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May 24, 2015

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Researchers develop high-speed friction stir welding technique for aluminum joining at high volume production speeds

May 24, 2015: In partnership with General Motors, Alcoa and TWB Company LLC, researchers from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a high-speed friction stir welding (FSW) process (earlier post) to join aluminum sheets of varying thicknesses—a key to...

Google Autonomous Car Fleet Set To Expand

May 24, 2015: The Google autonomous car fleets is expected to add 25 of Roush built Google cars in the next few months. They will collect data on pedestrians and traffic. The post Google Autonomous Car Fleet Set To Expand appeared first on Gas 2.

Daimler and Qualcomm announce strategic collaboration on connected car technologies, wireless EV charging

May 24, 2015: Daimler AG and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, announced a strategic collaboration focused on connected car technologies. In the first phase of the collaboration, the companies will focus on transforming future vehicles with mobile technologies that...

Michelin and Barito Pacific form JV to produce natural rubber in reforestation project; WWF cooperation agreement

May 23, 2015: Michelin and the Barito Pacific Group (BPG) have formed a joint-venture in Indonesia with Barito Pacific Group (BPG) for producing natural, eco-friendly rubber. According to the terms of the agreement, this new joint-venture will be owned 53% by BPG and...

New Evidence Implies Apple Is Creating A Car Battery

May 23, 2015: With experts in both the automotive and the technology industries debating whether Apple is building a production-level vehicle or just creating a mock-up for research, new information suggests that the company is indeed creating a car-sized battery. A portion of this evidence emerged following a recently settled lawsuit between Apple and A123 Systems, a lithium-ion […] The post New Evidence Implies Apple Is Creating A Car Battery appeared first on

Tesla Loses A Second Time In Texas

May 23, 2015: A twin set of bills that would have allowed Tesla Motors to sell vehicles in Texas have expired. Two years ago, a pro-Tesla bill was sent to Texas legislators that would permit the electric carmaker to sell directly to consumers. But the bill never received committee approval and expired at the end of the legislative […] The post Tesla Loses A Second Time In Texas appeared first on

Tennessee Announces $1,500-$2,500 Limited-Duration Plug-In Car Rebates

May 23, 2015: Tennessee plug-in car buyers can get them while they are hot as the state has set up a $0.7 million fund to subsidize plug-in car purchases or leases with $1,500-$2,500 each on a first-come, first-served basis. This news came this last week on the two-tiered rebate program offered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and […] The post Tennessee Announces $1,500-$2,500 Limited-Duration Plug-In Car Rebates appeared first on

2016 Volt Ordering Begins This Month for Fall Deliveries

May 23, 2015: Chevrolet is gearing up to begin an ordering process for the second-generation 2016 Volt beginning first in states compliant with California Air Resources Board rules this month and the rest of the nation in October. Orders for California and states that follow its zero-emission vehicle regulations can be placed May 28 and production at the […] The post 2016 Volt Ordering Begins This Month for Fall Deliveries appeared first on

Audi to launch new sporty SUV with electric drive in 2018

May 23, 2015: As part of its expansion of its SUV range, Audi will launch a “sporty SUV with electric drive” in 2018. In addition, Audi will begin production of the Audi Q1 in 2016 and add the new Audi Q8 at the...

Transit directions (subway, trains, buses) coming to Apple Maps in iOS 9

May 22, 2015: It's about time this basic feature came to the default mapping application on Apple devices.

Get A Drone’s-Eye View Of The Tesla Gigafactory

May 22, 2015: It’s hard to believe, but it’s already been nearlynone months since Elon Musk officially announced Reno, Nevada as the site of the first Tesla Gigafactory. The $6 billion project is a truly massive undertaking, as we’ve seen in a a diagram before, and construction is already well underway. But to truly get a scope of The post Get A Drone’s-Eye View Of The Tesla Gigafactory appeared first on Gas 2.

2016 Mazda Miata Introduces New Slogan, “Driving Matters”

May 22, 2015: Goodbye Zoom-zoom, hello Driving Matters, the new corporate slogan for Mazda. Using the much-anticipated 2016 Mazda Miata to launch this all-new take on why a car company still strives to improve the driving experience, we get a 60-second commercial that just about every man, regardless of age, can relate too. The 2016 Miata brings a The post 2016 Mazda Miata Introduces New Slogan, “Driving Matters” appeared first on Gas 2.

