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Renault introduces two new electric light commercial vehicles

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At the Brussels Motorshow in Belgium, Renault Pro+ introduced two new electric light commercial vehicles—New Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E.—to

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Groupe Renault acquires PVI, a specialist in the electrification of Light Commercial Vehicles

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PVI has previously worked with Groupe Renault on the development and electrification of the upcoming Renault Master Z.E. Earlier post.). Master Z.E.

2017 46

Achates Power building 2.7L opposed-piston light-duty engine; exceeding CAFE 2025, Tier 3 targets at lower cost

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six-piston) light-duty version of its opposed piston engine (OPE) in both diesel- and gasoline-fueled versions. Light-duty diesel OP.

2017 46

Update: SAE J2954 wireless charging validation to 11kW, Recommended Practice to enable autonomous vehicle parking and charging in 2017

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For the infrastructure side, a common location for the wireless charging ground assembly—in the parking lot—will be determined in 2017.

2017 39

Avantium acquires Liquid Light; electrocatalysis to convert CO2 to chemicals

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Renewable chemicals company Avantium has acquired the assets of Liquid Light. Liquid Light has developed proprietary process technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally-abundant carbon dioxide. The integration of the Liquid Light assets into Avantium is complete and effective immediately. Brief

2017 34

GKN Driveline providing eTransmission to StreetScooter electric vans

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Other applications for the system include the Fiat 500e city EV and the Citroen Berlingo Electric light commercial vehicle.

2017 46

IRENA, IEA study concludes meeting 2?C scenario possible with net positive economics

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The findings of this report will inform G20 work on energy and climate in the context of the 2017 German G20 presidency. IRENA. Around US$3.5

2017 28

Clariant enters next phase with Global Bioenergies’ renewable isobutene for high-value application

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Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies worldwide, and the only one in Europe, that is developing a process to convert renewable resources into light hydrocarbons through fermentation. We are pleased to see that Clariant has a concrete vision on how to bring this high-value application of our renewable isobutene into the market. Brie

2017 34

CTA Foundation, IBM, Local Motors collaborate on accessible, self-driving vehicles

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At CES 2017, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation announced an alliance with IBM and Local Motors to help create the world’s most accessible, self-driving vehicle. Adapting light and videos for users with photosensitive epilepsy. —Ruoyi Zhou, director of accessibility research, IBM. Brief

2017 35

Cambridge team demonstrates light-driven photoreforming of unprocessed biomass to H2 at room temperature

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CdS is an inexpensive, visible-light-absorbing photocatalyst with a bulk electronic bandgap of around 2.4 Wakerley et al. Click to enlarge.

2017 12

Four large West Coast cities unite to buy 24,000 electric cars

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That includes the thousands of cars and light trucks in the municipal fleets of large cities. When it comes to policy efforts aimed at promoting electric cars, the focus is usually on private passenger vehicles. But to cut carbon emissions in a meaningful way, policymakers will have to look at other types of vehicles as well. DON'T MISS: BYD.

2017 33

ICCT: incremental technology can cut vehicle CO2 by half and increase fuel economy >60% through 2030 with ~5% increase in price

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Starting from a baseline 26 mpg (9.04 l/100 km) in 2025 and to 42–46 mpg (5.6-5.11 l/100 km) (under three scenarios) by 2030. Source: The ICCT.

2017 20

California goal: eliminate gasoline, diesel light vehicles altogether

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What if gasoline and diesel cars and light trucks were simply eliminated altogether from the new vehicles sold in a state? Residents of one state in the U.S. may, eventually, find out. California already leads the nation in promoting zero-emission vehicles, but the Golden State may soon take that policy a step further.

