REV Group, a manufacturer of industry-leading specialty vehicle brands and a leading provider of parts and services, is introducing liquid natural gas (LNG) fueled engines in their Capacity TJ9000 L9N terminal tractors (earlier post). Capacity’s Cummins L9N LNG engine, which powers the TJ terminal tractor, features a near-zero emissions certification.... Details →


Canada invests $12M in Alliance Magnesium; recycling serpentine tailings to produce magnesium

The government of Canada is investing $12 million in Alliance Magnesium (AMI). The funding is being provided by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), which works with Canadian companies to bring clean technologies to market. Decades of chrysotile-asbestos mining in Québec generated huge tailings of serpentine rock with 23.3% magnesium metal... Details →


ZF acquires 35% stake in engineering services provider ASAP; focus on e-mobility, autonomous driving and connected cars

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is taking a 35% stake in engineering services provider ASAP Holding GmbH, located in Gaimersheim, Bavaria (near Ingolstadt). With this move, the company is pursuing its strategy of securing additional resources for autonomous driving and e-mobility in order to better meet the ever growing demands from customers... Details →


The Supervisory Board of Porsche AG has approved series production of the concept study Mission E Cross Turismo, unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show (earlier post). The vehicle is a derivative of the Taycan, which was originally known as the Mission E (earlier post). Concept study Mission... Details →


Nova Bus has won the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration’s (MDOT MTA) bid to supply city buses to the Baltimore region’s public transport system. The five-year contract provides for the delivery of 70 buses per year for a total of 350 diesel buses to be produced—310 forty-foot Nova... Details →


API: US sets new record for oil production in September, meeting virtually all global demand growth

The American Petroleum Institute’s latest monthly statistical report shows the US produced a record 11.0 million barrels of crude oil per day (mb/d) in September. US liquid fuels production grew 2.2 mb/d year-over-year (y/y), and the US met virtually all global oil demand growth. As supply increased, crude oil inventories... Details →


Peugeot developing a new range of electrified sports vehicles available from 2020; withdrawing from WRX

Peugeot is developing a new range of electrified sports vehicles from 2020. Peugeot will concentrate its resources on developing these new vehicles and has therefore decided to withdraw from the WRX championship at the end of the 2018 season. WRX evolution towards electrification is uncertain, Peugeot noted. These electrified sports... Details →


Electrify America has reached network interoperability agreements with EV Connect, Greenlots and SemaConnect. The deal will increase the range confidence of EV drivers, and will feature an interconnected network of approximately 12,500 chargers, located at shopping centers, gas stations, convenience stores, workplaces, and multi-family dwellings, as of 30 June 2019.... Details →


EPA GHGRP data shows 2.7% decrease in US facility-level GHG in 2017 from 2016

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released 2017 greenhouse gas (GHG) data collected under the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP), showing overall decreases across sectors and that total US greenhouse gas emissions reported decreased by 2.7 percent from 2016 to 2017. The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) collects GHG... Details →


Duke Energy $10M pilot program to expand EV charging options across South Carolina

Duke Energy has proposed an electric transportation (ET) pilot program that will allow South Carolina to join other states in deploying EV infrastructure to meet the needs of this growing market. The proposed $10-million pilot consists of four programs designed to research and better understand the effects of increasing adoption... Details →


Volvo Trucks expands remote programming for over-the-air software and parameter updates

All Volvo truck owners in the US and Canada with GHG 2017 Volvo engines equipped with Volvo’s factory-installed connectivity hardware are now eligible for software and parameter updates with Volvo’s Remote Programming. Users can perform updates anywhere in the US and Canada where a cellular connection is available, and at... Details →


Preparations for fully electric vehicle manufacturing are moving to the next level at the MAN city bus plant in Starachowice, Poland. The operating company, MAN Bus Sp. z o.o. Starachowice, received approval in August 2018 to expand its activities to include manufacturing complete electric buses within the Starachowice Special Economic... Details →


Lithium Werks signs framework agreement for construction of $1.85B battery gigafactory in China

Dutch energy storage and battery company Lithium Werks B.V. and Chinese Zhejiang Jiashan Economic and Technological Development Zone Industry Corporation have signed a framework agreement with the intention to construct a 60-hectare battery gigafactory in the Yangtze river Delta. Total investments required are estimated at €1.6 billion (US%1.85 billion). The... Details →


Rolls-Royce and Intel to collaborate on autonomous ships

Rolls-Royce and Intel intend to collaborate on designs for sophisticated intelligent shipping systems that will make commercial shipping safer. This will advance smart, connected and data-centric systems for ship owners, operators, cargo owners and ports, bringing together the expertise in advanced ship technology from Rolls-Royce with components and systems engineering... Details →


ZF developing 3D interior observation system for advanced occupant and interior sensing

ZF is developing a three-dimensional (3D) Interior Observation System (IOS) capable of detecting and classifying vehicle occupants, determining their size, location and position, and whether or not they are in active control of the vehicle via the steering wheel or monitoring the automated driving systems—all key data to assist with... Details →


Bosch will be an official partner of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship—the world’s first purely electric single-seater racing series. The move underscores Bosch’s aim to be a leader in electromobility. The partnership with the race series covers a wide-ranging advertising collaboration at the race tracks, online, and on TV.... Details →


Pulse Electronics introduces 1000Base-T1 automotive Ethernet common mode choke

Pulse Electronics’ Networking Business Unit, a leading provider of electronic networking and communications components, has introduced the 1000Base-T1 Ethernet Common Mode Choke for automotive applications. Designed to deliver high reliability and performance, the AE5002 1000Base-T1 series is suited for applications such as Infotainment, Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) Body Control,... Details →


XL is upfitting six hybrid electric (HEV) Ford F-250 trucks (earlier post) and one hybrid electric Ford Transit passenger van for the City of Sacramento. The City expects a 25% increase in MPG from its XL hybrid electric trucks, compared to its standard gasoline-powered fleet vehicles. Since 2011, the City... Details →


Workhorse Group announced that the Workhorse NGEN-1000, a new light-weight electric delivery vehicle, has entered initial production. The NGEN-1000’s curb weight is 4,000lbs—less than one-half of what a traditional diesel step-van weighs—while offering the same cubic footage of storage, 1,000 cubic feet. Workhorse believes this weight reduction, coupled with the... Details →


GAC Mitsubishi Motors to start production of Eupheme EV in China

GAC Mitsubishi Motors is to start production of the new Eupheme EV Electric Vehicle SUV in China. GAC Mitsubishi Motors (GMMC) is a joint venture between the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) and the Mitsubishi Corporation. The Eupheme EV was designed by GAC and is produced by GMMC... Details →


SoCal Edison selects esVolta for 38.5 MWh of Li-ion energy storage in four projects

Southern California Edison Company (SCE) has selected esVolta, a developer and owner of utility-scale energy storage projects across North America, to deliver a series of lithium-ion battery energy storage systems in Riverside and Ventura Counties. Under the contracts, which are pending approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), esVolta... Details →


Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with National Electrification Administration (NEA), an government organization of the Philippines, on the implementation of H2One, a hydrogen-based autonomous energy supply system with renewable energy and the use of hydrogen as a fuel for power generation... Details →


Samsung expands Exynos processor and ISOCELL sensor brands to include automotive-grade solutions

Samsung Electronics is introducing two new automotive solution brands—Samsung Exynos Auto and Samsung ISOCELL Auto—to bring its application processor and image sensor technology solutions to the road. Samsung’s Exynos processors have been recognized for their performance and stability since its brand launched in 2011. On top of the powerful and... Details →


Hydrogenics to supply large-scale PEM electrolyzer for H2 fueling station in Europe; more than 400 kg per day

Hydrogenics Corporation has been chosen to supply a large-scale electrolysis system to generate hydrogen at a fueling station in Germany. The customer, Maximator GmbH, is a compressor manufacturer which is building a one megawatt facility in Wuppertal to cover the daily needs of more than 10 new fuel cell buses... Details →


