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UN report highlights urgent need to tackle impact of EV battery production boom

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Demand for raw materials used in the production of electric car batteries is set to soar, prompting the UN trade body, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), to call for the social and environmental impacts of the extraction of raw materials, which include human rights abuses, to be addressed urgently.

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Guidehouse Insights names Rivian, NIO, and Nikola the leading EV “upstarts”

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A new Leaderboard Report from Guidehouse Insights evaluates the strategy and execution of 21 electric vehicle (EV) upstarts, with Rivian, NIO, and Nikola ranked as the leading market players. The Guidehouse Insights Leaderboard Grid.

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Researchers combine AI and radar to allow vehicles to spot hazards around corners

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Using radar commonly deployed to track speeders and fastballs, researchers have developed an automated system that will allow cars to peer around corners and spot oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

2020 145

Toshiba integrated hydrogen energy system starts operation at Toranomon Hills Business Tower in Tokyo

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Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) announced that its hydrogen-based autonomous energy supply system H2One, which Toshiba ESS delivered and installed on the rooftop of Toranomon Hills Business Tower (Minato-ku, Tokyo), has started full-scale operation with the opening of commercial facilities.

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Transdev Canada purchasing 27 new electric Lion school buses

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Transdev Canada is investing close to CAD$4.5 million in its fleet of electric school buses with the Québec company Lion, thus becoming, with a total of 31 vehicles, the largest private operator of electric school buses in North America to date.

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BMW Group opens new Additive Manufacturing Campus

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The BMW Group has officially opened its new Additive Manufacturing Campus. The new center brings together production of prototype and series parts under one roof, along with research into new 3D printing technologies, and associate training for the global rollout of toolless production.

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SwRI engineers develop near-zero emissions diesel engine technology; 90% reduction of NOx

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Southwest Research Institute engineers have developed the next generation of clean diesel engine technology to reduce hazardous nitrogen oxides (NO x ) and carbon dioxide emissions while minimizing fuel consumption.

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Successful first flight of the world?s largest all-electric aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan 208B

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magniX, a company developing electric propulsion systems for aircraft, and AeroTEC, a leading independent company focused on aerospace testing, engineering and certification, announced the successful flight of an all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B.

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UC Davis study: roadkill declines as COVID-19 continues

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Fewer wild animals, including threatened mountain lions, are becoming roadkill during shelter-in-place orders, according to a study on three states from the University of California, Davis.

2020 130

Samsung Heavy Industries and Bloom Energy sign joint development agreement for SOFC-powered ships

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Solid-oxide fuel-cell manufacturer Bloom Energy and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), a part of Samsung Group, have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to design and to develop fuel cell-powered ships.

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Project ASLAN launches open-source self-driving software platform

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To accelerate the progression of driverless technology, Project ASLAN has launched an open-source and rapidly deployable self-driving software platform. The free and open software stack has been launched expressly to foster engineering collaboration.

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Ford awards TomTom global traffic service deal for next-gen SYNC tech

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Ford has awarded TomTom a global multi-year deal to provide Ford’s next-generation SYNC with its real-time traffic service. The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 pickup and the soon to be delivered all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV are the first Ford vehicles available with the technology.

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Alstom reports successful 1.5y trial operation of Coradia iLint fuel cell trains, next project phase begins

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After 530 days and more than 180,000 driven kilometers, the successful trial operation of the world’s first two hydrogen trains was officially completed at the end of February. Two pre-series trains of Alstom’s Coradia iLint model have been in passenger service since September 2018. Earlier post.).

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NIO Power completes more than 500,000 EV battery swaps

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As of 26 May 2020, NIO Power has completed more than 500,000 EV battery swaps in China, becoming one of NIO’s most well-received power services.

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Volvo Trucks deploys first pilot all-electric VNR Truck at TEC Equipment in Southern California

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Evonik develops novel anion exchange membrane for electrolytic production of hydrogen; CHANNEL project

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The central component of the electrolyzer, which has a major influence on efficiency and reliability, is an ion-conducting membrane. Evonik has now developed a novel anion exchange membrane (AEM), which should contribute to the breakthrough of electrolytic production of hydrogen.

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UN: global e-waste surging; up 21% in 5 years

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A record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21% in just five years, according to the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor 2020.

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European project to develop cobalt-free EV batteries awarded €11.8M

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The COBRA (CObalt-free Batteries for FutuRe Automotive Applications) project has been awarded a €11.8-million grant to develop Next Generation Cobalt-free batteries.

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Mercedes-AMG, Garrett developing 48V electric exhaust gas turbocharger

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Mercedes-AMG is moving ahead with electrification through innovative developments while also benefiting from motorsport know-how. An electric exhaust gas turbocharger, which in future will be used for the first time in a series production model, is already in the final stages of development.

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Norsepower unveils first tiltable rotor sail installation with Sea-Cargo agreement

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Norsepower Oy Ltd., the leading global provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systems, and SEA-CARGO, leading logistics provider in the North Sea market, announced an agreement to install two of Norsepower’s largest Rotor Sails ( earlier post ) on board the SC Connector , a sidedoor Ro-Ro.

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PEUGEOT introducing electric e-Traveler van

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The new PEUGEOT e-Traveler electric van offers two battery capacities (50 kWh, 18 modules or 75 kWh, 27 modules) for up to 330 km (205 miles) of range in the WLTP certification cycle.

