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XL Hybrids upfit system now available to state & municipal fleets in all 50 states via Massachusetts public fleet contract

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XL Hybrids announced that the company has been selected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Operational Services Division (OSD), to be a vendor on the newly released Advanced Vehicle Technology statewide contract VEH102. This multi-year contract allows public fleets nationwide to purchase the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System as both an upfit and retrofit product through an established public contracting mechanism with competitive volume pricing.

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All Dutch electric trains now running on 100-percent renewable energy

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While modern electric cars have only been available in large numbers for a few years, electric trains have been commonplace for some time. As with electric cars, the source of the electricity used to power these trains impacts their overall carbon footprint. The cleaner an energy source, the cleaner the vehicles it powers. DON'T MISS: Alstom. Europe The Netherlands renewable energy Public transport Trains wind energy

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Should you have to disclose your dashcam?

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Mechanics beware, but there have been several incidents over recent years of staff from garages being caught speeding. And not by a safety camera but. Opinion Safety Dash Cam

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13 global companies launch Hydrogen Council in Davos; promoting hydrogen to help meet climate goals

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Thirteen leading energy, transport and industry companies have launched a global initiative in Davos to voice a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition. Meeting in Davos for the first time on Tuesday, the Hydrogen Council currently comprises 13 CEOs and Chairpersons from various industries and energy companies committed to help achieve the ambitious goal of reaching the 2 ˚C target as agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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GKN Driveline providing eTransmission to StreetScooter electric vans

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GKN Driveline is supplying its innovative electric drive technology to StreetScooter , the electric vehicle company owned by Deutsche Post DHL Group. GKN’s Family 2 eTransmission system transmits torque from the eMotor to the wheels of a new StreetScooter zero-emission pure electric van. GKN’s system has an output torque of up to 2000 N·m in a compact package with superior noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics and efficiency.

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Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil renew algae biofuels research agreement

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Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil have extended their agreement to conduct joint research into advanced algae biofuels after making significant progress in understanding algae genetics, growth characteristics and increasing oil production. ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics have been jointly researching and developing oil from algae for use as a renewable, lower-emission alternative to traditional transportation fuels since launching the program in 2009. Earlier post.)

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Hard parts supplier Rheinmetall Automotive expects electrification to account for more than half of sales in 2020

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Global Tier 1 supplier Rheinmetall Automotive—formerly KSPG and Kolbenschmidt Pierburg— expects electrification to account for more than half of its sales in 2020. Rheinmetall Automotive AG is the management company of the Automotive sector of Germany’s Rheinmetall Group. Sales amounted to around €2.6 billion (US$2.8 billion) in 2015, including around 16% from the companies located in NAFTA. Rheinmetall Automotive is more known as a supplier of hard parts (e.g.,

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Efficient Drivetrains awarded bus fleet order for the City of Sheyang, China

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Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. EDI) Awarded Bus Fleet Order for the City of Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. EDI) has received a major order for its EDI PowerDrive 6000 systems from the city of Sheyang in China. The company is supplying its drivetrain technology to Yaxing Motor Coach for integration into a fleet of city buses to be delivered in March of this year. The company’s EDI PowerDrive 6000 PHEV drivetrain system surpassed one million miles in a commercial fleet setting in late 2016.

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Route Monkey working with NQIT to develop transport & mobility algorithms for quantum computers

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Scotland-based route optimization specialist Route Monkey, a unit of telematics and big data company Trakm8, is working on a new generation of transport and mobility algorithms for quantum computers. Route Monkey already works with Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh on creating and enhancing innovative algorithms for transport and travel ( earlier post ). The two are now joining forces with the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub ( NQIT ), led by the University of Oxford.

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TomTom acquires Berlin-based autonomous driving start-up Autonomos

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Navigation company TomTom has acquired Autonomos , a Berlin-based autonomous driving start-up. The acquisition strengthens TomTom’s position in autonomous driving. Autonomos GmbH was founded in 2012 by former members of the intelligent systems workgroup of Freie Universitaet Berlin, a leading robotic laboratory in Germany, well known for its pioneering experiments with self-driving-cars around the world (Autonomos-Labs).

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Ford running 12-month trial of 20 plug-in hybrid Transit Custom vans in London

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Ford is launching a multi-million pound project designed to help improve air quality in London. The project, supported by Transport for London, features a 12-month trial of 20 new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Transit Custom vans that reduce local emissions by running solely on electric power for the majority of city trips such as deliveries or maintenance work.

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US DOT announces vehicle-to-infrastructure guidance

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US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced new Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) guidance that can improve safety and mobility by accelerating the deployment of V2I communication systems. The guidance complements DOT’s efforts to reduce crashes by advancing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology announced in a proposed rule in December.

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MIT team engineers yeast to boost lipid production for biofuels

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MIT engineers have genetically engineered strains of the oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica to boost the production of lipids by about 25% compared to previously engineered yeast strains. Their approach could enable commercialization of microbial carbohydrate-based lipid production, supporting the renewable production of high-energy fuels such as diesel.

