Toyota to pay $180M penalty for Clean Air Act reporting violations

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Toyota Motor Sales USA and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America for systematic, longstanding violations of Clean Air Act emission-related defect reporting requirements, which require manufacturers to report potential defects and recalls affecting vehicle components designed to control emissions. Toyota then revised its process, noting internally that it “will be stricter than” California law.

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GM Webchat with Chris Borroni-Bird on Reinventing the Automobile, Friday 2pm EDT

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EDT, with Christopher Borroni-Bird, GM’s Director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts and co-author of the book Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21 st Century. The book focuses on four principles that can transform the automobile: Base the underlying design principles on electric-drive and wireless communications rather than the internal combustion engine and stand-alone operation. Chris Borroni-Bird, Reinventing the Automobile.

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GM to participate in Shanghai EV International Pilot City Partnership

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General Motors signed a letter of intent to participate in the Shanghai EV International Pilot City Partnership during the 2011 International Forum on Electric Vehicle Pilot City and Industrial Development. The Shanghai EV International Pilot City Partnership was organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers of China, the Jiading District Shanghai International Automobile City Management Committee Office and Tongji University.

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Saab Automobile enters agreement with Hawtai Motor Group on strategic partnership

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and Saab Automobile AB (Saab Automobile) have signed an agreement with Hawtai Motor Group Company Limited (Hawtai). The partnership with Hawtai allows Saab Automobile on the one hand to continue executing its business plan since we secured the required mid-term financing subject to meeting certain conditions, whilst on the other hand it allows Saab Automobile to enter the Chinese car market and establish a technology partnership with a strong Chinese manufacturer.

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BNEF: EV company fundings bright spot as clean energy investment slips in Q3 quarter; 3 China EV companies raise $1.9B

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Global clean energy investment was $67.8 billion in the third quarter of 2018, down 6% from the same period last year, according to the latest Clean Energy Investment Trends report from research company Bloomberg NEF (BNEF). BNEF includes equity raising by specialist electric vehicle companies in its clean energy investment totals, and this element was a conspicuous bright spot in the latest quarter. Public markets investment in clean energy jumped 120% to $3.1

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Big Science tools for clean transportation: neutron scattering at ORNL

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This begins an occasional series on “big science” tools hosted at US national laboratories that are being applied to support the development of technology innovations for clean transportation. Dr. Hassina Bilheux, a physicist and the lead for developing ORNL’s neutron imaging capabilities (and gracious tour guide for GCC at the SNS facility), has used cold neutrons at HFIR''s CG-1D beam line to image automobile engine system components.

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Euro 6 regs in full effect; ACEA launches clean diesel campaign in support of technology-neutral policies

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To mark this occasion the automotive and motor trading industries have launched an online clean diesel campaign to raise awareness among consumers and policy makers about clean diesel—a three-part solution comprising cleaner diesel fuel, advanced engines and effective emissions control technology. AECC is an international non-profit scientific association of European companies making technologies for engine exhaust emissions control.

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Study Finds That Clean Cars and Climate Policy Can Create Jobs

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Developing clean energy technologies for light-duty vehicles will not will not only enhance national security by reducing dependence on oil, but will also create substantially more jobs than business-as-usual, according to a new report prepared for the Natural Resources Defense Council, United Auto Workers, and Center for American Progress by Alan Baum of The Planning Edge and Daniel Luria of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center.

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Moscow aiming for all-electric bus fleet by 2032

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Starting this year we are going to buy the e-buses only—we seek to make our city as clean and harmless for its citizens as we can. The transport running on electricity is safer for the city ecology than cars using an internal combustion engine.

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Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles 

Electric Vehicles India

The development of internal combustion engine vehicles, especially automobiles, is one of the greatest achievements of modern technology. The automobile industry has made contributions to the growth of modern society by satisfying many of its needs for mobility in everyday life. .

