Ford Motor Company and McDonald’s USA are partnering to convert coffee chaff—the dried skin of the bean that naturally comes off during the roasting process into a durable material to reinforce certain vehicle parts. By heating the chaff to high temperatures under low oxygen, mixing it with plastic and other... Read more →


Hubject and Penta Security to provide first global cross-certification for secure ISO15118-based EV charging

Hubject and Penta Security are cooperating to enable standardized secure communication between electric vehicles and charging stations. The international standard ISO 15118 is mostly known for the application of the most secure, automated and seamless charging and payment processes for electric vehicles, Plug&Charge. The security of ISO 15118 is based... Read more →


Penske Logistics logs more than 10,000 miles in heavy-duty electric trucks

Penske Logistics has successfully logged more than 10,000 over-the-road miles making multiple, daily store deliveries on dedicated routes in Southern California for a leading quick service restaurant chain using two electric Freightliner Innovation Fleet eCascadias. The company believes it is the first truck fleet operator in the United States to... Read more →


Birla Carbon and CHASM Advanced Materials partner to develop nanotube-enhanced carbons; tires, coatings, batteries

Birla Carbon, a global manufacturer and supplier of carbon black, and CHASM Advanced Materials Inc., a developer and manufacturer of printed electronics materials and battery materials, based on proprietary carbon nanotube and ink/coating technologies, are partnering to accelerate the discovery and development of novel nanomaterials to benefit various market segments... Read more →


Wärtsilä will optimize the energy system of the Fekola Mine, located in a remote region in southwest Mali. This is needed to improve the mine’s operations, reduce fuel consumption, and lessen the carbon emissions. Wärtsilä has been contracted to design and engineer a 17MW/15MWh energy storage system based on the... Read more →


Lucid Motors begins construction at Arizona EV factory site

Lucid Motors, together with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Commerce Authority, and local officials, celebrated the start of construction of its electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Casa Grande, AZ. The first phase of factory construction, representing an investment of more than $300 million, is scheduled for completion in late... Read more →


Autotalks announces first FIPS-Compliant C-V2X/DSRC chipset for secure deployment in the US

Israel-based Autotalks announced that its second-generation chipsets are FIPS-certified for secure C-V2X or DSRC deployment in the US. The announcement comes after Autotalks’ V2X chipsets achieved Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) security level 3 certification from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Autotalks’ CRATON2 and... Read more →


Report: SK Innovation to invest $1B to build second EV battery plant in China to supply Kia

Business Korea reports that SK Innovation plans to build an EV battery manufacturing plant in Yancheng, China by investing US$1.05 billion. It is likely to become SK Innovation’s second EV battery manufacturing plant in China behind its plant in Changzhou. SK Innovation’s new plant will be close to Mia Motors’... Read more →


Seedland Group launched Hachi Auto, an electric autonomous vehicle for smart communities, in one of its Seedland communities in early November 2019. Enabled by lidar and vision technology, multi-sensor fusion algorithms, 3D obstacle detection and speed estimation, the vehicle can accurately move forward and backward, and turn around in the... Read more →


GRI, a leading producer of specialty tires, has developed an Eco-Friendly version of its high-performance ULTIMATE XT solid tire. The GRI R&D team, in collaboration with a team of scientists from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Colombo, has developed the ULTIMATE XT eco-friendly version by replacing petroleum-based... Read more →


GlobalData: rising automotive electrification comes at a jobs cost

Following the news that Audi will cut one in ten jobs to fund the shift to electric vehicles (EVs), Graeme Roberts, Automotive Editor at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, observed that a big industrial and economic adjustment is ahead as OEMs and suppliers find their footing in the... Read more →


Kalmar to collaborate with Bosch Rexroth to develop fully electric versions of its reachstacker and heavy forklift solutions

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will collaborate with Bosch Rexroth to develop fully electric versions of its reachstacker and heavy forklift solutions. This collaboration represents another significant milestone on Kalmar’s journey to offer electrically powered options for its entire equipment portfolio by 2021. Bosch Rexroth, a world-leading supplier of drive and... Read more →


Rheinmetall Automotive’s KS HUAYU AluTech GmbH is producing its first all-aluminum four-cylinder diesel engine for a widely used passenger car diesel engine series from a major German automobile manufacturer. This is the transverse version of the engine series that is now in volume production. For the engines developed with a... Read more →


Student Transportation of America receives $20,000 for deployment of propane-fueled school buses

The Missouri Propane Education and Research Council presented Student Transportation of America (STA) a check for $20,000 for its acquisition of new propane school buses. These emissions- and cost-reducing propane school buses are in service throughout the Kansas City Public Schools district. The rebate presented to STA is part of... Read more →


Qatar boosting LNG production by 64% to 126 MTPA by 2027

​ Qatar Petroleum announced that it will raise Qatar’s LNG production capacity to 126 million tons per annum (mtpa) by 2027, representing an increase of 64% from the current 77 mtpa. The announcement was made by Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO... Read more →


The first ŠKODA CITIGOe iV has rolled off the production line at the Volkswagen plant in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava. The five-door city car is the brand’s first battery-powered car. Its real-life range allows drivers to cover up to 260 km (162 miles). The lithium-ion battery has a net capacity of... Read more →


Atomic City Transit in Los Alamos buys two Proterra electric buses

Atomic City Transit in Los Alamos, New Mexico has agreed to purchase two Proterra Catalyst 35-foot E2 buses and two Proterra 125 kW plug-in charging systems. Atomic City Transit is Proterra’s first customer in New Mexico, increasing Proterra’s reach into 43 US states and Canadian provinces with more than 100... Read more →


Enviro groups challenge EPA’s revocation of waiver for California GHG standards

A coalition of US public health and environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenging its revocation of California’s waiver for its greenhouse gas emission standards for new motor vehicles, as well as the state’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) standards. This lawsuit against EPA is... Read more →


Gevo enters into a fuel sales agreement with SAS for sustainable aviation fuel

Gevo, Inc. signed a Fuel Sales Agreement with Scandinavian Airline System SAS) to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use and distribution in low-carbon fuel regions of the United States. With the finalization of this new supply contract, Gevo will supply SAF to SAS from Gevo’s expanded Luverne,... Read more →


Electrify America and Lyft collaborate on EV rideshare charging

Electrify America announced an agreement with Lyft to provide the rideshare company’s Express Drive program renters of electric vehicles (EV) with convenient and included charging on its DC fast charging network. Express Drive is Lyft’s short-term car rental program that gives people wanting to drive on the rideshare platform access... Read more →


ZF and Wolong Electric plan joint venture for production of electric motors and components

ZF Friedrichshafen AG and China’s Wolong Electric Group Co., Ltd are stepping up their existing cooperation. The two companies have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture that will produce components and electric motors for automotive applications. This partnership will enhance the ZF product portfolio and further improve competitiveness... Read more →


BMW Group and Straus Organic Dairy Farm partner on clean energy for EVs

The BMW Group and Straus Organic Dairy Farm announced a partnership that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from farming while simultaneously delivering the cleanest possible fuel to EV drivers in California. When owners plug in their cars to charge, they will be helping to bring new renewable energy to... Read more →


Teijin signs license agreement with Shanghai Energy to develop EV battery separators

Teijin Limited has signed a technical license agreement with Shanghai Energy New Materials Technology Co., Ltd. (SEMCORP) for the manufacture of solvent-based coating separators used in lithium-ion secondary batteries (LIBs) for electric vehicles (EVs). The agreement covers Teijin’s proprietary technologies and patents related to coating and production processes for fluorine-... Read more →


Orders for Audi A4 Avant g-tron and A5 Sportback g-tron can be placed as of November

Orders for the A4 Avant g-tron and A5 Sportback g-tron can be placed in Germany as of November 21. The Audi A4 Avant g-tron and A5 Sportback g-tron feature a new, sporty design and a state-of-the-art touch operating concept. Customers in Germany can order both models starting 21 November—the Audi... Read more →


