Toyota Research Institute constructing automated vehicle test facility in Michigan

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Construction permits were filed this week to transform an approximately 60-acre site at Michigan Technical Resource Park (MITRP) in Ottawa Lake. Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is constructing a closed-course test facility to develop automated vehicle technology.

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Inline-6 turbodiesel in 2019 Chevy Silverado pickup to be built in Michigan

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During the new truck's launch at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, GM product chief Mark Reuss hinted at a future announcement regarding the next-generation truck and the Michigan city of Flint, where it. Manufacturing Diesels Michigan TurbodieselsThe forthcoming diesel-powered 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will, without a doubt, thump with the Heartbeat of America.

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Why Tesla's court battle to sell cars in Michigan could set national template

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In a case that could be a bellwether for Tesla, the car company has won some opening skirmishes in its 2016 lawsuit against the state of Michigan, which forbids the company from operating stores or selling cars in the state. If Tesla wins the big prize in its Michigan court battle—the right to sell its cars directly in the capital of

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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid winter gas mileage review

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Now, we've tested the Ioniq Hybrid in more extreme conditions, on the cold, wintry roads of Detroit, Michigan. Nearly a year ago, we published a gas-mileage review on the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, the South Korean brand's Toyota Prius challenger. We saw 49.5 miles per gallon over 565 miles of driving. Not only did we cover exactly 400 miles on those. Fuel Economy

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Could Tennessee top Michigan in U.S. electric-car production (if not California)?

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Tesla builds its three different electric models in Fremont, California; the new 2018 Nissan Leaf has just gone into production in Smyrna, Tennessee; and the Chevrolet Bolt EV is built at the Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan. Michigan chattanooga California Fremont assembly plug-in cars Tennessee Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) assembly plants SmyrnaToday, battery-electric cars are built in volume at only three locations across the entire United States.

New Jeep Gladiator pickup will offer 3.0L diesel with stop/start and 8-speed

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The award-winning engine family is currently built at three plants: Trenton (Michigan) Engine Complex, Mack Avenue (Detroit) Engine and Saltillo (Mexico) South Engine. Jeep unveiled the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Monash University, Toyota Research Institute team develop family of borane-based ionic liquids for advanced battery electrolytes

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A team from Monash University, a leading university in Australia, and the Toyota Research Institute North America (TRINA), a division of Toyota Motor North America R&D (TMNA) based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, reports a novel family of closo-boron-cluster based room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs).

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More of us work from home, but for those who do not, commuting time has increased

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Michael Sivak is the managing director of Sivak Applied Research and the former director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the University of Michigan. by Michael Sivak.

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Bollinger Motors previews B2 electric pickup

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Bollinger Motors recently relocated its headquarters from New York to Michigan to take full advantage of the automotive manufacturing network based in and around Detroit. Bollinger Motors previewed the all-electric, all-wheel-drive B2 pickup truck.

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Distances traveled on the road and in the air: 1970-2015

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Michael Sivak is the managing director of Sivak Applied Research and the former director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the University of Michigan. by Michael Sivak.

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Rivian R1T all-electric pickup revealed: 400-mile range, 160-kw DC fast charging

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With the Rivian R1T pickup revealed this morning, just ahead of the Los Angeles auto show, and the R1S SUV expected to be shown here this week, a Michigan-based electric-vehicle startup called Rivian might have something that’s been a long time coming: the first widely available fully electric light-duty pickup.

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

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Non-emergency medical transportation: Tapping into the growing healthcare transportation market, Ford Mobility will expand its non-emergency medical transportation operation from a Southeast Michigan pilot with Beaumont Health into a full business serving multiple medical systems.

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Traffic volume on rural and urban roads in the United States: 1991-2016

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Michael Sivak is the managing director of Sivak Applied Research and the former director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the University of Michigan. by Michael Sivak.

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Rivian R1T pickup, R1S SUV ready for future 800V upgrade—possibly in 2022

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The Michigan-based electric-vehicle hopeful Rivian claims that its upcoming R1T pickup and R1S sport-utility vehicle, both revealed last month around the LA Auto Show, will be able to recharge up to 200 miles of range in just 30 minutes—provided they’re connected to a DC fast charger capable of delivering 160 kw.