History: Electric Cars: The Golden Age

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With the recent growth of the electric automobile industry , it’s no surprise that EVs are a hot topic of conversation. Since then, his invention sparked (pun intended) an electric automobile revolution that made other modes of transportation seem antiquated.

Mazda continues supporting algae biofuels research

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Because when burnt, algae biofuel only releases CO 2 recently removed from the atmosphere via photosynthesis as the algae grew, Mazda considers its development to be critical to achieving the carbon-neutrality of cars powered by the internal combustion engine.

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Stay up with the scoop

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Charging infrastructure Report validates a very great need The International Council on Clean Transportation released a highly informative study on the growing need for U.S. EV News: From Dodge and Canoo to Bentley and the U.S.

Tips: 5 Best Car Maintenance Practices

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Then keep the oil clean. Ensure the engine has clean oil for ultimate fuel economy and enhanced performance. Your car with an internal combustion engine (ICE) works on metal, fluid and fire. Today’s automobiles are the best, but they are not yet maintenance-free.

BASF and GAC R&D Center co-develop 3 electric concept cars; debut at Auto Guangzhou 2018

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BASF and the Research and Development Center of Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. BASF’s solutions span holistic air cleaning solutions to seat fabrics, as well as materials used to build the body panels and battery pack of the electric vehicles. Established in 2006, GAC R&D Center serves as the innovation and technology hub for Guangzhou Automobile Group.

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ICCT: European cities driving diesel out of the market

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According to a recent analysis of European diesel sales by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), European cities are setting the tone in the diesel debate. sources: French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, German Motor Transport Authority, Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Automobiles and Trucks, UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders).

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Feature: Top 6 Reasons Why an EV Is the Right Choice

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An electric car has no internal combustion engine burning fossil fuels. With more users gearing towards purchasing electric vehicles, a surge in demand has drastically hit the electric automobile industry. It’s Getting Easier To Go Electric.

U. Houston-led project looking for new exhaust treatment catalysts for low-temperature lean-burn combustion engines

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A chemical engineer from the University of Houston is leading a $2.1-million project to find new catalytic materials that work at lower exhaust temperatures, allowing automakers to build vehicles that operate more efficiently while retaining the ability to clean emissions before they leave the tailpipe. Engineers from Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles Inc. Catalytic converters clean vehicle exhaust into nitrogen, water and carbon dioxide.

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Fully Charged & IAA 2021: Wallbox Launches New Products, Participates in Round tables & Leads Masterclass

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Abstractly speaking, our dream is to use clean energy to change the world, and tell our story about how we plan to do it. In a practical manner, we are fortunate that there are important international events that make this possible, and continue to ensure that we will not give up on a clean future. The fair supports the idea that automobiles and their drivers are always at the center of global mobility.

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ITF launches global initiative to decarbonize transport

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The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD has launched a major global initiative towards carbon-free transport. Transport activity currently contributes 23% of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, with the share expected to rise. The long-term objective of the project is to define a commonly-acceptable pathway to achieve zero transport emissions by around 2050.

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Achates Power and Aramco Services Company partner on opposed-piston engine projects; Opposed-Piston Gasoline Compression Ignition (OPGCI)

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The first result of this agreement is the demonstration vehicle that will be shown at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS): a light-duty truck with an Opposed-Piston Gasoline Compression Ignition (OPGCI) Engine. The Achates Power OP Engine has the potential to revolutionize the internal combustion engine. Gautam Kalghatgi, Bengt Johansson (2017) “Gasoline compression ignition approach to efficient, clean and affordable future engines”. Achates Power, Inc.

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CCFA counters Paris mayor’s proposed total diesel ban with suggestion to focus on legacy fleet

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The Comité des Constructeurs Français d’Automobiles (CCFA) (the French automobile manufacturers association) characterized the recent declaration by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, that she wished to eliminate diesel vehicles in the city by 2020 as lacking realism, and suggested that the best solution to improve urban air quality requires taking action on the more heavily polluting legacy fleet.

