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Trial of next-gen blockchain solution shows increased speed and energy efficiency; Red Belly Blockchain

The first international trial of next-generation Red Belly Blockchain has shown increased speed and energy efficiencies at a global scale. Red Belly Blockchain, developed by the technology arm of Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO’s Data61, and the Concurrent Systems Research Group at the University of Sydney, today announced the outcomes... Read more →


Electric bus manufacturer VDL chooses Openmatics connectivity platform

Openmatics, a subsidiary of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, is now the official connectivity platform provider for VDL Bus & Coach, the Dutch vehicle manufacturer of buses and coaches. The open platform including Application Programming Interface (API) and Software Development Kit (SDK) functionalities offers networking and function options for the Western European... Read more →


Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero-emission drivetrains for commercial fleets, announced new battery-electric powertrain options for the Ford E-450 Shuttle Bus and Ford E-450 Cutaway. The new Lightning Electric models for the Ford E-450 will be available in 14,500-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) with an all-electric range of... Read more →


by Michael Sivak. The usual focus of analyses of road transportation is on vehicle-distance traveled, without taking into account the number of passengers in the vehicle. In contrast, air-transportation analyses typically include passenger-distance traveled among the variables of interest. The present analysis examines the changes in passenger-distance traveled in both... Read more →


Peugeot is introducing gasoline plug-in hybrid systems for the Peugeot 3008 and 508 and 508 SW engines. The HYBRID engine and the HYBRID4 (four-wheel-drive) engine will be available for the second quarter of 2019. Peugeot 3008 PHEV. The 1.6L PureTech engine has been adapted, including with the addition of a... Read more →


Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland, Alstom, Nahverkehrsservice Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH (NASA) and Rolls-Royce plan to implement jointly a new hybrid drive solution on Abellio’s fleet of Coradia Lint diesel trains. The four companies agreed to conduct technical feasibility studies regarding the integration of hybrid drives developed by MTU (earlier post), a Rolls-Royce brand,... Read more →


Rolls-Royce and Alpha Trains intend to jointly retrofit Alpha Train’s Talent, Desiro and Lint fleets with MTU hybrid drives. The two companies signed a letter of intent to this effect at Innotrans, the world’s leading trade fair for transport technology, in Berlin. The aim is to retrofit the entire Alpha... Read more →


Scientists at KU Leuven, University of Lubumbashi reveal the health risks of cobalt mining in DR Congo

Demand for cobalt has been on the increase due to its many applications. The metal is a crucial component of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for smartphones and electric cars. Around 60% of the world’s cobalt supply comes from the mineral-rich Katanga Copper belt, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Researchers... Read more →


Brazil-based Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, part of the TRATON Group, introduced the e-Delivery electric truck (earlier post)—a battery electric version of the company’s Delivery mode—at IAA Commercial vehicles. The model is in the test phase and is to go into production by 2020. The company also introduced the e-Flex flexible... Read more →


SJTU team makes progress in strain-hardening in high-strength metals by incorporating nanofillers

A team at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), with colleagues at Tsinghua University and Brown University, have developed a means to regain the strain-hardening ability of high-strength metals by incorporating of extrinsic nanofillers at grain boundaries. A paper on their work is published in the ACS journal NANO Letters. Grain... Read more →


Motus report finds car accidents increasing in parallel with smartphone ownership

Motus, a vehicle management and reimbursement platform, released new research around the rising trend of distracted driving in the mobile workforce. Its “2018 Distracted Driving Report” found that as smartphone ownership has increased across an ever-growing mobile workforce, there has been a parallel in rising accident rates. Specifically, the report... Read more →


Porsche officially drops diesel for future models

On Sunday, Porsche AG announced that it will in the future no longer offer diesel-powered models. By 2022, Porsche will have invested more than €6 billion (US$7 billion) in e-mobility, creating the basis for sustainable growth into the future. Interest in hybrid Porsche models is already taking off; 63% of... Read more →


