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SAE REX: PHEVs and REEVs could open door for advanced combustion regime engines

Increased market penetration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and range-extended electric vehicles (REEVs) across vehicle segments could present an opportunity for emerging advanced combustion regime engines, such as those using various low-temperature combustion modes, according to a number of presentations at the SAE 2016 Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles Symposium held last week in Knoxville.
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Nikola Motor présente son premier poids-lourds à hydrogène

Nikola Motor présente son premier poids-lourds à hydrogène | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
Aux Etats-Unis, Nikola Motor vient de révéler un premier prototype de son poids-lourds électrique à hydrogène. Autonomie annoncée : près de 2000 kilomètres !
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Wrights Group showcases hydrogen fuel cell bus driveline in London; production-ready in 2017

Wrights Group showcases hydrogen fuel cell bus driveline in London; production-ready in 2017 | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
The Wrights Group launched the new Wrightbus zero-emission double deck bus at a conference in London. The Wrightbus debuts a new hydrogen fuel cell driveline which will become available to power both single-deck and double-deck buses as it becomes fully production-ready next year.
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En Allemagne, les V.E. bénéficieront d'une exonération fiscale pendant 10 ans 

"En Allemagne, afin de promouvoir l’électromobilité, le gouvernement a annoncé que les propriétaires de véhicules électriques bénéficieront d’une exonération..."

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Daimler veut investir 10 milliards d'euros pour développer 10 voitures électriques

Daimler prévoit d'investir jusqu'à 10 milliards d'euros dans le développement de dix véhicules électriques, a déclaré le responsable des activités de recherche et développement du constructeur automobile allemand.
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Hyliion developing hybrid system for semi-trailers

Hyliion developing hybrid system for semi-trailers | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
Hyliion, a start-up founded by a group of graduate students at Carnegie Mellon, has developed an add-on hybrid system for semi-trailers. Combining regenerative braking and power boost for the trailer to reduce on-the-road fuel consumption, the system also functions as an auxiliary power unit to reduce engine-on idling.
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 Loop Energy introduces fuel cell range extender for heavy-duty vehicles; in-service operation to begin in 2017

Loop Energy (earlier post) has introduced a new range-extender (REX) power module for heavy-duty electric transport vehicles. At the core of the module is Loop’s unique fuel cell design which improves performance, durability and cost. Following a three-year development period, the Loop power module is now being integrated by an original equipment manufacturer and will begin in-service operation in 2017.
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Volkswagen réfléchit à fabriquer ses propres batteries - L'Usine Auto

Volkswagen réfléchit à fabriquer ses propres batteries - L'Usine Auto | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
Il serait logique que Volkswagen dispose de sa propre usine de fabrication de batteries électriques dès lors que le constructeur allemand a décidé de miser sur les véhicules à faibles émissions polluantes, a déclaré Matthias Müller, le président du directoire du groupe de Wolfsburg.
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smart introduces fourth-generation electric drive technology across its full range

smart introduces fourth-generation electric drive technology across its full range | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
Daimler’s smart has introduced the fourth generation of its electric drive technology, applied not only not only in the smart fortwo coupé and smart fortwo cabrio, but for the first time also in the four-seater smart forfour. smart will be the only car manufacturer worldwide to offer its full model range with both combustion engines and pure battery-electric drive options. Market launch will start in early 2017. In Germany prices for the smart fortwo electric drive will start at €21,940 (recommended retail price including 19% VAT).
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Green Car Congress: NHTSA sets Quiet Car safety standard for new HEVs and EVs to protect pedestrians

The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is adding a sound requirement for all newly manufactured hybrid and electric light-duty vehicles to help protect pedestrians. The new standard, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 141, responds to Congress’ mandate in the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010 (PSEA) that hybrid and electric vehicles meet minimum sound requirements to provide an audible alert for blind and visually-impaired pedestrians.
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Hydrogen fuel cells a "complete nonsense" says JLR's technical design chief

Hydrogen fuel cells a "complete nonsense" says JLR's technical design chief | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
Wolfgang Ziebart, the man who oversaw the I-Pace's development, has dismissed hydrogen as a fuel for cars due to poor well-to-wheel energy efficiency.
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ICCT White paper: Evolution of incentives to sustain the transition to a global electric vehicle fleet

ICCT White paper: Evolution of incentives to sustain the transition to a global electric vehicle fleet | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
Analyzes near-term electric vehicle trends to inform on how governments might optimally evolve their electric vehicle incentive programs to sustain market growth. Assess how electric vehicle costs are reduced in the 2020—2025 timeframe to estimate when the consumer proposition tips in favor of electric vehicles in leading markets.
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Battery cars a better choice for reducing emissions than fuel cells

Battery cars a better choice for reducing emissions than fuel cells | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
Many communities would be better off investing in electric vehicles that run on batteries instead of hydrogen fuel cells, in part because the hydrogen infrastructure provides few additional energy benefits for the community besides clean transportation, say experts.
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SGL Group is development partner for GDLs in high-performance fuel cells in the automotive sector

