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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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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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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. The Prius family still accounts for the majority of sales: 5.691 million units, or 63% of the total global cumulative number. Prius: 3.733 million; Prius α, Prius v, Prius +: 0.634 million; Aqua, Prius c: 1.249 million; Prius PHV: 0.075 million).

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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. Bottom: Toyota Mirai refueling at a True Zero station. Click to enlarge.

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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. A carbon nanotube (CNT)-Si composite anode with extremely stable long-term cycling provides a discharge capacity of 2364 mAh g -1 at a tap density of 1.1

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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. The process would replace the practice of preparing the surface of the materials by hand using abrasive pads, grit blasting and environmentally harmful solvents.

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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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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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Malaysia team finds adding graphene nanoflakes to lubricant improves thermal conductivity 17% with no change in viscosity

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A team of Malaysian scientists from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and Taylor’s University are examining the effects of adding graphene nanoflakes to various commercially available lubricants. Graphene is an incredibly strong one-atom-thick layer of carbon with excellent thermal and electrical conductivity, and properties for reducing wear and friction.

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Nissan Joint Research Center for Intelligent Mobility at Tsinghua University opens in Beijing

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This week marked the opening of the Tsinghua University (Department of Automotive Engineering) - Nissan Joint Research Center for Intelligent Mobility (the Joint Research Center), a collaboration between Nissan and Tsinghua University in Beijing to work on research and development of electric vehicle and autonomous drive technologies for the Chinese market. Nissan and Tsinghua University have a long history of cooperation.

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DOE awarding ~$4.75M to San Francisco and Strategic Analysis for hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and infrastructure projects

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has selected the city of San Francisco for funding as the first Climate Action Champion to pursue hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for local transportation. Earlier post.) In addition, new analysis projects by Strategic Analysis, Inc. focused on hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and infrastructure technologies will receive funding. The nearly $4.75

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. This award is in recognition of NanoSteel’s advanced automotive sheet—produced by AK Steel—which brings the combination of both high strength and high formability to automotive lightweighting. Earlier post.).

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Peapod adds two LH hydraulic hybrids delivery trucks to fleet

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Peapod, the leading online grocer in the US, took delivery of its first two hydraulic hybrid delivery trucks this month. The vehicles, existing Workhorse walk-in vans with GM gasoline engines and equipped with the Lightning Hybrids Energy Recovery System (ERS), are in service on the streets of Chicago and were partially paid for by the Drive Clean Chicago voucher program for clean vehicles.

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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. The Uber ATC car comes outfitted with a variety of sensors including radars, laser scanners, and high resolution cameras to map details of the environment.

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Experian: Open automotive loans top $1T; lease balances hit record high

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The total balance of open automotive loans in the US climbed 11.1% in the first quarter of 2016, surpassing the trillion dollar mark for the first time on record, according to Experian Automotive. The most recent State of the Automotive Finance Market report finds that loan balances reached $1.005 trillion in Q1 2016, up from $905 billion in Q1 2015. Open leases grew by 27.55% to an all-time high of $76.9 billion, up from $73.1 billion the previous year.

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Clariant to scale-up catalysts for Gevo’s Ethanol-to-Olefins (ETO) technology; renewable diesel and hydrogen

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Gevo, Inc. has entered into an agreement with Clariant Corp., one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies, to develop catalysts to enable Gevo’s Ethanol-to-Olefins (ETO) technology.

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ARPA-E issues RFI on enabling technologies for ultra-safe and secure modular nuclear energy systems

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a Request for Information ( DE-FOA-0001598 ) on enabling technologies for ultra-safe and secure modular nuclear energy systems.

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GM’s Maven car-sharing reaches 1M miles driven in <4 months; Boston, Chicago, and DC joining lineup

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In less than four months, Maven, General Motors’ personal mobility brand ( earlier post ), has grown to five markets: New York City, Ann Arbor, Mich., and is adding Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Maven members have driven more than one million miles. In Chicago, the Maven City car sharing program is now in operation, with pricing starting at $8 an hour including insurance and fuel.

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Nissan lands world’s largest electric taxi fleet deal; 110 new LEAF 30 kWh units to Madrid

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Nissan and La Ciudad del Taxi have announced the world’s largest 100% electric taxi fleet deal that will see 110 Nissan LEAF 30 kWh vehicles providing taxi services in Madrid.

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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. The new approach is described in a paper this week in the journal Nature. The result, says C. Cem Tasan, the Thomas B.

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ITF launches global initiative to decarbonize transport

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The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD has launched a major global initiative towards carbon-free transport. Transport activity currently contributes 23% of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, with the share expected to rise. The long-term objective of the project is to define a commonly-acceptable pathway to achieve zero transport emissions by around 2050.

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INRIX and Parkmobile bring end-to-end parking solution to the connected car

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INRIX, Inc., a leading provider of dynamic connected car services worldwide, and Parkmobile, the leading provider of on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off- street parking and mobility solutions, announced a strategic partnership at the annual International Parking Institute (IPI) conference. The two will partner to develop an embedded, end-to-end parking solution for the auto industry.

