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. The prototype consists of a motor with integrated reduction gears and an oil cooling system.

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Audi and KIT working on recycling for automotive plastics via pyrolysis oil

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A large number of components in automobiles are made from plastics; these have to meet exacting safety, heat-resistance and quality requirements. These plastic components are processed into pyrolysis oil by chemical recycling.

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Study finds automobile tires are a potential source of carcinogenic dibenzopyrenes to the environment

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A new study by researchers from Stockholm University concludes that automobile tires may be a potential previously unknown source of carcinogenic dibenzopyrenes—a type of high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)—to the environment. Automobile tire rubber in general consists of approximately 40?60% 20% mineral oils such as extender oils/ softeners.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), IVECO (a brand of CNH Industrial) and ENGIE (Global Energy Player) are broadly collaborating to promote natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in Europe. Transportation is responsible for 22% of CO 2 emissions in the world (and even 30% in Europe); 95% of the energy consumed by this sector comes from oil.

ZF and start-up Levant Power partnering on first fully active, regenerative suspension for automobiles

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Then, the system guides the oil in the damper in such a way that it drives the electric pump motor. The first fully active and regenerative suspension is based on a pioneering electrohydraulic functional unit fitted to the exterior of the damper. Photo: ZF. Click to enlarge. ZF Friedrichshafen AG has entered into a partnership with Levant Power Corp. to build the first fully active suspension system with energy recovery function.

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Siemens targeting Li-ion energy storage for marine and offshore oil and gas applications; 6MW system to West Mira rig

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As part of a strategy to continue providing low-emissions solutions for harsh offshore operating environments, Siemens has opened a fully robotized and digitalized plant in Norway that will develop and manufacture energy storage technologies for both marine and offshore oil and gas applications. Batteries Oil Ports and Marine

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB acquires assets of Saab Automobile to create new EV company; first model based on 9-3 due year-end 2013/2014

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS)—an international consortium formed by Chinese, Japanese and Swedish stakeholders—and the Receivers of the Saab Automobile bankruptcy estate ( earlier post) signed a purchase agreement covering the main assets of Saab Automobile AB, Saab Automobile Powertrain AB and Saab Automobile Tools AB.

2012 243

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers comments on proposed MY2017-2025 LDV CAFE/GHG regulations

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has filed comments in response to the Notice of Intent (NOI) and Technical Assessment Report (TAR) for MY2017-2025 light-duty vehicle fuel economy/greenhouse gas regulations released last month by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ( earlier post ).

Larry Burns: Holistic approach required to achieve transformational change of transportation and the automobile; the power of “And”

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Larry Burns, former head of GM R&D and strategic planning and currently Professor of Engineering Practice and the University of Michigan and Director, Sustainable Mobility at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, used his presentation at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit (EIS) in Washington to call for a holistic approach to the transformational change required for the transportation sector in general and the automobile in particular.

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Researchers develop dual cellular-heterogeneous catalyst technology to produce olefins from plant sugar

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These renewable liquids could serve as a more sustainable replacement for today’s fossil fuels used to make everyday products such as plastic containers and bags, automobile parts, lubricants, and soaps. Biomass Biotech Catalysts Lubricating Oils Market Background Plastics

Stellantis and LG Energy Solution to form JV for Li-ion battery production in N America; 40 GWh plant

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The partnership between the two companies in electrified vehicles dates back to 2014 when LG Energy Solution (then LG Chem) was selected by Stellantis (then Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) to supply the lithium-ion battery pack system and controls for the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the industry’s first electrified minivan. Batteries Electric (Battery) Lubricating Oils Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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EIA: China promoting both fuel efficiency and alternative-fuel vehicles to curb growing oil use

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Increasing oil demand is requiring increasing imports; since 2009, China has been importing more than half of its petroleum needs. In its 12 th , and current, Five-Year Plan, the Chinese government also launched a new strategy to promote new energy vehicles (NEV; vehicles that are partially or fully powered by electricity) and to support its domestic automobile industry to mass-produce NEVs. China Electric (Battery) Fuel Efficiency Oil Policy

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Study finds plausibly high volumes of Canadian oil sands crudes in US refineries in 2025 would lead to modest increases in refinery CO2 emissions

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An analysis of the US refining sector, based on linear programming (LP) modeling, finds that refining plausibly high volumes of Canadian oil sands crudes in US refineries in 2025 would lead to a modest increase in refinery CO 2 emissions (ranging between 5.4% The estimates account both for increased oil sands crude in the refinery crude slate and the imposition of new fuel sulfur specifications, which require additional refining effort. Emissions Lifecycle analysis Oil Oil sands

Platts Report: China oil demand grows 4% year over year in June; growth slows

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China’s apparent oil demand rose 4.1% Meanwhile, China’s net imports of oil products soared 58.4% year over year to 659,000 b/d in June, driven by strong inflows of fuel oil and naphtha, according to data released 23 July y tbhe General Administration of Customs (GAC). During the first six months of this year, China’s total apparent oil demand averaged 11.12 million units, according to data from China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Fuel Oil.

