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NREL analysis of Proterra electric bus demo finds average fuel economy nearly 4x that of CNG baseline buses

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Proterra battery-electric buses in service in a 12- vehicle demonstration by Foothill Transit in California offered significant fuel savings compared to similar conventional vehicles, according to a recently published analysis of the results of the demonstration by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The NREL team found, inter alia , that the battery-electric buses (BEBs)had an overall average efficiency of 2.15 kWh per mile on the service route, which equated to 17.48

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Tesla Model 3 Unveil By March 31, Deposits Accepted That Day

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Tesla Motors held its quarterly conference call yesterday for its fourth-quarter and 2015 full-year financial results, and some of the numbers weren't great. But for eager buyers and Tesla advocates, the most important news concerned the upcoming Model 3, the company's third generation of electric cars. Long promised to deliver 200 miles at a. Elon Musk Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Tesla Model 3

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Tesla Model 3 might not have auto pilot, Tesla to be profitable in Q4 2016

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On Wednesday, Tesla Motors released Q4 2015 financial results showing that while the company had steep losses again, that free cash flow had improved. Now that the Tesla Model X is in production, Tesla management claim that Tesla&#39

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NREL process boosts production of ethanol from algae

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A new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has proven to be significantly more effective at producing ethanol from algae than previous research. The process, dubbed Combined Algal Processing (CAP), is detailed in an open-access paper in the journal Algal Research. The research follows work previously done at NREL and published in 2014 in The Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Green Chemistry.

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DOE to award up to $11.3M for biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels pathways; MEGA-BIO

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide up to $11.3 million in funding to develop flexible biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can be modified to produce advanced fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand. ( DE-FOA-0001433 : MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts To Enable Biofuels.).

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CMU study finds that coal retirement is needed for EVs to reduce air pollution

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Electric vehicles charged in coal-heavy regions can create more human health and environmental damages from life cycle air emissions than gasoline vehicles, according to a new consequential life cycle analysis by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University. However, the anticipated—albeit now possibly delayed, per the recent Supreme Court decision—retirement of coal-fired power plants will make electric vehicles more competitive on an air emissions basis, the researchers found.

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Antelope Valley Transit orders up to 85 electric buses from BYD; first US all-electric public transit fleet

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The board of directors of the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) in California voted to award BYD a contract to manufacture up to 85 electric buses over a five-year period. Under the order from AVTA, BYD Motors will build and deliver a variety of all-electric bus models including a 40-foot low floor transit bus, a 60-foot low floor articulated bus, and a 45-foot commuter coach. All 85 buses will have a range of more than 160 miles on a single battery charge.

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Researchers 3D-print graphene composite aerogel microlattices for supercapacitors

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Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and UC Santa Cruz have successfully 3D-printed periodic graphene composite aerogel microlattices for supercapacitor applications, using a technique known as direct-ink writing. The key factor in developing these novel aerogels is creating an extrudable graphene oxide-based composite ink and modifying the 3D printing method to accommodate aerogel processing.

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New SwRI consortium to target advances in gasoline and diesel engine aluminum cylinder head designs

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) announced the formation of a new consortium in partnership with leading castings solutions provider Grainger & Worrall (G&W) to advance automotive cylinder head designs. The Aluminum Head Evaluation, Analysis, and Durability ( AHEAD ) consortium seeks to reduce the weight while improving the durability of aluminum cylinder heads—an increasingly important need as materials and components are pushed to their limits in modern engines.

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BMW introduces iPerformance designation, starting with three 7-Series plug-ins

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At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, BMW will officially introduce the new iPerformance model designation, which will be given to all BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles starting in July 2016, as a visible indicator of the transfer of technology from BMW i to the BMW core brand.

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Opel launching Euro cousin of Chevy Bolt EV next year: Ampera-e

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Opel will introduce a five-door, five-seat battery electric vehicle next year in Europe. Cousin to the US Chevy Bolt ( earlier post ), the new Ampera-e will be “affordably priced”, Opel said. Opel Ampera-e Click to enlarge. The compact proportions of the Ampera-e are driven by the battery pack being mounted flat, under the vehicle floor.

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Beijing, Argonne researchers develop new solid-state Li-ion battery; glassy nanocomposite electrolyte with ILs

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Researchers from the Beijing Institute of Technology and Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new solid-state Li-ion battery technology, consisting of a solid nanocomposite electrolyte using porous silica matrices with in situ immobilizing Li + -conducting ionic liquids; mesocarbon microbeads (MCMB) as anode material, and LiCoO 2 (LCO), LiNi ⅓ Co ⅓ Mn ⅓ O 2 (NCM), or LiFePO 4 (LFP) as cathode material.

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TM4 supplying motor and inverter to Ballard for FCvelocity-HD7 module for fuel cell vehicles

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Ballard Power Systems has selected TM4 Inc. for the supply of electric motors and inverters to be coupled with new compressor units for Ballard’s seventh-generation FCvelocity-HD7 power module. FCvelocity-HD7 offers a number of advantages in the areas of performance, integration, cost reduction and market leadership. The TM4 MOTIVE series of high rpm motors was selected by Ballard for its proven reliability, quality and high power density. The air supply of a fuel cell is a critical system.

