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Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Toyota Compared to last year's model, there's not much that's new in the 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In hybrid -except the price tag. The nominally updated PHEV will lose $2,010 off of its base price while ke...
Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Toyota Compared to last year's model, there's not much that's new in the 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In hybrid -except the price tag. The nominally updated PHEV will lose $2,010 off of its base price while keeping all of the tech and options from the 2013 model. The new base model will therefore start at $29,990, while the Prius Plug-in Advanced model gets an even bigger cut - $4,620 - and will now start at $34,905. Those prices do not include destination fees, which Toyota has not revealed (note: they were $810 for 2013). The price cut comes after many other plug-in vehicles in the US have seen their MSRPs fall and Bloomberg says Toyota's mission here is to push up sales numbers. The PHEV Prius's sales are up only slightly in 2013, with 7,974 sold through September. In the same time period in 2012, Toyota sold 7,734 units. You can find additional details pertaining to the vehicle's pricing and packages in the press release below - special Blizzard Pearl paint, for example, will cost you $395 - but the real fun comes when we look to Japan's model. That's where the new Prius PHV gets a visual refresh (pictured), including available eye-catching two-tone paint, new LED lighting and new wheels, according to Indian Autos Blog. On the inside, there's a new padded smartphone compartment and available dark wood grain accents. We enquired to see if any of these goodies will make it to the US, and Toyota's Cindy Knight told AutoblogGreen that she was "not aware of upcoming cosmetic tweaks for the US version." Given that the official US press release includes an image of one car and the caption, "2012, 2013 and 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid," we're gonna go out on a limb and say the upgrades are JDM only. We're less clear on the manufacturing changes that Indian Autos Blog mentions. Apparently, Toyota will make its home-market 2014 Prius PHEV with upgraded welding equipment that helps "new spot welds contribute to a slightly enhanced body rigidity." We'd expect something fundamental like that would be used in Prius Plug-in Hybrids destined for any market, but are still awaiting confirmation.Continue reading US Prius Plug-In Hybrid gets price cut, won't get JDM two-tone paintUS Prius Plug-In Hybrid gets price cut, won't get JDM two-tone paint originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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Ford China has sold 647,849 wholesale units in the first three quarters od 2013, an increase of 51% compared to the same period last year. Driven by continued strong demand for Ford’s new product lineup in China, September sales increase...
Ford China has sold 647,849 wholesale units in the first three quarters od 2013, an increase of 51% compared to the same period last year. Driven by continued strong demand for Ford’s new product lineup in China, September sales increased by 61% with 96,111 wholesales sold, compared to 59,570 sold in September last year. The all-new Ford Mondeo—launched at the end of August—had its first full sales month in September, selling 9,676 wholesale units. The new Ford Mondeo offers 1.5L and 2.0L EcoBoost engines for leading fuel economy and high performance. The Focus nameplate posted 37,271 wholesale units sold, up 11% compared to September 2012. The Ford EcoSport SUV sold 7,664 wholesale units in September while the Ford Kuga sold 10,365 wholesale units. Ford’s imported passenger cars—the Ford Focus ST, Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Edge and Ford Explorer—sold 16,405 wholesale units in the first three quarters, up 254% compared to the same period last year. In September, imported car sales were up 234%. Sales at Ford’s passenger car joint venture in China Changan Ford Automobile were up 69% in the first three quarters with 466,248 wholesales sold. September sales reached 72,231 wholesale vehicles, up 66% from September 2012. Ford’s commercial vehicle investment in China Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC) posted 165,196 wholesales sold in the first three quarters, an increase of 12%. September sales were up 41% with 21,874 wholesales sold. The Ford Transit performed particularly well, with 49,055 wholesales sold in the first three quarters, a jump of 20% from a year earlier.
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Delphi Automotive PLC opened its newly combined advanced diesel injection and combustion technical lab in Bascharage, Luxembourg. The diesel injection and combustion lab brings together its diesel and gasoline research in a single locati...
