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Heliox to fast charge Volvo electric buses in Luxembourg

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Sales-Lentz, one of the public transport operators in Luxembourg, has ordered three Heliox Fast Charge Systems with OppCharge open interface to provide fast charging services for its four Volvo 7900 electric buses. End of route stations will be delivered Q2 2017, with one of the systems to be located at Sales-Lentz’ depot. The buses will be charged with opportunity charging (fast charging at end stops).

California found a new cheat device in Audi transmissions: report

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Just when it looked like the Volkswagen Group was getting a grip on its diesel emissions cheating scandal that erupted in September 2015, a report has come out claiming the automaker has cars with a different type of “defeat device” used to hide emissions from regulators. Germany’s Bild am Sonntag (via Reuters) on Sunday reported

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Vauxhall to launch five new models in 2017, with Insignia taking lead

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Vauxhall has announced it’s going all out in 2017, with five new models expected to launch by the end of next year. Hot on the heels of the recently. Vauxhall Insignia Crossland X

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Compact pilot plant for solar to liquid fuels production

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Partners from Germany and Finland in the SOLETAIR project are building a compact pilot plant for the production of gasoline, diesel and kerosene from solar energy, regenerative hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The plant will be compact enough to fit into a shipping container. The plant consists of three components. A direct air capture unit developed by the Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT) extracts carbon dioxide from air.

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Montréal installing 50 more on-street charging points for EVs; targeting 1,000 by 2020

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The city of Montréal is installing 50 more on-street charging points for electric vehicles. In August, the city installed 50 in the downtown area. The 100 terminals will now cover 7 city districts. The city said it plans to have 1,000 stations installed across all boroughs by 2020. The city says that it is the first in Canada to have a network of charging stations of this size available to residents and car-sharing services. Brief

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DOE: US average EV CO2e/year is 4,815 lbs, vs. 11,435 lbs for average gasoline car

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Although all-electric vehicles (EVs) produce zero tailpipe emissions, there are upstream emissions of greenhouse gases from electricity production. Using electricity production data by source and state, the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center has estimated the annual carbon dioxide (CO 2 e)-equivalent emissions of a typical EV.

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Berkeley study finds clean vehicle rebates have predominantly benefited wealthy, white Californians

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The distribution of California’s clean vehicle rebates across different socioeconomic groups has been uneven, with higher income groups more likely to receive rebates, according to a new study by a team from the University of California, Berkeley. The analysis, published in the journal Transportation Research Record further suggests that census tracts where the majority of the population is Hispanic or African-American are less likely to receive rebates, even when income is accounted for.

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Wolfspeed wins 2016 R&D 100 Award for wide bandgap underhood inverter for HEVs/EVs

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Wolfspeed, A Cree Company, a leading global supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) power products, won a 2016 R&D 100 Award for its high-temperature, wide-bandgap (WBG) underhood inverter for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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ICCT paper assesses leading regional EV markets in US and policies behind them

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A new white paper from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) assesses which policy actions are behind the regional leading markets in the US for electric vehicles. The white paper identifies the areas with the highest shares of EVs and catalogues the actions that support EV uptake. The assessment includes promotion actions by state policy (e.g., regulation, purchasing incentives), local policy (e.g., parking and lane access incentives, building codes), utility actions (e.g.,

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DOE FY17 SBIR Phase I Release 2 topics include fuel cells, EV batteries, engines

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the 2017 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 2 topics , including three subtopics focused on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The fuel cell subtopics include innovative materials for bipolar plates; liquid organic hydrogen carriers; and emergency hydrogen refuelers.

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Volkswagen unveils updated Golf; Millerized engines, semi-automated driving, digital cockpit and gesture control

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Volkswagen presented a major update of the Golf in an event at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg. In addition to some design enhancements, the new Golf features new engines (including the Millerized 1.5L EA211 introduced at the Vienna Motor Symposium in April, earlier post ), new assistance systems and a new generation of infotainment systems. As a world-first in the compact class, the top-of-the-range “Discover Pro” infotainment system can be operated by gesture control.

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ORNL-led team developing breakthrough high-temperature, high-strength Al alloy for advanced light-duty engines

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A team led by researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is developing a lower-cost cast aluminum (Al) alloy capable of at least a 50 ˚C temperature increase over the current cylinder head alloys 319 and 356 for use in light duty engines. The new alloy is also targeting a better than 25% increase in strength at 300 ˚C compared to the older alloys at 250 ˚C, as well as excellent hot tearing resistance.

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NASCAR to surpass 10M miles on Sunoco Green E15

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NASCAR announced that it will surpass 10 million competition miles on Sunoco Green E15, a biofuel blended with 15% American-made ethanol, by the end of the 2016 season. The 10 million miles will have been accumulated across practice, qualifying and racing laps since the biofuel was adopted by the sport. Six years ago, NASCAR entered into a partnership with Sunoco and American Ethanol, launching its long-term biofuels program to reduce emissions across its three national series.

