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Suez and Total partner to recycle cooking oil into renewable diesel blendstock; 10-year agreement

December 07, 2016

Suez and Total are partnering to collect and recycle used cooking oil in France. As part of their 10-year partnership, Suez will supply 20,000 metric tons of used cooking oil per year to Total. Collected throughout France, the oil will be processed into biofuel at Total’s La Mède biorefinery.

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Renesas develops 1st split-gate MONOS flash memory cells employing fin-shape transistors for MCUs; massive on-chip memory capacity

Renesas Electronics Corporation has successfully developed the world’s first split-gate metal-oxide nitride oxide silicon (SG-MONOS) flash memory cells employing transistors with fin-shape for use in microcontrollers (MCUs) with on-chip flash memory having a circuit linewidth of 16 to 14 nanometer (nm) or finer. SG-MONOS technology is reliable for use in automotive applications and Renesas currently mass produces 40nm MCUs using this technology, and 28nm MCUs are under development. The successful development shows promising scalability of the SG-MONOS technology to 16/14nm process nodes and beyond.

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Toyota launches TOYOTA NEXT Open Innovation Program in Japan

In Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation has launched the TOYOTA NEXT open innovation program. The program is intended to promote joint development of new services by utilizing new ideas, technologies, and solutions held by various companies and R&D organizations regardless of scale, as well as by businesses that have already launched services, which departs from Toyota’s usual practices of trying to be self-sufficient in terms of development.

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GM selects AeroVironment EVSE-RS as official home charging station for 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

December 06, 2016

General Motors Company has named AeroVironment, Inc.’s EVSE-RS  as the official charging station accessory for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. As an official accessory, AeroVironment’s 32A (a slight boost up from the 30A models in the rest of the EVSE-RS range) charging station will be labeled with its own GM part number and will be available through Chevrolet dealerships.

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DOE: US gasoline taxes dropped below 20% of total price in 2015

Fuel taxes in the United States in 2015 accounted for 19% of the price of a gallon of gasoline, down from just under 30% in 1990, according to figures compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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Audi launches Traffic Light Information V2I service in the US starting in Las Vegas

Audi is the first manufacturer to launch Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technology in the US, with the deployment of Traffic Light Information in select 2017 Audi A4, Q7 and allroad models in Las Vegas. (Earlier post.)

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IAEG to launch 6 projects to find alternatives to technologies with hazardous chemistries in aerospace

The International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) intends to launch six projects aiming to find alternatives to technologies that use chemistry which may be hazardous to human health and the environment. These projects involve major players in the aerospace industry and will formally launch in 2017. The following technology areas will be investigated:

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USDOT awards $14M to UC Davis-led National Center for Sustainable Transportation

December 05, 2016

The US Department of Transportation recently selected the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, led by the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, to receive a five-year grant totaling approximately $14 million ($2.8 million in the initial year) to advance a more sustainable transportation system.

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Royal IHC launches first LNG-fueled hopper dredger

Royal IHC has launched DEME’s 3,500 m3-hopper LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Minerva at its shipyard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands. The official name giving and christening ceremony will take place in the spring of 2017 in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

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First Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles arrive in Europe as part of HyFIVE demo

December 04, 2016

The first Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles arrived in Europe last week. The first six vehicles will be based with customers in London and Copenhagen as part of the Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) demonstration project, partly funded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU).

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Continental Multifunctional Smart Device Terminal debuts in E-Class; NFC, wireless smartphone charging, connectivity

December 03, 2016

Continental’s Multifunctional Smart Device Terminal (MFST) is making its YYYYdebut in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The new terminal allows drivers to wirelessly charge their smartphone and to operate a range of device functions in the vehicle safely and conveniently.

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FCA Windsor Assembly Plant begins production of plug-in 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The first 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (earlier post) rolled off the line at the FCA US Windsor Assembly Plant (Ont.) on 1 December. The launch of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid marks another milestone for the Windsor plant as it is the first electric vehicle to be built on its assembly line.

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Sikorsky names LiquidPiston winner of 7th Entrepreneurial Challenge

December 02, 2016

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, named LiquidPiston, developer of engines based on its High Efficiency Hybrid Cycle (HEHC) (earlier post), as the winner of the 7th Entrepreneurial Challenge. The Entrepreneurial Challenge, driven by Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky, is designed to accelerate innovators and disruptive technology concepts with applications for the vertical flight market.

