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Jaguar Land Rover developing shape-shifting seat system to improve health

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Jaguar Land Rover is developing a pioneering shape-shifting seat system designed to improve customer wellbeing by tackling the health risks of sitting down for too long.

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Petition alleges widespread unintended acceleration in Tesla vehicles

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An estimated 500,000 Tesla vehicles pose the risk of exhibiting sudden unintended acceleration, according to Reuters, and a petition filed to NHTSA on behalf of Tesla owners. If the petition is approved, NHTSA will investigate the widespread claims across Tesla's model lineup.

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Will rising CO2 vehicle emissions result in less choice for your next car?

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The choice of cars available to lease or buy in the UK could be about to take a nosedive

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MISC, Samsung Heavy, Lloyd’s Register and MAN partner to develop ammonia-fueled tanker

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MISC Berhad, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), Lloyd’s Register and MAN Energy Solutions will work together on a joint development project (JDP) for an ammonia-fueled tanker to support shipping’s drive towards a decarbonized future.

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Audi introduces Q5 TFSI e PHEV to US market; EPA-rated at 65 MPGe

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Audi of America is introducing its first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of its bestselling SUV, the Audi Q5. The Audi Q5 TFSI e ( earlier post ) will be joined by the A8 TFSI e and the Audi A7 TFSI e in the coming months.

2020 78

Daimler developing battery-electric version of Econic HD truck; customer testing in 2021, series production in 2022

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Daimler Trucks is taking the next step in its electrification of trucks with the battery-electric low-floor heavy-duty truck Mercedes-Benz eEconic. Customer testing of the eEconic for municipal use will begin in 2021.

2020 78

Hyundai and Kia make €100M strategic investment in Arrival to co-develop electric commercial vehicles

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Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation today made a strategic investment of €100 million (US $110 million) in a new partnership with Arrival , a UK-based electric vehicle startup ( earlier post ). Of the total investment, Hyundai will contribute €80 million; Kia €20 million.

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Solaris and Pozna? University of Technology work on advanced driver assistance system intended for electric buses

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In cooperation with Pozna? University of Technology, Solaris is developing an advanced driver assistance system for city buses, mostly electric ones. Devised jointly by engineers of Solaris and of the Pozna?

2020 78

Street network patterns reveal global trend towards increasing urban sprawl

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New research from McGill University and the University of California, Santa Cruz has found that the local streets of the world’s cities are becoming less connected, a global trend that is driving urban sprawl and discouraging the use of public transportation.

2020 78

BMW i Ventures invests in optical AI software company Alitheon

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BMW i Ventures has invested in Alitheon , an optical AI software creator and deep-tech startup developing generative engineering software aimed at automating the product development process.

2020 78

Toyota invests $394M in, collaborates with Joby on air mobility

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Toyota is collaborating with Joby Aviation (Joby), an aerospace company that is developing and commercializing all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to enable the deployment of fast, quiet and affordable air transportation services.

2020 78

USDOT to release BAA for V2X communications devices for safety band spectrum testing

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The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) plans to issue a broad agency announcement ( BAA ) to procure prototype or commercially available, off-the-shelf, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications devices to support USDOT 5.9 GHz Safety Band spectrum testing.

2020 78

Rice engineers find overabundance of intentional defects can cause battery cathodes to fail

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New simulations by Rice materials scientist Ming Tang and graduate student Kaiqi Yang, detailed in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A , show that too much stress concentration in widely-used lithium iron phosphate cathodes can open cracks and quickly degrade batteries.

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Ammonia-salt solvent pretreatment for biomass could significantly reduce cost of cellulosic biofuels

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A Rutgers-led team has developed a new biomass pretreatment process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

2020 78

New highly efficient catalyst for photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction toward methane

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Researchers at the University of Michigan, McGill University and McMaster University have developed a binary copper?iron iron catalyst for photoelectrochemical CO 2 reduction toward methane.

2020 78

AKASOL to supply battery systems for Alstom’s hydrogen trains

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AKASOL will supply battery systems for more than 40 Coradia iLint hydrogen trains ( earlier post ), which have been ordered from Alstom by the Lower Saxony Transit Authority and the Rhine/Main Regional Transport Association.

2020 78

India launches long-range CNG bus service enabled by Agility Fuel Solutions

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India’s Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, launched India’s first long distance compressed natural gas (CNG) bus under a strategic program led by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), the largest CNG distribution company in India.

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Study suggests particulates from brake dust may have same harmful effects on immune cells as diesel exhaust

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Metal particles from the abrasion of brake pads (brake abrasion dust, BAD) may cause inflammation and reduce the ability of immune cells to kill bacteria, similarly to particles derived from diesel exhaust particles (DEP), according to a new study led by researchers at King’s College London.

2020 78

Rio Tinto awards US$276M iron ore mine construction contract for Western Turner Syncline Phase 2

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Rio Tinto has awarded Perth-based company Mondium a contract valued at approximately US$276 million (A$400 million) for the design and construction of the Western Turner Syncline Phase 2 (WTS2) mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

2020 78

CRU: lithium price downtrend continues, with disappointing EV sales in China the driver

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In August 2019, CRU reported on the steady slide in prices that has occurred in the lithium market since the beginning of the year. Since then, prices have continued to fall, CRU notes.

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Kenworth, Peterbilt working with Dana on electric truck powertrain development

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PACCAR companies Kenworth and Peterbilt are collaborating on electric powertrain development for trucks. At CES 2020, Kenworth displayed a Kenworth K270E battery-electric vehicle—the initial result of the collaboration.

