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SsangYong will showcase its e-SIV electric SUV concept at the Geneva motor show alongside the European launch of its all-new Musso pick-up truck. The e-SIV is a strategic model for the brand, and illustrates its approach towards future electric vehicles, connectivity and autonomous driving. SsangYong developed e-SIV (Electronic Smart Interface... Read more →


Toyota Motor Corporation has developed the world’s first neodymium-reduced, heat-resistant magnet. Neodymium (Nd) magnets are used in various types of motors such as the high-output motors found in electrified vehicles. The new magnet uses significantly less neodymium, a rare-earth element, and can be used in high-temperature conditions. The newly developed... Read more →


Bill in California Assembly would increase weight limits for zero- and near-zero-emission vehicles to make them more competitive

California State Assemblymember Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, has introduced legislation (AB 2061) that would increase the weight limits for zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles so they can compete on an equal playing field with diesel- and gasoline-powered units. The engine and propulsion systems in electric,... Read more →


Autoliv’s electronics spin-off to be named Veoneer; ADAS and autonomous driving

Automotive safety systems company Autoliv, Inc. announced that its new electronics spin-off company will be named Veoneer. Veoneer’s ambition is to be a leading system supplier for ADAS and autonomous driving as well as a market leader in automotive safety electronics products. When publicly listed, Veoneer’s offering will include safety... Read more →


Nitrate deposits in the Arctic remain high even into the 21st century despite environmental policies adopted by neighboring countries in the late 20th century to cut nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, according to a new study by researchers in Japan. The team—including researchers from Hokkaido University, Nagoya University, University of the... Read more →


Toyota investing $2.8B in new R&D hub in Japan for environmentally friendly vehicles

The Nikkei reported that Toyota Motor will invest around ¥300 billion (US$2.8 billion) to build a new R&D hub in Japan to step up its development of a broad range of environmentally friendly vehicles and to meet regulations in various markets. The new site will be located in the automaker’s... Read more →


By 2030, aluminum demand from Electric Vehicles (EVs) will near 10 million tonnes, a ten-fold increase from 2017, according to analysis by mining and metals business intelligence firm CRU. The usage of primary aluminum intensive, extrusions and rolled products will be significantly higher than seen in internal combustion engine vehicles... Read more →


KT Corporation (Korea Telecom), Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., have successfully completed multi-vendor 5G NR (New Radio) interoperable testing compliant with the recently completed 3GPP Release-15 Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G NR global standard. 5G New Radio (NR) is the global 5G standard for... Read more →


The market penetration of non-hybrid stop-start systems on cars grew from 9.1% in 2016 to 14.2% in 2017 while light trucks nearly doubled, reaching 20.3% in 2017, according to figures gathered by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Source: DOE. Click to enlarge. Stop-start systems have been used on hybrid... Read more →


Nissan’s global crossover and SUV sales increased more than 12% in 2017 to more than 2 million vehicles (more than 34% of total Nissan sales for the year), driven by the all-new Nissan Kicks small crossover, the Rogue, X-Trail and Qashqai compact models, a refreshed Armada full-size SUV and the... Read more →


Volkswagen will unveil the electric, autonomous I.D. VIZZION concept at the Geneva International Motor Show next month. The new I.D. VIZZION concept car is the fourth member of the Volkswagen I.D. family. Volkswagen says that the premium-class MPV is showing the direction Volkswagen is taking in the technology and design... Read more →


Port of Rotterdam reports less fuel oil and more LNG bunkered in 2017; mainly due to Wes Amelie

In 2017, the sale of bunker oil—fuel for shipping—in the Rotterdam bunker port diminished from 10.1 million m3 to 9.9 million m3. Most bunkers contain fuel oil, in 2017, 8.3 million m3. The throughput of bunkered liquefied natural gas (LNG) increased from less than 100 tonnes to 1500 tonnes during... Read more →


Renault has revealed its new R110 electric motor and the 2018 model-year ZOE, Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle, which will be the first Renault EV to feature this 80kW powerplant which combines extra power with even greater driving enjoyment. Despite being the same size as the R90, the R110 is 12... Read more →


Volvo Cars launched its new three-cylinder Drive-E powertrain in the XC40, the company’s first entry into the compact SUV segment. The new powertrain is the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history. The new three-cylinder powertrain has been deliberately designed for integration into Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. A... Read more →


Volkswagen Group brands to use WLANp for V2X communication as standard equipment on new models from 2019

From 2019 onwards, the Volkswagen Group brands will use the WLANp standard (IEEE 802.11p) for communications among vehicles and between vehicles and their environment (V2X). The introduction of this technology as standard equipment on volume models ranging from compact cars to commercial vehicles will significantly improve safety on the roads... Read more →


The US Department of Energy launched three Bioenergy Research Centers just over ten years ago (earlier post). Of them, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, had a goal of turning more of the corn plant—the stalk and leaves that makes up the stover—into... Read more →


