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Renault Samsung Motors boosts range of new SM3 Z.E. by 57% to 233 km

November 23, 2017

Renault Samsung Motors this morning unveiled the new SM3 Z.E. electric vehicle at the Daegu International Future Auto Expo in South Korea. The SM3 Z.E., which first appeared in 2013, has had it range increased by 57% up to 233 km (145 miles) (based on the Korean approval cycle).

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Renault Trucks’ Urban Lab 2 receives Low Emission Driveline Award; medium-duty diesel hybrid

Renault Trucks has won the “Low Emissions Driveline Award” for its laboratory distribution vehicle, Urban Lab 2. This prize, awarded by the LUTB Transport & Mobility Systems cluster and the PFA Automotive Industry and Mobilities, as part of the Solutrans Innovation Awards, was presented to the manufacturer at the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 21 November 2017.

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China Yuchai to supply 600 diesels to BAIC for SUVs

China Yuchai International, a leading manufacturer and distributor of engines for on- and off-road applications in China through its main operating subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL), announced that GYMCL has received its first order from Beijing Automotive Group Co., Ltd. (BAIC) for 600 YC4Y20 engines that will be used to power BAIC Group’s Beiqi B40L SUVs that will be launched in China in January 2018.

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GM adds 9-speed auto to 2018 Buick Envision for China

November 22, 2017

Buick launched the 2018 Buick Envision in China with a new nine-speed transmission, updated design and enhanced connectivity. The Envision originally went on sale in China in October 2014. It remains Buick’s most popular SUV and second most popular model overall, with deliveries of 169,227 units in the first 10 months of this year.

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Mahindra Automotive North America opens new HQ and manufacturing facility in Metro Detroit

As a strong indication of its growing presence in North America, Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) has opened a new North American HQ and manufacturing operation in the Detroit area—the first such new OEM facility in Southeast Michigan in more than 25 years.

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Velodyne LiDAR Partners with UMS for autonomous vehicle testing in South Korea

Velodyne LiDAR is partnering with Unmanned Solution (UMS) of South Korea to integrate its advanced LiDAR sensors into UMS’ expansive autonomous technology development program.

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UC Riverside study to evaluate best ways to achieve California’s 100% renewable energy target

Arun Raju, director of the Center for Renewable Natural Gas at UC Riverside, recently received a $146,000 grant from Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to examine the proposed 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and explore options that can help achieve emission reduction goals more efficiently and at lower costs.

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Vanderbilt battery management device reconfigures modules to extend EV pack range

November 21, 2017

Vanderbilt University’s Ken Pence, professor of the practice of engineering management, and Tim Potteiger, a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering, have developed a battery management device that reconfigures battery modules in electric cars to be online or offline depending on whether or not they’re going to pull down the other modules. The result could be an increase in range of up to 50%, seen as the battery pack ages.

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Neste US partners with 4 distributors to provide Neste MY Renewable Diesel to California

Neste US, Inc. has entered exclusive partnerships with four fuel distributors in California—IPC (USA), Inc.; Ramos Oil Company, Van De Pol Petroleum; and Western States Oil—to supply Neste MY Renewable Diesel through these partners in their respective territories.

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Wärtsilä introducing first marine application of LNG-fueled version of world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply the engines, the navigation system, and a broad scope of other products and systems for a new luxury and environmentally friendly ferry being built for the Finland based operator, Viking Line, at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry yard in China. Six Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG) will provide the propulsion and power for the vessel. The diesel version of this same engine has been recognized by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine.

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DOE: California had the highest concentration of plug-in vehicles relative to population in 2016

In 2016, California had the highest concentration of plug-in vehicles relative to population with 6.65 PEVs per 1,000 people, according to figures from the US Department of Energy (DOE). Hawaii had the second highest concentration with nearly four PEVs per 1,000 people followed by Washington and Oregon with about three PEVs per 1,000 people.

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Axel Springer and Porsche to set up joint start-up accelerator

November 20, 2017

Axel Springer Digital Ventures and Porsche Digital will establish a new, joint start-up accelerator. The companies signed an agreement on entering into a joint venture in which each holds a half share.

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DuPont launches SYNERXIA THRIVE fermentation solution to increase ethanol yields

DuPont Industrial Biosciences launched the SYNERXIA THRIVE Fermentation System, the newest innovation in the company’s synergistic fermentation system technologies. The new fermentation system will deliver up to 4% higher ethanol yields in dry grind facilities, improved robustness during thermal excursions and improved performance.

