TRANS PORTATION News February 27th

AIRSHIPS - 3D-printed robotic bat wing holds new possibilities for small aircraft
Dig out those old da Vinci drawings of winged flying machines, as he was really on to something ...
http://www.treehugger.com/biomimicry/3d-printed-robotic-bat-

AIRSHIPS - Airplane Powered Entirely By Plastic Waste Will Travel From Sydney To London
An airplane powered only by waste plastic will be making the journey from Australia to Britain sometime within the next few months (TBD). The "Wings of Waste" Cessna will be piloted by Jeremy Roswell, an Australian pilot looking to raise the public's awareness of our modern "consume and throw away" culture.The flight is expected to make the trip from Sydney to London, over Asia and the Middle East, before traveling over parts of Europe. The fu .. ...
20130226-140317.jpg
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/27/airplane-powered-entirel

AIRSHIPS - Future Of Airline Efficiency
Airplane via ShutterstockThe aviation industry, like all major industries, plays a role when it comes to contributing to greenhouse gases and pollution in the environment. Specific data for the United States is harder to come by, but the UK has been forthcoming with statistics about its own CO2 production from the aviation industry, as well as the global impact.According to global data, the aviation industry is responsible for 1.5% to 2% of CO .. ...
airplane
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/26/future-of-airline-effici

AIRSHIPS - Inside The Private Jet Industry
The numbers behind the most expensive way to travel ...
http://video.forbes.com/fvn/business/private-jets

AIRSHIPS - Short-Term Fix For Boeing Dreamliner Battery Issue
On January 7, 2013, a Boeing Dreamliner (787) aircraft's lithium-ion battery caught fire and alarmed many people about the safety of lithium-ion batteries on board big airplanes. While Beoing is still trying to determine the cause of the fire, they've come up with a short-term solution...a new battery case.Researchers have been trying to determine the problem with little luck, and they said that a single cell of the battery pack sustained multip ...
boeing-dreamliner-battery
http://gas2.org/2013/02/26/short-term-fix-for-boeing-dreamli

BATTERIES - Battery stretches to 3x its size, recharges wirelessly
This stretchy battery is the newest creation in the drive for wearable, flexible power sources ...
http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/stretchy-battery-

BATTERIES - Stretchable Lithium-Ion Batteries Developed, Complement Already Developed Stretchable Electronics (VIDEO)
Stretchable lithium-ion batteries are now a reality. Created by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, the flexible batteries are designed to power their already created counterparts, flexible electronic devices.Previously, the flexible electronics needed to be connected to a power outlet via a cord. But with the creation of the new battery, the devices are now mobile."The stretchable electronic devices can now .. ...
20130226-194913.jpg
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/27/stretchable-lithium-ion-

BOATS - iPad app helps ship captains avoid whale collisions, reduce noise pollution
The North-Atlantic area off the coast of New England is home to many species of whales (especially Right Whales), but because of ship traffic to ports like Boston's, there is a lot of noise pollution and even the risk of potentially fatal collisions ...
http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/ipad-app-helps-

BYKES - 36 U.S. Cities Ranked On Their Bikeability
This article was originally published on Bikocity:I get lost in a time warp playing with this bike score map. What a pleasant diversion and a bit of fun after being outside on my bike for hours this evening. The map is interesting and useful. Especially diverse and informative are the comments at the side of the scoring of a city. Those comments vary as we bikers vary, so many different styles - one person happy, another not so much, with more .. ...
bike-trail-florida-nokomis
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/27/36-u-s-cities-ranked-on-

BYKES - Amarok P1 Electric Superbike is Coming Together (w/ video)
We first talked about Amarok Racing's TTXGP electric racer almost 2 years ago, when the initial prototype was little more than a rolling chassis. Now, however, the concept has benefitted from additional development, investment, and technology to become a "real" bike.Called the P1 ("P" is for prototype) the Amarok is featured in its makers' film, below, with co-founders Michael Uhlarik and Kevin O'Neil explaining the philosophy behind the P1's inn ...
Amarok P1
http://gas2.org/2013/02/25/amarok-p1-electric-superbike-is-c

BYKES - Hands-on Learning With Bike Powered Generators: Can You Explain What A Watt Is?
What exactly is a watt? Can you feel it? If you remember from your last physics class, you could say it is a unit of power, one Joule per second, or a rate of energy usage. All of these answers are correct, of course, but what do they mean? How can we relate to a watt? This is the question we asked over a year ago. This question led to the development of an educational tool that would demonstrate - in a very physical way - power and energy. It .. ...
kinetic energy bike lady
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/27/hands-on-learning-with-b

BYKES - Lightning signs Isle of Man TT Winner Cameron Donald to ride TT ZERO and other European races
Lightning Motorcycles has signed two-time Isle of Man TT Winner Cameron Donald to race for the team in the TT Zero and European electric motorcycle racing. The Australian won both the Superbike and Superstock classes during the 2008 TT Week. He joins Michael Barnes and Miguel Duhamel on the Lightning Motorcycles racing team."This is unbelievable, it's like Eric Clapton coming to play you ...
http://www.electricracenews.com/2013/02/lightning-signs-isle

CARS - GM and AT&T to build 4G LTE WiFi hotspot's into cars beginning with 2015 model year
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http://www.torquenews.com/1075/gm-and-att-build-4g-lte-wifi-

