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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Tesla Highlights Its Efforts To Produce Incredibly Safe Vehicles

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Despite misleading headlines in the media, Tesla's vehicles are among the safest available today

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Ford F-150 Electric details added, as production ramps up for gasoline and hybrid versions.

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The model, the automaker said, will have more horsepower and torque than any F-150 available today, and it will have the lowest lifetime

2020 120

Ford confirms construction of Rouge EV center to be home of electric F-150; production by mid-2022

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The all-electric F-150 will feature dual electric motors targeted to deliver more horsepower and torque than any F-150 available today, the fastest acceleration, and the ability to tow heavy trailers.

2020 322

MINI Electric John Cooper Works in development

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Be in no doubt that the MINI Electric is one of the most fun small EVs available today. Add the fact it's affordable and stylish and you have a really compelling package. So, what could be better than an electric MINI that is quick and handles brilliantly? Well.

2020 69

Modular SMR hydrogen producer BayoTech receives $157M investment

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Today, most hydrogen is produced at large, centralized facilities before being delivered to end users. BayoTech, Inc.,

Leaf lease deals, top-selling used EVs, Polestar 2 range: Today’s Car News

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Availability. Today in Car NewsOur monthly deals roundup highlights a Nissan Leaf lease deal at $199 and the Bolt EV as low as $145/month. We look at why the Nissan Leaf is the top-selling used EV in most states. And the Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge get rated for range.

2020 93

Archer taps FCA to accelerate eVTOL production

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Archer says that the 60-mile range is based on utilizing battery technology that’s commercially available today.

Alsie Express runs first domestic route in Denmark to use sustainable aviation fuel

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While Power-to-Liquids and hydrogen offer exciting prospects for decarbonising aviation in the future, sustainable aviation fuel is a solution that is available today that can help reduce aviation emissions and initiatives like this can help scale demand for this crucial technology.

Lightning Systems reaccredited under bp?s Advancing Low Carbon Program

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All Lightning products are available today. Lightning Systems, a leading developer of zero-emission powertrains, has received reaccreditation under bp’s Advancing Low Carbon (ALC) program.

2020 249

Haldor Topsoe and Nel ASA to offer end-to-end green ammonia and eMethanol solutions

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Together, we can offer end-to-end renewable electricity to ammonia and methanol solutions based on the most reliable technologies available today. Haldor Topsoe and Nel ASA have entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the intent to offer customers complete solution for green ammonia and methanol produced with renewable electricity.

Hino Trucks announces Project Z for Class 4-8 zero emission trucks; fuel-cell and battery-electric

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For customers ready to move in that direction now, the SEA Electric SEA-Drive 120a paired with a Hino M Series chassis is commercially available today. Hino Trucks announced Project Z, the company’s development path to zero emissions vehicles, ranging from class 4 to class 8.

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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

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 105

Tesla Cybertruck looks like CGI in real life in Giga Texas footage

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This may be partly due to the vehicle’s strange shape, which is unlike any production car available today in the way that it uses flat metal and glass panels. Elon Musk has remarked in the past that the Tesla Cybertruck looks like a CGI render in real life.

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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 265

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 219

Electrify America introduces Plug&Charge payment technology to its charging network

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This technology is now available on all Electrify America chargers across the US in advance of the anticipated arrival in the coming months of Plug&Charge-capable EVs, including the 2021 models of the Porsche Taycan, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Lucid Air. Electrify America offers the fastest charging technology available today to provide charging speeds of up to 150 and 350 kilowatts, a breakthrough for the network that debuted in May 2018.

2020 161

Zero-Emission 2014 Chevy Silverado Model Now Available

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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

Eastern Pacific Shipping, OCI & MAN partner to develop methanol & ammonia as marine fuels; retrofits and newbuilds

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This means we have a responsibility to implement emission-lowering solutions available today while simultaneously developing solutions for tomorrow. Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with OCI N.V.

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 207

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 175

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

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All Lightning products are available today.

2019 212

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 163

Electric trucks like the Tesla Semi are nearing cost parity with diesel, EU studies show

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Tiziana Frongia, freight director at T&E, further noted that the time is now to push electric trucks into the market, as even existing vehicles available today could already cover most urban and regional deliveries.

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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. Vista LiDAR samples are available today for Cepton’s automotive partners to evaluate in their self-driving fleets. Cepton Technologies, Inc. ,

2018 163

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 150

VAMA builds new coating line to serve growing automotive market in China

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The PLTCM line will have the most advanced available technology- E.g. Laser welder at the entry section, rolling forces of 3,500 tons and rolling power of 7000 kW. The mixed CAL has one of the most powerful furnaces available today, capable to produce Ultra High Strength Steel (UHSS) grades and it also has the possibility to produce aluminum-coated products through an integrated aluminum bath.

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

Green Car Congress

More than 40 diesel models are available today in the United States from 10 manufacturers and brands. Sales of diesel light-duty vehicles (Class 1-3) in the US in 2018 reached their highest annual level, coming in at more than 500,000 units—just over 3% of total vehicle sales—according to figures by Baum & Associates provided by the Diesel Technology Forum. The light-duty diesel segment is led by three models: the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit, and Ford F-150.

2019 224

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 205

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 174

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 195

T&E finds city e-truck charging could cut road freight emissions by 22% in 10 years; requires €28B for charging infrastructure

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These trips could be covered today by electric trucks, ?thanks It is expected that the range of the electric trucks available will swiftly increase to 500 km, covering about two thirds of kilometers and 19 trips out of 20. … Electric trucks are clean, cheaper to run and available today.

2020 209

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 210

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. The ability to provide a detection range of 200 meters on objects with 10% reflectivity and clearly detecting objects out to 280 meters, provides the best and most advanced notification available today, creating more reaction time for the vehicle to determine the best course of action resulting in optimum safety performance.

2019 246

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 185

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.

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 191

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 200

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. The Lightning Electric Transit Bus Repower is available for order now with delivery in six months and offers a range of up to 200 miles (depending on the configuration).

2019 224

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 150

GM reveals new Ultium batteries and flexible global platform for rapid growth of EV lineup

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Complexity Reduction: The vehicle and propulsion systems were designed together to minimize complexity and part counts beyond today’s EVs, which are less complex than conventional vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.

2020 301

Stanford scientists identify new Li-B-S solid electrolyte materials that boost lithium-ion battery performance

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Most lithium-ion batteries today use a liquid electrolyte that can combust if the battery is punctured or short-circuited. Most solid electrolytes in use today are too unstable, inefficient and expensive to be commercially viable, the authors said.

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