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Royal IHC launches first LNG-fueled hopper dredger

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The official name giving and christening ceremony will take place in the spring of 2017 in Zeebrugge, Belgium. Brief

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EU starts legal action against Germany, UK for failing to act on diesel emissions

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The Volkswagen diesel scandal has led to numerous lawsuits against the German automaker in multiple countries. But now regulatory agencies in European countries have become caught up in the legal fallout from VW's emissions cheating. The European Union began legal action Thursday against Germany, the U.K., and five other nations. DON'T MISS: Every.

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Supercapacitor energy density could soar using contact-lens polymer

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Engineers are nothing if not creative. Significant research is going into improved ways of storing electricity, including alternatives to the currently dominant lithium-ion battery-cell chemistry in electric cars. That includes using supercapacitors to substitute for storage batteries in some circumstances. DON'T MISS: Batteries from junkyard.

First drive review: Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain

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The Mercedes E350d All-Terrain has one clear mission and that’s to dismount the Audi A6 Allroad from its position as the one and only premium soft-roa.

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Toyota piloting all-hybrid car-sharing scheme in Europe: YUKÕ

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Toyota Europe is piloting a new full hybrid car sharing program—named YUKÕ – Japanese for ‘Let’s go’—in two European cities: Dublin, Ireland and Forlì, Italy. Vehicles in the program range from the B-segment Toyota Yaris Hybrid to its iconic Prius and will eventually also include its latest crossover, the Toyota C-HR Hybrid. Brief

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Diesels to lose two-thirds of current market share in 10 years: report

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Sometimes interesting predictions come buried inside a completely different topic. Take, for example, an investment note on the auto-parts supplier Continental contained in a roundup of industry research, market analysis, and news items issued yesterday by investment bank UBS. It contains the prediction that diesel engines' share of the global.

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Audi launches Traffic Light Information V2I service in the US starting in Las Vegas

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Audi is the first manufacturer to launch Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technology in the US, with the deployment of Traffic Light Information in select 2017 Audi A4, Q7 and allroad models in Las Vegas. Earlier post.). —Audi of America President Scott Keogh. —Tina Quigley, RTC General Manager. Brief

Modern electric cars at 20: from EV1 to Bolt EV, where are we now?

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Twenty years ago today, the very first GM EV1 electric cars were delivered to 40 lessees in California in a blaze of publicity. Since then, plug-in electric vehicles have seen more than their share of ups and downs. That first EV1 was a high-tech two-seater created specifically to meet California's then-current zero-emission vehicle rules.

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BMW plans to sell 100,000 plug-in cars in 2017, CEO says

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Among the established German luxury automakers, BMW has so far shown the greatest commitment to electric cars. It launched the "i" sub-brand dedicated to plug-in cars in 2013, and continues to sell the i3 electric city car and i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe. BMW has also rapidly expanded the number of plug-in hybrids based on existing models in its.

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Ford will ask Trump to cut fuel-economy rules, CEO says; 'no demand' for hybrid, electric cars

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Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled that existing emissions limits for passenger cars for 2022 through 2025 should remain in place. It's a decision that is already opposed by lobbyists representing the auto industry, and possibly by the incoming Trump Administration. Sure enough, one automaker says it has already begun talks.

Renesas develops 1st split-gate MONOS flash memory cells employing fin-shape transistors for MCUs; massive on-chip memory capacity

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Renesas Electronics Corporation has successfully developed the world’s first split-gate metal-oxide nitride oxide silicon (SG-MONOS) flash memory cells employing transistors with fin-shape for use in microcontrollers (MCUs) with on-chip flash memory having a circuit linewidth of 16 to 14 nanometer (nm) or finer. Brief

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Lucid electric 'executive sedan': 100-kwh battery, 1,000-hp motor

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From small startups to major established automakers, many companies have Tesla Motors in their sights. But Lucid Motors—the California-based startup formerly known as Atieva—may have the biggest guns in its arsenal of any of Tesla's would-be rivals. The company plans to unveil its previously-teased electric "executive sedan" December.

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German government worries carmakers vulnerable to electric-car onslaught

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Many governments across the globe have enacted stricter emissions standards to curb air pollution and greenhouse gases; others plan to do so. Some have also drafted incentives and other policies to promote zero-emission vehicles, especially electric cars, to encourage the market and help achieve these emissions reductions. Germany's government.

Is ethanol-free gasoline heading for the end of the road?

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is struggling with Congress and various corporate interests over the amount of ethanol that will be blended into the U.S. fuel supply. The Renewable Fuel Standard in place since 2007 calls for specific volumes of ethanol, but critics have tried to cap that amount while the EPA has tried to maintain or.

Lucid Motors and Samsung SDI in strategic partnership on next-gen lithium-ion cells

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Samsung SDI and luxury EV startup Lucid Motors have entered a strategic partnership for battery cell supply. —Sam Weng, co-founder, COO.

Trump's EPA head Pruitt: climate-science denier who sued the EPA many times

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If there were any doubt that president-elect Donald Trump supports fossil fuels and does not believe in the scientific consensus of climate change, his pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should put it to rest. Yesterday, he named Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, a 48-year-old Republican, as his nominee for EPA.

Thinking of buying a 2017 Chevy Bolt EV? Read the owner's manual!

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The first 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars should be arriving in dealerships sometime this month, likely in electric-car friendly California before anywhere else. The launch of the 238-mile electric car is now close enough that General Motors has undertaken the mundane yet critical task of issuing an owner's manual for the car. Owner's manuals.

