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XL Hybrids awarded DOE Small Business Vouchers Pilot; testing of first diesel/XL3 combo at Argonne

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XL Hybrids, Inc. has been awarded test funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Vouchers Pilot (SBV). Testing validation and analysis of its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for Reach walk-in commercial vans will be performed at Argonne National Laboratory.

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2017 Ford F-150 with 10-speed automatic to arrive at dealers next month

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Beginning next month, buyers will be able to order the 2017 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The transmission—co-developed with General Motors—is the first of its kind in a production vehicle. In the F-150, it will be paired with an upgraded 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine. EcoBoost Fuel Economy

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Back to school: Top five seven seaters for the school run

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You may be sad and/or relieved that the summer holidays are soon to be over depending on whether you’re a teacher or a parent. If you fall into the p. Ford Nissan Citroen Audi Kia Q7 Sorento S-MAX X-Trail Top 5

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Amtrak invests $2.4B for next-gen Alstom Avelia high-speed trainsets and infrastructure upgrades

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Amtrak is contracting with Alstom to produce 28 next-generation Avelia Liberty high-speed trainsets that will replace the equipment used to provide Amtrak’s premium Acela Express service. The contract is part of $2.45

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LeMond Composites licenses ORNL low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing process; transportation, renewable energy, & infrastructure

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LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, has licensed a low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber manufacturing process developed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Earlier post.)

DARPA invests $2.7M in QinetiQ electric wheel-hub drive technology; moving to build-and-test phase

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The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced a $2.7m investment in UK-based QinetiQ’s electric hub-drive technology.

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Audi to increase participation in Formula E; full factory-backed motorsport program for 2017/2018

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Audi will intensify its future commitment in Formula E —the world’s first racing series for fully electric race cars. Starting in the 2016/2017 season that opens in Hong Kong on 9 October, Audi will increase its involvement in Formula E Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport.

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SLAC, Stanford team develops new catalyst for water-splitting for renewable fuels production; 100x more efficient than other acid-stable catalysts

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Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a new highly active and stable IrO x /SrIrO 3 catalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER).

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MIT team discovers two mechanisms at work in Li dendrite formation

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Researchers at MIT have carried out the most detailed analysis yet of lithium dendrite formation from lithium anodes in batteries and have found that there are two entirely different mechanisms at work.

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Daimler Trucks NA presents new Class 8 Freightliner Cascadia with fuel efficiency improved up to 8%

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Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has presented its new heavy-duty truck flagship: the new Freightliner Cascadia. When developing the new Cascadia, the engineers set a priority goal of achieving significant fuel savings.

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Berkeley Lab team directly probes solid/liquid interface of electrochemical double layer

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have directly probed the solid/liquid interface of the electrochemical double layer (EDL) using a novel X-ray toolkit.

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Bosch more broadly commercializing water injection system; up to 13% fuel savings under some conditions

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Bosch is now more broadly commercializing its water injection system for turbocharged engines ( earlier post ). Bosch currently supplies water injection parts for the BMW M4 GTS—the first production vehicle to feature a water injection system. Earlier post.)

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SLAC, Utrecht Univ. team visualize poisoning of FCC catalysts used in gasoline production; seeing changes in pore network materials

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Samsung SDI building Li-ion battery plant in Hungary; global triangular production structure

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Samsung SDI has decided to use Hungary as its Li-ion battery production base in Europe. The new battery plant will be built in Goed, north of Budapest in a 330,000 m 2 site, using existing facilities previously used for display production.

Audi ups A3 Sportback e-tron PHEV technology offerings for US MY2017; virtual cockpit

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For MY 2017, Audi has updated its A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for the US with improved technology offerings such as the available Audi virtual cockpit and standard driver assistance systems including Audi pre sense front.

