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Saft team develops first metal hydride - sulfur Li-ion battery

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Researchers at France-based battery major Saft, along with colleagues at Université Paris Est, have, for the first time, used a nanocomposite metal hydride as the anode in a complete solid-state battery with a sulfur cathode and LiBH 4 electrolyte. The cell shows a high reversible capacity of 910 mAh g −1 with discharge plateaus at 1.8 V and 1.4 Capacity remains at 85% of the initial value over the 25 first charge/discharge cycles.

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UPS electric van with fuel-cell range extender to be tested in California

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Considerable skepticism remains that passenger vehicles powered by hydrogen will become a major part of U.S. sales any time soon—or ever. Quietly, however, analysts suggest that hydrogen may provide a solution to the different challenges of producing zero-emission heavy trucks and delivery vehicles. Despite growing hoopla over Elon Musk's. Trucks hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell Prototypes Commercial vehicle Range Extending

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Renault Koleos full details revealed, now available to order

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Having made its European debut at the Paris Motor Show last autumn, the Renault Koleos is now available to order and expands the French manufacturers

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Big Oil Betting On Electric Vehicles

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by Jon LeSage for Oilprice.com. Speaking this week at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York, Total SA’s chief energy economist, Joel Couse, forecasted that EVs will make up 15 to 30 percent of global new vehicle sales by 2030. Oil demand for transportation fuel see its “ demand will flatten out ,” after 2030, Couse said. Maybe even decline. ”.

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Volkswagen Group and CNG operators join to support growth of CNG mobility; 10x increase in German CNG fleet by 2025

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The Volkswagen Group and operators of CNG filling stations and gas networks in Germany have signed a joint declaration of intent, committing themselves to the extension of CNG mobility. The signers, together with other vehicle manufacturers, are working to grow the CNG vehicle fleet in Germany tenfold to 1 million vehicles by 2015. Further, the initiative aims to increase the filling station network in Germany from 900 locations today to 2,000 by 2025.

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Roland Berger “Automotive Disruption Radar” focused on MADE: mobility, autonomy, digitalization, electrification

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Germany-based international consultancy Rolad Berger had launched a new publication—the “ Automotive Disruption Radar ”—to monitor the radical transformation of the automotive industry being driven by four concurrent megatrends: mobility services, autonomous driving, digitalization and electrification (MADE). The Radar analyzes the transformation via 25 selected indicators in five dimensions: Customer interest (e.g.

2017 183

Proterra begins first autonomous bus program in the US

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Electric bus manufacturer Proterra is initiating the industry’s first autonomous bus program with the University of Nevada, Reno and its Living Lab Coalition partners including the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC), the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, the Nevada Governor’s Office for Economic Development, Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI, and the cities of Reno, Sparks and Carson City, Nev.

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UPS to deploy prototype Class 6 extended range fuel cell electric vehicle delivery truck; trials begin in Q3

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UPS will deploy a prototype extended range Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) in its Rolling Laboratory fleet of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. UPS is working with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and other partners to design a first-of-its-kind, zero tailpipe emissions, Class 6 medium-duty delivery truck that meets the same route and range requirements of UPS’ existing conventional fuel vehicles.

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Oita team develops new process for producing hydrogen from ammonia without external heat source

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Researchers at Oita University in Japan have developed an innovative process for the production of hydrogen from ammonia without the need for an external heat source to initiate or maintain the reaction. An open access paper on their work is published in the journal Science Advances. Liquid ammonia (NH 3 ) has been considered as a carrier (storage medium) for hydrogen that could alleviate the challenges of transporting, handling and storing hydrogen for commercial applications.

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US EPA settles with three trucking companies over California diesel rule; $201K in penalties

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The Environmental Protection Agency announced settlements with three companies totaling $201,000 in penalties for violating California’s Truck and Bus Regulation. The companies either failed to install particulate filters on their own heavy-duty diesel trucks or failed to verify that trucks they hired for use in California complied with the state rule.

2017 174

Tesla Q1 revenue more than doubles on record deliveries; losses up

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Tesla reported record first quarter GAAP revenue of $2.7 billion on record vehicle deliveries of 25,051 units. Vehicle production in Q1 increased by 64% year-on-year. Automotive revenue was $2.3 billion, up 15% quarter-on-quarter and up 123% year-on-year. The 13% sequential increase in Q1 deliveries drove much of the increase in automotive revenue. In addition, average transaction prices (ATPs) improved from Q4 2016, driven primarily by a favorable product mix shift and higher option uptake.

2017 174

Amyris announces much better than expected sales of farnesene to meet accelerated demand for liquid farnesene rubber by global tire brands

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Amyris, Inc. announced that its partner’s success in developing high performance liquid farnesene rubber (LFR) for use in winter tire applications has led to accelerated adoption due to the performance enhancements of LFR. Earlier post.) This has led to commercialization plans being accelerated by two additional major tire brands that are now developing tires utilizing LFR and expanding their use beyond winter tire applications.

2017 163

IAV 8-speed hybrid dual-clutch tranmission can reduce fuel consumption 18% over 6DCT

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IAV has developed a high-power, high-torque eight-speed hybrid dual-clutch transmission (8H-DCT) that is capable of reducing fuel consumption by up to 18% in the NEDC over a conventional six-speed dual-clutch transmission (6DCT) due to its high number of speeds and integrated hybrid functionality. A further advantage of the IAV 8H-DCT450 lies in its extremely small package requirement.

2017 163

US Hybrid unveils new Class 8 fuel cell port drayage truck for San Pedro Ports

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US Hybrid has unveiled a zero-emission Class 8 fuel cell port drayage truck featuring its PEM fuel cell system during the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center. The truck, which will be operated by Total Transportation Solutions, Inc ( TTSI ), is one of two fuel cell demonstration tractors scheduled for delivery at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Earlier post.).

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Kenworth developing hydrogen fuel cell, Near Zero NOx CNG series hybrid Class 8 prototypes for SoCal ports; CNG hybrids

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Kenworth continues its advancements on low/zero emission projects focused on Kenworth T680 day cabs for drayage tractor operation in Southern California ports, which are backed by $9 million in government grants awarded last August. Kenworth is developing a prototype Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell tractor, using the Ballard Power Systems fuel cell to recharge the battery pack.

2017 163

Ryder to be strategic service partner for electric truck and drone manufacturer Workhorse Group

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Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, will be the strategic service partner for Workhorse Group Inc., an Ohio-based battery-electric truck and drone manufacturer.

2017 163

China team develops efficient multifunctional catalyst for conversion of CO2 to gasoline-range hydrocarbons

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A research team led by Dr. Jian Sun and Prof. Qingjie Ge at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China has developed an efficient, stable, and multifunctional Na-Fe 3 O 4 /HZSM-5 catalyst for the direct production of gasoline-range hydrocarbons from CO 2 hydrogenation. This catalyst exhibited 78% selectivity to C 5 -C 11 as well as low (4%) CH 4 at a CO 2 conversion of 22% under industrial relevant conditions.

2017 163

Cummins Westport announces MY 2018 natural gas engine line-up; near zero NOx

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Cummins Westport (CWI) announced its model year 2018 dedicated natural gas engines for regional haul truck / tractor, vocational and transit, school bus, and refuse applications at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California. The new lineup comes with a change in names, following Cummins tradition of using B, L, and X series letters, followed by engine displacement. The letter “N” denotes engines that are fueled by natural gas.

2017 163

Cornell team offers prospect for more stable Li-air battery with ionomer SEIs

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Lithium-air (Li-O 2 ) batteries are among the nost energy-dense electrochemical platforms for mobile energy storage, and are thus considered promising for electrified transportation. A number of severe challenges with the system need to be overcome first, however. These practical shortcomings include poor rechargeability, reduced efficiency due to high overpotentials (more charge energy than discharge energy) and specific energies well below theoretical expectations.

