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ORNL team engineers 1st high-performance, two-way oxide catalyst; outperforms platinum; potential for new electrochemistry systems

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A research team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has created the first high-performance, two-way oxide catalyst and filed a patent application for the invention. The new bi-directional catalyst can outperform platinum in oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions (ORR and OER).

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Consumer Reports confirms 2016 Toyota Prius 52-mpg rating

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Consumer Reports has confirmed the 52-mpg combined EPA fuel-economy rating of the 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid, although its ratings in city and highway testing differed. Nonetheless, the magazine says the 2016 Prius is the most fuel-efficient car it's ever tested.

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Toshiba to start field testing medium-sized EV bus with wireless recharging, SCiB Li-ion battery

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Toshiba Corporation has developed a fast, cable-free contactless charger for electric vehicles (EVs), and will field test it on a medium-sized EV bus designed to handle the power demands of regular high-speed journeys on expressways. Field tests will start from 1 June and continue until December.

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New BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo improves fuel economy by up to 14%

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BMW will launch the latest BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo in time for the start of summer.

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Peugeot L500 R Hybrid PHEV racing concept

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Peugeot has designed a new gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid racing concept: the L500 R Hybrid.

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New 3-step process for conversion of kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel

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Researchers in Sweden and Spain have devised a three-step process for the conversion of precipitated kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel. Their paper appears in the journal ChemSusChem. The kraft process converts wood into wood pulp for paper production.

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Manchester team proposing graphene-based ballistic rectifier for waste heat recovery

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Researchers at the University of Manchester (UK) have developed a graphene-based nano-rectifier (“ballistic rectifier”) that can convert waste heat to electricity.

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New aluminum-cerium alloys could boost rare earth production; improved energy efficiency of engines

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and partners Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Eck Industries have developed aluminum-cerium (Al-Ce) alloys that are both easier to work with and more heat tolerant than existing products.

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Audi’s Gen2 A5 offers up to 17% more performance and up to 22% lower fuel consumption

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Nine years after the launch of the mid-size A5, Audi unveiled the second-generation A5 and S5 Coupé during an event at the company’s headquarters in Ingolstadt. The new Audi A5 Coupé will launch in Germany with five engines: two gasoline TFSI and three diesel TDI units.

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UMTRI: average new vehicle fuel economy in US in May up 0.2 mpg from April

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Average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in May 2016 was 25.4 mpg (9.26 l/100 km)—up 0.2

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Santa Monica signs 5-year deal with Clean Energy for renewable LNG for bus fleet; deploying CWI Near-Zero NOx engine

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The City of Santa Monica, California has awarded Clean Energy a multi-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) contract to fuel its Big Blue Bus (BBB) fleet of vehicles.

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Toyota and KDDI jointly to establish global communications platform to support car connectivity

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and KDDI Corporation (KDDI) are partnering to establish a global communications platform to enable the operation of communications networks throughout the world to support car connectivity. Toyota aims to bring greater connectivity to its vehicles throughout the world.

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Audi equipping new models in Europe with Audi connect SIM

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Audi is now equipping its new models that use the second-generation modular infotainment platform with Audi connect SIM. With the factory-installed SIM card, customers can immediately use the wide range of Audi connect services with the accompanying data flat rate for up to three years.

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JAC sells 300,000 S3s in 600 days, breaks compact SUV sales record

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China-based JAC has sold 300,000 units of its S3 compact SUV during the last 20 months. The S3 has set several records since its launch, from achieving a breakthrough of 10,000 units in its first month, to overtaking sales of other compact SUVs in the global market within three months.

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European team devises new strategy for rare-earth-free magnets

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European researchers have devised a new way to make nanoparticles that could replace rare-earth material use in magnets. The researchers used a mixed iron-cobalt oleate complex in a one-step synthetic approach to produce magnetic core-shell nanoparticles. The resulting materials showed strong magnetic properties and energy-storing capabilities.

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Torotrak signs development agreement for high-power, off-road flywheel KERS

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Torotrak has now signed the development agreement for a high-power flywheel KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) in a large off-road vehicle as initially announced in the Group’s trading update in April. The agreement has been entered into with one of the largest global manufacturers of off-highway construction and mining equipment within the UK Energy Technologies Institute’s Heavy Duty Vehicles Efficiency program.

