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Apr 18, 2015

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Ford investing $2.5B for new engine, transmission plants in Mexico

Apr 17, 2015: Ford is investing $2.5 billion in new engine and transmission plants in the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Guanajuato, respectively. The investment covers three projects: a new engine plant in Chihuahua; expansion of Ford’s I-4 and diesel engine lines in...

New smart fortwo making official premiere in China at Auto Shanghai; China to be largest market

Apr 17, 2015: The new smart fortwo from Daimler will have its official premiere in China at the 16th Auto Shanghai next week. Following the successful market launch in Europe with a surge in new registrations (+22.7% as at March), the city coupé...

Audi Prologue Allroad Concept Revealed Ahead Of Shanghai

Apr 17, 2015: The Audi Prologue Allroad concept was unveiled this week earlier than expected, it was initially due for release and showcase at the upcoming 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. There were whispers in regards to a third member of the prologue fleet for Audi, ultimately proven true with the news of this next iteration A6 Allroad. Under […] The post Audi Prologue Allroad Concept Revealed Ahead Of Shanghai appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Norway Electric Car Incentives Will Hit Sales Cap Next Week

Apr 17, 2015: No country has more clearly demonstrated a unified effort to switch to plug-in electrified vehicles than Norway, and this Monday it’s expected to reach a 50,000 unit sales threshold on generous incentives propping up the enterprise. In March an astounding 26.4 percent of all new car sales were PEVs, the total market penetration of registered […] The post Norway Electric Car Incentives Will Hit Sales Cap Next Week appeared first on HybridCars.com.

British architects demand construction industry take responsibility for cyclists' deaths

Apr 17, 2015: Of the five deaths this year, construction vehicles were overwhelmingly represented.

FEV showcasing liquid-cooled, high performance battery for PHEV applications at SAE World Congress

Apr 17, 2015: FEV North America will be displaying a liquid-cooled, high performance battery pack for plug-in hybrid applications. The battery will be at the 2015 SAE World Congress next week in Detroit. Designed for use in PHEV applications, the FEV battery pack...

Ford, DowAksa jointly to develop carbon fiber for high-volume automotive light-weighting applications

Apr 17, 2015: Ford and DowAksa signed a joint development agreement (JDA) formally to advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter. (Earlier post.) The agreement,...

Innovative Loopwheel has integrated suspension for a smoother ride (Video)

Apr 17, 2015: This crowdfunded idea is a complete redesign of the wheel: instead of spokes, there's a looping suspension mechanism built right into the wheel for better shock absorption.

Honda R&D team uses gasoline-diesel dual fuel method for high thermal efficiency at low loads

Apr 17, 2015: A team from Honda R&D in Japan reports using a gasoline-diesel dual-fuel method to control ignition timing and combustion duration. A paper on their work is published in the International Journal of Engine Research. Premixed charge compression ignition technology for...

Libertine FPE builds demo prototype of linear free piston generator

Apr 17, 2015: UK-based Libertine FPE has built a demonstration prototype of its linear electrical machine for what it is calling “Digital Piston Motion Control” in free piston engine applications. (Earlier post.) This technology will allow researchers to develop future combustion engines free...

ITM Power to provide 0.5MW electrolyzer to EMEC for integrated H2 system for tidal energy storage

Apr 17, 2015: ITM Power won a competitive tender to supply an integrated hydrogen system for use at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal test site on Eday, Orkney, Scotland. The system’s principal component is a 0.5MW polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyzer...

Peugeot unveils 308 R HYbrid plug-in with 500 hp and four-wheel drive

Apr 17, 2015: Peugeot has unveiled the Peugeot 308 R HYbrid, a plug-in hybrid version of the compact family hatchback boasting a combined 500 bhp and four-wheel drive. The Peugeot 308 R HYbrid was developed by Peugeot Sport, the brand’s in-house engineering and...

Researchers gain fundamental insight into FCC catalyst aging; implications for improving catalyst and reactor design

Apr 17, 2015: Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) particles account for 40 to 45% of worldwide gasoline production. Now, researchers from Albemarle Corporation, Utrecht University and Stanford University have developed a new method for observing fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst behavior at the nanoscale....

Total investing €200M to convert La Mède refinery to produce renewable diesel, €400M to upgrade Donges for low-sulfur fuels

Apr 17, 2015: Under a newly introduced refining roadmap, Total will invest €200 million (US$215 million) to transform its La Mède refinery to create France’s first biorefinery, which will also be one of the biggest in Europe, to meet growing demand for biofuels....

