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Sweden inaugurates its first electric road

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Sweden inaugurated a test stretch of electric road on the E16 in Sandviken, thus becoming one of the first countries to conduct tests with electric power for heavy transports on public roads. The test stretch on the E16 is two kilometers long.

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Tesla Model S can float, for short periods: Musk (video)

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It's a grainy, jittery 44-second mobile-phone video, with the Blue Danube Waltz in the background. And it's suddenly relevant because that master of publicity, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, tweeted that the Model S "floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time."

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Bertrand Piccard completes first Atlantic crossing with solar-powered airplane

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History was made on Wednesday evening as the Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Bertrand Piccard, completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with a solar powered electric airplane. Piccard left JFK International Airport at 2:30 AM EDT

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Torotrak outlines advances in its full-toroidal traction-drive CVT using PitchSteer; EV applications as well

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BMW i home energy storage system integrates 2nd-life i3 vehicle batteries

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BMW i announced a home stationary energy storage system solution integrating its BMW i3 vehicle battery at EVS 29 in Montréal. The system utilizes BMW i3 high-voltage batteries and can be expanded to incorporate second-life batteries as they become available in the market.

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UMD team develops new high-performance solid-state ion-conducting membrane for Li batteries

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Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a novel, flexible, solid-state, ion-conducting membrane based on a 3D ion-conducting ceramic nanofiber network.

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Ricardo investigating potential for its split-cycle engine in large engine market

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Ricardo is exploring the value proposition for applications of its novel split-cycle combustion engine ( earlier post ).

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PG&E to retire Diablo Canyon nuclear plant by 2025, replace with renewables and energy storage

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NASA electric research plane designated the X-57, nickname: “Maxwell”; SCEPTOR

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NASA will test new propulsion technology using an experimental airplane now designated the X-57 and nicknamed “Maxwell.” The X-57 features 14 electric motors turning propellers, all of them integrated into a uniquely-designed wing.

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Some small SUVs may stint front passengers on safety: IIHS

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In a recent test of small crossover-utility vehicles, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that front-seat passengers may not be as well protected as drivers. In 2012, the IIHS implemented its small front overlap crash test, which involves only 25 percent of the front of a vehicle.

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Argonne Lab partners with Strem Chemicals to bring next-gen battery materials to market

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Strem Chemicals, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals founded in 1964, has licensed 23 separate pieces of intellectual property for next-generation battery materials from Argonne. Strem will manufacture and distribute nine resulting battery solvents and additives via its extensive marketing and global distribution networks. The materials were all invented at Argonne’s Electrochemical Energy Storage Center and scaled at Argonne’s Materials Engineering Research Facility (MERF).

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VW dropping Jetta Hybrid from MY2017 US line-up

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Among the changes in its Model Year 2017 line-up, Volkswagen of America is dropping the Jetta Hybrid. Earlier post.) VW sold 227 units of the hybrid in the US from Jan-May of this year, down 0.9% year-on-year, according to figures from hybridcars.com.

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Columbus, Ohio wins $40M DOT Smart City Challenge; $10M more from Vulcan, $90M from private partners

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US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that Columbus, OH has been selected as the winner of the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. Earlier post.) As winner of the Challenge, Columbus will receive up to $40 million from US DOT and up to $10 million from Paul G.

UMD team develops new nanocomposite sulfur electrode for high-performance all-solid-state Li-S batteries

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A team at the University of Maryland have synthesized a mixed conducting nanocomposite sulfur electrode that consists of different nanoparticles with distinct properties of lithium storage capability, mechanical reinforcement, and ionic and electronic conductivities.

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GM and US Navy collaborating on fuel cell-powered underwater unmanned vehicles

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General Motors, the Office of Naval Research and the US Naval Research Laboratory are cooperating to incorporate automotive hydrogen fuel cell systems into the next generation of Navy unmanned undersea vehicles, or UUVs.

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Stanford solar tandem cell shows promise for efficient solar-driven water-splitting to produce hydrogen

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Researchers at Stanford University, with colleagues in China, have developed a tandem solar cell consisting of an approximately 700-nm-thick nanoporous Mo-doped bismuth vanadate (BiVO 4 ) (Mo:BiVO 4 ) layer on an engineered Si nanocone substrate.

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Beijing Foton launches “China Internet Super Truck Global Innovation Alliance”; Auman Energy Super Truck

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Chinese truck and utility vehicle manufacturer Beijing Foton has launched the China Internet Super Truck Global Innovation Alliance and showcased the Auman EST (Energy Super Truck) at an event in Athens, Greece.

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Increase in US rig count will not cap oil prices

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by David Yager for Oilprice.com. The impact of rising oil prices on North American light tight oil (LTO) production is said to be a “Catch 22”, the title of Joseph Heller’s popular 1961 novel set in WWII.

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Avoiding Obstacles Safely at High Speed: An Optimal Control Approach for Driving Heavy Autonomous Ground Vehicles Close to their Dynamic Limits

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by Paul N. Blumberg, PhD. No one who follows automotive news and technology trends can be unaware of the intense research and experimentation taking place related to vehicles that drive themselves, i.e., “Autonomous Vehicles.”

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ABB technology improves energy efficiency in Renault-Nissan and Daimler’s new Mexican car factory by up to 20%

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ABB will supply ly state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, low-voltage power distribution solutions to COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes), the new car manufacturing facilities of Renault-Nissan and Daimler’s strategic joint venture located in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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DOE selects SiiLion for $1M SBIR Phase II award; ionic-liquid-enabled high-energy li-ion battery

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected SiiLion, Inc. to receive a $1-million Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) Phase II award.

