Honda to evolve its original electrification technologies as “Honda e:TECHNOLOGY”

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will use Honda e:TECHNOLOGY, a new collective name, to represent Honda’s original high-efficiency electrification technologies including electrified two- and four-wheeled mobility products as well as Honda’s energy management technologies. Honda e:TECHNOLOGY embodies “value creation for mobility and people’s daily lives,” which is a direction Honda will... Read more →


Hyundai Mobis invests $50M in Velodyne Lidar, partners to mass-produce lidar system in 2021 for level 3

Hyundai Mobis will invest $50 million in Velodyne Lidar, and will partner with the company to mass-produce level 3 autonomous driving lidar systems, targeting the Asian markets first. The two companies will collaborate on new lidar system supply by integrating Velodyne’s latest lidar sensors with Hyundai Mobis’ cognitive software. Velodyne... Read more →


Rio Tinto to review future of New Zealand’s Aluminum Smelter; challenging market conditions

Rio Tinto will conduct a strategic review of its interest in New Zealand’s Aluminum Smelter (NZAS) at Tiwai Point, to determine the operation’s ongoing viability and competitive position. Under current market conditions and with high energy costs, Rio Tinto expects the short-to-medium outlook for the aluminum industry to be challenging... Read more →


4M Carbon Fiber and Montefibre Carbon to partner for production of the lowest-cost carbon fiber in the world

4M Carbon Corp. and Montefibre Carbon Fiber are in the process of finalizing a letter of intent (LOI) to establish a partnership, including a potential US-based joint venture (JV). 4M is currently a fully reporting SEC entity, which will accelerate a combined 4M/Montefibre IPO and listing in the US. 4M... Read more →


Honeywell forecasts 7,600 new business jet deliveries over next decade valued at $248B

The business jet industry is expected to see strong growth in the short to medium term, supported by several new airplane models coming to the market, according to Honeywell’s 28th annual Global Business Aviation Outlook. The Global Business Aviation Outlook forecasts up to 7,600 new business jet deliveries worth $248... Read more →


Qantas hails direct NYC-to-Sydney flight; 19h 16m in the air; Project Sunrise

The first non-stop commercial airline flight from New York to Sydney landed after 19 hours 16 minutes in the air. A total of 49 passengers and crew were on the flight, which was used to run a series of experiments to assess health and well-being onboard. Data from these experiments... Read more →


Volvo Group creates new business area for autonomous transport solutions

The Volvo Group has created a new business area for autonomous transport solutions: Volvo Autonomous Solutions. This will enable the Volvo Group to meet a growing demand and to offer the best possible solutions to customers in such segments as mining, ports and transport between logistics centers, as a complement... Read more →


Groupe PSA will introduce all-electric versions of its compact van range—Peugeot Expert, Citroën Dispatch, Vauxhall Vivaro and Opel Vivaro—from 2020. The electric versions will offer two levels of travel range: 124 miles on the WLTP cycle equipped with a 50 kWh battery pack; and 186 miles on the WLTP cycle... Read more →


GlobalData: China’s vehicle market heading for another decline in 2019

September’s China vehicle market marked the 15th consecutive monthly decline in China, the world’s largest and it’s a growing concern for the global automotive sector, said GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. China’s vehicle market in September fell 5.2% from the same month a year earlier to 2.27 million... Read more →


SAKOR Technologies Inc., a recognized leader in the area of high-performance dynamometer systems, recently provided the University of Houston’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a dynamometer test system designed to test motor and inverter designs for use in hybrid and electric vehicle applications. The system features dual opposing... Read more →


Polymaker launches 3 new PC-based 3D printing materials for automotive

Polymaker, a leader in advanced 3D printing materials, launched three new polycarbonate-based 3D printing materials, each with unique properties commonly used in the automotive industry. Polymaker has partnered with Covestro to bring these new materials to market taking formulas that are already well known to industry professionals and optimizing them... Read more →


Continental and 3M partner to develop infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) interfaces

Continental entered into a collaborative evaluation partnership with 3M to assess the infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) interface between infrastructure-related objects and technologies (including pavement markings, conspicuity film, signs and other landmarks on or near the roadway environment), and vehicle-related technologies. Continental has a long history in automotive safety systems. This extensive know-how,... Read more →


ExxonMobil expands low-emissions technology research with universities in India

ExxonMobil signed agreements with the Indian Institute of Technology locations in Madras and Bombay, further expanding its portfolio of research collaboration with India’s universities. The five-year agreements focus on progressing research in biofuels and bio-products, gas transport and conversion, climate and environment, and low-emissions technologies for the power and industrial... Read more →


Although the prices of gasoline and diesel have followed a similar trend, there are notable changes over time. From 1980 through 2004 the average annual diesel fuel price was below or nearly the same as regular gasoline, according to figures from the US Department of Energy (DOE). From 2005 through... Read more →


St@rtec Développement & Exoes create JV for high-performance batteries: e-Mersiv

St@rtec Développement and Exoes have formed a Joint Venture to develop high-performance batteries for automotive applications as well as specialty electric vehicles. St@rtec Developpement specializes in Li-ion batteries and Exoes specializes in thermal management technology and know-how. Together, they have created the joint venture e-Mersiv. St@rtec Developpement is a group... Read more →


Nouryon has introduced a range of demulsifiers that provide oil producers with a more sustainable option to separate crude oil from natural gas and water. The Witbreak NEO range is inherently biodegradable in seawater and has a better cost-to-performance ratio compared to conventional demulsifiers currently available on the market. High-performing... Read more →


Neste MY Renewable Diesel now available in all Baltic countries, including Estonia

Neste will introduce Neste MY Renewable Diesel, produced from 100% renewable raw materials, in Estonia during October 2019. During the initial phase, private car owners and heavy-duty vehicle drivers can refuel with renewable diesel at one station in Tallinn, at Kadaka tee 60, Tallinn. With the expansion, Neste MY Renewable... Read more →


Groupe Renault, Waymo and the Paris Region setting up an autonomous mobility service

France is committed to the development of autonomous vehicles with a strong national strategy in which stakeholders in the sector, and national and local authorities are involved. To make France a leading country for the development of the autonomous vehicle, an innovative program of experimentations supported par the government, EVRA... Read more →


Travelers joins Automated Vehicle coalitions

The Travelers Companies, Inc. has joined the Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) Consortium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE). Both organizations work strategically to advance research and public information about automated vehicle and driver assistance technologies. As a leading auto insurer, we play... Read more →


Bentley Motors’ corporate headquarters and main plant in Crewe, England—the Volkswagen Group’s only production plant on the British Isles—received CO2 neutrality certification in early October. The plant is thus making an important contribution to the decarbonization of the Volkswagen Group by 2050. Bentley’s entire electrical energy is either generated locally... Read more →


Toyota teased what will become the most powerful RAV4 ye: the 2021 RAV4 plug-in hybrid. Bringing with it a new color, Supersonic Red, the teaser image of the RAV4 plug-in hybrid highlights the new plug-in hybrid vehicle’s (PHV) performance capabilities. Toyota will debut the Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid during the... Read more →


Electrify Canada to install EV chargers at select Canadian Tire stores

Electrify Canada will launch its nation-wide electric vehicle (EV) charging network with more than 20 installations planned to roll out at select Canadian Tire locations across Canada. The initiative is expected to help make Canadian Tire Corporation one of the leading EV charging station hosts in Canada with charging stations... Read more →


The sixth generation of the Opel Corsa is now rolling off the production line at the Spanish Groupe PSA plant in Zaragoza. As of early 2020, Opel will also build the Corsa-e in Zaragoza. Corsa-e The Corsa-e will come with an output of 100 kW (136 hp) and an electric... Read more →


Hyundai US-market fuel cell SUVs have accumulated more than 8.4M miles

Hyundai’s US-market fuel cell SUVs—the NEXO fuel cell SUV and the Tucson fuel cell SUV—together have accumulated more than 8.4 million miles while emitting only clean water vapor. Celebrating National Hydrogen Day 2019, we couldn’t be more proud of our NEXO and former Tucson Fuel Cell’s direct impact in reducing... Read more →


StreetScooter brings on Tesla, Ford execs to focus on growth, internationalization

Electric commercial vehicle manufacturer StreetScooter continues to focus its management on growth and internationalization. Two internationally experienced top managers from the automotive industry are now joining the management team. As the new Chief Growth Officer, Tesla Director Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen will be responsible for the further growth and development of StreetScooter’s... Read more →


California vs. US fuel price gap at 50.3% premium

The September average price per gallon of regular gasoline in California rose 20 cents from August to $3.81. The California premium above the average for the US other than California ($2.53) jumped to $1.27, a 50.3% difference, according to data assembled by the non-profit California Center for Jobs and the... Read more →


Argonne releases GREET 2019

The Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center announced the 2019 release of the suite of GREET models and associated documentation. The GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) model is a life-cycle analysis (LCA) tool, structured to examine the energy and environmental effects of a wide variety... Read more →


The Volvo Group passes 1M connected customer assets: trucks, buses, and construction equipment

The Volvo Group has delivered more than one million connected customer assets, in terms of delivered trucks, buses, and construction equipment. The large amount of data collected is used to improve productivity by increasing vehicle and machine uptime, reducing emissions and noise, as well as improving traffic and site safety.... Read more →


Chevron sets new goals for greenhouse gas reduction from oil and natural gas production

Chevron Corporation has established new goals to reduce net greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity from upstream oil and natural gas. Emission intensity is the emission rate of greenhouse gas per unit of energy produced. The company intends to lower upstream oil net GHG emission intensity by 5 - 10% and... Read more →


LevelTen Energy expands renewable energy marketplace and procurement platform to Europe

LevelTen Energy is expanding its two-sided renewable energy procurement marketplace to Europe. The LevelTen Marketplace now has projects available across Europe, including the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. Coinciding with the expansion of its Marketplace to Europe, LevelTen has already secured commitments to launch its first European... Read more →


Rio Tinto, Queensland Alumina Limited and The University of Queensland win partnership award for red mud rehabilitation research

Rio Tinto, Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) and The University of Queensland’s (UQ) Sustainable Minerals Institute have been recognized for research into technologies that could turn bauxite residue, or “red mud”, into soil capable of growing plants. If successful, the research could help transform the way alumina refineries rehabilitate red mud... Read more →


Bombardier Transportation selects Leclanché SA as preferred global provider of battery systems to power rail transportation

Mobility solution provider Bombardier Transportation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Leclanché, a provider of energy storage systems to the transportation industry. Bombardier Transportation will use Leclanché’s 100% European manufactured cells (GNMC & LTO), module and pack technology across its extensive portfolio of trains. The collaboration between Leclanché... Read more →


Groupe Renault launches mobility consulting for businesses

Groupe Renault has launched Mobility Consulting by Renault to support businesses as they move their fleets towards lower-carbon mobility and introduce their recharging ecosystems. Fleet electrification projects have become more complex due to the multiplication of engine types and recharging methods and the need to coordinate a range of players... Read more →


NI introduces S.E.A. C-V2X Open Loop Test System; 5G tech for V2X

NI, the provider of a software-defined platform that helps accelerate the development and performance of automated test and automated measurement systems, announced the S.E.A. C-V2X Open Loop Test System, leveraging 5G wireless cellular technology to provide high bandwidth and low latency communication for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications. NI... Read more →


NEC to use Ambri Liquid Metal Batteries in energy storage systems

NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) and Ambri signed a joint development agreement (JDA) under which NEC will design and develop an energy storage system based on Ambri’s Liquid Metal Battery technology (earlier post). NEC will employ its proprietary AEROS energy storage operating system and controls to optimize system performance of the... Read more →


UK-based Prodrive has opened its new advanced Powertrain Development Center (PDC). The purpose-built facility represents a £5-million investment and was constructed over a period of six months. Its installation reinforces Prodrive’s ability to develop the next generation of electric, hybrid and internal combustion engines for road and competition applications, while... Read more →


Former GM, Tesla Executive Grace Overlander joins Pinnacle Engines as CEO

Grace Overlander, former head of Powertrain Production Engineering at Tesla, has joined ultra-efficient engine startup Pinnacle Engines (earlier post) as Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, Overlander led Tesla’s Powertrain Production Engineering Organization. Her team is credited with the launch of the record-breaking P100D high voltage battery, dual motor, and managed... Read more →


Renesas Electronics and StradVision collaborate on smart camera development for next-generation ADAS

Renesas Electronics Corporation and StradVision, Inc., a vision processing technology solutions provider for autonomous vehicles with expertise in deep learning, announced the joint development of a deep learning-based object recognition solution for smart cameras used in next-generation advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) applications and cameras for ADAS Level 2 and... Read more →


Hyundai Mobis has developed a new safety brake system optimized for fully autonomous driving at level 4 or 5. Autonomous driving cars must be able to handle emergency situations by themselves at levels 4 and 5, the highest level. Hyundai Mobis’‘redundancy brake system’ features an emergency brake system that is... Read more →


GHGSat, a private company which owns and operates the only satellite designed to monitor greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources (earlier post), has named its third satellite (GHGSat-C2) Hugo. GHGSat’s first and second satellites are named Claire and Iris, respectively. Hugo continues GHGSat’s tradition of naming satellites after the children... Read more →


Wärtsilä and Q Power sign strategic cooperation agreement to support development of renewable fuels

The technology group Wärtsilä and Q Power Oy, a Finnish pioneer in biomethanization, signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the development and commercialization of renewable fuels. The companies will work closely together to further develop the market and to find business opportunities for biomethanisation and synthetic fuels globally. The first... Read more →


California partners on new initiative using satellites to monitor greenhouse gas emissions

California Governor Gavin Newsom, United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael R. Bloomberg, and Planet, a San Francisco-based earth imaging company, announced a new initiative that will use satellite data to monitor greenhouse gas emissions. The coordinated effort, called Satellites for Climate Action, will bring together governments, philanthropists, environmental... Read more →


BMW Group UK engine plant hits five millionth engine milestone

BMW Group’s Hams Hall engine manufacturing plant, near Birmingham, has produced its five millionth engine. The plant has a successful history of more than 18 years, assembling award-winning three and four-cylinder gasoline engines that are at the heart of a number of BMW and MINI models. Contributing to the company’s... Read more →


NY Governor announces $20M available for diesel truck and bus replacement program

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that more than $20 million is available for a diesel truck and bus replacement program. A combination of more than $9 million from the state’s $127.7-million portion of the federal Volkswagen settlement and the New York State Department of Transportation’s allocation of approximately... Read more →


GHGSat and Shell Global Solutions International B.V. recently signed a framework agreement for the provision by GHGSat of satellite-based monitoring services with the aim to obtain methane emissions data of certain agreed Shell facilities globally. The initial pilot phase is intended for GHGSat to demonstrate its technology and the reliability... Read more →


Rio Tinto offers independently certified responsibly produced aluminum from all Canadian operations

Rio Tinto is now offering independently certified responsibly produced aluminum from all of its Canadian operations, with the extension of the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative’s (ASI) Chain of Custody certification to include the BC Works smelter and Kemano Power Operations in Kitimat, British Columbia. The certification provides independent verification that material... Read more →


Delta invests $2M for study of potential facility to produce aviation biofuel from forest floor debris

Delta Air Lines is investing $2 million to partner with Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels, LLC for the feasibility study of a biofuel production facility to produce sustainable aviation fuel and other biofuel products. The sustainable aviation fuel, expected to be produced in a facility in Washington State, could be used in... Read more →


Voyage raises $31M to support development & deployment of self-driving cars

Voyage has completed a $31-million Series B fundraise led by Franklin Templeton with significant participation from Khosla Ventures, Jaguar Land-Rover’s InMotion Ventures, and Chevron Technology Ventures. The latest financing brings total capital raised to $52 million. Voyage will use the new funds to ready its self-driving technology for commercialization, grow... Read more →


German ride-pooling startup CleverShuttle has traveled more than 2.2 million kilometers emission-free within 24 months and has transported 567,000 passengers using 45 Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Mirai. While it took 15 months to reach the first million kilometers, CleverShuttle reached the second million in just under ten months. CleverShuttle, with... Read more →