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Video Shows Aspects of Tesla Model X Assembly (Hybrid Cars)

The president of French-language publication Guide de l’Auto has provided a video which shows the Model X at various stages of production at Tesla’s Fremont assembly plant.  It provides a unique insight into the mechanical processes behind the assembly of a new Tesla car.  The brief speaking portions in the beginning …

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Kyocera Expands Number of Solar Recharging Stations in Japan (Solar Daily)

A Kyocero Solar Charging Station

Kyocera has supplied two more solar-powered recharging stations in Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan which began operation earlier this month. The stations power electric vehicles (BEVs) as well as plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). n addition, the stations become central hubs for back-up power during emergencies by switching to grid-independent operation, improving …

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Internal Resistance Reduced in New Solid State Li-ion Battery Technology (Green Car Congress)

A comparison of the two Li-ion batteries.

Hitachi, Ltd. and Tohoku University’s Advanced Institute for Material Research (AIMR) have demonstrated technology reducing the internal resistance of all-solid-state lithium ion batteries (Li-ion battery) through the use of LiBH4-based complex hydrides as novel solid electrolytes. As a result, the batteries can successfully operate at temperatures as high as 150° …

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Air Liquide Launches a Scientific Contest on “Essential Small Molecules”


Read the full press release below: PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News: Air Liquide (Paris:AI): Essential Small Molecules such as O2, N2, H2 and CO21 embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory. They have an extremely wide variety of physical and chemical properties which make them essential to life, matter and energy. Reinforcing its focus on …

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Hyundai and Kia Sign Licensing Agreement with Paice

Graph of Leading Hybrid Patents' Owners

Read the full press release below: BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Paice, a pioneer in hybrid electric vehicle technology, has reached an agreement to license all of its hybrid vehicle technology to Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. Paice has now licensed all or part of its hybrid vehicle technology portfolio to Toyota, …

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US Energy Department Announces $35 million in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies

Photos by David Cardinal

The full press release is as follows: The Energy Department today announced up to $35 million in available funding to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies that will reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cut harmful carbon emissions. As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, this funding …

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Hidden Depreciation Effect Will Obstruct Market Penetration of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)


Battery-powered EVs suffer from “memory effect” – the decay pattern in rechargeable batteries which reduces the usable capacity of a battery over time. Some batteries are better than others (and the hype says all batteries are perfect, but belongs with the fairies at the bottom of my garden), but whether …

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2016 Hyundai Sonata (PHEV) Powertrain Put on Ward’s 10 Best Engines List

2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV_edited-1

The powertrain of the 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) was named to Ward’s 10 Best Engines list. This is the first time that a plug-in hybrid powertrain has made the list.  For more information read Hyundai’s full press release below: FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015 – The technologically …

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Hyperloop Test Facility to be Built in Nevada (RT)


The Hyperloop test track will begin construction this month. Hyperloop Technologies, a California company, will start construction of the test facility in southern Nevada, the Associated Press reported. A track roughly half a mile (one kilometer) long will be built at the Mountain View Industrial Park in North Las Vegas, with testing planned …

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Ford Expanding EV Research and Development Program


Ford has announced that it is expanding its EV Research and Development program.  Read their full press release below: DEARBORN, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ford is expanding its electrified vehicles research and development program in Europe and Asia this year, creating a “hub and spoke” system that allows the global team to further accelerate …

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