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World’s largest electric ferry completes maiden voyage; 4.3MWh Leclanché battery system

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The world’s largest all-electric ferry, named E-ferry Ellen , made its first commercial trip on 15 August, connecting the ports of Søby and Fynshav, on the islands of Aerø and Als, in southern Denmark. Capable of carrying approximately 30 vehicles and 200 passengers, is powered by a 4.3MWh battery system provided by Leclanché SA.

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Charging stations now outnumber gas stations in Britain

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It’s not unusual to hear people wave off the change to fully electric to when EV chargers are as plentiful as gas stations, and when vehicle charging can be done, in a pinch, in nearly the same time. One side of that equation has already arrived—in the UK. According to Nissan UK, there are about 9,300 public charging stations, as. UK charging infrastructure

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StoreDot’s CEO Dr Doron Myersdorf looks into how Artificial Intelligence can play a role in solving range anxiety

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Top five things we learned this week

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Torrential rain, thunder, wind, an hour of sunlight, it’s safe to say this week has been a bit of a challenge on the road

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ZeroAvia unveils hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for aviation

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In the latest effort to make aviation sustainable and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ZeroAvia announced advancements in developing a hydrogen-fueled electric powertrain. The solution aims to deliver the same performance as a conventional aircraft engine, and much lower operating costs. ZeroAvia plans to start supplying its platform to commercial operators and aircraft manufacturers in 2022, initially targeting up to 500-mile regional flights in 10 to 20-seat fixed-wing aircraft.

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Quiet launch: Daimler builds first electric heavy-duty semis for fleet test

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Tesla might have been the first to generate a lot of fanfare over an all-electric Semi, but it’s not the first to actually place an electric Semi with customers for full-time use. That nod would go to Daimler Trucks North America. The initial two Freightliner eCascadia semis were built this week for its Electric Innovation Fleet—funded. Commercial vehicle youtube trucking Tesla Semi

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EV sales go up in a shrinking market and so do prices, but are changes afoot?

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Alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs), especially EVs, have continued to grow in popularity despite an overall decline in both new car registrations and used car sales

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2019 Audi e-tron SUV is the first BEV to earn 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating

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The 2019 Audi e-tron SUV is the first pure battery-electric vehicle to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2019 Top Safety Pick+ rating, the highest rating awarded by the nonprofit organization. In developing the e-tron, engineers designed a battery pack with performance, longevity and safety in mind. The battery pack is housed in a frame with an internal honeycomb structure separating battery cell modules specifically to help dissipate energy.

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French company makes EV conversions easy for old clunkers

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Off-the-shelf EV conversions aren't just for classic cars like Prince Harry's Jaguar anymore. French startup Transition One plans to make it easy to convert a wide variety of average old cars in the country to electric power by building a standard conversion kit. The company says the kit will fit several top-selling models in Europe, including the. conversions

2019 131

Hyundai announces prices and specifications for New Kona and Ioniq

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Hyundai has announced the prices and specifications for its new Kona Hybrid and Ioniq, which is available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicle

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Volkswagen T-Roc 2020: Open-top model to breathe fresh air into SUV segment

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Volkswagen has revealed a cabriolet version of the T-Roc, with the small crossover to be shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show ahead of its launch in spring 2020

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Resolution Copper project advances in US permitting; one of largest and deepest copper mines in US

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Rio Tinto’s Resolution Copper project in Arizona has achieved a major permitting milestone with the release of an independently prepared Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the project. The review was conducted by the US States Forest Service (USFS) over a six-year period.

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Hydrogen fuel-cell e-bike claiming longer range, quick refueling

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Before the Toyota Mirai, the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, and the Hyundai Nexo faced off with the current crop of electric cars, there was a hydrogen fuel-cell e-bike—the Alpha, which also demonstrated that with hydrogen it could go farther than battery-boosted e-bikes. Now France’s Pragma Industries has introduced Alpha2.0, a new version. hydrogen e-bikes

2019 130

Government doubles funding for on-street residential charge points

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The government is doubling the funding available to local authorities for them to install on-street, public charging points

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North/south electric vehicle divide emerges as Cardiff, Oxford and Bristol lead the way

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Over the last three years, electric vehicle and hybrid ownership has grown 150% in southern cities, but just 11% in the north, according to new research

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WMG researchers convert used EV batteries into small off-grid ESS units

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Researchers at WMG, University of Warwick, have repurposed end-of-life electric vehicle batteries as small energy storage systems (ESS) for off-grid locations in developing countries or isolated communities. The repurposed units, each containing approximately 2kWh of energy capacity, will be able to power a small shop, a farm holding, or multiple residential homes. When an electric vehicle’s battery reaches the end of its useful life it is by no means massively depleted.