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Purdue team uses pollen grains as basis for carbon architectures for Li-ion anodes

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A team at Purdue University has used pollens as the basis for carbon architectures for anodes in energy storage devices. As reported in an open-access paper in Nature’s Scientific Reports , Jialiang Tang and Vilas Pol converted bee pollen and cattail pollen grains into carbon microstructures through a facile, one-step, solid-state pyrolysis process in an inert atmosphere.

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Study finds household and outdoor air pollution contributes to more than 5.5 million premature deaths worldwide per year

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New research shows that household (indoor) and outdoor air pollution contribute to more than 5.5 million premature deaths every year. More than half of deaths occur in two of the world’s fastest growing economies, China and India. In the context of the Global Burden of Disease 2013 study ( earlier post ), researchers from Canada, the United States, China and India quantified air pollution levels and attributable health impacts for 188 countries for the period 1990-2013.

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UK companies in $2.5M project to develop marine magnetically geared propulsion motor; potential 10% efficiency gain

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Rolls Royce, magnetic gear company Magnomatics and electric motor company ATB Laurence Scott are partnering in a two-year, £1.7-million (US$2.5-million) project to develop an electric Magnetically Geared Propulsion Motor (MGPM) for marine applications. Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, is providing £925,708 (US$1.3 million) in funding. A magnetic gear uses permanent magnets to transmit torque between an input and output shaft without mechanical contact.

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Audi showcases Q7 e-tron PHEV, piloted driving at Berlinale

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Audi is deploying some 300 vehicles at the 66 th Berlin International Film Festival ( Berlinale ), roughly 100 of which are equipped with hybrid drivetrains. The stars of this year’s Berlinale will ride to the Berlinale Palast in the new Audi Q7 e-tron quattro. Earlier post.). Audi marked another technical milestone at the Berlinale with a driverless VIP shuttle: a piloted Audi A8 L W12.

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JetBlue Launches JetBlue Technology Ventures; 1st US airline-backed VC subsidiary for travel startups

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US airline JetBlue has launched JetBlue Technology Ventures , a wholly owned subsidiary that will invest in, incubate and partner with early stage startups at the intersection of technology, travel and hospitality. As the first corporate venture capital subsidiary in Silicon Valley backed by a US airline, JetBlue Technology Ventures will operate from the GSVlabs campus in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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Kia introduces 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle, Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid at Chicago

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Kia unveiled three major hybrid offerings at the Chicago Auto Show: the 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle; the new Optima Hybrid; and the new Optima Plug-in Hybrid. While the Niro Hybrid was preceded by clean mobility products such as the Optima Hybrid and Soul EV, Niro is the first Kia to make use of an all-new, dedicated eco-car platform and is an important next step on the path to nearly tripling the brand’s global green car line-up by 2020.

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Novelis offering automakers RC5754 high recycled content aluminum alloy

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Novelis announced that its RC5754 alloy, a new automotive product designed to contain up to 75% recycled content, has been successfully integrated into the structural components of high volume production passenger vehicles. RC5754 was developed with Jaguar Land Rover and serves as a key component of Jaguar’s REALCAR (REcycled ALuminium CAR) project. First introduced in the new Jaguar XE, the RC5754 alloy will also be featured in all new and legacy Jaguar Land Rover models.

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Toyota to build production version of C-HR hybrid concept in Turkey

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Toyota Motor Europe (TME) confirmed European production for a production version of the C-HR concept crossover ( earlier post ). The new hybrid will be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Turkey (TMMT) in Sakarya, Turkey, in what marks the first time a hybrid-powered vehicle will be produced in the country.

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Cal Energy Commission awards $1.5M to Berkeley to advance open-source advanced smart charging technology; OpenVBOSS

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The California Energy Commission is awarding the University of California, Berkeley $1.5 million to develop an advanced smart charging technology that maintains plug-in electric vehicle consumer needs while reducing charging loads, to achieve electricity grid benefits. The project will focus on controlling the charging of PEVs in residential and small commercial settings using a novel and flexible open-source, open-software architecture charge communication and control platform.

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HARMAN joins Intelligent Car Coalition for connected car innovation

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HARMAN International Industries has joined the Intelligent Car Coalition , the leading advocacy group for pro-innovation connected car public policy. In joining the Intelligent Car Coalition, HARMAN continues its work collaborating with companies and trade associations in the communications and automotive industries to support understanding of how connected car technologies impact federal legislative and regulatory initiatives.

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Mitsui invests additional C$25M in Bioamber Sarnia bio-succinic acid venture

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Renewable materials company BioAmber announced that Mitsui & Co. its partner in the Sarnia bio-based succinic acid plant, is investing an additional C$25 million (US$18 million) in the joint venture for 10% of the equity, increasing its stake from 30% to 40%. Mitsui will also play a stronger role in the commercialization of bio-succinic acid produced in Sarnia, providing dedicated resources alongside BioAmber’s commercial team.

