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Auto-ISAC releases automotive cybersecurity best practices

July 22, 2016

Members of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) released an overview of comprehensive Automotive Cybersecurity Best Practices developed as a proactive measure to further enhance vehicle cybersecurity throughout the industry.

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European CYCLALG project brings together six R&D centers to develop an algae-based biorefinery

A consortium of six R&D centers in the Basque Autonomous Community, Navarre and France—NEIKER-Tecnalia, National center of Renewable Energies (CENER), Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Association of Industry of Navarre (AIN), Association for the Environment and Safety in Aquitaine (APESA) and the center for the Application and Transformation of Agro-resources (CATAR-CRITT)—are participating in the European CYCLALG project to drive forward an algae-based biorefinery which aims to develop and validate technological processes designed to obtain biodiesel through algae cultivation.

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Unitel Technologies to supply methanol reformer for H2 and hydrogen sulfide plant to SE Asian company

Unitel Technologies has been engaged by a major Southeast Asian conglomerate to supply its methanol reforming technology and engineering know-how for the construction, start-up and operation of an on-site Unitel M2H (1,000 Nm3/hour) hydrogen production system and a downstream hydrogen sulfide plant (H2S).

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US petroleum demand up in June 2.8% year-on-year; highest June deliveries in 9 years

Total petroleum deliveries in June moved up by 2.8% from June 2015 to average 20.1 million barrels per day, according to figures from the American Petroleum Institute (API). These were the highest June deliveries in nine years, since 2007. Compared with May, total domestic petroleum deliveries, a measure of US petroleum demand, increased 2.2%. For year-to-date, total domestic petroleum deliveries moved up 1.7% compared to the same period last year.

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Renault-Nissan Alliance joins the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

July 21, 2016

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has become the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), joining forces with more than 200 international companies promoting global sustainability.

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Honda to begin joint AI research project with Softbank; machine emotion engine

Honda R&D Co., Ltd., a wholly owned R&D subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., plans to collaborate with SoftBank Corp. and begin a joint research project toward application of the “emotion engine,” an artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by cocoro SB Corp., a SoftBank Group company, for mobility products. The “emotion engine” is a set of AI technologies that enable machines to generate their own emotions.

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Fiat Chrysler appoints Chief Technical Compliance Officer

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles appointed Mark Chernoby as the Group’s new Chief Technical Compliance Officer. This newly created role will assume responsibility for overseeing all regulatory compliance programs in FCA’s four operating regions, both in terms of safety and emissions, including CAFE compliance in the US. The move is effective immediately.

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Chevrolet launches new generation Chevrolet Cruze in China; larger, lighter, more efficient

July 20, 2016

Chevrolet introduced the all-new Cruze (earlier post) in China. Cruze is the brand’s best-selling model both globally and in China, with more than 4 million sold since the first-generation model’s launch seven years ago.

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Chevrolet launches new generation Chevrolet Cruze in China; larger, lighter, more efficient

Chevrolet introduced the all-new Cruze (earlier post) in China. Cruze is the brand’s best-selling model both globally and in China, with more than 4 million sold since the first-generation model’s launch seven years ago.

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u-blox introduces automotive-grade qualified positioning and connectivity modules

Switzerland-based u-blox, a provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, has expanded its product offering with automotive-qualified product variants added to their range of positioning and cellular wireless connectivity modules. The positioning additions are the NEO-M8Q-01A and NEO-M8L-01A; the cellular connectivity, the SARA-G350-02A and LISA-U201-03A.

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DigitalGlobe to provide Uber with satellite imagery to help identify and improve prove pick-up and drop-off

DigitalGlobe, a leading of high-resolution Earth imagery, data, and analytics, announced a multi-year, global partnership with Uber to supply high resolution satellite imagery. This imagery will help improve the Uber experience for riders and drivers around the world.

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Williams in new technical partnership with Thales for cybersecurity

Williams announced a new technical partnership with Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cyber security and data protection. As part of the agreement Thales will deliver state-of-the-art cyber security solutions for real-time global telemetry transmission to both WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING and Williams Advanced Engineering, the engineering services and technology division of Williams.

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WWF and Toyota form global partnership, join forces on Living Asian Forest Project; a focus on rubber

WWF and Toyota Motor Corporation have entered into a five-year agreement aimed at accelerating the globe’s transition to sustainability. Through this partnership, the organizations will work together to promote biodiversity conservation, raise environmental awareness and accelerate the move toward a “zero carbon” society.

