Sat.Dec 12, 2020 - Fri.Dec 18, 2020

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LME copper prices hit 7-year high

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On 4 December 2020, the LME cash price hit its highest level since March 2013, closing at US$7,742/t. (By 10 December, that dropped back to $7,712/t.) Copper has charted an unlikely trajectory through 2020, notes Roskill. Copper prices plunged 27% to a low of US$4,617/t in late March as the global impact of COVID-19 became apparent, but copper stabilized and then began to rise, completing a full recovery to its January starting point by the end of July.

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First Drive Review: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV redefines the pony car

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About 30 minutes into my first time behind the wheel of the Mustang Mach-E this past weekend, a simple gut-check moment revealed much: How and why it picks up on Mustang lineage doesn’t ultimately matter. It’s a fantastic-driving car. It underscores a point that Ford has grappled with all along. The very reasons why making Ford’s.

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Are EV Batteries an Environmental Hot Mess?

The Truth About Cars

Are EV batteries an environmental hazard? The European Commission (EC) is proposing stricter regulations on EV battery sustainability. A 2006 Battery Directive dealt with safe recycling and disposal of Pb-acid and Ni-Cd batteries when Li-ion batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids were still in their infancy. These new rules will supposedly improve Li-ion […].

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EV charging infrastructure incentives in Europe

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Electric vehicle charging incentives are available across Europe for both residential and commercial charging. The installation of residential and commercial charging stations is key to establishing infrastructure that can support the adoption of electric vehicles by individuals and companies across Europe.

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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

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Solid Power now producing large form factor 22-layer 20 Ah solid-state cells, pathway to full automotive performance compliance

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Solid Power, a developer of all solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, announced that its Louisville, Colo. facility is producing 20 Ah multi-layer all solid-state lithium metal batteries on the company’s continuous roll-to-roll production line. In October, Solid Power had announced the production and delivery of the company’s first-generation multi-layer, multi-ampere hour all solid-state lithium metal cells.

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Toyota EV with solid-state batteries: 10-minute full charge, prototype reportedly due in 2021

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Toyota hopes to be the first automaker to launch an electric car with solid-state batteries, aiming to unveil a prototype next year, ahead of a production launch relatively soon after that, Nikkei Asia reported Thursday. The automaker expects electric cars powered by solid-state batteries to have more than twice the range of vehicles using current.

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Bishop Ranch shows companies a path to EV charging

EV Box

Thirty-six miles east of San Francisco, an innovative office-and-retail destination called Bishop Ranch is using electric vehicle charging to lead its tenants, visitors, and region into the electrified future.

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Xcel Energy, INL to use nuclear energy for clean hydrogen production; HTSE

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Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy will work with Idaho National Laboratory to demonstrate a system that uses a nuclear plant’s steam and electricity to split water. ( Earlier post.) The resulting hydrogen will initially be used at the power plant, but it could eventually be sold to other industries. The new project is the first to pair a commercial electricity generator with high-temperature steam electrolysis (HTSE) technology.

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Survey: 7 out of 10 Americans see an EV in the future, want more vehicle choices and charging

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Seven out of 10 drivers in United States expressed at least some interest in getting an electric car in the future, but charging infrastructure and upfront pricing remain obstacles, according to a new Consumer Reports survey. Specifically, 71% of drivers surveyed said they were interested in getting an electric car, 27% said they would consider.

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3 Ways to Structure Your EV Charging Station Business

EV Connect

As EVs become more prevalent on the road, you may be interested in starting an EV charging station business on your property. From commercial real estate developers to landlords of apartments or condos to entrepreneurs, many sectors are finding value in EV infrastructure. But it’s important to remember that you have choices when it comes to structuring your business models for profitability and sustainability.

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Faurecia and Accenture partner on products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles

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Review: Skoda Superb iV

Green Cars News

Now in its third generation - and recently updated, too - the latest Superb has shaken off the dowdy image of its two predecessors and is stylish and good to drive as well as being family-friendly

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NACFE releases guidance report on hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty trucks

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The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) released its latest Guidance Report , Making Sense of Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tractors. Almost every day there is a new announcement about hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks. Even with all the information, there are a lot of unanswered questions. We published this report to help make sense of hydrogen for commercial freight movement.

