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How One Bad Manny Can P**s Away Your Brand

Creative Greenius

I didn’t have an opinion on the Leviton brand until their employee, Manny, made me hate them and drove me to let my friends, colleagues and everyone else know how shitty they treated me. On October 10 I got this voicemail from Manny at Leviton.

2019 176

New Toyota Yaris marks first use of TNGA for compact; new hybrid system

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In Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) unveiled the new model Yaris. Scheduled to go on sale in Japan starting in mid-February 2020, the new Yaris will be exhibited at VenusFort in Odaiba, Tokyo during the Tokyo Motor Show 2019.

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Report: All-electric Hummer revival being mulled as part of GM EV push

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The idea of bringing the maligned Hummer brand back as a standalone electric-truck brand is likely to elicit quite the range of responses from longtime social- and eco-conscious car shoppers.

2019 87

Electric cars could get green number plates under new plans

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Electric vehicles in the UK could soon be issued with specific green-coloured number plates under government plans

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Another Lesson On Brand #FAIL From Leviton

Creative Greenius

After hearing nothing about the replacement EV Charger Leviton promised me a week ago – to replace the one I paid them $1300 for which failed while still under warranty – today I got a mystery call from someone claiming to be with Leviton Manufacturing. But whomever left this voicemail for me this morning, never identified who they were, what department they worked in or why they were calling.

2019 130

Mitsubishi Electric to demo autonomous-driving technologies in new xAUTO test vehicle; autonomous parking & driving on surface roads

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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will exhibit the latest version of the xAUTO, a vehicle capable of autonomous driving on surface roads without high-definition maps and of parking autonomously both indoors and outdoors, during the 46 th Tokyo Motor Show 2019 from 24 October to 4 November.

2019 107

Winnebago behind $60M funding of Motiv: Is the future of RVs fully electric?

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The recreational vehicle industry has grown steeply over the past decade, with RV sales nearly triple what they were ten years ago. Yet with signs of the RV boom flattening, companies are clearly interested in a new twist to keep the growth going.

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Hitachi Automotive Systems starts mass production of 800V, high output EV inverter

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Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. has started mass production for its 800V compatible high-voltage and high-output electric vehicle (EV) inverter, which increases EV practicality and enables long-distance driving.

2019 107

Valley Regional Transit in Idaho to purchase 8 Proterra Catalyst electric buses and charging systems; leasing batteries

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Valley Regional Transit (VRT) in Idaho has agreed to purchase eight Proterra Catalyst 35-foot E2 electric buses and eight Proterra 125 kW plug-in charging systems. VRT is Proterra’s first customer in Idaho and the first transit agency in Idaho to bring electric buses to its community. Proterra vehicles are now in 42 US states and Canadian provinces, with buses operating in diverse climates and terrains from coast to coast.

2019 95

Pierburg offering electric vacuum pump for brake boosters

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Pierburg has been developing vacuum pumps for brake boosters for decades. With the current EVP40 model, the supplier is offering an electric option that operates on-demand and sets high standards in terms of robustness, temperature resistance and noise.

2019 95

Eaton introduces new high-voltage protection device for electrified vehicles: Breaktor

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Eaton’s eMobility business is expanding high-voltage circuit protection solutions for electrified vehicles (EVs) with the introduction of Breaktor , a new advanced circuit protection solution for EVs that combines the function of fuses, pyro switches and contactors into a single coordinated device.

2019 90

Eaton says testing and use show its cylinder-deactivation technology can help commercial vehicle OEMs meet coming emissions regulations

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Eaton says it has shown in regulatory test cycles and real-world use that its cylinder-deactivation (CDA) technology can play a key role in helping commercial vehicle manufacturers meet or exceed 2024 and 2027 US emissions regulations.

2019 90

Rio Tinto commissions bauxite residue filter presses at alumina refinery in Québec; 17 minutes vs. 3 years

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Rio Tinto started the commissioning of industry-leading filter press technology at its Vaudreuil alumina refinery in Québec, Canada, six weeks ahead of plan and under its CAD $250-million budget.

2019 90

New catalytic method upcycles single-use plastic into high-quality liquid products

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Researchers have developed a new catalytic method for upcycling abundant, seemingly low-value plastics (polyethylene) into high-quality liquid products, such as motor oils, lubricants, detergents and even cosmetics.

2019 90

Subaru unveils Levorg Prototype with new 1.8L boxer engine at Tokyo Motor Show 2019

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Subaru Corporation unveiled the Subaru Levorg Prototype at the 46 th Tokyo Motor Show 2019. The concept for the second-generation of the Levorg features a newly developed 1.8L horizontally-opposed direct-injection turbo engine.

2019 90

ArcelorMittal adds Fortiform 980 Extragal steel grade for further auto weight savings

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ArcelorMittal is adding to its family of advanced high strength steels (AHSS) for the auto industry with the development of Fortiform 980 Extragal (-GI) in North America.

