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A123: Increasing 48V battery power up to ~25 kW enables advanced mild hybrid capabilities with greater fuel savings

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When will it be unacceptable to drive a car with a tailpipe? Poll results

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No vehicle on earth is entirely free of emissions; even electric cars charged on renewable energy have emissions associated with their manufacturing. Those emissions, however, are a tiny fraction of the carbon dioxide and other substances emitted by gasoline or diesel cars when scientifically assessed on a "wells to wheels" basis. This is well. emissions zero emissions Exhaust Zero Emission Vehicle Polls

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Skoda previews interior of Vision E ahead of Shanghai Motor Show

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Skoda has previewed the interior of their electric concept car ahead of its reveal at the Shanghai Motor Show. Named the Vision E, the concept will gi

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Opinion: There Is No Such Thing As Peak Oil Demand

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by Dwayne Purvis for Oilprice.com. Notwithstanding that oil demand has increased for over 150 years, it will eventually stop increasing. If oil demand were to reach an actual peak, then the top might be easier to predict.

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New bio-inspired macro-meso-microporous material offers significant improvement in battery performance

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A international team of researchers has emulated biological systems and designed multi-scale macro–meso–microporous materials which offer a unique performance boost for applications benefitting from highly enhanced mass transfer and exchange.

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Saab Gripen fighter completes first test flights with 100% biofuel; CHCJ-5

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A Saab Gripen fighter has for the first time undergone a series of test flights with 100% biofuel. This demonstrates that the aircraft can be flown entirely with an alternative fuel and gives valuable knowledge for future possible use of alternative fuel.

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SwRI’s single-cylinder engines available for combustion research; light-, medium- and heavy-duty applications

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has designed and manufactured two advanced single-cylinder engines for combustion research and development.

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Efficient Drivetrains delivers Class-6 PHEV with CNG range-extender armored truck

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Efficient Drivetrains has delivered the first of six plug-in-hybrid electric armored vehicles to Sectran Security. The industry-first Class-6 International brand armored truck was the first delivery from the company’s newly expanded Dixon, California hybrid and electric vehicle center of excellence.

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EIA: US gasoline consumption hit all-time high in 2016

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Consumption of motor gasoline in the US hit an all-time high in 2016, reaching 9.327 million barrels per day, up 1.6% from 2015 and exceeding the prior peak of 9.286 million barrels per day in 2007, according to revised figures in the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) Monthly Energy Review.

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Bosch and Daimler partner to develop Level 4, 5 autonomous driving systems

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Bosch and Daimler are collaborating to advance the development of fully automated and driverless driving. The two companies have entered into a development agreement to bring fully automated (SAE Level 4) and driverless (SAE Level 5) driving to urban roads by the beginning of the next decade.

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UMTRI: Average new vehicle fuel economy in US in March rose 0.1 mpg from February

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in March was 25.2 mpg (9.33 l/100 km)—up 0.1

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Eberspaecher starting production of Gen 3 PTC heater for hybrids and EVs; 30% higher performance density, lighter weight

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Eberspaecher catem is starting production of the third generation of its high-voltage PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) heaters. The new solution, designed specially for hybrid and electric vehicles, delivers significantly higher heat output despite a lighter weight.

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When Will Russia Run Out Of Oil?

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by Viktor Katona for Oilprice.com. On a global level, 2015 and 2016 marked the lowest level of new conventional oil discoveries since 1952. In 2016, only 3.7 billion barrels of conventional oil were discovered, roughly 45 days of global crude consumption or 0.2 percent of global proved reserves.

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DOE: production and manufacturing represent one-third of motor vehicles jobs

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Of the 2.3 million motor vehicles and component parts employees for the fourth quarter of 2016 in the US, 33% were in production/manufacturing jobs, according to data from the US Department of Energy (DOE). Nearly another third (32%) were installation or repair positions.

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Navigant report puts Ford at the fore of autonomous driving development

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A new Leaderboard report from Navigant Research finds Ford is the leading company developing automated driving systems, followed by General Motors, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and Daimler.

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For Greener Manufacturing, Think IAQ

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by Craig Widtfeldt, RoboVent. The next generation of cars will be cleaner and greener than ever—but a lot of the manufacturing processes that go into them are still pretty dirty. From the frame to the muffler, automotive manufacturing still involves welding, cutting, grinding and machining.

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GM, Ford R&D execs stress importance of improved, advanced fuels for future engine efficiency gains, GHG goals

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Photo-electrochemcial cell produces H2 from contaminated gas

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Researchers from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven have devised an all-gas-phase photo-electrochemical cell (PEC) that produces hydrogen gas from contaminated gas. The PEC system works most efficiently with organic pollutants in inert carrier gas.

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BorgWarner providing dual-clutch module for Chang’An’s first DCT, applied in EADO PHEV

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BorgWarner is providing its advanced DualTronic clutch and control module with integrated torsional vibration damper for ChangAn’s first self-developed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), initially available for the EADO plug-in hybrid, EADO XT and upcoming CS85 SUV.

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Government of Canada awarding $1.625 million for two public hydrogen stations in Toronto

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The Government of Canada is awarding $1,625,000 in funding for the construction of two public hydrogen stations in the Greater Toronto Area to support a new Canadian market for fuel-cell vehicles. The project proponent, Hydrogenics Corporation, is a Canadian company that has been involved since 2000 in more than 50 hydrogen refueling station projects around the world. Budget 2016 allocated $16.4

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Volvo Cars CEO urges government & industry to share safety-related traffic data; will skip Level 3 autonomy

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Volvo Cars is urging governments and car makers to share traffic data in order to improve global traffic safety, Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive, told a conference at the European Commission in Brussels on Monday. Sharing anonymized data related to traffic safety in real-time can provide a strong boost to overall traffic safety while safeguarding the privacy of individual road users, Samuelsson said.

