Mazda has introduced the three-row Mazda CX-80 in Europe. Following the launch of the CX-60, the all-new Mazda CX-80 is the second of two new models for Europe from the company’s Large Product group. It is the most spacious car in Mazda’s European line-up and will become the new flagship... Read more →

Huntsman, a global manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals, has added to the company’s battery solutions portfolio a series of new lightweight, durable polyurethane foam technologies developed for the potting and fixation of cells mounted in electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The new range also includes products that can be used... Read more →

Topsoe plans to build $400M electrolyzer factory in US

Topsoe plans to build in Chesterfield, Virginia a factory that will manufacture Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cells (SOEC) (earlier post) that are essential to the efficient production of clean hydrogen and derivatives such as eAmmonia and eMethanol. Subject to Final Investment Decision (FID), this more than $400-million investment would mark Topsoe’s... Read more →

EPA issues emergency fuel waiver for E-15 sales to address supply issues

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing an emergency fuel waiver to allow E15 gasoline—gasoline blended with 15% ethanol—to be sold during the summer driving season. EPA intends the waiver to provide relief at the pump from ongoing market supply issues created by the ongoing war in Ukraine and... Read more →

Amprius Technologies, a developer of next-generation lithium-ion batteries with its Silicon Anode Platform, has signed purchase orders from AALTO HAPS (High Altitude Pseudo Satellite) for the company’s 450 Wh/kg ultra-high-energy density SiMaxx cells. Amprius’ 5.8 Ah, 450 Wh/kg SiMaxx cells are designed to operate in some of the most extreme... Read more →

The BMW Group is investing a further €200 million in Plant Landshut to expand the manufacturing facilities for the central housing of the highly integrated electric drive unit to be fitted in Neue Klasse models. This will bring the total channelled into the German factory site since 2020 to around... Read more →

ArcelorMittal is extending its innovative ArcelorMittal Multi Part Integration (MPI) steel solution to Japan. This expansion comes as a result of a strategic collaboration with G-Tekt, culminating in the signing of a partial ablation license agreement. The MPI concept allows multiple vehicle components to be integrated into one large laser... Read more →

ARPA-E ROSIE program announces $28M for 13 projects to decarbonize domestic iron and steel production

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $28 million in funding to 13 projects across 9 states to advance zero-process-emission ironmaking and ultra-low life cycle emissions steelmaking. The technologies funded through this program would be the first to meet both emissions and cost-parity goals. The teams will be managed by... Read more →

LiquidPiston, Inc., a leading innovator of efficient internal combustion engine technology and hybrid power systems, announced that a fully integrated version of its 25hp XTS-210 heavy-fuel rotary engine (earlier post) has begun testing. This milestone follows the successful completion of initial dynamometer testing of the engine core and enables parallel... Read more →

Available for the first time as part of its expanding product ecosystem, GM Energy’s initial offerings for residential customers will enable the use of vehicle-to-home (V2H) bidirectional charging technology to provide power from a compatible GM EV to a properly equipped home, helping to mitigate the negative impacts of weather-related... Read more →

Hyundai Motor Group, Toray Group partner to develop lightweight and high-strength materials

Hyundai Motor Group signed an agreement for strategic cooperation with Toray Industries, Inc., a pioneer in carbon fiber and composite material technology, to advance material innovation for a new era of mobility. Toray Industries specializes in fibers and textiles, performance chemicals, carbon fiber composite materials, environmental engineering and life science.... Read more →

Toyota Research Institute announces multimillion-dollar synthesis challenge to accelerate research in new advanced materials

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) announced a multiyear, multimillion-dollar challenge aimed at closing the gap between recent advances in AI prediction of new materials and finding the actual “recipe” needed to make these hypothetical materials in the real world. Researchers can presently use AI and simulation to find millions of novel... Read more →

California’s new ZEV battery manufacturing grant program open for applications

CALSTART, a California-based clean transportation nonprofit, announced the opening of PowerForward, California’s equity-first, market-accelerating, ZEV battery-manufacturing infrastructure grant program. This program is funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and is implemented by CALSTART in partnership with New Energy Nexus, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, and Yunev. PowerForward is designed to attract... Read more →

FTA announces $316M to modernize ferry service

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $316 million to support and modernize passenger ferry service in communities across the country. Across the country, there are approximately three million ferry riders each month, utilizing these transit services to get to work, school, healthcare appointments,... Read more →

