Sierra Club and Plug-In America release toolkit of policies to drive EV adoption

The Sierra Club and Plug-In America released a new report—AchiEVe: Model State & Local Policies to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption—which details policies that state and local governments can take to promote electric vehicles, from tax incentives to increasing equity and access. The toolkit includes classic policies for EV drivers such... Read more →

Audi is introducing the second generation of its A1 with the new Audi A1 Sportback. Even the basic version comes standard with a fully digital instrument cluster with a high-resolution, 10.25-inch display and a multifunction steering wheel. The optional Audi virtual cockpit with an extended range of functions presents comprehensive... Read more →

Colorado Governor signs executive order calling for state to adopt California low-emission vehicle standards

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order calling for the state to adopt low emission vehicle (LEV) standards. The executive order instructs the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to develop a rule to establish a Colorado LEV program, which incorporates the requirements of the California LEV program;... Read more →

Blink Charging and YSB to incorporate Blink charging stations into light poles

Blink Charging Co. and YSB, a leader in Israel’s infrastructure and smart city technology, have entered into a cooperation agreement to integrate Blink technology into light poles with “flexible charging” for smart city infrastructure. The integration will allow both Blink and YSB to deploy and operate light pole charging stations... Read more →

The latest US Department of Transportation (DOT) Freight Analysis Framework (FAF version 4) shows that modes used for the domestic movement of gasoline vary greatly by the shipment distance. For short-haul movements (less than 250 miles), gasoline is primarily shipped by truck and pipeline, but for long-haul movements (1,000 miles... Read more →

DOE to award nearly $64M to 89 projects for advanced nuclear energy technology

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award nearly $64 million to 89 projects for advanced nuclear energy technology to DOE national laboratories, industry, and 39 US universities in 29 states. The awards are dispersed under three DOE nuclear energy programs: the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), the Nuclear Energy... Read more →

Neste and DFW collaborate on sustainable aviation operations; renewable jet fuel and supply chain

Neste and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) are collaborating in an effort to reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft at DFW. The partners are planning to explore opportunities for the use of renewable jet fuel, as well as investigate additional ways to enhance the sustainability efforts... Read more →

Rogue Valley Transportation District reports fuel economy gains > 25% with XL hybrid passenger fleet

Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD), the public transportation provider in Oregon’s Rogue Valley, and XL announced a successful deployment of six hybrid-electric (HEV) passenger vans in RVTD’s paratransit fleet. The Ford Transit passenger vans are already seeing a more than 25% increase in fuel economy over RVTD’s conventional Transit vans... Read more →

Audi partnering with SMA Solar and Hager Group to connect e-tron EV to house

Audi is teaming up with two new partners to connect its electric model Audi e-tron with the user’s home infrastructure. Intelligent interaction with home energy management systems from SMA Solar Technology and the Hager Group enables cost-optimized charging, including using sustainable photovoltaic power if desired. Audi offers various solutions for... Read more →

Volvo Penta unveils self-docking yacht technology

Volvo Penta has revealed an advanced self-docking solution, targeted for launch in 2020. The Volvo Penta launch is the latest example of the rapid technical development in the field of automation within the Volvo Group. The Volvo Group has been carrying out research into autonomous vehicles and the transport systems... Read more →

rideOS launches out of stealth with a $9M Series A, partnership with Ford subsidiary Autonomic

rideOS, a technology platform designed to accelerate the safe, global roll-out of self-driving vehicles, raised $9 million in Series A funding. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from Graph Ventures and SV Angel, and Sequoia Partner Mike Vernal has joined rideOS’s board of directors. In tandem, the company has... Read more →

Ford Motor Company has acquired the iconic Michigan Central Station in Detroit and plans to transform it into the centerpiece of a vibrant new campus in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood that will serve as an innovation hub for Ford’s vision for the future of transportation. “We hope for better things” and... Read more →

Specialty carrier of refined petroleum products in California switches to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

Fuel Delivery Services, Inc. (FDS), a bulk transporter of refined petroleum products based in Stockton, CA, recently switched its Stockton-based fleet of trucks to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. FDS provides transportation services seven days a week, 365 days a year to a variety of clients, from small jobbers to major... Read more →

