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Altris presents high-capacity Prussian White cathode material for Na-ion batteries; 160 mAh/g

Swedish sodium-ion battery developer Altris presented a pure Prussian White cathode material with a capacity of 160 mAh/g, making it the highest capacity declared to date. This marks an important milestone on Altris’ commercialization journey, as the capacity of cathode materials is crucial to increase the energy density and deployment... Read more →

New Lloyd’s / Maersk quantitative risk assessment of ammonia as marine fuel recommends range of risk mitigation methods

A joint study into ammonia safety onboard ships undertaken by the Lloyd’s Register (LR) Maritime Decarbonization Hub and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (MMMCZCS) has found that a range of mitigation methods, from ship design to crew training and operations, are required to keep toxicity risks... Read more →

BASF and Yara to evaluate low-carbon blue ammonia project at US Gulf Coast

BASF and Yara Clean Ammonia are collaborating on a joint study to develop and construct a world-scale low-carbon blue ammonia production facility with carbon capture in the US Gulf Coast region. The companies are looking into the feasibility of a plant with a total capacity of 1.2 to 1.4 million... Read more →

At its Global Technology Day in Friedrichshafen, ZF presented the electric concept vehicle EVbeat, which is designed for maximum compactness, low weight, and maximum efficiency in real operation. In this ZF electric vehicle, the components of an e-driveline have been optimized and combined into a holistic system. These include the... Read more →

BASF has opened Europe’s first co-located center of battery material production and battery recycling in Schwarzheide, Germany. The inauguration of a production facility for high-performance cathode active materials (CAM) and the unveiling ceremony for a battery recycling plant for the production of black mass represent steps toward closing the loop... Read more →

Aqua Metals, a developer of sustainable lithium-ion battery recycling, announced the successful completion of its Li AquaRefining recycling pilot; transition to 24/5 operations; and production of high-purity, saleable quantities of sustainably recycled battery materials. The company completed the pilot facility commissioning with the recovery of both cobalt and manganese dioxide,... Read more →

Mack Trucks announced that the Mack MD Electric, the first medium-duty electric vehicle for the brand (earlier post), is now available for order. Customers interested in ordering the Mack MD Electric should contact their local Mack dealer. The MD Electric complements Mack’s highly efficient, diesel-powered Mack MD model sibling, which... Read more →

State of Michigan partners with Daimler Truck North America and DTE Energy to build Mobility Charging Hub

The State of Michigan announced a new, real-world prototype program known as the Mobility Charging Hub, which will help to enable companies to transition their fleets to electric commercial vehicles (EVs) by testing new technologies, digital services, and business models designed to accelerate deployment of commercial EVs at scale and... Read more →

Electrify America to add Tesla NACS connector by 2025

Electrify America will add Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector to Electrify America and Electrify Canada’s fast charging networks as part of the company’s commitment to broaden charging solutions for electric vehicle (EV) drivers today and in the future. Electrify America will continue to provide the Combined Charging System... Read more →

Polestar to adopt Tesla NACS in 2025

Polestar has signed an agreement with Tesla to adopt the new North American Charging Standard (NACS) which will enable access to Tesla’s expansive Supercharger network for all Polestar drivers in the United States and Canada. Ford, GM, Rivian and Volvo have recently struck similar deals. From 2025, new Polestar vehicles... Read more →

Airbus and LanzaJet to collaborate on alcohol-to-jet SAF production; accelerating 100% drop-in SAF

LanzaJet and Airbus entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to address the needs of aviation through the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The MOU establishes a relationship between LanzaJet and Airbus to advance the building of SAF facilities which will use the LanzaJet Process, a proven and proprietary... Read more →

Honda Aircraft Company announced its first Certified Pre-Owned program (CPO), providing an exclusive and alternative pathway to owning a HondaJet with a guarantee of quality and support. Being the sole CPO choice in its class, each CPO HondaJet undergoes selection, inspection and expert maintenance processes to ensure it meets Honda’s... Read more →

