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Northvolt partners with two Swedish municipalities for European Li-ion gigafactory

October 20, 2017

Northvolt (earlier post) announced a partnership with the two Swedish municipalities Skellefteå and Västerås for the establishment of Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant. The construction of Northvolt’s factory is scheduled to begin during the second half of 2018. Once the first quarter is completed in 2020, it will produce 8 GWh worth of battery capacity per year. The full factory, which will be completed in 2023, will produce 32 GWh per year.

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UQM Technologies to collaborate with Lightning Systems for Ford’s Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) program

UQM Technologies will collaborate with Lightning Systems to support the Ford Transit concept vehicles for Lightning Systems’ beta programs for the Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) program by Ford Motor Company. (Earlier post.) The Ford eQVM program provides recognition to aftermarket equipment installers that meet manufacturing guidelines and best practices for alternative fuels and advanced technologies (such as electric vehicles and hydraulic hybrids).

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Toray to open new R&D base in Europe for new materials for environmentally friendly vehicles

Toray Industries will open Automotive Center Europe (AMCEU) in August 2018 near Munich, Germany, as part of strengthening of R&D function related to the Green Innovation (GR) Business in Europe.

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LG and Qualcomm partner on connected vehicle technology; 5G, cellular vehicle-to-everything technologies

LG Electronics is teaming up with Qualcomm jointly to develop a range of next-generation connected car solutions. The two companies will also establish a joint research center in South Korea to develop 5G for vehicle and C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) technologies.

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OmniAir launches first V2X connected vehicle certification program

OmniAir Consortium announced the formal launch of the world’s first vehicle-to-everything (V2X) device certification program for the connected vehicle market.

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Alphabet’s CapitalG leads $1B round in Lyft

CapitalG—Alphabet’s growth investment fund—is leading a $1-billion financing round in ride-sharing company Lyft. This brings Lyft’s post-money valuation to $11 billion.

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BYD supplying Li-ion batteries for stationary energy storage to Green Charge

October 19, 2017

BYD is now supplying Li-ion batteries to Green Charge, an ENGIE Company. Green Charge’s first installation of BYD batteries will be for the recently announced six-megawatt-hour system adjacent to ENGIE’s Mt. Tom Solar farm to serve Holyoke Gas & Electric in western Massachusetts.

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Scania unveils new hybrid, battery-electric buses

At Busworld in Kortrijk, Belgium, Scania unveiled the hybrid Scania Interlink Low Decker and the battery-electric Scania Citywide bus.

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Ricardo opens new power electronics and vehicle laboratories in California

Ricardo is further investing in facilities at its Santa Clara Technical Center in California, enabling the company to support its clients with electrified and autonomous vehicle design and development projects.

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Daimler introduces active emergency braking assist system with pedestrian detection for touring coaches

At Busworld Europe 2017 in Belgium, Daimler Buses introduced Active Brake Assist 4 (ABA 4) with pedestrian detection—the first emergency braking assistance system in a touring coach to brake automatically for pedestrians.

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Toyota outlines impact of Kobe Steel quality issue on Toyota and Lexus vehicles

In response to the series of announcements by Kobe Steel Ltd. regarding improper conduct related to materials used in vehicle bodies, Toyota Motor has been investigating the impact of this matter on Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The initial phase of our investigation has been focused on the aluminum plates that were the subject of Kobe Steel’s initial disclosure, on 8 October 2017, of the falsification of data related to inspection certificates.

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GKN and GE to collaborate on additive manufacturing

GKN plc signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GE Additive, Concept Laser and Arcam AB to collaborate on Additive Manufacturing (AM). Under the agreement, GKN becomes a GE Additive development and production center as well as a preferred powder supplier, while GE and its affiliated companies will supply additive machines and services to GKN.

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California adds more regulation for oil and gas industry; water quality and spill response

October 18, 2017

California Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bills 1328 and 1197, authored by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara). AB 1328 gives California water agencies access to information on potentially hazardous chemicals used in oil and gas operations. AB 1197 will ensure their spill management teams are adequately trained and prepared in the event of an oil spill.

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DENSO and FotoNation to collaborate on image recognition technology for next-gen driver status monitor

DENSO Corporation, one of the world’s largest automotive technology, systems and components suppliers will start joint technology development of cabin sensing technology with FotoNation, an Xperi group company specializing in image recognition technologies. The partnership will help DENSO significantly improve the performance of its Driver Status Monitor, an active safety product currently used in commercial vehicles.

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Battelle, Rare Earth Salts team on DOE project to recover rare earth oxides from coal ash

Battelle is teaming with Rare Earth Salts (RES) on a project, “Recovery of High Purity Rare Earth Elements (REEs) from Coal Ash via a Novel Separations Process,” to produce valuable rare earth oxides from coal fly ash, converting them to the high purities necessary for a saleable product.

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Navigant Research: sales of plug-in electric buses increased 40% from 2016 to 2017

October 17, 2017

According to a new report from Navigant Research, sales for plug-in electric buses increased 40% from 2016 to 2017, as the technology on offer from bus companies has improved in performance and in price.

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Volvo Buses launches new version of 7900 Electric bus with more range, charging options

Volvo Buses (not related to Volvo Cars) is launching a new version of its all-electric bus, the Volvo 7900 Electric. With significantly extended range and more charging options, the new Volvo 7900 Electric offers bus operators even greater flexibility. The new Volvo 7900 Electric is available with a choice of 150, 200 and 250 kWh battery packs. Operating range will be up to 200 km (124 miles) depending on topography and driving conditions.

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Trump Administration approves expansion of Enbridge Alberta Clipper oil sands pipeline across Canadian border

The Trump Administration has issued a Presidential Permit authorizing Enbridge to expand the Alberta Clipper (Line 67) pipeline that crosses the US-Canada border near Neche, ND, to a capacity of up to 888,889 barrels barrels per day. (Earlier post.)

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DOE: despite 13% rise in VMT from 2002-2015, pollution down significantly

Despite an increase in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) of 13% from 2002 to 2015 (the latest year for which data are available), the total amount of airborne pollutants emitted from highway vehicles has declined considerably, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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First hydrogen station opens in Bremen

October 16, 2017

Daimler, Shell and Linde inaugurated the city of Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station, providing a refueling option on the important route between Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Volkswagen Group deliveries top 1 million vehicles in one month for first time in September

In September, the Volkswagen Group delivered more than 1 million vehicles to customers—the Group’s highest level for a single month. At 1.01 million, deliveries were 6.6% up on the previous year.

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Mitsubishi Electric unveils EMIRAI 4 smart mobility concept car

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation unveiled its EMIRAI 4 concept car featuring next-generation driving-assistance technology, which is expected to help reduce traffic accidents and contribute to increasingly safe, convenient and environmentally friendly transportation. Mitsubishi will exhibit the EMIRAI 4 at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.

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TU/e students win Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Cruiser Class with solar-powered family car

October 15, 2017

The student team from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has won the Cruiser Class (for practical solar-powered cars) for the third time at this year’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia.

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Ridecell acquires Auro, introduces complete autonomous mobility solution

October 13, 2017

Ridecell, Inc., a platform for carsharing and ridesharing operators, acquired Auro, a California-based developer of autonomous vehicle technology, in an all-stock transaction. Ridecell also announced the public availability of its autonomous operations platform which has successfully been used in autonomous pilot programs.

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More than 1,000 fuel stations offering E15 in US

Growth Energy announced that more than 1,000 fuel stations around the US are offering E15—a fuel with 15% ethanol—more than doubling the number of stations from the same time last year.

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Dingell reintroduces Vehicle Innovation Act; reauthorizes DOE VTO

US Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) reintroduced the Vehicle Innovation Act to promote investments in research and development of clean vehicle technologies. Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17) and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) joined as original cosponsors of the legislation.

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XL Hybrids raises $22M in D round; IKEA comes in

XL Hybrids, a developer of electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, raised an oversubscribed Series D round of $22 million. Constellation Technology Ventures (CTV), the venture capital arm of Exelon Corporation, and IKEA Group participated in the round along with new and existing large family office investors.

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GM appoints Pamela Fletcher to position of Vice President – Global Electric Vehicle Programs

October 12, 2017

GM is appointing Pamela Fletcher to the newly created position of vice president, Global Electric Vehicle Programs.

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eNow demonstrates solar-powered zero-emissions Transport Refrigeration Unit

eNow has demonstrated a solar-powered zero-emissions commercial-use Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) on a truck making deliveries in an urban environment. The new TRU, branded “Rayfrigeration,” achieved emission reductions of 98% N2O, and 97% PM over a five-month test period. TRUs are traditionally powered by high-polluting, small diesel engines.

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DOE-supported CO2-capture project hits major milestone: 4 million metric tons

A large-scale CO2 capture technology made possible through support from the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and National Energy Technology Laboratory has captured and transported its 4-millionth metric ton of CO2. Air Products and Chemicals designed, built, and is operating the state-of-the-art CO2-capture and storage system at their hydrogen-production facility located at the Valero Port Arthur Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. (Earlier post.)

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BMW Active Hybrid e-bike with significant power boost

BMW has introduced the new Active Hybrid e-bike featuring a significant power boost. The advanced Brose electric motor can be activated as required to supplement the rider’s pedal power, with output of 250 W and 90 N·m (66 lb-ft) of torque.

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BYD unveils first 45' battery-electric commuter coach bus

BYD, North America’s largest electric bus manufacturer, unveiled the first 45-foot battery-electric commuter coach bus at this year’s APTA Expo. Additionally, BYD hosted the largest electric vehicle display at APTA Expo. BYD has more than 27,000 electric buses in service around the globe.

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Sumitomo Electric launches high quality SiC epitaxial wafer

Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. has launched a high quality SiC epitaxial wafer, “EpiEra”, which attains a more than 99% defect free area in a wafer.

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Autoliv and MIT AgeLab to collaborate in the research of autonomous vehicle systems

October 11, 2017

Autoliv, Inc. is entering into a two-year research collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab to develop a semi-autonomous vehicle prototype that demonstrates the future of human-centered artificial intelligence in the automotive space. Learnings from the research collaboration will likely be used in the development of software from Zenuity, the software joint venture of Autoliv and Volvo Cars.

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DOE partners with EPRI to develop innovative manufacturing technologies for small modular reactors

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is contributing $2.5 million to a four-year Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)-led project ($8.1 million total) to investigate and demonstrate new manufacturing and fabrication technologies with a goal of producing the ASME-code acceptable critical assemblies of a two-thirds scale demonstration small modular reactor (SMR) reactor pressure vessel (RPV).

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US DOE, Japan NEDO partner to accelerate hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) will collaborate on hydrogen and fuel cell safety research and development (R&D) data sharing to accelerate progress in hydrogen technology with mutual goals of energy security, resilience, and economic growth.

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California Governor signs legislation requiring the state to purchase zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and buses

California Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 739, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which requires at least 15% of vehicles, with a gross vehicle weight of more than 19,000 pounds that are newly purchased by state agencies, to be Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) beginning in 2025, and at least 30% of those vehicles to be ZEV beginning in 2030.

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LA Metro orders up to 300 New Flyer 60-foot CNG transit buses

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) has awarded New Flyer a contract for up to 300 Xcelsior compressed natural gas (CNG), 60-foot heavy-duty transit buses. The contract is for 65 firm orders and options to purchase an additional 235 buses. This new award will add a total of 600 equivalent units to New Flyer’s backlog.

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Velodyne LiDAR more than quadruples production for autonomous vehicle surge

October 10, 2017

Velodyne LiDAR has more than quadrupled production for its high-performance LiDAR sensors to meet strong global demand. As a result, Velodyne LiDAR’s sensors are immediately available via distribution partners in Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America, with industry standard lead-times for direct contracts.

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Mazda to exhibit concept powered by SKYACTIV-X gasoline spark-controlled compression ignition engine

Among the exhibits on its stand at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda Motor Corporation will unveil a new concept model powered by the recently announced SKYACTIV-X gasoline spark-controlled compression ignition (SPCCI) engine. (Earlier post.)

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Groupe Renault acquires 25% stake in smart charging start-tip Jedlix; new smartphone app

Groupe Renault is acquiring a 25% share in Jedlix, a Dutch start-up launched by Eneco Group and specialized in the smart and sustainable charging of electric vehicles.

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Renault creates new grid-energy subsidiary: Renault Energy Services

Groupe Renault, Europe’s number one manufacturer of electric vehicles, has formed a new subsidiary: Renault Energy Services. The aim of this new subsidiary is to have an active presence in the energy and smart grid sectors, both of which are fundamental to the expansion of electric mobility.

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DOE: highway vehicles responsible for a declining share of pollutants

Highway vehicles are responsible for a declining share of pollutants in the US, according to data gathered by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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BAE Systems produces 8,000th series-hybrid electric drive system for buses

BAE Systems has produced its 8,000th series-hybrid electric drive system for transit buses. This milestone signifies a significant increase in demand for the company’s electric solutions. In the last two years, BAE Systems has delivered 3,000 systems, double the number the company shipped in the prior four years.

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GM acquires LiDAR developer Strobe Inc. to advanced autonomous vehicle efforts

October 09, 2017

General Motors has acquired LiDAR technology company Strobe, Inc. As part of the deal, Strobe’s engineering talent joins GM’s Cruise Automation team to define and develop next-generation LiDAR solutions for self-driving vehicles.

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EIA expects US household spending for gasoline to remain below $2,000 in 2017; record-high gasoline consumption of 9.3M barrels/day

According to projections in US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) most recent Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the average US household expenditure on gasoline in 2017 will total $1,977, or approximately 2.4% of mean incomes of households. The most recent peak for household gasoline expenditures was $2,715, or 4.0% of household income, in 2008. More recently, average household gasoline expenditures in 2015 and 2016 were near or below $2,000, or 2.5% of total household income.

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ROUSH CleanTech develops propane autogas fuel system for the Ford E-350

ROUSH CleanTech has developed a propane autogas fuel system for the Ford E-350. The Ford E-350 single-rear-wheel and dual-rear-wheel cutaway provides public transit agencies a smaller propane vehicle option than the E-450 for servicing routes with fewer customers.

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UltraCharge acquiring new Li-ion high-voltage cathode IP from ETV Energy

Australia-based UltraCharge Limited, a developer of titanium dioxide nanotube gel for Li-ion anodes, has acquired new cathode intellectual property (IP) assets from Israeli company ETV Energy Limited (ETV Energy). ETV Energy has developed a lithium ion battery which contains a high voltage (4.65V) LiMnNO spinel cathode that is half the cost of commercial cathodes.

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DOE to release hydrogen safety training resource

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) are developing a hydrogen training resource focused on fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technology and how it can be utilized for federal fleets.

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Urban Air Initiative-led coalition calls on EPA to recognize high-octane ethanol blends for fuel economy standards

In comments submitted to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a coalition of stakeholders led by the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) said ethanol is a price-competitive, safe, and efficient high-octane fuel additive that can help meet efficiency and CO2 reduction goals if given access to the market. The comments were filed in response to EPA’s Request for Comment on the Reconsideration of the Final Determination of the Mid Term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Model Year 2022-2025.

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Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences to advance autonomous technology capabilities

October 06, 2017

Boeing plans to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation; Aurora specializes in autonomous systems technologies to enable advanced robotic aircraft for future aerospace applications and vehicles.

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Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell drivers accumulate more than 3 million zero-emission miles

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell drivers have accumulated more than three million miles on the roads and highways of both Southern and Northern California. These fuel cell CUVs have emitted only clean water vapor, and by so doing, have replaced approximately 1,140 tons of CO2 emissions that would have been emitted by vehicles of similar size and capability. Hyundai has delivered more than 150 Tucson Fuel Cell crossovers since its introduction as the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle in the US market in 2014.

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Average new vehicle fuel economy in US in September unchanged from August

The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in September was 25.3 mpg (9.29 l/100 km)—unchanged from August, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).  The value for September is up 5.2 mpg since October 2007 (the first month of their monitoring), but still down 0.2 mpg from the peak of 25.5 mpg reached in August 2014.

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ORNL develops prototype device to alert drivers of vehicle cyberattacks

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have built a prototype plug-in device designed to alert drivers (or autonomous vehicles) of vehicle cyberattacks. The prototype is coded to learn regular timing of signals in the communications network of an individual vehicle and to detect abnormalities in timing frequency that could indicate a network intrusion or malicious software.

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TerraPower establishes JV with CNNC for co-development of Traveling Wave Reactor

TerraPower, LLC recently signed a joint venture agreement with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to form the Global Innovation Nuclear Energy Technology Co., Ltd. The two companies plan to work together to complete the Traveling Wave Reactor (TWR) design and commercialize the TWR technology. (Earlier post.)

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BP takes delivery of 6 new LNG tankers

BP is taking delivery of six new, state-of-the-art liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers to support its expanding global LNG portfolio, and to respond to growing demand for lower-carbon energy sources around the world.

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TransCanada terminates Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects

TransCanada Corporation is halting the application process for its proposed Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects in Canada. Energy East was to have been a 4,500-kilometer pipeline that would have transported approximately 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to the refineries of Eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick.

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Toyota’s next-generation Century limo swaps 5L V12 for 5L V8 hybrid system

October 05, 2017

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will showcase the new Century (to be released in the middle of 2018) at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017; the new Century will be powered by a 5.0L V8 hybrid system. The Century is Toyota’s limousine flagship model in the Japanese market, and is currently powered by a 5.0-liter V12.

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FASTR consortium releases new recommendations for contributing to automotive security research and innovation

October 04, 2017

FASTR, a nonprofit research consortium dedicated to automotive cybersecurity, released new insights into the automotive security landscape as recommendations for research and innovation. This landscape, represented in an infographic, describes the opportunities for FASTR members and the broader industry to advance the field of automotive security.

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DOE and Germany’s NOW collaborate on hydrogen safety R&D

October 03, 2017

The U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fuel Cell Technologies Office and Germany’s National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) announced a collaboratio focused on hydrogen safety research and development (R&D).

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Nissan to show LEAF NISMO Concept at Tokyo Motor Show

Among the concept cars Nissan will display at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show will be the Nissan LEAF NISMO Concept.

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Camden to received NJ’s first electric buses; Proterra purchase supported by Low-No grant

ChargEVC, a non-profit coalition supporting the adoption of electric vehicles in New Jersey, announced that Camden, NJ will see the state’s first electric buses. Supported with a $500,00 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Grant (Low-No), NJ Transit is purchasing battery-electric buses from Proterra, a ChargEVC member. When deployed, the Proterra Catalyst buses, designed and manufactured in the US, will operate out of Camden’s Newton Avenue Garage.

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Creative Bus Sales becomes master distributor for ARBOC’s transit products

To offer fleets greater access to durable and lighter transit options equipped with mobility options, Creative Bus Sales, the largest bus distributor in the United States, is expanding its already extensive selection of transit vehicles through an exclusive distributorship agreement with ARBOC Specialty Vehicles. This agreement gives Creative Bus Sales the ability to distribute ARBOC’s transit products nationwide, which includes its newest models that are designed for lightweight and maneuverable transportation to meet the emerging demands in both rural, urban and smart cities transport.

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Toyota ends production in Australia after 54 years

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd. (TMCA), the production and sales subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in Australia, ended 54 years of manufacturing in Australia.

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Statoil, Shell, Total partner on CO2 storage on Norwegian continental shelf

Statoil, Shell and Total have signed a partnership agreement to mature the development of carbon storage on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The project is part of the Norwegian authorities’ efforts to develop full-scale carbon capture and storage in Norway.

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Porsche Digital launches partnership with start-up home-iX

October 02, 2017

Through its subsidiary Porsche Digital, Porsche is now involved with Stuttgart-based technology company home-iX. The B2B start-up specializing in smart living solutions was set up in 2016 by former Porsche employees Mehmet Arziman and Heiko Scholtes. One of the company’s focus areas is car-to-smart home solutions for original equipment manufacturers in the automotive industry.

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US Army awards $6.2M contract for 24V Li-Ion 6T batteries to Bren-Tronics

September 30, 2017

Bren-Tronics has received a contract to provide high-volume automated manufacturing of Military 24V 6T Li-Ion batteries from the US Army Contracting Command through the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC). The total anticipated project value is more than $6.2 million.

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DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office to host a fuel cell car ride-and-learn at ECS 232

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is hosting a Ride-and-Learn at the 232nd Electrochemical Society (ECS) fall meeting next week at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland. The Ride-and-Learn is open to all ECS attendees, first come, first served.

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California workshop on hydrogen and fuel cells in ports

The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) is hosting a one-day workshop to discuss the current hydrogen and fuel cell activities in ports and maritime, hear the needs and challenges from port and maritime customers (port authorities, terminal operators, trucking companies) of California Ports to reduce their emission footprint and meet California state air quality requirements.

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Panasonic to increase automotive lithium-ion battery production in Japan

September 29, 2017

Panasonic Corporation will start production of automotive lithium-ion batteries at a factory in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, expanding domestic production amid increasing demand for such batteries.

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Nissan temporarily suspends new vehicle registrations in Japan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. notified its dealers in Japan that it will temporarily suspend new registrations for vehicles on dealer lots or in factory inventory. This step is being taken because the processes Nissan agreed to implement as part of vehicle-type approval for the Japanese market were not followed at domestic production plants.

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Honda unveiling new Sports EV Concept at Tokyo Motor Show

Honda will unveil the new Sports EV Concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October as part of a broad range of advanced two- and four-wheeled production and concept vehicles.

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Autoliv to acquire LiDAR and time of flight camera expertise

Autoliv, Inc., the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, has signed an agreement to acquire certain assets of Sweden-based LiDAR specialist company Fotonic i Norden AB.

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DOE to award $4M to 9 projects to recover rare earth elements from coal and by-products

The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected nine projects to receive approximately $4 million in cost-shared federal funding to improve the technical, environmental, and economic performance of new and existing technologies that extract, separate, and recover rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic US coal and coal by-products. (Earlier post.)

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Transflo becomes early member of Blockchain in Trucking Alliance

Transflo, a provider of mobile, telematics, and business process automation to the transportation industry in the United States and Canada, has joined the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA) to develop technology standards, promote educational efforts, and implement blockchain capabilities in the trucking and freight shipment industry.

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Efficient Drivetrain collaborates with Master Transportation on first Made-in-Taiwan e-bus; EDI PowerDrive EV 6000

September 28, 2017

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. announced a collaboration with Master Transportation, a Taiwanese bus manufacturer, to develop an all-electric bus program to replace diesel buses for the Taiwanese government.

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Daimler acquires dynamic ridesharing pioneer flinc

Daimler Mobility Services announced the full acquisition of the Darmstadt-based flinc GmbH—a leading provider of door-to-door ridesharing for short- and medium-haul routes. The start-up launched the flinc platform for short-distance carpooling in 2011. Today, around half a million customers are registered with the platform.

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DOE awards MSU $1.1M to fight disease in switchgrass

Researchers at Michigan State University will use a $1.1-million U.S. Department of Energy grant to fight disease in switchgrass by identifying regions of the genome that cause disease resistance. Locating these disease-fighting regions will help improve switchgrass’ viability. Thriving switchgrass plants could play a crucial role in an emerging bio-based economy by providing a consistent source of biofuels and diverse bioproducts.

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BMW integrating Amazon Alexa into all BMW and MINI vehicles from mid-2018

The BMW Group is systematically expanding the intelligent connectivity capabilities of its vehicles by seamlessly integrating Amazon’s voice-controlled personal assistant Alexa into all BMW and MINI models from mid-2018.

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Ford partnering with Lyft on autonomous driving

September 27, 2017

Ford is partnering with Lyft on autonomous driving. Ford continues to make progress on developing self-driving technology through its self-driving vehicle and Argo AI’s virtual driver system. Lyft has a network of customers, growing demand for rides and strong knowledge of transportation flow within cities. Both companies have fleet management and big data experience.

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GTI partners with Purdue’s CISTAR Center on conversion of shale resources to valuable liquid fuels

The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is partnering with Purdue University’s Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR) and other experts from academia, industry and government to develop technologies for responsible conversion of alkanes—light hydrocarbons including methane, ethane and propane—into more valuable liquid fuels, including gasoline and diesel fuels (earlier post).

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Linde submits LCFS pathway application for compressed H2 from natural gas reforming

Linde LLC has submitted a California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) pathway application for hydrogen produced by the steam methane reforming (SMR) of North American Natural Gas. The hydrogen is liquefied at a facility in Ontario, California, then re-gasified and compressed at Linde refueling stations.

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Proton OnSite, Nel Hydrogen receive $8.3M hydrogen electrolyzer fueling station contract

September 26, 2017

Proton Onsite and Nel Hydrogen Solutions, divisions of Nel ASA, have received a purchase order of US$8.3 million on a combined hydrogen PEM electrolyzer and H2Station fueling solution for SunLine Transit Agency (SunLine) in California. The combined solution will have a hydrogen capacity of up to 900 kg per day, making it the world’s largest combined hydrogen production and fueling facility currently being contracted.

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Proton OnSite additional electrolyzer order as part of $22M deal; green hydrogen for fuel cell buses in China

Proton OnSite, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nel ASA, received an order for the fourth M Series, Megawatt scale hydrogen electrolyzers in a thirteen M Series delivery agreement with Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co., Ltd. (Synergy). (Earlier post.)

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California Energy Commission awards Envoy $1.5M for shared EV program

The California Energy Commission has awarded Envoy Technologies $1.5 million in funding to develop and implement an Electric Vehicle Shared Mobility Program that will primarily benefit disadvantaged communities in the greater Sacramento Metropolitan and the California Bay Area.

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Cadillac embarks on first hands-free cross-country highway drive with Super Cruise

September 25, 2017

Cadillac embarked on its first official hands-free drive on freeways from one side of the country to the other, using Super Cruise technology. (Earlier post.) Super Cruise utilizes two advanced technology systems—a driver attention system and precision LiDAR map data.

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BHP and Goodfuels Marine to collaborate on biofuels pilot project in Singapore

With support from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), BHP and GoodFuels Marine have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to collaborate on a biofuels pilot project in Singapore, which is expected to be carried out early next year.

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Volvo adding production of next-gen XC90 to South Carolina from 2021

Volvo Cars announced that the next generation of the XC90 large premium SUV will be built in its new manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina from 2021. This takes Volvo Cars’ total investment in its US manufacturing operations to more than US$1.1 billion and will raise the total of new jobs created at the Charleston site to nearly 4,000.

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Inflexion to buy Xtrac

Inflexion Private Equity said that funds managed by Inflexion have agreed on the buyout of Xtrac Ltd, a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance transmissions for the motorsport and automotive industry.

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NTT and Toyota begin joint research aimed at promoting the use of lifestyle support robots

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) have commenced joint research with the aim of promoting the use of partner robots that can help and coexist harmoniously with humans. The research aims to provide support for various situations that occur in daily life utilizing AI technology (corevo) from the NTT Group and the Human Support Robot (HSR), one of the partner robots currently being developed by Toyota.

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Hyundai Motor America adds more than 100 Chargepoint L2 charging stations for employees

Hyundai Motor America recently officially opened its “Charging Century” of more than 100 level-two charging locations to its employee work force. These allow Hyundai’s employees driving Ioniq Electric, Plug-in Hybrid and Sonata Plug-in Hybrid vehicles to recharge their vehicles at Hyundai Motor America’s new gold LEED-certified modern building in Southern California, minimizing local fossil-fuel-based emissions during their weekly commutes.

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DOE announces $36M in funding for carbon capture technologies

September 24, 2017

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $36 million in federally-funded financial assistance to advance carbon capture technologies. Under the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office Of Fossil Energy (FE), the Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0001791) will support cost-shared research and development projects that will continue the development of carbon capture technologies to either the engineering scale or to a commercial design.

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Uber to lose its license in London

September 22, 2017

Transport for London (TfL) has informed Uber London Limited that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after the expiration of its current licence on 30 September.

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Navigant Research expects 2017 sales of plug-in electric vehicles in N America to be 50% greater than in 2016

According to a new report from Navigant Research (Market Data: EV Geographic Forecasts), 2017 sales of PEVs in North America are on track to be 50% greater than in 2016. Beyond 2017, sales are likely to continue to grow, but the rate of growth will slow. Overall, in North America, the PEV market has grown by a factor of 10 since 2011.

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BorgWarner cabin heater extends driving range for new EV

BorgWarner will be supplying its advanced high-voltage positive temperature coefficient (PTC) cabin heating technology for a new electric vehicle (EV) for a globally known EV automaker. BorgWarner’s technology features more efficient use of energy while providing rapid cabin heating.

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OmniVision’s new automotive reference design system (ARDS) for automotive imaging system development

OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, announced the availability of an automotive reference design system (ARDS) that provides a plug-and-play platform for developing automotive imaging systems.

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Report: Japan to ease regulations on H2 fueling stations to cut setup and operating costs in half

The Nikkei reports that the Japanese government will ease regulations on hydrogen refueling stations, with the goal of making the refueling points less costly to set up and to operate in the hope of spurring the adoption of fuel cell vehicles.

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Magellan Midstream Partners expand E15 services

Growth Energy reports that Magellan Midstream Partners, the Tulsa, Okla.-based transportation, storage, and distribution company, is now offering blending services for E15—a fuel with 15 percent ethanol—throughout their midcontinent terminal system.

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Stuttgart Airport ground fleet vehicles fueled by Neste MY Renewable Diesel

September 21, 2017

Stuttgart Airport has started using Neste MY Renewable Diesel to reduce its CO2 emissions and as part of the climate program of Baden-Württemberg’s state airport in Germany. All the ground fleet vehicles which are not electrified, such as the trucks of the airport fire department and winter service equipment, will be using Neste MY Renewable Diesel.

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Volkswagen Group Logistics and Scania support LNG trucks

Trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) produce significantly lower CO2 and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, cause virtually no particulate emissions and are significantly quieter than conventional diesel trucks. Hence, Volkswagen Group Logistics, together with Scania, a brand of the Volkswagen Truck & Bus Group, and the forwarders of the Volkswagen Group are in favor of the use of LNG as a truck fuel.

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