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Tata Steel Europe and POSCO partner to develop innovative steels for the future

Tata Steel Europe announced a cross-licensing agreement with South Korean POSCO, which will allow the company to increase the range of advanced products to key markets including the automotive and construction sectors. The deal will allow Tata Steel Europe to access Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) technology, an innovative process allowing... Read more →


Dana buys majority stake TM4 for C$165M; Hydro-Québec retains 45%; new JV

Dana Incorporated and Hydro-Québec announced a joint-venture partnership in which TM4 Inc., a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, will become Dana’s source for electric motors, power inverters, and control systems. As part of this agreement, Dana will become a majority shareholder of TM4 in exchange for CA$165 million (approximately US$127 million). Hydro-Québec... Read more →


ArcelorMittal’s Cleveland Steel Mill achieves DOE 50001 Ready status

ArcelorMittal USA, a US Department of Energy (DOE) Better Plants partner, attained the DOE’s 50001 Ready designation for the energy management system at its large steel mill in Cleveland, Ohio. This achievement is helping the plant meet long-term corporate energy goals established in partnership with the Better Plants program and... Read more →


Volkswagen Group: Foshan Plant Phase II mega-factory key for China; strengthening e-mobility strategy

Through the completion of the Foshan Plant Phase II, Volkswagen Group’s Foshan production site’s capacity will double from 300,000 to 600,000 cars annually. The first SUV-model of the Volkswagen brand built by FAW-Volkswagen—the T-Roc—successfully rolled off the line in April this year. Together with the Audi Q2L, which will also... Read more →


The Eagle Ford Group of Texas contains estimated means of 8.5 billion barrels of oil, 66 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 1.9 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, according to a new assessment by the US Geological Survey. This estimate consists of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources in continuous... Read more →


Buick has introduced the new-generation Excelle to its China lineup. It features the brand’s latest styling, a new more efficient powertrain, and a broad range of advanced safety and connectivity technologies. The Buick Excelle has been among the most popular family sedans in China, with nearly 2.7 million sold since... Read more →


Gevo and Avfuel enter into renewable jet fuel supply agreement; first long-term commercial supply agreement for Gevo ATJ

Gevo has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation, effective 1 July 2018. Avfuel is a leading global supplier of aviation fuel and services to all industry consumer groups, servicing more than 3,000 locations worldwide. The agreement with Avfuel is Gevo’s first... Read more →


Occidental Petroleum and White Energy to study feasibility of capturing CO2 from ethanol plant for enhanced oil recovery

Occidental Petroleum Corporation and biofuel producer White Energy have agreed to evaluate the economic feasibility of a carbon capture, utilization and storage project. The project would capture CO2 at White Energy’s ethanol facilities in Hereford and Plainview, Texas, and transport it to the Permian Basin, where Occidental would use it... Read more →


Roskill: refined lithium supply expected to treble to 900kt by 2027, driven by use in batteries

Growth in the consumption of lithium accelerated in 2017 by more than 10% on 2016 levels to reach 211,000t lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE), according to a new report by Roskill. The lithium-ion battery industry has been, and will continue to be, the main catalyst for growth; it accounted for close... Read more →


Toyota re-introducing Camry to Europe after 14 years; TNGA and latest hybrid electric powertrain

After an absence of 14 years, Toyota is re-introducing the Camry in Western Europe, to maintain the brand’s presence in the D/E-sedan segment. Available as a hybrid electric vehicle, the new Camry expands Toyota’s European line-up of hybrid electric vehicles to 8 models. Camry’s 2.5-liter hybrid electric powertrain combines fuel... Read more →


Volvo Cars revealed the new S60 mid-size premium sports sedan at the company’s new—and first—US manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. The new Charleston plant was officially inaugurated concurrent with the reveal of the S60. The combined car launch and factory opening reinforce Volvo Cars’ commitment to the US, an... Read more →


UPS adds new natural gas vehicles and fueling station in Vancouver B.C.

In a move bringing the company closer toward plans to have 50% of its Canadian fleet running on alternative fuels by the end of 2018, new compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles joined UPS Canada’s growing alternative energy fleet. Seven CNG highway tractors and 40 delivery trucks were added to the... Read more →


Ferguson Marine and partners to develop renewables-powered hydrogen ferry: EU-funded HySeas III project

Port Glasgow-based Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited has successfully led a European consortium in a bid for EU funding support for the building and launch of the first sea-going car and passenger ferry fueled by Hydrogen. The supported development is expected to cost around €12.6 million (US$14.6 million) of which €9.3... Read more →


Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a provider of advanced high-efficiency zero emissions plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions, announced the availability of its EDI PowerDrive 6000ev. The system has already been integrated into leading OEM platforms, and is suited for goods movement, logistics, port, and utility vehicle applications. Efficient Drivetrains... Read more →


