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The Week in Sustainable Mobility (6/17/07)
Mike Millikin, 17 Jun 07
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The US Senate began debating its energy bill this week. The bill and proposed amendments tackle a broad range of issues, from increasing fuel economy; a national low-carbon fuel standard; a national geothermal energy initiative; a wave, -tide- and current-energy initiative; a significant increase in the renewable fuels standard; support for plug-in hybrids and electric drive transportation; coal-to-liquids programs; and much more. More...

The auto industry weighed in to support the more lenient proposal for fuel economy standards under debate in the Senate. More...

A new study concludes that there is no trade-off required between higher fuel economy and vehicle safety. More...

The 2007 edition of the Cascadia Scorecard, an annual progress report on the Pacific Northwest published by Sightline Institute, shows that per capita gasoline use in the Cascadia region (including British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington state) is at a four-decade low. More...

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger notified the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that California will file a lawsuit against the federal government over the government’s failure to grant California a waiver to implement the greenhouse gas regulations for new vehicles. More...

European emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) decreased between 2004 and 2005, according to the final version of the annual GHG inventory report of the European Community prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA). More...

The King Review of low-carbon cars in the UK issued a call for evidence, inviting views from all interested parties on how best to achieve substantial reductions in road transport emissions over the next 25 years, as part of the UK’s strategy to tackle climate change. More...

Geo-engineering attempts to mitigate global warming by blocking sunlight could succeed and drastically cool the planet, bringing global temperatures back to around year 1900 levels—but could just as easily worsen the situation if these projects fail or are suddenly halted, according to a new computer modeling study. More...

Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Louis Gallois is targeting that by 2020, all new Airbus aircraft entering the market would produce 50% less CO2 and 80% less NOx than levels in 2000. More...

HYBRIDS and PLUG-IN HYBRIDS

Ford has the delivered the first three E85 Escape Hybrids out of a total of 20 in a demonstration fleet that will be delivered to select fleet customers in six states. More...

The Wall Street Journal reported that Toyota Motor has decided to postpone using lithium-ion battery technology in the initial versions of its next generation Prius due to worries over the safety of the li-ion technology. More...

Hyundai Motor will introduce a hybrid version of its mid-size Avante sedan (the domestic counterpart to the Elantra) in Korea in 2009 that combines its Liquefied Petroleum Injection (LPI) engine with an electric motor. It will be the first Korean hybrid car for consumers. More...

Bosch has a contact for components for a diesel hybrid that it expects to be on the road in 2010. More...

Scientists at the University of Portsmouth (UK) are developing a novel real-time software-based control and diagnostics system using new artificial intelligence algorithms which, in combination with an in-wheel motor, will provide a new drive and control mechanism for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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Hertz is adding 3,400 Prius hybrids to its Green Collection of rental cars.More...

Ikea UK is switching its entire company passenger-car fleet from Skodas to Civic Hybrids by next year in a pilot program that may presage a company-wide shift to greener vehicles. More...

BIOFUELS

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved changes to its reformulated gasoline regulations to allow ethanol blends of up to 10% (E10). More...

BP has entered two collaborations with biotech companies: the first with Mendel Biotechnology to develop biofeedstocks for the production of cellulosic ethanol; the second with Synthetic Genomics to develop biological conversion processes for subsurface hydrocarbons that could lead to cleaner energy production and improved recovery rates. BP is also investing in each company.

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Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are using an extremeophile—a microorganism that lives in extreme environmental conditions—as the basis for developing optimized enzymes to pre-process cellulosic biomass cheaply and efficiently for the production of cellulosic ethanol. More...

The US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) has announced the latest additions to the Community Sequencing Program (CSP) portfolio. These 11 new plant and microbial targets—most with implications for biofuels production and/or the global carbon cycle—total some 21 billion nucleotides of DNA sequence capacity allocated to public projects submitted through the CSP for fiscal year 2008. More...

Energy Quest, Inc., the latest version of the company that had been Syngas International, announced that it plans to concentrate on the production of butanol via gasification and catalytic conversion of carbon-based feedstocks such as coal and waste. More...

Gulf Ethanol Corp., a Houston, Texas-based ethanol company, is pursuing the use of sorghum as a feed stock for the production of cellulosic ethanol. More...

Poland Spring Water Company has begun operating its stainless-steel tanker trucks that deliver spring water for bottling on B5 biodiesel. More...

Suffolk County (NY) is about to convert its entire fleet of 439 public works vehicles to B20 biodiesel. More...

An E85-fueled Aston Martin DBRS9 6.0-liter, V12 sportscar finished first in round five of the Avon Tyres British GT3 Championship to become the first bio-fueled car to win a major motorsport event in the UK. More...

China may ban the use of food crop feedstocks for ethanol production, switching entirely to non-food materials, according to an official of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) at a seminar in Beijing. More...

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

The Royal Mail (UK) has ordered one Edison and one Newton electric vehicle from Smith Electric Vehicles, a subsidiary of the Tanfield Group, for trials in London. The Royal Mail will use the vehicles for parcel and mail distribution operations. More...

UK-based Lightning Car Company car company is introducing an all-electric luxury sportscar powered by an Altair Nanotechnologies lithium-ion battery pack and PML Flightlink in-wheel motors. More...

NATURAL GAS

GM Spain and Spanish gas supplier Gas Natural are collaborating to develop the market for natural gas vehicles (NGV) in Spain. More...

DIESEL

General Motors will introduce a new Tier 2 Bin 5 (50-state) compliant 4.5L V-8 Duramax turbo-diesel that improves engine fuel efficiency by 25% compared to gasoline engines, and reduces CO2 emissions by 13% and cuts particulates and NOx emissions by at least 90% compared to comparable diesels today. More...

Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) has introduced a new member of its diesel engine family: a 1.9-liter JTD (uniJet Turbo Diesel) two-stage turbodiesel. The new Euro-5 engine improves low-end torque by 50%, with 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) available from 1,250 rpm. More...

The Nikkei reported that Toyota Motor will outsource production of advanced diesel engines to Isuzu Motors. The two are jointly developing a 1.6-liter advanced, low-emissions diesel engine. More...

DaimlerChrysler has introduced the new version of the smart fortwo cdi: a diesel city car that offers fuel consumption of just 3.3 liters/100km (71 mpg US) with carbon dioxide emissions of 88 g/km.

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Honda Motor will introduce its advanced diesel engine in passenger vehicles in Japan by 2009, marking a first for a Japanese automaker. More...

The US Environmental Protection Agency is making nearly $1.7 million available for clean diesel projects under the 2007 Northeast Diesel Collaborative Emissions Reductions Grant Program. More...

SYNTHETIC FUELS

China may halt its coal-to-liquids projects, according to an official with the country’s top economic planning agency. More...

OTHER

Toyota Motor has announced its new variable valve lift mechanism, which it calls Valvematic. Valvematic combines the existing VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent), which continuously controls intake valve opening/closing timing, with a new mechanism that continuously controls the intake valve lift volume. In the case of a new 2.0-liter engine developed by Toyota, Valvematic improves fuel efficiency by 5% to 10% (depending on driving conditions), reduces CO2 emissions, boosts output by at least 10% and enhances acceleration responsiveness, according to the company. More...

Honda Canada is trying to squeeze lower fuel consumption out of its Fit and Civic models to be able to qualify for a C$1,000 rebate under the Canadian government’s ecoAuto program. More...

General Motors India is planning to introduce a third small car in 2008, following the hatchback Aveo U-VA launched in 2006 and the Chevrolet Spark launched in 2007. More...

Nissan Motor has introduced the all-new Clipper Rio “one-box” mini-wagon in Japan. The new Clipper Rio is Nissan’s first one-box mini-wagon and is the fifth mini-vehicle model in the Nissan lineup. More...

The NEVIS Engine Company Ltd. has successfully closed its first round of seed funding to help it further test and develop its current two-cylinder prototype engine as well as to develop awareness of the technology. The Italian company has been developing the prototype with €2.5 million (US$3.3 million) in government grant money. More...

Global shipping company APL, the world’s eighth-largest container carrier, will test a new cold-ironing system to reduce in-port emissions at US seaports. More...

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