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Tesla projects GAAP profit in Q4 2016; 80k-90k new Model S and Model X in 2016

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In its Q4 and Full Year 2015 update , Tesla projected being net cash flow positive and achieving non-GAAP profitability for the year, even factoring in a $1.5-billion investment to add more production capacity, start cell production at the Gigafactory, and establish additional customer support infrastructure. Tesla expects moderate GAAP profitability is expected in the fourth quarter. Model 3 is on schedule to be unveiled on 31 March, with production and delivery slated for late 2017.

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UPS to expand use of renewable natural gas; liquefied renewable natural gas in Texas

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UPS has expanded its agreement with Clean Energy Fuels to use up to 500,000 gallon equivalents of renewable liquefied natural gas (RLNG) annually in Texas. UPS stations in Houston and Mesquite will dispense the RLNG to a fleet of about 140 UPS tractors. The deal builds on UPS’s current agreement with Clean Energy Fuels whereby UPS is using approximately 1.5 million gallon equivalents of renewable compressed natural gas (RCNG) annually in California where UPS operates nearly 400 CNG vehicles.

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Ford develops wearable device and smartphone app for assembly plant

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Ford has developed a wearable device, which is connected to a smartphone app, enabling production line workers to make faster and more accurate quality checks on new vehicles. Ford looks to roll-out the wrist-worn Portable Quality Assurance Device to other plants after successful pilot project in Valencia, Spain. Previously, workers at Valencia used a paper-based system that involved walking back and forth more than one kilometer daily to access information on desktop PCs.

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Researchers synthesize new Li-S cathode based on “carbon compartments”

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Researchers from Texas A&M and Purdue have developed a new cathode material for Li-S batteries based on what they call carbon compartments (CCs)—conductive 3D carbon mesostructures that possess macro- and meso-pores that allow for high loading of sulfur nanoparticles and enhanced electrolyte-sulfur contact.

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UBC study links traffic air pollution exposure during pregnancy with asthma risk

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Babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing asthma before the age of six, according to new University of British Columbia (UBC) research published in the European Respiratory Journal. Our study results highlight the danger of exposure to pollution while babies are still in the womb.

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UK study finds fifth of car fuel-efficiency savings eroded by increased driving; long-term rebound effect

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Around a fifth of the energy-saving benefits of fuel-efficient cars are eroded because people end up driving them more, according to a study into British motoring habits over the last 40 years. Using data from 1970 to 2011, energy experts at the University of Sussex found a long-term rebound effect among British car-drivers of around 20%.

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Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell drivers pass million-mile mark

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Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell drivers have accumulated more than 1,000,000 miles on the roads and highways of Southern California while emitting only clean water and replacing approximately 385 tons of CO 2 emissions that would have been emitted from vehicles of similar size. Hyundai has delivered nearly 100 Tucson Fuel Cell crossovers since its introduction in June 2014. Earlier post.).

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UC Riverside reinforcement-learning-based real-time energy management system can improve PHEV efficiency by almost 12%

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Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have demonstrated that a new, data-driven, reinforcement-learning-based, real-time energy management system (EMS) can improve the efficiency of current plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by almost 12% compared to the standard, binary mode control strategy. The UCR EMS optimizes the power-split control in real time while learning the optimal decisions from historical driving cycles.

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U Minnesota researchers create synthetic biopathway to turn biomass into green products; “bio-spandex” and more

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste such corn stover and orange peels into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed. The study was published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. In this study, researchers looked at turning lignocellulosic biomass to produce useful products to avoid the “food versus chemical” purposes.

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New ICAO aircraft CO2 standard one step closer to final adoption after recommendation by CAEP

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An aircraft CO 2 emissions standard has made further and important headway at the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The new environmental measure was unanimously recommended by the 170 international experts on ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection ( CAEP ), paving the way for its ultimate adoption by the UN agency’s 36-State Governing Council.

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Iowa State team develops hybrid technology to create biorenewable nylon

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Engineers at Iowa State University have developed a hybrid process that combines bio- and electrocatalysis to convert glucose into bio-based unsaturated nylon-6,6—which has the advantage of an extra double bond in its backbone that can be used to tailor the polymer’s properties. Their study is published in the 12 Feb. issue of the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition as the cover paper. Hybrid conversion of glucose into UPA-6,6.

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New study links traffic-related air pollution to facial dark spots

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A large-scale study that included women from Germany and China has demonstrated a link between levels of traffic-related air pollution and air pollution-associated gases with the formation of dark spots on the skin, known as lentigenes, or liver spots. The most pronounced changes were observed on the cheeks of Asian women over the age of 50. The report is published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

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First UAV test flight with Cella solid-state hydrogen storage and fuel-cell power system

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The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) recently completed a UAV test flight using Cella Energy’s hydrogen-based power system. The system is based on Cella’s solid, nanostructured chemical hydride hydrogen storage material which is capable of releasing large quantities of hydrogen when heated. Cella Energy is a spin-off from STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK. Earlier post.).

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