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Volvo sells 11 electric hybrid buses with 2 ABB automated fast-chargers to Namur, Belgium

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Volvo has received an order for 11 electric hybrid buses and 2 ABB automated electric bus fast-chargers to the city of Namur in Belgium with public transport authority and operator TEC. This is the largest order to date for the company’s electric bus system. TEC is buying the bus system as a turn-key solution. Volvo takes full responsibility for vehicle servicing, battery maintenance as well as maintenance of the standard-based charging stations for a fixed monthly cost.

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How To Wire A New Garage For Electric-Car Charging: What You Need To Know

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One of the more daunting perceived obstacles to driving a plug-in electric car seems to be the need for a home charging station. While plug-in hybrids can be recharged overnight using their 120-Volt charging cords, battery-electric drivers should really have access to a 240-Volt Level 2 charging station. Those will recharge the full battery pack. plug-in cars Charging station charging infrastructure ChargePoint Network

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Opinion: Who Will Be Left Standing At The End Of The Oil War?

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by Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com. This is a financial cold war—nothing more, nothing less. While there are billions of reasons to cut output, and every major producing country is reeling from the loss of revenues, some are weathering the current bust better than others, but the devil is in the details, and the details contain tons of variables.

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BNEF forecasts EVs to be 35% of global new car sales by 2040; cost of ownership below conventional-fuel vehicles by 2025

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A new study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) forecasts that sales of electric vehicles will hit 41 million by 2040, representing 35% of new light duty vehicle sales worldwide. This would be almost 90 times the equivalent figure for 2015, when EV sales are estimated to have been 462,000, some 60% up on 2014.

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California Energy Commission to award $8.9M for completion of California DC fast charge North-South corridors

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) has selected 8 awardees for a total of $8,875,457 in funding to install Direct Current (DC) fast charging stations on Interstate 5 (I-5), State Route 99 (SR 99), and along United States Highway 101 (US-101) from San Jose traveling South in California. The awards stem from a solicitation released in July 2015 ( GFO-15-601 ), with the overall objective of completing the West Coast Electric Highway which stretches from British Columbia to Baja California.

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EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the US’ existing fleet of diesel engines. Diesel-powered engines move approximately 90% of the nation’s freight tonnage, and today nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives, and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines.

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Study finds autonomous vehicles may plausibly nearly double, or nearly halve, road transport GHGs depending on the scenario

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A study by a team from the University of Leeds (UK), University of Washington (USA) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory has found that vehicle automation might plausibly reduce road transport GHG emissions and energy use by nearly half—or nearly double them—depending on the scenario. The researchers also found that many potential energy-reduction benefits may be realized through partial automation, while the major energy/emission downside risks appear more likely at full automation.

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Volvo introducing Pilot Assist II semi-autonomous drive tech as standard on MY2017 XC90

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Among a wide range of updates for model year 2017, Volvo Cars will introduce its latest semi-autonomous drive technology, Pilot Assist II, as standard on the XC90 in selected markets. Introduced first in the new S90 premium sedan, Pilot Assist II adds steering assistance to Adaptive Cruise Control functionality.

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Dearman: zero-emission transport refrigeration systems could have a major impact on air quality

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New analysis by Dearman suggests that zero-emission transport refrigeration systems could cut overall engine pollution from refrigerated vehicles by up to 93% and have a major impact on air quality. One application of Dearman’s engine technology is to provide high efficiency, zero-emission transport refrigeration units (TRUs). Earlier post.).

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Hawaiian Electric & Greenlots test combined EV fast charging and energy storage

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Greenlots, a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicle (EV) networks ( earlier post ), has implemented its SKY platform—a scalable, vehicle-grid integration (VGI) technology—in an EV fast charger owned and operated by Hawaiian Electric Company as part of a joint research, development and demonstration project with the Electric Power Research Institute.

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Faurecia wins JEC World 2016 Innovation Award for “one-shot” composite manufacturing process; mass production slated for 2018

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Faurecia has won a JEC World 2016 Innovation Award for its “one-shot” manufacturing process for visible composite parts; the approach combines structure and aspect in a single part. The technology makes it possible to insert a pre-heated thermoplastic composite reinforcement into the injection mold and secure it in a stable position.

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DOE launches Energy Materials Network with $40M for first year

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The US Department of Energy launched the Energy Materials Network ( EMN ), a new National Laboratory-led initiative. Leveraging $40 million in federal funding in its first year, EMN will focus on tackling one of the major barriers to widespread commercialization of clean energy technologies: the design, testing, and production of advanced materials.

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EU and Brazil to work together on 5G mobile technology

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The EU and Brazil signed an agreement to develop 5G, the next generation of communication networks. The Commission also started work on an action plan to deploy the technology in the EU by 2020. 5G will be the backbone of the EU Digital Single Market, industries of the future, modern public services and innovative applications such as connected cars, smart homes or mobile health services. By 2020, there will be 26 billion connected devices and 70% of people will own a smartphone.

