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Hybrid and Diesel Marketshare Projections

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in conjunction with Energy & Environmental Analysis and J. D. Power and Associates has projected possible hybrid and diesel marketshare in the US through 2012. Unfortunately, it did not incude diesel hybrids in its work. Based on an assessment of the status and outlook for the... Read more →

New Nissan/Renault Fuel-Efficient Gasoline Engines and CVT

Nissan, working with Renault, has developed two new fuel-efficient in-line 4-cylinder gasoline engines and a new continuously variable transmission (CVT). The automakers will implement the new hardware on various small passenger cars beginning this autumn. The new 1.5-liter and the 2.0-liter units both incorporate new shared technologies designed to provide... Read more →

Hyundai’s Own Electric Motor for its Hybrids

Hyundai Motors is pushing hard on many fronts to catapult itself to the top ranks of global automakers. (Business Week runs a good overview of the company’s quest in the 6 Sep 04 issue, focusing on the rollout of the Camry-competitor NF Sonata sedan.) An important element of its strategy... Read more →

Dry Hole (Region)

National Post (Canada). Nova Scotia’s struggling offshore energy sector suffered a potential death blow yesterday with the closure of the only remaining well slated to be drilled by a major oil company. Marathon Canada Petroleum said its $80-million exploratory well will be “permanently plugged and abandoned” after it failed to... Read more →

IBM Opens Supercomputing On Demand Center for Oil Industry

IBM has opened its third supercomputing on demand (Deep Computing Capacity On Demand) center in Houston, this one targeted at the exploration and production segment of the petroleum industry. Landmark Graphics, a Halliburton company, is the anchor. This makes great sense from an IT point of view (and is very... Read more →

DME Advances: Road Trials in Japan

Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (AIST) and eight private companies have applied for a permit to test mid- and large-size trucks using Dimethyl Ether (DME) fuel, a clean burning synthetic fuel that can substitute for conventional diesel, liquified petroleum gas (LPG) or be reformed into hydrogen for... Read more →

FAW Opts for Enova Hybrid Drives for Bus Fleet

China’s First Auto Works (FAW, the country’s oldest indigenous automaker) has entered into a development and sales agreement with Enova Systems to use its hybrid drive systems for FAW full (parallel) hybrid buses. These buses—potentially up to 1,000 of them—will shuttle athletes and guests at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics... Read more →

LG Building Lithium-Ion Hybrid Batteries for Detroit

Chosun Ilbo. LG Chem, South Korea’s largest chemical company, has a $4.6 million contract with the US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) to develop advanced lithium-ion (Li-ion) polymer battery cells for hybrid electric vehicles. Daimler Chrysler, Ford and GM formed the USABC consortium in 1991 to develop batteries for hybrids and... Read more →

More Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Public Fleets

The McKinney Courier-Gazette (Texas) gives a fairly detailed description of the alternative fuel strategy being employed by the Collin County, Texas, fleet managers, which includes clean diesel fuel (ultra-low sulfur after a biodiesel trial), hybrids, bi-fuel trucks (propane or gasoline) and retrofitting. But the county is not alone in its... Read more →

Cat Expands into Auto Work

Caterpillar, the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines, is moving into the automotive powertrain business. On 18 Aug, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services (Cat Reman) announced two acquisitions: Williams Technologies, a remanufacturer of automatic transmissions, torque converters, and engines for automotive... Read more →

No CNG? No Problem. Town Fleet Opting for Hybrids.

Arizona Republic. With Ford and General Motors stopping production of compressed natural gas and propane-fueled vehicles at year’s end, many Valley municipalities have been left wondering how to keep their alternative-fuel programs alive. But not Gilbert. That’s because the town doesn’t have one. Instead, Gilbert is considering expanding its use... Read more →

GM, Ford Sales Slipping

The automakers won’t announce August sales figures until September, but indications are that sales are slowing down for GM and Ford. Ford’s market forecaster announced an expected drop-off compared to August 2003. Ford, the second-biggest U.S automaker, reported lower sales in six of seven months this year. This year through... Read more →

Chrysler Group Gas Hybrids by 2006?

Detroit Free Press. DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group may sell gasoline-electric cars and trucks to U.S. consumers as early as 2006, adding another fuel-efficient option to its main strategy of diesel-powered vehicles. Chrysler...is studying whether to add gasoline-electric hybrid versions of some of its vehicles, according to Chrysler Group CEO Dieter... Read more →

Gas Prices Summer ’04: Conservation Helps

Business Week online. A combination of increased gasoline supplies and decreased driving has kept gasoline prices low even while the price for crude continue to ratchet upward. Don’t expect that to last. Gasoline prices soared last spring, when demand took off along with the U.S. economy. Industry pundits were predicting... Read more →

Kansai Closing All Reactors for Checks After Fatal Accident

Bloomberg. Kansai Electric Power Co., Japan’s second-biggest utility, is halting all its 11 nuclear reactors for checks after Monday’s fatal accident at the company’s Mihama plant. Kansai Electric produces about 56 percent of its electricity from nuclear power plants, according to the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan. Thermal... Read more →

GM Gas/Ethanol/Natural Gas Car for Brazil

GM and Ford may be cutting natural gas vehicles in the US, but elsewhere development is booming. GM is introducing a tri-fuel car to the Brazilian market. The Astra Multipower runs on gasoline, ethanol or natural gas. Just-auto.com. The Astra sedan Multipower was developed in conjunction by GM and Bosch... Read more →

Oil Production From 24 Major US-Based Companies

The Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration regularly collects financial results from 24 major US-based energy companies. These include the US-based subsidiaries of BP and Shell, but not the international operations of those companies, as both are based overseas. Combining the 24 provides a good snapshot of trends. The EIA... Read more →