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December 29, 2007

Tesla to Use Interim Transmission to Get Production Roadster Out the Door

Faced with ongoing problems in developing a transmission that will deliver on the electric Roadster’s initial specification for acceleration (0-60 in 4 seconds), Tesla Motors will begin production in 2008 with an interim transmission design, according to CEO Ze’ev Drori.


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Review Panel Recommends “No-Go” on Further Funding for Sodium Borohydride for On-Board Vehicular Hydrogen Storage

An independent technical review panel convened at the behest of the Department of Energy to consider the technical status and progress of R&D on the hydrolysis of sodium borohydride (NaBH4) for on-board vehicular hydrogen storage has unanimously recommended a “no-go” to further funding.

Millenium Cell and others have been working on sodium borohydride-based systems for a range of applications, from portable devices to transportation. DaimlerChrysler used Millenium Cell technology it its Natrium fuel cell concept car, introduced in 2001. The Natrium (Latin for sodium, and the origin of the “Na” symbol for the element) was based on a Town and Country minivan, and used a Millenium Cell fuel processor with a Ballard fuel cell, Siemens motor and SAFT Li-ion battery pack. (Earlier post.)


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Scania Enters Chinese City Bus Market with Euro 4 Buses

Scania is now delivering 25 Euro 4 articulated buses to the public transport company in Changzhou in the Jiangsu province in eastern China. Scania won the contract because of its emission technology, low operating cost and long service life, according to the company.


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December 28, 2007

Kansas Launches Pilot Project Retailing Multiple Blends of Ethanol

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is launching a one-year pilot project that will allow flexible-fuel vehicle owners to purchase a range of ethanol blends such as E20, E30, E50 or E85. Currently there are 28 stations in Kansas selling E85 fuel.

To ensure that owners of conventional vehicles don’t accidentally pump a higher ethanol blend into their vehicle, the pumps will feature a bright orange label with the message “For use in flexible fuel vehicles only.”


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Researchers Develop New Class of Lithium-Rich Solids with High Lithium Ion Mobility

German researchers have developed a new class of inorganic ionic conductor featuring high lithium ion mobility. In ionic conductors, charge is not transported in the form of electrons as it is in metals; instead, the charge is transported in the form of charged particles—typically, lithium ions. This transport requires materials in which the lithium ions can move as freely as possible.

The team, led by Hans-Jörg Deiseroth from the University of Siegen, in cooperation with scientists at the University of Münster, developed a set of argyrodite minerals made of lithium, phosphorus, sulfur, and bromine atoms. They report the characterization of the most conductive representative of the engineered argyrodite minerals in the journal Angewandte Chemie.


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Mahindra & Mahindra Introduces New 2.2L Diesel for Scorpio SUV

Mahindra & Mahindra recently introduced its new Scorpio V-Series SUVs, equipped with the new “mHawk” 2.2-liter turbodiesel. The company will continue to offer the older CRDe 2.6-liter diesel models in the Scorpio line-up.


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Brazil Requiring 2% Biodiesel Blend Starting 1 Jan 08

Brazil is instituting its compulsory 2% biodiesel blend in all diesel fuel (earlier post) beginning 1 January 2008.


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Honda Eyeing Mass Production of Fuel Cell Vehicles in 10 Yrs; No to Short-Range EVs

Honda Motor Co. may be able to start mass-producing fuel cell vehicles within 10 years, President Takeo Fukui said in an interview with Jiji Press. Fukui emphasized Honda’s intention to focus on fuel cell vehicles, rather than electric vehicles.


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EPA Publishes Draft Cruise Ship Discharge Assessment Report

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a report assessing the various waste discharges from cruise ships, and is seeking public input on the report, as well as input regarding options, alternatives, and recommendations about whether and how to better control and regulate the waste streams described.


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California May See More Than $4/Gallon Average Gasoline in Spring 08

Los Angeles Times. Analysts are predicting a steady increase in gasoline prices in the spring that could result in an average cost of $3.75/gallon across the US and more than $4.00/gallon in California.


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