Study finds short-haul flights in Europe a key contributor to aviation emissions

A new study by a team from The University of Manchester in the UK has found that the main culprit for aviation emissions across the connected continent of Europe is the large number of short-haul flights. The research, recently published in journal Transportation Research, identified that a large number of... Read more →

Solaris lands €15+M contract for 30 electric buses for Genoa, Italy

Solaris has won a tender for the delivery of as many as 30 Urbino 12 electric buses to AMT (Azienda Mobilità e Trasporti SpA) in Genoa, Italy. The coastal city wants to replace its fleet with electric buses only by 2025. The value of the new contract exceeds €15 million.... Read more →

Geely’s Holding subsidiary company, Geely Technology Group, showcased the battery swapping technology behind its battery swapping service, called E-Energee, at the 2021 Wuzhen Internet Conference, while providing further details on the future layout of its services. Geely Technology Group began researching battery swapping technologies in 2017 as it grew its... Read more →

Gevo acquires Butamax patent estate for the production of renewable isobutanol and derivative renewable fuel products

Gevo has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC and its affiliate, Danisco US Inc., to acquire certain patents, leaving Gevo as the only entity with full rights to sublicense the entire Gevo/Butamax isobutanol and isobutanol derivatives patent estate in the fields of fuels, isooctane, industrial... Read more →

Electric Last Mile Solutions, a pure-play commercial electric vehicle company focused on redefining productivity for the last mile, has received a binding purchase order for 1,000 units of its Urban Delivery vehicle from its strategic distribution partner, Randy Marion Automotive Group. Start of production for the Urban Delivery took place... Read more →

Oshkosh invests in Carnegie Foundry to build upon autonomy and robotics capabilities

Oshkosh Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of mission-critical vehicles and essential equipment, and Carnegie Foundry, a robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) venture studio headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., announced a strategic partnership and Oshkosh Corporation investment in Carnegie Foundry to accelerate innovation in autonomy and robotics. Carnegie Foundry has an... Read more →

Chevron, Caterpillar to demonstrate hydrogen locomotive prototype

Chevron USA, a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, and Caterpillar announced a collaboration agreement to develop hydrogen demonstration projects in transportation and stationary power applications, including prime power. The goal of the collaboration is to confirm the feasibility and performance of hydrogen for use as a commercially viable alternative to traditional... Read more →

Helbiz announced the launch of its first electric scooter intended for sale, Helbiz One. The e-scooter prototype was developed through a collaboration with international design house and emblem of Italian style, Pininfarina, and MT Distribution, a leader in the design and production of urban micro-mobility solutions in the Italian Motor... Read more →

DOE awards Nikola $2M to research autonomous refueling for hydrogen stations

Nikola Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty commercial battery-electric vehicles (BEV), fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and energy infrastructure solutions, has been awarded an approximate $2-million grant from the US Department of Energy to advance research into autonomous refueling technologies for future hydrogen fueling stations. Autonomous fueling is part of... Read more →

NFI and Robotic Research to bring automated driving technology to North American transit agencies

NFI Group, a leading independent bus and coach manufacturer and a leader in mobility solutions, announced an agreement with Robotic Research, LLC to increase the deployment of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) in transit agency fleets across North America. The agreement expands the partnership between New Flyer of America, an NFI... Read more →

Gevo restarts production at Luverne renewable fuels facility; isobutanol for aviation fuel and gasoline

Gevo has restarted production operations at renewable fuels production facility located in Luverne, Minnesota. The Luverne Facility will produce fuel-grade, renewable isobutanol (IBA). The IBA produced will be used as a feedstock for Gevo to produce sustainable aviation fuel and renewable premium gasoline to fulfill existing sales contracts. Gevo had... Read more →

In late 2020, Marathon Petroleum Corporation (Marathon) began the production of renewable diesel at its Dickinson refinery in North Dakota. Marathon now reports successful completion of the refinery’s test run of the grassroot renewable diesel unit, based on Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology. Dickinson refinery The new HydroFlexx unit produces 100% renewable... Read more →

Fortescue Future Industries, JSW Future Energy to explore potential green hydrogen projects in India

Australia-based Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has entered into a framework agreement with India-based JSW Future Energy Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of JSW Energy Limited, to explore opportunities to develop green hydrogen projects in India. Under the agreement, FFI and JSW Energy will collaborate and conduct scoping work on potential... Read more →

MAN Energy Solutions and ANDRITZ Hydro to develop projects for green hydrogen from hydropower

MAN Energy Solutions and ANDRITZ Hydro have completed a strategic framework agreement jointly to develop international projects for the production of green hydrogen from hydropower. A pilot project in Europe will mark the start of the collaboration. Subsequently, the companies want to identify jointly further projects and implement them in... Read more →

Exro selects Mesa, Arizona for US HQ; Coil Driver

Exro Technologies Inc., the developer of Coil Driver power electronics technology for electric motors and batteries (earlier post), will locate its US headquarters in Mesa, Arizona. Exro plans to hire 50 employees over the next 18 months, bringing new job opportunities to the region and expanding the local e-mobility ecosystem.... Read more →

Parkopedia to provide upgraded premium parking services to Volkswagen of America

Parking services provider Parkopedia announced a new deal with Volkswagen of America (VWoA) to provide parking reservation services to Volkswagen drivers using the Car-Net service and the associated smartphone app in the US. The service is now live for drivers and will cover both legacy and new vehicles produced by... Read more →

BAAAQMD funds 7 zero-emission tractors

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District in California announced the deployment of seven zero-emission tractors at Bay Area farms as part of an approximately $1-million grant through the Funding Agricultural Reduction Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) program to demonstrate zero-emission technology in Bay Area agricultural operations. The program is... Read more →

IndianOil to build India’s first green hydrogen plant at Mathura refinery

IndianOil (Indian Oil Corporation Limited) will build India’s first ‘Green Hydrogen’ plant at its Mathura refinery. Green hydrogen is derived from water electrolysis using renewable energy such as solar or wind. Biomass-based hydrogen production technologies also qualify under the green category. Brown and grey hydrogen are produced through coal gasification... Read more →

Eastman to supply benzyl toluene to Hydrogenious for hydrogen carrier

Eastman and Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies, a pioneer in the liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) industry (earlier post), are partnering to make the storage and transportation of sustainable hydrogen more secure, easier and more affordable for the fast-growing clean energy market. Eastman is poised to meet the increasing needs of the... Read more →

Ford brings corporate M&A veteran on board with focus on electrification

Ford has hired corporate M&A veteran Doug Power, 52, in the newly created position of Vice President, Corporate Development. He and his team are charged with developing, sustaining and carrying out a master plan for strategic acquisitions and investments on behalf of Ford’s Industrial, Technology and Software, and New Businesses... Read more →

UCAP Power, Inc., a developer of ultracapacitor-based power solutions, has completed the purchase of Maxwell Technologies Korea, the Korean-based ultracapacitor business, as well as other related assets including the Maxwell brand and system patents and products. UCAP recently introduced the POWERBLoK battery replacement solution. POWERBLoK incorporates integrated charging and control... Read more →

Boeing and SkyNRG partner to scale sustainable aviation fuels globally

Boeing, SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas announced a partnership focused on scaling the availability and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) globally. Boeing will also invest in SkyNRG Americas’ SAF production project, for which Alaska Airlines is a previously announced partner. Boeing, SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas will work together to accelerate... Read more →

Apex Clean Energy and Plug Power partner on largest green hydrogen power purchase agreement in the US

Apex Clean Energy, one of the nation’s largest independent clean energy companies, and Plug Power announced a 345 MW wind power purchase agreement (PPA) and a development services agreement for a green hydrogen production facility. The power purchased through the PPA will directly supply a new hydrogen production plant with... Read more →

REE Automotive enters strategic collaboration with JB Poindexter to develop commercial EVs

REE Automotive announced a strategic collaboration with EAVX, a wholly owned business unit of JB Poindexter & Co (JBPCO). The JB Poindexter business enterprise includes commercial work truck bodies and accessory industry leaders Morgan Olson, Morgan Corporation, Reading, Truck Accessories Group, and Masterack. REE and EAVX will collaborate to develop... Read more →

CAF Power & Automation selects Skeleton ultracapacitors to complete OESS portfolio for trams

Skeleton Technologies signed a contract with CAF Power & Automation, the global manufacturer of electric power solutions for the rail industry, to supply ultracapacitors in trams powered by CAF P&A’s OESS-s (On Board Energy Storage Systems). Skeleton’s cells will be included in Greentech OESS portfolio already used by some of... Read more →

TAQA Group and Abu Dhabi Ports discussing 2 GW green hydrogen to ammonia project

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), one of the largest listed integrated utilities in the region, and Abu Dhabi Ports, are discussing the development of an industrial-scale green hydrogen to ammonia export project in Abu Dhabi. A partnership on a green hydrogen to ammonia project on this scale between... Read more →

PowerCell extends cooperation with ZeroAvia on hydrogen-electric aviation, secures $1.3M order

PowerCell Sweden AB has secured an order valued at a total of MSEK 10.9 million (US$1.3 million) from UK company ZeroAvia. The order comprises fuel cell stacks, fuel cell systems and engineering services, and is scheduled for continuous delivery over one year. The order is part of a cooperation agreement... Read more →

EDGE and Ulstein evaluating use of modular fuel cell system for container vessel; ABB and Ballard partners

EDGE Navigation and Ulstein (earlier post) recently announced their cooperation on an X-BOW container vessel concept design to facilitate green energy power solutions for fossil-free operations. The partners are now in the process of evaluating the use of a modular hydrogen fuel cell solution together with ABB and Ballard Power... Read more →

Ballard receives initial order for fuel cell modules to power 15 Tata Motors buses in India

Ballard Power Systems has received a purchase order for 15 70 kW FCmove-HD fuel cell modules from Tata Motors to power 15 of Tata’s zero-emission Fuel Cell Electric Buses (FCEBs). Ballard plans to complete delivery of all modules by 2022. The buses are planned for deployment in Faridabad, the largest... Read more →

Nikkei: Daikin has developed new refrigerant for EVs that can boost range up to 50%

According to a report in Nikkei Asia, Daikin Industries, Japan’s top air conditioner maker, has developed a refrigerant for electric vehicles that can extend their range by up to 50%. The company plans to commercialize the product by 2025, the report said. Daikin’s new refrigerant supposedly has a boiling point... Read more →

Irizar e-mobility together with its partner in Switzerland Jebsen & Jessen Industrial Solutions Schweiz AG, will supply a total of 18 electric buses with operators Bernmobil and BUS Ostschweiz. The Swiss operator Bernmobil (Berne) ordered 14 ie bus zero-emissions buses in the 18-meter articulated version. These buses are planned to... Read more →

Rio Tinto and POSCO to partner on low-carbon-emission steel value chain

Rio Tinto and POSCO, the largest steel producer in South Korea and one of the world’s leading steel producers, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly explore, develop and demonstrate technologies to transition to a low-carbon emission steel value chain. The partnership will explore a range of technologies... Read more →

Baselland Transport AG (BLT) transport company is putting five Mercedes-Benz eCitaro electric buses into operation. Very soon, eight more eCitaro for BLT will follow. BLT is a Swiss transport company that links the city of Basel to the surrounding region via bus and train. BLT operates in the cantons of... Read more →

Maersk signs shipbuilding contract for first container feeder vessel fueled by methanol

Maersk and Hyundai Mipo Dockyards have agreed on a contract for Hyundai Mipo to build a feeder vessel with a dual engine technology enabling it to sail on either methanol or conventional very low sulfur fuel. Maersk announced the intention to order the vessel, an industry first, on 17 February... Read more →

German government partnering with UAM regions on innovation network to spur drone use in Germany

Andreas Scheuer, Germany’s Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, signed a memorandum on cooperation with the four German Urban Air Mobility (UAM) model cities and regions of Aachen, Ingolstadt, Hamburg and North Hesse to start a new innovation network for the use of drones in Germnay. Today we are... Read more →

Loop Energy, a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell-based solutions, reports that the pilot transit bus fleet of Skywell New Energy Vehicles Group (Skywell) in Nanjing, China has now been fully operational for 45 days and has already accumulated 75,000 kilometers of in-service operations. Loop Energy announced in April... Read more →

Crane Carrier, a Battle Motors truck company, is now a UFC sponsor. The partnership aligns Battle Motors with UFC as the inaugural sponsor in two distinct categories within the US market. Battle Motors will become the “Official Light Duty Truck of UFC,” as well as the first presenting partner of... Read more →

Cologne Bonn Airport makes Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) available for airlines

Neste, the world’s leading provider of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), has set up a supply of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Cologne Bonn Airport. AFS, the leading provider for aviation fueling services in Germany, supports Neste to serve this market. The first flight fueled with Neste MY SAF was... Read more →

Fertiglobe, TA’ZIZ in world-scale blue ammonia project in Abu Dhabi

OCI N.V. announced that Fertiglobe has signed an agreement with TA’ZIZ to join a world-scale blue ammonia production project in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. The agreement further strengthens the UAE’s hydrogen value proposition, building on the deep experience in carbon capture and storage of ADNOC, and the ammonia capabilities of Fertiglobe,... Read more →

Siemens Energy to electrify first-of-its-kind UPM biorefinery in Germany

The Finnish company UPM-Kymmene has selected Siemens Energy to supply electrification, automation, and digitalization (EAD) packages for a next-generation biorefinery currently under construction in Leuna, Germany. The biorefinery will be the first industrial-scale facility of its type. It will apply novel process innovations to convert sustainable hardwood into bio-based mono-ethylene... Read more →

ELMS to reveal electric Class 3 medium-duty commercial truck

Electric Last Mile, Inc. (ELMS) will reveal its working prototype of the Urban Utility electric medium-duty cab-forward truck, and begin taking orders, at the Route Consultant Contractor Expo on 30-31 July. Held in Nashville, Tennessee, the annual Expo is the largest independent gathering of FedEx Ground contractors in the country.... Read more →

STMicroelectronics cooperates with Arrival for next-generation EVs

STMicroelectronics (ST), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is collaborating with EV company Arrival (earlier post) to provide leading-edge semiconductor technologies and products for Arrival’s vehicles including automotive microcontrollers and power and battery-management devices. Arrival has selected ST’s high-performance, secure automotive microcontrollers for its... Read more →

Battle Motors’ Crane Carrier delivers electric refuse trucks to NYC

Crane Carrier Company (CCC), a Battle Motors truck manufacturing company, announced the first delivery of battery-powered, electric refuse trucks to New York City with Liberty Ashes, Inc., a family-operated business providing the New York City metro area with waste removal & recycling for over 50 years. Liberty Ashes, Inc. will... Read more →

bp makes $7m investment in EV charging firm IoTecha

bp ventures has invested $7 million in smart electric vehicle (EV) charging firm, IoTecha, leading a $13.2-million investment round. IoTecha’s easy-to-use technology connects EV chargers with the electricity grid using the Internet of Things (IoT), optimizing the charging process by automating payments and delivering cost and potential energy savings to... Read more →

Kia partners with Uber in Europe on electric mobility

Kia Europe and Uber announced an electric mobility partnership under which Kia will offer its range of battery electric vehicles (BEVs)—including the e-Niro and e-Soul—to Uber drivers with special offers. New mobility partnerships are part of Kia’s Plan S strategy, revealed earlier this year, which will see eco-friendly models take... Read more →

LiquidPiston successfully runs hybrid-electric X-Engine on hydrogen

LiquidPiston, Inc., developer of advanced rotary diesel and multi-fuel internal combustion engines, has successfully run its X-Engine next-generation rotary engine on hydrogen gas. This is the sixth fuel variation that has been shown to power the X-Engine along with gasoline, propane, kerosene, diesel, and jet A fuel. To demonstrate the... Read more →

Loop Energy to provide fuel cell system for 8-meter minibus with Mobility & Innovation a.s. in Slovakia

Slovakia-based Mobility & Innovation a.s. (M&I) has ordered Loop Energy’s S300 fuel cell module to fuel the electric powertrain of its new 8-meter transit bus as part of the company’s M&I composite platform. This order is the first under the commercial agreement signed between the parties, which anticipates more than... Read more →