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Volvo Cars to supply tens of thousands of autonomous-driving-compatible base vehicles to Uber

Volvo Cars has signed a framework agreement with Uber to provide “tens of thousands” of autonomous-driving-compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021. The base vehicles are developed on Volvo Cars’ fully modular, in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). SPA is currently used on Volvo Cars’ 90 series cars as well as on the new XC60 midsize SUV.

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Updated Mazda 6 to offer cylinder deactivation in 2.5L SKYACTIV-G engine

Mazda Motor will unveil an updated Mazda6 sedan (known as Mazda Atenza in Japan) at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Mazda6 is the flagship of Mazda’s passenger car lineup. The powertrain lineup in this round of updates—the third since the model was fully redesigned in 2012—adopts new technologies, including a cylinder deactivation system for the SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine, to improve superior fuel efficiency.

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Shell and bio-bean partner to produce B20 biodiesel using waste coffee; fuel for London buses

Shell and bio-bean are parterning to produce a B20 biofuel made partly from waste coffee grounds. The biofuel is being added to the London bus fuel supply chain and will help to power some of the buses.

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GAZ Group introduces specialized CNG trucks

GAZ Group, Russia’s largest manufacturer of commercial motor vehicles, has introduced new compressed natural gas (CNG) models of specialized vehicles: a garbage truck with rear loading and a repair mobile workshop created on the base of a GAZon Next CNG medium-duty truck.

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LA Metro and Via Join partner to offer shared rides to select transit stations; $1.35M grant

November 18, 2017

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Via, a provider of on-demand shared rides are partnering to offer an affordable, equitable, and accessible option to connect to major train and bus stations. The project is funded in part by the largest federal grant of its kind—a $1.35-million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for advanced technology to help bridge the first/last mile gap.

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Toyota and Suzuki partnering on EVs in India

November 17, 2017

Toyota Motor and Suzuki Motor have concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on moving forward in considering a cooperative structure for introducing electric vehicles (EVs) in the Indian market in around 2020. Specifically, Suzuki will produce EVs for the Indian market and will supply some to Toyota, while Toyota is to provide technical support.

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New Nissan LEAF makes its China debut

The new Nissan LEAF makes its China debut at the 15th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition. Nissan is also exhibiting the Vmotion 2.0 concept car, providing a glimpse of the future of sedans. Venucia, the local brand of Dongfeng Venucia Motor Co. within Nissan’s joint venture in China, will also bring its all-new Venucia T70 to the show.

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Transloc partners with California transit agencies to begin deploying next-generation microtransit services

TransLoc, a technology provider of flexible agency-owned microtransit solutions, is partnering with three California transit agencies readying to deploy microtransit in their respective communities: Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (CCCTA) and the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (SJRTD).

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Nikola Motor selects Nel to build 16-station hydrogen refueling network spanning 2,000 miles; first two underway

November 16, 2017

Nikola Motor Company, which is developing a Class 8 hydrogen-fuel-cell electric truck (earlier post) has chosen Nel ASA as the sole equipment supplier to build a 16-station hydrogen refueling network that will span 2,000 miles. Nikola has already issued a purchase order for the first two stations; the other 14 will follow immediately after installation.

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Toyota Financial Services partners with Launch Mobility to support rideshare drivers

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is partnering with Launch Mobility, a developer of shared mobility solutions, to develop a product that will make previously leased vehicles available for short-term rentals to rideshare drivers.

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BYD delivers first all-electric automated side loader refuse truck to city of Palo Alto

BYD delivered the first all-electric automated side loader refuse truck to the City of Palo Alto and GreenWaste, the city’s waste hauler service. The BYD electric refuse truck uses its batteries for propulsion, as well as to power the hydraulic system for the body.

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DOE: Cumulative US sales of fuel cell vehicles totaled 2,748 from June 2014 through September 2017

According to figures gathered by the US Department of Energy (DOE), cumulative US sales of fuel cell vehicles from June 2014 through September 2017 are 2,748 units, spread across three available models. The DOE noted that fuel cell vehicle sales (including leases) are currently only offered in select areas that have hydrogen refueling infrastructure—mainly in California. For this reason, fuel cell vehicle sales do not directly reflect consumer demand, and sales volumes should not be compared to sales volumes of mainstream vehicles that are sold in all 50 states.

