2019

New analysis suggests Uber adding significantly to pollution and traffic in European cities

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Uber is adding more polluting car trips to already-clogged European cities such as London and Paris, new analysis by European NGOs suggests —contributing to air pollution and climate change and exploding the company’s sustainability claims.

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To Hell With The Grownups. I’m Now With Greta & #FridaysForFuture

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This Is A Generational Battle & This Time The Greatest Generation Is Still In School – But The Climate Strikers Along With The Sunshine Movement & The #GreenNewDeal Are Ready To Kick Your Ass. I’ve had it with so-called “adults.” ” I’ve been trying to motivate them to climate action for a long decade now and I’m fed up with waiting for them to stop up and do the right thing on climate.

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Volkswagen making Car.Software an independent business unit; investing €7B by 2025

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Starting 1 January 2020, the Volkswagen Group’s Car.Software organization will operate as an independent business unit. As a Group company, the Car.Software organization will centralize the associates and subsidiaries within the Group that develop car software and software for the digital ecosystems.

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Volkswagen of America collaborates with EV West to electrify a 1972 Type 2 Bus

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Showcasing the possibilities of the e-Golf powertrain to motivate classic VW models, Volkswagen of America recently commissioned west coast electric vehicle conversion specialist EV West to construct an electrified Volkswagen Type 2 Bus. The professionally harvested stock powertrain and 35.8

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Stadler and SBCTA sign contract for first hydrogen-powered train in US; FLIRT H2

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Stadler and San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) have signed the first contract to supply a hydrogen-powered train to run in the United States. SBCTA awarded the contract with an option to order four more vehicles in the future.

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The majority of vehicle buyers are older than 54

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by Michael Sivak. In this analysis, I compare the age composition of buyers of new light-duty vehicles (cars and light trucks) in 2007 and 2017. The data for 2007 came from IHS Markit and they apply to the buyers during the calendar year, while the data for 2017 were calculated from the information published by Wards Intelligence and they apply to the buyers of the model-year vehicles. The original source of the latter information was, in part, J.D. Power and Associates.)

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Flying first class on a single domestic round trip can contribute more greenhouse gas emissions than a year of driving

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by Michael Sivak. This analysis examined the effect of flight distance on greenhouse gas emissions per passenger, and compared emissions from flying different distances with annual emissions from driving. Greenhouse gas emissions were examined for 17 nonstop flights with round-trip distances ranging from 131 miles to 19,040 miles.

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Volkswagen demonstrates first successful real-world use of quantum computing to help optimize traffic routing

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Volkswagen AG has successfully demonstrated the world’s first live use of quantum computing to help optimize traffic routing.

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75% of plug-in vehicles sold in the US in 2018 were made in the US

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For every year except 2011, the United States has produced the majority of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) sold in the United States, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). In 2018, the United States produced 75%, Japan 9%, and Germany 5%, while the remaining eight countries listed produced a combined 11%. In 2011, 55% of the PEVs sold in the United States were produced in Japan, 43% in the United States, and 2% in France. US PEV Sales by Production Location from 2011 to 2018.

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Great Wall Motor battery offshoot SVOLT premieres Li-ion battery lineup, targeting EVs

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New battery company SVOLT Energy Technology Co. Ltd, whose precursor was the Battery Business Unit of Great Wall Motor Co. Ltd, introduced its cobalt-free lithium-ion battery cell (NMx) and four-element lithium-ion battery cell (NCMA). SVOLT product roadmap.

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Leading UK scientists set out resource challenge of meeting EV targets by 2050

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@MayorOfLA Is Ready! Garcetti Comes Out Gunning For Gas – Scattergood, Haynes & Harbor Power Plants To Stop Shoving Pollution Down Citizens Throats, Calls For Shutdown Of Aliso Canyon. #MerchantsOfDoubt In Fossil Fuel Industry Argue For More Climate Destruction

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At 9am on Tuesday morning this week I stood with Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, members of the L.A. City Council, board members of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Commission and long term colleagues from the climate justice action community to be part of a historic announcement. Just like in the movies, days of rain suddenly ended as if Moses had parted the Atmospheric River, and the California sunshine spotlighted our snow-kissed mountains in high def.

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Northvolt & Mälarenergi partner to deploy battery energy storage for EV charging

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Northvolt and Mälarenergi are partnering to establish a battery energy storage system at an electric vehicle charging station in Västerås, Sweden. The battery system will provide power output up to 220 kW and a usable energy capacity of 320 kWh.

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CESifo: EVs not the best option for reduction in on-road CO2 in Germany given power mix

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According to a new study published by the ifo Institue Center for Economic Studies (CESifo) in Germany, EVs will barely help cut CO 2 emissions in the country over the coming years, as the introduction of electric vehicles does not necessarily lead to a reduction in CO 2 emissions from road traffic given the current power generation mix. The researchers carried out their calculations based on a Mercedes-Benz C 220 d diesel and the new Tesla Model 3. Electricity production in Germany, 2018.

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Honda partners with CATL on Li-ion EV batteries; 56 GWh by 2027

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Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., CATL ) signed a cooperation agreement with Honda Motor in Tokyo to cooperate formally to develop electric vehicles for the future market. Under the agreement, CATL will become Honda’s partner in the field of lithium-ion EV batteries. CATL will guarantee the supply to Honda of about 56 GWh of lithium-ion EV batteries before 2027. CATL currently uses NCM as a core material in its automotive cells; energy density is as high as 240 Wh/kg.

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Actual fuel economy of cars and light trucks: 1966-2017

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by Michael Sivak. This is the latest of my occasional updates on retrospective, long-term trends in U.S. vehicle fuel economy. Specifically, this study examines actual fuel economy of cars and light trucks (pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans) from 1966 through 2017. Calculated vehicle fuel economy is available going back to 1923.

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DOE: all-electric vehicles have the lowest estimated average annual fuel cost of all light-duty vehicles

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The estimated annual fuel costs for model year (MY) 2019 all-electric light-duty vehicles are the lowest of all the different vehicle technologies, ranging from a low of $500 to a high of $900 per year, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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Japan team evaluates battery-assisted low-cost hydrogen production from solar energy

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Researchers from Japan’s NIMS (National Institute for Materials Science), the University of Tokyo and Hiroshima University have jointly conducted a techno-economic analysis for hydrogen production from photovoltaic power generation (PV) utilizing a battery-assisted electrolyzer.

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Researchers develop wave-energy-driven CO2 reduction system for production of carbon-based liquid fuels

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A team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, and Georgia Tech has developed a a wave-energy-driven electrochemical CO 2 reduction system that converts ocean wave energy to chemical energy in the form of formic acid, a liquid fuel.

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New hydrogen storage material could enable smaller, cheaper, more energy dense systems for vehicles; Kubas binding

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An international team of researchers, led by Professor David Antonelli of Lancaster University, has discovered a new material made from manganese hydride that could be used to make molecular sieves within hydrogen fuel tanks. The material—KMH-1 (Kubas Manganese Hydride-1)—demonstrates a reversible excess adsorption performance of 10.5 wt% and 197 kgH 2 m ?3 3 at 120 bar at ambient temperature with no loss of activity after 54 cycles.

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Molten carbonate electrolysis can produce a range of carbon nanomaterials, including graphene, from CO2 at high yield

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Researchers from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and George Washington University in the US report in a new paper in the ACS journal Accounts of Chemical Research that a range of important carbon nanomaterials can be produced at high yield by molten carbonate electrolysis.

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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.

2019 309

This Is Going To Make It Hard To Reconcile

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I am the firstborn child of Mary Brigid O’Connor and Stanley Daniel Galliani. I was born in September of 1957. On New Year’s Day 1982 we parted company in anger with my father yelling at me, “Get out! Get out, and don’t come back!”. I told him then, “Don’t say it if you don’t mean it. You know the history of our family!”. To which he replied, “Get the hell out of my house!” And I did. That was 37 1/2 years ago and to be brutally honest I’ve never missed them or felt a desire to reconnect.

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Highview Power and Encore Renewable Energy to co-develop the first long-duration, liquid-air energy storage system in US

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Highview Power Storage, Inc., a provider of long duration energy storage solutions, and Encore Renewable Energy, a developer of renewable energy generation and storage projects, jointly announced plans to develop the United States’ first long-duration, liquid-air energy storage system.

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Mercedes-Benz Dusseldorf plant starts of production of the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter electric van

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The Mercedes-Benz Dusseldorf plant has started production of the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter. Earlier post.) Mercedes-Benz has been building its globally successful vans in Dusseldorf since 1962; more than 4.6 million vehicles have been produced in Dusseldorf to date.

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Simple process for the production of fuel additives from residual forest biomass

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Researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke, Canada, with colleagues at the Université de Toulouse, France, have developed a process for the direct production of levulinates from cheap residual lignocellulosic biomass using an affordable homogeneous catalyst.

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Volkswagen targeting recycling 97% of raw materials in end-of-life EV battery packs

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Volkswagen plans to build one million electric vehicles a year by 2025; given this target, handling battery recycling internally is a priority for cost and environmental reasons. In the long term, Volkswagen wants to recycle about 97% of all raw materials in end-of-life EV battery packs. Today, the level is roughly 53%; Volkswagen’s plant in Salzgitter—expected to be the home of Volkswagen’s first center for electric vehicle battery recycling—expects to raise it further to about 72%.

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Toronto orders an additional 10 New Flyer battery-electric transit buses

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New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, the Canadian subsidiary of NFI Group, announced an award from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) for an additional ten forty-foot, zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses. TTC New Flyer Industries XE40 Xcelsior electric demo bus. This award follows on the original TTC order from New Flyer in June 2018 for ten battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE buses, and increases TTC’s total order to 20 vehicles.

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BloombergNEF expects 40% growth in global EV sales in 2019; 2.6M vehicles, 1.5M in China

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BloombergNEF (BNEF) expects 2.6 million electric vehicles to be sold globally in 2019. This will represent around a 40% growth rate, down from the 70% growth rate in 2018. BNEF said that it expects China will continue to lead, with some 1.5 million units—around 57% of the global market. China’s market is in transition, and the recent annual doubling of sales every year looks unlikely to hold in 2019.

2019 311

TeraWatt Technology solid-state battery prototype tests showing 432 kWh/kg

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TeraWatt Technology announced that its 4.5Ah prototype solid-state battery design achieved a record-breaking energy density of 432Wh/kg (1122Wh/L) in validation tests conducted by third parties, including TOYO System based in Japan. Branded as TERA3.0, this 4.5Ah next-generation design will be available for select early adopters in 2021 and full release in 2022. TeraWatt Technology continues to further iterate the TERA3.0

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BYD secures Europe’s largest single order for electric buses to date: 259 eBuses for Keolis

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BYD has secured the largest single order to date for full battery-electric buses in Europe in a deal with Keolis Nederland BV, the Dutch subsidiary of global public transport provider, Keolis. The landmark order comprises 259 BYD eBuses scheduled for programmed delivery from next summer.

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DOE announces $31M in funding to advance H2@Scale

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The US Department of Energy announced up to $31 million in funding ( DE-FOA-0002022 ) to advance the H2@Scale concept. Earlier post.) The focus of H2@Scale is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors. By producing hydrogen when power generation exceeds load, electrolyzers can reduce curtailment of renewables and contribute to grid stability. Hydrogen produced from existing baseload (e.g.,

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Anheuser-Busch completes first zero-emission beer delivery; BYD and Nikola

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Anheuser-Busch, in partnership with Nikola Motor Company and BYD Motors LLC, completed its first Zero-Emission Beer Delivery in its hometown of St. Louis. The company delivered beer from the local Anheuser-Busch brewery to the Enterprise Center using only zero-emission trucks.

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Youth Climate Strikes Have The $uperpower To Shut This Country Down & Force America To Take Emergency Climate Action

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If Kids Don’t Lead, Adults Will Willingly Sacrifice Them. My friend and mentor, Bill McKibben has an Op Ed about this Friday’s Student Climate Strikes in today’s on-line edition of the LA Times that will be news to LAT readers but not to Creative Greenius devotees.

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Fort Worth buying four New Flyer electric buses for new zero-emission route

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The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (Trinity Metro) has awarded New Flyer a contract for four heavy-duty, thirty-five-foot Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric buses. The zero-emission buses (ZEBs) support a new route called The Dash, a zero-emission service connecting Downtown Fort Worth with its Cultural District and utilizing Trinity Metro’s first all- electric buses.

BYD to add another 183 electric buses to Santiago’s fleet

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The Chilean Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt, recently announced a new order for 183 BYD electric buses for the Chilean capital of Santiago, due to arrive in August of this year. The 183 BYD electric buses will join the 100 electric buses that BYD and local partner Enel brought into Santiago last December, giving BYD a dominant share of more than 60% in the capital’s electric bus market. The existing fleet of K9FEs operating in Santiago.

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Nexeon acquires key Si anode patent sets

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UK-based Nexeon, a company engineering silicon materials for next generation lithium-ion batteries, has acquired three important sets of patents relating to the use of silicon in lithium ion battery anodes.

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