Argonne team releases 2018 GREET LCA model

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Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Group announced the 2018 release of the suite of GREET models and associated documentation. For the 2018 release, we added three bio-derived products: bio-ethylene oxide (EO), bio-ethylene glycol (EG), and bio-terephthalic acid (TPA).

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Kyoto University team proposes selective dismantling to increase recycling potential of precious metals from end-of-life vehicles

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The team set 2015 as the reference year and 2040 as the target year to reflect the current and future situations.

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Honda to unveil wireless V2G system at CES; leveraging WiTricity DRIVE 11 system

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The DRIVE 11 evaluation system is WiTricity’s end to end reference design for “Park-and-Charge” wireless charging of electric and hybrid vehicles. 2018), “Feasibility Study of Bi-directional Wireless Charging for Vehicle-to-Grid,” SAE Technical Paper 2018-01-0669 doi: 10.4271/2018-01-0669.

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Automotive, Telecom and ITS companies carry out first Cellular V2X trial in Japan

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For the trial, Continental used the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X Reference Design, which features the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset with integrated Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capability to build connected car systems and to integrate the systems into Nissan test vehicles.

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2019 BMW i3 to get bigger battery with 153-mile range

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The 2019 BMW i3 will get a larger battery, good for 153 miles of range, up from 115 miles for the 2018 model, the automaker announced Friday. BMW refers to the new battery in the 2019 model as the 120 amp-hour battery, which delivers total energy storage of 42.2 kilowatt-hours with the i3's 350-volt high-voltage power system. The new battery will

2018 87

ULEMCo and Revolve demonstrate 45% thermal efficiency for 100% hydrogen engine

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A recent report from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)-sponsored Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on the future role of hydrogen in a low carbon economy referred to hydrogen in vehicles as potentially playing an important role for heavy-duty vehicles (e.g.

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Electric cars "not going to work," Trump says of GM's plan

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All-electric is not going to work," he said, referring to General Motors' stated goal to transition to "a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion." In an interview with Fox News last week, President Trump revealed his inner thoughts about electric cars—not that many had any doubts. The company announced last year that. Donald Trump

2018 87

New study finds gasoline stations vent up to 10x more benzene fumes than previously thought

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The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment one-hour Reference Exposure Level (REL) for benzene—defined as a continuous hour of exposure to the chemical—was exceeded at both gas stations at distances greater than 50 meters.

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

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a | The total numbers of reference devices that are estimated to be produced in the scenario between 2016 and 2050, together with the range in battery size for each type of reference device. b | The energy-storage demand for the reference devices.

2018 121

DOE, General Motors and MathWorks launch EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

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SAE Level 2 automation refers to a vehicle that combines automated functions, like acceleration and steering, but the driver must remain engaged with the driving task and monitor the environment at all times.

USDOT requesting public comment on Vehicle-to-Everything communications

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Over the past several years, the USDOT and its operating administrations have engaged in numerous activities related to connected vehicles, including vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), and vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communications, collectively referred to as V2X communications.

2018 96

New sensor tech for commercial Lithium-ion batteries could support >5x faster charging without compromising safety

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The researchers at WMG use a novel instrumentation design that at the University of Warwick have been developing a new range of methods of that includes an in-situ reference electrode coupled with an optical fiber temperature sensor.

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Solaris introducing new Urbino 12 LE lite hybrid; facelifted electric and hybrid models as well

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At the 14 th International Fair of Public Transport TRANSEXPO in Kielce, 23-25 October 2018, Solaris will introduce the new Solaris Urbino 12 LE lite hybrid. The “lite” of the new Solaris Urbino 12 LE lite hybrid refers to its low fuel consumption.

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Volkswagen targeting further boost in factory productivity; TRANSFORM.TOGETHER

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The Volkswagen brand has introduced a new production strategy—TRANSFORM.TOGETHER—which targets a 30% increase in productivity worldwide by 2025 compared to 2018. The brand has targeted a 45% improvement in environmental KPIs at its sites compared to the reference year of 2010.

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Renault and ADA launch the ‘Moov’in.Paris by Renault’ application; car-sharing for EVs

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The user checks the reference inventory to verify the condition of the vehicle on the application, modifies it if necessary and provides pictures to indicate new damage or dirtiness, and validates it.

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ORNL team finds catalytic EGR reforming can decrease fuel consumption 8% in gasoline engine

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The isolated cylinder (referred to as cylinder 4 in the study), does not have the ability to breathe the EGR–reformate mixture as the other cylinders do.

