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CSIRO finds hydrogen could reduce aviation emissions within 5 years

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A new report from Australia’s national science agency CSIRO shows that clean hydrogen can significantly reduce aviation emissions with potential benefits seen within five years. The report, Opportunities for hydrogen in commercial aviation , which had technical input and funding from The Boeing Company, finds that growing hydrogen industry momentum could provide an opportunity to introduce hydrogen for niche airport applications (such as ground support equipment) as early as 2025.

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Used Teslas sell very fast compared to other models, data confirms

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As overall demand for used cars slows due to the coronavirus pandemic, used Teslas are selling faster than other electric cars. According to new analysis from iSeeCars.com, the Tesla Model 3, Model X, and Model S were the top three fastest-selling electric cars, while the Model 3 was the fastest-selling used car overall—including both

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Popular Kia e-Niro available again with shortest-ever lead times

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The Kia e-Niro has now been made more widely available in the UK to cope with soaring demand

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Mercedes-Benz eActros electric trucks moving to Rotterdam and The Hague

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After about a year of intensive practical use by ten customers in Germany and Switzerland, eight of the purely battery-powered Mercedes-Benz eActros trucks are now successively going to new customers in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. They also will put the eActros through its paces in tough everyday transport operations for about a year. Two vehicles will continue the operational testing with customers in the first test phase.

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Clariant announces 4th license deal for sunliquid technology; first Bulgarian cellulosic ethanol project

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Specialty chemical company Clariant and Eta Bio, a company of the Pavlovi family, running a leading business in the agricultural sector in Bulgaria, have signed a license agreement for Clariant’s sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. The agreement marks the fourth signed license deal for Clariant’s sunliquid technology.

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TUM team finds Bitcoin accounts for 2/3 of total energy consumption of cryptocurrencies

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Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have analyzed 20 cryptocurrencies—accounting for more than 98% of the total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies—and found that Bitcoin accounts for 2/3 of the total energy consumption of cryptocurrencies. Understudied cryptocurrencies represent the remaining 1/3. Their paper is published in the journal Joule.

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Octillion Power Systems debuts new EV battery-leasing plan

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Octillion Power Systems, a global provider of advanced lithium-ion storage systems for electric mobility ( earlier post ), announced a new demonstrator program for battery-leasing that allows batteries to be leased to fleet customers when they purchase vehicles. Under the program, participating fleet operators will be allowed to source batteries through a five-year “lease-to-own” program, with no up-front payment. Access to the program will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Linear Labs to begin mass production of high-torque M200 e-mobility motor in September

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Following recent success with white-label manufacturing for corporate customers in the automotive, HVAC and premium efficiency industrial motor industries, smart electric motor company Linear Labs ( earlier post ) announced a major milestone as it will be mass producing its high-torque M200 e-mobility motor for off-the-shelf use starting this September. The announcement comes on the heels of a $68.9-million economic incentive deal with the City of Fort Worth.

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Senate passes sustainable chemistry act as part of military spending bill

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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the Senate in late July includes the bipartisan Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019 ( S.999 ), led by US Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and cosponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.).

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IHS Markit: oil sands greenhouse gas intensity declined 20% over past decade

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New research by the IHS Markit Canadian Oil Sands Dialogue shows that the combined greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of Canadian oil sands projects has declined 20% from 2009 levels. The new analysis, using most recent data available, shows trends remaining in line with previous IHS Markit projections that oil sands GHG intensity will decline by at least 16 to 23% by 2030 (to a level 30% below 2009).

NIO delivered 3,533 EVs in July, up 322.1% YoY; 17,702 units year-to-date

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China-based premium EV-maker NIO reported that it delivered 3,533 vehicles in July 2020, representing a robust 322.1% growth year-over-year. The deliveries consisted of 2,610 ES6s, the Company’s 5-seater high-performance premium smart electric SUV, and 923 ES8s, the Company’s 6-seater and 7-seater flagship premium smart electric SUV. As of 31 July 2020, cumulative deliveries of the ES8 and the ES6 reached 49,615 vehicles, of which 17,702 were delivered in 2020.

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Could electricity be the currency of parking buildings in the future?

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Although the mammoth parking buildings and garages in urban centers are generally seen as eyesores and architectural afterthoughts, ponder this: What if they helped stabilize the power for the community around it? That’s a future that Nissan appears to be pointing to with what it claims is a global first. In its Nissan Pavilion exhibition

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Petrobras ready to launch renewable diesel production upon regulatory approval

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Anelise Lara, the head of Petrobras’ refining, announced that the company is ready to begin production of renewable diesel from soy or other edible oils at commercial scale. Petrobras will expand investments in the segment as soon as it is granted a permit, Lara said. Petrobras recently successfully concluded tests on an industrial scale for the production of renewable diesel.