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WiTricity and Texas Instruments collaborate on wireless charging solution for EVs

Wireless power transfer company WiTricity has collaborated with Texas Instruments (TI) to use automotive-grade semiconductor components in WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 wireless charging systems and reference designs.

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DiDi Labs opens new campus in Mountain View

November 15, 2017

Didi Chuxing, the world’s largest mobile transportation platform, announced the opening of its main US research facility in Mountain View, California to facilitate the growth and expansion of its Bay Area-based team.

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Mercedes-Benz R&D North America opens Digital Hub in Seattle; focus on software development and data operations in cloud computing

Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) is opening a lab in Seattle, the organization’s sixth. Software experts there will focus on Cloud computing to expand and enhance connected car functionality in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

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Greensboro Transit Authority buying four Proterra electric buses; North Carolina’s first battery-electric public transit bus fleet

Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) is going forward with the purchase of four 40-foot Proterra electric buses this fall, setting in motion the potential to expand its zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) fleet over the next four years. This new procurement represents a joint effort by GTA and Proterra to minimize emissions, reduce traffic congestion and accelerate sustainable infrastructure development throughout the Greensboro community.

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Ballard and Siemens sign $9M multi-year development agreement for fuel cell system to power Mireo light rail train; deployment in 2021

November 14, 2017

Ballard Power Systems has signed a Development Agreement with Siemens AG for the development of a hydrogen fuel cell engine to power Siemens’ Mireo light rail train. The Development Agreement has a contemplated value of approximately $9.0 million to Ballard.

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Visteon partners with American Center for Mobility as founding member, driving development of autonomous vehicles; 1st Tier 1 partner

Visteon Corporation, a leading automotive cockpit electronics supplier, is joining forces with the American Center for Mobility (ACM) in Southeast Michigan to support the development and testing of connected and automated transportation technologies. (Earlier post.) With a $5-million investment, Visteon is the first Tier 1 automotive supplier to join as a Founder-level sponsor of the Center.

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Abengoa to begin building municipal solid waste to fuels plant for Fulcrum

Abengoa has received Notice to Proceed on Fulcrum BioEnergy’s plant that will produce biofuels from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in the United States with gasification technology.

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Kensington and Chelsea Council, OVO and ubitricity partner to install 50 more lamp post electric vehicle charging spots

Kensington and Chelsea Council announced a landmark project with OVO and ubitricity to allow more residents to charge their electric vehicles by plugging directly into Council lamp posts. The agreement will fast track the installation of an extra 50 SimpleSockets—ubitricity’s pioneering electric vehicle charging points, which draw 100% renewable energy from street lamps across the Borough.

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XStream Trucking introduces active-aero device to eliminate tractor-trailer turning gap and boost fuel efficiency

November 13, 2017

XStream Trucking launched TruckWings, an active-aero device that automatically deploys at highway speeds to deliver streamlined aerodynamics, fuel savings, and lower carbon emissions. Half a dozen carriers, including two of the US’ largest fleets, are currently in private pilots with TruckWings.

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Eight airlines flew with Gevo alcohol-to-jet fuel from O’Hare on Fly Green Day

Eight commercial airlines used Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) derived from renewable isobutanol for Fly Green Day, sponsored last week by the O’Hare Fuel Committee, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. This event is the first time renewable jet fuel has been supplied at Chicago O’Hare using the existing airport fueling infrastructure, such as pipelines, terminals and tankage.

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Honda expanding engagement of startups in Detroit, Japan, China and Europe

Honda Innovations is expanding its global open innovation program for early-stage innovators to Detroit, Japan, China, and Europe. Modeled on the Honda Xcelerator program in Mountain View, Calif., Honda Innovations will guide other Honda operations as they establish startup liaisons globally, providing protocols and best practices to identify and engage with startups and entrepreneurs.

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Volkswagen investing €560M in Argentina plant for new MQB-based SUV

Volkswagen is investing some €560 million (US$652 million) over the next five years in the production of a new MQB-based SUV in Pacheco, Argentina. From 2020, the plant will deliver the new model built in Argentina to the entire South American continent. The new vehicle project will create some 2,500 jobs.

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Continental increases focus on automated and autonomous driving in the agricultural industry

Continental is intensifying its activities in the field of automated and autonomous driving in the agricultural industry. From 2025, autonomous, fully automated and fully connected agricultural vehicles will be an increasingly common sight on farm fields, the company says.

