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VW’s 1.0 TSI in the new up! GTI wins International Engine of the Year 2018 award in its category; Euro 6d-TEMP

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Volkswagen’s 1.0 TSI in the new up! GTI1 has been named International Engine of the Year 2018 in its category. The 85 kW / 115 PS gasoline-fired engine is the first of its kind to be combined with a four-way catalytic converter and installed in the up! It also comes with a gasoline particulate filter. Exhaust gas after-treatment paired with innovative features inside the engine enables the GTI engine to meet the new EU 6AG (Euro 6d-TEMP) emission standard.

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Texas reinstates incentives for electric and alternative fuel cars

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After a three-year hiatus, Texas has reinstated purchase rebates for plug-in electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles. Texans who buy electric cars after Sept. 1 can get a $2,500 rebate from the state, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News, in addition to the $7,500 tax credit from the federal government. Buyers of fuel-cell cars.

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ARPA-E awarding up to $24M to 10 projects to support advanced nuclear power plants

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $24 million in funding for 10 projects as part of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program: Modeling-Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration ( MEITNER ). MEITNER teams will identify and develop innovative technologies that enable designs for lower cost, safer, advanced nuclear reactors.

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Satellite study suggests California clean air regulations working to reduce PM2.5 emissions in state

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Scientists from Emory University, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Air Resources Board teamed to analyze satellite data to determine the 15-year trend of PM 2.5 pollution in the state. PM 2.5 is especially burdensome in California and accounts for the greatest percentage of health impacts attributable to air pollution. The open-access study, which focused on the four major components of PM 2.5 to predict PM 2.5 species, was recently published in the journal Atmospheric Environ

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

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New solid polymer electrolyte outperforms Nafion; novel polymer folding

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Researchers, led by a team from the University of Pennsylvania, have used a polymer-folding mechanism to develop a new and versatile kind of solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) that currently offers proton conductivity faster than Nafion by a factor of 2, the benchmark for fuel cell membranes. As reported in a paper in Nature Materials , the layered sulfonated polyethylene-based structure offers an innovative and versatile design paradigm for functional polymer membranes, opening doors to efficient

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Audi Q8 makes debut in China; 48V mHEV system standard

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The Audi Q8 made its debut at the Audi Brand Summit in Shenzhen, China. The five-passenger SUV offers advanced connectivity, infotainment and driver assistance systems, combined with capable driving dynamics. All drive systems are enhanced by the standard new mild hybrid technology (MHEV). The 48-volt primary electrical system supports the TFSI engine and functions as the main vehicle electrical system.

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GM and Honda partner on next-gen batteries for EVs for N America

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General Motors and Honda are partnering on new advanced chemistry battery components, including the cell and module, to accelerate both companies’ plans for all-electric vehicles. The next-generation battery will deliver higher energy density, smaller packaging and faster charging capabilities for both companies’ future products, mainly for the North American market.

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Japan V2G demonstrator project using EVs as virtual power plant resource; METI funding

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Seven companies—Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO); TEPCO Energy Partner, Inc.; TEPCO Power Grid, Inc.; Hitachi Systems Power Service, Ltd.; Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC); SHIZUOKA GAS Co., Ltd.; and Hitachi Solutions, Ltd.—have been selected by the Ministry for Economy, Transport and Infrastructure (METI) to receive grants under METI’s FY2018 Sustainable open Innovation Initiative (SII) to help fund “A Demonstrator Project for A Virtual Power Plant Utilizing C

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Seven-Eleven Japan, Toyota launching next-gen convenience store project in 2019; fuel cell trucks and generators

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Seven-Eleven and Toyota entered into a basic agreement in August 2017 regarding considerations toward energy conservation and carbon dioxide emission reduction in store distribution and operation. Toyota has been investigating the use of newly developed fuel cell trucks and fuel cell generators, and the project will be implemented in stages starting in 2019.

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California Energy Commission providing $78.7M for replacement of oldest school buses; electric preferred

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The California Energy Commission School Bus Replacement Program is making up to $78.7 million in grant funding available for the replacement of California’s oldest school buses. (GFO-17-607) Additionally, the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) has up to $13 million in grant funds for electric vehicle infrastructure and $2.4 million in grant funds for compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure for the replacement school buses.

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

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BMW fitting all gasoline and PHEV models in Germany with particulate filters for Euro 6d-TEMP compliance

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As of July 2018, all BMW gasoline and plug-in hybrid models available in Germany will be fitted as standard with a gasoline particulate filter (GPF) and thus will comply with the exhaust standard Euro 6d-TEMP. BluePerformance Technology including SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection has been a standard feature of all BMW diesel models since March 2018.

