Why the Toyota RAV4 is the best hybrid for the US market

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Sometimes the market speaks decisively about what it wants, and we can make a tremendous impact by simply playing matchmaker rather than pushing back. Best Car To Buy Best Car to Buy 2020

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New highly efficient catalyst for photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction toward methane

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U-M holds multiple patents on this catalyst and is seeking partners to bring it to market. Baowen Zhou, Pengfei Ou, Nick Pant, Shaobo Cheng, Srinivas Vanka, Sheng Chu, Roksana Tonny Rashid, Gianluigi Botton, Jun Song, and Zetian Mi (2020) “Highly efficient binary copper?iron

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Audi introduces Q5 TFSI e PHEV to US market; EPA-rated at 65 MPGe

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The 2020 Audi Q5 TFSI e quattro S tronic has a starting MSRP of $52,900. Audi anticipates that customers purchasing the 2020 Audi Q5 TFSI e will be eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $6,712.

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

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The collaboration reflects Toyota’s recognition of the long-term potential of the urban air mobility market to meet the evolving needs of society, as well as Joby’s position as an industry leader in working to deliver safe and affordable air travel to everyone.

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Rolls-Royce develops electrical embedded starter-generator for next-generation Tempest fighter program

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The company has been continuously developing its capabilities in the aerospace market, from gas turbine technologies through to integrated power and propulsion systems. Aviation Engines Hybrids Market Background

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Study suggests particulates from brake dust may have same harmful effects on immune cells as diesel exhaust

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Athersuch, Ian Mudway and Abhinav Kumar (2020) “Brake dust exposure exacerbates inflammation and transiently compromises phagocytosis in macrophages” Metallomics doi: 10.1039/C9MT00253G. Emissions Health Market Background Vehicle Systems

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Rio Tinto awards US$276M iron ore mine construction contract for Western Turner Syncline Phase 2

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The work is expected to create 450 jobs starting in the first quarter of 2020 and is expected to be completed in 2021. Manufacturing Market Background Materials

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2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid returns to California, other states by order

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The often-overlooked Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is the closest thing on the market to the discontinued (and much-loved) Chevrolet Volt.

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Jaguar Land Rover developing shape-shifting seat system to improve health

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Health Market Background Vehicle SystemsJaguar Land Rover is developing a pioneering shape-shifting seat system designed to improve customer wellbeing by tackling the health risks of sitting down for too long.

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

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Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that a dispensed cost of about $7/kg must be achieved to make FCEVs competitive with gasoline internal combustion engine vehicles in early FCEV markets. In all scenarios, they assumed 65% utilization—a midpoint between today’s approximate utilization of 50% and an estimate of 80% for more established markets. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Market Background

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Street network patterns reveal global trend towards increasing urban sprawl

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Christopher Barrington-Leigh and Adam Millard-Ball (2020) “Global trends towards urban street-network sprawl” PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1905232116. Behavior Emissions Mapping Market Background Urban mobility

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Trump Administration launches Automated Vehicles 4.0 initiative; unifying efforts across 38 Federal departments

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Promote Efficient Markets Remain Technology Neutral. The White House and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) have launched a new automated vehicles initiative.

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BMW i Ventures invests in optical AI software company Alitheon

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AI Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle ManufacturersBMW i Ventures has invested in Alitheon , an optical AI software creator and deep-tech startup developing generative engineering software aimed at automating the product development process.

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Hyundai and Kia make €100M strategic investment in Arrival to co-develop electric commercial vehicles

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Hyundai presented its PBV concept as one of the smart mobility solutions at CES 2020 earlier this month. The partnership with Arrival enables Hyundai to accelerate its two-track strategy to deliver battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell solutions for the European commercial vehicle market.

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Hyundai Motor Group to invest $87B over next 5 years; 44 electrified vehicles; new EV development system; hydrogen plans

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billion) annually to enhance its leadership in vehicle electrification, autonomous driving and mobility services, said Euisun Chung, Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Group, at the company’s 2020 New Year ceremony at its headquarters in Seoul. The Group will start exporting its fuel-cell systems to Cummins and enter the US market this year, followed by the European market. Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Hydrogen Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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USDOT to release BAA for V2X communications devices for safety band spectrum testing

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CRU: lithium price downtrend continues, with disappointing EV sales in China the driver

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In August 2019, CRU reported on the steady slide in prices that has occurred in the lithium market since the beginning of the year. With 4G handsets now representing 95% of domestic sales, market saturation has resulted in mobile phone sales through to July dropping by 5% year-to-date.