CARS - Honda Fit EV joins Zipcar's Portland fleet
After San Francisco, it's now Portland's turn to get some Honda Fit EVs. Zipcar has announced that it has started incorporating the EVs, with the first units going to the Portland State University (PSU ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/honda-fit-ev-joins-zipcars-po

CARS - In Pictures: The 2014 Jeep Cherokee
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a marked departure for the brand in terms of styling. It targets a buyer that normally wouldn't consider a Jeep ...
http://www.forbes.com/pictures/egdh45jjki/jeep-brings-back-t

CARS - Jeep Revives Cherokee For 2014 With Polarizing New Design
Jeep is bringing back the Cherokee, a nameplate it hasn't used in North America for more than a decade. It will adorn a new compact crossover that represents a big departure for the brand in terms of styling ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewdepaula/2013/02/26/2014-j

CARS - New Audi A3 e-tron Plug-in Hybrid with 201HP to Debut at Geneva Motor Show
Two weeks from now, the latest Audi A3 e-tron PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.The latest A3 e-tron is equipped with a 1.4 litre TFSI turbocharged gasoline engine that generates 148 HP, and an electric motor that generates 101 HP. It utilizes a newly designed e-S tronic six-speed transmission that transmits the mechanical power to the front wheels. The two motors in the propulsion system provide ...
Audi-A3-e-tron
http://gas2.org/2013/02/27/new-audi-a3-e-tron-plug-in-hybrid

CARS - Qi wireless charging system adopted by second automaker for use in cars
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http://www.torquenews.com/1075/qi-wireless-charging-system-a

CARS - Solar Panel Car Cover For Your Electric Car?
I'm not so sure how practical this is compared to solar carports or "solar trees" (or simple solar roofs), but these little solar panel car covers certainly are pretty!Here's a brief summary of this solar-powered EV charging technology from Jo Borras of Gas2:Industrial designer Hakan Gürsu calls this creation a V-Tent - it's a collapsible, solar car cover that shields parked cars from wind and weather while converting the sun's light into ele .. ...
cover_main
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/26/solar-panel-car-cover-fo

CARS - Tesla May Have Lost $100 Million From NYTimes Story - Musk: "I'd Rather Tell The Truth & Suffer The Consequences"
Unfortunately, the biggest cleantech surprise of the month was probably a New York Times review of the East Coast Tesla Supercharger Network set up for the convenience of Model S owners. Despite many others (from CNN to Consumer Reports to Model S owners themselves) making the drive without a hitch, even in similarly horrible winter weather, New York Times reporter John Broder ended his test drive with the car on a tow truck (after some extrem .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/26/tesla-may-have-lost-100-

CARS - The New Volkswagen Golf GTD is the GTI of Diesels
We don't often think of diesel engines as being performance powerhouses, but Volkswagen has always been an exception to this rule. Continuing a tradition that goes back over 30 years, the new Volkswagen Golf GTD is a diesel version of the hot hatchback known as the GTI.Similar to the 1982 Golf GTD, the new one includes the styling cues and sportier chassis of a GTI, but this time with a diesel engine. The diesel engine is a 2.0 litr turbocharged ...
GTD-1
http://gas2.org/2013/02/27/the-new-volkswagen-golf-gtd-is-th

CARS - Uncle Sam's Wild Ideas for Greener Cars
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) opened its annual conference yesterday outside Washington D.C., and one panel featured four of the agency's program officers explaining what they consider the frontiers of sustainable transportation. These officers aren't career government types but Ph.D's who work at ARPA-E on three-year stints to get cutting-edge projects up and running. Thus their ideas were more bleeding-edge t ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidferris/2013/02/26/uncle-sam

CARS - Uncle Sam's Wild Ideas for Greener Cars
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) opened its annual conference yesterday outside Washington D.C., and one panel featured four of the agency's program officers explaining what they consider the frontiers of sustainable transportation. These officers aren't career government types but Ph.D's who work at ARPA-E on three-year stints to get cutting-edge projects up and running. Thus their ideas were more bleeding-edge t ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidferris/2013/02/26/uncle-sam

EVs - 10 Top EV Stories
I gave a long introduction of my 3-tier system for sharing top cleantech stories in my previous post, so I won't repeat that here. I'll just dive right into 10 EV stories that almost got covered on CleanTechnica, but barely missed the cut:1. Wireless Power Transmission For Transit, Trains, Harbor Freight, Etc.A completely wireless power transmission technology capable of powering high-capacity transport (such as high-speed rail, harbor freight .. ...
wireless power trains transit
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/26/10-top-ev-stories

EVs - Estonia Launches Nationwide Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Network
Scarcely noticed in the wake of the much-discussed spat between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and New York Times reporter John Broder was the opening last week in Estonia of the world's first nationwide network of fast chargers for electric vehicles (EVs) ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/justingerdes/2013/02/26/estonia-

EVs - Ford Partners With Plugshare To Add Electric Vehicle Charging Stations To MyFord Mobile App Brand
Plugshare is one of the best mobile apps to use if you looking for a place to plug in your electric vehicle (EV) or hybrid. With Ford entering into the EV and hybrid market and pushing strongly to incorporate new mobile technology into their vehicles through their MyFord Mobile App brand, it is not surprising that Ford and Plugshare have now teamed up.One of the major consumer concerns with EVs is worrying about where they can plug in and charge ...
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http://gas2.org/2013/02/25/ford-partners-with-plugshare-to-a

