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California Governor orders 5M ZEV target for 2030; more hydrogen fueling and EV charging stations

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California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed executive order B-18-18, directing all State entities to work with the private sector and all appropriate levels of government to put at least 5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on California roads by 2030. Brown had mentioned the 5-million target in his State of the State address earlier this week. Earlier post.) The state’s current target, set by Brown in 2012, is 1.5 million ZEVs by 2025.

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LAPD's unused electric cars gather dust sitting in garage, but why?

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Anyone who remembers the epic, metallic-tasting, technicolor smog in the Los Angeles Basin found into the 1990s understands why air quality matters there. While the worst of the uncontrolled tailpipe emissions have now been greatly reduced, and the air is cleaner, the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is now the major concern. So it sounded like good. Los Angeles police Police car plug-in cars range anxiety Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) fleet

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Tesla Model 3 – Four Day Test Drive Review

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Ford reorganizing mobility solutions efforts; acquires Autonomic, TransLoc to boost mobility group

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On the heels of an quarterly report marked by an underwhelming profit, and amid a general “lack of fitness” according to CFO Bob Shanks, Ford Motor announced that it is accelerating and expanding its activities in 2018 to deliver a broad suite of mobility products and services to personal vehicle owners, fleet owners and cities globally.

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What's the right ratio of public charging stations to plug-in electric cars sold?

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Electric vehicles still make up just a tiny slice of the vehicles on the road across the United States. Still, with impending regulations and more longer-range electric vehicles soon to arrive, governments far and wide recognize the need to encourage the installation and growth of public charging stations. Just how many charging stations is enough. plug-in cars charging infrastructure Charging stations

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2018 Environmental Performance Index: Air quality top public health threat

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The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) finds that air quality is the leading environmental threat to public health. The EPI uses three indicators to measure air quality: household solid fuel use; PM 2.5 average exposure, and PM 2.5 exceedance of WHO thresholds. Recent research cited by the EPI suggests that around five million people die prematurely every year due to air pollution, accounting for approximately one in every ten deaths annually.

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Univ. of Twente team develops highly efficient Si photocathode for solar fuels production

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Researchers at the University of Twente’s MESA+ research institute have made significant efficiency improvements to the technology used to generate solar fuels. They fabricated a highly efficient photocathode by spatially and functionally decoupling light absorption and catalytic activity. As reported in a paper in the journal Nature Energy , their silicon microwire photocathode exhibited a near-ideal short-circuit photocurrent density of 35.5?mA?cm 2 , a photovoltage of 495?mV

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ABB brings TOSA e-bus and flash charging to Davos; first use in Alpine region

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For this year’s annual World Economic Forum (23-26 January 2018), the city of Davos and ABB have teamed up in a long-term partnership to provide e-infrastructure for public and private transportation. Davos residents and WEF guests can experience the pioneering TOSA bus ( earlier post ) for themselves. The award-winning TOSA e-bus, developed by ABB in Switzerland, is already in use in Geneva and will soon be implemented in the French city of Nantes.

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Colorado releases plan to support EVs on state’s highways, accelerate EV adoption

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper released of the Colorado Electric Vehicle (EV) Plan , delivering on a directive set forth in the July 2017 Executive Order, “Supporting Colorado’s Clean Energy Transition.” The plan details a series of actions supporting EV infrastructure along Colorado’s corridors. It also lays out goals to accelerate adoption of EVs.

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Via Motors, Geely to co-develop medium-duty extended-range electric truck for China and Americas

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VIA Motors International is partnering with China-based Zhejiang Geely New Energy Vehicle Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Commercial Vehicle Group, to co-develop a medium-duty extended range electric truck. The truck will incorporate VIA’s proprietary vehicle software and systems control technology, for launch in China and the Americas in 2019.

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€106M JIVE 2 project launches in Europe; 152 fuel cell buses across 14 European cities

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In Europe, the JIVE 2 project (Second Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe) launched this week. Coordinated by Element Energy , and supported by a €25-million (US$31.2-million) grant from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), the JIVE 2 project will deploy 152 fuel cell electric buses across 14 European cities throughout France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. Total project cost is put at €105,933,165 (US$132,251,144).

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UCR, Stanford team develops general approach for inexpensive, efficient catalysts for PEM fuel cells

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Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, with colleagues at Stanford have developed a general approach for the production of inexpensive, efficient and durable catalysts for PEM fuel cells: 1D porous nitrogen-doped graphitic carbon fibers embedded with active oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalyst components (M/MO x , i.e., metal or metal oxide nanoparticles).

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Scania and European Gigafactory developer Northvolt partner for heavy vehicle electrification

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Scania, a member of the Volkswagen Group, and Northvolt, a 2016 startup building a European Gigafactory (planned 32 GWh annual capacity) for Li-ion batteries ( earlier post ), have agreed to develop and commercialize battery cell technology for heavy commercial vehicles. Scania is investing €10 million (US$12.5 million) in the partnership to enhance further development and support the establishment of Northvolt’s demonstration line and research facility.