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Total to acquire Engie’s upstream LNG business, becoming 2nd largest global LNG player

Total signed an agreement with Engie to acquire its portfolio of upstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets for an overall enterprise value of $1.49 billion. This portfolio includes participating interests in liquefaction plants, notably the interest in the Cameron LNG project in the US, long-term LNG sales and purchase agreements, an LNG tanker fleet as well as access to regasification capacities in Europe. Additional payments of up to $550 million could be payable by Total in case of an improvement in the oil markets in the coming years.

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Air Products signs deal for $3.5B coal-to-syngas production facility in China

November 12, 2017

Air Products and the Yankuang Group Co., Ltd., signed an agreement for a $3.5-billion coal-to-syngas production facility to be built in Yulin City, Shaanxi Province, China.

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Greenway Innovative Energy begins construction of commercial G-Reformer for syngas production for GTL

Greenway Innovative Energy (GIE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Greenway Technologies, Inc., has begun construction of its first commercial synthesis gas generating module, called the G-Reformer, which converts natural gas to synthesis gas. The G-Reformer is a key component of the company’s Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology solution.

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New Delhi hazardous air quality literally beyond Air Quality Index

November 11, 2017

As has been widely reported, New Delhi, India, where air quality is generally a problem, has been suffering through several days of extreme choking toxic smog, exacerbated by a lack of wind at ground level, colliding winds in the upper atmosphere, cooling temperatures, biomass burning in fields and street fires for warmth. For a period of several days, the Air Quality Index calculated by the US Embassy in New Delhi exceeded the 500 level, at one point (8 November, 4 pm) spiking to 1010. Values above 500 are considered “Beyond the AQI”, and are extremely hazardous.

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UMTRI: average US new vehicle fuel economy drops in October

November 10, 2017

The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in October was 25.2 mpg (9.33 l/100 km), down 0.1 mpg from September, according to the monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) .  The value for October is up 5.1 mpg since October 2007 (the first month of their monitoring), but down 0.3 mpg from the peak of 25.5 mpg reached in August 2014.

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Braskem, Haldor Topsoe to partner to produce MEG from sugar

Braskem, the Americas’ leading producer of thermoplastic resins, and Danish-based Haldor Topsoe, a world leader in catalysts and surface science, have signed a technological cooperation agreement to develop a pioneering route to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. The agreement calls for the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark, with operation slated to begin in 2019.

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Rolls-Royce signs collaboration agreement with Jordan for small modular reactor technology

Rolls-Royce signed a Memorandum of Understanding with state-owned Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) to conduct a technical feasibility study for the construction of a Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor (SMR) in Jordan, highlighting the growing international interest in small modular nuclear technology.

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Aalto University team finds beryllium doping can benefit gallium nitride power electronics

Physicists at Aalto University in Finland, with colleagues in Texas and Poland, have shown that beryllium doping can prove beneficial in gallium nitride (GaN) power electronics. The team made a breakthrough in revising methods largely discarded 15 years ago. A paper on their work is published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

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New switched reluctance machine module available in Motor-CAD

A new Switched Reluctance Machine (SRM) electromagnetic module is now available in Motor Design Limited’s Motor-CAD, enabling the design and analysis of electronically commutated reluctance motors and generators. A magnet-less topology with great fault tolerant operation capability, switched reluctance machines can often meet requirements for aerospace and automotive applications. (Earlier post.)

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Five additional hydrogen stations proposed for California

The California Energy Commission has issued a “Revised Notice of Proposed Awards” that recommends five additional hydrogen fueling stations previously recommended for funding by Energy Commission staff. The newly awarded stations are:

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E3 releases new spark plugs for CNG, LNG engines

High-performance spark plug manufacturer E3 Spark Plugs has introduced a new natural gas spark plug that provides greater durability and ignition capacity for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered vehicles. The E3 Natural Gas Spark Plug is a modification of plugs developed for race applications where heat and extreme use can affect durability and ignition capacity.

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Diamond Green Diesel considering expansion to 550M gallons annual production of renewable diesel

November 09, 2017

Valero Energy Corporation and Darling Ingredients Inc. announced today that in anticipation of growing demand for renewable diesel due to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and global low carbon markets, the companies will initiate an engineering and construction cost review to analyze an additional project that would grow annual production capacity to 550 million gallons at the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco, Louisiana. (Earlier post.)

