USA Truck to buy 10 Nikola Tre BEV trucks; fleet-as-a-service model; option for 90 more over next 2 years

USA Truck Inc. has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) for an initial purchase of 10 Nikola Tre BEV trucks from Thompson Truck Centers, a member of the Nikola Corporation sales and service dealer network. The LOI between USA Truck and Thompson Truck Centers is a “fleet-as-a-service” model in... Read more →

Eaton acquires Royal Power Solutions for $600M; bolstering electrification business

Power management company Eaton has acquired Royal Power Solutions, a US-based manufacturer of high-precision electrical connectivity components used in electric vehicle, energy management, industrial and mobility markets. Under the terms of the agreement, Eaton paid $600 million for Royal Power Solutions, which represents approximately 13.6 times the company’s estimated 2022... Read more →

Edison Motors and Plug Power sign agreement for production of hydrogen-powered city buses in S. Korea

Korean electric car manufacturer Edison Motors signed an agreement with Plug Power to develop and to bring to market a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered electric city bus. Plug Power’s 125kW ProGen fuel cell engine will provide power to Edison Motors’ electric bus platform. The companies expect to have a fuel-cell-electric-bus prototype completed... Read more →

Chinese EV ride-hailing service provider considering SPAC IPO in US with estimated valuation of $1B

BMKP Technology Co Ltd., a Chinese EV ride-hailing service provider, is considering going public in the US through a merger with a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC). BKMP expects it will be listed on Nasdaq around March 2022 at the earliest, with an estimated valuation of US$1 billion (equivalent to... Read more →

Benchmark: EVs this decade unlikely to use solid-state batteries due to cost

Most electric vehicles (EV) are unlikely to use more powerful solid-state and lithium-metal batteries this decade as the technology will struggle to compete on costs, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence. Lithium metal battery production capacity is set to reach 260 GWh by 2030, based on the current pipeline, as startups... Read more →

Governors of Washington and Oregon, Premier of BC sign MOU for ultra-high-speed transportation system

Governor Jay Inslee of Washington state, Governor Kate Brown of Oregon, and Premier John Horgan of British Columbia signed a Memorandum of Understanding that establishes ultra-high-speed transportation as a regional priority. The agreement reaffirms the shared commitment to developing a sustainable Cascadia Innovation Corridor. A 2018 study from the Washington... Read more →

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that GAC Mitsubishi Motors Co., Ltd. (GMMC), MMC’s vehicle production and sales joint venture in China, unveiled the all-new electric SUV Airtrek at Auto Guangzhou. The Airtrek comes equipped with a 70 kWh drive battery, achieving a maximum driving range of approximately 520 kilometers (323... Read more →

Toyota and DRIVR put 100 hydrogen taxis on the roads in Copenhagen

Toyota and the taxi service DRIVR have put more than 100 hydrogen taxis on the roads in Copenhagen, supporting the political goals for a greener taxi industry. The Danish government's aim is that no new taxis emit CO2 or air pollution from 2025 and by 2030 all moving taxis must... Read more →

Haldor Topsoe and Green Fuel to develop scalable technologies for green ammonia in Iceland

Green Fuel and Haldor Topsoe have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will see the companies partnering to identify efficient and scalable technologies for the production of green ammonia in Iceland. The agreement also enables the two companies to explore other business opportunities within green ammonia. Green ammonia will... Read more →

QuantumScape 10-layer solid-state cell testing shows 800 cycles with 80% retention

Solid-state Li-metal battery company QuantumScape released 10-layer battery cell testing data showing 800 cycles at better than one-hour charge rates at 25 °C, achieving the goal it had laid out for 2021. With this achievement, QuantumScape has now met all the milestones it laid out at the beginning of the... Read more →

Global customer deliveries of the all-electric light-duty truck FUSO eCanter have now surpassed the 300-vehicle mark from small series production. Customers in sixteen countries and cities such as New York, Tokyo, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Auckland are using the urban delivery truck. More deliveries are... Read more →

Tesla and Gangeng Lithium sign 3-year lithium-hydroxide supply contract

Recently, Ganfeng Lithium and its wholly-owned subsidiary GFL International Co., Limited signed a product supply contract with Tesla, Inc. and Tesla (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. for a three-year supply of battery-grade lithium hydroxide products to Tesla. The teem of the contract runs from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2024 The... Read more →

