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Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE begins construction of second Li-ion factory; batteries for 1st EQ model, 48V systems

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Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE has begun construction of a second Li-ion battery factory at its site in Kamenz. With an investment of about €500 million (US$545 million), the site in Kamenz will be one of the biggest and most modern battery factories in Europe. The new production facility is planned to start operations in the middle of 2018. The area of about 20 hectares is located in immediate proximity of the existing battery factory in Kamenz, about 50 kilometers from Dresden.

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Germans are coming for Tesla, German paper says, so now it's 'interesting'

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At times, those of us who cover the auto industry fall prey to stereotypes of the German auto industry. It can seem to observers that the collective belief of BMW, Daimler, and VW Group is that nothing happens in the industry until it's been done by one of their three companies—preferably all three. A recent article on electric cars in the

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Mercedes X-Class Concept revealed: the first executive pick-up truck

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That’s right, Mercedes is really building a pick-up truck! The company revealed the X-Class concept in full, ahead of a production-ready variants hitt. Mercedes-Benz X Class

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Study finds ethanol blending appears to reduce significantly genotoxic emissions from gasoline direct injection vehicles

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A research team from Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) and the University of Applied Sciences Bern, Laboratory for Exhaust Emission Control, reports that ethanol blending appeared to reduce genotoxic emissions from a flex-fuel Euro-5 gasoline direct injection (GDI) vehicle (a Volvo V60 with a 1.6 L engine) under transient and steady driving conditions.

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DOE funds Argonne to test Capstone microturbines with hydrogen and synthetic fuels

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Microturbine manufacturer Capstone Turbine Corporation announced that the US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide $335,000 in funding for one year to Argonne National Laboratory to conduct hydrogen and syngas testing on Capstone’s C65 and C200 microturbines. In October 2015, Capstone partnered with Argonne National Laboratory for participation in the DOE’s Technologist in Residence (TIR) program.

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MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid on sale in June 2017

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MINI has officially unveiled the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, the brand’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, as one of the three variants of the new MINI Countryman. Earlier post.) All three of the new MINI Countryman variants will make their World Premiere at the Los Angeles International Auto Show at a press conference on 16 November. Propulsion is shared between a 134 hp (100 kW) 3-cylinder gasoline engine and a 65 kW synchronous electric motor.

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Qualcomm to acquire NXP for ~$38B; semiconductor engine for connecred world

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Qualcomm Incorporated will acquire NXP Semiconductors with an equity offer worth some $38 billion; including debt, the deal is worth roughly $47 billion. The boards of directors of both companies unanimously approved the definitive agreement. NXP is a leader in high-performance, mixed-signal semiconductor electronics, with innovative products and solutions and leadership positions in automotive, broad-based microcontrollers, secure identification, network processing and RF power.

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Hitachi Metals boosting production capacity for Neodymium-Iron-Boron Magnets and Ferrite Magnets to meet automotive demand

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Hitachi Metals will invest approximately ¥18 billion (US$172 million) in innovative production lines for Neodymium-Iron-Boron magnets and ferrite magnets at its Kumagaya Works in Japan with the aim of satisfying surging demand for automotive-related motors as well as various electric motors for hybrid and electric vehicles. The lines are scheduled to commence operation in FY2018.

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ARPA-E launches PNDIODES program to boost power electronics work

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has launched a new program—Power Nitride Doping Innovation Offers Devices Enabling SWITCHES (PNDIODES) ( DE-FOA-0001691 )—to fund transformational advances and mechanistic understanding in the process of selective area doping in the III-Nitride wide band gap (WBG) semiconductor material system. PNDIODES, with $6.5

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PM2.5 pollution linked to blood vessel damage in healthy young non-smoking adults

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Fine particulate matter air pollution (PM 2.5 ) may be associated with blood vessel damage and inflammation among young, healthy adults, according to new research in Circulation Research , an American Heart Association journal. Air pollution is known to contribute to cardiovascular disease and related deaths.

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Mercedes-Benz Vans shows pickup truck concepts; market launch in late 2017; diesel V6

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Mercedes-Benz Vans unveiled two design variants of the Concept X-CLASS, previewing the coming X-Class pickup, in Stockholm. The introduction of the one-ton pickup with seating for up to 5 people will make Mercedes-Benz the first premium manufacturer to account for the changing customer requirements in the global segment of mid-size pickups. With the pickup, Mercedes-Benz Vans will also expand its product range with a fourth model series.

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Chronocam raises $15M in Series B; high-performance bio-inspired vision technology for autos and other machines

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France-based Chronocam SA, a developer of biologically-inspired vision sensors and computer vision solutions for automotive, IoT and other applications requiring vision processing, raised $15 million in Series B financing. The funding comes from lead investor Intel Capital, along with iBionext, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, 360 Capital, CEAi and Renault Group.

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Argonne LCA finds renewable diesel from algae fractionation has 63-68% lower GHG than petroleum diesel

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A new analysis from Argonne National Laboratory, funded by the US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), shows the potential of an algae fractionation process to produce renewable diesel fuel with 63%–68% lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than conventional diesel. The study is published in the journal Algal Research.

