Latin America’s largest fleet of zero-emission buses just got bigger as Santiago’s RED system added 150 BYD electric buses to its public transport system. The buses will run along Avenida Bernardo O’Higgins, the historic central avenue in the Chilean capital and will be operated by Metbus. With a total of... Read more →

MOL Group, an international oil and gas company headquartered in Budapest, has chosen Driivz technology to manage its electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Driivz provides a robust and scalable operating system for global EV charging with its end-to-end EV charging and energy management software platform. MOL currently operates chargers in... Read more →

In China, SAIC-GM-Wuling recently put into operation Guangxi province’s first cascading energy storage power station utilizing retired electric vehicle batteries at the company’s Baojun base in Liuzhou. The facility stores wind and solar energy as well as energy from the grid generated during non-peak hours for use by the grid... Read more →

China-based premium EV manufacturer NIO delivered 3,740 vehicles in June 2020, representing a strong 179.1% growth year-over-year. The deliveries consisted of 2,476 ES6s, the company’s 5-seater high-performance premium smart electric SUV; and 1,264 ES8s, the Company’s 7-seater high-performance premium smart electric SUV, and its 6-seater variant. NIO delivered 10,331 vehicles... Read more →

Omdia forecasts overall delivery robot market to grow from $121M in 2019 to $2.2B by 2025

In a new report, Omdia forecasts the overall delivery robot market will grow from $121.0 million in 2019 to $2.2 billion by 2025. The outlook for delivery robots, delivery drones, and autonomous delivery vehicles will be driven by robust demand from e-commerce fulfillment, food & beverage sales, and logistics. The... Read more →

UNSW, Ebusco to accelerate development of zero emissions transport in Australia

UNSW Sydney has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dutch electric bus manufacturer Ebusco to further research and development of sustainable transport in Australia. This new collaboration with Ebusco will help make significant advances in areas such as renewable energy and manufacturing—both areas of research strength at UNSW. We... Read more →

France and Germany lead EU countries in delivering green stimulus packages; increasing EV subsidies

France and Germany have announced plans for major green stimulus packages as the countries emerge from lockdown and seek to get their economies moving again. Other EU countries, including Spain and Holland have also announced revitalization plans with strong green elements. France has announced an automotive industry bailout package worth... Read more →

In China, Baojun launched the E300 and E300 Plus electric vehicles, which have a range of 305 kilometers (190 miles). Six variants are priced between RMB 64,800 (US$9,200) and RMB 84,800 (US$12,000). The E300 has a synchronous fixed ratio gearbox and rear-engine layout, generating 40 kW of maximum power and... Read more →

Constellium launches new high-performance aluminum powder for additive manufacturing

Constellium SE has expanded its portfolio of advanced aluminum solutions with the launch of Aheadd, a new offer for high performance aluminum powders that exceed industry standards for additive manufacturing productivity and component properties. Constellium’s new powders are designed and tailored based on customer needs for a wide range of... Read more →

Workhorse Group successfully passes FMVSS tests for its all-electric delivery vans

Workhorse Group Inc. has successfully completed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) testing for its C650 and C1000 all-electric delivery vans. FMVSS testing for both the C650 and C1000 vans had been delayed by complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic. With facilities and supporting manpower restored, the testing was officially... Read more →

Although Tesla has a well-developed, proprietary supercharging network, two types of non-proprietary DC fast charging connectors are also used in the United States: SAE Combined Charging System (CCS) and CHArge de MOve (CHAdeMO), the trademark name for a DC charging standard. All non-Tesla EV manufacturers equip their vehicles with either... Read more →

Upcoming Apple Maps in iOS 14 adds cycling and EV features

The upcoming next version of Apple’s iOS (iOS 14) adds features for cyclists and EV drivers to Apple Maps. Electric vehicle routing adds charging stops along a planned route based on current vehicle charge and charger types. New cycling directions in Maps take into account elevation, how busy a street... Read more →

In view of the long-term growing market demand for power semiconductors for electric cars, Danfoss A/S and Infineon Technologies AG have signed a multi-year volume agreement. Infineon will supply chipsets of IGBTs and diodes to the Danfoss Silicon Power business unit. The chips are mainly used in power modules for... Read more →

BASF’s battery materials plants in Europe advance as planned; start-up in 2022

Preparations and construction of BASF’s battery materials plants in Europe are advancing as planned. After the casting of the foundation for its precursor cathode active material (PCAM) plant in Harjavalta, Finland, BASF has officially started construction. In addition, BASF has secured the construction permits to begin building the new cathode... Read more →

Amtronics forms dedicated hydrogen generation division in Australia

Sydney-based Amtronics announced a new division—Australian Hydrogen Generation—which will provide all equipment from generation and purification to compression, storage, installation and maintenance. Discussions are being held around the need for major hydrogen generation investment in Australia and New Zealand. Leveraging off Australia’s position to exploit a niche in the market,... Read more →

Siemens partners with Total to advance concepts for low-emissions LNG production

Siemens Gas and Power has entered into an agreement with Total, a broad energy group, to advance new concepts for green liquified natural gas (LNG) production. As part of the contract, Siemens Gas and Power is conducting studies to explore a variety of possible liquefaction and power generation plant designs,... Read more →

Lumen Freedom licenses WiTricity technology for EV wireless charging

WiTricity and Lumen Freedom, an automotive Tier 1 manufacturer of wireless charging systems for electrified vehicles, entered into a technology licensing agreement. The agreement enables Lumen Freedom to develop and commercialize products using WiTricity’s patented magnetic resonance technology for electrified vehicles. With WiTricity technology, charging begins automatically when the vehicle... Read more →

BMW Group joins UECC and GoodShipping in further biofuel trials for decarbonization of sea transport

After having announced a three-month biofuel trial (earlier post), leading short sea shipowner UECC and the GoodShipping Program have now partnered with the BMW Group to continue to test marine Bio Fuel-Oil (BFO) on UECC’s ‘roll-on, roll-off’ (ro-ro) car carrying vessels. BMW Group joins UECC and the GoodShipping Program in... Read more →

PNNL waives fee to test-drive portfolio of intellectual property

As businesses of all sizes weather today’s tough economy, the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is offering its entire portfolio of patented technologies on a research trial basis—at no cost—to spur economic development and ultimately create new jobs. Dozens of technologies could be deployed across US markets... Read more →

Share of Volvo Cars rechargeable cars doubles Jan-May y-o-y

Volvo Cars sold 44,830 cars in May, down 25.5% compared with the same month last year, as sales and showroom traffic trends in Europe improved and sales in China continued to grow. However, the share of Volvo Cars’ Recharge line-up of chargeable Volvo models doubled in the first five months,... Read more →

NIO delivered 3,436 EVs in May; up 215.5% y-o-y

NIO Inc. delivered 3,436 electric vehicles in May 2020, representing a strong 215.5% growth year over year. The deliveries consisted of 2,685 ES6s, the company’s 5-seater high-performance premium smart electric SUV; and 751 ES8s, the Company’s 7-seater high-performance premium smart electric SUV and its 6-seater variant. As of May 31,... Read more →

WAVE wireless charging infrastructure solution deploys at bus maintenance depot in Oregon

Wireless charging technology company Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) has installed its wireless charging system in Josephine Community Transit’s (Oregon) maintenance depot. This system will wirelessly charge two remanufactured Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) buses from Complete Coach Works, with an additional two vehicles being added later this year. Traditionally,... Read more →

Spain’s Zeleros raises €7M for development of hyperloop in Europe

Zeleros Hyperloop has completed a financing round worth more than €7 million. The company now starts a new phase in the development of its unique version of hyperloop, with the support of companies such as Altran, Grupo Red Eléctrica and also strategic investors at national and international level, including among... Read more →

