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Ford hits CO2 manufacturing emissions reduction target of 30% per vehicle 8 years early

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Ford Motor Company has met its goal to reduce manufacturing CO 2 emissions eight years ahead of schedule. The goal, set in 2010, aimed to reduce the company’s global carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing operations by 30% per vehicle produced by 2025. As described in its 19 th annual Sustainability Report , Ford hit the target twice as fast as expected. The results are significant, with a global manufacturing CO 2 emissions reduction of more than 3.4

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Volvo's electrification push expanding to every corner of the market

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When it launches its 2019 Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Engineered next year, the Swedish automaker will nearly complete a startling turn toward electrification in less than a decade that began with a small-volume wagon in 2011 and will soon incorporate a full battery electric vehicle and every model in showrooms. Later in 2019, for buyers in the U.S. Plug-In Hybrids EVs

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Magna aims to sell EVs in China through JV with BAIC

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Magna International is jumping on the China EV band wagon. Well, that’s not entirely correct. It was already a major player in the EV component space. Now, Magna will form two joint ventures with Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp aka BAIC.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp Raises Over $86 Million for Research

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While many of us enjoy the convenience and ease of technology that gives us online bill pay, email communication, and other advantages that the United States Postal Service just can’t provide us with, there is something that the USPS and stamps are doing that your automatic debits and Gmail accounts definitely aren’t: raising funds for breast cancer research. Short History of the Breast Cancer Stamps in the US.

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S Korea to invest $2.3B in hydrogen fuel cell vehicle industrial ecosystem over next 5 years

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The South Korean government and businesses will invest some 2.6 trillion won (US $2.33 billion) over the next five years in a public-private partnership to speed up the development of the country’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle ecosystem, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). The target is to be able to install 310 hydrogen stations by 2022 to supply 16,000 fuel cell vehicles.

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JLR to pump money into electric cars instead of diesel

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Jaguar-Land Rover said in a presentation to investors Monday that weak demand for diesel-fueled cars has prompted it to increase its investment in electric cars by 25 percent—to $18 billion—by 2025. Where the company previously said it would offer an electrified version of each new model it introduced after 2020, it now says that it

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Southern California Edison proposes $760M Charge Ready 2 program to expand electric vehicle infrastructure

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Two years ago, Southern California Edison launched Charge Ready, a pilot program to increase the availability of charging for passenger electric vehicles. After having recently installed Charge Ready’s 1,000 th EV charging station, SCE has filed a plan with the California Public Utilities Commission to expand the program to support the installation of 48,000 more charging ports. The proposed $760-million program would continue over four years.

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Army researchers develop novel nanogalvanic alloys for on-demand hydrogen generation; plans to license

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Army researchers have developed a novel, structurally-stable, aluminum-based nanogalvanic alloy powder that, when combined with water or any water-based liquid, reacts to produce on-demand hydrogen for power generation at room temperature without chemicals, catalysts or externally supplied power.

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Kroger and Nuro partner to pilot autonomous delivery

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The Kroger Co. and startup Nuro are parterning to pilot an on-road, fully autonomous delivery experience. Through this partnership, customers will be able to place same-day delivery orders through Kroger’s ClickList ordering system and Nuro’s app. During the test, orders will be delivered by Nuro’s fleet of autonomous vehicles. This is the first application and deployment of Nuro’s hardware and software. The pilot market will be announced soon and is expected to begin this fall.

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Nel ASA awarded multi-billion NOK contract for 448 electrolyzers (1 GW) by Nikola Motor

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Nel ASA has been awarded a contract for delivery of 448 electrolyzers and associated fueling equipment to Nikola Motor Company (Nikola) as part of Nikola’s development of a hydrogen station infrastructure in the US for truck and passenger vehicles. Under the multi-billion NOK (1 NOK = US$0.12) contract, to be deployed from 2020, Nel will deliver up to 1 GW of electrolysis plus fueling equipment.

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New hybrid Li-ion/oxygen battery offers high energy and high power

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A team at Sichuan University in China is proposing a novel lithium-ion/oxygen hybrid battery system that exploits the advantages and minimizes the disadvantages of both lithium-ion batteries (LIB) and lithium-oxygen batteries (LOB). As described in a paper in the RSC journal Chemical Communications , the LOB-element supports high energy capacity (for extended vehicle range) and high power output, while the LIB component compensates for the shortcomings in cycle life of the LOB element.

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Volkswagen?s electric racer sets new overall Pikes Peak record

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Volkswagen’s electric I.D. R Pikes Peak and driver Romain Dumas set a new overall record for the hill climb of 7m 57.148s, bettering Sébastien Loeb’s record by 16 seconds. Driving the 500-kW (680 PS) I.D. R Pikes Peak, Romain Dumas defeated a field including cars with conventional drivetrain technology.

