NASCAR and ABB announced the ABB NASCAR Electrification Innovation Partnership and revealed a new EV prototype at the Chicago Street Race over the weekend. ABB becomes the first Official Partner of NASCAR Impact, the sanctioning body’s platform driving NASCAR’s mission to strengthen its communities and contribute to a healthier planet,... Read more →

Swiss Steel Group relies on precise data for sustainable steel production from scrap

Swiss Steel Group, a leading producer of steel using electric arc furnaces (EAF), emphasises the importance of precise data in sustainable steel production. With more than 2.2 million tonnes of scrap processed each year, the company is not only one of the largest recycling companies in Europe, but also a... Read more →

Renault Group joins New Energies, the coalition for transport and logistics

Renault Group has joined the New Energies Coalition for Transport and Logistics. Renault Group Supply Chain is committed to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2030, compared to 2019. Initiated by the CMA CGM Group in 2019, the New Energies Coalition brings together the world’s leading international logistics chains... Read more →

Pilbara Minerals recently released the outcomes of a pre-feasibility study (PFS) which determined that production capacity at the company’s 100% owned Pilgangoora Operation could be expanded to more than 2.0 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa). The Pilgangoora ore body is one of the largest hard-rock lithium deposits in the world... Read more →

MOL Group launches Low Carbon and New Energies organization within its Exploration and Production Division; Lithium production pilot

MOL Group, a leading player in the energy sector in Central and Eastern Europe, has created a “Low Carbon and New Energies” branch within its Exploration and Production division. This new organization is based in Zagreb and marks a step forward in MOL Group’s commitment to deliver low carbon solutions... Read more →

A team of researchers in China has used a high lithiophilic Mg-Li-Cu alloy to stabilize a Li metal anode. Due to the delocalization of electrons on the deposited lithium enhanced by Cu self-diffusion into Mg-Li alloy, the growth of lithium dendrites can be inhibited by the Mg-Li-Cu alloy. Moreover, the... Read more →

Hydrovolt invests in battery recycling capacity in France

Norway-based Hydrovolt—the 50/50 joint venture between the Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt and the Norwegian energy and aluminum company Hydro—has taken its final investment decision on expanding its business to France through establishing recycling capacity located in Hordain in the heart of Northern France’s battery valley. Hydrovolt is already running one... Read more →

Nidec to invest $20M in Eve Air Mobility

Nidec will make a minority equity investment of US$20 million in Eve Air Mobility, a manufacturer of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and launch partner for Nidec Aerospace’s propulsion system, through Nidec’s subsidiary, Nidec Motor Corporation (NMC). In June 2023, Nidec established Nidec Aerospace LLC, a joint venture... Read more →

Marine polymetallic nodules, also known as manganese (Mn) nodules, have attracted the interest of mining companies for decades due to their enrichment of metals such as cobalt (Co), nickel (Ni), copper (Cu), and rare earth elements (REEs). These nodules, which accumulate minerals layer by layer over millions of years, are... Read more →

Africa is set to become a major new rare earths ore exporter to Chinese and Western processors, with eight pipeline projects due to go into production across the continent by 2029, according to Benchmark’s analysis. Rare earth’s biggest end use are rare earth permanent magnets (REPMs) for wind turbines and... Read more →

Amplify Cell Technologies begins construction of Mississippi 21 GWh LFP battery cell factory

Amplify Cell Technologies—a joint venture between Accelera by Cummins, the zero-emissions business unit of Cummins; Daimler Trucks & Buses; and PACCAR (earlier post)—recently broke ground at its new battery cell manufacturing plant in Marshall County, Mississippi. The 500-acre site will be home to a two million-square-foot, energy efficient facility with... Read more →

A two-stage side airbag from ZF LIFETEC uses the milliseconds before an unavoidable crash to build up valuable distance and better protect the occupants. The Pre-Crash Dual Stage Side Airbag (Dual Stage SAB) triggers its first stage around 200 milliseconds before the collision and pushes the occupants a few centimeters... Read more →

Electrified vehicles were 48% of Volvo Cars’ global sales in June

Volvo Cars reported global sales of 71,514 cars in June, up 8% compared to the same period last year. The sales increase was primarily driven by a strong performance in Europe and Latin America and the company’s fully electric small SUV, the EX30. The company’s sales of electrified models, fully... Read more →