2020 78

Trump Administration launches Automated Vehicles 4.0 initiative; unifying efforts across 38 Federal departments

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The White House and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) have launched a new automated vehicles initiative. Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0” ( AV 4.0 ) was announced by US Transportation Secretary Elaine L.

2020 78

BMW launching compact BMW X models with plug-in hybrid drive: X1 xDrive25e followed by X2 xDrive25e

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The BMW Group is introducing new plug-in hybrid models: the new BMW X1 xDrive25e and the new BMW X2 xDrive25e. The electric drive and a latest-generation lithium-ion battery enable an electrically powered range of up to 57 kilometers (35 miles) in the two new plug-in hybrid models.

2020 78

New low-temp photocatalytic nanoparticle could shrink carbon footprint for syngas; methane dry reforming

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Researchers have created a plasmonic photocatalyst consisting of a Cu nanoparticle antenna with single-Ru atomic reactor sites on the nanoparticle surface that proves ideal for low-temperature, light-driven methane dry reforming—one pathway for the production of syngas.

2020 78

FCA confirms discussions with Foxconn on China JV for electric vehicles

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. FCA) confirmed that it is in discussions with Hon Hai Precision Ind. Foxconn ) regarding the potential creation of an equal joint venture to develop and manufacture in China new generation battery electric vehicles and engage in the IoV (Internet of Vehicles) business.

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USDOT advocates retaining transportation safety spectrum, announces first responder program

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The US Department of Transportation intends to invest up to $38 million for a multimodal First Responder Safety Technology Pilot Program. US Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the new program on 15 January at the 2020 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. First responders face serious risks to their safety as they provide life-saving services.

2020 60

USDA seeking input on new higher ethanol blend sales infrastructure incentive program

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public input to help with the creation of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), a new program that will expand the availability of domestic ethanol and biodiesel by incentivizing the expansion of sales of renewable fuels.

2020 60

Volvo Cars and China Unicom collaborate on 5G communication technology development in China

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Volvo Cars and leading telecom provider China Unicom are joining forces on using 5G next generation mobile network technology for communication between cars and infrastructure in China. The two companies have agreed to work together in researching, developing and testing automotive applications of 5G and emerging vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology.

2020 60

Electrify America invests $1.3M in SMUD Energy StorageShares program

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Electrify America is investing $1.3 million in the Energy StorageShares program developed by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). The investment will help Electrify America reduce its overall energy-related costs and lower the company’s impact on Sacramento’s electrical grid. This first-of-a-kind program will help address peak energy demands, minimize impacts to the grid and support the expansion of EV charging in our community.

2020 60

Enevate announces new 4th-generation Si-dominant battery technology; optimized for high volume production

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Enevate, a developer of advanced silicon-dominant Li-ion battery technology capable of extreme fast charging for electric vehicles (EVs), announced its new fourth-generation technology optimized for high volume commercialization and manufacturing at gigafactory scale. The new XFC-Energy technology achieves 5-minute charging to 75% capacity with 800 Wh/L cell energy density. Today’s conventional large-format Li-ion EV cells are at 500-600 Wh/L and typically take more than 1 hour to charge.

2020 60

Kia Motors to offer 11 EVs by 2025, targeting a 6.6% global EV market share; launching dedicated EV model in 2021

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Kia Motors Corporation announced details of ‘Plan S’, its mid- to long-term strategy aimed at progressively establishing a leadership position in the future automotive industry, encompassing electrification and mobility services, as well as connectivity and autonomy. The Plan S strategy outlines Kia’s shift from a business system focused on internal combustion engine vehicles toward one centered on electric vehicles and customized mobility solutions.

2020 60

Isuzu and Honda to conduct joint research on fuel-cell-powered heavy-duty trucks

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Isuzu Motors Limited and Honda R&D Co., Ltd., a R&D subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., agreed to undertake joint research on heavy-duty trucks, utilizing fuel cells (FC) as the powertrain. As a commercial vehicle manufacturer committed to support transportation, Isuzu has been striving to promote the utilization of low-carbon and sustainable energy.

2020 60

Honda Clarity PHEV, Kia’s electric push, Tesla’s unintended acceleration: Today’s Car News

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Tesla’s potentially facing an unintended-acceleration investigation. Kia plans for many more electric vehicles. And the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid returns, but only to California. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid returns to California, other states by order

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The often-overlooked Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is the closest thing on the market to the discontinued (and much-loved) Chevrolet Volt.

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Kia makes $25B shift toward more electric vehicles: 11 new EVs by 2025

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Hyundai’s Kia Motors unit is in many respects a separate automaker from Hyundai, with its own design and manufacturing facilities. Now, Kia is getting specific about its goals for going electric.

2020 52

Ricardo testing finds DPF regeneration spikes particulate emissions, resulting in exceedance of Euro limits

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Testing of two popular Euro 6d-temp diesels by Ricardo, commissioned by the environmental NGO Transport & Environment (T&E), has found that the periodic regeneration of diesel particulate filters (DPFs) in the light-duty vehicles can generate spikes of particulate emissions of more than 1,000 times the normal rate. This results in exceeding the particle number emissions limit by between 32-115% on all tests in which a full DPF regeneration occurred.

2020 60

Aeristech introduces new 20 kW motor for internal combustion and fuel cell compressor applications

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Aeristech, the UK-based developer of power-dense and efficient high-speed electric motors for applications including super- and turbo-chargers and fuel-cell compressors, has introduced a new 20 kW motor. The new compressor provides greater torque density than any same-rated rival technology, reduced size for enhanced modularity and a significant increase in continuous power rating.

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