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ABB wins orders of over $300 million for world’s first 1,100 kV UHVDC power link in China

July 19, 2016

ABB has won orders worth over $300 million to supply technologies for the world’s first 1,100 kilovolt (kV) ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission link. The orders were booked in the second quarter of 2016. The Changji-Guquan UHVDC link will transmit power from the Xinjiang region in the Northwest to Anhui province in eastern China and will set a new world record in terms of voltage level, transmission capacity and distance.

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Study finds shipping emissions in East Asia contribute to up to 37.5K premature deaths each year

A study by a team of researchers from China and the US has shown that shipping emissions in East Asia accounted for 16% of global shipping CO2 in 2013, compared to only 4–7% in 2002–2005. Further, increased emissions of traditional criteria pollutants from the shipping sector lead to large adverse health impacts, with 14,500–37,500 premature deaths per year.

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NREL adds second Lightning Hybrids hydraulic hybrid shuttle bus

THE US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has installed its second fuel-efficient, hydraulic hybrid system on a vehicle for the lab’s 632-acre campus in Golden, Colo. The hydraulic hybrid system is made by Colorado-based Lightning Hybrids.

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BMW i Ventures takes stake in Rever Moto; big data for motorcycle industry

BMW i Ventures has made a strategic investment in Rever Moto, Inc., a motorcycle-­focused mobile and technology company who aims to bring big data to the motorcycle industry.

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NREL supports propane-to-electricity shuttle bus conversion at Zion National Park

July 18, 2016

NREL is evaluating the drive-cycle characteristics of a fleet of propane-powered shuttle buses operating at Zion National Park. The National Park Service (NPS) originally deployed the propane buses in 2000 to reduce congestion along the park’s main traffic corridor. As the propane-powered fleet ages and associated maintenance costs rise, NPS is working with NREL to use this drive-cycle information to optimize the conversion of 14 of its propane buses to run on electricity.

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Duke Energy $1.5M program to increase public EV charging stations in N.C. by 30%

Duke Energy’s “EV Charging Infrastructure Support Project” will provide $1 million to help cities and towns develop public charging stations for residents. Duke Energy will pay 100% up to $5,000 per charge port; $20,000 per site, or $50,000 per city under the program.

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Airbus forecasts 33,000+ new planes valued >US$5T over next 20 years

In the next 20 years (2016-2035), according to Airbus’ Global Market Forecast, passenger traffic will grow at an average 4.5% a year, driving a need for more than 33,000 new aircraft above 100 seats (32,425 passenger & 645 freighters greater than 10 tonnes) worth US$5.2 trillion. By 2035, the world’s aircraft fleet will have doubled from today’s 19,500 aircraft to almost 40,000. Some 13,000 passenger and freighter aircraft will be replaced with more fuel efficient types.

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BMW introducing new 1 Series Sedan; exclusively for the Chinese market

The BMW Group and BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. (BBA) will introduce the BMW 1 Series Sedan in China—the first compact sports sedan under the BMW brand in the market. The premium compact car segment is the fastest growing segment worldwide and in China.

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New automotive actuators from TT Electronics deliver significant improvements to next generation haptic accelerator pedals

July 17, 2016

TT Electronics has introduced new automotive actuators for next-generation of haptic accelerator pedals. The new TT Electronics actuators tackle the weak spots of systems currently available on the market, offering a sub 400 gram total weight, a significant reduction from the total weight of comparable pedals.

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IC Bus fulfills largest propane bus order to date

IC Bus will fulfill an order by the Indianapolis Public Schools of 100 CE Series school buses, powered by the Power Solutions International (PSI) 8.8-liter LP propane engine. The buses will be delivered by the IC Bus dealer, Midwest Transit Equipment, in Whitestown, Indiana.

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Hydrogen refueling station in Ulm opens; 21 HRS now in Germany

July 15, 2016

The network of hydrogen filling stations in Germany is growing: Daimler, Linde, Total, and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) jointly hosted the official opening of another hydrogen fuel pump in Ulm. After openings at the Geiselwind motorway service area, at two locations in Berlin, and a station in Fellbach, Baden-Württemberg, the partners have now taken a further step towards a nationwide H2 supply network.

