Lightning eMotors repowers Van Hool TD925 double-deck coach; 640 kWh battery, 200+ miles range

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The elctric bus features a 640 kWh battery, the largest known to exist for a vehicle of its type, an estimated range of more than 200 miles, and a charge time of less than six hours with a 150 kW DC fast charger.

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Hyundai IONIQ 5 electric SUV now EPA-rated for more than 300 miles of driving range

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Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 EV now features an EPA driving range of more than 300 miles, with ultra-fast charging from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. IONIQ 5 rides on Hyundai’s exclusive Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that allows for more interior space and optimized performance.

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Study finds global oil demand likely to grow despite pandemic, climate policies

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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected both consumer and commercial transportation, but global oil demand will probably continue to grow through 2030, according to a new study. In three of the four scenarios, global oil demand continued to grow through 2030.

Hyundai Motor to establish Hyundai Mobility Global Innovation Center in Singapore

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Hyundai Motor Company will establish a Hyundai Mobility Global Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICs) to accelerate its innovation efforts, with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). HMGICs will become Hyundai’s global open innovation hub. The lab, through open innovation on multiple fronts, will explore and prove new future mobility business concepts for eventual expansion into global markets.

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General Motors China and Shanghai Jiao Tong University to collaborate on vehicle sharing with Chevy EN-V 2.0

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General Motors China has signed a memorandum of understanding with Shanghai Jiao Tong University to collaborate on a vehicle sharing program featuring the Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 ( earlier post ) starting next year. vehicles will be integrated with a multi-modal transportation system alongside bicycles, cars and shuttle buses at the university’s Minhang campus in Shanghai to evaluate the benefits and challenges of a vehicle sharing transportation model.

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XL Hybrids announces 25M total customer miles on road; >1.5M miles driven per month

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the developer of a hybrid electric drive retrofit system for commercial and municipal fleets, announced that this month, 25 million road miles will have been collectively driven by globally-recognized brands, municipalities and nonprofits using the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System in their service, delivery and passenger fleets. These additional fleet customers are exponentially increasing the number of customer road miles driven with XL Hybrids electric drive technology.

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U-M study: Induced driving miles could overwhelm potential energy-saving benefits of connected, self-driving cars

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The benefits of connected, self-driving cars (CAVs) will likely induce vehicle owners to drive more, and those extra miles could partially or completely offset the potential energy-saving benefits that automation may provide, according to a new University of Michigan study. Higher fuel economy of CAVs will cause the per-mile fuel cost of travel to drop. Support was provided by the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan.

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Study identifies Bakken Formation alone as responsible for ~2% of global ethane emissions

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The Bakken Formation, a shale oil and gas field in North Dakota and Montana, is emitting roughly 2% (about 250,000 tons per year) of the globe’s ethane, according to new study led by researchers at the University of Michigan. Low-altitude ozone also plays a role in climate change, as it is a greenhouse gas and the third-largest contributor to human-caused global warming after carbon dioxide and methane. Credit: Lee Murray, NASA GISS/Columbia University.

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Study: expanding Brazilian sugarcane for ethanol could reduce global CO2 emissions by up to 5.6%

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Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global CO 2 emissions by as much as 5.6%, according to a new study by an international team led by researchers from the University of Illinois. million and 116 million hectares (144,788 to 447,879 square miles). of net CO 2 emission globally relative to data for 2014.

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IBM and University of Guadalajara create Smarter Cities Exploration Center; transportation pilot seeks to reduce commuting time in city by 15%

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IBM and the University of Guadalajara (UdeG) in Mexico have created a Smarter Cities Exploration Center. Supported by technical and intellectual guidance of IBM’s global research lab experts, the Center will be the first of its kind in Latin America, tasked with the mission to design solutions to tackle infrastructure challenges faced by Guadalajara—Mexico’s second-largest city—and other cities around the world.

