Mercedes-Benz unveils plug-in hybrid Concept IAA: Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile; Industry 4.0

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled the “Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Mercedes-Benz said that the “Concept IAA” exemplifies the fundamental technological changes which are taking place in the automobile industry. The primary driving force behind this process of change is digitization—referred to in a business context as “Industry 4.0”.

Japanese automobile industry establishes joint Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines (AICE)

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Eight Japanese automakers and one automobile research institute—Suzuki Motor; Daihatsu Motor; Toyota Motor; Nissan Motor; Fuji Heavy Industries; Honda R&D; Mazda Moto; Mitsubishi Motors; and Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI)—have jointly established the Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines ( AICE ). million, including a subsidy granted from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for the fiscal year started 1 April 2014.

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Volkswagen furthers commitment to China

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With the Chinese automobile market continuing to expand at a rapid rate Volkswagen has decided to expand its investment programme for the country by a further €1.6billion. Tags: Green cars Latest news Volkswagen China automobile industry FAW-Volkswagen Shanghai Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTI VW VW China The German manufacturer had already decided to invest €4.4billion in the country as it attempts to reinforce its position as one of the leaders in this key sales market. [.].

Why Tesla Model 3 should use standard model-year changes: opinion

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Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has always followed a different path than the rest of the automobile industry. Among the ways it has violated industry convention is ignoring annual model changes and simply updating its cars whenever changes were ready for production. This has occasionally made for some very frustrated high-end customers already. Tesla Motors software update

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Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

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The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the. China government plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) regulation new energy vehicles

Is Fisker The Most Tragic VC-Backed Debacle In Recent History?

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In January 2005, legendary car designer Henrik Fisker founded a company to bring innovative new thinking to the automobile industry. Between that date and today, Fisker Automotive would create perhaps the most beautiful car ever made, raise almost $1.4 billion dollars from investors as diverse as Leonardo di Caprio and Kleiner Perkins, obtain a

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Balqon to build electric buses in China with SAIG

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California-based Balqon Corporation, a developer of heavy-duty electric vehicles, drive systems and lithium battery storage devices ( earlier post ), has entered into a Joint Development Agreement with China-based Sichuan Automobile Industry Co., Sichuan Automobile Industry Co.

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GM’s Volt Program = $700m

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The state has the highest US unemployment rate at 15.2%, largely a result of the depressed automobile industry that has resulted in thousands of layoffs in the past 18 months. GM to invest $700m in Volt rechargeable electric car. By Richard Kessler for Recharge News. “GM is spending $336m to upgrade the Hamtramck plant; $202m for a new plant in Flint, north of Detroit, that will build 1.4

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Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors and LG Chem launch global competition to invest in EV and battery start-ups

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With the automobile industry’s increased focus on development of more eco-friendly vehicles, specifically EVs, the demand for high-performance, high-efficiency batteries is greater than ever before. Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, and LG Chem are jointly sponsoring the “EV & Battery Challenge” (EVBC), a global competition to identify up to 10 EV and battery start-ups for potential investment and collaboration.

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Volkswagen to build 12,000 charging points in its parking lots in Germany; 10% of its parking spaces

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Although Winterkorn reportedly said that it is not the business model of the automobile industry to build charging stations, VW wants to set an example, as e-mobility in Germany has not really budged. Therefore, in my view, much is to be said for a large investment partnership of government and industry for the best possible public charging infrastructure in Germany ,” dpa quoted Winterkorn as saying.

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New York Turn On

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Turn on the Electric Road By DAVID MORRIS Published: October 8, 2006 Minneapolis LAST summer, New York State took a page from California’s playbook, using state policy to jump-start a 21st century automobile industry. Because companies bidding for New York’s conversion business must promise to build their facilities in the state, the plan may help move New York to the vanguard of a small industry with big potential.

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SoftBank to invest $2.25B in GM Cruise; GM to add $1.1B; driving large-scale AV deployment

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We are very impressed by the advances made by the Cruise and GM teams, and are thrilled to help them lead a historic transformation of the automobile industry. SoftBank Vision Fund will invest $2.25 billion in GM Cruise Holdings LLC (GM Cruise), further strengthening the company’s plans to commercialize autonomous vehicle (AV) technology at large scale. GM will also invest $1.1 billion in GM Cruise upon closing of the transaction. The investments value GM Cruise at $11.5 billion.

