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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Survey: 7 out of 10 Americans see an EV in the future, want more vehicle choices and charging

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Seven out of 10 drivers in United States expressed at least some interest in getting an electric car in the future, but charging infrastructure and upfront pricing remain obstacles, according to a new Consumer Reports survey.

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GM’s future electric vehicles to debut first wireless battery management system; developed in collaboration with Analog Devices

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Instead, the wBMS helps to ensure the scalability of Ultium batteries across GM’s future lineup, encompassing different brands and vehicle segments, from heavy-duty trucks to performance vehicles.

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Preview drive: 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV doesn’t complicate the future

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Simplicity is bliss. After a very short drive of the Swedish automaker’s first fully electric production model earlier this month, I found it’s a lasting impression that rings true in the driving experience and the overall ambience of the vehicle.

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Could electricity be the currency of parking buildings in the future?

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That’s a future that Nissan appears to be pointing to with what it claims is a global first.

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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. An electric vehicle, it’s part of a future that is rapidly approaching. A crossover, it represents the fastest growing automotive segment.

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Fraunhofer IFF team designing hydrogen factory of the future

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer IFF in Germany are designing the distributed and modular production and distribution of green hydrogen for industry, business and transportation throughout the value chain—a hydrogen factory of the future. The hydrogen factory of the future. Fermentative production of green hydrogen will play a major role in distributed production of this energy carrier in the future.

2020 101

Hyundai Motor Group to launch NVIDIA DRIVE connected car infotainment and AI platform across all future Hyundai, Kia & Genesis models; ccOS

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From entry-level to premium vehicles, all future models will feature in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems powered by NVIDIA DRIVE as standard. The partnership with NVIDIA will enable Hyundai Motor Group to roll out its new connected car operating system (ccOS) in future models.

2020 106

BMW provides first look at future BMW iX electric SAV; US launch in 2022

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With time still to go before expected US market launch in early 2022, and with the series development phase ongoing, BMW provided a first look ahead at the future BMW iX. The BMW iX is the first model based on a new, modular, scalable architecture on which the future of the BMW Group will be built. The new technology architecture making its debut in the BMW iX provides the platform for significant progress in the areas of digital services and future automated driving systems.

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DOE announces $64M for research into future coal power plants

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $64 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects under the funding opportunity announcement ( DE-FOA-0002057 ), “Critical Components for Coal FIRST Power Plants of the Future.”. DOE’s Coal FIRST (Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small, Transformative) initiative is intended to develop the coal plant of the future needed to provide secure and reliable power to the US grid.

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Wärtsilä to collaborate with Anemoi Marine Technologies in future sales of Rotor Sail solutions

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The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) tied to a License and Cooperation agreement with UK-based Anemoi Marine Technologies for the future sales and servicing of Rotor Sail solutions to the shipping industry.

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Is the eBussy modular electric van a Microbus for an urban future?

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The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept hints that the classic Microbus is going to get bigger. For those who think that's the wrong direction, there's the eBussy, a modular electric van that also originates in Germany.

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Biden would be better for US electric-car future, VW CEO says

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A winner hasn’t yet been declared in this week’s U.S. Presidential election, but at least one auto-industry CEO has already spoken out about the anticipated outcome.

2020 88

Tula presenting diesel Dynamic Skip Fire technology at Future Diesel Powertrain Summit in Shanghai

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Tula Technology is presenting its diesel Dynamic Skip Fire (dDSF) technology ( earlier post ) at the 4 th Future Diesel Powertrain Summit China 2020 on 24-25 September 2020 in Shanghai, China.

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Western Australia to invest $22M to accelerate renewable hydrogen future

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The Western Australia Government of Premier Mark McGowan will bring forward the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy targets by a decade and invest $22 million to develop hydrogen supply, meet growing demand for the clean fuel and create jobs. Part of the WA Recovery Plan, the accelerated targets and nine studies and projects will boost the State’s renewable hydrogen industry and position WA as a major producer, user and exporter of renewable hydrogen.

Renault Mégane eVision concept shows an electric future for popular Euro-hatchback model

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The Renault Mégane eVision concept previews a future all-electric version of the Mégane—one of Renault's volume hatchback models for Europe since the 1990s. Renault on Thursday unveiled an electric version of one of its most popular models.

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EVolution: 11 keys to GM's electrified future

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From 2020 through 2025, GM plans to invest more than $20 billion—more than $3 billion annually, on average—toward electric-vehicle programs. And by the middle of the decade, the company aims to sell a combined one million EVs annually in its two largest markets of the U.S. and China. “We want to put everyone in an EV, and we have

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In future Audi EVs, one big brain will manage all the physics

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Audi on Thursday provided an early glimpse of some of the technology that might give upcoming premium electric vehicles from the brand—beyond the current E-Tron SUV and Sportback—an edge in terms of comfort, performance, and perhaps efficiency.

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Lucid Project Gravity teases future electric SUV

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With the development of its own battery pack and core propulsion components, the establishment of new retail and service channels, and its own factory, Lucid Motors is focused not just on the 2021 Air electric luxury sedan, revealed Wednesday, but on what comes next.

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2022 Chevy Bolt EUV teased: Does revised interface bridge the gap to future EVs?

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General Motors on Monday gave a first official glimpse of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV—and, perhaps more notably, its revised interface.

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

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British Airways (BA) has teamed up with ZeroAvia, a leading innovator in decarbonizing commercial aviation ( earlier post ), in a project to explore how hydrogen-powered aircraft can play a leading role in the future of sustainable flying.

