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Finland’s oldest ferry goes all electric with Visedo

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The oldest operating ferry in Finland will on Saturday become the nation’s first all-electric passenger vessel after being fitted with Visedo power. The City of Turku will officially re-launch the historic Föri ferry tomorrow, complete with a new zero-emission electric drivetrain that will deliver greater efficiency, less noise and reduced operating costs.

Tesla Model S battery life: what the data show so far

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Perhaps the biggest question in buyers' minds over electric cars is how long the batteries will last. Most new-car buyers have mobile phones whose batteries have only lasted a couple of years, perhaps less. Even as electric-car battery packs are warranted against outright failure for eight or 10 years, how much degradation should owners. lithium-ion battery pack Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Battery Life

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You can now learn to drive in the BMW i8 supercar

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Small, easy to park and not enough power to get you in any trouble. That’s what most people get when they step into their driving instructor’s car.

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BorgWarner 48V eBooster electrically driven compressor debuts on Daimler engine

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BorgWarner’ 48-volt eBooster electrically driven compressor is making its debut in Daimler’s latest 3.0-liter gasoline engine. The engine will feature the eBooster technology matched with a BorgWarner-supplied turbocharger to improve fuel efficiency, enhance low-end torque and deliver boost on demand without any perceptible turbo lag.

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New study shows that inhaled nanoparticles can travel into the blood and accumulate

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A study by researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands has found that nanoparticles, such as those found in air pollution, can travel into the blood and accumulate in diseased blood vessels. The study, published in the journal ACS Nano , suggests that air pollution nanoparticles are able to get into the bloodstream to cause heart disease.

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Siemens to acquire a leading software provider for public transportation, mobility and logistics

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Siemens is planning to acquire HaCon , a leading international provider of planning, scheduling and information systems for public transportation, mobility and logistics.The two parties have agreed not to disclose financial details. Pending the approval of antitrust authorities, the deal is expected to be concluded in the first half of calendar year 2017. HaCon has been a successful player in the mobility business for 30 years.

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PNNL, GM team develops design principle for stable silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries

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A team from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), with colleagues from General Motors R&D, has developed a design principle for stable high-capacity Li-ion battery silicon (Si) anodes of controlled thickness swelling, and synthesized a porous Si/C-graphite electrode as an example. Experimental data from the porous Si/C-graphite electrode showed excellent agreement with the theoretical design.

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Neste to use May Day doughnut fat for renewable diesel feedstock

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In the spirit of circular economics, Neste and Fazer Bakery in Finland are joining forces with the “Doughnut Trick” campaign. The oil used to fry Fazer Bakery’s May Day doughnuts will be recycled by refining it to produce Neste MY renewable diesel. The value of the fuel will be donated to the Finnish chapter of the charity SOS Children’s Village International. The amount of diesel that’s made from the oil used to fry every three doughnuts is enough to drive a distance of about one kilometer.

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Ford introduces new Intelligent Speed Limiter in Europe

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Ford’s Intelligent Speed Limiter technology, being introduced in Europe, can automatically help prevent drivers from exceeding speed limits—both when driving in their own country, and while driving abroad. Intelligent Speed Limiter combines the functionality of two Ford technologies: Adjustable Speed Limiter – enables drivers to manually set a maximum vehicle speed; and.

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Schaeffler highlights latest version of UniAir electrohydraulic valve control at Vienna

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At the Vienna Motor Symposium, Schaeffler is highlighting the latest generation of its UniAir fully-variable electrohydraulic valve control system, first introduced in volume production in 2009. The latest generation of UniAir also now allows vehicles in the upper-class automobile market to operate more economically and with lower emissions.

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Hyundai Mobis develops compact, integrated 48V mild hybrid system

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Automotive supplier Hyundai Mobis has developed the core technologies of a compact, integrated 48V mild hybrid system. Hyundai Mobis developed the “converter integrated 48V battery system” on its own and it is making the final preparations for mass-production scheduled for next year. Hyundai Mobis integrated the converter and the battery system—formerly applied separately—into one system.

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Using new seismic imaging technique, BP finds significant additional resources in the Gulf of Mexico

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BP announced a major breakthrough in seismic imaging that has identified more than 200 million barrels of additional resources at BP’s Atlantis field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. As a result of this early success, BP now is deploying this technique to fields elsewhere in the Gulf of Mexico as well as in Azerbaijan, Angola, and Trinidad and Tobago.