EVs - Nissan building 24 Hours of Le Mans electric race car
Nissan says they will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014, with an electric race car. Maybe. The press release isn't precise enough to be certain, but it did promise an "all-new race car incorporating electric technology."Nismo LEAF RC Electric Race CarThat's enough to make our minds to "whuuuh??" Let's first start with carefully describing Nissan's announcement before ponderin ...
http://www.electricracenews.com/2013/02/nissan-building-24-h

EVs - Nissan returning to 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 with electric race car
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http://www.torquenews.com/1075/nissan-returning-24-hours-le-

EVs - Renault releases details of ZOE electric car ahead of launching sales in March
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http://www.torquenews.com/1075/renault-releases-details-zoe-

EVs - Spotify getting voice command control on the road via Ford's SYNC AppLink
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http://www.torquenews.com/1075/spotify-getting-voice-command

EVs - The Chreos EV Claims More Than 600 Miles Of Range, 10 Minute Charge Time
Silex Power, a Chinese automaker, claims that an electric car they designed called the Chreos EV, achieves several jaw-dropping feats, including a driving range of over 600 miles, a charge time of ten minutes, and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds. Everybody else can go home now; Silex Power has won the electric car.To wit, the exact specifications of this wunder-EV are;621 miles (1,000 km) of driving range.Acceleration from 0 to ...
chreos-ev-silex-power
http://gas2.org/2013/02/26/silex-power-advertises-an-upcomin

EVs - Will The Automotive World Pull The Plug On Electric Cars?
Industry leaders Nissan and Toyota are looking for the next big thing in automotive, and their actions suggest it is not electric vehicles (EVs).Hybrid cars, like the Prius, are selling well and small high mileage gas powered cars are leading the market; but consumers just are not buying EVs even with government subsidies and tax incentives in place. Because of this manufactures are looking past EVs and towards other options such as hydrogen powe ...
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http://gas2.org/2013/02/26/will-the-automotive-world-pull-th

FUELS - 'Fat worms' inch scientists toward better biofuel production
Fat worms confirm that researchers from Michigan State University have successfully engineered a plant with oily leaves-a feat that could enhance biofuel production as well as lead to improved animal feeds ...
http://phys.org/news/2013-02-fat-worms-inch-scientists-biofu

TRANSPORT - What To Do About The Sudden Surge In Teen Traffic Deaths
Here's a disturbing statistic. Traffic fatalities among 16- and 17-year-old drivers jumped by a whopping 19 percent during the first six months of 2012, according to preliminary data compiled by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA). This is more than twice the nine percent increase in overall traffic deaths reported during the same period by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2013/02/26/what-to-

AIRSHIPS - 3D-printed robotic bat wing holds new possibilities for small aircraft

Dig out those old da Vinci drawings of winged flying machines, as he was really on to something!

http://www.treehugger.com/biomimicry/3d-printed-robotic-bat-wing-holds

AIRSHIPS - Airplane Powered Entirely By Plastic Waste Will Travel From Sydney To London

An airplane powered only by waste plastic will be making the journey from Australia to Britain sometime within the next few months (TBD). The "Wings of Waste" Cessna will be piloted by Jeremy Roswell, an Australian pilot looking to raise the public's awareness of our modern "consume and throw away" culture.The flight is expected to make the trip from Sydney to London, over Asia and the Middle East, before traveling over parts of Europe. The fu ...

20130226-140317.jpg

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/27/airplane-powered-entirely-by-plast

AIRSHIPS - Future Of Airline Efficiency

Airplane via ShutterstockThe aviation industry, like all major industries, plays a role when it comes to contributing to greenhouse gases and pollution in the environment. Specific data for the United States is harder to come by, but the UK has been forthcoming with statistics about its own CO2 production from the aviation industry, as well as the global impact.According to global data, the aviation industry is responsible for 1.5% to 2% of CO ...

airplane

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/26/future-of-airline-efficiency

AIRSHIPS - Inside The Private Jet Industry

The numbers behind the most expensive way to travel.

http://video.forbes.com/fvn/business/private-jets

AIRSHIPS - Short-Term Fix For Boeing Dreamliner Battery Issue

boeing-dreamliner-batteryOn January 7, 2013, a Boeing Dreamliner (787) aircraft's lithium-ion battery caught fire and alarmed many people about the safety of lithium-ion batteries on board big airplanes. While Beoing is still trying to determine the cause of the fire, they've come up with a short-term solution...a new battery case.

Researchers have been trying to determine the problem with little luck, and they said that a single cell of the battery pack sustained multiple short-circuits, one of which caused thermal runaway, or as we regular people call it, "fire." The possibility of mechanical damage to the batteries was ruled out, as well as the possibility that there was a short-circuit between the cell and battery case.

According to the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Deborah Hersman: "We are looking at the state of charge of the battery cells, we are looking at manufacturing processes and we are looking at the design of the battery.".

Boeing has been defending the usage of lithium-ion batteries, citing their benefits. Right now lithium-ion batteries are the standard of the market, being the most compact,powerful, and cost-effective batteries on the market. However some airlines, such as Airbus, would rather not bother with lithium-ion batteries at all.

Boeing intends to build a new case for the battery which is resilient enough to contain battery fires completely so they don't ignite the rest of the plane, but to some, this is a band-aid, and the root cause of the problem needs to be solved so that there are no more fires. That sounds reasonable, fortunately, there is another development mentioned below.