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Australia’s CSIRO creates Future Science Platform focused on hydrogen energy systems

Australia’s federal government agency for scientific research CSIRO is creating a Future Science Platform (FSP) focused on hydrogen energy systems. The creation of a Hydrogen FSP will support the development of technologies that allow Australia to export its solar energy, as well as providing low emissions energy solutions for Australians.

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KLM and Costa Rica partner on aviation biofuels

The Costa Rican government and KLM will research the possibilities of flying from San José, the capital of Costa Rica, using bio-based jet fuel. On 31 October, KLM and the Costa Rican government signed a letter of intent to ratify the cooperation, marking the first such agreement of this kind between an airline and a country

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Bioindustrial Innovation Canada supporting AChT green methanol project

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) has commenced a COMM SCI project with Advanced Chemical Technologies Inc. (AChT), Waterloo, Ontario, that will see AChT complete technical and economic feasibility studies to address commercial barriers to construct a green methanol commercial scale demonstration facility in Sarnia by late 2020.

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SporTran and Proterra deploy Louisiana’s first battery-electric buses in Shreveport

SporTran, a paratransit and fixed route transit services provider, with service to Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, has deployed the state’s first fleet of battery-electric buses in Shreveport. The five Proterra 40' Catalyst E2 buses will go into service this month, and serve Louisiana’s third-largest city.

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Groupe Renault’s autonomous control system can match professional test drivers in obstacle avoidance

November 08, 2017

Groupe Renault announced that its Renault Open Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley has developed an autonomous control system that handles challenging driving scenarios and, as an industry first, has obstacle avoidance capability as good as professional test drivers.

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Litarion joins the European Commission’s proposed battery alliance

Electrovaya announced that the European Commission has invited the company’s fully owned subsidiary, Litarion GmbH, to participate in the proposed EU Battery Alliance strategic initiative to establish full large-scale battery development and production (earlier post), and Litarion has accepted the invitation.

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CSIRO produces Australia’s first home-grown carbon fiber

CSIRO scientists have produced Australia’s first entirely home-grown carbon fiber, paving the way for Australian industry to mass-produce the next generation materials, used in everything from bicycles and tennis rackets to satellites and fighter planes. Australia’s first carbon fiber was produced using polyacrylonitrile fiber, spun on the joint CSIRO/Deakin University wet spinning line, then carbonized at Deakin’s “Carbon Nexus” facility.

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DSM signs technology partnership agreement with Toyota Motorsport GmbH

November 07, 2017

Royal DSM has signed a “One DSM” framework technology partnership agreement with Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), a 100% subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation. The agreement involves all DSM businesses active in supplying materials and technology to the automotive sector—Engineering Plastics, Dyneema (ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fiber), and 3D Printing including Somos for stereolithography (SLA), and other technologies such as Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).

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Enerkem receives approval from EPA for municipal-waste-to-cellulosic-ethanol fuel

Enerkem Inc has received approval from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton, AB, Canada facility under the US Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

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Volkswagen inaugurates new Wind Tunnel Efficiency Center: heat, cold and wind speeds up to 155 mph

The Volkswagen brand opened a new Wind Tunnel Efficiency Center in Wolfsburg, which is one of the most modern and efficient in the industry. The center, with a floor area of 8,800 m², is also certified for measurements in accordance with WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedures).

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Fujitsu and HERE to partner on advanced mobility services and autonomous driving

Fujitsu and HERE Technologies plan to link their respective technologies into integrated solutions for customers developing advanced mobility services and autonomous cars. The two companies have signed an agreement with a view to commencing a long-term strategic partnership that would benefit both companies’ customers.

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Leclanché receives order for 15 MWh battery storage project from swb in Germany

November 06, 2017

Leclanché SA has received an order for a €5-million (US$5.8-million) 15 MWh battery storage project from swb, an energy services provider in Germany.

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GenZe introduces smart, connected electric bicycles

Silicon Valley-based GenZe is introducing the 200-Series e-Bike. featuring an integrated battery and LCD display. These electric bikes aim to offer a viable alternative to cars in densely-populated areas, delivering the performance, comfort and interactive benefits found in a commuting vehicle.

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UltraCharge raises A$2.5M to advance its battery technology

Israel-based UltraCharge, a company developing a portfolio of advanced battery technologies from Israel and Singapore, has raised AUS$2.5 million (US$1.9 million) to advance the development of its technologies. UltraCharge is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

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E.ON launches ‘Freedom is Electric’ campaign; targeting 10,000 charging points in Europe by 2020

E.ON, an international, privately-owned energy supplier, has launched its ‘Freedom is Electric’ campaign to highlight the diversity of the world of electric vehicles, charged using E.ON’s fast-charging technology. E.ON is rolling out an ultra-fast charging network across Europe, offering 150kW, with a modular upgrade option to 350kW. The stations enable charging of a 400km-range battery in 20-30 minutes. E.ON is targeting 10,000 charging points throughout Europe by 2020.

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GM delivers October record 382,723 vehicles in China; SUVs remain fastest growing segment; Baojun EV sells >1,700 units

November 03, 2017

General Motors and its joint ventures delivered an October record 382,723 vehicles in China. Retail sales were up 11% year-on-year, marking the highest monthly sales growth in 2017. In the first 10 months of 2017, GM and its joint ventures in China delivered a record 3,130,862 units, up 2.2% from a year earlier.

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Continental acquires Argus Cyber Security

Continental is acquiring Argus Cyber Security (Argus). Founded in 2013 by Israeli cybersecurity experts, Argus is headquartered in Tel Aviv. Argus is collaborating with key industry players and is successfully delivering projects to vehicle manufacturers and suppliers worldwide. Argus also has presence in Japan, Germany and North America (Detroit and West Coast).

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Toho Tenax’s multi-material roof cover used for Toyota’s fuel-cell bus

Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibers and composites business, has developed a lightweight multi-material roof cover for a fuel-cell bus made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminum and other lightweight engineering plastics. The roof cover can be manufactured in one large piece with complex shapes and is suitable for mass production.

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SEAT and Champion Motors create XPLORA to focus on connected cars and smart mobility in Israel

SEAT, a Volkswagen Group company, and Champion Motors Ltd., the brand’s importer in Israel, have reached an agreement to create XPLORA, a transversal team of specialists focused on technological innovation projects aimed at the connected car and smart mobility services. The goal of the initiative is to encourage relations with local mobility-related startups and players and identify innovative projects that could lead to future solutions and business models for the brand.

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California ARB to hold public workshop on zero-emission powertrain certification for medium-duty, heavy-duty, and off-road powertrains

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold a public workshop on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, in El Monte, California, to discuss the development of certification procedures for medium‑duty, heavy‑duty, and off-road zero‑emission powertrains.

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BMW Group electrified vehicle sales account for 5.5% of total group sales in US

November 02, 2017

Sales of BMW Group electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles increased 20.6% to 15,595 through October 2017 (YTD), accounting for 5.5% of total BMW Group sales in the US.

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Fully autonomous vehicle developer Optimus Ride raises $18M in Series A

Optimus Ride, a MIT spinoff company developing self-driving technology (earlier post), closed an $18-million Series A funding led by Greycroft Partners with participation from Emerson Collective, Fraser McCombs Capital and renowned venture capitalist and current director of MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito. Optimus Ride has raised a total of $23.25 million through two rounds of financing.

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Ames Lab develops process for 3D printing of catalysts

The US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has developed a 3D printing process that creates a chemically active catalytic object in a single step, opening the door to more efficient ways to produce catalysts for complex chemical reactions in a wide scope of industries.

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HRL receives IARPA award for curved infrared image sensors

HRL receives IARPA award for curved infrared image sensors

HRL Laboratories received an award from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to develop spherically curved short-wave (SWIR) and medium wave (MWIR) infrared image sensors. This research will build on breakthrough curved visible-light image sensor technology developed at HRL.

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GlobalTranz joins Blockchain in Trucking Alliance

GlobalTranz Enterprises, Inc., a leading technology-driven freight management solution provider, joined the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA), a group of industry executives and companies dedicated to developing and promoting blockchain technology standards throughout the logistics and trucking industry. (Earlier post.)

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Schaeffler invests $60 million in Wooster, Ohio facility expansion; US center for advanced E-Mobility development

Schaeffler Group USA has invested $60 million to expand its facility in Wooster, Ohio, establishing it as a US center for advanced E-Mobility development.

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Clean Energy expands CNG fueling agreements with new and existing USPS contract-carrier fleets

November 01, 2017

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has signed multiple fueling agreements with United States Postal Service (USPS) contract-carriers in Florida, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas, increasing the total number of USPS carriers fueling with Clean Energy now to 15.

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China Yuchai announces delivery of 200 buses powered by YC6J210N-52 hybrid natural gas engines

China Yuchai, through its main operating subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL) announced that 200 buses manufactured by Inner Mongolia Qingshan Automobile Co., Ltd. and all powered by GYMCL’s YC6J210N-52 hybrid natural gas engines were recently delivered to Baotou Bus in the city of Baotou in Inner Mongolia.

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TRB awards SwRI $750K for researching cybersecurity weaknesses in transportation management systems

Southwest Research Institute received a $750,000 contract award from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) to help state and local agencies address cyber-attack risks on current transportation systems and those posed by future connected vehicles. TRB is part of the private, nonprofit National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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Mitsubishi Electric introduces single-camera driver monitoring system covering driver and front passenger

Mitsubishi Electric has developed the first in-vehicle monitoring system with a single wide-angle camera to detect both the driver and front passenger simultaneously.

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Toyota selects Renesas’ R-Car SoC and RH850 MCU for MY2020 autonomous-driving vehicles

October 31, 2017

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced that its automotive technologies will drive Toyota Motor Corporation’s autonomous vehicles, which are presently under development and scheduled for commercial launch in 2020. Selected by Toyota and Denso Corporation, Renesas’ autonomous-driving vehicle solution for Toyota’s autonomous vehicles combines the R-Car system-on-chip (SoC), which serves as an electronic brain for in-vehicle infotainment and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), and the RH850 microcontroller (MCU) for automotive control.

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UNIST’s U-Loop displayed at International Public Transport Forum

A trip between Seoul to Busan in less than 30 minutes could be a reality, thanks to ‘U-Loop’, the near-supersonic train—similar to Elon Musk’s Hyperloop—designed by a team of researchers at UNIST. Powered by magnetic attraction, the U-Loop capsule would move at nearly 1,000 km/h. A prototype of this new transport capsule was displayed and tested at the 7th International Public Transportation Forum.

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UK government providing $86M for battery research institute

Earlier this month, UK Business Secretary Greg Clark announced the consortium of UK universities that will form the Faraday Battery Institute, a new £65-million (US$86 million) research institute responsible for battery research and technology.

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Element 1 Corp to develop on-board hydrogen generator for fuel-cell buses in China

October 30, 2017

Element 1 Corp (e1), a developer of hydrogen generation technology, has signed a purchase contract with Blue-G New Energy Science and Technology Corporation in Beijing to deliver an e1 hydrogen generator designed to provide up to 500 liters per minute of high-purity hydrogen on board a fuel cell bus.

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TrafficCast and DENSO to develop hybrid Bluetooth-DSRC roadside device for mobile device and connected vehicle data collection and analysis

TrafficCast and DENSO have signed a joint development agreement with the goal of combining TrafficCast’s Bluetooth signal detection with DENSO’s Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) device for V2X communications. The result would enable complementary sensor functionality in a single roadside device by combining two wireless technologies: TrafficCast’s BlueTOAD Spectra RSU (2.4 GHz) system with DENSO’s DSRC (5.9 GHz) technology.

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Growth Energy: 2 billion miles on E15

Growth Energy announced that in five months, US drivers have surpassed another billion miles on E15 (gasoline with 15% ethanol), bringing the total miles driven across the US to 2 billion. More than 1,000 stations across the country are currently offering E15 to consumers—nearly triple the number of stations from the same time last year.

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DOE awards U of North Dakota $2.5M to sample and characterize coal-based resources containing rare earth elements

The US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced that the University of North Dakota has been awarded a 2-year, $1.5-million contract to sample and characterize US coal-based resources containing high concentrations of rare earth elements (REEs). The university will also perform a round-robin inter-laboratory study on the analytical methods used to measure the concentration of REEs in US coal-based resources.

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Toyota licenses its GRAS-Di DNA analysis technology to Kazusa DNA Research Institute, Eurofins Genomics, and GeneBay

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) is licensing its GRAS-Di (Genotyping by Random Amplicon Sequencing-Direct) DNA analysis technology that can dramatically accelerate selective breeding to Kazusa DNA Research Institute, Eurofins Genomics K.K., and GeneBay Inc. (Earlier post.) The licensees will put the technology to practical use in contract-based analysis businesses in Japan and abroad.

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Chassix to acquire BENTELER Automotive Farsund’s lightweight aluminum low-pressure casting business

Chassix, Inc., a global automotive supplier of precision casting and machining solutions, signed a definitive agreement to acquire BENTELER Automotive Farsund’s lightweight aluminum low-pressure automotive casting business.

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GTT receives an order from Samsung Heavy Industries to design the LNG tanks of a new FSRU

GTT, A France-based engineering company specializing in cryogenic containment systems for the shipping and storage of LNG, has received a new order from Samsung Heavy Industries regarding a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU).

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DENSO selects Cypress Semiconductor automotive PMIC and NOR flash solution for stereo vision sensor

DENSO Corporation has selected Cypress Semiconductor’s 6-Channel automotive PMIC (power-management ICs) and FL-S Serial NOR flash memory solution to enable the latest stereo vision sensor for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

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Hitachi Solutions C2X middleware platform now supports Japanese ITS standards

October 29, 2017

Hitachi Solutions, Ltd. C2X Middleware Platform, which uses wireless communication between two vehicles or between a road and a vehicle, supports Japan’s ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) standards. As a result, together with the support it already provides in Europe and America, it will support the major ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) standards of the world.

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Daimler and Mitsui invest in Mobility House for commercialization of energy management services with EVs

October 28, 2017

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Daimler AG have invested in The Mobility House AG—a leading Germany-based provider of EV charging solutions and operator of stationary energy storage systems built with EV batteries.

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TomTom and ZENRIN to collaborate on traffic services and mapping in Japan

Navigation technology company, TomTom, and Japanese mapping company, ZENRIN, intend to collaborate on traffic services and mapping in Japan.

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California Air Resources Board breaks ground for new $419M lab, headquarters in Riverside; $154M from VW settlement

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) broke ground on its new state-of-the-art Southern California headquarters. The 380,000-square-foot building will be home to one of the largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world. Construction costs of $419 million, which include $108 million for specialized laboratory and testing equipment, were approved by the Legislature in July. Of those costs, $154 million comes from fines paid by Volkswagen for air quality violations related to the diesel car cheating case. Additional funds will come from the Motor Vehicle Account, the Air Pollution Control Fund and the Vehicle Inspection Repair Fund.

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Fiat kicks off bio-methane “Tour de France”

October 27, 2017

Fiat has kicked off a bio-methane-fueled “Tour de France” to highlight the environmental benefits of the fuel, and to consolidate its natural gas vehicle leadership in Europe. FCA offers six Fiat cars (Panda, Punto, Doblò, 500L, 500L Wagon and Qubo) and five Fiat Professional commercial vehicles (Fiorino, Doblò Cargo, Ducato, Ducato Panorama and Panda Van)that run on natural gas or biomethane.

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Kansas City Airport 1st in US to deploy battery-electric bus service; 4 BYD 30' buses

Kansas City International Airport and BYD, North America’s largest electric bus manufacturer, announced delivery of the airport’s four battery-electric 30-ft. coach buses—the first electric buses for airport passenger service in the US. The buses will serve as parking lot shuttles, bringing passengers to the airport terminals.

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BMW Group commissions second-life battery storage farm at Leipzig

October 26, 2017

The BMW Group officially commissioned BMW Battery Storage Farm Leipzig, which will connect up to 700 BMW i3 high-capacity batteries. The large-scale battery storage system at the Leipzig plant will give batteries previously installed in BMW i3 cars a second life and put them to profitable use in a sustainable, energy-based business model.

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Nissan tests fully autonomous prototype technology on streets of Tokyo; next-gen ProPILOT

Nissan demonstrated a prototype of its most advanced autonomous driving technology, planned for real-world use from 2020, on public roads in Tokyo using a modified INFINITI Q50 sports sedan. The technology enables the vehicle to operate autonomously on urban roads and freeways, beginning when the driver selects a destination using the navigation system, until arrival.

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CARB hits Bombardier with $783K fine for selling uncertified ATVs; $196K to clean up diesel school buses

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that Bombardier, a Canada-based company that designs, manufactures and sells recreational vehicles, power sports engines and other motorized equipment, has been fined $783,000 for importing and delivering illegal vehicles in violation of state law.

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