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SJTU team proposes new dual-fuel combustion mode: intelligent charge compression ignition (ICCI); high efficiency, low NOx

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A team at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) is proposing a new combustion mode—intelligent charge compression ignition (ICCI)—for ultra-high efficiency and low emissions simultaneously. A paper on ICCI is published in the journal Fuel.

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Ford Bronco Hybrid, Bronco Sport Hybrid on the way: Is an electric Bronco, too?

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Ford is bringing back the Bronco, which to many Americans has meant an iconic “tough truck” SUV counterpoint to the Mustang coupe and convertible for several decades.

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Statkraft to install GE Rotating Stabilizers in grid-stabilization project in Scotland

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Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, has agreed to a deal to help further decarbonize the UK’s power sector and deliver a new approach to managing the stability of the grid. Statkraft UK will install GE’s Rotating Stabilizer technology—i.e.,

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Tesla Model Y price drops $3,000, Model S and Model X get faster supercharging

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Tesla lowered the price of the Model Y Long Range AWD by $3,000 on Saturday. The other current version offered, the Model Y Performance, received a $1,000 price drop. That brings the effective price to $51,190 for the Long Range and $61,190 for the Performance, including the $1,200 destination fee.

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Researchers use synchrotron in quest for better synthetic fuels catalyst

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Using X-rays from a synchrotron particle accelerator, scientists of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now been able to observe for the first time a catalyst during the Fischer-Tropsch reaction that facilitates the production of synthetic fuels under industrial conditions.

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Ramping up to electric trucks, Rivian has raised $5.3B since early 2019

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EV firm Rivian hasn't delivered a single vehicle yet, but the company has raised roughly $5.3 billion since early 2019. Rivian said Friday that it had just closed a $2.5 billion funding round, its first of 2020. The financing was led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.,

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Japan team develops solvent-free method for “milking” algae to harvest carbohydrates and phycobiliproteins

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Up to now, algae has provided invaluable nutrition in the health food sector but has struggled to be competitive against petroleum-derived chemical production. Algae is favorable to petroleum from an environmental standpoint but the production cost of culturing, collecting, extracting and refining adds up to make it too expensive for practical use.

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KIT team develops minimally invasive technology to mine lithium in geothermal plants

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Scientists at KIT have developed and patented a process for minimally invasive technology to mine lithium in geothermal plants. The plan is to extract lithium using a minimally invasive process from the deep waters in geothermal plants of the Upper Rhine Graben—an area that has particularly favorable geological conditions for geothermal heat development.

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Tesla price cut, Rivian funding, VW ID.3 tires, Hummer EV preview: Today’s Car News

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Tesla lowered prices on the Model Y, and boosted charge rates on some of its other models. The Volkswagen ID.3 will tread lightly with range-extending rubber. Rivian is now flush with a new round of funding. And we rounded up all we know on the upcoming GMC Hummer EV models.

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Mobileye and WILLER partner to launch autonomous robotaxi service in Japan, Southeast Asia

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Mobileye, an Intel Company, and WILLER, one of the largest transportation operators in Japan, Taiwan and the Southeast Asian region, have formed a strategic collaboration to launch an autonomous robotaxi service in Japan and markets across Southeast Asia, including Taiwan. Beginning in Japan, the companies will collaborate on the testing and deployment of autonomous transportation solutions based on Mobileye’s automated vehicle (AV) technology.

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Fisker completes $50M financing; Huhnke named CTO

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Fisker Inc. recently completed a $50-million Series C financing round funded by Moore Strategic Ventures, LLC, the private investment vehicle of Louis M. Bacon. The proceeds will be used to support the next phase of engineering work on the Fisker Ocean all-electric luxury SUV, due for launch in 2022. Cowen acted as the company’s sole advisor and placement agent on the financing. Fisker also named Burkhard Huhnke as chief technology officer (CTO) of Fisker Inc.

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