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Mercedes-Benz launches new private car-sharing scheme: Croove

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A new car-sharing platform from Mercedes-Benz will go online at the start of December. App-based Croove pairs up private vehicle owners and hirers. The Croove scheme will be launched in Munich to begin with and is open to any brand of vehicle. The peer-to-peer car-sharing platform is another example of a CASE strategy project that has advanced from idea to implementation.

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Tesla halting free Supercharging for Teslas ordered after 1 Jan 2017

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Tesla is significantly altering its policy of producing free charging on its proprietary fast-charging Supercharger network. For Teslas ordered after 1 January 2017, the company will include 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) annually. Beyond that, there will be a “small fee”—as yet unspecified—to Supercharge which will be charged incrementally. All cars will continue to come standard with the onboard hardware required for Supercharging.

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24-hour Daimler hackathon in Silicon Valley

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Students and young professionals met on 5-6 November in Silicon Valley, California, to compete in the fifth 24-hour hackathon jointly organized by the Business Innovation Team of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Mercedes-Benz Vans and DigitalLife@Daimler. The task was to develop intelligent transport and mobility concepts for the Mercedes-Benz Vans division.

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Argonne study on optimizing gasoline compression ignition at idle and low loads

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Gasoline compression ignition—i.e., igniting gasoline purely by compression, as with a diesel, rather by using a spark—is a promising, high-efficiency, low-temperature combustion mode that offers low engine-out NO x and soot. Earlier post.) GCI, however, is challenged by stable idle- to low-load operation (i.e., 0-2 bar BMEP) because it is challenging to ignite the low-reactivity gasoline purely through compression.

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Nesscap Energy introduces 3V, 3400-farad ultracapacitor

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Nesscap Energy Inc. has introduced its new N60 3V 3400-farad ultracapacitor cell. The new N60 delivers 40% more energy and 42% greater power density compared with Nesscap’s 2.7-volt 3000-farad cell, all within the industry-standard 60mm cylindrical form factor. The cell’s rugged mechanical design provides vibration and shock performance in compliance with ISO 16750-3 Tables 12 & 14, SAE J2464 and IEC 60068-2-27.

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German KBA greenlights Volkswagen fix for 1.6-liter EA 189 TDI engine

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The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has approved Volkswagen’s technical solutions for 2.6 million vehicles equipped with the EA 189 1.6-liter TDI engines affected by the emissions-cheating issue. The modification in the case of the EA 189 1.6-liter TDI engines involves a software update. In addition, a flow conditioner is being fixed directly upstream of the air mass meter. The implementation will take less than an hour of working time.

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Nikkei: Toyota to begin mass-producing 300+ km BEV by 2020

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Without citing sources, the Nikkei reported that Toyota Motor intends to start mass-producing battery-electric vehicles capable of a range of more than 300 km (186 miles) on a single charge by 2020. According to the report, the platform underlying the Prius or Corolla is being considered for an electric SUV. Up to now, Toyota has envisioned using all battery-electric powertrains mainly in short-distance, urban applications; longer-range electric operation was to be handled by fuel cell vehicles.

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Petrobras completes first production well in ultra-deep Libra field

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On November 9, the Libra Consortium completed the first production well in the Santos Basin’s pre-salt Libra oilfield. The well, drilled by the West Carina rig, is now fully fitted out and ready to produce oil and natural gas. The Libra field is one of the largest pre-salt oil discoveries to date in Brazil. The 3-RJS-739A well, known as NW3, is located in the northwest sector of the Libra block, around 187 km (116 miles) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro and approximately 5.3

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Study finds pollution emitted near equator has biggest impact on global ozone

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Since the 1980s, air pollution has increased worldwide, but it has increased at a much faster pace in regions close to the equator.

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New Telit autonomous navigation IoT module relies on internal sensors to deliver class-leading dead reckoning accuracy

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Telit announced commercial availability of the SL869-3DR, a GNSS (global navigation satellite system) module for global use which leverages information from internal gyros, accelerometers and a barometric pressure sensor to perform dead reckoning (DR) navigation for application areas such as track & trace and in-vehicle systems.

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SPE Automotive Innovation Award presented to ContiTech for first polyamide spring strut mount in a passenger car chassis

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The Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) has presented an Automotive Innovation Award to ContiTech for the first spring strut mount made from BASF’s material Ultramid. Designed for use on the chassis both on the front and rear suspensions of passenger cars, the polyamide spring strut mount is applied in the Cadillac CT6. The new three-path mount from ContiTech is characterized by an intelligent mix of materials. The central component consists of a fiberglass-reinforced polyamide.

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MAN Diesel & Turbo wins first order for HyProp ECO hybrid propulsion system

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MAN Diesel & Turbo has won the order for a complete propulsion package for a chemical tanker. As a world-first, the package features a full HyProp ECO system with PTO/PTH (Power Take Off/Power Take Home); HyProp ECO is a hybrid propulsion system. The system will be employed aboard a 7,500-dwt stainless-steel chemical tanker ordered and operated by IÇDAŞ Çelik Enerji Tersane Ve Ulaşim Sanayi AŞ in Turkey.