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Freudenberg secures majority interest in Li-ion battery maker XALT Energy; full acquisition coming

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The company’s 460,000-square-foot automated assembly facility in Midland includes advanced clean rooms and produces cells, packs, modules and management controls and software for lithium-ion power systems. XALT Energy is also working with automotive OEMs, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Co. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has become majority stakeholder of XALT Energy, a Midland, Mich.-based

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European automakers and fuel suppliers argue for diesel as they call on policy makers to accelerate fleet renewal

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The letter from the Presidents of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA, currently headed by Carlos Ghosn); the Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); and FuelsEurope, representing the European Petroleum Refining Industry, was sent to representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament and Council.

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JAC and Navistar Sign Two Integrated JV Agreements to Produce and Market Commercial Trucks and Diesel Engines

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An affiliate of Navistar International Corporation and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. The MaxxForce line of engines will provide JAC customers with durable and fuel efficient clean air technology. MaxxForce technology will assure owners that they are driving a product that is clean, capable and efficient, meeting the demands of the Chinese marketplace. JAC) have signed a joint venture agreement to develop, build and market advanced diesel commercial engines in China.

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ORNL study finds aluminum-intensive vehicles can deliver up to 29% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to typical steel-bodied vehicle

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More than 90% of automobile energy consumption and carbon emissions occurs during the use phase, with the mining, production and manufacturing phases accounting for just 10% or less. For an aluminum intensive vehicle, the breakeven point in its use phase for making up the energy consumed during the initial production phase is 9,300 miles (15,000 km), when compared to the baseline vehicle—a milestone most automobiles on US roads would reach in their first year of operation.

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Auto Industry Weighs in Against Murkowski Amendment that Delays EPA Regulation of Stationary Source CO2 Emissions

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM) have sent a joint letter to US Senator Diane Feinstein, opposing an amendment to an appropriations act that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from spending money on regulating carbon dioxide from stationary sources under the Clean Air Act for a period of one year.

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New report suggests bioenergy crops are not a risk to food production

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Experts contributed from ten institutions across Africa, Europe and America, including the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the World Bank and Imperial College London in the UK. Crops such as sugarcane, for example, can be eaten or converted into ethanol fuel for automobile engines. —Dr Siwa Msangi, International Food Policy Research Institute.

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University of Tennessee to head $250M advanced composites manufacturing institute; Ford, Honda and Volkswagen members

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Advanced composites are especially important for progressing clean energy generation and improving the efficiency of the nation’s fleet. The new institute pairs leading carbon fiber producers and suppliers—such as Materials Innovation Technologies, Harper International, and Strongwell—with key end users such as TPI for wind turbines and Ford, Honda and Volkswagen for automobiles.

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Volkswagen Golf family named “2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year”

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Motor Trend named the Volkswagen Golf family—Golf 1.8T, Golf TDI Clean Diesel, Golf GTI and e-Golf models—as the 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year. Motor Trend ’s Car of the Year program is open to any all-new or substantially upgraded 2015 automobile. Indeed, it’s tough to distinguish the e-Golf visually from its internal-combustion counterparts, inside or out.

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As Electric Car Makers Ante Up Billions, Software Is Ace in the Hole

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Deciding that the future of transportation, and therefore their survival, will be based on EVs, many of the top auto companies have promised to end production of their internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2035, if not earlier.

China Zhongwang and Brilliance Bus partner to develop all-aluminum new energy public buses

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It now has 93 internationally advanced aluminum extrusion production lines including 21 production lines of large-scale aluminum extrusion presses of 75MN or above. Ltd, as an automobile manufacturing enterprise. The company’s current products include city buses, group tourist buses, clean energy LNG buses, new energy all-electric buses, non-tank conversion transportation vehicles, all-electric sanitation vehicles and more.

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Naysayer Alert – the hydrogen red herring

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There has been much discussion for over thirty years or more around the use of hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative to the internal combustion engine. Fuel cells had been promoted in some sectors as the best alternative to the internal combustion engine. (Guest Post by John Murray).

