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Sep 02, 2015

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UMTRI: US average new vehicle fuel economy dropped in August

Sep 2, 2015: The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the in August was 25.3 mpg (9.29 l/100 km), down 0.1 mpg from July, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the...

FCA US upgrades 3.6L Pentastar V-6; 2-step VVL, cooled EGR; up to 6% better fuel economy

Sep 2, 2015: FCA has significantly its 3.6-liter Pentastar engine for MY 2016. The 3.6L Pentastar, first introduced in 2009 (earlier post), was the first of an all-new line of V-6 engines intended to improve fuel efficiency across the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge...

Tesla Releases $29,000 Battery Upgrade For Roadster

Sep 2, 2015: Tesla has begun selling an upgraded battery for its two-door Roadster, boosting the battery electric vehicle’s range by another 100 miles. The new battery is capable of storing at least 35 percent more energy than the sports car’s previous battery, said Tesla. Considering the Roadster’s factory installed lithium-ion battery had a range of 245 miles, […] The post Tesla Releases $29,000 Battery Upgrade For Roadster appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Tesla Invites First Buyers To Configure Their Model X

Sep 2, 2015: At long last a select few of the first Model X reservation holders out of more than 20,000 have received personal e-mails from Tesla inviting them to configure their new crossovers. It’s been three-and-a-half years and three postponements since its February 2012 revelation, and unclear is how many people are permitted now to design their […] The post Tesla Invites First Buyers To Configure Their Model X appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Fraunhofer researchers develop carbon nanotube thin film heater for EVs

Sep 2, 2015: Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart have developed a film-based panel heater for electric vehicles. The panel is—particularly on short journeys—more effective than conventional electric heaters. (Electric cars generate little heat as opposed...

Speed Dating: 2016 Chevy Trax

Sep 2, 2015: I'm not saying the 2016 Chevy Trax is the worst car I've ever tested, but I can't imagine anyone, anywhere paying the nearly $30,000 asking price for it The post Speed Dating: 2016 Chevy Trax appeared first on Gas 2.

BMW i Ventures makes strategic investment in parking services company ZIRX

Sep 2, 2015: BMW Group has made a strategic investment in on-demand parking and car services company ZIRX through BMW’s venture capital entity, BMW i Ventures. ZIRX intends to eliminate the frustration that drivers face in parking in major urban markets such as...

Rich People Benefit More From Tax Credits (Duh)

Sep 2, 2015: I've always found it a little fucked up that US federal incentives for solar energy and electric cars are tax credits. I'm sure there are some arguments for this, but a simple cash rebate (like California offers) would be much more useful for the majority of people The post Rich People Benefit More From Tax Credits (Duh) appeared first on Gas 2.

Tesla Roadster 3.0 Battery Info Emailed To Owners

Sep 2, 2015: One of the things Tesla has long said it would do is offer a Roadster upgrade as a thanks to the super-early adopters who helped Tesla get off the ground. That's supposed to include a longer-range battery, improved aerodynamics, and better tires The post Tesla Roadster 3.0 Battery Info Emailed To Owners appeared first on Gas 2.

DLR-led NEMESIS 2+ project develops compact direct steam reformer for diesel/biodiesel to H2

Sep 2, 2015: The European NEMESIS 2+ consortium has and successfully tested a pre-commercial on-site system for the production of hydrogen from diesel and biodiesel. The prototype system—the size of a shipping container—can be integrated into existing infrastructure with relative ease. The prototype,...

DOE awards ~$25M to 8 projects for CO2 capture and compression; $15M for novel Direct Fuel Cell system

Sep 2, 2015: The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected eight projects to receive almost $25 million in funding to construct small- and large-scale pilots for reducing the cost of CO2 capture and compression through DOE’s Carbon...

Phantom road study shows road noise degrades habitat

Sep 2, 2015: A study by researchers at Boise State University in Idaho has found that road noise degrades habitat that is otherwise suitable, and that “the presence of a species does not indicate the absence of an impact.” Their paper is published...

Opinion: OPEC Divorce And Self-Destruction Thanks To Saudi Oil Strategy?

