Green Fleet Expo in Toronto

by Jack Rosebro John Deere Gator utility vehicle, powered by a 20kW hydrogen fuel cell and currently in service as part of Toronto’s Hydrogen Village project. Yesterday the City of Toronto hosted the inaugural Green Fleet Expo, a conference, expo, and ride-and-drive at Toronto’s Exhibition Place that brought together fleet... Read more →


2006 Tour De Sol Entrants Averaged 66 MPG

The 2006 Tour de Sol—the 18th of the annual green car event organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)—featured three separate competitions with entrants using energy-efficiency techniques and less carbon-intensive fuels to demonstrate an average of 66 mpg, 140% above the current CAFE standard. Top honors went to Wayne... Read more →


Prius Nabs International Engine of Year Award for Third Year Running

For the third year in succession, the 1.5-liter gasoline engine of the Prius Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain has won both the International Engine of the Year Award in the 1.4– 1.8-liter category and the “Best Fuel Economy” category. The awards were made at the Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. The... Read more →


Inglis Introduces Legislation for $100M H-Prize to Spur Hydrogen Work

Science Research Subcommittee Chairman Bob Inglis (R-SC) introduced legislation called the H-Prize Act of 2006 (H.R. 5143) last Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives. The monetary H-Prize is intended to attract the best and brightest minds to attack technological and commercial market obstacles in moving to a hydrogen economy.... Read more →


Tour de Sol Invites Broader Participation in This Year’s Event

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), organizer of the Tour de Sol, is inviting invites anyone who drives a hybrid or flex-fuel ethanol vehicle, or uses biodiesel in their diesel car or truck, to join the Monte Carlo-style Rally and the new Fuel Efficiency Competition in the upcoming 18th annual... Read more →


ACS Symposium: Biofuels for Transportation

The 231st national meeting of the American Chemical Society featured a one-day symposium on Biofuels for Transportation during which fuel chemists and other scientists from across the United States and Europe presented research toward developing viable, cost-effective and high-performing biofuels. Much of the focus on the one-day event was on... Read more →


The Emissions and Energy Outlook for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles represent the second-largest consumer of energy in the US transportation sector, behind light-duty vehicles but ahead of every other transportation mode, according to the Energy Information Administration. By 2030, the transportation sector’s total annual energy consumption will increase 46.5% to an estimated 39,729.9 trillion BTU (40... Read more →


IEEE and IEE Team on Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference

The upcoming IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC 2006) is, for the first time, being co-sponsored by the UK’s IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers) and will be held in Windsor, England in September. The three-day conference is also co-sponsored by the IEEE Power... Read more →


Detroit 2006: Is the Market Schizophrenic, or Changing?

At the unveiling of a concept version of a Camaro (400 hp V8 with Active Fuel Management—displacement on demand—and fuel economy of 30+ mpg) at the Detroit auto show, Bob Lutz, GM’s vice chairman of global product development, cracked: It’s two markets. The whole country is schizophrenic. At one end... Read more →


Lithium Technology Supplies Li-Ion for Two Challenge X Vehicles, One a Plug-In Hybrid

Design of LTC lithium-ion polymer cell. Lithium Technology Corporation (LTC) announced that it will supply two of the vehicles in Challenge X —one of which is a plug-in hybrid—with its GAIA high-power lithium-ion polymer batteries. Challenge X, sponsored by GM, is a three-year competition to re-engineer a GM Equinox crossover... Read more →


World Economic Forum Announces 36 Technology Pioneers for 2006

The World Economic Forum today announced the 36 companies it selected as its Technology Pioneers 2006 from a group of 97 nominees. The three category areas are Biotechnology and Health; Energy; and Information Technology. Seven of the finalists are energy companies, including Intelligent Energy, the makers of the ENV fuel-cell... Read more →


CalSTEP Targets 15% Reduction in California On-Road Petroleum Use by 2020

A new public/private state organization is dedicated to making California a model state for transportation energy consumption by 2020. Announced at the CALSTART 2020 conference today in Los Angeles, the California Secure Transportation Energy Partnership (CalSTEP) pledged to develop a plan to lead to a sustainable reduction in the state’s... Read more →


