2020

First of 130 Solaris electric buses deployed in Warsaw

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The first of 130 Solaris electric buses ( earlier post ), a Solaris Urbino 18 electric bus, no. 5870, has been deployed in Warsaw. Since the beginning of the year, Warsaw has been delivered electric buses under the contract that Solaris secured in July last year.

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“The Least You Can Do” Reveals One Of The #MillionsMissing To Sold Out Audience

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Last Sunday night at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, California, a rapt audience got a rare view of what people with the little known ME/CFS disease go through. Now you can watch the video of this powerful performance and see for yourself.

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Hyundai Prophecy concept is a sleek, sporty EV—with no steering wheel

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The Hyundai Prophecy is a new electric concept car that, as its name suggests, looks toward the future. In this case, that future includes autonomous driving. As indicated by a previous teaser, the Prophecy takes a different design direction from Hyundai's previous 45 electric-car concept.

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CASE unveils first fully electric backhoe loader: the 580 EV

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CASE Construction Equipment introduced “Project Zeus”: the 580 EV, the construction industry’s first fully electric backhoe loader.

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BYD launches Blade Battery to address battery safety in EVs

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BYD launched the Blade Battery, a development intended to mitigate concerns about battery safety in electric vehicles. The Blade Battery has been developed by BYD over the past several years. The individual cells are arranged together in an array and then inserted into a battery pack.

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Trump Supporter In Audience Interrupts New Greenius One Act At Historic Ruskin Group Theatre As Sold Out Audience Kept Spellbound

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Bosch develops rapid test for COVID-19

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Bosch Healthcare Solutions, together with Randox Laboratories Ltd., has developed one of the world’s first fully automated molecular diagnostic tests for COVID-19. The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is posing major challenges for healthcare systems and medical institutions worldwide.

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Volvo Cars inaugurates new battery assembly line at Ghent manufacturing plant

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Volvo Cars formally inaugurated a new battery assembly line at its Belgian manufacturing plant in Ghent, where it will start building its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge P8, later this year. Volvo XC40 Recharge powertrain.

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Rhodium Group estimates US GHG fell 2.1% in 2019, driven by coal decline

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The Rhodium Group, an independent research provider, estimates that, after a sharp uptick in 2018, US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell by 2.1% in 2019 based on preliminary energy and economic data. This decline was due almost entirely to a drop in coal consumption.

2020 124

Toyota to build prototype city of the future, powered by hydrogen fuel cells

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At CES, Toyota revealed plans to build a prototype “city” of the future on a 175-acre (0.71 km 2 ) site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Called the Woven City , it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

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Ontario researchers develop new water plasmolysis method for production of hydrogen

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Researchers at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology are developing a new method to dissociate water vapor into hydrogen gas by microwave-generated plasma (plasmolysis). A paper on their work appears in the journal Fuel. (A)

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Israeli team develops decoupled PEC water-splitting system for centralized production of H2

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Researchers in Israel have designed a separate-cell photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting system with decoupled hydrogen and oxygen cells for centralized hydrogen production. A paper describing their system is publishedin the journal Joule.

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GMC Hummer EV electric truck: First details emerge before Super Bowl ad

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Three days before a Super Bowl ad that will introduce its first all-electric truck to the world, General Motors on Thursday released a few early details of the upcoming GMC Hummer EV. The truck will have a maximum power of 735 kilowatts (1,000 horsepower) and 11,500 foot-pounds of torque.

2020 103

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 119

Electric VTOL company Lilium completes $240M funding round

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Lilium, the Munich-based aviation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft for regional air mobility ( earlier post ), completed an internal funding round worth more than $240 million.

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Wayback Machine Trip To 2008 Reveals Greenius Prognostications On Harsh Climate Reality?

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When my good friend and former CBS EcoMedia colleague, Taylor, heard Larry Mantle on today’s live broadcast of KPCC’s Film Week mention, “Joe from Redondo Beach” and the documentary “Inconvenient Truth,” she texted to ask if that was me. It was. So was this back in 2008. So cool to have the historical record to show who said what, when. I got the price of gas wrong, but nailed the rest of it.

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Champaign-Urbana orders two New Flyer 60' hydrogen fuel-cell buses

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The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) has awarded New Flyer a contract for two hydrogen fuel-cell-electric sixty-foot Xcelsior CHARGE H2 heavy-duty transit buses (for a total of four equivalent units). MTD is the first in the US to order 60' hydrogen fuel cell buses commercially.

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New Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy

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A coalition of major oil & gas, power, automotive, fuel cell, and hydrogen companies have developed and released the full new report, a “ Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy. ”

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Fortum, BASF, and Nornickel sign cooperation agreement on Li-ion battery recycling

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Fortum, BASF, and Nornickel have signed a letter of intent to plan a Li-ion battery recycling cluster in Harjavalta, Finland, serving the electric vehicle market. This would enable a successful “closed loop” cycle to re-use the critical metals present in used 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.

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MIT system trains driverless cars using reinforcement learning with data-driven simulation

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A data-driven simulation system invented at MIT, in collaboration with the Toyota Research Institute, to train driverless cars creates a photorealistic world with infinite steering possibilities, helping the cars learn to navigate a host of worse-case scenarios before cruising down real streets.

2020 102

Study finds cobalt supply can meet demand for EVs and electronics batteries through 2030

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A study by a team from MIT, with colleagues from Alfred University, UC Berkeley, and RIT, has found that supplies of cobalt—a critical material in some battery chemistries—is adequate in the short-term (up to 2030), but that the industry needs to invest in additional efficient refining and recycling capacity, so it can continue to meet demand. The paper is published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. Roughly 60% of mined cobalt is sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The element is often recovered as a byproduct from mining copper and nickel, meaning that demand and pricing for those other metals affects the availability of cobalt. Half of the current supply of cobalt is incorporated into cathodes for lithium-ion batteries, and many of those batteries are used in consumer electronics and electric vehicles. Demand for these vehicles and their batteries is growing swiftly: In 2018, the global electric car fleet numbered in excess of 5.1 million, up 2 million from the prior year, according to the International Energy Agency. To determine potential cobalt supply and demand through 2030, the researchers analyzed variables, including electric vehicle demand; cobalt mining, refining and recycling capacity; battery chemistry trends; socioeconomic and political trends; and the feasibility of substituting other materials for cobalt. These variables could be affected by political instability in DRC, policy decisions favoring electric vehicles, disruptions in China (which refines around half of the cobalt supply), and fluctuations in copper and nickel prices. They found that cobalt demand is estimated to range from 235 to 430 ktonnes in 2030. This upper bound on cobalt demand corresponds to 280% of world refinery capacity in 2016. They estimated supply from scheduled and unscheduled production as well as secondary production to range from 320 to 460 ktonnes. Their analysis suggests: The price of cobalt will remain relatively stable in the short term, given that the range suggests even a supply surplus; Future cobalt supply will become more diversified geographically and mined more as a byproduct of nickel (Ni) over this period; and. For future demand to be met, attention should be paid to sustained investments in refined supply of cobalt and secondary recovery. The authors received funding from the National Science Foundation and the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under the US Department of Energy. Resources. Xinkai Fu, Danielle N. Beatty, Gabrielle G. Gaustad, Gerbrand Ceder, Richard Roth, Randolph E. Kirchain, Michele Bustamante, Callie Babbitt, and Elsa A. Olivetti (2020) “Perspectives on Cobalt Supply through 2030 in the Face of Changing Demand” Environmental Science & Technology doi: 10.1021/acs.est.9b04975. Batteries Electric (Battery) Materials Sustainability

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New machine learning method from Stanford, with Toyota researchers, could accelerate battery development for EVs

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At every stage of the battery development process, new technologies must be tested for months or even years to determine how long they will last.

2020 109

GM’s electric-vehicle future: President Mark Reuss offers some hints

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When General Motors brought five green-car reporters to Michigan this week to announce its Detroit-Hamtramck plant would produce only electric vehicles, it threw in an Easter Egg: a small-group interview with GM president Mark Reuss.

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GM enhancing Energy Assist app for EVs

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General Motors is making enhancements to Energy Assist, a standard feature available in the myChevrolet mobile app for Bolt EV owners.