Victory Motorcycles To Compete In TT Zero Race

May 22, 2015: Victory Motorcycles will enter two electric bikes in this year's TT Zero race on the Isle of Man on June 10. Get live updates on its website or on Twitter. The post Victory Motorcycles To Compete In TT Zero Race appeared first on Gas 2.

Oregon Set To Implement Per-Mile Road Usage Tax

May 22, 2015: Oregon is aiming to become the first state in the nation with a per-mile usage tax. The state is currently preparing a program designed to help raise more revenue to support road and bridge projects. Across the country, gasoline taxes are declining as more vehicle owners turn to fuel efficient hybrids and electric vehicles, which […] The post Oregon Set To Implement Per-Mile Road Usage Tax appeared first on

Mercedes-Benz investing around $558 million in Berlin plant; global center of competence for CAMTRONIC

May 22, 2015: Mercedes-Benz is investing a total of around €500 million (US$558 million) in its plant in Berlin—the Group’s oldest production facility in operation—which is being developed into a high-tech facility for component production. Some €150 million ($168 million) of that will...

Friday Flashback: The Rover-BRM Gas Turbine Le Mans Racer

May 22, 2015: As Britain dragged itself out of the rubble of World War II and took stock of its place in the world, engineers previously employed to develop weapons had to turn their talents to peacetime. Jet turbine technology was a particularly tempting target, and before Chrysler’s famous turbine cars ever saw the light of day, Britain’s The post Friday Flashback: The Rover-BRM Gas Turbine Le Mans Racer appeared first on Gas 2.

Audi partnering with Baidu and Huawei on vehicle connectivity in China; CarLife support and new LTE module

May 22, 2015: Audi is partnering with Baidu and Huawei to intensify the expansion of connectivity of its cars in China. In advance of the first CES Asia taking place in Shanghai, Audi announced its support of Baidu CarLife (similar to Android Auto...

Zero Motorcycles Announces Price Cut

May 22, 2015: Zero Motorcycles has reduced the price of all its bikes by $1,350. It says battery prices have fallen faster than expected while performance has increased. The post Zero Motorcycles Announces Price Cut appeared first on Gas 2.

New promising solid-state electrolyte for rechargeable Li-metal batteries

May 22, 2015: The new solid-state electrolyte shows electrochemical stability up to 10 V vs Li/Li+. Credit: ACS, Rangasamy et al. Click to enlarge. A team led by researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a promising solid-state electrolyte for use...

Portland takes a car lane and makes it a mile-long pop-up park

May 22, 2015: Decades ago a prescient Portland mayor tore down a freeway to make a riverside park in the heart of Portland. Now transportation wonks are taking a traffic lane to expand that park with a pop-up ped and bike lane.

Europe moves forward with Real Driving Emissions testing procedure; more to do

May 22, 2015: Earlier this week, member states in the European Commission’s Technical Committee - Motor Vehicles (TCMV) gave support to the EC proposal for Real Driving Emissions (RDE) testing requirements. The goal of RDE, which began its development in January 2011 and...

Hexcel to invest $250M in new carbon fiber plant in France; capacity expansions at nearby weaving and prepreg facilities

May 22, 2015: Hexcel Corporation will invest $250 million in the construction of a carbon fiber plant in Roussilon, France. The new carbon fiber facility will occupy a 37-acre site at the Osiris Chemicals Industry Platform in Roussillon and will incorporate both polymerization...

China To Cut Annual Taxes On Hybrids And ZEVs

May 22, 2015: As part of a countrywide initiative to promote more fuel-efficient transportation, China announced that it will stop charging annual taxes for some low- and zero-emission vehicles. The fee is part of China’s 2012 Vehicle and Vessel Tax (VVT). In addition to taxes for motorcycles, ships and commercial vehicles, the measure set an annual charge for […] The post China To Cut Annual Taxes On Hybrids And ZEVs appeared first on

Thieves Target Toyota Prius Batteries

May 22, 2015: Authorities are reporting a sharp increase in Toyota Prius break-ins as a wave of battery thefts hits California. Many of these thefts are centered around San Francisco and Sacramento, and so far the Prius has been listed as the hybrid targeted most often. Used Prius batteries, some possibly obtained illegally, have been listed on sites […] The post Thieves Target Toyota Prius Batteries appeared first on

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Sets New Electric-Range Benchmark

May 21, 2015: When released this fall, Hyundai’s 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid will raise the bar where it counts the most among in-class competitors with 25-percent more all-electric range. The PHEV will also uniquely come with what is tantamount to having its own built-in quick charger – a function enabling the gas engine to replenish the battery on […] The post 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Sets New Electric-Range Benchmark appeared first on

Tesla Model S Matchbox And Hot Wheels Toys Are Finally Here

May 21, 2015: Even with the Tesla CPO program finally, officially launching, most of us still can’t afford a Model S. Just about anybody can afford a diecast toy car though, and three years after the Model S initially debuted, it’s finally getting both miniaturized Matchbox and Hot Wheels replicas. How would you like your toy Tesla to The post Tesla Model S Matchbox And Hot Wheels Toys Are Finally Here appeared first on Gas 2.

Texas to Tesla: Get off my lawn...

May 21, 2015: Lone star state is closed for business...

Early exposure to PM2.5 associated with increased risk of childhood autism; causality unproven

May 21, 2015: Exposure to fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) during pregnancy through the first two years of a child’s life may be associated with an increased risk of the child developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition that affects one in 68...

Chevy Spark EV Motor Factory Gets LEED Certification

May 21, 2015: The motor for the Chevy Spark EV is assembled in an LEED Silver certified factory. GM's smallest EV is enjoying strong sales due to a recent price cut The post Chevy Spark EV Motor Factory Gets LEED Certification appeared first on Gas 2.

AllCell and LG develop high-performance Li-ion battery for material handling market

May 21, 2015: AllCell Technologies, LLC, a Chicago-based Lithium-ion battery pack manufacturer for smart-grid, autonomous and light electric vehicle applications, and LG Chem Ltd. have developed a high performance long lasting Li-ion battery for material handling applications. The battery is built with LG’s...

Electric Cars Proving Increasingly Popular With Customizers

May 21, 2015: Electric cars may not have broken into the mainstream yet, but increasingly aftermarket parts customizers are taking to vehicles like the BMW i3 as a way to showcase their wares. IND Distribution is the latest to add a bit of custom flair to the BMW i3, though they’re certainly not the first. Are electric cars The post Electric Cars Proving Increasingly Popular With Customizers appeared first on Gas 2.

Tesla Responds To Consumer Reports ‘Undriveable’ Allegation

May 21, 2015: Tesla has released a response to Consumer Reports’ statement that its Model S P85D is “undriveable.” The publication ran into issues with the Model S P85D’s door handles not automatically extending like they are supposed to, a problem that has been reported among numerous Tesla Model S owners. Consumer Reports said because the car sensed […] The post Tesla Responds To Consumer Reports ‘Undriveable’ Allegation appeared first on

Hybrid Loyalty Lowers With Gas Prices

May 21, 2015: Hybrid and electric vehicle sales are feeling the impact of cheap gas. According to a recent report by, 55 percent of hybrid and electric vehicle owners are switching back to standard gasoline vehicles at trade-in time, marking the lowest level of hybrid loyalty since the company began tracking transactions in 2011. Over 20 percent […] The post Hybrid Loyalty Lowers With Gas Prices appeared first on

Bosch retrofits a pair of Tesla Model S EVs for automated driving testing

May 21, 2015: Bosch has retrofitted two Model S Teslas for automated driving; the vehicles join the Bosch test fleet. The two Teslas can now autonomously drive from on-ramp to off-ramp without the driver needing to monitor them constantly. Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member...

Consumer Reports Locked Out Of Their Tesla P85D, But Still Loves It

May 21, 2015: While Consumer Reports has been one of the biggest fans of the Tesla Model S, testers found themselves locked out of the $127,000 P85D after just 27 days and 2,300 miles of testing. You’d think that’d diminish Tesla’s allure for Consumer Reports, but once again Tesla’s exceptional service saved the day. When the Fisker Karma The post Consumer Reports Locked Out Of Their Tesla P85D, But Still Loves It appeared first on Gas 2.