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Two largest US automotive trade associations merge: Alliance for Automotive Innovation

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Global Automakers and The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers—the two largest automotive industry trade associations in the US—merged to form a new association leveraging the expansive history of both organizations while creating a single, unified industry voice. The organization will be the acknowledged automotive industry resource and will focus its advocacy work on creating a safe and transformative path for the industry’s growth.

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CATL starts construction of Li-ion factory in Germany; 14 GWh by 2022

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CATL has developed partnerships with a number of European companies in the automobile industry including BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, Volvo, and Bosch. Germany is home to a strong automotive industry and several of CATL’s key customers. We believe that the combination of Germany’s industrial tradition and CATL’s tradition of innovative battery technology will greatly accelerate the electrification of the automotive industry in Europe.

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12th Five-Year Plan for Chinas auto industry to make new-energy vehicles priority

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The 12 th Five-year Plan for China’s auto industry reportedly will make developing new-energy vehicles the top priority. China is targeting annual new-energy automobile sales of 1 million units by 2015, according to the China Association for Automobile Manufacturers. The first draft of the 12 th Five-year Plan for China's automobile industry has already been formulated and the formal plan is scheduled to be released at the end of 2010.

BYD debuts E-SEED GT concept car, Song Pro SUV and e Series at 2019 Shanghai Auto Show

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BYD debuted its E-SEED GT concept car and Song Pro SUV alongside its all-new e-series models at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. The company also showcased its latest Dynasty series of vehicles, which were recently unveiled at the company’s spring product launch in Beijing.

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OnStar expanding to Brazil in Chevy Cruze

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OnStar, with more than 7 million customers in North America and China and 19 years of experience, is the leading global provider of connected safety and security solutions, value-added mobility services and advanced information technology in the automobile industry. GM OnStar will launch its Emergency, Security, Navigation, Diagnostics and Connectivity services in Brazil on the Chevrolet Cruze later this year.

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Johnson Controls begins production of batteries for Start-Stop vehicles in China

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In addition, the company debuted its 12V Lithium-ion battery for Advanced Start-Stop vehicles at the 16 th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition going on this week. Johnson Controls is expanding its manufacturing operations in China by beginning production of advanced lead-acid batteries for Start-Stop vehicles to help automakers meet increasingly strict fuel economy and emission regulations.

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Renault and Brilliance sign strategic cooperation agreement with Liaoning province, China; 3 new electric LCVs in 2 years

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Liaoning Province is one of China’s new automobile industrial hubs with more than 120 auto & auto-parts manufacturers and is the largest provincial economy of Northeast China. Groupe Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Limited (Brilliance), who earlier this year formed Renault-Brilliance-Jinbei Automotive Co., Ltd.,

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Mazda continues supporting algae biofuels research

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Mazda continues to be involved in joint research projects and studies as part of an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration to promote the wide-spread adoption of biofuels from microalgae growth. In 2018, Mazda joined the Hiroshima “Your Green Fuel” Project, a demonstration project for next-generation biofuels jointly run by the Hiroshima Council for the Promotion of Collaboration between Government, Academia and the Automobile Industry and Euglena Co.,

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Gallup Poll Finds Surge in Positive Ratings of Auto Industry in US; Still Less Favorable Than in 2000-2005

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Americans' opinions of the automobile industry have posted a 15-point positive increase after reaching an all-time low last year, and now tilt more positive than negative for the first time in three years, according to a new Gallup poll. The 15-point increase in the percentage rating the auto industry positively ties the largest one-year improvement in Gallup's 10-year history of measuring public opinion on major US business industries.

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Russian researchers find simple, efficient way to strengthen aluminum-based composite materials

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— According to the scientists, the proposed material can be used primarily in aeronautics and automobile industry, as well as for the design of modern robotics, including copters, where reducing the weight of the drone is critical. At the moment, the main share of profit in the aluminum industry in Russia is the export of primary aluminum.

