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Tokyo Tech catalyst enables lower-temperature synthesis of ammonia; energy and GHG savings

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Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have developed an improved catalyst for the synthesis of ammonia by taking the common dehydrating agent calcium hydride and adding fluoride to it. The catalyst facilitates the synthesis of ammonia at merely 50 °C, with an extremely small activation energy of 20 kJmol -1 —less than half that reported for conventional catalysts, said Dr. Michikazu Hara, who led the team.

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Polestar 2 electric car will offer a new generation of safety systems

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Volvo built its reputation on safety, and that same focus seems to have translated to the Swedish automaker's Polestar division. The upcoming Polestar 2 electric car will debut a new generation of safety systems, according to a press release from the automaker. The Polestar 2 was developed with Volvo engineers and R&D resources, and will hold

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Orleans Métropole in France acquiring 29 Irizar ie tram electric buses

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Orleans Métropole (France) has selected Irizar e-mobility for the supply of 29 Irizar ie tram zero emissions electric buses. The Irizar ie tram is an electric, bus with the appearance of a tram that combines the large capacity, ease of access and internal configuration of a tram with the flexibility of a city bus. This agreement is part of the Orléans Métropole strategy for the conversion of its bus fleet and the supply of a fully electric public transport system in its territory by 2025.

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Colorado releases new electric vehicle plan

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The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), a non-regulatory department within the Governor’s Office focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency and zero emission vehicles, has released the Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan 2020. Colorado released its first electric vehicle plan two years ago, establishing a target of 940,000 EVs by 2030.

Arcola Energy and Optare launch Metrodecker H2 hydrogen fuel cell double-deck bus

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Arcola Energy Ltd and Optare Group Ltd launched a hydrogen fuel cell double-deck bus product for UK and international markets. With both bus and power system built in the UK, the team believes the new bus will make an important contribution to city air quality and a low carbon economic recovery. The Metrodecker H2 hydrogen bus product is built on the proven Optare Metrodecker EV platform.

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SK Innovation to build second EV battery plant in US, increasing investment to $2.5B

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SK Innovation announced plans for additional investment in its US battery business, following approval by the SK Innovation Board of Directors to fund the start of construction of a second electric vehicle battery plant in Georgia. SK Innovation has increased investment plans for its Georgia EV battery site, shown here in a rendering. SK Innovation plans to invest a total of $2.5 billion in its US battery business to build two plants at its site in Commerce, Ga.,

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ACEA: electric buses made up 4% of new bus registrations in Europe in 2019

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Last year, 85.0% of all new medium- and heavy-buses (over 3.5 tonnes) registered in the European Union were fueled by diesel; the market share of gasoline in this segment was close to zero. All alternatively-powered vehicles (APV) combined accounted for 15.0% of the EU bus market in 2019, with electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECV) making up 4.0% of total new bus registrations, according to the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association). Source: ACEA.

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PNNL team develops carbon nanotube-silicon microspheres as high-performance Li-ion anodes

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Silicon is an appealing anode material for Li-ion batteries because it can hold about 10 times the electrical charge per gram compared to graphite. However, silicon suffers from large volume change during lithiation/delithiation, leading to structure failure. Although nanostructured Si can mitigate that structure failure, nanomaterials, with their high surface area and low tap density, can be detrimental for both their electrochemical performance and practical manufacturing.

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Toyota has sold more than 15 million hybrid electric vehicles worldwide

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Toyota has sold more than 15 million hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) worldwide since the 1997 launch of the iconic Prius, the first full hybrid mass-produced car. Now offered on 44 individual models across a wide range of size and body types, Toyota’s hybrid electric technology has reduced CO 2 emissions by more than 120 million tonnes worldwide. In Europe, sales of HEVs have passed the 2.8

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JATO: global vehicle sales fall by 39% in March; electrified vehicles up to 17.4% new registration market share in Europe

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The outbreak of COVID-19 has already impacted the automotive industry significantly, according to JATO Dynamics, a leading provider of global automotive data and insight. Global vehicle sales totalled 5.55 million units in March 2020, down by 39% from March 2019. This represents the largest year-on-year monthly decrease since 1980, when JATO Dynamics started to collect data—even surpassing the global financial crisis in November 2008, which saw a 25% decline in sales.

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LG Chem investing $53M to expand carbon nanotube production; targeting EVs and batteries

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LG Chem will invest about 65 billion KRW (US$ 53 million) by Q1 of next year to expand the production of carbon nanotubes (CNT) by 1,200 tons at its Yeosu plant in Korea. Once the expansion is made, LG Chem will have a total production capacity of 1,700 tons. With properties (electric, thermal conductivity, strength) that are superior to existing materials, CNT’s use is wide-ranging including batteries, semiconductors, automobile parts, aircraft fuselages, etc.

