Volkswagen Group 2014 sustainability report shows progress on key environmental performance indicators; Strategy 2018 and leadership in e-mobility

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The Volkswagen Group continues to make progress on the way to its goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable automaker, according to its 2014 sustainability report. Strategy 2018. By 2018, “Think Blue.

2014 117

First car using Nidec’s E-Axle traction motor system unveiled

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The new electric car brand Aion S—recently unveiled at Auto Guangzhou 2018 by GAC NE, GAC MOTOR’s new energy vehicle arm—will be the first line of cars to adopt Nidec’s fully integrated traction motor system (E-Axle) ( earlier post ).

2018 129

GM reaches 3M sales in China in 2014; planning 60 new or refreshed vehicles through 2018

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General Motors and its joint ventures sold their 3 millionth vehicle in China in 2014. We plan to continue expanding our lineup of vehicles and services to suit the increasingly diverse market in China; we expect to launch 60 new or refreshed vehicles through 2018. Cadillac sales in China in the first ten months of 2014 increased 57.9% In the first 10 months of 2014, sales by GM and its joint ventures in China increased 10.7%

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MAN Engines showcasing D3876 diesel engine for EU Stage V locomotives without exhaust after-treatment systems

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At InnoTrans 2018, the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology, MAN Engines is exhibiting the D3876 LE63x for locomotives, which produces 471 kW (632 hp) at 1,800 rpm.

2018 127

Chicago Transit Authority orders 20 Proterra electric buses for $32M

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CTA has been testing two electric buses since 2014, when the agency became the first in the country to use all-electric-powered buses for regular scheduled service. The Chicago Transit Board awarded a $32-million contract to Proterra for the purchase of 20 new, all-electric buses.

2018 130

BMW boosts i3 and i3s batteries to 120Ah; 42.2 kWh pack almost doubles original range

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Since launch in 2014, the battery capacity and range of the i3 has grown from the original 60Ah / 81 miles to 94Ah / 115 miles in 2017 and now 120Ah for 2019. BMW has released the new 2019 i3 and i3s electric vehicles with 120 Ah batteries.

2018 123

Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle makes European debut in Milan; more specs and details

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The vision behind the production LiveWire motorcycle began with Project LiveWire, revealed as a prototype in 2014 as an effort to gauge the potential of an electric-powered motorcycle as envisioned by Harley-Davidson.

2018 119

Traffic volume on rural and urban roads in the United States: 1991-2016

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This was followed by a decrease of 18% to 921 billion miles in 2014, and then an increase to 950 billion miles in 2016, or 7% higher than in 1991. This was followed by a decrease of 15% to 415 in 2014, and then an increase to 433 in 2016, for a total increase of 15% since 1991.

2018 103

Gas prices primed to rise in 2018, highest in four years: report

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per gallon in 2018, on average, to the highest level gas prices have been since 2014. As Americans collectively sigh at their credit-card bills from the holiday season, GasBuddy has some bad news that won't help ease the financial pain. The fuel price-tracking website predicts the cost of a gallon of fuel will rise by $0.19 That might not seem. Fuel Economy

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National Academies report finds US interstate highways need major overhaul; calls for 20-year blueprint for action

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The most recent complete data on Interstate Highway spending is for 2014.

2018 108

Daimler to invest €145M in second R&D site in Beijing

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This marks the further expansion of the company’s footprint in its single largest market and will be its second major R&D site in Beijing, following the Mercedes-Benz R&D Center established in 2014.

2018 108

EEA: increase in EU GHG emissions, mostly due to transport, hampers progress towards 2030 targets

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The slight increase prolongs a relatively stable trend in emissions observed since 2014, after a 10-year period of almost continuous reductions between 2004 and 2014. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the European Union rose slightly in 2017, mostly because of the transport sector.

2018 110

Toyota moves to expand mass-production of fuel cell stacks and hydrogen tanks towards ten-fold increase post-2020

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Toyota introduced the mass-produced fuel cell sedan, the Mirai, in December 2014. On the commercial side, Toyota started sales of FC buses to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in February 2017, and introduced the final version, the Sora, in 2018 with three additional units.

2018 117

Daimler, Tsinghua University deepen joint research cooperation on sustainable transportation; automated driving and intelligent mobility

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Deepened research on the technical parameters of typical traffic situations began in 2014, followed by the research project on ‘vision-based detection of vulnerable road users (VRU)’ which started in 2015 aiming to train camera algorithms to recognize VRU.