Sep 2, 2015: by Dalan McEndree for Oilprice.com “If you are the world’s leading energy economy, you produce energy, that’s what you do.” “A government can stay irrational longer than it can stay solvent.” “Even in the short term, you’re dead, if you...

Toyota to focus on hybrids, Safety Sense at IAA

Sep 2, 2015: Toyota will focus on two main themes at the upcoming IAA motor show in Frankfurt: hybrids and the continuation of the roll-out and democratization of the Toyota Safety Sense active safety technology. On the hybrid side, Toyota will showcase the...

Tesla Roadster 3.0 battery upgrade: $29,000 for ~78 kWh, 331 miles

Sep 2, 2015: Tesla Motors has made the promised battery upgrade for its Roadster available via its online shop. For a price of $29,000, with a $5,000 downpayment, customers will receive an new battery pack that Tesla says stores roughly 40% more energy...

Toyota Corolla P85D :D

Sep 2, 2015: It seems like everyone and their mother want a Tesla P85D or P90D now. Maybe I just hang out too much on Tesla and EV forums and sites, but it's clear there are thousands if not millions of people who have caught Tesla fever. As a fun reflection of this, I share with you the Toyota Corolla The post Toyota Corolla P85D :D appeared first on Gas 2.

BMW 225xe Active Tourer Coming In 2016

Sep 2, 2015: The BMW 225xe Active Tourer is a stylish, efficient crossover that uses the BMW i8 hybrid powertrain but reversed. It uses only 2 liters of fuel per 100 km The post BMW 225xe Active Tourer Coming In 2016 appeared first on Gas 2.

Getting A Chevy Volt For $17,400

Sep 2, 2015: Originally published on EV Obsession. With a much-improved 2nd-generation Chevy Volt about to hit garages, there are some great offers out there on 1st-gen Volts. As just one example, an Iowan recently spotted a 2014 Volt for $25,900 that is still eligible for the $7,500 tax credit, bringing it down to just $18,400. However, he actually got it [&hellip The post Getting A Chevy Volt For $17,400 appeared first on Gas 2.

Chrysler Launching Plug-In Minivan And Crossover By 2018

Sep 2, 2015: As Chrysler celebrates its 90th anniversary, announced plans to rework its current fleet and add new models, which will include the brand’s first plug-in hybrid vehicles. The first to arrive will be a plug-in hybrid version of one of the brand’s most prominent models: the Town & Country minivan. Officially in its 25th model year, […] The post Chrysler Launching Plug-In Minivan And Crossover By 2018 appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Redesigned Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Debuts This Month In Europe

Sep 2, 2015: Europeans will get their first glimpse of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid this month, with sales also set to begin in September. The Outlander PHEV has been completely revamped for 2016, with new styling, improved handling and a smoother ride among its changes. But this redesign didn’t come about because the model was lagging […] The post Redesigned Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Debuts This Month In Europe appeared first on HybridCars.com.

2016 Volt First Drive Reviews Are Mostly Positive

Sep 1, 2015: A limited-access 2016 Volt drive event held for a few publications in July and under media blackout until today saw a flurry of mostly positive first-drive reports. Nearly everything is reported as better about the first plug-in car to go through a complete redesign, and most reviews accentuated the positive while a couple critiqued it […] The post 2016 Volt First Drive Reviews Are Mostly Positive appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Chevrolet Sells 1,380 Volts in August

Sep 1, 2015: Chevrolet Volt sales were steady as she goes last month, with 1,380 units sold. This compares to 1,313 in July, is down 45 percent from August 2014’s 2,511, and mirrors a similar pattern for the Nissan Leaf. SEE ALSO: Nissan Leaf Sales Improve Mildly In August Both cars are to one degree or another in […] The post Chevrolet Sells 1,380 Volts in August appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Euro 6 regs in full effect; ACEA launches clean diesel campaign in support of technology-neutral policies

Sep 1, 2015: As of 1 September, all new cars sold in Europe must meet the Euro 6 emissions requirements. To mark this occasion the automotive and motor trading industries have launched an online clean diesel campaign to raise awareness among consumers and...

