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Toyota R&D continues work on free piston linear generators for EVs; novel resonant pendulum control method

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In 2014, a team at Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc. published two SAE papers on their work in developing a prototype 10 kW Free Piston Engine Linear Generator (FPEG) for B/C segment electric vehicles. Earlier post.) The FPEG consists of a two-stroke combustion system, a linear generator, and a gas spring chamber; the unit offers potential for compact build, high efficiency and high fuel flexibility.

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How wireless charging works for electric cars, explained

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Today's electric-car drivers are used to plugging them in to recharge, but technology now exists that would allow them to cut the cord. Wireless charging for electric cars is still in its infancy, but it has the potential to make ownership vastly more convenient. Here's a quick explanation of how it works, courtesy of Engineering Explained. DON'T. Videos plug-in cars charging charging infrastructure Wireless charging Inductive Charging

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Tesla Motors insane new goal, 500K cars/year in 2018

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On Wednesday, Tesla Motors released their Q1 2016 financial results. The big news was not the $282 million GAAP loss for the quarter, nor that the Tesla Model X production is now humming along. Instead the big news

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The importance of considering non-exhaust traffic emissions; the role of EVs

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Regulatory regimes seeking to reduce emissions from transport have largely focused on tailpipe emissions—i.e., the criteria pollutants and CO 2 that emerge with the exhaust from the tailpipe. However, there is more than 15 years of research showing that the contribution of non-exhaust primary particles to the total traffic generated primary particles is significant in urban areas. Non-exhaust PM factors include tire wear, brake wear, road surface wear and resuspension of road dust.

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CMU study concludes lithium market fluctuations unlikely to impact Li-ion battery prices significantly

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A new study by a team from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering has found that even large increases in lithium prices are unlikely to increase significantly the cost of batteries or battery packs for end users such as vehicle manufactures or consumers—although some manufacturers may see reduced profit margins. The study comes against the backdrop of a more than doubling of global lithium prices over the last 6 months.

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Daimler plans new €500M engine plant in Poland

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Daimler AG plans to invest approximately €500 million (US$576 million) in a new production facility in Poland. The first Mercedes-Benz Cars plant in Poland is to be established in Jawor, about 70 kilometers west of Wroclaw, and will produce four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.

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U Mich study explores performance of renewable diesel, FT diesel and ULSD in PCCI combustion

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A team at the University of Michigan has investigated the performance of three different fuels—ultralow sulfur diesel (ULSD), diesel fuel produced via a low temperature Fischer–Tropsch process (LTFT), and a renewable diesel (RD), which is a hydrotreated camelina oil under partially premixed compression ignition (PCCI) combustion. Their paper is published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels.

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ORNL-led team identifies feature enabling fast ion conduction in solid electrolytes; new strategy for design

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A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has used state-of-the-art microscopy to identify a previously undetected feature, about 5 billionths of a meter (nanometers) wide, in a solid electrolyte. The work experimentally verifies the importance of that feature to fast ion transport, and corroborates the observations with theory.

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NextEV to build $463M plant in Nanjing; motors and modules

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NextEV and the Nanjing Municipal Government signed a strategic partnership agreement to build a 3 billion RMB (US$463 million) plant facility for the development and production of high-performance motors and electronic modules in the Nanjing Economic and Technological Development Zone.

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Roland Berger study outlines integrated vehicle and fuels roadmap for further abating transport GHG emissions 2030+ at lowest societal cost

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A new study by consultancy Roland Berger defines an integrated roadmap for European road transport decarbonization to 2030 and beyond; the current regulatory framework for vehicle emissions, carbon intensity of fuels and use of renewable fuels covers only up to 2020/2021. The study was commissioned by a coalition of fuel suppliers and automotive companies with a view to identifying a roadmap to 2030+ to identify GHG abatement options at the lowest cost to society.

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Si-graphene anode company XG Sciences receives DOE Round 2 small business award

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XG Sciences, a developer of silicon-graphene anode materials, is one of the 61 recipients of US Department of Energy (DOE) Round 2 small business awards; each award is for $150,000. The award will support the company’s ongoing efforts on the low-cost manufacturing of functionalized si/graphene composite anode for reduced SEI formation.

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Loop Energy collaborates with CRRC to develop fuel cell electric drive systems for heavy-duty trucks

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Canada-based Loop Energy ( earlier post ) has entered a collaboration agreement with Hunan CRRC Times Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd. (a a subsidiary of CRRC Corporation Ltd.) to develop zero-emission power systems for heavy-duty transportation applications.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco starts at $20,650; 40 mpg highway, 35 mpg combined

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Hyundai Motor America has priced the all-new 2017 Elantra Eco starting at $20,650. Elantra Eco is the most fuel efficient Elantra, delivering an EPA estimated 40 mpg (5.88 l/100 km) on the highway and 35 mpg (6.71 l/100 km) in combined city and highway driving. The Elantra Eco is fitted with a 1.4-liter turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine, mated with a seven-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission with Shiftronic.

