Volkswagen of America unveiled the Jetta and Jetta GLI. Refreshed for 2025, the Jetta and the sport-tuned Jetta GLI benefit from updated exterior styling, new interior décor and technology, and a lower starting price than the outgoing 2024 automatic-transmission model with a starting MSRP of $21,995. Under the hood, the... Read more →


A team of scientists led by Kumar Varoon Agrawal at EPFL has developed membranes that show exceptional CO2 capture performance by incorporating pyridinic nitrogen at the edges of graphene pores. The membranes strike a remarkable balance of high CO2 permeance and selectivity, making them highly promising for various industrial applications.... Read more →


The proton exchange membrane electrolysis of water (PEMWE) is a critical process for hydrogen generation. However, the limited ability of electrons and protons to permeate the membrane and the inefficient arrangement of the transport structure in the catalyst layer (CL) presents significant obstacles to the widespread adoption of PEMWE. A... Read more →


Volkswagen and Cerence commence roll-out of new generative AI solutions with ChatGPT to drivers in Europe

Cerence announced that Volkswagen Group has deployed Cerence Chat Pro, the company’s automotive-grade ChatGPT integration, to models across Volkswagen’s European lineup via cloud update, marking the first time the solution is available to drivers. Cerence and Volkswagen first announced their collaboration to launch these new, generative AI-powered enhancements to the... Read more →


Kia is adding an optional turbo-hybrid powertrain to the 2025 Carnival MPV lineup, highlighting its versatile multi-purpose capabilities. The new Carnival Hybrid variant starts at $40,500; the standard 2025 Kia Carnival has a starting MSRP of $36,500. The newly added Carnival Hybrid gets a 1.6-liter turbo-hybrid engine paired with a... Read more →


BASF decides against investment in nickel-cobalt refining complex in Indonesia

BASF will not further evaluate a potential investment in a nickel-cobalt refining complex in Weda Bay, Indonesia. In 2020, BASF and Eramet, a global mining and metallurgical group, signed an agreement jointly to assess the potential of such a project. After a thorough evaluation, we have concluded that we will... Read more →


HydrogenPro investing in capacity to increase production of Gen3 electrodes

HydrogenPro ASA to invest in a new production line for its Gen3 electrodes. Total annual capacity will be a minimum of 90-100 MW and the production is expected to start Q1 2025. HydrogenPro ASA has over a long period of time developed a unique Gen3 electrode technology that enables electrolyzers... Read more →


The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has published the 2024 Alberta Energy Outlook report (formerly ST98), an annual publication featuring independent, comprehensive information on the state of Alberta’s energy industry. The report shows that Alberta remains the largest producer of natural gas and oil in Canada, producing more than 60% of... Read more →


Global Battery Alliance launches second wave of Battery Passport pilots

The Global Battery Alliance, the largest multistakeholder organization in the energy storage space, bringing together over 160 members across the battery value chain and the wider ecosystem including public organizations, NGOs, labor unions and academia, launched the second wave of its Battery Passport pilots including 11 pilot consortia. Building on... Read more →


The mechanical and plant engineering company Dürr has developed a sustainable energy management system for automotive paint shops that can reduce both energy requirements and CO2 emissions by around 20%. The intelligent EcoQPower system links all energy flows in the painting process and enables excess heat and cold to be... Read more →


JLR and Chery sign Letter of Intent to license Freelander brand to CJLR for creation of electric vehicles in China

Building on their 12-year relationship and well-established joint venture, JLR and Chery have signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen CJLR’s product offer for the next era of electrification in China. CJLR is the 50/50 joint venture of Jaguar Land Rover Ltd and Chery Automobile Company. Under the proposed new... Read more →


bp acquiring Bunge’s 50% interest in Brazil biofuels JV; $1.4B value

bp will acquire Bunge’s 50% holding interest in its bp Bunge Bioenergia S.A. joint venture, one of Brazil’s leading biofuels-producing companies. Upon completion, bp will become sole owner of the industrial scale sugarcane and ethanol business, enabling bp to accelerate value creation through integration with bp’s trading and technology capabilities.... Read more →


Nobina, a major transport operator in Sweden, has ordered a total of 88 Solaris electric buses for its fleet operating in three regions: Skåne, Värmland and Malmö. This includes 55 units of the Urbino 15 LE electric as reinvestment for Skåne region, 15 units for Värmland, and 18 units of... Read more →


A team from Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan has fabricated a novel Fe3V3O8 (FVO) anode material for Na/Li-ion storage using hydrothermal technology for the first time. The electrochemical results indicated that the initial sodiation capacity of the FVO anode is as high as 805 mA h g−1 at 100... Read more →


The performance of Hempel’s silicone-based hull coating solution, Hempaguard X7, and its ability to accelerate decarbonization efforts in the maritime industry are now third-party validated by DNV. Hempaguard X7 is a high solids, advanced fouling defense coating based on ActiGuard technology which utilizes the added effect of advanced hydrogel silicone... Read more →


SODA.Auto launches SDV grant program

SODA.Auto, a developer of software-defined vehicle (SDV) technologies, has launched its SDV Grant Program, a new initiative designed to empower automotive startups driving innovation in the industry. The program will provide five automotive startups with specialized SDV grants, valued £50,000 each (US$63,000), along with access to engineering tools, mentorship, and... Read more →


Toyota Texas is expanding its footprint with a $531-million investment that will bring more than 400 new, high-quality jobs to San Antonio. The new on-site 500,000-square-foot facility will be dedicated to drivetrain parts production, further affirming Toyota’s commitment to reinvesting profits in its US operations. For nearly two decades, Toyota... Read more →


BMW Manufacturing opened its new press shop at the Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant as it prepares to assemble the new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle (earlier post). The press shop will stamp sheet metal parts for the new BMW X3, which made its North American debut during the ceremony. These... Read more →


BMW launched the fourth-genetation of its X3 featuring major improvements in efficiency and dynamic performance with the wide-ranging model line-up. The portfolio of powertrains comprises not just highly efficient gasoline and diesel engines, but also a latest-generation plug-in hybrid system that enables the new BMW X3 30e xDrive (consumption, weighted... Read more →


New York Clean Mobility Program providing $32M for shared electric transportation solutions

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $32 million is now available for shared electric transportation solutions such as micro mobility, shuttles, and ridesharing services. The new $32-million Clean Mobility Program, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will competitively award funding to local governments, transit... Read more →


EPA, DOE announce $850M to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas sector

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced that applications are open for $850 million in federal funding for projects that will help monitor, measure, quantify and reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors. (DE-FOA-0003256) Oil and natural gas facilities are the... Read more →


NCSU researchers create glassy gels; enhancing the extensibility of glassy polymers

Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a new class of materials called “glassy gels” that are very hard and difficult to break despite containing more than 50% liquid. Coupled with the fact that glassy gels are simple to produce, the material holds promise for a variety of applications.... Read more →


USDOT awards nearly $60M in V2X technology grants to Arizona, Texas and Utah

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will award $60 million in grants under the Saving Lives with Connectivity: Accelerating V2X Deployment program to advance connected and interoperable vehicle technologies. The grants to recipients in Arizona, Texas and Utah will serve as national models to accelerate and spur... Read more →


Amprius signs multiple contract manufacturing partnerships to secure more than 500 MWh of production capacity for SiCore cells

Amprius Technologies, the developer of the Silicon Anode Platform for next-generation lithium-ion batteries, announced a strategic initiative to increase rapidly the global production capacity of its SiCore offering (earlier post) through new manufacturing partnerships. SiCore batteries are based on a proprietary silicon anode material system delivering high-energy-density silicon anode batteries.... Read more →


cellcentric starts pilot production of fuel cell systems

cellcentric, the fuel cell joint venture founded in 2021 between Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group, has begun pilot production for fuel cell systems at the Esslingen-Pliensauvorstadt site, taking another significant step towards large-scale production. cellcentric is working towards supplying fuel cells on a large scale by the end... Read more →


BMW cancels €2B order for battery cells from Northvolt

BMW has cancelled a long-term €2-billion order for battery cells from Northvolt. A BMW spokesman said that the two companies, which have been collaborating on technology for years (earlier post), have jointly decided to concentrate Northvolt’s activities on the goal of developing next-generation battery cells. Report of the cancellation initially... Read more →


DLR receiving €130M for construction of electrofuels plant

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is receiving €130 million from the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) for the construction of the power-to-liquids technology platform (PtL). The research facility in Leuna, Saxony-Anhalt, is intended to research and develop technologies for the production of electricity-based fuels on an industrial... Read more →


Sedona Airport introduces Neste SAF with Avfuel partnership

The Arizona Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority (SOCAA)—in partnership with leading aviation fuel supplier, Avfuel Corporation, and the airport’s fixed base operator (FBO), Red Rock Aviation—now offers sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The airport is Avfuel’s first location to offer SAF in the state of Arizona, positioning it as a leader in... Read more →


Hydrogen energy technologies to drive demand for Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs)

The global market for platinum group metals (PGMs)—which include platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, osmium and ruthenium—will record a 4.47% increase between now and 2029, according to market research firm Mordor Intelligence. In part, market growth will come from growing demand for PGMs in green technologies, including hydrogen energy technologies, in... Read more →


TotalEnergies launches $550M Ubeta gas development in Nigeria

TotalEnergies, operator of OML 58 onshore license in Nigeria with a 40% interest, together with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Ltd (NNPCL, 60%), have taken the Final Investment Decision (FID) for the $550-million development of the Ubeta gas field. Located about 80 km northwest of Port Harcourt in Rivers state,... Read more →