Shell Offshore, Inc. announced a large, deep-water, exploration discovery in the Norphlet geologic play in the US Gulf of Mexico with its Dover well (100% Shell). Shell’s map of the Dover discovery The Dover discovery is Shell’s sixth in the Norphlet and encountered more than 800 net feet of pay... Read more →

Neste to acquire the share majority of the Dutch animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V.

Neste, a producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues, and IH Demeter B.V., a trader of animal fats and proteins, have agreed that Neste acquires sole control and 51% of the shares of IH Demeter B.V., making Neste the controlling shareholder. The current owners shall remain as co-owners. The... Read more →

Suning Logistics, a subsidiary of Chinese commercial giant Suning Holdings Group, has completed driving tests for its autonomous heavy-duty truck, “Strolling Dragon,” in Shanghai, marking another milestone in the company’s plan to offer fully-automated logistics solutions. Strolling Dragon. Strolling Dragon is the largest unmanned truck in Suning Logistics’ automated fleet,... Read more →

California ARB schedules public workshop on Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) proposal; ZEV buses

The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) has scheduled its next public workshop to discuss the Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) proposal. (Earlier post.) The ICT proposal aims for transition to zero-emission technologies without compromising transit services and recognizes enhanced mobility options. The workshop will be held on 13 June... Read more →

Solaris will deliver 10 electric Urbino 12 buses to Hamburg public transport operator HOCHBAHN. Two of the commissioned vehicles will be supplied this autumn; the remaining ones will be handed over in September 2019. The Senate of Hamburg has decided that, as of 2020, all buses bought by local carriers... Read more →

Castrol innovation business NEXCEL has launched a development program to demonstrate the suitability of its proven active oil management system for new hybrid electric passenger vehicles. Installation of its innovative system, which enables 90-second spill-free oil changes and eases the used oil re-refinement process, is being carried out by Prodrive... Read more →

Solaris delivers 10 Urbino electric buses to Milan; 15 more on order

Solaris has completed the deliveries of 10 electric buses to Milan. In February this year, the Solaris delivered 12 Urbino 12 electric buses to Bergamo. Therefore, the total number of electrically driven, zero-emission Solaris vehicles in Italy is 22. The Urbino electric for Milano are driven by an electric axles... Read more →

City of San Leandro switches its municipal vehicles to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel

The City of San Leandro, a suburban city in Alameda County, California, has switched all municipal vehicles from using petroleum diesel to only running on Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon fuel produced from 100% renewable and sustainable raw materials. The premium diesel cuts greenhouse... Read more →

Volkswagen Group opens Tel Aviv campus Konnect

Volkswagen Group officially opened the Volkswagen Group Campus Tel Aviv in the presence of the Israeli Minister of Economy, Eli Cohen. The Campus, named “Konnect” will provide local partners and start-ups direct access to the Volkswagen Group and its many brands. It will support in business collaborations with the highly... Read more →

Wabtec and GE Transportation to merge; rail equipment, services and software

Wabtec Corporation entered into a definitive agreement to combine with GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric Company. The combination will make Wabtec a Fortune 500, global transportation leader in rail equipment, software and services, with operations in more than 50 countries. The combination will bring together two global leaders... Read more →

SAE International releases new specification (SAE J3068) for conductive charging of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles

SAE International’s recommended practice for plug-in charging of medium- and heavy-duty EVs has been approved and published. “J3068: Electric Vehicle Power Transfer System Using a Three-Phase Capable Coupler” was developed from existing international standards, which were extended to cover higher North American grid voltages and higher power levels. J3068 allows... Read more →

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) announced that Dominion Energy will provide funding to help progress the BWRX-300, a 300 MWe small modular reactor design being developed by GEH. The BWRX-300 leverages the design and licensing basis of the NRC-certified ESBWR (Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor). Through design simplification, GEH projects the... Read more →

Plug-in vehicles in the US consumer 1.94 TWh of electricity in 2017—a nearly 100x increase fomr the 0.02 TWh consumed in 2011, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). The share of electricity consumption from all-electric (BEV) increased compared to the electricity consumption from plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).... Read more →