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20 Solaris Trolleybuses for Ploie?ti

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The Romanian city of Ploie?ti ti has opted for 20 low-floor Solaris Trollino 12 trolleybuses. According to the contract worth PLN 36 million (US$9.6 million), the vehicles will have been delivered within two years from the signing date. The trolleybus network launched in Ploie?ti ti in 1997 is the newest of all networks in Romania. By placing the order, the nearly 250,000-strong city will replace about half of its fleet.

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CATL to supply batteries to Trailer Dynamics for Newton e-Trailer; 300 kWh LFP pack

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Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) and Germany-based Trailer Dynamics GmbH (Trailer Dynamics) signed a battery supply agreement for a new way to electrify long-haul trucks. According to the agreement, CATL will develop, manufacture, and supply batteries for the Newton eTrailer, which will launch in 2023 to promote sustainable road transport development in Europe. The Newton e-Trailer replaces one of the trailer’s conventional non-powered axles with an electric axle.

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Scottish Government investing £300K in new hydrogen accelerator at Univ. of St. Andrews

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The Scottish Government is investing £300,000 (US$391,000) in a new hydrogen accelerator which will be located at the University of St Andrews. Drawing on the expertise of the University, and in partnership with institutions across Scotland, the new initiative will propel innovations in hydrogen technology and encourage knowledge-sharing to support transport applications and sustainable mobility.

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Biden mentions 200-mph electric Corvette, says US can own the market with move to EVs

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Normally, rumors of new cars come from anonymous industry sources or leaked documents, not presidential candidates. In a campaign video meant to emphasize the presumptive Democratic nominee's love of cars, former Vice President Joe Biden mentioned that an all-electric Chevrolet Corvette is in the works. They tell me, and I'm looking forward if. Politics

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Qualcomm, partners launching new CV2X pilot in Honolulu

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On the heels of the C-V2X direct communications program launch last week in San Diego, Qualcomm announced the launch of a new C-V2X pilot program in Honolulu. Applied Information will exclusively implement C-V2X technologies developed by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., while working with the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and the University of Hawaii College of Engineering to extend the deployment of connected vehicle infrastructure across the entire state of Hawaii with C-V2X.

Univ. of Surrey researchers to develop Li-CO2 battery technology

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Researchers at the University of Surrey (UK) are to begin work on a new lithium-ion battery technology that is capable of capturing CO 2 emissions, following a £243,689 award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The project, which will be led by Dr Yunlong Zhao, will undertake research into state-of-the-art batteries that use Li–CO 2 electrochemical technology. Crucially, the research will look to achieve a breakthrough in efficient CO 2 fixation to store energy.

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ARPA-E awarding $33M to 10 projects for natural gas pipeline retrofitting: REPAIR

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The US Department of Energy announced $33 million in funding for 10 projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Rapid Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR) program. REPAIR teams will develop natural gas transmission pipeline retrofitting technology to rehabilitate existing cast iron and bare steel pipes by creating new, robust pipes inside of old ones.

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Cadillac unveils LYRIQ electric luxury crossover show car

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Cadillac unveiled the LYRIQ show car—a fully electric luxury crossover. The LYRIQ is based on GM’s next-generation, modular electric vehicle platform and driven by the Ultium propulsion system, allowing Cadillac to deliver customers a variety of range and performance options. LYRIQ is being designed to offer beyond 300 miles of range on a full charge, based on internal testing.

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Tesla X is OCTA’s first all-electric vanpool vehicle

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The Orange County (CA) Transportation Authority (OCTA) has a Tesla Model X SUV as its first all-electric vehicle in the OCTA Vanpool program. The Tesla X is provided by Green Commuter, one of three vanpool companies contracted by OCTA to provide vehicles to commuters in Orange County to help them share the ride as they travel to work. The all-electric vanpool vehicle is being used by five employees who work in Seal Beach at the Naval Weapons Station.

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GranBio and NextChem partner to develop cellulosic ethanol market

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Brazil-based GranBio announced a strategic alliance with NextChem, the subsidiary of Italian engineering giant Maire Tecnimont dedicated to the energy transition, to co-license its patented technology for the production of second-generation (2G) ethanol worldwide.

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Lithium producer Orocobre working with EnergyX on direct extraction technology

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Orocobre Limited and Energy Exploration Technologies Inc. EnergyX ) have entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) on working together on implementation of direct lithium extraction (DLE) technologies in promoting sustainable development and innovation in the lithium mining sector. Rising demand across the world for electric vehicles and a more efficient energy system has corresponded to a projected exponential increase in demand for lithium.

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AAA electric-car subscription venture: $11 per day, only in Sacramento

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AAA and Electrify America have partnered on an electric-car subscription venture in California. Under the program, AAA Car Subscription now has 55 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf hatchbacks available for long-term rental in Sacramento, the two companies announced via press release Tuesday. This serves as a demonstration project funded through Electrify

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Fuel cell electric vehicles powered by Ballard have driven more than 50M km; 70% in China

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Ballard Power Systems announced that its proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology and products have now powered Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) in commercial heavy- and medium-duty motive applications for acumulative total of more than 50 million kilometers on roads around the globe, an increase of more than 5-times since 2017.

