bp and CEMEX to develop solutions to decarbonize the cement production ‎process and transportation

bp and CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., a global building materials company, will work together on accelerating the ‎progress of CEMEX’s 2050 ambition to deliver net zero CO2 concrete globally. The two companies have agreed to a memorandum of understanding to develop ‎solutions to decarbonize the cement production process and transportation.... Read more →

Port of Corpus Christi, Ares Management sign memorandum of understanding for green hydrogen production, renewable energy generation

The Port of Corpus Christi Authority has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with funds managed by the Infrastructure and Power strategy of Ares Management Corporation with the intention of developing renewable energy infrastructure on Port-owned property to support the production of green hydrogen and optionally to provide renewable... Read more →

Avfuel delivers Neste MY SAF to Textron Aviation, Bell Textron

Under a new agreement, Avfuel will supply Textron Aviation with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel at its Wichita headquarters location on an ongoing basis. Textron Aviation will use the product as “fly away fuel” for new aircraft deliveries as well as to fuel customer demo flights. The agreement makes Textron... Read more →

Aeon Global SCM and Toyota to consider collaboration on logistics improvement and carbon-neutrality initiatives

Aeon Global SCM (Supply Chain Management) and Toyota Motor Corporation agreed to continue considering new collaborative initiatives concerning the logistics field. A member of the Aeon Group, Aeon Global SCM is responsible for the Aeon Group’s supply chain in Japan and abroad. By integrating the retail logistics expertise cultivated by... Read more →

GILLIG’s electric bus telematics are now powered by ViriCiti

ViriCiti, a leading telematics and charger management platform, has partnered with GILLIG, one of the largest bus manufacturers in North America. The collaboration means GILLIG’s electric bus telematics are now powered by ViriCiti’s fleet management platform. ViriCiti’s platform will now be available in GILLIG buses, offering GILLIG customers an intuitive... Read more →

Reliance and bp start up KG D6 Satellites deepwater gas field in India; 2nd of 3 developments expected to meet ~15% of India gas demand

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and bp have started production from the Satellite Cluster gas field in block KG D6 off the east coast of India. The Satellites project will be developed as a five-well subsea tie-back to the existing control and riser platform off Block KG D6. RIL and bp... Read more →

Volvo Group invests in Designwerk Technologies AG to complement electromobility capabilities

Volvo Group has signed definitive agreements to acquire 60% of Designwerk Technologies AG, an engineering company in Switzerland, that develops and sells electromobility products and engineering services within electromobility eco-systems. By investing in Designwerk Technologies, the Volvo Group will complement its current capabilities when it comes to niche products and... Read more →

Arizona enacts law establishing urban air mobility study committee

The Arizona legislature passed, and Governor Doug Ducey has signed, Arizona H.B. 2485, which establishes an Urban air mobility study committee. This is the first urban air mobility (UAM) state legislation, according to Hyundai Motor Group’s Urban Air Mobility Division. The UAM study committee will: Review current AZ laws that... Read more →

Navya and REE Automotive to develop electric L4 autonomous system

Navya, a developer of autonomous driving systems, and REE Automotive, the developer of technology which integrates critical vehicle components (steering, braking, suspension, powertrain and control) into the arch of the wheel, will collaborate in the development of a level 4 autonomous system including REEcorner technology and Navya self-driving solutions. REE’s... Read more →

JI and Oxford to partner on solid-state sodium battery R&D

Researchers at the University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI, JI hereafter) and Oxford University are partnering on a two-year joint research and development program for solid-state sodium batteries. Solid-state sodium batteries could provide energy density equivalent to lithium-ion batteries at a lower cost, with... Read more →

Plus partners with IVECO to develop autonomous trucks for global deployment

Plus (formerly Plus.ai), a leading global self-driving truck technology company, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with IVECO jointly to develop autonomous trucks that will be deployed across Europe, China, and other geographies. Under the terms of the non-binding MOU, IVECO and Plus will integrate IVECO’s latest-generation S-WAY heavy-duty truck... Read more →

VinBus Ecology Transport Services Limited Liability Company has officially put the first smart electric bus in Vietnam into operation. The first electric bus lines will operate in Vinhomes Ocean Park (Gia Lam) while waiting for finishing the procedures to connect with the city’s public passenger transport system. VinBus is an... Read more →

