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Rhodium Group estimates US GHG fell 2.1% in 2019, driven by coal decline

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The Rhodium Group, an independent research provider, estimates that, after a sharp uptick in 2018, US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell by 2.1% in 2019 based on preliminary energy and economic data. This decline was due almost entirely to a drop in coal consumption.

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Study: Global interest in electric cars surging, autonomous tech stalling

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Here in the U.S., automakers are making huge investments in research and development for advanced vehicle features and autonomous technology, while several automakers—Toyota, for instance, and recently Honda—are being cautious about investing in an electric-car future.

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Top five things we learned this week

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So far this week we’ve learned that Donald Trump is never far away from starting World War 3, while Harry and Megan are sick of warring with the press and want to resign from royal life

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Toyota to build prototype city of the future, powered by hydrogen fuel cells

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At CES, Toyota revealed plans to build a prototype “city” of the future on a 175-acre (0.71 km 2 ) site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Called the Woven City , it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

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U of Sydney researchers find evidence of how hydrogen causes steel embrittlement

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In a first, University of Sydney researchers have found evidence of how hydrogen causes embrittlement of steels. When hydrogen moves into steel, it makes the metal become brittle, leading to catastrophic failures.

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Fiat 500 and Panda first FCA models to be fitted with new mild-hybrid technology

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The Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda will be the first FCA models to adopt the group’s new hybrid technology.

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Younger persons are still less likely to have a driver’s license than in the 1980s

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by Michael Sivak. Since 2011 , I have periodically examined changes in the proportion of persons with a driver’s license as a function of age. The previous study compared data for 1983 (as the baseline) with those for 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2017.

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NREL study finds high-pressure hydrogen pipeline system could potentially make hydrogen cost-competitive with gasoline

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A new study by a team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) concludes that a high-pressure, scalable, intra-city hydrogen pipeline system could improve the economics and logistics of hydrogen delivery, making it potentially cost-competitive with gasoline. An open-access paper on the work is published in the journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.

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IONITY orders 324 350kW EV chargers from ABB for second phase of expansion

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ABB has received an order for a further 324, 350 kW high-power electric vehicle (EV) chargers from IONITY. The chargers are to be rolled out in 24 countries by the end of 2020 as part of the second phase of the IONITY network expansion. Financial details of the order were not disclosed.

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Xtrac showcasing P1316 e-axle, developed for FIA World Rallycross

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Transmission technology specialist Xtrac is showcasing its new P1316 e-axle developed for the first electric-powered cars to compete in the 2021 to 2024 FIA World Rallycross Championship at Autosport International in the UK. P1316 E-World Rally Cross Transmission.

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Fisker Ocean electric SUV starts at $37,499, pre-tax credit; leases for $379/mo

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Fisker is pricing its new Ocean electric SUV with an MSRP of US $37,499. After the US federal tax credit is applied, the cost of the Fisker Ocean drops to a starting price of US$29,999 (US).

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Oxbotica and Navtech start joint development of integrated radar-based navigation & perception system

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Oxbotica, a developer of autonomous vehicle software, and Navtech, a global radar solution company, are developing a radar-based navigation and perception system to be launched this year.

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Visteon collaborates with Tencent to launch SmartCore domain controller on new Aion LX electric vehicle platform from GAC

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Panasonic, Tropos Motors reveal two concept electric commercial utility vehicles at CES

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Panasonic, in collaboration with electric utility vehicle maker Tropos Motors, revealed two multi-technology production-ready compact utility commercial vehicles at CES.

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Nissan showcases new twin-motor all-wheel-control technology with Ariya electric concept at CES; e-4ORCE

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Nissan has developed new twin-motor all-wheel-control technology called e-4ORCE for electric vehicles. The technology provides instant torque to all four wheels to deliver balanced, predictable power and handling on par with many premium sports cars.

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Velodyne Lidar introduces its smallest lidar sensor at CES: the $100 Velabit

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Velodyne Lidar, Inc. introduced Velabit, Velodyne’s smallest sensor, at CES 2020. The Velabit leverages Velodyne’s lidar technology and manufacturing partnerships for cost optimization and high-volume production.

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Sony Vision-S concept electric car unveiled at CES looks at a connected near-future

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Sony's surprise Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas wasn't a new PlayStation, smartphone, or Betamax.

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Hyundai Motor presents urban smart mobility solution UAM-PBV-Hub; air mobility

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Hyundai Motor Company unveiled at CES 2020 its vision for urban mobility to help vitalize human-centered future cities.

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US urban congestion decreased from 2014 to 2018

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) produces annual congestion measurements for the 52 largest urban areas in the United States using data from the National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS).

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Uber and Hyundai announce aerial ridesharing partnership, release new full-scale electric air taxi model at CES

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Uber and Hyundai Motor Company announced a new partnership to develop Uber Air Taxis for a future aerial ride share network and unveiled a new full-scale aircraft concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

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Toyota’s top-selling US hybrid isn’t the Prius

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The top-selling Toyota hybrid vehicle in the U.S. over the past year wasn’t part of the Prius family—or, technically, a passenger car. In 2019, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid wins that crown.

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ORNL researchers advance performance benchmark for quantum computers

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a quantum chemistry simulation benchmark to evaluate the performance of quantum devices and guide the development of applications for future quantum computers.

