Norway has emerged as a standout market for the Nissan LEAF EV, with more car buyers opting for the EV over any other car on sale. More than 12,000 LEAFs were sold in the country in 2018, with the nation’s strong focus on sustainability cited for its sales success. Nissan... Read more →


Mitsubishi Electric develops cyber defense technology for connected cars

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a multi-layered defense technology that protects connected vehicles from cyber attacks by strengthening their head unit’s defense capabilities. Vehicles with communication functions provide connections to the internet and/or mobile devices such as smartphones. The importance of cyber security is increasing because these vehicles are vulnerable... Read more →


Toshiba expands Ethernet Bridge IC lineup for automotive applications

Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation has expanded its lineup of automotive Ethernet bridge ICs with the new TC9562 series: TC9562AXBG, which offers more interfaces than Toshiba’s current bridge ICs, the TC9560 series; TC9562BXBG which supports Ethernet TSN and Ethernet AVB ; and TC9562XBG, which offers simpler IC configuration than... Read more →


Uniper and Titan LNG partner to boost growth of LNG as fuel in Germany

Uniper SE and the Dutch Titan LNG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to accelerate the growth of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel in the downstream markets for industry, road fuel and shipping fuel in Germany. The parties are planning to develop a user-friendly technical interface and commercial products... Read more →


Groupe PSA inaugurates the multi-energy Powertrain Expertise Centre to support the energy transition

Groupe PSA has inaugurated its multi-energy Powertrain Expertise Centre (CEP) in Carrières-sous-Poissy (France). The CEP is dedicated to electrified, gasoline and diesel powertrains. The facility will address electrification challenges in cooperation with the headquarters of the Nidec-PSA electric motors joint venture, which specializes in the design, development, manufacture and sale... Read more →


Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures leads Series A investment round in marine emissions reduction company Daphne Technology

Daphne Technology SA, an innovator in emissions mitigation technology for the shipping industry, closed a series A financing round led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the corporate venturing subsidiary of Aramco, and joined by The Innovation Fund, a Belgian fund active in the fields of chemistry and life sciences.... Read more →


British Airways has introduced an electric cab service at its Heathrow home. The taxis will join British Airways’ fleet of chauffeur-driven executive vehicles, to drive premium customers at risk of missing their connecting flight to meet their next aircraft. Customers are met by the driver at the aircraft side and... Read more →


AFC Energy demonstrates EV charger based on hydrogen fuel cell technology

UK-based AFC Energy, a company commercializing an alkaline fuel cell system, has demonstrated CH2ARGE, an electric vehicle charger based on hydrogen fuel-cell technology. The demonstration of AFC Energy’s CH2ARGE system took place at Dunsfold Aerodrome, with a BMW i8 as the first car to be recharged with power generated by... Read more →


RONN Motor Group signs two JV partnerships in China to develop hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure

RONN Motor Group, Inc. (RMG) signed two JV Strategic Partnerships in November 2018 leading to a definitive 3-way Joint Venture to co-develop its all-electric, zero-emission, hydrogen fuel-cell/battery automobiles and trucks and buses. While all specifics won’t be released until all agreements are completed before January 31, 2019, RONN will retain... Read more →


Carbon and Ford expand collaboration to manufacture digitally new durable, end-use parts

Carbon, a leading Silicon Valley-based digital manufacturing company, showed the first digitally manufactured polymer parts in production for Ford Motor Company. The parts include Ford Focus HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Cooling) Lever Arm Service Parts, Ford F-150 Raptor Auxiliary Plugs for a niche market, and Ford Mustang GT500 Electric Parking... Read more →


Agility Fuel Solutions receives 2019 EPA approval for propane engine with HD-OBD

Agility Fuel Solutions, a leading global provider of clean fuel solutions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, announced that its 488LPI 8.0L V-8 propane engine has received EPA approval for sale through 31 December 2019. The 488LPI engine uses Agility’s patented liquid propane injection (LPI) technology and is assembled in... Read more →


Evergrande Group acquires 51% of the shares in NEVS AB

Evergrande Group in China has acquired 51% of the shares in NEVS AB in Sweden, a global new energy smart car group. Evergrande Group is a well-known company included in the Fortune Global 500 list, with its businesses covering, real estate, health and hi-tech industries and cultural tourism. NEVS AB... Read more →


Volvo Group Venture Capital invests in wireless charging company Momentum Dynamics

Volvo Group Venture Capital AB, a subsidiary of the Volvo Group, has invested in Momentum Dynamics Inc., a developer of high power wireless charging solutions for electric vehicles. Momentum Dynamics is commercializing high-power inductive charging for the automotive and transportation industries, especially suitable for commercial electric, autonomous and connected vehicles.... Read more →


DOE announces $6M for university-based turbines research and development projects for power generation

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) announced up to $6.0 million in federal funding for research and development (R&D) under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001993, University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR). The FOA seeks to solicit and competitively award university-based R&D projects that address and... Read more →


GTI and Carbon Clean Solutions receive $2.9M DOE funding for development of advanced carbon capture technology

The DOE Office of Fossil Energy has awarded $2.9 million to GTI and CCS-US, the US subsidiary of Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL), to develop and to test a potentially transformational carbon capture technology. GTI and CCS-US will design, build, and test a prototype demonstration unit at GTI’s Des Plaines,... Read more →


Iteris and Cisco partner to deliver smart city connected roadway solutions

Iteris, Inc., a global provider of applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, announced a strategic partnership with Cisco that will promote Cisco’s Connected Roadway solution through several initiatives between the two companies. Iteris and Cisco have deployed an edge-processing internet-of-things (IoT) solution with the City of Las Vegas that will... Read more →


As part of a comprehensive reorganization, Ford Europe announced that every Ford nameplate from the all-new Ford Focus onwards will include an electrified option. This includes new nameplates and new versions of existing vehicles. From Fiesta to Transit, either a mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery-electric option will be... Read more →


Samsung SDI introducing latest EV battery lineup at NAIAS; roadmap for solid-state

Samsung SDI said it will introduce its latest lineup of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid models at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Samsung SDI will present its fast-charging, high-capacity batteries for EVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) under the theme “Charged for... Read more →


HARMAN announced enhanced ADAS sensing technologies at CES 2019

At CES 2019, HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., announced a newly enhanced suite of sensing technologies for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). From Augmented Surround View featuring multiple cameras, to the driver monitoring system and control units that manage data, HARMAN is working with key... Read more →


Harley-Davidson using Samsung SDI battery for LiveWire

Harley-Davidson will mount Samsung SID battery packs on its LiveWire electric motorcycle. (Earlier post.) The motorcycle manufacturer’s first all-electric motorcycle started with “Project Livewire” in 2014, and after 4 years of collaborating with Samsung SDI, LiveWire Motorcycle was created. Harley Davidson acknowledged the solid structure and innovative and stable pack... Read more →


Energy consumption in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa continues to grow rapidly, with about 20% growth in each region between 2010 and 2016, according to newly available data in EIA’s International Energy Statistics database. In particular, energy consumption has been increasing in the Middle East and Africa, driven by... Read more →


ChargeX closes first financing to advance development of Aqueduct modular charging solution

Germany-based startup ChargeX has closed its first round of financing in the mid-six-figure range. The business angels come from the environment of the founders as well as the BayStartUP investor network. ChargeX is developing a novel charging infrastructure for electric cars that enables the smart charging of multiple electric cars... Read more →


BMW i Ventures invests in automotive retail cloud provider Tekion

BMW i Ventures has invested in Tekion, a technology provider that delivers the a cloud platform available for the automotive retail space. Headquartered in San Ramon, CA, Tekion was founded in 2016 by a team with a background combining deep enterprise cloud platform understanding with automotive retail operations. Tekion comes... Read more →


Boeing revealed its newest Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW), which researchers say will fly higher and faster than the previous TTBW concepts. The new configuration is designed to offer unprecedented aerodynamic efficiency while flying at Mach 0.80. Boeing is studying the TTBW concept—which is designed to be more aerodynamic and fuel... Read more →


ExxonMobil and IBM to advance energy sector application of quantum computing

ExxonMobil has signed a partnership agreement with IBM to advance the potential use of quantum computing in developing next-generation energy and manufacturing technologies. The new partnership was formally announced during CES 2019. As part of the agreement, ExxonMobil becomes the first energy company to join the IBM Q Network, a... Read more →


CALSTART hosting first TARDEC West Coast Collaboration Day

CALSTART will host the US Army’s Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) for the first West Coast Collaboration Day on 26 February at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego. TARDEC is responsible for developing, integrating and sustaining the right technology solutions for all manned and... Read more →


TDK launches Coursa Drive high-precision inertial-aided positioning software for autonomous vehicles

TDK Corporation launched the InvenSense Coursa Drive software, the first inertial-aided positioning solution for AV platform developers. A high-performance extension of the InvenSense Positioning Library (IPL) that has provided sensor-aided positioning to over 50 million devices worldwide, Coursa Drive enhances inertial-only vehicle positioning to <0.2% of distance traveled. These precise... Read more →


Blackmore introduces Doppler Lidar for autonomous fleet deployment

Blackmore Sensors and Analytics, Inc., the pioneers behind Doppler lidar for automotive applications, announced two new product lines. The Blackmore AFDL is a Doppler lidar system specifically designed for autonomous fleet deployment. The flexible Blackmore LDP is a development platform for early deployment into emerging autonomous markets such as long-haul... Read more →


Continental invests in virtual development for automated driving and collaborates with AAI

Continental is collaborating with the German start-up company —Amit Kapoor, head of the business unit Advanced Driver Assistance Systems at Continental, North America Set at a level that guarantees the required level of safety, the number of test miless can be achieved faster and more cost-effectively. Real testing continues to... Read more →


DOE awards $25M for next-generation marine energy research projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $25 million to 12 research projects for next-generation marine energy devices. Funded by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Water Power Technologies Office, these 12 innovative projects will reduce capital costs and accelerate the innovation cycle by testing new concepts.... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz electric Citaro city buses in operation in Mannheim and Heidelberg

Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (rnv) has started operation of three fully-electric Mercedes‑Benz Citaro city buses in Mannheim and Heidelberg. (Earlier post.) The first purely electric eCitaro bus service in Heidelberg goes from the main train station via the Seegarten to the Karlsplatz and then later to the Altstadt commuter rail station. Bus... Read more →


Autotalks’ C-V2X capabilities being demonstrated by HARMAN at CES 2019

Autotalks was selected by HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to provide the V2X chipset for its Telematics platform being showcased at CES 2019. Autotalks’ second-generation chipsets, which were selected, are mass-market ready and support both DSRC and C-V2X direct communications (PC5 protocol). HARMAN’s live demonstration... Read more →


Toshiba develops DNN hardware IP for image recognition AI processor Visconti5 for automotive driver assistance systems

Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation has developed Deep Neural Network (DNN) hardware IP that will help to realize advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving functions. The company will integrate the DNN hardware IP with conventional image processing technology and start sample shipments of Visconti5, the next generation... Read more →


Intrepid Control Systems unveils Autonomous ONE motherboard for self-driving vehicles at CES 2019

To help automakers, suppliers and automotive vehicle researchers speed autonomous vehicle development by replacing a trunk full of cobbled-together equipment with a single interface device, Intrepid Control Systems, Inc. is introducing at CES 2019 its Autonomous ONE motherboard, an all-in-one data logger that integrates multiple inputs into a single open... Read more →


Hyundai joins Automotive Grade Linux and the Linux Foundation

Hyundai has joined Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) and the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source. AGL is an open source project at the Linux Foundation that is changing the way automotive manufacturers build software. More than 140 members are working together to develop a common... Read more →


Spectrum-Scan LiDAR developer Baraja closes $32M Series A

Baraja, the developer of Spectrum-Scan LiDAR for autonomous vehicles, announced a $32-million Series A investment from Sequoia China, Blackbird Ventures, and the CSIRO Innovation Fund managed by Main Sequence Ventures. In July 2018, Baraja launched a novel LiDAR system that uses prism-like optics and shifting wavelengths of light. The company... Read more →


Cruise and DoorDash partner to test autonomous deliveries of food and groceries

Cruise and DoorDash are partnering to pilot food and grocery delivery by Cruise’s autonomous vehicles through the DoorDash platform. The testing program will begin in early 2019 with an initial focus on the San Francisco market. Delivery is a significant opportunity for Cruise as we prepare to commercialize our autonomous... Read more →


Three years after the premiere of the first Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Porsche now unveils its successor: the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the first production race car to feature body parts made of natural-fiber composite material. The driver and co-driver doors and the rear... Read more →


Total has started up production from the Egina field, located in around 1,600 meters of water, 150 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria. At plateau, the Egina field will produce 200,000 barrels of oil per day—about 10% of Nigeria’s production. The Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit used to... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group shows concept of automated parking with EV wireless charging

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation unveiled a video featuring the concept of electric vehicle wireless charging system with the Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS). The system will offer a convenience to drivers who are faced with an overcrowding of both parking and charging locations as electric vehicle numbers... Read more →


Schaeffler partners with Plug and Play to expand startup network in US; Mobility for Tomorrow

Global industrial and automotive supplier Schaeffler has entered into a partnership with Plug and Play, a Silicon Valley-based innovation platform that connects startups with established corporations and venture capitalists. Of the 14 industry-specific programs offered by Plug and Play, Schaeffer will focus on technologies from the Mobility and Internet of... Read more →


China-based RoboSense, a leader in LiDAR perception technology solutions and CES 2019 Innovation Award Honoree, will demonstrate at CES 2019 an upgraded version of their MEMS solid-state LiDAR—an automotive grade solid-state LiDAR designed for the mass production of autonomous vehicles. The new RS-LiDAR-M1 with patented MEMS technology offers enhanced vehicle... Read more →


Osram and GaN Systems introduce ultrafast laser driver with high-power, multi-channel for LiDAR

Osram Opto Semiconductors, a leading optoelectronics company and global leader in automotive lighting, announced an ultrafast laser driver with a high-power, multi-channel Surface Mount (SMT) laser for LiDAR (Light detection and ranging) systems. Osram and GaN Systems, the leader in GaN power semiconductors, partnered to develop the breakthrough in laser... Read more →


California ARB developing Clean Mobility in Schools Pilot Project; EVs, sharing and outreach

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is developing the Clean Mobility in Schools Pilot Project of the Low Carbon Transportation Investments and Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). The Fiscal Year 2018-19 Funding Plan allocated up to $10 million from the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Fund for Low Carbon Transportation Investments... Read more →


Samsung’s Exynos Auto V9 to power next-generation platform for Audi’s in-vehicle infotainment system

Samsung Electronics announced that its first automotive-branded processor, Exynos Auto V9, has been selected to power Audi’s next-generation in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system, which is expected to make its debut by 2021. Exynos Auto V9 is designed for advanced IVI systems that display content on multiple displays, providing information that assists... Read more →


Port of Valencia to incorporate fuel cell vehicles in operations as part of €4M H2Ports project

The Port of Valencia will be the first port in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy in its operations as part of the European H2Ports project. A reach stacker and a terminal tractor for ro-ro operations will be the first machines propelled by hydrogen fuel cells. The pilot project also includes... Read more →