Argonne releases 2016 version of GREET

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The Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Group announced 2016 release of the suite of GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation Model) models and associated documentation. Expanded and updated wastewater sludge-derived fuels and waste-to-energy pathways. Updated energy intensity and emissions for freight and intercity passenger rail transportation.

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Wolfspeed wins 2016 R&D 100 Award for wide bandgap underhood inverter for HEVs/EVs

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Wolfspeed, A Cree Company, a leading global supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) power products, won a 2016 R&D 100 Award for its high-temperature, wide-bandgap (WBG) underhood inverter for hybrid and electric vehicles. By increasing power in a smaller footprint, Wolfspeed is enabling hybrid and electric vehicles to become more attractive to end consumers, contributing further to a reduction in the domestic use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Cooperation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance deepening in 2016

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At the Paris Motor Show, Carlos Ghosn and Dieter Zetsche said that the strategic partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG is maturing as it enters its seventh year in 2016. One major milestone of the past year includes the EV versions of the new smart fortwo, smart cabrio and smart forfour (Electric energy consumption: 13.1 – 12.9 EV versions of the smart fortwo, smart cabrio and smart forfour (Electric energy consumption: 13.1 – 12.9

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BMW Digital Charging Service optimizes charging and integrates electric vehicles into the energy market

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BMW i is expanding its engagement in electric mobility with the new BMW Digital Charging Service (DCS)—an intelligent service for predictive, convenient, cost-effective and green power-optimized charging. In the case of tariff-optimized charging, the BMW Digital Charging Service aligns the charging plan to the customer’s electricity tariff. Cost-efficiency of the charging process is improved and the vehicle is automatically charged at the lowest electricity rates.

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GM commits to 100% renewable energy by 2050

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General Motors plans to generate or source all electrical power for its 350 operations in 59 countries with 100% renewable energy—such as wind, sun and landfill gas—by 2050. This new renewable energy goal, along with the pursuit of electrified vehicles and efficient manufacturing, is part of the company’s overall approach to strengthening its business, improving communities and addressing climate change.

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LeEco showcases autonomous EV concept LeSEE at Auto China 2016

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China-based internet company LeEco unveiled its LeSEE electric car concept this week at Auto China 2016—The 14th Beijing International Automobile Exhibition. The LeSEE electric concept features an advanced autopilot and driver assistance systems, intelligent inductive charging and car sharing capabilities. The Super Electric Ecosystem (SEE) Plan is LeEco’s automotive division, and is responsible for the LeSEE. Autonomous driving China Electric (Battery

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Loop Energy introduces fuel cell range extender for heavy-duty vehicles; in-service operation to begin in 2017

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Loop Energy ( earlier post ) has introduced a new range-extender (REX) power module for heavy-duty electric transport vehicles. —Ben Nyland, President and CEO of Loop Energy. The Loop 56kW fuel cell power module offers a power density of 213 W/L to boost the range of battery electric vehicles by more than three times. In May, Loop Energy entered a collaboration agreement with Hunan CRRC Times Electric Vehicle Co.,

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Kreisel Electric introduces Li-ion home energy storage systems; 9.6 kW output for faster EV charging

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Austrian manufacturer of high-performance batteries Kreisel Electric ( earlier post ) has introduced the MAVERO home energy storage system. MAVERO is a wall-mounted home energy storage system that stores electricity from any renewable energy source. The system enables accelerated EV charging with 100% self-generated electricity. As one point of comparison, Tesla’s Powerwall home energy storage unit offers 3.3

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DOE awarding $3.0M cost-share contract to FuelCell Energy for solid oxide electrolyzer; converting excess electricity to H2

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FuelCell Energy, Inc. is developing a solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) system to convert excess electricity during periods of low power demand into hydrogen efficiently. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is supporting this development with a $3.0 million cost-share contract to advance SOEC system design that will be added to the Advanced Technology backlog for the fourth quarter of 2016.

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DLR presents HY4 4-passenger fuel cell hybrid electric aircraft at 2016 Hannover Messe

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DLR is presenting the HY4—a four-seater passenger fuel cell hybrid electric aircraft prototype ( earlier post )— at the 2016 Hannover Messe, along with research and development partners Hydrogenics, Pipistrel, H2FLY, the University of Ulm and Stuttgart Airport. The HY4 is due to take off for its maiden flight in the summer of 2016. HY4 is based on an efficient battery-powered electrical aircraft concept developed by the company Pipistrel.

