TRANS PORTATION curated News February 17th

BATTERIES - Safer non-flammable lithium-ion batteries are coming
Lithium-ion batteries are already pretty safe, but there's still room for improvement .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/inherently-non-fl


BATTERIES - Slideshow: Update on Ambri’s Liquid Metal Grid-Scale Battery
David Bradwell, the CTO, co-founder and SVP of liquid-metal battery startup Ambri, spoke on Thursday at Infocast's Energy Storage Week.  We've covered the Ambri story in detail. The inventor of the core technology for the battery is Don Sadoway, MIT professor of materials chemistry, with technology inspired by the economy-of-scale of modern electrometallurgy and the aluminum smelter.  Sadoway used seed money from within MIT to invent the liqu ...
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Slideshow-Update


CARS - 6 Pictures of this Cool 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T
This black 2010 Dodge Challenger is cool and a birthday gift. Luana Dali Olmedo, from Toronto, who is the owner and has sent us these pictures, has named it Blackboard. "This is a very special car for me," writes Olmedo. It's a birthday gift, which I bought in 2011. This is a car that I want to keep for my 4-year old son, when he grows up as he loves Challengers. When I bought it in February of 2011 this six-speed Challenger had only six miles on ...
http://www.torquenews.com/galleries/6-pictures-cool-2010-dod


CARS - ETC: Help Mini decide on its next limited-edition Cooper
Filed under: New York Auto Show, Budget, Performance, Etc., Hatchback, Mini, Design/StyleMini likes to make a big hullabaloo about the number of ways its cars can be configured, which currently stands at 10 million. While that figure is impressive, the BMW-owned brand is always looking for new and unique design variations, a trend that has seen a number of special-edition Minis pop up over the years boasting unique color and trim items.For the ne ...
Mini New Originals contest
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/17/mini-limited-edition-coop


CARS - Hyundai Could Soon Have Third Luxury Model
According to Automotive News, "Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, sa .. ...
Inspiration for Hyundai RK
http://www.torquenews.com/108/hyundai-could-soon-have-third-


CARS - McLaren rolls out new 650S en route to Geneva
Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Performance, Geneva Motor Show, Design/Style, McLarenThere are a lot of good things to be said about the McLaren MP4-12C. It is, after all, one of the most thoroughly capable supercars on the market, and it's served as a fitting launch pad for the new McLaren Automotive operation. What the 12C has never had, however, is an engaging name or a distinctive design. But the latter appears to be something Woking is out ...
McLaren 650S
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/17/mclaren-650s-official-pho


CARS - Official: Peugeot coming to Geneva with adaptable new 108 city car
Filed under: Convertible, Budget, Europe, Hatchback, PeugeotIt may be Renault that will be garnering the lion's share of attention with its innovative new Twingo at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, but that won't be the only French city car making its debut at the Swiss expo. Peugeot will also be on hand with its new 108 - a diminutive hatchback that may be more conventional than the rear-engined Twingo, but will offer European buyers more choices ...
Peugeot 108
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/17/peugeot-108-official-gene


CARS - Opel introducing ADAM with new 1.0L, 3-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual at Geneva
The new 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo from Opel. Click to enlarge.At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March, Opel will introduce an ADAM will an all-new, three-cylinder turbo gasoline mated with a 6-speed manual transmission that is also from a new generation. (Earlier post.) Opel introduced the ADAM small car last year.ADAM is the first car in the Opel range to receive this new, all-aluminum 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo gasoline engine ...
Cq5dam.web.1280.1280
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/02/20140217-adam.htm


CARS - Report: BMW Films are on the way back [w/videos]
Filed under: Performance, Marketing/Advertising, Videos, BMW, Celebrities, LuxuryThe BMW Films series caused a stir in 2001 and 2002 by combining top-quality cinematography, Hollywood names and driving excitement to sell its sporty wares in a whole new way. By arriving five years before YouTube, they ranked as some of the earliest viral videos on the internet. By now, these sorts of films are almost commonplace, but back when BMW hit upon the ide ...
BMW Films
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/17/bmw-films-returning-clive


EVs - Electric Cars 2014 — Prices, Efficiency, Range, Pics, More
  Wondering what electric cars are on the market or soon will be? Wonder no more. I’m going to run down all of them in the article below, adding a few key details and commentary for each one (including prices, efficiency, range, and # of seats when such information is available). I’m also doing something [... .. ...
http://evobsession.com/electric-cars-2014-list


EVs - Nissan and FedEx Express Expand Collaborative Testing of the 100% Electric Compact Cargo Vehicle to the U.S.
WASHINGTON D.C. – FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., announced recently at the Washington Auto Show that the two companies will start testing the Nissan e-NV200, a 100% electric compact cargo vehicle under real world conditions in Washington, D.C.This test marks the first time the vehicle will be operating in North America. FedEx Express and Nissan have conducted similar e-NV200 tests with fleets in ...
fedex
http://solarthermalmagazine.com/2014/02/16/nissan-fedex-expr


PUBLIC - MHI to supply 2 electric buses featuring MLIX Li-ion batteries for Kitakyushu City
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will supply two electric buses to serve in a transportation system being planned by the city of Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. The buses—full-size, low-floor models for the city’s regular route network—will operate on MHI’s high-performance “MLIX” lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.In combination with a lighter body enabled by the partial adoption of carbon fiber construction, the new buses will be ...
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/02/20140217-mhi.htm


PUBLIC - NREL initial report on performance of BC Transit fuel cell electric buses
Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, commissioned by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), have issued their initial evaluation of the hydrogen fuel cell buses in operation at BC Transit. The report covers two years of revenue service data on the buses from April 2011 through March 2013.In 2012, NREL developed a guideline for evaluating the technology readiness level (TRL) for fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs). TRLs range ...
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/02/nrel-initial-report-