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The Week in Sustainable Mobility (4/8/07)
Mike Millikin, 8 Apr 07

Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Fourth Assessment report today, detailing current observed impacts from climate change and projecting future grim impacts based on the amount of additional warming experienced. More...

The US Supreme Court held that carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases are pollutants can be regulated under the Clean Air Act, and that as such the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to set regulatory standards for greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles. The decision in Massachusetts v. EPA may prove to be a landmark in the movement toward national regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from mobile as well as stationary sources. More...

US Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (both R-ME) have introduced a measure (S.1073) that would require automakers to reduce new vehicle greenhouse gas emissions 30% below 2002 levels by 2016. This would nationalize California’s motor vehicle greenhouse gas reduction standard. The EPA would be required to tighten the reductions every five years. More...


The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has released its biennial ranking of the greenest automakers, based on the average emissions of global warming (grams CO2-equivalent per mile) and smog-forming (grams NOx and NMOG per mile) pollutants from vehicles actually sold. For the fourth time in a row, Honda topped the organization’s rankings.
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Volkswagen announced new environmental goals for China during the inauguration of its new engine plant in Dalian. These goals envisage a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of more than 20% for models built at the plants operated by the two joint ventures—FAW-Volkswagen and Shanghai Volkswagen—by 2010. More...

The X Prize Foundation has released its draft competition guidelines for the upcoming Automotive X Prize for public comment. The Automotive X Prize (AXP) follows the model of the Ansari X Prize for private space flight, offering a multi-million dollar purse—not yet specified, although “likely in excess of $10M”—to the teams that win a long-distance stage race for clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 MPG equivalent (MPGe) and meet specified emissions criteria. More...

Speaking to reporters after unveiling three GM concept minicars at the New York International auto show, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said that meeting a mandated increase in fuel economy of 4% per year could add $5,000 to $6,000 to a vehicle’s cost. More...

Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner says the Canadian province’s greenhouse gas emissions are expected to increase another 30% within 10 years despite new efforts at regulation. More...

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships have identified carbon storage capacity in the US and Canada of more than 3.5 trillion tons. That’s approximately 900 years of storage for stationary CO2 emissions generated at today’s rate of 3.8 billion tons per year. More...

Demand for passenger cars in India is likely to push Suzuki Motor’s new-car sales in India past those in Japan in fiscal 2007. More...

A modified French high-speed electric train (TGV) has set a new world speed record for a train on conventional rails of 574.8 kph (357 mph). More...

A group of US mining, railroad, energy and labor organizations has formed the Coal-to-Liquids Coalition to promote the production of coal-to-liquids transportation fuels. More...

HYBRIDS and PLUG-IN HYBRIDS

Reported US sales of light-duty hybrid vehicles almost doubled in March 2007 from the year before, reaching 34,637 units—an increase of 94% from March 2006. Total light duty vehicle sales in the US increased 0.8%, with a 4% increase in passenger cars and a 1.9% decrease in light truck sales. These results, which do not include hybrid vehicles sold by GM as the company does not yet break those out, push the share of hybrids in monthly new light-duty vehicle sales over the 2% mark for the first time. More...

Ricardo is showcasing a cost-effective micro-hybrid powertrain system in the Taxi 07 exposition at the upcoming New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). More...

The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) has introduced eight new 40-foot Gillig diesel-electric hybrid buses with the GM-Allison hybrid drive into its fleet. More...

HyPower Fuel has entered a research alliance with Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Through this alliance, HyPower Fuel and MTSU will jointly fund Dr. Cliff Ricketts’ research into series-configuration hydrogen plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). More...

ENERGY STORAGE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide up to $14 million in funding for a $28 million cost-shared solicitation by the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery development. More...

Degussa, a global leader in the field of specialty chemicals, will showcase its work on lithium-ion batteries, hybrid vehicles and lightweight construction at the upcoming SAE 2007 World Congress in Detroit. More...

The KillaCycle, the world’s quickest electric motorcycle and the official world record holder in the ¼ mile drag, broke the world record again using a lithium-ion battery pack from A123Systems. More...

Cobasys is expanding its headquarters to facilitate additional advanced battery system development. More...