Nissan Leaf Sales Improve Mildly In August

Sep 1, 2015: Nissan reported a respectable 1,393 Leafs sold for the month of August. This tally is an uptick over July’s 1,174, down from June’s 2,074, and the automaker did not provide in a press release year-over-year statistics as it has in times past, or anything more than a brief statement of bare fact. Unsaid therefore is […] The post Nissan Leaf Sales Improve Mildly In August appeared first on HybridCars.com.

If You Don’t Like My Riding, Stay Off the Sidewalk!

Sep 1, 2015: The Bolt M-1 is a cafe latte carrying pedal/electric moped with a 40 MPH top speed and an "Economy" setting that makes it 100% sidewalk legal. Oh, yeah! The post If You Don’t Like My Riding, Stay Off the Sidewalk! appeared first on Gas 2.

DOT awards Agnik Phase II research contract for next generation insurance solutions for connected cars

Sep 1, 2015: Agnik, a leading data analytics company, has received a US Department of Transportation Phase II Contract to develop an advanced connected car platform for insurance solutions. This project will advance Agnik’s smartphone and device-based connected life platform with advanced driver...

Hilton and Uber partner up

Sep 1, 2015: Hilton Worldwide and Uber are partnering to offer expanded digital features that will further simplify and streamline the travel experience for Hilton guests. Through the partnership, Hilton guests around the world can set Uber Ride Reminders—automated notifications to request Uber...

Westport and Fuel Systems Solutions to merge; alternative fuel vehicle and engine company with expanded reach

Sep 1, 2015: Westport Innovations Inc. and Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. have entered into a merger agreement to create a premier alternative fuel vehicle and engine company. The transaction will result in a combined equity value of $351 million based on the closing...

Beijing Boosting Tesla To The “New Energy Vehicle” License Plate Lottery

Sep 1, 2015: Originally published on EV Obsession. One of the ways that China is trying to prevent pollution and traffic congestion in its big cities is via a limited supply of license plates, and license plate lotteries to get one. However, in the interest of encouraging electric vehicle adoption, some electric vehicles have been dished into a [&hellip The post Beijing Boosting Tesla To The “New Energy Vehicle” License Plate Lottery appeared first on Gas 2.

Dealers Attack Tesla Referral Program In California

Sep 1, 2015: Ah, the dealers just aren’t going to accept anything from Tesla, are they? “No stores for you!” “Referral program instead of stores? No way!!” Poor punks. Getting to the details,… as you should know by now, Tesla recently launched a referral program in which the referrer gets a $1,000 credit for use on Tesla products and [&hellip The post Dealers Attack Tesla Referral Program In California appeared first on Gas 2.

Formula E Teams Get License to Innovate for 2016

Sep 1, 2015: Formula E was a glorified spec series in 2015, but the teams are set to start off 2016 with a bang thanks to new rules that allow real EV innovation! The post Formula E Teams Get License to Innovate for 2016 appeared first on Gas 2.

Tesla Model X With Ludicrous Speed Will Be Even Quicker Than Some Thought

Sep 1, 2015: While Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the quickest Model X P90D could sprint from to 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, Tesla is telling buyers of the crossover due soon its “Ludicrous” mode will do 3.2 seconds. Zero-to-60 mph in 3.2 seconds along with a manufacturer-estimated quarter mile time of 11.7 seconds will make the Model […] The post Tesla Model X With Ludicrous Speed Will Be Even Quicker Than Some Thought appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Tesla passes 500 Supercharger Stations milestone (over 2,800 individual Superchargers)

Sep 1, 2015: In less than 3 years, the Supercharger went from an idea to a worldwide reality.

DOT awards Iteris $5.8M task order for support of National ITS and Connected Vehicle Architectures

Sep 1, 2015: The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded Iteris a $5.8-million task order for continued support and evolution of the National Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Architecture and the Connected Vehicle Reference Implementation Architecture (CVRIA) through 2018. This award extends Iteris’...

Electrovaya’s Litarion subsidiary receives €18.5M non-automotive Li-ion contract

Sep 1, 2015: Electrovaya Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary, Litarion GmbH, has signed a contract for about €18.5 million (US$21 million) to supply Lithium-ion battery products to a German company in the non-automotive space. About €2.8 million (US$3.2 million) of the contract will be...

