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Daimler, Tsinghua University deepen joint research cooperation on sustainable transportation; automated driving and intelligent mobility

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Daimler and Chinese partner Tsinghua University signed an agreement further to deepen their research cooperation in the fields of automated driving and intelligent mobility. Through the Tsinghua Daimler Joint Research Center for Sustainable Transportation, the cooperation has been extended for an additional three years. With an annual multi-million RMB (1 RMB = US$0.15) investment, the Center will sharpen its focus and research efforts in the fields of automated driving and intelligent mobility.

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Oil prices could double by 2020, boosting electric car sales

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Despite short term peaks and valleys, and a recent agreement by OPEC to ease production restrictions, the overall trend in oil prices is on the rise. That's the conclusion of Bernstein research, an investment research company, which forecast last week that oil could hit $150 a barrel by 2020, just a couple of years from now, according to an.

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The USPS Releases the Postal Passport to the Galaxy

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From earliest memory, the vastness of the heavens served as the object of speculation, imagination and ambition. Ever since rocket travel enabled people to penetrate the cosmos–or at least its veneer–space exploration fascinates people of all ages, Americans in particular.

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Startup Baraja Promises Cheap, Reliable Lidar for Self-Driving Cars

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The Australian company hopes to sell lidar systems with no moving parts for a few hundred dollars. transportation transportation/self-driving

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Honda to launch motorcycle hybrid system-equipped PCX HYBRID scooter

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Honda’s latest addition to its PCX series of scooters is the PCX HYBRID, the world’s first mass-produced motorized scooter (125cc or less) equipped with a motorcycle hybrid system. Sales begin in Japan in September. The PCX HYBRID, based on the PCX released in April 2018, is powered by a new high-output lithium ion battery, adding drive assist to the ACG (Alternating Current Generator) starter that conventionally starts the engine and generates electricity.

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As used electric-car batteries set to flood market, Automakers ramp up reuse efforts

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With the growth of electric cars has come a flood of used batteries that is set to skyrocket in the next five years, according to a Bloomberg report. Bloomberg Businessweek notes that about 55,000 used battery packs were removed from electric cars this year as the cars' packs reach their 10-year lifespan. That number is poised to skyrocket by a. grid storage

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Greyrock, NREL study determines reduction in GHG and criteria pollutant emissions from using synthetic fuels produced from flare gas

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A “well-to-wheel” life cycle assessment (LCA) by a team from synthetic fuels producer Greyrock ( earlier post ), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has determined the potential reduction of greenhouse gases and criteria pollutant emissions from the use of synthetic fuels directly converted from flare gas. The results of this open-access study are published in the International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering.

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EVgo launches grid-tied public fast charging system with second-life batteries

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EVgo, America’s largest public fast-charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), has launched a commercial installation of second-life battery storage at a public DC fast charging station. Following a pilot program at University of California San Diego (UCSD), this second-life battery system has been unveiled at an operational EVgo fast charging station located in Union City, CA at 3960 Smith Street.

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California ARB: GHG emissions fell below 1990 levels for first time in 2016; down 13% from 2004 peak; transportation emissions up 2%

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that greenhouse gas emissions in California in 2016 fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004—a reduction roughly equivalent to taking 12 million cars off the road or saving 6 billion gallons of gasoline a year. Under Assembly Bill 32 passed in 2006, California must reduce its emissions to 1990 levels (431 million metric tons) by 2020.

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Coradia iLint hydrogen train receives approval for commercial operation in German railway networks

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Alstom’s Coradia iLint ( earlier post ), the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell passenger train, has been granted approval by the German Railway Office (EBA) for passenger service in Germany. Coradia iLint is based on the service-proven diesel train Coradia Lint 54. Replacing the diesel traction with fuel cell technology enables sustainable train operation while its performance matches that of regular regional trains.

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NYSERDA announces $5M for innovative transportation clean technologies and strategies to increase efficiency in public transit systems

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that up to $5 million is available for proposals that include innovative clean transportation technologies and strategies to improve operations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for public transit systems throughout the state. The proposals support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030. NYSERDA will award the funding as part of a two-step competitive process.

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Daimler 1st int’l automaker to obtain road test license for highly automated driving in Beijing; Baidu and Apollo platform

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Daimler became the first international automaker to receive a road test license for highly automated driving research vehicles (level 4) in Beijing, marking a major new milestone in the company’s local research and development efforts in China. Urban traffic is one of the biggest challenges on the road to autonomous driving.

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MAN to showcase new electric trucks at IAA: eTGM and eTGE

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Commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus, a member of the Volkswagen Group, will showcase its advances in the fields of electromobility, digitization and autonomous vehicles at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 in September. Alongside an all-electric distribution truck—the MAN eTGM—MAN will also be exhibiting the MAN eTGE van ( earlier post )—a battery-electric version of the new MAN transporter—at IAA.

