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Qualcomm demonstrates dynamic electric vehicle charging; supports up to 20 kW at highway speeds

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Qualcomm Incorporate, through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., demonstrated dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC), which allows vehicles to charge while driving. Based on the Qualcomm Halo wireless electric vehicle charging technology (WEVC), Qualcomm Technologies designed and built a wireless DEVC system capable of charging an electric vehicle (EV) dynamically at up to 20 kW at highway speeds.

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Mercedes launches home energy-storage battery, echoing Tesla

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As Tesla regularly points out, the lithium-ion battery cells used in electric cars can also serve in home energy-storage units. Now, a Daimler company will go up against Tesla in that field under the branding of its most famous luxury-car make. Mercedes-Benz Energy announced yesterday that it is working with Vivint Solar to develop home. Batteries Daimler solar roof plug-in cars solar energy storage

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Vauxhall Crossland X lease deals available now

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Following its official launch at the Geneva Motor Show, the Vauxhall Crossland X SUV is now available to order. While the Crossland X’s recently-la

BMW’s ReachNow installing Light & Charge locations in Seattle; 100 chargers at 20 new public sites

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ReachNow, the mobility services division of the BMW Group, Woodland Park Zoo, and the City of Seattle celebrated the successful installation of the first of 20 Light & Charge electric vehicle (EV) charging locations that will more than double the number of Fast Chargers publicly available in Seattle. ReachNow announced that the Light & Charge system ( earlier post ) at the zoo is part of a $1.2-million investment by the BMW Group.

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Researchers develop microwave-driven, energy-efficient process for magnesium production

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Magnesium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of the structural metals; as such, it is attractive for use in transportation as well as in sustainable battery technologies (e.g, earlier post ). However, its current production through ore reduction using the conventional Pidgeon process emits large amounts of CO 2 and particulate matter (PM 2.5 ).

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Rice team devises Li metal anode that completely suppresses Li dendrite formation

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Rice University scientists have used a seamless graphene-carbon nanotube (GCNT) electrode to store lithium metal reversibly and with complete suppression of dendrite formation. The GCNT-Li capacity of 3351 mAh g -1 GCNT-Li approaches that of bare Li metal (3861 mAh g -1 Li )—indicating the low contributing mass of GCNT—while yielding a practical areal capacity up to 4 mAh cm -2 and cycle stability.

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Audi to launch 3 new electric models by 2020; subsequent electrification in renewed core; targeting 1/3 electrified unit sales by 2025

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At Audi’s Annual General Meeting yesterday in Neckarsulm, Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG said that Audi plans to launch three new electric models by 2020, after which the brand will gradually electrify models in each of its core series. First up will be the production version of the e-tron quattro SUV, due next year. Earlier post.).

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Honeywell starts up $300M plant for HFO-1234yf low-GWP MAC refrigerant

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Honeywell has started commercial operations at its new manufacturing plant in Geismar, La., to meet the growing global demand for its next-generation mobile air conditioning (MAC) refrigerant. With this start-up, the plant has become the world’s largest site for producing HFO-1234yf—sold commercially as Solstice yf—a low-global-warming-potential (GWP) refrigerant. Earlier post.).

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Hawaii study finds vehicle-to-grid discharge detrimental to EV batteries

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Results of a study by a team at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, SOEST, University of Hawaii at Manoa, suggest that the additional cycling to discharge vehicle batteries to the power grid in a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) scenario, even at constant power, is detrimental to EV battery cell performance. This additional use of the battery packs could shorten the lifetime for vehicle use to less than five years, the researchers said in a paper published in the Journal of Power Sources.

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DOE moving forward with $11.1M in funding for three ARPA-E projects

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it is honoring commitments to several previously selected Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awardees, with funding of a combined $11.1 million. They are among the first awardees to move forward following the Department’s review of all taxpayer funded grants and projects, intended to ensure that each award applied good governance principles consistent with the new Administration’s policy directives.

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UH team develops new, highly efficient and durable OER catalyst for water splitting

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Researchers at the University of Houston have developed a catalyst—composed of easily available, low-cost materials and operating far more efficiently than previous catalyst—that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The robust oxygen-evolving electrocatalyst consists of ferrous metaphosphate on self-supported conductive nickel foam that is commercially available in large scale.

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Audi shows integrated Android operating system in Audi Q8 sport concept

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Audi is presenting a concept of a next-generation infotainment system with fully integrated Android. This world premiere, presented at the Google I/O developer conference, will allow the development of connectivity services to be greatly accelerated, the company said. One of the exhibits at the three-day Google I/O features Android as a seamlessly integrated solution for in-car infotainment applications, which is being developed by the Android Open Source Community and its millions of members.

