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New Bosch highway assist system installed on the Maserati 2018 range; ACC Stop & Go plus Lane Centering

Bosch’s highway assist system, which combines the ACC Stop & Go and Lane Centering functions to control the vehicle’s speed, acceleration and braking, is installed on all the vehicles in the Maserati MY 2018 range. With the smart combination of the two functions and optimized longitudinal and lateral guidance during... Read more →


DOE’s CMI expands research in lithium, cobalt as rapid growth in electric vehicles drives demand

As increasing interest in electric vehicles drives the demand for supplies of lithium and cobalt for batteries, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Critical Materials Institute (earlier post) will begin new efforts this July to maximize the efficient processing, use, and recycling of those elements. We are trying to anticipate... Read more →


INFINITI to build five new models in China and electrify its portfolio

Ahead of Beijing International Motor Show, INFINITI announced it will build five new vehicles in China in the next five years, beginning with the all new QX50 SUV, and electrify its portfolio (earlier post). Over the next five years INFINITI is planning to localize five new vehicles in China, tripling... Read more →


For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has published state-by-state energy and water Sankey diagrams in one location so that analysts and policymakers can find all the information they need in one place. These diagrams depict energy use and water flow during the year 2010, the latest year... Read more →


The United States exported 97.0 million short tons (MMst) of coal in 2017, a 61% (36.7 MMst) increase from the 2016 level, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Exports to Asia more than doubled from 15.7 MMst in 2016 to 32.8 MMst in 2017, although Europe continues to... Read more →


Shell and Toyota moving forward with hydrogen facility for freight at Port of Long Beach with $8M award from CEC

Equilon Enterprises LLC, doing business as Shell Oil Products US, and Toyota have been provisionally awarded $8 million by the GFO-17-603 to develop the first hydrogen-truck refueling station at the Port of Long Beach. The funding, which is contingent upon the approval of the project at an upcoming CEC meeting,... Read more →


Apple files two LCFS applications in California for renewable electricity

Apple has submitted two Tier 2 applications under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for rooftop solar electricity it will generate at its facilities to provide power for electric vehicle charging stations (26 dual head Chargepoint stations at one site and 7 at a second.) The carbon intensity of... Read more →


CCM: Shanghai Energy investing US$790M to construct world’s largest Li-ion wet process separator production base

China will account for more than 60% of the world’s production of wet-process separators for Li-ion batteries, with more than 10 billion square meters capacity, according to China-based market intelligence firm CCM. Now, Shanghai Energy, the largest supplier in the country, will build the largest production base, strengthening China’s leading... Read more →


Researchers at Jilin University in China have developed a new class of self-assembled crystalline porous organic salts (CPOSs) featuring high proton conductivity for applications such as proton-exchange membranes for fuel cells. As reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie, the water content in the channels of the porous salts plays an... Read more →


Nissan is introducing an improved Nissan e-NV200 electric commercial vehicle, featuring a higher-capacity battery that offers longer range and battery life. Nissan is taking orders in Japan for the vehicle; deliveries will begin in December. The Nissan e-NV200 Van GX (5–passenger model) The Nissan e-NV200 features a new 40 kWh... Read more →


Japan-based NTN, a leading global supplier of hub bearings and driveshafts, will supply in-wheel motor technology to EV startup Changchun Fawsn Auto Tech (FSAT), established in October 2017 by FAW Group. FSAT will exhibit a prototype vehicle at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show. NTN’s latest in-wheel motor NTN began work... Read more →


Ford F-150 diesel EPA-rated at 30 mpg highway

The 2018 Ford F-150’s first 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel (earlier post) officially carries EPA-estimated ratings of 30 mpg (7.83 l/100 km) highway, 22 mpg (10.68 l/100 km) city and 25 mpg (9.4 l/100 km)combined. These are the highest EPA-estimated ratings available in a full-size pickup truck. These benchmark figures are... Read more →


