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Mar 31, 2015

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Tenneco developing new gasoline particulate filter (GPF) technology ahead of Euro 6c emissions regulation

Mar 31, 2015: Tenneco is leveraging its expertise in diesel particulate filter (DPF) technology to develop gasoline particulate filters for 2017 model year light vehicles. These filters are designed for gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines to reduce particulate emissions in compliance with the...

BMW i8 Production Increased To Lower Wait Times

Mar 31, 2015: Demand for the BMW i8 is so strong, the company has decided to increase production so customers won’t have to wait too long to get their cars. In fact, they are doubling production to 20 cars a day. That should reduce the wait time from 4 months or more, as it is now, to a The post BMW i8 Production Increased To Lower Wait Times appeared first on Gas 2.

Scania and Swedfund invest to develop biogas as automotive fuel in Indian city

Mar 31, 2015: Scania and the development financier of the Swedish state Swedfund are establishing a partnership to develop the production of biogas as an automotive fuel in the Indian city of Nagpur, which is located in the state of Maharashtra and has...

Opel introduces new Corsa 1.4 LPG ecoFLEX, Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX

Mar 31, 2015: The newly introduced Opel Corsa 1.4 LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) ecoFLEX develops 66 kW/90 hp and comes from the factory with a bi-fuel capability, and is specifically aimed at cost-conscious customers. LPG fuel costs are almost 50% lower compared to...

Tesla Home Battery System Likely To Debut On April 30th

Mar 31, 2015: It has long been hinted-at and speculated that Tesla Motors may be much more than just an electric automaker, and a recent tweet by CEO Elon Musk pretty much confirms that. Musk posted that a “Major new Tesla product line” will debut on April 30th at Tesla’s design center in Hawthorne, California…and it won’t be The post Tesla Home Battery System Likely To Debut On April 30th appeared first on Gas 2.

Study finds unprecedented urbanization and urban expansion in East-Southeast Asia from 2000 to 2010

Mar 31, 2015: In an open-access paper published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, researchers find that urban populations across the whole of East-Southeast Asia have grown more rapidly than the expansion of urban areas, leading to increased population densities in some of...

US submits target to cut GHGs by 26-28% from 2005 levels to UNFCCC; doubling the rate of reduction

Mar 31, 2015: The United States submitted its target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The submission—an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)—is a formal statement of the US target, announced in China last...

Audi expects series production of zFAS central driver assistance controller within 2 years

Mar 31, 2015: Audi expects to begin the series production of the central driver assistance controller (zFAS)—the core of future systems for piloted driving under development by Audi, within two years. Audi developed zFAS in collaboration with TTTech, Mobileye, nVidia and Delphi. (Earlier...

Elon Musk Tweets New Mystery Product

Mar 31, 2015: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has again turned to Twitter to tease a new product, but the mystery product to be unveiled is not a car. In response, people are whimsically speculating on Twitter in return that this unveiling will however be some sort of flying car or perhaps a space elevator, but Tesla has hinted […] The post Elon Musk Tweets New Mystery Product appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Achates Power awarded $14M military single-cylinder engine project; partnering with Cummins

Mar 31, 2015: Achates Power, Inc., the developer of a family of two-stroke compression-ignition opposed-piston engines (earlier post), has been awarded a $14-million project by the National Advanced Mobility Consortium to support research and development work of the US Army Tank Automotive Research,...

The Rockstars of Urban Planning On Walking In LA

Mar 31, 2015: The Hammer Museum at UCLA hosts weekly talks on hot topics. Being a huge fan of turning Los Angeles into a car-free city, I was eager to hear Seleta Reynolds, our new General Manager at the Department of Transportation. Mayor Garcetti stole her from San Francisco after she helped turn that city into a cyclists' paradise while also shortening car commute times The post The Rockstars of Urban Planning On Walking In LA appeared first on Gas 2.

Daimler SuperTruck Doubles Fuel Economy To 12 MPG

Mar 31, 2015: Yes, you read that right. This is a story about a truck that gets 12 miles per gallon. Why is that news? Because we are talking about a big, heavy tractor pulling a 65,000 lb load. Most of the big rigs you see out on the highway only get half of that — or less. The post Daimler SuperTruck Doubles Fuel Economy To 12 MPG appeared first on Gas 2.

IBM to invest $3B in new Internet of Things unit; acting on Big Data

Mar 31, 2015: IBM will invest $3 billion over the next four years to establish a new Internet of Things (IoT) unit, and that it is building a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions. IBM’s pioneering...

Bridgestone launches new tire in Ecopia fuel-efficient line-up

Mar 31, 2015: Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) launched the latest tire in its fuel-efficient Ecopia tire line, the Ecopia EP422 Plus tire. The Ecopia EP422 Plus tire is engineered with a combination of light and strong materials for greater fuel efficiency, giving consumers an...

Fraunhofer IAO patent analysis finds China leading in Industry 4.0

Mar 31, 2015: Part of Fraunhofer IAO’s China TechWatch research project involves analyzing developments in Chinese technology. The project’s first white paper reveals that China is way out in front when it comes to patent applications for the basic technologies needed for Industry...

Honda to unveil new China market SUV concept at Auto Shanghai

Mar 31, 2015: Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned Honda subsidiary in China, plans to stage the world premiere of an all-new concept model as well as other new Honda models at Auto Shanghai 2015 (The 16th International Automobile & Manufacturing...

Musk: Tesla Could Build Cars In China “In Three Years”

Mar 31, 2015: Originally posted on EVObsession Elon Musk has admitted that Tesla sales in China haven’t met expectations, but that doesn’t seem to have tempered his bullish attitude towards the world’s largest car market. After sitting down with the state-run news agency Xinhua, Musk said that Tesla Motors could be looking to localize production in China “in The post Musk: Tesla Could Build Cars In China “In Three Years” appeared first on Gas 2.

Berkeley Lab/UC Berkeley study shows EV batteries meet daily travel needs of 85%+ of US drivers even after 20% energy capacity fade; calls for new EOL criteria

Mar 31, 2015: A new study by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley shows quantitatively that EV batteries can continue to meet daily travel needs of drivers well beyond the 80% floor for remaining energy storage capacity that...

Hadrian South comes on-stream in US Gulf of Mexico ultra-deep waters

Mar 31, 2015: Production has begun in the Hadrian South Field in the Keathley Canyon area, located some 230 miles (370 km) off the coast of Louisiana, with water depths around 2,332 meters (7,651 feet, or 1.45 miles). ExxonMobil, the operator, holds a...

Toyota To Debut New Safety Tech On RAV4 Hybrid SUV

Mar 31, 2015: This Thursday, Toyota will be showing off more than the first hybrid version of its RAV4; the carmaker will also be introducing a new safety system that will soon become available fleet-wide. Toyota announced today that the RAV4 Hybrid will be the first of its models outfitted with the new safety system. The technology address […] The post Toyota To Debut New Safety Tech On RAV4 Hybrid SUV appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Leaf Used As Glow-In-The-Dark Paintbrush

Mar 31, 2015: Nissan has used a glow-in-the-dark Leaf EV to create a record-winning glow-in-the-dark painting. According to Nissan, the company has broken the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Glow-in-the-Dark Painting with its Leaf-supported experiment. The painting, depicting the front of a Nissan Leaf, was created by motoring artist Ian Cook of Popbangcolour. SEE ALSO: What […] The post Leaf Used As Glow-In-The-Dark Paintbrush appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Is spray-on reflectivity from Volvo really a boon for cyclists?

Mar 30, 2015: Life Paint is Volvo's spray-on, wash off reflective paint. It's pretty cool - but could it be another way to put the onus of safety on the individual cyclist?

Tesla Approved For Special License Plates In Shenzhen

Mar 30, 2015: Originally posted on CleanTechnica The air quality across China has reach apocalyptic levels in many places, prompting local and national governments offer generous incentives on electric vehicles. Most of those incentives only apply to locally-built EVs, but Tesla was just approved for a special license plate program in Shenzhen that could save drivers $15,000 or The post Tesla Approved For Special License Plates In Shenzhen appeared first on Gas 2.

2016 Camaro sheds 200 lbs (90.7 kg); new architecture

Mar 30, 2015: The new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, which will make its debut in May during a special public event at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park, shed more than 200 lbs (90.7 kg) Camaro compared with the fifth-generation model. A new architecture, one of...

Automakers: Increase CARB Credit For Plug-Ins

Mar 30, 2015: Four of the top carmakers are asking the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to give more credits to plug-in vehicles under the state’s emission regulations. It’s a plea heard from automakers before: the government can mandate emission requirements, but let us dictate the technology used to reach those regulations. Now, as California’s guidelines undergo an […] The post Automakers: Increase CARB Credit For Plug-Ins appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Elon Musk: Burning Fossil Fuels “Dumbest Experiment In History”

Mar 30, 2015: Elon Musk recently sat down with Cosmos host and all-around awesome scientist dude Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the television show. The topic naturally turned towards fossil fuels, with Musk telling Tyson; “If we don’t find a solution to burning oil for transport, when we then run out of oil, the economy will collapse and The post Elon Musk: Burning Fossil Fuels “Dumbest Experiment In History” appeared first on Gas 2.

10 Fuel-Efficient Cars Debuting This Week in New York

Mar 30, 2015: It’s that time of the year again – that’s right, the New York International Auto Show is upon us and blooming with spring are 17 world vehicle debuts including at least 10 with a focus on efficiency. Press days begin April 1, and we’ll have more on each, but here in descending order are vehicles […] The post 10 Fuel-Efficient Cars Debuting This Week in New York appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Lincoln Continental Concept Debuts, And It’s About Damn Time

Mar 30, 2015: The past ten years will undoubtedly go down as some of the worst in Lincoln’s long history as both its sales and its status as a luxury car leader have plummeted. Even Ford’s venerated former CEO Alan Mulally considered euthanizing Lincoln, but the brand managed to hang on, and it might finally be turning a The post Lincoln Continental Concept Debuts, And It’s About Damn Time appeared first on Gas 2.

KIT and Schaeffler working on new energy-efficient assisted steering system for EVs

Mar 30, 2015: Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) and Schaeffler are developing a new energy-efficient assisted steering system for EVs under the project “Intelligent Assisted Steering System with Optimum Energy Efficiency for Electric Vehicles (e²-Lenk)” subsidized by the German Federal Ministry for Education...

Georgia May Revoke EV Incentives and Introduce Road Use Fees

Mar 30, 2015: A bill has been passed through the Georgia State House and Senate that would end the $5,000 tax credit owners receive on their zero emission vehicles, and instead, place a $200 per year road usage fee for EVs. While this bill has not yet become law, it has inched closer to being so with its […] The post Georgia May Revoke EV Incentives and Introduce Road Use Fees appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Toyota and Lexus roll-out low-cost automated braking safety packages on RAV4 Hybrid and RX crossover

Mar 30, 2015: At separate press conferences Wednesday and Thursday at the New York Auto Show, Toyota will reveal the RAV4 Hybrid SUV, while Lexus unveils its all-new fourth-generation RX luxury crossover SUV. Both debuts will mark the arrival of new, multi-feature, integrated...

Millbrook joins APC-funded consortium to develop fuel cell range-extended electric LCVs

Mar 30, 2015: Millbrook, one of Europe’s leading independent test and technology centers for vehicles and vehicle systems, will join a UK industry consortium to develop a new class of light commercial vehicle (LCV) combining fuel cell technology with battery electric vehicles to...

Nissan Will Test Public Car Sharing Plan In Yokohama

Mar 30, 2015: When is a Renault Twizy not a Renault Twizy? When it is a Nissan New Mobility Concept vehicle based on the Renault Twizy chassis. Nissan will use the tiny two seaters to test a public car sharing program in Yokohama. The year long experiment kicks off in April. The Ultra Compact Mobility Certification System will The post Nissan Will Test Public Car Sharing Plan In Yokohama appeared first on Gas 2.

ITM Power awarded US$4.3M for hydrogen refueling stations in London

Mar 30, 2015: ITM Power has been awarded a total of £2.89 million (US$4.3 million) by the UK Hydrogen Refueling Stations (HRS) Infrastructure Grants Scheme, run by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The award is to build two new HRS in...

Report: VW e-Golf takes top EV sales spot from LEAF in W. Europe in Jan-Feb

Mar 30, 2015: The AID Newsletter reports that the Volkswagen e-Golf was the top-selling EV in the 17 West European markets during the first two months of 2015, ousting the Nissan LEAF from first place. According to AID’s data, the-Golf posted 2,150 regional...

Illinois Bill Would Levy $5,000 Fine For Drivers “Rolling Coal”

Mar 30, 2015: Over the summer an old pastime among diesel truck drivers became new news when an uninformed article linked “rolling coal” to the Tea Party. As I already explained, blowing unburnt diesel through an exhaust system to create big plumes of black smoke is nothing new, but a bill has been introduced in Illinois that would The post Illinois Bill Would Levy $5,000 Fine For Drivers “Rolling Coal” appeared first on Gas 2.

Maverick expands synfuels plant line-up with bio- and landfill-gas-to-methanol offerings

Mar 30, 2015: Maverick Synfuels announced the availability of the Maverick Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid methanol plant product line. These plants convert biogas from sources such as anaerobic digesters and landfills into higher value methanol, one of the world’s most widely used industrial chemicals....

LG Chem to supply EV batteries to Daimler for new smart EV

Mar 30, 2015: Daimler AG has selected LG Chem as the supplier of lithium-ion batteries for the smart EV that will be newly launched in 2016. Under the contract, LG Chem will provide battery cells to smart EV; Daimler will assemble the cells...

Volvo Cars to build new $500M factory in US

Mar 30, 2015: Volvo Cars will build a manufacturing facility in the US, fulfilling its ambition to be a truly global car maker, investing around US$500 million in the plant and underscoring its long term commitment to the US market. The company has...

Apple Electric Car: Concept Photos

Mar 30, 2015: Electric Cars | Future Technology | TransportationRecent rumours that suggest Apple may be working on an electric car have inspired the website carwow to produce some concept images of what the vehicle may look like. Speculation that Apple may be in talks to purchase electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors inspired the illustrations to have a similar resemblance. Apple obviously has the […]…

Dalhousie team reports ternary blends of electrolyte additives greatly enhance performance of NMC Li-ion cells

Mar 30, 2015: Batteries for electrified vehicles require much longer calendar and cycle lifetimes, as well as improved high temperature tolerance, than their portable consumer electronics counterparts. Electrolyte additives can be used to extend cell lifetime by suppressing parasitic reactions between charged electrodes...

Volvo Autonomous Driving Tech In China

Mar 30, 2015: Volvo has presented its autonomous driving vehicle technology in China Friday March 27. Volvo Car Group’s aim is to put self-driving cars in the hands of real customers by 2017 and it is this technology which was demonstrated to media and decision makers in the Chinese capital, Beijing. Volvo Cars recently presented a complete system […] The post Volvo Autonomous Driving Tech In China appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Monaco Formula E Layout Confirmed

Mar 30, 2015: Formula E has revealed the Monaco race layout. The 12-turn, 1.76 kilometers (1.093 miles) layout for the race was revealed March 28. It is a shortened version of the historic circuit of the Principality, which has been hosting motor races since 1929. SEE ALSO: Formula E Hopes To Spark An Electric Revolution The revised layout […] The post Monaco Formula E Layout Confirmed appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Total natural gas vehicle sales in US down 6.5% in 2014 due to 34% drop in light-duty sales; medium- and heavy-duty up

Mar 29, 2015: In 2014, light-, medium-, and heavy-duty natural gas vehicle (NGV) production/sales in the US totaled just over 18,000 vehicles, down 6.5% from 2013, according to NGVAmerica’s 2014 NGV Production/Sales Report. The report is based on the organization’s annual survey of...

Tesla And Charging Station Competitor Clash In UK Courts

Mar 28, 2015: A green energy company has filed a lawsuit against Tesla Motors in London, saying the electric carmaker blocked its plans for charging stations in the U.K. Ecotricity Group was talking with companies, including Welcome Break Group, to install electric vehicle chargers at service providers along U.K. highways. In the lawsuit, Ecotricity stated that Tesla used […] The post Tesla And Charging Station Competitor Clash In UK Courts appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Mercedes-Benz Launches Its First Plug-In SUV As GLE550e

Mar 28, 2015: As promised last week, Mercedes-Benz is introducing a plug-in version of its SUV GLE. Billed as the GLE550e 4MATIC, this marks the first hybrid SUV from the German car company. It will be on display at the New York International Auto Show next month alongside its siblings, the diesel GLE300d and the high-performance AMG GLE63 […] The post Mercedes-Benz Launches Its First Plug-In SUV As GLE550e appeared first on HybridCars.com.

HondaJet receives provisional type certification from FAA

Mar 28, 2015: Honda Aircraft Company announced that the HondaJet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). (Earlier post.) This achievement indicates the FAA’s approval of the HondaJet design based on certification testing, design reviews, and...

BNL team develops very high capacity ternary metal fluoride cathode material for Li-ion batteries

Mar 28, 2015: The team achieved three-times-higher storage capacity through the reversible redox reactions of copper and iron—breaking and reforming copper-fluorine and iron-fluorine bonds while absorbing and releasing lithium. Source: BNL. Click to enlarge. A team led by researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory...

MTU America fined $1.5M for selling uncertified engines

Mar 28, 2015: The California Air Resources Board (ARB), US Department of Justice (DOJ) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined forces to prosecute MTU America Inc. for selling uncertified large engines used in mining operations, resulting in a $1.5-million settlement which includes...

Volvo Cars demos self-driving cars in Beijing

Mar 27, 2015: Volvo Car Group demonstrated its autonomous driving technology (earlier post) to media and decision makers in Beijing today; Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven joined the event. Volvo Cars’ Drive Me project, which will feature 100 autonomous cars, will start rolling...