Developed and periodically updated by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. Last updated on July 16, 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 →

CF Industries and POET to demonstrate the use of low-carbon fertilizer in corn production to reduce carbon intensity of ethanol

CF Industries Holdings, a leading global manufacturer of hydrogen and nitrogen products and the world’s largest producer of ammonia, and POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuel and a global leader in sustainable bioproducts, announced a collaboration to pilot the use of low-carbon ammonia fertilizer to reduce the carbon intensity... Read more →

The new Euro 7 limits, which will apply to newly registered vehicle types from November 2026, will also set particle limits for non-exhaust emissions such as tire and braking systems for the first time. After 2026, these requirements will also become relevant for the aftermarket. As well as setting particle... Read more →

Iveco Group partners with Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology on sustainable and lightweight composite materials

Iveco Group announceda new research and development partnership with the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), a research and technology organization under the auspices of the Luxembourg Ministry of Higher Education and Research. The collaboration will concern sustainable and lightweight composite materials for transport applications. The collaboration will be... Read more →

bp to develop FIA-specified Advanced Sustainable fuel for Audi’s entry into Formula 1 in 2026

Audi and bp are joining forces in an extensive new strategic partnership in Formula 1. Under the new partnership, bp and its specialist lubricants business Castrol will help deliver Audi’s ambition to combine technology and innovation to achieve success in Formula 1. (Earlier post.) The parties have been working closely... Read more →

Constellium completes first industrial-scale hydrogen casting

Constellium successfully completed its first industrial-scale hydrogen casting at C-TEC, Constellium’s primary R&D center. This casting was performed in a 12-ton furnace following strict internal procedures. Quality monitoring, including the use of Batscan technology, an inclusion detection tool for molten aluminum, was conducted and no quality impact from hydrogen combustion... Read more →

Charge! Stellantis offers at-home charging station or charge credits with new BEV purchase package

Stellantis is launching its Free2move Charge website and Free2move Charge app as the company begins to launch its first all-new, all-electric vehicles this year. The Free2move Charge website and app assist consumers before, through and after the buying process, educating and helping them understand battery-electric vehicles (BEV) and the charging... Read more →

Cumulative battery and EV supply chain investment in North America grew to more than $250 billion by the end of 2023, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). Investment in battery and EV supply chains increased rapidly after the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) on 15 November... Read more →

New studies from Chalmers University of Technology show that almost all air travel within a 750-mile radius (1200 km) could be made with hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2045, and with a novel heat exchanger currently in development, this range could be even further. If everything falls into place, the commercialization of... Read more →

Plug completes 13 hydrogen refueling station deployments over last 2 years in Europe

Plug Power has completed deployment of 13 hydrogen refueling stations (HRS) over the last two years across Europe. The company’s HRS installations support a range of material handling and mobility applications across the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands. All systems are currently in commissioning phase, with many already... Read more →

Eramet inaugurates its direct lithium extraction plant in Argentina; first European company to produce battery-grade lithium carbonate at industrial scale

Eramet recently inaugurated the Centenario Phase 1 lithium carbonate production plant in Argentina. This flagship is operated by Eramine, a joint venture owned by Eramet (50.1%) and its partner Tsingshan (49.9%). The plant is designed to extract lithium from the salar brine and process it into battery-grade lithium carbonate. The... Read more →

CRRC recently unveiled a series of seven new energy locomotives in Beijing, zlong with a report on the carbon footprint of new energy locomotives. The power of these serialized new energy locomotives range from 1000 kW to 2000 kW, which can cover all scenarios of user operation conditions, CRRC said.... Read more →

Green hydrogen producer Lhyfe will be supplying the Hyliko refueling station, which was introduced as part of the wider presentation of its center of excellence for hydrogen trucks in Villabé (Essonne, France), 30 km south of Paris. The site brings together: A green hydrogen refueling station dedicated to HGVs, with... Read more →

Southwest Airlines signs memorandum of understanding with Archer Aviation to develop operational concepts for air taxi network

Southwest Airlines and Archer Aviation signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop operational plans for electric air taxi networks utilizing Archer’s eVTOL aircraft at California airports where Southwest operates. Archer Aviation manufactures electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Southwest is California’s largest air carrier, operating at 14 airports... Read more →

Joby Aviation has successfully flown a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-electric air taxi demonstrator 523 miles, with water as the only by-product. The aircraft, which takes off and lands vertically, builds on Joby’s successful battery-electric air taxi development program, and demonstrates the potential for hydrogen to unlock emissions-free, regional journeys that don’t require... Read more →

Europe is the slowest region of growth for electric vehicle (EV) sales so far this year, according to research house Rho Motion in its half yearly update. Just under seven million electric vehicles have been sold globally in the passenger car and light-duty vehicle market in the first half of... Read more →

Volkswagen’s PowerCo and QuantumScape announce agreement to industrialize solid-state batteries; targeting Volkswagen Group vehicle series

Volkswagen Group’s battery company PowerCo and QuantumScape have entered into an agreement to industrialize QuantumScape’s next-generation solid-state lithium-metal battery technology. Upon satisfactory technical progress and certain royalty payments, QuantumScape will grant PowerCo the license to mass produce battery cells based on QuantumScape’s technology platform. Under the non-exclusive license, PowerCo can... Read more →

Liquid Wind and Uniper enter strategic partnership to accelerate the development of eFuels

Liquid Wind and Uniper signed a strategic partnership agreement to further accelerate the development of eFuel facilities to produce fossil-free eMethanol. The partnership will leverage the companies’ strength and competencies to drive commercial-scale development of eFuel facilities, while reducing costs and risks and developing the supply chain. Under the collaboration,... Read more →

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $1.7 billion to support the conversion of shuttered or at-risk auto manufacturing and assembly facilities across eight states—Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, and Virginia—to manufacture electric vehicles and their supply chain. The Domestic Manufacturing Auto Conversion Grants program selectees will negotiate... Read more →

ARPA-E announces $36M to develop technologies to lower greenhouse gas emissions from ethanol production: TEOSYNTE

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $36 million in funding to develop technologies to lower nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions by 50% from the cultivation of corn and sorghum used for United States ethanol production. The Technologies to Emend and Obviate SYnthetic Nitrogen’s Toll on Emissions (TEOSYNTE) program... Read more →

A new study led by researchers from MIT finds that burning ammonia for maritime fuel could worsen air quality further and lead to devastating public health impacts, unless it is adopted alongside strengthened emissions regulations. It has been estimated that maritime shipping accounts for almost 3% of global carbon dioxide... Read more →

BMW Group posts 24.6% growth in BEVs in first half of 2024

With 190,622 fully electric vehicles delivered, the BMW Group achieved a +24.6% increase in BEV sales in the first half of 2024 compared to the previous year. Overall, BMW Group sales dropped by 0.1% compared to the previous year’s period with 1,213,359 units sold in the first half of the... Read more →

Yamaha Motor will build a new verification testing facility equipped with a melting furnace and heat treatment furnace using hydrogen gas at its Morimachi Factory in Japan. From 2025, the company will begin development and verification of technologies and techniques for melting aluminum alloy using hydrogen gas, as well as... Read more →

BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions breaks ground on new green hydrogen investment in Budenheim, Germany

BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions (ECMS) commenced construction of its production facility for green hydrogen and fuel cell components in Budenheim, Germany, near Frankfurt. The products produced at this site will include newly developed low-iridium-loaded catalyst coated membranes (CCMs), a key functional part for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water... Read more →

Steel made with green hydrogen and electric arc furnaces, or produced from scrap, can reduce the CO2 emissions of producing cars in Europe by 6.9 Mt in 2030, new analysis shows. That’s equivalent to avoiding the annual emissions of 3.5 million fossil fuel cars. Switching to 40% green steel would... Read more →

Hydro and Porsche planning the widespread use of aluminum with a reduced environmental impact

Porsche and Norwegian aluminum company Hydro have contractually specified the possibility of delivering carbon-reduced primary aluminum as well as secondary aluminum with a high proportion of recycled material. Within their technical collaboration, Porsche and Hydro are also testing where aluminum with an even higher proportion of recycled material can be... Read more →

Toyota invests in EV charging network IONNA

IONNA and Toyota Motor North America announced that Toyota has joined seven other automakers as an investor in IONNA to support the buildout of its high-powered charging network for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) across North America. This allows Toyota and Lexus customers access to the public network of DC fast... Read more →

Electrochemical Society names Toyota scientist a Fellow in 2024 Class

The Electrochemical Society (ECS) has named Dr. Rana Mohtadi, a senior principal scientist at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), a Fellow in its Class of 2024. Mohtadi is the first female from an automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to receive this prestigious honor. This is the second... Read more →

Strathcona Resources announced a strategic partnership with Canada Growth Fund (CGF), a $15-billion arm’s-length public investment vehicle, for the development of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) infrastructure on Strathcona’s steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) oil sands facilities across Saskatchewan and Alberta. Under the terms of the arrangement, CGF will invest up... Read more →

DOE LPO announces $1.2B conditional commitment to ENTEK Lithium Separators to build Indiana EV battery separator manufacturing plant

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) announced a conditional commitment of up to $1.2 billion for a direct loan to ENTEK Lithium Separators LLC (ENTEK). If finalized, the loan will substantially finance a new facility in Terre Haute, Indiana to manufacture lithium-ion battery separators. The separators will be... Read more →

MAN Energy Solutions will supply its large-scale heat pump solution to Scout Motors Inc. for its new electric vehicle production in South Carolina. This major venture is part of a multi-billion investment by Volkswagen AG in the American company, which is producing the next generation of fully electric pickup trucks... Read more →