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DOE: 23.5% of vehicles sold in Norway in 2016 were plug-ins; highest market penetration in Europe

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Nearly one of every four vehicles sold in Norway in 2016 was a PEV (23.5%), giving the country the highest plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market penetration of European countries, according to figures from Argonne National Laboratory. Although 17.3% of all European PEV sales were in the United Kingdom, the PEV market penetration was only 1.3% due to the relative size of the market. The Netherlands had the second highest market penetration rate of PEVs at 5.1%, securing 10.1%

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European Commission opens infringement procedure against Italy over insufficient action on Fiat Chrysler emission control strategies

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The European Commission has launched an infringement procedure against Italy for failure to fulfil its obligations under EU vehicle type-approval legislation with regards to Fiat Chrysler (FCA) automobiles. The Commission sent a letter of formal notice asking Italy to respond to concerns about insufficient action taken regarding the emission control strategies employed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group (FCA).

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ICCT: European cities driving diesel out of the market

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According to a recent analysis of European diesel sales by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), European cities are setting the tone in the diesel debate. Specifically, policy announcements from major cities have raised doubts about being unable to drive a diesel in important urban areas. This is creating doubt about the resale value of diesel cars and curbing consumers’ appetite for diesel technology, the ICCT analysts said.

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AK Steel receives $1.8M from DOE to develop next-generation electrical steels for hybrid and electric vehicle motors

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AK Steel has accepted an award of up to $1.8 million from the US Department of Energy (DOE) under the Advanced Manufacturing Office’s Next Generation Electric Machines (NGEM) program to develop the next generation of advanced, non-oriented electrical steels (NOES) for motors used in a wide variety of industrial and automotive applications, including hybrid and electric vehicles.

2017 163

US Shale Is Immune To An Oil Price Crash In 2017

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by Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com. Since OPEC announced the production cut deal at the end of November, industry analysts have been warning that rising production from producers outside the deal—U.S. shale in particular—is effectively capping the oil price gains from that agreement. Four months after the OPEC/NOPEC deal took effect, oil prices dropped to the levels preceding the agreement, amid concerns over still stubbornly high inventories and rising U.S. output.

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AKASOL launches two new production sites for series production of Li-ion battery systems

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Lithium-ion battery system company AKASOL ( earlier post ) is launching two additional production sites at once: a new facility featuring more than 3,000 m 2 of production halls and office space in Langen, as well as an additional 700 m 2 of halls at its headquarters in Darmstadt. Starting in 2018, up to 150 members of staff will begin series assembly of lithium-ion battery systems for leading European bus manufacturers at the Langen facility.

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CSIRO team working to commercialize membrane separating H2 from NH3; opening up an export market for Australia renewable H2

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Researchers at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have years of experience researching the best ways to separate pure hydrogen from mixed gas streams. Now, the researchers have developed a thin metal membrane that can separate high-purity hydrogen from ammonia used as a hydrogen carrier. Ammonia (NH 3 ) has a number of favorable attributes for such an application, the primary one being its high capacity for hydrogen storage—17.6

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Students of Eindhoven University of Technology are presenting bio-composite car

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Students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have designed and built a car made of bio-composite. The car, “Lina”, features chassis, bodywork and interior all made of natural materials. The team wants to show that the car is not only energy-efficient but has also been produced with a view to sustainability. The super-efficient consumption of the city car is down to its low weight of just 300 kilograms.

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Faurecia to develop and manufacture vehicle fuel cell tanks with STELIA Aerospace Composites IP

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Faurecia, one of the world’s largest automotive equipment suppliers, has acquired an exclusive access to the intellectual property and process know-how of composite hydrogen tanks from STELIA Aerospace Composites. Faurecia is now, with the support of STELIA Aerospace Composites, able to design, industrialize and commercialize high-pressure hydrogen tanks made of carbon fiber composites for fuel cell electric vehicles. Faurecia has the ambition to become a leading supplier of fuel cell technology.

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California Clean Fuels rule reports 100% compliance in 2016

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The 2016 Compliance Report for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), released today by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), shows 100% compliance with the regulation. There are 224 companies reporting in the LCFS. Of those, 54 generated credit deficits for fuels with carbon intensity above the desired baseline and were required to make up for the shortfall. All obligations were fulfilled. In 2016, the industry continued to over-comply with the regulation, generating 9.1

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GM Maven expanding car-sharing operations in NYC

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GM’s Maven is expanding operations in New York City with more than 80 Maven City car-sharing vehicles available throughout Manhattan for hourly or daily reservations. Maven has now rolled out in 17 cities across North America and its members have covered more than 125 million miles.

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Ryder San Francisco fueling facility offers 100% renewable diesel

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Ryder System, a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, has begun to offer 100% renewable diesel (RD) fuel at its San Francisco fueling facility. With this offering, Ryder customers will be better able to address their sustainability goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while still utilizing diesel vehicles.

Researchers boost efficiency of using coffee grounds for biodiesel feedstock

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Researchers at Lancaster University in the UK have found a way to significantly improve the efficiency of using spent coffee grounds to make biofuels. The chemical engineers have consolidated the existing multi-stage process into one step (known as in-situ transesterification), which combines extraction of the oils from the spent coffee grounds and the conversion of it into coffee biodiesel.