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Volvo Trucks introduces new one-box aftertreatment system

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Volvo Trucks North America recently introduced a new one-box design for its Exhaust Aftertreatment System (EATS), resulting in increased flexibility, increased fuel capacity and a more aerodynamic vehicle. Standard with Volvo D11- and Volvo D13-equipped vehicles, the one-box EATS offers greater flexibility with the vehicle.

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Aemetis to acquire Edeniq and its cellulosic ethanol technology

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Aemetis, Inc., an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company founded in 2006, will acquire all the outstanding shares of Edeniq, a cellulosic ethanol technology company, in a stock plus cash merger transaction. Edeniq has developed patented innovations that unlock cellulosic and starch sugars through a combination of mechanical and biological processes. Edeniq’s capital light and operationally efficient solutions can be easily integrated into existing corn ethanol plants.

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GM delivers 277,979 vehicles in China in April, up 7.5% YoY; SUVs up 107%

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General Motors and its joint ventures delivered 277,979 vehicles in China in April, an increase of 7.5% from the same month last year. SUV deliveries were up 107% from the same period a year earlier, while Cadillac luxury vehicle sales increased 13% in April from the previous year. Cadillac deliveries in April rose 13% from a year earlier to 7,007 units. The luxury brand launched the new CT6 prestige sedan at the end of January and introduced the new XT5 luxury crossover in April.

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Dongfeng Citroën unveils electric version of C-Elysée sedan; E-MEHARI

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At the Beijing Motor Show, Dongfeng Citroën unveiled an electric version of the C-Elysée—its best-selling vehicle in China, with 90,000 sales in 2015. Scheduled for launch in China in 2017, this model reflects Dongfeng Citroën’s ambitions to be a key player in electric vehicles for the Chinese public. Featuring a lithium-ion battery, E-Elysée has a range of up to 250 km (155 miles) and can be fast-charged in just 30 minutes (6.5 hours in normal charging mode).

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Ghosn: Renault-Nissan needs both high- and low-spec EVs to be player in China market; ongoing importance of gov’t support

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At a press roundtable held at the Auto China 2016, Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn observed that both Nissan and Renault had what he called “high-spec” electric vehicle offers in China: the Venucia for Nissan, and the coming Freelance Electric by Renault. He defined high-spec as models with a high-price and very good performance. Unfortunately, he noted, these models are not selling very well in China. The China market is currently oriented toward “lower-spec” models—i.e.,

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Ford invests $182.2 million in cloud-based software development company Pivotal

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Ford is investing $182.2 million in Pivotal, a cloud-based software platform company with which it already has partnered ( earlier post ) on FordPass ( earlier post ), to further enhance its software development capabilities. The investment was part of Pivotal’s $253-million Series C financing round; the round was led by new investor Ford, in conjunction with Microsoft and all previous investors GE, EMC and VMware.

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ExxonMobil & FuelCell Energy pursue novel technology in carbon capture with carbonate fuel cells; initial projected 1/3 cost savings

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Exxon Mobil Corporation and FuelCell Energy, Inc. are pursuing novel technology in power plant carbon dioxide capture through a new application of carbonate fuel cells. The two companies said the technology could substantially reduce costs and lead to a more economical pathway toward large-scale application globally.

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PSA produces millionth BlueHDi diesel

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The PSA Group’s millionth Euro 6 BlueHDi diesel engine rolled off the assembly line at Trémery, in the Moselle region of France this week. Two different sized Euro 6 BlueHDi diesel engines are manufactured at Trémery: 1.6 (100 100 hp and 120 hp) and 2.0l (150 hp and 180 hp).

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California to award $23.6M for zero-emission drayage trucks at seaports; BYD, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Volvo

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The State of California is awarding $23.6 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for a statewide zero-emission drayage truck development and demonstration project. This is the first large-scale demonstration of zero-emission Class 8 trucks that involves major manufacturers, including BYD, Kenworth, Peterbilt (both Paccar companies) and Volvo.

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Volkswagen Chattanooga completes first metal test body for new 2017 Midsize SUV

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Volkswagen Chattanooga reached an early production milestone with the completion of the first assembled metal test body for the upcoming Midsize SUV, scheduled to begin production late this year and to enter the market in 2017. The production of the first assembled metal test body is an early step towards full production; the first test body build is for the purposes of checking the calibration of body shop equipment and processes. The body is then passed on for further testing and development.

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Tesla affirming 80-90K deliveries this year; advancing 500K unit build plan by 2 years to 2018; capex to be up 50% this year

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In its Q1 2016 letter to shareholders, Tesla affirmed its plan to deliver 80,000 to 90,000 vehicles in 2016. Given the tsunami of reservations for the Model 3 (more than 325,000 according to the letter), Tesla also said it is advancing its 500,000 total unit build plan (combined for Model S, Model X, and Model 3) to 2018—two years earlier than previously planned.

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UMTRI: US new vehicle fuel economy in April drops

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in April 2016 was 25.2 mpg (9.33 l/100 km)—down 0.1 mpg from the value for March 2016, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). This decline likely reflects the increased market share of pickup trucks and SUVs, they suggested. Fuel economy is down 0.6 mpg from the peak reached in August 2014, but still up 5.1

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Study suggests high-mileage light-duty fleets contribute higher emissions and emissions share than expected

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A study by researchers from the University of Denver and the University of Puget Sound indicates that high-mileage light-duty fleets contribute higher emissions and emissions share than expected based on their actual numbers in the fleet. In their paper, published in the ACS Journal Environmental Science & Technology , they estimate that these small fleets, which represent less than 1% of the total, may be overlooked as a significant emission source (>2−5% of fleet emissions).

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Hydrogenious Technologies partners with United Hydrogen Group (UHG) to bring novel LOHC H2 storage system to US market

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One of Anglo American Platinum’s investments, Hydrogenious Technologies , a German hydrogen storage startup, has launched its first commercial hydrogen storage and logistics system using its innovative Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology. Hydrogenious Technologies is a spin-off from the University of Erlangen- Nuremberg (Germany), which also holds a stake in the company, and the Bavarian Hydrogen Center.

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Nexeon Raises US$44M million for Li-ion batteries with silicon anodes

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UK-based Nexeon, a developer of silicon anode materials for Li-ion batteries ( earlier post ), has successfully completed a £30-million (US$44-million) funding round. The company received funding from existing investors and a new investor, Woodford Investment Management. Nexeon will use the new funds to acquire IP and complementary technology; to open a development lab in Asia near its key customers; and to begin work on the design of a larger manufacturing facility.

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XL Hybrids announces 25M total customer miles on road; >1.5M miles driven per month

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XL Hybrids , Inc., the developer of a hybrid electric drive retrofit system for commercial and municipal fleets, announced that this month, 25 million road miles will have been collectively driven by globally-recognized brands, municipalities and nonprofits using the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System in their service, delivery and passenger fleets.

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Rosenberger Spritzguss und Formenbau manufactures new sensor carrier for EGR in one process step and without any weld lines

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Rosenberger Spritzguss und Formenbau has developed a new type of carrier for Hall effect sensors that combines the housing and printed circuit board in one component and is injection-molded in a single, fully automated production step. The whole component is mounted as a cover on exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) modules which are fitted as standard in many automobiles in Europe.

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Baker Institute: End of the ‘Big Oil giveaway’ is underway in the Persian Gulf

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The old hypotheses that Persian Gulf energy subsidies were sacrosanct have been overturned, according to a new issue brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. In recent years, all six Gulf monarchies—Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain—have begun to challenge the notion that citizens are entitled to cheap energy.

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ANGP commercializes 1st ANSI NGV2-certified on-board low pressure ANG technology storage system for LDVs

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Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc. ANGP) has successfully installed the industry’s first ANSI NGV2-certified adsorbed natural gas (ANG) active storage system. The system, which ANGP calls its first-generation (GEN 1) ANG System, comprises six activated carbon monolith-filled seamless aluminum cylinders, fully ANSI NGV2-certified for an operating pressure of 900 psig, and ANGP’s low-pressure fuel management system.

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AVL and Greenlight Innovation partner to develop a fuel cell testing system product line

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Canada’s Greenlight Innovation Corp., a supplier of testing and manufacturing equipment for hydrogen fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries and energy storage systems, and AVL List GmbH, the world’s largest independent company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains for global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), are partnering in the development of a co-branded fuel cell system testing product line.

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Lishen orders four Li-ion electrode slurry production lines from Bühler; new process for continuous production

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Lishen, a major Chinese Li-ion battery manufacturer, has ordered four electrode slurry production lines from Swiss-based Bühler, a contract worth almost US$10.5 million. The two companies have been collaborating on the development of a more efficient production process, which Lishen is now ordering. The Chinese government is promoting the propagation of electrical vehicles on the basis of a number of targeted measures.

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Google Self-Driving Car Project and FCA to integrate self-driving technology into 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan

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The Google Self-Driving Car Project and FCA announced will collaborate to integrate Google’s self-driving technology into all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans ( earlier post ) to expand Google’s existing self-driving test program. This marks the first time that Google has worked directly with an automaker to integrate its self-driving system, including its sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle.

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UPS updates 125 Workhorse E-GEN series hybrid electric step vans with smaller genset engine for better fuel economy

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UPS announced an update to 125 Workhorse E-GEN series hybrid electric delivery trucks that improve fuel economy as part of the company’s broader Rolling Laboratory approach. A compact, quiet-running 650cc 2-cylinder engine replaces the previous 2.4L 4-cylinder engine; charging capability remains the same, as does the electric range. The smaller engine will improve fuel economy, however.

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California issues draft plan for more efficient, less polluting freight system

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California agency leaders released the Draft California Sustainable Freight Action Plan , an ambitious document that lays a foundation for modernizing California’s multi-billion dollar freight transportation system. The Draft Action Plan puts forward a single shared vision to improve the efficiency of California’s freight system while reducing its pollution, while continuing to bolster the competitiveness of California’s goods movement system nationally and internationally.

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