Thirty-seven percent of Southeast Asian consumers planning to buy a car are open to purchasing an electric vehicle, according to a Nissan-commissioned study by Frost & Sullivan. The finding demonstrates the region’s strong potential to speed up the electrification of mobility. Customers in the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia emerged as... Read more →


Groupe PSA and nuTonomy form strategic partnership to test fully autonomous vehicles in Singapore

Autonomous vehicle (AV) software developer nuTonomy (earlier post) and Groupe PSA have entered a strategic partnership through which nuTonomy will seamlessly integrate its software system into customized PEUGEOT 3008s for on-road testing of fully autonomous cars in Singapore. The PEUGEOT 3008 was recently named 2017 European Car of the Year.... Read more →


ST Engineering launches several initiatives on autonomous vehicles in Singapore

ST Engineering announced several initiatives to advance Singapore’s Smart Mobility 2030 vision of a smart transportation network and to strengthen its leadership in the development of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies. First, ST Engineering has launched the Singapore Autonomous Vehicles Consortium to facilitate and to strengthen collaboration between industry partners and... Read more →


NTU, JTC and SMRT to develop integrated transport solutions with joint research lab; “Mobility-as-a-Service Lab”

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), JTC and SMRT Services Pte Ltd (SMRT) have joined forces to develop innovative solutions that seamlessly integrate multiple modes of transportation, for better connectivity and accessibility. This is in line with the Government’s aim of making Singapore a living lab to develop and test... Read more →


Ride-sharer Grab to invest $700M in “Grab 4 Indonesia” 2020 master plan

Grab, the leading ride-hailing platform in Southeast Asia, launched its “Grab 4 Indonesia” 2020 master plan, endorsed by Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal (BKPM), the Government of Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board. Under the plan, Grab will invest US$700 million in Indonesia over the next four years to support Indonesia’s goal of... Read more →


The Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) signed a multi-year strategic partnership agreement with seven Korean research institutes—KICT (Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology); KOTI (Korea Transport Institute); KIMM (Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials); KERI (Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute); ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute);... Read more →


NTU and NXP Semiconductors launch Singapore’s first Smart Mobility consortium; testing V2X on NTU campus

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and NXP Semiconductors have launched Singapore’s first Smart Mobility Consortium to focus on testing and developing smart mobility technologies. The technologies will be tested on the NTU campus, which serves as a living test bed, bringing together 12 industry partners to form the NTU-NXP... Read more →


Scania leading full-scale autonomous truck platoon project in Singapore; 4-truck convoys

Scania will design the world’s first full-scale autonomous truck platooning operations, based on its own advanced technology. The platoon will traffic public roads while transporting containers between port terminals in Singapore. The aim is to organize convoys of four trucks—with the following three trucks behind the lead truck autonomously driven,... Read more →


A new case-based research report produced by the GSMA—Building Digital Societies in Asia: Making Transportation Smarter—indicates that the successful implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the capital city of Thailand could reduce travel times between two to four days per commuter per year. In addition, CO2 emissions contributed by... Read more →


BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) launched a new electromobility research program, involving the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8. This new research program will be conducted at the Future Mobility Research Lab located on the NTU campus, which is the BMW Group’s first... Read more →


Energy demand growth moves to Asia. Source: IEA. Click to enlarge. The newly released 2013 edition of the IEA World Energy Outlook (WEO) depicts a world in which some long-held tenets of the energy sector are being rewritten; importers are becoming exporters, while exporters are among the major sources of... Read more →


New Duramax 4-cylinder diesel. Click to enlarge. Chevrolet Sales Thailand introduced the new-generation MY14 Duramax four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine in 2.5- and 2.8-liter variants. The new Duramax engine was engineered in Europe and the US, with global application as one of its developmental objectives. Applications include powering the Colorado pickup truck... Read more →


Positioning the Rising 15. Source: Ricardo Consulting. Click to enlarge. A study by Ricardo Strategic Consulting has concluded that while sluggish automotive demand in Europe, Japan and North America will be balanced by the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) markets through 2020, thereafter the ‘Rising-15’ nations become the engine... Read more →


