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Michelin to ship tires on sail-powered cargo ships

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The Michelin Group recently signed a transport commitment with the French shipping line NEOLINE. NEOLINE’s decarbonized shipping service relies on wind energy as the main propulsion for its 136m cargo ships with 4200 m 2 of sails.

Volta readies electric trucks for Europe, with US suppliers

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Sweden-based Volta Trucks is readying an electric commercial vehicle for the European market, but it's relying on suppliers based in the United States for key components.

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Vauxhall Combo-e Life gets 174-mile range

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The all-new Vauxhall Combo-e Life EV has been revealed, with this all-electric MPV capable of up to 174 miles between charges

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Canadian company AK Motor International introduces new EV brand: Maple Majestic

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Canada-based AK Motor International Corporation, an automotive intellectual property management company, is launching a new electric vehicle brand: Maple Majestic. Arising from AK Motor’s project CANU (Canadian Automotive New Utilities), Maple Majestic is intended to excel in difficult environments.

U of Birmingham, Bentley and partners in rare-earth recycling project; RaRE

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The University of Birmingham is working with Bentley Motors and others on a three-year research project to deliver a sustainable source of rare earth magnets for electric and hybrid vehicles.

BASF introduces new heat-stabilized Ultramid; heat resistance up to 190 °C in demanding environments

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Heat resistance, good long-term use properties and weld resistance are the basic prerequisites for components in current and future powertrains.

Chevrolet introduces new electric 2022 Bolt EUV and redesigned 2022 Bolt EV

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Chevrolet introduced the new, all-electric 2022 Bolt EUV and redesigned 2022 Bolt EV. In addition to broadening Chevrolet’s EV lineup, the Bolt EUV is the first Chevrolet to offer Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance system for the highway. Earlier post.). 2022 Bolt EUV.

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Toyota claims the 2021 Mirai fuel-cell car cleans the air, calls it “minus emissions”

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Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles produce only water vapor as emissions—water that could in theory be filtered and made potable.

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Two versions of SVOLT NMX cobalt-free cells now available for order

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SVOLT Energy Technology Co., Ltd., a spin-off from China’s Great Wall Motors, announced its cobalt-free battery cells in 2019. Earlier post.) The first cell variants can now be ordered. Globally, SVOLT is initially offering two sizes of the innovative nickel-manganese battery cells (NMX).

UNIST team develops new electrolyte additive for high-energy-density Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in Korea have developed an innovative electrolyte additive that enables a high-energy-density Li-ion battery to retain more than 80% of its initial capacity even after hundreds of cycles.

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Riversimple Rasa lightweight hydrogen car nudged toward production with Siemens partnership

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The Riversimple Rasa hydrogen fuel-cell car has been under development for over a decade, but it is getting a significant nudge toward production in the form of a partnership with industrial giant Siemens.

Mercedes-Benz supplying 129 Citaro G hybrid 18m articulated buses to Belgium’s TEC Group

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Mercedes-Benz is supplying 129 Citaro G hybrid 18m articulated buses to Belgium’s TEC Group. This is one of the largest orders for articulated buses in recent years. The vehicles will be delivered by summer of this year.

Hyundai explores battery leasing to lower EV prices, coordinate reuse

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Hyundai is looking into battery leasing as a way to lower electric-car prices and ensure environmentally-conscious reuse of battery packs.

ELO Mobility, Fraunhofer IVI and HyMove are developing new types of hydrogen fuel cell powered city buses; Go4City project start

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Berlin start-up ELO Mobility and the Fraunhofer Institute for Transport and Infrastructure Systems IVI are jointly developing a new generation of city buses with hydrogen drive technology as part of the Go4City (G4C) project.

Jaguar Land Rover cancels XJ flagship EV, carries on hydrogen fuel-cell development

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As it prepares to go all-electric Jaguar, is cancelling its previously announced EV flagship. All new Jaguar model introductions will be electric by 2025, the automaker announced in a press release Monday, with the aim of achieving 100% electric sales by 2030.

British Airways invests in LanzaJet; SAF offtake agreement

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British Airways will power future flights with sustainable aviation fuel produced from sustainably-sourced ethanol, as part of a new partnership with sustainable jet fuel company LanzaJet.

Bolt EV recall update: Software fix will restore full range, address fire risk

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GM on Thursday posted an update about its recall—made over fire concerns—that makes most 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV models only able to charge up to 90%.

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KIST, KAIST team develops SOFC anode that addresses problem with intermittent operation; potential applications for mobility

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High-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are very efficient for the direct conversion of chemical fuels to electricity. Inexpensive catalysts, such as nickel, can be used in these cells, as opposed to low-temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cells, which use expensive platinum catalysts.

Volta Trucks selects Proterra to supply vehicle battery for full-electric Volta Zero

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Volta Trucks, a full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer, has selected Proterra as the battery supplier for the Volta Zero. The Volta Zero is the first purpose-built, full-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle designed specifically for inner city freight distribution. Earlier post.).

