Weichai Westport secures Chinese certification for WP12 natural gas engine powered by HPDI 2.0

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. announced that its Weichai Westport Inc. (WWI) joint venture has received certification from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China (MEE) for the 12-liter engine equipped with the HPDI 2.0TM fuel system (WP12HPDI). WWI is now in a position to market and sell the heavy-duty... Read more →

Canada awards $1.7M to CSA Group to develop codes and standards for EVs

The government of Canada is awarding $1,716,469 to the CSA Group, a Toronto-based organization that develops standards, to address emerging technologies and issues in the public and private sectors. The funding will support a project to research, develop, adapt and update codes and standards for electric and alternative fuel vehicles... Read more →

EV Connect platform qualified for Arizona’s two largest utility EV charging incentive programs

EV Connect announced it is working with two of Arizona’s largest utilities to deliver EV charging infrastructure. In separate agreements, Salt River Project (SRP) in Phoenix and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) in Tucson have selected EV Connect as one of the industry partners eligible to provide EV network and charging... Read more →

Guidehouse forecasts second-life-battery capacity CAGR of 75.7% for EV batteries and 61.3% for PHEV batteries by 2030

A new report from Guidehouse Insights forecasts second-life battery (2LB) available capacity to grow at a 75.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for battery EV (BEV) batteries and a 61.3% CAGR for plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) batteries by 2030. According to the report, storage capacity for 2LBs is expected to... Read more →

Renault Trucks provides financial solutions for its customers to purchase their electric vehicles

Renault Trucks is offering a range of financing options through its captive Renault Trucks Financial Services for the purchase of an electric truck in its Z.E. range. The cost of an electric vehicle needs to be studied as a whole, in that it is the total ownership cost rather than... Read more →

Construction begins on new RNG project

Fortistar, a privately-owned investment firm, and Rumpke Waste & Recycling, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, announced the commencement of construction of the Noble Road Landfill Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Project, a $33-million transportation decarbonization project in Shiloh, Ohio. The project will extract... Read more →

Nine nations to collaborate to grow zero-emission commercial vehicle manufacturing, infrastructure and deployment

Nine nations on four continents have agreed to work collaboratively to grow zero-emission commercial vehicle manufacturing, infrastructure and deployment at home and globally. The Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero (Drive to Zero)—a program of CALSTART and a new campaign of the Clean Energy Ministerial under the Electric Drive Initiative—is... Read more →

Peninsula Clean Energy launches $28M EV charging infrastructure program in San Mateo county, CA

Peninsula Clean Energy launched its EV Ready Program, a $28-million effort to install electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure at commercial workplaces, multi-family dwellings and other public locations. It is the largest EV charging infrastructure program tied to a single Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency. Peninsula Clean Energy is a Community... Read more →

Neste to restructure refinery operations in Finland

In order to ensure the competitiveness of the Oil Products business, Neste is planning to restructure its refinery operations in Porvoo and Naantali, Finland. The company is exploring the shutdown of its refinery operations in Naantali and focusing the Naantali site on the terminal and harbor operations, as well as... Read more →

GMC to unveil HUMMER EV on 20 October; crabwalk teaser

GMC announced that it will unveil the HUMMER EV (earlier post) on 20 October. Customer reservations for the GMC HUMMER EV will be available through GMC.com on that date. The company also released a confirming one of the Hummer EV’s industry-leading features: Crabwalk. Crabwalk is enabled by the Hummer EV’s... Read more →

Fujitsu expands potential of automotive big data with launch of AI-powered, on-vehicle camera video analysis platform

Fujitsu launched the FUJITSU Future Mobility Accelerator Digital Twin Analyzer, an AI-powered in-vehicle camera image analysis platform, delivering a powerful new tool for businesses offering services that rely on big data collected from connected cars. Sales begin in Japan from 25 September, with availability to follow in the North American... Read more →

DOE awarding $17M for research at Princeton Laboratory Fusion Facility

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $17 million in funding for research at the National Spherical Tokamak Experiment Upgrade (NSTX-U), an Office of Science user facility at DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey. The initiative will support experiments, data analysis, and computer modeling and simulation of... Read more →

SunHydrogen renews and expands sponsored research agreement with U of Iowa

SunHydrogen, Inc., the developer of a technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, has renewed and expanded its sponsored research agreement with the University of Iowa funding for the next 12 months. The renewal will provide for a considerable increase in funding and staffing in order to accelerate... Read more →

Enel X and AMP Capital establish JV to boost electric public transportation in the Americas

Enel X, the Enel Group’s advanced energy services business line, and AMP Capital, a global investment manager, have entered into an agreement to establish a joint venture for the development of electric public transportation infrastructure in the Americas. More specifically, the parties will jointly invest in the development and leasing... Read more →

Hitachi establishes new company for electric vehicle motor business in US

Hitachi Automotive Electric motor Systems Ltd. has established Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems America, Inc. in Kentucky for the development, manufacture and sale of electric vehicle motors. The new company will utilize the existing office and manufacturing facilities in Berea City, owned by Hitachi Automotive Systems. Full production is expected... Read more →

Living Vehicle is partnering with Volta Power Systems on lithium-ion storage for the 2021 Living Vehicle luxury travel trailer that allows users to live off-grid and recharge electric vehicles (EVs). The Living Vehicle system offers up to 3080 watts of solar and 47.6 kWh of energy storage—the highest capacity lithium-ion... Read more →

Guidehouse Insights forecasts emerging hydrogen production technologies to show 20% CAGR from 2020-2029

A new report from Guidehouse Insights forecasts that the global capacity for emerging hydrogen production technologies will reach approximately 1 GW annually by 2029, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.2%. Four emerging technologies—alkaline electrolyzers (AES), proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzers, solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs), and biomass... Read more →

Cyient to acquire IG Partners to strengthen its digital capabilities in the energy and mining industries

Cyient, a global engineering and digital technology solutions company, will acquire specialist Australian consulting firm, IG Partners, to expand its end-to-end offerings for the local and regional resources sector. The acquisition will enable customers to take advantage of the growing convergence of operational and information technologies by leveraging the synergies... Read more →

Hexagon Purus to supply Asian OEM with composite cylinders for H2 storage for FCEVs

Hexagon Purus, a subsidiary of Hexagon Composites, will supply composite cylinders to a leading Northeast Asian OEM for their current zero-emission Fuel Cell Electric SUV. Hexagon Purus’ cylinders will be installed in the vehicle model starting by 2022. The two-year contract has an estimated sales value of €25 million. The... Read more →

UL joins Automotive Safety Council to help advance emerging mobility and automotive safety issues

UL, a leading global safety science company, has become a member of the Automotive Safety Council. The Detroit-based Automotive Safety Council is a trade association with membership representing autonomous, crash avoidance and occupant protection automotive safety suppliers that works to improve automotive safety through the development, production and implementation of... Read more →

DOE funds Q-NEXT at $115M over the next five years; additional $93M pledged by partner organizations

Q-NEXT, a collaboration involving the world’s leading minds from the national laboratories, universities and the private sector, is one of five National Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) in August 2020. (Earlier post.) It is funded by DOE at $115 million over the... Read more →

New functions in Porsche’s ROADS App: air quality and group road trips

With the cooperation with the US start-up ClimaCell, users of Porsche’s free ROADS app will receive detailed information on the air quality on their route. ClimaCell specializes in hyper-local and hyper-accurate weather forecasts by using hundreds of millions of sensors worldwide to analyze the weather and air quality. ROADS uses... Read more →

Former Volvo exec launches electric truck start-up TrovaCV

Patrick Collignon, former chief operating officer for Volvo Trucks North and South America, has launched Trova Commercial Vehicles (TrovaCV). The new company offers customized engineering and manufacturing expertise for commercial vehicles, specifically fully electric trucks. TrovaCV will focus on the engineering, design and production of fully electric commercial vehicles with... Read more →

