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Fisker Inc., an e-mobility and technology company developing electric vehicles and proprietary solid-state battery technologies, announced a strategic investment from Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Green Car Congress
The new Jaguar I-PACE’s (earlier post) electric powertrain can operate at currents of up to 650 amps. To handle these large currents and the resulting extreme load changes, Continental developed a next-generation power electronics system for Jaguar Land Rover that is specifically adapted to the requirements of sporty, performance-oriented powertrains.... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Green Car Congress
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Evoke Motorcycles is currently in long-term testing of its Gen 2 Battery Pack, that allows charging from 0 – 80% SOC in 15 mins; additionally, it is daisy chainable and modular for small scale to mid-scale electric vehicles. Evoke’s Gen 2 module features a combination of its proprietary cooling system... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Green Car Congress
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $9.6 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grants to public and private partners in California. The funds will be used to retrofit and replace old, polluting diesel vehicles and equipment, including school buses, heavy-duty trucks, tractors and port equipment. The DERA program... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Green Car Congress
Electrify America and the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) announced plans to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations—the first along the Ohio Turnpike. The planned charging stations will be located at the Wyandot and Blue Heron Services Plazas in Genoa and at the Indian Meadow and Tiffin River Service... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Green Car Congress
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Virginia Tech a $3 million grant for research on electric vehicle charging infrastructure cybersecurity as part of a larger $80 million investment by the department on advanced technologies research (earlier post). As the world shifts to a higher production and usage of... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Green Car Congress
MTS Systems Corporation, a global supplier of high-performance test systems and sensors, announced further power density improvements to its electric motor and inverter technology for motorsport. Power density is a key component of successful racing. Leveraging experience and technology gained from developing energy recovery systems for Formula 1 racecars, MTS... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Green Car Congress
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There are 19,975 level 2 charging stations and 2,368 DC fast charging stations to serve electric vehicles in the US. More than 60% of those charging stations are maintained by four networks: ChargePoint, Tesla, Blink, and SemaCharge, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). Level 2 charging stations can... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Green Car Congress
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Global VC funding (venture capital, private equity, and corporate venture capital) for Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency companies in the first 9 months (9M) of 2018 was 8% higher at more than $1.3 billion compared to the $1.2 billion raised in 9M 2017, according to the latest Mercom Capital... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Green Car Congress
Emerging Fuels Technology, Inc (EFT) has executed a license agreement with Red Rock Biofuels LLC (RRB) under which EFT will provide its second-generation TL8a Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology to provide additional FT capacity for RRB’s biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon. EFT has also received a “notice to proceed” from RRB to commence... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Green Car Congress
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is deploying three 40' Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses. Rhode Island received $14.4 million in VW settlement funding and chose to invest the bulk of it in clean transit, with the intent to replace approximately 20 retiring diesel buses with new, all-electric zero-emission... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Green Car Congress
BASF and Nornickel have established a strategic cooperation to meet the growing needs for battery materials in electric vehicles. BASF has selected Harjavalta, Finland, as the first location for battery materials production serving the European automotive market. The plant will be constructed adjacent to the nickel and cobalt refinery owned... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
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Researchers in Drexel’s College of Engineering report the ability of stabilized titanium monoxide (TiO) nanoparticles in nanofibers to support high conductivity and to bind polysulfides in Li-S batteries. Their paper is published in the ACS journal Applied Materials & Interfaces. The developed 3-D TiO/CNF architecture with the inherent inter-fiber macropores... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Researchers with the US Department of Energy (DOE) Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), with colleagues in China, have produced the tricyclic sesquiterpenes epi-isozizaene, pentalenene and α-isocomene—promising jet fuel feedstocks—at high production titers, providing novel, sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based jet fuels. An open-access paper on their work appears in Biotechnology for Biofuels.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Mining and purifying rare-earth metals by conventional solvent extraction or ion-exchange chromatography methods are time-consuming, require substantial cost, and are unsustainable. Previous work has shown that specific rare earth elements absorb light energy that can change their chemical behavior and make them easier to separate. Now, researchers have revealed how... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Toshiba Corporation will boost production of its SCiB lithium-ion rechargeable battery with the construction of a new production facility in Yokohama. Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (TISS) currently manufactures SCiB at its Kashiwazaki Operations facility in Kashiwazaki and promotes the SCiB in Japan and overseas. The SCiB delivers long... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Auburn University researchers are leading a $2-million US Department of Energy Co-Optima project (earlier post) that will evaluate renewable butyl acetate (BA) as a bio-based fuel additive that can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emissions and yield cleaner engine operation in cold-weather conditions. Joining... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
A $15-million trial—the largest of its kind in Australia—will use international technology to convert solar and wind power into hydrogen gas, which will then be stored for use across the Jemena Gas Network in New South Wales—Australia’s biggest gas distribution network. Jemena’s Managing Director, Frank Tudor, said Jemena’s Project H2GO... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Omnitek Engineering Corp. finalized the development of a 420 hp 13-liter heavy-duty natural gas engine for a European customer, which can be used for truck and bus applications. The engine, equipped with Omnitek’s patented engine management system components and a highly efficient catalytic converter, exceeded EURO 6 emissions requirements and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Simulation will be a cornerstone technology for autonomous vehicle implementation, underpinning system training, testing, and validation, according to a report from ABI Research. While being an asset to all autonomous technology developers, simulation will prove a “must-have” for adopters of deep-learning approaches, bringing some much-needed validation and confidence before deployment.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
In a first-of-its kind program, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is soliciting proposals from commercial partners to co-develop new target molecules. The proposed targets need not be based on prior JBEI or partner IP. JBEI will provide $50,000-100,000 in in-kind support for activities such as... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Mercedes-Benz Trucks has delivered another all-electric eActros (earlier post) to a customer for on-road testing: Meyer-Logistik. For one year, the company based in Friedrichsdorf in Hessen will now be test-driving a 25-tonne truck with a refrigeration unit for transporting temperature-sensitive foodstuffs from the warehouse to different supermarkets in the center... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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REV Group, a manufacturer of industry-leading specialty vehicle brands and a leading provider of parts and services, is introducing liquid natural gas (LNG) fueled engines in their Capacity TJ9000 L9N terminal tractors (earlier post). Capacity’s Cummins L9N LNG engine, which powers the TJ terminal tractor, features a near-zero emissions certification.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
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A new study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that deaths related to air pollution in the US were nearly halved between 1990 and 2010. The open-access study is published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. The team’s analyses showed that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
The government of Canada is investing $12 million in Alliance Magnesium (AMI). The funding is being provided by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), which works with Canadian companies to bring clean technologies to market. Decades of chrysotile-asbestos mining in Québec generated huge tailings of serpentine rock with 23.3% magnesium metal... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress