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DOE funds Argonne to test Capstone microturbines with hydrogen and synthetic fuels
October 22, 2016
Microturbine manufacturer Capstone Turbine Corporation announced that the US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide $335,000 in funding for one year to Argonne National Laboratory to conduct hydrogen and syngas testing on Capstone’s C65 and C200 microturbines.
SAE International to host symposium on automated driving technologies
October 21, 2016
SAE International will host a three-day symposium during which the technologies, regulations, testing and applications of automated driving technologies will be discussed, in-depth. The SAE 2016 From ADAS to Automated Driving Symposium will be held 29 Nov to 1 Dec at the Hilton Munich City in Munich, Germany.
Tesla using NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 as autonomous driving controller
Tesla Motors announced on Wednesday that all Tesla vehicles—Models S, X, and 3—will be equipped with an on-board “supercomputer” that can provide full self-driving capability. (Earlier post.) This in-vehicle supercomputer is powered by the NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI computing platform. (Earlier post.)
Samsung calls for united front in building 5G ecosystem
Samsung Electronics hosted the first Silicon Valley 5G Summit, held at Samsung Research America in San Jose, California. The summit, expected to become an annual event, brought together global telecommunications industry leaders from across the value chain to lay the foundation for an open end-to-end ecosystem for fifth generation (5G) networks.
SGL Group to sell graphite electrode business to Showa Denko for €350M; focusing on carbon fiber and graphite
October 20, 2016
SGL Group, a leading manufacturer of carbon-based products and materials, will sell its graphite electrode (GE) business to Showa Denko (Japan). The two parties have agreed on an enterprise value (cash and debt free) of €350 million (US$384 million), which, after deduction of standard debt-like items (mainly pension and restructuring provisions) results in cash proceeds of at least €200 million.
Qualcomm introduces first commercial 5G modem chipset solution
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has introduced the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, making Qualcomm the first company to announce a commercial 5G modem chipset solution. It is designed to support original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that are building the next generation of cellular devices, as well as aid operators with early 5G trials and deployments.
Nexar joins Berkeley DeepDrive Industry Consortium
Nexar, developer of a vehicle-to-vehicle network app that turns smartphones into connected AI dashcams, will join the Berkeley DeepDrive (BDD) Industry Consortium, a research alliance bringing together private industry sponsors, faculty, and researchers from multiple departments and centers. The BDD Consortium investigates advanced technologies in computer vision and machine learning for automotive applications.
NEVS partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to accelerate global electric car production
Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Enterprise Services business will help National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) accelerate the setup of its global electric vehicle production. As part of the project, HPE will create a global manufacturing IT platform for NEVS that will operate across plants in Sweden and China.
Consumer Watchdog urges California DMV to prohibit autonomous vehicles without human driver until NHTSA safety standards are enforceable
Consumer Watchdog urged the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to prohibit autonomous vehicles without a human driver capable of taking control until the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) enacts enforceable standards covering safety performance.
Chevrolet to introduce 20 new or refreshed vehicles in China through 2020; hybrids and PHEVs included
October 19, 2016
Chevrolet will introduce more than 20 totally new or refreshed products in China, its second-largest market, by the end of 2020.
Toyota Mirai FCV wins at the e-Rally Monte-Carlo
Traction motor of BMW 225xe PHEV wins the Bavarian State Award for E-mobility / eCar TEC Award for cooling concept
BMW has won the Bavarian State Award for E-mobility / eCar TEC Award for the innovative cooling concept used for the electric traction motor in the BMW 225xe plug-in hybrid.
NextEV issued autonomous vehicle testing permit in California
NextEV, a China-based designer and developer of high-performance electric vehicles (earlier post), has been issued an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit by the California DMV. NextEV now joins the elite group of companies in Silicon Valley permitted to test autonomous vehicle technology.
Xebec launches compact hydrogen PSA purification units for industrial and fuel cell applications
Xebec Adsorption Inc., a provider of gas purification, generation and filtration solutions for the hydrogen, natural gas, field gas, helium, oxygen and nitrogen markets, has introduced a complete range of high-performance, Fast Cycle Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Systems capable of ultra-pure hydrogen purification of up to 6.0 hydrogen grade (99.9999%).
