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DINA consortium researches integrated diagnostic system for electromobility; draws up standards for diagnosis and repair

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A consortium led by the Bosch Group has developed a standardized integrated diagnostic system that in the future will be able to clearly identify and locate defects in the electrical powertrain. The consortium’s project on diagnosis and repairs for electric vehicles—“ DINA ”—was funded with €2.8 million (US$3.1 million) by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the leading-edge “Electric Mobility South-West” cluster.

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2016 Nissan Leaf: First Drive Of 107-Mile Electric Car

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Electric-car buyers have eagerly waited for the 2016 Nissan Leaf, whose SV and SL models now offer a higher range, rated by the EPA at 107 miles. That's up from the 84 miles of last year's Leaf, and so we eagerly accepted a short-term loan of a new 2016 Leaf SL to test the car ourselves. The bottom line: The range is real, within the usual. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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$10-Trillion Investment Needed To Avoid Massive Oil Price Spike Says OPEC

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by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. OPEC says that $10 trillion worth of investment will need to flow into oil and gas through 2040 in order to meet the world’s energy needs. The OPEC published its World Oil Outlook 2015 (WOO) in late December, which struck a much more pessimistic note on the state of oil markets than in the past. On the one hand, OPEC does not see oil prices returning to triple-digit territory within the next 25 years, a strikingly bearish conclusion.

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Audi testing autonomous driverless transport systems at Ingolstadt plant

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Earlier this month, Audi began testing driverless transport systems (DTS) at its Ingolstadt plant. With DTS, logistics employees no longer have to fetch the required goods from the material shelves; the goods will come to them fully automatically. Audi says it is the first automobile manufacturer to implement such a DTS-based goods-to-person concept. Autonomous goods conveyance is another pioneering development towards the factory of the future.

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HRL Labs team develops 3D printing process for ceramics; propulsion components, microelectromechanical systems and more

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Researchers at HRL Laboratories have achieved a new milestone in 3D printing technology by developing a process that overcomes the limits of traditional ceramic parts and enables the development of high temperature, high strength ceramic components. Because ceramics cannot be cast or machined easily, three-dimensional (3D) printing enables a big leap in geometrical flexibility. A paper on their work is published in the journal Science.

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New highly conductive solid electrolyte with improved electrode contact for solid-state Li-ion batteries

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A joint research team from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) and Seoul National University in Korea, with colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Brookhaven National Lab in the US, has developed a new highly conductive (4.1 × 10 −4 S cm −1 at 30 °C), highly deformable, and dry-air-stable glass 0.4LiI-0.6Li 4 SnS 4 electrolyte for solid-state Li-ion batteries. The electrolyte is prepared using a homogeneous methanol solution.

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Chevrolet has sold more than 1.4M vehicles with 4G LTE

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Chevrolet has sold more than 1.4 million vehicles with 4G LTE connectivity since June 2014, exceeding the total sold by of the rest of the industry combined. That number includes more than 500,000 Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado HD and Colorado trucks (about 36%). Chevrolet offers 4G LTE connectivity across its full-range of retail cars, trucks and crossovers. Chevrolet owners have consumed more than 1.4 million GB of data since its launch in June 2014.

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California ARB holding Advanced Clean Transit Advisory Committee meeting in Jan; at work on regulatory proposal

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has tentaively scheduled the first Advanced Clean Transit Advisory Committee meeting for 29 January 2016 in Sacramento. The meeting will include a wide range of stakeholders such as technology providers, original equipment manufacturers, transit agencies, and other interested parties to discuss the current status of advanced technologies for reducing emissions from transit buses.

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Large-scale reaction screening study of advanced cellulosic biofuel pathways finds ethyllevulinate and 2-MTHF promising alternatives to ethanol

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A team at RWTH Aachen University has identified ethyllevulinate and 2-methyltetrahydrofuran as promising alternatives to cellulosic bioethanol with respect to cost and environmental impact based on a large-scale reaction screening study. In addition, the study of 97 reactions for 23 advanced biofuel candidates found that lignin-based biofuels can be excluded from further consideration and that methane, while attractive economically, shows significant environmental impact.

