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Researchers develop two-step, one-pot process for synthesis of benzene from microalgal oils

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Benzene, an aromatic hydrocarbon, is a natural component of crude oil and is one of the elementary petrochemicals. It is used as a precursor to the manufacture of more complex chemicals, and, with a high octane number, is an important component of gasoline. Researchers at the University of Konstanz in Germany have now developed a two-step, one-pot process for the synthesis of benzene from the five-fold unsaturated fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), a component of microalgae oils.

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Why I traded my Chevy Bolt EV for a Tesla: one reader's story

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As a nation, the U.S. takes lots of road trips, because most of the country has no viable mass transit between city pairs. If electric cars are ever to enter the mass market in North America, they have to be usable on those road trips. Last year, our reader Jay Lucas of Alexandria, Virginia, wrote an account of his road trip in a new 2017. road trips plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) charging infrastructure Fast Charging Charging stations Tesla Supercharger

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Tesla Q1 2018 vehicle production up 40% from Q4; Model 3 now at +2,000 units per week

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Tesla reported Q1 2018 vehicle production of 34,494 vehicles—a 40% increase from Q4 and its most productive quarter. Of the total, 24,728 (72%) were Model S and Model X, and 9,766 (28%) were Model 3. The Model 3 output increased fourfold over last quarter. Tesla was able to double the weekly Model 3 production rate during the quarter by addressing production and supply chain bottlenecks, including several short factory shutdowns to upgrade equipment.

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Lightning Systems battery-electric heavy-duty Ford Transit showing 61 MPGe city, 66 MPGe highway

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Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero-emissions solutions for commercial fleets, is taking its new Ford Transit LightningElectric model ( earlier post ) on the road, showcasing the recently released vehicle efficiency ratings of 61 MPGe on in-town routes and 66 MPGe on highway. The LightningElectric is a battery-electric drivetrain package for the heavy-duty Ford Transit, a product used extensively by commercial and government fleets.

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NUS team discovers bacterium that produces only biobutanol directly from cellulose

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A team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of directly converting cellulose to biobutanol.

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Ceres Power unveils 5 kW SteelCell SOFC stack, V5 SteelCell technology

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Ceres Power, a UK-based spin-out from Imperial College, recently unveiled a new 5kW stack platform and the latest advancements of its SteelCell V5 solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. Earlier post.). In less than two years, five global OEMs have signed joint development agreements to work with the SteelCell including Cummins ( earlier post ), Honda ( earlier post ) and Nissan ( earlier post ).

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Study projects future EVs to have 30-70% lower environmental impacts that current EVs when changes to electricity generation are considered

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Numerous studies have tackled the future environmental impact of battery-electric vehicles; the resulting assessments are highly uncertain. Now, a team of researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland, with colleagues at Leiden University (Netherlands) and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency have used Monte Carlo and global sensitivity analysis to quantify parametric uncertainty of the impacts.

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Idaho National Laboratory low-energy electrochemical process could eliminate need for steam cracking of hydrocarbons

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A team of Idaho National Laboratory (INL) researchers, with colleagues at Georgia Tech, has pioneered an electrochemical process that could eliminate the need for high-energy steam cracking. In an open-access paper in the RSC journal Energy and Environmental Science , the researchers suggest that their study provides a disruptive approach for petrochemical manufacturing, shifting the paradigm from thermal chemical practice to a clean energy regime.

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Buick announces VELITE 6 PHEV, BEV models for China

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Buick will add two new models to its China portfolio—the VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and VELITE 6 battery-electric vehicle (BEV)—to tap into the fast-growing domestic demand for new energy vehicles. In April 2017, Buick introduced the Velite 5, its first extended-range electric vehicle, in a global debut in Shanghai. Earlier post.) The VELITE 5 is based on the Chevrolet Volt.

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DESY study finds edges and corners increase efficiency of catalytic converters

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Catalytic converters for cleaning exhaust emissions are more efficient when they use nanoparticles with many edges, according to a study carried out at the the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), a research center of the Helmholtz Association, X-ray source PETRA III. A team of scientists from the DESY NanoLab watched live as carbon monoxide (CO) was converted into CO 2 on the surface of noble metal nanoparticles such as those used in catalytic converters of cars.

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Autotalks and Griiip demonstrate first motorsport V2V application on a racetrack

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Autotalks , a developer of V2X (Vehicle to Everything) communication chipsets, and the Israeli startup Griiip , which is developing a next generation single seater race car, have demonstrated the first motorsport Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) application on a racetrack. As part of the demonstration, which took place on 15 March 2018 in a new motorsport park in Be’er Sheva, Israel, Griiip equipped all their G1 racecars on the track with Autotalks’ V2X solution, based on the CRATON2 chipset.

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NASA awards $247.5M contract to Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to build quieter supersonic aircraft

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NASA has awarded a contract for the design, building and testing of a supersonic aircraft that reduces a sonic boom to a gentle thump. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company was selected for the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration contract, a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract valued at $247.5 million. Work under the contract began 2 April and runs through 31 December 2021.

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RPI team develops method to use paper-making by-product in lithium-sulfur batteries

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Lignosulfonate, a sulfonated carbon waste material, is a major by-product in the papermaking industry. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have now developed a method to use this cheap and abundant waste byproduct to build a components for lithium-sulfur batteries.

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New technique for modeling auto-ignition characteristics of bioethanol-blended gasolines

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Researchers at KAUST in Saudi Arabia, with colleagues from Saudi Aramco and the National University of Ireland Galway, have developed a new method for investigating the auto-ignition behavior of bioethanol-blended gasolines. Their work, reported in a paper in the journal Combustion & Flame , explores the oxidation behavior of two oxygenated certification gasoline fuels and the variation of fuel reactivity with molecular composition.

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EPA: GHG emissions standards for cars and light trucks should be revised; joint process with NHTSA (updated with more reactions)

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the completion of the Midterm Evaluation (MTE) process for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025, and his final determination that the current standards are not appropriate and should be revised.

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Northwestern team develops new approach to catalyst design using SPBCL and DFT; new HER catalyst 7x more active than Pt

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Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new approach for creating new catalysts to aid in clean energy conversion and storage. The design method, reported in a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , (PNAS) also has the potential to impact the discovery of new optical and data storage materials, catalysts that impact pharmaceutical synthesis and catalysts that allow for higher efficiency processing of petroleum products at much lower cost.

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NUS-led research team develops cost-effective technique for mass production of high-quality graphene; 50x less solvent

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A research team led by the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed an economical and industrially viable strategy to produce graphene. The new technique addresses the long-standing challenge of an efficient process for large-scale production of graphene, and paves the way for sustainable synthesis of the material. Graphene is a two-dimensional material with a honeycomb structure of only one atom thick.

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Volkswagen of America hires Tesla Model S, X program manager to steer objectives for MEB EV line

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Volkswagen of America, Inc. VWoA) has appointed Matthew Renna as Vice President, Volkswagen North American Region (NAR)-G4, effective 16 April 2018. Renna will manage the NAR-G4 team, steering objectives for the Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) line, Volkswagen’s modular system for manufacturing electric vehicles. Renna most recently served as program manager for Model S and Model X at Tesla Motors.

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NREL-led team overcomes major technical obstacle in Mg-metal batteries by developing artificial solid-electrolyte interphase

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Magnesium offers a number of advantages over lithium for rechargeable batteries: it is safer and earth-abundant, and doubles the total charge per ion, delivering larger theoretical volumetric capacity compared with a typical lithium-ion battery. Further, in Mg batteries (MB) the anode is energy-dense Mg metal (~?3,830 3,830 ?Ah? 1 )—surpassing the theoretical volumetric energy density of graphite anodes (~?700?Ah? 1 ) and even that of lithium metal (2,062? l –1 ). Earlier post.).

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SoftBank Group to acquire 9.9% of Nemaska Lithium

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Nemaska Lithium Inc. has entered into an investment agreement with SoftBank Group Corp. for a private placement of common share subscription receipts at a price of CAD 1.12 (USD 0.88) per receipt for aggregate gross proceeds of up to CAD 99,075,000 (USD 75,000,000). Under the investment agreement, SoftBank will acquire up to 9.9% of Nemaska Lithium’s outstanding common shares.

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Notre Dame team develops plasma-enabled catalysis for ammonia production at milder conditions at smaller scale

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The Haber-Bosch process developed in the early 1900s relies on non-renewable fossil fuels and large, centralized chemical plants for the large-scale synthesis of ammonia at elevated temperatures (~700 K) and pressures (~100atm). Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have now developed a sustainable low-temperature and -pressure ammonia synthesis process using plasma-based catalysis.

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Global Bioenergies beginning road testing with Audi A4 fueled with 34% renewable gasoline blends

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Global Bioenergies is beginning the road-testing phase of renewable gasoline derived from its fermentative isobutene pathway. Earlier post.) Global Bioenergies will use an EN228-compliant gasoline blend containing more than 34% of renewable, isobutene-derived, compounds to fuel a car on a circuit.

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Porsche invests in Israeli AI start-up Anagog; on-device mobility status detection

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Porsche Digital GmbH has purchased a minority stake in Israeli start-up Anagog as a strategic expansion to its digital innovation portfolio. Founded in 2010, the Tel Aviv-based start-up currently has around 30 employees and specializes in developing artificial intelligence (AI) in the context of mobility. Daimler also recently took a stake in the company. Earlier post.).

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New photocatalyst for the hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol with high selectivity at atmospheric pressure

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Researchers from Soochow University in China and the University of Toronto have developed a new photocatalyst for the hydrogenation of CO 2 to methanol with 50% selectivity under simulated solar irradiation. A paper on their work appears in the journal Joule. The solar methanol production of the defect-laden indium oxide, In 2 O 3-x (OH) y , with a rod-like nanocrystal superstructure, can be stabilized at a rate of 0.06 mmol g cat -1 h -1 at atmospheric pressure.

