SAE International publishes new J2954 wireless charging standard

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SAE International has published the first global standard that specifies, in a single document, both the electric vehicle and supply equipment (EVSE) ground-system requirements for wireless charging of electric vehicles (EV). The new standard was more than a decade in the making.

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2021 Jeep Gladiator available with 3rd generation 3.0L EcoDiesel

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As suggested in 2018, ( earlier post ) the 2021 Jeep Gladiator is now available with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine. of torque, with engine stop-start (ESS) technology standard, is available on Gladiator Sport, Overland and Rubicon models. 1 low-range gear ratio is standard on Rubicon models and the Command-Trac part-time two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1

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China announces new national standards for wireless EV charging; incorporating WiTricity technology

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The China Electricity Council (CEC) recently ratified and published a set of national standards (“GuoBiao” or GB standard) for the wireless charging of EVs; WiTricity’s patented technology is incorporated in the standards. The new standards are: GB / T 38775.1 Standardization is critical to large-scale deployment of wireless charging for EVs both in China and around the world, allowing any equipped EV to use any standard wireless charger.

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LEVC launches VN5 range-extended electric van; available to order now

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Available to order now, first VN5 deliveries will commence in RHD form in Q4, with LHD models available from March 2021. All VN5 models feature Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), front and side driver and passenger airbags, cruise control, nine-inch touchscreen and dual zone climate control as standard as well as 50kW DC rapid charging and minimum 11kW AC fast charging capability. Six option packs are available.

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ANSI EV standards panel releases progress report on standardization activities

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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Electric Vehicles Standards Panel ( EVSP ) published of a Progress Report on activity within the standardization community to address the gaps and recommendations described in the ANSI EVSP’s Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles – Version 2.0 (May A gap is where there is a significant issue of concern that is not addressed by existing standards, codes, regulations, or conformance programs.

Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid available for order in Europe, deliveries by year-end

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Ford’s Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid van ( earlier post )is available to order now with first deliveries before the end of the year. The battery pack is covered by a standard eight-year/160,000 km (100,000-mile) warranty. FordPass Connect on-board modem technology features as standard, enabling operators to maximize vehicle efficiency and utilization. Inside the cabin, a power/charge gauge replaces the standard rev counter.

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Audi involved in EEBUS standard for intelligent connection of EVs and buildings

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The Audi e-tron’s charging system is the first on-board EV system to use the new communication standard. At the “Plugfest E-Mobility” at the Audi plant in Brussels, developers are testing cross-industry compatibility before the EEBUS standard for energy communication is introduced in February. The ultimate aim of EEBUS is to develop a standard that is universally applicable. The specifications of the communication standard will be rolled out at the beginning of February 2019.

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OmniPhy announces availability of automotive Ethernet PHY

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OmniPhy ( earlier post ), a member of OPEN Alliance SIG, announced the availability of an automotive Ethernet PHY on an advanced process technology node. The design implements the automotive Ethernet 100Base-T1 standard being developed by the IEEE through 802.3 initiatives.

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Toyota unveils 2021 Venza crossover, hybrid powertrain standard

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The Venza brings the number of Toyota Hybrids available to 10—Mirai makes it 11 electrified vehicles—for 2021, more than any other brand. The 2021 Venza comes standard with Toyota’s Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive, a highly efficient system that takes maximum advantage of the hybrid powertrain’s benefits. In a first for Toyota, the 2021 Venza offers an available Star Gaze fixed panoramic glass roof.

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Harley-Davidson 2020 LiveWire electric motorcycle available for pre-order at $29,799; 2 new electric concepts

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At CES 2019, Harley-Davidson announced pricing and pre-order availability for LiveWire, its first electric production motorcycle. The 2020 LiveWire is now available for US dealer pre-order at h-d.com/LiveWire with an MSRP of $29,799. The instant torque provided by the H-D Revelation electric powertrain can produce 100 percent of its rated torque the instant the throttle is twisted, and 100 percent of that torque is always available.