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AIMPLAS heating system for EVs reduces energy consumption by 30% relative to conventional systems

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AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, together with other partners of the EU project JOSPEL , funded by the Horizon 2020 Program under Grant Agreement Nº 653851, has developed an innovative heating system for electric vehicles consisting of thermoplastic heating panels which can be placed in different parts of the car, thus reducing the energy consumption in a 30% compared to conventional heating systems. Electric (Battery) Thermoelectrics Vehicle Systems

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Argonne: longer-range BEVs may be almost as powertrain energy dense as gasoline vehicles by 2045

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An analysis by a team at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has found that by 2045, some configurations of battery electric vehicles (BEV) could become almost as energy dense as a conventional vehicle. The team presented their paper at the recent 2016 SAE World Congress. Hydrocarbon fuels (either fossil- or bio-derived) have high energy densities that are at least 100 times greater than that of a present day lithium-ion battery. Batteries Electric (Battery

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New crosslinked gel electrolytes could create high energy density supercapacitors rivaling batteries

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Augmented Optics, which has formed a subsidiary, SuperCapacitor Materials, to commercialize the materials, believes that the combination of existing electrodes and the new electrolytes have the potential to create supercapacitors that have energy storage capacities which can approach or exceed existing battery systems. Supercapacitors feature long cycle life and high power density; they can perform thousands of high power charge/discharge cycles without loosing energy storage capacity.

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Solar Impulse 2 used Kokam Ultra High Energy NMC batteries in round-the-world solar flight

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The Solar Impulse 2 —the solar airplane that recently completed a round-the-world flight— used batteries from Kokam, based on that company’s advanced Ultra High Energy Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Oxide (Ultra High Energy NMC) technology. kWh Kokam Ultra High Energy NMC battery packs—one in each motor housing—with 150 Ah cells totaling 154 kWh of energy storage. Aviation Batteries Electric (Battery

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DOE seeking input on H2@scale: hydrogen as centerpiece of future energy system; 50% reduction in energy GHGs by 2050

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Earlier this year, The US Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories identified the potential of hydrogen to decarbonize deeply a multitude of sectors in a proposal termed “H2@Scale”. Sankey diagrams showing (top) the energy use difference between a “2050 High Hydrogen Scenario” and the AEO 2040 scenario (quadrillion BTUs) and (bottom) the CO 2 emissions difference between the two scenarios. Source: DOE workshop April 2016.

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Connected Energy and Renault to collaborate on energy storage and EV charging technology; second-life batteries in E-STOR

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Renault and distributed energy storage company Connected Energy are partnering to develop sustainable and efficient ways of using electric vehicle batteries at the end of their useable in-vehicle life in order to supply innovative and more affordable vehicle charging solutions. With increasing EV sales—97,687 EVs were sold in Europe in 2015, up 48% on 2014—so is the requirement in energy to charge them. Connected Energy Ltd.

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NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) began testing in September; advancing electric propulsion for aircraft

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Engineers at the NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) at NASA Glenn Research Center ran the new facility’s first test in September. Dr. Rodger Dyson, NASA Glenn Hybrid Gas Electric Propulsion technical lead, and his team used 600 volts of electricity and successfully tested an electrical power system that could realistically power a small, one or two person aircraft. NEAT’s mission is to help engineers design, develop and test systems for electric aircraft.

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Proterra launches new Catalyst E2 series electric bus with nominal range of up to 350 miles

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At the American Public Transit Association (APTA) Annual Meeting, Proterra unveiled the newest addition to its fleet of electric buses: the Catalyst E2 series, named for its Efficient Energy (E2) storage capacity of 440 - 660 kWh. Proterra’s primary goal has always been to create a purpose-built, high-performance electric vehicle that can serve every single transit route in the United States. Electric (Battery) Fleets Heavy-duty

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Cumulative plug-in vehicle sales topped 500K units in US in September

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Cumulative sales of plug-in vehicles in the US topped 500,000 units in September, according to figures gathered by the US Department of Energy (DOE). By the end of 2012 there were 11 different plug-in models available, and by September of 2016 there were 27 different models. Electric vehicle sales have been accelerating in 2016. Bottom: Starting MSRP, electric range and full range of select PEVS currently on the market.

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XALT Energy to supply Li-ion cells for world’s largest electric ferries; 4.16 MWh packs

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XALT Energy announced a Li-ion cell supply contract for the two largest battery-powered ferries in the world with Plan B Energy Storage (PBES). The electric ferries will carry their part of more than 7.4 The energy storage system was designed by PBES, with a proprietary liquid cooling system that provides a higher level of safety to marine customers.

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Daimler establishes Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH for stationary energy storage

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Daimler AG has established Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH to take over the development and global sale of Mercedes-Benz brand stationary energy storage ( earlier post ) with immediate effect. Work also started on setting up the first large-scale industrial projects in the field of primary regulation energy. With the establishment of Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH based in Kamenz/Saxony, the company is now taking another step toward expanding its stationary storage business.

