BMW i Ventures invests in GenXComm to increase speed and lower cost of 5G rollout; microphotonics-based full-duplex, high-speed communication

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BMW i Ventures has invested in GenXComm , a company with technology that improves the performance and capacity of communication networks, and which aims to increase significantly the speed of global 5G deployment. GenXComm is ushering in the next revolution of computing and connectivity. Autonomous systems, like self-driving cars, are essentially datacenters on wheels, and require fast, low latency connections.

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5GAA hosts C-V2X connected vehicle demo in Berlin

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The 5G Automotive Association ( 5GAA ) hosted an interoperability demo of cellular-data-enabled connected vehicle (C-V2X) applications in Berlin. Using both direct short-range communications and mobile networks offers complementary capabilities as showcased in the demos, which involve tele-operated driving and the provision of emergency traffic information between vehicles using multi-access edge computing (MEC) functionality. Connected vehicles CV2X

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Why are some EV chargers more expensive than others?

Green Charging

You’re online looking at an array of EV chargers. Since we live in a world of scarce resources, it pays to be more economical. There are various types of EV chargers. Their cost varies. Here are the reasons why: Type of charger. Location of the charger.

GM to invest nearly $800M to convert CAMI into Canada’s 1st large-scale commercial EV plant; EV600 first

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Powered by the Ultium battery system, the BrightDrop EV600 is targeted to have an estimated range of up to 250 miles on a full charge and will have segment-leading safety features.

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DOE awards nearly $7M to 4 projects to reduce costs of electric vehicle chargers by 50% over next 3 years

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding nearly $7 million in research and development funding to four projects to reduce the current costs of electric vehicle chargers by 50% over the next three years. Two of the four selected projects will focus on improving electric vehicle chargers that attach to consumers’ homes and are used by the owners to charge their vehicles while they are at home.

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California roadmap for grid-connected energy storage technology

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The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) unveiled a comprehensive roadmap to assess the current market environment and regulatory policies for connecting new energy storage technology to the state’s power grid. The state currently has several pilot projects, and is working toward commercialization of energy storage. Reducing costs of integrating and connecting to the grid.

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Cummins unveils next-gen emissions control concept for diesel at IAA Commercial Vehicles

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At the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, Cummins introduced a concept emissions control system capable of minimizing emissions to levels previously thought unfeasible, including a possible next level of Euro VII regulations anticipated during the coming decade. Additionally, the use of enhanced design tools and advanced materials such as composites will bring opportunities to reduce component weight while retaining strength, further enhancing vehicle productivity.

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Berkeley Lab report finds installed cost of solar PV systems in the US dropped sharply in 2010

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Environmental Energy Technologies Division researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have released a new study on the installed costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the US, showing that the average cost of these systems remained largely unchanged from 2008 to 2009, before showing a sharp decline in 2010. Modules typically represent about half the installed cost of a PV system.

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Renault introduces two new electric light commercial vehicles

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At the Brussels Motorshow in Belgium, Renault Pro+ introduced two new electric light commercial vehicles—New Kangoo Z.E. The company is also expanding its range of connected services for commercial customers as well as its specialist network. features a new battery, new engine, new charger, new innovative connected services, and a heat pump in the air conditioning system. now delivers a range of 270 km (168 miles) NEDC compared with 170 km for Kangoo Z.E.

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ARPA-E issues RFI on energy efficiency optimization for connected and automated vehicles; vehicle dynamic and powertrain control

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a request for information ( DE-FOA-0001473 ) seeking input from researchers and developers in a broad range of disciplines including automotive vehicle control, powertrain control and transportation analytics regarding the development of advanced energy efficiency optimization technologies for future connected and automated vehicles (CAVs).

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DOE to award up to $51.5M for commercial truck, off-road vehicle, and gaseous fuels research

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The US Department of Energy announced up to $51.5 million for new and innovative research of technologies for trucks, off-road vehicles, and the fuels that power them ( DE-FOA-0002044 ). —Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes.

