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Honda Smart Home Open House is March 25

There will be a community open house at the Honda Smart Home in West Village on campus next Tuesday afternoon, March 25, noon to 4 p.m.. If you’ve been wondering what this zero-net energy smart home is all about, this …
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Review of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard shows shifts in fuel use

The latest progress report on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) shows a small increase in use of alternative transportation fuels, which include biofuels and electricity. Among alternative fuels, the report finds a decrease in ethanol made from corn and …
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Do you mind if I plug in my car? The etiquette of going electric

As children, we learn to wait in line, take our turn and share. As adults, we usually try to live by these basic rules. For today’s plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers, however, the rules and norms for mundane chores such …
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Rocket team flies high in Alabama

The UC Davis SpaceED rocket team has returned from the NASA Student Launch Projects competition in Huntsville, Alabama. They didn’t bring back prizes on their first trip to the competition — but they did bring back some great experiences, despite …
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Great new apps on the move: Mileage and music

Jason Moore and Tai Stillwater, two researchers at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, have developed a neat little smartphone app that monitors fuel economy as you drive. They have already been awarded $2,000 in phase one of the …
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UC Davis team places second, collects $1,000 in ‘chemical car’ competition

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) yesterday announced that the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez took top honors at the international Chem-E-Car competition in Minneapolis Sunday, while a team of UC Davis students placed second. The winning team’s …
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Andy Frank named to Auto News “Electrifying 100″

(Contributed by Paul Dorn) UC Davis professor Andy Frank has been selected for the first-ever “Automotive News Electrifying 100.” The Electrifying 100 consists of 100 of the most influential people behind the vehicle electrification movement. Frank’s contributions — which we …
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‘Father of the Plug-in Hybrid’ gets a Chevy Volt

UC Davis engineering professor Andy Frank has been called ‘The Father of the Plug-in Hybrid,’ and yesterday he picked up one of the first to be sold. The Chevrolet Volt made by General Motors has both an electric motor and …
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The Department of Flattened Wildlife

UC Davis researchers have just completed the first year of a comprehensive survey of animals killed by traffic on California’s roads. Fraser Shilling, co-director of the UC Davis Road Ecology Center, has released the first year of data for the …
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Bike controls and the pedal desk

Professors Mont Hubbard and Ron Hess in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering are running a project to study bicycle-human control systems. It turns out, says Hess, that this is a harder problem to study than his usual field: pilots flying airplanes. …
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