October, 2017

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Toshiba doubles anode capacity in next-generation Li-ion battery; titanium niobium oxide; application in FY 2019

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Toshiba Corporation announced the development of its next-generation SCiB (Super Charge ion Battery), which uses a new material to double the capacity of the battery anode. The new battery offers high-energy density and the ultra-rapid recharging required for automotive applications. A compact EV with a 32 kWh next generation SCiB pack could recharge to a 320 km (199 miles) drive range (JC08 test cycle) after six minutes—three times the distance possible with current lithium-ion batteries

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Electric cars are some of fastest-selling used vehicles in the U.S.

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Not every car buyer can afford a brand-new vehicle, which often makes gently used vehicles an appealing alternative. But while cars that plug in take only a small share of new-vehicle purchases today—about 1 percent—they're apparently very popular once they're used. In fact, electric and plug-in cars dominate the top 10 fastest-selling.

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The 1% Solution – The 99% Reality

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The 1% Solution – The 99% Reality This past August 2017 marked the 5th Anniversary of my transition from “gas to electric” driving, logging about 70,000 miles in either all electric (Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S) or Plug-In Hybrid Electric … Continue reading →

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London’s T-Charge

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Today (Monday 23rd October 2017) is the day that London’s toxic charge comes into effect. What is the T-Charge? The T-charge, which is applied to all vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 emissions standard as well as quadricycles and motor tricycles that do not meet the Euro 3 Standard will be required to pay £10.00 per day to travel in central London. The charge operates in the same area and at the same time as the existing London Congestion Charge, taking the total daily payment to £21.50.

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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

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Video review: Volkswagen Golf GTE

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While the Volkswagen Golf remains the most enquired for car on ContractHireAndLeasing.com, the GTE has seen a rapid rise in enquiries in 2017 and now accounts for 25% of all Golf enquiries on the site.

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It’s #TimeForUnrest Because My Friend Liz Deserves A Life Outside Her Bedroom

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I met 12 year old Liz Burlingame in 1980 back when I was 23 years old and didn’t like kids. Smart, witty, humble – a little awkward, but a bright shining light with such a positive and endearing personality I couldn’t help but love Liz and make a rare exception to my “Children Not Invited” rule. Me and Liz on my birthday in 1982.

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All cars with engines to be off Dutch roads by 2030, following 2025 sales ban

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European countries continue to implement aggressive policies to move away from fossil fuels for transportation and favor zero-emission solutions in renewable energy and vehicles. Last year, the Netherlands joined Norway to ban the sale of new cars powered by internal-combustion engines after 2025. The country will still allow engine-driven.

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Mayors of 12 major cities pledge to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025; major areas to be zero-emission by 2030

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The mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape Town have pledged to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 and ensure that a major area of their city is zero emission by 2030. The signatories of the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration “ envision a future where walking, cycling, and shared transport are how the majority of citizens move around our cities. ” The cities therefore commit to: Increase rates of

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Growth Energy: 2 billion miles on E15

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Growth Energy announced that in five months, US drivers have surpassed another billion miles on E15 (gasoline with 15% ethanol), bringing the total miles driven across the US to 2 billion. More than 1,000 stations across the country are currently offering E15 to consumers—nearly triple the number of stations from the same time last year. E15 is approved for use in all vehicles 2001 and newer, as well as, all flex fuel vehicles, which combined represent more than 87% of the vehicles on the

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Study finds modifying urban form may be a strategy to reduce air pollution

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Based on their findings in a new study, researchers from the University of Washington and the University of Minnesota suggest that modifying urban form—as a means of affecting motor vehicle usage—may be a strategy to mitigate urban air pollution. Their paper appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. They used satellite-based measurements of urban form and nitrogen dioxideO 2 (n) to explore relationships between urban form and air pollution for a global data set o

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Faurecia and Accenture partner on products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles

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Study finds air pollution and GHG costs of crude-by-rail nearly 2x pipeline costs; much larger than spill and accidents costs

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Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have found that the air pollution and greenhouse gas costs of shipping crude by rail are nearly twice as large as those for oil pipelines. Further, their estimates of air pollution and greenhouse gas costs are much larger than estimates of spill and accidents costs—more than twice as big for rail and more than eight times as big for pipelines.