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Engine products group files legal challenge to EPAs partial waiver for E15

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The newly formed Engine Products Group (EPG)—comprising the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. The petition challenges the ability of EPA to grant a partial waiver for three specific reasons: The Clean Air Act does not authorize EPA to issue any partial waiver decisions.

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UC Davis, ITDP study suggests global shift to public transport, NMT and away from cars could save $100T through 2050 and cut GHGs

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One of the more affordable ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions is to design cities to give people clean options for using public transportation, walking and cycling and to move away from car-centric development, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).

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Magneti Marelli and FAAM Enter Battery Development Agreement

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Magneti Marelli and FAAM’S new lithium traction batteries and relevant BMS (Battery Management System) are specifically intended for the area of transportation and mobility in a wide sense, aimed at the world of automobiles, motorcycles, buses and industrial vehicles, motor homes and boats as well as at the segment of manufacturers of industrial and agricultural equipment, such as forklift trucks, tractors, machines and means for logistics and industrial cleaning.

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Geely invests in Carbon Recycling Intl.; vehicles fueled by methanol from CO2, water and renewable energy

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million in Carbon Recycling International (CRI). CRI, founded in 2006 in Reykjavik, Iceland, is developing technology to produce renewable methanol from clean energy and recycled CO 2 emissions. The companies say they a vision for a larger role for methanol as a clean and sustainable fuel worldwide. China Association of Alcohol & Ether Fuel and Automobiles (2014) Methanol Fuel and Vehicles in China: An Overview of Industrial Applications (2014).

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1st French-American EV Technology Forum

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DURR ECOCLEAN : a specialist in cleaning, filtration and automation systems. FAM AUTOMOBILES : a company specialized in electric vehicle (2- and 4-wheel) conception and production. FAM Automobiles is also specialized in other automotive activities: design of new parts, chassis modification, engine improvement, product management for car manufacturers and importers. INVEST IN FRANCE AGENCY : promotes and facilitates international investment in France.

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DOE HPC4Mfg program funds 13 projects to advance US manufacturing; welding, Li-S batteries among projects

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Among the projects selected are one by GM and EPRI of California to improve welding techniques for automobile manufacturing and power plant builds in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). PPG of Pennsylvania will partner with LBNL to decrease the time needed to paint automobiles in a project titled “Modeling Paint Behavior During Rotary Bell Atomization.”. Harper International Corp.

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ICCT study details differences in fiscal policies to support uptake of EVs across 11 major markets

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The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has published a new white paper detailing the differences in the fiscal policies used to support electric vehicle sales across eleven major auto markets. Norway has the highest share of electric automobile sales (BEV and PHEV combined) at about 6% of all passenger cars sold in 2013.

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GM to double models with 40 mpg highway or better by 2017; ongoing manufacturing efficiency improvements

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Describing its product goals and tracking progress toward its 2020 manufacturing priorities in its 2012 Sustainability Report , General Motors reaffirmed its commitment to further reduce the energy used and the environmental impacts of building and operating an automobile. The company received more clean-energy patents during 2011 and 2012 than any other organization, according to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index of US patents.

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Mazda Demios To Be Base Architecture for Electric Vehicle Test Project

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Mazda Motor Corporation will provide three Mazda Demios (Mazda2s) for conversion to EVs for a project in collaboration with Itochu Corporation and other companies in conjunction with Tsukuba City to test a low-carbon transport system which uses clean energy. Mazda has adopted a policy to comprehensively improve its internal combustion engines and then progressively combine them with electric devices. Mazda Demio. Click to enlarge.

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SwRI’s HEDGE Technology Eliminates Low-Speed Pre-Ignition in Highly Boosted Engines

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The presence of low-speed pre-ignition is considered a major impediment to automobile manufacturers’ efforts to aggressively downsize engines to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This problem was important enough to the automotive industry that SwRI chose to fund the work internally through our internal research and development program. —Dr. SwRI engineers have been working on low-speed pre-ignition suppression internally for the past year.

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