On 7 April, NIO’s 100,000th mass-produced electric vehicle rolled off the JAC-NIO Hefei Advanced Manufacturing Center’s production line. From 27 May 2018, when the first mass-produced ES8 rolled off the line, to 7 April 2021, it took NIO just 1,046 days to complete the production of 100,000 smart electric vehicles,... Read more →

Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell will implement Southeast Asia’s first cross-border high performance charging network with 12 charge points at six Shell stations located along Malaysia’s North-South highway, offering EV drivers the possibility of convenient travel between Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Penang in the future. Through this partnership, six Shell... Read more →

Endera, a vertically integrated transportation technology company specializing in all-electric commercial vehicles, charging infrastructure and software solutions, has acquired Metro Titan, LLC, a school and shuttle bus manufacturing company. The acquisition gives Endera the capability to deliver electric commercial vehicles in all 50 states. From its new Ohio-based facility, Endera... Read more →

Self-driving truck company Plus adds $220M to recent fundraising bringing total to $420M

Plus (formerly Plus.ai), a provider of self-driving truck technology, added $220 million in new financing co-led by FountainVest Partners and ClearVue Partners, with participation from Quanta Computer Inc., Phi Zoyi Capital, and Millennium Technology Value Partners. The company’s existing investors including Sequoia Capital China, SAIC Capital, and Full Truck Alliance... Read more →

Volvo partners with Aurora to accelerate the deployment of autonomous transport solutions

Volvo Autonomous Solutions has entered a strategic partnership with US-based self-driving company Aurora to jointly develop on-highway autonomous trucks. The agreement signed between Volvo Autonomous Solutions and Aurora is a long-term partnership spanning over several years. The initial focus is on hub-to-hub applications for customers in North America. Automation is... Read more →

Hyzon Motors launches leasing service for hydrogen commercial vehicles in Europe

US-based Hyzon Motors Inc., a global supplier of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles, has launched a leasing service for the provision of heavy-duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to its customers in the European Union. Through the leasing service, Hyzon intends to enable potential European Union customers to operate... Read more →

Volvo Penta and terminal tractor manufacturer TICO partner to introduce electric terminal tractor

Volvo Penta and TICO announced a joint effort in the development of fully-electric terminal truck prototypes. Together the two companies will start building the first prototypes and begin testing this year. Additionally, TICO is also partnering with Volvo Penta to offer an alternative diesel powertrain within its existing line-up. As... Read more →

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines to move into ocean shipping of liquefied CO2

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) will invest in Norway-based Larvik Shipping AS, a ship management company for liquefied CO2– carriers, marking MOL’s first foray into the liquefied CO2 ocean transport business. Liquefied CO2 ocean transport plays a key role in carbon dioxide capture utilization and storage (CCUS) value chains as... Read more →

Métropole Rouen Normandie orders ten Mercedes Benz eCitaro electric buses

Métropole Rouen Normandie has ordered ten Mercedes Benz eCitaro buses. The region in north-west France consists of the city of Rouen and 70 predominantly small municipalities. Following the latest order of ten eCitaro buses, the first fully electric city buses will be added to the region’s fleet. Métropole Rouen Normandie's... Read more →

Russian-based vehicle manufacturer KAMAZ has presented the first Russian articulated bus, the KAMAZ-6292. The bus was prepared for test operation at the NEFAZ factory, a subsidiary of KAMAZ. It accommodates 135 passengers and has 48 seats. The electric articluated bus is expected to go into serial production by the end... Read more →

Ballard Power Systems announced that its FCmove fuel cell module is powering the first Fuel Cell Electric Bus (FCEB) manufactured in New Zealand. The FCEB has been designed and built by Global Bus Ventures (GBV), a leading bus manufacturer serving New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Middle East, and is... Read more →

Coming off a year that proved to be pivotal for the electric mobility industry, Tritium has launched a new software update for its RT50 DC fast chargers, enabling Plug and Charge technology globally. The update allows an electric vehicle (EV) that supports Plug and Charge and Tritium’s RT50 chargers to... Read more →

Germany backs Skeleton’s development of advanced ultracapacitor production technology

  Skeleton Technologies—the largest European manufacturer of ultracapacitors—unveiled its plans to develop first-of-its-kind production technology for manufacturing its ultracapacitors, following the official support announced by German authorities in January. These plans include a fully-automated ultracapacitor production line in its Großröhrsdorf factory—a first in the industry. The economies of scale provided... Read more →

EPA penalizes Premier Performance $3M for selling defeat devices

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Premier Performance of Rexburg, Idaho, one of the US’ largest sellers of aftermarket automotive parts, has agreed to pay a $3-million penalty under the Clean Air Act for illegally selling emissions-control defeat devices to businesses and individuals throughout the US. EPA alleges... Read more →

Phillips 66 Lubricants launches e-Shield line for EVs

Phillips 66 Lubricants has launched Phillips 66 e-Shield, high-performing lubricant solutions to optimize electric vehicle performance and protection. e-Shield is a new line of products, including system fluid, grease and coolant, designed to fulfill the unique needs of electric vehicles. These lubricants use modern proprietary formulations to enable extended driving... Read more →

BMW Group and Daimler Mobility intend to sell PARK NOW Group to EasyPark Group

BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG have agreed to sell their joint venture PARK NOW Group to EasyPark Group, subject to prior approval by the relevant authorities. PARK NOW is the parking operation of the carmakers’ YOUR NOW Joint Ventures along with services for car sharing (SHARE NOW), ride hailing... Read more →

Alfa Laval starts testing biofuels, methanol to support the transition towards more sustainable shipping

Alfa Laval—a leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling—will soon start testing two new types of marine fuels; biofuels (made from waste) and methanol, in its Test & Training Center in Denmark. The tests will begin during the spring. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets a 50% reduction... Read more →

Saipem and Alboran Hydrogen to develop and build five green hydrogen plants

Saipem and Alboran Hydrogen signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the joint development and the construction of five plants for the production of green hydrogen via electrolysis. Three of the plants will be in Italy and the other two in the Mediterranean basin. As a global solution provider in... Read more →

Mullen to use NexTech Li-S batteries in its EVs

Mullen Technologies announced a strategic partnership with NexTech Batteries as an EV battery supplier and key partner for battery development and technologies. NexTech Batteries was founded in early 2016 and was the result of the exclusive license to the rights and patents to the lithium sulfur battery technology developed at... Read more →

TECO 2030 ASA has signed a letter of intent with an undisclosed European shipowner for engineering support and delivery of a TECO 2030 Marine Fuel Cell system used for zero-emission propulsion. (Earlier post.) This LoI is related to one vessel. The TECO Marine Fuel Cell System is a 1.2 MW... Read more →

Williams Advanced Engineering partners with Fortescue to develop battery-electric mining haul truck

Williams Advanced Engineering is partnering with Fortescue Metals Group to design, build, test and integrate a battery system to power an electric mining haul truck. The project will involve the design and construction of a bespoke battery electric powertrain with the ability to regenerate power as the truck travels downhill.... Read more →

Clean Energy and Total form JV to develop carbon-negative renewable natural gas and infrastructure

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and its largest shareholder, Total SE, formed a 50/50 joint venture to develop carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG) production facilities in the United States, as well as credit support to build additional downstream RNG fueling infrastructure. (Earlier post.) The initial firm commitment is $100 million and... Read more →

Ricardo North America unveiled its reference service-oriented architecture (SOA) Elevate, a standards-based starting point for developing next-generation embedded systems. Elevate removes dependencies on the underlying operating environment and hardware, ensures interoperability between vendor solutions and reduces system and integration complexity across the stack. The Elevate architecture was unveiled and demonstrated... Read more →

First deployment of BAE’s next-gen Series-EV electric propulsion system in NA to be in Vancouver buses

Fifteen public buses in Vancouver, Canada, will be fitted with BAE Systems’ all-electric propulsion system, allowing them to run free of emissions. The fleet is the first in North America to benefit from the next-generation Series-EV technology (earlier post). Series-EV eliminates the need for traditional combustion engines through the use... Read more →

Rheinmetall subsidiary books major order in China for electromotor aluminum housings

Representing lifetime sales well into double-digit million-euro territory, the Rheinmetall joint venture HASCO KSPG Nonferrous Components (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (KPSNC) has won a major order from a leading international automaker. The order encompasses electromotor housings made of aluminum, which will be installed modularly in the customer’s entire fleet of electrically... Read more →

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 →