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First drive review: 2021 Toyota Mirai goes faster and farther, but is that enough?

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The redesigned 2021 Toyota Mirai looks and feels wildly different in this iteration. The first iteration of Toyota’s fuel-cell vehicle had more to prove and its styling reflected that. The Mirai’s look was loud and intended to draw attention to itself. Its funkiness became a calling card. But for its second go-round, the Mirai feels.

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Subaru confirms electric SUV for Europe

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Subaru will bring an all-electric SUV to Europe before 2025

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

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Real-life review: Driving to Aberystwyth in a Tesla Model 3

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It’s probably the perfect journey and one that I have made a few times over the last year since my son started at Aberystwyth University

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IRENA sees renewable hydrogen at least cost-possible within decade

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Hydrogen produced with renewable electricity could compete on costs with fossil fuel alternatives by 2030, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). A combination of falling costs for solar and wind power, improved performance as well as economies of scale for electrolyzers could make it possible. A combination of cost reductions in electricity and electrolyzers, combined with increased efficiency and operating lifetime, can deliver 80% reduction in green

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Report: Toyota CEO claims EVs worsen CO2 emissions, pushes back on proposed ICE bans

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Has Toyota changed its tune on electric vehicles, as it prepares to push its solid-state battery technology to market? Earlier this month a report suggested that might be the case—which could give the company an advantage in the competitive global EV market. It turns out that pronouncement might have been premature. Toyota is far from.

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Bishop Ranch shows companies a path to EV charging

EV Box

Thirty-six miles east of San Francisco, an innovative office-and-retail destination called Bishop Ranch is using electric vehicle charging to lead its tenants, visitors, and region into the electrified future.

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Subaru electric SUV confirmed for Europe

Green Cars News

Subaru has confirmed that an all-electric SUV is in development and is bound for Europe when it launches.

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Hyundai Motor Group to acquire controlling interest in mobile robot firm Boston Dynamics

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Hyundai Motor Group will acquire a controlling interest in the mobile robot firm Boston Dynamics from Softbank in a deal that values Boston Dynamics at $1.1 billion. The deal came as Hyundai Motor Group envisions the transformation of human life by combining world-leading robotics technologies with its mobility expertise. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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EV battery pack prices fell 13% in 2020, some are already below $100/kwh

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Electric-car battery-pack prices have fallen 13% in 2020, in some cases reaching a crucial milestone for affordability, according to an annual report released Wednesday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Average prices have dropped from $1,100 per kilowatt-hour to $137 per kwh, decrease of 89% over the past decade, according to the analysis.

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Classic Range Rover get Lunaz electric conversion

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Classic Range Rover get Lunaz electric conversion

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Driving on sunshine

Plug in America

Winter solstice has swept in , and me and my electric vehicle (EV) are taking another trip around the sun—on sunshine! . My ex and I got solar at home on his birthday in 2002, then our first EV, the RAV4, a couple months later, on the winter solstice. Won’t ever forget the feeling, from my head to my toes, of driving without a tailpipe. Finally, I was doing something that could really make a dent in climate change.

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XL Fleet launches pilot program with Essential Utilities, Inc. to electrify its utility fleet

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XL Fleet announced that Essential Utilities, Inc. one of the largest publicly traded water, wastewater and natural gas providers in the US, serving approximately 5 million people across 10 states under the Aqua and Peoples brands, is launching a pilot program to electrify its two most popular commercial GM vehicle platforms with the XLH hybrid electric drive system.

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Geely's Zero EV project is already a prototype: 435-mile range, deliveries in 2021

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The timeline may have just been stepped up for a next-level, dedicated electric vehicle platform for Volvo, Polestar, Lynk & Co., and other Geely Auto Group brand vehicles. The Zero Concept, which marked the debut of a future dedicated electric vehicle for those brands, debuted less than three months ago. On Friday, Geely announced that this.

