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Geely acquiring flying car startup Terrafugia

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Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has entered into an agreement to acquire Terrafugia, a US-based company developing practical flying cars.Terrafugia was founded in 2006 by five MIT graduates; since then, the company has delivered a number of working prototypes.

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Fisker still aims at solid-state electric-car batteries, as patents attest

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At first, Fisker had promised its upcoming EMotion electric sedan would launch with revolutionary solid-state batteries. The company then backtracked in June, saying the technology would not be ready. Instead, the EMotion will launch with conventional lithium-ion batteries. Fisker announced on Monday it has made headway with solid-state cell. Batteries battery pack plug-in cars Fast Charging Fisker EMotion

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Fisker files patents on solid-state battery technology; anticipating automotive-ready from 2023

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Fisker’s scientists, including a co-founder of solid-state battery start-up Sakti3 (acquired by Dyson, earlier post ), filed patents this week (under a non-publication request) on flexible, superior energy density solid-state batteries.

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Parker Project demonstrates cross-brand V2G in Denmark; more tests of grid services slated

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The Parker Project has used a fleet of four vehicles from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, PSA Groupe and Nissan to demonstrate that vehicles from different car brands can contribute to supporting the electricity grid with vehicle to grid (V2G) services.

Embark, Frigidaire, and Ryder partner to pilot Level 2 automated driving technology for Class 8 trucks

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Embark, a startup developing self-driving truck technology ( earlier post ), is partnering with Frigidaire and Ryder System to pilot a series of automated driving technology tests.

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Scania launches new 13-liter natural gas engine

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Scania, a member of the Volkswagen Group, has launched its new OC13 13-liter (swept volume 12.7 liters) natural gas engine, based on Scania’s well-proven inline 6-cylinder, 13-liter engine.

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Ipsos RDA study finds traditional US dealerships often not prepared for EVs

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A new study by market research company Ipsos RDA has found that the EV sales process at traditional brand dealers who sell EVs alongside other vehicles, has, in many instances, has not been differentiated from the traditional process and is, in effect, passive. The availability of inventory, as well as critical EV ownership information in-store (from the sales staff or marketing materials) and online, is concerning and leaves shoppers with unanswered questions.

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Honda expanding engagement of startups in Detroit, Japan, China and Europe

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Honda Innovations is expanding its global open innovation program for early-stage innovators to Detroit, Japan, China, and Europe. Modeled on the Honda Xcelerator program in Mountain View, Calif., Honda Innovations will guide other Honda operations as they establish startup liaisons globally, providing protocols and best practices to identify and engage with startups and entrepreneurs.

Joint ASU, Tel Aviv Univ. project to improve algal hydrogen production to industrial scale

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a $400,000 grant (Nº 1706960 ) to Arizona State University and Kevin Redding, professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and director of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis (CB&P) to obtain industrial-scale algal hydrogen production—a goal that requires an improvement over current technology by at least five-fold. The NSF grant is part of US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) funding work.

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Tesla Semi: 500-mile range, lower running costs than diesel. and it's fast

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The long-awaited Tesla Semi electric truck was unveiled Thursday night and it promises to shake up the shipping industry by significantly reducing the cost of transporting goods from point-to-point. Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Semi at a private event in California, where he touted a 500-mile range when loaded to 80,000-pound maximum weight. Tesla Semi

Jaguar Land Rover owner may rescue electric-car maker Faraday Future: report

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Most reports on startup electric-car maker Faraday Future tend to describe it as "struggling," and that may be an understatement. It halted work at its Nevada-based production facility in 2016; the startup company's main backer, China's LeEco, acknowledged this past May it was experiencing financial problems; and Faraday Future has been clamoring. China Tata Jaguar Land Rover Investment Startups Faraday Future

These 12 cities will buy only electric buses from 2025 on; more expected to join

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The mayors of 12 major cities from around the world have taken a landmark step to increase the use of zero-emission public transportation late last month. Mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland, and Cape Town all signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration, which. Europe zero emissions United States mass transit Buses Public transport

