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Infiniti introducing production-ready variable compression ratio engine at Paris Motor Show

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Infiniti will introduce a production-ready variable compression ratio engine VC-T (Variable Compression-Turbocharged) at the 2016 Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l’Automobile) in September. Infiniti said that the new four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline VC-T engine has been in development for more than 20 years. Nissan was awarded a patent in 1995 on compression ratio control for an engine.). Interest in variable compression engines stretches back more than 40 years.

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Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept coupe: all-electric powertrain hints at future plans

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As the famed Monterey Car Week moves into high gear today, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new concept car: the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6. It's not too surprising that a large, elegant, uber-luxe streamlined coupe with gullwing doors might be shown to depict a future design direction for its high-luxury Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand. What is surprising. plug-in cars Monterey Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Top five car leasing questions answered

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Personal Contract Hire (PCH), or leasing as it is commonly known as, is the fastest growing form of motor finance. Even though it is probably the simp. Top 5 Insurance ContractHireAndLeasing.com Leasing

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Triple Gold for Max Whitlock! Two gold medals and a gold Nissan LEAF

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Gymnastics sensation Max Whitlock has become one of the first Team GB athletes to be presented with a stunning all-gold 100% electric Nissan LEAF following his medal triumph at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games yesterday.

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Survey: Norwegian PHEVs drive electrically 55% of time, BEVs driven more in total and in everyday traffic

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Norway leads the European market for plug-in vehicles, with more than 105,000 units registered through May 2016. A recent survey of 8,000 vehicle owners in Norway by Norway’s Institute of Transport Economics found that plug-in hybrids there drive electrically with power from the grid 55% of the time (and 63% on work trips), while battery electric vehicles are driven more in total and in everyday traffic.

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Tesla P100D battery coming for Model S, Model X, EU site shows

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The Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan has had a dizzying array of battery offerings over its four-year life, and the Model X has had quite a few over less than a year. Now it appears that we may be getting closer to the rumored 100-kilowatt-hour battery option for the top-of-the-line Teslas. If a Dutch government website proves accurate, that. Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars battery capacity

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All-new Honda Civic set for UK launch in 2017

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Honda has revealed the next-generation of Civic hatchback in America, with US-spec cars hitting the road in September this year. However, the UK custo. Honda Civic

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VW boss Diess: brand to show near-production EV prototype at Paris; in market in 2019

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In an interview with Germany’s Wirtschafts Woche , Volkswagen brand boss Herbert Diess said that the company would present a near-production prototype of a new electric vehicle with the external dimensions of a VW Golf and the internal space of a Passat at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Diess said that the vehicle would be in the market in 2019, and offer a range between 400-600 km (249-373 miles) on a single charge.

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All-electric Subaru crossover utility vehicle coming in 2021: Japanese report

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Subaru, to which auto writers often attach the adjective "quirky," has been a quiet success story in the U.S. market, which now provides almost half its global sales. The company's crossover utility vehicles handle more like cars than those from other makers, and its sedans and hatchbacks are set apart by standard all-wheel drive. Still, it's just. Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Weekly round-up: upcoming autonomous vehicles, the must-have options for your lease car and Audi A5 driven

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Team GB has continued to excel this week and, with the games soon over, things are looking good for the UK, thanks to a medal haul that’s pushed them. Weekly round-up

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Internet searches on Air Pollution up 750%

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The popularity of search terms “best air purifier” and “air quality index” both rose by a factor of 750% from August 2006 to August 2016 whilst the phrase “air pollution facts” climbed 350% over the same period. The interest for “best air purifier” saw a 10-year spike in June 2016.[i] i] The data demonstrates a rising … Continue reading Internet searches on Air Pollution up 750% → Article

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Solar Impulse 2 used Kokam Ultra High Energy NMC batteries in round-the-world solar flight

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The Solar Impulse 2 —the solar airplane that recently completed a round-the-world flight— used batteries from Kokam, based on that company’s advanced Ultra High Energy Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Oxide (Ultra High Energy NMC) technology. The Solar Impulse uses four 38.5 kWh Kokam Ultra High Energy NMC battery packs—one in each motor housing—with 150 Ah cells totaling 154 kWh of energy storage.

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Audi regenerative shock absorber recaptures energy

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Regenerative braking is commonly used in hybrids and electric cars to recover energy normally lost as heat during braking. But that isn't the only potential source of energy in cars that may be going to waste. Audi has developed a prototype suspension system that uses the motion of shock absorbers to generate electricity as well. DON'T MISS: 2017. Suspension 48-Volt mild hybrid

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Clocking on lease cars – does it happen?

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Clocking is a term you might not have heard in a long time, and for some of the younger motorists out there may not have heard of it at all. For thos. BVRLA ContractHireAndLeasing.com Leasing

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BMW i8 – Review – a car sent from the future

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A sports car should combine looks, power, performance and an unquantifiable fizz. When BMW set about building their flagship i8 they started from the ground up with fresh ideas. Bringing lightweight materials, with a tiny petrol engine and a heavy kick from an electric motor you have a four wheel drive sports car sent straight … Continue reading BMW i8 – Review – a car sent from the future → BMWi Electric cars Review

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EIA: energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas surpass coal as fuel use patterns change

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Energy-associated CO 2 emissions from natural gas are expected to surpass those from coal for the first time since 1972, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Even though natural gas is less carbon-intensive than coal, increases in natural gas consumption and decreases in coal consumption in the past decade have resulted in natural gas-related CO 2 emissions surpassing those from coal. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge.

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Ford Model E hybrid, electric range to include crossover as well?

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Two years ago, Ford successfully fought Tesla to retain legal use of the name "Model E"—the name Tesla Motors had proposed for what became the Model 3 electric car. More recently, reports have indicated the Detroit automaker plans to use the name itself, on a car that will be offered hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric powertrains. Future Cars plug-in cars Ford Model E

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Ford to produce fully autonomous vehicle by 2021

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Ford has revealed plans to become a leader in autonomous vehicles and pledged to mass-produce one by 2021. The car will have an SAE (Society of Autom. Ford Technology Autonomous vehicles

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U Windsor team reports self-healing behavior of cracks in silicon-aluminum anodes for Li-ion batteries

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One well-known problem facing the use of high-capacity silicon anodes in rechargeable Li-ion batteries is lithiation-induced volume changes in silicon, resulting in fracture and fragmentation of the anode material, with corresponding capacity loss. A large body of research has thus been looking for a way to reduce Si electrode fragmentation and hence prevent the capacity loss.

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Mercedes unveils electric all-wheel drive Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 show car; CCS charging up to 350 kW

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At Monterey Car Week, Mercedes unveiled the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6. Designed as an electric car, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, which measures almost six metres in length, features all-wheel drive provided by its four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors. The output of the drive system is 550 kW (750 hp). The shallow underfloor battery has a usable capacity of approximately 80 kWh.

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EPA Office of Inspector General: EPA has not met certain statutory requirements to identify environmental impacts of RFS

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The US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that the EPA has not met certain statutory requirements to identify environmental impacts of Renewable Fuel Standard. In a newly released report , the OIG said that. EPA’s Office of Research and Development has not complied with the requirement to provide a report every 3 years to Congress on the impacts of biofuels. The EPA provided a report to Congress in 2011, but has not provided subsequent reports as required.

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2017 Range Rover Sport gains new Ingenium 2.0L diesel as option; semi-autonomous driving tech

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For the 2017 Model Year, Range Rover Sport will debut the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine ( earlier post ), manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s own engine plant in Wolverhampton, UK. Already available on both Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque models, Ingenium is Jaguar Land Rover’s new breed of engine designed for performance, refinement and efficiency. The 2017 Model Year Range Rover Sport is the first full-sized Land Rover SUV to feature a four-cylinder diesel engine.

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Orange EV taking orders for new Class 8 electric terminal truck

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Orange EV is accepting orders for its all-new T-Series battery-electric terminal truck. Orange EV’s initial T-Series, a complete re-manufacture of existing trucks, has been operating up to 24+ hours per charge at sites from single shift to 24x7 in: railroad inter-modal, LTL freight, manufacturing, retail distribution, waste management and warehouse container handling.

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ABI Research: highly automated driving to spark adoption of centralized advanced driver assistance systems

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As vehicles become highly independent and begin to drive and react to traffic on their own, autonomous systems will aggregate and process data from a variety of on-board sensors and connected infrastructure. This will force the industry to hit a hard reset on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) architectures, currently dominated by distributed processing and smart sensors.

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New startup Romeo Power to develop and manufacture optimized EV battery packs

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Romeo Power , a Santa Monica, California -based startup will design and manufacture electric vehicle battery packs that the company says will outperform any battery systems on the EV market today. The company was launched this month by tech innovators Michael Patterson and Porter Harris. Romeo Power’s EV and consumer lines will launch in early 2017; the company also plans an industrial line.

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Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop next-gen autonomous driving cars; $300M joint project

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Volvo Cars and ride-sharing company Uber have signed an agreement to establish a joint project that will develop new base vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest developments in AD technologies, up to and including fully autonomous driverless cars. The base vehicles will be manufactured by Volvo Cars and then purchased from Volvo by Uber. Volvo Cars and Uber are contributing a combined $300 million to the project.

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New Flyer adds 2016 Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero engine to Xcelsior bus lineup; debuting in LA

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Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., the largest heavy-duty transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, is adding the 2016 Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero engine ( earlier post ) to its Xcelsior bus family. New Flyer is the first transit manufacturer to offer the industry’s cleanest certified engine and will deliver the first original OEM installation of a the engine in the third quarter of 2016.

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Dahn team develops ethylene-carbonate-free electrolytes for better-performing high-voltage Li-ion cells

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Conventional electrolytes for Li-ion batteries contain ethylene carbonate (EC) and other additives. However, the cycling performance of Li-ion cells using these carbonate-based electrolytes has been poor at higher voltages (≥4.4 V) due to increased electrolyte oxidation at the surface of the cathode as the potential increases. This increased oxidation results in salt consumption, gas evolution and impedance growth, all reducing the energy density and the lifetime of Li-ion cells.

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Ford and Baidu invest $150M in Velodyne LiDAR

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Velodyne LiDAR, Inc., a global leader in LiDAR (Light, Detection and Ranging) technology, announced the completion of a combined $150 million investment from co-investors Ford Motor Company and China’s leading search engine company Baidu, Inc.

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thyssenkrupp and partners launch collaborative project EffiForm to lower Li-ion battery cost through improved formation cycling

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ARPA-E issues RFI on lower-grade waste heat recovery technologies; focus on solid-state systems

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a request for information ( DE-FOA-0001607 ) on lower-grade waste heat recovery technologies. Consistent with the agency’s mission, ARPA-E is seeking clearly disruptive, novel technologies, early in their R&D cycle, and not integration strategies for existing technologies. In 2015, 59.2 quadrillion BTU of energy was wasted mainly in the form of heat.

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US gasoline deliveries in July highest on record

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Total motor gasoline deliveries—a measure of consumer gasoline demand—in the US in July moved up 2.4% from July 2015 to average nearly 9.7 million barrels per day, according to figures from the American Petroleum Institute (API). Compared with June 2016, total motor gasoline deliveries increased 0.3%. For year-to-date, total motor gasoline deliveries increased 2.5% compared with year-to-date 2015 to a record level just above 9.3 million barrels per day.

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AKASOL introducing modular Li-ion packs for commercial vehicles

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At this year’s IAA commercial vehicles in Hannover, AKASOL, a Germany-based provider of high-performance Li-ion battery systems ( earlier post ), will introduce the AKASystem OEM. The modular and compact lithium-ion battery system is targeted for use in commercial vehicles such as buses, trucks, construction, or other special vehicles. The base unit of the AKASystem OEM has a storage capacity of 24.4 kWh at a voltage level of 661V (nominal) and rates of 150 kW (peak).

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ExxonMobil & Georgia Tech CMS membrane brings advantages of reverse osmosis separations to hydrocarbon mixtures; potential significant cuts in chemical manufacturing energy use & emissions

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Scientists from ExxonMobil and the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed new free-standing carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membrane technology that could significantly reduce the amount of energy and emissions associated with manufacturing plastics. Results of the research were published in Science.

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Honeywell UOP introduces range of new hydrotreating catalysts; production of cleaner-burning gasoline and diesel

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Honeywell UOP is introducing an expanded portfolio of new hydrotreating catalysts used to remove impurities and contaminants from petroleum and other refining feedstocks to produce cleaner-burning gasoline and diesel that meets new global emissions regulations.

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CD-adapco accelerates development efforts for collaborative ICE simulation solutions

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CD-adapco, a global provider of multidisciplinary engineering simulation and design exploration software, is accelerating its development efforts for its Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) simulation solutions. The overall plan enhances capabilities in the STAR-CD /es-ice suite of software along with enabling a majority of in-cylinder simulation features within the company’s flagship product, STAR-CCM+, by the close of 2017.

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Cadillac unveils Escala Concept, previewing future design direction; 4.2L twin-turbo V-8 with Active Fuel Management

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Cadillac revealed the Escala Concept, introducing the next evolution of Cadillac design and previewing the craftsmanship and technology being developed for many future models. Following a series of private previews, Escala will be displayed this weekend at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Escala Concept previews the design and technical ideas driving the next phase of Cadillac’s ongoing expansion.

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