Toronto Transit orders 10 BYD electric buses, with option for 30 more

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Canada’s largest transit operator and the third-largest transit operator in North America, has placed an order to purchase a guarantee of ten 40-foot, fully electric BYD buses, with an option for an additional 30 buses. TTC’s purchase is BYD Canada’s seventh heavy-duty electric-bus order in... Read more →

Fuji Keizai forecast: China to account for 57% of global EV sales by 2035

Japan’s Fuji Keizai Group forecasts that China will account for 57% of the world’s electric vehicle sales by 2035. The market researcher forecasts global EV sales of 11.25 million units in 2035—nearly 15 times the 760,000 sold in 2017. China is expected to account for 6.42 million of that total.... Read more →

Updated Audi TT to have gasoline particulate filters on all engines

Audi is updating its third-generation TT, unveiled in 2014 (earlier post). For the new TT, Audi has a range of gasoline engines in various performance levels, paired either with the six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. In both transmission variants, the close-ratio lower gears enable powerful acceleration, while... Read more →

Autoliv joins European research collaboration OSCCAR for future automotive safety

Automotive safety systems leader Autoliv, Inc. has joined the new European H2020 research project OSCCAR (Future Occupant Safety for Crashers in Cars) to improve the protection and safety for occupants of the future vehicle. The future highly automated vehicle, with comfort and convenience enhancing features such as relaxed seating positions... Read more →

Study: NO2 traffic pollution does not offset exercise’s heart benefits

Even in areas with moderate-to-high levels of traffic pollution, regular physical activity reduced the risk of first and recurrent heart attack, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. While exercise is known to reduce cardiovascular... Read more →

Ozone levels in US national parks similar to levels in largest US cities

Ozone concentrations in US national parks such as Yellowstone and Acadia were largely indistinguishable from ozone levels in America’s largest metropolitan areas between 1990 and 2014, according to a new analysis by a team from Iowa State and Cornell. The open access study published in the journal Science Advances also... Read more →

Bechtel to perform innovation research for GE-Hitachi-led small modular nuclear plant project

Bechtel will join researchers from reactor designer GE Hitachi (GEH), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Exelon Power Generation Company as recipients of US Department of Energy funding from its Advanced Nuclear Technology Development program. The research will investigate ways to efficiently build a plant using GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 small... Read more →

DENSO joins HDBaseT Alliance as contributor member

DENSO has joined the HDBaseT Alliance, the cross-industry group tasked with promoting and advancing the HDBaseT standard, as a Contributor member. HDBaseT is the global standard for the transmission of ultra-high-definition video & audio, Ethernet, controls, USB and up to 100W of power over a single unshielded twisted pair cable... Read more →

IC Bus first to make electronic stability control standard on school buses

School bus manufacturer Navistar Subsidiary IC Bus has made electronic stability control (ESC) and collision mitigation technology standard on its CE Series and RE Series school buses with air brakes. IC Bus is the first original equipment maker (OEM) to offer these features as standard on school buses. With the... Read more →

Terrafugia making its flying car a hybrid for on-road operation

Terrafugia, Inc. announced new features in its Transition production vehicle, a two-seat auto and aircraft, including updates to the interior, safety systems, motor, and flight instrumentation. The latest features and systems will be incorporated and verified in the next test vehicles. The first production vehicles will come to market in... Read more →

El Dorado National fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs), using BAE System’s Series Hybrid technology with Ballard FCveloCity-HD fuel cell system modules, recently completed rigorous testing at The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center under a program established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). El Dorado National (ENC) is the first... Read more →

BASF is sole automotive coatings supplier for NIO ES8 electric SUV

NIO, a multinational electric vehicle company headquartered in China, is using BASF coating solutions for its ES8 high-performance electric SUV. The seven-seater electric SUV uses BASF’s coatings solutions for the surface pre-treatment and all coatings layers. Solutions for the ES8 include BASF’s waterborne coatings technologies, as well as Oxsilan from... Read more →

Steep production declines from aging oil fields and capital spending cuts have directly impacted China’s oil production. Against the backdrop, the new guidelines unveiled by the government will break the dominance of state-owned oil companies and force the country’s upstream industry to shift focus to domestic natural gas, according to... Read more →

With two new purchases from Educational Bus Transportation Inc., along with new regional sales and field technician support, Motiv Power Systems continues to expand its presence on the East Coast as incentive programs and regulations create demand for all-electric school buses. Educational Bus Transportation had previously deployed a Motiv-powered Trans... Read more →

In 2017, there were more than 650 MW of fuel cell power shipped worldwide, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). The largest increase in MWs occurred in the transportation sector, and that growth can be attributed to the introduction and expansion of fuel cell light-duty vehicles from Japan... Read more →

CSIRO: Australia could lead the world in the re-use and recycling of Li-ion batteries

A new report from CSIRO, Australia’s government research organization, suggests that Australia could lead the world in the re-use and recycling of lithium-ion batteries, addressing this waste which is growing by 20% each year. The report, Lithium battery recycling in Australia, addresses growing demand for lithium-ion technology, currently used in... Read more →

Creative Bus Sales sells 18 electric school buses in California; Motiv Power Systems

Creative Bus Sales has received purchase orders for 18 new electric Starcraft eQuest XL school buses powered by Motiv Power Systems, slated for delivery to districts throughout California this fall. Funding for the buses was provided by the North and South Coast Air Quality Management Districts. The eQuest XL school... Read more →

Lufthansa Technik develops first engine wash with CO2 pellets; by-product from oil refinery

Lufthansa Technik AG has developed a unique procedure to wash airplane engines with dry ice, the solid form of CO2. The company has filed several patent applications, which means it can now develop an actual product, which will be called Cyclean Dry Ice. As of 2019, the system will be... Read more →

Oerlikon and Lufthansa Technik partner to accelerate additive manufacturing processes and standards

Oerlikon, a leading technology and engineering group, and Lufthansa Technik, a leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civil aircraft, engines and components, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish robust and repeatable processes for additive manufacturing (AM) in the aircraft MRO industry. The partnership is... Read more →

UK sales of plug-in cars in 1H18 up 25% y-o-y for best yet

The first half of 2018 saw 28,054 pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles registered to drivers in the UK—a 25% increase on the same period in 2017—marking the most successful year-to-date for the plug-in car market. Plug-in hybrids delivered the highest volume of registrations, with more than 21,000 having arrived... Read more →

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler secured the team title in the teams’ classification in Formula E Season 4 racing with impressive comeback drives in the season finale in New York. The Season 4 series was the last for the Gen 1 car. Four podium positons during the weekend, including a one-two... Read more →

Fuel cell company Intelligent Energy selling off non-core patents

Adapt IP Ventures, LLC, a leading IP transaction and advisory firm, is representing Intelligent Energy Ltd. in the sale of a diverse patent portfolio which is no longer core to fuel cell engineering company Intelligent Energy’s current product development roadmap. This subset of Intelligent Energy’s patent portfolio includes more than... Read more →

Waze live alerts on traffic and infrastructure now available in Esri ArcGIS Marketplace

Waze live alert data will now be available in Esri’s ArcGIS Marketplace for free to members of the Waze Connected Citizens Program. The Connected Citizens Program, a two-way sharing of publicly available traffic and road condition information, offers governments a stream of data, constantly updated in real-time, whenever they need... Read more →

Valeo joins Baidu’s autonomous driving partner ecosystem, Apollo

Valeo has entered into strategic cooperation with Apollo, the open autonomous driving platform created by Baidu, the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. Valeo will contribute its expertise in sensors—an area in which the Group currently ranks as world leader, with the industry’s most comprehensive range of cameras, radars, ultrasonic... Read more →

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) intends to issue a special High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program (HPC4Mfg) (earlier post) solicitation focused on steelmaking and aluminum production. Up to $1.2 million in federal funds will be available to support as many as four new awards to companies in primary and secondary... Read more →

The hydrogen-powered taxi fleet called “Hype”, launched at the end of 2015 by French start-up STEP (Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien) in partnership with Air Liquide, has reached the 100-taxi landmark after a new delivery of cars by Toyota. Hype’s founder, Mathieu Gardies, received the keys to 25 new hydrogen-powered... Read more →

Air Liquide and China startup STNE sign an agreement for the development of hydrogen mobility

Air Liquide and the Chinese startup STNE (Shanghai Sinotran New Energy Automobile Operation CO., LTD.), recently entered a partnership to accelerate the rollout of hydrogen-powered electric truck fleets in China. This agreement fits in with the Chinese government’s 13th five-year plan, which aims notably to support the development and sale... Read more →

Rio Tinto achieved a milestone with the first delivery of iron ore by an autonomous train in the Pilbara, Western Australia. The autonomous train, comprising three locomotives and carrying around 28,000 tonnes of iron ore, travelled more than 280 km from Rio Tinto’s mining operations in Tom Price to the... Read more →

BMW Group joining Baidu Apollo for autonomous driving as board member

Baidu, Inc. and the BMW Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the BMW Group will join Apollo, the open autonomous driving platform by Baidu, as a board member. The MoU marks the beginning of a new partnership on autonomous driving between the BMW Group and Baidu. The... Read more →

Sumitomo and ITM Power partner on multi-megawatt projects in Japan based on ITM electrolyzers

Sumitomo Corporation and ITM Power plc are entering a strategic partnership for the development of multi-megawatt projects in Japan based exclusively on ITM Power’s electrolyzer products. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, ITM Power will supply multi-megawatt electrolyzer systems to Sumitomo for integration into wider projects on an exclusive... Read more →

NZ government granting NZD 950K to support development of hydrogen fuel infrastructure

New Zealand Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters announced a Provincial Growth Fund investment to help develop hydrogen fuel infrastructure in Taranaki. Peters said a grant of NZD 950,000 (US$642,000) will be made to Hiringa Energy and its partners which is seeking to develop zero emission hydrogen transport fuel. The funding... Read more →

REG Ultra Clean Diesel fueling Incredible Adventures fleet

Renewable Energy Group (REG) announced a supply agreement today with Dogpatch Biofuels to provide REG Ultra Clean Diesel (earlier post) to the bus fleet of Incredible Adventures, an adventure travel company. REG Ultra Clean Diesel is a patent-pending fuel made of a proprietary blend of renewable diesel and biodiesel. It... Read more →

Equinor awards Jacobs feasibility study for conversion of natural gas to hydrogen in power production

Equinor Energy AS awarded Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. a feasibility study contract to evaluate the possibilities for building a hydrogen production plant, including CO2 capture and export facilities, in Eemshaven, the Netherlands. The hydrogen will be supplied as fuel to an existing natural gas-fired power plant that will be converted... Read more →

Cherokee Freight Lines, a Northern California trucking company, has switched its entire fleet of more than 200 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Cherokee Freight Lines is a diversified carrier of food grade commodities, specializing in kosher-certified hauling and serving some of the largest companies in the nation.... Read more →

IONITY has chosen Tritium as its technology partner for the construction of 100 high-power charging sites across Germany, France, UK, Norway and Sweden. The dedicated electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will have an average of up to six user units, each capable of delivering 350 kW of power for fast... Read more →

Audi and Huawei sign memorandum of understanding for strategic cooperation in the area of Intelligent Connected Vehicles

Audi signed a memorandum of understanding for a strategic cooperation with the Chinese information and telecommunications corporation Huawei. The agreement forms part of a broad-based partnership between companies in the two countries initiated by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. We are intensifying our joint research with... Read more →

Bosch and EV company NIO sign strategic partnership agreement

The Bosch Group and electric vehicle company NIO signed a strategic cooperation agreement focused on sensor technology, automated driving, electric motor controls, and intelligent transport systems. NIO began delivering its 7-seat high performance electric SUV, ES8, to its users in China in June. The vehicle contains key components from Bosch,... Read more →

EVBox acquires French fast charging station manufacturer EVTronic

EVBox, a global manufacturers of electric vehicle charging stations and charging management software, has acquired the French fast- and ultra-fast-charging station manufacturer EVTronic. EVTronic designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of fast charging stations for electric vehicles, accompanied by a complete range of engineering services. In parallel, the company... Read more →

thyssenkrupp was recently awarded a contract to perform a feasibility study for a new green hydrogen project by the Australian hydrogen infrastructure company Hydrogen Utility (H2U). A 30MW water electrolysis plant as well as a facility for sustainable ammonia production are planned to be constructed near Port Lincoln in South... Read more →

BASF expands portfolio of hydrolysis-resistant polyesters for automotive, e-mobility and autonomy applications

BASF has further developed its range of hydrolysis-resistant (HR) thermoplastic polyesters. Since the market launch, BASF has developed around a dozen HR-modified Ultradur grades, with 15%, 30% and 50% glass-fiber reinforcement, particularly flowable, impact-modified, laser markable, laser transparent or flame-retardant. Typical applications can be found primarily in automotive electronics, e.g.... Read more →

ULEMCo working on hydrogen-fueled marine engines

UK-based ULEMCo, a hydrogen commercial vehicle conversion company, is looking into options for the marine sector for its technology (earlier post), and is developing a demonstration marine engine modified to run on hydrogen as a partner in the HYLANTIC (Atlantic Network for Renewable Generation and Supply of Hydrogen to promote... Read more →

In France, the electric vehicle segment has surpassed 18,000 registrations since the beginning of 2018, according to figures from Avere France, a national association created in 1978 to promote the acquisition and use of electric and hybrid vehicles. After a few subdued months, the electric passenger car market rose significantly... Read more →

Central LNG Shipping Japan Corporation, a joint venture established by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, ordered an LNG Bunkering Vessel (LBV) from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. The LBV, which is scheduled to be delivered around September to December... Read more →

Norsk Hydro signs new long-term power contract for Norwegian aluminum portfolio; 100% of wind farm output for 25 years

Norwegian aluminum company Norsk Hydro ASA’s wholly-owned subsidiary Hydro Energi AS has signed a long-term power contract with Tonstad Vindpark AS. The contract spans 25 years, for the period 2020 to 2045. Hydro Energi AS will purchase 100% of the actual output of the wind farm and will handle all... Read more →

Daimler Trucks is handing over ten battery-electric light-duty FUSO eCanter trucks (earlier post) to the city administration of Lisbon, Portugal. In 2015, the Portuguese cities of Lisbon, Sintra and Porto were already able to test the pre-series Canter E-Cell in real-life everyday transport operations. As a 7.5 tonne-vehicle, the FUSO... Read more →

Neuvition announces high resolution LiDAR with video fusion for autonomous driving and 3d imaging

Neuvition, Inc. announced the first version of its 480-line HD video LiDAR, Titan M1. The semi-solid-state LiDAR has a resolution of 480 vertical lines and 1280 pixels max for each line (resolution of 1280 x 480)—one of the highest resolution LiDARs on the commercial market. It has up to 1.5... Read more →