Momentum Dynamics has commissioned the US’ first 200 kW wireless charging system for a battery-electric transit bus fleet. The wireless charging system is now operational on a BYD K9S bus at Link Transit in Wenatchee, Washington. Within five minutes, the wireless charging system automatically adds enough energy to the vehicle’s... Read more →


City of Chula Vista unveils EV fleet; 12 Ioniqs, 3 Bolts; most EV charging stations in San Diego region

The City of Chula Vista and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recently unveiled the City’s fleet of new electric vehicles (EV) and an array of EV charging stations at City Hall. SDG&E provided the charging stations, marking a milestone in the two organizations’ partnership to accelerate clean transportation and... Read more →


U of Bristol leading nanoCAGE project to use new approach to hydrogen storage; potential 10x improvement

The University of Bristol is leading a US$1.4-million (£947,336) project—NanoComposites for Active Gas Encapsulation (nanoCAGE)—which will deliver smart composite materials to address the problem of safe and efficient hydrogen storage. A low-density gas, hydrogen is challenging to store on-board a vehicle. Nanoporous materials (materials containing holes only a few nanometers... Read more →


Roskill: record cobalt deals in Q1 2018 show raw material procurement for Li-ion batteries revving up

Given the rapid development of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery industry, analysts are predicting that industry requirements for lithium and graphite could increase five-fold within the next decade while other metals such as nickel and cobalt are expected to increase nine-fold and four-fold, respectively, reflecting changes in cathode chemistry, according to... Read more →


Pacific Northwest businesses and nonprofits launch alliance to push natural gas vehicles

A group of Pacific Northwest businesses and nonprofits launch the Northwest Alliance for Clean Transportation. The Alliance is dedicated to helping the region reduce pollutants and greenhouse emissions by encouraging use of natural gas vehicles. Alliance members include utilities Puget Sound Energy, NW Natural, Avista and FortisBC. They are joined... Read more →


Lithium Australia (LIT) has finalized its acquisition of advanced cathode material production technology, acquiring 99.7% of the equity in Brisbane-based Very Small Particle Company (VSPC). The VSPC facility is a 2 to 4 tonnes-per-annum pilot plant that incorporates an integrated laboratory, coin-cell production facility and battery-testing equipment. Cathode powder producer... Read more →


Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has converted 40 of its Ford Transit vans into gas/electric hybrids using the XL hybrid system. The upgrade is expected to reduce each van’s carbon footprint by 20% and increase fuel economy as much as 25%. PSE worked with XL to upfit each Ford van with... Read more →


The Environmental Protection Agency is not sufficiently protecting the environment

Opinion by Michael Sivak The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. However, as the EPA is getting ready to relax the future vehicle fuel economy standards, the time is right to consider whether, under the current administration, this agency’s mission is,... Read more →


Electrify America will install electric vehicle fast chargers at more than 100 Walmart locations across 34 states by June 2019. This initiative will more than double the number of electric vehicle charging stations at Walmart stores across the US. The announcement is expected to make Walmart one of the leading... Read more →


Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), alongside Shell Technology Ventures (STV), has taken a stake in High-Yield Energy Technologies (HyET) (earlier post), a Dutch company that has developed cost-effective electrochemical hydrogen compression (EHC) technology. HyET’s technology is a reliable substitute for mechanical hydrogen compression both in existing industrial applications and in hydrogen... Read more →


The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) announced up to $39 million in available funding to support early stage research and development (R&D) of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. (DE-FOA-0001874) The work supported through this investment will address key early-stage technical challenges for fuel cells... Read more →


Seven billion people, more than 95% of the world’s population, lived in areas exceeding the WHO Guideline for healthy air in 2016, according to a new global study. Fifty-eight percent lived in areas with PM2.5 concentrations above above the WHO Interim Target 1 (IT-1, 35 μg/m3); 69% lived in areas... Read more →


The Australian, Japanese and Victorian governments and a consortium of companies have launched the pilot of an innovative supply chain that will deliver liquefied hydrogen from the Latrobe Valley in Australia to Japan. The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project will convert brown coal from the AGL Loy Yang mine... Read more →