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Rivian might build upcoming Ford electric SUV

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Rivian will likely be entrusted to build an upcoming Ford electric SUV, due early within the next few years, at the startup’s former Mitsubishi assembly plant in Normal, Illinois. "It It would be counterproductive for us to try and make what they have capacity to do in the beginning here, because they've got a factory in Illinois that meets a. Rivian

2019 129

Waterloo team integrates blockchain into EV charging infrastructure to improve trust

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Researchers at the University of Waterloo have integrated the use of blockchain into energy systems, a development that could result in expanded charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. In a study that outlines the new blockchain-oriented charging system, the researchers found that there is a lack of trust among charging service providers, property owners and owners of electric vehicles (EVs).

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Purdue team developing pre-chamber technology for cars for ultra-lean combustion

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Purdue University researchers are developing pre-chamber technology for automobiles to replace conventional spark plugs and enable more reliable ultra-lean combustion. In the pre-chamber approach, a tiny chamber—a pre-chamber—is filled with a mixture of fuel and air. The mixture ignites, producing combustion, and specialized nozzles in the bottom of the chamber release the hot combustion products in the form of powerful jets, which penetrate into the main chamber and cause ignition.

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Cal Energy Commission awards $3.75M to early-stage clean energy projects; 9 battery projects

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The California Energy Commission awarded $3.75 million to 25 early-stage, innovative projects as part of a portfolio of research investments intended to help achieve the state’s climate and clean energy goals. Among the projects are. nine battery-related efforts. The Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge program, which drives clean energy innovation and entrepreneurship, funds the California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED)Initiative.

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OSU study: Low-income, black neighborhoods still hit hard by air pollution

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Disease-causing air pollution remains high in pockets of America, particularly those where many low-income and African-American people live, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in New York.

EFG Companies launches MAP Electric Vehicle Protection for EV customers; 11 years, 150k miles

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EFG Companies, the innovator behind the award-winning Hyundai Assurance program, has launched the new Motorist Assistance Plan (MAP) Electric Vehicle Protection. This new exclusionary vehicle service contract is designed to meet the unique needs of electric vehicle owners and help dealers diversify their revenue streams through both the F&I office and the service drive.

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Venice orders 30 Solaris Urbino electric buses

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The transport operator ACTV SPA Venezia has ordered 30 Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses and the infrastructure for battery charging. The total value of the contract acquired exceeds €20 million. The contract follows the recent order from ATM Milan for up to 250 electric buses. Earlier post.). The electric buses will be used on the Lido and Pellestrina islands and will replace 100% of the diesel vehicles currently operating on two islands.

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BMW expands 530e sedan inductive charging pilot program to US

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BMW is bringing BMW’s global Induction Charging Pilot Program to the US. The pilot program began in Germany in 2018. The pilot program is available in the state of California for 200 interested, qualifying residential home customers who are able to charge inside an enclosed garage space. Availability is based on 200-equally equipped 530e program lease vehicles. The pre-qualification process begins with an online questionnaire to help determine location suitability.

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UPS invests in autonomous trucking company TuSimple, tests self-driving tractor trailers

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UPS’ venture capital arm, UPS Ventures, has made a minority investment in autonomous driving company TuSimple ( earlier post ). Together, both companies are testing self-driving tractor trailers on a route in Arizona to determine whether the vehicles can improve service and efficiency in the UPS network. This is an extension of the ongoing commercial relationship between UPS and TuSimple in which UPS has purchased transportation services from TuSimple.

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First two Freightliner eCascadia electric trucks headed to customers

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Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) has built the first two Class 8 battery electric Freightliner eCascadias for customers at its research and development center in Portland. The trucks are part of Freightliner’s Electric Innovation Fleet and built to test the integration of battery electric trucks in to large-scale fleet operations. The eCascadia is built on the proven foundation of the Freightliner Cascadia, the best-selling Class 8 heavy-duty truck on the market.

2019 207

International consortium working on new sensor technology to measure real-world, in-use vehicle emissions

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As part of the Horizon 2020 research project CARES (City Air Remote Emission Sensing), an international research consortium is working on new contactless exhaust measurement methods that will enable municipalities to take emission-reducing measures. In concrete terms, the researchers want to develop new sensors that can be attached to roadsides, crash barriers or traffic signs which detect the exhaust emission of passing vehicles in a matter of seconds.

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Colorado Air Quality Control Commission adopts zero-emission vehicle standard

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The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission adopted a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standard for Colorado early today in an 8-1 decision. The new zero-emission standard adopts California ZEV requirements, with automakers to sell more than 5% zero-emission vehicles by 2023 and more than 6% zero-emission vehicles by 2025. Eleven states now have a ZEV standard.

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Researchers discover potential path to improving samarium-cobalt magnets

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Researchers have discovered a potential tool to enhance magnetization and magnetic anisotropy, making it possible to improve the performance of samarium-cobalt (Sm-Co) magnets. Sm-Co magnets were the first rare-earth permanent magnets, and are still the top performer in applications where resistance to demagnetization—its coercivity—and performance at high temperatures are important. A paper on the work is published in the journal Physical Review B.

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California 2017 GHG inventory shows 1.2% total drop from 2016; transportation sector emissions up 1%

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The California Air Resources Board’s latest state inventory of greenhouse gas emissions shows that California’s GHG emissions continue to decrease. In 2017, emissions from GHG emitting activities statewide were 424 million metric tons of CO 2 equivalent (MMTCO 2 e), 5 MMTCO 2 e lower than 2016 levels and 7 MMTCO 2 e below the 2020 GHG Limit of 431 MMTCO 2 e. These reductions have occurred while California’s economy has continued to grow. Compared to 2016, California’s GDP grew 3.6%

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DOE: Transportation sector consumes more petroleum than all other sectors combined

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The transportation sector in the US consumes more petroleum than any other sector, and that share has increased over time from about 50% in 1950 to about 70% in 2018, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). US petroleum consumption increased threefold between 1950 and 2018, from 6.5 million to 20.5 million barrels per day.

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Study associates long-term exposure to air pollution with increasing emphysema

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Long-term exposure to ambient air pollutants, especially O 3 (ozone), is significantly associated with increasing emphysema, according to a new study led by the University of Washington, Columbia University and the University at Buffalo.

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New BMW 330e PHEV features 50% boost in all-electric range to 41 miles; XtraBoost debuts

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The new BMW 330e plug-in hybrid features the latest generation of BMW eDrive technology paired with a four-cylinder gasoline engine. Making its debut appearance in a BMW, the standard-fitted XtraBoost raises the system output of the plug-in hybrid to a maximum 215 kW/292 hp. The all-electric range is more than 50% greater than that of its predecessor—66 kilometers (41 miles) (WLTP) is possible with zero tailpipe emissions.

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Plug-in hybrid model now tops the Porsche Cayenne range

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Porsche’s Cayenne range follows the Panamera series ( earlier post ) in now featuring a plug-in hybrid as its new flagship model. Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé, Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, 2019. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé draw their system output of 500 kW from the intelligent interaction of a four-liter V8 engine (404 kW/550 PS) and an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission (100 kW/136 PS).

Solaris top electric bus OEM in Europe in terms of contracts in 2019

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Solaris has claimed the lead spot in Europe in terms of contracts for electric buses in 2019. In the first months of 2019, Solaris secured three large orders for the supply of electric buses to Berlin (BVG); Milan (ATM); and Warsaw (MZA). A total of up to 470 vehicles will roll off the assembly line to these three metropolises alone. In addition, the producer has contracted 90 more electric buses that are to make its way to other European cities.

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MultiSchIBZ consortium developing SOFC APU for marine use

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A consortium led by thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH is developing a solid-oxide fuel cell system as an alternative power generation on ships. This will improve the efficiency of the plants and prevent emissions even when fossil fuels are used—both in berth operations in ports and inland waterways and on the high seas. A further advantage is the almost noiseless operation which makes them fit more easily into the environment.

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University of Kentucky chemist receives NSF grant to study atmospheric reactions of pollution

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University of Kentucky Chemistry Professor Marcelo Guzman has received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research, education and outreach efforts in the field of environmental and atmospheric chemistry. The $461,000-project, titled “Heterogeneous Aging Mechanisms of Combustion and Biomass Burning Emissions,” will focus on how gases, such as ozone, react with pollutants emitted from power plants and forest fires.