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Dodge promotes electric cars–in ad for Demon

Electric cars are not only the cleanest cars in the world, they’re some of the fastest, as quite a few Tesla Model S owners have demonstrated racing against various gas cars on drag strips.

Even manufacturers of internal-combustion cars apparently know this. In a recent Twitter ad for the Challenger Demon, Dodge called it “The world’s fastest 0-100-mph production car.”

Then, however, Dodge added a surprising disclaimer: “Excludes non-mass-production vehicles.” Fair enough, the 840-horsepower Challenger may not be as fast as a 1,479-horsepower Bugatti Chiron.

And then the disclaimer got more surprising by adding, “…and hybrids/electric.”

In other words, Dodge acknowledges its purpose-built drag-racer has been unable to beat numerous Tesla Model S P100Ds. For the ad’s target audience, who may spend $85,000 for the ultimate drag-strip bragging rights, the ad might as well say, “nevermind, just go buy an electric car.”

This ad is from the same company, Fiat Chrysler, that builds the electric Fiat 500e, of which CEO Sergio Marchionne said, “I hope you don’t buy it, because every time I sell one it costs me $14,000.”

Wiebe Wakker, who is driving a VW Jetta wagon converted to electric power from his home in Holland to Australia, retweeted the ad, noting the irony.

Perhaps the bigger irony is that the disclaimers might not even be necessary for accuracy. In drag races between the 840-horsepower Demon and the 762-hp Model S P100D, the Tesla blasts away from the Demon from a start, but the Demon reportedly reaches 100 mph about a second sooner than the Tesla.

Since automakers are reportedly not airing as many ads for electric cars as they do for other cars, it’s interesting to see one promote electric cars in ads for their complete opposite from an environmental standpoint.

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Dodge promotes electric cars–in ad for Demon

Electric cars are not only the cleanest cars in the world, they’re some of the fastest, as quite a few Tesla Model S owners have demonstrated racing against various gas cars on drag strips.

Even manufacturers of internal-combustion cars apparently know this. In a recent Twitter ad for the Challenger Demon, Dodge called it “The world’s fastest 0-100-mph production car.”

Then, however, Dodge added a surprising disclaimer: “Excludes non-mass-production vehicles.” Fair enough, the 840-horsepower Challenger may not be as fast as a 1,479-horsepower Bugatti Chiron.

And then the disclaimer got more surprising by adding, “…and hybrids/electric.”

In other words, Dodge acknowledges its purpose-built drag-racer has been unable to beat numerous Tesla Model S P100Ds. For the ad’s target audience, who may spend $85,000 for the ultimate drag-strip bragging rights, the ad might as well say, “nevermind, just go buy an electric car.”

This ad is from the same company, Fiat Chrysler, that builds the electric Fiat 500e, of which CEO Sergio Marchionne said, “I hope you don’t buy it, because every time I sell one it costs me $14,000.”

Wiebe Wakker, who is driving a VW Jetta wagon converted to electric power from his home in Holland to Australia, retweeted the ad, noting the irony.

Perhaps the bigger irony is that the disclaimers might not even be necessary for accuracy. In drag races between the 840-horsepower Demon and the 762-hp Model S P100D, the Tesla blasts away from the Demon from a start, but the Demon reportedly reaches 100 mph about a second sooner than the Tesla.

Since automakers are reportedly not airing as many ads for electric cars as they do for other cars, it’s interesting to see one promote electric cars in ads for their complete opposite from an environmental standpoint.

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Kalmar and Yara developing first fully-digitalized and electric cargo solution for autonomous electric Yara Birkeland

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Yara have entered into an agreement in which Kalmar will deliver fully autonomous equipment, software and services for a unique, fully digitalized container handling solution at Yara’s Porsgrunn facility in Norway. This means that all the necessary operations related to the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel Yara Birkeland (earlier post) will be conducted in a fully autonomous and cost efficient manner, with zero emissions.

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The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2018 second quarter order intake and delivery is scheduled to be completed during the second quarter of 2020.