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Valeo, Siemens JV for high-voltage electric powertrains starts operation: Valeo Siemens eAutomotive GmbH

The Valeo and Siemens joint venture dedicated to high-voltage powertrains (earlier post) has begun operation. Named Valeo Siemens eAutomotive GmbH, the JV is headquartered in Erlangen, Germany and is expected to have a total of around 1,000 employees. Valeo Siemens eAutomotive will be managed by Louis Pourdieu (CEO) and Peter Geilen (CFO).

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Amyris signs multi-year collaboration extension with Kuraray for farnesene rubber and elastomers

Amyris, Inc. has executed with its long-time partner Kuraray Co. a multi-year extension to their collaboration agreement for the use of Amyris’s Biofene branded ß-Farnesene in liquid farnesene rubber (LFR) and farnesene-based elastomer applications. (Earlier post.) This collaboration, which originally began in 2011, features increased farnesene supply to Kuraray and joint marketing of products to industry and end-customers.

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Volkswagen Truck & Bus to invest ~€420M in Brazil; new products, connectivity services

Volkswagen Truck & Bus’s Brazilian commercial vehicle brand (Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus) will invest ~€420 million (US$448 million) over the next five years into the steady renewal of its product portfolio, modernization of its plant in Resende, and the development of its connectivity services.

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Mayors of Madrid, Mexico City and Paris pledge to remove diesel cars from their cities by 2025

At the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City, the mayors of Paris, Mexico City and Madrid pledged to remove diesel cars from their cities by 2025. The cities also pledged to incentivize alternative vehicles and promote walking and cycling infrastructure.

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Toyota approves Mentor Graphics Volcano VSTAR AUTOSAR stack for ECU deployment in next-gen Toyota vehicles

December 01, 2016

Toyota Motor Corporation has approved Mentor Graphics’ Volcano VSTAR AUTOSAR basic software stack for use in all Toyota vehicles. With this approval, global Tier 1 automotive suppliers can now leverage Mentor’s fast, resource-efficient AUTOSAR stack for the design and development of advanced Electronic Control Units (ECUs) in next-generation Toyota models.

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Toyota launches its own free smartphone navigation app: TC Smartphone Navigation

In Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation launched its TC Smartphone Navigation, a new, free smartphone navigation app available from 1 December. Toyota has been providing T-Probe traffic information—Toyota’s proprietary traffic congestion information based on big data collected from vehicles equipped with on-board data communication modules (DCM)—on the paid (¥2,500/US$22 annually) T-Connect smartphone app which suggests routes to avoid traffic congestion.

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Toyota CEO Toyoda to head up new Toyota EV group; more execs and managers flow in as well

Effective today, Toyota CEO and President Akio Toyoda will assume the duties of president of the company’s newly formed EV Business Planning Department. (Earlier post.)

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Wrights Group showcases hydrogen fuel cell bus driveline in London; production-ready in 2017

November 30, 2016

The Wrights Group launched the new Wrightbus zero-emission double deck bus at a conference in London. The Wrightbus debuts a new hydrogen fuel cell driveline which will become available to power both single-deck and double-deck buses as it becomes fully production-ready next year.

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Ford to start testing autonomous cars on European roads next year

Ford announced it will begin European testing of autonomous cars in 2017, as a Ford-commissioned survey of 5,000 adults showed how drivers would spend the time in self-driving cars. 80% said they would look forward to relaxing and enjoying the scenery, 72% would chat on the phone, 64% would have a bite to eat, with enjoying books and movies close behind. (Survey conducted for Ford Motor Company in the UK, France, Germany, Norway and Spain by Penn Schoen Berland during November 2016.)

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AmeriPride adds 21 Ford Super Duty service trucks with XL Hybrids electrification solution

AmeriPride Services is taking delivery of 21 Ford F-59 trucks featuring XL Hybrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System by the end of this year. AmeriPride will use the hybrid-electric F-59 trucks for uniform rental and linen supply delivery in North American metropolitan markets including Arizona and Minnesota.

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Intel creates new organization solely focused on ADAS and autonomous driving

Intel has created a new organization called the Automated Driving Group (ADG), which will be solely dedicated to innovating the future of driving and designing the next generation of advanced driver assist systems and autonomous driving solutions.