Following successful launches in Hangzhou nine months ago and Guangzhou last month, the China-based premium ride-hailing provider StarRides—a joint venture of Daimler Mobility AG and Geely Technology Group—officially launched its service in the third metropolis, the city of Chengdu. Since its start in December 2019, StarRides has achieved growth in... Read more →

GlobalData: China to account for >25% global offshore wind power capacity by 2030

The global offshore wind segment is likely to grow seven-fold by 2030 mainly driven by capacity additions from three major markets: China, the UK and the US. China will lead the trio with more than 25% of the new offshore wind capacity expected to be added by 2030, followed by... Read more →

Kokam Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of SolarEdge and a provider of lithium-ion batteries and integrated energy solutions, launched of a new battery system for Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS). Already active in the UPS battery market, Kokam is strengthening its position with new advanced battery system that uses innovative cell technology... Read more →

INRIX parking and fuel services to be available in Ford SYNC 4, starting with Mustang Mach-E, Bronco 4×4 models and F-150

INRIX, Inc., a leading provider of connected car services and transportation analytics, announced that its parking and fuel services will be soon available in Ford vehicles around the world. Available in the all new SYNC 4 connected vehicle system with navigation, drivers will be able to easily find, compare and... Read more →

Subaru selects Xilinx to power new-generation Eyesight ADAS

Xilinx, Inc. announced that its technology is powering the new version of Subaru’s vision-based advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS), EyeSight. Integrated into the all-new Subaru Levorg for the Japanese market, the new EyeSight system will provide advanced features including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and pre-collision braking. Stereo cameras are at... Read more →

Toshiba announces compact low ON-resistance N-channel MOSFETs for automotive

Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH has developed a series of new high-efficiency N-channel MOSFETs for automotive applications that are based on the company’s advanced U-MOSVIII-H process technology. The XPN3R804NC and XPN7R104NC both have 40V voltage ratings, while the XPN6R706NC and XPN12006NC support 60V operation. They all exhibit extremely low ON-resistance values,... Read more →

Electrify America collaborates with Love’s Travel Stops

Electrify America, the largest open direct current (DC) fast-charging network in the US will work with Love’s Travel Stops, the US’ industry-leading travel stop network, to bring public ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to seven locations in six US states. The seven charging stations, located in Oklahoma, New Mexico,... Read more →

Karma partners with Premier Financial Services for leasing Revero GT in US

Karma Automotive has partnered with Connecticut-based Premier Financial Services to provide a new leasing program designed to deliver a cost-effective ownership experience for Karma’s Revero GT. The Revero GT features a BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder in-line engine supplied by BMW AG to power an on-board electric generator. The electric-drive Revero... Read more →

NRECA, DOE launch rural battery storage research projects

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has launched four rural battery storage projects in partnership with five electric cooperatives and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity. The projects are being funded in part by DOE and will examine how energy storage systems can improve the resilience of... Read more →

Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation has installed the hydrogen fuel cell system “H2Rex” at Michinoeki-Namie (Roadside Station Namie) in Fukushima Prefecture. H2Rex will supply electric power and heat simultaneously by using hydrogen supplied by the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R), one of the largest hydrogen energy research facilities... Read more →

IHS Markit: Venezuela oil production close to zero

Venezuela—one of the world’s earliest and (at one time) largest oil producers, as well as a founding member of OPEC—could soon be producing close to zero barrels of oil, according to a new analysis by IHS Markit. Venezuelan crude oil production is currently around 100,000 to 200,000 barrels per day... Read more →

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, (MTM), the new joint-venture between Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation, announced an additional $830-million investment to incorporate more advanced manufacturing technologies to its production lines and provide enhanced training to its workforce of up to 4,000 employees. Total funding contributed to the development of the... Read more →

ClipperCreek expands dual charging station line

ClipperCreek, a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), announced a 40 Amp dual electric vehicle (EV) charging station, available with either hardwired or plug-in options. The HCS-D50 is a 40 Amp level 2 station, installed onto a single dedicated 50A circuit, and can charge two... Read more →

EnergyX partners with ProfMOF on use of MOFs in energy storage

Energy Exploration Technologies Inc. (EnergyX) and ProfMOF are partnering to promote the use of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), a relatively new class of nanotechnology materials suitable in the development of projects involving renewable energy and large scale lithium-ion production and battery storage. ProfMOF specializes in finding opportunities to merge MOFs... Read more →

Volkswagen Car-Net selects CCC Information Services as exclusive provider of insurance telematics services

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) and Volkswagen Car-Net announced that CCC has become the automaker’s exclusive provider of insurance telematics services for the newest generation of VW Car-Net, included in most model year 2020 and 2021 vehicles. Upon customer consent, the CCC X data exchange will utilize driving data from... Read more →

Representatives from flag, coastal and port authorities from China, Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, and Singapore met at a virtual event on 4 August 2020 to launch the MASSPorts initiative. The event was joined by representatives from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Association of Marine... Read more →

Blacksford is a new recreational vehicle rental business offering fully-stocked Mercedes-Benz Sprinter overland adventure vehicles from Winnebago with an all-inclusive pricing model that includes unlimited miles, no generator fees, bedding, bath, and kitchen supplies, free Wi-Fi, a free annual pass to national parks, and 24-hour roadside assistance. Currently available at... Read more →

CTE releases new guidebook for deploying zero-emission transit buses

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) has released the Guidebook for Deploying Zero-Emission Transit Buses, authored by CTE staff Meredith Linscott and Amy Posner and funded through the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This publication is the first comprehensive document... Read more →

DENSO establishes Pittsburgh Innovation Lab to accelerate automated driving R&D

DENSO Corporation has established the Pittsburgh Innovation Lab, a new US R&D center designed to strengthen open innovation and enhance technology development that enables automated driving. DENSO began operations in Pittsburgh in July 2020. At the Pittsburgh Innovation Lab, the company will conduct research to achieve Level-4 automated driving and... Read more →

Volkswagen opens vehicle assembly facility in Ghana

Volkswagen is expanding its footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa with the official opening of a vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana. With this engagement, Ghana becomes the fifth Volkswagen vehicle assembly location in Sub-Saharan Africa; the other locations are in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda. Universal Motors Limited, a licensed... Read more →

MINI Plant Oxford has built more than 11,000 MINI Electrics since production began, just before the plant’s annual summer shutdown. Premiered in July 2019, during the brand’s 60th anniversary year, MINI’s first all-electric model is fully integrated into the production process at Oxford, running down the same line as the... Read more →

Workhorse receives HVIP eligibility from the California Air Resources Board

Workhorse Group Inc. announced that its C-Series all-electric delivery trucks have been deemed eligible for the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) program by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Earlier this month, the company announced that it had received Executive Order: A-445-0003 from CARB, designating... Read more →

Fisker Inc. is planning a portfolio expansion to a four-vehicle range by mid-decade, supporting the company’s long-term goal for Electric Mobility as a service. The four-vehicle line-up will feature the Ocean SUV; a super-sports sedan based on the EMotion concept; a sports crossover; and a pickup truck. Each vehicle will... Read more →

ZF forming new electrified driveline division; dropping ICE-drive components in the future

ZF’s Supervisory Board has decided to establish a new division out of the previous Car Powertrain Technology and E-Mobility Divisions in order to offer customers electrified driveline solutions under one roof. In the future, ZF will no longer develop components for internal combustion engine drives but will instead focus on... Read more →

The City of Richmond is partnering with EV charging network company Volta. Volta will provide the first free electric vehicle charging stations on a public right-of-way in California that are not funded by taxpayer dollars. The stations are located next to the BART parking garage at 1501 MacDonald Avenue. Volta’s... Read more →

Mitsubishi Motors investing $76M in Mizushima Plant to manufacture new electric Kei-cars

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will invest approximately ¥8 billion (US$76 million) for production of new electric Kei-cars at Mizushima Plant in Kurashiki city, Okayama Prefecture starting from August 2020. MMC is developing the new electric Kei-car jointly with Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (Nissan), an Alliance partner, and the vehicle is... Read more →