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Ford approaches 1 billion pounds of aluminum recycled; 900M pounds back into Ford products

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DOE awards Hyundai $4.95M for work on advanced mixed-mode gasoline engine; Co-Optima

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The co-operative research project along with Michigan Technological University and Phillips 66 signifies the importance in developing fuel and engine innovations that work together for optimal vehicle performance and leading fuel economy ratings. HATCI) was established in 1986 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Hyundai America Technical Center $4.95

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SoftBank to invest $2.25B in GM Cruise; GM to add $1.1B; driving large-scale AV deployment

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General Motors President Dan Ammann (left) and GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra (right) give SoftBank Investment Advisers Managing Partner Michael Ronen a closer look at the Cruise AV on 30 May 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. SoftBank Vision Fund will invest $2.25

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Aluminum industry says NHTSA/EPA draft rule assumptions on lightweighting in small cars false

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Last week, Mario Greco, chairman of the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) and director of global marketing of automotive for Arconic, testified on behalf of the aluminum industry before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during a public hearing held in Dearborn, Michigan.

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Study infers causal relationship between breast cancer and high exposure to traffic air pollution

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Drs Gilbertson and Brophy focused on the worker compensation case of the woman, who was employed by the Canada Border Services Agency for two decades at the Ambassador Bridge, which crosses the Detroit River between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan. Michael Gilbertson, James Brophy (2018) “Causality Advocacy: Workers’ Compensation Cases as Resources for Identifying and Preventing Diseases of Modernity” New Solutions doi: 10.1177/1048291118810900.

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PM2.5 pollution now associated with chronic kidney disease

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a Michigan Medicine epidemiologist and lead author. a Michigan Medicine nephrologist and director of the United States Renal Data System Coordinating Center at U-M. 2018) “County-level air quality and the prevalence of diagnosed chronic kidney disease in the US Medicare population.” Adding to the list of health issues associated with PM 2.5 pollution, new open-access research published in PLOS ONE suggests that PM 2.5

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Chevrolet and Ford cruise into Detroit Auto Show leading with truck introductions

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Production of the 2019 Ranger begins late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant as customer demand is growing for midsize trucks.

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INL study suggests fast charging can take longer in cold temperatures

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There’s a lot of uncertainty about what the vehicle owner’s experience would be if they drive the vehicle in Maine or Michigan. Yutaka Motoaki, Wenqi Yi, Shawn Salisbury (2018) “Empirical analysis of electric vehicle fast charging under cold temperatures,” Energy Policy , Volume 122, Pages 162-168 doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.07.036. New research from Idaho National Laboratory suggests that electric vehicle drivers could face longer fast charging times when temperatures drop.

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Novelis plans Customer Solution Centers to innovate alongside automotive customers

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The first center is scheduled to open in Novi, Michigan with China and Europe to follow. Novelis Inc., the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, plans to establish a global network of Customer Solution Centers (CSCs) to accelerate collaborative innovation between Novelis and automakers for the next generation of vehicle design.

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Ford to electrify most SUVs, promises to pass Toyota in hybrids

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That was the message conveyed by various executives at an event Thursday morning at the Ford Product Development Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford hasn’t given up on hybrids and electric cars, despite letting its existing models languish since 2013. The company will build a hybrid version of five SUVs it sells by 2020, promised Jim Farley. Plug-In Hybrids Future Cars

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ArcelorMittal opens tailored blanks operation in Detroit

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The state of Michigan also approved a $2-million performance-based grant, which is based on achieving milestones related to job creation.

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New photochemical diode artificial photosynthesis system doubles efficiency of solar water splitting

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Zetian Mi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Michigan who led the research while at McGill University in Montreal, and his team built a nano-sized cityscape of gallium nitride towers that generated an electric field.

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Yale study finds that organic aerosols more complicated than previously thought

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Collected over three weeks at each site in the summer, samples were taken from a forest in Michigan, and from urban environments in Atlanta and New York City. Gentner (2018) “An omnipresent diversity and variability in the chemical composition of atmospheric functionalized organic aerosol” Communications Chemistry volume 1, Article number: 75 doi: 10.1038/s42004-018-0074-3.

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Female drivers in the United States: From a minority to a majority?

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Michael Sivak is the managing director of Sivak Applied Research and the former director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the University of Michigan. by Michael Sivak.

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GM restructuring; changing product development, production; 5 NA & 2 international plants shutting next year; staff reduction

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Warren Transmission Operations in Warren, Michigan. The majority of these charges will be incurred in the fourth quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2019, with some additional costs incurred through the remainder of 2019.

