Petrobras cuts oil production by 200,000 barrels per day

Due to the contraction of oil and oil products demand, Petrobras has cut oil production by 200,000 barrels per day. Petrobras oil production was at 2.45 million barrels per day in Q4 2019. Petrobras is considering market and operational conditions in selecting which fields will have their production reduced. The... Read more →


DENSO delivers technical support in D-WAVE project using quantum systems to combat COVID-19

DENSO Corporation is joining a project from D-Wave Systems Inc., a leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems, software, and services and the first commercial supplier of quantum computers, to give anyone working on problems related to the COVID-19 free, immediate access to the company’s quantum computer.... Read more →


Aptiv and Hyundai Motor Group complete formation of autonomous driving joint venture

Aptiv and Hyundai Motor Group have completed the formation of their 50/50 autonomous driving joint venture aimed at advancing the companies’ shared vision of making mobility more safe, green, connected, and accessible. (Earlier post.) Headquartered in Boston with technology centers across the United States and Asia, the joint venture will... Read more →


Paris Motor Show cancelled; originally scheduled for October

The organizers of the Paris Motor Show have cancelled the main Motor Show at the Porte de Versailles, scheduled for 1-11 October this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fate of the accompanying 2020 Movin’On Paris Summit, the Smart City and side events, has yet to be determined. Nothing... Read more →


Total to build the largest battery-based energy storage project in France

The development of renewable energy that is intermittent and decentralized requires the security of the electricity grid through flexible electricity storage capacities, especially in the form of batteries. France-based energy major Total is launching a battery-based energy storage project in Mardyck, at the Flandres Center, in Dunkirk’s port district. With... Read more →


Canada mandates health check of air and rail passengers before boarding

The Government of Canada is introducing new domestic transportation measures to support provincial, territorial and local efforts to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading from travelling within Canada. These new measures include: A requirement for all air operators to conduct a health check of travellers before they board a flight... Read more →


According to German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe), there is a secure supply of ethanol as a raw material for the production of disinfectants. Special regulations issued by the authorities in recent days permit the use of bioethanol to make the sanitizers needed. With this step, Germany is following a recent... Read more →


London suspends all road user charging schemes to help critical workers

Transport for London (TfL) announced that all road user charging schemes in the capital will be temporarily suspended until further notice. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, asked for this move to ensure London’s critical workers, particularly those in the NHS, are able to travel round London as easily as... Read more →


Hyundai Hope On Wheels donates $2M to children’s hospitals in US to support COVID-19 drive-thru testing centers

Hyundai Hope On Wheels (HHOW), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by Hyundai Motor America and its US dealers, is donating $2 million for COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Centers in partnership with children’s hospitals throughout the US. The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has created a particular threat to children with cancer, many of... Read more →


Michelin cancels Movin’On Summit in June

Michelin has cancelled the Movin’On Summit sustainable mobility event scheduled for 3-5 June 2020 in Montreal due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Michelin says that the Movin’On team, supported by partner C2, is working on alternative scenarios. The emphasis will be placed on the development of communities of interest in... Read more →


The Port of Savannah (Georgia) achieved its busiest February ever last month, handling 364,405 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs), an increase of 17% over the same month last year. Although March volumes are expected to dip due to the impact of COVID-19 compared to March 2019, all terminals remain open... Read more →


Nel ASA suspending operations in Connecticut after state order on COVID-19

Nel ASA (Nel Hydrogen) has implemented measures to ensure the safety of its employees and customers, in addition to ensuring continued operation around the world, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a state of Connecticut executive order, the majority of the activities at the Wallingford facility will be... Read more →


Cooper Tire announces temporary shutdown of manufacturing facilities in the Americas

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company will temporarily shut down its tire manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico to protect the health and safety of employees and to respond to market demand that has been impacted by COVID-19. The process of phasing down production at the plants will begin... Read more →


