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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. The goal of the SBV-funded project is to overcome specific technical challenges, the company said. The Reach van from Utilimaster is a high-roof Class 3 delivery van that comes with a standard 151.4

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It's all coming together for electric cars, says Wall Street Journal columnist

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A few years ago, a huge amount of media criticism poured down on the new category of electric cars, often on the basis of outright misinformation or—more charitably—confusion. Then, the General Motors bankruptcy was still fresh in memory, electric cars were failing to meet ambitious sales targets, and the Tesla Model S was still a. Commentary plug-in cars Opinion

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Get your kicks with a new 66 plate

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September brings with it a bunch of changes – summer slowly turns to autumn, children advance a year at school, and new number plates are released. New cars DVLA Registrations

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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 billion that will be invested on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor (NEC) as part of a multifaceted modernization program to renew and expand the Acela Express service. The Northeast Corridor (NEC) line covers roughly 730 km (457 miles).

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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.) The agreement will make Oak Ridge-based LeMond Composites the first company to offer carbon fiber produced by the process to the transportation, renewable energy, and infrastructure markets.

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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. As part of an electric propulsion system, QinetiQ’s hub-drive replaces multiple gearboxes, differentials, and drive shafts with compact and extremely high-powered electric motors contained completely within the wheels.

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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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GM and US Army TARDEC to reveal Chevy Colorado-based fuel cell vehicle

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General Motors and the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) will reveal a Chevrolet Colorado-based fuel cell electric vehicle in October at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C. The fuel-cell version of the mid-size pickup is being developed under an agreement between TARDEC and GM signed in 2015 ( earlier post ).

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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). The new catalyst outperforms known IrO x and ruthenium oxide (RuO x ) systems, the only other OER catalysts that have reasonable activity in acidic electrolyte.

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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. While both forms of deposits are composed of lithium filaments, the way they grow depends on the applied current. Clustered, “mossy” deposits, which form at low rates, turn out to grow from their roots and can be relatively easy to control.

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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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PowerCell Sweden receives order from Chinese company for PowerCell S2 to be used as an EV range-extender

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PowerCell Sweden AB has received an order for the PowerCell S2 fuel cell stack from a Chinese company within the automotive industry. The PowerCell S2 will be used as a hydrogen-based range extender for electrified passenger cars. The PowerCell S2 fuel cell stack is designed for efficient power generation in the range of 5 to 25 kW. Once the car’s battery has been discharged to a predetermined level, the fuel cell automatically kicks in.

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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. A fresh, aerodynamic shape with dozens of new updates and advanced powertrain components contribute to increased fuel efficiency by up to 8% over a 2016 Cascadia Evolution. One key benefit of the new Cascadia is its integrated powertrain.

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Nifco develops thermoplastic oil pan for Jaguar Land Rover ALIVE6 project

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Nifco UK has developed a thermoplastic oil pan as part of the Jaguar Land Rover ALIVE6 Project with government funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre. The thermoplastic composite part weighs in at 1kg less than a steel equivalent, and has been engineered with continuous glass fibres that are longer than those used in normal reinforced plastics to deliver optimum performance while remaining lightweight.

Renesas Electronics and TSMC announce 28nm MCU collaboration for next-generation green and autonomous vehicles

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Renesas Electronics Corporation and TSMC are collaborating on 28nm (nanometer) embedded flash (eFlash) process technology for manufacturing microcontrollers (MCUs) targeted at next-generation green and autonomous vehicles. The automotive MCUs employing this new 28nm process technology are slated for sample shipment and mass production in 2017 and 2020, respectively.

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Ballard MOU with strategic partner Broad-Ocean targets fuel cell modules for buses and commercial vehicles

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Ballard Power Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with strategic partner Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Company Limited with the goal of producing fuel cell modules for use in buses and commercial vehicles in select cities and regions in China. In July, Broad-Ocean announced a $28.3-million strategic equity investment in Ballard, through which Broad-Ocean acquired a 9.9% ownership position in Ballard, making it the company’s largest shareholder. Earlier post.).

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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. The X-ray tools and techniques could be extended, the researchers say, to provide new insight about battery performance and corrosion, a wide range of chemical reactions, and even biological and environmental processes that rely on similar chemistry.

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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.) In the vehicle’s turbocharged six-cylinder engine, it offers improved performance and consumption even at full load.

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IMPCO introduces new GS2 high flow CNG fuel injector

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IMPCO Technologies, Inc., a division of Westport Fuel Systems Inc., has introduced of a new GS2 high flow CNG fuel injector, available globally. This new injector is a cost effective solution for high flow requirements as its flow capacity can reduce the total number of injectors required compared to other brands/models used in the same application.

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Nissan supplies 20 LEAFs to Uber in London for EV trial

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20 all-electric Nissan LEAFs supplied for trial with car hailing service Uber Run in partnership with the Energy Savings Trust, study will look into feasibility of running electric private hire vehicles in the UK First time fully electric vehicles have been available in the UK via the Uber app Nissan has supplied 20 all-electric Nissan LEAFs to Uber for use as part of a new EV trial in London. It is the first time pure EVs have been available for hire through the Uber app in London.

