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Xcel Energy wants 1.5M EVs in its service areas by 2030; 30x increase from today

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Utility holding company Xcel Energy wants 1.5 million electric vehicles in its service areas by 2030. If realized, EVs would make up 20% of all vehicles on the road in those areas—more than 30 times the number today. Xcel services customers in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Xcel said that it will need the support of policymakers, manufacturers and other stakeholders to make its vision real.

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First electric Bentley due in 2026 will say no to rare-earth magnets

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The first all-electric Bentley production model, due in 2026, could set new standards for sustainability. Bentley announced earlier this month that it is undertaking a research project to develop an "e-axle" that is fully recyclable, and eliminates the rare-earth magnets used in many current production electric cars. Wearing the bizarre acronym

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VW expanding EV engineering capability in US; high-voltage lab in Chattanooga

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Volkswagen has begun expanding its Chattanooga factory to build a North American center for electric vehicles—not only for assembly, but for engineering the EVs of the future. To power those efforts, Volkswagen’s Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga will soon feature a high-voltage laboratory designed to develop and test electric vehicle cells and battery packs for upcoming models assembled in the United States.

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Lucid CEO confirms SUV, considers pickup, says “absolutely not” to contract manufacturing

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Since last year the California-based electric vehicle maker Lucid has been going full-speed ahead. It’s nearly finished building its factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, and it’s installing a pilot production line there later this month. There, Lucid will immediately start making a batch of what it calls “Beta 2” cars that are

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Daimler Trucks’ FUSO introduces eCanter SensorCollect concept refuse truck

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Daimler Trucks’ Japan-based subsidiary FUSO recently introduced the eCanter SensorCollect concept truck with a demonstration run at its Kawasaki headquarters. The FUSO eCanter SensorCollect is a concept garbage collection truck based on the all-electric eCanter. The vehicle proposes an application of the emissions-free light-duty truck to make essential garbage collection services more efficient and environmentally conscious.

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VW plans to do some EV engineering at Chattanooga—not just assembly

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Volkswagen previously confirmed that it will build electric cars for the North American market at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory. On Wednesday the automaker said it also plans to do some engineering work there, too. An existing Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga will soon get a "high-voltage laboratory" for testing battery cells

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Anheuser-Busch transitioning 30% of dedicated fleet to renewable natural gas

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Anheuser-Busch is transitioning more than 180 trucks—representing approximately 30% of its dedicated fleet—to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). In 2014 and 2015, Anheuser-Busch converted 160 diesel-fueled trucks in Houston and St. Louis to fleets powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engines.

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Phillips 66 to convert San Francisco Refinery into world’s largest renewable fuels plant; 800M+ gallons per year

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Phillips 66, a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company, plans to reconfigure its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, California, to produce renewable fuels. The plant would no longer produce fuels from crude oil, but instead would make fuels from used cooking oil, fats, greases and soybean oils. The Phillips 66 Rodeo Renewed project would produce 680 million gallons annually of renewable diesel, renewable gasoline, and sustainable jet fuel.

BMW 545e revealed: Range-topping plug-in hybrid on the way

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The BMW 5 Series is already available as a plug-in hybrid, but now the company has revealed the 545e – a new six-cylinder variant that will top the range of five plug-in models

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DOE solicits feedback on hydrogen and fuel cells R&D activities and strategy

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a request for information (RFI) ( DE-FOA-0002379 ) to collect feedback from industry, academia, and the research community on DOE’s hydrogen and fuel cells research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities and strategies, including the H2@Scale initiative.

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DOE launches ARIES integrated energy systems research platform at NREL

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US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced the launch of the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) platform at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The ARIES research platform will allow NREL researchers and the scientific community to address the fundamental challenges of integrated energy systems at scale.

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New DuckerFrontier survey finds aluminum remains fastest growing automotive material, emerging as a preferred metal for EVs

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A new survey conducted by DuckerFrontier finds that aluminum, already the fastest growing automotive material, is expected to grow to content levels of 514 pounds per vehicle (PPV) by 2026, up 12% from 2020 levels. Aluminum applications are classified into 2 categories (platform and component) and 13 groups. Platform Parts are at the heart—they drive the content changes on a year-to-year basis.

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New catalytic process turns renewable and waste carbon into cleaner, high-performance diesel biofuel blendstock

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A new single-phase catalyst that enables the conversion of renewable and waste carbon into sustainable diesel fuels has been developed through a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and two US Department of Energy (DOE) consortia, Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy (ChemCatBio) and the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.

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