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Gevo enters on-road automobile gasoline market in Houston with 12.5% isobutanol blend

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Gevo, Inc. announced that a 12.5% blend of its bio-isobutanol with gasoline marketed for use in automobiles has begun to be sold in the Houston area. This marks the first time that Gevo’s isobutanol has been specifically targeted towards on-road vehicles. Previously, Gevo and its partners have focused on specialty markets such as marinas and off-road engines. Earlier post.).

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Chevrolet Bolt EV: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2017

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Each year, Green Car Reports chooses a new car, or a family of cars, as the best green car introduced in that model year. In 2011, our very first award, we picked the first-ever modern electric car to be sold in high volumes. Six years later, we've picked the spiritual successor to that car, one that provides radically higher range at an. Videos Chevy plug-in cars Awards GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To Buy Chevrolet Bolt

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First virtual look at Jaguar I-Pace electric car

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Though slated to have its official reveal next year before being on the road in 2018, Jaguar couldn’t help but show off its I-Pace electric concept ca. Jaguar Electric cars Electric vehicles

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Peloton in ARPA-E NEXTCAR project to cut HD truck fuel use by 20% with smart powertrains and platooning

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Peloton Technology , a connected and automated vehicle technology company developing platooning technology for heavy-duty trucks ( earlier post ), is participating in the Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) program sponsored by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Earlier post.).

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VW debuts 2017 e-Golf; more range, more technology; Q2 2017; Transparent Factory

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Volkswagen of America presented the latest generation of the e-Golf in a world premiere at AutoMobility LA. Compared to its predecessor, the 2017 e-Golf offers almost 50% more range, more power and new features. The 2017 e-Golf, which should be onsale in the US in Q2 2017, should be priced comparably to its predecessor, Volkswagen said. For 2017, Volkswagen equipped the e-Golf with a new lithium-ion battery the energy capacity of which has been increased 48% from 24.2 kWh to 35.8

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Mazda unveils new CX-5 crossover; diesel engine version coming to NA in 2H 2017

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Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled the all-new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV. The fully redesigned model, on display at AutoMobility LA, will be launched in Japan in February before being rolled out to global markets. The global powertrain lineup comprises the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and 2.5 gasoline, and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engines. Mazda announced it will offer the SKYACTIV-D diesel in North America from the second half of 2017. This will be Mazda’s first diesel engine model in the North American market.

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ICCT/TNO study: Real-world vehicle fuel consumption discrepancy widens to 42% in Europe

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The average gap between official fuel consumption figures and actual fuel use for new cars in the EU has reached 42%, according to the latest update by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to its on-going research into vehicle fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions.

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Volkswagen investing €3.5B in German plants for e-mobility and digitalization; MEB production, pilot plant for batteries and modules

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Volkswagen will invest €3.5-billion (US$3.7-billion) investment in the future-oriented areas of e-mobility and digitalization for its German plants. As part of an agreement with its General Works Council (i.e., labor), the Board of Management announced that the Volkswagen brand’s German plants will develop and produce electric vehicles and components based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). Earlier post.).

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8 countries commit to increase the share of EVs in their government fleets

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At the Marrakech Climate Change Conference (COP22), eight nations—Canada, China, France, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the US— signed a Government Fleet Declaration , pledging to increase the share of electric vehicles in their government fleets and calling for other governments to join them. The Declaration was developed under the aegis of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Electric Vehicles Initiative (CEM-EVI).

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California to top a quarter-million electric vehicles sold sometime this month

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The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative (PEVC) announced that according to projections, California will this month top 250,000 plug-in electric cars sold since they became available on the market in 2010. Just a few years ago, you could count the number of plug-in models on one hand. Times have changed. Today, anyone thinking about buying a car can check out more than 30 electric models. And with federal and state rebates, they are more affordable than ever.

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smart introduces fourth-generation electric drive technology across its full range

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Daimler’s smart has introduced the fourth generation of its electric drive technology, applied not only not only in the smart fortwo coupé and smart fortwo cabrio, but for the first time also in the four-seater smart forfour. smart will be the only car manufacturer worldwide to offer its full model range with both combustion engines and pure battery-electric drive options. Market launch will start in early 2017.

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Global Carbon Project: Low growth in global carbon emissions continues for third successive year

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Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels did not grow in 2015 and are projected to rise only slightly in 2016, marking three years of almost no growth, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project. Decreased use of coal in China is the main reason behind the 3-year slowdown. The projected rise of only 0.2% for 2016 marks a clear break from the rapid emissions growth of 2.3% per year in the decade to 2013, with just 0.7%

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Renault e.dams win Marrakesh ePrix; strong team lead after two races

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Renault e.dams has won the second race of season three of the FIA Formula E Championship with a robust run up the order by Sébastien Buemi. Renault e.dams leaves Marrakesh with 74 points in the Championship, ahead of ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport and Mahindra Racing who are tied for second with 36 points each. Sébastian has 50 points in the Drivers' Championship with his nearest rival, Lucas di Grassi, on 28. Nico Prost is in third position with 24 points. Team Championship standings.