SunLine Transit Agency orders 5 more New Flyer hydrogen fuel-cell-electric buses

California’s SunLine Transit Agency has awarded New Flyer a contract for five forty-foot fuel cell-electric Xcelsior CHARGE H2 heavy-duty transit buses. The purchase follows SunLine’s previous 2020 order for five Xcelsior CHARGE H2 buses and brings SunLine’s total zero-emission fleet to 26 fuel cell-electric vehicles. The Xcelsior CHARGE H2 is... Read more →

Bosch to invest more than €400M in its semiconductor fabs in 2022

In the face of the global chip shortage, Bosch is increasing its capital expenditure. Just a few weeks after opening its new wafer fab in Dresden, Bosch has now announced another nine-figure investment in its chip manufacturing facilities. In 2022 alone, Bosch plans to invest more than €400 million in... Read more →

In 2018, US states with the highest shares of CO2 emissions coming from transportation were primarily located along the eastern and western coasts, with California, Hawaii, and Washington having the highest share at 59%, followed closely by Idaho at 58%. The four lowest states were Louisiana (19%), North Dakota (15%),... Read more →

Study finds short-haul flights in Europe a key contributor to aviation emissions

A new study by a team from The University of Manchester in the UK has found that the main culprit for aviation emissions across the connected continent of Europe is the large number of short-haul flights. The research, recently published in journal Transportation Research, identified that a large number of... Read more →

Solaris lands €15+M contract for 30 electric buses for Genoa, Italy

Solaris has won a tender for the delivery of as many as 30 Urbino 12 electric buses to AMT (Azienda Mobilità e Trasporti SpA) in Genoa, Italy. The coastal city wants to replace its fleet with electric buses only by 2025. The value of the new contract exceeds €15 million.... Read more →

Geely’s Holding subsidiary company, Geely Technology Group, showcased the battery swapping technology behind its battery swapping service, called E-Energee, at the 2021 Wuzhen Internet Conference, while providing further details on the future layout of its services. Geely Technology Group began researching battery swapping technologies in 2017 as it grew its... Read more →

Gevo acquires Butamax patent estate for the production of renewable isobutanol and derivative renewable fuel products

Gevo has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC and its affiliate, Danisco US Inc., to acquire certain patents, leaving Gevo as the only entity with full rights to sublicense the entire Gevo/Butamax isobutanol and isobutanol derivatives patent estate in the fields of fuels, isooctane, industrial... Read more →

Electric Last Mile Solutions, a pure-play commercial electric vehicle company focused on redefining productivity for the last mile, has received a binding purchase order for 1,000 units of its Urban Delivery vehicle from its strategic distribution partner, Randy Marion Automotive Group. Start of production for the Urban Delivery took place... Read more →

Oshkosh invests in Carnegie Foundry to build upon autonomy and robotics capabilities

Oshkosh Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of mission-critical vehicles and essential equipment, and Carnegie Foundry, a robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) venture studio headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., announced a strategic partnership and Oshkosh Corporation investment in Carnegie Foundry to accelerate innovation in autonomy and robotics. Carnegie Foundry has an... Read more →

Chevron, Caterpillar to demonstrate hydrogen locomotive prototype

Chevron USA, a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, and Caterpillar announced a collaboration agreement to develop hydrogen demonstration projects in transportation and stationary power applications, including prime power. The goal of the collaboration is to confirm the feasibility and performance of hydrogen for use as a commercially viable alternative to traditional... Read more →

Helbiz announced the launch of its first electric scooter intended for sale, Helbiz One. The e-scooter prototype was developed through a collaboration with international design house and emblem of Italian style, Pininfarina, and MT Distribution, a leader in the design and production of urban micro-mobility solutions in the Italian Motor... Read more →

DOE awards Nikola $2M to research autonomous refueling for hydrogen stations

Nikola Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty commercial battery-electric vehicles (BEV), fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and energy infrastructure solutions, has been awarded an approximate $2-million grant from the US Department of Energy to advance research into autonomous refueling technologies for future hydrogen fueling stations. Autonomous fueling is part of... Read more →

NFI and Robotic Research to bring automated driving technology to North American transit agencies

NFI Group, a leading independent bus and coach manufacturer and a leader in mobility solutions, announced an agreement with Robotic Research, LLC to increase the deployment of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) in transit agency fleets across North America. The agreement expands the partnership between New Flyer of America, an NFI... Read more →

Gevo restarts production at Luverne renewable fuels facility; isobutanol for aviation fuel and gasoline

Gevo has restarted production operations at renewable fuels production facility located in Luverne, Minnesota. The Luverne Facility will produce fuel-grade, renewable isobutanol (IBA). The IBA produced will be used as a feedstock for Gevo to produce sustainable aviation fuel and renewable premium gasoline to fulfill existing sales contracts. Gevo had... Read more →

In late 2020, Marathon Petroleum Corporation (Marathon) began the production of renewable diesel at its Dickinson refinery in North Dakota. Marathon now reports successful completion of the refinery’s test run of the grassroot renewable diesel unit, based on Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology. Dickinson refinery The new HydroFlexx unit produces 100% renewable... Read more →

Fortescue Future Industries, JSW Future Energy to explore potential green hydrogen projects in India

Australia-based Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has entered into a framework agreement with India-based JSW Future Energy Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of JSW Energy Limited, to explore opportunities to develop green hydrogen projects in India. Under the agreement, FFI and JSW Energy will collaborate and conduct scoping work on potential... Read more →

MAN Energy Solutions and ANDRITZ Hydro to develop projects for green hydrogen from hydropower

MAN Energy Solutions and ANDRITZ Hydro have completed a strategic framework agreement jointly to develop international projects for the production of green hydrogen from hydropower. A pilot project in Europe will mark the start of the collaboration. Subsequently, the companies want to identify jointly further projects and implement them in... Read more →

Exro selects Mesa, Arizona for US HQ; Coil Driver

Exro Technologies Inc., the developer of Coil Driver power electronics technology for electric motors and batteries (earlier post), will locate its US headquarters in Mesa, Arizona. Exro plans to hire 50 employees over the next 18 months, bringing new job opportunities to the region and expanding the local e-mobility ecosystem.... Read more →

Parkopedia to provide upgraded premium parking services to Volkswagen of America

Parking services provider Parkopedia announced a new deal with Volkswagen of America (VWoA) to provide parking reservation services to Volkswagen drivers using the Car-Net service and the associated smartphone app in the US. The service is now live for drivers and will cover both legacy and new vehicles produced by... Read more →

BAAAQMD funds 7 zero-emission tractors

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District in California announced the deployment of seven zero-emission tractors at Bay Area farms as part of an approximately $1-million grant through the Funding Agricultural Reduction Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) program to demonstrate zero-emission technology in Bay Area agricultural operations. The program is... Read more →

IndianOil to build India’s first green hydrogen plant at Mathura refinery

IndianOil (Indian Oil Corporation Limited) will build India’s first ‘Green Hydrogen’ plant at its Mathura refinery. Green hydrogen is derived from water electrolysis using renewable energy such as solar or wind. Biomass-based hydrogen production technologies also qualify under the green category. Brown and grey hydrogen are produced through coal gasification... Read more →

Eastman to supply benzyl toluene to Hydrogenious for hydrogen carrier

Eastman and Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies, a pioneer in the liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) industry (earlier post), are partnering to make the storage and transportation of sustainable hydrogen more secure, easier and more affordable for the fast-growing clean energy market. Eastman is poised to meet the increasing needs of the... Read more →

Ford brings corporate M&A veteran on board with focus on electrification

Ford has hired corporate M&A veteran Doug Power, 52, in the newly created position of Vice President, Corporate Development. He and his team are charged with developing, sustaining and carrying out a master plan for strategic acquisitions and investments on behalf of Ford’s Industrial, Technology and Software, and New Businesses... Read more →

UCAP Power, Inc., a developer of ultracapacitor-based power solutions, has completed the purchase of Maxwell Technologies Korea, the Korean-based ultracapacitor business, as well as other related assets including the Maxwell brand and system patents and products. UCAP recently introduced the POWERBLoK battery replacement solution. POWERBLoK incorporates integrated charging and control... Read more →

Boeing and SkyNRG partner to scale sustainable aviation fuels globally

Boeing, SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas announced a partnership focused on scaling the availability and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) globally. Boeing will also invest in SkyNRG Americas’ SAF production project, for which Alaska Airlines is a previously announced partner. Boeing, SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas will work together to accelerate... Read more →

Apex Clean Energy and Plug Power partner on largest green hydrogen power purchase agreement in the US

Apex Clean Energy, one of the nation’s largest independent clean energy companies, and Plug Power announced a 345 MW wind power purchase agreement (PPA) and a development services agreement for a green hydrogen production facility. The power purchased through the PPA will directly supply a new hydrogen production plant with... Read more →

REE Automotive enters strategic collaboration with JB Poindexter to develop commercial EVs

REE Automotive announced a strategic collaboration with EAVX, a wholly owned business unit of JB Poindexter & Co (JBPCO). The JB Poindexter business enterprise includes commercial work truck bodies and accessory industry leaders Morgan Olson, Morgan Corporation, Reading, Truck Accessories Group, and Masterack. REE and EAVX will collaborate to develop... Read more →

CAF Power & Automation selects Skeleton ultracapacitors to complete OESS portfolio for trams

Skeleton Technologies signed a contract with CAF Power & Automation, the global manufacturer of electric power solutions for the rail industry, to supply ultracapacitors in trams powered by CAF P&A’s OESS-s (On Board Energy Storage Systems). Skeleton’s cells will be included in Greentech OESS portfolio already used by some of... Read more →

TAQA Group and Abu Dhabi Ports discussing 2 GW green hydrogen to ammonia project

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), one of the largest listed integrated utilities in the region, and Abu Dhabi Ports, are discussing the development of an industrial-scale green hydrogen to ammonia export project in Abu Dhabi. A partnership on a green hydrogen to ammonia project on this scale between... Read more →

PowerCell extends cooperation with ZeroAvia on hydrogen-electric aviation, secures $1.3M order

PowerCell Sweden AB has secured an order valued at a total of MSEK 10.9 million (US$1.3 million) from UK company ZeroAvia. The order comprises fuel cell stacks, fuel cell systems and engineering services, and is scheduled for continuous delivery over one year. The order is part of a cooperation agreement... Read more →

EDGE and Ulstein evaluating use of modular fuel cell system for container vessel; ABB and Ballard partners

EDGE Navigation and Ulstein (earlier post) recently announced their cooperation on an X-BOW container vessel concept design to facilitate green energy power solutions for fossil-free operations. The partners are now in the process of evaluating the use of a modular hydrogen fuel cell solution together with ABB and Ballard Power... Read more →

Ballard receives initial order for fuel cell modules to power 15 Tata Motors buses in India

Ballard Power Systems has received a purchase order for 15 70 kW FCmove-HD fuel cell modules from Tata Motors to power 15 of Tata’s zero-emission Fuel Cell Electric Buses (FCEBs). Ballard plans to complete delivery of all modules by 2022. The buses are planned for deployment in Faridabad, the largest... Read more →

Nikkei: Daikin has developed new refrigerant for EVs that can boost range up to 50%

According to a report in Nikkei Asia, Daikin Industries, Japan’s top air conditioner maker, has developed a refrigerant for electric vehicles that can extend their range by up to 50%. The company plans to commercialize the product by 2025, the report said. Daikin’s new refrigerant supposedly has a boiling point... Read more →

Irizar e-mobility together with its partner in Switzerland Jebsen & Jessen Industrial Solutions Schweiz AG, will supply a total of 18 electric buses with operators Bernmobil and BUS Ostschweiz. The Swiss operator Bernmobil (Berne) ordered 14 ie bus zero-emissions buses in the 18-meter articulated version. These buses are planned to... Read more →

Rio Tinto and POSCO to partner on low-carbon-emission steel value chain

Rio Tinto and POSCO, the largest steel producer in South Korea and one of the world’s leading steel producers, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly explore, develop and demonstrate technologies to transition to a low-carbon emission steel value chain. The partnership will explore a range of technologies... Read more →

Baselland Transport AG (BLT) transport company is putting five Mercedes-Benz eCitaro electric buses into operation. Very soon, eight more eCitaro for BLT will follow. BLT is a Swiss transport company that links the city of Basel to the surrounding region via bus and train. BLT operates in the cantons of... Read more →