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Nissan reaches 50% thermal efficiency with next-generation e-POWER system; STARC

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Nissan announced a breakthrough in engine efficiency, reaching 50% thermal efficiency with its in-development, next-generation e-POWER system. Nissan’s e-POWER system utilizes an on-board gasoline engine to provide electrical energy to the e-powertrain battery pack.

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Electric-car rivalry heats up: Just 4% of Tesla shoppers will only choose the brand, survey finds

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It's taken almost a decade, but established automakers may finally be mounting a legitimate challenge to Tesla. Only a small percentage of electric vehicle shoppers are completely loyal to Tesla, according to a new J.D. Power study on EV buying trends.

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Faradion and Phillips 66 to develop lower cost and higher-performing sodium-ion battery materials

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UK-based Faradion, a developer of sodium-ion battery technology ( earlier post ), and Phillips 66 have launched a new technical collaboration to develop lower-cost and higher-performing anode materials for sodium-ion batteries.

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EVs will be 10% of the US market by 2025—but San Francisco is already past that

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Electric cars will surge to 10% of the United States new-car market by 2025, a new IHS Markit study predicts, but sales data shows that at least one part of the country is already there. EVs reached 1.8% of U.S. new-vehicle registrations in 2020—a new record—rising to 2.8%

Maryland school board approves purchase of 326 electric school buses; Thomas Built e-buses powered by Proterra

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The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) (Maryland) Board of Education approved a contract on Tuesday evening with Highland Electric Transportation, a provider of turnkey electric fleet solutions, to convert the MCPS school bus fleet to all-electric, starting with 326 school buses over the next four years.

Tesla confirms it’s developing affordable global EV in China

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Development of an affordable Tesla electric car will take place in China, the head of the company's Chinese operations confirmed in an interview with state media.

Cadillac upgrades XT5 and XT6 in China with 48V Mild Hybrid System

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Cadillac is upgrading the XT5 and XT6 SUV lineups in China with a 48V mild hybrid system for improved fuel economy and better driving performance. The 48V mild hybrid technology includes a 48V motor, power battery, power management module and hybrid control unit.

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Westport Fuel Systems & AVL conclude high-efficiency H2 powertrain can outperform fuel cells in TCO for heavy-duty applications

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Cupra Born to be brand’s first fully electric vehicle

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Seat sub-brand Cupra has confirmed its Born is headed for production

LA Unified orders 10 Lion Electric school buses

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The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has placed an initial order for 10 Lion Electric LionC school buses. This order follows on Lion’s recent delivery of all-electric school buses to the Twin Rivers Unified School District in Sacramento. LAUSD is the second-largest school district in the United States, serving more than 600,000 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade at more than 1,000 schools.

2021 Skoda Fabia breaks cover in camouflage

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We’ve been treated to some pictures of the all-new 2021 Skoda Fabia in camouflage ahead of the car’s debut later this year

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CARB scrap-and-replace incentive program Clean Cars 4 All reaches 10,000th participant milestone

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As a direct result of the state’s Clean Cars 4 All program, more than 10,000 Californians have now scrapped old, dirty cars and replaced them with cleaner alternatives such as new and used zero-emission, plug-in hybrid, or hybrid cars. There is strong consumer demand for Clean Cars 4 All (CC4A) which incentivizes lower-income California drivers to scrap their older, high-polluting cars and replace them with clean cars.

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Electric Vehicle Planning Workshop Series-Northern Colorado Clean Cities

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Drive Electric Northern Colorado. Northern Colorado Clean Cities has some excited stuff in the works as they have lined up a whole workshop series surrounding electric vehicles and community planning!

PSI and Empa launch $6.9M SynFuels project to produce kerosene from CO2 and hydrogen

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Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and partner institute Empa have started a joint research initiative called SynFuels. The goal is to develop a process for producing kerosene from carbond dioxide and green hydrogen. Over the next three years, the two Swiss research institutes will jointly search for practical ways of linking carbon dioxide and hydrogen to form longer-chain molecules and thus produce synthetic fuels.

Will We Achieve Net-Zero Emissions By 2035? A National Clean Electricity Standard Could Be Key

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WiTricity extends recent funding for a total of $52M

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Wireless power transfer leader WiTricity announced an additional $18 million to its previously announced October fund raise of $34 million for a total of $52 million. The extension included investments from Tony Fadell’s Future Shape and other private investors. Fadell also joins WiTricity’s newly formed Board of Advisors.

CARB responds to State Auditor’s report; “doubling down”, new Scoping Plan in 2022

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Earlier this week, the State Auditor of California released a report on an audit of the California Air Resources Board’s (ARB’s) transportation programs intended to reduce greenhouse gases. Earlier post.)

SK Group closes $1.6B investment in Plug Power to advance hydrogen strategy; new Hydrogen Business Development Center

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SK Group, South Korea’s largest energy provider and third-largest conglomerate, announced the close of a $1.6-billion investment in and strategic partnership with Plug Power Inc., a leading provider of hydrogen fuel cell and fueling solutions enabling e-mobility. Earlier post.). The partnership is part of a long-term, multi-billion dollar plan by SK to help lead the global transition to a hydrogen economy and make meaningful progress toward a more sustainable energy system.