FedEx Express/Environmental Defense and Seattle Mayor Win CALSTART Blue Sky Award

CALSTART, the California operating division of WestStart-CALSTART, an advanced transportation technologies consortium, announced the winners of the 2005 Blue Sky Awards: FedEx Express/Environmental Defense and Seattle, Washington, Mayor Greg Nickels. The Blue Sky awards recognize the groundbreaking work of large and small companies for their outstanding marketplace contributions to clean... Read more →


2006 Civic Named Motor Trend Car of the Year

Motor Trend has named the all-new Honda Civic the 2006 Car of the Year. The award extends to the entire Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe lineup including the Civic Hybrid and high-performance Civic Si models. The Motor Trend editorial staff selected the Honda Civic from a field of 28 new... Read more →


Fiat Grande Punto Grabs the Compact Car Golden Steering Wheel

Fiat’s Grande Punto The Fiat Grande Punto has won Germany’s 2005 Golden Steering Wheel award in the Compact Car class in the 30th annual running of the competition organized by the weekly magazine Bild am Sonntag. The Grande Punto beat the Volkswagen Fox, Renault Clio, Toyota Yaris and Peugeot 1007... Read more →


The Great Ethanol Energy Balance Debate, Round n+1

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is hosting an Ethanol Energy Open Forum next week in which Bruce Dale, a Michigan State University professor, and John Sheehan, a senior engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will debate David Pimentel, a Cornell University professor, and Tad Patzek, a professor from... Read more →


Univ. of Michigan Wins North American Solar Challenge

U Mich Solar Car Momentum (and driver) crossing the border into Canada. (Photo by Stefano Paltera/North American Solar Challenge) The University of Michigan won the 2005 North American Solar Challenge (NASC)(earlier post) today with a cumulative time of 53 hours, 59 minutes and 43 seconds, for an average speed of... Read more →


2,500-Mile North American Solar Challenge Begins

Winners of the 2003 American Solar Challenge The 11-day North American Solar Challenge (NASC) “rayce” kicks off today, with 20 qualifying cars racing 2,500 miles (4,023 km) from Austin, Texas to Calgary, Alberta. Sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE), Natural Resources Canada (NRC), DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory... Read more →


High School Team Tops SAE Supermileage with 1,836 MPG

Mater Dei High School of Evansville, Ind., finished first at the recent SAE 2005 Supermileage competition, posting a top fuel economy of 1,836 miles per gallon (mpg). The University of British Columbia finished first in the collegiate division with a top fuel economy of 1,608 mpg. Both schools have won... Read more →


Bibendum Rally: From Kyoto to Aichi Prefecture

The Bibendum Forum & Rally kicked off in Kyoto. Sponsored by Michelin in association with its partners in the automotive world—carmakers, technology and energy suppliers—the event promotes and demonstrates the development of clean technologies and energies for motorized vehicles with an educational forum and road rally. Her Imperial Highness Princess... Read more →


Toyota is Exclusive Automotive Sponsor for UN World Environment Day; Prius the Official Car

In another example of its effective environmentally-focused marketing, Toyota is the exclusive automotive sponsor of UN World Environment Day 2005, and the Prius is the official car of the event. It’s exciting to be involved in this important event building environmental awareness and to have the Prius represent what’s already... Read more →


Vehicle-to-Grid Power Symposium in Seattle

A Seattle-based non-profit organization, Sustainable Ballard, is organizing a two half-day forum on Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) systems. The first afternoon session on 6 June is a technical symposium on V2G; the second on 7 June explores V2G possibilities in the Seattle area. As it sounds, the V2G concept is that battery,... Read more →


Honda Insight Tops in Tour de Sol Rally; Plug-in Prius Delivers Nominal 102 MPG (But Net 67 MPG)