Carbon specialist SGL Group is a development partner in the European joint development project INSPIRE (Integration of Novel Stack Components for Performance, Improved DuRability and LowEr Cost), which has been funded with a €7-million (US$7.4-million) award from Europe’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and will run for three years.
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NREL report finds hydrogen fuel cell bus fuel economy up to 1.4x that of diesel, 1.9x CNG

NREL report finds hydrogen fuel cell bus fuel economy up to 1.4x that of diesel, 1.9x CNG | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technology Office (FCTO) has released the latest edition of an annual report showing that the average fuel economy of fuel cell electric buses from three fleets is 6.8 miles per diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) (ranging from 5.56 - 7.71 DGE), 1.4 times higher than conventional diesel buses (~4.2 miles per DGE) from one fleet and up to 1.9 times higher than compressed natural gas buses (~3.3 miles per DGE) in another fleet.
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Ballard signs fuel cell supply agreement with Solaris; initial order of 10 modules as range extenders for electric trolley buses

Ballard signs fuel cell supply agreement with Solaris; initial order of 10 modules as range extenders for electric trolley buses | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
Ballard Power Systems has signed a Long-Term Sales Agreement (LTSA) with Solaris Bus & Coach, a bus OEM headquartered in Poland, for the sale and supply of fuel cell modules to support deployment of Solaris fuel cell buses in Europe. An initial order placed under the LTSA is for 10 FCveloCity-HD fuel cell modules, with deliveries planned to start in 2017.
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Des constructeurs automobiles s’allient pour créer des bornes de recharge ultra-rapide

Des constructeurs automobiles s’allient pour créer des bornes de recharge ultra-rapide | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, ou encore Daimler créent une co-entreprise devant développer 400 bornes de recharge ultra-rapide pour les voitures électriques à travers l'Europe.
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Daimler to invest 10 billion euros in EVs, r&d boss says

Daimler to invest 10 billion euros in EVs, r&d boss says | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
Daimler is planning to invest up to 10 billion euros ($11 billion) in developing electric vehicles, its r&d head told a German daily.
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Britain’s Charge to debut new electric truck in 2017

Britain’s Charge to debut new electric truck in 2017 | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
A British technology entrepreneur has committed to bringing a new, urban-focused electric truck to the market before the end of next year.
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Un supercondensateur qui fait concurrence aux batteries

Un supercondensateur doté d’une densité de stockage de l’électricité supérieure à des batteries a été mis au point par des chercheurs de l’Université centrale de Floride (UCF).
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Ultrafine jagged Pt nanowires extremely efficient ORR catalysts; 50x more power than current commercial catalyst

Ultrafine jagged Pt nanowires extremely efficient ORR catalysts; 50x more power than current commercial catalyst | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
An international team led by researchers at UCLA and Caltech has demonstrated that altering the form of platinum nanoscale wires from a smooth surface to a jagged one can significantly reduce the amount of precious metal required as a catalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in fuel cells and thus lower the cost. According to the findings, the newly developed catalyst is so active that the amount of platinum required for a fuel cell could be 1/50 of what is needed today.
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Toyota to establish in-house venture company for EV development

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will establish an in-house venture company responsible for developing electric vehicles (EVs). The venture company, which initially will be a virtual organization comprising four people—one each from Toyota Industries Corporation, Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., Denso Corporation and TMC—and which will be independent of other internal structural organizations, is set to launch in December 2016.
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BorgWarner launches its first integrated electric drive module for the EV market; first application in China

BorgWarner launches its first integrated electric drive module for the EV market; first application in China | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
BorgWarner will launch an electric drive module (eDM) with integrated eGearDrive transmission in two pure electric vehicles from a major Chinese automaker. Production is expected to begin in summer 2017. This is the first electric drive module from BorgWarner following its acquisition of Remy in 2015.
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Daimler, BMW, VW said to discuss extending EV charging network with German service station operator

Daimler, BMW, VW said to discuss extending EV charging network with German service station operator | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen are in discussions with a German autobahn service station operator about setting up a nationwide network of charging stations in the country, a German newspaper reported.
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Jaguar brings battery power to its latest concept

Jaguar brings battery power to its latest concept | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
Jaguar has revealed its first all electric passenger vehicle. The I-Pace concept uses a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack to give the vehicle a range of over 500km on a single charge.
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T&E report: electric cars sales in Europe doubled in 2015; now at 1% market share

T&E report: electric cars sales in Europe doubled in 2015; now at 1% market share | Alternative Powertrain News | Scoop.it
Roughly 145,000 new electric vehicles (EV) were sold in Europe in 2015—double the 2014 tally, according to a recent T&E report. EV sales have now reached the milestone of a 1% market share; figures for 2016 to date suggest significantly more than 200,000 plug-in vehicles will be sold in Europe this year. That would take the total number of EVs on the road to more than half a million cars.
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