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Uber to lose its license in London

September 22, 2017

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

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

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

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BorgWarner cabin heater extends driving range for new EV

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

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

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

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

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

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Magellan Midstream Partners expand E15 services

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

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Stuttgart Airport ground fleet vehicles fueled by Neste MY Renewable Diesel

September 21, 2017

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

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Volkswagen Group Logistics and Scania support LNG trucks

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

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Russia, China partner on engine for a long-range wide-body aircraft

September 20, 2017

The United Engine Corporation (UEC, part of Rostec State Corporation) signed a memorandum with the Chinese company AECC Commercial Aircraft Engine Co., Ltd. (AECC CAE). The Memorandum determines the objectives and main principles of interaction in the joint development of a gas turbine engine for a prospective long range wide-body aircraft (LRWBA/C929).

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ABB receives order for additional 117 rapid charging station in Germany

ABB has received another major order from energy supplier EnBW for the expansion of the charging column network on German highways. By the end of 2017, ABB will have delivered an additional 117 50 kW rapid-charging columns at the locations of service station operator Tank & Rast. The charging stations can be installed in almost every parking configuration and vehicles can be recharged within 30 minutes.

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Mitsubishi to unveil new EV concept at Tokyo Motor Show

Mitsubishi Motors will unveil a new flagship concept car—the Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept—at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017 in October. This very high performance automobile will blend Mitsubishi Motors’ signature 4WD and electric powertrain know-how with advanced Artificial Intelligence technology under a low-slung aerodynamic SUV Coupe shape.

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Audi launches premium mobility service Audi on demand+ in Beijing

Audi has launched the Audi on demand+ mobility service in Beijing. Users select the car desired from a range of top models from a high-performance vehicle to an upper class sedan. Customers can use their smartphones to book their preferred models and pay while on the move. A concierge service brings the car to the customer by request.

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Airbus installs first 3D-printed titanium part on series-production commercial aircraft; part manufactured by Arconic

Airbus and Arconic, a global technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing company, have achieved a 3D printing first—the installation of a 3D printed titanium bracket on a series production Airbus commercial aircraft, the A350 XWB. Arconic is 3D printing these parts for Airbus’s newest widebody aircraft at Arconic’s additive manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas.

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Electrovaya secures C$4.3M purchase orders from Walmart Canada for forklift battery systems

Electrovaya Inc. has secured initial purchase orders worth approximately C$4.3 million (US$3.51 million) under a contract with Walmart Canada for its forklift battery systems. The retailer will convert the forklifts in one distribution center from lead acid batteries to Electrovaya’s drop-in lithium ion battery systems.

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BMW i Ventures makes strategic investment in DSP Concepts; voice user interfaces

September 19, 2017

BMW i Ventures has made a strategic investment in DSP Concepts, Inc.—a startup company developing embedded digital signal processing audio solutions and a specialist in voice user interface technologies—as part of the startup’s Series A round. Christian Noske, a partner at BMW i Ventures, has joined the Company’s Board of Directors.

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Neste collaborates with Genève Aéroport to offer renewable jet fuel; targeting 1% of annual fuel use from Geneva International

Neste and Genève Aéroport are partnering on the introduction of renewable jet fuel into aircraft operations from Geneva International Airport; the target will be at least 1% of the annual jet fuel consumption at Genève Aéroport starting late 2018.

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Leclanché to develop battery storage solution for Fastned’s network of fast charging stations

Leclanché SA (earlier post) will develop a battery storage solution for Fastned’s fast charging electric vehicle stations, starting with a pilot at two locations. Fastned is a Dutch company installing fast charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe (earlier post).

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Volvo receives order for 25 electric buses from Trondheim, Norway

September 18, 2017

Tide Buss has placed an order for 25 Volvo 7900 Electric buses for the city of Trondheim, Norway—the company’s largest order yet for its fully electric buses.

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Ballard receives Nisshinbo P.O. for development program to advance use of non-precious metal catalyst fuel cells in material handling

Ballard Power Systems has received a purchase order from Nisshinbo Holdings for a program to assess the potential development of fuel cell stacks using a Non Precious Metal Catalyst (NPMC) for use in commercial material handling applications. On 12 September, the two companies announced that they had successfully collaborated on development of the world’s first NPMC-based proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell product—the FCgen-1040. (Earlier post.)

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AEye demos first commercial 360˚ solid-state LiDAR system

AEye Inc has completed a successful live metropolitan demo showcasing its solid-state commercial LiDAR system with 360° vehicle coverage. AEye’s high performance system employs a dense 150-vertical-channel LiDAR scanner, paired with region of interest configurability, for enhanced ranges up to 300 meters. AEye is the first to announce a commercial solid state system capable of 360° coverage and real-time software configurability.

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Massachusetts state agencies increase deployment of XL Hybrids technology to 52 fleet vehicles

XL Hybrids announced its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System will be installed in 52 vehicles that serve five Massachusetts state agency fleets. The hybrid-electric vehicles will be deployed at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Massachusetts Environmental Police, Department of Correction (DOC), Department of Developmental Services (DDS), and Department of Youth Services (DYS).

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Honda and McLaren end F1 partnership; Honda to supply power units to Scuderia Toro Rosso for 2018 season

September 16, 2017

Honda and McLaren are ending their partnership for the FIA Formula One World Championship (F1) at the end of the 2017 season. The partnership has been ongoing since the team returned to F1 racing in 2015 and will continue to compete in the remaining races through the end of the 2017 season.

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EMEC produces first hydrogen from tidal energy

September 15, 2017

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has produced hydrogen gas using electricity generated from tidal energy in Orkney. EMEC said that this marked the first time that hydrogen has been created from tidal energy.

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Delphi partners with LeddarTech on corner LiDAR solution

Delphi Automotive PLC has signed a commercial partnership agreement with LeddarTech, a Canadian company developing solid-state LiDAR technology. Delphi, a leader in autonomous driving technology, and LeddarTech, a Canadian start-up focused on an advanced, proprietary signal processing technology, will collaborate to develop a low-cost, corner LiDAR solution.

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Autoliv to supply 77GHz radar systems for autonomous driving to Geely

September 14, 2017

Autoliv, Inc. has been selected by Geely to develop an industry leading 77GHz high-resolution radar systems for autonomous driving. Earlier this year, Geely awarded Autoliv a mono-vision camera system contract.

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Renesas Electronics and Cogent Embedded collaborate to make 3D surround view parking assist system standard in all new cars

Renesas Electronics Corporation and Cogent Embedded Inc., a leading embedded software provider to the automotive industry, announced their joint development of a 3D surround view solution to assist drivers during parking or low-speed maneuvers. Designed for parking assist systems in entry- and mid-level cars, the new solution combines the Renesas R-Car V3M system-on-chip (SoC), an SoC optimized for smart camera and surround view systems, with Cogent’s customizable 3D surround view software on a reference board.

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Shell, Honda, Toyota collaborate on 7 new H2 refueling stations in California

September 13, 2017

On 9 August, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) awarded a grant of $16,362,500 to Equilon Enterprises LLC, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, for the introduction of seven hydrogen refueling stations in Northern California.

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Mobileye and Munich Re partnering to reduce commercial fleet collisions

Mobileye is collaborating with Munich Re to reduce commercial fleet collisions and enhance road safety in the United States.

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German government awards €4.1M to Fastned to build 25 fast charging stations

The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure awarded Fastned, a company that is building a European network of fast charging stations, €4.1 million (US$4.8 million) in funding to support the buildout of 25 fast charging stations each with multiple chargers across Germany. The stations will be equipped with the latest high powered chargers that can add more than 250 km (155 miles) of range in 20 minutes. Fastned expects to open the first stations in the first months of next year.

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Honda to partner with Neusoft on new EVs for China market

September 12, 2017

At the International Forum on Chinese Automotive Industry Development, Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd. (HMCI), a wholly-owned Honda subsidiary in China, announced that for the development of EV models for the Chinese market, Honda will collaborate with Neusoft, an IT company based in China, and develop technologies in multiple areas such as battery management, cloud management of vehicle data and connectivity.

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Samsung SDI showcases range of new EV battery tech at Frankfurt

Samsung SDI is showcasing a range of battery technology for EVs at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Shell and Petrobras sign technical cooperation agreement to strengthen deep water partnership

Royal Dutch Shell and Petrobras signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a long-term mutual collaboration in developing pre-salt fields in Brazil.

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DOE: EV charging consumes less energy than water heating in a typical household

Charging an electric vehicle consumes less energy than several common household appliances, according to data compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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Dutch P2P car sharing platfrom SnappCar takes over German carsharing platform tamyca

Dutch peer-to-peer car sharing platform SnappCar has taken over tamyca, its largest German equivalent. The start-up from Utrecht, founded in 2o11, now has 400,000 users in the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany and is currently one of the largest peer-to-peer car sharing platforms in Europe.

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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid EPA-rated at 47 miles electric range

September 11, 2017

The Honda 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid (earlier post) has achieved the highest all-electric range rating among all midsize plug-in hybrids with its EPA range rating of 47 miles (75.6 km) on a full charge. Launching at dealerships nationwide later this year, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid also received an EPA fuel economy rating of 110 combined MPG, among the top of its class, and a gasoline only 44/40/42 MPG rating (city/highway/combined).

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Air Products and Lu’An Clean Energy to form $1.3B JV for coal-to-syngas project

Air Products will form a $1.3-billion coal-to-syngas joint venture (JV) with Lu’An Clean Energy Company, which will significantly expand Air Products’ scope of supply serving Lu’An Mining (Group) Co., Ltd.’s syngas-to-liquids production in Changzhi City, Shanxi Province, China.

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China Yuchai delivers 100 new energy buses equipped with Yuchai’s YC6J diesel-electric hybrid system

September 09, 2017

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, delivered 100 new energy buses equipped with Yuchai’s YC6J diesel-electric hybrid system have been delivered to Wuzhou Zhenbao Bus Co., Ltd.

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New Flyer of America investing additional $25M in Anniston, AL; capacity for zero-emission bus production

September 08, 2017

New Flyer of America Inc, the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, will invest $25 million in major building renovations and expansions at its Anniston, Alabama production campus. The investment adds fabrication equipment that enhances component manufacturing, streamlines the weld process, expands the operational footprint, and adds capacity and an innovation center for zero-emission bus production.

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31st retail hydrogen station opens in California

The 31st retail hydrogen station in California has opened in Fremont; the station is operated by FirstElement Fuel.

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BMW unveiling Concept X7 iPerformance plug-in hybrid SUV at Frankfurt

BMW is unveiling the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance plug-in hybrid electric vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This study car offers a look ahead to the future production model set to make its debut in 2018.

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Goodyear partners with Tesloop to test intelligent tires

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is partnering with Tesloop, a city-to-city mobility service that exclusively uses Tesla electric vehicles, to test intelligent tires. The tires incorporate wireless sensors to improve overall tire management and maximize uptime for its growing fleet.

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New GKN plant in Japan to meet increasing demand for AWD and eDrive systems; trend of electrification in Asia

GKN Driveline plans to construct a new world-class manufacturing facility in Tokoname City, Japan. The new site will replace an older plant, and is intended to meet increasing demand for advanced AWD and eDrive systems.

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Nissan using Renesas SoC and MCU for new LEAF automated parking system

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced that its R-Car system-on-chip (SoC) for car infotainment and advanced driving assistant systems (ADAS) as well as its RH850 automotive control microcontroller (MCU) have been adopted by Nissan for the ProPILOT Park, a full-fledged automated-parking system, of its new LEAF (earlier post).

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Zenuity and Ericsson parter on connected cloud platform for self-driving cars

Zenuity, a software development company focused on Advanced Driver Assistance Support (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD) systems announced a collaboration with Ericssonto launch Zenuity Connected Cloud - Powered by Ericsson. This new platform will utilize Ericsson’s technology infrastructure to provide a suite of vehicle-connected services that can be customized by the OEM based on their AD/ADAS needs.

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Nissan to produce new LEAF in Japan, US and UK

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. plans to start full production of the new Nissan LEAF (earlier post) at Nissan’s Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, and at Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. in Sunderland, UK, by the end of calendar year 2017.

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Audi sales in China rose 10.3% year-on-year in August; global sales up 5.0%

Following growth in June and July, Audi AG increased its global sales year-on-year in August as well. Around 138,900 deliveries in August represent a 5.0% increase in sales compared with 2016. Cumulative sales since January total around 1,202,400 units—2.6% below the record-breaking figure from 2016. Last month, Audi sales increased in all three of its top markets: the US (+2.8%), Germany (+6.7%), and, most notably, in China (+10.3%) with 54,205 Chinese customers.

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Clemson, SC purchases 10 Proterra electric buses

September 07, 2017

Clemson Area Transit (CATbus) has purchased ten 40' Proterra Catalyst E2 buses and related charging infrastructure.  The CATbus transit vehicles will be manufactured in Proterra’s East Coast Manufacturing Facility, located in nearby Greenville, S.C. 