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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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ABB leads electrification and automation innovation as part of Sustainable Underground Mining future mine project

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ABB electrification and automation knowledge and solutions have been employed in a pioneering mine of the future project, which has ultimate ambitions to demonstrate zero carbon dioxide emissions and productivity increases of 50%. The collaboration aims to find new methods and smarter solutions for mining operations in the future. The goal of the SUM collaboration is to find new methods and smarter solutions for future mining.

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NACFE releases guidance report on hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty trucks

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The future acceleration of HFCEVs is likely not about the vehicles and fueling but resides mostly on the creation and distribution of the hydrogen itself.??. In a zero-emission future world, as in California’s plans, diesel does not exist.

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

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It offers a view of the energy structures of the future, which will integrate systems to maximize energy use, generator profitability and grid reliability all while minimizing carbon emissions.

2020 151

Audi using augmented reality to increase efficiency in logistics planning

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The virtual presentation of three dimensional holograms that are shown in their actual environment helps planners to better evaluate the future situation. In the future, specialists from other plants or who are working from home can be included in decision?making

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GM fast-charging investment will fuel EVgo network expansion, charge future EVs

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General Motors and EVgo announced a partnership Friday that will result in the installation of more than 2,700 DC fast charging connectors—all powered by 100% renewable energy—over the next five years.

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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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Hyundai Motor Group to acquire controlling interest in mobile robot firm Boston Dynamics

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To propel this transformation, Hyundai Motor Group has invested substantially in development of future technologies, including in fields such as autonomous driving technology, connectivity, eco-friendly vehicles, smart factories, advanced materials, artificial intelligence (AI), and robots.

2020 137

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

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The new Mirai is one part of an electrification strategy that also includes Toyota’s current and future hybrids and upcoming battery electric vehicles (BEVs). 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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Roskill: Niobium industry looking for a future beyond steel; Li-ion batteries a possibility

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CBMM’s market dominance will continue as the group will expand its production capacity by 50% in 2020 and is considering more capacity increases in coming years. The niobium industry is aware of these issues and already looking for a future beyond steel, Roskill notes. Niobium is a metal primarily used by the steel industry as a ferroalloy strengthening element. High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) steel accounts for about 90% of niobium usage with an average content of about 0.03% Nb.

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MSC sees hydrogen and biofuels as key components of shipping’s future fuel mix

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Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a global leader in transportation and logistics, said it is further exploring the viability of hydrogen and fuels derived from it as a possible fuel source for the future for container shipping, and is increasingly pioneering the use of biofuels within its existing fleet. The future of shipping and decarbonisation will rely on strong partnerships from both the perspective of technology collaboration and procurement.

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Metallic glass to improve performance of methanol fuel cells

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In the future, they might replace less efficient and more expensive platinum-based elements. Sezai Sarac and Jürgen Eckert (2020) “Effective electrocatalytic methanol oxidation of Pd-based metallic glass nanofilms” Nanoscale 12, 22586-22595 doi: 10.1039/D0NR06372J.

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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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MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future suggests widespread autonomous driving at least a decade away

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The MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future has released a new research brief examining the future of autonomous vehicles. Building on the Task Force’s interim 2019 report, “Work of the Future: Shaping Technologies and Institutions,” MIT Task Force members are providing analysis on topics including manufacturing, health care, tax reform, skills/training, and emerging technologies such as collaborative robotics and additive manufacturing.

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CP announces hydrogen-powered line-haul locomotive pilot project

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CP will continue to focus on finding innovative solutions to transform our operations and adapt our business, positioning CP and our industry as leaders for a sustainable future. Canadian Pacific plans to develop North America’s first hydrogen-powered line-haul locomotive.

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Solaris to supply two hydrogen buses to Transdev in Sweden

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Solaris has been committed to e-mobile solutions for many years now, focusing on the future of public transport. This order is an important and strategic breakthrough in the implementation of the latest generation of electric buses of the future.

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Scottish Enterprise project converting train to hydrogen power

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This project has the potential to be a game changer for the future of Scotland’s rail rolling stock.

2020 119

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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Future Honda electric vehicles will be co-developed with GM, could have Super Cruise

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General Motors' electric-vehicle platform revealed last month will be the foundation for two future Honda electric vehicles, the automakers jointly announced Thursday. That includes GM’s Ultium propulsion system that consists of battery packs ranging from 50 to 200 kwh, a motor family with three variants, and power systems to drive two or

2020 83

Toyota to build prototype city of the future, powered by hydrogen fuel cells

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At CES, Toyota revealed plans to build a prototype “city” of the future on a 175-acre (0.71 Building a complete city from the ground up, even on a small scale like this, is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies, including a digital operating system for the city’s infrastructure. km 2 ) site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Called the Woven City , it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

2020 95

GM invests in potential future rival electric truck maker Lordstown Motors, as it seeks IPO

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As it continues to develop its own electric pickup trucks, General Motors will invest in Lordstown Motors, which plans to build electric trucks at a former GM factory in Ohio. Lordstown announced a $75 million investment from GM Monday, along with plans for an initial public offering (IPO).

2020 79

Mercedes-Benz Vans announces next-generation eSprinter based on newly developed Electric Versatility Platform

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This will ensure we meet the requirements of our customers across multiple sectors in the future, while offering the advantages of locally emission-free electric drive. Mercedes-Benz Vans’ objective is to set new standards in the van segment with customer- and future-oriented solutions.

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