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Continental and Knorr-Bremse AG have entered into a partnership to develop a complete system solution for highly automated driving (HAD) in commercial vehicles, initially focused on automated convoy driving (platooning). Later development work will deal with automated driving on the freeway (“Highway Pilot”). The cooperation includes all functions for driver... Read more →


Allison Transmission announces global availability of 9-speed transmission, expanded electrification portfolio at IAA CV

At IAA Commercial Vehicles, Allison Transmission announced that it will offer its medium-duty, fully automatic 9-speed transmission globally, and that it has developed an electric hybrid system with purely electric extended range. Allison first announced the 9-speed model in 2017 at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta. With... Read more →


AKASOL provides battery system for electrified trailer axle from SAF-HOLLAND

As part of a forward-thinking European project, the globally operating commercial vehicle supplier SAF-HOLLAND S.A. has integrated a high-performance battery system from European manufacturer of lithium-ion battery systems AKASOL into an experimental vehicle with the electrified SAF TRAKr trailer axle. The Li-ion batteries are fed with braking energy through the... Read more →


US DOE and California partner to support $11M in advanced natural gas engine research

The US Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), California Energy Commission, and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) have teamed up to launch new research focused on medium- and heavy-duty natural gas engines and vehicles. Through a new request for proposals (RHQ-8-82305), NREL will award up to... Read more →


AMSilk partners with Airbus to develop the next generation of composite fibers for lightweight, high-performance planes; BioSteel

AMSilk, the first industrial supplier of synthetic silk biopolymers, has entered a joint cooperation agreement with Airbus to develop the new era of composites for use in the aerospace industry. In recent years, the aerospace industry has shifted from metal and steel fuselage and wings to carbon fiber composite materials,... Read more →


MIT study finds real-world NOx from diesels cars in Europe greatly exceeds laboratory levels; transboundary emissions cause 70% of health impacts

A new study by MIT researchers, published this month in Atmospheric Environment, finds that in Europe, 10 major auto manufacturers produced diesel cars, sold between 2000 and 2015, that generate up to 16 times more NOx emissions on the road than in regulatory tests—a level that exceeds European limits but... Read more →


Alongside its own factory team, Audi Sport will also equip the British race team Virgin Racing with the newly developed Audi e-tron FE05, including the powertrain, for the new ABB FIA Formula E Championship starting in December. Audi e-tron FE05 We are glad that in the new Formula E season... Read more →


Cummins to partner with KAMAZ on electrified trucks and buses

Cummins Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with KAMAZ for the development of electrified power solutions for a new product line of KAMAZ battery-powered vehicles. Currently, KAMAZ, a Russia-based truck manufacturer, is actively developing a new electrified portfolio of battery-powered trucks and buses, while Cummins continues to expand its... Read more →


At the IAA 2018 exhibition in Hannover, FPT Industrial launched its new e-Powertrain organization. On display at the event are its electric powertrain solutions, including a new hydrogen fuel cell concept powertrain developed by FPT for IVECO. The core of the new FPT Industrial electromobility offering is the E-Powertrain Concept... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Company has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy (H2E). Beginning in 2019 and over a five-year period, Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy will provide 1,000 heavy-duty fuel cell electric trucks (earlier post) and an adequate supply chain for renewable hydrogen. The... Read more →


Valeo showcasing new 48V hybrid systems at IAA Commercial Vehicles

Valeo has developed a hybrid system combining low-voltage (less than 60 V) electric motors with traditional combustion engines. Since the technology can be easily adapted to all engine types and manufactured in series to deliver economies of scale, it offers the advantage of affordability. The company is presenting two 48V... Read more →


Daimler opens €200M Immendingen Test and Technology Center; alternative drive systems and autonomy

Daimler held an opening ceremony for its new €200-million Immendingen Test and Technology Center in the municipality northwest of Lake Constance. A particular focus is placed on the four strategic future areas of connectivity (connected), autonomous driving (autonomous), flexible use (shared) and electric drive (electric). Daimler has summarized these under... Read more →


At the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, Cummins introduced a concept emissions control system capable of minimizing emissions to levels previously thought unfeasible, including a possible next level of Euro VII regulations anticipated during the coming decade. Low NOx integrated system concept from Cummins. The concept emissions control system now under... Read more →


Volkswagen has presented the chassis of its new electric model family ID to the public for the first time, and offered an initial look at its platform strategy for electric cars. The company says that the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) that serves as the foundation of the ID chassis... Read more →


TransLink orders 2 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE electric buses

New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, a Canadian subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, announced a new contract with the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) for two forty-foot, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses. The buses... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz Vans and BASF plan to collaborate on mobility topics and work together to forge ahead with innovations. The two companies are starting their cooperation with the optimization of individual mobility at BASF’s plant in Ludwigshafen, where they will shortly introduce an on-demand ridesharing system. Beyond individual transport on the... Read more →


Skeleton Technologies and Wrights Group Ltd sign high-volume, multi-million euro contract; ultracaps for hybrid buses

Wrights Group Ltd and Skeleton Technologies have signed a high-volume, multi-million-euro contract spanning the next 5 years. Skeleton supplies graphene-based ultracapacitors to the latest KERS enabled hybrid-electric double and single deck buses produced by the Wrights Group. The integration of graphene-based ultracapacitors into test WrightBus double deck buses enables a... Read more →


Columbia University engineers make breakthrough in understanding electroreduction of CO2 for conversion to electrofuels

Electrocatalysis and photocatalysis (artificial photosynthesis) are among the most promising ways to achieve effective storage for renewable energy. CO2 electroreduction has been capturing the imagination of researchers for more than 150 years because of its similarity to photosynthesis. Recent research in electrocatalytic CO2 conversion points the way to using CO2... Read more →


The battery-electric MAN eTGE 4.140 van is celebrating its world première at the IAA 2018 Commercial Vehicles in Hanover. The MAN plant in Września will start production in July 2019. With a range of around 160 kilometers and a payload of 1 t–1.75 t (depending on type approval), it is... Read more →


During the IAA 2018 from 20th to 27th September 2018 in Hanover, MAN will present a fully electric eTruck solo distributor chassis with a swap body frame and a 6x2 axle configuration. The 26-tonne truck, based on the MAN TGM, incorporates batteries that can be installed under the cab and... Read more →


At the IAA 2018, MAN Truck & Bus is presenting the MAN CitE 15-tonne electric truck concept, designed specifically for city cargo traffic. MAN engineers developed the concept in 18 months, leveraging the concepts of the short product development cycles of the software industry. A cross-functional team was drafted on... Read more →


At InnoTrans 2018, the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology, MAN Engines is exhibiting the D3876 LE63x for locomotives, which produces 471 kW (632 hp) at 1,800 rpm. One of its outstanding features is the in-line six, which meets the EU Stage V emission standard for locomotives without the need... Read more →


Italy to start electric road trials; Scania and Siemens; zero-impact eHighway

The A35 Brebemi autostrada in northern Italy will become the latest location for road electrification technology, and Scania trucks fitted with Siemens pantographs and power connections are in line to carry out the initial trials. The trucks receive electricity from a pantograph power collector that is mounted on the frame... Read more →


Maxus is presenting a range of zero emission EV80 battery electric vans at the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover. The light commercial vehicle manufacturer, a subsidiary of China’s largest vehicle manufacturer SAIC Motor, is also announcing LeasePlan as its exclusive partner in Europe, as it prepares for its... Read more →


JetBlue uses renewable jet fuel blend for acceptance and ferry flight of new A321

JetBlue received its latest A321 aircraft from Airbus’ U.S. A320 Family production facility in Mobile, Ala. The acceptance flight followed by JetBlue’s scheduled ferry flight mark JetBlue’s first flights fueled with renewable jet fuel blend. The fuel for these flights, provided by Airbus and certified by Air BP, consists of... Read more →


Microfractures in metal alloys, though impossible to see with the naked eye, can easily spread when exposed to water or hydrogen and lead to major problems in structures such as bridges, electrochemical and nuclear plants and hydrogen storage containers, leading to failures and expensive repairs. In a recent study involving... Read more →


At the 69th IAA Commercial Vehicles show, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is unveiling five new zero-emission vehicles:the I.D. BUZZ CARGO, ABT e-Transporter, ABT e-Caddy, the Cargo e-Bike and the Crafter HyMotion which is equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell drive system. I.D. BUZZ CARGO. One month ago, Volkswagen introduced the first... Read more →


Daimler invests in electric bus company Proterra; exploring electrification of Daimler’s Thomas Built school buses

Daimler Trucks & Buses is investing in the US company Proterra Inc. Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG with responsibility for Daimler Trucks & Buses, made the announcement at the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover. Proterra was founded in 2004 with headquarters in California... Read more →


Cummins Inc. unveiled PowerDrive, a suite of plug-in hybrid electric powertrain solutions spanning light-, medium- and heavy-duty applications, at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show. The Cummins PowerDrive offers both parallel and series capabilities. The PowerDrive replaces the conventional transmission and switches in real time between two hybrid and two... Read more →


Greenlots selected to support AEP Ohio EV $10M charging infrastructure program rollout to Midwest commercial and industrial customers

AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power company, selected Greenlots to participate in the utility’s new $10-million EV charging station incentive program. The program will provide 75 easily-accessible public DC fast charging stations at commercial sites and 300 Level 2 stations at public sites, workplaces and multifamily complexes within Columbus and... Read more →


WayRay, a leader of holographic AR displays for cars, announced new investment from Porsche, Hyundai Motor, Alibaba Group, China Merchants Capital, JVCKENWOOD and Consortium of Sovereign Wealth Funds (among them Russia-Japan Investment Fund, formed by JBIC and RDIF; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrein). The newly raised funds will bolster the... Read more →


Allianz Global Assistance survey finds fewer Americans interested in autonomous vehicles

Less than half of Americans (43%) are interested in utilizing self-driving cars, down from 53% last year, according to the fourth annual Sharing Economy Index released by Allianz Global Assistance. (These are findings of an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Allianz Global Assistance.) The lack of interest is primarily... Read more →


USC study finds particulate matter in air pollution affects thyroid development in fetuses

In a cohort study of a subset of 2050 newborns from the Children’s Health Study in southern California, researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) found that an increase of 2 standard deviations in prenatal exposure to particulate matter in air pollution was associated with higher newborn total thyroxine... Read more →


Volvo Cars is now conducting advanced vehicle testing using an innovative drive-by-wire technology from leading test system supplier, AB Dynamics. Flex-0 enables vehicles to be driven directly through the CAN bus, without the need for a human driver or robot. This represents a significant step forward, greatly simplifying installation and... Read more →


Ford revealed the production version of the new Transit Custom plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) at IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany. The Transit Custom PHEV targets an all-electric driving range of 50 kilometers (31 miles), and uses the multi-award-winning Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine as a range extender... Read more →


Robert Bosch Venture Capital boosts investment in ABAX Sensing; solid-state chip Lidar design technology

Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), the corporate venture capital company of the Bosch group, completed a follow-on investment in ABAX Sensing. ABAX is developing a full solid-state chip Lidar for consumer and automotive applications, in particular for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles. RBVC and Orbbec, a leading... Read more →


TRATON Group announces two strategic partnerships: Solera and Sinotruk

TRATON AG, formerly Volkswagen Truck & Bus AG, announced two strategic partnerships. The first is with Solera, to develop smart and secure solutions to answer challenges of transport and logistics customers. The second is an expansion of TRATON’s long-term partnership with Sinotruk to establish a joint venture to localize a... Read more →


Audi and Arcadia Power partner to allow e-tron buyers to support renewable energy production

Audi of America, Inc. will partner with Arcadia Power, a nationwide digital utility service, to allow owners of Audi’s first all-electric vehicle—the e-tron (earlier post)—to support renewable energy production, and to help offset at-home charging and other electricity consumption. Through the partnership, US e-tron customers who receive energy bills from... Read more →


NY launches first EV charging station installation rebate initiative for public and private locations; $5M available

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $5 million is available as part of the first rebate designed specifically for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces, office buildings, multi-family apartment buildings, and public locations such as theaters, malls, parks and retail locations. Administered by the New... Read more →


Faraday Future has completed its first pre-production build of the FF 91 luxury EV, built at the Hanford factory. The order book for FF 91 early users—“FF Futurists”—is open with first deliveries commencing during the first half of 2019. FF 91 is an all-purpose fully-connected EV with an estimated 0-60... Read more →


The US Department of Energy (DOE) will renew the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub led by Argonne National Laboratory and focused on advancing battery science and technology (earlier post). DOE plans annual funding for JCESR of $24 million, for a total of $120... Read more →


Audi unveiled its all-electric Audi e-tron mid-size SUV—its first fully electric production model—in an event in San Francisco. The Audi e-tron is a premium electric SUV designed for sport, family and leisure, and will enter the US market with a suggested retail price of $74,800, with initial arrival in the... Read more →


UNSW awarded AUS$3.6M in grants for renewable hydrogen research

Researchers at The University of New South Wales Sydney have been awarded a share of more than A$22.1 million (US$15.9 million) in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for research into hydrogen as a means to exporting renewable energy. Hydrogen—or hydrogen carriers such ammonia (earlier post)—are potential ways... Read more →


The 2019 Bonneville Jetta (earlier post) recorded a track speed of 210.16 mph (338.15 km/h) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Nevada, at the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s (USFRA) World of Speed event. In the course of the run, the car broke the Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA)... Read more →


IKEA Group commits to EVs for home delivery in five major cities by 2020

IKEA Group announced an accelerated timeline for transitioning to EVs in five major inner cities—Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Shanghai—by 2020. In September 2017, IKEA Group was one of the first companies to join EV100, a global initiative by The Climate Group bringing together businesses committed as driving... Read more →


In a one-vehicle household the average daily mileage is about 30 miles, according to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) 2017 National Household Travel Survey. In a two-vehicle household, the first vehicle averages nearly 40 miles in a day; in a three-vehicle household, the first vehicle averages over 40 miles... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz Trucks is starting practical trials for its all-electric heavy-duty eActros truck. The retail and logistics service provider Hermes is the first of 20 customers in different sectors who will integrate the electric truck into their fleets. Each customer will use a near-series 18 or 25-tonner in their normal operations... Read more →


Ground-breaking ceremony for new Bertrandt high-voltage battery test center

Bertrandt held a ground-breaking ceremony at the Bertrandt Technikum in Ehningen for its new €15-million high-voltage battery test center. In April 2019, the two-storey building with a floor area of ​​around 1,200 m² will be ready for occupancy and the test equipment will be ready for use. Bertrandt is investing... Read more →


Audi launches electrification offensive; 12 EVs by 2025; 4 e-platforms

With the world premiere of the Audi e-tron Monday night in San Francisco, Audi also marked the launch of its electrification offensive. By 2025 Audi will offer twelve automobiles with all-electric drive in the most important markets worldwide and achieve roughly one-third of its sales with electrified models. The SUVs... Read more →