Volvo testing next-generation zero emissions hydrogen-powered truck

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Volvo Trucks announced today plans to add new fuel cell electric trucks powered by hydrogen to its product portfolio, in the second half of this decade. The company said that it has begun testing vehicles using the new technology.

The hydrogen-powered trucks would expand Volvo’s CO2-neutral portfolio, which currently includes battery electric trucks and trucks that run on renewable fuels, such as biogas.

Liebherr reveals results of greenhouse gas study

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Consulting firm Frontier Economics, on behalf of equipment manufacturer Liebherr Group, has shared the results of a life cycle assessment analysis related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of construction machines equipped with various drive technologies. The study was conducted to determine how much carbon dioxide (CO2) arises from production to operation through to the recycling of the machines.

The aim of the analysis, Liebherr says, was to comprehensively calculate the emissions of the machines and their drives to recognize and assess how greenhouse gas emissions can be most effectively reduced. The overall life cycle of the machines was analyzed, from the mining and transport of the raw materials to production and the actual operation of the machine to the disposal and recycling.

New model finds best sites for electric vehicle charging stations

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Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a computational model that can be used to determine the optimal places for locating electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities, as well as how powerful the charging stations can be without placing an undue burden on the local power grid.

Cars could get a ‘flashy’ upgrade

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The part of an old car that gets turned into graphene could come back as a better part for a new car.

Rice University chemists working with researchers at the Ford Motor Company are turning plastic parts from “end-of-life” vehicles into graphene via the university’s flash Joule heating process.

The average SUV contains up to 350 kilograms (771 pounds) of plastic that could sit in a landfill for centuries but for the recycling process reported in the debut issue of a new Nature journal, Communications Engineering.

Innovation drives sustainability success at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee plant

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Innovation is at the core of virtually every initiative at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. This includes a host of activities designed to allow the leading supplier of advanced automotive technology, systems and components, to realize its corporate vision of creating a sustainable automotive society.

Among key initiatives at DENSO’s Maryville, Tennessee, facility is the use of an innovative ice-storage system engineered to provide environmentally friendly comfort cooling to employees at the company’s main production facility. The system also allows Plant 101 to reduce cooling costs per ton by 44%, while providing a payback of less than four years. It also resulted in an annual carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction of 18,000 tons.

How a cognitive bias is blocking the rise of electric cars

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What are the barriers to the adoption of electric cars? Although the main financial and technological obstacles have been removed, their market share still needs to increase. In a recent study, a team investigated the cognitive factors that still dissuade many people from switching to electric cars. They found that car owners systematically underestimate the capacity of electric driving ranges to meet their daily needs.

Bridgestone’s tires are going circular

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Bridgestone is no stranger to recycling tires.

For years, the company has collected used tires and repurposed their component parts. Sometimes they’re turned into rubberized asphalt, sometimes construction materials or mulch, sometimes burned for fuel. There’s just one problem: A lot of carbon is often emitted along the way. Melting tires down for the cement industry, for example, releases 100 percent of the carbon in that tire back into the atmosphere.

So Bridgestone, with a renewed company-wide focus on sustainability, is using a different strategy to create tires from recycled material. Through a partnership with LanzaTech, the world’s largest tire manufacturer is scaling up a closed-looped system that uses bacteria to break down the rubber, capture carbon and create the raw material for new rubber.

‘A lot of room for improvement’: Lithium-ion battery makers explore better recycling amid supply woes

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The Russia-Ukraine war and booming EV demand are contributing to surging battery commodity prices. Federal funding and private-sector investments could boost recycling.

GM asks suppliers to sign carbon neutrality pledge

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General Motors has requested its suppliers to sign a pledge of carbon neutrality and commit to social responsibility programs and sustainable procurement practices.

Animated map of EV charging stations shows huge dead zones around the country

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Electric vehicles are clearly the future, but their mass adoption is somewhat hindered by infrastructure rollout—namely, the charging stations that drivers need to keep them powered, especially on long cross-country trips.

But data compiled from geographic information systems firm Esri shows that some areas of the United States are doing better than others when it comes to charging stations. Using data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, Esri has made an interactive map that shows the charging stations along major U.S. interstate routes that are over 1,000 miles long.