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Hydrogen Sensor Laboratory was used recently in a partnership with KPA Services, LLC (KPA), at the request of Toyota Motors to validate hydrogen sensors for incorporation into their system to adapt vehicle repair facilities for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The Hydrogen Sensor Laboratory... Read more →


Kia Motors revealed the new Ceed ahead of its world debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Among its enhancements, the new Ceed is available with Lane Following Assist, a ‘Level Two’ autonomous driving technology. Lane Following Assist tracks vehicles in front of the Ceed in traffic, and identifies... Read more →


Xinhua reports that China’s State Administration of Grain (SAG) said that China will expand production and consumption of bioethanol fuel this year as the country seeks more channels to use corn and grain stockpiles. Years of government support for corn farmers—paying Chinese corn producers more than twice the international price... Read more →


Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick (UK) have developed a method to assess the maximum current for commercial 18650 Li-ion batteries, using novel instrumentation methods enabling in operando measurements. In an open-access paper in the journal Electrochimica Acta, they reported that the maximum charging current that could be... Read more →


Subaru 3-row SUV Ascent to feature all-new 2.4L Boxer engine

The 2019 Subaru Ascent, a 3-row SUV and the largest Subaru ever built, will feature an all-new 2.4-liter BOXER engine mated to a new version of Subaru’s high-torque Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The new 2.4-liter Boxer engine uses a combination of direct fuel injection, high... Read more →


DOE awarding ~$44M to seven carbon capture projects

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has selected seven projects to receive approximately $44 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development through the funding opportunity announcement, Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies. The projects will target one of two areas: 1) engineering-scale... Read more →


Partners agree on initial funding to kick off waste-to-chemistry project in Rotterdam

A consortium of companies comprising Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam has signed a project development agreement covering initial investments in an advanced waste-to-chemistry facility in Rotterdam. The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative solution for... Read more →


Researchers at the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Company have found that using a Level 4 connected and automated vehicle (CAV) subsystem could increase vehicle primary energy use and GHG emissions by 3–20% due to increases in power consumption, weight, drag, and data transmission. However, when potential operational effects... Read more →


Consumer products such as shampoo, cleaning products and paint now contribute as much to emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in cities as tailpipe emissions from vehicles, according to a new study led by NOAA. The results, published in an open-access paper in the journal Science, suggest that the focus of... Read more →


The life-cycle water consumption of fuel cell electric vehicles using hydrogen produced from natural gas with steam methane reforming is almost 50% less than the life-cycle water consumption of conventional internal combustion engine vehicles using gasoline, according to a study by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). If the hydrogen... Read more →


Ft Worth contracting 46 60' New Flyer CNG buses

The Fort Worth (Texas) Transportation Authority (FWTA) has awarded New Flyer with a new contract for up to 46 Xcelsior compressed natural gas (CNG) sixty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. The contract includes six firm orders with options to purchase an additional 40 compressed natural gas (CNG) sixty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. The... Read more →


DOE awarding $6.5M to 9 large-scale Phase I pilot coal projects

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have selected nine projects to receive approximately $6.5 million in federal funding for Phase I of the Fossil Fuel Large-Scale Pilots funding opportunity announcement (FOA). This FOA, issued in August 2017, is... Read more →


New research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Carnegie Mellon University, SRI International and the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that drone-based delivery could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in the transportation sector. An open-access paper on the research appears in Nature Communications. Drones have been used... Read more →


The US Air Force is demonstrating the use of hydrogen as an alternate fuel source at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. In a recent visit to JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, members of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Energy and Operations directorates were given a tour of the installation’s hydrogen production... Read more →


Study finds rapid increases in nitrogen oxides may be as harmful to the heart as sustained levels

Rapid increases in pollution may be as harmful to the heart as sustained high levels, according to new research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The authors urgently call for confirmatory studies as even residents of clean air cities could be at risk. There is longstanding evidence that... Read more →


The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative (Co-Optima) (earlier post). The first study, Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize Future Gasoline Engine Performance, identifies eight representative high-octane blendstocks across five chemical groups that could be blended into gasoline... Read more →


New Argonne-developed tool helps car buyers compare electric-drive and traditional vehicles

Consumers in seven US Midwest states seeking information about plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles now have access to a new-vehicle purchase guidance tool created by Argonne National Laboratory. The tool was created as a part of an innovative clean-vehicle program recently launched in the Midwest. States currently covered by the... Read more →


UQM Technologies receives new order from Proterra for 2018; increased market demand for electric buses

UQM Technologies Inc. has received a new order from Proterra for UQM’s PowerPhase HD electric drive systems, to be manufactured and shipped in 2018. Proterra continues to build upon its electric bus technology, utilizing the UQM electric powertrain system for orders in 2018. Proterra was recently awarded the Los Angeles... Read more →


