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Chevron Fined For Over-Oxygenated Gasoline; Chinese Researchers Make 95.4 Octane Gas From Biomass

CARB has fined Chevron $329,700 for over-oxygenated gasoline. The regulations put the cap for oxygenates at 10 percent, but 4.4 million gallons of Chevron gas from 2010 and 2011 were found to have about 11 percent. While adding oxygenates to gasoline helps reduce carbon monoxide and soot, over-oxygenation creates excessive nitrogen oxide emissions. $247,275 of the fines will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, with $82,425 going toward a project to clean up or replace polluting dies

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SolaRoad Might Not Be The Best Use Of Solar, But It Sure Is Interesting

There's just something appealing about the idea of a solar-powered road. Letting that ugly ribbon through the countryside generate power, interact smartly with cars, bikes and pedestrians and even charging up your electric car. It all just seems magical, doesn't it? Well, yes, which is why there are so many critics of a small (230 feet), $3.7 million solar bike path test space that was just installed in Holland.

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Fans of the iconic 1980 comedy flick Airplane! may smirk at the image of a blow-up "autopilot" materializing on the controls of the not-quite-doomed aircraft. Those folks (c'mon, we know you're out there) may now imagine a similar site behind the wheel of a long-haul 18-wheeler. Think of it at Zucker Bros. meets B.J. and the Bear. Or something like that.

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Honda is going to launch a hydrogen-powered production vehicle (its second, really) next year, but the all-important H2 infrastructure question hasn't been fully answered yet. One possible solution is being tested over in the United Kingdom, where Honda is turning solar energy and water into hydrogen at its Swindon plant. SHD Logistics says the plant is the UK's "first commercial-scale hydrogen production and refuelling facility powered by solar energy."

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Auto-balancing Two-wheeler Production Delayed, But Development Progresses

We're going to go out on a cynical limb here and say that the C-1 self-balancing, enclosed motorcycle from Lit Motors won't see production in 2014, something a company representative stated would happen as recently as March of this year. Heck, 2015 seems a stretch at this point. Despite the faltering time table, it is still making progress.

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SkyzMatic Telematics System Will Offer Remote Tracking, More

Elio Motorz is getting zerious with Infinite Skyz. The highly efficient three-wheeled vehicle isn't due until late 2015 (and that may change based on the result of Elio's DOE Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan request) but we now know that the 84-mpg trike can be connected to the cloud with Infinite Skyz's SkyzMatic vehicle connectivity system option.

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Renault Eolab Would Cost Around $24K; NTx Apps Challenge Awards; Tesla Supercharger Notifications

More than 600,000 battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars have been sold worldwide. This number is up 20 percent in the last four months, and includes the top 10 countries for EVs. The number does not include most commercial vehicles, motorcycles, buses or EVs not legal for highway use. The US accounts for about 260,000 of those tallied, and is the largest adopter of EVs, while Sweden is the most aggressive. The largest growth occurred in Sweden, Germany, China and the UK. Read more at Hybrid C

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Paul Elio's 84-mpg Trike Constantly Getting Closer To Reality

Controversial, helpful and finally put on hiatus, the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program from the Department of Energy (DOE) has had a tremendous impact on the current flock of plug-in vehicles. Before being paused in 2011, the ATVM handed out money to Ford ($5.9 billion), Nissan ($1.6 billion) Fisker Automotive ($528.7 million), and Tesla Motors ($465 million). That took care of around $8.3 billion of the Bush-era program's original budget of $25 billion, leaving aro

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Replacing Glass With Plastic Has Its Benefits

It's not a new version of the BMW i3, but an updated version of a lightweight concept car from SABIC, BMW, the Technical University of Munich, Daimler and others does bear a certain resemblance to the well-designed plug-in city car. From the black "glass" in the hatch to the angled line tail lights to the up-and-down window line, you can see a sort of family resemblance (see an i3 comparison photo here). And, of course, they both have an electric powertrain.

