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2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring Review

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Tue, 2014-11-18 13:45
The fuel economy ratings have improved. In fact, the Forester boasts best-in-class fuel efficiency among compact SUVs with full-time all-wheel drive.

Best family car under $30000: Chrysler 200

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Tue, 2014-11-18 13:45
Intimate, elegant, exciting: when did we start using those words to describe family cars? Push the start button on a Chrysler 200, a Hyundai Sonata or ...

2014 Kia Optima (hybrid): Sexy, economy, value

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Tue, 2014-11-18 13:45
You need not look hard to find a sexy, practical sedan these days. If you want the looks of a costly Italian sedan and high fuel economy need look no ...

Best family car over $30000: Audi A3 2.0 TSFI quattro

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Tue, 2014-11-18 13:43
While not as strong as the upper trim models, this 3 Series still goes down the road with authority while returning impressive fuel economy.

Hybrid Vehicle Momentum Stalls in California

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Tue, 2014-11-18 13:34
The technology needs a jolt of innovation or increased fuel economy if automakers hope to boost sales, experts say. by Charles Fleming, Los Angeles ...

Chevrolet purchasing and retiring up to $5M in carbon credits to help 11 colleges pay for efficiency projects

Pipe: Advanced tech - Tue, 2014-11-18 13:19

Chevrolet is purchasing carbon credits worth up to $5 million to help 11 colleges in the US pay for energy efficiency-based carbon reductions. The GM brand will retire the carbon credits to benefit the climate instead of using them to offset the emissions of Chevrolet vehicles or operations.

As part of its voluntary initiative to reduce 8 million metric tons of carbon from being emitted, Chevrolet during the last four years has supported US communities in aggressively and ingeniously reducing their carbon footprint.

Campuses for the first time can access funding from the US carbon market to fuel their large-scale energy efficiency efforts toward even greater progress, effectively using carbon performance methodologies Chevrolet developed to make money via their greenhouse gas reductions that result from energy efficiency.

As we kept inching closer to our carbon-reduction goal, we wanted to support colleges going above and beyond to help combat climate change, and open the door for other companies to contribute to such campus clean energy projects. This helps ensure campuses can continue to receive funding from companies’ carbon purchases long after Chevrolet completes its carbon-reduction initiative next year.— Greg Martin, executive director of sustainability, General Motors

For the last two years, Chevrolet has been the largest US corporate buyer of voluntary carbon credits by volume, according to nonprofit Forest Trends Ecosystem Marketplace. Of the nearly 8.2 million tons contracted from 36 projects, 69% have been retired. The balance is scheduled to be retired summer of 2015.

Chevrolet partnered with these colleges for their clean-energy performance: Ball State University; Valencia College; Portland State University; Spelman College; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point; Boston University; Rochester Institute of Technology; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Grand Valley State University; and Southern Oregon University.

Best SUV/CUV under $35000: Subaru Outback

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Tue, 2014-11-18 13:17
A limited budget doesn't mean limited options in the SUV and CUV segment these days. Whether your style is outdoorsy, eccentric or unassuming, ...

Interim assessment finds Volkswagen’s “Think Blue. Factory.” environmental program tracking to meet 2018 goals of 25% improvement vs. 2010

Pipe: Advanced tech - Tue, 2014-11-18 13:11

The Volkswagen brand’s “Think Blue. Factory.” environmental program remains on track to meet its 2018 goals of reducing energy and water consumption as well as the share in waste, CO2 and solvent emissions at all Volkswagen plants throughout the world by 25% compared with 2010 levels by 2018. This was the of an interim assessment made by more than 250 environmental experts from 27 plants of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, the Components business area and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles at a “Think Blue. Factory.” day in Wolfsburg.

Under the program, some 5,000 individual measures are to be taken by 2018. Volkswagen has already successfully implemented more than 2,700 projects and made its production processes 17% more environmentally compatible over the past three years.

Think Blue. Factory. is and remains the approach we have adopted to achieve the sustainability targets we have set ourselves for production and logistics at the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand by 2018. I am very pleased to see how effectively the methods and processes we have developed together are now being put into practice at our locations.—Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand responsible for Production and Logistics

Attendees presented innovative ideas and successful measures to reduce resource use from around the globe. For example:

  • Water used to test the firefighting system at the Curitiba plant in Brazil is recycled as cooling water following the tests.

  • The Zwickau and Pamplona plants have significantly reduced water consumption for vehicle tightness tests. (In vehicle production, this is the stage that requires most water following the paintshop.)

  • The Chemnitz engine plant is saving water, energy and lubricants by filtering cooling emulsion after use in an innovative process.

This year, Volkswagen also honored employees who had demonstrated special commitment in connection with the program. The award-winners are Jörg Kessler from the Hanover plant, Peter Solárik from Bratislava (Slovakia), and Peter Splitt, Udo Guenther and Karsten Folchmann from the Salzgitter plant. Awards for saving water at the plant level went to the Pamplona (Spain), Curitiba (Brazil), Zwickau and Chemnitz plants.