US DOE, Natural Resources Canada open pilot plant to advance oxy-combustion carbon capture at coal-fired power plants
The US Department of Energy (DOE) and Canada’s Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) opened a new 1 Megawatt thermal (MWth) facility to test an advanced process to capture CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Boeing awards GS Yuasa Lithium Power order for space-qualified Li-ion cells
October 18, 2016
GS Yuasa Lithium Power (GYLP), a US subsidiary of GS Yuasa Corporation (GYC) has received an order from The Boeing Company for the procurement of LSE190 lithium-ion cells to be used in GEO satellite applications.T he 3.7V LSE190 cells use a lithium cobalt dioxide cathode and carbon anode; nameplate capacity is 190 Ah, with a specific energy of 165 Wh/kg.
Constellium opens new $198M finishing line for aluminum automotive sheet in France
Constellium N.V. officially opened a new finishing line at its plant in Neuf-Brisach, France, for a total €180-million (US$198 million) investment. The new line is designed to meet the growing demand for aluminium automotive body sheet.
NASA, France to collaborate on aircraft noise research
NASA and France’s Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (ONERA) HAVE signed an agreement to collaborate on research that focuses on mitigating the effects of civil air transportation noise.
Prince George’s County, Maryland converts 5 cargo vans with XL Hybrids’ Systems
October 17, 2016
XL Hybrids (earlier post) announced the successful installation of its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System in Prince George’s County, Maryland cargo vans. The upfitted hybrid vans are part of the County’s Sustainable Energy Program, which aims to reduce government fleet vehicle petroleum consumption by 20%.
AECOM awarded contract to build Faraday Future’s $1B N American EV manufacturing plant
AECOM has been selected to construct the $1-billion, 3-million square foot electric car manufacturing plant for Faraday Future (FF) in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
UK government investing $12.2M in EV charging infrastructure
The UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) announced a £7.5-million (US$9.1-million) investment in workplace charging, plus £2.5 million (US$3.1 million) for on-street residential infrastructure.
Shorai launches recycling program for lithium starter batteries
New deep learning project launches at PNNL
Recently, the US Department of Energy’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research awarded project funding for “Convergence of Deep Learning and Machine Learning for HPC Modeling and Simulation.” Abhinav Vishnu, research scientist with PNNL’s High Performance Computing group, will serve as the project’s principal investigator, overseeing the effort, which will focus on developing extreme-scale Deep Learning algorithms.
Carnegie-led team creates new extremely hard carbon nitride compound
October 15, 2016
New work from a team led by the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Alexander Goncharov has created a new extremely incompressible carbon nitride compound. They say it could be the prototype for a whole new family of superhard materials, due to the unexpected ratio of carbon and nitrogen atoms. Their work is published in the ACS journal Chemistry of Materials.
XALT Energy first North American battery maker to receive China’s GB/T certification
October 14, 2016
XALT Energy has become the first North American manufacturer of Lithium Titanium Oxide (LTO) battery cells to be certified under China’s new GB/T quality control standard. The new and more stringent standards are issued by the Standards Administration of China and replace the QC/T standard, under which XALT Energy’s LTO cells were previously certified.
Sales of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV top 25K in UK, accounting for ~50% of all PHEVs there since 2010
Sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV have topped the 25,000 mark in the UK, accounting for approximately half of the total number of plug-in hybrids registered in the UK since the very first of such vehicles were registered in 2010.
BorgWarner launches new variable cam timing technology for Hyundai
BorgWarner is supplying the first combination of its variable cam timing (VCT) technologies, including its patented cam torque actuated (CTA) phasers with mid-position lock and integrated center bolt, for Hyundai’s improved Lambda II V-6 engines.
New Gen5 Honda CR-V gets first turbo, better fuel economy
Honda unveiled the fifth-generation CR-V, America’s best-selling SUV over the past 20 years. The completely redesigned and reengineered 2017 CR-V, going on sale this winter, features the model’s first turbocharged engine and new features and technologies. US car buyers have purchased nearly 4 million CR-Vs since its US launch in 1997.
