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Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch are testing the use of second-life EV batteries in a 2 MW, 2,800 kWh energy storage system in Hamburg, Germany, to keep the electricity grid stable. The electricity storage facility comprises 2,600 battery modules from more than 100 electric vehicles. It could supply electricity to an... Read more →


A new report from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finds that air pollution at US ports can be reduced significantly at all port types and sizes through a variety of strategies and cleaner technologies. Implementing these approaches, the report finds, would reduce greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions from... Read more →


Celeroton AG, a leading manufacturer of ultra-high-speed electrical drive systems with speeds up to 1 million rpm, has launched its first turbo compressors with gas bearings—unique in their weight and performance, being wear- and oil-free, and obtaining the highest levels of energy efficiency. The developed technology widens the horizon for... Read more →


nuTonomy and Grab partner to expand public trial of on-demand self-driving car service in Singapore

nuTonomy, a developer of software for self-driving cars, and Grab, a Southeast Asia ride-hailing app, are partnering to expand nuTonomy’s ongoing public trial of self-driving cars in Singapore. (Earlier post.) The trial will give select Grab users a chance to experience the full end-to-end experience of e-hailing and riding in... Read more →


The smart fortwo electric drive is now available on the new-generation smart platform in both the smart fortwo coupe and cabrio models and—for the first time—in the smart forfour (not available in the US). With this next generation, smart will be the only car manufacturer worldwide to offer its entire... Read more →


International Truck first OEM to make collision mitigation standard on Class 8 tractors

International Truck announced that the soon-to-be-launched LT Series on-highway Class 8 tractor will come standard with an advanced driver assistance safety system that includes a combination of collision mitigation and full stability technologies. The standard solution featured on the new International LT Series, Bendix Wingman Advanced, gives drivers following distance... Read more →


ChargePoint introduces waitlist feature for EV public charging

ChargePoint has introduced Waitlist, a new service that enables drivers to use their mobile phones or RFID card to “line up” to use a public charging station. ChargePoint drew on extensive data and customer feedback to create a solution that makes EV charging in public/shared spaces, such as workplaces, a... Read more →


Despite drastically more stringent emission standards for nitrogen oxides and particulates, the fuel consumption of Mercedes-Benz heavy trucks has been reduced by 22% over the last 20 years, according to the results of a comparative test drive certified by the test organization DEKRA. The August 2016 testing by commercial vehicle... Read more →


Hyundai Motor is introducing a hydrogen fuel cell concept version of its H350 light commercial van at the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover. The powertrain study shows the potential for the company’s advanced hydrogen fuel cell technology in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment. Unlike a conventional electric... Read more →


Cummins introduces next-gen X-series Euro 6 engines; up to 605 hp

At the IAA Show in Germany, Cummins Inc. revealed the next generation X Series for heavy-duty truck applications with 15-liter and 12-liter displacements to meet Euro 6 (VI) and equivalent emissions standards as they become globally adopted from 2019 onward. Across a broad 350 hp to 605 hp (260-451 kW)... Read more →


Cummins Euro 6 engines compatibile with HVO renewable diesel & other paraffinic fuels; fuels at “point of commercial maturity”

Cummins Inc. announced Euro 6 (VI) engine compatibility for use with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) renewable diesel and other EN 15940 paraffinic fuels, representing a significant step forward to reduce the carbon footprint of Cummins-powered bus, truck and coach fleets operating in Europe. Compared with conventional fossil-based diesel, HVO offers... Read more →


Bentley Motors has introduced its first diesel model: the Bentayga Diesel SUV. At its core is an all-new, technologically advanced, triple-charged, 4.0-liter, 32-valve V8 engine. Developing 435 PS (429 bhp) and 900 N·m (664 lb. ft.) of torque, the Bentayga Diesel hits a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph)... Read more →


Audi has put a new topcoat paint shop into operation at its plant in Ingolstadt. The new paint shop incorporates technologies such as air recirculation, dry separation and exhaust air cleaning that enable a significant reduction in the use of resources. Heating energy and water consumption per car are reduced... Read more →