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IHS: connectivity, infotainment, safety to drive growth in automotive display systems to $18.6B by 2021; > 11% CAGR

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Driven by continued innovation in vehicle connectivity and safety technologies, global revenue from automotive display systems will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 11% to $18.6 billion by the end of 2021, according to a new forecast by IHS Inc. This will add nearly $9 billion in annual revenue compared to 2015.

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Dalian team proposes jet controlled compression ignition to control PCCI phasing in a hybrid pneumatic engine

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Researchers at the Dalian University of Technology have proposed a novel method to control premixed charge compression ignition (PCCI) phasing in internal combustion engines in all load operations. High-pressure air jet controlled compression ignition (JCCI) is based on a compound thermodynamic cycle and is implemented in a hybrid pneumatic engine (HPE) as proposed by Schechter in 1999.

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Chempolis partners with Avantha Group on cellulosic ethanol in India

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Chempolis Limited, a Finland-based biorefining technology corporation, has entered into partnership with India-based Avantha Group’s research wing—Avantha Centre for Industrial Research & Development (ACIRD)—on technology to produce ethanol from various agricultural residues for fuel blending. India’s agricultural sector produces large amounts of bagasse, cane trash, rice and wheat straw the disposal of which is an environmental problem.

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Infiniti offering 3 versions of new QX30 premium crossover next year; all conventional powertrains

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Infiniti will offer three versions of its all-new QX30 premium active crossover for the United States and Canada next year. The QX30 line for the US and Canada is powered by a 208 hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, and is scheduled to go on sale in the US and Canada in mid-2016 and in Mexico and Latin America in the second half of 2016.

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Wärtsilä dual-fuel main engines to power 15 barges operating mainly on LNG

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A series of 15 inland waterway barges being built for Belgium-based Plouvier Transport N.V., and which will be chartered by Shell Trading Rotterdam (Shell), are to be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel main engines. The barges will operate primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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China researchers optimize parameters for direct bacterial production of H2 from raw corn stalk without substrate pretreatment

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Researchers at Zhengzhou University in China have optimized the process parameters for the direct production of hydrogen from raw corn stalks without substrate pretreatment by a mesophilic (growing in moderate temperatures) hydrogen-producing bacterium, Clostridium sartagoforme FZ11, that they had earlier isolated from cow dung compost. The highest yield of 96.2 mL/g of hydrogen was recorded under the optimal conditions of 6.21 g/L urea; 0.19 M phosphate-buffered saline (PBS); and 8.74

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DOE awards $10.5M for next-generation marine energy systems

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected six organizations to receive up to $10.5 million to support the design and operation of innovative marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems through survivability and reliability-related improvements.

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New HPAC lignocellulose pretreatment method could accelerate cellulosic biofuel production

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A team from Chonnam National University in Korea has developed a new pretreatment method for lignocellulosic biomass that is more efficient and effective for the downstream biocatalytic hydrolysis of various lignocellulosic materials. This, they suggest, will accelerate bioethanol commercialization. The new hydrogen peroxide (H 2 O 2 )-acetic acid (CH 3 COOH) (HPAC) pretreatment removes lignin without the use of high temperatures or strong acids.

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Navigant forecasts global annual natural gas vehicle sales to reach 3.9M in 2025, up 62.5% from 2015

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In its new Natural Gas Vehicles report, Navigant Research forecasts that global annual NGV sales—light-, medium- and heavy-duty—will grow 62.5% from 2.4 million vehicles in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2025. Navigant forecasts that the number of light-duty NGVs on the world’s roads will double by 2025 to 39.6 million, accounting for 2.6% of all LDVs. Overall, Navigant expects the worldwide market for light-duty NGVs to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3%

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PowerCell receives order for new 25 kW S2 fuel cell stack

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Fuel cell company PowerCell Sweden AB, a spin-out from Volvo, has received the first order from France from the PowerCell S2 stack platform for a 25 kW stack. The France automotive market is important for PowerCell and we are happy to announce that a first order of our latest fuel cell stack platform has been placed by a company in France. —Andreas Bodén, Director of Marketing and Sales at PowerCell Sweden AB.

