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HD REV powertrain company Wrightspeed gearing up for commercialization push

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Wrightspeed Inc., a developer and manufacturer of advanced range-extended electric vehicle (REV) powertrains for heavy-duty applications ( earlier post ), is gearing up for a commercialization push with the appointent of four advanced engineering and commercialization executives.

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How Formula E electric-car series could make road cars better

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The adage "racing improves the breed" is often used to justify automakers' participation in motorsports. The implication is that technology developed for racing, and tested under the harsh conditions of competition, can eventually be applied to production cars.

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2017 BMW 5 Series revealed in full

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BMW has unveiled the latest incarnation of its flagship 5 Series saloon. The new model will be in showrooms from February next year, and it’s much mor. BMW 5 Series

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ORNL team devises electrocatalyst for direct conversion of CO2 into ethanol with high selectivity; pushing the combustion reaction in reverse

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed an electrocatalyst which operates at room temperature and in water for the electroreduction of dissolved CO 2 with high selectivity for ethanol. Their finding was serendipitous.

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SAE J2954 Wireless Charging on track to make decision for WPT 2 (7.7kW) in January; planned commercialization in 2020

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UPS adding 200 more series hybrid delivery trucks

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UPS will add 200 new series hybrid electric delivery trucks to the company’s growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. The vehicles have the same 650cc 2-cylinder engine and E-GEN chassis as the 125 vehicles UPS announced earlier this year. Earlier post.).

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Navy and Marine Corps to lease 205 new EVs for use at California installations; largest integration of EVs in federal government

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The California Energy Commission and the Department of the Navy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing a partnership that supports Navy and Marine Corps installation efforts to develop alternative energy resources and increase energy security and reliability. Following the MOU signing, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment Dennis V.

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24M delivers initial quantity of production-size semi-solid Lithium-ion cells to NEC Energy Solutions

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On schedule, 24M has successfully delivered an initial quantity of production-size battery cells to NEC Energy Solutions, Inc. NEC ES), meeting the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the two companies signed last year at this time. Earlier post.).

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Testing confirms Torotrak V-Charge variable drive mechanical supercharger enables more ambitious downsizing; 1.0L demo at Aachen

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Independent on-engine test results have verified the simulation predictions that a Torotrak V-Charge variable drive mechanical supercharger enables more ambitious levels of engine downsizing. Compared to a current 1.5L GTDI engine producing 240 N·m torque, a 1.0L

2016 116

Ford used Convergent Science advanced modeling tool for EcoBlue diesel

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The global automaker Ford used the combustion modelling tool CONVERGE CFD software package from Convergent Science for the development of its new EcoBlue range of high-efficiency diesel engines.

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Autonomous vehicle tech company Nauto enters strategic relationships with 3 automakers, including BMW and Toyota, and Allianz

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Autonomous vehicle technology company Nauto has entered into strategic agreements with three major auto companies, including BMW i Ventures and Toyota Research Institute, as well as with Allianz Ventures, part of the leading global financial service provider and insurance company Allianz Group.

2016 112

New Gen5 Honda CR-V gets first turbo, better fuel economy

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Honda unveiled the fifth-generation CR-V, America’s best-selling SUV over the past 20 years. The completely redesigned and reengineered 2017 CR-V, going on sale this winter, features the model’s first turbocharged engine and new features and technologies.

2016 111

BMW Motorrad unveils its VISION NEXT 100 concept; electric and connected, augmented reality visor

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Following the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Vision Vehicles ( earlier post , earlier post ), the BMW Group has now revealed the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100.

2016 111

Hydrogen cars celebrate half a century; have they made a difference?

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Electric cars are virtually as old as the auto industry, but hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are not. In fact, exactly fifty years ago this month, GM showed off the first one, which it called the Electrovan.

2016 109

NREL and partners build pilot plant to co-process biomass streams with petroleum

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), together with leading petroleum refining technologies supplier W.R. Grace, and leading pilot plant designer Zeton Inc.,

2016 109

Caelus confirms large-scale oil discovery on the North Slope of Alaska

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Caelus Energy Alaska, LLC, a privately held independent exploration and production company, announced that its subsidiary, Caelus Energy Alaska Smith Bay LLC, has made a significant light oil discovery on its Smith Bay state leases on the North Slope of Alaska.

2016 109

BMW unveils Gen7 5 Series; more efficient gasoline and diesel units; plug-in hybrid 530e in 2017

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BMW has unveiled the seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan, which will go on-sale in markets around the world in February 2017. The 5 Series has been a major hit for BMW, selling 7.6 million units since its first introduction in 1972.

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MIT team develops first supercapacitor made entirely from neat MOFs, without conductive additives or binders

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Researchers at MIT have shown that a MOF (metal-organic framework) with high electrical conductivity—Ni 3 (2,3,6,7,10,11-hexaiminotriphenylene) 2 (Ni 3 (HITP) 2 )—can serve as the sole electrode material in a supercapacitor.

2016 106

BASF and Hyundai Motor showcase RN30 concept at K Fair; new lightweight and performance materials

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Hyundai Motor unveiled the RN30 high-perfromance concept at the Paris Motor Show in September.

2016 105

UC Riverside team developing nav system that uses signals of opportunity; support for autonomous vehicles

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A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside has developed a highly reliable and accurate navigation system that exploits existing environmental signals such as cellular and Wi-Fi, rather than the Global Positioning System (GPS).

