Volkswagen Group continues to push with CNG

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In parallel with the advancing electrification of its fleet, Volkswagen Group and its brands continue to rely on CNG (compressed natural gas) as an alternative drive technology for decarbonizing road transport; Volkswagen Group[ has revised and expanded its product range again with this in mind.

2019 132

BMW Group 1st international automaker to obtain autonomous driving road test license in China; new R&D center in Beijing

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The BMW Group thus has become the first international auto maker to obtain the Autonomous Driving road test license in China, marking a big step on its path to Autonomous Driving. Safety first” is the primary premise for the development of Autonomous Driving at BMW Group.

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Walt Disney World Resorts Adding Exciting New Group Options

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As a one-stop option for a dine-around or another fun group outing, Disney Springs is a dining, retail and entertainment area that, in keeping with Disney’s knack for storytelling, has a rich, albeit fictional, history as a Florida waterfront town.

2018 65

Volkswagen creating new Group “Car.Software” unit; vw.os and Automotive Cloud for all Group models by 2025

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Volkswagen AG intends to group more than 5,000 digital experts together in its new “Car.Software” unit with Group responsibility for software in the vehicle by 2025. By 2025, all new Group models are to run on this software platform.

2019 91

Toyota introduces new 2020 Highlander and hybrid at New York International Auto Show; TNGA-K platform

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Toyota introduced the next-generation three-row 2020 Highlander SUV at the New York International Auto Show. In another Highlander first, the hybrid is now available in either 2WD or AWD, further expanding hybrid technology to a new group of buyers.

2019 123

BMW Group US electrified vehicle sales down 22.6% in June

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BMW Group sales of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles decreased 22.6% Model changeover has limited the current BMW Group electrified lineup to five models including the BMW i3, BMW i8 and i8 Roadster, BMW 530e, and MINI Countryman plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Plug-in hybrid variants of the BMW X5, the all-new BMW 3 Series and updated BMW 7 Series recently debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show.

2019 88

Plug Power, Charlatte America deliver fuel cell cargo tuggers for FedEx at Albany International Airport

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and Charlatte America, a member of the Fayat Group, the leading manufacturer of battery powered electric airport ground support equipment (GSE) throughout Europe and the United States, have delivered fuel cell-powered electric cargo tuggers for use by FedEx at the Albany International Airport.

2019 96

Volkswagen Group and JAC explore JV for multi-functional vehicles; internal combustion and new energy vehicles

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Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Volkswagen Group China and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Both groups have complementary strengths in the multi functional vehicle field. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG,and President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China. It will cover both internal combustion engine and new energy models. JAC will have a 50% stake in the new venture, with Volkswagen Group holding the other 50%.

2017 60

New international interest group to promote harmonized electromobility data standards

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Hubject GmbH , a joint venture formed by BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, RWE and Siemens earlier this year, and eighteen other companies have formed the “eMobility ICT Interoperability Interest Group”—an international interest group to promote harmonized electromobility data standards. Hubject GmbH is a joint venture formed by the BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, RWE and Siemens based in Berlin.

Fiat Group Automobiles, Chrysler Group International and GAC Group to Produce Jeep vehicles in China for Chinese market

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Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., Chrysler Group International LLC and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., GAC Group) have reached an agreement to expand the joint venture partnership. Under the agreement, the joint venture, GAC Fiat, will begin localized production of three new Jeep vehicles for the Chinese market, expanding the portfolio of Jeep sport-utility vehicles (SUV) currently available to Chinese consumers as imports.

2014 81

UK expert group focuses attention on non-exhaust emissions from road traffic as regulatory concern

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A new report released by the Air Quality Expert Group ( AQEG ) in the UK recommends as an immediate priority that non-exhaust emissions (NEE) are recognized as a source of ambient concentrations of airborne PM, even for vehicles with zero exhaust emissions of particles.

2019 115

Licht Group reports high-yield, low-energy synthesis of carbon nano-onions from CO2

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Previously, the Licht Group achieved a high yield growth of carbon nanotubes (CNT) by CO 2 electrolysis in molten carbonate through transition metal nucleation points on the electrolysis cathode. Researchers at George Washington University led by Prof.

2019 109

Bill McKibben, Creative Greenius Talking About Saturday’s International Day of Climate Action on KPFK FM’s The Insighers Today

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2009 109

Hyundai Motor Group unveils CVVD engine technology; +4% performance, +5% fuel economy, -12% emissions

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Hyundai Motor Group has developed the first Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology to feature in future Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The innovation was revealed at Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang on Wednesday alongside the Smartstream G1.6

2019 112

Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., Chrysler Group International LLC and GAC Group sign framework agreement to expand cooperation in China

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Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., Chrysler Group International LLC. and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., GAC Group) have signed a Framework Agreement to expand their cooperation on passenger car manufacturing and sales in China. After Fiat, the next brand planned to be localized by the GAC Fiat JV will be Chrysler Group’s Jeep brand (production in China for Chinese market only). GAC) and Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.