According to Japan's transport safety board, the main battery (the one that overheated) was incorrectly connected to the auxiliary power unit. Boeing intends to increase the space between each of the lithium-ion cells to prevent overheating in the future, as cells heat radiate their heat into each other.

If the FAA accepts Boeing's new design, then the plane could get off the ground in only a month.

Source: Wired

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http://gas2.org/2013/02/26/short-term-fix-for-boeing-dreamliner-batter

BATTERIES - Battery stretches to 3x its size, recharges wirelessly

This stretchy battery is the newest creation in the drive for wearable, flexible power sources.

http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/stretchy-battery-drawn-thre

BATTERIES - Stretchable Lithium-Ion Batteries Developed, Complement Already Developed Stretchable Electronics (VIDEO)

Stretchable lithium-ion batteries are now a reality. Created by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, the flexible batteries are designed to power their already created counterparts, flexible electronic devices.Previously, the flexible electronics needed to be connected to a power outlet via a cord. But with the creation of the new battery, the devices are now mobile."The stretchable electronic devices can now ...

20130226-194913.jpg

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/27/stretchable-lithium-ion-batteries-

BOATS - iPad app helps ship captains avoid whale collisions, reduce noise pollution

The North-Atlantic area off the coast of New England is home to many species of whales (especially Right Whales), but because of ship traffic to ports like Boston's, there is a lot of noise pollution and even the risk of potentially fatal collisions.

http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/ipad-app-helps-ship-capta

BYKES - 36 U.S. Cities Ranked On Their Bikeability

This article was originally published on Bikocity:I get lost in a time warp playing with this bike score map. What a pleasant diversion and a bit of fun after being outside on my bike for hours this evening. The map is interesting and useful. Especially diverse and informative are the comments at the side of the scoring of a city. Those comments vary as we bikers vary, so many different styles - one person happy, another not so much, with more ...

bike-trail-florida-nokomis

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/27/36-u-s-cities-ranked-on-their-bike

BYKES - Amarok P1 Electric Superbike is Coming Together (w/ video)

Amarok P1

We first talked about Amarok Racing's TTXGP electric racer almost 2 years ago, when the initial prototype was little more than a rolling chassis. Now, however, the concept has benefitted from additional development, investment, and technology to become a "real" bike.

Called the P1 ("P" is for prototype) the Amarok is featured in its makers' film, below, with co-founders Michael Uhlarik and Kevin O'Neil explaining the philosophy behind the P1's innovative design. Check it out, and let us know what you think of this made-in-Canada electric superbike in the comments.

Enjoy!


Source: Amarok Racing, on Vimeo.

The post Amarok P1 Electric Superbike is Coming Together (w/ video) appeared first on Gas 2.

http://gas2.org/2013/02/25/amarok-p1-electric-superbike-is-coming-toge

BYKES - Hands-on Learning With Bike Powered Generators: Can You Explain What A Watt Is?

What exactly is a watt? Can you feel it? If you remember from your last physics class, you could say it is a unit of power, one Joule per second, or a rate of energy usage. All of these answers are correct, of course, but what do they mean? How can we relate to a watt? This is the question we asked over a year ago. This question led to the development of an educational tool that would demonstrate - in a very physical way - power and energy. It ...

kinetic energy bike lady

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/27/hands-on-learning-with-bike-powere

BYKES - Lightning signs Isle of Man TT Winner Cameron Donald to ride TT ZERO and other European races

Lightning Motorcycles has signed two-time Isle of Man TT Winner Cameron Donald to race for the team in the TT Zero and European electric motorcycle racing. The Australian won both the Superbike and Superstock classes during the 2008 TT Week. He joins Michael Barnes and Miguel Duhamel on the Lightning Motorcycles racing team."This is unbelievable, it's like Eric Clapton coming to play your

http://www.electricracenews.com/2013/02/lightning-signs-isle-of-man-tt

CARS - GM and AT&T to build 4G LTE WiFi hotspot's into cars beginning with 2015 model year

http://www.torquenews.com/1075/gm-and-att-build-4g-lte-wifi-hotspots-c

CARS - Honda Fit EV joins Zipcar's Portland fleet

After San Francisco, it's now Portland's turn to get some Honda Fit EVs. Zipcar has announced that it has started incorporating the EVs, with the first units going to the Portland State University (PSU)

http://www.treehugger.com/cars/honda-fit-ev-joins-zipcars-portland-fle

CARS - In Pictures: The 2014 Jeep Cherokee

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a marked departure for the brand in terms of styling. It targets a buyer that normally wouldn't consider a Jeep.

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/egdh45jjki/jeep-brings-back-the-cheroke

CARS - Jeep Revives Cherokee For 2014 With Polarizing New Design

Jeep is bringing back the Cherokee, a nameplate it hasn't used in North America for more than a decade. It will adorn a new compact crossover that represents a big departure for the brand in terms of styling.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewdepaula/2013/02/26/2014-jeep-cherok

CARS - New Audi A3 e-tron Plug-in Hybrid with 201HP to Debut at Geneva Motor Show

Audi-A3-e-tronTwo weeks from now, the latest Audi A3 e-tron PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The latest A3 e-tron is equipped with a 1.4 litre TFSI turbocharged gasoline engine that generates 148 HP, and an electric motor that generates 101 HP. It utilizes a newly designed e-S tronic six-speed transmission that transmits the mechanical power to the front wheels. The two motors in the propulsion system provide a combined 201 HP, and 350 Newton-metres, or 258.1 ft-lbs of torque. This propulsion system facilitates a 0 to 62 MPH (100 km/h) acceleration time of 7.6 seconds, and a maximum velocity of 138 MPH (222 km/h). Not too shabby performance numbers for a plug-in hybrid

Audi said that, according to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid automobiles, this A3 e-tron consumes 1.5 litres of fuel per 100 km (156.8 MPG U.S or 188 MPG U.K). Its CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) emissions are 35 g/km, when the electric motor is in constant use.