Asian Development Bank providing $300M towards replacing 100K gasoline trikes with E-Trikes in the Philippines; $300M for major road upgrades in Chhattisgarh, India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing $300 million towards a project that will replace 100,000 gasoline-burning tricycles in the Philippines with electric tricycles, or E-Trikes. About 3.5 million gas-fueled motorcycles and tricycles are currently operating in the Philippines, typically serving as short-distance taxis, with the average tricycle driver earning... Read more →


Singapore introducing stiff new feebate scheme for low carbon cars

Singapore will implement a new Carbon Emissions-Based Vehicle Scheme (CEV) on 1 January 2012, providing rebates to qualified new cars, taxis, and imported used cars with low carbon emissions, and imposing an equivalent surcharge on higher emitting vehicles. This new scheme will replace the existing Green Vehicle Rebate (GVR) scheme... Read more →


The Ray EV. Click to enlarge. Kia Motors has introduced Korea’s first production electric vehicle from a major manufacturer. At the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, Yang Woong-chul, vice president of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, said that within the group, Kia will focus on electric cars, while Hyundai will... Read more →


Study finds GHG emissions associated with palm oil production have been significantly underestimated; implications for carbon intensity of biofuels as well as biofuel policies in Europe

A new study on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the conversion and degradation of peatland in palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia has determined that past studies have generally significantly underestimated emissions associated with palm oil grown on peatland. This has resulted in underestimation of the indirect land use... Read more →


Alpheon eAssist Click to enlarge. GM Korea introduced the Alpheon eAssist, the first hybrid vehicle from the company and the first hybrid vehicle in its segment in Korea. The new Alpheon eAssist, which will go on sale in November, offers improved fuel economy of 25% and reduced CO2 emissions of... Read more →


Toyota develops tropospheric ozone-concentration simulator for South and East Asia

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc., have developed a simulator able to predict tropospheric ozone concentrations across the whole of South and East Asia. The project was carried out in collaboration with Tsinghua University in China, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India, and the... Read more →


ADB draft report says 3B Asians could become affluent by 2050; significant challenges

An additional 3 billion Asians could enjoy higher living standards by 2050, but only if Asia sustains its present growth momentum and addresses significant multigenerational challenges and risks, according to a new report commissioned by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The draft report says that as the global economy’s center... Read more →


One of the electric buses. Click to enlarge. The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) has started commercial operation of full-size battery electric buses on the Mt. Namsan circular routes as of 21 December. SMG has worked on the project to develop full-sized electric buses with local technology over the last one... Read more →


Total PEV sales in Asia-Pacific. Click to enlarge. According to a new report from Pike Research, the various national-level initiatives and programs to promote the awareness of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in the Asia-Pacific region will help make the region the largest market worldwide for electrified vehicles, led by strong... Read more →


Turnover of the US fleet under the three models of penetration. The circles represent the year in which new vehicle sales equal 100% alternative powertrains/fuel. Source: Belzowski and McManus. Click to enlarge. The US and China—as well as Western Europe, Japan and Brazil—could turnover more than 90% of their vehicle... Read more →


Cruze BEV on the road. Click to enlarge. General Motors announced a demonstration project (earlier post) to explore market needs and customer acceptance of battery electric vehicles in Korea. The project involves a fleet of electric vehicles based on the Chevrolet Cruze. The Cruze EV is equipped with a 31... Read more →


Time average mixing ratio (ppbv) of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) near 13.5 km during boreal summer (June- August) derived from satellite instrument observations. Arrows denote winds at this level derived from meteorological analysis, showing that the HCN maximum is linked with the upper tropospheric Asian monsoon anticyclone. Source: Randel et al.,... Read more →


Inbicon biomass refinery. Click to enlarge. Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES), one of Japan’s leading heavy industries, and Inbicon, a Danish cellulosic ethanol technology, signed a license agreement for the Inbicon Biomass Refinery technology. The agreement grants Mitsui the right to build a number of biomass refineries in Southeast Asia... Read more →


ADB Study Finds Annual Economic Losses in Southeast Asia from Climate Change Could be More Than Twice the Global Average

Southeast Asia, one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to climate change—due to its long coastlines, high concentration of population and economic activity in coastal areas, and heavy reliance on agriculture, natural resources, and forestry—is likely to suffer more from climate change than the global average, according to... Read more →


