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Men Are The Problem. Women Are The Solution

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It should be pretty simple and obvious what the solution to our current “Age Of Stupid,”problems is if we want to change course as drastically as we need to, and if we choose to survive instead of hurtling at record speed into the abyss.

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Renault Samsung Motors boosts range of new SM3 Z.E. by 57% to 233 km

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Renault Samsung Motors this morning unveiled the new SM3 Z.E. electric vehicle at the Daegu International Future Auto Expo in South Korea. The SM3 Z.E., which first appeared in 2013, has had it range increased by 57% up to 233 km (145 miles) (based on the Korean approval cycle).

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Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

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The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the. China government plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) regulation new energy vehicles

Bosch subsidiary Buderus Guss introduces brake disc that generates up to 90% less brake dust

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According to the Baden-Württemberg state environmental agency, brakes and tires are responsible for 32% of driving-related particulate emissions—roughly half of which is brake dust. Significantly reducing brake dust is therefore essential to improving the air, especially in cities.

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Empa, UNIGE team develop prototype solid-state sodium battery; focus on improving the solid-solid interface

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Researchers at Empa and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have developed a prototype of a novel solid-state sodium battery with the potential to store extra energy and with improved safety.

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Mercedes-Benz will offer electric drive on all commercial van lines; electric eVito now available to order, eSprinter in 2019

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Mercedes-Benz Vans will offer electric drive options on all its commercial van model lines. This will start with the mid-size eVito, with deliveries commencing in the second half of 2018. Further model ranges will follow, starting in 2019.

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Ford unveils its first plug-in hybrid vehicle for police and government customers

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Earlier this year, Ford revealed the world’s first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle. Earlier post.) Now, the company is introducing a plug-in hybrid vehicle with an all-electric range of 21 miles for police and government customers.

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Jülich, ORNL researchers advance high energy density iron-air batteries

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ABB powers 450kW fast charging for electric buses in Gothenburg

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Göteborg Energi has ordered two 450kW ABB OppCharge (Opportunity Charging) fast chargers, facilitating more efficient operation for articulated high-capacity electric buses in Gothenburg.

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Renault Trucks and Groupe Delanchy develop electric medium-duty distribution truck with refrigerated box

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Renault Trucks and Groupe Delanchy have just developed an all-electric truck equipped with a refrigerated box for delivering fresh produce.

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KOHLER unveils new global emissions platform for KDI diesels

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KOHLER has introduced a new global emissions platform for its award winning KOHLER Direct Injection (KDI) diesel engine line.

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BNEF: Global plug-in vehicle sales surge 63% year-on-year in Q3; China accounted for more than half of total

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Plug-in electric vehicles sales surged to a record in the third quarter, largely driven by strong demand in China, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

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Emirates Transport to launch the first electric school bus in the UAE; air conditioner efficiency a point of focus

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Emirates Transport (ET), the UAE government owned public transport provider, recently launched the final phase of testing for the first electric-powered school bus in the region. The 45-seater bus was manufactured in close cooperation with the Shanghai Sunwin Bus Cooperation.

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DOE: California had the highest concentration of plug-in vehicles relative to population in 2016

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In 2016, California had the highest concentration of plug-in vehicles relative to population with 6.65 PEVs per 1,000 people, according to figures from the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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Toyota unveils third generation humanoid robot T-HR3

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Toyota Motor revealed T-HR3, the company’s third-generation humanoid robot.

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Volkswagen to invest ~$1.2B in Zwickau plant to convert to pure e-mobility facility; MEB-based EVs

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As part of a projected €22.8 billion (US$26.9 billion) investment in its plants worldwide, the Volkswagen Group will invest about €1 billion (US$1.2 billion) into its Zwickau, Germany plant to convert it into a pure-play e-mobility facility.

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13 environmental groups urge USPS to select plug-ins for next-generation delivery vehicles

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Thirteen environmental groups working on clean transportation solutions sent a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS) urging it to select plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) for the next generation of delivery vehicles (NGDV). The USPS fleet travels more than 1.3 billion miles every year and uses more than 180 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) of fuel.

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Renault Trucks’ Urban Lab 2 receives Low Emission Driveline Award; medium-duty diesel hybrid

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Renault Trucks has won the “Low Emissions Driveline Award” for its laboratory distribution vehicle, Urban Lab 2. This prize, awarded by the LUTB Transport & Mobility Systems cluster and the PFA Automotive Industry and Mobilities, as part of the Solutrans Innovation Awards, was presented to the manufacturer at the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 21 November 2017. The prize recognizes a significant breakthrough or innovation in the powertrain of transport vehicles.

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Toyota Prius V hybrid wagon ends U.S. run; RAV4 Hybrid took its sales

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After six model years, the 2017 Toyota Prius V will soon leave the stage, and there will be no 2018 version. Toyota has confirmed to Green Car Reports that it is ending production of the hybrid wagon for the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The reason is simple: Its sales have fallen considerably since the 2016 launch of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid compact

Big Oil will lose grip on global vehicle market in less than 25 years: study

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The latest study on the future of transportation paints an increasingly dim picture for the oil industry, though it suggests that the industry is in no danger of collapse. Instead, Big Oil will lose its dominance in the transportation sector over a 25-year period as electric cars and mobility solutions (ride- and car-sharing services) become more. Diesel Gasoline oil Study peak oil

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UC Riverside study to evaluate best ways to achieve California’s 100% renewable energy target

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Arun Raju, director of the Center for Renewable Natural Gas at UC Riverside, recently received a $146,000 grant from Southern California Gas Co. SoCalGas) to examine the proposed 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and explore options that can help achieve emission reduction goals more efficiently and at lower costs. State officials have approved requirements for the power grid to consist of 50% renewable energy by 2030.

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China Yuchai to supply 600 diesels to BAIC for SUVs

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China Yuchai International, a leading manufacturer and distributor of engines for on- and off-road applications in China through its main operating subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL), announced that GYMCL has received its first order from Beijing Automotive Group Co., BAIC) for 600 YC4Y20 engines that will be used to power BAIC Group’s Beiqi B40L SUVs that will be launched in China in January 2018.

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UK launching £400M vehicle charging infrastructure fund; putting extra £100M to support for buying EVs

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The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, presented his Autumn Budget to Parliament. Among the elements in the budget are the launch of a new £400-million (US$530-million) Charging Investment Infrastructure Fund and the provision of an extra £100 million (US$133 million) towards helping people buy battery-electric cars. The government is also committing to electrify 25% of cars in central government department fleets by 2022.

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API: US petroleum demand last month highest for October since 2007; 19.9 mbpd

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Total petroleum deliveries in October moved up by 1.1% from October 2016 to average 19.9 million barrels per day, according to data from the American Petroleum Institute (API). These were the highest October deliveries since 2007. Compared with September, total domestic petroleum deliveries, a measure of US petroleum demand, decreased 1.8%. For year-to-date, total domestic petroleum deliveries moved up 1.2% compared to the same period last year.

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Tesla builds world's largest lithium-ion battery, for utility use, in Australia

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a bet that he'd build the world's largest lithium-ion battery in Australia in 100 days. If his company failed, Musk would personally pay for the project, but the battery is now ready for its first test ahead of full operation—and on schedule. The massive 129-megawatt-hour battery will plug into South Australia's. Batteries Elon Musk Australia electric utilities renewable energy clean energy grid storage

Nissan, Mitsubishi, Renault all to 'target' electric cars in 2020, CEO Ghosn says

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Carlos Ghosn has been an advocate of electric cars for years, but after initial disappointment, he's ready to take on the segment with even greater focus. The CEO of the Renault Nissan Alliance that now includes Mitsubishi predicted the rise of electric cars nearly a decade ago, and oversaw the first-generation Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe. Renault Future Cars Carlos Ghosn plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Renault-Nissan

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Will Toyota Prius Prime outsell Chevy Volt this year?