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Tesla reports profit for Q3

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Tesla Motors reported Q3 GAAP net income of $22 million on total Q3 GAAP revenue of $2.30 billion, which was up 145% from Q3 2015. Total Q3 automotive revenue was $2.15 billion on a GAAP basis, up 152% from Q3 2015. The quarterly profit is the company’s first in more than three years. In Q3, combined net orders for new Model S and Model X. vehicles grew 68%, compared with the same period last year. The final Q3 delivery count was 24,821 units—300 more than the estimated delivery count.

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell EPA-rated with 366-mile range; longest of any ZEV

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The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan ( earlier post ), launching later this year, received an EPA driving range rating of 366 miles (589 km) and fuel economy rating of 68 mpg of gasoline-equivalent combined, giving it the best range rating of any electric vehicle without a combustion engine, including fuel cell and all-electric vehicles, in the United States.

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Columbia team develops new prelithiation method to increase Li-ion battery energy density by 10-30%

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A team at Columbia University, with colleagues from Institute Recherche d’Hydro-Québec (IREQ), has developed a new pre-lithiation method to increase the energy density of lithium (Li-ion) batteries by utilizing a trilayer structure that is stable even in ambient air. This makes the battery both longer lasting and cheaper to manufacture. The work, which may improve the energy density of lithium batteries by 10-30%, is published in the ACS journal Nano Letters.

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Lung Association report highlights health and climate costs of petroleum-based transportation and the benefits of shifting to ZEVs

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A new report produced by the American Lung Association concludes that over-reliance on petroleum-based fuels for transportation costs the 10 ZEV states in the US (California and nine other states that have adopted the California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program) an estimated $37 billion in health expenses and climate costs every year—with California costs alone hitting $15 billion.

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Audi of America to pilot shared fleet service in North Carolina before 2017 debut

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Audi of America is piloting the new service “Audi shared fleet” at a technology incubator in Durham, North Carolina ahead of a national rollout of the corporate car-sharing service in 2017. The test fleet will be housed at American Underground, a 115,000 square-foot technology incubator created on the former American Tobacco Co. complex. Three fully accessorized, 2017 Audi A4 sedans will be available on demand and ready for use. Users will be backed by a 24/7 customer service call center.

NVIDIA CEO sees AI enabling cars to customize driving experience

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NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told the WSJD Live conference that he envisions cars using artificial intelligence to customize the driving experience, so vehicles automatically adjust themselves to each individual’s preferences. Huang said that AI will become a co-pilot that can also effectively see around corners and warn drivers of risks ahead. As well as making cars safer by eliminating scope for human error, AI capabilities will enable cars to anticipate the needs of their drivers.

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Savari and SAIC Motors partner on V2X technology for China

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V2X company Savari Inc. signed an agreement with SAIC USA, a fully owned subsidiary of Chinese automaker SAIC Motors, to manufacture and distribute the Savari V2X communications solutions in the Greater China and selected ASEAN countries. The companies are already working to fulfil a substantial order from two customers (Shanghai International Automobile City and Tongji University).

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Axalta launches new one-component, self-bonding electrical steel coating; generators and motors

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Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, has developed a new one-component self-bonding electrical steel varnish called Voltatex 1175W-1K. Self-bonding characteristics have become increasingly important in the production of high-quality magnetic cores for stators and rotors. The new varnish offers longer shelf life and significantly improved handling with the same technical performance as standard two-component systems.

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US total petroleum demand up in September year-on-year; highest September gasoline deliveries on record

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Total petroleum deliveries in September increased 1.0% from September 2015, but were down 2.6% from August to average 19.6 million barrels per day, according to figures from the American Petroleum Institute (API). These September deliveries were the highest deliveries for the month in nine years, since 2007. For the third quarter of 2016, total petroleum deliveries, a measure of US petroleum demand, decreased by 0.1% from the same period last year.

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Mercedes-Benz to build first EQ electric vehicle in Bremen plant

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Mercedes-Benz will build the first production model of the new electric EQ product brand ( earlier post ) in Bremen by the end of this decade. The production model will be based on the EQ show car—an 500-km (311-mile) range electric vehicle in the look of a sporty SUV Coupé—that was presented at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2016 in Paris in September. The product brand EQ is an elementary part of the corporate strategy for future mobility bundled under the term CASE.

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True Zero’s California hydrogen network hits 2M miles fueled mark; second 1M miles in 60 days

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True Zero , which operates the world’s largest network of hydrogen charging stations, has powered two-million miles of zero-emission driving on California roads 60 days after reaching its first million miles. By comparison, it took nine months for the company to reach the first million miles, reflecting the ramp up of fuel cell cars in California. Earlier post.).

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Inaugural meeting of Volkswagen Sustainability Council; Group makes €20M available for projects

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Recently appointed by The Volkswagen Group’s Sustainability Council, recently appointed and comprising nine members from several nations—including Margo Oge, former director of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Transportation Air Quality—set the agenda for its work at its inaugural meeting on Monday. The Council elected Georg Kell, Founding Director UN Global Compact, as its chair.

