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December 31, 2015

Chevrolet has sold more than 1.4M vehicles with 4G LTE

Chevrolet has sold more than 1.4 million vehicles with 4G LTE connectivity since June 2014, exceeding the total sold by of the rest of the industry combined. That number includes more than 500,000 Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado HD and Colorado trucks (about 36%).


December 31, 2015 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (0)

New highly conductive solid electrolyte with improved electrode contact for solid-state Li-ion batteries

A joint research team from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) and Seoul National University in Korea, with colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Brookhaven National Lab in the US, has developed a new highly conductive (4.1 × 10−4 S cm−1 at 30 °C), highly deformable, and dry-air-stable glass 0.4LiI-0.6Li4SnS4 electrolyte for solid-state Li-ion batteries.

The electrolyte is prepared using a homogeneous methanol solution. The process enables the wetting of any exposed surface of the electrode active materials with the highly conductive solidified electrolyte, resulting in considerable improvements in electrochemical performances. A paper on the work is published in the journal Advanced Materials.


December 31, 2015 in Batteries, Solid-state | Permalink | Comments (6)

California ARB holding Advanced Clean Transit Advisory Committee meeting in Jan; at work on regulatory proposal

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has tentaively scheduled the first Advanced Clean Transit Advisory Committee meeting for 29 January 2016 in Sacramento. The meeting will include a wide range of stakeholders such as technology providers, original equipment manufacturers, transit agencies, and other interested parties to discuss the current status of advanced technologies for reducing emissions from transit buses.


December 31, 2015 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (0)

Uber passes 1-billion ride mark

A £5 London uberX ride on Christmas Eve from London Fields, Hackney to Hoxton in a blue Honda Insight Hybrid was the billionth Uber trip.


December 31, 2015 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (1)

December 30, 2015

Large-scale reaction screening study of advanced cellulosic biofuel pathways finds ethyllevulinate and 2-MTHF promising alternatives to ethanol

A team at RWTH Aachen University has identified ethyllevulinate and 2-methyltetrahydrofuran as promising alternatives to cellulosic bioethanol with respect to cost and environmental impact based on a large-scale reaction screening study.

In addition, the study of 97 reactions for 23 advanced biofuel candidates found that lignin-based biofuels can be excluded from further consideration and that methane, while attractive economically, shows significant environmental impact. The paper on their work is published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels.


December 30, 2015 in Bio-hydrocarbons, Biomass, Fuels | Permalink | Comments (1)

IHS: connectivity, infotainment, safety to drive growth in automotive display systems to $18.6B by 2021; > 11% CAGR

Driven by continued innovation in vehicle connectivity and safety technologies, global revenue from automotive display systems will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 11% to $18.6 billion by the end of 2021, according to a new forecast by IHS Inc. This will add nearly $9 billion in annual revenue compared to 2015.

Data from the Automotive Display Systems Forecasts from IHS represents production of instrument cluster systems, head-up display systems and center stack display systems as full automotive modules, not just display panels. Center stack display systems are expected to account for half of the overall revenue growth, while head-up display (HUD) systems will deliver the strongest revenue CAGR at nearly 21% from 2015.


December 30, 2015 in Connected vehicles, Forecasts, Safety, Vehicle Systems | Permalink | Comments (1)

Dalian team proposes jet controlled compression ignition to control PCCI phasing in a hybrid pneumatic engine

Researchers at the Dalian University of Technology have proposed a novel method to control premixed charge compression ignition (PCCI) phasing in internal combustion engines in all load operations. High-pressure air jet controlled compression ignition (JCCI) is based on a compound thermodynamic cycle and is implemented in a hybrid pneumatic engine (HPE) as proposed by Schechter in 1999.

The application of HPE is also beneficial to the fuel consumption and emissions because of its several flexible operation modes. A paper on the use of JCCI is published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels.


December 30, 2015 in Compressed Air Engines, Concept Engines, Diesel, Emissions, Engines, Fuel Efficiency, Hybrids | Permalink | Comments (2)

$10-Trillion Investment Needed To Avoid Massive Oil Price Spike Says OPEC

by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com

OPEC says that $10 trillion worth of investment will need to flow into oil and gas through 2040 in order to meet the world’s energy needs.

The OPEC published its World Oil Outlook 2015 (WOO) in late December, which struck a much more pessimistic note on the state of oil markets than in the past. On the one hand, OPEC does not see oil prices returning to triple-digit territory within the next 25 years, a strikingly bearish conclusion. The group expects oil prices to rise by an average of about $5 per year over the course of this decade, only reaching $80 per barrel in 2020. From there, it sees oil prices rising slowly, hitting $95 per barrel in 2040.


December 30, 2015 in Market Background, Oil | Permalink | Comments (28)

December 29, 2015

Infiniti offering 3 versions of new QX30 premium crossover next year; all conventional powertrains

Infiniti will offer three versions of its all-new QX30 premium active crossover for the United States and Canada next year. The QX30 line for the US and Canada is powered by a 208 hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, and is scheduled to go on sale in the US and Canada in mid-2016 and in Mexico and Latin America in the second half of 2016.


December 29, 2015 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (1)

Chempolis partners with Avantha Group on cellulosic ethanol in India

Chempolis Limited, a Finland-based biorefining technology corporation, has entered into partnership with India-based Avantha Group’s research wing—Avantha Centre for Industrial Research & Development (ACIRD)—on technology to produce ethanol from various agricultural residues for fuel blending.

India’s agricultural sector produces large amounts of bagasse, cane trash, rice and wheat straw the disposal of which is an environmental problem. The partnership will help to deliver biorefining technology to India to convert biomass waste to clean sugars to be further converted to cellulosic ethanol and other bio-based chemicals.


December 29, 2015 in Biomass, Biorefinery, Cellulosic ethanol, India | Permalink | Comments (1)

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