2017 163

UC Davis, ITDP report finds shared mobility essential for realizing full benefits of electrification and automation

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A new report from a team at the University of California, Davis, and the New York-based nonprofit Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) has concluded that shared mobility is a critical enabler for realizing the benefits of electrification and autonomous driving. The report examines three urban travel scenarios surrounding three transportation “revolutions:” vehicle electrification, automation, and widespread shared mobility.

2017 159

California Governor signs $52B fuel tax and vehicle fee bill for transportation infrastructure; $100 ZEV fee

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California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law SB1 , the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The bill will raise $52.4 billion over the next decade through an increase in fuel taxes and vehicle fees—including on zero emission vehicles (ZEVs)—to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and put more dollars toward transit and safety. The package is funded in the following ways: $7.3

2017 159

DENSO and IBIDEN to collaborate on next-generation vehicle exhaust systems and vehicle electrification

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Global automotive supplier DENSO Corporation and electronics and ceramics company IBIDEN Co., form ed a capital and business alliance jointly to develop next-generation vehicle exhaust systems. This collaboration will combine IBIDEN’s advantages in high-performance ceramic materials with DENSO’s advantages in developing products as systems to develop high-performance, simple and low-cost vehicle exhaust systems. DENSO will acquire the treasury stock of IBIDEN through a third-party allocation.

2017 159

Scania launches large-scale renewable diesel pilot for employees

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Scania has launched a large-scale renewable diesel (HVO) pilot for employees based in Södertälje, Sweden, enabling them to fuel their cars with renewable diesel. In Sweden, HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) is mainly produced by rape seed oil and waste from the food industry. HVO can reduce CO 2 emissions by up to 90%. The pilot—one of the largest of its kind—targets some 2,250 company cars and complements other sustainable commuting options available to Scania employees.

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California Assemblyman files ballot initiative to repeal California gas tax increase

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California Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) filed ballot initiative to repeal the recently signed $52 billion gas tax ( earlier post ) and move it to a vote in 2018. The new tax measure will raise the tax on gasoline from $0.18 per gallon to $0.30 per gallon. It will also raise annual vehicle registration fees by up to a $175. Taxes on diesel will climb from $0.20 to $0.36 cents a gallon, with the diesel sales tax climbing from 1.75% to 5.75%.

2017 150

Faurecia and ZF enter in a strategic partnership for integrated safety for autonomous driving

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ZF and Faurecia, both leading global systems suppliers for cars and trucks, will cooperate in a strategic partnership for the development of disruptive and differentiating interior and safety technologies for autonomous driving. Within this special advanced engineering partnership the two companies will identify and develop innovative safety and interior solutions linked to different potential occupant positions.

2017 150

GM, SJTU wrap up EN-V 2.0 vehicle sharing pilot program; learnings to be shared with Maven

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The Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 vehicle sharing pilot program ( earlier post ) launched by General Motors and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) recently concluded after two years’ operation in a real-world environment. Learnings obtained through data analysis carried out jointly by GM engineers and SJTU researchers and students will be shared with the team responsible for GM’s global personal mobility brand, Maven.

2017 150

DeepMap raises $25M in Series A, $32M to date; high-definition mapping for safe autonomy

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DeepMap —a team of senior Google and Apple mapping and cloud infrastructure software engineers and LiDAR pioneers— announced a $25-million Series A round led by Accel, with participation from seed-stage investors Andreessen Horowitz and GSR Ventures. This round of funding brings the company’s total raise to $32 million.

2017 150

Optimizing Fume Control for Robotic Welding

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By Craig Widtfeldt, RoboVent. The automotive industry has made tremendous progress towards greener, more sustainable manufacturing processes. But how green are robotic welding cells? Robotic welding, by its nature, produces large volumes of toxic fumes that are dangerous to both human health and the environment. Manufacturers engaged in robotic welding of automotive parts must have an effective air quality system in place to meet OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations.

2017 150

Researchers say policies to curb short-lived climate pollutants could yield major health benefits; methane and black carbon

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A commitment to reducing global emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) such as methane and black carbon could slow global warming while boosting public health and agricultural yields, aligning the Paris Climate Agreement with global sustainable development goals, according to new analysis by an international research panel published in the journal Science. Methane and black carbon (soot) are the second- and third-most powerful climate-warming agents after carbon dioxide.

2017 150

Gevo signs definitive supply agreement with HCS Holding for commercial supply of renewable isooctane

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Gevo, Inc. has entered into a definitive supply agreement with HCS Holding GmbH (HCS) to supply renewable isooctane ( earlier post ) under a five-year offtake agreement. HCS is a leading global supplier of high-quality hydrocarbon specialty products. Haltermann Carless, a subsidiary of HCS and one of the oldest companies in the world of chemistry, is expected to be the direct customer with Gevo under the agreement.

2017 150

IAV says new version of modular electric drive can boost range 5-10% vs system with fixed transmission ratio

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IAV presented a new version of its modular electric drive concept at the Vienna Motor Symposium. Combining a 50 kW (continuous) / 80 kW (maximum) e-motor and transmission, the modular drive unit can support electrification solutions in vehicle classes A to D. The unit represents a further development of a solution IAV presented in 2010. IAV’s aim is to deliver a high level of ride comfort, efficiency and compact packaging at a competitive cost.

2017 150

Average new-vehicle fuel economy in US up 0.1 mpg in April

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in April was 25.3 mpg (9.29 l/100 km)—up 0.1 mpg from the value for March, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). . The value for April is up 5.2 mpg since October 2007 (the first month of their monitoring), but down 0.2 mpg from the peak of 25.5 mpg (9.22 l/100 km) reached in August 2014.

2017 150

Singapore Airlines & CAAS partner on “Green Package” flights; biofuels, optimized operations and fuel-efficient A350-950

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Singapore Airlines (SIA), in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore ( CAAS ), has started operating a series of 12 “green package” flights over a three-month period on its non-stop San Francisco-Singapore route. The green package flights are the first to combine the use of biofuels, fuel-efficient aircraft—SIA’s Airbus A350-900—and optimized flight operations.

2017 150

Enel, Nissan and IIT launch pilot corporate EV car charging project with V2G chargers

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Enel Energia, Nissan Italia and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) are partnering in a pilot corporate electric car sharing project with V2G chargers at the IIT headquarters in Genoa. The columns installed at the IIT will, for the moment, work uni-directionally for recharging and will be the subject of a pilot development project with IIT, pending the definition of the regulatory framework for V2G in Italy.

2017 150

Intel unveils latest autonomous driving lab in Silicon Valley

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Intel unveiled its Advanced Vehicle Lab in Silicon Valley, providing insight into the company’s R&D efforts underway on autonomous vehicles. The announcement was made during the company’s first Autonomous Driving Workshop held in San Jose, California. At this workshop, Intel—together with BMW, Delphi, Ericsson and HERE—demonstrated progress toward autonomy. The theme of the day was “the data-driven journey”.

2017 150

California has invested $559M in cap-and-trade funds in ZEVs; state represents more than 40% of US ZEV sales

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced that California Climate Investments in zero-emission vehicles have reached $599 million since 2013, putting hundreds of thousands of ultra-clean cars, and entire fleets of zero-emission trucks and buses on California roads and highways. ARB made the announcement at the annual Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach.

2017 150

ABB providing two fast chargers for Scania buses in Östersund, Sweden

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ABB will provide two fast-chargers for Scania electric buses in Östersund, Sweden. The chargers are based on OppCharge , an open interface for the automated charging of electric buses from any manufacturer, and use a pantograph on the infrastructure to connect the bus to the charging point. With tests set to start in the final quarter of 2017, the two ABB HVC300P fast-chargers will charge six fully-electric Scania buses.

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