January, 2018

Ford reorganizing mobility solutions efforts; acquires Autonomic, TransLoc to boost mobility group

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Workhorse expands $1,000 preorders for plug-in hybrid pickup from fleets to public for $1,000

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After $300 million in claimed fleet preorders for its plug-in hybrid pickup truck, Workhorse will open its order books for everyone to claim a spot in the production schedule. The Workhorse W-15 will be the first publicly available vehicle from a company that began its electrification journey more than 10 years ago. It features 80 miles of. Trucks Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars Commercial vehicle Workhorse Trucks

2018 84

Top five car leasing questions answered

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Personal Contract Hire (PCH), or leasing as it is commonly known as, is the fastest growing form of motor finance

California Governor orders 5M ZEV target for 2030; more hydrogen fueling and EV charging stations

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California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed executive order B-18-18, directing all State entities to work with the private sector and all appropriate levels of government to put at least 5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on California roads by 2030. Brown had mentioned the 5-million target in his State of the State address earlier this week. Earlier post.) The state’s current target, set by Brown in 2012, is 1.5 million ZEVs by 2025.

2018 128

Kumamoto University project to use Nissan LEAF technology in electric bus test in Japan; 3 packs, 3 motors

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Technology developed by Nissan for the battery-electric Nissan LEAF will be used in an electric bus project led by a team from Kumamoto University, that starts testing next month in Japan, with the goal of making zero-emission public transit more widespread and affordable.

2018 127

2018 Environmental Performance Index: Air quality top public health threat

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The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) finds that air quality is the leading environmental threat to public health. The EPI uses three indicators to measure air quality: household solid fuel use; PM 2.5 average exposure, and PM 2.5 exceedance of WHO thresholds.

2018 127

Univ. of Twente team develops highly efficient Si photocathode for solar fuels production

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Researchers at the University of Twente’s MESA+ research institute have made significant efficiency improvements to the technology used to generate solar fuels. They fabricated a highly efficient photocathode by spatially and functionally decoupling light absorption and catalytic activity.

2018 124

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ICCT study analyzes fuel efficiency of transpacific carriers in 2016; Hainan, ANA most fuel-efficient for different reasons

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A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has analyzed the fuel efficiency of 20 airlines operating nonstop flights between the mainland United States and East Asia and Oceania in 2016.

2018 120

ABB brings TOSA e-bus and flash charging to Davos; first use in Alpine region

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For this year’s annual World Economic Forum (23-26 January 2018), the city of Davos and ABB have teamed up in a long-term partnership to provide e-infrastructure for public and private transportation.

2018 116

Sion Power to begin production of Licerion Li-metal anode batteries late this year

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Sion Power will begin production of its patented Licerion rechargeable lithium metal battery in late 2018 from its Tucson facility.

2018 113

Nine Ways to Make More Sales This Year

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If “Make more sales” is on your New Year’s Resolutions list (and I’m betting that it is), the question becomes “How, exactly?” The good news is that there are lots of ways. Here are nine simple ones you can implement immediately: 1. Do more prospecting If you want more sales, you need more prospects.

2018 112

Chevrolet and Ford cruise into Detroit Auto Show leading with truck introductions

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Chevrolet and Ford each are entering the Detroit Auto Show this week on the heels of major truck introductions: for Chevrolet, the next-generation Silverado full-size pickup; for Ford, the return of the Ranger mid-size pickup. Silverado.

2018 111

Mitsubishi Electric develops object-recognition camera technology using proprietary AI for mirrorless cars; ~100m range

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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed what it believes to be the industry’s highest performing automotive camera technology.

2018 109

PwC: by 2030, the transport sector will require 138M fewer cars in Europe and US; vehicle stock in China to climb ~50%; traffic to be heavier

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Five trends are transforming the automotive industry, according to PWC: electrification, autonomy, sharing, connecting and yearly updating, a combination the consultancy is now labeling “eascy”.

2018 108

Achates Power and Aramco Services Company partner on opposed-piston engine projects; Opposed-Piston Gasoline Compression Ignition (OPGCI)

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2018 108

Toyota launches e-Palette autonomous electric concept and mobility system

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At CES in Las Vegas, Toyota Motor introduced the autonomous electric e-Palette Concept Vehicle, which is designed to meet the demands of future multi-mode transportation and business applications.

2018 108

@eriqgardner: Spotify Hit With $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit Over Tom Petty, Weezer, Neil Young Songs [Music Modernization Act Fallout]

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In a curious twist, Eriq Gardner reports that the controversial Music Modernization Act has already prompted the inevitible litigation from a publisher seeking to beat the bill’s new safe harbor deadline applicable to lawsuits filed after January 1, 2018.

2018 108

udelv makes first public road test delivery from autonomous electric last-mile delivery vehicle

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udelv , a Burlingame, Calif. company, unveiled its autonomous, electric, last-mile delivery vehicle and made the first public road test deliveries from Draeger’s Market in San Mateo to two nearby customers.

