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CMU study suggests difficulties in reaching targeted low price points for Li-ion batteries

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A new study by a team at Carnegie Mellon University examining the costs for varied cell dimensions, electrode thicknesses, chemistries, and production volumes of cylindrical and prismatic Li-ion batteries finds that although further cost savings are possible from increasing cell dimensions and electrode thicknesses, economies of scale have already been reached, and future cost reductions from increased production volumes are likely to be minimal.

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EVgo breaks ground on DC fast-charging station prepared for up to 350 kW

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Longer-range electric cars will add flexibility for drivers, but they will also require changes to charging infrastructure. More powerful DC fast-charging stations will be needed in order to charge cars with larger-capacity battery packs in a reasonable amount of time. The EVgo charging network is taking a step in that direction with a new. plug-in cars charging charging infrastructure Fast Charging DC Rapid Charging eVgo charging network

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Top five cars you can lease for under £100 a month

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There are many reasons why leasing makes a lot of sense, whether you’re after an executive saloon or a super-frugal supermini, but if your main aim is. Home Slider Top 5 Editors Picks Leasing Supermini City cars

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DARPA awards LiquidPiston $2.5M to advance further X4 rotary engine prototype

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The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded LiquidPiston Inc. million to continue development of a new, patented, high-efficiency, lighter-weight rotary engine. LiquidPiston, a developer of advanced combustion engine technology, received the award for the first phase of a program to realize the full capability of its patented high-efficiency hybrid cycle (HEHC) engine.

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Wireless charging bench testing complete, proving interoperability and validating SAE TIR J2954

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SAE International is working to ensure that electric vehicle wireless power transfer systems from different manufacturers can interoperate seamlessly with each other to prepare for commercialization in 2020. Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and TDK R&D Corporation, along with the US Department of Energy (DOE), automotive companies and suppliers have completed bench testing to support the SAE Technical Information Report (TIR) J2954. Earlier post.)

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London to phase out diesel buses; all new single deckers for central London to be zero emission

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The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan recently committed to phasing out purchasing new pure diesel buses from the capital. No more pure diesel double-deck buses will be added to the capital’s fleet from 2018 and all new single-decks for central London will be zero-emission. The Mayor made the announcement along with unveiling the first double-decker hydrogen bus, manufactured by the Wrights Group. Earlier post.).

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Single Pt atom catalysts show enhanced catalytic activity for water-splitting; potential to drive down electrolysis cost

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A research team from University of Western Ontario, McMaster University and Beijing Computational Science Research Center has developed an effective synthesis method to produce isolated single platinum (Pt) atoms and clusters for use as catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in water splitting to produce hydrogen.

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Visteon’s Silicon Valley Technical Center to lead development of AI for autonomous vehicles

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Visteon Corporation’s new technical center in Silicon Valley will lead the company’s development of artificial intelligence for autonomous vehicles. Visteon’s autonomous vehicle program will apply machine learning technology for accurately detecting and classifying objects in a vehicle’s path and planning the vehicle’s movements, resulting in fully trained driving control systems.

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Global Bioenergies reports first production of green isobutene at demo plant

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Global Bioenergies is now entering the final phase of demonstrating its technology for converting renewable carbon into hydrocarbons. The first trials on the demo plant in Leuna were successfully completed, within schedule, in the fall of 2016 and Global Bioenergies announced first production of green isobutene via fermentation. Earlier post.).

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Volkswagen Group invests in Hubject eRoaming platform for EV charging

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The Volkswagen Group is joining the eRoaming platform Hubject GmbH as shareholder. Hubject, a joint venture formed by BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler AG, EnBW, innogy and Siemens ( earlier post ), launched its eRoaming EV charging platform “intercharge” in 2013.

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Imaging study: air pollution impairs function of blood vessels in lungs

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Air pollution impairs the function of blood vessels in the lungs, according to a study of more than 16,000 patients presented at EuroEcho-Imaging 2016. EuroEcho-Imaging is the annual meeting of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), representing members around the world with an interest in all modalities of cardiovascular imaging. The study examined the effect of air pollution on pulmonary haemodynamics (blood flow) in a population and in individuals.

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Continental producing 48V hybrid drives at Nuremberg plant; in use in Renault diesels by end of year

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Continental’s new 48V hybrid drives are making their first appearance in series production vehicles. Earlier post.) Manufactured at Continental’s Nuremberg plant, these first series-production 48V hybrid drives will be applied in “Hybrid Assist” diesel variants of both the new Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic models from the end of this year.

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ITM Power to launch 100 MW electrolyzer plant designs at Hannover Messe 2017

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ITM Power will showcase a series of large scale electrolyzer configurations up to 100MW in size at Hannover Messe 2017 (24 - 28 April). This is in response to utility and oil and gas industry demand for larger scale industrial installations.

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California Public Utilities Commission approves PG&E EV charging program for 7,500 charging stations in NorCal

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously voted to approve Charge Smart and Save, a program initiated by Pacific Gas & Electric to deploy 7,500 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Northern California. Under the approved program , PG&E will primarily deploy stations at multi-family dwellings and workplaces, with electricity price based on time-of-use to encourage drivers to fill up during off-peak hours or when renewable energy is abundant.

2016 221

Google spins off self-driving car efforts into new Alphabet business, Waymo

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Google has spun off its self-driving car (SDC) efforts in a new Alphabet (Google’s parent company) business called Waymo. In a post introducing Waymo, John Krafcik noted that since 2009, Google SDC prototypes have spent the equivalent of 300 years of driving time on the road. Since the early days of the project, our work has been shaped by feedback we’ve heard from the communities that will most benefit from self-driving cars.

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Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo Cars

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Uber is expanding its self-driving pilot to San Francisco, California, using specially-converted self-driving Volvo XC90 premium SUVs. This marks the next phase in a deepening alliance between Volvo and Uber after the two companies signed an agreement in August 2016 to establish a jointly-owned project to build base vehicles that can be used to develop fully autonomous driverless cars. Earlier post.) These cars were initially tested in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Volkswagen Chattanooga starts series production of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

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Volkswagen Chattanooga has begun series production of the new MQB-based Volkswagen Atlas. Earlier post.) This marks the beginning of the process of building inventory for market introduction of the Atlas in 2017. The Volkswagen Atlas, unveiled in October, launches a new chapter in the company’s American history. The seven-passenger Atlas offers class-competitive levels of technology and room, combined with Volkswagen driving dynamics and attention to detail.

2016 214

Audi launches first German location for Audi on demand mobility service

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Airline passengers at Munich Airport can now use the premium mobility service Audi on demand to continue on the next leg of their trip in one of the brand’s latest models. Users can book the Audi models with a mobile app and pick them up directly at the myAudi Sphere at the terminal. This makes Munich the first German location for Audi on demand. The service offered by Audi provides very flexible, customer‑focused access to premium mobility.

2016 212

Synthetic biology startup Lygos closes $13M Series A to target oil-based specialty chemical industry

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Lygos , Inc., a bio-based specialty chemicals company, closed $13 million in Series A financing led by IA Ventures and OS Fund. Other investors include First Round Capital, the Y Combinator Continuity Fund, 50 Years and Vast Ventures, along with notable angel investors.

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Chevrolet delivers first Bolt EVs to SF Bay Area customers

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In the San Francisco Bay area, Chevrolet delivered the first three Bolt EVs to customers. Named the Motor Trend 2017 Car of the Year, the Bolt EV offers an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge, enabling owners to go beyond average daily driving needs with range to spare. The Bolt EV begins at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $37,495, which includes destination and freight charges, but excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees.

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Grand View Research: Global automotive LiDAR market to hit US$223.2M by 2024

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In a new report , Grand View Research forecasts that global automotive LiDAR market will reach US$223.2 million by 2024, driven by the surging acceptance of automobile safety and automated driving applications. Increasing acceptance for semi-autonomous and autonomous cars in the years to come is further anticipated to bolster the market growth. The market can be categorized, based on application types, into Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) & autonomous cars.

2016 209

Total joins SEALNG coalition to support ambitious growth plans for LNG as marine fuel

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Total, the world’s fourth-ranked international oil and gas company, has joined SEALNG, a multi-sector industry coalition created to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Total is a global gas player, involved across the entire LNG chain, from extracting natural gas onshore and offshore to processing plants where it is liquefied, stored and shipped in a fleet of specially designed carriers to regasification terminals for delivery to business customers.

2016 207

Chevron makes equity investment in Novvi and its high-performance renewable base oil technology

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Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron USA, and Novvi LLC announced that Chevron has made an equity investment in Novvi LLC (a joint venture of Amyris, Inc.; Cosan S.A.; and American Refining Group (ARG) earlier post ). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Novvi’s renewable products and technology are recognized by the global lubricant market to deliver sustainable, high-performance solutions in a range of lubricant applications.

2016 207

DOE to award almost $20M to new research and development projects for advanced vehicle technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is issuing a program-wide funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0001629 ) for the Vehicle Technologies Office of up to $19.7 million, subject to appropriations, to support research and development of advanced vehicle technologies, including batteries, lightweight materials, and advanced combustion engines, as well as innovative technologies for energy efficient mobility.