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Daimler extends stationary energy storage business to US

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Daimler AG is expanding its stationary energy storage business to the US market. Boris von Bormann, US solar industry expert, has been selected as the CEO for the new Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC. Working in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America in Sunnyvale, California, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas will bring initial product offerings to the United States starting early 2017. Each battery module has an energy content of 2.5

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Nissan and Eaton broaden xStorage Home energy storage portfolio; 10-year xStorage Buildings deal with Amsterdam ArenA

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Nissan and power management leader Eaton are broadening their portfolio of xStorage Home residential energy storage solutions—which can use second-life EV batteries—by introducing a range of six product configurations, giving consumers greater choice to meet their energy needs. The system gives consumers greater control over how and when they use energy in their own homes enabling them to avoid expensive tariff periods.

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New interfacial architecture enables high-energy solid-state Li battery with long cycle life

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mA cm −2 after 1000 cycles) with high energy and power densities of 360 Wh kg −1 and 3823 W kg −1 at current densities of 0.13 The energy density for the all-solid-state lithium battery using LiCoO 2 as a positive material has reached the level comparable to that of liquid one. However, it is still far from meeting the demand for the electric vehicle and hybrid electric vehicle applications due to its theoretical specific capacity limitation.

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Study finds total PM10 emissions from EVs equal to those of modern ICEVs; role of weight and non-exhaust PM

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A new study by a team from the University of Edinburgh and independent engineering company INNAS BV has found that, when factoring in the additional weight and non-exhaust PM factors, total PM 10 emissions from electric vehicles (EVs) are equal to those of modern internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs). Achten conclude, the increased popularity of electric vehicles will likely not have a great effect on PM levels. Data from Timmers and Achten (2016).

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UC Irvine study concludes intelligent PEV charging can minimize scale of stationary energy storage needed to meet renewable targets

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In the study, published in the Journal of Power Sources , the UC Irvine team examined how the intelligence of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) integration impacted the required capacity of energy storage systems to meet renewable utilization targets for a large-scale energy system, using California as an example for meeting a 50% and 80% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in 2030 and 2050. Electric (Battery) Plug-ins Power Generation Smart charging V2X

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BioSolar begins development of high-energy anode technology

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BioSolar, a developer of energy storage technology and materials, has begun development of a high energy anode for current- and next-generation lithium batteries. The lead inventors of the cathode technology are UCSB professor Dr. Alan Heeger, the recipient of a Nobel Prize in 2000 for the discovery and development of conductive polymers, and Dr. David Vonlanthen, a project scientist and energy storage expert at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).).

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Sweden inaugurates its first electric road

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Sweden inaugurated a test stretch of electric road on the E16 in Sandviken, thus becoming one of the first countries to conduct tests with electric power for heavy transports on public roads. The truck has a pantograph on the roof that feeds 750 VDC to the truck’s hybrid electric system. The test stretch is equipped with posts 60 meters apart that hold up the electric lines over one of the lanes. Swedish Energy Agency: Works for the use of renewable energy.

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New Flyer adds 2016 Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero engine to Xcelsior bus lineup; debuting in LA

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the largest heavy-duty transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, is adding the 2016 Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero engine ( earlier post ) to its Xcelsior bus family. New Flyer is the first transit manufacturer to offer the industry’s cleanest certified engine and will deliver the first original OEM installation of a the engine in the third quarter of 2016. Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc.,

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Renewable energy growth accelerating, says International Energy Agency

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The overall carbon emissions associated with electric cars decrease as the electricity used to recharge them gets cleaner. And the latest statistics from the International Energy Agency (IEA) will be good news indeed for electric-car drivers. Last year saw record growth in renewable energy, according to the IEA, which surpassed coal to become the. China energy policy plug-in cars renewable energy solar wind energy

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HD REV powertrain company Wrightspeed gearing up for commercialization push

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a developer and manufacturer of advanced range-extended electric vehicle (REV) powertrains for heavy-duty applications ( earlier post ), is gearing up for a commercialization push with the appointent of four advanced engineering and commercialization executives. The Route electric powertrain drives more low-end torque to the wheels than conventional diesel engines, with less fuel, less emissions, and less noise. Electric (Battery) Engines Heavy-duty Plug-insWrightspeed Inc.,

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Audi unveils redesigned R18 diesel hybrid Le Mans racer for 2016 season

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Audi unveiled its redesigned R18 diesel hybrid Le Mans racer for the 2016 World Endurance Championship (WEC) season. Among the new features in the R18 are a more radical aerodynamics concept, including a new safety cell; a Li-ion battery replacing the flywheel energy storage system; and a revised V6 TDI diesel engine. Starting in the 2016 season, this competition will intensify, as the upper limit for fuel consumption will considerably decrease by 10 megajoules per lap at Le Mans.

