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New Airbus lab in Shenzhen to push battery technology for electric aerial vehicles; collaboration with BYD

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In China, the recently opened Airbus China Innovation Center (ACIC) battery lab is looking to power a new generation of electric-powered aerial vehicles. Asia is the global epicenter of battery development and production, with Japan and Korea as the worldwide leaders.

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2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV: How GM’s only electric car stacks up after 3 years

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Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the captions write themselves. I was riding shotgun in the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car when a sign loomed up on the left side of the road: “Dismal Nitch.”

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Morris J-Type to be revived as all-electric van

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Only readers of a certain age should remember Morris Commercial, but that’s due to change in the coming years with the reintroduction of the J-Type van

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Argonne team develops new electrolyte mixtures that stabilize silicon anodes during cycling; MESA

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new electrolyte mixture and a simple additive that stabilizes silicon anodes during cycling. An open-access paper on their work is published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

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Swindon Powertrain developing compact, high-power “crate” EV powertrain; targeting June 2020 production

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Swindon Powertrain is developing a new compact 80kW “crate” electric powertrain that will make it easier for specialist OEMs to electrify their low volume sports cars, light commercial and recreational vehicles.

2019 113

New Flyer supports San Francisco launch of emission-reducing Green Zones; geofencing for EV mode

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New Flyer of America Inc. has successfully met and supported the launch of the San Francisco Green Zone requirement, using New Flyer Connect to execute GPS-triggered (geofencing) functionality with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and BAE Systems PLC (BAE).

Relationship between distance driven and economic activity: 1946-2017

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by Michael Sivak. This is the latest in my series of analyses on the relationship between road transportation and economic activity in the United States.

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Audi A6 allroad returns to the US in 2020 with 48V mild hybrid system

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The Audi A6 allroad is making its US return in 2020 with a specially tuned adaptive air suspension and quattro with ultra technology.

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Solid-electrolyte-based liquid Li-S and Li-Se batteries can deliver up to 500 Wh/kg

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Researchers at Zhengzhou University, Tsinghua University and Stanford University have developed a solid-electrolyte-based liquid Li-S and Li-Se (SELL-S and SELL-Se, respectively) battery system with the potential to deliver energy densities exceeding 500 Wh kg -1 and and 1,000 Wh L -1 , together with the ability of low-cost and stable electrochemical performance for future concentrated and large-scale storage applications. The batteries use a Li 6.4 La 3 Zr 1.4 Ta 0.6 O the. (LLZTO) ceramic tube as electrolyte and work at temperatures higher than the melting point of lithium. Polysulfide or polyselenide shuttle effects and lithium dendrite growth are effectively prevented, and high energy density, together with high stability, fast charge/discharge capability, high Coulombic efficiency, and high energy efficiency, can be achieved. A paper on their work is published in the journal Joule. The current state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have an energy density of less than 300 Wh kg -1 and 750 Wh L -1. Sulfur (S) and selenium (Se), which are in the same group (VIA), are promising candidates to replace commercial metallic oxide cathodes for LIBs because of their high capacity (1,670 mAh g -1 when lithiated to Li 2 S and 675 mAh g -1 when lithiated to Li 2 Se), high theoretical energy density (~2,600 Wh kg -1 and 2,800 Wh L -1 for Li-S battery; ~1,160 Wh kg -1 and 2,530 Wh L -1 for Li-Se battery), and correspondingly low cost ($41 kWh -1 for Li-Se and $15 kWh -1 for Li-S based on electrode materials). Since the initial use of S and Se as electrodes in batteries, investigations of Li-S and Li-Se batteries have attracted substantial attention. Previous research has mostly focused on batteries with a solid-state Li-metal anode, a solid-state S or Se cathode (powder or different S/C or Se/C composites), and a liquid organic electrolyte. However, due to the use of solid lithium metal and a liquid organic electrolyte, the above battery structure has certain intrinsic issues: (1) poor cycling stability and low Coulombic efficiency because of the shuttling effect caused by dissolution of short-chain Li 2 S x or Li 2 Se x in the liquid organic electrolyte, safety issues associated with the high flammability of the liquid organic electrolyte, and (3) dendritic growth of the lithium anode and its side reactions in the electrolyte. Additionally, a large volume change of solid S and Se during charge and discharge causes the abscission of active S or Se from the current collector, causing cycling instability and decreasing the usage of Se and S. These issues have seriously impeded the development of Li-S and Li-Se batteries. —Jin et al. Structure and schematic diagram of SELL-S and SELL-Se battery system. (A) Structure of the SELL-S and SELL-Se batteries. Cross section of the battery. (B) Optical image of a SELL-S and SELL-Se cell case. (C) Process of S/C secondary particle preparation using isotactic cool pressing. (D) Charge and discharge schematic of SELL-S and SELL-Se batteries. Jin et al. The SELL-S and SELL-Se batteries consist of a liquid lithium-metal anode; a molten S or Se cathode with carbon black, and an LLZTO ceramic tube electrolyte. The Lithium-metal anode is inside the LLZTO tube, and a stainless steel rod is inserted, serving as the current collector for the anode. A S(Se) cathode with a carbon black conductive additive (with a mass ratio of m(S or Se):m(C) = 9:1) is inserted into the stainless steel cylindrical container outside the LLZTO tube, being physically and electronically separated from the lithium anode by the LLZTO tube. The stainless steel cylinder works as current collector for the cathode at the same time. The conductive carbon needed for molten S and Se only occupies 10% of the total electrode weight, so the dead weight is minimized. Resources. Jin et al. (2019) “High-Energy-Density Solid-Electrolyte-Based Liquid Li-S and Li-Se Batteries,” Joule doi: 10.1016/j.joule.2019.09.003. Batteries Li-Sulfur

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Equipmake unveils new low-floor electric bus chassis aimed at double-deckers

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UK electrification company Equipmake revealed the latest version of its electric bus powertrain at Busworld Europe; the new low-floor version of its EBus electric chassis ( earlier post ) is aimed at double-decker applications.

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Porsche introduces entry-level electric Taycan 4S; two battery sizes

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Shortly following on the global debut of the electric Taycan in September, Porsche is presenting the third version of the electric sports car: the Taycan 4S. The new model is available with two battery sizes: the Performance battery (79.2

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GM offers to make electric pickup in Detroit, as UAW pushes for more US-made gas vehicles

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GM has committed to building an electric pickup truck in Detroit in its ongoing attempt to negotiate a new contract with the UAW.

2019 102

KS Kolbenschmidt introducing 5th generation LITEKS piston system for improved fuel savings through friction reduction

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Modern piston assemblies are subject to high demands in terms of both loading and lifetime; in addition, there is the environment-friendly demand for low engine emissions.

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Sales of BMW Group electrified vehicles up 10.1% in September, down 1% year-to-date

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Global sales of BMW Group electrified models (fully-electric and plug-in hybrid) increased by 10.1% in September year-on-year to 16,035 units—due in part to the new BMW 330e.

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2020 Porsche Taycan 4S: Lower-priced version might offer longest range

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Porsche’s Turbo models have always been among the more exclusive, expensive models from the German sports-car maker, and now this ring true for its Taycan electric car, too: Not all Taycans will be Turbos.

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Proterra introduces multi-dispenser charging solution for heavy-duty electric vehicle fleets

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Electric bus manufacturer Proterra has introduced a multi-dispenser charging solution which enables Proterra charging systems to have multiple low-profile charging dispensers paired with a single Power Control System (PCS).

2019 97

Wärtsilä to install hybrid upgrades on two offshore supply vessels

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The technology group Wärtsilä will engineer, supply, and install complete battery hybrid packages in two offshore supply vessels owned by the Norway-based operator Atlantic Offshore. The upgrading project will be carried out at the Fitjar shipyard in Norway.