ZF’s Commercial Vehicles Solutions (CVS) division launched a new trailer telematics solution with an integrated and simplified package that helps to improve uptime and performance while reducing costs for the trailer manufacturers, rental companies and fleets. ZF’s offering simplifies the digitalization of trailer operations. It provides a convenient all-in-one solution... Read more →

UPM and Nokian Tyres introduce concept tire with UPM BioMotion Renewable Functional Fillers

UPM Biochemicals and Nokian Tyres, a leading developer and manufacturer of premium tires, introduced a concept tire partly based on UPM BioMotion Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF). The partnership will launch UPM’s CO₂-negative Renewable Functional Fillers into a new market segment and highlights the possibilities to use a lighter weight, 100%... Read more →

BASF and ENGIE sign 7-year biomethane purchase agreement in Europe

BASF and ENGIE signed a 7-year Biomethane Purchase Agreement (BPA). Under the BPA, ENGIE will supply BASF with 2.7 to 3.0 terawatt hours of biomethane throughout the term of the agreement. BASF uses certified biomethane at its Ludwigshafen/Germany and Antwerp/Belgium sites as a sustainable alternative to fossil raw materials in... Read more →

BMW Group and NTT DATA accelerate digital transformation with new IT hub in Romania

The BMW Group is expanding its global network of IT and software hubs with the opening of a new location in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In cooperation with NTT DATA, BMW TechWorks Romania will become the hub for European IT and software projects and will accelerate the company’s digital transformation. NTT DATA... Read more →

STEYR and Tu Wien recently unveiled the FCTRAC, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered STEYR concept tractor based on a standard STEYR 4140 Expert CVT tractor. The FCTRAC was developed in collaboration between engineers at the CNH tractor plant in St. Valentin and TU Wien as part of a national research project... Read more →

Luminar, a leading global automotive technology company, launched Sentinel, its full-stack software suite, following five years of developments in software and AI systems. The Sentinel solution enables automakers to accelerate development of advanced safety and autonomous functionality on vehicles, and includes Proactive Safety, Perception, 3D Mapping and Localization, Simulation, and... Read more →

Hydrogen producer Hycamite introduces low-carbon footprint graphite for EV batteries; thermocatalytic methane pyrolysis

Hycamite, a producer of hydrogen and carbon via the thermo-catalytic decomposition (TCD) of methane, has launched graphite production with a very low carbon footprint. Hycamite’s novel methane-splitting technology delivers low-carbon hydrogen and high-quality carbon products on an industrial scale. With advances in proprietary catalysts and process technology, Hycamite can now... Read more →

GM agrees to retire 50 million metric tons of GHG credits to resolve excess emissions from 5.9 million vehicles

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that General Motors (GM) has agreed to retire approximately 50 million metric tons (megagrams) of greenhouse gas credits to resolve excess CO2 emissions identified through EPA’s light-duty vehicle in-use testing program. This agreement is the result of an EPA investigation that identified excess... Read more →

Stellantis in 5-year partnership with France’s CEA for next-generation battery cell technology for EVs

Stellantis and France’s research institution CEA announced a new, five-year collaboration that targets in-house design of next-generation battery cells for electric vehicles. This joint research program includes designing advanced technology cells with higher performance, a longer lifespan and a lower carbon footprint at competitive costs, which can lead to more... Read more →

Shell to pause on-site construction of European biofuels facility

Shell Nederland Raffinaderij B.V., a subsidiary of Shell plc, will pause on-site construction work at its 820,000 tonnes a year biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam in the Netherlands to address project delivery and ensure future competitiveness given current market conditions. As a result, contractor numbers... Read more →

American Airlines commits to conditional purchase of 100 ZeroAvia hydrogen-powered engines, increases investment

American Airline entered into a conditional purchase agreement with ZeroAvia for 100 hydrogen-electric engines intended to power regional jet aircraft with zero inflight emissions save for water vapor. (Earlier post.) In addition, American has increased its investment in ZeroAvia. American made its first investment in ZeroAvia in 2022 and has... Read more →

Blastr Green Steel partners with Lhoist for the supply of low-carbon lime and dolime, reducing Scope 3 emissions for the future steel plant in Inkoo, Finland

Blastr Green Steel signed a partnership agreement with Belgium-based Lhoist, a global leader in lime, dolime, and mineral solutions, to develop a scalable decarbonized value chain for ultra-low CO₂ steel production in Europe. Blastr and Lhoist aim to reach an agreement on the future supply of Lhoist’s LEVEL|GREEN low carbon... Read more →

Ilika ships first batch of prototype Goliath batteries to automotive customer

Ilika, a developer of solid-state battery technology (earlier post), has shipped its first batch of prototype Goliath batteries for customer testing by a tier 1 automotive company. In May 2024, Ilika announced it had commenced in-house testing of its P1 Goliath prototype batteries, in a customer-sponsored program and the first... Read more →

Stellantis invests additional $55M in Archer

Archer Aviation has received an additional $55 million investment from Stellantis under the companies’ strategic funding agreement following the achievement of its transition flight test milestone last month. This latest investment builds on Stellantis’ series of open market purchases of 8.3 million shares of Archer’s stock in March of this... Read more →

US recreational boating industry begins rolling out sustainable marine fuels with pilot program in Florida

On the heels of new research investigating a variety of technologies to further reduce the 0.1% of global carbon emissions from recreational boating, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced the first pilot program for rolling out one of the portfolio of solutions—sustainable marine fuels. The pilot program, taking place... Read more →

GM posts record EV sales in Q2 and H1; 3.2% and 3% share, respectively

GM posted record EV deliveries with 38,355 units in the first half of the year, including 21,930 units in the second quarter. This represents a 3% share of total sales for the first half and a 3.2% share for the second quarter. GM says that retail EV reservations are up... Read more →

Kia America records highest first-half EV sales yet; 7.6% share of total sales

Kia America has delivered its highest first-half EV sales yet. Kia America sold more than 5,000 all-electric vehicles (representing an approximate 8% share of June sales) for the third consecutive month and 29,392 total EVs through the first-half (representing a 7.6% share of all sales), resulting 112% growth year-over-year. The... Read more →

Ampere announces LFP and cell-to-pack battery strategy

Ampere, the European intelligent EV pure player born from the Renault group, announced a battery plan integrating LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) technology alongside the NCM (Nickel Cobalt Manganese) batteries currently used by Renault Group. Ampere is working with its suppliers LG Energy Solution and CATL to set up an integrated... Read more →

Honda, INDYCAR collaborate on new hybrid energy recovery system debuting at Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

INDYCAR is following on the heels of the Honda Civic, Accord and CR-V, and going hybrid. The introduction of the new Energy Recovery System, or ERS—a collaborative effort between Honda Racing Corporation USA and other suppliers—at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid ushers in... Read more →

Audi of America announced estimated range specifications and delivery timings for the all-new 2025 Q6 e-tron (earlier post). Expected to arrive in US dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2024, the all-new Q6 e-tron brings Audi electrification to the largest automotive segment—the mid-size luxury SUV segment. As the first Audi... Read more →

Rock Tech to receive up to €100M in direct grants for its German Lithium refinery

Canada-based Rock Tech Lithium received a binding letter of intent (LOI) signed by the Minister for Economic Affairs in Brandenburg, Joerg Steinbach, for the grant of up to €90 million in subsidies for the Guben Project. In addition, the company announced that its application for federal funding from the German... Read more →

MAHLE Powertrain expands dedicated hydrogen powertrain testing capabilities at Northampton

MAHLE Powertrain, the specialist engineering subsidiary of the MAHLE Group, is expanding its Northampton facility to include a dedicated hydrogen powertrain testing capability. The capacity to hold two tube-trailers on-site with rapid switch-over functionality between them will ensure a near-continuous supply of hydrogen. In addition, upgraded engine dynamometers with a... Read more →

Amogy and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding complete feasibility study of ammonia supply system

Amogy, a provider of mature, scalable, and efficient ammonia-to-power solutions, and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MSB), a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, have completed the feasibility study of collaboration concept designs of onboard hydrogen production and utilization with Amogy’s ammonia-cracking technology and Mitsubishi Ammonia Supply and Safety System... Read more →

Modern, automated driver assistance systems require a large number of sensors in order to analyze the vehicle’s environment precisely and derive safe driving maneuvers. To further advance the development of these ADAS and AD solutions, ZF has developed the cloud-based and AI-enabled validation service ZF Annotate. Precise and reliable data... Read more →

