Hyundai Motor Group held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony for HTWO Guangzhou, the Group’s first fuel cell system facility outside of Korea (earlier post). The investment advances the Group’s global hydrogen leadership and supports its push into China’s rapidly developing hydrogen industry. Hyundai Motor Group designated the production and sales hub... Read more →


Blue Bird exceeds 400 electric school buses delivered or on order

School bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corporation has now exceeded 400 electric-powered school buses delivered or on order. With momentum building, electric-bus sales are expected to increase further before the end of 2021. Blue Bird is the only manufacturer that produces and sells today all three school-bus body configurations in EV:... Read more →


Chevron commits $300M toward low-carbon technology investments

Chevron Technology Ventures, LLC (CTV) launched the $300-million Future Energy Fund II focused on technologies that have the potential to enable affordable, reliable, and ever-cleaner energy. With the first Future Energy Fund launched in 2018, CTV invested in more than 10 companies with more than 150 other investors to support... Read more →


Glacial Lakes Energy joins SCS CCS project

Glacial Lakes Energy (GLE) announces that its four biorefineries have joined the Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS) carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project announced last week. (Earlier post.) The project is projected to result in an annual reduction of 10 million tons of carbon dioxide or the carbon footprint equivalent of... Read more →


Magna building $70M battery enclosure factory for GM’s new GMC Hummer EV

Magna has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in St. Clair, Michigan, that will build complex battery enclosures for the all-new 2022 GMC Hummer EV. Construction of the 345,000 square-foot facility, named Magna Electric Vehicle Structures, represents more than a $70 million investment that is expected to bring more... Read more →


California Energy Commission to convene first meeting of Lithium Valley Commission

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is convening the first meeting of the newly-formed Blue Ribbon Commission on Lithium Extraction in California (Lithium Valley Commission) today (25 Feb). (Earlier post.) The 14-member group established by Assembly Bill 1657 (Garcia) of 2020 is charged with researching opportunities and benefits associated with lithium... Read more →


Uniper and Port of Rotterdam Authority start feasibility study for green hydrogen plant at Maasvlakte

Uniper and the Port of Rotterdam Authority are investigating the possibilities of large-scale production of green hydrogen at the Maasvlakte area in Rotterdam. The parties have the ambition to build a hydrogen plant on the site of Uniper by 2025 with a capacity of 100MW and to expand this capacity... Read more →


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was Europe’s best-selling PHEV SUV in 2020

Mitsubishi Motors’ Outlander PHEV closed out 2020 as Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV. A total of 26,673 units were sold across Europe in 2020; the Outlander PHEV became the second best-selling plug-in hybrid across all segments, according to JATO Dynamics. The Outlander PHEV is sold in more than 60 countries... Read more →


Trillium announces new CNG station, 20-year partnership with Albuquerque

The city of Albuquerque is adding a new compressed natural gas station by alternative fuel industry leader Trillium to refuel its buses. The new station marks the start of a 20-year partnership between Trillium and Albuquerque, where Trillium will build and maintain a station that serves the city’s CNG bus... Read more →


Three years after the launch of small-series production, deliveries of Daimler Trucks’ all-electric light-duty truck FUSO eCanter have now surpassed 200 vehicles. Customers in eleven countries and cities such as New York, Tokyo, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki or Lisbon trust in the reliable urban delivery truck.... Read more →


Ironworkers at Ultium Cells LLC’s battery cell manufacturing facility marked a construction milestone with the final beam installation at what will soon be a 2.8-million-square-foot operation in Lordstown, Ohio. Ultium Cells, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Chem, will mass-produce Ultium battery cells at the facility. GM and... Read more →


ENGIE and Equinor partner for development of low-carbon hydrogen

ENGIE and Equinor are partnering to develop joint low-carbon hydrogen activities. The partners will investigate the production and market potential for hydrogen from natural gas whereby the CO2 will be captured and stored permanently offshore. ENGIE and Equinor signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate the development low-carbon hydrogen value... Read more →


Toyota invests $210M in West Virginia engine production

To help meet customer demand, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) will invest $210 million to upgrade existing engine production and add 100 new jobs to increase assembly capacity of its four-cylinder engine line. Once complete, TMMWV’s total investment will be more than $1.8 billion and total employment will exceed... Read more →


Consumer Reports launches ‘Green Choice’ emissions designation for cars and trucks

Consumer Reports (CR), the nonprofit consumer research, testing, and advocacy organization, launched Green Choice, a new initiative to make information about auto emissions more accessible to consumers. As part of Green Choice, CR will use a new green leaf icon to designate cars and trucks in its ratings that produce... Read more →


Wallenius Wilhelmsen is developing a full-scale wind-powered pure car and truck carrier capable of achieving up to 90% reduced emissions compared to today’s most efficient vessels; the company hopes to have the Orcelle Wind ready for sea by 2025. Approximately 220m in length with an estimated beam width of 40m,... Read more →


Enel Green Power and Saras team up to develop green hydrogen

Enel Green Power and Saras signed a memorandum of intent to develop a green hydrogen project in Sardinia. The solution being studied involves using a 20 MW electrolyzer powered by renewable energy produced onsite to provide green hydrogen to be used as a raw material in the Saras refinery at... Read more →


ZF recently completed software upgrades to first-generation EcoLife tranmissions in 740 New York City Transit buses, resulting in significantly improve fuel economy (6-14%), and thus resulting in an annual savings of approximately $1.6 million or 720,000 gallons of fuel. The upgraded software 2.0.4 enables the earlier EcoLife variants to realize... Read more →


Girteka Logistics, one of Europe’s leading logistics companies, is purchasing 2,000 of the latest generation Volvo FH trucks. Improved safety, increased driver comfort and reduced fuel consumption are among the expected gains with this major fleet renewal. Girteka Logistics, based in Lithuania, has 15,000 truck drivers and 8,000 trucks, operating... Read more →


TECO 2030 signs strategic cooperation agreement with Slåttland including hydrogen fuel cells

Norway-based TECO 2030 ASA announced a partnership with the mechanical engineering group Slåttland in Norway to explore cooperation possibilities within a range of emission-reducing projects, including hydrogen fuel cells offshore and onshore, manufacturing of large TECO Future Funnels, manufacturing plant, and hydrogen competence development. Slåttland operates in Offshore and Marine,... Read more →


Ram bringing more fuel-efficient diesel to half-ton lineup; 33 mpg highway

Ram Truck announced that a new, more fuel-efficient model is joining its half-ton truck lineup, which already consists of the most fuel-efficient 4x4s and the quickest, fastest and most powerful pickup truck straight from the factory. The 2021 Ram 1500 Tradesman HFE EcoDiesel delivers a highway rating of 33 mpg.... Read more →


Heritage to build Li-ion battery reuse and recycling facility in SW US

In collaboration with Romeo Power, Inc., a provider of large-scale electrification solutions for complex commercial applications, Heritage Battery Recycling (HBR) will develop a Li-ion battery reuse and recycling facility sited in the southwestern United States. The Heritage Group and Heritage Environmental Services, Inc. launched a new division, Heritage Battery Recycling... Read more →


ENGIE to build green hydrogen unit for ADISSEO in CASHEMIR project

Animal nutrition company ADISSEO and ENGIE Solutions are working together on the CASHEMIR project, which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the production of methionine, an amino acid essential for animal nutrition. This industrial innovation could launch in 2022 on the ADISSEO site of Roches-de-Condrieu, in south-east France. The... Read more →


HORIBA extends test automation capabilities for electrified vehicles and real driving emissions testing

HORIBA announced the availability of the latest version of STARS VETS, its vehicle emission test automation software. This version of STARS VETS includes a complete application package to address testing for full electric and hybrid electric vehicles, providing all necessary features to assess emissions, fuel consumption, electric energy consumption and... Read more →


Goodyear Ventures invests in autonomous trucking company TuSimple

Goodyear Ventures has added TuSimple, a global autonomous trucking technology company, to its growing investment portfolio. TuSimple operates self-driving trucks out of their facilities in Arizona, Texas, China, Japan and Europe using an ecosystem made up of digital maps, strategic terminals and an autonomous fleet operations system. TuSimple is developing... Read more →


PSE&G to invest $166M over 6 years to build out NJ state EV charging infrastructure

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently approved a settlement that will enable PSE&G to develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure in New Jersey. With this approval, the state’s largest utility is expected to invest $166 million over an expected six years helping to build out the state’s EV... Read more →


Oshkosh to invest $25M in battery-maker Microvast; joint development agreement

Oshkosh Corporation, a leading provider of mission-critical vehicles and essential equipment, announced a planned $25-million private investment in public equity (PIPE) in Microvast, a global provider of next-generation battery technologies for commercial and specialty electric vehicles. Oshkosh and Microvast also entered into a joint development agreement highlighting future battery collaboration... Read more →


Toyota remains USPTO R&D patent leader among automakers

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded Toyota more patents than any other automaker in 2020, according to an annual ranking by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Toyota’s engineers and scientists were granted a total of 2,819 patents in 2020, up 4% from 2019 and outpacing any... Read more →


Qualcomm working with Seeing Machines for next generation ADAS and Infotainment technology

Seeing Machines Limited, an advanced computer vision technology company that designs AI-powered operator monitoring systems to improve transport safety, is working with Qualcomm Technologies to optimize further its technology stack for the Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform architecture and its acceleration hardware for automakers and Tier-1 suppliers. In addition, Seeing Machines’... Read more →


BMW i Ventures invests in inventory optimization software company Verusen; intelligent, connected supply chains

BMW i Ventures invested in the Series A financing of Verusen, which provides an AI-driven inventory optimization solution to fuel the intelligent, connected supply chain. The funds will be used to support the company’s seven-fold sales growth in 2020, including its global expansion and scaled delivery of its purpose-built AI,... Read more →


New ROUSH CleanTech electric F-650 truck makes California HVIP listing

ROUSH CleanTech’s Ford F-650 battery electric truck has achieved the California Hybrid and Zero-emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) eligibility listing. The California Air Resources Board (CARB), in partnership with CALSTART, launched the California HVIP vehicle purchase incentive program in 2009 to accelerate the acquisition of cleaner, more... Read more →


Volta Trucks, a manufacturer of full-electric commercial vehicles, closed a $20-million convertible debt funding raise. Leading the raise was New York-based investment firm, Luxor Capital; Luxor Capital joins previous lead investor, Byggmästare Anders J Ahlström of Stockholm, and a number of supporting shareholders. The order book for the Volta Zero,... Read more →


MBTA exercises option for 45 additional 60 foot Xcelsior low-emission hybrid transit buses with advanced electric propulsion from BAE Systems

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has exercised an option with New Flyer to purchase 45 additional Xcelsior sixty-foot hybrid-electric buses (90 equivalent units or “EUs”). MBTA is one of the largest transit systems in the US, providing public transportation services in Greater Boston and carrying approximately 32 million passengers... Read more →


Motor Design Limited has released v14 of its electric machine design tool Motor-CAD. There are more than 25 new or enhanced features in this latest release, including: Ratio based geometry templates Upgraded forces for NVH analysis Enhanced linkages to Ansys Maxwell Improved non-linear demagnetization New generator calculations High-fidelity efficiency maps... Read more →


Teijin establishes European Sustainable Technology Innovation Center

Teijin Limited has established the European Sustainable Technology Innovation Center (ESTIC) in Arnhem, Netherlands as a research and development facility tasked with developing technologies for a more sustainable world. As a research and development hub for Teijin’s environmental-value solutions, ESTIC will facilitate collaboration among researchers across borders to strengthen development... Read more →


McDermott awarded liquid hydrogen storage study

McDermott International’s CB&I Storage Solutions business has been awarded a study by a leading natural gas producer to research opportunities to expand current liquid hydrogen storage capacity limits. CB&I Storage Solutions specializes in field-erected spherical cryogenic hydrogen storage and is currently building the world’s largest liquid hydrogen sphere for NASA.... Read more →


MAN Energy Solutions acquires PEM electrolyzer company H-TEC Systems

MAN Energy Solutions has acquired almost 99% of the shares in H-TEC Systems, a manufacturer of PEM electrolyzers based in Augsburg, Germany. Subject to approval by the competition authorities, MAN Energy Solutions has acquired the shares of the previous majority shareholder, GP JOULE, adding to the 40% stake it previously... Read more →


PowerCell receives order for fuel cell system from a leading construction equipment manufacturer

PowerCell Sweden AB has received an order for a MS-100 fuel cell system from a leading European construction equipment manufacturer. The system is expected to be delivered by the end of the first half of 2021. The customer will use the system for tests of how fuel cells and hydrogen... Read more →


Johnson Matthey, SFC Energy sign multi-million pound deal & joint development agreement for supply of more sustainable methanol fuel cell components

Johnson Matthey (JM) has won a new multi-million pound agreement to provide 400,000 Direct Methanol MEA (membrane electrode assembly) fuel cell components to SFC Energy AG (SFC), a provider of hydrogen and direct methanol fuel cells for stationary and mobile hybrid power solutions. The agreement is starting in February 2021... Read more →


CTDOT orders up to 75 battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE buses from New Flyer

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has awarded New Flyer a contract for 12 Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric, forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses, with options to purchase up to 63 additional zero-emission buses in 35- or 40-foot lengths throughout the remaining term of the five-year agreement. In 2020, New Flyer announced in... Read more →


Merger of FCA and Groupe PSA approved by shareholders; FCA and Groupe PSA expect to complete combination on 16 January

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Peugeot S.A. announced that their respective shareholders’ meetings, held Monday, 4 January, approved the merger of FCA and Groupe PSA to create Stellantis N.V. by an overwhelming majority (with more than 99% of the votes cast in favor of the transaction). The shareholders of FCA... Read more →


Neste acquires minority stake in Alterra Energy; partnering to commercialize Alterra’s waste plastic liquefaction technology in Europe

Neste, the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable and circular chemical solutions, acquired a minority stake in Alterra Energy, an innovative chemical recycling technology company. Neste’s equity investment supports Alterra Energy’s expansion. The collaboration between the companies will include... Read more →


Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. recently conducted a line-off ceremony at the Inabe Plant in Inabe, Japan for the production of high pressure hydrogen tanks, a crucial component of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). . The Inabe Plant started producing high pressure hydrogen tanks in November for the latest MIRAI, which was... Read more →


DOE extends fourth set of LNG export authorizations through 2050

The US Department of Energy (DOE) extended the terms of five long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) export authorizations through 2050. These latest actions follow several LNG export term extensions issued since October pursuant to an export term policy statement DOE finalized in July. The new term extensions extend terms for... Read more →


California ARB setting goal of 800 zero-emission drayage truck orders in 2021

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is launching an initiative—Project 800—to support the deployment of zero-emission trucks serving California ports by setting a goal of 800 zero-emission drayage truck orders in 2021. These 800 trucks represent a pathway toward jump-starting the sector and paving the way for more zero-emission trucks... Read more →


Hino halting vehicle production in N America until Q4 2021 over engine certification challenges

Hino will suspend vehicle production at its plants in its consolidated subsidiaries in North America; the West Virginia plant at Hino Motors Manufacturing USA, Ltd. and the Woodstock plant at Hino Motors Canada, Ltd., until the end of September 2021. The production pause comes following challenges in the required US... Read more →


Nuro has become the first company to receive a permit to deploy autonomous vehicles on public streets from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. This permit will allow Nuro vehicles to operate commercially on California roads in two counties near Nuro headquarters in the Bay Area. Nuro said that it... Read more →


Neste completes its first industrial-scale processing run with liquefied waste plastic

Neste successfully processed 400 tons of liquefied plastic waste at its refinery in Finland this fall, an amount corresponding to the annual amount of plastic waste generated by 20,000 average European citizens. This was the first time Neste processed liquefied waste plastic at an industrial scale. During the run, packaging... Read more →


SPI Energy Co., Ltd., a global renewable energy company and provider of photovoltaic (PV) and electric vehicle (EV) solutions for business, residential, government, logistics and utility customers and investors, announced that Phoenix Motorcars, which was recently acquired by SPI’s wholly-owned subsidiary, EdisonFuture, recently delivered two of its all-electric Z500 utility... Read more →


Latest Ricardo Software boosts fuel cell modeling capabilities

The latest (2020.4) release of powertrain design and optimization software from Ricardo brings a wealth of new features and capabilities for fuel cell, electrified and conventional vehicles, offering speedier simulations and improved productivity. Notable among the new capabilities and features delivered in the 2020.4 release is the inclusion of a... Read more →