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The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a ruling that EV service stations will not be regulated like public utilities. While service companies see this as good news, the state's utility companies are split in their responses.
Date: 05/26/2010
Type: News
Although they are 10 years away from commercial scale use, the lithium-air batteries that GM is developing could provide yield output per charge that matches or exceeds that of a traditional petroleum-fueled cars--more than 10 times that of current lithium-ion cells.
Date: 06/23/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Chemical engineers at Purdue University have found a promising new process, called hydrothermolysis, that could improve the efficiency of hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Date: 06/24/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Transportation
Nobel Prize winner Burton Richter makes a pitch to Obama for a coherent long-term energy policy that includes a focus on transportation, electricity generation and energy efficiency.
Date: 06/28/2010
Type: Blog, Video
In an effort to reduce their overall fuel consumption and carbon emissions, Nissan Motors has introduced a collection of new, energy-efficient, fuel-saving technologies, to be used in upcoming vehicle models.
Date: 07/12/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
Bill Gates and Vinod Khosla have provided over $20 million in series B funding to EcoMotors, a startup that is developing a more efficient internal combustion engine called "Opoc."
Date: 07/13/2010
Type: News, Video
Technologies: Transportation
In a push for jobs, Obama touts the benefits of developing US manufacturing prowess in new batteries for next-generation electric plug-in vehicles.
Date: 07/17/2010
Type: News
Planar Energy has developed a printing method for solid-state lithium-ion batteries that could improve the stability and lifetime of batteries used in electric vehicles.
Date: 07/20/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Energy saving activities.
A study by the National Academy of Sciences finds that consumers don't fully understand the actual energy savings of various activities (like driving a more efficient car or turning off lights), indicating that consumer education or awareness programs could have a big impact on energy consumption.
Date: 08/18/2010
Chrysler is adopting a technology which electronically controls the valves that bring air into an internal combustion engine. The company hopes the "smart" technology will increase fuel economy by 25%.
Date: 08/19/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation

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