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Renault introduces two new electric light commercial vehicles

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At the Brussels Motorshow in Belgium, Renault Pro+ introduced two new electric light commercial vehicles—New Kangoo Z.E. will arrive in the European market at the end of 2017. —Ashwani Gupta - Global Head of Light Commercial Vehicle Business.

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Groupe Renault acquires PVI, a specialist in the electrification of Light Commercial Vehicles

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This large van, which was unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show in January and which is due to be launched before the end of 2017, will extend the Group’s existing range of electric LCVs.

2017 46

SwRI’s single-cylinder engines available for combustion research; light-, medium- and heavy-duty applications

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The engines, one for light- and medium-duty applications and one for heavy-duty applications, can accommodate either multi-cylinder or single-cylinder heads through a custom cylinder barrel and head support shelf.

2017 35

California ARB votes to move forward with light-duty vehicle GHG and ZEV programs through 2025; cranking it up post-2025

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After considering the Advanced Clean Cars Midterm Review ( earlier post ), the California Air Resources Board voted unanimously on Friday to continue with the vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards and ZEV program for cars and light trucks sold in California through 2025.

2017 40

Achates Power building 2.7L opposed-piston light-duty engine; exceeding CAFE 2025, Tier 3 targets at lower cost

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six-piston) light-duty version of its opposed piston engine (OPE) in both diesel- and gasoline-fueled versions. Achates will demonstrate the engine in 2018 in a driveable light-duty truck. The light-duty engine is a “basic” Achates opposed piston 2-stroke engine, said Redon—i.e.,

2017 46

Audi unveils Q8 sport concept with 48V mild hybrid system (mHEV); drive system coming to “many” Audi models

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At the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Audi is presenting the Audi Q8 sport concept, a new performance-oriented take on the Q8 concept study introduced at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show.

2017 46

Year-long field testing finds electric buses with Toshiba wireless charger cut CO2 up to 60% compared to diesel

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kWh pack for the medium-sized bus), and provided regular service between All Nippon Airways facilities in Kawasaki and vicinity of Haneda Airport in Tokyo for the year from February 2016 to January 2017. Feb 2016 to Jan 2017.

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Dongfeng Motor to use Visteon SmartCore cockpit domain controller; third SmartCore win

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China’s second largest vehicle manufacturer, Dongfeng Motor, has selected Visteon’s SmartCore cockpit domain controller technology ( earlier post ) for a future domestic Chinese light vehicle program.

2017 31

The interdependency of autonomous electric vehicles and wireless charging

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Dr. Yoon of KAIST, a South Korean public research university, coordinates the standards activities in Korea and is also a researcher in this area with experience in light- and heavy-duty wireless power transfer (WPT). For light duty vehicles, under all-weather conditions, the only reliable way to automatically charge autonomous electric vehicles is with wireless charging.

2017 39

AAM develops new axle technology; lighter, more efficient for up to 1.5% better fuel economy

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QUANTUM beam axles are scalable and can be used on heavy-, medium- or light-duty RWD based pickups. American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has developed completely new, significantly improved axle technology.

2017 38

GKN Driveline providing eTransmission to StreetScooter electric vans

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Other applications for the system include the Fiat 500e city EV and the Citroen Berlingo Electric light commercial vehicle. GKN Driveline is supplying its innovative electric drive technology to StreetScooter , the electric vehicle company owned by Deutsche Post DHL Group.

2017 46

Volvo Cars CEO urges government & industry to share safety-related traffic data; will skip Level 3 autonomy

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The same approach is used to warn drivers when another vehicle turns on its hazard lights, which may indicate a potential dangerous situation on the road ahead. These technologies, Slippery Road Alert and Hazard Light Alert, are standard on all SPA-based vehicles on sale in Sweden and Norway: the XC90, S90, V90, V90 Cross Country and the new XC60.

2017 36

Porsche and Audi to work on shared vehicle architecture; electrification, autonomy, digitization

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Brands within the Volkswagen Group have been rolling out modular component matrices, or assembly toolkits, for their light-duty vehicles over the past few years. Within the Volkswagen Group, Porsche AG and AUDI AG now plan to cooperate more closely on future vehicle architectures, with a particular focus on electrification, digitization and autonomous driving.

