September, 2016

DEKRA-certified tests: Mercedes-Benz HD trucks cut fuel consumption 22% in 20 years while meeting more stringent emissions rules; VECTO

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Despite drastically more stringent emission standards for nitrogen oxides and particulates, the fuel consumption of Mercedes-Benz heavy trucks has been reduced by 22% over the last 20 years, according to the results of a comparative test drive certified by the test organization DEKRA.

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Opel Ampera-e ad highlights 'fun to drive' aspect of electric cars

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General Motors' European marketing people appear to be taking a different tack with the upcoming Opel Ampera-e electric car. Set to debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show later this month, the Ampera-e is essentially a Chevrolet Bolt EV with a nose job.

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September advisory fuel rates increase by 1p per mile

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has updated its advisory fuel rates for drivers using company cars over the next quarter. From today (1 September 2016). Fleet news Fuel Fleet management HM Revenue & Customs

Daimler Trucks NA presents new Class 8 Freightliner Cascadia with fuel efficiency improved up to 8%

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Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has presented its new heavy-duty truck flagship: the new Freightliner Cascadia. When developing the new Cascadia, the engineers set a priority goal of achieving significant fuel savings.

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Audi deepening partnerships with Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent on connected cars in China

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In China, Audi has signed tripartite memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent respectively. The partners will deepen their cooperation in the areas of data analysis, internet-vehicle platform building and urban intelligent transport.

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Alstom unveils hydrogen fuel cell regional train Coradia iLint

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Alstom presented its Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell regional train at InnoTrans, the railway industry’s largest trade fair, taking place in Berlin from 20 to 23 September 2016. Alstom is among the first railway manufacturers to develop a passenger train based on fuel cell technology.

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Lux Research charts complex partnership networks in stationary energy storage

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Lux Research is analyzing partnerships in stationary energy storage, and has produced a graphic showing some of the key partnerships of seven leading stationary storage battery suppliers. This is not an exhaustive list, but a starting point for getting a handle on a complex and fragmented segment.

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Mercedes-Benz Vans launches new Vito in China; unveiling electric van of future this week

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Mercedes-Benz Vans launched its new mid-size van—the Vito—at the Chengdu Motor Show in China on Friday. The first batch of the new Vito rolled off the production line at Daimler’s local joint venture Fujian Benz Automotive Co., FBAC) in Fuzhou in August.

2016 43

Tesoro to acquire renewable fuels company Virent

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Renewable fuels and chemicals company Virent and petroleum refiner and marketer Tesoro have reached an agreement for Tesoro to become Virent’s new strategic owner.

2016 42

University of Waterloo opens new automotive research facility

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The University of Waterloo has opened a new automotive research and testing facility, setting the stage for technological advances that will benefit both consumers and the environment. The $10-million Green and Intelligent Automotive (GAIA) Research Facility is supported by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the University of Waterloo, and equipment suppliers.

2016 41

FedEx Freight adds 100 Class 8 CNG tractors, CNG fueling station in Oklahoma City

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Less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier FedEx Freight has purchased more than 100 Class 8 CNG tractors from Paccar units Kenworth and Peterbilt, and has installed a CNG fueling station to serve the new CNG fleet at its Oklahoma City Service Center.

Berkeley Lab team directly probes solid/liquid interface of electrochemical double layer

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have directly probed the solid/liquid interface of the electrochemical double layer (EDL) using a novel X-ray toolkit.

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Boeing and NASA testing Blended Wing Body model in Langley subsonic wind tunnel

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Boeing and NASA researchers are testing a 13-foot-wingspan, 6% scale Blended Wing Body (BWB) model at a subsonic wind tunnel at the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. Boeing is readying the BWB for the next step in maturing the concept—a manned demonstrator.

