Fri.Sep 11, 2020

Hyundai expands NEXO fuel cell SUV availability in Northern California

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Hyundai’s NEXO fuel cell SUV is now available at Roseville Hyundai near Sacramento. Roseville Hyundai is the fourth dealership in California to currently offer NEXO, with two dedicated dealerships in Northern California and two in Southern California.

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2020 Chevy Bolt EV lease deal: Less than $200 per month for Costco members

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Costco members can currently lease a 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV for as little as $154 a month.

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DHE begins piloting Volvo VNR Electric heavy-duty trucks in SoCal fleet

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Freight operator Dependable Highway Express (DHE) has received two Volvo VNR Electric trucks—the first battery-electric Class 8 trucks to join DHE’s fleet. The electric trucks will be added to DHE’s existing fleet of more than 500 Volvo trucks operating across North America.

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Nissan has made more than 500,000 Leaf electric cars—in 10 years

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Nearly a decade after the model was launched, Nissan has reported that it's produced more than 500,000 Leaf electric cars. The milestone Leaf was produced at the automaker's Sunderland, England, factory in August, but Nissan held off on announcing it until Wednesday to coincide with World EV Day.

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Toronto now has the largest fleet of electric buses in North America on the road with arrival of third new electric bus model

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The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is now operating the largest fleet of electric buses in North America. The milestone comes as the TTC’s third new electric bus model is now road ready and starting to go into service. Our government’s investment in the TTC’s electric bus pilot program is a sign of our commitment to made-in-Canada clean technology and an important step toward our target of 5,000 electric buses in Canada’s fleets over the next five years.

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Audi RS performance models are going plug-in hybrid, perhaps with 50 miles electric range

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Audi does not see plug-in hybrids as a transitional technology to be quickly made redundant by fully electric vehicles.

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Solaris introducing mild hybrid buses

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Solaris is introducing the Solaris Urbino mild hybrid. The first Urbino hybrid was displayed in 2006. Back then, Solaris was the first European producer offering a serially produced bus with a hybrid (diesel-electric) drive. New generations of hybrid buses have been part of Solaris’ offer ever since.

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OPIS: Recovery of US gasoline demand stalls as summer driving season ends

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The recovery in US gasoline consumption has plateaued as the summer driving season comes to an end and the school year begins for wide swaths of the country. Latest data by OPIS, an IHS Markit company, shows that demand actually fell 1.9% during the last full week of August from the previous week. The four-week rolling average for the period ending 29 August now shows demand resting at 18.2% below prior year levels.

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Review: Ford Kuga PHEV

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The Kuga is arguably Ford’s most important car

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Shell, Toyota and Honda plan expansion of hydrogen refueling network in California

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On 4 September 2020, the California Energy Commission (CEC) posted a Notice of Proposed Award outlining subsidies to support hydrogen refueling infrastructure in California. Equilon Enterprises LLC (d/b/a Shell Oil Products US), hereafter referred to as Shell Hydrogen, participated as an applicant in the related Grant Funding Opportunity (GFO) and was awarded $40.8 million, subject to formal approval at a future CEC Business Meeting. Earlier post.).

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CARB targets heavy-duty diesel vehicle noncompliance in the Imperial Valley

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The California Air Resources Board settled eight diesel cases totaling more than $130,000 for violations of the Truck and Bus Regulation in the Imperial Valley. The Truck and Bus Regulation protects public health by reducing emissions of diesel particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen, and other pollutants from diesel-fueled vehicles. This regulation requires companies that hire or direct the operation of vehicles to verify that each hired fleet is compliant.

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DOE, DoD and other federal agencies launch the Federal Consortium for Advanced Batteries

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The Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of State launched the Federal Consortium for Advanced Batteries (FCAB) to accelerate the development of a robust, secure, domestic industrial base for advanced batteries. The Consortium provides a framework for cooperation and coordination among federal agencies having a stake in developing advanced battery technology and establishing a domestic supply of lithium batteries.

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ARPA-E funds Ricardo-Achates partnership for improving efficiency and reducing emissions in full-size pickups; GCI engine, 48V

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The newly-formed partnership between Ricardo North America (Ricardo) and Achates Power Inc. API) of San Diego, Calif. earlier post ), has received its first assignment: an Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) grant to improve overall efficiency and reduce emissions in full-size pickup trucks.

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