May, 2017

Volvo Trucks and Renova testing autonomous refuse trucks; driving in reverse

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Swedish waste management company Renova and Volvo Trucks are currently testing and researching how automated vehicles can contribute to safer, more efficient refuse handling and create a better working environment for drivers.

2017 44

Israeli firm StoreDot claims battery with 5-minute charging time

Green Car Reports

It's one of the Holy Grails for battery researchers and electric-car advocates alike: a battery that could recharge in the same amount of time as it takes to stop for gasoline.

2017 42

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Tesla u-Turn on free Supercharger access

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There were murmurings of unrest among the cult of Tesla late last year when the company announced it would be ceasing free access to its Supercharger

2017 19

IAV 8-speed hybrid dual-clutch tranmission can reduce fuel consumption 18% over 6DCT

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IAV has developed a high-power, high-torque eight-speed hybrid dual-clutch transmission (8H-DCT) that is capable of reducing fuel consumption by up to 18% in the NEDC over a conventional six-speed dual-clutch transmission (6DCT) due to its high number of speeds and integrated hybrid functionality.

2017 46

Wrightspeed partners with AxleTech on heavy-duty electric drive

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Wrightspeed Inc., a developer and manufacturer of heavy-duty range-extended electric vehicle (REV) powertrains ( earlier post ), has partnered with AxleTech International, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty specialty drivetrain systems.

2017 44

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: gas mileage review

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The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq comes in two versions: a nationally distributed hybrid-electric version, and an all-electric model that will be sold mostly in California and a handful of other states. There'll also be a plug-in hybrid version coming for 2018. We liked the Ioniq Hybrid when we first drove it at the launch event in February, and now we've. Fuel Economy

2017 39

Constellium providing lightweight aluminium solutions for new BMW 5 Series

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Constellium N.V. announced that it supplies aluminium automotive body sheets and crash management systems for the new BMW 5 Series, including its hybrid and touring models. The latest edition of the iconic BMW 5 Series saves 137 pounds (62 kg) compared to the previous model due to the use of lightweight materials.

2017 40

Subaru plans for all-electric versions of existing model lines

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It's now clear that every automaker, no matter how large or small, will have to develop and sell battery-electric vehicles by 2020 to 2025. Companies like GM and Volkswagen, which each make 10 million cars a year, can afford the breathtaking costs of developing expertise and engineering cars with entirely different powertrains. For smaller. Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Subaru XV

2017 35

Ford fires CEO Fields, in part, for lagging on electric cars

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It's all the buzz of the auto industry this morning: Ford has fired its CEO Mark Fields and will replace him with Jim Hackett, former CEO of Michigan furniture maker Steelcase. Hackett presently oversees the Ford unit working on autonomous vehicles. The company is expected to make the announcement this morning, according to numerous media reports. plug-in cars

2017 36

Big Oil Betting On Electric Vehicles

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by Jon LeSage for Oilprice.com. Speaking this week at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York, Total SA’s chief energy economist, Joel Couse, forecasted that EVs will make up 15 to 30 percent of global new vehicle sales by 2030. Oil demand for transportation fuel see its “ demand will flatten out ,” after 2030, Couse said. Maybe even decline. ”.

2017 40

Audi puts steel back in the new A8

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The new Audi A8, scheduled for release in 2018, features a multi-material body structure ( earlier post ) consisting of more than 40% steel.

2017 38

If autonomous electric cars are coming, why not ships too?

Green Car Reports

Vehicle engineering and development focuses heavily on passenger cars and light trucks, but what about other forms of transportation? In an effort to cut congestion on its roads, the country of Norway is experimenting with the idea of autonomous, electric ships to replace large semi trucks, reports Gas2. Not only do semi trucks clog roadways, but. Norway Autonomous cars cargo ships Boats

2017 38

VW to Tesla: 'Anything you can do, we can do better'

Green Car Reports

With a new book imminent that gives new details on its diesel-emission cheating scandal, Volkswagen Group continues to struggle for positive corporate PR. Yet the company publicly appears to be confident that it has weathered the worst of that storm. Moreover, while its first high-volume electric cars won't hit the market until 2019 or 2020, the. VW Group Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

2017 38

Workhorse W-15 range-extended electric pickup truck revealed (video)

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Workhorse may have the ultimate proposal for commercial fleets with the reveal of its W-15 pickup truck, the first range-extended electric pickup truck to be built from the ground up with fleets in mind.

2017 38

AK Steel receives $1.8M from DOE to develop next-generation electrical steels for hybrid and electric vehicle motors

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AK Steel has accepted an award of up to $1.8 million from the US Department of Energy (DOE) under the Advanced Manufacturing Office’s Next Generation Electric Machines (NGEM) program to develop the next generation of advanced, non-oriented electrical steels (NOES) for motors used in a wide variety of industrial and automotive applications, including hybrid and electric vehicles.

2017 35

Solar panels, EV chargers required in new homes in Fremont, CA

Green Car Reports

Half a century ago, the General Motors assembly plant was the largest employer in Fremont, California, and the town was known for its dragstrip. Today, that plant makes Tesla electric cars and Fremont is a part of the San Francisco Bay Area's Silicon Valley, creating advanced technology for the world. The city has now taken another step into the. California NUMMI Fremont Tesla Motors regulation solar Charging stations

2017 37

TM4 and Cummins jointly developing range-extended electric plug-in powertrain for Class 7/8 buses

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TM4 and Cummins are jointly developing a plug-in hybrid powertrain for Class 7/8 transit buses that can reduce fuel consumption by at least 50% compared to conventional hybrid buses.

2017 36

New molybdenum-coated catalyst produces hydrogen from water-splitting more efficiently; preventing the back reaction

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Water-splitting systems require a very efficient catalyst to speed up the chemical reaction that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, while preventing the two gases from recombining back into water.

2017 36

Energy use for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles: higher than electrics, even hybrids (analysis)

Green Car Reports

It's now clear that the zero-emission vehicles of the future will be powered by electric motors. The electricity to power those motors, however, will come from one of two competing technologies: high-capacity batteries or hydrogen fuel cells. The debate over which technology is superior, which has the lowest wells-to-wheels carbon footprint, and. Carbon Footprint California hydrogen CARB greenhouse gas hydrogen fuel cell wells to wheels Zero Emission Vehicle regulation

2017 36

China has licensed 9 electric-car plants, more than U.S. has today

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Quick trivia question: how many plants are there in the United States currently building electric cars? To be generous, we'll allow both battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models. Any idea? The answer turns out to be four. DON'T MISS: Shanghai auto show: China plugs into electric cars in a big way Meanwhile, China—which has a long-term goal. China plug-in cars assembly plants

2017 35

Trump names vocal renewable-energy critic to oversee.renewable energy

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While the news headlines on President Donald Trump mostly address potential scandals, his administration has also lagged significantly in appointing top-level officials to run government agencies. Those that have been appointed often have an adversarial relationship to the missions of the agencies they run. Scott Pruitt, for example, is now. Politics global warming Efficiency climate change carbon dioxide renewable energy fossil fuels Donald Trump

2017 31

2017 electric motorcycle buyers guide

Green Car Reports

Electric motorcycles have seen a year of growth and challenges, both reflected in the offerings for 2017. Zero continues to push for its lineup to have more power, greater range, and lower prices, while new entries from Alta Motors and Energica expand available offerings. The demise of Victory motorcycles, however, seems to be the end of the. Harley-Davidson electric motorcycles Zero Motorcycles Polaris Energica Ego

2017 33

Intelligent Energy tech lead in €3.5M EU DIGIMAN program to advance fuel cell stack mass production; Toyota the automotive partner

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A new European program has launched to provide a blueprint to enable fully automated future mass manufacture of fuel cell stacks for the automotive market.

