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Worldwide sales of Toyota hybrids surpass 9 million units; Prius family accounts for 63%

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Toyota Motor Corporation announced that the cumulative figures for global sales of its hybrid vehicles reached 9.014 million units as of 30 April. This latest million-unit milestone was achieved in just nine months.

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Tesla pursuing police cruiser market with Model S: report

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As one of the handful of electric cars that is widely available worldwide, the Tesla Model S has taken on many roles since its 2012 launch. Various taxi services use it, and one company is even trying to convert a Model S into a limousine. But instead of shuttling people to airports, how effective would the Model S be at chasing down criminals? police Tesla Motors Police car plug-in cars

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True Zero opens first hydrogen fueling station in California central coast region

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True Zero has opened a hydrogen fueling station in Santa Barbara in the California central coast region—the latest addition to the world’s largest network of hydrogen-fuel stations being built in California by First Element Fuel , Inc. Top: The new Santa Barbara station.

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Hanyang/BMW team develops high-energy density Li-ion battery with carbon-nanotube-Si composite anode and NCM concentration gradient cathode

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Researchers from Hanyang University in Korea and the BMW Group have developed a new fully operational, practical Li-ion rechargeable battery combining high energy density with excellent cycle life. A report on their work is published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science.

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ORNL team develops laser process for lower cost, more robust joining of carbon fiber and aluminum

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Researchers led by a team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a new laser process that could make joining carbon fiber composites and aluminum for lightweight cars and other multi-material high-end products less expensive—as well as making the joints more robust.

Study finds farms a major source of fine-particulate air pollution

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Emissions from farms outweigh all other human sources of fine-particulate air pollution in much of the United States, Europe, Russia and China, according a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters , a journal of the American Geophysical Union. Fumes from nitrogen-rich fertilizers and animal waste combine in the air with combustion emissions to form solid particles, which constitute a major source of disease and death, according to the new study.

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NanoSteel and AK Steel win Platts Breakthrough Solutions Of The Year award

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NanoSteel, a developer of nanostructured steel materials, and the company’s joint development launch partner, AK Steel Corporation, have won the Platts Global Metals “Breakthrough Solution of the Year” Award.

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Uber autonomous driving prototype on the roads in Pittsburgh

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Uber has an autonomous driving test car on the roads in Pittsburgh. The car, a hybrid Ford Fusion, is from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh, and is collecting mapping data as well as testing its self-driving capabilities.

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Max Planck, MIT researchers develop new strategy for high-entropy alloys; overcoming the strength/ductility tradeoff

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Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Dusseldorf, Germany, and MIT have developed a novel strategy to design nanostructured, bulk high-entropy alloys (HEAs) ( earlier post ) with multiple compositionally equivalent high-entropy phases.

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EPA proposes increase in renewable fuel levels for CY 2017

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

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Acura reveals Gen2 autonomous driving development vehicle

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Acura revealed its second-generation autonomous driving development vehicle in California, a modified version of the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD luxury performance sedan.

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Volvo Cars unveils CMA-based 40 series concepts; battery-electric and PHEV versions; first production in 2017

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Volvo Cars unveiled two new 40 series concept cars, marking the official launch of its global small car strategy. The first new 40 series car is expected to go into production in 2017. The new concept cars will be the first built around Volvo’s new Compact.

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FotoNation and Kyocera partner on advanced computer vision solutions for automotive

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FotoNation Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc.

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Electrovaya introduces 1 kWh and 48V, 2.3 kWh battery modules

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Electrovaya Inc. has introduced a 1kWh battery module (LITACORE1000) and an intelligent 48V, 2.3 kWh module (EV4823) as building blocks for Lithium-ion battery systems.

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BMW introducing new quad-turbo 6-cylinder diesel in 7 Series; engine output up 5%, average fuel consumption down 11%

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BMW is introducing its new quad-turbo, six-cylinder diesel, described several weeks ago at the Vienna Motor Symposium, in the BMW 750d xDrive and BMW 750Ld xDrive.

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Indian tech company wins ITF innovation award for converting diesel buses into EVs

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India-based KPIT Technologies is being awarded the “Promising Innovation in Transport Award” 2016 during the 2016 Summit of the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany for developing a system that can convert new as well as existing diesel buses into full battery-electric buses.

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China team directly synthesizes gasoline- and diesel-range alkanes from acetone from biomass

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Researchers in China have directly synthesized gasoline- and diesel-range C 6 -C 15 branched alkanes in high carbon yield (~80%) via the self-condensation of acetone and the subsequent hydrodeoxygenation over a dual-bed catalyst system.

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HELLA introduces top-end UP5.0 electric vacuum pump for brake systems; increased fuel efficiency

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Automotive supplier HELLA has introduced its latest electrically driven vacuum pump—UP5.0—for —for vehicle brake systems. The majority of brake boosters have until recently used the vacuum generated by the internal combustion engine’s intake section.

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Stanford team develops nanofiber air filters for efficient high-temperature removal of PM2.5

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A team at Stanford has developed high-efficiency (>99.5%) polyimide-nanofiber air filters for the removal of PM 2.5 from exhaust streams. In a paper published in the ACS journal Nano Letters , the researchers report that the new polyimide nanofibers exhibit high thermal stability. The PM 2.5

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High-performance Li-S cathodes using 3D hierarchical porous nitrogen-doped aligned carbon nanotubes

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Researchers from Hunan University and Changsha University in China have designed 3D hierarchical porous nitrogen-doped aligned carbon nanotubes (HPNACNTs) with well-directed 1D conductive electron paths as scaffold to load sulfur for use as a high-performance cathode in Li-S batteries.

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U. Minnesota team develops Lagrangian technique to identify NOx hotspots; opportunity for connected vehicles and big data

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have introduced a new method for identifying NO x emissions hotspots using high-fidelity Lagrangian vehicle data to explore spatial interactions that may influence emissions production.

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Cummins unveils SmartEfficiency initiative for transit buses; diesel, hybrid and near-zero NOx engines

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Cummins Inc. unveiled the SmartEfficiency initiative for transit buses, which focuses on improved uptime and reliability. As part of the SmartEfficiency initiative, Cummins revealed the 2017 L9 diesel and 2017 B6.7 hybrid engine systems; the ISL G Near Zero (NZ) NO x natural gas engine ( earlier post ); the isolated engine coolant loop system for the 2017 L9 and ISL G; and a new SmartSupport service program.

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US International Trade Commission votes to investigate alledged hybrid patent infringement by VW Group

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The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute a formal investigation of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche based on Paice’s earlier complaint of infringement of its hybrid vehicle patents. Earlier post.) An official evidentiary hearing will be held before an ITC Administrative Law Judge at a date to be determined.

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California SCAQMD petitioning EPA for national ultra-low NOx standard for trucks

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The Governing Board of California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) earlier this year voted to petition the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt tougher emission standards for engines of heavy-duty trucks to help the region meet federal clean air goals. The petition requests EPA to adopt an “ultra-low NO x ” emission standard for heavy-duty truck engines that is up to ten times more stringent than the current standard.

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SAE International approves TIR J2954 for PH/EV wireless charging; targeting finalized standard by 2018

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SAE International approved for publishing “SAE TIR J2954 Wireless Power Transfer for Light-Duty Plug-In/ Electric Vehicles and Alignment Methodology,” a milestone industry guideline to establish wireless power transfer between infrastructure, vehicle suppliers and OEMs for plug-in electric and electric vehicles (PH/EV). Earlier post.) The document will be available from the SAE website on 31 May.

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Madrid to get world's largest electric taxi fleet of Nissan Leafs

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The Nissan Leaf is not only the world's best-selling electric car, but also probably the world's most popular electric taxi. Leaf taxis operate in several European countries, enduring the same demanding conditions as gasoline, diesel, and hybrid cabs. One of those countries is Spain, and it's about to get a whole lot more Leaf taxis. DON'T MISS. Green Europe Nissan Leaf Taxi Spain plug-in cars taxi

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Nikola One 2000-hp natural gas-electric semi truck announced

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What will Elon Musk think of this? There is now a second company named after inventor Nikola Tesla—and it too plans to build electric vehicles. Unlike Tesla Motors, though, the first products of the newly-revealed Nikola (pronounced Neek-oh-la) Motor Company won't be a sports car or a luxury sedan. DON'T MISS: Recovered Energy And. Trucks natural gas plug-in cars Commercial vehicle semis

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Tesla wants to sell electric cars in Michigan; state couldn't care less

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You don't see a lot of Teslas in Michigan. It's not because the three U.S. automakers headquartered there aren't interested in the electric cars produced by a Silicon Valley company founded just 12 years ago. It's because state laws bar the company from selling its cars online to state residents—and Tesla has no interest in using old-style. dealers Michigan Tesla Motors Dealership plug-in cars state laws

Toyota Mirai seeks to reclaim green image from Tesla, sans Supercharger network

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Since launching in Japan in 1997, the Toyota Prius hybrid has imbued its maker with a strong green image. The Prius has become Toyota's signature model, and helped the company become by far the world's largest seller of green cars. But after nearly two decades on sale, hybrid powertrains no longer have the novelty they once did. DON'T MISS. Green Fast Charging Tesla Supercharger hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell plug-in cars

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What brands do Tesla buyers also look at? BMW should worry

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Looking at their future product plans, the established German luxury carmakers have now clearly started to take electric-car maker Tesla Motors seriously. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche are all expected to launch at least one Tesla-targeting electric vehicle apiece over the next few years. New consumer research indicates the German luxury. Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars

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Tesla hires Audi veteran as new vehicle-production VP; predecessor took leave of absence

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Following the departure of two top manufacturing executives, electric-car maker Tesla Motors has hired a manufacturing executive from German luxury maker Audi. The company announced the news late Friday in a release sent to news media. The executive, Peter Hocholdinger, will join the Silicon Valley carmaker as its vice present of vehicle. Manufacturing Fremont Tesla Motors plug-in cars Tesla Model 3

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Tesla talks to LG, Samsung about Model 3 battery cell supplies

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Since the start of Tesla Model S electric-car production in 2012, the company's lithium-ion cells have been supplied by its Japanese partner Panasonic. That applies to the more recent Tesla Model X crossover SUV as well—and Panasonic was also an early investor in Tesla Motors shares, owning a small percentage of the Silicon Valley company. lithium-ion battery pack Tesla Motors plug-in cars LG Chem Panasonic Samsung gigafactory Tesla Model 3

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Renewable diesel: 90 percent lower carbon emissions than regular diesel, Neste claims

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The lifecycle carbon emissions of renewable diesel fuel are significantly lower than those of conventional diesel, says a new study from a company that sells the renewable version. Neste's diesel fuel can be used in both cars and heavy-duty trucks. Today, it sells the renewable diesel in parts of Northern California. The company recently analyzed. Carbon Footprint emissions Study biodiesel renewable diesel fuel

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R.I.P. Cadillac ELR: what went wrong with luxury electric coupe?

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After a long and tortured development process and a short life, GM has quietly euthanized its Cadillac ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe. The derivative of the first-generation Chevrolet Volt was intended to sell at a higher price, to help recoup some of the development costs of the Voltec plug-in hybrid technology. But the small two-door. Plug-In Hybrids Cadillac Converj plug-in cars Range-Extended Electric Vehicle

Tesla Model 3 reservations: 373K after duplicates, speculators removed

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The hundreds of thousands of $1,000 deposits placed for the Tesla Model 3 electric cars by potential buyers around the world came as an eye-opening shock to the auto industry. More than 100,000 such deposits were placed during the day that preceded the car's unveiling on the evening of March 31. Then, on April 7, April 14, and April 21, the total. Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Tesla Model 3

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European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for January-March 2016

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European sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids were up 29 percent between January and March over the same period last year. The total of 23,160 sales pushed plug-in cars past the 1-percent barrier in terms of total European new-car sales. In the midst of that push, there was also a lead change among battery-electric cars. DON'T MISS: Plug-in. sales Plug-In Hybrids New car sales plug-in cars

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Germany's incentives, cops in Teslas, Suzuki's woes: Today's Car News

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Today, Germany goes ahead with its plan to incentivize plug-in hybrids and EVs, Tesla Model 3 reservations top 373,000 after the dust has settled, Suzuki's woes may be mounting over fuel economy estimates, and more up next. BMW's not just betting big on its "i" range of cars—it's going all in. The company said its "iNext" concept car could

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