UCL, BP team study on combustion and emissions characteristics of a range of fuel molecules from lignocellulosic biomass

Sep 1, 2015: A team from University College London and BP’s Fuels and Lubricants Research group has investigated the combustion and emissions characteristics of a range of fuel molecules which can be produced from lignocellulosic biomass through a variety of processing routes. The...

International Truck to offer over-the-air reprogramming

Sep 1, 2015: International Truck today plans to offer over-the-air (OTA) reprogramming of engine control modules (ECM) for International trucks powered by its N9, N10 and N13 proprietary engines. The company has completed its initial testing in its International Truck test fleets and...

Land Rover researchers develop an innovative camera system for “Transparent Trailer”; Cargo Sense App

Sep 1, 2015: Land Rover is developing a “see-through” trailer concept that would completely remove the blind spot created when towing a caravan or trailer. This transparent view would allow the driver to clearly see vehicles coming up behind and help driver confidence...

Fatih Birol new Executive Director of IEA

Sep 1, 2015: Dr. Fatih Birol, who has worked for the International Energy Agency (IEA) for 20 years, has taken office as the IEA’s new Executive Director. Dr. Birol’s selection as IEA Executive Director marks one of the few occasions that the head...

Tesla Has Now More Than 500 Superchargers

Sep 1, 2015: The Tesla supercharger network has cracked 500 locations worldwide in three years. In total, 502 quick charging locations are currently operating around the world, offering a total of about 2,800 individual charging stations. Superchargers allow owners of the Model S sedan to regain roughly 80 percent battery life in just a half hour. SEE ALSO: […] The post Tesla Has Now More Than 500 Superchargers appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Saft America receives $6.13M USABC award for lithium-ion 12V stop-start battery technology development

Aug 31, 2015: Saft America Inc. has received a competitively bid, $6.13-million award from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) in collaboration with the US Department of Energy (DOE) for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development. The contract includes a 50% cost-share...

Spy shots reveal all-new 2016 Toyota Prius

Aug 31, 2015: Almost 6 years after the current version of the best-selling hybrid was unveiled.

Joint IEA-NEA report details plunge in costs of renewable electricity; nuclear competitive with other baseload power sources

Aug 31, 2015: 2010 and 2015 LCOE ranges for solar and wind technologies. Source: IEA/NEA. Click to enlarge. The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar has been falling for several years. A new report, a joint project...

Schlumberger and IBM introduce new service to optimize integrated oil & gas upstream production operations

Aug 31, 2015: Schlumberger and IBM today have teamed up to provide integrated services to upstream oil and gas customers that will improve the business impact of production operations projects. The offering combines Schlumberger’s production optimization services, upstream expertise, and Avocet production operations...

Lockheed Martin invests in Peloton Technology and truck platooning

Aug 31, 2015: Lockheed Martin has joined a $17-million investment round in Peloton Technology, a developer of truck platooning systems, co-led by DENSO International America and Intel Capital (earlier post). The Peloton Truck Platooning System electronically couples pairs of trucks through a combination...

Scania brings XPI fuel-injection to marine engines

Aug 31, 2015: The latest addition to Scania’s engine range for marine applications incorporates proven common-rail XPI fuel-injection technology (earlier post) for improved fuel efficiency. The new V8 engine, based on the company’s 16.4-liter V8 for trucks (earlier post), is also the most...

Mitsubishi Motors 2016 Outlander PHEV will make its European debut at IAA

Aug 31, 2015: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC)’s revamped 2016 Outlander PHEV, due to go on sale in Europe in September, will make its European debut at the 66th International Motor Show (IAA) in several weeks. MMC will also show the rally version of...

Don’t Count On Honda S660 Coming to the US

Aug 31, 2015: Honda is on a push to introduce fun cars into its lineup, but the S660 Convertible isn’t part of the plan for the U.S. market. “I wouldn’t put my chips on that,” John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda told Automotive News when asked about whether or not the small two-seater would come to […] The post Don’t Count On Honda S660 Coming to the US appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Lionano in license agreement with Cornell for development and production of new hollow structured metal oxide anode material for LIBs

Aug 31, 2015: Lionano Inc. announced an agreement with Cornell University’s Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) for the development and production of an innovative drop-in anode material for use in lithium-ion batteries. The drop-in consists of a hollow structured metal oxide material that...