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U-M and Shanghai Jiao Tong University fund new round of 6 energy and biomedical projects; Li-S batteries

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The University of Michigan (U-M) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) have selected six research teams to share $1.05 Goal: To develop next-generation high-energy density batteries to help bring about low-cost and safe electric vehicles with driving ranges well above 250 miles. The universities have committed to spending up to $3 million each on their part of the collaborative research over the five-year period.

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Polaris to buy Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM) from Chrysler

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The GEM e2 two-passenger vehicle features six 12-volt flooded electrolyte batteries and a range of up to 35 miles on a charge. will acquire low-speed electric vehicle manufacturer Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM), a wholly-owned Fargo, N.D.-based GEM cars are used by local, state and national government agencies, resorts, master-planned communities, universities, medical and corporate campuses, as well as by sports teams, taxi-shuttle services and individual consumers.

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UMTRI study shows wide global variability in GHG emissions from operating an EV

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A team at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) study has assessed the relative amounts of greenhouse-gas emissions from driving a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) compared with greenhouse-gas emissions from driving a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle in different countries of the world.

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Study finds fleet switch from PFI to GDI engines will result in net reduction in global warming

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Thus, the researchers concluded, switching from PFI to GDI vehicles will likely lead to a reduction in net global warming. The study, by a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Georgia, Aerodyne Research, California Air Resources Board (ARB), Ohio State University, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego is published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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University of Delaware Licenses V2G Technology to AutoPort; 100 V2G EVs as Test Fleet

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The University of Delaware has signed the first license for its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology with AutoPort, Inc., If the initial test is successful, and V2G vehicles are subsequently manufactured, the University would receive a royalty for each vehicle sold with V2G equipment. Range 120-150 miles. Components of a V2G system. Source: PJM. Click to enlarge. a major vehicle processing and modification facility in New Castle, Del.

Study finds urban waste heat affects temperatures across thousands of miles, warming some areas and cooling others

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The waste heat generated by everyday activities in metropolitan areas—which is distinct from the urban heat island effect—alters the character of the jet stream and other major atmospheric systems, affecting temperatures across thousands of miles, significantly warming some areas and cooling others, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Global Ice Age Climate Patterns Influenced by Bering Strait

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In a vivid example of how a small geographic feature may have far-reaching impacts on climate, new research shows that water levels in the Bering Strait—which separates the US and Russia by only 90 kilometers (56 miles)—helped drive global climate patterns during ice age episodes dating back more than 100,000 years. The global climate is sensitive to impacts that may seem minor.

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Study finds Antarctic icebergs play a previously unknown role in global carbon cycle, climate

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In a finding that has global implications for climate research, scientists have discovered that when icebergs cool and dilute the seas through which they pass for days, they also raise chlorophyll levels in the water that may in turn increase carbon dioxide absorption in the Southern Ocean. Helly, director of the Laboratory for Environmental and Earth Sciences with the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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Study Finds Stratospheric Water Vapor Is An Important Driver of Decadal Global Surface Climate Change

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A 10% drop in stratospheric water vapor concentrations acted to slow the rate of increase in global surface temperature over 2000-2009 by about 25% compared to that which would have occurred due only to CO 2 and other greenhouse gases, according to a new study by researchers from NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory; the University of Colorado, Boulder; and the University of Bern (Switzerland).

Mopar introduces new at-home plug-in wall chargers for Jeep 4xe models and Chrysler Pacifica

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Portable, lightweight, lockable and weatherproof for indoor/outdoor charging, each unit is universally compatible and backed by a 3-year warranty. The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is scheduled to arrive in North America early this year and in global markets later in 2022.

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Tsinghua University provincial-level lifecycle study finds fuel-cycle criteria pollutants of EVs in China could be up to 5x those of natural gas vehicles due to China’s coal-dominant power mix

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A province-by-province life cycle analysis of natural gas and electric vehicles by a team from Tsinghua University concludes that while, from the perspective of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and criteria pollutant emissions, natural gas vehicles (CNGVs) are “ an option with no obvious merits or demerits ”, electric vehicles (EVs) are “ an option with significant merits and demerits in this regard ” due to China’s heavily coal-based electricity generation (national average of about 77%).

