Motor vehicles and component parts sector employment in US grew by 3% from 2017 to 2018

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The Motor Vehicles and Component Parts sector employed 3% more people in 2018 than 2017. More than 2 million employees in the sector worked with conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles in 2018, up 1.4% Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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JRC: e-vehicle market in Europe is slowly gaining momentum, but breakthrough is needed

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In 2010, electric vehicles still represented a niche market. Although still small compared to conventional passenger cars, the e-vehicle market share has increased steadily in Europe, with some countries witnessing impressive growth. Barriers to mass market uptake.

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Los Angeles launches New Mobility Challenge 2018

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The LA New Mobility Challenge 2018 is a joint initiative of LA CoMotion, the NewCities Foundation and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), all of whom are dedicated to finding cutting-edge and sustainable mobility technologies for Southern California. The deadline to submit applications is 17 September 2018. Conferences and other events Market Background

Geely Auto’s flagship Bo Rui GE hybrid selected as part of China’s diplomatic fleet; 48V MHEV or PHEV

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engine on the market today. At a handover ceremony held in the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, 35 new Bo Rui GE were delivered to the Service Bureau to be part of China’s diplomatic vehicle fleet.

2018 116

BASF and GAC R&D Center co-develop 3 electric concept cars; debut at Auto Guangzhou 2018

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GAC R&D Center) introduced three co-developed electric concept cars at Auto Guangzhou 2018, featuring futuristic designs that address the diverse needs of China’s drivers. Car sharing and electrification are highly important developments in the world’s largest auto market.

2018 97

Zap&Go bringing C-Ion technology to Williams Advanced Engineering-led consortium as part of £246M Faraday Battery Challenge

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The project is part of the UK Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge, a £246-million (US$326-million) commitment to battery development for the electric vehicle market.

2018 106

Ford reorganizes Asia Pacific markets; establishes stand-alone China business

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As part of those actions, which include hiring a new President and CEO (Anning Chen) for Ford China, Ford China is elevated to a stand-alone business unit reporting to Ford global headquarters. Fleet will also oversee the establishment of a new International Markets business unit, which will initially comprise Ford’s existing Asia Pacific businesses outside of China and other markets globally—the subject of a future announcement.

2018 75

BMW Group plants stepping up activities in balancing-power market to contribute to grid stability

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The energy control stations at BMW Group Plants Dingolfing and Landshut are stepping up their activities in the balancing-power market in Germany. The facilities in Dingolfing and Landshut are part of the BMW Group’s network of different energy systems at various sites.

2018 92

Mercedes-Benz bringing series of 3rd-generation plug-in hybrids to market; EQ Power, gasoline or diesel; C-, E- and S-Class

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Developed together with Bosch as part of the EM-motive joint venture, the electric motor was newly designed for the 9G-TRONIC plug-in hybrid transmission and is based on the principle of a permanently excited synchronous motor as an internal rotor.

2018 132

Study finds behavior-influencing policies remain critical for mass market success of low-carbon vehicles

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Yet, despite ambitious pledges and investments by governments and automakers, it is by no means clear that these vehicles will ultimately reach mass-market consumers. 2018) “Interaction of consumer preferences and climate policies in the global transition to low-carbon vehicles.”

2018 106

Xtalic enters EV market with materials that improve battery charger connector wear by up to 40 times

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Xtalic Corporation , a leader in providing nano-scale metal alloys and coatings, has entered the electric vehicle market with products that extend the life of connectors in electric battery chargers by up to 40 times.

2018 97

JATO: 2018 record year for EVs; sales up 74% to 1.26M units; overall market stable, as SUVs rule

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2018 marked a record year for the sale of battery-powered electric vehicles, according to data from JATO Dynamics. It was one of the highest increases among all car categories on the global market, which can be explained by several factors, JATO said.

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Tesla reports net profit, positive cash flow and better margins for Q3 2018 on Model 3 successes

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For the third quarter of 2018, Tesla reported GAAP net income of $312 million; free cash flow of $881 million, supported by operating cash flow of $1.4 Q3 2018 was a truly historic quarter for Tesla. As a result, Tesla is suggesting that the total market potential for Model 3 is larger than just the premium sedan market. Tesla noted that the mid-sized premium sedan market in Europe is more than twice as big as the same segment in the US.

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Kia upgraded 2018 Sportage features new 1.6L diesel, 2.0L diesel 48V mild-hybrid technology

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Kia Motors’ upgraded 2018 Kia Sportage ( earlier post ), the brand’s global best-selling vehicle, offers a 2.0-liter diesel engine now available with Kia’s new eight-speed automatic transmission, and—in certain markets—48-volt mild-hybrid power ( earlier post ).

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ABI Research: 16B ride-hailing trips completed globally in 2017, 24B expected in 2018; 70% in Asia

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A recent mobility study by ABI Research on regional ride-hailing markets found that 16 billion ride-hailing trips were completed worldwide in 2017. ABI forecasts that 24 billion completed trips by the end of 2018. In the report, ABI Research analyzed the number of ride-hailing trips completed by users in different regions and evaluated market shares for each region. The Indonesia market was once a three-way race between Uber, GO-JEK, and Grab.

2018 73

Neste delivers first batch of 100% renewable propane to European market

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The first cargo of renewable propane has been delivered to SHV Energy, which will market and sell the product to its customers across Europe as BioLPG. SHV Energy is proud to be part of this unique renewable energy project and congratulates Neste on a fantastic engineering achievement.

2018 98

Hyundai delivers first 2019 NEXO fuel cell SUV to US customer

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Hyundai delivered its first NEXO fuel cell SUV ( earlier post ) to Tom Hochrad of Ventura, California—the first US customer to drive off in the new NEXO, the only mass-produced fuel cell SUV for the US market, featuring a range up to 380 miles.

2018 161

IEA: Petrochemicals set to be the largest driver of world oil demand

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The Future of Petrochemicals is part of a new IEA series focusing on “blind spots” of the global energy system—issues that are critical to the evolution of the energy sector but that receive less attention than they deserve. Forecasts Market Background Oil

2018 123

Yutong Bus to deliver 100 electric buses to Chile

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Yutong’s delivery comes as the Chilean government has launched an environmentally-friendly urban development policy, part of which includes a program to replace current city buses with new-energy vehicles by 2050. Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co., will deliver 100 full electric buses to Chile.

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That's wacky! The most bizarre green cars ever proposed, Part I

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Often the growth of green cars comes in fits and starts, and new ideas are rushed to market regularly before they're ready. Visionaries with dreams of changing the world may have little real-world experience and find themselves in over their heads after they jump in too quickly. Even pure charlatans sometimes emerge from the woodwork to hawk new. youtube

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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). Additional research cruises revealed the detailed distribution of highly to extremely REY-rich mud in the southern part of the Minamitorishima EEZ, and confirmed REY-rich mud having a maximum of almost 8,000?ppm 2018) Click to enlarge.

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Xtalic enters EV market with materials that improve battery charger connector wear by up to 40x; XTALIUM alloy

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Xtalic Corporation, a provider of nano-scale metal alloys and coatings, has entered the electric vehicle market with products that extend the life of connectors in electric battery chargers by up to 40 times.

2018 85

SEAT joins Alastria for the development of blockchain technology-based solutions

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The Alastria consortium, announced in 2017, is open to any organization that wishes to have available a fundamental tool for the development of its own Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) strategy with the aim of distributing and organizing products and services for the Spanish market.

2018 137

EIA: US refineries running at near-record highs

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For the week ending 6 July 2018, the four-week average of US gross refinery inputs surpassed 18 million barrels per day (b/d) for the first time on record. US refinery capacity increased by 862,000 barrels per calendar day (b/cd) between 1 January 2011 and 1 January 2018.

2018 90

Argonne scientists maximize the effectiveness of platinum in fuel cells

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Since the new catalysts require only an ultralow amount of platinum, similar to that used in existing automobile catalytic converters, it could help to ease the transition from conventional internal combustion engines to fuel cell vehicles without disrupting the platinum supply chain and market.

2018 127

BNEF: energy storage is a $1.2-trillion investment opportunity to 2040

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The global energy storage market will grow to a cumulative 942GW/2,857GWh by 2040, attracting $1.2 These nine markets will represent two thirds of the installed capacity by 2040.

2018 121

GlobalData: best performing wells in Permian break-even at as low as US$22 per barrel

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The Permian basin is a large oil and natural gas producing area largely located in the western part of Texas and the southeastern part of New Mexico. Market Background Oil

2018 104

Georgia Tech team develops high-performance intermediate-temperature sold-oxide fuel cell

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Interconnectors are parts that help bring together many fuel cells into a stack, or functional unit. If it goes to market, though the new cell might not power automobiles for a while, it could land sooner in basements as part of a more decentralized, cleaner, cheaper electrical power grid.

2018 129

Michelin 2048 goals: tires made with 80% sustainable material and 100% tire recycling

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At the Movin’On 2018 mobility summit, Michelin announced its ambition that by 2048, all of its tires will be manufactured using 80% sustainable materials (recycled and renewable materials) and that 100% of all tires will be recycled. Market Background Sustainability Tires

2018 95

Toyota introducing Corolla Hybrid to US at LA Auto Show; at least 50 mpg

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Toyota is introducing the Corolla Hybrid to the US market at the LA Auto Show. Friction created by the piston skirts, rotating parts and oil pump is reduced, and an electric water pump eliminates the parasitic losses with a conventional belt-driven pump.

