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  • Transport Canada orders removal of least crash-resistant DOT-111 tank cars within 30 days,…

    23 April 2014, 5:03 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Transport Canada is ordering the least crash-resistant DOT-111 tank cars be removed from dangerous goods service within 30 days. These are older cars that have no continuous reinforcement of their bottom shell, said Transport Minister Lisa Raitt. There are…
  • Dearman-led consortium awarded $3.1M to develop waste-heat-recovery system using liquid air engine

    23 April 2014, 9:38 am by: Mike Millikin

    A consortium led by the Dearman Engine Company has been awarded £1.86 million (US$3.12 million) in the latest round of IDP10 funding from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board to support the development of a heat-recovery system for urban commercial…
  • Tesla and Sixt Leasing partner in Switzerland; monthly Model S payments start at about US$920

    23 April 2014, 9:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Tesla has expanded its strategic relationship with Sixt Leasing to include Switzerland as well as Germany. With 10% down on a 36-month lease, Sixt offers payments of approximately CHF 810 - 950 (US$919 - $1,078) per month, depending on the...
  • EPA revises 2013 cellulosic biofuel standard down to 810,185 gallons; 0.0005%

    23 April 2014, 8:15 am by: Mike Millikin

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised the 2013 cellulosic biofuel requirements for obligated parties (e.g., refiners) under the Renewable Fuel Standard 2 program down to 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons, or a 0.0005% ratio of the renewable…
  • HELLA and Vahle developing wireless charging systems for plug-in vehicles

    23 April 2014, 7:30 am by: Mike Millikin

    HELLA is working with Paul Vahle GmbH to develop wireless (inductive) charging systems for plug-in vehicles. The cooperation between Vahle and HELLA combines the expertise and experience of both companies in the field inductive charging. Based in Kamen,…
  • California Energy Commission approves plans to invest nearly $500M in electricity R&D and…

    23 April 2014, 7:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    The California Energy Commission has unanimously approved two major investment plans that could total nearly a half a billion dollars. One will fund clean energy research that benefits electricity ratepayers. Another is an annual clean transportation…
  • Land Rover unveils the diesel Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase in Beijing; first diesel hybrids in…

    23 April 2014, 6:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Land Rover introduced the Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase at the Beijing motor show. Together with the Range Rover Sport Hybrid (earlier post), it will be the first diesel hybrid from any manufacturer to be offered in China. Land Rover...
  • Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo Alcohol-to-Jet renewable fuel for commercial aviation use

    23 April 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Bio-isobutanol producer Gevo, Inc. has come to an agreement with Lufthansa under which the carrier will evaluate Gevo’s renewable jet fuel with the goal of approving the alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for commercial aviation use. (Earlier post.) Lufthansa’s…
  • UQM Technologies and Kinetics Drive Solutions collaborate on electric drive systems for all-electric…

    23 April 2014, 4:30 am by: Mike Millikin

    EV3-850 combined with PowerPhase HD220. Click to enlarge. UQM Technologies Inc. and Kinetics Drive Solutions Inc. are collaborating to offer an integrated electric motor and multi-speed transmission system for commercial vehicle applications that will benefit…
  • GM restructures global engineering organization; focus on quality and safety

    23 April 2014, 4:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    General Motors is restructuring its Global Vehicle Engineering organization to form two new organizations—Global Product Integrity and Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems—to improve cross-system integration, deliver more consistent performance across…
  • HELMETH project targeting >85% efficiencies for power-to-gas; high-temperature electrolysis

    22 April 2014, 9:30 am by: Mike Millikin

    The HELMETH (“Integrated High-temperature ELectrolysis and METHanation for Effective Power to Gas Conversion”) project, coordinated by Karlsruhe Institue of Technology (KIT) is targeting power-to-gas (PtG) system efficiencies of more than 85% through…
  • MP&ES introduces dual fuel diesel/natural gas locomotive

    22 April 2014, 9:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Motive Power & Equipment Solutions, Inc. (MP&ES), a provider of new and remanufactured locomotives, introduced the Greenville locomotive, an ultra­low emissions Gen Set locomotive powered by a combination of natural gas and diesel fuels. The Greenville. MP&ES…
  • EPA orders rare earth mine in California to correct hazardous waste violations

    22 April 2014, 8:30 am by: Mike Millikin

    The US Environmental Protection Agency ordered Molycorp Minerals, LLC, to pay a $27,300 penalty for improper management of hazardous waste at its San Bernardino County mine and mineral processing facility. The violations were discovered as part of unannounced…
  • Crumb rubber from old tires can lower road noise and reduce need for road maintenance

    22 April 2014, 7:15 am by: Mike Millikin

    With funding from The National Science Foundation (NSF), Magdy Abdelrahman, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at North Dakota State University, is experimenting with “crumb” rubber—ground up tires of different sized…
  • Renewable Energy Group has sold 1 billion gallons of biodiesel

    22 April 2014, 6:45 am by: Mike Millikin

    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) announced that it has sold a cumulative one billion gallons of biodiesel during its 17-year history. The company started by marketing 30,000 gallons of biodiesel in 1996; last year, it sold more than 258 million...
  • Plug Power and Hyundai Hysco sign MOU to form fuel cell JV in Asia