Renault Trucks is continuing its research into improving the energy efficiency of diesel trucks. (Earlier post.) With Optifuel Lab 3, the laboratory vehicle developed as part of the FALCON collaborative project, the manufacturer aims to reduce fuel consumption by 13% compared with a standard Renault Trucks T and trailer. Optifuel... Read more →


The Renault Master Z.E. (earlier post) is now available for sale in Renault Trucks’ dealerships. The Renault Master Z.E. is suited to last-mile deliveries. This all-electric utility vehicle comes in six variants—four panel vans and two platform cabs—to meet the varied requirements of professionals working in urban environments. It provides... Read more →


Toyota Mobility Foundation calls for second round of research proposals to support innovative hydrogen energy solutions

The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) is calling for research proposals from Japan for 2018 under the Hydrogen Research Initiative established in 2017. (Earlier post.) This initiative is part of TMF’s goal to promote sustainable mobility. It recognizes that pairing carbon-free hydrogen systems with renewable energies contributes to energy sustainability. It... Read more →


New California law lets NGVs, other AFVs match diesel trucks’ cargo capacity

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2061, a bill that allows ultraclean heavy-duty trucks to exceed California’s weight limits by as much as 2,000 pounds, accommodating the extra weight of natural gas and other clean truck fuel systems. Authored by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay), AB 2061 allows... Read more →


Continental and Knorr-Bremse AG have entered into a partnership to develop a complete system solution for highly automated driving (HAD) in commercial vehicles, initially focused on automated convoy driving (platooning). Later development work will deal with automated driving on the freeway (“Highway Pilot”). The cooperation includes all functions for driver... Read more →


Allison Transmission announces global availability of 9-speed transmission, expanded electrification portfolio at IAA CV

At IAA Commercial Vehicles, Allison Transmission announced that it will offer its medium-duty, fully automatic 9-speed transmission globally, and that it has developed an electric hybrid system with purely electric extended range. Allison first announced the 9-speed model in 2017 at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta. With... Read more →


AKASOL provides battery system for electrified trailer axle from SAF-HOLLAND

As part of a forward-thinking European project, the globally operating commercial vehicle supplier SAF-HOLLAND S.A. has integrated a high-performance battery system from European manufacturer of lithium-ion battery systems AKASOL into an experimental vehicle with the electrified SAF TRAKr trailer axle. The Li-ion batteries are fed with braking energy through the... Read more →


US DOE and California partner to support $11M in advanced natural gas engine research

The US Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), California Energy Commission, and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) have teamed up to launch new research focused on medium- and heavy-duty natural gas engines and vehicles. Through a new request for proposals (RHQ-8-82305), NREL will award up to... Read more →


AMSilk partners with Airbus to develop the next generation of composite fibers for lightweight, high-performance planes; BioSteel

AMSilk, the first industrial supplier of synthetic silk biopolymers, has entered a joint cooperation agreement with Airbus to develop the new era of composites for use in the aerospace industry. In recent years, the aerospace industry has shifted from metal and steel fuselage and wings to carbon fiber composite materials,... Read more →


MIT study finds real-world NOx from diesels cars in Europe greatly exceeds laboratory levels; transboundary emissions cause 70% of health impacts

A new study by MIT researchers, published this month in Atmospheric Environment, finds that in Europe, 10 major auto manufacturers produced diesel cars, sold between 2000 and 2015, that generate up to 16 times more NOx emissions on the road than in regulatory tests—a level that exceeds European limits but... Read more →


Alongside its own factory team, Audi Sport will also equip the British race team Virgin Racing with the newly developed Audi e-tron FE05, including the powertrain, for the new ABB FIA Formula E Championship starting in December. Audi e-tron FE05 We are glad that in the new Formula E season... Read more →


Cummins to partner with KAMAZ on electrified trucks and buses

Cummins Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with KAMAZ for the development of electrified power solutions for a new product line of KAMAZ battery-powered vehicles. Currently, KAMAZ, a Russia-based truck manufacturer, is actively developing a new electrified portfolio of battery-powered trucks and buses, while Cummins continues to expand its... Read more →


