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Researchers demonstrate fossil fuel-free jet propulsion with air plasmas

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A team of researchers at the Institute of Technological Sciences at Wuhan University has demonstrated a prototype design of a propulsion thruster that utilizes air plasma induced by microwave ionization. Such a jet engine simply uses only air and electricity to produce high temperature and pressurized plasma for jet propulsion. An open-access paper on their work is published in the journal AIP Advances.

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MW Motors Luka EV is a modern electric car in retro-classic form

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Not every car needs to have the sci-fi looks of a Jaguar I-Pace or Tesla Model X. Czech Republic–based MW Motors designs modern electric cars with retro styling. The MW Motors Luka EV is a small two-seat coupe that looks like it drove straight out the 1960s. Granted, originality didn't seem to be priority; the design is a mashup of elements. Green Life

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Aston Martin DBX: First SUV now available to order with 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8

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The Aston Martin DBX has arrived and is now available to lease if you have a spare £2,000-plus a month

Airbus and RollsRoyce end E-Fan X hybrid-electric aircraft initiative

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Airbus and Rolls Royce jointly have decided to end the E-Fan X demonstrator program. Earlier post.) Launched in 2017, the E-Fan X project sought to develop a near-term hybrid-electric flight demonstrator for commercial aircraft. decarbonizing the aviation industry is no small feat. To achieve this, we need to re-focus all of our efforts on technology bricks that will take us there. It’s for this reason that Airbus and Rolls Royce have jointly decided to bring the E-Fan X demonstrator to an end.

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Researchers develop new composite membrane for direct ethanol fuel cells

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Researchers from IPEN in Brazil, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) in Germany, and INRA in Canada have developed a novel composite membrane for direct ethanol fuel cells. A paper on their work is published in the Journal of Membrane Science. Ethanol has five times higher volumetric energy density (6.7 kWh/L) than hydrogen (1.3 kWh/L) and can be used safely in fuel cells for power generation. Nissan, for one, is investigating the potential for ethanol-fueled solid-oxide fuel cells. Earlier post.).

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Study estimates fuel economy improvements to US light-duty vehicles from 1975–2018 saved 2T gallons of fuel, 17B tons of CO2

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A team from the University of Tennessee and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has the fuel savings due to fuel economy improvements over the past 43 years amount to approximately two trillion gallons of gasoline. They further estimated that roughly one-fifth of the savings can be attributed to gasoline price increases over the period and four-fifths to fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards. Their paper is published in the journal Energy Policy.

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TAMU researchers propose single-step strategy for recycling used nuclear fuel

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Texas A&M University (TAMU) engineering researchers have devised a simple, proliferation-resistant approach for separating out different components of nuclear waste. The one-step chemical reaction, described in the ACS journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research , results in the formation of crystals containing all of the leftover nuclear fuel elements distributed uniformly.

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Ozinga Energy and Ingevity to field adsorbed natural gas bi-fuel pickup

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Ingevity and Ozinga Energy are partnering to begin a field demonstration of adsorbed natural gas (ANG) bi-fuel pickup trucks. Developed by Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc. ANGP) and Ingevity, the ANG system is made possible by the performance of Ingevity’s Nuchar activated carbon that significantly lowers the natural gas storage pressure, reduces the system’s complexity and captures the environmental benefits and cost savings of natural gas when used as a transportation fuel.

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EU GRAMOFON project ends after 42 months with promising results on CO2 capture

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The European GRAMOFON Project, coordinated by AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Center has developed an innovative CO 2 capture process based on novel nanomaterials and microwave energy. The project results therefore contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 13 on Climate Action of the UN Global Compact through decarbonization with the major advantage of doing so at a lower cost than the technologies currently in use.

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Researchers demonstrate continuous detonation in rotating detonation rocket engine with H2/O2

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A team from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has demonstrated continuous detonation in a rotating detonation rocket engine (RDRE) ( earlier post ) powered by H 2 /O 2 propellants. The results show continuous five-wave co-rotating detonations at various equivalence ratios and flow rates demonstrating the potential for H 2 /O 2 propellant-based RDREs for upper-stage rocket engines.

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BYD and Hino enter strategic alliance focused on commercial battery-electric vehicles

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BYD Company Ltd. and Hino Motors, Ltd. signed a strategic business alliance agreement with a focus on collaborating in the development of commercial battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). The two companies will accelerate the development of commercial BEVs to provide the best-fit product for customers in a timely manner. To begin with, the two companies will collaborate on a development of BEV products.

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Lightning Systems introduces ‘Lightning Mobile’ EV fast-charger for trucks, vans and buses

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Zero-emission powertrains developer Lightning Systems announced Lightning Mobile, a mobile direct current fast charger (DCFC) for electric vehicles. Equipped with 192 kWh of high-energy-density, liquid-cooled DC battery storage in a package designed to be installed in a vehicle or trailer for mobile deployment, Lightning Mobile can be deployed rapidly to provide fast roadside charging to support the operation of electric fleet vehicles.