WSU Tri-Cities researchers receive $50K NSF grant to test market potential for lignin pathway for biojet

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Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a $50,000 National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the commercialization potential of their new pathway for biojet from biomass waste. Earlier post.). Yang currently holds a patent on the process. —Bin Yang. Resources. Tucker, John R.

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Used electric-car batteries should be recycled, not reused: report

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Even after they have degraded too much for continued automotive use, the lithium-ion battery packs in electric cars still have significant useful storage capacity. That's led several automakers to experiment with alternative uses for these "second-life" batteries in stationary energy storage. Battery packs can store energy generated by renewable.

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Hyundai Motor accelerating development of its connected car operating system

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Hyundai Motor is accelerating development of its advanced ccOS (connected car Operating System), the core platform technology for its future connected cars. The software will optimize the high-speed transmission and reception of data within the vehicle to support increasingly complex features that will lead the connected car market.

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GM Europe exec sees 10 to 15 percent electric cars by 2030

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The 238-mile 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car should begin deliveries in the coming weeks.

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Audi e-tron vs Jaguar I-Pace vs Mercedes EQ: electric luxury SUVs compared

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After sales of 150,000 or more electric luxury cars from Tesla Motors over four years, the first major wave of long-range electric cars from established luxury automakers is now on the way. So far, it seems the first of these vehicles will not be sedans that compete with the Tesla Model S, but crossovers apparently targeting the Silicon Valley.

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Continental Multifunctional Smart Device Terminal debuts in E-Class; NFC, wireless smartphone charging, connectivity

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Continental’s Multifunctional Smart Device Terminal (MFST) is making its YYYY debut in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The new terminal allows drivers to wirelessly charge their smartphone and to operate a range of device functions in the vehicle safely and conveniently. Virtually any mobile device can then be charged inductively. Brief

Carmakers howl about CAFE rules, but regularly beat them; why?

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This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it would maintain current Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2022 to 2025. The decision was praised by environmental groups, but likely won't receive as warm a reception from the industry. CAFE standards are up for a midterm review, and auto-industry lobbyists spent.

FCA Windsor Assembly Plant begins production of plug-in 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

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The first 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid ( earlier post ) rolled off the line at the FCA US Windsor Assembly Plant (Ont.) on 1 December. The launch of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid marks another milestone for the Windsor plant as it is the first electric vehicle to be built on its assembly line. million vehicles that have been sold to date. Brief

DOE: US gasoline taxes dropped below 20% of total price in 2015

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By comparison, in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, taxes accounted for more than half of the total price for both 1990 and 2015. Source: DOE.

Congress questions VW $2 billion in zero-emission infrastructure funding

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The Volkswagen diesel settlement for 2.0-liter TDI models, approved at the end of October, includes a provision for $2 billion in funds to install charging or fueling infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles. There has been considerable debate over what those funds should be used for, and how they should be administered. The vast majority of the.

GM debuts 9-speed automatic, offering 2-percent efficiency improvement

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In order to meet stricter emissions standards, automakers are scrambling for any efficiency gain they can get in internal-combustion engines and powertrains. One of the most popular options for increasing efficiency is transmissions with a greater number of gears. Where 6-speed transmissions were once considered more than adequate, now seven.

Pacifica Hybrid electric ratings, EPA emission rules, Tesla stores, Trump team: The Week in Reverse

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Which government agency jolted Washington with a surprise decision that will have a huge impact on future cars? What did Consumer Reports have to say about the Tesla Model X electric SUV? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, December 2, 2016. Friday, we covered.

Daimler joining MIT CSAIL Alliance Program for AI work; cognitive vehicles

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Daimler is becoming a new member of the MIT CSAIL Alliance Program. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory ( CSAIL ) is the largest research laboratory at MIT and one of the world’s most important centers of information technology research. The new cooperation with the MIT ideally complements this. Earlier post.).

Why one Finnish city thinks it's ideal for next Tesla Gigafactory

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The Tesla "gigafactory" near Reno, Nevada, is already billed as the largest lithium-ion battery cell plant in the world. But Tesla has discussed plans for at least one additional gigafactory, presumably to meet demand for battery cells related to large-scale electric-car production outside the U.S. One Finnish city is now making an official bid.

Electric SUVs, Ford and Trump, Chevy Bolt EV profitability: Today's Car News

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Today, we compare three upcoming luxury electric SUVs, Ford plans to ask President-elect Donald Trump to loosen fuel-economy rules, and a new report claims General Motors will lose money on the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The Buick Velite plug-in hybrid concept car was unveiled at the 2016 Guangzhou Auto.

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Weekly round-up: Apple’s autonomous intentions, vivacious Vignale, E-Class All-Terrain, and leasing for less than £100

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With the slow wind-down for Christmas underway, the team at ContractHireAndLeasing.com are rehearsing for our annual nativity play. And by ‘rehearsing.

Study finds renewable natural gas could meet ~85% of current natural gas use in transport in California by 2020s; much higher volumes possible with right policies

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In addition, RNG use could be much higher if the LCFS credits were combined with US federal RIN credits (Renewable Identification Number, part of the Renewable Fuels Standard, RFS), the study found. Given the appropriate policy and market measures, the state’s RNG production potential is 90.6 bcf/yr (≈ 750 million gasoline gallons). from dairy.