Local Motors partners with Robotic Research on Olli electric autonomous shuttle

Local Motors is partnering with robotics technology group Robotic Research on Olli, an electric, autonomous shuttle. The partnership with Robotic Research is the latest integration of a new technology partner into Local Motors’ open development platform. Robotic Research is known for providing robust autonomous mobility and ancillary technologies for the... Read more →


Amminex, a Faurecia company, and its three partners the Technical University of Graz, Johnson Matthey, and ICCT have won the European Commission’s €1.5-million Horizon Prize in the Engine Retrofit for Clean Air category. It recognizes the outstanding emissions reduction potential of the ASDS technology (Ammonia Storage and Delivery System) for... Read more →


Volkswagen Group makes Lisbon a software development center for Group IT and MAN Truck & Bus AG

The Volkswagen Group is building a software development center for Volkswagen Group IT and MAN Truck & Bus AG in Lisbon, Portugal. In the medium-term, about 300 IT specialists, especially software engineers, web developers and UX designers, will work at the new facility. They are concentrating on the development of... Read more →


Drivers of plug-in electric vehicles have needed to have the right charging card or smartphone app to gain access to public charging stations. To simplify this process, Berlin-based emobility specialist Hubject has developed a solution which enables customers to access charging stations by means of a digital certificate: Plug&Charge via... Read more →


The Buick VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and the Buick Enspire all-electric concept SUV made their global debut at a launch event in Wuzhen, Zhejiang. The VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will be launched this year and its sibling, the VELITE 6 electric vehicle, will be introduced in... Read more →


Global Bioenergies and SkyNRG to collaborate on ASTM-certification of bio-isobutene feedstock and conversion for sustainable aviation fuel

Global Bioenergies (GBE), the company developing a process converting renewable resources into isobutene via fermentation (earlier post), and SkyNRG, world market leader in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), will collaborate to accelerate the commercialization of Global Bioenergies’ approach to process isobutene into a jet fuel blending component. The companies will work... Read more →


Electrify America selects ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet to supply 150/350 kW EV fast chargers

Electrify America has selected charging equipment suppliers ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet jointly to deploy its new ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging systems throughout the United States. The charging equipment suppliers will share delivery of more than 2,000 chargers across 484 stations in the US. The charging systems will... Read more →


UK-based ULEMCo will demonstrate a Volvo FH16 heavy-duty truck converted to run on hydrogen. The ULEMCo truck uses hydrogen to power the vehicle using a combustion engine rather than via fuel cells and an electric motor. However, in common with fuel cell versions, there will be none of the usual... Read more →


Researchers at Jilin University in China report in a papaer in the journal Fuel that coolant temperature in a gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engine under idle has a critical effect on particulate number (PN) emissions and that optimizing other operating parameters will further reduce PN emissions. PN concentration with coolant temperatures... Read more →


Japan Benex, Sumitomo Corp. to power plant with Nissan EVs, batteries

Japan Benex Corp. and Sumitomo Corp. will launch a “Future Plant” project using rooftop solar panels, Nissan electric vehicles and EV batteries to power Japan Benex’s headquarters plant in Isahaya, Japan. The newly developed stationary power storage system combines renewable energy, reused batteries and electric vehicles to promote efficient energy... Read more →


Researchers at SLAC and their colleagues at Northwestern University and NIST have combined machine learning (ML) and high-throughput (HiTp) experiments to find a new system of metallic glasses in the Co-V-Zr ternary. In their approach, described in an open-access paper in Science Advances, the team trained a machine learning (ML)... Read more →


New regulations to double the use of sustainable renewable fuels in UK by 2020; 12.4% minimum blend by 2032

New biofuel targets that came into force in the UK over the weekend (15 April 2018) will double the use of renewable fuels in the UK transport sector within 15 years, cutting the sector’s reliance on imported diesel. Changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) will compel owners of... Read more →


