Just 2 More Weeks Till Sunstock 2017! Are You Ready to Rock L.A.?

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And dig who’s playing the two stages at this year’s Sunstock: Let’s all come together and shine our bright lights in unison at this year’s solar festival – I’m ready to party and shake my groove thing to kick off an epic #YearOfJoe and so are all these friends of mine in the video: You know you need this super feel good festival to end our summer with a soul-filled, positive, love-focused bang, and Sunstock 2017 will be exactly that.

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BMW tops emobility sales charts in Germany 1H 2017

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The BMW Group was the top seller of electric mobility in Germany the first half of 2017, with just under 5,000 units registered ; registrations are about 175% over the same period in 2016. In the first half of 2017 alone, around 2,100 customers opted for the compact, up 155% compared to the first half of 2016. Almost one in six of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourers registered in Germany in 2017 was electrified.

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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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At the SAE 2017 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium last week, an overview of the plans for testing to validate power levels up to WPT 3, (11kW) for SAE J2954TM were shown along with a preview of the technology to be standardized in the upcoming Recommended Practice. In 2017, bench testing for both matched and interoperable assemblies to validate the WPT 3 (11 kW) power level under both ideal conditions and maximum offset is being planned.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV now available across US

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Through 30 August 2017, Chevrolet sold 11,670 Bolt EVs this year and 12,249 since the start of sales in December 2016. Starting at an MSRP of $37,495 before federal tax incentives of up to $7,500 depending upon individual tax situation, the 2017 Bolt EV offers an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a single charge. Chevrolet announced today that the Bolt EV is now available by order or in stock at certified dealerships across the US.

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Porsche unveils 2017 version of 919 Hybrid Le Mans prototype

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The 2017 model of the Porsche 919 Hybrid deploys a range of new innovations, particularly in the vehicle’s aerodynamics, the chassis and the combustion engine. Team Principal Andreas Seidl, who continues to serve as acting technical director, said that for the 2017 season, 60 to 70 percent of the vehicle is newly developed. The technical regulations for the 2017 FIA WEC World Endurance. Porsche unveiled the new 919 Hybrid at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (IT).

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Volkswagen prices 2017 e-Golf starting at $30,495; longer range, better fuel economy, more power

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is pricing the 2017 e-Golf starting at $30,495, plus $820 destination. For 2017, Volkswagen is using an updated lithium-ion battery with an increased energy capacity of 35.8 Improved battery chemistry also helps improve the overall fuel economy of the 2017 e-Golf. Fuel consumption for the 2017 model is 28 kWh/100 miles, compared to 29 kWh/100 miles for the 2016 model. The new 2017 LEAF has an MSRP of $30,680 and the 2017 Ioniq Electric, $29,500.

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Navigant Research: sales of plug-in electric buses increased 40% from 2016 to 2017

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According to a new report from Navigant Research, sales for plug-in electric buses increased 40% from 2016 to 2017, as the technology on offer from bus companies has improved in performance and in price. Global bus sales are expected to grow from just more than 800,000 in 2017 to more than 1 million in 2027. In 2017, the conventional diesel powertrain is expected to account for about 58% of total bus sales; by 2027, this is forecast to fall to about 51%.

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Detroit Electric to outline future product plans at LCV 2017

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>UK-based electric vehicle start-up Detroit Electric will outline its future product plans during its first appearance at Cenex’s Low Carbon Vehicles (LCV) 2017 event on 6 and 7 September at Millbrook. The brand will share its plans to launch a range of pure electric passenger vehicles in the coming years, a strategy that has been enabled following a recent injection of US$1.8 billion in capital from a joint venture agreement.

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Henkel showcasing composite leaf spring, resin technology at JEC 2017

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Henkel will showcase a leaf spring based on Loctite MAX 2 polyurethane matrix resin and continuous glass fiber reinforcement at JEC World 2017 composites trade show in Paris next week. The leaf spring, which debuted in late 2014 on the rear suspension of the Volvo XC90 premium crossover SUV, now features at the core of a lightweight rear axle concept implemented on various models.

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ABB unveils smart Heavy Vehicle Charging solution for bus depots at Busworld 2017

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ABB is showcasing its new HVC (Heavy Vehicle Charger)-Overnight products and smart charging functionality at Busworld 2017. The global electric bus market is expected to witness a compound annual growth rate above 30% from 2017 to 2025; ABB has 12 years of research and development experience in EV charging solutions as well as experience from commercial products in the field since 2010.