2016 204

Global sales of EyeSight-equipped Subarus reach 1 million

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Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, announced that cumulative global sales of Subaru models equipped with its EyeSight driver assist system ( earlier post ) surpassed one million units in November this year. The one-million mark was reached after eight years and seven months since the system was first launched in Japan in May 2008.

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Honda studying collaboration with Grab for motorcycle sharing services in Southeast Asia

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Honda Motor Co., recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Grab Inc., to begin discussion toward collaboration in the area of motorcycle sharing services in Southeast Asia. Grab provides ride-hailing platform through which users share and utilize automobiles and motorcycles. In recent years, the “sharing economy” representing activities to promote the shared use of commodities has experienced a global growth trend.

2016 203

Faurecia acquires Amminex to accelerate efficient NOx reduction for passenger and commercial vehicles

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Faurecia has increased its participation in the Danish company Amminex to 91.5% through a share purchase. Earlier post.) Amminex has developed an Ammonia Storage and Delivery System (ASDS) which has demonstrated its efficiency to almost completely eliminate nitrogen oxide (NO x ) pollutants from diesel engines. Earlier post.). Faurecia has worked closely with Amminex since mid-2009 and previously owned 42% of the company.

2016 203

EVgo breaks ground on first public 350 kW charger in US

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EVgo , operator of the largest US network of public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, broke ground on the first 350 kW public charging station, located in Baker, California. The new chargers being installed are seven times faster than any fast chargers currently available and represent a new level of convenience for EV charging. EVgo expects the project to be completed by June 2017.

2016 200

NHTSA proposes rule to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication on light vehicles

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Citing an enormous potential to reduce crashes on US roadways, the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a proposed rule today that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the US light vehicle fleet.

2016 200

Segway showcasing single-wheel electric self-balancing One S1 at CES 2017

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On 1 November, Segway launched the new single-wheel electric self-balancing One S1 for pre-sale on Amazon (list price $999, now on sale for $599). Now the company has expanded the launch to include brick and mortar retailers throughout North America. The company will showcase the unit to retail buyers at CES 2017 in January. The One S1 is compact, weighs just 25 pounds (11.3 kg), and can accommodate up to 220 pounds (100 kg).

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DOE selects AIChE to lead 10th Manufacturing USA Institute

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to lead the 10 th Manufacturing USA Institute to be stood up during the Obama Administration.

2016 200

NASA testing new boundary layer ingesting (BLI) propulsor; 4-8% fuel burn savings over current advanced engines

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Engineers at NASA Glenn are testing a new boundary layer ingesting (BLI) inlet-fan combination—the first of its kind ever to be tested. Originally conceived of as a propulsion system for generation-after-next (N+2), the BLI system could increase fuel efficiency by 4-8% more than the advanced engines airlines are beginning to use.

2016 199

Dynexus licenses Idaho Lab’s IMB technology for forecasting battery health

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Under an exclusive licensing agreement, Dynexus Technology will commercialize INL’s embedded wideband impedance technology for analyzing and forecasting the health, aging and safety characteristics of advanced energy storage devices. The 2011 R&D 100 Award-winning Impedance Measurement Box (IMB) was invented by INL’s Energy Storage Group in Idaho Falls, Idaho, with support from the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office.

2016 197

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems introduces 63% efficient, 540MW JAC gas turbine; -70% CO2 compared to older coal-fired plants

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Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has introduced the M501JAC, an enhanced air-cooled J-Series gas turbine offering an unmatched combination of record output, efficiency and a proven 99.5% reliability during 11,000 hours of commercial operation. The MHPS JAC operates with a combined cycle output of 540 MW and efficiency exceeding 63%. Replacing older coal-fired power plants with the enhanced JAC can reduce CO 2 emissions nearly 70%.

2016 197

Daimler participating in Cyber Valley AI research partnership with endowed professorship

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Daimler AG is reinforcing its involvement in research into artificial intelligence by participating in the Cyber Valley research initiative in Germany as a partner. The research alliance comprises the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems with its two facilities in Tübingen and Stuttgart, the University of Tübingen, the University of Stuttgart and six partners from industry.

2016 195

BMW Group and IBM collaborate on research on future driver assistance systems; IBM Watson IoT

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IBM and BMW Group researchers are collaborating to explore the role of Watson cognitive computing in personalizing the driving experience and creating more intuitive driver support systems for cars of the future.

2016 195

HERE to power RIO digital platform for the transportation industry from Volkswagen Truck and Bus

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Digital mapping company HERE will serve as the primary location intelligence provider for RIO, the upcoming cloud-based digital platform for the transportation industry from Volkswagen Truck and Bus. Earlier post.). Through its location platform, HERE will provide RIO users with highly accurate maps and a rich set of location services like real-time traffic, geocoding and routing for trucks. Additional platform functionalities will also enable users to address specific transportation needs.

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