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LG Chem and Eguana partner on Li-ion residential energy storage system for North America

Eguana Technologies, a supplier of power control and conversion solutions for distributed energy storage systems and Li-ion manufacturer LG Chem have combined their technologies under a multi-year agreement to deliver a certified, fully integrated energy storage system (ESS) Eguana calls “AC Battery”. The modular system is targeted as a residential... Read more →


Aluminum industry to partner with DOE to expand workforce, improve technology

The Aluminum Association is partnering with the Department of Energy (DOE) to increase the number of aluminum industry jobs in the United States and explore new, sustainable technologies to advance US manufacturing. The DOE’s Aluminum Industry Jobs Partnership will identify opportunities to expand plant capacity and improve workforce development systems... Read more →


More heat-resistant Dow Corning elastomers extend thermal stability, design options for underhood applications

Dow Corning, a global leader in silicones and silicon-based technology, unveiled a significant new enhancement to its Silastic Fluorosilicone Rubber (FSR) portfolio at the SAE 2015 World Congress. Combining its expertise in formulating, mixing and compounding with its ability to modify polymer structure, the company was able to develop a... Read more →


DOE-supported carbon and capture storage projects hit 10M tonnes of CO2 milestone

A group of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects supported by the US Department of Energy (DOE) have captured 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide—the equivalent of removing more than 2 million passenger vehicles from US roads for one year. The projects contributing to the 10 million ton milestone... Read more →


Audi has completed the development of an integrated V2X roof antenna. The series-production ready smart antenna contains an entire V2X solution, including radio and modem, GNSS antenna and receiver, V2X protocol stack and security, vehicle connectivity and V2X application matching Car-to-Car Communication Consortium (C2C-CC) Day-1 profile. Antenna development was done... Read more →


The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a multidisciplinary team at the University of Michigan $1.2 million to investigate further highly promising metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that the team had identified earlier as more efficient materials for high-density on-board hydrogen storage for fuel cell vehicles. (Earlier post.) The U-M team’s... Read more →


Toyota embraces the “Bullsh*t” about hydrogen

Toyota has tapped award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock to show how calling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles “bullsh*t”—an oft-quoted opinion of Elon Musk—isn’t far from the truth. “Fueled by Bullsh*t” is the first online video in a multi-part “Fueled by Everything” series aimed to educate a broad audience about the innovative... Read more →


NRC report recommends ways to overcome barriers hindering purchases of PEVs; vehicle cost, battery tech and consumer knowledge among others

Vehicle cost, current battery technology, and inadequate consumer knowledge are some of the barriers preventing widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, according to a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council. Developing less expensive, better performing batteries is essential to reducing overall vehicle cost, and a market strategy... Read more →


China Steel Corporation making $46M investment in LanzaTech commercial waste-gas-to-ethanol project

Taiwan’s largest integrated steel maker, China Steel Corporation (CSC), has announced formal Board approval of a 1400-million TWD (US$46 million) capital investment in a LanzaTech commercial ethanol facility. This follows the successful demonstration of the carbon recycling platform at the White Biotech (WBT) Demonstration Plant in Kaohsiung using steel mill... Read more →


PSA Peugeot Citroën and IBM partner to accelerate time to market of new services based on connected cars

PSA Peugeot Citroën and IBM announced a partnership to help various industries within the Internet of Things economy to analyze data to deliver new services from connected vehicles. The companies are expanding their partnership announced last year to develop connected services for PSA vehicles by now enabling other industries and... Read more →


Maxwell Technologies, Inc. is introducing two 24-volt versions of its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM). (Earlier post.) The new higher voltage ESM is suited for improving equipment uptime and power reliability in buses and industrial vehicles such as cranes, backhoes, bulldozers, graders, pavers, off-road trucks, portable compressors and others with... Read more →


EPA awards $5M in Clean Diesel Grants to 4 port projects

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $5 million in grant funding for 4 clean diesel projects at ports in California, Oregon, New Jersey and Texas. The DERA grant recipients are: The City of Los Angeles Harbor Department will replace a diesel-powered crane with an all-electric crane that produces zero... Read more →