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BMW re-ups electric-vehicle commitment—and hydrogen fuel-cell investment

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BMW remains committed to both electric cars and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. The German automaker will continue a planned rollout of battery-electric models, as well as investing in fuel-cell research for passenger cars. By 2025, BMW plans to invest over 30 billion euros ($32 billion) in research and development, according to a press release

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VELO3D develops process for 3D-printing Aluminum F357 for thin-walled heat-transfer applications

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Digital manufacturing innovator VELO 3D announced the commercial release of a manufacturing process for additively manufactured parts in Aluminum F357 on the company’s Sapphire metal 3D-printing system. Aluminum F357 is a beryllium-free aluminum-silicon alloy, similar to A357. It has excellent weldability and corrosion resistance.

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Intel acquires Moovit for $900M; accelerating Mobileye’s Mobility-as-a-Service offering

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Intel Corporation today has acquired Moovit, a mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) solutions company, for approximately $900 million ($840 million net of Intel Capital equity gain). Moovit is known for its urban mobility application that offers travelers around the world multimodal trip planning by combining public transportation, bicycle and scooter services, ride-hailing, and car-sharing.

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Juniper: Mobility-As-A-Service users to grow over fivefold between 2019 and 2021, despite ongoing pandemic

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A new study from Juniper Research has found that the total number of MaaS (Mobility-as-a-Service) platform users (which integrates different transport services, including buses, taxis, rail and metro into a single app), will grow by more than fivefold by 2021 compared with 2019. This means the market will reach more than 1.3 million users in 2021, despite the ongoing pandemic. As the MaaS market is so nascent at present, it can defy economic circumstances to grow rapidly.

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All-electric garbage truck being tested in the Netherlands

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Garbage trucks will never smell pleasant, but at least it's possible to get rid of the stench of diesel exhaust. Dutch truck manufacturer DAF just released an electric garbage truck for testing in its home country. First spotted by ChargedEVs, the DAF CF Electric 6x2 will be operated by waste disposal firm ROVA in the Dutch city of Zwolle.

Car Connectivity Consortium launches Digital Key Release 2.0 specification

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The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) announced that its Digital Key Release 2.0 specification is finalized and now available to CCC members. Digital Key is a standardized ecosystem that enables mobile devices to store, authenticate, and share Digital Keys for vehicles in a secure, privacy-preserving way that works everywhere. Release 2.0 delivers a standardized and secure method for vehicle owners to use their own mobile device as their digital key and it supports multiple usage models.

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Australian Government establishes A$300M fund to support hydrogen projects

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The Australian Government has established funding to support hydrogen-powered projects. The A$300 million (US$193 million) Advancing Hydrogen Fund will be administered by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). As an early priority, CEFC will seek investment in projects included in the ARENA Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round.

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Motor vehicle taxation brings in €440.4B for governments in major European markets

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New data shows that motor vehicles generate more than €440 billion in taxation per year for national governments in the major EU markets plus the UK, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) reports. The taxes fall into three broad categories: vehicle acquisition (VAT, sales tax, registration tax); ownership (annual circulation tax, road tax); and motoring (fuel tax).

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Long before Tesla existed, Mercedes-Benz tested solar-charged all-electric sedans

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The first modern electric cars went on sale in significant numbers about a decade ago, but automakers were experimenting with increasingly modern electric powertrains for decades leading up to that. In 1990, Mercedes-Benz unveiled an electric version of its 190E sedan, dubbed 190E Elektro. A more fleshed-out version appeared at the 1991 Geneva. Green Life

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Mercedes-Benz launching capacitive steering wheel in E-Class this summer

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This summer, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class will introduce a new, comprehensively digitalized generation of steering wheel: the capacitive steering wheel. The rim contains a two-zone sensor mat that detects whether the driver’s hands are gripping the steering wheel. The touch control buttons placed in the spokes also work with digital signals.

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BYD sets out EV expansion strategy for Europe; Tang SUV heading to Norway first

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BYD Europe outlined an expansion strategy for EVs in Europe, including the trial introduction of electric passenger cars, alongside longer-term plans to bring new BYD LCV and eTruck ranges to the market. BYD will initially introduce the all new, full-electric, second-generation BYD Tang compact SUV to the Norwegian market.

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Report: VW might create a new brand for affordable EVs

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Volkswagen plans to launch 27 electric cars based on its MEB platform by 2022. That will include a family of affordable models although VW hasn't decided which brand they will be sold under, according to a new report. The project—codenamed "MEB Entry"—was originally assigned to VW's Spanish Seat division, but responsibility has now

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European automotive sector calls for vehicle renewal incentives to kickstart economic recovery after COVID-19; 25-point action plan

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The response to COVID-19 is having a major impact on the economy, with retail and manufacturing activity crippled without precedence and concerns mounting on consumer sentiment. The European automotive sector, which has been hit particularly badly, is proposing a plan comprising 25 actions to support a strong restart of the sector and the economy at large.

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Last-mile electric van, clean-energy pinch, mobile charging for trucks: Today’s Car News

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Nissan’s Leaf-based van for Europe gets larger. More mobile charging is on the way for bigger electric trucks. And could the pandemic pinch material supply for EV makers and the clean energy sector? This and more, here at Green Car Reports. The coronavirus pandemic could tighten the supply of some materials needed for the creation of. Today in Car News

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ŠKODA previews ENYAQ, its first MEB-based production EV

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ŠKODA has previewed the ENYAQ iV, the first ŠKODA production model based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform. ENYAQ will offer a a choice of three battery sizes and five power variants, depending on requirements. The all-electric SUV is set to be built at ŠKODA’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav, making it the first MEB-based Volkswagen Group vehicle in Europe to be produced outside Germany. ENYAQ offers a range up to 500 km (311 miles) (WLTP) and fast charging.

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Mobile-charging solutions can help fight the new face of EV range anxiety

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Will electric-car drivers be able to find a way to charge up when their day—or their route—doesn’t go exactly according to plan? It’s a common concern for those new to electric cars, and a pivotal question that could have a dramatic effect on technology adoption and the public’s impression of EVs. And really, it's the. Green Life

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Volkswagen investing €450 in Northvolt JV battery operations at Salzgitter

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The joint venture between Volkswagen Group and the Swedish battery producer Northvolt AB ( earlier post ) is gaining further momentum. Volkswagen itself will erect the buildings and infrastructure for the joint venture’s “Northvolt Zwei” factory that is to produce lithium-ion battery cells, in order to leverage synergies at the Salzgitter site—based on the existing Center of Excellence for Battery Cells. Some €450 million is to be invested in this project.

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China announces new national standards for wireless EV charging; incorporating WiTricity technology

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The China Electricity Council (CEC) recently ratified and published a set of national standards (“GuoBiao” or GB standard) for the wireless charging of EVs; WiTricity’s patented technology is incorporated in the standards. The new standards are: GB / T 38775.1 Wireless Charging System for Electric Vehicles Part 1: General Requirements”. GB / T 38775.2 Wireless Charging System for Electric Vehicles Part 2: Communication between On-board Chargers and Charging Equipment”. GB / T 38775.3

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KIT launches AgiloDrive project on agile production system for electric motors

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In Germany, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has launched AgiloDrive, a project seeking to develop novel product kits and production technologies for electric motors for direct transfer to industry. The Baden-Württemberg State Ministry of Economics, Labor, and Housing is funding the pilot phase of the project with about €1 million.

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Adamas: LG Chem edges out Panasonic in passenger EV battery capacity deployed in Q1 2020; the duo responsible for 60% of capacity deployed

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In the first quarter of 2020, passenger vehicle cell suppliers deployed 20.5 GWh of battery capacity globally, down from 20.9 GWh during the first quarter of 2019 and 26.5 GWh in the fourth quarter, according to data from Adamas Intelligence’s EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker. After losing the top spot to LG Chem in January and February of 2020, Panasonic bounced back in March, deploying 3.8 GWh globally to LG Chem’s 2.2

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Researchers improve fracture resistance in ultra-high strength steel

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A team from the University of Hong Kong and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have achieved improved fracture resistance in a steel with an ultrahigh yield strength of nearly 2GPa by activating delamination toughening coupled with transformation-induced plasticity. A paper on their work appears in the journal Science. Ashby map in terms of the fracture toughness versus yield strength.

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Next-generation Volvo cars to be equipped with Luminar LiDAR technology for self-driving

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Volvo Cars will equip its next-generation cars with Luminar LiDAR and perception technology. The partnership will deliver Volvo’s first fully self-driving technology for highways and paves the way for future active safety developments. Volvo Cars took a stake in Luminar in 2018 ( earlier post ).

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NUS researchers discover new mechanism for electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to ethanol

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NUS scientists have discovered a new mechanism for selective electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to ethanol using copper-silver (Cu-Ag) composite catalysts. A paper on their work is published in the journal ACS Catalysis. Credit: ACS Catalysis. The electrochemical reduction of CO 2 to fuels and chemicals, when powered by renewable electricity, is a step forward in alleviating carbon emissions.

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USDA making $100M available for biofuels infrastructure program

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to make available up to $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the availability and sale of renewable fuels. Earlier post.). The Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program ( HBIIP ) consists of up to $100 million in funding for competitive grants or sales incentives to eligible entities for activities designed to expand the sale and use of ethanol and biodiesel fuels.

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