GILLIG LLC and Cummins Inc. announced that the GILLIG battery-electric bus, powered by Cummins (earlier post), is now available. The battery-electric bus incorporates the Cummins electrified powertrain, which features remote diagnostics and over-the-air connectivity and is backed by Cummins’ unparalleled support network and service training programs. The bus initially incorporates... Read more →


Aerojet Rocketdyne and ZAF Energy Systems to develop nickel-zinc battery applications for the aerospace industry

Aerojet Rocketdyne and ZAF Energy Systems have established a new teaming agreement working together on an energy storage system utilizing ZAF’s nickel-zinc batteries and Aerojet Rocketdyne’s battery management system (BMS). While nickel-zinc batteries do not require a BMS for cell balancing and safety while charging, the BMS can enhance reliability... Read more →


Proterra, Michelin collaborate to develop new low rolling resistance tire optimized for battery-electric buses

Proterra and Michelin are collaborating to develop the MICHELIN X InCity Energy Z tire, a new low rolling resistance tire designed and optimized for battery-electric buses in urban environments. The X InCity Energy Z tires help to reduce rolling resistance, increase load-carry capacity and leverage superior traction, resulting in increased... Read more →


Constellium supplies Groupe PSA with aluminum auto body sheet and crash management systems for commercial and passenger cars

Constellium N.V. is the supplier of aluminum auto body sheet for the hood of Groupe PSA’s new PEUGEOT Partner and new Citroën Berlingo Van—International Vans of the Year 2019—as well as for the new Berlingo and the new PEUGEOT Rifter. While Groupe PSA frequently uses aluminum in passenger cars, this... Read more →


Renault offering new Blue dCi 150 EDC diesel engine for entire Mégane range

Renault has equipped its Mégane range with a new 1.7 Blue dCi 150 diesel engine paired with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. In addition to the Blue dCi 95 and Blue dCi 115 engines, this new engine offers driving pleasure right from low engine speeds and quick starts. It provides maximum... Read more →


Efacec launches 2nd generation fast charger for electric vehicles

Portugal-based Efacec has introduced a new fast charger for electric vehicles—QC45 Generation 2. This charging station is the second generation of the company’s fast charger bestseller, with significant improvements in software and hardware domains. QC45 Generation 2 charger is characterized by usability, with better HMI design and improvement in the... Read more →


Santiago study finds ride-hailing increases VKT

Researchers from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile have found that unless ride-hailing applications substantially increase average occupancy rate of trips and become shared or pooled ride-hailing, their overall impact is an increase in vehicle kilometers traveled (VKT). Their paper appears in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. The... Read more →


European Investment Bank commits in principle to invest €350M in Northvolt gigafactory

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has given its in-principle agreement to support the financing of Europe’s first home-grown gigafactory for lithium-ion battery cells, Northvolt Ett, in Sweden. Upon conclusion of a loan agreement, the €350-million financing would be supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar... Read more →


World Fuel to supply Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel for European demo event

Gevo, Inc. is supplying its sustainable and renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to World Fuel Services Corporation, for use in business jets at the first European Fueling the Future: SAJF demonstration held at TAG Farnborough Airport. Although World Fuel has delivered nearly 17k tons of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) to... Read more →


Hyundai Capital America and flexdrive partner to develop alternative models to vehicle ownership

Hyundai Capital America (HCA), the captive finance company for Hyundai Motor America, and flexdrive, a mobility subscription technology and services platform, announced a strategic partnership to support the development of alternatives to the traditional vehicle ownership model that include economic benefits for both automotive dealers and consumers. The companies are... Read more →


Braathens Regional Airlines collaborated with Air BP, ATR and Neste to achieve the ‘Perfect Flight’ from Halmstad City airport to Stockholm Bromma airport in Sweden—a country aiming to be carbon neutral by 2045. Sustainable aviation fuel, produced by Neste and supplied by Air BP, was used to power the ATR... Read more →


