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DOT to award up to $60M for advanced transportation and congestion management projects; V2X, ITS and mobility services

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration will award ( 693JJ317NF0001 ) up to $60 million to projects to develop model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment. DOT is requiring a minimum cost share of 50%; i.e., the maximum Federal share is 50%. Total project values will thus be a combined minimum $120 million.

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Even California imposes new fee on electric cars in lieu of gas taxes

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Last week, the California state legislature approved a $52 billion transportation-funding package. Unlike the practice in previous years, this one is to be used only for improvements to the transportation infrastructure, to begin cutting into an estimated $ 130 billion backlog of repairs and expansions. As a result of the new bill, owners of. California Gas Tax state laws transportation policy

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Top five ways to cure car sickness this Easter holiday

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Easter is the perfect catalyst for instigating stomach churning bouts of cars sickness – eating too much rich chocolate before a journey? Check. Yummy

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Bollinger Motors shows chassis for its battery-electric sport utility truck

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Bollinger Motors, a 2014 startup developing a battery-electric sport utility truck, revealed the first images of the chassis structure which will underpin its upcoming vehicle. The truck will make its global debut at a media event this summer in Bollinger Motors’ home state of New York. The all-aluminum chassis with a high-strength, low-alloy (HSLA) steel rollover structure is designed for optimal off-road vehicle proportions.

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California ARB petitions US EPA for “Tier 5” stricter locomotive emissions standards

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In an effort to accelerate the movement to zero- or near-zero emission locomotives, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has petitioned the US EPA take action to adopt more stringent emission standards for locomotives. These new standards are to include standards for newly manufactured locomotives (which ARB refers to as “Tier 5”), and a new standard for Tier 4 locomotives upon remanufacture.

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KAUST team alters atomic composition of MoS2 to boost performance as water-splitting catalyst for H2 production

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Researchers at KAUST have developed and used a novel way of increasing the chemical reactivity of a two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide material to produce a cheap and effective catalyst for water splitting to produce hydrogen. This technique may also have potential benefits for other manufacturing industries.

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Dalia Research: Globally, 40% would consider an EV, but held back by logistics

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Worldwide, 40% of those planning to buy a car within the next five years say they are likely to buy all-electric (even though not all of them would be able to afford one at foreseeable price points), according to findings from Dalia Research’s global mobility study. The percentage is higher among those who are looking to buy a replacement for their current car (44%), and lower among those who have never owned a car (36%).

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NREL sets new world efficiency record for solar hydrogen production: 16.2%

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Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process. The new solar-to-hydrogen (STH) efficiency record is 16.2%, topping a reported 14% efficiency in 2015 by an international team made up of researchers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, TU Ilmenau, Fraunhofer ISE and the California Institute of Technology.

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Honda introduces Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric at New York show; targeting 75K Clarity vehicles in 4 years

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Honda revealed its all-new Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric ( earlier post ) alongside the already available Clarity Fuel Cell ( earlier post ), saying it will target US sales of 75,000 Clarity vehicles in the first four model years.

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Suzuki, Toshiba and Denso to form JV to produce automotive Li-ion battery packs in India

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Suzuki Motor Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, and Denso Corporation have reached basic agreement on establishing a joint venture company for production of automotive lithium-ion battery packs in India, and signed the agreement. The initial capital expenditure will be ¥20 billion (US$184 million). The joint venture company will be capitalized at ¥2 billion (US$18.4 million), with the planned participation ratio of Suzuki 50%, Toshiba 40% and Denso 10% respectively.

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Ford exploring use of bamboo in cars

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Over the past several years, has Ford worked with suppliers to evaluate the viability of using bamboo in vehicle interiors and to make extra strong parts by combining it with plastic. The team has found that bamboo performs comprehensively better than other tested synthetic and natural fibers in a range of materials tests, from tensile strength tests to impact strength tests. It’s also been heated to more than 212 ˚F Fahrenheit to ensure it can maintain its integrity.

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Lucid Air debuts in New York; completes first high speed stability test at 217 mph

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Lucid Motors made its global auto show debut at the New York International Auto Show, presenting the Lucid Air luxury electric sedan and also presenting its Alpha Speed Car test vehicle, which had just completed its first high-speed stability test at 217 mph (349.2 km/h). The 1,000 hp, 400-mile range Lucid Air was first unveiled in December 2016. Earlier post.) The Air will be manufactured in Casa Grande, Arizona.

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Volkswagen to unveil I.D. electric crossover in Shanghai; all-wheel drive and autopilot

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Volkswagen will unveil an electric crossover concept vehicle at Auto Shanghai 2017 (19 to 29 April). The concept car is the brand’s first electrically powered crossover utility vehicle (CUV)—a four-door coupé and sport utility vehicle (SUV) in one. After the premieres of the I.D. Paris, 2016, earlier post ) and I.D. BUZZ (Detroit, 2017, earlier post ), this concept car follows as the third progressive member of the I.D.

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Pilot test result of D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology better than expected

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D3MAX announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing its patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology, installed at ACE Ethanol, LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin. Testing of the patented D3MAX corn fiber-to-ethanol process and technology is underway with testing to be complete by June of 2017. After analyzing pilot test data, D3MAX has concluded that its process has demonstrated better than expected results.

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GM earns EPA ENERGY STAR Award for Environmental Leadership; energy use per vehicle in manufacturing down 10% YoY

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General Motors earned a 2017 EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence award for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. GM’s commitment to reducing energy intensity saved $73 million in energy costs last year and avoided 388,000 metric tons of carbon emissions, equivalent to the electricity use of 57,000 US homes.

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Cadillac Super Cruise hands-free system uses driver attention system and LiDAR map database

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The 2018 Cadillac CT6 will feature Super Cruise ( earlier post ) autonomous driving technology for the highway. Unlike other driver assistance systems, Super Cruise utilizes two advanced technology systems—a driver attention system and precision LiDAR map data—to ensure safe and confident vehicle operation. These systems are added to the network of cameras and radar sensors in the CT6, providing a more data-rich approach to driver assistance.

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Plugless: first wireless charger to provide 1 million charge hours for PEVs

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Evatran Group, the manufacturer and distributor of Plugless, announced that Plugless installations across North America (and some worldwide) crossed 1-million hours charged this month. This marks another “firsts” milestone for Plugless in the EV industry. 1 st wireless EV charging field trials. From 2012 to 2014 Plugless systems were rigorously testing in the field at more than a dozen “Apollo” trial partner sites – including installations at Google, Duke Energy, and Hertz.

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Toyota invests $1.33B in Kentucky plant to introduce TNGA; 2018 Camry to be 1st TNGA car made in US

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Toyota Motor is making a $1.33-billion investment in Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. TMMK); the plant will be Toyota’s first in North America to begin producing vehicles using Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). Earlier post.) In 2015, Toyota announced it was investing $1 billion in a new TNGA plant in Guanajuato, Mexico—the first designed from the ground up with TNGA production engineering technologies.

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Eaton and Cummins to form JV for automated transmissions for heavy- and medium-duty commercial vehicles

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Eaton and Cummins announced an agreement to form a joint venture for automated transmissions for heavy-duty and medium-duty commercial vehicles. The joint venture will be named Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies. Cummins and Eaton will each own 50% of the new joint venture. The formation of the joint venture is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The parties expect the transaction to close in the third quarter of 2017.

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Renewable plastic precursor could reduce cost of cellulosic ethanol by >$2/gallon

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A team of chemical and biological engineers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has developed a new chemical pathway a way to produce from biomass a valuable compound—1,5-pentanediol, a plastic precursor primarily used to make polyurethanes and polyester plastics—that they estimate could lower the cost of cellulosic ethanol by more than two dollars per gallon.

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JATO Dynamics: US new vehicle sales down 1.9% in Q1; SUVs, pickups increase market share

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New vehicle sales for the first quarter of 2017 in US fell 1.9% over the same period in 2016, according to figures from JATO Dynamics. Analysts had predicted a small increase for March sales but saw a decline despite reported high incentives spending. SUVs and pickup trucks continue to gain market share, with Honda’s 4.3% increase in share driven by sales from the CR-V and returning Ridgeline, which as re-entered the market after a two model year hiatus.

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Workhorse releases specs for coming W-15 extended range electric pickup

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Workhorse has released initial specifications of its W-15 pickup truck, for which it has accumulated letters of intent for 2,150 units. Earlier post.) A drivable prototype of the W-15 will be unveiled at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California, on May 2. Production models are scheduled for delivery in 2018.

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Berkeley Lab working with Alphabet Energy to develop a low-cost thermoelectric system

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With a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), Berkeley Lab is partnering with Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system to reduce both energy use in the industrial sector and electricity-related carbon emissions. ICF International estimates that such a system could save California 3.2 million megawatt-hours per year in energy while also increasing electrical reliability.

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Solvay, Bentley, Penso partner on lightweight architecture

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A consortium including Solvay, Bentley and Penso has been awarded a multi-million pound grant by the UK government Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) for the Flexible Lightweight Architecture for Volume Applications (FLAVA) automotive project. FLAVA will develop the composite design, material and manufacturing technologies required to implement a modular, multi-material Body-In-White structure suited for large production volume.

NREL researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels; higher efficiency water-splitting for H2

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Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating heat. Using quantum dots (QD) and a process called Multiple Exciton Generation (MEG), the NREL researchers were able to push the peak external quantum efficiency for hydrogen generation to 114%.

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GM adding more than 1,100 jobs, $14M to expand Cruise Automation self-driving operations in California

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General Motors will add more than 1,100 new jobs and invest $14 million in a new research and development facility for Cruise Automation in San Francisco. Earlier post.) These investments will allow Cruise Automation to expand development of self-driving technologies that will transform personal mobility. Expanding our team at Cruise Automation and linking them with our global engineering talent is another important step in our work to redefine the future of personal mobility.

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First $300M tranche of VW National ZEV investment targets charging infrastructure; 150kW+ fast charging on highway network

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the plan for the first tranche of Volkswagen’s National Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment spending, directed at 11 cities nationwide—New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Portland, Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Denver, Houston, Miami, and Raleigh—and several highway corridors.

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Midwest EVOLVE electric vehicle project hosts first EV ride and drive at Earth Day event in Ohio

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Earth Day Coalition will give consumers a chance to test drive some of the newest electric vehicles at EarthFest 2017 , 22 April at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Middleburg Heights, OH. The ride-and-drive is a part of a new seven-state project called Midwest EVOLVE (Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience).

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Proterra delivers 100th electric bus

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Proterra delivered its 100 th battery-electric bus, destined for San Joaquin Region Transit District (RTD) in Stockton, Calif. Proterra is leading the industry with more 60% of electric bus sales since the industry’s inception. Proterra has delivered its buses to 36 different municipal, university and commercial transit agency customers in 20 states.

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Genesis unveils plug-in hydrogen fuel cell GV80 Concept SUV at New York

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Genesis, Hyundai Motor’s high-end luxury brand, unveiled its GV80 Concept SUV at the New York International Auto Show. The new fuel cell concept SUV is the brand’s first interpretation of a versatile luxury SUV. The GV80 Concept also utilizes plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric technology to combine eco-performance and capability. The front of the GV80 Concept showcases the signature Genesis crest grille presented by the lower grille surround.

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ChargePoint’s roadmap: EV charging 80% home/work, 20% public/fast, “virtual batteries” for utilities

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ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, is rapidly expanding both its technical capability with the introduction of its modular Express Plus EV fast-charging platform (up to 400 kW) ( earlier post ) as well as its geographic reach with its expansion into Europe ( earlier post ).

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OSU team developing Gas and Biomass to Liquids (GBTL) technology for production of liquid hydrocarbons

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Researchers at Oklahoma State University are developing a novel natural Gas and Biomass to Liquids (GBTL) technology that will synergistically use biomass (e.g. switchgrass and eastern red cedar) and methane to produce liquid hydrocarbons that are compatible with existing infrastructure. The work is led by Dr. Ajay Kumar in collaboration with Dr. Allen Apblett.

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Porsche introducing flagship Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid in New York

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Porsche is introducing the new 680-hp Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid ( earlier post )—the first hybrid flagship for one of its model lines—at the New York International Auto Show this week. After the successful debut of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid ( earlier post )—which uses a twin-turbo V6 engine combined with an electric motor—the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is another compelling demonstration of the performance advantages of hybrid technology.

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ST Engineering launches several initiatives on autonomous vehicles in Singapore

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ST Engineering announced several initiatives to advance Singapore’s Smart Mobility 2030 vision of a smart transportation network and to strengthen its leadership in the development of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies.

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Ford projects SUVs to be >45% of non-premium US sales in next 5-7 years; adding 5 new SUVs in NA by 2020

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Ford projects the SUV segment will continue growing, accounting for more than 45% of the non-premium US retail industry in the next five to seven years. (In In March 2017, SUVs/Crossovers accounted for about 40% of new vehicle sales.) Positioning to take advantage of this growth, Ford plans to add five all-new SUVs to its lineup in North America by 2020.

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Volkswagen introduces transferable 6-year, 72K mile bumper-to-bumper warranty on 2018 Atlas and Tiguan SUVs

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Volkswagen is introducing a six-year or 72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) bumper-to-bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty, with coverage that’s transferable beyond the first owner for the new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. The 2018 Atlas and 2018 Tiguan’s six-year/72,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty includes powertrain coverage for their engines, transmissions and optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

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EIA STEO projects higher US crude production, increases in travel and gasoline demand

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In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that US crude oil production, which averaged an estimated 8.9 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2016, will average 9.2 million b/d in 2017 and 9.9 million b/d in 2018. That level is higher than originally forecast, exceeding the previous record level of 9.6 million barrels per day reached in 1970, said EIA Acting Administrator Howard Gruenspecht.

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