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For a fully-electric racing car like the record-breaking Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak (earlier post), the weight of the battery is especially important—it is the heaviest individual component, and each increase in weight has a detrimental effect on the car’s performance. Volkswagen Motorsport engineers sought to keep the batteries as... Read more →


Agility Fuel Solutions receives CARB Approval for low-NOx 6.0L natural gas engine with heavy-duty on-board diagnostics (HD-OBD)

Agility Fuel Solutions has received California Air Resources Board (CARB) certifications for its first natural gas-powered engine. The Agility 366NG, a General Motors 6.0L engine with an Agility natural gas fuel system, is certified to meet the CARB Optional Low NOx Emissions Standards and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards. In addition,... Read more →


Rolls-Royce is launching a lithium-ion based energy storage system for ships. Rolls-Royce has been delivering energy storage systems since 2010, however the actual energy storage units were previously supplied by an external party. Illustration of a ship system setup with batteries. This example shows a hybrid system for a tugboat.... Read more →


CELEST, largest German research platform for electrochemical storage, begins operation

The Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm & Karlsruhe (CELEST), the largest German research platform for electrochemical, comprising research into Li-ion batteries, post-Li technologies, fuel cells, and redox-flow batteries, has begun operation. CELEST combines finding-oriented research with close-to-practice development and innovative production technology. CELEST pools the know-how of 29 institutes... Read more →


FCA US has awarded the production of the power electronics module for the Jeep Wrangler PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) to its Toledo Machining Plant. As part of the Capital Markets Day presentation in June, FCA committed to expanding its electrified propulsion systems in global architectures spanning the full range... Read more →


Nano One Materials has launched a project focused on improving the durability of lithium-ion cathode materials with the support of the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). NRC IRAP will support Nano One’s project to develop Coatings for High Durability Lithium ion Battery Cathodes and... Read more →


Continental has developed a sensor that is able to measure the height and pressure of air springs using ultrasound. With the Ultrasonic Height and Pressure Sensor (UHPS), it will be possible to adjust the height of vehicles electronically, thereby improving the efficiency of urban buses. The UHPS adjusts the height... Read more →


Latest generation diesels power 36% of US commercial trucks

Thirty-six percent of all commercial diesel trucks on US roads are now powered by the newest generation of diesel technologies (MY 2011 and newer), up from 30% in 2016 and 25.7% in 2015, according to analysis by the Diesel Technology Forum of operation data from 2017 of vehicles (GVW 3-8)... Read more →


GlobalData: ExxonMobil has most remaining reserves among oil & gas supermajors

Among oil & gas supermajors, ExxonMobil leads in terms of remaining reserves for producing, planned and announced fields with 28,069 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) followed by Shell with 27,012 mmboe in 2017, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company. GlobalData’s report: “Quarterly Upstream Benchmarking of Supermajors -... Read more →


PowerCell, Siemens to partner on development of marine fuel cell systems; integration into BlueDrive

PowerCell Sweden AB has signed a memorandum of understanding with the German industrial group Siemens AG to enter into a partnership in order to drive forward the integration of fuel cell modules in shipping. The aim of the collaboration is to develop an energy supply system for vessels which is... Read more →


Tractica: $26.5B market for automotive AI hardware, software, and services by 2025

In a new report, market intelligence firm Tractica forecasts that the market for automotive AI hardware, software, and services will reach $26.5 billion by 2025, up from $1.2 billion in 2017. The automotive industry is among the industries at the forefront of using AI to mimic, augment, and support the... Read more →


Gainesville and Connected Signals delivering real-time traffic signal data to reduce red-light crashes and improve fuel efficiency

In April 2017, the City of Gainesville, Florida began work on a pilot project with Connected Signals, Inc., a provider of real-time, predictive traffic signal information, as part of the University of Florida Transportation Institute’s I-STREET testbed. I-STREET was created in partnership with Florida Depart of Transportation’s (FDOT) Connected Vehicle... Read more →


Global sales of electrolyzers in 2017 were estimated to be 100 megawatts per year, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). That is enough to produce approximately 50,000 kilograms of hydrogen per day (assuming 50 kWh/kg, running full time). During electrolysis, an electrolyzer uses electricity to split water molecules... Read more →


City of London Corporation introduces emissions-based parking fees

The City of London Corporation is introducing new charges for on-street parking in the City—a city and county that contains the historic center and the primary central business district (CBD) of London, and known colloquially as the “Square Mile”—starting 20 August 2018. The new parking charges will use RingGo’s Emissions-Based... Read more →


Neste, ReNew ELP and Licella to collaborate in utilization of waste plastic as a raw material for fuels and chemicals

Neste, the leading producer of renewable diesel, UK-based chemical recycling company ReNew ELP, and Australian technology developer Licella are collaborating in a development project to explore the potential of using mixed waste plastic as a raw material for fuels, chemicals, and new plastics. In addition to studying liquefied waste plastic... Read more →


DOE funds a fifth round of projects pairing manufacturing, high performance computing; KeraCel and solid-state batteries

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded nearly $3.8 million for 13 industry projects under fifth round of selections for the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program for the HPC4Mfg Program, led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and its partners Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Oak... Read more →


U Mich team demonstrates high current densities and extended cycling with solid electrolyte

Researchers at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor have combined recent developments in reducing interface resistance and optimizing microstructure to develop a solid electrolyte that demonstrates Li cycling at current densities competitive with Li-ion. Next generation electric vehicles and consumer electronics demand volumetric energy densities beyond that capable of state-of-the-art Li-ion... Read more →


Testing of the latest Nexcel active engine oil management system (earlier post) across three different engine types has a{demonstrated} the system’s potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 2 g/km. The reduction is delivered by ensuring a precise oil-engine match, helping the oil to warm up more quickly and boosting the... Read more →


Polestar software upgrade delivers more rear-wheel torque in all-wheel drive Volvos

Volvo Cars has introduced a new Polestar-developed software upgrade that increases torque distribution to the rear wheels of Volvo cars equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD) for more dynamic driving. The optimization software, developed by Volvo Car Group’s new electric performance brand Polestar, increases the amount and frequency of torque distributed... Read more →


Six states accounted for 72% of US fuel ethanol production in 2016, according to the most recent estimates from EIA’s State Energy Data System. Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota collectively produced 265 million barrels of fuel ethanol out of the US total of 367 million barrels. All... Read more →


Two BYD Y electric intermodal cargo tractors were deployed at the Port of San Diego recently as part of a project funded by the California Energy Commission to accelerate the port’s transition to zero-emission transportation. The Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) awarded nearly $6... Read more →


The amount of water used per well for hydraulic fracturing surged by up to 770% between 2011 and 2016 in all major US shale gas and oil production regions, according to a new Duke University open-access study published in Science Advances. The volume of brine-laden wastewater that fracked oil and... Read more →


Rice University engineers find nanoscale solution to produced water oil-emulsion problem

Enhanced oil recovery and fracking methods result in large quantities of produced water, which contains, among other things, oil-water emulsions. Rice University scientists have now developed a nanoparticle-based solution that reliably removes more than 99% of the emulsified oil that remains after other processing is done. The Rice lab of... Read more →


BAE Systems, a global provider of more than 9,000 electric-hybrid, battery-electric, and fuel-cell electric systems, announced that the Association du Transport Urbain du Québec (ATUQ) ordered 497 electric-hybrid buses using the BAE Systems Series-E electric drive propulsion system (earlier post). The five-year contract includes an option for up to 1,028... Read more →


Gevo to deploy Shockwave process to lower the carbon intensity of its ethanol, isobutanol

Gevo, Inc. has entered into two separate operating leases and service agreements with Shockwave LLC to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process as well as related technology and equipment at Gevo’s production facility in Luverne, MN. Shockwave is financing its equipment required for this multi-million dollar project and is providing... Read more →


Tropos Motors has released the new eXtended Range, ABLE XR low-speed electric utility vehicle. Powered by a 26 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the ABLE XR offers four times more range (up to 160 miles) compared to the standard ABLE configurations, and nearly three times more than its closest competition in... Read more →


Blue Bird first to offer certified ultra-low NOx level for propane school buses; 0.02 g/bhp-hr

Blue Bird is providing the cleanest propane engine available for school buses on the market, with this version being 90% cleaner than the current emissions standard and 10 times cleaner than any non-Blue Bird propane school bus option available today. Blue Bird’s Vision Propane buses now offer an optional ultra-low... Read more →


Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) announced the availability of its EDI PowerDrive 4000ev, suited for Type-A school buses. The Class-4 offering rounds out the company’s all-electric school bus solution portfolio, spanning the full spectrum for Type C, D, and A, in the North American market. With a captive ridership of 26... Read more →


Orange EV and Firefly Transportation Services announced the deployment of Orange EV T-Series pure electric terminal trucks into yard management operations for a leading manufacturer of consumer packaged goods. Providing emission-free yard management services at manufacturing and distribution facilities in Michigan and California, Firefly will reduce costs and add new... Read more →


Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), the corporate venture capital company of the Bosch Group, has completed an investment in US-based startup DeepMap. DeepMap is a software company focused on solving the mapping and localization challenge for autonomous vehicles. (Earlier post.) Maps explicitly designed to be read by machines are... Read more →


Accell, a provider of Powramid power products and enhanced connectivity solutions, announced that Walmart.com is offering Accell’s premier electric vehicle charger (EVSE), the AxFAS Portable Electric Vehicle Charger Level 2. This product is available now. Supporting the SAE J1772 standard, Accell’s AxFAST product works with Nissan LEAF, Toyota Prius Prime,... Read more →


Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Food Express, Inc. (FXI) announced the addition of 11 new ultra-low emission natural gas trucks to the FXI fleet. The company, with the assistance of SoCalGas, applied for and received $1.1 million in grant funding for the new Kenworth T680 trucks (earlier post) which... Read more →


NREL acquires new high-performance computing system; 8 petaflops for energy research

The US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected its next high-performance computing (HPC) system, which will be used to advance early-stage R&D on energy technologies spanning multiple DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) programs. The new system, named Eagle, will be installed... Read more →


Saudi Arabia And Iran Reignite The Oil Price War

by Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is becoming increasingly evident in the oil pricing policies of the two large Middle Eastern producers. The two countries are currently reigniting the market share and pricing war ahead of the returning U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil. Saudi... Read more →


Natural gas production in Egypt has been in decline, falling from a 2009 peak of 5.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) to 3.9 Bcf/d in 2016, based on estimates in BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy. However, the startup of a number of natural gas development projects located offshore... Read more →


DOE selects 28 hydrogen and fuel cell R&D projects for $38M in funding

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 28 projects for awards totaling $38 million to support early-stage research and development of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. This work also supports the DOE’s H2@ Scale initiative to produce and use hydrogen across multiple energy sectors. Selections for this investment... Read more →


China-based premium EV maker Nio (earlier post) has filed for a $1.8-billion IPO with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The company is initially targeting China’s premium battery-electric SUV market. Source: Nio F-1. Nio introduced its first model, the EP9 supercar, in 2016. (Earlier post.) The EP9 set a world... Read more →


Solaris offers remote diagnostics of electric buses

Solaris Bus & Coach has created a system to streamline and to support diagnostic solutions, to improve maintenance options and to facilitate the analysis of specialist data derived from its electric buses. Vehicles fitted with a remote diagnostic system called eSConnect will enable the producer to establish a database of... Read more →


Study concludes cycling is the urban transport mode associated with the greatest health benefits

A new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a center supported by the la Caixa Banking Foundation, has concluded that cycling is the mode of transport associated with the greatest health benefits: better self-perceived general health, better mental health and fewer feelings of loneliness. The study... Read more →


The Kenworth T680 on-highway flagship and Kenworth T880 and T880S vocational leaders are now available with the Cummins Westport L9N near zero NOx emissions natural gas engine (earlier post). Cummins Westport L9N Engine. The L9N engine is certified to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) optional low NOx standard of... Read more →


ZAF Energy Systems receives $600,000 from Missouri; NiZn batteries

ZAF Energy Systems Inc. (ZAF), a developer of echargeable nickle-zinc (NiZn) batteries (earlier post), has received $300,000—the first installment of a $600,000 investment—from Missouri’s Department of Economic Development (DED) fund as part of the state’s Venture Capital Co-Investment Program. The company will use the investment to hire employees, expand production,... Read more →


KAUST team investigates methanol-DME blends for compression ignition

Highly fuel-efficient new engine designs could significantly reduce the environmental impact of combustion-engined vehicles, especially if the engines run on renewable non-petroleum-based fuels. Ensuring these unconventional fuels are compatible with next-generation engines was the aim of a new computational study on fuel ignition behavior at KAUST. A paper on their... Read more →


ZF Marshall is launching the ZF S-Cam4 camera family that includes a single lens, mono-camera designed to help meet updated test protocols such as EuroNCAP pedestrian triggered automatic emergency braking (AEB), including a crossing bicycle AEB test. The new camera family also includes a premium three-lens TriCam4 version to support... Read more →


Penske Truck Leasing joins CharIN to promote electric commercial vehicle charging standards

Penske Truck Leasing has joined the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN), a worldwide industry alliance focused on promoting Combined Charging System (CCS) as the global standard for charging electric vehicles (EVs) of all types. Penske will focus its attention on helping to promote electric vehicle charging standards for commercial vehicles in... Read more →


Data collected on one-way household trips by the Federal Highway Administration’s National Household Travel Survey show that the majority (59.4%) of vehicle trips in the US in 2017 were less than six miles. A vehicle trip is defined as one start and end movement from location to location in a... Read more →


US refineries are running at record levels in response to robust domestic and international demand for motor gasoline and distillate fuel oil, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). For the week ending 6 July 2018, the four-week average of US gross refinery inputs surpassed 18 million barrels per... Read more →


Dongfeng Motor Green Plan includes 20 electrified models by 2022; Nissan e-Power on core models

Dongfeng Motor Company Limited (DFL), the joint venture between Nissan Motors and Dongfeng Motor Group, will accelerate the “Green 2022 Plan” rollout with a focus on green products, production and materials reuse. DFL plans to introduce 20 electrified (EV and e-POWER) models under its four brands by 2022, with Nissan... Read more →


Russian researchers develop new steel to double service life of oil-field pipelines

On the request of PAO Severstal, one of the world’s largest metallurgical steel companies, scientists at Russia’s NUST MISIS have developed a new steel alloy called SeverCorr for oil-field pipelines that reduces the environmental risks of oil production and increases its efficiency. Severstal’s necessity to develop a new steel grade... Read more →


Ford has released the first images of the new Territory, a mid-size SUV targeted at new buyers in emerging cities in China. Ford developed the Territory together with its joint venture partner, Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC). Territory customers can choose between a fuel-efficient gasoline engine option; 48V mild hybrid with... Read more →