US EPA to award up to $3M for anaerobic digester projects

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a competitive grant funding opportunity (EPA-OLEM-ORCR-20-02) with an estimated $3 million available to increase anaerobic digester (AD) capacity in the United States. US EPA anticipates awarding 10 to 40 projects, with each individual project eligible to receive between $50,000-$300,000. Applications must achieve... Read more →

GlobalData poll: Major concerns of the renewable sector revolve around global supply chain issues amid COVID-19 pandemic

The renewable sector in most countries is largely dependent on imports from other regions, mainly China, and major global suppliers of solar PV modules include Chinese players such as Trina Solar, Yingli, Hanwa, Jinko, and Rene Solar. A poll conducted in May by GlobalData found that 47% of respondants believe... Read more →

Kairos Power and Materion Partner to develop & to supply materials for high-temp molten salt reactors

Kairos Power and Materion Corporation have formed a strategic collaboration to develop a reliable and cost-effective supply of salt coolant for high temperature molten salt reactors. This coolant is a key component of Kairos Power’s fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactors (KP-FHR). Under the agreement, Materion will supply beryllium fluoride, expert technical... Read more →

Delta-Q Technologies has introduced its latest sealed charger for electric vehicles and industrial machines: the RQ350. Having found significant market success with the IC Series chargers rated from 650 to 1200 watts, Delta-Q has set its sights on lower power applications with its new 350-watt charger. This new build was... Read more →

Drone delivers package to vessel in the port of Rotterdam for the first time

On May 22, the port of Rotterdam marked the aerial delivery by drone of a parts consignment to Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit, the biggest vessel in the world. This was the first drone delivery ever made in the Netherlands to a vessel. This pilot project, which was set up by Dutch... Read more →

Copper Mark announces first two participants in Assurance Framework

The Copper Mark (earlier post) announced the first two participants in the Copper Mark Assurance Framework: Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia; and Kennecott Utah Copper LLC, USA. These two copper producers have submitted letters of commitment (publicly available here) and initiated the process to carry out the Copper Mark Assurance Process.... Read more →

Neste MY Renewable Diesel available at more than 200 sales points in Sweden by year-end

Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel has deepened its partnership with one of Sweden’s largest fuel companies, OKQ8. Neste MY Renewable Diese, produced from renewable and sustainable raw materials, will become available at 130 OKQ8 network stations by the end of 2020, also for private customers. The total... Read more →

trinamiX enables miniaturization of CO2 measurement systems for mobile air quality monitoring and capnography

trinamiX GmbH, a leader in 3D imaging and infrared sensing technologies, announced the company’s proprietary lead selenide (PbSe) near-infrared detectors can be effectively integrated into challenging applications for carbon dioxide (CO2) measurement. Those include medical breath gas analysis (capnography) and mobile air quality monitoring. Due to their fast response time... Read more →

KT Corp using 5G autonomous carts at logistics center

KT Corp., South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, is using 5G self-driving carts at its logistics center, enabling a nearly 50% reduction in employees’ travel range for loading and transporting inventory. The new system marks the first use of next-generation smart logistics vehicles in the Korean communications industry. Two types of... Read more →

Tokyo Tech and DENSO IT LAB form AI tech platform for future mobility

Tokyo Institute of Technology and DENSO IT LABORATORY have established an innovative AI technology platform for collaboration in future mobility development. DENSO IT LAB is developing technology capable of changing the concept of next-generation mobility, concepts such as autonomous driving and advanced safety vehicles as well as other onboard systems... Read more →

SVOLT launches cobalt-free batteries; to be applied in Great Wall Motors high-end EV

Chinese automotive battery company SVOLT, spin-off from Great Wall Notors in 2018, officially launched two cobalt-free batteries. In 2019, the company unveiled both the cobalt-free lithium-ion battery cells (NMx) and four-element lithium-ion battery cells (NCMA). (Earlier post.) At the product launch event, Yang Hongxin, President of SVOLT, said that the... Read more →

