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ANL researchers report photo-excitation can speed up Li-ion charging by factor of two

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have reported that a new photo-excitation mechanism can speed up the charging of lithium-ion batteries by a factor of two or more. An open-access paper on their work appears in Nature Communications.

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Electric Car Facts and FAQ

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Electric car facts and frequently asked questions from the e-mail bag. There's no such thing as a dumb question

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Done deal: Ohio company aims to build electric work trucks at former GM plant

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General Motors has officially sold its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly facility—for an undisclosed amount—to a company that will build electric pickups. They won’t have anything to do with GM’s upcoming electric pickups, however.

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Top five things we learned this week

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With fireworks lighting up the night sky this week as we identified a few cars we’d like to throw on a bonfire, the start of November signals a glimpse of what’s next in the automotive industry as we gear up for the LA Motor Show

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MAHLE Powertrain presents new prototype 48-volt battery for mild-hybrid vehicles

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MAHLE Powertrain is presenting a new, prototype 48-volt battery with optimized battery cooling and cell chemistry to enable increased charge and discharge rates. Mild-hybrid vehicles need to recover energy efficiently and at a relatively high power during deceleration events.

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Hyundai to introduce 13 alternatively-fueled vehicles by 2022; includes refreshed Ioniqs, new Sonata HEV

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Hyundai said it will introduce 13 alternatively fueled vehicles by 2022, including six sedans and seven SUVs. Upcoming highlights from this eco-friendly commitment include a refreshed 2020 Ioniq Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid to be revealed later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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VW to unveil ID. SPACE VIZZION EV wagon at LA show; production version in 2021

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Volkswagen will debut the ID. SPACE VIZZION to the world on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show on 19 November. The ID. SPACE VIZZION is a wagon that combines the aerodynamic characteristics of a Gran Turismo with the spaciousness of an SUV. Stylistically, the ID.

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Activated carbon filter now standard in all Volkswagen models

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Volkswagen has begun to fit all its models with an activated carbon filter.

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Maersk to pilot 600 kWh containerized battery system on container ship

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A containerized 600 kWh marine battery system will be installed in a trial on board the Maersk Cape Town in December 2019 to improve vessel performance and reliability while reducing CO 2 emissions. Maersk Cape Town was built in 2011 by Hyundai Heavy Industries.

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Volvo Trucks launches sales of electric FL and FE trucks for urban transport

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Volvo Trucks announced the start of sales of its Volvo FL and Volvo FE electric trucks ( earlier post ) in selected markets within Europe, meeting the increasing demand for sustainable transport solutions in city environments.

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Ford and Webasto unveil ultra-high-performance battery electric Mustang fastback prototype

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At SEMA, Ford and Webasto revealed Mustang Lithium, an ultra-high-performance battery electric Mustang fastback prototype.

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Electrochemical Haber-Bosch process for ammonia production; 50% the CO2 and 25% the energy

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Ammonia, produced via the Haber-Bosch (HB) process, is globally the leading chemical in energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

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Volvo receives Europe’s largest order yet for electric buses; 157 electric artics to Transdev

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Volvo Buses has received the largest single order yet for electric buses in Europe. Volvo Buses will deliver 157 electric articulated buses to Transdev starting in 2020. The buses will operate on a number of routes in Gothenburg.

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Kia reveals Futuron Concept electric SUV coupe in China

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Kia Motors has revealed its new Futuron Concept, an all-wheel drive SUV coupe which proposes new designs for future electric vehicles. The Futuron name itself is a portmanteau of ‘future’ and ‘on’, hinting at the switched-on, electric nature of future SUV designs from the brand.

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MIT, Toyota researchers develop new model for better autonomous reasoning at tricky intersections

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MIT and Toyota researchers have designed a new model to help autonomous vehicles determine when it’s safe to merge into traffic at intersections with obstructed views. Their paper is published in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.

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PowerCell signs development contract for 3.2 MW maritime fuel cell system with Havyard Group

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PowerCell Sweden AB signed a contract with Norwegian Havyard Group ASA for the development of the design and the technical specifications for a zero-emissions fuel-cell system.

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PowerCell develops new version of MS-100 fuel cell system for electrification on land and at sea

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PowerCell Sweden AB has developed a new and improved version of its MS-100 fuel cell system. The new MS-100 is 30% more compact and has improved operating life time as well as robustness for demanding applications on land and at sea.

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DOE awards $4M to carbon capture and storage projects selected as part of ACT

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Alstom to test its hydrogen fuel cell train in the Netherlands; first pilot project outside Germany

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Zhejiang team boosts gasoline-range products from Fischer-Tropsch synthesis

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Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) synthesis converts syngas to liquid fuels. However, the reaction products of traditional F-T synthesis follow the Anderson-Schulz-Flory (ASF) distribution law, and the resulting carbon number distribution is wide and complex with a high content of heavy hydrocarbons.

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Toyota, Weathernews partner in research effort to improve accuracy of weather forecasts, increase driver safety using IoT and big data

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Weathernews and Toyota Motor began a verification test in Tokyo, Osaka, and Aichi on 1 November 2019 in which the conditions of roads and their surroundings are ascertained using the operating status of windshield wipers, as well as weather data.

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One of China’s top new energy vehicle brands to use BorgWarner’s Integrated Drive Module

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BorgWarner announced a partnership with one of China’s leading New Energy Vehicle (NEV) brands to supply the fully integrated drive module (iDM) for an all-electric vehicle. This partnership represents BorgWarner’s first iDM project in China.

