New California law lets NGVs, other AFVs match diesel trucks’ cargo capacity

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2061, a bill that allows ultraclean heavy-duty trucks to exceed California’s weight limits by as much as 2,000 pounds, accommodating the extra weight of natural gas and other clean truck fuel systems. Authored by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay), AB 2061 allows... Read more →


AKASOL provides battery system for electrified trailer axle from SAF-HOLLAND

As part of a forward-thinking European project, the globally operating commercial vehicle supplier SAF-HOLLAND S.A. has integrated a high-performance battery system from European manufacturer of lithium-ion battery systems AKASOL into an experimental vehicle with the electrified SAF TRAKr trailer axle. The Li-ion batteries are fed with braking energy through the... Read more →


AMSilk partners with Airbus to develop the next generation of composite fibers for lightweight, high-performance planes; BioSteel

AMSilk, the first industrial supplier of synthetic silk biopolymers, has entered a joint cooperation agreement with Airbus to develop the new era of composites for use in the aerospace industry. In recent years, the aerospace industry has shifted from metal and steel fuselage and wings to carbon fiber composite materials,... Read more →


Alongside its own factory team, Audi Sport will also equip the British race team Virgin Racing with the newly developed Audi e-tron FE05, including the powertrain, for the new ABB FIA Formula E Championship starting in December. Audi e-tron FE05 We are glad that in the new Formula E season... Read more →


TransLink orders 2 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE electric buses

New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, a Canadian subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, announced a new contract with the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) for two forty-foot, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses. The buses... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz Vans and BASF plan to collaborate on mobility topics and work together to forge ahead with innovations. The two companies are starting their cooperation with the optimization of individual mobility at BASF’s plant in Ludwigshafen, where they will shortly introduce an on-demand ridesharing system. Beyond individual transport on the... Read more →


Skeleton Technologies and Wrights Group Ltd sign high-volume, multi-million euro contract; ultracaps for hybrid buses

Wrights Group Ltd and Skeleton Technologies have signed a high-volume, multi-million-euro contract spanning the next 5 years. Skeleton supplies graphene-based ultracapacitors to the latest KERS enabled hybrid-electric double and single deck buses produced by the Wrights Group. The integration of graphene-based ultracapacitors into test WrightBus double deck buses enables a... Read more →


JetBlue uses renewable jet fuel blend for acceptance and ferry flight of new A321

JetBlue received its latest A321 aircraft from Airbus’ U.S. A320 Family production facility in Mobile, Ala. The acceptance flight followed by JetBlue’s scheduled ferry flight mark JetBlue’s first flights fueled with renewable jet fuel blend. The fuel for these flights, provided by Airbus and certified by Air BP, consists of... Read more →


Greenlots selected to support AEP Ohio EV $10M charging infrastructure program rollout to Midwest commercial and industrial customers

AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power company, selected Greenlots to participate in the utility’s new $10-million EV charging station incentive program. The program will provide 75 easily-accessible public DC fast charging stations at commercial sites and 300 Level 2 stations at public sites, workplaces and multifamily complexes within Columbus and... Read more →


WayRay, a leader of holographic AR displays for cars, announced new investment from Porsche, Hyundai Motor, Alibaba Group, China Merchants Capital, JVCKENWOOD and Consortium of Sovereign Wealth Funds (among them Russia-Japan Investment Fund, formed by JBIC and RDIF; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrein). The newly raised funds will bolster the... Read more →


Allianz Global Assistance survey finds fewer Americans interested in autonomous vehicles

Less than half of Americans (43%) are interested in utilizing self-driving cars, down from 53% last year, according to the fourth annual Sharing Economy Index released by Allianz Global Assistance. (These are findings of an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Allianz Global Assistance.) The lack of interest is primarily... Read more →


