Ammonia-salt solvent pretreatment for biomass could significantly reduce cost of cellulosic biofuels

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Our pretreatment system can slash by up to 50-fold the use of enzymes to turn solvent-treated cellulose (plant fiber) into glucose (a sugar) used to make bioproducts like ethanol. The solvent can also extract more than 80% of the lignin in plant waste.

2020 114

Ontario researchers develop new water plasmolysis method for production of hydrogen

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Researchers at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology are developing a new method to dissociate water vapor into hydrogen gas by microwave-generated plasma (plasmolysis). The generation of pure hydrogen gas requires a great deal of energy.

2020 124

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Toyota invests $394M in, collaborates with Joby on air mobility

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Toyota is collaborating with Joby Aviation (Joby), an aerospace company that is developing and commercializing all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to enable the deployment of fast, quiet and affordable air transportation services.

2020 90

Cummins Westport B6.7N natural gas engine receives near zero emissions certifications; full NG engine portfolio now certified near zero

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meets California ARB optional Low NO x standard of 0.02 g/bhp-hr, a 90% reduction from engines operating at the current EPA NO x limit of 0.2 of peak torque. All of the institutional knowledge we developed with the 9-liter and 12-liter engines went into the B6.7N.

2020 95

NREL study finds high-pressure hydrogen pipeline system could potentially make hydrogen cost-competitive with gasoline

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A new study by a team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) concludes that a high-pressure, scalable, intra-city hydrogen pipeline system could improve the economics and logistics of hydrogen delivery, making it potentially cost-competitive with gasoline. However, owing to small scale and limited competition, dispensed hydrogen fuel prices currently are higher, averaging about $16.30/kg in California in the third quarter of 2018.

2020 94

Daimler developing battery-electric version of Econic HD truck; customer testing in 2021, series production in 2022

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Daimler Trucks is taking the next step in its electrification of trucks with the battery-electric low-floor heavy-duty truck Mercedes-Benz eEconic. Customer testing of the eEconic for municipal use will begin in 2021. —Gesa Reimelt, Head of E-Mobility Group Daimler Trucks & Buses.

2020 78

Amazon adds 40 Streetscooter and 10 Mercedes-Benz eVito electric vans to Munich fleet

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Amazon has also taken delivery of 10 Mercedes-Benz battery-electric eVito vans at the Munich-Daglfing site. StreetScooter’s Made-in-Germany e-vans not only proved their ability to handle the heavy demands of last-mile delivery, but scored points for economy and ROI as well.

2020 78

NY Governor Cuomo announces “Make-Ready” program for EV charging stations; >20K EV rebates approved

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Cuomo announced that the New York State Department of Public Service issued a report recommending the establishment of a statewide utility-supported “Make-Ready” Program that would provide incentives to light-duty electric vehicle supply equipment and infrastructure (EVSE&I) for both Level 2 and Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) stations. —NY Department of Public Service (DPS) whitepaper on EVSE&I. New York Governor Andrew M.

2020 60

Ipsos Global study finds three barriers to consumer adoption of EVs: cost, range, charging sites

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Ipsos, the global research and insights organization, says it has uncovered the thoughts of consumers regarding BEVs. These new findings are released in the second module of the Ipsos Global Mobility Navigator Syndicated Study, in which 20,000 consumers worldwide shared their opinions on alternative engines and what it would take to get them to consider one. The average new car buyer believes it will be a minimum of 4.6

2020 65

CDTA rolling out four NFI electric transit buses in upstate New York

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CDTA will put the electric buses it purchased from New Flyer of America into service as part of a pilot program. The transportation authority will monitor the range, charging timelines, electricity usage and performance of the vehicles throughout its route network as it looks to expand in the future. Under the pilot, the buses will be rotated throughout the service area to ensure that they operate in all types of conditions.

