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Researchers at MIT and Harvard University have developed an efficient process that can convert carbon dioxide into formate, a liquid or solid material that can be used like hydrogen or methanol to power a fuel cell and generate electricity. Potassium or sodium formate, already produced at industrial scales and commonly... Read more →

Graphite processor Urbix secures strategic investment from mining investor Appian Capital

Urbix, Inc., a US-based developer of graphite processing technology, has secured a significant strategic investment from funds managed by Appian, an investment advisor to long-term value-focused private capital funds that invest solely in mining and mining-related companies. In addition to the investment into Urbix, the parties have executed a JDA... Read more →

StoreDot’s extreme fast charging battery cells show no additional degradation when compared to slow charging

StoreDot, a developer of extreme fast charging battery technology for electric vehicles, has confirmed that its silicon-dominant extreme fast charging (XFC) battery cells have successfully passed an extended set of charging profile tests. The results show that consecutive extreme fast charging conditions did not degrade StoreDot’s cells, even after 1000... Read more →

The first Mercedes-Benz eActros 300 semitrailer tractor delivered in Germany has gone to Logistik Schmitt. Ronald Ott, Head of Sales Trucks Mercedes-Benz and FUSO Germany, handed over the small series produced e-truck to Rainer Schmitt, Managing Partner of Logistik Schmitt. The family-owned company based in Bietigheim, Baden-Württemberg, will initially use... Read more →

Ford expands BlueOval Charge Network with Francis Energy, Blink and Red E

Ford announced an expansion of more than 22,000 chargers to the BlueOval Charge Network, bringing the new network total to more than 106,000 chargers and growing. The company is now adding access to three new charging providers: Francis Energy, Blink and soon-to-be Red E, further expanding convenient charging options for... Read more →

Since 2021, manufacturers have announced more than $500 million in American-made electric vehicle (EV) charger investments, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). The locations denoted on the map are facilities where EV chargers are or will be manufactured, including Level 2 AC chargers, DC fast chargers, and wireless... Read more →

From January through July of this year, 1,420 GW of motor power were deployed onto roads globally in newly-sold EVs (including plug-in and conventional hybrids), 53% more than the same period the year prior, according to Adamas Intelligence. Overall, the top 5 suppliers combined powered 54% of the market from... Read more →

The Port of Brunswick is poised to become the top auto and machinery port in the US, with 264 acres of land for development according to Georgia Ports Authority President and CEO Griff Lynch. Organic growth, a steady pipeline of new customers and the ability to take on new trade... Read more →

Blue Bird Corporation, the leader in electric and low-emission school buses, has delivered its 1,500th electric, zero-emission school bus marking an industry-leading milestone. Modesto City Schools in California received Blue Bird’s 1500th electric vehicle (EV) to help the district transition its school bus fleet to clean student transportation and further... Read more →

Tiamat was founded in 2017 to continue the development and production of Na-ion cell chemistry originally developed by the French research network for electrochemical energy storage (RS2E, Réseau sur le stockage électrochimique de l’énergie) in 2015. The RS2E/Tiamat chemistry is based on a fluorophosphate Na3V2(PO4)2F3 (NVPF) cathode and hard carbon... Read more →

Fluor awarded FEED contract for industrial-scale sodium-ion battery production facility

Fluor Corporation announced that its Advanced Technologies & Life Sciences business line has been selected by Altris AB to provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for the first industrial-scale sodium-ion battery production facility in Sandviken, Sweden. The new facility will have the annual capacity to produce 2000 metric tonnes... Read more →

Orion S.A. launches PRINTEX kappa 10 additive for Li-ion batteries

Orion S.A., a global specialty chemicals company, launched PRINTEX kappa 10—a high-quality conductive additive that will supply surging demand from producers of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, energy storage systems and consumer applications. The new product, produced with furnace technology in Europe and eventually in Asia, marks an expansion of... Read more →

