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Aptera partners with Elaphe for in-wheel-motor technology

Green Car Congress

The rebooted Aptera Motors has teamed with Elaphe Propulsion Technologies on a long-range, volume production electric vehicle powered by in-wheel motors. Aptera, initially known as Accelerated Composites, formed in 2005 to bring highly efficient, three-wheeled vehicles to the market ( earlier post ), went out of business in 2011.

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The most important electric cars for 2020

Green Car Reports

Electric-car debuts continue apace for 2020, and not one on our list feels like a rush job from any of their respective automakers. That’s because mainstream electric cars have become deliberate automobiles themselves. No longer relegated to low-volume “compliance cars” or hurried powertrain swaps, the electric cars on our list

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Electric classic - what's not to love?

EV Driver

It’s been a while since we last had one of our interviews, so let us introduce you to Kit Lacey. Kit is the founder of eDub Trips, where you can hire a camper van - but not just any camper van, no, these classic VW Campers are 100% electric!

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New tech is extending EV range – one component at a time

Discover EV

Bosch's new semiconductor technology can be applied across all relevant electronic components on an EV, meaning each needs to draw a little bit less energy to do its task

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29 states and the District of Columbia currently have some form of anti-idling laws

Green Car Congress

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have laws that regulate engine idling, but each of these states has different applications of idle reduction and various exemptions. Some states regulate only certain vehicle types, such as school buses, state vehicles, commercial vehicles, diesel vehicles, or vehicles over a certain weight rating. Some states regulate idling geographically, such as on school property, in business districts, or in certain counties.

Denmark proposes banning gas and diesel cars, UK might ratchet up timeline

Green Car Reports

The banning of diesel (and potentially gasoline) cars in mainland Europe and the UK appears to be accelerating as a Denmark-led coalition of 11 countries proposed an EU-wide ban on the sale of diesel- and gasoline-powered cars by 2040. This is not the first time Denmark has called for a ban on internal combustion engine sales. A year ago, it. emissions

2019 104

130. IMAGINE YOUR LIFE WITHOUT A BATTERY !

Qnovo

I was beaming with delight when I read that John Goodenough, Stanley Wittingham and Akira Yoshino received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the “development of lithium-ion batteries.”. Wittingham’s initial work on batteries dates back to the 1970s while at Exxon.

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BAE Systems unveils next-generation electric propulsion system for transit buses

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BAE Systems unveiled its next-generation full battery electric power and propulsion system for transit buses. The newest system positions cities around the world to get to zero transportation emissions and improve the range and efficiency of their electric transit bus fleets. The technology adds to the company’s 20-plus years of experience developing and integrating electric-hybrid propulsion systems and accessories for transit buses.

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The most powerful DC charging station in Europe (for cars) can deliver 400 kw

Green Car Reports

The energy company Repsol has opened what it says is the most powerful electric-vehicle charging station in Europe—and it happens to be in Spain, a part of Europe that’s so far been largely skipped over by the fastest charging. Higher-power DC fast charging is what makes electric-vehicle road-tripping viable. And while 100- and 150-kw. charging

2019 101

What About Bulls?

ChargeNet

Dear Customers, Champions, Partners, and Friends, In the very earliest days of the ChargeNet NZ network, there was a map of clearly important charging locations that we knew we had to provide to keep New Zealand charging into the future. Bulls was on that very first Wishlist.

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SEAT's e-touring car hits the track as e-motorsport continues to grow in popularity

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The world's first electric-powered touring car, the CUPRA e-Racer, has made its track début with rallying and rally cross stalwart, Mattias Ekström, behind the wheel

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International automotive researchers emphasize the importance of continued development of the internal combustion engine

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Thirty-seven globally prominent scientists representing the International Journal of Engine Research have published an open-access editorial addressing the future of the Internal Combustion Engine, and stressing the importance for continued development of more efficient and even lower-emitting technologies. The article provides an assessment of the state of power generation in the world today, and provides analyses of productive directions for the future.

2019 258

Anheuser-Busch and Frito-Lay expand electric truck plans

Green Car Reports

Your beer and chips just got greener—and no, it's not St. Patrick's Day. That's the case in California, at least, where Anheuser-Busch and Frito-Lay both announced plans this week to replace diesel-powered logistics vehicles with electric trucks. A-B will introduce 21 new battery-powered trucks to its California fleet from its partner, BYD

2019 93

Planes, trains and automobiles: Car interiors are set to undergo a RADICAL change

Green Cars News

There’s a lot of talk about flying cars and how cars are set to become more like road-bound railways as transport evolves

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2019 Volkswagen Passat GTE review

Discover EV

We get behind the wheel of the new VW Passat GTE with longer electric range at a VW media driving day

2019 52

ZF becomes “Official Powertrain Partner” of Mahindra Racing for Formula E

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With immediate effect, ZF Friedrichshafen AG is the new “Official Powertrain Partner” of Mahindra Racing, one of the founding teams in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Together with Mahindra Racing, ZF has already started development of the electric driveline for the 2020/2021 season. The first test bench tests and test drives of the newly developed driveline, which builds on the successful ZF development status of recent years, are currently being planned for the beginning of next year.

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2021 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car revealed in concept form—as a sport sedan!

Green Car Reports

Toyota’s Mirai fuel-cell sedan has been revealed in concept form, ahead of its complete redesign for the 2021 model year. And it finally looks the part. Up until now, Toyota’s technology flagship has packed some sexy sustainability credentials, with fully baked fuel-cell tech (asterisks to the infrastructure, which isn’t yet

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Top five things that make new drivers nervous

Green Cars News

Are you a relatively new driver? Do you lack confidence in certain situations? New research questioning 1,000 newly qualified motorists revealed that some tasks can prove troublesome for those that lack experience, with a few even going out of their way to avoid certain situations

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Lunaz – electrifying cars from the past to save them for the future

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Based at Silverstone and founded in 2018, Lunaz isn't all talk and no trousers; it's already busy turning its vision into a reality with the aforementioned 1953 Jaguar XK120, 1961 eight-seat Rolls-Royce Phantom V and 1956 Rolls-Royce Cloud being turned from petrol to electric

2019 52

Study: California will hit climate targets >100 years too late at current pace of reductions; transportation, wildfires & landfills

Green Car Congress

California will meet its 2030 climate targets more than three decades late, in 2061, and could be more than 100 years late in meeting its 2050 target if the average rate of emissions reductions from the past year hold steady, according to a new study tracking more than a decade of environmental and economic indicators in the state.

2019 232

Payment not accepted: Volta's free DC fast charging network starts soon

Green Car Reports

A California-based company is taking the ad-supported model popularized by smartphone apps and applying it to the next generation of vehicle infrastructure with a nationwide network of free DC fast charging stations. Volta announced last week that it will build 150 stations over the course of the next year, it said in its announcement. This first. Infrastructure charging

2019 90

Pay-per-mile ‘road tax’ back on the agenda as government loses out

Green Cars News

The government’s Transport Committee has confirmed it wishes to start a debate around road pricing – more specifically the idea of a pay-as-you-go style system, that could fill a potential £40 billion black hole in its Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) income

2019 33

Volvo to concentrate on electrification by merging combustion engine operations with Geely

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Volvo and parent company, Geely, are going to merge their internal combustion engine operations into a stand-alone business, freeing up the Swedish carmaker to concentrate on electric powertrains

2019 52

Porsche and Boeing to partner on premium urban air mobility market; electric VTOL concept

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Porsche and Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the premium urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic into airspace. With this partnership, both companies will leverage their respective market strengths and insights to study the future of premium urban air mobility vehicles.

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Porsche and Boeing developing "premium urban air mobility vehicle"

Green Car Reports

Porsche and Boeing signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the developing of flying cars, the companies announced Thursday. The notion of a "premium personal urban air mobility vehicle" may sound vague, the new joint venture, Aurora Flight Sciences, is tasked with building a "fully electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle," which. Mobility

2019 88

Top five things we’ve learned this week

Green Cars News

There’s been lots of bizarre news this week

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 awarded to developers of Li-ion battery

Green Car Congress

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 to John B. Goodenough, The University of Texas at Austin; M. Stanley Whittingham, Binghamton University, State University of New York; and Akira Yoshino, Asahi Kasei Corporation, for the development of lithium-ion batteries. The foundation of the lithium-ion battery was laid during the oil crisis in the 1970s. Stanley Whittingham worked on developing methods that could lead to fossil fuel-free energy technologies.

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LanzaTech China JV reports 9M gallons of ethanol made from steel flue gas; new JV for PET

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Beijing Shougang LanzaTech New Energy Science & Technology Co., a joint venture between carbon recycler, LanzaTech, Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer, and its New Zealand partner, TangMing, have successfully produced more than 9 million gallons of ethanol from recycled steel mill emissions in their first year of operation.

2019 216

Lufthansa to use Neste sustainable aviation fuel blends on flights departing from Frankfurt

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Neste, the world’s leading renewable fuel producer, and Lufthansa are strengthening their collaboration regarding the development of renewable solutions for aviation. As part of the collaboration, Lufthansa will use Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel blended with fossil jet fuel on flights departing from Frankfurt. The first batch of sustainable aviation fuel was delivered to Lufthansa earlier this year.

2019 214

Vitesco Technologies supplying electric drive for new volume-production models of Groupe PSA and Hyundai

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Vitesco Technologies, the drivetrain business of Continental, has signed agreements with Groupe PSA and Hyundai to supply the first fully integrated electric axle drive system for various volume-production models. Production of the new electric drive system at Vitesco Technologies plant in Tianjin, China, has already started. First fully integrated electric axle drive system for various volume-production models of PSA and Hyundai.

2019 207

Consumer Reports slams Tesla’s Smart Summon feature

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Consumer Reports tested Tesla’s recently launched Smart Summon feature on a Model 3, and found that the automation was glitchy and at times worked intermittently, without a lot of obvious benefits for consumers. CR tested the feature over several days at its Auto Test Center in Colchester, Conn., and in nearby parking lots. The analysis follows a flurry of social media posts from Tesla owners critical of the feature.

2019 207

Study finds NSAIDs may lessen air pollution effects on lung function

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A new study is the first to report evidence that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin may lessen the adverse effects of air pollution exposure on lung function. The team of researchers from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Boston University School of Medicine published their findings in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

2019 207

Groupe Renault forms subsidiary dedicated to new mobility services

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Groupe Renault has created RENAULT M.A.I. Mobility as an Industry), an operating subsidiary exclusively dedicated to new mobility services. Bringing together all the Group’s mobility activities within a single entity will create synergies, simplify the decision-making process, clarify existing offers and create new ones, the company said.

2019 199

UPS to add more than 6,000 natural gas trucks 2020-2022; $450M investment

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UPS plans to purchase more than 6,000 natural gas-powered trucks beginning in 2020 and running through 2022. This three-year commitment represents a $450-million investment in expanding the company’s alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle fleet as well as supporting infrastructure. The new vehicles will be equipped with compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems provided under an exclusive agreement with Agility Fuel Solutions, a business of Hexagon Composites.

2019 199

New 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 4x2 pickup EPA-rated at 32 mpg highway in US; new 3.0L EcoDiesel

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Ram Truck announced EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2020 Ram 1500 powered by the new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine. The half-ton EcoDiesel will be rated at 32 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, 22 mpg city for 4x2 models; 29 mpg highway, 21 mpg city for 4x4 models. Ram 1500’s unsurpassed 29 mpg highway fuel economy rating for 4x4 models is significant in that 4x4 models represent more than 80% of the U.S. full-size truck mix.

2019 199

Study finds damage due to premature mortality from PM2.5 decreased >20% from 2008 to 2014

Green Car Congress

In a new study of PM 2.5 related damages, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford have found that, US-economy-wide, gross external damage (GED) due to premature mortality has decreased by more than 20% from 2008 to 2014. The paper is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Second, they found that while much of the air pollution policies have focused to date on the electricity sector, damages from farms are now larger than those from utilities.

2019 199

Hyundai CRADLE invests in Netradyne; 350+ million miles of road data for HD mapping development

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Hyundai CRADLE, Hyundai Motor Company’s corporate venturing and open innovation business, is investing in Netradyne, a US-based intelligent technology company specializing in fleet safety management software. The partnership supports further development of Level 3+ Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (L3+ ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD) features that may launch over the next few years.

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