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Apr 21, 2015

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Toshiba to supply Li-ion battery energy storage system for frequency regulation project in US

Apr 21, 2015: Toshiba Corporation has received an order to supply a large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) for a power frequency regulation project in Hamilton, Ohio. The project will be carried out by Sumitomo Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas and Renewable Energy...

Johnson Controls begins production of batteries for Start-Stop vehicles in China

Apr 21, 2015: Johnson Controls is expanding its manufacturing operations in China by beginning production of advanced lead-acid batteries for Start-Stop vehicles to help automakers meet increasingly strict fuel economy and emission regulations. The global Start-Stop market for new vehicles could reach 49...

DOE developing Optima initiative: co-optimization of fuels and engines for extreme boost in system fuel efficiency above current policy targets

Apr 21, 2015: Optima is targeting a vehicle-fuels system approach to far exceed the improvements in vehicle energy consumption and the greenhouse gas intensity of the energy source. Source: DOE. Click to enlarge. Researchers at several DOE national laboratories are organizing a new...

Gevo announces 1-for-15 reverse stock split

Apr 21, 2015: Biofuels company Gevo, Inc. will effect a 1-for-15 reverse stock split previously approved by its stockholders at a special meeting held on 13 April 2015. The 1-for-15 reverse stock split will be effective as of the close of business on...

Johnson Controls’ 12V Lithium-ion battery for advanced start-stop vehicles debuts in China

Apr 21, 2015: For the first time in China, Johnson Controls unveiled its Lithium-ion automotive battery for Advanced Start-Stop vehicles at Auto Shanghai 2015. Johnson Controls says the new technology can increase fuel efficiency by up to 8%. The Johnson Controls Advanced Start-Stop...

Johnson Controls Builds Start-Stop Batteries In China

Apr 21, 2015: Expanding its manufacturing operations in China, Johnson Controls is beginning production of advanced lead-acid batteries for start-stop vehicles. “We’re excited to announce the delivery of our first batch of locally-manufactured batteries to power start-stop vehicles for local and global automakers in China,” said Kenneth Yeng, vice president and general manager, Johnson Controls Power Solutions China. […] The post Johnson Controls Builds Start-Stop Batteries In China appeared first on

Norway Celebrates 50,000th Plug-in Car Sold; Will EV Incentives Continue?

Apr 20, 2015: As we reported on Friday would happen, today the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association held an event acknowledging plug-in electrified vehicle number 50,000 at the country’s Drammen Harbor. Today the registration plate EL 60000 was granted to a Tesla Model S purchased as number 50,000. The plate is 10,000 above because the “EL” plate series began […] The post Norway Celebrates 50,000th Plug-in Car Sold; Will EV Incentives Continue? appeared first on

GM Contemplates Building The Chevy Volt in China

Apr 20, 2015: At a media roundtable today in Shanghai, GM fielded questions as to whether it might begin local production of its Chevrolet Volt for the EV-hungry Chinese market. “Electrification is a part of the strategy” for China, said CEO Mary Barra evading a direct answer but with a response that did not explicitly say no either. […] The post GM Contemplates Building The Chevy Volt in China appeared first on

Seattle’s Police Now Utilizing Leaf EVs For Traffic Enforcement

Apr 20, 2015: Last week, Nissan Electric shared a tweet that the Seattle Police Department, specifically the Parking Enforcement division, will be putting to use 28 Leafs in an effort to “stay green” as Nissan put it. While some other cities prefer a more extravagant approach to purchasing police vehicles, the Emerald City went with a different school […] The post Seattle’s Police Now Utilizing Leaf EVs For Traffic Enforcement appeared first on

“WaterBone” design wins grand prize in ARPA-E LITECAR Challenge

Apr 20, 2015: The winning design: “WaterBone”. Click to enlarge. Local Motors, in partnership with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), announced the winner of the LIghtweighting Technologies Enabling Comprehensive Automotive Redesign (LITECAR) Challenge. The design challenge served to accelerate innovative ideas by...

Toroidion Electric Car Has 1 Megawatt (1,341) HP – Video

Apr 20, 2015: With all-wheel drive courtesy of four individual motors, the Toroidion electric supercar concept boasts quick battery swapping and 1,341 horsepower (1 Megawatt). Designed and built in Finland, the company was founded in 2011 to compete in the 24 Hours of LeMans. The one megawatt (1,000 kilowatts) comes by two front 200-kilowatt motors offering direct drive, […] The post Toroidion Electric Car Has 1 Megawatt (1,341) HP – Video appeared first on

Cumulative sales of Subaru’s EyeSight-equipped models top 300,000 in Japan; 85% of sales in Japan for FY2014

Apr 20, 2015: Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, announced that cumulative sales of Subaru models equipped with the EyeSight advanced driver assist system (earlier post) surpassed 300,000 units (308,333 units) in Japan at the end of March 2015....

Driving A Formula E Race Car On Track

Apr 20, 2015: Autocar wondered what driving a Formula E race car on track was like so they sent a reporter to find out. He found it exhilarating and wants more laps behind the wheel. The post Driving A Formula E Race Car On Track appeared first on Gas 2.

Global debut for Nissan Murano Hybrid at Shanghai show

Apr 20, 2015: Nissan unveiled two all-new production models, the Murano Hybrid and Lannia, a new mid-size sedan for the Chinese market, along with two Nismo products, GT-R Nismo and 370Z Nismo, at Auto Shanghai 2015. Murano Hybrid features the Nissan Intelligent Dual...

Scania to supply off-road engines to Hyundai Heavy

Apr 20, 2015: Under a new partnership, Scania will supply engines for next-generation large excavators and wheel loaders made by Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Construction Equipment division. Scania supplying engines from its complete range of 9-, 13- and 16-liter models. A particular focus will...

Hydrogen Fuel From Corn

Apr 20, 2015: Researchers at Virginia Tech have devised a new process that makes hydrogen fuel from corn waste, which opens the possibility of low cost hydrogen fuel. The post Hydrogen Fuel From Corn appeared first on Gas 2.

Volkswagen introduces high-end plug-in hybrid C Coupé GTE concept in Shanghai

Apr 20, 2015: At Auto Shanghai, Volkswagen is presenting the world premiere of the C Coupé GTE, which illustrates a new design approach for future top-end sedans at Volkswagen. This four-door concept car for the Chinese market—which is more than five meters in...

Toshiba begins demo operation of power-to-gas system; solar-to-H2

Apr 20, 2015: Toshiba Corporation has started demonstration operation of H2One, an independent energy supply system based on renewable energy and use of hydrogen as a fuel for power generation. Kawasaki City and Toshiba have installed the system at the Kawasaki Marien public...

Tesla P85D Test Drive, BMW i3 On Amazon, Electric Mustang, Unfriendly Kia Dealer… (Cleantech Talk #10)

Apr 20, 2015: Chris and I enjoyed recording another Cleantech Talk podcast, and we hope you’ll enjoy listening to it just as much. You can listen to the podcast in the embedded player below, on SoundCloud, on iTunes, or by downloading the podcast and then listening. If you need a text summary before deciding to listen or not, here’s a The post Tesla P85D Test Drive, BMW i3 On Amazon, Electric Mustang, Unfriendly Kia Dealer… (Cleantech Talk #10) appeared first on Gas 2.

General Dynamics NASSCO launches first LNG-powered containership

Apr 20, 2015: On Saturday 18 April in San Diego, General Dynamics NASSCO launched the 764-foot (233m), 3100 TEU Isla Bella, the first LNG-powered containership. The containership, part of a two-ship contract, was built for TOTE, a leading logistics and transportation company. When...

Chevrolet unveils new Chevrolet-FNR autonomous electric concept vehicle at Shanghai

Apr 20, 2015: Chevrolet unveiled the Chevrolet-FNR autonomous electric concept vehicle at Shanghai GM Gala Night. The concept was joined by the all-new Malibu, Bolt EV concept and the 2015 Captiva, which made their China debut. The Chevrolet-FNR was developed in Shanghai by...

Systematic review of EV battery pack costs suggests economies of scale may push cost toward US$200/kWh without further cell chemistry improvements

Apr 20, 2015: Industry-wide cost estimates for battery packs for electric vehicles have declined by approximately 14% annually between 2007 and 2014, from above US$1,000 per kWh to around US$410/kWh, according to a systematic review of more than 80 different estimates by a...

Audi To Debut New Plug-In Hybrid Versions Of Q7 And A6

Apr 20, 2015: Audi is debuting three new models – an SUV, a sedan and a concept wagon – at the Shanghai auto show this month as part of the brand’s plug-in hybrid expansion. The luxury brand said it is merging its quattro drive with a TFSI plug-in hybrid system for the first time, creating the all-new Q7 […] The post Audi To Debut New Plug-In Hybrid Versions Of Q7 And A6 appeared first on

Study: Controlled EV Charging Maximizes Eco Benefits And Minimizes Costs

Apr 20, 2015: In order to maximize the environmental benefits of plug-in vehicles, says a new study, charging needs to be controlled to keep costs down and maximize renewable energy sources. A research team from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) addressed the complicated relationship between the production costs and emissions for power companies to recharge an electrified car, publishing […] The post Study: Controlled EV Charging Maximizes Eco Benefits And Minimizes Costs appeared first on