Delphi Automotive PLC opened its newly combined advanced diesel injection and combustion technical lab in Bascharage, Luxembourg. The diesel injection and combustion lab brings together its diesel and gasoline research in a single location to take advantage of synergies between the two teams. Located within Delphi’s Customer Technology Center (CTC) the new lab will enhance Delphi’s ability to coordinate its research with customer advanced engineering groups. Staffed initially by 40 scientists and engineers, the new lab also will support Ph.D. and post-doctoral studies and projects by working closely with European universities and research institutions. Delphi’s goal is to help vehicle manufacturers deliver the same performance while satisfying increasingly demanding fuel economy needs and emissions regulations. The best way to accomplish this is to develop the most efficient injection and combustion with very streamlined systems. This will be the main focus of this new research laboratory.—John Fuerst, Delphi Powertrain Systems president The new research lab will look specifically at minimizing performance change over time, which is vital to ensure consistently low emissions and high refinement throughout a vehicle’s life. It will also further develop the technologies that support Delphi’s closed-loop control strategies. Delphi held an inauguration event with officials from the Luxembourg government, customers and supplier partners; a technical conference will follow on 10-11 October for customers, suppliers, universities and engine consulting houses. The CTC Luxembourg also serves as Delphi’s Europe, Middle-East and Africa regional headquarters and Powertrain Systems divisional headquarters.
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Toyota announced today that it is lowering the price of its 2014 Prius Plug-in hybrid models by over $2,000 for the base and over $4,000 for the Advanced version. The new entry level suggested price will start at at $29,990, and the comp...
Toyota announced today that it is lowering the price of its 2014 Prius Plug-in hybrid models by over $2,000 for the base and over $4,000 for the Advanced version. The new entry level suggested price will start at at $29,990, and the company said this repositioning involves no reduction in vehicle content. As for that content, the the base 2014 Prius Plug-in Hybrid is similar in equipment to a Prius Three. Beyond this, the plug-in adds heated cloth front seats, remote climate control, 10-spoke alloy wheels and one additional year of Roadside Assistance through ToyotaCare, for a total of 3 years. Of course also, the plug-in adds the ability to drive extended distances in EV mode, helping to increase fuel efficiency. Advanced Model Reduced Too Pricing for the 2014 Prius Plug-in Advanced model has also been adjusted, with a $4,620 reduction in MSRP to $34,905.  The Prius Plug-in Advanced includes premium HDD navigation with Entune App Suite (including Plug-in Hybrid Applications) and JBL, SofTex-trimmed heated front seats, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, head-up display and Safety Connect. As was the case in 2013, the up-market 2014 Prius Plug-in Advanced will offer DRCC (Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, PCS (Pre-Collision System), LED headlights and fog lights as part of an optional Technology Package for customers seeking the highest level of technology. The PCS system included in this package is the system involved in the class action lawsuit announced October 8. Still Limited Market Toyota said production of the 2014 model year Prius Plug-in begins this month with pricing taking effect when these models arrive in showrooms in November. The Prius Plug-in qualifies for a Federal Tax Credit of up to $2,500 in addition to the State of California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP) which offers a $1,500 rebate. The 2014 Prius Plug-in is also eligible for the State of California’s HOV lane sticker. The Prius Plug-in is currently available in 15 states (California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Hawaii). Toyota did say that prices in Hawaii will vary, but did not mention to what extent. The Prius Plug-in Hybrid is EPA-rated at 95 MPGe in electric mode and shifts to an EPA-rated combined mileage of 50 mpg in hybrid mode. The vehicle is estimated for an average distance of 11 miles in full electric mode. The post Lower Prices For 2014 Prius Plug-In Models appeared first on HybridCars.com.
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ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada have selected a site in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula as the lead site for the proposed Alaska LNG project's natural gas liquefaction plant and terminal. (Earlier post.) The p...
ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada have selected a site in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula as the lead site for the proposed Alaska LNG project's natural gas liquefaction plant and terminal. (Earlier post.) The partners evaluated more than 20 locations based on conditions related to the environment, socioeconomics, cost, and other project and technical issues. The work that we have put into the site selection process gives us confidence that the Nikiski site is the lead location for the LNG plant and terminal. The Nikiski site also results in a pipeline route that provides an access opportunity to North Slope natural gas by the major population centers in Fairbanks, Mat-Su Valley, Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.—Steve Butt, senior project manager A number of engineering, technical, regulatory, fiscal, commercial and permitting issues still need to be resolved as work on the potential $45-65+ billion project progresses. While Nikiski is the lead site, the project team continues to consider other secondary locations. Pipeline routing definition work also continues based on the project summer field work activities, which will be extended south of Livengood. Location of the proposed lead site. Click to enlarge. The companies are continuing to refine the agreed project concept that includes a gas treatment plant located on the North Slope, an 800-mile, 42-inch pipeline with up to eight compression stations and at least five off-take points for in-state gas delivery, and a liquefaction plant and terminal. The teams are currently preparing for more detailed engineering and design work, consistent with previously released plan phases. A competitive, predictable and durable oil and gas fiscal environment will be required for a project of this unprecedented scale, complexity and cost to compete in global energy markets, the partners cautioned. Alaska Governor Sean Parnell welcomed the selection of Nikiski as the lead site for a terminus of an all-Alaska natural gas pipeline.
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Wärtsilä has released its Wärtsilä 20DF US Tier 4- and ECA-compliant dual-fuel engine for sale in the US market. Wärtsilä dual-fuel main and auxiliary engines allow ships to operate on natural gas, which minimizes their environmental foo...
Wärtsilä has released its Wärtsilä 20DF US Tier 4- and ECA-compliant dual-fuel engine for sale in the US market. Wärtsilä dual-fuel main and auxiliary engines allow ships to operate on natural gas, which minimizes their environmental footprint and operational costs and also make it possible to operate without exhaust gas after-treatment. The Wärtsilä 20DF is a commercial duty, medium-speed, dual-fuel engine. Engines supplied to the US market will operate primarily on natural gas, with marine diesel oil (MDO) as a pilot fuel or as an emergency backup fuel. Wärtsilä’s lean burn, low pressure dual-fuel engine technology utilizes a very low percentage diesel fuel as a pilot ignition source, amounting to about 1% of total energy. This contrasts with other gas engine technologies that employ a significantly higher percentage of diesel pilot fuel. The Wärtsilä lean burn advantage results in lower operational costs and reduced emissions. The Wärtsilä 20DF is a proven and successful engine, and its release to the US market is in response to the growing demand for natural gas fueled engines, the company said. The Wärtsilä 20DF will further accelerate the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel in the US. The ability to meet EPA Tier 4 emissions requirements without the need for exhaust after-treatment, while at the same time increasing the safety and operational flexibility for LNG vessels, provides significant value to our customers.—Lars Anderson, Vice President, 4-stroke at Wärtsilä Ship Power In particular, this technology is attracting the attention of global fleet owners operating within the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA), for which the regulations came into force in August 2012. The legislation is aimed at achieving stricter control on emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter from vessels. ECAs have also been established in the Baltic Sea and North Sea. The Wärtsilä 20DF power spans the range from 1,056 kW (1,415 hp) to 1,584 kW (2,122 hpP) per engine. Wärtsilä’s 4-stroke dual-fuel engine portfolio has the widest power range in the market. The Wärtsilä 20DF, Wärtsilä 34DF and Wärtsilä 50DF output ranges from 1056 kW (1,415 hp) to 17,550 kW (23,515 hp) per engine. Wärtsilä has delivered more than 1,000 dual-fuel engines. This portfolio of engines currently has more than 7 million operating hours.