Report: Toyota hopes for 30% hybrid take-rate by 2020 for its sales in China

The Nikkei reports that Toyota wants a 30% take-rate for hybrids out of the vehicles it will sell in China in 2020, citing remarks by Hiroji Onishi, Toyota’s top executive in the country. Toyota will begin building hybrids in China this fall. The company also plans to release an electric... Read more →


Visteon and Codethink collaborate to improve development and maintainability of in-vehicle software; leveraging Baserock and Yocto

Automotive electronics supplier Visteon and Linux software specialist Codethink are partnering to improve the long-term traceability and reproducibility of software used in in-vehicle infotainment products. Visteon and Codethink have developed a unified approach to collect and integrate Linux ecosystem source code across the wide range of third-party and open source... Read more →


Edmunds.com analysis finds hybrids and EVs struggle to maintain owner loyalty in US; trade-ins for SUVs

Car buyers are trading in hybrid and electric cars for SUVs at a higher rate than ever before, according to a new analysis from car-buying platform Edmunds.com. According to Edmunds.com, about 22% of people who have traded in their hybrids and EVs in 2015 bought a new SUV. The number... Read more →


Continental to launch 3rd generation of power electronics for hybrids and EVs in August

Continental will launch its third generation of power electronics for hybrid and electric vehicles in August 2015. Continental currently is producing the second generation of power electronics for five European automotive manufacturers. The next generation is more compact and more powerful. In addition to the functionality and efficiency of the... Read more →


The LH gasoline hydraulic hybrid shows an extreme reduction in NOx compared to a diesel baseline. Source: Lightning Hybrids. Click to enlarge. Lightning Hybrids (LH), a provider of hydraulic hybrid drive systems for fleet vehicles such as shuttle buses, delivery vehicles and work trucks (earlier post), has released some results... Read more →


A pilot plant in Dresden has started production of the synthetic fuel Audi e-diesel using water, CO2 and green power—i.e., power-to-liquid (PtL). After a commissioning phase of just four months, the research facility in Dresden started producing its first batches of high‑quality diesel fuel a few days ago. (Earlier post.)... Read more →


SAE World Congress offering technical insights into automakers’ series production fuel cell technology

Among the offerings at SAE World Congress in Detroit this week are several technical papers covering the advances in hydrogen fuel cell technologies from vehicle manufacturers in the first stage of series production FCEVs. Papers will describe modeling studies and the evaluation of components mainly in PEM fuel cell systems,... Read more →


Siemens introduces Wi-Fi-enabled, cloud-based residential EV charging station

At SAE World Congress in Detroit, Siemens introduced VersiCharge Smartgrid (SG), the first Wi-Fi enabled electric vehicle (EV) charging station that allows residential owners to monitor and control usage remotely through a mobile or web app. With this new technology an EV owner can automatically turn charging on or off;... Read more →


ZAP pre-qualified for USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle

ZAP, an EV company incorporated in California and a partner of China’s Jonway Auto, received pre-qualification notice from the US Postal Service (USPS) for the development of new energy efficient postal delivery vehicles under the USPS’ Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) program. As a result, ZAP will participate in the... Read more →


Toshiba to supply Li-ion battery energy storage system for frequency regulation project in US

Toshiba Corporation has received an order to supply a large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) for a power frequency regulation project in Hamilton, Ohio. The project will be carried out by Sumitomo Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas and Renewable Energy Systems Americas, a US renewable energy developer. Toshiba’s BESS, integrating... Read more →


Johnson Controls begins production of batteries for Start-Stop vehicles in China

Johnson Controls is expanding its manufacturing operations in China by beginning production of advanced lead-acid batteries for Start-Stop vehicles to help automakers meet increasingly strict fuel economy and emission regulations. The global Start-Stop market for new vehicles could reach 49 million annually by 2020. In China, the company predicts 40%... Read more →


Optima is targeting a vehicle-fuels system approach to far exceed the improvements in vehicle energy consumption and the greenhouse gas intensity of the energy source. Source: DOE. Click to enlarge. Researchers at several DOE national laboratories are organizing a new initiative—New Fuels and Vehicle Systems Optima (Optima)—targeting the development and... Read more →


Johnson Controls’ 12V Lithium-ion battery for advanced start-stop vehicles debuts in China

For the first time in China, Johnson Controls unveiled its Lithium-ion automotive battery for Advanced Start-Stop vehicles at Auto Shanghai 2015. Johnson Controls says the new technology can increase fuel efficiency by up to 8%. The Johnson Controls Advanced Start-Stop system solution has two batteries. First, a 12-volt Absorbent Glass... Read more →


The winning design: “WaterBone”. Click to enlarge. Local Motors, in partnership with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), announced the winner of the LIghtweighting Technologies Enabling Comprehensive Automotive Redesign (LITECAR) Challenge. The design challenge served to accelerate innovative ideas by using novel material technologies, structural designs, energy absorbing materials and... Read more →


Cumulative sales of Subaru’s EyeSight-equipped models top 300,000 in Japan; 85% of sales in Japan for FY2014

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, announced that cumulative sales of Subaru models equipped with the EyeSight advanced driver assist system (earlier post) surpassed 300,000 units (308,333 units) in Japan at the end of March 2015. EyeSight’s pre-collision braking control works to avoid or limit frontal... Read more →


Global debut for Nissan Murano Hybrid at Shanghai show

Nissan unveiled two all-new production models, the Murano Hybrid and Lannia, a new mid-size sedan for the Chinese market, along with two Nismo products, GT-R Nismo and 370Z Nismo, at Auto Shanghai 2015. Murano Hybrid features the Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch System (one motor/two clutch parallel system). A new supercharged... Read more →


Scania to supply off-road engines to Hyundai Heavy

Under a new partnership, Scania will supply engines for next-generation large excavators and wheel loaders made by Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Construction Equipment division. Scania supplying engines from its complete range of 9-, 13- and 16-liter models. A particular focus will be on meeting what is currently the most stringent emission... Read more →


At Auto Shanghai, Volkswagen is presenting the world premiere of the C Coupé GTE, which illustrates a new design approach for future top-end sedans at Volkswagen. This four-door concept car for the Chinese market—which is more than five meters in length—is powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system, the drive... Read more →


Toshiba Corporation has started demonstration operation of H2One, an independent energy supply system based on renewable energy and use of hydrogen as a fuel for power generation. Kawasaki City and Toshiba have installed the system at the Kawasaki Marien public facility and Higashi-Ogishima-Naka Park in the Kawasaki Port area. Click... Read more →


On Saturday 18 April in San Diego, General Dynamics NASSCO launched the 764-foot (233m), 3100 TEU Isla Bella, the first LNG-powered containership. The containership, part of a two-ship contract, was built for TOTE, a leading logistics and transportation company. When delivered, the ships will be the cleanest of their kind... Read more →


Chevrolet unveiled the Chevrolet-FNR autonomous electric concept vehicle at Shanghai GM Gala Night. The concept was joined by the all-new Malibu, Bolt EV concept and the 2015 Captiva, which made their China debut. The Chevrolet-FNR was developed in Shanghai by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture. The... Read more →


Industry-wide cost estimates for battery packs for electric vehicles have declined by approximately 14% annually between 2007 and 2014, from above US$1,000 per kWh to around US$410/kWh, according to a systematic review of more than 80 different estimates by a team from the Stockholm Environment Institute. Further, they reported in... Read more →


Cadillac will add a Plug-In Hybrid Electric (PHEV) propulsion system to its upcoming range-topping CT6 sedan, to be manufactured at the new Shanghai GM Cadillac plant, Pudong Jinqiao, China. The new PHEV version of the CT6 will be capable of greater than 60 km (32.4 miles) of all-electric range, and... Read more →


Researchers from the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum are proposing a biorefinery scheme using lignocellulosic biomass feedstock (sugarcane bagasse) for the production of fuel (ethanol), chemicals (furfural), and energy (electricity). The proposed scheme could be integrated with existing sugar or paper mills, where the availability of biomass feedstock is in abundance... Read more →


In Amsterdam, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presented the sixth-generation of its highly successful Transporter model. Updated key technical features offer better safety, improved comfort and convenience and greater driving dynamics in combination with improved fuel economy. Volkswagen’s T-series has been the number one light commercial vehicle in Germany for decades. Its... Read more →


Freudenberg-NOK bio-based material for fluid applications reduces CO2 footprint; 45% bio-renewable

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock. The bio-renewable rubber, for which development began in 2012, is made from a polymer that is made via a process that begins with the sugarcane plant. A sugarcane-produced ethanol is... Read more →


Audi providing 40 A3 e-tron PHEVs for E-Mobility Showcase program in Germany

Audi is providing 40 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) (earlier post) to support three different projects in the German government’s “Electric Mobility Showcase” program. The first time we were involved in the Electric Mobility Showcase in 2012, we gleaned valuable insights into how purely electric driving... Read more →


BMW presented an initial selection of technology highlights for the next generation of the BMW 7 Series model range featuring developments in lightweight design, driving dynamics, comfort, intelligent connectivity and operation. Due to the BMW EfficientLightweight strategy, the new BMW 7 Series line-up will weigh up to 130 kilograms (287... Read more →


Ford investing $2.5B for new engine, transmission plants in Mexico

Ford is investing $2.5 billion in new engine and transmission plants in the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Guanajuato, respectively. The investment covers three projects: a new engine plant in Chihuahua; expansion of Ford’s I-4 and diesel engine lines in Chihuahua; and a new transmission plant—Ford’s first in Mexico—in Guanajuato.... Read more →


The new smart fortwo from Daimler will have its official premiere in China at the 16th Auto Shanghai next week. Following the successful market launch in Europe with a surge in new registrations (+22.7% as at March), the city coupé will be available in China from August 2015. The launch... Read more →


FEV showcasing liquid-cooled, high performance battery for PHEV applications at SAE World Congress

FEV North America will be displaying a liquid-cooled, high performance battery pack for plug-in hybrid applications. The battery will be at the 2015 SAE World Congress next week in Detroit. Designed for use in PHEV applications, the FEV battery pack features an innovative cooling concept and a modular design that... Read more →


Ford, DowAksa jointly to develop carbon fiber for high-volume automotive light-weighting applications

Ford and DowAksa signed a joint development agreement (JDA) formally to advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter. (Earlier post.) The agreement, between Ford Motor Company, Ford Global Technologies and DowAksa (a... Read more →


Honda R&D team uses gasoline-diesel dual fuel method for high thermal efficiency at low loads

A team from Honda R&D in Japan reports using a gasoline-diesel dual-fuel method to control ignition timing and combustion duration. A paper on their work is published in the International Journal of Engine Research. Premixed charge compression ignition technology for diesel engines has been attracting increasing interest in recent years... Read more →


Libertine FPE builds demo prototype of linear free piston generator

UK-based Libertine FPE has built a demonstration prototype of its linear electrical machine for what it is calling “Digital Piston Motion Control” in free piston engine applications. (Earlier post.) This technology will allow researchers to develop future combustion engines free from the piston motion constraints dictated by the crankshaft. Already... Read more →


ITM Power to provide 0.5MW electrolyzer to EMEC for integrated H2 system for tidal energy storage

ITM Power won a competitive tender to supply an integrated hydrogen system for use at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal test site on Eday, Orkney, Scotland. The system’s principal component is a 0.5MW polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyzer with integrated compression and up to 500 kg of storage.... Read more →


Peugeot has unveiled the Peugeot 308 R HYbrid, a plug-in hybrid version of the compact family hatchback boasting a combined 500 bhp and four-wheel drive. The Peugeot 308 R HYbrid was developed by Peugeot Sport, the brand’s in-house engineering and racing division. The car’s plug-in gasoline hybrid powertrain delivers 0-62... Read more →


Researchers gain fundamental insight into FCC catalyst aging; implications for improving catalyst and reactor design

Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) particles account for 40 to 45% of worldwide gasoline production. Now, researchers from Albemarle Corporation, Utrecht University and Stanford University have developed a new method for observing fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst behavior at the nanoscale. The FCC catalyst particle structure allows access of long-chain feedstock... Read more →