June, 2020

Transdev Canada purchasing 27 new electric Lion school buses

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Transdev Canada is investing close to CAD$4.5 million in its fleet of electric school buses with the Québec company Lion, thus becoming, with a total of 31 vehicles, the largest private operator of electric school buses in North America to date.

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California mandate: Commercial trucks go electric starting in 2024, all-EV by 2045

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California has made significant progress in reducing emissions with a zero-emission vehicle mandate for passenger cars, which requires the largest-volume automakers to sell battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Now the Golden State aims to tackle commercial trucks.

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Green number plates for electric cars confirmed by government

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed that green number plates will be introduced for electric vehicles from the autumn

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Toshiba integrated hydrogen energy system starts operation at Toranomon Hills Business Tower in Tokyo

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Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) announced that its hydrogen-based autonomous energy supply system H2One, which Toshiba ESS delivered and installed on the rooftop of Toranomon Hills Business Tower (Minato-ku, Tokyo), has started full-scale operation with the opening of commercial facilities.

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Wärtsilä to design and equip two zero-emissions battery-powered ferries

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The technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to design and equip two new zero-emissions ferries. The ships are to be built for Norwegian operator Boreal Sjö at Holland Shipyards in the Netherlands. The orders with Wärtsilä for the design and the equipment were placed in April 2020.

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Researchers combine AI and radar to allow vehicles to spot hazards around corners

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Using radar commonly deployed to track speeders and fastballs, researchers have developed an automated system that will allow cars to peer around corners and spot oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

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Samsung Heavy Industries and Bloom Energy sign joint development agreement for SOFC-powered ships

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Solid-oxide fuel-cell manufacturer Bloom Energy and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), a part of Samsung Group, have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to design and to develop fuel cell-powered ships.

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PEUGEOT introducing electric e-Traveler van

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The new PEUGEOT e-Traveler electric van offers two battery capacities (50 kWh, 18 modules or 75 kWh, 27 modules) for up to 330 km (205 miles) of range in the WLTP certification cycle.

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ITER beginning assembly of fusion reactor tokamak

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ITER , the world’s largest international scientific collaboration, is beginning assembly of the fusion reactor tokamak that will include 12 different essential hardware systems provided by US ITER, which is managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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Volvo Trucks deploys first pilot all-electric VNR Truck at TEC Equipment in Southern California

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BMW Group opens new Additive Manufacturing Campus

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The BMW Group has officially opened its new Additive Manufacturing Campus. The new center brings together production of prototype and series parts under one roof, along with research into new 3D printing technologies, and associate training for the global rollout of toolless production.

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UC Davis study: roadkill declines as COVID-19 continues

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Fewer wild animals, including threatened mountain lions, are becoming roadkill during shelter-in-place orders, according to a study on three states from the University of California, Davis.

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Mercedes-AMG, Garrett developing 48V electric exhaust gas turbocharger

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Mercedes-AMG is moving ahead with electrification through innovative developments while also benefiting from motorsport know-how. An electric exhaust gas turbocharger, which in future will be used for the first time in a series production model, is already in the final stages of development.

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European HYFLEXPOWER project to demo first integrated power-to-X-to-power hydrogen gas turbine

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A consortium comprising Engie Solutions, Siemens Gas and Power, Centrax, Arttic, German Aerospace Center (DLR) and four European universities is implementing the HYFLEXPOWER project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Framework Program for Research and Innovation (Grant Agreement 884229).

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Toyota, 5 Chinese companies establish R&D JV for commercial vehicle fuel cell systems in China

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Toyota Motor and five Chinese OEMs—China FAW Corporation Limited (FAW); Dongfeng Motor Corporation (DFM); Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., GAC Group); Beijing Automotive Group Co., BAIC Group); and Beijing SinoHytec Co.,

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Silica-based cathode enables long-life Li-S batteries

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Scientists from the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, have developed a novel silica-based cathode for lithium–sulfur batteries, thereby enabling the realization of batteries that can last for more than 2,000 charge/discharge cycles.

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I-5 electric truck charging sites mapped out by electric utilities; West Coast Clean Transit Corridor

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The West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative , a study commissioned by a collaboration among nine electric utilities and two agencies representing more than two dozen municipal utilities, recommends adding electric vehicle charging for freight haulers and delivery trucks at 50-mile intervals along Interstate 5 and adjoining highways.

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Volvo Cars? Chengdu car plant powered by 100% renewable electricity; 65% hydropower

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The Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Chengdu, the company’s largest in China, is now powered by 100% renewable electricity, taking the company’s global renewable electricity mix in its manufacturing network to 80%.

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Michelin and Symbio to accelerate work on fuel cell technology through motorsport; MissionH24

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Through Symbio, the joint venture it formed with the automotive equipment manufacturer Faurecia, Groupe Michelin has become a preferential partner of the MissionH24 project which seeks to accelerate the development of zero-emissions mobility through the use of fuel cell technology in endurance racing.

