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Continental and Vodafone present first results of cooperation; Cellular V2X, mobile edge computing and AI

e At the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Continental and the telecommunications group Vodafone will showcase the first results of their partnership on Cellular V2X, mobile edge computing and artificial intelligence. Last summer, the partners announced that they would be working together to increase road safety. The first... Read more →


BMW Group and Daimler AG invest more than €1B in joint mobility services provider

The BMW Group and Daimler AG are pooling their mobility services to create a new global player providing sustainable urban mobility for customers. The two companies are investing more than €1 billion (US$1.13 billion) in total to develop and more closely intermesh their offerings for car-sharing, ride-hailing, parking, charging and... Read more →


Researchers from Drexel University and Trinity College in Ireland have shown that two-dimensional titanium carbide or carbonitride nanosheets—MXenes—can be used as a conductive binder for silicon electrodes produced by a simple and scalable slurry-casting technique without the need of any other additives. The nanosheets form a continuous metallic network, enable... Read more →


In Germany, testing by ADAC (Allgemeine Deutsche Automobil-Club eV) has found that all the Euro 6c and 6d-Temp vehicles that have been measured on the road to date meet much stricter requirements nitrogen oxides (NOx) than required by the EU. In the test, the cars were not only significantly below... Read more →


Consumer Reports pulls ‘Recommended’ status from Tesla Model 3 based on new reliability findings

The Tesla Model 3 and Chrysler 300 are among the six cars that can no longer be “Recommended” by Consumer Reports (CR) due to declining reliability, the organization announced at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Predicted reliability is a key element in CR’s Overall Score, which is calculated... Read more →


The new Audi SQ5 TDI diesel features a powerful V6 engine with a mild hybrid systems and an electric powered compressor to ensure that maximum torque is available to the sporty SUV at just above idle. The 3.0 V6 TDI engine delivers 255 kW (347 hp) and 700 N·m (516.3... Read more →


Autotalks and MediaTek cooperate on integrating V2X and telematics

MediaTek, a global fabless semiconductor company that enables 1.5 billion connected devices a year, and Autotalks, a world leader in V2X (Vehicle to Everything) communication solutions, are cooperating on integrating V2X and telematics. As part of the cooperation, the two companies have completed a joint reference design for Telematics Control... Read more →


Air Liquide, Idex, Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP), and Toyota are teaming up through a joint-venture called HysetCo, the first company devoted to the development of hydrogen mobility in the Paris region. This collaboration represents a milestone in the emergence of a hydrogen-based society in France and in the... Read more →


Ford procuring 500,000 MWh of wind energy through DTE

Ford Motor Company’s Dearborn Truck Plant, home of the Ford F-150 and Ford Raptor, Michigan Assembly Plant, home of the new 2019 Ford Ranger, and several new buildings on the Ford Research and Engineering Campus and Corktown campus, including Michigan Central Station, will soon be powered by 100% locally sourced... Read more →


Ford reports investigation for US emissions certification re: analytical modeling

Ford Motor is investigating possible concerns in its emission testing procedures. Kim Pittel, group vice president, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering, said that in September, employees raised a concern through regarding the analytical modeling that is part of Ford’s US fuel economy and emissions compliance process. Ford said that as... Read more →


Hydrogen suppliers & fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) automakers, Air Liquide, Hyundai, NEL, Nikola Motor, Shell and Toyota have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for hydrogen fueling components for the purpose of testing state-of-the-art heavy duty (HD) hydrogen fueling hardware to assist in standardization and speed to market for... Read more →


The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is establishing a “Transformation Hub Electric Mobility” to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) with specialized knowledge in the process chain for manufacturing a combustion engine re-orient for electric mobility. The hub is funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg with €2.6 million. The Fit4E... Read more →


Borg-Warner reported that a major European commercial vehicle manufacturer has chosen the company’s proven High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) 410 electric motor for a plug-in hybrid electric truck (PHEV) to be launched in 2019. Generating 130 kW (174 hp) of power and 1,050 N·m of torque, the HVH motor will work... Read more →


UVA Engineering researching thermoelectric materials to improve efficiency of jet engines

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Engineering are seeking to improve the efficiency of jet engines by identifying and developing thermoelectric materials that can harness excess energy. Patrick Hopkins, professor and a director of Ph.D. studies in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UVA, is leading... Read more →


Audi is expanding the engine line-up for its luxury SUV, the Q8—as well as its roll-out of its 48V mild hybrid system (earlier post)—by adding two V6 engine versions. Beginning now, customers can also order the Q family’s top model with a 3.0 TFSI and an additional variant of the... Read more →


Ballard participating in H2PORTS project to demo hydrogen as alternative fuel in European ports; FCmove-HD

Ballard Power Systems is participating in the H2PORTS project, which is aimed at facilitating a rapid transition at European ports from fossil fuels to low-carbon, zero-emission alternatives based on hydrogen and fuel cells. (Earlier post.) Earlier this month participants held the first technical meeting of the H2PORTS project, which is... Read more →


