October, 2020

Report says lithium from California’s Salton Sea can anchor US battery supply chain

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Developing lithium from the Salton Sea in California can help anchor a multi-billion dollar domestic electric vehicle battery supply chain and inject thousands of jobs and billions of dollars into California’s economically disadvantaged Imperial Valley, according to a new report from New Energy Nexus.

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Battery supplier SKI: 500 miles of range with 20 minutes of fast-charging, ready in 2021

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The South Korean supplier SK Innovation revealed Thursday that it’s developing cells that will only need two quick 10-minute charges to cover more than 500 miles of range when installed in an EV.

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Suzuki Across: All-new PHEV arrives next month

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The upmarket Suzuki Across is set to arrive in the UK next month and is poised to take on the likes of the Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV and Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4

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Canada investing $20M in Terrestrial Energy to support development of Integral Molten Salt SMR

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Canada investing $20M in Terrestrial Energy to support development of Integral Molten Salt SMR. Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Hon.

Rolls-Royce completes ground-testing of technology set to power the world’s fastest all-electric plane: ACCEL

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Rolls-Royce has completed testing of the technology that will power the world’s fastest all-electric plane.

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Toyota REXH2 fuel cell module successfully tested on boat over more than 7,000 nautical miles, including trans-Atlantic crossings

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The REXH2 is a modular maritime hydrogen power solution developed around Toyota’s fuel cell technology. It has been succesfully tested in real open sea conditions aboard the Energy Observer boat for over more than 7,000 nautical miles including trans-Atlantic crossings.

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BYD lands largest ever electric bus order in Finland; 106 buses for Nobina

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BYD has entered the Finnish market for the first time after securing an order for 106 buses with Nobina, one of Finland’s and Scandinavia’s largest Public Transport Operators (PTOs).

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MAN presents hydrogen roadmap; use in fuel cells and combustion engines

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MAN Truck & Bus outlined its roadmap for the development of CO 2 -free mobility solutions for longer-distance transport. The company is entering into several partnerships for this purpose.

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XL Fleet going public via merger with SPAC Pivotal Investment Corporation II; expanding fleet portfolio to all-electric solutions

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XL Fleet and Pivotal Investment Corporation II, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), have recently entered into a definitive merger agreement.

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Volvo Cars successfully places first green bond, raises €500M

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Volvo Cars successfully placed its first green bond, raising €500 million from a diverse group of institutional investors and further increasing the company’s financial flexibility.

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Electrify America launches 8 solar-powered EV charging stations in rural Fresno County

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Electrify America (EA), the largest open DC fast charging network in the US, is increasing access to sustainable electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure for rural Californians with the deployment of eight new solar-powered, off-grid charging stations across Fresno County.

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Solid Power produces and delivers 10-layer 2Ah all solid-state lithium metal cells

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Solid Power announced the production and delivery of the company’s first-generation multi-layer, multi-ampere hour (Ah) all solid-state lithium metal cells.

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Fluid Truck orders 600 Lightning electric trucks and vans

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Lightning Systems, a provider of complete electrification solutions for urban commercial fleets, announced that Fluid Truck, a national truck rental platform, will incorporate 600 Lightning Electric vehicles into its fleet, with availability starting in Q4 2020.

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Audi Hungaria starts operation of Europe’s biggest solar roof installation

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Audi Hungaria, in cooperation with E.ON Hungaria, officially started operation of Europe’s biggest photovoltaic roof installation. Since the start of the year, the site in Gy?r r has used only green power.

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ExxonMobil to proceed with $9B Payara development offshore Guyana

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ExxonMobil has made its final investment decision to proceed with the Payara field offshore development in Guyana after receiving government approvals.

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Canadian startup launches INDIEGOGO funding campaign for low-cost electric self-charging solar tricycle produced in Pakistan

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A Canadian startup has launched an INDIEGOGO funding campaign to support the development of the VEGAN electric self-charging solar tricycle. The VEGAN is a lightweight multipurpose hybrid electric-self-charging solar tricycle. The team has not yet produced a working demo for their concept.

Fairfax County & Dominion Energy launch Virginia’s first publicly funded autonomous electric shuttle pilot project

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Fairfax County and Dominion Energy have launched passenger service on Relay—the first publicly funded autonomous electric shuttle and test of driverless technology in public transportation in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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GM renames Detroit-Hamtramck to Factory ZERO; $2.2B investment to reconfigure it to all EV assembly

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General Motors announced its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center will be known as Factory ZERO, reconfigured to an all-electric vehicle assembly plant. The name Factory ZERO reflects the significance of this facility in advancing GM’s zero-crashes, zero-emissions and zero-congestion future.

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Monthly changes in key transportation indexes

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Developed and updated by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. Last updated on October 5, 2020. The changes are in percent relative to the corresponding month in 2019. They are adjusted for both population and 2020 being a leap year (all but price of gasoline) and for inflation (price of gasoline).