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SEPTA, Constellation, and Viridity Energy to deploy 8.75MW energy storage system to capture and reuse subway train braking energy

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An 8.75MW battery storage network which will capture and reuse the energy created by braking subway cars will help Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) reduce operating costs, ensure energy resiliency, and support the stability of the electrical grid. The network is designed to use stored energy to power trains as they accelerate from stations and can provide emergency generation for trains in the event of a power outage.

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Lux Research charts complex partnership networks in stationary energy storage

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Lux Research is analyzing partnerships in stationary energy storage, and has produced a graphic showing some of the key partnerships of seven leading stationary storage battery suppliers. Panasonic’s partnership with Tesla is mutually beneficial due to their size and increasing scale—Tesla will also aggressively pursue other sectors besides electric vehicle (EV) production, leaving room for growth and expansion in other sectors, Lux said.

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Fuel cell vehicle breaks 24-hour electric mileage record with True Zero hydrogen-fuel network in California

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Driving a fuel-cell-electric Toyota Mirai, the founders of True Zero completed a scenic drive throughout California, covering 1,438 miles (2,314 km) in a 24-hour period, thus breaking the official Guinness World Record for electric miles driven in 24 hours. The goal of the drive was to demonstrate how a zero-emission electric vehicle can serve as a replacement for a gasoline vehicle.

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BMW i home energy storage system integrates 2nd-life i3 vehicle batteries

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BMW i announced a home stationary energy storage system solution integrating its BMW i3 vehicle battery at EVS 29 in Montréal. The remarkable advantage for BMW customers in using BMW i3 batteries as a plug and play storage application is the ability to tap into an alternative resource for residential and commercial backup power, thus using renewable energy much more efficiently, and enabling additional revenues from the energy market. BMW i 360° Electric.

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GM makes its largest green energy purchase to date; 50 MW wind deal

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General Motors has made its largest renewable energy procurement to date, purchasing enough wind power to equal the electricity needs of 16 of its US facilities, including business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, a major assembly and stamping complex in Arlington, Texas, and 13 parts warehouses east of the Mississippi River. When the contract begins in the first half of 2018, 6% of GM’s global energy use will be powered by renewable energy.

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ExxonMobil and Princeton select five energy research projects; including batteries and solar

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ExxonMobil and Princeton University announced the selection of five research projects associated with their partnership focused on energy technologies. In June 2015, ExxonMobil commited to contribute $5 million over five years to the Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, a program administered by Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment that fosters research in sustainable energy and environmental solutions.

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2017 Ford Fusion Energi PHEV boosts total range to 610 miles

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The 2016 model of the Fusion Energi has a combined range of 550 miles (885 km). The 2017 Fusion Energi’s all-electric range is an estimated 21 miles (33.8 The 2016 Fusion Energi has an EPA-estimated all-electric range of 19 miles (30.6 A March 2016 Harris Poll of more than 1,000 US adults found that Americans believe the longest-range plug-in hybrid can go 261 miles—less than half the Fusion Energi’s range.

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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. The Tesla Model S, one of the most popular electric vehicles, has a battery pack that varies between 75 and 90 kWh, much larger than the 10.5 Electric vehicle sales and pack sizes also impact the most commonly used lithium-ion chemistries.

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Nissan introduces series-hybrid powertrain with Note e-POWER in Japan; small pack, small engine, LEAF motor, low price

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Unlike the all-battery-electric powertrain of the LEAF, e-POWER adds a small gasoline engine to charge the high-output battery when necessary, eliminating the need for an external charger while offering the same high-output. The e-POWER system features full electric-motor drive—the wheels are completely driven by the electric motor—the EM57 traction motor from the LEAF—which delivers a maximum 254 N·m from 0-3008 rpm.

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Volkswagen unveils T-Prime Concept GTE AWD plug-in hybrid SUV at Auto China 2016

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Volkswagen unveiled the T-Prime Concept GTE all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid in a world premiere at Auto China 2016 in Beijing. The concept car is powered by a 375 hp plug-in hybrid drive, incorporating an electric motor, turbocharged gas engine, and battery, which can charge externally or during the drive. kWh energy capacity) this SUV—like all Volkswagen GTE cars—always starts in the practically silent electric E-Mode.

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NC State team develops new Si/C inverter; 12.1 kW/L & greater efficiency in a smaller, lighter package

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Researchers at the Future Renewable Electric Energy Distribution and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center at North Carolina State University have developed an inverter for hybrid and electric vehicles using off-the-shelf components made of the wide-bandgap semiconductor material silicon carbide (SiC). kW/L—close to the US Department of Energy’s target of 13.4 By way of comparison, a 2010 electric vehicle could achieve only 4.1

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