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Lightning Systems converting 35-foot diesel buses to battery-electrics in Boulder; cost-effective electrification

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Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero-emission solutions for commercial fleets, is partnering with the City of Boulder and transit provider Via Mobility Services to repower diesel buses with battery-electric systems. The first demonstration vehicle will be on the road this summer and will give the bus more than 200 miles of all-electric range.

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Budweiser-maker taps Nikola for up to 800 hydrogen-powered semi trucks

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Anheuser-Busch bet big on hydrogen fuel for its semitrailer trucks Thursday. The Budweiser beermaker announced it would buy up to 800 big rigs from Nikola Motor Company by 2025 and nearly replace its entire dedicated corporate fleet with trucks powered by renewable energy. The agreement is largely contingent on Nikola building hydrogen refueling. hydrogen fleet semis Tesla Semi

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Everything you need to know about the April 2018 diesel ‘road tax’ changes

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Revised car tax rates came into force on 1 April, meaning that drivers of new diesel vehicles will face higher first-year tax bands

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Shell/AirFlow Starship hyper-fuel efficient Class 8 truck to make cross-country run

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Shell has partnered with the Airflow Truck Company to collaborate on a hyper-aerodynamic, fuel-efficient Class 8 concept truck: Starship. This next-generation concept truck features a custom, aerodynamic design and aims to demonstrate improvements in fuel economy for Class 8 trucks. Starship will undertake a cross-country run, carrying a full cargo of clean reef material, 18-25 May starting in San Diego, Calif. and ending in Jacksonville, Fla.

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Workhorse, Plug Power deliver electric delivery van with fuel cell range extender to Fedex; in standard delivery route

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Plug Power Inc. and Workhorse Group, Inc. have delivered to FedEx Express its first North American fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) delivery van for on-road use. The Class-5 EGEN delivery van is built by Workhorse Group and charged by a Plug Power ProGen hydrogen fuel cell system (2 x 10 kW). The vehicle is currently in service at the FedEx facility in Menands, NY.

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LA Metro to begin charging solo drivers in clean air vehicles in ExpressLanes in effort to reduce increasing congestion

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The Los Angeles Metro Board of Directors approved a plan last week to begin charging solo motorists in designated clean air vehicles (CAVs) a discounted toll to use the ExpressLanes on the 10 and 110 freeways, beginning in late 2018. Under the change, drivers in clean air vehicles without enough passengers to meet HOV occupancy requirements would get a 15% discount on the tolls.

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EIA: US exported a record amount of fuel ethanol in 2017

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The United States exported nearly 1.4 billion gallons of fuel ethanol in 2017, surpassing the previous record of 1.2 billion gallons set in 2011, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). US imports of ethanol in 2017 increased compared with 2016 but remained relatively small at 77 million gallons, resulting in the United States being a net exporter of ethanol for the eighth consecutive year.

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Anheuser-Busch orders 800 Nikola hydrogen-fuel-cell range-extended electric semi-trucks

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Anheuser-Busch has placed an order for up to 800 hydrogen-fuel-cell range-extended electric semi-trucks from Nikola Motor Company. The trucks—which will be able to travel between 500 and 1,200 miles and be refilled within 20 minutes, reducing idle time—are expected to be integrated into Anheuser-Busch’s dedicated fleet beginning in 2020. Rendering of Nikola Two in Anheuser-Busch livery.

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In addition to 48V hybrid, VW presents new EA 288 Evo diesel 12V mild hybrid & TGI Evo natural gas engines

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Volkswagen showcased three new drive systems at the Vienna Motor Symposium: the new 48 V mild hybrid system that will debut on the eighth-generation Golf in 2019 ( earlier post ); new high-tech diesel engines that will also be available as hybrid variants; and an advanced natural gas engine.

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NYC to use REG renewable diesel in more than 1,000 city vehicles, including many sanitation trucks

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The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) will, for the first time, use renewable diesel, a low-emissions, 99% petroleum-free fuel, to power more than 1,000 City government vehicles, including in large vehicles such as sanitation trucks. The renewable diesel used by NYC will be produced domestically by Renewable Energy Group (REG) and will be distributed by Sprague Energy.

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GM using Autodesk generative design software for lightweighting work

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GM is using new generative design software technology from Autodesk to support its vehicle lightweighting efforts. Generative design mimics nature’s evolutionary approach to design. Designers or engineers input design goals into generative design software, along with parameters such as such as weight, strength, material choice, fabrication method, and more.

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Hamburger Hochbahn AG orders 20 Mercedes-Benz Citaro electric buses

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Hamburger Hochbahn AG has ordered 20 of the new Mercedes-Benz battery-electric Citaro city buses. Earlier post.) The first two units will be handed over before the end of this year. The first major order for our fully electrically powered, emission-free Citaro has been received even before the official premiere, demonstrating the confidence transport operators have in our concept for electromobility in urban public transport.

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Xing Mobility selects Clean Wave AC induction motors for electric super car Miss R

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XING Mobility, a Taipei-based electric powertrain system supplier, has selected Clean Wave Technologies to provide electric motors and drive control units for a rally-inspired supercar. Miss R,” the first electric supercar with on-and off-road capabilities, will deliver 1MW of power. The vehicle will utilize four Clean Wave traction motors, one for each wheel. Miss R concept. We required a drive system that delivered high-peak and sustainable, continuous power.

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Efficient Drivetrains announces production release of PowerDrive7000ev for medium- and heavy-duty vehicle applications

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Efficient Drivetrains announced the production release of its EDI PowerDrive 7000ev. The system has already been integrated by leading OEMs, and is suitable for school and mass transit buses, work and utility trucks, as well as logistics vehicle applications.

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Novel hybrid electrolytes to enable high-safety high-voltage Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at the Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering in China have developed new hybrid electrolytes to support high-voltage Li-ion batteries (e.g., ~5 5 volts) by incorporating a liquid electrolyte with silane-Al 2 O 3 nanoparticles (Al 2 O 3 -ST for short). The result combines the merits of both solid and liquid electrolytes. In a paper in the Journal of Power Sources , they report that the cycling stability and rate capacity of LiNi 0.5 Mn 1.5

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Novel catalytic combustion system for ammonia

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Ammonia (NH 3 ) has been drawing attention as a carbon-free alternative fuel. NH 3 could be widely used in thermal power generation and industrial furnaces as an alternative to gasoline and light oil. However, compared with fossil fuels, NH 3 has a high ignition temperature; a low combustion rate and N 2 O/NO x production. To overcome these issues, the development of a novel NH 3 combustion system would be required.

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NUS-led study: beltway to divert diesel trucks in São Paulo improved air quality and public health

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A study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of São Paulo revealed that a beltway constructed to divert heavy-duty diesel vehicles traffic in the Brazilian city of São Paulo improved air quality and public health in the city. The study was published in the Journal of the European Economic Association.

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New photochemical diode artificial photosynthesis system doubles efficiency of solar water splitting

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Researchers in Canada have demonstrated a new photochemical diode artificial photosynthesis system that can enable efficient, unassisted overall pure water splitting without using any sacrificial reagent. As reported in an open-access paper in Nature Communications, the wafer-level photochemical diode arrays exhibited solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of ~3.3% in neutral (pH?~?7.0) overall water splitting reaction. In part of the visible spectrum (400–485?nm),

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€26M ZEFER project to introduce 180 fuel cell electric vehicles into fleets in Paris, Brussels and London

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The European ZEFER (Zero Emission Fleet vehicles for European Roll-out) project will deploy large fleets of 60 hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in each of three European capitals (Paris, London and Brussels). One hundred seventy FCEVs will be operated as taxi or private-hire vehicles, and the remaining 10 will be used by the police.).

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Renewable Energy Group launches REG Ultra Clean Diesel; blend of renewable diesel and biodiesel

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Renewable Energy Group launched REG Ultra Clean Diesel, at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach. REG Ultra Clean Diesel, among the lowest emission diesel fuels on the market today, is a patent-pending fuel made of a proprietary blend of renewable diesel and biodiesel. REG Ultra Clean Diesel is California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved for year-round use throughout California under the Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation.

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New single-step process for production of biogasoline, green diesel and biojet range fuels from palm kernel oil

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Researchers at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil have produced biohydrocarbons in the distillation ranges of gasoline, diesel and aviation kerosene from palm kernel oil and palm olein using beta zeolite (HBeta) under relatively mild process conditions. Deoxygenation, cracking and isomerization over HBeta were conducted in single step, without noble metals. Deoxygenation reactions occurred at 350?°C C under 10?bar

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In-use measurements of NOx and particulates trends for heavy-duty vehicles in California

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A team at the University of Denver has measured the emissions from two in-use California heavy-duty truck fleets—at the Port of Los Angeles and the Cottonwood weigh station in Northern California—using the On-Road Heavy-Duty Measurement System in 2013, 2015 and 2017. A report on their findings is published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. Credit: ACS, Haugen and Bishop (2018).

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Velocys sells its second commercial license for FT renewable diesel and jet technology to Red Rock Biofuels

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Velocys plc, a developer of microchannel Fischer-Tropsch (FT) biorefineries, has received a “notice to proceed” action to commence manufacturing the FT reactors and catalyst for the Red Rock Biofuels LLC ( RRB ) biorefinery that will be located in Lakeview, Oregon. RRB has begun construction of the biorefinery, which will incorporate Velocys’ technology, and produce low-carbon, renewable diesel and jet fuel. Velocys’ role will be as a licensor for its technology to the project.

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DOE issues 4 funding opportunities totaling $78M for advanced biofuels, bioenergy and bioproducts

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued four funding opportunities (FOAs) totaling up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). These include: BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (BEEPS) (up to $28 million) ( DE-FOA-0001916 ). This FOA addresses gaps in current research and development (R&D) which hinder better utilizing waste streams (e.g.

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US charges former CEO of Volkswagen AG Winterkorn with conspiracy and wire fraud in diesel emissions scandal

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A US federal indictment is charging Martin Winterkorn, the former chairman of the management board of Volkswagen AG (VW), with conspiracy and wire fraud in connection with VW’s cheating on US diesel vehicle emissions requirements. The FBI and EPA Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the case. The superseding indictment was issued by a federal grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of Michigan and charges Winterkorn with four counts of violating federal law.

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Meritor collaborating with Peterbilt on all-electric Class 8 trucks; selects UQM as supplier for e-axles

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Meritor, Inc. will supply all-electric drivetrain systems for two Peterbilt vehicle platforms through its alliance with TransPower. Earlier post.) These include 12 Peterbilt all-electric Class 8 Model 579 day cab tractors and three Model 520 refuse trucks. Meritor will supply high-efficiency and lightweight axles, drivelines and brakes that maximize system efficiency, extend range and increase payload.

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DOE to award $68.5M for advanced vehicle technologies research

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $68.5 million for early-stage research of advanced vehicle technologies. (

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DOE awarding $19M to 12 projects for advanced battery and electrification research to enable extreme fast charging

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $19 million in funding to 12 cost-shared research projects focused on batteries and vehicle electrification technologies to enable extreme fast charging. (DE-FOA-0001808, DE-FOA-0001808, earlier post.) Selected research projects are focused on developing electric vehicle systems that can recharge rapidly at high power levels, decreasing typical charge times to 15 minutes or less using a connector or wireless fast charging system.

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EIA: New import duties drove biomass-based diesel imports down in 2017

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US imports of biomass-based diesel, which include biodiesel and renewable diesel, totaled 14.1 million barrels in 2017, a 36% decrease from 2016, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid PHEV debuts; third new Porsche hybrid powertrain since 2017

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The newly introduced 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid makes significant advancements over both the standard Cayenne and the preceding Cayenne S E-Hybrid ( earlier post ) it replaces, including more power, quicker acceleration, a faster top speed, and increased electric-only range. The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid uses the same three-liter mono-turbo V6 as the Cayenne, but significantly increases total horsepower and torque by integrating an electric motor.

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WHO: 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air; 7M deaths per year

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New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal a death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution. Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden.

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Study links traffic-related pollution to risk of asthma in children

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New research led by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggests that long-term exposure to traffic-related pollution significantly increases the risk of pediatric asthma, especially in early childhood. Their findings were published today in a Letter to the Editor in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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GKN Driveline China JV expanding for eDrive systems; forecasting up to 1M eDrive units/year by 2025

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GKN Driveline is expanding its presence in China with the construction of a new plant in Pinghu, Zhejiang Province, through its Chinese joint venture Shanghai GKN HUAYU Driveline Systems (SDS). The 10,000 m 2 Pinghu plant will initially manufacture gears for eDrive systems and will help meet increasing levels of electric and hybrid vehicle production in China. GKN has won a number of key electric driveline programs that will be delivered by SDS.

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Study finds significant slowdown in decrease of NOx emissions in US; implications for air quality management

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NO x emissions have not been decreasing as expected in recent years (2011–2015) when comparing top-down estimates from satellites and surface NO 2 measurements to the trends predicted from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s emission inventory data, according to a new study by an international team of researchers.

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Robert Allan Ltd. designs new battery-electric pilot boat

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Vancouver, Canada-based naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd. has developed a new all-electric pilot boat aimed at service applications in which the run to the ship is 5 nautical miles or less. The RAlly 1600-E is an aluminum version of its highly successful steel predecessor. It features a fully electric twin screw drivetrain and a substantial bank of high energy density batteries that are recharged from shore power.

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Japan policy shift allows imports of ETBE made from US corn-based ethanol; increased carbon-intensity requirement

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The Japanese government’s new biofuel policy will allow imports of ETBE (Ethyl Tert-Butyl Ether) made from US corn-based ethanol. ETBE is an oxygenated gasoline fuel component and ether. ETBE, conventionally derived from ethanol (47% v/v) and isobutylene (53% v/v), features properties including high octane, low boiling point and low vapor pressure. These qualities make it a versatile gasoline blending component, allowing refiners to address both their octane and bio-component requirements. (In

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