Tesla batteries, EPA comments, Hyundai and Kia plug-in availability: Today's Car News

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EPA Today in Car NewsActing EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said electric cars are "not grounds for concern" at the EPA—yet highway safety and car prices are. Tesla buys a company that builds ultracapacitors. Hyundai and Kia aim to avoid the dreaded "compliance car" label with their EV sales—barely. We investigate the hesitation. In our latest Twitter.

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Has the crossover craze peaked? Or will EVERY car be a crossover by 2030?

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A quick tally of the crossover market reveals there are around 90 different models that fall into this category available today in the UK

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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Electric Cars

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Most of the electric cars available today are 2 seaters and it can get quite uncomfortable if a third person tries to squeeze in. Lo and Behold! The future is here. Yes, we''re talking about the electric car. This modern marvel has actually been around for quite some time.

2013 141

2016 Chevy Volt MPG, EPA Clean Power Plan, 2016 Mazda CX-3 Driven: Today's Car News

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Today, we have efficiency ratings for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the EPA finalizes rules that will limit carbon emissions from power plants, and we drive the 2016 Mazda CX-3 crossover. We've updated our July plug-in electric car sales report, and will continue to do so as more information becomes available. Today in Car News

2015 75

Zero-Emission 2014 Chevy Silverado Model Now Available

Green Car Reports

Now there's a zero-emission version, and it's available today. It doesn't get much attention as a green vehicle, but the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck line is the best-selling vehicle line at General Motors. That means that you can acquire one even before this spring's launch of the all-new models with more efficient V-6 and V-8 gasoline

P G & E Plugs Drive

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Today’s hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius, use electricity generated by gasoline-fueled engines. The technology is available today. Become a Partner today.

2006 130

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance invests in Enevate to advance Si-dominant Li-ion battery technology for EVs

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This short charging time is superior to any other Li-ion technology available today to meet automotive EV requirements for energy density, range, safety, and cost. Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has invested in the latest round of funding in Enevate Corporation, an advanced lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology company based in Irvine, California. Earlier post.).

2018 87

Nissan Leaf – Taking Reservations

Revenge of the Electric Car

Nissan began accepting reservations for its eagerly anticipated Nissan Leaf today. Viewers of “ Who Killed The Electric Car? &# may recall it was a little more complicated than that… The first five states where the Leaf will be available are: California, Arizona, Tennessee, Oregon, and Washington. The only all-electric “highway-capable&# vehicle available today is the $109,000 Tesla Roadster. Nissan's new electronic vehicle, the Leaf. (AP

2010 140

Florida-based public microtransit operator Freebee deploys Lightning Systems electric passenger vans

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All Lightning products are available today.

2019 85

Houston start-up proposes different approach to hydrogen refueling: thousands of small networked outlets and smart app

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Instead of relying on a series of heavily-subsidized “mega-stations”, Hydrogen-XT is proposing combining many small, inexpensive fueling outlets that reform hydrogen from natural gas with intelligent software that locates the stations and displays fuel availability, reserves the amount a customer wants, routes the customer to the selected station, and then completes the transaction, all on a smartphone or infotainment system.

2014 106

Lightning Systems raises $41M for production ramp up of electric powertrains for commercial vehicles; round led by BP Ventures

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Lightning is in series production of high-quality powertrains for new and repowered commercial vehicles across Class 3-7 on five major platforms that are on the road with customers today. All Lightning products are available today. Colorado-based Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero-emission drivetrains, has raised $41 million in equity, debt, and working capital line funding from existing and new investors.

2019 60

TUM team doubles activity of platinum fuel cell catalysts

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An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has designed size-optimized platinum nanoparticles for catalysis in fuel cells that exhibit specific and mass activities twice as high as the best commercially catalysis available today (Tanaka commercial Pt/C).

2019 101

Plus.ai, FAW Jiefang form JV to develop self-driving trucks for China; first production-class L2 semi-autonomous truck

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The FAW J7 L2 was created to address the desire of shippers and fleet operators to start using the semi-autonomous technology that is available today before L4 trucks become commercialized in the near future. Silicon Valley-based Plus.ai has formed a joint venture with FAW Jiefang, China’s oldest and largest truck manufacturer, to develop autonomous trucks for China. specializes in developing full-stack self-driving technology to enable large scale autonomous commercial fleets.

2019 70

We Love Electric Bikes

Revenge of the Electric Car

They are available today. 0 to 20 in seconds, pedaling optional. Three weeks ago we spent the day shooting at the Kick Gas Festival in San Diego. One of our favorite diversions was testing the electric bikes. I’ve always been skeptical about e-bikes. Why waste electricity when you can just pedal? Well, that day changed our minds. Electric bikes could well be the secret weapon of the EV revolution. Electric Bikes are less expensive then electric cars.

2008 100

Cepton unveils next-generation LiDAR for autonomous vehicles

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a provider of 3D LiDAR solutions for automotive, industrial and mapping applications, unveiled its Vista LiDAR sensor at the annual NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference, with immediate availability for the autonomous vehicle market. Cepton Technologies, Inc. ,

2018 85

US light-duty diesel sales climb in 2018 to 500,000 units; 3% of sales

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More than 40 diesel models are available today in the United States from 10 manufacturers and brands.

