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Fisker files patents on solid-state battery technology; anticipating automotive-ready from 2023

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Fisker’s scientists, including a co-founder of solid-state battery start-up Sakti3 (acquired by Dyson, earlier post ), filed patents this week (under a non-publication request) on flexible, superior energy density solid-state batteries.

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Senate tax plan leaves electric-car purchase credit in place

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The battle over early termination of the U.S. income-tax credit for purchase of an electric car took a new turn on Thursday. HR1, the draft Tax Cut and Jobs Act introduced in the House of Representatives, would end the credit as of December 31. The U.S. Senate version of the tax-reform bill introduced late Thursday, however, retains the credit. Politics senate tax credit taxes plug-in cars

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Embark, Frigidaire, and Ryder partner to pilot Level 2 automated driving technology for Class 8 trucks

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Embark, a startup developing self-driving truck technology ( earlier post ), is partnering with Frigidaire and Ryder System to pilot a series of automated driving technology tests.

Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid plug-in minivan

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In 2011, Green Car Reports launched an award for the new car, or family of cars, that represented the best green vehicle introduced for the model year. The Nissan Leaf won that year because it was the sole affordable battery-electric vehicle on the market. Over the next seven years, more than two dozen vehicles that plug in to the grid to recharge. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To Buy

Scania launches new 13-liter natural gas engine

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Scania, a member of the Volkswagen Group, has launched its new OC13 13-liter (swept volume 12.7 liters) natural gas engine, based on Scania’s well-proven inline 6-cylinder, 13-liter engine.

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Joint ASU, Tel Aviv Univ. project to improve algal hydrogen production to industrial scale

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a $400,000 grant (Nº 1706960 ) to Arizona State University and Kevin Redding, professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and director of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis (CB&P) to obtain industrial-scale algal hydrogen production—a goal that requires an improvement over current technology by at least five-fold. The NSF grant is part of US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) funding work.

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Are car buyers the biggest problem for electric cars? (Yes, of course they are, but it's price)

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While it's clear that the transition to plug-in electric cars is accelerating across the globe, in the short term electric cars still face numerous hurdles. Charging infrastructure remains inconsistent, vehicle range is still an issue, and ultimately, the inherent and appropriate conservatism of car buyers themselves acts as a brake on adoption of. car buying incentives plug-in cars

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Neste and American Airlines collaborate to explore opportunities for renewable fuel use; High Freeze Point HEFA

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Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, and American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, have entered into an agreement to explore opportunities to further reduce American’s environmental footprint through the use of Neste’s renewable fuels.

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UMD-led study finds China’s SO2 emissions down 75% since 2007, India’s up 50%; India may now be the top SO2 emitter

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Although China and India remain the world’s largest consumers of coal, a new University of Maryland-led study found that China’s sulfur dioxide emissions fell by 75% since 2007, while India’s emissions increased by 50%.

XStream Trucking introduces active-aero device to eliminate tractor-trailer turning gap and boost fuel efficiency

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XStream Trucking launched TruckWings, an active-aero device that automatically deploys at highway speeds to deliver streamlined aerodynamics, fuel savings, and lower carbon emissions. Half a dozen carriers, including two of the US’ largest fleets, are currently in private pilots with TruckWings.

MAN Diesel & Turbo to convert 3 more coastal container ships to LNG

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Wessels Reederei signed a letter of intent with MAN Diesel & Turbo regarding the conversion of three of its fleet to dual-fuel gas operation. The three ships are sisters to the Wes Amelie, a 1,036-TEU feeder container ship with an MAN 8L48/60B main engine that was retrofitted to a multi-fuel, four-stroke MAN 51/60DF unit earlier in 2017. Earlier post.) The retrofit enables dual-fuel operation and is the first such conversion of its type.

Total to acquire Engie’s upstream LNG business, becoming 2nd largest global LNG player

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Total signed an agreement with Engie to acquire its portfolio of upstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets for an overall enterprise value of $1.49 billion. This portfolio includes participating interests in liquefaction plants, notably the interest in the Cameron LNG project in the US, long-term LNG sales and purchase agreements, an LNG tanker fleet as well as access to regasification capacities in Europe.

Continental increases focus on automated and autonomous driving in the agricultural industry

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Continental is intensifying its activities in the field of automated and autonomous driving in the agricultural industry. From 2025, autonomous, fully automated and fully connected agricultural vehicles will be an increasingly common sight on farm fields, the company says. The future strategic competitive advantage lies not only in the hardware, but also in the data analysis algorithms. Looking to the medium-term, the data captured will allow Continental to offer additional services.

Volkswagen investing €560M in Argentina plant for new MQB-based SUV

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Volkswagen is investing some €560 million (US$652 million) over the next five years in the production of a new MQB-based SUV in Pacheco, Argentina. From 2020, the plant will deliver the new model built in Argentina to the entire South American continent. The new vehicle project will create some 2,500 jobs. Under its Transform 2025+ future strategy, Volkswagen is taking measures to successfully realign business on world markets.

Eight airlines flew with Gevo alcohol-to-jet fuel from O’Hare on Fly Green Day

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Eight commercial airlines used Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) derived from renewable isobutanol for Fly Green Day, sponsored last week by the O’Hare Fuel Committee, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. This event is the first time renewable jet fuel has been supplied at Chicago O’Hare using the existing airport fueling infrastructure, such as pipelines, terminals and tankage.

UCLA orders all-electric shuttle bus powered by Motiv Power Systems

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The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has placed an order for a new all-electric shuttle bus powered by Motiv Power Systems ’ All-Electric Powertrain. This battery-electric buse is the first Motiv powered shuttle bus to operate on a university campus. Built on Ford’s E450 chassis with a Champion Bus body, the shuttle bus will offer a maximum capacity of 20 passengers, a range of up to 90 miles on a single charge, a 75% charge time of four hours, and a top speed of 60 mph.

UC Riverside team develops streamlined process for enhanced cellulosic ethanol production

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UC Riverside researchers have developed a streamlined process that could finally make the ethanol production cost from abundant “second generation” plant wastes competitive with “first generation” ethanol made from sugars. A major historical barrier to low-cost production of ethanol from biomass is the low ethanol yields and titers that result from fermentation of biomass solids at high solids when compared with simple sugar fermentations.