Electrify America partners with Simon to install ultra-fast EV chargers at more than 30 shopping centers in US

Electrify America is teaming up with Simon, a global leader in premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, to install electric vehicle charging stations at more than 30 Simon centers throughout the US, including sites across Simon’s Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets. The first installation will open in early... Read more →

Infineon to build €1.6B power electronics chip factory in Austria

Infineon Technologies AG will invest €1.6 billion (US$1.9 billion) to build a new factory for power semiconductors. A fully automated chip factory for manufacturing 300-millimeter thin wafers will be constructed at the Villach location in Austria alongside the existing production facility. Construction is scheduled to start in the first half... Read more →

MAN Diesel & Turbo joins SEA\LNG to support adoption of LNG as marine fuel

MAN Diesel & Turbo (MAN) has joined SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. As a world-leading provider of large-bore diesel and gas engines and turbomachinery, MAN’s technical expertise will augment those of existing SEA\LNG member OEMs... Read more →

UC study finds no evidence of drinking water contamination from fracking in Ohio

A study of drinking water in Appalachian Ohio found no evidence of natural gas contamination from recent oil and gas drilling. The time-series study was the first of its kind in Ohio to examine methane in groundwater in relation to natural gas drilling. The results were published in the journal... Read more →

Irizar inaugurates e-mobility plant in Spain; electric buses and other industrial vehicles; one bus per day by September

Irizar e-mobility officially inaugurated its plant in Aduna, Spain. The plant will not only manufacture electric buses, but also other types of industrial vehicles complementing the electromobility needs of cities. The new plant has an initial capacity of 1,000 vehicles per year. At the start of production, the plant was... Read more →

NREL develops EVI-Pro Lite tool for EV infrastructure planning

Recent predictions are that cheaper batteries and the falling cost of manufacturing will accelerate market adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) to up to 35% of the global auto fleet within the next two decades. To assist state and local governments anticipating this type of growth in PEVs, the National... Read more →

Cerro Dominador closes $758M financing for the first concentrated solar power plant in Latin America

Cerro Dominador, a Chilean company owned by investment funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners (EIG), signed the financing for its Concentrated Solar Power plant (CSP) located in the Atacama desert, in Chile. This will allow the company to finalize the construction of the first combined CSP and photovoltaic project... Read more →

Volvo Cars to remove single-use plastics from all offices, canteens and events

Volvo Cars said that it will remove single-use plastics from all its offices, canteens and events across the globe by the end of 2019. The decision reflects the company’s active support of the UN Environment Clean Seas campaign, and underlines its ambition to minimize its global environmental footprint. The automaker... Read more →

Renesas and Magna partner to bring ADAS features to entry- and mid-range vehicles

Renesas Electronics Corporation and Magna are partnering to accelerate the mass adoption of advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) features with a new cost-efficient 3D surround view system designed for entry- and mid-range vehicles. The 3D surround view system adopts Renesas’ high-performance, low-power system-on-chip (SoC) optimized for smart camera and surround... Read more →

Report: China drafts rules to track electric car battery output, use

Reuters reports that China will launch a system to track the production, sale, use and recycling of electric car batteries by August. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a document published on its website that it would create a “traceability management platform” covering the entire lifecycle of... Read more →

Twelve FUSO eCanter, all-electric light-duty trucks by FUSO, a part of Daimler Trucks, will be operated by Dutch customers. PostNL, the logisticians Albert Heijn B.V., Cornelissen Groep B.V. and Technische Unie B.V. as well as the biggest online marketplace in foodservice, Bidfood B.V., will operate twelve 7.5-tonne FUSO eCanter within... Read more →

Metamoto joins Renovo’s AWare automated mobility ecosystem; advanced simulation technology

Metamoto, Inc., a Silicon Valley startup offering scalable simulation solutions for autonomous vehicles, has joined the AWare ecosystem of Renovo, a mobility software technology company. Automated Mobility fleet deployments built using Renovo’s AWare OS now have access to Metamoto’s Simulation as a Service offering for highly automated vehicles. Metamoto’s simulation... Read more →

US DOE to award up to $72M to advance high-temperature concentrating solar power systems

The US. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $72 million for new projects to advance high-temperature concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. These projects will extend previous research on high-temperature components, develop them into integrated assemblies, and test these components and systems through a wide range of operational conditions. CSP technologies use... Read more →

Norsk Hydro signs new long-term wind power contract for Norwegian aluminum portfolio

Norwegian aluminum company Norsk Hydro ASA’s wholly-owned subsidiary Hydro Energi AS has signed a long-term power contract with Blakliden Fäbodberget Wind AB, a Swedish wind power company, for annual baseload supply of 0.66 terawatt hours (TWh) in the period from 2022 to 2041. Blakliden Fäbodberget Wind AB is developing an... Read more →

Blox Labs and Sonoro Energy to develop blockchain-based smart contracts ledger for oil and gas industry

Blox Labs Inc., in partnership with Sonoro Energy Ltd., has commenced development of “PetroBLOX”, a Blockchain-based smart contract supply chain management platform for the global oil and gas industry. Through the utilization of smart contracts and decentralized application technologies, PetroBLOX will aim to enable and enhance workflow, maximize project management... Read more →

US annual hydrogen production is approximately 10 million metric tons (1.0E+10 kg), 68% of which is used in petroleum processing, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). The Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle has a hydrogen tank capacity of approximately 5 kg (0.005 metric ton); thus, the annual hydrogen... Read more →

Québec introduces bill to promote the establishment of a public rapid charging service for EVs

Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources presented to the National Assembly (the legislative body of the province of Québec) a bill to promote the establishment of a public fast charging service for electric vehicles. The bill aims in particular: To amend the Hydro-Québec Act to allow the government to... Read more →

Toyota to invest in ALBERT; data analysis collaboration for automated driving

Toyota Motor Corporation and Japan-based ALBERT Inc. have agreed on a business alliance for big data analysis, mainly in the field of advanced development of automated driving technology, and that Toyota will invest in ALBERT. Toyota’s investment in ALBERT is expected to be in the amount of ¥400 million (US$3.6... Read more →

Subaru of America announced its first plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid. The new Crosstrek Hybrid maintains all the capability of the traditional Subaru Crosstrek with increased fuel efficiency. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Limited. The Crosstrek Hybrid is an advanced, eco-friendly version of the versatile compact SUV that has... Read more →

Novelis breaks ground on $300M automotive aluminum facility in Kentucky

Novelis Inc., the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, broke ground on its $300 million automotive aluminum sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky. The plant, with an annual nameplate capacity of 200,000 metric tons, will begin producing automotive aluminum in 2020. The increased adoption of aluminum in cars, trucks... Read more →

When gasoline consumption of conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles is compared with similar sized plug-in vehicles operating on electricity, plug-in vehicles on the road displaced 216 million gallons of gasoline in 2017, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Gasoline displacement from plug-in vehicles is about 39% more... Read more →

Cummins and JAC Motors form joint venture partnership

Cummins Inc. and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC Motors) will form a 50:50 joint-venture after Cummins purchased Navistar’s 50% equity of the JAC-Navistar Diesel Engine Company (JND). The new joint venture will continue its operations at the manufacturing facility in Hefei. Cummins currently supplies light-duty, mid-range and heavy-duty engines... Read more →

Infineon launches new development center for automotive electronics and artificial intelligence in Dresden

Infineon is setting up a new Development Center at its Dresden location. One focus of it will be to develop new products and solutions for automotive and power electronics, as well as artificial intelligence. It is scheduled to be launched in the course of the 2018 calendar year. In Dresden,... Read more →

Rising demand for tellurium raises contamination concerns

Demand for the rare and versatile but toxic element tellurium (Te) is increasing due to high-tech applications, primarily photovoltaics. As the element finds broader application in solar panels, rubber production, electronics and more, researchers are becoming concerned about possible environmental contamination. Now, one group reports in ACS’ Environmental Science &... Read more →

EIA’s May Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) forecasts that Brent crude oil prices will average $71 per barrel in 2018, $7/b higher than the estimate in last month’s STEO. Correspondingly, EIA’s forecast for regular gasoline retail prices increased to an average of $2.79/gallon in 2018, $0.15/g higher that in last month’s... Read more →

OmniTRAX first short line transportation company to join Blockchain in Transport Alliance

OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held transportation service companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group, on behalf of its managed and affiliated railroads, is the first short line company to join the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). BiTA was founded to engage thought leaders... Read more →

Civil Maps moves to Arm processors; auto-grade, power-efficient, mapping and localization solutions for autonomous driving

Civil Maps, a developer of edge-based HD mapping and localization solutions for autonomous vehicles, has ported its vehicular cognition stack to run on the Arm family of processors. Arm is the leading licensor of automotive-grade system-on-chips (SoCs) and system-on-modules (SoMs), with more than 1,000 technology partners. The move by Civil... Read more →

Curtiss Motorcycles, named for legendary motorcycle and aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss, unveiled its electric concept prototype, called Zeus. Powered by a 14.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Curtiss Zeus prototype channels that power to the rear wheel via an E-Twin power unit—a set of two high-output electric motors driving a common... Read more →

Ford expands Transit plug-in hybrid van trial to Valencia

Ford will expand its testing of plug-in hybrid electric vans from London to Valencia, Spain. The collaboration between Ford Smart Mobility, the regional government of Valencia and the Valencia City leadership, is designed to see how Transit Custom PHEV fleets could contribute to cleaner air targets and enhanced productivity. Ford’s... Read more →

GM Korea outlines viability plan to return to profitability by 2019; $2.8B investment in 2 vehicle programs

Troubled GM Korea Company announced a business plan that is intended to return the company to profitability by 2019. This viability plan will be underpinned by a record $2.8 billion investment in two new global vehicle programs and a deep partnership among major shareholders, the workforce and the Korean government.... Read more →

Vanner has introduced “Independence”, a ingle-belt electric system for CNG and diesel buses and coaches that completely decouples accessories from the engine. Independence increases efficiencies by operating electric powered accessories—such as the alternator, air conditioning, power steering, and air compressors—independently of engine speed to reduce fuel use and emissions. It... Read more →

Nidec Industrial Solutions presents Ultra Fast Charger for EVs; up to 320 kW, with 50 kW from grid

Nidec Industrial Solutions has introduced the Ultra Fast Charger (UFC), an advanced EV charging system. The Ultra Fast Charger incorporates 160 kWh of installed batteries with advanced power controls. It is the prototype of a new generation of ultra fast chargers which can be connected to LV or MV grids... Read more →

Advantage Midstream and SandRidge Energy enter long-term agreement for gas-to-liquid conversion; Greyrock technology

Advantage Midstream, an independent midstream and gas-to-liquids focused company, has completed a long-term agreement with SandRidge Energy to deliver gas conversion services for acreage in the North Park basin, located in Jackson County, Colorado. The agreement provides for the delivery of Advantage Midstream’s conversion system to process natural gas from... Read more →

The EQC—the first all-electric Mercedes-Benz model from the new product and technology brand EQ (earlier post)—is tracking to its commercial launch in 2019. Between January and March, prototypes of the new model series completed tough winter testing in northern Sweden. The next waystations on the road to series production are... Read more →

BMW Group’s ReachNow partners with Intel to improve mobility in Hillsboro, OR

ReachNow, the mobility services company from the BMW Group, and Intel announced a new venture that brings ReachNow’s free-floating car sharing service to Intel’s four campuses in Hillsboro, OR. With dedicated parking spaces near major entrances on each Intel campus, ReachNow’s shared fleet of BMW and MINI vehicles will be... Read more →

Eaton and Shaanxi Fast Gear form JV for light-duty manual transmissions in Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Africa

Eaton and Shaanxi Fast Gear (SFGW) signed a joint venture agreement to manufacture manual transmissions for light-duty commercial vehicles. The formation of the joint venture is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The planned joint venture will be based in the High Tech Zone of Baoji City, Shaanxi... Read more →