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GlobalData: best performing wells in Permian break-even at as low as US$22 per barrel

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During the last three years, companies operating in the Permian basin have drilled much longer laterals and used substantially more complex well completion design in their newer wells with the aim of reaching higher initial production (IP) rates. Well lateral lengths in the Permian have increased in average by more than 1,500 feet (ft) since 2016 to approximately 7,500 ft by the end of 2017, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

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Buick launches new $12.9k Excelle in China with new engine and start/stop; 30% improved fuel economy over predecessor

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Buick has introduced the new-generation Excelle to its China lineup. It features the brand’s latest styling, a new more efficient powertrain, and a broad range of advanced safety and connectivity technologies. The Buick Excelle has been among the most popular family sedans in China, with nearly 2.7 million sold since the nameplate was introduced in late 2003. The all-new Excelle is equipped with a new 1.3L

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CARB awards $20M in Cap-and-Trade funding to zero-emission transportation technology demos, H2 ferry, BEV locomotive

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded $20 million in grants to accelerate California’s transition to zero-emission off-road equipment in the freight, agriculture and waterborne mass transit sectors.

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U of T, Uber researchers make advances with new autonomous driving algorithm

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A self-driving vehicle has to detect objects, track them over time, and predict where they will be in the future in order to plan a safe maneuver. These tasks are typically trained independently from one another, which could result in disasters should any one task fail.

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Study: countries seeking to cut CO2 emissions must get a handle on city-level emissions

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Countries seeking to meet Paris Agreement targets on CO 2 emissions must get a grip on the amount of pollution produced at city level, according to a new open-access study published in S cience Advances by an international team of researchers from Europe and China. The researchers set out a framework for gathering and analyzing local information about how cities contribute to pollution levels, and show how these insights could be used to target climate mitigation initiatives most effectively.

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EV startup Byton commissions D?rr for paint shop; EcoInCure technology

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The Chinese start-up Byton, which is developing fully networked and highly automated electric vehicles ( earlier post ) has commissioned Dürr to construct a complete paint shop. Distinguishing features are a 20% reduction in the facility’s physical footprint and the use of pioneering technologies such as the EcoInCure oven—which is highly suited for electric vehicles.

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Hyundai Motor Group and Wärtsilä partner on second-life electric vehicle batteries

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Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) has selected Wärtsilä for a technology and commercial partnership designed to utilize second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries for the growing energy storage market. The global partnership will combine HMG’s expansion in electric vehicles with Wärtsilä’s growing energy business, which includes 67 GW of installed power plants and advanced energy storage technologies and software created through the acquisition of Greensmith Energy.

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Faraday Future confirms $2B in first round funding; Evergrande Health strategic investor

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Luxury, performance electric vehicle startup Faraday Future (FF) has confirmed the US$2 billion of first round equity funding following Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approval. This marks a major milestone for FF to achieve its vision of delivering a clean, intelligent, connected and shared global mobility ecosystem. Yueting (YT) Jia, founder of FF, will also officially be taking the role of FF Global CEO.

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BMW Group plants stepping up activities in balancing-power market to contribute to grid stability

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The energy control stations at BMW Group Plants Dingolfing and Landshut are stepping up their activities in the balancing-power market in Germany. Together with other highly-flexible controllable systems in the BMW Group production network, they will contribute to the stability of the public grid outside of the plant. Electricity generation from variable renewable electricity sources (VRE) such as wind and solar power has grown rapidly and is expected to continue to do so.

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Volvo Trucks and FedEx successfully demonstrate truck platooning with CACC on N.C. 540 (Triangle Expressway)

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Volvo Trucks North America announced today the successful on-highway demonstration of its truck platooning technology. The company has been working closely with FedEx and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) to expand on-highway operations of Volvo’s Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) ( earlier post ) in the United States on N.C. 540, the Triangle Expressway.

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Exide and Leclanché launch Li-ion battery JV in India

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Exide Industries Ltd, India’s largest manufacturer of lead acid storage batteries and power storage solutions provider, and Switzerland-based Li-ion battery manufacturer Leclanché SA announced a joint venture to build lithium-ion batteries and provide energy storage systems for India’s electric vehicle market and grid-based applications.

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XALT Energy’s XPAND Li-ion battery system achieves 2018 DNV GL type approval for marine vessels; rack system

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US-based Li-ion battery manufacturer XALT Energy’s XPAND Battery system has been certified as acceptable for installation on all marine vessels classified by DNV GL. The XPAND Battery System has been demonstrated to comply with DNV GL rules for Classification of Ships, Offshore Units, and High Speed and Light Craft, and was therefore granted Type Approval Certificate TAE00002YC. The certification includes XALT Energy’s XMP71P-based systems, including XALT’s Battery Management System (BMS).

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ABB & Ballard Power Systems partner to develop MW-scale fuel cell power plant for shipping industry

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ABB and Ballard Power Systems have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on developing the next-generation fuel cell power system for sustainable marine e-mobility. ABB and Ballard Power Systems will leverage the existing kilowatt-scale fuel cell technologies and optimize them to create a pioneering megawatt-scale solution suitable for powering larger ships.