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Western Governors pledge to create electric vehicle charging network

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The governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to create a unified regional electric vehicle plan to allow electric vehicles to recharge and travel easily along the 5,000 miles of freeways in the western region. The announcement comes in the wake of a new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantifying the number of non-residential L2 and DC fast charging stations needed to support a growing po

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Toyota showing two new fuel cell concepts at Tokyo Motor Show: bus and car

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Toyota has launched two new fuel cell vehicle concepts: the Sora fuel cell bus and the Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell car. The company will show both at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show later this month. Toyota plans to launch sales of a commercial model based on the Sora (an acronym for Sky, Ocean, River, Air, representing the earth‘s water cycle) concept vehicle in 2018 and expects to introduce more than 100 Sora, mainly within the Tokyo metropolitan area, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralym

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Velodyne LiDAR more than quadruples production for autonomous vehicle surge

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Velodyne LiDAR has more than quadrupled production for its high-performance LiDAR sensors to meet strong global demand. As a result, Velodyne LiDAR’s sensors are immediately available via distribution partners in Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America, with industry standard lead-times for direct contracts. Velodyne leads the market in real-time 3D LiDAR systems for fully autonomous vehicles.

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

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Deutsche Post DHL Group, ZF deploying test fleet of autonomous electric delivery trucks based on NVIDIA Drive PX

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Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL), the world’s largest mail and logistics company, and ZF, one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, have partnered together to deploy a test fleet of autonomous delivery trucks, starting in 2018. DPDHL will outfit electric light trucks with the ZF ProAI self-driving system, based on NVIDIA DRIVE PX technology (currently the Drive PX 2 AI platform), for automating package transportation and delivery, including the “last mile” of deliveries.

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New “50 by 50” Commission seeks to halve US transportation energy use by 2050

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The Alliance to Save Energy has chartered a national commission of business, government and civil society leaders that will work together to develop a pathway and recommendations to reduce energy use in the US transportation sector by 50% by 2050 while meeting future mobility needs. The “50 by 50” Commission , chaired by Audi of America President Scott Keogh and National Grid US President Dean Seavers, includes Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto (D) and Fort Worth, Texas, Mayor Betsy Price (R), alo

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Magna forms e-powertrain joint venture in China with SAIC Motor subsidiary

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To expand its global electrified powertrain offerings and strengthen its local footprint in China, Magna has entered into a joint-venture agreement with Huayu Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. (HASCO), a subsidiary of SAIC Motor. The JV will initially produce an electric-drive powertrain system for a German automaker. For the initial customer order, the JV will leverage Magna’s highly integrated e-drive system with a focus on the production of the system mainly for the Chinese market.

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Berkeley Lab and Hydro-Québec partner on transportation electrification and energy storage

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Hydro-Québec and the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have agreed to explore collaborations toward the research and development of manufacturing and scale-up technology to advance transportation electrification and energy storage. The two institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to assess the feasibility of creating a Québec Berkeley (QUBE) joint research center based in the San Francisco Bay Area that will speed up development of

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Renault creates new grid-energy subsidiary: Renault Energy Services

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Groupe Renault, Europe’s number one manufacturer of electric vehicles, has formed a new subsidiary: Renault Energy Services. The aim of this new subsidiary is to have an active presence in the energy and smart grid sectors, both of which are fundamental to the expansion of electric mobility. Renault Energy Services will function much like a start-up and its objective is to invest in smart grid-related projects by forging privileged ties with the energy industry’s various stakeholders.

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WMO reports GHG concentrations at highest in 800K years

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Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800,000 years, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. Globally averaged concentrations of CO 2 reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400.00 ppm in 2015 because of a combination of human activities and a strong El Niño event.

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UNIST’s U-Loop displayed at International Public Transport Forum

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A trip between Seoul to Busan in less than 30 minutes could be a reality, thanks to ‘U-Loop’, the near-supersonic train—similar to Elon Musk’s Hyperloop—designed by a team of researchers at UNIST. Powered by magnetic attraction, the U-Loop capsule would move at nearly 1,000 km/h. A prototype of this new transport capsule was displayed and tested at the 7 th International Public Transportation Forum.

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Hitachi Solutions C2X middleware platform now supports Japanese ITS standards

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Hitachi Solutions, Ltd. C2X Middleware Platform, which uses wireless communication between two vehicles or between a road and a vehicle, supports Japan’s ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) standards. As a result, together with the support it already provides in Europe and America, it will support the major ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) standards of the world.

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Researchers developing free-piston linear generator for exhaust waste heat recovery

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Researchers in China have developed a novel free-piston linear generator (FPLG) to recover exhaust waste heat efficiently from a vehicle engine. The FPLG can be used in a small-scale organic Rankine cycle (ORC) system and can directly convert the thermodynamic energy of working fluid into electricity. In a paper published in the journal Applied Thermal Engineering , the team from.