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3 Years Of Painful Cuts Sets Oil Markets Up For Serious Supply Crunch

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by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. Total global oil production could decline for the next several years in a row as scarce new sources of supply come online. According to data from Rystad Energy, overall global oil output will fall this year as natural depletion overwhelms all new sources of supply. But the deficit will only widen in the years ahead due to the dramatic scaling back in spending on new exploration and development.

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How big is a new Mini? Big enough to fit the old one inside

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They may still be smaller than most other new cars, but today's lineup of Mini models aren't really all that "mini" these days. They're quite generously sized, in fact, when compared to the original Mini that inspired them all. That's a point illustrated by this stunt conducted by a pair of Dutch Mini enthusiasts. DON'T MISS: How Big Is The. minicar Vintage MINI Countryman Morris Mini

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ORNL, Cincinnati Incorporated sign additive manufacturing patent license agreement

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The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Cincinnati Incorporated have signed a nonexclusive licensing agreement on ORNL patents related to large-scale additive manufacturing. ORNL is a research leader in the production of large-scale 3-D printed materials, refining industrial processes to decrease costs and increase efficiency.

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Volvo Trucks’ new concept truck cuts fuel consumption by more than 30%

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With support from the Swedish Energy Agency, Volvo Trucks has developed a new concept vehicle, the Volvo Concept Truck. The result of a five-year long research project aimed at creating more energy-efficient vehicles, the new concept truck cuts fuel consumption by more than 30%. The aim of the project is to improve the efficiency for long-haul truck transportation by 50%.

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Tesla Model 3 owners will pay to use Superchargers, cost TBD

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In the beginning, the use of Tesla's nascent network of Supercharger DC fast-charging sites wasn't going to be free. Not for owners of the less-expensive Model S 40 and 60 versions, at least: if they wanted to use the Supercharger network, they paid a $2,500 fee up front. But demand for the lower-range versions of the luxury electric sedan was. Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Fast Charging DC Rapid Charging Tesla Supercharger Tesla Model 3

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Japan wants Fukushima to be major hydrogen production center

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Japan's Fukushima prefecture was the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in recent years, but the Japanese government has ambitious plans for the region. Fukushima's name is now associated with the nuclear power plant suffered a major malfunction as a result of damage from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan. Now the. Japan hydrogen energy policy nuclear power hydrogen fuel cell nuclear energy

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Pre-1997 cars forbidden in central Paris to cut emissions

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A fairly direct way to eliminate air pollution from car exhaust emissions is to simply get rid of the cars themselves. Next month, Paris officials will attempt to do just that. Beginning July 1, all cars registered before 1997 will be banned from the city center on weekdays. DON'T MISS: In Paris, cars compete with other transit modes (and often. Europe Paris emissions France transportation policy

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Furrer + Frey proposes tractor swapping as solution for electrification of long-haul trucking

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Furrer + Frey, a provider of rail electrification and rapid charging systems for transport, is proposing tractor swapping as a solution for the electrification of long-haul trucking. Furrer + Frey is a long-time partner of Opbrid, the provider of the overhead pantograph-based ultra-fast charging Opbrid Bůsbaar for buses ( earlier post ). At IAA 2014, Opbrid introduced the Trůkbaar for heavy-duty trucks; the Trůkbaar is one element for the Furrer + Frey tractor swapping solution.

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VW to make big electric-car commitment; battery factory too?

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Volkswagen is reportedly considering building its own battery factory as part of a large commitment to electric cars. The company is targeting sales of 1 million electric cars within 10 years. That likely includes sales from the main VW brand as well as other Volkswagen Group brands like Audi and Porsche. DON'T MISS: Daimler to spend $500 million. Green Batteries Manufacturing VW plug-in cars

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Electric-car battery costs not too sensitive to lithium prices

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Relatively low lithium-ion battery-cell prices are crucial to keeping the prices of electric cars reasonable. But how much does the volatility of the price of lithium itself affect the prices of those cells? Global lithium prices have doubled over the last six months, leading to a scramble for new supplies of the metal. DON'T MISS: Fueled By. Manufacturing Batteries lithium-ion plug-in cars

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Tesla enlists owners' clubs to be lobbying army; insists on it, in fact

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Tesla owners are among the most enthusiastic in the car world, and Tesla often harnesses that enthusiasm. The company knows it can count on owners to be evangelists for its brand, and even to protest laws that prevent it from selling electric cars directly to buyers in certain states. But Tesla is apparently not content to sit back while. ownership plug-in cars Customers

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SoCal Edison to install 1,500 electric-car charging sites; what's your electric utility doing?

