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Sheffield Forgemasters leads $14M project to industrialize electron beam welding for nuclear reactors; SMR application

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UK-based engineering specialist Sheffield Forgemasters is leading a consortium of partners in a £10.5-million (US$14 million) project to explore the industrialization of Electron Beam Welding (EBW) in civil nuclear assemblies.

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Downtown Detroit, a charging desert, finally gets DC fast chargers

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The home base for the U.S. auto industry has long been downtown Detroit. And as much as that industry has wanted to talk the talk about electrification the past several year, it hasn’t walked the walk in its home turf.

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Top five cars we’re most looking forward to in 2020

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If 2018 was a year of veiled secrecy, with many manufacturers playing their cards close to their chest regarding what’s next, then 2019 appears to have been the year where many showed their hand

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Ballard-powered fuel-cell tram-buses from Van Hool now in revenue service in France

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Ballard Power Systems announced that 8 ExquiCity tram-buses built by Van Hool NV and powered by 8 Ballard FCveloCity-HD 100-kilowatt fuel cell modules have been inaugurated at a ceremony in Pau, France and are now in revenue service in Pau’s Bus Rapid Transit System.

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BMW Group and Daimler Mobility gear up for profitable growth at mobility joint ventures

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Following the successful launch of the YOUR NOW joint ventures in February 2019, BMW Group and Daimler are gearing up for the joint ventures’ next phase of expansion, which will be focused on profitable growth.

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IBM Research announces heavy-metal-free battery design; partnering with Mercedes-Benz R&D to advance the discovery

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IBM Research announced a chemistry for a new battery based on three new and different proprietary materials, which does not use heavy metals or other substances with sourcing concerns. The materials for this battery are able to be extracted from seawater, laying the groundwork for less invasive sourcing techniques than current material mining methods.

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BMW iX3 to introduce Gen5 BMW eDrive technology; NMC-811 batteries

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The battery-electric BMW iX3, the production of which will commence in 2020, will offer a range of more than 440 km (273 miles) (WLTP) with a net-battery size of 74 kWh.

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EPA finalizes RFS volumes for 2020 and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2021

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that establishes the required renewable volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2020, and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2021.

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RPI researchers develop new aqueous Li-ion battery that improves safety without sacrificing performance

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As the lithium-ion batteries that currently power most phones, laptops, and electric vehicles become increasingly fast-charging and high-performing, they also grow increasingly expensive and flammable.

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Florida-based public microtransit operator Freebee deploys Lightning Systems electric passenger vans

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Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero-emission drivetrains, delivered the first two units on an initial order of six Lightning Electric Ford Transit 350HD wheel-chair accessible passenger vans to Freebee, an operator of on-demand public transportation in the South Florida region.

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Delta enters offtake agreement with Gevo for 10M gallons per year of sustainable aviation fuel

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Delta has entered a long-term offtake agreement under which Delta will purchase 10 million gallons per year of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) from Gevo—specifically, Gevo’s Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK).

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California ARB approves air quality plan for South Coast Air Basin ahead of 2023 deadline; calls for Federal action

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to approve an updated plan for the South Coast Air Basin aimed at further cutting smog-forming emissions to attain the federal 8-hour ozone standard. The air quality plan is the most stringent in the nation.

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Mercedes-Benz switching to cameras instead of side-mirrors on heavy-duty trucks

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Since June 2019, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has been supplying the new heavy-duty Actros truck with MirrorCam—side-mounted digital rear-view mirrors—as a standard feature.

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EVgo fast charging network will offer Tesla connectors nationally next year

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It’s about time for one of the charging networks to welcome Tesla drivers with open arms. And that’s exactly what EVgo is doing, with an announcement made Thursday. EVgo announced the availability of Tesla connectors now at five initial San Francisco locations, at Whole Foods Markets.

Diesel Jeep MPG, BMW iX3 electric SUV, more places for Teslas to charge: Today’s Car News

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Tesla owners finally have fast-charging options outside of Tesla’s own Supercharger network. The Jeep Wrangler goes diesel now and plug-in soon. And the BMW iX3 is still eventually headed to the U.S., with a new generation of electric-drive kit. This and more, today at Green Car Reports.

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2020 Jeep Wrangler diesel rated 25 MPG, plug-in hybrid on the way

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The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EcoDiesel is the model that serious Jeep enthusiasts have been wanting for decades. Suddenly those considering the iconic model have a bevy of choices. There’s never been a diesel Wrangler, and it’s out at dealerships about now.

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2020 Mini Cooper SE electric car open to orders: Short range, low price

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Mini USA has opened the order banks for the 2020 Mini Cooper SE, the brand’s first electric car in many years, a revival of the formula that earned a lot of enthusiasm a decade ago in the Mini E, and its first to be mass-produced.

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2020 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is even more ready for infrastructure that hasn’t arrived

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The cold-weather startup performance of the 2020 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell has been improved.

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Polestar 2 electric car tows up to 3,300 pounds—including in US form

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The Polestar 2 electric crossover may be one of the first compact electric cars to be rated for towing any significant amount. Polestar announced a 3,300-pound tow rating for the upcoming model Wednesday, along with an optional power-folding towbar for flexibility.

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Electric Ford F-150 pickup confirmed for Michigan assembly, likely for 2021

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In November the United Auto Workers ratified a four-year contract with Ford—one that included an agreement to invest more than $6 billion in U.S. plants and, as was reported then, included plans to keep high-visibility electrification plans for the F-150 in Michigan.

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Electrify America charging is coming to some Bank of America locations

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Up until now, most of the high-power DC fast chargers that Electrify America has installed for electric-car drivers have been at Walmart stores and big shopping centers. But soon the charging network will look to a new venue: the bank.

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EV tax credit extension likely dead, because of Trump opposition

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Despite strong support for the extension and expansion of the federal EV tax credit, the effort appears to have run out of juice in Washington—specifically, at the Oval Office. The proposal, which in November had bipartisan support in the Senate, was on Monday cut out of a massive $1.4

Rivian electric trucks’ battery packs more energy into less space

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Until the infrastructure can catch up—and well beyond then, if you’re talking about go-anywhere electric trucks like those from Rivian—big batteries will be a necessity for getting more people switching to EVs.

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One of these 3 vehicles will be Green Car Reports’ Best Car To Buy 2020

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Carmakers have become increasingly attuned to the idea of reducing carbon footprint and emissions in their manufacturing and emissions, and car shoppers have become more demanding and discerning.We’re happy to have made the requirements for our Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy narrow enough to point to a select few vehicles. In continuing a.

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2020 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 plug-in hybrid: EPA range and mpg improve

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One of the best arguments for plug-in hybrids is that they’re one-size-fits-all vehicles, enabling owners to plug-in when they’re going about their normal weekday commute routine—keeping the miles all or mostly electric—and yet giving them the freedom to go well beyond where charging networks might easily permit on the.

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Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV delayed again for U.S.—now to 2021

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The top-selling luxury-vehicle brand in the U.S. now isn’t likely to have a fully electric vehicle back in its American lineup until 2021.

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Ford aims for Mach-E electric SUV price transparency, haggling still fair game

Green Car Reports

The LA Auto Show reveal of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E last month created a lot of buzz from electric-vehicle fans and Mustang fans alike—so much, it seems, that Ford is making some preemptive moves to make sure its dealerships aren’t sharks in the cool blue waters.

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Mercedes-Benz initially offering electric eSprinter as a panel van

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The new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter ( earlier post ) is intended to cover the broadest possible range of use in urban logistics. It is initially being offered as a panel van and a permissible gross mass of 3500 kilograms. Its maximum loading volume is 10.5

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Shipping sector proposes US$5 billion R&D program over 10 years to cut emissions

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The global maritime transport industry has submitted a proposal to the UN IMO to form the world’s first collaborative shipping R&D program to help eliminate CO 2 emissions from international shipping.

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Northeast States, DC release proposal for regional plan to cut emissions and invest in clean transportation

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Ballard receives $19.2M order from Weichai-Ballard JV for MEAs to power fuel-cell-electric vehicles in China

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Ballard Power Systems announced receipt of a purchase order from Weichai Ballard Hy-Energy Technologies Co., Weichai-Ballard JV) for Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs) valued at $19.2 million, to be delivered in 2020 under a long-term MEA supply agreement.

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DOE: US transportation sector consumed 1.4 quadrillion Btu of fuel made from biomass in 2018; ~5%

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Of the 28.4 quadrillion Btu (quads) of energy consumed by the US transportation sector in 2018, 1.4 quads (4.9%) were produced from biomass, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). Fuel ethanol made up 81.4%

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DOE to issue a funding opportunity announcement on H2@Scale new markets

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced a Notice of Intent ( NOI ) to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to advance innovations that will build new markets for H2@Scale. Earlier post.)

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NREL, Co-Optima research yields potential bioblendstock molecule for diesel fuel: 4-butoxyheptane

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A novel oxygenate molecule that can be produced from biomass shows promise for use as a blend for diesel fuel, according to researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Their paper is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Women are more likely to telecommute than men

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by Michael Sivak. This analysis examined recent changes in the frequency of telecommuting in the United States. Of particular interest were the changes in telecommuting as a function of worker’s gender.

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Continental to premier sensor that detects different types of low-speed contact sound; automated parking application at CES 2020

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Continental will premier its new Contact Sensor System (CoSSy) at CES 2020 next month in Las Vegas, Nevada. CoSSy closes a gap in the industry’s automotive sensor portfolio by enabling the detection of low-speed contact between a vehicle and a person or object.

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DENSO and NTT Communications start validating vehicle security operation center technology for connected cars

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DENSO Corporation (DENSO) and NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) will begin validating their jointly developed Vehicle Security Operation Center (V-SOC) technology for monitoring and analyzing vehicle’s security status from January 2020.

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