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Opinion: Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?

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by James Stafford of Oilprice.com. We’ve gone electric, and there’s no going back at this point. Lithium is our new fuel, but like fossil fuels, the reserves we’re currently tapping into are finite—and that’s what investors can take to the bank. You may think lithium got too popular too fast. You may suspect electric vehicles are too much buzz and not enough real future. You may, in short, be a lithium skeptic, one of many.

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Reactions to Tesla 100D versions less than ecstatic: here's why

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Generally, when Tesla Motors makes an announcement about a new product or a future plan, its fans and advocates cheer lustily. The rest of the industry grunts, takes quiet notice, and carries on. Yesterday's announcement that Tesla's two current models will be offered in new, longer-range 100D versions, met with more mixed responses. DON'T MISS. Performance Tesla Motors plug-in cars

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New Tesla Model S claims title of quickest production car in the world

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History books have been rewritten once again as Tesla can lay claim to the new Model S P100D being not only the quickest production car in the world, Tesla Model S Electric vehicles

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Opel introducing Ampera-e at Paris Show; European cousin of Chevy Bolt

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Opel will introduce the Ampera-e at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in September. Ampera-e is the European cousin to the Chevy Bolt ( earlier post ), as the Ampera was to the Chevy Volt. In the run-up to the world premiere, Opel is touting the performance of the battery-electric vehicle. With maximum torque of 360 N·m from the 150 kW electric motor, the compact car accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h (31 mph) in 3.2 seconds; acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) for overtaking in 4.5

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Albemarle signs definitive agreement to acquire lithium salts production assets in Asia

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Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate conversion assets and supporting business functions currently operated by Jiangxi Jiangli New Materials Science and Technology Co. The transaction includes manufacturing assets located in both Jiangxi and Sichuan, China focused on the production of battery-grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide.

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Study suggests focusing on cold starts in gasoline cars as target for emissions reduction

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A new study suggests that focusing on a gasoline-fueled vehicle’s cold start is the best target for future design changes to reduce emissions of criteria pollutants. The researchers are presenting their work today at the 252 nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia.

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Solid-state LiDAR company Quanergy raises $90M in Series B; valuation passes $1B

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Quanergy Systems, Inc., a leading provider of solid-state LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions ( earlier post ), raised $90 million in Series B funding at a valuation well over $1 billion. Sensata Technologies, Delphi Automotive, Samsung Ventures, Motus Ventures and GP Capital participated in the round. This investment brings the company’s total funds raised to approximately $150 million.

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Swiss team develops effective and low-cost solar water-splitting device; 14.2% solar-to-hydrogen efficiency

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Using commercially available solar cells and none of the usual rare metals, researchers at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have designed an intrinsically stable and scalable solar water splitting device that is fully based on earth-abundant materials, with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 14.2%.

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Protonex fuel cell propulsion systems for civilian unmanned vehicles now EAR99-compliant for export

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Ballard Power Systems announced that the company’s subsidiary, Protonex, received notification from the US Department of Commerce that its family of fuel cell propulsion systems are now designated as EAR99 (Export Administration Regulations 99) compliant, creating a path for commercial export and deployment in a variety of civilian unmanned vehicle applications.

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Zhejiang University team investigates emissions from methanol-gasoline blends

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Globally, the use of methanol as an alternative fuel has attracted interest because of its low production cost, renewable capacity, and good combustion-related properties (higher thermal efficiency, higher engine power, and lower regulated emissions). In China in particular, there are abundant coal resources, and the technology of using coal to obtain methanol has been perfected with low cost; methanol fuel from coal has become one of the most popular alternative fuels for vehicles.

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HARMAN cybersecurity framework for connected vehicles

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HARMAN has developed a layered 5+1 automotive cybersecurity framework which consists of a series of layers that protects the car’s head unit from being compromised and used as a portal into the in-vehicle network. At the deepest level, a secure hardware platform provides a safe place to store cryptographic keys and execute highly-sensitive operations in a secured manner. Safety-critical functions are isolated from the infotainment system using what’s known as a hypervisor.

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USDOT proposes speed limiters for large commercial vehicles; potential savings up to ~$1B in fuel each year depending on limit

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The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are proposing equipping heavy-duty vehicles with devices that limit their speeds on US roadways, and requiring those devices be set to a maximum speed, a safety measure that could save lives and more than $1 billion in fuel costs each year.

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Silicon-iron composite material for high capacity Li-ion anodes

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Researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and Georgia Tech have jointly developed unique Si-iron (Fe) based nanomaterials connected by Ge nanostructures for use as a high-capacity anode material for Li-ion batteries. As described in a paper in the journal Nano Energy, the Si-Fe based new nanostructures showa maximum capacity of about 689 mAh/g—about twice as high as conventional materials—and a long, stable cycle life.