The A3 can be driven in three different modes:

  1. Electric-only: In this mode, the vehicle uses only electricity and can travel 31 miles (50 km) per charge. To convert miles to km, multiply the miles figure by 1.609344. The vehicle can attain a top speed of 81 MPH (130 km/h).
  2. Hybrid mode: This involves the combined use of the electric motor and gasoline engine. The vehicle can attain a speed of 138 MPH in this mode.
  3. Gasoline-only: This involves the use of the gasoline engine alone.

Even more appealing though are the looks of the Audi A3 e-tron, with the Sportback styling that is both sporty, yet practical. There is also a variant of the A3 that runs on the supposedly carbon neutral "E-Gas" that Audi is developing. Audi has not yet stated which countries this vehicle will be available in, though here's hoping it comes to the U.S.

Source: Audi

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http://gas2.org/2013/02/27/new-audi-a3-e-tron-plug-in-hybrid-with-201h

CARS - Qi wireless charging system adopted by second automaker for use in cars

http://www.torquenews.com/1075/qi-wireless-charging-system-adopted-sec

CARS - Solar Panel Car Cover For Your Electric Car?

I'm not so sure how practical this is compared to solar carports or "solar trees" (or simple solar roofs), but these little solar panel car covers certainly are pretty!Here's a brief summary of this solar-powered EV charging technology from Jo Borras of Gas2:Industrial designer Hakan Gürsu calls this creation a V-Tent - it's a collapsible, solar car cover that shields parked cars from wind and weather while converting the sun's light into ele ...

cover_main

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/26/solar-panel-car-cover-for-your-ele

CARS - Tesla May Have Lost $100 Million From NYTimes Story - Musk: "I'd Rather Tell The Truth & Suffer The Consequences"

Unfortunately, the biggest cleantech surprise of the month was probably a New York Times review of the East Coast Tesla Supercharger Network set up for the convenience of Model S owners. Despite many others (from CNN to Consumer Reports to Model S owners themselves) making the drive without a hitch, even in similarly horrible winter weather, New York Times reporter John Broder ended his test drive with the car on a tow truck (after some extrem ...

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/26/tesla-may-have-lost-100-million-fr

CARS - The New Volkswagen Golf GTD is the GTI of Diesels

GTD-1We don't often think of diesel engines as being performance powerhouses, but Volkswagen has always been an exception to this rule. Continuing a tradition that goes back over 30 years, the new Volkswagen Golf GTD is a diesel version of the hot hatchback known as the GTI.

Similar to the 1982 Golf GTD, the new one includes the styling cues and sportier chassis of a GTI, but this time with a diesel engine. The diesel engine is a 2.0 litr turbocharged common rail model producing 141 HP and 280 ft-lbs of torque (380 Newton-metres) from 1,750 RPM. The transmission options include a six-speed manual, or a six-speed dual clutch DSG. There was no mention an automatic option.

Four-cylinder engines aren't exactly known for their torque, but the 2.0 liter turbodiesel in the Volkswagen Golf GTD provides a whole lotta torque, which should make for a very spirited ride. Acceleration from 0 to 60 MPH is estimated to take 7.5 seconds, and it can attain a top speed of 229 kph or 142 mph.

With the manual transmission, the GTD achieves a fuel efficiency of 4.2 litres per 100 km, or about 56 mpg on the U.S. testing cycling. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 109 grams per km, and 122 grams per km for the DSG transmission. There aren't many cars that can offer nearly 300 ft-lbs of torque, and gas mileage that exceeds the Toyota Prius.

Exterior features include a honeycomb grille and bumper design reminiscent of that of GTI vehicles, smoked LED rear lights with LED license plate illumination, chrome dual tailpipes, 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/45 tires, side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a large roof spoiler. The interior is equipped with tartan sports seats, a black headliner, flat-bottom sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, plus a GTD-specific gear lever, trim strips and instrument cluster.

In Europe, the Golf GTD VII should start its sales after its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It will be priced at €29,350 (US$38,700). No word on if Volkswagen plans to bring the GTD to America, though the recent surge of interest in diesel vehicles could convince Vdub that this is one hot diesel hatchback worth importing.