At the IAA 2018 exhibition in Hannover, FPT Industrial launched its new e-Powertrain organization. On display at the event are its electric powertrain solutions, including a new hydrogen fuel cell concept powertrain developed by FPT for IVECO. The core of the new FPT Industrial electromobility offering is the E-Powertrain Concept... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Company has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy (H2E). Beginning in 2019 and over a five-year period, Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy will provide 1,000 heavy-duty fuel cell electric trucks (earlier post) and an adequate supply chain for renewable hydrogen. The... Read more →


Valeo showcasing new 48V hybrid systems at IAA Commercial Vehicles

Valeo has developed a hybrid system combining low-voltage (less than 60 V) electric motors with traditional combustion engines. Since the technology can be easily adapted to all engine types and manufactured in series to deliver economies of scale, it offers the advantage of affordability. The company is presenting two 48V... Read more →


Daimler opens €200M Immendingen Test and Technology Center; alternative drive systems and autonomy

Daimler held an opening ceremony for its new €200-million Immendingen Test and Technology Center in the municipality northwest of Lake Constance. A particular focus is placed on the four strategic future areas of connectivity (connected), autonomous driving (autonomous), flexible use (shared) and electric drive (electric). Daimler has summarized these under... Read more →


At the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, Cummins introduced a concept emissions control system capable of minimizing emissions to levels previously thought unfeasible, including a possible next level of Euro VII regulations anticipated during the coming decade. Low NOx integrated system concept from Cummins. The concept emissions control system now under... Read more →


Volkswagen has presented the chassis of its new electric model family ID to the public for the first time, and offered an initial look at its platform strategy for electric cars. The company says that the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) that serves as the foundation of the ID chassis... Read more →


TransLink orders 2 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE electric buses

New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, a Canadian subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, announced a new contract with the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) for two forty-foot, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses. The buses... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz Vans and BASF plan to collaborate on mobility topics and work together to forge ahead with innovations. The two companies are starting their cooperation with the optimization of individual mobility at BASF’s plant in Ludwigshafen, where they will shortly introduce an on-demand ridesharing system. Beyond individual transport on the... Read more →


Skeleton Technologies and Wrights Group Ltd sign high-volume, multi-million euro contract; ultracaps for hybrid buses

Wrights Group Ltd and Skeleton Technologies have signed a high-volume, multi-million-euro contract spanning the next 5 years. Skeleton supplies graphene-based ultracapacitors to the latest KERS enabled hybrid-electric double and single deck buses produced by the Wrights Group. The integration of graphene-based ultracapacitors into test WrightBus double deck buses enables a... Read more →


Columbia University engineers make breakthrough in understanding electroreduction of CO2 for conversion to electrofuels

Electrocatalysis and photocatalysis (artificial photosynthesis) are among the most promising ways to achieve effective storage for renewable energy. CO2 electroreduction has been capturing the imagination of researchers for more than 150 years because of its similarity to photosynthesis. Recent research in electrocatalytic CO2 conversion points the way to using CO2... Read more →


The battery-electric MAN eTGE 4.140 van is celebrating its world première at the IAA 2018 Commercial Vehicles in Hanover. The MAN plant in Września will start production in July 2019. With a range of around 160 kilometers and a payload of 1 t–1.75 t (depending on type approval), it is... Read more →


During the IAA 2018 from 20th to 27th September 2018 in Hanover, MAN will present a fully electric eTruck solo distributor chassis with a swap body frame and a 6x2 axle configuration. The 26-tonne truck, based on the MAN TGM, incorporates batteries that can be installed under the cab and... Read more →


At the IAA 2018, MAN Truck & Bus is presenting the MAN CitE 15-tonne electric truck concept, designed specifically for city cargo traffic. MAN engineers developed the concept in 18 months, leveraging the concepts of the short product development cycles of the software industry. A cross-functional team was drafted on... Read more →


At InnoTrans 2018, the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology, MAN Engines is exhibiting the D3876 LE63x for locomotives, which produces 471 kW (632 hp) at 1,800 rpm. One of its outstanding features is the in-line six, which meets the EU Stage V emission standard for locomotives without the need... Read more →


Italy to start electric road trials; Scania and Siemens; zero-impact eHighway

The A35 Brebemi autostrada in northern Italy will become the latest location for road electrification technology, and Scania trucks fitted with Siemens pantographs and power connections are in line to carry out the initial trials. The trucks receive electricity from a pantograph power collector that is mounted on the frame... Read more →


Maxus is presenting a range of zero emission EV80 battery electric vans at the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover. The light commercial vehicle manufacturer, a subsidiary of China’s largest vehicle manufacturer SAIC Motor, is also announcing LeasePlan as its exclusive partner in Europe, as it prepares for its... Read more →


JetBlue uses renewable jet fuel blend for acceptance and ferry flight of new A321

JetBlue received its latest A321 aircraft from Airbus’ U.S. A320 Family production facility in Mobile, Ala. The acceptance flight followed by JetBlue’s scheduled ferry flight mark JetBlue’s first flights fueled with renewable jet fuel blend. The fuel for these flights, provided by Airbus and certified by Air BP, consists of... Read more →


Microfractures in metal alloys, though impossible to see with the naked eye, can easily spread when exposed to water or hydrogen and lead to major problems in structures such as bridges, electrochemical and nuclear plants and hydrogen storage containers, leading to failures and expensive repairs. In a recent study involving... Read more →


At the 69th IAA Commercial Vehicles show, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is unveiling five new zero-emission vehicles:the I.D. BUZZ CARGO, ABT e-Transporter, ABT e-Caddy, the Cargo e-Bike and the Crafter HyMotion which is equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell drive system. I.D. BUZZ CARGO. One month ago, Volkswagen introduced the first... Read more →


Daimler invests in electric bus company Proterra; exploring electrification of Daimler’s Thomas Built school buses

Daimler Trucks & Buses is investing in the US company Proterra Inc. Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG with responsibility for Daimler Trucks & Buses, made the announcement at the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover. Proterra was founded in 2004 with headquarters in California... Read more →


Cummins Inc. unveiled PowerDrive, a suite of plug-in hybrid electric powertrain solutions spanning light-, medium- and heavy-duty applications, at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show. The Cummins PowerDrive offers both parallel and series capabilities. The PowerDrive replaces the conventional transmission and switches in real time between two hybrid and two... Read more →


Greenlots selected to support AEP Ohio EV $10M charging infrastructure program rollout to Midwest commercial and industrial customers

AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power company, selected Greenlots to participate in the utility’s new $10-million EV charging station incentive program. The program will provide 75 easily-accessible public DC fast charging stations at commercial sites and 300 Level 2 stations at public sites, workplaces and multifamily complexes within Columbus and... Read more →


WayRay, a leader of holographic AR displays for cars, announced new investment from Porsche, Hyundai Motor, Alibaba Group, China Merchants Capital, JVCKENWOOD and Consortium of Sovereign Wealth Funds (among them Russia-Japan Investment Fund, formed by JBIC and RDIF; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrein). The newly raised funds will bolster the... Read more →


Allianz Global Assistance survey finds fewer Americans interested in autonomous vehicles

Less than half of Americans (43%) are interested in utilizing self-driving cars, down from 53% last year, according to the fourth annual Sharing Economy Index released by Allianz Global Assistance. (These are findings of an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Allianz Global Assistance.) The lack of interest is primarily... Read more →


USC study finds particulate matter in air pollution affects thyroid development in fetuses

In a cohort study of a subset of 2050 newborns from the Children’s Health Study in southern California, researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) found that an increase of 2 standard deviations in prenatal exposure to particulate matter in air pollution was associated with higher newborn total thyroxine... Read more →