Nissan to unveil multiple new energy concept cars at Auto China 2024

At the 18th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2024), set to start 25 April, Nissan will unveil several new energy concept models designed for the China market. The show will also see the China debut of the all-electric Nissan Hyper Force concept and Formula E Gen3 race car. Nissan... Read more →

Volkswagen is further expanding its production and innovation hub in Hefei, Anhui Province, China with investments totaling €2.5 billion. In addition to the expansion of R&D capacity, preparations are also being made for the production of two Volkswagen brand models, which are currently being developed together with Chinese partner XPENG.... Read more →

Volvo Cars’ Taizhou manufacturing plant has switched to biogas, making it the company’s first plant in China to achieve climate-neutral status. The plant’s switch from natural gas will result in a reduction of more than 7,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Despite being a small share of total Scope 1-3... Read more →

Sinopec and TotalEnergies partner to produce sustainable jet fuel at a SINOPEC refinery

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) and TotalEnergies signed a heads of agreement (HoA) jointly to develop a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production unit at a SINOPEC refinery in China. The partnership aims to achieve an annual production capacity of 230,000 tons, with the new production line co-operated by both... Read more →

ESI Group and FAW-Volkswagen TE partner to advance automotive intelligent simulation technology

ESI Group and FAW-Volkswagen (FAW-VW) TE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at advancing intelligent simulation technology within the automotive industry. FAW-Volkswagen is a passenger auto manufacturer jointly managed by First Automotive Group Corporation, Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen (China) Investment Co., Ltd. ESI Group, a part... Read more →

Almost a fifth (19.5%) of electric vehicles sold in Europe last year were made in China and this is on track to reach a quarter (25%) in 2024, according to new analysis by environmental NGO Transport & Environment (T&E). The forecast comes as the EU is considering import tariffs to... Read more →

Farasis and FAW form strategic partneship to collaborate on new energy commercial vehicle applications

Farasis Energy and FAW Jiefang Automobile Co., Ltd., a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer in China, will partner on commercial vehicle applications. Both companies will collaborate closely on commercial vehicle semi-solid-state and solid-state battery projects for light-, medium- and heavy-vehicle platforms, and specific scenarios such as long-haul transportation, urban logistics, and... Read more →

In China, EV registrations, including plug-in and conventional hybrids, soared by 92% in January compared to the same month last year, according to Adamas Intelligence. At just under 765,000 units, more EVs were sold in China during the first month of 2024 than the next 19 countries combined. Every third... Read more →

Cummins Inc. has commissioned a diesel-hybrid mining truck in partnership with one of China’s leading rigid mining truck manufacturers, North Hauler Joint Stock Co., Ltd. (NHL). The hybrid NHL NTH260, a 220 metric ton payload mining truck, rolled off the production line in January and is headed to Baiyun Iron... Read more →

Used primarily in high-voltage electrical switchgear in electric power grids, sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) is one of the most potent greenhouse gases on Earth. The GWP of SF6 is 24,300 that of CO2, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). In the 21st century, atmospheric... Read more →

BASF has broken ground on a methyl glycols (MG) plant at its Verbund site in Zhanjiang, China. The new facility is designed with an annual capacity of 46,000 metric tons and aims to meet the rapidly growing demand for brake fluids in the region. The plant is scheduled to commence... Read more →

EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies GmbH (EKPO) and China FAW Group (FAW) have signed a contract for the development and supply of fuel cell stack module prototypes. The stacks of the NM12-Single platform will be used in a next-generation fuel cell vehicle of FAW’s premium brand Hongqi. The NM12 Single PEMFC... Read more →

Graphite anode material company EPOW receives $14M financing from China Everbright Bank

China-based Sunrise New Energy (NASDAQ: EPOW) secured financing of US $14 million from China Everbright Bank. This low-interest loan bolsters the company’s liquidity, ensuring seamless production and delivery of client orders. Among its customers are battery manufacturers such as Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL), BYD and HiTHIUM. Headquartered in... Read more →

Crude oil processing, or refinery runs, in China averaged 14.8 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2023, an all-time high, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). The record processing came as the economy and refinery capacity grew in China following the country’s COVID-19 pandemic responses in 2022. China... Read more →

MAN expands dual-fuel methanol agreement with CCS

MAN Energy Solutions and China Classification Society (CCS) signed a sub-agreement in line with the Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA) the two parties previously agreed in September 2023 in Beijing. The SFA, on ‘Decarbonization and Digitalization in the maritime industry’, is scheduled to last for five years. The new sub-agreement—the third... Read more →

XPENG and Volkswagen Group enter into master agreement on strategic technical collaboration and joint sourcing program; B-class BEVs

XPENG and the Volkswagen Group have entered into a Master Agreement on Platform and Software strategic technical collaboration, marking a significant milestone in the strategic partnership of both parties. The executed agreements not only accelerate the joint development of the two B-class battery electric vehicles but also pave the way... Read more →

AutoFlight, an eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) company, has flown the first inter-city electric air-taxi demonstration flight between the southern Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai. AutoFlight’s five-seater Prosperity eVTOL aircraft autonomously flew the 50km (31 miles) route from Shenzhen to Zhuhai. The flight from Shenzhen to Zhuhai across... Read more →

Geespace launches 11 low-orbit satellites, expanding Geely Future Mobility Constellation

Geespace, the satellite technology and commercial services company invested by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, completed its second successful satellite launch from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center, sending eleven satellites into low earth orbit as the second orbital plane of Geely Future Mobility Constellation satellite network. (Earlier post.) This successful launch... Read more →

China-based Betavolt New Energy Technology has successfully developed a nuclear energy battery (radioisotope battery), which integrates nickel-63 nuclear isotope decay technology and China’s first diamond semiconductor (4th generation semiconductor) module. The 3V BV100 delivers 100 Microwatts from a volume of 15 X 15 X 5 mm—smaller than a coin. The... Read more →

Benchmark: Morocco set to become a key cathode producer with $700+M of announced investments by Chinese companies

Morocco is set to become a key cathode producer following more than $700 million of announced investments by Chinese companies in the country, according to Benchmark Intelligence. Total planned capacity is already around a quarter of Europe’s total forecast capacity, after China’s BTR announced a RMB 3.5-billion (US$490-million) investment into... Read more →

Researchers from the Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, with colleagues from University of Jinan, have developed a novel electrification strategy to improve NOx removal performance at low temperatures. The study was published in Environmental Science & Technology. NOx storage reduction (NSR) is... Read more →

EC launches investigation into allegations of dumping of biodiesel from China onto the EU market

The European Commission launched an investigation into allegations of dumping of biodiesel from China onto the EU market. The product specifically subject to this investigation is fatty-acid mono-alkyl esters and/or paraffinic gasoils obtained from synthesis and/or hydro-treatment, of non-fossil origin. If dumping is confirmed and is found to be harming... Read more →

Sunrise New Energy receives approval for two patents for Na-ion anode materials

China-based Sunrise New Energy Co., Ltd. announced that its subsidiary, Sunrise (Guizhou) New Energy Materials Co., Ltd., has received preliminary approval from the National Intellectual Property Office for two separate patents related to anode mateeials for,sodium-ion batteries. “Preparation Method of Metal Sulfide-Doped Hard Carbon Composite Material” (2023121500112460) focuses on the... Read more →

NIO announces US$2.2B strategic equity investment from Abu Dhabi-based CYVN

NIO entered into a share subscription agreement with CYVN Holdings, through its affiliate CYVN Investments RSC, an investment vehicle based in Abu Dhabi, pursuant to which CYVN will invest an aggregate of US$2.2 billion in cash to subscribe for 294,000,000 newly issued Class A ordinary shares of Nio at a... Read more →

At NIO Day 2023, NIO unveiled the ET9, a smart electric executive flagship. With a length of 5,325mm, a width of 2,016mm, a height of 1,620mm, and a wheelbase of 3,250mm, NIO ET9 presents a strong stance. Adopting the Landjet design, it offers users cabin space, comfort, safety, and responsive... Read more →

NIO unveiled the Power Charger 4.0 and PowerSwap Station 4.0 (PSS4.0); deployment starts in April 2024. NIO plans to add 1,000 more Power Swap Stations and 20,000 chargers to its network in 2024. The rollout of the upgraded power network in 2024 will further improve users’ experience, the company said.... Read more →

The combined battery capacity of EVs—including plug-in and conventional hybrids—sold in China through September this year has reached 245 GWh—more than half the global total and already within shouting distance of the country’s 2022 calendar year tally, according to Adamas Intelligence. While OEMs and manufacturers are assembling higher capacity battery... Read more →

As of 2023, Taiwan holds approximately 46% of global semiconductor foundry capacity, followed by China (26%), South Korea (12%), the US (6%), and Japan (2%), according to TrendForce. However, due to government incentives and subsidies promoting local production in countries such as China and the US, the semiconductor production capacities... Read more →

HummingbirdEV, a provider of commercial vehicle electrification systems, announced that 393 explosion-proof electric mining vehicles powered by its next-generation electric vehicle (EV) technologies under a licensing agreement with Keshi Group, the leading manufacturer and marketer of coal mining auxiliary transport technology and equipment, are currently in operation in various underground... Read more →

Adamas Intelligence reports that in Q3 2023, 76% of all battery capacity (GWh) deployed onto roads globally in newly-sold plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) was registered in China, up from just 28% in Q1 2021 as PHEV sales and average pack capacity (in kWh) continue to surge in tandem. Two OEMs—BYD and... Read more →

Geely Holding and NIO sign strategic partnership agreement on battery swapping technology; focus on private and commercial vehicles

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely), China’s leading privately-controlled automotive technology group and NIO Holding (NIO) recently signed a strategic partnership agreement on battery swapping. Both parties agreed to carry out comprehensive cooperation on battery standards, battery swapping technology, battery swapping network expansion and operation, swappable model development, and battery asset... Read more →

China is rich in rare earth elements and has dominated global rare earth mining and production since the 1990s. Its neighbor, Myanmar, is also a country rich in rare earth elements. In 2012, China’s Central Government implemented a strategy to shift away from mining and to focus instead on the... Read more →

BMW and Mercedes-Benz to establish a joint high-power charging network in China

BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. and Mercedes-Benz Group China Ltd. reached an agreement to establish a 50:50 joint venture in China to operate a high-power charging network and to provide Chinese customers with premium charging services. Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz will apply the expertise gained from global and Chinese charging operations,... Read more →

Volkswagen (Anhui) Components Co., Ltd. (VWAC), Volkswagen Group’s first 100%-owned battery system plant in China, began production of its first high-voltage battery system. VWAC is the first battery system plant wholly invested by Volkswagen Automatic Transmission (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. With an initial annual capacity of 150,000 to 180,000 high-voltage battery... Read more →

Polestar has started production of the Polestar 4 electric SUV coupé (earlier post), with first deliveries to customers in China expected before the end of 2023. Official launch in all other Polestar markets is planned for early 2024, with customer deliveries in these markets expected within the same year. The... Read more →

Air Products has partnered with Chengzhi Shareholding Co. Ltd., a Chinese state-owned high-tech industry group, to accelerate transport decarbonization in China’s Yangtze River Delta. The two companies, through their joint venture, have launched their first commercial-scale hydrogen fueling station in Changshu city, Jiangsu province, capable of fueling city buses and... Read more →

