Following a successful feasibility study on the joint development of a new hybrid locomotive with Toshiba (earlier post), DB Cargo is now ordering the first 50 locomotives. The freight operating company will lease another 50 locomotives. Preparation of series assembly of the locomotives starts in 2021 at DB Cargo’s maintenance... Read more →


Due to the high demand for test capacities on battery modules and battery systems of electrically powered vehicles, Valmet Automotive is setting up a Battery Test Center (BTC) in Bad Friedrichshall. The facility should be operational by the end of February. The construction of Valmet Automotive’s new Battery Test Center... Read more →


VW AG to pay C$196.5M fine in Canada in Dieselgate aftermath

In the Ontario Court of Justice, Volkswagen AG was ordered to pay an unprecedented C$196.5 million fine after pleading guilty to 60 charges for offenses under federal environmental legislation. Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to 58 counts of contravening section 154 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 by unlawfully importing... Read more →


Zenuity selects Hewlett Packard Enterprise to support development of autonomous driving systems

Zenuity, a developer of software for self-driving and assisted driving cars, has selected Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to provide the crucial artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure it needs in order to develop next-generation autonomous driving (AD) systems. Zenuity is a joint venture between Volvo Cars (VCC) and... Read more →


The external supply of power at the Volkswagen brand’s 16 plants around the world—excluding China—has already been switched to 70% green electricity from renewable sources. The company has now resolved to increase this figure to 90% inside just one year. Volkswagen plant in Emden. In addition, Volkswagen is systematically switching... Read more →


Rochester RTS buying 10 New Flyer electric buses; option for 20 more

New Flyer of America announced a new contract with the Regional Transit Service, Inc. (RTS) in Rochester, New York for 10 forty-foot, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses, with an option to purchase up to 20 additional buses over the five-year term of the contract. RTS is a regional transportation... Read more →


California becomes first state to mandate universal composting services for residents and businesses

Three years after California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy (SB 1383, Lara) was signed into law, formal regulations were adopted by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) at a public and will be transmitted to the Office of Administrative Law for final codification. As a part of... Read more →


Modern commercial vehicles used in long-distance traffic are equipped with numerous comfort and hoteling functions improving the labor conditions of commercial drivers. To make sure these features are reliably supplied with enough power even in case of stationary operation, the Bosch range of commercial-vehicle batteries has now been complemented by... Read more →


Cryopeak LNG Solutions Corporation, based in Richmond BC, has developed the first Super B-train liquefied natural gas (LNG) hauling trailer to optimize small-scale LNG transportation in Canada. A B-train consists of two trailers linked together by a fifth wheel. The trailer is designed to be interoperable across Canada and is... Read more →


MITRE has created the Mobile Autonomous Systems Experimentation (MASE) Laboratory to research ways to accelerate advanced autonomous technology and provide objective perspective and recommendations for broad impact in multiple domains, including drones, commercial aircraft, tanks, and self-driving vehicles. The lab’s centerpiece is the MASE Jeep—a commercially available Grand Cherokee augmented... Read more →


GMC’s 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL full-size premium SUVs will offer buyers the option of an all-new 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel engine. The new diesel builds on GMC’s expertise with Duramax turbo-diesels offered in Sierra, Sierra HD and Canyon models. 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 and Denali The standard engine is an... Read more →


Agility Robotics is launching Digit, a robot with arms and legs to work with humans and in human spaces (earlier post) for commercial sale; Ford Motor Company is the first customer, receiving the first two robots off the line. This cooperation continues the existing partnership between Agility and Ford to... Read more →


Volkswagen, U Tennessee collaborate on VW Innovation Hub; electrification and materials

Volkswagen Group of America and the University of Tennessee announced a collaboration to create Volkswagen’s first innovation hub in North America at the UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm. Initial work will focus on developing lighter vehicle components made from composite materials, the electrification of vehicles, and other automotive innovation.... Read more →


Audi and the wheel-maker Cromodora have agreed to a long-term cooperative undertaking that will last for up to ten years. Cromodora will build a new wheel plant in Eastern Europe exclusively for Audi and the Volkswagen Group. Production, scheduled to begin in 2023, will be cost-effective on the one hand,... Read more →


SAE International receives $1.5M from Tesla to advance STEM in Nevada

SAE Foundation announced today a four-year, $1.5-million grant to launch a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programming initiative in Nevada schools. The grant is part of Tesla’s $37.5-million investment in Nevada’s K-12 STEM and sustainability education. SAE International and Tesla will work together to impact up to 25,000... Read more →


Genesis officially launched the GV80, its first sport-utility vehicle, in Seoul. GV80 introduces a variety of firsts for the Genesis brand, including a six-cylinder diesel (nNot available in the US market); electronically controlled suspension with road preview; and Road Active Noise Cancellation. The launch event and media test drive took... Read more →


The University of Wisconsin–Madison has introduced a Master of Science in Physics – Quantum Computing (MSPQC), the first program of its kind in the US. Most of the students will complete their degrees in August 2020, and they will be primed to enter the rapidly growing field of quantum computing.... Read more →


