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Initial results from French NOx emissions testing of 100 diesels show high discrepancies between official and on-the-road results

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Two French environmental NGOs—France Nature Environment (FNE) and Réseau Action Climat ( RAC )—along with European umbrella NGO Transport & Environment (T&E), have released initial test results from the Royal Commission’s inquiry into diesel engine NO x emissions in France. The initial results from 22 vehicles from different automakers highlight the discrepancy between the emissions levels measured in official testing and those emitted by cars on the road.

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Tesla Model 3 invitations going out for March 31 debut event

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Invitations are now being sent out for the eagerly awaited debut of the Tesla Model 3 electric car at the end of this month. Tesla will offer at least a look at the 200-mile, $35,000 electric car at the event, which will take place in Los Angeles March 31. It will also begin accepting Model 3 orders at its retail stores, while online ordering will. Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Tesla Model 3

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Nissan LEAF No Charge to Charge program expands to Orlando

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On Tuesday, Nissan announced an expansion of its popular No Charge To Charge program to include Orlando Florida. Under the program, Leaf buyers enjoy two years of free access to public charging stations. Understandably, the program is a

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MIT/CalTrans study finds pavement-vehicle interaction accounts for 1% of overall fuel consumption on California highways

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A recent collaboration between the MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) showed that phenomena associated with deflection-induced pavement-vehicle interaction (PVI) accounts for 1% of overall fuel consumption on California highways. Deflection-induced PVI—which results from a vehicle overcoming a resisting force (i.e.

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China R&D company introduces micro-turbine range extender technology at Geneva

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Techrules, a new China-based automotive R&D company, made its global debut at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show with the unveiling of a Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) series hybrid system applied in a 6-motor, all-wheel drive supercar concept. TREV is a range extender system that uses a micro-turbine (fueled either by liquid or gaseous fuels) to generate electricity that charges a battery pack. The battery powers the motors that drive the wheels.

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Morgan launches three-wheeled Morgan EV3 at Geneva

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The Morgan Motor Company is launching the three-wheeled Morgan EV3 , the company’s first production electric vehicle, at the Geneva Motor Show. Following a soft launch of the Phase 1 EV3 mule vehicle in 2015, Morgan is showcasing the final pre-production phase car with restyled body and interior. Fitted with a 20 kWh Li-ion battery pack and a liquid-cooled 46 kW motor driving the rear wheel, and weighing less than 500 kg (1,100 lbs), the all-electric 3 Wheeler has a range of 150 miles (241 km).

Nissan office in France to house largest grid-integrated EV system yet

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Nissan’s new regional office in France will house the largest grid-integrated electric vehicle (EV) system and second-life battery storage unit yet installed in a building, anywhere. The new building will feature 100 vehicle-to-grid chargers, from Nissan’s partner ENEL, allowing Nissan’s range of EVs to plug in and draw down energy from the grid at off-peak periods with the ability to “sell back” the stored energy to the grid.

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Audi expanding e-gas capacity through partnership with Viessmann; power-to-gas with biological methanation of CO2 and H2

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Audi is expanding capacities for the production of sustainably produced e-gas. Earlier post.) The Viessmann Group is Audi’s first partner company to produce additional quantities of the synthetic fuel using a new biological methanation process. The pilot plant in Allendorf, Germany officially opened today. Audi e-gas is currently produced using two process steps: electrolysis and methanation. In the first step, renewably generated electricity is used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

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H2 Logic delivers 9th H2 fueling station for Denmark; 100% renewable hydrogen, 1st country-wide station network

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H2 Logic has delivered the ninth hydrogen fueling station in Denmark. The latest site was inaugurated in Kolding. This narrows the driving distance to the nearest station in Hamburg, Germany to only 245 km (150 miles) making cross-border driving on hydrogen more feasible. The station in Kolding is the third to open in Denmark during the past six months, and in total the ninth public accessible hydrogen station in 24/7 operation throughout Denmark.

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NASA awards Lockheed Martin team $20M for preliminary design work on new quiet supersonic passenger aircraft

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NASA has awarded a contract for the preliminary design of a quiet, “low boom” supersonic flight demonstration aircraft—the first in a new series of ‘X-planes’ in NASA’s New Aviation Horizons initiative, introduced in the agency’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. The 10-year New Aviation Horizons initiative has the goals of reducing fuel use, emissions and noise through innovations in aircraft design that departs from the conventional tube-and-wing aircraft shape.

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BMW introducing On-Street Parking Information service this year; connected vehicles and predictive algorithms

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The BMW Group will introduce its new On-Street Parking Information service—which enables users to track down a free parking space more quickly in urban areas—in future BMW production models, initially in Germany and the USA from the end of 2016. On-Street Parking Information is a new navigation service from the BMW Group that uses intelligent algorithms as the basis for detecting vacant on-street parking spaces.

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NHTSA proposes updating electrical safety requirements for fuel cell and mild hybrid vehicles; alignment with int’l standards

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The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking ( NPRM ) to update electrical safety requirements for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and mild hybrid vehicles. The NPRM proposes adding an optional method for post-crash electrical safety into the standard, FMVSS No. 305, that involves physical barriers to prevent electric shock due to direct or indirect contact of high voltage sources.

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Airbus using enthalpy wheel to reduce jetliner painting emissions

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In its on-going effort to help reduce aviation’s contribution to climate change, Airbus has designed and built an innovative paint booth for its new-generation A350 XWB jetliner that uses significantly less energy than standard facilities, while also minimizing CO 2 emissions.

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PowerCell Sweden receives another order for two S3 prototype fuel cell stacks

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PowerCell Sweden AB has received yet another order for two prototype units of the PowerCell S3 fuel cell stack from a strategically important global customer. Earlier post.). The PowerCell S3 fuel cell stack is based on the platform developed by PowerCell in the Autostack Core project together with its project partners. The PowerCell S3 prototypes are expected to be delivered during the second quarter of 2016.

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Audi SQ7 features new V8 TDI, 48V system, electric compressor

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Audi is introducing a diesel-engined S model to its Q7 model line. The newly developed 4.0-liter V8 diesel delivers 320 kW (435 hp) and 900 N·m (663.8 lb-ft), with estimated NEDC fuel consumption of 7.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (31.8 mpg US), corresponding to CO 2 emissions of 194 grams per kilometer (312.2 g/mi). The SQ7 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.8 seconds; top speed is 250 km/h (155.3 mph) (governed).

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Continental acquires Hi-Res 3D Flash LIDAR business from ASC; highly or fully automated driving

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International automotive supplier Continental has acquired the Hi-Res 3D Flash LIDAR business from Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. ASC) based in Santa Barbara, California. The technology will further enhance the company’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) product portfolio with a future-orientated solution to add to the group of surrounding sensors needed to achieve highly and fully automated driving.

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Experian: new vehicle loan amounts and monthly payments in US set record highs

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Experian Automotive announced that the average amount financed and the average monthly payment for a new vehicle in the US continued to climb, breaking the previous records on file. According to its latest State of the Automotive Finance Market report, the average amount financed for a new vehicle in Q4 2015 was $29,551, up $1,170 from Q4 last year, and the average monthly payment rose to $493, up from $482 in the same time period.

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Study suggests policymakers need to move beyond alt fuels hype to decarbonize transport successfully

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Policymakers who want to decarbonize the transportation sector will need to move beyond the hype that has characterized alternative fuels over the past three decades and find better ways to assess and sustain promising technologies and fuels, according to a study from Simon Fraser University, Canadian consulting firm Navius Research, and the University of California, Davis.

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2016 Mazda CX-9 shows 32% improvement in EPA-estimated fuel economy over predecessor; SKYACTIV-G 2.5 turbo

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Mazda North American Operations released EPA-estimated fuel economy figures for its all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9. Certified at an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway/25 mpg combined, when equipped with front-wheel drive, the 2016 CX-9 achieves best-in-class (MY 2016 midsize, three-row, non-hybrid crossover SUVs for sale in the US) city and combined fuel economy ratings and class-leading highway fuel economy.

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DOE launching $80M Supertruck II initiative; 55% BTE; awards $12M for 3 medium- and heavy-duty plug-in projects

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is launching SuperTruck II, an $80-million funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0001447 ), subject to congressional appropriations, for research, development and demonstration of long-haul tractor-trailer truck technology. The project is a follow-on to the successful $240-million SuperTruck I initiative ( earlier post ), the goal of which was to develop tractor-trailers that were 50% more efficient on a ton‐mile‐per-gallon basis than baseline models by 2015.

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ARPA-E to award $30M to increase performance of solid ion conductors for batteries, fuel cells

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The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will award up to $30 million in funding for a new program focused on creating innovative components for the next generation of batteries, fuel cells, and other electrochemical devices.

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Twelve more Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT natural gas-powered buses delivered to Augsburger Stadtwerke

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Augsburger Stadtwerke has taken delivery of twelve Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT buses (Natural Gas Technology). For more than one year, Augsburg’s bus fleet has been using renewable natural gas 100% of the time and is the first city Germany-wide with an almost CO 2 -neutral regular service. The Augsburger Stadtwerke currently runs a bus fleet of 89 vehicles, all of which are powered by natural gas.

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Loop Energy wins $7.5M from SDTC to support battery/fuel cell powertrains for heavy-duty trucks

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Loop Energy—formerly known as PowerDisc Development—has been awarded a $7.5-million grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to accelerate deployment of the company’s new zero-emission powertrain for heavy-duty trucks. The Loop heavy­duty powertrain combines an electric battery with a hydrogen fuel cell designed around its patented eFlow technology.

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UMTRI: average new vehicle fuel economy in US in February unchanged from January

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in February 2016 was 25.2 mpg—unchanged from the revised value for January 2016, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). Fuel economy is down 0.6 mpg from the peak reached in August 2014, but still up 5.1 mpg since October 2007 (the first month of our monitoring).

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Toho Tenax Europe joins iComposite 4.0 project aimed at furthering “Industry 4.0” initiative

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Toho Tenax Co., the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibers and composites business, announced that its German subsidiary Toho Tenax Europe GmbH (TTE) would participate in a technology development project aimed at contributing to Industry 4.0, the German initiative for consistent digitization and linking of all productive units in an economy. Earlier post.).

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ViriCiti, Simacan tool predicts energy usage and savings per route by driving electric

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ViriCiti B.V., a provider of telematics systems for electric city buses and trucks, and Simacan B.V., a provider of real-time traffic information, are partnering to develop a new online tool that predicts the energy usage and savings per route by driving electric. The EV Fleet Analyzer provides insights into when the deployment of electric distribution vehicles is profitable. With this tool, ViriCiti and Simacan aim to increase the use of electric vehicles.

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Oregon Legislature passes coal transition bill; coal power out by 2035, 50% renewables by 2040

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The Oregon Legislative Assembly approved a landmark bill that will commit the state to eliminate its use of coal power by 2035 and double the amount of renewable energy serving Oregonians to 50% by 2040. Otherwise known as the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition plan, Senate Bill 1547-B received final approval on the Senate floor Wednesday after the Oregon House approved the bill in a 38-20 bipartisan vote on Tuesday.

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ABI Research forecasts global penetration of OEM telematics in new passenger cars to exceed 72% by 2021

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ABI Research forecasts the global penetration of embedded and hybrid factory-installed OEM telematics in new passenger cars to exceed 72% by 2021. Growth will mainly be driven by key volume car OEMs in the US, European Union, and China markets.

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Clean Energy wins $10M, multi-year transit deal with New Jersey Transit

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Clean Energy Fuels has won a $10-million, multi-year procurement from New Jersey Transit, the nation’s third largest provider of bus, rail and light rail transit, which links major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia and provides close to 223 million passenger trips each year. The procurement includes rebuilding a large compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, as well as additional garage modifications and the repair and maintenance of facilities through 2020.

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Volkswagen AG timeline on diesel emissions scandal

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As part of a response to a shareholder lawsuit in Germany alleging a violation of the company’s disclosure obligations under Germany’s capital markets law, Volkswagen AG has outlined the timeline and background events leading to the eruption of the diesel emissions scandal last fall.

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Panasonic crystalline Si-based photovoltaic module achieves record energy conversion efficiency of 23.8% at research level

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Panasonic Corporation announced that it has achieved a photovoltaic module conversion efficiency of 23.8% (aperture area: 11,562 cm 2 ) at research level, a major increase over the previous world record for crystalline silicon-based photovoltaic modules. The previous record for the conversion efficiency of a crystalline silicon-based photovoltaic module was 22.8%. Panasonic had announced a record conversion efficiency of 25.6% in its silicon heterojunction cells in April 2014.

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Škoda showcases MQB-based plug-in hybrid VisionS concept at Geneva; production PHEV in 2019, followed by BEV

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Volkswagen Group company Škoda is showcasing its VisionS plug-in hybrid concept SUV at the Geneva Motor Show. The Škoda VisionS incorporates the brand’s new design language, carrying it over into the SUV segment. The plug-in hybrid drive system is a preview of a similar drive system being tested for production cars, said Škoda CEO Bernhard Maier. Based on Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB), this is Škoda’s first vehicle to feature six seats across three rows.

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Toyota restructures; product-based instead of function-based

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is restructuring to streamline work processes on a company-wide basis. The changes will take effect starting this April. The fundamental goal is to create a company built around product-based organizations, rather than function-based organizations.

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UTRC and ANGP unveil first low-pressure conformable natural gas tank design

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Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc. ANGP), a pioneer in the commercialization of adsorbed natural gas (ANG) vehicle technology, and United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the innovation engine of United Technologies Corp., unveiled a full-scale mockup of UTRC’s conformable fuel tank for ANG vehicles. Earlier post.). UTRC and ANGP held the unveiling at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit.

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Toho Tenax develops integrated production system for CFRP; projects in automotive

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Toho Tenax Europe GmbH (TTE), the German subsidiary of Toho Tenax, itself the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibers and composites business, has developed an integrated production system for carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) that enables manufactured composite parts to be optimized for required shapes and properties.

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McLaren investing £1B in R&D over new 6-year plan; 50% of cars to feature hybrid tech by 2022

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Just over six years after the company was formed, McLaren Automotive outlined its Track22 Business Plan, taking it through the next six years through to 2022. McLaren Automotive will continue to focus purely on the development of two-seater sports and supercars. At least 50% of McLaren cars will feature hybrid technology by 2022.

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Argonne and Los Alamos national laboratories partner to find alternative to platinum in hydrogen fuel cells; Electrocatalysis Consortium

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne and Los Alamos national laboratories have teamed up to support a DOE initiative through the creation of the Electrocatalysis Consortium (ElectroCat), a collaboration devoted to finding an effective but cheaper alternative to platinum in hydrogen fuel cells. ElectroCat is one of four consortia that make up DOE’s new Energy Materials Network (EMN). Earlier post.).

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