EVgo plans many more Tesla chargers to supplement Supercharger network

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Drivers of Tesla electric cars will soon have more public-charging options beyond the company-owned Supercharger network. EVgo last week announced that it will add more than 600 Tesla connectors to DC fast-charging stations nationwide throughout the year.

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DOE releases analysis of potential impacts of hyperloop technology on the grid

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Hyperloop technology, initially proposed by Elon Musk in 2013 as an innovative means for intermediate-range or intercity travel, is now being developed by several companies. Hyperloop systems could be used for both passenger and freight transportation with the goals of time-saving, convenience, quality of service and, in some cases, increased energy efficiency.

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Tesla Model 3, Toyota hybrids get Consumer Reports' new Green Choice label

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Using less fuel is better for your budget, but it’s not necessarily better for the environment or for tailpipe emissions.

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2022 Chevy Bolt EV: $5,500 price cut is an affordability play, EV tax credit or not

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As GM prepares for the introduction of two very upscale electric vehicles, the GMC Hummer EV and the Cadillac Lyriq, the Bolt lineup plays an important role, it faces one pesky problem.

IDTechEx: Sales of electric motorcycles in Europe grew 50% y-o-y in 2020

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IDTechEx expects electric motorcycle sales in Europe to have grown at least 50% year-on-year in 2020, building on the momentum of recent years. Although steep, the 50% growth is half that experienced in 2019 from the year before.)

Ford is making a $1B push to all-electric cars for Europe by 2030

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Ford on Wednesday announced a $1 billion electrification investment for Europe, with the goal of making its entire passenger-car lineup in that market all-electric by 2030. The money will be used to upgrade Ford's Cologne, Germany, factory for electric-vehicle production.

Airstream to offset carbon from manufacture, pursue electric travel trailers

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Airstream trailers are a popular way to experience the outdoors, and now the company is looking at carbon offsets and electrification as a way to preserve the wilderness its products are designed for.

2022 Chevy Bolt EUV revealed: Super Cruise and 250-mile range, no all-wheel drive

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General Motors officially presented its larger Chevy Bolt EV variant, called the Bolt EUV, on Sunday. And it revealed a price cut of $5,500—with the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV starting at $33,995 and the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV starting at $31,995.

Torc Robotics selects AWS as preferred cloud provider for self-driving truck fleet

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Torc Robotics has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS), Inc. as its preferred cloud provider to handle the scale and speed needed for data transfer, storage, and compute capacity as the company prepares to deploy its fleet of next-generation self-driving test trucks in New Mexico and Virginia.

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Si anode material company E-magy raises €5M in funding round led by Shift Invest

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Dutch battery tech scale-up E-magy, a designer and manufacturer of nano-sponge silicon material for advanced lithium-ion batteries ( earlier post ), has secured an additional €5 million of funding.

Uppsala team develops composite polymer dots for efficient, stable H2 production from water and sunlight

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Researchers at Uppsala University have developed photocatalytic composite polymer nanoparticles (“polymer dots”) that show promising performance and stability for the production of hydrogen from water and sunlight.

Hyundai battery leasing, Mercedes EV timeline, Bolt EV and Mach-E deals, Today’s Car News

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Incentives are making both the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E the same or less as the 2022 Bolt EV and EUV, respectively. GM has a fix for 2017-2019 Bolt EV models and their hobbled charging. Mercedes is saying no to an all-electric timeline.

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Ford commits to 100% all-electric passenger vehicle range in Europe by 2030; $1B to transform Cologne plant

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Ford committed today that by mid-2026, 100% of Ford’s passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, and will be completely all-electric by 2030.

Ricardo opens digitally enabled Electrified Propulsion Research Center

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Ricardo formally opened its new Electrified Propulsion Research Center at its Shoreham Technical Center in West Sussex. Designed to support the company’s existing work in powertrain optimization and electrification, the new state-of-the-art research center, which has cost £5.5 million (US$7.7

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Faurecia accelerates its hydrogen strategy in China with majority investment in CLD

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Faurecia has acquired a majority of CLD, one of China’s largest high-pressure tank manufacturers. The transaction will be completed once regulatory approvals are obtained in China. Faurecia and CLD will develop and manufacture homologated type III and IV hydrogen storage tanks for the Chinese market.

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Lotus unveils E-R9 next-generation EV endurance racer design study

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Lotus unveiled the E-R9, a new design study for a next-generation pure electric endurance racer that could be on the starting grid of circuits around the world for the 2030 season. The EV features a sleek fighter jet-style canopy centrally mounted in a delta-wing upper body.

Hyundai reveals redesigned 2022 Kona and Kona Electric SUVs

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Hyundai provided details for its significantly redesigned and enhanced 2022 Kona and Kona Electric SUVs for the US market. The new Kona receives a variety of updates—powertrains, connectivity, safety suite—driven by US customer research.

Chakratec partners with Premier Inn on first kinetic EV charging installation in Germany

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Israel-based Chakratec, a provider of kinetic energy storage technology for electric vehicle (EV) charging, has completed a project with Premier Inn, a British hotel chain and the UK’s largest hotel brand, enabling guests at the hotel’s Leipzig, Germany, location to charge their EVs throughout their stay.