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% This represents a market share of 29.4%, down from 32% in 2019. All EU markets recorded strong double-digit drops so far this year. in the second quarter of 2020.

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IEA: global oil demand to decline in 2020 as coronavirus weighs on markets

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Global oil demand is expected to decline in 2020 as the impact of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads around the world, constricting travel and broader economic activity, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest oil market forecast. Market Background Oil

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EVs predicted to gain market share, despite 18% sales drop in 2020

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Electric-car sales will decrease in 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, but not as much as sales of internal-combustion vehicles. It also predicts that electric cars will continue to gradually gain market share in the coming.

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ACEA: plug-in vehicles take 6.8% market share in Europe in Q1 2020; HEVs at 9.4%

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In the first quarter of 2020, the electrically-chargeable vehicle segment in Europe significantly increased its market share, rising to 6.8% (from 2.5% During the first quarter of 2020, the number of diesel cars registered across the European Union plummeted by 32.6%

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Dürr expands market access in battery manufacturing technology with cooperation with Techno Smart

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Dürr is positioning itself in this growth market as a supplier of production technology and is expanding its market access to battery manufacturers through a cooperation with Techno Smart, a leading Japanese manufacturer of coating systems. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background

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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. million passengers in May 2020, up from 3.0

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SOFC-maker Bloom Energy announces initial strategy for hydrogen market entry; partnership with SK

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Solid-oxide-fuel-cell manufacturer Bloom Energy is entering the commercial hydrogen market by introducing hydrogen-powered fuel cells and electrolyzers that produce renewable hydrogen. The Bloom Energy Servers are a proven market leader in clean, reliable, and resilient on-site power.

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Adamas: LFP market share drops to 6% in global passenger EV batteries in 2019; potential comeback in 2020 with cell-to-pack

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In 2019, the market share of lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode chemistry fell to 6% in global passenger EV batteries by watt-hours deployed (i.e. Adamas said that it views the renewed adaptation of LFP as a reflection of diversifying market needs.

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IDTechEx: market for EV powertrain materials to reach $47B by 2030

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Their meteoric rise will lead to much greater demand for several materials markets which otherwise would see only modest growth. For each, a granular breakdown is used to forecast each material required and its market value over the next 10 years.

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Aeva and ZF to bring first FMCW LiDAR to production for autonomous driving applications

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Aeva , a company building next-generation sensing for autonomous vehicles ( earlier post ), and ZF are partnering to bring the first Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR to market for autonomous driving applications. We have seen that different markets require different solutions.

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UCLA team proposes non-photosynthetic biological conversion of CO2

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an and Park (2020) “Light-Independent Biological Conversion of CO 2 ,” Joule doi: 10.1016/ j.joule.2020.08.007. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Market Background

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ABI: connected car market will endure a 15% shipment decline, flat revenues in 2020; sales return on trend early 2022

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After years of consistent growth, the connected vehicle industry will face a 15% decline in shipments and flat revenues in 2020, according to projections by ABI Research, a global tech market advisory firm. ABI Research expects 115 million global connected car shipments, and a market value of US$83 billion in 2025. In the US, 91% of new vehicles sold in 2020 will be connected, against 51% in Asia-Pacific and 37% in Latin America.

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Hyundai expands NEXO fuel cell SUV availability in Northern California

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In February 2020 Hyundai announced the expansion of its partnership with the U.S. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Market BackgroundHyundai’s NEXO fuel cell SUV is now available at Roseville Hyundai near Sacramento.

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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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BNEF: China dominates the Li-ion battery supply chain, but Europe is on the rise

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China dominates BloombergNEF’s (BNEF) lithium-ion battery supply chain ranking in 2020, having quickly surpassed Japan and Korea that were leaders for the majority of the previous decade. In 2020, Japan and Korea rank number two and three respectively. The US is in sixth place in 2020.

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WNA: global nuclear generation nears record high in 2019

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Nuclear generation reached a near-record high in 2019, with output reaching 2657 TWh, enough to meet more than 10% of the world’s electricity demand, according to the recently published World Nuclear Association Performance Report 2020. Market Background Nuclear Power Generation

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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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Report: Kia Soul EV not returning to US market

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Unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Soul EV was due to arrive in spring 2019 as a 2020 model. The second-generation Kia Soul EV will not be sold in the United States after all, CNET reported last week.

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BNEF: EV sales to fall 18% in 2020, overall car market by 23% in response to health and economic crisis

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BloombergNEF (BNEF) forecasts that sales of electric passenger vehicles will fall 18% in 2020 to 1.7 The figures, if realized, have major implications for oil and electricity markets. The COVID-19 pandemic is set to cause a major downturn in global auto sales in 2020.

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GM interested in electric air taxi market

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General Motors is exploring the use of its Ultium modular battery system in electric air taxis, Reuters reported Tuesday. The report, based on information from two people familiar with the matter, follows GM CEO Mary Barra's brief reference to air taxis at a conference Monday.

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Lux predicts energy storage market will hit $546B by 2035

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The total energy storage market is expected to grow to $546 billion in annual revenue by 2035, according to a report released by Lux Research.

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34 states produced a total of 1.9 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2018

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Source: US Energy Information Administration, State Energy Data System (SEDS): 1960-2018, June 2020. Biodiesel Market BackgroundA total of 1.9

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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.