Source: Volkswagen

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CARS - Uncle Sam's Wild Ideas for Greener Cars

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) opened its annual conference yesterday outside Washington D.C., and one panel featured four of the agency's program officers explaining what they consider the frontiers of sustainable transportation. These officers aren't career government types but Ph.D's who work at ARPA-E on three-year stints to get cutting-edge projects up and running. Thus their ideas were more bleeding-edge than one expects from government employees. Some of their ideas:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidferris/2013/02/26/uncle-sams-wild-ide

CARS - Uncle Sam's Wild Ideas for Greener Cars

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) opened its annual conference yesterday outside Washington D.C., and one panel featured four of the agency's program officers explaining what they consider the frontiers of sustainable transportation. These officers aren't career government types but Ph.D's who work at ARPA-E on three-year stints to get cutting-edge projects up and running. Thus their ideas were more bleeding-edge than one expects from government employees. Some of their ideas:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidferris/2013/02/26/uncle-sams-wild-ide

EVs - 10 Top EV Stories

I gave a long introduction of my 3-tier system for sharing top cleantech stories in my previous post, so I won't repeat that here. I'll just dive right into 10 EV stories that almost got covered on CleanTechnica, but barely missed the cut:1. Wireless Power Transmission For Transit, Trains, Harbor Freight, Etc.A completely wireless power transmission technology capable of powering high-capacity transport (such as high-speed rail, harbor freight ...

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http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/26/10-top-ev-stories

EVs - Estonia Launches Nationwide Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Network

Scarcely noticed in the wake of the much-discussed spat between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and New York Times reporter John Broder was the opening last week in Estonia of the world's first nationwide network of fast chargers for electric vehicles (EVs).

http://www.forbes.com/sites/justingerdes/2013/02/26/estonia-launches-n

EVs - Ford Partners With Plugshare To Add Electric Vehicle Charging Stations To MyFord Mobile App Brand

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Plugshare is one of the best mobile apps to use if you looking for a place to plug in your electric vehicle (EV) or hybrid. With Ford entering into the EV and hybrid market and pushing strongly to incorporate new mobile technology into their vehicles through their MyFord Mobile App brand, it is not surprising that Ford and Plugshare have now teamed up.

One of the major consumer concerns with EVs is worrying about where they can plug in and charge their EV when away from home. Since EVs are just starting to break into the mainstream there are indeed charging stations located in many metropolitan areas - however most are not clearly advertised. Plugshare solves this problem by incorporating publicly available information along with crowd sourced data about available public EV charging stations. The crowd source data allows Plugshare users to post pictures and even reviews of the charging stations and their locations

MyFord Mobile is found in the majority of Fords new vehicles and is basically a GPS. Users of MyFord Mobile can request information from MyFord Mobile like nearby restaurants or movie theaters. With the partnership with Plugshare MyFord Mobile will not only show that an Italian restaurant is four miles away and located on Main Street, it will also show the user if nearby charging stations are in the vicinity of the destination.

The Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure at Ford has reported that the number of charging stations has increased from 3,000 units in 2010 to more than 11,500 units in the U.S. today.

Source: pcmag.com

Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor's Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master's Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison

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http://gas2.org/2013/02/25/ford-partners-with-plugshare-to-add-electri

EVs - Nissan building 24 Hours of Le Mans electric race car

Nissan says they will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014, with an electric race car. Maybe. The press release isn't precise enough to be certain, but it did promise an "all-new race car incorporating electric technology."Nismo LEAF RC Electric Race CarThat's enough to make our minds to "whuuuh??" Let's first start with carefully describing Nissan's announcement before pondering

http://www.electricracenews.com/2013/02/nissan-building-24-hours-of-le

EVs - Nissan returning to 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 with electric race car

http://www.torquenews.com/1075/nissan-returning-24-hours-le-mans-2014-

EVs - Renault releases details of ZOE electric car ahead of launching sales in March

http://www.torquenews.com/1075/renault-releases-details-zoe-electric-c

EVs - Spotify getting voice command control on the road via Ford's SYNC AppLink

http://www.torquenews.com/1075/spotify-getting-voice-command-control-r

EVs - The Chreos EV Claims More Than 600 Miles Of Range, 10 Minute Charge Time

chreos-ev-silex-powerSilex Power, a Chinese automaker, claims that an electric car they designed called the Chreos EV, achieves several jaw-dropping feats, including a driving range of over 600 miles, a charge time of ten minutes, and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds. Everybody else can go home now; Silex Power has won the electric car.

To wit, the exact specifications of this wunder-EV are;

  1. 621 miles (1,000 km) of driving range.
  2. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.
  3. 10 minute charge time.
  4. 4,400 Newton-metres (3,245 pound-feet) of torque.

So, Silex Power solved all the EV issues except cost? Sounds outstanding, and almost certainly not true. Let's count the reasons why.

10 Minute Charge Time

This is highly unusual, but it is perfectly possible, and such battery technology is in the prototype stage. There are, however, multiple technologies that come close to this charge time, and one which blows it out of the water. The Toshiba SuperCharge (lithium titanate) battery is already on the market, and charges in 15 minutes. A battery was developed at MIT which charged in 20 seconds (no, that wasn't an error, it really is 20 seconds). But has Silex Power also developed the technology to charge such a massive battery pack in so little time?

621 Miles of Range

This is also highly unusual, but might be possible via the use of an extremely large battery bank, or, more likely, a new and improved battery technology. Technology developed at Stanford that can store ten times as much energy as typical lithium-ion batteries can probably achieve this. That said, being able to add more than 600 miles of range to a car in ten minutes or less seems highly, highly suspect. If such technology existed, why haven't any other automakers developed similar results? One answer could be immense cost, or a very short-lived battery.