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Team develops electroplating method for Li-ion cathode production; high performance and new form factors, functionalities

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Researchers at the University of Illinois, Xerion Advanced Battery Corporation and Nanjing University in China have developed a method for electroplating lithium-ion battery cathodes, yielding high-quality, high-performance battery materials that could also enable flexible and solid-state batteries.

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Rheinmetall wins 7-year, €100M contract for electric motor housings for China

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KS HUAYU AluTech GmbH, Neckarsulm, Germany, a member of Rheinmetall Automotive, has booked a major order from a globally operating German carmaker for electric motor housings installed in passenger cars. Worth a total €100 million, the contract will run for seven years. Rheinmetall Automotive—formerly KSPG and Kolbenschmidt Pierburg—expects electrification to account for more than half of its sales in 2020. Earlier post.).

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Airbiquity introduces OTAmatic for connected vehicle over-the-air (OTA) software updates and data management

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Airbiquity launched launch of OTAmatic, an automotive over-the-air (OTA) solution that orchestrates and automates software updates and data management for connected vehicles. New vehicle operation, performance, and features are increasingly reliant on software and data to function as designed.

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Ricardo designing two versions of lightweight and thermally-efficient Latitude engine on JLR Ingenium engine base

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In the UK, the Latitude project is researching advanced boosting technology, integrated with an engine combustion system, incorporating leading edge fuel injection equipment and controls, for application in future Jaguar Land Rover products. Allied to an innovative thermally optimized and lightweight design of engine structure, the project aims to deliver more than 10% fuel economy and CO 2 emissions improvement, compared with current production vehicles.

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11 companies agree to collaborate on large-scale construction of hydrogen stations in Japan

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Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor, Honda Motor, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, Idemitsu Kosan, Iwatani, Tokyo Gas, Toho Gas, Air Liquide Japan, Toyota Tsusho and Development Bank of Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding on collaboration toward the large-scale construction of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).

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Nissan begins teasing the new LEAF, to be unveiled later this year

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Nissan has issued its first teaser shot of the new Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, to be unveiled later this year. The picture is the first in a series of images and information briefs planned for the new model leading up to the global unveiling. The new Nissan LEAF is a core model representing Nissan Intelligent Mobility. The Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle with more than 260,000 units of the current LEAF sold worldwide. Brief

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New mesocrystal photocatalyst enhances light-driven hydrogen production

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A group of Japanese researchers has developed a novel photocatalyst for increased hydrogen production. The strontium titanate mesocrystal exhibits three times the efficiency for hydrogen evolution compared to conventional disordered systems in alkaline aqueous solution. The mesocrystal also exhibits a high quantum yield of 6.7% at 360 nm in overall water splitting and even good durability up to 1 day.

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European PaREGEn project targeting improved gasoline direct-injection fuel-efficiency and reduced particle emissions

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European partners last October launched the 36-month, €12.1-million (US$13.5-million) Particle Reduced, Efficient Gasoline Engines ( PaREGEn ) project. Supported with €9.95 million (US$11.1 million) of EC funding, the PaREGEn project seeks to demonstrate, at up to TRL 7, a new generation of gasoline direct-injection engined mid- to premium-sized passenger vehicles achieving a 15% reduction in CO 2 emissions through the optimal combination of advanced engine and robust aftertreatment technologies.

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Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar partner on US home energy storage systems

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Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar announced an exclusive strategic collaboration to bring the Mercedes-Benz customizable home energy storage system to the US. The two companies will introduce a joint offering that will provide customers with Mercedes-Benz batteries coupled with Vivint Solar’s expertise in designing, installing and servicing solar energy systems.

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Federal court approves $225M settlement in VW 3.0L diesel case; California receives $66M plus two new VW ZEV models

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The Volkswagen Group will pay $225 million, including $66 million to California, for harm resulting from the sale of its 3.0-liter diesel passenger cars that included emissions control “defeat devices,” under partial Consent Decrees ( earlier post ) approved by a Federal court. In addition, VW will contribute to California’s ZEV market by introducing two new ZEV models, plus the electric e-Golf, or its replacement, by 2019. One of those new vehicles must be an electric SUV.

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Volvo Trucks and Renova testing autonomous refuse trucks; driving in reverse

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Swedish waste management company Renova and Volvo Trucks are currently testing and researching how automated vehicles can contribute to safer, more efficient refuse handling and create a better working environment for drivers. The automated systems being tested are in principle the same as those fitted to the autonomous Volvo truck operating in the Kristineberg Mine in northern Sweden since autumn 2016.

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FEV study finds optimizing engine for renewable diesel use reduces fuel consumption and emissions

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A recent study conducted by engineering company FEV, commissioned by Neste Corporation, a leading global producer of renewable diesel, shows that modifying and optimizing engine control parameters to work optimally with pure HVO-type (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) renewable diesel—such as Neste MY Renewable Diesel—offers as-yet untapped potential to reduce fuel consumption, CO 2 and other regulated emissions.

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