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Lux: California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard will become a global phenomenon; carbon intensity, not volume

California’s approach to transportation fuel policy—its Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)—will become a global phenomenon, suggests Lux Research. The LCFS eliminates volume targets and focuses strictly on a fuel’s carbon intensity (CI) measured in gCO2/MJ on a well-to-wheel (WTW) basis—from extraction, conversion, transport, and combustion of the fuel. Lux’s observation comes shortly after the Government of Canada announced it will develop a similar low-carbon clean fuel standard requiring reductions in the carbon footprint of the fuels supplied in Canada, based on lifecycle analysis. (Earlier post.)

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Houston METRO launches Proterra electric bus demo; Catalyst FC into revenue service for 90 days

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) will deploy a 40-foot Proterra Catalyst FC battery-electric bus for 90 days beginning on December 4, demonstrating the benefits that battery-electric transit technology can bring to the region’s communities.

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Lucid Motors selects AZ for EV factory

Luxury EV startup Lucid Motors has selected Casa Grande, Arizona, as the location for its factory. The site selection team evaluated more than 60 potential sites in 13 states throughout the United States.

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GM China Engineering developing comprehensive vehicle air quality system

November 29, 2016

GM China Engineering is developing an advanced filtration system for global use that utilizes a combination of proven technologies. It adds three layers of protection for consumers, to filter most airborne particles; to help clean the air inside the vehicle via an air ionizer; and to provide drivers real-time information regarding PM2.5 levels inside and outside the vehicle.

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Fabless semiconductor company MediaTek entering automotive industry with connected and autonomous focus

Fabless semiconductor company MediaTek plans to bring fully integrated multimedia, connectivity and sensor system solutions to the automotive industry beginning Q1 2017.

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DOE: on-road transportation consumes more than 80% of all transportation energy in US

Together, light vehicles and medium/heavy trucks and buses consume 82.1% of the energy used in the transportation sector, according to figures provided by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Those on-road vehicles use mainly gasoline and diesel fuel.

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Nemaska Lithium announces drill results from Doris discovery; new lithium bearing zone

Nemaska Lithium provided details of the drilling results on the newly discovered Doris zone on its Whabouchi lithium project. The company encountered a new lithium bearing zone in the southwestern end of the planned pit area. The Doris zone contains 5 interconnected dykes and has now been confirmed on 420m of lateral extension and up to a maximum depth of 440m where it joins the main dyke.

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Toshiba begins construction on integrated Hydrogen Application Center

Toshiba Corporation broke ground on a new Hydrogen Application Center at its Fuchu Complex in western Tokyo. Scheduled to start operation in April 2017, the center will be built around a newly designed H2One hydrogen power system that will use renewable energy to produce hydrogen and supply it to fuel-cell powered forklifts operating in Fuchu Complex.

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Schaeffler and DMG MORI expand cooperation to additive manufacturing of rolling bearings

November 28, 2016

Schaeffler and DMG MORI are continuing their successful cooperation, expanding it to include the development of additive manufacturing processes for rolling bearing components. Additive manufacturing is a strategic focus in Schaeffler’s development roadmap.

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GLM launches EV brand and shows two models in Hong Kong

GLM Co., Ltd., an electric vehicle engineering solution provider and a pioneer in electric vehicle manufacturing in Japan, launched its brand and showcased two of its models—the GLM-G4 and GLM-ZZ—at an event in Hong Kong.

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Researchers develop new process to make p-xylene from biomass with 97% yield

A team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Minnesota, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware has developed a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of common plastics. The new method has a 97% yield and uses biomass as the feedstock. P-xylene is currently produced from petroleum. The research is featured in the current issue of the journal ChemCatChem.

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Volkswagen Group and SOVAC to produce vehicles in Algeria

The Volkswagen Group has signed a contract for vehicle assembly in Algeria through a joint venture with SOVAC S.P.A., Volkswagen’s sales partner in the region. From the spring of 2017, the joint venture company SOVAC Production S.P.A. will produce selected Group models.

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Volvo launches the world’s largest bus; 30m, 300 passengers

November 26, 2016

Volvo launched the world’s largest bus chassis at the FetransRio exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Volvo is a leading supplier of buses for high passenger capacity transport systems, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The new biarticulated chassis, Gran Artic 300, is 30 meters in length and can carry up to 300 passengers.

