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Lithium-metal rechargeable battery developer Sion Power will introduce its Licerion rechargeable battery for electric vehicles at The Battery Show North America in Novi, Michigan in September. The 17 Ah Licerion Electric Vehicle (EV) cell offers more than 400 Wh/kg and 810 Wh/L in a large-format pouch cell. (Earlier post.) The... Read more →


The 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV—the first step toward the brand’s commitment to electrification—will initially launch in California dealerships this fall with a starting price of $33,470. The front-wheel drive 80.9 kW electric motor will deliver an output of 107 kW (143 horsepower) and a maximum torque of 271 nm (200... Read more →


Group14 Technologies and InoBat partner to deliver customizable lithium-silicon batteries to automotive OEMs

Group14 Technologies, a global provider of silicon-carbon composite materials for lithium-ion markets, and Inobat Auto, a European battery R&D and manufacturing company, are partnering to custom-manufacture high energy density batteries for automotive applications. To deliver on the promise of electric vehicles, automotive OEMs are turning to drop-in-ready technologies such as... Read more →


WAE collaborating with Molicel, Nyobolt on current and future power-optimized battery cells

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) and Molicel have agreed on a strategic collaboration to support the next generation of high performance, superior quality, lithium-ion power battery cells. Earlier, in July, WAE and niobium-based battery start-up, Nyobolt (earlier post), also announced an engineering and systems integration partnership designed to support and advance... Read more →


At IAA Mobility 2021 (7-12 September 2021), Hyundai Mobis, the global N° 7 automotive supplier, will unveil the M.Vision X, an AI-included concept car for full autonomous driving, in a European premiere. Hyundai Mobis unveiled the M.Vision X during an event earlier his year at its R&D heDquarters in Korea.... Read more →


Germany launches call for funding for construction and operation of a development platform for power-to-liquid fuels

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has launched a call for funding for the construction and operation of a development platform for power-to-liquid (PtL) fuels with a production capacity of up to 10,000 tons of PtL fuel per year. By switching to electricity-based fuel, we can save... Read more →


Since 2017, Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH has been working with Aumann AG as part of the larger EU program “Fit-4-AMandA” (Fit for Automatic Manufacturing and Assembly) on hydrogen fuel cell stack production with financing from the agency FCH JU (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking). Aumann is a leading... Read more →


FTXT Energy Technology, a Great Wall Motor (GWM) subsidiary, along with partners Dayun, Dongfeng and Foton, has successfully delivered a fleet of 100 hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty trucks for the Xiong’an New Area construction project in Hebei Province, China. The heavy trucks are fitted with high-power 111 kW hydrogen fuel... Read more →


TotalEnergies to introduce 100% renewable fuel at FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC); ethanol/ETBE blend

TotalEnergies is developing a 100% renewable fuel for motorsport competition, to be introduced from next season at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), including the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2022, and at the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). This 100% renewable fuel to be offered by TotalEnergies will be... Read more →


Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, has approved the use of up to 20% biodiesel blend (B20) in specific EMD locomotive series operated by the Union Pacific railroad. Previously, the locomotives were approved to operate at 5%. The EMD SD80ACe features the reliable 710 Series engine—20-cylinder, two-stroke, turbocharged—and operates on B20... Read more →


VinFast partners with Gotion High-Tech on LFP battery cell R&D

Vietnam-based electric vehicle manufacturer VinFast and China-based Gotion High-Tech will jointly carry out R&D and production of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries. LFP batteries, which offer high safety and long life, can be produced without using expensive and rare materials such as cobalt and manganese. In addition, the price of... Read more →


Volkswagen launching refreshed MY 2022 Jetta in US; engine upgrade, IQ.DRIVE For the 2022 model year, Volkswagen of America will launch a refreshed Jetta family with new technology and styling to elevate both the value-oriented Jetta and the sporty Jetta GLI. Despite the shift towards SUVs, cars still account for... Read more →


