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Audi’s production electric e-tron quattro may set a new standard for vehicle handling; advanced vehicle dynamics control

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The production version of Audi’s battery electric e-tron quattro SUV ( earlier post ), due out in 2018, is an important vehicle for the brand, and especially for Audi of America, which is driving many of the requirements for the C-segment electric SUV. At the LA Auto Show, Audi of America President Scott Keogh said that the brand is targeting at least 25% of its US sales to be e-tron—i.e., plug-in hybrid or full electric—models by 2025. Earlier post. ).

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Production Car Spied Before 2016 CES Reveal

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These are the first photos of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric car. The long-awaited, pure electric descendant of GM's EV1--and a cousin of the new Chevrolet Volt, or at least a close-sounding relative--the Bolt will go into production next year with an anticipated all-electric driving range of 200 miles. GM also has said the base price of the

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Toyota researchers develop truffle-inspired cathode material for Li-S battery with layer-by-layer self-assembled polymer membrane

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A team at Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) ( earlier post ) has developed a nanostructured sulfur cathode with a truffle-like architecture which comprises a sulfur particle embedded with hollow carbon nanospheres and encapsulated with an ion-selective, flexible layer-by-layer (LBL) nanomembrane decorated with conductive carbon.

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Heuliez Bus introduces new GX ELEC electric bus

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France-based Heuliez Bus, a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., has entered the electric bus market with its new battery-electric GX 337 ELEC, which will be tested by the French public transport operator RATP. The 12-meter bus is propelled by a 175 kW electric motor suited for low operating speeds and frequent stops. The bus is equipped for all-day use with night-time recharging and pre-heating in the winter months at bus depots.

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GM Canada Engineering Center to build fleet of self-driving 2017 Chevrolet Volts

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In remarks to the Economic Club in Ottawa, GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle confirmed that its Canadian Engineering Center in Oshawa, Ontario, has been awarded a mandate to play a leading role in the build of autonomous driving vehicles. These vehicles will be part of a test fleet based at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.

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11 states assessing fees on EV owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes

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Eleven states currently assess fees on electric vehicle owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes, according to the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Highway maintenance has traditionally been funded from a combination of Federal and state taxes collected at the fuel pump. Because EVs do not refuel at pumps that collect state and Federal fuel taxes, they do not contribute to the upkeep of the highways.

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Dearman begins on-vehicle testing of Gen 2 transport refrigeration system powered by liquid air engine; lighter, more efficient

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Dearman has begun on-vehicle testing of the Generation 2 zero-emission transport refrigeration system. The system is powered by an innovative, liquid nitrogen Dearman engine, which replaces the standard diesel engine. Earlier post.) As a result, the Dearman system is zero-emission, producing no harmful NO x or particulates, and it helps to significantly reduce CO 2 emissions. Dearman began testing a Generation 1 transport refrigeration system on a truck in early 2015.

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Ford using high-tech plasma coating process for recycling old engines

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Ford is recycling old engines so they can be used again with the help of a special Ford-patented plasma coating technology. The process delivers a 50% reduction in CO 2 emissions compared with producing a new engine. We have taken a process that was originally developed to enhance performance models such as the all-new Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350R and used it to remanufacture engines that might otherwise be scrapped.

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Lux projects beyond Li-ion batteries to be worth $10B in 2030

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While incremental improvements will extend the market dominance of Li-ion batteries into the next decade, a new generation of post-Li-ion battery technologies are rising and will be worth $10 billion by 2030, according to Lux Research.

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Ford developing semi-autonomous Traffic Jam Assist

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Ford is developing a semi-autonomous technology that could take some of the pain out of being in a traffic jam by reducing driver stress, improving traffic flow, and potentially helping to prevent accidents. In congestion, the semi-autonomous technology Traffic Jam Assist increases comfort by assisting the driver with steering, braking and acceleration.

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Williams Advanced Engineering wins award for the Formula E battery

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Williams Advanced Engineering, the engineering services and technology division of the Williams Group, won the “Most Innovative New Motorsport Product” award for the Formula E battery at the Race Tech World Motorsport Symposium. Williams Advanced Engineering was awarded the prize for its work in creating the batteries that are currently powering the cars racing in Formula E, the world’s first fully electric racing series.

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ARPA-E awards $6.6M to two projects for electrolytes for solid-state batteries for EVs

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As part of the $125 million awarded to 41 projects under its 2015 OPEN funding ( earlier post ), ARPA-E has selected two projects developing manufacturing techniques for ceramic electrolytes for solid-state EV batteries for awards of a combined $6.6 million. Of that, $3.5 million will go to a consortium led by the University of Michigan, and $3.1 million will go to Corning Incorporated.

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Global billionaires unite in “Breakthrough energy coalition” to support development of zero-carbon energy

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As the UN climate conference COP21 opened in Paris, Bill Gates announced the formation of the “ Breakthrough energy coalition ”, an investment grouping of global billionaires focused on developing the technologies that will create a new zero-carbon energy mix.

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Stanford team increases power of corrosion-resistant solar cells; advance for solar fuels

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Researchers at Stanford, with colleagues at University College Cork in Ireland, have shown how to increase the power of corrosion-resistant solar cells, setting a record for solar energy output under water. Instead of pumping electricity into the grid, the power these cells produce would be used in the production of solar fuels.

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Dürr acquires Industry 4.0 software specialist iTAC

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Dürr has acquired 100% of the shares in the German software house iTAC Software AG. This will enable the machinery and plant engineering group to substantially extend its existing activities in the field of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)—the central component of Industry 4.0. Earlier post.). MES software allows machinery and plant in production lines and factories to be networked intelligently; iTAC is a leading providers in this future market.

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UMTRI: average new US vehicle fuel economy in November drops; 4th month in a row of declines

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in November was 25.0 mpg (9.4 l/100km)—down 0.1 mpg from the revised value for October, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). This marks the fourth straight month of declining fuel economy.

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Electrovaya-Litarion thinner flexible ceramic separator for Li-ion batteries; improved temperature stability and cycle life

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Electrovaya Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Litarion GmbH, have introduced a new, thinner flexible ceramic separator SEPARION P20 for utility-scale and electric vehicle applications. This expands the SEPARION family with both the nominal 21 micron (P20) and the 28 micron (P30) separators now available. SEPARION full ceramic material supported by PET non-woven. Click to enlarge. SEPARION withstands unusually high temperature incursions, thus making a lithium-ion battery safer.

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Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell exceeds 94 mph in desert test

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Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell ( earlier post ) established the land speed record for a production hydrogen-powered SUV at the Soggy Dry Lake Bed of the California desert, with a top speed of 94.6 mph (152.24 km/h). Hyundai has nearly 100 Tucson Fuel Cell SUVs on the roads in Southern California; the first was delivered to its owner in June 2014.

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Ford offers Apple Siri Eyes-Free to millions of vehicles globally through SYNC update

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Ford is offering a software update to more than 5 million SYNC-equipped vehicle owners—with vehicles dating all the way back to the 2011 model year—adding Apple Siri Eyes-Free capability for hands-free access to additional iPhone features. Siri Eyes-Free allows drivers to activate Siri with a long press of the voice recognition button on the steering wheel, similar to activating Siri on an iPhone.

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Kalmar to introduce industry first fast charging solution for electric powered shuttle and straddle carriers

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will introduce the first fast charging solution for electric powered shuttle and straddle carriers. The Kalmar FastCharge solution is locally emission free and can be applied to both automated and manual operation. The Kalmar FastCharge solution is based on the same opportunity charging technology that is used in electric buses. The charging station with a pantograph direct current charging system is located flexibly on the working route of the machines in the terminal.

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Researchers improve efficiency of ethanol-to-butanol conversion with new bifunctional catalyst

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Researchers at the University of Rochester and the University of Ottawa (Canada) have developed a highly selective (>99%) tandem catalytic system—a bifunctional iridium catalyst coupled with bulky nickel or copper hydroxides—for the conversion of ethanol (up to 37%) to n-butanol, through the Guerbet process. The team was able to increase the amount of ethanol converted to butanol by almost 25% over currently used methods without producing unwanted byproducts.

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Renault to return to Formula 1 in 2016 with own team

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Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault, has decided that Renault will return to Formula 1 with its own team for 2016 season. Renault, 12-time Constructors’ Champion with nearly 40 years in the sport, is an iconic brand in Formula 1 and intends to play an active role in the sport’s development. Following the September announcement of the signing of a Letter of Intent with Lotus, teams at Renault continued to evaluate the possibility of a return to Formula 1.

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Hackenberg resigns from Audi Board of Management

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Audi AG announced that Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg has reached a mutual agreement with the Supervisory Board to step down as Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development. The move comes as Volkswagen AG continues to work to address the diesel engine emissions cheating scandal. Dr. Hackenberg is being replaced by Dr. Stefan Knirsch, Head of Powertrain at Audi since 2013.

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Honda releases Honda Smart Home US energy and water consumption data

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Honda has released more than 200 channels of Honda Smart Home US (HSH US ) ( earlier post ) energy and water consumption data—down to a one-minute resolution—covering the six-month period April-September 2015.

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DOE selects 10 projects to enhance research into recovery of rare earth elements from coal and coal byproducts

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected 10 projects to receive funding for research in support of the lab’s program on Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts. The selected research projects will further program goals by focusing on the development of cost-effective and environmentally benign approaches for the recovery of rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic coal and coal byproducts.

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Fraunhofer team develops prototype of intelligent battery cell; lower cost, longer range packs

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart have developed a prototype intelligent battery cell that they say could lower the cost of automotive battery packs and extend the range. Each battery cell has its own built-in microcontroller that records relevant physical parameters, such as the temperature and the state of charge of the cell—i.e., each cell knows its own condition.

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Renesas unveils Gen 3 R-Car system-on-chip for connected and autonomous cars

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Japan-based Renesas Electronics Corporation unveiled the third-generation R-Car, an automotive computing platform solution for driving safety support systems and in-vehicle infotainment systems. The new R-Car H3 System-on-Chip (SoC), the first member of the third-generation R-Car, delivers CPU performance; image recognition processing; ISO 26262 (ASIL-B) compliance; and a system in package (SiP) with external memory to enable a wide range of automotive applications.

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GM applies Gen 3 advanced high-strength steel in new vehicle for China; 1,200 MPa Q&P steel

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General Motors is applying third-generation advanced high-strength steel to the new Chevrolet LOVA RV from SAIC-GM, thereby reducing the weight of selected body components by approximately 20%. The recreational vehicle (RV) was launched on 19 November 2015. The new steel offers a superior balance of strength and ductility as compared to the first generation of high-strength steels. The fuel economy of a vehicle is generally considered to increase by 6 to 8% for every 10% reduction in body weight.

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Boeing, Canadian aviation industry launch sustainable aviation biofuel project using forestry waste

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Boeing, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and SkyNRG, with support from Canada’s aviation industry and other stakeholders, are collaborating to turn leftover branches, sawdust and other forest-industry waste into sustainable aviation biofuel. Canada, which has extensive sustainably certified forests, has long used mill and forest residues to make wood pellets that are used to generate electricity.

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Toyota’s hybrid sales in Europe reach one million units

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Toyota has hit the millionth sale milestone for its hybrids in Europe with the delivery of an Auris hybrid to a driver in Germany. Hybrid sales already account for 23% of Toyota Motor Europe’s (TME’s) total sales year-to-date. In August, Toyota Motor Corporation announced that Toyota and Lexus combined had sold more than eight million hybrid cars worldwide since the launch of the Toyota Prius in 1997.

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New automotive application for second-life batteries from electric vehicles

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On the sidelines of the COP21 summit, Carwatt and its partners Renault, Paris City Council, BPI France, the Alès École des Mines Engineering School, and the Bobigny Business Campus are showing a converted Renault Trafic powered by second-life lithium-ion batteries recycled from Renault electric cars.

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INVISTA and LanzaTech make breakthrough for bio-derived butadiene production; metabolic toolkit

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INVISTA and LanzaTech have developed a metabolic toolkit that has been successfully applied to generate novel metabolic pathways to bio-derived butadiene and key precursors, such as 1,3 butanediol and 2,3 butanediol, resulting in new direct and 2-step processes for butadiene utilizing gas-fermentation technology. Butadiene is a key intermediate chemical used in the production of synthetic rubber and various plastics.

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Altran and Jaguar Land Rover partner to develop future software platform for intelligent vehicles and machines

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Engineering consultancy Altran and Jaguar Land Rover have entered a strategic collaboration to develop and to market an open software platform focused on the next generation of intelligent vehicles and machines. The platform is intended to bring together advanced industrial and engineering techniques with the processes, methods and tools found in the consumer electronics industry. The automotive world is facing a major shift in technology complexity and consumer expectations.

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euglena planning commercial production of biojet and renewable diesel from algae in Japan

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Japan-based euglena Co. plans to produce and supply biojet and renewable diesel in Japan at commercial scale in the 2020s with support from the City of Yokohama, Chiyoda Corporation, Itochu Enex Co., Isuzu Motors and All Nippon Airways (ANA). The company will build Japan’s first demonstration plant for the production of biojet/biodiesel fuels in Yokohama, with operations planned to begin in 2018.

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Navigant forecasts annual fuel cell vehicles sales to exceed 228,000 units by 2024

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In a new report , Navigant Research forecasts that the annual sales of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs)—both cars and buses—will exceed 228,000 by 2024. While the performance of FCVs makes them ready for commercial launch, the industry is still focused on the two key requirements for larger-scale market introduction, Navigant says: driving down vehicle costs to be competitive with battery and hybrid vehicle technology; and.

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Volvo to introduce new S90 sedan with plug-in hybrid version at Detroit show in January

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Volvo Cars will publicly unveil its new S90 premium sedan at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January. The new Volvo S90 comes equipped with an advanced semi-autonomous drive feature, Pilot Assist. The system gives gentle steering inputs to keep the car properly aligned within lane markings up to motorway speeds of around 130 km/h and no longer needs to follow another car.

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ICCT-led test of 73 Euro 6 diesels finds large difference in NOx results under NEDC and more realistic WLTC

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A team from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) with colleagues from the US, China and Germany tested 73 Euro 6 diesel passenger cars on a chassis dynamometer over both the European type-approval cycle (NEDC, cold engine start) and the more realistic Worldwide harmonized light-duty test cycle (WLTC version 2.0, hot start) between 2012 and 2015. The cars featured three different types of NO x control technologies (8 EGR only, 40 LNT, and 25 SCR).

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