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In aftermath of Chevron fire, California to tighten regulations on oil refineries

In California, the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) announced a set of regulations to strengthen workplace and environmental safety at oil refineries across the state.

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HARMAN software update gateway delivers secure OTA updates to the entire car; NXP first go-to-market partner

HARMAN has launched its HARMAN Software Update Gateway product with partner NXP Semiconductors (NXP) as the latest addition to the HARMAN Software Management portfolio. NXP’s secured gateway processors, embedded with the new HARMAN update management technology, will enable every ECU, regardless of memory, CPU or network resource, to benefit from secure OTA (over-the-air) updates.

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Ford testing use of collaborative robots on assembly line; Industry 4.0

Ford Motor is using new collaborative robots (co-bots) to help workers fit shock absorbers to Fiesta cars, a task that requires accuracy, strength, and a high level of dexterity. Employees work hand-in-hand with the robots to ensure a perfect fit. The trial at Ford’s assembly plant in Cologne, Germany, is part of the company’s investigations into Industry 4.0.

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Evatran and Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology form JV to bring Plugless wireless charging to China EV market

Evatran Group and Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Company (VIE) have formed a joint venture to integrate Plugless, Evatran’s wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging system, into the EVs of car manufacturers (OEMs) based in China. The new venture is called Zhejiang VIE Evatran Electronic Technologies Co. and was created with an initial investment of US$5 million.

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FCC adopts new rules for wireless broadband above 24 GHz; foundation for 5G

July 14, 2016

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the United States the first country in the world to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services. Building on the flexible approach to spectrum policy that enabled the explosion of 4G (LTE), these rules set a strong foundation for the rapid advancement to next-generation 5G networks and technologies in the United States.

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Genetically improving sorghum for production of biofuel

Sorghum is a promising feedstock for environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals that offer alternatives to petroleum-based products. Sorghum can potentially yield more energy per area of land than other crops while requiring much less input in terms of fertilizer or chemicals. New research examines how genetic improvement of specific sorghum traits, with an eye toward sustainability, could help maximize the usefulness of sorghum as a bioenergy crop.

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New dissolvable metal support enables 3D printing of complex metallic structures

Researchers have fabricated dissolvable carbon steel structures using 3D printing technology that can provide temporary support for components of larger stainless steel structures made by additive manufacturing. The first-of-its-kind soluble metal support is subsequently removed via electrochemical etching in nitric acid with bubbling oxygen. A paper on the technology is published in the journal 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.

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Alphabet Energy closes $23.5M Series C; thermoelectric waste-heat-to-power for oil & gas and automotive

July 13, 2016

Alphabet Energy, a startup commercializing low-cost, efficient thermoelectric materials for power generation leveraging technology initially developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (earlier post, earlier post), has closed a $23.5-million Series C round of financing. Schlumberger, a new investor from the oil and gas industry, led the round with participation from GM Ventures and Osceola Capital Management, LLC. Existing investors TPG, Claremont Creek Ventures and the California Clean Energy Angel Fund also participated.

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks using 3D printing for truck spare parts on demand

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is using the latest 3D printing processes for plastic spare parts as the standard production method in the Customer Services & Parts sector. As of September, 30 spare parts can be ordered and supplied at the press of a button from the 3D printer, quickly, economically, in any quantity and always in consistent genuine manufacturer’s quality (“one-piece demand”).

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World’s first LNG-powered bulker with ME-GI prime mover

Korean shipowner ILSHIN and HMD (Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd.) have signed a shipbuilding contract for a 50,000 dwt bulk carrier. As a world first for the segment, the vessel will be powered by an MAN B&W 6G50ME-C9.5-GI engine, to be built by HHI-EMD, which will also supply the ME-GI and fuel gas supply system. This will be the first LNG-powered bulker (a merchant ship designed to transport unpackaged bulk cargo, such as grains, coal, ore, and cement in its cargo holds).

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Wärtsilä in coalition to promote LNG as a marine fuel

Wärtsilä and other leading marine industry players have formed a coalition, known as SEA/LNG, to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The coalition aims to help break down the barriers hindering the global development of LNG in marine applications, thereby improving the environmental performance of the shipping industry.