Sasol to Build Coal-to-Liquids Facilities in Indonesia with 1.1M Barrels per Day Capacity

Sasol will build coal-to-liquids plants in Indonesia with a targeted combined capacity of 1.1 million barrels per day. Production is expected to begin in 2015, according to Indonesia’s Department of Energy and Mineral Resources. Feasibility studies are currently underway. Although a member of OPEC since 1962, Indonesia became a net... Read more →


Energtek and Philippines Launch Project to Convert Three-Wheelers to ANG

ANG storage material. Click to enlarge. Source: Energtek Energtek Inc., the Department of Energy (DOE) of the Republic of the Philippines, and the Philippines National Oil Company Exploration Corporation launched a project for the conversion of three-wheel vehicles to natural gas-powered systems with adsorbed natural gas (ANG) storage, in the... Read more →


Bosch Targets Tripling Asian Sales by 2015; “Significantly” Growing Business With Asian Automakers

The Bosch Group has set itself a target of €22 billion (US$31 billion) in sales in the Asia-Pacific (A-P) region by 2015, which is projected to represent 25% of total sales. For 2007, Bosch expects its A-P sales to climb 8.5% from 2006 to €7.4 billion (US$10.5 billion). Between 2008... Read more →


Asia-Pacific Nations Urged to Study Biofuels More Carefully

Scientists urged Asia-Pacific nations to study the issue of biofuels with greater care, saying that there is an urgent need to support the current rush toward major decisions on biofuel policies in the region with solid research and unbiased information about their potential benefits, impact, and risks. This appeal came... Read more →


Electric Jeepney Trials in the Philippines

Launch of the E-Jeepneys. Click to enlarge. The Makati City (Philippines) government, GRIPP (Green Renewable Independent Power Producer), and Greenpeace launched a pair of electric jeepneys (E-Jeepneys) into service trials. Makati City is the financial hub of the Philippines. Philippine renewable energy firm Solar Electric Company designed the two E-Jeepneys.... Read more →


Synovate Study: 80% of Car Consumers in Asia Aware of Alt Fuel Vehicles

More than 80% of Asian car consumers are aware of some form of alternatively fueled vehicle, with Toyota and Honda being the brands most associated with alternative vehicle development, according to a recent Synovate Motoresearch Alternative Fuels consumer study. In the first syndicated study of its kind, Synovate Motoresearch surveyed... Read more →


Brazil and Indonesia in Ethanol Pact

Brazil will provide Indonesia with technical help to produce sugarcane ethanol under a pact just signed by the two nations. Indonesia, with the fourth-largest population in the world (behind China, India, and the United States), wants to revitalize its agriculture sector and reduce its dependence on oil. A member of... Read more →


New Zealand Targets 3.4% Biofuels Obligation by 2012

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced that a Biofuel Sales Obligation will be set at 3.4% of the annual energy content of total annual gasoline and diesel sales by 2012. The original proposal for an obligation mooted in September 2006 had proposed a 2.25% target by 2012. New Zealand... Read more →


Philippines Adopts Mandatory Biofuels Standard

Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently signed into law a mandatory biofuels standard. Republic Act 9367 requires a 5% ethanol blend for gasoline within two years, increasing to 10% within four years under the approval of a new National Biofuels Board. A 1% biodiesel blend for diesel is required within 3... Read more →


More Potential Biofuels Projects for Asia

Shortly after the signing of sixty-seven contracts representing US$12.4 billion in investment for biofuels development in Indonesia earlier in January (earlier post), more potential Asian biofuel projects in Indonesia and in the Philippines are emerging. Reuters reports that Japan’s Kanematsu Corp. is considering building an ethanol plant in Indonesia that... Read more →


Indonesia the Focus of Massive $12.4 Billion in Biofuels Investments; Signing Ceremony in Jakarta

Sixty-seven contracts representing US$12.4 billion in investment for biofuels development in Indonesia were signed in a ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia this morning. The signing, conducted under the auspices of a program called the Joint Initiative for Biofuel Development, was attended by 9 Ministers of the Indonesian government and was hosted... Read more →