2013 76

US International Trade Commission votes to investigate alledged hybrid patent infringement by VW Group

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The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute a formal investigation of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche based on Paice’s earlier complaint of infringement of its hybrid vehicle patents. The exclusion order would prohibit Volkswagen Group companies from importing infringing hybrid vehicles, including the VW Jetta Hybrid, Audi A3 e-tron Hybrid, Audi Q5 Hybrid, Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

2016 65

ASTM International launches group to create standards for recovered carbon black (rCB)

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The ASTM International Board of Directors approved the launch of a new technical committee dedicated to developing standards for the growing field of recovered carbon black (rCB). James Thomas, president of ASTM International, said, “We’re thrilled to see this committee spring forth from the vibrancy of one of our existing committees.

2017 60

NVIDIA to lead European working group on highly connected automated vehicles

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NVIDIA will lead the European Association of Automotive Suppliers ( CLEPA ) working group on highly connected automated vehicles. This group, which consists of European automotive suppliers, contributes to the development of new UNECE assessment methods for automated vehicles. In addition to CLEPA, NVIDIA also works with key international organizations formulating standards and regulations for automated vehicles.

2019 84

Maersk to offer customers carbon-neutral biofuel; H&M Group first to trial

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H&M Group is the first company to trial it as part of the shift towards carbon-neutral transportation. It is certified as a sustainable fuel by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) body.

2019 96

Volkswagen Group invests $10M in Forge Nano; ALD coatings for battery materials to boost performance

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The Volkswagen Group is investing US$10 million in the US-based startup Forge Nano Inc. The Volkswagen Group intends to offer more than 50 battery-electric models by 2025, accounting for about a fifth of its entire model portfolio.

2019 133

Volkswagen Group reorganizing some international production; new Poland plant for Crafter

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The Volkswagen Group is re-ordering major parts of its international plant capacity deployment. The Group is building a new plant at Wrze?nia, This re-organization of the current plant allocation underlines the high flexibility the Volkswagen Group achieves by the gradual modularization of new and existing plants. With the re-organization of the Volkswagen Group production system, body production and painting for the Panamera is to start in Leipzig from 2016.

Algae International Group signs contract with Gulf Hydrocarbon for algae oils

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Algae International Group Inc. AIG) and Gulf Hydrocarbon, Inc. signed an agreement for Gulf exclusively to represent AIG in sales and distribution of its proprietary and non-proprietary algal oils and products created with the algal oils. The exclusive representation agreement takes effect immediately and is a precursor to ALGA’s commercial production of algal oils from its pilot facility located in Tulare, California.

2013 76

Mayor of London launches international study on effect of air pollution on children’s health: CHILL

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More 3,000 primary school children in polluted areas of London and Luton will have their lung health monitored over a four-year period in a new international study launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The researchers will compare the health of two large groups of primary school children (aged 6–9 years).

2018 90

Bus manufacturer NFI Group acquires Alexander Dennis Limited for US$405M

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North America-based bus manufacturer NFI Group Inc. Enhanced Product Portfolio: ADL adds to NFI’s product portfolio through its class-leading, internationally proven line-up of single- and double-deck buses, and motor coaches.

2019 96

Researchers use internal strain to optimize metal catalysts for applications such as fuel cells

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In a paper in the journal Science , the researchers report that, based on their approach, freestanding palladium nanosheets (three to five monolayers thick) form with an internal compressive strain of 1 to 2% and can be much more active for both the oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions under alkaline conditions compared with nanoparticles.

2019 68

ICCT: IMO committee agrees to establish first climate framework for international shipping

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The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) reports that the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted a resolution codifying an initial greenhouse gas (GHG) strategy for international shipping.

2018 85

SAE International updates J3016 standard defining autonomous vehicles; free download

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SAE International (SAE) announced a free update to its technical standard, “J3016: Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to On-Road Motor Vehicle Automated Driving Systems.” Recently, the US Department of Transportation (DoT) adopted SAE International’s six levels of automation outlined in SAE J3016 for use in its “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy.” ( Earlier post.).

2016 74

Volkswagen Group expands production in China; four new factories opened; SUVs and electromobility

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With the opening of three new FAW-Volkswagen vehicle plants at three locations—in Qingdao, Foshan and Tianjin—as well as the Volkswagen FAW Platform Tianjin Branch component plant, the Volkswagen Group is strengthening its localization strategy in China.

2018 126

NREL develops Internal Short Circuit (ISC) device to help improve Li-ion battery design

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed and patented an Internal Short Circuit (ISC) device capable of emulating latent defects that can cause escalating temperatures in lithium-ion batteries and lead to thermal runaway.

2015 122

Daimler Trucks launches E-Mobility Group; single global electric architecture

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Daimler Trucks has launched an E-Mobility Group (EMG) comprising all of its electric activities. By establishing our new global E-Mobility Group we can maximise the effectiveness of our investments in this strategic key technology.

2018 95

BMW wins overall International Engine of Year 2015 for hybrid drive system in i8 PHEV

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BMW took top honors at the latest International Engine of the Year Awards , with the 1.5-liter, three-cylinder hybrid drive unit in the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid being declared the overall winner—as well as picking up two class wins—edging out Ford’s 1.0L

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BMW Group sales of electrified vehicles in US drop 29.7% in May y-o-y

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BMW Group sales of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles decreased 29.7 Model changeover has limited the current BMW Group electrified lineup in the US to five models including the BMW i3, BMW i8 and i8 Roadster, BMW 530e, and MINI Countryman plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Plug-in hybrid variants of the BMW X5, the all-new BMW 3 Series and updated BMW 7 Series recently debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show.

2019 68

BMW Group opens >$1B plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico; digitalization and new sustainability benchmarks

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The BMW Group officially opened the company’s new automotive plant in San Luis Potosi in Mexico. The BMW Group used digital 3D plans during construction of the plant, both for the building itself and for the installation of equipment. Combining these two technologies allowed for real-time analysis of construction progress and cost-efficient modifications, providing the BMW Group with continuous planning reliability.

2019 64

Hyundai Motor Group bolsters partnership with Rimac on high-performance EVs and fuel cell prototypes across brands

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Hyundai Group joined its partner Rimac Automobili in an event hosted by Rimac CEO Mate Rimac and attended by Croatian Prime Minister, ministers, and senior government officials to discuss the potential of the new auto industry in Croatia. In May, the Hyundai Group announced an investment of €80 million in Rimac aimed to lead the high-performance electrified vehicle market. —Hyundai Group Executive Vice President Thomas Schemera.

2019 73

Groupe Renault and Nissan sign exclusive alliance deal with Waymo to explore driverless mobility services in France and Japan

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Groupe Renault, Nissan Motor Co., This analysis will first take place in France and Japan, home to Groupe Renault and Nissan headquarters, respectively, and may expand to other markets, excluding China, in the future. To further the exploration process, Groupe Renault and Nissan will create joint venture Alliance-focused companies in France and Japan dedicated to driverless mobility services.

2019 73

International team discovers family of fungal enzymes that degrades xylans in wood biomass

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An international team of researchers has discovered a new family of enzymes found in fungi (fungal lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases, LPMOs) that are capable of breaking down xylans—a recalcitrant polysaccharide abundant in wood biomass. Back in 2010 we made the key discovery that a group of enzymes found in fungi, contain copper – these enzymes are now known to be an important component in the decomposition of biomass by biology.

2018 73

Volkswagen Group invests in Hubject eRoaming platform for EV charging

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The Volkswagen Group is joining the eRoaming platform Hubject GmbH as shareholder. Hubject, a joint venture formed by BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler AG, EnBW, innogy and Siemens ( earlier post ), launched its eRoaming EV charging platform “intercharge” in 2013.

2016 106

Volkswagen Group opening up Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) to third parties; seeking economies of scale

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The Volkswagen Group is opening its Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) developed in recent years to other manufacturers. The Volkswagen Group is currently projecting a first wave of some 15 million pure electric vehicles based on the MEB.

2019 83

Groupe PSA selects Punch Powertrain for future electrified transmission systems; 48V configuration up first

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Groupe PSA has selected transmission provider Punch Powertrain as the supplier of its next-generation e-DCT electrified transmission systems by 2022. Punch is entirely owned by the Yinyi Group in China.

2018 111

Volvo Car Group signs multi-billion Li-ion dollar battery supply deals with CATL and LG Chem

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Volvo Car Group has signed long-term agreements with leading battery makers CATL and LG Chem to ensure the multi-billion dollar supply of lithium-ion batteries over the coming decade for next generation Volvo and Polestar models. The future of Volvo Cars is electric and we are firmly committed to moving beyond the internal combustion engine. In China, battery supply will benefit from the scale of the wider Geely Group.

2019 90

Law firm forming autonomous vehicle industry group

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The law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP is forming an autonomous vehicle industry group, which includes a cross-disciplinary team of attorneys practicing in the firm’s Corporate, Intellectual Property and Litigation departments. Honigman hired top Federal Trade Commission attorney Steve Wernikoff, who will co-lead the group along with Honigman partner Tom Appledorn.

2017 60

Calls for an international 48V electrical standard for vehicles; looming WLTP implementation

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—Paul Bloore, product validation manager for CPT’s hybrid product group. A common international 48V standard would be a smart move.

2014 113

EU-Live project unveils electrified 3-wheeler; designed by Groupe PSA

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Positioned between the two-wheel and four-wheel segments, it is equipped with a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain, two electric in-wheel motors and a gasoline internal combustion engine.

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