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Rosneft and BP form global strategic alliance; share swap and a focus on the Arctic shelf

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International oil and gas major BP and Russian state-owned Rosneft have a formed a strategic global alliance, creating the first major equity-linked partnership between an international and a national oil company. These licences were awarded to Rosneft in 2010 and cover approximately 125,000 square kilometers (48,000 square miles) in a highly prospective area of the South Kara Sea. Location and scale of Arctic blocks targeted by BP and Rosneft. Click to enlarge.

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Goodyear develops 70% sustainable-material tire; NPT on delivery robots

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—Chris Helsel, senior vice president, global operations and chief technology officer. Goodyear and Starship have entered an in-field testing phase at Bowling Green State University to evaluate vehicle and tire dependencies.

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XL Fleet partnering with Curbtender to develop all-electric and plug-in hybrid refuse trucks

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Refuse trucks represent a $7-billion market segment within the global commercial fleet industry, with more than 62,000 units sold globally in 2018 and growing annually by four percent. Refuse collection trucks travel 25,000 miles annually on average and contribute around 1.4%

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Wabtec signs MOUs with CMU, Genesee & Wyoming to decarbonize freight rail & improve safety; battery and fuel cell locomotives

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—Farnam Jahanian, President of Carnegie Mellon University. Earlier this year, the FLXdrive demonstrated its capabilities in revenue operations during a three-month pilot in California, covering more than 13,000 miles of track.

Hyundai Motor unveils SEVEN concept electric SUV

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SEVEN concept is built upon Hyundai Motor Group’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), a dedicated BEV architecture. The concept is also engineered to achieve a target range of more than 300 miles.

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ARPA-E awarding $33M to 10 projects for natural gas pipeline retrofitting: REPAIR

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REPAIR teams are developing technologies to address deficiencies while also working toward a 10-to-20-times reduction in cost per mile. More than 60,000 miles of cast iron and bare steel gas distribution pipelines are still in service. University of Colorado, Boulder. General Electric Global Research. University of Maryland. Carnegie Mellon University. University of Pittsburgh. University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials.

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

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billion miles to be driven by UK cars. Last month, the Committee on Climate Change published a report— Net Zero: The UK’s Contribution to Stopping Global Warming —which concluded that “net zero is necessary, feasible and cost effective.” Over the next few decades, global supply of raw materials must drastically change to accommodate not just the UK’s transformation to a low carbon economy, but the whole world’s. billion miles uses at least 63 TWh of power.

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Transdev, Delphi partner on autonomous transportation; testing 1st open-road, driverless on-demand mobility service in EU

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Transdev, a leading global provider of mobility services, and Delphi Automotive PLC have entered into a commercial partnership to develop a global, fully automated, mobility-on-demand (AMoD) transport system. The system will utilize Transdev Universal Routing Engine (URE) and Delphi’s previously announced automated driving platform—the Centralized Sensing, Localization and Planning (CSLP) platform which Delphi is developing in partnership with Mobileye.

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BNEF’s latest projection shows EVs as $46T market opportunity between now and 2050

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For the first time, in the 2021 edition, it examines what would be required to bring global road transport emissions onto a trajectory compatible with net zero by 2050.

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Study: plant roadside hedges rather than trees to combat near-road pollution

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Urban planners should plant hedges—or a combination of trees with hedges—rather than just relying on roadside trees if they are most effectively to reduce pollution exposure from cars in near-road environments, according to a new study from the University of Surrey. However, the dominant focus has been on roadside trees, while there are many miles of fences in urban areas that could be readily complemented with hedges, with appreciable air pollution exposure dividend.

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Queen’s researchers discover first species endangered from deep sea mining

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Queen’s University Belfast researchers have discovered that the scaly-foot snail, otherwise known as the sea pangolin, is the first species at risk of extinction due to potential deep sea mining by humans. —Dr Julia Sigwart, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology and Associate Director at Queen’s University Belfast’s Marine Laboratory.