Senate tax plan leaves electric-car purchase credit in place

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The battle over early termination of the U.S. income-tax credit for purchase of an electric car took a new turn on Thursday. HR1, the draft Tax Cut and Jobs Act introduced in the House of Representatives, would end the credit as of December 31. The U.S. Senate version of the tax-reform bill introduced late Thursday, however, retains the credit. Politics senate tax credit taxes plug-in cars

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Neste and American Airlines collaborate to explore opportunities for renewable fuel use; High Freeze Point HEFA

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Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, and American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, have entered into an agreement to explore opportunities to further reduce American’s environmental footprint through the use of Neste’s renewable fuels.

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Ballard and Siemens sign $9M multi-year development agreement for fuel cell system to power Mireo light rail train; deployment in 2021

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Ballard Power Systems has signed a Development Agreement with Siemens AG for the development of a hydrogen fuel cell engine to power Siemens’ Mireo light rail train. The Development Agreement has a contemplated value of approximately $9.0 million to Ballard.

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Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid plug-in minivan

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In 2011, Green Car Reports launched an award for the new car, or family of cars, that represented the best green vehicle introduced for the model year. The Nissan Leaf won that year because it was the sole affordable battery-electric vehicle on the market. Over the next seven years, more than two dozen vehicles that plug in to the grid to recharge. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To Buy

Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for November 2017

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This month's best deals for hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars are in and buyers will find a handful of eco-friendly bargains. Most cars have held their spots from October 2017, but a few newcomers may surprise shoppers, including the brand-new 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Read on to see where the best deals can be had. DON'T MISS: Costco. car buying plug-in cars

Tesla Roadster is back: 0-60 in 1.9 seconds, 620-mile range

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What's old is new again. The Tesla Roadster is back, company CEO Elon Musk revealed Thursday night at a special event in California. Forget about the old, Lotus-derived Roadster. This latest 2020 Tesla Roadster is shapely, sprints from 0-60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and boasts a 620-mile range. MORE: Tesla Model 3 delays. Roadsters

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Why Ioniq and Leaf didn't win: notes on Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018

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The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, a plug-in version of the much-lauded new minivan, won our Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018 award because it brings a partially zero-emission vehicle into an entirely new market segment. The Pacifica is our favorite among minivans, though we'll be curious to drive the redesigned Toyota Sienna expected soon. GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To Buy

PEM fuel cell X-ray CT study details effects of temperature and moisture on performance

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Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells require precise temperature and moisture controls to be at their best. If the internal conditions are too dry or too wet, the fuel cell won’t function well.

Daimler partnering to transfer its latest generation of automotive fuel cell technology to stationary applications

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Daimler, with its wholly owned subsidiary NuCellSys GmbH, and together with Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America (MBRDNA) and Daimler Innovations Lab1886 is expanding the use case of its innovative automotive fuel cell technology.

Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center to study societal acceptance of connected and automated vehicle technologies

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Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) announced five new research projects focused on better understanding how drivers use and respond to advanced vehicle technologies, including automated driver assistance systems. The new projects, undertaken in partnership with five US research institutions, will launch as part of CSRC Next, the Center’s new five-year program designed to support and inform a safe transition to future mobility.

