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Continental supplying 48-volt belt starter generator with integrated power electronics for Audi A8

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Continental is supplying the 48V belt-starter generator with integrated power electronics that is at the heart of the mild-hybrid (MHEV) system that is standard on Audi’s new A8. Earlier post.).

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What green tech best suits pickup trucks in 2030? Take our Twitter poll

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The three most significant debuts at the 2018 Detroit auto show were pickup trucks, one from each of the Detroit Three automakers. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup led on Saturday night, followed on Sunday by the 2019 Ford Ranger, a mid-size pickup that rivals the Chevy Colorado on sale since 2015. The trio was rounded out on Monday. Polls

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2019 Ram drops weight, gains 48V eTorque mild hybrid system

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FCA pulled the wraps off the new 2019 Ram 1500 at the Detroit Auto Show. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds (102 kg).

Lexus unveils LF-1 Limitless Concept; flagship luxury crossover with full range of options for electrified powertrains

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The the Detroit Auto Show, Lexus introduced the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept—a flagship crossover. The LF-1 concept could be powered by fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, gasoline, or even all-electric powertrains.

Achates Power and Aramco Services Company partner on opposed-piston engine projects; Opposed-Piston Gasoline Compression Ignition (OPGCI)

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Chevrolet and Ford cruise into Detroit Auto Show leading with truck introductions

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Chevrolet and Ford each are entering the Detroit Auto Show this week on the heels of major truck introductions: for Chevrolet, the next-generation Silverado full-size pickup; for Ford, the return of the Ranger mid-size pickup. Silverado.

DOE analysis suggests rapid convergence of FCEV and BEV TCOs; FCEVs less expensive for majority of LDV fleet by 2040; mass compounding

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In 2020, battery-electric vehicles will be a cheaper vehicle option than fuel cell electric vehicles for the majority of the light duty fleet (79-97%), according to a new study by a team at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO).

Cisco and Hyundai to bring “hyper-connected” car to production in 2019; software defined vehicle architecture

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At CES, Cisco and Hyundai Motor Company announced the coming production of a next-generation, hyperconnected car. Hyundai will feature this new in-vehicle network in their premium 2019 vehicles. In 2016, Cisco and Hyundai reported plans to develop a vehicle with a new approach to communication.

Evea study estimates 69% reduction in GHG emissions for Global Bioenergies’ fully renewable ETBE compared to fossil gasoline

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Life-cycle analysis specialist EVEA has estimated that fully renewable ETBE produced by the Global Bioenergies’ IBN-One plant would enable 69% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil gasoline. This figure was calculated for the current design planned for the IBN-One plant using a greenhouse gases emissions calculator based on 2BSVS, compliant with the Renewable Energy Directive.

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Infiniti Q Inspiration concept designed with autonomy, VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine in mind

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Infiniti unveiled its Q Inspiration Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Previewing a new generation of Infiniti vehicles, the Q Inspiration Concept proposes how an innovative VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine powertrain ( earlier post ), next-level autonomous drive technologies, and a unique human-centric interior could enrich the experience of drivers in the mid-size sedan segment.

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Kia introduces more fuel-efficient Gen 3 2019 Forte; first “Smart Stream” powertrain

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At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the third-generation 2019 Forte compact sedan. With a number of improvements, Forte now offers drivers a higher level of comfort, fuel efficiency and advanced driver assistance technologies. Housed underneath the Forte’s longer hood is a second-generation 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine that benefits from Atkinson Cycle technology and a cooled EGR system.

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TNGA-based 2019 Toyota Avalon features new hybrid system

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Toyota unveiled the new fifth-generation Avalon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Avalon received an all-encompassing makeover by Toyota’s US-based design, engineering, and manufacturing entities at Calty Design Research Inc. Calty) in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Toyota Motor North America Research and Development (TMNA R&D) in Saline, Michigan; and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. TMMK) in Georgetown, Kentucky, respectively.

