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TUM, partners to present electric aCar prototype at IAA; transport for sub-Saharan Africa

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Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and partners will present their new prototype of an electric four-wheel drive utility vehicle designed for Africa—the aCar — at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt next month.

Argonne team develops new fluorinated sulfone electrolytes for high-voltage, high-energy Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have synthesized a new class of fluorinated sulfone electrolytes to enable high-voltage, high-energy Li-ion batteries. A paper on their work is published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science.

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Saudi Aramco team finds dual-fuel Octane-on-Demand concept can outperform E30 gasoline

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The concept of using a second, high octane fuel on demand to augment the performance of a standard gasoline fuel reaches back to the 1940s, with a recent resurgence in interest generated by the need to increase engine efficiency.

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Army Research Lab discovers aluminum nanomaterial rapidly splits water on contact

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Researchers at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have discovered that a nano-galvanic aluminum-based powder of their design splits water on contact, producing hydrogen and oxygen.

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Daimler and LBBW successfully utilize blockchain technology for launch of corporate Schuldschein

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Daimler AG and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) for the first time have jointly used blockchain technology to execute a financial transaction.

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BorgWarner launches its first integrated electric drive module for the EV market; first application in China

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BorgWarner will launch an electric drive module (eDM) with integrated eGearDrive transmission in two pure electric vehicles from a major Chinese automaker. Production is expected to begin in summer 2017.

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LanzaTech collaborating with Swayana to convert waste gases from ferroalloy production to ethanol

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South African engineering company Swayana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LanzaTech to collaborate on developing projects for the production of ethanol and higher value products from waste gases in the ferroalloy and titania smelting sectors. LanzaTech’s first commercial facility will be online at the end of 2017 in China, producing fuel-grade ethanol from captured steelmaking off-gas.

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Lux Research: question is when--not if--a diesel ban will happen

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Nikola and Bosch partner on hydrogen-electric Class-8 long-haul truck; dual-motor commercial-vehicle eAxle

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Nikola Motor Company is partnering with Bosch on the development of its hydrogen-fuel-cell range-extended electric Class 8 long-haul truck, unveiled as a prototype in December 2016. Earlier post.).

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LiquidPiston receives $3M Rapid Innovation Fund award from US Army for 2kW hybrid-electric genset

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LiquidPiston, Inc. LPI), a developer of advanced multi-fuel-capable rotary combustion engine technology, has been awarded a $3-million Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) award from the US Army to develop an innovative ultra-portable 2kW diesel Compact Artillery Power System (CAPS).

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NuScale Power submits industry-first certification application for small modular reactor to NRC

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NuScale Power formally announced the submittal of a Design Certification Application (DCA) for their innovative small modular reactor (SMR) design ( earlier post ) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for their review and approval.

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Federal-Mogul Powertrain introducing IROX 2 polymer bearings for crankshafts; effective for hybrid and start/stop applications

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Federal-Mogul Powertrain is extending its crankshaft bearing portfolio with a new high performance polymeric coating, IROX 2, that will debut at the 2017 IAA show in Frankfurt, Germany later this year. The newly developed product provides enhanced seizure performance with steel crankshafts.

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Audi’s Aicon autonomous concept: Level 5 with 700-800 km electric range

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Audi is showcasing its autonomous driving strategy at the IAA 2017 with the production Audi A8 (conditional automated driving at level 3 as standard) and two concept cars will also be demonstrating the Audi vision for level 4 and level 5. Earlier post.).

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Loughborough team develops novel system to enhance SCR operation to reduce NOx further

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Researchers at Loughborough University in the UK have developed a novel system that enhances SCR operation to further reduce NO x emissions and improve diesel engine efficiency.

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First China-built Volvo S90 sedans arrive in Europe via rail link

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Volvo Cars has become the first automaker in the world to export China-made cars to Europe by train via China’s new “One Belt, One Road” trade initiative. The first S90 premium sedans, built at Volvo’s Daqing plant in China, will arrive at a distribution centre in Zeebrugge, Belgium this week.

