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BYD Japan, the Japanese branch of China-based BYD, marked its official entry into the passenger vehicle market in Japan with the Japanese debut of three BYD models: BYD ATTO 3, BYD Dolphin, and BYD Seal. BYD ATTO 3 is slated to become the first BYD passenger vehicle sold in Japan,... Read more →


Hitachi Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with H2 Green Steel to leverage electrification, digitalization, and hydrogen to support the decarbonization of the steel industry. H2 Green Steel, a Swedish industrial start-up, is on a mission to accelerate the global steel industry’s greatest technological shift by eliminating almost all... Read more →


First Hydrogen enters trials with UK fleet consortium; interest from 10 operators in fuel cell light commercial vehicle

First Hydrogen Corp. announced that its subsidiary, First Hydrogen Limited, has been welcomed into the UK Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AHFC). The consortium brings together operators of the largest UK fleets of vans and trucks and predominant members of the hydrogen industry, including hydrogen producers, hydrogen state suppliers and vehicle... Read more →


NZ Post has purchased the first of Hyundai New Zealand’s five XCIENT hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks. The Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell truck was officially unveiled in its working livery by NZ Post at an event held at their Auckland Operations Center and attended by Energy and Resources Minister Megan... Read more →


UK sets out “Jet Zero” strategy; 5 commercial-scale SAF plants by 2025, 10% SAF by end of decade

The UK Government set out its Jet Zero strategy. Launched at Farnborough International Airshow, the strategy commits UK domestic aviation to achieving net zero emissions by 2040, and for all airports in England to be zero-emission by the same year. It also includes a plan for the industry to stay... Read more →


Umicore to build cathode active material plant in Canada

Umicore plans to construct a manufacturing facility for cathode active battery materials (CAM) and their precursor materials (pCAM) in Ontario, Canada. For Umicore this investment represents the final step in establishing a global production presence with battery material value chains that are regionally fully integrated to support its customers in... Read more →


Johnson Matthey building £80M hydrogen fuel cell component gigafactory

Johnson Matthey (JM) is building an £80-million (US$96-million ) gigafactory at its existing site in Royston, UK, to scale up the manufacture of hydrogen fuel cell components. Earlier this year, JM announced a refreshed strategy, with an ambition to be the market leader in performance components for fuel cells and... Read more →


Silicon’s properties as a semiconductor are far from ideal. Athough silicon lets electrons whizz through its structure easily, it is much less accommodating to “holes”—electrons’ positively charged counterparts—and harnessing both is important for some kinds of chips. Furthermore, silicon is not very good at conducting heat, which is why overheating... Read more →


Amazon has begun deploying its custom electric delivery vehicles from Rivian for package delivery, with the electric vehicles hitting the road in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis, among other cities. This rollout is just the beginning of what is expected to be... Read more →


Gevo signs SAF sales agreement with American Airlines for 100 million gallons per year for five years

Gevo announced a new fuel sales agreement with American Airlines for the sale of 100 million gallons per year of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for five years from Gevo’s future commercial operations. Gevo’s delivery of SAF under this agreement is expected to begin in 2026. Gevo estimates that the agreement... Read more →


Cadillac unveiled the CELESTIQ show car, previewing the brand’s future handcrafted and all-electric flagship sedan. Conceived to lead Cadillac’s electric future and inspired by the brand’s 120-year heritage, it serves as a touchstone for the Cadillac design and engineering teams, who continue to develop CELESTIQ as it moves closer to... Read more →


Battery maker EVE Energy and partners set up lithium salt JV in Hunan

EVE Energy, a major battery maker in China; Zijin Lithium, a subsidiary of Longyan-based Zijin Mining Group; and Ruifu Lithium, a developer of lithium salts based in eastern China’s Shandong province; will establish a joint venture company in Hunan and invest in the construction of a project with an annual... Read more →


Samsung SDI to invest US$1.3B in second battery production facility in Malaysia

Samsung SDI broke ground on a second battery production facility in Seremban, Malaysi. With a total of 1.7 trillion won (US$1.3 billion) investment phase-by-phase until completion in 2025, Plant 2 at Samsung SDI Energy Malaysia (SDIEM) will start mass-production of PRiMX 21700 cylindrical batteries (21mm X 70 mm) in 2024.... Read more →


After achieving temperatures greater than 75 million degrees Celsius and demonstrating unmatched real-time control of plasma with its fifth-generation fusion research reactor, Norman, TAE Technologies has secured strategic and institutional investments to fund the construction of its next research reactor, the sixth-generation Copernicus. TAE says that its non-radioactive approach represents... Read more →


General Fusion receives two funding awards from DOE to advance Magnetized Target Fusion technology

The US Department of Energy has selected General Fusion for two new funding awards through the Office of Fusion Energy Science’s Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE) program. The awards will advance Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) technology for use in commercial fusion power plants through collaboration with the Savannah River... Read more →


Airbus UpNext, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus, has revealed a flight test program to study the contrails produced by a hydrogen combustion engine as part the Company’s ZEROe roadmap. The project, named “Blue Condor”, will launch two modified Arcus-J gliders, one equipped with a hydrogen combustion engine and one equipped... Read more →


The open fan architecture is a key component of aero engine maker CFM International’s “Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines” (RISE) technology development program (earlier post), which aims to demonstrate and mature a range of new technologies for future engines that could enter service by the mid-2030s. Open fan technology will... Read more →


TU Eindhoven student team TU/ecomotive has developed a sustainable electric passenger car that captures carbon dioxide while driving. It is a prototype, called Zem, that purifies the air through a special filter. By storing the captured CO₂ and then disposing it, Zem can contribute to reducing global warming. The students... Read more →


The 100% electric A110 E-ternité prototype had its world premiere at the French Formula 1 Grand Prix. A rolling laboratory, the A110 E-ternité is an open-top car which maintains Alpine’s agility with a lightness unequalled for an electric car in this segment. The design goal was to electrify the A110... Read more →


ArcelorMittal and Tier 1 automotive supplier Gestamp have successfully trialed the use of low-carbon emissions steel for use in car parts that will ultimately be used in the production of vehicles in Spain and throughout Europe. The two companies have signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation on sustainability, specifically in... Read more →


Ford announced a series of initiatives for sourcing battery capacity and raw materials that light a clear path to reach its targeted annual run rate of 600,000 electric vehicles by late 2023 and more than 2 million by the end of 2026. The company detailed its global vehicle portfolio plans... Read more →


Ford, Rio Tinto sign MOU for battery and low-carbon materials supply to support net-zero future

Ford Motor Company and Rio Tinto have signed a non-binding global memorandum of understanding (MOU) jointly to develop more sustainable and secure supply chains for battery and low-carbon materials to be used in Ford vehicles. The multi-materials partnership will support the transition toward a net-zero future by supplying Ford with... Read more →


Airbus invests in world’s largest clean hydrogen infrastructure fund managed by Hy24

Airbus has joined the world’s largest clean hydrogen infrastructure investment fund, managed by Hy24—a joint venture between Ardian, a private investment house and FiveTHydrogen, an investment manager specialising in clean hydrogen investments. Hy24’s investment fund will provide financial capital to back credible, large-scale green hydrogen infrastructure projects world-wide. Airbus’ involvement... Read more →


DOE announces $96M in funding for advancing clean vehicle technologies

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $96-million funding opportunity (Fiscal Year 2022 Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement) to support decarbonizing the domestic transportation sector. The funding will focus on expanding electric vehicle (EV) charging accessibility, create cleaner non-road vehicles through electrification and the use of... Read more →


US Postal Service planning to boost purchases of EVs significantly; NGDVs and COTS EVs

The US Postal Service plans to boost its purchase of EVs based on what it says are refinements to the Postal Service’s overall network modernization, route optimizations, improved facility electric infrastructure, and availability of vehicles and technology. The proposed expanded fleet mix will include purpose-built Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDVs)... Read more →


Researchers in Europe led by a team from ETH Zurich have designed a fuel production system that uses water, CO2, and sunlight to produce aviation fuel. The team implemented the system at pilot-scale in the field to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the entire sun-to-liquid fuel process chain, from H2O... Read more →


Toyota’s diesel line-up in Western Europe to be made compatible with HVO100 diesel fuel

Toyota’s toughest, body-on-frame models in Europe are to be made compatible with HVO100 diesel, a non-fossil fuel made from 100% renewable sources such as waste cooking oil. Both the Land Cruiser and Hilux will join the Proace family of light commercial vehicles in being compatible with HVO100 diesel. HVO100 (hydrated... Read more →


Solid-state batteries could reduce the carbon footprint of electric vehicle batteries by up to 39%, according to a study commissioned by European environmental NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) from Minviro, a company specializing in raw material life-cycle analysis, which compared emerging solid-state technology to current battery chemistries. Solid state technology... Read more →


BASF and TODA KOGYO will further expand the production capacity of BASF TODA Battery Materials LLC (BTBM) at the Onoda site in Japan. BTBM is a BASF majority-owned joint venture with TODA formed in 2015 (BASF 66%; TODA 34%). BTBM Onoda site. Located in Sanyo-Onoda city, Yamaguchi prefecture, the Onoda... Read more →


During an annual global technology event, ZF presented its advanced steer-by-wire technology for the front axle and announced that this technology will be launched with industrial scale by a major global automaker within the next year. ZF has procured additional customer contracts in all major regions for its steer-by-wire systems... Read more →


All-new Renault Austral premieres the 3rd generation of 4CONTROL Advanced; 4-wheel steering

The all-new Austral premières the third generation of Renault’s 4-wheel drive system: the 4CONTROL Advanced. Renault is introducing 4-wheel steering technology in the new CMF-CD platform. Thanks to electronic control of the rear wheel steering, it is now possible to modify the rear suspension to offer the best performance in... Read more →


The BMW Group is hosting the first conference on Quantum Computing for Automotive Challenges. The BMW Group sees its role not only as one member of the quantum computing community but wants to actively network, collaborate and thereby bridge the gap between foundational and applied research. With the BMW Group... Read more →


NXP collaborates with Foxconn on next generation vehicle platforms

NXP Semiconductors signed a memorandum of understanding with Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) jointly to develop platforms for a new generation of smart connected vehicles. Hon Hai (Foxconn), the world’s largest electronics manufacturer and a leading technology solution provider, will leverage NXP’s portfolio of automotive technologies and its longstanding expertise... Read more →


Volkswagen’s CARIAD and STMicroelectronics to co-develop chip for software-defined vehicles

CARIAD, the software unit of Volkswagen Group, and STMicroelectronics will shortly launch the joint development of an automotive system-on-chip (SoC). Together, CARIAD and ST are developing tailored hardware for connectivity, energy management, and over-the-air updates making vehicles fully software-defined, secure, and future-proof. The planned cooperation targets the new generation of... Read more →


Bosch released two new electric vehicle (EV) chargers: the EV300 Level 2 EV Charging Station and EV3000 DC Fast Charger. Both chargers were created to provide a more affordable charging option without compromising safety and charging capabilities. The EV300 and EV3000 are fully UL and cUL compliant to ensure the... Read more →


The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that global refining capacity decreased by 730,000 barrels per day (b/d) in 2021—the first decline in global refining capacity in 30 years. In the United States, refining capacity has decreased by about 1.1 million b/d since the start of 2020, contributing 184,000 b/d to... Read more →


ENEOS Corporation, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Subaru Corporation, Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation , and Toyota Tsusho Corporation established the Research Association of Biomass Innovation for Next Generation Automobile Fuels (Research Association) to study ways to optimize the process of producing fuel. It is crucial to provide diverse energy... Read more →


Isuzu Motors, Toyota Motor, Hino Motors, and Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation (CJPT) will jointly plan and develop light-duty fuel cell (FC) electric trucks for the mass-market. The companies will also promote the introduction of FC electric trucks to the market along with their widespread use. On the road to... Read more →


Suzuki, Daihatsu, Toyota, and CJPT to introduce mini-commercial van electric vehicles in FY2023

Suzuki Motor, Daihatsu Motor, Toyota Motor, and Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation (CJPT) have agreed to work towards the market introduction of mini-commercial van electric vehicles (BEVs) in FY2023. Mini-commercial vehicles cover areas accessible only to them because of their small size and are important in supporting last-mile logistics. They... Read more →


NJEDA expanding EV incentive program with $45M more for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is expanding the New Jersey Zero Emission Incentive Program (NJ ZIP) to support businesses and institutions statewide that are purchasing new, zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles operating in New Jersey. Last week, the NJEDA’s Board approved the $45-million expansion, through its Regional Greenhouse... Read more →


Lighter vehicles can travel farther on less energy, hence driving demand for lighter automotive components. High-performance aluminum alloys, such as alloy 7075, are among the lightest and strongest options, but they require energy-intensive production that raises costs and therefore limits their use. Now, researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory... Read more →


The BMW Group is launching a unique project that will see cars maneuver around production without requiring a driver. The Automated Driving In-Plant project (Automatisiertes Fahren im Werk, AFW) is being realized in collaboration with two startups and will enhance the efficiency of new-vehicle logistics in plants and distribution centers.... Read more →


Phillips 66 and H2 Energy Europe form JV to build European network of hydrogen refueling stations: JET H2 Energy

Phillips 66 and H2 Energy Europe have closed on a 50-50 joint venture to set up and operate a network of hydrogen refueling retail sites in Germany, Austria and Denmark. JET H2 Energy Austria GmbH (JET H2 Energy), the joint venture between subsidiaries Phillips 66 Limited and H2 Energy Europe... Read more →


easyJet and Rolls-Royce partner on hydrogen engine development for range of aircraft; H2ZERO

easyJet and Rolls-Royce are partnering to develop hydrogen combustion engine technology capable of powering a range of aircraft, including those in the narrow-body market segment. Both companies have committed to working together on a series of engine tests on the ground, starting later this year and have a shared ambition... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group and Safran sign MoU on cooperation for advanced air mobility development

Hyundai Motor Group and Safran, the world’s second-largest aircraft equipment manufacturer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore and identify possible opportunities in Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry that would be beneficial to both parties and potential customers. The Group and Safran agreed to explore potential cooperation in various... Read more →


ACWA Power signs MoU with POSCO to explore production of green hydrogen and green ammonia

ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor and operator of power generation, desalinated water and green hydrogen plants worldwide, has signed a memorandum of understanding with POSCO Holdings, the holding company of South Korea’s POSCO Group. The agreement will involve the joint development of green hydrogen and its derivatives such... Read more →


Skeleton investing €220M to build supercapacitor factory in Germany partnership with Siemens

Skeleton Technologies and Siemens are partnering on the development, planning and implementation of a fully automated, digitalized manufacturing plant to produce supercapacitors in Markranstädt, Leipzig —Skeleton’s second manufacturing site in Saxony. The economies of scale provided using Siemens’ technology, combined with the use of Skeleton’s patented “curved graphene” material, are... Read more →


Chevrolet revealed the all-electric 2024 Blazer EV. The Blazer EV offers multiple distinct trims, multiple range options—including an available GM-estimated range of up to 320 miles on a full charge—and available front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations. Those choices include available 1LT, 2LT, RS and Chevy’s first electric SS performance model,... Read more →


Airbus and a number of major airlines—Air Canada, Air France-KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group, LATAM Airlines Group, Lufthansa Group and Virgin Atlantic—have signed Letters of Intent (LoI) to explore opportunities for a future supply of carbon removal credits from direct air carbon capture technology. Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage... Read more →


Renault Group and Phoenix Mobility launch electric retrofit of commercial vehicles; Renault Master kit first

Renault Group and Phoenix Mobility, a Grenoble-based company specializing in the conversion of commercial vehicles to electric power, have signed a letter of intent to form a strategic partnership for the development and commercial operation of a retrofit kit, the first of its kind in the French LCV market. This... Read more →