June 30, 2008
|The new B6-B20 biodiesel (fatty acid methyl ester) blends will have a blue label at the pump to distinguish the fuel from others. B100 will have its own blue label. Click to enlarge.|
The ASTM International D02 Main Committee approved a trio of ASTM specifications for biodiesel blends after more than five years of research and subsequent balloting by the ASTM fuel experts.
The committee approved changes to the existing B100 biodiesel blend stock specification (ASTM D6751); finished specifications to include up to 5% biodiesel (B5) in the conventional petrodiesel specification (ASTM D975); and approved a new specification for blends of between 6% (B6) to 20% (B20) biodiesel for on- and off-road diesel engines.
|The hybrid E450 Cutaway and Strip Chassis drive system. Click to enlarge.|
Azure Dynamics Corporation has signed up its first dealer, Palmetto Truck Center, for the Balance Hybrid Electric E450 commercial vehicle. Azure Dynamics entered an agreement with Ford Motor Company in 2006 enabling Azure to develop a hybrid electric powertrain for Ford’s E-series commercial platform. (Earlier post.)
The Balance Hybrid Electric integrates Azure’s P1 parallel hybrid system on Ford’s E450 Cutaway and Strip Chassis with a conventional 5.4 liter Triton gasoline engine and 5-speed automatic TorqShift transmission.
In response to larger economic conditions and dropping sales, Chrysler LLC announced that it will indefinitely idle the St. Louis South Assembly Plant effective 31 October 2008 due to volume declines in the total minivan vehicle segment.
W2 Energy Inc., the developer of a GAT (Gliding Arc Tornado) plasma reactor for gasification for power and fuels generation (earlier post), has formed a subsidiary to build and operate biodiesel plants throughout North America. The new plants will use magnetic pulse cavitation technology to produce the biodiesel.
Enticed partly by a new package of incentives, Tesla Motors has decided to build the assembly plant for its upcoming electric sedan in California at a still-to-be-determined site in the San Francisco Bay Area rather than in New Mexico as it had earlier announced. (Earlier post.)
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Tesla CEO Ze’ev Drori made the announcement at a press conference today at Tesla Motors headquarters in San Carlos, California.
Nikkei. Toyota Motor Corp. will begin manufacturing the Camry Hybrid in 2010 at its joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Guangzhou Toyota Motor Co.
The governments of Sweden and the US are extending their cooperation with the Volvo Group on R&D on alternative fuels and hybrid solutions with a combined US$18 million grant from the US Department of Energy and the Swedish Energy Agency. Volvo will provide a matching $18 million, for a combined $36 million investment.
Propel held the grand opening of its newest and largest Clean Fuel Point in downtown Seattle, Washington. The station offers B5 and B20 biodiesel blends, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The standards organization ASTM is beginning work on developing a specification for producing jet fuel with hydrocarbon components from non-conventional sources—i.e., synthetic.
High gas prices have caused 94% of consumers to make lifestyle changes to keep costs down, according to a survey conducted by DMS Research and sponsored by MapQuest. Among the changes are more careful route planning (57%), walking or biking more (24%), partially filling gas tanks (31%), and making a conscious effort to drive less (82%).