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Cutting-Edge Hybrid Excavator Cuts CO2 Emissions and Fuel Consumption

New Caterpillar excavator features hydraulic, not electrical, hybrid technology
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Caterpillar Inc. is at the forefront of hybrid technology in large machines, exemplified in its new 336E-H line of hybrid hydraulic excavators. These new excavators first rolled off the line in 2013 and are the first of their kind to convert captured energy into hydraulic instead of electric power. The new hydraulic hybrid system integrated in the 336E-H can handle the same amount of work as the powerful 336D machine, but using 33% less fuel.

The hybrid excavator was recently featured in a local news story by the Peoria Journal Star earlier this year. 

Volkswagen Pushes Green Power

Carmaker obtains one third electric energy from renewables
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This is the first part of a series on highlights from the brandnew Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2013.

The report shows how Volkswagen cares about the environment. We don’t just say it, we mean it.

That’s why we not only improve the energy efficiency of our vehicles constantly, but also make our production 25 percent more eco-friendly until 2018 (based on figures for 2010).

One important part of that effort is to push the use of renewable energy – not only from one source, but from many different sources.

Making cars greener from the start. The group now already obtains around one third of its electricity from renewable sources.

Read on - or go directly to the sustainability report

 

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This is the first part of a series on highlights from the brandnew Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2013.

The report shows how Volkswagen cares about the environment. We don’t just say it, we mean it.

That’s why we not only improve the energy efficiency of our vehicles constantly, but also make our production 25 percent more eco-friendly until 2018 (based on figures for 2010).

One important part of that effort is to push the use of renewable energy – not only from one source, but from many different sources.

Making cars greener from the start. The group now already obtains around one third of its electricity from renewable sources.

Read on - or go directly to the sustainability report

 

Car Companies Take Expertise in Battery Power Beyond the Garage

By Todd Woody
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Originally published by The New York Times

DAVIS, Calif. — As more homeowners generate their own electricity from solar panels, they still need power from a utility after the sun goes down.

Now, automakers say they may have an answer, by storing that carbon-free energy in electric car batteries for later use.

Honda Smart Home US Offers Vision for Zero Carbon Living and Mobility

Project achieves more than 11 tons of CO2 reduction per year compared to a conventional home and vehicle
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  • Super-efficient “living laboratory” seeks to address two major sources of U.S. CO2 emissions: cars and homes 
  • Project achieves more than 11 tons of COreduction per year compared to a conventional home and vehicle 
  • Honda home energy management system (HEMS) maximizes the home’s energy efficiency while communicating with the electric utility to improve grid stability 
  • Home surpasses California’s 2020 target for zero net energy residential construction 
  • Member of University of California, Davis community will live in home, drive Honda Fit EV (electric vehicle) 
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  • Super-efficient “living laboratory” seeks to address two major sources of U.S. CO2 emissions: cars and homes 
  • Project achieves more than 11 tons of COreduction per year compared to a conventional home and vehicle 
  • Honda home energy management system (HEMS) maximizes the home’s energy efficiency while communicating with the electric utility to improve grid stability 
  • Home surpasses California’s 2020 target for zero net energy residential construction 
  • Member of University of California, Davis community will live in home, drive Honda Fit EV (electric vehicle) 

Honda R&D Installs Advanced Fast-Fill Hydrogen Refueling Station

New station on Honda R&D Americas' Torrance, California campus built in anticipation of Honda's next-generation fuel cell electric vehicle, due in 2015
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  • New station on Honda R&D Americas' Torrance, California campus built in anticipation of Honda's next-generation fuel cell electric vehicle, due in 2015
  • Honda-developed hydrogen refueling protocol significantly reduces fill time

Four Honda Vehicles Earn Recognition on ACEEE’s List of “Greenest” and “Greener” Vehicles of 2014

Civic Hybrid, Civic Natural Gas, Insight and Odyssey earn top green scores
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·      Civic Hybrid, Civic Natural Gas, Insight and Odyssey earn top green scores

·      16th straight year that multiple Honda vehicles are named to top 12 list

 

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·      Civic Hybrid, Civic Natural Gas, Insight and Odyssey earn top green scores

·      16th straight year that multiple Honda vehicles are named to top 12 list

 

Honda’s “Never Ending Race” Documents its Four-Decade Battle Against Air Pollution

Third film in award-winning Environmental Short Film Series explores Honda’s voluntary efforts to reduce vehicle emissions over forty-year period
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  • Third film in award-winning Environmental Short Film Series explores Honda’s voluntary efforts to reduce vehicle emissions over forty-year period
  • Honda’s successful demonstration of low-emissions vehicle technology led state of California to adopt new, more stringent emissions regulations
  • New-vehicle emissions are 1/1000th of 1970 levels
  • Next environmental “race” is against global climate change 
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  • Third film in award-winning Environmental Short Film Series explores Honda’s voluntary efforts to reduce vehicle emissions over forty-year period
  • Honda’s successful demonstration of low-emissions vehicle technology led state of California to adopt new, more stringent emissions regulations
  • New-vehicle emissions are 1/1000th of 1970 levels
  • Next environmental “race” is against global climate change 

Part 2 of Honda's Award-Winning Environmental Film Series: Paint by Numbers

Honda to Release Part 3 of Award-Winning Environmental Film Series this February
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Part 1 of Honda's Award-Winning Environmental Film Series: Paint by Numbers

Honda to Release Part 3 of Series this February
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The first film in the series, Paint by Numbers, tells the story of how Honda engineer Shubho Bhattacharya was inspired to develop technology to reduce the energy needed to operate the auto body-painting system at Honda's manufacturing plant in Marysville, Ohio. Auto body painting accounts for the most energy use in Honda's production process. With the help of his fellow associates, Bhattacharya conceived Honda's Intelligent Paint Technology, which has cut Honda's North American manufacturing CO2 emissions by about 10,000 metric tons per year.

Honda Automobile Dealer Is First in U.S. to Achieve “Electric Grid Neutral” Status

Rossi Honda of Vineland, NJ produces as much or more electricity than it uses from local utility, setting precedent for nation’s 17,000+ dealerships
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  • Rossi Honda of Vineland, NJ produces as much or more electricity than it uses from local utility, setting precedent for nation’s 17,000+ dealerships
  • Achieves Top Level “Platinum” Honda Environmental Leadership Award
Press Release
  • Rossi Honda of Vineland, NJ produces as much or more electricity than it uses from local utility, setting precedent for nation’s 17,000+ dealerships
  • Achieves Top Level “Platinum” Honda Environmental Leadership Award

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