ARPA-E announced $26 million in funding for 13 projects as part of the Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS) program. These teams will develop new technologies for floating, offshore wind turbines (FOWTs) using the discipline of control co-design (CCD). The ATLANTIS program focuses on... Read more →

Nissan and EDF Group partner to accelerate EV adoption and grid integration across Europe

Nissan and EDF Group have signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the delivery of electric mobility, particularly through the smart charging of electric vehicles. This agreement applies to the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Italy. The cooperation agreement focuses mainly on developing smart charging solutions (vehicle to grid, or V2G)... Read more →

Shell and BP join Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science (CAMS)

SIEP, Inc. (Shell) and BP recently joined the Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science (CAMS), an industry-led consortium helping the natural gas and oil industry continue to improve its environmental performance. Working to deliver transparent data to evaluate the most effective methane emissions reduction strategies, CAMS was established by leading industry... Read more →

Study finds ethanol demand could expand sugarcane farming land in Brazil by 5M hectares by 2030

A University of Queensland (Australia)-led study has concluded that future demand for ethanol biofuel could potentially expand sugarcane farming land in Brazil by five million hectares by 2030. Our study has modelled scenarios forecasting future ethanol demand based on different trajectories for gross domestic product, population growth, fuel prices, blending... Read more →

CEA, EDF, Naval Group and TechnicAtome unveil jointly developed Small Modular Reactor (SMR) NUWARD

During the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, France’s CEA, EDF, Naval Group and TechnicAtome unveiled “NUWARD”, their jointly developed small modular reactor (SMR) project, a pressurized water reactor (PWR)-based solution in the 300-400 MWe range. NUWARD will benefit from best-in-class French technologies from more than 50 years of experience in... Read more →

Aramco CEO says production will be restored by end of September following strikes on Abqaiq and Khurais

Saudi Aramco President & CEO Amin Nasser said Tuesday that the company’s production capacity, suspended earlier due to terror attacks on its plants at Abqaiq and Khurais (earlier post), would be fully restored by the end of September. Production at Khurais resumed 24 hours after the attack. Meanwhile, Nasser stated... Read more →

IEA: US shale revolution has reshaped the energy landscape at home and abroad

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its latest in-depth review of US energy policies, welcoming US leadership on innovation and highlighting the far-reaching impact of the country’s shale revolution. The shale boom has transformed the United States into the world’s top oil and gas producer and a leading exporter... Read more →

Rivian, a developer of “electric adventure vehicles” announced an equity investment of $350 million from global automotive services company Cox Automotive. In addition to the investment, the companies will explore partnership opportunities in service operations, logistics, and digital retailing. Cox Automotive, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is the home of... Read more →

WACKER invests in Si anode supplier Nexeon, takes 25% stake

Nexeon, a leader in engineered silicon materials for battery applications, has increased its strategic partnership with globally active chemicals company WACKER Chemie AG. The agreement will see WACKER invest an undisclosed sum in Nexeon and take a 25% stake in the business. The two companies have worked together intensively in... Read more →

Rheinmetall Automotive acquires stake in CarbonTT; expertise in lightweight engineering and production

Automotive supplier Rheinmetall Automotive, a member of the Technology Group Rheinmetall, is systematically expanding its longstanding expertise in automotive lightweight engineering. Through its subsidiary KS Kolbenschmidt GmbH, the Neckarsulm-based company has now acquired a 24.9% stake in Carbon Truck & Trailer GmbH, Stade/Germany. Carbon Truck & Trailer (CarbonTT) is a... Read more →

C2A Security and NXP collaborate on cybersecurity solution for connected and automated vehicles

In-vehicle cybersecurity provider C2A Security announced a comprehensive automotive security solution, developed in collaboration with NXP, utilizing NXP Semiconductors’ secure CAN (Controller Area Network) transceivers. Designed to provide comprehensive protection to help automotive OEMs get the upper hand on some of the most sophisticated cyberattacks, the solution combines C2A’s cybersecurity... Read more →

UK-based YASA, the world’s leading manufacturer of axial-flux electric motors and controllers for hybrid and pure electric vehicles, has closed a £18-million (US$22 million) funding round. The new funding will enable the company to scale to meet rapidly growing customer demand from the automotive and aerospace sectors. Existing investors Parkwalk... Read more →

Valens introduces chipset for smart vehicle connectivity for next-gen autonomous vehicles

Israel-based Valens has unveiled an automotive chipset technology for smart vehicle connectivity, providing unprecedented data transmission speeds for connected and autonomous vehicles. The technology enables up to 16Gbps over simple wires and solves the industry need for high-speed connectivity for data-hungry devices and applications. Valens’ smart vehicle connectivity technology guarantees... Read more →

Konin orders six Solaris electric buses

Konin will join the list of Polish cities using zero-emission electric buses of Solaris in everyday municipal transport. The value of the contract covering the purchase of six electric buses and of three chargers slightly exceeds PLN 16 million (US$4.1 million). In line with the signed contract, the commissioned vehicles... Read more →

Solid Power, a developer of safe, energy-dense, all-solid-state batteries (ASSB), announced that its pilot production line is fully operational and producing its first fully automated ASSBs. Solid Power will use its current facility to achieve its first stage of production scale and initiate qualification trials with its automotive partners. The... Read more →

Electrify America network first to charge 800V EV battery at 270 kW

Electrify America, LLC and Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) celebrated the first time the Electrify America DC fast charging network was used nearly to its full potential. On 4 September, the day of the global launch event, a Porsche Taycan, with its 800-volt architecture, charged at Electrify America’s Bloomsburg,... Read more →

California governor signs e-bike vouchers bill into law

California Senate Bill 400 (SB 400), authored by Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) expanding the state’s incentives for turning in old, polluting cars to include vouchers for bikeshare and e-bikes, was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. SB 400 adds bikeshare and e-bikes as mobility options in the... Read more →

Automobili Pininfarina, Bosch and BENTELER partner to develop high-performance EV platform

Automobili Pininfarina, Bosch and BENTELER are collaborating to develop a high-performance EV platform to support future Automobili Pininfarina vehicles and also to be made available to OEMs. Automobili Pininfarina, Bosch Engineering and BENTELER will evaluate the best technical concept as well as the market potential for the platform that will... Read more →

Phihong showcasing AC & DC EV charging products

Phihong is showcasing its complete range of high-efficiency AC & DC charging systems for EV applications at 2019 Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, taking place September 10–12 in Novi, Michigan. The Expo is co-located with The Battery Show 2019. The Phihong exhibit will also include integrated software for front-end,... Read more →

From May 2020, Mercedes‑Benz will deliver a total of 130 Citaro hybrid low-floor city buses to Bucharest, the Romanian capital. Depending on the operation, the hybrid module reduces fuel consumption by up to 8.5%. In the last decade, the city authorities have ordered a total of 1,000 Citaro buses. The... Read more →

ExxonMobil and Porsche expand motorsports technology partnership into Formula E; lubricants and fluids

ExxonMobil is expanding its global business and technical partnership with Porsche by teaming with the luxury German automaker on its Formula E series car for the 2019 / 2020 season. The new partnership represents ExxonMobil’s first entry into electric motorsports. Starting from the first race in Saudi Arabia at the... Read more →

XL fleet electrification systems reach 100M customer miles driven

XL announced that its customers have cumulatively driven 100 million miles using the company’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric drive systems. Founded in 2009, the fleet electrification pioneer recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, and has been tracking critical usage and sustainability metrics on its vehicles with the XL Link telematics... Read more →

Voltabox to present 800V modular drive system for automotive applications at the IAA

Voltabox will present an 800V drive system at the IAA’s New Mobility World in Frankfurt. In addition to the high-voltage traction battery system, elements include a 2-way inverter, high-performance electric motors, a DC-DC converter and a remote Li-ion electrical system battery. The system can be individually and flexibly adapted to... Read more →

Carsharing provider SHARE NOW to boost electric fleet in Munich to 200 vehicles by end of 2019

The Department of Health and Environment of the City of Munich (LHM), the BMW Group and carsharing provider SHARE NOW are joining forces to promote innovative mobility in the state capital. Through a Memorandum of Understanding issued on 3 September in Munich, LHM and the BMW Group are set to... Read more →

FIAT discontinuing production of Fiat 500 and 500e EV in North America

FIAT will discontinue production of the current-generation Fiat 500 and 500e in North America. Current inventory of the 2019 Fiat 500 and 500e will last into 2020. In North America, FIAT will continue to offer the new Italian-designed, fun-to-drive Fiat 500X all-wheel-drive compact crossover, the Fiat 124 Spider roadster and... Read more →

Report: POSCO to set up lithium processing plant in S. Korea for EV battery materials

Yonhap reports that S. Korean steelmaker POSCO will build a lithium processing plant in South Korea to meet the growing demand of electric vehicle (EV) battery materials. POSCO recently finalized a deal with lithium miner Pilbara Minerals Ltd. in Australia to set up a joint venture in Gwangyang, South Jeolla... Read more →

Volkswagen do Brasil develops its first vehicle for international market; MQB-based “New Urban Coupé”

For the first time, Volkswagen do Brasil is developing a vehicle based on the modular transverse toolkit MQB completely in-house; the model is also to be produced later in Europe and sold on other international markets. Known as the “New Urban Coupé” it combines sportiness with a high driving position.... Read more →

Forty percent of employment in the Motor Vehicles and Component Parts sector in the US in 2018 was in manufacturing. Repair and maintenance employment was nearly as large (37%). The wholesale trade, distribution, and transport category was another 20%, with the professional and business category adding 3% of employment in... Read more →

Hyundai Motorsport teases electric race car debut for IAA 2019

Hyundai Motorsport will unveil its new electric race car at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt next week. It is the first electric vehicle to be designed and developed by Hyundai Motorsport from its Alzenau-based headquarters. Since its inception in 2012, Hyundai Motorsport has become established in rallying and... Read more →

Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV) has received orders for its EAVan from the Norwegian postal and parcel logistics company Posten Norge and its sister logistics and parcels company The EAVan is an eCargo bike with a capacity of between 1m³ to 3m³ and 120kg of weight operating under the... Read more →

Mitsubishi Motors to provide Outlander PHEVs to local governments in Japan when disasters occur

To cope with disasters, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will implement DENDO Community Support Program, which aims to create a system to quickly provide MMC plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to local governments in affected areas. MMC aims to enter into disaster cooperation agreements with local governments throughout Japan by fiscal 2022.... Read more →

Nel ASA enters into contract to deliver a 3.5 MW alkaline electrolyzer

Nel Hydrogen Electrolyzer AS, a subsidiary of Nel ASA, has entered into a contract to deliver a 3.5 MW alkaline electrolyzer to a large, international energy company. Nel’s Atmospheric Alkaline Electrolyzer features a cell stack power consumption as low as 3.8 kWh/Nm3 of hydrogen gas produced, up to 2.2 MW... Read more →

Ostrów Wielkopolski orders 6 more Solaris electric buses

The Polish city Ostrów Wielkopolski is ordering six Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses. The contract value amounts to slightly over PLN 16 million (US$4 million). Four electric Solaris buses have been riding on the streets of Ostrów Wielkopolski since 2017. The six new Solaris Urbino 12 electric vehicles will arrive... Read more →

Fleet drivers in Northern and Central California can now fuel up at multiple commercial fueling sites with high-performance, low-carbon Neste MY Renewable Diesel with the recent opening of three new locations. The new cardlock stations join the first location in San Leandro, California, which opened in March 2019. Made by... Read more →

The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (FBH) has achieved a breakthrough with transistors based on gallium oxide (beta-Ga2O3). The newly developed beta-Ga2O3-MOSFETs (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor) provide a high breakdown voltage combined with high current conductivity. Gallium oxide chip with transistor structures and for measurement purposes, processed at FBH via projection lithography. Credit: FBH/ With... Read more →

NIO and ProLogium sign strategic cooperation agreement focused on solid-state battery pack

Earlier this month, China-based EV company NIO and ProLogium, a developer of solid-state Li-ion batteries, signed a strategic cooperation, the short-term goal of which is the creation of a prototype using a ProLogium solid-state battery pack. More in­depth discussions will follow with respect to the cooperation in the production of... Read more →

Navigant forecasts Asia Pacific to be largest market for energy storage software platforms; $10.7B in next decade

According to a new report from Navigant Research, Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the largest regional market for energy storage software platforms. Driven by a rapidly growing battery ESS (BESS) market, the region is expected to account for $10.7 billion in cumulative software vendor revenue through 2028. As the... Read more →

KLA joins Automotive Electronics Council

KLA Corporation announced that the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC), the organization that sets qualification standards for electronic components in the automotive industry, has accepted the company as an associate member. As the first semiconductor equipment company to join AEC, KLA helps chip manufacturers implement Zero Defect strategies aimed at optimizing... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz commits to successor of Citan small van, including electric version

Mercedes-Benz will continue its engagement in the small van segment and has decided on the successor of its small van Citan as part of the Mercedes-Benz Vans product portfolio—including an electric version. The vehicle will again be established in cooperation with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. The new Citan will undergo a comprehensive new... Read more →

2020 Chevy Bolt to boost range to 259 miles, up 21 miles

Starting with model year 2020, the Chevrolet Bolt EV will offer an EPA-estimated 259 miles of range on a full charge , a 21-mile increase (+8.8%) over previous model years. Chevrolet’s battery engineering team improved the energy of the cell electrodes by making small changes to the cell chemistry. This... Read more →

Canada awarding almost $2M to Mogile Technologies for EV infrastructure projects

Natural Resources Canada is awarding almost $2 million to Mogile Technologies Inc., a Québec-based company, to develop two innovative electric vehicle infrastructure solutions in Québec. The first project, with an investment of $1.136 million, will test new technology—compatible with multiple electric vehicle charging networks—designed to reduce peak period demand on... Read more →

Continental to showcase global innovations for clean, safe and connected mobility at IAA

At the IAA 2019, Continental will showcase technologies for the safe, clean and connected mobility of the future. Continental will be presenting its fully integrated axle drive for electric cars—a global innovation that the company will supply to customers in China and Europe and for which production is scheduled to... Read more →

RoboSense and Aidrivers partner to deliver autonomous solutions for industrial transportation

RoboSense, a supplier of LiDAR perception system solutions, and Aidrivers, the UK's leading provider of autonomous mobility solutions for industrial applications, announced a partnership through which Aidrivers will integrate RoboSense Smart LiDAR Sensor System into their own Autonomous Driving Systems. Aidrivers is delivering a fully autonomous natural navigation system that... Read more →

ABB has won a contract from Shell to deliver and commission its electric vehicle infrastructure at ten Shell stations island-wide. The first ABB Terra 54 DC (Direct Current) fast charger has now been switched on and is ready to charge at Shell’s Sengkang station, in north-east Singapore. Additional chargers will... Read more →

Daimler Trucks is further expanding its field tests for medium and heavy-duty e-trucks in North America. American customers Penske Truck Leasing and NFI Industries have acquired the first heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia trucks (class 8) with a range of up to 250 miles (400 km). (Earlier post.) Since the end of... Read more →

Hyundai Motor will display the company’s focus toward the future direction of car design at the forthcoming IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. Inspired by looking back at the brand’s first model in the 1970s—the Pony—the 『45』 fully-electric concept car will act as a symbolic milestone for Hyundai’s future EV design. The... Read more →

Equinor and partners OMV and Petoro have made an oil discovery in the Sputnik exploration well in the Barents Sea. The Barents Sea is a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean, and is located off the northern coasts of Norway and Russia. Recoverable resources are preliminarily estimated at 20-65 million... Read more →