Researchers at Delft University of Technology have developed a technique to understand how nanostructuring can affect the performance of Li-ion batteries. The research findings have recently been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. More...

BIOFUELS

A just-released study by Garten Rothkopf, the Washington, DC-based advisory firm, prepared for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), assesses the opportunities and challenges for Brazil and the Americas in the emerging global biofuels industry. More...

Brazil is evaluating the possibility of increasing its current ethanol production by a factor of 12 from current levels to substitute for 10% of gasoline consumed worldwide. More...

Researchers from Colorado State University and the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service have conducted a complete lifecycle analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from biofuel production from a variety of crops. More...

Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Services (ARS) have built a pilot-scale (2.5 kg of biomass/hour) fluidized-bed fast pyrolysis reactor to convert perennial grasses to bio-oil as an intermediate step in fuels production, and have tested the reactor on switchgrass. More...

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has begun field testing of a new ethanol/biodiesel blend developed by O2Diesel. A demonstration fleet at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, is now using the new fuel, O2Biodiesel, which consists of 28% renewable sources: ethanol, biodiesel, and a proprietary biomass-derived stabilizing additive. More...

O2Diesel Corporation has entered into a distribution agreement with Geneva-based Fair Energy S.A. for several markets including Colombia and Bolivia. More...

The City of Dallas, Texas is fueling several hundred vehicles—including sanitation trucks, utility trucks and construction equipment—with a B20 biodiesel blend combined with a NOx-reducing additive from Oryxe Energy.

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Marathon Petroleum is preparing to introduce E10 blends throughout Florida, but is deadlocked with state regulators over technical standards. More...

A consortium of 10 oil distributors in Japan will soon take delivery of 7,500 kl (2 million gallons US) of ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE)—an oxygenation additive made from ethanol and isobutene. The distributors will initially sell a 7% ETBE blend at 50 gas stations. More...

TNT, one of the world’s leading express companies, has launched a pilot project in India to use biodiesel in its delivery vehicles. More...

India will launch road shows to promote E5 (5% ethanol-blended gasoline) across the country. More...

HYDROGEN

Ballard Power Systems has secured contract extensions with DaimlerChrysler to provide field service to Mercedes-Benz fuel cell bus fleets in Hamburg and Amsterdam in 2007 and 2008. More...

Nuvera Fuel Cells will supply The Toro Company with a PowerFlow PFV-5 fuel cell system for integration into a Toro Workman utility vehicle. The Workman is used for a number of applications, including turf care and facility maintenance. More...

NATURAL GAS

DHL announced plans to add compressed natural gas powered vans (CNGs) to its UAE express delivery fleet. More...

Boral, a building and construction materials supplier, and IVECO Trucks in Australia have partnered to develop Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled cement mixer trucks. More...


DIESEL


In an event at the New York International Auto Show, the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec diesel was declared the 2007 World Green Car. More...

Speaking at the New York International Auto Show, Tom Purves, Chairman and CEO of BMW (US) confirmed that a twin-turbo diesel will arrive in the US next year. More...

Hyundai may offer diesel engines across its US lineup of cars and trucks as an alternative to gasoline-electric hybrids if it can clear cost and technical hurdles. More...

In an effort to develop a lower-cost emissions control system for diesel minicars, Daihatsu has been working with Japan’s Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth on a non-thermal plasma (NTP) system for reducing particulate matter from diesel exhaust. Daihatsu engineers will present a paper on their work at the upcoming SAE World Congress in Detroit. More...

OTHER

smart USA, a subsidiary of United Auto Group, Inc, has launched a reservation system for the smart fortwo, which is expected to go on sale in the US in the first quarter of 2008. More...

Flexcar has expanded its car-sharing program to Philadelphia, PA with an initial fleet of 30 low-emission vehicles, slated to grow to more than 100 by year’s end. More...

Zipcar has launched its car-sharing service in Vancouver, British Columbia. With 100 cars put into service, the Vancouver operation is Zipcar’s largest market launch to date. More...

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Below is a bunch of crap. More scare tatics from the Big boys.
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Speaking to reporters after unveiling three GM concept minicars at the New York International auto show, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said that meeting a mandated increase in fuel economy of 4% per year could add $5,000 to $6,000 to a vehicle’s cost. More


Posted by: Dee on 8 Apr 07



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