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LiquidPiston receives $3M Rapid Innovation Fund award from US Army for 2kW hybrid-electric genset

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LiquidPiston, Inc. LPI), a developer of advanced multi-fuel-capable rotary combustion engine technology, has been awarded a $3-million Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) award from the US Army to develop an innovative ultra-portable 2kW diesel Compact Artillery Power System (CAPS).

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Montana solar-power law rigging caught on live video, regrettably

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The U.S. is coming up to its Independence Day holiday, in which we celebrate the Declaration of Independence from England and reflect on our history and traditions as a nation.

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Top five cars for around £100 a month

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There are many reasons why leasing makes a lot of sense, whether you’re after an executive saloon or a super-frugal supermini, but if your main aim is

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2018 VW Tiguan and new 2.0 TSI B-cycle engine gives VW a strong offering in compact SUV segment

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Volkswagen of America is in the process of rolling out its all-new long wheelbase 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan ( earlier post ). As with the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas full-size SUV ( earlier post ), the new Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture.

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Study finds anthropogenic PM and dust undercutting global solar energy production

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According to a new study led by a team at Duke University, airborne particulate matter and dust are cutting solar photovoltaic energy output by more than 25% in certain parts of the world, with roughly equal contributions from ambient PM and PM deposited on photovoltaic surfaces.

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Nemaska Lithium delivers battery-grade lithium hydroxide to Johnson Matthey

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Canada-based Nemaska Lithium has sent a second shipment of 3.5t of lithium hydroxide to Johnson Matthey, a large and globally recognized cathode manufacturer for lithium-ion batteries.

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Ubitricity street lamp socket provides electric-car charging

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A German company has brought forth its idea of how to provide convenient, cost-effective electric-car charging and now it has made its way to the United Kingdom. Ubitricity rolled out its streetlight car charging ports two years ago, but the German company has now spread its innovation to the UK.

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Study of 60M US seniors strengthens link between air pollution and premature death

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A new study of 60 million Americans—about 97% of people age 65 and older in the United States— finds that long-term exposure to airborne fine particulate matter (PM 2.5 ) and ozone increases the risk of premature death, even when that exposure is at levels below the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) currently established by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Harvard T.H.

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New multiphase structure cathode exploits lithium deficiency for better performance

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In the ongoing quest to develop high-capacity cathode materials for high-energy batteries, the conventional approach has been to rely on lithium-excess materials to operate the cathode at high voltage.

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Bizarre Swedish study claims electric cars are worse for the environment

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Electric vehicles shouldn't be considered all-out carbon footprint saviors, but they can legitimately be viewed as the great minimizers. The benefits of electric vehicles over those with internal-combustion engines are vast, but a strange new study is making rounds that claims electric cars are worse for climate-change emissions. The study. Carbon Footprint Study plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Durable ruthenium and graphene fuel cell catalyst matches performance of platinum alloys

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Scientists at Rice University and their colleagues in China have fabricated a durable catalyst for high-performance fuel cells by attaching single ruthenium atoms to nitrogen-doped graphene. Catalysts that drive the oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells are usually made of platinum.

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Continental to showcase new efficient hoses and lines for EV battery pack thermal management at IAA

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Continental will exhibit hoses and lines that increase the efficiency—and thus the range delivered and durability—of the batteries in electric vehicles at the IAA 2107 show in Frankfurt am Main in September.

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EIA: US ethanol production capacity continues to increase

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Fuel ethanol production capacity in the United States reached 15.5 billion gallons per year, or 1.01 million barrels per day (b/d), at the beginning of 2017, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) most recent US Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity report.

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MacGregor and ESL Shipping jointly develop and test autonomous discharging feature on cranes on two LNG bulk carriers

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and ESL Shipping Oy, part of Aspo Plc, have agreed to develop and test jointly an autonomous discharging feature on MacGregor bulk handling cranes. The cranes will be fitted on board ESL Shipping’s two new liquefied natural gas-powered handysize bulk carriers.

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Daimler and LBBW successfully utilize blockchain technology for launch of corporate Schuldschein

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Daimler AG and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) for the first time have jointly used blockchain technology to execute a financial transaction.

