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CMB launching dual-fuel hydrogen-diesel ship

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Maritime Belge SA (CMB) is launching the Hydroville —the first passenger shuttle that has received a Class approval to burn diesel and hydrogen in its combustion engines. The vessel completed her sea trials on 16 November. The shuttle will be mainly used as a platform to test hydrogen technology for commercial sea-going vessels. In a first phase, the Hydroville will transport people from Kruibeke to Antwerp during the rush hour.

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U.S. Postal Service urged to choose electric delivery trucks

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The current fleet of delivery trucks used by the United States Postal Service have stood the test of time, but their high maintenance costs mean it's time to retire the iconic boxy vehicles. The USPS began soliciting bids in 2016 and five finalists now remain in the running: they are Workhorse/Hackney, AM General, Karsan, Mahindra, and Oshkosh. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars Commercial vehicle fleet

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Tesla Model 3 – First Look Inside & Out

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Tesla Model 3 – First Look Inside & Out Sometimes you get lucky to be at the right place and right time to see something up close and personal that you’ve only been able to dream of seeing live.

The Tom Steyer I Know

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Of all the billionaires I know, Tom Steyer is my favorite. I had dinner and drinks with him and a handful of activists in Hermosa Beach a few years ago and found him to be about as as down to earth, smart and interesting as the guys I like to hang with. photo by Al Muratsuchi). You may have seen one of Tom Steyer’s video ads on-line or on television calling for the impeachment of President Trump. Trump noticed them and called Steyer “wacky & totally unhinged.”

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Jeep introduces 2018 Wrangler with mild hybrid, diesel options; plug-in hybrid version in 2020

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At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Jeep unveiled the 2018 Wrangler, with new mild hybrid (eTorque) and diesel options to be available. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler 2-door model is available in three different trim configurations: Sport, Sport S and Rubicon. Wrangler 4-door models are available in four different trim configurations: Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon. At the reveal, Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA Global, said that a full plug-in hybrid electric Jeep Wrangler will be available in 2020.

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Half of all Porsches will plug in by 2025, showing importance of electric cars

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Its customers and employees know, but the rest of the world may not quite have realized that Porsche now sells six separate plug-in hybrid models. They span three different vehicles—the Porsche Panamera large sedan, the Panamera Sport Turismo shooting brake, and the Cayenne sport utility vehicle—and a pair of powertrains for each. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Porsche Mission E Panamera S e-Hybrid Performance Car

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Toyota to build first MW-scale 100% renewable power and hydrogen generation station

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At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota Motor North America announced that it will build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach. The Tri-Gen facility will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen. When it comes online in 2020, Tri-Gen will generate approximately 2.35 MW of electricity and 1.2

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MIT researchers develop oxygen permeable membrane that converts CO2 to CO

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MIT researchers have developed a new system that could potentially be used for converting power plant emissions of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, and thence into useful fuels for cars, trucks, and planes, as well as into chemical feedstocks for a wide variety of products. The new membrane-based system for CO 2 thermochemical reduction was developed by MIT postdoc Xiao-Yu Wu and Ahmed Ghoniem, the Ronald C.

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Electric cars to be prioritized in South Australian fleets

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The government of South Australia and the City of Adelaide have agreed to increase the uptake of electric vehicles as part of their commitment to the Climate Action Roundtable. The roundtable, which includes state leaders from Victoria, Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory as well as city representatives from Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin, also agreed to coordinate the planning and construction of electric vehicle infrastructure and the standardization of incentives.

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency awarding US$9M to Ethtec cellulosic ethanol project

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is awarding $11.9 million (US$9 million) in funding for Australian biofuel company Ethanol Technologies Limited ( Ethtec ) to complete the development and demonstration of its advanced biofuel technology. As part of a $48-million (US$36.5 million) project, Ethtec aims to construct a $30-million (US$23-million) purpose-built pilot-scale facility based in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.

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JBM Auto to launch 9-, 12-meter electric buses at Auto Expo 2018 in India

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JBM Auto will launch its EcoLife 9- and 12-meter electric buses at the Auto Expo 2018 in February in India. JBM Auto Limited, the bus division of JBM Group, partnered with Solaris on the development of the buses. EcoLife buses use a four-pole, asynchronous traction motor and lithium-ion batteries; power (80 - 160 kWA) and capacity can be adapted to the route on which the bus is to be used. JBM Solaris offers two different charging solutions: plug-in or on-board pantograph.

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SAE publishes J2954 Recommended Practice (RP) enabling wireless charging to 11 kW

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SAE International published SAE J2954 Recommended Practice (RP), providing the first worldwide specification for wireless power transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles up to 11 kW power levels (WPT 3). Following the previous Technical Information Report J2954, with power levels up to WPT 2 (7.7 kW), 11 kW wireless charging is a big step towards commercialization for electric vehicles. Earlier post.).

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BMW unveils i8 Roadster, 2019 i8 Coupe; optimized eDrive tech increases power and range

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At the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW unveiled the first i8 Roadster, along with the 2019 i8 Coupe. Optimized BMW eDrive technology delivers more power—total output increased to 369 hp (+12 hp)—and a refined high-voltage battery with increased capacity and range. The new BMW i8 Roadster and BMW i8 Coupe can cover up to 18 miles (29 km) (preliminary) in purely electric driving, up from 14 miles (23 miles) for the current i8.

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Lockheed Martin autonomous driving system tops 55,000 miles in extended Army testing

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Lockheed Martin’s Autonomous Mobility Applique System ( AMAS ) logged more than 55,000 testing miles during the US Army Extended Warfighter Experiment (EWE) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Fort Bliss, Texas. AMAS is an applique kit comprising sensors, actuators and controls that can be installed on virtually any military tactical wheeled vehicle.

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BSEE approves new drilling operations by Eni in Arctic; extended reach drilling

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The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has approved Arctic exploration operations on the Outer Continental Shelf for the first time in more than two years. BSEE approved an Application for Permit to Drill submitted by Eni U.S. Operating Co. in August. Drilling the exploratory well from a man-made artificial island in the Beaufort Sea is expected to start as early as this December.

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INFINITI unveils new QX50 with variable compression ratio engine; 35% improvement in fuel economy over prior FWD V6

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At the Los Angeles Auto Show, INFINITI revealed the all-new QX50—a premium mid-size SUV featuring the first production application of the VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine, transforming on demand. Earlier post.). An innovative combustion engine design, the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine adjusts its compression ratio to optimize power and efficiency. It combines the power of a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with the torque and efficiency of a four-cylinder diesel engine.

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Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Siemens partner on hybrid-electric aircraft; E-Fan X series hybrid to fly in 2020

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Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens have formed a partnership to develop a near-term hybrid-electric flight demonstrator for commercial aircraft. The partners expect the E-Fan X series-hybrid-electric technology demonstrator to fly in 2020 following a ground test campaign, provisionally on a BAe 146 flying testbed, with one of the aircraft’s four gas turbine engines replaced by a 2MW electric motor.

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Samsung researchers develop graphene balls for high-capacity electrode materials with fast charging

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A Korean team led by researchers from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) has developed “graphene balls”—graphene-silica 3D assemblies—that can be uniformly coated onto a nickel-rich layered cathode (LiNi 0.6 Co 0.1 Mn 0.3 O 2 ). The graphene-ball coating improves cycle life and fast charging capability by protecting the electrode surface from detrimental side reactions and providing efficient conductive pathways.

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UPS putting eBike into package delivery service in Ft. Lauderdale

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UPS has launched an eBike that will deliver packages along Las Olas Boulevard and in surrounding neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The electrically-assisted tricycle supports Fort Lauderdale’s Green Your Routine program, geared toward achieving the city’s sustainability goals, and, Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale, a citywide initiative to create safer streets for everyone.

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Volkswagen, BASF present “Science Award Electrochemistry” to Dr. Jennifer Rupp from MIT; solid-state batteries

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The BASF and Volkswagen international “ Science Award Electrochemistry 2017” ( earlier post ) this year goes to Dr. Jennifer Rupp at MIT. The jury of representatives from BASF, Volkswagen and academia selected her for her outstanding research results in the area of next-generation energy storage systems. In addition, a special prize for applied research was awarded to Dr. Stafford Sheehan for his excellent research in the area of new catalysts for renewable fuels. Dr. Jennifer L.

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New nanostructured earth abundant metal catalysts rival platinum on a weight basis; diesel emissions treatment

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A development in catalysis research by academics at the Universities of St Andrews and Newcastle could lead to new systems to treat diesel emissions. Catalysts are typically metallic nanoparticles—often platinum group metals—that are finely deposited upon a substrate. The activity and durability of the catalyst critically depends upon the interaction of the particles with the substrate.

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SONDORS unveils $10K, 3-wheel, 3-seat EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show; Protean in-wheel motor

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SONDORS Electric Car Company unveiled its three seat, three wheel, all electric vehicle at the 2017 LA Auto Show. The prototype, nicknamed Model SONDORS, was funded in January of this year through equity crowdfunding and completed seven months later. With an anticipated retail price of $10,000, Sondors hopes to create the tipping point necessary for mass adoption of electric vehicles. The central rear wheel of the demo vehicle at the show is powered by a ProteanDRIVE PD18 in-wheel motor.

Kia introduces 2018 Niro PHEV crossover to US at Los Angeles Show

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Kia introduced the 2018 Niro Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) ( earlier post ) to the US market at the Los Angeles Auto Show. As Kia’s third plug-in model after the Soul EV and the Optima PHEV, and anticipated in retailer showrooms by the end of this year, the Niro PHEV offers an estimated 26 miles (42 km) of all-electric range, 105 MPGe, 46 mpg combined, and Super Ultra-Low Emissions. The Niro PHEV pairs an all-aluminum 1.6-liter GDI (gasoline direct injection) four-cylinder engine with an 8.9

Mahindra and Renesas launch Formula E technical partnership; road vehicles also

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Mahindra & Mahindra and Renesas Electronics Corporation have formed a strategic partnership with Renesas as the official technology partner of the Mahindra Racing Formula E team. Both parties will work together across a number of programs inclusive of ‘proof-of-concept’ systems for both racing and road cars.

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UQM Technologies signs joint venture agreement with China National Heavy Duty Truck Group

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UQM Technologie has signed a joint venture agreement with China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Co., CNHTC) and Sinotruk Global Village Investment Limited, a Hong-Kong-based limited liability company owned by CNHTC. The joint venture will be named Sinotruk Qingdao Zhongqi New Energy Automobile Co., and will be headquartered in the city of Qingdao, China. The purpose of the JV will be to serve the China market for commercial vehicle E-drives and the global market for E-axles.

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Teijin to build new carbon fiber plant in US, expand precursor production in Japan

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Teijin Limited will establish a new carbon-fiber production facility in Greenwood, South Carolina, and will also form Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc. TCF), a wholly owned subsidiary. TCF is expected to be incorporated this December and begin operating the new carbon-fiber production facility by the end of FY 2020.

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New York to provide up to $3.5M to accelerate adoption of EVs

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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the availability of up to $3.5 million for innovative research and development proposals to accelerate the use of electric vehicles, to reduce the cost of installing and operating charging stations, and to provide recommendations on how they can be used for grid resiliency. The Governor has set a goal to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030. There are 11 million vehicles registered in New York State (approximately 8.5

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Audi and Works Council strike agreement; two new electric SUVs to be built at Ingolstadt from 2021

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In a significant step toward getting its new EVs into production, Audi management and the Audi Works Council have come to an agreement extending job security until the end of 2025. The deal covers the entire workforce of Audi AG. General Works Council Chairman Peter Mosch and Audi CEO Rupert Stadler also announced that two all-electric SUV models are to be built at the Ingolstadt site from 2021. We have long been fighting for a job guarantee up until the end of 2025.

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EPA finalizes RFS volumes for 2018 and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2019

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) program for 2018, and biomass-based diesel for 2019. The final standards for 2018, and for biomass-based diesel for 2019, are only slightly changed from the proposed standards that EPA issued earlier this year. Earlier post.).

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Alfa Romeo back in Formula 1

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After an absence from the sport for more than 30 years, Alfa Romeo is returning to Formula 1. Alfa signed a multi-year technical and commercial partnership agreement with Swiss Sauber F1 Team for participation in the Formula 1 world championship beginning with the 2018 season. The official name will be Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. The single-seaters will sport the distinctive colors and logo of Alfa Romeo, the team’s Title Sponsor, and will be equipped with 2018 Ferrari power units.

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JATO: Tesla most popular global electric vehicle brand between January and September 2017; EV sales accelerating

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The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has accelerated as policymakers across the globe pass regulations to reduce emissions of air pollutants, according to the latest analysis by JATO Dynamics. 2017 represents a turning point in the adoption of electric cars, with sales in key regions increasing significantly.

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BASF grants Pulead a sub-license under Argonne Lab NCM cathode material patents

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BASF has granted China-based battery cathode producer Pulead a sub-license under Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) patents related to nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM) cathode materials for lithium ion batteries. Earlier post.) Pulead is now licensed to make, use, sell, offer to sell, distribute and import the NCM cathode materials in the US market.

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DOE Lab, partners find high concentrations of rare earth elements in American coal basins

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has found high rare earth element (REE) concentrations in coal samples taken from the Illinois, Northern Appalachian, Central Appalachian, Rocky Mountain Coal Basins, and the Pennsylvania Anthracite region. These highly concentrated samples are greater than 300 parts per million (ppm).

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California ARB developing Innovative Clean Transit Proposal

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The staff of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is developing an “ Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) ”—a regulatory concept that includes a gradual transition to zero emission transit technologies without compromising transit services and that recognizes enhanced mobility options.

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Efficient Drivetrains introduces EDI PowerDrive 8000 series for Class 8 trucks

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Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. EDI) has expanded its PowerDrive product family to include a heavy-duty offering suitable for Class-8 vehicle applications. The new powertrain line—the EDI PowerDrive 8000—will be available in the first half of 2018 in both all electric and plug-in hybrid form factors (PHEV). The company has received multiple project contracts for both the electric and plug-in hybrid versions of the solution with an initial OEM partner for deployment in mid 2018.

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New QX50 sees first automotive use of Super High Formability 980 MPa steel

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INFINITI’s new QX50 ( earlier post ) represents the first automotive use of SHF (Super High Formability) 980 MPa high-tensile steel. The high-tensile material can be molded into unprecedented shapes, saving weight and representing a torsional rigidity improvement of 23% over the current QX50. This segment-leading rigidity allows the car to resist flex and vibrations, while reducing the noise transmitted to the cabin.

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Volkswagen Group and JAC explore JV for multi-functional vehicles; internal combustion and new energy vehicles

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Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Volkswagen Group China and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., JAC) plan to undertake research and development on multi-functional vehicles (MFVs) together. The three parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore potential joint venture models.

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