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March 31, 2016

Tesla unveils Model 3; delivery by end of 2017; already 115,000 reservations placed

Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk unveiled the long-anticipated Model 3 as the culminating step—a mass-market, affordable electric vehicle—in Tesla’s “Master Plan” to accelerate the transition to sustainable transport.

Musk said that the Model 3 will start at $35,000; achieve 5-Star ratings in every safety category; accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than six seconds; and have at least a 215-mile (346 km) EPA range rating. Musk said that those were minimum numbers, and that Tesla hoped to exceed them. Deliveries will begin by the end of next year. Musk also noted that more than 115,000 reservations (with a refundable $1,000) have already been placed worldwide for the Model 3.

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March 31, 2016 in Electric (Battery), Vehicle Manufacturers | Permalink | Comments (40)

ORNL achieves 90% efficiency with 20 kW wireless charging for vehicles; looking ahead to 50 kW

A 20-kilowatt wireless charging system demonstrated at Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has achieved 90 percent efficiency and at three times the rate of the plug-in systems commonly used for electric vehicles today.

ORNL’s power electronics team achieved this world’s first 20 kW wireless charging system for passenger cars by developing a unique architecture that included an ORNL-built inverter, isolation transformer, vehicle-side electronics and coupling technologies—all in less than three years. For the demonstration, researchers integrated the single-converter system into an electric Toyota RAV4 equipped with an additional 10 kWh battery.

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March 31, 2016 in Electric (Battery), Infrastructure, Smart charging, Wireless | Permalink | Comments (6)

City of Montreal signs a framework agreement for the purchase of Nissan LEAF EVs for municipal fleet

The City of Montreal, Canada has signed a two-year framework agreement with Cité Nissan Gabriel SEC to supply LEAF EVs for the municipal fleet.

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ITM Power sells 1MW electrolyzer system to ZEAG Energie

ITM Power announced the sale of a 1MW electrolyzer system with some additional equipment to ZEAG Energie AG. ITM Power currently has £11.40 million (US$16.4 million) of projects under contract and a further £7.28 million (US$10.5 million) of contracts in the final stages of negotiation constituting a total pipeline of £18.68 million (US$26.9 million).

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ENGIE investing €100M in CNG/LNG stations in Europe to 2020

ENGIE, a global operator in electricity, natural gas and energy services markets, will invest nearly €100 million from now to 2020 to build Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) stations for filling up the European fleets of trucks with natural gas and biogas.

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BASF 2016 science competition seeks synthetic lubricant solutions for future high-efficiency vehicles

BASF has kicked off its second annual North American Science Competition. This year’s competition focuses on chemistries that can be used to develop a synthetic fluid to meet the needs of future high-performance, high-efficiency engines and transmissions.

With more advanced machinery, lubricating and functional fluids represent a steadily growing industry projected to reach $11 billion by 2020. Synthetic fluids, which are more expensive than petroleum-derived materials, address increasing market demands for higher quality and purity, increased performance and more stringent environmental standards. By developing high performing synthetic fluids with better thermal stability, BASF aims to extend the life cycle of these materials, reduce waste and support the development of more fuel-efficient vehicles.

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March 31, 2016 in Engines, Fuel Efficiency, Lubricating Oils, Transmissions | Permalink | Comments (0)

Schaeffler shows micro-mobility bio-hybrid concept; 4-wheel pedelec with roof

Automotive supplier Schaeffler introduced a new micro-mobility concept during the “auto motor und sport” conference. This study shows how the company envisages a solution for urban individual forms of mobility.

The Schaeffler concept combines the advantages of stability and weather protection with the energy consumption and space utilization of a pedelec. A pedelec is a vehicle that supports the rider with electric power only while he or she is pedaling. With the electrically-assisted drive system (up to 25 km/h / 15.5 mph) with a minimum range of 50 kilometers (31 miles), the driver of what Schaeffler calls a “bio-hybrid” can travel in a sporty and comfortable manner. The new vehicle platform with two front and rear wheels provides increased safety and driving stability.

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March 31, 2016 in Electric (Battery), Hybrids, Mobility, Personal Transit, Urban mobility | Permalink | Comments (0)

FTA to award up to $55M in 2016 Low or No Emission Program for transit vehicles

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $55 million of Fiscal Year 2016 funds (FTA-2016-003-TPM) for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities under the Low or No Emission Program (Low-No) Program.

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PNNL study identifies one of the mechanisms behind Li-sulfur battery capacity fade; the importance of electrolyte anion selection

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) investigating the stability of the anode/electrolyte interface in Li-Sulfur batteries have found that Li-S batteries using LiTFSI-based electrolytes are more stable than those using LiFSI-based electrolytes.

In their study, published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials, they determined that the decreased stability is because the N–S bond in the FSI anion is fairly weak; the scission of this bond leads to the formation of lithium sulfate (LiSOx) in the presence of polysulfide species. By contrast, in the LiTFSI-based electrolyte, the lithium metal anode tends to react with polysulfide to form lithium sulfide (LiSx), which is more reversible than LiSOx formed in the LiFSI-based electrolyte.

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March 31, 2016 in Batteries, Li-Sulfur | Permalink | Comments (0)

Navigant Research projects annual capacity of second-life EV batteries for stationary energy storage to reach 11 GWh by 2035

Annual global capacity of plug-in vehicle (PEV) Li-ion batteries available for second-life stationary ESS applications will reach 11 GWh by 2035, according to a new forecast by Navigant Research.

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