Air Products and NICE sign MOU to work jointly on hydrogen fueling projects in China
October 13, 2016
Air Products and the National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy (NICE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that lays out a collaborative effort potentially to work together on hydrogen fueling projects in China. The MOU was signed by representatives of both companies during a ceremony at the opening of NICE America Research, Inc. in California.
DOE to award ~$2M for small-scale production of rare earth elements from domestic coal and coal by-products
The US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced (DE-FOA-0001627 NOI) approximately $2 million in federally funded financial assistance for the first phase of cost-shared projects aimed to achieve small-scale production of salable rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic sources of pre-combustion coal and coal by-products.
DOE Fuel Cell Office funding Advanced Manufacturing Office consortium with $1M for roll-to-roll work
October 12, 2016
The US Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) plans to add $1 million for hydrogen and fuel cell topics related to the DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO)-supported multi-lab consortium on roll-to-roll manufacturing capabilities.
ITT introducing next-gen ultra-fast DC charging system; tested 400A at 1000V
ITT, through its Cannon brand, will introduce a next-generation, ultra-fast DC charging solution that can significantly reduce electric vehicle charging time at eCarTec 2016 in Munich next week. ITT will debut the high-performance, cooled ultra-fast charging DC solution as well as an improved contact system for its global portfolio of AC charging solutions.
Nova Bus receives order for 425 CNG buses
Nova Bus has received an order for 425 40-foot CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses from VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Texas. The buses will be manufactured in Plattsburgh, New York.
DOE: percentage driving to work alone has increased each decade since 1980
October 11, 2016
According to data from the US Bureau of the Census compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE), the percentage of those in the US driving to work alone has increased in each decade from 1980 to 2014. Conversely, carpooling decreased in that same time frame. In 2014, 76.4% of all commuters drove alone in a private vehicle.
US Senator introduces legislation to allow employers to provide pre-tax transportation benefits for EV drivers
US Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced new legislation (S.3450) to allow employers to give workers with electric cars access to the same pre-tax transportation benefits many workers receive for traditional forms of transportation like public transportation allowances, parking fees, and public transit passes.
Navigant Research forecasts battery-electric to be leading type of electric powertrain for buses through 2026
In a new report, “Medium and Heavy Duty Buses with Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, Battery Electric, and Fuel Cell Powertrains: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts”, Navigant Research forecasts that the battery EV (BEV) will be the leading type of electric powertrain for buses through 2026. According to Navigant Research, the total global market for electric drive buses is expected to grow from about 119,141 buses in 2016 to 181,055 in 2026.
GAC Bunker Fuels partners with REV LNG and REV LNG Marine to bring reliable LNG bunkering services to North America
GAC Bunker Fuels (GBFL), the GAC Group’s bunker trading and brokerage arm, has entered a strategic partnership with REV LNG and REV LNG Marine to deliver LNG bunkering services to ship owners and operators trading in North America. The alliance with the leading full-service LNG supplier and its marine arm REV LNG Marine offers a complete LNG supply chain solution in North American ports, in response to growing demand for LNG as a marine fuel.
USDOT awards $6M grant to advance Northwest US 33 Smart Mobility Corridor in Ohio
The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded a $5,997,500.00 million grant to the City of Dublin, the City of Marysville and Union County for the advancement of the Northwest US 33 Smart Mobility Corridor in Ohio. The USDOT grant will provide funding for Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) along the corridor for connected vehicle and autonomous vehicle testing and research.
Novelis China supplying aluminum-intensive solutions for Jaguar XFL; 75% Al in Body-in-White
October 10, 2016
Novelis is supplying aluminum solutions for the all-new Jaguar XFL, the first Jaguar model from Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Co., Ltd. (CJLR). The XFL launched in China on 29 August and features a body-in-white made of 75% aluminum, the highest aluminum content achieved by an automaker to date in the Chinese automotive marketplace.
Preliminary survey results show 27% believe they will be using autonomous car by 2020, 49% a single mobility app
Preliminary results from a forthcoming 23-city global study from Xerox shows that by 2020, half of all respondents (49%) believe they will have one app for all their transportation needs and 27% of respondents believe they will be using a self-driving car.
GM delivers September record 343,773 vehicles in China
General Motors and its joint ventures delivered a September record 343,773 vehicles in China—up 16% year over year. Cadillac set an all-time record for monthly deliveries, while Buick and Baojun reached new highs for September.
Green Commuter receives $750K to support electric car sharing service in Chattanooga
Green Commuter, an LA-based startup introducing a vanpool and car share service there with a fleet of Tesla Model X vehicles (earlier post), has received a $750,000 grant from the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) to launch an electric car sharing service in the Tennessee city.
Neste to begin selling 100% renewable diesel in Finland
October 09, 2016
Neste plans to start selling diesel produced entirely from renewable raw materials at selected stations in Finland around the turn of the year. The new product offers environmentally conscious consumers and corporate customers a sustainable and easy solution for reducing traffic-borne emissions. The majority of the renewable raw materials the company uses to refine the product, consists of waste and residues.
Uno-X Hydrogen awarded $2.45M grant for H2 production facility and two fueling stations in Bergen
Uno-X Hydrogen AS has been awarded a grant of NOK 19.8 million (US$2.45 million) from the Norwegian public enterprise Enova SF for an expansion of the Norwegian hydrogen network with one hydrogen production facility and two hydrogen fueling stations in Bergen.
Clearpath Robotics raises $30M to expand indoor self-driving vehicle market
Clearpath Robotics, a provider of self-driving vehicle solutions, completed a US$30-million investment led by iNovia Capital with participation from Caterpillar Ventures, GE Ventures, Eclipse Ventures, RRE Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank. Clearpath will use the funding to grow the company’s industrial division, OTTO Motors, launched in 2015 to focus on self-driving vehicles for material transport inside manufacturing and warehouse operations.
Air Liquide launches Let’s Clear the Air website and hydrogen infrastructure app; National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day
October 08, 2016
In support of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, Air Liquide launched www.letscleartheair.com and collaborated with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) to create a hydrogen infrastructure app.
Navigant forecasts strong growth in stop-start vehicle sales; 48V systems to account for 15% of those by 2025
According to a forecast by Navigant Research, global sales of light duty stop-start vehicles (SSVs) will exceed 61 million by 2025, accounting for 59% of all light duty vehicle sales. Of these, about 15% will feature 48V components.
Argonne releases 2016 version of GREET
The Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Group announced 2016 release of the suite of GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation Model) models and associated documentation. GREET is a full life-cycle model that allows researchers and analysts to evaluate various vehicle and fuel combinations on a full fuel-cycle/vehicle-cycle basis. This release includes the following expansions and updates:
VULOG Carsharing Technologies passes 10-million trip milestone; 3,000 cars
October 07, 2016
VULOG Carsharing Technologies has passed the 10-million trip mark for trips taken using its free-floating car sharing technology. In total, more than 3,000 shared cars are connected by the VULOG platform worldwide.
Codha Wirelss and Autotalks partnering on connected vehicles
Autotalks, supplier of automotive-grade V2X communication processors and RF transceivers, and Cohda Wireless, provider of V2X - Vehicle-to-Vehicle, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure, and CAV - Connected Autonomous Vehicles software, announced a partnership at ITS World Congress 2016 in Melbourne.
UT Arlington researchers use polyaniline to split CO2 into alcohols
Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have been the first to demonstrate that polyaniline (PANI), a member of the organic conducting polymer family, is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels without the need for a co-catalyst.
Federal-Mogul Powertrain introduces enhanced exhaust insulating sleeves; higher efficiency, lower emissions
Federal-Mogul Powertrain, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation has enhanced its line of ThermFlex exhaust insulating sleeves. The textile heat shield’s optimized design can now be tailored to fit almost any combination of exhaust pipe and tube geometries, helping to increase the efficiency of a vehicle exhaust system while protecting nearby sensitive components. Additionally, Federal-Mogul Powertrain’s unique flexible manufacturing process produces an exhaust sleeve that is application-specific without the need for custom tooling.
Berkeley Lab hosts UC-industry battery workshop; bridging the gap in applied research
October 06, 2016
Berkeley Lab hosted a battery research workshop last week to explore what role researchers in the University of California (UC) system can play in bridging the gap between science research and technology deployment of new batteries.
Elegus in $1.5M joint venture with XALT and Energy Power Systems
Elegus, a University of Michigan startup that has developed a Kevlar-derived dendrite-suppressing membrane exhibiting high modulus, ionic conductivity, flexibility, ion flux rates and thermal stability for Li-ion batteries (earlier post), has formed a $1.5-million joint venture with XALT Energy and Energy Power Systems. Additional terms of the joint venture were not disclosed.
BMW introduces new Cruise e-Bike
BMW of North America presented the new BMW Cruise e-Bike, ideal for commuters, built with a BOSCH Performance Line electric motor. BMW’s collection of bicycles is designed to reflect the main characteristics of BMW vehicle design. The collection includes several unique models such as the lightweight, quick BMW Cruise Bike for the casual rider in urban environments; the sporty, stylish, and dynamic BMW M Cruise Bike for the M enthusiast, as well as the BMW Junior Cruise Bike and the BMW Kids Bike, for younger BMW fans.
BETO establishes a consortium of national laboratories to streamline biomanufacturing
The US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has established the Agile BioFoundry (ABF)—a new consortium of nine Energy Department national laboratories working to standardize and streamline the entire biomanufacturing pipeline by uniting computer-assisted biological pathway design, process integration, process scale-up, and machine learning.
Ford F-150 fuel economy improves with all-new EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission
Thanks to its all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine paired exclusively with the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available from any automaker, 2017 Ford F-150 sees improvement in all three EPA fuel economy label estimates—city, highway and combined ratings—by 1 mpg over 2016 F-150; the 4x4 model improves by 2 mpg combined.
US new-vehicle fuel economy drops again in September
October 05, 2016
The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in September was 25.2 mpg (9.33 l/100 km)—down 0.1 mpg from the value for August, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) This decline likely reflects the increased proportion of light trucks among the vehicles sold, they suggested.
MEMA partners with Auto-ISAC to address cybersecurity risks associated with connected and automated vehicles
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), an international trade association representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, is now a strategic partner of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC). The Auto-ISAC is a non-profit trade association that facilitates the trusted sharing of cybersecurity information and leads the development of vehicle cybersecurity best practices for the automotive industry.
EPA SmartWay honors 44 freight carriers for exceptional supply chain efficiency
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Excellence Awards have recognized 43 truck carriers and one barge carrier as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency. EPA announced the awardees at the 2016 American Trucking Association’s Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.
PSA Group launches new mobility solutions brand Free2Move
October 04, 2016
The PSA Group has launched a new brand covering mobility solutions, Free2Move. Free2Move unites all of the PSA Group’s new mobility solutions with the aim of satisfying the full spectrum of consumers' transport needs:
Faurecia unveils $64M digital factory showcasing the future of manufacturing; Industry 4.0
Faurecia, a leading automotive supplier, unveiled a $64-million data-driven manufacturing facility in Columbus, Indiana. Columbus South, a 400,000 square-foot facility, will employ 450 people and produce a new, high-tech emissions control product for the commercial vehicle industry.
car2go carsharing community crosses two million customer milestone
In September, the carsharing company car2go, which is part of Daimler AG, crossed the two million customer mark. The two million customers worldwide include more than 1.1 million in Europe, of whom more than 550,000 are in Germany.
Mercedes-Benz GP Ltd takes an option to enter Formula E in Season 5
Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd (MGP) and Formula E Operations Ltd signed an agreement by which Mercedes takes an option to enter the FIA Formula E Championship in Season 5. According to the option agreement, Mercedes may choose to be one of the maximum of 12 entries to be proposed by the Championship Promoter to the FIA to enter the 2018-19 Formula E Championship.
Toyota and Daihatsu plan internal company for emerging-market compact vehicles; new DGNA vehicle architecture
Toyota Motor Corporation and its fully owned subsidiary Daihatsu Motor plan to establish an internal company that will be responsible for compact vehicles for emerging markets, from product planning to production preparation. This is the result of both companies having agreed on each company’s role in strengthening their compact vehicle operations in emerging markets to help them attain their joint goal of achieving sustainable growth. Toyota and Daihatsu will work toward establishing the internal company in January 2017.
Audi Neckarsulm wins European Automotive Lean Production competition; big data, smart factory
The Audi plant in Neckarsulm will receive the Automotive Lean Production Award in the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) category. The trade magazine Automobil Produktion and the consulting company Agamus Consult award the prize each year in recognition of production facilities that apply the factors of production in a particularly efficient manner. The prize will be awarded in conjunction with the Automotive Lean Production Congress 29-30 November at the Bosch plant in Blaichach.
DOE: US vehicle miles of travel (VMT) at all-time high
October 03, 2016
From June 2014 to June 2016, vehicle miles of travel (VMT) in the US rose from 3.00 trillion miles to a new high of 3.18 trillion miles—an increase of about 46% since 1992, according to figures from the US Department of Energy (DOE).
SAE International updates J3016 standard defining autonomous vehicles; free download
SAE International (SAE) announced a free update to its technical standard, “J3016: Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to On-Road Motor Vehicle Automated Driving Systems.” Recently, the US Department of Transportation (DoT) adopted SAE International’s six levels of automation outlined in SAE J3016 for use in its “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy.” (Earlier post.)
Trinseo introduces new technology for lightweight semi-structural auto applications
Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, introduced its 85% Long Glass Fiber (LGF) Polypropylene (PP) concentrate product family for automotive semi-structural applications at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive TPO Conference in Detroit.
New range record for the Kangoo ZE-H2 EV with fuel cell range extender
SGL Group inaugurates carbon fiber precursor line in Portugal
SGL Group has inaugurated the production line for carbon-fiber precursor at its FISIPE site in Lavradio, near Lisbon in Portugal. Precursor is a polymer-based fiber which is used as the main raw material for the production of carbon fibers. The production line has been set up by converting and enhancing parts of the existing production facility in Lavradio.
Tesla Q3 deliveries up 70% from Q2 to 24,500 vehicles
October 02, 2016
Tesla delivered approximately 24,500 vehicles in Q3, of which 15,800 were Model S (64%) and 8,700 were Model X (36%). This was an increase of just over 70% from last quarter’s deliveries of 14,402. Tesla only counts a car as delivered if it is transferred to the customer and all paperwork is correct; about 5,500 vehicles were in transit to customers at the end of the quarter. These will not be counted as deliveries until Q4.
First flight of four-seat passenger fuel cell aircraft HY4
September 30, 2016
On 29 September 2016, the HY4 aircraft took off on its first official flight from Stuttgart Airport. The HY4 is the world’s first four-seat passenger aircraft powered solely by a hydrogen fuel cell system. Researchers from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) developed the aircraft’s powertrain and worked on the project with industry and research partners.
Ginkgo Bioworks and Genomatica ally to accelerate commercialization of more sustainable bio-dervied high-volume chemicals
Ginkgo Bioworks and Genomatica have formed an alliance more rapidly to deliver biology-based solutions for the world’s highest-volume intermediate and specialty chemicals. Mainstream chemical producers can now in-license technology to manufacture their widely-used chemicals with cost-effective and sustainable whole-process solutions that include engineered microorganisms, complete process designs and technology transfer support.
Ricardo and AMRC sign MoU as work starts on powertrain electrification projects
The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global engineering company Ricardo. A primary theme of this collaboration will be powertrain electrification, which will be addressed by Ricardo and the AMRC jointly. This will be alongside the development of motors, batteries and power electronics, said AMRC’s Automotive Sector Lead, Ben Kitcher.
EPA requests applications for ~$7M total in funding to reduce diesel emissions from school buses
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of approximately $7 million in rebates to public school bus fleet owners to help them replace or retrofit older school buses. Upgrading buses with older engines reduces diesel emissions and improves air quality.
BMW updates BMW Connected with expanded services, device support and availability
September 29, 2016
At the Paris Motos Show, BMW introduced an expanded set of services, device support and availabilitiy in more countries. The personal mobility companion BMW Connected already comprises many functions designed to help users with their daily mobility needs.