With this agreement, Yara Birkeland is not just the world’s first electric and autonomous container vessel; it is the world’s first fully digitalized and electric supply chain, with all operations, including loading, unloading and sailing conducted in a fully autonomous manner with zero emissions. Kalmar has the proven equipment and software, and the know-how to integrate their solutions into our supply chain.

—Tove Andersen, EVP Production, Yara

Yara, a world leading mineral fertilizer company, last year announced a partnership with technology company Kongsberg to build the world’s first fully autonomous, battery-operated container vessel.

Yara Birkeland will reduce emissions and improve road safety by removing up to 40,000 truck journeys annually in a densely populated area of Norway. The vessel will transport fertilizer from Yara’s Porsgrunn plant via inland waterways to the deep-sea ports of Larvik and Brevik, a journey of 31 nautical miles.

Kalmar will provide the autonomous loading and unloading solution for Yara Birkeland, as well as transportation between the fertilizer production facilities and the quay. The Kalmar solution consists of one Kalmar Automated Rail Mounted Gantry Crane (AutoRMG); three Kalmar FastCharge AutoStrads; a FastCharge charging station; and related automation and safety systems. The solution will be implemented in phases, with the level of automation gradually increased over time. The end result will be a fully autonomous, mixed-traffic and zero-emission solution in an industrial environment.

Kalmar will also support Yara’s operations with a full-scale service contract. The Kalmar Care contract includes full maintenance with parts for Kalmar FastCharge AutoStrads including an availability agreement as well as preventive maintenance for the Kalmar AutoRMG crane. Furthermore, Kalmar personnel will provide operational, automation and software support for the whole solution.

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BMW and MIT Self-Assembly Lab collaborate to design the first printed inflatable material; liquid printed pneumatics

The BMW Design Department in collaboration with MIT’s Self-Assembly Laboratory have successfully developed printed inflatable material technologies that selftransform, adapt and morph from one state to another. This commission is on display for the first time during the exhibition The Future Starts Here, which explores the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow, at V&A museum in London.

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The BMW Design Department and MIT’s Self-Assembly Laboratory have started their cross-disciplinary study two years back with the mutual ambition to push the boundaries of material technologies. BMW’s forward-thinking concepts of future interiors that can interact and adapt seamlessly were the starting point of an in-depth exploration by MIT’s Self-Assembly Laboratory. This collaboration resulted in the first example of a fully printed inflatable that can be customized to any size or shape.

The silicone-printed object can change shape depending on the amount of air pressure in the system. The pneumatic controls in the system allow the printed structure to transform into a variety of shapes, functions or stiffness characteristics.

The outcome of this collaboration manifests that a new material future is imminent. There is no need to lock the car of the future into any particular shape. Interiors could even take on malleable, modular uses.

—Martina Starke, head of BMW Brand Vision and BMW Brand Design at BMW Group

Together with the Self-Assembly Laboratory at MIT, Starke was eager to move away from our current understanding of car interiors as the forces reshaping the nature of transportation are eventually shifting toward a kind of vehicle that defies conventions like front and back seats. This is why the study is fully focusing on technological dimensions and material properties at this stage.

After testing various directions on how a visionary interior could take shape, the experts at the Self-Assembly Lab achieved a breakthrough when they managed to liquid print air and water-tight inflatable geometries—i.e., customized printable balloons. With this technology they can produce complex channels and pockets that self-transform.

We then brought together a number of recent technologies such as Rapid Liquid Printing and techniques from soft robotics to achieve this adaptive material structure. In the past, scenarios like these have often required error-prone and complex electromechanical devices or complex moulding/tooling to produce inflatables. Now we’re able to print complex inflatable structures with custom actuation and tunable stiffness.

—Skylar Tibbits, founder of the Self-Assembly Lab

On display at the V&A is a three dimensional object which is highly dynamic, morphing its form and function. This meter-scale object exhibits robotic-like transformation from a pneumatic system with seven independent chambers to create different movement patterns.