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Researchers develop high-strength nanotwinned aluminum alloy

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Researchers have demonstrated how to create a super-strong aluminum alloy (nanotwinned Al-Fe) that rivals the strength of stainless steel, an advance with potential applications in the automotive and aerospace industries. The research, which shows how to alter the microstructure of aluminum to impart greater strength and ductility, is detailed in two papers, the latest in Advanced Materials , the first in Nature Communications.

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Delphi Technologies invests in innovative capacitor start-up PolyCharge

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Delphi Technologies PLC, a leader in vehicle propulsion technologies, has invested in PolyCharge America, Inc, a start-up established to commercialize a new capacitor technology. This technology helps to make high-power inverters smaller, lighter and more tolerant to high temperatures. The minority equity investment, for an undisclosed sum, builds on an existing long-standing technology partnership between Delphi Technologies and Sigma Technologies , the parent company of PolyCharge.

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European Parliament endorses proposal for 12% share of energy from renewable energy in transport by 2030; 10% advanced biofuels

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The European Parliament last week endorsed a series of proposals setting targets for cleaner, more efficient energy use. Among those was a proposal for a binding EU-level target of a 12% share of energy from renewable sources in transport, by 2030. Members of Parliament also endorsed setting a 35% improvement in energy efficiency and a minimum 35% share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy by 2030.

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Researchers develop energy-efficient process to recycle Li-ion battery cathodes

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Engineers at the University of California San Diego and the University of California Los Angeles have developed an energy-efficient approach to regenerate Li-ion battery cathode materials (using LiCoO 2 as a model material) by hydrothermal treatment of cycled electrode particles followed by short annealing.

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MIT simulations suggest nanostructured topological materials could increase thermoelectric efficiency threefold

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MIT researchers have discovered a way to increase the efficiency of thermoelectric materials threefold by using “topological” materials, which have unique electronic properties. While past work has suggested that topological materials may serve as efficient thermoelectric systems, there has been little understanding as to how electrons in such topological materials would travel in response to temperature differences in order to produce a thermoelectric effect.

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Researchers use crumpled graphene balls to avoid dendrite growth on Li-metal anodes

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Lithium metal—with its high theoretical capcity and low electrochemical potential—is an ideal anode for Li-ion batteries, and is the material of choice for advanced batteries such as Li-sulfur and Li-O 2. However, dendritic growth on the anode leads to an unstable solid electrolyte interphase, volume fluctuation, and even shorting of the battery; as a result, use of solid Li-metal anodes has been limited.

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Study of 7 years of production data supports billion-ton biofuels feedstock estimate

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In 2016, the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) released a study concluding that within 25 years, the US could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits. The goal would be to replace 30% of the petroleum consumed in the United States with biofuels. Earlier post.).

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Electrify America selects Greenlots to develop operating platform to manage national network of EV charging stations

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Electrify America has selected Greenlots , a leading provider of grid-enabled electric vehicle (EV) smart charging solutions, to deliver the operating platform for its network of high-power fast chargers that will greatly expand highway and other EV charging capabilities across the United States. As part of its $2-billion investment in EV infrastructure, Electrify America will install EV charging stations in major metropolitan areas and along major US highways over the next 10 years.

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Volkswagen gearing up for next-gen Golf with supplier selection; investing $2.2B in family; 75 weeks and counting

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The Volkswagen brand is gearing up for the production of the next generation of the Golf family—the Golf 8. Volkswagen plans to invest €1.8 billion (US$2.2 billion) in the model family. In 75 weeks, the eighth generation of this bestseller in the compact segment will roll off the production lines at Volkswagen’s main plant in Wolfsburg, Europe’s largest car factory. The Golf is sold in 108 countries and has has sold more than 35 million units since 1974.

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Argonne researchers develop ReCell model to gauge impact of recycling batteries from EVs

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a novel model that allows industry, the US Department of Energy (DOE) and others to gauge the impact of recycling batteries in electric vehicles. From cathodes to anodes and electrolytes, Argonne’s understanding of batteries, combined with ReCell, a closed-loop battery recycling model, offers preliminary estimates of total costs as well as environmental impacts such as carbon dioxide emissions.

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NTU Singapore and BlueSG launch ultra-fast charging electric tram; 20-second recharge

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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and BlueSG Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Blue Solutions owned by the Bolloré Group, have launched Singapore’s first flash-charging electric shuttle. Named the NTU-Blue Solutions Flash Shuttle, the fully electric vehicle only requires 20 seconds to recharge at stations which are fitted for its quick charging while passengers board and alight.

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Moody’s: Automakers fully engaged on BEVs, but transition will pressure returns; need to invest in multiple technologies

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Auto manufacturers are fully engaged in the global movement toward battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as part of their efforts to comply with emission requirements, but the transition will pressure their returns, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service.

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NRC researchers develop additive manufacturing process for fabrication of permanent magnets for electric motors

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National Research Council of Canada (NRC) researchers Fabrice Bernier and Jean-Michel Lamarre have developed a cold-spray additive-manufacturing process to fabricate permanent magnets for electric motors. Currently, high-performance magnets used in electric motors are typically made using processes such as powder compaction (for sintered magnets) or injection moulding (for bonded magnets). In these processes, magnets must first be fabricated and then shaped and assembled into a final product.

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POSCO to set up two JVs with Huayou Cobalt for Li-ion battery precursors and cathodes

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South Korea-based steelmaker POSCO will establish two Li-ion battery material joint ventures in China with leading cobalt supplier Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt. One company will focus on precursors; the other will produce cathodes. Huayou Cobalt will own a 60% stake in the joint venture for precursors and POSCO the remaining 40%. POSCO will hold a 60% stake in the cathodes company, with Huayou Cobalt holding 40%.

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Study: air pollution may shorten telomeres in newbornsa sign of increased health risks

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A study conducted before and after the 2004 closure of a coal-burning power plant in Tongliang, China, found that children born before the closure had shorter telomeres than those conceived and born after the plant stopped polluting the air. Results appear in the journal Environment International. Telomeres are specialized sections of DNA that allow chromosomes to be copied faithfully during cell division.

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SDG&E seeks approval to build charging infrastructure to support ~3,000 medium/heavy electric vehicles

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Under a proposal submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) this week, San Diego-based SDG&E is seeking approval to build charging infrastructure to enable about 3,000 medium/heavy-duty vehicles to go electric. To clean up the air in areas suffering from the highest levels of tailpipe emissions, 40% of the installations will be targeted for vehicles and equipment that are based in or travel through disadvantaged communities.

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GKN order book for electric driveline technologies totalled $2.8 billion by end of 2017

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GKN Driveline announced that its order book for electric driveline (eDrive) technologies hit a record £2 billion (US$2.8 billion) by the end of 2017 following a series of significant program wins with major global automakers. Sales, which were previously forecast to rise from £33 million (US$45.7 million) in 2017 to £200 million (US$277.1 million) in 2020, are now expected to increase over eight-fold to £275 million (US$381 million).

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Daimler brings truck platooning testing to Japan

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After testing truck platooning in Europe ( earlier post ) and the US ( earlier post ), Daimler Trucks has begun testing platooning in Japan with its FUSO brand. During these tests, a heavy-duty FUSO Super Great operates electronically connected and semi autonomously in a platoon with trucks of other Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturers.

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New MIT metal-mesh membrane could solve longstanding problems with liquid metal displacement batteries; inexpensive grid power storage

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A new metal mesh membrane developed by researchers at MIT could advance the use of the Na–NiCl 2 displacement battery, which has eluded widespread adoption owing to the fragility of the ?"-Al Al 2 O 3 membrane. A battery, based on electrodes made of sodium and nickel chloride and using thea new type of metal mesh membrane, could be used for grid-scale installations to make intermittent power sources such as wind and solar capable of delivering reliable baseload electricity.

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IMechE report calls for new Clean Air Act in UK

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A new report by the UK-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) calls for urgent action to tackle the damage to health caused by air pollution. Health problems range from slowing the proper development of children’s lungs through to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases among the elderly. A 2016 report by the Royal College of Physicians put the annual deaths attributable to outdoor air pollution in the UK at around 40,000.

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Electrify America calls for comments, proposals and recommendations to inform $500M Cycle 2 of investments in ZEV infrastructure and education

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Electrify America, which is building a robust national charging network and increasing electric vehicle awareness across the United States ( earlier post ), has issued a call for comments, proposals and recommendations that provide guidance and data to help guide the company’s next set of Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) investments in California and across the country.

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Volkswagen Group of America joins LIFT for automotive light-weighting research; first automotive OEM member

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Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. VWGoA) has officially joined the LIFT (Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow) institute as a Silver Member to advance the group’s research into lightweight metals, therefore reducing the weight of future vehicles. The group comprises Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti; VWGoA is the first automotive OEM to join the Detroit-based Manufacturing USA institute.

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BMW will have 25 electric cars, plug-in hybrid models by 2025

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The last 12 to 18 months have seen a slew of global automakers promising rafts of new plug-in electric vehicles on sale by deadlines set several years into the future. Working to move past its worldwide diesel-emission scandal, for instance, VW Group has promised 30 battery-electric models on sale by 2025—the majority of them likely in. Plug-In Hybrids Future Cars plug-in cars Platform Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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