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Full thermal characterization of large format Li-pouch for better EV thermal management

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A team a the University of Warwick has fully characterized the thermal behavior of a large-format 20 Ah lithium iron phosphate pouch cell over a wide range of ambient temperatures and C rates during both charging and discharging. The findings, reported in the Journal of Power Sources , are intended to improve understanding of localized aging of the cell—and thus premature aging of battery packs.

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Latest Popemobile is Opel Ampera-e electric car made in Michigan

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All sorts of vehicles have been pressed into service to carry Popes, from simple Fiats to giant Mercedes-Benz luxury landaulets. Francis, the current Pope, has a preference for small, simple, environmentally friendly cars—and largely does without the bulletproof glass enclosures found in some previous "Popemobiles." His latest vehicle is. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Popemobile Pope Francis Opel Ampera-e

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6,000 UK motorists caught ignoring mobile phone law in one month

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Just one month on from its introduction, UK police caught more than 200 drivers a day using their mobile phones at the wheel despite tougher penalties

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First China-built Volvo S90 sedans arrive in Europe via rail link

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Volvo Cars has become the first automaker in the world to export China-made cars to Europe by train via China’s new “One Belt, One Road” trade initiative. The first S90 premium sedans, built at Volvo’s Daqing plant in China, will arrive at a distribution centre in Zeebrugge, Belgium this week. The cars have been transported to Belgium via the recently opened, China-Europe railway link.

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Continental unveils AllCharge charging system; using the EV powertrain as a universal charger; up to 800V and 350 kW and all types of stations

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Continental has developed innovative charging technology called “AllCharge” that uses the electric powertrain of an EV as a universal charger supporting all types of cable-based charging stations. AllCharge can always use the maximum output rate—up to 800V and 350 kW—at all types of stations: single-phase and three-phase AC or high-speed DC.

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Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center launches 5-year, $35M program on autonomous and connected vehicle technologies

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Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center ( CSRC ) formally launched the next phase of its research mission, following on the successful conclusion of its first five years of auto safety research. The new research effort, named CSRC Next, will focus on the challenges and opportunities of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies over the next decade.

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Cummins announces compatibility with select 100% paraffinic diesel fuels for B4.5, B6.7, L9 engines

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Cummins Inc. announced that the B4.5, and L9 engine platforms are compatible with 100% renewable diesel fuels meeting the EN 15940 specification (paraffinic diesel fuel from synthesis or hydrotreatment). Both On-Highway and Off-Highway versions of the B6.7 and L9 platforms and all vintages are approved to use paraffinic diesel fuels in North America.

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First liquid nitrogen hybrid bus completes trials; HORIBA MIRA and Dearman

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A hybrid bus that runs on both diesel and liquid nitrogen has completed a series of trials to bring it one step closer to the road. The hybrid bus—CE Power—is the first to be powered by liquid nitrogen and has been built by engineers at HORIBA MIRA as part of an Innovate UK consortium.

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Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant to produce compact electric EQ vehicles; 3rd center of competence for EQ models in Germany

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Mercedes-Benz announced that its Rastatt plant—the company’s lead plant in global production of compact cars—will produce compact-class electric EQ models in the future. The decision is based on a declaration of intent, which the company has set up with the works council. All three German Mercedes-Benz car plants—Rastatt, Bremen and Sindelfingen—will now produce EQ-brand EVs.

2017 174

Fujitsu develops new Li iron pyrophosphate cathode material with abnormally high voltage for LIBs

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Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has successfully developed a high-voltage cathode material for lithium iron phosphate rechargeable batteries. Using a proprietary materials design technology as well as a technology that precisely controls the composition of raw materials and the formation process of materials, Fujitsu Laboratories has successfully synthesized lithium iron pyrophosphate (Li 5.33 Fe 5.33 (P 2 O 7 ) 4 ). This phosphate-based material has a voltage of 3.8

2017 174

Statoil to build the world’s first floating wind farm: Hywind Scotland

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Statoil has made the final investment decision to build the world’s first floating wind farm: The Hywind pilot park offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The decision triggers investments of around NOK 2 billion (US$238 million), realizing a 60-70% cost reduction per MW from the Hywind demo project in Norway.

2017 172

Audi taking applications for second Smart Factory Hackathon in October

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From October 4 to 6, 2017 the Audi Production division in Ingolstadt is holding its second Smart Factory Hackathon. In this competition, talented young data scientists from all over the world have the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. The goal is to work out practical solutions for production processes of the future within 25 hours. Interested students and young professionals can apply immediately.

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Samsung Heavy Industries and DNV GL sign partnership for new LNG carrier designs

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DNV GL and Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd (SHI) signed a joint development project (JDP) agreement focused on the development of new designs for LNG carriers. The JDP aims to develop two 30K (30,000 m 3 ) LNG carrier designs, one with membrane-type LNG tanks and one with type-C (pressurized) LNG tanks.