Production Lucid Air EV to be revealed in New York in April

Lucid Motors will stage the global reveal of the production version of the Lucid Air EV in New York in April. At that time, Lucid Motors will release production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information. The company is currently building 80 beta prototypes at its Silicon Valley headquarters; these will... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group appoints aviation consultant to lead global strategy and operations of UAM division

Hyundai Motor Group has appointed Pamela Cohn as vice president to lead the Group’s Global Strategy and Operations at its Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Division. In December, Hyundai announced it was developing an Urban Air Mobility (UAM) platform business by combining Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) and mobility services. (Earlier post.)... Read more →


TomTom (TOM2), Bosch and Daimler have announced their joint work on Daimler’s Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC), an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), or smart cruise control, for commercial vehicles. Trucks use TomTom’s highly-accurate ADAS Map and Bosch’s electronic horizon to automate driving functions on highways and, in Europe, on inter-urban... Read more →


FSG Smart Buildings partners with ChargePoint to provide turnkey electric vehicle charging solutions nationwide

FSG Smart Buildings, a division of Facility Solutions Group, a US provider of electrical services, has partnered with ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, to provide turnkey electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions to the commercial market, including system design, installation, commissioning, project management and service from a... Read more →


Goodyear launches $100M venture fund targeting future mobility

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has launched a new venture capital fund, Goodyear Ventures, with $100 million targeted for new investments in future mobility solutions over the next 10 years. Goodyear Ventures will continue and expand Goodyear’s growing relationships in new mobility, with a focus on partnering and investing... Read more →


Porsche, MHP and Munich Re establish joint venture to offer digital and flexible production concepts

Porsche, its management and IT consultancy subsidiary MHP and the reinsurance company Munich Re are planning to set up a joint venture. The goal of the joint company “FlexFactory: Digital Factory Performance” is to offer digital and flexible production concepts as well as innovative software solutions in order to permit... Read more →


New European CO2, safety regulations now in effect for new vehicles

Since 1 January 2020, the new European regulation setting CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and vans is in application. Manufacturers will now have to meet new stricter targets set for the fleet-wide average emissions of new cars and vans registered in a given calendar year. By 2025,... Read more →


Savari announces first real-world deployment of SmartCross V2P mobile app and software stack for NYC Connected Vehicle Project

Savari announced that the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) will deploy the Savari SmartCross Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) solution as part of its NYC Connected Vehicle Project – For Safer Transportation. The system leverages Savari’s cloud-based software to bring pedestrians into the Connected Vehicle (CV) landscape. This is the first... Read more →


Wind River collaborating with Baidu on autonomous driving platform

Wind River is collaborating with Baidu to develop an autonomous vehicle solution. A joint proof of concept has been developed to include an AUTOSAR Adaptive–based software architecture with Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving open platform, designed to meet the specific challenges of the next generation of software-defined automobiles. Baidu is the... Read more →


TTTech Auto acquires Red Pine Software, expert in ADAS

TTTech Auto, a global leader in safety software platforms for automated driving and beyond, has acquired the Turkish software company Red Pine Software. TTTech Auto continues its growth strategy with this acquisition and increases its software development capacities for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated Driving (AD) series development... Read more →


Garmin and Ford collaborate on next-generation of SYNC for Mustang Mach-E

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced a new strategic relationship with Ford Motor Company that integrates Garmin’s navigation technology into the recently announced Ford next-generation SYNC communications and entertainment system. Later this year, next-generation SYNC users will be able to enjoy access to Garmin’s industry-leading navigation features... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz and Bosch build Vehicle Test Center in Brazil

Mercedes-Benz and Bosch partnered in Brazil to build a state-of-the-art Vehicle Test Center. In addition to trucks and buses, it will also be possible to test passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles in the future. The new facility is to be made available to other manufacturers of vehicles, systems... Read more →


Kyocera launches residential energy storage system built using 24M’s semisolid lithium-ion battery process

Kyocera Corporation and 24M announced that Kyocera has formally launched its residential energy storage system, Enerezza, the first system built using 24M’s novel SemiSolid electrode manufacturing process. In addition, Kyocera has extended its commitment to 24M’s unique manufacturing platform with plans to start full-scale mass production in the fall of... Read more →


Luxoft joins Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform ecosystem to accelerate delivery of connected vehicle solutions

Luxoft, a DXC Technology Company, is expanding its collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate the delivery of connected vehicle solutions and mobility experiences. By leveraging the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform, Luxoft will enable and accelerate the delivery of vehicle-centric solutions and services that will allow automakers to deliver unique features such... Read more →


Ainstein, ADAC Automotive form JV to design, develop, manufacture mmWave radar-based sensing solutions

Ainstein, a designer and builder of intelligent radar systems, and ADAC Automotive, a leading Tier 1 global automotive supplier, have entered into an agreement to create a global joint venture—RADAC Automotive—that will design, develop, and manufacture innovative mmWave radar-based sensing solutions for use in the global automotive marketplace. RADAC Automotive... Read more →


Tata Elxsi and AEye unveil integrated RoboTaxi system

Tata Elxsi, a global design and technology services company, and artificial perception pioneer AEye announced the successful completion of RoboTaxi, Tata Elxsi’s in-house concept demonstrator vehicle developed using AEye’s iDAR platform and Tata Elxsi’s autonomous stack. iDAR is the first fully software-definable smart sensor that supports dynamic ROI and cueing... Read more →


Ryder, ABB, and In-Charge jointly unveil EV charging infrastructure solution for fleet operators

Ryder System, Inc, a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, In-Charge Energy, Inc., a privately-held energy solutions company based in California, and ABB, a global technology leader in electrification, jointly announced a first-of-its-kind partnership to provide nationwide turnkey energy and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure... Read more →


Toyota Motor Corporation and the MS&AD Insurance Group’s Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd. have jointly developed the Telematics Damage Service System —a new accident response service that uses driving data acquired from connected cars to enable visualization of driving conditions such as driving route and driving behavior at the... Read more →


Noble Energy announces first gas from the Leviathan field offshore Israel

Noble Energy, Inc. announced the commencement of natural gas production from the Leviathan field, the largest natural gas field in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Leviathan field was discovered in 2010, and the initial development phase was sanctioned in 2017. The first phase of development consists of four production wells producing... Read more →


Egypt awards offshore exploration acreage in Med, Red Sea to ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron

The government of Egypt has awarded major offshore exploration acreage in both the Mediterranean and the Red Sea to international oil companies and partners. ExxonMobil has secured more than 1.7 million acres (6,900 km2) for exploration offshore Egypt in the Mediterranean. The acquisition includes 1.2 million acres in the North... Read more →


Tsuruga City in Fukui Prefecture, Japan and Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) announced that the H2One Station Unit has started opening in Tsuruga City, which is the first launched hydrogen station in the Hokuriku region. The H2One Station Unit made by Toshiba ESS is a system which... Read more →


Toshiba launches 100V N-channel power MOSFETs in Compact package for 48V automotive applications

Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation launched two new 100V N-channel power MOSFETs for automotive 48V electrical system applications. The line-up includes the low On-resistance “XPH4R10ANB,” which has a drain current of 70A, and the “XPH6R30ANB,” with a 45A drain current. The new products are Toshiba’s first 100V N-channel power... Read more →


Everfuel awarded €6M+ grant for large-scale hydrogen production facility in Denmark

Everfuel Europe A/S has been awarded in excess of €6 million from the Danish Energy Agency for the project HySynergy, which aims to establish a large-scale, electrolysis-based hydrogen production facility at the Shell refinery in Fredericia, Denmark. Everfuel will be the owner and operator of the hydrogen production facility, while... Read more →


Sandia establishes collaborative research facility for low-temperature plasmas

Sandia National Laboratories is establishing a collaborative facility to help researchers worldwide study low-temperature plasmas, the most pervasive state of matter in the universe. The 5-year, $5.5 million project, called the Sandia Low Temperature Plasma Research Facility, is sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Participants will be... Read more →


Eaton completes the $920M acquisition of Souriau-Sunbank Connection Technologies; electrical interconnects

Power management company Eaton Corporation plc completed the acquisition of the Souriau-Sunbank Connection Technologies business of TransDigm Group Incorporated for $920 million. Headquartered in Versailles, France, Souriau-Sunbank is a global leader in highly engineered electrical interconnect solutions for harsh environments for customers in the aerospace, defense, industrial, energy, and transport... Read more →


Didi Chuxing teams with NVIDIA for autonomous driving and cloud computing

Didi Chuxing (DiDi), the world’s leading mobile transportation platform, will leverage NVIDIA GPUs and AI technology to develop autonomous driving and cloud computing solutions. DiDi will use NVIDIA GPUs in the data center for training machine learning algorithms and NVIDIA DRIVE for inference on its Level 4 autonomous driving vehicles.... Read more →


MINI USA launches ordering site for battery-electric MINI Cooper SE

MINI USA announced that consumers can now place their order for the new battery-electric MINI Cooper SE at the MINI Electric page on MINIUSA.com or at ShopMINIUSA.com. The 2020 MINI Cooper SE will reach US showrooms in early March of 2020 with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $29,900... Read more →


DENSO invests in PiNTeam to accelerate development of basic software for in-vehicle electronic control units

DENSO Corporation has taken a stake in PiNTeam Holding GmbH, a German company developing in-vehicle embedded software technology deployed primarily in Europe. With this equity stake, DENSO will accelerate the development of basic software that controls in-vehicle electronic control units (ECUs). Vehicles are becoming increasingly reliant on complex, embedded software... Read more →


Fastned acquires 13 highway locations in Belgium for fast charging

Fastned, the charging company which is building a European network of fast charging stations, has been granted permits to 13 motorway locations in Belgium. These locations are part of a partnership with the Agentschap Wegen & Verkeer (AWV) to provide highway parkings in Flanders, Belgium with fast charging stations. At... Read more →