2018 106

Researchers develop high-strength nanotwinned aluminum alloy

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Researchers have demonstrated how to create a super-strong aluminum alloy (nanotwinned Al-Fe) that rivals the strength of stainless steel, an advance with potential applications in the automotive and aerospace industries.

2018 103

Kenworth T680 fuel cell tractor on display at CES

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A zero-emission Kenworth Class 8 T680 day cab tractor equipped with a Ballard hydrogen fuel cell ( earlier post ) is on display at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Researchers develop energy-efficient process to recycle Li-ion battery cathodes

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2018 102

Boeing HorizonX invests in lithium-metal rechargeable battery startup Cuberg

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Boeing has invested in Berkeley, Calif.-based based Cuberg , Inc., a startup founded by former Stanford University researchers developing next-generation battery technology for potential aerospace and industrial applications.

2018 99

DOE analysis suggests rapid convergence of FCEV and BEV TCOs; FCEVs less expensive for majority of LDV fleet by 2040; mass compounding

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In 2020, battery-electric vehicles will be a cheaper vehicle option than fuel cell electric vehicles for the majority of the light duty fleet (79-97%), according to a new study by a team at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO).

2018 99

NREL study finds that uncoordinated plug-in vehicle charging could prove challenging to the grid

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An influx of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) charging without coordination could prove challenging to the nation’s electric grid, according to research conducted by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Dr. Matteo Muratori, a transportation and energy systems engineer at NREL, developed highly resolved models of residential power demand and PEV use to assess the impact of uncoordinated in-home PEV charging on residential power demand.

2018 96

EPFL team advances understanding of increasing ductility in magnesium alloys

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EPFL researchers have developed models of magnesium alloys to understand how to make the metal more pliable. Magnesium is the lightest metal on earth but, also has very low ductility—i.e., it cannot easily be shaped into usable forms.

2018 96

PNNL-led international study finds ultrafine aerosols have outsize impact on storm clouds, precipitation

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Ultrafine aerosols—minute particles from urban (e.g., vehicles) and industrial air pollution—fuel powerful storms and influence weather much more than has been appreciated, according to a study published in the journal Science.

2018 96

FAW’s luxury brand Hongqi to intro 15 BEVs by 2025; first one this year

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China FAW Group Corporation (FAW), a major state-owned automaker, recently released a new development strategy for its Hongqi luxury brand. FAW seeks to boost Hongqi’s annual sales to 100,000 vehicles by 2020 and 300,000 and 500,000 vehicles by 2025 and 2035, said Xu Liuping, Chairman of FAW Group.

2018 95

MIT simulations suggest nanostructured topological materials could increase thermoelectric efficiency threefold

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MIT researchers have discovered a way to increase the efficiency of thermoelectric materials threefold by using “topological” materials, which have unique electronic properties.

2018 94

Researchers use crumpled graphene balls to avoid dendrite growth on Li-metal anodes

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Lithium metal—with its high theoretical capcity and low electrochemical potential—is an ideal anode for Li-ion batteries, and is the material of choice for advanced batteries such as Li-sulfur and Li-O 2.

2018 94

Toyota Tsusho to acquire 15% stake in lithium miner Orocobre for US$232 million

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2018 94

Cummins acquires Johnson Matthey’s automotive battery systems business; the two will collaborate on eLNO high energy battery materials

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Cummins Inc. has acquired Johnson Matthey’s UK automotive battery systems business , a subsidiary of Johnson Matthey that specializes in high-voltage automotive grade battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles.

2018 93

Study of 7 years of production data supports billion-ton biofuels feedstock estimate

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2018 93

Berkeley Lab team designs active polyelectrolyte binder that allows for a doubling in capacity of conventional Li-sulfur battery

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2018 93

2019 Ram drops weight, gains 48V eTorque mild hybrid system

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FCA pulled the wraps off the new 2019 Ram 1500 at the Detroit Auto Show. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds (102 kg).

2018 93

Shell, ITM Power to build world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in Germany; €20M REFHYNE project

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Shell and ITM Power will build the world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant at Rhineland refinery, Germany. Earlier post.) With a peak capacity of 10 megawatts, the hydrogen will be used for the processing and upgrading of products at the refinery’s Wesseling site as well as testing the technology and exploring application in other sectors. The European partner consortium of Shell, ITM Power, SINTEF, thinkstep and Element Energy has now secured €10 million (US$12.2

2018 92

First Qantas US-Australia biofuel flight; Carinata feedstock, Honeywell process

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Qantas made the world’s first dedicated biofuel flight between the United States and Australia, Qantas QF96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne (a Boeing Dreamliner 787-9), over the weekend. The 15-hour trans-Pacific flight operated with approximately 24,000 kg of 10% biofuel blend, saving 18,000 kg in carbon emissions.

2018 91

WMG researchers use graphene girders to improve performance of Si anodes in Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group), The University of Warwick (UK) have developed Silicon-Few Layer Graphene (Si-FLG) composite electrodes as an effective approach to replacing graphite in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries.

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