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U. Houston-led project looking for new exhaust treatment catalysts for low-temperature lean-burn combustion engines

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A chemical engineer from the University of Houston is leading a $2.1-million project to find new catalytic materials that work at lower exhaust temperatures, allowing automakers to build vehicles that operate more efficiently while retaining the ability to clean emissions before they leave the tailpipe.

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VW Group makes 300 models globally, will electrify them all by 2030

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Along with the gleaming concept cars and new production models unveiled at last week's Frankfurt auto show, auto-company executives also make news. Often a company's CEO or product chief will announce directions for the future, whether they're hints about upcoming vehicles or new powertrain plans. Matthias Müller, chairman of the VW Group. Frankfurt Auto Show Future Cars Frankfurt Motor Show VW Group plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Volkswagen ID

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Skoda Karoq SUV: trims and release date revealed for UK

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Skoda has revealed list prices and trim details of its upcoming compact SUV – the Karoq

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Nikola and Bosch partner on hydrogen-electric Class-8 long-haul truck; dual-motor commercial-vehicle eAxle

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Nikola Motor Company is partnering with Bosch on the development of its hydrogen-fuel-cell range-extended electric Class 8 long-haul truck, unveiled as a prototype in December 2016. Earlier post.).

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Rare-earth metals in magnets for electric-car motors: what you need to know

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It's not surprising that the powertrains of electric cars differ quite a bit from traditional internal-combustion engines. Although they have fewer moving parts, the rare-earth magnets that help power electric cars can be quite complex to fabricate. So, what is there to know about rare-earth magnets—and how do automakers choose which kind of. engineering materials plug-in cars Electric motor rare earth metals

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California plans for its post-fossil-fuel future in electricity, cars

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For 50 years, the state of California has led the United States when it comes to renewable energy and electric cars. The state features many programs to incentivize electric-car ownership, and 29 percent of the state's 2016 energy production came from solar, wind, and other renewable power sources. California is now preparing for a future in which. emissions California electricity costs renewable energy solar wind energy

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2019 Volvo XC40 small SUV to become brand's first electric car

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Two years ago, the Volvo XC90 large SUV launched to widespread acclaim and awards as the Sino-Swedish brand's first all-new vehicle in six years. It was followed by the S90 sedan and V90 wagon in 2017, filling out its large luxury lineup. The 2018 Volvo XC60 mid-size crossover utility is now starting to filter into dealers, to be followed by its. Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Energy Dept grid report downplayed renewables, stressed coal, fossil fuels

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The Trump administration hasn't been coy about trying to champion traditional fossil fuels while downplaying the importance and falling costs of renewable energy. Earlier this year, Department of Energy secretary Rick Perry, previously governor of fossil-fuel producer Texas, called for a 60-day review of the United States' energy grid. The stated. Politics energy policy Department of Energy DOE renewable energy fossil fuels

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Chevy Bolt EV, Sonic, Bolt, Sonic: GM mingles gas, electric cars on same assembly line

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General Motors didn't have to construct an all-new assembly plant to build its affordable, mass-market Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. In fact, it produces the electric car at the existing Orion assembly plant in Michigan, which opened in 1983. That's not the most interesting aspect of Bolt EV production, though: GM actually builds the. Production factory plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) assembly plants

Mercedes-Benz to set up EV production in US, battery plant; $1B investment in Alabama

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Mercedes-Benz will set up electric vehicle production in the United States. The company plans to produce EQ-branded SUV models at MBUSI (Mercedes-Benz US International), its Tuscaloosa, Alabama facility. At the time being launched, the EQ models will feature the latest status of automated driving—always under the premise of safety and in compliance with the statutory regulations.

HRL engineers 3D print high-strength aluminum, solve welding problem using nanoparticles of nucleants

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HRL Laboratories researchers have developed a technique for successfully 3D printing high-strength aluminum alloys—including types Al7075 and Al6061—that opens the door to additive manufacturing of engineering-relevant alloys.