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Diesel/2-methylfuran blends show higher brake thermal efficiency, higher NOx than diesel

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Researchers at Wuhan University report on the first comprehensive study of the combustion and emissions performance of blends of diesel and the renewable fuel 2-methylfuran (MF) in compression-ignition engines. Their paper is published in the journal Fuel. Among their findings were that diesel–MF blends show higher brake thermal efficiency (BTE) than pure diesel.

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J.D. Power study finds ACEN technology woes affecting vehicle reliability for consumers

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Problems with technology continue to affect vehicle reliability for consumers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 US Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). The number of problems with infotainment, navigation and in-vehicle communication systems—collectively known as audio, communication, entertainment and navigation or ACEN—has increased and now accounts for 20% of all customer-reported problems in the study.

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King County Metro putting Proterra electric buses into service

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King County Metro Transit recently put its first Proterra battery-electric bus into service in Bellevue, Washington. The battery bus is the first of three that Metro will test this year. Metro will test the performance and efficiency of the new technology for up to a year on local streets and roads to determine whether battery-electric buses can be a future replacement option for its remaining diesel-powered coaches.

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Visa extends Visa Token Service to automakers to enable car-based commerce; Honda Developer demo partner

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Visa Inc. is making the Visa Token Service available to auto manufacturers, helping to pave the way for easy and secure car-based commerce. To further advance car-based commerce, Visa is also offering a range of related digital payment solutions, including new standards for Bluetooth (BLE) and QR codes that could help expand enablement of mobile payments for both merchants and consumers in any environment.

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DS Automobiles unveiling high-performance E-TENSE electric GT concept at Geneva

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DS Automobiles, Citroën’s luxury brand spin-off, will introduce the high-performance electric GT concept DS E-TENSE at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week. A Formula E World Championship competitor in partnership with Virgin ( DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team ), DS Automobiles has equipped the DS E-TENSE with a 300 kW (402 hp) motor that produces 516 N·m (380 lb-ft) torque. Mixed EU cycle range is 310 km (193 miles) or 360 km (224 miles) on the urban cycle.

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Chevrolet to offer small number of 2016 Silverados pickups with e-Assist mild-hybrid technology; 13% better city cycle fuel economy

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Chevrolet will offer a small number—initially approximately 500 through California dealers—MY 2016 Silverado pickup trucks equipped with eAssist mild-hybrid technology. Based on feedback from these initial customers, Chevrolet may adjust production for 2017 model year. The new mild-hybrid electrical system leverages many of the technologies and components from Chevrolet’s lineup of electrified vehicles, including battery cells from the Malibu Hybrid and software controls developed for the Volt.

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Berkeley Lab researchers devise new technique to reduce lignin and increase sugar yields; lowering biomass pretreatment costs

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Scientists from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Joint BioEnergy Institute have devised a new strategy for reducing lignin in plants by modifying a key metabolic entrypoint for the synthesis of the most important lignin monomers. The new technique, reported in an open-access paper in the journal Plant & Cell Physiology , could help lower the cost of converting biomass into lower carbon biofuels and bio-products.

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Sumitomo Metal Mining to boost production of NCA for Li-ion batteries by 38%; targeting Tesla Model 3

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As part of its new 3-year business plan , Sumitomo Metal Mining (SMM) will boost production of NCA ((lithium nickel cobalt aluminum oxide) materials for Li-ion cathodes, expanding from 1,850 tons/month to 2,550 tons/month (+38%). SMM is targeting supplying Tesla with the battery materials for the Model 3 being released next year. SMM supplies the nickel-based material to Panasonic which builds the cells.).

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Boeing, Aeromexico, Mexican Government collaborate on sustainable aviation biofuel research and development

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Boeing, Aeromexico and Mexico’s Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA) will collaborate with a biojet program supported by Mexico’s Sector Fund for Energy Sustainability (SENER-CONACYT) to advance research and development of sustainable aviation biofuel in Mexico. The new initiative, coordinated through the Mexican Bioenergy Innovation Center, will support Mexico’s aviation sector as well as its environmental and socio-economic goals.

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Ford becomes first automaker to join Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition

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Ford is the first automaker to join the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition—a nonprofit organization of leading electronics companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. Ford says that joining the coalition strengthens its commitment to respect human rights and improve basic working conditions at its global supplier facilities.

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SAE International selects GM’s Larry Nitz for Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation

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SAE International announced that Larry T. Nitz, GM Executive Director, Global Propulsion Systems, is the winner of the Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation. He will receive the award during the SAE 2016 World Congress in April. Nitz leads GM’s Global Transmission and Electrification team, with engineering operations in North America, Europe, South America and Asia. His team is responsible for all of GM’s automatic and manual transmissions and electrified propulsion systems.