Grocery wholesaler United Natural Foods, Inc. is deploying two battery-electric semi-trucks and five regenerative electric refrigerated trailer systems. UNFI is deploying the trucks and trailers in the Sacramento and Gilroy, California markets, just in time for the peak holiday selling season. UNFI’s new zero-emission refrigerated delivery system on route to... Read more →

Sembcorp, IHI and GE Vernova to explore retrofitting of power plant with ammonia-firing capabilities

Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp), IHI Corporation (IHI) and GE Vernova’s Gas Power business have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly explore the potential retrofitting of Sembcorp’s Sakra power plant in Singapore with ammonia-firing capabilities. This partnership is an extension of an earlier MOU between Sembcorp and IHI... Read more →

A team from the University of Tokyo has constructed a Li-ion battery (LIB) pairing a cobalt-free cathode with a silicon suboxide (SiOx) anode that possesses a high cut-off voltage of 4.9V and sustains an unprecedented 1,000 cycles. An open-access paper on the work appears in Nature Sustainability. Underlying this favourable... Read more →

Study suggests aircraft batteries could loose up to 45% utility in one year

As battery-powered aircraft are being developed for commuter flights in urban environments, the rate of degradation will be an important consideration. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign aerospace engineer Matthew Clarke developed a model of battery degradation, then used the model to simulate four different electric vehicles in real metropolitan scenarios. To... Read more →

Duke Energy will break ground in DeBary, Fla., on the first demonstration project in the United States to create clean energy using an end-to-end system to produce, store and combust 100% green hydrogen. The innovative system is the result of collaboration between Duke Energy, Sargent and Lundy, and GE Vernova... Read more →

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), GTI Energy, GE Vernova (GE) and the USDepartment of Energy celebrated the ribbon-cutting of the Supercritical Transformational Electric Power (STEP) Demo pilot plant. The $155-million, 10-megawatt supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) test facility at SwRI’s headquarters in San Antonio will demonstrate an innovative new method of higher-efficiency,... Read more →

Traditionally, the synthesis of layered lithium cobalt oxide cathode materials for Li-ion batteries requires temperatures above 800 °C and takes 10 to 20 hours to complete. Now a team of researchers at Hokkaido University and Kobe University, led by Professor Masaki Matsui at Hokkaido University’s Faculty of Science, have developed... Read more →

MAHLE establishes Global Bio-Mobility Center in Brazil; combustion engines with renewable biofuels

To support development and global roll out of environmentally friendly combustion engines with renewable biofuels, MAHLE has established a Global Bio-Mobility Center in Jundiaí, Brazil. Just recently, key members of the G20 including Brazil, the United States, India, and European countries like Italy have established a Global Biofuels Alliance to... Read more →

Goodyear and Visolis to collaborate on the production of isoprene by upcycling biobased materials

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Visolis, a sustainable technology company, will collaborate to produce isoprene through the upcycling of biobased materials. This collaboration is supported by a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant awarded to Visolis earlier this year. Isoprene, an important precursor for some types of synthetic... Read more →

After 100,000 km of testing by Germany’s ADAC, the high-voltage battery of Volkswagen’s ID.3 retained a net capacity of 93%. An ID.3 Pro S with 77 kWh net battery energy content was tested. Volkswagen, as for all other models in the ID. family, guarantees that the battery will have at... Read more →

Airbus will renew the entire fleet of chartered vessels that transport aircraft subassemblies between production facilities in Europe and the United States with three modern, low-emission roll-on/roll-off vessels, supported by wind-assisted propulsion. Airbus has commissioned shipowner Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) to build, own and operate these new, highly efficient vessels... Read more →

Toyota Industries Corporation has developed a fuel cell module (FC module) with an output of 50kW, which is a packaged fuel cell (FC) system. The newly developed 50kW-class FC module can be installed in lift trucks, agricultural machinery, construction equipment, among others. Toyota Indstries will continue to expand its lineup... Read more →

Renault Group is designing a new motor that it powerful and efficient, and uses no rare earths. This third motor generation is a team adventure with Valeo, which is contributing its stator expertise. Renault Group is contributing the rotor. This new motor, E7A, is still at the prototype stage and... Read more →

LG Chem and LX Hausys have developed a material delaying battery thermal runaway which can withstand a flame at 1,500 ˚C for more than 20 minutes. The Special Flame Retardant Continuous Fiber Thermoplastic (Special Flame Retardant CFT) can withstand strong flames and high pressure for more than 14 times longer... Read more →

Epsilon Advanced Materials (EAM), India’s leading battery materials company, plans to build a $650-million graphite anode manufacturing facility in Brunswick County of North Carolina. The facility is the first Indian investment in the US electric vehicle (EV) battery industry. The company plans to break ground in 2024 and begin manufacturing... Read more →

Responding to strong demand for the car, Volvo Cars has decided that it will start building the new fully electric Volvo EX30 (earlier post) in its Ghent plant in Belgium from 2025, expanding production capacity for its celebrated small SUV. The EX30 was revealed earlier this year and has already... Read more →

USDOT opens $40M grant opportunity for V2X technologies

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is now accepting applications under the $40 million Saving Lives with Connectivity: Accelerating V2X Deployment grant opportunity (693JJ324NF00003) to advance connected and interoperable vehicle technologies. The initiative is focused on road safety, mobility, and efficiency through technology that enables vehicles and... Read more →

RIZON, the newest brand of Daimler Truck commercial vehicles (earlier post), has achieved full homologation in the United States, clearing the way for the sale of its Class 4 and 5 medium-duty electric trucks nationwide. With series production underway, the first shipments of vehicles are now arriving in California, where... Read more →

Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA) has commenced series production of the Freightliner eM2, a battery electric medium-duty truck designed for pick-up and delivery applications. (Earlier post.) These vehicles are being manufactured at DTNA’s truck manufacturing plant in Portland, Oregon. The first production units in the US will be delivered... Read more →

bp pulse, bp’s EV charging business, will acquire ultra-fast charging hardware units from Tesla for $100 million. The investment will facilitate the expansion of the bp pulse public network across the US, while also enabling support for EV fleet customers by deploying chargers at their private depots. The introduction of... Read more →

thyssenkrupp Uhde to supply a green methanol and methanol-to-gasoline demo plant for ENOWA in Saudi Arabia

thyssenkrupp Uhde has been awarded a contract by ENOWA, NEOM’s energy and water company, for engineering services and the supply, design and procurement of equipment for a new CO2-to-methanol and methanol-to-gasoline demonstration plant at ENOWA’s Hydrogen Innovation and Development Center (HIDC) in Saudi Arabia. The plant is a joint development... Read more →

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Tenaska to develop gigawatt-scale green hydrogen projects in the US

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), through its Energy Transition Fund I (CI ETF I), the largest dedicated clean hydrogen fund globally, and Tenaska further strengthen their relationship by entering into an agreement to ramp up development of gigawatt-scale green hydrogen projects in the US. As part of the agreement, Tenaska and... Read more →

bp selects Johnson Matthey’s LCH technology for its first low carbon (blue) hydrogen project

Johnson Matthey (JM) and bp have signed a licensing and engineering agreement for Johnson Matthey’s LCH technology at bp’s proposed flagship low carbon (blue) hydrogen facility in Teesside, H2Teesside. H2Teesside targets 1.2GW of hydrogen production by 2030—more than 10% of the UK Government’s hydrogen target of 10GW by 2030. Industry... Read more →

BMW Group Logistik, in collaboration with the technology innovator Trailer Dynamics, has successfully tested an electrically powered semi-trailer on various tracks and over varying distances in real-world logistics operations. With the diesel truck used, average fuel savings of more than 46% over short and medium distances, and more than 48%... Read more →

Stellantis N.V.plans to invest around €1.5 billion in China-based Leapmotor to acquire approximately 20% of Leapmotor, making Stellantis a significant shareholder. The deal also outlines the formation of Leapmotor International, a 51/49 Stellantis-led joint venture that has exclusive rights for the export and sale, as well as manufacturing, of Leapmotor... Read more →

Renault will invest €3 billion to launch eight new models outside Europe, including five vehicles from the C and D-segments to position the brand in the segments creating most value by 2027. Outside Europe, Renaults aims to sell one vehicle out of three in electric or hybrid versions by 2027.... Read more →

QuantumScape (QS) announced that its top-performing 24-layer A0 prototype cell achieved 1,000+ full cycle equivalents with more than 95% discharge energy retention in one of its prospective customer’s battery testing labs. QuantumScape said that it is not aware of any automotive-format lithium-metal battery that has shown such high discharge energy... Read more →

Factorial Energy opens new solid-state battery manufacturing facility

Factorial announced the opening of its new battery manufacturing facility in the Boston suburb of Methuen, Mass. The facility represents a significant step in scaling up the production of Factorial’s solid-state battery technology for EVs. The new facility represents a $50-million investment and is expected to create more than 150... Read more →

Researchers in Japan have mimicked the process of photosynthesis to produce methane from CO2 water and sunlight. An open-access paper on their work is published in the journal ACS Engineering Au. Previously, corresponding author Kazunari Domen from the University of Tokyo and colleagues developed a system that used sunlight to... Read more →

Stellantis and Orano enter EV battery recycling agreement

Stellantis N.V. and Orano, a multinational nuclear fuel cycle company, signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint venture for recycling end-of-life electric vehicle batteries and scrap from gigafactories in Enlarged Europe and North America, strengthening Stellantis’ position in the electric-vehicle battery value chain by securing additional access to... Read more →

REE Automotive, an automotive technology company and provider of fully by-wire electric trucks and platforms, announced its initial order book value has doubled since late August 2023. REE’s initial order book value is now approximately $40 million with a recent binding order by Midwest Transit Equipment (MTE), a leading bus... Read more →

Krefeld, Germany’s public transport operator, SWK Mobil Krefeld, is purchasing 10 Urbino 12 hydrogen buses from Solaris. The first three of these Solaris buses will be delivered to the city of Krefeld in western Germany by the end of 2024, with the remaining seven scheduled for delivery by May 2025.... Read more →

24M will introduce the 24M Electrode-to-Pack (ETOP) system at the Japan Mobility Show. 24M ETOP is a streamlined battery pack system that features electrodes packaged directly into the battery pack, removing the need for individual cells and modules. Cell manufacturers, automotive OEMs and ESS integrators conventionally build battery packs and... Read more →

California DMV suspends Cruise’s deployment and driverless testing permits

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) notified Cruise that the department is suspending Cruise’s autonomous vehicle deployment and driverless testing permits, effective immediately. The DMV has provided Cruise with the steps needed to apply to reinstate its suspended permits, which the DMV will not approve until the company has... Read more →

At the inaugural Japan Mobility Show 2023, Lexus introduced a range of concept models under the theme “Pushing the Boundaries of the Electrified Experience”, envisioning new possibilities for mobility through electric cars. The Lexus booth hosted the global debut of the next-generation Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) concept car LF-ZC, set... Read more →

Infineon completes acquisition of GaN Systems, becoming a leading GaN powerhouse

Infineon Technologies closed closing of the acquisition of Ottawa-based GaN Systems. The company brings with it a broad portfolio of gallium nitride (GaN)-based power conversion solutions and leading-edge application know-how. All required regulatory clearances have been obtained and GaN Systems has become part of Infineon effective as of the closing.... Read more →

Hyundai Motor orders EV batteries from Samsung SDI for first time; high nickel with Si-based anode

Samsung SDI announced the company has clinched a supply deal for electric vehicle batteries with Hyundai Motor Company for the first time. Samsung SDI will supply prismatic batteries for Hyundai Motor’s electric vehicles targeting the European market for seven years from 2026 through 2032. The batteries to be supplied for... Read more →

As the first all-electric model of the Maybach brand, the 2024 Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV (earlier post), will start at $179,900 in the US; the Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 SUV is available to order at US dealerships now. Dual Permanently Synchronous Electric Motors with 484 kW output produce 649 hp and 700... Read more →