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Compared to the U.S. sales of, say, full-size pickup trucks, the monthly reports on deliveries of plug-in hybrid and battery-electric cars contain some fairly low numbers. The Ford F-Series routinely sells 80,000 a month or more, while the most any plug-in car has ever sold in the U.S. is about 3,000 a month. That statistic excludes Tesla, since. sales Plug-In Hybrids New car sales plug-in cars

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U.S. energy sources and uses: everything you need to know in one lovely chart

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One of the interesting side effects of plug-in electric cars turns out to be a greater awareness of energy sources and uses. A 2012 California study, for instance, showed roughly four out of 10 electric-car drivers either had or were considering solar panels to provide electricity to their home. And because electric cars everywhere in the U.S. Department of Energy climate change U.S. DOE carbon dioxide electric utilities plug-in cars clean energy energy

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How about electric semis that draw power from overhead wires?

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While battery-powered semi trucks remains years away for many prominent makers, the German tech company Siemens is experimenting with a well-known source of electric power delivery to make a different kind of electric semi. Much like electric trams or streetcars used by public transit agencies for more than 100 years, the method employs a catenary. Infrastructure California Siemens semis charging infrastructure Public transport

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H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA inaugurates world’s largest dynamic hydrogen electrolysis plant

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H&R Ölwerke Schindler, a subsidiary of H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA, has inaugurated the world’s largest dynamic hydrogen electrolysis plant based on PEM technology. Dynamic” means that the hydrogen electrolysis plant can take advantage of last-minute surges in electricity production, i.e. from wind turbines, to produce hydrogen. The centerpiece of the €10-million plant is a Siemens-built electrolyzer with 5 MW of electric capacity.

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SGL Group acquires BMW Group’s minority interest in carbon fiber JV

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SGL Carbon SE is acquiring BMW Group’s 49% equity investment in the joint ventures SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) and SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC (US)—together referred to as SGL ACF. Once the deal has been completed, SGL Group will be the sole owner of SGL ACF. As is customary, the transaction is subject to approval from the respective authorities. Carbon fibers and carbon fiber materials are at the core of SGL Group's corporate strategy.

TransLink orders 106 New Flyer CNG buses with 2018 Cummins L9N ultra-low NOx engines

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The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) has awarded New Flyer with a contract for 106 Xcelsior compressed natural gas (CNG) forty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. The CNG buses will be equipped with 2018 Cummins L9N engines, which provide a significantly reduced carbon footprint supporting TransLink’s planned fleet rejuvenation initiative and vision for increasingly sustainable transit.

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Wärtsilä introducing first marine application of LNG-fueled version of world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel

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The technology group Wärtsilä will supply the engines, the navigation system, and a broad scope of other products and systems for a new luxury and environmentally friendly ferry being built for the Finland based operator, Viking Line, at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry yard in China. Six Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG) will provide the propulsion and power for the vessel.

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Integrated solar-driven system for electrochemical energy storage and water electrolysis for H2 production

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A team from UCLA and colleagues from Tarbiat Modares University and Shahed University in Iran have devised an integrated solar-powered system for both electrochemical energy storage and water electrolysis. They synthesized a nickel-cobalt-iron layered double hydroxide (Ni-Co-Fe LDH) on a nickel foam substrate using a fast, one-step electrodeposition approach.

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IH2 technology licensed to Biozin Holding AS for production of liquid transportation fuels from woody biomass

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CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company LTD (CRIUK), a global catalyst technology company wholly owned by Royal Dutch Shell, has 2 *-Technology-Licensed-Biozin-Holding">awarded an FEL-2 license agreement for the IH 2 technology which converts biomass to liquid transportation fuels ( earlier post ), to Norway-based Biozin Holding AS (BZH).

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: further thoughts on 50 mpg after 1,200 miles

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We've now spent more than 1,200 miles in a variety of Hyundai Ioniqs, but the bulk of them were covered in the conventional hybrid version of the five-door compact hatchback. That's the highest-volume version, while the battery-powered Ioniq Electric sells in lower numbers and the plug-in hybrid version won't hit the market until early next year

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JATO: new diesel car volume in Europe in October dropped 9.9%; 41.4% market share lowest in 10 years

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New vehicle sales in Europe in October 2017 increased 5.6% year-on-year to 1,202,877 units, according to figures from JATO Dynamics. This is the highest volume recorded for October since 2009, when 1.26 million units were registered. Despite a turbulent 2017, results for the first ten months of the year show an overall increase in registrations of 3.6%, with 13.18 million units registered over the period. This is the highest volume recorded since 2007, when 13.62

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