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Soletair demo plant produces renewable hydrocarbon fuel from CO2 captured from the air

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) are beginning testing of the Soletair demo plant, which uses air-captured carbon dioxide to produce renewable fuels and chemicals. The pilot plant is coupled to LUT’s solar power plant in Lappeenranta. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the technical performance of the overall process and produce 200 liters of fuels and other hydrocarbons for research purposes.

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How much is a replacement Chevy Bolt EV electric-car battery?

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It's one of the most common questions among electric-car buyers: what happens if the battery fails? The answer is that all electric-car batteries are warranted against failure for either 8 years/100,000 miles or 10 years/150,000 miles, depending on which state you live in. The followup is often: OK, then, what does a battery cost once my car's out. Chevy battery pack plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Replacement

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Video review: Volkswagen Tiguan

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Believe it or not, but the Tiguan is Volkswagen’s third best selling car in the UK, beaten only by the Polo and Golf. While the sales charts show th

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Ballard awarded $18M follow-on fuel cell deal with Broad-Ocean to support deployment of 400 buses and trucks in China

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Fuel cell system manufacturer Ballard Power Systems has entered into an $18-million supply contract with Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Broad-Ocean) to support the deployment of 400 FCveloCity fuel cell systems integrated into clean energy buses and trucks in key Chinese cities.

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Hydrogenics to provide 1,000 fuel cell bus power modules to Blue-G in China; $50M deal

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Hydrogenics Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, has signed a Purchase and License Agreement for technology and fuel cells with Blue-G New Energy Science and Technology Corporation (Blue-G) in China.

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Buick adding new eAssist mild hybrid to 2018 Buick LaCrosse as standard powertrain

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The Buick LaCrosse is adding eAssist light electrification for the 2018 model. This new eAssist system, when coupled with the four-cylinder engine, has a 19% increase in city fuel economy compared to the LaCrosse’s advanced V-6 and leverages a compact lithium-ion battery pack to provide select benefits found in fully electric vehicles, such as torque-assisted launch, energy-saving regenerative braking and exceptionally smooth stop/start.

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US new light-duty diesel sales dropped slightly in 2016 to 280,000 units from 300,000 in 2015

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The US added more than 280,000 new diesel passenger vehicles across the country in 2016, with Texas, California and Florida having the highest numbers of diesel vehicles, according to a Diesel Technology Forum analysis of the latest Vehicles in Operation (VIO) data compiled by IHS Automotive (December 2016). The number of diesel car, SUV, full-size pickup trucks and vans in operation reached 8 million in 2016. The 2016 increase in diesel sales was about 6.7%

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Climeworks launches world’s first commercial plant to capture CO2 from air; potential for CO2-neutral fuels

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Switzerland-based Climeworks, a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), recently launched the world’s first commercial plant that captures atmospheric CO 2 for supply and sale to a customer.

2017 183

Renault and Powervault in EV battery “second-life” partnership trial

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In the UK, Renault and Powervault are partnering to re-use electric vehicle (EV) batteries in home energy storage units. This partnership will reduce the cost of a Powervault smart battery unit by 30%, helping Powervault to bring home energy storage to the tipping point of mass-market roll-out in the UK. Powervault is placing 50 trial units, powered by second-life batteries provided by Renault, in the homes of customers who already have solar panels installed.

2017 183

Honda targeting introduction of Level 4 automated driving capability by 2025; Level 3 by 2020

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Honda is targeting the year 2025 for the introduction of vehicles with highly-automated driving capability in most driving situations (SAE Level 4). This new goal builds upon earlier-announced plans for Honda and Acura vehicles to have highly-automated freeway driving capability (SAE Level 3) by 2020. Honda Motor Co., President & CEO Takahiro Hachigo made the announcement at a media briefing held at Honda R&D Co.,

2017 174

California and China partner in push for ZEVs; new working group to expand cooperation

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California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chair Mary D. Nichols met with officials of China’s leading automakers and battery manufacturers in an effort to expand cooperation and accelerate deployment of zero-emission cars, trucks and buses.

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Autotalks launches bike-to-vehicle (B2V) technology to prevent motorcycle accidents

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Israel-based Autotalks, a provider of V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions, is launching its bike-to-vehicle (B2V) solution, a technology for the prevention of motorcycle accidents. The solution is based on the B2X (Bike-to-Everything) chipset developed by the company. Bosch announced on 23 May that it is carrying out a development B2V study that incorporates Autotalks’ B2V technology alongside Ducati’s motorcycles and Cohda Wireless’ software stack.

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IEA: Electric vehicles posted strong gains in 2016; 2M now in global parc

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With more than 750,000 units sold over the year, the number of electric vehicles in the global parc—primarily Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)—surpassed 2 million units in 2016, following a year of strong growth in 2015, according to the International Energy Agency’s Global EV Outlook 2017. This is up 60% from 2015, indicating rapid market evolution. In 2005, electric cars were still measured in hundreds.

