New Bosch highway assist system installed on the Maserati 2018 range; ACC Stop & Go plus Lane Centering

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Bosch’s highway assist system, which combines the ACC Stop & Go and Lane Centering functions to control the vehicle’s speed, acceleration and braking, is installed on all the vehicles in the Maserati MY 2018 range.

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2018 Environmental Performance Index: Air quality top public health threat

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The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) finds that air quality is the leading environmental threat to public health. 2018 EPI Trends. The EPI uses three indicators to measure air quality: household solid fuel use; PM 2.5 average exposure, and PM 2.5 exceedance of WHO thresholds.

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Tesla Q1 2018 vehicle production up 40% from Q4; Model 3 now at +2,000 units per week

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Tesla reported Q1 2018 vehicle production of 34,494 vehicles—a 40% increase from Q4 and its most productive quarter. These vehicles will be delivered in early Q2 2018, which keeps the company on track for its full-year 2018 Model S and X delivery guidance. Of the total, 24,728 (72%) were Model S and Model X, and 9,766 (28%) were Model 3. The Model 3 output increased fourfold over last quarter.

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XL Hybrids unveils first hybrid-electric Ford F-250 at 2018 NTEA Work Truck Show

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The company begins production on the XLH hybrid electric system for model year 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in March. XL Hybrids will display three fleet-ready, electrified pickup truck solutions at NTEA’s Work Truck Show next week in Indianapolis.

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Roskill: record cobalt deals in Q1 2018 show raw material procurement for Li-ion batteries revving up

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While some cathode manufacturers, battery makers, and even auto OEMs, closed or tried to close several lithium supply deals in 2017, cobalt- and nickel-related transactions seem to be taking over in 2018, perhaps with the realization that future cobalt and nickel supply is not as secure as lithium and graphite. In cobalt, LG Chem announced in April 2018 the creation of two joint ventures with Huayou Cobalt for the manufacturing of cobalt precursor and cathode materials.

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HEI: 95%+ of world’s population live in areas of unhealthy air

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Air pollution is the leading environmental cause of death worldwide according to the State of Global Air 2018 , the annual report and interactive website published by the Health Effects Institute (HEI). State of Global Air 2018. State of Global Air 2018. State of Global Air 2018.

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Electrify America installing 150/350 kW fast chargers at more than 100 Walmart locations

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Electrify America will install electric vehicle fast chargers at more than 100 Walmart locations across 34 states by June 2019. This initiative will more than double the number of electric vehicle charging stations at Walmart stores across the US.

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Engineers propose coordinated control architecture for motion management in ADAS systems

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Dickerson, David Battersby (2018) “Coordinated control architecture for motion management in ADAS systems” IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica Volume: 5 Issue: 2 doi: 10.1109/JAS.2017.7510814.

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Momentum Dynamics deploys 200 kW wireless charging system for electric transit buses in Wenatchee, WA

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Momentum Dynamics has commissioned the US’ first 200 kW wireless charging system for a battery-electric transit bus fleet. The wireless charging system is now operational on a BYD K9S bus at Link Transit in Wenatchee, Washington.

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Japanese researchers estimate 16M tonnes of rare earth deposits in deep-sea mud off Japan; hundreds of years of supply

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2018). 2018) Click to enlarge. A team of Japanese researchers from multiple institutions has calculated that an area of deep-sea mud in the western North Pacific Ocean near Minami-Torishima Island, Japan, contains more than 16 million tons of rare-earth elements and yttrium (REY).

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Researchers demonstrate high-capacity Mn-rich Li-ion cathodes; a design pathway away from cobalt and nickel

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McCloskey, Jinghua Guo, Mahalingam Balasubramanian & Gerbrand Ceder (2018) “Reversible Mn 2+ /Mn 4+ double redox in lithium-excess cathode materials” Nature volume 556, pages 185–190 doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0015-4.

