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In states with residential retail choice programs, customers can elect to purchase their electricity directly from their choice of energy suppliers, with the electricity delivered to them by their local utility. The number of customers participating in retail choice programs peaked at 17.2 million customers (13% of total residential customers)... Read more →


Experts’ view on future transportation fuels

In a paper in the journal Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, Gautam Kalghatgi, newly retired from Saudi Aramco and a visiting professor at Imperial College London and Oxford; Howard Levinsky, Senior Principal Specialist in Combustion Processes at DNV GL Oil and Gas and Professor of Combustion Technology at the... Read more →


Lancet GBD 2017 finds halt to improvements in global health

The Lancet’s Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD), first published more than 10 years ago, is the most comprehensive worldwide observational epidemiological study to date. It describes mortality and morbidity from major diseases, injuries and risk factors to health at global, national and regional levels. Since its inception, every new... Read more →


UNIST develops hybrid seawater desal-carbon capture system using seawater battery

Researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea have developed a new electrochemical system that fulfills two functions—seawater desalination and carbon dioxide air-capture—during the charge and discharge processes. The seawater desalination-carbon capture system utilizes a seawater battery platform, consisting of three major compartments (desalination,... Read more →


Study finds 20% drop in particulate pollution in China over last 3 years

The first detailed analysis of air pollution trends in China reveals a 20% drop in concentrations of particulate pollution over the last three years (2015-2017). The open-access study is published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. A study by the University of Leeds examined measurements from more than 1,600 locations... Read more →


New research by George Mason University found that exposure to certain air pollutants is linked to increased emergency department (ED) visits for respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Mason Assistant Professor of Global and Community Health Dr. Jenna Krall led the research with colleagues from Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and... Read more →


WPI team constructs high-performance Si anode from Al-Si alloy scraps

A team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has constructed a Lithium-ion battery anode using micro-sized Si from acid-etching of cast Al-Si alloy scraps. The acquired Si has a unique branched structure, with a diameter of 0.5–1 μm in branches and 5–10 μm in length. Compared to the typical, low-loading ratio of much... Read more →


Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) and Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced that the unique Blended Winglet and Split Scimitar Winglet technologies (earlier post) have now saved the world’s commercial and business jet operators an estimated 9 billion gallons of jet fuel, resulting in a corresponding global reduction of over 95 million... Read more →


Rheinbahn and moovel offering “Mobil in Düsseldorf” app

Rheinbahn and moovel Group GmbH are now offering the “Mobil in Düsseldorf” app, which lets users search and compare various means of transport and directly book the respective ticket. The “Mobil in Düsseldorf” app shows connections and departure times of buses and trains across the entire Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) area... Read more →


Celanese and International Paper collaborate with Ford to win environmental award for sustainable materials in automotive

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in Automotive has recognized a joint development in sustainable thermoplastics by Celanese Corporation and International Paper with the Environmental Award for Sustainable Materials in Automotive for an application in the Ford Motor Company’s 2018 Lincoln Continental luxury sedan. The industry-first application of composites combining... Read more →


SJTU team develops fumed alumina gel-like electrolyte to boost performance of Li-S batteries

Researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University have developed a gel-like electrolyte induced by fumed alumina for dendrite-free Li deposition, lower over-potential and better cycle stability in lithium-sulfur batteries. An open-access paper on their work is published in the RSC journal Chemical Communications. The Li-S@pPAN cells with the proposed electrolyte exhibit... Read more →


The number of battery-electric buses ordered in Europe more than doubled in 2017 compared to 2016, reaching 1,031 vehicles, according to a new analysis by environmental NGO Transport & Environment. T&E estimates this to be equivalent to around 9% market share of new registrations in 2018. The are currently about... Read more →


Bosch and Daimler announced that San Jose, the third biggest city in California, is planned to be the pilot city for trials, targeted to begin during the second half of 2019, of the highly and fully automated driving (SAE Level 4/5) on-demand ride-hailing service recently announced by the two companies.... Read more →


Renesas 100V Half-Bridge MOSFET drivers for bidirectional controller in 12V-48V automotive hybrid powertrains

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a new family of automotive-grade 100V, 4A half-bridge N-channel MOSFET drivers. The ISL784x4 family features three devices: the ISL78424 and ISL78444 with single tri-level PWM input for controlling both gate drivers, and the ISL78434, which has dual independent inputs that separately control the high-side and low-side... Read more →


CATL Germany plant to provide Li-ion cells for BMW iNEXT

At the beginning of the third quarter, the BMW Group signed a long-term contract with the Chinese company Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) to supply battery cells with a value of four billion euros. The award of this contract was a decisive factor in CATL’s decision to build an... Read more →


ON Semiconductor launches new Intelligent Power Modules for on-board charging applications

ON Semiconductor has launched new Automotive Intelligent Power Modules (IPMs) that offer class-leading power density and improve overall performance in on-board charging (OBC) and other high-voltage DC-DC conversion applications for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The FAM65xxxx APM16-packaged devices offer a fully-featured, integrated solution that eases... Read more →


Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has developed the what it says is the world’s first general-purpose hydrogen burner for industrial use in collaboration with Chugai Ro Co., Ltd. The burner is now in use at the forging line in Toyota’s Honsha Plant. In conventional hydrogen burners, hydrogen reacts rapidly with oxygen,... Read more →


ROUSH CleanTech launches first available near-zero emissions engines fueled by renewable propane

ROUSH CleanTech, an alternative-fuel technology company, revealed that its 0.02 grams per brake horsepower-hour engine can operate on renewable propane. It’s the first available engine for renewable propane that brings emission levels to “near-zero” as defined by California Air Resources Board. When commercial vehicles are equipped with our ultra-low NOx... Read more →


Hexagon Composites to acquire Agility Fuel Solutions

Hexagon Composites ASA signed an agreement to acquire the remaining 50% of Agility Fuel Solutions Holdings. The combined business will provide clean energy solutions to a wide range of end markets around the world, including household, industrial, gas transportation, marine, rail, and light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Agility Fuel Systems... Read more →


Growth Energy: US drivers top 6 billion miles on E15

Growth Energy announced that American drivers have driven another billion miles, totaling 6 billion, on E15—a fuel with 15% ethanol that is approved for all 2001 and newer vehicles. The announcement comes on the heels of President Trump’s move to make E15 available year-round and two major fuel retailers making... Read more →


The BMW Group and Turkish manufacturer Karsan have signed an agreement for the supply of BMW i3 motors and batteries for the battery-electric 6-meter city bus “Jest electric”, which is produced in Bursa in Turkey for both the domestic market and for international markets. The electric motors and high-voltage batteries... Read more →


SEAT will introduce the electric eXS KickScooter powered by Segway at the Smart City Expo World Congress next week. The new SEAT eXS powered by Segway is a micro-mobility solution for users who want to get around the city in an efficient and sustainable way. As part of its Easy... Read more →


Ford buys electric scooter-sharing company Spin; micro-mobility

Ford Smart Mobility, LLC has acquired Spin, a San Francisco-based electric scooter-sharing company that provides customers an alternative for first- and last-mile transportation. Using a Spin electric scooter costs $1 to rent and 15 cents per minute. A dockless electric scooter-sharing company based in San Francisco. Spin is a leading... Read more →


USABC awards $1.08M Li-ion battery recycling project to Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has awarded $1.08 million to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts for Phase II of a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling contract. The contract award, which includes a 50%... Read more →


Greenlots to collaborate with Volvo Trucks on electric truck charging infrastructure for fleets in Southern California; SAE J3068

Greenlots, a global provider of EV charging software and solutions, will collaborate with Volvo Trucks to deploy charging infrastructure for electric trucks operating out of warehouses in Southern California. This is the first heavy-duty fleet-charging project stemming from a significant public-private partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB... Read more →


California trucking firm switches fleet of 600+ trucks to Neste renewable diesel

Ecology, a transportation and logistics company in California, has switched its fleet of more than 600 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel and is reporting cleaner fuel filters, fewer maintenance problems and reductions in tailpipe emissions. Ecology is one of the largest trucking and transportation companies in the... Read more →


Neste and Clariant join forces to develop sustainable industrial solutions

Neste, the world’s leading provider of sustainable renewable diesel and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions, and Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will join forces in developing and making new sustainable material solutions accessible to a variety of industries. In the first phase of the partnership,... Read more →


California Energy Commission approves $8M grant for H2 fueling station at Port of Long Beach

The California Energy Commission approved an $8-million grant to Equilon Enterprises—a fully owned subsidiary of Shell Oil—to develop a high-capacity hydrogen fueling station to service and promote the expansion of zero-emission fuel cell electric Class 8 drayage trucks at the Port of Long Beach. The station is to dispense enough... Read more →


Einride, Ericsson and Telia are putting 5G into motion at a DB Schenker facility in Jönköping, Sweden. The goal is to power an all-electric, autonomous transport ecosystem that takes fleet management to the next level. Ericsson Radio System and Ericsson Cloud Core for 5G are providing high performance connectivity to... Read more →


Electrify America to collaborate with 6 California organizations to boost awareness, adoption of ZEVs in low-income & disadvantaged communities

Electrify America will collaborate with six organizations in California to help develop and launch community-based programs to support brand-neutral education and awareness of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) for disadvantaged and low-income communities. Electrify America is investing $2.7 million in the education and outreach campaign. Electrify America uses definitions for low-income... Read more →


The falling cost of batteries is set to drive a boom in the installation of energy storage systems around the world in the years from now to 2040, according to the latest annual forecast from research company Bloomberg NEF (BNEF). The global energy storage market will grow to a cumulative... Read more →


The latest monthly report from Veloz—a public-private coalition of major electric car industry stakeholders— shows that this month the state will sell its 500,000th electric car. As of the just-released numbers, the state has just under 9,000 sales to go before it hits the goal. The data is aggregated from... Read more →


Hyundai, Kia invest additional US$250M in Grab; pilot EV projects

Hyundai Motor Group and Grab Holdings Inc., Southeast Asia’s leading O2O (online to offline) mobile platform, announced an agreement under which Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation will invest an additional US$250 million into Grab and establish a partnership to pilot EV programs across Southeast Asia. Under the EV... Read more →