2017 35

Newest, cleanest diesels in Europe can still be very dirty: analysis

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It has become increasingly more evident that carmakers must take aggressive steps to ensure that diesel cars and light trucks meet current environmental regulations. Tests done by Emissions Analytics found that the majority of new diesel-powered cars sold in Europe do not meet the Euro 6 emission standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx) in real-world. emissions EU regulation Vehicle Testing

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CTA Foundation, IBM, Local Motors collaborate on accessible, self-driving vehicles

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At CES 2017, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation announced an alliance with IBM and Local Motors to help create the world’s most accessible, self-driving vehicle. To begin identifying new innovations in accessible transportation, the CTA Foundation, IBM and Local Motors will launch a series of workshops and hackathons throughout 2017 to reach innovators of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Adapting light and videos for users with photosensitive epilepsy.

2017 35

Clariant enters next phase with Global Bioenergies’ renewable isobutene for high-value application

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Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies worldwide, and the only one in Europe, that is developing a process to convert renewable resources into light hydrocarbons through fermentation. Triggered by the successful completion of a first series of tests of its renewable isobutene for a high-value application, Clariant has now ordered a larger batch of renewable isobutene from Global Bioenergies for a second phase of evaluation.

2017 34

Four large West Coast cities unite to buy 24,000 electric cars

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That includes the thousands of cars and light trucks in the municipal fleets of large cities. When it comes to policy efforts aimed at promoting electric cars, the focus is usually on private passenger vehicles. But to cut carbon emissions in a meaningful way, policymakers will have to look at other types of vehicles as well. DON'T MISS: BYD. Los Angeles California portland san francisco fleet sales plug-in cars Seattle cities fleet Washington State Oregon

2017 33

California goal: eliminate gasoline, diesel light vehicles altogether

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What if gasoline and diesel cars and light trucks were simply eliminated altogether from the new vehicles sold in a state? Residents of one state in the U.S. may, eventually, find out. California already leads the nation in promoting zero-emission vehicles, but the Golden State may soon take that policy a step further. DON'T MISS: Will California. emissions California California Air Resources Board CARB plug-in cars transportation policy

2017 13

Nissan's plans: reignite electric-car sales, boost lagging Mitsubishi

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The Nissan Leaf has been a fading light in the electric car market, but after a few years in the dark, it will soon get a chance to shine once more. Despite a battery capacity increase in 2016 and a quarter of a million in sales since its 2010 launch, the Leaf has been in dire need of a proper trip back to the drawing board. Especially in recent. Renault Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Renault-Nissan

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IRENA, IEA study concludes meeting 2?C scenario possible with net positive economics

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The German government requested IEA and IRENA to shed light on the essential elements of an energy sector transition that would be consistent with limiting the rise in global temperature to this level.

2017 28

Cambridge team demonstrates light-driven photoreforming of unprocessed biomass to H2 at room temperature

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A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has reported the light-driven photoreforming of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin to H 2 using semiconducting cadmium sulfide quantum dots in alkaline aqueous solution.

2017 12

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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In line with COP 21, the Walloon strategy envisages that 50% of its public fleet vehicles, in need of replacement, will run on alternative fuels starting from 1 January 2017, and the percentage will rise to 100% starting from 1 January 2030. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), IVECO (a brand of CNH Industrial) and ENGIE (Global Energy Player) are broadly collaborating to promote natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in Europe.

2017 30

Electric utility in Kansas leads push to get electric cars on roads

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CHECK OUT: Kansas City Power & Light To Build 1,000 Electric-Car Charging Sites (Jan 2015) A. When it comes to promoting electric cars, California is rightfully viewed as the most active. But efforts are not limited to the Golden State. If one electric utility has its way, more electric cars will soon be plying the roads of America's heartland. electric utilities plug-in cars charging Missouri charging infrastructure Kansas

GM, Ford R&D execs stress importance of improved, advanced fuels for future engine efficiency gains, GHG goals

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By contrast, however, a 2017 Tesla Model S AWD 90D carries a WTW CO 2 e intensity (US average) of 190 g/mile. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle has a US average GHG intensity of 200 g/mile; the new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (not plug-in) has a GHG CI of 184 g/mile.

