger vehicle, but in base trim it’s now actually a five seater. While not in itself critical because a six- and seven-passenger option are also available, never less than seven were shown in prototypes displayed the last three years, and […] The post Seven Seats Are Now A $4,000 Option for Tesla Model X appeared first on

Number of Tesla Chargers Up 200 Percent In US

Nov 24, 2015: Tesla has increased the number of destination chargers in the US by 200% in the past year. These lower powered units service hotels, restaurants, etc. The post Number of Tesla Chargers Up 200 Percent In US appeared first on Gas 2.

BMW i3 To Get 25-Percent Longer Range

Nov 24, 2015: With Nissan increasing its Leaf battery size, Chevrolet announcing its 200-mile range Bolt due late next year, BMW has said it will increase range for its i3. Both the pure battery electric i3 and the range-extended i3 REx are receiving tweaks that UK publication Autocar says will boost range from 100 “real-world” miles to 124 […] The post BMW i3 To Get 25-Percent Longer Range appeared first on

VW Slashing New Product Development Budget

Nov 24, 2015: We’ve discussed VW’s plans to cut R&D funds, but now it’s confirmed. Investments into Volkswagen’s Automotive Division will be slashed by 1 billion Euro The post VW Slashing New Product Development Budget appeared first on Gas 2.

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...

BMW i3 Getting 130 Mile EV-only Range for 2017

Nov 24, 2015: Unlike most models that get snazzier headlights and mirrors, however, the 2017 BMW i3 is getting something really useful: a 130 mile all-electric range The post BMW i3 Getting 130 Mile EV-only Range for 2017 appeared first on Gas 2.

Germany: Renault Nissan Also Cheating Emissions

Nov 24, 2015: The 1.6 liter diesel engine found in many European Renault-Nissan vehicles has been caught cheating emissions tests, with nox emissions 25x the limit! The post Germany: Renault Nissan Also Cheating Emissions appeared first on Gas 2.

Third Manufacturer Wants F1 Alternative Engine Deal

Nov 24, 2015: F1 is going through an embarrassment of riches with three legendary engine builders bidding for the alternative engine deal The post Third Manufacturer Wants F1 Alternative Engine Deal appeared first on Gas 2.

2016 Prius Designer Owes Inspiration to Lady Gaga

Nov 24, 2015: When 46-year-old chief designer Shunsaku Kodama was honored with overseeing Toyota’s hugely important 2016 Prius redesign, he mixed human elements, techie features, and was inspired by Lady Gaga. “There were very high expectations for the Prius,” said Kodama of his first assignment overseeing a revised nameplate to Automotive News. “As a concept, we were thinking […] The post 2016 Prius Designer Owes Inspiration to Lady Gaga appeared first on

BASF announces winners of the open innovation contest on energy storage

Nov 24, 2015: BASF announced the winners of the BASF Energy Contest at the “Creator Space Summit” in Ludwigshafen. From 122 applications submitted on the online platform NineSights, a jury of BASF experts and external specialists chose the four best proposals which will...

Global Bioenergies hits two milestones in renewable isobutene project

Nov 24, 2015: Global Bioenergies has reached two milestones—the labscale performance and the industrial process scale-up—of its process to produce renewable isobutene, one of them more than 2 months in advance. The BioMA+ project is financed by the ADEME in the context of...

Hyundai Motor America picks AeroVironment to provide dealer charging stations for 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

Nov 24, 2015: Hyundai Motor America has selected AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) as the preferred provider for charging system installation at its dealerships across North America for its 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid (earlier post). Hyundai is the seventh plug-in electric vehicle (EV) auto...

GM promoting DSRC for connected vehicle (V2X) technology development in China

Nov 24, 2015: General Motors is promoting the adoption of dedicated short range communications (DSRC) in China. The Chinese government is soliciting advice on the development of its V2X (connected vehicle) communication protocol. To move toward the world of V2X, it is essential...

Achates Power wins $9M from ARPA-E to develop gasoline compression ignition medium-duty multi-cylinder opposed-piston engine

Nov 24, 2015: Achates Power, the developer of a family of two-stroke compression-ignition opposed-piston engines (earlier post), has been selected by APRA-E under its OPEN 2015 solicitation (earlier post) for an award of more than $9 million to develop a multi-cylinder opposed piston...

ORNL, Solid Power sign exclusive license for lithium-sulfur battery technology

Nov 24, 2015: The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Solid Power Inc. of Louisville, Colo., have signed an exclusive agreement licensing lithium-sulfur materials for next-generation batteries. Solid Power licensed a portfolio of ORNL patents relating to lithium-sulfur compositions that will...

