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MAN Truck & Bus is accelerating the production of heavy-duty e-trucks in Munich to as early as the beginning of 2024 with prompt delivery of an initial 200 units. This is almost a year earlier than originally planned. In addition, the depth of added value for battery-electric commercial vehicles is... Read more →

QUANTRON has unveiled its new 12m electric bus called CIZARIS. The new bus model in the Augsburg-based company’s bus portfolio will be launched as an all-electric version (CIZARIS 12 EV), followed in 2023 by a fuel cell drive (CIZARIS 12 H) that uses a largely identical powertrain. Two- and three-door... Read more →

UC Santa Cruz chemists have developed a simple method to make aluminum nanoparticles that split water and generate hydrogen gas rapidly under ambient conditions. The water-splitting reaction does not require an applied potential and functions at ambient conditions and neutral pH to rapidly generate 130 mL (5.4 mmol) of hydrogen... Read more →

SINTEF Energy Research and ECONNECT Energy have developed a novel computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modeling tool to predict LNG, ammonia and liquid carbon dioxide flow rates in floating, flexible cryogenic pipes. The tool will be used to better understand flow rates in floating pipe technology with various pressure and temperature... Read more →

Norwegian Green Platform Initiative awarding $11M to support sustainable battery production

FREYR Battery announced that the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway, and Siva have granted $11 million (NOK 100 million) through the Norwegian Green Platform initiative to a consortium of companies, including FREYR. The initiative is intended to provide a platform to establish sustainable battery production. The consortium of companies... Read more →

Hubject publishes Open Plug&Charge protocol

Hubject, an e-mobility specialist founded in 2012 by leading companies in the energy, technology, and automotive industries (earlier post), has published the Open Plug&Charge Protocol (OPCP), the first independent protocol to standardize the Plug&Charge EV ecosystem. This publication further empowers software engineers and EV charging experts to focus on developing... Read more →

Volta Trucks confirms €230M Series C funding

Full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider Volta Trucks announced the successful and oversubscribed conclusion of its Series C funding round with a €230-million (US$260-million) capital raise. The funding round was led by New York-based Luxor Capital, while initial seed investor, Byggmästare Anders J Ahlström of Stockholm, added to its... Read more →

Due to its low density, high strength, and abundance, aluminum and its alloys are widely used in constructions, consumer electronics and for vehicles including cars, ships, trains and planes. However, aluminum alloys are prone to hydrogen embrittlement causing catastrophic failure during service if not noticed early enough. Compared to hydrogen... Read more →

LG Energy Solution hires NVIDIA scientist to transform battery manufacturing facilities

LG Energy Solution has hired Dr. Peter Kyungsuk Pyun for the newly created position of Chief Digital Officer, CDO, as the company ramps up efforts to transform its global facilities into data-centric operations. Before joining LGES, Pyun worked at Nvidia Corporation, Silicon Valley headquarters, as one of five principal data... Read more →

Verdagy recently closed a $25-millionfunding round led by TDK Ventures. Syndicate members represent leaders in a wide range of industries focused on the use of green hydrogen and renewable energy for deep decarbonization, and include (in alphabetical order) BHP Ventures, Doral Energy Tech Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Orbia Ventures, Shell Ventures,... Read more →

Lummus and Synthos advance bio-butadiene technology development to produce sustainable rubber

Lummus Technology and Synthos S.A. have reached a major milestone in the development of advanced bio-butadiene technology. After completing a successful feasibility study in 2021, Lummus and Synthos have concluded that the bio-butadiene technology is ready for implementation, and the companies have agreed to move into the engineering and design... Read more →

Teijin Limited launched a lightweight, strong and cost-effective carbon fiber woven fabric developed with the company’s proprietary tow-spreading technology. Carbon fiber “tow” is the thread used to weave carbon fiber fabrics; two-spreading spreads the fiber into a thinner, flatter reinforcement. The new woven fabric is made with 3K (3,000) carbon... Read more →