0-60 MPH in 2.9 Seconds

The White Zombie has almost achieved this already, with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3 seconds, only 0.1 seconds slower. But that battery pack is purpose built, and provides much less range than the claimed range of the Silex Chreos EV. Such a battery pack would be huge, and heavy, really dragging acceleration down. Sure, the Tesla Model S weighs more than 2.5 tons and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. But it doesn't have even half the projected range, and it takes an hour from a fastcharger to juice the Tesla up to 90% range.

As you probably gathered from this, outstandingly powerful, lightweight, and overall stupendous battery technologies are sitting in laboratories being developed by scientists, so we cannot be certain that Silex Power's claims are false (although, manufacturers lie about this all the time), because the technology required to achieve it does exist, but at what cost?

640 Horsepower, 3,245 Ft-Lbs Torque, 186 MPH Top Speed

This is not far-fetched. Electric motors can already do this, and other electric cars are pushing the boundaries of speed everyday. But can the Cheros EV specifically make this sort of power? Who knows? At the very least, this project is ambitious, wouldn't you say?

Source: Autoblog Green

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http://gas2.org/2013/02/26/silex-power-advertises-an-upcoming-jaw-drop

EVs - Will The Automotive World Pull The Plug On Electric Cars?

2013-nissan-leaf-s-picIndustry leaders Nissan and Toyota are looking for the next big thing in automotive, and their actions suggest it is not electric vehicles (EVs).

Hybrid cars, like the Prius, are selling well and small high mileage gas powered cars are leading the market; but consumers just are not buying EVs even with government subsidies and tax incentives in place. Because of this manufactures are looking past EVs and towards other options such as hydrogen powered cars. The Obama administration last week has even backed away from its goal to put 1 million EVs on U.S. roads by 2015.

While the Nissan Leaf is the bestselling pure EV in the United States, Nissan sold about as many Leaf EVs in 2012 as they did in 2011. In fact, total EV sales (not counting plug-in hybrids) in 2012 were only 14,687, representing 0.1% of total U.S. sales. Not a good sign for Nissan. When looking at hybrid sales in 2012, the number climbs to 473,083 roughly 3.3% of the market and the majority of those sales were for Toyota of Lexus vehicles. As a result Nissan has decided to shift more of its green tech investment into hybrid vehicle development.

Reports like this do paint an unclear future. On the bright side, the push from developers and consumers for some type of alternative fuel vehicle continues. On the darker side, the American infrastructure might be investing in preparation for the wrong type of technology.

Source: businessinsider.com

Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor's Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master's Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison

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FUELS - 'Fat worms' inch scientists toward better biofuel production

Fat worms confirm that researchers from Michigan State University have successfully engineered a plant with oily leaves-a feat that could enhance biofuel production as well as lead to improved animal feeds.

http://phys.org/news/2013-02-fat-worms-inch-scientists-biofuel.htm

TRANSPORT - What To Do About The Sudden Surge In Teen Traffic Deaths

Here's a disturbing statistic. Traffic fatalities among 16- and 17-year-old drivers jumped by a whopping 19 percent during the first six months of 2012, according to preliminary data compiled by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA). This is more than twice the nine percent increase in overall traffic deaths reported during the same period by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2013/02/26/what-to-do-about-t

TRANS PORTATION News February 25th

AIRSHIPS - TaxiBot robotic tug reduces airplane emissions and noise pollution
Airplanes waste a lot of fuel on the ground. To taxi around airports, from passenger gates to runways, planes are powered by their main engines which simply aren't optimized for that task. This creates a lot of unnecessary CO2 emissions, air pollution, a ...
http://www.treehugger.com/aviation/taxibot-reduces-airplane-

CARS - 12 Ways To Beat Gas Prices Without Changing Your Car
With fuel costs soaring, try these tips to ease pain at the pump ...
http://www.forbes.com/pictures/fedg45ijf/oil-and-gas-prices-

CARS - Ford And GM Forge Different Wireless Paths
America's biggest car makers have realized the cars they make are in fact the ultimate mobile devices - moving at speed, and pushing faster data speeds too. Both Ford and GM are moving to make their cars smarter with web capability, but they announced different strategies at Mobile World Congress today. While GM announced it was partnering with AT&T to bring wireless connectivity to its cars next year, Ford partnered with an Internet pla ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2013/02/25/ford-and-g

CARS - Renting your car out to others takes 14 vehicles off the road
Interview with the CEO of RelayRides, a peer-to-peer car-sharing business that helps maximize the use of already existing vehicles while reducing the need to build new ones ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/renting-your-car-out-others-t

CARS - Rinspeed microMAX Revealed, Still Stupid (w/ video)
Frank "Rinspeed" Rinderknecht has had some cool ideas over the years. This latest idea of his is called the microMAX, and it is exactly the kind of thing you would expect an aging, out-of-touch grandfather who was cool 30 years ago to be utterly convinced his grandkids will think is awesome.Billed as "the future of cars" Frank believes the microMAX is the kind of car that will - finally! - get Generation Y to act like their parents and buying br ...
Rinspeed microMAX
http://gas2.org/2013/02/23/rinspeed-micromax-revealed-ahead-

CARS - The New Car Radio? Spotify And Ford Hook Up To Launch Voice-Activated Music Streaming
In pursuing its dream of making all the world's music available to everyone, Spotify has been working some big partnerships. In 2011 it was Facebook. This year, it's Ford ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2013/02/25/the-new-ca

