February, 2017

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Volvo Cars to introduce 3-cylinder FWD PHEV in 2018, BEVs & 48V mild hybrid in 2019; Modular Electrification Platform

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Volvo Cars will introduce a front-wheel drive (FWD), 3-cylinder engine variant of its Twin Engine plug-in hybrid electric vehicle system in 2018, followed by its first production battery-electric vehicles and a new 48V mild hybrid system in 2019, according to Mats Anderson, Senior Director of Electric Propulsion Systems.

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Big energy hugely underestimates electric cars, renewable power

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Mass adoption of electric cars and renewable energy could significantly decrease global consumption of fossil fuels. But does the established energy industry view these new developments as a threat? In a recent report, ExxonMobil said coal could continue to provide the majority of the world's electricity-generation capacity in 2040, and that.

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Leaseplan profits grow as private leasing soars in UK, Netherlands and Belgium

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Leaseplan, a global leader in fleet management and driver mobility, has published its headline annual results for 2016 and the future looks bright. I.

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MAN and Austria’s CNL partnering on medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks; trials this year, production 2018

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MAN also presented an all-electric prototype of a semitrailer tractor unit for urban distribution transport. Click to enlarge.

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GKN, SDS begin production of all-wheel drive disconnect system in China; up to 4% improvement in fuel economy

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The system will initially feature on the Jeep Renegade built for the Chinese market by GAC Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Co.,

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2018 Nissan Leaf spy shots: our question on electric car update

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But until now, we've heard almost nothing about the 2018 Nissan Leaf. Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) youtube

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Shell fuel stations in U.K., Netherlands to add electric-car charging

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Electric cars are often touted as a way to avoid gas stations. But electric-car drivers in certain European countries will soon be going to them to charge. That's because a pair of European oil companies plan to add electric-car charging at certain fuel stations. CHECK OUT: Electric-Car Charging Station At Gas Station In Tar-Sands Land (Nov 2014).

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Electric-car batteries: $100 per kwh before 2020, $80 soon after?

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Modern electric cars have developed to the point where range itself may become less of an issue than the cost of providing it. Automakers can create longer-range electric cars simply by installing larger battery packs, but that adds significant cost tot he car's single priciest component. Just ask Tesla, which sells multiple versions of its Model.

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GM releases second Chevy Bolt EV autonomous driving video

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV may very well turn out to be a game-changing electric car in more ways than one.

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Jato Dynamics: global auto sales up 5.6% in 2016, SUVs continue to surge

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Global automotive industry sales rose 5.6% in 2016 to 84.24 million units (LCVs and passenger cars), according to data released by JATO Dynamics.

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Tesla granted patent on metal-air battery charging

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When it comes to Tesla and electric-car batteries, the eyes of most analysts are currently on the automaker's "Gigafactory," which began battery-cell production earlier this year. The Gigafactory is expected to build cells in massive numbers, but using a variation of the same lithium-ion chemistry that currently dominates in the electric-car.

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

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Earlier post.). All of this with a specification to charge with high efficiencies over an air gap of 250mm (10 inches). —Jesse Schneider.

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U.S. household energy costs hit 50-year low

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Substantial growth in U.S. renewable-energy capacity will undoubtedly have a positive environmental impact. But the reduction in carbon emissions renewable-energy advocates aim to achieve does not exclude potential benefits to consumers. Because as renewable-energy generating capacity has expanded significantly over the last decade, household.

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Schaeffler and Factory Berlin enter cooperation agreement

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Schaeffler and the Factory Berlin startup campus have signed a cooperation agreement for an “innovation hub.” It is intended to offer automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler a professional environment and ideal resources for its digitalization and innovation initiatives. The focus here is on creating new digital services for customers. Brief

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Bollinger Motors promises all-electric off-road 'sport utility truck'

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There seems to be no shortage of startups planning to build new battery-electric vehicles from the ground up. While companies like Lucid Motors and Faraday Future are focusing on high-end luxury models, a newer company named Bollinger Motors is taking a different approach. It aims to launch what it calls the "world's first all-electric on- and.

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Lucid Air electric car video show luxury sedan on the road

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Lucid Motors, the California automotive startup formerly known as Atieva, unveiled its Air electric car in December 2016.

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All-electric Kia Niro EV to come in 2018, says Kia exec

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South Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia often share the underpinnings of their vehicles, though there's no "badge engineering" and the two brands compete in the marketplace. The recent Kia Niro hybrid wagon and the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid hatchback, for instance, share the same powertrain, platform, and other hidden components. But while the 2017.

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell marketing theme: thinking about tomorrow

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Like most marketing for hydrogen vehicles, the video ad above will likely be targeted only to California drivers.

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POSCO begins lithium production for first time in Korea; domestic supply for Samsung, LG; investing $261M in anode materials by 2020

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Korea-based steel-maker POSCO has begun commercial production of lithium in Korea for the first time. On 7 February, POSCO held a ceremony for the completion of a PosLX (POSCO Lithium Extraction) plant with an annual capacity of 2,500 tons at its lithium plant at Gwangyang Works. The recovery rate of lithium also rose from 30-40% to more than 80%.

