August, 2016

Bosch launches eScooter sharing service under new Coup brand

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Bosch is launching its new Coup eScooter sharing service in Berlin. Coup, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bosch, now provides Berlin residents with a new mobility option featuring a simple pricing model. Customers can now find, reserve, and use their nearest eScooter at any time. After reaching their destination, they simply drop off the scooter anywhere in the city center.

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Plug-in hybrid problem: buyers don't understand them at all

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What's an electric car? It's a car powered by a battery, like your cellphone. Doesn't use gasoline. What's a hybrid car? It's a car that runs on gasoline, but gets better fuel economy (whether or not you understand how). OK, so what's a plug-in hybrid? DON'T MISS: BMW 330e plug-in hybrid ads: no wait for Tesla Model 3 needed Ask average car buyers. Advertising Marketing Plug-In Hybrids

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Everything you need to know about the 2017 road tax changes

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As 2017 looms ever closer, many motorists may be concerned about the incoming changes to road tax bands and how it will affect their pockets. Set i. Environment Road tax Tax

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Triple Gold for Max Whitlock! Two gold medals and a gold Nissan LEAF

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Gymnastics sensation Max Whitlock has become one of the first Team GB athletes to be presented with a stunning all-gold 100% electric Nissan LEAF following his medal triumph at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games yesterday.

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Infiniti introducing production-ready variable compression ratio engine at Paris Motor Show

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Infiniti will introduce a production-ready variable compression ratio engine VC-T (Variable Compression-Turbocharged) at the 2016 Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l’Automobile) in September. Infiniti said that the new four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline VC-T engine has been in development for more than 20 years. Nissan was awarded a patent in 1995 on compression ratio control for an engine.). Interest in variable compression engines stretches back more than 40 years.

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Survey: Norwegian PHEVs drive electrically 55% of time, BEVs driven more in total and in everyday traffic

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Norway leads the European market for plug-in vehicles, with more than 105,000 units registered through May 2016. A recent survey of 8,000 vehicle owners in Norway by Norway’s Institute of Transport Economics found that plug-in hybrids there drive electrically with power from the grid 55% of the time (and 63% on work trips), while battery electric vehicles are driven more in total and in everyday traffic.

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VW boss Diess: brand to show near-production EV prototype at Paris; in market in 2019

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In an interview with Germany’s Wirtschafts Woche , Volkswagen brand boss Herbert Diess said that the company would present a near-production prototype of a new electric vehicle with the external dimensions of a VW Golf and the internal space of a Passat at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Diess said that the vehicle would be in the market in 2019, and offer a range between 400-600 km (249-373 miles) on a single charge.

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DOE: California had highest concentration of plug-in vehicles relative to population in US in 2015: 4.68 PEVs/1,000 people

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In 2015, only five states had more than two plug-in vehicles (PEVs) registered per 1,000 people, according to figures compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE). California had the highest concentration of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with 4.68 PEVs per 1,000 people. Hawaii had the second highest concentration with 2.94 PEVs per 1,000 people followed by Washington, Georgia, and Oregon with 2.32, 2.20 and 2.04 PEVs per 1,000 people, respectively.

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Opinion: Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?

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by James Stafford of Oilprice.com. We’ve gone electric, and there’s no going back at this point. Lithium is our new fuel, but like fossil fuels, the reserves we’re currently tapping into are finite—and that’s what investors can take to the bank. You may think lithium got too popular too fast. You may suspect electric vehicles are too much buzz and not enough real future. You may, in short, be a lithium skeptic, one of many.

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Solar Impulse 2 used Kokam Ultra High Energy NMC batteries in round-the-world solar flight

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The Solar Impulse 2 —the solar airplane that recently completed a round-the-world flight— used batteries from Kokam, based on that company’s advanced Ultra High Energy Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Oxide (Ultra High Energy NMC) technology. The Solar Impulse uses four 38.5 kWh Kokam Ultra High Energy NMC battery packs—one in each motor housing—with 150 Ah cells totaling 154 kWh of energy storage.

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BAC testing use of graphene in body of Mono supercar

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UK-based bespoke supercar manufacturer BAC (Briggs Automotive Company). BAC has partnered with Haydale Composite Solutions to create rear wheel arches made out of graphene, and has been putting the material through its paces on the Mono, the world’s only road legal single-seater supercar. Graphene—sheets of carbon just one atom thick—is significantly lighter and stronger than standard carbon fiber. It can bring weight reductions of around 20% while being 200 times stronger than steel.

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EIA: energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas surpass coal as fuel use patterns change

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Energy-associated CO 2 emissions from natural gas are expected to surpass those from coal for the first time since 1972, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Even though natural gas is less carbon-intensive than coal, increases in natural gas consumption and decreases in coal consumption in the past decade have resulted in natural gas-related CO 2 emissions surpassing those from coal. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge.

