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Westport Fuel Systems Inc. announced co-investment with its Tier 1 global injector manufacturing partner to expand their production facility in Yantai, China to supply jointly developed and proprietary fuel injectors to the growing global market for HPDI 2.0 (High Pressure Direct Injection 2.0). HPDI 2.0 is a fully OEM-integrated system... Read more →


DOE awards $5M to Achates Power to develop next-generation medium-duty opposed-piston engine for commercial vehicles

Achates Power was awarded a $5-million cooperative agreement from the US Department of Energy in 2020 for a new two-cylinder prototype demonstration and concept design of a next-generation medium-duty commercial vehicle opposed-piston engine. This new project will create and test designs that increase fuel efficiency and minimize the criteria emissions... Read more →


Aviation leaders launch first in-flight 100% sustainable aviation fuel emissions study on commercial passenger jet

A team of aerospace specialists has launched the first in-flight emissions study using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a wide-body commercial passenger aircraft. Airbus, German research center DLR, Rolls-Royce and SAF producer Neste have teamed up to start the pioneering ‘Emission and Climate Impact of Alternative Fuels’ (ECLIF3) project... Read more →


Groupe Renault, Veolia & Solvay partner to recycle end-of-life EV battery metals in a closed loop

Groupe Renault, Veolia and Solvay are partnering to enable the circular economy of EV battery metals in Europe through closed-loop recycling. The existing Veolia and Solvay consortium, created in September 2020 (earlier post), is thus reinforced with Groupe Renault’s position and experience in circular economy and in the life cycle... Read more →


Proterra, a leading innovator in commercial vehicle electrification technology, and Lightning eMotors announced a new collaboration to power the Generation 4 Lightning Electric Transit commercial van using Proterra’s battery technology. The Lightning Electric Transit commercial van is a purpose-built Class 3 commercial electric vehicle that is available in several popular... Read more →


ArcelorMittal launches XCarb; commitment to producing carbon-neutral steel

Global steel-maker ArcelorMittal launched its first three XCarb initiatives as part of the company’s effort to deliver on its 2050 net-zero commitment. XCarb will ultimately bring together all of ArcelorMittal’s reduced, low and zero-carbon products and steelmaking activities, as well as wider initiatives and green innovation projects, into a single... Read more →


Researchers from Sun-Yat Sen University in China report in an open-access paper in ACS ES&T Engineering the development of a catalyst that destroys medications and other compounds already present in wastewater to generate hydrogen fuel, getting rid of a contaminant while producing something useful. Herein, we are aiming to construct... Read more →


Hyundai Motor America will provide 250 kilowatt-hours of complimentary charging on Electrify America’s ultra-fast charging network for owners of 2021 Kona Electric and Ioniq Electric models. Customers can access their complimentary charging by the Electrify America mobile app that will also help drivers find and navigate to Electrify America stations... Read more →


Israel-based REE Automotive (REE) revealed 5 new and improved REEcorner architecture designs and the technology behind its EV platforms designed to support a broad range of commercial electric vehicles. REE intends to provide a comprehensive range of technical configurations to fulfill specific B2B customer needs, including EV platform size selection... Read more →


UK-based battery manufacturer AMTE Power and Faradion Ltd., a leader in non-aqueous sodium-ion battery technolog (earlier post), announced a collaboration which combines Faradion’s IP with AMTE Power’s design and manufacturing capabilities. Faradion’s IP portfolio, which includes some jointly-held patents, comprises 21 current patent families (including eight granted), focused on three... Read more →


Porsche planning on silicon-anode batteries; own fast-charging network

Porsche is researching high-performance batteries with silicon instead of graphite anodes in order to achieve an even higher energy density and better fast-charging capability. The new batteries will be produced in Europe and initially used in limited-production, high-performance vehicles and in customer motorsport. Porsche is also planning its own fast-charging... Read more →


BMW Group coming Neue Klasse to set standards in digitization, electrification and sustainability

The BMW Group is preparing for a major realignment of its product range from 2025 onwards, based on the Neue Klasse (New Class). The Neue Klasse will be characterized by three key aspects: a completely redefined IT and software architecture; a new generation of high-performance electric drivetrains and batteries; and... Read more →


The BMW Group is going for breadth with its fully electric vehicles; the company will offer at least one fully electric model on the road in around 90% of its current market segments by 2023, according to Group management We are consciously adopting a broad approach with our all-electric offering... Read more →


Freudenberg Sealing Technologies (FST) has expanded its material testing capabilities to include performance and compatibility evaluations of the rubber, elastomers and thermoplastics used to seal and safely maintain lithium-ion batteries. The company has installed equipment and adopted new testing protocols in its Plymouth, Mich., Central Laboratory that will provide conclusive... Read more →


The world’s largest plant for storing green hydrogen in liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC) on an industrial scale is being built at CHEMPARK Dormagen. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is supporting the project with funding of €9 million from the progres.nrw program. The Krefeld-based subsidiary of Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies, LOHC... Read more →


Researchers devise electrode architectures to prevent dendrite formation in solid-state batteries