Government of Canada approves $11B Pacific NorthWest LNG Project
The Federal Cabinet of the Government of Canada approved the $11-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG Project following completion of a federal environmental assessment. Pacific NorthWest LNG is a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Lelu Island within the District of Port Edward on land administered by the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA). The facility would liquefy and export natural gas produced by Progress Energy Canada Ltd. in northeast British Columbia.
American Airlines hires investment bank Ocean Park to assist with renewable jet fuel evaluation
American Airlines has retained Ocean Park, a boutique investment bank with expertise in the renewable fuels industry, to assist with evaluating alternative jet fuels and identifying the most promising companies and technologies.
Volkswagen Group and on-demand mobility partner Gett launch first joint initiative: attractive vehicle packages in Moscow
September 28, 2016
The Volkswagen Group and global mobility provider Gett announced their strategic partnership in May this year. (Earlier post.) Now, the first joint initiative is being rolled out with attractive vehicle packages in Moscow's growth market. Gett drivers in the Russian capital can look forward to preferential terms when they choose a Volkswagen Polo Sedan, a Volkswagen Jetta, a ŠKODA Rapid or a ŠKODA Octavia.
SAE ITC to create Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium; accelerating vehicle technologies development
SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (ITC), an SAE International affiliate, has been selected by the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to create the Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium (DATC). DATC is intended to enable the quick and efficient integration of innovative automotive technologies into military ground vehicles, ultimately resulting in speed of adoption of commercial technologies and improved defense capabilities.
Nel ASA awarded contract in Latvia for new dual hydrogen fueling solution for cars and buses
Nel Hydrogen Solutions, a division of Nel ASA, has been awarded a contract by SIA Hydrogenis, a leading hydrogen project developer in Latvia, for the delivery of the new dual capability H2Station, which offers a combined hydrogen fueling solution for cars and buses in Riga.
Renault to unveil electric TREZOR concept car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
At the Paris Motor Show tomorrow, Groupe Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn and Laurens van den Acker, SVP Corporate Design, Renault, will unveil TREZOR, an electric concept car which features “surprising” proportions.
BMW to partner with Andretti Formula E; may lead to works involvement
As part of a new strategic realignment of its motosports activities, the BMW Group will partner with Andretti Formula E in the Formula E Championship.
The cooperation with Andretti Formula E is initially set to run for two seasons. It includes cooperation at engineer level and the mutual use of resources. Depending on the general development of the racing series, a works involvement is envisaged as of the series’ season 5, 2018/2019, provided the conditions and circumstances are right. As part of this commitment, BMW Motorsport will provide its works driver António Félix da Costa (PT) as a driver for Andretti Formula E.
Velodyne LiDAR opens European operations
Velodyne LiDAR has officially opened Velodyne Europe GmbH in the Frankfurt Rhein Main area in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The expansion of Velodyne operations will further enhance the production and engineering support model Velodyne LiDAR is implementing globally.
Daimler, Linde and OMV inaugurate new hydrogen station
September 27, 2016
Hydrogen-powered vehicles can now refill their tanks at the OMV service station in Metzingen. The opening of the new filling station continues the longstanding cooperation between the industry partners Daimler, Linde and OMV Deutschland as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), and marks another step towards a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure in Germany.
Audi tech development chief resigns
Dr. Stefan Knirsch, Member of the Board of Management of Audi AG for Technical Development, has resigned, effective immediately. He had been appointed to that position at the beginning of this year, replacing Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg who left the company earlier after being suspended in connection with the diesel emissions scandal. Dr. Hackenberg has not been charged.
TomTom demonstrating lane-level localization for autonomous driving: HD Map and RoadDNA products
September 26, 2016
TomTom is introducing a Localization Demonstrator, a new demonstration device that leverages its HD Map and RoadDNA technology to provide accurate and robust lane-level localization of a vehicle. The device, using sensors expected in autonomous vehicles, combines TomTom autonomous driving content with TomTom correlation software to demonstrate the precision of the company’s data and the ability to perform real-time lane positioning.
