BMW Group working with Sila Nano on silicon-dominant anode materials

Sila Nanotechnologies, developer of higher energy density battery materials, announced a partnership with the BMW Group. Sila Nano’s first products are a family of silicon-dominant anode materials that replace conventional graphite electrodes. These materials work today and enable high cycle life, ultra-low swelling, and high energy density in next-generation battery... Read more →

Ford leads $65M financing round for metal 3D printing company Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal, a company developing end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions, announced $65 million in new financing led by Ford Motor Company, with participation from existing investor Future Fund. Since its inception, Desktop Metal has raised a total of $277 million in financing to further accelerate the company’s rapid business growth... Read more →

ABB launches its most economical charging solution for EVs: AC wallbox

ABB has enhanced its portfolio of charging solutions with the addition of a range of AC wallboxes, an easy to install solution for homes and businesses. The new AC wallbox portfolio, comprising 52 different types in total, provides a high-quality, cost-effective electric car charging point for private and business use.... Read more →

In 2017, the US produced a total of 9.3 million barrels of crude oil per day (mmbd) from state and federal offshore operations. Texas produced the most petroleum by far at 3.5 mmbd followed by federal offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico with 1.6 mmbd, according to figures from... Read more →

DART contracts for 82 New Flyer CNG buses

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has awarded New Flyer a contract for 82 Xcelsior compressed natural gas (CNG) forty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses (82 equivalent units). The contract, which supports new services beginning in Spring 2019, includes 41 firm orders with options to purchase an additional 41 compressed natural gas (CNG)... Read more →

The Spanish postal service Correos is testing three-wheeled E-Cargo Bikes by Bikelecing with 48V Continental system for use in narrow or hard to access pedestrian zones, city centers or areas of limited access for motorized vehicles. The bike features a 250-watt centrally-mounted motor and can carry around 550 liters (19.4... Read more →

Volkswagen has established a new enter of competence for safety, bringing together its vehicle safety expertise at a single location. A new three-story building with approximately 8,000 square meters of floor space was constructed at the headquarters in Wolfsburg for the purpose. The centerpiece is a new state-of-the-art crash sled... Read more →

EPFL MOF synthesis method could cut energy consumption of petrochemical production

In the chemical and the petrochemical industries, separating molecules in an energy-efficient way is one of the most important challenges. Overall, the separation processes account for around 40% of the energy consumed in the petrochemical industry, and reducing this can help addressing anthropogenic carbon emissions. One of the most important... Read more →

Kia Motors is celebrating five million global cumulative unit sales of its best-selling Kia Sportage compact SUV. Launched in 1993, and spanning four generations since, the Kia Sportage has achieved this milestone on the year of its 25th anniversary. The latest model, launched in 2016, is the most popular yet,... Read more →

The City of Malmö, Sweden is acquiring three 300 kW quickPOINT City Chargers from Poland-based Ekoenergetyka. The OppCharge-based opportunity chargers, equipped with inverted pantograph, will be deployed in the third largest city in Sweden this fall and will charge electric buses from Volvo. The project is part of Malmö’s drive... Read more →

Faurecia invests in small-turbine ORC company Enogia for waste heat energy recovery

Faurecia, a leading automotive technology company, has invested in the French start-up Enogia in order to enhance its expertise in energy recovery technology. Founded in 2009, the start-up has developed and patented an hermetic, compact high-speed turbine that recovers heat and converts it into electricity using an Organic Rankine Cycle... Read more →

Upstream investment in crude oil and liquids production is highly sensitive to crude oil prices, particularly production of higher-cost resources from tight rock formations, oil sands, and offshore deepwater. In EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2017 (IEO2017) Reference case, increasing crude oil prices lead to more investment, driving production growth in... Read more →

DOE to award up to $32.5M to advance solid oxide fuel cell technologies

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $32.5 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) to advance solid oxide fuel cell technologies (SOFC). The selected projects will fall under the Office of Fossil Energy’s two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs): Preliminary Design and Techno-Economic Analysis... Read more →

Toyota Motor Corporation has deployed 20 fuel cell forklifts, manufactured by Toyota Industries Corporation, at its Motomachi Plant located in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. It has also built a hydrogen station for designated use by fuel cell forklifts at the plant. In addition to Toyota’s first two fuel cell forklifts,... Read more →

Baltimore Gas and Electric and Proterra deploy first electric shuttle buses at a utility campus

Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, will deploy two new 40' Proterra Catalyst E2 vehicles to shuttle employees between BGE’s headquarters in downtown Baltimore and its Spring Gardens campus in south Baltimore. These two new electric shuttles will... Read more →

Indian Oil and Tata launch demo trials of India’s first hydrogen fuel cell bus

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. & Tata Motors Ltd. successfully launched the demonstration trials of India’s first hydrogen fuel cell bus. The project is being executed under the partial financial support from the Government of India’s Search Results Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and Ministry of New and Renewable... Read more →

Israel Knesset approves regulations requiring particulate filters on older heavy-duty diesels

Israeli lawmakers have approved regulations that will require owners of old, heavy-duty, diesel-fueled engines to install particulate filters. The regulations were passed by the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee on 12 March 2018; they’ll go into effect on November 1, 2018. Those who are required to install the filters... Read more →

US crude oil exports grew to an average of 1.1 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2017, the second full year since restrictions on crude oil exports were removed, according to figures from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Crude oil exports in 2017 were nearly double the level of... Read more →

UQM Technologies, Inc. announced a follow-on purchase order from its major Chinese OEM customer for delivery of its R340 fuel cell compressor systems. The purchase order is valued at $1.3 million. UQM received the initial order valued at $2.2 million from this customer last year. Shipments are expected to begin... Read more →

Webasto and Samsung SDI to cooperate in manufacture of commercial vehicle batteries

Webasto, global systems partner to almost all automotive manufacturers, and battery manufacturer Samsung SDI signed a letter of intent envisaging collaboration in the manufacture of high voltage batteries for the commercial vehicle sector. The agreement covers the development and supply of a Samsung SDI’s battery module that is the optimized... Read more →

Volkswagen planning to produce up to 1,500 MEB electric vehicles per day at Zwickau; China and N America to join in production

As part of a financial performance briefing in Wolfsburg, management of the Volkswagen brand said that up to 1,500 MEB (modular electrification toolkit) vehicles per day will in the future roll off the production line at the Zwickau plant.With an investment of about €1 billion, the brand is transform the... Read more →

New Flyer advances 3rd-year installment of 100 electric hybrid buses for SEPTA

New Flyer of America Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (NFI Group), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, is advancing third-year production of 100 Xcelsior diesel-electric hybrid, forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). It... Read more →

Toyoda Gosei establishes new plant in Japan to produce high pressure hydrogen tanks for FCVs

Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has established a new plant in the city of Inabe, Mie Prefecture, Japan to produce high pressure hydrogen tanks, a crucial component of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Preparations for the start of production are currently underway. Production capacity at the new plant for these tanks will... Read more →

London’s Metropolitan Police Service is fielding the world’s largest fleet of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric police vehicles. The first of 11 Toyota Mirai FCVs cars have been delivered to the Met with support from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) grants program and are equipped to... Read more →

Volvo Buses has received an order for 90 hybrid buses from Brussels. With this order, the company has now sold more than 4000 electrified buses to customers worldwide. The Volvo Buses range of electrified buses encompasses hybrid buses, rechargeable electric hybrid buses, and all-electric buses. The 90 Volvo 7900 Hybrids... Read more →

Audi expands Traffic Light Information to Washington, D.C.; V2I service

Audi of America announced that more than 600 intersections in the District of Columbia support the “time-to-green” feature of Traffic Light Information. In 2016, Audi launched Traffic Light Information in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Earlier post.) Audi, in collaboration with Traffic Technology Services (TTS), has brought the service to six other... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz expands battery production to Thailand

Together with local partner Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP), Mercedes-Benz \ will invest a total of more than €100 (US$124 million) in production operations in Bangkok until 2020. The investment will go into an extension of the existing car plant and into a new battery assembly built on the site.... Read more →

Since 1990 transportation-related employment as a whole grew by 16%, but employment within individual categories shifted, according to US Bureau of Labor statistics gathered by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Manufacturing employment declined from 1990 to 2017 (except motor vehicle bodies and trailers), likely due to increasing automation. Other... Read more →

Johnson Controls considering selling battery business

Johnson Controls International plc announced that it is exploring “strategic alternatives” for its Power Solutions business. Johnson Controls’ portfolio includes two leading platforms within their respective industries: an integrated buildings technology and solutions business; and a power solutions business that is the clear global leader in providing battery solutions to... Read more →

Panasonic begins mass production and shipments of automotive Li-ion batteries at China factory

Panasonic Corporation has begun mass production of prismatic-type automotive lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Dalian, China—its first production site for prismatic-type automotive lithium-ion batteries in China. Batteries produced at this factory will be used in the North American and Chinese markets. Shipments will be expanded in the future to... Read more →

Toyota Motor North America creates new digital transformation & mobility team

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) is creating a new Digital Transformation & Mobility pillar, which will be led by newly appointed Chief Digital Officer Zack Hicks. Hicks will report directly to TMNA CEO Jim Lentz. Hicks also will continue in his role as president and CEO of Toyota Connected. Effective... Read more →

Fast-charger company Tritium launches major expansion in Europe

As part of its strategic development plan to take service, support, sales, training and manufacturing of its electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging solutions closer to customers around the world, Australia-based Tritium has announced the official opening of a European Headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The facility will be the center for its... Read more →

VW and startup Wandelbots establish JV in human-robot collaboration; demonstration-based teaching

Volkswagen’s Gläserne Manufaktur (Transparent Factory) and Dresden-based start-up Wandelbots have established a novel joint venture in human-robot collaboration (HRC). The partners will establish and operate an innovative station at the Gläserne Manufaktur to test new HRC applications in vehicle end-assembly to prepare those applications for serial production. The plan is... Read more →

Ontario halts incentives for BEVs and PHEVs priced above C$75K (US$58.5K)

The Canadian province of Ontario has made changes to its Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP), which is now called the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program: Incentives of up to C$14,000 (US$11,000) will be provided for eligible hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs); Incentives for eligible battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and... Read more →

DENSO to up its stake in Renesas from 0.5% to 5%

DENSO Corporation has decided to increase its shareholding in Renesas Electronics Corporation from 0.5% to 5% to accelerate the development of various in-vehicle systems including automated driving systems that are becoming more advanced, complicated, and larger in scale than ever before. Recently, in order to meet the needs of complicated... Read more →

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz wallbox features charging at 22 kW and makes it possible for the first time, among other things, to control various functions from a smartphone. These include charging control, user management and consumption overview. The new-generation home charging station from Mercedes-Benz also comes in an even more elegant... Read more →

The Volkswagen Group Board of Management has decided that the Group's two major power stations in Wolfsburg are to be changed over from hard coal to natural gas firing. In the course of this project, several new combined-cycle systems are to be installed as replacements for the existing coal-fired boilers.... Read more →

In February, another fleet of BYD Alexaner Dennis battery-electric buses took over operation of a fourth London bus route. Route 153, operated by Go-Ahead London on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), runs an intensive service from before 05.00 to after 23.00 six days a week (with a slightly later... Read more →

In the UK, Reading Buses has placed 17 new high-end Scania double decker biogas buses into operation. The buses, with bodywork by Alexander Dennis, service Reading’s busiest bus route, the Purple 17. Scania was the UK’s first bus and coach manufacturer to select biogas as the alternative fuel of choice.... Read more →

Mazda, Toyota establish new JV to produce 300K units per year from new $1.6B plant in Alabama

Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation have established their new joint-venture company “Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc.” (MTMUS) that will produce vehicles in Huntsville, Alabama starting in 2021. The new plant will have the capacity to produce 150,000 units of Mazda’s crossover model that will be newly introduced to... Read more →

Magna launches Composites Center of Excellence in Germany; structural components and body parts

Magna has opened a new Composites Center of Excellence in Esslingen, Germany, to help European automakers meet increasingly stringent emissions requirements with lightweight structures and exterior components made of advanced materials. The Center will primarily focus on developing structural components, such as vehicle subframes, and exterior body parts, such as... Read more →

The Andersons and ICM form ELEMENT JV for 70 mgpy biorefinery in Kansas

The Andersons, Inc. and ICM, Inc. have formed ELEMENT, LLC, a joint venture that will construct a 70 million-gallon-per-year bio-refinery located in Colwich, Kansas, adjacent to ICM’s headquarters. This strategic partnership will build and operate a technologically advanced ethanol production facility featuring several of ICM’s equipment and process technologies. The... Read more →

University of Cape Town, Fraunhofer partner on hydrogen and fuel cell technology

The University of Cape Town (UCT) (South Africa) and Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that is centred around hydrogen technologies. Experts from both institutions will collaborate in activities to accelerate progress in the fields of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Fraunhofer ISE’s... Read more →

Pierburg is presenting a new style of wastegate actuator. Among the advantages of the advanced design is an improvement in charge pressure control under operating conditions. The wastegate valve controls the flow of exhaust gas from an engine to the turbocharger, thereby controlling the boost pressure provided by the turbocharger... Read more →

TT Electronics, a global provider of engineered electronics for performance critical applications, launched the HA19 series of common mode chokes for use in electronic power steering (EPS) noise suppression applications. Every EPS system requires proper EMI (electromagnetic interference) control with a common mode choke (CMC) and/or a differential mode choke... Read more →

Audi and FAW establish two new companies in China: sales, and mobility and digital services

Audi and its partner FAW signed memoranda of understanding for the creation of two new companies for sales as well as mobility and digital services. With these measures, the partners will fundamentally restructure their business in China. The two new companies are expected to start operations by the end of... Read more →

South Korea-based SsangYong unveiled its e-SIV concept car at the Geneva motor show, showcasing the brand’s future approach to electric vehicles, connectivity and autonomous driving. As a specialist manufacturer of SUVs, SsangYong has developed a wide range of cars for use on-road, off-road and in both urban and leisure environments.... Read more →