BMW X2 xDrive25e SAC PHEV to be launched July 2020

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BMW will launch the new X2 xDrive25e SAC (“Sport Activity Coupé”) PHEV, announced in January ( earlier post ), in Europe in July 2020 with pricing from €47,250 (US$51,800).

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SwRI engineers develop near-zero emissions diesel engine technology; 90% reduction of NOx

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Final results are expected in summer 2020. 2020) “CARB Low NO x Stage 3 Program - Aftertreatment Evaluation and Down Selection,” SAE Technical Paper 2020-01-1402 doi: 10.4271/2020-01-1402.

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Successful first flight of the world’s largest all-electric aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan 208B

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magniX, a company developing electric propulsion systems for aircraft, and AeroTEC, a leading independent company focused on aerospace testing, engineering and certification, announced the successful flight of an all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B.

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First drive review: The 2020 Mini Cooper SE electric car realigns how I see EVs

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After nearly three hours behind the wheel of the all-electric 2020 Mini Cooper SE, my back ached for anything that resembled comfortable.

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EVs predicted to gain market share, despite 18% sales drop in 2020

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Electric-car sales will decrease in 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, but not as much as sales of internal-combustion vehicles. That's among the top-level predictions from an annual Bloomberg New Energy Finance report released Wednesday.

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: What to expect from its mpg-boosting solar roof

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But if more cars gain what the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has—a Solar Roof System that can actually boost all-electric miles and gas mileage—frugal drivers might instead start hunting down sun-drenched spots for.

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2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Gas mileage drive review

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Now it’s up for some healthy competition in the form of the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Blue, which matches the most-efficient Camry LE’s 52 mpg EPA combined rating

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Audi Electric-Powered Compressor gives 2020 Audi S6 and S7 models a boost; 48V MHEV architecture

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Brought to the US market for the first time in the 2020 Audi S6 and S7, Audi’s Electric-Powered Compressor (EPC) comes paired to the 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged TFSI V6 engine.

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CARB publishes 2020 CI values for electricity as transportation fuel: average 82.92 gCO2e/MJ, up from 2019

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The updated pathway CI values are available for quarterly fuel reporting under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in 2020, beginning with Q1. The CI of California average grid electricity used as a transportation fuel in California for 2020 is 82.92

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All 2020 Hyundai hybrids have a clever 12-volt lithium-ion accessory battery

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And Hyundai's hybrid models like the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid that's reaching dealerships soon, with an EPA combined rating of up to 52 mpg, are right up there on the leaderboard as well.

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Tesla made more than 100,000 vehicles in Q1 2020, its best start to a year yet

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Tesla on Thursday reported that it had produced nearly 103,000 vehicles from its two plants in the first three months of 2020, its most prolific first quarter to date and ahead of analysts' expectations.

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Toyota Prius 2020 Edition marks 20 years in the US–with more hybrids coming soon

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with a version called the 2021 Toyota Prius 2020 Edition. Just as the original Prius arrived in 2000 and was sold for the 2001 model year, and the new 2020 Edition is arriving for

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers up to 52 mpg combined; Solar Roof System

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At the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai introduced its new 2020 Sonata Hybrid, featuring up to 686 miles of driving range and an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined fuel economy rating on the Blue trim.

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ACEA: plug-in vehicles take 6.8% market share in Europe in Q1 2020; HEVs at 9.4%

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In the first quarter of 2020, the electrically-chargeable vehicle segment in Europe significantly increased its market share, rising to 6.8% (from 2.5% During the first quarter of 2020, the number of diesel cars registered across the European Union plummeted by 32.6% million in Q1 2020.

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2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback goes 7% more miles, costs slightly more than SUV

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For at least a short time, the swoopier, racier-looking 2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback—the version that looks faster—is a step ahead of the E-Tron SUV in something that definitely matters: range.

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Air Liquide introducing next-gen hydrogen stations

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Air Liquide is introducing next-generation hydrogen stations with a high capacity of 1,000 kg and dual filling positions capable of filling 250 vehicles per day. Air Liquide’s high capacity gaseous hydrogen station can provide 700 bar fills at T40 temperatures per SAE J2601 protocol.

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Alstom reports successful 1.5y trial operation of Coradia iLint fuel cell trains, next project phase begins

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After 530 days and more than 180,000 driven kilometers, the successful trial operation of the world’s first two hydrogen trains was officially completed at the end of February. Two pre-series trains of Alstom’s Coradia iLint model have been in passenger service since September 2018. Earlier post.).

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ACEA: EU commercial vehicle registrations: down 23.2% in Q1 2020; -47.3% in March

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In March 2020, demand for new commercial vehicles fell by 47.3% In the first quarter of 2020, the EU commercial vehicle market contracted by 23.2% This brought total registrations down to 54,168 heavy trucks so far in 2020, or 26.9%

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Prices rise significantly, and so does mpg

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The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers the best EPA-rated highway rating of any sedan on the market.

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BNEF: EV sales to fall 18% in 2020, overall car market by 23% in response to health and economic crisis

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BloombergNEF (BNEF) forecasts that sales of electric passenger vehicles will fall 18% in 2020 to 1.7 The COVID-19 pandemic is set to cause a major downturn in global auto sales in 2020. million worldwide, with the coronavirus crisis interrupting ten successive years of strong growth.

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ARPA-E adds five new funding topics to FOA to advance critical energy innovation

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Full applications for these five topics are due at 9:30 AM ET on 22 July 2020. ARPA-E recently added five new topics to the “Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas,” a funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0001953 ) that enables ARPA-E to investigate potential new program areas.

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HydroWing, Tocardo partner on production of hydrogen from tidal power

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In January 2020 HydroWing and QED Naval formed a new collaborative European joint venture and with it acquired turbine developer Tocardo.

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The Honda Clarity Electric has run out of range, won’t return for 2020

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With the confirmed discontinuation of the Clarity Electric for 2020, Honda no longer has a single battery-electric model in its U.S. lineup.

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Adamas: LG Chem edges out Panasonic in passenger EV battery capacity deployed in Q1 2020; the duo responsible for 60% of capacity deployed

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In the first quarter of 2020, passenger vehicle cell suppliers deployed 20.5 After losing the top spot to LG Chem in January and February of 2020, Panasonic bounced back in March, deploying 3.8 GWh in the first quarter of 2020 whereas Panasonic deployed a total of 6.05

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IEA: global oil demand to decline in 2020 as coronavirus weighs on markets

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Global oil demand is expected to decline in 2020 as the impact of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads around the world, constricting travel and broader economic activity, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest oil market forecast.

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Electric flying car racing series heads toward launch by the end of 2020

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An upcoming race series called Airspeeder will test batteries and related technology for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

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2020 Detroit Auto Show cancels amid COVID-19 pandemic; expected conversion of TCF Center to field hospital

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The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will cancel its June 2020 show in Detroit in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeping across the world and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s expected plans to repurpose TCF Center into a temporary field hospital.

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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric: Lease deals already offset higher price tag

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Hyundai isn’t wasting any time throwing out incentives for its revamped 2020 Ioniq Electric hatchback. Just last week, Hyundai put out its official pricing information for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric, which is now arriving at dealerships.

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GlobalData: Coronavirus threatens China’s battery sector dominance; 26 GWh hit in 2020

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China’s attempt to fight the coronavirus outbreak has led to delayed production across a number of battery production facilities located in key coronavirus hit provinces and is expected to lower the output of Chinese battery manufacturers by around 26 GWh in 2020.

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Battery500 project has achieved 350 Wh/kg and more than 350 cycles

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EV battery costs have declined significantly over the past ten years, from more than $1,000 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to less than $200/kWh.

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The $60,000 Polestar 2 is a Tesla Model 3 fighter arriving summer 2020

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Although there have been a number of delays already this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and various states of shutdown or slowdown, the Polestar 2 electric car is running on time.

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Researchers demonstrate fossil fuel-free jet propulsion with air plasmas

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Dan Ye, Jun Li And Jau Tang (2020) “Jet Propulsion By Microwave Air Plasma In The Atmosphere,” AIP Advances doi: 10.1063/5.0005814.

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Study estimates fuel economy improvements to US light-duty vehicles from 1975–2018 saved 2T gallons of fuel, 17B tons of CO2

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Sims, Matteo Muratori (2020) “Two trillion gallons: Fuel savings from fuel economy improvements to US light-duty vehicles, 1975–2018,” Energy Policy , Volume 142, 111517 doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111517.

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2020 Audi A8 TFSI e plug-in hybrid carries starting price of $94,000

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Audi is pricing its 2020 A8 TFSI e plug-in hybrid with a MSRP of $94,000 in the US. By comparison, the starting MSRP for a 2020 Audi A8 55 TFSI quattro with automatic transmission is $85,200.

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Airbus and RollsRoyce end E-Fan X hybrid-electric aircraft initiative

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Airbus and Rolls Royce jointly have decided to end the E-Fan X demonstrator program. Earlier post.) Launched in 2017, the E-Fan X project sought to develop a near-term hybrid-electric flight demonstrator for commercial aircraft. decarbonizing the aviation industry is no small feat.

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NREL researchers evaluating blockchain for transactive energy applications

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Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are evaluating the use of blockchain for transactive energy using hardware in the laboratory’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). Distributing grid operational decision-making is revolutionary.

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Frankfurt orders 13 Ebusco electric buses

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Ebusco will deliver 13 electrical buses to Frankfurt with the Transdev Group in Germany in the end of 2020. Another 156 will be driving in the Dutch cities of Haarlem and Amsterdam at the end of 2020, that will be operated by Transdev the Netherlands.

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2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid gets 40 mpg city, price tag to rival RAV4 Hybrid

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pricing information for the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, which starts arriving at dealerships March 1. Honda has revealed fuel economy ratings and U.S. The CR-V’s arrival cements an entirely new segment for mileage-conscious buyers who aren’t yet ready to embrace EVs.

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SGH2 building largest green hydrogen production facility in California; gasification of waste into H2

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Energy company SGH2 is bringing the world’s biggest green hydrogen production facility to Lancaster, California.

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Gaussin and Total developing 1st full electric aircraft refueler transporter; Saft batteries

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Delivery is expected at the end of 2020. Engineering company Gaussin and energy major Total are jointly developing the first full electric aircraft refueler transporter (ART FULL ELEC).

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Study: Fossil fuel CO2 emissions reached max daily decline of 17% in April

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Percentage change in global daily fossil CO 2 emissions, Jan-May 2020. The impact of COVID-19 on global emissions has been estimated based on a combination of energy, activity and policy data available up until the end of April 2020.

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Toyota to deploy new acceleration suppression function in Summer 2020

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Toyota Motor Corporation has developed an Acceleration Suppression Function that used big data collected from connected cars to help identify abnormal operation of the accelerator and control acceleration.

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Wärtsilä gas engines to burn 100% hydrogen

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The technology group Wärtsilä is developing the combustion process in its gas engines to enable them to burn 100% hydrogen fuel. Wärtsilä has researched hydrogen as a fuel for 20 years, and has tested its engines with blends of up to 60% hydrogen and 40% natural gas.

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