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DOE launches Energy Storage Grand Challenge

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Energy Storage Grand Challenge , a comprehensive program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies. The Grand Challenge builds on the $158-million Advanced Energy Storage Initiative announced in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request.

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Hum-dinger: General Motors reportedly to revive Hummer name as GMC electric truck

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A Wall Street Journal report Friday indicated that General Motors would revive the Hummer name as soon as 2022, but instead use the name for an all-electric pickup in the GMC family.

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Why the Toyota RAV4 is the best hybrid for the US market

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Sometimes the market speaks decisively about what it wants, and we can make a tremendous impact by simply playing matchmaker rather than pushing back. That’s how we’d sum our feelings about the RAV4 Hybrid Limited we had at our annual Best Car To Buy roundup this past fall.

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Study: new international agreements needed to ensure sustainable supply of minerals and metals for low-carbon energy tech

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A study by an international team of researchers warns that the global transition to global low-carbon energy technology could be at risk unless new international agreements and governance mechanisms are put in place to ensure a sustainable supply of rare minerals and metals.

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Bollinger Motors formalizes its B1 and B2 electric trucks with patent filings

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Bollinger Motors announced Wednesday that it has filed for patent protection for its electric trucks, as the company moves toward expected announcements of the models’ production location and partner company.

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E4Tech: ~1.1 GW of fuel cell capacity shipped in 2019, up 40% from 2018; led by fuel cell vehicles

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A new report from specialist international sustainable energy consultancy E4tech finds that approximately 1.1 GW of fuel cell capacity shipped worldwide in 2019, up 40% on 2018. The driving force for the market continues to be fuel cell vehicles, led by Japan’s Toyota and South Korea’s Hyundai. Between them, these two companies account for two-thirds of 2019’s shipped fuel cell capacity. With burgeoning bus, truck and van markets added in, vehicles accounted for more than 900 MW of the 1.1

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CES: Fisker Ocean gets a $37,499 price tag, but still no word on batteries or build site

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Henrik Fisker's latest startup vehicle brand took to the pre-CES scrum Sunday with what it says is a production version of the Ocean crossover. What Fisker hasn't confirmed yet are where the Ocean will be built, or which company will supply the batteries to provide its 300-mile electric range.

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Hexagon, Hyundai and Valeo unveil a high-precision vehicle positioning system

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At CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Hyundai; Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence Division; Valeo; and a major mobile network operator are presenting a new technology capable of pinpointing a vehicle’s exact location while on the road. Using proprietary centimeter-level precision called High-Precision Positioning (HPP), the system can further enhance a vehicle’s advanced active safety technologies.

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VW opens N American center of excellence for autonomous vehicle R&D

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Volkswagen has opened a North American center of excellence for autonomous vehicle research and development under a new subsidiary, Volkswagen Autonomy, Inc. The new center is part of a global subsidiary, Volkswagen Autonomy GmbH, that will work towards making self-driving vehicles a reality at global scale. The center will be based at Volkswagen’s Innovation and Engineering Center California in Belmont, and anticipates hiring 50 to 100 experts in Systems Engineering and Architecture this year.

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2020 Nissan Leaf preview: More safety features, bigger touchscreen for EV compact car

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The Nissan Leaf electric hatchback has steadily evolved since its debut in 2010.

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UCSF team finds significant increase in injuries for e-scooter riders

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Researchers at the University of California San Francisco have found a significant increase in e-scooter injuries and hospital admissions between 2014 and 2018—particularly over the last year—with people aged 18 to 34 years becoming the most injured group. Nearly one-third of patients had a head injury, more than double the rate of head injuries experienced by bicyclists. An open-access paper on their study is published in the journal JAMA Surgery.

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Shell Aviation, World Energy collaborate to increase supply of sustainable aviation fuel; SAF to Lufthansa at SFO

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Shell Aviation and World Energy are collaborating to develop a scalable supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The agreement is intended to be a multi-year collaboration, with both companies acknowledging that the path to lower carbon emissions in aviation requires long-term commitment and collaboration. As part of the collaboration, Shell Aviation and World Energy also announced that they have initiated the supply of SAF to Lufthansa Group at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

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Tesla delivered 367,500 vehicles in 2019; up 50% from 2018 and within guidance

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Tesla Motors reported record production in Q4 of approximately 112,000 vehicles. In 2019, Tesla delivered approximately 367,500 vehicles, 50% more than the previous year and in line with its full-year guidance. Tesla Q4 production and deliveries. Production (vehicles). Deliveries (vehicles). Subject to lease accounting (%). Model S/X. 17,933. 19,450. Model 3. 86,958. 92,550. Total. 104,891. 112,000.

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Two largest US automotive trade associations merge: Alliance for Automotive Innovation

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Global Automakers and The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers—the two largest automotive industry trade associations in the US—merged to form a new association leveraging the expansive history of both organizations while creating a single, unified industry voice.

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14 US fleets launch ACT Fleet Forum; best practices on adopting advanced, clean transportation technologies

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Fourteen leading US fleets announced the formation of the ACT Fleet Forum , an educational initiative to share best practices between participating fleets, as well as top technology providers and fuel suppliers on adopting advanced, clean transportation technologies.

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