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XALT introduces low-profile Li-ion battery pack for commercial vehicles; scalable high-density storage

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XALT Energy introduced a new low-profile, high-energy-density battery pack for commercial vehicles at Busworld 2019. The flat, scalable package offers easier installation of new powertrain technologies. At 185 mm high, 612 mm wide and available lengths of between 360-1080 mm depending on the energy capacity, the XLP Pack is designed to fit securely within the frame rails of new and existing medium and heavy trucks and buses.

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Opinion: EV Charging Solutions for Commercial Parking Sites

Clean Fleet Report

Of course, the Australian government could do a lot more, such as provide financial support for the purchase of electric vehicles. There is a limited number of car parking spaces in every Australian city, but the number of cars on the road is increasing every year.

Ford and Verisk collaborate to offer telematics data to insurers; usage-based insurance programs

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Owners of eligible Ford and Lincoln vehicles will soon have easy access to usage-based insurance programs from the many US auto insurers that connect to the Exchange—including three of the ten largest US carriers. The new telematics integration with Verisk will make it simple and convenient for consenting drivers of connected Ford vehicles to share their driving data securely to unlock these offers and benefits—no additional hardware or apps required.

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Mercedes-Benz will offer electric drive on all commercial van lines; electric eVito now available to order, eSprinter in 2019

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Mercedes-Benz Vans will offer electric drive options on all its commercial van model lines. This will start with the mid-size eVito, with deliveries commencing in the second half of 2018. The exclusive pre-ordering phase for the mid-size van begins today in Germany, with market launch scheduled for the second half of 2018. The commercial model ranges with electric drive will thus cover all requirements from people moving to goods transport.

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Torotrak to acquire remaining 80% of Flybrid for up to £23M; targeting commercial launch of M-KERS in 2015

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Supercharger, kinetic energy recovery and transmission specialist Torotrak will acquire , pending shareholder approval, the remaining 80% of flywheel hybrid innovator Flybrid for up to £23.0 million), of which £15.0 Torotrak had acquired 20% of its partner in March of this year. The integration of Flybrid and Torotrak provides a platform for a joint development and commercial launch of M-KERS, Torotrak said. Torotrak’s M-KERS unit.

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USDOT proposes speed limiters for large commercial vehicles; potential savings up to ~$1B in fuel each year depending on limit

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The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are proposing equipping heavy-duty vehicles with devices that limit their speeds on US roadways, and requiring those devices be set to a maximum speed, a safety measure that could save lives and more than $1 billion in fuel costs each year. Even small increases in speed have large effects on the force of impact.

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GM Electrochemists Suggest Ongoing Investment in Both Battery and Fuel Cell Research; Connecting the Science with Vehicle Engineering

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In a Perspective published in ACS’s Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters , researchers from the Electrochemical Energy Research Laboratory (EERL), General Motors Research & Development, suggest that given the strong societal need for full vehicle electrification and the respective technical challenges and commercial risk entailed, both Li-ion batteries and fuel cell systems for powering electric vehicles warrant continued strong development investment.

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GE Aviation Systems Common Core System for the 787 Dreamliner marks debut of open architecture approach for this type of commercial aviation system

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On Wednesday, ANA made the first commercial flight with one of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliners ( earlier post )—a 4-hour hop from Tokyo to Hong Kong. The Dreamliner marks a number of visible—and many more not so visible—innovations in design, materials, flight systems, propulsion and environmental performance. (On ” Almost 56% of respondents so far have said “ yes ” ). GE also is one of the engine suppliers for the 787).

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HaaS company Hydra Energy delivers first converted hydrogen-diesel co-combustion heavy-duty truck; up to 40% hydrogen

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Hydra Energy, the Hydrogen-as-a-Service (HaaS) provider for commercial fleets looking to reduce emissions and costs with limited risk and no up-front investment ( earlier post ), has delivered its first hydrogen-converted, heavy-duty truck to paying fleet customer Lodgewood Enterprises.

Ricardo wins UK funding to develop future electric trucks

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Ricardo has won two UK Government-backed innovation competitions to develop novel solutions for heavy-duty vehicles focusing on improving efficiency and performance and reducing the cost of future electric trucks. Ricardo will be partnering with the University of Bath for both projects.

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Hyliion launches Hypertruck Electric Range Extender; CNG genset; 1,000-truck pre-order

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a developer of electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 commercial vehicles, launched its Hypertruck Electric Range Extender (ERX), a long-haul, natural-gas series-hybrid electric powertrain. in connection with Hyliion’s recently announced business combination. Hyliion Inc.,

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DOE awarding $71M to 20 RD&D projects to cut GHG emissions, expand EV infrastructure; $5M to Achates for opposed-piston 2-stroke hybrid

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $71 million to 20 research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects with industry, academia, and non-profits including Clean Cities Coalitions for the creation of solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for on- and off-road vehicles and to accelerate the expansion of EV infrastructure and charging. (DE-FOA-0002475, Leadership of Employers for Electrification Program (LEEP). University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

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Ford, GM rolling out third-party developer programs for in-vehicle apps

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Reflecting the rapid evolution of the automobile as an application development platform, both Ford and GM announced programs to support third-party development of in-vehicle applications at CES in Las Vegas. The Ford Developer Program for open mobile apps provides a software development kit (SDK), technical support from Ford engineers and a developer community to enable utilizing the SYNC connectivity system and AppLink application programming interface (API).

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ERTOC: optimizing CO2 of shipments down to an individual consignment level

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The Efficient and Reliable Transportation of Consignments ( ERTOC ) project, a two-year research collaboration between Ricardo, GS1 UK, Unipart Logistics, IRIS Technology and Coventry University, has delivered a viable prototype demonstrator. Information from each of these functions is provided via a platform-independent, open application program interface (API). International Journal of Applied Logistics (IJAL) doi: 10.4018/jal.2012040104. ERTOC 7.5-tonne demonstrator.

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Bill Ford outlines “Blueprint for Mobility”, calls for automotive and telecommunications industries to collaborate to address coming personal mobility crisis

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Ford envisions a future of intelligent vehicles and a smart transportation system that will tie all modes of travel into a single network and payment system. During his keynote address at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford outlined a plan for connected cars to help avoid a potential future of what he called “ global gridlock—a never-ending traffic jam that wastes time, energy and resources. ”.

DOE awarding $35M to 11 projects for hydrokinetic turbine development; ARPA-E SHARKS

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $35 million to 11 projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS) program. The University of Michigan. University of Washington.

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DOE awards $125M to bring clean energy technologies to market

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding a total of $125 million to support 110 clean energy technology projects (DE-FOA-0002381). Within that total, DOE’s Office of Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will award $57.6 million to 53 projects by 51 small businesses and entrepreneurs with phase II funding based on the initial success of their phase I awards, including follow-on awards to support projects closer to market. AV-Connect Inc.

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Nissan unveils Ambition 2030 vision for e-mobility and beyond; cobalt-free batteries, EV with ASSB in 2028

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The vision supports Nissan’s goal to be carbon-neutral across the lifecycle of its products by fiscal year 2050. The role of companies to address societal needs is increasingly heightened. Japan by more than 55% of sales. China by more than 40% of sales.

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Alcoa outlines technology roadmap to decarbonize aluminum industry

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The technologies in Alcoa’s roadmap, including a new, proprietary post-consumer scrap recycling process, have the potential to decarbonize a significant portion of the upstream aluminum supply chain and provide a competitive advantage in a carbon-constrained world. The roadmap includes three key programs: The Refinery of the Future , which aims both to reduce the capital cost of developing a refinery and to enable decarbonization of the alumina refining process.

Ford and Newlab announce startups to pilot new EV tech in mobility innovation program

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Ford Motor Company and Newlab announced the five startups that will participate in the inaugural cohort of the Mobility Studio—a new program focused on supporting the advancement of technologies, product collaborations and business models that drive a cleaner transportation future. This is the second of two studios opening as part of the partnership announced in 2020 between Newlab and Michigan Central.