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GKN Driveline develops new lightweight propshaft for Audi Q5; more compact, lighter, more efficient; MLB Evo

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GKN Driveline created a new lightweight, high-speed propshaft joint for the all-new Audi Q5. The PVL joint is smaller, lighter and more refined than predecessor technology, and represents a bespoke solution by GKN engineers to create a more compact joint.

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Loop Energy introduces fuel cell range extender for heavy-duty vehicles; in-service operation to begin in 2017

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Loop Energy ( earlier post ) has introduced a new range-extender (REX) power module for heavy-duty electric transport vehicles. At the core of the module is Loop’s unique fuel cell design which improves performance, durability and cost.

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Volvo Cars to introduce 3-cylinder FWD PHEV in 2018, BEVs & 48V mild hybrid in 2019; Modular Electrification Platform

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Volvo Cars will introduce a front-wheel drive (FWD), 3-cylinder engine variant of its Twin Engine plug-in hybrid electric vehicle system in 2018, followed by its first production battery-electric vehicles and a new 48V mild hybrid system in 2019, according to Mats Anderson, Senior Director of Electric Propulsion Systems. Anderson was speaking at the SAE 2017 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium in San Diego.

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Nissan introduces series-hybrid powertrain with Note e-POWER in Japan; small pack, small engine, LEAF motor, low price

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In Japan, Nissan Motor introduced its new series-hybrid drive system called e-POWER along with its application in the Note. This marks the first availability of e-POWER technology for consumers, marking a milestone in the electrification strategy under Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

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IAV 8-speed hybrid dual-clutch tranmission can reduce fuel consumption 18% over 6DCT

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IAV has developed a high-power, high-torque eight-speed hybrid dual-clutch transmission (8H-DCT) that is capable of reducing fuel consumption by up to 18% in the NEDC over a conventional six-speed dual-clutch transmission (6DCT) due to its high number of speeds and integrated hybrid functionality.

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NREL lowers biofuel costs through catalyst regeneration and vapor-phase upgrading; R-Cubed

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This past June, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with Particulate Solids Research, Inc. and Springs Fabrication, installed a recirculating regenerating riser reactor (R-Cubed) in the pilot-scale Thermochemical Process Development Unit (TCPDU).

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ISO 19880 – New technical ISO document for hydrogen fueling station standardization

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At the Fuel Cell Seminar in Los Angeles, California today, Jesse Schneider (BMW), the ANSI Convener of ISO Working Group 24 (from the Technical Committee on Fueling Stations) gave an overview presentation on the new ISO 19880 technical report for hydrogen fueling stations.

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Schaeffler Group sees e-mobility and digitalization as key opportunities

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The Schaeffler Group, a global integrated automotive and industrial supplier, sees e-mobility, Industry 4.0 and digitalization as the key opportunities for the future, said CEO Klaus Rosenfeld at the company’s press conference at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

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Project shows maritime fuel cell generator can increase energy efficiency by up to 30% at part load; reliability and cost issues

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A recent project demonstrated a 100 kW fuel cell generator with 72 kg of hydrogen storage for marine applications.

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Stanford team sets record for solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of solar water splitting: >30%

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Researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated solar water splitting by photovoltaic-electrolysis with a solar-to-hydrogen (STH) efficiency of more than 30%—a new record. The prior record was 24.4%. An open-access paper on their work is published in the journal Nature Communications.

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Volvo Trucks and Renova testing autonomous refuse trucks; driving in reverse

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Swedish waste management company Renova and Volvo Trucks are currently testing and researching how automated vehicles can contribute to safer, more efficient refuse handling and create a better working environment for drivers.

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Tesla And Other Tech Giants Scramble For Lithium As Prices Double

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by James Stafford of Oilprice.com. Demand for lithium—the hottest commodity on the planet and the only commodity to show positive price movement in 2015—is poised to continue on its upward trajectory, becoming the world’s new gasoline and earning the moniker of “White Petroleum”.

