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Bosch launches eScooter sharing service under new Coup brand

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Bosch is launching its new Coup eScooter sharing service in Berlin. Coup, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bosch, now provides Berlin residents with a new mobility option featuring a simple pricing model. Customers can now find, reserve, and use their nearest eScooter at any time. After reaching their destination, they simply drop off the scooter anywhere in the city center.

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A Love Letter To My Other Woman

Creative Greenius

This is my love letter to Bonnie Raitt – the other woman in my life. I am here in Santa Barbara with Deb, celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary, having driven up the coast 100 miles from our home in Redondo Beach to see Bonnie play at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Bonnie doesn’t know I’m here. I didn’t let her know I was coming. Didn’t even send her a text or leave a voicemail. Even if I had it wouldn’t have made any difference.

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Nikola One electric-truck running prototype to be unveiled Dec 2

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It's long been assumed that while passenger vehicles may well start to transition to electric drive over the next decade or two, heavy commercial trucks won't. The energy density of liquid hydrocarbon fuel is particularly well suited to moving vehicles that can weigh 10 times the 2-ton weight of a passenger car. But a handful of companies are. Trucks Commercial vehicle semis Nikola Tesla

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Porsche Mission E: all-electric super saloon gets 2020 go-ahead

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Porsche has announced it will put an all-electric super saloon into production by 2020. The ‘Mission E’ concept was first unveiled at the 2015 Frankfu. Concept cars Porsche Electric cars Mission E Concept

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DOE: California had highest concentration of plug-in vehicles relative to population in US in 2015: 4.68 PEVs/1,000 people

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In 2015, only five states had more than two plug-in vehicles (PEVs) registered per 1,000 people, according to figures compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE). California had the highest concentration of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with 4.68 PEVs per 1,000 people. Hawaii had the second highest concentration with 2.94 PEVs per 1,000 people followed by Washington, Georgia, and Oregon with 2.32, 2.20 and 2.04 PEVs per 1,000 people, respectively.

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BAC testing use of graphene in body of Mono supercar

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UK-based bespoke supercar manufacturer BAC (Briggs Automotive Company). BAC has partnered with Haydale Composite Solutions to create rear wheel arches made out of graphene, and has been putting the material through its paces on the Mono, the world’s only road legal single-seater supercar. Graphene—sheets of carbon just one atom thick—is significantly lighter and stronger than standard carbon fiber. It can bring weight reductions of around 20% while being 200 times stronger than steel.

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Nissan unveils working prototypes of electric BladeGlider

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In Rio de Janeiro, Nissan Motor unveiled working prototypes of its futuristic electric Nissan BladeGlider vehicle. The vehicles, developed from concept cars first shown at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2013 ( earlier post ), symbolize future technologies that will combine Intelligent Mobility, environmentally friendly impact and sports-car driving capabilities.

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ZF and ibeo to develop new 3D LiDAR technology; ZF takes 40% stake

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ZF has acquired a 40% stake in ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH. The Hamburg-based company, which was founded in 2009, is a developer of LiDAR technology and environmental recognition software with a particular focus on applications for autonomous driving ( earlier post ). Ibeo’s customers include several major global vehicle manufacturers.

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IC Bus announces availability of over-the-air programming for school buses

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IC Bus announced that over-the-air (OTA) programming of engine control modules (ECM) will be made available for IC Bus models powered by Navistar proprietary engines and, going forward, by Cummins engines. By the end of 2016, OTA will be available for aftermarket purchase through IC Bus dealers for all IC Bus models, 2007 and newer, that are powered by Navistar proprietary engines. For new IC Bus school buses powered by Cummins engines, OTA will be available in January 2017.

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UCR team finds adding even small amounts of tin to Si-based anode greatly improves charge capacity and cycling stability

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Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have found that adding tin nanoparticles—even in small amounts—to a silicon-based anode provides significant improvements in performance in terms of both charge capacity and cycling stability. In an open-access paper published in Scientific Reports , the team said that the addition of even small amounts of tin results in a significant decrease in the anode resistance.

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Survey: Fuel efficiency top criterion for US buyers regardless of size of vehicle; good news for start-stop

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American consumers are strongly influenced by fuel efficiency and the price of gas when purchasing a vehicle, according to a new survey conducted by the Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of Johnson Controls. Of the 1,006 people surveyed, fuel efficiency (57%) is top of mind for consumers when they go to buy any size automobile, followed closely by cost (55%) and safety (54%).

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CNT nanostiches strengthen laminated composites

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A team from MIT and Saab AB has found a way to bond composite layers in such a way that the resulting material is substantially stronger and more resistant to damage than other advanced composites. Their results are published this week in the journal Composites Science and Technology. The team reinforced aerospace-grade unidirectional carbon fiber laminate interfaces with high densities (>10 billion fibers per cm 2 ) of aligned carbon nanotubes (A-CNTs) that act as nano-scale “stitches”.

