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ARBOC launches its first fully-accessible, battery-electric low-floor bus: Equess CHARGE

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ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., introduced its battery-electric low-floor purpose-built bus: the Equess CHARGE.

Ford CEO wants more US battery production for stability, but it's also good for CO2

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Ford CEO Jim Farley is calling for more battery production in the United States to ensure stability of battery supplies, but that might also be good for carbon emissions, according to a recent report. "We We need to bring large-scale battery production to the U.S.,

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All-new 21 plate: Everything you need to know

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Given the unprecedented whirlwind of events of 2020, it doesn’t seem that long ago that the 70-plate was hitting the streets

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles moves ahead with Autonomous Driving RD; ID. BUZZ the first AV

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, a brand within the Volkswagen Group, is consistently and rapidly advancing the development and implementation of autonomous driving. The planned introduction of autonomous systems for traffic use in 2025 is currently being prepared at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

Toyota develops packaged fuel cell system module for sale

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Toyota Motor Corporation has developed a product that packages a fuel cell (FC) system into a compact module; the company plans to begin selling it in the spring of 2021 or later.

Teijin and Applied EV develop polycarbonate solar roof for future mobility

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Teijin and its joint development partner Applied Electric Vehicles have developed a polycarbonate solar roof for future mobility applications. The new solar roof uses Teijin’s Panlite polycarbonate resin glazing for its surface. Solar roof.

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Anaheim Transportation Network receives $5M to further all-electric transit operation; partners with AMPLY Power

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The Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) was awarded a $5-million grant to advance its effort to become California’s first all-electric transit operator.

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Rolls-Royce’s all-electric ‘Spirit of Innovation’ completes taxi testing

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Rolls-Royce has successfully completed the taxiing of its ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft, the latest milestone on its way to becoming the world’s fastest all-electric plane. Earlier post.)

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CWind launches first hybrid-powered surface effect ship: CWind Pioneer

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CWind, a leading provider of project services, crew transfer vessels (CTVs) and GWO-accredited training courses to the offshore wind industry, and part of the Global Marine Group (a market leader in offshore engineering), has delivered the world’s first hybrid-powered Surface Effect Ship (SES), the CWind Pioneer.

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Ocean View School District selects The Mobility House for smart charging for electric bus fleet; SoCal Edison and CEC

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Ocean View School District in Oxnard, California, has selected The Mobility House for its extensive fleet energy management expertise around the world to provide smart charging for the district’s new electric bus fleet project, construction for which is now complete.

Toyota Yaris named 2021 European Car of the Year; 80% choose hybrid powertrain

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The all-new Toyota Yaris ( earlier post ) has been named as the 2021 European Car of the Year.

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Solaris Urbino 15 electric bus being tested by operators in Norway

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The Solaris Urbino 15 LE electric bus, i. the newest vehicle in Solaris’s zero-emission portfolio, is currently being tested by carriers in various Norwegian towns and cities. The bus, unveiled in October last year, will be shown off to both drivers and passengers.

Deltamarin introduces new LNG-powered Kielmax container feeder design

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Deltamarin introduced the new LNG-powered Kielmax container vessel of the C.Delta series, C.Delta2100.

BYD partners with Keihan Bus and Kansai Electric Power to build Japan’s first pure electric bus loop line

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BYD Japan, Keihan Bus and Kansai Electric Power announced a tripartite deal in Kyoto, Japan, which will see the three parties work together to help the city achieve Japan’s 2050 carbon neutrality target and build a carbon-free society.

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Michelin performance EV tire draws from Formula E racing

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From the Tesla Model S Plaid and Lucid Air to the Audi E-Tron GT, Mercedes-Benz EQS, and Polestar 2, this year marks an acceleration of electric car models geared for those expecting strong performance combined with the refinement of a luxury car—or close to it.

Nuvera boosts fuel cell engine test capabilities

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Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a provider of fuel cell power solutions for motive applications, has expanded its hydrogen fuel cell engine testing capabilities with the commissioning of a large-scale durability test facility in Italy. The new automated facility, located at the SIAD S.p.A.

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2022 Volvo C40 Recharge electric crossover revealed, with aims for all-electric brand by 2030

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Volvo has revealed a second fully electric model, called the C40 Recharge, and laid out a concrete plan for the brand’s transition to only electric cars.

Lucid Air delay, Ford battery supply, Kia Sorento Hybrid first drive: Today’s Car News

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We drive the Kia Sorento Hybrid. Lucid delays its Air sedan. Ford wants more U.S.-based based battery supply. And Michelin gets into EV tires. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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VW considers electric convertible: Why are there so few drop-top EVs?

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The Volkswagen MEB platform will underpin electric cars with a wide range of body styles, but could a convertible be among them? VW teased one on Monday, releasing renderings of an electric convertible while remaining vague on production prospects.

Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group complete creation of fuel-cell joint venture: cellcentric

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Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group completed the transaction to form the previously announced fuel-cell joint venture. Earlier post.) The Volvo Group has acquired 50% of the partnership interests in the existing Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co. KG for approximately SEK 6.3 billion (approximately €0.6 billion) on a cash and debt-free basis.

Hyzon Motors to build US’ largest fuel cell MEA line for commercial vehicles in Chicago area

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Hyzon Motors Inc., a supplier of hydrogen fuel cell powered heavy vehicles ( earlier post ), plans to build the largest fuel cell membrane electrode assembly (MEA) production line for commercial vehicles in the United States at its new Hyzon Innovation Center located in Bolingbrook, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.

