COSCO Heavy Industry Shanghai Co. Ltd. has signed a contract with MAN Energy Solutions for the methanol retrofit of four main engines from COSCO Line’s ‘Camellia’ and ‘Virgo’ -class vessels—13,800 and 20,000 teu respectively. Currently equipped with single-fuel MAN B&W 11S90ME-C10.5 engines, the vessels will be retrofitted to dual-fuel MAN... Read more →

The latest generation of the Volkswagen exit warning system helps to avoid dangerous situations when exiting the vehicle in inner-city traffic. The assist system can warn the driver and passengers about road users approaching the parked Volkswagen from behind. For example, within system limits, the system can detect cyclists, who... Read more →

Rheinmetall has won a new order for several hundred thousand CWA 2000 high-voltage electric coolant pumps. The order is worth a figure in the mid-two-digit million-euro range. This is the first order for the manufacturer’s electric truck division, marking a successful widening of the Group’s relationship with the customer, with... Read more →

Computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) company Altair, together with JLR and specialist battery engineering company Danecca, has been awarded funding from the UK government through the Faraday Battery Challenge. The three companies have developed a consortium to support a research project to develop a new design process for electric... Read more →

P1 Fuels and Carbon Recycling International (CRI) partner on e-fuel production for ICE vehicles

Germany-based P1 Performance Fuels, a developer of fossil-free synthetic fuel, is collaborating with Carbon Recycling International (CRI) to drive e-fuel production for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. P1 Fuels has signed a contract with CRI, a global leader in clean methanol technology, for delivery of an e-methanol production unit. The... Read more →

Electrify America and Kia America announced their charging agreement to provide 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of complimentary charging to first-time owners of the all-new, all-electric 2024 Kia EV9 three-row SUV EV. Building on the multi-year relationship with Kia America regarding the EV6 GT charging agreement announced earlier this year, the EV9’s... Read more →

Ford and Resideo exploring vehicle-to-home (V2H) energy management

Ford and Resideo Technologies announced a joint simulation project called the “EV-Home Power Partnership” designed to explore the potential of electric vehicle batteries to support optimal home energy management. The project will explore, test and quantify the customer benefits of pairing bi-directional EV charging with a Resideo smart thermostat. Ford,... Read more →

Comau and LiNa Energy develop automated manufacturing for solid-state sodium batteries

Comau has worked with LiNa Energy to design an innovative and scalable manufacturing solution for solid-state sodium-metal-chloride battery cells. Through simultaneous engineering, the team has finalized a concept design, allowing LiNa, a developer of low-cost solid-state sodium battery technologies, to automate their battery production process. The companies intend to validate... Read more →

LG Energy Solution and Impact Clean Power Technology sign multi-year NCM battery module supply agreement for electric buses in Europe

LG Energy Solution and Impact Clean Power Technology (ICPT), a supplier of heavy-duty battery systems for public transportation, signed a supply agreement for NCM lithium-ion battery modules. Over the next three years, LG Energy Solution will deliver around 200,000 units of battery modules manufactured at its Wroclaw plant in Poland... Read more →

Toyota Motor North America (Toyota) is expanding its battery recycling network with a new collaboration with Cirba Solutions, a battery recycling materials and management company. The agreement enhances Toyota and Cirba Solutions’ growing relationship by expanding Toyota’s battery recycling network and optimizing its logistics network for end-of-life electrified vehicle battery... Read more →

Stellantis and Ample, a developer of modular battery swapping systems (earlier post), have signed a binding agreement to establish a partnership in electric vehicle (EV) battery charging technology capable of delivering a fully charged electric vehicle battery in less than five minutes. The two partners have agreed to work toward... Read more →

GM to supply Autocar with HYDROTEC fuel cells to electrify vocational vehicles, from cement mixers to terminal tractors

General Motors and Autocar have signed a joint development agreement to create a range of zero tailpipe emissions vocational vehicles powered by GM’s HYDROTEC power cubes. (Earlier post.) Autocar, a market leader in customized vocational trucks, views this initiative as an important expansion in offering robust, zero tailpipe emissions solutions... Read more →

Blue Current, a manufacturer of silicon elastic composite solid-state batteries (earlier post), announced a series of technical achievements, expanded partner engagements, and funding. Blue Current continues to carefully expand its investment and industry partnerships. During 2023, new and existing investors, Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT), Piedmont Capital, and Umicore, began or... Read more →

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Caterpillar Inc. have entered into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to investigate using methanol as an alternative fuel source for four-stroke internal combustion marine engines. The collaboration supports efforts to decarbonize the marine industry, a hard-to-electrify transportation sector. Methanol... Read more →

Japan’s Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. has ordered 3 × MAN B&W 7G50ME-C9.6-LGIM (-Liquid Gas Injection Methanol) main engines in connection with the building of 3 × 81,200 dwt bulk carriers for Danish shipping company, J. Lauritzen. Each engine will feature MAN Energy Solutions’ proprietary EGRBP (Exhaust Gas Recirculation ByPass) emissions-reduction... Read more →

Symbio inaugurates first hydrogen fuel cell gigafactory; Stellantis to use Symbio fuel cells in Ram pickups

Symbio, an equally owned joint venture between automotive technology supplier Forvia, Michelin and Stellantis, inaugurated its first hydrogen fuel cell gigafactory, SymphonHy. Located in Saint-Fons, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, SymphonHy is the largest integrated fuel cell production site in Europe. The site houses the Group’s headquarters, a production plant, an... Read more →

Ionomr Innovations closes US$20M Series A-4 financing with broad industry participation

Ionomr Innovations Inc., developer and manufacturer of foundational polymer and membrane technologies for next-generation hydrogen applications, has closed a US$20-million Series A-4 funding round with returning lead investors NGIF Cleantech Ventures and Pallasite Ventures supported by Shell Ventures, Chevron Technology Ventures and Finindus, and joined by N.V. Bekaert, Asahi Kasei,... Read more →

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released the 2023 issue of its Annual Evaluation of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Deployment and Hydrogen Fuel Station Network Development, pursuant to the requirements of Assembly Bill 8 (2013). This report is the tenth annual publication. The Annual Evaluations provide CARB’s latest assessment... Read more →

Airbus and BMW Group launch Quantum Computing Competition to tackle their most pressing mobility challenges

Airbus and BMW Group have launched a global Quantum Computing Challenge entitled “The Quantum Mobility Quest” to tackle the most pressing challenges in aviation and automotive that have remained insurmountable for classical computers. This challenge brings together two global industry leaders to harness quantum technologies for real-world industrial applications, unlocking... Read more →

At the annual IBM Quantum Summit in New York, IBM debuted IBM Quantum Heron, the first in a new series of utility-scale quantum processors with an architecture engineered over the past four years to deliver IBM’s highest performance metrics and lowest error rates of any IBM Quantum processor to date.... Read more →

Rigetti Computing, a developer of quantum integrated circuits for quantum computers, launched the Novera QPU, a 9-qubit quantum processing unit (QPU) based on the company’s fourth-generation Ankaa-class architecture featuring tunable couplers and a square lattice for denser connectivity and fast 2-qubit operations. The Novera QPU is manufactured in Rigetti’s Fab-1,... Read more →

The advertised ranges of many electric vehicles can vary a lot from the number of miles they can actually cover on a highway road trip, new testing by Consumer Reports (CR) shows. When driven at a constant highway speed of 70 mph, some vehicles tested fell up to 50 miles... Read more →

Michigan State University (MSU) is entering into a two-year agreement with Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and the University of Alabama (which is collaborating with the PoliMOVE team) to participate in the Indy Autonomous Challenge. MSU is the first and only team from Michigan to race in the IAC series,... Read more →

Deutsche Aircraft, a manufacturer of regional aircraft, commissioned consultancy LBST ( Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH), a participating company of TÜV SÜD AG, to compile a comprehensive study comparing the economic and environmental performance of Liquefied Hydrogen (LH2) and Power-to-Liquids (PtL) in aviation. The study is focused on domestic production of electricity-based Sustainable... Read more →

Ford Pro, the commercial division within Ford Motor Company, and Xcel Energy are collaborating to support the deployment of 30,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging ports in Xcel Energy service territories across the US by 2030 with most upfront costs offset by Xcel for qualifying business fleet customers. Ford Pro and... Read more →

Pilot Travel Centers, General Motors and EVgo announced the opening of the first 17 locations of their previously announced national electric vehicle fast charging network. (Earlier post.) Now available in 13 states, the network features an elevated charging experience, providing EV travelers access to the same amenities offered at existing... Read more →

EcoPro wins 5-year, $33.4B high-nickel NCA cathode material supply contract with Samsung SDI

South Korean cathode materials company EcoPro BM has secured a 5-year, $33.4B (43,867,615,524,480 KRW) contract to supply high-nickel NCA cathode material to Samsung SDI. The contract runs from 1 January 2024 through 31 December 2028. After the arrival of the contract period, the sales unit price to be applied to... Read more →

Japanese technology company THK unveiled its advanced LSR-05 electric prototype at the recent 2023 Japan Mobility Show. Beyond a design study, the LSR-05 is a fully functional prototype vehicle developed to highlight a range of advanced technologies developed by THK for application across the global automotive industry. The LSR-05 is... Read more →

Rio Tinto Kennecott to fully transition to renewable diesel in 2024

Rio Tinto will replace its entire fossil diesel consumption with renewable diesel at its Kennecott copper operation in Utah from 2024. Kennecott’s fleet of 90 haul trucks and all heavy machinery will begin to transition to renewable diesel in the first quarter of 2024, along with consumption from the concentrator,... Read more →

Rio Tinto provided an update at its Investor Seminar on the world-class Simandou iron ore project in Guinea, Africa, which is being progressed in partnership with CIOH, Winning Consortium Simandou (WCS), Baowu and the Republic of Guinea. Simfer Jersey Limited is a joint venture between the Rio Tinto Group (53%)... Read more →