2019 90

Daimler Trucks’ Fuso unveils fuel-cell light-duty truck concept and production heavy-duty Super Great truck with L2 automation

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At the Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA), unveiled the “Vision F-CELL”, a concept fuel-cell-powered light-duty truck, and the model year 2019 Super Great heavy-duty truck, Japan’s first series-produced commercial vehicle equipped with SAE(Society of Automotive Engineers) Level 2 automated driving technology. The Vision F-Cell is Fuso’s concept of an electric truck that uses the power of a Fuel Cell as one option to extend the range of an electric vehicle. Fuso is a leader in electric trucks and was the first brand to launch an all-electric truck in small series production in 2017, the eCanter. Since then, more than 140 eCanters have been delivered to customers in Japan, Europe and the United States. The Vision F-Cell is a fully drivable concept model. The 7.5-tonner has a drive with a maximum output of 135 kW. The range is up to 300 kilometers. The Vision F-Cell electric powertrain architecture is basically comparable to that of a battery-powered truck—apart from significantly reduced battery power and the addition of hydrogen tanks. The truck can be configured with a high voltage battery ranging from 13.8 – 40 kWh, plus 3 to 4 tanks holding hydrogen at 70 Mpa for 5-10 kg of capacity. Power is provided by the 75 kW fuel cell stack and the 135 kW battery. New “Super Great” heavy-duty truck with Level 2 automated driving functions. The new Super Great is Japan’s first HDT to be fitted with Level 2 automated driving support, equivalent to Level 2 automated driving technology defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The 2019 models will be available through MFTBC sales companies and regional sales units across Japan starting from October 2019. The new Super Great comes with the Level 2 automated driving support system “Active Drive Assist”, along with the updated “Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA5)” collision mitigation system, which together can significantly reduce burdens on drivers. Active Drive Assist analyzes road and lane conditions based on information obtained through a combination of a high-precision radar and a white line recognition camera installed at the front of the vehicle. This Level 2 equivalent automated driving support system can control the accelerator, brake and steering wheel simultaneously. The system achieves this level of support through the combination of the Proximity Control Assist adaptive cruise control system at all speeds, and a newly installed Lane Keeping. Active Drive Assist thus helps reduce driver fatigue considerably and supports safe driving. Moreover, the Lane Departure Protection system, a more advanced version of the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), helps bring the vehicle within the lane through steering inputs while driving at 60km/h or above. The 2019 Super Great also features the new Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA5) collision mitigation system featuring higher accuracy than previous iterations, providing an enhanced safety support function. ABA5 achieves this higher accuracy by combining a conventional radar and a windshield-mounted camera, allowing the vehicle to avoid a collision if the preceding vehicle is stopped. In addition, pedestrian detection accuracy is improved and enables the vehicle to avoid a pedestrian collision at higher vehicle speeds than in previous models. On top of these, the 2019 model features new advanced driving safety support systems, enhancing safety further. The Intelligent Headlight Control (IHC) system automatically switches the headlight to high beam in the dark and to low beam when it is bright through a windshield-mounted camera. This feature negates the need for the driver to adjust high and low beam settings on their own. The 2019 Super Great also comes with the Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) system. Specifically designed for traffic signs in Japan, a camera recognizes oncoming traffic signs using image recognition technology and displays the relevant traffic sign on the instrument display. The launch of the model year 2019 Super Great is part of Daimler Truck’s global push toward Level 4 automation of trucks. The Super Great follows the Mercedes-Benz Actros and the Freightliner Cascadia as the third Daimler Trucks HDT to feature Level 2 automated driving support functions. Earlier this year, Daimler Trucks has committed to invest €500 million in development of Level 4 automated driving technology. Since then, Daimler Trucks has inaugurated the Autonomous Technology Group, a global organization that coordinates research and development of autonomous driving technology for trucks between Europe, the US and Japan, and has acquired a large stake in TORC Robotics, a leading US-based startup focusing on autonomous trucking. This strong global push will allow Mitsubishi Fuso to launch a Level 4-enabled truck for public road use in Japan as soon as regulations allow. Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Hydrogen

2019 85

New process produces high-octane synthetic fuel from low-octane Fischer-Tropsch gasoline

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A team in Russia has developed a novel and simple strategy to produce high-octane synthetic fuel based on low-octane gasoline Fischer-Tropsch product via new two-stage processes in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis involving isomerization of alkenes and a methoxylation process.

2019 85

New Gen 8 Volkswagen Golf offers five hybrid versions from 48V MHEV to PHEV

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Volkswagen has unveiled the eighth generation of the Golf—the most successful Volkswagen model, having sold more than 35 million units. The newest Golf is digitalized, networked, predictive, intuitively operated and electrified, with five hybrid versions from mild to plug-in.

2019 85

Eaton to launch a purpose-built, heavy-duty transmission for Class 7, 8 electric commercial vehicles

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Eaton’s eMobility business is launching an all-new 4-speed transmission for heavy-duty electrified commercial vehicles to meet growing global demand in a number of segments, including pickup and delivery and port drayage in North America, China and Europe.

2019 85

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) unveils MI-TECH CONCEPT small SUV PHEV

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) unveiled the MI-TECH CONCEPT electrified small SUV concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019. The company is also showcasing the twin-motor, 4WD Engelberg Tourer, unveiled in March in Geneva ( earlier post ).

2019 85

Mazda unveils its first mass-production EV, the Mazda MX-30

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Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled its first mass-production electric vehicle—the Mazda MX-30—at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The model adopts Mazda’s new e–Skyactiv system (motor, battery pack, inverter, and DC-DC converter), with a 35.5 kWh Li-ion battery pack.

2019 85

Lexus presents LF-30 Electrified concept

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Lexus unveiled its “Lexus Electrified” vision for an upcoming generation of electrified vehicles. Headlining this was the debut of the Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept, which made its world premiere at the 46 th Tokyo Motor Show 2019.

2019 85

Nissan unveils Ariya Concept electric crossover at Tokyo Motor Show

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Nissan unveiled the Ariya Concept, a crossover EV with twin electric motors, powerful acceleration, award-winning driver assistance technology and a look that signals a complete reinvention of the brand’s design.

2019 85

Eaton introduces new Flex Power Distribution Unit for commercial electric vehicles

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Eaton’s eMobility business has introduced a new Flex Power Distribution Unit (PDU) for high-voltage electrified commercial vehicles; the new unit is uniquely designed to handle multiple load requirements. Eaton has reached an agreement with Cummins Inc.

2019 85

Groupe Renault introduces fuel-cell range extenders into its light commercial electric vehicles

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Groupe Renault is extending the range of its electric light commercial vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells. Renault KANGOO Z.E. Hydrogen will be available at the end of 2019 and Renault MASTER Z.E. Hydrogen in 2020.

2019 85

Israeli automotive cybersecurity company closes $30M Series B from Renault, Volvo Group, Hyundai, Nationwide

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Israel-based Upstream Security, a cybersecurity company targeting solutions for connected vehicles, closed a $30-million Series B funding round led by Renault Venture Capital and including Volvo Group Venture Capital, Hyundai, Hyundai AutoEver, Nationwide Ventures and others.

2019 85

Evonik and Siemens launch phase 2 of Rheticus: butanol, hexanol from CO2 and water using renewable electricity and bacteria

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Evonik and Siemens launched phase two of their joint research project Rheticus. The goal is to develop an efficient and powerful test plant that will use carbon dioxide and water as well as electricity from renewable sources and bacteria to produce specialty chemicals.

2019 85

VW Golf unveiled: No more EV, more plug-in options, but diesel remains

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On Thursday, VW unveiled its eighth-generation Golf for the 45th year of the venerable nameplate, and one of the most prolific nameplates on the planet to usher the small car into its sixth decade of production.

2019 83

Bollinger B1 and B2 price to start at $125k, 200-mile range anticipated

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Bollinger announced Friday a starting price for its exclusive B1 electric SUV and B2 electric pickup: $125,000. According to the Detroit-based company, buyers who want first dibs on the trucks can reserve a build with a refundable $1,000 deposit.

2019 83

Tesla confirms Model Y ahead of schedule, launch in summer 2020

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In a company update released Wednesday to investors, Tesla formally confirmed the launch of the Model Y electric crossover has been moved up to summer 2020.

2019 83

BMW i3 not dead yet, will get another range boost

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The BMW i3, which always seems to be on the precipice of discontinuation, is slated for yet another series of hardware upgrades to keep it relevant in the growing EV market.

2019 83

Lexus confirms first electric car for November intro, plug-in hybrid soon after

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Lexus has confirmed today, in an announcement corresponding with the Tokyo auto show, that it will introduce its first production-bound electric car very soon—in November 2019.

2019 83

Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept shows brand’s vision for an EV in 2030

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Lexus doesn’t have currently a single electric car in its lineup. And yet it’s clearly showing that it sees them as the future—with an LF-30 Electrified concept revealed today at the Tokyo auto show.

2019 83

Hitachi betting on 800V to go mass-market with high-output inverter

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When Porsche developed its Taycan electric car on 800-volt systems, it had to go the expensive route—designing from scratch many components that EV makers might otherwise secure from suppliers.

2019 83

Nissan Ariya previews electric crossover concept at Tokyo auto show

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The first mainstream automaker to jump into the electric-car fold now is among the last to confirm a production crossover that runs purely runs on electric power.

2019 83

Los Angeles wants to pave its streets with recycled plastic

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Many, many peoples' trash may become Los Angeles' treasure, as the city is currently mulling a proposal to use waste plastic in the creation of bitumen—the glue that holds asphalt together.