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Fisker files patents on solid-state battery technology; anticipating automotive-ready from 2023

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Fisker’s scientists, including a co-founder of solid-state battery start-up Sakti3 (acquired by Dyson, earlier post ), filed patents this week (under a non-publication request) on flexible, superior energy density solid-state batteries.

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Chinese electric-car startup Nio gets $1 billion in funding: report

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Nio, the electric-car maker formerly known as NextEV, has raised a substantial amount of money in its latest round of fundraising. The Chinese startup reportedly received a stunning $1 billion in funding, with Chinese investment powerhouse Tencent leading the charge. Notably, Tencent also holds a stake in Silicon Valley automaker Tesla. DON'T. China plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Startups NextEV Nio

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Geely acquiring flying car startup Terrafugia

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Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has entered into an agreement to acquire Terrafugia, a US-based company developing practical flying cars.Terrafugia was founded in 2006 by five MIT graduates; since then, the company has delivered a number of working prototypes.

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Musk unveils Tesla Semi; 500-mile range at highway speed with 80,000 lbs GVW; next-gen Roadster appears

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Emphasizing “BAMF” performance, Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduced the Tesla Semi in an evening event. The sleek electric truck, with a 0.36

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UC Santa Barbara team develops catalytic molten metals for direct conversion of methane to hydrogen without forming CO2

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Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara have developed catalytic molten metals to pyrolize methane to release hydrogen and to form solid carbon. The insoluble carbon floats to the surface of the melt, where it can be removed and stored or incorporated into composite materials.

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Toyota introducing new EV in China in 2020, expanding scope of fuel cell feasibility study

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At Auto Guangzhou 2017, Toyota Motor announced it will introduce an electric vehicle under the Toyota brand in the Chinese market in 2020, and that the scope of a fuel-cell vehicle feasibility study will be expanded to cover commercial vehicles such as buses.

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Sumitomo Electric, Univ of Toyama develop magnesium alloy for die casting with superior heat resistance

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Sumitomo Electric Industries and the University of Toyama have developed a high heat-resistant magnesium alloy for die casting applications. In die casting, a molten metal is injected into a die under high pressure and quickly cooled and solidified into the final part.

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Univ of Washington team working to make poplar coppice viable cheap, high-volume biofuel feedstock

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A University of Washington team is trying to make poplar an economically viable biofuel feedstock by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently—after only two or three years—instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle.

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Hyundai Motor America to release 8 new crossovers by 2020; gasoline, diesel, hydrogen and electricity

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Hyundai Motor America said it will introduce to eight new or re-engineered crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) in the United States by the year 2020.

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GTT receives an order from Hudong-Zhonghua to design the LNG tanks of two FSRUs

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France-based engineering company GTT has received an order from the Chinese shipyard Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Corp.

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DRIVEtheARC EV fast charging corridor opens in Nor Cal; 55 new fast chargers at 25 locations

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DRIVEtheARC, a corridor of electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations spanning from Monterey to Lake Tahoe, announced the completion of the chargers’ deployment and its official grand opening on the one year anniversary of the project’s official launch. Earlier post.).

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Ballard and Siemens sign $9M multi-year development agreement for fuel cell system to power Mireo light rail train; deployment in 2021

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Ballard Power Systems has signed a Development Agreement with Siemens AG for the development of a hydrogen fuel cell engine to power Siemens’ Mireo light rail train. The Development Agreement has a contemplated value of approximately $9.0 million to Ballard.

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PEM fuel cell X-ray CT study details effects of temperature and moisture on performance

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Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells require precise temperature and moisture controls to be at their best. If the internal conditions are too dry or too wet, the fuel cell won’t function well.

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Winterthur dual-fuel X-DF engines to power CMA CGM’s giant container ships

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French shipping line CMA CGM, based in Marseille, has selected Winterthur Gas & Diesel’s (WinGD’s) largest, 92 cm bore, dual-fuel low-speed engine to power what are presently the largest containerships ever ordered. Earlier post.).

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Scania launches new 13-liter natural gas engine

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Scania, a member of the Volkswagen Group, has launched its new OC13 13-liter (swept volume 12.7 liters) natural gas engine, based on Scania’s well-proven inline 6-cylinder, 13-liter engine.

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Embark, Frigidaire, and Ryder partner to pilot Level 2 automated driving technology for Class 8 trucks

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Embark, a startup developing self-driving truck technology ( earlier post ), is partnering with Frigidaire and Ryder System to pilot a series of automated driving technology tests.

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XStream Trucking introduces active-aero device to eliminate tractor-trailer turning gap and boost fuel efficiency

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XStream Trucking launched TruckWings, an active-aero device that automatically deploys at highway speeds to deliver streamlined aerodynamics, fuel savings, and lower carbon emissions. Half a dozen carriers, including two of the US’ largest fleets, are currently in private pilots with TruckWings.

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New Delhi hazardous air quality literally beyond Air Quality Index

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Daimler partnering to transfer its latest generation of automotive fuel cell technology to stationary applications

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Daimler, with its wholly owned subsidiary NuCellSys GmbH, and together with Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America (MBRDNA) and Daimler Innovations Lab1886 is expanding the use case of its innovative automotive fuel cell technology.

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Sandia-led team demonstrates two efficient hybrid biochemical routes for lignin conversion to value-added chemicals

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A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated two new routes to lignin conversion that combine the advantages of earlier methods while minimizing their drawbacks. The team’s recent findings are described in an open access paper in the journal Scientific Reports. Lignin, the tough material left over from biofuel production, contains compounds that can be converted into products such nylon, plastics and drugs.

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Newsight Imaging and LeiShen Intelligent partner on new solid-state V-LiDAR for automotive

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Israel-based Newsight Imaging, a developer of advanced CMOS image sensors for laser LiDAR and spectral analysis, is partnering with China-based LeiShen Intelligent, a global provider of high-performance laser LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) systems to deliver V-LiDAR—a solid-state 3D pulsed-based LiDAR for automotive applications used in ADAS systems and in autonomous vehicles.

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ABB to deliver first fuel cell system for Royal Caribbean; Ballard FCvelocity

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ABB will deliver the first fuel cell system to provide an energy source for a luxury cruise ship. The system will be piloted on board a Royal Caribbean International vessel. In October 2016, Royal Caribbean announced that its newest class of ships would be powered by LNG and would likely introduce the use of fuel cell technology. Earlier post.) The ~200,000 gross ton large cruise ships—dubbed Icon class—will be delivered in the second quarters of 2022 and 2024.

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Volkswagen Group to spend >$40B over next 5 years to develop electric mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services and digitalization

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The Volkswagen Group will spend more than €34 billion (US$40 billion) by the end of 2022 on the development of electric mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services and digitalization. Most of this investment will go into the electrification and hybridization of all Group models. This marks another move to advance the Roadmap E electrification offensive which was announced in September; the goal is to electrify the entire model portfolio by 2030. Earlier post.). We are reinventing the car.

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Toyota and Suzuki partnering on EVs in India

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Toyota Motor and Suzuki Motor have concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on moving forward in considering a cooperative structure for introducing electric vehicles (EVs) in the Indian market in around 2020. Specifically, Suzuki will produce EVs for the Indian market and will supply some to Toyota, while Toyota is to provide technical support. Additionally, Toyota and Suzuki intend to conduct a comprehensive study of activities for the widespread acceptance and popular use of EVs in India.

Transloc partners with California transit agencies to begin deploying next-generation microtransit services

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TransLoc, a technology provider of flexible agency-owned microtransit solutions, is partnering with three California transit agencies readying to deploy microtransit in their respective communities: Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (CCCTA) and the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (SJRTD).

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New Nissan LEAF makes its China debut

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The new Nissan LEAF makes its China debut at the 15 th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition. Nissan is also exhibiting the Vmotion 2.0 concept car, providing a glimpse of the future of sedans. Venucia, the local brand of Dongfeng Venucia Motor Co. within Nissan’s joint venture in China, will also bring its all-new Venucia T70 to the show.

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Akasol opens €10M, 600 MWh production facility for commercial electric vehicle batteries

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Akasol announced the opening of a new semi-automated production facility for high-performance lithium-ion battery systems for commercial vehicles. The company has invested €10 million (US$11.8 million) into the new commercial plant at Langen, and may double that investment as demand increases. Akasol has begun serial production at the facility, which, with a capacity of 600 MWh, is now the largest assembly line for commercial vehicle battery systems in Europe.

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Federal-Mogul Powertrain acquires Controlled Power Technologies; adds electrification capability; 48V

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Federal-Mogul Powertrain has completed the acquisition of UK-based Controlled Power Technologies Ltd (CPT). The purchase provides a timely route for Federal-Mogul Powertrain to expand into the development and manufacture of powertrain technologies for electrification and hybridization that complement the company's existing capabilities.

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PPG partners with SiNode Systems to commercialize high-energy silicon-graphene anodes

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PPG has entered into a partnership with SiNode Systems to accelerate the commercialization of high-energy silicon-graphene anode materials for advanced battery applications in electric vehicles. The 30-month project will enable the partners to rapidly develop and demonstrate anode materials that will store more energy than conventional lithium-ion battery materials, enabling electric vehicles to travel farther on a single charge or to have a lighter-weight battery.

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Toyota Financial Services partners with Launch Mobility to support rideshare drivers

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Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is partnering with Launch Mobility, a developer of shared mobility solutions, to develop a product that will make previously leased vehicles available for short-term rentals to rideshare drivers.

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Nikola Motor selects Nel to build 16-station hydrogen refueling network spanning 2,000 miles; first two underway

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Nikola Motor Company, which is developing a Class 8 hydrogen-fuel-cell electric truck ( earlier post ) has chosen Nel ASA as the sole equipment supplier to build a 16-station hydrogen refueling network that will span 2,000 miles. Nikola has already issued a purchase order for the first two stations; the other 14 will follow immediately after installation. We have thousands of trucks that have been reserved and need to be delivered. The stations are the first step to completing that process.

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WiTricity and Texas Instruments collaborate on wireless charging solution for EVs

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Wireless power transfer company WiTricity has collaborated with Texas Instruments (TI) to use automotive-grade semiconductor components in WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 wireless charging systems and reference designs. WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 wireless charging system enables drivers to park their electric vehicles (EVs) and be assured of rapid and efficient charging without having to handle charging cables.

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Ipsos RDA study finds traditional US dealerships often not prepared for EVs

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A new study by market research company Ipsos RDA has found that the EV sales process at traditional brand dealers who sell EVs alongside other vehicles, has, in many instances, has not been differentiated from the traditional process and is, in effect, passive. The availability of inventory, as well as critical EV ownership information in-store (from the sales staff or marketing materials) and online, is concerning and leaves shoppers with unanswered questions.

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Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center to study societal acceptance of connected and automated vehicle technologies

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Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) announced five new research projects focused on better understanding how drivers use and respond to advanced vehicle technologies, including automated driver assistance systems. The new projects, undertaken in partnership with five US research institutions, will launch as part of CSRC Next, the Center’s new five-year program designed to support and inform a safe transition to future mobility.

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