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Continental, Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO, OKI and Qualcomm to host C-V2X trials in Japan in 2018 to validate and demo C-V2X

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Preparation work is well underway, with the trial expected to begin in 2018, and the used cases are designed to focus on Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) direct communications, as well as Vehicle-to-Network (V2N) operations over cellular network-based wide area communications with cloud access. Continental, Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO, Inc., OKI and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.,

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Audi México produces completely without wastewater

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By the end of 2025, we want to reduce the Audi Group’s environmental impact by 35% per car produced compared with the reference year 2010. Audi is now the first premium manufacturer to produce automobiles completely free of wastewater.

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Study finds that babies in strollers can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than their parents

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NTSB issues preliminary report on fatal Tesla crash in Mountain View

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ard issued its preliminary report in the investigation of the fatal crash of a Tesla on US Highway 101 in Mountain View, California on 23 March 2018. The National Transportation Safety Bo?ard

2018 101

Tesla ‘Starman’ stunt commemorated by Hot Wheels

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Tesla’s chief executive officer Elon Musk has pulled off some elaborate visions—and madcap stunts—for future mobility, often with multiple levels of nerdy references to be found within. If that appeals to you and you’ve ever been a Hot Wheels collector, there’s something you would probably like to have in your display

2018 71

BMW introducing new X5 plug-in hybrid in Europe in 2019, US in 2020

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Current specs refer to European models only. The BMW X5 xDrive40e, introduced in 2015, was the first plug-in hybrid production car from the BMW core brand. Earlier post.)

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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric US debut: 250 miles of range from small electric hatchback

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While the company refers to the all-electric Kona as a "crossover". The biggest question around the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric has now been answered: it will have a rated range estimated at 250 miles on the U.S. test cycle. Hyundai debuted the U.S. version of the small all-electric hatchback on Wednesday at the New York auto show media days. New York Auto Show subcompact plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Charging the Audi e-tron; 248.5 miles in the WLTP cycle

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By the end of 2018, there will be nearly 200 of these high-power charging (HPC) stations with six charging points each in the Ionity network. The production version of the Audi e-tron prototype is the first car on the market that can charge at charging stations with up to 150 kW.

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European Parliament proposes 40% cut in new car CO2 by 2030; acceleration of sales of electric and low-emission cars

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Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved a proposal which would set a higher target for reducing EU fleet-wide emissions for new cars by 2030 of 40% (compared to the EU Commission’s 30%; year of reference 2021) with an intermediate target of 20% by 2025.

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Audi e-tron premium electric SUV debuts; starting at $74,800 in US; delivery Q2 2019; reservations open

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This creates what is referred to as a one-pedal feeling. Audi unveiled its all-electric Audi e-tron mid-size SUV—its first fully electric production model—in an event in San Francisco.

2018 101

Sandia-led team discovers mechanism for soot formation

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The researchers refer to this mechanism as clustering of hydrocarbons by radical-chain reactions (CHRCR). Michelsen (2018) “Resonance-stabilized hydrocarbon-radical chain reactions may explain soot inception and growth” Science Vol.

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Researchers in Belgium develop new class of solid composite electrolytes for Li-ion batteries: Eutectogels

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The DES-based gel electrolytes—to which the team refers as eutectogels (ETGs)—are characterized by high ionic conductivity (1.46 Hardy (2018) “Eutectogels: A New Class of Solid Composite Electrolytes for Li/Li-Ion Batteries” Chemistry of Materials 30 (3), 655-662 doi: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b03736.

How Self-Driving Cars Will Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption

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The term autonomous vehicle (AV) can refer to a car, a truck or even a drone. By Haden Kirkpatrick. Over the last two decades, fully electric cars have had, let’s say, a slow start. In 1997, the Toyota Prius was released as the world’s first mass-produced hybrid.

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Univ of Illinois team mixed metals with perchloric acid to create stable, efficient catalyst for water splitting

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V versus RHE) for the oxygen evolution reaction—two orders of magnitude higher than that of the RuO 2 reference catalyst (5.41?s Jun Sun, Hong Yang (2018) “A Porous Pyrochlore Y 2 [Ru 1.6 Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have mixed metal compounds with perchloric acid to create a stable, efficient electrocatalytic material for the oxygen evolution reaction in acidic media. The resulting porous Y 2 [Ru 1.6 Y 0.4 ]O

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Infiniti unveils electric Prototype 10 at Pebble Beach

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Infiniti unveiled its electric Prototype 10 at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. As with the Q Inspiration Concept, the concept’s clean, uninterrupted surfaces serve as a reference to the power source that provides an uninterrupted flow of electric propulsion.