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ITER beginning assembly of fusion reactor tokamak

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ITER , the world’s largest international scientific collaboration, is beginning assembly of the fusion reactor tokamak that will include 12 different essential hardware systems provided by US ITER, which is managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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I-5 electric truck charging sites mapped out by electric utilities; West Coast Clean Transit Corridor

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The West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative , a study commissioned by a collaboration among nine electric utilities and two agencies representing more than two dozen municipal utilities, recommends adding electric vehicle charging for freight haulers and delivery trucks at 50-mile intervals along Interstate 5 and adjoining highways.

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U Oregon team advances effectiveness of catalytic water dissociation in bipolar membranes

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Researchers at the University of Oregon have advanced the effectiveness of the catalytic water dissociation reaction in bipolar membranes.

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Airbus and RollsRoyce end E-Fan X hybrid-electric aircraft initiative

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Airbus and Rolls Royce jointly have decided to end the E-Fan X demonstrator program. Earlier post.) Launched in 2017, the E-Fan X project sought to develop a near-term hybrid-electric flight demonstrator for commercial aircraft. decarbonizing the aviation industry is no small feat.

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Michelin and Symbio to accelerate work on fuel cell technology through motorsport; MissionH24

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Through Symbio, the joint venture it formed with the automotive equipment manufacturer Faurecia, Groupe Michelin has become a preferential partner of the MissionH24 project which seeks to accelerate the development of zero-emissions mobility through the use of fuel cell technology in endurance racing.

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Mercedes-Benz AG exploring sale of Hambach smart EV plant as part of global realignment

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Mercedes-Benz AG has taken numerous measures to sustainably improve its cost structure and become significantly more efficient. An important lever for this is the adjustment and realignment of capacity within its global production network.

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Air Liquide introducing next-gen hydrogen stations

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Air Liquide is introducing next-generation hydrogen stations with a high capacity of 1,000 kg and dual filling positions capable of filling 250 vehicles per day. Air Liquide’s high capacity gaseous hydrogen station can provide 700 bar fills at T40 temperatures per SAE J2601 protocol.

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Volvo Penta develops electric driveline for Rosenbauer fire truck

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Volvo Penta has developed an electric driveline for leading fire service vehicle manufacturer Rosenbauer’s pioneering fire truck, enabling a new solution with zero exhaust emissions and significantly reduced noise levels.

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Lyft commits to 100% EVs by 2030

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Ridesharing company Lyft—in collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund—has commited to reach 100% electric vehicles on the Lyft platform by 2030.

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Light-truck sales declined less during the current pandemic than car sales

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by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. This note examines the sales of all new light-duty vehicles (cars and light trucks) in the United States in March, April, and May 2020—the first three months of the current pandemic—and compares them with the sales in February 2020.

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NEVS launches PONS mobility ecosystem with autonomous vehicles for city needs; Sango

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NEVS has presented its new mobility ecosystem: PONS—the first generation of autonomous vehicles with a connected user interface. The self-driving vehicle Sango is the centerpiece of the system. The self-driving vehicle Sango.

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First of 130 Solaris electric buses deployed in Warsaw

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The first of 130 Solaris electric buses ( earlier post ), a Solaris Urbino 18 electric bus, no. 5870, has been deployed in Warsaw. Since the beginning of the year, Warsaw has been delivered electric buses under the contract that Solaris secured in July last year.

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Daimler Truck AG pushing forward with series production of fuel cells

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Daimler Truck AG is pushing forward with series production of fuel cells with Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co. Over the past ten years, experts from Daimler have built up extensive know-how in this field and have developed production methods and processes.

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Silica-based cathode enables long-life Li-S batteries

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Scientists from the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, have developed a novel silica-based cathode for lithium–sulfur batteries, thereby enabling the realization of batteries that can last for more than 2,000 charge/discharge cycles.

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Study estimates fuel economy improvements to US light-duty vehicles from 1975–2018 saved 2T gallons of fuel, 17B tons of CO2

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A team from the University of Tennessee and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has the fuel savings due to fuel economy improvements over the past 43 years amount to approximately two trillion gallons of gasoline.

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Toyota, 5 Chinese companies establish R&D JV for commercial vehicle fuel cell systems in China

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Toyota Motor and five Chinese OEMs—China FAW Corporation Limited (FAW); Dongfeng Motor Corporation (DFM); Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., GAC Group); Beijing Automotive Group Co., BAIC Group); and Beijing SinoHytec Co.,

2020 132

Buick to introduce VELITE 6 PHEV in China

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Buick is adding the VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to its new energy vehicle (NEV) portfolio in China. The model is expected to be launched this month. The VELITE 6 PHEV will be powered by Buick eMotion electric drive technology that leverages GM’s global electrification expertise.

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Ballard receives $7.7M MEA order from Synergy JV in China

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Ballard Power Systems has received a $7.7-million purchase order for membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) for use in manufacturing FCvelocity-9SSL fuel cell stacks from Guangdong Synergy Ballard Hydrogen Power Co.,

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SGH2 building largest green hydrogen production facility in California; gasification of waste into H2

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Energy company SGH2 is bringing the world’s biggest green hydrogen production facility to Lancaster, California.

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NREL researchers evaluating blockchain for transactive energy applications

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Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are evaluating the use of blockchain for transactive energy using hardware in the laboratory’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). Distributing grid operational decision-making is revolutionary.

2020 145

Researchers demonstrate fossil fuel-free jet propulsion with air plasmas

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A team of researchers at the Institute of Technological Sciences at Wuhan University has demonstrated a prototype design of a propulsion thruster that utilizes air plasma induced by microwave ionization.

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WUSTL team develops high-power direct borohydride fuel cells; double the voltage of conventional H2 fuel cells

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Engineers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) have developed high-power direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFC) that operate at double the voltage of conventional PEM hydrogen fuel cells.

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