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US MY2018 electric-drive vehicle models were available in nine different size classes

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Fifty-six models of electric-drive vehicles were available in model year (MY) 2018 in the US. Together, small sport utility vehicles (SUV), standard SUVs and minivans accounted for another quarter. One quarter of the models were midsize cars, followed by large cars at 16% and compact cars at 14%. Electric-drive vehicles include battery-electric, plug-in-hybrid electric, and fuel-cell vehicles. Source: DOE. Behavior Electric (Battery) Sales

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BMW eDrive Zone function now available in several PHEV models in Europe

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BMW eDrive Zones are now available in various BMW plug-in hybrid models. The BMW eDrive Zones service, now standard in various BMW plug-in hybrid models, uses geo-fencing technology via GPS. When the service is activated, each available eDrive Zone on the navigation map is graphically highlighted in the Control Display. The BMW eDrive Zones service is now available in all variants of the BMW plug-in-hybrid models BMW 745e, BMW X5 xDrive45e and BMW 330e.

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Activated carbon filter now standard in all Volkswagen models

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The technology has been available for a long time as part of the Air Care Climatronic option, which filters out pollen, bacteria, fungal spores and particulates before they make their way through the ventilation system into the interior. From now on, every Volkswagen will be standard-equipped with the activated carbon filter with allergen function. Volkswagen has begun to fit all its models with an activated carbon filter.

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AR?V eBikes from GM are available for preorder; two models on BikeExchange.com

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Preorders are now available via [link]. V used GM’s automotive-grade capabilities to set high standards in eBike engineering. The battery was validated to rigorous safety standards similar to GM’s EV batteries. V Merge and Meld come standard with safety components such as integrated, rechargeable front and rear LED safety lights for increased visibility and oversized brake rotors to increase stopping power. GM announced AR?V

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Mercedes OM 656 diesel now available in G-Class in G 350 d

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The models will be available to order starting in January 2019 and will arrive in dealerships in spring. Thanks to further enhanced emission control technologies, the powerful six-cylinder unit from the modern OM 656 engine family remains below all of the emission limits of the current Euro 6d-TEMP standard even in demanding driving situations and environmental conditions. DYNAMIC SELECT is now available with up to five drive modes for the G-Class as standard.

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New Honda Jazz to be sold across Europe with standard hybrid powertrain

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The all-new Honda Jazz features efficient and responsive performance delivered by e:HEV hybrid technology as standard. The car will be available across Europe in summer 2020, with prices starting in Germany from €22,000 for the Jazz and €26,250 for the Crosstar variant. l/100km (52 mpg US) (WLTP) on the standard model and 110 g/km (WLTP) and 4.8l/100km (49 mpg US) (WLTP) on the Crosstar.

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2020 Range Rover available with 48V mild hybrid in-line 6

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The 2020 Range Rover is now available in the UK with a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine in a Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) powertrain designed to bring enhanced efficiency to the range with fuel economy of 9.3l/100km (25.3 Connectivity has been enhanced with the addition of a new Smartphone Pack, fitted as standard across the range.

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Mercedes-Benz residential energy storage systems now available for reservation

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The Mercedes-Benz energy storage systems for private use are now available for reservation; interested parties can place a reservation at www.schlauerspeichern.de Developed for demanding service on board cars, the Mercedes-Benz energy storage units meet the very highest safety and quality standards. without obligation.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV now available across US

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Chevrolet announced today that the Bolt EV is now available by order or in stock at certified dealerships across the US. Standard features include electronic precision shift, Regen on Demand steering wheel paddle, 10.2-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and an 8-year/100,000-mile (whichever comes first) battery and propulsion system limited warranty. Through 30 August 2017, Chevrolet sold 11,670 Bolt EVs this year and 12,249 since the start of sales in December 2016.

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Volkswagen Group brands to use WLANp for V2X communication as standard equipment on new models from 2019

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From 2019 onwards, the Volkswagen Group brands will use the WLANp standard (IEEE 802.11p) for communications among vehicles and between vehicles and their environment (V2X). The introduction of this technology as standard equipment on volume models ranging from compact cars to commercial vehicles will significantly improve safety on the roads of Europe, the company said. Connected vehicles Standards V2X

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BMW Dadong plant closing in on standard production of iX3 EV

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Standard production of the BMW core brand’s first pure electric model will get underway at the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture (BBA) in China in late summer as planned: BBA Plant Dadong will produce the first Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) with a pure electric drive train for the global market. The BMW X3 thus will be the brand’s first model available with both conventional gasoline and diesel engines, a plug-in hybrid system or a pure electric drive train.

