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March 31, 2011

Hyundai unveils next-gen FCEV sedan concept Blue2 at Seoul Motor Show

South Korea-based Hyundai Motor Company unveiled the Blue2 concept vehicle, the company’s first sedan-style hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV), at the Seoul Motor Show. The automaker also introduced its first gasoline-hybrid vehicle, the Sonata Hybrid, to its home market.


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EC makes €24.2M available to the development of electromobility in Europe

Green e-Motion electromobility projects. Click to enlarge.

The European Commission will support a cross-European electromobility initiative, Green eMotion, worth €41.8 million (US$68.2 million), in partnership with 42 partners from the industries, utilities, electric car manufacturers, municipalities, universities and technology and research institutions. The project will cover different types of electric vehicles, the development of Smart Grids, innovative Information and Communication Technologies solutions, and urban mobility concepts.

The aim of the initiative is to exchange and develop know-how and experience in selected regions within Europe as well as facilitate the market roll-out of electric vehicles in Europe. The Commission will make €24.2 million (US$34.3 million) available to finance part of the initiative’s activities.


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EIA reports 5.8% year-to-year decline in US GHG emissions in 2009; 4.3% drop in transportation sector although vehicle miles travelled increased

VMT rose slightly in 2009 while emissions from gasoline and diesel fuel declined, a result EIA attributes as a likely result of more efficient vehicles and increased consumption of biofuels. Click to enlarge.

Total US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were 6,576 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) in 2009, a decrease of 5.8% from the 2008 level, according to Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2009, a report released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Since 1990, US GHG emissions have grown at an average annual rate of 0.4%. The results for 2009 represent the largest%age decline in total US GHG emissions since 1990, the starting year for EIA’s data on total GHG emissions. EIA Administrator Richard Newell attributed the decline to the economic downturn, combined with an ongoing trend toward a less energy-intensive economy and a decrease in the carbon-intensity of the energy supply.


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Chevrolet Mi-ray Roadster concept features hybrid “Mid-Electric” propulsion system

Chevrolet introduced the Mi-ray concept at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show. The Mi-ray, developed at the GM Advanced Design Studio in Seoul, combines hybrid propulsion technology and advanced styling.


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A123Systems targeting stop-start/micro-hybrid market with 12V Li-ion Nanophosphate Engine Start Battery

Nanophosphate Engine Start Battery (12V): Click to enlarge.

A123 Systems is targeting the emerging stop-start/microhybrid market with a 12V Li-ion battery solution based on its automotive class lithium ion AMP20 20 Ah prismatic pouch cells. The system comes equipped with battery management electronics for cell balancing and protection.

Compared to lead-acid AGM batteries used in such applications, the Li-ion batteries offer better charge acceptance, ultimately resulting in lower alternator loads on the engine and better fuel economy; lighter weight (about 60% less than comparable lead-acid batteries); and longer life, according to Jeff Kessen, A123’s VP of Automotive Marketing and Communication.


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BAE Systems to integrate Caterpillar CX Series transmissions into HybriDrive Parallel System for Heavy-duty Trucks

BAE Systems and Caterpillar Inc. have signed a joint development agreement to collaborate on a parallel hybrid propulsion system for heavy-duty trucks. Under the agreement, BAE Systems will integrate Caterpillar CX Series Transmissions into its HybriDrive parallel propulsion system, recently launched at the National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show. (Earlier post.)


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Pinnacle Engines introduces new opposed-piston engine with a promise of 30-50% better fuel economy

Illustration of a three-cylinder configuration of the Pinnacle opposed-piston engine. Click to enlarge.

Startup Pinnacle Engines unveiled plans to commercialize a new, more efficient combustion engine by 2013. The company says the new engine design enables significant reductions in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions without increasing vehicle cost. Pinnacle has raised $13.5 million in venture funding from NEA, Bessemer Venture Partners and Infield Capital.

The Pinnacle engine is based on a four-stroke, spark-ignited (SI), opposed-piston, sleeve-valve architecture. Pinnacle says the engine achieves 30-50% better fuel economy in various drive cycle comparisons without the large cost penalty that can be associated with significant fuel economy improvement. The performance of the Pinnacle Engines design has been independently verified by FEV, Inc., a Pinnacle Engines development partner.


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CEC report sets out North American plan for change and investment to achieve sustainable freight transportation

Principal North American trade corridors. Click to enlarge.

Cross-border cooperation to improve environmental performance of the North American freight system is urgently needed not just to enhance environmental sustainability, but to safeguard regional economic competitiveness, according to a new report from the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).

The report, Destination Sustainability: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Freight Transportation in North America, looks at the continental freight transportation network, a key component of the transportation sector, which is the second-largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in North America, after electricity generation. The report, which focuses on road and rail transport, finds that while emissions from light-duty vehicles are expected to drop by 12% by 2030, freight truck emissions are projected to increase by 20%.


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BMW Group and Vattenfall Europe begin second phase of MINI E fleet test in Berlin

BMW Group and Vattenfall Europe have begun a second phase of the Mini E test fleet in Berlin, with the transfer of 70 MINI E electric vehicles to private customers (30 units) and fleet users (40 units).


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Kia unveils Naimo electric concept at Seoul

The Naimo electric concept. Click to enlarge.

Kia staged the world premiere of the Naimo electric concept car at the Seoul Motor Show. Taking its name from the Korean word “Ne-mo”, meaning “square shape”, the Naimo electric crossover utility vehicle (CUV) is the third electric vehicle design to be unveiled by Kia Motors Corporation in a year.

Power comes from a PMSM (Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor) electric motor with a maximum output of 80 kW (107 hp) and maximum torque of 280 N·m (207 lb-ft), enabling Naimo to reach a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). A twin-pack 27 kWh battery is located under the trunk floor and uses LiPoly (Lithium Ion Polymer) technology.


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