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Scientists suggest quantum control of atoms may make fusion energy production more efficient

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Scientists at Rice University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chile are proposing that quantum-controlled motion of nuclei, starting from the nanometer-size ground state of a molecule, can potentially overcome some of the difficulties of thermonuclear fusion by compression of a fuel pellet or in a bulk plasma.

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Six new electric cars coming for 2018 and 2019

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The next couple of years promise to be quite interesting for electric cars. A minimum of six new models are expected in that time period, all promising ranges of 200 miles or more—which until a few months ago had been the exclusive province of Tesla Motors. The list includes two affordable 200-mile electric cars: the second-generation Nissan. Mercedes-Benz Future Cars Audi e-tron plug-in cars Tesla Model 3 Porsche Mission E BMW i5

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First drive review: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

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Dear Giulia, It’s been two days and I can’t stop thinking about you. I know our time together was relatively brief, but you made such an impression

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Volvo Trucks introducing OTA remote programming for trucks

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Volvo Trucks North America is expanding its connected vehicle services with new Remote Programming to increase truck uptime, reduce downtime costs, and improve vehicle efficiency, all through powertrain software and parameter updates.

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3D printing with high-performance carbon fiber

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have become the first to 3D-print aerospace-grade carbon fiber composites, opening the door to greater control and optimization of the lightweight, yet stronger than steel material. The research, published by the journal Nature Scientific Reports , represents a “significant advance” in the development of micro-extrusion 3D printing techniques for carbon fiber, the authors said.

Co-Optima stakeholder listening day report to be available to public later this year

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On 19-20 January, the US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), and national laboratories hosted a stakeholder listening day for the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative in Livermore, California. Earlier post.)

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PNNL team finds electrolyte additive enables fast charging, stable cycling Li-metal batteries

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have found that adding a small, optimal amount (0.05M) of LiPF 6 (lithium hexafluorophosphate) as an additive in LiTFSI–LiBOB dual-salt/carbonate-solvent-based electrolytes significantly enhances the charging capability and cycling stability of Li metal batteries. A paper on their work is published in the journal Nature Energy.

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Startup Embark unveils self-driving truck

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Embark , a startup developing self-driving technologies for commercial transportation, unveiled its self-driving truck technology. The company—which gained approval by the State of Nevada earlier this year to begin testing its truck on public roads—has created a technology that allows trucks to drive from exit to exit on the freeway without any human input. Embark’s truck uses a combination of radars, cameras and LiDARs to perceive the world around it.

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Georgia Tech study finds link between sulfate, metallic particles from vehicles and adverse health impacts

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Metals from brakes and other automotive systems are emitted into the air as fine particles, lingering over busy roadways. Now, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have shown how these vehicle-emitted metals—such as copper, iron and manganese—interact with acidic sulfate-rich particles already in the air to produce an aerosol that, when inhaled, is more likely to cause oxidative stress and impact respiratory health.

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ABB delivers first urban battery storage solution in Denmark to support renewables

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ABB has commissioned Denmark’s first urban energy storage system. The Lithium-ion based battery energy storage system (BESS) will be integrated with the local electricity grid in the new harbor district of Nordhavn, Copenhagen. The system has been commissioned for Radius, DONG Energy’s electrical grid division. The 630kW/460 kWh Battery Energy Storage System connected to main grid is capable of supplying electricity to 60 households for 24 hours.

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GKN Driveline develops new lightweight propshaft for Audi Q5; more compact, lighter, more efficient; MLB Evo

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GKN Driveline created a new lightweight, high-speed propshaft joint for the all-new Audi Q5. The PVL joint is smaller, lighter and more refined than predecessor technology, and represents a bespoke solution by GKN engineers to create a more compact joint. Its outer diameter is reduced by 7mm, representing an 8% reduction in the width and height of the space it occupies in the driveline.

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Goodenough and UT team report new strategy for all-solid-state Na or Li battery suitable for EVs; plating cathodes

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A team of engineers led by John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed a new strategy for a safe, low-cost, all-solid-state rechargeable sodium or lithium battery cell that has the required energy density and cycle life for a battery that powers an all-electric road vehicle. An open-access paper on the work is published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science.

2017 174

FDK and Fujitsu Labs develop high-energy-density lithium cobalt pyrophosphate cathode material for solid-state batteries

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FDK Corporation and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. have jointly developed lithium cobalt pyrophosphate (Li 2 CoP 2 O 7 ) as a high-energy-density cathode material for all-solid lithium-ion batteries. The new material can operate at charge/discharge voltages of more than 5V, which is beyond the limits of conventional lithium secondary batteries.

2017 174

EIA: US produced more petroleum than any other country in 2015

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According to data from the US Department of Energy (DOE), gathered by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), world petroleum production was 96 million barrels per day (mmbd) in 2015 and the United States produced more than any other country—16% of the global total. In 1980, the United States was the second highest producer in the world with a 17% share of production, just behind the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) (19%).