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Solid-state battery company Quantumscape to list on NYSE; $3.3B valuation

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Batteries Market Background Solid-stateQuantumScape Corporation, a developer of next generation solid-state lithium-metal batteries for use in electric vehicles, and Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp.,

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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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Enovix raises $45M; working to develop its 3D Silicon Lithium-ion technology for EV market

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Rodgers and York Capital), and non-dilutive funding from market-leading customers. The facility is expected to produce batteries for delivery in late 2020 and to reach a run-rate of 8 million units per year as it ramps in 2021 and 2022.

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H2@Scale project launched in Texas; renewable hydrogen for multiple end-use applications

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The project started on 1 July 2020 and will continue for three years. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Hydrogen Storage Market BackgroundFrontier Energy, Inc.,

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Omdia: Power semiconductor market set for 6.9% decline in 2020 as COVID-19 hits smartphones & automotive

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The global power semiconductor market is set for a steep decline in 2020 as demand for these components plunges from the key markets of smartphones and automotive electronics due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to Omdia. Omdia now forecasts that the overall power semiconductor market will undergo a 6.9% decline in 2020, with revenue falling to $43.1 billion in 2020, down from $46.3 Discrete and module market revenue will decline by 10.6%

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ACEA: EU commercial vehicle registrations: down 23.2% in Q1 2020; -47.3% in March

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In March 2020, demand for new commercial vehicles fell by 47.3% Each vehicle segment was strongly affected by the fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak and all 27 EU markets recorded substantial declines last month. Each of the four main EU markets performed worse than in 2019.

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Faradion receives first order for sodium-ion batteries for Australian market

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the leader in sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery technology, has received its first order from ICM Australia for high-energy sodium-ion batteries for use in the Australian market. UK-based Faradion Ltd.,

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CALSTART: zero-emission trucks, buses, off-road equipment on track for 78% rise in models in 2020, doubling by 2023

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By the end of 2020, there will be 169 different zero-emission (ZE) medium- and heavy-duty vehicle models in commercial production compared to 95 models in 2019. The 2020 growth curve can be tracked to a number of factors—the biggest one being demand.

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GranBio and NextChem partner to develop cellulosic ethanol market

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million gallons US) of 2G ethanol per year and the potential to export 100% of this biofuel to the American and European markets. Brazil Cellulosic ethanol Market BackgroundBrazil-based GranBio announced a strategic alliance with NextChem, the subsidiary of Italian engineering giant Maire Tecnimont dedicated to the energy transition, to co-license its patented technology for the production of second-generation (2G) ethanol worldwide.

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Biden mentions 200-mph electric Corvette, says US can own the market with move to EVs

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Normally, rumors of new cars come from anonymous industry sources or leaked documents, not presidential candidates.

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GM Defense awarded $214.3M contract to produce Army’s Infantry Squad Vehicle; based on 2020 Colorado with 2.8L diesel

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GM Defense’s solution to the Army’s next-generation transportation needs is based off the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck architecture and leverages 90% commercial off-the-shelf parts. Diesel Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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Honda and General Motors sign MoU toward establishing a strategic alliance in North America

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The MoU toward establishing a North American automotive alliance builds on the agreement signed between the companies in April 2020 to jointly develop two all-new electric vehicles for Honda based on GM’s highly flexible global EV platform powered by Ultium batteries.

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Daimler electric trucks & buses log more than 7M customer kilometers

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The first practical applications of the Mercedes-Benz eEconic low-floor truck, which is based on the eActros, were announced in 2020 and are planned for next year. Bus Electric (Battery) Fleets Heavy-duty Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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TUM team finds Bitcoin accounts for 2/3 of total energy consumption of cryptocurrencies

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Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have analyzed 20 cryptocurrencies—accounting for more than 98% of the total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies—and found that Bitcoin accounts for 2/3 of the total energy consumption of cryptocurrencies.

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First drive review: 2021 Toyota Venza hybrid reinterprets the market middle at 39 mpg

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Aim for the wholesome middle of the American vehicle market today, and mix in one of Toyota’s strengths—its hybrid system—and you end up with a new hybrid-only product: the 2021 Toyota Venza.

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Tesla sales took 30% of China's EV market in March

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The Silicon Valley automaker delivered 10,160 electric cars in China in March, its highest-ever monthly total in the world's largest new-car market, according to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) trade group.

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Snam and Baker Hughes test world’s first hydrogen blend turbine for gas networks

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Engines Europe Hydrogen Infrastructure Market Background Natural Gas Power GenerationBaker Hughes and Snam have successfully completed testing of the world’s first “hybrid” hydrogen turbine designed for a gas network.

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Market share of plug-in vehicles in China has more than quadrupled from 2015 to 2019

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From 2015 to 2019, the market share of plug-in vehicles in China more than quadrupled, reaching 5.1% In the US, plug-in vehicle market share in the United States rose from 0.7% China Electric (Battery) Market Background Plug-ins Sales

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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. The supply constraint will also have an impact on the global EV markets along with energy storage projects, causing project delays or a rise in battery prices. Batteries China Health Manufacturing Market Background

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Lithium-ion battery capacity for new BEVs sold in US reached a record high in 2019

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Source: Argonne National Laboratory, Assessment of Light-Duty Plug-In Electric Vehicles in the United States, 2010 – 2019, June 2020. Batteries Electric (Battery) Market Background Sales

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