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Shanghai OnStar launches four new key service packages

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Shanghai OnStar has upgraded its key service portfolio by rolling out four innovative new service packages covering mobile apps, security and safety, smart fleet management and telematics data reports. It has also introduced a first-of-its-kind B2B service platform in China that allows corporate users to enjoy onboard telematics services. OnStar Mobile App 7.0.

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Volkswagen unveils Atlas; new MQB-based 7-seat SUV; first VW Digital Cockpit in US

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Volkswagen unveiled the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV at an event on the Santa Monica Pier. Built in Chattanooga alongside the Passat, the seven-passenger Atlas offers a full slate of available driver assistance and technology features—including Volkswagen’s first Digital Cockpit in a vehicle for the US—a spacious interior and a choice of two gasoline powertrains.

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GM and IBM bring OnStar and Watson together for new cognitive mobility platform: OnStar Go

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General Motors and IBM are partnering to bring the power of OnStar and IBM Watson together to create OnStar Go, the auto industry’s first cognitive mobility platform. Starting in early 2017, OnStar is expected to give millions of GM drivers the ability to connect and interact with their favorite brands. The platform will deliver personalized content through the dashboard and other digital channels supported by the OnStar Go ecosystem to make the most of time spent in the car.

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DOE awarding $3.0M cost-share contract to FuelCell Energy for solid oxide electrolyzer; converting excess electricity to H2

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FuelCell Energy, Inc. is developing a solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) system to convert excess electricity during periods of low power demand into hydrogen efficiently. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is supporting this development with a $3.0 million cost-share contract to advance SOEC system design that will be added to the Advanced Technology backlog for the fourth quarter of 2016.

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JLL taps Proterra for fully electric commuter shuttle bus service in Chicago

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Electric bus manufacturer Proterra and professional services firm JLL announced the first commercial agreement to provide commuter shuttle services via a fleet of 10 electric buses. The service will operate between Chicago’s commuter train stations and two of the city’s tallest buildings, the iconic Prudential Plaza and Aon Center, both of which are managed by JLL.

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MAHLE develops new lead-free engine bearings for heavy-duty diesels; polymeric coatings with lead-free linings

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MAHLE Engine Components has developed an innovative lead-free bearing system combining highly engineered polymeric coatings with robust lead-free bearing linings for heavy-duty truck engines. The new system delivers improved performance compared to existing bearing linings that include lead. Our new bearing system provides a great combination of proven cast-bronze bearing technology with a polymer overlay that features high load capabilities, as well as seizure and wear resistance. —Dr.

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Audi realigns motorsport strategy: electric instead of endurance; out of FIA WEC at end of 2016 season

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Audi is realigning its motorsport strategy. The brand will terminate its FIA WEC commitment, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, at the end of the 2016 season. Instead, Audi is taking up a factory-backed commitment ( earlier post ) in the all-electric Formula E racing series.

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Washington state to vote on first US revenue-neutral carbon tax in November

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On November 8, Washington will vote on the US’ first revenue-neutral carbon tax. If approved, Initiative 732 would establish a tax on carbon emissions at $15 per metric ton of emissions in July 2017; $25 in July 2018, and then 3.5% plus inflation each year until the tax reaches $100 per metric ton. The tax would be phased in more slowly for farmers and nonprofit transportation providers. I-732 in return lowers other taxes: Lowers the sales tax by one percentage point (from 6.5% to 5.5%).

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2017 Audi A3 replaces 1.8L with Millerized 2.0L TFSI; better fuel economy, power and torque

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The 2017 Audi A3 Sedan and Cabriolet models in the US are now available with Audi’s more efficient Millerized 2.0-liter TFSI engine ( earlier post ) and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The A3 sedan with 2.0-liter engine replaces the 1.8-liter engine previously offered on A3 front-wheel drive models.

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Cell Impact signs collaboration agreement with Impact Coatings on surface treatment of fuel cell plates

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Morphic Technologies’ subsidiary, Cell Impact, signed a collaboration agreement with PVD surface coating company Impact Coatings AB concerning new types of surface treatment material for fuel cell flow plates. The arrangement will add coatings from Impact Coatings to the products on offer. Cell Impact’s main operation involves the cost-effective production of flow plates, one of the key components in a fuel cell system.

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Large-scale study finds long-term exposure to air pollution linked to high blood pressure

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Long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to a greater incidence of high blood pressure, according to the largest study to investigate the effects of both air pollution and traffic noise by following more than 41,000 people in five different countries for five to nine years.

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Lumen Australia licenses Qualcomm wireless EV charging technology

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Qualcomm Incorporated and Lumen Australia, a leading global supplier and integrator of electrical and electronic systems, entered into a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) license agreement. Lumen will include Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology in its product portfolio and will commercialize WEVC systems for Plug in Hybrid (PHEV) and Electric Vehicles (EV) manufacturers, as well as wireless charging infrastructure companies.

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