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GM’s future electric vehicles to debut first wireless battery management system; developed in collaboration with Analog Devices

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General Motors will be the first automaker to use an almost completely wireless battery management system (wBMS) for production electric vehicles. This wireless system, developed with Analog Devices, Inc.,

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2020 Chevy Bolt EV lease deal: Less than $200 per month for Costco members

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Costco members can currently lease a 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV for as little as $154 a month.

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Review: Ford Kuga PHEV

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The Kuga is arguably Ford’s most important car

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Daimler Trucks’ Autonomous Technology Group adding testing center in New Mexico

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September 2020 marks one year of Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics partnering as a team after the US based automated driving technology company became part of Daimler Trucks’ Autonomous Technology Group. Earlier post.).

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UCLA team proposes non-photosynthetic biological conversion of CO2

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A team at UCLA is introducing a biological yet non-photosynthetic CO 2 reduction mechanism that has the potential to yield environmental and economic benefits via CO 2 -derived high-value products. Their paper is published in the journal Joule.

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Hyundai expands NEXO fuel cell SUV availability in Northern California

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Hyundai’s NEXO fuel cell SUV is now available at Roseville Hyundai near Sacramento. Roseville Hyundai is the fourth dealership in California to currently offer NEXO, with two dedicated dealerships in Northern California and two in Southern California.

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BASF launches new automotive refinish coating line; lowest value of VOCs

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BASF’s Coatings division is presenting a new advanced refinish product line. By increasing the efficiency and significantly lowering the environmental impact, the products are designed to meet the highest expectations of modern body shops.

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Lucid Motors unveils Lucid Air luxury electric sedan

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Lucid Motors unveiled the Lucid Air battery-electric luxury sedan, which will start at less than US$80,000. With up to 1,080 horsepower available in a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive architecture, the Lucid Air is able to achieve quarter-mile times as quick as 9.9

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Researchers develop titanium and copper heterostructured photocatalyst for conversion of CO2 into CH4

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Scientists at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, have developed a novel heterostructured photocatalyst using titanium and copper, two abundant and relatively inexpensive metals, for the conversion of CO 2 into CH 4.

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Study: 2/3 of aviation climate impact due to emissions other than CO2

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Aviation accounts for 3.5% of the human-made climate impact; two-thirds of this impact are caused by emissions other than CO 2 , according to a new study by researchers in Europe and the US. The study was published in the journal Atmospheric Environment.

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Yale study finds asphalt a significant source of air pollution, especially on hot, sunny days

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Asphalt is a near-ubiquitous substance—it’s found in roads, on roofs and in driveways—but its chemical emissions rarely figure into urban air quality management plans.

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New Nissan process cuts development time for CFRP components

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Nissan reports developing a new process that speeds up the development of car parts made from carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). Lightweight yet extremely strong, the material can be used to make cars that are safer and more fuel efficient.

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Audi partnering with Climeworks on CO2 direct air capture and storage

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The Swiss company Climeworks is building the world’s largest direct air capture (DAC) and storage facility for converting atmospheric CO 2 to rock in Iceland. Audi is partnering with the Zurich-based environmental start-up and promoting a future technology with the project.

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Nissan has made more than 500,000 Leaf electric cars—in 10 years

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Nearly a decade after the model was launched, Nissan has reported that it's produced more than 500,000 Leaf electric cars. The milestone Leaf was produced at the automaker's Sunderland, England, factory in August, but Nissan held off on announcing it until Wednesday to coincide with World EV Day.

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DHE begins piloting Volvo VNR Electric heavy-duty trucks in SoCal fleet

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Freight operator Dependable Highway Express (DHE) has received two Volvo VNR Electric trucks—the first battery-electric Class 8 trucks to join DHE’s fleet. The electric trucks will be added to DHE’s existing fleet of more than 500 Volvo trucks operating across North America.

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Estes partners with Clean Energy to expand RNG vehicle fleet to 71 units

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Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the leading provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, announced that Estes Express Lines will add to its fleet 50 new trucks fueled with Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG), bringing its total to 71.

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ICCT analysis finds UN’s aircraft CO2 standard lags current technology by more than a decade

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A new analysis of commercial aircraft fuel efficiency from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) finds that the UN’s aircraft CO 2 standard lags current technology by more than a decade.

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Report: Elon Musk drove VW ID.3 hatchback, saw ID.4 before its reveal

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk test drove the Volkswagen ID.3 electric car and inspected the related ID.4 during a recent visit to Germany, Bloomberg reported Friday.

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Toronto now has the largest fleet of electric buses in North America on the road with arrival of third new electric bus model

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The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is now operating the largest fleet of electric buses in North America. The milestone comes as the TTC’s third new electric bus model is now road ready and starting to go into service. Our government’s investment in the TTC’s electric bus pilot program is a sign of our commitment to made-in-Canada clean technology and an important step toward our target of 5,000 electric buses in Canada’s fleets over the next five years.

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PSA and Total create JV for manufacture of EV batteries in Europe; €5B investment

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Groupe PSA/Opel and Total/Saft have signed an agreement for the creation of the joint venture Automotive Cells Company (ACC). Yann Vincent has been appointed Chief Executive in order to implement and develop it. Ghislain Lescuyer has been appointed Chairman of the Board. With this partnership, the parties are setting up a world-class player in the development and manufacture of high-performance batteries for the automotive industry from 2023.

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Dürr expands market access in battery manufacturing technology with cooperation with Techno Smart

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In order to keep up with the growing demand for e-cars, investments are being made in battery factories worldwide.

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Solaris introducing mild hybrid buses

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Solaris is introducing the Solaris Urbino mild hybrid. The first Urbino hybrid was displayed in 2006. Back then, Solaris was the first European producer offering a serially produced bus with a hybrid (diesel-electric) drive. New generations of hybrid buses have been part of Solaris’ offer ever since.

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Ballard introduces fuel cell industry’s first commercial module to power ships: FCwave

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Ballard Power Systems has launched the fuel cell industry’s first module designed for primary propulsion power in marine vessels. Ballard’s FCwave fuel cell product is a 200-kilowatt (kW) modular unit that can be scaled in series up to the multi-megawatt (MW) power level.

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GM will build Nikola Badger electric truck, supply hydrogen fuel-cell tech

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General Motors and Nikola Corporation announced a strategic partnership on Tuesday in which GM will supply hydrogen fuel-cell systems and battery systems to Nikola. Furthermore, GM will build the upcoming Nikola Badger pickup truck starting in 2022.

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GlobalData: China to overtake US in nuclear capacity by 2026

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China is on track to have the largest nuclear power generation fleet of 93GW and is set to overtake the US by 2026, according to research and analytics company GlobalData. According to GlobalData, more than 160GW of fresh nuclear capacity will be added globally between 2020-2030 out of which about 66% of this capacity addition is anticipated to take place in China, India and Russia.

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Aiways U5: First electric car from a Chinese EV startup to deliver in Europe?

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China has grown into the world's largest market for electric cars, leading to the creation of many homegrown startups. Among them, Always claims to be the first to look beyond its home market, shipping cars to Europe.

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Nikola & GM form strategic partnership; GM to engineer & manufacture Nikola Badger BEV & FCEV; 11% ownership

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Nikola Corporation and General Motors Co. announced a strategic partnership that begins with the Nikola Badger and carries cost reductions through Nikola’s programs, including: Nikola Badger, Nikola Tre, Nikola One, Nikola Two and NZT.

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BMT discloses its 2-speed-AMT e-Drive targeting electric pickup trucks & LCVs

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A Tier-2 supplier headquartered in Belgium, BMT Drive Solutions—acting under the brand name of VCST—is involved in the mass-production of gears & shafts (from 20,000 up to 2 million parts/year.pgm) for major OEMs (such as VW, Ford, Porsche, DAF or Cummins) & Tier 1s.

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KIT coordinating EPIC project; accelerated drying of electrodes for Li-ion batteries

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The new EPIC project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is aimed at accelerating the drying of high-quality electrodes for lithium-ion batteries, increasing the energy efficiency of this process and, hence, reducing the cost of production.

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For Wrangler 4xe, Jeep plans to build solar-powered chargers on off-road trails

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The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid combines limited zero-emission driving with rugged off-road capability. But there aren't many places to plug in out in the wilderness. It appears Jeep has thought of that.

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Citroën introduces electric ë-Jumper van; up to 17 m3 payload

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Citroën is continuing its 2020 electric offensive with the introduction of the new 100% electric ë-Jumper. This compact van is the third electrified van and the sixth electric model launched in 2020 by the brand after Ami, C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid, New ë-C4, ë-Jumpy and ë-SpaceTourer.

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Elysium developing modular interoperability platform for 3D engineering data; launching 3DxSUITE in Spring 2021

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Global interoperability solutions provider Elysium is developing a new consolidated interoperability platform scheduled for release in spring of 2021.

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Volta Trucks reveals purpose-built full-electric large commercial vehicle for inner city freight distribution: Volta Zero

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Volta Trucks, a start-up electric vehicle manufacturer, has revealed the new Volta Zero—its first vehicle and the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle designed specifically for inner-city parcel and freight distribution.

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Uber setting goal of 100% of rides in EVs in US, Canada and European cities by 2030

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Uber is committing to become a fully zero-emission platform by 2040, with 100% of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or with micromobility. The company is also setting an earlier goal to have 100% of rides take place in electric vehicles (EVs) in US, Canadian, and European cities by 2030. In June, Uber competitor Lyft announced its commitment to reach 100% electric vehicles on the Lyft platform by 2030.

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OPIS: Recovery of US gasoline demand stalls as summer driving season ends

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The recovery in US gasoline consumption has plateaued as the summer driving season comes to an end and the school year begins for wide swaths of the country. Latest data by OPIS, an IHS Markit company, shows that demand actually fell 1.9% during the last full week of August from the previous week. The four-week rolling average for the period ending 29 August now shows demand resting at 18.2% below prior year levels.

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Shell, Toyota and Honda plan expansion of hydrogen refueling network in California

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On 4 September 2020, the California Energy Commission (CEC) posted a Notice of Proposed Award outlining subsidies to support hydrogen refueling infrastructure in California. Equilon Enterprises LLC (d/b/a Shell Oil Products US), hereafter referred to as Shell Hydrogen, participated as an applicant in the related Grant Funding Opportunity (GFO) and was awarded $40.8 million, subject to formal approval at a future CEC Business Meeting. Earlier post.).

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NSF awards $2M to Rice U collaboration to explore direct conversion of CO2 into fuels

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Rice University engineer Haotian Wang has been awarded a four-year, $2-million collaborative grant by the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore how waste carbon dioxide can be converted directly into pure liquid fuels using CO 2 capture, polymer engineering, DFT simulation and solid electrolyte reactor technologies.

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