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BorgWarner innovative torque-vectoring dual-clutch system for EVs; one motor rather than two; start of production in 2022

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BorgWarner has developed an innovative torque vectoring system for electric vehicles which enables the use of just one electric motor instead of the traditional two that are typically found on electric vehicles.

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BYD, Toyota to establish joint company for battery-electric vehicle research and development

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BYD Company Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation signed an agreement to establish a joint company to research and development for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). The new R&D company, which will work on designing and developing BEVs (including platform) and its related parts, is anticipated to be established in China in 2020, with BYD and Toyota to evenly share 50% of the total capital needed.

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CARB puts HVIP on hold after receiving voucher requests for entire $142M budget

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has put the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) on hold after receiving voucher requests for its entire $142-million budget. More than 100 truck and bus fleets requested funding for vehicles produced by more than 20 manufacturers. CARB, in partnership with CALSTART, launched HVIP and Low NO x Engine Incentives in 2009 to accelerate the purchase of cleaner, more-efficient trucks and buses in California.

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Electric Ford F-150, hybrid pickup will both be made in Michigan

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The fully electric version of the Ford F-150 pickup is potentially due as soon as 2021. However Ford hasn’t yet confirmed exactly where the electric F-150 would be produced.

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Study finds recycling technologies for Li-ion batteries not keeping pace with rapid rise of EVs

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Recycling technologies for end-of-life lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are not keeping pace with the rapid rise of electric vehicles, setting up a potentially huge waste management problem for the future, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Birmingham.

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ARPA-E to award up to $30M for fusion energy R&D

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The US Department of Energy announced up to $30 million in funding for a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Breakthroughs Enabling THermonuclear-fusion Energy ( BETHE ). BETHE projects will support the development of timely, commercially viable fusion energy, aiming to increase the number and performance levels of lower-cost fusion concepts.

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New EV OEM Lordstown Motors buys GM plant, licenses Workhorse IP

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Lordstown Motors Corp. LMC), a new original equipment manufacturer (OEM), has acquired the GM manufacturing complex in Lordstown, Ohio. The move paves the way for LMC to begin production of the Endurance all-electric pickup truck, purpose-built for fleets starting in late 2020. The LMC entity was created in connection with, and for the purpose of, acquiring the GM facility to manufacture electric trucks in Lordstown.

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Upcycling polyethylene plastic waste into lubricant oils

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Researchers in the US have developed a catalytic upcycling process using platinum nanoparticles supported on perovskites to convert single-use polyethylene (PE) (such as grocery bags) into value-added high-quality liquid products (such as motor oils and waxes). An open-access paper on their work is published in ACS Central Science. Hundreds of millions of tons of plastic are produced worldwide each year, and the majority of these materials are discarded after a single use.

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Aerial methane survey finds a fraction of point sources responsible for more than a third of California’s methane emissions

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An aerial methane survey conducted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California Energy Commission (CEC) and NASA has found that just 10% of the point sources were responsible for 60% of the total methane emissions detected. Researchers believe that statewide, these relatively few super emitters are responsible for about a third of California’s total methane emissions.

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EIB awards €17M to QEV to advance zero emissions transport in developing countries

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E-mobility and R&D specialist QEV Technologies will receive €17 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a variety of low-carbon transportation projects. The funding will boost the company’s development of electric powertrains for small urban transport vehicles, electric racing technologies, fast charging systems, and electric vehicles (EVs).

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IHS Markit: US oil production growth heading for a major slowdown, as capital discipline and weak prices play out

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US shale production—the chief source of rapid growth that made the United States the world’s largest oil producer—is slowing down fast, says a new report by IHS Markit. The new IHS Markit outlook for oil market fundamentals for 2019-2021 expects total US production growth to be 440,000 barrels per day (b/d) in 2020 before essentially flattening out in 2021. Modest growth is expected to resume in 2022.

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MIT and Lamborghini file patent on new MOF material for supercapacitors

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A collaboration between Automobili Lamborghini and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a new MOF-based material that will serve as the foundation for a new generation of supercapacitors. The developers have filed for a patent; Automobili Lamborghini is a co-author. Further research will explore additional optimization of the properties of the material, and its production on an increasingly larger scale.

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Schaeffler supplying modular hybrid transmission to 2020 Ford Explorer, Ford Police Interceptor Utility and Lincoln Aviator

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Automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler is supplying its modular hybrid transmission to the 2020 Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor Utility, as well as the 2020 Lincoln Aviator. One of Schaeffler’s latest E-Mobility technologies, the modular hybrid transmission enables hybridization for the SUV, truck and off-road vehicle segments, while providing more power and torque.

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ZF and Cree partner to advance the electric powertrain with silicon-carbide-based inverter

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ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Cree, Inc., a US-based leader in silicon carbide semiconductors, announced a strategic partnership to create industry-leading, highly efficient electric drivelines using silicon-carbide-based inverters. With this strategic partnership, ZF and Cree are intensifying their existing cooperation.

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Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network moves towards operationalization; Volvo Cars joins; launched by IBM, Ford, Volkswagen Group

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The Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network (RSBN), a blockchain network committed to strengthening human rights and environmental protection in mineral supply chains ( earlier post ), announced that its digital supply chain for cobalt has moved beyond pilot phase and is progressing toward use in live production computing environments from spring 2020.

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