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a fluorinated cation electrolyte that could enable high-voltage lithium metal batteries. An open-access report on their work is published in Nature Communications. Fluorides have been identified as a key ingredient in interphases supporting aggressive battery chemistries. While the precursor for these fluorides must... Read more →

Merchants Fleet launches ClearCharge end-to-end solution for charging infrastructure

Merchants Fleet, the US’ fastest growing fleet management company, launched ClearCharge, a new offering that simplifies electric vehicle (EV) charging and infrastructure solutions for fleets of any size across the nation. ClearCharge Home, ClearCharge Work, ClearCharge Public, and ClearCharge DropStation are available to clients to support their unique charging location... Read more →

bp invests €7.5M in EV charging service provider Service4Charger as part of a €10M Series A

bp ventures has invested €7.5 million in the Service4Charger GmbH, a Berlin-based provider for the planning, installation, operation and maintenance of EV charging infrastructure. bp ventures is leading Service4Charger’s €10-million Series A funding round, which included participation of €2.5 million from Smart Energy Innovationsfonds, the corporate venture capital arm of... Read more →

Toyota launched the new C-HR C-segment SUV in Europe with a choice of four electrified powertrains, including 1.8 and 2.0-liter hybrid electric (HEV) versions and a 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) model. The 2.0-liter HEV variant will additionally be available with the option of intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD-i). The new... Read more →

After four years of development work, the BMW iX5 Hydrogen vehicle and its development project are entering its next phase as the first vehicles enter a pilot fleet of less than 100 vehicles. The fleet is being deployed internationally for demonstration and trial purposes. This active driving experience will be... Read more →

GM Energy offering three options for Ultium Home customers; leveraging V2H bidirectional charging

GM Energy announced product details and specifications for its initial suite of upcoming Ultium Home offerings. The Ultium Home product offerings will be the first solutions to be made available to residential customers through GM Energy, and are designed to provide greater energy independence, resiliency and value, enabling the use... Read more →

DOE issues Notice of Intent to award $2B to accelerate domestic manufacturing of EVs; retooling and refurbishing

The US Department of Energy (DOE) released a notice of intent (DE-FOA-0003113: Domestic Manufacturing Conversion Grants) to invest $2 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act to accelerate domestic manufacturing of electrified vehicles. These investments are expected to be made available in the coming months. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) combines... Read more →

Stellantis launches Free2move Charge; Home, Business and GO

Stellantis launched Free2move Charge, a 360-degree ecosystem that will deliver charging and energy management to address all electric-vehicle (EV) customer needs. Managed by the new Stellantis Charging & Energy Business Unit, Free2move Charge addresses electric-vehicle customer needs at home, at work and on the go. As the pace of mainstream... Read more →

Aemetis, a renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels company focused on negative carbon intensity products, announced that its Aemetis Biogas subsidiary is operating the Central Dairy Project production facilities 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and has exceeded the RNG production plan by approximately 20% during Q2... Read more →

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have developed an alternative electrode structure—a grooved electrode—that enhances proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) performance and durability by coupling high ionomer (ion-conducting binder) content for improved H+ transport with grooves for rapid O2 transport. In a paper published in Nature Energy, the... Read more →

A new NREL study has estimated the number, type, and location of the charger infrastructure needed to support 30–42 million light-duty electric vehicles on the road by 2030. Between ambitious federal clean energy policies, pledges by automotive companies to transition to zero-emission vehicles, and accelerating consumer demand for EVs, analysts... Read more →

USDA to invest up to $500M to increase availability of domestic biofuels through HBIIP

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to invest up to $500 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to increase the availability of domestic biofuels. In December 2022, USDA made available $50 million in Inflation Reduction Act funding to expand the use and availability of higher-blend biofuels through the Higher... Read more →

GM Defense, a subsidiary of General Motors, was selected by the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to prototype an energy storage unit. GM Defense’s solution will meet the requirements of DIU’s Stable Tactical Expeditionary Electric Power (STEEP) program. STEEP seeks to support tactical microgrid and energy management... Read more →

The BMW Group broke ground for a new high-voltage battery assembly plant in Woodruff, South Carolina. (Earlier post.) The BMW Group Plant Woodruff will produce sixth-generation batteries to supply fully electric vehicles at nearby BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg. More than 300 jobs will be created onsite at Plant Woodruff with... Read more →

SAE International to develop standard for Tesla NACS connector

SAE International will standardize the Tesla-developed North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector. This will ensure that any supplier or manufacturer will be able to use, manufacture, or deploy the NACS connector on electric vehicles (EVs) and at charging stations across North America. Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Rivian, Volvo Cars... Read more →

Volvo Cars latest to adopt Tesla NACS in future EVs

Volvo Cars is the first European car maker to sign an agreement with Tesla, giving current and future electric Volvo car drivers access to Tesla’s vast Supercharger network across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. GM, Ford and Rivian have made similar deals. Under the agreement future Volvo cars, starting... Read more →

Volvo Trucks has delivered an electric truck for heavy transport to a haulier in Gothenburg, Sweden. The truck can handle a total weight of 74 tonnes. More hauliers are now starting to invest in electric trucks, also for heavy transport. Mattsson Åkeri in Gothenburg, Sweden is one of them, and... Read more →

Lordstown Motors files for Chapter 11, sues Foxconn; selling off Endurance electric pickup

Lordstown Motors, an aspiring original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of electric light-duty vehicles focused on the commercial fleet market, has filed for Chapter 11 and has sued global technology company Hon Hai Technology Group and certain of its affiliates, (collectively, Foxconn), in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of... Read more →

Element 1 and NEXA Capital form JV to bring methanol-based hydrogen generation to aerospace sector

Element 1 Corporation (e1) and NEXA Capital Partners LLC (NEXA) formed a new joint venture named Hydrogen Aviation Development Company (HADC or the JV). HADC is a special purpose energy company that will commercialize e1’s proprietary methanol-to-hydrogen generation technology for fuel cell applications within the aerospace sector including: Grid independent... Read more →

Topsoe to lead FrontFuel project for SAF from CO2 and renewable electricity; DKK 26.9M grant

Topsoe will lead the FrontFuel project to develop highly efficient Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production from CO2, water, and renewable electricity. Topsoe will receive a 26.9 million DKK (US$4 million) grant from Denmark’s EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program) to fund the project. The FrontFuel project will use carbon... Read more →

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is making available its 48V DC protocol for electric charging solutions in a bid to accelerate electrification and make it easier for customers with a multi-branded fleet. There is currently no industry standard for 48V DC charging solutions—the power required for electric compact machines—which means... Read more →

RINA, the inspection, certification and consulting engineering multinational, and AFRY, a European leader in engineering, design, and advisory services, have undertaken an initial study of how the Gulf region and Europe could be linked directly with a pipeline to transport low-carbon hydrogen. The results suggest a transformative opportunity to unlock... Read more →

FTA announces $1.7B for 130 transit projects; nearly half for zero-emission models

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced 130 awards totaling nearly $1.7 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for transit projects in 46 states and territories. This funding invests in more than 1,700 US-built buses; nearly half of these buses will be zero-emission models, bringing the total... Read more →

Electrify America and Lyft in coast-to-coast agreement for discounted charging

Electrify America and Lyft are extending their collaboration to provide drivers on Lyft utilizing electric vehicles with discounted charging at Electrify America stations coast-to-coast. Under the premium charging agreement, active and eligible drivers on Lyft will receive a tiered discount on Electrify America Pass pricing for DC Fast charging at... Read more →

Rechargeable batteries store electricity in their electrode materials, while redox flow batteries use chemicals stored in tanks attached to the electrodes. Researchers have now developed a battery system based on a hybrid cell, which not only stores and provides electricity but also produces valuable chemicals in a flow system. During... Read more →

Aston Martin partners with Lucid on EVs

Aston Martin announced a new supply agreement with Lucid Group for electric vehicle technologies. Access to Lucid’s current and future powertrain and battery technology will be at the center of Aston Martin’s all-new Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) platform. Aston Martin’s electrification program is a pillar of the brand’s wider Racing.... Read more →

General Motors and Australia-based Element 25 Limited announced an agreement for Element 25 to supply up to 32,500 metric tons of manganese sulfate (MnSO4) annually to support the annual production of more than 1 million GM EVs in North America. Under the agreement, GM will provide Element 25 with a... Read more →

The 2024 Nissan LEAF is on sale now with a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $28,140. (MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and destination charges. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice. Destination and handling $1,095.) Nissan LEAF was recently refreshed... Read more →

Toyota, Toyota Tsusho, and Mitsubishi Kakoki to introduce Thailand’s first biogas-derived hydrogen production equipment

Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. will introduce biogas-derived hydrogen production equipment for the first time in Thailand. The hydrogen production equipment to be introduced will be manufactured by Mitsubishi Kakoki and installed in Thailand in November 2023 to produce hydrogen from biogas derived from... Read more →

BMW M GmbH has confirmed that with the new edition of the BMW M5, it will be adding a Touring (wagon) variant to its model range. Just like the future BMW M5 Sedan, the Touring variant will also feature a completely newly developed, partially electrified drive system. We are now... Read more →

Ford, GM to receive HPC4EI funding for battery projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced it would provide $3.9 million in funding to 13 projects through its High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) program to advance performance, efficiency, and vitality of the US manufacturing sector and drive economy-wide decarbonization. These short-term, collaborative projects between industry members... Read more →

Umicore opens solid-state battery material prototyping facility in Belgium

Umicore inaugurated one of the world’s largest and most advanced solid-state battery material prototyping facilities in Olen, Belgium, which will expand and accelerate its innovation and technology development. The initiative acquired strong research expertise with the support of the Flemish government (VLAIO - Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen). Solid-state batteries are... Read more →

Benchmark: Saudi Arabia is building an EV battery supply chain

Saudi Arabia has cut a number of deals recently that coud make the country’s lithiu-ion supply chain the most developed in the Middle East, according to an analysis by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence. Saudi Arabia’s ambitions for an EV supply chain are part of the diversification of the national economy away... Read more →

Hyundai Motor Group surpassed 10 million global connected car service subscribers this month. The milestone comes one year and 10 months after reaching 5 million subscribers in August 2021. The Group said that this rapid growth supports the acceleration of the Group’s Software-Defined Vehicle (SDV) strategy. Connected car services utilize... Read more →

NHTSA and FMCSA propose new safety standard requiring automatic emergency braking systems in heavy vehicles

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require heavy vehicles to have automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems that will mitigate the frequency and severity of rear-end crashes. An AEB system... Read more →

NHTSA estimates traffic fatalities dropped 3.3% in 1Q 2023 y-o-y

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its first projections for traffic fatalities in 2023, estimating that 9,330 people died in traffic crashes in the first three months of the year. This represents a decrease of about 3.3% as compared to 9,645 estimated fatalities during the same time in... Read more →

Shell Recharge survey suggests increasing EV adoption in Europe is increasing range confidence

New research commissioned by Shell and conducted by LCP Delta suggests electric vehicle adoption is accelerating in several key European markets and it is having a positive impact on driver perceptions, including range anxiety. The latest findings reflect the rapid growth in global EV sales witnessed over the last 12... Read more →

Bosch Engineering, a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, and electric boat developer X Shore are collaborating to improve the performance and efficiency of the electric drive system of the X Shore 1. Since launch, the X Shore 1 has been fitted with Bosch’s largest motor on the market... Read more →