Momentum Fuel Technologies is now offering the largest capacity tailgate compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system available—a 120 diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) tailgate system. The 120 DGE system provides the longest range in the industry, beneficial for longer rural routes common for refuse fleets. Momentum’s product line has also expanded... Read more →


California Energy Commission awards nearly $11M to support biofuels, renewable gas and microgrids

The California Energy Commission approved nearly $11 million for clean energy demonstration projects, including biofuels, renewable gas, and microgrids. The Energy Commission approved a $2-million grant to Technology & Investment Solutions to demonstrate a more sustainable and cost-effective process of creating biomethane from food waste at an existing anaerobic digester... Read more →


BYD, Apparent to partner on intelligent solar energy project at Lancaster EV plant

BYD will partner with Apparent Inc to develop a 2MW solar and 2 MWh energy storage project at its Lancaster Coach & Bus manufacturing plant, demonstrating the company’s mission to be a total green energy solution provider. BYD will own and operate the project utilizing BYD solar panels and batteries... Read more →


Savonlinja and Neste launch a low-emission Green Travel service for bus passengers

From mid-May onward, customers with the Savonlinja bus company will be able to opt for a lower-emission journey. In cooperation with Neste, Savonlinja is introducing a surcharge, called Green Travel, on the normal bus ticket price. The customer is free to decide the amount of this additional charge. Savonlinja will... Read more →


Application phase for the seventh BASF and Volkswagen “Science Award Electrochemistry” has begun

The BASF and Volkswagen international “Science Award Electrochemistry” is now in its seventh year. Scientists from all over the world may now apply online at www.science-award.com. The website also explains the participation conditions, procedure and selection process. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2019. Contributions submitted will be assessed... Read more →


BYTON appoints David Twohig as Chief Technical Officer

BYTON, the premium intelligent electric vehicle startup, has appointed David Twohig as Chief Technical Officer. Twohig’s new role gives him full responsibility for leading BYTON’s vehicle development from fundamental technology choices to the profitable application of those technologies to products, services, and processes. He will have direct management responsibility for... Read more →


Lightning Systems accredited under BP’s Advancing Low Carbon program

Lightning Systems, designer and manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy duty vehicle powertrains, has been accredited under BP’s Advancing Low Carbon (ALC) program. The ALC program was created by BP to encourage BP and its partners to identify lower carbon opportunities. Activities within the program include everything from carbon products... Read more →


First all-electric vanpools in US begin commuter service at L.A. Metro

Under contract with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the California-based benefit corporation Green Commuter has launched six all-electric vanpools under Metro’s subsidized vanpool program. Green Commuter is the first US-based company to offer electric vehicles for public transit vanpool programs. In August of 2018, the company was... Read more →


ZF to acquire occupant recognition software company Simi Reality Motion Systems

ZF will acquire 90% of the shares in Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH. The company and its 35 employees have decades of experience in image-based 3D systems for the recording and analysis of human movement. This knowledge is highly valuable in the development of systems for occupant recognition. These systems... Read more →


Wärtsilä will supply 40 generating sets for 12 new LNG-fueled platform supply vessels (PSV), the first such vessels to be built for a Chinese owner. The multiple benefits of the Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines were cited as the reason for the contract award over strong competitive bids. The ships are... Read more →


Equinor has exercised its preferential rights to acquire an additional 22.45% interest in the Caesar Tonga oil field from Shell Offshore Inc for a total consideration of USD 965 million in cash. This will increase Equinor’s interest from 23.55% to 46.00%. Anadarko remains the operator with a 33.75% interest, and... Read more →


3D LiDAR company Cepton brings Velodyne’s CFO on board

Cepton Technologies, Inc., a provider of 3D LiDAR solutions for automotive, IoT, industrial, security and mapping applications, announced the appointment of Bob Brown as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting to Dr. Jun Pei, Cepton’s co-founder and CEO, Brown will be responsible for managing all financial operations within the organization, and... Read more →