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Dana introducing Spicer Electrified family of e-axles for hybrid, electric vehicles

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Dana Incorporated introduced the Spicer Electrified family of fully integrated motor, control, and e-drive technologies that advance electric propulsion systems for light-duty, commercial, and off-highway vehicles. Currently in production, the Spicer EV Drive for electric vans manages speed and torque from the e-motor to the wheels.

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Ricardo’s low-cost, fuel-efficient automatic transmission concept for motorcycles

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Ricardo has developed and demonstrated an advanced and cost-effective motorcycle Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) concept that offers the comfort and convenience of automatic and semi-automatic operation with better-than-manual fuel efficiency. Manual transmissions predominate in almost all non-scooter two-wheeler categories; automated alternatives can be expensive and bring efficiency penalties.

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Study finds CO2 emissions trading more effective path to automotive CO2 reduction in Europe than tailpipe standards

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Dürr introduces new generation of painting robots with greater kinematic freedom; Industry 4.0

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Dürr has introduced its next-generation of painting robot: the new Ecopaint Robot. With its greater kinematic freedom, the EcoRP E043i model with its seven-axis kinematic system enlarges the work zone and can eliminate the need for a linear displacement rail. This can significantly reduce investment and maintenance costs in the paint booth. Another newly developed product, the EcoRCMP2 robot control, is a key module of the Smart Factory.

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Nissan installs V2G technology at UK-based R&D facility

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Nissan’s UK-based European R&D facility, Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) has become the first Nissan entity in the company’s network of European facilities to install vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. Earlier post.). Developed by Nissan in partnership with multinational energy provider Enel, eight V2G chargers have been installed at the site and will be available for all NTCE employees to use.

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Nissan marks 75,000 electric vehicle sales in Europe

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European Nissan LEAF sales have risen by 10% in the first half of FY16 compared with the same period last year. The latest figures from Nissan also reveal that there are more than 75,000 Nissan EV owners in Europe. The company recently announced that 260,000 Nissan EVs have been sold worldwide. EV sales have been further bolstered by strong e-NV200 sales year-to-date FY16—up 34% year-on-year.

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Tesla to acquire Grohmann Engineering to boost automated manufacturing capabilities

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Tesla has entered into an agreement to acquire Grohmann Engineering , a world-renowned engineering company in Prüm, Germany, which will become Tesla Grohmann Automation. Led by founder and CEO Klaus Grohmann, Grohmann Engineering is one of the world leaders in highly automated methods of manufacturing. This transaction will bring Grohmann’s leadership, a world-class team and unique expertise in-house.

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BP takes $30M stake in Fulcrum Bioenergy; 500M gallon renewable jet offtake agreement

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Fulcrum BioEnergy and BP signed a major strategic partnership that includes a $30-million equity investment in Fulcrum by BP. With Fulcrum’s first plant under construction, this partnership accelerates the construction schedule for Fulcrum’s next renewable jet fuel plants. Fulcrum and Air BP, the aviation division of BP, have also agreed to terms on a 500-million gallon jet fuel offtake agreement that will provide Air BP with 50 million gallons per year of low-carbon, drop-in jet fuel.

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NXP and DAF Trucks commit to set new benchmark in truck platooning: 30x faster than human reaction time

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NXP Semiconductors N.V. and DAF Trucks announced plans to empower truck platoons to react 30 times faster than humans in 2017, enabling a reduced distance between platooning trucks. Achieving this goal would mark a significant milestone in the introduction of platooning to fleet operators who expect considerable efficiency and safety gains while maintaining a maximum level of data security.

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SAE REX: PHEVs and REEVs could open door for advanced combustion regime engines

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Increased market penetration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and range-extended electric vehicles (REEVs) across vehicle segments could present an opportunity for emerging advanced combustion regime engines, such as those using various low-temperature combustion modes, according to a number of presentations at the SAE 2016 Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles Symposium held last week in Knoxville.

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Subaru debuts EyeSight driver assist technology in China

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Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, will debut its EyeSight driver assist technology in China. EyeSight’s launch on the Chinese market, following on from its introduction to the Japanese, Australian, North American and European markets, enables FHI to extend EyeSight’s deployment across markets globally. Cumulative sales of Subaru models equipped with EyeSight surpassed 900,000 units in the global market.

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Brown team creates patterned metal-oxide films using GO template; 4x charge-carrying capacity in Mn2O3

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Researchers from Brown University have developed a new method for making ultrathin metal-oxide sheets containing intricate wrinkle and crumple patterns by transferring those patters from graphene oxide templates. In a study published in the journal ACS Nano , the researchers show that the resulting textured metal-oxide films have better performance when used as photocatalysts and as battery electrodes.

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