Camborne Energy Storage to install first Tesla Grid-Scale Powerpacks in Europe

Camborne Energy Storage, a UK-based developer of large-scale energy storage projects, is installing the first grid scale Tesla Powerpacks in Europe. With the recent arrival of the batteries to a site in Somerset, Camborne is co-locating them with a ground mounted solar PV site. The combined solar and battery installation... Read more →


UK-based Hyperdrive Innovation has become the first company to secure the supply of Nissan’s LEAF lithium-ion battery technology for its own commercial products. The company is incorporating the Nissan-developed, UK-made new and used battery modules in its new intelligent battery systems which can be deployed by manufacturers to power electric... Read more →


Ford is showcasing the latest Transit and Transit Custom line-up powered by the Ford EcoBlue diesel engine (earlier post) at 2016 IAA Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show. The 2.0-liter Ford EcoBlue engine powers every vehicle displayed on Ford’s Hannover stand, and provides commercial vehicle operators with fuel efficiency improved by up... Read more →


Velocys announces construction complete at ENVIA’s GTL plant

Velocys plc announced that construction of ENVIA Energy’s GTL plant in Oklahoma City is now complete. On-site loading of catalyst into the Fischer-Tropsch reactors has been completed by Velocys with support from its partner Mourik. Pre-commissioning work, including hydro-testing of the lines and vessels, and an inspection process, is substantially... Read more →


Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles introduced the e-Crafter electric van concept at this year’s IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover. With a permitted total weight of 4.2 tonnes, the concept vehicle is equipped with a 100 kW, 290 N·m motor powered by a 312-cell (26 x 12), 43 kWh Li-ion battery pack.... Read more →


Volkswagen Truck & Bus launches RIO: open cloud-based platform for transportation industry digitization

At the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016 show in Hanover, Volkswagen Truck & Bus is presenting itself to the public for the first time as a group of strong brands: MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. In addition to numerous new products, Volkswagen Truck & Bus is... Read more →


U Waterloo researcher awarded 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award for work on fuel cell catalysts

Dr. Drew Higgins from the University of Waterloo has won the 2016 Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) in the category of Engineering/Medical Science/Natural Science for his work on fuel cell catalysts. Under the supervision of Dr. Zhongwei Chen, Canada Research Chair in Advanced... Read more →


NanoXplore awarded $3.3M from SDTC to explore use of graphene-enhanced plastics in electric motors

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) will partner with Group NanoXplore Inc., a Montreal-based company specializing in the production and application of graphene and its derivative materials, to support the commercialisation of lighter, more reliable and higher-efficiency components for electric motor systems using graphene-enhanced engineering plastics in place of metals. The... Read more →


ABB is supplying fast chargers for depot and opportunity charging of electric buses to MAN Truck & Bus, a member of the Volkswagen Group, for its new e-bus R&D facilities in Munich, Germany. In July, MAN Truck & Bus announced serial production of fully electric buses by 2019. Pilots of... Read more →


ELIX Wireless, a Canada-based startup developing novel wireless power transfer technology, signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Chongqing Zongshen Power Machinery Co Ltd, a listed entity of the Zongshen Group. Zongshen Power also acted as the lead investor in ELIX’s US$5-million Series A funding round. ELIX began as a spin-out... Read more →


The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) will demonstrate the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in intermodal LNG ISO containers from southcentral to interior Alaska during a month-long operational performance project in early fall 2016. ARRC is the first railroad in the country to obtain permission to haul LNG by rail. The... Read more →


Toyota announced the pricing for the 2017 model year Mirai fuel cell vehicle. MY17 MSRP remains $57,500 plus an $865 destination fee. Mirai customers also may qualify for an $8,000 federal tax credit and $5,000 potential California rebate along with access to the California HOV carpool lane. The Mirai hydrogen... Read more →


