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Symbio intros 40 kW hydrogen fuel cell range-extending module for heavy-duty electric vehicles

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At the Movin’On 2018 mobility summit in Montreal, hydrogen fuel-cell company Symbio intoduced a 40-kW fuel cell system—H2Motiv L—targeting range-extending conversion applications for heavy-duty electric vehicles.

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BMW 530e will be first "plug-in" car with wireless charging this summer

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When will charging your electric car be as convenient as charging your phone? This summer, if BMW has its way. The company says it will be the first to lease a wireless inductive charging system in the U.S. for its 530e plug-in hybrid. Customers can order the system now, and BMW says it will be delivered in Europe starting in July and that it

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CARB approves $423M plan to mitigate harm from Volkswagen defeat devices; significant investments in heavy-duty vehicles and equipment sectors

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a plan to mitigate statewide harm from more than 10,000 tons of smog-causing pollutants released in the state due to Volkswagen’s (VW) use of illegal “defeat devices” in diesel passenger cars.

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StreetScooter opens second manufacturing facility in Düren; doubles capacity to 20,000 electric vans per year

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StreetScooter GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group and leading producer of electric delivery vehicles ( earlier post ), has opened its second manufacturing facility.

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SoftBank to invest $2.25B in GM Cruise; GM to add $1.1B; driving large-scale AV deployment

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SoftBank Vision Fund will invest $2.25 billion in GM Cruise Holdings LLC (GM Cruise), further strengthening the company’s plans to commercialize autonomous vehicle (AV) technology at large scale. GM will also invest $1.1 billion in GM Cruise upon closing of the transaction.

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Lion Electric unveils eLionM electric midi/minibus at Movin’On

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At the Movin’On 2018 mobility summit in Montreal, Québec-based Lion Electric unveiled its 100% electric midi/minibus, the eLionM. The low-floor vehicle will be able to travel up to 75 miles (120 km) (one 80 kWh pack) or 150 miles (240 km) (two 80 kWh packs) per charge.

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Roland Berger: demand for purpose-built vehicles for ride-sharing, many electric, to reach 2.5M cars by 2025

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The growing demand for ride-sharing services worldwide is spawning a new category of vehicles with a flexible interior that can be individually tailored to the needs of their users.

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Government of Canada to buy Trans Mountain Pipeline System and Expansion Project for C$4.5B, resume planing and construction

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The Government of Canada will purchase Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline system and the expansion project (TMEP) for C$4.5 billion (US$3.46 billion); Kinder Morgan has agreed to work with the Government of Canada to seek a third-party buyer for the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and TMEP.

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U Akron team develops Mn-based high performance anode for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at the University of Akron have developed hierarchical porous Mn 3 O 4 /C nanospheres as anode materials for Li-ion batteries. These nanospheres exhibited a high reversible specific capacity (1237 mAh/g at 200?mA/g),

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Kalmar and Yara developing first fully-digitalized and electric cargo solution for autonomous electric Yara Birkeland

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Yara have entered into an agreement in which Kalmar will deliver fully autonomous equipment, software and services for a unique, fully digitalized container handling solution at Yara’s Porsgrunn facility in Norway.

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In-wheel electric drive company Protean Electric raises $40M; JV with Weifu

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In-wheel electric drive company Protean Electric announced the completion of a $40-million equity investment as the initial closing of its Series E funding round. The investor group is led by Weifu High-Technology Group Co., Ltd.,

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Marks & Spencer to lease Dearman zero-emission TRU

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Dearman has launched a partnership with UK retail giant Marks & Spencer, as the retailer seeks to reduce carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from its chilled deliveries.

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Audi: e-tron prototype drag coefficient of 0.28 contributes to 400 km range; virtual mirrors and dimples

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Audi’s e-tron prototype, the forerunner of its coming series-production battery-electric SUV, features a drag coefficient of 0.28—a —a top result in the SUV segment. The figure is a decisive factor in the everyday range of more than 400 kilometers (248.5

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New Volkswagen Touareg SUV offers pneumatic suspension coupled with electromechanical roll stabilization; 48V and supercapacitors

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Krakow orders 30 Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid buses

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The Krakow public transport authority, Poland’s second-largest public transport authority, has placed an order for 30 Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid vehicles as well as 56 conventional Citaro buses.