Cumulative sales of plug-in vehicles through July 2018 show that more than half (53%) are all-electric vehicles (EV), according to figures from the US Department of Energy (DOE). Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), which use electricity from the grid as well as gasoline, make up the other 47%. Together, sales of... Details →


Hyundai CRADLE, Hyundai Motor Company’s corporate venturing and open innovation business, is investing in Perceptive Automata to develop artificial intelligence software for self-driving cars and automated systems. Perceptive Automata, a startup based in Somerville, Mass. with an office in Silicon Valley, has developed software that gives autonomous vehicles the ability... Details →


Data and analytics company GlobalData forecasts that Asia will add the highest refinery crude distillation units (CDU) capacity in the global CDU industry between 2018 and 2022; contributing a total capacity of 5,041 thousand barrels of oil per day (mbd) by 2022, which will account for more than 40% of... Details →


Report: Hyundai to ship 5,000 hydrogen fuel cell cars to France by 2025

Yonhap reported that Hyundai Motor aims to ship 5,000 hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to France by 2025. The carmaker plans to sign initial agreements with local companies to promote hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), the company said in a statement. On Tuesday, Hyundai will sign a memorandum of... Details →


At Huawei Connect 2018 last week, Huawei and Audi showcased their future plans for cooperation in the field of intelligent connected vehicles (ICV), featuring the new Audi Q7 as a demonstration of this state-of-the-art technology. Huawei’s Mobile Data Center (MDC) is integrated into the Audi Q7 for urban automatic driving... Details →


PG&E shut off power for safety in portions of Sierra Foothills, North Bay communities

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)—a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation and one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States—proactively shut off power in portions of several Northern California communities on Sunday. To help reduce the risk of wildfire during extreme winds and keep... Details →


Independent LCA finds Anellotech’s Bio-TCat significantly reduces GHG in bio-based aromatics for plastics and biofuels blendstocks

Sustainable technology company Anellotech announced that its Bio-TCat process, which produces bio-based aromatics from pine wood, has a CO2 emission reduction potential of 70% or more when compared to petroleum-derived equivalents. An analysis by Jacobs Engineering Group confirms that Bio-TCat is suited for chemical producers and brand owners looking to... Details →


DENSO takes 2% stake in software developer eSOL, with focus on automated driving

DENSO Corporation has href="https://www.denso.com/global/en/news/news-releases/2018/20181012-g01/">taken a 2% equity stake in eSOL Co., Ltd., a developer of real-time embedded software solutions. DENSO will use eSOL’s technologies to develop software for the systems and products required for automated driving. To improve the performance of automated driving and the utilization of external data for... Details →


Third automotive company commits to Hexagon Composites as supplier for fuel cell electric vehicles

Norway-based Hexagon Composites will supply compressed hydrogen tanks for serial production of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) to be launched by an automotive OEM. Hexagon is currently developing the tanks to support anticipated production activities as early as the 2020 timeframe. Production is planned to run for at least five... Details →


Nissan to make official on-track Formula E debut next week

Nissan will make its official on-track debut and begin a new brand partnership with Royal Dutch Shell PLC when the ABB FIA Formula E championship stages its preseason test next week. The Nissan e.dams team will conduct three days of testing at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, alongside the... Details →


CARB awards BNSF Railway $22.6M for clean technology pilot program; battery-electric locomotive

BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District were preliminarily awarded a $22.6 million Zero and Near Zero Emission Freight Facilities grant from the California Air Resource Board to pilot several emissions reducing technologies in and around railyards. BNSF will collaborate with various industry partners... Details →


Solaris places 5 more electric buses in Luxembourg

One of the biggest, privately-owned public transport operators in Luxembourg, the firm Sales-Lentz, has ordered 5 more Solaris electric buses. Solaris commenced its cooperation with Sales-Lentz last year when it delivered its first vehicle to Luxembourg. In line with the agreement, the producer will deliver two 12-meter buses in March... Details →