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A123 Systems LLC, a developer and manufacturer of Nanophosphate lithium iron phosphate batteries and systems, has outlined its new organizational structure and strategic focus as a member of the Wanxiang Group, which acquired nearly all ...
A123 Systems LLC, a developer and manufacturer of Nanophosphate lithium iron phosphate batteries and systems, has outlined its new organizational structure and strategic focus as a member of the Wanxiang Group, which acquired nearly all of A123’s businesses last January. (Earlier post.) A123’s transportation business continues to serve customers including BAE Systems, BMW, Daimler, GM and SAIC, among others. The production facilities in Michigan continue to produce the majority of A123’s transportation output and successfully launched the Chevy Spark EV battery system for General Motors earlier this year. (Earlier post.) However, going forward, the transportation unit will be increasingly focused on low-voltage (12- and 48-volt) hybrids to capitalize on the performance advantages of its Nanophosphate EXT chemistry and systems competence in micro-hybrids. (Earlier post.) Under the new organization, Jason Forcier, who had served as vice president of A123 Systems’ Automotive Solutions Group since August 2009, has been appointed CEO as well as a member of its board of directors. As CEO, Forcier will oversee all battery cell and transportation-related sales, product development and manufacturing activities globally. In his board role, he will work with the other members of the A123 board, Pin Ni (president of Wanxiang America Corp.) and Tom Corcoran, to oversee all of A123 Systems LLC. The transportation business retains the A123 Systems brand and named Ed Kopkowski, formerly the Chief Operating Officer of A123 Systems, president of the group. Mujeeb Ijaz, former vice president of the Cell Products Group at A123 Systems, has been appointed president of A123 Venture Technologies, which operates the company’s R&D capabilities for the benefit of A123 and strategically complementary third parties. (A123’s battery research and development organization, which successfully commercialized the Nanophosphate cathode material, has continued to contribute advances in battery materials and cell design. To support its mission of discovering, developing and commercializing further battery technology breakthroughs, the unit launched a cooperative development model under the name A123 Venture Technologies earlier this year.) The board also oversees A123 Energy Solutions, which is the business unit focused on grid energy storage and commercial applications. Bud Collins remains president of A123 Energy Solutions. The executive team is headquartered in A123’s Livonia, Michigan facility which has continuously produced battery systems for the company’s global list of clients since 2010. The lithium-ion battery activities Wanxiang operated before its acquisition of A123 contribute competitive strength, particularly in China, the company noted. During the next year, these Wanxiang resources will be integrated under A123’s leadership and aligned with the substantial operations A123 has had in China for nearly 10 years. The Wanxiang Group is one of China’s largest non-state-owned enterprises with approximately $22 billion in annual sales.
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Toyota has reduced the MSRP on the 2014 Prius Plug-in Hybrid by more than $2,000, making the starting MSRP $29,990 (excluding dealer preparation and handling, DPH). This price repositioning on the base Prius Plug-in Hybrid is not ...
Toyota has reduced the MSRP on the 2014 Prius Plug-in Hybrid by more than $2,000, making the starting MSRP $29,990 (excluding dealer preparation and handling, DPH). This price repositioning on the base Prius Plug-in Hybrid is not accompanied by any reduction in vehicle content. Pricing for the 2014 Prius Plug-in Advanced model has also been adjusted to make the model more accessible to consumers with a $4,620 reduction in MSRP to $34,905 (excluding DPH). Production of the 2014 model year Prius Plug-in begins in October with pricing taking effect when these models arrive in showrooms in November.The Prius Plug-in qualifies for a Federal Tax Credit of up to $2,500 in addition to the State of California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP) which offers a $1,500 rebate. The 2014 Prius Plug-in is also eligible for the State of California’s HOV lane sticker. The Prius Plug-in is available in 15 states (California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Hawaii). First introduced in model year 2012, the Prius Plug-In retains the Hybrid Synergy Drive of the standard Prius model and seamlessly switches into hybrid operation at a pre-determined state of charge of its 4.4 kWh Li-ion battery pack. (Running in EV mode, the system switches to full hybrid mode under full acceleration.) The Prius Plug-in Hybrid will allow all-electric operation and performance for about 11 miles (24 km) (EPA rating) at speeds up to 62 mph (100 km/h), along with quick home charging using a standard AC outlet and 15-amp dedicated circuit. The 2013 Prius Plug-in Hybrid is EPA rated at 95 mpge (combined), with a 50 mpg combined rating for conventional hybrid operation.