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Honda leasing 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell at $369/month, including fuel

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Honda announced a competitive introductory lease price of $369 a month for 36 months (plus tax) for the Clarity Fuel Cell sedan, which is coming to dealerships in California by the end of 2016. The lease requires $2,499 plus first month’s payment at lease signing (not including tax, registration or official fees). The lease terms include a mileage allowance of 20,000 per year, up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel, up to 21 days of an Avis Luxury Rental in California, and 24/7 roadside assistance.

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Toyota to explore heavy-duty truck hydrogen fuel cell application in California

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Toyota has long maintained that hydrogen fuel cell technology could be a zero emission solution across a broad spectrum of vehicle types. The scalability of this technology is enabling the automaker to explore a semi-trailer truck application for a California-based feasibility study. A heavy-duty truck sized fuel cell vehicle creates a potential zero-emission freight transportation solution for the future.

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California ARB awards funding to San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to deploy 15 Proterra electric buses

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) awarded funding to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) to deploy 15 Proterra Catalyst buses; 11 Proterra depot-chargers; and 4 Proterra fast-chargers.

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BMW begins Phase 2 of ChargeForward Program with PG&E to study advanced electric vehicle charging; results from Phase 1

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In an effort to further understand and expand the possibilities of smart charging for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), BMW of North America announced a second phase of its BMW ChargeForward program. BMW i3, BMW i8 and iPerformance owners in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area who are Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers are invited to apply for participation in a 24-month program focused on managed EV and PHEV charging.

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NHTSA sets Quiet Car safety standard for new HEVs and EVs to protect pedestrians

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The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is adding a sound requirement for all newly manufactured hybrid and electric light-duty vehicles to help protect pedestrians. The new standard, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No.

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DOE announces $30M in funding for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $30 million in available funding ( DE-FOA-0001647 ), subject to appropriations, for research and development of low-cost hydrogen production, onboard hydrogen storage, and proton exchange membrane fuel cells to advance the widespread commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles.

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RideCell introduces white-label global carsharing and ridesharing platform for automakers; used by BMW ReachNow

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RideCell , Inc., the developer of a Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform for leading automakers and transit providers globally, unveiled today at AutoMobility LA the worldwide release of its white-label multiservice platform that allows car manufacturers to provide on-demand mobility when and where it’s needed. (A A white-label product or service is produced by one company and rebranded by its customers.).

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Mitsubishi unveils new electric compact SUV concept; 400 km range

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Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. MMNA) introduced the Mitsubishi eX Concept, a compact SUV with a next-generation EV system, at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept car is a showcase of Mitsubishi’s electric vehicle (EV) technologies, a new iteration of the Dynamic Shield front design concept, autonomous driving capabilities, Artificial Intelligence (AI) as well as a range of other technologies.

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California ARB holding public workshop on how to spend VW’s $800M ZEV payment

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is holding a. public workshop on Friday, 2 December 2016, to provide suggestions for Volkswagen’s $800-million 10-year zero emission vehicle (ZEV) Investment Commitment in California. The ZEV Investment Commitment is a component of California’s partial settlement with VW resulting from VW’s use of illegal defeat devices in 2.0 liter (2.0L) diesel cars that were sold into the State from model years 2009 to 2015.

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DOE: MD and HD trucks: 4% of vehicle population; >25% of fuel use; almost 30% of on-road CO2

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Although medium- and heavy-duty trucks make up about 4% of the vehicle population, they are responsible for a disproportionate amount of fuel use and almost 30% of on-road CO 2 emissions in the US, according to data compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Due to their larger size, heavier payloads, and greater travel distances, medium and heavy trucks use more than one quarter of the total highway fuel consumption. Much of the fuel use is diesel.

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DOE to issue $47M FY17 Vehicle Technologies program-wide funding opportunity

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will soon issue its FY17 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement ( DE-FOA-0001701 ). The FOA will have estimated funding of $47,150,000; DOE expects to post the full announcement (DE-FOA-0001629) in December. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad technology portfolio of advanced highway transportation technologies.

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BMW Group puts another 40t battery-electric truck into service

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The BMW Group and the transport and logistics service provider Elflein have commissioned a 40-ton battery-electric truck for material transport for the BMW Leipzig plant. This follows on the successful pilot testing of a similar 40t electric truck in Munich that began in 2015. Earlier post.). The truck, provided by Terberg Edgecombe, is used by Elflein on a daily 5 km route between the logistics center in the District of Dingolfing and the Leipzig plant.

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New statistical method to detect ozone pollution hot spots and monitor instrument failure; combining PCA and MEWMA

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A new statistical method developed by researchers at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia) can detect abnormal ozone levels within large bodies of monitored data. The monitoring methods can quickly and accurately detect ozone anomalies—localized spikes in ozone concentration indicated by sensor data.

