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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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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ICCT calculates consumer benefits of increased efficiency in 2025-2030 light-duty vehicles in the US

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A new report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) estimates Consumer benefits of increased efficiency in 2025-2030 light-duty vehicles in the US. The analysis found that consumer benefits are available across vehicle types, from cars to light trucks.

2017 20

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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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.

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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If autonomous electric cars are coming, why not ships too?

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Vehicle engineering and development focuses heavily on passenger cars and light trucks, but what about other forms of transportation? In an effort to cut congestion on its roads, the country of Norway is experimenting with the idea of autonomous, electric ships to replace large semi trucks, reports Gas2. Not only do semi trucks clog roadways, but. Norway Autonomous cars cargo ships Boats

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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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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.

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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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Demand for Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, electric models higher than expected, company says

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The issue first came to light in a question from a reader. DON'T MISS: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: gas mileage. It boiled down to this: "What's going on with the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, and why can't I get one at my local dealer in California?" The e-mail even included a link to a Korean business-news article, which is unusual for reader queries. South Korea Plug-In Hybrids Production plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Audi’s mild-hybrid systems: 12V for 4-cylinders, 48V for 6- and 8-cylinders

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At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show the brand presented the potential of its new technologies in the form of the Audi Q8 sport concept showcar. Small consumers such as control units or lights will remain in the 12-volt system well into the future, however.

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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

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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 Energy Commission awards $17M to expand hydrogen refueling infrastructure

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The grants will fund a wide range of demonstration projects, including a new lithium extraction process, a high-efficiency electric power grid control device, and a light-emitting diode (LED) bulb that operates at a resistance level 30 times lower than conventional LED lights.

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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

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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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

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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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

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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

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.

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Government of Canada to develop a national Zero-Emissions Vehicle strategy by 2018

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In 2015, light-duty vehicle emissions accounted for approximately 50% of Canada’s transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, and 12% of the country’s total emissions. ZEVs offer the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly from the light-duty vehicle sector.

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Teijin develops first polycarbonate-resin pillar-less automotive front window; used in EV

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Automotive front windows must satisfy a variety of regulations, including for light transmission, abrasion resistance and crash safety. A Tommykaira ZZ model fitted with Teijin’s new PC-resin window will be unveiled at Automotive Engineering Exposition 2017 Nagoya, 28-30 June.

2017 20

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

2017 24

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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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.

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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.,

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