Sat.Oct 19, 2019 - Fri.Oct 25, 2019

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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.

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

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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. It turned out to be b t from an employee whose first instinct before this voicemail was to blow me off and offer no help.

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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. General Motors is seriously considering that, as part of a full-size electric-truck push that will reach its full vigor in 2024 and may bring some new life.

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Tokyo Motor Show: A vision of a future electric

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Japanese manufacturers always take the opportunity to showcase their new cars, alongside weird and wonderful creations that could only have come out of the world's second largest car manufacturing nation.

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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

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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. The new Yaris will also be displayed in showrooms throughout Japan from the end of October to December. The first-generation Yaris was created in 1999 as a car that would serve as the global standard for compact cars by enlisting the full portfolio of Toyota’s techn

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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.

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New Volkswagen Golf kick-starts a hybrid offensive

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The Mk8 Golf will be available from launch with five hybrid options. Three of these utilise mild hybrid (MHEV) tech, with the remaining two using PHEV powertrains offered in two states of tune – the more powerful getting the GTE badge.

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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. The xAUTO is a demonstration car that incorporates Mitsubishi Electric’s technologies for autonomous driving.

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An Electric Motor That Works in Any Classic Car

Cars That Think

A plug-and-play electric motor for cars makes it easier than ever to upgrade your vintage ride.

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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. That twist could be going electric and embracing sustainability—and completely reformulating.

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Faurecia and Accenture partner on products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles

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Polestar takes Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 PHEVs to the next level

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Volvo has launched range-topping performance models of its T8 Twin Engine S60 saloon, V60 estate and XC60 crossover – all of which have been breathed on by Polestar.

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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. The product contributes to both comfortable acceleration performance of the vehicle and faster charging times. For this inverter, the mounting technology of the power semiconductor was newly developed to realize an 800-volt system.

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Air Taxi Takes to the Sky(scrapers)

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Volocopter conducts maiden test flight in an urban environment and unveils first "VoloPort" in Singapore.

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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. To meet that timeline, production of the Y could begin as soon as early 2020, versus the summer to fall 2020 timeline (with first deliveries before the end of 2020) that Tesla had originally.

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

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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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Number of electric buses in Europe has increased from around 200 to 2,200 in 5 years

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Over the past five years, the number of electric buses in Europe has increased from around 200 to 2,200 vehicles, according to a report from Busworld. For 2019, Poland-based Solaris claims to have concluded the most contracts for the construction of electric buses. There are now some 800 electric-powered Solaris circulating in 72 cities, including Berlin (90), Milan (250) and Warsaw (130). 47% of the buses built by Solaris are powered by an alternative propulsion system.

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Audi A8 gets the PHEV treatment with the TFSI E

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Audi is launching its A8 luxury saloon with a PHEV powertrain for the first time.

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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. Although Lexus said little more about that actual EV, it’s suspected to be what Lexus chief Koji Sato had previously described as a “tall, boxy.

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Fast charger use up as EV drivers demand more powerful chargers on UK public network

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Interest in electric and alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) has increased dramatically over the last 12 months, our own data shows an increase of more than 200% in lease enquiries year-on-year in September.

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CARB approves $533M funding plan for clean transportation investments

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The California Air Resources Board approved a $533-million plan to fund clean car rebates, zero-emission transit and school buses, clean trucks, and other innovative, clean transportation and mobility pilot projects. The Fiscal Year 2019-20 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives, largely funded with cap-and-trade proceeds, is part of California’s strategy for improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, the state’s largest source of air poll

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Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

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Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid video review

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DHL's StreetScooter electric commercial vehicles are coming to the US

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An new small electric delivery vehicle is coming to the United States—and it's probably not one you'd expect. Deutsche Post DHL Group is bringing its StreetScooter line of light-duty delivery vehicles to the U.S. market, as the company looks to expand its reach beyond its existing European and Asian customers. Of the existing StreetScooter.

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Mazda MX-30: Electric SUV revealed at Tokyo Motor Show

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A car with a battery, not a battery with wheels, that’s how Mazda summed up it all-new MX-30 EV

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NHTSA: highway fatalities down, but pedestrian and cyclist fatalities up

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The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released highway crash fatality data for 2018, showing a 2.4% decline in overall fatalities, the second consecutive year of reduced crash fatalities. The data, compiled by NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, shows that highway fatalities decreased in 2018 with 913 fewer fatalities, down to 36,560 people from 37,473 people in 2017.

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Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine

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Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine video review

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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. Even in the middle of re-positioning its electrical models as more mainstream-friendly offerings, BMW has given the model battery upgrades and new editions to keep it fresh.

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Top five things we learned this week

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This week saw the Tokyo Motor Show open its doors, where such delights as the 2020 Honda Jazz were revealed to the world.

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California Governor signs bill exempting zero-emissions transit buses from state sales tax until 2024

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California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 784 into law, thereby exempting zero-emissions transit buses from state sales tax until 2024. For the bill, the category “transit bus” includes: “Articulated bus”—a 54-foot to 60-foot bus with two connected passenger compartments. “Bus”—a rubber-tire vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 14,000 pounds designed to transport passengers by road.

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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. The EVP40 can be used in hybrids and electric vehicles as well as in vehicles with conventional drivelines.

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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. The new filter presses will deliver environmental benefits by moving the refinery to dry stacking of bauxite residue and extend the life of the operation, which supports 1,000 jobs in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region.

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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. Its digital interior architecture opens up a new dimension of intuitive operation, assisted driving is possible up to 210 km/h (130 mph) and it is the first Volkswagen to use traffic’s collective intelligence with Car

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Adelaide study suggests driverless cars could lead to more traffic congestion partly because of drivers’ attitudes

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New research from the University of Adelaide suggests that driverless cars could worsen traffic congestion in the coming decades, partly because of drivers’ attitudes to the emerging technology and a lack of willingness to share their rides. Using the City of Adelaide as a test model, researchers surveyed more than 500 commuters, including a mix of those who travel to work by car and public transport, and modeled the potential impacts.

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Department of the Interior pushes for clear, consistent e-bike policy for public lands

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The Department of the Interior (DOI) announced its guidance to implement Secretary’s Order 3376, Increasing Recreational Opportunities Through the Use of Electric Bikes, which will allow the use of low-speed electric bicycles (e-bikes) at national wildlife refuges and other DOI-managed public lands where traditional biking occurs. The National Park Service (NPS) has previously issued guidance to allow for e-bikes to be used on most bike paths in the national parks.

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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. The first-generation version, which launched in the Japanese market in 2014, offered 1.6L or 2.0L engines. The new Boxer turbo engine with lean-burn technology balances acceleration and environmental performance at a high level.

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