CARS - Video: Cadillac ELR Tested in Snow and Ice Of Northern Michigan
Since its award-winning world debut at the North American International Auto Show, the plug-in hybrid Cadillac ELR is undergoing extreme real-world testing before it is placed in showrooms in 2014. This video shows GM hard at work testing the Cadillac ELR in the frozen Upper Peninsula of Michigan.Engineers last week completed winter weather testing on the chassis of the pre-production ELR models in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to ensure that the p ...
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http://gas2.org/2013/02/25/video-cadillac-elr-tested-in-snow

EVs - Electric Vehicle Charging Through Online Social Networking
"What? You try finding an electric car to photograph at 4:00 am on a Saturday morning in Australia and see how lucky you are."I recently read about how New York is installing thousands of electric vehicle charging stations. Hopefully this will encourage the use of electric cars, as I think they're an excellent way for the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And of course they can also be used to reduce emissions here in Australia .. ...
What?  You try finding an electric car to photograph at 4:00 am on a Saturday morning in Australia and see how lucky you are.
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/25/electric-vehicle-chargin

EVs - Estonia Is 1st Country In The World To Install Nationwide System Of Fast Chargers For EVs
This article was originally published on EV Obsession.The first nationwide system of fast charging stations for electric vehicles has now been completed in Estonia. The nationwide system was installed in order to speed the adoption of EVs in the country, and to help reduce the country's carbon emissions.The system consists of 165 fast chargers that were built and installed by the engineering firm ABB. The installation and construction was fina .. ...
ev fast charging network nationwide estonia
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/23/estonia-is-1st-country-i

EVs - Silex Power Claims Electric Vehicle With 621-Mile Range & 10-Minute Charge Time
Silex Power have said they have designed an electric vehicle - the Chreos - that achieves outstanding range, performance, and charge time.Instead of simply listing these claims, let us spend more time exploring the possibility of them, and which technologies on the market can achieve them, or at least come close to achieving them, because they could be using new battery technology, and prototype battery technology is well ahead of what is on t .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/25/silex-power-claim-electr

EVs - Tesla Expects To Earn Profit In First Quarter Of 2013
It has taken nearly ten years and hundreds of billions of dollars from both private and public investors, but Tesla Motors could finally be on the verge of turning a real and sustainable profit. So says CEO Elon Musk, which would mean that Tesla would reach profitability a full year ahead of schedule. More wishful thinking, or the beginning of a successful automaker?After reporting a loss of $90 million on revenue of $306 million, Musk told inves ...
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http://gas2.org/2013/02/25/tesla-expects-to-earn-profit-in-f

EVs - Tesla Megafactory Video
National Geographic recently produced a 45-minute video on the Tesla Motors "megafactory" in Fremont, California. Of course, it's also a video on Tesla as a whole, the Model S, Elon Musk, and a potential electric vehicle revolution. It's worth a watch. In fact, as Chris Demorro of Gas2 writes, "this is a must-watch for any Tesla or EV fan." Really, I think it's a must-watch for anyone who is interested in the future of the world or cars in gen .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/23/tesla-megafactory-video

TRANSPORT - Renting your car out to others takes 14 vehicles off the road
Interview with the CEO of RelayRides, a peer-to-peer car-sharing business that helps maximize the use of already existing vehicles while reducing the need to build new ones ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/renting-your-car-out-others-t

AIRSHIPS - TaxiBot robotic tug reduces airplane emissions and noise pollution

Airplanes waste a lot of fuel on the ground. To taxi around airports, from passenger gates to runways, planes are powered by their main engines which simply aren't optimized for that task. This creates a lot of unnecessary CO2 emissions, air pollution, an

http://www.treehugger.com/aviation/taxibot-reduces-airplane-emissions-

CARS - Qi wireless charging system adopted by second automaker for use in cars

Qi wireless charging system adopted by second automaker for use in cars
The mobile device charging standard is moving into cars, after seeing adoption first by Toyota and now Korean automaker Ssangyong.
http://www.torquenews.com/1075/qi-wireless-charging-system-adopted-second-automaker-use-cars

CARS - GM and AT&T to build 4G LTE WiFi hotspot's into cars beginning with 2015 model year

GM and AT&T to build 4G LTE WiFi hotspot's into cars beginning with 2015 model year
Wireless mobile Internet connectivity is reaching everywhere, and will invade cars beginning in 2014 for GM's 2015 model year cars.
http://www.torquenews.com/1075/gm-and-att-build-4g-lte-wifi-hotspots-cars-beginning-2015-model-year

CARS - 12 Ways To Beat Gas Prices Without Changing Your Car

With fuel costs soaring, try these tips to ease pain at the pump.

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/fedg45ijf/oil-and-gas-prices-rise-and-r

CARS - Ford And GM Forge Different Wireless Paths

America's biggest car makers have realized the cars they make are in fact the ultimate mobile devices - moving at speed, and pushing faster data speeds too. Both Ford and GM are moving to make their cars smarter with web capability, but they announced different strategies at Mobile World Congress today. While GM announced it was partnering with AT&T to bring wireless connectivity to its cars next year, Ford partnered with an Internet player, music streaming service Spotify, using iPhones as the wireless hubs for its cars.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2013/02/25/ford-and-gm-forge-di

CARS - Renting your car out to others takes 14 vehicles off the road

Interview with the CEO of RelayRides, a peer-to-peer car-sharing business that helps maximize the use of already existing vehicles while reducing the need to build new ones.

http://www.treehugger.com/cars/renting-your-car-out-others-takes-14-ve