Cadillac CT6 PHEV Revealed In Shanghai

Apr 20, 2015: Cadillac has announced the CT6 plug-in-hybrid version of its newly reveled flagship as expected in Shangahi. According to the automaker, the new four-cylinder turbo-based PHEV system is projected to more than double the fuel economy of its conventional powertrain siblings. “The first-ever CT6 is a technological showcase throughout, making it an ideal platform for Cadillac […] The post Cadillac CT6 PHEV Revealed In Shanghai appeared first on

Cadillac announces CT6 plug-in hybrid for China

Apr 19, 2015: Cadillac will add a Plug-In Hybrid Electric (PHEV) propulsion system to its upcoming range-topping CT6 sedan, to be manufactured at the new Shanghai GM Cadillac plant, Pudong Jinqiao, China. The new PHEV version of the CT6 will be capable of...

Espresso + Charge Offers a Supercharger for All EVs

Apr 19, 2015: Espresso + Charge is the latest EV charging system to compete with Tesla's Supercharger, but this one offers scalability and universality. Is it enough The post Espresso + Charge Offers a Supercharger for All EVs appeared first on Gas 2.

1300 HP Toroidion Electric Supercar Debuts (w/ Video)

Apr 19, 2015: With more than 1300 HP on tap from its massive electric batteries, the Finnish Toroidion super car is set to take the EV world by storm The post 1300 HP Toroidion Electric Supercar Debuts (w/ Video) appeared first on Gas 2.

Indian researchers propose fuel-chemicals-electricity cellulosic biomass biorefinery scheme

Apr 19, 2015: Researchers from the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum are proposing a biorefinery scheme using lignocellulosic biomass feedstock (sugarcane bagasse) for the production of fuel (ethanol), chemicals (furfural), and energy (electricity). The proposed scheme could be integrated with existing sugar or paper...

VW introduces 6th gen Transporter with up to 15% lower fuel consumption

Apr 19, 2015: In Amsterdam, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presented the sixth-generation of its highly successful Transporter model. Updated key technical features offer better safety, improved comfort and convenience and greater driving dynamics in combination with improved fuel economy. Volkswagen’s T-series has been the...

Chevrolet Tells Us Everything About The 2016 Chevy Volt Except The Price

Apr 19, 2015: Chevrolet has revealed all the specifications and equipment options for the 2016 Chevy Volt. But they won't tell us the price of the new car until the fall The post Chevrolet Tells Us Everything About The 2016 Chevy Volt Except The Price appeared first on Gas 2.

Freudenberg-NOK bio-based material for fluid applications reduces CO2 footprint; 45% bio-renewable

Apr 19, 2015: Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock. The bio-renewable rubber, for which development began in 2012, is made from a polymer that is made via a process...

Audi providing 40 A3 e-tron PHEVs for E-Mobility Showcase program in Germany

Apr 18, 2015: Audi is providing 40 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) (earlier post) to support three different projects in the German government’s “Electric Mobility Showcase” program. The first time we were involved in the Electric Mobility Showcase in...

Battery Prices Falling Faster Than Expected

Apr 18, 2015: A new study shows battery prices are falling faster than predicted. The researchers say $150 per kWh is possible by 2020, prompting a shift to electric cars The post Battery Prices Falling Faster Than Expected appeared first on Gas 2.

Volvo S60 T6 PHEV Arrives In Shanghai

Apr 18, 2015: The Volvo S60 T6 PHEV goes on display in Shanghai this week. The car is built on the long wheelbase chassis for the Chinese market and has more than 300 hp. The post Volvo S60 T6 PHEV Arrives In Shanghai appeared first on Gas 2.

Carbon Core of next-gen BMW 7 Series helps reduce sedan’s weight by up to 130 kg; remote control parking

Apr 18, 2015: BMW presented an initial selection of technology highlights for the next generation of the BMW 7 Series model range featuring developments in lightweight design, driving dynamics, comfort, intelligent connectivity and operation. Due to the BMW EfficientLightweight strategy, the new BMW...

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

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 (PEVs) than Norway, and this Monday it’s expected to reach a 50,000-unit sales threshold on generous incentives propping up the enterprise. As it reaches this ceiling limit of PEVs eligible to receive financial and convenience-oriented benefits encouraging their sale, the […] The post Norway Electric Car Incentives Will Hit Sales Cap Next Week appeared first on

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....