September, 2017

Nissan licenses NMRP spray-coated cylinder bore technology to HELLER; production of efficient engines

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Nissan Motor Co., has licensed its Nissan Machining Roughening Process (NMRP), a proprietary technology used in making automotive engines, to German machine tool manufacturer Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH. By using HELLER machinery that incorporates NMRP, carmakers can mass-produce engines with highly energy-efficient cylinder bores with iron spray coating at a consistent quality level.

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Urgent: Assemblymember Chris Holden Trying to Kill California’s 100% Renewable Climate Bill, #ChangeTheClimate, #SB100

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Dethleffs solar-assisted electric motorhome concept unveiled

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The notion electric cars will become a standard transportation option is slowly being accepted across multiple industries. It hasn't penetrated quite as much in the motorhome world, but now a German company has shown its interpretation of what the future of plug-in motor homes could be. It's called the Dethleffs e.home concept and it envisions a. Recreation plug-in cars solar recreational vehicle (RV) motorhome

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Volkswagen Arteon Review: Your questions answered

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Volkswagen Arteon Review: Your questions answered

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Make the Connection: Join Revation at ICMI Contact Center Demo 2017

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Is your contact center concerned about the increasing need to satisfy growing consumer demand for seamless, omni-channel communications? Searching for ways to improve agent productivity and transform your customer service? Search no more! Join Revation Systems , along with leading contact center professionals seeking solutions to today’s challenges, at the ICMI Contact Center Demo Conference on September 25-27 at the Mandalay Bay North Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

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Ballard, Nisshinbo collaborate to offer first PEM fuel cell using non-precious-metal catalyst

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Ballard Power Systems has collaborated with Nisshinbo Holdings to develop a Non-Precious-Metal Catalyst (NPMC) for use in the world’s first commercialized NPMC-based proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell product. Nisshinbo and Ballard have jointly collaborated on the development of NPMC since 2013. Earlier post.).

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SK Innovation to begin production of NCM-811 batteries

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Korea-based SK Innovation said it will start the first commercial production of mid-and large-size pouch-type NCM-811 batteries. NCM-811 refers to the nickel-rich layered cathode material, comprising 80% nickel, 10% cobalt and 10% manganese. SK Innovation has been producing NCM-622 cells (60% nickel, 20% cobalt, 20% manganese in the cathode). SK Innovation said that the new higher energy density cells could extend EV range by another 100 km compared to current cells.

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New TOTAL hydrogen filling station in Karlsruhe produces H2 onsite with steam electrolysis and solar energy

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A new TOTAL hydrogen filling station on Karlsruhe’s Südtangente ring-road was commissioned on Wednesday. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure approved grants of approx. 970,000 (US$1.2 million) for the hydrogen facility under its National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).

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Daimler begins deliveries of electric FUSO eCanter; UPS first commercial customer; NGO fleets

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Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), part of Daimler Trucks, celebrated the global launch of the FUSO eCanter ( earlier post ) in New York City. The FUSO eCanter is the world’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck and will be delivered to customers starting this year in the US, Europe and Japan. MFTBC is planning to deliver 500 units of this generation to customers within the next two years. Larger scale production is intended to start in 2019.

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Williams Advanced Engineering unveils lightweight electric car platform concept

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Williams Advanced Engineering is displaying an innovative lightweight EV platform concept, named the FW-EVX, at this year’s Low Carbon Vehicle Show, Millbrook, UK, 6-7 September. With the intent of maximizing vehicle efficiency, Williams Advanced Engineering reimagined how electric cars are designed and constructed. This new approach is designed to make EVs lighter, safer and greener, with longer range and better performance.

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Honda unveils Urban EV Concept, production version in 2019; electrified technology for every new model launched in Europe

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Honda Motor Co. President and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo unveiled Honda’s new electric vehicle, the Urban EV Concept, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Urban EV Concept is built on a completely new platform, and sets the direction for the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model. The production version of the car will go onsale in Europe in 2019, he added.

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Faurecia partners with CEA on fuel cell development

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Faurecia, one of the world's largest automotive equipment suppliers, signed a five year agreement with the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) to collaborate in a research and development program of fuel cell stack technologies. Faurecia will benefit from more than two decades of CEA research and expertise in fuel cell stacks and key components such as bipolar plates.

2017 195

Nissan unveils new LEAF; 150-mile range; high-power variant with larger battery in 2019

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Nissan revealed the Nissan LEAF electric vehicles in a global launch event in Yokohama, followed by its North American debut at a media event in Las Vegas. The new LEAF features greater range, a dynamic new design and three main new intelligent driving technologies. The first is ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system; the second, ProPILOT Park; and the third, e-Pedal ( earlier post ).

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European consortium launches 4-year, $80M L3Pilot research project to test Level 3, 4 autonomous driving in 11 countries

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A European research consortium under the management of the Volkswagen Group launched the four-year L3Pilot project to test the viability of automated driving as a safe and efficient means of transportation. The project focuses on large-scale piloting of SAE Level 3 functions, with additional assessment of some Level 4 functions.

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T&E concludes that diesel cars emit more CO2 on a full lifecycle basis than gasoline cars

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A new analysis by the NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) concludes that diesel cars emit more CO 2 than equivalent cars on a full lifecycle basis—i.e., accounting for the emissions generated during production of the vehicle and the fuel. According to the T&E analysis, an average diesel car produces emits 3.65

2017 192

Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi 6-year plan sees 12 pure EV models launched on common platforms, 40 models with autonomous drive

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The Alliance of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced their six-year plan—Alliance 2022—which sets a new target to double annual synergies to €10 billion by the end of the plan. To achieve this, said Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of the Alliance, the three automakers will accelerate their collaboration on common platforms, powertrains and next-generation electric, autonomous and connected technologies.

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Daimler Trucks testing truck platooning on public highways in the US

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Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is testing connected trucks in platooning operations on public roads in the US. In truck platooning, connectivity and automated driving improve safety within the vehicle convoys, support drivers and enhance efficiency through closer distances between the connected trucks.

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Cornell team uses indium coating to enable use of high-capacity lithium metal anodes

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Researchers at Cornell led by Professor Lyndon Archer, in collaboration with Professor Ravishankar Sundararaman at Rensselaer Polytechnic, have demonstrated a new technique for enabling the use of high-capacity lithium metal anodes in rechargeable batteries.

2017 183

Volkswagen and IBM enter 5-year partnership to develop digital mobility services

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Volkswagen and IBM intend to develop digital mobility services together. Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for Sales, said that the objective of the agreement between the two companies—initially set for a term of five years—is the development of personalized digital services for the driver, with a view to shape actively the growing trend towards networking between vehicles and drivers. “We

2017 183

Volkswagen prices 2017 e-Golf starting at $30,495; longer range, better fuel economy, more power

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Volkswagen of America Inc. is pricing the 2017 e-Golf starting at $30,495, plus $820 destination. For 2017, Volkswagen is using an updated lithium-ion battery with an increased energy capacity of 35.8 kWh, up from 24.2 The revised battery helps increase the vehicle’s range from an EPA-estimated total range of 83 miles to 125 miles on a single charge. The 7.2 kW on-board charger is now standard on all trims, which enables the battery to be charged in less than six hours at a 240V charging station.

2017 183

BMW unveiling Concept X7 iPerformance plug-in hybrid SUV at Frankfurt

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BMW is unveiling the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance plug-in hybrid electric vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This study car offers a look ahead to the future production model set to make its debut in 2018. The forthcoming BMW X7 forms part of the largest model offensive in the company’s history. As part of its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy, the BMW Group is seeking to substantially increase its sales and revenues in the luxury class.

2017 183

DOE announces $36M in funding for carbon capture technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $36 million in federally-funded financial assistance to advance carbon capture technologies.

2017 180

PROSUME blockchain-based platform for new peer-to-peer energy models; EV platform

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The PROSUME Energy Foundation has developed a blockchain-based platform to exchange electricity from renewable and fossil sources. It connects independent power producers, consumers, utility companies and energy communities in a locally shared market where each peer is free to interact in a multi-tenant ecosystem.

2017 180

UMTRI: average new vehicle fuel economy in US dropped in August

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in August 2017 was 25.3 mpg (9.29 l/100 km)—down 0.1 mpg from July, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). The value for August is up 5.2 mpg since October 2007 (the first month of their monitoring), but still down 0.2 mpg from the peak of 25.5 mpg reached in August 2014.

2017 180

Report: Japan to ease regulations on H2 fueling stations to cut setup and operating costs in half

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The Nikkei reports that the Japanese government will ease regulations on hydrogen refueling stations, with the goal of making the refueling points less costly to set up and to operate in the hope of spurring the adoption of fuel cell vehicles. Setting up a hydrogen station costs 400 million yen to 500 million yen ($3.5 million to $4.4 million), and operating one costs 40 million yen to 50 million yen per year, according to METI.

2017 180

ABB and Northvolt partner for Europe’s largest battery factory; semiconductor foundry as model

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ABB and Northvolt have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a wide-ranging supply and technology partnership, including products and services for Northvolt’s planned lithium-ion battery factory and close collaboration on development of battery solutions and R&D activities. Northvolt intends for its factory to supply European customers in the automotive and key industries with high quality and customizable battery solutions.

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Eaton Cummins JV unveils 12-speed automated transmission

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Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies has introduced the new Endurant 12-speed automated transmission—the lightest, most efficient 1,850 lb-ft (2,508 N·m) capable heavy-duty transmission. Designed for linehaul applications, Endurant weighs up to 105 pounds less than competitive automated manual transmissions (AMTs). Endurant is the first automated heavy-duty transmission to be introduced as part of the newly formed joint venture between Eaton and Cummins. Earlier post.)

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alpha-En Corporation and Argonne partner on Li metal anodes for EV batteries; $750K award from DOE

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alpha-En Corporation, a company that has developed a patent-pending process to produce high-purity thin-film lithium metal anodes and associated products sustainably, will receive an award of $750,000 from the US Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transition Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). This funding will be used to commercialize Argonne National Laboratory’s proprietary highly conductive solid-state electrolyte coating for alpha-En’s lithium metal anodes.

2017 174

Mazda SPCCI uses spark plug as HCCI control factor; “air piston” to enhance compression

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Gasoline HCCI (homogenous charge compression ignition) has been of interest to automakers for years, as the low-temperature combustion mode offers significant improvements in thermal efficiency and fuel consumption along with a reduction in NO x emissions compared to conventional spark ignition gasoline engines. However, traditional HCCI combustion has been realized only in a limited operating range. Earlier post , earlier post , earlier post.).

2017 174

London police trialing Suzuki Burgman fuel cell scooters; first trial outside of Japan

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The London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has begun a trial to test Suzuki Burgman hydrogen-powered scooters. The Burgman was the world’s first fuel cell scooter to achieve the EU Whole Vehicle Type Approval. Earlier post.). The hydrogen fuel cell scooters will be used by Police Community Support Officers within the Roads and Transport Policing Command and will be based at Alperton Deployment Centre.

2017 174

Anticipating increased demand for EVs, Teijin to support World Solar Challenge

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Teijin Aramid BV, the core company of the Teijin Group’s aramid business, announced that its para-aramid fiber Twaron will be deployed in the solar-powered vehicles being developed by the KU Leuven and University of Michigan [link] teams taking part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge , the world’s biggest solar car racing event, taking place in Australia from 8 to 15 October.

2017 174

Goodyear partners with Tesloop to test intelligent tires

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is partnering with Tesloop, a city-to-city mobility service that exclusively uses Tesla electric vehicles, to test intelligent tires. The tires incorporate wireless sensors to improve overall tire management and maximize uptime for its growing fleet.

2017 174

Daimler invests in peer-to-peer carsharing market company Turo; combining Croove with Turo

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Daimler Mobility Services is investing in the US carsharing company Turo Inc., as part of a $92-million financing round. With more than four million customers and more than 170,000 vehicles, Turo is the market leader in the peer-to-peer (P2P) carsharing sector in the US. The round was co-led by Daimler Mobility Services and one of South Korea’s leading companies, SK Holdings. Turo’s strategic insurance partner, Liberty Mutual, also joined the round, as did Founders Circle Capital.

2017 174

XL Hybrids introduces the first hybrid electric upfit for Ford F-250 pickups and chassis for commercial fleets

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XL Hybrids will begin production on the new XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for Model Year 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in first quarter 2018. This will be the first time that Ford F-250 trucks can be ordered by fleet customers with hybrid-electric drive technology; the XL3 system can provide up to a 25% increase in fuel economy.

2017 172

USDOT awarding $55M to support purchase of Low-No buses; electric buses and infrastructure

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The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $55 million in grant selections through the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle program, which funds the development of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced fuel technologies. Fifty-one projects in 39 states will receive a share of the funding. The vast majority of the funded projects are for battery-electric buses and infrastructure; two projects are receiving a total of $3.2

2017 172

DOE: EV charging consumes less energy than water heating in a typical household

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Charging an electric vehicle consumes less energy than several common household appliances, according to data compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Annual energy consumption for a typical household shows that home heating consumes by far the most energy (11,300 kWh) followed by water heating (4,700 kWh) and charging an electric car (2,800 kWh).

2017 172

New hierarchical metal-organic nanocomposite cathode for high-energy sodium-ion batteries

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Building on earlier work, researchers in China have fabricated a hierarchical metal-organic nanocomposite for use as a cathode in sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). Their electrode—metal-organic cuprous tetracyanoquino-dimethane (CuTCNQ) in a three-dimensional (3D) conductive carbon nanofibers (CNFs) network (CuTCNQ)—exhibits a capacity of 252 mAh g -1 at 0.1 C and highly reversible stability for 1200 cycles within the voltage range of 2.5 - 4.1 V (vs. Na + /Na).

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