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UMTRI study finds total cost of ownership of diesels in US often much less than gasoline counterparts

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Sales of light-duty vehicles with alternative powertrains in 2014 was a mix of increases and decreases over 2013 sales. market.

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EPRI: lifetime cost of ownership of plug-ins is roughly comparable with conventional vehicles

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Consumers who purchase an electric vehicle will find that lifetime costs to own the vehicle are competitive with conventional and hybrid vehicles, according to an analysis conducted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). —“Total Cost of Ownership for Current Plug-in Electric Vehicles”. —Dr. Resources.

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ITM Power reports its estimated cost of producing hydrogen via electrolysis down significantly from last year

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ITM Power has provided an update on the cost structure of hydrogen generated by its HFuel electrolysis platform. ITM Power projects hydrogen cost at £4.19/kg (US$6.44/kg), a 32.7% kg/day at full load at an efficiency of greater than 77%. 5% of sale price. Fueling cost comparison. 446 kg/24h. 10 years.

DOE launches “eGallon” to help compare cost of fueling with electricity vs. gasoline

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) launched the “ eGallon ” as a quick and simple way for consumers to compare the costs of fueling electric vehicles vs. driving on gasoline. worth of electricity as a similar vehicle could travel on a gallon of gasoline. For example, if gasoline costs $3.60 worth of gasoline.

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UMTRI study finds US diesel vehicles generally have lower total cost of ownership than gasoline vehicles

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—“Total Cost of Ownership”. Highlights from the diesel-gasoline comparisons include: Total Cost of Ownership.

Hybrid Cars Can Cost Less To Own: Here Are Eight Examples

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Hybrids and other green cars often come with a higher purchase price, meaning their improved efficiency may be offset by a higher cost of ownership. Sometimes, hybrids actually cost less to own than comparable gasoline models. RELATED: Ford Fusion Vs Hyundai Sonata: Mid-Size Sedan Gas Mileage Comparison According to

CMU study suggests difficulties in reaching targeted low price points for Li-ion batteries

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However, none of these changes are sufficient to reach the DOE energy storage target of $125 kWh by 2020 , the study found. Source: CMU.

Single Pt atom catalysts show enhanced catalytic activity for water-splitting; potential to drive down electrolysis cost

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Significant effort has been devoted to the search of non-precious-metal based HER catalysts including sulfide-based materials, and C 3 N 4.

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Southern California Edison Introduces Online Plug-in Car Rate Assistant to Estimate Cost of Fueling Electric Vehicles

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Southern California Edison has launched an online Plug-in Car Rate Assistant to help customers estimate the cost of fueling an electric vehicle and the impact on their electricity bill. The online car rate assistant will provide an idea of the bill impacts and the benefits of charging electric vehicles during off-peak hours, 9 p.m.

UK Launches ERTOC Project to Improve Transport Efficiency and Sustainability; Tracking the Carbon Costs of Transport at the Consignment Level

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The Efficient and Reliable Transportation of Consignments ( ERTOC ) project, part funded by the UK government-backed Technology Strategy Board, has been launched by GS1 UK, Ricardo, Unipart Logistics, IRIS Technology and Coventry University to drive business improvement and sustainability throughout the supply chain from factory to point of sale.

Carbon Trust awards £2M to ACAL Energy and ITM Power to support major reduction in cost of automotive fuel cell systems

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million) to two UK fuel cell companies—ACAL Energy and ITM Power—to help deliver a step change reduction in the cost of the technology to about $35/kW. Production of advanced automotive fuel cell systems currently under development globally are forecast to cost approximately $50/kW at mass manufacture volumes.

New UMTRI paper reviews major advantages and disadvantages of battery-electric and fuel-cell vehicles

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Among their findings: A note on fuel pricing and cost per mile. For current gasoline-powered ICE vehicles at an average fuel economy of 23.3

Chevron Sanctions Development of Deepwater Jack/St. Malo Project in the Gulf of Mexico; Initial Development Cost of ~$7.5B

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Chevron Corporation has sanctioned development of the Jack/St. Malo project, its first operated project located in the Lower Tertiary trend in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. By comparison, the water depth of BP’s MC252 well (of the Deepwater Horizon disaster) was approximately 5,023 feet (1,522 meters).

Argonne Study Examines Impact of Real World Drive Cycles on Efficiency and Cost of Different PHEV Configurations

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Aymeric Rousseau, program manager at Argonne, presented a small slice of this wide study at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference 2009 (AABC) this week in Long Beach. Here the controller drives as long as possible using battery energy, depleting the state of charge (SOC) from 90% to 30%. Cost benefit analysis. L/100km (35.6

Loop Energy collaborates with CRRC to develop fuel cell electric drive systems for heavy-duty trucks

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a subsidiary of CRRC Corporation Ltd.) —Ben Nyland, President of Loop Energy. Ltd. (a CRRC Corporation Ltd., Resources. Sean M.

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SAE technical experts: fuel cell technology has advanced significantly, FC vehicle production has begun, further cost reductions & infrastructure development required

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Honda also sees the possibility of a “hydrogen-powered society” based on renewable energy and renewable-energy-generated hydrogen. Honda.

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SCAQMD funding Siemens test of eHighway overhead catenary system for electric trucks in California

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Siemens will conduct trials of its eHighway system ( earlier post ) in California on a two-mile (3.2 Copyright: Scania. Click to enlarge.

Ricardo: achieving light-duty diesel RDE NOx compliance in urban driving is possible, at a price

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The SIA conference was focused on clean compression-ignition engines of the future. The cost comparison is with respect to a Euro 5 baseline.