PG&E collaborates With San Joaquin Regional Transit District on EV pilot

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will conduct an electric vehicle (EV) pilot with San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) to help prepare the agency for its long-term electric transportation needs. With San Joaquin RTD, PG&E will test how smart charging and battery storage can lower operating costs and maximize... Read more →


Toronto Transit Commission orders 10 battery-electric buses from New Flyer, option for 30 more

New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, the Canadian subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, announce an award from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) for ten forty-foot, zero-emission battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses, with an option to purchase... Read more →


Global Bioenergies receives €1M payment after improvements in bio-isobutene process

Global Bioenergies (GBE) received a payment of €1 million (US$1.2 million) from ADEM (French Environment & Energy Management Agency), which operates the Investissements d’Avenir (Investments in the Future) program on behalf of the French government. This payment follows improvements in performance levels of GBE’s bio-isobutene process and the completion of... Read more →


Volkswagen invests $100M in QuantumScape to secure access to solid-state battery technology; new JV; production by 2025

The Volkswagen Group is increasing its stake in solid-state energy company QuantumScape Corporation (earlier post) and forming a new joint venture with the intention of paving the way for the next level of battery power for long-range e-mobility. Volkswagen will invest US$100 million in QuantumScape and will become the innovative... Read more →


Toyota Research Institute donates $100k to support CARLA open-source automated driving simulator

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is furthering its support of open source platforms by donating $100,000 to the Computer Vision Center (CVC) to accelerate its development of an open source simulator for automated driving, Car Learning to Act (CARLA). CARLA is hosted on Github, and its development is directed by the... Read more →


Tour Engine, the startup developing novel split-cycle engine technology (earlier post), is working on a 5 kW natural gas unit under Phase II funding from the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E). The additional $2.59 million in funding, awarded earlier this year under ARPA-E’s GENSETS program, follows on Tour’s... Read more →


Traffic Jam Assist in new VW Touareg now masters traffic jams and construction semi-automatically at speeds less than 55 km/h

The new Volkswagen Touareg can semi-automatically master irritating stop-and-go situations when “Traffic Jam Assist” is active. The camera-based “Lane Assist” and the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) assist system operating with radar are merged to form Traffic Jam Assist. Both systems must be active so that the extended semi-automated driving function... Read more →


Romain Dumas in the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak set the fastest time in qualifying ahead of the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a time of 3:16.083 minutes. The three-time Pikes Peak winner went 11.049 seconds quicker than second-placed Simone Faggioli in his Norma M20 SF PKP with... Read more →


Porsche AG has taken a 10% stake in the technology and electric sports car company Rimac Automobili. Rimac develops and produces electric vehicle components and manufactures electric super sports cars. As part of its electrification efforts, Porsche is seeking a development partnership with the young company. In 2009, founder Mate... Read more →


John Deere Electronic Solutions’ (JDES) PD400 inverter is a key component in the Fuso eCanter fully electric truck. (Earlier post.) The JDES PD400 is a rugged, off-the-shelf inverter that has been proven in use at John Deere and in other off-road OEM applications. Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC)... Read more →


Neste participating in Treesearch research platform focusing on forest based materials

The Treesearch research platform was inaugurated in Sweden in late May. To date it is Sweden’s largest investment in research and the development of knowledge and competence in the field of materials and chemicals from the forest. Leading renewable hydrocarbon producer Neste is one of the parties involved in the... Read more →


Solaris Bus & Coach has announced the Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen, a new generation hydrogen fuel cell bus. The official premiere of the vehicle is slated for 2019. Energy needed to power the driveline of the Solaris Urbin 12 hydrogen will be obtained fromthe fuel cell; range on a single... Read more →


Velocys partners with PQ for FT catalyst manufacturing; secures funding for UK waste-to-jet project

Velocys plc has partnered with PQ Corporation (PQ) for the supply of commercial quantities of Velocys’ proprietary microchannel Fischer-Tropsch catalyst to be used in multiple biorefineries incorporating its technology. PQ is a leading global provider of specialty catalysts, services, materials and chemicals for the refinery, emissions control and petrochemical industries.... Read more →


Growth Energy estimates 2,800 retail sites in US to offer E15 by 2021; 350M new ethanol gallons annually

More than 2,800 retail sites will offer E15 by 2021, generating approximately 350 million new ethanol gallons annually, according to a one-pager released by biofuel trade association Growth Energy. The report touts the accomplishments of Prime the Pump, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping build the infrastructure and distribution of... Read more →


Audi and Hyundai to partner on fuel cell technology

Audi AG and Hyundai Motor Group will partner on the development of fuel cell technology. The two companies plan to cross-license patents and grant access to non-competitive components. The agreement is currently subject to approval from the applicable regulatory authorities. Through their collaboration, both partners aim to bring the fuel... Read more →


ZF has introduced a new eAMT (electrified Automated Manual Transmission) technology for the hybridization of front-transverse vehicles. The eAMT integrates the company’s electric axle drive system (eVD) and an automated manual transmission (AMT) into one system. The transmission actuator and the electric rear axle operate together with intelligent interaction. This... Read more →