ABB completes acquisition of Chinese EV charging provider Chargedot

ABB has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in Chargedot Shanghai New Energy Technology Co., Ltd.The transaction was announced on 28 October 2019. Since its establishment in 2009, Shanghai-based Chargedot has made a significant contribution to the uptake of electric vehicles in China. The company supplies AC and DC... Read more →


TÜV Rheinland issues Lynk & Co 05 China-mark certification for vehicle-level solid particulates/aerosol filtering protection

The international independent third-party testing, inspection and certification organization TÜV Rheinland has awarded the flagship model of Lynk & Co with China-mark certification for vehicle-level solid particulates/aerosol filtering protection. Through research and comparison of more than 40 international and domestic standards, TÜV Rheinland’s technical experts have referenced the protective mask... Read more →


Autotalks’ global V2X solution successfully passed dual-band Wi-Fi pre-certification

Israel-based Autotalks, a global provider of V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions, successfully completed Wi-Fi 5 pre-certification for its evaluation kit based on its 2nd generation V2X chipset. Autotalks dual-mode (DSRC and C-V2X) chipset recently achieved this milestone for its dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz) supporting standards 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. The testing was done... Read more →


SAE cancels WCX 2020 World Congress Experience over COVID-19

Due to concerns around the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SAE International has decided to cancel the WCX 2020 World Congress Experience, originally scheduled for 21-23 April, in Detroit. Before making this decision, SAE International monitored and evaluated health guidance from international health authorities, government- and corporate-imposed travel restrictions, and... Read more →


Data Gumbo Corp., a provider of a trusted transactional blockchain network to automate contract execution, has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), an organization dedicated to determining best practices and standards for blockchain in the transportation industry. BiTA members include Descartes, Daimler, FedEx, SAP and Uber Freight, among dozens... Read more →


Velodyne Lidar, Inc. announced a multi-year sales agreement with NAVYA, a leading company in autonomous driving systems. Since 2015, NAVYA has been using Velodyne lidar sensors in production for its autonomous shuttle fleet that provides mobility services to cities and private sites. NAVYA plans to pursue the worldwide expansion of... Read more →


Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) announced a collaborative pilot program with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to take steps toward using blockchain technology to secure supply chain transactions. Blockchain is a cybersecurity technology based on distributed ledgers that enhance security, traceability and immutability. It utilizes safe, encrypted platforms to... Read more →


UL, a leading global safety science company, announced that Fermata Energy’s bidirectional electric vehicle (EV) charging system is the first to be certified to a new North American safety Standard, UL 9741, the Standard for Bidirectional Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging System Equipment. Bidirectional chargers are built on the idea that... Read more →


IMechE survey finds only 26% of UK Gen Zers know nuclear is a low-carbon source of electricity

Only 26% of people aged 18-24 (Gen Z) in the UK understand nuclear power is a low-carbon source of electricity, compared to 76% for renewables such as wind and solar, according to a new institution report published by IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers). Public Perceptions: Nuclear Power reveals that understanding... Read more →


Borealis has started to produce polypropylene (PP) based on Neste-produced renewable feedstock in its production facilities in Kallo and Beringen, Belgium. This marks the first time that Borealis has replaced fossil fuel-based feedstock in its large-scale commercial production of PP. The Belgian plants were recently awarded by the International Sustainability... Read more →


New York Auto Show organizers reschedule event due to coronavirus

As a result of the ongoing health concerns from the spread of the coronavirus in the region, the New York International Auto Show has been rescheduled to 28 August - 6 September 2020. Press days are August 26 & 27, 2020. With more than $330 million in economic benefit attributed... Read more →


BC Transit orders 17 more New Flyer CNG buses

BC Transit Corporation has issued an order for 17 New Flyer compressed natural gas (CNG) Xcelsior forty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. The order follows BC Transit’s purchase of 68 CNG buses in August 2019, which were converted from the New Flyer option backlog. This purchase continues to support BC Transit’s low-carbon... Read more →