Efficient Drivetrains raises initial $7.5M in Series C; forecasting $15M

Efficient Drivetrains has closed initial funds in its Series C financing round, highlighted by an initial infusion of $7.85 million in new capital, led by new investor H&Q Asia Pacific, in conjunction with Jiaxing Daxin Investment Partnership. The Series C round, forecasted at $15 million is expected to close in... Read more →


The US Department of Transportation issued Federal policy for highly automated vehicles (HAVs)—i.e., SAE Levels 3-5 vehicles with automated systems that are responsible for monitoring the driving environment as defined by SAE J3016. Although the primary focus of the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy is on highly automated vehicles, or those... Read more →


Alstom presented its Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell regional train at InnoTrans, the railway industry’s largest trade fair, taking place in Berlin from 20 to 23 September 2016. Alstom is among the first railway manufacturers to develop a passenger train based on fuel cell technology. To make the deployment of... Read more →


Lead-acid battery companies join forces with Argonne to enhance battery performance

Exploring the unrealized potential of lead batteries is the goal of a new collaboration between the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and two leading lead recycling and lead battery manufacturing companies: RSR Technologies and East Penn Manufacturing. The collaboration will enable RSR and East Penn to use Argonne‘s... Read more →


WiTricity and Prodrive Technologies to develop 11 kW EV wireless charging system for European carmaker’s 2019 planned introduction

Wireless power transfer company WiTricity is collaborating with Prodrive Technologies, a Tier-1 supplier of power electronics and sensors, to design a high-performance 11 kW wireless charging system. The two companies were selected to design the system by a leading European carmaker that plans to release its first wirelessly-charged vehicles in... Read more →


Renault-Nissan acquires French software-development company Sylpheo to accelerate connectivity and mobility technology capabilities

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is acquiring the French software-development company Sylpheo to accelerate the expansion of its connected vehicle and mobility services programs. The acquisition was announced by Ogi Redzic, Alliance Senior Vice President of Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services. Sylpheo, a leading Heroku partner, develops web apps on the Heroku... Read more →


A team of researchers from the University of Houston and the California Institute of Technology has developed an active and durable earth-abundant transition metal dichalcogenide-based hybrid catalyst for water-splitting that exhibits high hydrogen evolution activity approaching the state-of-the-art platinum catalysts. The new catalyst also offers activity superior to that of... Read more →


The US Navy has completed flight testing of a 100% advanced biofuel in the EA-18G “Green Growler” at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. The US Navy is a leader in incorporating alternative fuel into operational supplies, in order to increase mission capability and flexibility. The catalytic hydrothermal conversion-to-jet (CHCJ)... Read more →


GENIVI Alliance launches new open source vehicle simulator project

The GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit alliance focused on developing an open in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and connectivity software platform for the transportation industry, launched the GENIVI Vehicle Simulator (GVS) open source project, with both developer and end-user code available immediately. The GVS project and initial source code, developed by Elements Design... Read more →


Cooper Tire and BRDI consortium partners report significant progress on grant to develop guayule polymer for tires

At its recent annual meeting in Albany, Calif., the public-private consortium behind the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) grant, “Securing the Future of Natural Rubber—an American Tire and Bioenergy Platform from Guayule,” reported several key advancements emerging from the group’s work over the past year. Cooper Tire & Rubber... Read more →


California Governor signs new super-pollutants legislation into law; black carbon, fluorinated gases and methane

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed SB 1383, establishing the nation’s toughest restrictions on super pollutants including black carbon, fluorinated gases and methane. The law is in addition to California’s existing raft of climate legislation. SB 1383 reduces the emission of super pollutants (also known as short-lived climate pollutants)... Read more →


Schaeffler will present a self-sufficient power supply system for rail freight cars at the 2016 InnoTrans—a generator integrated into the housing cover of the axlebox bearing. The generator produces around 200 watts that is available for supplying electricity, thus enabling additional functions. Freight cars usually do not have any electrical... Read more →