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV now available across US

September 06, 2017

Chevrolet announced today that the Bolt EV is now available by order or in stock at certified dealerships across the US. Through 30 August 2017, Chevrolet sold 11,670 Bolt EVs this year and 12,249 since the start of sales in December 2016.

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UMTRI: average new vehicle fuel economy in US dropped in August

The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in August 2017 was 25.3 mpg (9.29 l/100 km)—down 0.1 mpg from July, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).  The value for August is up 5.2 mpg since October 2007 (the first month of their monitoring), but still down 0.2 mpg from the peak of 25.5 mpg reached in August 2014.

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Cummins working with Oak Ridge Lab on 3D printing for heavy-duty engine repair

Cummins is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop a material to repair heavy-duty vehicle engines damaged by a million miles of extreme conditions under the hood. Rather than replacing an engine’s cylinder head, the research team “scooped out” the worn section and used additive manufacturing to deposit a high-performance alloy better than the original casting.

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Toyota to focus on hybrid technology at Frankfurt

September 05, 2017

At the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, Toyota will showcase the success and relevance of it hybrid technology with the unveiling of the Toyota C-HR Hy-Power concept, a design study developed by Toyota’s European Design Centre (ED2).

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Renault to unveil autonomous, electric and connected concept car at IAA

Renault will unveil SYMBIOZ, an autonomous, electric and connected concept car at Frankfurt Motor Show. The company says that the concept will describe its vision of mobility by the year 2030.

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Ford F-Series sales up 15% in August; overall Ford retail sales down 2.7%; sales of cars down 18.9% YTD

September 04, 2017

Ford F-Series pickup sales in the US totaled 77,007 units for August, a 15.0% gain. Overall, Ford’s US sales totaled 209,897 vehicles for August, a decline of 2.1%. Fleet sales were down 0.2% on sales of 45,830 vehicles; August retail sales totaled 164,067 vehicles—down 2.7% year-on-year.

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Daimler teases Mercedes-AMG hybrid supersports showcar

September 01, 2017

Daimler teased the upcoming world premiere of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The two‑seater supersports showcar brings fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road.

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Audi organizes all rail transport in Germany to be CO2-free; DBeco plus

As of now, all rail transport for Audi AG in Germany is CO2-free. Audi says it is the first company in Germany to organize its logistics operations by rail to be completely CO2-neutral. By changing over to DB Cargo’s “DBeco plus” product, the company will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 13,000 tons each year, achieving an important milestone along the way to CO2-neutral production.

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LG Innotek unveils second-generation V2X full module

LG Innotek has developed a second-generation V2X Full Module” geared for the connected cars and autonomous vehicles. In addition to having the wireless communication ability sufficient for commercialization, this device can be equipped into any part of a vehicle thanks to its excellent durability and minimized size, enhanced from the first-generation models.

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Autoliv partners with global automaker on radar for autonomous driving

Autoliv has been selected by a global automaker to supply 77GHz high-resolution radar systems for autonomous driving.

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ChargePoint continues EV charging expansion in Europe

ChargePoint, Inc. announced the availability of a complete suite of charging solutions to help drivers in Europe charge at home, work, around town and on long trips. With residential solutions for multi-family and single-family homes as well as public and commercial solutions for many types of businesses including, fleets, public charging sites and rapid charging hubs along major roadways, ChargePoint is the only company to deliver a comprehensive suite of charging solutions for every scenario.

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Renault and Ferrovial launching new car-sharing service in Madrid with 500 ZOE EVs

August 31, 2017

Ferrovial Services and Renault have signed an agreement to implement Zity, a car sharing service in Madrid. The project will start up with an initial fleet of 500 ZOE electric vehicles located within the M-30 beltway and in some adjoining areas.

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Volkswagen’s “Air Care Climatronic” cleans the air; air quality sensor and active biogenic filter

Volkswagen has developed a special automatic climate control system—“Air Care Climatronic”—which keeps pollen, fungal spores and particulates out from entering the car.

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Detroit Electric to outline future product plans at LCV 2017

>UK-based electric vehicle start-up Detroit Electric will outline its future product plans during its first appearance at Cenex’s Low Carbon Vehicles (LCV) 2017 event on 6 and 7 September at Millbrook. The brand will share its plans to launch a range of pure electric passenger vehicles in the coming years, a strategy that has been enabled following a recent injection of US$1.8 billion in capital from a joint venture agreement.

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D3MAX signs contract for the design of its first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant

Last February, D3MAX, LLC announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology to Ace Ethanol, LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin. Pilot testing of the patented D3MAX corn fiber-to-ethanol process has been successful, allowing D3MAX to move to the next stage of commercial deployment—the design of a full-scale D3MAX plant at Ace Ethanol.

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Pirelli partners with Fisker on new “EMotion” launch

August 30, 2017

Pirelli is working with Fisker Inc. to create advanced low rolling resistance tires for the new Fisker EMotion luxury electric vehicle, set to launch in late 2019. Pirelli will develop summer P Zero tires in the following sizes for the Fisker EMotion: 285/35R24 (F) and 305/35R24 (R). The focus of this development will be on low rolling resistance, spirited handling and extra comfort due to tall sidewalls.

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Goodyear using soybean oil-based rubber in tires

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is using a new soybean oil-based rubber compound to enhance tire performance in dry, wet and winter conditions. By employing soybean oil in tires, Goodyear found a new way to help keep the rubber compound pliable in changing temperatures, a key performance achievement in maintaining and enhancing the vehicle's grip on the road surface.

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Ballard-powered fuel cell electric bus achieves 25,000 hours of revenue operation

Ballard Power Systems announced that a fuel cell electric bus powered by Ballard’s FCveloCity-HD6 fuel cells has achieved a new durability record with more than 25,000 hours of revenue service. This is equivalent to operating a bus on a 14-hour daily schedule, 5-days per week for 6.9 years with no significant maintenance to the fuel cell stack, a core engine component.

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New Holland Agriculture unveils methane-powered concept tractor

New Holland Agriculture, a global agricultural equipment brand of CNH Industrial, unveiled a methane-powered concept tractor at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois.

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Domino’s and Ford begin consumer research of pizza delivery using self-driving vehicles

August 29, 2017

Domino’s Pizza and Ford Motor are collaborating to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery. As part of the testing, researchers from both companies will investigate customer reactions to interacting with a self-driving vehicle as a part of their delivery experience.

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Honda to unveil Urban EV Concept at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Honda Motor CEO Takahiro Hachigo will unveil the Honda Urban EV Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The concept will set the direction for a future production model.

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Schaeffler and NCTE to cooperate in the bike and e-bike market; torque sensor

Schaeffler has selected NCTE as a technology partner for torque sensor technology and and will exclusively offer a joint portfolio from the two companies covering sensor bearing products for the bike and e-bike market.

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Foresight signs a pilot agreement with one of China’s top three largest car manufacturers

Israel-based Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd., a developer of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, has signed an agreement for a pilot project to test its Eyes-On advanced driver assistance system with one of China’s top three largest car manufacturers. This is the third pilot agreement the company has entered into with leading Chinese car manufacturers in recent months.

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GasBuddy launches its own payments network for gasoline savings program

GasBuddy, the company behind a smartphone app providing crowdsourced information to help drivers find the best gasoline prices, has introduced Pay with GasBuddy, a new payment service that provides US drivers with a discount off of gasoline purchases. The free-to-join card program gives drivers 15 cents per gallon off a first purchase and at least five cents off every subsequent fuel purchase.

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Li-ion maker A123 Systems appoints new CEO

A123 Systems LLC, a developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and systems, announced that its Board of Directors appointed Peter W. Cirino as Chief Executive Officer. Jason M. Forcier is leaving the company effective 28 August 2017 after eight years with the Company and serving as CEO for the last four years.

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Toyota North America forming “Connected Technologies” group to advance in-car user experience

August 28, 2017

Toyota Motor North America is forming a new group focused on delivering industry-leading user experiences and new technologies for its Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

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ExxonMobil completes acquisition of one of the world’s largest aromatics plants in Singapore

ExxonMobil Chemical Company announced that its Singapore affiliate has completed its acquisition of one of the world’s largest aromatics facilities on Jurong Island in Singapore. The acquisition was first announced in May 2017.

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DOE announces $50M for large-scale pilot coal projects

August 26, 2017

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the availability of a $50-million funding opportunity through the Office of Fossil Energy (DE-FOA-0001788) to design, construct, and operate two large-scale pilots for transformational coal technologies that improve coal-powered systems’ performance, efficiency, emission reduction, and cost of electricity.

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Port of Long Beach achieves record pollution reductions; diesel PM down 88%, NOx down 56%

The Port of Long Beach has achieved clean air records in its latest study of air pollution emissions, including an 88% reduction in diesel particulate matter. The first phase of the zero-emissions Long Beach Container Terminal opened on Pier E in 2016, helping to drive down the air pollution tallied in the Port’s annual Emissions Inventory, which was completed this week. The Port has been monitoring its progress in air quality improvements since 2005.

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Hyundai scrappage scheme in UK offers up to £5,000 off price of new model

August 25, 2017

In the UK, Hyundai Motor has launched a gasoline and diesel scrappage and trade-in scheme that offers up to £5,000 (US$6,416) off the price of a new model and seeks to improve air quality across the UK by making it easier and more affordable to drive a new, lower emission car.

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Law firm forming autonomous vehicle industry group

The law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP is forming an autonomous vehicle industry group, which includes a cross-disciplinary team of attorneys practicing in the firm’s Corporate, Intellectual Property and Litigation departments.

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150 millionth Volkswagen rolls off assembly line at Wolfsburg plant: a Golf GTE plug-in hybrid

Volkswagen was founded more than 80 years ago; since then, 150 million vehicles, including icons such as the Golf or the Beetle, have been built around the world at more than 50 production sites in 14 countries. The 150 millionth car—a blue Golf GTE plug-in hybrid—rolled off the assembly line in Wolfsburg on Thursday.

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Mitsubishi Motors to supply 96 Outlander PHEVs and i-MiEVs to government of Georgia

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will supply the Government of Georgia with 45 Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid EVs and 51 i-MiEV all-electric vehicles. The vehicles are due to be delivered in January 2018.

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Helsinki Airport buses to use Neste MY Renewable Diesel

August 24, 2017

Airport services provider Finavia will fuel 20 Helsinki Airport buses with Neste MY Renewable Diesel.

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REG files 5 renewable diesel pathway applications for California LCFS

REG has submitted five pathways for the production of renewable diesel (RD) from a variety of feedstocks—rendered used cooking oil; non-rendered used cooking oil; corn oil; tallow; and soy oil—to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) for consideration as Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) pathways.

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Survey finds 79% of car-owning millenials think owning a car still a necessity in 20 years

A survey of car-owning millenials commissioned by student loan marketplace LendEDU found that 93% of repondents consider owning a car to be a necessity in today’s society. Asked to project 20 years out, fully 79% still thought that owning a car would be a necessity then.

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German government adopts ethics rules for automated driving

August 23, 2017

The German government is adopting an action plan to implement the recommendations of its Ethics Commission on automated driving. The expert panel, headed by the former Federal Constitutional Court Prof. Dr. Dr. Udo Di Fabio, developed guidelines for the programming of automated driving systems.

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Audi switches to power output designations on its models; kW-based performance levels for all power types

Audi is adopting a standardized nomenclature for the power output designations of its worldwide range of automobiles. While the names of the model series—from Audi A1 to Audi Q7—will remain unchanged, within the model families, combinations of two numbers will replace the various type designations previously used. The new designations stand for the specific power output and apply both to cars with combustion engines and to e-tron models with hybrid and electric drives.

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HRL receives NASA award to 3D print ceramic rocket engine components

HRL Laboratories has received an award as part of NASA’s Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion program to develop additive manufactured (3D-printed) ceramic rocket engine components. (Earlier post.)

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US biofuel and biogas innovators urge EPA to set stronger cellulosic targets

Leading advocates for advanced liquid and gasified biofuels in the US urged the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen the final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) for the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by setting stronger cellulosic fuel targets. (Earlier post.)

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DOE awards $13.4M to 5 projects focused on energy efficient mobility systems

August 22, 2017

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $13.4 million in support of five new cost-shared, community-based projects focused on energy efficient mobility systems including connected and autonomous vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure including natural gas, propane, biofuels, hydrogen, and electricity.

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Aemetis producing cellulosic ethanol from orchard waste at integrated demonstration unit

Aemetis, after successfully completing the construction and commencement of an Integrated Demonstration Unit, is now producing cellulosic ethanol from orchard waste, utilizing technologies from Aemetis, LanzaTech and InEnTec. The plant is a continuously operating demonstration facility located at InEnTec’s Technology Center in Richland, Washington that is processing various feedstocks and demonstrating the integration of technologies to be used in the full-scale operating biorefinery.

