MAN introduces practical 26-tonne electric truck based on TGM at IAA 2018

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During the IAA 2018 from 20th to 27th September 2018 in Hanover, MAN will present a fully electric eTruck solo distributor chassis with a swap body frame and a 6x2 axle configuration. MAN Truck & Bus introduced the MAN Metropolis concept vehicle back in 2012.

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2018 Toyota AYGO mid-lifecycle update features enhanced 1.0L engine; Euro 6d-TEMP-compliant; up to 61.8 mpg

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So when we started development of the second generation AYGO in 2012, I already had in mind the visual changes and innovations I wanted to pursue for this mid-lifecycle model change.

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Hyundai NEXO FCEV and Kona electric CUV win spots in 2019 WardsAuto 10 Best Engines

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This year, 34 entries were competing for the recognition and were chosen from 2018 and 2019 model year vehicles. Hyundai has taken two out of the ten spots in the 2019 WardsAuto 10 Best Engine competition with the all-new 2019 NEXO FCEV fuel cell vehicle and 2019 Kona Electric CUV.

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Manganese hydride molecular sieve for practical hydrogen storage could cost roughly 5x less than 700 bar tanks

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In a 2012 paper (Skipper et al. ), researchers noted that: … a storage material-hydrogen binding enthalpy of between 20–30 kJ mol ?1

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More of us work from home, but for those who do not, commuting time has increased

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The analysis uses the estimates for 2012 and 2017. in 2012 to 5.2% minutes in 2012 to 26.9 by Michael Sivak.

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Maersk sets net zero CO2 emission target by 2050

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The maritime industry emitted close to 1000 million tonnes of CO 2 in 2012, representing about 2.2% Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, has set a goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

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UPS cargo eBike pilot in Seattle

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The success of the UPS eBike was first demonstrated in 2012 in Hamburg, Germany ( earlier post ), and serves as a prototype for the company’s newest cargo eBike in Seattle.

DOE to renew JCESR for advanced battery research; $120M over 5 years

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Established in late 2012, JCESR is a partnership made up of national laboratories, universities and an industrial firm, with the original goal of “5-5-5”—batteries that are five times more powerful and five times cheaper within 5 years.

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Audi’s Autonomous Intelligent Driving teams up with Luminar for advanced LiDAR

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Founded in 2012, Luminar today has a 400+ person team across three offices in Palo Alto, Colorado Springs, and a 125,000 square foot production and manufacturing facility in Orlando.

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California ARB releases proposed Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) regulation; 100% ZEB purchasing by 2029

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released its proposed Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) regulation ( earlier post ) and a Draft Environmental Analysis (Draft EA) for public comment. CARB will conduct a public hearing on 27 September in Sacramento to consider the proposed ICT Regulation.

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California Governor orders 5M ZEV target for 2030; more hydrogen fueling and EV charging stations

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The state’s current target, set by Brown in 2012, is 1.5 This latest action builds on past efforts to boost zero-emission vehicles, including: legislation signed last year and in 2014 and 2013; adopting the 2016 Zero-Emission Vehicle Plan and the Advanced Clean Cars program; hosting a Zero-Emission Vehicle Summit; launching a multi-state ZEV Action Plan; co-founding the International ZEV Alliance; and issuing Executive Order B-16-12 in 2012 to help bring 1.5

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CARB approves $423M plan to mitigate harm from Volkswagen defeat devices; significant investments in heavy-duty vehicles and equipment sectors

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a plan to mitigate statewide harm from more than 10,000 tons of smog-causing pollutants released in the state due to Volkswagen’s (VW) use of illegal “defeat devices” in diesel passenger cars.

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DOE: plug-in vehicles in US displaced 323M gallons of gasoline in 2018; ~0.25%

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In 2018, plug-in light-duty vehicles on the road displaced 323 million gallons of gasoline—about one quarter of a percent of all gasoline used in the United States, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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Study finds megacity traffic soot can reach high altitudes and be transported over long distances, contributing to global warming

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To better understand the sources and the transport mechanisms, we conducted eBC and PNSDs measurements during an intensive campaign at two locations in the urban area of La Paz/El Alto from September to November 2012. Scientists therefore hope to gain important insights from the Chacaltaya altitude observatory in Bolivia, which became operational in 2012.

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Michelin 2048 goals: tires made with 80% sustainable material and 100% tire recycling

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At the Movin’On 2018 mobility summit, Michelin announced its ambition that by 2048, all of its tires will be manufactured using 80% sustainable materials (recycled and renewable materials) and that 100% of all tires will be recycled.

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London study finds Low Emission Zone has contributed to modest NOx reduction, with little effect on lung health of children

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London introduced the world’s largest citywide low emission zone in stages during 2008 and 2012, requiring diesel vehicles entering Greater London to meet certain emission standards or pay daily charges—and providing a unique opportunity to investigate how effectively the initiative has improved air quality and children’s respiratory health. [3].

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How Self-Driving Cars Will Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption

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In 2012, a study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that traffic congestion was responsible for 56 billion pounds of carbon dioxide pollution. By Haden Kirkpatrick. Over the last two decades, fully electric cars have had, let’s say, a slow start.

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EEA report: EVs are better for climate and air quality

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g CO 2 /km) since 2012. Battery electric cars emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants over their entire life cycle than petrol and diesel cars, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report. Promoting renewable energy and circular economy—including the shared use of vehicles and product design that supports reuse and recycling—will help maximize the benefits of shifting to electric vehicles, according to the report.

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Study: California’s cap-and-trade air quality benefits go mostly out of state

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Lara Cushing, Dan Blaustein-Rejto, Madeline Wander, Manuel Pastor, James Sadd, Allen Zhu, Rachel Morello-Frosch (2018) “Carbon trading, co-pollutants, and environmental equity: Evidence from California’s cap-and-trade program (2011–2015)” PLOS Medicine doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002604.

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ORNL-developed ACMZ aluminum alloy promises better fuel economy

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The journey to ACMZ began in 2012, with a challenge from DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office for a new high-performing alloy.

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USC study suggests early life exposure to near-road air pollution contributes to increased obesity risk in children

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In the United States, approximately 32% of children 2 to 19 years were overweight or obese in 2011–2012. Gilliland (2018) “Longitudinal associations of in utero and early life near-roadway air pollution with trajectories of childhood body mass index” Environmental Health 17:64 doi: 10.1186/s12940-018-0409-7.

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CARB affirms that “deemed to comply” applies only to vehicles meeting current federal and California GHG and fuel economy regs

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A provision adopted in 2012 establishes that cars meeting federal standards for model years 2017-2025 are “deemed to comply” with California’s standards. The Board’s action today clarifies the “deemed to comply” provision to cover only vehicles that meet the standards originally agreed to by California, the federal government, and automakers in 2012—and not the weaker standards in the federal proposal.

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Ford introducing new midsize SUV in China; Territory will offer 48V mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants

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According to McKinsey’s China auto consumer survey 20172, the midsize SUV segment saw an annual growth rate of 38% in China between 2012 to 2016. Ford has released the first images of the new Territory, a mid-size SUV targeted at new buyers in emerging cities in China.

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Blink and Hubject form partnership increasing access to EV charging networks in the US

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Created from a joint venture by leading companies in the automotive, energy and technology sectors in 2012, the shareholders include the BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, innogy, Siemens, and the Volkswagen Group. Blink Charging Co.,

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EPA requires trucking companies to reduce air pollution near Los Angeles schools as part of emissions violation settlement

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The California Truck and Bus Regulation was adopted into federal Clean Air Act plan requirements in 2012 and applies to diesel trucks and buses operating in California. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced settlements with two interstate trucking companies which will pay $225,000 in penalties to resolve violations of California’s Truck and Bus Regulation.

ZF to launch dual pinion steering systems in China; Electric Power Steering for enhanced safety and automated driving

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ZF has produced nearly 10 million electric systems for the Chinese market since launching full production of the technology in China in 2012. ZF has secured contracts for its dual pinion steering systems with three domestic Chinese manufacturers.

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Hyundai, Kia invest additional US$250M in Grab; pilot EV projects

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billion rides since its founding in 2012. Hyundai Motor Group and Grab Holdings Inc., Southeast Asia’s leading O2O (online to offline) mobile platform, announced an agreement under which Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation will invest an additional US$250 million into Grab and establish a partnership to pilot EV programs across Southeast Asia.

2018 81

Study of 7 years of production data supports billion-ton biofuels feedstock estimate

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For example, researchers were able to gather data about how potential biofuels crops reacted to the 2012 national drought and how they recovered in subsequent years in some instances.

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Study links PM2.5 pollution to increased risk of diabetes; even low levels pose risk

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pollution threshold is 12 micrograms per cubic meter of air, the highest level of air pollution considered safe for the public, as set by the Clean Air Act of 1990 and updated in 2012. 2018) “The 2016 global and national burden of diabetes mellitus attributable to PM 2.5 A study by a team from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System links PM 2.5

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New Gen 3 Ceed first Kia sold in Europe to offer level-two autonomy Lane Following Assist technology; new Kappa turbo, U3 diesel

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Kia Motors revealed the new Ceed ahead of its world debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. More than 640,000 of the second-generation model have been built since production began in 2012. Sales of the new Ceed will commence exclusively across Europe at the end of Q2 2018.