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Workers’ earnings and how they commute to work

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Michael Sivak is the managing director of Sivak Applied Research and the former director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the University of Michigan. by Michael Sivak.

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LCA study finds connected and automated vehicle subsystems could enable net reduction in vehicle energy use and GHGs by up to 9%

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Researchers at the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Company have found that using a Level 4 connected and automated vehicle (CAV) subsystem could increase vehicle primary energy use and GHG emissions by 3–20% due to increases in power consumption, weight, drag, and data transmission.

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GM to expand Chevy Bolt EV sales, bring battery production to US

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At the same time, GM is expanding battery production for the Bolt EV from South Korea to a new factory in Michigan. As part of a sweeping update on General Motors' electric-car plans, CEO Mary Barra announced the company will expand production and sales of the Chevy Bolt EV. In a blog post on LinkedIn on Wednesday, Barra laid out the company's. General Motors Chevrolet Bolt

Toyota reveals second iteration of Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell truck: Project Portal 2.0; 300 miles per fill

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Toyota unveiled the second iteration of its hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck ( earlier post ) during the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars in Northern Michigan.

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How crude-oil prices influence gasoline prices

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The 10-year period covered was from April 24, 2008 through April 23, 2018. Michael Sivak is the managing director of Sivak Applied Research and the former director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the University of Michigan. by Michael Sivak. Gasoline is one of the products refined from crude oil. Thus, the price of crude oil should have a strong influence on the price of gasoline. However, the retail price of gasoline includes other costs as well.

GM to build production versions of Cruise AV self-driver at Orion plant; roof modules at Brownstown

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General Motors will build production versions of its Cruise AV ( earlier post ) at its Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan. Roof modules for GM’s self-driving vehicles will be assembled at its Brownstown plant.

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US light-duty diesel sales climb in 2018 to 500,000 units; 3% of sales

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Sales of diesel light-duty vehicles (Class 1-3) in the US in 2018 reached their highest annual level, coming in at more than 500,000 units—just over 3% of total vehicle sales—according to figures by Baum & Associates provided by the Diesel Technology Forum.

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Average US new vehicle fuel economy in December down from November; 2017 average unchanged from 2016

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mpg from the revised value for November, according to the monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in December was 25.0 mpg 9.4

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The Environmental Protection Agency is not sufficiently protecting the environment

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According to one tally , as of late January 2018, 67 environmental rules were on their way out, with the EPA involved in nearly one-third of the reversals. Michael Sivak is the managing director of Sivak Applied Research and the former director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the University of Michigan. Opinion by Michael Sivak. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment.

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Delta kicks off DOE-sponsored program to develop microgrid-capable solid state transformer-based 400 kW fast chargers for EVs; XFC

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Delta’s partners for this 3-year, US$7-million project include General Motors LLC, DTE Energy, CPES Virginia Tech, NextEnergy, the Michigan Agency for Energy’s Energy Office and the City of Detroit’s Office of Sustainability.

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Toyota Research Institute joins study of workforce impact from automated vehicles with $75K contribution

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ACM’s study, titled “Preparing the Workforce for Automated Vehicles,” is being conducted by Michigan State University in collaboration with Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The study is expected to be published later in 2018. The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is contributing $75,000 to the American Center for Mobility (ACM) analysis of automated vehicles’ impact on driving-related jobs.

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Startup SF Motors announces two EVs; up to 1000 hp, 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds

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The new EVs are the SF5 and the SF7; the SF5 will be available for pre-order by the end of 2018 and will hit the road in 2019. The company is already road-testing its technology in California, Michigan, and China with the goal of bringing “protective autonomy” to the market in 2020.

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U Mich team demonstrates high current densities and extended cycling with solid electrolyte

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Researchers at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor have combined recent developments in reducing interface resistance and optimizing microstructure to develop a solid electrolyte that demonstrates Li cycling at current densities competitive with Li-ion. Haslam, Asma Sharafi, Travis Thompson, Michael Wang, Regina Garcia-Mendez, Jeff Sakamoto (2018).

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How many vehicles can the earth sustain?

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Michael Sivak is the managing director of Sivak Applied Research and the former director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the University of Michigan. ?The by Michael Sivak. ?One One of the hallmarks of the good life in developed countries is the freedom to move about as we choose in personal vehicles. However, as populous developing countries are gaining in economic power, people in those countries are asking for the same mobility that people in developed countries enjoy.

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