2019 116

Toyota Denies Prius Range To Go All Plug-In Hybrid By 2014

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In about a year’s time Toyota will launch the long-awaited plug-in hybrid version of its top-selling Prius, selling it alongside the regular version of the Prius that’s already available today. According to a new report from Japan’s Nikkei business daily, however, Toyota may make plug-in hybrid the standard option for the Prius

2011 52

Lightning Systems receives California ARB Executive Order for the Transit Bus Repower powertrain

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Transit buses are excellent repower candidates for a variety of reasons, including the wide availability of parts and experienced service mechanics. Just as important, a repower keeps these buses out of the landfill, making the repower choice the most sustainable option today.

2019 116

Innovusion announces high-resolution image-grade LiDAR system Cheetah

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a designer and developer of hybrid Solid State LiDAR systems for vehicle safety applications, announced the availability of its Cheetah system. Innovusion Inc.,

2019 128

ClipperCreek upgrades HCS-40 and CS-40 series EV charging stations from 30A to 32A

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All of ClipperCreek’s charging station products are safety certified by independent testing laboratories and compatible with all plug in vehicles available today. ClipperCreek has upgraded the popular HCS-40 and CS-40 series EV charging stations from 30 Amps to 32 Amps continuous as a standard offering, with no increase in price.

2014 83

LeMond Carbon obtains independent verification of its carbon fiber rapid oxidation technology

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The rapid oxidation process enables LeMond to produce carbon fiber with the lowest embodied energy of any standard PAN-based carbon fiber available today.

Lithium Werks signs multi-year Nanophosphate Li-ion cell supply agreement with Super B

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Both Super B and Lithium Werks specialize in lithium iron phosphate technology, a lithium-ion chemistry that offers high thermal and chemical stability and is seen as the safest lithium-ion technology available today.

2018 65

BMW H2 BS

Plugs and Cars

The gasoline-only production version of this car, the 7 Series, is available today for between $75,800 and $122,600. Despite an advertising budget that rivals available models, the Hydrogen 7 is not for sale. Terry Tamminen, Arnold's green guru, showed up at the Santa Monica AltCar Show in a BMW Hydrogen 7. Mr. "Lives Per Gallon" ought to be ashamed to lend his name to BMW's greenwashing.

2007 100

Toyota Hot and Cold on Plug-in Hybrids

Plugs and Cars

Essentially an acknowledgement that a plug-in hybrid is better all around than the gasoline-dependent hybrids that you can 't plug in available today. A month or so ago word was Toyota was postponing the new generation Lithium Prius. That seemed to be a hint that Toyota wasn't moving too quickly on plug-ins.

2007 100

Automakers agree on common plug to recharge electric vehicles

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

By comparison, NOx emissions in Travis county from motor vehicles totaled approximately 30,000 tons per year in 1996 -- the last year for which complete data was available. (1, Palm announces webOS SDK availability, Palm OS emulation for Pre Engadgets wild ride in the P.U.M.A.

Solartaxi visits AeroVironment

Revenge of the Electric Car

They’re mainly along for the ride to demonstrate that photovoltaic solar technology is real and available today. Stefano readies for a Solartaxi test drive. This summer Swiss visionary Louis Palmer and his friendly team made several stops in Southern California on their global whirlwind tour with their spectacular Solartaxi Electric Vehicle. One of the stops was at AeroVironment in Simi Valley. Solartaxi parked at AeroVironment - Simi Valley, CA.

2008 100

Blue Bird first to offer certified ultra-low NOx level for propane school buses; 0.02 g/bhp-hr

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Blue Bird is providing the cleanest propane engine available for school buses on the market, with this version being 90% cleaner than the current emissions standard and 10 times cleaner than any non-Blue Bird propane school bus option available today.

2018 69

Deutsche Post DHL Group sees mass market potential for synthetic fuels in 5-10 years

Green Car Congress

Today, the term “alternative” is used for all fuels that are not a part of the fossil fuel group—diesel, gasoline, heavy oil and kerosene. Concerns about the availability and sustainability of biofuels are leading to a growing interest in what are known as e-fuels.

2019 78

Efacec licenses Qualcomm’s wireless EV charging technology

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We believe Qualcomm Halo technology delivers the most advanced and comprehensive WEVC technology available today. Efacec Electric Mobility, a global supplier of energy, engineering, environment and transportation solutions, has licensed Qualcomm Halo wireless electric vehicle charging technology to commercialise WEVC systems for Plug-In Hybrid (PHEVs) and Electric Vehicles (EVs).

2015 82

Lightning Systems debuts new all-electric Ford F-59 Model, electrifying delivery vans and food trucks

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The new Lightning Electric powertrain for the Ford F-59 chassis is available for all F-59 variants, which range from 16,000 to 22,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) configurations. This powertrain is the fifth powertrain now available in the Lightning product line. Vehicle vouchers and incentives are available in many states. Lightning Electric is available for the Ford F-59 as part of Ford’s eQVM (Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifiers) program.