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FTA announces $55M for FY 2017 Low-No funding

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $55 million of Fiscal Year 2017 funds ( FTA-2017-003-TPM-LowNo ) for the purchase or lease of low- or no-emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities (Low-No). million is available under the Continuing Resolution that expires on 28 April 28 2017.

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2017 sales of BMW Group electrified vehicles top 50,000 units

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In the first seven months of 2017, a total of 208,188 MINI vehicles were sold, an increase of 3.4% compared to the same period last year, BMW Motorrad is well on its way to a further record sales year in 2017. The BMW Group reported that it has delivered more than 50,000 BMW i, BMW iPerformance and electrified MINI vehicles to customers around the world since the start of the year.

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GM China launches 2017 Green Supply Chain project

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General Motors China has launched the 2017 Green Supply Chain project. The yearlong initiative aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions at 16 China-based parts and components suppliers that provide parts to GM’s operations around the world. Building on the success of the 2016 program, GM China will offer the new group of suppliers training, energy audits and other support. The focus will be on reducing their energy consumption and increasing their recycling of materials.

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California ARB approves 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan; requires doubling the rate of GHG cuts

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The California Air Resources Board unanimously approved the 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan , which sets the state on an aggressive course to reduce greenhouse gas emissions an additional 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 under SB 32. —2017 Scoping Plan.

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Hybrid and electric cars account for 7.5% of Kia 1H 2017 Europe sales, up from 1% in 2016

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Since the start of 2017, the new Kia Niro hybrid crossover has accounted for 16,002 unit sales, making it Kia’s fifth best-selling European vehicle (after the Picanto, Rio, Sportage and cee’d model family). In total, electrified and all-electric Kia vehicles accounted for 18,804 unit sales in the first half of 2017, up from 2,398 units from January-to-June in 2016 (more than a seven-fold increase in sales).

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2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid on sale in April; 3-motor sport hybrid system

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Acura’s first hybrid SUV, the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid ( earlier post ), will arrive at showrooms in early April with more than 30 additional horsepower and a 45 percent higher EPA city fuel economy rating as compared to the conventionally-powered MDX SH-AWD. The 2017 MDX was designed by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif.

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PSA Group fitting gasoline particulate filters on all GDI engines from December 2017

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Starting in December 2017, PSA Group will roll out the GPF to all PSA Group GDI engines—on the 3-cylinder turbo engine families, as well as the 4-cylinder units—regardless of the model. The PSA Group has developed a Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF), to treat particle emissions from gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines. This technology offers 75% higher efficiency in terms of the number of particles captured.

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Hyundai Motor showcases autonomous IONIQ at CES 2017

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At CES 2017, Hyundai Motor is operating advanced autonomous IONIQ on the surrounding roads. Autonomous IONIQ models will navigate a series of test routes in the boulevards around CES, using the latest LiDAR technology to identify the precise position of surrounding vehicles and objects to navigate the urban landscape safely.

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Volume production of Tesla Model 3 pushed back to late Q1 2018; battery module problems; record loss in Q3 2017

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In its third-quarter 2017 financial results update, Tesla Motors reported that it is delaying its expected start of volume production—defined here as 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week—to “late Q1 2018”. The company was earlier targeting that milestone for “some time in 2017”. Tesla will further update the progress on Model 3 production when it relases Q4 2017 figures in January. The company posted a Q3 2017 loss of $619.4

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Honda to unveil Urban EV Concept at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

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Honda Motor CEO Takahiro Hachigo will unveil the Honda Urban EV Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The concept will set the direction for a future production model. Alongside this debut, the CR-V Hybrid Prototype will preview the European version of the all-new CR-V SUV. Also featuring on the Honda stand will be the new-look Jazz supermini and the new diesel-powered variant of the tenth-generation Civic hatchback. Brief

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US Shale Is Immune To An Oil Price Crash In 2017

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The growth from the average level in the fourth quarter of 2016 to May 2017 is around 340,000 bpd, Rystad said. At WTI price of US$50 per barrel, Lower 48 output is seen to be growing by an additional 390,000 bpd between May 2017 and December 2017, the consultancy noted. According to Rystad Energy, no more than 500,000 bpd of December 2017 production are at risk should the WTI price drop to US$30. “If by Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com.

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JATO: Tesla most popular global electric vehicle brand between January and September 2017; EV sales accelerating

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2017 represents a turning point in the adoption of electric cars, with sales in key regions increasing significantly. For the first nine months of 2017, electric passenger car and LCV sales were up 21% in North America to 67,000 units; up 24% in Japan and Korea to 19,000 units; up 42% in Europe to 100,000 units, and up 126% in China to 227,000 units, according to JATO.