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Fiat Chrysler to phase out diesels in its passenger cars in EMEA by 2021; electrification roadmap

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Fiat Chrysler will phase out diesel engines in its passenger cars sold in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) market by 2021, according to company executives presenting at FCA Capital Markets day in Balocco, Italy. The company, however, will still offer diesel in its light commercial vehicles across its brands. Company executives also laid out broad as well as brand-specific electrification plans—running the gamut from 48V mild-hybrids (mHEVs) and high voltage hybrids, plug-in hybrids,

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Volkswagen testing use of quantum computing in battery research

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For the first time, Volkswagen researchers have succeeded in simulating industrially relevant molecules using a quantum computer. This is especially important for the development of high-performance electric vehicle batteries. In the long term, Volkswagen wants to simulate the chemical structure of a complete electric vehicle battery on a quantum computer.

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Japan’s NIMS reports highly stable cycling of nanoporous, amorphous silicon anodes for all-solid-state lithium batteries

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Researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) have reported that nanoporous, amorphous silicon film anodes can show excellent cycling stability with extremely high lithium storage capacity: 2962?mAh?g ?1 and 2.19?mAh?cm ?2 after 100 cycles. An open-access paper on their work appears in the Nature journal Communications Chemistry.

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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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Fraunhofer joins AddESun project to develop new generation of lead-acid batteries

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The Fraunhofer R&D Center Electromobility Bavaria, located at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC, has joined a consortium of partners from industry and research to develop a new generation of lead-acid batteries. The collaborative project AddESun, aiming to safeguard the future of lead-acid batteries, was launched in September 2017. The list of project goals includes a more sustainable production, improved charging behavior, longer service life and higher power density.

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GM outlines electrification path in China; 10 NEVs from 2016-2020, double by 2023

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On World Environment Day, General Motors mapped out its electrification path in China. GM is on track to deliver 10 new energy vehicle models in China between 2016 and 2020. From 2021 through 2023, GM will maintain momentum by doubling the number of new energy vehicles available. The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, Buick VELITE 5 extended-range electric vehicle and Baojun E100 electric vehicle are among the models that have already been launched in the domestic market.

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2018 Toyota AYGO mid-lifecycle update features enhanced 1.0L engine; Euro 6d-TEMP-compliant; up to 61.8 mpg

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Toyota Motor is introducing a mid-lifecycle model change for the AYGO, its successful A-segment entry in the European market. In 2017, AYGO was amongst the top sellers of the A-segment with more than 85,000 units sold, and a segment share of 6.6%. Launched in 2005 for Europe, the first generation Toyota AYGO was designed to attract young, urban-based customers, and to bring a greater sense of playfulness to the Toyota brand.

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Hitachi Chemical licenses rights to several Silatronix organosilicon materials for use in Li-ion battery electrolytesV

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Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. (HCC) is licensing from from Silatronix, Inc. the rights to manufacture, sell and use specific organosilicon (OS) compounds for use in lithium-ion battery electrolytes. ( Earlier post.). In early 2016, HCC and Silatronix entered into a joint development agreement. ( Earlier post.) The companies selected specific compounds from the Silatronix portfolio of OS materials to evaluate their feasibility for application in LiB electrolytes.

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Hydro-Québec grants an operating license and partners with Nouveau Monde Graphite to develop materials used in lithium-ion batteries

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Hydro-Québec (HQ) and Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) recently signed a license and a research and development agreements concerning the processing of graphite for use in lithium-ion batteries. This collaboration is intended to enable NMG to commercialize battery material technologies developed by HQ over the past 30 years, helping to position Québec strategically in the lithium-ion battery market.

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Volvo Cars expects ½ of annual sales from BEVs by middle of next decade; ? autonomous; ½ subscription-based

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Volvo Cars said that by the middle of the next decade, it expects to generate half of all sales annually from fully electric cars; one third of all cars sold to be autonomous driving cars and half of all cars it offers to customers from its subscription service. Volvo Cars expects these initiatives to transform its connection to its customer base, with the aim to build a total of more than 5 million direct consumer relationships by the middle of the next decade, creating new sources of recurring

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Daimler Trucks North America unveils two Freightliner electric vehicle models and Electric Innovation Fleet

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Freightliner Trucks premiered two fully electrified commercial vehicles—a Freightliner eCascadia heavy-duty truck and a Freightliner eM2 106 medium-duty truck—during the Daimler Trucks Capital Market and Technology Day in Portland. Freightliner plans to deliver an Electric Innovation Fleet of 30 vehicles to customers later this year for further testing under real-world operating conditions.

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New Hyundai Tucson in Europe features 48 V mild hybrid diesel powertrain

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The New Hyundai Tucson for Europe, which enters production this month, will be equipped with a fuel-efficient 48 V mild hybrid powertrain. It is the first model in the company’s line-up to offer the new technology. Production of the new compact SUV starts in June 2018, to be launched in the European market in summer. The New Tucson is designed and built in Europe.