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DOE: trends in engine compression ratio and gasoline octane are diverging

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Starting in the 1970s, the average compression ratio of engines—which up to that period had evolved pari passu with octane ratings—began diverging from the octane trend due to advanced engine design and controls, as illustrated by data compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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Quanergy acquires Otus People Tracker software from Raytheon BBN for advanced autonomous driving and security LiDAR applications

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Quanergy Systems, Inc., the provider of solid-state LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions ( earlier post ), has acquired the Otus People Tracker software from Raytheon BBN Technologies.

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Dalian team synthesizes advanced catalytic layer for fuel cell MEAs; low Pt-loading, high mass activity

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Researchers at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (China) have synthesized an advanced catalytic layer in the membrane electroide assembly (MEA) for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) using vertically aligned polymer–polypyrrole (PPy) nanowire arrays as ordered catalyst supports.

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ORNL team presents solution for coordinating connected and automated vehicles at merging roadways; reduced fuel consumption and travel time

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GM recycles 2M Flint water bottles into fleece for homeless, car parts and air filters

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General Motors is adding 2 million water bottles from Flint, Michigan residents into its Do Your Part water bottle recycling initiative. The company partnered with Schupan Recycling to collect the bottles.

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Volkswagen and Hamburg enter 3-year strategic mobility partnership; e-bus development with MAN

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The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the Volkswagen Group will collaborate over the next three years to jointly develop innovative solutions for making urban mobility more environmentally-friendly, safer, more reliable and more efficient. The cooperation aims to develop Hamburg as a model city for forward-looking, sustainable and integrated urban mobility.

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DOT awards more than $45M to three Connected Vehicle Pilot sites for phase two

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The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) awarded three cooperative agreements collectively worth more than $45 million to initiate the design/build/test phase of the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program. Selected in 2015, the Connected Vehicle Pilot sites include Wyoming, New York City, and Tampa. Earlier post.).

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Ceres Power and Cummins win DOE award to develop SOFC systems for data centers

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Ceres Power Holdings plc will play a key development role in a recently selected US Department of Energy program awarded to Cummins. Ceres Power will benefit from up to US$2.6 million of the total US$4.9-million project, which includes contributions from Cummins, US DOE and other parties, subject to final contract.

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Cummins and Peterbilt to team up on SuperTruck II

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Cummins will partner with Peterbilt Motors Company, a division of PACCAR to develop and demonstrate technologies under the US Department of Energy (DOE) SuperTruck II program. Earlier post.). For SuperTruck II, the Cummins–Peterbilt team will focus on breakthrough advances in Class 8 vehicle freight efficiency technologies that are cost-effective enough to be used in everyday real-world applications.

Baidu and NVIDIA team up on cloud-to-car platform for self-driving cars; HD maps, Level 3 control, automated parking

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At the Baidu World Conference in Beijing, Baidu CEO Robin Li together with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced a partnership to use artificial intelligence (AI) in the creation of a cloud-to-car autonomous car platform for local Chinese and global car makers. NVIDIA and Baidu have a long history of working together on AI.

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Why Wall Street is throwing billions at the Permian

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by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. The collapse of oil prices has ground shale drilling to a halt, but the one region where drilling is still active, and even increasing, is in West Texas. The Permian Basin is one of the last profitable areas to still drill with sub-$50 oil, and as other regions fall by the wayside, an increasing portion of drilling activity and spare investment dollars are flowing into the Permian. The rebound in the rig count in the U.S. is largely concentrated in the Permian.

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What it took to buy an electric car in Texas: the good, the bad, and the ugly

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Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to locate and purchase or lease a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid somewhere in the heart of Texas oil country. Hoping to make Tom Cruise proud, I accepted the mission. But first, a bit of perspective: in 2005 I had set out to purchase a Mercury Mariner Hybrid. I had done my homework, and knew exactly. Buying Plug-In Hybrids dealers plug-in cars dealerships Texas

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World's largest fast-charging site opens in Norway: 28 electric cars can charge, all standards included

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Norway has once again proven to be the friendliest place in the world for electric cars. The country where plug-in cars make up a higher proportion of new-car sales than any other now also boasts the world's largest single DC fast-charging site. It's located in Nebbenes, a rural town about 40 miles from the Norwegian capital of Oslo. DON'T MISS. Norway plug-in cars charging ChaDeMo quick-charge standard charging infrastructure DC Rapid Charging Tesla Supercharger Combined Charging Standard (CCS

Samsung Hungarian battery plant to open in 2018, perhaps for BMW electric cars?