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EPA fuel economy report finds weight and power leveling off, footprint stable

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EPA recently released the latest edition of its annual report Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Fuel Economy Trends. The report is the authoritative reference for real-world fuel economy, technology trends and tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions, for new personal vehicles sold in the US every year since 1975. The report found that fuel economy for the US fleet continues to improve. Model year (MY) 2016 vehicle fuel economy was 24.7 mpg (9.51

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DOE: on-road vehicles were responsible for 76% of transportation energy use in 2016

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The transportation sector used about 27.8 quadrillion Btu (quads) of energy in 2016 with 76% of that used by vehicles on the nation’s roads, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). Light vehicles, including cars, motorcycles, pickups, vans and sport utility vehicles, used the most energy, accounting for 55% of the total. Medium and heavy trucks and buses accounted for 21% of the transportation sector’s energy use. The nonhighway sectors—air, water, pipeline, and rail—used 4.6

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Mitsubishi Motors signs electric vehicles agreement with Vietnamese government

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Vietnam under which they plan to explore how best to promote the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country. Mitsubishi Motors will work with Vietnam Industry Agency (VIA) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) to conduct a joint study of efficient EV usage and the public policy programs and incentives that could support the accelerated adoption of sustainable automotive technology.

German OEMs have 16% of electric car market in US

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German automakers have 16% of the electric car market in the US, according to Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). Speaking at the organizations’s annual press conference at the Detroit Auto Show, Wissman observed that the 16% share of the electric car market is roughly double the German OEM’s share of the total light vehicle market.

USDA awards $3M biorefinery grant to support conversion of lignin into renewable alternative for ABS Resin

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The USDA has awarded a consortium including Attis Innovations, Inc., a subsidiary of Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc.,a a $3-million grant to support the commercialization of its patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies. Attis Innovations is the combination of recent transactions with American Science and Technology Corp. and Advanced Lignin Biocomposites LLC.

China Yuchai launches 14 new diesel and natural gas engines to meet upcoming National VI emission standards

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China Yuchai International Limited, a leading manufacturer and distributor of engines for on- and off-road applications in China through its main operating subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL), launched 14 new engines compliant with China’s more stringent National VI emission standards. GYMCL’s new National VI engines include 10 diesel and 4 natural gas engines with a power range from 100 to 650 horsepower among 3 platforms: S, K, and Y.

Jumbo signs LOI to order new LNG-powered offshore Heavy Lift Crane Vessel; world’s largest X-BOW

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Jumbo, a heavy lift shipping and offshore transportation and installation contractor, recently signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with China Merchants Industry Holdings (CMIH) for the provision of the detailed engineering and construction of a new DP2 Heavy Lift Crane Vessel (HLCV) estimated to be delivered in the first quarter of 2020. The vessel will be powered by dual fuel engines and has the ability to run on natural gas (LNG).

Ford says it will more than double previously announced investment in electrification; $11B by 2022, 40 electrified vehicles

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Ford will boost its investment in electrification to $11 billion by 2022, said Executive Chairman Bill Ford, speaking at the Detroit Auto Show. In 2015, Ford had said it would invest an additional $4.5 billion to add 13 electrified vehicles to its portfolio by 2020. Earlier post.). At the time, the $4.5 billion was Ford’s largest-ever electrified vehicle investment in a five-year period.

Bee’ah to add 50 Tesla Semis to fleet; first in Middle East

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Bee’ah, the UAE’s fastest growing environmental management company has ordered 50 Tesla Semis—the first and largest fleet of Tesla Semi trucks in the Middle East. The incoming Tesla Semi trucks, which enter production in 2019, will primarily be used for waste collection and transportation, including transportation of materials for recovery.

ABB developing Sri Lanka’s EV fast charging infrastructure

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Ceylon Electricity Board, the prime player in Sri Lanka’s electricity generation, distribution and transmission, has chosen ABB as its preferred supplier to develop the country’s fast charging infrastructure. The Sri Lankan area of Colombo City will benefit from a new fleet of connected, fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers from ABB.