2019 Audi e-tron achieves five-star US NCAP rating

The 2019 Audi e-tron, the first fully-electric Audi model, has earned the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration New Car Assessment Program’s maximum overall safety rating of five stars in its latest series of tests. The US NCAP’s crashworthiness ratings evaluate how vehicles perform in crash tests including frontal, side,... Read more →


Eni more than doubles GPUs for 52 Petaflops supercomputer

Italy energy company Eni is upgrading its supercomputer. The new Eni system, dubbed HPC5, will use 7,280 NVIDIA V100 GPUs capable of delivering 52 petaflops of peak double-precision floating point performance. That’s nearly triple the performance of its previous 18 petaflops system that used 3,200 NVIDIA P100 GPUs. When HPC5... Read more →


Audi and Schaeffler have agreed to continue their Formula E partnership. The development project of the Audi e-tron FE07 for the seventh FIA Formula E season has already been launched. Schaeffler has been backing the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team as its technology partner since the series made its debut... Read more →


Tesla Model 3 makes gains in latest Consumer Reports reliability survey; up to 23rd place

Tesla, made gains in the latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports (CR). The Annual Auto Reliability Survey, which ranks among the largest surveys of its kind in the US, is based on data collected from the organization’s members about their experiences with more than 400,000 vehicles. Though still... Read more →


Duke Energy providing $300K in grants to fund electric bus charging in Triangle area

A pair of grants totaling $300,000 from Duke Energy Corp. will help two transit agencies in the Triangle, NC area fund electric bus-charging stations that are being incorporated into their fleets. Grants were awarded to: GoRaleigh – $200,000 to help offset the cost of installing five electric bus-charging stations. GoTriangle... Read more →


Renault has worked in partnership with French specialist maritime company Seine Alliance and electric propulsion experts Green-Vision to develop the first all-electric passenger boat powered by second-life batteries. Called Black Swan, the new craft represents the first step towards Seine Alliance’s commitment to an all-electric river cruise fleet by 2024.... Read more →


SEAT is strengthening its commitment to urban mobility and breaking into the motorcycle market with the presentation of the SEAT eScooter concept. The company will sell its own 100% electric motorcycle equivalent to a 125 cc model in 2020. The official presentation is taking place in Barcelona during the Smart... Read more →


Nidec and GAC Components complete establishment of JV for automotive traction motors

Nidec Corporation and GAC Components Co., Ltd. have completed establishment of the joint venture that develops, manufactures and sells automotive traction motors. (Earlier post.) Named Guangzhou Nidec Auto Drive System Co., Ltd., the JV is based in Guangzhou. The JV will have 17 employees by the end of the year,... Read more →


BASF and NGK to partner on developing the next generation of sodium-sulfur batteries for stationary applications

BASF New Business and NGK INSULATORS, LTD. are expanding their existing partnership to a joint development agreement (JDA) for sodium-sulfur (NAS) batteries for stationary applications. This JDA will exploit the synergy in know-how of both companies, BASF and NGK. The two companies aim to develop the next generation of sodium-sulfur... Read more →


First of three hydrogen stations in San Francisco opens; 100% renewable H2

The first of three stations that will open in in the City of San Francisco is now operational. The 3rd Street station, developed by Shell, will be open 24 hours a day and is located at 551 3rd Street, San Francisco. Compared to earlier stations, the Shell 3rd Street hydrogen... Read more →


Elcora searching for an advanced zinc mining project

Elcora Advanced Materials Corp. has begun a search for an advanced zinc mining project to enhance both its mining and energy storage solutions, adding additional markets beyond its graphite-based lithium-ion technologies. Elcora’s combination of mining experience and battery testing capabilities means that it is not limited to graphite, graphene and... Read more →


BMW Group installing 4,100+ charging points at German locations by 2021

The BMW Group will install more than 4,100 charging points for electrified vehicles at its German locations by 2021. Charging options at work are becoming increasingly important as more and more employees use BMW Group electrified vehicles. Around half of the charging points will also be open to the public.... Read more →


Gevo and Blocksize Capital developing blockchain technology for tracking sustainability of renewable products

Gevo has signed a development agreement with Blocksize Capital, a leading distributed ledger technology (DLT, commonly referred to as Blockchain) company based in Germany. Originally developed as an underlying branch of the blockchain technology, DLT is an immutable tool that allows tracking of data with a product and the transactions... Read more →


Audi adopts “overspray-free painting” in series production

Using the method known as overspray-free painting (earlier post), Audi is now able to apply two different colors in the same painting process. The new technique is being adopted for the first time for the “edition one” limited-edition models of the A4 Sedan and A5 Coupé, which were updated in... Read more →


Accell introduced the AxFAST 3202 32 Amp Level 2 Portable Electric Vehicle Charger (EVSE). Accell’s new AxFAST 3202 will be available in November. The AxFAST 3202 is an easy-to-use and cost-effective Level 2, 240 Volt, 32 Amp EVSE charging solution for electric vehicles. Charging up to six times faster than... Read more →


Albemarle completes lithium JV with MRL; idles the mine

Albemarle Corporation, a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry, has completed its transaction with Mineral Resources Limited for the creation of a 60/40 joint venture between Albemarle and MRL, respectively, named MARBL Lithium Joint Venture (MARBL). (Earlier post.) Under the Agreement, Albemarle has acquired a 60% interest in MRL’s... Read more →


BMW i Ventures invests in ELISE; generative engineering software

BMW i Ventures announced an investment in ELISE, a deep-tech startup developing generative engineering software aimed at automating the product development process. The new funding will be used to speed product development and market entry. ELISE enables engineers to automate multiple time consuming steps of the product design process. We... Read more →


Chevrolet introducing its first fully electric vehicle in China

Chevrolet announced that its first fully electric vehicle in China will be the Chevrolet Menlo. The new nameplate is making its global debut at 2019 Chevrolet Gala Night in Hefei, Anhui, on 8 November. The Chevrolet Menlo is a sporty-looking sedan that leverages GM’s efficient and reliable electric propulsion and... Read more →


Israeli startup Ride Vision to partner with Sara Assicurazioni to reduce motorbike accidents in Italy

Sara Assicurazioni and Ride Vision are partnering to reduce motorcycle accidents in Italy and to improve Italy’s overall road safety. Motorcyclists insured by Sara Assicurazioni could be eligible for significant discount on their yearly premium when they retrofit their vehicles with Ride Vision’s system. This offer will take effect next... Read more →


NHTSA looking into Tesla battery management system updates; non-crash related Tesla battery fires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is evaluating a petition requesting an investigation of battery management software updates in MY 2012-2019 Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles. NHTSA received a petition from Edward Chen “to initiate a Defect Investigation into the recent set of software updates, including software... Read more →


BMW Group has awarded Magna its largest production order for transmission technologies in company history. The multi-year contract includes all front-wheel drive dual-clutch transmissions, including hybrid transmission variants. Magna 7HDT300 Hybrid Dual-Clutch Transmission. Magna to build dual-clutch transmissions including hybrid variants for strategic partner BMW Group. The transmission technologies will... Read more →


GE Additive and ORNL enter 5-year CRADA on additive manufacturing

GE Additive has entered into a five-year cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The agreement focuses on processes, materials and software to drive industrialization and encourage the broader adoption of additive manufacturing technology. The agreement supersedes an existing CRADA... Read more →


Anglo American orders nine 100 kW Ballard fuel cell modules for mining truck demo project

Ballard Power Systems announced receipt of a purchase order for 9 of its FCveloCity-HD 100 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell modules from Anglo American’s platinum business, the world’s largest platinum group metals mining company and a strategic investor in Ballard. Eight of the FCveloCity-HD modules will power a retrofitted Ultra heavy-duty... Read more →