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Electric utility Southern California Edison (SCE) is moving ahead with plans to install electric-car charging stations within its service area. As part of a pilot program, it plans to work with property owners to facilitate the installation of 1,500 charging stations. The program, called Charge Ready, kicked off May 27. SCE has committed $22. California electric utilities plug-in cars charging charging infrastructure

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Tesla gigafactory grand opening event to be held July 29

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Tesla will open the doors to its massive battery "gigafactory" to the general public July 29. The company will host a grand opening event attended by, among others, owners who won tickets by participating in its most recent referral program. Those owners are also helping spread the word in the absence of an official public announcement from Tesla. Manufacturing Batteries lithium-ion plug-in cars gigafactory

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Energica Electric Motorcycle road trip uses only DC fast-charging

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Italian superbike company Energica has come out with a second model, the Eva, and shown that electric motorcycle road trips are possible—even easy—with DC fast charging. On May 16th, actor and U.S. Air Force veteran Bill Levasseur rode an Energica Eva from Los Angeles to San Francisco, recharging only at CCS fast-charging stations. Fast Charging electric motorcycles DC Rapid Charging Energica

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2017 Ford Fusion Energi electric range rises to 22 miles

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The all-electric range of every type of plug-in car has risen since their introduction in 2011, and will continue to increase with further boosts in battery energy density. This means that not only electric cars will get longer ranges, but so will plug-in hybrids. The latest maker to join the parade of increased electric-range announcements is. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars

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Electric-car interest in France spikes due to gas shortage

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When it comes to spurring electric-car sales, it seems a gas shortage is pretty helpful. In France, strikes have brought the oil industry to a standstill, leading to a shortage of fossil fuels and lines at pumps. That's bad news for drivers of gasoline and diesel cars, but good news for carmakers that sell plug-in models. DON'T MISS: In Paris. Europe sales France plug-in cars Car Sales

Fiat 500e electric cars recalled to fix software glitch: more than 16,000 affected

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling more than 16,000 2013 through 2016-model-year Fiat 500e electric cars to address a software glitch. Faulty software could cause the vehicles' control systems to shut down propulsion in certain situations. Depending on when and where a loss of power occurs, it could increase the chances of a crash. DON'T. plug-in cars Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA

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Will Apple sell electric-car charging stations?

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The question of whether Apple is working on an actual electric car, or just software of some kind for future cars, continues to be a topic of hot debate in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, said in January that it was "an open secret" that Apple is making an electric car. But Apple may also (or instead) be working. Green Apple Charging station charging infrastructure plug-in cars

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Tesla Model 3 Supercharging, Paris car ban, Fukushima hydrogen: Today's Car News

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Today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hints that Model 3 owners will pay for Supercharger DC fast charging, Paris moves to ban older cars from its city center, and Japan tries to turn its Fukushima prefecture into a major hydrogen production center. Paris plans to ban cars registered before 1997 from its city center beginning July 1 to cut emissions. Today in Car News

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San Diego utility adds education to electric-car charging stations

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San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is the latest electric utility to support the expansion of electric-car charging infrastructure. But the Southern California utility won't just build charging stations for plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles. It also plans to invest $7.5 million over the next five years into an education campaign. California electric utilities plug-in cars charging San Diego charging infrastructure

2017 Ford Fusion Energi, Tesla gigafactory opening, Apple electric-car charging: Today's Car News

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Today, we have more details on the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, a date for the grand opening of Tesla's battery "gigafactory" in Nevada, and hints that Apple may sell electric-car charging stations. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Catch up on last week's major news with our Week in Reverse feature. We have more details on the. Today in Car News

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