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Average annual highway vehicle miles traveled per capita varies by state

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On a per-capita basis, the number of vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) on the nation’s roads varies from a low of 5,300 annual miles in the District of Columbia to 16,900 annual miles in Wyoming. These data are for 2017, the most recent year for which vehicle miles of travel are available.

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2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid has a price, will arrive before Toyota RAV4 Prime

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The 2020 model year brings more than the return of a hybrid version to a fully redesigned Ford Escape lineup. It’s also the first time ever that a plug-in hybrid version of the Escape has been offered.

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EPFL team develops on-board system to capture CO2 from trucks; reducing emissions by 90%

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Researchers at EPFL have patented a new concept that could cut trucks’ CO 2 emissions by almost 90%. The EPFL system captures CO 2 directly in the trucks’ exhaust system and liquefies it in a box on the vehicle’s roof.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport adds two BYD electric buses

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has aded two BYD battery-electric buses.

Sweden launches inquiry on how to ban sales of new gasoline and diesel cars and phase-out fossil fuels

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The Government of Sweden has launched a study to offer proposals on how to implement a ban on sales of new gasoline and diesel cars, and the timeline for the phase-out of fossil fuels. The final report is to be presented by 1 February 2021. Sven Hunhammar will chair the inquiry. Hunhammar holds a Master’s degree in engineering and a doctorate in natural resource management.

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Ørsted and partners secure funding for H2RES project; offshore wind power to produce renewable hydrogen for road transport

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Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy), Everfuel Europe A/S, NEL Hydrogen A/S, GreenHydrogen AS, DSV Panalpina A/S, Hydrogen Denmark and Energinet Elsystemansvar A/S have been awarded funding of DKK 34.6 million (US$5 million) for the H2RES project from EUDP’s second 2019 call for applications.

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Half a million electrified BMW Group vehicles on the roads

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The BMW Group has delivered half a million electrified cars to customers worldwide so far. The company aims to have one million electrified vehicles on the road within two years, said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.

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ICA study: Copper demand on grow path in automotive wire harness

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Copper use in automotive wire harness will continue to grow according to new research commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA). The research, conducted by Martec Group, found that the average weight of copper use per vehicle in automotive wire harnesses globally increased from 11.0

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ExxonMobil discovers more oil offshore Guyana at Mako-1 well on the Stabroek Block

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ExxonMobil announced an oil discovery offshore Guyana at the Mako-1 well southeast of the Liza field, marking the 15 th discovery on the Stabroek Block. Mako-1 encountered approximately 164 feet (50 meters) of a high-quality oil bearing sandstone reservoir.

ExxonMobil begins oil production in offshore Guyana; estimated ~6B barrels oil equivalent recoverable in Stabroek Block

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ExxonMobil has started oil production from the Liza field offshore Guyana ahead of schedule and less than five years after the first discovery of hydrocarbons, which is well ahead of the industry average for deepwater developments.

LeMond Carbon obtains independent verification of its carbon fiber rapid oxidation technology

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LeMond Carbon announced the results of an independent technical audit conducted by Bureau Veritas (BV) of its carbon fiber manufacturing process. The audit was conducted on a pilot line at Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus facility in Geelong, Australia.

BMW Group Landshut plant certified for sustainable use of aluminum

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The light metal foundry of the BMW Group plant in Landshut has been certified for its sustainable use of aluminum.

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Researchers clarify links between NOx and airborne sulfates to tackle hazy air pollution

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Dense, hazy fog episodes characterized by relatively high humidity, low visibility and extremely high PM 2.5 have been a headache to many megacities including those in Mainland China. Among pollutants that are less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5 ), airborne sulfate is one of the most common components of hazy air pollution formed atmospherically via the oxidation of sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ).

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Tractica forecasts Mobility as a Service to grow at 24% CAGR to become $563.3B market by 2025

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A new report from Tractica forecasts that the global market for Mobility as a service (MaaS) to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.0% to become a $563.3 billion market by 2025, largely driven by ride-hailing applications.

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Trillium opening two California CNG stations fed by renewable natural gas in 2020

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Trillium, one of the US’ leading providers of alternative fuels systems and renewable fuels, is adding two new public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations to its network of California locations. The alternative and renewable fuel provider designed and built CNG stations at two Love’s Travel Stops located in Lost Hills and Tehachapi, California. The stations will offer renewable natural gas (RNG) fueling capabilities to fleet customers.

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Kia Niro EV: Best Car To Buy 2020 nominee

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The electric-vehicle invasion hasn’t exactly happened the way it was supposed to some years ago—with mass-market models getting longer-range batteries or becoming even more affordable.

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Study suggests global impact of obesity may be extra ~700MT/y CO2eq: about 1.6% of worldwide GHG emissions

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A new analysis led by a team from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, estimates that on a global scale, obesity contributes to extra GHG emissions of ~49 megatons per year of CO 2 equivalent (CO 2eq ) from oxidative metabolism due to greater metabolic demands; ~361 megatons per year of CO 2 eq from food production processes due to increased food intake; and ~290 megatons per year of CO 2 eq from automobile and air transportation due to greater body weight.

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Rivian gets $1.3B funding boost, for electric truck deliveries by late 2020

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Electric-vehicle upstart Rivian announced Monday that it has closed a $1.3 billion investment round led by T. Rowe Price—including new investments from Amazon, Ford, and BlackRock.

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Mercedes-Benz introduces #MoveSafety initiative with two-day hackathon; new app based on Chinese app

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With a two-day hackathon, Mercedes-Benz started the brand’s #MoveSafety initiative which in a first step focusses on creating a contextual application helping users to get where they want to be, as safely as possible.