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Ford announces China electrification push with new Mondeo PHEV and long-range electric SUV; 70% electrified line-up by 2025

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In Shanghai, Ford Motor Company outlined an ambitious vehicle electrification strategy for the China market, confirming two new electrified vehicles for China and a broad range of electrified vehicles by 2025. The Mondeo Energi, to be launched in early 2018, will be the first plug-in hybrid to be manufactured by the Changan Ford JV.

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Ford favoring bulk-type solid-state battery for next-gen energy storage

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Ford is exploring a variety of “beyond Li-ion” solutions, including Lithium-sulfur, Lithium-air and solid-state lithium-ion batteries. Of those, Ford is currently favoring a solid-state solution for several reasons, among them the better volumetric energy density this approach offers, said Ford engineer Venkat Anandan in a presentation at SAE WCX 17 in Detroit this week. A Li-air battery, with its air cathode, is a low-cost system, Anandan said.

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Porsche and Audi to work on shared vehicle architecture; electrification, autonomy, digitization

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Within the Volkswagen Group, Porsche AG and AUDI AG now plan to cooperate more closely on future vehicle architectures, with a particular focus on electrification, digitization and autonomous driving. Brands within the Volkswagen Group have been rolling out modular component matrices, or assembly toolkits, for their light-duty vehicles over the past few years.

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Continental developing Road Condition Observer for active safety

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Continental is developing a new system called Road Condition Observer that uses vehicle sensors and cloud data to classify a road surface as dry, wet, covered with snow or icy and to assess the grip of the road surface.

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GM and SAE International select 8 NA universities for new autonomous vehicle competition; Bolt EV the platform

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At WCX 17: SAE World Congress Experience, SAE International and General Motors announced the eight North American universities which will compete in the upcoming AutoDrive Challenge. This new autonomous vehicle design competition is a three-year challenge to develop and demonstrate a fully autonomous passenger vehicle. The competition’s technical goal is navigating an urban driving course in an automated driving mode as described by SAE Standard (J3016) level 4 definition by Year 3.

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Renesas Electronics introduces new software packages to improve security and safety of connected cars

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Renesas Electronics announced new software packages for the R-Car automotive computing platform to improve security and safety capabilities for next-generation connected cars. The software packages implement embedded optimized virtualization technology that enables embedded systems to have—in a single system—security features that protect the car from external threats, and functional safety features that assure continued safe operation even in the event of failures.

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Boeing and Jet Blue back Zunum Aero, startup developing hybrid electric aircraft; focus on regional airports

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Startup Zunum Aero, founded in 2013, is developing regional hybrid-electric aircraft for the early 2020s. Zunum is targeting 700 miles of range at launch to more than 1,000 miles by 2030. Zunum Aero intends for its 10- to 50-seat aircraft to enable frequent service to the nation’s network of more than 5,000 underutilized regional and general aviation airports. Zunum Aero is backed by Boeing and JetBlue Technology Ventures, a subsidiary of JetBlue Airways.

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Platts RigData: US rig count grows 77% year over year in March

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Platts RigData, a forecasting and analytics unit of S&P Global Platts, announced that the US rig count for March 2017 was 901, up 67 (8%) from February 2017, and up 391 (77%) from March 2016. This rig count includes US onshore, US inland waters, and US offshore Gulf of Mexico drilling rigs. The March US land rig count was 852, up 61 from the previous month and up 399 (+81%) from March 2016.

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Ballard closes transaction with Broad-Ocean for fuel-cell system manufacture & sales in China

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Ballard Power Systems closed the transaction announced in February 2017 relating to technology transfer, licensing and supply arrangements with strategic partner Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., for the assembly and sale of FCveloCity 30-kilowatt (kW) and 85kW fuel cell systems in China.

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PSA Group starts operations in US with carsharing services

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PSA Group is beginning operations in the US with the introduction of carsharing services in Los Angeles. The progressive entry into North America is a 10-year project within the “Push to Pass” plan of the Group. The first launch of mobility services in North America is through Free2Move, PSA Group’s mobility brand and its partner Travelcar, a start-up founded in 2012. The car sharing service for travellers is initially available at Los Angeles airport.

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First Fastned fast-charging stations broke-even in March

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The Netherlands-based Fastned, the company building a European network of fast charging stations, saw its first two stations break-even in March. This means that the operating expenses, such as the purchase of power, grid connection fees, licence costs, land lease, cleaning and maintenance costs were covered by the revenues generated at those stations. Fastned expects that more stations will pass the break-even point in the coming months.

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BMW i Ventures invests in Bus.com

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BMW i Ventures has invested in Bus.com, formerly ShareTheBus, an emerging startup that removes the complexity of renting a bus and coordinating group transportation anywhere in the US and Canada, and is set on revitalizing the outdated charter bus space. bus.com offers instant online bus rental, GPS bus tracking, passenger management tools, online ticketing, and more. Bus.com, formerly Sharethebus, raised Series A funding of $5 million.

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Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce lipids for biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol; ARPA-E project PETROSS

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A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois has genetically engineered sugarcane to produce lipids in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production (lipid-cane). Surprisingly, the modified sugarcane plants also produced more sugar, which could be used for ethanol production. The dual-purpose bioenergy crops are predicted to be more than five times more profitable per acre than soybeans and two times more profitable than corn.

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