Best sports performance under $50000: BMW M235i

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Tue, 2014-11-18 13:02
... EcoBoost turbocharged four-banger delivers a good performance package. WE LIKE. Big horsepower numbers combined with good fuel economy.

certabr -- Certabr - Abrasive Blasting Certification Program List Update

Pipe: Advanced tech - Tue, 2014-11-18 12:07
On November 10, 2014, the Air Resources Board (ARB) issued Executive Order (EO) G 14-083 for Abrasive Blasting Certification.

Laser welding joint venture of Worthington Industries opens facility in Canada

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Tue, 2014-11-18 12:03
The use of tailor-welded blanks in vehicles has grown in recent years as automakers use light weighting to improve the fuel economy of vehicles to ...

arbcombo -- ARB Research Seminar: Quantifying the Comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Co-Benefits of Green Buildings

Pipe: Advanced tech - Tue, 2014-11-18 11:42
Quantifying the Comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Co-Benefits of Green Buildings .

2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle likely to get 60 MPGe

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Tue, 2014-11-18 11:29
Toyota isn't talking about the Mirai's fuel economy just yet, but that doesn't mean we can't make an educated guess. And we do so by looking at the ...

tru -- ARB approves full verification of Carrier Legacy EES diesel particulate filter for TRUs (reefers)

Pipe: Advanced tech - Tue, 2014-11-18 11:11
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has granted full verification status to the Carrier Transicold Legacy Engine Emissions System (Carrier Legacy EES) for certain transport refrigeration units (TRU) with no limits on hours of accrued engine operation at time of installation.

2014 LA Auto Show May Have Some Surprises

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Tue, 2014-11-18 11:09
Ford will finally announce fuel economy figures for the 2015 f-150 at the show. That's my prediction. Ford has been saying they'd release numbers in ...

First drive: new Audi Q3

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Tue, 2014-11-18 11:07
It has 148bhp and cylinder deactivation, two of its four cylinders shutting down to aid fuel economy when throttle loads are low, familiar technology ...

2015 Corvette Z06 To Achieve 23 MPG Highway, 13 MPG City

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Tue, 2014-11-18 10:26
The Z06's fuel economy is comparable to that of other forced-induction V8 cars. The Mclaren 650S Coupe's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 and seven-speed ...

Subcompact SUVs, Luxury Vehicles Rule 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Tue, 2014-11-18 10:22
"In recent years, it seemed like the most buzzed-about vehicle features at an auto show was its fuel economy," Caldwell said. "However, a competitive ...

Gericht ahndet Falschbehauptung: Dreister Autohändler muss nachträglich zahlen

Pipe: Europe - Tue, 2014-11-18 10:00
Mit einer dreisten Behauptung hat ein Autohändler aus Dormagen einen privaten Verkäufer über den Tisch gezogen und um 3000 Euro gebracht. Jetzt hat ihn der Geschädigte verklagt - mit Erfolg.

EnerG2 and BASF in strategic partnership to improve and scale-up carbon materials for supercaps and start-stop PbA batteries

Pipe: Advanced tech - Tue, 2014-11-18 09:59

EnerG2, a Seattle-based company manufacturing advanced carbon materials for next-generation energy storage devices (earlier post), and BASF have entered a strategic partnership to collaborate to improve and to scale-up the production of EnerG2’s proprietary carbon materials for use in supercapacitor electrodes and as a performance additive in start-stop lead-acid batteries.

Engineered carbons enhance storage performance by providing higher voltage and energy in supercapacitors and by significantly increasing the charging rate of lead-acid batteries at a partial-state-of-charge. EnerG2’s patented carbon technology platform enables large-scale production of carbon materials that surpass the limitations of the carbons traditionally used in energy storage.

Controlling the molecular structure and synthesis of these advanced materials at early stages of production provides the ability to tailor the carbon properties to specific applications. This unique manufacturing process results in ultra-high purity material with customizable porosity.

BASF is providing funding, technical expertise, and marketing know-how in a partnership with EnerG2 to enrich its R&D initiatives and to accelerate its market penetration.

EnerG2’s technology platform complements the in-house activities of BASF’s research and development as well as BASF’s global business unit for battery materials. Energy storage materials are an essential part of BASF’s strategy to enable electromobility. Furthermore, EnerG2 will also work closely with BASF to broaden its global reach, particularly in Asia and Europe.

This alliance optimally blends EnerG2’s innovation and responsiveness with BASF’s stability and an unquestionable ability to scale. We will use the funding not only to bolster our operational capacity but also to explore market opportunities with BASF. This strategic partnership will be a game-changer: it will enable us to continue serving our customers with the highest purity and highest performing carbon products, but now with the participation of a truly global player. We look forward to exploring a host of additional opportunities with BASF as we deepen our relationship over the coming months and years—Rick Luebbe, CEO of EnerG2

EnerG2 has developed a unique approach that engineers the molecular structure of a polymer precursor in order to customize the nanostructure, and, therefore, the performance of the resulting carbon. EnerG2’s proprietary Carbon Technology Platform has two key components:

  • polymer-chemistry-based precursor formulation; and
  • processing parameters that transform that precursor into customized carbon.

The combination of these elements results in a flexible, competitive process that can produce carbon materials for diverse energy storage applications.