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Japan scientists develop new catalyst capable of assisting three different key hydrogen reactions

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Scientists from Kyushu University and Kumamoto University in Japan have developed a new catalyst capable of assisting three key reactions for using hydrogen in energy and industry.

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Lyft commits to 100% EVs by 2030

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Ridesharing company Lyft—in collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund—has commited to reach 100% electric vehicles on the Lyft platform by 2030.

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European project to develop cobalt-free EV batteries awarded €11.8M

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The COBRA (CObalt-free Batteries for FutuRe Automotive Applications) project has been awarded a €11.8-million grant to develop Next Generation Cobalt-free batteries.

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Australian company introducing on-board hydrogen electrolysis unit to reduce diesel consumption and emissions

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South Australian manufacturer Hydrogen Direct Injection’s ( HYDI ) systems have been in various stages of development and testing since 2013 but are now on the verge of commercialization following encouraging testing results from the University of South Australia.

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Hyliion launches Hypertruck Electric Range Extender; CNG genset; 1,000-truck pre-order

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Hyliion Inc., a developer of electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 commercial vehicles, launched its Hypertruck Electric Range Extender (ERX), a long-haul, natural-gas series-hybrid electric powertrain.

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Australian startup H2X launches to produce hydrogen-powered hybrid vehicles

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Australian startup H2X has launched with the mission of producing a range of hydrogen-powered hybrid vehicles targeting different applications and markets.

2020 121

Venti Technologies deploys two autonomous low-speed SUVs built by SAIC-GM-Wuling

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Venti Technologies has successfully deployed two autonomous SUVs built by SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile (SGMW), the joint venture formed by Chinese automakers SAIC and Wuling, along with GM, achieving another milestone in its path to commercialization.

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Tesla Model S Long Range Plus now EPA-rated for 402 miles

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Tesla’s Model S Long Range Plus now carries an official EPA-rated range of 402 miles—a 20% increase compared to a 2019 Model S 100D with the same battery pack design. This is the first US EV to break the 400-mile range mark.

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Light-truck sales declined less during the current pandemic than car sales

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by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. This note examines the sales of all new light-duty vehicles (cars and light trucks) in the United States in March, April, and May 2020—the first three months of the current pandemic—and compares them with the sales in February 2020.

2020 118

WUSTL team develops high-power direct borohydride fuel cells; double the voltage of conventional H2 fuel cells

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Engineers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) have developed high-power direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFC) that operate at double the voltage of conventional PEM hydrogen fuel cells.

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Successful demonstration of FlexMethanol conversion of wind power to methanol

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In Germany, BSE Engineering and the Institute for Renewable Energy Systems at Stralsund University of Applied Sciences (IRES) have demonstrated the conversion of wind power into renewable methanol. Operation of this technology under dynamic conditions will be confirmed during a year-long test.

2020 119

IIHS study suggests late-model SUVs are still more lethal to pedestrians than cars

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Though their designs have changed considerably over the past two decades, late-model SUVs still appear to be more likely to kill pedestrians than cars, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found.

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Nevada launches “Clean Cars Nevada” effort; adopting California LEV and ZEV

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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the “ Clean Cars Nevada ” initiative, which will evaluate the adoption of new regulations to provide Nevadans with more choices for low and zero emission electric passenger cars and trucks at dealerships throughout the state beginning in 2024.

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Wärtsilä and partners developing emissions-free barge concept

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The technology group Wärtsilä has joined a consortium of key partners to form Zero Emission Services B.V. ZES) , an enterprise aimed at making inland waterway shipping more sustainable.

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Citroën introducing its electric MPV: ë-SpaceTourer

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PEUGEOT introduced the electric version of its Traveler van—the e-Traveler—earlier this month ( earlier post ). Now Groupe PSA co-brand Citroën is unveiling its corresponding electric version of the SpaceTourer MPV: the ë-SpaceTourer.

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Evonik develops novel anion exchange membrane for electrolytic production of hydrogen; CHANNEL project

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The central component of the electrolyzer, which has a major influence on efficiency and reliability, is an ion-conducting membrane. Evonik has now developed a novel anion exchange membrane (AEM), which should contribute to the breakthrough of electrolytic production of hydrogen.

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Hyundai and Kia continuing to develop heat pump technology for EVs

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Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation provided new details on their enhanced heat pump system, deployed in Hyundai and Kia’s global electric vehicle (EV) line-up to maximize their all-electric driving range in low temperatures.

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Study demonstrates association between personal exposure to air pollution and vascular damage

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A study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a center supported by the “la Caixa” Foundation, contributes new evidence about the negative impact of air pollution on cardiovascular health.

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