2017 13

Electric utility in Kansas leads push to get electric cars on roads

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CHECK OUT: Kansas City Power & Light To Build 1,000 Electric-Car Charging Sites (Jan 2015) A. When it comes to promoting electric cars, California is rightfully viewed as the most active. But efforts are not limited to the Golden State. electric utilities plug-in cars charging Missouri charging infrastructure Kansas

2017 27

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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In line with COP 21, the Walloon strategy envisages that 50% of its public fleet vehicles, in need of replacement, will run on alternative fuels starting from 1 January 2017, and the percentage will rise to 100% starting from 1 January 2030. The Government of Wallonia also set a new regulation to promote the development of CNG infrastructure.

2017 30

BASF Catalysts doubles production capacity for mobile emissions catalysts in India

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The new plant produces a full range of catalyst solutions, including light duty, heavy duty and motorcycle emissions catalysts to meet growing market demand and customer technology needs. BASF Catalysts India Private Limited inaugurated its new mobile emissions catalysts manufacturing site in India. Brief

2017 25

Honda of Canada Mfg. to invest $492M in Ontario manufacturing plants; $83.6M in government grants

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million cars and light trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario. Honda Canada has sold more than four million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light trucks in Canada. Honda of Canada Mfg. HCM), a division of Honda Canada Inc., billion. Brief

2017 31

Koito and Quanergy collaborate to design automotive headlight concept with built–in solid-state LiDAR

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The Koito headlight with built-in sensors is on display at CES 2017. Quanergy’s solid state LiDAR uses an optical phased array as a transmitter, which can steer pulses of light by shifting the phase of a laser pulse as it’s projected through the array. Koito Manufacturing Co., —Dr. Louay Eldada, Quanergy CEO.

2017 28

Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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For low-speed and light throttle. Hyundai will later (Q4 2017) introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the Ioniq (and Kia a PHEV version of Niro).

2017 26

Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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For low-speed and light throttle. Hyundai will later (Q4 2017) introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the Ioniq (and Kia a PHEV version of Niro).

2017 26

Alstom invests €14M in electric autonomous shuttle company EasyMile

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The EZ10 is manufactured by French light weight automobile maker Ligier. The investment forms part of the start-up’s ongoing capital increase.

2017 28

Magna and Ford developing prototype carbon fiber composite subframe; mass reduction of 34%

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In pursuit of lower vehicle weight to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency, Magna International Inc., Materials Weight reduction

2017 19

FLAC project seeks 40-80% weight reduction in automotive components through 3D printing

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Layer by layer, the melted particles fuse and solidify to form novel structures that can be made up from complex lattices to provide a light-weight component. HiETA Technologies specializes in thermal management and light-weighting, exploiting additive manufacturing (AM) as a production and customization process.

2017 25

Scientists suggest quantum control of atoms may make fusion energy production more efficient

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Wolynes (2017) “Quantum controlled fusion,” Chemical Physics Letters doi: 10.1016/j.cplett.2017.02.045. —Berrios et al. Resources.

2017 20

Sandia, Lawrence Livermore team improves solid-state H2 storage using nano-confinement; new paradigm for hydrogen storage

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The team plans to use spatially resolved synchrotron radiation from LBNL’s Advanced Light Source to probe interface chemistry and structure.

2017 20

KPMG Survey: execs say connected car generates 10x revenue than a conventional vehicle; market share based on units “outdated”; BEVs #1 trend

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In fact, expectations for data-driven revenue are so great that 71% say measuring OEM market share based on units sold is outdated. —KPMG survey.

2017 23

California ARB staff considering including alternative jet fuel in Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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Synthesized Kerosene with Aromatics Derived by Alkylation of Light Aromatics from Non-Petroleum Sources (SPK/A); maximum blend 50%. The staff of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff is considering including alternative jet fuel (AJF) in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Credit trading in the LCFS occurs between regulated parties.

2017 16

Efficient Drivetrains awarded bus fleet order for the City of Sheyang, China

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Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. EDI) Awarded Bus Fleet Order for the City of Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. EDI PowerDrive. regenerative braking capabilities.