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Lithium Australia finalizes acquisition of VSPC for Li-ion cathodel materials

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Plant inspections and servicing are underway, and equipment upgrades are being evaluated in preparation to resume production in July 2018. Lithium Australia (LIT) has finalized its acquisition of advanced cathode material production technology, acquiring 99.7%

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2018 electric motorcycle buyers guide

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The variety of electric motorcycles on the market has increased dramatically in 2018, and we've seen some significant price drops by two competitive brands. Both Alta Motors and Energica cut the prices of their bikes significantly, bringing them closer to being cost-competitive with their gas-powered counterparts. Zero Motorcycles continues to. Harley-Davidson KTM electric motorcycles Zero Motorcycles Energica Alta Motors

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NTN to supply in-wheel motors to EV startup FSAT in China

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Japan-based NTN, a leading global supplier of hub bearings and driveshafts, will supply in-wheel motor technology to EV startup Changchun Fawsn Auto Tech (FSAT), established in October 2017 by FAW Group. FSAT will exhibit a prototype vehicle at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show.

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Impact Coatings delivering fuel cell PVD coatings to Michelin

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Demand and delivered volumes are now expected to increase gradually during 2018 and 2019 while production of fuel cells increases.

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Careful Bus deploys school buses in NYC outfitted with XL hybrid systems

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XL recently completed a successful pilot deployment of school buses with Careful Bus Company in New York City outfitted with the XL hybrid system. The XLH system uses regenerative braking during deceleration and electric assist during acceleration to increase fuel economy.

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Lawrence Livermore publishes state-by-state energy/water Sankey diagrams

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For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has published state-by-state energy and water Sankey diagrams in one location so that analysts and policymakers can find all the information they need in one place.

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Volvo Trucks introduces its first electric truck for commercial use; sales and production start next year

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Volvo Trucks introduced its first battery-electric truck for commercial use: the Volvo FL Electric for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year.

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Researchers develop two-step, one-pot process for synthesis of benzene from microalgal oils

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Dennis Pingen, Julia Zimmerer, Nele Klinkenberg and Stefan Mecking (2018) “Microalgae lipids as a feedstock for the production of benzene” Green Chemistry doi: 10.1039/C8GC00423D. Benzene, an aromatic hydrocarbon, is a natural component of crude oil and is one of the elementary petrochemicals.

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Jilin team develops crystalline porous salts with high proton conductivity; application for fuel cell membranes

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Guolong Xing, Tingting Yan, Saikat Das, Teng Ben and Shilun Qiu (2018) “Synthesis of Crystalline Porous Organic Salts with High Proton Conductivity” Angewandte Chemie International Edition doi: 10.1002/anie.201800423.

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BMW Group plans Additive Manufacturing Campus

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The BMW Group will invest more than €10 million in a new Additive Manufacturing Campus. Located in Oberschleissheim, just north of Munich, the facility will allow the company to continue developing its expertise in this field of work.

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Lightning Systems battery-electric heavy-duty Ford Transit showing 61 MPGe city, 66 MPGe highway

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Lightning was one of the first to test under the newly released 2018 CARB efficiency and range validation test procedures for medium-duty vehicles, performed at the SGS Environmental Testing Center.

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Colorado issues $10M RFA for private sector partners to build fast charging stations along major highway corridors

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The Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan was released in January 2018 in support of Executive Order D 2017-015, Supporting Colorado’s Clean Energy Transition.

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Tongji team develops multi-mode energy management strategy for FCVs based on neural network driving pattern recognition

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NUS team discovers bacterium that produces only biobutanol directly from cellulose

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Tinggang Li, Chen Zhang, Kun-Lin Yang and Jianzhong He (2018) “Unique genetic cassettes in a Thermoanaerobacterium contribute to simultaneous conversion of cellulose and monosugars into butanol” Science Advances Vol.

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Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo concept to be used as race taxi in Formula E; “virtuality turns into reality”

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The electric race taxi will be deployed at all European Formula E races and numerous other events in 2018. Audi has produced the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo concept car, which it will deploy as a race taxi in Formula E starting with the race in Rome on Saturday 14 April.