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FCA US launches bug bounty program to advance vehicle cybersecurity

Reflecting the rapidly increasing convergence of connectivity technology and the automotive industry, FCA US LLC has launched a public bug bounty program on the Bugcrowd platform to enhance the safety and security of its consumers, their vehicles and connected services.

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Ballard signs $2.5M technology solutions deal for hydrogen backup power systems in China

July 12, 2016

Ballard Power Systems signed a definitive agreement with Guangdong Nation Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co. Ltd. to enable Synergy to manufacture exclusively and sell Ballard’s direct hydrogen FCgen-H2PM fuel cell backup power systems in China.

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XL Hybrids receives first approval from California ARB for incentive vouchers for hybrid-electric upfit of fleet vehicles

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received approval from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the first California Heavy Duty Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) vehicle eligibility allowing significant discounts for aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered General Motors 2500 and 3500 passenger and cargo vans into hybrid electric vehicles.

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UQM receives new order for electric drive systems for Humvees in Israel

UQM Technologies Inc. announced the receipt of a new, follow-on order from RAPAC for PowerPhase HD 950T electric drive systems to be installed in Humvee military vehicles in Israel.

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AGAE Technologies introduces new rhamnolipid bio-surfactant solution for DPF cleaning

AGAE Technologies, LLC, a specialty chemical company in Corvallis Oregon, is introducing a solvent-free, aqueous cleaning solution, formulated with rhamnolipid biosurfactant and other natural ingredients, for cleaning diesel particulate filters (DPFs).

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Honda Aircraft Company receives FAA Production Certificate for HondaJet

Honda Aircraft Company has earned a Production Certificate from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Production Certificate grants Honda Aircraft the authorization to produce, flight test and issue airworthiness certificates for the HondaJet for customer deliveries. (Earlier post.)

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Lyft and GM’s Express Drive expands to Colorado and California; adds Bolt EV

July 11, 2016

Lyft and General Motors are expanding their Express Drive short-term vehicle access program (earlier post) to California and Colorado, including the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV (earlier post).

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Platts: June OPEC output of 32.73M barrels of crude per day, highest since Aug. 2008

Oil production from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) crude oil output surged 300,000 barrels per day (b/d) in June, close to an eight-year high of 32.73 million b/d, as production in Nigeria and Libya tentatively recovered along with steady increases for Saudi Arabia and Iran, according to an S&P Global Platts survey of OPEC and oil industry officials.

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Mazda and Isuzu enter pick-up truck collaboration agreement

Mazda Motor Corporation and Isuzu Motors Limited have reached a basic agreement on next-generation pick-up truck collaboration, under which Isuzu will produce next-generation pick-up trucks for Mazda, based on Isuzu’s pick-up truck model, for sale worldwide, with the exception of North America.

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Covestro opens new HDI plant in Shanghai; raw material for automotive coatings

Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience and one of the world’s largest polymer companies, has opened a new plant that will produce up to 50,000 tonnes per year of HDI (hexamethylene diisocyanate)—an aliphatic diisocyanate used in special coatings applications, such as coatings which are resistant to abrasion and degradation from ultraviolet light.

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ATS presents OTA Plus at Automotive Linux Summit in Tokyo

ATS Advanced Telematic Systems, a German automotive-focused software company specializing in open source and open-standards-based software solutions for the mobility industry, will present its OTA solution, OTA Plus, at the Automotive Linux Summit, 13 and 14 July, in Tokyo.

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Start-up developing electric 2-seat VTOL aircraft

Lilium Aviation, a German startup initially funded by the European Union and supported by the European Space Agency and its Business Incubation Centre Bavaria, is developing a 2-seat, electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft, with planned rollout in January 2018.

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Dunkirk regasification plant receives first LNG carrier

July 09, 2016

The Dunkirk (France) LNG regasification plant, a turnkey project performed by Techint E&C and SENER as part of the TS LNG consortium, has received its first LNG carrier, thus initiating the installation’s commissioning phase. Its commercial operations are slated to begin in mid-September.

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California Environmental Justice Advisory Committee launches series of statewide meetings

California’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (EJAC) is launching a series of statewide meetings to provide residents with the opportunity to meet with local advocates and state officials to share concerns and to provide input on addressing air pollution and how to help California meet its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets.

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UC San Diego hires top robotics expert to lead Contextual Robotics Institute

July 08, 2016

Henrik Christensen, one of the most influential robotics researchers in the world, is joining the University of California San Diego. He will direct the UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute and serve as a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Christensen is leaving his post as executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at the Georgia Institute of Technology to come to UC San Diego.

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Report: Nippon Steel to bring lighter, stronger automotive steel sheet to market in 2020

The Nikkei reports that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal has developed an automotive steel sheet that is 20-30% lighter and 25% stronger than the toughest high-tensile steel now on the market. According to the report, the company will start marketing the product around 2020.

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NSF grants IU $525,000 to advance research on conversion of CO2 to oxalate as intermediate for materials, plastics and fuel

Two Indiana University chemists have received $525,000 from the National Science Foundation to advance research with applications to the conversion of CO2 into oxalate as an intermediate for the ultimate production of carbon-neutral materials, plastics and fuel.

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Baker Institute expert suggests assumptions about oil’s influence on politics in the Middle East should be reversed

Assumptions about oil’s influence on politics in the Middle East should be reversed, according to a new article from an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Instead of oil buttressing autocracy, the article argues that autocracy among oil exporters buttresses oil by encouraging consumption.

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SAE International announces 2017 symposium to discuss emissions control for light duty vehicles; Tier 3 regs

SAE International will host the “SAE 2017 Light Duty Emissions Control Symposium,” 23-24 January 2017, at the Washington DC Convention Center. The symposium will provide attendees with the opportunity to experience presentations and share in discussions regarding emissions control of both diesel and gasoline light duty vehicles.

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Mayor of London floats action plan to reduce city’s air pollution

July 07, 2016

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has outlined plans to crackdown on the most polluting vehicles, including an additional £10 (US$13) per day charge for the most polluting vehicles and an extended Ultra-Low Emission Zone. The public has until 29 July 2016 to provide feed back on the first round of the Clean Air Plan consultation. A more detailed consultation will take place later this year and some measures could be implemented as early as 2017.

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Navigant: almost 39,300 natural gas refueling stations worldwide by 2026

The total number of natural gas refueling stations globally will reach almost 39,300 locations by 2026, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

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1H 2016 Ford Motor sales in China up 6%; SUVs up 27%

Ford Motor vehicle sales in the first half in China for Ford, Lincoln and its joint ventures reached 577,097 vehicles, a 6% increase compared to the same time last year.

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GM sets June and first half delivery records in China

General Motors and its joint ventures had record June deliveries in China of 273,563 units, which was up 11.2% on an annual basis. The Buick, Cadillac and Baojun brands had their best June ever.

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Audi wins Digital Economy Award for digital production initiatives

Audi received a “Digital Economy Award” (DEA.2016) from Initiative Deutschland Digital (IDD) in Bonn this Tuesday, taking first place in the category Enterprise 4.0. The award recognizes Audi’s lighthouse project cloud-based platform, which enables more flexibility and efficiency in production.

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DuPont Industrial Biosciences launches new enzyme product for biogas industry; increased methane yields

July 06, 2016

DuPont Industrial Biosciences has introduced OPTIMASH AD-100, a new enzyme product that will help biomethane producers improve biogas yields and process robustness, which is expected to ultimately increase their revenue and profitability.

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Constellium to open Mexico plant for automotive aluminum structural components

Constellium N.V. intends to open a new manufacturing facility in Mexico to produce aluminium automotive structural components. This plant, located in San Luis Potosí, will allow Constellium to respond to increasing demand for lightweight, high-strength aluminium Crash Management Systems and automotive structures for the expanding auto industry in Mexico.

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GM licensing robotic glove technology developed with NASA to Bioservo Technologies; GM to use in manufacturing

Robotic glove technology developed out of a partnership between General Motors and NASA for use on the International Space Station is being brought to life in health care, manufacturing and other applications though a licensing agreement between GM and Bioservo Technologies AB, a Swedish medical technology company.

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Electrovaya subsidiary signs MOU with e-mobility OEM for Li-ion battery modules

Electrovaya Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Litarion GmbH signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a major OEM in the e-mobility industry for the delivery of battery modules starting in 2017.

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Alcoa opens 3D printing metal powder plant

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa has opened its state-of-the-art, 3D printing metal powder production facility. Located at the Alcoa Technology Center, the world’s largest light metals research center, the plant will produce proprietary titanium, nickel and aluminum powders optimized for 3D printed aerospace parts. Alcoa also has invested in a range of technologies to further develop additive processes, product design and qualification.

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Carlsbad, CA using NEXBTL renewable diesel for city fleet

The City of Carlsbad is now fueling its city fleet with Propel Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable). Diesel HPR is produced by Neste and specially formulated and distributed by Propel. Refined from renewable biomass through Neste’s NEXBTL hydrotreating technology, Neste Renewable Diesel meets the ASTM fuel quality standards required by automotive manufacturers.

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Chevron approves next major Tengiz expansion project in Kazakhstan

Chevron Corporation announced that its 50% owned affiliate, Tengizchevroil (TCO), will proceed with the development of its Future Growth and Wellhead Pressure Management Project (FGP-WPMP), which will increase crude oil production at the Tengiz oil field in Kazakhstan by about 260,000 barrels per day. FGP-WPMP is currently estimated to cost $36.8 billion, which includes $27.1 billion for facilities, $3.5 billion for wells and $6.2 billion for contingency and escalation.

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UMTRI: average US new vehicle fuel economy in June drops from May

The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in June 2016 was 25.3 mpg (9.29 l/100 km)— down 0.1 mpg from the value for May 2016, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). This decline likely reflects the increased market share of pickup trucks and SUVs, they suggested.

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Navigant forecasts global medium- and heavy-duty alt powertrain sales to exceed 820K units in 2026

July 05, 2016

According to a new forecast report from Navigant Research, global commercial alternative powertrain medium- and heavy-duty vehicle (MHDV) sales will grow from about 347,000 vehicles in 2016 to more than 820,000 in 2026, representing a CAGR of about 9%.

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BRUSA upgrades performance of NLG664 on-board fast charger

BRUSA Elektronik AG, headquartered in Sennwald, Switzerland, has given its NLG664 on-board fast charger a performance upgrade. The NLG664 is now available with 45-65 Hz input frequency and enhanced single-phase current capability of 30 A.

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks approves use of HVO, BTL, GTL and CTL fuels in latest generation of OM 470 and OM 471

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has approved the use of alternative fuels according to norm prEN 15940 with immediate effect for the latest generations of the OM 470 (displacement 10.7 liters) and of the OM 471 (displacement 12.8 liters). These include the subgroups Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), Biomass To Liquid (BTL), Gas To Liquid (GTL), Coal To Liquid (CTL) which are different resources converted to fuels through chemical processes.

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Driver video: Tesla Model S adaptive cruise control rear-ends stopped van

A Tesla owner in Europe has posted a YouTube video of his Model S rear-ending a stopped van.

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Tesla ramps production to 2,000 units per week; targeting 2,400 in Q4

July 04, 2016

Tesla produced 18,345 vehicles in Q2 2016, an increase of 20% from Q1, and exited the quarter consistently producing just under 2,000 vehicles per week. Due to the steep production ramp, almost half of the quarter’s production occurred in the final four weeks.

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ISO publishes TS 19880-1 for hydrogen fueling stations

July 01, 2016

ISO has published TS 19880-1 for hydrogen fueling stations (Earlier post.) ISO 19880 recommends the minimum design characteristics for safety and, where appropriate, for performance of public and non-public fueling stations that dispense gaseous hydrogen to light-duty fuel cell electric vehicles. The standard can be purchased from the ISO Web site.

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Audi sets June sales record in US; strong SUV sales, up 29%; A3 PHEV 2% of US 1H sales

Audi of America reported that its June 2016 sales increased 1% to 18,445 vehicles, the brand’s 66th consecutive monthly sales record in the US.

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Ford delivers best 1H US sales in decade; driven by F-Series, SUVs

Ford Motor Company’s first-half total US sales grew 5% with 1,353,048 vehicles sold—its best first-half performance since 2006. June sales were up 6%, with 240,109 vehicles sold.

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Porsche invests in start-up Evopark

The newly founded Porsche Digital GmbH is investing “a seven-digit sum” in parking solution specialist Evopark. Porsche will hold a minority stake in the Cologne-based start-up, which is seeking to revolutionize parking in urban areas.

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PowerCell delivers 100 kW fuel cell stack prototype for a truck application for a European transport company

Fuel cell company PowerCell Sweden AB has now delivered the first prototype of the 100 kW PowerCell S3 fuel cell stack for a truck application to the European transport company. (Earlier post.)