The BMW Group Plant in Dingolfing in Lower Bavaria will increase the number of Dingolfing-based jobs in the production of e-drive components several times over in the next few years to a total of up to 2,000. In 2018, the share of electrified models more than doubled year-on-year, to around... Read more →


Increased demand for renewable natural gas from refuse sector

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced an increased demand for renewable natural gas (RNG) from the refuse sector, particularly in California, where refuse trucks can be fueled by the very solid waste they haul. The City of Fresno signed a two-year agreement with Clean Energy for renewable liquified natural gas (RLNG)... Read more →


Eni and RenOils to boost collection of used cooking oil for biofuel production

Eni and RenOils, the Italian national vegetable and animal oils and fats Consortium established in 2016 to ensure the correct management of the collection, transport, storage, processing and reuse of vegetable oils and animal fats, are promoting the recovery of used cooking oils (UCO) for biofuel production. Eni currently makes... Read more →


Adamas Intelligence: 54% of HEVs registered in 2018 contained NiMH batteries; REE deployment up 8%

In 2018, global registrations of HEVs increased 7.2% to 2.194 million units—50% of which were registered in Japan alone. Using a model-by-model build-up based on its ‘EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker’, Adamsa Intelligence infers that 54% of HEVs registered globally in 2018 contained NiMH batteries and 43% Li-ion... Read more →


In Australia, QUT researchers and Mercurius Australia are partnering on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either jet and diesel fuel or chemicals that could be used to make plastic soft drink and beer bottles. Dr. Darryn Rackemann, Senior Research Fellow from QUT’s... Read more →


California targets buildings for GHG reduction

Calling for the next frontier of energy planning and policy, the California Energy Commission approved the 2018 Integrated Energy Policy Report. The report highlights California’s past successes but focuses attention on how a state with nearly 40 million people will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2018, renewable energy provided... Read more →


PolyPlus Battery Company a privately-held company focused on the development of the first rechargeable Li metal battery with a ionically conductive glass separator, has entered into the first stage of a joint development agreement with SK Innovation Co. Ltd., Korea’s first and largest energy and chemical company. SK selected PolyPlus... Read more →


New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, the Canadian subsidiary of NFI Group, announced an award from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) for an additional ten forty-foot, zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses. TTC New Flyer Industries XE40 Xcelsior electric demo bus. This award follows on the original TTC order from... Read more →


Renesas Electronics develops 28nm MCU with virtualization-assisted functions for next-generation automotive architectures

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the development and successful operation verification of an automotive test chip as a technological stepping stone toward the realization of next-generation automotive-control flash Microcontrollers (MCUs) employing a 28 nanometer (nm) low-power process. The MCU features four 600 megahertz (MHz) CPUs with a lock-step mechanism and a... Read more →


Audi of America announced an expansion of Traffic Light Information to include Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA), another industry first in vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technologies from the brand. GLOSA can provide speed recommendations to Audi drivers of select 2017 and newer models that can assist drivers in catching the “green... Read more →


PNNL-led project to boost productivity, lower cost of algae biofuels and bioproducts offering collaboration opportunities

The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is leading the DISCOVR (Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Verification) project to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. Along with PNNL, Los Alamos National Laboratory,... Read more →


Volvo Trucks delivered its first all-electric vehicles on 19 February: a refuse truck to waste and recycling company Renova, and a distribution truck to the logistics company DB Schenker and partner haulier TGM, operating in Sweden. The Volvo FL Electric, Volvo’s first all-electric vehicle, is developed for distribution, refuse handling... Read more →


TNS and P97 partner on secure mobile and connected car payments

P97 Networks and Transaction Network Services (TNS) are partnering to provide secure, efficient, and reliable connected vehicle and mobile payments across North America and Europe. Under their agreement, TNS provides P97 a managed tokenization service enabling the secure provisioning and payment authorization of consumer card-on-file accounts for mobile and in-vehicle... Read more →


Reciprocating internal combustion engines (piston engines), which are typically used for backup, standby, or emergency power, are now becoming increasingly popular for larger utility-scale power generation applications, especially in areas with high levels of electricity generation from intermittent sources such as wind and solar, according to the US Energy Information... Read more →


A team from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has shown by modeling that the wafer cost of an emerging Ga2O3 wide bandgap semiconductor can be more than 3-times lower compared to SiC. This lower cost of the Ga2O3 wafers should lead to less-expensive high-performance power electronic devices in the... Read more →


The European Parliament and the Council have reached provisional agreement on a regulation setting, for the first time in the EU, strict CO2 emission standards for trucks. Under the agreement, emissions from new trucks will have to be 15% lower by 2025 and 30% lower in 2030 compared to 2019... Read more →


Evonik has developed a new polymer powder for applications in higher temperature range as part of its polyamide 6 series. The product further expands Evonik’s portfolio of high-performance materials for powder-based 3D printing technologies. Evonik’s new polyamide powder features high mechanical strength as well as excellent chemical and temperature resistance.... Read more →


Shell acquiring residential energy storage company Sonnen

Shell will acquire 100% of sonnen, a provider of smart energy storage systems and innovative energy services for households. This follows an investment by Shell in sonnen in May 2018 and means that, post regulatory approval and completion, sonnen will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell. sonnen is one... Read more →


Bye Aerospace’s electric Sun Flyer 2 successfully completed the first official flight test with a Siemens electric propulsion motor 8 February at Centennial Airport, south of Denver, Colo. The Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including the 2-seat Sun Flyer 2 and the 4-seat Sun Flyer 4, aims to be the... Read more →


GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a Canada-based manufacturer of electric buses, has launched the EV Star CarGO Van, an all-electric 25-foot cargo van with capacity of more than 570 cubic feet, a payload of up to 6,000 pounds, and an operational range of up to 150 miles on a single charge.... Read more →


BMW is seeking alternative cooling technologies for vehicle batteries to further improve peak cooling capacity during fast charging while reducing cooling components’ vibration and noise emission. Solutions that meet the need criteria will be invited to work with BMW to evaluate and develop the idea. Faster charging creates more heat... Read more →


nextmove takes delivery of first 4 of 100 Tesla Model 3s for electric car rental

nextmove—Germany’s leading electric car rental company and Tesla’s largest customer in Germany—took delivery of the first four Tesla Model 3 in the performance version at the Tesla branch in Berlin. During this year, nextmove will increase its own fleet of electric cars by 100 Tesla Model 3s. nextmove has set... Read more →


Alliance Ventures takes stake in PowerShare charging platform in China

Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, announced a new investment in PowerShare, an electric vehicle (EV) charging platform startup based in China. BP announced an investment in PowerShare in January. (Earlier post.) PowerShare provides an online platform that connects EV drivers, charge point operators and power suppliers... Read more →


YASA, a leading manufacturer of axial-flux electric motors and controllers, signed a long-term joint innovation agreement with a global automotive OEM. The partnership will focus on developing custom electric motor and controller solutions for the OEM’s high-performance hybrid and pure electric vehicles. YASA’s innovative axial-flux electric motor and controller designs... Read more →


CU Boulder study: routine household activities generate air quality on par with major polluted city

Cooking, cleaning and other routine household activities generate significant levels of volatile and particulate chemicals inside the average home, leading to indoor air quality levels on par with a polluted major city, according to a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder. Furthermore, airborne chemicals that originate inside... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz B 220 d first 4-cylinder diesel to meet Euro 6d

The OM 654q in the Mercedes-Benz B 220 d is the first four-cylinder diesel engine to comply with the Euro 6d standard, which does not come into effect until 2020 for new models. An expanded near-engine emission control system with an additional underfloor SCR catalyst makes this possible. (The “q”... Read more →


The production of an electric vehicle currently generates significantly more CO2 than that of cars with a combustion engine—around 150% on average. From a lifecycle view, this additional carbon burden is offset compared to the combustion engine vehicle during the use phase, as EVs rack up zero-emission miles that eventually... Read more →


Norsk Titanium & SAE International develop first directed energy deposition specifications for additive manufacturing

Norsk Titanium (Norsk), the global leader in additive manufacturing of aerospace-grade titanium components, and SAE International (SAE) released the first specifications for direct energy deposition additive manufacturing. The specifications utilize Norsk’s Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) process and material requirements, which are currently used by many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). With... Read more →


Together with E.ON, Audi is building a solar energy park on the roofs of the two logistics centers of its plant in Győr covering about 160,000 square meters. This will create Europe’s largest photovoltaic system installed on a building at the Audi Hungaria plant in Győr. The system will have... Read more →


Volume of China rare earth exports down 4% Y-o-Y in January, but average export price up

In January 2019, China exported 3,753 tonnes of rare earth oxides (or oxide equivalents), a decrease of 3.5% from the same month the year prior, and a decrease of 30.8% from December 2018, according to Adamas Intelligence. However, by value, China exported US $36.6 million worth of rare earth oxides... Read more →


Researchers in France have shown the versatility of siloxene, a 2D silicon structure (Si6O3H6), as an anode material for Li-, Na- and K-ion batteries. In a paper in the Journal of Power Sources, the researchers report that lamellar siloxene obtained from the topotactic deintercalation of Ca from CaSi2 delivered reversible... Read more →


ITA: Tin in Li-ion batteries could represent significant new use

The International Tin Association (ITA) released a new report detailing its latest research on potential new market opportunities for tin in lithium-ion batteries. ITA concluded that if tin does gain market share, lithium-ion batteries could grow to represent a significant new tin use in the 2025-2030 timescale—up to 60,000 tonnes... Read more →