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Germany now has 7,407 public charging points; 14,531 filling stations

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A survey by Germany’s BDEW (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft), an association of energy and water companies, found that the number of public charge points in the country has grown to 7,407 as of the end of 2016. 890 new charging points have been added to since mid-2016—an increase of almost 12%. 292 of the new points are DC fast charging.

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Driving electric cars in winter: tips from experienced owner

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One of the challenges of electric cars is persuading potential buyers that they can do virtually everything that most other vehicles can. For those who live in wintry climates, that includes dealing with snow, slush, road salt, ice, and variable traction. Given the recent major snowstorms that hit large swaths of the U.S. this month, we felt an. Weather plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Winter Weather battery capacity

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Georgia Legislature Retains Status Quo in 2017 General Assembly Session – Highest EV Road Use Fees in the USA

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Georgia Legislature Retains Status Quo in 2017 General Assembly Session As the 2017 Georgia General Assembly 40-day legislative session wraps up, electric vehicle drivers continue to be saddled with the highest road use fees in the US ($204.50 in 2017) … Continue reading → #ElectricVehicles #EVRegistrationFee #GeorgiaStateLegislature #TaxIncentives #Tesla #LawMakers #RoadUseFee #VW LEAF Tesla

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Hybrid Kinetic H600 microturbine range-extended electric vehicle concept runs 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds

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At the Geneva Auto Show, the China-based Hybrid Kinetic group unveiled the H600 microturbine range-extended electric vehicle sedan concept, produced together with its vehicle design and engineering partner, Pininfarina. The 60 kW microturbine range extender delivers 40% efficiency, low emissions, and a 10000-hour maintenance interval.

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Ricardo Energy & Environment launches real-world vehicle emissions monitoring service with individual vehicle identification in the UK

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In the UK, increasing pressure to reduce the impact of pollution from vehicles has led to growing interest in the introduction of Clean Air Zones and Low Emission Zones. However, such mitigation measures are expensive to design and implement and, while street level air quality monitoring can highlight the problem in the form of the local hot spots at which exceedances occur, it does not provide information on which of the passing vehicles are the most polluting.

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Argonne team develops new fluorinated sulfone electrolytes for high-voltage, high-energy Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have synthesized a new class of fluorinated sulfone electrolytes to enable high-voltage, high-energy Li-ion batteries. A paper on their work is published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science. The Argonne researchers evaluated the physical and electrochemical properties of the new sulfone-based electrolytes in a high voltage LiN i0.5 Mn 0.3 Co 0.2 O 2 / graphite cell cycled at 4.6

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London Taxi opens £300M plant for range-extended EV taxis; announces second model, an LCV

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The London Taxi Company (LTC) officially opened the UK’s first car plant dedicated solely to the production of range-extended electric vehicles. The new vehicle plant in Ansty, Coventry, will build the world’s first purpose-built, mass-market electric taxi. LTC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Geely, has invested more than £300-million (US$374-million) in the new site and the next-generation London taxi, which will be produced at the plant and exported around the world.

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DOE: new vehicle fuel economy improved 33% from 1980-2016

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According to data gathered by the US Department of Energy (DOE) from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), new vehicle fuel economy in the US has improved 33% from 1980-2016, despite a 120% increase in horsepower and 47% improvement in acceleration (measured by time to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph). The data are based on sales-weighted averages. In the 1990s and early 2000s, fuel economy decreased while vehicle weight increased, and fuel economy has improved nearly every year since 2004.

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California ARB moves forward with climate and air quality actions

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On the first day of a two-day board meeting—the second day of which (Friday 24 March) will consider the Advanced Clean Cars Midterm Review—the California Air Resources Board (ARB) took a number of climate and air quality actions. CARB approved the State Strategy for the State Implementation Plan ( State SIP Strategy ), which describes CARB’s commitment for further reducing vehicle emissions needed to meet federal air quality standards over the next 15 years.

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IRENA, IEA study concludes meeting 2?C scenario possible with net positive economics

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Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook, according to new findings released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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IEA finds CO2 emissions flat for third straight year even as global economy grew in 2016

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Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency. The data signal a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as well as structural changes in the global economy. Global emissions from the energy sector stood at 32.1

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New Buick, BMW PHEVs for China

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Buick announced that it will shortly launch the Velite 5, its first extended range electric vehicle (EREV), in China. Leveraging GM’s proven EREV technology as shown in the Chevy Volt and the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, the Velite 5 also offers advanced connectivity and safety technologies. The Velite 5 is equipped with GM’s latest electric drive system that features the company’s patented EVT electronic controlled intelligent variable transmission.

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Citroën introduces E-Berlingo Multispace

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The Citroën Berlingo leisure activity vehicle is now available with an electric drivetrain. Supplementing the range of 3-cylinder PureTech gasoline engines and BlueHDi diesel engines, the new E-Berlingo Multispace model targets motorists looking to combine all the versatility of the Berlingo for their day-to-day use, leisure pursuits and professional activities with the advantages of an electric drivetrain.