Solvay Specialty Polymers launches new wear-resistant Veradel polyethersulfone; improved powertrain efficiency

May 21, 2015: Solvay Specialty Polymers introduced Veradel 3300 SL 30 polyethersulfone (PESU). The new Veradel grade is a tough, high-performance resin designed to meet growing global demand for advanced polymers that can improve automotive powertrain efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Formulated to...

Volkswagen’s autonomous braking system cuts 3rd party injury claims by 45% in UK

May 21, 2015: Safety experts at the Thatcham Research Centre in the UK have seen a 45% drop in third party personal injury insurance claims due to the fitment of auto-emergency braking systems in Volkswagen Golf and Passat models. The latest generation Golf...

11% of Boston Public Schools bus fleet to run on propane

May 21, 2015: Boston Public Schools will operate 11% of its bus fleet with Blue Bird propane autogas buses, starting with the 2015-2016 school year. The school district is purchasing 86 Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, and hopes to convert more of...

Global Bioenergies and Cristal Union form JV to produce renewable isobutene

May 21, 2015: Global Bioenergies, a developer of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefins, and Cristal Union, the 4th largest European beet producer, have formed IBN-One, a joint venture to build and operate the...

Frost & Sullivan expects premium and mass market passenger car OEMs to adopt shift-by-wire technology by 2020

May 21, 2015: New analysis from consultancy Frost & Sullivan—“Key Focus Areas for Driving Interface Systems for Passenger Cars”—projects that shift-by-wire technology is likely to be adopted in premium segment cars globally and across volume segments in mature markets such as North America,...

Dept. of Interior to invest nearly $50M to improve water efficiency and conservation in Western states

May 21, 2015: The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation will invest nearly $50 million to improve water efficiency and conservation in California and 11 other western states. Reclamation is investing more than $24 million in grants for 50 water and...

Eidesvik Viking Queen retrofitted with 650 kWh energy storage system for hybrid system; 18% fuel savings; ThinkGlobal connection

May 20, 2015: Eidesvik is retrofitting its offshore support vessel (OSV) Viking Queen with a 650 kWh, 1600 kW energy storage system. The Viking Queen is the first OSV to get such a system installed as a retrofit solution. The agreement is made...

Connecticut providing up to $3K cash rebate for buyers of BEVs, FCEVs, and PHEVs while funding lasts

May 20, 2015: Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program (CHEAPR). Under this new initiative, a cash rebate of up to $3,000 is now available for Connecticut residents, businesses, and municipalities who purchase or lease...

MARAD to award up to $750K for projects demonstrating emissions reduction on ships

May 20, 2015: Under a newly-issued RFP (DTMA91R1500012) the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) will award up to $750,000 for projects that demonstrate the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems (i.e. scrubbers) or Tier III-compliant selective catalytic reduction on marine vessels with Category 3...

Sandia researchers demonstrate thermoelectric behavior in a MOF

May 20, 2015: Sandia National Laboratories researchers, with colleagues at the University of Virginia, have made the first measurements of thermoelectric behavior by a nanoporous metal-organic framework (MOF), a development that could lead to an entirely new class of materials for such applications...

US recalls due to defective Takata airbags expands to nearly 34 million

May 20, 2015: US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that at the Department’s insistence, air bag manufacturer Takata has acknowledged that a defect exists in its air bag inflators. Takata has agreed to a national recall of certain types of driver and passenger...

Hitachi Automotive Systems supplying 5 kW/kg high power density prismatic Li-ion cells for MY 2016 Malibu Hybrid

May 20, 2015: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. will supply 5,000 W/kg high power density prismatic lithium-ion battery cells for the new MY 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid (earlier post). Featuring a new full-hybrid powertrain which leverages technology from the Chevrolet Volt, the 2016 Malibu...

Backwards Brain Bicycle: You CAN'T ride this bike, unless you practice everyday for 8 months

May 20, 2015: The algorithm in your brain that allows you to ride a bike is very complex and unconscious. Change one thing, and it doesn't work.

Saft introduces Li-ion drop-in replacement for lead-acid batteries in military vehicles: XCELION 6T

May 20, 2015: Saft Xcelion 6T. Click to enlarge. Saft has introduced its Xcelion 6T battery for powering military vehicles. The Xcelion 6T is a lithium-ion (Li-ion) drop-in replacement for lead-acid batteries that provides equivalent power of two lead-acid batteries at a quarter...