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How did Proterra get an electric bus to cover 1,100 miles on a charge? A bigger battery, of course

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The laws of physics tend to be immutable, at least until you get into esoteric disciplines like quantum science. In the case of electric vehicles, one law provides that higher energy capacity in a battery allows a vehicle to travel further. That's the principle electric-bus maker Proterra has used to set a new world record for distance traveled by. mass transit plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Buses Distance record Proterra

36% growth in PCH highlights resilience of car leasing industry

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The resilience of Personal Contract Hire (PCH) has been highlighted yet again, as the sector grew by 36% year-on-year during Q2, according to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association’s (BVRLA) latest survey

Mercedes to invest $1 billion to build electric SUVs, batteries in Alabama: report

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Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, is expected to announce that it will invest up to $1 billion to build electric SUVs and batteries in and around its Alabama assembly plant. The plans, first reported reported Thursday in The Wall Street Journal (paywalled), represent a major expansion of electric-car manufacturing in the U.S. So far. Manufacturing Future Cars Daimler battery pack Alabama plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) assembly plants

Wayne more for the road? Rooney’s drink-driving conviction shows we need ZERO TOLERANCE

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Wayne Rooney’s sentence for drink-driving shows that nobody is above the law when it comes to taking the wheel when under the influence of alcohol

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Electrovaya secures C$4.3M purchase orders from Walmart Canada for forklift battery systems

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Electrovaya Inc. has secured initial purchase orders worth approximately C$4.3 million (US$3.51 million) under a contract with Walmart Canada for its forklift battery systems. The retailer will convert the forklifts in one distribution center from lead acid batteries to Electrovaya’s drop-in lithium ion battery systems. Electrovaya’s lithium-ion forklift battery line, ELivate, features the company’s ceramic separator and industry-leading cycle-life.

EU COMSYN project for compact gasification and synthesis for biomass-based fuels

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The EU-funded COMSYN project aims to develop a production concept for competitive bio-based fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The target reduction of the biofuel production cost is up to 35% compared to alternative routes, which translates to less than €0.80/l ($3.62/gallon US) production cost for diesel.

Range Rover plug-in hybrids on sale in U.S. in March 2018

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Six years after Land Rover confirmed it would introduce a Range Rover plug-in hybrid, the luxury-SUV brand has now provided an official on-sale date. Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid models will both go on sale in the United States in March of 2018. However, the two plug-in SUVs will be global vehicles and differ from. Plug-In Hybrids United States plug-in cars

Life with Tesla Model S: assessing my new 100D vs old 2013 electric car

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About two years ago, under the influence of an eager Tesla representative, I briefly considered trading in my trusty 2013 Tesla Model S 85 for a new Model S 90D. But after a 24-hour test drive, the advantages of the 90D—40 miles more range, all-wheel drive, and Autopilot 1.0—didn’t —didn’t seem to justify the $40,000 cost of stepping up. Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Porsche Mission E electric sport sedan: 200-mile recharge in 15 minutes

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While there have been lots of concept cars and production announcements, the first serious German competitor to the Tesla Model S and Model X won't arrive for at least another year. And what could prove the most potent of them all—the production version of the stunning Porsche Mission E concept car revealed two years ago—won't go into. Future Cars plug-in cars sport sedans Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Porsche Mission E

Johnson Matthey targets coming EV market with $270M investment in battery material technology

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Cornell team uses indium coating to enable use of high-capacity lithium metal anodes

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Researchers at Cornell led by Professor Lyndon Archer, in collaboration with Professor Ravishankar Sundararaman at Rensselaer Polytechnic, have demonstrated a new technique for enabling the use of high-capacity lithium metal anodes in rechargeable batteries.

T&E concludes that diesel cars emit more CO2 on a full lifecycle basis than gasoline cars

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A new analysis by the NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) concludes that diesel cars emit more CO 2 than equivalent cars on a full lifecycle basis—i.e., accounting for the emissions generated during production of the vehicle and the fuel.