2016 105

At 133 MPGe, Toyota Prius Prime wallops BMW i3 on energy efficiency

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Move over, BMW: there's a new efficiency champion in town this year—and you'll have to give back that laurel wreath you've worn since 2014. Last week, final EPA fuel-efficiency results were released for the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. When running in all-electric mode, that car is now the most energy-efficient vehicle you can buy. Plug-In Hybrids EPA plug-in cars EPA Ratings MPGe

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Schaeffler presents high-performance 48V concept mild hybrid vehicle at Aachen

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As part of the 25 th Aachen Colloquium this week in Germany, Schaeffler is unveiling the “Schaeffler High Performance 48 Volt” concept vehicle.

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Nova Bus receives order for 425 CNG buses

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Nova Bus has received an order for 425 40-foot CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses from VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Texas. The buses will be manufactured in Plattsburgh, New York. In addition, Nova Bus has received an order for 80 Nova LFS model buses, and 20 LFS Artic model articulated buses from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) in Houston, Texas.).

2016 103

Did you know Exxon researched hybrid cars (then ignored them)?

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Hybrid cars are often thought of as a fairly recent development, but few things under the sun are truly new. In response to the 1970s oil crises, engineers began contemplating ways to move the auto industry beyond fossil fuels, using much less sophisticated technology than what became available in the ensuing decades. One of the leaders of this. oil History Exxon

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DOE: percentage driving to work alone has increased each decade since 1980

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According to data from the US Bureau of the Census compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE), the percentage of those in the US driving to work alone has increased in each decade from 1980 to 2014. Conversely, carpooling decreased in that same time frame. In 2014, 76.4%

2016 103

Navigant Research forecasts battery-electric to be leading type of electric powertrain for buses through 2026

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In a new report, “ Medium and Heavy Duty Buses with Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, Battery Electric, and Fuel Cell Powertrains: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts ”, Navigant Research forecasts that the battery EV (BEV) will be the leading type of electric powertrain for buses through 2026.

2016 103

Chevy Bolt EV allocations: dealer in California gets electric-car update

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As its new electric car gets closer to public sale, General Motors has apparently made its first allocations of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EVs to Chevy dealers. The news comes via a posting on the GM-Volt forum from a southern California dealership. Rick Alpern, the general manager of Keyes Chevrolet in Van Nuys, California, wrote that the dealer had. dealers Chevy plug-in cars dealerships Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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BorgWarner launches new variable cam timing technology for Hyundai

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BorgWarner is supplying the first combination of its variable cam timing (VCT) technologies, including its patented cam torque actuated (CTA) phasers with mid-position lock and integrated center bolt, for Hyundai’s improved Lambda II V-6 engines. The 3.0-

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Formula E electric-car races expands carmaker list, Audi, BMW, and Jaguar included

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Three seasons in, the Formula E electric-car racing series is finally starting to attract major attention from large carmakers. As the season's opening race got underway in Hong Kong over the weekend, Formula E boasted new entries from carmakers and promises from several more to expand their participation or to launch new teams. The Hong Kong race. plug-in cars Formula E Championship

2016 101

Novelis China supplying aluminum-intensive solutions for Jaguar XFL; 75% Al in Body-in-White

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Novelis is supplying aluminum solutions for the all-new Jaguar XFL , the first Jaguar model from Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Co., CJLR).

2016 98

China researchers devise process to convert biomass to gasoline via one-step DME synthesis: DTG

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Researchers from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology have proposed a new process for the conversion of biomass to gasoline via a one-step DME synthesis (DTG: Dimethyl ether to gasoline).

2016 98

Sulfur-loaded carbon aerogel as cathode for Li-S battery offers improved cyclic stability

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Researchers at South China Normal University in Guangzhou have developed a novel composite of sulfur loaded in micropore-rich carbon aerogel (CA-S) for use as a cathode in Li-sulfur batteries.

2016 97

Electric Mini officially confirmed by BMW CEO, also electric BMW X3

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It's increasingly evident that BMW will offer all-electric versions of existing models, departing from its previous strategy of building dedicated plug-in models under the "i" sub-brand. The carmaker has said it would add all-electric versions of the next-generation X3 crossover, as well as an unspecified Mini model. The move comes as BMW seeks to. mini e plug-in cars

2016 95

German alliance develops new active matrix LED headlights; 1,024 individually controllable light points

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A German research alliance has developed the basis for smart, high-resolution active matrix LED headlights, which takes adaptive forward lighting to a new dimension.

2016 95

Cummins Westport begins production of ISL G Near Zero NOx natural gas engine; first commercially available near zero NOx MidRange engine

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Cummins Westport Inc. CWI) announced that orders are being processed and production of the ISL G Near Zero (NZ) NO x natural gas engine ( earlier post ) has commenced. The 8.9-liter ISL G NZ is the first MidRange engine in North America to receive emission certification from both US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Air Resources Board (ARB) in California to meet the optional 0.02 g/bhp-hr.

2016 94

DOE to award ~$2M for small-scale production of rare earth elements from domestic coal and coal by-products

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The US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced ( DE-FOA-0001627 NOI ) approximately $2 million in federally funded financial assistance for the first phase of cost-shared projects aimed to achieve small-scale production of salable rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic sources of pre-combustion coal and coal by-products. REEs are a series of chemical elements found in the Earth’s crust.

2016 94

ITT introducing next-gen ultra-fast DC charging system; tested 400A at 1000V

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ITT, through its Cannon brand, will introduce a next-generation, ultra-fast DC charging solution that can significantly reduce electric vehicle charging time at eCarTec 2016 in Munich next week. ITT will debut the high-performance, cooled ultra-fast charging DC solution as well as an improved contact system for its global portfolio of AC charging solutions. One of the main obstacles to widespread adoption of electric vehicles is lengthy charging times.

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