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Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy applies for LCFS certification for two gasesous hydrogen pathways

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Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy is seeking California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) certification of two pathways for gaseous hydrogen produced by steam methane reformation (SMR) produced onsite at the LAX hydrogen station, using average North American landfill gas and fossil natural gas (NA NG), respectively. The pathway for gaseous hydrogen from landfill gas from onsite SMR at the LAX station and dispensed in vehicles carries a calculated carbon intensity (CI) of 158.25 gCO 2 e/MJ.

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Audi E-Tron: Best Car To Buy 2020 nominee

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The 2019 Audi E-Tron fits in—as a well-styled, contemporary SUV, as a superb luxury vehicle, and as an Audi. And it just so happens to be an electric vehicle.

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CARB posts 6 LCFS pathway applications for liquefied hydrogen

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has recently posted six Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Tier 2 pathways applications for the production of liquefied hydrogen from renewable and fossil gas. Shell Energy North America seeks certification of a renewable hydrogen pathway produced by steam methane reformation at Air Products & Chemicals Sacramento facility using landfill gas-derived )renewable natural gas (RNG).

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Toyota launches new intellectual property licensing program

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Toyota has launched a new program to license its Intellectual Property to interested parties. Toyota IP Solutions is intended to help promote and serve as an access point for the licensing of patents to US and global companies. Initially, the patent portfolios available for licensing will be in four areas: Nano-Material Synthesis, Electronics Thermal Management, Bio-Active Material, and Omnidirectional Structural Color.

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Researchers suggest that air quality tests need simplifying to help reduce dangerous emissions

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New methods of testing and simulating air quality should be considered in order to help policy makers have a more accurate understanding of how emissions affect air pollution levels, new research suggests.

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Toshiba launches 100V N-channel power MOSFETs in Compact package for 48V automotive applications

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Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation launched two new 100V N-channel power MOSFETs for automotive 48V electrical system applications. The line-up includes the low On-resistance “XPH4R10ANB,” which has a drain current of 70A, and the “XPH6R30ANB,” with a 45A drain current. The new products are Toshiba’s first 100V N-channel power MOSFETs in the compact SOP Advance (WF) package for automotive applications.

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2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid price set, will arrive before Toyota RAV4 Prime

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The 2020 model year brings more than the return of a hybrid version to a fully redesigned Ford Escape lineup. It’s also the first time ever that a plug-in hybrid version of the Escape has been offered.

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EV maker Rivian closes $1.3B funding round led by T. Rowe Price

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Rivian has closed an investment round of $1.3 billion. The financing was led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Amazon, Ford Motor Company and funds managed by BlackRock also participated in the round. The investment announcement is Rivian’s fourth of 2019. In February, Rivian announced a $700-million funding round led by Amazon.

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CARB holding public meeting to consider policy options to increase ZEV use

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) will conduct a public meeting 23 January 2020 to consider policy recommendations to increase the use of Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) per Senate Bill (SB) 498. CARB staff will present the policy recommendations identified in the draft report “Assessment of CARB’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Programs per Senate Bill 498” at the meeting.

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BIRD Energy to invest $6.4M in Israel-US projects; biomass, fuel cells, natural gas, water-energy nexus and energy efficiency technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE), Israel’s Ministry of Energy (MoE) along with the Israel Innovation Authority have selected seven clean energy projects to receive $6.4 million under the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program. The total value of the projects is $15.4 million, which includes $9 million of cost share from the companies selected for funding. Each project is conducted by a US and an Israeli partner.

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Weichai Power acquires ARADEX AG; electric powertrain components

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China-based Weichai Power Co., has acquired Germany-based electric powertrain component manufacturer ARADEX AG as another component of its global strategy in the new energy power systems industry following its strategic investment in Ballard Power and Ceres Power. Weichai Power, a provider of traditional powertrains for heavy-duty commercial vehicles, is integrating battery, motor and electronic control to establish itself as a global leader in the new energy industry by 2030.

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Germany establishes new national control center for charging infrastructure

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Germany’s Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer announced the founding of a new national control enter for charging infrastructure. The mission of the National Control Center is to ensure the swift and coordinated establishment of nationwide charging options in Germany. The automotive industry and the energy industry have promised to actively support the control center, Minister Scheuer said. Charging must be as uncomplicated and natural as with a cell phone.

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2019 Toyota Prius recalled over gauge-cluster issues

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A recall has been issued on some 2019 Toyota Prius models over the possibility that an electrical short may cause gauge clusters to black out.

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Daimler and BMW call it quits on car-sharing in North America

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Car-sharing, at least as we know it, looks likely to go down in history as a trend that went in and out with the 2010s.

2013-2015 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid recalled for transmission issue

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Volkswagen is recalling some examples of the only hybrid model it’s sold in the U.S.—the —the VW Jetta Hybrid. In affected vehicles from the 2013-2015 model years, a transmission issue could literally leave the driver effectively in neutral.

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Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid price, VW hybrid recall, car-sharing collapses: Today’s Car News

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Ford’s upcoming plug-in hybrid version of the Escape gets a price. Volkswagen recalls its hybrid you might not have ever known about. And Daimler and BMW back out on car-sharing. This and more, today at Green Car Reports.

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Polestar 2 tow-rated, Mercedes EQC delayed, tax-credit hopes dashed: The Week in Reverse

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Where will Tesla owners soon be able to fast-charge—other than a Supercharger station? Which automaker claims the most energy-dense battery pack for an upcoming vehicle?