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Israel’s RFISee unveils long-range high resolution 4D imaging radar on a chip

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Israel-based RFISee , a developer of affordable imaging radars for the automotive industry, is unveiling the first Phased Array 4D imaging radar on a chip. The high-resolution, low-cost radar sensor will generate a real-time 3D location and velocity map of a car’s surrounding objects. RFISee’s all-weather radar has proven its ability to detect cars from 500 meters and pedestrians from 200 meters, with an angular resolution greater than 1 degree.

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Volvo Car Group exceeds 600,000 vehicles sold on the CMA platform

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Volvo Car Group, including its strategic affiliates Lynk & Co and Polestar, produce vehicles based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, introduced in 2017. To the end of July more than 600,000 group vehicles based on the platform have been sold. The CMA platform, co-developed by Volvo Cars and Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely), is an example of the joint development, production and procurement achieved since Geely’s acquisition of Volvo Cars on 2 August 2010.

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New study confirms extensive gas leaks in the North Sea; recommends stricter guidelines for handling of abandoned wells

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Researchers from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel have found that considerable quantities of the greenhouse gas methane escape uncontrolled into the water from abandoned oil and gas wells in the North Sea. The work, published in the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control , confirms earlier studies based on a greatly extended data basis. On the basis of investigations directly on the seafloor it was possible to determine the amount of escaping gas.

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In future Audi EVs, one big brain will manage all the physics

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Audi on Thursday provided an early glimpse of some of the technology that might give upcoming premium electric vehicles from the brand—beyond the current E-Tron SUV and Sportback—an edge in terms of comfort, performance, and perhaps efficiency. Just as well-timed power delivery and torque distribution can help a vehicle corner better

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Lyft partners with SIXT to expand Lyft car rental service nationwide

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Lyft announced that, following on the success of its rental pilot in California, it is partnering with SIXT rent-a-car to expand car rentals across the US. Starting this August, Lyft riders in Seattle, Las Vegas, and Miami will be able to rent a SIXT car through the Rentals tab in the Lyft app. Following this three-city launch, Lyft plans to expand to all cities within the SIXT rental network in the US in the coming months.

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INL, UCSD researchers find slow, low-energy charging of Li batteries creates glassy lithium; high-performance Li-metal batteries

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Scientists from Idaho National Laboratory and the University of California San Diego have shown that slow, low-energy charging causes lithium atoms to deposit on electrodes in a disorganized way that improves charging behavior. This noncrystalline, amorphous, “glassy” lithium had never been observed, and creating such amorphous metals has traditionally been extremely difficult.

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Phoenix Motorcars deploys electric cargo truck to service family-owned business in Sacramento

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Phoenix Motorcars, a manufacturer of medium-duty all-electric buses and trucks, has delivered its first ZEUS 500 Electric Cargo Truck to C&V Contractors, a family-owned contracting business based out of Sacramento, California. Funded through the Sacramento Emergency Clean Air & Transportation Grant Program (SECAT), the electric box truck deployment highlights the appetite amongst fleets in California to choose cleaner, sustainable transportation options.

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First drive review: 2021 Toyota Venza hybrid reinterprets the market middle at 39 mpg

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Aim for the wholesome middle of the American vehicle market today, and mix in one of Toyota’s strengths—its hybrid system—and you end up with a new hybrid-only product: the 2021 Toyota Venza. In a recent first drive of the new Venza, I found this hybrid crossover to offer a quiet ride, a comfortable cabin, and a versatile

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Agility introduces new and improved roof-mount CNG fuel systems for refuse trucks

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Agility Fuel Solution, a leading global provider of clean fuel solutions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, introduced its new third-generation roof-mount compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system for Automated Side Loader, Rear End Loader and Front End Loader refuse collection vehicles. Agility introduced its roof-mount CNG fuel systems for refuse fleets in 2001, and since then, they have been used widely by fleets large and small across North America.

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Mercedes-Benz and CATL enhance battery partnership

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Mercedes-Benz and CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited) announced an enhanced partnership in the field of battery technology. The electric luxury sedan Mercedes-Benz EQS will launch next year equipped with CATL cell modules, delivering a WLTP range of more than 700 km (435 miles). Mercedes-Benz and CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.,

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First drive review: 2020 Tesla Model Y sets the benchmark for electric crossovers

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The 2020 Tesla Model Y is perfectly positioned. A crossover, it represents the fastest growing automotive segment. An electric vehicle, it’s part of a future that is rapidly approaching. It’s the first viable entry (sorry, Jaguar I-Pace, buyers just aren’t into you) in a class primed to expand. It’s here, it’s

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