Carlex Glass America licenses ORNL superhydrophobic coatings for automotive applications

Carlex Glass America LLC has exclusively licensed optically clear, superhydrophobic coating technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory aimed initially at advancing glass products for the automotive sector. ORNL’s development of a water-repellent, transparent coating that carries away dust and dirt, reduces light reflection and resists fingerprints... Read more →

Shell and HTEC launch Canada’s first retail hydrogen vehicle refueling station

Shell and Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation (HTEC) launched Canada’s first retail hydrogen refueling station for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, located at 8686 Granville Street in Vancouver. This is the first retail hydrogen vehicle refuelling station in Canada open to the public, and the first of three sites that... Read more →

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) unveiled the GR Super Sport Concept at the 86th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. First revealed at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon in January, this next-generation hyper car incorporates hybrid electric technology honed through Toyota’s participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).... Read more →

Toyota Europe’s hybrid car-sharing offer expands to Venice, Italy; 49 hybrids and PHEVs

In 2016, Toyota was the first to offer hybrid electric vehicles in the European car-sharing market. YUKÕ—Japanese for ‘Let’s go’—gives customers the opportunity to drive hybrid electric vehicles without the need for car ownership. Initiated in 2016 in Dublin (Ireland) and Forlì (Italy), the service is now expanding to Venice... Read more →

Report: UPS to buy 950 additional Workhorse electric delivery trucks reports that UPS will buy 950 electric delivery trucks from Workhorse Group, in addition to an earlier order for 50 trucks as part of a test program. (Earlier post.) UPS and Workhorse collaborated on the design of the Class 5 N-Gen electric vehicles. The electric vehicles weigh 5,500 pounds,... Read more →

Baidu Partners with BMW China to develop next-generation home-to-vehicle connectivity solutions

Baidu, Inc. signed an agreement with BMW China to develop the next generation Internet of Vehicles (IoV) solutions that connects vehicles with smart home devices. Baidu and BMW China will develop advanced solutions to connect cars and smart home devices in their initial efforts to create a more seamless home... Read more →

European Council, Parliament and Commission talks settle on target of 14% renewable for transport in 2030

Trialogue negotiations between the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission on the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) took place in Strasbourg on 13 June, resulting in a preliminary agreement on EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). The new regulatory framework includes a binding renewable energy... Read more →

Volvo Cars Tech Fund invests in automotive LiDAR company Luminar

Volvo Cars has completed the first strategic investment via its newly-founded investment fund by taking a stake in Luminar, a LiDAR start-up. LiDAR technology, which uses pulsed laser signals to detect objects, is a crucial element of creating safe autonomous vehicles. The investment in Luminar, based in Palo Alto, California,... Read more →

Linde submits LCFS pathway application for hydrogen from sodium chlorate production: 56.06 gCO2e/MJ

Linde LLC submitted a Tier 2 application for the California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for a Tier 2 pathway for hydrogen as a co-product from the commercial electrolytic production of sodium chlorate from a facility located in Québec, Canada. The produced hydrogen is liquefied and transported via truck to fueling... Read more →

PNNL, LCW produce first grams of yellowcake uranium from seawater

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and LCW Supercritical Technologies have created five grams of yellowcake—a powdered form of uranium used to produce fuel for nuclear power production—using acrylic fibers to extract it from seawater. This is a significant milestone. It indicates that this approach can eventually provide commercially attractive... Read more →

With the global oil and gas industry comfortable with the lower for longer oil price environment, 620 oil and gas projects are slated to come online in the near to mid-term globally, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Of these, 267 projects have progressed past the final... Read more →

ABB has completed the Maritime Link, formally handing over the interconnector to Emera, an energy and services company headquartered in eastern Canada. The link made history on 8 December 2017, by conducting the first exchange of electricity between the islands of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. It went into service on... Read more →

Porsche launches digital charging service for electric vehicles

Porsche is now offering an innovative charging service for plug-in and electric vehicles. The “Porsche Charging Service” encompasses all aspects of the charging process. The service searches for suitable charging stations and uses centrally stored data to handle the payment process across multiple countries and currencies. Different logins for the... Read more →