Could improving electric-car tax credit be possible even with today's politics?

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Rather to the surprise of electric-car advocates, the massive tax bill passed by the U.S. Congress in December did not eliminate the federal tax credit for purchase of a plug-in electric vehicle. That credit lets buyers take a credit of $2,500 to $7,500 on their income-tax filing in the year of purchase. Now, financial columnist James Stewart has. Politics Plug-In Hybrids incentives tax credit plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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All renewable energy types to be cost-competitive by 2020: report

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Renewable-energy generation costs are falling like photons onto a solar panel. By 2020, it's expected all types of renewable-energy generation will be able to compete with fossil fuels on cost. That's right: saving our environment will actually save electric utilities some money, too. DON'T MISS: Two-thirds of world's new energy capacity in 2016. electric utilities renewable energy solar wind energy

Ford 300-mile all-electric SUV may be named Mach 1; due 2020

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The big new debuts at the 2018 Detroit auto show are largely pickup trucks, one of them being the new mid-size 2019 Ford Ranger. Ford also introduced a new Bullitt Mustang, honoring the 51st anniversary of the legendary 1968 movie, and a high-performance ST version of the Edge crossover. (Is Is it the Edgest Edge?) But as for new hybrids or plug-in. Detroit Auto Show Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

GM promises it can make money on all-electric cars by 2021

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Radically new powertrains are widely assumed to lose money for the companies that launch them. Toyota's hybrid-electric system, launched in Japan in 1997, likely didn't break even until sometime after the 2004 launch of the second-generation Prius. Long-range battery-electric vehicles are the same, according to analysts and insiders: the question. General Motors Plug-In Hybrids GM plug-in cars Profit Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Detroit auto show, Ford Mach 1, profitable Chevy EVs, cheaper renewables: Today's Car News

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Today, we've got news from the Detroit auto show, promised profits on electric cars, yet another teaser from Ford, and some great news on renewable energy. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over the weekend, as we do every seven days, we ran down last week's most important green-car stories. Detroit debuts kicked off with the redesigned 2019. Today in Car News

Fisker EMotion: what we learned about 300-mile electric car at CES

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Fisker Inc., the second namesake automaker from the Danish auto designer, rolled out its first model at the Consumer Electronics Show last week and gave us some details on what to expect from the luxury electric car. The supercar-esque sedan, which Fisker hopes will steal customers away from rival Tesla, should produce 775 horsepower from its

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid debuts with more evocative style, promise of improved efficiency

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The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid that debuted Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit goes where no full-size sedan has gone before. Well, except for last year's Avalon Hybrid. For 2019, the Avalon rides on a new platform, has updated interior and exterior styling, and comes loaded with an unusually high degree of technology. Detroit Auto Show

Tesla wins another, licensed to sell electric cars in Rhode Island

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Tesla can now add another notch to its sales board. Rhode Island will allow the direct sale of Teslas and has issued a state dealer license to the company to open a dealer in Warwick. Additionally, the city itself issued its own license to the electric-vehicle manufacturer, which plans to take over the former site of a Hyundai dealer in the city. Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) state laws Rhode Island

2019 Chevy Silverado: how a big, thirsty pickup gets more fuel-efficient

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The highest-volume vehicle GM sells in North America is a full-size pickup truck—one that likely also contributes outsize profits from each of its hundreds of thousands of units. So the launch of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Saturday night before the Detroit auto show was a big deal for the company. Like every other new vehicle produced for. Pickups Power Stroke Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Niro EV, Nexo at CES; driverless Bolt EV; Tesla Model 3 teardown; gas mileage stays flat: The Week in Reverse

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Why do a majority of auto executives believe that hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will dominate plug-in electric cars in the future? What do individual Tesla Model 3 parts tell us about that crucial but currently challenged electric car? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on. The Week In Reverse