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Achates Power, Inc., the developer of a family of two-stroke compression-ignition opposed-piston engines (earlier post), has finalized $35.2 million in Series C financing. The company also announced the formation of a new Industry Adviso...
Achates Power, Inc., the developer of a family of two-stroke compression-ignition opposed-piston engines (earlier post), has finalized $35.2 million in Series C financing. The company also announced the formation of a new Industry Advisory Board, and its selection as a semi-finalist in the Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) Energy Security Prize. All existing Achates Power investors participated in the fundraising round, including Sequoia Capital Partners, RockPort Capital Partners, Madrone Capital Partners, InterWest Partners and Triangle Peak Partners. The Series C financing follows a $19-million Series B round in 2009 and brings the total raised by Achates Power to nearly $90 million since its 2004 founding. Between the two funding rounds, Achates Power has also tripled its US patent portfolio and increased the number of issued and pending claims to more than 1,500 unique innovations. The company says that the Series C funding and Industry Advisory Board formation will help accelerate its product development and commercialization efforts. It will also provide additional support for the company’s customers, including its contract with AVL to develop the Next-Generation Combat Engine for the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). (Earlier post.) The newly appointed Industry Advisory Board members include: Dr. Walter Bryzik, DeVlieg chairman and professor of mechanical engineering at Wayne State University, retired chief scientist of TARDEC—responsible for all aspects of ground vehicle technology—and the 2004 winner of the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award. Daniel Hancock, retired vice president, global powertrain engineering, who spent more than four decades at General Motors Co. overseeing all powertrain technologies, as well as the 2014 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) presidential nominee. Bruno Linsolas, retired senior vice president of purchasing at Volvo Powertrain, former chairman of Volvo Group purchasing and former executive vice president of purchasing at Mack Trucks. Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller, retired head of heavy trucks, drive train, axles and transmissions as well as a former board member of MAN Truck & Bus AG. Dr. S.M. Shahed, former vice president and corporate fellow of advanced technology at Honeywell Turbo Technologies, executive director of advanced technology at Cummins, Inc., director of engine research at Southwest Research Institute and 2002 SAE president.
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Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, Videos Ylvis, the fraternal comedic duo from Norway famous for not knowing what the fox says, certainly don't suffer similar bewilderment when it comes to electric car sounds. Much has been made o...
Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, Videos Ylvis, the fraternal comedic duo from Norway famous for not knowing what the fox says, certainly don't suffer similar bewilderment when it comes to electric car sounds. Much has been made of the silent attribute of electric vehicles at low speeds, and while some manufacturers have approached this conundrum with soft, dulcet tones or other murmurings, the brothers have decided that decibels are like dollars. More is never enough. Their solution? A very non-subtle four-tone air horn typically found on the front of a train. To prove its sonic effectiveness, they mounted it to the front of Kewet Buddy, and struck out in search of victims test subjects. The results are exactly what you might imagine, but still worth the watching. Despite the bit of Norwegian spoken at the beginning of the clip, an understanding of that language is unnecessary to enjoy what follows. As an extra bonus, we're throwing in their super-fantabulous smash hit The Fox, just in case you're in need of more humor therapy.Continue reading Ylvis finds funny solution to quiet EV 'problem'Ylvis finds funny solution to quiet EV 'problem' originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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