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Science Guy Bill Nye buys Chevy Bolt EV, his seventh electric car

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Bill Nye, better known as "The Science Guy" on the popular PBS children's series that bears his name, loves electric cars. He drove one of only a few hundred original GM EV1 two-seat electric cars almost 20 years ago. Three weeks ago, he took delivery of a brand-new "Kinetic Blue" 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV—and he says he couldn't be happier.

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Swedish ESPLANADE project developing common safety methodology for autonomous vehicles

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The Swedish automotive industry is working alongside academia and specialists in a comprehensive research project called ESPLANADE (Efficient and Safe Product Lines of Architectures eNabling Autonomous DrivE), to create a vital common safety methodology for autonomous vehicles. FUSE and ESPLANADE are co-funded by Sweden’s innovation agency VINNOVA.

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Much faster electric-car charging: on a fast track

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Relatively short ranges and long charging times are two of the main factors restraining more widespread electric-car adoption. To address the range issue, automakers are expected to launch a batch of more-affordable long-range electric cars over the next few years, a shift heralded by the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and the upcoming Tesla Model 3.

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First product at ENVIA Energy’s small-scale GTL plant in Oklahoma City; Velocys technology

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The first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at ENVIA Energy’s GTL plant in Oklahoma City. The ENVIA plant uses Velocys technology for small-scale GTL. These products are fractionated on site to produce premium wax, diesel and naphtha. This is a landmark event for Velocys’ technology and its commercial reference plant. Brief

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2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car: new owner's first impressions

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As the first mass-priced electric car with more than 200 miles of range to hit the market, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has attracted a great deal of attention. It's won numerous awards, including the Green Car Reports 2017 Best Car To Buy title, and received rave reviews from a wide variety of media outlets. But what do actual owners think? DON'T.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq to have lifetime battery-failure warranty

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Hyundai is extending the lifetime battery warranty offered on previous electrified models to the 2017 Ioniq lineup as well. The warranty applies to all versions of Hyundai's first dedicated green car, including the Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Electric, and Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid. As with previous Hyundai models, the warranty applies to complete failure of.

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Valeo to form transmission JV with S. Korean partner Pyeong Hwa Group; torque converters and CVTs; boosting sales to Hyundai-Kia

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France-based Valeo has signed an agreement with its long-standing South Korean partner Pyeong Hwa Group to create a 50/50 joint venture for transmissions; the new company will be called Valeo-Kapec. The partners intend for Valeo-Kapec to become the world leader in torque converters and CVTs. Market Background Transmissions

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Tesla updates maintenance plans; higher fees now include hardware updates

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Electric cars may require significantly less maintenance than internal-combustion cars, but even they will break down eventually. So the Silicon Valley automaker offers maintenance plans, which allow owners to prepay for annual inspections and other routine work. Early in the life of the Model S, owners criticized the company for appearing to tie.

Solar power hits new U.S. heights: utility use exceeds home panels

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No matter how you measure it, 2016 was a major year for solar energy. More solar-generating capacity was added last year than either natural gas or wind, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. study by investment bank and research firm Lazard found that utility-scale solar has now become the single cheapest form of unsubsidized electricity.

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New ORNL protocol reduces Li-ion battery formation time 6x or more without affecting battery performance

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A new process developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory could alleviate a bottleneck in battery manufacturing and deliver higher capacity batteries for electric vehicles and consumer devices. Earlier post.) The ORNL method, published as an open-access paper in the Journal of Power Sources , also conserves lithium, which improves battery capacity.

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Chemical company INEOS to build “uncompromising” 4 x 4 off-roader to replace Land Rover Defender

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Following the completion of a six-month feasibility study, global chemical company INEOS confirmed that it will go ahead and build a brand new “uncompromising” 4 x 4 off-roader. Although INEOS is one of the largest manufacturers in the world, it will be the first time that INEOS has produced such a vehicle. —Jim Ratcliffe, INEOS Chairman.

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Electric cars vs bicycles: which has a higher carbon footprint?

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Electric cars are simply nicer and calmer to drive than conventional cars, and as their prices fall, that may be what will lure mass-market buyers over time. But they have undeniable benefit of lowering wells-to-wheels carbon emissions per mile driven, and they can also be powered entirely on renewable energy. Which makes them good for drivers and.

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Berkeley Lab high-resolution imaging reveals new understanding of LMNO cathode particles

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Using advanced imaging techniques, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have been able to observe what exactly happens inside a cathode particle as lithium-ion batteries are charged and discharged. Solid-state phase transformation is one of the key processes in the Li-ion battery technology.

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Plug-in hybrid utility truck keeps lights on during emergencies

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California electric utility Pacific Gas & Electric recently took delivery of a pair of new trucks that it hopes will help solve two problems. The first is power outages, whether they are caused by weather or necessary planned maintenance work conducted by utilities. The other is every utility's huge bill for diesel fuel. The large trucks.

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Home energy storage batteries lose to grid-connected solar on environmental impact

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At first glance, renewable-energy sources like solar power and energy-storage battery packs seem like a logical match. Energy storage allows excess power collected by solar panels to be stored for later use, addressing the intermittent nature of solar power. It's a concept that has already won over policymakers, electric utilities, and some.

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