2017 34

Lighter, more fuel-efficient cars are safer, study says, ignoring safety rules

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It was one of several common tropes used 10 years ago against proposed regulations to boost average fuel economy. More efficient cars will have to be lighter-weight, and they'll be unsafe because in accidents, they'll crumple up like Kleenex." Logical conclusion: if you require higher fuel economy in cars, more people will die in crashes. DON'T. Fuel Economy weight reduction regulation

2017 33

Why BMW uses Tesla electric cars to scare its staff into the future

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When Tesla arrived on the scene 10 years ago, no major automaker took it very seriously—let alone thought it would cause the disruption it has in the market for luxury cars. At the same time, BMW, once the harbinger of performance and luxury, worries that it may be falling behind when it comes to electric vehicles and technology innovation. Competition Tesla Motors plug-in cars

2017 32

Plug-in electric car sales to double in 2018: predictions

Green Car Reports

Despite a slower-than-expected start, plug-in electric cars are gaining momentum on the North American market. Not only are sales rising, so is consumer interest: according to a survey by AAA, shoppers’ interest in electric and plug-in hybrid cars is now neck to neck with that of pickup trucks. In fact, 15 percent of the interviewed. sales New car sales plug-in cars AAA Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

2017 32

Researchers show simple addition of quartz powder to Li-S electrolyte slows capacity loss

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Materials researchers of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Switzerland have, in collaboration with the Université Grenoble Alpes (France), developed a simple method that can improve the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries by 25-30%.

2017 31

California utility SCE offers $450 rebate for new and used electric cars

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California already offers generous incentives to get consumers into electric vehicles, but now the electric utility Southern California Edison has joined in. SCE has announced what it calls the Clean Fuel Rewards Program to offer a $450 purchase rebate for battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle owners. The utility company isn't limiting the. rebates California incentives Used Cars Southern California Edison electric utilities plug-in cars

2017 26

California to test electric-car 'point of purchase' rebate for electric cars

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It's clear that incentives to buy specific cars work best when they can be applied directly at the time of sale. That's why purchase rebates are widely preferred by electric-car advocates to tax credits, which may take up to 15 months to be usable, depending on the timing of the purchase and tax filing. While the federal electric-car incentive is. rebates California incentives California Air Resources Board CARB plug-in cars

2017 30

First TV ad for Karma Revero drops as sales to start next month

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Everything old is new again, including the 2017 Karma Revero, a reborn 2012 Fisker Karma. Now its maker has released the first-ever television advertisement for the car, a spot that debuted during the 2017 U.S. Open Polo Championship, sponsored by Karma Automotive. Simply titled "Delivery," the advertisement is full of graceful, flashing scenes of. Advertising Marketing Plug-In Hybrids Television plug-in cars Karma Revero

2017 30

Reports of diesel's death are greatly exaggerated

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The fallout from the Volkswagen diesel scandal has cost the fuel plenty of not-so-great headlines, but the idea that diesel will soon die off entirely for passenger vehicles simply isn't true. A report in The Car Connection compiled the proof to show diesel is far from its deathbed. There remain more diesel vehicles on sale today than there have. Diesels diesel fuel

2017 29

Mercedes launches home energy-storage battery, echoing Tesla

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As Tesla regularly points out, the lithium-ion battery cells used in electric cars can also serve in home energy-storage units. Now, a Daimler company will go up against Tesla in that field under the branding of its most famous luxury-car make. Mercedes-Benz Energy announced yesterday that it is working with Vivint Solar to develop home. Batteries Daimler solar roof plug-in cars solar energy storage

2017 27

EPA science advisers axed; execs from regulated industries to replace them

Green Car Reports

While much of the nation's capital is preoccupied with the unpredictable Trump administration and its possible ties to Russia, the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency generates less news coverage. That's not to say there hasn't been news. Administrator Scott Pruitt is proceeding swiftly with a radical plan to restructure—critics. emissions Politics government EPA regulation air pollution science Donald Trump

2017 29

Renault, Qualcomm show off electric-car road charging at 60 mph

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It's long been an inspiring futuristic concept: electric cars that can recharge continuously at speed, driving along roadways with built-in inductive charging. Think a modern-day version of slot cars, but at 1:1 scale. Now French automaker Renault has demonstrated a prototype of just such a system, briefly recharging one of its electric cars at 60. Renault Kangoo charging Wireless charging Inductive Charging

2017 26