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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Benchhmark report: cobalt’s price rises highlight shift to battery-driven pricing dynamics

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Cobalt metal prices (cobalt battery metal, min 99.8%, EXW Europe, USD/lb) have risen 15% from the July 2020 issue of Benchmark’s Cobalt Price Assessment to the most recent data published at the end of October 2020.

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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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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.

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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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Volkswagen fueling car carriers with fuel derived from used cooking oil; GoodFuels BFO

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The first car freighter was refueled for the first time with this oil in mid-November 2020 and a second ship is due to follow at the beginning of 2021. Volkswagen Group Logistics will be using certified fuel from vegetable residues for certain new car shipments via marine routes.

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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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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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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.

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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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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Audi to compete in Dakar Rally in 2022 with series-hybrid electric prototype; factory team leaving Formula E

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Cross-country rallying will be the spearhead of the factory motorsport commitment in the future. We want to continue demonstrating the brand’s slogan ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ in international top-level motorsport in the future and develop innovative technologies for our road cars.

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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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Roskill sees recovery in lithium industry, buoyed by demand from rechargeable battery applications

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Q1 2020 saw monthly average prices fall further to less than US$7,000/t Li 2 CO 3 for the first time since 2014, eroding price increases caused by forecast strong demand growth in the lithium-ion battery industry and uncertainty over future supply.

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Empa and partners exploring DME as fuel with new heavy-duty test engine

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This leads to a significantly more compact and cost efficient exhaust gas aftertreatment system, even for future extremely strict pollutant emission limits.

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Opinion: Reinventing fuel-based power for a more secure and resilient grid

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Renewable fuels, and innovations in the technologies that operate them, offer a road map to reinventing fuel-based power generation to help achieve this future. Renewable UK, Wind Energy Statistics Explained, available at: [link] , accessed 12 November, 2020.

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General Motors to supply Hydrotec fuel cell systems to Nikola; backing off earlier agreement

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The MoU replaces the previous agreement announced 8 September 2020. Providing our Hydrotec fuel cell systems to the heavy-duty class of commercial vehicles is an important part of our growth strategy and reinforces our commitment toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future.

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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.

2020 71

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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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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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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Lotus Engineering launching new pilot containerized battery test facility

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Upon completion, the project will be evaluated and a decision taken about its future. In 2020 it is celebrating 40 years since it was formally incorporated.

2020 88

bp & Ørsted to produce green H2 at Lingen refinery; industrial-scale electrolyzer powered by offshore wind

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both meet all the refinery’s hydrogen demand and provide feedstock for potential future ?synthetic bp and Ørsted signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to work together to develop a ?project project for industrial-scale production of green hydrogen via the electrolysis of water using ?renewable

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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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Data show California BEVs at 6.7% new vehicle marketshare in Q3

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The California Center for Jobs & The Economy has released an updated report ( earlier post ) on vehicle sales and the progress of ZEV sales in the state for Q3 2020. YTD 2020 new vehicle marketshare for full electrics is 6.1%, up from 5.1%

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IPG to demo Flameless Ceramic Turbine for clean, off-grid power in EV charging

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In efforts to scale EV charging infrastructure to support the expected rise of electric vehicles on the road, the UK government is set to increase the number of high-powered rapid chargepoints in England from 809 (as of 1 January 2020) to 6,000 by 2035.

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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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GM’s $27B plan: 450-mile range, affordable models among 30 EVs by 2025

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With ranges up to 450 miles and the potential for vehicles costing less than $35,000 in the electric vehicle mix by the middle of the decade, GM’s numbers surrounding its widely broadcast all-electric future have suddenly become better in several respects.

2020 104

BMW Group founds company to develop and distribute innovative robots and management software for logistics solutions

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Since 2015, the innovations team from BMW Group Logistics has been working on future-focused industry 4.0 The next generation of the STR will be rolled out at the end of 2020. The BMW Group has founded IDEALworks GmbH—a fully-owned subsidiary—headquartered in Munich.

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Researchers create hydrogen-producing living droplets

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Compared with synthetic hydrogen-producing systems, the limited rates and yields in the multicellular spheroids remain challenging aspects of future work. 2020) “Photosynthetic hydrogen production by droplet-based microbial micro-reactors under aerobic conditions.”

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MINI unveils electric, autonomous Urbanaut concept

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The MINI brand presented the MINI Vision Urbanaut—a digital concept vehicle intended to provide an example of MINI’s possible future directions. MINI sees its future self primarily as an enabler of and companion for unforgettable times—what we might call ‘MINI moments’.

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BMW investing €400M in new vehicle assembly at Munich plant as part of shift to electromobility; engine production being concentrated at Steyr and Hams Hall

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The future assembly and its production processes will be designed for a new cluster architecture geared towards electric drive trains. It will ramp up for the first time at our future plant in Debrecen, Hungary, before being rolled out across our global production network in stages.

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Groupe Renault creating first European factory dedicated to the circular economy of mobility in Flins

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Groupe Renault is creating the REFACTORY in Flins, the first European circular economy site dedicated to mobility. By 2030, it will employ more than 3,000 people in dedicated professions.

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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).

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Advent Technologies to collaborate with Los Alamos, UT Austin, RPI, UNM and Toyota in the development of next-generation HT-PEM fuel cell technology

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Fairfax County & Dominion Energy launch Virginia’s first publicly funded autonomous electric shuttle pilot project

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Autonomous electric vehicle technology is predicted to play a major role in a lower-emissions transportation future in Virginia and across the nation.

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