2021

Brands respond to Plug-in Car Grant changes with price reductions and new models

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The UK Plug-in Car grant aims to stimulate the sales of electric cars by slicing a chunk of the price. Recently the value of the grant was reduced and the number of models eligible dramatically cut. Any car above £35,000 was no longer eligible for a £2,500 discount.

myenergis Insight Into the CMA Report and the EV Charging Market

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myenergi give insight into the CMA report and the EV charging market, which outlines a number of areas that need addressing to facilitate the shift to electric vehicles and ultimately, net zero carbon.

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Kawasaki’s liquefied hydrogen carrier departs to pick up first cargo

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Suiso Frontier , the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier, has left Japan to pick up its first hydrogen cargo in Australia. A return to Japan is expected around late February.

First China-developed hydrogen fuel cell locomotive starts trial runs

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The first China-developed hydrogen fuel cell hybrid locomotive—from core power to main components—has started trial runs on a 627 km railway line for coal transport in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Source: Xinhua.

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Gaussin acquires a worldwide license from Bluebus for 6m LMP battery-electric bus

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Gaussin has acquired a worldwide license (outside France) from Bluebus, a Bolloré Group subsidiary, for its 6-meter LMP bus. The vehicle will be renamed Cit-e and manufactured through Gaussin’s current and future network of licensees.

Rock Tech Lithium to build Europe’s first lithium converter in Germany

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Rock Tech Lithium intends to build Europe’s first lithium converter—a production plant for battery-grade lithium hydroxide—in Guben, Brandenburg, Germany. The company intends to locate all production steps of lithium refining in one overall plant at the Guben site.

Toyota and partners launching public autonomous shuttle service in Indiana

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Opel begins production and deliveries of hydrogen Vivaro van

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Opel has begun production of the hydrogen fuel cell variant of the Vivaro van, and has delievered the first one to the German manufacturer of premium domestic appliances, Miele. The hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will perform daily field service in the Rhine-Main region.

Toyota Mirai drives 1,003 km (623 miles) on one fill of hydrogen

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A Toyota Mirai has set a new world record for distance driven with one fill of hydrogen. The new Toyota Mirai has increased the world record distance to 1,003 km (623 miles). After breaking the record, Mirai was refueled and ready to go again in 5 minutes.

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Aquarius Engines unveils free-piston linear engine operating on 100% hydrogen

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Israel-based Aquarius Engines unveiled a hydrogen-fueled version of its free-piston linear engine new hydrogen engine. The 10kg machine, based on the same technology as the original patented single-piston linear engine, operates exclusively on hydrogen.

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DHL Express deploys nearly 100 new Lightning Electric delivery vans in US

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Following a successful initial pilot program using nine Lightning Electric Ford Transit 350HD electric vans in the US late last year, DHL Express plans to deploy the remaining 89 electric vehicles this year in New York and California.

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Michelin to ship tires on sail-powered cargo ships

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The Michelin Group recently signed a transport commitment with the French shipping line NEOLINE. NEOLINE’s decarbonized shipping service relies on wind energy as the main propulsion for its 136m cargo ships with 4200 m 2 of sails.

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Georgia Tech team develops AI to read EV charging station reviews to find infrastructure gaps

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A team from Georgia Tech has developed an AI that can analyze user reviews of electric vehicle charging stations, allowing it accurately to identify places where there are insufficient or out-of-service stations. An open-access paper on the work is published in the journal Patterns.

Airbus exploring hydrogen fuel cell propellor “pods” for aircraft propulsion

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Airbus is conducting studies to determine how scalable a hydrogen fuel cell “pod” configuration, among others, could be to large commercial aircraft.

MAN reports successful testing of autonomous heavy-duty truck at Port of Hamburg

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MAN Truck & Bus and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) are jointly testing autonomously driving prototype trucks in real-world applications.

Kawasaki completes world’s first liquefied hydrogen receiving terminal

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. recently completed Kobe LH2 Terminal (Hy touch Kobe), the world’s first liquefied hydrogen receiving terminal. Kawasaki built this terminal for the CO 2 -free Hydrogen Energy Supply-chain Technology Research Association (HySTRA).

Porterville, CA deploys 12 all-electric micro-transit vans from Lightning eMotors

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With a focus on its mission of sustainability for its residents, the City of Porterville, California is putting 12 electric micro-transit vans into service. The 12 vehicles, all Class 3 Lightning Electric Transit Vans, were developed by Lightning eMotors.

New electrode material for solid-state batteries improves performance

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A research team from Japan has recently developed a novel electrode material for all-solid-state batteries (ASSBs) by combining lithium sulfate and lithium ruthenate, which results in improved performance. An open-access paper on their work is published in Science Advances.

Toyota Motor Europe invests in EODev to expand hydrogen solutions

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Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has become a direct shareholder in EODev ( Energy Observer Developments ). EODev—along with its partners—is positioning itself as a leading European designer, assembler and distributor zero-emission energy systems on an industrial scale.

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Germany investing €8B+ in 62 large-scale hydrogen projects; “We are making Germany a hydrogen country”

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Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) selected 62 large-scale hydrogen projects this week, which are to be state-funded as part of a joint European hydrogen project (Important Project of Common European Interest, IPCEI).

Ford unveils F-150 Lightning electric pickup; starting at $39,974; arriving in 2022

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Ford unveiled the F-150 Lightning battery-electric pickup.

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Audi unveils 500 kW series-hybrid RS Q e-tron Dakar racer

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Just under a year after the initial concept idea, Audi Sport has started testing the new Audi RS Q e-tron series hybrid, with which Audi will tackle the Dakar Rally in January 2022. Earlier post.).

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Lotus reveals new lightweight chassis technology for new family of EVs

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Just weeks after Lotus confirmed it will be launching a new family of EV performance cars, it has revealed the new lightweight chassis technology that will underpin the electric sports car in the range.

Tesco launching UK’s first commercial electric heavy-duty tractor-trailer trucks

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Tesco is launching the UK’s first commercially used fully electric heavy-duty freight articulated (tractor-trailer as opposed to rigid) trucks.

Frankfurt buys 13 Solaris hydrogen buses

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The company In-der-City-Bus, which is in charge of public transport in Frankfurt, Germany, has awarded a tender for 13 hydrogen buses to Solaris. The Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses are to be deployed on target routes in 2022. The Urbino hydrogen buses are powered by a 70 kW fuel cell stack.

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Mayor of London launches England’s first hydrogen double-decker buses

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched England’s first hydrogen double-decker buses. The 20 new buses are the first of their kind to be launched in England; the new hydrogen fuel cell double decker buses are first being introduced on route 7 between East Acton and Oxford Circus.

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Antelope Valley adds 16 more BYD electric buses to fleet

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Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) is growing its battery-electric fleet with the purchase of 10 K11M 60-foot articulated buses and six K7M 30-foot buses.

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Sakuú develops 3Ah lithium-metal solid-state battery; additive manufacturing platform

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Sakuú Corporation (previously KeraCel Inc.), a developer of multi-process additive manufacturing (AM) technology, has produced a 3Ah lithium-metal solid-state battery (SSB) that equals or betters current lithium-ion batteries. Earlier post.).

New Fraunhofer membrane technology enables co-transport of hydrogen and natural gas

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have developed a membrane technology for the energy-efficient and economic separation of hydrogen from natural gas.

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CSIRO receives $1 million in funding for hydrogen refueling station as part of VH2

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The government of the state of Victoria in Australia is providing more than $1 million in funding to CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, that will enable it to partner with Swinburne University of Technology to establish the Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2).

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Starting this year, Moscow will only buy electric buses

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The city of Moscow, Russia is halting the purchase of diesel buses for its passenger transport fleet. Starting this year, by the decision of the Mayor of Moscow, we will not buy diesel buses, except for transportation in a special mode. Only electric buses.

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DHL Express is piloting first hydrogen truck throughout Deutsche Post DHL Group

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DHL Express is the first within Deutsche Post DHL Group to test hydrogen-fueled trucks for the long haul.

Embark to use NVIDIA DRIVE for Embark Universal Interface for the autonomous trucks

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Embark Trucks Inc., a developer of autonomous technology for the trucking industry, will use NVIDIA DRIVE autonomous vehicle compute platform solutions to power the Embark Universal Interface (EUI) and the Embark Driver software.

Austria’s biggest carrier orders first 5 Solaris hydrogen buses under framework agreement; option for up to 40

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ÖBB Postbus in Austria has ordered five hydrogen buses from Solaris. has landed a deal with Solaris for the delivery of five hydrogen buses. The hydrogen-fueled vehicles will be deployed in the picturesque city of Villach in south-east Austria.

Hyundai upgrades design and performance of XCIENT fuel cell truck for global expansion

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Hyundai Motor Company released images of its newly upgraded XCIENT Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-produced, heavy-duty truck powered by hydrogen. The upgraded heavy-duty XCIENT features design and performance updates. Hyundai will begin production of 2021 XCIENT Fuel Cell in August this year.

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China’s largest electric two-wheel vehicle manufacturer adopts Nidec in-wheel motor

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Nidec Corporation announced that its in-wheel motor has been adopted for the first time for ???01(Huan 01(Huan Dian Shou 01), an electric motorcycle released by Yadea Group Holdings Ltd. in October 2021.

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Liverpool City Region orders 20 ADL second-generation hydrogen buses

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Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc.