U Alabama study finds LTE C-V2N and DSRC connected vehicle latency approximately equivalent for infrastructure messages

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A side-by-side comparison of connected vehicle technology at 85 traffic signals in the Tuscaloosa, AL area showed that latency in delivering safety messages from roadside units (RSUs) to vehicles via dedicated short range radios (DSRC) and LTE cellular (C-V2N) was “approximately equivalent,” according to a study by the University of Alabama. The research was conducted in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Toyota to increase V6 engine production in Alabama

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engine facility to increase North American production of V6 engines. The expansion will allow Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc. TMMAL) to build an additional 216,000 engines each year, boosting total V6 annual capacity to 362,000. TMMAL currently assembles 4-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines for eight of 12 Toyota North American built vehicles. TMMAL is the only Toyota plant globally to produce these three types of engines in one facility.


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Mazda, Toyota select Alabama for $1.6B new US auto manufacturing plant

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Mazda and Toyota have selected Huntsville, Alabama as the site of their new joint-venture manufacturing plant. The site for the new plant is in Huntsville, located approximately 14 miles from Toyota’s Alabama plant (Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc.). With more than 150 Tier 1 and 2 automotive suppliers in the state as well as automakers, there are approximately 57,000 automotive manufacturing jobs in Alabama.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama marks start of 4-cylinder engine production

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc. TMMAL), an engine-production subsidiary of Japan-based Toyota Motor. four-cylinder engine production. The 10-year old plant now has the capacity to produce approximately 216,000 4-cylinder engines, 146,000 V6 engines, and 144,000 V8 engines per year. TMMAL-produced 2.5-liter and 2.7-liter four-cylinder engines will go into the all-new. Corporation (TMC), held a line-off ceremony to mark the beginning of.

Alabama Graphite reports high-performance Si-enhanced coated spherical purified graphite (Si-CSPG) for LIBs

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Alabama Graphite Corp. Reduced loadings of active materials in the anode represent an undesirable engineering solution for battery design, AGC said, since it leads to domination of both weight and volume of current collector foils over that of active materials in a cell design.

DOE awards Hyundai $4.95M for work on advanced mixed-mode gasoline engine; Co-Optima

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million over three years as part of an $80-million Co-Optima funding round ( earlier post ) to conduct research and development for an advanced mixed-mode gasoline (spark/compression ignition) engine to attain significant improvements in both fuel economy and CO 2 emissions. The project is part of Hyundai’s advanced engine technology strategy and is planned to be used in future production vehicles as both stand-alone (engine only) and hybrid (PHEV, MHEV) configurations.

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Alabama will be ‘first to mass produce green cars’ says HK Motors

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Los Angeles-based start-up, Hybrid Kinetic Motors (HK Motors) has announced plans to construct a new green-vehicle manufacturing plant in Baldwin County, Alabama in the US. HK Motors Chairman, Yung Benjamin Yeung cited the strength of Alabama’s economy and the quality of its workforce as the main reasons for the board’s decision to locate its primary manufacturing operations in Alabama. Tags: Green credentials Alabama green hybrid kinetic motors

EPA announces ~$44M in DERA funding to reduce emissions from diesel engines

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. Applicants may request funding to upgrade or replace diesel-powered buses, trucks, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad equipment with newer, cleaner technologies.

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New powertrain line-up for Hyundai 2022 Tucson

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The new 2022 Tucson internal combustion models will be produced at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) and Ulsan, Korea. This 2.5-liter engine couples to an 8-speed automatic transmission for excellent efficiency and acceleration. Engines Hybrids Plug-ins

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NASA and Virgin Orbit 3D print, test rocket combustion chamber

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The company partnered with NASA experts in combustion and additive manufacturing (3D printing) at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland; and Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. A 3D-printed rocket engine combustion chamber awaiting hot-fire testing at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. —NASA senior engineer Paul Gradl, who leads the joint project at Marshall.

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Navistar to end production of proprietary medium-duty 9/10-liter diesel engine by 2018

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Navistar will cease all engine production at its plant in Melrose Park, Ill., The majority of engines produced at Melrose Park are medium-duty 9/10 liter engines used in International Class 6 and 7 vehicles, for which alternative engine options are currently offered in all applications. Ceasing production of engines at Melrose Park is a difficult decision, but represents another important step on our journey to strengthening the company’s competitiveness.

