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Nissan and ENEL announce V2G system, launch smart grid trials in Europe

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At the 21 st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris this week, Nissan announced the development of a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) system which will allow drivers to operate as individual energy hubs with the ability to store, use or return electricity to the grid. Nissan will commence Smart Grid trials in partnership with multinational energy manufacturer and distributor, ENEL.

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Two-Thirds of Earliest Tesla Drive Trains To Fail In 60,000 Miles, Owner Data Suggests

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With almost 100,000 on the world's roads, the Tesla Model S electric car is a remarkable achievement. It remains the longest-range electric car in volume production more than three years after it launched. But reliability issues with electric traction motors in early cars--those from the 2012 and 2013 model years--have dogged the earliest owners. Warranty Tesla Motors Consumer Reports Reliability plug-in cars Plug-in America

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Largest ultra-fast EV charging station goes live in Beijing; supporting electric buses out of Xiaoying Terminal

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China State Grid has built and opened the largest ultra-fast EV charging station in the Chaoyang district of Beijing. The 26,500 m 2 EV charging complex at Xiaoying Terminal has 25 chargers at 360 kW and 5 chargers at 90 kW, offering fast capacity for 30 urban transit buses at the same time. Future facility and charging point expansions are already planned out for 2016-2020 to accommodate more routes converting to fast charging electric vehicles.

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid powertrain named to Ward’s 10 Best Engines List

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The powertrain of the 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) ( earlier post ) was named to Ward’s 10 Best Engines list. This is the first time that a plug-in hybrid powertrain has made the list. For Hyundai’s first entry into the plug-in hybrid segment, Hyundai engineers did an impeccable job blending fuel efficiency with refinement and daily usability.

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New thermally durable solid-state Li-ion battery technology from Hitachi and Tohoku University

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Hitachi, Ltd. and Tohoku University’s Advanced Institute for Material Research (AIMR) have demonstrated technology reducing the internal resistance of all-solid-state lithium ion batteries (Li-ion battery) through the use of LiBH 4 -based complex hydrides as novel solid electrolytes.

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USDA announces conditional commitment for $70M loan guarantee for Ensyn cellulosic biofuel refinery

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a conditional commitment for a $70-million loan guarantee to help build a cellulosic biorefinery in central Georgia. USDA is providing the loan guarantee conditional commitment through its Biorefinery Assistance Program. Ensyn Georgia Biorefinery I, LLC (Ensyn) will construct and operate a cellulosic biofuel refinery in Dooly County, Georgia.

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Oil Well Strippers Suffering From Low Oil Prices

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by Michael McDonald of Oilprice.com. With OPEC breaking down and any kind of coordination among its members on price cuts looking increasingly unlikely, it now appears that oil prices could remain below $50 a barrel for a year or more. As producers confront this unpleasant reality, some will finally start to significantly curtail or even shut down operations. And that is going to severely hurt an all but invisible group; strippers in the United States.

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Study: 87% of world’s population in 2013 lived in areas exceeding WHO PM2.5 guidelines

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In 2013, 87% of the world’s population lived in areas exceeding the World Health Organization (WHO) Air Quality Guideline of 10 μg/m 3 PM 2.5 annual average), according to a major international study published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. Between 1990 and 2013, global population-weighted PM 2.5 increased by 20.4%, driven by trends in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and China, according to the team’s findings.

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Renault & Eneco collaborate on smart renewable energy charging solution for electric vehicles

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Renault and energy supplier Eneco will collaborate on a smart charging solution for electric vehicles. Under the terms of an agreement signed today at the COP21 Paris conference, Eneco subsidiary Jedlix will develop a version of its existing smart charging app, adapting it to Renault’s ZOE EV.

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Ford investing additional $4.5B to add 13 new electrified vehicles by 2020; new fast-charging Focus Electric next year

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Ford is investing an additional $4.5 billion to add 13 new electrified vehicles to its portfolio by 2020, when more than 40% of the company’s global nameplates will come in electrified versions.

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Argonne study shows high-energy X-rays give industry affordable way to optimize cast iron

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, in partnership with Caterpillar, have used high-energy synchrotron X-ray tomography to perform quantitative 3D-characterization of the distribution of graphite particles in high-strength compacted graphite iron (CGI). The size and morphology of graphite particles play a crucial role in determining various mechanical and thermal properties of cast iron.

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Nissan and Eaton partner on second-life EV battery applications

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Nissan and Eaton will partner to combine their respective expertise in lithium-ion batteries and power electronics respectively, to bring reliable and cost-competitive second-life energy storage and control technologies to the market. The partnership will focus on creating commercially viable energy storage and control centers that will provide a sustainable second life for Nissan’s lithium-ion batteries after their automotive usage.

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Hyundai introduces IONIQ: compact car with BEV, PHEV or HEV powertrains

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Hyundai Motor announced the name of its advanced, alternative-fuel compact vehicle due for launch in 2016: the Hyundai IONIQ. The car will be available with battery-electric electric (BEV), plug-in gasoline/electric hybrid (PHEV), or gasoline/electric hybrid (HEV) powertrains—the first car from any manufacturer to offer customers these three powertrain options in a single body type.

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FEV-developed plug-in hybrid battery pack moves into series production

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A plug-in hybrid vehicle has gone into series production with technology provided by FEV. In addition to using an innovative transmission concept based on a FEV patent, the PHEV also uses an FEV-developed battery pack. The pack offers a capacity of 10 kWh and yields an all-electric range of about 50 kilometers (30 miles).

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Audi’s European sales up 6% in November; A3 e-tron PHEV sales “extremely encouraging”

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Audi sales increased globally 1% in November to 147,750 deliveries. In Europe, Audi increased sales by 6% to around 62,300 units, despite the model changeover for its bestseller, the Audi A4, and in spite of the background of the Volkswagen Group emissions issue. Since the start of the year, Audi has sold more than 1.64 million units, up 3.4%.

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DOE issues $35M funding opportunity for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $35 million in available funding to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies ( earlier post ) to support research and development, early market deployments, and domestic manufacturing. The Department also aims to develop collaborative consortia for fuel cell performance and durability and advanced hydrogen storage materials research to leverage the capabilities of national lab core teams.

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GM to use wind power for more than 50% of annual vehicle output from Arlington Assembly plant

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General Motors’ Arlington, Texas, Assembly plant will soon be able to build up to 125,000 trucks a year using wind power. Arlington Assembly produces more than 1,200 vehicles daily, including the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe; GMC Yukon and Yukon XL; and Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV. The 115 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy will be enough to manufacture more than half of the plant’s annual vehicle output.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid to start at $28,645; 47 mpg combined

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The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid LT ( earlier post ) will be available this spring with a starting price of $28,645. With an all-new, hybrid powertrain that uses a slightly modified drive unit and electric motors used in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the Malibu Hybrid offers a GM-estimated 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, and 47 mpg combined (4.9, and 5.0 l/100 km, respectively)—leading figures in the mid-size car segment. Official EPA estimates are pending.

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Continental presenting Intelligent Glass Control for car windows; targeted shading can reduce CO2 emissions or increase EV range

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At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 6–9, 2016, automotive supplier Continental is presenting a demo vehicle in which all windows can be darkened at the touch of a button. Intelligent Glass Control” uses special films which are inserted into the glass and which change their transparency through electric control signals. Controlled incremental darkening of car windows prevents heat entry and lowers CO 2 emissions.

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New catalytic process to convert lignin into jet-range hydrocarbons

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Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) Tri-Cities have developed a catalytic process to convert corn stover lignin into hydrocarbons (C 7 –C 18 )—primarily C 12 –C 18 cyclic structure hydrocarbons in the jet fuel range. The work is featured on. the cover of the December issue of the RSC journal Green Chemistry. The developer of the process, Bin Yang, an associate professor of biological systems engineering at WSU and his team are working with Boeing Co.

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Volkswagen AG provides details on investigations into NOx cheating; origin and fixes; new strategic direction

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At a press conference in Germany today, Volkswagen Group executives provided details on the status of its investigation—which is being coordinated by a special committee of the Supervisory Board—into the diesel emissions debacle. Earlier post.). Approximately 450 internal and external experts are involved in the investigations, which are being conducted in two phases.

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UCLA/LLNL study concludes most climate models overestimate increase in global precipitation due to climate change

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UCLA and Lawrence Livermore researchers have found that most climate models overestimate the increase in global precipitation due to climate change. The team found global precipitation increase per degree of global warming at the end of the 21 st century may be about 40% smaller than what the models, on average, currently predict. The research appears in journal Nature.

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Nissan LEAF hits 5-year anniversary; 200,000 units sold worldwide

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Nissan will deliver its 200,000 th LEAF in January, shortly after celebrating its fifth anniversary. The US, Japan and Europe have accounted for 90% of total LEAF sales, with the US leading the way with nearly 90,000 units, followed by Japan (50,000) and Europe (40,000). Nissan’s heritage with electric vehicles dates back 68 years to the Tama Electric Vehicle.

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Navigant: sales of light duty vehicles to total more than 2.1 billion from 2015 to 2035

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According to a recent report from Navigant Research, total sales of LDVs are expected to total more than 2.1 billion from 2015 to 2035. Navigant forecasts global annual LDV sales to grow from 88.8 million vehicles in 2015 to 122.6 million in 2035. Navigant expects the vast majority of growth in the LDV market over the forecast period to come from developing countries in Asia Pacific, specifically China and India.

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Ford expanding global electrified vehicle battery R&D

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Ford is expanding its electrified vehicles research and development program in Europe and Asia this year, creating a “hub-and-spoke” system that allows the global team to further accelerate battery technology and take advantage of market-specific opportunities. The global expansion also allows Ford’s Electrified Powertrain Engineering teams to share common technologies and test batteries virtually, in real time, to develop new technology faster while reducing the need for costly prototypes.

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U Wisconsin team investigates RCCI and GCI in single engine using adaptive dual-fuel injector

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have investigated blending the benefits of reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) and gasoline compression ignition (GCI) using QuantLogic’s novel adaptive dual-fuel injector which is capable of direct injecting both gasoline and diesel fuel in a single cycle.

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Iowa State/Ames Lab researcher receives $3M from ARPA-E for solid-state sodium battery

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded $3 million from its 2015 OPEN funding to a project to develop an all-solid-state sodium battery. Led by Steve W.

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First CNG and propane-capable 2016 Ford F-150 rolls off the line in Kansas City

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The first 2016 Ford F-150 with the ability to run on compressed natural gas has rolled off the assembly line in Kansas City. The 2016 Ford F-150 with 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine is available with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons and piston rings so it can operate on natural gas, propane or gasoline through separate fuel systems.

Samsung Electronics establishing automotive components team focused on infotainment and autonomous driving

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As part of its annual structural reorganization, Samsung Electronics has established an automotive components team, which will initially focus on building its competencies in infotainment and autonomous driving vehicles. The operation will be headed by Executive Vice President Jonghwan Park and overseen by Vice Chairman & CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon.

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Volvo Trucks approves use of renewable diesel fuel

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Volvo Trucks North America, after concluding truck and engine lab testing, has approved the use of renewable diesel fuel for all of its proprietary Volvo engines, offering environmental and cost-savings benefits to customers. Volvo is the first OEM to endorse the use of advanced drop-in hydrocarbon renewable diesel fuel. Renewable diesel fuel is a second-generation alternative fuel and is derived from biomass feedstocks, including oils or animal fats.

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Mercedes adding semi-autonomous Active Lane Change Assist to new E-Class in spring

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Mercedes-Benz will expand the new Driving Assistance package of the future E-Class for the market launch in spring with the semi-autonomous Active Lane Change Assist function. The radar- and camera-based assistance system supports the driver in changing lanes—for example, when passing on multi-lane roads. The system offers a significant further increase in comfort and can help to prevent collisions.

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Westport and GTI awarded $900,000 to advance natural gas combustion technology; ESI with high frequency corona discharge ignition

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Westport Innovations Inc., together with the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), has been awarded US$900,000 towards a program to advance state-of-the-art natural gas combustion technology. The work will feature Westport’s enhanced spark ignited (ESI) natural gas engine technology ( earlier post ) with the integration and demonstration of high frequency corona discharge ignition on an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner’s engine. The engine has a displacement of between 1 and 1.5

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Volkswagen: CO2 “irregularities” issue largely concluded; no unlawful changes

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In early November, the Volkswagen Group announced that during the course of its internal investigation into the diesel emission cheating issue, it had uncovered “irregularities” when determining type-approval CO 2 levels. Earlier post.) Some 800,000 vehicles in Europe could be affected, the company said.

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High-performance, cost-effective nanoparticle electrocatalyst for fuel cells outperforms commercial Pt/C catalyst

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Scientists at Korea’s Institute for Basic Science’s (IBS’) Center for Nanoparticle Research and colleagues at other institutions in Korea have synthesized highly durable and active intermetallic ordered face-centered tetragonal (fct)-PtFe nanoparticles (NPs) coated with a “dual purpose” N-doped carbon shell as fuel cell electrocatalysts. The ordered fct-PtFe/C nanocatalyst coated with an N-doped carbon shell shows 11.4 times-higher mass activity and 10.5

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Swift Navigation raises $11M Series-A round for high-accuracy RTK GPS for autonomous vehicles

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Swift Navigation, a startup building centimeter-accurate GPS technology for autonomous vehicles, raised an $11-million series-A round led by Lior Susan and Pierre Lamond of Eclipse, with participation from New Enterprise Associates and Promus Ventures.

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Mainstay Fuel Technologies delivers 30 CNG fuel systems to Virginia Transportation for car carriers for Honda

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Mainstay Fuel Technologies, Inc. and Virginia Transportation Corporation announced the completion and delivery of 30 custom fuel systems for use in Virginia Transportation’s new fleet of CNG-powered car haulers. The CNG-powered fleet will be utilized as part of a collaboration between Virginia Transportation and American Honda Motor Co. in Alabama. The trucks will be dedicated to routes moving automobiles from Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama factory to a new CSX rail facility.

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