Toyota Transport begins operating first CNG-fueled car hauler

Nov 24, 2015: Toyota Transport, the automaker’s in-house vehicle transportation trucking company, is using its first car hauler that runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The Long Beach, CA-based truck/trailer emits 85% less overall particulate matter and 10% less carbon dioxide than its...

Report: Volkswagen chief says diesel engine refits manageable; Germany’s KBA signs off on plans for 1.6 and 2.0L engines

Nov 24, 2015: Reuters reports that Volkswagen Group chief executive Matthias Müller has told managers in Wolfsburg that the steps needed to fix about 8.5 million Volkswagen cars in Europe fitted with illegal emissions-control software are technically and financially manageable. Reuters quoted Müller...

Tesla Model X Priced Before Incentives From $81,200

Nov 24, 2015: The Tesla Model X will start from $81,200 including destination but before incentives. Although it will be months before Tesla can even fill all the pending orders for its new Model X crossovers, prospective buyers can now build their own through an online configurator with three models available: 70D, 90D and P90D. Incentives for the […] The post Tesla Model X Priced Before Incentives From $81,200 appeared first on

Cadillac Leaning Toward PHEVs Rather Than Pure EVs

Nov 24, 2015: Cadillac’s future product plans include plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of nearly all of its vehicles. This is to make sure that the brand can comply with new tightening emissions regulations, especially in China. “For us, the avenue to ensure that we are able to play in China is going to be through plug-in hybrids,” said […] The post Cadillac Leaning Toward PHEVs Rather Than Pure EVs appeared first on

BMW and eVgo are adding 500 fast-charging stations in US, free-to-use for BMW i3 owners

Nov 23, 2015: Fast-charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is growing up.

Audi to revise auxiliary emission control devices for US V6 TDI 3L diesel, resubmit to EPA and ARB; mid-double-digit million euro cost

Nov 23, 2015: Audi will revise, document in detail, and resubmit for US approval certain parameters of the engine-management software used in the US version of the V6 TDI 3 liter diesel engine. The action plan is the result of the discussions held...

Tesla doing safety checks at Superchargers, provides instructions for self-check

Nov 23, 2015: So far only one Model S has had an issue with the seatbelt assembly, but safety first: If you have a Tesla, make sure to get it checked.

Nissan has more than 550 electric taxis on European roads

Nov 23, 2015: With more than 550 electric taxis on European roads, Nissan is now Europe’s best-selling manufacturer of 100% electric taxis. During 2015, more than 100 electric vehicles were delivered to taxi companies across Europe. Nissan electric vehicles—the Nissan LEAF and the...

Daimler Trucks to produce new medium-duty diesels in Detroit; $375M investment

Nov 23, 2015: Daimler Trucks will begin production of the new medium-duty DD5 and DD8 diesel engines for the NAFTA market in Detroit effective 2018. The plant is currently beginning localized series production of the DT12 automated transmission for the NAFTA market as...

KIT researchers developing low-pressure carbonitriding process for hardening steel with methylamine; applications in downsized engines

Nov 23, 2015: A team at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is developing a new low-pressure process for hardening steel using methylamine. The new low-pressure carbonitriding (enriching low-alloy steels with carbon and nitrogen) process saves time and process gas. Steels hardened in...

Samsung SDI to supply cylindrical Li-ion batteries to JAC Motors for new EV; 50 million 18650 cells next year

Nov 23, 2015: In a departure from its usual approach of supplying high-capacity prismatic Li-ion cells for automotive applications, Samsung SDI will supply cylindrical 18650 format Li-ion batteries for JAC Motors’ new electric SUV iEV6S, unveiled at the 2015 Guangzhou International Auto Parts...

UW researchers sequence haptophyte algae genome, the second to be analyzed; may aid biofuel production

Nov 23, 2015: University of Washington scientists have sequenced the complete genome of Chrysochromulina tobin—a haptophyte algae and only the second haptophyte to be sequenced. Researchers hope to better understand haptophytes and perhaps transform them into an important new tool for aquaculture, biofuel...

UMD/USARL team develops “water-in-salt” electrolyte enabling high-voltage aqueous Li-ion chemistries

Nov 23, 2015: A team of researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) and the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have devised a groundbreaking highly concentrated “Water-in-Salt” electrolyte that could provide power, efficiency and longevity comparable to today’s Lithium-ion batteries, but without the...

Nemaska Lithium signs MOU with Johnson Matthey Battery Materials to collaborate on phase 1 plant

Nov 23, 2015: Nemaska Lithium Inc. signed a Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Johnson Matthey Battery Materials Ltd (JMBM) of Candiac, Quebec, a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Matthey Plc. The MOU contemplates an up-front payment of C$12 million by JMBM in exchange...