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Rice team develops thermal nano-oil with high thermal conductivity and good insulation properties

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Rice University scientists have created a nano-infused mineral oil that could greatly enhance the ability of devices as large as electrical transformers and as small as microelectronic components to shed excess heat. The approach, described in a paper in the journal ACS Nano , could increase the thermal conductivity of such thermal oils by as much as 80% without compromising the electrically insulating properties. Enhancement in thermal conductivity.

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IEA: improving efficiency of road-freight transport critical to reduce oil-demand growth; three areas of focus

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Improving the efficiency of road-freight transport is critical to reducing the growth in oil demand, carbon emissions and air pollution over the next decades, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest report, The Future of Trucks: Implications for energy and the environment. Today, trucks account for almost a fifth of global oil demand, or around 17 million barrels per day—equivalent to the combined oil production of the United States and Canada.

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ExxonMobil launches Mobil EV suite of fluids and greases for EVs

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Building on a more than 135-year heritage, ExxonMobil says it is committed to leveraging its fluids technology and equipment management expertise to help automobile and component manufacturers develop electric vehicles that deliver a superior driving experience for customers. Electric (Battery) Lubricating OilsExxonMobil has launched its Mobil EV offering—a full suite of fluids and greases designed to meet the evolving drivetrain requirements of battery electric vehicles.

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MIT automotive crash model could forecast oil and gas pipe fractures; Deepwater Horizon case study

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A computer model that tests automobile components for crashworthiness could also be of use to the oil and gas industry, according to researchers at MIT’s Impact and Crashworthiness Laboratory, who are now using their simulations of material deformation in car crashes to predict how pipes may fracture in offshore drilling accidents. The group found four red areas where cracks—and oil leaks&madsh;were especially likely to occur.

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Next EPA Fight: Automakers Vs Oil Refiners Over Clean Fuels

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That's the message coming from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, working with the EPA to tighten pollution rules for gasoline, reducing the proportion of sulfur from 30 parts per million (ppm) to 10 ppm. The oil refiners don't want to play ball just yet though It's not just how efficiently you burn it--it's the stuff you're burning, too.

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Opinion: Stop Blaming OPEC For Low Prices

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OPEC altered the course of the oil markets last year when it decided to cast aside its traditional role of maintaining balance through production cuts. Instead it pursued a strategy of fighting for market share, contributing to an immediate rout in oil prices. OPEC is widely expected to continue its current strategy at its next meeting, and as such, no rebound in oil prices is expected, at least not because of the results of the group’s meeting in Vienna.

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Nissan 1.5L, 3-cylinder 400 hp engine to complement electric Le Mans ZEOD RC powerplant

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The Nissan ZEOD RC will occupy “Garage 56” at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, an additional entry reserved by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest for new technologies never previously seen at the classic French endurance event. Engines Lubricating Oils Motorsport The 400 hp DIG-T R race engine. Click to enlarge.

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Geely ZEEKR 001 first to use Nidec 200 kW e-axle system

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Nidec Corporation announced that the Ni200Ex, the company’s 200kW e-axle traction motor system, has made its way into ZEEKR 001, an electric vehicle newly released by Geely Automobile Group under its premium Zeekr brand. GAC Aion New Energy Automobile: Aion LX (Ni150Ex).

Foxconn partnering with Thailand’s PTT to build EVs; MIH open EV platform

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The platform, comprising hardware and software services, will be available to all automobile players in Thailand looking to accelerate their production and sales of EVs in Thailand and elsewhere in the ASEAN region. PTT is a Thai state-owned oil and gas company and the largest publicly listed conglomerate in Thailand.

DOE seeking comment on draft $50M solicitation for new projects over 11 areas of interest to improve vehicle performance and decrease fuel consumption

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The prototype part should also capture expected performance challenges such as interaction of bearings, journals, oil passages, and life cycle fatigue requirements. The comparison lubricant used as a baseline for demonstration/justification of the 2% fuel efficiency improvement should be commercially available, state-of-the-art technology for the intended application, e.g., GF-5 oil for gasoline engine applications or CJ-4 oil for diesel engine applications.

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Yamaha Motor accepting orders for prototype 350kW-class hyper-EV electric motor

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Since 2020, Yamaha Motor has been accepting commissions for developing prototype electric motors (35–200 kW) for automobiles and other mobility applications. Yamaha Motor has developed an electric motor reaching the industry’s highest class in output density.

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EIA: US average gasoline prices before Memorial Day highest since 2014

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The American Automobile Association (AAA) expects more than 37 million people to take trips this Memorial Day weekend, traveling 50 miles or more from home between 27-31 May.

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Will We Reach 'Peak Cars' Within Our Lifetime?

