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CSIRO finds hydrogen could reduce aviation emissions within 5 years

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A new report from Australia’s national science agency CSIRO shows that clean hydrogen can significantly reduce aviation emissions with potential benefits seen within five years. The report, Opportunities for hydrogen in commercial aviation , which had technical input and funding from The Boeing Company, finds that growing hydrogen industry momentum could provide an opportunity to introduce hydrogen for niche airport applications (such as ground support equipment) as early as 2025.

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First drive review: 2021 Toyota Venza hybrid reinterprets the market middle at 39 mpg

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Aim for the wholesome middle of the American vehicle market today, and mix in one of Toyota’s strengths—its hybrid system—and you end up with a new hybrid-only product: the 2021 Toyota Venza. In a recent first drive of the new Venza, I found this hybrid crossover to offer a quiet ride, a comfortable cabin, and a versatile

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TUM team finds Bitcoin accounts for 2/3 of total energy consumption of cryptocurrencies

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Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have analyzed 20 cryptocurrencies—accounting for more than 98% of the total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies—and found that Bitcoin accounts for 2/3 of the total energy consumption of cryptocurrencies. Understudied cryptocurrencies represent the remaining 1/3. Their paper is published in the journal Joule.

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Report: Kia Soul EV not returning to US market

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The second-generation Kia Soul EV will not be sold in the United States after all, CNET reported last week. Unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Soul EV was due to arrive in spring 2019 as a 2020 model. It even got a 243-mile EPA range rating. That was a major improvement over the first-generation Soul EV, which had a 111-mile range and

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20 Solaris Trolleybuses for Ploie?ti

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The Romanian city of Ploie?ti ti has opted for 20 low-floor Solaris Trollino 12 trolleybuses. According to the contract worth PLN 36 million (US$9.6 million), the vehicles will have been delivered within two years from the signing date. The trolleybus network launched in Ploie?ti ti in 1997 is the newest of all networks in Romania. By placing the order, the nearly 250,000-strong city will replace about half of its fleet.

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GM invests in potential future rival electric truck maker Lordstown Motors, as it seeks IPO

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As it continues to develop its own electric pickup trucks, General Motors will invest in Lordstown Motors, which plans to build electric trucks at a former GM factory in Ohio. Lordstown announced a $75 million investment from GM Monday, along with plans for an initial public offering (IPO). The company, which bought GM's factory in its namesake

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CATL to supply batteries to Trailer Dynamics for Newton e-Trailer; 300 kWh LFP pack

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Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) and Germany-based Trailer Dynamics GmbH (Trailer Dynamics) signed a battery supply agreement for a new way to electrify long-haul trucks. According to the agreement, CATL will develop, manufacture, and supply batteries for the Newton eTrailer, which will launch in 2023 to promote sustainable road transport development in Europe. The Newton e-Trailer replaces one of the trailer’s conventional non-powered axles with an electric axle.

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GranBio and NextChem partner to develop cellulosic ethanol market

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Brazil-based GranBio announced a strategic alliance with NextChem, the subsidiary of Italian engineering giant Maire Tecnimont dedicated to the energy transition, to co-license its patented technology for the production of second-generation (2G) ethanol worldwide.

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Half of plug-in vehicles in the US in 2019 were mid-size cars

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Half of all plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on the road in the US in 2019 were mid-size cars. However, PEVs are available in size classes ranging from two-seaters to minivans. Together, compact cars and large cars accounted for nearly 30% of the PEV population. Standard sport utility vehicles (SUVs) accounted for 9% while small SUVs were another 2%. Source: Argonne National Laboratory, Assessment of Light-Duty Plug-In Electric Vehicles in the United States, 2010 – 2019 , June 2020.

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