STMicroelectronics and Leti cooperating to industrialize GaN-on-Silicon for power conversion applications

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech, are cooperating to industrialize GaN (Gallium Nitride)-on-Silicon technologies for power switching devices. This power GaN-on-Si technology will enable ST to address high-efficiency, high-power applications, including automotive on-board chargers for... Details →


Neste and Air BP collaborate to support sustainable aviation fuel supply chain development

Neste, the world’s leading renewable products producer, and Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, have entered into an agreement to explore opportunities to increase the supply and availability of sustainable aviation fuel for airline customers. Neste’s knowledge and manufacturing solutions for producing and blending renewable jet... Details →


Mazda Motor Corporation has developed G-Vectoring Control Plus, the second new-generation vehicle dynamics control technology in the SKYACTIV-Vehicle Dynamics series. GVC Plus will be rolled out to all Mazda models, with the updated Mazda CX-5 the first to get the new technology. G-Vectoring Control Plus in operation (Mz: stabilizing moment;... Details →


DOE to issue funding opportunity announcement for enhanced oil recovery

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has issued a Notice of Intent for a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) expected to fund cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects that reduce technical risks associated with enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and expand application of EOR methods. The objective... Details →


Nissan and EDF Energy partner on second-life battery applications

Nissan and EDF Energy, the manufacturer’s long-term UK supplier, signed a new partnership agreement partnership which kicks off with a collaboration to explore how second-life Nissan electric vehicle (EV) batteries can support demand-side management. The first joint project will see the partners explore the business case for recycling retired batteries... Details →


Scott Keogh to lead Volkswagen Group of America; Mark Del Rosso returns to Audi of America as president

Scott Keogh, currently president of Audi of America, is leaving Audi to take on leadership of the Volkswagen Group in North America as well as the VW brand in the region. Hinrich Woebcken, the current head of VW Group of America, will serve as adviser to Group in region. Mark... Details →


US Senator introduces bill to end tax credits for EVs

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced legislation (S.3559) to end tax credits for electric vehicles. The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate the credit for new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles and provides for a Federal Highway user fee on alternative... Details →


BYD awarded electric bus contract by WESTCOAST Sightseeing in Vancouver, Canada

BYD Canada has been awarded an order for battery-electric buses by WESTCOAST Sightseeing, the first tour company in Canada to order clean energy buses, and the first to commit to having a 100% clean-energy fleet by 2023. The largest private bus operator in Vancouver, Canada, WESTCOAST Sightseeing has agreed to... Details →


A Range Rover Sport has completed the first ever self-driving lap of one of the UK’s most challenging road layouts. A prototype self-driving Range Rover Sport handled the complex Coventry Ring Road, successfully changing lanes, merging with traffic and exiting junctions at the speed limit of 40 mph. The trial... Details →


Vehicles per thousand people in 2006 in China was similar to the United States in 1915, but ten years later, the number has grown to approximately the same as where the United States was in 1923, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). The figures below show the number... Details →


DOE and TARDEC to collaborate on hydrogen and fuel cells for military use

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Army signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for military and civilian use. The MOU will enable the two research organizations to work more closely on technologies that can meet both organizations’... Details →


Norway introduces 0.5% biofuel mandate for aviation for 2020

The Norwegian government announced that it will introduce a 0.5% biofuel blending mandate for jet aviation. This marks the first time when biofuel has become an essential element in aviation fuel. Leading bio-hydrocarbon fuel producer Neste said that there will be enough capacity on the market to supply the anticipated... Details →


SEAT and AFGNV partner to promote natural gas as a fuel in France

SEAT and the Association Française du Gaz Naturel pour Véhicules (AFGNV) signed a strategic agreement to promote joint innovation projects and expand the use of natural gas in the area of mobility in France. This long-term partnership is a further step in SEAT’s strategy to spearhead growth in the segment... Details →