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

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We’re now able to deliver a full suite of ‘Near Zero’ emissions options for the on-highway market, and we feel these products give the industry an economically viable way to reduce emissions while maintaining performance and low cost of operation. Cummins Westport Inc.

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IONITY orders 324 350kW EV chargers from ABB for second phase of expansion

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The chargers are to be rolled out in 24 countries by the end of 2020 as part of the second phase of the IONITY network expansion. ABB has received an order for a further 324, 350 kW high-power electric vehicle (EV) chargers from IONITY.

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

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Daimler Trucks & Buses is pursuing a sustainable corporate strategy and aims to offer only new vehicles that are CO 2 -neutral in driving operation (“tank-to-wheel”) by 2039 in the three major markets of Europe, Japan and the NAFTA region.

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NJ Governor signs legislation establishing goals and incentives for increased use of plug-ins and charging infrastructure

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The bill also directs that by 31 December 2020, and every five years thereafter, the Department of Environmental Protection prepare and submit to the Governor and the Legislature a report that assesses the state of the plug-in electric vehicle market in New Jersey; measure the state’s progress toward achieving the goals outlined in the bill; identify barriers to the achievement of the goals; and make recommendations for legislative or regulatory action to address those barriers.

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Nissan Ariya Concept points directly to affordable 300-mile high-performance EV

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Where exactly the Ariya will fit into the market has been the subject of conjecture up until now. If you want a good look at Nissan’s next fully electric vehicle, it’s very thinly masked in the Ariya Concept, which made its U.S.

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US urban congestion decreased from 2014 to 2018

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Behavior Market BackgroundThe Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) produces annual congestion measurements for the 52 largest urban areas in the United States using data from the National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS).

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DOE launches Energy Storage Grand Challenge

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The Grand Challenge builds on the $158-million Advanced Energy Storage Initiative announced in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request. Over the coming weeks, DOE will host also host a series of workshops with key stakeholders to share information about various storage technologies, learn more about current barriers to deployment, and help shape the work that will bring those technologies to market. Batteries Market Background

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Oxbotica and Navtech start joint development of integrated radar-based navigation & perception system

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This will be twinned with Navtech’s expertise in bringing autonomy sensors to market around the world. Oxbotica, a developer of autonomous vehicle software, and Navtech, a global radar solution company, are developing a radar-based navigation and perception system to be launched this year.

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Study: new international agreements needed to ensure sustainable supply of minerals and metals for low-carbon energy tech

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With global supplies often heavily monopolized by a single country, confronted by social and environmental conflict, or concentrated in poorly functioning markets, there is a real possibility that a shortage of minerals could hold back the urgent need for a rapid upscaling of low-carbon technologies.

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UWaterloo: ridesharing links could boost transit use in the suburbs; gaming the system

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Behavior Market Background RidesharingIntegrating ridesharing with transit in poorly serviced suburban neighborhoods could be an effective way to get people out of their cars and boost ridership, according to the findings of a new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo. The researchers found that two-thirds of people who took advantage of inexpensive rideshare trips in a pilot project used them to travel to or near bus stops.

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ORNL researchers advance performance benchmark for quantum computers

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Market Background Quantum computingResearchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a quantum chemistry simulation benchmark to evaluate the performance of quantum devices and guide the development of applications for future quantum computers.

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Panasonic, Tropos Motors reveal two concept electric commercial utility vehicles at CES

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This technology stays 13 times colder than regular polyurethane coolers in the market and is thinner to allow for more product in the cooler.

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Kia Motors to offer 11 EVs by 2025, targeting a 6.6% global EV market share; launching dedicated EV model in 2021

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share of the global EV market (excluding China), while also attaining a 25% share of its sales from its eco-friendly cars. With the global EV market expected to gain strength by 2026, Kia is aiming for 500,000 annual EV sales and global sales of 1 million eco-friendly vehicles (excluding China). In the Purpose Built Vehicle (PBV) market, anticipated to grow on the back of expanding car-sharing and e-commerce businesses, the company will secure leading-edge competitiveness.

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Two leading global OEMs to implement Savari V2X software in 2020

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Savari announced that two leading global automotive manufacturers and one leading OEM in Asia have committed to implementing the Savari V2X Software Stack in new automobiles beginning in 2020. Together, these automotive OEMs account for more than 30% of the US market share and roughly 15% of the global market share for automotive sales in 2019. According to Markets Reports World, the global V2X Communication System market is projected to reach $6.43

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

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Ipsos is now the third-largest market research company in the world, present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people. Behavior Electric (Battery) Market Background SurveysIpsos, the global research and insights organization, says it has uncovered the thoughts of consumers regarding BEVs.