A modified Honda Insight driven by Brian Hardegen of Pepperell, MA, was the top placing vehicle at the National 2005 Tour de Sol Monte Carlo Rally (earlier post), achieving 94 mpg. That leaves the 100-mpg Challenge on the able for next year’s event. The plug-in Prius demonstrated by Valence and... Read more →


Fuel Cell Car Wins Shell Eco-marathon with Equivalent to 9,024 MPG

Hydrogen-powered cars were the most efficient on the road during a record-breaking weekend at the Shell Eco-marathon at the Nogaro Motor Circuit in Gers, France, but two gasoline-powered cars used less overall lifecycle energy for the vehicles and the fuel. The Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams to design and build... Read more →


100 mpg Challenge: Monte Carlo-style Rally at the 17th Tour de Sol

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association has created a new Monte Carlo-style Rally for people with advanced vehicles that reduce petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions. The event is a new feature of the 17th annual Tour de Sol competition. $10,000 in awards will be given to the most fuel efficient... Read more →


Clean@uto at EVS 21: CLEANOVA II EV

Clean@uto is providing live coverage from EVS21: The 21st Worldwide Battery, Hybrid- and Fuel Cell-Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition, held this year in Monaco. They have an update on the CLEANOVA II, the electric delivery vehicle developed by SVE for La Poste in partnership with CEREVEH (Development and Innovation Centre... Read more →


CBN at the Hydrogen Conference

Car Buyer’s Notebook attended the hydrogen conference in Washington, DC last week, and provides some hands-on enthusiastic impressions of the Honda FCX. When I first walked up to the vehicle, I didn’t realize it was running. When my ears ajusted to the light whir of the hydrogen-powered engine, I decided... Read more →


Event Note: California’s Transportation Energy Future

CALSTART is hosting a one-day forum exploring the whys and hows for reducing California’s petroleum consumption and increasing its use of non-petroleum fuels by the year 2020. WestStart-CALSTART is a consortium working to develop advanced transportation technologies and clean transportation solutions. It was founded in 1992 as CALSTART, but rapidly... Read more →


Audi Picks up 10 Awards at Challenge Bibendum

Audi brought three models to the Challenge Bibendum and won 10 awards for driving dynamics, driving safety, emission behaviour and fuel consumption. The winning models were: An A2 1.2 TDI, the only five-door car that delivers 100 kilometers (combined drive cycle) on less than three litres of fuel—that’s 78 mpg.... Read more →


Challenge Bibendum Summary Results

Michelin has posted results from The Challenge Bibendum. Seventy four of the 150 vehicles present competed, more than 50% of which were electric vehicles. Average energy consumption was less than 5 liters per 100 km [47 mpg] for cars, with some vehicles achieving 3 liters/100 km [78 mpg]. Diesel was... Read more →


Challenge Bibendum 2004: Representation by Powertrain

The Challenge Bibendum 2004 runs this week in Shanghai. Created in 1998 by Michelin Group to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of Bibendum, the “Michelin Man”, Challenge Bibendum has quickly become an annual forum for industry, policymakers and experts to review the latest technologies and progress made in the area of... Read more →


Challenge X: GM and DOE

Here is a description of the contest I mentioned below in the post about the biodiesel hybrid: Challenge X. Seventeen North American universities were selected through a competitive process to participate in CHALLENGE X: Michigan Technological University; Mississippi State University; Ohio State University; Pennsylvania State University; Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology;... Read more →


Chemical R&D and the Global Energy Economy

Chemical & Engineering News reports on the Council for Chemical Research’s (CCR) annual meeting. The theme was Chemical Research Opportunities for the Global Energy Economy and the focus was exploring the role of chemical R&D in avoiding an impending global energy crisis. FIRST OFF, several industry analysts pointedly said U.S.... Read more →


North American Energy Summit

The Western Governors’ Association North American Energy Summit opens tomorrow (14 Apr 04) in Albuquerque, NM. (ABQ). The scope of this event goes well beyond the transportation market. Some interesting aspects to it. There is a transportation breakout in the expo area with featured participation from Blue Sun biodiesel and... Read more →