2019 97

Crowdfunded Aptera super-efficiency EV will use in-wheel motors

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Aptera, self-proclaimed builder of the world's most efficient passenger vehicle, is partnering with Elaphe Propulsion to bring in-wheel motor technology to its 1,000-mile electric two-seater.

Airbus and LM Industries create mobility startup Neorizon; digital manufacturing

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Airbus and LM Industries, the the parent company of Local Motors and Launch Forth, have formed Neorizon to provide disruptive and innovative products with an initial focus on local mobility and autonomy. The Neorizon microfactory is intended to build products at unprecedented speeds through the combination of co-creation and cutting-edge technology. Its efficiency will allow products to be iterated regularly to match customers’ needs and preferences.

2019 96

Dependable Supply Chain Services deploys Orange EV electric trucks as step towards zero-emission freight facility

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Orange EV and Dependable Supply Chain Services announced the deployment of Orange EV pure electric terminal trucks (aka yard trucks, hostlers, spotters) as the first step in fulfilling the Dependable Highway Express (DHE) plan to transform its Ontario, California facility into a sustainable, energy-efficient, emission-free freight terminal. Launching their transition to a zero-emission facility, DHE replaced two diesel yard trucks with two Orange EV battery electric trucks. DHE, with support from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and additional project partners, will make further investments in electric forklifts, over-the-road electric trucks, and charging infrastructure, all powered with solar energy generated onsite. Orange EV’s Class 8 electric trucks, commercially deployed since 2015, are more than 400% more energy-efficient than their diesel counterparts. At moderate use sites, replacing one diesel yard truck with Orange EV electric trucks can eliminate 80 tons of CO 2 , along with NO x , particulate matter, and other criteria pollutants. DHE leveraged funds from CARB’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) to purchase its Orange EV trucks. Currently, HVIP funds enable Orange EV to provide discounts of up to $165,000 per T-Series electric terminal truck. CARB is in the process of transitioning terminal trucks into its Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE), where, in addition to discounts for these trucks, proposed funding will also include vouchers for charging equipment. Overall, the HVIP program has driven growth in the ultra-clean trucks market in California, helping to reduce air pollution and cut climate changing gases, especially in communities suffering from high-volume traffic. More than 50% of vehicles purchased through the program are operating in communities disproportionately burdened by harmful air pollutants. HVIP and CORE are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health—particularly in disadvantaged communities. Projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and more. At least 35% of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. Dependable Highway Express is a division of Dependable Supply Chain Services, a full-service logistics provider offering trucking (LTL/FTL), warehousing & distribution, harbor drayage, 3PL (third-party logistics), air freight forwarding, ocean freight forwarding, and freight transport to and from Hawaii & Guam. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty

2019 95

Tesla Model S Performance vs Porsche Taycan 4S: Which is the better way to spend $100k?

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With the introduction of the much more affordable 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S on Monday, we now have a model that overlaps with the Tesla Model S Performance on price. Those who have billed the Taycan a Tesla-fighter are tempted to compare the Porsche Taycan and the Tesla Model S.

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Sunfire partners with Total on highly efficient hydrogen technology; E-CO2MET

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Germany-based Sunfire has signed a cooperation agreement with the French energy major Total SA. Sunfire will provide a megawatt-scale high temperature electrolyzer for use in industrial environments as part of the E-CO2MET research and development project.

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California plug-in hybrid maker Karma Automotive now accepts Bitcoin

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Karma Automotive announced Tuesday that it will now accept Bitcoin at its flagship Newport Beach location.

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Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus announces partners for first series-produced electric truck: 14t e-Delivery

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Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus (VWCO) announced its partners for its first mass-produced electric truck: the 14-tonne e-Delivery. Partners are Bosch, CATL, Moura, Semcon, Siemens, Weg, Meritor and Eletra. All are part of the e-Consortium in VWCO’s development and production complex in Resende (RJ).