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BMW and MIT Self-Assembly Lab collaborate to design the first printed inflatable material; liquid printed pneumatics

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The BMW Design Department in collaboration with MIT’s Self-Assembly Laboratory have successfully developed printed inflatable material technologies that selftransform, adapt and morph from one state to another.

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Revolve Technologies working with Ford for hybrid ECUs

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Ford has appointed UK-based Revolve Technologies , a specialist powertrain, engineering and development business, as its sole European Quality Calibration Modifier (QCM), giving the company access to Ford engine technical information. As engine designs become ever more complex, optimizing for new applications is an increasing challenge that requires access to complex data sets. Engines produced for hybrid vehicles using specially calibrated ECUs can offer improved reliability and fuel economy.

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How crude-oil prices influence gasoline prices

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by Michael Sivak. Gasoline is one of the products refined from crude oil. Thus, the price of crude oil should have a strong influence on the price of gasoline. However, the retail price of gasoline includes other costs as well. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that in the United States from 2008 to 2017, crude oil represented only 61% of the retail price of gasoline.

BMW offering 3.2 kW wireless charging option for 530e PHEV; production starts in July

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BMW i is introducing a factory-fitted, fully integrated inductive charging facility for the high-voltage battery in a plug-in hybrid vehicle. Production will start in July.

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International review study seeks to improve modeling for plug-in vehicle adoption

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Scenario study suggests increased vehicle electrification in Europe increases demand for gas in power sector; limited ability for power-to-gas

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A study published by the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) has explored the possible impact of increased electrification of road transportation and domestic heating and cooking on the energy system (electricity and gas), as well as on CO 2 emissions and on GDP. The study is based on a set of scenarios for 2050 of electrification in five European countries: Austria (AT), Belgium (BE), France (FR), Germany (DE) and the Netherlands (NL).

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Hyundai’s 2019 IONIQ electrified line-up adds active safety features, voice recognition, remote charge management

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Hyundai’s model-year 2019 IONIQ lineup—hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric— adds new and broader applications of active safety features, enhanced voice-recognition features and standard remote charge management for Plug-in and Electric models. 2019 Ioniq models will be available at Hyundai dealerships this summer. 2019 Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid. New for the 2019 IONIQ models: Driver Attention Alert and High Beam Assist safety features now available.

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Sono Sion solar electric car promises 18 miles of range from solar panels

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Solar cells have gotten cheap enough to make solar cars practical. At least that's the business model of one electric-car startup in Europe. Sono Motors plans to build a $25,000 electric car covered in solar cells that can provide up to 18 miles of range a day. The company plans to introduce it at the end of 2019. In a video interview with

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Toyota and Suzuki to start discussing joint projects for technological development, vehicle production, and market development; India and Africa

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Toyota Motor Corporation and Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) agreed to start discussing new joint projects in the fields of technological development, vehicle production, and market development. After having concluded a memorandum of understanding toward business partnership on 6 February 2017 ( earlier post ), Toyota and Suzuki have been pursuing concrete forms of cooperation and have announced the mutual supply of vehicles for the Indian market ( earlier post ) and other joint efforts.

Crowdfunded Estonian Nobe electric has a plan to revive bubble cars

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Want to get in on the ground floor of a new electric-car startup? Crowdfunding seems to be the latest rage for automotive startups in Europe. The latest is an Estonian startup called Nobe, which hopes to raise funding to build a small, electric three-wheeler. The company officially launched the vehicle Wednesday along with a crowdfunding drive. youtube

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DOE Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute awards ~$10M to 10 projects

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute ( CESMII ) will award nearly $10 million for ten projects to help advance its goals and enable US manufacturers to develop and implement innovations that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, sustainability, and innovation.