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Nissan: more electric car charging stations than fuel stations in UK by 2020

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There will be more public locations to charge electric cars in the UK than there are gasoline stations by the summer of 2020, according to new analysis by Nissan. At the end of 2015, there were just 8,472 fuel stations in the UK, down from 37,539 in 1970—a 77% drop. Assuming a steady rate of decline, Nissan predicts that by August 2020 this will fall to below 7,870. The supply of fuel within the Capital is also becoming scarcer.

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Continental, Cummins, HARMAN, and ZF join Auto-ISAC for automotive cybersecurity

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Continental, Cummins, HARMAN, and ZF have joined the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) as original equipment supplier members. The four new members continue Auto-ISAC’s recent expansion beyond automakers, as the organization acknowledges the critical role that suppliers play in creating strong vehicle cybersecurity protections. Automakers and suppliers must be in close coordination around cybersecurity.

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Valeo Cruise4U car sets off on 13,000-mile partially automated drive across US

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Valeo’s Cruise4U partially automated car, previously demonstrated at CES in Las Vegas in January 2016, set off from San Francisco on a 13,000-mile road trip around the US that is scheduled to conclude back in San Francisco on 15 September. In partially automated driving mode, the trip will include stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, New York, Miami, San Antonio and San Diego. The vehicle will travel both day and night in real traffic conditions.

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Researchers significantly improve H2 storage properties of sodium aluminium hydride by doping with 2D titanium carbide

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A team at Zhejiang University in China has significantly enhanced the hydrogen storage properties of sodium aluminum hydride (NaAlH 4 ) by doping it with a 2D titanium carbide (Ti 3 C2) MXene. MXenes” are exfoliated 2D carbide and carbonitride nanosheets that are structurally similar to graphene, where M represents transition metals, and X is either C or/and N, earlier post ).

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MIT researchers developing LiDAR on a chip

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Researchers at MIT’s Photonic Microsystems Group are developing a LiDAR-on-a-chip system that is smaller than a dime, has no moving parts, and could be mass produced at a very low cost to be used in self-driving cars, drones, and robots. An article describing the new system is published in IEEE Spectrum. Most LiDAR systems—like the ones commonly seen on autonomous vehicles—use discrete free-space optical components like lasers, lenses, and external receivers.

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New ceramic membrane enables first direct conversion of methane to liquids without CO2 emissions

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A team from CoorsTek Membrane Sciences, the University of Oslo (Norway), and the Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) (Spain) has developed a new process for the direct, non-oxidative conversion of methane to liquids—reducing cost, eliminating multiple process steps, and avoiding CO 2 emissions. The process uses a novel ceramic membrane that simultaneously extracts hydrogen and injects oxide ions.

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Argonne team discovers self-regenerating DLC tribofilm

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have discovered an ultra-durable, self-lubricating tribofilm that regenerates in the presence of oil, heat, and pressure—meaning that it will not wear away over the life of an engine. The film, reported yesterday in the journal Nature , develops when a new catalytic coating that can be applied to engine parts interacts with lubricating oil to create an extremely tough coating that almost eliminates wear.

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UMTRI: Average US new vehicle fuel economy in July up 0.1 mpg from June

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in July 2016 was 25.4 mpg (9.25 l/100 km)—up 0.1 mpg from the value for June 2016, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). Fuel economy is down 0.4 mpg from the peak reached in August 2014, but still up 5.3 mpg since October 2007 (the first month of their monitoring).

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Air pollution may shorten survival of patients with lung cancer

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Air pollution may shorten the survival of patients with lung cancer, suggests a population-based study by a team from the University of Southern California published in the journal Thorax. The trends were most noticeable for early stage disease, particularly adenocarcinoma—the most common type of non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for 80% of lung cancer cases—the findings show.

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California oil producer applies for LCFS credits for producing crude oil using solar-generated power

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Under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), crude oil producers may generate credits for oil that has been produced using innovative methods and delivered to California refineries for processing. Seneca Resource Corporation (Seneca) has applied for LCFS credits for producing crude oil using solar generated electricity. Seneca Resources Corporation is the exploration and production (E&P) segment of National Fuel Gas Company, headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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Germany’s new plug-in car incentives attract 1,791 buyers so far; BMW most popular choice

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Since launching on 1 July, Germany’s new plug-in vehicle (battery-electric and plug-in hybrid) discount scheme has attraced 1,791 buyers as of 4 July, according to figures released by Germany’s BAFA (Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle). The program grants buyers of electric cars a €4,000 (US$4,452) discount and buyers of plug-in hybrid vehicles a discount of €3,000 (US$3,339).

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Nissan unveils first Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell vehicle; fueled by ethanol, 600 km range

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In Brazil, Nissan Motor revealed the first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered prototype vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol electric power. Research and development of the e-Bio Fuel-Cell was announced by Nissan in June in Yokohama. Earlier post.). The e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype vehicle, based on a Nissan e-NV200 electric van ( earlier post ), is equipped with a 5 kW SOFC that runs on 100% ethanol to charge a 24 kWh battery that enables a cruising range of more than 600 km (373 miles).

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ORNL team further characterizes PM from RCCI combustion; possible different PM formation process than conventional diesel

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have been working for years to advance reactivity-controlled compression ignition (RCCI) technology (e.g., earlier post , earlier post ). The work includes not only advancing the combustion technology itself, but also characterizing and analyzing the emissions from RCCI ( earlier post ).

