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EEA: Fuel efficiency improvements of new cars in Europe slowed in 2016

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The fuel efficiency of new cars sold in the European Union (EU) continued to improve last year but at a slower rate, according to provisional data from the European Environment Agency. The 1.4

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How to negotiate for a new Nissan Leaf battery pack: electric-car owner advises

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In designing, testing, and producing the Nissan Leaf, the first modern electric car sold in volume, Nissan made a design decision that some other companies didn't. It chose not to build an active thermal-conditioning system (otherwise known as cooling) into its battery pack. Instead, it relies on ambient air to shed heat—which got the maker. lithium-ion battery pack Warranty Battery Life

New stricter speeding penalties from 24 April – all you need to know

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From 24 April 2017, magistrates will be able to fine drivers responsible for the most serious speeding offences at least 150% of their weekly income

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Audi, Chevy, and more in Shanghai, Toyota electric car, Nissan Leaf battery advice: Today's Car News

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Today, it's almost all about China and the Shanghai auto show, including live photos and details of electric and plug-in hybrid concept cars—and why China is making Toyota very, very unhappy. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We've got more from the very green Shanghai auto show, including live shots of a couple of concept cars that. Today in Car News

Review: Land Rover Discovery

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Slimming down the Land Rover Discovery shouldn’t have been be too difficult, which explains how the engineers at JLR have managed to shed almost half

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LG Chem launches range of residential Li-ion battery systems in North America

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LG Chem Ltd., a global leader in lithium-ion batteries for automotive, stationary and consumer applications, has formally launched its range of award-winning residential battery systems in the North American market.

Ending tax credits would kill electric-car market, Edmunds says

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The electric-car market may be in for a serious downturn when current federal tax incentives end, assuming the Trump administration declines to extend them, according to a new analysis. In 2010, the government began offering tax credits of $2,500 to $7,500 to the first 200,000 U.S. buyers of plug-in electric vehicles from each automaker. Those. incentives tax credit plug-in cars

Dana showcasing electrified technologies at Auto Shanghai

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At Auto Shanghai 2017, Dana Incorporated is showcasing select technologies from its Spicer Electrified portfolio of fully integrated motor, control, and e-drive technologies, as well as thermal-management products for electric and hybrid vehicles. On display is Dana’s new Spicer electric motor-driven gearbox, which is specifically engineered to deliver better acceleration and higher torque in high-speed battery electric vehicles (BEV).

Chevrolet FNR-X plug-in hybrid crossover concept debuts in Shanghai: live photos

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After being teased last week, the Chevrolet FNR-X Concept crossover made its debut yesterday at the Shanghai auto show. The new shape, which sports a plug-in hybrid powertrain, is intended to showcase the design talents of Chevy's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center in Shanghai It's the second concept to be named FNR—for "Find New Roads,". China Plug-In Hybrids Shanghai Auto Show Chevrolet FNR-X Concept

USC team demonstrates novel hydrogen storage system; amine reforming of methanol

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A team at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, has demonstrated a novel hydrogen storage system based on the release of hydrogen from catalytic dehydrogenative coupling of methanol and 1,2-diamine.

Why Toyota's 'agonizing' U-turn toward electric cars? Because China says so

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Large auto companies are likely aircraft carriers: it takes a long time for them to change direction, and far longer yet to get them aligned on a new course. To various degrees, the world's carmakers have started to produce and sell vehicles that plug-in, whether for some or all of their travels. Except Toyota. The Japanese company that's not only. China Akio Toyoda hydrogen fuel cell Takeshi Uchiyamada Zero Emission Vehicle

MG Motor introduces E-motion concept electric car at Shanghai

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UK-based MG Motor unveiled the MG E-motion at Auto Shanghai 2017. The modular architecture platform developed in-house delivers 0-100 km/h in less than four seconds, with a range of more than 500 km (311 miles).

EMS develops new H2 storage system targeting refueling stations

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EMS, a German-Dutch engineering company with roots in the nuclear industry, is developing a new hydrogen storage system.

Velodyne introduces new low-cost fixed-laser solid-state LiDAR for autonomous driving and ADAS applications

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Velodyne LiDAR announced its new fixed-laser, solid-state Velarray LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor, a cost-effective yet high-performance and rugged automotive product in a small form factor. Earlier post.)

Researchers uncover mechanism behind oil synthesis in algae

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Researchers led by a team from Kobe University in Japan have revealed the mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells. Many species of algae are capable of producing large amounts of oil (lipids), but this is the first time that researchers have captured the metabolic changes occurring on a molecular level when lipids are produced in algae cells. The discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels.

Continental introduces new e-axle at Shanghai; to begin production of 48V mHEV system in China this year

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At Auto Shanghai 2017, Continental showcased a new compact, lightweight electrical axle drive. Weighing around 75 kilograms (165 pounds), the axle drive has a maximum output of up to 150 kW, a maximum torque of 400 N·m and overall dimensions of 400x500x320 millimeters. Continental says that this product is a key component allowing Chinese vehicle manufacturers to expand the range of electric vehicles especially in the mid-size class. The axle module will be manufactured in China.

HARMAN and Baidu DuerOS collaborate on AI Solutions for China automotive market

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HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung focused on connected technologies for the automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, has expanded its relationship with Baidu, the leading Chinese Internet and web services company, to develop jointly new cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) solutions aimed at Chinese automakers.

Fastned expands fast-charging network into Germany; “die Autowende”

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The Netherlands-based Fastned, which plans to build a European network of fast-charging stations has acquired its first 14 locations in Germany. At these locations Fastned will build and operate stations with multiple fast chargers to charge the next generation of EVs at power levels of 150 kW to 350 kW. These will be the first of such stations in Germany that are accessible to all car brands, and where EVs can be charged with up to 500 kilometers of range in just 15 minutes.