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Renault Announces Fourth Manufacturing Site for Its Electric Vehicles

20621_BD__CA22DF3ARenault has decided to manufacture the electric version of Fluence at the OYAK-Renault Bursa plant in Turkey, with production to start in first-half 2011.

Unveiled as Fluence Z.E. Concept, the electric vehicle (EV) will be produced on the same production line as the fuel-powered versions of Fluence. As at Maubeuge, where the Group will produce electric and fuelpowered Kangoos, this option will limit the entry ticket of the program and ensure a quick industrial start, while ensuring top-level quality.

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The Tokai University solar car entry #60 Tokai Challenger has claimed victory in the 2009 Global Green Challenge

09_11_11_tokai_solar_raceThe Tokai University solar car entry #60 Tokai Challenger has claimed victory in the 2009 Global Green Challenge. The Japanese team crossed the control finish line just north of Adelaide at 3.39pm SA daylight saving time.

In what appeared to be a near faultless run over the 3,000 kilometre distance from the Darwin start, Tokai University has broken the four event string of victories set by the Dutch Nuon team in the 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007 events.

The teams first and only reported issue occurred today at the Crystal Brook rail overpass when Tokai Challenger suffered a flat tyre, 2824 kilometres from the Darwin start.

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HYbrid3 Evolution - Peugeot 3 Wheel Electric Hybrid Concept

hybrid scooter conceptAt the Milan International Cycle and Motorbike Show, Peugeot will present a new scooter concept: The HYbrid3 Evolution.The company claims that it is both practical and safe thanks to its three-wheel drive capability and offering a high level of performance (36 kW / 49 bhp), it offers original versatility and emits only 48 g/km of CO2 in the combined cycle or zero in electric mode, thanks to its innovative hybrid technology. Visitors to the 67th Milan International Cycle and Motorbike Show will discover, from 10 to 15 November 2009, the HYbrid3 Evolution concept. With its three wheels, this concept is positioned between two clearly distinct worlds: that of the scooter and that of the car. The HYbrid3 Evolution is a roofless version of the HYbrid3 compressor, presented at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It has in its genes therefore the ability to meet the expectations of different potential customers.

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Circumnavigating the Earth in a Solar Powered Plane

2009_11_Solar_Impulse_Illustration_250_The Solar Impulse project is pursuing the objective of circumnavigating the Earth powered only by sunlight. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has played a significant role in the development of this visionary flying technology platform, which has now been awarded the Braunschweig Research Prize.

The challenge: large wingspan and extremely lightweight construction

A specialist aircraft like Solar Impulse, with its combination of huge wingspan and extremely lightweight construction, constitutes a major challenge in terms of controllability and load-bearing capability. To test out the limits of controllability for Solar Impulse, the aircraft design was simulated on the most powerful computer in Germany, at the DLR Institute for Flow Technology in Braunschweig. The researchers in Braunschweig established various factors, including the lift and lateral forces, to which the future record aircraft might be subjected. “For our highly specialized computing processes, this was an interesting test,” says Dr Martin Hepperle of the DLR Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology (Institut für Aerodynamik und Strömungstechnik; IAS). The primary field of application for simulation processes is normally that of modern transport aircraft.

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The All Electric Kangoo Express to be Built in Northern France

renault-ev_kangoo-be-bop-ze_concept04_sept2009Renault has decided to produce the future electric, zero-emission version of its Kangoo Express LCV at M.C.A. (Maubeuge Carrosserie Automobile), in northern France, starting in the first half of 2011. The electric vehicle will be built on the same production line as the internal combustion variants. The new version will benefit from the know-how, fabric of suppliers and logistics network of the current Kangoo.

Specializing in LCVs for twenty years, Maubeuge, which produces Kangoo, Kangoo Express and Kangoo be bop is able to continuously adapt to the diversity that is proper to this kind of vehicles (short or long versions, with or without lateral windows, etc.), and to meet demand. This option will allow the Group to start up industrial production quickly, while guaranteeing the highest level of quality of build.