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Lux Research: Toyota, Daimler, Honda leading auto OEMs for self-driving cars; innovative business models key

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Although every major automotive company has announced plans for a car with self-driving capabilities, only five carmakers—Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Volvo—earn a positive take in Lux Research’s analysis of OEMs’ autonomous vehicle efforts.

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Lamborghini inaugurates new Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory carbon fiber research center in Seattle

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Automobili Lamborghini celebrated the grand opening of its new Seattle-based carbon fiber research facility, the Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL).

Grillo-Werke AG successfully converts methane directly into methanesulfonic acid (MSA)

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Germany-based chemical company Grillo-Werke has successfully functionalized methane to high-purity methanesulfonic acid (MSA) by direct sulfonation of methane with sulfur trioxide. Start of large-scale production is planned for 2019.

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Acura running 4-motor NSX-inspired EV concept up Pikes Peak; 4-wheel independent torque vectoring

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Acura will run an all-electric, NSX-inspired EV Concept in the Electric Modified Class at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

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Harvard team develops cleaner method to separate rare-earth metals using bacteria

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Current process for separating rare-earth metals is time consuming, expensive, and dangerous. Processing one ton of rare earths can produce 2,000 tons of toxic waste. Now, researchers from the Harvard John A.

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Iveco launches the New Stralis XP long-haul truck; fuel savings up to 11%

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Iveco has introduced the New Stralis XP long-haul truck, featuring fuel savings of up to 11% and a reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) of up to 5.6% in long-distance transport operations.

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BYD announces its first 16 electric buses sold in France; RATP trial; expanding capacity in China

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At the Transport Publics event this last week in Paris, BYD announced orders for 16 of its all new battery-electric buses and coaches to French operators.

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Nissan Leaf electric vs Toyota Prius hybrid: which is lower on cost, emissions?

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Sometimes, when tucking in for the evening, you can't help but wonder: did I really make the right choice? Could I have done better? Even now, could I still do better? This is the question I ask myself, each evening, when I park my 2015 Nissan Leaf in the garage next to my wife’s 2006 Toyota Prius. Given that both vehicles are now driven. Carbon Footprint plug-in cars ownership costs electricity costs fuel cost

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Sainsbury trialing Dearman liquid air engine in refrigerated truck

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Sainsbury’s has become the first company to introduce a refrigerated delivery truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen powered engine ( earlier post ), which will eliminate all emissions associated with refrigeration. Supplied by cooling technology specialist Dearman and its partners, the zero-emission cooling unit replaces the traditional diesel engine used to chill the vehicle and will significantly cut emissions. During the three-month trial, the vehicle will save up to 1.6

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Next clean-energy transport: a solar-powered electric railcar?

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Tourist railroads are one of the unexpected pleasures of travel. Usually operating on trackage that railroads no longer need, they offer low-speed rides through scenic vistas, including locations that tourists often can't reach by car. But along with historic railcars on many lines come older engines, usually powered by diesel engines decades old. electric solar Public transport Trains

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Could an electric Maserati compete with Tesla? FCA chief mulls it over

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The success of the Tesla Model S has spurred established German luxury carmakers to plan numerous plug-in electric models of their own. But could Silicon Valley carmaker Tesla Motors soon gain an Italian rival as well? Maserati could eventually get an all-electric model as parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) reluctantly embraces electrified. Sergio Marchionne Tesla Motors plug-in cars Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA

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BMW electric-car batteries to be used as home energy-storage devices

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Tesla Motors was the first carmaker to branch out from selling electric cars to offering standalone battery packs for energy storage, but others have followed the company's lead. Mercedes-Benz and Nissan have stated their intentions to enter the energy-storage market, and now BMW is jumping on the bandwagon as well. At the Electric Vehicle. Batteries plug-in cars renewable energy energy storage BMW i

Mercedes electric SUV concept for Paris: what we know so far

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Mercedes-Benz is expected to debut an electric SUV concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show this fall. The concept will likely preview one of what could be up to four all-electric models Mercedes plans to launch over the next few years. This lineup of electric cars will help Mercedes compete with Tesla Motors, as well as German rivals that are now. Paris Auto Show Mercedes-Benz plug-in cars Paris Motor Show

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Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid pulled from VW's U.S. lineup in 2017

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Volkswagen released details on its 2017 lineup for the U.S. yesterday, including the launch of its crossover-like Golf Alltrack wagon, some new Beetle versions, and greater availability of electronic safety systems across more models. But one entry in the VW lineup was missing. Volkswagen's William Gock confirmed to Green Car Reports yesterday. VW Jetta Hybrid

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Which countries have plans for all new cars to be electric, and when?

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Plug-in electric cars currently make up a fairly small percentage of the millions of new vehicles sold globally. But within the next two decades, they may be the only new cars available for sale in certain countries. Multiple countries have announced plans to end the sale of new internal-combustion cars as a way to cut carbon emissions. DON'T. India Germany Norway New car sales plug-in cars The Netherlands transportation policy

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Virginia dealers double down on Tesla attack, demand probe of sales

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Tesla Motors continues to battle Virginia car dealers over the opening of a second company-owned retail store in the Old Dominion State. In March, the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (VADA) filed a lawsuit against both Tesla and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, alleging a conspiracy to "hide" the opening of a second Tesla Store. Politics dealers Tesla Motors Dealership plug-in cars state laws Virginia