The technology group Rheinmetall has received a major order for several million electric coolant pumps from a well-known international car manufacturer. The order value is in the low three-digit million euro range. The pumps will be used in the manufacturer’s hybrid-powered vehicles. Production has already started and will continue until... Read more →

MOGAS awarded contract to support TC2C (Thermal Crude to Chemicals) technology

MOGAS Industries has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract for the South Korean S-Oil Shaheen Project for the first-ever commercialization of TC2C (Thermal Crude to Chemicals) technology. The TC2C technology licensed by Lummus Technology converts whole crude and other refinery orphan streams into high value olefin and aromatic products, and includes... Read more →

Rio Tinto to install carbon-free aluminum smelting cells using first ELYSIS technology licence

Rio Tinto will install carbon-free aluminium smelting cells at its Arvida smelter in Québec, Canada, using the first technology licence issued by the ELYSIS joint venture. (Earlier post.) This investment will support the ongoing development of the breakthrough ELYSIS technology and allow Rio Tinto to build expertise in its installation... Read more →

Chilean Cobalt Corp. receives US$317M Letter of Interest from US EXIM Bank

Chilean Cobalt recently received a non-binding Letter of Interest (LOI) from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) for a potential debt funding package of up to $317,400,000 with loan tenor of up to 15 years to fund development efforts within C3’s mining concessions that comprise the La... Read more →

China issues new regulations on rare earth administration

Chinese Premier Li Qiang signed a decree of the State Council, unveiling a set of regulations on rare earth administration. The regulations, which will take effect on 1 October, stipulate that the country will pay equal attention to resource protection as well as development and utilization of rare earths, following... Read more →

Nyobolt, the developer of ultra-fast charging niobium-based battery technology (earlier post) revealed the first running Nyobolt EV prototype. (Earlier post.) Designed and engineered with CALLUM, the Nyobolt EV will be used to both validate the company’s battery performance in a high-performance environment, as well as allow car makers to witness... Read more →

China-based XCMG Machinery unveiled a new hydrogen fuel cell dump truck model, the EHSL552F, equipped with a 120kW hydrogen fuel cell and high-power battery system. This launch marks a step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 99.3 kilograms on a daily basis for large-scale transportation projects such as mining operations.... Read more →

Group14 signs agreements with five leading EV and CE cell manufacturers

Group14 Technologies, Inc., the world’s largest global manufacturer, and supplier of advanced silicon battery materials, has signed five multi-year binding offtake agreements amounting to a minimum commitment of more than $300 million with three leading electric vehicle (EV) and two consumer electronic (CE) cell manufacturers across Europe, Asia, and North... Read more →

Aramco to acquire 10% equity interest in HORSE Powertrain

Aramco, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals companies, has signed definitive agreements to acquire a 10% equity interest in HORSE Powertrain Limited, the new global powertrain solutions company, alongside Renault Group, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and Geely Automobile Holdings Limited. HORSE Powertrain Limited was formed on 31... Read more →

Crowley christened the eWolf, the first all-electric ship assist harbor tugboatin the US (earlier post). Built by Master Boat Builders in Coden, Ala., the 82-foot vessel delivers 70 tons of bollard pull—stronger than its conventional predecessor—and features an end-to-end electric propulsion system from ABB including a 6.2-megawatt-hour energy storage system... Read more →

J.D. Power quality study finds problems plague BEVs despite traditional OEMs leveling field with Tesla

p>In its inaugural year incorporating franchise dealership repair visits with the Voice of the Customer (VOC) data to create a more expansive metric for problems per 100 vehicles (PP100), the J.D. Power 2024 US Initial Quality Study (IQS) the industry average is 195 PP100. Mass market brands, with a combined... Read more →

Bay Area Air Quality Management District orders Tesla to correct ongoing air quality violations at Fremont

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) announced that the agency’s independent Hearing Board has ordered Tesla to correct air quality violations at its electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Fremont. A written order is expected to be issued this week. The Air District sought the abatement order to stop... Read more →

Extreme H, the new hydrogen racing series, unveiled its hydrogen-powered racing car, the Pioneer 25. The Pioneer 25 racing car is designed to demonstrate the viability and performance capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells, setting a new standard for eco-friendly motorsport. The Pioneer 25 has been in development since the announcement... Read more →