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Nissan expands “No Charge to Charge” program expands to 10 new US markets

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Nissan has expanded its “No Charge to Charge” program to 10 new markets, continuing the push to provide LEAF owners with no-cost public charging. The program offers new LEAF buyers free public charging for the first two years of ownership The 10 new markets are: Charleston, S.C. Charlotte, N.C. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville/Anderson, N.C./S.C. Jacksonville, Fla. Miami. Milwaukee. Palm Springs, Fla. Portland/Auburn, Ore. Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota, Fla.

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Chevy Volt hits 100,000 mark in US sales; almost 1.5B all-electric miles

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Chevrolet has sold 100,000 Volts in the US since the plug-in’s introduction. Since sales of the Chevrolet Volt began, owners have driven almost 1.5 billion miles in EV mode of a total 2.5 billion cumulative miles. Based on an average new car fuel economy of 25.3 mpg, Volt drivers have saved nearly 58 million gallons of fuel.

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Survey finds big shift in UK buyers’ attitude to diesel; more concern over running costs than environment

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UK car buyers are turning away from diesel in favor of gasoline models, according to new research by Whatcar.com. The changing mood among buyers is reflected in the latest What Car? Intelligence survey results, which indicate that more than seven in 10 would be likely or very likely to choose a gasoline car, compared with the four in 10 who would consider buying a diesel.

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Phihong introduces new 10 kW portable EV DC charger for roadside assistance & remote charging

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Phihong , a leading global supplier of OEM power solutions, has announced a new 10 kW portable EV DC charger for roadside assistance and remote area charging applications. Mounted on four wheels for easy portability, the new 10 kW EV DC chargers deliver 12V and 24V to power electric passenger cars and busses, and also function as energy storage systems, providing 3.5 kW backup AC power.

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SII Semiconductor releases automotive 3-wire (microwire) EEPROM with ultra-small package

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SII Semiconductor Corporation, an affiliate of Seiko Instruments Inc., released the S-93CxxCD0H Series (105˚C) and the S-93AxxBD0A Series (125˚C), new automotive 3-wire (microwire) serial EEPROM products available in the ultra-small HSNT-8 package (2030) (2.0×3.0×t0.5 With an industry-leading write speed of 4ms (max.) and low-voltage operation down to 1.6V, the S-93CxxCD0H Series (105˚C) is suitable for a wide range of automotive applications.

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Tesla posts $293M Q2 loss, up 59% from Q2 2015

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Tesla reported a $293-million GAAP net loss for Q2, a 59% increase from the $184-million net loss for Q2 2015. This marks Tesla’s 13 th consecutive quarterly loss. However, Tesla also completed a $1.7-billion equity raise to end the quarter with $3.25 billion in cash. In Q2, Tesla delivered 14,402 new vehicles consisting of 9,764 Model S and 4,638 Model X.

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GM delivers July record 270,529 Vehicles in China; Cruze in China outsells Cruze in US

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General Motors and its joint ventures delivered a July record 270,529 vehicles in China, taking deliveries for 2016 past 2 million vehicles. July deliveries advanced 18% year over year, with the Buick, Cadillac and Baojun brands reaching all-time highs for the month. Cadillac deliveries in July jumped 90% year over year to 8,757 units.

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Quantum Materials Corp developing nanomaterials for tracing fracking fluids to point of origin

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North American quantum dot manufacturer Quantum Materials Corporation has partnered with a Texas-based E&P technology business and is currently developing specialized nanomaterials for use in oil and gas well production optimization. The project, which is nearing the completion of the initial phase, is targeting new materials which are expected to provide for safer and more efficient recovery of hydrocarbon resources.

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Postal Fleet Services selects Ryder for natural gas vehicle solution in four states; 20 CNG heavy-duty trucks

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Ryder System announced that Postal Fleet Services has signed a full-service agreement for 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) heavy-duty vehicles supporting mail delivery operations in Orlando, Fla., Lafayette, La., Jackson, Miss., and La Vergne, Tenn. Postal Fleet Services has relied on Ryder for fleet leasing and maintenance solutions for more than 10 years.

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Graphene ultracap manufacturer Skeleton Technologies receives €13M investment; Series C led by FirstFloor Capital

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European ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies has received €13 million (US$14.5 million) in new investment led by FirstFloor Capital, a Malaysian venture capital investment firm specializing in funding high-growth technology companies. The Round C investment, which also includes existing Skeleton Technologies’ investors UP Invest and Harju Elekter, brings total financing to €26.7

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DOE awarding up to $11.3M to 3 projects under MEGA-BIO for biomass-to-hydrocarbon fuels, products

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $11.3 million to three projects under MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels ( earlier post ) that support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand. Producing high-value bioproducts alongside cost-competitive biofuels has the potential to support a positive return on investment for a biorefinery.

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ExxonMobil invests $15M in University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute; renewable energy, battery technologies and power grid modeling

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ExxonMobil will invest $15 million as a leadership member of the University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute to pursue technologies to help meet growing energy demand while reducing environmental impacts and the risk of climate change.

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