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European consortium begins demonstration project for conversion of woody biomass to chemicals: BIOFOREVER

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BIOFOREVER (BIO-based products from FORestry via Economically Viable European Routes)—a consortium of 14 European companies—has started a demonstration project for the conversion of woody biomass to value-adding chemical building blocks such as butanol, ethanol, and 2,5–furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) on an industrial scale. The demonstration project will run for 3 years. The overall budget is €16.2 million (US$18 million) with a €9.9-million (US$11-million) contribution from BBI JU.

Government of Canada approves $11B Pacific NorthWest LNG Project

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The Federal Cabinet of the Government of Canada approved the $11-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG Project following completion of a federal environmental assessment. Pacific NorthWest LNG is a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Lelu Island within the District of Port Edward on land administered by the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA). The facility would liquefy and export natural gas produced by Progress Energy Canada Ltd. in northeast British Columbia.

2016 35

First flight of four-seat passenger fuel cell aircraft HY4

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On 29 September 2016, the HY4 aircraft took off on its first official flight from Stuttgart Airport. The HY4 is the world’s first four-seat passenger aircraft powered solely by a hydrogen fuel cell system. Researchers from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) developed the aircraft’s powertrain and worked on the project with industry and research partners.

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U Waterloo researcher awarded 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award for work on fuel cell catalysts

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Drew Higgins from the University of Waterloo has won the 2016 Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) in the category of Engineering/Medical Science/Natural Science for his work on fuel cell catalysts. Under the supervision of Dr. Zhongwei Chen, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy, Higgins developed an alloy that slashed the use of platinum.

2016 35

XALT Energy to supply Li-ion cells for world’s largest electric ferries; 4.16 MWh packs

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XALT Energy announced a Li-ion cell supply contract for the two largest battery-powered ferries in the world with Plan B Energy Storage (PBES). Each of the two Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingör ferries will have 4.16 MWh battery packs to provide power for primary propulsion. The electric ferries will carry their part of more than 7.4 million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles annually with zero emissions.

2016 35

KLM to operate biofuel flights out of Los Angeles

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has signed a three-year contract for the supply of sustainable biofuel in Los Angeles. KLM will purchase sustainable biofuel for all its flights at this airport for a period of three years. The biofuel will be produced by the local biofuel refinery AltAir Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG. Los Angeles is the world’s second airport that has incorporated biofuel into its regular refueling process. The airport in Oslo, Norway, was first to do so in March this year.

Cellulosic sugars company Renmatix raises $14M from Bill Gates, Total

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Cellulosic sugars company Renmatix has raised $14 million. The investment, intended to support the commercializing of the company’s Plantrose process, was led by Bill Gates. Gates is joined in the round by Total, the global energy major which, after an initial investment in 2015, has expanded its investment and has additionally signed a licensing agreement with Renmatix for 1M tons of annual cellulosic sugar production capacity, at Total’s discretion to build corresponding facilities.

2016 35

Technical brief: transportation overtaking electricity generation as the largest source of US CO2 emissions

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A technical brief by Dr. John DeCicco at the University of Michigan Energy Institute shows that transportation is overtaking electricity generation as the largest source of US CO 2.

2016 35

Velocys announces construction complete at ENVIA’s GTL plant

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Velocys plc announced that construction of ENVIA Energy’s GTL plant in Oklahoma City is now complete. On-site loading of catalyst into the Fischer-Tropsch reactors has been completed by Velocys with support from its partner Mourik. Pre-commissioning work, including hydro-testing of the lines and vessels, and an inspection process, is substantially complete. The commissioning plan will ensure that each process system in sequence is working robustly, safely, and within specification.