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Mercedes-Benz running automated test drive in Shanghai; infrastructure peculiarities

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Mercedes-Benz started its “Intelligent World Drive” at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September to adapt more highly automated driving functions to national user and traffic practices. After the start in Germany, the test vehicle based on the new production S‑Class is now under test in the heavy traffic and exposed to the special national features in the Chinese megalopolis of Shanghai.

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Lightning Systems accepting orders for LightningElectric battery-electric upfit for Ford Transit; price and specs

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Lightning Systems is accepting pre-orders for its new all-electric LightningElectric system for Ford Transit. ( Earlier post.) The LightningElectric battery conversion package is available for Ford Transit as part of Ford Motor Company’s eQVM program. The product will be available first on heavy-duty Transits with a 10,360-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).

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Nissan unveils IMx fully autonomous electric crossover concept at Tokyo show

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At the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan unveiled the Nissan IMx, an all-electric crossover concept vehicle offering fully autonomous operation and a driving range of more than 600 kilometers (373 miles). The IMx is propelled by a pair of high-output electric motors at the front and rear, giving it all-wheel-drive capability. They combine to produce 320 kW of power and 700 N·m of torque, sourced from a high-capacity battery which has been redesigned and re-engineered for increased energy density.

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DOE: US petroleum production exceeding transportation consumption and will continue to do so through 2050

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According to the US Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2015 total petroleum production exceeded all US transportation sector petroleum consumption. The EIA expects petroleum production to be greater than transportation consumption through 2040. Including non-petroleum sources such as ethanol, the production will exceed transportation demand by about three million barrels per day in 2050.

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Honeywell UOP opens first facility in China to test flare emissions for VOCs

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Honeywell UOP’s Callidus Technologies business began operation of China’s only facility capable of testing flare emissions for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The test center in Luoyang, Henan Province, aids customers that are working to reduce emissions of VOCs in industrial flare systems and improve flare operation. The Callidus Luoyang Combustion Research and Development Center is the largest test facility of its kind in Asia.

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Lancet Commission report estimates pollution responsible for 9 million premature deaths globally in 2015; 16% of deaths

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Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today, according to the newly released report detailing the adverse effects of pollution on global health by the The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015—16% of all deaths worldwide—three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars a

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Bosch introduces new 48V Li-ion pack for mild-hybrids; production in 2018

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Bosch has introduced a new 48-volt battery for mild hybrids; similar to the Bosch e-axle, this 48-volt battery is standardized for easy integration into new vehicle models. Established manufacturers and start-ups alike can thus eliminate long and expensive development processes. Bosch intends for this pack—along with its earlier work on mild hybrid systems ( earlier post )—to position it as a leader in the burgeoning 48V mild-hybrid market.

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Penn State team devises new control strategy to enhance EV battery performance when driving in cold temperatures

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Researchers at Penn State, with a colleague from EC Power, have devised a new control strategy that can rapidly restore EV battery power and permit full regeneration while driving at temperatures as low as −40 °C. The strategy involves heating the battery internally during regenerative braking and rest periods of driving. In a paper in the Journal of Power Sources , they report that this technique fully restores room-temperature battery power and regeneration in 13, 33, 46, 56 and 112 seconds in

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California adds more regulation for oil and gas industry; water quality and spill response

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California Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bills 1328 and 1197, authored by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara). AB 1328 gives California water agencies access to information on potentially hazardous chemicals used in oil and gas operations. AB 1197 will ensure their spill management teams are adequately trained and prepared in the event of an oil spill.

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Navigant Research: sales of plug-in electric buses increased 40% from 2016 to 2017

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According to a new report from Navigant Research, sales for plug-in electric buses increased 40% from 2016 to 2017, as the technology on offer from bus companies has improved in performance and in price. The report, Market Data: Electric Drive Buses , analyzes the global market for medium and heavy duty electric drive buses with the following powertrains: gasoline hybrid, gasoline plug-in hybrid, diesel hybrid, diesel plug-in hybrid, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cells.

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First hydrogen station opens in Bremen

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Daimler, Shell and Linde inaugurated the city of Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station, providing a refueling option on the important route between Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia. The new site at Osterholzer Heerstraße 222 is located directly on the Sebaldsbrück motorway exit and the Bremen interchange, and is also near the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, one of Daimler AG’s largest car plants in the world.

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