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Audi introducing Q2, new Q5 in 2016, confirms electric SUV for 2018; investing more than €3B in 2016

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Audi management said that the company will continue with its high levels of investment in 2016, with planned capital expenditure to amount to more than €3 billion (US$3.3 billion). Half of the planned investment will take place at the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm sites in Germany. Audi plans to enter a new market segment with the Audi Q2 model next year, and will also present the the successor of the Audi Q5.

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BMW to showcase AirTouch in Vision Car concept at CES

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At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, the BMW Group will present a Vision Car to demonstrate what the interior and the user interface of the future might look like, including AirTouch. This feature empowers intuitive control of entertainment, navigation and communication functions using simple gestures made with a flat hand without actually having to make contact with the surface of the display. One year ago, BMW presented gesture control at CES.

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New family of hydrophobic ionic liquid rocket propellants could replace hydrazine-based fuels

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Researchers in China have developed a family of hydrophobic borohydride-rich ionic liquids (ILs) which exhibit ultra-short ignition delay times as low as 1.7 milliseconds and the lowest viscosity (10 mPa·s) of hypergolic ionic liquids. The ILs thus show great potential as faster-igniting rocket fuels to replace toxic hydrazine derivatives in liquid bi-propellant systems. Hypergolic propellants ignite spontaneously when they comes into contact with each other.

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Report: Suzuki to commercialize fuel cell motorcycle in Japan; on-road testing begins in 2016

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The Nikkei reports that Suzuki Motor plans to commercialize a hydrogen powered fuel cell motorcycle, with plans to start testing it on public roads in 2016 once Japan’s transport ministry finalizes the relevant safety and environmental standards. Suzuki already has a joint venture with Intelligent Energy Holdings that will produce a Burgman fuel cell scooter. Earlier post.) The high-pressure hydrogen tank is small enough for a motorcycle.

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PNNL team scales up ammonia borane slurry for on-board H2 storage for automotive applications

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A team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is scaling up their work on the use of ammonia borane (AB) slurries optimized with an ultrasonic process for automotive hydrogen storage applications. Ammonia borane is an atttractive material for chemical hydrogen storage (CHS) due to its high hydrogen content of 14–16 wt % below 200 °C. CHS materials release hydrogen at low temperatures but are not easily rehydrided as are metal hydrides, needing instead to use chemical regeneration.

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Tesla Model S Redesign Coming To Commonize With Model X: Rumor

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It's typical for carmakers to redesign a given model after it's been on sale for about four years or so. Of course, Tesla Motors prides itself on doing things differently from other carmakers. Since the Model S was launched in 2012, Tesla has regularly tweaked it with software updates, as well as adding dual-motor all-wheel drive and different. Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars

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Cars Vs. Planes: Which Emits More Carbon? (Which Sins Worst?)

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Eco-activists often indict air travel as a carbon-spewing threat to the global climate. Worldwide, commercial jets pour an estimated 700 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, leading to headlines like this one in The New York Times not long ago: “Your Biggest Carbon Sin May Be Air Travel.” ” But it turns out that. Carbon Footprint emissions greenhouse gas climate change transportation policy air pollution

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Why A 2015 BMW i3 REx Replaced My 2013 Chevy Volt: Electric-Car Evolution

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The car most comparable to the first Chevrolet Volt is the current BMW i3 fitted with the optional REx range-extending engine. Both cars run entirely in electric mode until their battery packs are depleted, unlike other plug-in hybrids which switch on their engines under maximum power demand. But few drivers can say they've owned and driven. Plug-In Hybrids Chevy Volt plug-in cars Range-Extended Electric Vehicle BMW i3 REx

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Tesla Freakonomics: Why Fans Should Hope Early Drivetrain Data Was Correct