This adaptive material technology points towards a future of transformable surfaces for adaptive human comfort, cushioning and impact performance.

—Martina Starke

The Future Starts Here brings together ground-breaking technologies and designs currently in development in studios and laboratories around the world. Drawing upon international research, and working closely with a range of companies, universities, practitioners and advisors, the exhibition explores over 100 projects shaping the world of tomorrow.

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Tesla Model 3 braking problems, new electric SUVs, 2-cylinder pickup: The Week in Reverse

Which new car won’t Consumer Reports recommend?

What new company is getting ready to build electric SUVs in Illinois?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending May 25, 2018.

Friday, we shared a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance that predicts that more than half of all new car sales will be battery electric vehicles by 2040. By then they will displace as much as 7 percent of the petroleum used for transportation.

We also heard from a reader who spent more than a year living with just two Chevrolet Bolt EVs to drive, and regularly has seen more than 300 miles of range from each of them. He tells us how he did it.

Thursday, we learned what became of Apple’s self-driving car. It’s still on the drawing boards, but has morphed in to a Volkswagen bus—for now.

We also dug into a new kind of lead-acid batteries that are likely to help turn more mainstream cars into hybrids and help boost fuel economy in all kinds of vehicles.

Wednesday, we got sneak peaks of three new electric vehicles coming in 2020. We heard more details about a pair of new all-electric vehicles from a Midwestern American startup company that could become the Tesla of trucks and SUVs.

New details also emerged about Ford’s

upcoming Mach 1 electric SUV

. It’s expected to have Mustang heritage, F-150 Raptor off-road performance, and up to 300 miles of range. More details will continue to trickle out as the SUV gets closer to production.

Tuesday, we learned about a new 4-cylinder engine that Chevy is planning to put into mainstream trim levels of its new 2019 Silverado. Not only will the turbocharged unit be the first 4-cylinder engine in a full-size truck since perhaps the 1930s,

this one can run on 2 cylinders

.

 

We also spoke with Simon Mui, senior scientist and director for California vehicles and fuels at the Natural Resources Defense Council, about why so many electric cars are still only available in California. What happened to 2018 being the year electric cars would have to start being sold in other states?

Figure on 2019, he says.

2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range electric car, road test in greater Atlanta area, Feb 2018

2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range electric car, road test in greater Atlanta area, Feb 2018

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Monday,

Consumer Reports

revealed that it experienced problems in its emergency braking tests of the Tesla Model 3 and said it

can’t recommend the car

. Tesla CEO Musk responded that he would fix the problems, even if it meant recalling the cars. “Even if a physical upgrade is needed to existing fleet, we will make sure all Model 3’s having amazing braking ability at no expense to customers,” he said in a Tweet. 

 

Those were our main stories this week; we’ll see you again next week. Until then, this has been the Green Car Reports Week in Reverse update.

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Tesla Model 3 braking problems, new electric SUVs, 2-cylinder pickup: The Week in Reverse

Which new car won’t Consumer Reports recommend?

What new company is getting ready to build electric SUVs in Illinois?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending May 25, 2018.

Friday, we shared a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance that predicts that more than half of all new car sales will be battery electric vehicles by 2040. By then they will displace as much as 7 percent of the petroleum used for transportation.

We also heard from a reader who spent more than a year living with just two Chevrolet Bolt EVs to drive, and regularly has seen more than 300 miles of range from each of them. He tells us how he did it.

Thursday, we learned what became of Apple’s self-driving car. It’s still on the drawing boards, but has morphed in to a Volkswagen bus—for now.

We also dug into a new kind of lead-acid batteries that are likely to help turn more mainstream cars into hybrids and help boost fuel economy in all kinds of vehicles.

Wednesday, we got sneak peaks of three new electric vehicles coming in 2020. We heard more details about a pair of new all-electric vehicles from a Midwestern American startup company that could become the Tesla of trucks and SUVs.

New details also emerged about Ford’s

upcoming Mach 1 electric SUV

. It’s expected to have Mustang heritage, F-150 Raptor off-road performance, and up to 300 miles of range. More details will continue to trickle out as the SUV gets closer to production.

Tuesday, we learned about a new 4-cylinder engine that Chevy is planning to put into mainstream trim levels of its new 2019 Silverado. Not only will the turbocharged unit be the first 4-cylinder engine in a full-size truck since perhaps the 1930s,

this one can run on 2 cylinders

.

 

We also spoke with Simon Mui, senior scientist and director for California vehicles and fuels at the Natural Resources Defense Council, about why so many electric cars are still only available in California. What happened to 2018 being the year electric cars would have to start being sold in other states?

Figure on 2019, he says.

2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range electric car, road test in greater Atlanta area, Feb 2018

2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range electric car, road test in greater Atlanta area, Feb 2018

Enlarge Photo

Monday,

Consumer Reports

revealed that it experienced problems in its emergency braking tests of the Tesla Model 3 and said it

can’t recommend the car

. Tesla CEO Musk responded that he would fix the problems, even if it meant recalling the cars. “Even if a physical upgrade is needed to existing fleet, we will make sure all Model 3’s having amazing braking ability at no expense to customers,” he said in a Tweet. 

 

Those were our main stories this week; we’ll see you again next week. Until then, this has been the Green Car Reports Week in Reverse update.

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CARB approves $423M plan to mitigate harm from Volkswagen defeat devices; significant investments in heavy-duty vehicles and equipment sectors

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a plan to mitigate statewide harm from more than 10,000 tons of smog-causing pollutants released in the state due to Volkswagen’s (VW) use of illegal “defeat devices” in diesel passenger cars. The National VW Environmental Trust provides California with $423 million for this purpose.

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Proposed project allocation distribution.

Over the next 10 years this plan will put in place not only tools to clean up VW’s excess emissions, but also to help achieve further reductions of smog-forming pollution for decades to come.

—CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols

The mitigation plan approved by CARB will invest primarily in zero emission replacements for heavy-duty trucks, buses and equipment. There is also money to reduce emissions at freight facilities, marine projects and light-duty vehicle charging.

Senate Bill 92, passed last year, also requires that a minimum 35% of the mitigation investment benefit disadvantaged communities. As designed, the plan approved today invests about 50% of the available funds in those communities.

The plan provides:

  • $130 million for to replace eligible Class 4-8 shuttle buses, school and transit buses with
    new, commercially available, zero-emission technologies. Specifically, staff proposes a maximum
    incentive of up to $400,000 for a battery electric school bus; up to $180,000 for a new battery electric transit bus; up to $400,000 for a new fuel cell electric transit bus; and
    up to $160,000 for a new battery electric shuttle bus, each including supporting infrastructure.

    These proposed amounts are expected to fund up to 95% of the cost of a battery-electric school bus; to fund the incremental costs of a zero-emission transit bus above the typical Federal Transit Administration funding; and to fund a large portion of the incremental costs for a battery-electric shuttle bus. As required by the Consent Decree, total costs per vehicle must not exceed 75% for non-government owned vehicles and 100% for government owned vehicles. For school bus incentives, staff recommends a minimum 5% match from the school district or other funding source.

  • $90 million to replace eligible Class 8 freight trucks and port drayage trucks with new
    zero-emission technologies. At least four additional manufacturers are expected to introduce zero-emission
    Class 8 commercial trucks in the next one to three years, and manufacturers representing the majority of
    the California truck market have publicly announced plans to launch zero-emission trucks in the next five years. While a portion of this allocation will support the early deployment of existing commercially available trucks, staff proposes 70% of the allocation be focused on expanding the market as manufacturers bring additional zero-emission trucks to market in the next 3 to 5 years. The first installment of this funding will be $27 million, and the next installment(s) will be determined during the implementation process.

    Staff proposes a maximum incentive of up to $200,000 per truck, including supportive infrastructure, in the first year, and will reevaluate incentive amounts in subsequent years, as incremental costs are expected to decline.

  • $70 million to replace eligible airport ground support equipment (GSE), forklifts, and port
    cargo handling equipment with new, commercially available, zero-emission technologies and to install oceangoing vessel shore power systems at port terminals. The goal of this
    project category is to maximize NOx reductions by funding
    the most cost-effective zero-emission freight or marine
    projects.

    Staff proposes funding airport GSE vehicles up to the full incremental cost; up to $175,000 for a heavy-lift forklift or battery electric port cargo handling equipment vehicle, including supportive infrastructure; and up to $2,500,000 for installing a portside ocean-going vessel shore power system at berths that service vessels that are not required by regulation to reduce their onboard power generation. Staff also proposes funding up to $2,500,000 for ferry or tug all-electric engine repowers, including fuel cell technology.

  • $60 million to replace eligible Class 7 and 8 freight trucks, including
    waste haulers, dump trucks, and concrete mixers, or their engines (1992 to 2012 model year); freight
    switcher locomotives or their engines (pre-Tier 1); and ferry, tugboat, and towboat engines (pre-Tier 3) with the cleanest commercially available internal combustion or hybrid technologies. For each vehicle, locomotive, or engine replaced, an existing vehicle, locomotive, or engine must be scrapped.

    The goal of this project category is to maximize NOx reductions by funding the most cost-effective, lowest emission engine projects. Specifically, staff proposes maximum funding up to $85,000 for a certified 0.02 g/bhp-hr low NOx engine truck and up to $35,000 for a non-government owned low NOx repower. Government owned vehicles may be eligible for up to $50,000 for a low NONOxx repower.

    Staff proposes up to $1.35 million for a Tier 4 freight switcher locomotive or engine repower, and up to
    $1 million for a Tier 4, or hybrid with Tier 4-equivalent NOx emissions, ferry, tugboat, or towboat engine repower.

  • $10 million for fueling infrastructure for light-duty zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), with a target of $5 million for charging stations and $5 million for hydrogen fueling stations. For charging stations, staff proposes providing up to 100% of the cost of publicly accessible charging
    stations at government owned properties; up to 80% for public charging stations at privately owned properties; and up to 60% for non-public charging stations at workplaces and multi-unit dwellings.

    his allocation will provide funding to help purchase, install, operate, and maintain new charging stations for battery electric vehicles. For hydrogen fueling stations, staff proposes funding up to 33% of the cost to purchase, install, and maintain a new hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell electric vehicles.

  • $63 million in reserve

CARB staff estimates the proposed funding actions in aggregate will reduce about 10,000 tons of NOx over a 10-year period, which would fully mitigate the environmental harm caused by the subject VW diesel vehicles.

The plan will be submitted to the fund trustee before the first actual withdrawal from the trust fund.

Background. Beginning in model year 2008 VW sold about 600,000 2.0- and 3.0-liter diesel passenger vehicles with illegal software in the United States. 87,000 of those cars were sold in California. The illegal software, or defeat device, was specifically designed to operate emission control equipment when a vehicle is tested. The control equipment would then be shut off when the cars were actually being driven on the road.

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Map of estimated subject VW vehicle populations by air basin.

CARB engineers uncovered the defeat device and VW eventually confessed to violating US and California air quality regulations.

Excess NOx emissions are a major public health concern in California, because they are a key ingredient in formation of ozone (smog), CARB notes. More than 10 million Californians live in areas in extreme non-compliance areas for ozone. Those areas include the southern San Joaquin Valley and the Los Angeles Basin. Ozone is a contributor to asthma attacks, cardio-pulmonary disease and premature death.

The National VW Environmental Trust is intended to mitigate past and future excess NOx emissions from the subject vehicles. Under the terms of the two Consent Decrees, VW must pay about $3 billion into a national Environmental Mitigation Trust over a three-year period for specified eligible mitigation actions. California’s allocation of the trust is about $423 million.

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