Electric Scooter vs Petrol Scooter : Huge Money Savings

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By Kamlesh & Atul There is a lot of misinformation in the mainstream media about the cost of electric vehicles. You guys must be shocked at the prices of petrol scooters. With the increased costs of BS6 engines, the rates of petrol scooters has gone up.

Greenlots and Volvo Trucks partner on first installation of chargers for Volvo LIGHTS electrified trucking project

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Greenlots, a member of the Shell Group and a provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management solutions, has installed charging infrastructure for a fleet of electrified commercial trucks as part of its ongoing partnership with Volvo Trucks.

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Companies form H2Bus consortium to deploy 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell buses and infrastructure in Europe

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The members are committed to deploying 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, along with supporting infrastructure, in European cities at commercially competitive rates. The partners says that this hydrogen fuel cell electric bus solution will be the most cost-effective truly zero-emission option available, with a single-decker bus price below €375,000 after funding, a hydrogen price between €5 and €7 per kilogram and a service cost of €0.30

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Cummins and Navistar to collaborate on fuel-cell heavy-duty Class 8 truck

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Cummins and Navistar will work together on the development of a Class 8 truck powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The project will be funded in part through an award from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced earlier this year ( earlier post ), as part of DOE’s H2@Scale initiative to develop affordable hydrogen production, storage, distribution and use.

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Leasing vs. Buying EV Charging Stations

EV Connect

This growth is far slower in the United States, likely due to a lack of charging stations. The International Energy Agency expects the number of charging stations to grow between 800,000 and 1.7 While not all of these apply only to owners, most do.

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AMPLY Power and Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions collaborate on bus fleet electrification and solar-powered overhead charging

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AMPLY Power is working with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions to expand fleet electrification offerings, including the first commercially available combination solar canopy and overhead electric vehicle charging solution covered by a power purchase agreement (PPA) leasing and financing model.

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California Governor signs bill exempting zero-emissions transit buses from state sales tax until 2024

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For the bill, the category “transit bus” includes: “Articulated bus”—a 54-foot to 60-foot bus with two connected passenger compartments. Cutaway bus”—a vehicle in which a bus body designed to transport passengers is mounted on the chassis of a van or light- or medium-duty truck chassis, and that has a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 14,000 pounds, but not more than 26,000 pounds.

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IoT-ize Your Old Gadgets With a Mechanical Hijacking Device

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Just about every device you own is probably available with Internet connectivity. needs Internet connectivity is up for debate. But if you want it, it's there—as long as you're able to afford it, of course.

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EV Charging Basics for Property Developers

EV Connect

Across the United States, zero-emission initiatives continue to gain traction; ownership of electric vehicles is still growing in momentum, and so is the demand for more charging stations. Retrofitting existing buildings has proven to be a costly, albeit a necessary and worthwhile endeavor.

NREL study finds high-pressure hydrogen pipeline system could potentially make hydrogen cost-competitive with gasoline

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A new study by a team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) concludes that a high-pressure, scalable, intra-city hydrogen pipeline system could improve the economics and logistics of hydrogen delivery, making it potentially cost-competitive with gasoline. However, owing to small scale and limited competition, dispensed hydrogen fuel prices currently are higher, averaging about $16.30/kg in California in the third quarter of 2018.

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A Complete Guide to the ROI of EV Charging Stations

EV Connect

Installing electric vehicle charging stations can put your commercial property ahead of competitors, as experts predict the EV market could grow to more than $800 billion by 2027. So what is the ROI of an EV charging station (or several)?

Ford to show production version of new Transit PHEV and 48V mHEV version

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Ford will present its latest generation of connected and electrified Transit products at the IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany, from 20-27 September 2018. Ford’s Hannover display will feature a comprehensive line-up of models that will feature on-board modems—led by the new 2-tonne Transit making its global debut at the Show—plus new Ford-developed products to help fleets optimize their operations.

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