2018 123

Impact Coatings delivering fuel cell PVD coatings to Michelin

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As a shareholder since 2014, it works with Symbio FCell, developer of a hydrogen fuel cell range extender. Demand and delivered volumes are now expected to increase gradually during 2018 and 2019 while production of fuel cells increases.

2018 121

Solaris to present new generation hydrogen bus

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The new generation Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen represents the continuation and development of a concept unveiled in 2014, when two articulated electric buses (Solaris Urbino 18.75) powered with hydrogen fuel cells as range extenders, were delivered to Hamburg.

2018 121

KU Leuven demonstrates production of biogasoline with integration into existing refineries; potential large-scale production

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In 2014, at KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, researchers succeeded in converting sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. A chemical process made it possible to convert the cellulose in the sawdust into hydrocarbon chains.

2018 99

Navigant Research forecasts new EV global sales of > 346,000 units in 2014; 10 predictions for the year

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During 2014, the global plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) industry is poised to grow by 86% and will surpass more than 346,000 new vehicles sold, according to a new white paper—“ Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions for 2014 ”—published by Navigant Research.

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ICCT study analyzes fuel efficiency of transpacific carriers in 2016; Hainan, ANA most fuel-efficient for different reasons

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Starting in 2013, the ICCT began assessing the fuel efficiency of US airlines on domestic operations for 2010, with subsequent updates for 2011 through 2014. Brandon Graver and Dan Rutherford (2018) “ Transpacific Airline Fuel Efficiency Ranking, 2016 ”.

2018 120

Kia Motors reveals next-generation separated sound zone technology; individual audio spaces without headphones

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SSZ technology has been in development since 2014, and the completed mass production system is expected to be ready for installation in vehicles within one to two years.

2018 108

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

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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 California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

2018 128

Brazil’s Ambev Brewery will use 1,600 electric trucks from Volkswagen; electric version of the Delivery

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Between 2014 and 2017, the company has already reduced its index by 33.9%. Brazil-based Ambev Brewery, owner of brands such as Skol, Brahma, Antarctica and Guaraná, announced that by 2023, it will use 1,600 electric trucks made by Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus (VWCO) to transport beverages.

2018 106

Researchers demonstrate high-capacity Mn-rich Li-ion cathodes; a design pathway away from cobalt and nickel

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In 2014, the lab of senior author Gerbrand Ceder, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Berkeley, discovered a way that cathodes can maintain a high energy density without using the layerered structure of current cathodes—a concept called disordered rock salts.

2018 112

The Saudi Dilemma: To Cut Or Not To Cut

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Now, many OPEC members are both desperate while not yet recovered from the 2014 blow. Reuters’ John Kemp this week offered a different perspective in his regular column on oil, noting Saudi Arabia’s foreign exchange reserves currently stand at US$500 billion, down from nearly US$750 billion in 2014 when the oil prices slumped under the weight of U.S. by Irina Slav for Oilprice.com.

Bosch and Daimler: San Jose to become pilot city for automated on-demand ride-hailing service; SAE Level 4/5

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Since obtaining its Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles in 2014, Mercedes-Benz has been testing automated vehicles in the Sunnyvale/California region.

TOAR shows present-day global ozone distribution and trends relevant to health; public database

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Ozone levels across much of North America and Europe dropped significantly between 2000 and 2014.

2018 110

Port of Los Angeles surpasses 2023 pollution reduction targets five years ahead of schedule; NOx down 60% from 2005

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Near-term measures for accelerating clean air progress include requiring all trucks entering Port service for the first time to meet 2014 model engine emissions standards. Emissions of NO x , a key component of smog, at the Port of Los Angeles are down 60% compared to 2005 emissions levels.

EEA report: EVs are better for climate and air quality

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According to the briefing, the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions have been increasing in the EU since 2014. 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.

2018 88

How Self-Driving Cars Will Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption

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In fact, from 2014 to 2016, battery prices fell by 50 percent, allowing EVs to gain some traction. By Haden Kirkpatrick. Over the last two decades, fully electric cars have had, let’s say, a slow start. In 1997, the Toyota Prius was released as the world’s first mass-produced hybrid.

2018 99

Visteon awarded 1st production program for Fusion platform; launch expected in 2018

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The vehicle line is expected to launch in 2018. Visteon Corporation has been awarded the first production program for its Fusion connected platform by a leading European-based vehicle manufacturer.

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European Commission approves €4.7B public support scheme for advanced biomethane and biofuels in Italy

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billion) and will run from 2018 until 2022. On this basis, the Commission concluded that the measure will help Italy reach its 2020 target for the use of renewable energy in transport, fight climate change and replace fossil fuels in the transport sector, while at the same time limiting distortions of competition, in line with the Commission‘s 2014 Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy.

2018 96

Novelis to invest $180M to double automotive aluminum body sheet capacity at Changzhou

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The company will begin expanding its existing facility in 2018 and be fully operational by 2020, helping key traditional automakers and electric vehicle start-ups launch new products.

2018 89

Chevrolet and Ford cruise into Detroit Auto Show leading with truck introductions

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US sales are up 83% since 2014 as a new generation of midsize truck buyers seek more maneuverable, fuel-efficient pickups.

2018 111

Toyota Prius recall in 2014 failed to fix problem, lawsuit says, may have cut mileage

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Early in 2014, Toyota filed a voluntary recall notice with the NHTSA to fix a defect in roughly 800,000 third-generation Prius Liftback hybrids sold in the U.S. from 2010 through 2014. The company said it would make unspecified changes to software that controlled the vehicle's inverter, which varies the voltage in the vehicle's hybrid system. lawsuit NHTSA Fuel Economy

2018 57

Infineon and XAIN to collaborate on bringing blockchain into the car

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XAIN began as a University of Oxford research project in 2014. Infineon Technologies AG and XAIN ( earlier post ) have agreed to work together on bringing blockchain technology into the car. The goal of the collaboration is to test possible applications and develop suitable ones to market maturity. A first demonstrator shows how access rights, e.g. for car sharing, can be granted decentrally with a smartphone app. Cybersecurity is crucial for the data-driven mobility of the future.

2018 85

Nissan, Metrocab Work On 2018 London Zero-Emission-Taxi Target

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Starting in 2018, all new taxis in London will need to be capable of running as zero-emission vehicles--a policy recently announced by Mayor Boris Johnson.

2014 108

City of Gdynia orders 30 Solaris Trollino trolleybuses with Li-ion battery packs for off-wire driving

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Among others, in 2014 the Przedsi?biorstwo The city of Gdynia in Poland has signed a contract with Solaris for the delivery of 30 trolleybuses worth more than 95 million PLN (US$28 million) in total.

2018 102

Toyota sold 1.52 million electrified vehicles in 2017, three years ahead of 2020 target; cumulative sales >11.47M

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Toyota launched the first mass-produced Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, the Mirai, in 2014, the fourth generation of the Prius in 2016, and the second-generation Prius Plug-In Electric Vehicle in 2017. Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) sold more than 1.52

2018 104

Faraday Future confirms $2B in first round funding; Evergrande Health strategic investor

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Established in May 2014, Faraday Future is headquartered in Los Angeles with R&D centers and offices in Silicon Valley, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

2018 93

BMW Group Leipzig plant launches series production of the BMW i8 Roadster PHEV

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Since its launch in 2014, the BMW i8 has been the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid sports car. The market launch of the BMW i8 Coupe and BMW i8 Roadster will start in May 2018.

2018 93

New California program to make clean cars affordable for lower-income residents

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To date, Beneficial State Foundation has already received more than 900 applications and awarded 24 grants for cars ranging from a 2018 Nissan Leaf to a 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid. The California Air Resources Board announced a new statewide grant and loan program to help lower-income consumers across California get into the cleanest new and used cars on the market.

2018 74

Mayor of London: all new London taxis will need to be zero-emission capable from 2018

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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced plans that would require all new taxis presented for licensing in the capital to be zero-emission capable from 1 January 2018, with the expectation that they will automatically operate in zero-emission mode while in areas where the capital’s air quality is at its worst—such as parts of central London.

NYC to use REG renewable diesel in more than 1,000 city vehicles, including many sanitation trucks

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The Synthetic Fuels Division was launched in 2014 as part of the acquisition of Syntroleum ( earlier post ) that included the 75 million gallon per year nameplate capacity biorefinery located in Geismar, Louisiana.

2018 96