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Wärtsilä introducing portfolio of hybrid tug designs

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The technology group Wärtsilä is introducing a new portfolio of tug designs, to be known as the Wärtsilä HYTug series, with the emphasis on environmental sustainability.

Volkswagen ID electric car to launch in 2020 along with new VW Golf

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Volkswagen has a critical year coming in 2020, when the German brand will launch two incredibly important vehicles nearly back-to-back. The next-generation Volkswagen Golf will arrive that year, and then, one month later, the brand will launch its first mass-market electric car, the ID hatchback. The 2020 car will be the eighth generation of the. Europe Future Cars EU plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Volkswagen ID

Electric cars near 2 percent of German market (plug-in hybrids included), surging past US

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While Volkswagen's diesel scandal has fallen out of the public eye in the United States, its effects continue to be felt in Europe, where diesel-powered cars have long reigned supreme. Falling sales of diesel vehicles in many European countries are somewhat balanced by a boost for electric and plug-in hybrid cars across the continent. The latest. Europe sales Plug-In Hybrids Germany New car sales plug-in cars

Proterra and LG Chem co-develop new battery cell for heavy-duty market; Proterra sets electric distance record

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Leading electric bus manufacturer Proterra and LG Chem co-developed a battery cell that has been optimized to meet the unique performance and safety demands of the heavy-duty vehicle market. The cell chemistry has been optimized for exceptional energy throughput capability, high charge rate acceptance, and industry leading energy density. Last year, Proterra introduced the Catalyst E2, the longest-range electric transit bus on the market.

Volvo receives order for 25 electric buses from Trondheim, Norway

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Tide Buss has placed an order for 25 Volvo 7900 Electric buses for the city of Trondheim, Norway—the company’s largest order yet for its fully electric buses. The electric buses from Volvo will run on four routes in Trondheim, covering distances of between 12 and 15 km each, with operations due to start in August 2019. In 2010, public transportation administration company AtB in Trondheim was among the first in Europe to order hybrid buses from Volvo.

Ontario seeking design concepts for hydrogen-powered regional rail trains

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The Canadian province of Ontario is electrifying its GO rail network to transform how people move around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and is seeking design concepts for hydrogen-powered trains as an alternative to conventional overhead wires. A division of Metrolinx, GO Transit is the regional public transit service for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Tesla is designing its own computer chip for self-driving cars: report

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Early last year, with promises of self-driving cars in owners' hands well before any competitor, development of the Tesla Autopilot system for the maker's electric cars was proceeding nicely. Then, in May 2016, a dedicated Tesla owner was killed in a Florida crash when his Tesla Model S, operating on Autopilot, hit a tractor-trailer rig broadside. Tesla Motors Autonomous cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Silicon Valley self-driving cars Tesla Autopilot

Scots couple complete grueling Mongol Rally in electric car

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The Mongol Rally is no small undertaking for any driver, in any type of vehicle. The 10,000-mile rally takes drivers from Europe to Siberia, via Mongolia, with no support vehicles or backup cars. On July 16, 2017, a Scottish couple arrived at the starting line at the Goodwood race course in England with a peculiar choice of car for the trek: a. Europe Rally plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Mercedes EQC electric SUV reservations open in Norway, for 2019 delivery

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The country of Norway has been among the most ardent in urging drivers to buy zero-emission vehicles, offering a friendly market in which automakers can launch new electric cars. In fact, Norway was the first nations to announce a ban on the sale of new vehicles powered by fossil fuels; it's due to take effect after 2025. Mercedes-Benz has chosen. Europe Future Cars Daimler Norway plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

CEO Barra attacks China gas-car ban, suggests buyers should decide

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General Motors CEO Mary Barra met with reporters in Shanghai on Friday, discussing the company's vision of the future: "a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion." The company doesn't think, however, that China should be quite so hasty in pushing to ban cars that actually do have tailpipe emissions, however. Barra argued. China General Motors GM energy policy plug-in cars Mary Barra

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