August 2, 2022
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The Biden administration plans to build a network of 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles across the US with $5 billion from the infrastructure bill. The initiative aims to reduce charging deserts, like some areas of Montana, where private companies aren't building the necessary infrastructure to charge EVs due to low population or other factors.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (7/29) 
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Sustainable Mobility Solutions
Boeing to build SAF-focused aviation R&D center
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Boeing, which plans to use only sustainable aviation fuel by 2030, says it will build a research and development facility in Japan that will develop SAF as well as aircraft engines powered by electricity and hydrogen. The facility also will work on projects in robotics, automation and composite materials for the aviation industry.
Full Story: Reuters (8/1) 
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Shell and China's Shenergy Group will build six to 10 hydrogen refueling stations within five years with 30 stations by the end of the decade. The stations initially will use low-emission industrial by-product hydrogen from local chemical plants to produce green hydrogen for buses and trucks, and later shift to green hydrogen.
Full Story: Reuters (7/29) 
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News & Trends
A UK initiative to discourage single-use plastic bags by implementing a tax in 2015 has succeeded, according to the country's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Disposable plastic bag use at supermarkets has fallen 97% since the initiative took effect.
Full Story: BusinessGreen (UK) (8/1) 
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Aerospace
Ampaire chose RED Aircraft as a supplier of compression ignition engines that can convert Cessna Grand Caravans to hybrid electric aircraft. The converted Cessnas, dubbed the Eco Caravans, will consume 50% to 70% less fuel depending on the length of the trip.
Full Story: AIN Online (8/1) 
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Automotive
Ford will be replacing its Active Drive Assist technology with Level 2 BlueCruise self-driving technology that works similarly to what's found on Tesla and General Motors cars. A version of BlueCruise already was installed on 2021 F-150 trucks and Mustang Mach-E cars that have the Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep package, but it's slowly rolling it out to 2022 models, and Ford is working on being able to update features such as lane change assist and BlueCruise-compatible road map over the air.
Full Story: MotorTrend (7/29) 
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Heavy Duty / Commercial Vehicle
Monarch Tractor is partnering with Einsite, a startup based in India that offers artificial intelligence solutions for commercial machinery. "Einsite's mission of making dynamic, outdoor industries more productive aligns with our goal of modernizing the farm," said Praveen Penmetsa, co-founder and CEO of Monarch Tractor.
Full Story: Future Farming (The Netherlands) (free registration) (8/2) 
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Regulations & Standards
The Massachusetts legislature has approved a transportation bond bill that includes money for the state's electric vehicle rebate program. The bill also legalizes some classes of electric bikes and sets up a commission to study mobility pricing.
Full Story: Streetsblog (8/1) 
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SAE News
Autonomous Tractors Promise to Transform Farming
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John Deere's new autonomous tractor uses stereo cameras, GPS guidance, and advanced AI to detect obstacles and navigate in the field. It can free farmers from the tractor seat, work around the clock, ease labor shortages, and improve productivity and sustainability. Joseph Liefer from the John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (and a farmer himself), describes the farm of the future.
Will your airport become a focal point for energy transformation?
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Hydrogen is increasingly becoming a go-to energy source for long-distance transportation, causing the aerospace and commercial vehicle sectors to reimagine their energy future. In this new ecosystem, can airports fill the role of energy and transportation hubs? Join SAE and industry experts at the 2022 World Hydrogen Congress as they discuss how the airport can play a pivotal role in energy transformation. Register today and use the code SAE_WHC20% to receive a 20% discount.
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