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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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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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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EV battery pack prices fell 13% in 2020, some are already below $100/kwh

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Electric-car battery-pack prices have fallen 13% in 2020, in some cases reaching a crucial milestone for affordability, according to an annual report released Wednesday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

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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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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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Tesla reports record deliveries for Q3 2020

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Tesla has broken a new record for vehicle deliveries, claiming it delivered 139,300 vehicles globally July through September of 2020, according to preliminary counts released Friday morning.

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2020 Chevy Bolt EV lease deal: Less than $200 per month for Costco members

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Costco members can currently lease a 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV for as little as $154 a month.

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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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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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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. The E-Tron is a thoroughly competent SUV that performs well and is a joy to drive or be a passenger in—and it just happens to be a fully.

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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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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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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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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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First drive review: 2020 Tesla Model Y sets the benchmark for electric crossovers

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The 2020 Tesla Model Y is perfectly positioned. A crossover, it represents the fastest growing automotive segment. An electric vehicle, it’s part of a future that is rapidly approaching.

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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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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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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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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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VW ID.4 electric crossover due for deliveries in late 2020, US production in 2022

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Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover is still due to start deliveries later this year. An expansion of VW's Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory that will allow the ID.4 to later be built locally is also on schedule for 2022.

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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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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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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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Toshiba develops new magnetic material that delivers improved motor energy conversion efficiency

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Toshiba Corporation has developed a new magnetic material with characteristics that deliver major improvements in motor efficiency at minimum cost, and with the potential to win significant reductions in power consumption.

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Geologists discover new path to rare earth mineral formation; implications for green energy and tech industries

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Adrienn Maria Szucs, Alexandra Stavropoulou, Claire O’Donnell, Seana Davis, and Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco (2020) “Reaction Pathways toward the Formation of Bastnäsite: Replacement of Calcite by Rare Earth Carbonates” Crystal Growth & Design doi: 10.1021/acs.cgd.0c01313.

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DOT: 89% reduction in US airline passengers in May 2020 y-o-y

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US airlines carried 89% fewer scheduled service passengers in May 2020 than in May 2019, according to preliminary data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 20 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers. Despite the large drop from May 2019, US airlines carried more than twice as many passengers in May 2020 than in April 2020. million passengers in May 2020, up from 3.0

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Achates opposed-piston 3-cylinder 10.6L diesel emissions meet 2027 EPA, CA requirements

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Achates Power’s innovative 3-cylinder, 10.6L opposed-piston heavy-duty diesel engine has achieved performance results that comply with pending 2027 requirements of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California to reduce sharply emissions of nitrogen oxides (NO x ).

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Toyota launches C+pod ultra-compact battery electric vehicle in Japan

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Toyota Motor Corporation announced a limited launch of the C+pod ultra-compact battery electric vehicle (BEV) to corporate users, local governments and other organizations that have been exploring new options to drive the popularization of BEVs.

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IRENA sees renewable hydrogen at least cost-possible within decade

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Hydrogen produced with renewable electricity could compete on costs with fossil fuel alternatives by 2030, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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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 California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Officer has certified the 2020 annual update to the carbon intensities (CI) of the lookup table pathways for a) California Average Grid Electricity Used as a Transportation Fuel in California and b) Electricity Supplied under the Smart Charging or Smart Electrolysis Provision. The updated pathway CI values are available for quarterly fuel reporting under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in 2020, beginning with Q1.

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Bosch plans to start full-scale production of SOFCs in 2024

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As early as fall 2019, Bosch was able to start prototype production of its first fuel-cell systems in Germany; in January 2020, it acquired a stake of around 18% in the UK company.

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Xcel Energy, INL to use nuclear energy for clean hydrogen production; HTSE

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Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy will work with Idaho National Laboratory to demonstrate a system that uses a nuclear plant’s steam and electricity to split water. Earlier post.) The resulting hydrogen will initially be used at the power plant, but it could eventually be sold to other industries.

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Analysis: EVs will triple their market share in Europe during 2020

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Pushed by stricter European Union emissions standards, electric cars are set to triple their market share in Europe this year, according to a new report from advocacy group Transport & Environment (T&E).

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Spanish team develops microwave-induced electrolysis at low temperatures for H2 production

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2020) “Hydrogen production via microwave-induced water splitting at low temperature.”

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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. Yet, the 2020 S6 and S7 offer 22% greater EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency with its downsized V6 engine compared to their predecessors without sacrificing performance.

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S. Korean team develops highly efficient, long-lasting electrocatalyst to boost electrolytic hydrogen production

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Hwan Park, Yosep Hwang, Jianmin Yu, Thi Kim Chau Nguyen, Yang Liu, Sara Ajmal, Min Gyu Kim and Hyoyoung Lee (2020) “Stabilizing OOH* intermediate via pre-adsorbed surface oxygen of single Ru atom-bimetallic alloy for ultralow overpotential oxygen generation” Energy Environ.

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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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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. The 2020 Sonata Hybrid is also equipped with the first Active Shift Control (ASC) technology and a Solar Roof System (SRS) (making its debut on the Sonata Hybrid), which increase driving range.

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York study: Less traffic in first UK lockdown reduced NO2 pollution but caused increase in surface ozone

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Mean relative change of deseasonalized UK values of (a) NO 2 and (b) O 3 for all urban background and traffic sites from 2015 to 2020, with the mean 2015–2019 trend superimposed. Data from 2020 are shown in orange, with the red dashed line denoting the start of the lockdown on 23 March 2020.

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Toyota introduces second-generation Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle as design and technology flagship

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The Mirai XLE grade has a starting MSRP of $49,500—$9,050 less than the starting MSRP of the outgoing 2020 Mirai.

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British Airways partners with ZeroAvia to speed up the switch to hydrogen-powered passenger aircraft

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In September 2020, ZeroAvia achieved a major technological breakthrough by completing the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered flight of a commercial-size aircraft, which took off from Cranfield Airport.

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SoCalGas to test technology that separates hydrogen from natural gas when the two are blended in pipelines

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Maha Rhandi, Marine Trégaro, Florence Druart, Jonathan Deseure, Marian Chatenet (2020). With clean hydrogen gaining recognition worldwide as a carbon-free fuel capable of making a significant contribution to addressing climate change, Southern California Gas Co.

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