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Navy researchers boost performance of Ni-Zn cells commensurate with Li-ion; safer alternative

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EIA: US Permian Basin oil production and resource assessments continue to increase

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Crude oil production in the US Permian Basin is expected to increase to an estimated 2.4 million barrels per day (b/d) in May, based on estimates from EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report. Between January 2016 and March 2017, oil production in the Permian Basin increased in all but three months, even as domestic crude oil prices fell. As production in other regions fell throughout most of 2015 and 2016, the Permian provided a growing share of US crude oil production.

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Sendyne introduces first isolation monitor for EVs and HEVs capable of detecting potential electrical hazards during dynamic operation

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Sendyn, a provider of technologies for battery system management including current, voltage and temperature measurement ICs and modules ( earlier post ), has introduced the SIM100, a new type of automotive-rated isolation monitoring safety device that is capable of detecting potential electrical hazards during the dynamic operation of high-voltage unearthed systems—such as electric and hybrid vehicles.

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EPA opens 2017 Request for Proposals for $11M in diesel emissions reduction funding DERA

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EPA is announcing $11 million in competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment include: School buses.

2017 163

Mobileye to generate, share, and utilize vision data for crowdsourced mapping with Nissan

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Mobileye has entered into an agreement with Nissan Motor to generate anonymized, crowd-sourced data to create next-generation precision maps utilizing Mobileye’s Road Experience Management (REM) data generation technology. The maps will be used as a source of localization, foresight, and redundancy in order to enable safe, robust autonomous vehicles in the future.

2017 163

Waymo adding 500 more Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivans to self-driving program; early rider program

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Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project) will add an additional 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans ( earlier post ) to expand its self-driving program. FCA previously delivered 100 minivans, modified for self-driving, to Waymo during the second half of 2016. Earlier post.) Production of the additional 500 minivans will ramp up beginning next month. Waymo will then outfit these vehicles with its self-driving technology.

2017 163

Air Canada to operate biofuel flights in support of environmental research on contrails and emissions

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Air Canada is participating in the Civil Aviation Alternate Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research project ( CAAFCER ), a research project led by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to test the environmental benefits of biofuel use on contrails.

2017 163

Ford confirms five fleets in London for Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid Van pilot program

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Ford announced five fleets that will participate in the Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van pilot program in London, starting this fall. Earlier post.) The pilot program is designed to explore how lower-emission plug-in hybrid electric vans could support cleaner air targets, while boosting productivity for operators in urban conditions.

2017 163

DOE: US plug-in vehicle sales increased 40% in 2016 to ~160K units

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The first full year of sales for mass-market plug-in vehicles in the US was 2011; nearly 18,000 plug-in vehicles were sold. Sales of plug-in electric vehicles have grown nearly each year since, increasing nine-fold to a record high of about 160,000 units in 2016, according to figures gathered by the US Department of Energy (DOE). All-electric vehicles (EV) have outsold plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) each of the past three years. Source: DOE. Click to enlarge. Brief

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DOE SBV Pilot selects 38 small business for labs partnerships; 2 fuel cell and 4 vehicle projects

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot has selected eight DOE national labs for collaborations with 38 small businesses in the third round of funding. Among these are two projects in the fuel cells area and four projects in the vehicle area. Other projects address advanced manufacturing, bioenergy, buildings, geothermal, solar, water and wind technologies.

2017 163

FTA announces $55M for FY 2017 Low-No funding

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $55 million of Fiscal Year 2017 funds ( FTA-2017-003-TPM-LowNo ) for the purchase or lease of low- or no-emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities (Low-No). Only $31.5 million is available under the Continuing Resolution that expires on 28 April 28 2017.

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Technion team devises method for on-demand H2 production from water and aluminum for aviation applications

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Aerospace engineers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed and patented a process for on-demand hydrogen production from the reaction of activated aluminum powder and water for commercial aircraft applications. The hydrogen produced on-board during flight can be used in a fuel cell to generate electric energy for auxiliary power. In addition to fresh water, the waste water available on-board the aircraft can be used for hydrogen generation.

2017 150

Panasonic opens its first automotive lithium-ion battery factory in China

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Panasonic Corporation has opened a new automotive lithium-ion prismatic battery cell factory in Dalian, China—the company’s first automotive battery cell production site in China. Panasonic has provided automotive lithium-ion batteries to a number of auto manufacturers on a global basis—notably Tesla—and currently leads the automotive battery market.

2017 150

HKG and Pininfarina introduce two more microturbine range extended EVs; graphene-enhanced LTO batteries

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At Auto Shanghai 2017, China-based Hybrid Kinetic Group (HK), with its partner Pininfarina, introduced two more microturbine range-extended electric vehicles: the five-seat K550 and 7-seat K750 SUVs. These join the luxury sedan H600, introduced earlier this year at the Geneva show ( earlier post ), making a family of three.

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PNNL team uncovers reaction mechanisms of Li-air batteries; how batteries blow bubbles

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Lithium-air batteries are looked to by many as a very high-energy density next-generation energy storage solution for electric vehicles. However, the technology has several holdups, including losing energy as it stores and releases its charge.The reaction mechanisms are, in general, not well understood. One reaction that hasn’t been fully explained is how oxygen blows bubbles inside a lithium-air battery when it discharges.

2017 150

IEA: Global oil discoveries and new projects fell to historic lows in 2016 while US shale surged; “two-speed” market

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Global oil discoveries fell to a record low in 2016 as companies continued to cut spending and conventional oil projects sanctioned were at the lowest level in more than 70 years, according to the International Energy Agency, which warned that both trends could continue this year. Oil discoveries declined to 2.4 billion barrels in 2016, compared with an average of 9 billion barrels per year over the past 15 years.

2017 150

New Volvo XC60 in production in Torslanda, Sweden; PHEV model top of range

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Production of Volvo Cars’ new XC60 mid-size SUV ( earlier post ) has begun at the company’s Torslanda plant in Sweden. The new car replaces Volvo’s highly-successful original XC60, which in the nine years since its launch became the bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally. The XC60 today represents around 30% of Volvo’s total global sales.

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California Assembly weighing integrating air pollution performance into GHG cap-and-trade

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The California Assembly is considering a bill ( AB-378 ) that would integrate air quality performance into the state’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) cap-and- trade program. Assembly Bill 378 was proposed by by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who heads the Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources. CNR passed the proposal on Monday.

2017 150

Landi Renzo USA to offer MY 2018 F-150 with CNG; 50,000-mile warranty

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Landi Renzo USA , a division of Landi Renzo Group, a global leader in alternative fuel systems, will offer the Ford F-150 with compressed natural gas (CNG) for model year 2018 with Ford Ship-Thru strategically located adjacent to the Ford assembly plant in Kansas City, Mo. As a Ford-approved Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) system developer, Landi Renzo USA is the first to offer the all-new F-150 truck for MY2018 with 5.0L gaseous prep engine via Ford dealers as a Ship-Thru.

2017 150

NEVS and ICONIQ form a joint vehicle development partnership

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NEVS and ICONIQ Motors will develop future vehicles under each brand. ICONIQ’s vehicles will be manufactured in the NEVS’ joint venture manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China, while NEVS will use both its production facilities, in Tianjin and Trollhättan. As both core members of the Tianjin THT EV Eco-system, NEVS and ICONIQ Motors will strive to benefit from their respective strengths to bring high-quality electric vehicles to the Chinese market and the rest of the world.

2017 150

ABB to provide fast charging technology in UK for electric buses; opportunity charging

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ABB has won a contract to supply electric bus charging infrastructure for a fleet of Volvo electric buses that will be operated by Transdev Blazefield in the UK from 2018. ABB will supply three HVC 300P charging stations and an electricity substation for installation at a bus station serving Harrogate, a historic spa town in northern England.

2017 150

ASTM releases new high-octane fuel standard D8067-17 to support development of more efficient engines

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ASTM International recently announced the release of a new high-octane fuel standard that is expected to impact the development of gasoline products compatible with vehicles that feature high-performance fuel-efficient engines. Formation and approval of the standard was led by Dr. Robert L. McCormick, an the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) transportation research engineer.

2017 150

BMW introduces most powerful diesel in a 5 Series model

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BMW is expanding the new generation of its highly successful 5 Series, with the addition of another M Performance model. The new BMW M550d xDrive is fitted with the most powerful 6-cylinder diesel engine ever offered in a BMW 5 Series model. Multi-stage turbocharging with four turbochargers delivers high output—294 kW/400 hp—and powerful torque—760 N·m—combined with impressive efficiency of 5.9 l/100 km (40 mpg US).

2017 150

Toyota begins trial operation of hybrid power generation system: SOFCs plus micro turbines

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Toyota Motor Corporation has begun trial operations of the pressurized combined power generation system which has been installed at Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. The hybrid power generation system combines the use of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and micro gas turbines. The trial operations will utilize the system as an internal power generation facility, with the aim of testing and evaluating the system’s energy efficiency, performance, and durability.

2017 150

BASF and Argonne reach resolution with Umicore over Li-ion NMC patents infringement claims

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BASF and Argonne National Laboratory have reached a business resolution of their pending Li-ion battery patent disputes with Umicore. Umicore is now licensed to make, use, sell, offer to sell, distribute and import nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode material for lithium-ion batteries in the United States under BASF’s and Argonne’s U.S. Patent Nos. 6,677,082; 6,680,143; 7,135,252; and 7,468,223.

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