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Anglo American Platinum, Shell invest in HyET for electrochemical hydrogen compression

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Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), alongside Shell Technology Ventures (STV), has taken a stake in High-Yield Energy Technologies ( HyET ) ( earlier post ), a Dutch company that has developed cost-effective electrochemical hydrogen compression (EHC) technology.

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Scientists use machine learning and HiTp to speed discovery of metallic glasses by 200 times; approach applicable to other materials

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Laws, Christopher Wolverton, Jason Hattrick-Simpers, Apurva Mehta (2018) “Accelerated discovery of metallic glasses through iteration of machine learning and high-throughput experiments” Science Advances doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaq1566.

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What 2018 Will Bring to the New Retail Economy?

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As the retail industry is basking in what’s predicted to be a profitable holiday shopping season, we look to the year ahead, working to stay ahead of consumer trends, emerging technologies, and disruptive changes

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Volkswagen Braunschweig to build up to 500K battery systems per year for MEB EVs

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Volkswagen Braunschweig has been awarded the contract to further the development and production of battery systems for the Modular Electric Drive Modular System (MEB).

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SunLine Transit puts new long-range fuel-cell range extended electric bus into service

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California’s SunLine Transit Agency has put into service a new zero-emission bus that will have the capability to cover any route in its service territory—even with the air conditioner operating at maximum levels in the middle of the summer.

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Producing the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL fuel-cell SUV

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Daimler is currently systematically preparing for series production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL; the company had shown preproduction models of the hydrogen fuel cell SUV at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt last September ( Earlier post.).

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Jilin study shows coolant temperature in GDI engine at idle has critical effect on particulate number emissions

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Yao Sun, Wei Dong, Xiumin Yu (2018) “Effects of coolant temperature coupled with controlling strategies on particulate number emissions in GDI engine under idle stage,” Fuel , Volume 225, Pages 1-9 doi: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.03.075.

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Toyota unveiles flexible fuel hybrid prototype in Brazil

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Toyota unveiled a prototype hybrid flexible-fuel vehicle (Hybrid FFV) during an event Toyota held São Paulo, Brazil. Stakeholders including the state government, universities, and the sugarcane association (the Sugarcane Industry Union: UNICA) attended the event.

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Hyundai prices 2018 Ioniq PHEV starting at $24,950; 29 miles all-electric range

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Hyundai’s 2018 Plug-in Hybrid Ioniq ( earlier post ) is heading to dealerships now—joining the Hybrid and Electric models—with an aggressive starting price of $24,950—$5,000 less than the full battery-electric version of the Ioniq but with more than five times the range.

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DOE to award up to $39M for innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies R&D

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) announced up to $39 million in available funding to support early stage research and development (R&D) of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. (

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Study suggests lithium and cobalt for batteries may face supply risks by 2050

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Passerini (2018) “A cost and resource analysis of sodium-ion batteries“ Nat. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier 2018. Lithium and cobalt are fundamental components of present lithium-ion batteries.

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Enerkem, NREL team develops High Octane Low Carbon Gasoline (HOLCG) hydrocarbon blends

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Hensley, 255 th ACS meeting, 18-22 March 2018. Researchers from Enerkem and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have succeeded in producing a new high-performance biofuel that could improve the octane rating of fuels sold on the market and reduce their carbon footprint.

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HALO research aircraft measuring the emissions of megacities in EmeRGe project

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When taking the measurements, flight paths are sometimes less than one kilometer above the ground, for example, during the first local measurement flight on 17 March 2018 over the East China Sea, when emissions were recorded from megacities, such as Shanghai.

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Global debut of Buick Enspire electric concept SUV in China; GM China sales up 2% in February, Buick up 4%

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It will also be on display to the public at Auto China 2018 in Beijing, which begins later this month. Sales in the first three months of 2018 increased 8% on an annual basis to 986,052 units.

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