2018 85

NREL study focuses on growing use and impacts of ride-hailing services at airports

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The use of ride-hailing service companies, also referred to as transportation network companies (TNCs), continues to grow—comprising up to 18% of all passenger ground transportation to and from airports.

2018 85

NREL study finds that uncoordinated plug-in vehicle charging could prove challenging to the grid

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Earlier studies on how PEVs might affect the grid assumed utilities would have some control over when charging occurs, referred to as coordinated charging, which will greatly facilitate PEV integration. Matteo Muratori (2018) “Impact of uncoordinated plug-in electric vehicle charging on residential power demand” Nature Energy doi: 10.1038/s41560-017-0074-z.

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BMW Group Leipzig plant launches series production of the BMW i8 Roadster PHEV

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The market launch of the BMW i8 Coupe and BMW i8 Roadster will start in May 2018. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany, the widths take into account differences in the selected wheel and tire size and the optional optional equipment.

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Researchers discover why adding carbon to new type of solid electrolyte improves diffusion

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This is an example of what scientists refer to as “frustration”: the dynamics of the system ensure that lithium is never satisfied with its current position, so it’s always moving around.

2018 98

Fuso eCanter electric truck uses John Deere PD400 Inverter

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The traction motor, PD400 inverter, and the reference vehicle cooling system were assembled at JDES labs in Fargo, North Dakota. John Deere Electronic Solutions’ (JDES) PD400 inverter is a key component in the Fuso eCanter fully electric truck. Earlier post.)

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EIA: New import duties drove biomass-based diesel imports down in 2017

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Both fuels are produced from a variety of fats, oils, and grease, collectively referred to as FOGs. million barrels) in both 2018 and 2019. US imports of biomass-based diesel, which include biodiesel and renewable diesel, totaled 14.1

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DOE awards $1M to UMass Lowell-led team to develop renewable fuel additives from wood byproducts; Co-Optima project

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Woody biomass” refers to forest trees and woody plants, as well as their byproducts from wood manufacturing and processing that are not suitable for purchase or sale and don’t have an existing local market. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a team of researchers led by a UMass Lowell mechanical engineering professor that is working to develop renewable fuel additives from sawdust and other wood byproducts.

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Serendipitous discovery by IUPUI researchers may lead to environmentally friendly lubricants

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The Orychophragmus violaceus plant is a purple flower native to China; it’s commonly referred to as the February orchid. Cahoon (2018) “Discontinuous fatty acid elongation yields hydroxylated seed oil with improved function” Nature Plants doi: 10.1038/s41477-018-0225-7. Seed oil components of an ornamental flower could provide a direct pathway for designing a new class of environmentally friendly lubricants.

2018 78

KIT/IIT team demonstrates suitability of high-entropy oxides (HEO) as conversion materials for reversible energy storage

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This disorder, also referred to as high entropy, stabilizes the material, probably because it impairs migration of defects in the lattice. Bhattacharya, Horst Hahn & Ben Breitung (2018) “High entropy oxides for reversible energy storage.” Novel materials can considerably improve storage capacity and cycling stability of rechargeable batteries. Among these materials are high-entropy oxides (HEO), the stability of which results from a disordered distribution of the elements.

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Volkswagen unveils electric, Level 5 autonomous I.D. VIZZION concept sedan

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Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to programs capable of self-learning by using algorithms to recognize, evaluate and interpret patterns. At the Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen is presenting the fourth member of the I.D. Family: the I.D. VIZZION sedan. Earlier post.)

2018 104

PNNL-led international study finds ultrafine aerosols have outsize impact on storm clouds, precipitation

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Aerosol impacts on cloud processes via this pathway are known as aerosol indirect effects, referred to as aerosol-cloud interaction in the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Ultrafine aerosols—minute particles from urban (e.g.,

2018 98

ICCT assesses impact of EV battery manufacturing life-cycle emissions debt; policy implications

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—Hall and Lutsey (2018). Potential changes in battery manufacturing greenhouse gas emissions (compared to reference 2017 electric vehicle) resulting from increased pack size and improvements in battery manufacturing and use. Hall and Lutsey 2018.

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