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Daimler Trucks invests in Israeli nanotechnology materials pioneer StoreDot; FlashBattery technology

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Daimler AG’s Trucks division is investing in the Israeli company StoreDot Ltd. The Tel Aviv-based company, founded in 2012, is a nanotechnology materials pioneer and a leading companies in the field of electric charging and energy-storage materials.

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CSIRO licenses technology to Amfora for production of oil in leaves and stems of plants; participates in Series A

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Volvo Cars and Geely agree on technology sharing and the formation of LYNK & CO; next-gen electrified vehicle tech

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Volvo Cars and Geely Holding have completed the formation of two new entities to share existing and future technology and provide the economies of scale that will allow them to more rapidly develop next generation electrified vehicle technology. Earlier post.). The agreements formalize the strategic priorities, management teams and targeted synergies for the collaboration within the group. A new technology joint venture will be formed called GV Automobile Technology (Ningbo) Co.

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Audi’s production electric e-tron quattro may set a new standard for vehicle handling; advanced vehicle dynamics control

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The production version of Audi’s battery electric e-tron quattro SUV ( earlier post ), due out in 2018, is an important vehicle for the brand, and especially for Audi of America, which is driving many of the requirements for the C-segment electric SUV.

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UK launches accreditation scheme for clean vehicle retrofit technologies

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In the UK, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and the Energy Saving Trust (EST), together with industry stakeholders, have launched the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme ( CVRAS ). The UK’s DEFRA/DfT Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) is providing funding support. CVRAS provides a single validation standard for any emission technology to meet the standards set out in the government’s Clean Air Zone Framework for England.

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GKN Driveline presents fully integrated compact eDrive system in Shanghai; less weight, lower cost, easier integration

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GKN Driveline has presented an advanced technology concept for a fully integrated, compact eDrive system at the 2017 Auto Shanghai motor show.

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Wrightspeed partners with AxleTech on heavy-duty electric drive

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Wrightspeed Inc., a developer and manufacturer of heavy-duty range-extended electric vehicle (REV) powertrains ( earlier post ), has partnered with AxleTech International, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty specialty drivetrain systems.

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Volkswagen Group invests in Hubject eRoaming platform for EV charging

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The Volkswagen Group is joining the eRoaming platform Hubject GmbH as shareholder. Hubject, a joint venture formed by BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler AG, EnBW, innogy and Siemens ( earlier post ), launched its eRoaming EV charging platform “intercharge” in 2013.

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Saab Gripen fighter completes first test flights with 100% biofuel; CHCJ-5

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A Saab Gripen fighter has for the first time undergone a series of test flights with 100% biofuel. This demonstrates that the aircraft can be flown entirely with an alternative fuel and gives valuable knowledge for future possible use of alternative fuel.

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Audi & NVIDIA partner to deliver fully automated driving with AI starting in 2020; piloted Q7 w/ neural network CES demo

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Audi announced a partnership with NVIDIA to use artificial intelligence in delivering highly automated vehicles starting in 2020. Deep learning technology will enable skilled handling of real-road complexities, delivering safer automated vehicles earlier.

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Eberspaecher starting production of Gen 3 PTC heater for hybrids and EVs; 30% higher performance density, lighter weight

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Eberspaecher catem is starting production of the third generation of its high-voltage PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) heaters. The new solution, designed specially for hybrid and electric vehicles, delivers significantly higher heat output despite a lighter weight.

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New prototype rechargeable lithium-nitrogen battery

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As the most abundant gas in Earth’s atmosphere, nitrogen has been an attractive option as a source of renewable energy.

New thermally durable solid-state Li-ion battery technology from Hitachi and Tohoku University

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Hitachi, Ltd. and Tohoku University’s Advanced Institute for Material Research (AIMR) have demonstrated technology reducing the internal resistance of all-solid-state lithium ion batteries (Li-ion battery) through the use of LiBH 4 -based complex hydrides as novel solid electrolytes.

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