2017 163

Volkswagen and JAC launch new JV for electric cars for mass market in China; 1st vehicle in 2018

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In the presence of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Berlin, Volkswagen signed a joint venture agreement with the Chinese automaker Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC). Each of the partners is to hold a 50% stake in the new company. The new joint venture, which has initially been concluded for a term of 25 years, will develop electric vehicles and launch them on the hotly contested Chinese mass market.

2017 163

Penn State, FSU team develops low-cost, efficient layered heterostructure catalyst for water-splitting

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A team of scientists from Penn State and Florida State University have developed a lower cost and industrially scalable catalyst consisting of synthesized stacked graphene and W x Mo 1–x S 2 alloy phases that produces pure hydrogen through a low-energy water-splitting process. The results of their study, published in the journal ACS Nano , indicate that heterostructures formed by graphene and W 0.4 Mo 0.6

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DOE releasing $20M in funding to ARPA-E awardees; NEXTCAR and REFUEL projects

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is honoring additional commitments to 10 previously selected Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awardees for a total of $20 million. This completes the approval process for projects selected in ARPA-E’s Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) ( earlier post ) and Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) ( earlier post )programs.

2017 163

Shell completes divestment of oil sand interests in Canada; retains Scotford refinery and plants

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Royal Dutch Shell plc announced the completion of two previously announced agreements by Shell Canada Energy, Shell Canada Limited and Shell Canada Resources (Shell) that will see Shell sell all its in-situ and undeveloped oil sands interests in Canada and reduce its share in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) from 60% to 10%.

NEVS starts city mobility pilot with new 9-3 EV series in Tianjin; launching SUV model

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Sweden-based NEVS is launching a city mobility pilot program with support from Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area (THT). The program offers car-sharing and ride hailing solutions in Tianjin city, with 15 million inhabitants. The users will get access to all NEVS 9-3 EV series. With this green technology collaboration, the ambition is to pave the way for a new type of mobility solutions for modern and sustainable cities.

2017 163

Automotive Grade Linux platform debuts on the 2018 Toyota Camry

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Automotive Grade Linux ( AGL ), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, announced that Toyota has adopted the AGL platform for Toyota’s next-generation infotainment system. The 2018 Toyota Camry will be the first Toyota vehicle on the market with the AGL-based system in the United States. AGL is an open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation that is changing the way automotive manufacturers build software.

2017 163

Samsung SDI completes EV battery plant construction in Hungary; global production tripod

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Samsung SDI has completed construction of its electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Hungary. Sitting on a 330,000 m 2 site in Goed, the plant is capable of producing batteries for 50,000 electric vehicles annually with operations expected to begin in the second quarter of next year. The new plant will allow the company to save logistics costs and also to improve customer service in Europe.

2017 163

New composite reduces rare earth element usage in three-way catalytic converters

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The high-performance, three-way catalytic (TWC) converter is one of the workhorses of emissions reduction for gasoline engines. The TWC reduces NO x to nitrogen and oxygen; oxidizes CO to CO 2 , and oxidizes unburnt hydrocarbons to carbon CO 2 and water. However, TWCs require the use of the rare-earth element Cerium (Ce), which is increasing in price and can suffer from supply problems.

2017 159

DOE: More than half of cars and trucks in US in 2016 were 6-speed

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The number of transmission speeds (gears) in new light vehicles has been growing over the last few decades. By 2016, more than half of all cars and light trucks were 6-speed, according to data gathered by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The sales share of 7–10-speed transmissions grew to 18% of cars and 22% of light trucks. Continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) were more than one-quarter of the car market and 13.3% of the light truck market. Resources.

2017 159

Loughborough team develops novel system to enhance SCR operation to reduce NOx further

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Researchers at Loughborough University in the UK have developed a novel system that enhances SCR operation to further reduce NO x emissions and improve diesel engine efficiency. The Ammonia Creation and Conversion Technology (ACCT) created by academics from the University’s School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering effectively increases the capacity of existing on-engine aftertreatment systems.

2017 159

Politecnico di Torin builds prototype system for dynamic on-road EV charging

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Politecnico di Torino has built a prototype system for dynamic on-road electric vehicle charging. The POLITO Charge While Driving system is going to be tested on the test circuit in Susa close to the city of Turin. This test site has been developed in the framework of a research initiative promoted by the Politecnico together with 24 international partners of the European project FABRIC (Feasibility analysis and development of on-road Charging solutions for future electric vehicles).

2017 159

ARPA-E to issue FOAs for advanced modular nuclear reactors, ultra-high efficient hybrid systems for gas-to-electricity

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) will issue two new funding opportunities (FOAs): one to support R&D on advanced nuclear reactor technologies, the other for the development of hybrid fuel cell and engine systems for the ultra-high efficiency conversion of natural gas to electricity. Advanced Modular Reactors.

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EU greenhouse gas emissions from transport increased for the second year in a row in 2015; on-road up 1.6%

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Total European Union greenhouse gas emissions increased by 0.5% in 2015—the first annual increase since 2010— according to new European Environment Agency (EEA) data. Transport was a key reason for that increase: better fuel efficiency in that sector was not enough to counter the effects of an increasing demand for transport.

2017 150

Audi’s mild-hybrid systems: 12V for 4-cylinders, 48V for 6- and 8-cylinders

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Audi will begin introducing new mild-hybrid drive vehicles (MHEVs) this year. The next generation of luxury sedans, the Audi A8, will have 48V MHEV systems regardless of engine type. Audi offers the MHEV drives in two variants. For the four-cylinder engines they are based on the familiar 12-volt electrical system. The six-cylinder and eight-cylinder engines, as well as the W12 cylinder units, will receive a new 48-volt system generally serving as the main vehicle electric system.

2017 150

Kaspersky Lab and AVL Software and Functions to cooperate on automotive cybersecurity

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Kaspersky Lab and AVL Software and Functions GmbH will work together to develop advanced, embedded security technologies for next generation automotive system development. A steadily increasing number of vehicle features—such as remote diagnostics, telematics and infotainment—are using communication channels between vehicles and the cloud or other infrastructure.

2017 150

Intel predicts autonomous driving will spur new “Passenger Economy” worth $7T by 2050

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Intel Corporation released the findings from a new study that explores the yet-to-be-realized economic potential when today’s drivers become idle passengers. Coined the “Passenger Economy” by Intel and prepared by analyst firm Strategy Analytics, the study predicts an explosive economic trajectory growing from $800 billion in 2035 to $7 trillion by 2050.

2017 150

Linde and Praxair to merge; global industrial gas major valued at > $70B

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Linde AG and Praxair, Inc. have entered into a definitive business combination agreement (BCA) to come together under a new holding company through an all-stock merger-of-equals transaction. Linde and Praxair expect the transaction to close in the second half of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The proposed merger brings together two leading companies in the global industrial gas industry, leveraging the proven strengths of each.

2017 150

Study finds air quality models significantly underestimate traffic as source of NOx in Europe

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Traffic contributes more to NO x emissions in Europe than previously thought, according to a new study by a team at the University of Innsbruck. Using urban eddy covariance measurements, the researchers found that traffic-related NO x emissions in current operational air quality models can be significantly underestimated by up to a factor of 4 across countries with a sizeable fraction of diesel-powered cars in their fleet. An open-access paper on their work appears in Scientific Reports.

2017 150

$9.5M from California Climate Investments will support purchase of 10 battery-electric buses and solar charging stations

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California will award $9.5 million to bring 10 battery-electric buses and supportive infrastructure to serve disadvantaged communities in the south San Joaquin Valley city of Porterville. In addition to the buses, the project will include installation of charging stations and solar panels. Funding is from the California Climate Investments (CCI), the state’s cap-and-trade program.

2017 150

Daimler and BAIC sign framework agreement strengthening collaboration in new energy vehicles; Daimler investment

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In the presence of German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Daimler AG and its Chinese partner BAIC Group signed a framework agreement on further strengthening their strategic collaboration through investments for New Energy Vehicles in China. The framework agreement will center on two significant investments. As one part of this investment agreement, Daimler intends to acquire a minority share in Beijing Electric Vehicle Co.,

2017 150

GKN Driveline expands production of eDrive to meet increasing demand

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GKN Driveline announced a major expansion of its European eDrive production facility in Bruneck, Italy to serve increasing demand for electric and hybrid vehicle programs from new and existing OEM clients. GKN Driveline will boost the current 11,000 m 2 floor space by more than 60%, to create an 18,000 m 2 facility dedicated predominantly to eDrive production. To facilitate the expansion, GKN will relocate other driveline production to alternative sites in Europe.

2017 150

GAC Motor passes 1M vehicle milestone in 6 years

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China’s GAC Motor celebrated the production of its 1 millionth vehicle six years after the company was founded—a white 4WD GS8 that rolled off the assembly line on 15 May at its factory in Guangzhou, China. In 2016, GAC Motor sold more than 380,000 vehicles worldwide, marking a 96%year-on-year increase and 85 percent compound growth rate for six years in a row. In the first four months of 2017, GAC Motor has already broken previous records with 163,000 cars sold, achieving a 65.1%

2017 150

DOE FCTO soliciting CRADAs on roll-to-roll manufacturing for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) announced a call for cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) between national laboratories and industrial partners to address roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing challenges that will allow rapid transfer of manufacturing and processing technologies from the lab to the plant floor, resulting in less costly and more energy efficient products entering the marketplace.

2017 150

University of Surrey launches global research center on air pollution

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The University of Surrey is launching a new multi-disciplinary research center next week to tackle air pollution. The Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) will see the University leading on collaborative, cutting-edge research to identify an action plan to ensure “clean air for all”. The Air Quality Lab (AQL) is housed with advanced pollution monitoring instruments, and is part of GCARE.

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