Tips: 5 Best Car Maintenance Practices

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Whatever’s under the hood, regular maintenance will make it run better. By staying on top of maintenance routines, you’ll prevent several mechanical issues. That’s why auto repair and maintenance practices should be a priority.

Hamburg project testing use of liquid hydrogen in aviation maintenance and ground processes

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Funded by the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik will work with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Center for Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) and Hamburg Airport over the next two years to design and test maintenance and ground processes in handling hydrogen technology.


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LADOT partnering with GMV and ViriCiti for e-bus management and maintenance

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To meet the unique demands of these new zero-emission buses, LADOT is partnering with GMV Syncromatics and ViriCiti to develop a fleet management and maintenance system which will provide real-time dispatch and bus status information. Innovative partnerships, allow us to deploy tools that improve the customer experience and get us closer to our goal to build a more sustainable and efficient transportation system.

Dürr builds high automation paint shop for Ford in Mexico

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As for the two main 3-wet topcoat painting booths, Ford opted for the proven EcoEnvirojet wet scrubber technology with its easy cleaning access and maintenance.

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Vantis and Thales partner to build US’ first statewide drone infrastructure network; BVLOS flights

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Vantis , North Dakota’s Statewide Unmanned Aircraft Systems Network, will partner with Thales as the long-term systems integrator to build out the UAS (drone) infrastructure across the state. We’re building the blueprint for commercial BVLOS flights across the country.

GM’s BrightDrop completes first production builds of EV600, introduces new EV410

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BrightDrop, GM’s new business focused on electric last-mile deliveries ( earlier post ), has completed the first production builds of the EV600, a key milestone to deliver its first electric light commercial vehicle (eLCV) to FedEx Express in time for the holiday season.

SGH2 building largest green hydrogen production facility in California; gasification of waste into H2

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Fluor, a global engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance company, which has best-in-class experience in building hydrogen-from-gasification plants, will provide front-end engineering and design for the Lancaster facility.

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Rio Tinto to build first solar plant in Western Australia to power iron ore mine; 12 MWh Li-ion system

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Through the use of digital assets, advanced data analytics and automation, Rio Tinto expects to enhance the operation and maintenance of this new mine.

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Siemens building first stretch of eHighway on public roads in Germany

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Siemens has been commissioned by the German state of Hesse to build an overhead contact line for electrified freight transport on a ten-kilometer stretch of autobahn. Siemens will be responsible for the planning, construction and, as an option, maintenance of the system. The line will supply electricity for the electric drive of a hybrid truck. Siemens originally presented its innovative “eHighway” concept in 2012. Earlier post.)

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Dürr building smart and resource-efficient paint shop at San Luis Potosí in Mexico for BMW Group; Industry 4.0

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Dürr is building a paint shop in Mexico for the BMW Group that meets the requirements for connected Industry 4.0 San Luis Potosí will build the BMW brand’s best-selling model series, the BMW 3 Series Sedan. In terms of the paint shop layout, Dürr relies on a simple industrial building without intermediate levels in conjunction with multi-functional body stores with high-bay storage technology. This enables preventive maintenance planning and increases the plant availability.

2018 217

Proterra launches Proterra Powered vehicle electrification solutions to enable OEMS to build high-performance EVs for commercial fleets

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Commercial urban fleets are the best use case for EV technology and we are at the beginning of an electrification revolution for heavy-duty vehicles due to declining battery costs, improved electric powertrain technology, lowered maintenance, and the immense public health benefits EVs bring to our communities.

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AECOM awarded contract to build Faraday Future’s $1B N American EV manufacturing plant

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The project will also feature extended life-cycle materials that require less maintenance. The current demolition work includes the digging of water retention pools to store water for compaction and use in the building’s cooling towers. AECOM has been selected to construct the $1-billion, 3-million square foot electric car manufacturing plant for Faraday Future (FF) in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

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AM General to build prototypes for the next-gen USPS Postal Delivery Vechicles; ZEV versions

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AM General will build a series of prototype vehicles for testing by the USPS that seek to provide fuel efficiency and zero emission capability. AM General is combining highly reliable, low maintenance, fuel-saving powertrain options and advanced safety systems into a durable, low operating-cost vehicle. Reduced maintenance schedule with less complex repairs yields significant savings.

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Honda to provide $13.8M to FirstElement Fuel to support build out of California hydrogen refueling infrastructure

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million in financial assistance to FirstElement Fuel to build additional hydrogen refueling stations around the state. FirstElement received grants totaling nearly $27 million from the California Energy Commission earlier this year to build a network of 19 stations around the state. FE) to support the long-term operation and maintenance expenses of new hydrogen refueling stations in California.

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Statoil to build the world’s first floating wind farm: Hywind Scotland

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Statoil has made the final investment decision to build the world’s first floating wind farm: The Hywind pilot park offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The onshore operation and maintenance base will be located in Peterhead, also drawing on resources from Statoil’s existing office in Aberdeen. The decision triggers investments of around NOK 2 billion (US$238 million), realizing a 60-70% cost reduction per MW from the Hywind demo project in Norway.