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UPS updates 125 Workhorse E-GEN series hybrid electric step vans with smaller genset engine for better fuel economy

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A compact, quiet-running 650cc 2-cylinder engine replaces the previous 2.4L 4-cylinder engine; charging capability remains the same, as does the electric range. The smaller engine will improve fuel economy, however. The trucks will be deployed in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio and Texas later this year. A small 23 kW/30 hp, 2100 N·m PSI 2.4-liter internal combustion engine (ICE) served as the genset engine.

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Daimler opens Mercedes-Benz engine plant in China; first MB passenger car engine plant outside of Germany

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Mercedes-Benz marked another milestone in its China strategy with the official opening ceremony of its engine plant—the first for passenger-car engines outside of Germany. The international locations include the new engine plant at the BBAC joint venture in Beijing as well as the Romanian subsidiary Star Transmission.

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Toyota to increase 4-cylinder engine capacity in Kentucky

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Toyota will increase annual engine assembly capacity of 4-cylinder engines by more than 100,000 at its plant in Georgetown, Ky. This investment will increase engine production at the Kentucky plant to more than 500,000 annually and will increase total engine production in the United States to more than 1.2 Toyota also has engine plants in Alabama and West Virginia.The approximately $30-million project will create about 80 new jobs.

EPA announces $46M for latest Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to implement projects which reduce emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. Diesel-powered engines move most of the nation’s freight tonnage, and today nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives, and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines. Diesel Emissions Engines

Cyclone Power Technologies Successfully Combusts Recovered Gulf Crude to Power Mark V Engine

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has successfully performed combustion acceptability tests of crude oil recovered from the Gulf of Mexico with its heat-regenerative external combustion engine. The resulting heat (measured in BTUs) was sufficient to power Cyclone’s 100hp Mark V engine ( earlier post ), further demonstrating the flexibility of Cyclone’s compact steam engine to generate power from virtually any fuel source. Cyclone Power Technologies, Inc.

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Nissan ramps up partnership with Mercedes-Benz

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance has furthered its alliance with German carmaker Daimler after agreeing to manufacture Mercedes-Benz four-cylinder petrol engines at its Decherd, Tennessee, assembly plant. Its engines will be used for both Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz models with production to start in 2014. Green cars Latest news Mercedes Nissan Alabama four-cylinder engines Mercedes-Benz Renault Twingo Renault-Nissan Alliance smart Tennessee

Coskata signs LOI for the engineering, procurement and construction of its 1st commercial facility

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for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the construction of its commercial cellulosic ethanol facility in Boligee, Alabama, that will be designed around the Coskata technology. a global leader in advanced biofuels engineering, will lead an EPC process that will include in its scope the project detailed design, procurement, construction and commissioning. Cellulosic ethanol company Coskata, Inc. has issued a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Fagen, Inc.

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Toyota to Boost North American Capacity for Four-Cylinder Engines

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Toyota will add capacity at its engine plant in Huntsville, Ala. to increase North American production of four-cylinder engines. The expansion will allow Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama (TMMAL) to produce 216,000 four-cylinder engines annually, targeted for the Camry and RAV4. North American Engine Production Capacity as of June 2009. Location Engine Type Annual Capacity. 1,733k The plant currently builds both V8 and V6 engines.

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Auburn University building new autonomous vehicle research facility

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The Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is building a new autonomous vehicle research facility at Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology test track, making it one of the few such facilities in the nation attached to a test track.

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Auburn University establishes Transportation Research Institute

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The institute, hosted and supported within Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, will provide greater visibility and a shared identity for all transportation-related and educational programs at the university. —Steve Taylor, associate dean for engineering research.

NREL announces $18M investment in 9 new projects to advance medium- and heavy-duty natural gas vehicle technologies

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The selected projects will focus on reducing the total cost of ownership of NGVs, increasing vehicle efficiency, decreasing local air pollution, and advancing technology development to increase the use of more affordable medium- and heavy-duty natural gas engines and vehicles. The following projects were selected for negotiation with NREL: Cummins High Efficiency, Ultra Low Emissions Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Engine Research and Development Project. Engines Heavy-duty Natural Gas

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Hyundai introduces 2015 Sonata Eco with 1.6L Gamma turbo; 32 mpg combined

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The 2015 Sonata Eco is powered by a variant of the 1.6-liter turbocharged Gamma four-cylinder engine ( earlier post )—already available in the Veloster—producing an estimated 177 horsepower (132 kW) and 195 lb-ft (264 N·m) of torque. l/100 km) combined rating is segment-leading for a non-hybrid mid-size sedan and more than a 10% improvement over a 2015 Sonata SE powered by the 2.4-liter Theta II engine. Engines Fuel Efficiency 2015 Sonata Eco.

