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Groupe Renault unveils new strategic plan “Renaulution”; from volumes to value

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In France, Luca de Meo, CEO Groupe Renault, presented the group’s new strategic plan— “Renaulution”—which, among other more specific elements, aims to shift Groupe Renault’s strategy from volumes to value.

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Could battery health reports rescue an ailing used EV market?

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All the hype over electric vehicles could lose much of its charge over a continued weak link: the used EV market. There are about 44,000 used-car dealerships in the U.S. today, and roughly a quarter of those have never sold an EV.

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Rio Tinto enters scandium market with construction of new plant in Canada

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After developing an innovative new process to extract scandium from the by-products generated during the production of titanium dioxide, Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) announced that it will become North America’s first producer of high-quality scandium oxide with a new plant under construction at RTFT’s metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy, Québec.

Chevy offers 0% financing on used Bolt EV and Volt

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If you're considering a used electric car, now might be a good time to spring into action. General Motors is offering 0% APR financing for 72 months on used Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars and Chevy Volt plug-in hybrids, reports CarsDirect, which cited a bulletin sent to dealerships last week.

Ricardo and alkaline fuel cell company AFC Energy collaborate on hydrogen applications for marine, rail and stationary

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Ricardo plc and AFC Energy plc, a leading provider of hydrogen power generation technologies, signed a collaboration agreement on the joint creation of hydrogen fuel cell product and service offerings, with an initial focus on marine, rail and stationary power generation.

Renault 5 Prototype: All-electric return of a hot-hatch legend

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For its latest electric concept car, Renault looked to the past. The Renault 5 Prototype features retro styling inspired by the cult-classic Renault 5 hatchback.

Constellium and Groupe Renault partner on R&D project for sustainable automotive aluminum solutions

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Constellium SE is leading a new R&D initiative in France, Project ISA3 (Intégration de Solutions Aluminium pour Alléger les Automobiles (Integration of Aluminium Solutions to Lightweight Automotive vehicles)).

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European aviation sector and NGOs agree on sustainability of future fuels

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As the European Union is about to unveil new targets for sustainable aviation fuel in 2021, a group of major European aviation companies—including KLM, Easyjet, Air France, International Airlines Group—as well as research organizations and environmental groups are calling for a more stringent policy approach to sustainability and the sector’s climate impact.

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee: What we know so far

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This is the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee – America’s answer to the Range Rover

MIT team proposes SCR emission control for hybrid aviation turbines; reducing NOx by 95%

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At cruising altitude, airplanes emit a steady stream of NO x into the atmosphere, where the chemicals can linger to produce ozone and fine particulates. Previous research has shown that the generation of these chemicals due to global aviation results in 16,000 premature deaths each year. Now, MIT engineers are proposing using an ammonia-based selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system that could result in an approximately 95% reduction in NO x emissions in exchange for a ~0.5%

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Abarth 595 range tweaked for 2021

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The Abarth 595 range has been tweaked for the new year, with all four variants receiving tech enhancements and a number of new personalisation options

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Hyundai Motor Group building new fuel cell system plant in China; first outside of Korea

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Hyundai Motor Group signed an investment contract with the government of Guangdong Province to establish an offshore fuel cell system production facility in Guangzhou, China. The investment advances the Group’s global hydrogen leadership and supports its push into China’s rapidly developing hydrogen industry. Construction is scheduled to begin next month and will be completed by the second half of 2022.

NHTSA issues final rule to modernize autonomous vehicle safety standards

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The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a final rule to modernize numerous Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and to clarify ambiguities in current occupant protection standards for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems that are designed without traditional manual driver controls. The rule amends several crashworthiness regulations to clarify safety standards. for automated vehicles equipped without manual driver controls.

Geely & Foxconn form JV to help automakers transition to new manufacturing processes and business models based on CASE

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Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) and Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) signed a strategic cooperative agreement that will establish a 50-50 joint venture company to provide OEM production and comprehensive customized consulting services relating to whole vehicles, parts, intelligent drive systems, automotive ecosystem platforms, electric vehicle industry value chain, and so on to global automotive enterprises.

Port Authority of Allegheny County adds 6 more battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE buses from New Flyer

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The Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has converted options to order six more forty-foot battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses from New Flyer. The purchase, supported by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Program funds, will replace end-of-life diesel vehicles with efficient, sustainable battery-electric buses.