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Shell acquires exclusive development and licensing rights for SBI Bioenergy drop-in biofuels technology

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Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary Shell International Exploration and Production B.V, and SBI Bioenergy Inc. have reached an agreement granting Shell exclusive development and licensing rights for SBI’s biofuel technology.

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Stock-flow modeling suggests energy transition within transportation will take several decades

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Using a stock-flow model based on data from Norway, a researcher at the country’s. Institute of Transport Economics (TØI) has calculated the energy transition time lag for motor vehicles under a number of scenarios.

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California opens 28th retail hydrogen station

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The 24 th hydrogen retail station in California has opened. Sited in the City of Lawndale, the station is open 24 hours—like most of California’s retail hydrogen stations.

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Maker of 3-wheeler EV Arcimoto files for IPO under Reg A

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Arcimoto, the maker of a three-wheeled electric “Fun Utility Vehicle”, has filed its Form 1-A Offering Circular for the offering of common stock under SEC Regulation A, setting the stage for a potential future listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market.

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Fall debut for electric BMW 3-Series to fight Tesla Model 3: report

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In August 2016, when the first U.S. ads for the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid sport sedan hit the airwaves, they carried an interesting promise. You will wait, and wait, and wait some more," the voiceover intoned, "all before that electric-car company's new model ever even arrives." That would be the Tesla Model 3, of course, the 200-plus-mile sedan. Frankfurt Auto Show Future Cars plug-in cars sport sedans Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Tesla Model 3

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Electric-car noise rules to be canceled under Trump deregulation plan?

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Modern electric cars have been on U.S. roads for seven years or so, and owners love their smooth, quiet, close to noise-free operation. That silence has been a bone of contention for even longer, however, since hybrids operating purely on battery power are similarly quiet. For years, the U.S. Department of Transportation was charged with drafting. Politics NHTSA noise Pedestrian Safety National Federation for the Blind Pedestrians plug-in cars regulation Donald Trump

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IIHS says Tesla electric cars have higher miles, more costly repairs

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute has once again confirmed the Tesla Model S electric car is an outlier. While the Model S gets high ratings for its crash safety, it also seems to incur higher insurance losses than competing conventional cars. Higher claim frequencies, more costly repairs, and higher. Insurance Crashes plug-in cars ownership costs Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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Utility V2G test with BMW shows electric cars can aid the grid

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As the demand for electric cars grows, utility companies are considering their effect on local power grids—both positive and negative. Recently, California's PG&E and BMW recently wrapped up a pilot program testing experimental vehicle-to-grid technology to see if electric cars could actually aid the grid—and they did. The program. test plug-in cars vehicle-to-grid-v2g Utility Companies

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Renault Kangoo ZE small electric van now on sale with longer range

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French automaker Renault has given its small light commercial electric vehicle a handful of upgrades, including a significantly longer battery range. The Renault Kangoo ZE is now officially on sale with a longer rated range, a more powerful charging system, and a heat pump to keep the little van efficient in the coldest temperatures. Renault. Renault zero emissions Kangoo plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Renault-Nissan Commercial vehicle renault-ze

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To honor Energy Week, lease an electric car: 10 lessons from new EV driver

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The White House has declared this week the inaugural "Energy Week," and what better way to mark the occasion than by driving electric cars? Cars that plug in to use grid energy for travel are a great catalyst for reducing energy consumption and reducing our use of fossil fuels. Now one reporter who took the plunge and leased a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. ownership plug-in cars charging Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Why two-motor hybrid systems are better than those with just one

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Six years ago, we wrote that a number of single-motor hybrid systems were about to enter the market. They represented a new approach to a technology pioneered in 1997, when the first-generation Toyota Prius was launched in Japan. Through 2010, all the full-hybrid vehicles introduced by Ford and General Motors used systems designed around a pair of. Driving Plug-In Hybrids

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Electric BMW X3e to come in 2020, but BMW i5 defunct: what happened, and why?

