Argonne releases GREET 2020

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Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center has released the 2020 version of the suite of GREET models and associated documentation. The following low-carbon alternative ammonia production pathways have been implemented in GREET 2020 release.

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US motorcoach industry closures surge in 2020

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The data collected by FMCSA shows a surge in losses of authority for motorcoach operators in 2020, which means these companies are no longer providing transportation—in some cases forever. 2020 has been an extraordinary year in terms of companies no longer operating buses.

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US biodiesel plant production capacity dropped 2% in 2020

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The US Energy Information Administration released its annual US Biodiesel Plant Production Capacity report, containing data for all operating US biodiesel plants as of 1 January 2020.

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Report: CCS capacity increased 33% in 2020

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The 2020 Global Status on CCS report also finds that there are a total of 65 commercial CCS facilities in various stages of development globally. Source: 2020 Global Status on CCS. 2020 saw increased ambition and support for CCS in Europe as well.

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NREL report shows EV charging stations continued strong growth in early 2020

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of the necessary Level 2 and DC fast EV charging equipment (EVSE), respectively, required to meet projected demand in 2030, have been installed as of Q1 2020. A new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that about 12.0% and 49.6%

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ArcelorMittal Europe to produce “green steel” starting in 2020

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2020 Thanksgiving week gasoline consumption in US lowest since 1997

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The data speaks to a major problem for the petroleum industry and oil prices as it recovers from unprecedented demand declines for most of 2020. US motorists stayed off the road during the Thanksgiving holiday in overwhelming numbers as the coronavirus surged across the country, according to the latest weekly survey of retail fuel stations by OPIS, an IHS Markit company.

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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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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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New EV market share in Europe hits 7.2% in Q2 2020, up from 2.4% in same period last year

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In the second quarter of 2020, the market share of electrically-chargeable vehicles increased to 7.2% Gasoline sales posted similar declines (-55.0%), going from more than 2 million units last year to 929,309 in the second quarter of 2020. in the second quarter of 2020.

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GM Defense awarded $214.3M contract to produce Army’s Infantry Squad Vehicle; based on 2020 Colorado with 2.8L diesel

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GM Defense’s solution to the Army’s next-generation transportation needs is based off the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck architecture and leverages 90% commercial off-the-shelf parts.

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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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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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NHTSA 2020 update on AEB installation by 20 automakers finds rapid progress

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During the period from 1 September 2019, through 31 August 2020, another four manufacturers—Ford, Honda, Kia, and Nissan—equipped more than 75% of their new passenger vehicles with AEB.

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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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Star Scientific selected as 2020 S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards Finalist; industrial heat from H2 without combustion

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Winners will be selected from each corresponding group of finalists by the Global Energy Awards’ independent panel of judges and announced at the live-streamed Global Energy Awards Virtual Gala on 10 December 2020. Star Scientific has been named an Emerging Technology of the Year category finalist in the S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards, an annual program recognizing innovation, leadership and exceptional performance in the energy sector.

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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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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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Continental Mobility Study 2020 shows global trend toward own cars; slump in sharing

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The coronavirus pandemic is having a lasting impact on people’s mobility habits all over the world, according to the findings of the Continental Mobility Study 2020. The Continental Mobility Study 2020 is the sixth edition of the study, which asks people in Germany, France, the US, China and Japan about various aspects of mobility. In the first stage in September 2020, a representative sample of the population was surveyed in five countries on three continents.

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LME copper prices hit 7-year high

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On 4 December 2020, the LME cash price hit its highest level since March 2013, closing at US$7,742/t. (By Copper has charted an unlikely trajectory through 2020, notes Roskill. Copper prices since 1 Jan 2020.

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Mercom Capital: funding for battery storage, smart grid & efficiency companies down 38% YoY in 1H 2020

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Mercom Capital Group, LLC, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the global Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the second quarter (Q2) and first half (1H) of 2020.

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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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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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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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Mercom Capital Group: Battery storage, smart grid & efficiency companies raise $3.2B in funding in Q3 2020; up 165% QoQ, 777% YoY

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Mercom Capital Group, LLC, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the global Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the third quarter (Q3) and first nine months (9M) of 2020.

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2020 Hyundai IONIQ Electric offers 37% more driving range, starts at $33,045

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The redesigned 2020 Hyundai IONIQ Electric delivers 170 miles of range (an increase of 37% from the previous 124-mile range), technology and advanced standard safety features at a starting price of $33,045 for the SE model.

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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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CALSTART: zero-emission trucks, buses, off-road equipment on track for 78% rise in models in 2020, doubling by 2023

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By the end of 2020, there will be 169 different zero-emission (ZE) medium- and heavy-duty vehicle models in commercial production compared to 95 models in 2019. The 2020 growth curve can be tracked to a number of factors—the biggest one being demand.

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Adamas: LFP market share drops to 6% in global passenger EV batteries in 2019; potential comeback in 2020 with cell-to-pack

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In January 2020, approximately 615 MWh of battery capacity was deployed in new commercial and special purpose electric vehicles in China, 96% of that capacity using LFP cells.

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Berlin receives 90 electric Solaris buses; BVG Solaris electric fleet totals 123

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Out of all manufacturers, Solaris boasted the biggest share (nearly 25%) of newly registered buses with electric drives in Western Europe in the first three quarters of 2020. Solaris has completed the delivery of 90 Urbino 12 electric buses for Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG).

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Latest GHG Inventory shows California remains below 2020 emissions target; much steeper rate of GHG reductions required

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California’s latest greenhouse gas data shows that while the state continues to stay below its 2020 target for emissions, there is much more work to do to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. That remains six million metric tons below the 2020 target.

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Audi E-Tron: Green Car Reports’ Best Car To Buy 2020

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The Audi E-Tron is Green Car Reports’ Best Car To Buy 2020. Best Car To Buy Best Car to Buy Winner Best Car to Buy 2020We can’t think of a single fully electric vehicle that fits so well into a carmaker’s lineup the way that the E-Tron does.

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Scottish Enterprise project converting train to hydrogen power

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As well as the benefits for Scottish business, the rail industry and the environment, the organizers hope the project will provide a boost to the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, a heritage railway, which relies on tourism and has suffered throughout the 2020 Covid lockdowns and restrictions.

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SAE International publishes new J2954 wireless charging standard

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In 2020, ISO 19363 created a vehicle-side standard (VA only), and IEC/ISO continue in development of standards with its four-document series (IEC-61980-1, -2 and -3, plus ISO 15118-8 and ISO 15118-20). SAE J2954 published in 2020 also enables worldwide harmonization of WPT.

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PNNL-led team designs highly active cobalt-based PGM-free catalyst for fuel cells

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A multi-institutional research team led by materials scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has designed a highly active and durable catalyst that doesn’t rely on costly platinum group metals (PGM) to spur the necessary chemical reaction.

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Oxford team directly converts CO2 to jet fuel using iron-based catalysts

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2020) “Transforming carbon dioxide into jet fuel using an organic combustion-synthesized Fe-Mn-K catalyst.” Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a method to convert CO 2 directly into aviation fuel using a novel, inexpensive iron-based catalyst.

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Toyota moves closer to production with next-generation fuel cell technology for heavy-duty trucks; new Mirai system

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Toyota’s next generation fuel cell electric technology is now powering a new set of Class 8 heavy-duty trucks.

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EIA: US fuel ethanol plant production capacity creeps up to 17.4B gallons per year

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The US Energy Information Administration released its annual fuel ethanol production capacity report, with data for all operating US fuel ethanol production plants as of 1 January 2020. That equates to 1.135 million barrels per day in 2020, up from 1.103 million barrels per day in 2019.

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IHS Markit: small long-term change for Canadian oil sands despite COVID-19 Shock & largest annual production decline in 2020

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Canadian oil sands production is expected to decline by nearly 175,000 barrels per day (b/d) in 2020 as a result of COVID-19—the largest annual decline on record. million barrels per day (MMbd) in 2030—nearly 11 MMbd higher than 2020 levels.

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MAHEPA consortium marks latest flights of HY4 fuel cell hybrid electric aircraft

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The sixth-generation of hydrogen propulsion has been completely revised from 2016 to 2020, according to aviation requirements. As part of the test campaign launched in November 2020, there have been more than 30 take-offs and flights of up to two hours.

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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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Fluid Truck orders 600 Lightning electric trucks and vans

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Lightning Systems, a provider of complete electrification solutions for urban commercial fleets, announced that Fluid Truck, a national truck rental platform, will incorporate 600 Lightning Electric vehicles into its fleet, with availability starting in Q4 2020.

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Volvo Cars successfully places first green bond, raises €500M

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The settlement date is expected to be 7 October 2020 and the bonds will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

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