May, 2018

Exeter team develops low-cost photoelectrode for spontaneous water-splitting using sunlight

Green Car Congress

Researchers at the University of Exeter (UK) have developed a novel p-type LaFeO 3 photoelectrode using an inexpensive and scalable spray pyrolysis method. The nanostructured photoelectrode results in spontaneous hydrogen evolution from water without any external bias applied with a faradaic efficiency of 30% and excellent stability. The researchers believe this new type of photoelectrode is not only cheap to produce, but can also be recreated on a larger scale for mass and worldwide use.

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Japanese automakers team up to solidify next-gen batteries

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Facing competition from American scientists, Japanese automakers are teaming up to develop solid-state lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, according to a Nikkei report. Some engineers see solid state batteries as the holy grail for cars because they are safer and have higher energy density than today's lithium-ion batteries. That can give. Batteries

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Electric Highway comes to Queenstown with opening of first Fast Charger

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A new electric vehicle (EV) fast charger is now open for business in Queenstown, just in time for winter travellers making their way to New Zealand’s most popular tourist destination.

2018 52

#evdriver to the test Ft. the Nissan Leaf 2.0

EV Driver

Hello everyone, it’s Steve and Charlie back again with another ‘#evdriver to the test’ entry. If it is your first time reading, we co-write our entries and so Steve is in normal text and I’m in italics. We’d also like to introduce our new hashtag: #beanevdriver.

2018 52

The Electric Vehicle Forum meets at the TT Grandstand.

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The Electric Vehicle Forum meets at the TT Grandstand. Put the date in your diary - Monday 18th June at 7 p.m. Park your EV in the Pit Lane and come along and meet everyone in the Grandstand Press room. It’s been a while since we had an EV Forum meet-up and since then a lot has changed.

2018 52

Toyota moves to expand mass-production of fuel cell stacks and hydrogen tanks towards ten-fold increase post-2020

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Toyota projects that global sales of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) will increase significantly after 2020 to at least 30,000 per year from today’s 3,000. To prepare for this growth, the company unveiled plans for two major new facilities: a brand-new building near its original automobile factory for expanding fuel cell (FC) stack mass production, and a new line in an existing plant to manufacture high-pressure hydrogen tanks.

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Sono Sion solar electric car promises 18 miles of range from solar panels

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Solar cells have gotten cheap enough to make solar cars practical. At least that's the business model of one electric-car startup in Europe. Sono Motors plans to build a $25,000 electric car covered in solar cells that can provide up to 18 miles of range a day. The company plans to introduce it at the end of 2019. In a video interview with

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Potholes – Britain’s nuisance

Greenways Insurance

They’re a major contributor to axle and suspension failure, causing British motorists £2.8 billion every year and authorities £30 million in compensation; but due to lack of funding, potholes are a common sight on UK roads. The fact is that authorities are underfunded by around £1 billion every year.

2018 52

China's Alibaba Puts Solid-State Lidar in a Delivery Truck

Cars That Think

That's one small step for delivery bots, but a giant one for solid-state lidar. transportation transportation/sensors

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Lightning Systems converting 35-foot diesel buses to battery-electrics in Boulder; cost-effective electrification

Green Car Congress

Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero-emission solutions for commercial fleets, is partnering with the City of Boulder and transit provider Via Mobility Services to repower diesel buses with battery-electric systems. The first demonstration vehicle will be on the road this summer and will give the bus more than 200 miles of all-electric range.

2018 263

CARB approves $423M plan to mitigate harm from Volkswagen defeat devices; significant investments in heavy-duty vehicles and equipment sectors

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a plan to mitigate statewide harm from more than 10,000 tons of smog-causing pollutants released in the state due to Volkswagen’s (VW) use of illegal “defeat devices” in diesel passenger cars. The National VW Environmental Trust provides California with $423 million for this purpose. Proposed project allocation distribution.

2018 235

Workhorse, Plug Power deliver electric delivery van with fuel cell range extender to Fedex; in standard delivery route

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Plug Power Inc. and Workhorse Group, Inc. have delivered to FedEx Express its first North American fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) delivery van for on-road use. The Class-5 EGEN delivery van is built by Workhorse Group and charged by a Plug Power ProGen hydrogen fuel cell system (2 x 10 kW). The vehicle is currently in service at the FedEx facility in Menands, NY.

2018 233

Proterra introduces new high power interoperable EV charging technology; J1772- and J3105-compliant, OCPP

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At the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Bus & Paratransit Conference, electric bus manufacturer Proterra has introduced high-power charging options to make a 100% electric bus fleet more easily achievable. North American cities, counties and transit agencies are announcing zero-emission fleet goals. The development of universal technology standards will accelerate this transition, and Proterra is actively working to promote interoperability across technology platforms.