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Alstom to build 14 Coradia iLint fuel-cell trains for LNVG

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Alstom will build 14 Coradia iLint fuel-cell trains ( earlier post ) for the Local Transport Authority of Lower Saxony (Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen, LNVG). The companies also signed a 30-year maintenance agreement. I am pleased that Alstom will build the trains in Lower Saxony, thus further strengthening their production site in Salzgitter.

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Dürr building smart paint shop for JAC plant for electric vehicles in China

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Dürr is building a fully automatic paint shop for a Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) plant in China. The robot controllers can be easily incorporated into a centralized data network for the smart factory of the future, and have the capability to transmit all process-related information from the sensors and actuators to higher-level maintenance and control systems at the customer’s site or to the Dürr Service Cloud.

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FANUC to build factory of the future using NVIDIA AI platform; self-teaching robots in the FIELD system

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With ZDT, FANUC also keeps track of robot usage and sends reminders at appropriate intervals to ensure important maintenance activities are completed on time. As the FIELD system and ZDT grow in the marketplace, FANUC will be able to help more customers with intelligent condition-based maintenance notifications and help optimize the performance and life of their robots. Building the factory of the future will have wide-ranging impact.

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Argonne tool predicts economic impacts of building new natural gas stations

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new tool for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations. Our model estimates the jobs created and economic output at every stage in the process, beginning with station design and construction and continuing through the operation and maintenance of the station and the sale of natural gas fuel.

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Toyota and Hitachi collaborate to build a high-efficiency production model using IoT platform; accelerating PDCA

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will collaborate to build a high-efficiency production model using an IoT (Internet of Things) platform. As a specific theme of this verification, Toyota and Hitachi plan to establish a system that prevents unexpected facility failures through big data analysis and extend the system to other processes to further improve the efficiency of maintenance work. Toyota Motor Corporation and Hitachi, Ltd.

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TransWiseway and IBM partnering to build largest connected vehicles platform in China; Internet of Vehicles

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to build the largest connected vehicles platform in China. To build a commercially viable platform to deliver value added services more broadly to drivers and other third-party organizations, TransWiseway turned to IBM for its Internet of Things expertise, and ability to scale the current IoV platform while building in analytics and security capabilities to support millions of additional vehicles in the future.

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UPS to purchase ~700 LNG trucks, build 4 refueling stations by end of 2014

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UPS plans to purchase approximately 700 liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks and to build four refueling stations by the end of 2014. An initial investment of more than $18 million to build fueling stations will be supported by the purchase of the 700 LNG tractors and continued expansion of the natural gas fleet in the US. Once completed, the LNG private fleet will be one of the most extensive in the US.

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Joint CEC, CARB annual report details progress in build-out of hydrogen refueling infrastructure

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The average annual operations and maintenance (O&M) grant has been $100,000 per year for all types of systems, with stations eligible for up to three years of O&M support. The California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board released the annual Joint Agency Staff Report on Assembly Bill 8: 2016 Assessment of Time and Cost Needed to Attain 100 Hydrogen Refueling Stations in California.

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Ballast Nedam to build 700-bar hydrogen refueling station in the Netherlands

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Ballast Nedam will build its first 700-bar hydrogen refueling station in the Netherlands for the Flemish-Dutch WaterstofNet. The company will be responsible for the maintenance of the station for two years. Currently Ballast Nedam is also building a refueling station for WaterstofNet on the AutomotiveCampusNL in Helmond.

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AMP Americas in deal with two national dairy cooperatives to build 7 CNG fueling stations, bring in more Class 8 CNG trucks

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Under the agreement, AMP-Trillium, the joint venture between AMP Americas and Trillium CNG, will build seven public fueling stations between August 2013 and early 2014 and lease new CNG trucks that will travel more than 13.2 AMP Americas, LLC, a Chicago-based energy company focused on displacing liquid fuels with CNG, builds and owns CNG fueling stations for long-haul truck fleets and finances leases for CNG trucks.

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ABB to build shore-side power system for Ystad port in Sweden

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ABB has won an order from Ystad Hamn, the port authority of the city of Ystad in southern Sweden, to build the complete electrical onshore infrastructure to simultaneously power multiple vessels while berthed. It also allows an opportunity window for maintenance work on the engines.

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Clean Energy to build new CNG stations for multiple transit agencies and large school district; agreements with trucking, refuse and others

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NICE has awarded Clean Energy the contract to design, build and operate and maintain a new CNG station that will, upon completion, replace its existing Mitchel Field station, and operate and maintain the existing CNG stations. to build a fast-fill CNG station at a new bus depot being constructed for ART, which will initially deploy 25 new CNG transit buses that are expected to consume 225,000 DGEs (diesel gallon equivalents) of CNG a year. Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

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ITOCHU and InSpec ally to offer services to build rechargeable battery production plants in North America; Japanese battery manufacturing equipment

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It will also supply Japanese manufacturers’ equipment, which enjoys a large share of the secondary battery manufacturing sector, and supporting operations, including maintenance, after the commencement of operations at the plants. Japan-based ITOCHU Corporation, its wholly owned US industrial machinery sales company, TEXMAC Inc.,

Mazda Builds First RX-8 Hydrogen RE for Norway

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The RX-8 Hydrogen RE will then undergo certification to meet local standards and will be used for maintenance staff training. Mazda Motor Corporation has built the first Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicle with Norwegian specifications, developed specifically for participation in HyNor, Norway’s national hydrogen project. Earlier post.). Norwegian-specification Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE. Click to enlarge.

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Nikola and PGT trucking sign LOI for 100 Nikola FCEV trucks

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The lease order will include the Nikola Tre FCEV, scheduled maintenance and hydrogen fueling solutions. Nikola Corporation announced a collaboration with PGT Trucking, Inc. PGT), an international multi-service flatbed transportation company, to advance electric drive heavy-duty transport.

Rivian applies to establish pre-delivery and service center in Orange County, California


According to the application, Rivian has requested a conditional use permit (CUP) to revamp an industrial building to support 24/7 maintenance and receive new EVs for inspection before they’re delivered to customers.

Alstom reports successful 1.5y trial operation of Coradia iLint fuel cell trains, next project phase begins

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The Local Transport Authority of Lower Saxony (Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen, LNVG) was the first company to believe in hydrogen, investing in it with the order of 14 Coradia iLint trains and thirty years of maintenance and power supply.

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KAMAZ opens center in Moscow to make electric buses

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At the second stage KAMAZ will reconstruct another production building with an area of about 3,000 square meters, which will allow to manufacture about 200 more electric buses per year and carry out service of equipment.

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New Garrett software optimizes E-Turbo integration with future electrified powertrains

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Building upon the E-Turbo hardware and the electronics to run it, Garrett’s latest innovation adds a modular software control for the boosting system, easy to integrate in existing ECUs. On its own this will help optimize powertrain performance but set in the context of electrification and vehicle complexity, it is one of the building blocks Garrett sees in paving a technology pathway to predictive energy and powertrain optimization as well as vehicle health and maintenance prognostics.

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Proterra and Miami-Dade County announce major EV technology project for fleet electrification; 42 more electric buses, 75 chargers

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In addition to the Company’s Proterra Transit and Proterra Powered business units, Proterra Energy offers a turn-key approach to delivering the complete energy ecosystem for heavy-duty electric fleets through charging infrastructure design, build, financing, operations, maintenance and energy optimization.

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ARPA-E to award $27M for advanced nuclear reactor systems operational technology: GEMINA

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GEMINA’s goal is to reduce fixed operations and maintenance (O&M) costs from ~13 $/MWh in the current fleet to ~2 $/MWh in the advanced fleet. GEMINA projects include: GE Research: AI-Enabled Predictive Maintenance Digital Twins for Advanced Nuclear Reactors - $5,412,810.

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SAE and ISO publish joint automotive cybersecurity standard

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The standard focuses on the fundamentals of cybersecurity including requirements, process and goals in business disciplines including product development, production, operations and maintenance. ISO/SAE 21434 builds on the tenets of SAE J3061™ Standard: Cyber Security Guidebook for Cyber-Physical Vehicle Systems , the world’s first automotive cybersecurity standard.

TR Group & Hiringa partner to introduce heavy fuel cell electric trucks into NZ

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Hiringa Energy and TR Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to offer heavy fuel cell electric trucks for the New Zealand market powered by Hiringa’s nation-wide hydrogen refueling network, and TR’s heavy fleet lease, rental, and maintenance management expertise.

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ChargePoint Introduces Industry’s Most Comprehensive Global Electric? Fleet Charging Portfolio?

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Deutsche Aircraft and Universal Hydrogen partner on hydrogen-fueled regional aviation

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The maintenance service goal will improve while the operating cost is reduced. Deutsche Aircraft, the new purpose-driven German aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) ( earlier post ), and Universal Hydrogen Co.

Renault outlines initial HYVIA hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and infrastructure offerings

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A range of financing options and maintenance services will also be offered. In June, Renault Group and Plug Power launched their hydrogen fuel cell and infrastructure joint venture HYVIA. Earlier post.)

Goodyear invests in autonomous trucking company Gatik; tire intelligence and autonomous middle mile logistics

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As Gatik commercializes its operations at scale, the use of tire intelligence solutions is expected to help reduce fuel and maintenance costs while increasing operational efficiencies for retailers, e-commerce companies and distributors employing Gatik’s autonomous solution.

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

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Ford celebrated the production start of the all-new F-150 at the Ford Rouge Center and confirmed construction of the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center where it will build the all-electric F-150 by mid-2022.

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