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Tesla Model S chased through Palo Alto Hills

Published: August 25, 2011

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Tesla Motors , USA , Videos Tesla Model S beta testing in the wild – Click above to watch video after the jump We’ve seen footage of the 2012 Tesla Model S on the track posing pretty for the corporate cameras both with its Roadster stable mate and without . In the wild, sightings are more rare, but now video has emerged of a little car chase along a (very) twisty Page Mill Road in the Palo Alto hills. Apparently, someone with a heavy foot, a keen eye and a camera-equipped co-pilot caught up with the all-electric sedan as it was out doing a bit of Saturday afternoon beta testing.


Audi spills the beans on production A8 Hybrid

Published: August 24, 2011

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Filed under: Hybrid , Audi Diesel-lovin’ Audi is slowly, slowly coming to grips with this whole hybrid thing. Earlier this year, the “We’re not against hybrids” automaker finally gave out some real information about its hybrid Q5 (after years of teases and killing the program once ,) and we saw the A6 hybrid at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Today, Audi is making good on the promise it made at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010 when it showed off a thinly disguised hybrid A8 concept .


IISD calls for countries to phase out all fossil fuel subsidies

Published: August 24, 2011

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Filed under: Biodiesel , Etc. , Ethanol , Legislation and Policy Reforming eliminating fossil fuel subsidies would save governments billions of dollars while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and freeing up monies for incentives on cleaner forms of energy, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a Canada-based research institute. Though long overdue, the IISD says this potentially transformative issue will reach the international level in June of 2012 at Rio+20 – the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development


Japanese researchers can deliver power to your wheels by radio

Published: August 23, 2011

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Filed under: Emerging Technologies , EV/Plug-in For electric items that are too mobile to be connected by wire, like – to pull a completely random example out of the air – a car traveling down the highway, the idea of wireless power transmission has a lot of appeal. Several different schemes have been considered, including magnetic induction, microwaves, or even lasers


Chevy Volt supply rises to 22 days as sales slip

Published: August 23, 2011

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , Chevrolet , GM 2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery Chris Perry, head of Chevrolet global marketing for General Motors , expects sales of the Chevy Volt to rebound after its Model Year 2012 changeover and recently told Ward’s Auto , “The sales pace is what we expected.” Chevrolet sold a mere 125 Volts in July , down from 561 in June . Perry blames low inventories for the slip in Volt sales, but the number crunchers over at Ward’s Auto present a compelling argument that seems to contradict Perry’s claim


Volvo adding stop-start tech to automatic trans-equipped vehicles

Published: August 23, 2011

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Filed under: Diesel , MPG , Volvo , Europe/EU Volvo is methodically adding stop-start technology to its vehicles equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission over in Europe. The stop-start tech, which initially is only available on vehicles with the 2.0-liter D3 turbodiesel engine, cuts CO2 emission by approximately ten grams per kilometer and reduces fuel consumption by 0.4 liter per 100 km


Gasoline demand falls to 10-year low in July

Published: August 23, 2011

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Filed under: MPG , USA The American Petroleum Institute (API) reports total petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) fell by 0.5 percent in July, compared to the same month in 2010. Though miniscule, July marks the first time in 2011 that deliveries actually dropped when compared to the previous month


Solar energy could match coal’s price by 2015 in China; globally by 2020

Published: August 22, 2011

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Solar A new report from the Chinese government notes that the cost of solar power in that country could drop below 0.80 yuan (12.5 cents) per kilowatt-hour by 2015. At that price, solar matches up favorably with the current go-to source for cheap energy, coal. How


Japan pushing for 24.1% increase in fuel economy by 2020

Published: August 21, 2011

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Filed under: MPG , Legislation and Policy , Japan 2011 Nissan Micra / March – Click above for high-res image gallery Japanese automakers will most likely need to boost their fleetwide fuel economy by 24.1 percent by 2020 to meet stringent standards being drawn up by the government, reports the Nikkei business daily. This isn’t like the recent CAFE increase in the U.S. The tentative regulations, which could take effect in spring of 2012 and measure total improvement from 2009’s baseline fuel economy ratings, will apply to an automaker’s entire lineup of vehicles, no exclusions, says the Nikkei


Electricity consumption up 12.2 % in China in 2011

Published: August 21, 2011

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Filed under: Etc. , EV/Plug-in , China BYD eBUS-12 China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) announced on Sunday that the nation’s total consumption of electricity from January 2011 through the end of July shot up approximately 12.2 percent when compared to the same time frame in 2010. It’s estimated that China consumed nearly 2.69 trillion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in the first seven months of 2011


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