2018 226

Study associates in-utero exposure to PM2.5 pollution with higher blood pressure in childhood

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Children who were exposed to higher levels of PM 2.5 air pollution during the third trimester of their mother’s pregnancy had a higher risk of elevated blood pressure in childhood, according to new research by a team led by researchers from Johns Hopkins University in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. Fine particulate matter of 2.5

2018 224

API reports record US petroleum production in April: 10.543 million b/d; strongest April demand since 2007

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April saw the US produce a record 10,543,000 barrels per day (MBD) of oil, according to data from the American Petroleum Institute. The first four months of this year also saw US petroleum demand average 750,000 barrels a day above the same period in 2017 despite higher prices. Total petroleum products delivered to the domestic market in April 2018 were 20,308,000 b/d—a seasonal decrease of 1.5% from March but 3.8% above April 2017. This was the strongest April monthly demand since 2007.

2018 223

German power-to-gas facility opens green methanation plant; €28M STORE&GO project

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A methanation plant expansion to the existing power-to-gas (PtG) facility in Falkenhagen, Germany has officially opened as part of the international €28-million (US$33.5-million) STORE&GO research project. Construction on the methanation plant began in July 2017. While the current facility feeds pure hydrogen (“WindGas”) directly into the gas grid, the new methanation plant provides for the generation of “green” methane.

2018 222

San Francisco commits to all-electric bus fleet By 2035; MUNI Board approves pilot program

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San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates MUNI (the city’s public transit), announced San Francisco’s commitment to have an all-electric bus fleet by 2035. SFMTA will only purchase all-electric buses starting in 2025 to meet the goal for 2035.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offered with new 4-cylinder turbo with Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation

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The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck will be offered with an all-new, technologically advanced 2.7L Turbo. Standard on LT and RST trims, the new engine delivers an SAE-certified 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft (472 N·m) of torque—22% more torque than the 4.3L V-6 it replaces. Developed specifically for truck applications, the new 2.7L Turbo inline four-cylinder engine delivers peak torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm.

2018 219

Volvo Trucks presents second electric truck model in three weeks: Volvo FE Electric

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Just three weeks after the unveiling of Volvo Trucks’ first all-electric truck, the Volvo FL Electric ( earlier post ), the company is expanding its product range with a second electric truck. The Volvo FE Electric is designed for heavier city distribution and refuse transport operations with gross weights of up to 27 tonnes. Sales will commence in Europe in 2019. The FE Electric uses two electric motors with 370 kW max power (260 kW cont. power) with a Volvo 2-speed transmission.

2018 219

ION ENergy exits stealth mode with launch of UDYR 48V Li-ion battery for two- and three-wheelers

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ION Energy, a startup energy storage company, launched UDYR, an intelligent, modular and portable 48V, 32 Ah lithium-ion battery supported by ION’s proprietary battery management system, software platform, and backend analytics. UDYR is built with NMC cells from LG Chem. The battery is natively compatible with most electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers allowing automotive OEMs globally to use UDYR as a drop-in solution and accelerate their speed to market.

2018 217

Groupe PSA selects Punch Powertrain for future electrified transmission systems; 48V configuration up first

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Groupe PSA has selected transmission provider Punch Powertrain as the supplier of its next-generation e-DCT electrified transmission systems by 2022. Groupe PSA has been actively accelerating its shift to electrified vehicles (Mild-hybrid, MHEV), Electric Vehicles (EV) and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) with the aim of developing an electrified offering covering 100% of its range by 2025.

2018 215

MCI J4500e electric coach prototype reaches highway speed and reliability targets in test runs; on sale in 2020

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Motor Coach Industries (MCI), the US subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. NFI Group), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, announced that its all-electric J4500e prototype—a battery-electric version of J4500 coach—successfully completed its phase one testing. MCI said that the coach ran flawlessly at both low and high speeds up to a sustained 70 mph (113 km/h) on the highway.

2018 214

StreetScooter opens second manufacturing facility in Düren; doubles capacity to 20,000 electric vans per year

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StreetScooter GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group and leading producer of electric delivery vehicles ( earlier post ), has opened its second manufacturing facility. With immediate effect, up to 10,000 electric vans per year will run off the production line at the automotive supplier’s new 78,000 m 2 factory in Düren, corresponding to a daily production rate of 46 vehicles (in single shift operation).

2018 210

Geely/Volvo awards Maxwell Technologies with ultracapacitor subsystem design win for 2020 model year platforms; mild- and plug-in hybrids

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Maxwell Technologies, a leading developer and manufacturer of capacitive energy storage and power delivery solutions, announced a technology partnership with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely), the parent company of leading brands such as Volvo and Geely Auto. The partnership focuses on the integration of state-of-the-art ultracapacitors and advanced power conversion electronics into Geely’s global automotive vehicle lineup in support of their fleet electrification strategy.

2018 207

Toyota Research Institute constructing automated vehicle test facility in Michigan

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Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is constructing a closed-course test facility to develop automated vehicle technology. Construction permits were filed this week to transform an approximately 60-acre site at Michigan Technical Resource Park (MITRP) in Ottawa Lake. When it becomes operational this October, the new site will be used exclusively by TRI to safely replicate demanding “edge case” driving scenarios, too dangerous to perform on public roads.

2018 207

Study finds car dealerships pose significant barrier to EV adoption

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A new study by a team from Aarhus University in Denmark has found that car dealerships pose a significant barrier to electric vehicle adoption at the point of sale due to a perceived lack of business case viability in relation to gasoline and diesel vehicles. Their study is published in the journal Nature.

2018 204

Maxwell puts lifetime value of ultracap subsystem deal with Geely/Volvo at ~$100M

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Maxwell Technologies is putting the lifetime value of its recently announced deal to provide ultracapacitor-based subsystems to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely), the parent company of leading brands such as Volvo and Geely Auto ( earlier post ), at $100 million. Under the deal, Maxwell will provide multi-cell ultracapacitor subsystems with power electronics that will be applied in Geely and Volvo mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

2018 204

UPS to deploy 35 ARRIVAL purpose-built lightweight electric delivery vans in London and Paris

Green Car Congress

UPS is working with UK-based technology firm ARRIVAL to develop a pilot fleet of 35 electric delivery vehicles (EVs) to be trialed in London and Paris. These zero tailpipe emission, lightweight composite vehicles have a battery range of more than 150 miles (240 kilometers), which is significantly higher than other EVs currently in service. The vehicles will also come equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that help to improve safety and reduce driver fatigue.

2018 200

Anheuser-Busch orders 800 Nikola hydrogen-fuel-cell range-extended electric semi-trucks

Green Car Congress

Anheuser-Busch has placed an order for up to 800 hydrogen-fuel-cell range-extended electric semi-trucks from Nikola Motor Company. The trucks—which will be able to travel between 500 and 1,200 miles and be refilled within 20 minutes, reducing idle time—are expected to be integrated into Anheuser-Busch’s dedicated fleet beginning in 2020. Rendering of Nikola Two in Anheuser-Busch livery.

2018 200

Revolve Technologies working with Ford for hybrid ECUs

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Ford has appointed UK-based Revolve Technologies , a specialist powertrain, engineering and development business, as its sole European Quality Calibration Modifier (QCM), giving the company access to Ford engine technical information. As engine designs become ever more complex, optimizing for new applications is an increasing challenge that requires access to complex data sets. Engines produced for hybrid vehicles using specially calibrated ECUs can offer improved reliability and fuel economy.

2018 199

Key enzyme for production of second-generation ethanol discovered in Brazilian Amazon

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Researchers have discovered a novel enzyme (a ?-glucosidase) glucosidase) in microorganisms living in the Brazilian Amazon that could boost efficiency of the sugarcane bagasse saccharification process, which accounts for up to 50% of the global costs of cellulosic ethanol production. The team isolated , characterized and reproduced the enzyme, proving it to be compatible with two essential stages of the production of second-generation (cellulosic) ethanol: fermentation and saccharification.

2018 199

How crude-oil prices influence gasoline prices

Green Car Congress

by Michael Sivak. Gasoline is one of the products refined from crude oil. Thus, the price of crude oil should have a strong influence on the price of gasoline. However, the retail price of gasoline includes other costs as well. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that in the United States from 2008 to 2017, crude oil represented only 61% of the retail price of gasoline.

2018 197

BMW Group 1st international automaker to obtain autonomous driving road test license in China; new R&D center in Beijing

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On 14 May 2018, BMW Group officially obtained the Shanghai Intelligent Connected Autonomous Driving Test License, issued by the Intelligent Connected Vehicle Road Test Promotion Team—consisting of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization, Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau and Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission.

2018 197

SoftBank to invest $2.25B in GM Cruise; GM to add $1.1B; driving large-scale AV deployment

Green Car Congress

SoftBank Vision Fund will invest $2.25 billion in GM Cruise Holdings LLC (GM Cruise), further strengthening the company’s plans to commercialize autonomous vehicle (AV) technology at large scale. GM will also invest $1.1 billion in GM Cruise upon closing of the transaction. The investments value GM Cruise at $11.5 billion. GM has made significant progress toward realizing the dream of completely automated driving to dramatically reduce fatalities, emissions and congestion.

2018 190

Scenario study suggests increased vehicle electrification in Europe increases demand for gas in power sector; limited ability for power-to-gas

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A study published by the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) has explored the possible impact of increased electrification of road transportation and domestic heating and cooking on the energy system (electricity and gas), as well as on CO 2 emissions and on GDP. The study is based on a set of scenarios for 2050 of electrification in five European countries: Austria (AT), Belgium (BE), France (FR), Germany (DE) and the Netherlands (NL).

2018 190

BNEF: E-buses to surge even faster than EVs; supply of cobalt potential risk to the pace of growth

Green Car Congress

The electrification of road transport will move into top gear in the second half of the 2020s, due to tumbling battery costs and larger-scale manufacturing, with sales of electric cars surging to 28%, and those of electric buses to 84%, of their respective global markets by 2030. The latest long-term forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows sales of electric vehicles (EVs) increasing from a record 1.1

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