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"Peak oil" is the term given to the date after which extraction and production of oil enters terminal decline. It doesn''t mean the oil is necessarily running out--more that its extraction becomes less viable as time goes on. Some suspect a similar thing is happening with automobile use in the U.S, as running a vehicle gets more expensive and cars

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Tips: 5 Best Car Maintenance Practices

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You’ll learn about the oil filter, hoses, engine oil, tire rotation and much more, depending on the vehicle. Change the Oil. Changing oil makes your car’s engine run smoothly and efficiently. If you live in dustier, drier areas, you may have more particles in the oil.

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. Fuel Cells Green cars Hydrogen fuel Latest news fuel cell cars fuel cell vehicles hydrogen cars hydrogen fuel cells hydrogen power japan oil refining

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16 State-Owned Enterprises Forming EV Association in China

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The to-be-established-association will have members including China First Automobile Works Group, Dongfeng Motor Corporation, China Changan Automobile Group, China Dongfang Electric Corporation, China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, Beijing Nonferrous Metal Research Institute to cite a few. Global Times. Sixteen enterprises owned by China will establish the “Association of the Electric Vehicle Industry” next week.

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EV Preventative Maintenance: Why It’s Important and How To Do It

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Just as regular internal combustion engine (ICE) cars need oil changes, tune-ups and regular tire rotation — to name just a few things that go into preventative maintenance — electric vehicles also require preventative maintenance to continue running their best.

Honeywell re-asserts safety of low-GWP HFO-1234yf MAC refrigerant

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SAE’s study—recently reaffirmed by another CRP—concluded that HFO-1234yf is safe for use in automobile applications. Independent research has demonstrated that both HFC-134a—the very safe automobile refrigerant in use for the past two decades—and HFO-1234yf, when mixed with oil in automotive air-conditioning systems, can combust when sprayed on extremely hot surfaces.

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Honeywell confident 4th SAE evaluation of R-1234yf will reconfirm product safety

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Following SAE International’s update on its fourth and latest Cooperative Research Project (CRP) on the refrigerant R-1234yf ( earlier post ), Honeywell, the developer, said it is confident that SAE will reconfirm that the new low-global-warming-potential automotive air conditioning refrigerant, is safe for use in automobiles. That CRP, which was sponsored by 15 global automakers, including all leading German automakers, concluded that HFO-1234yf is safe for use in automobile applications.

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Desktop Metal qualifies 4140 low-alloy steel for high-volume additive manufacturing of end-use parts with the Production System

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This joint is used for power transfer between an electric power steering motor and the steering shaft in an automobile.

Mazda continues supporting algae biofuels research

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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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USDA awards $10M in grants to spur production of biofuels, bioenergy and biobased products

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The Secretary also pointed to a recent study released by Iowa State University (ISU), and funded by the US Department of Agriculture, which finds that while the use of biobased products in automobile manufacturing is increasing, there are still many parts in the top-selling automobiles manufactured in the United States that may be replaced with biobased materials. During the 1930s, automobile pioneer Henry Ford began developing soy-based automobile parts.”

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NEVS finalizes acquisition of main assets of Saab; new company solely focused on EVs

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS), an international consortium formed by Swedish and Chinese stakeholders, finalized its acquisition of the main assets of Saab Automobile AB, Saab Automobile Powertrain AB and Saab Automobile Tools AB, effective 31 August 2012. The Chinese can increasingly afford cars; however, the global oil supply would not suffice if they all buy petroleum-fueled vehicles.

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

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An electric car does not require a regular oil changes or tune-ups. 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.

Motherson Group collaborating with UBQ to bring carbon-negative thermoplastics into auto parts

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UBQ Industrial Grade is the preeminent environmental material which can substitute oil- and plant-based polymers as well as wood. Motherson is currently testing and evaluating the incorporation of UBQ in the production of a range of interior and exterior automobile parts.

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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 automobile industry now ranks in the middle of the list of 25 business industries and sectors rated 5-8 Aug. The computer and restaurant industries are rated most positively, while the oil and gas industry receives the worst ratings.

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Oxea launches new phthalate-free plasticizer as C8/C10 trimellitate replacement

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In modern automobiles, stringent demands are placed on internal cables. Other application areas include non-fogging automotive interior, special sheets, profiles and gaskets and base stock for lubricating oils. Oxea is owned by Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C. Oxea is expanding its phthalate-free plasticizer portfolio with the introduction of Oxsoft L9 (linear trinonyltrimellitate).

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Purdue researchers create hybrid technique to create nanotwinned, corrosion-resistant nickel

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dincluding automotive, gas, oil and micro-electro-mechanical devices. The nanotwinned nickel can be applied as corrosion-resistant coatings for the automobile, gas and oil industries.

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Proposed 5th edition of Worldwide Fuel Charter introduces new Category 5 for fuel efficiency and emission control

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For diesel fuel, this category establishes a high quality hydrocarbon-only specification that takes advantage of the characteristics of certain advanced biofuels, including hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and biomass-to-liquid (BTL), provided all other specifications are respected and the resulting blend meetes defined legislated terms.

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