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New Jersey advancing plug-ins: 330K units by end of 2025, 2M by 2035, 85% of new vehicles by 2040

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The cash-on-the-hood incentives and infrastructure investment provided by this legislation demonstrate a real commitment to accelerate the electric vehicle market in New Jersey. Electric (Battery) Market Background Plug-ins PolicyBoth houses of the New Jersey Legislature (Senate and Assembly) have passed a bill ( S2252 /A4819) that establishes goals and incentives for increased use of plug-in electric vehicles in NJ. The Governor is expected to sign it.

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JATO: US demand for pickups remains strong despite price increases

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market share in 2010, pickups have grown to claim a 16.8% market share in 2019. In contrast, pickups globally have had a significantly smaller market share—approximately 3.7% —Donald Smith, Vice President Sales & Marketing at JATO.

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US DOE to award $625M for Quantum Information Science Research Centers; Argonne quantum loop testbed

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Total planned funding will be up to $625 million for awards beginning in Fiscal Year 2020 and lasting up to five years in duration, with outyear funding contingent on congressional appropriations. Market Background Quantum computingThe US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $625 million ( DE-FOA-0002253 ) over the next five years to establish two to five multidisciplinary Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers in support of the National Quantum Initiative.

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

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DPS Staff expects that improved charging station economics driven by increased utilization would support stepping down the incentive levels periodically during the Make-Ready Program, and the program would serve as an effective bridge to a fully self-sustained EVSE&I market. New York Governor Andrew M.

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JetBlue to go carbon neutral on all domestic flights by offsetting emissions starting in 2020; flying with SAF from SFO

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JetBlue will offset carbon dioxide emissions from jet fuel for all domestic JetBlue flights beginning in July 2020, making it the first major US airline to take this measurable step toward reducing its contribution to global warming. JetBlue has agreed to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and a pioneer in renewable jet fuel, starting in 2020.

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Uber and Hyundai announce aerial ridesharing partnership, release new full-scale electric air taxi model at CES

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Uber has announced a goal of flight demonstrations in 2020 and Elevate commercially available to riders in 2023.

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14 US fleets launch ACT Fleet Forum; best practices on adopting advanced, clean transportation technologies

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The ACT Fleet Forum programming consists of live monthly webinars, in-person site visits to fleet facilities nationwide, and an exclusive fleet-focused discussion at ACT Expo 2020. Fleets Market BackgroundFourteen leading US fleets announced the formation of the ACT Fleet Forum , an educational initiative to share best practices between participating fleets, as well as top technology providers and fuel suppliers on adopting advanced, clean transportation technologies.

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FCA confirms discussions with Foxconn on China JV for electric vehicles

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The proposed cooperation, initially focused on the Chinese market, would enable the parties to bring together the capabilities of two established global leaders across the spectrum of automobile design, engineering and manufacturing and mobile software technology to focus on the growing battery electric vehicle market. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. FCA) confirmed that it is in discussions with Hon Hai Precision Ind.

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E4Tech: ~1.1 GW of fuel cell capacity shipped in 2019, up 40% from 2018; led by fuel cell vehicles

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The driving force for the market continues to be fuel cell vehicles, led by Japan’s Toyota and South Korea’s Hyundai. With burgeoning bus, truck and van markets added in, vehicles accounted for more than 900 MW of the 1.1 Asia remains the largest market for fuel cells, accounting for 680 MW, driven strongly by Hyundai NEXO sales into Korea and by Korean stationary power.

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California ARB awards $24M to 3 school districts to promote zero-emission vehicles, clean transportation options

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Electric (Battery) Market Background PolicyThe California Air Resources Board announced a new program that will fund a variety of projects promoting zero-emission transportation options for students, parents and staff members served by school districts in California. Grant winners for the new two-year Clean Mobility in Schools Pilot Project are: El Monte Union High School District — $9.8 million. San Diego Unified School District — $9.75 million. Stockton Unified School District — $4.8

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Electrify America invests $1.3M in SMUD Energy StorageShares program

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This is a win-win opportunity benefiting all parties involved and a great example of how utilities and the private market can work together to further the deployment of EV infrastructure. This future-proof charging technology will meet the needs of all electric vehicles available today and the advanced EVs expected as early as 2020. Electrify America is investing $1.3 million in the Energy StorageShares program developed by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).

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