2019 92

Velodyne Lidar introduces its smallest lidar sensor at CES: the $100 Velabit

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Multiple manufacturing sources scheduled to be available for qualified production projects. The Velabit will be available to customers mid-2020. Today, this situation triggers the autonomous technology to disengage and hand over to the safe driver. Velodyne Lidar, Inc.

2020 85

Lux: plug-in vehicle battery market to hit $10B in 2020; 6 carmakers = 90% of demand; VW to show most growth

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Consumers will soon be able to purchase electric vehicles with 200 miles of range for less than $40,000, almost half the price of the long range EVs available today.

2016 112

Audi survey finds more than half of US drivers would support government initiative to spur diesel vehicle sales

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Audi believes there are a variety of viable alternative fuel solutions, including electric, but diesel is readily available today. The objective is to reward efficiency, and diesel is an efficient alternative available today. A poll conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Audi of America found that a majority of American drivers would support government initiatives aimed at spurring clean diesel vehicle sales in the US.

2013 84

Volvo LX1 series hybrid wheel loader demonstrates 50% improvement in fuel efficiency; renewable diesel in the engine

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The CEC program provides funding to help both develop next generation transportation technology components and vehicles, as well as speed the deployment of lower carbon transportation product available today.

2017 90

Microchip introduces first automotive-grade LIN SiP with touch hardware support

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The system solution comes in a 7 × 7 mm QFN package, with wettable flanks ready for automatic optical solder inspection and is available with 16k, 32k or 64k Flash memory, up to 8 KB SRAM and 2 KB Read-While-Write Flash. Various tools such as GCC and IAR C/C++ compilers, ICE debuggers and a QTouch software function library are also available. The SAMHA1GxxA is available today in volume production with prices starting at $2.88. Microchip Technology Inc.,

2016 76

Efficient Drivetrains, Shannxi Automotive reveal PHEV Class 8 cement mixer truck

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The collaboration between Efficient Drivetrains and Shaanxi Automotive to capture the construction industry marks the third successful initiative for the two companies, with PHEV mass transit (Class-6 and 7 city buses) and Class-8 port truck offerings available today as part of previous engagements.

2017 85

Novelis and Henkel partner on advanced bonding technology for high-volume aluminum vehicles

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Novelis, the world leader in automotive aluminum sheet, and Henkel Adhesive Technologies today signed a long-term agreement to collaborate on the development of advanced bonding technologies for the use of aluminum in high-volume vehicles. BONDERITE M-NT 8453 is designed to outperform other available pre-treatments in its compatibility with the new thermal treatment processes being introduced by automakers to achieve elevated levels of strength from aluminum alloys.

2015 74

Postal Fleet Services selects Ryder for natural gas vehicle solution in four states; 20 CNG heavy-duty trucks

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service locations where Ryder has partnered with Clean Energy Fuels to offer renewable natural gas, the cleanest fuel available today. Ryder System announced that Postal Fleet Services has signed a full-service agreement for 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) heavy-duty vehicles supporting mail delivery operations in Orlando, Fla., Lafayette, La., Jackson, Miss., and La Vergne, Tenn.

2016 60

Proterra introduces 2nd generation electric bus

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The Proterra Solution, the company’s first 40-foot model, weighs less than any other transit bus available today and offers the highest fuel efficiency on the market. Proterra Inc. launched its second-generation all-electric bus, The Proterra Solution, at the American Public Transportation Association Bus and Paratransit Conference.

2014 80

Efficient Drivetrains introduces EDI PowerDrive 8000 series for Class 8 trucks

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The new powertrain line—the EDI PowerDrive 8000—will be available in the first half of 2018 in both all electric and plug-in hybrid form factors (PHEV). The 8000 series builds on the medium-duty EDI PowerDrive 6000 and 7000 series, available today on OEM platforms such as Freightliner, Peterbilt, Blue Bird Bus, Shaanxi and Thomas Built Bus. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

2017 60

Clearpath Robotics raises $30M to expand indoor self-driving vehicle market

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Companies like Google, Tesla and Uber are still testing, whereas our self-driving vehicles are commercially available today. Clearpath Robotics, a provider of self-driving vehicle solutions, completed a US$30-million investment led by iNovia Capital with participation from Caterpillar Ventures, GE Ventures, Eclipse Ventures, RRE Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank.

2016 71

UC Berkeley EBI, Shell sign $25M partnership to fund new energy tech research

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The collaboration will also focus on creating new energy technology that will enable fuels derived from sustainable sources to be readily available alongside conventional fossil fuels in the market. EBI’s research focus to date has been on enabling feedstock availability—a goal shared with Shell, which currently holds 50% equity in Raízen, the world’s largest producer of one of the lowest-CO 2 biofuels available today.

2017 65

NTSB investigation of Model 3 fatal crash in March finds Autopilot was active

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The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on the fatal March 2019 crash of a Tesla Model 3 with a semi-trailer in Delray Beach, Fla., stating that the Autopilot driver-assist system was active at the time of the crash.

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