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Solaris to introduce 15m electric bus this year; urban and inter-city

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Solaris will introduce a 15-meter (49-foot) Urbino electric bus to its portfolio. Up until now, Solaris offered only city buses; the 15-meter version of the Urbino will also meet requirements of inter-city transport. The Urbino 15 LE bus will be certified and offered with specs characteristic for class I vehicles—as a city bus—and for class II vehicles—as a bus for inter-city transport. The design itself of the tri-axle bus of 15 meters is nothing new for the company.

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New MOF can efficiently separate biobutanol from fermentation broth

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An international research collaboration has developed a novel, porous, and hydrophobic metal–organic framework (MOF) based on copper ions and carborane–carboxylate ligands that can efficiently separate biobutanol from the broth of fermented biomass needed for the fuel’s production. A paper on the work is published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

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Survey: 70% of Americans are electric-car virgins, same GM EV1 barriers persist today

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Almost a decade after the first modern, mainstream, electric cars went on sale, myths and misconceptions persist. A J.D. Power survey released Tuesday suggests that may be partly because most Americans still haven't driven an EV. The majority of Americans surveyed—70%—had never been in an electric car. That figure is a great reminder

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Toyota has sold more than 15 million hybrids globally

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Toyota has reaffirmed its position as the global leader in hybrids, surpassing yet another sales milestone. The automaker has sold more than 15 million hybrids globally since the launch of the first-generation Prius in 1997, according to a press release from Toyota's European division. That figure includes sales from both the main Toyota brand and

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Aramco, KAUST team finds hybrid gasoline compression-ignition architecture can reduce GHG 26-55% vs. conventional SI

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Researchers from Saudi Aramco and KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), with a colleague from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, assessed the effects of adopting 4 hybrid architectures on the life-cycle GHG emissions of a novel high-reactivity fuel in an advanced compression-ignition engine (GCI). Their paper appears in the journal Applied Energy.

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Virginia Tech team demonstrates green manufacturing method for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Virginia Tech have demonstrated a green and more sustainable manufacturing method for LIBs in which no hazardous organic solvent is used during electrode manufacturing and recycling. A paper on their work is published in the journal iScience. The researchers found that the electrodes fabricated via water-based processing demonstrate comparable rate performance and cycle life to the ones from conventional solvent based processing.

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: What to expect from its mpg-boosting solar roof

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Those who live in sunny climates—especially warm ones—see the shady spots in a parking lot as the hot commodity. But if more cars gain what the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has—a Solar Roof System that can actually boost all-electric miles and gas mileage—frugal drivers might instead start hunting down sun-drenched spots for. solar

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Tesla Model S is already at an EPA-cycle 400 miles of range, Musk says

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in January that a 400-mile range for the Model S isn’t far away Musk wasn’t exaggerating. Today he revealed that the company’s flagship electric sedan passed the 400-mile mark about two months ago. In Tesla’s quarterly update call Tuesday—before the call devolved into a series of rants from

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ARPA-E to award $28M to develop ultrahigh-temperature materials for gas turbine applications

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ARPA-E announced up to $28 million in funding ( DE-FOA-0002337 ) for a new program, ULtrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE). The ULTIMATE program will develop and demonstrate ultrahigh-temperature materials that can operate in high temperature and high stress environments of a gas turbine blade. Projects will specifically target gas turbine applications in the power generation and aviation industries.

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U Texas team uses tellurium as cathode additive to improve Li-S performance

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Researchers at the University of Texas have discovered that introducing tellurium (Te) into a Li-Sulfur system as a cathode additive significantly improves the reversibility of Li plating/stripping by forming a tellurized and sulfide-rich solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer on the Li surface. The introduction of Te as a cathode additive in Li-S batteries greatly enhances the reversibility of Li plating and stripping.

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All 2020 Hyundai hybrids have a clever 12-volt lithium-ion accessory battery

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Hyundai’s electric vehicles, the Ioniq Electric and Kona Electric, are already established as among the top few most efficient EVs. And Hyundai's hybrid models like the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid that's reaching dealerships soon, with an EPA combined rating of up to 52 mpg, are right up there on the leaderboard as well. The automaker's. youtube

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ACEA: EU commercial vehicle registrations: down 23.2% in Q1 2020; -47.3% in March

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In March 2020, demand for new commercial vehicles fell by 47.3% across the EU, as measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 lead to the closure of dealerships, according to the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association). Each vehicle segment was strongly affected by the fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak and all 27 EU markets recorded substantial declines last month. The strongest drops were posted by Italy (-66.1%), Spain (-64.4%) and France (-63.1%).

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Bollinger Motors lays the foundation for electric work trucks of all kinds

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Although there are plenty of electric trucks in the works, Detroit-based Bollinger Motors is one of the few all-electric efforts aiming to produce what many serious work-truck users need as a foundation: the B2 Chassis Cab. Heavy-duty pickups are commonly offered in tough chassis-cab formats that let companies and specialized upfitters put. Green Life

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Chicago acts to keep city from becoming a charging desert

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Electric-car charging infrastructure in Chicago could use a boost, and the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance Friday meant to pave the way for that. Scheduled to take effect this fall, the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Ready (EVSE-Ready) ordinance would require property owners to reserve more parking spaces for electric-car charging. charging Green Life

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Hyosung and Linde Group to build world’s largest liquid hydrogen production facility in Korea

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Hyosung and the Linde Group, a leading global provider of industrial gases, will invest 300 billion won (US$246 million) until 2022 in a joint enterprise of creating a value chain that covers everything about the setup and operation of liquid hydrogen production, transport and recharging facilities. Both companies will invest in the construction of a liquid hydrogen plant on an area of about 30,000 square meters within the site of Hyosung Yongyeon plant in Ulsan.

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CATL expands partnerships with VDL and Quantron in Europe for commercial vehicle electrification

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Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL), the global leading EV battery manufacturer, is expanding partnerships with VDL Bus & Coach B.V. and Quantron AG to optimize local product solutions and services for commercial vehicle electrification in Europe.

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Audi offering plug-in hybrid version of A6 Avant wagon

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Audi is offering its successful full-size station wagon A6 Avant as a plug-in hybrid: The new A6 Avant 55 TFSI e quattro has a system output of 270 kW (367 PS) (combined fuel consumption 2.1–1.9 l/100 km (112.0–123.8 123.8 US mpg); combined electric power consumption of 18.1–17.6 kWh/100 km; and combined CO 2 emissions of 48–44 g/km (77.2–70.8 g/mile)). The drive combines a 185 kW (252 PS) 2.0 TFSI engine with 370 N·m (272.9 lb-ft) of torque with a powerful electric motor.

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Xpeng launches P7 EV in China; up to 706 km NEDC

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Xpeng Motors launched its P7 long-range, high-performance, fast-charging intelligent EV sports sedan—its second production model. Earlier post.) The P7 is immediately available for order in China, in 3 versions—4WD High Performance; Super-Long Range: (656km – 706km NEDC); and Long Range (568km NEDC)—and 8 configurations. Customer deliveries will begin at the end of June 2020, starting at RMB 229,900 – 349,900 (US$32,462 – 49,404), post subsidies.

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Audi to quit DTM touring car racing series after this season

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Audi will not extend its commitment in the DTM touring car racing series beyond the 2020 season. The management board of AUDI AG made this decision also in light of the economic challenges due to the corona pandemic and communicated it to ITR e.V., the DTM’s umbrella organization, on Monday. Consequently, Audi’s successful involvement in Formula E and in customer racing will be taking center stage in Audi’s future motorsport activities.

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Leading titanium producer cuts planned production 32% due to impact of COVID-19

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Russian titanium producer VSMPO-AVISMA has cut its 2020 production plans by some 32% in response to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on key end-use markets. Citing the implications of a collapse in air travel on the need for new aircraft and repairs to the existing fleet, along with production shutdowns by its key customers, the company announced that it would reduce output of titanium products to 26.5kt this year from a previously planned 39kt.

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Average fuel economy for MY 2019 light-duty vehicles was 95% better than MY 1975

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The average production-weighted fuel economy for all new light-duty vehicles in model year (MY) 2019 was 95% better than in MY 1975, while average horsepower was 78% higher and weight was 1% higher, according to the 2019 EPA Automotive Trends Report. From the late 1980s to the mid-2000s, fuel economy generally declined while horsepower and weight increased. Since 2004, due to technical innovations, fuel economy and horsepower have increased while vehicle weight has stayed about the same.

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CSIRO study finds little to no environmental impact from fracing in Queensland

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A comprehensive three-year scientific study into the air, water and soil impacts of hydraulic fracturing (HF) in coal seam gas (CSG) in Queensland, Australia has found little to no impacts on air quality, soils, groundwater and waterways. The study also found current water treatment technology used for treating water produced from coal seam gas wells is effective in removing hydraulic fracturing chemicals and naturally occurring (geogenic) chemicals to within relevant water quality guidelines.

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CHAdeMO 3.0 fast charging for EVs revealed, might be backward-compatible with CCS

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Electric cars still lack a unified standard for DC fast charging, but the latest version of the CHAdeMO charging standard comes closer to achieving that goal. CHAdeMO 3.0 is being co-developed with the China Electricity Council, and will operate under China's GB/T communications standard, the CHAdeMO Association said last week in a press release. charging

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Diesel and gasoline prices drop in early 2020, but diesel drops substantially less

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by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. Although both diesel and gasoline are made from oil, the trends in their prices do not always go in parallel. One reason is that the demands for these two fuels do not necessarily follow each other. A case in point is the situation during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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Karma showcases extended range E-Flex platform for utility van applications

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Karma Automotive announced its E-Flex utility van platform with extended range electric vehicle (EREV) architecture. The new platform is one of five demonstration projects designed to illustrate Karma’s technical direction and capabilities through the use of highly versatile EREV and battery electric (BEV) chassis systems. Earlier post.).

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