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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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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.

2019 94

Volkswagen ID.4: Electric SUV teased

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Following the full launch of its ID.3, Volkswagen has teased its second all-electric model – the ID.4

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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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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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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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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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2020 Tesla Model 3 is the most energy-efficient US passenger vehicle

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The U.S. market has a new most energy-efficient vehicle, and it’s one made in America: the 2020 Tesla Model 3. Last model year the most efficient model you could buy was the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric.

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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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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.

2019 85

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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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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Electric Ford Mustang looks to future with 800V tech, keeps manual gearbox

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Ford is due to reveal its production-bound Mustang-inspired, fully electric SUV later this month.

2019 83

2020 Karma Revero leads a new plug-in hybrid charge with 61-mile EV rating

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The revamped 2020 Karma Revero GT has been EPA-rated for 61 miles of all-electric driving. That allows the Revero to leapfrog past the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid (primarily a vehicle for California) and its 47 miles of all-electric driving.

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Ann Arbor, home of EPA vehicle emissions lab, is declaring a climate emergency

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The City Council of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency, laying out a series of carbon-reduction measures to take effect between now and 2030.

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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric range boosted to 170 miles for most efficient EV on the market

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The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric gets a big range boost—up to 170 EPA-rated miles, according to results posted Tuesday by the federal agency.

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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.

2019 80

Germany set to boost buyer incentives on electric vehicles

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As Volkswagen's ID 3 production EVs begin to roll off the assembly line, Germany is looking to grease the skids for electric-car hopefuls with increased subsidies for electrified vehicle buyers over the next 5-10 years.

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Group pushes House to pass EV tax credit reform

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A coalition of 166 representatives sent a letter to the U.S. House leadership Wednesday to show support for reforming clean energy tax policies.

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.

2019 78

Container ship to test running on Synthetic Natural Gas, provided by Audi

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MAN Energy Solutions and Wessels Marine GmbH announced a technical showcase whereby the 2017-retrofitted Wes Amelie , a 1,036-TEU feeder container ship, will use liquefied SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) produced from renewable electrical energy as drop-in fuel.

2019 78

Chevy E-10 electric hot-rod truck concept has a double shot of Bolt EV

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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.

2019 78

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.

2019 78

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.

2019 78

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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2019 78

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.

2019 78

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.

2019 78

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.

2019 78

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.

2019 78

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.

2019 76

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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