NREL report finds electrified heavy-duty vehicle powertrains could provide lower total cost of ownership than diesel under certain conditions

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A new total cost of ownership (TCO) study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that battery-electric and fuel-cell electric commercial trucks could be economically competitive with conventional diesel trucks by 2025 in some operating scenarios.

Argonne study finds BEVs can have lowest scheduled maintenance costs, but highest cost of driving

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Previous analyses of TCO, particularly those dealing with alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), have often focused on the purchase cost and the fuel cost. Per-mile maintenance costs by powertrain.

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PNNL, OSU, Lanzatech improving efficiency and cost of ethanol-to-jet process

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A new microchannel reactor design further reduces costs while delivering a scalable modular processing system. Currently, n-butene is produced from fossil-based feedstocks using the energy-intensive cracking—or breaking down—of large molecules.

Human Cost of Climate Change

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Polar bears aside, what is the human cost of climate change? Do you ever think about how climate change will affect you and me

Peat might lower cost of sodium-ion batteries for EVs, research suggests

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Reported recently by Reuters, the research indicates that peat could be used to lower the cost of sodium-ion batteries for electric cars, potentially providing an alternative to the currently.

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IHS Markit: average cost of lithium-ion battery cell to fall below $100/kWh in 2023

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The average cost of a Li-ion battery cell—used to power electric vehicles and to provide flexibility in the power grid as more renewables, such as solar and wind, are added will fall below $100 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in the next three years, according to a new analysis by IHS Markit. The average cost of a li-ion cell is expected to decline further through the end of the decade, to as low as $73/kWh in 2030. Cost is the name of the game.

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NYU team develops novel ion-conducting copolymer to increase power and reduce cost of fuel cells

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Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, led by Miguel Modestino, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a novel ion-conducting polymer (ionomer) that increases the power and lowers the cost of fuel cells.

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NREL, INL team assesses levelized cost of light-duty EV charging in US in 2019

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A team from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Idaho National Laboratory has produced a detailed assessment of the current levelized cost of light-duty electric-vehicle charging (LCOC) in the United States, considering when, where, and how EVs are charged.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E first drive, Mirai 845-mile range claim, social cost of Uber and Lyft: Today’s Car News

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Researchers see a lot of social costs of “deadhead miles” from Uber and Lyft. We get some time behind the wheel of the performance version of the Mach-E electric SUV.

Hydrogen Council report finds cost of hydrogen solutions to fall sooner than previously expected

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The Hydrogen Council has published a new report, Path to Hydrogen Competitiveness: A Cost Perspective , demonstrating that the cost of hydrogen solutions will fall sharply within the next decade, sooner than previously expected.

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Ammonia-salt solvent pretreatment for biomass could significantly reduce cost of cellulosic biofuels

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Our pretreatment system can slash by up to 50-fold the use of enzymes to turn solvent-treated cellulose (plant fiber) into glucose (a sugar) used to make bioproducts like ethanol. The solvent can also extract more than 80% of the lignin in plant waste.

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Nature editorial: environmental and human costs of Li-ion technology must be addressed quickly

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An editorial in the journal Nature calls on policy makers, industry leaders and researchers to mitigate quickly the environmental and human costs of Li-ion batteries. But this increase is not itself cost-free … Lithium-ion technology has downsides—for people and the planet. Extracting the raw materials, mainly lithium and cobalt, requires large quantities of energy and water. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) supplies about 70% of cobalt.

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Analysis finds annual running cost of EVs less than ICE; but with purchase price factored in, it flips

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Self Financial, a fintech company, has compared the running costs of electric and non-electric vehicles in each state. Across the US the average annual cost of running an electric vehicle is $2,721.96, while gasoline vehicles cost an average of $3,355.90 per year to run—a difference of $633.94 However, these annual costs don’t take into account the purchase cost of the vehicle itself and are purely the ‘running’ costs annually.

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Hydra Energy partners with Chemtrade to provide commercial truck fleets with green hydrogen below the cost of diesel

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Continuing to speed up the adoption of hydrogen in long-haul transportation, Hydra Energy —the first Hydrogen-as-a-Service provider for commercial fleets—announced a strategic partnership with Chemtrade. The long-term contract is a pillar of Hydra’s Hydrogen-as-a-Service (HaaS) business model and includes Hydra capturing, cleaning, and compressing hydrogen sourced from Chemtrade. of these emissions come from freight transportation.

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Researchers calculate social cost of German nuclear phase-out at $12B/year; 70% from increased mortality risk

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In a working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a team from UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) calculate that the social cost of the phase out of nuclear electricity production in Germany is approximately $12 billion per year. The decision to phase-out nuclear production in many countries seems to suggest that the expected costs of nuclear power exceed the benefits.

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DOE: all-electric vehicles have the lowest estimated average annual fuel cost of all light-duty vehicles

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The estimated annual fuel costs for model year (MY) 2019 all-electric light-duty vehicles are the lowest of all the different vehicle technologies, ranging from a low of $500 to a high of $900 per year, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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FCA US reaches settlements on diesel emissions at estimated cost of $800M

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The estimated total cost of settlements is $0.8 FCA will provide free software update for an estimated 100,000 vehicles; service provided through an emissions recall and does not require any hardware modification Settlements include an average of $2,800 in compensation for each eligible customer affected by the recall Civil penalties under the settlement total approximately $400 million, payable to various U.S.

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BloombergNEF forecasts green hydrogen should be cheaper than natural gas by 2050 in some markets; falling costs of solar PV key

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In a new piece of research, BloombergNEF (BNEF) finds that the levelized cost of hydrogen (LCOH 2 ) made from renewable electricity is set to fall faster than it previously estimated. BNEF now forecasts that green hydrogen from renewables should be cheaper than natural gas (on an energy-equivalent basis) by 2050 in 15 of the 28 markets modeled, assuming scale-up continues. These countries accounted for one-third of global GDP in 2019.

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US says it will cut the cost of solar by 60% in a decade

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced yesterday that it intends to “cut the cost of solar energy by 60% within the next 10 years, in addition to nearly $128 million in funding to lower costs, improve performance, and speed the deployment of solar energy technologies.”

Study Finds EV Cost Of Ownership Is 40% Lower Than ICE

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The study is called ‘Comprehensive Total Cost of Ownership Quantification for Vehicles with Different Size Classes and Powertrains

What is the cost of usable energy for driving and heating our homes?

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This analysis compares the costs of usable energy when we buy gasoline and electricity for driving and natural gas for keeping warm. The unifying approach in this comparison involves the use of Btu (British thermal units), coupled with the costs of gasoline, electricity, and natural gas, and the energy efficiencies of light-duty vehicles (cars and light trucks) and furnaces. The average retail cost of regular gasoline in 2018 was $2.719 per gallon.

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Vehicle scrappage policy to reduce cost of EVs says  Nitin Gadkari 

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Vehicle scrappage policy to reduce cost of EVs says Nitin Gadkari . The newly launched Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernisation Programme or the vehicle scrappage policy will help to reduce the cost of manufacturing electric vehicles in India.

PNNL-led project to boost productivity, lower cost of algae biofuels and bioproducts offering collaboration opportunities

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The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is leading the DISCOVR (Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Verification) project to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. A key cost driver for algae biofuels is productivity, which is directly tied to which algae strain is chosen and how it’s cultivated.

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Subaru using NI HIL technology to reduce time and cost of EV testing

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Subaru is using NI (National Instruments) hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) technology to simulate actual road conditions for electric vehicle testing, eliminating environmental factors to reduce test time and costs. This complexity makes the job challenging for automotive test engineers with short development cycles and pressure to limit costs.

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US DRIVE releases comprehensive cradle-to-grave analysis of light-duty vehicle GHGs, cost of driving and cost of avoided GHGs

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The US DRIVE Cradle-to-Grave Working Group has published the “Cradle-to-Grave Lifecycle Analysis of US Light-Duty Vehicle-Fuel Pathways: A Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Economic Assessment of Current (2015) and Future (2025–2030) Technologies” Argonne National Lab Report. The study also estimates the technology readiness levels (TRLs) of key fuel and vehicle technologies along the pathways. C2G GHG emissions of various vehicle-fuel pathways.

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Study puts cost of decarbonizing shipping by 2050 at ~$1.4-$1.9T; largest investment needed in land-based systems

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trillion—an average of $50 billion to $70 billion annually for 20 years. The report authors note that these figures should be viewed in the context of annual global investments in energy, which in 2018 alone amounted to US$1.85 of CO 2 emissions.

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UPS collaborating with Workhorse to deploy 50 electric trucks; rivaling acquisition cost of conventional; no subsidies

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UPS plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies—an industry first that would breaki a key barrier to large scale adoption of electric fleets. Each truck will have a range of approximately 100 miles between charges, ideal for delivery routes in and around cities. —Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse Group.

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Car And Driver Not Happy With Cost Of Tesla Model 3 Maintenance

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The publication has been running a Model 3 for nearly 40,000 miles, but it hasn’t found the vehicle as cheap to maintain as expected

The National Average Cost of Fuel for an Electric Vehicle is about 60% Less than for a Gasoline Vehicle

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Vehicle Technologies Office Transportation Analysis Fact of the Week #1186 Electric vehicles are more efficient than internal combustion vehicles, but fuel cost comparisons can be complicated due to differences in the units of measure. Department of Energy

Lux Research: cost of electrofuels remains far from viable

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Production costs per barrel of oil equivalent. The cost of electrofuels—fuels produced by catalyst-based systems for light capture, water electrolysis, and catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide and hydrogen to liquid fuels—remains far away from viable, according to a new analysis by Lux Research. are various sources of hydrogen, such as steam methane reforming of natural gas and gasification of biomass into syngas that can make hydrogen cheaper.

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Tesla Shows Model 3 SR+ 5-Year Cost Of Ownership Vs Toyota Camry

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Tesla says that over five years of average driving, the ownership costs are roughly the same

New OnStar app shows cost of Volt charging

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OnStar is testing a smartphone app that tells Chevrolet Volt owners how much it costs to charge their battery and compares their Volt’s energy use with the total energy consumed in their home by day, month or year. The new app, called EcoHub, will initially be tested with and available to residents of the Pecan Street demonstration project, a smart grid living community in Austin. Down the line, we hope this app can be a beneficial tool for all drivers of electric vehicles.

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ADB: Projected cost of Uzbek Oltin Yo’l GTL plant increases by 37% to $5.6B

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The projected cost of the Olin Yo’l GTL project in Uzbekistan ( earlier post ) will hit $5.6 As originally outlined by founding project partners Sasol, Petronas and Uzbekneftegaz, the project was estimated to cost some $4.1 The scope of the project includes a three-stage GTL process unit, utilities and offsites, and connecting pipeline and rail. The majority of production will be GTL diesel and GTL kerosene.

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Report: VW AG internal analysis puts cost of diesel emissions scandal at more than €30B

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Germany’s Manager Magazin reports that Volkswagen AG’s internal analysis puts the cost of the diesel emissions scandal at more than €30 billion (US$33 billion). As part of the new austerity program ( earlier post ), Volkswagen reportedly will freeze promotion for 2016, and try to use as many current components as possible for the next generation Golf. In addition to cost-cutting, the Group will put an increased emphasis on improving efficiency, the report said.

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New EV Rate Design – Final Adjudication from PURA

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The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has released the final version of the EV Rate Design This program provides incentives for off-peak and managed charging, subsidies for EV chargers, and make-ready (bringing the electricity to where.

Cost of air pollution revealed

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Potential harmful effects of air pollution are well known – but just what is the monetary cost of Europe’s largest polluting facilities? According to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), air pollution from the 10,000 largest polluting facilities in the continent cost citizens between €102billion and €169billion in 2009 alone.

ICL team assesses relative costs of carbon mitigation for 12 H2 production paths; trade-off between cost and level of decarbonization

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A team at Imperial College London has examined the relative costs of carbon mitigation from a lifecycle perspective for 12 different hydrogen production techniques using fossil fuels, nuclear energy and renewable sources. As with all comparisons between fossil routes and renewables, cost and emissions data are frequently misused by advocates of all parties to push policy-makers and public opinion further along the polarizing debate of the role of fossil fuels in a low-carbon system.

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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. GenXComm’s technology will rapidly increase the speed of 5G penetration that is critical for the future of connected vehicles.

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NREL team shows wafer cost of gallium oxide can be >3× lower compared to SiC; 2x lower cost for power electronics

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A team from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has shown by modeling that the wafer cost of an emerging Ga 2 O 3 wide bandgap semiconductor can be more than 3-times lower compared to SiC. This lower cost of the Ga 2 O 3 wafers should lead to less-expensive high-performance power electronic devices in the future. Modeled 6" wafer costs comparison for Ga 2 O 3 and SiC wafers, and the Ga 2 O 3 cost reduction potential.

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

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A comprehensive study of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of light- and medium-duty diesel passenger vehicles in the US has found that the total cost of ownership—depreciation, fuel costs, repairs, maintenance, insurance, and fees and taxes—is often much less for diesel vehicles as compared to gasoline versions of the same vehicles, mostly ranging from $2,000 to $7,000 over three to five years.

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DISCOVR project seeking high productivity algae to reduce cost of biofuels

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, with colleagues from Los Alamos, Sandia and NREL, are working to lower the cost of producing biofuels from algae. Numbers in red designate the number of strains tested at each TIER. Determining strains of algae that are highly productive could help lower the cost of biofuel production.

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

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A team of chemical and biological engineers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has developed a new chemical pathway a way to produce from biomass a valuable compound—1,5-pentanediol, a plastic precursor primarily used to make polyurethanes and polyester plastics—that they estimate could lower the cost of cellulosic ethanol by more than two dollars per gallon. Comparison of costs and MSPs for the DHH pathway with the direct hydrogenolysis pathway.

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Solar Toyota Prius, Tesla court case, the cost of clean energy: Today's Car News

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The Connecticut Supreme Court will decide the future of Tesla stores. Cost estimates get real for renewable power plans. Toyota tests a solar-powered Prius in Japan. And General Motors cleans up not just its cars, but its factories and tires. Hybrids aren't just for cars and trains anymore. All this and more on Green Car Reports. In Japan, Toyota. Today in Car News

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