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Anticipated increases in electric-car production in 2018 and later now have battery suppliers scrambling to add manufacturing capacity. One of the major players is Korean firm Samsung SDI, which is reportedly planning to open a new battery plant in Hungary. However, it is unclear which electric cars the new plant's lithium-ion cells are intended. Europe Manufacturing Batteries plug-in cars Samsung

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energi: how engineers increased fuel efficiency

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Carmakers regularly tweak their powertrains to boost fuel efficiency or improve performance and drivability. Changes to EPA test cycles for 2017 mean that the agency's fuel-economy ratings for many new cars have fallen slightly. Knowing that, and having learned more about how its various hybrid models were used in the real world, Ford set out to. Plug-In Hybrids Fuel Economy

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Texas electric-car buying, Ford 10-speed automatic, Kia Rio details: Today's Car News

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Today, one owner describes what it's like to buy an electric car in Texas, the 2017 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck is set to launch next month with a new 10-speed automatic transmission, and we have more details on the new Kia Rio debuting at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Two years from now, Samsung will. Today in Car News

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Plug-in electric car sales for August: Volt sells at twice Leaf rate

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While U.S. vehicle sales last month are expected to fall overall as data rolls in, August has traditionally been a very good month for sales of plug-in electric cars. The Chevrolet Volt, for one, kept up its pace this year, with August sales of 2,081, for an eight-month total of 14,295 Volts delivered so far this year. The Nissan Leaf, on the. sales Plug-In Hybrids New car sales plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Karma Revero vs VLF Destino: same shape, different powertrains, radically different missions

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In the beginning was the Fisker Karma. Then came battery cell failures, bankruptcy, a Chinese company, a departing designer, a swaggering auto exec, a big honkin' V-8 engine, and two new companies. The result: a pair of cars that look close to identical, but have radically different powertrains—one somewhat green, the other unabashedly based. plug-in cars VLF Destino Karma Revero

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Green cars at the Paris Motor Show: preview

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Fall is approaching, which means it's time for the auto-show season to get underway once again. Press days for the 2016 Paris Motor Show begin at the end of this month, and we already know several notable green production and concept cars will make their debuts in the French capital. That includes no fewer than 24 electric cars, according to the. Paris Auto Show plug-in cars Paris Motor Show

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When will electric-car DC fast-charging be available everywhere in the U.S.? Poll results

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Energy infrastructure is key to any serious effort to make zero-emission vehicles practical for mass-market car buyers. The world has spent more than a century building an efficient, global distribution and delivery system for gasoline and diesel fuel, and any new energy source requires the same. Whether natural gas, hydrogen, or electricity. plug-in cars ChaDeMo quick-charge standard Fast Charging DC Rapid Charging Tesla Supercharger Combined Charging Standard (CCS) Polls

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Paris Motor Show, plug-in electric car sales, Karma Revero vs VLF Destino: Today's Car News

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Today, we preview the green cars of the 2016 Paris Motor Show, tally plug-in electric car sales for August 2016, and compare the Karma Revero and VLF Destino—two cars based on the same Fisker Karma body. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Increased electric-car adoption means decreased oil consumption, but ExxonMobil and OPEC aren't. Today in Car News

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What does OPEC think about electric cars? Same as Exxon: no threat

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Just over five years after the first modern electric cars went on sale in significant numbers, they have become firmly entrenched in the marketplace. Carmakers are planning more electric models to satisfy both consumer demand and increasingly-strict emissions standards. But do the interests behind oil production see electric cars as a threat to. oil plug-in cars Saudi Arabia Exxon

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