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2016 Chevy Volt MPG, EPA Clean Power Plan, 2016 Mazda CX-3 Driven: Today's Car News

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Today, we have efficiency ratings for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the EPA finalizes rules that will limit carbon emissions from power plants, and we drive the 2016 Mazda CX-3 crossover. We've updated our July plug-in electric car sales report, and will continue to do so as more information becomes available. Today in Car News

UC Berkeley EBI, Shell sign $25M partnership to fund new energy tech research

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The collaboration will also focus on creating new energy technology that will enable fuels derived from sustainable sources to be readily available alongside conventional fossil fuels in the market. —John Coates, director of the EBI and a Berkeley professor of microbiology. —Shell chief technology officer Yuri Sebregts. Brief

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Zero-Emission 2014 Chevy Silverado Model Now Available

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Now there's a zero-emission version, and it's available today. It doesn't get much attention as a green vehicle, but the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck line is the best-selling vehicle line at General Motors.

Clearpath Robotics raises $30M to expand indoor self-driving vehicle market

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Companies like Google, Tesla and Uber are still testing, whereas our self-driving vehicles are commercially available today. Clearpath will use the funding to grow the company’s industrial division, OTTO Motors , launched in 2015 to focus on self-driving vehicles for material transport inside manufacturing and warehouse operations.

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Efacec licenses Qualcomm’s wireless EV charging technology

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We believe Qualcomm Halo technology delivers the most advanced and comprehensive WEVC technology available today. Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm granted to Efacec a royalty-bearing license to develop, make and supply WEVC systems for the EV Supply Equipment (EVSE) industry. Brief

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SABIC introduces novel thermoplastic roof fairing concept for 3% improvement in heavy-duty truck fuel economy

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SABIC has introduced a thermoplastic roof fairing concept that can potentially reduce annual fuel consumption of a heavy-duty truck by at least 3%.

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Toyota Denies Prius Range To Go All Plug-In Hybrid By 2014

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In about a year’s time Toyota will launch the long-awaited plug-in hybrid version of its top-selling Prius, selling it alongside the regular version of the Prius that’s already available today.

GENIVI Alliance launches new open source vehicle simulator project

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The GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit alliance focused on developing an open in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and connectivity software platform for the transportation industry, launched the GENIVI Vehicle Simulator ( GVS ) open source project, with both developer and end-user code available immediately. Infraction Logging. Infraction Review. Brie

Cal Energy Commission grants $2.4M for Class 8 fuel cell hybrid trucks at ports; $1.2M for PEV fleet and V2G software upgrade

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Standards adopted today require that all showerheads not exceed 2.0 gallons per minute models available today. The California Energy Commission approved a grant of $2.4 The Commission also approved $1.2 This vehicle will meet the range and power for near-dock, local, and near-regional trips. gallons per minute. Brief

Ford and Baidu invest $150M in Velodyne LiDAR

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Ford has a long-standing relationship with Velodyne and our investment is a clear sign of our commitment to making autonomous vehicles available for consumers around the world. Velodyne LiDAR, Inc., Vertical fields of view are covered with full 360° horizontal field of view by rotating the laser/detector pairs up to 20 times per second.

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Range Rover Hybrid Coming

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Now owned by Indian automaker Tata, Range Rover’s flagship has been given the most cutting-edge features available today. seconds.

Proterra introduces 2nd generation electric bus

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The Proterra Solution, the company’s first 40-foot model, weighs less than any other transit bus available today and offers the highest fuel efficiency on the market. Proterra Inc. launched its second-generation all-electric bus, The Proterra Solution, at the American Public Transportation Association Bus and Paratransit Conference.

Lux forecasts global driver assist market to grow to $102B market by 2030

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billion today to $102 billion in 2030, corresponding to a 26% CAGR. billion opportunity by 2022. billion opportunity by 2030. billion by 2030.

Demonstration series hydraulic hybrid transit bus yields fuel economy of 6.9 mpg, 110% better than conventional diesel, 30% better than electric hybrids

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Because a large-capacity low-pressure reservoir (LPR) was not available to package in the space available, a custom LPR was designed and manufactured.

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MIT analysis finds current EVs could replace ~90% of personal vehicles now on the road based on driver’s energy consumption

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A study by a team at MIT has concluded that roughly 90% of the personal vehicles on the road in the US could be replaced by an electric vehicle available on the market today, even if the cars can only charge overnight. Together, the two datasets encompass millions of trips made by drivers all around the country. —Jessika Trancik.

New Linde hydrogen station officially begins operating in Emeryville, CA

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Performance-wise, it meets the Daimler requirement of a three-to-four minute complete fill with a delivered gas temperature of -40 °C, the best available today. This is the first public hydrogen fueling station in the San Francisco Bay area. Replacing diesel with hydrogen fuel eliminates vehicle tailpipe emissions. Brief

Pike Research forecasts automotive Li-ion battery prices to drop by more than 1/3 by 2017

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While most PEVs today have a range of between 40 and 100 miles, continued concerns over range and the availability of charging infrastructure, remain among the biggest impediments to the wider adoption of Li-ion batteries. of Li-ion chemistries are available today, none of them can claim to be the ideal solution.


Ford enters 2 new European research collaborations for innovation in mobility and autonomous vehicles

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Ford’s semi-autonomous vehicle features available today include Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Active Park Assist – with Traffic Jam Assist coming. Ford Motor Company has entered into two new research collaborations driving innovation in mobility and autonomous vehicles.

Study: even with high LDV electrification, low-carbon biofuels will be necessary to meet 80% GHG reduction target; “daunting” policy implications

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A significant level of electrification is certainly viable for these vehicles, as BEVs and PHEVs are currently commercially available. Paul J.

Primus Green Energy synthetic gasoline demo plant hits 720 hours continuous operation

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The independent engineers’ report provides critical validation of our technology and of our value proposition, and the data suggests that our technology is more economical than competing gas-to-liquids processes available today. Primus Green Energy, Inc., —Paul Plath, President at E3 Consulting, LLC. Brief

Mercedes-Benz presents autonomous Future Truck 2025 research vehicle; “Highway Pilot”

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The radar sensor is the basis for the Proximity Control Assist and Emergency Braking Assist already available today. Click to enlarge.

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Aleris to invest $350M to upgrade Kentucky aluminum rolling mill for anticipated growth in automotive demand

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We have partnered with customers in the premium automotive segment from our Duffel, Belgium facility for years to develop and produce some of the most technically advanced lightweight aluminum solutions available today. Aleris will invest $350 million to upgrade capabilities at its aluminum rolling mill in Lewisport, Kentucky.

GM Ventures invests in nano-structured steel alloys company NanoSteel; potential for light-weighting

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NanoSteel’s nano-structured alloys offer unique material characteristics that are not available today, making them a potential game-changer.

Postal Fleet Services selects Ryder for natural gas vehicle solution in four states; 20 CNG heavy-duty trucks

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service locations where Ryder has partnered with Clean Energy Fuels to offer renewable natural gas, the cleanest fuel available today. Ryder System announced that Postal Fleet Services has signed a full-service agreement for 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) heavy-duty vehicles supporting mail delivery operations in Orlando, Fla., Brie

CAP-XX introduces supercap modules to support batteries in stop-start applications

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CAP-XX stop-start system architecture. The company says that the cost of a 14V, 6-cell supercapacitor module for stop-start would be around US$60.

ClipperCreek upgrades HCS-40 and CS-40 series EV charging stations from 30A to 32A

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All of ClipperCreek’s charging station products are safety certified by independent testing laboratories and compatible with all plug in vehicles available today. ClipperCreek has upgraded the popular HCS-40 and CS-40 series EV charging stations from 30 Amps to 32 Amps continuous as a standard offering, with no increase in price.

Houston start-up proposes different approach to hydrogen refueling: thousands of small networked outlets and smart app

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Hydrogen-XT said its station is designed to be extremely cost-effective, estimated to be 100-times less expensive than conventional H 2 stations available today. Their patent application on the basics of the Fuel Distribution Network is available here. The station is also easily upgraded due to its modular design. Brief

Microchip introduces first automotive-grade LIN SiP with touch hardware support

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The system solution comes in a 7 × 7 mm QFN package, with wettable flanks ready for automatic optical solder inspection and is available with 16k, 32k or 64k Flash memory, up to 8 KB SRAM and 2 KB Read-While-Write Flash. Various tools such as GCC and IAR C/C++ compilers, ICE debuggers and a QTouch software function library are also available.

President Obama launches $500M Advanced Manufacturing Partnership; Ford involved as an initial partner

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US President Barack Obama today launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies such as information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. inventions, and in manufacturing-associated R&D. Resources.

Neste Oil to launch the first diesel complying with Category 4 WWFC diesel specification; reduces fuel consumption by 5% and emissions

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Neste Pro Diesel will be produced at Neste Oil’s Porvoo refinery and will be available at Neste Oil’s service stations across Finland beginning this fall. Neste Oil will launch a completely new grade of diesel fuel in Finland this fall: Neste Pro Diesel. Select Properties of WWFC Category 4 Diesel Fuel (2006). Properties. Units. Limit. 52.0)

Novelis and Henkel partner on advanced bonding technology for high-volume aluminum vehicles

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Novelis, the world leader in automotive aluminum sheet, and Henkel Adhesive Technologies today signed a long-term agreement to collaborate on the development of advanced bonding technologies for the use of aluminum in high-volume vehicles. This flexibility makes it a highly versatile and efficient solution for high-volume applications. Brie

Audi survey finds more than half of US drivers would support government initiative to spur diesel vehicle sales

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Audi believes there are a variety of viable alternative fuel solutions, including electric, but diesel is readily available today. The objective is to reward efficiency, and diesel is an efficient alternative available today. But, we argue that diesel needs an even playing field set by state and federal governments.

Infineon launches next gen AURIX hexa-core microcontroller for automotive applications; 3x more performance than current

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Engineering samples of the 300 MHz lead device, the TC39xx, with 16 Mbyte of embedded Flash will be available in BGA-516 package and BGA-292.

LeddarTech launches LeddarVu, a new scalable platform towards high-resolution LiDAR; Vu8 solid-state LiDAR

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Two interface configurations are available: SPI or USB-CAN-Serial (UART/RS-485). Autonomous driving Driver Assistance Systems Sensors

2015 Abarth 695 Biposto features SABIC lightweight PC glazing solutions; 40% weight savings

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Abarth’s production model of the 695 Biposto includes polycarbonate (PC) glazing solutions from SABIC. Click to enlarge. seconds). Brief


We Love Electric Bikes

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They are available today. 0 to 20 in seconds, pedaling optional. Three weeks ago we spent the day shooting at the Kick Gas Festival in San Diego. One of our favorite diversions was testing the electric bikes. I’ve always been skeptical about e-bikes. Why waste electricity when you can just pedal? Well, that day changed our minds.

Deloitte Survey finds only 4% of global consumers likely to be satisfied with current EVs despite increasing consideration and willingness to buy; higher ICE fuel economy reduces interest in EVs

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And in today’s world, with so many sovereign debt challenges, that is very likely to be a road less traveled. Click to enlarge. Resources.

Rechargeable membrane-less hydrogen bromine flow battery shows high power density

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The HBLFB rivals the performance of the best membrane-based systems available today without the need for costly ion-exchange membranes, high-pressure reactants or high-temperature operation. Schematic of reactant flow within the HBLFB. Credit: Braff et al. Click to enlarge. The membrane-less design enables power densities of 0.795?W?cm


Mercedes-Benz F125!: fuel cell plug-in hybrid with Li-sulfur battery and structure integrated hydrogen storage with MOFs

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Compared to the high-pressure tanks in use today, the H 2 tank potentially requires less installation space. Mercedes-Benz F 125! The F125!,

IXYS releases its highest power IGBT module for energy efficient power conversion and motor control applications

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The new IXYS SIMBUS F module is an industry-standard outline optimized for IGBT phase leg configurations providing the highest current density available today. The SIMBUS F is available in 225, 300 and 450 ampere 1.2kV rating. It is, therefore, good for the environment. Brief

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