Audi extends Traffic Light Information to Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco

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Audi is extending its Traffic Light Information (TLI) coverage to Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. Audi first brought Traffic Light Information (TLI) to production vehicles in 2016, with just a handful of connected signals.

Actual fuel economy of cars and light trucks: 1966-2019

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vehicle fuel economy. Specifically, this study examines actual fuel economy of cars and light trucks (pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans) from 1966 through 2019. (My Calculated vehicle fuel economy is available going back to 1923. Department of Transportation.

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Groupe Renault changes China strategy: light commercial vehicles and electric passenger cars

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Groupe Renault is setting a new strategy for China, based on Electric Vehicles (EV) and Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV). With 860,000 electric vehicles sold in China in 2019, China is by far the largest EV market in the world.

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Monthly changes in key transportation indexes

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Sales of cars and light trucks. Vehicle miles traveled. Sources of the underlying data: Bureau of Economic Analysis (sales of cars and light trucks). Federal Highway Administration (vehicle miles traveled). Bureau of Transportation Statistics (revenue passenger miles).

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ORNL researchers use stop-light cameras to reduce fuel consumption of less-efficient vehicles via traffic management

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Approximately 6 billion gallons of fuel are wasted in the US each year as vehicles wait at stop lights or sit in dense traffic with engines idling, according to US Department of Energy estimates. So, where to find a larger, fine-grained vehicle dataset?

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NREL releases comprehensive vision for deep decarbonization of transportation

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a comprehensive vision for deeply decarbonizing transportation. The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for about 28% of total carbon emissions.

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

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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. Department of Transportation. Department of Transportation were the sources of the information for 1986 through 2017. The graph below shows the changes in actual vehicle fuel economy from 1966 through 2017. by Michael Sivak.

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JRC publishes recommendation for the collection and recycling of light-EV batteries

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A study recently published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center assesses how best to identify at the European level an additional fifth category of batteries—those used for Light Means of Transport (LMT) such as e-bikes and similar new products—which would ensure their appropriate collection and recycling.

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Differential effects of the current pandemic on the sales of light-duty vehicles and heavy trucks

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Light-duty vehicles (cars and light trucks) are being purchased primarily by individuals, while heavy trucks by companies. Therefore, an examination of the recent changes in the sales of vehicles in these two classes provides some information about the economic impact (both actual and anticipated) of the current pandemic on individuals and companies. (I I have shown recently that during this pandemic light-truck sales declined less than car sales.).

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Monthly changes in key transportation indexes

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Sales of cars and light trucks. Vehicle miles traveled. Louis (sales of cars and light trucks). Federal Highway Administration (vehicle miles traveled). Bureau of Transportation Statistics (revenue passenger miles).

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Light-truck sales declined less during the current pandemic than car sales

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This note examines the sales of all new light-duty vehicles (cars and light trucks) in the United States in March, April, and May 2020—the first three months of the current pandemic—and compares them with the sales in February 2020.

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ICCT makes recommendations for post-Euro 6 light duty vehicle emissions standards

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The European Commission has begun work aimed at post-Euro 6 emission standards for on-road vehicles. The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)—an independent nonprofit organization founded to provide unbiased research and technical and scientific analysis to environmental regulators—has pitched a paper into the pre-regulations mix. — Recommendations For Post-Euro 6 Standards For Light-Duty Vehicles In The EU.

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IHS Markit: GM announcement latest sign that peak gasoline demand from light vehicles has already come and gone

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The recent announcement by GM that it aspires to phase out sales of oil-powered light vehicles (LVs) by 2035 ( earlier post )—part of a broader proposal to make the automaker a net-zero-carbon company—is a prominent signpost that oil demand from LVs has already peaked, according to a new analysis by Jim Burkhard and the IHS Markit Crude Oil Market Service. The GM announcement is a notable signpost on the road to decarbonization of road transportation.

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StreetScooter to form JV with Chery for electric light utility vehicles

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StreetScooter GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post and market leader for electric light commercial vehicles (eLCV), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Chinese automobile manufacturer Chery Holding Group (Chery) establishing a joint venture between the two companies. Chery is one of China’s leading automobile manufacturers, with a 20% market share in electric commercial vehicles sector.

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NHTSA proposes rule to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication on light vehicles

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Citing an enormous potential to reduce crashes on US roadways, the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a proposed rule today that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the US light vehicle fleet. The advancement of the V2V rulemaking complements the Department’s work to accelerate the development and deployment of automated vehicles. Connected vehicles Regulations V2X

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Greenlots and Volvo Trucks partner on first installation of chargers for Volvo LIGHTS electrified trucking project

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Greenlots, a member of the Shell Group and a provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management solutions, has installed charging infrastructure for a fleet of electrified commercial trucks as part of its ongoing partnership with Volvo Trucks.

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Volkswagen establishes VWAT subsidiary to bring autonomous driving to market; light commercial vehicles first target

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The company will be managed by Alexander Hitzinger, Senior Vice President for autonomous driving in the Volkswagen Group and Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for Technical Development at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV). VWCV in Hanover is the leading brand within the Group for Autonomous Driving, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), and Transport-as-a-Service (TaaS). Autonomous driving Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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Volvo LIGHTS team helps facilitate authorization for public MDHD EV charging stations in California

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Volvo LIGHTS partners, led by CALSTART and joined by ChargePoint and other industry organizations, filed a motion in July that sought to clarify the CPUC’s position. The Volvo LIGHTS project was made possible by an award to South Coast AQMD of $44.8

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Volvo Trucks North America demonstrates pilot electric VNR models; Volvo LIGHTS

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The Volvo Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) Innovation Showcase, held at Volvo Trucks’ TEC Equipment dealership’s Fontana location, revealed the progress that has been achieved since the announcement of the Volvo LIGHTS project in late 2018.

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ABB to supply high-voltage chargers for Volvo LIGHTS project in SoCal; up to 920VDC

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ABB will supply high voltage-capable chargers for the Volvo LIGHTS project. ABB’s charging systems can charge any electric vehicle (EV) battery at up to 920 VDC, enabling faster charge times and greater commercial fleet utilization for this project.

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Volkswagen and Siemens partnering on traffic light V2X tests using WLANp in Wolfsburg

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In a joint project, the city of Wolfsburg, Volkswagen and Siemens are currently setting up a test section on a main road in Wolfsburg in which ten traffic signal systems will transmit the traffic light phases in the vicinity via the V2X technology WLANp (ITS-G5). In February, the Volkswagen Group had announced that from 2019 onwards, its brands will use the WLANp standard for communications among vehicles and between vehicles and their environment (V2X).

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Groupe Renault introduces fuel-cell range extenders into its light commercial electric vehicles

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Groupe Renault is extending the range of its electric light commercial vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells. The vehicles are equipped with a range extender fuel cell providing electric and thermal power of 10 kW, increasing the range of Renault MASTER Z.E. Hydrogen responds to the requirements of professionals not yet to be fulfilled by electric vehicles, notably for their long-distance travel needs.

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Volvo Cars brings Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert to the US

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Volvo Cars is partnering with Waycare Technologies to enable data from Volvo’s Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert to be shared anonymously with transportation municipalities and the popular Waze navigation app. First introduced in 2016 on 90 Series cars in Sweden and Norway, Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert now come as standard equipment on all model year 2021 Volvo cars sold in the US. Connected vehicles Driver Assistance Systems Market Background Safety

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National labs M2FCT researchers outline prospects and challenges for hydrogen fuel-cells in heavy-duty transportation

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The M 2 FCT team outlined the current and future prospects and challenges of hydrogen fuel cells for heavy-duty vehicles, including trucks, buses, trains, and marine applications, in a recent Nature Energy study. 2021) “New roads and challenges for fuel cells in heavy-duty transportation.”

New UK study to explore feasibility for dynamic wireless charging for commercial transport

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Ricardo will support a project led by Coventry City Council, working alongside electricity distribution network operator WPD, to investigate the implementation of dynamic wireless power transfer (WPT) solutions for electric vehicles in Coventry, UK.

Siemens developing intelligent transportation technology using traffic light timing systems and mobile phones

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Siemens Intelligent Traffic Solutions is developing intelligent transportation technology for the fast and orderly evacuation of citizens. In this project, traffic light timing systems estimate the number of vehicles by registering Bluetooth signals emitted by the drivers’ cell phones and adjust the phases of red and green light accordingly. In an emergency, the system can centrally control all traffic lights. Emergency vehicle on-board equipment.

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California goal: eliminate gasoline, diesel light vehicles altogether

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What if gasoline and diesel cars and light trucks were simply eliminated altogether from the new vehicles sold in a state? California already leads the nation in promoting zero-emission vehicles, but the Golden State may soon take that policy a step further. emissions California California Air Resources Board CARB plug-in cars transportation policyResidents of one state in the U.S. may, eventually, find out.

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Gainesville and Connected Signals delivering real-time traffic signal data to reduce red-light crashes and improve fuel efficiency

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a provider of real-time, predictive traffic signal information, as part of the University of Florida Transportation Institute’s I-STREET testbed. I-STREET was created in partnership with Florida Depart of Transportation’s (FDOT) Connected Vehicle Initiative to test connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. This can be an issue when trying to determine which light a user is approaching.

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New report finds California’s electric transportation workforce will nearly double by 2024

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A new report commissioned by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) projects that California’s electric transportation (ET)-related workforce will nearly double by 2024. With an estimated 3,900 ET-related businesses in 2019, California is already the leading state in electric transportation. Codifying robust zero-emission vehicle and infrastructure targets will send strong signals to invest in California.

