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Simple process transforms PET plastic into a nanomaterial for supercapacitors

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UC Riverside (UCR) engineers have developed a way to recycle PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic waste, such as soda or water bottles, into a nanomaterial useful for energy storage. An open-access paper on the work is published in the journal Energy Storage.

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First drive review: Polestar 2 aims at Tesla and comes up just short

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Polestar, Volvo’s offshoot performance-oriented EV brand, is about three years old and it’s yet to deliver a production electric vehicle. That’s about to change with the brand’s second car, the appropriately named 2021 Polestar 2 electric fastback sedan.

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Bentley Bentayga Speed: Range-topping SUV is world’s fastest

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The Bentley Bentayga Speed has been revealed with styling tweaks and tech upgrades that bring it in line with the updated standard Bentayga

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NYK Line, JMU and ClassNK partner to commercialize ammonia-fueled ammonia gas carrier

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NYK Line, Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU), and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) signed a joint R&D agreement for the commercialization of an ammonia-fueled ammonia gas carrier (AFAGC) that would use ammonia as the main fuel, in addition to an ammonia floating storage and regasification barge (A-FSRB). Ammonia-fueled Ammonia Gas Carrier (AFAGC).

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Xcel Energy wants 1.5M EVs in its service areas by 2030; 30x increase from today

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Utility holding company Xcel Energy wants 1.5 million electric vehicles in its service areas by 2030. If realized, EVs would make up 20% of all vehicles on the road in those areas—more than 30 times the number today. Xcel services customers in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Xcel said that it will need the support of policymakers, manufacturers and other stakeholders to make its vision real.

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Blackstone announces progress with printed battery cells

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Switzerland-based Blackstone Resources AG announced that it has achieved a series of important milestones for producing any kind of printed battery cells. The company has been investing in the next generation of battery technology through its German subsidiary Blackstone Technology GmbH. This includes patented 3D-printing techniques and research into the mass production of solid-state batteries: these can offer greater energy density and a higher number of charging cycles.

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VW expanding EV engineering capability in US; high-voltage lab in Chattanooga

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Volkswagen has begun expanding its Chattanooga factory to build a North American center for electric vehicles—not only for assembly, but for engineering the EVs of the future. To power those efforts, Volkswagen’s Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga will soon feature a high-voltage laboratory designed to develop and test electric vehicle cells and battery packs for upcoming models assembled in the United States.

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Bentley launches 3-year research study on EV powertrains: OCTOPUS

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Bentley Motors has launched a three-year research study on electric vehicle powertrains, utilizing a fully integrated, free from rare-earth magnet e-axle that supports electric vehicle architectures. This reinforces Bentley’s ambition to lead sustainable luxury mobility and introduce the first fully electric Bentley by 2026.

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New Zealand government backs Hiringa’s nationwide hydrogen fueling network

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The Infrastructure Reference Group has provisionally approved $20 million for Hiringa Energy to establish New Zealand’s first nationwide network of hydrogen fuelling stations. The initiative will involve the installation of eight hydrogen refueling stations located in Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Manawatu, Auckland, Taup?, Wellington and Christchurch. These stations will provide refuelling for zero emissions heavy FCEVs (hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles) such as trucks and buses.

Daimler Trucks’ FUSO introduces eCanter SensorCollect concept refuse truck

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Daimler Trucks’ Japan-based subsidiary FUSO recently introduced the eCanter SensorCollect concept truck with a demonstration run at its Kawasaki headquarters. The FUSO eCanter SensorCollect is a concept garbage collection truck based on the all-electric eCanter. The vehicle proposes an application of the emissions-free light-duty truck to make essential garbage collection services more efficient and environmentally conscious.

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Anheuser-Busch transitioning 30% of dedicated fleet to renewable natural gas

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Anheuser-Busch is transitioning more than 180 trucks—representing approximately 30% of its dedicated fleet—to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). In 2014 and 2015, Anheuser-Busch converted 160 diesel-fueled trucks in Houston and St. Louis to fleets powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engines.

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Battery-boosted charger shows a model for filling in fast-charging gaps

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FreeWire Technologies is demonstrating a more flexible alternative to conventional fast-charging stations at an ampm convenience store in Lodi, California. The company announced Thursday that it had installed a Boost Charger station, which uses a battery buffer to "boost" onsite power, at the store.

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Hyundai Motor turns IONIQ into a brand dedicated to EVs; E-GMP platform

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Hyundai Motor Company has launched the IONIQ brand, which will be dedicated to battery electric vehicles. Under the IONIQ brand, Hyundai Motor will introduce three new dedicated models over the next four years with more innovative models to follow. The creation of IONIQ brand is in response to fast-growing market demand and accelerates Hyundai’s plan to lead the global EV market.