The BMW Group’s Designworks innovation studio has a new location in the West Bund district of China’s economic hub of Shanghai—the city’s flourishing arts, culture and business district. The official inauguration of the new studio will take place during the West Bund Art & Design Fair Shanghai, which runs from... Read more →

In August, and Toyota announced they would form a joint venture to advance the future mass production and large scale deployment of fully driverless robotaxis. (Earlier post.) Pony has now unveiled the first BEV robotaxi concept in collaboration with Toyota based on the bZ4X (earlier post) produced by GAC... Read more →

Globally 58,423 tonnes of graphite were deployed in newly-sold electrified cars in August 2023, representing a 53% increase compared to August 2022, according to data from Adamas Intelligence. Full-electric passenger cars (BEVs) registered during the month were responsible for 43,396 tonnes of graphite deployed globally, an increase of 48% year-on-year.... Read more →

Through the first two months of Q3 2023, Chinese OEMs made up a record 37% of the nation’s EV exports to Europe (by GWh deployed), up from 22% in Q1 of this year, 8% in Q1 of last year, and just 6% in Q1 2021, according to data from Adamas... Read more →

Stellantis N.V.plans to invest around €1.5 billion in China-based Leapmotor to acquire approximately 20% of Leapmotor, making Stellantis a significant shareholder. The deal also outlines the formation of Leapmotor International, a 51/49 Stellantis-led joint venture that has exclusive rights for the export and sale, as well as manufacturing, of Leapmotor... Read more →

Sonangol and China National Chemical Engineering Company (CNCEC) signed a contract for the construction of the Lobito Refinery in Angola. The final agreement, which provides for construction, technical support and supervision, follows the Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties, signed four months ago in Beijing. The refinery is to... Read more →

China to restrict export of graphite

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced that it will impose export controls on certain kinds of graphite, effective on 1 December. China is the world’s largest producer and exporter of graphite, which is, among other applications, pervasively used in the anodes of Li-ion batteries. According to the US Geological Survey... Read more →

Carbon Recycling International (CRI) and Jiangsu Sailboat successfully started up a CO2-to-methanol plant, CRI’s second in China. The Jiangsu Sailboat Methanol plant operates with CRI’s proprietary Emissions-to-Liquids (ETL) technology, transforming waste carbon dioxide and hydrogen gases into sustainable, commercial-grade methanol. (Earlier post.) The facility is built to recycle 150,000 tonnes... Read more →

Israel-based Electreon, a provider of wireless charging technologies that charge EVs as they drive and while stationary, is entering the Chinese market via a partnership with the Shandong Innovation and Entrepreneurship Community for International Science and Technology Cooperation (SITEC); a provincial science and technology innovation arm led by Shandong Hi-Speed... Read more →

Wallan Trading Company, a market leader in the Saudi automotive industry, is partnering with Zeekr Automotive to bring premium electric vehicles to Saudi Arabia. This collaboration aligns with the Saudi Arabian government’s Vision 2030, which mandates that 30% of the cars in Riyadh will be fully electric by 2030. Zeekr,... Read more →

CNOOC announces Lufeng 12-3 oilfield development project begins production

CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corp.) announced that Lufeng 12-3 Oilfield Development Project has begun production. The project is located in the eastern South China Sea, with an average water depth of approximately 240 meters. Lufeng 12-3 Oilfield is the largest jointly-developed oilfield in the South China Sea in the... Read more →

Shell has opened its largest electric vehicle (EV) charging station globally in Shenzhen, China. The charging station is located about 2.5 kilometrers from the Shenzhen Airport Terminal and features 258 public fast-charging points. It is operated by Shenzhen Shell and BYD Electric Vehicle Investment Company Limited, a joint venture between... Read more →

Record volumes of crude oil were imported into China during the first half of 2023 because of refinery expansions in the country and initiatives to reopen the economy after the government eased COVID-19 mobility restrictions. China imported an average of 11.4 million barrels of crude oil per day (b/d) in... Read more →