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KDDI, OYO and Toyota Motor will establish an information support system for the government and local administrations as a measure against disasters using technologies in IoT and big data analysis. The companies agreed to carry out demonstrations with the aim of commercializing this system by 2019. This system will bring... Read more →

Beckhoff and Huawei demonstrate 5G enabling technology for Factory of Tomorrow

At Hannover Messe, Huawei and Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG demonstrated a key 5G technology for enabling the factory of tomorrow: the wireless Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). During the successful proof-of-concept trial, the two companies showed communications between two cooperating PLCs using a 5G wireless industrial network prototype rather... Read more →

Study finds renewable diesel blends deliver fuel consumption and CO2 benefits in Euro 5 engines

Researchers from Istituto Motori - CNR in Italy and Eni report in a paper in the journal Fuel that blends of hydrocracked fossil oil (HCK) and Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as diesel fuels deliver fuel consumption (FC) and CO2 savings based on the NEDC cycle. The researchers said that, given... Read more →

Nissan shifting EV focus to affordability instead of range

The Nikkei reports that in a media session in Hong Kong, Carlos Ghosn, chairman of the alliance of Nissan Motor, Renault and Mitsubishi Motors, said that the group is shifting is focus on EVs to affordability, having addressed the range issue. Ghosn said the companies only recently determined that 300km... Read more →

A new earth modeling system will support weather-scale resolution and use advanced computers to simulate aspects of Earth’s variability and anticipate decadal changes that will impact the US energy sector in coming years. After four years of development, the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) is being released to the... Read more →

Nissan global LEAF sales rose 15% last fiscal year

Nissan’s global electric vehicle sales climbed 10% last fiscal year, driven by growing customer demand for the zero-emission Nissan LEAF. The battery-electric car posted growth across Japan, Europe and the US in the fiscal year that ended 31 March. Customers bought 54,451 Nissan LEAFs in fiscal year 2017, a 15%... Read more →

In Beijing, INFINITI Motor Company announced it is developing an all-new electrified vehicle platform influenced by the Q Inspiration concept car. (When INFINITI unveiled the Q Inspiration at NAIAS this January, the concept was powered by a VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine powertrain. Earlier post.) Q Inspiration before the Meridian... Read more →

To better understand the near-term commercial potential for capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide, researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Stanford University have mapped out how CO2 might be captured from existing US ethanol biorefineries and permanently... Read more →

The DS 7 CROSSBACK is the first Groupe PSA vehicle using the PSA IoT “Connected Vehicle Modular Platform” (CVMP) and equipped with Huawei technology for new connected services. DS 7 CROSSBACK is the first tangible result of the partnership announced in November 2017 between Huawei and Groupe PSA covering all... Read more →

Nearly two-thirds of the US plug-in vehicle (PEV) population—battery-electric and plug-in hybrid light vehicles—were assembled in the United States, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). Source: DOE Ten percent of US PEVs were assembled in Germany, with 9% each coming from Mexico and Japan. Each of the other... Read more →

San Antonio, Texas-based CPS Energy, the US’ largest municipally owned energy company, announced the purchase of 34 XLP Plug-In Hybrid Electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks—the largest purchase of plug-in F-150s any utility or private company to date, and the first in San Antonio to use the vehicles. The new vehicles... Read more →

Target expanding EV charging program to more than 600 spaces at more than 100 sites

Target is expanding the electric vehicle charging program at its store sites. Currently available at 18 sites in five states, EV charging will expand to more than 600 parking spaces at more than 100 sites across more than 20 states over the next two years. In addition to partnering with... Read more →

Electrify America partners with >100 major retail, convenience & refueling locations in US to install ultra-fast chargers

Electrify America will be installing ultra-fast electric vehicle chargers at more than 100 retail, convenience and refueling locations across the US, increasing the convenience for consumers who drive or are considering purchasing an electric vehicle. Each location will offer multiple chargers. Initial partners include major retail companies Target Corporation, Brixmor... Read more →

Toyota has introduced its new fifth-generation Avalon, based on a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, and powered by two new TNGA powertrains: a 301 hp, 267 lb-ft (362 N·m) 3.5-liter V6 (2GR-FKS), and a 215-net-horsepower 2.5-liter Dynamic Force (earlier post) four-cylinder Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) with 650V... Read more →

The “classic” high-energy capacity Lithium-sulfur battery is predicated on the use of a sulfur-based cathode and a Lithium-metal anode. Among the issues hampering the commercialization of this attractive technology are the safety and performance issues associated with the use of the lithium-metal anode. Accordingly, a number of different approaches have... Read more →

AHEAD to begin supply of hydrogen from Brunei to Japan in January 2020

The Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development (AHEAD), an association composed of four industry-leading companies from Japan, will begin the world’s first international supply of hydrogen from Brunei to Japan in January 2020. (Earlier post.) AHEAD’s members are Mitsubishi Corporation, shipper Nippon Yusen, engineering company Chiyoda and trading... Read more →

Ushering in a new era of Volkswagen motorsport, the brand unveiled its fully-electric supercar—the I.D. R Pikes Peak in Alès, France. The supercar will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill climb in Colorado Springs on 24 June 24, seeking to beat the existing electric car record of 8:57.118 minutes... Read more →

Hapag-Lloyd plans 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 from 2016 levels

Shipping company Hapag-Lloyd intends to achieve a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions per TEU-kilometer (compared to 2016). Hapag-Lloyd has already succeeded in significantly lowering its CO2 emissions in the past. For example, between 2007 and 2016, the specific CO2 emissions of its fleet were reduced by 46%. We have deliberately... Read more →

Short-term oil demand is still growing strong and will continue to do so through the end of 2020 despite the market’s increasing focus on electric vehicles and the forecasted future plateau in oil demand, according to new analysis from IHS Markit, a global business information provider. Five-year rolling aggregate global... Read more →

Brown team develops new model for effect on strain on catalyst performance; potential to optimize catalysts for different reactions

Research in recent years has shown that applying a strain to metal catalysts—either compression or tension—can in some cases change the way they perform. Now, Brown University researchers have developed a new model to explain why stretching or compressing metal catalysts can make them perform better. The theory, described in... Read more →

Alberta publishes report assessing non-combustion uses for bitumen, opens $2M call for projects

Alberta Innovates, in partnership with industry, government and other organizations, recently released the results of a study that investigates the best opportunities for “Bitumen Beyond Combustion” (BBC). Following a 2017 report that identified potential products that could be made from Alberta oil sands bitumen, this new study identifies the top... Read more →

Norwegian expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten has signed a Letter of Intent with Rolls-Royce for a major environmental upgrade program to hybrid power. The main engines on up to nine cruise ships will switch from diesel to gas power and the upgrade will also include installation of a hybrid battery system.... Read more →

Researchers in the US, China and Taiwan have developed a new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation, allowing scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off the 21 (at least) pathway genes involved in producing lignin, a primary component of wood. The model, built... Read more →

The Washington, D.C. Circulator system has deployed 14 battery-electric Proterra Catalyst E2 buses. The District’s electric bus rollout will make it the largest electric bus fleet in the DC region, the current largest electric fleet on the East Coast, and one of the largest electric bus fleets nationwide. Formed through... Read more →

Nidec Corporation, a Japan-based leading global manufacturer of electric motors, has developed a new fully integrated traction motor system (e-axle) comprising an electric motor, reduction gear box and inverter. Latest version of the e-axle. This new system is the latest and most advanced iteration of the company’s e-axle developed to... Read more →

At WCX18: SAE World Congress Experience earlier this month, ArcelorMittal and Honda unveiled the world’s first outer and inner door ring system to better balance strength and performance while removing additional weight from the vehicle. The partners co-engineered the system for the 2019 Acura RDX. The inner door ring comprises... Read more →

Nissan to launch 3 new EVs and 5 new e-POWER models in Japan by FY2022; 100K LEAFs sold in Japan

Nissan announced that it plans to launch three new electric vehicles and five e-POWER models in Japan by the end of fiscal 2022 (31 March 2023). e-POWER technology features a small gasoline engine that charges a high-output battery, eliminating the need for an external charging source. Nissan expects electric vehicles... Read more →

New Bosch highway assist system installed on the Maserati 2018 range; ACC Stop & Go plus Lane Centering

Bosch’s highway assist system, which combines the ACC Stop & Go and Lane Centering functions to control the vehicle’s speed, acceleration and braking, is installed on all the vehicles in the Maserati MY 2018 range. With the smart combination of the two functions and optimized longitudinal and lateral guidance during... Read more →

DOE’s CMI expands research in lithium, cobalt as rapid growth in electric vehicles drives demand

As increasing interest in electric vehicles drives the demand for supplies of lithium and cobalt for batteries, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Critical Materials Institute (earlier post) will begin new efforts this July to maximize the efficient processing, use, and recycling of those elements. We are trying to anticipate... Read more →

INFINITI to build five new models in China and electrify its portfolio

Ahead of Beijing International Motor Show, INFINITI announced it will build five new vehicles in China in the next five years, beginning with the all new QX50 SUV, and electrify its portfolio (earlier post). Over the next five years INFINITI is planning to localize five new vehicles in China, tripling... Read more →

For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has published state-by-state energy and water Sankey diagrams in one location so that analysts and policymakers can find all the information they need in one place. These diagrams depict energy use and water flow during the year 2010, the latest year... Read more →

The United States exported 97.0 million short tons (MMst) of coal in 2017, a 61% (36.7 MMst) increase from the 2016 level, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Exports to Asia more than doubled from 15.7 MMst in 2016 to 32.8 MMst in 2017, although Europe continues to... Read more →

Shell and Toyota moving forward with hydrogen facility for freight at Port of Long Beach with $8M award from CEC

Equilon Enterprises LLC, doing business as Shell Oil Products US, and Toyota have been provisionally awarded $8 million by the GFO-17-603 to develop the first hydrogen-truck refueling station at the Port of Long Beach. The funding, which is contingent upon the approval of the project at an upcoming CEC meeting,... Read more →

Apple files two LCFS applications in California for renewable electricity

Apple has submitted two Tier 2 applications under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for rooftop solar electricity it will generate at its facilities to provide power for electric vehicle charging stations (26 dual head Chargepoint stations at one site and 7 at a second.) The carbon intensity of... Read more →

CCM: Shanghai Energy investing US$790M to construct world’s largest Li-ion wet process separator production base

China will account for more than 60% of the world’s production of wet-process separators for Li-ion batteries, with more than 10 billion square meters capacity, according to China-based market intelligence firm CCM. Now, Shanghai Energy, the largest supplier in the country, will build the largest production base, strengthening China’s leading... Read more →

Researchers at Jilin University in China have developed a new class of self-assembled crystalline porous organic salts (CPOSs) featuring high proton conductivity for applications such as proton-exchange membranes for fuel cells. As reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie, the water content in the channels of the porous salts plays an... Read more →

Nissan is introducing an improved Nissan e-NV200 electric commercial vehicle, featuring a higher-capacity battery that offers longer range and battery life. Nissan is taking orders in Japan for the vehicle; deliveries will begin in December. The Nissan e-NV200 Van GX (5–passenger model) The Nissan e-NV200 features a new 40 kWh... Read more →

Japan-based NTN, a leading global supplier of hub bearings and driveshafts, will supply in-wheel motor technology to EV startup Changchun Fawsn Auto Tech (FSAT), established in October 2017 by FAW Group. FSAT will exhibit a prototype vehicle at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show. NTN’s latest in-wheel motor NTN began work... Read more →

Ford F-150 diesel EPA-rated at 30 mpg highway

The 2018 Ford F-150’s first 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel (earlier post) officially carries EPA-estimated ratings of 30 mpg (7.83 l/100 km) highway, 22 mpg (10.68 l/100 km) city and 25 mpg (9.4 l/100 km)combined. These are the highest EPA-estimated ratings available in a full-size pickup truck. These benchmark figures are... Read more →

Momentum Dynamics has commissioned the US’ first 200 kW wireless charging system for a battery-electric transit bus fleet. The wireless charging system is now operational on a BYD K9S bus at Link Transit in Wenatchee, Washington. Within five minutes, the wireless charging system automatically adds enough energy to the vehicle’s... Read more →

City of Chula Vista unveils EV fleet; 12 Ioniqs, 3 Bolts; most EV charging stations in San Diego region

The City of Chula Vista and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recently unveiled the City’s fleet of new electric vehicles (EV) and an array of EV charging stations at City Hall. SDG&E provided the charging stations, marking a milestone in the two organizations’ partnership to accelerate clean transportation and... Read more →

U of Bristol leading nanoCAGE project to use new approach to hydrogen storage; potential 10x improvement

The University of Bristol is leading a US$1.4-million (£947,336) project—NanoComposites for Active Gas Encapsulation (nanoCAGE)—which will deliver smart composite materials to address the problem of safe and efficient hydrogen storage. A low-density gas, hydrogen is challenging to store on-board a vehicle. Nanoporous materials (materials containing holes only a few nanometers... Read more →

Roskill: record cobalt deals in Q1 2018 show raw material procurement for Li-ion batteries revving up

Given the rapid development of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery industry, analysts are predicting that industry requirements for lithium and graphite could increase five-fold within the next decade while other metals such as nickel and cobalt are expected to increase nine-fold and four-fold, respectively, reflecting changes in cathode chemistry, according to... Read more →

Pacific Northwest businesses and nonprofits launch alliance to push natural gas vehicles

A group of Pacific Northwest businesses and nonprofits launch the Northwest Alliance for Clean Transportation. The Alliance is dedicated to helping the region reduce pollutants and greenhouse emissions by encouraging use of natural gas vehicles. Alliance members include utilities Puget Sound Energy, NW Natural, Avista and FortisBC. They are joined... Read more →

Lithium Australia (LIT) has finalized its acquisition of advanced cathode material production technology, acquiring 99.7% of the equity in Brisbane-based Very Small Particle Company (VSPC). The VSPC facility is a 2 to 4 tonnes-per-annum pilot plant that incorporates an integrated laboratory, coin-cell production facility and battery-testing equipment. Cathode powder producer... Read more →

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has converted 40 of its Ford Transit vans into gas/electric hybrids using the XL hybrid system. The upgrade is expected to reduce each van’s carbon footprint by 20% and increase fuel economy as much as 25%. PSE worked with XL to upfit each Ford van with... Read more →

The Environmental Protection Agency is not sufficiently protecting the environment

Opinion by Michael Sivak The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. However, as the EPA is getting ready to relax the future vehicle fuel economy standards, the time is right to consider whether, under the current administration, this agency’s mission is,... Read more →