The new Advanced Metal Processing Center (AMPC) has opened at Brunel University London. The new center provides a boost for manufacturers to work with Brunel on large-scale research and development activity, enabling innovations such as novel structures for lightweight car parts to make the leap from the lab to full-scale... Read more →


Sierra Club and Plug-In America release toolkit of policies to drive EV adoption

The Sierra Club and Plug-In America released a new report—AchiEVe: Model State & Local Policies to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption—which details policies that state and local governments can take to promote electric vehicles, from tax incentives to increasing equity and access. The toolkit includes classic policies for EV drivers such... Read more →


Transportation Electrification Accord sets out multi-sector roadmap to electrified future

Fortune 100 companies, including automakers and utilities, have joined labor groups, consumer advocates, environmental organizations and others to sign the Transportation Electrification Accord— a written set of principles meant to inspire and continue the conversation around electrified transportation. Advanced Energy Economy, Energy Foundation, Illinois Citizen Utility Board, Natural Resources Defense... Read more →


Volkswagen AG, Ford explore strategic alliance

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding and are exploring a strategic alliance designed to strengthen each company’s competitiveness and better serve customers globally. The companies are exploring potential projects across a number of areas—including developing a range of commercial vehicles together to better serve the... Read more →


Audi is introducing the second generation of its A1 with the new Audi A1 Sportback. Even the basic version comes standard with a fully digital instrument cluster with a high-resolution, 10.25-inch display and a multifunction steering wheel. The optional Audi virtual cockpit with an extended range of functions presents comprehensive... Read more →


New genetic engineering technique improves enzyme’s ability to breakdown biomass

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Georgia have developed a new genetic engineering technique significantly to improve an enzyme’s ability to break down biomass. A paper on the work is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences... Read more →


Voyage partners with Renovo for autonomous taxi fleet

Voyage, a startup in the autonomous taxi space, entered into a long-term strategic partnership with Renovo, a mobility technology company, to license Renovo’s AWare OS for use across its global fleet of automated vehicles. Initial AWare deployments will take place this year in Voyage’s existing commercial community deployments in The... Read more →


Colorado Governor signs executive order calling for state to adopt California low-emission vehicle standards

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order calling for the state to adopt low emission vehicle (LEV) standards. The executive order instructs the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to develop a rule to establish a Colorado LEV program, which incorporates the requirements of the California LEV program;... Read more →


Blink Charging and YSB to incorporate Blink charging stations into light poles

Blink Charging Co. and YSB, a leader in Israel’s infrastructure and smart city technology, have entered into a cooperation agreement to integrate Blink technology into light poles with “flexible charging” for smart city infrastructure. The integration will allow both Blink and YSB to deploy and operate light pole charging stations... Read more →


UPS plans to build an additional five compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add more than 700 new CNG vehicles including 400 semi-tractors and 330 terminal trucks. This $130-million dollar investment in CNG capacity for 2018 builds on previous UPS investments of $100 million dollars in 2016 and $90... Read more →


Bloomberg NEF forecasts falling battery prices enabling surge in wind and solar to 50% of global generation by 2050

Wind and solar power generation will surge to almost 50% of world generation by 2050 (“50 by 50”), supported by precipitous reductions in cost, and the advent of cheaper and cheaper batteries that will enable electricity to be stored and discharged to meet shifts in demand and supply, according to... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz will run the Mercedes-Benz EQC electric vehicle through hot weather trials in Spain. Following successful winter trials, the EQC is required to endure an extensive test program in the summer heat with temperatures of up to 50° C (122 ˚F). Particular attention is being given to aspects which are... Read more →


The latest US Department of Transportation (DOT) Freight Analysis Framework (FAF version 4) shows that modes used for the domestic movement of gasoline vary greatly by the shipment distance. For short-haul movements (less than 250 miles), gasoline is primarily shipped by truck and pipeline, but for long-haul movements (1,000 miles... Read more →


Zap&Go Ltd has been selected to contribute its unique Carbon-Ion (C-Ion) technology to a consortium led by Williams Advanced Engineering to develop next-generation battery systems for electric vehicles. The project is part of the UK Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge, a £246-million (US$326-million) commitment to battery development for the electric vehicle... Read more →


DOE to award nearly $64M to 89 projects for advanced nuclear energy technology

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award nearly $64 million to 89 projects for advanced nuclear energy technology to DOE national laboratories, industry, and 39 US universities in 29 states. The awards are dispersed under three DOE nuclear energy programs: the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), the Nuclear Energy... Read more →


Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will build more models using a new type of super high formability (SHF) steel that combines high tensile strength with a previously unachievable degree of formability, resulting in lighter vehicles that can help lower emissions while protecting occupants. (Earlier post.) Nissan is the world’s first carmaker... Read more →