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Actual fuel economy of cars and light trucks: 1966-2017

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by Michael Sivak. This is the latest of my occasional updates on retrospective, long-term trends in U.S. vehicle fuel economy. Specifically, this study examines actual fuel economy of cars and light trucks (pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans) from 1966 through 2017.

2019 163

Gas station shuts down pumps, goes all-in on electric-vehicle charging

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The owner of a 60-year-old fueling station in Maryland disconnected from the legacy of Big Oil and went all-electric, partnering with the Electric Vehicle Institute and the state energy administration to rip out the gas pumps and install chargers.

2019 113

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2020 Audi RS4 Avant gets aggressive new look

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Say hello to the latest RS4 Avant – the hottest version of the latest A4 estate

2019 57

BYD 60-foot battery-electric bus completes full Altoona Pass/Fail test

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BYD achieved a first when its 60-foot battery-electric articulated transit bus completed durability road testing under the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) new Pass/Fail guidelines at the Model Bus Testing Program in Altoona, Pa.

2019 132

Anheuser-Busch to deploy 21 BYD electric trucks in California project

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2019 125

New concept with anthraquinone-based organic cathode advances aluminum battery technology

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2019 124

Study: curbing diesel emissions could reduce mortality rates in big cities

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2019 123

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ICCT makes recommendations for post-Euro 6 light duty vehicle emissions standards

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The European Commission has begun work aimed at post-Euro 6 emission standards for on-road vehicles.

2019 109

Medium/heavy trucks were 4% of the US vehicle population in 2017 but accounted for 26% of fuel use

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Trucks in the medium/heavy truck category include tractor trailers, also known as combination trucks, and single-unit trucks.

2019 112

Researchers use cascade reactions in nanozymes to convert CO2 to ethanol and propanol

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Enzymes use cascade reactions to produce complex molecules from comparatively simple raw materials. An international research team has now copied this principle, and used nanoparticles to convert carbon dioxide into ethanol and propanol.

2019 113

Robert Bosch Venture Capital invests in Chinese autonomous trucking start-up Trunk

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Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), the corporate venture capital arm of the Bosch Group, has invested in Trunk, a startup based in Beijing. Trunk provides combined hardware and software solutions for autonomous trucking.

2019 112

Commentary: Impeaching and removing Trump will save electric cars

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2019 108

NYK conducts maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) trial with pure car truck carrier

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NYK has conducted what it says is the world’s first Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) trial performed in accordance with the IMO’s Interim Guidelines for MASS trials.

2019 106

Gas nears $4 a gallon in California: Will it give plug-in vehicles a boost?

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Eyes are turning to California as gasoline prices near the $4-per-gallon mark, raising questions regarding how consumers will react if fuel prices cross that critical threshold.

2019 104

ADEME awarding €3.1M to Global Bioenergies and IBN-One plant project

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Global Bioenergies will soon be receiving €2.6 million and IBN-One €0.5

2019 101

Subaru and Toyota broaden partnership for electric cars, autonomous tech

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Toyota and Subaru announced Friday that they will expand their partnership into connected-car programs and a co-developed electric vehicle platform. Toyota will also be taking a larger ownership stake in Subaru, while the latter will acquire equity in Toyota for the first time.

2019 103

Gogoro introduces VIVA ultralight electric smartscooter; battery swapping

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Gogoro, a leading provider of eScooters, has introduced the Gogoro VIVA Smartscooter, a smaller, lightweight electric scooter targeting the 50-100cc gasoline scooter segment.

2019 105

Webasto starts EV battery production in Germany

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Webasto, a global systems partner to the automotive industry, has started the production of batteries for electric vehicles in Germany. The manufacture of battery packs for a European bus maker has already commenced at the company’s Schierling site in the district of Regensburg.

2019 101

DTM trialing lower-carbon high-performance racing fuel with Audi and Aston Martin

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The DTM has initiated a long-term development program for a emission-reduced high-performance fuel, beginning with trials at this weekend’s season finale, at the Hockenheimring (4-6 October).

GAC and Toyota sign strategic cooperation framework agreement to deepen partnership in electrification and intelligent networking

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Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., and Toyota Motor Corporation signed a Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement to deepen their partnership in the fields of electrification and intelligent networking.

2019 101

Audi updates RS 4 Avant with new B-cycle twin-turbo V6; 17% lower fuel consumption than predecessor

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Audi Sport GmbH has fine-tuned many details of the RS 4 Avant which was newly introduced in September 2017, including the addition of a new high-torque twin-turbo V6 with a power output of 331 kW (450 metric hp) and 600 N·m (442.5

2019 96

Washington state is charging hybrid owners $75 to incentivize electric cars

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Washington state is shifting some of the financial burden of EV subsidies onto hybrid owners, a local report says, effectively punishing shoppers for purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles.

2019 95

Ballard receives PO from BEHALA for 3 x 100kW fuel cell modules to power German push boat

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Ballard Power Systems received a purchase order for 3 of its FCveloCity 100 kW fuel cell modules from Berlin-based BEHALA, a port and logistics specialist, to power the world’s first zero-emission push boat.

2019 96

Ricardo, Geely to present high-efficiency Magma xEV engine for hybrid applications at Aachen

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At the Aachen Colloquium next week, Ricardo and Geely will present research work into the application of the Ricardo Magma xEV gasoline engine concept into a commercial vehicle series hybrid powertrain, delivering 45% brake thermal efficiency.

2019 96

Mini Cooper Hardtop to go electric, maybe get mini again

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The next-generation Mini Cooper Hardtop will go electric, if boss Bernd Koerber has his way, and it may return to its city-car roots, too. Auto Express reports that Koerber is pushing to make Mini live up (down?)

2019 97

IHS Markit: conventional oil & gas discoveries at lowest levels in 70 years; major rebound unlikely

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Conventional oil and gas discoveries during the past three years are at the lowest levels in seven decades and a significant rebound is not expected, according to a new report by global business information provider IHS Markit.

2019 95

Report finds one-third fewer polluting vehicles entered central London during ULEZ’ first four months

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An analysis of the early impacts of London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) found that in the first four months of its operation (March – July 2019) there was a reduction of 12,524 older, more polluting, non-compliant vehicles detected in the zone—a reduction of more than one-third.

2019 96

Actual vehicle MPG improvement has stagnated since 2008

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Though vehicles for sale today are more efficient than they've ever been, the average fuel economy of America's operating fleet has remained relatively stagnant since George W. Bush was President, research shows.

2008 88

BIT researchers use high energy density material in electrode to enhance Li-S battery performance

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To develop higher capacity batteries, researchers have looked to lithium-sulfur batteries because of sulfur’s high theoretical capacity and energy density.

2019 91

Electrify America, ChargePoint both pushing out connected home chargers

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Two companies that are better known for their public charging networks have, just recently, rolled out new wifi-connected home-charging hardware. Both are AC charge points—or EVSE, as they’re sometimes called—although the two companies refer to them as chargers.

2019 88

FAW teams up with RoboSense on automotive-grade solid-state smart LiDAR sensor for serial production

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RoboSense (Suteng Innovation Technology Co., announced a partnership with China-based FAW and showcased the first batch of its solid-state Smart LiDAR Sensor RS-LiDAR-M1.

2019 91

Fuel economy review: The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is a brawny fuel-sipper

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With the first factory-produced full-size electric pickup trucks still under development, the most fuel-efficient full-size pickups on sale from an automaker are powered by diesel fuel. At Fiat Chrysler Automobile dealerships, that’s the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

2019 84

US Air Force contract awarded to ZAF Energy Systems for nickel-zinc battery system

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ZAF Energy Systems, Inc. ZAF), a developer of next-generation battery technology, has been awarded a $1.4-million contract for a nickel-zinc (NiZn) battery system to support the US Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) ground facility.

2019 85

Tesla rolls out V10 software, makes Q3 sales push

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Would smooth Spotify audio or Netflix video integration sell you on a new electric car?

2019 85

Rivian considers subscription model for direct-sales end run?

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EV upstart Rivian may use a subscription service to give customers more flexibility in their vehicle ownership experience and open up a direct-sales path to customers without running afoul of dealer franchise laws.

2019 83

Mercedes-Benz to supply Venturi Racing for Season 6 of Formula E

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Mercedes-Benz announced a technology supply agreement with Venturi Racing in the run-up to the Formula E season 6 opener in late November at Diriyah. In Season 6, Venturi Racing will run two examples of the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01, alongside the cars fielded by the works Mercedes team, in order to accelerate the manufacturer’s learning curve in its debut Formula E season.

2019 78

Siemens partners with Chinese R&D center TIES to develop new technologies for EV batteries

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Siemens Digital Industries Software has partnered with Tianmu Lake Institute of Advanced Energy Storage Technologies (TIES), a major Chinese energy storage research and development center, to build an Advanced Battery Technology Innovation Center.

2019 79