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LG Electronics to establish US factory for electric vehicle components

LG Electronics plans to establish a US factory for advanced electric vehicle (EV) components in Michigan. The 250,000-square-foot facility, in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park, Mich., will produce EV components starting in 2018. The project will mean at least 292 new Michigan jobs, including factory workers in Hazel Park and engineers at the expanded LG R&D Center in Troy, Mich.

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AKASOL supplies lithium-ion battery systems to Canadian mining equipment provider Medatech

Medatech Ltd., the Canadian provider of sustainable drive systems for the mining industry, now incorporates AKASOL GmbH’s AKASystem AKM NANO lithium-ion battery systems into its designs for electrically powered equipment and drives. Medatech will equip everything from drilling and anchoring machines to heavy transport vehicles with the systems in order to meet the extremely high performance requirements that apply to opencast and underground mines.

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TM4 receives follow-on order from Workhorse for more than 500 SUMO powertrain systems

TM4 Inc. has received a new purchase order from Workhorse Group Inc. that covers the supply of SUMO MD powertrain systems for the E-GEN battery-electric extended range and E-100 all-electric delivery truck platforms. Following last year’s supply of 150 systems, this order will fulfill Workhorse’s near-term powertrain requirements for the supply of more than 500 of E-GEN and E-100 delivery trucks to customers, which include UPS, FedEx Express and through Workhorse’s channel partner Ryder Inc.

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Ford introduces scrappage scheme in UK for pre Euro 5 vehicles

In the UK, Ford announced a car and van scrappage scheme aimed at improving air quality by enabling customers, of any brand, to trade-in and scrap their old vehicles for new Ford cars and commercial vehicles, including the popular Fiesta and Transit Custom, with significantly lower emissions. All new Ford EcoBoost gasoline and EcoBlue diesel models meet the Euro 6 standard.

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Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation expanding digital pilot throughout Port

Less than one year since launching the first digital solution to keep cargo flowing efficiently through America’s largest container port, the Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation are expanding the program to include all container terminals and shipping lines at the Port.

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Updated Golf Sportsvan to feature Traffic Jam Assist, gesture control and new TSI offering

August 21, 2017

Volkswagen will unveil its refreshed compact Golf Sportsvan at the IAA International Motor Show next month. The new Golf Sportsvan features items such as three new TSI gasoline engines, an expanded range of assistance systems, a new generation of infotainment systems (top system with gesture control) as well as more features in the standard equipment line-up.

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Mercedes-Benz to showcase hybrid, electric and fuel cell drives at IAA

At the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) from 14 to 24 September 2017, Mercedes-Benz will showcase the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE sports car with Formula 1 hybrid drive technology; an electric concept car by the EQ brand in the compact car segment; and the GLC F‑CELL EQ Power, a pre-series model with fuel cell hybrid drive.

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Kudan develops real time 3D mapping and position tracking software for autonomous car, drone, robotics markets

Kudan, Inc. has developed software for real-time 3D mapping and position tracking via camera, called “KudanSLAM” (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), targeting markets such as autonomous car, ADAS, drone, industrial and personal robots in addition to the existing AR/VR industries.

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Varmlandsmetanol wants to build €350M biomethanol plant in Estonia

August 20, 2017

Estonian media reports that Swedish bioenergy company Varmlandsmetanol AB is interested in building a €350-million (US $412 million) biomethanol plant in Estonia. The company is in discussions with the Estonian government over whether it would be possbile to tax biofuel less and whether legislation could be amended to allow for the production and sale of motor fuel containing three to 30 percent methanol.

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Delphi partners with Innoviz for high-performance LiDAR for autonomous vehicles; minority investment

August 19, 2017

Delphi Automotive signed a commercial partnership agreement with Innoviz Technologies, an Israel-based company developing LiDAR technology for the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles. Innoviz’s proprietary LiDAR sensing solutions will be integrated into Delphi’s systems to provide automakers with a comprehensive portfolio of autonomous driving technologies.

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30th retail hydrogen fuel station in California opens; fed by pipeline

The Torrance, California Shell hydrogen station has been upgraded and is now open to the public as a retail station. It is the 30th retail hydrogen station in California. (Earlier post.) It is also the only hydrogen station in the US, and one of the few in the world, to be fed by a hydrogen pipeline.

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