Plug-In Hybrids Predicted To Outsell EVs Globally In Near Future

Apr 17, 2015: Sales of battery electric vehicles increased by 73 percent in European markets last year, though analysts are predicting that they will be overtaken by plug-in hybrid sales very soon. As a whole, sales of electrified vehicles rose by 50 percent in 2014, with 97,791 vehicles purchased throughout the region. More than half (58,244) of these […] The post Plug-In Hybrids Predicted To Outsell EVs Globally In Near Future appeared first on HybridCars.com.

BMW i3 Tops Green Car Ranking

Apr 17, 2015: KBB.com has compiled a list of the ten best green cars for 2015 and placed for the second year in a row the BMW i3 at the top of its ranking. Each year the KBB.com editors compile a list of the most efficient vehicles available and then pick 10 standouts featuring a variety of price […] The post BMW i3 Tops Green Car Ranking appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Volvo’s XC90 PHEV Starts At $68,100

Apr 17, 2015: Volvo Cars has revealed its XC90 PHEV will start at $68,100 before any tax incentives. Considered the world’s first seven passenger plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Volvo will bring its XC90 T8 Twin Engine to the United States this summer. This PHEV version of the new XC90 is powered by Volvo’s 2.0 liter supercharged and turbocharged […] The post Volvo’s XC90 PHEV Starts At $68,100 appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Is Cadillac Set To Raise The Bar For Upscale Plug-in Hybrids Next Tuesday?

Apr 17, 2015: General Motors has managed to keep under wraps core details of what may be a new benchmark for luxury plug-in hybrid sedans. What we do know is GM says the CT6 plug-in hybrid will be something special, and able to hold its head up proudly even in the company of the best sedans the Germans […] The post Is Cadillac Set To Raise The Bar For Upscale Plug-in Hybrids Next Tuesday? appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Exec: Lexus Will Focus On Hybrids Because Plug-Ins Aren’t As Green

Apr 17, 2015: While Lexus is currently one of the leading brands for the hybrid market, the company doesn’t have plans to add any plug-ins to the fleet, saying the technology isn’t as eco-friendly. Mark Templin, group vice president and general manager for Toyota’s Lexus division, talked more about the company’s choices and priorities at the recent New […] The post Exec: Lexus Will Focus On Hybrids Because Plug-Ins Aren’t As Green appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Volvo pricing the XC90 T8 Twin Engine PHEV for the US starting at $68,100

Apr 16, 2015: The US MSRP of Volvo Cars’ new XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid (earlier post) entry-level Momentum model is $68,100, not including any tax credit incentives or $995 destination charge. The seven-passenger plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, coming to the United...

ARPA-E holding Workshop on Powertrain Innovations for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Apr 16, 2015: The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will be holding a Workshop on Powertrain Innovations for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, taking place in Denver, CO on 14-15 May 2015. Even beyond 2030, the majority of vehicles...

Student-Built Hydrogen Race Car Gets First Shakedown Run

Apr 16, 2015: Is hydrogen the fuel of the future? That’s the question a lot of people are asking these days, and there are plenty of experts on both sides of the argument. Me? All I really care about is going fast and going green, and the Forze VI hydrogen-powered race car, built by a group of Dutch The post Student-Built Hydrogen Race Car Gets First Shakedown Run appeared first on Gas 2.

2015 Ford 2.3-Liter EcoBoost Review

Apr 16, 2015: Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost Mustang is about as far a cry as you’ll get from a Prius and still be considered fuel-efficient, but that it is, at least within qualified terms. Its turbocharged four is the first in three decades since the ’84-’86 SVO was dreamed up to offer better fuel economy in an era still […] The post 2015 Ford 2.3-Liter EcoBoost Review appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Audi unveiling two new production plug-in hybrids in Shanghai, new prologue allroad PHEV show car

Apr 16, 2015: Audi is introducing two new models with plug-in hybrid drive systems to the market in China in 2016, both of which are having their world premier at Auto Shanghai 2015: the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro and the Audi...

More Plug In Hybrids Than Electric Cars In Europe Soon

Apr 16, 2015: Looking at the numbers, electric cars are selling better in Europe than plug in hybrids. 58,244 electric cars were sold in the EU in 2014 — a 73% increase over 2013. By contrast, plug in hybrids only managed 30,647 sales in 2014, a 25% increase. But according to IHS Automotive, an industry research organization, plug in hybrid sales will top 1.35 The post More Plug In Hybrids Than Electric Cars In Europe Soon appeared first on Gas 2.

How do you signal right turns on your bike?

Apr 16, 2015: It’s time for the old-school bicycle signal to die.

E-Car Club Chooses Renault EV For Scotland

Apr 16, 2015: Car sharing provider E-Car Club is launching in Scotland with a fleet of Renault electric vehicles. E-Car Club will be partnering with St. Andrews University and Transport Scotland in St. Andrews.The UK car sharing club has chosen a fleet of eight ZOE EV hatchbacks and two all-electric Kangoo Van Z.E. for its first launch in […] The post E-Car Club Chooses Renault EV For Scotland appeared first on HybridCars.com.

PSA and GM to build next-generation small light commercial vehicle

Apr 16, 2015: PSA Peugeot Citroën (PSA) and General Motors (GM) announced that as part of their existing alliance agreement (earlier post), the next generation small light commercial vehicles (B-LCV) from both companies will be built in the PSA plant in Vigo, Spain....

Ballard providing fuel cell power modules to new customer for 8 buses in China

Apr 16, 2015: Ballard Power Systems will supply next-generation FCvelocity-HD7 fuel cell power modules for 8 buses to be deployed in a number of Chinese cities to a Chinese manufacturer. Ballard expects to ship all of the modules in 2015. We are now...

Chevy Spark EV Price Falls To Just $25,995, As Low As $14,995

Apr 16, 2015: Originally posted on CleanTechnica If you’ve ever wanted to get into a low-cost, well-reviewed electric car, now may be your best chance. GM has just dropped the price of the Chevrolet Spark EV to $25,995, and after federal and state tax incentives, the Spark EV could be had for as little as $14,995. That’s a The post Chevy Spark EV Price Falls To Just $25,995, As Low As $14,995 appeared first on Gas 2.

CMU study finds controlled EV charging can reduce generation cost, but at greater health and environmental costs depending upon the generation mix

Apr 16, 2015: In a study focused on the PJM portion of the US electricity grid, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) found that although charging electric vehicles at night (when electricity is cheap and wind power is typically more plentiful) could lower...

NexSteppe producing dedicated biomass crop at commercial scale

Apr 16, 2015: In an effort to help grow DENSO’s global heavy duty business, the company is expanding its North American research and development capabilities to include heavy duty and commercial vehicles. DENSO established a cross-functional team of market research, product engineering, and...

DENSO expands R&D in N. America to include heavy-duty and commercial vehicles

Apr 16, 2015: In an effort to help grow DENSO’s global heavy duty business, the company is expanding its North American research and development capabilities to include heavy duty and commercial vehicles. DENSO established a cross-functional team of market research, product engineering, and...

EPA: US greenhouse gases up 2% in 2013; increased coal consumption, cool winter

Apr 16, 2015: US GHG emissions by sector, 1990-2013. Source: EPA. Click to enlarge. Total US greenhouse emissions were 6,673 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2013, an increase of 2% (127.9 MMT CO2 Eq.) over the prior year, according to...

New PHEV SUV Coming From EDI

Apr 16, 2015: Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), announced earlier this week the upcoming availability of its new plug-in hybrid electric SUV for the Asian marketplace, to be named Energy. EDI describes itself as a global leader in advanced zero emissions, high-efficiency hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions provider. The vehicle is a full-size Chinese SUV with a 2.4 Liter […] The post New PHEV SUV Coming From EDI appeared first on HybridCars.com.

XL Hybrids system being adopted by Watkins Heating & Cooling

Apr 15, 2015: XL Hybrids, Inc. announced another win for its retrofitted vehicle electrification system, with the successful installation of the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System in the fleet of Watkins Heating & Cooling, a family-owned and operated HVAC service company headquartered in...

Bosch Automates The Tesla Model S

Apr 15, 2015: Originally posted on EVObsession Elon Musk has been touting the ability for the Tesla Model S to drive itself for years now, and this summer the Autopilot feature is slated to roll out for all current and future Tesla owners. Musk isn’t the only one that wants to automate automobiles, and beyond the usual suspects The post Bosch Automates The Tesla Model S appeared first on Gas 2.

