GM battery layoffs, Trump and fuel economy, more fast chargers: Today's Car News

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A new study shows what the Trump administration is missing about how fuel-economy standards affect vehicle affordability. General Motors Fuel EconomyElectrify America gets plans approved to build more fast chargers in California. And we have results from our last Twitter poll and a new poll for you to try. All this and more on Green Car Reports. After announcing the demise.

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XL launches PHEV Ford F-250; 50% improvement in fuel economy

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The XLP F-250 features a high voltage 15 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is compatible with Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations using an industry-standard J1772 plug interface. Conversions Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins

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Tesla Model X safety, Fisker battery news, fuel economy rules, Mercedes electric cars: Today's Car News

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Today, another award for the Tesla Model X, a BMW investment in electric buses, Mercedes will build luxury electric models in China, and our readers really, really care about fuel-economy rules. You've no doubt heard that the Trump Administration wants to relax fuel-economy rules for 2022-2025 vehicles; we.

2017 69

Systematic review of EV battery pack costs suggests economies of scale may push cost toward US$200/kWh without further cell chemistry improvements

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Further, they reported in their paper published in Nature Climate Change , the cost of battery packs used by market-leading BEV manufacturers are even lower at US$300/kWh, and has declined by 8% annually. Cost of Li-ion battery packs in BEVs. Batteries Forecasts

2015 142

Volkswagen Group opening up Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) to third parties; seeking economies of scale

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The purpose is to achieve a significant reduction in the cost of e-mobility through the widest possible deployment of the MEB and the associated economies of scale, thus enabling broad access to individual mobility to continue in future. Electric (Battery) Vehicle Manufacturers

2019 83

Volkswagen prices 2017 e-Golf starting at $30,495; longer range, better fuel economy, more power

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For 2017, Volkswagen is using an updated lithium-ion battery with an increased energy capacity of 35.8 The revised battery helps increase the vehicle’s range from an EPA-estimated total range of 83 miles to 125 miles on a single charge. Electric (Battery

2017 95

BYD introducing second-generation battery-electric yard tractor

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The grant comes through California Climate Investments , a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and- trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

2019 106

W Australia to host $135M national battery research hub: Future Battery Industries CRC

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Western Australia will host a national consortium to position Australia as a global leader in the manufacture and supply of batteries after a A$135-million (US$96.4-million) industry-backed research hub was supported by the Federal Government. The world is transitioning to electricity systems powered by renewable energy and the global use of energy materials is booming, driven by the rising demand for batteries to store this power. Australia Batteries

2019 77

Report: sustainable batteries represent the best prospect for meeting Paris climate goals; requires $550B investment over 10 years

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The report— A Vision for a Sustainable Battery Value Chain in 2030 —suggests that, with a concerted push to put the right conditions in place, batteries could enable a 30% reduction in carbon emissions in both the transport and power sectors. Batteries Sustainability

2019 91

Honda, American Electric Power developing 2nd life applications for used EV batteries

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Honda is conducting research with Ohio-based electric utility American Electric Power to develop a network of used electric vehicle (EV) batteries that could be integrated into AEP’s electricity system. Storing additional power in used EV batteries can help utilities meet demand by using renewable energy resources. Honda will provide used Fit EV batteries to AEP, which will study integrating the batteries into the utility’s electricity grid.

2019 94

Williams Advanced Engineering showcases Adaptive Multi-Chem battery technology; 223 lightweighting

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The main focus of its stand was an innovative battery pack showcasing its Adaptive Multi-Chem technology, which brings together the company’s knowledge from a wide variety of projects, including four seasons as the sole battery supplier to FIA Formula E as well as many electric vehicle programs.

2019 91

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid: two different battery packs, 'best-in-class' fuel economy claimed

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Masato Katsumoto is Toyota's chief engineer for the global Camry sedan program—so when he speaks, it's worth listening. Following yesterday's Detroit Auto Show launch of an entirely new 2018 Toyota Camry mid-size sedan, he was one of several Toyota executives who answered media questions in a morning panel. And during that session, Katsumoto. Detroit Auto Show

2017 66

NASA Glenn develops automated flywheel pulse-and-glide system; improving fuel economy up to 40-100%

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Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed an automated pulse-and-glide technique using a flywheel energy storage system for on-road vehicles; the technology, which NASA Glenn says can improve fuel economy over existing internal combustion or battery hybrid systems by 40-100%, is available for licensing. Batteries Controls and controllers Engines Vehicle Systems

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New 2019 Toyota Avalon hybrid boosts fuel economy 10% to 44 mpg combined

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Toyota estimates that the 2019 Avalon Hybrid will boost fuel economy by up to 10% over its MY 2018 predecessor, from 40 mpg (5.88 Estimated combined cycle fuel economy is 26 mpg (9.04

2018 90

NREL report on electric bus demo at Foothill Transit finds Proterra fuel economy >8x higher than CNG on same line

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A team from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the second report summarizing the results of the battery-electric bus (BEB) demonstration underway at Foothill Transit in California. The CNG buses had an average fuel economy of 3.89

2017 98

Why BMW Boosting Its V-8 Twin-Turbo's Fuel Efficiency Kills Batteries

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Maintenance Batteries Turbochargers Fuel Economy ReliabilityModern cars are asked to excel at many things, some of which are at cross purposes. The buying public demands vehicles that are sporty and luxurious, but regulations require them to be increasingly fuel-efficient. That means today's cars are more complicated than ever, and their dense networks of components and software can create some strange.

