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The Week in Sustainable Mobility (3/25/07)
Mike Millikin, 25 Mar 07
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China may overtake the US this year as the world’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, according to estimates from the US Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC). More...

Final energy consumption in the EU-25 countries increased by 12.6% between 1990 and 2004, according to the European Environment Agency. The fastest growing sector is transport, with 28.6% increase in the EU-25 between 1990 and 2004. Improvements in fuel efficiency were offset by increases in passenger and freight transport demand. More...

Dozens of institutional investors managing a combined $4 trillion in assets called on the US Congress to enact strong federal legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions. More...


The Bush Administration proposed draft legislation to Congress that would require 35 billion gallons of alternative motor fuel—15% of projected gasoline use—by 2017.
The new standard would require US ethanol and alternative fuel consumption to reach 10 billion gallons in 2010. Alternative fuel use would then slowly rise through 2014, and ramp up the following three years to reach 35 billion gallons annually in 2017.
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The United Autoworkers Union (UAW) called for federal action to encourage investment in domestic production of hybrid and advanced diesel vehicles. More...

A report from an interdisciplinary MIT panel concluded that carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is the critical enabling technology to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions significantly while also allowing coal to meet the world’s energy needs. More...

General Motors is targeting a reduction of CO2 emissions from its North American manufacturing facilities by 40% by 2010, based on 2000 levels. More...


The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) said that while the European auto industry supports the EU objective of reducing car emissions to an average of 120 g/km by 2012, actually achieving that goal will require more than vehicle technology.
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The UK Budget 2007 introduced by Chancellor Gordon Brown will almost double the vehicle excise duty (VED) on the least fuel-efficient cars. In counterpoint, the rate for low-carbon band B cars (101-120 g/km) is reduced. More...

The government of Canada is introducing several new measures designed to encourage consumers to purchase or lease fuel-efficient vehicles and get older vehicles off the road, including up to C$2,000 in rebates for the purchase or long-term lease of a fuel-efficient vehicle and up to C$4,000 in a gas-guzzler tax. More...

Limited supplies of fuel for nuclear power plants may thwart the renewed and growing interest in nuclear energy in the United States and other nations, according to an MIT expert on the industry. More...

HYBRIDS and PLUG-IN HYBRIDS

Mazda will begin commercial leasing of the Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid in 2008. In the Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid, the hydrogen-fueled rotary engine and the 30 kW electric motor are incorporated into a power unit that is transversely mounted at the front of the car in an FF layout. More...

Robert Q. Riley Enterprises will soon introduce the kit and plans for its XR-3 plug-in diesel hybrid—a two-passenger, three-wheel vehicle with an expected fuel economy rating between 125 and 225 miles per gallon. More...

Kenworth Truck Company, a division of PACCAR, introduced its new Kenworth T270 Class 6 hybrid-electric truck at the Mid-America Trucking Show. More...

Hybrid technologies developed jointly by Peterbilt Motors Company and Eaton Corporation have been integrated into an aerodynamically styled Class-8 heavy-duty vehicle. More...


Transport for London and Arriva will conduct field tests with Volvo hybrid double-deck buses on Route 141 in London during 2008.
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A group of California school districts and transportation organizations is seeking $3.25 million in funding to acquire CNG Plug-in Hybrid school buses (PHEB).

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ENERGY STORAGE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES

ZAP has published concept drawings of its proposed ZAP-X Crossover SUV on its website. Lotus Engineering is developing the ZAP-X for ZAP, and is basing it on the Lotus aluminum APX concept. More...

UQM Technologies has been awarded an additional US$1-million contract supplement to an existing US Air Force contract to convert a conventional one-half ton pickup truck to all-electric operation using an optimized configuration of currently available advanced technologies. More...

Maxwell Technologies has introduced a rugged 390-volt BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor module to provide scalable, easy-to-integrate, energy storage and power delivery solutions for heavy hybrid and electric vehicles and heavy duty industrial applications requiring up to 1,170 volts. More...


BIOFUELS


Manufacturers, policy makers, regulators and biodiesel industry representatives met recently for the 2007 Biodiesel Summit at the NextEnergy Center in Detroit with a focus on clearing impediments to full support of B20 blends.
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Cummins Inc. has approved the use of B20 biodiesel blends in its 2002 and later emissions-compliant ISX, ISM, ISL, ISC and ISB engines. This includes the recently released 2007 products. More...

With 350,000 miles covered in a two-million mile over-the-road test comparing B20 biodiesel to conventional petroleum diesel in its heavy-duty fleet, Decker Truck Line is reporting substantial benefits in the use of the biofuel. More...

The 2,800 public transit buses in Rome, Italy, will switch to a B20 biodiesel blend by the end of 2008. More...

The 2007 IndyCar Series season that just began with the Indy 300 will be running on 100% ethanol for the first time. More...

Tank Sports has completed the first stage of research and development for its new flex-fuel 150cc and 250cc motorcycles that can run on E85 ethanol. More...

Business and government leaders announced the formation of the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2). The purpose of the joint venture is to develop new biofuels and biorefining techniques and assist in a streamlined transfer of these advances to the public.

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) has selected three biofuel projects to receive a combined $3 million in funding under a Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program solicitation issued in October 2006. More...

BASF and Monsanto Company announced a long-term joint research and development (R&D) and commercialization collaboration in plant biotechnology that will focus on the development of high yielding crops and crops that are more tolerant to adverse environmental conditions such as drought. The collaboration is effective immediately.

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Novozymes is proposing a five-step strategy to achieve economically viable cellulosic ethanol. More...

AlgoDyne Ethanol Energy, the developers of a proprietary based process to continuously harvest algae biomass from photobioreactors to produce electricity and fuel, is acquiring 3,000 acres of agricultural land in Saskatchewan, Canada, to grow bioenergy crops, including Miscanthus. More...

Researchers and engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy are suggesting using the steam from existing nuclear power plants in the Corn Belt to reduce the costs of producing ethanol from corn and other biomass.

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The Dow Chemical Company has introduced a monopropylene glycol—Propylene Glycol Renewable (PGR)—made from glycerin generated during the manufacture of biodiesel. More...

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products LLC, a joint venture between DuPont and Tate & Lyle, is partnering with Cryotech Deicing Technology to introduce Susterra propanediol, a new 100% renewably sourced product for runway deicing formulations marketed to airports and the aviation industry. More...

Thailand may allow imports of palm oil to produce biodiesel due to a shortage of palm oil in Thailand. More...

HYDROGEN

Air Products, a leader in hydrogen fueling station technology and the world’s largest producer of hydrogen, and FuelCell Energy, Inc., a manufacturer of stationary fuel-cell power systems, have together begun construction of a demonstration hydrogen energy station capable of providing low-cost hydrogen, electric power and heat from one integrated unit. More...

OTHER

Flexcar has expanded to the city of Baltimore, Maryland through a partnership with The Johns Hopkins University with an initial group of four hybrid vehicles. More...

Volvo Aero and the Swedish Government are each investing SEK 63 million (US$9 million) to support the development of lightweight components for more fuel-efficient aircraft engines. More...

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Comments

Very interesting development in the realm of 'zero pollution' vehicles. That I only just discovred though the news is a month old.

A French company,MDI, designed a car engine that runs on air and the MiniCAT, a car that uses this technology. They've been around a while as I'm sure many of you know. However, recently one of India's largest motor company, Tata Motors, has just signed a deal supporting further development and refinement of the technology, and its application and licensing for India.

You can find out more about the car itself at:
http://www.theaircar.com/MiniCats.html


Posted by: Thaddeus on 26 Mar 07



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