American Chemical Society cancels Philadelphia spring national meeting over coronavirus

The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced that for the safety and protection of its members, staff and the citizens of Philadelphia, it will terminate its Spring 2020 National Meeting & Expo scheduled for 22-26 March in Philadelphia. Safety is a core value of the American Chemical Society, and it permeates... Read more →


OCI establishes JV with POSCO for production of hydrogen peroxide using coke gas

In S. Korea, OCI and POSCO Chemical signed a joint agreement to produce electronic-grade and industrial hydrogen peroxide using coke oven gas (COG), a byproduct of steel-making processes. The joint venture is scheduled to go into operation in Q2 of 2020, with 49% of its shares owned by OCI and... Read more →


Toyota and 9 partners establish group in Chubu to study potential for large-scale hydrogen use

Ten private companies, including Toyota, working to promote hydrogen utilization have established the Hydrogen Utilization Study Group in Chubu to create demand for hydrogen and build a supply chain for stable hydrogen utilization in the Chubu region. This Group will take its first effort in Japan to conduct cross-sectional studies... Read more →


DOE to provide $30M for new research on fusion energy

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide $30 million for new research on fusion energy. This funding will provide $17 million for research focused specifically on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) approaches for prediction of key plasma phenomena, management of facility operations, and accelerated discovery through data... Read more →


GM tripling employee workplace electric vehicle charging availability across US and Canada

General Motors is making electric vehicle charging for employees even more accessible with the addition of 3,500 new EV charging plugs throughout its US and Canadian facilities. This will triple the amount of charging locations that GM currently provides. Increasing the number of EV charging locations available to consumers is... Read more →


Workhorse Group announced that its new C-Series all-electric delivery trucks (earlier post) have each received a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certificate of Conformity. A Certificate of Conformity is issued by the EPA to a vehicle manufacturer to officially confirm that a specific vehicle class conforms to all EPA regulations... Read more →


NYIAS plans to forge ahead in April despite coronavirus

Organizers of the 2020 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) say that they are moving forward with plans to open the Show as scheduled (press preview days 8-9 April, despite the coronavirus. A number of high-propfile and large-scale events, such as the Geneva International Motor Show and the APS March... Read more →


Saft has launched Intelli-Connect, a digital monitoring solution that allows battery fleet operators remotely to monitor the condition of a limitless number of nickel-technology batteries. Suited for scattered and isolated sites, Intelli-Connect features advanced State of Charge and State of Health proprietary algorithms that display real-time status of the batteries... Read more →


XL Fleet will debut two new hybrid electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck options at NTEA’s The Work Truck Show, 3-6 March in Indianapolis. XL Fleet will display an upfitted hybrid electric Silverado 2500 HD in the Chevrolet Commercial Vehicles booth (#1829) and an upfitted hybrid electric Silverado 3500 HD with... Read more →


Trillium orders 1 MW containerized PEM electrolyzer from Nel for fuel cell bus fleet in Illinois

Trillium Transportation Fuels, LLC has ordered a 1 megawatt containerized Proton PEM electrolyzer from Nel Hydrogen US, a subsidiary of Nel ASA. The electrolyzer will be used to produce hydrogen for a fleet of fuel cell electric buses in Urbana, Illinois. Trillium will produce green hydrogen for a fleet of... Read more →


The City of Lincoln (Nebraska) Transportation and Utilities, operating as StarTran Bus Service has purchased 10 battery-electric, 35' Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses from New Flyer. The purchase comprises two orders, both supported with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No-Emission funding. A $1.45 million federal grant in 2017 supported... Read more →


Omnitrans orders four New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE electric buses

Omnitrans of San Bernardino Valley, California has placed a new order for four 40' battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses from New Flyer. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) passed the Innovative Clean Transit Regulation in December 2018, which requires transit agencies to transition their fleets to zero-emission technologies by... Read more →


MW Motors in the Czech Republic has partnered with UAZ in Russia to offer electric versions of UAZ’s military-style 4x4 Hunter SUV. The MWM Spartan offers battery packs from 56kWh to 90kWh and a suitably powerful electric drivetrain. The MWW Spartan range will bring the UAZ 4×4 platform to right-hand... Read more →


Robert Bosch Venture Capital invests in automated driving company UISEE

in China Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), the corporate venture capital company of the Bosch Group, has completed an investment in Beijing-based https://www.uisee.com/en/newscenter/index.aspx#dw1, a provider of turnkey solutions for automated driving (AD), initially in restricted areas. UISEE is a holistic full-stack supplier for automated driving systems, with solutions initially... Read more →


HCC Embedded announces OPEN Alliance TC8 test suite for validating TCP/IP stacks in automotive environment

HCC Embedded has added TC8 test cases for validating a TCP/IP stack to its Safety Integration TestBench. TC8 is the technical committee responsible for the OPEN Alliance Automotive Ethernet ECU Test Specification, which ensures that a TCP/IP stack conforms to minimum standards of interoperability. Automotive development teams who use this... Read more →


EPRI and DOE collaborating on transportation electrification research

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Vehicle Technologies Office recently signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to collaborate on electric transportation research, development, demonstration, and deployment. In pursuing this work, the parties will draw upon... Read more →


Fastenal running electric Freightliner eM2 in LA metro area

As part of its sustainable distribution efforts, Fastenal is now running a battery-electric Freightliner eM2 straight truck (earlier post) to service branches in the Los Angeles metro area. The venture stems from a collaboration between Penske Truck Leasing and Daimler Trucks North America to test commercial electric trucks in real-world... Read more →


TRATON starts cooperation on cybersecurity and AI with RISE

TRATON—the commercial vehicle arm of the Volkswagen Group that includes MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus—and the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) will start a long-term cooperation that will initially focus on cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence (AI). TRATON and RISE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will serve... Read more →


esVolta Secures $140M credit facility for portfolio of battery energy storage projects

esVolta, LP has closed an approximately $140-million senior secured credit facility to finance a portfolio of its utility-scale battery energy storage projects. The credit facility was provided by CIT’s Power and Energy business as the Mandated Lead Arranger, and Siemens Financial Services (SFS), CoBank, ACB, and KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.... Read more →


$5 million in VW funding available for hydrogen refueling stations in California

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced the availability of $5 million in Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust funding for hydrogen refueling stations. The VW funding will augment the $45.7 million that is currently available through the California Energy Commission’s grant funding opportunity, GFO-19-602 - Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure. To be... Read more →


President and CEO of Nemaska Lithium steps down after bankruptcy filing

The President and CEO of Canada-based Nemaska Lithium stepped down on 20 February. The company field for bankruptcy protection in December 2019. Under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA), Nemaska will restructure and seek additional financing, sell assets or enter of joint venture. The sale and investor solicitation process (SISP)... Read more →


The technology group Wärtsilä’s LPG Fuel Supply System (LFSS) has successfully completed full-scale testing with a full sized 2-stroke marine engine burning liquid petroleum gas (LPG) as fuel—the world’s first such testing protocol. It was initially decided to retrofit the Wärtsilä LFSS to four very large gas carrier (VLGC) vessels... Read more →


Porsche has purchased a stake in Silicon Valley-based DSP Concepts, Inc. The company specializes in developing software for audio signal processing and audio algorithms. A total of US$14.5 million was invested in the company as part of a series B financing round. Consequently, the overall investment volume in the company,... Read more →


Celeroton is introducing the new CT-2X turbo compressor series with air bearings in order to meet the increased market demand for higher mass flow and pressure ratios. The CT-2X consumes the lowest available space, offers a long lifetime, oil-free operation, lowest weight and an optimized cost on the market. The... Read more →