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Toyota moves to expand mass-production of fuel cell stacks and hydrogen tanks towards ten-fold increase post-2020

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Toyota projects that global sales of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) will increase significantly after 2020 to at least 30,000 per year from today’s 3,000. To prepare for this growth, the company unveiled plans for two major new facilities: a brand-new building near its original automobile factory for expanding fuel cell (FC) stack mass production, and a new line in an existing plant to manufacture high-pressure hydrogen tanks.

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Car dealers push buyers away from electric cars worldwide, not just U.S., studies find

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Car dealers may be the same all over the world, at least when it comes to electric cars. In 2014, Consumer Reports did a study that showed 50 out of 85 dealerships visited nationwide either outright discouraged its secret shoppers from buying electric cars or tried to talk them into buying a gas or diesel model instead. Few answered questions

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#evdriver to the test Ft. the Nissan Leaf 2.0

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Hello everyone, it’s Steve and Charlie back again with another ‘#evdriver to the test’ entry. If it is your first time reading, we co-write our entries and so Steve is in normal text and I’m in italics. We’d also like to introduce our new hashtag: #beanevdriver.

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The Electric Vehicle Forum meets at the TT Grandstand.

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The Electric Vehicle Forum meets at the TT Grandstand. Put the date in your diary - Monday 18th June at 7 p.m. Park your EV in the Pit Lane and come along and meet everyone in the Grandstand Press room. It’s been a while since we had an EV Forum meet-up and since then a lot has changed.

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offered with new 4-cylinder turbo with Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation

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The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck will be offered with an all-new, technologically advanced 2.7L Turbo. Standard on LT and RST trims, the new engine delivers an SAE-certified 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft (472 N·m) of torque—22% more torque than the 4.3L V-6 it replaces. Developed specifically for truck applications, the new 2.7L Turbo inline four-cylinder engine delivers peak torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm.

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Electric Jaguar E-Type whisks royal couple from Windsor Castle

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. All were rolled into one gorgeous bauble leaving Saturday's royal wedding. The light-blue metallic Jaguar E-Type convertible waiting to whisk Prince Harry and his new princess, Meghan Markle, from their public reception at Windsor Castle to a private celebration hosted by Prince

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MIT’s Superefficient Dispatching Algorithm Minimizes a City's Taxi Fleet

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An app-based algorithm could cut Manhattan's cab population by nearly a third. transportation transportation/mass-transit

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BNEF: E-buses to surge even faster than EVs; supply of cobalt potential risk to the pace of growth

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The electrification of road transport will move into top gear in the second half of the 2020s, due to tumbling battery costs and larger-scale manufacturing, with sales of electric cars surging to 28%, and those of electric buses to 84%, of their respective global markets by 2030. The latest long-term forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows sales of electric vehicles (EVs) increasing from a record 1.1

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DOE awarding up to $3.5M to 3 projects for nuclear-compatible high-temperature electrolysis for H2 production

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding up to $3.5 million to three hydrogen production research and development (R&D) projects that are compatible with nuclear energy sources. DOE is focused on developing technologies that can produce hydrogen at a target of less than $4/kg (delivered and dispensed).

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CalZEV Coalition supports Innovative Clean Transit measure under consideration at California ARB; 100% zero-emission buses

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Californians for Zero Emission Vehicles (CalZEV), a coalition of public health, environmental and electric vehicle industry organizations, announced its strong support for the Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) measure currently before the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Under the proposal ( earlier post ), California transit agencies would be required to purchase 100% zero-emission buses by 2040 as they gradually phase out their dependence on buses that pollute the atmosphere.

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Kia unveils upgraded Sportage with diesel 48V mild-hybrid powertrain

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In Germany, Kia Motors revealed the upgraded Kia Sportage, introducing a range of enhancements to the brand’s European and global best-seller. The Sportage’s advanced new EcoDynamic+ 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain ( earlier post ) is the first to be launched as part of the brand’s global powertrain electrification strategy. Kia is the first manufacturer to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and 48-volt mild-hybrid technology across its full model line-up.

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Hyundai Mobis to develop full range of autonomous driving sensors by 2020; new efforts in radar

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Supplier Hyundai Mobis plans to develop a full range of sensors to support autonomous by 2020 with the goal of leading the global market. The company made the announcement at its new proving ground, which opened last June in Seosan, South Korea, as a test bed for new technologies. The company will increase its R&D investment cost from the current level of 7% of its parts sales to 10% by 2021.

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Chevrolet introduces Dynamic Fuel Management cylinder deactivation on 2019 Silverado; Tula Dynamic Skip Fire

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The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will offer updated versions of the proven 5.3L and 6.2L V-8s with Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM), based on Tula’s Dynamic Skip Fire (DSF) technology. Earlier post.) This industry-first cylinder deactivation technology enables the engines to operate in 17 different cylinder patterns to optimize power delivery and efficiency. Tula’s DSF technology modulates power output by dynamically deciding to fire or skip each cylinder immediately prior to firing.