BYTON closes $500M Series B

BYTON (earlier post) raised $500 million in its Series-B fundraising round, attracting major investors including FAW Group, Tus-Holdings, CATL, and more. The funding round empowers BYTON with a strong financial position for continued progress in mass production, R&D and product development. BYTON also officially opened its global headquarters in Nanjing,... Read more →

The inhalation of diesel vehicle exhaust gases is a significant health risk for mine workers. Often lung and respiratory diseases are the result of many years of underground activity. To reduce the risks, mining and tunneling vehicle specialist Emsbürener Hermann Paus Maschinenfabrik GmbH has developed electric and hybrid mining vehicles... Read more →

Electric vehicles are more efficient than internal combustion vehicles, but fuel cost comparisons can be complicated because the price of gasoline and residential electricity vary considerably by state. To address this, the Department of Energy developed an eGallon tool that shows the fuel cost of operating a vehicle on regular... Read more →

At CEBIT 2018, Volkswagen is showing a further development of its self-driving technology platform SEDRIC, first introduced at the Geneva Motor how in 2017 (earlier post). The new sports and outdoor model SEDRIC Active features a specially designed interior and exterior tailored to meet the individual needs of outdoor sports... Read more →

Red Bus introducing electric buses to New Zealand next year

Christchurch, New Zealand transit operator Red Bus will introduce New Zealand’s first fully electric urban bus service to Christchurch early next year. This follows the signing of a deal to purchase three electric ADL/BYD buses as part of its commitment to gradually introducing new innovative technology across Christchurch public transport... Read more →

New Blue dCi diesel engines with SCR for the Dacia Duster

Dacia is introducing a new generation of its diesel engines on the Duster, which feature the latest systems for reducing polluting emissions. Renamed for the occasion “Blue dCi”, these new engines guarantee increased performance and optimized consumption at attractive prices. The new “Blue dCi” engines feature the latest systems for... Read more →

First commercial waste gas to ethanol plant starts up; ethanol produced from steel mill emissions

LanzaTech and its joint venture partner, Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer, announced the successful start-up of the world’s first commercial facility converting industrial emissions to sustainable ethanol. The facility, located at the Jingtang Steel Mill in Caofeidian in Hebei Province, began operations on 3 May. LanzaTech... Read more →

Solaris to supply 12 new buses, including two electrics, to Ostróda

Solaris will supply ten 12-meter buses with a conventional drive, and two electric models—the Urbino 8.9 LE electric—to Ostróda, Poland. The first half of the order—five Urbino 12 vehicles and one electric bus—shall be supplied in May 2019, whereas the second one will be delivered in May 2020. The total... Read more →

Solaris sells 80 trolleybuses to Milan; 45 kWh packs for power-line-free range

Solaris has sold articulated Trollino 18 trolleybuses to Milan. Signed on 21 May, the framework contract stipulates the supply of 80 vehicles in total. The first of these will be delivered mid-2019. Public transport operator ATM has been offered the option to order another 50 vehicles. The contract value amounts... Read more →

Navigant Research projects that Mobility-as-a-Service providers stand to benefit from blockchain

A new report from Navigant Research examines how blockchain technology can be adopted by mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) providers to create new business models to help connect decentralized energy systems. Blockchain-based platforms create interoperability between services like electric vehicle charging or ridesharing. The technology opens up microtransaction markets in an affordable way... Read more →

Toyota Mobility Foundation, WRI to enhance accessibility and multi-modal mobility in six Indian cities; STAMP

The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have agreed to work together to enhance metro accessibility through multi-modal mobility solutions in six Indian cities over the next three years, from 2018 to 2021. This project is an extension of the methodology developed by TMF and WRI... Read more →

ON Semiconductor announces SiC diodes for demanding automotive applications

ON Semiconductor has expanded its silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky diode portfolio to include devices specifically intended for demanding automotive applications. The new AEC-Q101 automotive grade SiC diodes deliver the reliability and ruggedness needed by modern automotive applications, along with the numerous performance benefits synonymous with Wide Band Gap (WBG) technologies.... Read more →