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Lightning eMotors delivers first all-electric motorcoach to ABC Companies; order for 200 ZEVs

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It has excellent power, over 200 miles of range on a charge, and Lightning’s energy division can support installation of fast-charging systems that meet our customer’s stringent requirements.

Savari and SAIC Motors partner on V2X technology for China

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The companies are already working to fulfil a substantial order from two customers (Shanghai International Automobile City and Tongji University). Additionally, Shanghai International Automobile City and Tongji University plan to implement a live open-road smartcity testbed featuring both LTE-V and DSRC-based V2X solutions in the National Intelligent CV Pilot in Shanghai’s International Auto City. V2X company Savari Inc.

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Study measures the effect of regional change in clouds caused by ships’ emissions; masking GHG warming

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New research led by the University of Washington (UW) is the first to measure this phenomenon’s effect over years and at a regional scale. The result implies that globally, cloud changes caused by particles from all forms of industrial pollution block 1 Watt of solar energy per square meter of Earth’s surface, masking almost a third of the present-day warming from greenhouse gases. Pollution from ships creates lines of clouds that can stretch hundreds of miles.

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Ohio State team wins EcoCAR2 competition with E85 series-parallel plug-in hybrid Malibu

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announced that the Ohio State University (OSU) team was the overall winner of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future finals. Over the course of three years, The Ohio State University consistently met incremental goals that strengthened their position against the other university teams, the organizers said. The OSU team’s design achieved 50 miles per gallon gas equivalent (MPGGE) (4.7 l/100 km), while using 315 Wh/mile of electricity. OSU’s series-parallel PHEV.

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Tigor EV Highway Drive: Bengaluru - Coimbatore - Ooty - Mysuru

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He used to fly the Boeing 777s at Air India - and he now flies the Global Express. I remember reading about an Air India event to honour the frequent flyer who had the most miles under his belt. He shifted base to Mysore and became a student of the LLB program of Mysore university.

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NCSU study finds shared e-scooters aren’t always as green as other transport options

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A new study from North Carolina State University finds that while shared e-scooters may be greener than most cars, they can be less green than several other options, including, in some cases, buses. Using life cycle assessment, the researchers quantified the total environmental impacts of shared e-scooters associated with global warming; acidification; eutrophication; and respiratory impacts.

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The Case for EV Charging in Every City - Big or Small

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A recent report from BlueWeave Consulting forecasts a global compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.6% The goal, according to the study, is for the country to have 56 DCFC stations per 1,000 square miles in order for any fully battery-powered car to have reliable access from anywhere.

UPS to deploy prototype Class 6 extended range fuel cell electric vehicle delivery truck; trials begin in Q3

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Each FCEV produces electricity which continuously charges its batteries, thereby providing additional power and an extended range of 125 miles. —Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president global engineering and sustainability. UPS is partnering with the Center for Transportation and the Environment as well as Unique Electric Solutions LLC and the University of Texas’ Center for Electromechanics.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket fires up for the first time in nine weeks


Not radically dissimilar to the hundreds of thousands of miles of fiber optic cables that make up the backbone of the internet, lasers operating in the vacuum of space can effectively mirror the extraordinary bandwidth and performance offered by fiber connections – but wirelessly.

Initial results of 2-year US field study on Mileage-Based Road User Charge

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Researchers from the University of Iowa report the initial results of a 2-year field study evaluating the technical feasibility and user acceptance of mileage-based charging as a potential replacement for the current motor fuel tax in a paper in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. The average participant drove approximately 9,000 mi (14,484 km) during the study (the study totaled more than 21 million miles, or 33.8

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China Targets the Robotaxi Industry

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Swiss bank UBS estimates that by 2030, the global robotaxi market will be worth at least $2 trillion annually, with robotaxi fleet purchases accounting for 12% of all new cars sold.