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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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BMW iNext concept previews electric sedan flagship to come in 2021

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BMW will launch an all-electric flagship sedan in 2021 that will supplant its current top-of-the-line 7-Series range, it said yesterday. The model will be previewed by a concept called iNext, and is another addition to the increasingly-diverse BMW "i" lineup of plug-in cars. The iNext is viewed by analysts as a direct reaction to the success of. Future Cars plug-in cars BMW i

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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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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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BMW i3 REx electric-car lawsuit: range-extender power loss alleged

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The BMW i3 is the only electric car in the world sold with an optional range-extending engine to increase driving capability beyond the range provided by the battery. The "REx" option adds a small, 34-horsepower 650cc two-cylinder engine, derived from one used in BMW motorcycles, that powers a generator. And as most owners of the BMW i3 REx model. Green BMW i3 REx REx range extender engine Range-Extended Electric Vehicle lawsuit plug-in cars

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Gasoline demand rises in U.S., China, and India; more growth expected

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Gasoline prices, which fell below $2 a gallon in many parts of the United States over the winter, have been slowly rising again. And given the supply-and-demand equations in the global oil industry, that means that demand has risen as supplies have stayed steady or fallen. So even though Saudi Arabia has refused to constrain its production to. Green Gasoline India fuel consumption oil supply and demand

GM big SUV buyers to be compensated for wrong fuel economy on window stickers

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General Motors will compensate owners of three large crossover SUV models for misstated fuel economy on window stickers. Last week, GM issued a stop-sale order for the 2016 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia. The EPA fuel-economy ratings on the window stickers for these models were found to be inaccurate. DON'T MISS: Gas-mileage. EPA Fuel Economy EPA Ratings

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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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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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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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Suzuki says wrong fuel-economy tests used in Japan, joining Mitsubishi

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The Volkswagen diesel scandal has led to increased scrutiny on all carmakers' compliance with emission and related fuel-economy rules. Last month, Mitsubishi admitted to manipulating fuel-efficiency tests in Japan, resulting in overstated fuel-economy ratings for over 620,000 small "kei" cars. Now Suzuki has followed with a confession of its own. Japan Fuel Economy

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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 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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Tesla battery talks, 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman, ethanol cuts: Today's Car News

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Today, Tesla talks with LG and Samsung about supplying battery cells for the Model 3 electric car, we drive the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman, and lawmakers draft a bill to limit the amount of ethanol blended with gasoline in the U.S. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Nissan's Sunderland, England, plant recently built its 50,000th Leaf electric. Today in Car News

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