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Stora Enso building €10M pilot plant to produce hard carbon from lignin; electrode materials

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Stora Enso is investing €10 million to build a pilot facility for producing bio-based carbon materials based on lignin. Wood-based carbon can be utilized as a crucial component in batteries typically used in consumer electronics, the automotive industry and large-scale energy storage systems. The pilot plant will be located at Stora Enso’s Sunila Mill in Finland.

2019 289

"Big Daddy" drag racer Don Garlits sets electric dragster record

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On the 50th anniversary of mankind's first moon landing, last Saturday, another kind of new record hit the electric car community. Legendary drag-racer Don Garlits, who was setting racing records before the moon landing, set two new speed records in an electric dragster in the quarter mile, one for a time of 7.235 seconds, and the other for a trap

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China EV maker Seres adjusts U.S. plan to fit reality

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Several Chinese EV makers have recently scaled back their U.S. market plans. One, Seres Automotive , at least has a Plan B, its new co-CEO Jim Taylor tells ChinaEV. It aims to be both a contract manufacturer at its U.S. plant and a supplier of electric vehicle drive train technology. Launching an electric vehicle in the U.S. is on hold for now, he says.

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Entry-level 50 quattro joins the Audi e-tron range

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Audi is hoping to reach a (slightly) wider audience with an 'entry-level' version of its EV SUV; the Audi e-tron 50 quattro

2019 60

C2CNT process converts flue gas from natural gas power plant into carbon nanotubes

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On 26 July, the first flue gas from the natural gas power plant, the Shepard Energy Center in Calgary, Canada, was directly transformed by the C2CNT process ( earlier post ) into carbon nanotubes. In a related new study in the Journal of CO 2 Utilization (Wang et al. )

2019 285

Report: New lithium mines may bring battery prices down

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Automakers continue to express concerns over the supply of raw materials for electric-car batteries. A Bloomberg report suggests that might not be the reality at all. Enough new lithium supplies are coming online that mining companies are concerned about a price collapse. While automakers are preparing a raft of new electric models, they can't. lithium lithium batteries

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Another Study Shows Consumers Hesitant to Embrace Mobility

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With automakers investing heavily into the development of electrified and autonomous vehicles, it might seem there is a gigantic consumer base ready and raring to go out and buy them. But every study we’ve encountered suggests the exact opposite.

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BP forming 50:50 biofuels JV with Bunge in Brazil; growing existing biofuels business >50%

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BP will form a 50:50 biofuels joint venture with Bunge—a leader in agriculture, food and ingredients. BP will combine its Brazilian biofuels and biopower businesses with that of Bunge to create a world-scale, highly-efficient producer of sugarcane ethanol in Brazil: BP Bunge Bioenergia. BP’s interest in the new venture will grow its existing biofuels business by more than 50%.

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Tesla to improve city Autopilot driving with major software update

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Tesla is due to deliver the next major version of its vehicle software, Version 10, starting next month, and it will include some significant upgrades to its Autopilot driver-assistance suite. CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter over the weekend that the new software will do a better job of recognizing stop signs and traffic lights in cities and. Tesla Autopilot

2019 116

A brief history of… Jaguar XJ

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As one door closes with a softly damped thud, another one opens for Jaguar and its flagship XJ saloon

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MG extends its £21,495 offer after record pre-orders of its ZS EV

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Just over two weeks ago, MG's ZS EV went on pre-order at a staggeringly low £21,495 for the first 1000 customers

2019 58

Thomas Built Buses electric school bus powered by Proterra receives full CARB and HVIP certifications, CEC funding eligibility

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Thomas Built Buses Inc. has received full California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) certifications for its Type C electric bus, the Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley powered by Proterra electric vehicle technology. This certification officially qualifies Jouley for state vouchers. Thomas Built Buses Inc. also announced eligibility for funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for the Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley.

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Former Audi CEO arrested in Germany over diesel-scandal allegations

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Two days after a newspaper investigation in Germany revealed the depth of Audi's role in the vast diesel emissions-cheating scandal at Volkswagen, German prosecutors have arrested the division's former CEO, Rupert Stadler, in conjunction with the scandal. He has been charged with falsifying emissions and compliance certificates and illegal. Volkswagen diesel scandal

2019 106

Virtual Car Sharing Combines Telepresence Robots and Autonomous Vehicles

Cars That Think

5G connectivity and a remotely projected human help autonomous vehicles be safer and more flexible. transportation transportation/self-driving

2019 59

Porsche Taycan reservations top 30,000

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Less than a month since Porsche officially stated that 20,000 reservations have been made for its up-coming Taycan EV, the brand's HR Director, Andreas Haffner, has let it slip that the number now stands at 30,000

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Honda e EV features five-screen, full-width digital dashboard

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The new Honda e EV features intuitive and advanced connectivity in a contemporary passenger cabin. The Honda e’s full-width digital dashboard, comprised of five integrated high-resolution color screens, is designed for effortless usability of the onboard connected apps and services.

2019 241

Street charger tucks away for pedestrian access during the day

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Electric car charging infrastructure is good—until there's so much of it that it clutters the streets and starts impeding pedestrian access. That's why a British company called Urban Electric has designed pop up chargers that retract into the ground when they're not in use. In Britain, 50 percent of urban residents park on the street. charging

2019 104

Top five things we learned this week

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With the school holidays kicking off in earnest and last week’s soaring temperatures, we were in a summery mood at the start of the week

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Westfield and Chesil team up to create electric 356 Speedster reproduction

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The acquisition-come-partnership and resulting E Speedster is aimed at future-proofing both brands

2019 52

U Delaware team develops prototype efficient direct ammonia fuel cell for transportation

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A team at the University of Delaware has demonstrated a direct ammonia fuel cell (DAFC) prototype with a peak power density of 135 mW cm -2 at 80 ?C. The DAFC employs an ammonia-tolerant precious-metal-free cathode catalyst (Acta 4020) and a high-temperature-stable hydroxide exchange membrane (HEM). A paper on the work is published in the journal Joule. Zhao et al.

2019 235

Gasoline from solar and wind power: Zero-carbon doesn't assure clean or efficient

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Prometheus Fuels is a California startup aiming to scale up a process that can sound remarkably simple that several have tried before: “We remove CO2 from the air and turn it into gasoline.” ” The process, which recently has been either a holy grail or a red herring for the oil and gas industry, isn't new. But it’s been waylaid. Carbon Footprint carbon dioxide renewable energy

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If Navigation Apps Don’t Alleviate Congestion—Could City-Wide Traffic Software Help?

Cars That Think

Traffic software providers Mobi and Axilion have taken two very different approaches to solving the world’s congestion crisis. transportation transportation/infrastructure

2019 46

Ford and Centrica partner on EV services

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With Ford's push towards offering an electrified option for all of its European models, the carmaker has teamed up with Centrica – parent company of British Gas – to offer both customers and dealers a range of EV services

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New Flyer to supply six battery-electric Xcelsior buses to Brampton Transit; CUTRIC supported zero-emission bus program

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New Flyer Industries Canada, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. NFI), one of the world’s largest independent global bus manufacturers, announced the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) and Brampton Transit have jointly secured $11.15 million in federal funding from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to support the adoption of zero-emission transit buses.

2019 233

Tesla announces bigger Megapack for stationary storage

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Last week, Tesla introduced something bigger than its Powerpack energy-storage systems: the Megapack, for large utility-scale storage installations. Tesla says the Megapack, which stores 3 megawatt-hours of electricity, has 60 percent more energy density than the Powerpack. For grid power installations, that means companies can install fewer than. grid storage lithium batteries

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Dana to provide e-propulsion system for Class 8 truck hydrogen fuel development project in Alberta, Canada

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Dana Incorporated will provide its Spicer Electrified e-Propulsion solution with integrated TM4 SUMO HP motor-inverter system to power Class 8 tractor-trailer units that will move freight year-round between Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

2019 231

Alpiq and H2 Energy partner on hydrogen production plant in Switzerland; to support Hyundai fuel cell trucks

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Switzerland’s first system for the commercial production of hydrogen is planned at the Gösgen hydropower plant. The 2 MW system is to be constructed by Hydrospider, which is owned in equal shares by Alpiq and H2 Energy. The system is to be constructed on the left bank of the Aare canal.

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Canada ZEV sales up 30% in 1H 2019 after launch of federal incentive program

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Sales of all zero-emission vehicles in Canada for the first six months of 2019 are up 30% compared with last year. Zero-emission vehicles represented roughly 3% of all new, light-duty vehicles sold in the first half of 2019, compared to roughly 2% during the same period in 2018. Since 1 May 2019, Canadians who purchase or lease an eligible battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell, or longer range plug-in hybrid vehicle, will receive an incentive of $5,000.

2019 217

Toyota plant in Poland to produce second hybrid transmission in 2021

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Starting in 2021, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) plans to produce a second electronic continuously variable transmission (e-CVT) at its plant in Wa?brzych. brzych. With this €70-million investment, TMMP will also be producing one of the electric motors that is integral to Toyota’s hybrid electric powertrain system. Together with earlier announcements, Toyota’s total investment in both its Polish manufacturing centres in Walbrzych and Jelcz-Laskowice will increase to approximately €1.2

2019 216

Study finds there is still room for optimization of particle emissions based on diesel fuel properties

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Researchers in Europe have found that while diesel particulate filters (DPFs) have to a large extent masked the role of diesel fuel properties on particulate emissions, there is still room for optimization, especially in particle number (PN) emissions of vehicles with frequent regenerations. Their study is published in the journal Fuel.

2019 203

BNEF ups forecast for global investment in stationary energy storage, sees majority of capacity likely to be grid-scale

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Energy storage installations around the world will multiply exponentially, from a modest 9GW/17GWh deployed as of 2018 to 1,095GW/2,850GWh by 2040, according to the latest forecast from research company BloombergNEF (BNEF). The total demand for batteries from the stationary storage and electric transport sectors is forecast to be 4,584GWh combined by 2040, providing a major opportunity for battery makers and miners of component metals such as lithium, cobalt and nickel.

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DOE EERE awarding $43.6M for Phase II SBIR projects

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is awarding $43.6 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Release 2 grants to projects that demonstrate commercial feasibility for innovations during the second phase of their research. Phase II awards range from $975,000 to $1,150,000, with a duration of two years.

2019 197

How to choose connecting flights to minimize environmental impact

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by Michael Sivak. Because of the long distances typically involved in flying, your next airline trip will likely contribute a substantial amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Obviously, to minimize the emissions, taking a nonstop flight is the way to go because that will result in the shortest distance flown. However, if a nonstop flight is not available, choosing the connecting flights with the shortest total distance flown can make a lot of difference.

2019 190

Continental launches series production of technologies for robo-taxis

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Continental technologies such as ABS, radar and redundant brake system are being used in series production for robo-taxis for first time. This year, Continental’s technology for driverless vehicles will be in production for the first time in French company EasyMile’s EZ10 autonomous shuttle. Continental has held a stake in this driverless vehicle manufacturer since 2017. Continental has developed a production-ready radar system specifically designed for driverless vehicles.

2019 188

Apple acquiring Intel’s smartphone modem business; Intel retains option for non-smartphone apps, including autonomous vehicles; 5G

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Intel and Apple signed an agreement for Apple to acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business. Approximately 2,200 Intel employees will join Apple, along with intellectual property, equipment and leases. The transaction, valued at $1 billion, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, including works council and other relevant consultations in certain jurisdictions.

2019 188

James Cook University researchers using 3D printing for rocket fuels

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James Cook University (JCU) scientists in Australia are using 3D printing to create fuels for rockets, and using tailor-made rocket motors they’ve built to test the fuels. JCU lecturer in mechanical engineering Dr Elsa Antunes led the study, published in an open-access paper in the journal Aerospace. The JCU scientists 3D printed fuel grains (solid, plastic-based fuel) for the hybrid rockets using plastics and other materials.

2019 183

Audi to introduce entry-level e-tron model with smaller battery pack, less range

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Audi will introduce a second, entry-level version of its e-tron electric SUV to select markets in early 2020. The Audi e-tron 50 quattro will complement the existing e-tron 55 quattro model, with a 71 kWh battery and two electric motors providing for a range of up to 186 miles according to the WLTP test cycle and its 120kW charging capability facilitating recharging to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes at fast-charging stations.

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