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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. The proposed volume requirements and associated percentage standards for are for calendar year 2017 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel. Total renewable fuel volumes would grow by some 690 million gallons between 2016 and 2017.

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Tesla to raise net $1.4-$1.7B in stock offering to ramp up Model 3 production

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Telsa plans to raise approximately a net $1.4 billion in a common stock offering, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses. The company said it intends to use the proceeds to accelerate the production ramp of Model 3. The net may increase to $1.7 billion if the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares in this offering is exercised in full. The estimated net proceeds are based on the assumed public offering price of $204.66

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Suzuki reports fuel economy testing irregularities in Japan but says no need to amend values

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Suzuki announcement that it has found “some discrepancies” between the automobile emission and fuel efficiency testing methodology it has used in Japan and the requirements from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). However, the company said, after retesting vehicles, it found that all certified fuel efficiency values remained within the range of measurement deviation. The company said it thus was not necessary adjust the measured values.

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Mitsubishi Motors President, EVP resign over fuel economy scandal

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Tetsuro Aikawa, President and COO of Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) in Japan, and Ryugo Nakao, Executive Vice President have resigned over the fuel economy testing scandal that emerged in April. Earlier post.) The resignations are effective 24 June 2016. The company said it would decide on the successors at the board of directors’ meeting. Nissan is swooping in to take a 34% equity stake in MMC for ¥237 billion (US$2.17 billion) in the wake of the unveiling of the scandal. Brief

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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. The RLX has been fitted with a new suite of radar, LiDAR, camera and GPS sensors, complemented by higher performance CPUs and GPUs, and improved cabling, heat management and circuitry. These enhancements have been combined with new, more intelligent software algorithms to support more complex testing scenarios.

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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. Modular Architecture (CMA) ( earlier post ), which has been specially created for smaller cars.

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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. and a leading provider of computational imaging and computer vision solutions for consumer and enterprise applications, has partnered with Kyocera Corporation to develop advanced, intelligent, vision solutions for automotive applications. As part of the partnership and using FotoNation technology as a foundation, the two companies will jointly develop advanced computer vision solutions for the automotive market.

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California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard compliance rate is 98%

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The California Air Resources Board’s report on the state of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program for the compliance year 2015 indicates a compliance rate of 98%, with a total of 5.49 million credits generated in the year. These credits are roughly the same as removing 1 million cars from the roads for a year in terms of preventing greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. The 2015 annual reports demonstrate exceedingly high levels of overall compliance.

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Sony invests in Cogitai; collaborating on R&D for next wave of artificial intelligence

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Sony Corporation has teamed with Cogitai , an artificial intelligence (AI) start-up focused on next generation technologies. Specifically, Sony has invested in Cogitai and the two companies plan to collaborate towards the development of novel AI technologies using deep reinforcement learning with prediction technology that could be used as the basis for the next generation of AI applications and products.

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Nissan denies S. Korea charge of Qashqai emissions cheating

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Nissan. href="https://newsroom.nissan-global.com/releases/nissan-statement-on-korean-ministry-of-environment-report?lang=en-US&rss">issued lang=en-US&rss">issued a statement denying the charge made by the Korean Ministry of Environment (MOE) that the Nissan Qashqai sold in S. Korea was arbitrarily setting its engine system to illegally control exhaust emissions. Jonathan Adashek, Chief Communications Officer at Nissan, asserted that the 814 Nissan Qashqais sold in S.

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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. The LITACORE1000 is a 1 kWh module with integrated voltage and temperature sensors in an aluminum case with laser welded contacts; the module features the Litacell. The EV4823 is a 48V, 2.3 kWh module with an integrated intelligent battery management system (iBMSTM) complete with CANbus communications. The LITACORE1000.

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MIT, Lockheed Martin launch long-term research collaboration on autonomy and robotics

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In a new collaborative initiative in autonomy and robotics, MIT and Lockheed Martin scientists will focus on innovations needed to enable generation-after-next autonomous systems. Improvements in human/machine teaming and navigation in complex environments are among the research challenges that Lockheed Martin is inviting MIT faculty and their students to help solve.

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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. The new diesel—billed by BMW as the world’s most powerful six cylinder diesel, generates maximum output of 294 kW/400 hp and peak torque of 760 N·m (560 lb-ft). The 14 kW/19 hp (i.e.

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SCE launching $22M Charge Ready EV charging pilot; up to 1,500 new charging stations in pilot, 30K in full program

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Southern California Edison is launching its Charge Ready program, which will add as many as 1,500 electric vehicle charging stations to SCE’s service area. The utility, which serves nearly 14 million people via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California, will bring representatives of local businesses and other organizations together on Wednesday in Irwindale to learn how they can take part in the pilot program.

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