2017 20

Koito and Quanergy collaborate to design automotive headlight concept with built–in solid-state LiDAR

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The Koito headlight with built-in sensors is on display at CES 2017. Quanergy’s solid state LiDAR uses an optical phased array as a transmitter, which can steer pulses of light by shifting the phase of a laser pulse as it’s projected through the array. The S3 LiDAR sensor was recognized as the 2017 CES Best of Innovation Award grand winner in the vehicle intelligence category. Koito Manufacturing Co.,

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Honda of Canada Mfg. to invest $492M in Ontario manufacturing plants; $83.6M in government grants

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million cars and light trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario. Honda Canada has sold more than four million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light trucks in Canada. Honda of Canada Mfg. HCM), a division of Honda Canada Inc.,

2017 31

Continental showcases “Super Clean Electrified” connected, optimized 48V mild hybrid diesel; post-Eu6d

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The first 48-volt diesel hybrid has already gone into production in Europe, and a second production launch is already in the pipeline for 2017.

2017 17

BASF Catalysts doubles production capacity for mobile emissions catalysts in India

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The new plant produces a full range of catalyst solutions, including light duty, heavy duty and motorcycle emissions catalysts to meet growing market demand and customer technology needs. BASF Catalysts India Private Limited inaugurated its new mobile emissions catalysts manufacturing site in India.

2017 25

Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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the Hyundai Ioniq and the Kia Nitro, said Dean Schlingmann, Senior Hybrid Powertrain Engineer at Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, at SAE 2017 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium. For low-speed and light throttle.

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Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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the Hyundai Ioniq and the Kia Nitro, said Dean Schlingmann, Senior Hybrid Powertrain Engineer at Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, at SAE 2017 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium. For low-speed and light throttle.

2017 26

Alstom invests €14M in electric autonomous shuttle company EasyMile

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The EZ10 is manufactured by French light weight automobile maker Ligier. Rail transport giant Alstom is investing €14 million (US$15 million), and thus taking a minority stake, in EasyMile, a start-up developing the EZ10 electric driverless shuttle.

2017 28

Ford exploring use of bamboo in cars

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The benefits of bamboo have been recognized for more than a century—Thomas Edison even experimented with it when making the first light bulb.

2017 19

ICCT: incremental technology can cut vehicle CO2 by half and increase fuel economy >60% through 2030 with ~5% increase in price

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The International Council on Clean Transportation is an independent nonprofit research organization, staffed by experts in light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles, transportation fuels, shipping, aviation, climate science, and health.

2017 20

FLAC project seeks 40-80% weight reduction in automotive components through 3D printing

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Layer by layer, the melted particles fuse and solidify to form novel structures that can be made up from complex lattices to provide a light-weight component. HiETA Technologies specializes in thermal management and light-weighting, exploiting additive manufacturing (AM) as a production and customization process.

2017 25

KPMG Survey: execs say connected car generates 10x revenue than a conventional vehicle; market share based on units “outdated”; BEVs #1 trend

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BEVs jumped from rank 9 in 2015—when the consequences of e-mobility on OEMs business models were underestimated—to become the #1 key trend in 2017.

2017 23

Sandia, Lawrence Livermore team improves solid-state H2 storage using nano-confinement; new paradigm for hydrogen storage

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Hydrogenation forms a mixture of lithium amide and hydride (light blue) as an outer shell around a lithium nitride particle (dark blue) nano-confined in carbon. 2017) “Nanointerface-Driven Reversible Hydrogen Storage in the Nanoconfined Li–N–H System” Adv.

2017 20

Scientists suggest quantum control of atoms may make fusion energy production more efficient

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Their report on quantum-controlled fusion suggests that rather than heating atoms to temperatures found inside the sun or smashing them in a collider, it might be possible to nudge them close enough to fuse by using shaped laser pulses: ultrashort, tuned bursts of coherent light.

2017 20

Magna and Ford developing prototype carbon fiber composite subframe; mass reduction of 34%

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This is part of a larger effort by Ford to explore different design strategies for light chassis development, including magnesium subframes, carbon fiber subframes, aluminum cross-members and lightweight coil springs.

2017 19

Efficient Drivetrains awarded bus fleet order for the City of Sheyang, China

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The company will continue to expand its portfolio of solutions: EDI PowerDrive line of EV and PHEV drivetrains, EDI PowerSuite Vehicle Control Software and Telematics, and EDI Power2E 2 Way Charging and Exportable Power for end users, vehicle manufacturers and integrators throughout 2017.

2017 20

GM earns EPA ENERGY STAR Award for Environmental Leadership; energy use per vehicle in manufacturing down 10% YoY

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General Motors earned a 2017 EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence award for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. GM uses ENERGY STAR’s energy “treasure hunt” guide to help its facilities and major suppliers uncover opportunities for energy improvements, from optimizing start-up and shut-down procedures to identifying locations to install motion-activated lighting.

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