Lux Research charts complex partnership networks in stationary energy storage
Lux Research is analyzing partnerships in stationary energy storage, and has produced a graphic showing some of the key partnerships of seven leading stationary storage battery suppliers. This is not an exhaustive list, but a starting point for getting a handle on a complex and fragmented segment.
AM General to build prototypes for the next-gen USPS Postal Delivery Vechicles; ZEV versionsAM General’s designs for advanced postal vehicles have been selected by the US Postal Service (USPS) as part of the USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Prototype awards. The awards were in support of the service’s plans and need for the replacement of their aging fleet. AM General will build a series of prototype vehicles for testing by the USPS that seek to provide fuel efficiency and zero emission capability.
Wirth Research developing long-endurance hydrogen-powered terrain mapping drones
UK-based Wirth Research has been contracted to develop and deliver a unique and bespoke prototype fleet of hydrogen fuel cell powered advanced terrain mapping drones for DERYL Research K.K.—a subsidiary of DERYL Group K.K., based in Japan.
Ford offering adaptive steering on Super Duty and Edge
September 25, 2016
Ford is offering adaptive steering on the Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup and Ford Edge SUV. Ford has been awarded eight patents, with 11 more filed, on the technology which has been offered in select vehicles for several years. (Earlier post.)
nuTonomy and Grab partner to expand public trial of on-demand self-driving car service in Singapore
September 23, 2016
nuTonomy, a developer of software for self-driving cars, and Grab, a Southeast Asia ride-hailing app, are partnering to expand nuTonomy’s ongoing public trial of self-driving cars in Singapore. (Earlier post.) The trial will give select Grab users a chance to experience the full end-to-end experience of e-hailing and riding in a nuTonomy self-driving vehicle (SDV).
International Truck first OEM to make collision mitigation standard on Class 8 tractors
International Truck announced that the soon-to-be-launched LT Series on-highway Class 8 tractor will come standard with an advanced driver assistance safety system that includes a combination of collision mitigation and full stability technologies.
ChargePoint introduces waitlist feature for EV public charging
September 22, 2016
ChargePoint has introduced Waitlist, a new service that enables drivers to use their mobile phones or RFID card to “line up” to use a public charging station. ChargePoint drew on extensive data and customer feedback to create a solution that makes EV charging in public/shared spaces, such as workplaces, a more efficient and pleasant process, both for drivers and station owners.
Camborne Energy Storage to install first Tesla Grid-Scale Powerpacks in Europe
Camborne Energy Storage, a UK-based developer of large-scale energy storage projects, is installing the first grid scale Tesla Powerpacks in Europe. With the recent arrival of the batteries to a site in Somerset, Camborne is co-locating them with a ground mounted solar PV site.
Hyperdrive goes in to production using Nissan LEAF batteries
UK-based Hyperdrive Innovation has become the first company to secure the supply of Nissan’s LEAF lithium-ion battery technology for its own commercial products. The company is incorporating the Nissan-developed, UK-made new and used battery modules in its new intelligent battery systems which can be deployed by manufacturers to power electric and hybrid electric vehicles, as well as providing energy storage for off-grid and back-up utility supplies.
Velocys announces construction complete at ENVIA’s GTL plant
September 21, 2016
Velocys plc announced that construction of ENVIA Energy’s GTL plant in Oklahoma City is now complete. On-site loading of catalyst into the Fischer-Tropsch reactors has been completed by Velocys with support from its partner Mourik.
U Waterloo researcher awarded 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award for work on fuel cell catalysts
Dr. Drew Higgins from the University of Waterloo has won the 2016 Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) in the category of Engineering/Medical Science/Natural Science for his work on fuel cell catalysts.
NanoXplore awarded $3.3M from SDTC to explore use of graphene-enhanced plastics in electric motors
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) will partner with Group NanoXplore Inc., a Montreal-based company specializing in the production and application of graphene and its derivative materials, to support the commercialisation of lighter, more reliable and higher-efficiency components for electric motor systems using graphene-enhanced engineering plastics in place of metals. The total value of the project is $10.4 million; SDTC is contributing $3.3 million.