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Orange EV approved to give up to $150K discount for electric terminal trucks with NY EV vouchers

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Orange EV, a manufacturer of battery-electric heavy-duty trucks, announced that fleets in the state of New York can now save up to $150,000 per T-Series pure electric terminal truck (the 160 kWh model; the 80 kWh model is approved for a $123,960 voucher). Discounts are enabled by the New York State Electric Vehicle – Voucher Incentive Fund ( NYSEV-VIF ). Vouchers may be requested through December 31, 2016. NYSEV-VIF has $9 million available in voucher incentives for all-electric battery vehicles.

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Porsche introducing long wheelbase version of Panamera plug-in hybrid; new entry-level V6 turbo

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At the Los Angeles Auto Show next week, Porsche will present a long wheelbase version of its new Panamera version, called the Panamera Executive. Designed as a chauffeur sedan, this Porsche is available in the all-wheel drive versions Panamera 4 Executive (243 kW / 330 hp); plug-in hybrid Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive (340 kW / 462 hp); Panamera 4S Executive (324 kW / 440 hp); and Panamera Turbo Executive (404 kW / 550 hp).

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Hyundai announces two more ways to get into an IONIQ Electric: ad-based car sharing and subscription ownership

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At AutoMobility LA, Hyundai announced two new ways for drivers to get into the new IONIQ Electric: the “Ioniq Unlimited” electric vehicle subscription , and a partnership with car-sharing service Waivecar. Under the “Ioniq Unlimited” electric vehicle subscription-based ownership experience, IONIQ Electric shoppers will be able to select one fixed payment that includes unlimited mileage, electric charging costs, scheduled maintenance, wear items and all typical purchase fees such as registration.

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Japan-US DRIVETHEARC EV fast charging corridor breaks ground in Northern California; 50 fast chargers by March 2017

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DRIVETHEARC , a corridor of electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations spanning from Monterey to Lake Tahoe, broke ground in El Dorado Hills, Calif. DRIVETHEARC is a joint international project promoted by Japan’s largest public R&D management organization, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), under the agreement between NEDO and the State of California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, and in partnership with Nissan Motor Co.,

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Plug Power signs cooperative agreement for fuel cell electric vehicle development in China

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Plug Power Inc., has signed a cooperative memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Zhangjiagang Furui Special Equipment Co., LTD (Furui), along with a leading Chinese industrial vehicle manufacturer—also identified as one of the “big three” Chinese automakers—to develop new fuel cell applications and fueling solutions to be utilized in the large and expanding industrial electric vehicle market in China.

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Toyota expands R&D facilities in China; PHEVs coming under Corolla Levin lineup; fuel cell vehicle demos

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Toyota Motor Corporation has expanded the R&D facilities at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) Co., TMEC). This is in accordance with the initial investment plan, which had been created at the time of the establishment of the R&D facilities. Specifically, the plan includes improvements to the existing laboratory facility, construction of a new laboratory, creation of a battery evaluation and test facility, as well as improvements to test tracks on the premises.

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Ultrafine jagged Pt nanowires extremely efficient ORR catalysts; 50x more power than current commercial catalyst

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An international team led by researchers at UCLA and Caltech has demonstrated that altering the form of platinum nanoscale wires from a smooth surface to a jagged one can significantly reduce the amount of precious metal required as a catalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in fuel cells and thus lower the cost. According to the findings, the newly developed catalyst is so active that the amount of platinum required for a fuel cell could be 1/50 of what is needed today.

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DOE: California, Connecticut, and New York top fuel cell states

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According to the newly released State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2016 report from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), the top three hydrogen and fuel cell states in the US are California, Connecticut, and New York.

GM expands Maven carsharing to Denver, LA and San Francisco

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Maven, General Motors’ personal mobility brand, is expanding to the western United States, adding the Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco markets. In 10 months, Maven has launched three products and has grown to 13 US cities: Ann Arbor, Michigan; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; Jersey City, New Jersey; New York City; Orlando, Florida; San Diego; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. Pricing in each western market starts at $8 an hour and includes insurance and fuel.

USGS estimates 20B barrels of oil in Texas’ Wolfcamp Shale; largest USGS estimate of continuous oil ever in US

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The Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin province contains an estimated mean of 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, according to an assessment by the US Geological Survey. This estimate is for continuous (unconventional) oil, and consists of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources.

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Hyundai introduces new autonomous IONIQ concept at AutoMobility LA

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Hyundai Motor Company introduced the Autonomous IONIQ concept during its press conference at AutoMobility LA (Los Angeles Auto Show). With a design resembling the rest of the IONIQ lineup ( earlier post ), the vehicle is one of the few self-driving cars in development to have a LiDAR system hidden in its front bumper instead of installed on the roof, enabling it to look like any other car on the road and not a high school science project.

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