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Antelope Valley adds 16 more BYD electric buses to fleet

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Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) is growing its battery-electric fleet with the purchase of 10 K11M 60-foot articulated buses and six K7M 30-foot buses.

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Phillips 66 progressing its conversion of California refinery to renewable fuels

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In August 2020, Phillips 66 announced that it planned to reconfigure its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, California, to produce renewable fuels. The plant will no longer produce fuels from crude oil, but instead will make fuels from used cooking oil, fats, greases and soybean oils. Earlier post.).

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Lufthansa Group and BASF roll out sharkskin technology on Boeing 777 freighters: AeroSHARK

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The lower the frictional resistance of an aircraft in the air, the lower its fuel consumption. Using nature as a role model, the aviation industry has been intensively researching ways to reduce aerodynamic drag for many years.

DOE: half of all states now have at least 1,000 non-residential EV charging units

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According to figures from the US Department of Energy (DOE), as of March 2021, there are 25 states that have at least 1,000 non-residential electric vehicle (EV) charging units (public and private). California has by far the greatest number of non-residential EV chargers with nearly 37,000 units.

UNFI adding 53 all-electric TRUs to California fleet

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United Natural Foods, Inc. is adding 53 all-electric transport refrigerated trailer units (TRUs) to its fleet located at the company’s Riverside, Calif. distribution center.

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Aker Solutions wins FEED contract for e-Fuel plant in Norway

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Aker Solutions has signed a contract with Nordic Blue Crude (NBC) for front-end engineering and design (FEED) of a new e-Fuel facility at Herøya in Porsgrunn, Norway. The e-Fuel plant is planned to produce CO 2 -neutral fuel by using green hydrogen and furnace gas from an existing factory.

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Press shop expansion at VW EV plant Zwickau to cut 9,000 truck journeys per year

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Volkswagen officially inaugurated the press shop expansion in its electric car plant in Zwickau. As of now, the complete outer skin for the six electric models produced in Zwickau will be pressed on site.

ClassNK issues AiP for cargo containment system for Kawasaki large liquefied hydrogen carrier; highest carrying capacity

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Classification society ClassNK has issued an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Kawasaki Heavy Industries for the design of a cargo containment system (CCS) of the world’s largest capacity (40,000 m 3 class per tank) developed for use on a large liquefied hydrogen carrier.

New Fraunhofer membrane technology enables co-transport of hydrogen and natural gas

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have developed a membrane technology for the energy-efficient and economic separation of hydrogen from natural gas.

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Toyota developing hydrogen combustion engine technologies through motorsports

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Toyota Motor Corporation is developing a hydrogen combustion engine in an effort to move toward a carbon-neutral mobility society. It has installed the engine—a 1.6L

Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group launch new joint venture cellcentric for heavy-duty fuel cell systems

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Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group officially outlined their pioneering roadmap for the new fuel-cell joint venture cellcentric, as part of an industry-first commitment to accelerate the use of hydrogen-based fuel cells for long-haul trucks and beyond.

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New partnership to advance high-temperature PEM fuel cells; focus on heavy-duty applications

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A new partnership comprising Los Alamos National Laboratory, Advent Technology Holdings Inc., Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will work over the next few years to bring to market high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cells.

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Plug Power and BAE Systems enter strategic partnership on hydrogen fuel cell buses

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Plug Power Inc. announced a strategic framework agreement with BAE Systems, a premier supplier and integrator of low- and zero-emission electric propulsion systems and application integration.

DHL Express deploys nearly 100 new Lightning Electric delivery vans in US

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Following a successful initial pilot program using nine Lightning Electric Ford Transit 350HD electric vans in the US late last year, DHL Express plans to deploy the remaining 89 electric vehicles this year in New York and California.

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Frankfurt buys 13 Solaris hydrogen buses

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The company In-der-City-Bus, which is in charge of public transport in Frankfurt, Germany, has awarded a tender for 13 hydrogen buses to Solaris. The Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses are to be deployed on target routes in 2022. The Urbino hydrogen buses are powered by a 70 kW fuel cell stack.

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Raven SR & Hyzon Motors to build up to 100 waste-to-hydrogen hubs

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Raven SR , a renewable fuels company, and Hyzon Motors Inc., a global supplier of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles, announced a joint venture to build up to 100 hydrogen hubs across the United States and globally.

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Adamas: Tesla consumed more lithium than next four EV makers combined in 2020

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In 2020, Tesla deployed 18,700 tonnes of LCE onto roads globally in the batteries of its newly sold passenger EVs, more than the next four EV makers (BYD, VW, Renault and Audi) combined, according to data from Adamas Intelligence’s EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker.

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DHL Express purchases 100 Fiat E-Ducato electric vans; 14,000 e-vehicles in delivery fleet across Europe by 2030

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DHL Express announced a partnership with Fiat Professional, purchasing the first 100 units of Fiat’s new E-Ducato, introduced to the public on Earth Day. With a range of more than 200 km, the E-Ducato is well-suited for last mile logistics.

Ford opens E-Transit Registration site for commercial customers; new pricing

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Ford is opening an E-Transit registration site today for commercial customers ahead of order banks opening by July.

SEI team finds heavy-duty battery-electric trucks more economically feasible than thought

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If fast charging is available, the competitiveness of battery electric trucks compared with diesel trucks can actually improve with larger trucks, according to a new study by Björn Nykvist and Olle Olsson from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

Successful trial of seabed polymetallic nodule collector suffers temporary stranding of robot on ocean floor

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A pre-prototype seabed polymetallic nodule ( earlier post ) collector being tested on the Pacific Ocean floor by Global Sea Mineral Resources ( GSR ) has become detached from its lifting cable on its final dive and is sitting on the ocean bed 4.5 kilometers beneath the surface.

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Bye Aerospace unveils 8-seat all-electric eFlyer 800; Safran supporting propulsion design

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Bye Aerospace announced an eight-seat all-electric twin turbo-prop class airplane, the eFlyer 800. Performance estimates for the eFlyer 800 include up to 320 knot cruise speed, 35,000 feet ceiling and 500 nm range with 45-minute IFR reserves at normal cruise speed of 280 knots.

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KAMAZ opens center in Moscow to make electric buses

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Moscow is already the largest operator of electric buses in Europe with 600 e-buses in operation on its routes. The city plans to purchase another 1600 electric buses over next few years, with the goal of replacing the diesel fleet.

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New electrode material for solid-state batteries improves performance

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A research team from Japan has recently developed a novel electrode material for all-solid-state batteries (ASSBs) by combining lithium sulfate and lithium ruthenate, which results in improved performance. An open-access paper on their work is published in Science Advances.

SoCalGas, H2U testing new Gramme 50 electroylzer for green hydrogen production

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Southern California Gas Co. SoCalGas) and H2U Technologies are testing a new electrolyzer, called the Gramme 50, for the production of green hydrogen.

Umicore and Anglo American partner to develop PGM-based technology for LOHC hydrogen applications in FCEVs

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Umicore and Anglo American, through its PGMs business Anglo American Platinum, announced a research and development collaboration agreement to develop platinum group metal PGM-based catalysts for liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) applications on fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and other mobile applications.

Colonial Pipeline halts operations after cyberattack; largest refined products pipeline in US

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Colonial Pipeline is the largest refined products pipeline in the US, transporting more than 100 million gallons of fuel daily to meet the energy needs of consumers from Houston, Texas to the New York Harbor.

Sono Motors and MAN Truck & Bus to analyze applications of solar technology in commercial electric vehicles

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MAN Truck & Bus and Sono Motors have signed a Letter of Intent to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of integrating Sono Solar technology into MAN’s eTGE electric transporter.

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Universal Hydrogen announces $20.5M in Series A funding to build and test full-scale hardware for hydrogen commercial aircraft

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Universal Hydrogen announced $20.5-million Series A financing round led by prominent Silicon Valley venture fund, Playground Global, with the investor syndicate comprising Fortescue Future Industries, Coatue, Global Founders Capital, Plug Power, Airbus Ventures, JetBlue Technology Ventures, Toyota AI Ventures, Sojitz Corporation, and Future Shape.

AVZ signs binding SC6 offtake agreement with major Chinese lithium converter Yibin Tianyi, supplier to CATL

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Australia-based AVZ Minerals Limited has secured a strategic, long-term offtake partner agreement with Yibin Tianyi Lithium Industry Co., for the supply of spodumene concentrate (SC6) from the Manono Lithium and Tin Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Volkswagen starts up second line for MEB batteries in Braunschweig

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The Volkswagen Group Components plant in Braunschweig is significantly expanding its production of battery systems for the latest electric vehicle generation.

BMW Landshut producing fuel cell drive components for small-series BMW i Hydrogen NEXT in 2022

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The BMW Group will pilot a small series of the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT fuel cell vehicle from 2022, based on the current BMW X5 and equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell e-drive. The BMW Group is building on its experience with fifth-generation e-drives to develop this vehicle.

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CTE: entire US transit fleet could transition to ZEVs by 2035 for $56B - $89B

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In a new report produced at the request of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) concluded that a the entire US transit fleet could transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2035 at a cost of between $56.22

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Fraunhofer team developing continuous rapid production line for fuel cell components

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A team from Fraunhofer IPT is developing a continuous production line that will be able to process fuel cell components in cycles lasting just seconds. The pilot line is set to be presented at the Hannover Messe Digital Edition from 12-16 April 2021.

Crowley completes first US design for fully electric tug with autonomous technology

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Crowley Engineering Services has completed the design of the first fully electric US tugboat with autonomous technology.

Baidu Apollo to launch fully driverless ride-hailing services in Beijing; health code scan to enter

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Baidu will open fully driverless robotaxi services to the public in Beijing starting tomorrow. This will be China’s first paid autonomous vehicle service where users can hail a robotaxi without a safety driver behind the steering wheel.

Researchers show how bacteria convert toxic copper ions to stable metallic copper

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Researchers from the University of Houston, with colleagues at the University of São Paolo in Brazil, have demonstrated how copper-resistant bacterium from a copper mine in Brazil convert CuSO 4 (copper sulfate) ions into zero-valent Cu (metallic copper).

Stockton school district partners with Mobility House for electric school bus charging; savings of $500K over 5 years

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Stockton Unified School District in Stockton, Calif., has partnered with The Mobility House to deploy smart charging strategy and management solutions for the district’s zero-emission fleet project, which is now operational and scheduled to transport students to schools throughout the district.

Ford to reveal all-electric F-150 Lightning on 19 May

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Ford announced that it will reveal the new battery-electric F-150 Lightning pickup—a revival of the name of the old Ford SVT Lightning performance truck—in 19 May in a livestreamed event at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn. The reveal takes place at 9:30 p.m.

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Mercedes-Benz unveils Concept EQT electric small van

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Mercedes-Benz Vans unveiled the Concept EQT—the first premium vehicle in the small electric van segment for families and private customers keen on leisure activities.

MAHLE Powertrain developing demonstrator vehicle for Bramble Energy PCBFC fuel cell technology

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MAHLE Powertrain is developing the first demonstrator vehicle for a novel new hydrogen fuel cell technology.

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Rio Tinto develops new steel powder for 3-D printing

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Rio Tinto has successfully developed and tested a steel powder designed for 3-D printing applications at its Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy, Québec.

Audi first car manufacturer to introduce second-generation prelube oils; start with Q6 e-tron electric SUV in 2022

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With the start of production of the Audi Q6 e-tron electric SUV in Ingolstadt in 2022, Audi is introducing the second-generation steel coil lubrication Prelube II.