Montreal reveals plans for an electric car sharing service, aims for 1,000 EVs by 2020

Apr 15, 2015: The city wants to become a leader in electric transportation, part of a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by a third.

NASA Showcases Incredible Electric Modular Robotic Vehicle

Apr 15, 2015: Electric cars aim to solve the Earth’s increasing problems with pollution, but their service to humanity can extend well past the planet’s surface. NASA has released a video of its incredible Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV), an all-electric planet-hopping uber go-kart with four independent electric motors that give it a ton of versatility. Because it’s built The post NASA Showcases Incredible Electric Modular Robotic Vehicle appeared first on Gas 2.

Cadillac boosts performance of ELR plug-in hybrid for MY2016, cuts MSRP by $9K; $58,495 net after Fed credits

Apr 15, 2015: Cadillac has greatly enhanced the performance of its ELR extended range electric vehicle (plug-in hybrid) (earlier post) for the 2016 model year, and is also cutting the MSRP by $9,005, bringing the starting price down to $58,495 net after the...

Toyota investing $1B in new TNGA plant in Mexico, realigning North American manufacturing; expansion in Guangzhou

Apr 15, 2015: Toyota is embarking on a multi-year plan to realign its manufacturing operations in North America in support of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) (earlier post), a comprehensive approach to achieving sustainable growth by making ever-better vehicles more efficiently. Toyota...

2016 Cadillac ELR Drops Price, Adds Performance

Apr 15, 2015: A few days ago I reported that the Cadillac ELR would not be replaced after its product cycle ran out…and just how long that product cycle was is anybody’s guess, because GM wasn’t talking. That led to Cadillac CEO John de NYsschen commenting on our post, saying that the ELR wasn’t dead, and that a The post 2016 Cadillac ELR Drops Price, Adds Performance appeared first on Gas 2.

Volvo Cars introducing production S60L T6 Twin Engine PHEV at the Shanghai Motor Show; on sale next week

Apr 15, 2015: Volvo Cars will introduce the production version of the S60L T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid sedan at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show; the plug-in sedan first made its appearance as a concept car at the Beijing auto show in 2014....

Why helmet laws and glow-in-the-dark paint just show who really owns the road

Apr 15, 2015: Eben Weiss just nails it in a brilliant Washington Post article.

With Better Charging Network, Nissan LEAF Could Sell 50,000 Units per Year

Apr 15, 2015: Originally posted on EVObsession In 2014 sales of the Nissan LEAF electric car exceeded 30,000 units in the U.S. for the first time, crossing an important milestone for mass adoption of EVs. But Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn wants to sell a lot more LEAFs than that, and he revealed to Automotive News that he thinks The post With Better Charging Network, Nissan LEAF Could Sell 50,000 Units per Year appeared first on Gas 2.

I Drove The Tesla P85D, And Now Nothing I Drive Will Feel The Same Way Again

Apr 15, 2015: Growing up, life is full if a lot of “firsts” that we can somehow always seem to remember, be they influential on the rest of our life or not. My first kiss was a girl named Heather, my first car was a Mercury Villager minivan, and the first concert I attended was Ozzfest, the summer The post I Drove The Tesla P85D, And Now Nothing I Drive Will Feel The Same Way Again appeared first on Gas 2.

Visio.M partners showcasing energy efficient passenger climate control for EVs

Apr 15, 2015: As part of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) collaborative project Visio.M (earlier post, earlier post), scientists of the TU München have developed an energy efficient solution for passenger climate control in EVs. The researchers are presenting...

Pearson Fuels opening 13 E85 fueling sites in SoCal

Apr 15, 2015: Pearson Fuels of San Diego, CA and G&M Oil Company of Huntington Beach, CA will open 13 E85 fueling sites in Southern California in San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties. There are approximately 1 million vehicles on the...

Researchers engineer new pathway in E. coli to produce renewable propane

Apr 15, 2015: Researchers at The University of Manchester, Imperial College London and University of Turku have made an advance toward the renewable biosynthesis of propane with the creation of a new synthetic pathway in E. coli, based on a fermentative butanol pathway....

Solazyme and Flotek Industries partner to develop and market advanced drilling fluid technologies

Apr 15, 2015: Algal oil company Solazyme and Flotek Industries announced that the companies and certain subsidiaries have entered into agreements to globally commercialize Flocapso, an innovative, advanced drilling fluid additive. In addition, Flotek will market Solazyme’s Encapso lubricant—the first commercially available, biodegradable...