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Researchers develop wave-energy-driven CO2 reduction system for production of carbon-based liquid fuels

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A team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, and Georgia Tech has developed a a wave-energy-driven electrochemical CO 2 reduction system that converts ocean wave energy to chemical energy in the form of formic acid, a liquid fuel.

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Cadillac moving to mostly fully electric vehicles by 2030—and back to model names

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General Motors’ Cadillac luxury brand is aiming to release its first electric vehicle as soon as 2021 in China, with most if not all of its vehicles sold globally to be fully electric by 2030.

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VW T-Roc Cabriolet: A niche too far?

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This week Volkswagen announced that production of its new T-Roc Cabriolet has got underway at its factory in Osnabruck

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Mercedes-Benz Dusseldorf plant starts of production of the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter electric van

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The Mercedes-Benz Dusseldorf plant has started production of the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter. Earlier post.) Mercedes-Benz has been building its globally successful vans in Dusseldorf since 1962; more than 4.6 million vehicles have been produced in Dusseldorf to date.

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BYD secures Europe’s largest single order for electric buses to date: 259 eBuses for Keolis

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BYD has secured the largest single order to date for full battery-electric buses in Europe in a deal with Keolis Nederland BV, the Dutch subsidiary of global public transport provider, Keolis. The landmark order comprises 259 BYD eBuses scheduled for programmed delivery from next summer.

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Nexeon acquires key Si anode patent sets

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UK-based Nexeon, a company engineering silicon materials for next generation lithium-ion batteries, has acquired three important sets of patents relating to the use of silicon in lithium ion battery anodes.

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Intel introduces ‘Horse Ridge’ to enable commercially viable quantum computers

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Intel Labs unveiled what it believes is a first-of-its-kind cryogenic control chip—code-named “Horse Ridge”—that will speed up development of full-stack quantum computing systems.

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Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim plant to produce electric powertrains in the future

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In the future, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Untertürkheim will manufacture and assemble parts of electric powertrains (eATS). The eATS consists essentially of three subsystems: an electric motor, its power electronics and the transmission.

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EC approves €3.2B public support by 7 Member States for a pan-European battery push

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The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Important Project of Common European interest (IPCEI) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries.

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Vitesco Technologies presents cost-effective dedicated hybrid transmission for PHEVs

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Vitesco Technologies, the Powertrain business area of Continental, presented at the CTI Symposium in Berlin (9-12 December 2019) a cost-effective and compact dedicated hybrid transmission solution with integrated electric machines, designed for use in applications such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

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Presales of Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro PHEVs begin in Europe

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Presales of the Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro (combined fuel consumption 3.0–2.8 l/100km; combined electric power consumption 22.9–21.9 kWh/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions 69–64 g/km) have just started in Germany and other European countries.

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Hydro-Québec will support the clean hydrogen sector in Québec

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Hydro-Québec operates some 60 hydroelectric generating stations, making it one of the largest hydroelectricity producers in the world. Decarbonizing the economy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one of the company’s priorities.

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DENSO, Toyota in-vehicle semiconductor JV to be named MIRISE; focus on EVs and AVs

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DENSO Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation have named their joint venture to be established in April 2020 MIRISE Technologies ( earlier post ). The joint venture will conduct research and advanced development of next-generation in-vehicle semiconductors. MIRISE is an acronym for Mobility Innovative Research Institute for SEmiconductors. It also conveys “mirai” (a Japanese word for “future”) and “rise.” Yoshifumi Kato has been appointed President and Representative Director of the new company.

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Rice University scientists show adding atom-scale defects to battery materials may help them charge faster

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Scientists at Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering have discovered that placing specific defects in the crystalline lattice of lithium iron phosphate-based cathodes broadens the avenues through which lithium ions travel.

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Germany on track to become biggest electric vehicle market in Europe

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Up until the past year, Norway was seen as a fringe case for electric-vehicle adoption, a nation in which widespread incentives had led to a situation in which there are more electric-car owners and drivers, per capita, than anywhere else in the world.

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Cybertruck and F-150 electric-truck buyer priorities very different, survey suggests

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The level of unwavering commitment from many Tesla fans to the brand and its products may have met its match: Brand allegiance runs deep in the truck world. Those who have owned a truck before want their electric truck to come from one of the established truck brands.

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California, 7 states and DC commit to faster transition to zero-emission trucks and buses; next step is formal agreement

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California is joining with seven other states and the District of Columbia in committing to develop an action plan to put hundreds of thousands more zero-emission trucks and buses on their roads and highways. The partners will present a proposed memorandum of understanding to the governors of the states and the mayor of the District of Columbia for consideration in the summer of 2020.

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2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Top MPG for a big family gets a price under $40k

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Toyota has for a long time teased the idea of making its hybrid powertrain a modestly priced option on mainstream models, on virtually the entire model line, rather than having specialized Hybrid models. And now with the upcoming 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid it’s essentially doing that.

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Fastest charging for Porsche Taycan will be exclusive to CCS standard

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Porsche last month rolled out the Taycan electric car in Japan for the first time, with a charging demonstration in cooperation with the charging-hardware provider ABB.

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Lasers or magnets? Tesla patents suggest windshield-wiper innovation

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The Tesla Cybertruck has a very large windshield. And while it might be coincidence, it so happens that Tesla has been paying more than the usual attention this year to advanced technology that keeps windshields clean. One of these pieces of technology might include a laser-based system.

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2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring plug-in hybrid range and mpg ratings released

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The most luxurious, top-performing version in the 2020 Lincoln Aviator lineup is also the one with charge port and the lowest emissions. And earlier this week that model—the Grand Touring AWD (all-wheel drive)—was issued EPA ratings quantifying that.

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Connecticut aiming to revise EV incentive for low-income households

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The incentives that many states have provided to plug-in vehicle buyers have for the most part been a success; though they’ve also in many cases been a learning experience Connecticut is a good example, and the state is in the middle of a revamp of its program, called the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR).

Valvoline released a hybrid-specific motor oil: Do you need it?

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Electric cars give notice to one of the biggest profit drivers for the American auto-service sector: the oil change. Not so fast, though. Hybrids and plug-in hybrids have essentially the same oil-change needs as non-hybrids. And in the U.S.

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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV: How project went from milquetoast to Mustang

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Team Edison, the EV-focused team at Ford’s Corktown facility, in downtown Detroit, was responsible for helping conceive the vehicle that became the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E and essentially chaperone it through Ford’s vehicle development channels in Dearborn to production, delivery, and support. Early this year, Team Edison leader (and.

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2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV recalled for brake issue

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Although the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car may seem like a relic from another time, when the best chance of EVs succeeding cast them as super-utilitarian urban lightweights, the Japanese automaker still builds the i-MiEV, and it was discontinued for the U.S. just over two years ago.

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid mpg tops 40 mpg, meets or beats Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

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Official EPA fuel economy ratings have been released for the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid, and they’re among the best in its class. The Escape Hybrid achieves 41 mpg combined (44 mpg city, 37 highway) with front wheel drive, or 40 mpg combined (43 mpg city, 37 mpg highway) with all-wheel drive.

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First drive review: 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S range experiences, from California canyons to the Arctic

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The 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S very well may be the one in Porsche’s new electric-car lineup that matters most. After initial badge-bragging of initial Turbo and Turbo S buyers subsides, the 4S likely will make up the bulk of Taycan deliveries.

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Software update for Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV adds real-world miles

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Jaguar boasted prior to the rollout of the I-Pace that the electric crossover would be capable of a wide range of over-the-air update functionality, with the potential, in the same way Tesla has used updates, to tweak power management, cooling behavior, and things like regenerative braking—to make the vehicle more efficient or, perhaps.

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San Francisco selects BAE Systems Series-ER for 68 transit buses for Green Bus Zones

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has selected BAE Systems to supply electric power and propulsion systems for its transit buses.

Fisker Ocean EV to make global public debut at CES 2020; Electrify America charging station network partner

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The Fisker Ocean all-electric luxury SUV ( earlier post ) will make its public debut at Consumer Electronics Show 2020 in Las Vegas. Fisker also announced a partnership with Electrify America, the largest, open DC Fast charging network for EVs in the United States.

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Enlarged 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban SUVs offer diesel option

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Chevrolet unveiled the new 2021 Tahoe and Suburban. Each is enlarged, and redesigned to offer the most interior space of any SUV, exclusive technologies and features, and the best driving dynamics in the full-size segment.

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GKN Automotive launches new strategy to make electric propulsion more affordable

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GKN Automotive launched the next phase in its electrification strategy.

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Ricardo and Roke partnership launches digital resilience assessment service for vehicles

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Primus Green Energy, partner commission FEED study on new GTL plant; gasoline the end product

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Primus Green Energy Inc., along with a global petrochemical company as a joint venture partner, has commissioned a Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study with IHI E&C International Corporation for a first of its kind natural gas-to-gasoline plant in Texas.

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Aeva announces Aeries 4D FMCW lidar-on-chip for autonomous driving; recent Porsche investment

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Aeva, a company building next-generation sensing for autonomous vehicles ( earlier post ), announced the development of Aeries, Aeva’s next-generation Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) lidar system that integrates all the key elements of a lidar sensor into a miniaturized photonics chip.

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During which month is it riskiest to drive?

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by Michael Sivak. Ten years ago, I published an analysis showing that the risk of driving in the United States was lowest during late winter and early spring and highest during fall. That analysis covered years 1994 through 2006. The present study examined whether this pattern still holds.

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Volvo Trucks presents heavy-duty electric concept trucks for construction operations and regional transport

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Volvo Trucks, having recently started sales of electric trucks for urban transport, believes that electrification can become a competitive alternative also for heavier trucks.

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