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Researchers find vulnerabilities in cars with MirrorLink, even if disabled

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In a study funded by GM, the NSF, and the US Department of Homeland Security, a team at NYU and George Mason University have reported vulnerabilities in MirrorLink that could allow a hacker access to a vehicle through a smartphone, even if MirrorLink is disabled. The team presented their findings at the 10 th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT '16) in Austin, Texas.

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First electric bus customers for new UQM PowerPhase DT heavy-duty drivetrain pilot program

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UQM Technologies (UQM) has secured global commercial customers as early adopters of its new full drivetrain solution, the PowerPhase DT. These early adopters include Hybrid Kinetic Group, Wuzhoulong Motors and ITL for a Yangtse full-size bus in China and ADOMANI in the US. These customers will work in close collaboration with UQM, and suppliers Pi Innovo and Eaton, to develop heavy-duty commercial and transit all-electric vehicles, enabling them to rapidly deploy vehicles to market.

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Hyundai Mobis develops Electronic Parking Brakes (eDIH) for large pickup trucks

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Hyundai Mobis has successfully developed electronic parking brakes for large pickup trucks (eDIH: electronic Drum in Hat)—a first for the global market. Hyundai Mobis expects to take a dominant position in this segment. Hyundai Mobis is accelerating its pace in applying the new eDIH system to mass production. eDIH is a kind of what is commonly known as EPB (electronic parking brakes).

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Ten H2 and fuel cell companies received DOE SBV round 2 awards

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Among the 43 small businesses participating in the newly announced second round of the US Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot are 10 projects in the area of hydrogen and fuel cells. These selected projects are aimed at reducing the costs and improving the performance of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, such as finding ways to lower costs of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs), a critical component of fuel cell stacks and electrolyzers.

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SAKOR Technologies provides dual-dynamometer testing system to major global powertrain manufacturer in China

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SAKOR Technologies , Inc. has provided a large dual-dynamometer system to a major global powertrain manufacturer’s technical center in Beijing, China. The system will be used for testing drivetrain components for light vehicles, as well as small and mid-size trucks. The dual-dynamometer system consists of two 224 kW AccuDyne AC motoring dynamometers and features SAKOR’s DynoLAB test automation controller.

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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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Merging two powerful 3-D X-ray techniques, a team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Utrecht University in the Netherlands revealed new details of the metal poisoning process that clogs the pores of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst particles used in gasoline production, causing them to lose effectiveness.

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DOE HPC4Mfg program funds 13 projects to advance US manufacturing; welding, Li-S batteries among projects

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A US Department of Energy (DOE) program designed to spur the use of high performance supercomputers to advance US manufacturing has funded 13 new industry projects for a total of $3.8 million. Among the projects selected are one by GM and EPRI of California to improve welding techniques for automobile manufacturing and power plant builds in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

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Eaton’s new Bussmann series EV fuses allow drivers to go further, faster

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Power management company Eaton has introduced its new Bussmann series electric vehicle (EV) fuses designed to provide superior circuit protection while incorporating innovative technologies that promote a vehicle with higher performance and longer range.

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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. The new facility in Hungary will enable Samsung SDI to establish a global triangular production structure along with existing plants in Ulsan, Korea and Xian, China.

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Volvo Group selected to participate in DOE’s SuperTruck II Program; 55% BTE

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Under a SuperTruck II award announced by the US Department of Energy (DOE) ( earlier post ), Volvo Group North America is scheduled to receive $20 million in federal funding that it will use to improve the freight-moving efficiency of heavy-duty trucks. The Volvo Group and its partners will match the development funds dollar-for-dollar.

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Report: Audi electric four-wheel-drive “A9 e-tron” confirmed

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The UK’s Autocar reports that Audi will put a four-wheel-drive electric sedan rivaling the Tesla Model S into production. Perhaps to be called the A9 e-tron, the car will share much of its technology with the upcoming e-tron quattro SUV, including the advanced torque vectoring capabilities. Earlier post ). The vehicle will have a range of up to 500 km (311 miles), and reportedly will offer Level 4 autonomous driving technology—one step up from that used in next year’s new A8.

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TI reference design adds Wi-Fi capability to electric vehicle charging stations

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Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the first reference design that adds Wi-Fi connectivity to an electric vehicle (EV) charging station. Electric vehicle owners will now be able to remotely monitor and control the charging of their vehicles from just about anywhere with Wi-Fi, presenting dozens of potential use cases from home automation to checking the availability of nearby public charge points.

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IBN-One awards FEED contract to Technip and IPSB for 1st plant converting renewable resources into isobutene

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IBN-One, a subsidiary of Global Bioenergies and Cristal Union, awarded the first engineering contract for its bio-isobutene plant to Technip and IPSB. Following a consultation process by IBN-One in spring 2016, the initial engineering work contract has been awarded to a consortium that includes Technip, a global leader in engineering for the energy, petrochemical and chemical industries, and IPSB, an engineering firm specializing in sugar and biotechnologies.

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