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Tesla And Other Tech Giants Scramble For Lithium As Prices Double

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by James Stafford of Oilprice.com. Demand for lithium—the hottest commodity on the planet and the only commodity to show positive price movement in 2015—is poised to continue on its upward trajectory, becoming the world’s new gasoline and earning the moniker of “White Petroleum”.

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2016 Toyota Prius hybrid gets good IIHS, NHTSA crash safety scores

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The 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid has already been on sale for a few months, but crash-test scores are just now being released. The fourth-generation Prius did well in both National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing.

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Self-driving mining truck stable at 90 km/h; clothoid-based model predictive control

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A prototype self-driving truck under development by Scania and Swedish research universities has tested successfully at speeds of up to 90 km/h (56 mph).

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GM sees connectivity, autonomy and transport-as-service fundamentally changing automotive industry

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Three emerging and converging factors—connectivity, autonomy and transport-as-a-service—will fundamentally change the automotive industry over the next few decades, according to Mike Abelson, GM’s VP of Strategy and Global Portfolio Planning.

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New ACE researchers propose new diesel combustion concept; pathway to >50% BTE without WHR

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IIHS: Speed limit increases in US caused 33,000 deaths over 20 years

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A new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study shows that increases in speed limits over two decades have cost 33,000 lives in the US. In 2013 alone, the increases resulted in 1,900 additional deaths, essentially canceling out the number of lives saved by frontal airbags that year.

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Toyota and Clemson showcase Gen-Z focused EV concept at SAE World Congress

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At the 2016 SAE World Congress, Toyota and Clemson University unveiled an innovative, flexible concept called uBox that is intended to appeal to the next generation of car buyers: Gen-Z.

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Tesla Model S: better electric stretch limo than Nissan Leaf?

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On paper, the Tesla Model S seems like a good candidate for green-minded limousine operators. It's a luxury sedan, which is a common starting point for stretch-limousine conversions. It's also used in taxi and ride-sharing services, indicating it should be fit for more upscale duty.

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Komatsu Europe introduces new 36t hydraulic hybrid excavator; 20% fuel savings

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Komatsu Europe International has introduced the new HB365LC-3, a 36-tonne hydraulic hybrid excavator. Compared to a standard PC360LC-11 excavator, the new Komatsu Hybrid excavator provides a 20% fuel savings.

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Study: Combination of active and passive engine-off coasting delivers optimal fuel savings with 48V hybrid systems

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Delphi unveils new 48V mild hybrid system; working with two OEMs toward production within 18 months

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Delphi Automotive PLC unveiled a 48-volt mild-hybrid vehicle solution; the company confirmed it is working with two global automakers and could see production within 18 months.

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RAND: Autonomous vehicles cannot be test-driven enough miles to demonstrate their safety; alternative testing methods needed

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Autonomous vehicles would have to be driven hundreds of millions of miles and, under some scenarios, hundreds of billions of miles to create enough data to clearly demonstrate their safety, according to a new report from RAND, a non-profit research organization.

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Ford launches 10-year project to transform Dearborn campus; sustainability in the built environment; Living Building Challenge

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Ford Motor Company unveiled its plans to transform its Dearborn facilities into a modern, green and high-tech campus to foster innovation and help drive the company’s transition to an auto and a mobility company.

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ARPA-E issues $30M NEXTCAR program funding opportunity; 20% reduction in energy consumption beyond current regulatory requirements

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a $30-million funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0001564 ) for the Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) program. Earlier post.).

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VW reopens Transparent Factory as showcase for electric mobility and digitalization; rebuilding plant for electric and premium models

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Ford tests Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicles driving in complete darkness

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As part of its LiDAR sensor development, Ford has tested Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicles in complete darkness without headlights on desert roads, demonstrating the capability to perform beyond the limits of human drivers.

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AISIN presenting wireless torque measurement solution with TECAT sensor

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AISIN Technical Center of America (ATCA) will present a wireless torque measurement solution featuring TECAT Performance System ’s WISER 2030 sensor system at the 2016 SAE World Congress this week in Detroit.

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CMU county-level study shows plug-ins have larger or smaller lifecycle GHG than gasoline ICE depending on regional factors

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Japan updates hydrogen fuel cell targets; 320 stations by 2025, 800,000 vehicles by 2030

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Japan’s Council for a Strategy for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, which includes experts from industry, academia, and government, recently issued a revised version of the Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) established the Council in December 2013; the Strategic Road Map was first published in June 2014.

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GM recycles water bottles to make part for Chevy Equinox, coat insulation for the homeless, air filters

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General Motors is turning its employees’ recycled water bottles into a noise-reducing fabric insulation that covers the Chevrolet Equinox engine. The bottles—collected from five of its Michigan facilities—are also being turned into air filtration components and insulation in coats for the homeless community. Given its drive to zero waste, all of GM’s global facilities recycle their water bottles.

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Velodyne LiDAR introduces 32-channel ULTRA Puck VLP-32A high definition real-time 3D LiDAR

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Velodyne LiDAR introduced the ULTRA Puck VLP-32A, combining best-in-class 32-channel performance with a small form factor and the high reliability, at the the 2016 SAE World Congress in Detroit. The ULTRA Puck VLP-32A is the company’s most advanced LiDAR sensor to date, delivering high performance at a cost-effective price point of around $500 at automotive-scale production.

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All-wheel-drive Tesla electric cars rated more efficient, but how?

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One of the myriad advantages of electric propulsion, we’re told, is the efficiency of all-wheel drive. The AWD versions of the Tesla Model S, for example, are rated as more efficient than the rear-wheel-drive versions of the car. This flies in the face of 100 years of automotive history, during which vehicles with gasoline or diesel engines. all-wheel drive Efficiency Tesla Motors plug-in cars EPA Ratings

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Momentum Dynamics says it will deliver 200 kW wireless charging for bus market this year

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Wireless charging company Momentum Dynamics ( earlier post ) says it will deliver 200kW wireless (inductive) charging systems in 2016 for the municipal bus market. According to CEO Andrew Daga, the company previously delivered 25 kilowatt (kW) and 50 kW charging systems to strategic partners in the automotive industry in 2015, and said the move to its 200 kW system is a natural progression to meet a critical market need. Even higher power systems are in development.

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Volvo Trucks used SuperTruck learnings to boost efficiency, performance in 2017 powertrains; wave piston, turbocompounding, injection

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Key learnings from Volvo’s SuperTruck ( earlier post ) efforts played a critical role in the design and engineering of Volvo Trucks North America’s recently introduced 2017 powertrain, delivering improved fuel efficiency and performance to customers. Earlier post.). The development of several new features, such as the wave piston, turbo compounding and a common rail fuel injection system, was supported by the SuperTruck program, sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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Cal Energy Commission approves ~$9M for DC fast chargers; $12.6M for NGV incentives

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The California Energy Commission approved nearly $9 million in grants for the installation of DC fast chargers along major state freeways and highways to allow electric vehicle drivers to travel from San Diego to the Oregon border without worrying about running out of energy. The grants went to four companies—Chargepoint Inc.; EV Connect Inc.; NRG EV Services LLC; and Recargo, Inc.—which

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Lexus has sold more than 1M hybrids

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Lexus International announced it has sold more than 1 million hybrid vehicles worldwide since the RX 400h went on sale in April 2005. As of the end of March 2016, Lexus had sold approximately 1,000,600 hybrid vehicles in 11 years. The hybrid drive system continues to be our core vehicle technology to help reduce CO 2 emissions, while providing a pleasurable driving experience.

Study: even relatively low levels of air pollution appear to affect a child’s lungs

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In a paper published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care , researchers report that children exposed to higher levels of air pollution—even if relatively low—including fine particulate matter (PM 2.5 ) and soot (black carbon), had worse lung function than those living in less polluted areas. By age eight, the lung function of children living within 100 meters of a major roadway was on average 6% lower than that of children living 400 meters or more away.

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Tesla Model 3 demand startled everyone, even Musk; now what?

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To say that the auto industry has been startled by the volume of deposits on the Tesla Model 3 would be an understatement. The number of potential buyers worldwide who have sent Tesla Motors $1,000 to reserve a place in line to buy the car is now approaching 400,000, said longtime executive Diarmuid O'Connell. And at least one financial. Elon Musk Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Tesla Model 3

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Half of car buyers say electric car must have 300 miles of range

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The Tesla Model 3 and 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars are set to make 200-mile ranges attainable for a much larger number of buyers than today's $72,000-plus Tesla Model S. But according to one new study, that may not be enough. A survey by a U.S. national lab showed that many consumers won't consider an electric car unless it has even. Study plug-in cars range anxiety

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Two-thirds of new cars in Norway last month were hybrid or electric

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Norway is a case study in the effectiveness of electric-car incentives. The Scandinavian country is known as the friendliest place in the world for electric cars, thanks to generous financial incentives and other perks. So while electric and hybrid cars continue to make up a small fraction of new-car sales in other countries, they account for a. sales Plug-In Hybrids incentives Norway plug-in cars

CA issues $9 million in grants for electric-car fast charger installations

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California will issue nearly $9 million in grants for the installation of electric-car DC fast-charging stations along the state's highways. This will create a charging network to link up the country's most populous state with the West Coast Electric Highway already developed by Oregon and Washington. That will, in turn, make it easier for. California natural gas plug-in cars charging charging infrastructure

Lexus has sold 1 million luxury hybrid vehicles in 11 years

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Toyota is the world's top producer and promoter of hybrid cars, and its enthusiasm extends to its Lexus luxury brand as well. So while other luxury carmakers' interest in hybrids has waxed and waned, Lexus has remained committed. As of the end of March, Lexus said it has now sold more than 1 million hybrids worldwide. DON'T MISS: Toyota Passes 8. sales

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Do hybrid or electric supercars still have to roar to be taken seriously?

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Fast hybrid and electric cars have shown they have the performance to match traditional sports cars and supercars. But they're often considered to be missing one oft-cited part of the supercar driving experience. That would be the engine roar, which of course is totally absent when you're driving on near-silent electric power. DON'T MISS: Rimac. noise plug-in cars

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2016 Tesla Model S gets styling update, 48-amp charger, new interior options

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The Tesla Model S electric car, which went into production in June 2012, is getting its first styling updates in almost four years. The Silicon Valley carmaker said that Model S luxury sedans produced starting today in its Fremont, California, assembly plant will have a new front-end design. Dispensing with the simulated oval "grille" of the. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) software update

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Tesla Model X recall to replace third-row seat backs after European safety test

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Tesla Motors will recall 2,700 Model X electric crossover utility vehicles to replace seat backs in the third row after a recliner unexpectedly slipped during seat-strength tests. The vehicles in question were built prior to March 26, and are all located in the U.S. Tesla said in a letter e-mailed yesterday to owners that it discovered the. plug-in cars Third-Row Seats

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Reusing electric-car batteries: great idea, lots of practical challenges

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In theory, it's a wonderful concept: once their tenure in an electric car is over, lithium-ion battery packs with as much as 70 percent of their energy capacity remaining can be sold and reused. In practice, however—especially at scale—the idea turns out to have some practical challenges that must be overcome. At the simplest level, a. Batteries battery pack electric utilities plug-in cars solar reuse energy storage

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Germans to build own unique electric vans for postal service

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Deutsche Post, Germany's postal service, wants to use electric vehicles, and it's going to great lengths to achieve that goal. It will build its own electric vans, in fact. In 2012, Deutsche Post debuted prototype electric vans built by startup StreetScooter, and in 2014 it acquired the company outright. DON'T MISS: Automakers to fund 40 percent. Europe Germany plug-in cars fleet

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