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.

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Avantium acquires Liquid Light; electrocatalysis to convert CO2 to chemicals

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Renewable chemicals company Avantium has acquired the assets of Liquid Light. Liquid Light has developed proprietary process technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally-abundant carbon dioxide. The acquisition combines the technologies of both Liquid Light and Avantium to develop a world-leading electro-catalysis platform and to commercialize new process technologies using CO 2 as feedstock to produce sustainable chemicals and materials.

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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.,

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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.

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Plug-in hybrid utility truck keeps lights on during emergencies

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California electric utility Pacific Gas & Electric recently took delivery of a pair of new trucks that it hopes will help solve two problems. The first is power outages, whether they are caused by weather or necessary planned maintenance work conducted by utilities. The other is every utility's huge bill for diesel fuel. The large trucks. Trucks Plug-In Hybrids California electric utilities plug-in cars Commercial vehicle

SAIC introduces large electric panel van in Europe: Maxus EV80

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SAIC Mobility Europe, a division of China’s largest vehicle manufacturer, SAIC, is introducing the Maxus light commercial vehicle brand. The global debut of the MG E-motion electric concept car at the Auto Shanghai motor show in April 2017 epitomized the strategy of the resurgent MG brand.

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Volkswagen’s MOIA introduces electric ridesharing car for up to 6 passengers; 300km range

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The seats are equipped with convenience features such as dimmable reading lights and USB ports. MOIA has been testing its service in Hannover since October 2017 and continuously developing its components in real time.

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Geely acquiring flying car startup Terrafugia

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A folding-wing, two-seat, roadable aircraft, the Transition is designed to fly like a typical Light Sport Aircraft in the air and drive like a typical car on the ground.

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Volkswagen preps for I.D. EV production with MEB Supplier Summit; I.D. in 2019, I.D. CROZZ in 2020

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Software features such as smart lighting and head-up displays with augmented reality.

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DOE awarding $2M to CMU-led project to develop PGM-free cathodes for fuel cells

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Fuel cells are a key way to electrify larger, longer range vehicles, such as light duty trucks and buses, where the cost and weight of batteries are prohibitive. The US Department of Energy is awarding roughly $15.8

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Federal-Mogul Powertrain introducing IROX 2 polymer bearings for crankshafts; effective for hybrid and start/stop applications

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Federal-Mogul Powertrain is extending its crankshaft bearing portfolio with a new high performance polymeric coating, IROX 2, that will debut at the 2017 IAA show in Frankfurt, Germany later this year.

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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.

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It’s #TimeForUnrest Because My Friend Liz Deserves A Life Outside Her Bedroom

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Smart, witty, humble – a little awkward, but a bright shining light with such a positive and endearing personality I couldn’t help but love Liz and make a rare exception to my “Children Not Invited” rule.

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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.

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New molybdenum-coated catalyst produces hydrogen from water-splitting more efficiently; preventing the back reaction

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Both systems were tested at KAUST with the lights on and off— that is, with and without an energy source driving the water-splitting reaction. wt% Pt/SrTiO 3 catalyst with and without Mo coating under UV-light irradiation.

Toyota showing two new fuel cell concepts at Tokyo Motor Show: bus and car

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It also uses LED for the front and rear lights. Toyota has launched two new fuel cell vehicle concepts: the Sora fuel cell bus and the Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell car. The company will show both at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

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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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Volkswagen Group expands presence in Russia with agreements with GAZ

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TDI engines for GAZ light commercial vehicles, opening up new business opportunities in international markets. The Volkswagen Truck & Bus Group with its brands MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus as well as the GAZ Group, which is the largest manufacturer in Russia of light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, already have a long-standing partnership in the bus sector.

Ballard and Siemens sign $9M multi-year development agreement for fuel cell system to power Mireo light rail train; deployment in 2021

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Ballard Power Systems has signed a Development Agreement with Siemens AG for the development of a hydrogen fuel cell engine to power Siemens’ Mireo light rail train.

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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. CARB is signaling the need for additional policy and technical support on strategies to move toward a goal of achieving 100% ZEV sales in the light-duty vehicle sector. —2017 Scoping Plan.

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.

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Joint ASU, Tel Aviv Univ. project to improve algal hydrogen production to industrial scale

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Rapid molecular and spectroscopic tests will be used to identify limitations to light-driven hydrogen production in the engineered strains. If we could replace even a part of that with algal biohydrogen that is made via light and water, it would have a substantial impact. There are two pigment-protein complexes that orchestrate the primary reactions of light in oxygenic photosynthesis: Photosystem I (PSI) and Photosystem II (PSII).

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Navigant Research expects >$80B to be spent on global EV infrastructure development by the end of 2025

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The study covers the major drivers for the charging market by access type (home, private, and public) and use cases (workplace; multi-unit dwellings; destination parking; fleets of light, medium and heavy duty EVs), and the potential uptake of Level 1 and Level 2 AC, DC, wireless and networked EVSE.

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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.

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Toyota’s new conventional and hybrid powertrains for 2018 Camry deliver significant boost in efficiency

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An AGC indicator light is illuminated on the Multi-Information Display (MID) when AGC is in operation to alert the driver that less deceleration torque than normal is currently being used.

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Mazda announces SKYACTIV-X: gasoline Spark Controlled Compression Ignition

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In light of the rapid changes taking place in the automotive industry, the new vision takes a longer-term perspective and sets out how Mazda will use driving pleasure—the fundamental appeal of the automobile—to help solve issues facing people, the earth and society. Mazda Motor Corporation announced “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030,” a new long-term vision for technology development that looks ahead to the year 2030.

Politecnico di Torin builds prototype system for dynamic on-road EV charging

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In the Susa test circuit, 50 transmitting coils have been installed, which will send power to a receiver installed on a light commercial vehicle. Politecnico di Torino has built a prototype system for dynamic on-road electric vehicle charging. The POLITO Charge While Driving system is going to be tested on the test circuit in Susa close to the city of Turin.

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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.

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Baker Institute expert urges focus on larger light-duty trucks and SUVs to reduce gasoline use, emissions

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Collins (2017) Click to enlarge. rise in vehicle miles driven from February 2012 to February 2017 yielded a gasoline demand increase of only 3.8%, the brief found. the old V-8 engine models) with the truck’s 2017 3.5

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Greaves and Pinnacle partner to launch opposed-piston gasoline/CNG lean burn engine for 3-wheelers

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In a 2012 SAE paper, Pinnacle engineers reported that, with the most basic configuration, the engine can realize light-load indicated efficiency improvements of 15-30% over conventional poppet-valve technology.

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Volkswagen and JAC launch new JV for electric cars for mass market in China; 1st vehicle in 2018

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The company’s product range mainly includes heavy, medium and light trucks, multi-functional commercial vehicles, SUVs, sedans and buses as well as key components such as chassis, transmissions, engines and axle units. In the presence of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Berlin, Volkswagen signed a joint venture agreement with the Chinese automaker Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC). Each of the partners is to hold a 50% stake in the new company.

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AK Steel receives $1.8M from DOE to develop next-generation electrical steels for hybrid and electric vehicle motors

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Applications include large and small motors, large and small transformers, generators, lighting ballasts and ignition coils. AK Steel has accepted an award of up to $1.8

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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.

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Nikola and Bosch partner on hydrogen-electric Class-8 long-haul truck; dual-motor commercial-vehicle eAxle

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This makes it suitable for vehicles of all kinds, from small passenger cars to light trucks. Nikola Motor Company is partnering with Bosch on the development of its hydrogen-fuel-cell range-extended electric Class 8 long-haul truck, unveiled as a prototype in December 2016. Earlier post.).

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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.

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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

Lawrence Livermore partners with GALT on $1.5M project to improve biofuel algae

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The team will specifically target bacteria that are able to increase biomass yield under high light and temperature stress conditions, which occur in desert environments such as Arizona, where plenty of sunlight and useable land exists and could one day support viable algal biofuel production facilities.

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.

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New Bosch e-axle integrates motor, power electronics, transmission; mass production in 2019

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The components are very flexible, which means the e-axle can be installed in hybrids and electric cars, compact cars, SUVs, and even light trucks. Leveraging its experience with electromobility components, Bosch has developed a new generation electric axle drive, or e-axle.

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