Interest in higher energy-density batteries that pair alkali metal electrodes with solid electrolytes is high; however, such batteries have been plagued by a tendency for dendrites to form on one of the electrodes, eventually bridging the electrolyte and shorting out the battery cell. N A team of researchers from MIT,... Read more →


Hyundai is adding Plug-in Hybrid and N Line models to its 2022 Tucson line-up. Tucson N Line and Plug-in Hybrid SUV models will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and be available spring and summer, respectively. Hyundai had already announced a hybrid version of the 2022 Tucson. 2022 Tucson Plug-in Hybrid... Read more →


ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp., a Canada-based designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, has selected Mesa, AZ, for its US assembly facility and engineering technical center. Phoenix ranks as the fifth-largest city in the US according to 2020 census data, with nearly 1.8 million residents. Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix, ranks 35th... Read more →


Russian-based vehicle manufacturer KAMAZ has presented the first Russian articulated bus, the KAMAZ-6292. The bus was prepared for test operation at the NEFAZ factory, a subsidiary of KAMAZ. It accommodates 135 passengers and has 48 seats. The electric articluated bus is expected to go into serial production by the end... Read more →


Volvo Group Venture Capital AB has invested in Driivz Ltd., a global EV charging software company which has developed a platform for managing large charging networks for electric vehicles from end-to-end. The Driivz platform functions as an operating system for electric vehicle (EV) charging networks and is used by the... Read more →


Ballard Power Systems announced that its FCmove fuel cell module is powering the first Fuel Cell Electric Bus (FCEB) manufactured in New Zealand. The FCEB has been designed and built by Global Bus Ventures (GBV), a leading bus manufacturer serving New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Middle East, and is... Read more →


UC transportation researchers offer to assist CARB with GHG reductions data analysis; Audit report “likely incorrect”

A group of 13 researchers from the University of California system have offered to assist the California Air Resources Board (ARB) with its analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction data resulting from state programs and also to develop better long-term data collection and analysis tools. The group wrote to... Read more →


Coming off a year that proved to be pivotal for the electric mobility industry, Tritium has launched a new software update for its RT50 DC fast chargers, enabling Plug and Charge technology globally. The update allows an electric vehicle (EV) that supports Plug and Charge and Tritium’s RT50 chargers to... Read more →


The University of Michigan and Ford Motor Company are opening a new advanced robotics facility. U-M’s Ford Motor Company Robotics Building is a four-story, $75-million, 134,000-square-foot complex situated on the north campus. As the new hub of the U-M Robotics Institute, its first three floors hold custom U-M research labs... Read more →


States with the highest and lowest truck traffic on interstate highways

by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research This analysis examined truck traffic as the percentage of all traffic on interstate highways in the individual states and the District of Columbia. The calculations combined the percentages of vehicle distances traveled by single-unit trucks and combination trucks (but not light trucks) published by... Read more →


Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the University of Dayton, Yale University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) from food waste–derived volatile fatty acids (VFA) by targeting normal paraffins for a near-term path to market and branched isoparaffins to increase... Read more →


Leading tanker shipping company Stena Bulk unveiled its concept InfinityMAX hybrid bulk carrier design for zero-carbon, multi-modal shipping. The InfinityMAX concept, which is designed to carry both dry and wet cargoes in modular compartments, is built with several new core principles that, accumulatively, represent a paradigm shift in cargo transportation.... Read more →


New Flyer of America Inc. unveiled its next-generation battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG heavy-duty transit bus. Having surpassed 4.5 million service miles with its battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE and fuel cell-electric Xcelsior CHARGE H2 buses, New Flyer applied the best of zero-emission design, performance, research, and ingenuity to develop its newest electric... Read more →


Neste announced in March 2020 an intention to increase its renewable products production capacity in Europe according to the company strategy. The company has now concluded a thorough study phase concerning the two possible locations, Porvoo, Finland and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Neste has existing sites in both locations. While... Read more →


RSB & Bioledger release biofuels blockchain case study

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) and software company Bioledger released a case study on the potential of a blockchain database to support traceability of biofuel and its feedstocks and overcome the vulnerabilities identified in securing the supply of sustainable renewables. The report summarizes the results of a project which... Read more →


LG Energy Solution to invest $4.5B+ in own US battery business by 2025, expanding capacity by 70GWh; possible new JV plant with GM

LG Energy Solution will invest more than $4.5 billion (KRW 5 trillion) by the end of 2025 in the company’s own U.S. business to expand its battery production capacity. This new investment will secure an additional 70GWh in just the US alone, and will be in addition to current and... Read more →


Lion Electric to build battery gigafactory in Québec

Canda-based Lion Electric, a manufacturer of all-electric trucks and buses, is building a battery manufacturing plant and innovation center in Québec. The factory is planned to begin operations in early 2023 and will produce battery packs and modules made from Lithium-ion cells. Construction is projected to break ground over the... Read more →


Volkswagen Group presents technology roadmap for batteries and charging

The Volkswagen Group presented its technology roadmap for batteries and charging up to 2030 today on its first “Power Day”. The goal of the roadmap is to reduce the complexity and cost of the battery significantly in order to make the electric car attractive and viable for as many people... Read more →


Preliminary data in EPA’s 2020 Automotive Trends Report shows average fuel economy for model year 2020 light-duty vehicles increased to 25.7 miles per gallon (MPG). If this preliminary data holds, that will be a new record high for average new light-duty vehicle fuel economy. The period from 1975–1987 was marked... Read more →


Axillium convenes new US$55M composite materials industry consortium with lead partner GKN Aerospace

Innovation management specialist Axillium has convened a new £39.6-million (US$55-million) composite materials consortium, funded by a £20.0-million (US$28-million) commitment from industry and a £19.6-million (US$27-million) commitment from the UK Government via the ATI Program. Named ASCEND (Aerospace and Automotive Supply Chain Enabled Development), the consortium will focus on facilitating the... Read more →


California agencies release report charting path to 100% clean electricity; need to triple grid capacity by 2045

The California Energy Commission (CEC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the first joint agency report and a summary document examining how the state’s electricity system can become carbon-free by 2045. The report is the initial analysis called for in Senate Bill 100 (SB... Read more →


A consortium led by researchers at TU Berlin has launched a €6.5-million project to develop an automated battery exchange station for electric heavy goods vehicles. The eHaul project is funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with further financial input provided by partner organizations. Other partners are... Read more →


Nissan has begun using second-life battery modules from first-generation LEAF electric vehicles as the power supply for automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in its plants. At Nissan’s Oppama plant, south of Tokyo, there are more than 700 AGVs. Globally, Nissan has more than 4,000 AGVs at work. Nissan was exploring new... Read more →


Canada has released a list of 31 minerals considered critical for the sustainable economic success of Canada and its allies—minerals that can be produced in Canada, are essential to domestic industry and security and have the potential to support secure and resilient supply chains to meet global demand. Global demand... Read more →


Geologists and materials scientists at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have discovered a new way of finding new and previously unknown deposits of rare earth metals, worldwide. They have published the findings of their study in the journal Geology. The researchers discovered that fayalite crystals (pictured) can contain large amounts of... Read more →


Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. received the Technology & Development Award from Toyota Motor Corporation for the development of high-pressure hydrogen tanks used on the new MIRAI, launched by Toyota in December 2020. The new MIRAI is equipped with three hydrogen tanks, one more than the previous model, to extend its... Read more →


BYD announced that its all-new K8M, an innovative 35-foot zero-emission public transit bus, set a high scoring record in the Federal Transit Administration Model Bus Testing Program in Altoona, Pa. The K8M record-setting performance included high marks in structural durability, reliability, maintainability, and safety. As a result, US transit agencies... Read more →


SwRI receives $5.25M ARPA-E award for NEXTCAR technology

The US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) awarded a three-year, $5.25-million contract to Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to continue developing connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies to help passenger vehicles operate more efficiently and reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. (Earlier post.) The project is... Read more →


Kia Corporation revealed the first images of the exterior and interior design of EV6, its first dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV), ahead of the car’s world premiere later this month. Featuring a distinctive crossover-inspired design and based on the brand’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), EV6 is Kia’s first dedicated... Read more →


Drivers are using adaptive cruise control (ACC) as a tool for speeding, possibly undermining the feature’s potential safety benefits, according to a new study by researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) with colleagues from MIT. Drivers are substantially more likely to speed when using ACC or partial... Read more →


SEA Electric Holdings Pty Ltd. recently closed initial private placement equity financing for total gross proceeds of approximately US$42 million. The net proceeds from the investment will allow SEA Electric to solidify its position in the electrification of commercial vehicles while funding its backlog and facilitating more pilot programs with... Read more →


RoboSense (Suteng Innovation Technology Co., Ltd.) has launched China’s first automotive-grade solid-state LiDAR production line and will start mass production and delivery of the automotive-grade solid-state LiDAR RS-LiDAR-M1 for contract projects in Q2 this year. At CES2021 in January, RoboSense officially unveiled the SOP version of the automotive-grade LiDAR RS-LiDAR-M1,... Read more →


Luminar, Zenseact unveil full-stack autonomous system for series production; Volvo Cars launch customer

Luminar Technologies, Inc. has partnered closely with Zenseact to deliver a full-stack autonomous software system or series production vehicles. Zenseact is a newly-formed 550-person team of top ADAS and autonomous software experts, was founded by Volvo Cars in 2020. Volvo Cars is the first launch customer, representing both Luminar’s and... Read more →


Magna is introducing a scalable solution enabling automakers to electrify their pickup trucks and light commercial vehicles without sacrificing utility and functionality. eBeam is a drop-in replacement for traditional beam axles, using existing suspension and chassis architectures. It integrates with a battery electric or hybrid powertrain system and offers a... Read more →


In March 2020, in a tender launched by German operator Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK), Solaris Bus & Coach was selected to supply 15 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses. The first of the hydrogen vehicles has been delivered and is being tested in the RVK branch in Wermelskirchen in the Rheinisch-Bergisches... Read more →