Berkeley study finds California cap-and-trade program falling short of goals

California regulators are overestimating the impact the state’s cap-and-trade system is having on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new policy brief from a researcher at UC Berkeley’s Center for Environmental Public Policy, part of the Goldman School of Public Policy. In the paper, research fellow Barbara Haya argues... Read more →


Knud E. Hansen has designed the first generation of LNG-powered ultra-large RoRo vessels for the newly-established Swedish company Wallenius-SOL. Up to four vessels have been ordered at Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd., China, for which Knud E. Hansen will provide the engineering package for the construction and approval by classification... Read more →


Nigeria will contribute 46% of sub-Saharan Africa’s total crude production from planned and announced projects (greenfield projects) in 2025, according to GlobalData. The company’s report: ‘H1 2019 Production and Capital Expenditure Outlook for Key Planned Upstream Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa – Nigeria Dominates Crude Production and Capex Outlook’ finds that... Read more →


ITM Power extends hydrogen fueling agreement with Shell in UK to 2024

ITM Power announced the extension of its UK hydrogen refueling collaboration agreement with Shell, which was originally announced on 10 September 2015. The new agreement will run until 2024, and covers the refueling of all types of hydrogen vehicles; from passenger cars to commercial vehicles, including buses, trucks, trains and... Read more →


Honda Transmission Mfg. of America first automotive transmission plant in US to earn EPA ENERGY STAR certification

Honda Transmission Mfg. of America (HTM) is the first automotive transmission plant in US to earn EPA ENERGY STAR certification. The plant derives more than 10% of its power from on-site wind turbines. In 2014, the facility in Russells Point, Ohio became the first major automotive manufacturing plant in the... Read more →


Electrovaya enters Li-ion battery sales agreement with Raymond Corp.

Electrovaya Inc. has entered a sales agreement with The Raymond Corporation, a Toyota Industries Group company. The sales agreement will allow The Raymond Corporation’s Sales and Service Centers network to sell Electrovaya battery systems to customers that have the select compatible Raymond lift trucks. We are excited to begin this... Read more →


Lithium Australia forms alliance with Chinese battery producer DLG

Lithium Australia has signed a letter of intent with Chinese battery producer DLG Battery Co. Ltd. to establish a 50:50 jointly owned business for the supply and sale of DLG lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), packs and modules in Australia; and to form a technology alliance that will fast-track the commercialization of... Read more →


Cree to invest $1B to expand silicon carbide capacity to meet EV and 5G market demand

As part of its long-term growth strategy, Cree, Inc. will invest up to $1 billion in the expansion of its silicon carbide capacity with the development of a state-of-the-art, automated 200mm silicon carbide fabrication facility and a materials mega factory at its US campus headquarters in Durham, N.C. This marks... Read more →


Polestar establishes new UK R&D facility to create future electric performance cars

Polestar has significantly expanded its research and development capacity with the establishment of a new R&D center in the United Kingdom. Situated in Coventry, England, the new facility will allow Polestar to increase its own R&D capabilities, and further strengthens the brand’s ability to engineer its future electric performance vehicles.... Read more →


City of Seattle’s fleet vehicles to use Gevo’s renewable isobutanol to lower greenhouse gas emissions

Gevo, Inc. announced today that as a part of the Seattle Climate Action plan, adopted in June 2013, the City of Seattle will utilize a blend of Gevo’s renewable isobutanol with conventional gasoline in its pilot program to reduce the Carbon Intensity (CI) levels of fuels used in Seattle’s fleet... Read more →


GM in discussions with electric vehicle maker Workhorse Group to sell Lordstown, Ohio, complex

General Motors Co. is in discussions with Workhorse Group Inc. and an affiliated, newly formed entity to sell GM’s Lordstown Complex in Lordstown, Ohio. The move has the potential to bring significant production and electric vehicle assembly jobs to the plant. Upon final agreement, the entity, led by Workhorse founder... Read more →


Navigant forecasts annual sales of highly automated commercial vehicles not to exceed 1% until 2028

Annual sales of highly automated commercial vehicles will not exceed 1% until 2028, according to a new forecast by Navigant Research. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving systems (ADS) for commercial vehicles have been gaining market attention for several years. While growth of ADS is expected to be... Read more →


Nel launches containerized large-scale PEM electrolyzer

Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, a subsidiary of Nel ASA, launched the M Series containerized Proton PEM electrolyzer. We have spent considerable effort over the last year to finalize the design of our M Series Proton PEM electrolyzer in a containerized version. It is a pleasure to now officially include this product... Read more →


Rio Tinto partners with Caterpillar on autonomous machinery at advanced mine

Development of Rio Tinto’s most technologically advanced mine has progressed following an agreement with global equipment manufacturer Caterpillar to provide state-of-the-art heavy machinery for the Koodaideri iron ore operation in the Pilbara, Western Australia. Caterpillar, with support of their local Western Australian dealer WesTrac, will supply a fleet of 20... Read more →


Zotye USA’s first vehicle for the US market will be the T600 compact CUV. Zotye expects to be the first Chinese automaker to sell vehicles in the United States under its own brand name. The T600 made its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show in April and will go on... Read more →


City of Sacramento and EVgo open first curbside high-powered charging plaza for EVs in California

The City of Sacramento and EVgo opened California’s first curbside high-powered charging plaza for electric vehicles at Southside Park. The Southside Park location features six curbside chargers, including three 50-kilowatt DC fast-chargers capable of delivering up to 90 miles of range in 30 minutes; and three 150-kilowatt DC fast-chargers capable... Read more →


Groupe PSA previews electrified versions of light commercial vans

At the Birmingham Commercial Vehicle Show, Groupe PSA previewed the electrified versions of Peugeot Boxer Electric and Citroën Relay Electric. The Peugeot Boxer Electric and Citroën Relay Electric large vans will be offered with two levels of range depending on the version: 141 miles on NEDC cycle for the length... Read more →


EPA awards more than $9.3M to replace 473 older diesel school buses; DERA funding

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded more than $9.3 million to replace 473 older diesel school buses. The funds are going to 145 school bus fleets in 43 states or territories, each of which will receive rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. Applicants replacing buses... Read more →


Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH and MTSA Technopower partner on large power systems based on hydrogen fuel cell stacks

The German fuel cell specialist Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH and the Netherlands-based MTSA Technopower B.V. have agreed to a 50:50 profit sharing cooperation agreement to design, manufacture and sell large power systems based on hydrogen fuel cell stacks, ranging between 0.5 MW and 10 MW. Both companies have complementary... Read more →


DENSO has taken a stake in Palo Alto, Calif.-based Bond Mobility Inc., a speed eBike sharing company that delivers high-performance micromobility services. The close of Bond’s $20-million series A funding round was led by DENSO’s New Mobility Group out of its global headquarters in Japan, and Innovest Global. DENSO will... Read more →


Rio Tinto moves to renewable electricity at Kennecott copper

Rio Tinto will reduce the annual carbon footprint associated with its Kennecott Utah Copper operation by as much as 65% by purchasing renewable energy certificates and permanently shutting its coal power plant. Kennecott’s electricity needs will now be paired with 1.5 million megawatt hours of renewable energy certificates supplied by... Read more →


BMW Group electrified vehicle sales down 52.3% in April Y-o-Y

BMW Group sales of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the US decreased 52.3% in April 2019 vs. April 2018. Model changeover has limited the current BMW Group electrified lineup to five models including the BMW i3, BMW i8 and i8 Roadster, BMW 530e, and MINI Countryman plug-in hybrid... Read more →


Johnson Matthey and Lithium Werks in long-term LFP battery materials supply agreement

Earlier this year, Johnson Matthey (JM) entered into a long-term battery materials supply agreement with energy storage and battery company Lithium Werks. Under the agreement, which will run for five years, JM will supply its lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery cathode material manufactured at its facility in Changzhou, China. The... Read more →