Toyota pops the hood on the technology of the fuel cell Mirai at SAE World Congress

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The new fuel cell stack in Mirai increases the current density by a factor of 2.4 Outline of self-humidification within cell surface.

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DOE issues $35M funding opportunity for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

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AOI 4: Cost and Performance Analysis for Fuel Cells; for Hydrogen Storage; and for Hydrogen Production and Delivery. fleets, buses, etc.)

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DOE awards more than $20M to advance fuel cell technologies; new report highlights strong market growth

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The report describes data compiled in 2015 on trends in the fuel cell industry for 2014 with some comparison to previous years. Market report.

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Siemens integrates EV motor and inverter in single housing; common cooling and SKiN

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The new integrated drive unit saves space, reduces weight, and cuts costs. This was also the aim of the Siemens engineers.

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Lux: future use of wide bandgap materials in power electronics will reduce EV cost

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Using wide bandgap (WBG) materials such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN)s for power electronics can improve efficiency and thereby reduce the high cost of battery packs, according to a new report from Lux Research. eV (electronVolt); silicon carbide (SiC) has a bandgap of 3.3 Source: Lux. Click to enlarge.

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NREL: battery second use offsets EV expense, improves grid stability; recommendations

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are identifying battery second use (B2U) strategies capable of offsetting vehicle expenses while improving utility grid stability. Under these conditions, it is anticipated that second use battery lifetimes will be on the order of 10 years.

UW researchers discover major lithium resource in Wyoming; potential integrated brine production/CO2 storage system

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Researchers at the University of Wyoming Carbon Management Institute (CMI) discovered a major new lithium resource near Rock Springs during a geological carbon dioxide storage site characterization project sponsored by the US Department of Energy. By comparison, the lithium reserves at Silver Peak, Nev.—the Brief

Van Hool wins EU funding for 21 fuel cell buses; powered by Ballard FCvelocity-HD7 modules

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Ballard anticipates receipt of purchase orders under the ESA that will lead to delivery of these fuel cell modules to Van Hool in 2015 and 2016.

OSU team develops new aqueous lithium-iodine solar flow battery; 20% energy savings over Li-I batteries

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The Li−I SFB can be charged at a voltage of 2.90V under 1 sun AM 1.5 illumination—lower than its discharging voltage of 3.30V.

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New system uses monocular camera instead of expensive laser scanners for automated vehicle navigation with comparable performance

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These use three-dimensional laser scanning technology to create a real-time map of their environment, then compare that real-time map to a pre-drawn map stored in the system. By making thousands of comparisons per second, they’re able to determine the vehicle''s location within a few centimeters. So they were an obvious choice.

Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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In this paper PHEV refers solely to the long-range PHEV of 60 miles (100 km) electric-only range.) Table of Contents. Abstract. Figure 1.

ITF analysis finds that societal costs for electric cars and vans range from €7K to €12K more than fossil-fueled equivalents

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Sample consumer and societal break-even curves for BEVs, with data points for a compact diesel for comparison. ITF acts as a strategic think tank for transport policy and organizes an annual summit of ministers. This additional cost represents what society is willing to pay in order to promote electromobility. Click to enlarge.

MIT study finds shift to green energy sources could mean crunch in supply of key rare earth elements

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Comparison of demand projections for REE (total summed). in the atmosphere at a level of 450 ppm. Credit: ACS, Alonso et al.

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New family of non-precious metal catalysts outperform platinum for oxygen-reduction reaction in fuel cells at 10% the production cost

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ORR polarisation curves of Pt/C and FeCo-OMPC catalysts before and after 10,000 potential cycles in O 2 -saturated 0.1?M M HClO 4. to 1.0?V

ORNL study finds best current use of natural gas for cars is efficient production of electricity for EVs

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Top: Components of well-to-wheels pathway. The share of conventional natural gas and shale gas was assumed to be 77% and 23%, respectively.

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Audi’s production electric e-tron quattro may set a new standard for vehicle handling; advanced vehicle dynamics control

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At the LA Auto Show, Audi of America President Scott Keogh said that the brand is targeting at least 25% of its US sales to be e-tron—i.e.,

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Opinion: Debunking the mythsWhy fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are viable for the mass market

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by Dr. Henri Winand, CEO of Intelligent Energy. 2014 has been a year of rapid growth for the fuel cell market with positive progress being made globally, especially in markets such as US, UK, Germany, France and Japan. Despite the recent progress, a number of myths around the use, power efficiency and cost of fuel cells still exist.

Study finds renewable fuels from hydrotreated vegetable oils outperform transesterified lipids and BTL from woody material in environmental lifecycle impacts and costs

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GHG emission comparison between fossil diesel, transesterified lipids, HVO and woody BTL. Looking at the lifecycle environmental impacts of the fuels, HVO do in most cases outperform transesterified lipids when assessing the same feedstock. GD = HVO; RSO = Rapeseed Oil; SBO = Soybean oil; Biodiesel = Transesterified lipids. Resources.

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Georgia Tech study finds MD electric urban delivery trucks have cost advantages over diesel in some conditions; relative benefits depend on numerous factors

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The electric truck is relatively more cost-effective on the NYCC and when VKT demand is higher. Credit: ACS, Lee et al. Click to enlarge.

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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Hyundai has begun the US sales rollout of its Ioniq line of electrified vehicles, which come in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric variants.

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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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Hyundai has begun the US sales rollout of its Ioniq line of electrified vehicles, which come in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric variants.

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Perspective: Not all reductions in battery costs are found underneath the microscope

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The one topic that all people involved in the electric vehicle industry agree on is that batteries cost too much. This has led to a wave of investment in material science developments by both governments and private investors alike over the past few years. The other factors in wire harness cost are labor and volume.