Mon.Nov 20, 2017

Volvo Cars to supply tens of thousands of autonomous-driving-compatible base vehicles to Uber

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Volvo Cars has signed a framework agreement with Uber to provide “tens of thousands” of autonomous-driving-compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021. The base vehicles are developed on Volvo Cars’ fully modular, in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). SPA is currently used on Volvo Cars’ 90 series cars as well as on the new XC60 midsize SUV. The non-exclusive agreement enhances the strategic partnership between Volvo Cars and Uber announced in August 2016. Earlier post.).

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Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

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The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the. China government plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) regulation new energy vehicles

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UPS to purchase 10 million gallon equivalents a year of renewable natural gas from Big Ox Energy; largest RNG commitment to date

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UPS announced an agreement with Big Ox Energy (a wholly owned subsidiary of Environmental Energy Capital LLC) to purchase 10 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) per year. This is the largest investment in RNG to date for the company, and the agreement runs through 2024. Use of RNG yields up to a 90% reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional diesel.

Future Ford Escape plug-in, China vs US, more solar power, electric semis on wires: Today's Car News

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Today, we've got a different approach to electric trucks, a complicated combustion engine, more solar power, a plug-in future Ford, and some worries about U.S. competitiveness. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over the weekend, as we do every seven days, we ran down last week's most important green-car stories. The Toyota Prius V hybrid. Today in Car News

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New ceramic membrane generates compressed H2 from methane and electricity with near-zero energy loss

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Ford unveils its first plug-in hybrid vehicle for police and government customers

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Earlier this year, Ford revealed the world’s first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle. Earlier post.) Now, the company is introducing a plug-in hybrid vehicle with an all-electric range of 21 miles for police and government customers.

How about electric semis that draw power from overhead wires?

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While battery-powered semi trucks remains years away for many prominent makers, the German tech company Siemens is experimenting with a well-known source of electric power delivery to make a different kind of electric semi. Much like electric trams or streetcars used by public transit agencies for more than 100 years, the method employs a catenary. Infrastructure California Siemens semis charging infrastructure Public transport

DuPont launches SYNERXIA THRIVE fermentation solution to increase ethanol yields

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DuPont Industrial Biosciences launched the SYNERXIA THRIVE Fermentation System, the newest innovation in the company’s synergistic fermentation system technologies. The new fermentation system will deliver up to 4% higher ethanol yields in dry grind facilities, improved robustness during thermal excursions and improved performance.

Axel Springer and Porsche to set up joint start-up accelerator

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Axel Springer Digital Ventures and Porsche Digital will establish a new, joint start-up accelerator. The companies signed an agreement on entering into a joint venture in which each holds a half share. Together, both companies aim to support digital business ideas that have high market potential and the chance to change the sector in which they operate. The objective is to invest in start-ups in the foundation stage.

Updated Mazda 6 to offer cylinder deactivation in 2.5L SKYACTIV-G engine

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Mazda Motor will unveil an updated Mazda6 sedan (known as Mazda Atenza in Japan) at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Mazda6 is the flagship of Mazda’s passenger car lineup. The powertrain lineup in this round of updates—the third since the model was fully redesigned in 2012—adopts new technologies, including a cylinder deactivation system for the SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine, to improve superior fuel efficiency. In addition, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T

GAZ Group introduces specialized CNG trucks

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GAZ Group, Russia’s largest manufacturer of commercial motor vehicles, has introduced new compressed natural gas (CNG) models of specialized vehicles: a garbage truck with rear loading and a repair mobile workshop created on the base of a GAZon Next CNG medium-duty truck. The medium-duty garbage trucks are suited for use in the central areas of big cities closed for passage of cargo transport, as well as for the maintenance of small enterprises and settlements.

Shell and bio-bean partner to produce B20 biodiesel using waste coffee; fuel for London buses

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Shell and bio-bean are parterning to produce a B20 biofuel made partly from waste coffee grounds. The biofuel is being added to the London bus fuel supply chain and will help to power some of the buses. Founded in 2013, bio-bean manufactures a range of products from waste coffee grounds; its Coffee Logs are eco heat logs for stoves, open fires and chimineas, made from spent coffee grounds.

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