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Study finds black carbon pollution directly affects bacteria; altering effectiveness of antibiotics, increasing the potential for infection

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Researchers from the University of Leicester (UK) have shown for the first time that black carbon, a major component of air pollution, directly affects bacteria that cause respiratory infections— Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus —thereby increasing the potential for infection and changing the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment. pneumoniae is the leading bacterial cause of pneumonia, and S. aureus is a significant cause of respiratory and skin and tissue disease.

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Toyota Research Institute displays Gen 2 autonomous test vehicle; machine vision and machine learning

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The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) displayed its 2.0 generation advanced safety research vehicle at the company’s Prius Challenge event in Sonoma California. Earlier post.)The The all-new test vehicle will be used to explore a full range of autonomous driving capabilities. The new advanced safety research vehicle is the first autonomous testing platform developed entirely by TRI, and reflects the rapid progress of its autonomous driving program, said TRI CEO Gill Pratt.

2017 163

Oil Majors’ Costs Have Risen 66% Since 2011

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by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. The oil majors reported poor earnings for the fourth quarter of last year, but many oil executives struck an optimistic tone about the road ahead. Oil prices have stabilized and the cost cutting measures implemented over the past three years should allow companies to turn a profit even though crude trades for about half of what it did back in 2014.

2017 163

Daimler invests in ChargePoint as part of $82M round; seat on board

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Daimler AG is the lead investor in the first $82-million close of US-based charging solutions provider ChargePoint’s latest round of financing. Daimler will receive a seat on Chargepoint’s Board of Directors. The first close of Chargepoint’s round is the largest in the company’s history. The investment will support the expansion of the company’s charging network into Europe.

2017 163

Symbio targets European taxi market with fuel cell range extender in Nissan e-NV200; 500 km range

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Symbio has integrated a 15 kW (net) fuel cell range extender in a Nissan e-NV200 electric van, with plans to introduce the vehicle to the European taxi market. The new plug-in hybrid hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will deliver at least 500 km of range. Symbio unveiled the van at the FC Expo 2017 in Tokyo. The customized e-NV200 offers taxi drivers a similar total cost of ownership to a hybrid taxi, but with the range of an internal combustion engine.

2017 163

BP acquiring upstream portion of Clean Energy’s renewable gas business for $155M

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BP will acquire the upstream portion of Clean Energy’s renewable natural gas business and sign a long-term supply contract with Clean Energy to support the firm’s continuing downstream renewable natural gas business. The deal enables both companies to accelerate the growth in renewable natural gas supply and meet the growing demand of the natural gas vehicle fuel market. Renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel—biomethane—is produced entirely from organic waste.

2017 163

Maxwell Technologies to acquire Nesscap Energy for $23M; strengthens position in automotive, industrial, wind

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Maxwell Technologies and Nesscap Energy Inc., leading developers and manufacturers of capacitive energy storage and power delivery solutions, have entered into an agreement in which Maxwell proposes to acquire substantially all of the assets and business of Nesscap for a total purchase price of $23.175 million, or about 1.1 times annualized revenue based on Nesscap’s 9-month revenue ended 30 September 2016.

2017 163

SCPPA signs letter of intent for 500 Workhorse W-15 4WD range-extended electric pickup trucks

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Workhorse Group Inc. WKHS), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of battery-electric vehicles, received a Letter of Intent from Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) for 500 W-15 Plug-In Electric Pickup trucks. Earlier post.) The Workhorse W-15 light duty platform design is an extension of the E-Gen electric technology used in Workhorse medium-duty delivery trucks. Earlier post.).

2017 163

Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev to develop driverless vehicle fleet system for future public and on-demand transportation

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev have agreed to explore the joint development of mobility services with fleets of electric driverless vehicles for public and on-demand transportation. The companies will collaborate to develop a comprehensive, modular transportation system to enable clients to book rides, and mobility operators to monitor and operate self-driving car fleets.

2017 163

ARPA-E projects receive more than $1.8B in private follow-on funding for transformational energy technologies

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced that a group of 74 project teams has attracted more than $1.8 billion in private sector follow-on funding since the agency’s founding in 2009. The announcement was made at the eighth annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

2017 163

BASF Catalysts doubles production capacity for mobile emissions catalysts in India

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BASF Catalysts India Private Limited inaugurated its new mobile emissions catalysts manufacturing site in India. The site includes a new 47,000-square-meter production plant, which replaces an existing BASF plant in Chennai and is the culmination of a three-year expansion project, which has doubled the company’s catalyst manufacturing capacity in India.

2017 150

Renault and Heudiasyc create shared research facility for perception and localization systems for autonomous vehicles

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Renault and Heudiasyc (Heuristics and Diagnostics for Complex Systems), a joint research unit formed by UTC (Université de Technologie de Campiègne) and the CNRS, have created SIVALab, a laboratory specializing in localization and perception systems for autonomous vehicles. SIVALab (a French acronym for Integrated Systems for Autonomous Vehicles Lab) is based in Compiègne, north of Paris, France.

2017 150

Clean Fuels Ohio signs LoI to deploy 500 Workhorse W-15 range-extended electric hybrid pickups across Ohio

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Workhorse Group has received a Letter of Intent from Clean Fuels Ohio to partner with Workhorse to help deploy 500 W-15 Plug-In Electric Pickup trucks throughout the state of Ohio. Earlier post.). Workhorse has also received Letters of Intent from Duke Energy, Portland General Electric, the City of Orlando, and Southern California Public Power Authority. While not operating a fleet itself, Clean Fuels Ohio engages numerous fleets across Ohio on transitions to cleaner vehicle and fuel options.

2017 150

Volkswagen establishes new Sub-Saharan Africa region

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The Volkswagen brand has established a "Sub-Saharan Africa” region to develop and strengthen its activities in the African market. Sub-Saharan Africa refers to the area of the African continent south of the Sahara. The new fourth region joins Volkswagen’s existing regions of North America, South America and China and is the next step in the Volkswagen brand’s strategy to position itself in focus areas. Sub-Sahara comprises 49 African states with a total population of some 920 million.

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Senate bill would enable sales of E15 and higher ethanol blends year round; RVP waiver

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US Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have introduced the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act. The bill would amend the Clean Air Act to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10%. This would increase market access opportunities for higher blends of ethanol by allowing retailers across the country to sell E15 and other higher-ethanol/gasoline fuel blends year-round, the Senators said.

2017 150

5G Automotive Association and European Automotive Telecom Alliance to cooperate on connected and autonomous driving

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The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) and the European Automotive Telecom Alliance (EATA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The aim of this partnership is to foster cooperation in the field of connected and autonomous driving solutions as well as standardization, spectrum and related use cases.

2017 150

Dukosi raises £2M for next-generation battery management technology

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Scotland-based battery management systems company Dukosi has secured a further £2 million (US$2.1 million) in funding, led by IP Group plc. Dukosi has developed a novel battery management system that collects, processes and stores data directly at the cell. Using wireless technology, the system transmits real-time information on cell performance to support master level control of the battery pack.

2017 150

Green light for alliance between Volkswagen Truck & Bus and Navistar; Volkswagen acquires 16.6% for $256M

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The strategic alliance between Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH—which houses the MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, and RIO brands—and US commercial vehicle manufacturer Navistar International Corporation ( earlier post ) has been approved by the authorities responsible. Volkswagen Truck & Bus has acquired a stake of 16.6% in Navistar paying US$15.76 per share. The purchase price is US$256 million and takes the form of a capital increase.

2017 150

Eaton introduces eVaptive electronic fuel tank venting system; reduced cost, complexity

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Power management company Eaton introduced its new eVaptive electronically controlled fuel tank vapor venting system that can be optimized for any vehicle platform, eliminating the need for automakers to design unique venting systems for different vehicles. The eVaptive system uses software to control the transmission of fuel vapors to a charcoal canister while keeping liquid fuel confined to the fuel tank.

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Rail Management Services (RMS) orders 9 more Orange EV T-Series electric yard trucks

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Rail Management Services ( RMS ), an intermodal lift-on/lift-off contractor with a hostling fleet of 700+ trucks, has placed a follow-on order for nine additional T-Series battery-electric terminal trucks from Orange EV. Orange EV offers a range of configurations built to meet site-specific requirements while managing cost.

2017 150

GM China launches 2017 Green Supply Chain project

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General Motors China has launched the 2017 Green Supply Chain project. The yearlong initiative aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions at 16 China-based parts and components suppliers that provide parts to GM’s operations around the world. Building on the success of the 2016 program, GM China will offer the new group of suppliers training, energy audits and other support. The focus will be on reducing their energy consumption and increasing their recycling of materials.

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First XL Hybrids XLP plug-in hybrid upfits to be installed on Ford F-150 pickups

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XL Hybrids’s XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) upfit solution ( earlier post ) will roll out on Ford F-150 pickup trucks beginning fourth quarter 2017. Ford, with its top-selling half-ton truck for any make and model, was chosen as the first OEM based on XL Hybrids’ order commitments from major fleet customers. The XLP Fleet-Ready technology is the industry’s first ship-thru upfit on pickup trucks from a leading OEM.

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Chevron-led consortium executes Mexico deepwater contract

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An international consortium operated by Chevron Corporation’s subsidiary, Chevron Energía de Mexico, S de R.L. de C.V., signed an exploration contract with Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH), representing the Mexican government, for Block 3 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The consortium, which also includes partners Pemex Exploración y Producción and INPEX CORPORATION, was awarded the block on 5 December 2016, during Mexico’s 1.4 bid round.