Official: Range Rover Hybrid brings advanced powertrain to Chinese market

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Land Rover Range Rover Long Wheelbase Hybrid

The Land Rover hybrid models are growing both in terms of offerings and in size. At the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, the brand unveiled the Range Rover Long Wheelbase Hybrid to join the standard version and Range Rover Sport Hybrid.

The long-wheelbase Range Rover’s powertrain is identical to what is offered in the standard Range Rover Hybrid. It combines the brand’s SDV6 3.0-liter turbodiesel with an electric motor producing 47 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. It grants a total system output of 335 hp and 516 lb-ft, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox from ZF routes power to all four wheels. The company claims the hybrid adds 265 pounds of weight to the SUV. However, it gives a 26-percent improvement in emissions and is rated at about 37 miles per gallon in the EU combined cycle. It can even run purely on electric power for a mile at speeds up to 30 mph, and regenerative braking keeps the system topped up.

The styling remains nearly identical to the standard LWB Range Rover. There are a few Hybrid badges, and that’s about it. However, rear seat passengers get to take advantage of the cavernous backseat that adds 7.3 inches of room over the regular Rangie.

Orders for the SUV begin in May, and Chinese deliveries begin around the end of the year. However, like the rest of the hybrid Range Rovers, it likely won’t be coming to North America anytime soon. Last year, Land Rover’s US boss said the diesel hybrid would come here eventually, but he didn’t give a timeframe. We have contacted the company for an update. Scroll down to read the full release about Land Rover’s massive new Range Rover Long Wheelbase Hybrid.

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California In The Running For Tesla Gigafactory After All?


California was thought to be out of contention Elon Musk’s proposed battery Gigafactory, but a new report suggests the Golden State is still in the running. What could California offer Tesla that would shift him away from the surely-lucrative offers from other states?

Reports suggested that Tesla had narrowed down the Gigafactory location to one of four states; Nevada, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico. California was snubbed because of a lack of subsidies, though proximity to local natural resources is also said to play a role in placing the Gigafactory. With the right location, the Tesla Model S could have more American content than the Ford F-150.

Let it not be said that Tesla is immune to politics, however, as Senator Diane Feinstein allready spoke with Musk back in March. What she offered isn’t specified, though with at least four other states courting the electric automaker, I’m sure it’s a generous package. Tesla’s VP of communication and marketing said that California “could be a viable option” under the right conditions. Meanwhile, Tesla has also leased another California facility measuring 430,000 square-feet for an as-yet-undisclosed purpose. The former parts distribution center in the San Joaquin Valley is a leftover from the days of DaimlerChrysler, and is less than one-tenth the size of the proposed Gigafactory.

Could this all have been a ploy to get California to pony up? After all, the closer the Gigafactory is to actual car production, the better, assuming it actually gets built. With Golden State now also in the running, will the rest of the southwest up the ante? More importantly, should they?

Source: The Sacramento Bee

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Earth Day Pioneer Denis Hayes’ New Challenge: Greenest Commercial Building in the World

Forty-four years ago, Denis Hayes convened the first Earth Day, an event that drew millions to events across the United States and heralded a new global awareness of the need to preserve our natural resources. Hayes is now at the vanguard of an effort to rethink our buildings and our growing cities.

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Renewable Wood Fuels, Part 1: Environmentally Beneficial or a Chronic Problem?

Wood has historically been one of the most important sources of energy and is currently the second largest source of US renewable energy. But smoke from burning wood is a major cause for past and current world health problems. Should the US regulate renewable wood fuels?

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Report: Fiat will start selling 500e in Oregon this summer

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Fiat 500e electric vehicle

Even thought demand in California for the Fiat 500e electric vehicle is growing, the fun little EV is about to grown its sales to the north. Fiat US chief Jason Stoicevich tells Wards Auto that sales of the EV will start in Oregon this summer, adding that green-minded Portland will likely be a strong market for the model.

Fiat 500e demand in California is “fantastic.”