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GM to launch 18 models in China in 2017 for growth; half to be SUVs or MPVs; more new energy vehicles

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General Motors will launch 18 new and refreshed models this year to achieve continued growth in the company’s largest retail market. Half of the models to be introduced in 2017 under the Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun and Wuling brands will be SUVs or MPVs. The products are expected to build on GM’s 2016 sales record of 3.87 million vehicles.

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Nissan partners with FLO for home charging in Canada

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Nissan is. with FLO, a provider of a charging ecosystem in Canada, to encourage and ease EV adoption throughout the country. The new FLO Home charging station will become the recommended residential charging station by Nissan Canada for owners of the Nissan LEAF. The FLO Home X5 is a 204V, 30A, 7.2 kW Level 2 charger with a SAE J1772 charging connector that can add 50 km (31 miles) of range—the average distance traveled daily by Canadian drivers—in 90 minutes.

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Georgia Tech team develops simple, low-cost process for oxide nanowires; superior separators for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials under ambient conditions without the use of catalysts or any external stimuli.

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New Volkswagen Golf GTE PHEV and Golf GTD diesel now available to order in Europe

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In November 2016, Volkswagen presented a major update of the Golf, featuring new engines (including a Millerized 1.5L EA211), new assistance systems and a new generation of infotainment systems ( earlier post ). Now, three more sporty, fuel-efficient models of the updated Golf can now be ordered in Europe: the plug-in hybrid Golf GTE and the dynamic Golf GTD and Golf GTD Variant diesel models.

2017 163

GM investing additional $1B in US manufacturing

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General Motors will invest an additional $1 billion in US manufacturing operations. These investments follow $2.9 billion announced in 2016 and more than $21 billion GM has invested in its US operations since 2009. The new investments cover multiple new vehicle, advanced technology and component projects. A combination of 1,500 new and retained jobs are tied to the new investments. Details of individual projects will be announced throughout the year.

2017 163

True Zero H2 network fuels more than 3.7M miles in California in 2016

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Fuel from True Zero ’s hydrogen-fueling stations during 2016 powered more than 3.7 million zero emission fuel-cell-car miles in California, eliminating more than 2.3 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the company. To help car owners and others understand the benefits of driving on hydrogen, True Zero will post labels at its hydrogen charging stations showing the societal-impacts of driving a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle.

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Toyota to collaborate in research for the creation of H2-based society in the United Arab Emirates

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Toyota Motor Corporation has agreed to collaborate with Masdar, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Air Liquide, and Toyota distributor Al-Futtaim Motors in a joint research program to explore the potential of hydrogen energy use in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the creation of a sustainable, low-carbon society. As part of the program, Toyota will begin driving and refueling demonstration tests of the Mirai fuel cell vehicle (FCV) in the UAE from May 2017.

U of Birmingham scientists launch project to tackle global clean cold challenge

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Scientists from the University of Birmingham launched a major research project to investigate how “clean cold” could help to achieve almost all of the United Nations’ (UN) global Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 Global Goals include abolishing poverty and hunger; providing good healthcare and education; raising peoples’ quality of life; and cleaning up the environment, while promoting economic growth.

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Australia and Japan developing safety standards for marine transport of liquid hydrogen; KHI building carrier

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Australia and Japan recently signed a memorandum at the headquarters of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority ( AMSA ) which will allow liquid hydrogen (LH 2 ) to be shipped in bulk for the first time. Ship containment systems are being developed in Japan that will be capable of safely transporting liquid hydrogen in bulk from Australia to Japan as part of a pilot project scheduled to commence in 2020.

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Takata to plead guilty, pay $1B in criminal penalties for airbag scheme; 3 Takata execs indicted

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Tokyo-based Takata Corporation, one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive safety-related equipment, agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud and pay a total of $1 billion in criminal penalties stemming from the company’s fraudulent conduct in relation to sales of defective airbag inflators. An indictment was also unsealed charging three Takata executives with wire fraud and conspiracy in relation to the same conduct.

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Nissan to begin on-road autonomous vehicle testing in London with modified LEAF

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Nissan will bring real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars to the UK next month. Showcasing next-generation technology through the LEAF, the on-road demonstrations will take place in London, enabling the vehicles and their passengers to cover a diverse city environment. Passengers, including government officials and technical and safety experts, will be given the opportunity to experience and test the technology in a live environment in a modified Nissan LEAF.

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Tenova obtains FAC for new aluminum automotive heat treatment line at Novelis Nachterstedt Plant

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At the end of 2016, Novelis Deutschland GmbH awarded Tenova the Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) for a state-of-the-art aluminum automotive finishing line at the Novelis Nachterstedt Plant in Germany, serving European and global automotive customers.

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U Michigan signs ~$1M research agreement with China ride-sharing leader DiDi Chuxing

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The University of Michigan (U-M) will collaborate with Chinese institutions to advance research, development and deployment of new transportation technologies and cutting-edge innovations. Jack Hu, U-M vice president for research, signed a research agreement with DiDi Chuxing, China’s largest rider-hailing company, to develop scholarships and innovations related to the share economy. U-M is the first university in the US to partner with DiDi.

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EPC board showcases ultra-fast transition capability of GaN FETs for LiDAR

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Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announced the availability of the EPC9126, a 100 V high current pulsed laser diode driver evaluation board. The ultra fast transition gallium-nitride-on-silicon (eGaN) FETs used on the EPC9126 can drive laser diodes with high current pulses and total pulse widths as low as 5 ns, thus enhancing the quality of information a LiDAR system will detect, including the accuracy, precision, and processing speed.

2017 150

Edeniq raises $7M to to support growth in Pathway cellulosic ethanol business

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Cellulosic and biorefining technology company Edeniq has raised $7 million in equity capital. The proceeds will be used to support growth in Edeniq’s Pathway cellulosic ethanol business. The company is focusing on customer acquisition, adding resources to support existing customers, and developing technology enhancements that can potentially increase the amount of cellulosic ethanol eligible for D3 RINs and other regulatory incentives at each customer plant.

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car2go grew customer base 43% in FY2016 to 2.2M, rentals up 21% to 22M

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In financial year 2016, car-sharing leader car2go grew its global customer base by 43% to 2.2 million. A car2go is rented every 1.4 seconds somewhere in the world. Berlin remains the largest car2go city, with 175,000 customers. Worldwide, the roughly 14,000 car2go vehicles were rented more than 22 million times. This is a 21% rise compared to the previous year’s figure.

2017 150

CARB releases Midterm Review of ZEV regulation, LEV III GHG and PM standards; calls for post-2025 standards

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When the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) program in 2012 ( earlier post ), the agency committed to conduct a comprehensive midterm review of three elements of the program: the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) regulation; the 1 mg/mi particulate matter (PM) standard; and the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards for 2022 and later model years.

2017 150

UQM Technologies receives follow-on order from Proterra to support increased electric bus demand

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UQM Technologies received a new follow-on order from Proterra for PowerPhase HD electric drive systems, to be manufactured and shipped throughout 2017. Proterra will continue to increase its production capacity in 2017 as an increasing number of transit agencies see zero-emission buses as a credible and proven alternative to diesel, CNG, and hybrid buses. Proterra has sold more than 252 vehicles to 28 different transit agencies throughout North America.

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ABI Research forecasts more than 69M automotive LiDAR sensors will ship in 2026

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Critical autonomous driving functions, including obstacle detection and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), will drive the automotive industry’s adoption of LiDAR sensors. ABI Research forecasts more than 69 million automotive LiDAR sensors will ship in 2026, fueled by declining hardware costs and the need to equip vehicles with multiple sensors to ensure 360-degree coverage.

2017 150

Sendyne turnkey module can precisely measure currents from mA to kA while simultaneously measuring 3 high voltages; for EVs and ESS

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Sendyne, a developer of sensing, modeling/simulation and control products ( earlier post ), is introducing the SFP200MOD , the first turnkey module capable of precisely measuring currents from mA to kA, while simultaneously measuring three high-voltage potentials (800 V nominal, 1000 V / channel max) accurately.

2017 150

NTU and NXP Semiconductors launch Singapore’s first Smart Mobility consortium; testing V2X on NTU campus

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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and NXP Semiconductors have launched Singapore’s first Smart Mobility Consortium to focus on testing and developing smart mobility technologies. The technologies will be tested on the NTU campus, which serves as a living test bed, bringing together 12 industry partners to form the NTU-NXP Smart Mobility Consortium.

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ASTM International launches group to create standards for recovered carbon black (rCB)

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The ASTM International Board of Directors approved the launch of a new technical committee dedicated to developing standards for the growing field of recovered carbon black (rCB). The Committee on Recovered Carbon Black (rCB) ( D36 ) will focus on creating and updating standards in areas such as: the decomposition of scrap tires, other scrap-rubber components, sustainability, and material characterization.

2017 150

GM expands B20 biodiesel lineup with new cars, crossovers and trucks

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General Motors is expanding its portfolio of B20-capable vehicles to include cars and crossovers, and will field the industry’s most expansive lineup of diesel-powered vehicles in 2017, John Schwegman, director of commercial product and medium duty for GM Fleet, announced at the National Biodiesel Conference.

2017 150

Neste rebranding its renewable diesel fuel: “Neste MY Renewable Diesel”

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Neste announced the rebranding of its renewable diesel fuel during a customer seminar and appreciation event in San Diego, California. Neste is replacing its “Neste Renewable Diesel” and earlier brand name “NEXBTL” with “Neste MY Renewable Diesel” brand name. Simultaneously, Neste is also updating other names in the renewable product family to “Neste MY” brand names.

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