Volvo Cars is now conducting advanced vehicle testing using an innovative drive-by-wire technology from leading test system supplier, AB Dynamics. Flex-0 enables vehicles to be driven directly through the CAN bus, without the need for a human driver or robot. This represents a significant step forward, greatly simplifying installation and... Read more →


Robert Bosch Venture Capital boosts investment in ABAX Sensing; solid-state chip Lidar design technology

Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), the corporate venture capital company of the Bosch group, completed a follow-on investment in ABAX Sensing. ABAX is developing a full solid-state chip Lidar for consumer and automotive applications, in particular for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles. RBVC and Orbbec, a leading... Read more →


Audi and Arcadia Power partner to allow e-tron buyers to support renewable energy production

Audi of America, Inc. will partner with Arcadia Power, a nationwide digital utility service, to allow owners of Audi’s first all-electric vehicle—the e-tron (earlier post)—to support renewable energy production, and to help offset at-home charging and other electricity consumption. Through the partnership, US e-tron customers who receive energy bills from... Read more →


Faraday Future has completed its first pre-production build of the FF 91 luxury EV, built at the Hanford factory. The order book for FF 91 early users—“FF Futurists”—is open with first deliveries commencing during the first half of 2019. FF 91 is an all-purpose fully-connected EV with an estimated 0-60... Read more →


UNSW awarded AUS$3.6M in grants for renewable hydrogen research

Researchers at The University of New South Wales Sydney have been awarded a share of more than A$22.1 million (US$15.9 million) in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for research into hydrogen as a means to exporting renewable energy. Hydrogen—or hydrogen carriers such ammonia (earlier post)—are potential ways... Read more →


The 2019 Bonneville Jetta (earlier post) recorded a track speed of 210.16 mph (338.15 km/h) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Nevada, at the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s (USFRA) World of Speed event. In the course of the run, the car broke the Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA)... Read more →


IKEA Group commits to EVs for home delivery in five major cities by 2020

IKEA Group announced an accelerated timeline for transitioning to EVs in five major inner cities—Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Shanghai—by 2020. In September 2017, IKEA Group was one of the first companies to join EV100, a global initiative by The Climate Group bringing together businesses committed as driving... Read more →


In a one-vehicle household the average daily mileage is about 30 miles, according to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) 2017 National Household Travel Survey. In a two-vehicle household, the first vehicle averages nearly 40 miles in a day; in a three-vehicle household, the first vehicle averages over 40 miles... Read more →


Ground-breaking ceremony for new Bertrandt high-voltage battery test center

Bertrandt held a ground-breaking ceremony at the Bertrandt Technikum in Ehningen for its new €15-million high-voltage battery test center. In April 2019, the two-storey building with a floor area of ​​around 1,200 m² will be ready for occupancy and the test equipment will be ready for use. Bertrandt is investing... Read more →


ZF is highlighting two market successes for its tried-and-tested AxTrax AVE electric portal axle. Thirty-one London battery-electric double-decker buses built by Optare will be equipped with this technology and glide through the city powered solely by electricity. The second success is marked by a new chapter in the partnership between... Read more →


Lucid Motors signs $1B+ investment agreement with PIF of Saudi Arabia; Lucid Air EV launch in 2020

Lucid Motors executed a more than US$1-billion investment agreement with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF), through a wholly owned company of PIF. Under the terms of the agreement, the parties made binding undertakings to carry out the transaction subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The... Read more →


Hydrogenious scientists nominated for 2018 German Future Prize for work on liquid organic hydrogen storage

Prof. Peter Wasserscheid, Prof. Wolfgang Arlt and Dr.-Ing. Daniel Teichmann, CEO of FAU (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität) spin-off Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH, have been nominated for the 2018 German Future Prize (German President’s Award for Innovation in Science and Technology). Being nominated for this award honors the achievements of these FAU scientists in research... Read more →


Groundbreaking for Clariant’s Sunliquid cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania

Clariant has begun construction of the first large-scale commercial Sunliquid plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol made from agricultural residues in Podari near Craiova in southwestern Romania. At the flagship facility, the Sunliquid technology developed by the company is being used on an industrial scale for the first time.... Read more →