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US$105M WESTKÜSTE100 green hydrogen project receives funding approval from German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs

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The consortium behind the WESTKÜSTE100 project received the go-ahead and funding approval from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy that will make it Germany’s first hydrogen project included in the “real-world laboratories fostering the energy transition” program. The project is backed by an investment volume totalling €89 million (US$105M). The funding volume approved for the project’s launch on 1 August 2020 amounts to €30 million.

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Australia’s Jemena to supply green hydrogen to Hyundai from 2021; Green Gas project

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Leading Australian energy infrastructure company Jemena has signed a new deal to supply Australia’s emerging zero emission vehicle industry with renewably generated green hydrogen. Jemena has committed, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hyundai Australia and Coregas, to produce and deliver hydrogen gas to Hyundai’s Macquarie Park headquarters from early 2021.

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$27 million available for zero-emission trucks in California

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On 18 August 2020, $27 million in funding will be available in California to replace higher polluting trucks with zero-emission vehicles. The funding is part of the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust program, which is intended to fund projects that will fully mitigate the excess nitrogen oxide (NO x ) emissions caused by the vehicles included in the VW settlement.

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Novvi LLC begins production of 100% renewable base oils & process oils

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Novvi LLC announced the successful start-up of its Deer Park, TX plant, where it is manufacturing and marketing 100% renewable base oils ( NovaSpec Base Oils ) for the lubricants industry, and 100% renewable process oils for polymer, adhesives, and personal care industries. Novvi is a joint venture of Amyris, Inc., Cosan, American Refining Group, Chevron, and H&R created to develop, produce, market, and distribute high-performance oils and lubricants from renewable sources.

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Michigan, Cavnue to create corridor for connected and autonomous vehicles between Ann Arbor and Detroit

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced an initiative to develop a first-of-its-kind corridor for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) designed to improve transportation for communities in Southeast Michigan.

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Report: CATL aims to boost EV range with battery cells installed in vehicle frames

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Chinese battery maker CATL is looking to boost the range of electric cars by packing batteries into vehicle frames, according to a Reuters report published Wednesday. Distributing battery cells throughout a car allows for more total cells, increasing energy-storage capacity and thus range.

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FMCW LIDAR by Scantinel: Game changer for autonomous driving

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by Dr. Michael Richter, Managing Director, Scantinel Photonics. LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is considered to be the key technology for self-propelled vehicles. Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LIDAR—a cumbersome abbreviation for a disruptive technology—will facilitate the breakthrough in autonomous driving and, according to experts, will completely force the currently used Time of Light (TOF) LIDAR systems out of the market.

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Hyperion XP-1 hydrogen fuel-cell supercar touts 1,000-mile range, 221-mph top speed

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What has a claimed top speed of 221 mph, 0-60 mph acceleration faster than 2.2 seconds, a range of up to 1,016 miles, no tailpipe emissions, and could only be practically run in one state at present? The answer is the Hyperion XP-1, an exclusive hydrogen fuel-cell supercar that “was partially designed to function as an educational tool for

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LLTO anode material for safe batteries with a long cycle life

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Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Jilin University in Changchun/China have investigated a highly promising anode material for future high-performance batteries: lithium lanthanum titanate with a perovskite crystal structure (LLTO).

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Hyundai reboots Ioniq as an EV brand, starting with Ioniq 5 crossover in fall 2021

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Starting now, the Ioniq name will refer to much more than Hyundai’s long-awaited answer to the Toyota Prius. Hyundai announced Monday morning in South Korea that a new Ioniq brand will spawn an entire family of fully electric vehicles that will include production models based on the well-received Prophecy sport-sedan concept and retro-styled

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Nikola receive order for 2,500 battery-electric waste trucks from Republic Services; fully integrated chassis and body from Nikola

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Nikola Corporation announced a minimum order of 2,500 electric refuse trucks from Republic Services, expandable up to 5,000. This order is to begin full production deliveries in 2023 with on-road testing likely to begin in early 2022. The refuse trucks are anticipated to carry up to an industry-leading 720 kWh of energy storage. Nikola specializes in heavy-duty, zero-emission Class 8 trucks.