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Shell and Cosan make Raízen JV permanent; commitment to Brazil sugar, ethanol and fuels distribution

November 25, 2016

Shell and Cosan have agreed to remove the mutual time-bound buyout options included in the original Raízen joint venture agreement, signed in June 2011, and in doing so have transformed Raízen from a temporary to a permanent joint venture. (Earlier post.)

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Toshiba integrates fuel cell system into 14m experimental boat

Toshiba Corporation Energy System and Solutions Company (ESS) has integrated a hydrogen fuel cell system into an experimental vessel, “Raicho N”. The boat, 14 meters long and with a cruising speed of 8 knots, was developed as part of a joint research project by NREG Toshiba Building, a group company of Nomura Real Estate Group, and the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology.

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DuPont Industrial Biosciences and MIAVIT in supply agreement for biogas enzymes

DuPont Industrial Biosciences and MIAVIT GmbH recently announced a supply agreement where DuPont will supply enzymes for incorporation in biogas-boosting products distributed by MIAVIT. Enzyme technology has been proven to improve biogas yields and process robustness, ultimately increasing customers’ revenue and profitability while increasing offerings in renewable energy.

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Cadillac annual sales in China top 100,000 vehicles for the first time

Cadillac announced that its annual sales in China surpassed 100,000 vehicles for the first time ever, helping it become among the fastest-growing luxury car brands in Cadillac’s second-largest market.

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Audi taps Mertens from Volvo to lead technical development

Audi AG has appointed Dr. Ing. Peter Mertens, previously Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Corporation in Göteborg, Sweden, as the new Board of Management Member for Technical Development at Audi.

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Seattle fire department retrofits several ambulances with XL Hybrids system; city ordering more

November 24, 2016

Several ambulances for The City of Seattle’s fire department are now equipped with XL HYbrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System. XL Hybrids retrofitted Ford E-450 ambulances with a goal of increasing miles driven per gallon for the fire department and reducing carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.

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American Center for Mobility breaks ground on new test center at Willow Run for connected and autonomous vehicles

The American Center for Mobility this week broke ground on its new center for testing, education and product development for connected and automated vehicles at Willow Run in Ypsilanti Township. Located on the 335-acre site where B-24 bombers were made during World War II, the Center will be a purpose-built facility designed for research, education, testing, standards-convening, product development, validation and self-certification for connected and automated technologies as well as future mobility.

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IHS Markit: average age of light cars and trucks in US rises again in 2016 to 11.6 years; record number in operation

November 23, 2016

The average age of light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the US has once again climbed slightly this year, to 11.6 years, according to IHS Markit, a provider of business information and analysis for the global automotive industry. Registrations for light VIO, including cars and light trucks (SUVs/CUVs as well) in the US also reached a record level of more than 264 million—an increase of more than 6.2 million (2.4%) since last year.

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Kalmar partners with SSAB to develop a medium-range fuel cell forklift

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will partner with SSAB in Sweden to develop a hydrogen-powered medium-range forklift truck. The forklift truck to be developed will have a lift capacity of 9-18 tons and it will use hydrogen gas as fuel.

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DEUTZ unveils new TCD 9.0 4-cylinder diesel in Shanghai

At Bauma China 2016, Asia’s biggest trade fair for construction equipment, DEUTZ and its Chinese joint venture, DEUTZ (Dalian) Engine (DDE) unveiled new TCD 9.0 four-cylinder diesel engine. The 9.0-liter unit is the first in a new generation of engines that DEUTZ is planning as part of an alliance with the Liebherr Group.

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Bosch introduces Power Max 2 and Power Max 2Plus chargers in N America; output up to 40 Amps, smaller footprint, WiFi

Bosch recently launched the Power Max 2 and Power Max 2Plus, its newest 240 Volt, Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The new stations will offer 30-Amp, 7.2kW and 40-Amp, 9.6kW configurations for faster EV charging and use the SAE J1772 connector for use with all standard EVs sold in North America.

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Lux Research: recycling, not reuse, is better choice for batteries from retired electric vehicles

November 22, 2016

Recycling, rather than reuse, is likely to be the more attractive option for up to 65 GWh of second-life batteries poised to enter the market in 2035 with the retirement of the first generation of plug-in vehicles, according to a new report from Lux Research, “Reuse or Recycle: The Billion-Dollar Battery Question.”

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Workhorse Group to unveil W 15 range-extended electric pickup concept truck at ACT EXPO in May 2017

Workhorse Group Inc., an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of battery-electric vehicles, will present a working concept truck of the W-15 electric pickup work truck with range extender for fleet usage at the ACT EXPO Conference May 1-4, 2017 in Long Beach, CA.

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BAE Systems developing bendable titanium alloy memory metal suspension to protect military vehicles from explosive impacts

Inspired by the ultra hard shells and flexible legs of ironclad beetles (the subfamily Zopherinae), BAE Systems engineers have developed a bendable titanium alloy memory metal suspension system that could protect future military vehicles from explosive impacts.

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Mobileye adopts Synopsys functional safety verification to enable ISO 26262 compliance of next-gen ADAS SoCs

Mobileye N.V. has selected Synopsys’ Z01X functional safety verification solution to meet ISO 26262 automotive safety compliance for Mobileye’s next generation of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) SoCs. Z01X’s high-performance fault simulation enables Mobileye quickly to perform practical fault injection flows.

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Graphene 3D Lab to partner with Stony Brook on Li-ion batteries for aerial drones and mobile robots

Graphene 3D Lab Inc. and Stony Brook University have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate with the University’s divisions of Center for Integrated Electrical Energy Systems (CIEES) and Center for Advanced Technology in Sensors (Sensor CAT) to develop technology for a light-weight lithium-ion battery pack with the intended use for aerial drones and mobile robots.

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Hamburg Airport’s heavy-duty ground fleet using Neste renewable diesel

Hamburg airport in Germany has started using Neste’s renewable diesel as a solution to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. Part of the airport’s ground fleet has already been powered by alternative energy sources. The switch to renewables will now be completed with the heavy duty vehicles, such as aircraft tugs and fire-fighting vehicles, making Hamburg Airport the first major international airport in the world to replace all fossil fuels with renewables in its entire diesel-powered ground fleet.

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New 2.0L diesel for Nissan X-Trail SUV in Europe

November 21, 2016

In Europe, Nissan has introduced a new larger-capacity diesel engine for its flagship X-Trail crossover. The 2.0-liter unit is available to order now, and first deliveries are due to arrive with customers early in the new year.

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car2go pulls plug on car-sharing service in San Diego, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Daimler’s car-sharing service car2go is suspending its operations in San Diego, California and in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. In San Diego, car2go faced a lack of use, the company said. In the Twin Cities, the issue is the high state car rental taxation rates.

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Elio Motors introduces E1c engineering vehicle

Elio Motors, the start-up vehicle manufacturer planning to launch a three-wheel vehicle that will get up to 84 mpg with a set $7,300 base price, introduced its E1c engineering vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week.

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Consumers’ attitudes toward plug-in vehicles: control over convenience

November 19, 2016

A national survey of consumer attitudes towards plug-in electric vehicles suggests that people would prefer control to convenience in many charging scenarios, and also that renewable energy sources are an important component.

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Siemens and Stratasys partner to incorporate additive manufacturing into volume production

Stratasys Ltd. and Siemens are partnering to integrate Siemens’ Digital Factory solutions with Stratasys’ additive manufacturing solutions. The partnership is intended to lay the foundation for the two companies to fulfill their shared vision of incorporating additive manufacturing into the traditional manufacturing workflow, helping it to become a universally recognized production practice which can benefit multiple industries, including aerospace, automotive, transportation, energy and industrial tooling.

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Honda leasing 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell at $369/month, including fuel

November 18, 2016

Honda announced a competitive introductory lease price of $369 a month for 36 months (plus tax) for the Clarity Fuel Cell sedan, which is coming to dealerships in California by the end of 2016. The lease requires $2,499 plus first month’s payment at lease signing (not including tax, registration or official fees). The lease terms include a mileage allowance of 20,000 per year, up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel, up to 21 days of an Avis Luxury Rental in California, and 24/7 roadside assistance.

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Plug Power signs cooperative agreement for fuel cell electric vehicle development in China

Plug Power Inc., has signed a cooperative memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Zhangjiagang Furui Special Equipment Co., LTD (Furui), along with a leading Chinese industrial vehicle manufacturer—also identified as one of the “big three” Chinese automakers—to develop new fuel cell applications and fueling solutions to be utilized in the large and expanding industrial electric vehicle market in China.