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U Chicago, MIT study suggests ongoing use of fossil fuels absent new carbon taxes

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A paper by a team from the University of Chicago and MIT suggests that technology-driven cost reductions in fossil fuels will lead to the continued use of fossil fuels—oil, gas, and coal—unless governments pass new taxes on carbon emissions. Their analysis is published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

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Hyundai unveiling full IONIQ line at Geneva: HEV, PHEV and BEV

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Hyundai will unveil all the members—hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric—of its IONIQ range at the Geneva Motor Show next week. In January, Hyundai released initial details on the new IONIQ dedicated hybrid—the first version of the platform to come to market. Earlier post.). The IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in both feature the new Kappa 1.6

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IDT and 5G Lab Germany collaborate on technology to enable network-connected autonomous vehicles

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Integrated Device Technology announced a planned multi-year collaboration with 5G Lab Germany on research related to 5G tactile networks, including the application of IDT technology to enable network-connected autonomous vehicles. The project’s core technology is IDT’s low-latency RapidIO interconnect, used in 4G telephone calls globally, as well as for real-time sensor analysis in a variety of aerospace and defense systems, applicable to autonomous vehicles.

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Pierburg GmbH electric compressor for turbos

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Pierburg GmbH, part of the KSPG Group, has developed an electric compressor for spontaneously boosting the charge pressure of engines fitted with an exhaust-gas turbocharger. This component allows pressure to be increased regardless of the exhaust-gas energy availability. The compressor is compatible with both gasoline and diesel engines. Initial prototypes are now being tested by various customers.

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Automotive Grade Linux adds four new members

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Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), an open source project developing a common, Linux-based software stack for the connected car, announced that Collabora, HI Corporation, MediaTek and Witz Corporation are joining the project. Collabora Ltd. is a global software consultancy specializing in delivering the benefits of open source to the commercial world. Collabora combines more than ten years of open source software expertise with experience from working in numerous industries.

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles introduces CNG Caddy van with dual-clutch gearbox

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will present the Caddy TGI—the first vehicle in its segment to be equipped with a CNG drive system and a DSG dual-clutch gearbox—at the Geneva Motor Show. The Caddy TGI BlueMotion is a family/city delivery van that runs on either CNG or bio-natural gas. Both the panel van and passenger car variant of the Caddy can also be ordered with a short wheelbase or in the Caddy Maxi version. With combined natural-gas consumption of 4.1 kg and 4.3

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Honda targeting 2/3 of unit sales from PHEVs, HEVs and ZEVs by ~2030; PHEVs the core of electrification

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At a press event in Tokyo to lay out his future vision and direction for the company, Honda Motor President & CEO Takahiro Hachigo said that the company will strive to make two-thirds of its overall unit sales from plug-in hybrid/hybrid vehicles and zero-emissions vehicles such as fuel cell vehicles and battery EVs by around 2030.

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Toshiba image recognition processor delivers advanced functionality for monocular cameras in ADAS applications

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Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) announced the newest addition to its TMPV760 family of image recognition processors for automotive applications. The TMPV7602XBG is suitable for monocular cameras used in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and will help designers implement ADAS applications utilizing a cost-optimized camera system with a small form factor.

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SPLT launching pilot rideshare platform with Magna

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SPLT will launch a pilot rideshare platform with global automotive supplier Magna International. As part of the pilot program, Magna will offer the SPLT rideshare platform to approximately 1,700 of its employees, who commute to and from four of its Southeast Michigan locations. SPLT is a 2015 Techstars Mobility company that provides an app-based dynamic rideshare platform.

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New ammonia biomass pretreatment process improves yield with lower enzyme loading; improving cellulosic biofuel economics

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A team from the US, China and India, led by researchers from Michigan State University, has developed a new liquid ammonia biomass pretreatment methodology called Extractive Ammonia (EA). EA-pretreated corn stover delivers a higher fermentable sugar yield compared to the older Ammonia Fiber Expansion (AFEX) process while using 60% lower enzyme loading. As described in a paper in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science , the single-stage EA process achieves high biofuel yields (18.2

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Nissan to integrate Mobileye REM technology for autonomous driving

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Mobileye N.V has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nissan aimed to integrate Mobileye’s new Road Experience Management (REM) technology into Nissan’s fleets. REM technology provides real-time data for precise localization and high-definition lane data that forms an important layer of information to support fully autonomous driving. Nissan is the third large automaker, following GM and Volkswagen, to have partnered with Mobileye to integrate REM technology.

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EIA expects gasoline consumption in US to remain below 2007 peak despite increase in travel

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The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects that motor gasoline consumption in the US will remain below the 2007 peak despite an increase in travel. EIA attributes the outcome largely to improvements in light-duty vehicle fuel economy. Based on estimates in the most recent Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), vehicle travel in the United States in 2015 was almost 4% above its 2007 level, but motor gasoline consumption has not exceeded its previous peak in 2007.

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Volkswagen up! gets its first turbo; 3-cylinder, 1L TSI with 88.5 hp

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Volkswagen is introducing a new version of the up! at the Geneva Motor Show. In addition to numerous cosmetic changes, equipment and infotainment system, the new up! will feature a new 3-cylinder 1.0 TSI turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine delivering 66 kW/88.5 The maximum torque of 160 N·m is available from 1,500 rpm. The three-cylinder engine is the first turbo for the up! and the most powerful motor available in the model to date.

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