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Colorado School of Mines (Mines) and the US Geological Survey (USGS) have established a joint industry program supported by leading international companies in the energy industry to study the potential of geologic hydrogen. This is the first collaborative effort on geologic hydrogen between a federal agency and academia. With the... Read more →


Xos and Winnebago partnering on fully electric specialty commercial vehicle chassis

Xos, a manufacturer of electric commercial vehicles, and Winnebago are partneting to develop a fully electric chassis for Winnebago’s Specialty Vehicles division. This chassis utilizes Xos battery and electronics technology and is customized for Winnebago’s commercial applications. Winnebago’s Specialty Vehicles division has been providing commercial vehicles for more than 50... Read more →


With the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on U.S. roads expected to climb to 35 million by 2030, Rhythmos.io and Qmerit are paving the way for electric mobility through a new partnership aimed at overcoming charging-related challenges such as grid capacity constraints and charger availability and maintenance. The Rhythmos.io Cadency... Read more →


Renault is introducing the Renault 5 E-Tech electric. Packed with electrical and digital technology and entirely manufactured in France, it is also competitively priced, starting at around €25,000. To achieve this result on the small, affordable city car segment, the Group drew upon its full range of expertise, and particularly... Read more →


At mobility move 2024, the electric bus conference with associated trade fair of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), held from 5- 7 March in Berlin, bus manufacturer Daimler Buses will be presenting for the first time a Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G fuel cell—an electric articulated bus with a hydrogen... Read more →


Westport announces Methanol HPDI project with a leading global supplier of power solutions for marine applications

Westport Fuel Systems announced a proof-of-concept project with a leading global supplier of power solutions for marine applications to test Westport’s High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) fuel system utilizing methanol for marine applications. The project, expected to start in the first quarter of 2024, will be fully funded by the... Read more →


GILLIG, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the US, announced that GERCO LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, has acquired select assets from Lightning eMotors and Lightning Systems through a receivership sale, and has hired a number of former engineering employees of Lightning. In line with this... Read more →


Schaeffler adding new US plant for automotive electric mobility solutions; electric axles

Schaeffler is expanding operations in the US with the addition of a new manufacturing facility focused on producing automotive electric mobility solutions. This announcement represents the company’s commitment to innovation and growth in the Americas region. Schaeffler is investing more than US$230 million in building the new greenfield manufacturing facility,... Read more →


Following a recent launch of the EV drive development center in Vienna, Austria in 2023, hofer powertrain has announced a forthcoming move to a larger facility due to a growing number of projects. This strategic decision to expand so rapidly in the Austrian capital underscores the imperative to develop advanced... Read more →


Canada awards Rio Tinto IOC C$18.1M to decarbonize iron ore processing in Labrador West

The Government of Canada awarded C$18.1 million (US$13.4 million) from its Low Carbon Economy Fund to Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) to support the decarbonization of iron ore processing at its operations in Labrador West. The funding will enable IOC to reduce the amount of heavy fuel... Read more →


In an open-access paper in the journal ChemSusChem, a team at Penn State reports using cold sintering to reprocess solid-state composite electrolytes—specifically Mg- and Sr-doped Li7La3Zr2O12 with polypropylene carbonate (PPC) and lithium perchlorate (LLZO–PPC–LiClO4). The low sintering temperature allows co-sintering of ceramics, polymers and lithium salts, leading to re-densification of... Read more →


DOE LPO makes conditional $165.9M loan commitment to American Battery Solutions

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) announced a conditional commitment to American Battery Solutions (ABS) for a $165.9-million loan to help finance the expansion of an advanced battery pack assembly facility to support light-, medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle (EV) and industrial equipment applications at its... Read more →


Santos signs MOU to support green steel transformation of Whyalla Steelworks in South Australia

Santos has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with one of South Australia’s biggest commercial industrial gas users, Liberty Primary Metals Australia Pty Ltd (part of GFG Alliance), to enter into discussions for gas supply combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) opportunities to support the green steel transformation of... Read more →


WinGD and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding complete initial design of ammonia fuel supply system

Swiss marine power company WinGD and Japanese shipbuilder and technology developer Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. have completed the initial design of an ammonia fuel supply system (AFSS) for vessels powered by WinGD’s X‑DF‑A ammonia-fueled engines. (Earlier post.) The AFSS design is the first result of a wide-ranging partnership announced last... Read more →


Liquid Wind and partners unveil eFuel Design & Performance Center; ramping eMethanol production

Liquid Wind, together with partners Alfa Laval, Carbon Clean, Siemens Energy and Topsoe, launched the eFuel Design & Performance Center (DPC) in Hørsholm, Denmark. The DPC is intended to drive technological progress, strengthen production capacity and bring in-demand eFuels to market at scale. The shared eFuel DPC is the first... Read more →


DOE awarding $15.5M to marine energy projects

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced two innovative marine energy projects will receive a combined $6 million to develop a tidal energy research, development, and demonstration pilot site in the United States. In addition, a community-led river current energy research and development project was selected to receive $9.5 million. Tides... Read more →


Researchers at McGill University have developed a sustainable and cost-effective neodymium (Nd) extraction technology from electronic waste using a carboxylate functionalized nanocellulose (CFNC). An open-access paper on their work is published in the RSC journal Green Chemistry. We demonstrate a solution-processed synthesis of CFNC from a cost-effective, readily available cellulose... Read more →


Aston University researchers will explore the use of gel electrolyte materials to make lithium-ion batteries safer and less environmentally damaging. The University has received a grant of £443,058 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to develop safe, reliable, sustainable and commercially relevant gel electrolyte materials. Currently batteries and... Read more →


Hastings Technology Metals and Baotou Sky Rock Rare Earth New Material sign term sheet for integrated tolling and offtake

Australia-based Hastings Technology Metals Limited has entered into a binding term sheet providing for an integrated tolling and offtake arrangement for rare earth concentrate with Baotou Sky Rock Rare Earth New Material Co., Ltd, supporting improved economics for Stage 1 of its 100%-owned Yangibana Rare Earths Project. The Yangibana Project... Read more →


Switzerland-based Terra Quantum is collaborating with leading steel manufacturer POSCO Holdings to deploy quantum AI for optimizing steel production, specifically focusing on POSCO’s advanced blast furnaces. The partners will demonstrate the potential of Quantum Neural Networks to enhance efficiency, targeting tangible outcomes such as reduced emissions and energy consumption. POSCO... Read more →


In 2024 and 2025, MAN Truck & Bus will establish battery repair centers in Italy, Denmark/Norway, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Poland and UK, with further countries in Europe being planned. Millions will be invested in these centers over the next two years. Two battery repair centers are already in operation... Read more →


Researchers find turbulent jet ignition improves combustion of NH3/H2 mixtures

Researchers from the Beijing University of Technology have found that the combustion of NH3/H2 can be effectively improved by using turbulent jet ignition (TJI), especially under high NH3 fraction conditions. A paper on their work appears in the journal Fuel. Although NH3 is a potential carbon-free fuel with good storage... Read more →


Hyundai Motor, Kia and KAIST form joint research laboratory to develop next-generation autonomous driving sensors

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation are partnering with KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) to develop next-generation autonomous driving sensors. Together, Hyundai Motor, Kia and KAIST will establish the ‘Hyundai Motor Group-KAIST On-Chip LiDAR Joint Research Lab’ at KAIST in Daejeon to develop LiDAR sensors for advanced... Read more →


INEOS Automotive has unveiled its new 4X4 vehicle, the INEOS Fusilier, following the confirmation of a zero-emission model line in May 2022. Alongside the previously announced all-electric powertrain (BEV), a low emission range-extender electric is in development to ensure the INEOS Fusilier meets the broadest range of global consumer needs... Read more →


Plug Power and Uline expand partnership to supply hydrogen and fuel cells at four additional sites

Plug Power and Uline, a distributor of shipping, industrial and packaging materials to businesses throughout North America, announced an expanded partnership to deploy Plug’s hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell solutions at Uline’s new campus in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This expanded partnership includes the integration of on-site hydrogen infrastructure with the installation... Read more →


Benchmark: Saudi Arabia and Morocco are shaping the EV battery supply chain

Actors in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, especially Saudi Arabia and Morocco, are gaining a strategic foothold in the lithium ion battery supply chain, according to Benchamrk Mineral Intelligence. Through various policy approaches utilising state support and industrial policy and taking advantage of geopolitical trends, these countries... Read more →


Ascend Elements raises additional $162M to produce sustainable Li-ion battery electrode materials in US

In a follow up to one of last year’s largest cleantech private equity placements, Ascend Elements raised $162 million in new equity investments. Major investors include Just Climate, Clearvision Ventures, and IRONGREY. The new equity financing brings the company’s 12-month funding total to $704 million, including the $542 million funding... Read more →


To coincide with its European market launch, Volkswagen’s new Tiguan’s plug-in hybrid drives (eHybrid) (earlier post) are now available with two outputs. Tiguan models with efficient 48 V mild hybrid drives (eTSI) and turbodiesel engines (TDI) have been available since 2023 September. The plug-in hybrid drives of the Tiguan have... Read more →


Porsche Consulting, VDMA study says battery gigafactory buildout unique opportunity for Europe’s mechanical engineering industry, if it can collaborate

More than 200 battery factories are to be built worldwide over the coming ten years, most of them in Europe; production technology worth billions is needed for each of these factories. This marks an historic growth opportunity for German and European mechanical and plant engineering firms, according to a new... Read more →


DOE LPO announces $544M conditional loan commitment to SK Siltron CSS to expand SiC wafer manufacturing for EV power electronics

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) announced a conditional commitment to SK Siltron CSS, LLC for a $544-million loan to expand US manufacturing of high-quality silicon carbide (SiC) wafers for electric vehicle (EV) power electronics. SiC semiconductors are designed for high-voltage use and are critical components... Read more →


Volvo Construction Equipment and Mack Trucks, both Volvo Group companies, recently delivered on- and off-road electric equipment to Florida-based Coastal Waste & Recycling. The company, based in Boca Raton, Florida, is piloting a 23-ton EC230 Electric excavator from Volvo CE and took delivery of a Mack LR Electric Class 8... Read more →


EPA, DOE announce $9.4M to spur development of advanced biofuels

The US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0003178) for up to $9.4 million for the development of advanced biofuels. This investment through a new agreement between EPA and DOE is funded by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and will support high-impact... Read more →


WeaveGrid integrating with Toyota and Lexus BEVs and PHEVs

WeaveGrid, a software company with a managed charging platform, announced a collaboration for direct integration with Toyota Motor North America (Toyota) for both Toyota and Lexus battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). WeaveGrid’s direct integration with Toyota, now active in select utility territories across the US... Read more →


Hyundai and mobile.de piloting battery certificate for used electric cars

In a pilot project, mobile.de is offering Hyundai car dealers the opportunity to use battery certificates to market their used electric vehicles. This makes mobile.de the first car trading platform in Germany to offer the integration of battery condition certificates. From mid-February, the new function will be tested and further... Read more →


SQM Lithium Ventures completes Altilium’s US$12M Series A with $9.43M follow-on investment

SQM Lithium Ventures announced a follow-on investment of US$9.43 million in Altilium, a UK-based clean technology group focused on supporting the energy transition to net zero (earlier post), bringing Altilium’s total investment to US$12 million. The investment completes Altilium’s Series A funding round and marks the largest investment to date... Read more →


South 8 demonstrates LiGas liquefied gas electrolyte with LNMO cathodes

South 8 Technologies, the developer of LiGas, liquefied gas electrolyte for advanced lithium-ion batteries (earlier post), has demonstrated high performance on cobalt-free, low nickel, and high-energy battery cells designed for next generation electric vehicles (EV). LiGas is a blend of non-toxic, non-corrosive gases that liquefies under pressure, enabling several safety... Read more →


Weebit Nano demonstrates performance of ReRAM NVM under extended automotive conditions

Weebit Nano Limited, a developer of advanced non-volatile memory (NVM) technologies for the global semiconductor industry, is demonstrating the high endurance and reliability of its Resistive Random-Access Memory (ReRAM) in extended automotive conditions, including high temperatures of 150 degrees Celsius and extended program cycles. At a basic level, ReRAM (also... Read more →


Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) announced pricing and packaging for the all-new 2025 CX-70 (earlier post). CX-70 offers two variants of the e-Skyactiv G 3.3L Inline 6 Turbo with 48-volt M-Hybrid Boost, and an e-Skyactiv PHEV. All three choices are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and standard i-Activ all-wheel... Read more →


Toyota Alabama powers up a new i-FORCE engine line for Tacoma

Toyota Alabama has started production on its i-FORCE 2.4-liter turbo engine line for the all-new Tacoma. Powered by a previous investment of $222 million, the new line furthers Toyota’s commitment to diversified powertrains that align with customer demand, the company said. With Tacoma offering a hybrid option, every line at... Read more →


VinFast to break ground for its integrated electric vehicle facility in Tamil Nadu, India

VinFast Auto announced that it will break ground at its integrated electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing site in Thoothukudi City, Tamil Nadu(earlier post) on 25 February 2024. This move represents a significant step towards a strategic partnership between VinFast and the State Government aimed at advancing the development of green transportation... Read more →


The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $15 million for 12 projects across 11 states to advance next-generation, high-energy storage solutions to help accelerate the electrification of the aviation, railroad, and maritime transportation sectors. Funded through the Pioneering Railroad, Oceanic and Plane ELectrification with 1K energy storage systems (PROPEL-1K) program... Read more →


US DOT announces $250M program to reduce congestion in urban areas

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law program that makes $250 million available, over five years, in competitive grants to advance innovative, multimodal solutions to reduce vehicular traffic in the most congested metropolitan areas of the United States. The Congestion Relief Program... Read more →


Plug Power finalizes contract to support a major US automobile manufacturer’s material handling operations

Plug Power has finalized a contract to supply a major US automobile manufacturer with hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell solutions that will support material handling operations. The manufacturing campus of more than 6 square miles is dedicated to electric vehicles, batteries and is one of the largest auto manufacturing campuses... Read more →


With GPS data from as little as 6% of vehicles on the road, University of Michigan researchers can recalibrate traffic signals to reduce congestion and delays significantly at intersections. In an 18-month pilot study conducted in Birmingham, Michigan, the team used connected vehicle data insights provided by General Motors to... Read more →


SiAT Partners with CPDC to launch second-generation LMFP paste with phosphazene, enhancing battery safety

SiAT, a manufacturer of advanced nanomaterials for batteries in Taiwan, is collaborating with Taiwan petrochemical company CPDC to launch its second-generation lithium manganese iron phosphate (LMFP) paste, a product designed to significantly elevate the safety standards of batteries across the industry. The new LMFP paste incorporates a proprietary blend that... Read more →


Enevate, a developer of technology enabling extreme fast charge with high energy density batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and other markets, announced that JR Energy Solution (JR ES) has started operation of Korea’s first electrode foundry, with capability to manufacture electrodes containing Enevate’s technology. JR ES develops and manufactures high-performance... Read more →


Developer of maritime battery systems EST-Floattech has received an investment of €4 million from Energy Transition Fund Rotterdam and existing shareholders Rotterdam Port Fund, PDENH, Ponooc, and Yard Energy. EST-Floattech develops and produces lithium-ion battery systems for electric and hybrid propulsion of inland vessels, ferries, yachts, and more. Energy Transition... Read more →


Lilium partners with Star Charge to develop charging system for eVTOL operations

Lilium N.V, developer of an all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, has partnered with Star Charge, a provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and microgrid solutions, to develop, customize, and provide charging systems for its Lilium Jets. At the Singapore Airshow, the companies announced that Lilium placed a first... Read more →


Originally introduced in the United States in 1958, the Toyota Land Cruiser became one of the most respected off-road icons in the industry. Back after a brief pause, the all-new 2024 Land Cruiser stays true to its roots as an extremely capable off-roader, packed with premium features, and now at... Read more →


Volvo Cars introducing upgrades to fully electric and hybrid cars

Volvo Cars is introducing a new Performance software pack for the EX40 (formerly named the XC40 Recharge) and EC40 (formerly named the C40 Recharge) Twin Motor variants, and as an upgrade for the previous model year in selected markets. The Performance software pack, which increases power output by 25kW for... Read more →