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Researchers discover new enzyme paradigm for critical reaction in converting lignin to useful products

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Cytochrome P450s are some of the most versatile enzymes on the planet. These proteins are found in the human body and are involved in many metabolic pathways, including metabolizing potentially toxic compounds. Cytochrome P450s have been studied for decades and have been classed into Families A through M. Now, an international research team has discovered and characterized a new family of cytochrome P450 enzymes critical to improving the conversion of lignin.

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Toyota to make “Connected Vehicles” its new standard in Japan; redesigned Crown and Corolla Sport as 1st-generation Connected Cars

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The future of just-in-time vehicle services and support has arrived in Japan in the form of two well-known Toyota vehicles—the Crown, the volume nameplate’s flagship passenger vehicle—and the Corolla Sport—the all-new hatchback version of the Corolla—launched just this year. Crown and Corolla Sport, as the first generation of “Connected Cars,” come standard with an on-board Data Communication Module (DCM) that links to a Controller Area Network (CAN).

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Global Bioenergies successfully moves its C3 process to demo scale; isopropanol and acetone from renewable resources

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Global Bioenergies has reached a new milestone in scaling up its C3 process converting renewable resources into isopropanol and acetone. Earlier post.) These two biobased compounds target large markets in the cosmetics and solvent segments. They can also be converted into polypropylene, a key component in the plastics industry, with market value exceeding 70 billion dollars. A first pilot run was successfully conducted in December 2017.

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Corning hits 1-million-unit milestone with gasoline particulate filter production

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Corning Incorporated’s Environmental Technologies business reached a significant production milestone at its Kaiserslautern, Germany manufacturing facility with the production of its 1 millionth Corning DuraTrap GC gasoline particulate filter (GPF) for automotive emissions control.

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DARPA GXV-T demos showcase radical vehicle technologies

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DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies ( GXV-T ) program ( earlier post ) aims to improve mobility, survivability, safety, and effectiveness of future combat vehicles without piling on armor. Several Phase 2 contract awardees recently demonstrated advances on a variety of potentially groundbreaking technologies to meet the program’s goals. We’re looking at how to enhance survivability by buttoning up the cockpit and augmenting the crew through driver-assistance aids.

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New hybrid Li-ion/oxygen battery offers high energy and high power

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A team at Sichuan University in China is proposing a novel lithium-ion/oxygen hybrid battery system that exploits the advantages and minimizes the disadvantages of both lithium-ion batteries (LIB) and lithium-oxygen batteries (LOB). As described in a paper in the RSC journal Chemical Communications , the LOB-element supports high energy capacity (for extended vehicle range) and high power output, while the LIB component compensates for the shortcomings in cycle life of the LOB element.

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BP to acquire the UK’s largest electric vehicle charging company

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BP has entered into an agreement to purchase Chargemaster, the UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging company. Chargemaster operates the UK’s largest public network of EV charging points, with more than 6,500 across the country. It also designs, builds, sells and maintains EV charging units for a wide range of locations, including for home charging. The number of EVs on the road is anticipated to increase rapidly in coming decades.

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Toyota Research Institute joins study of workforce impact from automated vehicles with $75K contribution

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The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is contributing $75,000 to the American Center for Mobility (ACM) analysis of automated vehicles’ impact on driving-related jobs. ACM’s study, titled “Preparing the Workforce for Automated Vehicles,” is being conducted by Michigan State University in collaboration with Texas A&M Transportation Institute. TRI joins other companies in supporting this research.

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Renault Trucks unveils second generation of electric trucks: a complete Z.E. range from 3.5 to 26t

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After ten years of experimentation under actual operating conditions with its customer-partners, Renault Trucks unveiled its second generation of all-electric vehicles: the Renault Master Z.E.; Renault Trucks D Z.E.; and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E.—a —a complete range from 3.5 to 26 tonnes suited for use in the city. The Renault Trucks D and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. will be manufactured in the Renault Trucks plant at Blainville-sur-Orne and will arrive on the market in 2019.

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EPA proposes biofuel requirements for 2019

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a proposed rule under the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program that would set the minimum amount of renewable fuels that must be supplied to the market in calendar year 2019, as well as the biomass based diesel volume standard for calendar year 2020.

2018 163

Workers’ earnings and how they commute to work

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by Michael Sivak. The American Community Survey (ACS), an ongoing survey by the US Census Bureau, includes estimates of how workers commute. This analysis examines the relation between earnings and commuting patterns. The 2016 data are shown in the table below. The entries are percentages. Driving alone is most likely (at 81.4%) for those earning between $50,0000 and $64,999, and this percentage decreases as earnings decrease or increase.

2018 163

Volkswagen Group of America and partners form Networking for Autonomous Vehicles (NAV) Alliance; multi-gig Ethernet

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Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA), Aquantia, Bosch, Continental and NVIDIA have formed the Networking for Autonomous Vehicles (NAV) Alliance to drive the ecosystem development required for the next generation of Multi-Gig Ethernet networking in vehicles. The development of autonomous driving is creating a need for a new breed of in-vehicle networking solutions that can transmit data between the increasing number of high-resolution sensors, cameras and processing engines at very high speeds.

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