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Major automakers, startups, technology companies and others launch Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI)

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Early in May major automakers, startups, technology companies and others came together to launch, MOBI, the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative, to explore blockchain for use in a new digital mobility ecosystem that could make transportation safer, more affordable, and more widely accessible. MOBI is working with companies accounting for more than 70% of global vehicle production in terms of market share.

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US/China team develops robust, stable Ni/Fe OER catalyst for water-splitting at low overpotentials

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A team from the University of Houston and Hunan Normal University in China has developed an active and durable oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalyst for water splitting that meets commercial crtieria for current densities at low overpotentials. In a paper in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science , the report that together with a good hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalyst, they achieved current densities of 500 and 1,000 mA cm -2 at 1.586 and 1.657 V respectively, with very good

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NEVS and Phantom Auto collaborating on autonomous vehicles

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Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer NEVS is using Phantom Auto’s teleoperation safety technology to ensure safe deployment of electric autonomous vehicles. NEVS (formerly Saab Automobile) and Phantom Auto, the leading provider of teleoperation safety technology for autonomous vehicles (AVs), are collaborating to ensure the optimally safe and efficient deployment of NEVS’ electric AVs throughout the world.

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Shell Aviation and SkyNRG in strategic collaboration to advance use of sustainable aviation fuel

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Shell Aviation and SkyNRG entered a long-term strategic collaboration to promote and develop the use of sustainable fuel in aviation supply chains. The collaboration combines Shell Aviation’s technical and commercial expertise, world-class supply chain and carbon management operations with SkyNRG’s proven track record of supplying sustainable aviation fuels and in-depth knowledge of this market.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars invests €1B in new “Full-Flex” car plant in Hungary; Factory 56 applied to full plant

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Mercedes-Benz Cars is starting construction of its first “Full-Flex Plant“ in Kecskemét, Hungary, about 90 km in the south of Budapest. Overall, the company is investing €1 billion in the new car plant and creating more than 2,500 jobs. The first global “Full-Flex Plant” of Mercedes-Benz Cars is based on the “Factory 56” principles introduced in February ( earlier post ), and is thus digitized consistently, designed for sustainable production and puts the human at the center of all activities.

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Leclanché secures $76M in funding, $51M facility for acquisitions and joint ventures in e-Transport and stationary grid-based storage markets

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Switzerland-based energy storage company Leclanché SA has secured new additional funding from FEFAM, Leclanché’s largest shareholder. In addition to CHF 75 million (US$76 million) committed corporate funding, FEFAM has agreed to provide a conditional CHF 50 million (US$51 million) funding facility for acquisitions and joint ventures. The facility shall operate on the basis of a Right-of-First-Offer (ROFO) for FEFAM.

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Volkswagen launches new engineer training program for ID EV family

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The Volkswagen brand has launched a program—the “Future Electronic Engineer Program” (FEEP)—to train 100 young engineers and skilled workers throughout the world as top production experts in e-mobility. The first participants to complete the three-year program will support the run-up phase of the I.D. family, the new generation of full-electric vehicles based on the modular electrification toolkit (MEB) in Zwickau.

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Nature study shows it's cheaper to reduce global warming than to adapt to it

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One of the main objections that critics of global warming mitigation measures often cite is that they cost too much. A new study in the journal Nature takes issue with that conclusion. Several studies since 1991 have concluded that it is cheaper to develop new technologies to mitigate climate change than it will be to adapt to it. What those.

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Electric trucks coming from Daimler, Freightliner, Volvo, and others

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It's not even on the road yet and the Tesla Semi is getting some new competition. German Automaker Daimler, which owns Freightliner, Fuso, and other truck brands, announced that it would deliver its first 30 electric trucks to customers in North America for testing later this year. Last month, Swedish truckmaker Volvo also introduced an electric.

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Chargeway pilot program to post signs helping electric-car drivers sort out charging levels

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Charging has been a key obstacle to electric carbuyers, and it may not just be the number of public stations available. With three different "levels" of charging, and multiple charging speeds and connector types within each of those, it can be confusing for the average driver to know what type of chargers their car can use and what will give them.

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Twitter poll results: More electric cars get charged at work than at public chargers

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Electric-car charging is going through a growth spurt. Volkswagen is spending big money through Electrify America to set up high-speed charging stations, as a result of the settlement terms of the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. Northeastern states are banding together to coordinate a rollout of electric car chargers. New York and Maryland.

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Panasonic works to develop cobalt-free electric-car batteries

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One of the most widespread concerns about electric cars centers around the availability and cost of cobalt. Cobalt is an element used in lithium-ion batteries to build stability and increase safety. While the signature element in modern electric-car batteries, lithium, is mined in only a few countries, it is relatively easily accessible, and so.