Proterra launches new Catalyst E2 series electric bus with nominal range of up to 350 miles

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At the American Public Transit Association (APTA) Annual Meeting, Proterra unveiled the newest addition to its fleet of electric buses: the Catalyst E2 series, named for its Efficient Energy (E2) storage capacity of 440 - 660 kWh.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV first drive: 240 miles in an electric car

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We drove a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car 240 miles on a single charge last week. And that was the lowest range achieved among four journalists driving four Bolt EVs along the California coast. One driver covered essentially the same trip with fully 32 miles remaining, according to the car’s display. DON'T MISS: 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. Efficiency plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Range Test

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World's largest fast-charging site opens in Norway: 28 electric cars can charge, all standards included

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Norway has once again proven to be the friendliest place in the world for electric cars. The country where plug-in cars make up a higher proportion of new-car sales than any other now also boasts the world's largest single DC fast-charging site. It's located in Nebbenes, a rural town about 40 miles from the Norwegian capital of Oslo. DON'T MISS. Norway plug-in cars charging ChaDeMo quick-charge standard charging infrastructure DC Rapid Charging Tesla Supercharger Combined Charging Standard (CCS

Stratasys demonstrates next-gen 3D printing for aerospace and automotive manufacturing; partnering with Ford

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Stratasys Ltd., the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, will preview demonstrations of next-generation manufacturing technologies at IMTS 2016 (International Manufacturing Technology Show, 12-17 September) as part of its SHAPING WHAT’S NEXT vision for manufacturing.

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ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport FE02 ready for a new season in Formula E; MGU01+ improved motor/transmission unit

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Testing of the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport FE02 racer marks the beginning of final preparations for the new season of Formula E, which launches with its first race in Hong Kong on 9 October. ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport will enter the seasons with an improved powertrain and with Audi as a new partner. Earlier post.).

2016 31

Porsche introducing new Panamera 4 E-hybrid PHEV at Paris Show

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Porsche will unveil the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid with controlled all-wheel drive and an electric range of 50 kilometers (31 miles) at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The plug-in hybrid will be the fourth model in the Panamera line.

2016 31

Electra Meccanica Solo three-wheeled electric car unveiled

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Canadian firm Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corporation is the latest to try to market a small, three-wheeled commuter vehicle. Unveiled today, the Electra Meccanica Solo features an all-electric powertrain, and seating for one person. The company is now taking fully-refundable deposits for the Solo, and says it expects to deliver the first vehicles. Three-wheel plug-in cars Threewheeler

Study suggests every European diesel maker cheated on EU tests

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The Volkswagen diesel scandal has thrown a bright spotlight on the way new cars and trucks are tested for compliance with emissions standards. The German carmaker's use of illegal "defeat device" software showed the limitations of laboratory emissions tests in dramatic fashion. Since news of the scandal broke almost a year ago, other discrepancies. Europe emissions Fuel Economy Volkswagen diesel scandal

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Electric cars can be 'contagious,' DoE says (solar panels too), but why?

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The word "contagious" is often used to describe diseases, but not all contagions are necessarily bad. Studies have found that solar panels can be "contagious," for example. In other words, a homeowner is more likely to install solar panels on their house if their neighbor has done so. CHECK OUT: Electric Cars Vs. Solar Panels: Which One's The. Department of Energy Study plug-in cars solar

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2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car: 238-mile EPA range rating, 119 MPGe combined

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There will be a lot riding on the tall, square shoulders of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV when it reaches the first Chevy dealers late this year. It will be the first mass-priced electric car with a range of 200 miles or more, and it will go on sale a year before the much-vaunted Tesla Model 3. Now Chevrolet has released the EPA estimated range. Efficiency plug-in cars Range Test EPA Ratings MPGe

A dealer trainer tried to buy a car; he now calls car dealers 'clueless'

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In an ongoing battle with Tesla Motors, state auto dealer associations have continually touted the superiority of the traditional franchised dealer model. While surveys have shown that many car buyers are frustrated with the process, dealers claim Tesla's direct sales model does not benefit customers. But the experience of one dealer trainer. dealers dealerships Car Sales Bad dealers

Michigan says selling Tesla electric cars in state is illegal, again

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Tesla Motors has, once again, been blocked from selling its electric cars directly to customers in Michigan. Over the past couple of years, Tesla has been engaged in a battle with Michigan's franchised car dealers who—like dealers in several other states—view Tesla's direct-sales model as a threat. Most recently, Tesla submitted an. dealers Michigan Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships