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CARB to consider low NOx heavy-duty omnibus regulation on 27 August

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The California Air Resources Board will consider the proposed Heavy-Duty Low NO x Omnibus Regulation on 27 August 2020. The proposed regulation is intended to ensure reductions in smog-forming NO x and protect communities most impacted by air pollution. On-road heavy-duty vehicles are an essential part of the state’s economy.

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Nikola announces order for 2,500 battery-electric garbage trucks

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Nikola has yet to deliver even one of its promised hydrogen fuel-cell semi trucks, but on Monday the company announced an order for 2,500 battery-electric garbage trucks. The trucks will go to waste-disposal company Republic Services, in what Republic claims to be the first large-scale commitment to fleet electrification in its industry. On-road

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$27 million available for zero-emission trucks in California

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On 18 August 2020, $27 million in funding will be available in California to replace higher polluting trucks with zero-emission vehicles. The funding is part of the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust program, which is intended to fund projects that will fully mitigate the excess nitrogen oxide (NO x ) emissions caused by the vehicles included in the VW settlement.

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Independent test suggests 517-mile EPA range for Lucid Air electric car

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When the Lucid Air reaches the first customers next spring, it’s shaping up to leapfrog past the Tesla Model S in range. The Model S only recently broke the 400-mile barrier, with an EPA rating of 402 miles. But the upcoming Lucid Air will likely earn a number exceeding 500 miles. For now, that number—not at all confirmed by the EPA

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Nikola receive order for 2,500 battery-electric waste trucks from Republic Services; fully integrated chassis and body from Nikola

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Nikola Corporation announced a minimum order of 2,500 electric refuse trucks from Republic Services, expandable up to 5,000. This order is to begin full production deliveries in 2023 with on-road testing likely to begin in early 2022. The refuse trucks are anticipated to carry up to an industry-leading 720 kWh of energy storage. Nikola specializes in heavy-duty, zero-emission Class 8 trucks.

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Korea considers changing its EV subsidy after Tesla buyers cash in

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South Korea may exclude Tesla from the list of automakers that qualify for electric-car subsidies as the California transplant racks up sales, The Korea Herald reported Sunday. Between January and June, Tesla accounted for 43% of 209.2 billion won ($176 million at current exchange rates) in subsidies, according to the report. That will likely push

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Michigan EGLE awards $1.7 million for 36 EV fast charger stations

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Drivers of electric vehicles will have more locations to recharge their vehicle’s batteries as they travel across Michigan through $1.7 million ($1,683,297.84) in grants announced by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) for direct current fast chargers (DCFC) along well-traveled routes. The EGLE Charge Up Michigan Program grants will partially fund 36 EV DC fast charging stations with a total of 76 plug-in points for automobiles and light-utility vehicles.

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MAHLE partners with Formula E team DS TECHEETAH

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Starting in the 2020/21 season, MAHLE will be a technical partner to DS TECHEETAH, the leading team in Formula E. MAHLE will use its many years of expertise in e-mobility to support the racing team while taking advantage of the rigors of the motorsports environment to gain a wealth of new insights that can be applied to series production development. MAHLE has pioneered a host of core e-mobility technologies including developments in battery cooling.

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EPRI and GTI launch Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI) to accelerate low-carbon energy technologies

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI) are embarking on a five-year initiative to accelerate the development and demonstration of low-carbon energy technologies. With increasingly ambitious decarbonization goals from private companies and governments alike, existing technology is not enough to achieve those targets.

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Baker Institute expert says regional advantages will define future energy transitions

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Different countries will respond in different ways to the challenges of economic growth and environmental sustainability based upon their regional advantages, according to a new paper by an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The COVID-19 pandemic has added pressure to governments on both fronts, wrote Ken Medlock, a fellow in energy and resource economics at the Baker Institute and senior director of its Center for Energy Studies.

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Hermeus wins Air Force investment after demonstrating Mach 5 engine; focused on Presidential and Executive Airlift fleet

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Hermeus Corporation, an aerospace start-up developing Mach 5 commercial aircraft, has won a $1.5-million SBIR Phase II award with the US Air Force and the Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate to work toward hypersonic travel for the Department of Defense. This award comes under an Other Transaction For Prototype Agreement Direct to Phase II contract through AFWERX after Hermeus successfully tested a Mach 5 engine prototype in February 2020.

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