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GreenFlux implements Plug&Charge

The Netherlands-based GreenFlux, a DKV Mobility Group company, has successfully implemented Hubject’s Plug&Charge technology onto its platform. GreenFlux’s Plug&Charge functionality is based on the ISO15118 protocol, which allows a fully automated charging process. By partnering with Hubject, each of the software provider’s Charge Point Operator (CPO) customers can roll out... Read more →

The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of intent to release a funding opportunity that would provide up to $37 million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding to advance electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling, transportation, and design (DE-FOA-0003120). As of July 2023, more than 3.9 million plug-in electric... Read more →

Mer, Hubject and Driivz to demonstrate seamless EV Plug&Charge at Intercharge Network Conference 2023

Three EV industry collaborators—Mer Germany, Hubject, and Driivz—will demonstrate ISO 15118-based Plug&Charge technology at the Intercharge Network Conference (ICNC23) in Berlin later this month. Mer Germany, part of the Mer Group, a leading EV charging operator in Norway, Sweden, UK, Germany and Austria, is focused on sustainable electric mobility and... Read more →

Rheinmetall wins another new order for engine blocks; “last man standing” strategy in ICE sector pays off

Rheinmetall has won a new order in the internal combustion engine sector, a result the company says indicates its “last man standing” strategy. Placed by an alliance of two globally active, well-known automakers, the order encompasses several hundred thousand engines blocks worth a figure in the mid-double-digit million-euro range. The... Read more →

Clean fuels replaced more than 50% of the diesel used in the state in the first quarter of 2023, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which requires fuel producers to reduce the carbon intensity of fuel sold in the state, is largely... Read more →

Maserati, the Italian luxury and performance automotive brand and the only luxury brand of the Stellantis Group, is partnering with Future Energy to electrify its dealer network. Future Energy is a leading Michigan-based energy solutions and IoT company specializing in helping auto dealerships and other businesses by planning their EV... Read more →

Stellantis selects AGI to support national US dealership electrification and EV charging capabilities

With the electric-vehicle (EV) readiness assessments in process, US auto dealers are seeing rapid growth in the number of EV charger installation projects being proposed and starting construction over the next several months. Recognizing the nationwide resources necessary to engineer, install and maintain these systems across more than 2,600 locations,... Read more →

SK On to invest up to KRW 1.5T (US$1.1B) in battery manufacturing expansion in Seosan City

SK On will make a KRW 1.5-trillion (US$1.1-billion) investment in its domestic battery production base in Seosan, South Korea, paving the way for the completion of a core infrastructure that will fortify Korea’s domestic electric vehicle battery industry. The Korean battery maker signed an MOU with South Chungcheong Province and... Read more →

Zeon Corporation invests in Mitra Chem; LFP cathode materials

Japan-based Zeon Corporation, through its venture capital arm Zeon Ventures Inc., has invested in Mitra Future Technologies, Inc., a US startup developing cathode materials for lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries. (Earlier post.)In addition, Zeon plans to explore future collaborations associated with this investment. Mitra Chem is one of the select... Read more →

NETL publishes review of safety challenges of production, transportation and storage of hydrogen

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has published The Hydrogen Safety Review for Gas Turbines, SOFC, and High Temperature Hydrogen Production to review and summarize the unique safety challenges involved with the production, transportation and storage of hydrogen. The Review is part of NETL’s Hydrogen Safety Field Work Proposal to... Read more →

DeepDrive, a Munich-based deep-tech company backed by BMW and Continental (earlier post), will unveil a new central drive unit for electric vehicles as a world premiere at the IAA Mobility 2023 (4 - 10 September). The company says it is actively working with several leading OEMs interested in the DeepDrive... Read more →

Germany-based RENK Group, a manufacturer of mission-critical drive technologies, is supplying three high-speed special gear units via RENK-Maag GmbH, a group company, for compressors for the production of green steel to Siemens Energy Compressors GmbH as part of the “SALCOS” (Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking) project of the Salzgitter AG steel... Read more →

HyIron, with the support of the state of Lower Saxony, has commissioned what it says is the world’s largest direct reduction plant for green iron on the site of RWE’s Emsland gas-fired power plant. At the plant, iron ore will be reduced solely with the aid of green hydrogen. The... Read more →

Volvo Trucks launched its customer-focused Turnkey Solutions program, a consolidated fleet management process for procuring vendor services, parts, and products for electric vehicle (EV) charging, in addition to outlook planning for incentives, installation, and interfacing with utility companies to streamline solutions for electric vehicle infrastructure development. The Turnkey Solutions electromobility... Read more →

Australia-based hydrogen fuel cell vehicle company H2X Global recently secured a US$57-million deal with US-based firm, Verde Mobility Inc., to fastrack H2X’s delivery of 800 hydrogen-powered vehicles. The deal will finance the delivery of H2X Global’s US$300 million in purchase agreements for vehicles that include the Warrego (utility vehicle), Paroo... Read more →

Kia released more details of the Kia EV9, its first three-row seat electric flagship SUV, which is comparable in external dimensions to the Telluride. (earlier post). At launch, the EV9 will be available in Light, Wind, Land, and GT-Line trim levels, offered in two battery sizes and rear-wheel drive or... Read more →

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has developed thermal barriers that help to slow down thermal runaway in Li-ion batteries by increasing resistance to propagation. The new 3D thermal barriers can be used at various positions within the battery and have already proven reliable in their initial series productions, according to the company.... Read more →

Up to $20M now available in California through VW Zero-Emission Freight and Marine (ZEFM) program

Up to $20 million funding is now available in California through the VW Zero-Emission Freight and Marine (ZEFM) program. Applications are being accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted. This VW ZEFM solicitation incorporates the modifications to the California’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan that were recently... Read more →

Marathon Petroleum implements Topsoe technology at Martinez Renewables facility in California

Marathon Petroleum Corporation selected Topsoe as the technology provider for renewable fuels production at the Martinez Renewable Fuels Facility in California. The facility, part of Marathon’s 50/50 joint venture with Neste, utilizes Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology to convert bio-feedstock into renewable diesel. The continued partnership between Topsoe and Marathon builds upon... Read more →

In an open-access paper published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science, a team from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report the results of techno-economic analyses of several design and operation scenarios for H2 direct iron reduction (DRI) systems for the production... Read more →

Mitsubishi Corporation’s Pyxis Ocean, chartered by Cargill, is the first vessel to be retrofitted with two BAR Technologies’ WindWings—large wing sails measuring up to 37.5 meters in height that can be fitted to the deck of cargo ships to harness the power of wind. Produced by industrialization partner Yara Marine... Read more →

Talon Metals successfully drilled 101.71 meters (333 feet) of high-grade nickel-copper mineralization at the Tamarack Nickel Project in Minnesota, grading 1.94% Ni; 1.84% Cu; 0.35 g/t Pd; 0.64 g/t Pt; and 0.62 g/t Au (1.61 g/t PGEt + Au) (3.04% NiEq). The drill hole was completed in partnership with a... Read more →

Volvo Trucks North America is working with Linde Canada Inc., a leading industrial gas and engineering company, in an exclusive, one-time pilot, importing five Volvo FH LNG (liquified natural gas) powered trucks to Canada. Volvo Trucks first launched the LNG product offering in 2017 with serial production beginning in 2018... Read more →

ACCURE Battery Intelligence secures €7.2M investment to expand battery safety and performance software

ACCURE Battery Intelligence, a developer of predictive analytics software to ensure battery safety, performance and extended life for energy storage, electric vehicles, and other applications, secured a €7.2-million ($7.8-million) investment. The round was led by Blue Bear Capital and HSBC Asset Management, and included Riverstone Holdings and Capnamic Ventures. The... Read more →

California to transition clean vehicle rebate program to helping low-income residents

The California Air Resources Board will transition its existing Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) program to a new program targeting low- and middle-income Californians. In late 2023, a new program will expand statewide access to the existing Clean Cars 4 All program that gives residents up to $12,000 to scrap... Read more →

Tesla introduces universal wallbox for J1772, NACS home charging

Tesla has introduced a version of its Wallbox Level 2 home charger with support for J1772 as well as Tesla’s own NACS. The Universal Wall Connector will begin shipping in October. Tesla app features will be available starting later his year. The Universal Wall Connector is essentially identical to the... Read more →

Study on battery recycling in the EU: €9B needed by 2035, circular economy by 2040 seems unrealistic

Shortly before the updated EU Battery Regulation comes into force, the chair “Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components” (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University has published a study on the European battery recycling market. Due to high investment costs, the current structure of the value chain will move toward large recycling centers,... Read more →

EPA initiates new review of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new review of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA Administrator Michael Regan reached this decision after considering advice provided by the independent Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). EPA established the current standards at a level of 70 parts per... Read more →

Permian Resources Corporation and Earthstone Energy entered into a definitive agreement under which Permian Resources will acquire Earthstone in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $4.5 billion, inclusive of Earthstone’s net debt. The transaction increases Permian Resources’ position in the Permian Basin by approximately 223,000 net acres to more than... Read more →

The US Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is awarding JetZero $230 million to support the next phase of the company’s blended wing body (BWB) full-scale demonstrator aircraft. The contract is the result of a collaborative effort between the US Air Force and the DIU, with assistance from DoD’s... Read more →

Researchers from University of Girona (Spain) successfully used electrically efficient microbial electrosynthesis cells (MES) to convert CO2 to butyric acid. In an open-access paper published in the journal Environmental Science and Ecotechnology, they reported operating the low ohmic resistance (15.7 mΩ m2) cells in a batch-fed mode, alternating high CO2... Read more →

A new report released by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and GHD Advisory calls for Australia to focus on the refueling infrastructure to support hydrogen-powered transport—alongside electric vehicles—or risk being left behind its international counterparts. While battery electric vehicles will drive decarbonization of road transport in Australia, there are opportunities... Read more →

Avanci launches 5G Connected Vehicle licensing program; Mercedes-Benz first to license

Avanci, the independent global leader in joint licensing solutions, has launched its 5G Connected Vehicle program that will simplify the licensing of the cellular technologies used in next generation connected vehicles. Mercedes-Benz is the first automaker licensee on the Avanci 5G Vehicle platform. Avanci was created with a vision of... Read more →

Mack Trucks, one of North America’s largest producers of heavy-duty trucks, has selected the Allison 4500 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) as the exclusive transmission currently offered for its new compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Mack Granite model. The 4500 RDS fully automatic transmission has been offered in the Mack Granite diesel... Read more →

In partnership with bound4blue, a developer of wind-assisted propulsion technology, Odfjell. a leader in the global market for seaborne transportation and storage of chemicals and other specialty bulk liquids, will install the innovative eSAIL system on a chemical tanker, making it the first tanker vessel to harness this technology. Hudong... Read more →

Svitzer, a leading global towage provider and part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, has launched the second phase of its project to design the world’s first methanol hybrid fuel cell (MHFC) tug. Svitzer has conducted technical studies to establish the feasibility of this type of vessel accommodating the real-world operational requirements of... Read more →

Researchers show graphyne-based membranes as promising for Li-metal battery electrode protection

Researchers from France and The Netherlands have shown that both graphyne and graphdiyne surfaces in a solid-state Li-metal battery effectively permit Li intercalation while preventing other electrolyte molecules from reaching the electrodes. A paper on their work is published in Journal of Power Sources. All-solid electrolytes could lead to a... Read more →

Researchers in China are investigating the effect of low-velocity impact loads on structurally embedded Li-ion batteries in vehicles. A paper on their study is published in the Journal of Power Sources. Li et al. The integration of energy storage and load bearing in composite structures provides an alternative ideal solution... Read more →

Lamborghini unveiled the Lanzador electric concept at Monterey Car Week—a vision of a future purely-electric fourth series production Lamborghini. The concept for the fourth model is not just a technical demonstrator but also a refined laboratory on wheels in terms of sustainable materials. The Lanzador is a preview of the... Read more →

Researchers at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed an electrolyzer capable of converting carbon dioxide into propane in a manner that is both scalable and economically viable. A paper on the work is published in... Read more →

Schaeffler has developed a new generation of metallic bipolar plates featuring a novel design and an innovative coating system. Schaeffler’s new plates enable a fuel cell stack power density of 4.6 kW per liter of fuel cell volume (including end plates and compression hardware). Fuel cell stacks made using the... Read more →

DOE awards $34M to 19 projects to advance clean hydrogen

The US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded nearly $34 million to 19 industry- and university-led research projects that will advance technology solutions to make clean hydrogen a more available and affordable fuel for electricity generation, industrial decarbonization, and transportation. The projects are additional selections for the $160-million funding opportunity DE-FOA-0002400,... Read more →

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has added two hydrogen fuel cell electric buses to its fleet. This technology is the first of its kind in Nevada, and the buses are the first hydrogen fuel cell electric buses to be operational statewide. The hydrogen buses were funded with... Read more →

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has released a compilation of national-scale geological, geophysical and mineral resource datasets from Australia, Canada and the US through a collaboration between the three countries’ federal geological surveys. The data release includes more than 40 earth science data layers, including a new map of variations... Read more →

REMADE announces new license for aluminum industry; removing metallic impurities from recycled melts

The REMADE Institute, a 170-member public-private partnership established and funded in part by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) (earlier post), announced a new technology license involving technology developed with REMADE support. The license involves a technology innovation capable of removing metallic impurities—e.g., iron, copper, silicon, manganese, and zinc—from... Read more →

Acura unveiled its first all-electric model: the new 2024 Acura ZDX and ZDX Type S. The ZDX A-Spec single-motor variant is anticipated to receive an EPA range rating of 325 miles. The ZDX was co-developed by Acura with GM. (Earlier post.) Acura will offer the ZDX A-Spec in both single-motor... Read more →

SK On, Korea-based EcoProBM and Ford will invest C$1.2 billion (US$886 million) to build a cathode manufacturing facility that will provide materials that ultimately supply batteries for Ford’s future electric vehicles. Once production begins in the first half of 2026, the site will have the capacity to produce up to... Read more →

GM Back in the EV Spotlight

by Brent Wilson, CEO of Galvanic Energy Following the introduction of the EV1 in the mid-1990s, GM dabbled with electric hybrids but didn’t introduce its next fully electric car, the Chevy Bolt, until 2016. It could be said that although GM was a pioneer in the EV industry, the Detroit-based... Read more →

Vulcan Energy Resources, a renewable energy producer and carbon-neutral lithium developer, has commenced commissioning of its Lithium Extraction Optimization Plant (LEOP) for the purpose of extraction, purification, and concentration of lithium chloride from brine in the Upper Rhine Valley in Germany. This milestone represents a major step forward by Vulcan... Read more →

Stellantis invests more than $100M in CTR for low emissions US lithium production, expands supply agrement

Stellantis N.V. and Controlled Thermal Resources Holdings Inc. (CTR) announced a major investment of more than $100 million from Stellantis to advance the development of CTR’s Hell’s Kitchen project (earlier post), the world’s largest geothermal lithium project with a total resource capacity to produce up to 300,000 metric tons of... Read more →