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Kia Motors Mexico announces first hybrid model for local market

Kia Motors Mexico celebrated its first anniversary in the country with the announcement of the arrival of Kia Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV) to the Mexican market at the end of the current year. With the introduction of Niro, Kia Motors will offer its first hybrid vehicle in Mexico and will strengthen its product lineup in the country.

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ExxonMobil confirms significant oil discovery offshore Guyana

Exxon Mobil Corporation said that drilling results from the Liza-2 well, the second exploration well in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana, confirm a world-class discovery with a recoverable resource of between 800 million and 1.4 billion oil-equivalent barrels.

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Elio Motors completes first E-Series test vehicle

June 30, 2016

Elio Motors, the start-up vehicle manufacturer planning to launch a three-wheeled vehicle that will get up to 84 mpg (2.8 l/100km) with a targeted base price of $6,800, has completed its first E-Series testing vehicle, code-named the E1A.

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Zinnov: automotive witnessing highest disruption among all industries; ~$6B invested in start-ups in FY 2015

Management consulting firm Zinnov released its latest study conducted on the Automotive R&D Globalization Landscape, presenting a global engineering R&D analysis on the top 60 automotive companies and how are they leveraging the global R&D ecosystems to improve engineering output and efficiency.

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Nissan cut CO2 emissions 22.4% over past decade

Nissan Motor’s newly published annual Sustainability Report shows that the global automaker’s CO2 emissions have fallen by 22.4% over the past decade. CO2 reduction at Nissan facilities improved by 0.6% year-on-year in FY2015.

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Nemaska Lithium receives 2nd $2.12M installment from Sustainable Development Technology Canada for Phase 1 lithium hydroxide plant

Nemaska Lithium has received its second $2.12-million installment from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) for the development of the Phase 1 Lithium Hydroxide Plant. To date, the company has received a total of approximately $21 million, representing about 55% of the total $38-million Phase 1 Plant budget,said Steve Nadeau, Nemaska Lithium CFO.

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Dürr sells 2,000th sealing robot

June 29, 2016

One trend in automotive manufacturing is toward fully automatic sealing of welds; robots are increasingly performing this task in automobile production. Dürr has now sold its 2,000th sealing robot. The EcoRS 30L16S milestone machine will perform rough seam sealing at Škoda in Kvasiny, Czech Republic, and it will also be a first. With its shortened arm 1, the robot is particularly suitable for sealing applications inside car bodies.

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ITM sells integrated hydrogen refueling station to Hydrogène de France

ITM announced the sale of an integrated hydrogen refueling station (HRS) with on-site generation to Hydrogène de France (HDF), for deployment in France. The contract is worth €1.5 million (US$1.7 million) to ITM Power before follow-on contracts such as maintenance agreements.

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BIOX and World Energy JV to acquire & operate 90M USG biodiesel plant in Houston; 3rd-largest biodiesel plant in NA

BIOX Corporation and World Energy announced a 50/50 joint venture to acquire and operate a 90 million US gallon (USG) (341 million liter) biodiesel production facility in Houston, Texas. Each company has committed US$10 million to the World Energy BIOX Biofuels joint venture.

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HKG becomes controlling shareholder of UQM Technologies with $48M investment

Electric propulsion system company UQM Technologies, Inc. announced the signing of a definitive stock issuance and purchase agreement with American Compass, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hybrid Kinetic Group Limited (HKG). HKG is a Bermuda-incorporated corporation with headquarters in Hong Kong. The Agreement calls for HKG, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, to purchase newly issued UQM common shares that will represent 58% of UQM, and 54% on a fully-diluted basis.

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France’s RS2E launches 2nd YESS prize for young scientists in energy storage

June 28, 2016

France’s RS2E (Réseau sur le stockage électrochimique de l’énergie or “research network on electrochemical energy storage”) has launched the second edition of the YESS Award (Young Energy Storage Scientist Award)—a €12,500 prize split between two young innovative researchers/scientists in the field of electrochemical energy storage. This second edition of the award expands eligibility beyond Europe to North American scientists of no more than 35 years of age, holding at least a master’s degree. The prize money is allocated €10,000 to the winner, with the remaining €2,500 to the runner-up.

