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Goodyear develops new tire technology to optimize EV performance; also introduces Oxygene concept with moss

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Goodyear offered a preview during the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show of its EfficientGrip Performance with Electric Drive Technology, a prototype tire for the growing electric vehicle market that will be on the road by 2019 in Europe.

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Harley invests in Alta Motors, makes progress on electric motorcycle

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Harley-Davidson said on Thursday that it had “made an equity investment in Alta Motors and that the two companies will collaborate on electric motorcycle technology and new product development.” ” The announcement comes on the heels of the news that Harley-Davidson has applied for a trademark on the name “H-D Revelation” Harley-Davidson electric motorcycles

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ORNL team finds catalytic EGR reforming can decrease fuel consumption 8% in gasoline engine

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used on-board catalytic fuel reforming to increase the brake efficiency of a multicylinder, stoichiometric spark-ignited (SI) engine by increasing EGR dilution tolerance.

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SABIC lifecycle assessment finds thermoplastic composite doors achieve lower GWP, energy demand than steel, aluminum and magnesium

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SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, released the results of a recent lifecycle assessment of passenger car side doors using hybrid material solutions including laminates made with its continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite (CFRTC), the UDMAX GPP 45-70 tape.

2018 116

Renault introduces electric robo-vehicle and ride-hailing concept EZ-GO

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At the Geneva Motor Show, Renault introduced EZ-GO, an electric, autonomous, shared robo-vehicle concept—both a vehicle and a service—that allows people to hail a ride either from a fixed or mobile location.

2018 116

Mercedes-Benz provides additional details on upcoming 12m electric Citaro bus

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Mercedes-Benz will introduce its 12m battery-electric Citaro bus in September at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show, with the start of series production also taking place this year. Earlier post.) The company has now given a preview of the new locally emission-free 12-meter variant.

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Scania testing engines running on untreated biogas and landfill gas

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In collaboration with Linköping-based energy recovery specialists Tekniska verken, Scania Engines is currently testing one of its engines using raw gas, biogas that is untreated—i.e.,

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Lightning Systems’ battery-electric Ford Transit on schedule for March deliveries; fuel cell range extender option

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Lightning Systems, a global developer of efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets, announced that it is on schedule for March deliveries of its new battery-electric LightningElectric conversion system for Ford Transit.

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Toyota, Nissan, Honda and 8 others form Japan H2 Mobility to accelerate deployment of hydrogen stations in Japan

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Eleven companies, including automakers Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor, and Honda Motor, have jointly formed Japan H2 Mobility, LLC (JHyM), aimed at the full-fledged development of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in Japan.

2018 107

SEAT launches CUPRA as independent sporty brand; showcasing electric e-Racer at Geneva

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SEAT, a member of the Volkswagen Group, recently launched CUPRA as an independent, sporty, edgy brand with its own distinct identity; the brand’s first model, revealed at the brand launch event in Barcelona, was the CUPRA Ateca, an SUV equipped with a 221 kW 2.0

2018 106

Mercedes-Benz unveiling diesel plug-in hybrid preproduction models at Geneva show

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At the Geneva Motor Show this week, Mercedes-Benz is unveiling two new preproduction models that combine the new OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine with the latest-generation 9G-TRONIC 9-speed hybrid transmission. Like the S 560 e (combined fuel consumption 2.1

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Volkswagen unveils electric, Level 5 autonomous I.D. VIZZION concept sedan

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At the Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen is presenting the fourth member of the I.D. Family: the I.D. VIZZION sedan. Earlier post.) The battery-electric vehicle drives autonomously, is operated by voice and gesture control, and via artificial intelligence, will be capable of learning.

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J.D. Power survey finds China consumers increasingly enthusiastic about new-energy vehicles; ongoing importance of subsidies; battery worries

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2018 103

Toyota, JapanTaxi, KDDI and Accenture to pilot AI-based taxi dispatch support system

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Toyota Motor Corporation and JapanTaxi Co.,

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Researchers in Belgium develop new class of solid composite electrolytes for Li-ion batteries: Eutectogels

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Researchers at Hasselt University in Belgium are proposing a new class of solid composite electrolytes (SCEs) for Li-ion batteries: deep eutectic solvent (DES)–silica composites.

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Study projects global carbon footprint from ICT will be equivalent to half of transportation’s current level by 2040

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Greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) from the Information and Communication Industry (ICT) could grow from roughly 1–1.6%

2018 100

IEA: record oil output from US, Brazil, Canada and Norway to keep global markets well supplied

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Porsche unveils Mission E Cross Turismo EV study at Geneva show

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At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche presented the Mission E Cross Turismo, a concept study of an electrically-powered “Cross-Utility Vehicle.”

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Renault presents new 1.3L TCe engine at Geneva; co-developed with Daimler; ~1M units per year

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Renault is presenting the new turbocharged gasoline 1.3 TCe engine, co-developed by the Alliance and Daimler, at the Geneva Motor Show. The new unit will feature under the hoods of Captur and Scénic, and will become available for other Renault models in the course of 2018.