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Honda and Panasonic to begin experiment on battery sharing using detachable mobile batteries and electric motorcycles in Indonesia

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Honda Motor Co., and Panasonic Corporation will conduct a research experiment in Indonesia on battery sharing using the Honda Mobile Power Pack (“Mobile Power Pack”) detachable mobile battery with electric mobility products, including electric motorcycles powered by the Mobile Power Pack. The two companies are planning to begin the research experiment in December 2018. Honda Mobile Power Pack.

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Penn State team devises solution for fast charging of Li-ion batteries at cold temperatures

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Fast charging is seen as a solution for range and recharging time issues for EVs. However, a critical barrier to fast charging is temperature. Fast charging in cold or even cool temperatures brings the risk of lithium plating—the formation of metallic lithium that drastically reduces battery life and even results in safety hazards. Now, a team from Penn State has devised an approach that enables 15-min fast charging of Li-ion batteries in any temperatures (even at ?50

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BYD delivering 6 electric buses to Martha’s Vineyard; 4 more to be purchased

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BYD recently delivered five electric buses to the Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; a sixth is scheduled to be delivered by the end of the July. VTA had placed the order for the buses in August 2017. The six-bus order comprised four BYD K9S 35-foot models and two K7 30-foot models. The BYD buses will replace six diesel buses as part of the VTA’s plan to convert its fleet. The VTA announced it will purchase an additional four BYD buses.

2018 183

Toyota AI Ventures, TRI launch call for innovation to fund robotics startups focused on mobile manipulation

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Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Toyota AI Ventures launched a global “call for innovation” in partnership with the Toyota Research Institute (TRI). Designed to spur entrepreneurial innovation by identifying key technology gaps, the initiative uses a call-and-response approach to offer promising startups the opportunity to secure from $500,000 to $2 million in venture capital funding from Toyota AI Ventures, as well as the possibility of partnering on a proof of concept project with TRI.

2018 183

NYSERDA announces completion of 11 EV charging stations in Tompkins County; EV Model County

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that Tompkins County has installed 11 new electric vehicle charging stations to support its goal of becoming the first Electric Vehicle Model County in New York State. The installations are part of the state’s Electric Vehicle Accelerator initiative, a pilot project to help municipalities become models for electric vehicle use and supports Governor Andrew M.

2018 180

First customers order the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro bus, deliveries this year; solid-state batteries, fuel-cell range-extender coming

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The first Mercedes-Benz battery-electric eCitaro bus ( earlier post ) will be delivered at the end of the year and will go into practical operations in the context of a customer-oriented driving test. The Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH, operator of the local public transport system in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, signed a corresponding declaration of intent with the Daimler subsidiary EvoBus GmbH.

2018 174

Study: California’s cap-and-trade air quality benefits go mostly out of state

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During the first three years of California’s 5-year-old cap-and-trade program, the bulk of the greenhouse gas reductions occurred out of state—i.e., state residents did not see the benefits of improved air quality from presumed reductions in harmful co-pollutants, such as particulate matter— according to a new study led by UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University researchers.

2018 174

Air Liquide launches second Scientific Challenge on essential small molecules; hydrogen in two out of three topics

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Following the success of the first edition which mobilized 130 academic and startup partners, Air Liquide has launched a second Scientific Challenge designed to advance research in an open innovation approach. This year, the three topics selected are aimed at improving air quality and preventing global warming for the planet. The #2018AirLiquideScientificChallenge is open to academic teams, private Research & Development departments, startups, and private or public Institutes.

2018 163

Canada awarding $25K to project to develop rail engine capable of running on blends of hydrogen and diesel

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Canada’s Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, announced an investment of $25,000 for a University of Windsor project called “Hydrogen Enabled Low-Emissions and Fuel Efficient Diesel Engine Combustion Technology for Clean Locomotives”. The project will help to develop an experimental diesel engine that is capable of running on blends of hydrogen and diesel fuel. This technology has the potential to reduce air pollution from rail diesel engines significantly.

2018 163

Servco completes Oahu’s first publicly accessible hydrogen station; to begin leasing Mirai

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Servco Pacific Inc. Servco) has completed Oahu’s first publicly accessible hydrogen station, located at Servco’s corporate offices in Mapunapuna. Later this month, Servco will begin to lease the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV). Our hydrogen station will help show Hawaii residents how FCVs can make a real impact on our sustainability goals. We are committed to the future of mobility in Hawaii, and we believe in the potential for FCVs in our state.

2018 163

Global Bioenergies and Audi renew their partnership in renewable gasoline

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Global Bioenergies and Audi signed a new agreement focused on the implementation of biomass residue feedstock usage, preparation of a path to commercialization and engine testing of new blends of renewable gasoline. Earlier post.). Following the completion of a first series of engine testing and significant progresses of the isobutene bioproduction process, the two companies have agreed to start a new program.

2018 163

BYD opens 24 GWh battery factory in Western China; targeting 60 GWh by 2020

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BYD opened a 24 GWh power battery factory in Western China’s Qinghai province; the company is preparing to increase its total production capacity to 60 GWh by 2020. Power battery factory in Western China’s Qinghai province. The factory—equivalent to the size of 140 football fields—will be the largest in the world after its construction is completed in 2019. It is BYD’s third battery factory in China after Shenzhen and Huizhou.