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Study finds blending gasoline with GTL improves efficiency and lowers emissions in compression-ignition PPC mode

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A team from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, in collaboration with Bengt Johansson at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, reports that blending gasoline with high cetane number (CN) gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuel appears to be a promising route to improve not only efficiency, but also PM and NO x emissions, particularly when operating in partially premixed combustion (PPC) mode.

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Penn State insights into how cellulose is built could indicate how to break it apart for biofuels

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Cellulose—the primary building block of the walls of most plant cells—is synthesized at the plasma membrane by cellulose synthase complexes (CSCs). The ability to deliver CSCs to discrete sites at the cell surface is critical for cellulose synthesis. Now,researchers at Penn State have identified the major steps in the process as well as the tools used by plant cells to create cellulose, including proteins that transport critical components to the location where cellulose is made.

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China NEV startup Singulato to invest ~$2.4B in Suzhou

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Xinhua reports that Chinese new energy vehicle (NEV) start-up Singulato Motors plans to invest some $2.39 billion in eastern China’s Suzhou over the next five years. A partnership between the company and the Suzhou city government covers research and development, production and industrial investment in the NEV industry. Singulato’s first production car will be iS6 SUV, due to be on market this year. The SUV will offer 5-seat and 7-seat variants, as well as two-wheel and four-wheel drive options.

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Ryder range-extended electric step vans produced by Workhorse now in W.B. Mason’s delivery fleet

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Ryder System, Inc. announced that W.B. Mason, the US’ second-largest privately owned office products dealer, has taken delivery of Workhorse E-GEN electric, range-extended step vans. The company has expanded its fleet with the Workhorse electric vehicles to support its national business product delivery operations.

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2018 Nissan Leaf electric car: Is there a fast-charging problem?

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As Tesla has shown, not all fast charging is created equal. Now owners of the new 2018 Nissan Leaf are complaining that the car's "fast" charging is not always as fast as advertised. Owners have found that the car's electronic management software dials back charging speeds with each successive fast charge on any given trip. Nissan says this. plug-in cars charging Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) youtube ChaDeMo quick-charge standard Fast Charging

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China plans to standardize electric-car tech nationally to expand its global lead

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Sales of plug-in electric vehicles in China were almost four times those in the U.S. last year, and the gap is expected to widen this year. The world's largest car market is engineering a massive shift over the next two decades away from cars with combustion engines toward battery-powered cars. It is a way for China to address hazardous air. Standard China plug-in cars charging Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) charging infrastructure Charging stations new energy vehicles

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5 things about the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric we learned at the NY auto show

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After a Detroit auto show that was about little except pickup trucks and a new Jeep, followed by a tepid Chicago show, New York proved to be relatively rich in interesting new green cars. The standout was clearly the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, the 250-mile battery-electric small hatchback that will go on sale before the end of the year. While it. New York Auto Show plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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California now has 33 hydrogen fueling stations for 4,200 fuel-cell cars so far

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Hydrogen fuel first went on sale in California in January 2015, more than three years ago, though it had been dispensed free at a dozen or so prototype locations before that. Five years ago, the state set a goal of 100 hydrogen fueling stations throughout the state by 2020, a deadline that now appears unlikely to be met. On Friday, the state's. California hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell Fuel Cell Vehicles First Element Fuels

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Tesla Model 3 production crossed 2,000 last week; is it sustainable?

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Tesla reported Tuesday that it built 34,494 electric cars in the first quarter of 2018, by far its largest quarterly production total ever. But all eyes were on one number: the production of Model 3 sedans, which was 9,766 vehicles out of that total. Of the rest, 11,730 were Model S hatchback sedans and 10,070 were Model X crossover utility. Elon Musk Fremont Production assembly plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Smart to go all-electric worldwide by 2020: Daimler CEO

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The U.S. sales history of the Smart two-seat minicar started with a bang in 2008, when gasoline prices soared, and has waned since then. A complete redesign of the little ForTwo in the 2016 model year, with the Cabrio soft-top following for 2017, didn't do much for sales. That led parent company Daimler to make a radical decision: For the 2018. Minicars plug-in cars

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Nissan Leaf refurbished batteries offered for older electric cars, in Japan

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With more than 300,000 Nissan Leaf electric cars on the road, some more than six years old, battery degradation is becoming more and more of an issue. The different rates of capacity loss are a topic of much discussion among Leaf owners, but it now seems likely that Nissan's choice of passive air cooling rather than active liquid cooling has. Batteries lithium-ion battery pack Recycling plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) reuse Replacement

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2019 Jaguar I-Pace: brief first drive of all-electric luxury crossover

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A parking lot in suburban New Jersey isn’t the first place I’d look for a revolution. According to Jaguar, it’s where ours will start. After less than four minutes behind the wheel of the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, the electric Jaguar feels like the beginning of something. DON'T MISS: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover debuts in. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Electric I-Pace may lead Jaguar design, style into the future

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In January 2007, Jaguar dropped a bombshell, in the form of the C-XF concept sedan it unveiled at that year's Detroit auto show. The sleek, fastback shape, simple rectangular grille with recessed mesh, and swept-back cat's-eye headlights yanked Jaguar design out of its fusty retro-traditional straitjacket and catapulted it into the 21st century. Styling New York Auto Show Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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