2015 82

GM to introduce strong hybrid version of Malibu; combined fuel economy above 45 mpg; leverages Volt

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Using technology from the 2016 Chevrolet Volt propulsion system ( earlier post ), Malibu Hybrid will offer an estimated combined fuel economy rating exceeding 45 mpg (5.22 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Lithium-Ion Battery System, 1.8L

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Norway stimulates economy and electric cars with 5000 chargers

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NREL analysis of Proterra electric bus demo finds average fuel economy nearly 4x that of CNG baseline buses

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The NREL team found, inter alia , that the battery-electric buses (BEBs)had an overall average efficiency of 2.15 The baseline CNG buses had an average fuel economy of 4.04 The average battery pack SOC is 75.4%, indicating a possibility for a usage window shift.

2016 112

New Honda Fit Hybrid improves fuel economy 35% over outgoing model; best hybrid (non plug-in) fuel economy in Japan

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achieved fuel economy of 36.4 Atkinson cycle (high expansion ratio cycle) engine, the sport hybrid i-DCD consists of a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) system with a built-in high-output motor, and IPU (intelligent power unit) equipped with a built-in lithium-ion battery.

2013 109

Japan and France to explore broad-ranging cooperation on future automotive industry; autonomy, batteries, fuel cells, policy

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Enhancement of the automotive battery supply chain. The teams will share views on the development of the reuse of batteries and the perspectives of standardization on related issues, such as the residual evaluation of batteries. Also of concern is efforts for ensuring a level playing field for battery production and enhancing transparency of supply chain of battery resources, by identifying ways to promote ethical sourcing of raw materials.

2019 70

Volkswagen Millerized 1.5 TSI ACT BlueMotion gasoline engine offers diesel-like fuel economy; derivatives may be applied in hybrid systems

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Volkswagen has developed and deployed a gasoline engine that offers diesel-like fuel economy but is significantly cheaper to buy. Currently applied in the new Golf and Golf Variant ( earlier post ), the 1.5 TSI ACT BlueMotion delivers 96 kW / 130 PS with combined fuel consumption of 4.8

2018 113

Voltaiq survey on battery industry finds analytical challenges and resource constraints as major obstacles to product development

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Voltaiq, a developer of advanced battery analytics solutions, has released , in partnership with Total Battery Consulting, an industry survey examining many of the challenges and opportunities battery manufacturers, suppliers and integrators currently face.

2019 91

Fortum boosts Li-ion battery recycling rate to more than 80%

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A new solution by Nordic clean energy company Fortum makes more than 80% of an electric vehicle (EV) battery recyclable, returns the scarce metals back into circulation and resolves the sustainability gap by reducing the need to mine cobalt, nickel, and other scarce metals. There are very few working, economically viable technologies for recycling the majority of materials in lithium-ion batteries. The current recycling rate for batteries is approximately 50%.

2019 78

ICCT: incremental technology can cut vehicle CO2 by half and increase fuel economy >60% through 2030 with ~5% increase in price

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l/100 km) in 2016, the The ICCT team assessed increased consumer label fuel economy (as opposed to the regulatory test fuel economy) to 35 mpg (6.71 The resulting trajectory would reduce CO 2 emissions by half and increase fuel economy by more than 60% from 2016 through 2030.

2017 98

DOE to award $89M for advanced manufacturing R&D, battery manufacturing a key focus

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By focusing on energy-related advanced manufacturing technologies, we are building a new era of manufacturing that will stimulate the economy, create jobs and build American energy independence. A key focus is developing and scaling new, low-cost manufacturing processes to catalyze increased domestic battery manufacturing for vehicle and stationary applications. Batteries Manufacturing

2019 99

Japan Ministries propose light commercial vehicle fuel economy standards for 2022

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The new standards will require that the fuel economy of model year 2022 light and medium commercial vehicles sold in Japan average 17.9 This represents a 26% increase in fuel economy from 2012 values, and a 23% increase from the 2015 standard of 14.5

2015 99

EPA Trends on EVs and PHEVs; beginning of a “measurable and meaningful impact” on new vehicle fuel economy and emissions

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With alternative fuel vehicles now approaching 1% of new vehicle production, however, they are in fact beginning to have a “ measurable and meaningful impact ” on overall new vehicle fuel economy and CO 2 emissions. Fuel economy average for the US fleet, per the Trends report, is 24.1

2014 133

EPA annual trends report finds new vehicle fuel economy at record 24.1 mpg; new powertrain technologies rapidly gaining share

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EPA released the latest edition of its annual report on trends in CO 2 emissions, fuel economy and powertrain technology for new personal vehicles in the US. Adjusted fuel economy distribution by model year. Fuel economy. MY 2013 adjusted fuel economy is 24.1