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DOE: California, Connecticut, and New York top fuel cell states

According to the newly released State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2016 report from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), the top three hydrogen and fuel cell states in the US are California, Connecticut, and New York.

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Toyota expands R&D facilities in China; PHEVs coming under Corolla Levin lineup; fuel cell vehicle demos

Toyota Motor Corporation has expanded the R&D facilities at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) Co., Ltd., (TMEC). This is in accordance with the initial investment plan, which had been created at the time of the establishment of the R&D facilities. Specifically, the plan includes improvements to the existing laboratory facility, construction of a new laboratory, creation of a battery evaluation and test facility, as well as improvements to test tracks on the premises. These are scheduled to be completed from late 2018 onwards.

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Toyota to explore heavy-duty truck hydrogen fuel cell application in California

November 17, 2016

Toyota has long maintained that hydrogen fuel cell technology could be a zero emission solution across a broad spectrum of vehicle types. The scalability of this technology is enabling the automaker to explore a semi-trailer truck application for a California-based feasibility study.

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GM expands Maven carsharing to Denver, LA and San Francisco

Maven, General Motors’ personal mobility brand, is expanding to the western United States, adding the Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco markets. In 10 months, Maven has launched three products and has grown to 13 US cities: Ann Arbor, Michigan; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; Jersey City, New Jersey; New York City; Orlando, Florida; San Diego; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C.

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Beijing Benz produces one-millionth car

The one-millionth vehicle has rolled off the production line at Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd (BBAC). This joint venture between Daimler and BAIC has been in place for more than ten years and undertook tremendous development over the last decade.

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GM makes its largest green energy purchase to date; 50 MW wind deal

General Motors has made its largest renewable energy procurement to date, purchasing enough wind power to equal the electricity needs of 16 of its US facilities, including business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, a major assembly and stamping complex in Arlington, Texas, and 13 parts warehouses east of the Mississippi River.

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Trillium and NXP partner on automotive cybersecurity

Japanese startup Trillium Inc. (not to be confused with Trillium Software) is partnering with NXP Semiconductors jointly to develop next-generation automotive cybersecurity applications. The announcement of the partnership was made at the Munich opening of ESCAR Europe, the leading global conference series on automotive cybersecurity.

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USGS estimates 20B barrels of oil in Texas’ Wolfcamp Shale; largest USGS estimate of continuous oil ever in US

November 16, 2016

The Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin province contains an estimated mean of 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, according to an assessment by the US Geological Survey. This estimate is for continuous (unconventional) oil, and consists of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources.

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California ARB awards funding to San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to deploy 15 Proterra electric buses

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) awarded funding to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) to deploy 15 Proterra Catalyst buses; 11 Proterra depot-chargers; and 4 Proterra fast-chargers.

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Automotive Grade Linux membership grows 60% in 2016

>Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative open source project developing a Linux-based, open platform for the connected car, announced five new members have joined Automotive Grade Linux and The Linux Foundation. AGL has close to 90 members representing various business interests, from semiconductors and in-vehicle software to IoT and connected cloud services. The newest AGL members include: Audiokinetic, Sasken Communication Technologies, Star Lab, Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Witekio.

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BMW Group puts another 40t battery-electric truck into service

November 15, 2016

The BMW Group and the transport and logistics service provider Elflein have commissioned a 40-ton battery-electric truck for material transport for the BMW Leipzig plant. This follows on the successful pilot testing of a similar 40t electric truck in Munich that began in 2015. (Earlier post.)

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Electrovaya launches Li-ion battery product line for forklift market; drop-in lead-acid replacements for Class I and Class II

Electrovaya Inc. has introduced a new Lithium-ion ceramic product line for the Class I and II forklift markets. This market is currently heavily dominated by lead-acid battery solutions that cannot keep up with the demands of today’s warehouse and logistics environments.

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DOE: MD and HD trucks: 4% of vehicle population; >25% of fuel use; almost 30% of on-road CO2

Although medium- and heavy-duty trucks make up about 4% of the vehicle population, they are responsible for a disproportionate amount of fuel use and almost 30% of on-road CO2 emissions in the US, according to data compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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California to top a quarter-million electric vehicles sold sometime this month

November 14, 2016

The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative (PEVC) announced that according to projections, California will this month top 250,000 plug-in electric cars sold since they became available on the market in 2010.

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Siemens to acquire Mentor Graphics for $4.5B

Siemens will acquire Mentor Graphics for $37.25 per share in cash, which represents an enterprise value of $4.5 billion. The offer price represents a 21% premium to Mentor's closing price on 11 November 2016, the last trading day prior to the announcement. This acquisition decisively extends Siemens’ Digital Enterprise Software portfolio with Mentor’s well-established electronics IC and systems design, simulation and manufacturing solutions. These capabilities are essential for today’s smart connected products such as autonomous vehicles.

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Mitsui Chemicals completes electrolyte production facilities at Nagoya Works

Mitsui Chemicals has completed construction of its electrolyte solution production facilities, which have been built at Nagoya Works to accommodate growing domestic demand for lithium-ion battery electrolytes. Production capacity is 5,000 tons per year.

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Air Products installs its 40th PRISM Hydrogen Generator

Air Products recently made delivery of its 40th PRISM Hydrogen Generator (PHG), which provides economical on-site gas production for a broad range of supply requirements. The latest order, received from Biotechnological complex-ROSVA—a biorefinery for the processing of grain and production of sorbitol in Russia—involves the installation of two 250-normal-cubic-meters-per-hour hydrogen generators, which will be used for hydrogenation in their manufacturing process.

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Renault e.dams win Marrakesh ePrix; strong team lead after two races

November 13, 2016

Renault e.dams has won the second race of season three of the FIA Formula E Championship with a robust run up the order by Sébastien Buemi.

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Hyundai Motor to hand over 60 additional Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell cars to Paris-based electric taxi start-up

November 11, 2016

Hyundai Motor will hand over 60 ix35 Fuel Cell cars to the Paris-based electric taxi start-up STEP (Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien). A memorandum of understanding to that effect was signed at the opening of a public hydrogen fuel station operated by Air Liquide at Hyundai Motor’s European headquarters in Offenbach, Germany.

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NASCAR to surpass 10M miles on Sunoco Green E15

NASCAR announced that it will surpass 10 million competition miles on Sunoco Green E15, a biofuel blended with 15% American-made ethanol, by the end of the 2016 season. The 10 million miles will have been accumulated across practice, qualifying and racing laps since the biofuel was adopted by the sport.

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SPE Automotive Innovation Award presented to ContiTech for first polyamide spring strut mount in a passenger car chassis

The Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) has presented an Automotive Innovation Award to ContiTech for the first spring strut mount made from BASF’s material Ultramid. Designed for use on the chassis both on the front and rear suspensions of passenger cars, the polyamide spring strut mount is applied in the Cadillac CT6.

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24-hour Daimler hackathon in Silicon Valley

Students and young professionals met on 5-6 November in Silicon Valley, California, to compete in the fifth 24-hour hackathon jointly organized by the Business Innovation Team of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Mercedes-Benz Vans and DigitalLife@Daimler.

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Petrobras completes first production well in ultra-deep Libra field

On November 9, the Libra Consortium completed the first production well in the Santos Basin’s pre-salt Libra oilfield. The well, drilled by the West Carina rig, is now fully fitted out and ready to produce oil and natural gas. The Libra field is one of the largest pre-salt oil discoveries to date in Brazil.

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Subaru debuts EyeSight driver assist technology in China

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, will debut its EyeSight driver assist technology in China. EyeSight’s launch on the Chinese market, following on from its introduction to the Japanese, Australian, North American and European markets, enables FHI to extend EyeSight’s deployment across markets globally. Cumulative sales of Subaru models equipped with EyeSight surpassed 900,000 units in the global market.

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Exascale Computing Project selects 35 software development proposals for $34M in first year funding

The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has selected 35 software development proposals representing 25 research and academic organizations. The awards for the first year of funding total $34 million and cover many components of the software stack for exascale systems, including programming models and runtime libraries, mathematical libraries and frameworks, tools, lower-level system software, data management and I/O, as well as in situ visualization and data analysis.

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Montréal installing 50 more on-street charging points for EVs; targeting 1,000 by 2020

November 10, 2016

The city of Montréal is installing 50 more on-street charging points for electric vehicles. In August, the city installed 50 in the downtown area. The 100 terminals will now cover 7 city districts.

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Valeo acquires a 50% stake in CloudMade

Valeo has acquired a 50% stake in CloudMade, a developer of smart and innovative big data-driven automotive solutions such as a machine-learning platform. The purpose is to improve and to personalize vehicle comfort and safety for motorists and their passengers.

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Navigant forecasts global sales of electric drive buses to reach 181,000 in 2026

In a new report, Navigant Research forecasts that the global market for electric drive buses will grow from about 119,000 buses in 2016 to 181,000 in 2026.

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UCR researchers discover new method to dissipate heat in electronic devices; modulating the flow of phonons

An international team of scientists led by a researcher at the University of California, Riverside has modified the energy spectrum of acoustic phonons—elemental excitations, also referred to as quasi-particles, that spread heat through crystalline materials like a wave—by confining them to nanometer-scale semiconductor structures. The results, published in an open-access paper in the journal Nature Communications, have important implications in the thermal management of electronic devices.

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UMTRI: average US new vehicle fuel economy drops in October

The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in October was 24.8 mpg (9.48 l/100 km)—down 0.4 mpg from the value for September, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). This likely reflects both a continuing increase in the proportion of light trucks sold each month, as well as the recent calculation adjustments for window-sticker values implemented by the EPA for model year 2017, they suggested.

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Ethertronics unveils V2X Automotive smart antenna solutions at Electronica 2016

Ethertronics, a provider of smart antenna system solutions, announced two new Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) smart antennas to enhance connected car antenna performance, reliability and range at Electronica in Munich.

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Infiniti VC-Turbo engine receives environmental award from ARBÖ

November 09, 2016

Infiniti’s VC-Turbo variable compression engine (earlier post) was named by the Automobile, Motor and Bicycle Association of Austria (ARBÖ) with the Grand Austrian Automobile Award in the category “Environment.” During the awards ceremony that took place in Vienna last week, VC-Turbo was honored for setting a new benchmark in terms of efficiency of next-generation combustion engines.

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Heliox to fast charge Volvo electric buses in Luxembourg

Sales-Lentz, one of the public transport operators in Luxembourg, has ordered three Heliox Fast Charge Systems with OppCharge open interface to provide fast charging services for its four Volvo 7900 electric buses. End of route stations will be delivered Q2 2017, with one of the systems to be located at Sales-Lentz’ depot.

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Nissan installs V2G technology at UK-based R&D facility

Nissan’s UK-based European R&D facility, Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) has become the first Nissan entity in the company’s network of European facilities to install vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. (Earlier post.)

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Nissan marks 75,000 electric vehicle sales in Europe

European Nissan LEAF sales have risen by 10% in the first half of FY16 compared with the same period last year. The latest figures from Nissan also reveal that there are more than 75,000 Nissan EV owners in Europe. The company recently announced that 260,000 Nissan EVs have been sold worldwide.

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Nesscap Energy introduces 3V, 3400-farad ultracapacitor

November 08, 2016

Nesscap Energy Inc. has introduced its new N60 3V 3400-farad ultracapacitor cell. The new N60 delivers 40% more energy and 42% greater power density compared with Nesscap’s 2.7-volt 3000-farad cell, all within the industry-standard 60mm cylindrical form factor.

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Tesla to acquire Grohmann Engineering to boost automated manufacturing capabilities

Tesla has entered into an agreement to acquire Grohmann Engineering, a world-renowned engineering company in Prüm, Germany, which will become Tesla Grohmann Automation.

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DOE: US average EV CO2e/year is 4,815 lbs, vs. 11,435 lbs for average gasoline car

November 07, 2016

Although all-electric vehicles (EVs) produce zero tailpipe emissions, there are upstream emissions of greenhouse gases from electricity production. Using electricity production data by source and state, the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center has estimated the annual carbon dioxide (CO2e)-equivalent emissions of a typical EV.

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ON Semiconductor introduces compact 650V intelligent power module for hybrid and electric vehicles

ON Semiconductor, which recently moved into the top 10 global automotive semiconductor suppliers following its acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor, has introduced the industry’s most compact 650V, 50A automotive-qualified intelligent power module for controlling vehicle air conditioning (A/C) compressors. The FAM65V05DF1 addresses numerous other high voltage auxiliary motor applications in hybrid and electric vehicles, and helps designers increase the performance and efficiency of applications while simultaneously reducing costs.

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