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Report: Hyundai to introduce new fuel-cell vehicle in 2018 at half the price of Tucson Fuel Cell

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The Korea Herald reported that Hyundai Motor plans to unveil a new fuel-cell electric vehicle with a price tag of 60 million won (~US$53,900)—around half the price of the current Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. With Korean government subsidies of 27.5 million won (~US$24,700), the purchase price for customers could be lowered to about 33.5 million won (~US$30,100). At the same time, the driving range will increase from the current 415 kilometers (258 miles) to 600 kilometers (373 miles).

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Porsche launches Digital Lab in Berlin

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Porsche has opened the Porsche Digital Lab in Berlin, which will be used to identify and test innovative information technology solutions. The Lab provides a platform for collaboration with technology companies, start-ups and the scientific community. Porsche is partnering with its subsidiary, the Ludwigsburg-based company MHP—one of the leading management and IT consultants in the automotive industry.

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NSC: US motor vehicle fatalities up 9% in 1H 2016; trending toward deadliest driving year since 2007

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Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC) indicate motor vehicle deaths were 9% higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18% higher than two years ago at the six month mark. An estimated 19,100 people have been killed on US roads since January, and 2.2 million were seriously injured. The total estimated cost of these deaths and injuries is $205 billion. The upward trend began in late 2014 and shows no signs of decreasing.

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DENSO enters into AI technical advisory conntract with CMU Professor Take Kanade

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In an effort to deepen and advance its knowledge in artificial intelligence, DENSO has entered into a technical advisory contract with one of the world’s foremost researchers in computer vision, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dr. Takeo Kanade. Through this contract, DENSO is looking to advance its artificial intelligence technology and expand its engineering expertise in the areas of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), autonomous drive, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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DOE to award up to $6.7M to projects to convert captured CO2 to useful products, including fuels

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award approximately $6.7 million in federal funding for cost-shared projects that will develop technologies that utilize CO 2 from coal-fired power plants to produce useful products.

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Report: Daido Steel to make neodymium magnets in US for motors in hybrids and EVs

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The Nikkei reports that Daido Steel will build a neodymium magnet factory in the US to meet growing demand from automakers there for motors used in hybrid and electric vehicles. Daido Steel recently worked with Honda to develop a neodymium magnet that does not use any heavy rare-earth materials ( earlier post ). Honda is using this magnet in a new motor for hybrid drive systems. Earlier post.). Daido reportedly will invest some tens of millions of dollars to get the plant up and running by 2019.

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Study finds in-cabin particulate pollution up to 40% higher in traffic jams or at red lights

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A new study by a team at the University of Surrey has found that particulate pollution levels inside cars are up to 40% higher when the vehicle is stuck in a traffic jam or stopped at a red traffic light compared to free-flowing traffic conditions.

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GM outlines short-term electrification roadmap for China

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In Shanghai, GM Executive Director for Electrification Larry Nitz outlined the company’s short-term electrification roadmap for China. Expansion of GM’s electrified vehicle portfolio in China will be led by the Chevrolet Malibu XL Hybrid ( earlier post ) and Buick LaCrosse Hybrid ( earlier post ) as well as the Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) ( earlier post ) that will be introduced in the market later this year.

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BNEF forecasts cumulative 26 GWh of second-life EV battery storage by 2025

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In a new report for clients, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) forecasts that there will be 29 GWh of used EV batteries coming out of cars in 2025. This far exceeds the size of the current stationary storage market. Of this, almost a third will get a second life as stationary storage (10GWh), bringing the cumulative total to 26 GWh. Senior BNEF analyst Claire Curry notes that today, a new stationary storage system can cost up to $1000/kWh.

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New FordPass service allows booking and pre-paying for parking

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FordPass ( earlier post ) now offers users the ability to find, book and pay for parking at garages in more than 160 cities in the United States—all before they even step into the driver’s seat; FordPass is free for Ford owners and non-owners alike. Paying for parking is easy and secure through FordPay, which allows users to safely store credit and debit cards for quick FordPass transactions.

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U-M study finds crop-based biofuels associated with net increase in GHGs; falsifying the assumption of inherent carbon neutrality

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A new study from University of Michigan researchers challenges the assumption that crop-based biofuels such as corn ethanol and biodiesel are inherently carbon-neutral—i.e., that only production-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions need to be tallied when comparing them to fossil fuels.

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Volkswagen, VW-branded franchise dealers in US reach agreement in principle to resolve diesel litigation

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Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. has reached an agreement in principle to resolve the claims of VW-branded franchise dealers in the United States relating to TDI vehicles affected by the diesel emissions cheating matter and other matters asserted concerning the value of the franchise. Volkswagen has agreed to make cash payments and provide additional benefits to the dealers to resolve alleged past, current and future claims of losses in franchise value.

