UMTRI study finds total cost of ownership of diesels in US often much less than gasoline counterparts

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Though there are some exceptions to these positive results for some of the diesel versions of vehicles from a total-cost-of-ownership perspective, the overall direction of the results supports the idea that diesel vehicles are competitive within the U.S.

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Renewable plastic precursor could reduce cost of cellulosic ethanol by >$2/gallon

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The highly efficient approach devised by Professor George Huber and collaborators is much cheaper than a previously reported method—direct hydrogenolysis of tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA)—and represents the first economically viable way of producing 1,5-pentanediol from biomass.

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EPRI: lifetime cost of ownership of plug-ins is roughly comparable with conventional vehicles

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Consumers who purchase an electric vehicle will find that lifetime costs to own the vehicle are competitive with conventional and hybrid vehicles, according to an analysis conducted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The baseline analysis relies on a cost-of-ownership model that examines only current vehicles; current fuel prices; and a relatively conservative set of customer values. —“Total Cost of Ownership for Current Plug-in Electric Vehicles”.


ITM Power reports its estimated cost of producing hydrogen via electrolysis down significantly from last year

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ITM Power has provided an update on the cost structure of hydrogen generated by its HFuel electrolysis platform. The new estimated cost —US$4.13/kg after capital amortization—incorporates efficiency improvements, cost reduction of its HGas platform and data provided by Hyundai for the ix35 fuel cell electric vehicle ( earlier post ). ITM Power projects hydrogen cost at £4.19/kg (US$6.44/kg), a 32.7% 5% of sale price.

DOE launches “eGallon” to help compare cost of fueling with electricity vs. gasoline

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) launched the “ eGallon ” as a quick and simple way for consumers to compare the costs of fueling electric vehicles vs. driving on gasoline. worth of electricity as a similar vehicle could travel on a gallon of gasoline. The eGallon provides a metric that is easily comparable to the traditional gallon of unleaded fuel. For example, if gasoline costs $3.60 worth of gasoline.

Ford poll finds Europeans want freedom of car ownership, but worry about traffic, cost of driving, environment

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A new Ford Motor Company-sponsored poll of 6,000 people across Europe found that most Europeans remain committed to car ownership, but have growing concerns about traffic congestion, the cost of driving and the environment. The Ford survey showed the majority of people say life would be “impossible” without a car; however 76% of Europeans say they are affected by stress from traffic congestion and fuel prices.

Hybrid Cars Can Cost Less To Own: Here Are Eight Examples

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Hybrids and other green cars often come with a higher purchase price, meaning their improved efficiency may be offset by a higher cost of ownership. Sometimes, hybrids actually cost less to own than comparable gasoline models. RELATED: Ford Fusion Vs Hyundai Sonata: Mid-Size Sedan Gas Mileage Comparison According to But that''s not always the case.

Southern California Edison Introduces Online Plug-in Car Rate Assistant to Estimate Cost of Fueling Electric Vehicles

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Southern California Edison has launched an online Plug-in Car Rate Assistant to help customers estimate the cost of fueling an electric vehicle and the impact on their electricity bill. The online car rate assistant will provide an idea of the bill impacts and the benefits of charging electric vehicles during off-peak hours, 9 p.m. It’s important for customers to understand the advantages of the various rate plans.

UK Launches ERTOC Project to Improve Transport Efficiency and Sustainability; Tracking the Carbon Costs of Transport at the Consignment Level

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The Efficient and Reliable Transportation of Consignments ( ERTOC ) project, part funded by the UK government-backed Technology Strategy Board, has been launched by GS1 UK, Ricardo, Unipart Logistics, IRIS Technology and Coventry University to drive business improvement and sustainability throughout the supply chain from factory to point of sale. The focus of the project is to demonstrate how a standardized data hub can track the carbon costs of transport at the consignment level.

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

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Their findings suggest that prismatic cells, which are able to further capitalize on the cost reduction from larger formats, can offer further reductions than those possible for cylindrical cells. Their paper is published in the Journal of Power Sources.

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Carbon Trust awards £2M to ACAL Energy and ITM Power to support major reduction in cost of automotive fuel cell systems

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million) to two UK fuel cell companies—ACAL Energy and ITM Power—to help deliver a step change reduction in the cost of the technology to about $35/kW. The two investments come from the Carbon Trust’s Polymer Fuel Cells Challenge (PFCC) which was launched in 2009 to support the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s objectives to develop lower cost fuel cells and follows this year’s launch of the Government’s UKH2Mobility project.

Single Pt atom catalysts show enhanced catalytic activity for water-splitting; potential to drive down electrolysis cost

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In an open-access paper published in Nature Communications , the researchers reported that the single Pt atom catalysts exhibit significantly enhanced catalytic activity (up to 37 times) and high stability in comparison to the state-of-the-art commercial platinum/carbon (Pt/C) catalysts.

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Chevron Sanctions Development of Deepwater Jack/St. Malo Project in the Gulf of Mexico; Initial Development Cost of ~$7.5B

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Chevron Corporation has sanctioned development of the Jack/St. Malo project, its first operated project located in the Lower Tertiary trend in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. Malo fields are located within 25 miles (40 km) of each other approximately 280 miles (450 km) south of New Orleans, Louisiana, in water depths of 7,000 feet (2,100 m). The initial development of the Chevron project will require an investment of approximately $7.5

New UMTRI paper reviews major advantages and disadvantages of battery-electric and fuel-cell vehicles

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A new report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) reviews the major advantages and disadvantages associated with battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs). Among their findings: A note on fuel pricing and cost per mile.

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Argonne Study Examines Impact of Real World Drive Cycles on Efficiency and Cost of Different PHEV Configurations

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Results from a study by Argonne National Laboratory on the impact of real world drive cycles on the fuel efficiency and cost of different plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) configurations suggest that while different PHEV configurations all demonstrate great potential for displacing petroleum use (with fuel displacement increasing linearly with available electrical energy), the relative benefits of adding more battery capacity seem to decrease with increasing pack size.

Loop Energy collaborates with CRRC to develop fuel cell electric drive systems for heavy-duty trucks

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a subsidiary of CRRC Corporation Ltd.) The power system to be developed for the initial project will combine Loop’s fuel cell technologies with CRRC’s leading electric drive train system to provide a better performing solution for heavy-duty trucks in comparison to traditional diesel engines.

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SAE technical experts: fuel cell technology has advanced significantly, FC vehicle production has begun, further cost reductions & infrastructure development required

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The panel, moderated by Jesse Schneider, BMW, included Takashi Moriya, Senior Chief Engineer at Honda R&D; Dr. Will James, Manager, Safety, Codes, and Standards at the US Department of Energy (DOE); and Dr. Ralph Clague, Head of Motive Systems and Architecture, Intelligent Energy.

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SCAQMD funding Siemens test of eHighway overhead catenary system for electric trucks in California

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Siemens and Scania have been conducting joint research into the electrification of road freight traffic with a focus on optimizing the integration of the drive system and pantograph into the vehicle and on providing the necessary traffic control systems.

Project shows maritime fuel cell generator can increase energy efficiency by up to 30% at part load; reliability and cost issues

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A recent project demonstrated a 100 kW fuel cell generator with 72 kg of hydrogen storage for marine applications. The project also identified paths forward to wider adoption of the technology in this sector.

Ricardo: achieving light-duty diesel RDE NOx compliance in urban driving is possible, at a price

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The SIA conference was focused on clean compression-ignition engines of the future. Future RDE emissions legislation and fleet average CO 2 targets represent a challenge for automakers wishing to provide cost-effective light duty diesel vehicles.

Toyota pops the hood on the technology of the fuel cell Mirai at SAE World Congress

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The new fuel cell stack in Mirai increases the current density by a factor of 2.4 At SAE 2015 World Congress last week, Toyota presented a set of four technical papers describing some of the technology innovations used in its production fuel cell hybrid electric vehicle Mirai ( earlier post ).

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DOE issues $35M funding opportunity for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $35 million in available funding to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies ( earlier post ) to support research and development, early market deployments, and domestic manufacturing.

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Siemens integrates EV motor and inverter in single housing; common cooling and SKiN

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The motor and the inverter, part of the power electronics which converts the battery’s direct current into alternating current for the motor, have up to now been two separate components. The new integrated drive unit saves space, reduces weight, and cuts costs.

DOE awards more than $20M to advance fuel cell technologies; new report highlights strong market growth

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded more than $20 million to 10 projects to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, and to enable early adoption of fuel cell applications such as light-duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) (DE-FOA-0001224, earlier post ).

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Lux: future use of wide bandgap materials in power electronics will reduce EV cost

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Using wide bandgap (WBG) materials such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN)s for power electronics can improve efficiency and thereby reduce the high cost of battery packs, according to a new report from Lux Research. In the new report Silicon vs. WBG: Demystifying Prospects of GaN and SiC in the Electrified Vehicle Market, Lux projects that SiC will be adopted in electric vehicles in 2020. eV (electronVolt); silicon carbide (SiC) has a bandgap of 3.3

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NREL: battery second use offsets EV expense, improves grid stability; recommendations

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are identifying battery second use (B2U) strategies capable of offsetting vehicle expenses while improving utility grid stability. NREL research confirms that after being used to power a car, a Li-ion battery retains approximately 70% of its initial capacity—making its reuse a valuable energy storage option for electric utilities, before battery materials are recycled.

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UW researchers discover major lithium resource in Wyoming; potential integrated brine production/CO2 storage system

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Researchers at the University of Wyoming Carbon Management Institute (CMI) discovered a major new lithium resource near Rock Springs during a geological carbon dioxide storage site characterization project sponsored by the US Department of Energy. By comparison, the lithium reserves at Silver Peak, Nev.—the —the largest domestic producer of lithium—total 118,000 tons in a 20-square-mile area.

Van Hool wins EU funding for 21 fuel cell buses; powered by Ballard FCvelocity-HD7 modules

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has signed a grant agreement with the EU Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking for deployment of 21 fuel cell buses in Europe as part of the 3Emotion Program. Ballard holds an estimated 80% share of the European market for fuel cell bus modules. Van Hool N.V.

New system uses monocular camera instead of expensive laser scanners for automated vehicle navigation with comparable performance

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A doctoral candidate in computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan has developed a new software system that could reduce the high cost of laser scanners used in self-driving and automated cars by enabling the vehicles to navigate using a single monocular camera with the same level of accuracy as the laser scanners at a fraction of the cost. Cameras only cost a few dollars each and they’re already in a lot of cars.

OSU team develops new aqueous lithium-iodine solar flow battery; 20% energy savings over Li-I batteries

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The new aqueous lithium−iodine (Li−I) solar flow battery (SFB) incorporates a built-in dye-sensitized TiO 2 photoelectrode in a Li−I redox flow battery via linkage of an I 3 − /I − based catholyte for the simultaneous conversion and storage of solar energy. At a cutoff voltage of 3.6

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Study concludes US CAFE regulation can accelerate EV market penetration

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In a study published in the journal Energy Policy , the researchers developed an agent-based model to estimate the potential future market shares of EVs considering the existing inherent uncertainties under different policy scenarios, including the current footprint-based CAFE regulation.

Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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The PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), a subset of the electric car, combines a primary electric motor with a much smaller back-up engine fueled with a hydrocarbon/biofuel mix. (In In this paper PHEV refers solely to the long-range PHEV of 60 miles (100 km) electric-only range.)

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ITF analysis finds that societal costs for electric cars and vans range from €7K to €12K more than fossil-fueled equivalents

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Sample consumer and societal break-even curves for BEVs, with data points for a compact diesel for comparison. Electric passenger cars currently cost €4K to €5K (US$5,079 to $6,349) more to their owners than an equivalent fossil fuel car over the vehicle’s lifetime, according to the latest policy brief from the International Transport Forum (ITF), an intergovernmental organization with 54 member countries at the OECD. Other findings included: The uptake of electric vehicles is.

MIT study finds shift to green energy sources could mean crunch in supply of key rare earth elements

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Comparison of demand projections for REE (total summed). The study by researchers at MIT also points out that production of the two metals has been increasing by only a few percentage points per year.the availability of REEs appears to be at risk based on a number of factors.

New family of non-precious metal catalysts outperform platinum for oxygen-reduction reaction in fuel cells at 10% the production cost

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ORR polarisation curves of Pt/C and FeCo-OMPC catalysts before and after 10,000 potential cycles in O 2 -saturated 0.1?M Porphyrins are any of a class of heterocyclic compounds containing four pyrrole rings arranged in a square. RHE) at a scan rate of 50?mV

ORNL study finds best current use of natural gas for cars is efficient production of electricity for EVs

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Top: Components of well-to-wheels pathway. However, they also noted, high PTW efficiencies and the moderate fuel economies of current compressed natural gas vehicles (CNGVs) make them a viable option as well. The baseline for comparison is based on a 2012 2.4

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Audi’s production electric e-tron quattro may set a new standard for vehicle handling; advanced vehicle dynamics control

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The production version of Audi’s battery electric e-tron quattro SUV ( earlier post ), due out in 2018, is an important vehicle for the brand, and especially for Audi of America, which is driving many of the requirements for the C-segment electric SUV.

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Opinion: Debunking the mythsWhy fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are viable for the mass market

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by Dr. Henri Winand, CEO of Intelligent Energy. 2014 has been a year of rapid growth for the fuel cell market with positive progress being made globally, especially in markets such as US, UK, Germany, France and Japan. Public-private investment initiatives, government funding for infrastructure and consumer subsidies, falling production costs and notably, the commitment to future OEM launches of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)—all indicate a clear road to adoption.

Study finds renewable fuels from hydrotreated vegetable oils outperform transesterified lipids and BTL from woody material in environmental lifecycle impacts and costs

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GHG emission comparison between fossil diesel, transesterified lipids, HVO and woody BTL. However, because those feedstocks are limited, to produce larger volumes of biofuels other raw materials must also be used, Kathrin Sunde from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and her colleagues noted in their open access paper published in the journal Energies. GD = HVO; RSO = Rapeseed Oil; SBO = Soybean oil; Biodiesel = Transesterified lipids. Sunde et al. Click to enlarge.

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Georgia Tech study finds MD electric urban delivery trucks have cost advantages over diesel in some conditions; relative benefits depend on numerous factors

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The electric truck is relatively more cost-effective on the NYCC and when VKT demand is higher. Cost-competitiveness of the electric truck diminishes in drive cycles with higher average speeds. Is the electric truck cost-effective in comparison with the diesel truck?