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US researchers demo separation-free, IL-based process for conversion of biomass to advanced biofuel

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Researchers from three US national labs (Berkeley, Pacific Northwest and Sandia) has demonstrated a separation-free, ionic-liquid (IL)-based process to convert biomass to an advanced biofuel (the sesquiterpene bisabolene). The process, described in an open access paper in the RSC journal Green Chemistry , is also the first to demonstrate full consumption of glucose, xylose, acetate, and lactic acid in the presence of the IL cholinium lysinate ([Ch][Lys]).

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UK milk delivery service orders 200 electric StreetScooter delivery trucks

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Milk & More, Britain’s largest milk delivery service has purchased 200 electric StreetScooters ( earlier post ). The £6.5-million (US$9.1-million) investment in the StreetScooters makes the business one of the largest operators of electric vehicles in the country. The new electric fleet is the first of its kind in the UK and represents the latest step as the brand continues to transform its operation in 2018.

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Report: Trump EPA plans to cancel California emissions waiver

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The EPA is planning to cancel the special waiver that California has relied on since 1970 to set its own emissions standards, according to a Bloomberg report. As part of its plan to reverse a program to steadily tighten fuel economy standards that it coordinates with California and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the EPA has. emissions CO2 smog Corporate Average Fuel Economy air pollution

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California utilities commission passes record incentives for chargers

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The California Public Utilities commission on Thursday approved the largest public electric vehicle charging package in U.S. history, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. NRDC senior attorney Max Baumhefner, who lobbied for the program, says it is designed to set electricity up as a direct competitor to gasoline as a transportation. charging infrastructure

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Problems dog Tesla Model 3 in Edmunds tests

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Hundreds of thousands of people waiting to order their Tesla Model 3s are also anxiously waiting for word of the car's reliability and build quality. Now Edmunds.com has released its second update on the early car that it bought, and the news isn't good. DON'T MISS: Some Tesla Model 3 cars haunted by "phantom touch" and "vampire draw" (updated

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Camera mirrors could add range to Audi e-tron electric SUV

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Audi is pulling out all the efficiency stops on its upcoming electric e-tron SUV. It's currently slated to be the first production car to offer cameras in place of exterior rearview mirrors. Exterior mirrors have always been a bane to automotive engineers trying to improve efficiency (not to mention reduce wind noise.) In an electric SUV, that's

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International Energy Agency forecasts 125 million electric cars on road by 2030

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The International Energy Agency, an advisory council to energy-consuming countries, released a new report forecasting that by 2030, the world will have 125 million electric cars on the road. That would amount to 10 to 12 percent of the world's cars running on electricity in a little over a decade. The report, publicized by CNBC, says that while

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Tesla nearing limit of $7,500 federal tax credits, which will boost effective prices this fall

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Adding to Elon Musk's headaches this month, Tesla is about to hit the limit on federal tax credits for electric cars. This could effectively raise prices for buyers of the company's critical Model 3. The tax credits, passed in 2008 as part of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act and signed by President George W. Bush, grant taxpayers who buy

Québec investing $130M in Nemaska Lithium

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The Québec government is investing a total of $130 million ($80 million in capital stock and $50 million in bonds) as part of a $-1.1 billion financing effort to commission a spodumene (lithium ore) mine at Nemaska, 300 km north of Chibougamau in Eeyou-Istchee James Bay territory. In addition, a commercial lithium hydroxide and carbonate plant will be built in Shawinigan, Mauricie.

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Russian reseachers: quantum is key to securing blockchain

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Blockchain is a distributed ledger platform that allows consensus in a large decentralized network of parties who do not trust each other. Transactions are accountable and transparent, making it useful for a variety of applications from smart contracts and finance, to manufacturing and healthcare, to logistics and ride-sharing. One of the most prominent applications of blockchains is cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin.

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Federal-Mogul Powertrain introduces new piston ring for commercial vehicles; increased efficiency, lower emissions

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Federal-Mogul Powertrain has developed a new piston ring for use in commercial vehicle diesel engines that enhances gas sealing capability by stabilizing ring dynamic motion and homogenizing oil film. The running surface profile of the new eLine rings for use in the second groove has been designed to distribute oil more evenly around the cylinder bores and to modify the running face area for reduced gas pressure force.

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