Volkswagen will unveil the ID. Buzz electric microbus on 9 March as the ID. Buzz (5-seater) and Buzz Cargo (van). Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is currently going through the final phase of ID. Buzz prototype testing; the pre-production fleet is currently touring Europe. These are final test runs under everyday conditions... Read more →

Australia-based battery materials company Liontown Resources Limited entered into a legally binding sales and purchase term sheet with electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla for the supply of spodumene concentrate. The agreement is for the supply of up to 150,000 dry metric tonnes (DMT) per annum of spodumene concentrate to be produced... Read more →

Ford in Europe is testing smart driver alert technology that could indicate the direction from which people and objects are approaching. The engineers are also testing intuitive sounds such as bicycle bells, footsteps and vehicle noises to warn drivers when other road users or pedestrians are nearby. Initial tests revealed... Read more →

A consortium comprising Solaris Bus & Coach, Solaris Czech and Škoda Electric has submitted a winning bid in a tender for the delivery of 20 bi-articulated Trollino 24 electric trolleybuses, held by the Prague public transport operator Dopravní podnik. This is the first such large order for vehicles of this... Read more →

In 2021, the United States returned to importing more petroleum (which includes crude oil, refined petroleum products, and other liquids) than it exports following its historic shift to being a net exporter of petroleum in 2020, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). According to EIA’s February 2022 Short-Term... Read more →

Toyota Motor Corporation has commissioned Yamaha Motor to develop a 5.0-liter V8 engine for automobiles that is fueled entirely by hydrogen. In Japan, Toyota and other automotive-related companies are about to begin a collaborative effort to expand the range of fuel options for internal combustion engines. We are working toward... Read more →

The all-electric Volkswagen e-up! small car can now be ordered once again. To date, more than 80,000 of this model of vehicle have been sold around the world, and in Germany it was in second place in 2021 for all-electric vehicles with the most new registrations. The vehicle had turned... Read more →

Embraer, Widerøe and Rolls-Royce partner to study conceptual zero-emission regional aircraft

Embraer, Widerøe and Rolls-Royce are partnering to study conceptual zero-emission regional aircraft. The 12-month cooperation study—in the context of pre-competitive research and development—will address passenger requirements to stay connected in a post COVID-19 world, but do so sustainably, and seeks to accelerate the knowledge of the technologies necessary for this... Read more →

Supply of nickel intermediate MHP from Indonesia for batteries is set to rise five-fold this year, according to Benchmark Minerals’ Nickel Forecast. That’s expected to alleviate the rising demand for nickel in electric vehicle batteries. Demand for more powerful nickel-containing batteries is set to grow by 42% this year, according... Read more →

The price of European aluminum has increased by about 15% since the start of 2022, exceeding its historic high of October 2021—an increase of more than 60% compared to January 2021, according to a new analysis by European credit insurance group Credendo. This is not good news for aluminum producers,... Read more →

The European Parliament approved an agreement with EU governments on the update of the rules defining the charges member states can impose on trucks, buses, vans and passenger cars using trans-European transport (TEN-T) network roads. This will not force EU member states to charge vehicles using their roads. However, should... Read more →

Texas-based Nacero, a company seeking to produce low- and zero-lifecycle carbon footprint gasoline blendstock (earlier post) has awarded a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC a 20-year power purchase agreement to supply wind power to Nacero’s planned flagship manufacturing facility in Penwell, Texas. This agreement is a key component in... Read more →

Shell first to supply sustainable aviation fuel to customers in Singapore

Shell has become the first supplier of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to customers in Singapore. Shell has also completed the upgrading of its facility in Singapore which will enable blending of SAF in Singapore. SAF is approved for use in aircraft operating today only when blended in a ratio of... Read more →

Minerals used in electric cars: How much does the US import and from where?

by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research This post focuses on minerals used uniquely in the manufacture of electric cars. The three questions of interest are: Which minerals are they? Is the United States self-sufficient or are we relying on imports for these minerals? If the latter, what are the source... Read more →

In 2021, 54% of battery capacity deployed onto roads globally in new plug-in electric vehicles was powered by “high nickel” cathode chemistries (i.e., NCM 6-, 7-, 8-series, NCA, NCMA); 26% by “low nickel” cathodes (i.e., NCM 5-series and lower); and 20% by “no nickel” cathodes (i.e., primarily LFP), according to... Read more →

Nissan to build two all-new, all-electric models at Mississippi assembly plant

Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Mississippi will become a center for US EV production, including the INFINITI brand. The company is investing $500 million in Nissan Canton to support production of two all-new, all-electric vehicles. Production is expected to begin in 2025. Nissan’s investment is supported by strong partnerships... Read more →

EV-maker Faraday Future announced the arrival of intelligent manufacturing equipment from Guangzhou MINO Equipment Co., Ltd., a top-tier automotive supplier offering advanced manufacturing solutions. Included in the shipment is critical equipment for the body assembly production line of the FF 91. Guangzhou MINO Equipment has been deeply involved with the... Read more →

Redwood Materials launches EV battery recycling program; initial partners Ford Motor Company and Volvo

Redwood Materials, founded by Tesla co-founder and former CTO JB Straubel (earlier post), is launching the most comprehensive electric vehicle battery recycling program, beginning in California, to establish efficient, safe and effective recovery pathways for end-of-life hybrid and electric vehicle battery packs. Ford Motor Company and Volvo Cars are the... Read more →

CoBank report suggests self-driving vehicles could easily overwhelm current data center market

Widespread adoption of self-driving EVs faces several significant barriers including social acceptance, safety and regulatory restrictions. But according to a new report from CoBank, another major challenge that is often overlooked is the monumental impact these vehicles will have on the data center market. While technology developments such as efficient... Read more →

Researchers at Hiroshima University have greatly improved the performance of ammonia (NH3) synthesis via the chemical looping process of lithium hydride by using a lithium oxide (Li2O) scaffold to improve the reaction kinetics. In a paper published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, the Hiroshima team reports that with... Read more →

New statistics show that Volvo Trucks was the market leader for heavy all-electric trucks in Europe 2021 with a market share of 42%. In 2021 the company took orders, including letters of intent to buy, for more than 1,100 electric trucks worldwide. The international trucking industry is undergoing a transformation... Read more →

Neste and ITOCHU expand partnership to grow the availability of sustainable aviation fuel in Japan

Neste and ITOCHU Corporation have expanded their partnership to increase the availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Japan. In the expanded partnership, ITOCHU acts as the branded distributor of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Japan making Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel available first at the two largest Japanese... Read more →

The Salton Sea geothermal field in California potentially holds enough lithium to meet all of the US’ domestic battery needs, with even enough left over to export some of it. (Earlier post.) There are currently 11 commercial plants at the Salton Sea field producing geothermal energy, a process in which... Read more →

Jaguar Land Rover partners with NVIDIA for next-gen automated driving and AI-enabled services

Jaguar Land Rover has formed a multi-year strategic partnership with NVIDIA to develop jointly and to deliver next-generation automated driving systems plus AI-enabled services and experiences for its customers. Starting in 2025, all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will be built on the NVIDIA DRIVE software-defined platform, delivering a... Read more →

Graphex Group to expand graphite processing in China to 40k tonnes/year, up from 10k, to meet EV battery needs

Graphex Group has entered into an exclusive non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Municipal Government of Mashan District, Jixi City, Heilongjiang, China with the intention of expanding its graphite processing and production capacity within the Jixi Mashan Graphite Industrial Park. Graphex currently produces 10,000 metric tons per annum (TPA)... Read more →

Eurocell EMEA, an Anglo-Korean battery company, plans to build its first European Gigafactory in just 12 months—far faster than other Gigafactories. This is possible, the company says, because it has a proven battery product ready for scaled-up manufacturing. Eurocell EMEA is a joint venture between FIC EMEA and three Korean... Read more →

Audi-FAW NEV building new EV plant in China; 150k cars annually

The Audi-FAW NEV Company Ltd., a company jointly founded by Audi and its partner FAW, is is set to begin construction on a new plant in China for fully electric Audi models using the Premium Platform Electric (PPE). On an area of approximately 150 hectares, a highly modern plant for... Read more →

The latest Autotech & Mobility M&A Market Report from Hampleton Partners, the international M&A and corporate finance advisory firm for technology companies, shows that the appetite for Autotech & Mobility deals has remained consistent despite the impact of COVID disruption, the global semiconductor shortage and supply chain issues. Hampleton recorded... Read more →

ANA Holdings and Joby Aviation are forming a partnership that will see Japan’s largest airline join with Joby to bring aerial ridesharing services to Japan. Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) also joined the partnership, with the intention of exploring opportunities such as ground-based transportation. Joby’s all-electric aircraft performing a flight test... Read more →

Ascend Elements, a vertically integrated lithium-ion battery recycling and engineered materials company and Koura, an Orbia business and one of the world’s largest producers of fluoroproducts and technologies, launched a proprietary process technology yielding battery-grade graphite material from spent lithium-ion batteries. Orbia is serving as a development partner to Ascend... Read more →

Polestar, the Swedish premium electric performance car maker, has confirmed that the forthcoming Polestar 5 electric performance 4-door GT will feature a brand-new, bespoke, bonded aluminum platform developed in-house by Polestar’s UK R&D team. Bespoke bonded aluminum platform being developed in-house by Polestar’s UK R&D team. Bonded aluminum is light-weight... Read more →

Mercedes-AMG is adding two Mercedes-AMG all-electric performance sedans to its lineup, based on the Mercedes EQE: the Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4MATIC and EQE 53 4MATIC+. The vehicles are based on the electric-exclusive Mercedes architecture of the luxury and premium class (EVA2). AMG-specific solutions—particularly in the areas of drive, suspension, brakes,... Read more →

DOE issues two RFIs to move ahead with IIJA $9.5B clean hydrogen initiatives

The US Department of Energy (DOE) released two Requests for Information (RFI) to collect feedback from stakeholders to inform the implementation and design of Regional Hydrogen Hub and the Electrolysis and Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing and Recycling programs per the IIJA (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act), representing a combined $9.5-billion inverstment.... Read more →

The production of hydrogen by water splitting via electrolysis relies on two reactions—the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). OER and HER suffer from sluggish reactions kinetics due to high overpotentials (a measure of kinetic energy barriers). Thus, each requires highly effective catalysts—that generally use noble... Read more →

Virgin Group and Agilyx form strategic partnership to produce lower carbon aviation fuel from plastic waste

Virgin Group and chemical conversion technology company Agilyx (earlier post) are forming a strategic partnership to research and develop lower carbon fuel facilities to help address plastic pollution and the global transition to net zero. Virgin Group and Agilyx aim to reuse plastic waste to produce synthetic crude oil that... Read more →

Fisker opens reservations for its second product, the PEAR; starting price of $29,900

Fisker Inc. is now accepting reservations for its second product, the Fisker PEAR (Personal Electric Automotive Revolution). (Earlier post.) The all-electric Fisker PEAR blends sustainability, technology, and design into a digitally connected, compact, five-passenger urban EV. Featuring intuitive controls, sporty driving, clever storage, and a focus on industry firsts, the... Read more →

State Farm and Ford team up to introduce usage-based insurance to new connected vehicle owners

State Farm and Ford launched Drive Safe & Save Connected Car for customers with eligible connected Ford or Lincoln vehicles, to benefit from usage-based insurance (UBI). State Farm customers with eligible connected vehicles can opt into the State Farm UBI program, Drive Safe & Save, which adjusts premiums to an... Read more →

Wallbox, a leading provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management solutions worldwide, announced a strategic partnership with NAPA Auto Parts, a premier retail auto parts reseller in the US. NAPA Auto Parts stores will be an authorized dealer of Pulsar Plus, Wallbox’s award-winning smart home EV charger, online... Read more →