2018 163

Volkswagen Group further advancing electromobility offensive in China; LoI with FAW Group, ICV; investing €15B through 2022

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The Volkswagen Group is expanding its successful business relationships in China with a particular focus on e-mobility. As part of the 5 th German-Chinese government consultations, the Volkswagen Group China signed letters of intent with a long-time joint-venture partner, the FAW Group, and with the China Intelligent and Connected Vehicles (Beijing) Research Institute Co. The agreements cover the areas of e-mobility, connectivity, mobility services and autonomous driving.

2018 163

Chinese EV battery manufacturer CATL building plant in Germany; 14 GWh capacity, €240M investment by 2022

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The Chinese EV battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. CATL) is building its first plant outside of China in Thuringia, Germany. The focus of the 14 GWh plant is on the automated production and intelligent production of batteries. CATL develops battery systems for global customers in EV, HEV and PHEV applications; its sales of EV batteries amounted to 11.84 GWh in 2017—making it Nº 1 globally.

2018 163

Toyota launches Hui car share service in Honolulu through Servco Pacific; MSPF application

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In Hawaii, Toyota launched a new round-trip, station-based car share service called Hui. Operated by Servco Pacific (Servco), Toyota’s distributor in Hawaii, the Hui service utilizes Toyota’s proprietary global Mobility Service Platform (MSPF) ( earlier post ) and a consumer facing app developed by Toyota Connected North America (TCNA), the global technology strategy business unit for Toyota.

BMW Group and Great Wall Motor sign joint venture agreement for MINI electric vehicles in China

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The BMW Group and the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor signed an agreement to produce MINI electric vehicles through a new 50:50 joint venture based in China. During an event for autonomous and connected driving attended by China’s Premier Li Keqiang and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, the BMW Group and Great Wall Motor committed to found a new joint venture, “Spotlight Automotive Limited”, for the development and production of electric vehicles in China.

2018 163

Hyundai invests in solid-state battery materials startup Ionic Materials

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Hyundai CRADLE, Hyundai Motor Company’s corporate venturing and open innovation business, is investing in Ionic Materials , a privately held battery materials developer based in Massachusetts, to advance the development of battery technology and improve EV performance with solid-state battery innovation. Ionic Materials is a materials technology company developing advanced materials for high-energy-density batteries that are safer and less expensive than current ones.

2018 163

BMW, Brilliance Auto expanding China JV; all-electric iX3 planned for export outside China

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The BMW Group and its partner Brilliance Automotive Group Holdings signed a long-term framework agreement to further expand their joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA). BBA is increasing the capacity of its two local production facilities Tiexi and Dadong in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, to a total of 520,000 BMW brand vehicles in 2019.

2018 163

DLR fuel cell power pack gives cargo bikes added power; spin-off to provide technology and logistics concept

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The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has developed an innovative fuel cell module—the Fuel Cell Power Pack (FCPP)—that extends the range of electric cargo bikes and doubles the service life at a comparable price to purely battery-operated systems.

2018 163

Study of 5-year TCO suggests ongoing challenge to unsubsidized BEV cost-competitiveness

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A team at Arizona State University has analyzed the five-year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for representative electric, hybrid, and conventional vehicles—the Nissan Leaf (BEV), Toyota Prius (HEV), and Toyota Corolla (ICEV)—in 14 US cities from 2011 to 2015. The results, reported in a paper in the journal Energy Policy , show spatial variation due to differences in state and local policies, fuel prices, insurance and maintenance costs, depreciation rates, and vehicle miles traveled.

2018 163

Volkswagen Group expands emobility R&D in China; SEAT brand entering market in 2020-2021; new BEV platform

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Volkswagen Group China, Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corp., JAC) and SEAT will establish a new China R&D center with a focus on developing electric vehicles, connectivity and autonomous driving technologies, as well as a competitive platform for battery electric vehicles (BEV). Volkswagen’s SEAT brand will be introduced to China by 2020/2021.

2018 159

Daimler and Bosch select NVIDIA AI platform for automated driving in cities

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Bosch and Daimler have selected and signed an agreement with NVIDIA as a supplier for the artificial intelligence (AI) platform needed to implement automated driving in cities. AI is an important building block in for a fully automated and driverless vehicle network of several individual ECUs (Electronic control units).

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Volkswagen Group expands emobility R&D in China; SEAT brand entering market in 2020-2021; new BEV platform

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Volkswagen Group China, Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corp., JAC) and SEAT will establish a new China R&D center with a focus on developing electric vehicles, connectivity and autonomous driving technologies, as well as a competitive platform for battery electric vehicles (BEV). Volkswagen’s SEAT brand will be introduced to China by 2020/2021.

2018 150

Hyundai Motor Group and Baidu strengthen connected car partnership; Internet of Vehicles

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Hyundai Motor Group and Baidu signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for Internet of Vehicles (IoV), signaling their commitment to strengthening cooperation on next-generation connected car technologies. The newly-signed MOU will see the existing partnership reinforced to accelerate development of innovations in vehicle connectivity.

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