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March 31, 2010

Hyundai Debuts Sonata Hybrid at New York Show

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The Sonata Hybrid system. Click to enlarge.

As promised (earlier post), Hyundai unveiled the Sonata Hybrid at the New York International Auto Show. The company also introduced a new turbocharged version of the Sonata, the 2.0T. The Sonata Hybrid is Hyundai’s first hybrid in the US market.

The Hyundai-developed Hybrid Blue Drive architecture in the Sonata Hybrid is a proprietary full parallel hybrid drive system combining the 2.4-liter Theta II engine (169 hp/126 kW at 6,000 rpm and 156 lb-ft/212 N·m of torque at 4,500 rpm); a 6-speed automatic transmission; a 30 kW (151 lb-ft/205 N·m) electric motor; and a lithium-polymer battery pack. Hyundai’s Hybrid Blue Drive has an all-electric mode and a parallel drive mode.

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Umicore to Invest €60M for Expansion of Li-ion NMC Cathode Material Development and Production

Umicore plans to invest a total of approximately €60 million (US$81 million) to increase its capacities and capabilities for the production of new generation cathode materials for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

Umicore’s current Cellcore cathode product range includes materials ranging from lithium cobaltite (Cellcore KDS) to nickel cobalt aluminium (Cellcore QX) and nickel manganese cobalt (NMCs and sold as Cellcore MX). Umicore’s investments will focus on the further development and production of NMC-type cathode materials and will result in Umicore’s yearly production capacity for NMCs increasing more than threefold by 2013.

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EPA and NHTSA to Sign Final Joint Rule on GHG and Fuel Economy 1 April

In a speech at Andrews Air Force Base today, President Obama said that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Deport of Transportation (DOT) will sign the joint final rule establishing greenhouse gas emission standards and corporate average fuel economy standards for light-duty vehicles for model years 2012-2016 tomorrow.

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Obama Administration Opens Up Oil and Gas Development and Exploration in Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Arctic

The Obama Administration will expand oil and gas development and exploration on the US Outer Continental Shelf, while protecting fisheries, tourism, and places off US coasts that it says are not appropriate for development.

The Administration’s strategy calls for expanded development and production throughout the Gulf of Mexico, including resource-rich areas of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico that are currently under Congressional moratorium and closed to development; increasing oil and gas exploration in frontier areas, such as the Arctic Ocean and the Mid and South Atlantic Ocean; and protecting ocean areas that are too special to drill, such as Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

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US DOE to Invest Nearly $18M in Advanced Biofuels User Facility

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will build an advanced biofuels process development facility aimed at speeding the commercialization of advanced biofuels by allowing researchers and the private sector to test and integrate innovative technologies.

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Ford Begins Production of New Powershift 6-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission for 2011 Fiesta

Ford has begun production of the new PowerShift dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission (earlier post) for the 2011 Ford Fiesta. Ford is committed to six-speed transmissions, with availability across 85% of its nameplates for 2010. By 2013, these six-speed transmissions will be offered in 100% of Ford vehicles.

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Cyclone Power Technologies Delivers Biomass-to-Power System to Robotic Technology

Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. has successfully completed its biomass-to-power engine system for Robotic Technology Inc. (RTI) under its Statement of Work, and has delivered the renewable power system to the University of Maryland to be coupled with RTI’s autonomous robotic platform in a series hybrid power system. (Earlier post.)

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China to Reach 50% Urbanization in 5 years

People’s Daily. China’s urbanization rate will reach or exceed 50% within 5 to 6 years, according to the China government. China’s urban population had reached 622 million by the end of 2009, with the urbanization rate standing at nearly 47%.

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Air Products’ Hydrogen Pipeline in Canada Inks Three Supply Agreements

Air Products, the leading global hydrogen provider, and its subsidiary Air Products Canada Ltd. signed three customer supply contracts for hydrogen from its Heartland Hydrogen Pipeline in Alberta, Canada. Air Products will supply hydrogen by pipeline to Shell Canada Energy; Sherritt International Corporation; and Williams Energy (Canada) Inc.

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Ford Introduces 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid; Projected 41 mpg City

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The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Click to enlarge.

Ford’s Lincoln brand revealed its first hybrid—the new mid-size 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid—during the press preview to the New York International Auto Show. Lincoln’s premium hybrid is expected to deliver at least 41 mpg US (5.7 L/100km) in the city when it goes on sale this fall.

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses Ford’s second-generation hybrid system, based on the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine, and earlier applied in the Fusion and Milan hybrid sedans. (Earlier post.) Ford notes that the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s projected fuel economy tops its nearest competitor—the 2010 Lexus HS 250h—by 6 mpg, while providing room for one more passenger and more standard luxury and segment-exclusive safety features.

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