ConocoPhillips has concluded its 2018 winter exploration and appraisal program in Alaska. The company’s original plan was to drill five wells on the Western North Slope comprising two appraisal wells of the Willow Discovery announced in January 2017, plus three exploration wells. Due to improved drilling efficiencies, the company was... Read more →


Researchers at Tongji University (China), with colleagues at Zhengzhou Yutong Bus and HeFei University of Technology, have developed a multi-mode energy management strategy for electric vehicles with a fuel cell range extender based on driving pattern identification using a learning vector quantization (LVQ) neural network algorithm. This multi-mode strategy can... Read more →


Toyota and Lexus to begin deploying 5.9GHz DSRC for V2V and V2I communications in US vehicles in 2021

Toyota and Lexus plan to start deployment of Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) systems on vehicles sold in the United States starting in 2021, with the goal of adoption across most of its lineup by the mid-2020s. Toyota and Lexus plans to introduce DSRC represent a significant step forward in creating... Read more →


Total plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales in China were more than 2.8 times that of the US in 2017—some 555,300 vehicles in China vs. US PEV sales of just under 200,000 (195,591), according to figures from the US Department of Energy (DOE). Source: DOE. Plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales in... Read more →


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, which is developing future manufacturing concepts, has succeeded in 3D printing a smart shaft, combining sensor technology, wireless data transfer, and condition monitoring in the same package. The new manufacturing methods will enable the creation of new business models and provide a competitive edge... Read more →


IHS Markit: global battery energy storage pipeline reaches record 10.4 GW in Q1 2018

The global energy storage project pipeline grew to 10.4 GW at the end of the first quarter of 2018, according to the IHS Markit Energy Storage Intelligence Service. More than 3 GW of battery energy storage is forecast to be deployed in 2018, however uncertainty over supply constraints—and potential cost... Read more →


The BMW Group will invest more than €10 million in a new Additive Manufacturing Campus. Located in Oberschleissheim, just north of Munich, the facility will allow the company to continue developing its expertise in this field of work. Our new Additive Manufacturing Campus will concentrate the full spectrum of the... Read more →


The European H2FUTURE project consortium, comprising voestalpine, Siemens, VERBUND, and Austrian Power Grid, together with the research partners K1-MET and ECN, officially gave the green light to the construction of a 6 MW “green” hydrogen pilot production plant—the world’s largest—at a voestalpine Linz steel plant. (Earlier post.) The partners from... Read more →


KVG Braunschweig converting around 25% of its bus fleet to electric

Lower Saxony transport-operator KVG Braunschweig will convert around 25% of its bus fleet to electric. The current fleet of electric vehicles will grow to 48 full-size electric buses by 2023; KVG intends to procure six new e-buses this year. In the medium term, KVG plans to station its battery-powered vehicles... Read more →


Continental developing aquaplaning warning system with cameras and tire sensors

Technology company Continental is working on an automatic system to warn of the risk of aquaplaning. An initial production of the technology, which is currently in predevelopment, is conceivable in a next generation of vehicles, according to the Continental technology experts. The hardware and software for the aquaplaning warning is... Read more →


Researchers led by a team at UC Berkeley have demonstrated high-capacity manganese-rich cathodes for advanced lithium-ion batteries. The work, reported in the journal Nature, shows a possible design approach for cathode materials that move away from the current reliance on nickel and cobalt—which are limited resources and are associated with... Read more →


India-based Ola, one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, launched “Mission: Electric”, with a commitment to place 10,000 E-rickshaws and Electric auto-rickshaws in its service in the next 12 months. The company will develop “Mission: Electric” as a platform to bring one million electric vehicles on the road by 2021.... Read more →


Fujitsu, SMU, and A*STAR collaborate on vessel traffic management technologies with Singapore; AI and big data

Fujitsu Limited, Singapore Management University (SMU), and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), are collaborating to develop innovative new technologies for vessel traffic management in the Port of Singapore, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). The Straits of Singapore and Malacca comprise one... Read more →