Schneider Logistics to Shed Freight Forwarding, Customs House Brokerage Service

Schneider Logistics has announced plans to sell its freight forwarding and customs house brokerage business in the U.S. and China to Norbert Dentressangle, a European transportation, logistics and freight forwarding company based in Lyon, France.

Fast-Charging Electric Buses Come To SoCal

I know we have a lot of readers from Southern California. Sure the weather is great, and the people are generally friendly, but for me it is just too crowded and congested to ever call home. Plus, for such a progressive place, there is a surprising la…

Fast-Charging Electric Buses Come To SoCal

I know we have a lot of readers from Southern California. Sure the weather is great, and the people are generally friendly, but for me it is just too crowded and congested to ever call home. Plus, for such a progressive place, there is a surprising la…

Toyota hybrid sales sink in August

Camry hybrid just can’t compete
Camry sales, but not the hybrid, lead way
Sales of Toyota hybrid cars dropped from 17,504 hybrids in July to 15,444 hybrids in August, as the Toyota Prius dropped from 14,102 sales in July, to 11,799 sales in August.
Des…

Optimal Energys Joule EV Completes Prototype Phase, Nearing Production

Joule, the EV from South African company Optimal Energy (earlier post), has completed the prototype phase recently and is nearing the start of volume production, according to the company.

Designed by South African-born Keith Helfet, Joule has be…

Dealer markups on Nissan Leaf possible

Will demand outstrip supply?
Final pricing rests with the dealer
Nissan has been taking reservations on the Nissan Leaf for a while now, but the automaker is just about ready to turn those reservations into orders according to Straightline.
However, fi…

Mascoma Acquires SunOpta BioProcess Inc.; Integrated Cellulosic Ethanol Company

Cellulosic biofuels company Mascoma Corporation, is acquiring SunOpta BioProcess Inc. (SBI), a division of SunOpta Inc. The acquisition combines the fiber preparation and pretreatment technologies of SBI and the consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) techn…

Honeywell UOP Technology Selected to Support Conversion of Biomass to Fuel at California Renewable Energy Facility

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced that its technology has been selected for use in Rentech, Inc.’s Rialto Renewable Energy Center for the conversion of biomass to transportation fuels.

The renewable energy center, to be built in Rialto, Cali…

Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks Made from Food-Grade Natural Products; Edible MOFs for Gas Storage and Other Applications

A rendering of an element of a CD-MOF. Click to enlarge.A team of researchers from Northwestern University, UCLA and the University of St. Andrews (UK) have developed new robust nanoporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) using a sugar—γ-cyclo…

Portland’s Popular Streetcars Spark Interest In Other Cities

This summer I was lucky enough to be able to drive across the county and visit 29 states and dozens of different cities. One city that really stuck out to me though was Portland. It was young, hip, and, although cool in its own right, was not at all m…