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Toyota LQ concept looks far out, teases tech that could arrive soon for Lexus

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Toyota's LQ concept may be a study in future mobility, but the name may hint at something far more practical from luxury subsidiary Lexus. The LQ concept is the latest iteration of Toyota's Concept-i autonomy showcase, which debuted at CES in 2017.

2019 90

Buick launches VELITE 6 PLUS MAV EV with increased range of 410 km

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Buick launched the VELITE 6 PLUS MAV (multi-activity vehicle) electric vehicle in China. The newest member of the VELITE 6 family, the VELITE 6 PLUS has a constant-speed range of up to 410 kilometers (255 miles) under New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) conditions on a single charge.

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Swedish startup Uniti debuts city-sized electric car in the UK for less than $19,000

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Uniti will sell its debut One city car in the UK for 15,100 pounds (approximately $19,000) after government subsidies starting next year, the Swedish startup announced Monday.

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Toyota boosts warranty on plug-in hybrid, hybrid, and fuel-cell vehicles

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Toyota announced last week that it will extend its battery warranty on all 2020 model year (and newer) hybrid, plug-in and fuel-cell vehicles to 10 years or 150,000 miles. Through 2019, Toyota covered the first 8 years or 100,000 miles.

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See how emissions from driving have changed in your city

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Despite advances in fuel efficiency and emissions control and the proliferation of hybrid and battery-electric cars over the past three decades, CO2 emissions from transportation sources continue to rise.

2019 90

New porous coordination polymer captures CO2, converts it to useful organic materials

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A new material that can selectively capture CO 2 molecules and efficiently convert them into useful organic materials has been developed by researchers at Kyoto University, along with colleagues at the University of Tokyo and Jiangsu Normal University in China. They describe the material in an open access paper in the journal Nature Communications.

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All-electric 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge crossover debuts: More than 200 miles of range, one year of charging free

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The first all-electric Volvo is also the first Volvo that will continue to improve, the automaker said Wednesday.

2019 87

Volvo pays for charging, Kia Soul EV postponed, very small electric cars: Today’s Car News

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Volvo introduced its first electric car yesterday, and elaborated on a plan that will pay owners of its plug-in hybrids to, well, plug in. Uniti, also from Sweden, revealed its One, an urban electric minicar for the no-frills yet always-connected set.

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EEA report finds most Europeans in cities still exposed to levels of air pollution exceeding WHO guidelines

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The European Environment Agency’s (EEA’s) “ Air quality in Europe — 2019 report ” shows that almost all Europeans living in cities are still exposed to air pollution levels that exceed the health-based air quality guidelines (AQGs) set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

2019 85

XALT introduces low-profile Li-ion battery pack for commercial vehicles; scalable high-density storage

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XALT Energy introduced a new low-profile, high-energy-density battery pack for commercial vehicles at Busworld 2019. The flat, scalable package offers easier installation of new powertrain technologies.

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Germany’s BMVI awarding €23.5M to hydrogen mobility projects

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Germany’s BMVI (Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure) awarded €23.5 million to a set of hydrogen mobility projects ranging from forklift trucks to equipping a ride-pooling fleet to the development of a hydrogen bus and a fuel-cell-powered street sweeper.

2019 85

Audi introduces A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro plug-in hybrid

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Audi is introducing a plug-in hybrid version of its A8 L luxury sedan. The combination of plug-in hybrid drive and intelligent drive management allows distances of up to 46 kilometers (28.6 mi) (measured in accordance with WLTP) to be covered with electric drive alone.

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Toyota to show production-ready ultra-compact BEV at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show; introducing new BEV business model

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Toyota Motor will display its new, production-ready Ultra-compact BEV (battery electric vehicle) at the FUTURE EXPO special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show ahead of the vehicle’s planned commercial launch in Japan in 2020.

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