2018 132

NSF awards Saratoga Energy grant to advance production of carbon nanotubes from CO2 for batteries closer to market

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Manufacturers use carbon nanotubes as a conductive additive along with anode and cathode materials as part of the battery-making process. Saratoga Energy has won a National Science Foundation grant to scale up its breakthrough process for generating low-cost, top quality carbon nanotubes from carbon dioxide for use in making high-performance Li-ion batteries, such as those used in electric vehicles, grid storage, and military and aerospace applications.

2018 71

Volvo Car Mobility launches mobility brand M; market debut in 2019

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M is part of our answer. Volvo Car Mobility—a wholly-owned and stand-alone entity within Volvo Car Group that aspires to deliver a better alternative to car ownership for urban and metro consumers— launched M, a new brand that will expand the company’s global mobility operations by providing dependable, on-demand access to cars and services through an intuitive app. M will learn about its user’s needs, preferences and habits, personalizing the customer relationship.

2018 69

GM using Autodesk generative design software for lightweighting work

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The software system then uses cloud computing and AI-based algorithms rapidly to explore multiple permutations of the part design, generating hundreds of high-performance, often organic-looking geometric design options. It also consolidates eight different components into one 3D-printed part.

2018 97

Volkswagen Group expands emobility R&D in China; SEAT brand entering market in 2020-2021; new BEV platform

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Together with JAC and SEAT, Volkswagen Group China will establish a R&D center to develop electric vehicles, connectivity and autonomous driving technologies specifically tailored to the Chinese market, including relevant parts and components and core technologies, with completion planned for 2021. This will result in the introduction of the SEAT brand in the China market, targeting 2020/21. Volkswagen Group China, Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corp.,

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DOE awarding $60M to 13 projects for advanced nuclear technology development; $40M of that to NuScale for SMR

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DOE intends to apply up to $40 million of additional FY 2018 funding to the next two quarterly award cycles for innovative proposals under this FOA. Market Background Nuclear Power Generation

2018 98

Volkswagen acquiring 75.1% majority stake in WirelessCar from Volvo Information Technology AB

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Volkswagen is developing the cloud-based platform together with Microsoft, and designing a customizable marketing platform (service platform) for all digital services with diconium. We are highly motivated and willing to play our part to make a difference.

2018 121

Ford boosting production targets for full-size SUVs by about 25%; increasing line speed at Kentucky Truck Plant

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The company is increasing line speed at its Kentucky Truck Plant to build more Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUVs, boosting production targets approximately 25% since last fall when the SUVs hit the market. 2018 Lincoln Navigator unveiled at New York Auto Show in 2017.

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Next 10 reports explore rapid changes to California grid driven by EVs, distributed energy resources and community choice aggregation

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The estimated share of total light-duty vehicle miles traveled from ride-hailing vehicles could double from 10% to 20% between 2018 and 2020, based on projections from ride-hailing companies. Electric (Battery) Market Background Power Generation

2018 90

UPS cargo eBike pilot in Seattle

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The cargo eBikes will operate in the historic Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle area on sidewalks and in designated bike lanes. The cargo eBike is part of a broader UPS strategy to continue to electrify its delivery fleet.

Ford reorganizing mobility solutions efforts; acquires Autonomic, TransLoc to boost mobility group

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As part of this acceleration, Ford’s mobility unit’s subsidiary Ford Smart Mobility LLC is acquiring Autonomic , a technology company that specializes in scale, architecture and leverage for transportation solutions.

2018 137

Next-Battery secures strategic relationship with China-based Lvchi Automobile Technology

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Lvchi reviewed the Next-Battery technology and its research and development program, and was satisfied that Next-Battery’s lithium-ion technology could play a significant part in the future development plans of Lvchi as Next-Battery moves towards completing its first advanced prototype battery.

2018 111

Tour Engine proceeding with development of 5 kW Split-Cycle genset with additional ARPA-E GENSETS funding

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Figure 1: (A) A cross-sectional view of a 1 kW inline Tour split-cycle engine developed as part of Tour’s Phase I of the ARPA-E GENSETS program. Dr. Tour adds that in his view the Tour engine represents a platform technology that has the potential to disrupt the global ICE market.

2018 131

Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle makes European debut in Milan; more specs and details

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As part this accelerated plan, Harley-Davidson intends to be the world leader in the electrification of motorcycles.

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