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Audi A4 and A5 now available to order as g-tron in Europe; Audi e-gas for 3 years as standard

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Audi’s two latest natural-gas alternatives in the midsize category—the new A4 Avant g-tron ( earlier post ) and the new A5 Sportback g-tron—are now available for order in Europe. Over the standard cycle the A4 Avant g-tron with S tronic uses 3.8 mi) available. Audi offers this fuel for three years as a standard feature to customers ordering a g-tron model by 31 May 2018.

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2017 Lincoln MKC adds available stop-start for 2.0L AWD

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The 2017 Lincoln MKC small utility is offering more standard features and available, among them Auto Start-Stop, which is now available on 2.0-liter all-wheel-drive MKC, and standard on front-wheel-drive model. Auto Hold, now standard across the line, relieves the driver from having to press the brake pedal continuously to keep the vehicle stationary—a helpful feature in stop-and-go traffic. The power liftgate is now standard equipment versus optional.

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Québec moves forward with a zero-emission vehicle standard

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Earlier this week, the Québec National Assembly unanimously adopted Bill 104, a zero-emission vehicle standard. Automakers that sell or lease a yearly average of more than 4,500 new vehicles (all light models combined) will be subject to the ZEV standard. The goal of the ZEV standard is to incentivize automobile manufacturers to build more models and use increasingly efficient low-carbon technology.

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Tesla Model 3 updates: Leasing, Autopilot standard, base model limited

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After the federal tax credit available on its cars halved Jan. Tesla announced major changes to its model lineup Thursday, especially the Model 3, in an effort to shore up sales. 1, Tesla has dropped prices, added features, streamlined its model lineup, and introduced new lower-priced options for the Model 3, including the long-promised $35,000. Elon Musk self-driving cars Tesla Autopilot

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EPA proposes maintaining current NOx standards

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Based on its review of scientific evidence, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes retaining the current national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for oxides of nitrogen (NO x ). There are currently two primary standards for NO x. The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires the EPA to review periodically the air quality criteria and standards. —“Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Oxides of Nitrogen”.

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ASTM releases new high-octane fuel standard D8067-17 to support development of more efficient engines

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ASTM International recently announced the release of a new high-octane fuel standard that is expected to impact the development of gasoline products compatible with vehicles that feature high-performance fuel-efficient engines. Formation and approval of the standard was led by Dr. Robert L. D8067-17 describes a high RON fuel for automotive spark-ignition engines that are not currently in the marketplace but that are being developed and thus require a defined standard test fuel.

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Copper, Lead, Nickel and Zinc to develop joint due diligence standard for LME Responsible Sourcing Rules

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The LME’s requirements, which will apply to all its listed brands, rest on four core principles: the combination of transparency and standards; non-discrimination between large-scale mining (LSM) and artisanal / small-scale mining (ASM); adherence to well-established work in the sector; and a pragmatic and clear process. Facilitated by The Copper Mark, a working group has been established to develop the joint Due Diligence Standard.

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3.0L EcoDiesel available across the 2020 Jeep Wrangler four-door lineup; 1st diesel-powered Wrangler in N America

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Wrangler four-door models will offer the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine ( earlier post ), rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque in this application, with engine stop-start (ESS) technology standard. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left- and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

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EPA proposing updates to Renewable Fuel Standard

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EPA is proposing updates to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) regulations and related fuels regulations to better align the standards with the current state of the renewable fuels market and to promote the use of ethanol and non-ethanol biofuels. Several of the proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard program would align regulations with recent developments in the marketplace resulting in increased production of cellulosic, advanced and other biofuels, EPA said.

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SAE International approves TIR J2954 for PH/EV wireless charging; targeting finalized standard by 2018

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The document will be available from the SAE website on 31 May. With wireless charging quickly becoming mainstream for consumer electronic devices in low power applications, standardization is needed for commercialization of high power wireless power transfer (WPT) of PH/EVs. The current SAE Standard SAE J1772 establishes the wired charging standard.). Standardization of both the vehicle and ground infrastructure WPT has started with SAE TIR J2954.

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Golia electric passenger transfer vehicle available in UK

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A battery-powered, six-seat passenger transfer vehicle is now available in the UK. Other standard features include regenerative braking, reverse alarm and an adjustable steering wheel. It is available exclusively in the UK from ePowerTrucks. The Golia bus is available from ePowerTrucks from £35,000 (US$55,000).