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The AC Cobra Superblower goes electric

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AC unveils new Cobra Series 4 electric

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Lightning eMotors introduces new generation 4 Lightning Electric Transit Class 3 Van; battery-electric and fuel cell electric variants

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Lightning eMotors has announced a new model of its Class 3 Lightning Electric Transit Van. The new, longer-range Lightning Electric Transit Van is the fourth generation of its battery-electric and fuel cell electric platform, based on the Ford Transit 350HD chassis. The Gen 4 powertrain, with new battery technology and up to 105 kWh of battery capacity, has up to 40% more range than the Gen 3’s 120-mile range as a battery-only vehicle, with fuel cell configurations extending the range to 250 mil

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Toyota introduces second-generation Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle as design and technology flagship

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For 2021, Toyota has fully rebooted the Mirai, originally offered in 2016, as a premium rear-wheel drive sports-luxury fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) with striking design, cutting-edge technology, more engaging driving performance and a significantly longer EPA-estimated range rating. The 2021 Mirai is powered by the latest evolution of the brand’s advanced fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) powertrain.

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British Airways partners with ZeroAvia to speed up the switch to hydrogen-powered passenger aircraft

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British Airways (BA) has teamed up with ZeroAvia, a leading innovator in decarbonizing commercial aviation ( earlier post ), in a project to explore how hydrogen-powered aircraft can play a leading role in the future of sustainable flying. The collaboration, which reflects the importance of sustainability at British Airways, will see ZeroAvia embedded in the heart of the airline.

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Volkswagen 2.0 TDI diesel for Euro 6d; SCR twin-dosing

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Volkswagen 2.0 TDI diesel for Euro 6d; SCR twin-dosing. Volkswagen continues to refine its most important diesel engine, the 2.0-liter TDI. With SCR twin dosing technology in the exhaust gas system, the diesel unit now undercuts the Euro 6d emission standard limits while also running quietly and smoothly, according to the company. The four-cylinder TDI engine with the internal designation EA 288 made its debut in 2012.

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LiquidPiston announces small tactical power generator development for US Army; 2-5 kW

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LiquidPiston, Inc. (LPI), developer of advanced rotary diesel and multi-fuel internal combustion engines, announced the award of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with the United States Army to develop the X-Engine platform to power Small Tactical Generators ranging from 2-5 kW. ( Earlier post.). This contract comes on the heels of the company delivering a prototype Compact Artillery Power System (CAPS) for field-testing to the US Army PM (program manager) for Towed Artillery

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Pre-sales begin for Volkswagen Tiguan PHEV SUV in Europe

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Volkswagen’s plug-in hybrid version of its Tiguan SUV—the Tiguan eHybrid. ( earlier post )—is now available to configure and order in Europe; the starting price in Germany is €42,413.11 (US$51,500). The Tiguan eHybrid has an all-electric range (WLTP) of up to 50 km (31 miles). In Hybrid mode, the electric motor supports the 1.4-liter TSI engine and acts like an additional booster.

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Neo Lithium closes strategic investment with CATL; ~8% stake; 3Q project

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Canada-based Neo Lithium Corp. (NLC) announced the closing of a previously announced equity investment by China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL), whereby CATL, through a subsidiary controlled by CATL, subscribed for 10,217,503 common shares of Neo Lithium at a price of C$0.84 per common share for gross proceeds to Neo Lithium of C$8,582,702 (US$6.7 million), representing approximately 8% of issued and outstanding shares of the Neo Lihtium.

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Australia’s IGO to take 25% of Greenbushes lithium mine and 49% in Li processing plant; $1.4B deal

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Australian mining company IGO will acquire a 24.99% stake in the Greenbushes hard-rock lithium mine and a 49% share of the Kwinana lithium hydroxide plant—both in Western Australia—from China-based Tianqi Lithium for US$1.4 billion. The deal will be funded through a combination of debt, IGO’s existing cash position (which totaled US$366 million at end-September 2020) and an equity raising, with completion targeted for Q2 2021.

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