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DOE SBIR/STTR FY18 BES Phase 1 Release 1 awards include 15 for hydrogen and fuel cells

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the 2018 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 1 awards , including 15 projects focused on high density hydrogen storage, innovative ionomers (ion-containing polymers) in the catalyst layer, gas diffusion layers, and membranes for electrochemical production of hydrogen. These projects are awarded through the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES).

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Volkswagen, Siemens partner in project with long-haul electric HD trucks using overhead power lines on public roads

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The German Federal Ministry for the Environment gave the green light for a subsidized pilot project to conduct research and development on the electrification of long-haul trucks. The electricity supply for the heavy goods vehicles is provided by means of a pantograph from an overhead power line—the eHighway concept ( earlier post ).

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SSB Flex mobility service launches in Stuttgart on 1 June

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Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB), the principal public transport operating company in Stuttgart, will launch the SSB Flex mobility service on 1 June 2018. Earlier post.) SSB Flex will pool similar journey requests in three areas to provide additional, more flexible journey options in certain high-traffic areas or at specific times in order to supplement the existing transportation services offered.

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Bolivia chooses ACI Systems as strategic partner to industrialize lithium deposits

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Salar de Uyuni in the Andes in southwestern Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat (10,582 km 2 / 4,086 mi 2 ) and holds the. world’s largest known deposit of lithium. The Bolivian state is creating a. value chain to use the deposits of this raw material for industrial. purposes. The state-owned company Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) has now selected the German. company ACI-Systems as a strategic partner for this project.

MIT team develops new lane-change algorithm for autonomous cars

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Most existing lane-change algorithms for autonomous cars have one of two drawbacks: Either they rely on detailed statistical models of the driving environment, which are difficult to assemble and too complex to analyze on the fly; or they’re so simple that they can lead to impractically conservative decisions, such as never changing lanes at all.

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UK government launches new clean air strategy; ending sales of conventional diesel and gasoline LDVs by 2040

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UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove published a new Clean Air Strategy to cut air pollution backed up through new primary legislation. The UK said it will go further and faster than the EU in reducing human exposure to particulate matter pollution. These proposals are in addition to the government’s £3.5-billion (US$4.7-billion) plan to reduce air pollution from road transport and diesel vehicles, set out in July last year.

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Study associates ozone exposure at birth to increased risk of developing asthma

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A long-term study of the health of Canadian children has found that exposure to ozone (O 3 ) at birth was associated with an 82% increased risk of developing asthma by age three. The study, which was a 10-year follow-up to the 2006 Toronto Child Health Evaluation Questionnaire (T-CHEQ), was presented at the 2018 American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Diego.

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Novelis to invest $180M to double automotive aluminum body sheet capacity at Changzhou

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Novelis, the leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, plans to invest approximately $180 million to double its automotive aluminum body sheet capacity at its Changzhou facility in China. The company will begin expanding its existing facility in 2018 and be fully operational by 2020, helping key traditional automakers and electric vehicle start-ups launch new products.

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Civil Maps joins Renovo AWare Ecosystem to provide interoperability for HD mapping and localization

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Civil Maps, creator of the world’s first edge-based HD mapping and localization platform for self-driving cars ( earlier post ), has teamed up with Renovo, the software technology company behind AWare ( earlier post ), to provide highly automated vehicle makers and technology providers with seamless access to Civil Maps’ vehicular cognition stack.

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Siemens, Northvolt partner in next generation lithium-ion battery cell production; Siemens invests €10M

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Siemens and Northvolt, a company working to build a European Li-ion gigafactory with 32 GWh of battery capacity ( earlier post ), are partnering for the development of best-in-class technology to produce high-quality lithium-ion batteries. The partnership, which will be supported by Siemens through an investment of €10 million (US$11.7 million); after production start in 2020, Northvolt will become a preferred supplier for lithium-ion batteries for Siemens.

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Voith Turbo introduces electric drive system for buses

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Voith Turbo as introduced a complete electric drive system for buses. The drive system was originally conceptualized as a prototype for a Solaris Urbino Bus, but it can be integrated into vehicles from other manufacturers without restrictions. The achievable range primarily depends on the battery, which we acquire from an internationally renowned supplier. We are currently using a lithium-iron-phosphate battery.

2018 163

Foton Motor and motorcycle leader Piaggio Group partner on development of light commercial vehicles; EVs to come

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Foton Motor and Piaggio Group signed the agreement for a joint development project for new light-duty commercial vehicle products in Italy. Since 2016, Foton Motor and Piaggio Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a Framework Agreement in succession. The final signing of this agreement symbolizes that the two parties have sufficiently completed the project feasibility analysis and officially entered the implementation stage of new product development.