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ORNL Research Project Seeks to Boost Combustion Engine Efficiency To 50-60% By Reducing Combustion Irreversibility; RAPTR

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are investigating mechanisms for extending the efficiency of combustion engines closer to their theoretical potential. Today’s engines can deliver a fuel efficiency of 40-42%, with corresponding loss of initially available fuel energy of 58-60%. particular we are trying to address the issues associated with energy efficiency limits for IC engines including advanced combustion modes. Tags: Engines Research

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DOE awards nearly $55M to advance fuel efficient vehicle technologies in support of EV Everywhere and SuperTruck

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Eight projects are aimed at improvements including developing and demonstrating dual-fuel or dedicated natural gas engine technologies for high-efficiency medium and heavy-duty vehicles to reduce petroleum usage and developing advanced computational fluid dynamics models to accelerate the development of advanced engine technologies. Building on the SuperTruck activity, other projects aim at developing enabling technologies to improve the efficiency of heavy-duty diesel engines.

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GE Aviation hits Farnborough at full throttle; $7.5B in R&D investments since 2010; ceramic matrix composites and 3D printing

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From running the first full GE9X engine for the Boeing 777X ( earlier post )—fired more than seven months ahead of a typical engine program schedule—to certifying the Passport jet engine for the Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 ( earlier post ), GE Aviation this year is introducing new jet engines for business jets to wide-body airline aircraft. GE Aviation has announced eight new factories in eight years to respond to record engine orders.

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Toyota to begin hybrid powertrain production in US; $374M investment in 5 plants

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million in five US manufacturing plants to support production of its first US-made hybrid powertrain and to implement Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) at its Alabama plant. The Huntsville, Alabama, plant will undergo a comprehensive upgrade to enable it to build engines that complement TNGA. Fifty new jobs will be created because of the investment at the Alabama plant. Toyota is expanding the production of its hybrid powertrains to the US.

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ArcelorMittal selected as the sole Gen 3 steel supplier for the 2021 Ford Bronco

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This highly anticipated vehicle will be the first automobile in the world to incorporate this grade of steel, which is made at AM/NS Calvert in Alabama. Ford’s chief engineer gave us a goal to decrease the total vehicle weight reduction by 10%.

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Auburn University leads $2M DOE Co-Optima project to evaluate renewable butyl acetate as diesel fuel additive

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Auburn University researchers are leading a $2-million US Department of Energy Co-Optima project ( earlier post ) that will evaluate renewable butyl acetate (BA) as a bio-based fuel additive that can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emissions and yield cleaner engine operation in cold-weather conditions. Joining as collaborators in the research are Cornell University, the University of Alabama, Virginia Tech and corporate partners Microvi Biotech Inc.

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Honda includes stop-start system in new 2016 Honda Pilot for improved fuel economy, new 9-speed

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The 2016 Pilot features a new 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine with two-stage Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation technology. This eliminates pumping loss—the air resistance incurred when the pistons pump intake and exhaust gases through the cylinder—which is the greatest source of resistance in engine operation. Because the valves are deactivated, losses are largely reduced, allowing the engine to operate more efficiently.

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Ohio State named first-year champion in 4-year EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

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The Ohio State University has been named The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge Year One champion, taking the lead in the premier four-year collegiate engineering competition. Rounding out the top three are Virginia Tech in second place and the University of Alabama in third place. There are no vehicles yet, so it’s up to the teams to engineer solutions from scratch, research user-interface components, powertrains and sensors to build around, as well as write and validate new code.

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Mainstay Fuel Technologies delivers 30 CNG fuel systems to Virginia Transportation for car carriers for Honda

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in Alabama. The trucks will be dedicated to routes moving automobiles from Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama factory to a new CSX rail facility. Mainstay engineered the fuel system utilizing a dual side-mounted alignment with two Type IV cylinders to meet the fleet’s range requirements. Mainstay Fuel Technologies, Inc.