    22 April 2014, 6:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Plug Power Inc. signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hyundai Hysco Co. Ltd. (Hysco) to create a joint venture partnership to develop and to sell hydrogen fuel cells in countries throughout Asia using Hysco’s advanced stack and plate...
  • Toyota Central R&D developing free-piston engine linear generator; envisioning multi-FPEG units for…

    22 April 2014, 5:59 am by: Mike Millikin

    Toyota’s FPEG features a hollow step-shaped piston, combustion chamber and gas spring chamber. Click to enlarge. A team at Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc. is developing a prototype 10 kW Free Piston Engine Linear Generator (FPEG) featuring a thin and...
  • Harman and Tsinghua University establish joint research lab with focus on connected vehicles

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

    Harman International Industries, Inc. has entered into an agreement with China’s Tsinghua University to establish a new joint research laboratory focused on creating disruptive innovations for future vehicles. Based in Beijing, the Harman-Tsinghua Automotive…
  • EU-funded project develops diesel engine for light helicopters

    22 April 2014, 4:10 am by: Mike Millikin

    EU-funded scientists developed a novel 320 kW (429 hp) diesel engine for light helicopters as an alternative to conventional turboshaft engines. The technology demonstrated substantial reductions in fuel consumption and emissions. Helicopters conventionally…
  • Oak Ridge researchers pursuing in-cylinder reforming for control of advanced combustion

    21 April 2014, 11:51 am by: Mike Millikin

    Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are pursuing investigations into the use of a non-catalytic in-cylinder reforming process—i.e., the conversion of liquid hydrocarbon fuel to a hydrogen- and CO-rich syngas—potentially for controlling combustion…
  • Daimler-BYD JV unveils battery-electric DENZA at Auto China; 47.5 kWh pack; focus on safety

    21 April 2014, 11:50 am by: Mike Millikin

    DENZA. Click to enlarge. Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT) officially unveiled its DENZA all-electric vehicle at Auto China 2014, in Beijing. The world premiere of the serial production model is the culmination of cooperative efforts at…
  • Study finds removing corn residue for biofuel production can decrease soil organic carbon and…

    21 April 2014, 6:30 am by: Mike Millikin

    Contribution of modeled CO2 emissions from SOC to the life cycle of biofuel from corn residue. Error bars are ± one standard deviation. Liska et al. Click to enlarge. Using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces...
  • SAE publishes technical paper on hydrogen fueling standard

    21 April 2014, 6:09 am by: Mike Millikin

    SAE has published the technical paper on hydrogen fueling, and the SAE J2799 standard. (Earlier post.) The SAE J2601 (Hydrogen fueling standard) will be published, possibly within the next month. In March, SAE International’s Fuel Cell Standards Taskforce…
  • Siemens and BAIC form JV to produce high efficiency electric powertrain systems for NEVs

    21 April 2014, 6:08 am by: Mike Millikin

    Siemens AG and Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., Ltd. (BAIC), one of the major Chinese carmakers, signed a joint venture agreement at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition and outlined their plan to utilize Siemens’ electric drive train…
  • New Toyota TS040 HYBRIDs take 1st and 2nd at Six Hours of Silverstone in UK; new Porsche 919 Hybrid…

    21 April 2014, 5:30 am by: Mike Millikin

    Toyota Racing scored a one-two finish (#8 taking first, #7 second) from pole position in the Six Hours of Silverstone with its new TS040 HYBRIDs (earlier post) in a the first race of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season....
  • Volkswagen shows MQB-based New Midsize Coupé concept at Beijing

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

    Among Volkswagen’s premieres at Auto China 2014 in Beijing was the MQB-based New Midsize Coupé concept car. The New Midsize Coupé is shorter than the Jetta but is wider than the Passat—thus qualifying for the mid-size segment. Volkswagen said that...
  • GM’s China JVs investing $12B between 2014-2017 to expand; GM outlines China market trends

    21 April 2014, 4:54 am by: Mike Millikin

    In conjunction with the start of Auto China 2014 in Beijing, GM China President Matt Tsien announced that GM’s China joint ventures will make capital expenditures of about $12 billion between 2014 and 2017. That investment will help GM step...
  • Volvo Cars: China may replace US as its largest market this year

    20 April 2014, 7:27 am by: Mike Millikin

    China is poised to replace the US as Volvo Car Group’s (Volvo Cars) largest market in 2014 with sales of at least 80,000 cars, up from 61,146 in 2013, the company said. Sales in the US in 2014 are expected...
  • Lexus introduces new NX compact crossover and hybrid; first twin scroll turbocharger in lineup

    20 April 2014, 7:01 am by: Mike Millikin

    2015 Lexus NX 300h. Click to enlarge. Lexus introduced the NX compact crossover and hybrid at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. (Earlier post.) The all-new NX is Lexus’ first entry into the luxury compact crossover segment. The Lexus…
  • Volkswagen Group launching major electro-mobility campaign in China; $25B on new vehicles,…

    20 April 2014, 5:09 am by: Mike Millikin

    The Volkswagen Group is launching a major electro-mobility campaign in China—the the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China’s automotive history, said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG, on the eve of the Auto China motor show in…

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