NGK INSULATORS and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will develop jointly a hydrogen purification system that uses membrane separation to purify hydrogen-nitrogen mixture gas after ammonia cracking. The companies expect the technology to contribute to the establishment of a hydrogen and ammonia supply chain enabling high-volume transport. This joint project aims... Read more →

Seaspan and Hapag-Lloyd enter into agreement to retrofit 5 containerships for methanol main engines

Seaspan Corporation (Seaspan), the leading independent maritime asset owner and operator, and Hapag-Lloyd, one of the largest container shipping lines in the world, have entered into a partnership agreement to retrofit and convert five (5) 10,000 TEU containerships powered by conventional S90-type engines to dual-fuel engines capable of running on... Read more →

CF Industries and JERA explore development of greenfield low-carbon ammonia production capacity in the US

CF Industries Holdings, the world’s largest producer of ammonia, and JERA, Japan’s largest energy company, executed a joint development agreement (JDA) to explore the development of greenfield low-carbon ammonia production capacity at CF Industries’ Blue Point Complex in Louisiana. The JDA will guide JERA and CF Industries’ evaluation of a... Read more →

BASF Plastics support immersion cooling in high-speed hybrid car

BASF has supported RML Group in the development of an innovative, immersion-cooled battery for a high-performance hybrid hypercar that sets new performance and safety standards using next-generation plastic materials. The 800V battery features a capacity of 4.2 kWh and a discharge rate of >100C, weighing in at less than 75kg.... Read more →

Freightliner, a brand of Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA), celebrated a significant milestone with the production of the 1 millionth Freightliner Cascadia—the first Class 8 truck in North America to reach the seven-figure mark. Fourth-generation Cascadia What started as an idea to develop a truck with new aerodynamic, lightweight,... Read more →

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles announces battery-electric truck eCanter for India

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG, announced the market launch of the all-electric light-duty truck Next Generation eCanter in the Indian market. This marks the DICV’s foray into the Indian battery electric commercial vehicle market and the company’s push into the light-duty truck segment... Read more →

RIZON, Daimler Truck’s newest brand of all-electric vehicles, announced the Canadian launch of its class 4-5 vehicles. The RIZON brand will be presented in Canada for the first time at Truck World in Toronto from April 18 - 20 April and will be available to Canadian customers for the first... Read more →

BASF, SABIC, and Linde inaugurate world’s first large-scale electrically heated steam cracking furnace

BASF, SABIC, and Linde have inaugurated the world’s first demonstration plant for large-scale electrically heated steam cracking furnaces. Following three years of development, engineering, and construction work, the regular operation of the demonstration plant is now ready to start at BASF’s Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. In March 2021, the... Read more →

BASF has started prototype metal refinery for battery recycling

BASF has successfully started operating its prototype metal refinery for battery recycling in Schwarzheide, Germany. The plant allows for the development of operational procedures and the optimization of innovative battery recycling technology, processing end-of-life lithium-ion batteries and battery production scrap. This will facilitate optimal recovery of valuable metals such as... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz USA is extending customer offerings for the new 2025 eSprinter with the launch of the 81-kilowatt hour (kWh) battery option (usable capacity) and further developed technology functions. In addition, enhanced safety and assistance systems are now available as well as upgraded standard equipment for the new conventionally powered Mercedes-Benz... Read more →

GMC announced the 2024 Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 will add more all-electric range than originally estimated. Through optimization of the GM Ultium Platform, the EV pickup will come standard with a GM-estimated 440-miles of range for the 2024 model year, a 10% increase from the originally estimated range of... Read more →

Sion Power & Muhlbauer to create manufacturing line for lithium metal cells

Sion Power Corporation, a leading technology developer of next-generation batteries for electric vehicles (EV), and MB ATECH, member of Muhlbauer Group, a German turnkey solution provider, announced a partnership to create an automated manufacturing line for Sion Power’s large format lithium metal cell. The new fully-automated manufacturing line will be... Read more →

US makes $54M available to expand access to e-mobility solutions

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office), through the Department of Energy (DOE), has made available $54 million in new federal funding for projects that will expand community e-mobility access and provide clean reliable energy (DE-FOA-0003214). The funding will drive innovation in equitable clean transportation and is aligned... Read more →

Wärtsilä introduced a new high-performance thruster and propulsion control solution that offers operators of offshore vessels, ferries and tugs notable improved operational performance and greater efficiency. The package utilizes a combination of Wärtsilä’s WST-E embedded electric steerable thruster and WST-R retractable thrusters, together with an updated remote propulsion control system... Read more →