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IBM scientists demonstrate 10x faster large-scale machine learning using GPUs

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Scientists at IBM Research, together with their colleagues at EPFL, have developed a scheme for training big data sets quickly.

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2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid video road test

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The 2018 Toyota Camry is the latest generation of the car that launched a category—the mid-size hybrid sedan—way back in 2007. While competitors in that segment now include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima, the Camry Hybrid remains one of the most popular and best-selling hybrid sedans. Now we've had a. Videos Driven

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Renault takes Level 4 EV SYMBIOZ demo car on the road

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At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Renault unveiled the SYMBIOZ autonomous, electric and connected concept. Earlier post.)

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NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile; carbon fibers from renewable biomass

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Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and their colleagues have devised a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile (ACN) using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars.

EU-Live project unveils electrified 3-wheeler; designed by Groupe PSA

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On 30 November, the European EU-LIVE consortium unveiled a new L5e-category (3-wheeled vehicles one can use at a speed above 50 km/h and on any road) electrified mobility solution.

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Volkswagen’s MOIA introduces electric ridesharing car for up to 6 passengers; 300km range

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MOIA, the mobility startup from the Volkswagen Group ( earlier post ), is introducing its electric ride pooling concept van just one year after its inception.

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Graphene microsheet/sulfur cathodes for Li-S batteries deliver long-term cyclability and high coulombic efficiency

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A team in China has used graphene microsheets (GMs)—prepared from microcrystalline graphite minerals by an electrochemical & mechanical approach—as a special conductive support for sulfur for the cathode of a lithium-sulfur battery.

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Two engine options in new Mazda6; updated 2.5L with cylinder deactivation, turbo 2.5L with Dynamic Pressure Turbo

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The updated Mazda6 ( earlier post ) introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show this past week offers two powertrain options in the US: an upgraded SKYACTIV-G 2.5 naturally aspirated engine and the turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine, first unveiled at the 2015 LA Auto Show for the 2016 CX-9.

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Verizon replaces 234 vans in New York City with hybrid vans using XL Hybrids technology

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Verizon announced that Verizon has replaced 234 of its existing gasoline-powered vans with hybrid-electric vans for use in New York City.

Renault launches new generation gasoline engine, co-developed by Alliance and Daimler

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Renault has introduced a new direct injection turbocharged 1.3 gasoline engine co-developed by the Alliance and Daimler. Inaugurated on the Scénic and Grand Scénic, it will be progressively offered in the Renault range beginning in 2018.

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LanzaTech and Sekisui advance conversion of municipal solid waste to ethanol

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Sekisui , a multibillion dollar Japanese diversified chemicals company and LanzaTech report making significant progress on a waste-to-chemicals platform converting municipal solid waste (MSW) to ethanol or other new products.

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Mercedes-Benz Econic compresses refuse with electric tipper body

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In Lewisham, a district in the southeast of London, a Mercedes-Benz Econic 1838 4x2 with an electric tipper and crusher body has recently been put into service.

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Honda installs new bi-directional charging technology at European R&D center

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Honda has invested in advanced bi-directional charging technology at its European R&D site in Offenbach, Germany, which is helping to balance demand and store energy more efficiently across the facility.

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EEA finds only mixed progress for Europe’s transport sector in meeting environment, climate goals; GHG emissions up 25% since 1990

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Production of 2018 Nissan LEAF now underway in Smyrna

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Production for the 2018 Nissan LEAF EV is officially underway at the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. The Nissan LEAF will be available at dealerships nationwide in the US starting next month.

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Volkswagen preps for I.D. EV production with MEB Supplier Summit; I.D. in 2019, I.D. CROZZ in 2020

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The Volkswagen brand Board of Management has agreed on milestones with key suppliers at the “MEB Supplier Summit” in the run-up to start of production for the first vehicle based on the new modular electric drive kit (MEB). Production of the compact all-electric Volkswagen I.D.

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New UK-wide map of air pollution; insights into nitrogen dioxide levels across the country and within towns and cities

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EarthSense Systems—a joint venture between the University of Leicester and aerial mapping company BlueSky—has published MappAir, the first high resolution nationwide map of air pollution.

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DLR and partners inaugurate largest solar-thermochemical H2 production plant

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The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with international project partners, has inaugurated the largest solar-chemical installation yet for the production of hydrogen.

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Infineon supplying components for Audi A8; autonomous driving; engine control; chassis

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Infineon is supplying key components for the Audi A8, the world’s first series production car featuring level 3 automated driving. Various chips from Infineon are to thank for safe automated driving in the Audi A8: sensors, microcontrollers and power semiconductors. Radar sensor chips from the RASIC family are installed in the front and corner radar. They send and receive high-frequency 77-GHz signals and forward these on to the central driver assistance controller (zFAS).

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Tri Delta Transit switches fleet to 100% Neste MY Renewable Diesel

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Tri Delta Transit in California has switched its entire fleet of transit buses from operating on petroleum diesel to using only Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon fuel, produced from 100% renewable and sustainable raw materials. This drop-in fuel cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% and significantly reduces tailpipe emissions, all while enhancing fleet performance.

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Scientists develop method for direct conversion of methane to methanol or acetic acid under mild conditions

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, Tufts University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have shown that mononuclear rhodium species, anchored on a zeolite or titanium dioxide support suspended in aqueous solution, can catalyze the direct conversion of methane to methanol and acetic acid using oxygen and carbon monoxide under mild conditions. In a paper in the journal Nature , they report that the two products form through independent pathways, allowing the tuning of the conversion.

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Ford outlines China expansion strategy; SUVs, EVs and connected vehicles; 50+ new Fords and Lincolns by 2025

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In Shanghai, Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Hackett outlined the next phase of the company’s China expansion strategy, focused on SUVs, electric and connected vehicles, a streamlined business structure and closer connections to Chinese customers. To enable future growth in China, Ford will contain structural cost in the region throughout 2018, aiming to generate greater efficiencies, become more operationally fit and deliver additional value to shareholders.

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Skeleton Technologies and Sumitomo Corporation Europe sign agreement to distribute graphene-based ultracapacitors

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Skeleton Technologies signed a distribution agreement with Sumitomo Corporation Europe with the aim of providing energy storage solutions for the rapidly growing hybrid electric and electric vehicle industry. With high power density, a recharge time of 2-3 seconds and more than one million life cycles, ultracapacitors are unique in their ability to not only reduce CO2 emissions but also increase performance and be cost-effective for manufacturers.

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Chicago Area Clean Cities names American Lung Association 2017 Clean Fuels Champion

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The American Lung Association has been named the 2017 Clean Fuels Champion by Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC), a nonprofit coalition dedicated to promoting clean-energy and clean-air solutions for transportation in the Chicago area impacting nearly 9 million people. The Clean Fuels Champion was awarded last night at the coalition’s Annual Meeting.

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Efficient Drivetrains adds 12-meter Foton Bus; 120 systems in China; EDI PowerDrive 6000 tops 3.1M mile mark

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Efficient Drivetrains, plug-in hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions, announced the integration of the EDI PowerDrive 6000 and EDI PowerSuite vehicle control software into three 12-meter Foton buses. The company has more than 120 8-, 10.5-, and 12-meter buses operating across Asia on major OEM platforms including Ankai, Shaanxi, Xiamen Jinlong, Yaxing Motor Coach, Master Transportation, and now Foton.

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Fastned raises €12.3M in 10 days for expansion of European fast charging network

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Fastned, the Dutch company building a European network of fast charging stations, has raised €12.3 million (US$14.5 million) in 10 days via a public issue of bonds. The proceeds of this issue will be used to further expand the network of fast-charging stations in the Netherlands, Germany other European countries. Investors could subscribe to the issue between Tuesday 28 November and 12 December. However, the issue was already fully subscribed by 7 December.

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Honda and China-based SenseTime to jointly research and develop AI technologies for automated driving

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Honda R&D Co., the R&D subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., has signed a 5-year joint research and development contract with SenseTime Group Limited, a China-based IT company with expertise in image recognition technologies, especially recognition of moving objects, powered by deep learning technology.

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Broad-Ocean subsidiary commissions facility for Chinese produced Ballard fuel cell modules

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Ballard Power Systems announced that a subsidiary of strategic partner Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Broad-Ocean) called Shanghai Edrive Co. has commissioned its fuel cell engine manufacturing facility located in Shanghai, China. Shanghai Edrive will assemble Ballard FCveloCity 30-kilowatt (kW) and 85kW fuel cell engines at the facility under a technology transfer, licensing and supply arrangement between Ballard and Broad-Ocean that closed earlier this year.

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Ford and Alibaba explore strategic collaboration to reimagine vehicle ownership experience, expand mobility services

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Ford Motor Company and Alibaba Group will explore a strategic collaboration to identify new opportunities to redefine consumer retail experiences and to explore solutions for sustainable mobility. Under the three-year agreement, Ford will cooperate with Alibaba’s four business units: AliOS operation systems; Alibaba Cloud cloud computing; Alimama digital marketing; and Tmall online retail.

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Wärtsilä introduces HY hybrid tug design for Chinese market

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The technology group Wärtsilä has adapted its hybrid tug design ( earlier post ) specifically to meet the needs of the Chinese market. This version of the Wärtsilä HYTug has received an Approval-in-Principle recognition by the China Classification Society (CCS). The Wärtsilä HYTug design is based upon Wärtsilä’s fully integrated hybrid power module.

2017 60

Siluria and Wood launch Modus: process technology to convert low-value offgas into high-octane, low-sulfur gasoline blendstock

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Siluria Technologies, developer of a catalytic oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) process to convert natural gas into liquid fuels or petrochemical building blocks ( earlier post ), and Wood, a leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets, announced the availability of the Modus process technology for petroleum refiners.

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Chautauqua County deploys Orange EV battery-electric terminal truck

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Orange EV and Chautauqua County announced the deployment of an Orange EV T-Series pure-electric terminal truck at the North County Transfer Station in Fredonia, NY. Replacing a 15+-year-old diesel truck with 100% electric completely eliminates yard truck emissions and diesel fuel consumption while advancing efforts to meet the energy, environmental, and economic goals established in the Chautauqua County 20/20 Comprehensive Plan.

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NEVS begins production of electric 9-3 in Tianjin; 2nd and 3rd gen Evs being developed with DiDi

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NEVS has begun production of the 9-3 electric vehicle at its plant in Tianjin. The installed annual product capacity is 50,000 electric vehicles in Phase I of the Project, and with expansion to 220,000 planned for Phase II. NEVS is working with 3 generations of EVs in its innovation and development centers in both China and Sweden. The second and third generation will be developed in close co-operation with DiDi Chuxing.

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Rocky Mountain GTL to proceed with Canadian gas-to-liquids project; Greyrock technology

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Greyrock Energy, Inc. announced the final investment decision by the Rocky Mountain GTL Board of Directors to proceed with the construction of a commercial Gas to Liquids (GTL) plant 60 kilometers east of Calgary, near Carseland, Alberta, called the Caseland Enhanced GTL (EGTL) Project. The EGTL project will use Greyrock’s Direct Fuel Production system and GreyCat catalyst and will include enhancements by Expander Energy, Inc. Earlier post.).

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