Neste brings Neste MY Renewable Diesel to 51 new stations in Finland

Neste is bringing Neste MY Renewable Diesel to a significant number of new stations during April and May 2020 in Finland. With the expansion, Neste MY Renewable Diesel will be available at around 120 stations in growth centers as well as smaller towns. The number of distribution points will be... Read more →

Total partners with Cambridge Quantum Computing on CO2 capture

Total is stepping up its research into Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies by signing a multi-year partnership with UK start-up Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC). This partnership aims to develop new quantum algorithms to improve materials for CO2 capture. Total’s ambition is to be a major player in CCUS... Read more →

Porsche accelerates E-Commerce strategy with launch of new pre-owned vehicle search platform

Porsche is fast-tracking its e-commerce strategy to meet growing customer demand for digital access to the brand. In the latest step, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) launched its new pre-owned and Certified Pre-Owned vehicle search platform, Porsche Finder. With the launch of the new platform, PCNA is streamlining and... Read more →

US farm & biofuel leaders petition Congress for COVID-19 Relief

Leading biofuel and farm advocates in the US called on House and Senate leaders to ensure the next round of COVID-19 relief does not overlook US ethanol and biodiesel production. The joint letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was signed by the Renewable Fuels... Read more →

Autonomous marine sensing company ThayerMahan closes on $10M in financing from AE Industrial Partners

ThayerMahan Inc., a leading maritime technology company providing autonomous marine sensing solutions, closed on $10 million of new financing from AE Industrial Partners Structured Solutions I, LP (AEI Structured Solutions), an affiliate of AE Industrial Partners, LP (AEI), a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Power... Read more →

Virgin Galactic enters Space Act Agreement with NASA to advance high Mach technologies

Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, The Spaceship Company signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to facilitate the development of high speed technologies. The Space Act Agreement (SAA), is set to enable and foster collaboration between NASA, Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company in order to... Read more →

Microdrones launches Microdrones as a Service; LiDAR and drone photogrammetry

Microdrones launched mdaaS—Microdrones as a Service—making its survey equipment and solutions accessible to an even broader market of surveyors and geomatics professionals. MdaaS introduces drone surveying solutions, including everything needed to do drone LiDAR and surveying the right way, with convenient hardware and software packages and affordable monthly payment options... Read more →

Clean Energy Trust invests in battery SaaS company Renewance

Clean Energy Trust announced investments in two early-stage cleantech startups: Renewance Inc., a software platform and services (software-as-a-service, SaaS) for battery lifecycle management and stewardship, and Iris Light Technologies, Inc., a developer of silicon photonics technology. Renewance provides lifecycle management solutions to the battery energy storage and electric vehicle industries.... Read more →

GlobalData: recovery from COVID-19 for component makers likely to be some way off

The disruption caused by COVID-19 on component makers means it will be a challenging environment for consumer electronics and the automotive industry for the rest of 2020, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. GlobalData’s recent report, “COVID-19 Impact on Component Makers - Thematic Research”, finds that economic shutdowns,... Read more →

Volvo Cars to cut 1,300 white-collar positions in Sweden

Volvo Cars gave notice for a reduction of 1,300 white-collar positions in its Swedish operations, plus a continued review and reduction of consultancy contracts. The exact nature and amount of job reductions will be decided over the coming months in negotiations with the unions. The company’s manufacturing operations will not... Read more →

AMPLY Power secures $13.2M led by Soros Fund Management and Siemens; electric charging infrastructure for commercial fleets

AMPLY Power secured $13.2 million in Series A funding from investors, including Soros Fund Management and Siemens. They are joined by existing seed round investors, including Congruent Ventures, PeopleFund, and Obvious Ventures. Founded by serial entrepreneur Vic Shao, AMPLY Power is providing charging services for commercial electric vehicle fleets. Its... Read more →

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. announced a three-year agreement with TLD, a global leader in ground support equipment. TLD uses Velodyne lidar sensors in production of its TractEasy autonomous electric baggage tractor that enables a significant increase in productivity, efficiency and labor savings in airport and industrial operations. TLD will grow its... Read more →