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Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program accepting application for 2017 awards

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Toyota Motor Corporation has begun accepting applications today for this year’s Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program , which is designed to support environmental revitalization and conservation activities aimed at sustainable development both in Japan and overseas. Toyota established the annual program in 2000 in commemoration of Toyota’s receipt of the Global 500 Award in 1999 from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); this year marks the program’s 18 th year.

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2017 smart fortwo electric drive offers more for less; starting MSRP $23,800 in US

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Arriving in US dealers this summer, Mercedes-Benz’ 2017 smart fortwo electric drive coupe will start at just $23,800; the electric drive cabrio will start at $28,000, excluding federal and state incentives. For 2017, the smart electric drive features significant advantages and new features, including a new more powerful air-cooled three-phase synchronous electric motor (vs.

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Chicago Area Clean Cities names American Lung Association 2017 Clean Fuels Champion

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The American Lung Association has been named the 2017 Clean Fuels Champion by Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC), a nonprofit coalition dedicated to promoting clean-energy and clean-air solutions for transportation in the Chicago area impacting nearly 9 million people. Illinois Alternative Fuels Alliance: Formed in 2017, the alliance consists of organizations that work on clean-air and clean-vehicle solutions in Illinois.

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DOE: median EV range in US grew 56% from 73 miles in MY 2011 to 114 miles in MY 2017

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From 2011 to 2017, the median of the all-electric vehicle ranges in the US increased by 41 miles, or 56%—from 73 to 114 miles— according to data gathered by the US Department of Energy (DOE). By model year 2017, the number of AEV models increased to 15 and the available ranges expanded as well, from a minimum of 58 miles for the smart fortwo Electric Drive Coupe to a maximum of 335 miles for the Tesla Model S 100D.

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DENSO using Cypress automotive MCUs and flash memories for 2017 Toyota Camry instrument cluster

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Cypress Semiconductor announced that global automotive supplier DENSO Corporation has selected Cypress’ Traveo automotive microcontroller (MCU) family and FL-S Serial NOR Flash memory family to drive the advanced graphics in its instrument cluster for the 2017 Toyota Camry. and 7.0-inch screens capable of audio, video and navigation in the center display of the 2017 Toyota Camry.

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Honda to lease 2017 Clarity Electric for $269 a month, 36 months

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Honda announced an introductory lease price of $269 a month for 36 months (plus tax) for the 2017 Honda Clarity Electric sedan ( earlier post ), which is coming to select dealerships in California and Oregon August 2017. The lease terms include an attractive allowance of 20,000 miles per year and 24/7 roadside assistance.

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Updated Volkswagen 2017 e-Golf EPA-rated at 125 miles, 119 MPGe combined; pricing to come

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In the US, Volkswagen’s updated 2017 e-Golf now carries an an EPA-estimated range of 125 miles—a 50% increase over the previous model year. The 2017 e-Golf goes on sale in the US later this spring, with pricing yet to be announced. For 2017, Volkswagen equipped the e-Golf with a new lithium-ion battery with an increased energy capacity of 35.8 The electric motor on the 2017 e-Golf has been upgraded as well.

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FCA receives EPA, California ARB approval for production and sale of MY 2017 3.0L diesels

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FCA US has received a certificate of conformity from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a conditional executive order from the California Air Resources Board (ARB), permitting the production and sale of FCA US 2017 model-year light-duty Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter diesel engines.

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Every Mazda 2017 US model tested earned IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating

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All US 2017 Mazda models tested by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS ), including the all-new Mazda CX-5, have been awarded the nonprofit organization's highest safety rating, Top Safety Pick+, when equipped with optional front crash prevention and adaptive LED headlights. Mazda models tested for 2017 were the Mazda CX-9, Mazda CX-3, Mazda3, Mazda6 and most recently, the all-new Mazda CX-5.

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Honda unveils new CR-V Hybrid SUV at Auto Shanghai 2017

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Honda staged the world premiere of the new CR-V Hybrid at Auto Shanghai 2017. The CR-V Hybrid is scheduled to go on sale in China in the second half of 2017 from Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., The CR-V Hybrid is equipped with the Honda Sport Hybrid i-MMD two-motor hybrid system ( earlier post ). Moreover, the CR-V Hybrid comes loaded with a full complement of features including the Honda SENSING suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee qualifies for Japan’s Eco-Car tax tncentive

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The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee mid-size SUV has become the second gasoline-driven, US-made, US-brand vehicle to qualify for Japan’s Eco-Car tax break. Equipped with versions of the award-winning Pentastar V-6 engine, the 2017 Grand Cherokee and its predecessor met the strict fuel-efficiency and emissions standards allowing them to be eligible for the consumer tax incentive—worth between ¥58,000 and ¥66,000 (US$510 to $580) to Grand Cherokee buyers.

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Cross-border car2go rentals up 80% in Q1 2017 to 33,000 journeys

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In the first quarter of 2017, the number of cross-border rentals increased by 80% to 33,000 journeys. An increasing number of travelers are using free-floating carsharing from car2go. This figure includes both business travel as well as tourist visits in European car2go locations. The sharing of vehicles in Germany by customers from other European locations is popular. The number increased in the first quarter by 79% to 19,500 journeys.

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Jaguar takes I-PACE electric concept to the streets; production reveal in late 2017

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Driving on the streets of London’s Olympic Park, the electric performance SUV concept previews Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-PACE, which will be revealed in late 2017 and will be on the road in the second half of 2018. Jaguar has taken its first electric vehicle—the Jaguar I-PACE SUV concept ( earlier post )—onto the streets for the first time.

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Mitsubishi Electric showcasing 3D Advanced Mobile Mapping System at CES 2017

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will display a future concept of the recently released new model of its Mitsubishi Mobile Mapping System, the MMS-G22, at CES 2017. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, along with Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., The MMS-G220 is a highly accurate measuring system using car-mounted GPS antennas, laser scanners and cameras. Earlier post.).

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Chevrolet 2017 Cruze Diesel EPA-rated at 52 mpg highway, 37 mpg combined; Tier 3 Bin 125

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The 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan ( earlier post ) fitted with the six-speed manual transmission offers an EPA-estimated highway mileage of 52 mpg (4.52 The 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan, due to go on sale this spring, features a new B20-capable Ecotec 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine—already proven in Europe and other global markets—offering an SAE-certified 137 horsepower (102 kW) and 240 lb-ft of torque (325 N·m).

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N. American usage of car2go one-way carshare up 40% in 1H 2017 year-on-year to >4.5M trips

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North America’s largest flexible one-way carsharing service, saw a significant increase in use of its service during the first six months of 2017. Usage of car2go increased by 40% year-over-year in the first half of 2017 compared to the first half of 2016 across all 11 of the service’s North American locations, with more than 4.5 car2go N.A.,

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Navigant Research expects 2017 sales of plug-in electric vehicles in N America to be 50% greater than in 2016

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According to a new report from Navigant Research ( Market Data: EV Geographic Forecasts ), 2017 sales of PEVs in North America are on track to be 50% greater than in 2016. Beyond 2017, sales are likely to continue to grow, but the rate of growth will slow. Overall, in North America, the PEV market has grown by a factor of 10 since 2011.

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PEUGEOT MICRO e-Kick receives Red Dot Product Design 2017 award

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The PEUGEOT MICRO e-Kick electrically assisted scooter has been awarded a Red Dot Product Design 2017 award for its high-end design and the solution that it provides in meeting sustainable urban mobility challenges. The prize will be awarded on 3 July in Essen, Germany. It is the first award received by PEUGEOT and MICRO for its high-end electrically assisted scooter, launched at the same time as the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV.

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EPA opens 2017 Request for Proposals for $11M in diesel emissions reduction funding DERA

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EPA is announcing $11 million in competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment include: School buses.

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San Pedro Bay Ports release draft of 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update; $7-$14 billion price tag

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The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach released the draft of their proposed 2017 C lean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update. A preliminary analysis estimates the cost of implementing the 2017 CAAP at $7 billion to $14 billion. The draft 2017 CAAP outlines clean air strategies that seek to address the enormous challenges of reducing harmful emissions from port-related sources: ships, trucks, cargo handling equipment, locomotives and harbor craft.

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Qoros to unveil Model K-EV concept at Shanghai Auto 2017; Koenigsegg drive-line technology

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Qoros Automotive will reveal Qoros Model K-EV, its newest high-performance electric concept car, at Shanghai Auto 2017. Qoros plans to put Model K-EV into mass production in 2019. The Qoros Model K-EV will feature an individually powered, high-performance, all-wheel drive system, utilizing the same high performance electric drive-line technology also found in Koenigsegg’s Regera , the limited production plug-in hybrid supercar designed by the Swedish supercar manufacturer.

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