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Australian-first, A$11.4M hydrogen demonstration plant to be built in Adelaide; power-to-gas

An Australian-first, A$11.4-million (US$9-million) demonstration plant that will produce hydrogen from renewable energy (power-to-gas) will be built in Adelaide. Adelaide-based Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)—the country’s largest gas distribution business—will construct and operate the plant at Tonsley Innovation District, in Adelaide’s southern suburbs. The project is supported by a A$4.9-million... Read more →

Report: Japan considering relaxing regulations hampering smaller filling stations from adding EV charging

The Nikkei reports that the Japanese government will relax restrictions that hamper many smaller filling stations from adding electric vehicle charging terminals. Japan’s fire safety law strictly regulates where fueling stations can install plug-in points on their premises, the report said. Currently, charging and refueling stations for electric and hydrogen... Read more →

A new study by researchers at the Bourns College of Engineering, University of California, Riverside (UCR) and colleagues at the Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association (MECA) has found that catalyzed gasoline particulate filters (GPF) are effective not only at reducing particulate mass, black carbon, and total and solid particle number... Read more →

The BMW Group sees LNG as a “sensible, sustainable alternative to conventional diesel”, said Dr. Thomas Irrenhauser, who supervised a two-week pilot test which the BMW Group initiated and implemented together with the truck manufacturer Iveco and the forwarding company Duvenbeck. As part of the test, an LNG-powered truck daily... Read more →

Groupe PSA and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated announced advances in Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) communication technology testing as the first step of 5G deployment for automotive applications with direct communication between vehicles. C-V2X directly connects vehicles to each other (V2V), to pedestrians (V2P), and to roadway infrastructure... Read more →

California Energy Commission approves >$2M for ops and maintenance of 16 public hydrogen refueling stations

The California Energy Commission approved more than $2 million for operating and maintaining 16 publicly accessible existing hydrogen refueling stations statewide, from San Diego to Truckee. The funds come from the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which invests in advanced alternative and renewable fuels and... Read more →

Audi launches first vehicle-integrated toll technology for the US

Beginning later this year, Audi of America will expand its vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology offering with the launch of a vehicle-integrated toll payment technology on select vehicles. The Integrated Toll Module, or ITM, is a toll transponder built into the vehicle’s rearview mirror, allowing drivers to access toll roads in the... Read more →

Volvo Cars revealed the new V60 five-door, mid-size premium wagon. The V60 comes with two plug-in hybrid powertrain options: the new T6 Twin Engine AWD gasoline plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 340 hp or the T8 Twin Engine AWD gasoline plug-in hybrid that delivers 390 hp. The regular gasoline... Read more →

US-based Oban Energies, LLC is developing an $4.5-billion oil refinery and oil storage facility located off the southern tip of Grand Bahamas Island, 35 miles east of Freeport, GBI. Oban envisions that the terminal will play a key strategic role as one of only two facilities close to the US... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz Trucks will deliver 10 eActros heavy-duty electric trucks in two variants—two- and three-axle variants with gross vehicle weight of 18 or 25 tonnes—to customers in the next few weeks for testing the everyday feasibility and economic efficiency of the vehicles under real-life conditions. At the IAA Commercial Vehicles show... Read more →

Bosch is entering the ridesharing business with its acquisition of Splitting Fares Inc. (SPLT), a US start-up based in Detroit. SPLT operates a platform that allows companies, universities, and municipal authorities to offer their workforces ridesharing services. The B2B approach is designed especially for commuters. Bosch aims for growth well... Read more →

BMW and Daimler to bring HERE HD Live Map to future models; “self-healing maps”

The BMW Group and Daimler will each make HERE HD Live Map an integral part of their future highly automated and autonomous vehicles (SAE levels 3-5). Both companies, which are some of the co-owners of HERE, already use maps from HERE in their current vehicles. Extremely precise digital maps are... Read more →

Ballard receives follow-on order for next stage in development of non-precious metal catalyst-based fuel cells for material handling

Ballard Power Systems has received a follow-on purchase order from Nisshinbo Holdings to progress a previously announced Technology Solutions program for non previous metal fuel cell catalysts to the next stage. (Earlier post.) On 12 September 2017 press release, Ballard announced that it, with Nisshinbo, had integrated a non precious... Read more →

California ARB releases unofficial draft of proposal to amend Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Alternative Diesel Fuel regulations

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff has developed a proposal to amend the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and Alternative Diesel Fuel (ADF) Regulations to strengthen the LCFS through 2030 in-line with the Senate Bill (SB) 32 goals. This rulemaking proposal includes provisions that may impact the market for... Read more →

BP outlook: Energy demand grows as fuel mix continues to diversify; EVs in global car parc at 15% by 2040, but electric share of VMT at 30%

The 2018 edition of BP’s Energy Outlook considers the forces shaping the global energy transition out to 2040 and the key uncertainties surrounding that transition. The speed of the energy transition is uncertain and the new Outlook considers a range of scenarios. Its evolving transition scenario, which assumes that government... Read more →

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will stage the global premiere of the new 2019 model year Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at the upcoming Geneva show. The new PHEV will be introduced to the European market towards the end of the year. Additionally, MMC will celebrate the European premiere of the Mitsubishi e-EVOLUTION... Read more →

Study suggests that as few as 5% autonomous cars can enable flow control to dampen traffic waves

Stop-and-go traffic waves—“phantom traffic jams”—emerge when small perturbations—such as a lane change, merge, or just because of natural osciallations in human driving—amplify and grow backwards along the road. A new study to be published in Transportation Research - part C provides experimental evidence that these waves can be reduced by... Read more →

Delphi Technologies, PLC is launching the first combined inverter and DC/DC converter (CIDD) in the China market. For automakers, these components create a more efficient and cost effective solution delivering higher power density, integrated in a smaller and lighter package. The product’s potential to deliver more efficient future electric propulsion... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz Cars has laid the cornerstone for the assembly hall of its “Factory 56” in Sindelfingen, the company’s “car plant of the future”. Factory 56 combines three trend-setting features: digitalization, flexibility and green production. In 2020, the Factory 56 will begin production of upper- and luxury-class cars and electric vehicles... Read more →

SsangYong will showcase its e-SIV electric SUV concept at the Geneva motor show alongside the European launch of its all-new Musso pick-up truck. The e-SIV is a strategic model for the brand, and illustrates its approach towards future electric vehicles, connectivity and autonomous driving. SsangYong developed e-SIV (Electronic Smart Interface... Read more →

Toyota Motor Corporation has developed the world’s first neodymium-reduced, heat-resistant magnet. Neodymium (Nd) magnets are used in various types of motors such as the high-output motors found in electrified vehicles. The new magnet uses significantly less neodymium, a rare-earth element, and can be used in high-temperature conditions. The newly developed... Read more →

Bill in California Assembly would increase weight limits for zero- and near-zero-emission vehicles to make them more competitive

California State Assemblymember Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, has introduced legislation (AB 2061) that would increase the weight limits for zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles so they can compete on an equal playing field with diesel- and gasoline-powered units. The engine and propulsion systems in electric,... Read more →

Autoliv’s electronics spin-off to be named Veoneer; ADAS and autonomous driving

Automotive safety systems company Autoliv, Inc. announced that its new electronics spin-off company will be named Veoneer. Veoneer’s ambition is to be a leading system supplier for ADAS and autonomous driving as well as a market leader in automotive safety electronics products. When publicly listed, Veoneer’s offering will include safety... Read more →

Nitrate deposits in the Arctic remain high even into the 21st century despite environmental policies adopted by neighboring countries in the late 20th century to cut nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, according to a new study by researchers in Japan. The team—including researchers from Hokkaido University, Nagoya University, University of the... Read more →

Toyota investing $2.8B in new R&D hub in Japan for environmentally friendly vehicles

The Nikkei reported that Toyota Motor will invest around ¥300 billion (US$2.8 billion) to build a new R&D hub in Japan to step up its development of a broad range of environmentally friendly vehicles and to meet regulations in various markets. The new site will be located in the automaker’s... Read more →

By 2030, aluminum demand from Electric Vehicles (EVs) will near 10 million tonnes, a ten-fold increase from 2017, according to analysis by mining and metals business intelligence firm CRU. The usage of primary aluminum intensive, extrusions and rolled products will be significantly higher than seen in internal combustion engine vehicles... Read more →

KT Corporation (Korea Telecom), Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., have successfully completed multi-vendor 5G NR (New Radio) interoperable testing compliant with the recently completed 3GPP Release-15 Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G NR global standard. 5G New Radio (NR) is the global 5G standard for... Read more →

The market penetration of non-hybrid stop-start systems on cars grew from 9.1% in 2016 to 14.2% in 2017 while light trucks nearly doubled, reaching 20.3% in 2017, according to figures gathered by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Source: DOE. Click to enlarge. Stop-start systems have been used on hybrid... Read more →

Nissan’s global crossover and SUV sales increased more than 12% in 2017 to more than 2 million vehicles (more than 34% of total Nissan sales for the year), driven by the all-new Nissan Kicks small crossover, the Rogue, X-Trail and Qashqai compact models, a refreshed Armada full-size SUV and the... Read more →

Volkswagen will unveil the electric, autonomous I.D. VIZZION concept at the Geneva International Motor Show next month. The new I.D. VIZZION concept car is the fourth member of the Volkswagen I.D. family. Volkswagen says that the premium-class MPV is showing the direction Volkswagen is taking in the technology and design... Read more →

Port of Rotterdam reports less fuel oil and more LNG bunkered in 2017; mainly due to Wes Amelie

In 2017, the sale of bunker oil—fuel for shipping—in the Rotterdam bunker port diminished from 10.1 million m3 to 9.9 million m3. Most bunkers contain fuel oil, in 2017, 8.3 million m3. The throughput of bunkered liquefied natural gas (LNG) increased from less than 100 tonnes to 1500 tonnes during... Read more →

Renault has revealed its new R110 electric motor and the 2018 model-year ZOE, Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle, which will be the first Renault EV to feature this 80kW powerplant which combines extra power with even greater driving enjoyment. Despite being the same size as the R90, the R110 is 12... Read more →

Volvo Cars launched its new three-cylinder Drive-E powertrain in the XC40, the company’s first entry into the compact SUV segment. The new powertrain is the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history. The new three-cylinder powertrain has been deliberately designed for integration into Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. A... Read more →

Volkswagen Group brands to use WLANp for V2X communication as standard equipment on new models from 2019

From 2019 onwards, the Volkswagen Group brands will use the WLANp standard (IEEE 802.11p) for communications among vehicles and between vehicles and their environment (V2X). The introduction of this technology as standard equipment on volume models ranging from compact cars to commercial vehicles will significantly improve safety on the roads... Read more →

The US Department of Energy launched three Bioenergy Research Centers just over ten years ago (earlier post). Of them, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, had a goal of turning more of the corn plant—the stalk and leaves that makes up the stover—into... Read more →

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Hydrogen Sensor Laboratory was used recently in a partnership with KPA Services, LLC (KPA), at the request of Toyota Motors to validate hydrogen sensors for incorporation into their system to adapt vehicle repair facilities for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The Hydrogen Sensor Laboratory... Read more →

Kia Motors revealed the new Ceed ahead of its world debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Among its enhancements, the new Ceed is available with Lane Following Assist, a ‘Level Two’ autonomous driving technology. Lane Following Assist tracks vehicles in front of the Ceed in traffic, and identifies... Read more →

Xinhua reports that China’s State Administration of Grain (SAG) said that China will expand production and consumption of bioethanol fuel this year as the country seeks more channels to use corn and grain stockpiles. Years of government support for corn farmers—paying Chinese corn producers more than twice the international price... Read more →

Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick (UK) have developed a method to assess the maximum current for commercial 18650 Li-ion batteries, using novel instrumentation methods enabling in operando measurements. In an open-access paper in the journal Electrochimica Acta, they reported that the maximum charging current that could be... Read more →

Subaru 3-row SUV Ascent to feature all-new 2.4L Boxer engine

The 2019 Subaru Ascent, a 3-row SUV and the largest Subaru ever built, will feature an all-new 2.4-liter BOXER engine mated to a new version of Subaru’s high-torque Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The new 2.4-liter Boxer engine uses a combination of direct fuel injection, high... Read more →

DOE awarding ~$44M to seven carbon capture projects

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has selected seven projects to receive approximately $44 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development through the funding opportunity announcement, Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies. The projects will target one of two areas: 1) engineering-scale... Read more →

Partners agree on initial funding to kick off waste-to-chemistry project in Rotterdam

A consortium of companies comprising Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam has signed a project development agreement covering initial investments in an advanced waste-to-chemistry facility in Rotterdam. The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative solution for... Read more →

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Company have found that using a Level 4 connected and automated vehicle (CAV) subsystem could increase vehicle primary energy use and GHG emissions by 3–20% due to increases in power consumption, weight, drag, and data transmission. However, when potential operational effects... Read more →

Consumer products such as shampoo, cleaning products and paint now contribute as much to emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in cities as tailpipe emissions from vehicles, according to a new study led by NOAA. The results, published in an open-access paper in the journal Science, suggest that the focus of... Read more →

The life-cycle water consumption of fuel cell electric vehicles using hydrogen produced from natural gas with steam methane reforming is almost 50% less than the life-cycle water consumption of conventional internal combustion engine vehicles using gasoline, according to a study by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). If the hydrogen... Read more →

Ft Worth contracting 46 60' New Flyer CNG buses

The Fort Worth (Texas) Transportation Authority (FWTA) has awarded New Flyer with a new contract for up to 46 Xcelsior compressed natural gas (CNG) sixty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. The contract includes six firm orders with options to purchase an additional 40 compressed natural gas (CNG) sixty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. The... Read more →

DOE awarding $6.5M to 9 large-scale Phase I pilot coal projects

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have selected nine projects to receive approximately $6.5 million in federal funding for Phase I of the Fossil Fuel Large-Scale Pilots funding opportunity announcement (FOA). This FOA, issued in August 2017, is... Read more →

New research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Carnegie Mellon University, SRI International and the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that drone-based delivery could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in the transportation sector. An open-access paper on the research appears in Nature Communications. Drones have been used... Read more →

The US Air Force is demonstrating the use of hydrogen as an alternate fuel source at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. In a recent visit to JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, members of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Energy and Operations directorates were given a tour of the installation’s hydrogen production... Read more →