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NEVS’ Tianjin JV partners with Microsoft on car connectivity

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NEVS’ Tianjin Joint Venture NNEV (National New Energy Vehicle Co., Ltd) will adopt Microsoft’s advanced Cloud technology to power NEVS’ mobility solutions globally. The partnership will aim to enhance the in-car experience of NEVS products and service with Microsoft’s forefront technology in connectivity and will lay a solid foundation for NEVS’ future improvements on the offers.

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UNSW Sydney team develops inexpensive water-splitting catalyst using 2D MOF framework array

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UNSW Sydney chemists have fabricated a new, inexpensive catalyst for water splitting based on an ultrathin nanosheet array of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) on different substrates. Their nickel-iron-based metal-organic framework array (NiFe-MOF) demonstrates superior electrocatalytic performance towards the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) with a small overpotential of 240 mV at 10 mA cm −2 and operates for 20,000 s with no detectable activity decay.

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California Governor signs agreement with China national government to cooperate on green tech

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In China, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed an agreement with China’s Minister of Science and Technology to deepen cooperation on the development of green technology. Governor Brown also met with China President Xi Jinping for approximately 45 minutes at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The Governor and President discussed the importance of expanding cooperation on green technology, innovation and trade.

2017 174

DOE: automotive use of lightweight materials has increased over last 20 years even as weight increases

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As automakers strive to improve fuel economy, they have turned increasingly to lightweight materials to reduce overall vehicle weight—even though the average weight of materials in North American light vehicles has increased from 3,694 lbs (1,675.57 kg) in 1995 to 3,994 lbs (1,811.65 kg) in 2014, according to figures from the US Department of Energy (DOE). Use of regular steel has declined by more than 250 lbs (113.4 kg) per vehicle from 1995 to 2014 from 1,630 lbs (739.36

2017 174

NASA green-lights 3 research projects on unmanned aviation systems

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NASA has given the green light to three teams of NASA researchers working on different aspects of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The trio of investigations are part of NASA’s Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) project and are expected to take between 24 and to 30 months to complete. Our idea is to invest a very modest amount of time and money into new technologies that are ambitious and potentially transformative. They may or may not work, but we won’t know unless we try.

2017 174

Audi’s new 3.0L diesel; ready for 48V mild hybrid system

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Audi engineers have intensively further developed the new 3.0 TDI diesel engine for the European market. In the new Audi A5 and Q5 models, the V6 diesel outputs 210 kW (286 hp) as well as 620 N·m (457lb-ft) of torque (this engine version is not yet for sale. Since it still lacks an overall type approval, it is not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC), the latter from 1,500 to 3,000 revolutions per minute. The six-cylinder engine has a displacement of 2,967 cm 3 (bore x stroke 83.0

2017 174

Nissan Chile delivers fleet of 25 LEAFs to Enel, the country’s largest electricity group

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Nissan Chile delivered a fleet of 25 LEAF electric vehicles to employees of Enel, Chile’s largest electricity group in terms of installed capacity. The initiative is part of the first electric vehicle sales program exclusively for fleet customers in Chile. As part of its sustainability policy, Enel offered its employees a subsidy for the purchase of an electric car. Following a raffle, 25 of its employees selected a Nissan LEAF.

2017 174

PSA Group fitting gasoline particulate filters on all GDI engines from December 2017

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The PSA Group has developed a Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF), to treat particle emissions from gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines. This technology offers 75% higher efficiency in terms of the number of particles captured. Starting in December 2017, PSA Group will roll out the GPF to all PSA Group GDI engines—on the 3-cylinder turbo engine families, as well as the 4-cylinder units—regardless of the model.

2017 163

Honda to focus on PHEVs, development of battery-electrics in addition to fuel cell vehicles; 2/3 of sales electrified by 2030

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At a press meeting in Tokyo, Honda Motor Co., President & CEO Takahiro Hachigo discussed the future direction of Honda, including various products and technologies and the company’s new 2030 Vision. Hachigo said that Honda aims to electrify two-thirds of global automobile unit sales in 2030. The company will put a central focus on hybrid-based models utilizing a high-efficiency plug-in hybrid system unique to Honda.

2017 163

DOE to award $15.8M to 30 hydrogen and fuel cell technologies projects

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $15.8 million for 30 new projects aimed at discovery and development of novel, low-cost materials necessary for hydrogen production and storage and for fuel cells onboard light-duty vehicles. Selected projects will leverage national lab consortia launched under DOE’s Energy Materials Network (EMN) this past year ( earlier post ), in support of DOE’s materials research and advanced manufacturing priorities.

2017 163

Eck Industries exclusively licenses cerium-aluminum alloy co-developed by ORNL; high-temperature automotive and aerospace applications

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Eck Industries has signed an exclusive license for the commercialization of a cerium-aluminum (Ce-Al) alloy co-developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that is ideal for creating lightweight, strong components for advanced vehicles and airplanes.

2017 163

GM, Honda fuel cell manufacturing JV unveils logo

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Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC (FCSM), the joint venture company established by General Motors and Honda for the production of advanced hydrogen fuel cell systems ( earlier post ), revealed its company logo at an event recognizing local elected officials for helping bring the operation to metro Detroit. Announced on 30 Jan 2017, FCSM is the auto industry’s first joint venture formed to mass-produce hydrogen fuel cell systems.

2017 163

USC study associates PM2.5 air pollution with poor survival in liver cancer patients

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A study by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) has significantly associated exposure to particulate air pollution after being diagnosed with liver cancer with an increased risk of premature death. The study appears in the International Journal of Cancer. Particulate matter (PM) air pollution exposure has been associated with cancer incidence and mortality especially with lung cancer.

2017 163

Researchers use Google Street View cars for high-resolution air pollution mapping

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Engineering researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and colleagues have. demonstrated a measurement approach to for urban air pollution mapping at 4–5 orders of magnitude greater spatial precision than possible with current central-site ambient monitoring.

2017 163

Virtual power plant project starts in Toyota City; leveraging PHEVs

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Chubu Electric Power Co., Denso Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Turbine and Systems Inc., together with Toyota City, have launched a “virtual power plant” demonstration project, which aims to achieve the local production and consumption of renewable energy.

2017 163

IBM Research Alliance builds new transistor for 5nm technology

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IBM, its Research Alliance partners GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung, and equipment suppliers have developed an industry-first process to build silicon nanosheet transistors that will enable 5 nanometer (nm) chips. The details of the process will be presented at the 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits conference in Kyoto, Japan this week.

2017 163

Has Permian Productivity Peaked?

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by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. The U.S. shale industry might have just received a huge windfall with the nine-month extension of the OPEC cuts. Shale output was already expected to come roaring back this year, but the extension of the cuts provides even more room in the market for shale drillers to step into. The sky is the limit, it seems. However, there are growing signs that the U.S. shale industry could be reaching the end of the low-hanging fruit.

2017 163

Nissan making Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) standard across best-selling models for MY2018

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Nissan is making Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) standard on a projected one million vehicles sold in the United States for model year 2018, including seven of the company’s most popular models—Rogue/Rogue Sport, Altima, Murano, LEAF, Pathfinder, Maxima and Sentra (except manual transmission-equipped and all NISMO versions).

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Cognata raises $5M to launch deep learning simulation to speed time to market for autonomous vehicles

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Cognata, Ltd., launched of its simulation engine, supported by $5 million in funding from Emerge, Maniv Mobility, and Airbus Ventures. The company will use the funding to accelerate product development and commercialization of its new solution, which combines artificial intelligence, deep learning, and computer vision in a simulation platform. The platform is designed to allow autonomous vehicle developers to shave years off the long, costly process of road-testing autonomous vehicles.

2017 150

eSync Alliance initiative seeks to drive industry-wide secure automotive OTA and diagnostics

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Excelfore, a provider of Cloud platform and connectivity applications for transportation, has introduced the eSync Alliance, a global automotive initiative to drive multi-company solutions for over-the-air (OTA) updates and diagnostic-data in the automotive electronics eco-system. The eSync Alliance envisions automotive suppliers working cooperatively to provide eSync Compliant components.

2017 150

Self-steering Volvo truck set to increase Brazil’s sugar-cane harvest

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Volvo Trucks has developed a new self-steering truck that can become a significant productivity booster for Brazilian sugar-cane growers. The truck, which is used to transport newly harvested sugar-cane, is steered with great precision through the fields in order to avoid damaging the young plants that will form the following year’s crop. At present, about 4% of the crop is lost as young plants are run over and the soil is compacted by moving vehicles.

2017 150

Ricardo study provides insights into lean, clean and RDE-compliant gasoline engine technologies

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Gasoline engines can operate lean to improve fuel economy, potentially reducing CO 2 emissions significantly. Further, advances in combustion development for gasoline have led to the potential for reduced engine-out NO x emissions for homogeneous lean operation compared to stratified lean operation. However, NO x emissions control at the tailpipe remains a major issue, as reducing NO x emissions is a significant challenge in an excess-oxygen environment.

2017 150

Parkopedia to provide Audi with global in-car parking service

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Parkopedia, the world’s largest parking service provider, has been selected to be the new global provider of Audi’s premium in-car parking services as of June 2017. The Parkopedia premium parking service will include off-street and on-street parking data as well as dynamic space availability for both legacy installed and new vehicles. Markets covered include Europe, the Americas, Japan, Australasia, Middle East and Africa. Audi China has been using Parkopedia since January 2017.

2017 150

Transdev, Delphi partner on autonomous transportation; testing 1st open-road, driverless on-demand mobility service in EU

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Transdev, a leading global provider of mobility services, and Delphi Automotive PLC have entered into a commercial partnership to develop a global, fully automated, mobility-on-demand (AMoD) transport system. The system will utilize Transdev Universal Routing Engine (URE) and Delphi’s previously announced automated driving platform—the Centralized Sensing, Localization and Planning (CSLP) platform which Delphi is developing in partnership with Mobileye. Earlier post.).

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