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NIST prototypes framework for evaluating sustainability standards

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As manufacturers and other businesses step up efforts to cut waste, reduce energy use and improve the overall sustainability of their products and processes, the number of standards and regulations also is increasing at a rapid clip, creating a sometimes-confusing array of options for “going green.” The NIST team will unveil their framework for analyzing sustainability standards on 4 May at the 18 th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering in Braunschweig, Germany.

Provisional agreement reached on European CO2 standards for heavy-duty trucks; 30% lower by 2030

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The European Parliament and the Council have reached provisional agreement on a regulation setting, for the first time in the EU, strict CO 2 emission standards for trucks. The deal follows an agreement reached in December on new CO 2 emission standards for cars and light vans in the EU for the period after 2020. Earlier, ACEA had asserted that reaching such ambitious CO 2 standards will only be possible with a rapid and massive market uptake of zero- and low-emission trucks.

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Volvo Cars calls for global standardized electric car charging, joins CharIN CCS effort

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Volvo Cars believes the global automotive industry should strive towards the introduction of a standardized charging infrastructure for electric cars, said Dr. Peter Mertens, the company’s Senior Vice President for Research & Development. A Type 2 connector in Europe that is compliant with the international IEC 62196-2 standard. The Combo 2 connector in Europe, compliant with the international IEC 62196-3 standard. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Plug-ins Standards

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SwRI’s single-cylinder engines available for combustion research; light-, medium- and heavy-duty applications

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The research engine platform is available for contract use or for purchase. Optical access, dynamic cam phasing, secondary balancers, and floating liner devices can be added to the standard configurations. Specifications for light- and medium-duty applications include a standard bore range of 65-110 mm, standard stroke range of 65-120 mm, and engine speeds up to 7,000 rpm.

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$4M from EPA available for clean diesel projects at ports

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EPA is announcing the availability of $4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports. This grant competition is available under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Program and is the first competition to focus on solely reducing emissions at ports. DERA funds are used to clean up the legacy fleet of diesel engines that were produced before more recent environmental standards.

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2012 Ford Escape Hybrid Available

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The Escape Hybrid provides comfortable seating for up to five, a versatile cargo area, and a variety of standard and optional features, including an available intelligent four-wheel-drive system for enhanced traction. The SUV comes standard with an innovative Earth-friendly cloth seat fabric made from 100 percent post-industrial materials. The Ford Escape is Ford’s best selling SUV ever. Offering a hybrid version potentially could have both good and bad implications for Ford.

Tesla Model 3 Standard Range arrives soon at $35,000 and 220 miles. Really.

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On Thursday, Tesla announced that its entry-level Model 3 is finally available and will be delivered to. In 2016, Tesla created a fever pitch over its Model 3 promise: $35,000 with a range of 220 miles. The company claimed more than 450,000 reservations were made for the Model 3, at $1,000 each, in part because of that low price and high range. Elon Musk Tesla Motors

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New joint report outlines EU and US cooperation on connected vehicle standards

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The United States and the European Union (EU) have been working together under a 2009 implementation agreement to develop coordinated research programs to foster international connected vehicle technology and international harmonization of the technology and standards necessary for broad deployment of connected vehicle systems. The results can then feed into the ongoing industry standards processes in which these representatives participate.

2012 88

Renesas and Cohda collaborating on V2V and V2I communications; V2X reference solution available in 2017

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By bringing together Renesas’ V2X R-Car system-on-chips (SoCs) and Cohda Wireless’ V2X and CAV software solutions, the companies deliver a V2X reference solution that supports European and North American communications standards for V2X system development. The new V2X reference solution complies with European and North America standards from the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and IEEE.

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ecovolta develops standardized Li-ion traction battery; saving cost and time

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The Swiss battery system manufacturer ecovolta has developed a standardized Li-ion traction battery which can significantly reduce the time and expense needed to bring electric vehicles to the serial production stage. This standardization covers aspects of the dimensions, capacity levels and electronics. The evoTractionBattery is available with a voltage of 24 volts, 48 volts and 400 volts as well as a capacity of 2.5

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Minnesota B20 biodiesel standard to take effect in 2018

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The state of Minnesota will implement a new biodiesel standard next spring, as Minnesota moves to a 20% biodiesel blend (B20) at pumps across the state. This new standard builds on Minnesota’s national leadership—in 2005, Minnesota became the first state in the nation to require all diesel fuel to have a blend of at least 2% biodiesel (B2). Beginning in 2019, B20 will be available from April through September every year.