2018 97

European Commission approves €4.7B public support scheme for advanced biomethane and biofuels in Italy

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The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Italian support scheme for the production and distribution of advanced biofuels, including advanced biomethane. The measure will contribute to reaching EU energy and climate change goals while limiting distortions of competition. The Italian scheme supports the production and distribution of advanced biofuels and advanced biomethane, also known as second and third-generation biofuels, for use in the transport sector.

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New larger 2019 Volkswagen Jetta boosts fuel economy over curren generation

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The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, unveiled in January at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit ( earlier post ) will offer improved EPA-estimated fuel economy for the model: 30 mpg city (7.8 L/100km) and 40 mpg (5.88 L/100km) highway, for a combined 34 mpg (6.91

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smart joins the EQ family; optional 22 kW on-board charger

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The battery-electric versions from smart are the first series-produced models of the EQ product and technology brand. smart will be presenting the special model smart EQ fortwo/forfour nightsky edition at the Geneva Motor Show as the first series-produced model in the hallmark blue EQ paint finish.

2018 94

Techrules unveils production design of series-hybrid Ren RS with micro-turbine range extender; 330 km/h

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Techrules, a China-based automotive R&D company ( earlier post ) is unveiling the final production design of its Ren RS series-hybrid supercar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

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BMW Group Leipzig plant launches series production of the BMW i8 Roadster PHEV

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The BMW Group Leipzig plant has started series production of the BMW i8 Roadster, unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show ( earlier post ). It will be launched parallel to the enhanced version of the BMW i8 Coupé.

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Lexus unveils new UX crossover with new hybrid system; first use of GA-C; new TNGA powertrain elements

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Lexus hosted the world premiere of the new UX crossover at the 2018 Geneva Motor show.

2018 89

Aemetis completes operation of cellulosic ethanol demo unit; 12 Mgpy plant for 2019

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Aemetis announced that it successfully built and operated an integrated cellulosic ethanol demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a federal USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan.

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UQM Technologies receives initial order from Ashok Leyland for 51 electric drivetrains for transit bus applications; entry into India market

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UQM Technologies, Inc. announced its first purchase order from Ashok Leyland, a major India commercial vehicle manufacturer. The purchase order is for 51 UQM PowerPhase eDT systems to be shipped during 2018 for a demonstration program for electric transit buses in India.

2018 84

Volvo’s Polestar 1 PHEV makes European debut; pre-orders open 13 March

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Polestar, Volvo Cars’ new electric performance brand, introduced the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid to the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show. The European debut follows its global media reveal in Shanghai, China, in late 2017. Earlier post.).

2018 84

Ford 2019 Transit Connect Cargo Van in US adds diesel option, 4G LTE

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Ford introduced the new 2019 Transit Connect Cargo Van. The best-selling compact cargo van in the US, Ford Transit Connect has a 46% market share. More than 300,000 Transit Connect vehicles have been sold since 2009 when Ford created the segment in the United States.

2018 84

ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics algae biofuels program targets 10,000 barrels per day by 2025

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ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. announced a new phase in their joint algae biofuel research program ( earlier post ) that could lead to the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuel per day by 2025. The new phase of research includes an outdoor field study that will grow naturally occurring algae in several contained ponds in California.

2018 84

California ARB awards $7M for ultra-low NOx heavy-duty diesel truck demo project with Achates opposed-piston engines

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The California Air Resource Board (CARB) is awarding $7 million to CALSTART to develop a Class 8 truck that will achieve a 90% reduction in NO x along with a 15-20% fuel efficiency improvement. The project will build and install diesel-fueled two-stroke compression-ignition Achates Power Opposed-Piston Engines into Class 8 demonstration trucks that will be road-road ready in 2019 and operate in fleet service in California in 2020. California’s ultra-low NO x emissions standard is 0.02

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Air pollution exposure during fetal life linked to brain alterations and cognitive impairment in children

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A new study performed in the Netherlands has linked exposure to residential air pollution during fetal life with brain abnormalities that may contribute to impaired cognitive function in school-age children. The study, published in Biological Psychiatry , reports that the air pollution levels related to brain alterations were below those considered to be safe. Exposure to fine particles during fetal life was associated with a thinner outer layer of the brain (the cortex) in several regions.

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Daimler takes 3.93% stake in Beijing Electric Vehicle Company

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Expanding its strategic footprint in the field of New Energy Vehicles (NEV) in China, Daimler has acquired a 3.93% stake in Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., BJEV ), a BAIC Group subsidiary.

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OICR-led study shows that environmental exposures such as air pollution are more determinant of respiratory health than inherited genetics

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Scania and Ahola Transport agree on semi-autonomous platooning

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Scania announced a partnership agreement with Finnish company Ahola Transport to implement semi-autonomous platooning on Nordic roads—the first such customer agreement in Europe for semi-autonomous truck platooning on public roads.

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RMIT researchers demonstrate working rechargeable proton battery

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Researchers at Australia’s RMIT University have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable “proton battery”. Earlier post.)

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ASU team develops new solution for mitigating Li dendrite growth by tackling plating-induced residual stress

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Lithium-metal batteries are among the most promising candidates for high-density energy storage technology, but uncontrolled lithium dendrite growth, which results in poor recharging capability and safety hazards, currently is hindering their commercial potential.

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