The Volkswagen brand has sold 30 million vehicles in China; the jubilee model is a Touareg. The brand’s product portfolio was strengthened with no less than 9 new models in 2018. Volkswagen’s product offensive will continue with introduction of 5 new models in 2019 alone; its NEV offerings will double.... Read more →


SAIC Motor partnering with China Mobile to create first mass-produced 5G internet vehicle

SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, the largest auto company on China’s A-share market, recently signed an agreement with China Mobile Communications Corporation to explore future studies and applications of multiple areas such as a 5G communications network, internet-based smart vehicles, an intelligent transportation system (ITS), an in-vehicle entertainment system, overseas resource... Read more →


Volkswagen Group Of America joins IEEE Quantum Computing Definitions Group

Volkswagen Group of America has joined the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Quantum Computing Nomenclature Working Group. Volkswagen Group of America is the only automaker to join the organization so far. The group will be responsible for developing technical standards and providing advice on the social impact of this new technology.... Read more →


Audi and Chinese partner First Automotive Works will expand their local portfolio to more than ten models by 2022 and launch their first all-electric cars. The first electric car tailored for Chinese customers, the Audi Q2 L e-tron, will be launched in 2019. Local production of the Audi e-tron will... Read more →


The share of petroleum net imports to US petroleum consumption in 2017 was 18.9%—the lowest level since 1967, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). Net imports are calculated as total imports minus exports. The share of total petroleum imports relative to all US petroleum consumption in 2017 was... Read more →


US Department of Transportation updates the Architecture Reference for Cooperative and Intelligent Transportation (ARC-IT) software tools

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has updated the tools accompanying its Architecture Reference for Cooperative and Intelligent Transportation (ARC-IT) software: the Regional Architecture Development for Intelligent Transportation (RAD-IT) and the Systems Engineering Tool for Intelligent Transportation (SET-IT). The architecture tool set has been upgraded with new features and performance... Read more →


Mercedes‑Benz delivered the first series production model of the eCitaro (earlier post)—an urban bus with a fully-electric drive system—to the public transport company Hochbahn AG in Hamburg. It is part of an order for 20 eCitaro buses. The order for 20 eCitaro buses is the biggest ever single order for... Read more →


DOE announces new solicitation for the High Performance Computing for Materials Program

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a new solicitation under the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative. The new funding opportunity will be a joint solicitation between the High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program and the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program. It will... Read more →


GKN Powder Metallurgy partners with EOS to industrialize metal 3D printing; lower time and cost

GKN Powder Metallurgy, a leading materials and parts producer in the powder metal industry, announced a strategic partnership with EOS, a leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Together, the companies have designed a new, high-productivity process for Laser metal 3D Printing which... Read more →


ORNL researchers develop self-monitoring nanocomposite materials

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have invented a roll-to-roll process to coat electrically conductive carbon fibers with semiconducting silicon carbide nanoparticles. This nanomaterial-embedded composite is stronger than other fiber-reinforced composites and imbued with a new capability—the ability to monitor its own structural health. Carbon fiber composites consist of... Read more →


Epiroc, a leading productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries, launched its second generation of battery-operated machines that will lower mining customers’ costs and promote a healthier work environment. The Scooptram ST14 Battery, Boomer E2 Battery and Minetruck MT42 Battery are part of Epiroc’s new generation of... Read more →


Continental and EasyMile inaugurate new autonomous driving R&D team in Singapore

A joint R&D team from Continental and EasyMile will commence work on solutions for driverless mobility in Singapore. Headquartered in Toulouse, EasyMile is a pioneer in the development of autonomous vehicle solutions. The new joint team’s work focus will be to develop new technology centered on perception and deep learning... Read more →


AdaSky adds $20M from lead investor, South Korean automotive components manufacturer Sungwoo Hitech; far-infrared technology for AVs

Israel-based AdaSky, pioneer in Far-Infrared technology (FIR) for autonomous vehicles, has secured $20 million from lead investor, Sungwoo Hitech Co., Ltd, a leading global automotive supplier. The investment is part of a larger round of funding, and will enable the company to expand globally. AdaSky’s solution, Viper, is an all-in-one,... Read more →


Swedish Energy Agency funds LUT for study on biojet from forest-based residues

Luleå University of Technology has been granted funding by the Swedish Energy Agency for a preparatory study on the production of biojet fuel from Swedish forest–based residues. The goal is to test-fly the fuel on commercial flights in Sweden. The preliminary study will facilitate and risk minimize a first commercial... Read more →


Agilyx to partner with Delta to produce lower-carbon crude oil for jet fuel production

Agilyx, developer of a process to convert waste plastics to fuels and chemicals, is collaborating with Monroe Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, to supply up to 2,500 barrels per day (bbl) of Agilyx’s synthetic feedstock. Agilyx derives the product, Agilyx Synthetic Crude Oil (ASCO), through a... Read more →


Nebraska Public Power District, Wärtsilä, LUT to develop business case for alternative fuels

The technology group Wärtsilä, Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the study of the development of a business case for the use of alternative fuels with Wärtsilä generating sets. The aim of the business case is to... Read more →


Walmart and Ford to test grocery delivery with self-driving cars in Miami-Dade

Walmart and Ford are partnering on a pilot program in Miami-Dade County on the use of self-driving vehicles to deliver fresh groceries picked by Walmart personal shoppers to customers. Postmates is the delivery partner, and it already connected to Ford’s digital platform. Walmart recently ran a small pilot project with... Read more →


Johnson Controls selling battery business for $13.2B in cash

Johnson Controls International plc will sell its Power Solutions business to Brookfield Business Partners L.P. together with institutional partners including Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in a cash transaction valued at $13.2 billion. Johnson Controls has two main lines of business: Buildings and Power Solutions. After a strategic... Read more →


FEV partners with Metamoto on autonomous vehicle simulation platform

Engineering services provider FEV, and autonomous vehicle simulation solution provider Metamoto announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which FEV will provide technical expertise and support to help Metamoto integrate and onboard new customers onto the company’s scalable autonomous vehicle (AV) simulation offering, Simulation as a Service. Metamoto’s Simulation as... Read more →


The Finnish airport operator Finavia has decided to adopt Neste MY Renewable Diesel in its vehicles at Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittilä airports. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is produced from waste and residues. The switch to renewable fuel is part of Finavia’s goal to make its airports carbon dioxide neutral... Read more →


Chinese automaker Zotye creating US sales and distribution company

Chinese auto brand Zotye Automobile is partnering with HAAH Automotive Holdings to form a new sales and distribution company in the United States. The new company will be known as Zotye USA and headquartered in Lake Forest, California. Zotye Automobile International Co. designs, engineers, manufactures and sells the Zotye brand... Read more →


Walmart.com Black Friday Special for Accell’s AxFAST L2 portable electric vehicle charger

Walmart.com will be offering a special Black Friday promotion for Accell’s premier electric vehicle charger (EVSE), the AxFAST Portable Electric Vehicle Charger Level 2. Regularly priced at $369.99, the AxFAST will be available at Walmart.com for $279.99 from 10-30 November and 10-30 December 2018. Supporting the SAE J1772 standard, Accell’s... Read more →


Renesas Electronics and Mahindra Racing expand Formula E technology partnership for season 5

Renesas Electronics Corporation is expanding its strategic technology partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra, Ltd and Mahindra Racing, one of the ten founding teams competing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, for the 2018-19 season. The team is collaborating on system-level design upgrades featuring the Renesas RH850/E2x microcontroller (MCU), designed... Read more →


VERBIO to acquire DuPont’s Nevada, Iowa cellulosic ethanol plant; RNG production

DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) and VERBIO North America Corporation (VNA), the US subsidiary of leading German bioenergy producer VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG (VERBIO), have reached terms for VNA to acquire DuPont’s Nevada, Iowa-based cellulosic ethanol plant and a portion of its corn stover inventory. Completion of the transaction is subject... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz adding two RDE-2-compliant diesels to A-Class range

In Europe, Mercedes-Benz has added two variants of the OM654q diesel engine to the A-Class range: the A 200 d Sportand the A 220 d AMG Line. Mercedes-Benz introduced the 2.0-liter OM 654 in 2016 (earlier post). The “q” designates the presence of an extended exhaust aftertreatment with an additional... Read more →


LG Innotek introducing C-V2X module based on LTE; Qualcomm 9150

LG Innotek is introducing a C-V2X (Cellular-Vehicle To Everything) module based on LTE cellular communication. C-V2X technology is expected to overcome the limitation of self-driving cars that recognize the environment by relying on automotive sensors such as camera and radar. It is possible to recognize blind spots or unexpected situations... Read more →


With KBA approval, Audi to start recall of diesel models in Germany

On Wednesday, Audi will begin the first of eight recalls for cars with V TDI engines in Germany. Following approval by the Federal Office for Motor Traffic (KBA) the company will initially be recalling around 31,200 vehicles to the workshops. In total, around 151,000 midsize and full-size cars in Germany... Read more →


In states with residential retail choice programs, customers can elect to purchase their electricity directly from their choice of energy suppliers, with the electricity delivered to them by their local utility. The number of customers participating in retail choice programs peaked at 17.2 million customers (13% of total residential customers)... Read more →


UNIST develops hybrid seawater desal-carbon capture system using seawater battery

Researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea have developed a new electrochemical system that fulfills two functions—seawater desalination and carbon dioxide air-capture—during the charge and discharge processes. The seawater desalination-carbon capture system utilizes a seawater battery platform, consisting of three major compartments (desalination,... Read more →


Study finds 20% drop in particulate pollution in China over last 3 years

The first detailed analysis of air pollution trends in China reveals a 20% drop in concentrations of particulate pollution over the last three years (2015-2017). The open-access study is published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. A study by the University of Leeds examined measurements from more than 1,600 locations... Read more →


WPI team constructs high-performance Si anode from Al-Si alloy scraps

A team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has constructed a Lithium-ion battery anode using micro-sized Si from acid-etching of cast Al-Si alloy scraps. The acquired Si has a unique branched structure, with a diameter of 0.5–1 μm in branches and 5–10 μm in length. Compared to the typical, low-loading ratio of much... Read more →


Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) and Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced that the unique Blended Winglet and Split Scimitar Winglet technologies (earlier post) have now saved the world’s commercial and business jet operators an estimated 9 billion gallons of jet fuel, resulting in a corresponding global reduction of over 95 million... Read more →


Rheinbahn and moovel offering “Mobil in Düsseldorf” app

Rheinbahn and moovel Group GmbH are now offering the “Mobil in Düsseldorf” app, which lets users search and compare various means of transport and directly book the respective ticket. The “Mobil in Düsseldorf” app shows connections and departure times of buses and trains across the entire Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) area... Read more →


Celanese and International Paper collaborate with Ford to win environmental award for sustainable materials in automotive

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in Automotive has recognized a joint development in sustainable thermoplastics by Celanese Corporation and International Paper with the Environmental Award for Sustainable Materials in Automotive for an application in the Ford Motor Company’s 2018 Lincoln Continental luxury sedan. The industry-first application of composites combining... Read more →


Renesas 100V Half-Bridge MOSFET drivers for bidirectional controller in 12V-48V automotive hybrid powertrains

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a new family of automotive-grade 100V, 4A half-bridge N-channel MOSFET drivers. The ISL784x4 family features three devices: the ISL78424 and ISL78444 with single tri-level PWM input for controlling both gate drivers, and the ISL78434, which has dual independent inputs that separately control the high-side and low-side... Read more →


ON Semiconductor launches new Intelligent Power Modules for on-board charging applications

ON Semiconductor has launched new Automotive Intelligent Power Modules (IPMs) that offer class-leading power density and improve overall performance in on-board charging (OBC) and other high-voltage DC-DC conversion applications for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The FAM65xxxx APM16-packaged devices offer a fully-featured, integrated solution that eases... Read more →


ROUSH CleanTech launches first available near-zero emissions engines fueled by renewable propane

ROUSH CleanTech, an alternative-fuel technology company, revealed that its 0.02 grams per brake horsepower-hour engine can operate on renewable propane. It’s the first available engine for renewable propane that brings emission levels to “near-zero” as defined by California Air Resources Board. When commercial vehicles are equipped with our ultra-low NOx... Read more →


Growth Energy: US drivers top 6 billion miles on E15

Growth Energy announced that American drivers have driven another billion miles, totaling 6 billion, on E15—a fuel with 15% ethanol that is approved for all 2001 and newer vehicles. The announcement comes on the heels of President Trump’s move to make E15 available year-round and two major fuel retailers making... Read more →


Ford buys electric scooter-sharing company Spin; micro-mobility

Ford Smart Mobility, LLC has acquired Spin, a San Francisco-based electric scooter-sharing company that provides customers an alternative for first- and last-mile transportation. Using a Spin electric scooter costs $1 to rent and 15 cents per minute. A dockless electric scooter-sharing company based in San Francisco. Spin is a leading... Read more →


Neste and Clariant join forces to develop sustainable industrial solutions

Neste, the world’s leading provider of sustainable renewable diesel and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions, and Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will join forces in developing and making new sustainable material solutions accessible to a variety of industries. In the first phase of the partnership,... Read more →


Einride, Ericsson and Telia are putting 5G into motion at a DB Schenker facility in Jönköping, Sweden. The goal is to power an all-electric, autonomous transport ecosystem that takes fleet management to the next level. Ericsson Radio System and Ericsson Cloud Core for 5G are providing high performance connectivity to... Read more →


The latest monthly report from Veloz—a public-private coalition of major electric car industry stakeholders— shows that this month the state will sell its 500,000th electric car. As of the just-released numbers, the state has just under 9,000 sales to go before it hits the goal. The data is aggregated from... Read more →


New radar sensor from Continental enables motorcycle emergency brake assist

Continental wants to be the first supplier to launch an emergency brake assist system for motorcycles. The new fifth-generation radar sensors from Continental feature capabilities such as enhanced object detection that make it possible to deliver a high-performance emergency brake assist system. The company’s many years of experience with safety... Read more →


C&D Technologies to acquire Trojan Battery

Trojan Battery Company, LLC, one of the leading deep-cycle battery manufacturers in the world, announced that its current majority owner, an affiliate of Charlesbank Capital Partners, has reached an agreement with C&D Technologies, a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners, for C&D Technologies to acquire Trojan. This acquisition will combine... Read more →


ON Semiconductor and Mercedes EQ Formula E Team partner on innovations for electric power trains

The Mercedes EQ Formula E Team has gained a new supplier with ON Semiconductor, a leading provider of semiconductor-based solutions. The relationship will build on the existing cooperation between ON Semiconductor and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in Formula One in which ON’s technology is already utilized in the energy recovery pack... Read more →


Diamond Green Diesel approved for Phase III $1.1B large-scale expansion with addition of renewable naphtha production; 675 mgpy

Darling Ingredients Inc. announced the approval of the project to expand the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco, LA, to increase the facility’s production capacity of renewable diesel by an additional 400 million gallons to a total nameplate annual capacity of 675 million gallons. The expansion project will be... Read more →


PG&E proposes new commercial electric vehicle rate class in California

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to establish new commercial electric vehicle (EV) charging rates to help drive more rapid customer adoption. As EV charging stations become more common in places such as multi-family residences, businesses, transit stations and... Read more →


SCHOTTEL has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards to equip the first fully-electric vessels to operate in Canada. The new Amherst Island and Wolfe Island ferries will be propelled by four SCHOTTEL Twin Propellers STP 260 FP, each with an input power of up to 550 kW. The main propulsion... Read more →


Local transportation on the Åland Islands (an autonomous region of Finland) in the Baltic Sea is switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel which is produced entirely from waste and residues. The first vehicles to use the product are the local and charter buses of the Viking Line Buss and Williams... Read more →