ATS to acquire KMW to strengthen its position in the EV market

ATS Automation Tooling Systems, an automation solutions provider, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire KMW Konstruktion, Maschinen- & Werkzeugbau GmbH & Co. KG and KMW GmbH (collectively, KMW), a Germany-based supplier of custom micro-assembly systems and test equipment solutions. The addition of KMW’s micro-assembly technology and expertise are... Read more →


Volkswagen Group closes $100M QuantumScape investment; new JV for industrial production of solid-state batteries

The Volkswagen Group has concluded the planned increase in its stake in the California solid-state battery company QuantumScape. (Earlier post.) The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) had no objection to the transaction. Volkswagen is investing 100 million USD in the battery specialist, thus becoming its largest... Read more →


Globally, the total crude and condensate production from announced and planned global offshore projects is expected to be around 8.1 million barrels per day (mmbd) of crude and about 47.3 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of natural gas by 2025, according to data and analytics company GlobalData. The company’s... Read more →


EIA: US now likely world’s largest crude oil producer

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated in the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook that the United States is now the largest global crude oil producer, likely surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia. In February, US. crude oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than two decades.... Read more →


Nissan has strengthened its partnership with e.dams by purchasing a stake in the championship-winning racing organization, ahead of Nissan‘s debut in the ABB FIA Formula E electric street-racing championship. Nissan is joining Formula E as the first Japanese carmaker to participate in the innovative series and as the global leader... Read more →


Yamaha Motor adopts Jetson AGX Xavier for autonomous machines for land, air and sea

Yamaha Motor Co. has selected NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier as the development system to power its upcoming lineup of autonomous machines. The Japanese manufacturer plans to make Jetson AGX Xavier the brain for a broad portfolio of intelligent machines, including unmanned agriculture vehicles, last-mile vehicles and marine products. The world’s... Read more →


Daimler to take 20% stake in used-vehicle platform heycar

Daimler, through its Daimler Financial Services division, will become a partner and investor in used-vehicle platform heycar, which was successfully launched by Volkswagen Financial Services AG in October 2017. Daimler will acquire its stake as part of a capital increase. On completion of the transaction, Daimler will hold 20% of... Read more →


NVIDIA opens DRIVE Constellation Platform to simulation partners

NVIDIA is opening up the DRIVE Constellation simulation platform to work with partners to integrate their world models, vehicle models and traffic scenarios. By incorporating a variety of partners, DRIVE Constellation will become even more comprehensive, enabling diverse and complex testing elements. According to RAND Corporation, to drive even 20%... Read more →


Hyundai Motor presented a first look at a rendering of a new truck with fuel cell powertrain which is set to be launched in 2019. The heavy-duty fuel cell truck will follow the ix35 Fuel Cell and the NEXO in Hyundai’s expanding fuel cell lineup. The truck aims at simple... Read more →


Lithos Energy introduces fourth generation of battery pack technology

Lithos Energy announced its fourth generation of high-voltage liquid-cooled battery packs that offer improved energy density, safety and can be rapidly scaled to high-volume production. Lithos Gen4 technology is now included in the latest Lithos high-voltage battery packs. The technology offers significant improvements including a 23% increase in specific energy... Read more →


Tritium part of EPRI $3.2M DOE project to develop high-powered charging for electric vehicles

Tritium, a manufacturer of electric vehicle (EV) high-powered charging solutions, is receiving a portion of $3.2 million in federal funding awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for developing an extreme fast charging system that can connect to the grid. EPRI has allocated about $400,000 for Tritium to develop... Read more →


SwRI particle emissions laboratory only lab accredited by A2LA for four particle calibration processes

