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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Delta Motorsport introduces Micro Turbine Range Extender

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At the LCV 2016 event in the UK last week, Delta Motorsport unveiled a new low-cost micro-turbine applied as a range-extended in an electric car. The company developed the E-4 Coupe extended-range electric electric vehicle in a £3.1-million (US$4-million) collaborative R&D project.

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GKN Driveline develops new e-drive system for PHEVs; starts production on global platform in 2019

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GKN Driveline has developed a new, complete electric drive system for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). The system will start production in 2019 on a global platform from a European vehicle manufacturer.

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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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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

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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

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.

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Formula E electric-car race coming to New York City next July

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Most drivers likely associate New York City with grueling traffic, scarce parking, and other aggravating situations. But could the Big Apple soon become known for. electric race cars?

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.

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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.

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Every diesel brand in Europe emits more than VW, says new report

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It's been a year since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that Volkswagen used illegal "defeat device" software that allowed its diesel cars to cheat emissions tests. The VW diesel scandal may be just the beginning, though. Because while Volkswagen continues to negotiate with regulators and customers in the U.S., it seems that. Europe emissions EU Study Volkswagen diesel scandal

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Renault delivered its 100,000th electric car on Friday, in Norway

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French automaker Renault hasn't sold nearly as many electric cars as its alliance partner Nissan. But Renault has steadily increased its electric-car sales volumes, particularly in Europe, with its main focus on the subcompact Zoe hatchback. That allowed the company to pass a notable milestone recently. DON'T MISS: Nissan and Renault together now. Europe Renault sales Norway plug-in cars Renault Zoe

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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Apple's Woz likes Chevy Bolt EV better than Tesla Model 3, he says

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (a.k.a. Woz") certainly likes his green cars. Over the years, he's owned a Toyota Prius hybrid and a Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan. But now, it seems, Woz has found himself a new favorite plug-in vehicle. CHECK OUT: From Apple To Tesla: Woz Follows The Trend, Buys Model S (Nov 2013) After getting a ride in the. Chevy Apple plug-in cars Tesla Model 3

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Volkswagen electric-car concept teased before Paris Motor Show

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Today, Volkswagen sells one all-electric car under its own brand in multiple markets—the e-Golf electric variant of its well-known five-door compact hatchback—and another in Europe only, the e-UP, a battery-electric minicar. But in the wake of continuing fallout from the Volkswagen diesel scandal, the company is wrenching itself toward. Paris Auto Show Future Cars VW plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Paris Motor Show

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How fast IS a Tesla Model S P100D? How about 0-to-60 in 2.5 seconds?

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Last month, Tesla Motors announced new 100D versions of the Model S and Model X. A battery-pack capacity increase of 10 kilowatt hours over the previous 90D versions brings a bump in range, of course. But what about performance?

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Price cut and monthly sales spike for Toyota Mirai fuel-cell sedan

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Sometimes journalists miss the forest for the trees, and we'll plead guilty on this one. When we wrote last week that the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell sedan was little-changed for the 2017 model year, with only one new color added, we missed one important element. That was, as several readers informed us, that while the retail price remained. California hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell Zero Emission Vehicle

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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.

What does OPEC think about electric cars? Same as Exxon: no threat

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Just over five years after the first modern electric cars went on sale in significant numbers, they have become firmly entrenched in the marketplace. Carmakers are planning more electric models to satisfy both consumer demand and increasingly-strict emissions standards. But do the interests behind oil production see electric cars as a threat to. oil plug-in cars Saudi Arabia Exxon

What's the minimum electric-car range for mass acceptance? Poll results

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The handful of mass-priced electric cars offered 200 miles or more of range scheduled to launch over the next two years will clearly bring one question to the forefront. How much rated electric range is "enough" in a mass-market car to make North American buyers consider it sufficient for safe and flexible usage? The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, an. plug-in cars range anxiety EPA Ratings Polls

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2017 Karma Revero (nee Fisker) launch: updates, new infotainment

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The 2017 Karma Revero (nee Fisker Karma) was formally unveiled to the public and to Fisker owners tonight at an event in the canyons of Laguna Beach, south of Los Angeles. Executives of the company formed from the bankrupt wreckage of Fisker Automotive pledged that they've fixed the car's 2012 problems, while maintaining the striking design that. Range-Extended Electric Vehicle Fisker Automotive Karma Revero

European Millennials will flock to electric cars (if survey results hold true)

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Perhaps an even greater challenge than getting today's car buyers to switch to electric cars is predicting the rates of adoption among those who have yet to buy their first car. But attracting younger buyers will be crucial for the mass adoption of electric cars in future years. A new survey offers some encouraging results, at least for automakers. Europe surveys Study plug-in cars Millennials

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Tesla electric-car software version 8.0: what's new, what's improved

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On Wednesday, Tesla released its version 8.0 software to Model S and Model X owners through an over-the-air update. Announced by the carmaker earlier this month, the software update includes hundreds of changes to vehicle functionality—with most relating to the Autopilot driver-assist system—according to the company. Tesla has been. Infotainment software Tesla Motors plug-in cars software update Tesla Autopilot

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