2020 69

CES: Mercedes-Benz "Avatar" concept looks ahead to more environmentally responsible batteries

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Rare-earth metals drive up the cost of electric-car production and take a larger toll on environments when not responsibly or legally mined. It's one of few blemishes on electric-vehicle production since the 1990s that persist to today. Now, Mercedes-Benz says it has a graphene-organic cell chemistry battery that could eliminate the need for. Batteries

2020 58

AA calls on government to scrap VAT on electric cars

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The AA is calling on the government to scrap VAT on both sales and leasing costs of electric vehicles to encourage uptake

2020 32

UPS collaborating with Workhorse to deploy 50 electric trucks; rivaling acquisition cost of conventional; no subsidies

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UPS plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies—an industry first that would breaki a key barrier to large scale adoption of electric fleets.

2018 103

Study finds technology cost of achieving European 2020 LDV CO2 targets more than offset by resultant fuel savings

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Provisional 2030 economic impact of achieving the 2020 targets in the two Phase I scenarios—Current Policy Initiatives and Tech 1— compared to baseline. A report published by Cambridge Econometrics and Ricardo-AEA concludes that overall, the cost of technologies required to meet proposed European 2020 CO 2 regulations for vehicles (95 g/km for cars and 147 g/km for vans) will be more than offset by the resultant fuel savings.

2013 89

UMTRI study finds total cost of ownership of diesels in US often much less than gasoline counterparts

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Though there are some exceptions to these positive results for some of the diesel versions of vehicles from a total-cost-of-ownership perspective, the overall direction of the results supports the idea that diesel vehicles are competitive within the U.S.

2015 121

ICCT Senior Fellow projects incremental manufacturing cost of hybrids can drop to ~$1,200 by 2020; subsequent surge in adoption to ~70% of new vehicle sales by 2030

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I don’t think there is going to be much of a sales increase up to about 2020 or so. It will take more time to build up sales so that you can actually design the vehicles around the hybrid system and that’s where you get a lot of cost reduction.

2012 122

Meritor has 22 electrification programs with global OEMs through 2020

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has 22 electrification programs with global OEMs that the company expects to put at least 130 fully electric medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks on the road through 2020. Meritor, Inc.

2019 108

Joint IEA-NEA report details plunge in costs of renewable electricity; nuclear competitive with other baseload power sources

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The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar has been falling for several years. The report calculates the cost of producing electricity from different types of new power plants.

2015 97

NREL and GM announce multi-year R&D partnership to reduce cost of automotive fuel cells

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The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and General Motors (GM) are partnering on a multi-year, multi-million dollar joint effort to accelerate the reduction of automotive fuel cell stack costs through fuel cell material and manufacturing research and development (R&D). The effort includes staff collaboration and the exchange of equipment, knowledge, and materials.

2014 91

Study: Fuel savings will pay for cost of new technology

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Think that the cost of moving to vehicles with new technologies that meet strict emission goals will outweigh any potential fuel savings? A new report suggests it’s time to think again.

2013 71

Lux Research: Cost of replacing a barrel of produced oil up 350% in 13 years

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The cost associated with replacing a barrel of produced oil has risen from $6 per barrel in 1998 to $27 per barrel in 2011, according to Lux Research—an increase of 350%. Unconventional oil will be a key area of focus for producers.

2012 104

Study estimates cost of US preterm births attributable to PM2.5 in 2010 at $4.33B

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A study by scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center estimates that 3.32% of pre-term births (PTBs, birth at 2.5 Attributable PTBs cost were estimated at $4.33 The sum includes $760 million spent on prolonged hospital stays and long-term use of medications, as well as $3.57 attributable fraction (AF) of PTB was highest in urban counties, primarily in Southern California and the Eastern U.S., exposure and the number of premature births per county.

2016 65

California ARB amends diesel rules to reduce cost of compliance

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has amended its diesel rules to offer businesses a variety of options to comply with the regulations to reduce soot from diesel engines. With the amended regulations in place, diesel particulate matter emissions will be reduced from today’s levels by 50% by 2014 and 70% by 2020, according to ARB. No other state, and no other nation has such an extensive set of rules to slash pollution from diesel engines.

2010 69

DOE issues RFI for hydrogen delivery R&D, targeting cost of $2-4 gge

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request for Information ( DE-FOA-0000920 ) seeking feedback from stakeholders for hydrogen delivery research and development activities aimed at lowering the cost of hydrogen delivery technologies in order to reach the threshold cost goal of $2-4 per gallon of gasoline equivalent (gge) produced, delivered and dispensed of hydrogen. Among the findings: Compression Cost Reduction Opportunities.

2013 73

Rolls-Royce introducing completely integrated MTU marine hybrid propulsion systems as of 2020

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As of 2020, Rolls-Royce will launch a range of completely integrated MTU hybrid ship propulsion systems onto the market. The most important being efficiency, environmental compatibility and the flexibility of the propulsion system. In the case of.

2018 101

DOE seeks to cut cost of Level 2 EV charging equipment in half in 3 years; $12M FOA

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) has issued a funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0000554) for up to $12 million in cost-shared projects to develop and make available to the market in three years smart-grid capable Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at half of the current costs of commercially available EVSE with comparable functionalities.

2011 93

Navigant forecasts global natural gas fleet of 34.9M by 2020

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In a new report , Navigant Research forecasts that the number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) on roads worldwide will reach 34.9 million by 2020. The increase is largely driven due to a combination of low-cost natural gas and sustained higher prices for gasoline and diesel in many countries, Navigant suggests. The differential in the cost of the fuels determines the payback on this additional equipment (currently between 2.5

2013 105

India adopts National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020; 6-7M electrified vehicles by 2020, total investment up to $4.1B

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India’s National Council for Electric Mobility (NCEM) has adopted the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 (NEMMP 2020), which is the mission document for National Mission for Electric Mobility (NMEM). The NEMMP 2020 lays the vision, sets the targets and provides the roadmap for achieving significant penetration of electric vehicles (including hybrids) in India by 2020. million tonnes to be achieved in 2020.

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OEMs shifting towards onboard chargers > 6 kW for EVs; lower output chargers to remain dominant through 2020

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kW are expected to remain dominant, accounting for 62% of sales even in 2020, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. million EVs to be on the road globally by 2020, which correlates to an increase in demand for onboard chargers.).

2015 138

Electric-car batteries: $100 per kwh before 2020, $80 soon after?

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Modern electric cars have developed to the point where range itself may become less of an issue than the cost of providing it. Automakers can create longer-range electric cars simply by installing larger battery packs, but that adds significant cost tot he car's single priciest component. Just ask Tesla, which sells multiple versions of its Model.

2017 80

Ford ups its electrified vehicle ante to $11B; 86% trucks and SUVs in the product mix by 2020

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Ford management gave an update on its product line plans, touting that by 2020, the company will offer “North America’s freshest lineup among all full-line automakers,” with its average showroom age dropping from 5.7 Ford’s new performance battery electric utility arrives in 2020.

2018 78

BMW Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Prototypes Now Testing, Production "Sometime After 2020"

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As the cost of advanced technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of vehicle travel rises, car companies have increasingly partnered to share those technologies and their costs. Now BMW has shown the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle prototypes from its partnership of several years with Toyota, which aspires to be the global leader in fuel-cell.

2015 85

European Parliament backs law for 95g/km CO2 from new cars by 2020

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The European Parliament backed new rules designed to achieve the CO 2 emission reduction target of 95g/km for new cars by 2020. The text—approved by 499 votes in favor, 107 against and 9 abstentions—retains this target, albeit with a one-year “phase-in” period in 2020. It also allows “super credits”, whereby the cleanest cars in each manufacturer’s range count for more than others, to apply from 2020 to 2022.

2014 78

Volkswagen preps for I.D. EV production with MEB Supplier Summit; I.D. in 2019, I.D. CROZZ in 2020

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The Volkswagen brand Board of Management has agreed on milestones with key suppliers at the “MEB Supplier Summit” in the run-up to start of production for the first vehicle based on the new modular electric drive kit (MEB). Production of the compact all-electric Volkswagen I.D.

2017 78

Lux: Tesla likely to miss 2020 vehicle target by >50%; Gigafactory to bring only modest reduction in costs, >50% overcapacity

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Lux Research forecasts that Tesla Motors’ Gigafactory—the announced new 35 GWh lithium-ion cell production facility that is the target of hot competition between five states ( earlier post )—will bring about only a modest reduction in Li-ion battery costs and create significant overcapacity, given likely Tesla EV sales in 2020 of less than half of the company’s targeted 500,000.

2014 109

Graphene ultracapacitor company Skeleton Technologies secures €4M from KIC InnoEnergy; targeting 20 Wh/kg by 2020

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The €4m investment from KIC InnoEnergy—the shareholders of which include ABB, EDF, Iberdrola and Total—will be used to further develop the competitive advantage of Skeleton Technologies’ ultracapacitors.

2016 78

UK announces $49M for plug-in infrastructure through 2020, $17M for low emission vehicle technology

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The UK government will provide £32 million (US$49 million) up to 2020 to support the installation of chargepoints for plug-in vehicles. Homes, hospitals, train stations and A-roads will be some of the locations. In addition, the government announced another £11 million (US$17 million) of funding to support 15 low-emission vehicle research and development projects undertaken by a total of 50 organizations, ranging from small businesses to major universities.

2015 76

Frost & Sullivan forecasts Gasoline Particulate Filters to climb from 50,335 units now to 4.2-4.6 million units by 2020

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In a 2013 study, a team from Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering group in Dearborn noted that because the efficiency advantage of homogeneous GDI is not as large as with diesel engines, the use of gasoline particulate filters (GPF) is a less practical solution to PM emissions aftertreatment. fuel injection timing, number of injections, fuel pressure, injector placement, etc.) of total GPF installations by 2020. of the total GPF volume respectively.

2015 75

King County Metro Transit to purchase 120 battery-electric buses by 2020, 73 from Proterra

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King County, Washington, Executive Dow Constantine announced that King County Metro Transit will acquire 120 battery-electric buses by 2020. As part of this commitment, Metro will purchase up to 73 battery buses from Burlingame, Calif.-based Metro serves Seattle and the rest of King County. Eight of the buses are slated to go into service this year; 12 more in 2019. Charging stations to support the initial orders of those buses will range from $5.5

2017 60

New UNEP report says bridging emissions gap to meet 2-degree target doable, outlines pathways to 2020

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Cutting emissions by 2020 to a level that could keep a global 21 st century temperature rise below 2 °C is technologically and economically feasible, according to a new study released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). each year from 2005 to 2020. The emissions gap.

2011 98

Navigant forecasts global sales of LDV electric drive motors to hit 3.7M by 2020

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Unit sales of electric drive motors for light-duty vehicles (LDVs) will reach 3.7 million by 2020, growing from 1.5 billion in 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.6%. While sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are increasing, the growth is slow and steady rather than exponential. Cost remains the main barrier in the short term, with the battery pack being by far the most expensive component.

2013 89

US EPA and DOT propose freezing light-duty fuel economy, GHG standards at 2020 level for MY 2021-2026 vehicles; 43.7 mpg for cars; 50-state solution

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released their long-expected notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to adjust the Congressionally-mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards. As fleet-wide fuel efficiency has improved over time, additional improvements have become both more complicated and more costly, the agencies said.

2018 69

Biofuels to push up the cost of motoring

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Adding to the wave of criticism against the UK’s current policy for the use of biofuels in road transportation, The Times reports that the cost of filling up will rise as the European Union force oil companies to add more of the ‘green’ stuff to petrol and diesel. Malcolm Watson, technical director of UK PIA, said that drivers of older cars would have to buy “super unleaded”, a higher octane fuel that costs about 6p more per litre, or £3.60