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BMW to pilot second-generation hydrogen fuel cell drives in small series from 2022

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The BMW Group will pilot the second generation of hydrogen fuel cell drives in a small series in the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT based on the current BMW X5 from 2022. The fuel cell stack and the overall system are original developments of the BMW Group; individual cells of the fuel cell will come from Toyota. The BMW Group has been working with Toyota Motor Corporation on fuel cell drive systems since 2013.

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Kandi electric car open to US orders August 18, with $20,499 starting price

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When will electric vehicles be priced as low as comparable gasoline vehicles—or even lower than them? Those who closely follow EV adoption have been asking that question for years. And while most brands haven’t yet scaled up and cut battery costs to the point where they can reach that affordability point, a Chinese import called Kandi. youtube

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Top reasons to lease an electric car

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Two-thirds of people expect electric cars to be the norm and referred to simply as cars by the year 2030, according to Go Ultra Low

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CSIRO team optimistic about use of nitrogenase in applications such as green ammonia production for carrying H2

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In a review paper published in the journal ChemSusChem , researchers from Australia’s CSIRO conclude that the combination of synthetic biology and materials chemistry will provide many viable options to allow the use of nitrogenase for energy applications, such as the production of green ammonia for use as a preferred liquid carrier for hydrogen.

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Aral to build more than 100 350kW ultra-fast charging points at retail sites in Germany

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Following a successful 12-month pilot project at five of its retail sites, Aral, bp’s market leading fuel retail brand in Germany, is set to roll out more than 100 ultra-fast charging points across its retail network in Germany over the next 12 months. The Aral chargers will be self-operated, powered by 100% green energy, with a charging capacity of up to 350kW. A vehicle with the appropriate battery technology can be charged for a range of up to 350 km in just over ten minutes.

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Octillion marks 100,000 EVs on the road with its batteries, 2 billion km driven

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Octillion Power Systems, a provider of advanced lithium-ion storage systems for electric mobility, announced it has reached two milestones: 100,000 electric vehicles worldwide powered by its batteries and 2 billion kilometers driven. Octillion has seen rapid growth in production capacity, experience, and partnerships over the last decade.

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ExxonMobil, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab develop new MOF for carbon capture and steam regeneration

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Scientists from ExxonMobil, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new material that could capture more than 90% of CO 2 emitted from industrial sources using low-temperature steam, requiring less energy for the overall carbon capture process.

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PNNL study finds 2028 grid resource adequacy likely sufficient for high EV penetration; managed charging strategies can double adequacy

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A new study of the impact of high EV adoption on the Western US power grid by a team from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has found that 2028 grid resource adequacy—from generation through transmission—is likely to be sufficient for high EV penetration.

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Lucid Motors announces DreamDrive ADAS, debuting in Lucid Air EV

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Lucid Motors announced DreamDrive, its new advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS). The platform combines what Lucid calls the most comprehensive sensor suite on the market with an advanced driver monitoring system, all standard on the first versions of the Lucid Air EV, scheduled for delivery in early 2021.

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Multicomponent catalytic system efficiently converts carbon dioxide to methanol

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Inspired by naturally occurring processes, a team of Boston College chemists used a multi-catalyst system to convert carbon dioxide to methanol at the lowest temperatures reported with high activity and selectivity. A paper on the work is published in the journal Chem. Methanol is a promising renewable fuel that can be adapted to the current liquid fuel infrastructure. It can be produced from hydrogen and carbon dioxide, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and storing hydrogen in the process.

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BMW Group to build new pilot plant to produce Li-ion cells

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The BMW Group has set itself the goal of creating a closed and sustainable material cycle for battery cells. With a new pilot plant that will produce lithium-ion battery cells, the company is taking the next step in addressing all aspects of the battery cell value chain: from selection of materials, to battery cell composition and design, all the way to near-standard production and recycling. The new pilot plant will strengthen our expertise in production of battery cells.

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DOE selects 5 geothermal energy projects to receive up to $28M

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $28 million to five projects to promote the advancement of the next generation of geothermal energy technologies. Selected by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office these projects align with the goals of the 2019 GeoVision study, which outlines a path to unlock the full potential of geothermal power as a clean, reliable, and affordable energy source for American homes and businesses.

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Here's why electric vehicles need different tires

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In electric cars, it's not just the powertrain that is different. It's the tires. Electric cars require special tires for a variety of reasons, tire manufacturer Continental said in a press release Friday. Their tires must handle more weight compared to internal-combustion vehicles, and deliver more torque to the road when moving away from a stop

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Volkswagen bringing additional partners to Industrial Cloud; 11 in first step

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Volkswagen, together with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and integration partner Siemens, is opening up the Industrial Cloud ( earlier post ) to other manufacturing and technology companies. New partner companies will be able to connect with Volkswagen plants and to contribute their own software applications for optimizing production processes to the Industrial Cloud. This way, a rapidly growing range of industrial software applications for Volkswagen’s plants will be created.

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VW says that the pandemic has made EVs "more inevitable"

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The full impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic remains to be seen, Volkswagen is already predicting that it will be good for electric cars. The pandemic has made electric cars "more inevitable," declared the headline for an in-house interview with Volkswagen Group of America senior VP of strategy Reinhard Fischer posted Friday. "I I expect the

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Hyundai Motor Group develops air-conditioning technologies to maintain clean air in vehicles

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Hyundai Motor Group announced new technologies to improve the quality of air in vehicles and to create a more pleasant in-vehicle environment for customers. Recognizing the growing concern about air quality, the Group unveiled three new air-conditioning technologies: ‘After-Blow’, ‘Multi-Air Mode’, and ‘Fine Dust Indicator’. The technologies will be introduced initially on select models in Korea and expand to upcoming Hyundai, Kia and Genesis vehicles worldwide in the future.

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Electric cars are better for drive-in movies

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One of the greatest comebacks in this trend-breaking year has been the resurgence of the drive-in movie. And the best kind of modern vehicle to take in a drive-in movie is an electric car. Hemmings recently outlined several style-setting ways to go to the drive-in movies—including a 1955 Pontiac Starchief, a 1969 Chevrolet El Camino SS, a. Green Life

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MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future suggests widespread autonomous driving at least a decade away

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The MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future has released a new research brief examining the future of autonomous vehicles. The brief is part of a series of subject-specific research projects by MIT faculty that will help frame national discussion and policies about work, technology, and how we can create greater shared prosperity in the country.

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DOE announces $100M for artificial photosynthesis research to two major partnerships

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $100 million in funding over five years for two new awards focused on advancing artificial photosynthesis for the production of fuels from sunlight.

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REG to supply biodiesel/renewable diesel blend to 12 locations in Nor Cal

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Renewable Energy Group (REG) has entered into an agreement with Hunt & Sons, Inc. to supply REG Ultra Clean at 12 locations in Northern California. REG Ultra Clean blends biodiesel and renewable diesel. The patent-pending combination delivers both biodiesel’s excellent lubricity and renewable diesel’s high Cetane and low Cloud Point in a 100% renewable fuel. Hunt & Sons is a leading California-based petroleum products distributor and operates from its headquarters in Sacramento, California.

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Spurred by gas rationing, Peugeot made hundreds of electric cars during WWII

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Electric cars have been around longer than many people think. About 80 years ago, for example, Peugeot made hundreds of them. In 1941, faced with German occupation and gas rationing, Peugeot developed a small electric car called the VLV. The name is short for Véhicule Léger de Ville, which translates to English as "light city

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Groupe PSA introduces new eVMP platform (Electric Vehicle Modular Platform) for C- and D-segment vehicles

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Between 2020 and 2025, Groupe PSA will gradually move from two multi-energy platforms to two 100% electrified platforms to support its e-mobility development. The newly introduced eVMP (Electric Vehicle Modular Platform) platform will serve as the basis for a wide range of electric vehicles for the C- and D- segments. eVMP will offer high-performance with a range of up to 650 km (404 miles) (WLTP cycle) and a benchmark storage capacity with 50 kWh per meter available within the wheelbase.

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Lightning Systems launches new energy division to provide charging solutions to fleets

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Lightning Systems, a developer and manufacturer of zero-emission commercial electric vehicles, has launched Lightning Energy, a new division that offers charging technologies and services to commercial and government fleets. Lightning Energy designs, installs, services, and manages charging solutions, providing fleets with turnkey options to support fleet electrification.

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Is the eBussy modular electric van a Microbus for an urban future?

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The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept hints that the classic Microbus is going to get bigger. For those who think that's the wrong direction, there's the eBussy, a modular electric van that also originates in Germany. The company behind it, Electric Brands, started out making electric scooters, and is now moving into cars. With its tiny proportions and. youtube

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Ford experimenting with four-legged robots to laser-scan plant

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Ford is using two four-legged robots leased from Boston Dynamics at its Van Dyke Transmission Plant in early August to laser-scan the plant, helping engineers update the original computer-aided design. The robots can be deployed into tough-to-reach areas within the plant to scan the area with laser scanners and high-definition cameras, collecting data used to retool plants, saving Ford engineers time and money.

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SK to develop next-gen Li metal battery technology with Nobel Laureate John Goodenough

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SK Innovation will develop next-generation battery technology with University of Texas at Austin Professor John Goodenough, who was awarded a 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his foundational work on the lithium-ion battery. Goodenough and Dr. Hadi Khani at The University of Texas at Austin aim to develop unique gel-polymer electrolyte for a lithium metal battery with the goal of providing higher energy density and better safety at a competitive cost.