Malaysian Company To Build First Plant in Large Nipah Palm Ethanol Project; Envisions Eventual Output of 1.2 Billion Gallons per Year

The nipah palm (Nypa fruiticans). Malaysia’s Pioneer Bio Industries Corp Sdn Bhd will invest RM 1.4 billion (US$ 399 million) to set up the first of some 15 envisioned plants to produce ethanol from nipah palm trees (Nypa fruiticans). Nipah palm ethanol is produced by the fermentation of the sap... Read more →


Pakistani Busmakers Cutting CNG Bus Prices by 15%

Gulf Times. Pakistani busmakers are cutting the prices of their locally produced and compressed natural gas (CNG) buses by 15% following the government’s decision early in December to zero-rate sales tax on the import and supply of all buses which can carry 40 or more passengers, including CNG buses. As... Read more →


ADB Study: CO2 Emissions from Asia Transport Sector Will Triple Over Next 25 Years

Projected increase in on-road CO2 emissions in India and China. Click to enlarge. Even under the most optimistic current scenarios for managing the expansion of road traffic in Asia, emissions of carbon dioxide from the transport sector will triple over the next 25 years, according to a new study backed... Read more →


Philippines Conference Committee OKs Biofuels Act

Inquirer. A congressional bicameral conference committee approved the proposed Biofuels Act of 2006 which requires the use of alternative fuels in the Philippines. After ratification by the two chambers, the bill will be sent to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for her signature. The proposed Biofuels Act requires the use of biofuels,... Read more →


Hyundai Requests Subsidies to Catch Up with Hybrid Technology

Korea Times. Hyundai Motor’s head of hybrid research has requested that the South Korean government give subsidies to manufacturers and buyers of hybrid vehicles because Korean companies are about 10 years behind Japanese makers. Kim Min-jin, Senior Vice President of Hyundai, said that hybrid cars will become a market standard... Read more →


Report: Toyota, Nippon Oil and Petronas to Develop Palm-Oil Biodiesel

The Yomiuri Shimbun reports that Toyota and Nippon Oil will work with Petronas, the Malaysian oil company, to develop palm-oil biodiesel for import to Japan or for sale to other overseas markets. The companies reportedly will start collaborative research next year and intend to begin test production in Malaysia in... Read more →


Shell and Malaysian Palm Oil Board in Joint Research on Straight Palm Oil Blending with Diesel

The Star. Shell will work with the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) on evaluating Malaysia’s Envo diesel—a 5% blend of palm oil with 95% petroleum diesel. Envo diesel is not a biodiesel blend; it uses straight palm oil, not a methyl ester. The Malaysian government launched Envo diesel in March... Read more →


Seoul Mandates 100% CNG Buses By 2010

Korea Times. The Seoul Metropolitan Government will only allow CNG buses to operate in the city beginning in 2010. The mandate is intended to reduce pollution. South Korea began a focused program to replace diesel-powered transit buses with CNG-fueled buses in 2000. Currently, 2,798 of Seoul’ s 7,766 registered city... Read more →


China and Malaysia Partner on Biofuel R&D

The Star. China has joined Malaysia in a bilateral research and development partnership to further develop biofuel and biomass production technologies. The Malaysia Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and the Department of High-Tech Development and Industrialization of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology have entered into a memorandum of understanding aimed... Read more →


US Energy Provides Dual-Fuel Diesel-to-CNG Conversion Systems to GM Thailand

US Energy’s HFS uses diesel as a pilot and then replaces as much as 80% in dual-fuel operation. Click to enlarge. Tampa, Florida-based US Energy Initiatives Corporation announced final delivery in Thailand of its dual-fuel conversion system for use in the General Motors Thailand (GMTH) Colorado Pickup. US Energy is... Read more →


Malaysian Auto Company Launches Chinese SUVs fueled by Hydrogen and Gasoline Mixture

Bernama. LM Star Autoworld Sdn Bhd (LMG), Malaysia’s latest car manufacturer, has launched two SUVs (LMG Tourer and Trekker) fueled by a combination of hydrogen generated on-board and gasoline. The vehicles, introduced by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the Johor Baharu Expo on Tuesday, use a... Read more →