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Influencers assess 2017 and make predictions for 2018

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As the year winds down, questions tend to arise about what the big trends of the past year have been and what the year to come may hold

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4 ways to renew an account that’s gone dark

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Do you hear that? It’s the deafening silence of another churned customer. Don’t they know you care? Couldn’t you have saved them? Perhaps. But account management is like a game of cat-and-mouse: Customers only surface when they need something.

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DENSO and Toyota Tsusho to test quantum computing analysis of IoT traffic data

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DENSO Corporation and Toyota Tsusho Corporation will conduct the first test using a quantum computer to process data from a traffic IoT platform.

Aerion and Lockheed Martin partner to develop first supersonic business jet

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Aerion and Lockheed Martin announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to define a formal and gated process to explore the feasibility of a joint development of the world’s first supersonic business jet, the Aerion AS2.

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Germany launches €12.1M Fab4Lib project to develop for large-scale production of Li-ion batteries; 6 GWh gigafactory

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In January, a consortium of 17 companies and research institutes in Germany will begin researching and developing processes for the large-scale production of lithium-ion battery cells. The Fab4Lib project aims to explore innovative solutions along the value chain of lithium-ion technology and to validate them in demonstrators. The project is managed by TerraE Holding GmbH , which also plans to implement the results obtained successively and promptly in large-scale production in its own factories.

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BMW sold 100,000 plug-in cars this year: more than GM, probably Nissan too (Tesla TBD)

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You have to hand it to BMW. When the German automaker set out to eclipse last year's sales of plug-in cars by delivering 100,000 electrified vehicles globally this year, it was an ambitious goal. But as of the end of November, the automaker has achieved its goal—and in so doing has sold nearly as many electrified vehicles this year as it did. sales Plug-In Hybrids New car sales plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

2017 23

World Bank will stop funding oil, gas exploration in 2019

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It's not just the world automotive industry that's grappling with rapid changes brought about by the need to reduce the effects of climate change. The world's fossil-fuel extraction, refining, and delivery industries are also faced with the reality that two centuries of burning their core products hurts the planet and has already exacerbated. Gasoline oil global warming climate change energy diesel fuel fossil fuels

Weltmeister EX5: first electric car from $1 billion Chinese company you've never heard of

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After numerous positions with BorgWarner, Fiat Group, Volvo, and China's largest automaker Geely, an executive named Freeman Shen has finally rolled out his own creation. That is the Weltmeiser EX5, the product of $1 billion in first-round funding from some of the largest players in Chinese tech. Shen's company, WM Motor, claims it will start. China Geely plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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BMW partners with Solid Power to develop solid-state cells for electric cars

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While lithium-ion cells have powered all but a handful of plug-in electric cars since 2008, carmakers have looked further down the road toward solid-state battery cells with an eye toward launching them sometime during the 2020s. On Monday, BMW Group and Solid Power announced that the two companies would partner in an effort to develop Solid. Batteries battery pack research research and development plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) solid-state cell

Electrify America contracts with Greenlots for electric-car charging sites, installations

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The $2 billion electric-vehicle infrastructure program funded by Volkswagen as part of its diesel-emission scandal settlement has picked an installer to roll out some of the first phase of its electric-car charging network. Electrify America said on Monday it would contract with the Greenlots charging network for up to 900 stations. They will be. plug-in cars charging infrastructure Charging stations Charging Networks Greenlots Volkswagen diesel scandal Electrify America

Toyota plans 1 million zero-emission vehicles a year by 2030: our analysis

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Sales of plug-in electric cars are rising steadily in North America, Europe, and Asia, with roughly 2 million now on the world's roads. China is debating when it will ban sales of new vehicles with combustion engines. Meanwhile, Toyota—one of the four largest global automakers—is only reluctantly planning to launch its own. Plug-In Hybrids Future Cars plug-in cars Zero Emission Vehicle

Audi extends trade-in bonus in Germany for Euro 1-4 diesel owners switching to Audi Euro 6 vehicle

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In Germany, Audi is extending its trade-in bonus for customers who switch from diesel-powered cars that meet the Euro 1 through Euro 4 emissions standards to an Audi that meets the Euro 6 standard. The price advantage is scaled by model—depending on the category of the selected new car, it amounts to between €3,000 and €10,000 ($3,500 to $12,000). SEAT, ŠKODA, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands in Germany have also extended their similar offerings.).

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German partners start testing of optimized aviation engine compression system

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Long-term partners MTU Aero Engines, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and GKN Aerospace Engine Systems have been working together within the European research program Clean Sky 2 to optimize an engine compression system and make it lighter. The resulting new technologies could be incorporated into the next generation of geared turbofans. A test using the Inter Compressor Duct (ICD) rig has now been officially launched at the DLR site in Cologne.

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JATO: European car registrations up 5.2% in November; SUVs post record market share

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New car registrations in Europe climbed 5.2% year-on-year in November 2017 to 1,250,281 units, according to JATO Dynamics. France, Spain and Germany, along with mid-sized markets including the Netherlands and Austria, experienced the biggest increases in volume for the month, off-setting a decline in the UK market where registrations were down 11.2%.

Novel laser welding technique could expand use of advanced high-strength steel alloys

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A Brazilian researcher has developed an innovative method of laser welding at high temperatures that enhances the properties of advanced high-strength (AHS) steel for applications in the automotive and aerospace industries. The automotive industry’s demand for high-performance AHS alloys has increased in recent years owing to increasingly stringent passenger safety, vehicle performance and fuel economy requirements.

2019 Honda Insight prototype to debut at Detroit auto show

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The end-of-year holiday season is just really starting, but information on Detroit auto show debuts next month is coming in. A new hybrid car from one of the pioneers of hybrid-electric vehicles is notable, and that's what Honda has delivered. The company said Tuesday morning that it will show a prototype of what will be the 2019 Honda Insight. Detroit Auto Show

Wärtsilä providing HY hybrid modules for Swedish port tug; first vessel operating with Wärtsilä HY solution

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The technology group Wärtsilä will supply two Wärtsilä HY 2 hybrid power modules for a new escort tug being built for the Swedish port of Luleå located on the Gulf of Bothnia in the northern end of the Baltic Sea.

Lloyd’s Register and UMAS release Zero Emission Vessels 2030 study

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Lloyd’s Register and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) released a new study— Zero Emission Vessels 2030 —that aims to demonstrate the viability of zero emission vessels (ZEVs) by identifying what needs to be in place to make them a competitive solution for decarbonization.

2017 12

Williams Advanced Engineering and Airbus collaborate on materials and battery technologies for Zephyr HAPS program

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Startup Thor Trucks announces its ET-One electric Class 8 tractor prototype

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Los Angeles-based startup Thor Trucks announced its electric Class 8 tractor “semi-prototype” ET-One, with 80,000 pound carrying capacity. ET-One is targeted at short-haul markets where daily miles traveled rarely exceed 250. ET-One and company co-founders Dakota Semler and Giordano Sordoni.

NIO launches ES8 battery-electric SUV; battery rental and swapping; NIO Pilot; base price $67.7K

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NIO officially launched the ES8 7-seat, 3-row (2-3-2) battery-electric SUV at an event in Beijing. The NIO ES8 has a base price of RMB 448,000 (US$67,700) before subsidies, with 10,000 Founder’s Editions available for RMB 548,000 (US$82,800).

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Tesla Semi, 2019 Honda Insight, NEVS 9-3 (nee Saab), future of oil: Today's Car News

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Today, a surprise advance look at an important new hybrid model, bad news for global oil and gas, an old Saab as a new electric car, and Tesla gets more Semi orders. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The end-of-year holiday season is just starting, but the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid that will debut at the Detroit auto show next month has been. Today in Car News

Tritium Veefil-RT 50 kW fast chargers chosen for EV and V2G research project in Slovakia

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As part of a research project into e-mobility and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) charging in Slovakia, a Tritium Veefil-RT 50kW DC fast charger has been installed at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. ZEROEMISSION, Tritium’s distributor in the region, has joined with Nissan Sales Central & Eastern Europe and the Slovak Academy of Sciences in the project, which is looking at how to implement the most innovative charging solutions across the country.

Continental successfully conducts Cellular-V2X field trials in China; demo’ing results at CES

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Continental and Huawei have conducted field trials to test the efficiency of the Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) communication standard ( earlier post ) in Shanghai with positive results. C-V2X is emerging as a promising wireless communication technology, demonstrating strong potential for use in automated driving and intelligent mobility. Earlier post.) C-V2X allows road users to communicate leveraging LTE and in future, the 5G mobile network.