Researchers at Monash University in Australia have conducted a lifecycle analysis and net energy analysis (LCA/NEA) of a hypothetical large-scale solar-electrolysis plant for the production of green hydrogen. The open-access paper on the study is published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science. Process flow diagram and construction phase... Read more →


MIT team studies grid impacts of concentrated highway EV fast charging

Researchers at the MIT Energy Initiative have investigated the grid impacts of scaled up highway fast-charging (HFC) infrastructure by using an operations model of the 2033 Texas power grid with uniquely high spatial and temporal resolution. Although highway fast-charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) are needed to address range concerns,... Read more →


Volta Trucks has started engineering evaluation and development testing of the first prototype Volta Zero at HORIBA MIRA in Nuneaton, UK. The start of testing follows soon after the reveal of the first prototype chassis of the Volta Zero—the first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle designed specifically for inner city... Read more →


Chinese EV manufacturer XPeng signed an agreement with the Zhaoqing Municipal Government and the Zhaoqing High Technology Industry Development Zone to build the Phase Two expansion project of the XPeng Zhaoqing Smart EV Manufacturing Base located in Guangdong Province. Zhaoqing Xpeng Motors Intelligent Industrial Park Upon completion, the Phase Two... Read more →


IHS Markit: supply chain challenges to impact global light vehicle production well into 2022

During the first half of 2021, wafer fab capacity constraints were causing the greatest disruption and getting the most attention as the “semiconductor shortage” affecting automotive production. Now that those have improved, other related constraints in getting leadframes, substrates and resins are getting attention, according to analysts at IHS Markit.... Read more →


In Australia, BHP Nickel West has increased its offtake from 20 MW to 50 MW from the Risen Energy solar farm Merredin Solar Farm in a new 10-year renewable power purchase agreement (PPA). The additional 30 MW will be directed to BHP Nickel West’s Kalgoorlie Smelter and reduce the smelter’s... Read more →


Benchmark: battery makers being pressured by sharp price rises and shortages for non-active materials

Sharp price rises and supply shortages for non-active materials used in lithium ion cells are adding pressure to battery manufacturers already facing a rise in battery raw material prices, according to the most recent analysis by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence. Prices for binder and separator materials, and solvents, began trending upwards... Read more →


Glencore and Britishvolt sign strategic partnership for long-term supply of cobalt; Glencore investment

Glencore has entered a long-term strategic partnership for the supply of responsibly sourced cobalt with Britishvolt, a UK startup planning a Gigafactory (earlier post). Glencore has also made an undisclosed investment in Britishvolt. Glencore is one of the world’s leading producers of cobalt; in 2020, Glencore produced 27.4 kt of... Read more →


The Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Freight Trial (SHyFT), led by Arcola Energy, has secured funding from the Department for Transport’s Zero Emission Road Freight program for the design of a trial of hydrogen fuel cell trucks, supported by a green hydrogen refueling infrastructure in Scotland. The project will asses the... Read more →


Queensland to trial 5 Hyundai NEXO fuel-cell vehicles in state government fleet

The Australian state Queensland has added five Hyundai NEXO fuel cell vehicles to QFleet for a trial; they join 100 electric vehicles already in the State Government fleet and will be available to frontline health staff, educators and community workers. Support for Queensland’s hydrogen industry is a key part of... Read more →


Canada-based Loop Energy, a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell-based solutions, announced the placement of the order for the first eFlow-powered hydrogen fuel cell systems (earlier post) under a commercial agreement with NGVI, a South Korean-based manufacturer of turn-key compressed natural gas and hydrogen fuel systems for transit and... Read more →


Sinopec proves 100-billion-cubic-meter natural gas reserve in Sichuan Basin

Sinopec (China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation) has proved another 34.029 billion cubic meters of natural gas at the Zhongjiang Gas Field, bringing the total known natural gas reserves in the Sichuan Basin to 106.1 billion cubic meters. The Zhongjiang Gas Field (Zhongjiang County of Deyang City) main gas reservoir has... Read more →


