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WEC: TOYOTA WINS IN BAHRAIN

TOYOTA Gazoo Racing won for the fifth time in the 6 Hours of Bahrain, ending the nine-race 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with a victory. It was bittersweet because Porsche had clinched both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ title … Continue reading

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Ford, Zotye Ink Chinese JV Agreement on Electric Vehicles

Pending regulatory approval – all but certain in the government directed economy – the new JV will design, build, market and distribute all-electric passenger vehicles for China, the world’s leading electric vehicle market. The establishment of the JV is a combined investment of 5 billion RMB (~ $756 million). Continue reading

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BMW Group Sales of EVs Pass 10,000 in September 2017

It bodes badly for the Detroit Three that China the world’s largest vehicle market and India – soon to surpass North America as the world’s second largest market – have both embraced EVs as the future. Continue reading

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GM Roughs in Choices for Autonomous Fuel Cells

General Motors in an active and thus far unsuccessful “pump up the moribund stock price with press releases” claims today that it will solve some of the transportation challenges created by natural disasters, complex logistics environments and global conflicts. The … Continue reading

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GM Ups Ante Calls Out Other Automakers on EVs?

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles (383 kM) from its 60-kWh battery pack that is made in Korea. What the future holds depends energy prices, and EV prices – roughly $40,000 or more with options for a Tesla Model 3 or Bolt mid-size car. Continue reading

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Daimler Launches First All-Electric Truck – FUSO eCanter

FUSO eCanter has a limited range of 100 kilometers and a load capacity up to three and a half tons – depending on body and usage. The vehicle´s electric powertrain contains six high-voltage lithium ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Prices 2017 e-Golf at $31,315

There’s a catch however – potentially an expensive one: up to 80% charge within an hour requires charging at a limited number of DC fast charging stations. Frequent and consecutive high-voltage charging – including DC charging – can permanently decrease the capacity of the high-voltage battery. It’s like the old ‘memory effect’ of Ni-Cad batteries. Continue reading

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Toyota, 7-Eleven Japan to Study Fuel Cell Trucks

Fuel cell trucks, where the refrigeration/freezer unit, and the truck itself, are powered by fuel cells, will be introduced as refrigerator/freezer trucks for stores with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions. An energy management system, combining already-installed solar power generators will be introduced to enable greater energy conservation and CO2 emissions reduction. Continue reading

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Eleven Japanese Firms to Share Building of Hydrogen Stations

While nit-twit tweet Trump is bellowing about infrastructure with no plan, no bills, no timeline, Japan is building – not talking – as illustrated by 11 Japanese companies signing a memorandum of understanding aimed at the acceleration of the construction … Continue reading

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Toyota to Use Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Zero Emission Trucking

The Project Portal platform is designed to provide the target performance required to support port drayage operations. The truck generates more than 670 horsepower and 1325 pound feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, in what appears to be a small battery to support class 8 loads. The concept’s gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 pounds and its estimated driving range is more than 200 miles, under normal operation. Continue reading

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Grow Three-Fold in 2016

The deployment activity is particularly brisk in Asia, where Japan and Korea are strong proponents of the hydrogen economy. President nit-twit Trump of course has a new head of the EPA that denies Global Warming is real despite unequivocal and unanimous scientific evidence to the contrary. CA Continue reading

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CARB Defies Trump on Vehicle Emission Standards

The courts have long upheld California’s right to set its own emission standards – for decades longer than District and Federal Courts have summarily dismissed Trump’s attempt at racist travel bans. Continue reading

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CARB Issues Next Gen Emissions Reduction Plan

CARB also directed staff to report annually on progress on implementation of the SIP Strategy including recommendations on additional funding as well as direction to expedite implementation where possible. Continue reading

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U.S. Ethanol Exports at Second-Highest Level on Record

U.S. ethanol imports fell 60% in 2016 to 36 million gallons, the lowest level since 2010. Imports were almost exclusively (99%) sugarcane ethanol from Brazil. Most of the imported ethanol went to the West Coast region, most likely for compliance with California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Program, which uses scoring rules that count sugarcane ethanol as a fuel with a much lower carbon content than corn ethanol. Continue reading

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27 Electric Trucks Coming to SoCal Freight and Rail Yards

Exposure to diesel exhaust, of course, can lead to serious health conditions like asthma and respiratory illnesses and can worsen existing heart and lung disease, especially in children and the elderly. These conditions can result in increased numbers of emergency room visits, hospital admissions, absences from work and school, and premature deaths. It also produces ground level ozone, a contributor to Global Warming. Continue reading

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