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Hagens Berman files class-action fuel economy and emissions lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler and Cummins over SCR defect in RAM 2500 and 3500 diesels

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Class-action law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro has filed a new class-action lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and Cummins charging that the automaker knowingly sold more than 135,000 RAM 2500 and 3500 trucks over the past four model years equipped with a Cummins diesel engine with a defect in the selective catalytic converter (SCR) system used for NO x control. Diesel Emissions Engines

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University Of Georgia purchases 20 Proterra 40' Catalyst E2 buses with DuoPower drivetrain

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All of the University of Georgia’s Catalyst E2 buses will be powered by the Proterra DuoPower drivetrain, which delivers twice the horsepower and five times the efficiency of a standard diesel engine. Proterra has sold its Catalyst buses to StarMetro/Florida State University, University of Montana, Duke University and Alabama A&M University. The University of Georgia has placed an order for twenty Proterra 40?

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UPS adding 200 more series hybrid delivery trucks

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The vehicles have the same 650cc 2-cylinder engine and E-GEN chassis as the 125 vehicles UPS announced earlier this year. Equipped with lithium ion batteries and a range-extender engine, these trucks will deliver significant fuel economy equivalency gains, approximately four times the fuel economy of a gasoline powered vehicle. —Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president global engineering and sustainability.

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New 7th-generation Hyundai Sonata updates design, tweaks powertrain

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Hyundai continues its all four-cylinder Theta engine lineup for the 2015 Sonata. A revised 2.4-liter Theta II GDI four-cylinder engine powers SE, Limited and Sport models. Hyundai’s powertrain engineers slightly reduced peak power for the 2015 Sonata to shift the powerband downward for better responsiveness in lower-RPM situations where customers spend the majority of their time. Hyundai introduced the Theta II GDI, its first Gasoline Direct Injection engine, in 2009.

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AK Steel to purchase Precision Partners Holding Company; tooling and stamping for automotive

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AK Steel signed an agreement to acquire Precision Partners Holding Company, a leading North American automotive market company that provides engineering, tooling, die design and hot and cold stamped steel parts, for $360 million in cash. Precision Partners is headquartered in Ontario, and employs more than 1,000 employees, including about 300 engineers and skilled tool makers, across eight plants in Ontario, Alabama and Kentucky.

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More auto plant shutdowns for COVID-19

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Honda transmission and engine plants in North America that serve Honda auto plants also will suspend production for the same time period. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) has already suspended production in all areas, for all shifts, on 18 March, following the confirmation of a case of COVID-19 among its workforce.

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Research project to tackle combustion engine efficiency

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Could a breakthrough be made in extending the efficiency of combustion engines close to their theoretical potential? Currently, engines deliver a fuel efficiency of 40-42 per cent, with corresponding loss of initially available fuel engine at 58-60 per cent. Tags: Green cars Latest news combustion engines fuel efficiency Oak Ridge National Laboratory That’s the task that has been assigned to researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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Ohio State takes first place in DOE/GM EcoCAR 3 competition

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The powertrain components included a 2.0-liter engine, five-speed automated manual transmission, 150 kW electric machine, and an 18.9 Teams also spent several days presenting to judges and proving how they have developed into the next generation of engineers and business leaders who are prepared to enter the auto industry and related careers. West Virginia University and University of Alabama teams finished second and third place, respectively.

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DOE, General Motors and MathWorks launch EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

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To be successful, universities will need to recruit a diverse team of students and faculty, spanning many engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, computer and software engineering, as well as communications, marketing and project management. University of Alabama.

BP selects Technip for the Thunder Horse South Expansion project in the ultra-deep Gulf of Mexico

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awarded Technip a lump sum project for the design, engineering, fabrication, installation and pre-commissioning of the new production pipeline systems on the south side of the Thunder Horse production drilling quarters unit. The project scope covers: Project management and engineering. The infield flowlines will be welded at the Group’s spoolbase in Mobile, Alabama. BP Exploration & Production Inc.

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Hyundai plans 12 new SUV models through 2021; ICE, hybrid, PHEV, BEV; 2022 Tucson

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The new 2022 Tucson internal combustion models will be produced at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) and Ulsan, Korea. This 2.5-liter engine couples to an 8-speed automatic transmission for excellent efficiency and acceleration.

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