Southwest Research Institute’s (SwRI) particle emissions laboratory is now the only facility fully accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) for calibrating equipment to ISO/IEC 17025. SwRI is qualified to calibrate devices that measure and quantify particle number and sizes as small as 10 nanometers in diameter. SwRI... Read more →


LEVC (London EV Company) announced it will start trials of its new electric van with potential customers in London in the second half of 2019. Unliveried van. The business is currently in discussion with a number of major public-sector fleets about joining the trials of prototype vehicles. This includes the... Read more →


UQM Technologies launches new line of PowerPhase HD2 electric motor inverters

UQM Technologies, Inc. has introduced a full lineup of PowerPhase HD2 electric motor inverters, which complements its signature motors and software controls, to further serve its customers in the electric vehicle market. The new PowerPhase HD2 inverter provides greater reliability and manufacturability, improved packaging, and expanded performance. The inverters’ packaging... Read more →


Starting with the new ES, Lexus will offer Digital Outer Mirrors on its vehicles. By installing small exterior cameras on the front doors, Lexus vehicles will provide its drivers with a clearer view of the vehicle’s surrounding area. The cameras in the Digital Outer Mirrors transmit the images onto 5-inch... Read more →


Audi e-tron will be first model to feature vehicle-integrated toll module technology

The all-electric Audi e-tron will be the first vehicle from the brand to launch with integrated toll payment technology. The Integrated Toll Module (ITM) is a toll transponder built into the vehicle’s rearview mirror, allowing drivers to access select toll roads in the US and in Canada. ITM is another... Read more →


Norway’s largest and longest oil pipeline now in place

The last pipe of what is now Norway’s longest and largest oil pipeline was installed recently right next to the riser platform at the Johan Sverdrup field. The 36-inch pipeline extends 283 km (176 miles) from the Mongstad oil terminal outside Bergen to the giant field in the North Sea.... Read more →


Household vehicles in the US drove an average 10,200 miles in 2017, according to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration, National Household Travel Survey. Newer vehicles are typically driven more miles than older vehicles. Vehicles with ages of one to five years all average more than 12,000... Read more →


California Governor signs SB 100 into law, setting 100% clean electricity goal by 2045; executive order for carbon neutrality

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Senate Bill 100, setting a 100% clean electricity goal by 2045 for the state (earlier post). The governor also issued an executive order establishing a new target to achieve carbon neutrality, also by 2045. SB 100 advances the state’s existing Renewables Portfolio Standard,... Read more →


DNV GL and Dalian Shipbuilding jointly to develop LNG-fueled 23,000 TEU ultra large container vessel

Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company Ltd. (DSIC) and classification society DNV GL have signed a joint development project (JDP) agreement to develop a new 23,000 TEU LNG-fueled ultra large container vessel (ULCV). The JDP is focused on delivering a design which is ready for construction and reflects upcoming market trends and... Read more →


SAKOR Technologies to showcase engine, hybrid, EV, and battery testing tech at Automotive Testing Expo North America 2018

SAKOR Technologies Inc., a leader in the area of high-performance dynamometer systems, will showcase many of its technologies. including hybrid and electric vehicle testing, high voltage battery testing and simulation, and the smallest AC regenerative engine dynamometer available in the industry, at the Automotive Testing Expo North America 2017, 23-25... Read more →


BMW Group Financial Services selects 6 startups to join first US collaboration lab

BMW Group Financial Services in the US has selected six startups for the first-ever BMW Financial Services Collaboration Lab. The start-ups will now undertake a 10-week lab at BMW Financial Services’ offices in Hilliard, Ohio, to further develop their ideas alongside leading subject matter experts in the automotive and financial... Read more →


CARB selects Los Angeles and Kern County communities for in-depth study of air quality impacts near oil and gas facilities

The California Air Resources Board has selected four communities for a new program to monitor air quality near oil and gas extraction facilities. Short and long-term exposure to air pollutants can contribute to negative health outcomes, including asthma, cardiovascular disease, and in some cases, cancer. Limited information exists, however, on... Read more →