Developed and periodically updated by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. Last updated on June 14, 2024. The new values since the previous update are in blue. The changes are in percent relative to the corresponding month in 2019. They are adjusted for population (all but price of gasoline) and for... Read more →


NTT DATA and DENSO to partner on in-vehicle software for SDVs

NTT DATA Japan Corporation and DENSO Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding to form a strategic partnership for the development of in-vehicle software. The two companies will hire more advanced software engineers and upskill current engineers at both companies to create a globally deployable software-oriented mobility service platform, which will... Read more →


MAHLE SmartBike Systems, the eBike company of automotive component supplier MAHLE, has launched its new X30 drive system for eBikes. The new MAHLE X30 system consists of motor, battery, HMI (human machine interface) and other components and extends the X-Series system platform. MAHLE X30 system The highlight is the new... Read more →


Honda Motor and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) announced plans to establish a new 50/50 joint venture (JV) company, ALTNA Co., Ltd. (ALTNA), in July 2024. The new JV is based on the memorandum of understanding (MoU) the two companies signed in October 2023 to begin discussions toward the creation of new... Read more →


OCSiAl completes single wall carbon nanotube dispersion site in Europe

OCSiAl has completed the construction of a facility for the production of single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) dispersions in Serbia to support the manufacturing of high-performance batteries. Output has been contracted by leading global EV producers and collaborations with the world’s largest Li-ion battery cell manufacturers. The current dispersion production... Read more →


A new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds that the sharp growth in US renewable diesel production and capacity is causing significant, market-altering shifts both domestically and to foreign feedstock trade. Renewable diesel, like biodiesel, is produced from the same renewable feedstocks such as vegetable oils, animal... Read more →


DOE awards $9.3M to 6 projects to advance hydrogen technology that converts waste to clean energy

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced six projects selected to receive approximately $9.3 million in federal funding to develop technology solutions to make clean hydrogen a more available and affordable fuel for electricity generation, industrial decarbonization, and transportation. The projects will... Read more →


Presented in sketch form last October in Boulogne Billancourt, the H24EVO is on display in the Hydrogen Village at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Pierre Fillon and Jean-Michel Bouresche, co-presidents of MissionH24 and partners in the program, revealed the model of the brand-new electric hydrogen prototype. Credit : Alexis... Read more →


ZF and ArcelorMittal partner on low carbon-emissions steel

ArcelorMittal and ZF signed a memorandum of understanding combining ArcelorMittal’s XCarb recycled and renewably produced steel and ZF’s manufacturing. XCarb recycled and renewably produced steel is produced in an Electric Arc Furnace (EAF), using high levels of scrap and 100% renewable electricity for the EAF smelting process, backed by Guarantees... Read more →


Echion Technologies, a developer of niobium-based, fast-charging battery materials, has successfully completed its Series B funding round, raising £29 million (US$ 37 million) in investment capital. The round was led by specialist battery and energy storage technology investor Volta Energy Technologies, with participation from existing investors CBMM, BGF, and Cambridge... Read more →


Archer completes Midnight eVTOL’s transition flight

Archer Aviation announced that on 8 June its Midnight aircraft successfully completed transition flying at a speed of 100+ mph. Archer has now achieved transition with two different full-scale eVTOL aircraft. Transition is well known in the industry as a very difficult milestone few companies have reached. At ~6,500 lbs,... Read more →


Wright Electric reports that it had completed development of the rotor for its second-generation motor, WM2500, as part of the ARPA-E ASCEND program. WM2500 aims to be the world's most powerful (2.5 megawatts) and power-dense (16 kW/kg) electric aircraft engine. High power enables WM2500 to deliver sufficient takeoff thrust for... Read more →


European Commission investigation provisionally concludes that EV value chains in China benefit from unfair subsidies; provisional countervailing duties up to 38.1%

As part of its ongoing investigation, the European Commission has provisionally concluded that the battery electric vehicles (BEV) value chain in China benefits from unfair subsidization, which is causing a threat of economic injury to EU BEV producers. The investigation also examined the likely consequences and impact of measures on... Read more →


TMC has successfully produced the world’s first cobalt sulfate derived exclusively from seafloor polymetallic nodules. The cobalt sulfate was generated during bench-scale testing of TMC’s hydrometallurgical flowsheet design with SGS Canada Inc. (“SGS”). The test work was carried out at SGS’ Metallurgical Centre of Excellence testing facility in Lakefield, Ontario.... Read more →


Danone, DMC, Michelin and Crédit Agricole Centre France partner to create a advanced biotechnology precision fermentation platform

Major French industrial leaders Danone and Michelin, the American start-up DMC Biotechnologies and Crédit Agricole Centre France, a key investor in the region, have agreed to create the Biotech Open Platform to bolster the development of advanced fermentation processes, particularly precision fermentation, on a larger scale. Precision fermentation is a... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Company’s XCIENT Fuel Cell electric heavy-duty trucks recently surpassed a cumulative driving distance of 10 million km in Swiss fleet usage. This achievement was made in just three years and eight months since the XCIENT Fuel Cell began fleet operations in Switzerland in October 2020. Hyundai sid that... Read more →


Daimler Truck and Kawasaki Heavy Industries to study the optimization of liquid hydrogen supply chains

Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Daimler Truck signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to study the establishment and optimization for the supply of liquid hydrogen. The collaboration represents an advancement in ongoing efforts to broaden the use of liquid hydrogen, e.g. in road freight transport. The mutual initiative includes the study... Read more →


OMV Petrom invests ~€750M at Petrobrazi to become the first major producer of SAF and RD in Southeast Europe

OMV Petrom, the largest integrated energy producer in Southeast Europe, will invest approximately €750 million at Petrobrazi to transform the refinery into the first major producer of sustainable fuels in the region. The company has made the final investment decision to build a SAF/HVO facility along with two facilities for... Read more →


Neste, Borealis and Covestro have signed a project agreement to enable the recycling of discarded tires into high-quality plastics for automotive applications. The collaboration aims at driving circularity in plastics value chains and the automotive industry. When no longer fit for use, tires are liquefied by means of chemical recycling... Read more →


The EU, EFTA & UK saw a 9% decrease in EV sales in May this year compared to the same month last year, according to data released by Rho Motion. The news comes just as the EU is poised to announce a further increase in tariffs on Chinese electric cars.... Read more →


Emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O)—a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential approximately 300 times larger than carbon dioxide—continued unabated between 1980 and 2020, a year when more than 10-million metric tons were released into the atmosphere primarily through farming practices, according to a new report by the Global Carbon... Read more →


Silicon Mobility, an Intel company and a provider of automotive semiconductor and software control solutions, announced the OLEA U310 Field Programmable Control Unit (FPCU) as part of its next generation of OLEA FPCU Series. The new OLEA U310 consolidates the functionalities of multiple traditional microcontrollers into a single system on... Read more →


Daimler Truck bundles e-infrastructure and charging services in Europe under new TruckCharge brand

Daimler Truck is introducing the new TruckCharge brand in Europe. This name brings together all the company’s existing and future offerings relating to e-infrastructure and the charging of electric trucks, i.e. consulting, hardware and digital services. In this way, Daimler Truck intends to provide customers with a cost-efficient overall package,... Read more →


Scania establishes charging solutions company

To help customers’ transition to electric transport, Scania CV AB has formed Erinion, a new company specializing in private and semi-public charging solutions. The strategic move will see 40,000 new charging points installed at customer locations and will strengthen the Scania Group’s e-Mobility offer in the future transport ecosystem. The... Read more →


Transphorm demonstrates a bidirectional SuperGaN power supply with new reference design for e-mobility and energy/industrial markets

Transphorm has released a new 300 W DC-to-DC GaN reference design for 2- and 3-wheeled electric vehicle battery chargers. The TDDCDC-TPH-IN-BI-LLC-300W-RD design uses TP65H150G4PS 150 mOhm SuperGaN FETs in a TO-220 package to power a high performing, high efficiency energy harvesting and distribution battery charging system. The new board notably... Read more →


Zero, Airbus sign MoU to advance development of synthetic SAF

Zero, a company developing and manufacturing whole-blend synthetic, non-biological fuels—gasoline, diesel and jet fuel—using just carbon dioxide from the air and hydrogen from water—has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to advance the development of synthetic Sustainable Aviation Fuel (eSAF) and enable commercial-scale adoption of the technology by... Read more →


EIA expects crude oil production in the Permian Basin to increase by nearly 8% in 2024

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects crude oil production in the Permian Basin to average about 6.3 million barrels per day in 2024, an increase of nearly 8% from 2023. The Permian Basin accounts for nearly half of US crude oil production, and EIA expects increased production in the... Read more →


Microchip makes it easier to design an on-board charger solution

Microchip Technology announced an On-Board Charger (OBC) solution that uses a selection of its automotive-qualified digital, analog, connectivity and power devices, including the dsPIC33C Digital Signal Controller (DSC), the MCP14C1 isolated SiC gate driver and mSiC MOSFETs in an industry-standard D2PAK-7L XL package. This solution is designed to increase an... Read more →


The Japanese technology company Asahi Kasei has successfully achieved proof of concept (POC) of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) using its proprietary high ionic conductive electrolyte. The electrolyte allows for increased power output even at low-temperature, and improved durability at high temperature – both pressing issues of current LIBs. Furthermore, this technology... Read more →


BASF Stationary Energy Storage GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF, and NGK INSULATORS, LTD. (NGK), a Japanese ceramics manufacturer, have released an advanced container-type NAS battery (sodium-sulfur battery). (Earlier post.) The new product NAS MODEL L24 has been jointly developed by NGK and BASF and is characterized by a... Read more →


Altilium and Enva partner for EV battery recycling in UK

Altilium and Enva, a recycling and resource recovery specialist, announced a new strategic partnership for the collection and recycling of EV batteries in the UK. The partnership brings together Enva’s nationwide collection infrastructure and extensive relationships with car dealerships, along with Altilium’s expertise in the recycling of old EV batteries... Read more →