Life with Renault Twizy: electric bopping around Bermuda

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I well remember the first time I saw a Renault Twizy. Wandering along the Champs Elysees in Paris in the spring of 2012, I happened upon a Renault showroom hosting an electric car extravaganza. Amid flashing lights, blasting techno music, and vamping supermodels sat a couple of Renault Zoes, the then-new electric subcompact. DON'T MISS: Is An. Renault neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) 2012 Renault Twizy

US governors release own plans to cut carbon at climate-change summit

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While President Trump has announced the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, the United States cannot formally exit the agreement until November 5, 2020. Despite the administration's stance and its many efforts to end U.S. action to reduce carbon emissions, numerous U.S. governors arrived at the Global Climate Change Summit in Bonn. Politics global warming United States climate change science

EPA head: new report that climate change is manmade has 'no bearing' on plans to end climate action

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When top U.S. scientists released the fourth National Climate Assessment, it spelled out one blunt conclusion: human activity in releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere caused the climate change that has warmed the globe. Mandated for release every four years, the report will apparently have no sway over EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, a. emissions Politics government EPA global warming CO2 climate change

Discounts soar on many small cars as market stampedes toward SUVs

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The market's shift to crossovers and SUVs is well documented, but what may be less well known are the massive discounts some automakers now offer on small cars as a result. While those small cars may deliver smaller profit margins, automakers must now add in steep discounts to move them from dealerships to driveways. In this context, "small cars". small cars

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Big electric truck, cheaper small cars, Fisker solid-state cells, CARB vs EPA: Today's Car News

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Today, we've got a drive report on the largest electric vehicle we've ever piloted, some patents on solid-state batteries from Fisker, California's powerful air-quality agency expanding, and more deals on smaller cars. All this and more on Green Car Reports. General Motors CEO Mary Barra yesterday teased more details of its future electric cars. Today in Car News

Green-car deals, EPA vs climate action, electric-car tax credit, Best Car To Buy 2018: Today's Car News

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Today, after lots of anticipation, we revealed our Best Car To Buy 2018. We've also got possibly good news on the electric-car tax credit, clearly bad news on EPA plans to kill the Clean Power Plan, and best green-car deals for November. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over the weekend, as we do every seven days, we ran down last week's. Today in Car News

Tesla's odds, crucial climate report, electric-car sales, Best Car To Buy finalists: The Week in Reverse

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Which of three finalists will win the Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018 award? What two important reports came out this week, and why did one of them embarrass the Trump Administration? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, October 20, 2017. Friday, we broke the. The Week In Reverse

Driving a Chanje electric electric cargo van: very big, far better than diesel

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A Class 5 cargo van is a remarkably large vehicle, especially when navigating it through the mixed industrial and 19th-century residential streets of the Prospect Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. The Chanje V8070 electric cargo van, in fact, is the largest vehicle—electric or otherwise—we've ever driven. We're still waiting. cargo plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Commercial vehicle Chanje

2017 VW e-Golf driven, electric-car cargo, Twizy drive, Faraday Future rescue? Today's Car News

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Today, we've driven the longer-range 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, Faraday Future may have been rescued, we compare electric-car cargo space, and one writer gets his dream drive in a. Renault Twizy. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Our Tesla-owning writer David Noland had always wanted to drive a Renault Twizy; he finally got his chance during. Today in Car News

Electric-bus pledge, why Ioniq and Leaf lost, electric SUVs, climate-deniers embarrassed: Today's Car News

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Today, we explain the reasoning behind our Best Car To Buy 2018 award in more detail, take bets on all-electric SUVs, explain how a group of U.S. governors embarrassed the fossil-fuel-promoting Trump Administration at a climate summit, and hail some good news on electric buses. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The mayors of 12 cities will. Today in Car News

Who will sell the first affordable AWD electric SUV? Poll results

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Of our eight Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy award winners since 2011, five have been compact five-door hatchbacks. It's a good, sensible format, by far the most popular segment in Europe and stronger even in Canada than in the U.S. Sadly, U.S. car buyers are not only ignoring small hatchbacks but passenger sedans as well—and moving. GM Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Renault-Nissan Polls

Which car would you pick as Best Car To Buy 2018? Poll results

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As we do every year at this time, our editors have gotten together, analyzed and discussed and argued, and come up with what we think is the Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018. We covered our process in a series of articles, including one that lays out the qualifications and rules. To be eligible, a car must be fully or substantially new for. GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To Buy Polls Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid