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Sunrun launches vehicle-to-home grid support in Maryland using customer Ford F-150 Lightning trucks

Sunrun, a leading US provider of clean energy as a subscription service, is now operating the nation’s first vehicle-to-home power plant using a small group of customer-owned bidirectional electric vehicles. In partnership with Maryland’s largest utility, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, the regulator-approved initiative... Read more →


TaiSan, a UK company developing quasi-solid-state sodium batteries for the automotive industry, announced the raise of £1.3 battery electric vehicle (BEV) technology. Led by EIT InnoEnergy and TSP Ventures and followed by Heartfelt VC and Exergon, TaiSan’s pre-seed round is backed by Europe’s leading strategic e-mobility funds. Co-funded by the... Read more →


Toyota West Virginia begins production of fifth-generation hybrid transaxle

Toyota West Virginia has started production of the fifth-generation hybrid transaxle, a core part of Toyota’s multi-pathway approach to electrification. Assembly of the new transaxles is a result of more than $300 million in investments at the plant announced in 2021 and 2022. The fifth-generation hybrid transaxle is part of... Read more →


Toyota has started testing a new hydrogen fuel cell truck in Europe with Coca-Cola as part of the drinks company’s supply operations. Air Liquide, a leader in clean energy, is supplying the project with hydrogen sourced from renewables. Toyota aims to support the decarbonization of heavy-duty road transport with its... Read more →


Pacific Northwest launches Clean Hydrogen Energy Hub

The Pacific Northwest is set to begin work building out a clean hydrogen economy with the announcement of a Phase 1 funding award from the Department of Energy (DOE). The $27.5-million award to the Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association (PNWH2), a multi-state nonprofit organization, will be matched by industry partners up... Read more →


As part of a product update, Webasto is increasing the energy content of its traction batteries from 35 to 40 kilowatt hours (kWh). The standardized product design of the new Standard Battery Pro 40 gives existing and new customers planning security for the coming years and facilitates multi-year electrification projects.... Read more →


ZeroAvia and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will work towards a demonstration flight using ZeroAvia’s ZA2000 zero-emission, hydrogen-electric engines for large regional turboprop. Hydrogen-electric engines use hydrogen in fuel cells to generate electricity, which is then used to power electric motors to turn the aircraft’s propellers. The only emission is low-temperature... Read more →


SunHydrogen enters joint development agreement with Honda R&D

SunHydrogen, the developer of a technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, entered into a joint development agreement with Honda R&D Co., Ltd.. SunHydrogen’s solar hydrogen technology uses abundant and low-cost materials, requires no external power other than sunlight, and is designed with scalability in mind. Its core... Read more →


Atlas Energy Solutions—a leading proppant producer and proppant logistics provider, serving primarily the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico—and Kodiak Robotics have entered into an agreement whereby Kodiak will outfit new Atlas high-capacity trucks with Kodiak’s autonomous driving technology. The two companies have already completed their first driverless... Read more →


Penn State team to receive $1.1M from ARPA-E for study of geologic hydrogen; orange hydrogen

A group of Penn State researchers will receive $1.1 million in funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The two-year cooperative agreement supports early-stage research and development to advance low-cost, low-emissions production of geologic hydrogen, which is produced naturally in Earth’s subsurface and could... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks and Mörtlbauer Baumaschinen Vertriebs GmbH jointly presented their two prototypes as part of the “WaVe” development project to research hydrogen combustion engines for special-purpose vehicles. The Unimog test vehicle and crawler demonstrated their performance in driving and working operation on the Mörtlbauer factory premises in Fürstenzell, Bavaria.... Read more →


Toyota Research Institute (TRI) and Stanford Engineering—which have collaborated on research to make driving safer—announced a world first in driving research: autonomously drifting two cars in tandem. The experiments automate a motorsports maneuver called “drifting,” where a driver precisely controls a vehicle’s direction after breaking traction by spinning the rear... Read more →


Iveco France wins Semitan, Nantes Métropole contract for 70 electric buses

The call for tenders commission of Nantes Métropole has awarded the contract for the acquisition of new battery-electric buses to the manufacturer Iveco France to replace end-of-life buses and support the development of the Naolib network. Semitan has been mandated by Nantes Métropole to lead this acquisition project, which is... Read more →


Leclanché signs framework agreement with Pinnacle International Capital to secure $400M expansion funding

Leclanché SA signed a framework agreement with Pinnacle International Capital which will see the company secure expansion funding, subject to the completion of due diligence. This signed Framework Agreement builds on the binding terms already agreed to define a joint venture structure that will cement this partnership and fund the... Read more →


Cleveland-Cliffs to build new electrical transformer production plant in West Virginia

Cleveland-Cliffs will build a new electrical distribution transformer production plant in Weirton, West Virginia. This downstream direct investment by Cleveland-Cliffs in Weirton will address the critical shortage of distribution transformers across the United States. Cleveland-Cliffs will repurpose its Half Moon Warehouse in Weirton to commence production of three-phase distribution transformers... Read more →


Constellium signs long-term agreement with Lotte to supply foilstock for battery foil

Constellium signed a long-term agreement with Lotte Infracell, a subsidary of Lotte Aluminium, a leading provider of aluminum solutions, to supply foilstock for Lotte’s battery foil applications in Europe. This partnership highlights Constellium’s commitment to the growing electric vehicle (EV) market and its strategic focus on advanced automotive aluminum solutions.... Read more →


Constellium announced that its facility in Muscle Shoals, Alabama has been selected by the US Department of Defense (DoD) for an investment of $23 million under Title III, Defense Production Act to rebuild its Direct Chill aluminum casting center. The funding was awarded via the Defense Production Act Investments (DPAI)... Read more →


onsemi to be Volkswagen Group’s primary provider of fully optimized power system solution based on latest generation EliteSiC M3e platform

onsemi signed a multi-year deal with Volkswagen Group to be the primary supplier of a complete power box solution as part of its next-generation traction inverter for its Scalable Systems Platform (SSP). The solution features silicon carbide-based technologies in an integrated module that can scale across all power levels—from high... Read more →


SiC MOSFETs have become pivotal in power electronics, transforming numerous applications with their exceptional performance traits. As one example, 1200V SiC MOSFETs are the enabler of the transition of battery-electric vehicles to 800V systems. SiC MOSFETs offer impressive attributes, including high breakdown voltage, low on-state resistance, and excellent thermal conductivity,... Read more →


The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and its partners in the NEFTON project demonstrated prototypes of megawatt charging systems (MCS) for heavy-duty long-distance trucks. With the new charging post and truck, it will now be possible for the first time to charge the battery sufficiently for 4.5 hours of operation... Read more →


The BMW Group is now powering exhaust purification in its first paint shops electrically. Due to a new method, the high temperatures needed for the thermal purification of exhaust from paint booths and drying areas can now be generated by electricity. With that, a further production process can now be... Read more →


Cadillac introduced the SOLLEI concept vehicle—a coach-built luxury electric convertible. SOLLEI conceptualizes an all-electric, 2+2 convertible. SOLLEI is also Cadillac’s first concept vehicle to incorporate an innovative bio-based material developed in collaboration with MycoWorks. Used in the charging mats on the console and the door map pockets, Fine Mycelium by... Read more →


DOE to award $65M for projects to manage growing building, transportation, and industrial loads on the electric grid

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $65 million for Connected Communities 2.0, a funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-3136) to drive innovation to manage growing building, transportation, and industrial electric loads on the grid. Connected Communities 2.0 has three main goals: Demonstrate how smart and coordinated management of EVs... Read more →


EPA awarding $4.3B in Climate Pollution Reduction Grants to 25 projects; $1.18B to transportation sector

The US Environmental Protection Agency has selected recipients of more than $4.3 billion in Climate Pollution Reduction Grants. The 25 selected applications will fund projects in 30 states, including one Tribe, that target reducing greenhouse gas pollution from six sectors: transportation, electric power, commercial and residential buildings, industry, agriculture/ natural... Read more →


Saudia Group to acquire up to 100 eVTOL jets from Lilium

Saudia Group and Lilium, a leading electric aircraft manufacturer and pioneer in Regional Air Mobility (RAM), signed a binding sales agreement for 50 Lilium Jets, with options for the purchase of 50 more. This sales agreement, which follows the Memorandum of Understanding between Saudia Group and Lilium signed in October... Read more →


GKN Aerospace has launched H2FlyGHT, a £44-million project to develop a 2-megawatt (MW) cryogenic hydrogen-electric propulsion system, setting new standards for the future generation of larger sustainable aircraft. Building on the successes of the H2GEAR project, H2FlyGHT introduces advanced thermal management solutions to enhance efficiency and performance. H2FlyGHT is designed... Read more →


ICCT: Achieving net-zero aviation carbon emissions by 2050 requires all new aircraft to emit net zero CO2 after about 2035

To achieve the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) goals of net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050, all new aircraft delivered after about 2035 will need to emit zero net CO2 emissions throughout their operational lifetimes, according to a new report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). The... Read more →


Nissan launched the updated Note Aura NISMO with an engaging new 4WD variant, styling refinements and enhanced functionality to customers in Japan. The Aura NISMO is based on the Aura, a premium compact car sold in the Japan market, powered exclusively by Nissan’s innovative e-POWER drivetrain. Nissan’s e-POWER technology offers... Read more →


EU and Serbia sign strategic partnership on sustainable raw materials, battery value chains and EVs

The EU and the Republic of Serbia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) launching a strategic partnership on sustainable raw materials, battery value chains and electric vehicles. The partnership builds on the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) entered into force on 1 September 2013 and is in line with EU’s... Read more →


Dow launches DOWSIL CC-8000 Series UV and Dual Moisture Cure Conformal Coatings for protection of electronic components

Dow has introduced DOWSIL CC-8000 Series UV and Dual Moisture Cure Conformal Coatings, a range of solventless silicone coatings that provides strong protection for electronic components in renewable energy applications, as well as e-motors, power tools and home appliances, and does so at lightning speed. DOWSIL CC-8000 Series UV and... Read more →


onsemi introduced its latest generation silicon carbide technology platform, EliteSiC M3e MOSFETs. The company also disclosed plans to release multiple additional generations through 2030. With the ability to operate at higher switching frequencies and voltages while minimizing power conversion losses, this platform is suited for a wide range of automotive... Read more →


Volvo Trucks North America announced the availability of an engine that meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2024 Omnibus regulation requirements for low nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions standards. The CARB Omnibus regulation mandates a 75% reduction in NOx emissions and a 50% reduction in particulate matter... Read more →


Rheinmetall secures two orders for exhaust technology for hybrid technology from Chinese manufacturers with a total value of around €20M

Rheinmetall has won two orders in the field of exhaust technology for hybrid vehicles with a total value of around €20 million. Both orders relate to the subsidiary Pierburg China. One order is for the supply of fuel tank shut-off valves (FTIV) by a well-known Chinese supplier of carbon canisters.... Read more →


Around a year after the topping-out ceremony, Daimler Truck officially opened the Battery Technology Center (BTC) at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim. Daimler Truck’s product and process development for battery electric commercial vehicles is carried out on an area of over 10,000 square meters: the BTC combines development with production.... Read more →


Researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute have shown that superlubricity—a state with virtually no friction that was once believed to only be achievable at nanoscale—can now be maintained at macroscale for extended time periods under regular atmospheric conditions by employing sustainably... Read more →


Rio Tinto marked the shipment of 4 billion tonnes of iron ore from the Pilbara in Western Australia to China. The shipment was loaded at Dampier Port on 19 July, bound for China Baowu Steel Group, the world’s top steel producer. This milestone comes 51 years after the first shipment... Read more →


Canada adds high-purity iron, phosphorous and silicon metal to critical minerals list

Canada recently added an additional three minerals—high-purity iron, phosphorous and silicon metal—to its Critical Minerals List, bringing the total to 34. Canada released its first Critical Minerals List in March 2021 with a commitment to review the minerals identified as critical every three years. The list guides federal policy and... Read more →


Chalmers researchers create metal electrode directly in cell

Metal batteries have the potential to deliver more energy, at a lower weight, than the popular lithium-ion battery. The problem, however, is that the technology currently has too short a lifespan due to the highly reactive nature of the lithium metal within these batteries. New research from Chalmers University of... Read more →


ArcelorMittal Gent hosting the first industrial trial of D-CRBN CO2 conversion technology

ArcelorMittal and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) are working with a climate tech company, D-CRBN, to trial a new technology to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) captured at ArcelorMittal’s plant in Gent, Belgium into carbon monoxide which can be used in steel and chemical production. This is the first industrial testing... Read more →


Vertical Aerospace unveiled its next generation full-scale VX4 prototype, the only electric take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) designed, built and assembled in the UK. This next-generation VX4 is more powerful than the previous full-scale prototype, with a 20% increase in the power-to-weight ratio, enabling the aircraft to reach speeds of... Read more →


Electric car sales continued to grow in Europe this year, with the exception of in Germany, according to a new analysis by environmental NGO Transport & Environment (T&E). Battery electric sales in the rest of the EU (excluding Germany) increased by 9.4% on average in the first half of the... Read more →


Porsche is launching the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Panamera GTS. The Panamera GTS is a dynamic sports sedan that places the emotional driving experience in the foreground. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is positioned at the very top of the model series as the most powerful, fastest... Read more →


Bentley’s Flying Spur sedan is set to be reborn with the company’s new 782 PS (771 bhp) Ultra Performance Hybrid powertrain. Launched recently in Bentley’s new Continental GT Speed, the all-new, performance-focused V8 hybrid powertrain will make the new Flying Spur the most powerful, most dynamic and most efficient four-door... Read more →


Ford expands F-Series Super Duty production to Oakville in Canada; multi-energy technology for next generation

Ford Motor Company plans to assemble F-Series Super Duty pickups at its Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada, starting in 2026, boosting production of one of the company’s most popular and profitable vehicles. The move to add production of up to 100,000 units of its best-selling Super Duty to Oakville... Read more →


USGS scientists have developed a new scientific mechanism for assessing the potential risk to worldwide mineral commodity supplies from seismic activity. The methodology was developed through studying copper and rhenium but provides a framework for future studies assessing many other mineral commodities around the globe. Earthquakes have the potential to... Read more →


DOE and ARCHES sign $12.6B agreement to build Hydrogen Hub in California

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and ARCHES (Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems) announced the official signing of a landmark $12.6-billion agreement to build a clean, renewable Hydrogen Hub in California, including the up to $1.2 billion in federal funding that was announced last year when California was... Read more →


3M invests in electrolyzer maker Ohmium

In its continuing effort to expand into emerging climate technologies, 3M has completed a strategic investment in Ohmium International, a developer of electrolyzer systems for green hydrogen production. (Earlier post.) The investment is part of 3M’s commitment to advancing technologies that support the transition to a low-carbon economy and may... Read more →


BMW Startup Garage to road-test dual rotor e-drive by DeepDrive

The BMW Startup Garage and the Munich-based company DeepDrive are set to road-test a new electric motor. The concept features dual rotor technology and is expected to enable super-efficient, powerful drives that offer plenty of range. After a successful pilot project with promising results on the test rig, the BMW... Read more →


As part of its ‘In China, for China’ strategy, the Volkswagen brand is focusing its product offering to reflect the needs of its Chinese customers more closely. Accordingly, the car manufacturer presented the first model from a new Volkswagen sub-brand: the ID. UNYX. The E-SUV coupé of the same name... Read more →