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Researchers create efficient, simple-to-manufacture photoanode for solar water-splitting

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Researchers at Rice University and the University of Houston created an efficient, simple-to-manufacture core/shell photoanode with a highly active oxygen evolution electrocatalyst shell (FeMnP) and semiconductor core (rutile TiO 2 ) for the photoelectrochemical oxygen evolution reaction (PEC-OER) for solar water splitting.

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Yale team develops dendrimer-graphene oxide composite film for improved cycling of Li-sulfur batteries

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Researchers at Yale University developed an ultrathin functionalized dendrimer–graphene oxide composite film that can be applied to virtually any sulfur cathode in a Li-sulfur (Li-S) battery system to alleviate capacity fading over battery cycling without compromising the energy or power density of the entire battery. Sulfur electrodes coated with the composite film exhibit very good cycling stability, together with high sulfur content, large areal capacity, and improved power rate.

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Buick to introduce extended-range electric vehicle in China this year; also new generation 1.0T/1.3T Ecotecs and 9-speed

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Buick will adopt GM’s proven extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) technology, a new-generation of 1.0T/1.3T Ecotec engines and a nine-speed transmission in new or refreshed models launched in China this year. In the coming two years, Buick will also introduce plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in China—the brand’s largest market.

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Lawrence Livermore Lab researchers significantly boost truck fuel efficiency through improved aerodynamics

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, as part of a Navistar SuperTruck I team, helped design a new type of tractor trailer truck that improves fuel economy by 124%, compared to heavy vehicles on the road today. Seventy-four percent out of the 124% improvement comes from aerodynamic enhancements, while the rest comes from engine efficiency, tire rolling resistance, light weighting and other advancements. On a track test, the new SuperTruck I vehicle achieved 13 mpg (18.1

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New high conductivity composite solid electrolyte for solid-state Li batteries

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Researchers in S. Korea have developed a new composite solid electrolyte that shows very high total conductivity (9.4 × 10- 4 S cm -1 ) at room temperaturefor all-solid-state lithium batteries. The new composite combines Li 1+x Al x Ti 2-x (PO 4 ) 3 (LATP) with a NASICON (Na superionic conductor)-like structure with Bi 2 O 3. LATP is regarded as a promising solid electrolyte due to its high “bulk” conductivity (~10 -3 S cm -1 ) and excellent stability against air and moisture.

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TU Graz researchers identify singlet oxygen as major cause of deleterious side reactions in Li-air batteries; suggested approach to counter

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Researchers led by a team from Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in Austria have shown that singlet oxygen ( 1 O 2 ) forms in the cathode of a Li–O 2 battery during discharge and from the onset charge, and that it is responsible for a major fraction of side products that cause fast ageing in the battery. A paper on their work is published in the journal Nature Energy. The paper also suggests an initial approach as to how the storage cell can protect itself from the reactive oxygen species.

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Lexus debuts in India with hybrid-focused line-up

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Lexus made its debut in India today. At the launch, Lexus unveiled three models chosen with the Indian driver in mind—the RX 450h, ES 300h , and LX450d vehicles. The all-new Lexus LS made a surprise appearance in a sneak preview at the end of the show. Lexus said that its focus on hybrid vehicles shows a clear understanding of Indian consumers—they have an desire for luxury, coupled with sensibilities around the need for high-performing yet eco-friendly vehicles.

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CARB approves rule for monitoring and repairing methane leaks from oil and gas facilities

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The California Air Resources Board approved a new regulation aimed at methane leaks from oil and gas operations. The new rule is the most comprehensive of its kind in the country. Methane, one of the powerful greenhouse gases called short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) and the main component of natural gas, has 72 times the impact on global warming as carbon dioxide. The new regulation is expected to reduce methane leaks from oil and gas operations in California by the equivalent of 1.4

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Rice team fine-tunes sorbents for carbon capture, methane selectivity

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Natural gas producers want to draw all the methane they can from a well while sequestering as much carbon dioxide as possible; filters optimize either carbon capture or methane flow, but no single filter will do both. New work form Rice University now shows that subtle adjustments in the manufacture of a polymer-based carbon sorbent make it the best-known material either for capturing the greenhouse gas or balancing carbon capture with methane selectivity, according to Rice chemist Andrew Barron.

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Toyota launches NOx-scrubbing billboard campaign for Mirai

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Toyota will launch an eco-billboard campaign for the fuel cell Mirai, in coordination with Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, from 3 April through 28 May 28. Thirty-seven billboards in Los Angeles and San Francisco will create 24,960 square feet of pollution scrubbing surface and reverse the equivalent of 5,285 vehicles worth of nitrogen dioxide (NO x ) emissions per month. This “catalytic converter” of billboards uses a titanium-dioxide-coated vinyl to purify the surrounding air.

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TARDEC seeks partners for Next-Generation Combat Vehicle prototype

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Army TARDEC is looking for new, innovative engineering organizations from industry, academia and defense communities to partner in the development its Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) prototype. TARDEC will reveal details of this new program at a briefing in Warren, Mich., on Wednesday, 29 March. The NGCV prototyping effort is a multimillion-dollar, and multi-year project focused on the design and integration of component technologies into a prototype combat vehicle platform.