Chevrolet will offer the Bolt EV with a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $37,495 including destination charge. Depending on individual tax situations, customers may receive an available federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for a net value of $29,995. The battery-electric Bolt EV has an EPA estimated 238-mile... Read more →


JetBlue enters 10-year renewable HEFA SPK jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston; 33M gallons of 30% blend per year

JetBlue announced a ten-year renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston, a bioenergy company. The airline will purchase renewable jet fuel made from rapidly renewable, bio-based feedstocks that do not compete with food production. This marks one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements yet, and the largest,... Read more →


Researchers affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea, and Stanford University have demonstrated the feasibility of a next-generation hybrid anode for high-capacity Li-on batteries using silicon-nanolayer-embedded graphite/carbon. This architecture allows compatibility between silicon and natural graphite and addresses the issues of severe side reactions caused... Read more →


ENGIE joins Michelin in investing in Symbio FCell

Fuel cell company Symbio FCell, which has introduced the first fuel-cell range extender for electric vehicles (earlier post), has conducted a second round of fundraising and brought global energy operator ENGIE into the ranks of its investors, which include Michelin. Michelin is now Symbio FCell’s main shareholder. ENGIE, as a... Read more →


Bluesky and University of Leicester form joint venture for air quality monitoring

Aerial mapping company Bluesky and the University of Leicester are forming a new joint venture—EarthSense Systems—focused on air quality monitoring. Building on more than four years of collaboration between the two organisations, the new company will initially deliver static sensors, data modelling and derived datasets to UK local and central... Read more →


A technical brief by Dr. John DeCicco at the University of Michigan Energy Institute shows that transportation is overtaking electricity generation as the largest source of US CO2. The average rate at which CO2 is emitted from vehicle tailpipes and other mobile sources has exceeded the rate of CO2 emissions... Read more →


OmniVision introduces OV491 and OV495 companion chips for automotive image processing applications

OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, is introducing the OV491 and OV495, two new companion chips that deliver performance and advanced features in combination with OmniVision’s portfolio of automotive RAW image sensors. The OV491 is a compact image signal processor (ISP) companion chip specified to enable... Read more →


ABB launching SiC-based charger for rail applications; 10x smaller, 80% lighter than previous generations

At the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin this week, ABB will launch a next-generation battery charger based on silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors for use in all rail applications. The new compact battery charger of the series, BORD­LINE BC, complements ABB’s large stand-alone auxiliary converter product family and is compatible... Read more →


France-based semiconductor fabless company Silicon Mobility has introduced OLEA T222, its new solution dedicated for hybrid and electric powertrain control. OLEA T222 is a new member of the OLEA family, the first automotive microcontrollers with embedded, robust and secured programmable logic. Silicon Mobility says that OLEA T222’s flexibility, hard-real time... Read more →


Lyft co-founder projects private car ownership will all but end in major US cities by 2025

Lyft co-founder John Zimmer projects that private car ownership will all but end in major US cities by 2025; as the enabler for that, he projects that autonomous vehicle fleets will quickly become widespread and will account for the majority of Lyft rides within 5 years. In a piece published... Read more →


Cypress sampling new Traveo MCU solutions for secure, high-speed networking for automotive body electronics

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is sampling new devices in its single-power-supply Traveo automotive microcontroller (MCU) family that provide secure, high-speed networking for body electronics applications. The new S6J342xxx series supports the Controller Area Network Flexible Data-rate (CAN FD) standard for high-speed, in-vehicle networking, enabling large amounts of data to be exchanged... Read more →


At the LCV 2016 event in the UK last week, Delta Motorsport unveiled a new low-cost micro-turbine applied as a range-extended in an electric car. The company developed the E-4 Coupe extended-range electric electric vehicle in a £3.1-million (US$4-million) collaborative R&D project. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and... Read more →


UK-based materials company Ilika, also a developer of solid-state batteries, is taking part in a three-year project to develop protected anodes for lithium sulfur batteries, led by Johnson Matthey Plc and supported by Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). £365,133 (US$475,000) of the grant will... Read more →