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Honda Scores Perfect Climate Disclosure Score; Stanford Creates Overheating Warning For Batteries

Toyota will begin selling its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) in Japan in December. The US and Europe can expect to see the car become available next summer. The FCV, which will likely be called "Mirai" (meaning "future") in Japan, is ready for production ahead of its initial deadline at the end of the fiscal year in March. Toyota planned for annual production of 700 units, but might increase output to meet higher-than-expected demand, which is currently nearing 1,000 units. The cars will mostl

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Australian Students Impress FIA In 300-Mile Drive

We're not sure which is more impressive: that a team of Australian students set a new distance-speed record for an electric vehicle or the fact that the driver got that little solar-powered bad boy up to 82 miles per hour. Either way, the Sunswift team at University of New South Wales (NSW) has earned the right to crow about their solar-powered EV. It broke a record that stood for 26 years.

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Nanyang Technology University Touting Some Incredible Specs, Including 20-Year Life

We've heard similar promises before, but given the magnitude of change that these ultra-fast charging technologies are talking about, we're always game for one more. Especially when the latest promise includes a two-minute charging time (to 70 percent full), a lifespan of 20 years and a pack that will be easy to manufacture. A large-scale battery prototype does not yet exist, but that's supposedly coming soon.

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At Reveal Event, Crowd Loves Autopark, Autoarrive Tech

To say that the Internet was excited about the mysterious Tesla D before tonight's official announcements were made is a terrible understatement. Amid a bunch of excited tweets and frustrating attempts at getting a livestream from the event, USA Today published the first story that described some of the new D's features. Automotive News followed suit, but both of those articles were quickly taken down. On site at the Hawthorne airport in Los Angeles, CA, our friend Zan Dubin-Scott tweeted about

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The Modular Battery Exchange And Active Management Road Test Is About To Start

Electric-vehicle battery swapping? A tough sell. Battery module swapping? That may change things.

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Does size matter? It could when it comes to self-driving vehicles and a small new hockey-puck shaped device that, when affixed to a vehicle, shoots out lasers to collect data-mapping points. That data is then used to guide an autonomous vehicle down the road. The size – both of the device itself and the potential price tag – is what's interesting here.

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Those Tesla Model S electric vehicles look good, but anyone worried about computers taking over our roads may want to steer clear of them starting next year. That's because 2015 may be when such vehicles will have autonomous-driving capabilities, according to an interview Tesla Chief Elon Musk conducted with CNN Money.

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Stanford, MIT, Sandia Show Rapid Charge, Discharge Cycle Likely Balanced In Pack

Tesla Model S owners rejoice, for any reports of a lithium-ion battery's rapid demise from fast-charging might be highly exaggerated. A study put together by researchers from Stanford, Sandia National Laboratories and MIT and published in Nature Materials refutes previous reports that indicate that rapid charging and intense use of electric-vehicle batteries degrades them at a faster rate than a slower, steadier recharge-discharge process.

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When a car's built on such a technology-heavy platform like the one used by Tesla Motors, there are going to be a lot of bells and whistles. More of those little "noisemakers" are being rolled out, as previewed by a new software update. What's most interesting to anyone paying close attention to the slow evolution of the Model S is that the new features are not going to be possible without new components.

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Elon Musk Wins Eurostar Award; GreenTech Automotive Secures $47 Million In Funding

A new electric motor with integrated air-conditioning compressor increases the range of EVs in hot climates, where much of the battery power is used to keep the car cool. Developed by scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the German Aerospace Centre, the "2-in-1" motor uses regenerative braking to help operate the AC compressor, and could increase range by 15 to 20 percent with some modifications. "By integrating the refrigerant compressor directly into the electric mot

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Local Motors 3D Printed Car A Success

BMW has a new, faster version of the Wallbox home EV charger. The Wallbox Pro offers 7.4 kilowatts, and can charge the BMW i3 to 80 percent in under three hours. It features a seven-inch touchscreen and proximity sensor, plus an 11.5-foot cord. The Wallbox Pro can also be used with smart home systems such as lighting and heating. The Wallbox Pro is available in Europe, and will come to the US later in the year. Read more at Hybrid Cars.

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