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Zubie to provide auto makers with vehicle diagnostic and performance insight from its connected car/telematics data and analytics

Zubie, a connected-car platform and telematics service provider, is partnering with major auto manufacturers to leverage its repository of data and analytics to enhance the manufacturers’ understanding of vehicle performance and reliability.

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Volvo Trucks D13 engine with turbo compounding improves fuel efficiency up to 6.5% and delivers more torque

Volvo Trucks North America is adding a turbo compounding option for the Volvo D13 engine. By converting wasted heat energy, the 13-liter D13 with turbo compounding improves fuel efficiency by up to 6.5 percent%, while also delivering up to 100 extra lb-ft of torque for improved performance.

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JATO: Global car sales up by 2.8% in Q1 2016 due to SUV boost in China and Europe

June 27, 2016

JATO Dynamics reports that 20.44 million LCVs and passenger car units were sold across all segments globally in Q1 2016—a 2.8% increase (558,700 more units) on the same period in 2015—largely driven by growth in the Chinese and European markets. The SUV boom continued, with seven of the eight regions analyzed posting double digit growth.

The popularity of SUVs in China has been an ongoing source of growth, and the trend continued last quarter, with the country accounting for 36% of total sales in Q1 2016. Sales of SUVs in Europe (including Russia and Turkey) gave the overall market a boost with 20% growth and 1.11 million units sold.

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Guy Nègre, founder of compressed air engine car company MDI, dies

MDI, a Luxembourg-based company striving to commercialize a compressed air engine vehicle (earlier post), reported last week that its founder, Guy Nègre, had died.

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Mitsubishi Motors to unveil new PHEV concept at Paris Show in October

At the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil a new “Ground Tourer Concept” high-end plug-in hybrid SUV coupé.

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GKN has produced more than 300,000 eAxles; affordable eAWD

GKN Driveline has produced more than 300,000 units of its eAxle range at its eDrive centers of excellence in Italy and Japan. GKN introduced the eAxle technology in 2002, acquiring systems integration and production experience to transfer the technology from niche vehicles to high-volume mass-market applications.

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Juniper: smart cities to ease traffic congestion, save 4.2B person-hours per year by 2021

Juniper Research forecasts that smart traffic management and smart parking initiatives will save some 4.2 billion person-hours annually by 2021—equivalent to each city driver saving nearly an entire working day per year.

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Alliance AutoGas launches conversion system for Ram ProMaster van

The Alliance AutoGas has launched a single-plug connector, no cut or drill fuel system, for the RAM ProMaster van. The Ram ProMaster, in great demand in the government and service sectors and the second most popular European-style van in the market, features a 16-gallon underbody autogas tank with the conversion system.

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Largest and most powerful MAN B&W-branded engine makes market debut aboard large container vessel; 103,000 hp

June 25, 2016

The largest and most powerful engine from MAN Diesel & Turbo’s portfolio ever designed and built has entered service. Built by Doosan Engine in Korea and rated at 75,570 kW (103,000 horsepower), the engine is an MAN B&W 11G95ME-C9.5 two-stroke type that acts as prime mover aboard the MSC Jade. The 19,437-teu container vessel is operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the global container shipping company. Daewoo Shipbuilding (DSME) delivered the newbuilding on 20 May, which subsequently sailed the short tour to Busan.

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VW dropping Jetta Hybrid from MY2017 US line-up

June 24, 2016

Among the changes in its Model Year 2017 line-up, Volkswagen of America is dropping the Jetta Hybrid. (Earlier post.) VW sold 227 units of the hybrid in the US from Jan-May of this year, down 0.9% year-on-year, according to figures from hybridcars.com. The decision to drop the model leaves Volkswagen of America without a hybrid offering at present.

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Swiss team demos light-driven electron accumulation in artificial molecules; step towards artificial photosynthesis

Chemists from the Universities of Basel and Zurich have reproduced one of the crucial phases of natural photosynthesis using artificial molecules. Their results have been published by the journal Angewandte Chemie (international edition).

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DOE announces $68.4M in funding to advance the safe and permanent storage of CO2; CarbonSAFE

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced $68.4 million (DE-FOA-0001584, DE-FOA-0001450) for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects that will help to secure the safe and permanent storage of CO2 during carbon capture and storage (CCS) operations. Funding is subject to the availability of appropriations.

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