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Blue Bird electric school buses in pre-production, deliveries this year; Type C & D configurations

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Blue Bird is taking orders for its electric school buses for delivery in 2018. Blue Bird is the only school bus OEM to offer electric Type C & D configurations. Earlier post.) Blue Bird electric buses have completed certification testing; they are now in pre-production. Blue Bird RE Electric.

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Tesla Model Y production to start Nov 2019 (also, Musk doesn't have time to shower): reports

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Amidst nine months of "production hell" for the Tesla Model 3 electric car, the company's next vehicle has somewhat fallen off the radar. According to a report Wednesday by Reuters, Tesla has now put out requests to suppliers for initial bids on parts for the Tesla Model Y, its high-volume crossover utility intended to be more affordable than the. Elon Musk Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Tesla Model Y

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Volvo Trucks introduces its first electric truck for commercial use; sales and production start next year

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Volvo Trucks introduced its first battery-electric truck for commercial use: the Volvo FL Electric for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year.

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Impact Coatings delivering fuel cell PVD coatings to Michelin

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Impact Coatings, which develops and sells technology for PVD-coatings of fuel cell plates and vehicle reflectors, recently received its first production order for Ceramic MaxPhase coatings from Michelin.

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Careful Bus deploys school buses in NYC outfitted with XL hybrid systems

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XL recently completed a successful pilot deployment of school buses with Careful Bus Company in New York City outfitted with the XL hybrid system. The XLH system uses regenerative braking during deceleration and electric assist during acceleration to increase fuel economy.

2018 119

Japanese researchers estimate 16M tonnes of rare earth deposits in deep-sea mud off Japan; hundreds of years of supply

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A team of Japanese researchers from multiple institutions has calculated that an area of deep-sea mud in the western North Pacific Ocean near Minami-Torishima Island, Japan, contains more than 16 million tons of rare-earth elements and yttrium (REY).

2018 118

Dürr building smart and resource-efficient paint shop at San Luis Potosí in Mexico for BMW Group; Industry 4.0

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Dürr is building a paint shop in Mexico for the BMW Group that meets the requirements for connected Industry 4.0 production. This plant, featuring the first integrated smart factory concept from Dürr, is being built at the San Luis Potosí site.

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Volkswagen Braunschweig to build up to 500K battery systems per year for MEB EVs

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Volkswagen Braunschweig has been awarded the contract to further the development and production of battery systems for the Modular Electric Drive Modular System (MEB).

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Study shows hybrids and EVs to drive lithium and cobalt demand by a factor of 10 to more than 20

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A new study by researchers at Leiden University in The Netherlands, with colleagues at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, shows that climate policies can strongly increase metal demand.

2018 103

Colorado issues $10M RFA for private sector partners to build fast charging stations along major highway corridors

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The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) has released a request for applications ( RFA ) inviting private sector partners to build fast-charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) along most major highway corridors in Colorado, including I-25, I-70, US 36, US 40, US 50, US 160, US 285 and US 550.

2018 102

Imec produces prototype solid-state Li-ion battery with 200 Wh/L; solid electrolyte applied as a liquid

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Imec, a global research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics, energy and digital technologies, has fabricated an innovative type of solid-state Li-ion battery achieving an energy density of 200 Wh/liter at a charging speed of 0.5C (2 hours).

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Unleashed Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo takes track record at Spa-Francorchamps

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An evo version of the Le Mans winning Porsche 919 Hybrid established a new track record at Spa-Francorchamps.

2018 99

Global debut of Buick Enspire electric concept SUV in China; GM China sales up 2% in February, Buick up 4%

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GM’s Buick brand will stage the global debut of the Enspire, its new all-electric concept SUV, at Buick Brand Night on 17 April in Wuzhen, Zhejiang. It will also be on display to the public at Auto China 2018 in Beijing, which begins later this month. Buick Enspire all-electric concept SUV teaser.

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Novel porous membrane suppresses dendrite growth on Li-metal anodes

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Tsinghua team uses ultrathin MoS2/CNT interlayers to trap polysulfides in and improve performance of Li-S batteries

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Researchers at Tsinghua University in China have used ultrathin and lightweight molybdenum sulfide (MoS 2 )/carbon nanotube (CNT) interlayers to trap polysulfides in high-performance lithium–sulfur (Li–S) batteries. A paper on their work is published in the Journal of Power Sources.

2018 88

Studies highlight effects of different gasoline components on fuel economy, combustion and emissions

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Researchers at Jilin University (China) have investigated the effect of gasoline components on fuel economy, combustion and emissions in a GDI (gasoline-direct-injection) engine.

2018 88

Tenneco acquires Federal-Mogul for $5.4B; to create two independent, public companies

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Tenneco, one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and distributors of Ride Performance and Clean Air products and technology solutions for diversified markets, signed a definitive agreement to acquire Federal-Mogul, a leading global supplier to OEMs and the aftermarket.

2018 88

Ford unveils new Focus; 10% better fuel economy; focus on tech; gasoline and diesel

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Ford has unveiled the all-new Ford Focus. The new Focus features a broad suite of Ford advanced driver assistance technologies and advanced EcoBoost gasoline and EcoBlue diesel engines offering a 10% fuel-efficiency improvement across the range.

2018 88

ICCT: IMO committee agrees to establish first climate framework for international shipping

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The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) reports that the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted a resolution codifying an initial greenhouse gas (GHG) strategy for international shipping.

2018 83

Volkswagen Group readying autonomous parking for series vehicles in 2020

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The Volkswagen Group is readying autonomous parking functionality for deployment in series production vehicles in 2020. Group brands Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche are currently testing autonomous parking at Hamburg Airport.

2018 83

PNNL technique successfully joins thicker aluminum alloys to steel; friction stir dovetailing

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory )PNNL) have developed and successfully tested a new solid-phase technique called Friction Stir Dovetailing (FSD) to join thick plates of aluminum to steel.

2018 83

Audi continues rollout of standard 48V mild hybrid system with new A6 Avant

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Audi has launched the new Audi A6 Avant station wagon equipped with a standard 48V mild hybrid system (MHEV) for the four- and six-cylinder TDI (diesel) and TFSI (gasoline) engines. The new eight-generation A6 sedan, introduced in February this year, also features the 48V MHEV system as standard.

2018 83

Efficient Drivetrains introduces CNG PHEV for agriculture work truck applications

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Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. ( EDI ) has integrated integration its EDI PowerDrive 4000 into a Class-4 General Motors Low Cab Forward platform, creating an electrified work truck for agriculture applications.

2018 83

DOE issues CORAL RFP for development of at least two and possibly three new exascale supercomputers

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US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced a new Department of Energy Request for Proposals (RFP), potentially worth up to $1.8

2018 83

Nikola Motor Company hires Jesse Schneider from BMW as hydrogen and fuel cell technologies VP

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Nikola Motors, the startup developing a Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell range-extended electric truck ( earlier post ) has hired Jesse Schneider as vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. A noted hydrogen and fuel cell expert, Schneider is an automotive industry veteran who spent most of his career working for BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

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UCR team demonstrates use of earth abundant elements in spin-mediated thermoelectric energy conversion for waste heat recovery

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Mechanical engineers at the University of California, Riverside, have successfully used inexpensive materials to produce thermoelectric devices that transform low-level waste heat into electricity.

2018 78

Nissan to unveil new EV at Auto China 2018, showcase Nissan LEAF and IMx KURO with B2V technology

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Nissan will unveil a new electric model at Auto China 2018 in Beijing and showcase the new Nissan LEAF and the Nissan IMx KURO electric crossover concept vehicle.

2018 78

GWU research team C2CNT advances to the final round of the Carbon XPRIZE; CO2 to carbon nanotubes

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Stuart Licht, a chemistry professor at the George Washington University, and his team of researchers are among the finalists announced today in the $20-million Carbon XPRIZE competition.

2018 78

Volkswagen Truck & Bus and Hino Motors agree to enter into full strategic partnership

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Hino Motors, Ltd. and Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH signed a Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement (SCFA) aiming to build a mutually beneficial strategic long-term partnership. Both companies will further explore each other’s capabilities to cooperate in logistics and traffic solution research, existing and new technologies as well as in procurement.

2018 72

Researchers measure actual CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use and compare to reported levels

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Researchers have measured CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel use in California and compared them to reported emissions. This is the first time fossil fuel emissions have been independently checked for such a large area. The team of researchers, led by researchers from Imperial College London (ICL), developed a technique to estimate CO 2 emissions from fossil fuels using atmospheric measurements, then tested the technique over three months in California.

2018 71

Big Blue Bus investing $18.2M to upgrade bus fleet; Cummins-Westport Near-Zero NOx engines

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Big Blue Bus (BBB), a bus operator serving Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area, will invest $18.3 million in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and California Proposition 1B Bond funds to replace fifty 40-foot New Flyer buses purchased between 2004 and 2006. Seven 30-foot Gillig buses are being placed in service now; an additional twenty 40-foot Gillig buses will be delivered and commissioned in October 2018.

2018 71

Nikola suggests it's no Tesla, refunds deposits on fuel-cell, electric semi trucks

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Nikola Motor Company, which is working to produce two Class 8 semi trucks to compete with Tesla's upcoming electric Semi, is showing some signs of success—and apparently rubbing Tesla's nose in it. The Salt Lake City-based company announced last week that it would refund all deposits it has taken on its battery-electric and hydrogen semi. hydrogen plug-in cars hydrogen fuel cell Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) semis Nikola Tesla Semi

2018 68

Tesla founder, Chinese company launch SF Motors electric cars

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In the beginning, there was Tesla, although it wasn't started by current CEO Elon Musk. While Musk has now become synonymous with the electric-car brand, Tesla was actually founded by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, who had previously founded and sold a eBook reader company. While both left the company in 2008, they have kept their hands in. China History plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Startups SF Motors

2018 67

More sedan, smaller, entry models bite the dust in Detroit

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Two years ago this month, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles essentially threw in the towel on the "automobiles" part of its name. Canceling the compact Dodge Dart and the mid-size Chrysler 200 sedans, the company doubled down on the pickup trucks and utility vehicles that had long been its profit centers. Now that decision has become a trend, spurred on. small cars Fuel Economy

2018 67

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: weekend drive review

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For several years, the Chevrolet Volt was the sole plug-in hybrid with electric range notably above 20 miles—though it became clear Chevy never figured out how to market its virtues to the public at large. Now it has a strong competitor in the form of the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, a mid-size sedan with five seats and a rated 48. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars

2018 66

LG Chem, Huayou Cobalt to form 2 JVs in China; precursors & cathodes for EV batteries; supporting 400K EV packs/year

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LG Chem will form two joint ventures with China’s Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt to secure supplies of cobalt for Li-ion batteries. Huayou Cobalt is the world’s largest producer of refined cobalt, delivering 20,000 tons in 2017. LG Chem will invest KRW 239.4 billion (USD 224 million) by 2020 to establish two joint ventures: one for precursor materials, the other for cathode materials.

2018 64

CUTRIC launches $40M Pan-Canadian electric bus trial

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The Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial: Phase I was launched at TransLink in Vancouver as part of a national coordinated effort to advance zero emissions transit technology, spear-headed by the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC).

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