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U Windsor team reports self-healing behavior of cracks in silicon-aluminum anodes for Li-ion batteries

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One well-known problem facing the use of high-capacity silicon anodes in rechargeable Li-ion batteries is lithiation-induced volume changes in silicon, resulting in fracture and fragmentation of the anode material, with corresponding capacity loss. A large body of research has thus been looking for a way to reduce Si electrode fragmentation and hence prevent the capacity loss.

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BMW says electrified models exceeding sales expectations, especially in Europe

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BMW said that its electrified models continue to exceed expectations, especially in Europe. While 4% of all BMW sales in Western Europe in July were electrified vehicles, that percentage increases significantly in markets where innovative electric mobility is supported through financial and infrastructure measures. In the Netherlands, 43% of BMW 3 Series registrations are for the plug-in hybrid BMW 330e model and 26% of 2 Series Active Tourer registrations are for the BMW 225xe.

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Amtrak invests $2.4B for next-gen Alstom Avelia high-speed trainsets and infrastructure upgrades

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Amtrak is contracting with Alstom to produce 28 next-generation Avelia Liberty high-speed trainsets that will replace the equipment used to provide Amtrak’s premium Acela Express service. The contract is part of $2.45 billion that will be invested on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor (NEC) as part of a multifaceted modernization program to renew and expand the Acela Express service. The Northeast Corridor (NEC) line covers roughly 730 km (457 miles).

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Mercedes unveils electric all-wheel drive Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 show car; CCS charging up to 350 kW

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At Monterey Car Week, Mercedes unveiled the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6. Designed as an electric car, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, which measures almost six metres in length, features all-wheel drive provided by its four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors. The output of the drive system is 550 kW (750 hp). The shallow underfloor battery has a usable capacity of approximately 80 kWh.

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MIT, Novogy team engineers microbes for competitive advantage in industrial fermentation; the ROBUST strategy

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Researchers at MIT and startup Novogy have engineered bacteria and yeast ( Escherichia coli , Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Yarrowia lipolytica ) used as producer microbes in biofuel production to use rare compounds as sources of nutrients.

2016 200

LeMond Composites licenses ORNL low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing process; transportation, renewable energy, & infrastructure

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LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, has licensed a low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber manufacturing process developed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Earlier post.) The agreement will make Oak Ridge-based LeMond Composites the first company to offer carbon fiber produced by the process to the transportation, renewable energy, and infrastructure markets.

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DARPA invests $2.7M in QinetiQ electric wheel-hub drive technology; moving to build-and-test phase

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The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced a $2.7m investment in UK-based QinetiQ’s electric hub-drive technology. As part of an electric propulsion system, QinetiQ’s hub-drive replaces multiple gearboxes, differentials, and drive shafts with compact and extremely high-powered electric motors contained completely within the wheels.

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Berkeley Lab researchers devise ant-nest-like structure for promising Li-S electrodes

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Inspired by the structure of ant nests, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have devised a novel Li–S electrode featuring increased sulfur loading and sulfur/inactive-materials ratio to improve life and capacity. In a paper in the ACS journal Nano Letters , the team reports that the efficient capabilities of the ant-nest structure facilitate fast ion transportation, sustain polysulfide dissolution, and assist efficient precipitation.

2016 190

Ford’s new Dagenham Diesel EcoBlue engine production line reduces energy and water use by more than 50%

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The new Ford EcoBlue diesel engine production line at Dagenham Engine Plant will reduce water and energy consumption by more than 50%. Dagenham Engine Plant is Ford’s largest diesel engine production facility globally, and produced the first EcoBlue diesel engine ( earlier post ) in April this year. Water usage per engine will be among the lowest at any Ford manufacturing facility worldwide, delivering an anticipated annual saving of 17.5

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Volkswagen and Hamburg enter 3-year strategic mobility partnership; e-bus development with MAN

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The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the Volkswagen Group will collaborate over the next three years to jointly develop innovative solutions for making urban mobility more environmentally-friendly, safer, more reliable and more efficient. The cooperation aims to develop Hamburg as a model city for forward-looking, sustainable and integrated urban mobility.

2016 183

Opel introducing Ampera-e at Paris Show; European cousin of Chevy Bolt

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Opel will introduce the Ampera-e at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in September. Ampera-e is the European cousin to the Chevy Bolt ( earlier post ), as the Ampera was to the Chevy Volt. In the run-up to the world premiere, Opel is touting the performance of the battery-electric vehicle. With maximum torque of 360 N·m from the 150 kW electric motor, the compact car accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h (31 mph) in 3.2 seconds; acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) for overtaking in 4.5

2016 183

EPA Office of Inspector General: EPA has not met certain statutory requirements to identify environmental impacts of RFS

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The US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that the EPA has not met certain statutory requirements to identify environmental impacts of Renewable Fuel Standard. In a newly released report , the OIG said that. EPA’s Office of Research and Development has not complied with the requirement to provide a report every 3 years to Congress on the impacts of biofuels. The EPA provided a report to Congress in 2011, but has not provided subsequent reports as required.