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Japan to push hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

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The automobile industry may be heading towards an era of electrification, but Japan has not given up on fuel cell technology. According to a report in business daily, The Nikkei, the Japanese government will launch a public-private initiative aimed at applying hydrogen used in oil refining to power fuel cell vehicles. It states that with [.].

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CHAdeMO, China Electricity Council to co-develop next-gen ultra-fast EV charging standard; backward compatibility with CHAdeMO, GB/T

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This joint development falls into one of the strategic categories defined as “Enhancing international harmonization in vehicle electrification policies” in the Japanese government’s New Strategy for the automobile industry, which was recently announced by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and will be strongly supported by both the Japanese and Chinese governments.

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Volkswagen Group and FAW to build 2 new vehicle plants in China; “Our most important market”

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Volkswagen has been active on the Chinese market for 30 years and is one of the Western pioneers of the automobile industry in the country. The Volkswagen Group, together with its partner FAW, will build two new vehicle plants in Qingdao and Tianjin, with an estimated investment of €2 billion (US$2.7 billion). China has become our largest and most important market.

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Protean Electric introduces production in-wheel motor at SAE World Congress; 25% increase in peak torque

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Protean has developed multiple demonstration vehicles, including a Vauxhall Vivaro cargo van, Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group (GAC) Trumpchi sedan, a Ford F150 pick-up truck, and BRABUS full electric and hybrid vehicles, based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Protean Electric introduced its production in-wheel motor at the 2013 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit. Earlier post.). The motors reside in the space behind the wheel.

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European consortium launches 4-year, $80M L3Pilot research project to test Level 3, 4 autonomous driving in 11 countries

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Thirteen European automobile manufacturers, suppliers, research institutes and universities, and small and mid-sized companies will operate 100 vehicles with 1,000 drivers under real conditions and in a wide range of applications. The strong integration of the entire European automobile industry and the scientific support by experts in the areas of mobility and automated vehicles will drive this initiative forward and make it successful.

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Researchers synthesize magnetic nanoparticles that could offer alternative to rare earth magnets

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Permanent magnets, specifically those containing rare earth metals, are an important component used by the electronics, communications and automobile industries, as well as in radars and other applications. A team of scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University has synthesized a powerful new magnetic material that could reduce the dependence of the United States and other nations on rare earth elements produced by China.

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Volkswagen Group’s new Future Tracks program targeting digitalization era in auto industry; “James 2025”

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Dieter Kempf, President of BITKOM, the IT industry Association, Winterkorn declared that the increasingly intensive networking of cars with their surroundings and automatic driving would be the key topics for the intelligent mobility of the future. At the Geneva show, Winterkorn introduced the Future Tracks program by saying : Over the next few years, our industry will face one of the greatest upheavals since the invention of the automobile.

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European carmakers welcome CARS21 recommendations

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A new CARS21 report has outlined methods to strengthen the automobile industry across Europe with a firm emphasis on establishing a streamlined regulatory framework and reducing fuel consumption and emissions (see CARS21 report). President of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, Sergio [.]. Green cars Latest news CARS21 European Automobile Manufacturers Association green cars Sergio Marchionne

150 millionth Volkswagen rolls off assembly line at Wolfsburg plant: a Golf GTE plug-in hybrid

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In the post-war era, it was the Volkswagen Beetle that initially shaped the automobile industry. Volkswagen was founded more than 80 years ago; since then, 150 million vehicles, including icons such as the Golf or the Beetle, have been built around the world at more than 50 production sites in 14 countries. The 150 millionth car—a blue Golf GTE plug-in hybrid— rolled off the assembly line in Wolfsburg on Thursday.

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Thomson Reuters analysis finds automotive new propulsion technology patent activities surge 6-fold in 5 years

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An analysis of the global automobile industry’s recent patent activity by the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has found a massive commitment from carmakers and their suppliers to new propulsion technology. Patent data from 2009 through July 2014 show that activity in propulsion technology grew from fewer than 2,000 patents to nearly 12,000: more than any other technology area in the automotive industry.

