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New ORNL protocol reduces Li-ion battery formation time 6x or more without affecting battery performance

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A new process developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory could alleviate a bottleneck in battery manufacturing and deliver higher capacity batteries for electric vehicles and consumer devices. Earlier post.) The ORNL method, published as an open-access paper in the Journal of Power Sources , also conserves lithium, which improves battery capacity. The process is applicable to all lithium-ion batteries and can be tuned for other chemistries as well, said principal investigator David Wood.

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Science Guy Bill Nye buys Chevy Bolt EV, his seventh electric car

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Bill Nye, better known as "The Science Guy" on the popular PBS children's series that bears his name, loves electric cars. He drove one of only a few hundred original GM EV1 two-seat electric cars almost 20 years ago. Three weeks ago, he took delivery of a brand-new "Kinetic Blue" 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV—and he says he couldn't be happier. California Chevy EV1 plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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ContractHireAndLeasing.com Car of the Year Awards 2016/17: Winners announced

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A phenomenal amount of new cars have hit the roads over the last 12 months or so and once again, our dedicated panel of road testers and writers hav. Awards ContractHireAndLeasing.com Leasing

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Greenways’ Grand Tour is a go

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As electric vehicle insurance specialists, the team here at Greenways have a real passion for electric motoring – and we want to spread that enthusiasm far and wide. That’s why Daniel West, Greenways’ business development executive, is sharing his experience of test-driving a Nissan Leaf, kindly supplied by Greenhous in Shrewsbury. Dubbed the Greenways Grand Tour, Daniel has been spending a week as an electric car driver to really get a feel for his clients’ style of motoring.

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Electric airplane sets ascent record with Siemens drive system

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An electric-drive Extra 330LE aerobatics plane recently set a world record in ascent in the category of “Electric aircraft weighing up to 1,000 kilograms. The pilot reached an altitude of 3,000 meters in only four minutes and 22 seconds, beating the previous record by one minute and 10 seconds. The airplane rose into the air at 11.5 meters per second.

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Electric cars vs bicycles: which has a higher carbon footprint?

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Electric cars are simply nicer and calmer to drive than conventional cars, and as their prices fall, that may be what will lure mass-market buyers over time. But they have undeniable benefit of lowering wells-to-wheels carbon emissions per mile driven, and they can also be powered entirely on renewable energy. Which makes them good for drivers and. Carbon Footprint bicycle carbon dioxide plug-in cars wells to wheels

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First drive review: Peugeot 3008

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The people carrier is a dying breed, with the family vehicle of choice now being the high-riding SUV. This pleases car manufacturers as they’re able t. Peugeot 3008 Reviews

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Sales of Neste MY Renewable Diesel expands to Neste Truck stations for heavy vehicles in Finland

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The distribution of Neste MY Renewable Diesel, produced entirely from waste and residues, has expanded to the Neste Truck network for heavy vehicles in Finland. The product enables up to 90% lower greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of the fuel compared to conventional fossil diesel. At the beginning of the year, we launched Neste MY Renewable Diesel at stations for light vehicles, and now we are expanding the product to the Neste Truck network.

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Chinese battery company takes 22% stake in Valmet Automotive; strategic partnership for EVs

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China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL), a leading global provider of battery and energy storage solutions, has taken a 22% stake in Finland-based Valmet Automotive as part of a new strategic partnership in electric automotive solutions. Simultaneously CATL has subscribed to new shares issued by Valmet Automotive for a 22 % ownership in the company. After the new share issue, the owners of Valmet Automotive are Pontos (39%), Tesi (39%) and CATL (22%).

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The Oil War Is Only Just Getting Started

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The Oil War Is Only Just Getting Started. by Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com. It’s been a month now that investors and analysts have been closely watching two main drivers for oil prices: how OPEC is doing with the supply-cut deal, and how US shale is responding to fifty-plus-dollar oil with rebounding drilling activity. Those two main factors are largely neutralizing each other, and are putting a floor and a cap to a price range of between $50 and $60.

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Torotrak shifting strategic focus in response to electrification trend; focus on KERS, away from V-Charge

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UK-based Torotrak, a developer and supplier of emissions reduction and fuel efficiency technology for vehicles, is refocusing its strategy based on its understanding of how the priorities for many players in the European passenger car market—Torotrak’s customers—have profoundly changed in recent months.

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New CE-CERT report finds Cummins Wesport ISL G near-zero gas engine performs with lower NOx than EPA certification standard over range of cycles

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A report released by the University of California Riverside’s College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), found that the new 8.9L Cummins Westport ISL G near-zero (NZ) natural gas engine ( earlier post ) meets and exceeds the certification standards during a full range of duty cycles.

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DLR working with Yamaha on thermoelectric generators for vehicles; seeking 3-5% gain in fuel economy

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The Institute of Vehicle Concepts at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt, DLR) is, together with the Japanese company Yamaha Corporation, developing special vehicle systems based on thermoelectric effects. The aim of the cooperation is to develop prototype thermoelectric generator modules for on-road and rail vehicles.

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McLaren Automotive launches collaborative strategic project on next-gen powertrains; part-funded by UK government

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McLaren Automotive has launched a strategic project to design and develop technology for the next generation of powertrains. Working with a number of partners including BMW Group and Ricardo, the project intends to develop new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible. It also aims to further facilitate CO 2 reductions while simultaneously increasing engine output. The technology is destined for application in future McLaren engines.

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Berkeley Lab high-resolution imaging reveals new understanding of LMNO cathode particles

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Using advanced imaging techniques, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have been able to observe what exactly happens inside a cathode particle as lithium-ion batteries are charged and discharged.

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Maxwell expands partnership with CRRC to localize ultracapacitor module production for the China bus market

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Maxwell Technologies, a leading developer and manufacturer of capacitive energy storage and power delivery solutions, announced a definitive agreement with CRRC Qingdao Sifang Rolling Stock Research Institute Co. CRRC-SRI) to localize manufacturing of its ultracapacitor-based modules for use in the China new energy bus market.

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Bloomberg Intelligence: US border tax could boost gasoline prices average $0.30/gallon

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If the proposed broad 20% border-adjustment tax were implemented and applied to the energy sector, the result would likely lead to a large increase in gasoline prices and a big premium in domestic oil prices vs. international, according to new analysis by Bloomberg Intelligence. Pump prices could rise an average $0.30 per gallon, with more sticker shock on the East Coast, which needs to import octane components as well as crude.

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GM and Honda to establish industry-first $85M joint fuel cell system manufacturing operation in Michigan

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General Motors and Honda are establishing the auto industry’s first manufacturing joint venture—Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC, FCSM)—to mass-produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from each company. Over the past three years, GM and Honda have been collaborating on next-generation fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems, aiming at commercialization in the 2020 time frame. Earlier post.).

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Researchers find shade from stand density can cost farmers about 10% of potential crop yield

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A team from the University of Illinois has found that compared to top leaves, the shaded lower level leaves of C4 crops planted in dense stands such as corn and Miscanthus underperform, costing farmers about 10% of potential yield.

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PSA Group makes electric commercial vehicles available for car sharing in Paris

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The city of Paris recently launched the electric commercial vehicle car sharing service for professionals, “ VULe Partagés ”. PSA Group is providing 80% of the vehicle fleet put into service. Out of 10 vehicles available, 4 Peugeot Partner and 4 Citroën Berlingo are made available to users.

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Hexcel makes $10M 2nd round investment in 3D printing company Oxford Performance Materials

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Oxford Performance Materials, Inc. OPM), a leader in advanced materials science and high performance additive manufacturing (HPAM), closed on an additional round of strategic investment from Hexcel Corporation. In May 2016, OPM and Hexcel announced an initial strategic investment from Hexcel of $15 million. The second round of investment from Hexcel is $10 million, for a total equity investment of $25 million to date.

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OpenSynergy developing automotive safety hypervisor for ARM Cortex-R52

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OpenSynergy, a developer of embedded automotive software for in-car cockpit solutions, is developing the industry’s first software hypervisor for the ARM Cortex-R52 processor, ARM’s most advanced real-time safety processor. The hypervisor turns any chip based on the Cortex-R52 into several virtual machines capable of simultaneously executing separate software tasks.

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Stanadyne and BYC form alliance to supply integrated diesel common rail fuel systems

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Stanadyne, a fuel injection systems developer based in Windsor, Connecticut, and BYC (ASIMCO Tianwei) a fuel injection systems developer based in Beijing, China, have formed of a strategic alliance to bring diesel common rail (DCR) fuel systems to the global market. Both companies, which specialize in elements of DCR fuel systems, will blend their respective expertise to create complete, co-branded fuel systems for engine makers.

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Singapore MPA, DNV GL expand R&D partnership to include autonomous systems and intelligent shipping

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DNV GL and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote research and development (R&D) and innovation in the maritime industry. Given the growing need to create safer and more efficient solutions for the maritime industry, this renewed MOU will have an expanded scope to include the R&D of intelligent shipping systems.

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Study: splash blended ethanol fuels with higher ethanol percentage enable higher thermal efficiency in SI engine

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A team from the University of Birmingham (UK) and Shell Global Solutions has investigated the effect of RON, octane sensitivity and charge cooling in splash-blended ethanol fuels with different volume percentages of ethanol on a single-cylinder direct-injection spark ignition (DISI) research engine.

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Symbio uses Borit metal bipolar plates in its commercial fuel cell range extender

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Belgium-based Borit is the supplier-of-choice for metal bipolar plates in the successful range extender fuel cell systems of the French market leader Symbio. Earlier post.) The production of metal bipolar plates—a key component in fuel cells—is challenging, requiring subtle structures, tight tolerances, precise and gas tight laser welding of very thin metal sheets, and strict quality control in a cost-efficient way at advantageous prices.

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Ride-sharer Grab to invest $700M in “Grab 4 Indonesia” 2020 master plan

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Grab, the leading ride-hailing platform in Southeast Asia, launched its “Grab 4 Indonesia” 2020 master plan, endorsed by Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal (BKPM), the Government of Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board. Under the plan, Grab will invest US$700 million in Indonesia over the next four years to support Indonesia’s goal of becoming Southeast Asia’s largest digital economy by 2020.

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Nissan to introduce diesel 4WD off-road project van at Chicago show

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The Nissan NV Cargo X project vehicle, arguably the most extreme version of Nissan Commercial Vehicles’ flagship NV Cargo van ever created, will make its world auto show debut at the upcoming 2017 Chicago Auto Show. Built in partnership with legendary off-road builder Ian Johnson, the NV Cargo X stands more than seven-and-a-half feet tall on 37-inch tires and is powered by a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel transplanted from a Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup.

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MIT study finds lithium sulfide solid electrolyte more brittle than ideal for batteries

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Researchers at MIT have probed the mechanical properties of Li2 S –P 2 S 5 —thought to be a promising amorphous lithium-ion-conducting solid electrolyte—to determine its mechanical performance when incorporated into batteries. The study, published in the journal Advanced Energy Materials , found that the material is more brittle than would be ideal for battery use.

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UQM partners with Meritor for full e-axle systems for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles; prototypes later this year

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UQM Technologies has signed a development agreement with Meritor. The development program is expected to last for two-and-one-half years. The alliance will develop full electric axle systems to address the increasing commercial vehicle market demand requirements for improved fuel economy and reduced emissions through much higher levels of vehicle electrification.

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New hybrid electric ferry launches in Taiwan with Visedo electric propulsion system

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The Taiwanese harbor city of Kaohsiung has launched a new hybrid electric ferry. The Cijian Island passenger ferry is retrofitted with a Visedo electric propulsion system, replacing the original diesel engine. It heralds Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry and, if successful, the Kaohsiung City Government plans to retrofit the rest of its diesel fleet to help reduce pollution levels around Taiwan’s largest harbor.

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McLaren introducing new generation Proactive Chassis Control with upcoming new Super Series

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The second-generation McLaren Super Series, which will make its public debut at the 87 th Geneva International Motor Show, will have the widest breadth of dynamic ability of any McLaren and set new standards for Super Series’ cornering performance, driver enjoyment and ride comfort. An advanced new generation of McLaren’s multi-mode, Proactive Chassis Control is key to the elevated dynamic performance of the new McLaren supercar.

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Schaeffler and Factory Berlin enter cooperation agreement

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Schaeffler and the Factory Berlin startup campus have signed a cooperation agreement for an “innovation hub.” It is intended to offer automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler a professional environment and ideal resources for its digitalization and innovation initiatives. For its partners, Factory Berlin is a platform used for networking and cooperation. Corporations and medium-size companies can come here to get support for the transformation and digitalization of their business models.

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Nissan e-NV200 was Europe’s best-selling electric van in 2016; sales up 7%

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The Nissan e-NV200 was Europe’s best-selling electric van in 2016. The award-winning all-electric van ranked number one in 17 countries across Europe, ahead of its competitors in the category. The UK proved to be the top market in Europe for Nissan e-NV200, followed closely by Norway and then France. Overall Nissan e-NV200 sales were up 7% in 2016 compared to the previous year with 4,319 units registered.

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ClearMotion raises $100M to commercialize digital chassis

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MIT spin-out ClearMotion , Inc., an automotive technology company developing a “digital chassis”, announced a $100-million Series C preferred stock financing led by clients advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, with participation from New Enterprise Associates (NEA); Qualcomm Ventures; World Innovation Lab (WiL); and Eileses Capital. This round brings the company’s total investment to date to over $130 million.

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UK government awards ULEMCo £1.3M for hydrogen dual-fuel trials

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UK-based ULEMCo , a developer of a hydrogen-diesel dual-fuel conversion system ( earlier post ), has been awarded Government funding to trial a range of vehicles with hydrogen dual-fuel technology. The funding is worth more than £1.3 million (US$1.6 million), and will see large vans and trucks running on hydrogen dual-fuel.

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Volkswagen reaches settlement agreements with private plaintiffs and US Federal Trade Commission on 3.0L TDI V6 vehicles in US

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Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. together, Volkswagen) has reached proposed agreements to resolve outstanding civil claims regarding approximately 78,000 affected 3.0L TDI V6 diesel engine vehicles in the United States.

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