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Parker Project demonstrates cross-brand V2G in Denmark; more tests of grid services slated

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The Parker Project has used a fleet of four vehicles from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, PSA Groupe and Nissan to demonstrate that vehicles from different car brands can contribute to supporting the electricity grid with vehicle to grid (V2G) services.

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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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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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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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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Honda expanding engagement of startups in Detroit, Japan, China and Europe

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Honda Innovations is expanding its global open innovation program for early-stage innovators to Detroit, Japan, China, and Europe. Modeled on the Honda Xcelerator program in Mountain View, Calif., Honda Innovations will guide other Honda operations as they establish startup liaisons globally, providing protocols and best practices to identify and engage with startups and entrepreneurs.

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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Joint ASU, Tel Aviv Univ. project to improve algal hydrogen production to industrial scale

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a $400,000 grant (Nº 1706960 ) to Arizona State University and Kevin Redding, professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and director of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis (CB&P) to obtain industrial-scale algal hydrogen production—a goal that requires an improvement over current technology by at least five-fold. The NSF grant is part of US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) funding work.

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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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Neste and American Airlines collaborate to explore opportunities for renewable fuel use; High Freeze Point HEFA

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Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, and American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, have entered into an agreement to explore opportunities to further reduce American’s environmental footprint through the use of Neste’s renewable fuels.

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Electric cars 'right around the corner' in 1966: what took so long?

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Looking at yesterday's visions of tomorrow is always entertaining, from flying cars to cities of the future. In the case of the electric car, there have been two futures: one from 1890 to about 1910, and then another starting 100 years later in 2011. The intervening century saw many, many predictions about mass-market electric cars, but none of. zero emissions Future Cars History plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Tesla Semi: 500-mile range, lower running costs than diesel. and it's fast

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The long-awaited Tesla Semi electric truck was unveiled Thursday night and it promises to shake up the shipping industry by significantly reducing the cost of transporting goods from point-to-point. Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Semi at a private event in California, where he touted a 500-mile range when loaded to 80,000-pound maximum weight. Tesla Semi

Fisker still aims at solid-state electric-car batteries, as patents attest

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At first, Fisker had promised its upcoming EMotion electric sedan would launch with revolutionary solid-state batteries. The company then backtracked in June, saying the technology would not be ready. Instead, the EMotion will launch with conventional lithium-ion batteries. Fisker announced on Monday it has made headway with solid-state cell. Batteries battery pack plug-in cars Fast Charging Fisker EMotion

Eight crossovers, four powertrains, two years; Hyundai outlines new SUV plan

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Hyundai announced in Detroit on Wednesday that it would bring to market eight new or redesigned crossovers by the end of the decade. The new utility vehicles will sport a wide range of powertrains including battery-electric, diesel, hydrogen fuel-cell, and gasoline. The first crossover to arrive on our shores will be the 2018 Hyundai Kona, which

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These 12 cities will buy only electric buses from 2025 on; more expected to join

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The mayors of 12 major cities from around the world have taken a landmark step to increase the use of zero-emission public transportation late last month. Mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland, and Cape Town all signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration, which. Europe zero emissions United States mass transit Buses Public transport

Senate tax plan leaves electric-car purchase credit in place

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The battle over early termination of the U.S. income-tax credit for purchase of an electric car took a new turn on Thursday. HR1, the draft Tax Cut and Jobs Act introduced in the House of Representatives, would end the credit as of December 31. The U.S. Senate version of the tax-reform bill introduced late Thursday, however, retains the credit. Politics senate tax credit taxes plug-in cars

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Jaguar Land Rover owner may rescue electric-car maker Faraday Future: report

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Most reports on startup electric-car maker Faraday Future tend to describe it as "struggling," and that may be an understatement. It halted work at its Nevada-based production facility in 2016; the startup company's main backer, China's LeEco, acknowledged this past May it was experiencing financial problems; and Faraday Future has been clamoring. China Tata Jaguar Land Rover Investment Startups Faraday Future

Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid plug-in minivan

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In 2011, Green Car Reports launched an award for the new car, or family of cars, that represented the best green vehicle introduced for the model year. The Nissan Leaf won that year because it was the sole affordable battery-electric vehicle on the market. Over the next seven years, more than two dozen vehicles that plug in to the grid to recharge. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To Buy

EPA head: new report that climate change is manmade has 'no bearing' on plans to end climate action

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When top U.S. scientists released the fourth National Climate Assessment, it spelled out one blunt conclusion: human activity in releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere caused the climate change that has warmed the globe. Mandated for release every four years, the report will apparently have no sway over EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, a. emissions Politics government EPA global warming CO2 climate change

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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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.

Tesla Roadster is back: 0-60 in 1.9 seconds, 620-mile range

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What's old is new again. The Tesla Roadster is back, company CEO Elon Musk revealed Thursday night at a special event in California. Forget about the old, Lotus-derived Roadster. This latest 2020 Tesla Roadster is shapely, sprints from 0-60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and boasts a 620-mile range. MORE: Tesla Model 3 delays. Roadsters

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Tesla Semi, new Roadster distract from Model 3 production problems

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Never let it be said that Tesla CEO Elon Musk and his event producers are not masters of showmanship. Last night's launch of the Tesla Semi heavy-duty commercial truck tractor came with a surprise: a new Tesla Roadster emerged from the back of the trailer. The wow factor was. DON'T MISS: Tesla Semi: 500-mile range, lower running costs. Elon Musk Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Tesla Semi

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Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for November 2017

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This month's best deals for hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars are in and buyers will find a handful of eco-friendly bargains. Most cars have held their spots from October 2017, but a few newcomers may surprise shoppers, including the brand-new 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Read on to see where the best deals can be had. DON'T MISS: Costco. car buying plug-in cars

Discounts soar on many small cars as market stampedes toward SUVs

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The market's shift to crossovers and SUVs is well documented, but what may be less well known are the massive discounts some automakers now offer on small cars as a result. While those small cars may deliver smaller profit margins, automakers must now add in steep discounts to move them from dealerships to driveways. In this context, "small cars". small cars

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Why Ioniq and Leaf didn't win: notes on Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018

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The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, a plug-in version of the much-lauded new minivan, won our Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018 award because it brings a partially zero-emission vehicle into an entirely new market segment. The Pacifica is our favorite among minivans, though we'll be curious to drive the redesigned Toyota Sienna expected soon. GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To Buy

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

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.

Tesla semi, Roadster surprise too, Clarity Plug-in price, Jeep Wrangler MPG: Today's Car News

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Today, it's almost all about Tesla: introduction of its future Semi, a surprise new Roadster too, and the most important question for the company. Also, aggressive pricing on the Honda Clarity Plug-In, some long-ago electric-car history, and a billion dollars for Nio. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Late last night, the Tesla Semi was. Today in Car News

Life with Renault Twizy: electric bopping around Bermuda

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I well remember the first time I saw a Renault Twizy. Wandering along the Champs Elysees in Paris in the spring of 2012, I happened upon a Renault showroom hosting an electric car extravaganza. Amid flashing lights, blasting techno music, and vamping supermodels sat a couple of Renault Zoes, the then-new electric subcompact. DON'T MISS: Is An. Renault neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) 2012 Renault Twizy

US governors release own plans to cut carbon at climate-change summit

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While President Trump has announced the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, the United States cannot formally exit the agreement until November 5, 2020. Despite the administration's stance and its many efforts to end U.S. action to reduce carbon emissions, numerous U.S. governors arrived at the Global Climate Change Summit in Bonn. Politics global warming United States climate change science

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.

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.