Georgia Tech study suggests one in five materials chemistry papers may be wrong; MOFs as example

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The replicability of results from scientific studies has become a major source of concern in the research community, particularly in the social sciences and biomedical sciences. But many researchers in the fields of engineering and the hard sciences haven’t felt the same level of concern for independent validation of their results.

German researchers develop technique capable of determining Li metal plating during Li-ion battery charging; benefit for EVs

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A new technique—operando electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy— developed by researchers at Technische Universität München (TUM), Forschungszentrum Jülich, and RWTH Aachen University provides a unique insight into how the charging rate of lithium-ion batteries can be a factor limiting their lifetime and safety. The study is published in the journal Materials Today.

Researchers propose new approach for estimating health of battery pack

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A team from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei is proposing a new approach to estimate the state of health of EV battery packs using an artificial intelligence (AI) optimization algorithm. A paper on their work is published in the Journal of Power Sources. Accurately estimating battery pack state of health (SOH) estimation is important for a number of reasons in EV applications, including dynamic response of the pack, safety reliability.

Toyota aims for sales of more than 5.5M electrified vehicles including 1M ZEVS per year by 2030; no models developed without electrified version

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Toyota Motor Corporation announced its plans regarding the mass adoption of electrified vehicles for the decade 2020-2030. Toyota’s electrified vehicle strategy centers on a significant acceleration in the development and launch plans of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), and fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). By around 2030, Toyota aims to have annual sales of more than 5.5

The BMW Group and Solid Power partner to drive solid-state battery adoption in EVs

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The BMW Group is partnering with Solid Power , a developer of solid-state rechargeable batteries, in a joint effort to develop Solid Power’s solid-state batteries for electric vehicle applications. In this effort, the BMW Group will assist Solid Power to advance its technology in order to achieve performance levels required for high-performance electric vehicles.

Groupe Renault, Brilliance form JV for LCVs in China in three segments with three brands; accelerating electrified powertrains

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Groupe Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Limited have signed a contract for the formation of a joint venture to manufacture and sell light commercial vehicles (LCV) under the Jinbei, Renault and Huasong brands with the goal of achieving 150,000 sales annually by 2022 and an acceleration of electrifying powertrains. The new JV will be known as Renault-Brilliance Jinbei Automotive Co., with manufacturing operations in the Dadong District of Shenyang.

Scania invests $178M in new foundry; 50% cut in energy consumption through process improvements and heat recovery

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Scania plans to invest about SEK 1.5 billion (US$178 million) in a new foundry in Södertälje, Sweden, in order to triple production capacity and achieve a 50% reduction in energy consumption compared to the technology and methods used in the current foundry. Through more efficient materials handling and recycling, a sharp reduction will also be achieved in the transport need per manufactured unit. The foundry will be operated using electricity produced from renewable energy sources.

ADB approves $499M loan to establish facility for improved air quality in greater Beijing area; includes hydrogen transport

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The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors approved a €428-million ($499-million) loan to set up a regional emission-reduction and pollution-control facility as part of a multiyear and multisector support program to improve air quality in the greater Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BTH) region, which suffers from heavy air pollution.

Port of Los Angeles sets new record for highest monthly container volumes; 924,225 TEUs in November

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The Port of Los Angeles moved 924,225 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in November, the most containerized monthly cargo the Port has processed during its 110-year history. The previous record of 877,564 TEUs was set in November 2016. Through November 2017, cargo volumes are 8,563,982 TEUs, an increase of 6.3% compared to the same period in 2016. The Port of Los Angeles is on track to be the first Western Hemisphere port to exceed 9 million TEUs in a calendar year.

Study finds heavy-petroleum fuels raising vanadium emissions; human emissions outpacing natural sources by factor of 1.7

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Human emissions of the potentially harmful trace metal vanadium into Earth’s atmosphere have spiked sharply since the start of the 21 st century due in large part to industry’s growing use of heavy oils, tar sands, bitumen and petroleum coke for energy, a new Duke University study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds. Human emissions of vanadium to atmosphere now exceed natural sources by a factor of 1.7