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In some EVs, the cabin cooling system helps speed up fast-charging

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In some electric cars, the hardware that keeps occupants cool does the same for the battery pack. The air-conditioning condensers for EVs are for more than just cabin comfort, in many cases, supplier Mahle noted in a recent press release. They help keep the battery cool during driving and are especially important during higher-power fast-charging. Batteries

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New top model PHEV in the BMW 5 Series

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With almost 50,000 units, BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid models were the most successful electrified models in the BMW Group’s portfolio worldwide in 2019. With an increase from two to five models featuring innovative plug-in hybrid drive by November 2020, the new BMW 5 Series offers the largest range of PHEVs within one BMW Group model series. The new top-of-the-range BMW 545e xDrive Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 2.4 – 2.1 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 16.3 – 15.3

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FEV testing suggests Lucid Air will have an EPA range of 517 miles on a single charge

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Lucid Motors announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan. This new benchmark range was secured with FEV North America, Inc. in Auburn Hills, Michigan, applying the EPA's Multicycle Test Procedure (SAE J1634 Oct 2012 Standard) with the standard adjustment factor. The results suggest that the Lucid Air is the longest EPA-range electric vehicle to date.

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Michigan EGLE awards $1.7 million for 36 EV fast charger stations

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Drivers of electric vehicles will have more locations to recharge their vehicle’s batteries as they travel across Michigan through $1.7 million ($1,683,297.84) in grants announced by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) for direct current fast chargers (DCFC) along well-traveled routes. The EGLE Charge Up Michigan Program grants will partially fund 36 EV DC fast charging stations with a total of 76 plug-in points for automobiles and light-utility vehicles.

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New York City Transit Authority adding 50 New Flyer buses equipped with Allison H 40 EP systems

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New Flyer and Allison Transmission, the largest global manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions and a supplier of commercial vehicle propulsion solutions, including electric hybrid and fully electric propulsion systems, will deliver 50 Allison electric hybrid equipped buses to the largest transit authority in the US, New York City Transit (NYCT).

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Eaton introduces InfiniTrac electronic limited slip differential

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Power management company Eaton has introduced InfiniTrac , an electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated, variable-bias limited-slip differential that delivers optimized vehicle performance at any speed and traction condition. InfiniTrac provides a wide range of functionality for passenger vehicles. It operates as an open differential until needed, and then applies the necessary torque to respond to varying speeds and changing road conditions.

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Nikola announces order for 2,500 battery-electric garbage trucks

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Nikola has yet to deliver even one of its promised hydrogen fuel-cell semi trucks, but on Monday the company announced an order for 2,500 battery-electric garbage trucks. The trucks will go to waste-disposal company Republic Services, in what Republic claims to be the first large-scale commitment to fleet electrification in its industry. On-road

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Phillips 66 to convert San Francisco Refinery into world’s largest renewable fuels plant; 800M+ gallons per year

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Phillips 66, a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company, plans to reconfigure its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, California, to produce renewable fuels. The plant would no longer produce fuels from crude oil, but instead would make fuels from used cooking oil, fats, greases and soybean oils. The Phillips 66 Rodeo Renewed project would produce 680 million gallons annually of renewable diesel, renewable gasoline, and sustainable jet fuel.

DOE solicits feedback on hydrogen and fuel cells R&D activities and strategy

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a request for information (RFI) ( DE-FOA-0002379 ) to collect feedback from industry, academia, and the research community on DOE’s hydrogen and fuel cells research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities and strategies, including the H2@Scale initiative.

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DOE launches ARIES integrated energy systems research platform at NREL

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US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced the launch of the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) platform at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The ARIES research platform will allow NREL researchers and the scientific community to address the fundamental challenges of integrated energy systems at scale.

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Germany awards G+L innotec funding for development of fuel cell technology using media gap motor: Project REZEBT

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G+L innotec is an R&D service provider and concentrates on the development of the Media Gap Motor (MGM). The MGM is a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) with the special feature of a hermetically sealed system in which the stator inner diameter is oversized in relation to the rotor or the permanent magnet outer diameter. This large air gap allows the transport of various media between rotor and stator in the axial direction.

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MAHLE partners with Formula E team DS TECHEETAH

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Starting in the 2020/21 season, MAHLE will be a technical partner to DS TECHEETAH, the leading team in Formula E. MAHLE will use its many years of expertise in e-mobility to support the racing team while taking advantage of the rigors of the motorsports environment to gain a wealth of new insights that can be applied to series production development. MAHLE has pioneered a host of core e-mobility technologies including developments in battery cooling.

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Coltura: Supreme Court precedent means states can require all new vehicles sold be electric

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Recent US Supreme Court precedent has opened the door for states to enact laws requiring all new cars sold in the state to be electric as of a certain date, according to a paper by the nonprofit Coltura published in the University of Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law. Coltura is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the switch from gasoline and diesel to cleaner alternatives. Its vision is a gasoline-free US by 2040 or sooner. The paper by Matthew N.

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