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Over the last two years, Audi and Mercedes-Benz have released severa; all-electric concept cars that are thinly disguised production models to arrive in 2018 and beyond. But electric-car pioneer BMW's plans are less clear. Its sole recent electric concept car was the iNext luxury sedan shown more than a year ago; it'll be a production model in. Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Tesla finds Chinese production site for electric cars: Shanghai

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Tesla is closing in on a deal to begin production of its cars in China, after it signed a preliminary agreement to explore building cars near the major city of Shanghai. By signing the preliminary agreement, Tesla will begin the first step towards local production in China, a move that would significantly lower costs. More importantly, it will. China Production plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Audi e-tron Sportback, second electric car from automaker, to enter production in 2019

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Audi has confirmed what was seemingly already known: the e-tron Sportback concept is headed to production. The e-tron Sportback concept was revealed at the 2017 Shanghai auto show earlier this year and the production version will arrive in 2019 bearing the same name. The brand last week confirmed the e-tron Sportback would arrive in 2019 and be. Audi e-tron plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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New efficient, low-temperature catalyst for converting water and CO to hydrogen and CO2

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Scientists in the US and China have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide (CO) via the water-gas shift (WGS) reaction. The discovery—described in a paper in the journal Science —could improve the performance of fuel cells that run on hydrogen fuel but can be poisoned by CO.

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BASF & Nornickel to cooperate on raw materials for Li-ion batteries in Europe; BASF to invest €400M in cathode materials plants

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BASF and Russia-based PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel ( Nornickel ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding and entered exclusive negotiations to cooperate on the supply of raw materials for future battery materials production for lithium-ion batteries in Europe. The Nornickel Group is the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium and one of the world’s leading producers of platinum and copper. The Group also produces cobalt, rhodium, silver, gold, iridium, ruthenium, selenium, tellurium and sulfur.

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Germany launches €60M, 3-year consortium project on high-volume production of automotive fuel cells; BMW, Daimler, Ford, VW

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Germany has launched a ~€60-million, three-year consortium of leading industrial companies to investigate high-volume production of automotive fuel cell stacks. The “AutoStack-Industrie” project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure ( BMVI ), with €21.3 million in the first year.

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Mexico CRE approves 10% ethanol blend in country except for three metropolitan zones

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The Governing Body of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) recently approved improvements to the Official Mexican Standard NOM-016-CRE-2016 Oil quality specifications, with the intention of introducing more options in products to the Mexican market, while simplifying regulation.

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BMW Spartanburg plant now largest manufacturing facility in the BMW Group production network

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On 23 June 1992, the BMW Group announced its decision to build its US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Continuous expansion of the plant with extensive additions and the decision to build the successful BMW X models in Spartanburg have made the plant the largest manufacturing facility in the BMW Group production network within the space of 25 years. During the ceremony to mark the anniversary, the all-new BMW X3 rolled off the production line in Spartanburg. More than 1.5

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New life for old Nissan Leaf electric car: battery replacement and what it took

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The 2018 Nissan Leaf will likely be revealed within the next three months, but more than 100,000 older Leaf electric cars are still silently in use on U.S. roads. Some of them, especially the lowest-range cars from the two earliest model years (2011 and 2012), have started to see significant battery capacity degradation. That was the case with. battery pack plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Replacement Battery Life

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Drive a Chevy Bolt EV electric car 313 miles on a charge: here's how

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Electric-car range is a funny thing. It is rated by the EPA, and most people focus on that combined figure, though an individual's use may greatly affect the car's actual range. Gentle drivers who drive mostly at lower speeds can greatly outdo that combined range, while steady driving at maximum highway speed will cut a significant percentage off. Chevy plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) EPA Ratings battery capacity

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ChargePoint to manage GE's electric-car charging network

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The ChargePoint electric-car charging network announced today that it will take over management and operation of General Electric's charging network. GE's network currently numbers 1,800 commercial and roughly 8,000 residential charging sites, made up of its DuraStations and WattStations. They will be added to the 35,900 privately owned charge. GE General Electric charging infrastructure Charging Networks ChargePoint Network

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