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Velodyne Lidar and PARIFEX Solutions announce 3-year sales agreement to improve roadway safety

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Velodyne Lidar, Inc. announced a three-year sales agreement with PARIFEX, a leading provider of traffic management and speed measurement systems. PARIFEX uses Velodyne lidar sensors in its traffic monitoring solutions which can help reduce road accident rates and enhance roadway safety. PARIFEX equips its NANO-CAM and NOMAD solutions with Velodyne Puck sensors for real-time tracking of static and moving objects including vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists, while preserving anonymity.

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Toyota to take 10% stake in electric drive maker BluE Nexus; new joint sales structure

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BluE Nexus Corporation ( earlier post ) and Toyota Motor Corporation will collaborate to prepare for the accelerated adoption of electrified vehicles by working together to increase their competitiveness in products related to electrification as well as to fortify their sales structure, including their technical support and services, among others, rendered to their customers. Additionally, Toyota will take a 10% stake in BluE Nexus to achieve this goal.

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GMC Hummer EV video teases Adrenaline mode, Crab mode, frunk space

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General Motors released a video Wednesday teasing the upcoming reveal of the GMC Hummer EV, with a first look at the pickup and SUV versions in profile plus the first mention of several new features for the electric truck family The video included mention of Adrenaline and Crab modes—likely pertaining to high-performance driving and to

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Report: Hyundai may boost EV production after Tesla Model 3 outsold Kona Electric in Korea

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The Tesla Model 3 is currently outselling the Hyundai Kona Electric in the crossover's home market of South Korea, reports Reuters. And that might potentially prompt a an increase in electric-car production from Hyundai sooner than otherwise planned. According to the report, citing an "internal union newsletter," after Tesla had its best month in

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German automakers acknowledge Tesla EV lead, express envy, plot revenge

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Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen have over decades collectively held on to a reputation that they were on the leading edge, as other automakers around the world seemingly scrambled to follow their tech, design, and engineering. Over the past several years, some might say that reputation has been usurped by a company from California: Tesla

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New IACMI collaboration to develop advanced carbon fiber for hydrogen, natural gas storage tanks; $2.7M DOE award

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The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) will receive $2.7 million from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and validate technology that will reduce the cost of manufacturing high-performance carbon fiber by 25% to make composite natural gas or hydrogen fuel tanks to power cars and trucks. Fuel tanks add significantly to a vehicle’s cost, impeding the use of these clean fuels in US transportation.

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Hyundai upgrading Bluelink connected car services technology; Connected Routing, Last Mile Navigation

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Hyundai Motor is upgrading its Bluelink connected car services technology with a range of new features. The new i30 will be the company’s first model to be equipped with the upgraded Bluelink. Hyundai’s Bluelink combines intelligent automotive and IT technologies in order to provide greater comfort, safety and convenience for drivers.

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GM: construction of Ultium Cells LLC battery plant in Lordstown progressing on schedule

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Tuesday marked the beginning of steel construction at the all-new Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing facility in Lordstown. Ultium Cells LLC is a joint venture that will mass-produce Ultium battery cells for electric vehicles ( earlier post ) and create more than 1,100 new jobs in Northeast Ohio. Since May 2020, ground has been broken and concrete footings have been poured at the facility. Steel construction at Ultium Cells LLC will continue into fall 2020.

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Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development forming Woven Planet Holdings and two new operating companies

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Effective January 2021, Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development, Inc. will expand and improve its operations into a holding company and two operating companies. The holding company will be Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. and the two operating companies under it will be Woven CORE, Inc., which will develop, implement and scale automated driving technologies at its core; and Woven Alpha, Inc.

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BMW Group makes sustainability and efficient resource management central to its strategic direction

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The BMW Group is making sustainability and resource efficiency central to the company’s strategic direction. Chairman of the Board of Management Oliver Zipse announced initial details of this strategic direction in Munich on Monday and presented the targets the company has set itself for the phase up to 2030. The principle of continuous improvement will remain at the heart of the strategy to reduce CO 2 emissions and increase resource efficiency.

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Hyundai Mipo Dockyard receives green light from Lloyd’s Register for ammonia-fueled ships

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Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., a unit of Korea Shipbuilding, has been given the green light for its ammonia-propelled ships from Lloyd’s Register. Hyundai Mipo Dockyard intends to commercialize the ammonia-propelled ships by 2025 in cooperation with global engine maker MAN Energy Solutions and Lloyd’s Register. Ammonia has been attracting attention in the shipbuilding industry as an eco-friendly fuel for ships that does not emit carbon dioxide when it is burned.

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