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DOE awarding $13M to advance fuel cell performance and durability and H2 storage technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $13 million in funding for the advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. These projects, selected through collaborative research consortia, will leverage industry, university and laboratory expertise to accelerate advanced hydrogen storage technologies and fuel cell performance and durability.

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Tesla Autopilot crash: what one Model S owner has to say

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The NHTSA has now said it will investigate two separate crashes reportedly involving a Tesla electric car operating with the Autopilot feature engaged. Media coverage on the May 7 death of a Model S driver in Florida continues to debate the merits of electronic driver-assistance technologies, often using remarkably uninformed language. One Tesla. Tesla Motors Crashes Autonomous cars plug-in cars self-driving cars Tesla Autopilot

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Top five best-selling cars of 2016 (so far)

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2015 was the biggest year on record for new car sales with 2.63 million new cars hitting British roads. However, this year could see the record broken. smmt Registrations Top 5 Editors Picks

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First public flight of Siemens 260kW electric motor; to be used in development of hybrid-electric aircraft

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Siemens researchers have developed a new type of electric motor that, with a weight of just 50 kilograms, delivers a continuous output of about 260 kilowatts—five times more than comparable drive systems. Earlier post.) This record-setting propulsion system successfully completed its first public flight at Schwarze Heide Airport near Dinslaken, Germany, where it powered an Extra 330LE aerobatic airplane. The new drive system made its maiden flight on 24 June 2016.

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U of I study: synthetic fuels via CO2 conversion and FT not currently economically & environmentally competitive

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A study by a team at University of Illinois at Urbana−Champaign has found that, with currently achievable performance levels, synthetic fuels produced via the electrochemical reduction of CO 2 and the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process system are not economically and environmentally competitive with using petroleum-based fuel. A paper detailing the study is published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels.

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Opinion: Feet where our heads should be: Are we going about EVs the wrong way round?

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by Roger Bedell, Founder, Opbrid. Are we looking at vehicle electrification upside down? Why are we focusing on electrifying smaller vehicles like cars and delivery trucks when electrifying really big trucks makes the most economic sense? Electricity is about ½ the cost of diesel or gasoline. This means the more fuel you burn, the more money you save. Heavy long-haul trucks are the kings of fuel consumption, so therefore they are the best target for electrification from an economic standpoint.

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Neos and Lockheed Martin to develop enhanced next-gen airborne gravity gradiometer to advance ability to find oil, gas & minerals

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In partnership with Lockheed Martin, Neos Inc. will develop a new generation sensor to be used to find oil, gas and minerals beneath the earth’s surface from the air. The new Full Tensor Gradiometry (FTG) Plus technology has 20 times the sensitivity and 10 times greater bandwidth than current gravity gradiometers, according to Neos. Gravity gradiometers have been commercially used for more than 20 years and militarily longer than that.

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CDC: US has highest motor vehicle crash death rate among high-income countries; could be cut in half with proven strategies

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About 90 people die each day from motor vehicle crashes in the United States, resulting in the highest death rate among 19 high-income comparison countries, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There were more than 32,000 crash deaths in the US in 2013, with more than $380 million in direct medical costs.

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Tesla ramps production to 2,000 units per week; targeting 2,400 in Q4

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Tesla produced 18,345 vehicles in Q2 2016, an increase of 20% from Q1, and exited the quarter consistently producing just under 2,000 vehicles per week. Due to the steep production ramp, almost half of the quarter’s production occurred in the final four weeks. With continued productivity improvements, Tesla expects output to reach 2,200 vehicles per week in Q3 and 2,400 vehicles per week in Q4. Current order rate trends and backlog support production at those levels.

2016 69

Porsche opens new plant for eight-cylinder engines; digitalization and data management; V8s for all VW Group brands

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Porsche has officially dedicated a new engine plant for eight-cylinder engines. The factory at the main site in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen works with state-of-the-art production methods, leveraging digitalization and data management. At full plant utilization produces around 200 eight-cylinder V-engines daily. The sports car manufacturer has invested nearly €80 million in the new production facility. Porsche’s new engine plant will also contribute towards synergies within the Volkswagen Group.

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NSF grants IU $525,000 to advance research on conversion of CO2 to oxalate as intermediate for materials, plastics and fuel

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Two Indiana University chemists have received $525,000 from the National Science Foundation to advance research with applications to the conversion of CO 2 into oxalate as an intermediate for the ultimate production of carbon-neutral materials, plastics and fuel. IU scientists Steven L. Tait and Kenneth Caulton will combine their expertise in two distinct fields of chemistry—surface chemistry and metal-organic chemistry—to create new catalysts that guide molecular transformations.

2016 65

GM sets June and first half delivery records in China

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General Motors and its joint ventures had record June deliveries in China of 273,563 units, which was up 11.2% on an annual basis. The Buick, Cadillac and Baojun brands had their best June ever. The strong June performance enabled GM to set a first half record for deliveries in China. Demand was up 5.3% from the first six months of 2015 to 1,810,476 units. Cadillac deliveries in June jumped 34% on an annual basis to 9,552 units.

2016 65

Researchers boost performance of lithium-rich cathode material 30-40% by creating oxygen vacancies

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An international team of researchers has demonstrated a new way to increase the robustness and energy storage capability of a particular class of “lithium-rich” cathode materials by using a carbon dioxide-based gas mixture to create oxygen vacancies at the material’s surface. Researchers said the treatment improved the energy density of the cathode material by up to 30 to 40%.

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Swiss researchers devise simple procedure to enhance performance of conventional Li-ion batteries without changing chemistries

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Materials researchers at the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen and the ETH Zurich have developed a very simple and cost-effective procedure for significantly enhancing the performance of conventional Li-ion rechargeable batteries by improving only the design of the electrodes without changing the underlying materials chemistry. The procedure is scalable in size, so the use of rechargeable batteries can be optimized in all areas of application—e.g.,

2016 65

Japan may beat U.S. to allowing camera-based side mirrors

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The first Tesla Model X renderings may have shown unobtrusive camera pods in place of side-view mirrors, but production models have conventional mirrors. That's because Tesla couldn't convince U.S. regulators to allow it to replace door-mounted mirrors with cameras. Japanese regulators have a different view on the matter, it seems. CHECK OUT. Japan cameras Fuel Economy

2016 64

Most efficient all-electric railcar competition won by Swedes

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Engineering students who want to set new efficiency records for cars can enter contests like the Shell Eco Marathon or World Solar Challenge. But there's also a competition for those who prefer vehicles that ride on rails, rather than travel on roads. Competitors in the Delsbo Electric contest work toward the goal of building the most efficient. Sweden Students electric Public transport Trains

2016 64

More Tesla Autopilot crashes surface; NHTSA to investigate another

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With details about a fatal May 7 crash of a Tesla Model S operating on Autopilot continuing to garner news coverage, more crashes with Autopilot engaged appear to be surfacing. Most notably, the NHTSA has said it will investigate a crash on Friday, July 1, in which a Tesla Model X ran off the road and rolled over. The owner says it was operating. Green Autonomous cars Crashes Tesla Autopilot Tesla Motors plug-in cars self-driving cars

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Used electric cars sell quickly even as new sales remain flat

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While reported sales of new electric cars remain relatively stagnant, used electric cars seem to be turning into a hot commodity. Lower prices are making used electric cars—along with hybrids and plug-in hybrids—much more attractive to consumers. Which means they're being driven off used-car lots far faster than the average gasoline. car buying Used Cars plug-in cars Prices

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Peugeot admits real-world gas mileage is far lower than ratings

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PSA Peugeot Citroën has become the first carmaker to admit that its published fuel-economy ratings simply do not match up with reality. The announcement comes in the wake of increased global scrutiny of automakers' fuel-economy testing procedures in response to the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. PSA conducted real-world fuel-economy. Europe Citroen Peugeot DS Fuel Economy

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Nissan and Renault together now up to 340,000 electric cars built

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Alliance partners Nissan and Renault have reached yet another electric-car milestone. The pair of Japanese and French carmakers have together built 340,000 electric cars since the launch of the Nissan Leaf in December 2010. That achievement was mentioned briefly in a joint Renault-Nissan announcement largely dealing with their plans to reduce. Renault plug-in cars Renault-Nissan Car Sales Renault Zoe

2016 64

VT electric utility sells Tesla Powerwall batteries to its customers

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Tesla now has a new—and somewhat unexpected—ally in promoting its Powerwall home energy-storage battery packs. A Vermont electric utility is now selling the battery packs to customers in hopes they can be used to stabilize the grid if needed. Those customers, meanwhile, can make greater use of renewable energy. DON'T MISS: Tesla to. energy infrastructure electric utilities plug-in cars energy storage Vermont Tesla Powerwall

2016 64

Early Mercedes fuel-cell driver's 'sobering assessment' to industry

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As the old saying goes, you can identify the pioneers by the arrows in their backs. Being an early adopter of new technologies can be exciting, but it can also require adaptations to fit into its limitations. Just ask David Wenger, one German proponent and driver of a Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell, the small Mercedes hatchback powered by a hydrogen. Infrastructure hydrogen Germany hydrogen fuel cell alternative fuel vehicles Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell F-Cell

2016 63

Tesla delivers 14,370 electric cars in Q2, fewer than planned

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Electric-car maker Tesla Motors said it delivered 14,370 vehicles from April through June, made up of 9,745 Model S sedans and 4,625 Model X utility vehicles. That number means the company missed its second-quarter production target of 17,000 cars. During the first six months of this year, Tesla has delivered 29,190 cars. DON'T MISS: Tesla. sales Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

2016 63

How to use $2 billion VW diesel fine for electric-car charging: advocate offers advice

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The Volkswagen diesel emission scandal erupted last September, when the EPA formally issued a Notice of Violation to one of the world's three largest automakers for willfully violating U.S. emission laws for seven years. Since then, much speculation has appeared over what forms of punishment VW would face and how much it would have to pay. We now.

2016 63

Paris weekday ban on pre-1997 cars takes effect, historic cars excepted

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Beginning this week, drivers will not be able to take older cars into the center of Paris on weekdays. The ban encompasses most cars made before 1997 and motorcycles made before 2000, and was enacted to combat rampant air pollution in the French capital. Older cars and motorcycles now face fines for entering the city between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm on. Europe Paris emissions France transportation policy

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Karma Revero (nee Fisker) now in pilot production in CA

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After four years, the car formerly known as the Fisker Karma is back in production under new corporate stewardship. Now called the Karma Revero, it's being relaunched under the aegis of Chinese automotive supplier Wanxiang, which bought the remains of Fisker Automotive after the carmaker's 2013 bankruptcy. While all Fisker Karmas were built under. Manufacturing plug-in cars

2016 64

Six Tesla Model 3 challenges Elon Musk has to overcome

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Tesla Motors says it will start building its Model 3 sedan sometime between July and December next year, and it's targeting production of 100,000 in that period. That's beyond a tall order, and many advocates, analysts, and owners are skeptical that the company can do it. But if you accept the premise that it can, CEO Elon Musk and his 10,000 or. Elon Musk Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Tesla Model 3

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All-electric Rolls Royce is company's vision for next 100 years

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How will the design of luxury cars evolve over the next 100 years? BMW is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion it made futuristic concept cars for not only its own brand, but for subsidiaries Rolls-Royce and Mini as well. All three wear the "Vision Next 100" name, referencing BMW's intent to predict the direction. plug-in cars self-driving cars

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What buyback, cash do I get if I bought a VW diesel after Sept. 18?

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As part of the emission-cheating settlement announced last week, owners of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter TDI diesel cars now have a choice of how to proceed. Owners can sell their cars back to VW or see if VW can deliver on a promise that the cars will be modified to meet emissions standards, once such modifications are approved by U.S. Green TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandal emissions

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Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, June 2016: volte-face for the Volt

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Paced by the Chevrolet Volt, Canada may have had its first-ever month in which 1,000 plug-in electric vehicle were sold. Volt sales continued to soar in Canada during June, with GM's electric flagship topping 300 for the first time. Factoring in population ratios, this would be roughly equivalent to a 3,000-sale month in the United States, a feat. sales Canada New car sales plug-in cars

2016 63

Few green cars up for North American Car & Truck of the Year awards

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Every year, a panel of U.S. and Canadian automotive journalists hands out the National American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards at the Detroit Auto Show. But the list of eligible vehicles is announced much earlier, in order to provide time for three rounds of voting to narrow down the field. Winners are to be announced on January 9. North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards NACTOY Prius Prime

2016 63

Wealthy nations on fossil-fuel subsidies: we'll end them.later

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The world's wealthiest nations have not yet been able to commit to end subsidies to the fossil-fuel industry, even in the face of growing alarm over climate change. Members of the Group of 20 (G20) economies met in Beijing last week, but failed to reach an agreement on a deadline to phase out subsidies. Environmental advocates believing. Environmental emissions oil Germany energy policy climate change fossil fuels

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VW diesel fine, Tesla Q2 deliveries, Plug-in electric car sales: Today's Car News

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Today, one electric-car advocate's idea for spending the $2 billion Volkswagen diesel fine, Tesla second-quarter delivery figures, and plug-in electric car sales figures for June 2016. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We have additional details on the fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S running on Autopilot that occurred last week. Catch. Today in Car News

2016 63

Oklahoma claim: first state with natural-gas fueling on highways

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Several states have made concerted efforts to create adequate charging infrastructure for electric cars. And California now boasts a handful of hydrogen fueling stations, making it the only state with any public infrastructure that supports fuel-cell vehicles. But Oklahoma may be the only state that can claim a comprehensive network of natural-gas. emissions Infrastructure natural gas CNG natural gas vehicle Oklahoma

What do VW dealers get from the diesel-emission settlement?

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Volkswagen diesel owners aren't the only ones affected by the VW's ongoing emissions cheating scandal. The company's dealers have acutely felt the impact of the scandal, in the form of deflating sales figures. The proposed settlement announced last month offers cash payments to owners of 2.0-liter TDI models, who can either sell their cars back to. dealers TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandal

2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco gas mileage road-trip report

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Road trips are an integral part of the American myth, with writers from de Toqueville to Jack Kerouac setting out to experience the variety and beauty of the huge country. Vehicle launch events, on the other hand, are heavily scripted—with pre-set drive routes often designed to highlight a car's best attributes and camouflage any flaws. road trips Fuel Economy Drive Report

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Faraday Future vs Nevada treasurer: electric cars vs taxpayer protection

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Self-made millionaires often possess an innate belief that they can create products and companies where none existed before. But with companies come factories, and with factories come tax breaks, and with tax breaks come inconvenient questions from government officials. Which is how Faraday Future finds its first U.S. factory delayed by Dan. China incentives plug-in cars nevada Startups Faraday Future