Book Review: Public Transportation: A Children’s Book by Paul Comfort

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This 2020 children’s book presents a charming and informative history of motorized public transportation, from its origins in the U.S. Public transportation interests me, too. Horses are the mode of transport itself on the next page, pulling multi-rider carriages.

NHTSA to move ahead with regulations for vehicle-to-vehicle communications for light vehicles

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The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles as the next generation of auto safety. This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to communicate and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, ten times per second.

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AYRO launches low-speed Electric Vaccine Vehicle

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a designer and manufacturer of light-duty, short-haul, and last-mile delivery electric vehicles (EVs), has launched the Electric Vaccine Vehicle (EVV). Club Car will provide sales and service support for the vehicles to Element and its Clients. AYRO, Inc.,

EPA proposes leaving light-duty vehicle GHG standards for MY 2022-2025 unchanged

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed leaving the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for light-duty vehicle model years 2022-2025 in place, based on its technical analysis that shows automakers are well positioned to meet the targets. As part of the rulemaking establishing the model year 2017-2025 light-duty vehicle GHG standards, EPA committed to conduct a Midterm Evaluation of standards for model years 2022-2025.

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NVIDIA provides transportation industry access to its deep neural networks for autonomous vehicles

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NVIDIA will provide the transportation industry with access to its NVIDIA DRIVE deep neural networks (DNNs) for autonomous vehicle development on the NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) container registry. The AI autonomous vehicle is a software-defined vehicle required to operate around the world on a wide variety of datasets. Ultimately, we are accelerating the reality of global autonomous vehicles.

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UC report to CalEPA outlines policy options to decarbonize California transportation by 2045

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A team of transportation and policy experts from the University of California released a report to the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) outlining policy options to significantly reduce transportation-related fossil fuel demand and emissions. Those policy options, when combined, could lead to a zero-carbon transportation system by 2045, while also improving equity, health and the economy. —“Driving California’s Transportation Emissions to Zero”.

EPA reconsiders withdrawal of California’s waiver to enforce greenhouse gas standards for cars and light trucks

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EPA will be taking a separate action to reconsider the previous administration’s final rule titled The Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Final Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 (SAFE-2). The SAFE-1 action withdrew the 2013 Clean Air Act (CAA) waiver that had allowed California to enforce its greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for cars and light-duty trucks and its zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales mandate.

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Virginia Tech Transportation Inst. investigating adaptive stop/yield traffic signs; part of connected vehicle research

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Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) are in the early stages of investigating the development of adaptive stop and yield traffic signs. The concept is to replace conventional roadside stop and yield signs with an in-vehicle display that would automatically alert the driver of what actions to take, if any. Noble is the first student in the newly launched Human Factors Transportation Safety Graduate Certificate Program, led by the transportation institute.

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Canada and California to work together on cleaner transportation

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Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Chair of the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols, today signed a new cooperation agreement to advance cleaner vehicles and fuels. The transportation sector is the source of nearly a quarter of Canada’s carbon emissions and more than 40% of California’s. Canada is currently completing a mid-term review of its light duty vehicle regulations.

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ICCT calculates consumer benefits of increased efficiency in 2025-2030 light-duty vehicles in the US

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A new report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) estimates Consumer benefits of increased efficiency in 2025-2030 light-duty vehicles in the US. According to the analysis, under current standards, buyers of model year 2025 vehicles would fully recoup the extra cost for technology in the vehicle in the third year of ownership under a cash-purchase scenario.

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California Energy Commission approves $384M plan to accelerate zero-emission transportation; 50% of funds to benefit disadvantaged communities

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a $384 million plan for critical clean transportation investments to boost the adoption of zero-emission cars and trucks and help the state reach its climate, clean energy and public health goals. The plan focuses on closing gaps in zero-emission fuels and infrastructure to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order phasing out the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035.

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DOE: on-road transportation consumes more than 80% of all transportation energy in US

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Together, light vehicles and medium/heavy trucks and buses consume 82.1% of the energy used in the transportation sector, according to figures provided by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Those on-road vehicles use mainly gasoline and diesel fuel. Of the other modes, air transportation’s use of jet fuel and aviation gasoline accounts for 7.8% of transportation energy use, while water, rail, and pipeline account for less than 5% each.

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Government of Québec launches $6.7B 2030 Green Economy Plan; emphasis on transportation electrification

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The government is launching a major electrification project, mainly in the transport sector, but also in those of building heating and industrial activities. billion from the 2030 PEV implementation plan will be invested in the transportation sector, which alone accounts for more than 43% of Québec’s GHG emissions. Light trains, urban and school buses, taxis, cars and trucks will all be gradually electrified. million electric vehicles on Québec roads is targeted by 2030.

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A Pick Up for the Electric Vehicle Market

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Electrifying light-duty trucks will lower the cost of the electric vehicle transition, according to new research. In the early 2000s, the Hummer became a symbol of cars at their environmental … Continue Reading A Pick Up for the Electric Vehicle Market.