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How Green Are Zero Emission Vehicles?

t25_thumb1A project to develop a new all-electric urban car, that will be affordable for many consumers when it reaches market and manufactured using an innovative and sustainable production process has been announced in the UK. It comes at a time when many companies are announcing development programs for electric or zero emission vehicles , hybrids and plug-in hybrids but how these vehicles are made may be as important to the environment as the fuel they do or don’t use. Hybrids for example have an increased level of complexity with an electric drive-train and battery integrated with a conventional internal combustion engine. This means that from a life cycle perspective the production of hybrid vehicles uses more resources and energy  than their conventional counterparts. If this energy was derived from fossil fuels than the manufacturing of our well meaning hybrid also produced additional CO2. Battery electric vehicles are simpler in that they have only one drive-train with less moving parts than an internal combustion engine. However are they to be made in a sustainable manor? Plastic parts are made from oil and considerable energy is used in production and assembly process.  Is the plant that they are to be built in an old car plant that leaks heat , wastes energy, produces VOC’s and buys it’s electricity from a coal fired generator?  How do we know how much of a carbon footprint is coming with our new zero emission vehicle?

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Renault will Produce an Electric Vehicle in Spain based on their Twizy Z.E Concept

20597_BD__1D746A60 TwizyRenault, which already produces Mégane Hatchback, Mégane Estate, Modus and Grand Modus exclusively in Spain, has chosen to manufacture the future electric vehicle (EV) based on Twizy Z.E. Concept at Valladolid, 150 km north west of Madrid. Compact, nimble and practical, the future zeroemissionEV will fully meet all sustainable urban mobility needs.

Valladolid was selected for its expertise and performance in compact car production. It currently produces Modus and Grand Modus and a share of New Clio output. The Group also chose to produce its future EV in Spain as close as possible to the sales market, namely Western Europe, in order to simplify logistics.

Production will start in 2011.

After France, with the announcement of the production of the future city car based on Zoé Z.E. Concept, it is now the turn of Renault’s Spanish production base to prepare for the industrialization of a zeroemission model.

Renault also announced last month that Valladolid would be allocated production of a thermal engine in2012 and a fuel-combustion vehicle in 2013.

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Electric Truck Company Opens Doors in California

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, other state and local leaders, and representatives from Electric Vehicles International (EVI), along with vehicle partners, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and CT&T Company Ltd., this week officially opened EVI’s worldwide headquarters and primary US manufacturing facility. EVI will design and assemble zero-emissions, all-electric, medium-duty delivery vehicles and light-duty vehicles, all using EVI electric motors and controllers manufactured in Stockton. California is leading the nation in electric vehicles and green goods movement. EVI moved to California to help serve the state’s effort to eliminate mobile-source toxic diesel particulate pollution and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Two Meter Semi Truck "Boat Tail" Can Reduce Fuel Consumption by 7.5%

boattailA boat tail is a tapering protrusion about two metres in length mounted on the rear of a truck. During a recent study at the ‘Platform for Aerodynamic Road Transport’ (PART) an articulated lorry was driven for a period of one year with a boat tail (of varying length) and one year without a boat tail. The improved aerodynamics, depending on the length of the boat tail, resulted in reduced fuel consumption (and emissions!) of up to 7.5 percent. The optimum boat tail length proved to be two metres.

The boat tail had already proved itself during wind tunnel experiments and computer simulations, both conducted at TU Delft, in theory and using small-scale models.

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Next Generation Battery System for Hybrid Humvee

a690b730032836f2Automotive lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel, Inc. announced today that it will be working with the United States Army to develop a next-generation battery system for the hybrid version of the iconic High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee), known as the XM1124 Humvee. The company, a subsidiary of Ener1, Inc. (Nasdaq: HEV), has received a $1.29 million contract to design and build high-performance lithium-ion battery systems for two different applications, drawing on its expertise in multiple-chemistry solutions and ability to provide a complete architecture in cell chemistry, electronics and battery systems design.

“This is an opportunity to showcase the true capabilities of the EnerDel technology in conditions that demand the highest levels of safety, performance and reliability,” said Rick Stanley, EnerDel President. “In keeping with a long tradition, we also expect that innovations perfected here will have important benefits for the commercial markets.”

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NH2 Fuel Cell Tractor from New Holland

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1st Manned Hydrogen Fuel Cell Airplane




Lexus LF-Ch Hybrid Concept


EDAG “Light Car” Open Source Updates


Mercedes Concept Blue Electric Car

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Honda’s New PCX Scooter

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