The Municipal Transport Company of Madrid (EMT) has unveiled the first 15 electric buses being introduced into its fleet; the 12-meter Irizar buses will service three central lines within the Spanish capital. Each bus has the capacity to hold 76 people and a daily range of more than 200 kilometers... Read more →


China decreases EV subsidy, increases minimum range to qualify

The Nikkei reported that China has lowered its subsidies for many electric cars and plug-in hybrids by about 30%. The changes to the program last through June 11. The government will re-examine the subsidies after assessing sales trends. Local governments also likely will lower their subsidies to manufacturers. For an... Read more →


Alongside the A-Class, the G-Class and the new four-door Mercedes-AMG GT Coupé, Mercedes-Benz will hold the world premiere of the new facelifted C-Class Saloon and Estate models featuring new gasoline and diesel engines, and plug-in hybrid versions. The C-Class in its current generation was Mercedes-Benz’s top-selling model in its fourth... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz to show first EQ BEV series-production model at Geneva

At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz will showcase the first EQ series-production model with battery-electric drive. Various latest-generation plug-in hybrid models will also celebrate their world premieres. They combine the latest hybrid technology from Mercedes-Benz with the latest-generation diesel engine (OM 654). With the smart edition nightsky (combined electrical... Read more →


Ballard wins $4.2M program to develop next-gen air-cooled fuel cell stack for forklift trucks

Ballard Power Systems has signed a Technology Solutions program with an unnamed strategic customer to develop a next-generation air-cooled fuel cell stack. The multi-year program has an initial value to Ballard of approximately $4.2 million. A key objective of the Technology Solutions program is to design and validate an ultra-high... Read more →


ORNL team using neutron imaging to study soot and ash collection and removal in particulate filters

A team of researchers from the Energy and Transportation Science Division at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is studying soot and ash collection and removal in particulate filters with neutron imaging, a technique sensitive enough to detect fine layers of material. Using the Neutron Imaging Facility instrument,... Read more →


Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) and Haifa Municipality have begun operating a low-emission zone (LEZ). As of 2 February 2018, polluting heavy diesel vehicles were no longer allowed in downtown Haifa. These buses and trucks must install a particulate filter in order to enter the restricted area. The creation... Read more →


Faraday Future hosts its first Global Supplier Summit

EV developer Faraday Future (FF) hosted its first Global Supplier Summit at its headquarter in Gardena, California. Nearly 200 representatives from more than 100 global suppliers joined this two-day event, a crucial gateway to achieving the first delivery of its flagship FF 91 by the end of 2018. Faraday Future’s... Read more →


Opel to introduce battery-electric version of next-generation Corsa in 2020

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller announced that the next generation of the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa will be produced exclusively in Zaragoza, Spain as of 2019. In addition, the electric variant of the bestselling sub-compact car will also roll off the Zaragoza production line by 2020. The Spanish plant will therefore be the... Read more →


OECD: governments should make better use of energy taxation to address climate change; “meaningful” increases limited to road sector

Greater reliance on energy taxation is needed to strengthen efforts to tackle the principal source of both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, according to a new OECD report. Taxes are effective at cutting harmful emissions from energy use, but governments could make better use of them. In 2015, outside... Read more →


New JRC cities database shows world more urbanized than previously thought

The European JRC (Joint Research Centre) has launched a new tool with data on all 10,000 urban centers scattered across the globe. It is the largest and most comprehensive database on cities ever published. With data derived from the JRC’s Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL), researchers have discovered that the... Read more →


New Holland Agriculture is partnering with E. & J. Gallo Winery, the largest family-owned winery in the world, in a pilot project testing its NHDrive autonomous technology applied to T4.110F vineyard tractors. This collaborative pilot program is focused on gathering agronomic and operator feedback on the use of this technology... Read more →


Responsible Battery Coalition launches 2M battery challenge

A coalition of leading vehicle battery manufacturers, recyclers, retailers and users dedicated to the responsible manufacturing, use and reuse of vehicle batteries launched an initiative to recover 2 million more lead-acid batteries with the goal of achieving a recycling rate of 100%. The campaign, called the 2 Million Battery Challenge,... Read more →


Audi has unveiled the second-generation A7 Sportback, which is the essence of Audi‘s new design language. The four-door coupé brings the show car design of the prologue studies (earlier post) to production. The drive system features a new mild-hybrid system (MHEV) as standard. At market introduction the coupé will be... Read more →


Ballard Power Systems announced the planned deployment of 500 licensed hydrogen fuel cell electric commercial trucks—all using Ballard fuel cell stack technology—in Shanghai, China. Each of the 500 Dongfeng Special Vehicle trucks is now licensed, plated and powered by a 30 kW fuel cell system that was designed and integrated... Read more →