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ABS issues Approval in Principle for LNG-fueled design concept for bulker

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ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for the Seatransporter-DF , a dual-fuel design concept developed by Algoship Designers Ltd. of Nassau, Bahamas. The design has the capability to accommodate multiple engine types as well as Type-C or membrane containment systems for LNG fuel.

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Survey shows car2go car-sharing usage increasing

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A growing number of people are opting to use flexible carsharing across car2go’s European locations in favor of a blend of carsharing, bike-share, and public transport, according to a regular customer survey carried out by car2go. The most significant developments over the course of 2016 at a glance: The percentage of people who say they use carsharing one or more times per week increased from 16 to 19 percent.

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J.D. Power: Tesla Model 3 buyers may not be as tolerant of quality issues as Model S, X owners

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Problems associated with Tesla Model S and Model X have little influence on the overt affection owners have for these cars and the brand, according to a new J.D. Power report titled “Tesla: Beyond the Hype.” However, the J.D. Power report suggests, consumers who opt for Tesla’s next model, the Model 3, are expected to be less forgiving of quality issues. Tesla owners see themselves as pioneers who enjoy being early adopters of new technology.

2017 150

An OPEC Deal Extension Isn’t As Simple As It Sounds

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by Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com. It’s been six months now that oil prices have been reacting to OPEC, first to the possibility of an agreement, and then to the production cut deal itself, forged by OPEC to rebalance the market. The deal—initially aired as “an agreement to agree on a deal” in September and signed at the end of November—will likely impact the market for at least the next six months.

2017 150

Mercane Wheels introduces Version 2.0 of 3-wheel electric kickscooter

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Mercane Wheels introduced version 2.0 of the Transboard, its electric “kickscooter” that combines speed, stability and safety to deliver users with a superior riding experience. An Indiegogo campaign , which has a funding goal of US$30,000, features limited Early Bird specials of $499.00 (60% off retail) and several other rewards for early backers.

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The interdependency of autonomous electric vehicles and wireless charging

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Conference presentations at the 4th International Electric Vehicle Expo this week in Jeju, South Korea, explored issues related to automated driving systems, electric vehicles and infrastructure. Specifically, two presentations from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and SAE International addressed the interdependence of standardization, autonomous electric vehicles and wireless charging. “

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Daimler JV Beijing Benz Automotive named Factory of the Year by Produktion magazine

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In a ceremony held in Munich on 21 March, Daimler’s largest global production facility, Beijing Benz Automotive Co., BBAC), received a “Factory of the Year” award from theGerman publication ‘Produktion’. BBAC was chosen for recognition in the “Excellent Large Series Assembly” category. As the primary local production base for Mercedes-Benz vehicles in China, BBAC plays a key role in Daimler’s overall global development strategy and production network.

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FIA grants homologation to nine manufacturers for 2018/19 Formula E season The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) released

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FIA grants homologation to nine manufacturers for 2018/19 Formula E season. The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) released the names of the nine manufacturers that have been granted homologation from the 2018/19 season of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship.

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NASA’s hybrid computer enables Raven’s autonomous docking capability

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A hybrid computing system developed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is the enabling technology behind an ambitious experiment testing a relative navigation and autonomous docking capability known as Raven. Developed by the Satellite Servicing Projects Division ( SSPD ) the carry-on luggage-sized module was launched 19 February aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, along with other experiments deployed outside the International Space Station on an experiment pallet.

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Volvo CE unveils the next generation of its autonomous electric load carrier concept

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Volvo Construction Equipment (CE) presented the HX2 autonomous, battery-electric, load carrier at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017. The second-generation concept machine is part of an electric site research project that aims to transform the quarry and aggregates industry, reducing carbon emissions by up to 95% and total cost of ownership by up to 25%. Volvo CE showcased the first-generation of the prototype HX machine—HX1—at the company’s Xploration Forum in September last year.

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Elektrobit adds four new software modules to EB robinos framework for developing automated driving systems

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Elektrobit (EB), a leading developer of embedded and connected technology solutions for the automotive industry, introduced four new modules for its EB robinos product line: EB robinos Grid Fusion, EB robinos Path Planning, EB robinos Positioning and EB robinos Safety Management. These modules enable automakers and automotive suppliers to add functionalities for Highly Automated Driving (HAD) applications including automated parking, highway driving and lane keeping.

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Hubject connects eleven energy suppliers to create the largest Austrian charging network for EVs

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A partnership project between the eleven leading Austrian energy suppliers and Berlin-based Hubject GmbH ( earlier post ), which is supported by the Austrian climate and energy fund, will create a comprehensively accessible network of charging stations for drivers of electric vehicles across Austria, starting in April 2017.

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Wilmington Trust selected as trustee for $2.7B Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust

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Wilmington Trust, N.A. has been appointed trustee for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. The $2.7-billion trust, established as part of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions settlement, will be used to implement approved air pollution mitigation initiatives in US states and federally-recognized Native American nations.

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