TRANS PORTATION curated News February 24th

BATTERIES - Argonne battery technology confirmed by U.S. Patent Office
ARGONNE, Ill. ? The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is pleased to announce that after a careful reexamination of the relevant prior patents and publications, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has confirmed the novelty of U.S. Patent 6,677,082.This patent claims the Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (NMC) cathode technology developed by Argonne that improves battery range and reliability, while simultan ...
http://solarthermalmagazine.com/2014/02/23/argonne-battery-t


BATTERIES - The German-American Vanadium Flow Battery Connection
Over the past few years, flow battery startups such as Prudent Energy, Primus Power, EnerVault, Imergy (formerly Deeya Energy), and others have been vying for media attention for their attempts to bring this potentially disruptive technology for long-term, grid-scale energy storage to the commercial market. Meanwhile, there’s another flow battery maker with dozens of commercial-scale projects under its belt that has hardly spoken about its techn ...
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/the-german-ameri


CARS - 2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ Review: Copious Amounts of Luxury Redefine the Impala Name
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was introduced with an all-new look inside and out – and it needed it. The front end of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ The side profile of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ The rear end of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ A front 3/4 shot of the 2014 Chevrole ...
http://www.torquenews.com/106/2014-chevrolet-impala-2ltz-rev


CARS - Citroën C1 gets eyebrows... no, seriously [w/video]
Filed under: Budget, Geneva Motor Show, Europe, Hatchback, CitroënCitroën has revealed its new C1 city car, marking the first full redesign of the popular hatch since it debuted way back in 2005. Set to make its global debut at next week's Geneva Motor Show, here are all the particulars on what should prove a popular offering in European markets. The C1 is essentially Citroën's version of the Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 108, both of which are set to ...
Citroën C1
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/24/citroen-c1-eyebrows-genev


CARS - Lamborghini Huracán configurator is ready for your Italian fantasies
Filed under: Car Buying, Coupe, Performance, LamborghiniThe Lamborghini Huracán might be one of the most anticipated cars to come out of Sant'Agata since the launch of its predecessor, the Gallardo. While we're stuck waiting to drive the V10-powered, all-wheel-drive Huracán, we can at least play around with the all-new configurator, which has just gone live.Now, in terms of other online builders, the Huracán's is rather light. Tweakable features ...
Lamborghini Huracán Configurator
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/24/lamborghini-huracan-confi


CARS - Miami real estate investor selling world's largest collection of Bond cars
Filed under: Etc., Celebrities, TV/MoviesIn 2011 Miami real estate investor Michael Dezer bought dozens of cars used in the James Bond films from the Bond Museum in Keswick, England. Since then, he's added to the trove which now stands at 59 cars, as well as motorcycles, boats, jetskis, tanks and thousands of photos, posters and memorabilia. It is the largest collection of 007 cars in the world, and Dezer has put it up for sale for 20 million pou ...
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/24/miami-investor-selling-wo


CARS - Most Efficient Cars In US — 2014
The EPA has updated its list of the most efficient cars in the United States. So, I decided I’d do an updated post on this. However, I’m going to do something a little different this time. I’m also going to throw in recent models that don’t have a 2014 version yet, or won’t at all, [...]Most Efficient Cars In US — 2014 was originally published on EV Obsession .. ...
http://evobsession.com/most-efficient-cars-in-us-2014


CARS - New SUV from BMW to be much more efficient than a Toyota Prius
A prototype SUV from BMW reportedly gets 62 MPGe, far more than a Toyota Prius. It also comes with some sweet feature .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/new-suv-bmw-gets-more-efficie


CARS - Tesla, Tesla, Tesla: Building A Power Brand From Scratch
Do you remember the Brady Bunch episode when Jan complained that all everyone talked about was “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia?” Well, substitute BMW, Mercedes and Cadillac for Jan to Tesla’s Marcia and you have the brand of the year, decade and possibly century .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottdavis/2014/02/24/tesla-tesl


CARS - The Cheapest 2014 Cars To Insure
If the sheer volume of television, radio and Internet advertising affords any indication, we live in a nation that’s obsessed with shopping for the lowest car insurance rates. "More than a billion dollars are spent each year on auto insurance advertising, most of which urges consumers to switch their policies to another carrier," says Mark McElroy, executive vice president of TransUnion's insurance business unit .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2014/02/24/the-chea


CARS - The Costliest 2014 Cars To Insure
Next time you feel the need to complain about your car insurance rates consider this. The owner of a Mercedes-Benz SLS sports car living in West Virginia can be expected to pay the absolute highest premiums in the nation (that is among models from non-exotic automakers) at an annual average of $7,040, according to a just-released survey of auto insurance costs conducted by Insure.com .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2014/02/24/the-cost


CARS - Wait.. is the Nissan Versa Note SR really a good idea?
In the subcompact car market, there are generally two things that drive sales: low price and high miles per gallon. Most buyers of subcompact cars want both .. ...
2015 Nissan Versa Note SR
http://www.torquenews.com/1080/wait-nissan-versa-note-sr-rea


EVs - Bhutan to cut fossil fuel imports 70%, embrace electric cars
NIssan and Bhutan have announced an important partnership on electric vehicles. This could be a very big deal for all of us .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/bhutan-cut-fossil-fuel-import


EVs - Cleanest Car In US? Top-Selling Nissan LEAF
The 2014 edition of the Nissan LEAF is the cleanest production vehicle in the whole of the US, according to the Automotive Science Group (ASG). The rankings figure in the entire wheel-to-well lifetime environmental impact of the cars studied — accounting for everything from the materials used in the construction of the vehicle, to the [...]Cleanest Car In US? Top-Selling Nissan LEAF was originally published on EV Obsession .. ...
http://evobsession.com/cleanest-car-us-top-selling-nissan-le


EVs - Electric Car Sharing: JuiceCar Rents EVs by the Hour or by the Day
In a bid to help make electric cars available and desirable for everyone, a unique business in Athens, Georgia is offering electric vehicles for rent by the hour or by the day. JuiceCar, which is located at Hotel Indigo in downtown Athens, can give customers a different kind of experience than the standard rental car Electric Car Sharing: JuiceCar Rents EVs by the Hour or by the Day was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planets ...
http://planetsave.com/2014/02/24/juicecar-rents-evs-hour-day


EVs - Ranking European Countries On 2013 Electrified Car Sales
I recently wrote a long piece on ABB Conversations regarding electrified vehicle sales in 17 European countries—with a chart for each one. It was a lot of fun and very interesting, but it also made me realize that I never did a ranking of European countries regarding 2013 electrified vehicle sales. So… below are five [...]Ranking European Countries On 2013 Electrified Car Sales was originally published on EV Obsession .. ...
http://evobsession.com/ranking-european-countries-2013-elect


FUELS - Cheaper second-generation biofuel for cars
Producing second-generation biofuel from dead plant tissue is environmetally friendly - but it is also expensive because the process as used today needs expensive enzymes, and large companies dominate this market. Now a Danish/Iraqi collaboration presents a new technique that avoids the expensive enzymes. The production of second generation biofuels thus becomes cheaper, probably attracting many more producers and competition, and this may finall ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-02-cheaper-second-generation-biofu


PUBLIC - BYD Electric Bus Can Go 30 Hours Between Charges
BYD’s electric buses can run for an impressive 30 or so hours straight in between charges, based on the results of a pilot test performed in New York City last year during the months of August–October. Charging to full capacity took, roughly, 3–4 hours, and was completed at night. According to SAE International (the Society [...]BYD Electric Bus Can Go 30 Hours Between Charges was originally published on EV Obsession .. ...
http://evobsession.com/byd-electric-bus-can-go-30-hours-char


TRAFFIC - New Yorkers rally for safer streets, lower speed limits
Vision Zero gets a big kickoff as parents of victims lead rally .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/new-yorkers-rally-saf