2017 20

The interdependency of autonomous electric vehicles and wireless charging

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Dr. Yoon of KAIST, a South Korean public research university, coordinates the standards activities in Korea and is also a researcher in this area with experience in light- and heavy-duty wireless power transfer (WPT). The customer wants the freedom to know not only where the charging station is located, but expects that he can charge there.

2017 13

WiTricity collaborating with Nissan on wireless charging for EVs

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kW test stations (WPT 1 and WPT2; the J2954 team also envisions light duty charging rates of 11 kW (WPT3) and 22 kW (WPT4). WiTricity is collaborating with Nissan to further the adoption of wireless EV charging systems. Both companies are participating in the SAE International J2954 standardization effort for wireless power transfer. to 7.7

2017 18

Renault-Nissan Alliance delivers significant growth in 2016; cumulative EV sales hit nearly 425,000

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In addition to the LEAF, Nissan also sells the e-NV200, a light commercial vehicle sold mainly in Europe and Japan since 2014. Through Nissan’s partnership with Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan expects to target synergy benefits worth ¥24 billion (US$210 million) in fiscal year 2017, rising to ¥60 billion in fiscal year 2018 and beyond.

2017 16

Repsol, Armstrong Energy make largest US onshore oil discovery in 30 years; 1.2B barrels in Alaska

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billion barrels of recoverable light oil in the Nanushuk play in Alaska’s North Slope. Repsol and partner Armstrong Energy have made the largest US onshore conventional hydrocarbons discovery in 30 years—up to approximately 1.2 billion barrels. Armstrong holds the remaining working interest and is currently the operator. Brief

2017 13

Renault-Nissan Alliance forms light commercial vehicle business unit

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance is creating a light commercial vehicle business unit to expand its global presence in this growing segment. By leveraging Renault’s van expertise and Nissan’s truck know-how in key markets, the Alliance intends to grow its light commercial vehicle sales worldwide. He will report to Carlos Ghosn. Brief

Will 2018 Hyundai Accent be limited to Canada, or come to U.S. too?

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where all the new-vehicle buzz seems to be about light trucks—especially crossover utilities and SUVs—is there even a place for a new subcompact sedan? In a U.S. That's the question posed by the launch of the 2018 Hyundai Accent, the latest generation of the Korean maker's smallest North American vehicle. Canada subcompact

2017 12

Mercedes-Benz starting small series production of heavy-duty Urban eTruck with electric drive this year for customer trials

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The light-duty electric truck Fuso eCanter will be in use in a global small series in 2017. The system will support up to 150 kW.).

Trump budget to slash EPA funds, ax staff, kill climate-change plans: reports

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Environmental Protection Agency could perhaps be viewed in a similar light. Imagine appointing a lifelong pacifist, who believes it is never justifiable to take up arms against any man, to run the U.S. armed forces. The appointment of Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the U.S. emissions government EPA regulation Donald Trump

London Taxi opens £300M plant for range-extended EV taxis; announces second model, an LCV

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The all-new electric taxi goes on sale first in London in Q4 2017, and then globally in early 2018. Geely also owns Volvo Cars.).

TU Bergakademie Freiberg launches OTTO-R project with VW Group, Shell, OMV as partners; P2X for green gasoline

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Residual methanol and light hydrocarbons are separated downstream and recycled into the process. The new OTTO-R synthesis process is based on the Syngas-To-Fuel-Process (STF) developed by Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz GmbH (CAC) at the Institute for Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering (IEC). OTTO-R is to be available in 2025.

2017 13

Wireless charging J2954 testing to 11 kW in 2017 for LD, HD starting up to 250 kW; autonomous charging and infrastructure proposal for California

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In addition, eight OEMs have light-duty vehicle testing planned to begin in third quarter for WPT 1-3 which is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Yale team develops dendrimer-graphene oxide composite film for improved cycling of Li-sulfur batteries

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The film design provides a new strategy for confining lithium polysulfides. Li–S battery) due to its high theoretical capacity of 1,672 mAh g −1.