2016 183

2017 Range Rover Sport gains new Ingenium 2.0L diesel as option; semi-autonomous driving tech

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For the 2017 Model Year, Range Rover Sport will debut the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine ( earlier post ), manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s own engine plant in Wolverhampton, UK. Already available on both Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque models, Ingenium is Jaguar Land Rover’s new breed of engine designed for performance, refinement and efficiency. The 2017 Model Year Range Rover Sport is the first full-sized Land Rover SUV to feature a four-cylinder diesel engine.

2016 183

Orange EV taking orders for new Class 8 electric terminal truck

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Orange EV is accepting orders for its all-new T-Series battery-electric terminal truck. Orange EV’s initial T-Series, a complete re-manufacture of existing trucks, has been operating up to 24+ hours per charge at sites from single shift to 24x7 in: railroad inter-modal, LTL freight, manufacturing, retail distribution, waste management and warehouse container handling.

2016 183

Fujitsu develops technology to enable high-speed deep learning

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Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has developed software technology that uses multiple GPUs to enable high-speed deep learning powered by the application of supercomputer software parallelization technology. This newly developed technology was implemented in the Caffe deep learning framework, where, in a test measuring learning time using AlexNet on 64 GPU-equipped computers, it achieved a learning speed that is 27 times faster than a single GPU.

2016 183

GM and US Army TARDEC to reveal Chevy Colorado-based fuel cell vehicle

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General Motors and the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) will reveal a Chevrolet Colorado-based fuel cell electric vehicle in October at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C. The fuel-cell version of the mid-size pickup is being developed under an agreement between TARDEC and GM signed in 2015 ( earlier post ).

2016 174

Honda begins taking orders for NSX hybrid supercar in Japan; starting at US$236,000

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Honda Motor Co., began accepting applications in Japan for custom orders of the all-new NSX hybrid supercar ( earlier post ), which underwent a full redesign for the first time in 26 years since the introduction of the original NSX. Customer delivery will begin on 27 February 2017. Pricing starts at ¥23,700,000 (~US$236,000). Honda is targeting sales of 100 units in the first year.

2016 174

Albemarle signs definitive agreement to acquire lithium salts production assets in Asia

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Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate conversion assets and supporting business functions currently operated by Jiangxi Jiangli New Materials Science and Technology Co. The transaction includes manufacturing assets located in both Jiangxi and Sichuan, China focused on the production of battery-grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide.

2016 174

Solid-state LiDAR company Quanergy raises $90M in Series B; valuation passes $1B

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Quanergy Systems, Inc., a leading provider of solid-state LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions ( earlier post ), raised $90 million in Series B funding at a valuation well over $1 billion. Sensata Technologies, Delphi Automotive, Samsung Ventures, Motus Ventures and GP Capital participated in the round. This investment brings the company’s total funds raised to approximately $150 million.

2016 174

Study suggests focusing on cold starts in gasoline cars as target for emissions reduction

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A new study suggests that focusing on a gasoline-fueled vehicle’s cold start is the best target for future design changes to reduce emissions of criteria pollutants. The researchers are presenting their work today at the 252 nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia.

2016 174

ABI Research: highly automated driving to spark adoption of centralized advanced driver assistance systems

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As vehicles become highly independent and begin to drive and react to traffic on their own, autonomous systems will aggregate and process data from a variety of on-board sensors and connected infrastructure. This will force the industry to hit a hard reset on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) architectures, currently dominated by distributed processing and smart sensors.

2016 174

LPE chooses Veefil for Australia’s first commercial EV fast-charging station

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Australian energy retailer Locality Planning Energy has chosen Tritium’s Veefil ( earlier post ) as the first commercial electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations to be deployed in Australia. The first charging station, to be operational at Noosa, Queensland next week, is one of five planned across southeast Queensland and will enable drivers to charge EVs 25 times faster than a standard home charger.

2016 174

2017 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance PHEV going on sale in US starting at $89,100

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The 2017 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance plug-in hybrid ( earlier post ) is in production and will arrive at US dealerships in August starting at $89,100 plus $995 Destination and Handling. With its eDrive technology, the BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance can be driven in all-electric mode up to 75 mph (120.7 km/h). Combined fuel economy of 64 MPGe and an all-electric range of 14 miles is possible (EPA official figures).

2016 174

Urban Drive Cycle Testing shows a 26% mpg improvement on Ford Transits with XL Hybrids drive system

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XL Hybrids announced vehicle testing results showing a 26% improvement in miles per gallon on the EPA UDDS (Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule) drive cycle for Ford Transit vans upfitted with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems. earlier post ) The fuel economy improvement on the EPA UDDS drive cycle also includes a more than 50% reduction in NO x emissions.

2016 174

Audi developing electromechanical rotary dampers; potential for energy recuperation from suspension; 48V

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Audi is developing a prototype electromechanical rotary dampening system called “eROT,” in which electromechanical rotary dampers replace the hydraulic dampers used today for an even more comfortable ride. The eROT system also offers the potential for energy recuperation from the suspension. Every pothole, bump, and curve in the road induces kinetic energy during compression and rebound of the car’s suspension, observes Dr.-Ing. Stefan Knirsch, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG.

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