Advent Technologies signs CRADA with DOE labs for development of next-generation HT-PEM fuel cell technology

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Advent Technologies Holdings signed a joint development agreement (CRADA) with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

DOE announces $4M Lab Call for EMP/GMD assessments, testing, and mitigation

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The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced a $4-million Lab Call to address the risks of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) to the energy system.

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First drive review: 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid beats Highlander Hybrid with 37 mpg and better tech, but it’s no Telluride

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With the 2021 Sorento Hybrid, Kia delivers plenty of good reasons for us to choose its modest mid-size family crossover: a jaw-dropping 37-mpg EPA combined rating and a sub-$35,000 starting price, for a vehicle that seats six.

Gevo and HCS Group to produce renewable low-carbon chemicals and sustainable aviation fuel in Europe

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Gevo, Inc. and HCS Group GmbH, a long-time customer of Gevo, have signed a project memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop and to build a renewable hydrocarbon facility at HCS Group’s site located in Speyer, Germany, which would utilize Gevo’s low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) technology: Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene. ATJ-SPK starts as isobutanol produced via fermentation using Gevo Integrated Fermentation Technology (GIFT).

Roskill: Japanese steel industry is poised for a major downsizing in the years to come

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Nippon Steel plans to suspend blast furnace operations at its Ibaraki Prefecture plant, near Tokyo, according to the Nikkei—the latest example of the group’s efforts to deal with overcapacity in Japan. With an earlier decision to halt three other blast furnaces, the steelmaker will cut its domestic capacity by 20%. The production freeze, which is to take place within several years, is planned for one of two blast furnaces at the Ibaraki plant.

BYD offers transit agencies assistance with Federal Low-No grant applications

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The Federal Transit Administration recently announced $180 million will be available through its competitive Low or No Emission (Low-No) Program; California-based BYD says it will help transit agencies navigate the application process. The Low-No program exists to support the nation’s transition to energy-efficient vehicles such as those manufactured in BYD’s Lancaster, California plant. BYD has more than 1,000 electric buses on the road and/or in production.

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National Academies to conduct study on methods of LCA of low-carbon transportation fuels

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is forming a committee that will conduct a study on the current methods for life cycle analyses (LCA) of low-carbon transportation fuels in the United States. Low carbon fuel standards, such as the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard and the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), are major US programs for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation fuels.

Nissan claims 50% thermal efficiency, from engine for e-Power hybrid system

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Nissan claims to have made a major efficiency breakthrough in efficiency for an internal-combustion in its e-Power hybrid system. The automaker announced Friday that it had reached 50% thermal efficiency, which is the percentage of energy converted to work within the engine.

Lucid delays production start of Air electric sedan to Q2 2021

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Lucid Motors has delayed production of its Air electric luxury sedan by a few months, to the second half of this year. The company originally planned to begin deliveries this spring, but is now pushing the timeline back due to coronavirus-related delays, CEO Peter Rawlinson said in a statement. "We

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HARMAN acquiring Savari to bolster solutions in automotive infrastructure and connected safety

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HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, is acquiring substantially all the assets of Savari, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based automotive technology company developing vehicle-to-everything communications (V2X) technology in 5G Edge and automotive devices.

Germany kicks in another €100M for wallbox subsidies; €400M total now

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Germany is putting another €100 million into a subsidy program for private wallbox chargers, bringing the program total to €400M. Under the program, the purchase and installation of wallboxes are supported with a grant of €900. Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer said that 300,000 wall boxes have already been subsidized in just over three months, corresponding to a subsidy volume of €270 million. this enormous demand shows that we are spot on with our funding program.

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UK introducing E10 fuel nationwide in September

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E10 gasoline blends (10% ethanol) will be introduced at gasoline stations across the UK in September 2021. Its introduction on UK roads could cut transport carbon dioxide emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year—the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road, or all the cars in North Yorkshire. It will also boost job opportunities in the north east, securing up to 100 jobs with the reopening of AB Sugar’s Vivergo plant, and increasing production at existing biofuel plants including Ensus.

UN report finds nations must be more ambitious with national climate action plans to achieve Paris goal

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UN Climate Change published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report , showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2 °C—ideally 1.5 C—by the end of the century.

ARPA-E releases $10M for 6 projects developing electrical systems for fully-electric aviation applications

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ARPA-E released $10 million in funding for 6 projects as part of the Connecting Aviation By Lighter Electrical Systems ( CABLES ) topic. CABLES is one of a set of projects supported by an ongoing funding opportunity for a range of the most innovative and unconventional ideas across the energy technology spectrum, exploring high-risk R&D that could lead to the development of disruptive technologies.

VW electric convertible, Volvo C40 Recharge debut, Nissan e-Hybrid efficiency: Today’s Car News

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Nissan hits a 50% thermal efficiency with an engine set for hybrid duty. Volvo reveals the first EV for its lineup that won’t get a gasoline equivalent. And VW teases the idea of an electric Cabriolet. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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Hyundai Ioniq 5 reveal, Kona Electric recall, Lucid IPO, Mirai and Toyota EVs: The Week in Reverse

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Where is the $25,000 Tesla being developed? What company announced this week it might build a Fisker EV? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending February 25, 2021.