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Wyoming leads in vehicle miles traveled per person

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by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. Total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by all vehicles in the United States vary greatly across the individual states. The latest annual data from the Federal Highway Administration show that in 2018 the maximum (348,796 million miles in California) was 94.5

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Volvo’s US-made EV plans, Audi plug-in hybrids, NJ electric transit: Today’s Car News

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New Jersey is going electric, with a $5,000 vehicle incentive and a comprehensive plan. Audi’s latest plug-in hybrids arrive soon and supplement its EVs in the lineup. And Volvo is planning to make electric SUVs and their battery packs in South Carolina.

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Ford investing €42M in Valencia plant for new hybrid models and battery assembly operations

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Ford is investing €42 million (US$46.6 million) in its Valencia, Spain manufacturing plant to support the company’s electrification strategy with a state-of-the-art battery assembly facility in addition to new S-MAX Hybrid and Galaxy Hybrid models.

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New Jersey approves $5,000 EV rebate, charging infrastructure, electric transit

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New Jersey made a big move last week to back up its Garden State motto, with one of the greenest state plans for encouraging electric vehicles in the nation.

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Hybrids represented 52% of all Toyota Motor Europe sales in 2019; 63% in West Europe

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Toyota Motor Europe reported 2019 sales of 1,089,422 Toyota and Lexus vehicles, an increase of +5.2% from 2018. Total market share for the group rose to 5.3%, in a European market which was stable year on year.

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Plug-in hybrid versions of Audi Q5 crossover and A8 sedan arrive for the US

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Audi is wholly embracing vehicles that plug-in. While that includes fully electric vehicles like the E-tron SUV, or the E-Tron GT performance car and Q4 E-Tron compact SUV that are both due to go on sale by early next year, plug-in hybrids are part of that push, too.

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SGL Carbon receives substantial contract for composite battery enclosures from N American automaker

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Following the production of first prototypes of battery enclosures for a Chinese automotive manufacturer in 2018, SGL Carbon has now received a substantial contract from a North American automaker for high-volume serial production of carbon and glass fiber-based composite top and bottom layers for battery enclosures. The serial production of the components will start end of 2020. Composite battery enclosures from SGL Carbon. The carbon fibers and fabrics as well as the assembled components come from SGL Carbon’s fully integrated value chain. On top of this order, there is the potential for more significant extensions with further substantial volumes for the shared platform business of the manufacturer. In addition, SGL Carbon has won a smaller volume contract from a European sports car manufacturer to produce bottom layers made of composite as of mid-2020. The company is additionally in talks with further automakers to develop and manufacture battery enclosure solutions for their e-car platforms. Driven by the increasing need for e-cars worldwide and thus for new flexible chassis platforms, our composite battery enclosures are a very promising new application in our product portfolio. The recent contract wins show that our approach of developing custom-made solutions based on our integrated value chain offers an excellent value proposition. —Sebastian Grasser, Head of Automotive Segment at the business unit Composites – Fibers & Materials at SGL Carbon. One key part of any e-car chassis platform is the enclosure of the battery which usually occupies most of the space in the underfloor of the chassis and has various very specific requirements far beyond low weight. The battery cases also need to be very stiff to support driving dynamics. In addition, the material has to protect the underbody against impact, enable an optimized thermal management and offer excellent fire protection as well as complete water and gas impermeability. All these requirements are met by composites much better than by any other material, says SGL Carbon. With these advantages, composite battery enclosures perfectly fit to e-car-specific and highly flexible chassis variants—i.e., “skateboard” platforms—to be used as a basis for a great variety of different e-car models. Batteries Materials Weight reduction

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MAN, Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein and Volkswagen begin pilot of 500 kWh second-life battery in charging network

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In the Bergedorf quarter of Hamburg, a container with a total capacity of approximately 500 kWh has been connected to the depot charging network at the Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) depot.

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Tesla says unintended acceleration claims are "completely false"

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Tesla said Monday that claims that its cars could suddenly accelerate without warning are without merit and were made by a profit-seeking investor. This petition is completely false and was brought by a Tesla short-seller," the company wrote on its website. "We We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle

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NXP introduces safe and secure automotive multi-gigabit Ethernet switch

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NXP Semiconductors N.V., the world’s largest supplier of automotive semiconductors, has introduced a multi-gigabit Ethernet switch designed to help automakers deliver the high-speed networks required for evolving connected vehicles.

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Subaru XV compact crossover featuring mild-hybrid tech now available

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Lease deals are now available on the Subaru XV

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Researchers propose optimization strategy for Atkinson cycle engines in hybrids

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A team from the Beijing Institute of Technology and Beiqi Foton Motor are proposing a performance optimization strategy for the Atkinson cycle gasoline engine, which is playing a key role in the development of hybrid electric vehicles due to its greater fuel economy than a conventional Otto cycle engine. A paper on their work is published in the journal Fuel.

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