2014 103

Study suggests lithium and cobalt for batteries may face supply risks by 2050

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Lithium and cobalt are fundamental components of present lithium-ion batteries. The researchers present these results in the journal Nature Reviews Materials as part of a cost and resource analysis of sodium-ion batteries. … in: “Behaviour of Lithium-ion Batteries in Electric Vehicles.“

2018 121

CMU study suggests difficulties in reaching targeted low price points for Li-ion batteries

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Historical prices and future cost predictions for lithium-ion batteries. The Tesla Model S, one of the most popular electric vehicles, has a battery pack that varies between 75 and 90 kWh, much larger than the 10.5 Batteries Manufacturing

2016 168

Study projects emission impacts of inexpensive, efficient EVs: 36% further reduction in LDV GHG by 2050, or 9% economy-wide

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Under their optimistic scenario (OPT)—which is based on the assumption that EVs are market-competitive with gasoline vehicles, in particular after 2025—they find 15% and 47% adoption of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in 2030 and 2050, respectively.

2017 78

Lead battery research consortium promises big leap in performance; technical roadmap under development

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A global battery consortium charged with advancing lead battery technology has re-launched as it prepares a new technical roadmap designed to extend both the performance and lifetime of the core battery technology. Since it was formed as the ALABC 25 years ago, the Consortium for Battery Innovation has ushered in innovations including start-stop batteries to help reduce CO 2 emissions and boost fuel economy. Batteries

2019 78

ICCT update finds real-world vehicle fuel economy gap continues to widen in Europe to 40%

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The gap between official fuel-economy figures and the real world for new cars in the EU has reached 40 per cent, according to the latest update by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to its on-going research into in-use vehicle fuel efficiency and CO 2 emissions.

2015 119

Toyota announces expected fuel economy and pricing for RAV4 Hybrid: 33 mpg combined, entry at $28,370

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Regenerative braking changes the electric motor to a generator that captures the kinetic energy of the still-turning wheels when the brake is applied, storing it in the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) hybrid battery pack.

2015 106

California deal, Tesla losses, BMW batteries, Rogue Hybrid gone: Today's Car News

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Four automakers cut a side deal with California on emissions and fuel-economy standards, circumventing the EPA. BMW has doubled its battery production in the U.S. Tesla announced $408 million in losses for the second quarter, despite higher sales. in preparation for new plug-in hybrids. And a Democratic House Committee has released a proposal to. Today in Car News

2019 66

2013 Honda Fit EV receives EPA fuel economy rating of 118 MPGe; highest yet

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City and highway cycle fuel-economy ratings are 132 and 105 MPGe, respectively. The 5-passenger Fit EV’s 20-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery provides the capacity to earn an EPA combined city/highway estimated driving range rating of 82 miles, allowing the Fit EV to surpass the EPA efficiency and range ratings of the Ford Focus Electric (105 MPGe, 76-mile range), Nissan Leaf (99 MPGe, 73-mile range), and Mitsubishi i-MiEV (112 MPGe, 62-mile range). Battery Capacity.

2012 110

GM’s Brownstown Battery Assembly expands; building new battery system for 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV

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General Motors Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant worker Tina Oaks attaches wiring harnesses on a Spark EV battery pack. A newly designed battery system features an overall storage capacity of 19 kWh and uses 192 lithium ion cells. Battery module for 2015 Spark EV battery pack.

2014 102

EVgo launches grid-tied public fast charging system with second-life batteries

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EVgo, America’s largest public fast-charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), has launched a commercial installation of second-life battery storage at a public DC fast charging station. Following a pilot program at University of California San Diego (UCSD), this second-life battery system has been unveiled at an operational EVgo fast charging station located in Union City, CA at 3960 Smith Street. Batteries Electric (Battery) Infrastructure

2018 84

DLR working with Yamaha on thermoelectric generators for vehicles; seeking 3-5% gain in fuel economy

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In hybrid and range-extender vehicles with internal combustion engines, the power obtained from such a thermoelectric generator can be fed directly to the battery.

2017 91

J.D. Power survey finds China consumers increasingly enthusiastic about new-energy vehicles; ongoing importance of subsidies; battery worries

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A recent study prepared for the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism found that since 2015, China has been far the main market for electric cars (battery-electric and plug-in hybrid) followed by the EU and the US. Batteries China Electric (Battery) Policy Surveys

2018 104

GM Korea introduces Alpheon eAssist; 25% improvement in fuel economy

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The new Alpheon eAssist, which will go on sale in November, offers improved fuel economy of 25% and reduced CO 2 emissions of 22% compared with the standard Alpheon model. 179 hp at 6,700 rpm; 233 N·m torque) supplemented by a small Li-ion battery pack and a 17.6-kW, 63.6

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A123: Increasing 48V battery power up to ~25 kW enables advanced mild hybrid capabilities with greater fuel savings

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Improving battery power to such as level would further enable hybridization to near-HEV levels as well as engine downsizing, thereby enabling fuel economy improvements beyond the current 10-15% MHEV limit. Right: Generalized MHEV topology with advanced high-power 48V battery packs.

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