This year’s first-quarter sales of the gas-powered and EV variants of the 500 were up about 19 percent from a year earlier, as a recent TV ad campaign featuring Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and the model’s availability at about 220 dealerships appear to have been effective. Stoicevich didn’t give any specific sales figures for the 500e, though he did say demand in California is “fantastic.”

“After its introduction in California last year, the Fiat 500e has been a great success for our brand in just a short period of time,” Fiat spokeswoman Angela Bianchi wrote in an e-mail to AutoblogGreen while confirming the debut of 500e sales in Oregon this summer. “Oregon is the second-largest ZEV (zero-emissions vehicle) state after California.”

Late last year, Wards Auto named the 500e motor to its 10 Best Engines list, making the model the first Fiat ever to receive that honor. The 500e has 111 horsepower and can go 87 miles on a single charge. The 500e also won Road & Track’s 2013 award for best electric car in November as the model was praised for its power and handling. Read our review of the 500e here.

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Arizona State to Offer Algae-to-Biodiesel Showcase

azcati1Algae has a great future as a feedstock for biodiesel, as well as cleaning up wastewaters. Arizona State University will be offering a showcase on how to do both at its Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI), May 1-2.

Students from Arizona universities will demonstrate their projects to the public at the Innovation Showcase May 1, and during a formal public presentation workshop May 2. The multi-university collaboration is made possible by funding and support from the Arizona Board of Regents.

Tour the labs and the green algae testbed fields of the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation from 3-6:30 p.m., May 1, during the Innovation Showcase, hosted by the College of Technology and Innovation. Throughout the showcase, Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University faculty and students will discuss their algae projects, and AzCATI representatives will host tours throughout the center. Stop by the AzCATI booth at the Innovation Showcase in the Sun Devil Fitness Complex to learn about algae and begin a guided site tour.

The school promises more in-depth insight into the students’ leading-edge research on May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with tours of the AzCATI facility to follow.

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Wilks Offers Better Biodiesel Blend Analyzer

Wilks, maker of application-specific analytical instrumentation, has built better analyzers of biodiesel blends and oil in water. The company says its new InfraCal 2 Analyzer offers additional features to its line of InfraCal Oil in Water Analyzers and InfraCal Biodiesel Blend Analyzers, including better repeatability, multiple calibrations, unlimited data storage, optional internal battery pack, touch screen display, and password protection for instrument settings.

infracal2-345The InfraCal 2 incorporates new electronics providing a better signal-to-noise ratio that improves the stability and repeatability. The InfraCal 2 for oil in water analysis now has the capability to measure from sub-ppm to percent levels, making it suitable for wastewater, produced water or frac water measurements, as well as checking hydrocarbon levels in drilling mud or drill cuttings.

For biodiesel in diesel, the InfraCal 2 has a new calibration scheme that makes it easier to get an accurate zero. It includes alerts to ensure the sample surface is clean prior to measurements – features which contribute to more repeatable readings.

Wilks goes on to say its InfraCal 2 Analyzer has a virtually unlimited amount of internal data storage and can transfer information serially or through a flash drive, giving date, time, analyst, and location information. In addition, the internal battery pack lasts up to 12 hours, bringing more capabilities right to the field without having to wait for lab results.

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Federal Court Strikes Down Minnesota’s Limits on Coal Power Imports: A Critical Moment for State Regulation of Imported Fuel & Electricity

On April 18, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota struck down the State of Minnesota’s restrictions on importing electricity from coal power plants in other states. The court held that these restrictions improperly regulated electric generators and utilities outside the state.

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10 Charts that Explain Climate Change Mitigation (Plus 2 More that Explain Negotiation)

I really love the IPCC (high confidence), but if you read the summary for policymakers (medium confidence), some of the wording doesn’t exactly role of the tongue (robust evidence, medium agreement). You know what I mean? (medium evidence, medium agreement).

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UK Awards First Guaranteed Power Price Contracts to Biomass, Offshore Wind Projects

Drax Group Plc, Dong Energy A/S and SSE Plc will get guaranteed power prices for U.K. biomass and offshore wind plants, the first renewable energy projects to benefit from a new aid program.

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