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Efficient Drivetrains receives 30-unit PHEV bus order for City of Kunming, China

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Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. EDI) has received a production order for PHEV bus drivetrain systems from the city of Kunming, China. The 30-unit order brings EDI’s total China fleet size to 168 vehicles, all of which are deployed on leading OEMs across urban and rural routes in China. China’s continued push towards nationwide vehicle electrification is set to grow steadily through the rest of the year.

2018 163

Alan Turing Institute and Toyota Mobility Foundation collaborate to modernize city planning and traffic management

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The Alan Turing Institute —the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence—and the Toyota Mobility Foundation are collaborating on a project to transform the way cities are planned and managed.

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Ohio State takes first place in DOE/GM EcoCAR 3 competition

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The Ohio State University has taken first place in the final year of EcoCAR 3, an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors Co. NYSE:GM). This is OSU’s fourth consecutive win. The team earned 895 out of 1000 overall points. Ohio State EcoCAR built a series-parallel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powered by E85.

2018 163

BP invests in ultra-fast charging battery company StoreDot

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BP Ventures has invested $20 million in Israel-based ultra-fast charging battery developer StoreDot. Earlier post.) StoreDot has developed a lithium ion-based battery technology which enables ultra-fast charging for the mobile and industrial markets. Using this technology, StoreDot is also developing a new type of electric-car battery that will aim to achieve a charging experience that is comparable to the time spent to refuel a traditional car.

2018 163

Lightning Systems expands all-electric model lineup for Ford Transit with 150-mile-range version

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Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero-emissions solutions for commercial fleets, announced the LightningElectric Ford Transit product line ( earlier post ) will expand to include a 150-mile range version, adding to the 50-mile and 100-mile versions. The LightningElectric is a battery-electric drivetrain package for the heavy-duty Ford Transit, a product used extensively by commercial and government fleets.

2018 163

New method for the precise analysis of the composition of secondary organic aerosols in PM

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Researchers in Poland have developed a new precise method for the chemical analysis of secondary organic aerosol (SOA)—an important yet not fully characterized constituent of atmospheric particulate matter. The method, easily adaptable in many modern laboratories, not only determines the chemical composition of compounds, but also recognizes changes in the spatial distribution of atoms in molecules.

2018 163

Hotstick USA exclusively licenses ORNL direct-current detector for emergency responder safety

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North Carolina-based Hotstick USA has exclusively licensed a direct-current detector technology developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help emergency responders safely detect high voltages. In emergency situations, first response teams often rely on voltage detectors such as Hotstick USA’s flagship product, the AC Hotstick, to sense the presence of dangerously high alternating current, or AC, electric voltages from a safe distance.

2018 163

Groupe PSA and Centrale Nantes launch €4M R&D program on digital simulation techniques for powertrain design

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Groupe PSA and Ecole Centrale de Nantes have launched of an R&D partnership to optimize powertrain design processes for the group’s future vehicles. The aim of the partnership is to accelerate the use of digital simulation techniques in the design, development and testing of powertrains and increase model predictability. In the future, it could be possible to develop a new engine without laboratory tests or prototypes, using only virtual testing. Digital simulation offers numerous benefits.

2018 163

Nissan begins deliveries of new extended-range electric e-NV200 van to global markets

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Nissan’s upgraded e-NV200 is now being shipped to customers. Built for global markets in Nissan Barcelona plant, the upgraded model features a new 40 kWh battery, combining the features of the award-winning Nissan NV200 van with the best-selling Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s Barcelona plant is responsible not only for the manufacturing of the vehicle, but also the assembly of the new 40kWh battery packs, in a specialist facility.

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Wärtsilä LNGPac passes 100th order milestone

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The technology group Wärtsilä’s has booked the 100 th order for its LNGPac Fuel Gas Supply Systems. Two new shuttle tankers being built for Singapore based AET Tankers will feature Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines running primarily on LNG fuel, and fitted with LNGPac units. This contract brought the total number of orders received for this innovative system to 100.

2018 150

Exoès and Saft partner to improve Li-ion battery thermal management

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Organic Rankine Cycle specialist Exoès and Saft Incubator have signed a cooperation agreement to do common tests to improve next generation battery thermal management. The temperature of a Li-ion battery has a major influence on its performance and its lifespan. Harsh climatic environments and severe solicitations can rapidly degrade cells if their temperature is not correctly managed.

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Punch Powertrain and XPT to form joint venture for production of EV powertrains in China

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Punch Powertrain and XPT have signed a joint venture agreement that will establish a new manufacturing plant in Nanjing and will yearly supply hundreds of thousands of electric powertrains for pure EV applications to customers of both partners. The partners will invest €10 million in a new production facility in Nanjing, where powertrains of both partners will be industrialized. Design and development of current and future products will remain within the parent companies.

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