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U of Sydney researchers find evidence of how hydrogen causes steel embrittlement

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In a first, University of Sydney researchers have found evidence of how hydrogen causes embrittlement of steels. When hydrogen moves into steel, it makes the metal become brittle, leading to catastrophic failures.

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Nissan, Mitsubishi opt for Toshiba SCiB rechargeable battery for hybrid kei cars

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Toshiba Corporation announced that Nissan Motor Corporation has selected its innovative SCiB lithium-ion rechargeable battery for the latest generation of its ROOX and ROOX Highway STAR cars and that Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has selected the SCiB battery for the latest generation of its eK X space and eK space cars. The battery will be integrated into the recuperation battery system supplied by Marelli Corporation. Toshiba 10 Ah SCiB. In 2019, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced they would introduce new kei cars as their collaboration expanded. The simple hybrid system of the Nissan and Mitsubishi kei cars harvests kinetic energy during deceleration to charge the SCiB, which drives an electric motor that assists the engine—and reduces gasoline consumption—during vehicle start, acceleration and moving from idling. Nissan ROOX (left) and Mitsubishi eK space (right). The SCiB battery’s lithium titanium oxide negative electrode excels in rapid charging performance, long life and high energy input and output, all characteristic highly suited for start-stop and mild hybrid systems. Toshiba Group has positioned the SCiB as a new growth business under the Toshiba Next Plan, Toshiba Group’s five-year transformation plan. Toshiba Group will continue to strengthen its battery business, taking advantages of the characteristics of the SCiB. Batteries Hybrids Japan

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Satellite data show resurgence in NO2 emissions over China

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Data from the ESA’s Tropomi (TROPOspheric Monitoring) instrument on board the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite shows the variation of nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ) emissions over China from December to March.

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Volvo Cars says early demand for fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD is strong

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Volvo Cars has opened order books for the XC40 Recharge P8 AWD ( earlier post ), the company’s first fully electric car which is based on the best-selling SUV, in selected markets. The company says it has already received “several thousands” of firm orders even before the formal start of sales.

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Volkswagen’s WeShare electric car-charing expands in Europe, fleet to increase to 8,400 EVs

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WeShare, Volkswagen and ŠKODA’s free-floating electric car sharing service, is to expand into seven more cities in Germany and other European countries in 2020. Prague and Hamburg in the spring are to be followed by Paris, Madrid, Budapest, Munich and Milan in the course of the year.

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IHS Markit: US gasoline demand could be cut almost in half due to COVID-19

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A sudden drop in miles traveled by car in the US triggered by wide-spread social isolation measures will have immediate ramifications for gasoline demand. IHS Markit analysis finds that US gasoline demand could fall by as much as 4.1

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Renault Trucks starts serial production of its electric trucks

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Renault Trucks is beginning serial production of its D and D Wide Z.E. electric trucks ( earlier post ) in its Blainville-sur-Orne plant in Normandy.

2020 102

VW Commercial Vehicles unveils e-BULLI; electric T1

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) unveiled the e-BULLI. Equipped with the drive system components of the latest Volkswagen electric vehicles, the concept vehicle is based on a T1 Samba Bus produced in 1966 and comprehensively restored.

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Lucid Motors announces long-term partnership with LG Chem for batteries for Lucid Air EV

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Lucid Motors announced a long-term partnership with leading EV battery supplier LG Chem for the Lucid Air electric sedan.

2020 104

Tesla’s “touchless” deliveries will help get Model Y out to customers

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Tesla has announced that at many locations it’s in the process of going touchless with its deliveries of the Model Y and other electric cars.

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BMW presenting three new PHEV 3-Series models, two new 48V MHEV M diesels at Geneva show

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At the upcoming 2020 Geneva International Motor Show, BMW will present three new plug-in hybrid models for the premium mid-range—all in the 3 Series. The debuts include the new BMW 330e Touring (combined fuel consumption: from 1.7 l/100 km; combined power consumption: from 15.7

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Sion Power projects Licerion EV Li-metal batteries will have 420 Wh/kg and 700 Wh/L when scaled to commercial design

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Sion Power, a developer of high-energy, lithium-metal rechargeable batteries, said that its Licerion EV technology will have energy capacities of 420 Wh/kg and 700 Wh/L when scaled to commercial design.

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