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Researchers generate methane from CO2 in one light-driven step using engineered bacteria

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Using an engineered strain of the phototropic bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris as a biocatalyst, a team from the University of Washington, Utah State University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have reduced carbon dioxide to methane in one enzymatic step. The work demonstrates the feasibility of using microbes to generate hydrocarbons (i.e., CH 4 in this case) from CO 2 in one enzymatic step using light energy.

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New top-end diesel, gasoline engines for VW Tiguan in Europe

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In Europe, the new Volkswagen Tiguan can now be ordered with two new top engines: the new 2.0 TDI biturbo diesel with 176 KW / 240 PS; and the 2.0 TSI engine with output of 162 kW / 220 PS familiar from the Golf GTI. Both engines come with 4Motion all-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard. With the new biturbo, a four-cylinder turbodiesel direct-injection engine, Volkswagen offers the most powerful diesel in the segment. The way the Tiguan 2.0

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Technip signs agreement with BTG Bioliquids to design and build pyrolysis plants for biomass-to-oil production

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Technip has signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with BTG BioLiquids B.V. BTL) to provide EPC (engineering, procurement and construction services) for its modular pyrolysis plants. The plants will be based on BTL’s Fast Pyrolysis Oil (FPO) technology which converts biomass to oil through a rapid pyrolysis process. The fast pyrolysis technology mixes biomass particles and hot sand in a reactor which transforms the material into pyrolysis oil.

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OPEC’s Output Freeze: What Has Changed Since Doha?

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by Rakesh Upadhyay for Oilprice.com. It’s possible that OPEC is crying wolf with hints of an output freeze next month in Algiers; but it’s also possible that they are ramping up production to take the sting out of a freeze. This is a delicate balancing act that the Saudis need to play very carefully.

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China team develops pathway for producing renewable aviation-range hydrocarbons and aromatics from oleic acid without added H2

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Researchers from Zhejiang University; SINOPEC’s Fushun Research Institute of Petroleum and Petrochemicals; Nanjing Tech University; and Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry have developed an “atom-economic” approach to produce renewable drop-in aviation-range hydrocarbons and aromatics from oleic acid (C 18 H 34 O 2 , a fatty acid that occurs naturally in various animal and vegetable fats and oils) without an added hydrogen donor.

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nuTonomy launches first public trial of self-driving car service and ride-hailing app

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nuTonomy launched the first public trial of a robo-taxi service. The trial, which will continue on an on-going basis, is being held within Singapore’s one-north business district, where nuTonomy has been conducting daily autonomous vehicle (AV) testing since April. Earlier this month, nuTonomy was selected by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) as an R&D partner, to support the development of a commercial AV service in Singapore.

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Cypress introduces new single-chip automotive MCU solution; hybrid instrument clusters, head-up displays and traditional gauges

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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced a new addition to its Traveo automotive microcontroller (MCU) family with more memory for program code and graphics to support hybrid instrument cluster applications. The new, highly integrated devices in the S6J32xE series provide a single-chip solution that can drive graphics on head-up displays or traditional gauges, but also provides scalability with Cypress’s low-pin-count HyperBus memory interface.

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OSU smart membrane could enable new category of high-energy, high-power energy storage for EVs

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A team at the Ohio State University has developed a membrane that regulates bi-directional ion transport across it as a function of its redox state and that could be used as a programmable smart membrane separator in future supercapacitors and redox flow batteries.

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Stanley Engineered Fastening bringing next-gen self-pierce rivets to NA market; lightweight materials assembly

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Stanley Engineered Fastening (SEF), which offers a broad portfolio of fastening solutions, such as stud-welding systems (SWS) and plastic fasteners, is bringing its next-generation self-pierce rivets (SPRs) to the North American market for the first time. Demand for SPRs, which already are well-established in Europe, is on the rise in North America as automakers increasingly adopt materials such as aluminum.

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Orange EV approved for California incentives of up to $120,000 per Class 8 electric truck

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Orange EV announced that businesses and organizations with fleets in California can receive a preliminary voucher of $95,000, increasable up to $120,000, toward the purchase of a new T-Series battery-electric Class 8 terminal truck with extended duty battery pack.

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Enerkem plant becomes first ISCC-certified plant to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol

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Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada. This biorefinery therefore becomes the first ISCC-certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol.

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DOE issues FY17 SBIR Phase I Release 1 FOA; includes fuel cell catalysts and hydrogen delivery

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued the 2017 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), including two subtopics focused on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. DOE had released the original relevant topics in July. Earlier post.) The current document is revision 7, with modifications made in each of the subsequent versions.

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