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Colorado DPHE proposing rule to adopt California LEV standards for MY 2022 and following

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Colorado discussed the adoption of California LEV at least twice in the past (2005 and 2012), but took no action. In June 2018, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper issued Executive Order B 2018 006 , Maintaining Progress on Clean Vehicles. Propose that rule to the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) during its August 2018 meeting for possible adoption into the Colorado Code of Regulations by 30 December 2018.

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First Qantas US-Australia biofuel flight; Carinata feedstock, Honeywell process

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In 2012 Qantas and Jetstar operated Australia’s first biofuel trial flights. Qantas made the world’s first dedicated biofuel flight between the United States and Australia, Qantas QF96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne (a Boeing Dreamliner 787-9), over the weekend. The 15-hour trans-Pacific flight operated with approximately 24,000 kg of 10% biofuel blend, saving 18,000 kg in carbon emissions.

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ORNL-developed ACMZ aluminum alloy promises better fuel economy

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The journey to ACMZ began in 2012, with a challenge from DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office for a new high-performing alloy.

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DiDi partners with SoftBank in Japan for platform services for taxi industry, launches open new energy car-sharing platform

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From its founding as a taxi-hailing business, DiDi has been building up a world-leading one-stop transportation platform since 2012. Didi Chuxing, the world’s leading mobile transportation platform, and SoftBank Corp.

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Study: ozone levels higher across China than in other countries tracking the air pollutant

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But the extent of surface ozone pollution in China hasn’t been widely recognized, in part because there were so few Chinese monitoring sites before 2012, according to the researchers. Schultz, Xiaobin Xu, Tao Wang, Meng Gao, Yuanhong Zhao, and Yuanhang Zhang (2018) “Severe Surface Ozone Pollution in China: A Global Perspective”.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars invests €1B in new “Full-Flex” car plant in Hungary; Factory 56 applied to full plant

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The first model to roll off the line in Kecskemét was the Mercedes-Benz B-Class in 2012. In 2018, the new A-Class will also join the product range of the Hungarian production site.

Daimler 1st int’l automaker to obtain road test license for highly automated driving in Beijing; Baidu and Apollo platform

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In addition, through their joint Research Center for Sustainable Transportation, Daimler and Tsinghua University since 2012 have supported research projects related to sustainable transportation in a China-specific road environment. Daimler became the first international automaker to receive a road test license for highly automated driving research vehicles (level 4) in Beijing, marking a major new milestone in the company’s local research and development efforts in China.

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Daimler 1st int’l automaker to obtain road test license for highly automated driving in Beijing; Baidu and Apollo platform

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In addition, through their joint Research Center for Sustainable Transportation, Daimler and Tsinghua University since 2012 have supported research projects related to sustainable transportation in a China-specific road environment.

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Mercedes-Benz to invest ~€500M to produce electric compact EQ model at Hambach plant

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In 2007 smart launched a battery-powered vehicle as a pioneer in e-mobility and has been producing electric smarts in series since 2012. In Germany the smart brand is the market leader among all-electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2018. Mercedes-Benz Cars is expanding its production capacities for electric cars in Europe.

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CARB proposes amending California LEV III Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulation to maintain stringency if US standards change

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Recognizing the value of a national program to reduce greenhouse gases from light-duty vehicles, California had earlier accepted compliance through its “deemed to comply” option with greenhouse gas standards adopted by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the 2012 through 2025 model years. The Board will consider the proposal for adoption at its regular meeting on 27-28 September 2018.

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ORNL launches 200-Petaflops Summit supercomputer; first exascale calculation

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The combination of cutting-edge hardware and robust data subsystems marks an evolution of the hybrid CPU–GPU architecture successfully pioneered by the 27-petaflops Titan in 2012.

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Ford recalls Focus Electric, Fusion Energi, and C-Max Energi charge cords

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The cars affected include the 2012 to 2015 Focus Electric, the 2013 to 2015 Ford C-Max Energi, and the 2013 to 2015 Ford Fusion Energi. Ford announced a recall on Wednesday of the 120-volt charge cords supplied with nearly all of the plug-in hybrid and electric cars it built through 2015. Ford says that if the included charge cords are plugged. Plug-In Hybrids

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Hubject and Daimler pilot Plug&Charge via ISO 15118 on smart EQ fortwo/forfour; no card or app needed

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Daimler AG has been a shareholder of Hubject GmbH since 2012, along with the BMW Group, Volkswagen Group, Bosch and others. Drivers of plug-in electric vehicles have needed to have the right charging card or smartphone app to gain access to public charging stations.

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