Researchers at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU), founded by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in cooperation with the University of Ulm, have developed a new lithium-metal battery that offers extremely high energy density of 560 Wh/kg—based on the total weight of the active materials—with remarkably good stability. The team... Read more →


General Motors to recall all additional Bolt EVs, through MY 2022, for battery replacement; $1B cost

General Motors is voluntarily expanding the current Chevrolet Bolt EV recall (earlier post) to cover the remaining 2019 and all 2020-2022 model year vehicles, including the new Bolt EUV. In rare circumstances, the batteries supplied to GM for these vehicles may have two manufacturing defects—a torn anode tab and folded... Read more →


Tirupati Graphite to acquire strategic Mozambique graphite projects from Battery Minerals

Tirupati Graphite plc, a fully integrated, revenue generating, specialist graphite producer and graphene and advanced materials developer (earlier post), is acquiring the entire issued share capital of Suni Resources SA. Suni Resources holds the Mozambique portfolio of graphite assets of Battery Minerals Limited, which includes the construction-initiated Montepuez Graphite Project... Read more →


Marathon Petroleum, ADM to form soybean oil JV to support renewable diesel production

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) and ADM announced an agreement to form a joint venture for the production of soybean oil to supply rapidly growing demand for renewable diesel fuel. Under the terms of the agreement, the joint venture will own and operate ADM’s previously announced soybean processing complex in Spiritwood,... Read more →


UK-based consortium to develop prototype solid-state batteries for automotive

A consortium of seven UK-based organizations has signed a memorandum of understanding to combine ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries and could be transformational in meeting the UK’s net zero commitments through the electrification of... Read more →


Octillion Power Systems, a global provider of advanced lithium-ion batteries, has moved to a new US headquarters in Richmond, California. (Earlier post.) The company’s North and South American operations will be based there. Octillion also has relocated a battery manufacturing line from its previous facility in Hayward, California, where the... Read more →


Hydro-Québec launches a pilot project with Autobus Groupe Séguin to support the electrification of school buses

Hydro-Québec, Canada’s largest electricity producer, has launched a pilot project with Autobus Groupe Séguin, a Québec-based, family-owned company that operates in the field of school and chartered transportation, to support the electrification of school buses. Autobus Groupe Séguin ordered 60 electric school buses in early 2021. The pilot project includes... Read more →


USDA invests $26 million in biofuel infrastructure to expand availability of higher-blend renewable fuels in 23 states

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states. USDA is making the awards under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The funding will help increase the use of biofuels... Read more →


ArcelorMittal wins Altair Enlighten Award in the Lightweighting Enabling Technology category for Fortiform 980 advanced high-strength steel

ArcelorMittal has been selected as the winner of the Altair Enlighten Award in the Lightweighting Enabling Technology category for its GI Fortiform 980, a third-generation advanced high strength steel (AHSS) that provides carmakers up to 20% weight savings in key energy absorption parts in a vehicle such as front and... Read more →


A patented process for converting alcohol sourced from renewable or industrial waste gases into jet or diesel fuel is being scaled up at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with the help of partners at Oregon State University and the carbon-recycling experts at LanzaTech. A single-step chemical... Read more →


GM and AT&T to bring 5G to GM vehicles with enhanced core network; first available in MY2024

General Motors and AT&T will bring 5G cellular connectivity to millions of GM vehicles coming off the assembly line over the next decade in the United States. GM and AT&T are working together to set the benchmark for automotive connectivity with a fifth-generation cellular network architecture to meet the needs... Read more →


Bird, a leader in electric shared micromobility services, unveiled the Bird Bike, a new e-bike that you can own. A limited quantity of Bird Bikes are available to order now direct from Bird, and will be broadly available from leading US retailers this fall. Designed to meet increased demand for... Read more →


UK-based CrownCruiser Motors has unveiled its eponymous e-bike on Indiegogo. Featuring a lightweight, ultra-strong monocoque carbon fiber frame, the CrownCruiser e-bike comes with a rider recognition anti-theft defense, GSM location tracking, and Bluetooth, complimented by a powerful app that tracks riding statistics. It also has a gyro accelerometer sensor that... Read more →


Ample closes $160M Series C to scale battery-swapping

Ample has raised a Series C funding round of $160 million led by Moore Strategic Ventures with participation from existing Ample investors ENEOS and Shell Ventures, along with new strategic investments from Momentum Venture Capital (the corporate venture arm of Singapore’s public transportation operator) and PTT (Thailand’s state-owned gas and... Read more →


The ExOne Company, a leading provider of industrial sand and metal 3D printers using binder jetting technology, is collaborating with startup Maxxwell Motors on development of a unique copper e-winding design for its innovative axial flux electric motors, which can be used in electric cars as well as a range... Read more →


SSAB has now produced the world’s first fossil-free steel and delivered it to a customer. The trial delivery is an important step on the way to a completely fossil-free value chain for iron- and steelmaking and a milestone in the HYBRIT partnership between SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall. (Earlier post.) In... Read more →


While most electric vehicle (EV) owners primarily charge their vehicles at home, public charging is a significant part of the EV ownership experience. Owners’ ability to recharge their vehicle’s battery is a key factor in the broader adoption of EVs, particularly among those who can’t install a private home charger... Read more →


Sakuú Corporation, an additive manufacturing technology company, announced the start of its solid-state battery (earlier post) pilot line and learning center. Sakuú’s pilot line will have the capability to produce up to 2.5 MWh per year of solid-state batteries and in the future will also serve as a customer learning... Read more →


The COVID-19 pandemic boosted interest in automated transport technologies as a contactless way to help customers get their purchases. However, there hasn’t been an assessment of how robots and automated vehicles impact the already energy-intensive process of transporting packages from local distribution centers to customers’ front doors. Now, researchers from... Read more →


Bakken Energy to purchase synfuels plant and convert to blue hydrogen production as part of $2B hydrogen hub project

Energy infrastructure developer Bakken Energy (Bakken) has reached agreement with Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric) on key terms and conditions to purchase the assets of the Dakota Gasification Company (Dakota Gas), a subsidiary of Basin Electric, and the owner of the Great Plains Synfuels Plant. The closing is subject... Read more →


Genesis released exterior and interior images of GV60, the brand’s first electric vehicle based on the dedicated EV platform known as E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform), marking the brand’s first move towards electrification. More details including specifications on performance and technology will be announced in the coming months. GV60’s North American... Read more →


Lincoln is introducing the new 2022 Navigator—the first Lincoln vehicle to offer ActiveGlide. An evolution of Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering and Speed Sign Recognition, Lincoln ActiveGlide adds a new level of convenience for drivers. Signature blue light cues appear on the digital cluster and head-up display... Read more →


The 2022 Sorento Turbo Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) SUV is the latest addition to Kia’s ambitious ‘Plan S’ electrification strategy and the fourth-generation Sorento model range, which was introduced last year in both gasoline-powered and turbo hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) forms. The 2022 Sorento Turbo PHEV will arrive in showrooms in... Read more →


Maersk has identified its partners to produce green fuel for its first vessel to operate on carbon-neutral methanol (earlier post): REintegrate, a subsidiary of the Danish renewable energy company European Energy. REintegrate and European Energy will establish a new Danish facility to produce the approx. 10,000 tonnes of carbon neutral... Read more →


Woven Planet Holdings, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor, has acquired CARMERA, a US-based spatial AI company that specializes in developing scalable, next-generation mapping solutions for automated mobility, a proposed transaction previously announced in July 2021. (Earlier post.) The CARMERA offering consists of three components: detection APIs that identify map-impacting events;... Read more →


Two years after unveiling the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT concept car, BMW will present the BMW iX5 Hydrogen at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich in September. Currently still in series development, the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) with hydrogen fuel cell drive train will be one of several vehicles visitors... Read more →