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Delphi to showcase safety and connectivity technologies at CES

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This is the new frontier in the automobile industry, and we’re uniquely positioned to lead the way. Delphi Automotive PLC will showcase highly integrated active safety and connectivity technologies at the upcoming 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. These technologies will be key building blocks to achieving fully automated driving. The fact is, automated driving is happening now and will continue to expand in capabilities and mainstream use in the very near future.

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Volkswagen Group and SAIC to produce EVs and PHEVs in China

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The largest investment program in the Chinese automobile industry to date is to be funded from the cash flow of the joint ventures Shanghai Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Group and SAIC Motor Corporation Ltd, Volkswagen’s original joint venture partner in China, have agreed to expand the main plant of their joint venture Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW) in Anting to support the local production of electric vehicles.

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BorgWarner China JV begins delivery of dual-clutch modules

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Introduced at the 15 th annual Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai) in April, the transmission improves shift quality, durability and reliability and debuts in the Roewe 550 midsize sedan in 2013. BorgWarner United Transmission Systems Co., Ltd.,

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Honda develops new paint technology that shortens painting process; to be introduced at Yorii Plant in July 2013

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This material used for the color base coat makes it possible to use any exterior paint color, which is an automobile industry first for a 3-coat/2-bake process, according to Honda research. Honda Motor Co., has developed the “Honda Smart Ecological Paint (Honda S.E. Paint)” process, a highly-functional painting technology that eliminates a middle coating process from a commonly used 4-coat/3-bake auto body painting process to realize a 3-coat/2-bake water-based painting process.

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Volkswagen sets sights on electric record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with further-developed ID. R

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A comparatively narrow track—13 miles long, with no fewer than 75 corners, and regularly climbing or descending through the Eifel forests—the Nordschleife, which was opened in 1927, is one of a kind and continues to serve as an outstanding test environment for the automobile industry. Following its record-breaking run at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Volkswagen’s ID.

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Ford and Portland General Electric Partner to Prepare Region for EVs

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PGE is partnering with state and local government, higher education, the automobile industry, and businesses to expand the electric vehicle infrastructure in Oregon. Ford Motor Company and Portland General Electric will collaborate to help prepare the city of Portland and the Pacific Northwest for the operation of electric vehicles.

New Breed Of Green Crossovers

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The wheel of evolution is in a constant spin for the automobile industry. A long time ago, we had wagons, then we had SUVs, later, the CUVs – and now – borrowing genes from a coupe and a crossover, a Cross Coupe is the next big thing. Well, not so much in its literal sense. The concept of a Cross Coupe was introduced by none other than the Volkswagen Auto at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. They couldn’t have chosen a better time or place.

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European Auto Industry Expresses Concern Over Iron Ore Price Hikes

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The European automobile industry expressed concern about the “ sudden and massive ” increase in the price of iron ore, a crucial material for producing steel. Such “ excessive and unpredictable ” pricing policy would affect the competitiveness of manufacturing in Europe, including the automotive industry, according to a statement from ACEA, the European auto industry’s trade association.

Nidec to form electric traction motor JV with a subsidiary of Guangzhou Automobile Group

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a member of China-based Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., GAC Components is a subsidiary of major Chinese car manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group with the sixth-largest market share in the increasingly environmentally strict China. GAC Components mainly manufactures automobile interior parts, electric components, etc. Leading motor manufacturer Nidec Corporation will form a joint venture with GAC Components Co., Ltd., to manufacture automotive traction motors.

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Toyota to launch two new plug-in hybrid models in China; Corolla and Levin

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On the eve of the 2016 Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, Toyota announced that it will launch plug-in hybrid versions of the Corolla and Levin—two mass-market models, both of which have conventional hybrid variants—in China during 2018. Levin Hybrid (left) and Corolla Hybrid (right) introduced at the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in 2015.

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Liquid fuels to last “a number of decades”

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We may be inching closer towards electrification in the automobile industry but that doesn’t mean the writing is on the wall for liquid transportation fuels just yet. Dr Steven E Koonin, the under secretary for science at the US Department of Energy, has noted that liquid fuels “are going to be with us for quite [.].