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Nissan introduces series-hybrid powertrain with Note e-POWER in Japan; small pack, small engine, LEAF motor, low price

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In Japan, Nissan Motor introduced its new series-hybrid drive system called e-POWER along with its application in the Note. This marks the first availability of e-POWER technology for consumers, marking a milestone in the electrification strategy under Nissan Intelligent Mobility. e-POWER borrows from the EV technology in the Nissan LEAF.

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Now Toyota can make electric cars: it's tamed lithium-ion batteries, it says

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Toyota is one of the world's three largest carmakers, along with General Motors and Volkswagen Group. Having placed its bets for the future of zero-emission transport on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, it's by far the most resistant of the three to the notion of battery-electric cars. But a recent news story might possibly indicate a crack in the. lithium-ion battery pack plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Weekly round-up: Admiral annoyances, a mighty Mustang, crazy concepts and another diesel downer?

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It’s been a pretty busy week at ContractHireAndLeasing.com HQ, with the clocks going forward and disrupting the news flow as we got to grips with the. Weekly round-up

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ORNL team shows 3D-printed permanent magnets outperform conventional versions, conserve rare materials

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and colleagues have demonstrated that permanent magnets produced by additive manufacturing can outperform bonded magnets made using traditional techniques while conserving critical materials. NdFeB magnets are used in a range of applications from computer hard drives and headphones to clean energy technologies such as electric vehicles and wind turbines.

2016 289

Québec moves forward with a zero-emission vehicle standard

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Earlier this week, the Québec National Assembly unanimously adopted Bill 104, a zero-emission vehicle standard. Automakers that sell or lease a yearly average of more than 4,500 new vehicles (all light models combined) will be subject to the ZEV standard. In its 2015-2020 Transportation Electrification Action Plan, Québec set a target of 100,000 registered plug-in vehicles by 2020.

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BMW has sold more than 100,000 EVs and PHEVs worldwide over three years

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The BMW Group has now delivered more than 100,000 purely electric-powered cars and plug-in hybrids to customers worldwide since the launch of BMW i in November 2013. The BMW i3 alone has reached a figure of more than 60,000 units, making it the most successful electric vehicle in the premium compact segment. More than 80% of BMW i3 customers worldwide are new to BMW. The BMW i8 ranks first among electrified sports cars, with more than 10,000 delivered since the middle of 2014.

2016 264

Wrightspeed and the Ratto Group introduce range-extended electric refuse truck; 15 trucks over next 12 months

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Wrightspeed, the leading manufacturer of range-extended electric vehicle (REV) powertrains for heavy-duty applications, and The Ratto Group, a Santa Rosa, California-based refuse, yard waste and recycling collection and processing company, unveiled the first commercial application of a range-extended electric refuse truck. Ratto and Wrightspeed will roll out 15 Route-equipped trucks—retrofits of trucks in Ratto’s fleet—over the next 12 months to meet community needs.

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Aqua Metals produces first AquaRefined lead at first AquaRefinery; tests 99.99% pure

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Aqua Metals has produced the first AquaRefined lead at its AquaRefinery in McCarran, Nevada. AquaRefining is a water-based, room-temperature process that is the only clean lead recycling method for lead-acid batteries (LAB). Earlier post.). Through its own on-site assay, Aqua Metals has verified that the lead produced in the AquaRefining module is more than 99.99% pure.

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Ford developing new ADAS technologies for stress-free parking, collision avoidance, wrong-way driving alerts

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Ford Motor Company is expanding its portfolio of driver-assist technologies with a range of next-generation features designed to ease parking hassles, improve collision avoidance, detect objects in the road and prevent wrong-way driving.

2016 248

HARMAN and Airbiquity announce first automotive-grade end-to-end intrusion detection solution for connected vehicles

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HARMAN International and Airbiquity, a provider of connected vehicle services, announced the first automotive grade end-to-end intrusion detection system (IDS) for connected vehicles at TU-Automotive Europe 2016 in Munich, Germany. With the increasing dependency on software to power vehicle systems and features, cybersecurity has become a threat to connected vehicles and the introduction of new driving assistance, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and autonomous driving capabilities.

2016 247

Stanford team sets record for solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of solar water splitting: >30%

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Researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated solar water splitting by photovoltaic-electrolysis with a solar-to-hydrogen (STH) efficiency of more than 30%—a new record. The prior record was 24.4%. An open-access paper on their work is published in the journal Nature Communications.

2016 243

Test deployment of new on-demand hub & shuttle mobility system at U Michigan; connected & automated vehicles & big data

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A test deployment of a new hub-and-shuttle urban mobility system will take place on the University of Michigan’s North Campus. Its creators say the proposed system could deliver riders to their destinations in as little as half the time of the existing bus system at a lower cost, eventually using a fleet of autonomous shared vehicles. The limited test deployment would likely mark the world’s first on-the-ground implementation of such a system.

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Cummins working on two medium- and heavy-duty PHEV projects; Class 6 truck, Class 7 and 8 buses

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At the SAE 2016 Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles Symposium this week in Knoxville, Gary Parker, Director of Electromobility programs for Cummins, Inc. outlined two of the plug-in hybrid projects in which the engine manufacturer is currently involved. The first project, in partnership with the Ohio State University, PACCAR, NREL and Argonne National Laboratory and funded with $4.5

2016 233

Ford Rouge Center goes landfill-free

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After two years of hard work and planning, the historical Ford Rouge Center has achieved true landfill-free status. It is the company’s largest complex to send zero waste to landfill. When a facility is given landfill-free status, it means absolutely no manufacturing waste from the facility goes to any landfills. The center is now able to keep more than 14 million pounds of waste out of landfills—enough to fill the beds of more than 4,400 Ford F-150 trucks.

2016 233

FMC signs long-term lithium carbonate supply agreement with Nemaska Lithium

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FMC Corporation announced a new long-term supply agreement with Nemaska Lithium , Inc. Under the agreement Nemaska will provide FMC with 8,000 metric tons per year of lithium carbonate beginning in mid-2018. Based in Quebec, Canada, Nemaska Lithium, Inc. is constructing new lithium production capabilities of 28,000 metric tons of lithium carbonate equivalent. Nemaska is developing a spodumene lithium hard rock deposit.

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Mercedes-Benz powering ahead with €3B strategic engine initiative; increasing electrification, 48V; diesel and gasoline; cylinder deactivation

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Following the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz four-cylinder OM 654 diesel engine in spring 2016 in the E 220d ( earlier post ), 2017 will see the addition of four more members to the all-new family of engines: six-cylinder in-line engines in both diesel (OM 656) and gasoline (M 256) versions; a new four-cylinder gasoline engine (M 264); and a new biturbo V8 (M 176) with cylinder deactivation. Mercedes-Benz is investing a total of around €3 billion (US$3.3

2016 223

Daimler extends stationary energy storage business to US

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Daimler AG is expanding its stationary energy storage business to the US market. Boris von Bormann, US solar industry expert, has been selected as the CEO for the new Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC. System production will remain the core expertise of Daimler’s wholly owned subsidiary, Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE GmbH & Co.

2016 216

Truck diesel PM emissions at Port of Oakland down 98% in past decade; ship emissions down 75%

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Diesel PM emissions from trucks serving the Port of Oakland, California declined 98% between 2005 and 2015, according to an emissions inventory released by the Port. In that same timeframe, ship emissions dropped 75%. The results indicate the Port is advancing its 2008 commitment to reduce seaport-related diesel health risk by 85% by the year 2020. The Port said that an analysis of the 2015 Emissions Inventory shows a 76% decrease in total diesel emissions at the Oakland Seaport.

2016 214

Dalia EuroPulse survey finds 58% of Europeans would consider buying an EV; 34% approve of more gov’t support

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In August, Berlin-based Dalia Research conducted an EU-wide survey to find out the demand for electric vehicles (EV) among Europeans. The results show that 58% of Europeans would consider purchasing an electric vehicle. Approximately 1% of respondents say they already own one, matching the current estimate of electric vehicle sales in Europe.

2016 210

Flint MTA testing Proterra hydrogen fuel cell bus prototype for one year

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Flint, Michigan’s Mass Transportation Authority recently unveiled a Proterra Hydrogen Fuel Cell bus prototype; the vehicle is in Flint for a year and is on a pilot/test program. Part of the study will be to see how the bus tests in a cold environment as it has only been run in warmer climates. The bus is the result of a collaborative partnership under the National Fuel Cell Bus Program, a Federal Transit Administration program investing in zero emission hydrogen fuel cell buses.

2016 210

Maxwell Technologies delivers first commercial application of Li-ion capacitor technology with CRRC-SRI in China

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Maxwell Technologies, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage and power delivery solutions, announced the first commercial application of lithium-ion capacitors, developed in conjunction with China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC-SRI), China’s largest rail manufacturer. Earlier post.). The technology will be used for rapid energy regeneration in the trolley system in the capital city of Hunan province in China.

2016 209

ICCT-led analysis of turbocharged, downsized engine tech finds lower costs and greater benefits than 2012 EPA/NHTSA analysis; 48V, e-boost, Miller

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A new white paper published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), in collaboration with Eaton, Ricardo, JCI, BorgWarner, Honeywell, and the ITB Group, analyzes current turbocharged, downsized gasoline engine technology developments and trends.

2016 209

Volkswagen brand drops out of WRC racing

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The Volkswagen brand is dropping out of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) after four historically successful years, in which Volkswagen won WRC titles in the driver, co-driver and manufacturer rankings in a row with the Polo R. From 2017, Volkswagen will focus on new technologies and customer sport. The Volkswagen brand is facing enormous challenges. With the upcoming expansion in electrification of our vehicle range we must focus all our efforts on important future technologies.

2016 207

PowerCell Sweden receives first marine order for two S3 prototype stacks; on-board H2 production via solar electricity

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PowerCell Sweden AB has received the first marine order for two PowerCell S3 prototype stacks, which Swiss Hydrogen will install on a ship powered by photovoltaics. PowerCells’ partner Swiss Hydrogen is developing energy systems for a range of fuel cell applications. The current order placed by Swiss Hydrogen at PowerCell comprises two PowerCell S3 prototypes that will be part of a system that is developed and adjusted to the marine environment.

2016 207

Toyota to establish car-sharing and other mobility services platform; collaboration with and investment in Getaround; smart key box

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Toyota Motor Corporation will establish a Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to collaborate with various service providers, as well as telematics insurance. Given on the proliferation and popularity of mobility services, such as car-sharing, the MSPF will have various functions to support these mobility services, and to leverage the Toyota Smart Center (TSC), the Toyota Big Data Center, and financial services.

2016 207

UNICEF: 300M children worldwide breathing air exceeding WHO pollution guidelines by 6x or more

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Almost one in seven of the world’s children, 300 million, live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution—six or more times higher than international guidelines set by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO)— according to a new UNICEF report.

2016 207

MSU-led regional team awarded $6M NSF grant to research biofuel, carbon capture technologies

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A regional interdisciplinary team led by Montana State University has received $6 million from the National Science Foundation to address questions about whether biofuels and carbon capture technologies can be sustainably introduced into the Upper Missouri River Basin. The main project goal is to develop a framework for evaluating proposals to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations while maintaining food security, water quality, biodiversity and other benefits, Stoy said.

2016 204

JILA team identifies missing piece in how fossil fuel combustion contributes to air pollution

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JILA physicists and colleagues have identified a long-missing piece in the puzzle of exactly how fossil fuel combustion contributes to air pollution and a warming climate. Performing chemistry experiments in a new way, they observed a key molecule that appears briefly during a common chemical reaction in the atmosphere. JILA a partnership of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder. Their paper appears in Science.

2016 203

Oil and Gas Climate Initiative to invest $1B over 10 years in low-emissions tech

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The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) will invest $1 billion over the next ten years to develop and to accelerate the commercial deployment of innovative low-emissions technologies. Led by the heads of ten oil and gas companies that aim to lead the industry response to climate change, OGCI member companies—BP, CNPC, Eni, Pemex, Reliance Industries, Repsol, Royal Dutch Shell, Saudi Aramco, Statoil and Total—together represent one fifth of the world’s oil and gas production.

2016 200

National Research Council showcasing new algal biorefinery project to reduce CO2 emissions

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Canada’s National Research Council (CNRC) showcased Canada’s first algal biorefinery demonstration project, a collaborative research effort between CNRC’s Algal Carbon Conversion (ACC) program, Pond Technologies and Votorantim Cimentos’ St Marys Cement.

2016 200

GM demos 8 connected vehicle safety applications in Shanghai

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General Motors demonstrated eight safety applications for its latest intelligent and connected vehicle (ICV) technology for the first time in China at the National Intelligent and Connected Vehicle Pilot Zone in Shanghai, which opened in June. GM has been supporting the development of connected vehicle technologies for more than a decade in the US.

2016 200

Federal Highway Administration establishing national ‘Alternative Fuel and Electric Charging’ Network

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The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced 55 routes that will serve as the basis for a national network of “alternative fuel” corridors spanning 35 states. The network includes 48 national electric vehicle charging corridors covering nearly 25,000 miles in the 35 states. Drivers can expect either existing or planned charging stations within every 50 miles.

2016 200

Sea-Tac airport partners with Carbon War Room and SkyNRG to explore long-term financing for sustainable aviation fuels airport-wide

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The Port of Seattle, SkyNRG and Carbon War Room (CWR) are partnering to investigate long-term financing mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with sustainable aviation fuels. Sea-Tac is the first airport in the world to initiate this step to provide an airport-wide sustainable aviation fuel supply for all routine airline operations. The demand for sustainable aviation fuel is there, but right now it is more expensive and complicated to source.

2016 200

Volvo Group delivers recommendations on sustainable transport to UN Secretary-General

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Volvo Group CEO Martin Lundstedt, in his role as co-chair of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, submitted a report to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon containing ten recommendations on how sustainable transport can advance sustainable development. The report calls for increased international development funding, supportive legislation and incentives to promote new transport technologies.

2016 200

electronica-index: 89% of Chinese want autonomous cars

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In a global comparison, the Chinese are the biggest fans of autonomous smart cars with an approval rating of 89%. By contrast, consumers in major car-making nations like the US (62%), Japan (56%) and Germany (47%) are much more reserved when it comes to autonomous driving. Those were the results of the electronica Trend Index 2020, a survey of 7,000 consumers in 7 countries around the world conducted on behalf of the international trade fair electronica.

2016 195

Buick to unveil Velite Concept PHEV at Guangzhou show

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Buick’s plug-in hybrid Velite Concept will make its global debut at the Guangzhou auto show, which opens on November 18. The Velite Concept will provide a template for upcoming models being launched under the Buick Blue new energy vehicle strategy. The development of the Velite Concept was led by the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), GM’s engineering and design joint venture in Shanghai with SAIC, leveraging GM’s global resources.

2016 195

UK government adding £4M to expand plug-in van grants to larger EVs

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The UK government recently announced it is committing an additional £4 million (US$4.9 million) to the Plug-In Van grant scheme extending the eligibility to larger electric vehicles. Electric trucks above 3.5 tonnes are now be eligible for grants of up to £20,000 (US$24,300). Specifically, N2 vans (3.5 – 12 tonnes gross weight) and N3 vans (more than 12 tonnes gross weight) are now eligible.

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