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JR East, Hitachi and Toyota to develop hybrid hydrogen fuel cell railway vehicles; HYBARI

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East Japan Railway Company (JR East), Hitachi, Ltd., and Toyota Motor Corporation have entered into an agreement to collaborate on development of test railway vehicles equipped with hybrid systems that use hydrogen powered fuel cells and storage batteries as their source of electricity.

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Energy major Total leads strategic investment into supplier of hydrogen fuel-cell powered commercial vehicles HYZON Motors

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Hydrogen mobility and clean energy company, HYZON Motors, and Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures, the venture capital arm of European energy giant Total SE, announced a strategic investment led by Total and other specialist hydrogen investors.

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Octillion becomes official battery supplier for FNM electric trucks in Brazil

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Li-ion battery provider Octillion Power Systems is working with the reborn FNM (now Fábrica Nacional de Mobilidades) in Brazil to produce battery-electric trucks; FNM has selected Octillion as the official battery supplier for the coming lineup.

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SwRI-led team achieves 20% improvement in vehicle fuel efficiency with connectivity, automation; ARPA-E NEXTCAR

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A team led by Southwest Research Institute has applied connectivity and automation to achieve a 20% improvement in efficiency on a 2017 Toyota Prius Prime.

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Pierburg to supply small series hydrogen blower to BMW

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As part of the FC Komp funding project of the German government, which runs until 2021, Pierburg GmbH, a member of the Rheinmetall Group, is currently involved in the development of a highly integrated high-power fuel cell driveline.

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Fisker enters strategic cooperation with Magna for electric Ocean SUV; Fisker to leverage Magna’s EV architecture

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Fisker Inc. is entering into agreements with Magna International Inc. that provide the framework for strategic platform sharing and manufacturing cooperation for the Fisker Ocean SUV.

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GMC introduces 2022 HUMMER EV Edition 1; powered by all-new Ultium battery tech

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GMC introduced the 2022 HUMMER EV Edition 1. It will be the first fully electric addition to GMC’s lineup, driven by next-generation EV propulsion technology that enables off-road capability, on-road performance and an immersive driving experience.

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BMW Group sets out code of ethics for the use of artificial intelligence

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The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is a central element of the digital transformation process at the BMW Group. The BMW Group already uses AI throughout the value chain to generate added value for customers, products, employees and processes.

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TU/ecomotive develops waste-free car with UBQ: Luca

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Every year, Netherland-based student company TU/ecomotive produces an electric car with a team of 21 BA students from the Eindhoven University of Technology, with the aim of showing the world that a hypothetical, sustainable car of the future can be a reality today.

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Blue Bird expects close to 300 electric school buses deployed throughout US by end of year

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School bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corporation has seen a surge in demand for their 100% electric school buses since their introduction in 2018. While a majority of these buses have been sold in California, the interest in electric is nation-wide, with buses being deployed all over the country. Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation, said the company expects to have close to 300 electric buses on the road by year-end.

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Siemens Energy and Siemens Mobility to develop and offer hydrogen systems for trains

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Siemens Energy and Siemens Mobility have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) jointly to develop and offer hydrogen systems for trains.

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Groundbreaking in Frankfurt for hydrogen refueling station for trains

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Representatives from the State of Hesse, RMV (Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund), Alstom and Infraserv broke ground for a hydrogen filling station on the site of the Höchst industrial park in Frankfurt that will supply a fleet of 27 passenger fuel cell trains—currently, the world’s largest such.

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New VW Golf now available to order with natural gas drive

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The new VW Golf is now also available in certain markets with natural gas drive: the Golf TGI is equipped with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 96 kW / 130 PS and three natural gas fuel tanks.

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Researchers develop thin-layer artificial biofilm technology for green ethylene production

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Researchers at the University of Turku in Finland have developed a thin-layer artificial biofilm technology for sustainable and long-term ethylene photoproduction. In the process, described in an open-access paper in the RSC journal Green Chemistry , recombinant Synechocystis sp.

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BASF boosts support for sustainable road construction with global distribution rights for RheoFalt rejuvenator

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BASF now has the worldwide distribution rights for RheoFalt smart additives to modify asphalt and bitumen manufactured by the Netherlands-based company Ventraco. Excluded from the agreement are Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, where Ventraco will continue to supply the products.

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Blue World Technologies starting production of methanol fuel cells

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Methanol fuel cell developer and manufacturer Blue World Technologies ( earlier post ) is starting limited production—the first step in commercializing its methanol fuel cell technology.

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Baker Institute team says fossil fuel subsidies need global reform

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Fossil fuels still receive most of the international government support provided to the energy sector despite their “well-known environmental and public health damage,” according to new research from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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Wireless EV charging gets a boost: Single standard will harmonize systems up to 11 kw

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The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) on Thursday announced the first global standard for wireless electric-car charging, which could help accelerate the technology's rollout. The standard—officially SAE J2954—applies to inductive-charging systems up to 11 kilowatts.

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