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Our recent article on the reliability implications of a Plug-In America survey of early Tesla Model S owners was met with skepticism from the company's supporters, and support from its skeptics. But in a counter-intuitive Freakonomics-style twist, it's the firm's fans who should hope the results were accurate--and its foes who should hope they. Maintenance Quality Warranty Tesla Motors Reliability service Plug-in America

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OPEC Says Electric Cars Will Remain Irrelevant Through 2040

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Increased electric-car adoption could dramatically decrease global demand for fossil fuels, but the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries--better known as OPEC--isn't too worried about that. OPEC recently issued its annual World Oil Outlook report and, not surprisingly, it's very optimistic about the future use of fossil fuels in. oil Middle East energy policy plug-in cars transportation policy

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2016 Toyota Prius: Gas Mileage Review Of 50-MPG-Plus Hybrid

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After spending four days and covering 440 miles with a new Toyota Prius, we can say that in our first real-world testing, the car delivers on its 50-mpg promise. We got daily readings of 50 to 54 miles per gallon in a mix of three-quarters highway miles and one-quarter low-speed local use. Our Prius Three test car faced the added challenge of. Fuel Economy EPA Ratings

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Ford Wants To Develop Its Own Battery Chemistries For Hybrids, Electric Cars, But Why?

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When it announced a range increase for its 2017 Focus Electric earlier this month, Ford executives also revealed an intriguing snippet about the company's battery plans. The company is conducting its own research into fundamental battery chemistries, and could develop its own cells for use in future electrified vehicles. The question then becomes. plug-in cars

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China Emission Standards: So Tough Honda Will Have All Hybrids By 2025

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China is the world's largest market for new cars, and it also has some of the world's worst air pollution. Cities have had to limit new-car sales and restrict car use to combat rampant pollution, while the government is aggressively promoting electric cars as a solution to the problem. But one carmaker believes that in a decade, Chinese emissions. Green China Fuel Economy Future Cars emissions

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Hyundai To Launch 400-Mile Fuel-Cell SUV By 2020: Report

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Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell crossovers were first delivered to customers in Southern California last year, and almost 100 vehicles have been leased since then. But now Hyundai faces competition from two dedicated vehicles that haven't been converted from existing models. Unlike the Tucson, the 2016 Toyota Mirai and 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell ride. Green Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid: On Sale Late Summer, Now

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid crossover has been on sale in Europe and Japan for some time now, but its U.S. launch has been repeatedly delayed. In fact, it's been pushed back so far that the Outlander underwent a fairly extensive mid-cycle refresh in the meantime. And now it appears Mitsubishi will once again delay the plug-in hybrid's. Sport-Utility Vehicles Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars

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U.K. Extends Green-Car Grants To Double Buyers By 2018

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The U.K. government will extend and expand an incentive program for green cars that had been set to end in the coming year. The plug-in car grant was introduced in 2011, and was originally scheduled to expire in early 2016. But the program will now run until March 2018, with some modifications, according to The Guardian. DON'T MISS: Electric Cars. Green Plug-In Hybrids UK incentives plug-in cars transportation policy

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Environmental Justice Groups: Not So Fast, Musk--VW Diesels Must Be Fixed!

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regulatory agencies still haven't approved a plan to modify the 482,000 Volkswagen 2.0-liter TDI diesel cars equipped with "defeat device" software used to circumvent emissions laws. It will likely cost VW billions of dollars to update the delinquent cars, and it may not be practically possible for certain models. That prompted 45. emissions Elon Musk VW CARB Volkswagen diesel scandal

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VW Buybacks, Payments For Hard-To-Fix Diesels Will Cost Billions

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Hundreds of thousands of diesel-VW owners are waiting to find out how their cars will be updated to meet emissions standards, once modifications are approved by regulators. And Volkswagen Group has clearly been tarnished by the emission-cheating scandal, which affects 11 million cars worldwide. But the costs of the entire affair remain to be. Green TDI VW VW Group Volkswagen diesel scandal

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