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  • Shanghai GM introduces new Chevrolet Cruze; up to 24% more fuel efficient than current generation

    22 August 2014, 7:04 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The new Chevrolet Cruze. Click to enlarge. Shanghai GM officially launched the new generation Chevrolet Cruze midsize performance sedan in Shenzhen. Priced between RMB 109,900 and RMB 169,900 (US$17,870 and US$27,626), the new Cruze is offered in China in…
  • GE Capital Fleet Services and VNG.co to support expansion of CNG fueling infrastructure

    22 August 2014, 11:33 am by: Mike Millikin

    GE Capital Fleet Services and VNG.co, a US CNG fueling facility provider, are partnering to support the expansion of the CNG refueling infrastructure for light-duty fleet vehicles. VNG offers the benefits of fast-fill CNG fueling within existing retail…
  • Stanford team reports new low-cost, non-precious metal catalyst for water splitting with performance…

    22 August 2014, 10:51 am by: Mike Millikin

    Structure of the NiO/Ni-CNT hybrid. Blue = nickel, green = nickel oxide. Credit: Gong et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers at Stanford University, with colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other institutions, have developed a nickel-based…
  • Federal-Mogul develops line of spark plugs for heavy-duty CNG vehicles

    22 August 2014, 8:15 am by: Mike Millikin

    Federal-Mogul Powertrain, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, has developed a range of spark plugs for heavy-duty vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). Demand for CNG-fueled vehicles for urban transport (buses) and freight…
  • EPA proposes to include Southern Maine in the Federal Reformulated Gasoline Program

    22 August 2014, 7:45 am by: Mike Millikin

    EPA is proposing, at the request of the State of Maine, to require the sale of reformulated gasoline (RFG) in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox and Lincoln counties in southern Maine starting in June 2015. RFG is required in...
  • Plains All American to build $900M, 200K bpd pipeline from Cushing to Memphis

    22 August 2014, 7:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. will construct the Diamond Pipeline, a 440-mile (708 km), 20-inch crude oil pipeline that will provide capacity of up to 200,000 barrels per day of domestic sweet crude from the Plains Cushing, Okla. terminal to...
  • Petrobras proves potential of the Moita Bonita area in the ultra-deep Sergipe-Alagoas Basin

    22 August 2014, 5:51 am by: Mike Millikin

    Petrobras announced that its third well in the Moita Bonita area, in the BM-SEAL-10 concession block of the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin, has proved the extension of the gas and light oil discovery made in that area, as released to the market...
  • 2015 Honda Fit earns IIHS Top Safety Pick with improved small overlap test results

    22 August 2014, 5:09 am by: Mike Millikin

    The redesigned 2015 Honda Fit earned an acceptable rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s challenging small overlap front test, a significant improvement over the 2009-13 model, which was rated poor. With good ratings in the Institute’s…
  • EPA report shows progress in reducing urban air toxics across US; 50% reduction from mobile sources…

    22 August 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress—the final of two reports required under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to inform Congress of progress in reducing public health risks from urban air...
  • Highwater Ethanol has begun Phase 1 operation in partnership with Butamax; agreement on bio-butanol…

    22 August 2014, 4:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Highwater Ethanol, which is retrofitting its corn ethanol plant in Lamberton, Minnesota in partnership with Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC (the joint venture between DuPont and BP for the production of bio-isobutanol, earlier post) began operation of the…
  • DOE awards $17M for vehicle technologies; batteries, PEEM, engines, materials, fuel

    21 August 2014, 2:37 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $17.6 million in 14 cooperative agreements with small businesses and institutions of higher education to develop and to deploy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will…
  • Opening of AstaZero safety proving ground

    21 August 2014, 12:09 pm by: Mike Millikin

    AstaZero is the first full-scale proving ground for future traffic safety solutions, opened in Sweden. AstaZero’s industry partners consist of Volvo Car Group, Volvo Group, Scania, Autoliv and Test Site Sweden. The name Asta (Active Safety Test Area) relates…
  • Infineon Technologies AG to acquire International Rectifier for approximately $3 billion

    21 August 2014, 11:52 am by: Mike Millikin

    Infineon Technologies AG and International Rectifier Corporation signed a definitive agreement under which Infineon will acquire International Rectifier for $40 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $3 billion. Infineon says that the…
  • PNNL study uncovers role of water in forming impurity in bio-oil upgrading; insight into…

    21 August 2014, 11:31 am by: Mike Millikin

    In working to elucidate the chemistry of hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) for the catalytic upgrading of pyrolytic bio-oil to fuel-grade products, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have discovered that water in the conversion process helps…
  • ABB launches first DC fast charger compliant with Chinese GB standard

    21 August 2014, 10:01 am by: Mike Millikin

    ABB launched Terra 53 Z, its first high power DC fast charger that complies with the Chinese GB standard. (Earlier post.) The new chargers will be manufactured locally in Shenzhen at ABB’s recently established base for electric vehicle chargers. Terra...
  • NSF awards $20 million to two new testbeds to support cloud computing applications and experiments

    21 August 2014, 7:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    The US National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two $10-million projects to create cloud computing testbeds—”Chameleon” and “CloudLab”—that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and…
  • Western Gulf of Mexico lease sale results in $110M in high bids on more than 400,000 acres

    21 August 2014, 6:02 am by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of the Interior reported that Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238 attracted $109,951,644 million in high bids for 81 tracts covering 433,823 acres on the US Outer Continental Shelf offshore Texas. A total of 14 offshore...
  • Neste Oil’s renewable diesel used to generate elecricity at two events in Finland

    21 August 2014, 5:02 am by: Mike Millikin

    Neste Oil’s NEXBTL renewable diesel was used to generate electricity at two major events in Finland this summer: the Flow Festival in Helsinki and the Neste Oil Rally Helsinki Battle street circuit race. NEXBTL diesel generated 45% of the electricity...
  • Details on GM’s new efficient top-end 8-speed automatic

    21 August 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    2015 Hydra-Matic 8L90 (M5U) Eight Speed RWD Automatic Transaxle Click to enlarge. GM is offering a version of its new GM-developed Hydra-Matic 8L90 paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission in the 2015 Corvette Stingray (earlier post) and Z06. The 8L90,…
  • DOE to issue funding solicitation for algal biofuels and bioproducts; targeting <$5 gge by 2019

    20 August 2014, 12:48 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (DE-FOA-0001162) entitled “Targeted Algal…
  • Opel using 40 3D-printed assembly tools in production of ADAM ROCKS

    20 August 2014, 12:28 pm by: Mike Millikin

    For production of Opel’s ADAM ROCKS, the company will use 40 assembly tools from a 3D printer. Among these will be an assembly jig—a specific, fixed frame—made by a 3D printer to produce the vehicle name logotype on the side...
  • Volvo Trucks introduces new monofuel natural gas version of FE

    20 August 2014, 12:15 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Volvo FE CNG. Click to enlarge. Volvo Trucks is expanding its model range in Europe with a new version of the Volvo FE running entirely on natural gas. The Volvo FE CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) has been primarily developed for...
  • NEVS presents Saab 9-3 EV prototype

    20 August 2014, 10:55 am by: Mike Millikin

    Under the hood. Click to enlarge. National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the company working to resurrect the Saab brand, presented the Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle as designed and produced as part of a prototype series in Trollhättan. NEVS halted…
  • OCM company Siluria pulls in $30M in D round led by Saudi Aramco; methane to fuels and chemicals

    20 August 2014, 10:39 am by: Mike Millikin

    Siluria Technologies, a pioneer in the commercialization of an oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) technology to produce ethylene from natural gas (earlier post), announced the initial close of its Series D financing round. The round was led by Saudi Aramco...
  • EPA awards Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Tennessee Assembly Plant a first annual Rain…

    20 August 2014, 7:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Volkswagen Group of America the regional 2014 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Commercial Category for the Chattanooga, Tennessee Assembly Plant. The award was given at an award ceremony during the…
  • Terra Motors starting electric two-wheeler sales in Iran

    20 August 2014, 6:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Japan-based Terra Motors, a manufacturer of electric two and three-wheelers (earlier post), has started sales of the A4000i electric scooter—with new products to follow—in Tehran, Iran with Jahanro Industrial Co, exclusively for next five years. Jahanro…
  • Texas CNG, LNG motor fuel sales double FY 2014 estimate

    20 August 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    As of 31 July, fiscal 2014 tax revenue from sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) motor fuel totaled $2,178,199, according to the Texas state Comptroller’s office. State forecasters projected fiscal 2014 natural gas motor…
  • LG Chem says it has won a major Li-ion battery contract from Audi

    20 August 2014, 3:01 am by: Mike Millikin

    Reuters reports that South Korea’s LG Chem said on Wednesday that it had won an order from Audi to supply batteries for plug-in hybrid and micro-hybrid electric vehicles. According to Reuters, LG Chem said the deal was “worth hundreds of...
  • Hartmann Reederei designs new type of ethane-fueled LEG carrier; 3 on order with 2016 delivery

    19 August 2014, 3:12 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Hartmann Reederei, in co-operation with engineering consultants HB Hunte Engineering, has developed a new type of vessel: the ethane-fueled liquefied ethylene carrier ECO STAR 36K with “Svelte”-bow design. The new vessel type differs fundamentally from…
  • U. Mich study: natural-gas-based ICE, BEV and FCV all show promise for environmental benefits…

    19 August 2014, 2:32 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Results of a lifecycle analysis by a team at the University of Michigan suggest that multiple types of natural gas-powered vehicles—i.e., natural-gas burning ICE vehicles; battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) recharged with gas-generated electricity; and fuel…

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