The new electric Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle—originally unveiled in Milwaukee during the company’s 115th Anniversary this past Labor Day weekend—made its European debut at the Milan press conference of the EICMA show. Due for release in 2019 and being shown at the event as a production-ready motorcycle, LiveWire was first... Read more →


Researchers at TU Wien develop new antenna concept for connected cars; shark fin is too small

Connected and communicating vehicles are now the norm. Navigation systems regularly update their maps and show directions using satellite data and drivers make phone calls while driving. In the future, data exchange will play an even greater role in road transport, not least to improve road safety. However, new options... Read more →


Quectel Wireless Solutions (Quectel), a global supplier of IoT modules, announced the global launch of the automotive grade C-V2X module AG15, which features the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution from Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. The module is now sampling to the automotive industry for the development of... Read more →


CAMX Power introduces GEMX high performance cathode materials

CAMX Power (CAMX) is introducing a new class of cathode materials that can improve the performance, while also reducing the cost, of lithium-ion batteries. This material was originally conceived by TIAX and continued by CAMX when it became a separate company in 2014. The announcement was delayed until the key... Read more →


New radar sensor from Continental enables motorcycle emergency brake assist

Continental wants to be the first supplier to launch an emergency brake assist system for motorcycles. The new fifth-generation radar sensors from Continental feature capabilities such as enhanced object detection that make it possible to deliver a high-performance emergency brake assist system. The company’s many years of experience with safety... Read more →


Nissan unveiled the Frontier Sentinel, a concept pickup truck designed by Nissan Brazil’s styling studio, at the 2018 São Paulo Motor Show. The concept is designed for rescue missions in all types of Brazilian terrain. Frontier Sentinel integrates a host of features, including two battery packs from the Nissan LEAF... Read more →


C&D Technologies to acquire Trojan Battery

Trojan Battery Company, LLC, one of the leading deep-cycle battery manufacturers in the world, announced that its current majority owner, an affiliate of Charlesbank Capital Partners, has reached an agreement with C&D Technologies, a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners, for C&D Technologies to acquire Trojan. This acquisition will combine... Read more →


Volkswagen unveiled the Tarok Concept to the world at the São Paulo International Motor Show (6 to 18 November). The all-wheel drive all-rounder combines the progressive features of the latest generation of digitally networked SUVs with the versatility of a five-meter pick-up. The Tarok Concept is powered by a 1.4-liter... Read more →


ON Semiconductor and Mercedes EQ Formula E Team partner on innovations for electric power trains

The Mercedes EQ Formula E Team has gained a new supplier with ON Semiconductor, a leading provider of semiconductor-based solutions. The relationship will build on the existing cooperation between ON Semiconductor and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in Formula One in which ON’s technology is already utilized in the energy recovery pack... Read more →


Daimler battery subsidiary Accumotive doubles the amount of employees to approximately 1,000

Daimler AG is expanding its global battery production network and is paving the way for the creation of a cross-divisional electro initiative. The wholly-owned Daimler subsidiary Accumotive at the Kamenz location in Germany will employ around 1,000 people by the end of the year—doubling the workforce almost one year earlier... Read more →


Diamond Green Diesel approved for Phase III $1.1B large-scale expansion with addition of renewable naphtha production; 675 mgpy

Darling Ingredients Inc. announced the approval of the project to expand the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco, LA, to increase the facility’s production capacity of renewable diesel by an additional 400 million gallons to a total nameplate annual capacity of 675 million gallons. The expansion project will be... Read more →


Qualcomm partnering with automotive companies in China to showcase interoperability of LTE-V2X direct communication

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, announced continued efforts with China’s growing ecosystem of leading automakers and suppliers to commercialize LTE Vehicle-to-Everything (LTE-V2X) direct communication technology based on 3GPP Release 14 specifications. Also known as C-V2X across the globe, LTE-V2X is a solution for V2X communications, which is... Read more →


PG&E proposes new commercial electric vehicle rate class in California

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to establish new commercial electric vehicle (EV) charging rates to help drive more rapid customer adoption. As EV charging stations become more common in places such as multi-family residences, businesses, transit stations and... Read more →


In response what it said is widespread interest from European customers, Nikola Motor Company has designed a hydrogen-electric truck for European markets. Reservations for the Nikola Tre (means “Three” in Norwegian) are now open at www.nikolamotor.com/tre. Guests at Nikola World in Phoenix in April 2019 will be able to view... Read more →


SCHOTTEL has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards to equip the first fully-electric vessels to operate in Canada. The new Amherst Island and Wolfe Island ferries will be propelled by four SCHOTTEL Twin Propellers STP 260 FP, each with an input power of up to 550 kW. The main propulsion... Read more →


Hyundai makes strategic investment in deep learning computer vision startup allegro.ai

Hyundai CRADLE, Hyundai Motor Company’s corporate venturing and open innovation business, has made a strategic investment in allegro.ai, an Israeli technology company specializing in deep learning (DL)-based computer vision. Hyundai said that the partnership with allegro.ai will accelerate deployment of AI technology in many business areas, thereby improving the quality... Read more →