Electrify America picks Black & Veatch, SAI Group as design-build firms for EV fast charging stations

Electrify America has contracted with both Black & Veatch and SAI Group to manage the design, permitting and construction of electric vehicle (EV) ultra-fast charging station sites at both highway and community locations across the US. Black & Veatch and SAI Group each plan to manage the full design, permitting,... Read more →

Faraday Future receives permit and announces Bernards as general contractor for Hanford factory

Faraday Future (FF) announced that Bernards, a commercial builder located in San Fernando, California, will serve as the general contractor for the 1M square foot FF factory in Hanford, California. The Hanford factory is a turn-key facility, strategically sited between the country’s two largest EV markets, Los Angeles and Silicon... Read more →

NuScale Power SMR can generate 20% more power than planned

NuScale Power announced its small modular reactor (SMR) can generate 20% more power than originally planned. Advanced testing and modeling tools helped NuScale identify optimization opportunities and increased power generation. Increasing the power generating capacity of a 12-module NuScale SMR plant by 20%, with very minimal change in capital costs,... Read more →

ROHM and GaN Systems partner for GaN power semiconductors

ROHM, a leading supplier of power semiconductors, and GaN Systems, the global leader in GaN power semiconductors, announced their collaboration in the GaN (gallium nitride) Power Semiconductor business, with the goal of contributing to the continuing evolution of power electronics. This strategic partnership leverages GaN Systems’ industry leading capabilities in... Read more →

Daimler Trucks establishes Automated Truck Research & Development Center in US

Daimler Trucks & Buses is establishing a new Automated Truck Research & Development Center in Portland (Oregon). The new research and development center develops and fine-tunes systems for automated driving at Daimler Trucks & Buses according to a comprehensive technology strategy. The center’s experts are dedicated to all aspects of... Read more →

ExxonMobil completes purchase of Carcara oil field interest

ExxonMobil completed the purchase of half of Equinor’s interest in the BM-S-8 block offshore Brazil, which contains part of the 2-billion-barrel, pre-salt Carcara oil field. Production from the field is expected to start in 2023 or 2024. ExxonMobil and its co-venturers are advancing development activities, including concept selection and finalizing... Read more →

Innoviz and HiRain partner to bring solid-state LiDAR to Chinese automotive OEMs

Innoviz Technologies, a provider of LiDAR sensing solutions, and HiRain Technologies, a Tier 1 solution provider for the automotive market in China, have partnered to bring Innoviz’s LiDAR and computer vision technology to Chinese automakers through HiRain’s sales channels in the country. Innoviz’s solid-state LiDAR solution leverages a proprietary MEMS-based... Read more →

79 Opel powertrains already meet Euro 6d-TEMP limits

Around 14 months before Euro 6d-TEMP becomes mandatory for all newly registered cars in September 2019, 79 Opel powertrains already meet the strict new limits. The future European emissions standard includes Real Driving Emissions (RDE) measured on public roads. Gasoline and LPG power units complying with Euro 6d-TEMP are available... Read more →

EDF and McPhy partner to develop carbon-free hydrogen in France and around the world; EDF invests €16M

McPhy, a specialist in hydrogen production, storage and distribution equipment, and EDF Group, have entered into a partnership agreement to develop carbon-free hydrogen in France and around the world. Further, EDF is investing around €16 million in McPhy, ending up with around 21.7% of its share capital, and 20.4% of... Read more →

u-blox introduces V2X chip

u-blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of positioning and wireless communication technologies, announced its UBX‑P3 chip for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) wireless communication based on the DSRC/802.11p standard. The chip builds on the success of the u-blox THEO‑P1 and VERA-P1 V2X modules, and the company’s experience as a technology supplier to the existing... Read more →

Germany to provide €10M in 2018 for energy-efficient and/or low-CO2 trucks; program initially runs to end of 2020

German Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has submitted a funding guideline for energy-efficient and/or low-CO2 trucks; initial applications can be submitted to the Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) in July. The funding will support the purchase of trucks and tractors with CNG, LNG or certain electric drives (pure battery... Read more →