February, 2018

SunLine Transit puts new long-range fuel-cell range extended electric bus into service

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California’s SunLine Transit Agency has put into service a new zero-emission bus that will have the capability to cover any route in its service territory—even with the air conditioner operating at maximum levels in the middle of the summer.

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Budget deal restores tax credits for EV charging stations, electric motorcycles, fuel-cell cars

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Fears that Congress would kill the federal tax credit for purchase of a plug-in electric car were laid to rest in December when that incentive survived the $1.5 billion tax-cut bill. Now Congress has added back a handful of other tax credits related to electric cars and greener transportation in the $400 billion budget bill it passed in the wee. incentives tax credit plug-in cars hydrogen fuel cell electric motorcycles

Ionic Materials raises $65M in Series C; polymer electrolyte for solid-state batteries

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Ionic Materials has secured $65 million in a Series C financing round from a leading group of financial and strategic investors.

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Hyundai NEXO fuel-cell vehicles self-drive (Level 4) 118 miles from Seoul to Pyeongchang

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Three of Hyundai Motor Company’s next-generation NEXO fuel-cell-electric vehicles ( earlier post ) have completed a self-driven 118-mile (190 km) journey from Seoul to Pyeongchang. This is the first time that level 4 autonomous driving has been achieved with fuel-cell-electric vehicles.

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Autonomous, electric eVTOL aircraft from A³ by Airbus successfully completes first full-scale test flight: Vahana

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Vahana , the all-electric, self-piloted, VTOL aircraft from A³ by Airbus, successfully completed its first full-scale flight test, reaching a height of 5 meters (16 feet) before descending safely. The test was completed on 31 January 2018 at the Pendleton UAS Range in Pendleton, Oregon.

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Mercedes-Benz unveils Gen4 A-Class; bigger, new engines, focus on content and user experience

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In an event in Amsterdam, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new A-Class compact line. The new fourth-generation A-Class vehicles are larger than their predecessors, and feature the MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience with a number of functions that were previously the preserve of the luxury class.

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Toyota develops first neodymium-reduced, heat-resistant magnet for electric motors

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Toyota Motor Corporation has developed the world’s first neodymium-reduced, heat-resistant magnet. Neodymium (Nd) magnets are used in various types of motors such as the high-output motors found in electrified vehicles.

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New sensor tech for commercial Lithium-ion batteries could support >5x faster charging without compromising safety

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Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick (UK) have developed a method to assess the maximum current for commercial 18650 Li-ion batteries, using novel instrumentation methods enabling in operando measurements.

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Volkswagen to unveil new third-generation Touareg in Beijing

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Volkswagen will stage the world premiere of the new third-generation Touareg SUV—which the brand is calling its flagship—on 23 March 2018 in Beijing. China is the world’s strongest growing SUV market and Volkswagen’s largest individual market.

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Novel fluid simulation software enables longer range for EVs by reducing losses in drivetrain

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Driveline engineering consultancy Drive System Design (DSD) has partnered with software specialists Altair and FluiDyna to develop and enhance FluiDyna’s computer modeling technique, nanoFluidX , that significantly improves the analysis of lubrication flow.

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NETL says rare earth recovery projects meeting and exceeding expectations

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Study: consumer products overtake transportation as largest source of VOCs air pollution in cities

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Consumer products such as shampoo, cleaning products and paint now contribute as much to emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in cities as tailpipe emissions from vehicles, according to a new study led by NOAA.

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Toyota introducing new powertrain units based on TNGA; transmissions, engine, hybrid system, 4WD

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GM turns to Titan supercomputer for more detailed diesel combustion modeling

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Bespoke higher power version of GKN eAxle for London Taxi range-extended EV

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A bespoke development of GKN’s coaxial eAxle powers the rear wheels of the LEVC (London EV Company, formerly known as London Taxi Company)’s electrified TX model.

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Study finds catalyzed gasoline particulate filters effective at reducing particulate and PAH emissions from GDI engines

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Porsche testing blockchain applications in cars

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In collaboration with the Berlin-based start-up XAIN , Porsche is currently testing blockchain applications directly in vehicles—making Porsche the first automobile manufacturer to implement and successfully test blockchain in a car.

2018 111

UMD researchers create new architecture for solid-state Li metal batteries

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Researchers at the University of Maryland have designed a flexible lithium-ion conducting ceramic textile featuring fast lithium-ion conductors, good electrochemical stability, and scalable processing approaches to device integration for solid-state lithium metal batteries.

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center broadening focus to advanced biofuels

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The US Department of Energy launched three Bioenergy Research Centers just over ten years ago ( earlier post ).

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TOAR shows present-day global ozone distribution and trends relevant to health; public database

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Ozone levels across much of North America and Europe dropped significantly between 2000 and 2014.

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ABI Research: implementing DSRC above cellular is more cost-effective than implementing C-V2X

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New analysis of V2X (vehicle to everything) conducted by ABI Research finds that the cost of implementing DSRC (Dedicated Short-Range Communication) above cellular communications is expected to be $13.50 to $15 lower per Telematics Control Unit than implementing a C-V2X (CellularV2X) solution.

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Researchers use magnesium salt electrolyte additive to suppress growth of Li dendrites; more work needed to enhance Coulombic efficiency

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Researchers from Shinshu University in Japan have developed a method to suppress the growth of lithium dendrites in Li-S and Li-air batteries.

2018 109

Ford’s redesigned Transit Connect Wagon gets 1.5L EcoBlue diesel option in US

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Ford unveiled the redesigned Transit Connect Wagon at the Chicago Auto Show.

2018 108

Motiv Power Systems debuts EPIC all-electric family of chassis for medium-duty trucks and buses

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Responding to fleet market demand for complete, body-ready chassis, Motiv Power Systems is introducing the EPIC (Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis) all-electric family of chassis for 2018.

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Nissan’s global sales driven by strong momentum in crossover and SUV models

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Toyota sold 1.52 million electrified vehicles in 2017, three years ahead of 2020 target; cumulative sales >11.47M

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Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) sold more than 1.52 million electrified vehicles (hybrids on up) worldwide in 2017.

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US Air Force demonstrating hydrogen as alternate fuel source

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The US Air Force is demonstrating the use of hydrogen as an alternate fuel source at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

2018 103

ANL: life-cycle water consumption of fuel cell vehicles can be cut in half compared to that of conventional ICE vehicles

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GKN Driveline begins testing All-Twinster plug-in hybrid AWD SUV research vehicle with eTwinsterX system

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GKN Driveline has begun testing an SUV technology research vehicle which showcases the company’s eDrive, All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and systems integration capabilities.

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XL Hybrids unveils first hybrid-electric Ford F-250 at 2018 NTEA Work Truck Show

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XL Hybrids will display three fleet-ready, electrified pickup truck solutions at NTEA’s Work Truck Show next week in Indianapolis. XL is unveiling the industry’s first XLH hybrid-electric F-250 pickup in its booth, while also displaying an XLP plug-in hybrid-electric F-150.

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BMW Group plans joint venture for MINI electric vehicles in China; LoI with Great Wall Motor

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The BMW Group is in advanced discussions to ramp up the global success of its MINI brand through a new joint venture in China.

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UPS collaborating with Workhorse to deploy 50 electric trucks; rivaling acquisition cost of conventional; no subsidies

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UPS plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies—an industry first that would breaki a key barrier to large scale adoption of electric fleets.

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Volvo reveals new V60 wagon with two plug-in hybrid variants: 340 hp or 390 hp

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Volvo Cars revealed the new V60 five-door, mid-size premium wagon. The V60 comes with two plug-in hybrid powertrain options: the new T6 Twin Engine AWD gasoline plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 340 hp or the T8 Twin Engine AWD gasoline plug-in hybrid that delivers 390 hp.

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Volkswagen unveiling electric, fully autonomous I.D. VIZZION concept at Geneva; 413-mile range

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Volkswagen will unveil the electric, autonomous I.D. VIZZION concept at the Geneva International Motor Show next month. The new I.D. VIZZION concept car is the fourth member of the Volkswagen I.D. family.

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Tokyo Tech, Fujitsu achieve 120 Gbps wireless transmission with new CMOS chip

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Tokyo Tech and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. have developed a CMOS wireless transceiver chip that can process signals at high speeds across a broad range of frequencies, from 70 to 105 gigahertz (GHz), using their own bandwidth-increasing technology.

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Hyundai introduces 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at Chicago Auto Show

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Hyundai unveiled the redesigned 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at the Chicago Auto Show.

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Renault introduces a new 80kW R110 electric motor; coming first on ZOE; WLTP certification

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Renault has revealed its new R110 electric motor and the 2018 model-year ZOE, Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle, which will be the first Renault EV to feature this 80kW powerplant which combines extra power with even greater driving enjoyment.

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