Hyundai and Kia invest in autonomous vehicle technology company Aurora

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Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have invested in Aurora to accelerate development of autonomous vehicle technologies. —Sterling Anderson, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Aurora.

2019 96

Harley-Davidson invests in Alta Motors; companies will collaborate on future electric motorcycle product development

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has made an equity investment in Alta Motors , a leader and innovator in lightweight electric vehicles; the two companies will collaborate on electric motorcycle technology and new product development. —Alta Motors Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Marc Fenigstein.

2018 98

Honda Aircraft Company begins production of HondaJet

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Honda Aircraft Company has commenced production on the HondaJet business jet. the company also highlighted key testing milestones that have been successfully accomplished with the HondaJet moving closer to certification and delivery.

2012 103

Companies form H2Bus consortium to deploy 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell buses and infrastructure in Europe

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The zero-tailpipe emission feature of the fuel cell bus’ operation will be complemented by zero-emission hydrogen production from renewable energy sources, yielding a “well-to-wheel” emission-free transportation solution. Wrightbus is also expanding its product offering to include a fuel cell electric double decker bus, 12-meter single-decker bus and articulated bus in order to serve a wider customer base.

2019 112

Chinese company begins production of solid-state batteries, possibly for cars

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As scientists and companies around the world pour years and millions of dollars into solid-state batteries, many disagree on how soon they could make it into cars on the road. Now the Chinese Xinhua news agency reports that a startup company in China, Qing Tao (Kunshan) Energy Development Company has begun production of solid-state batteries in

2018 87

MAN Energy Solutions acquires 40% of electrolysis company H-TEC Systems; strategic investment in hydrogen

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MAN Energy Solutions is acquiring 40% of the shares of the electrolysis technology company H-TEC Systems. The company will continue to be independently represented on the market with no change in the level of commitment to its customers. Hydrogen can be obtained from renewable energy sources in a climate-neutral fashion, and forms the basis for the production of a variety of synthetic fuels using power-to-X technology.

2019 64

California ARB developing Clean Miles Standard for ridesharing companies

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With the enactment of SB 1014 ( earlier post )—the Clean Miles Standard and Incentive Program—the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is to develop and to implement new requirements for transportation network companies (TNCs)—i.e., This bill requires CARB to adopt and set annual GHG reduction requirements on TNC companies by 1 January 2021.

2019 103

Electric motor company YASA enters innovation agreement with global automotive manufacturer for hybrids and EVs

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Compared to the complex, multiple slot windings of conventional motors, YASA motor’s segmented armature lends itself to low cost, serial production. This news follows YASA’s announcement last year of a new 100,000 unit capacity series production facility in Oxford, UK.

2019 131

ARPA-E awarding ~$14.4M to four projects for production of hydrogen and carbon products from methane

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The team will convert natural gas into carbon nanotubes with concurrent production of hydrogen, spin them into fibers, and evaluate the fiber performance and properties with the target of displacing metals. The proposed technology could significantly reduce energy consumption and CO 2 emissions associated with metal production, while producing hydrogen. High Value, Energy Saving Carbon Products and Clean Hydrogen Gas from Methane, $3,479,624.

2018 77

HD REV powertrain company Wrightspeed gearing up for commercialization push

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Tim Dummer, Greg Anderson, Erin Sawyer and Vlad Kalika are joining the Business Operations, Production and Engineering teams respectively. We’ve entered a pivotal phase in the company as we scale production to meet global customer demand. Wrightspeed Inc.,

2016 159

Toyota, Aisin and Denso investing $2.8B in new company to develop fully-integrated, production-quality software for automated driving

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Toyota will establish a new company in Tokyo in the latter part of this month named Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) that will accelerate its efforts in advanced development for automated driving. Aisin), and Denso Corporation (Denso) have concluded a memorandum of understanding on joint development of fully-integrated, production-quality software for automated driving. Toyota is known for the quality and efficiency of the Toyota Production System (TPS).

2018 87

Honda Aircraft Company receives FAA Production Certificate for HondaJet

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Honda Aircraft Company has earned a Production Certificate from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Production Certificate grants Honda Aircraft the authorization to produce, flight test and issue airworthiness certificates for the HondaJet for customer deliveries. Honda Aircraft Company is building the HA-420 HondaJet, an advanced light jet, at its world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

2016 60

Volkswagen Group sets up new group company for energy and charging: Elli

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The Volkswagen Group is establishing a Group company for energy offerings and charging solutions, underlining its strategic goal of becoming a leading provider of sustainable mobility. The new company will play its part with energy offerings from renewable sources and smart charging solutions.

2019 131

AP Ventures makes follow-on investment in small-scale GTL company Greyrock Energy

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The Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership, a World Bank initiative, notes that billions of cubic meters of natural gas are flared annually at oil production sites, wasting valuable energy resources and contributing to climate change by releasing millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

2019 88

Alaska EV company seeking crowd-funding for low-volume production AWD electric roadster

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From the crowd funding pitch: For many many years I have been following a small company that puts out a kit car called the La Bala (translating as “the bullet” in Spanish). but their low unit production volume has not allowed them to focus completely on the needed upgrades.

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Navigant Research ranks EV charging network companies

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In a new Leaderboard Report , Navigant Research assesses the business strategy and execution of 12 companies offering public charging networks and EV charging services. Companies in the commercial charging space will face a transitional market over the next few years.

2016 99

Battery company Kreisel Electric introduces automated 2-speed transmission for EVs

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2018 98

BASF develops zero-CO2 production process for methanol

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If it can be successfully implemented at an industrial scale, the entire production process – from syngas production to pure methanol – will no longer release any carbon dioxide emissions. Nearly 100 years after the first industrial-scale production of this important basic chemical using BASF’s high-pressure process, we are now taking a leading role in writing the newest chapter in the history of methanol.

2019 84

Fraunhofer researchers develop new low-cost dry-film electrode production process

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have developed a new battery cell production process that coats the electrodes of the energy storage cells with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals.

2019 142

Ford launches ambitious FordPass product as element in its strategic transformation to mobility company

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FordPass also includes the opening of FordHubs, where consumers will be able to explore the company’s latest innovations, learn about its mobility services and experience exclusive events.

2016 90

Clean powertrain company Punch Powertrain acquires power electronics specialist Apojee

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With this acquisition Punch Powertrain is rapidly increasing its R&D capacity in the field of power electronics with expertise covering the entire chain from product conception to production support. Among the company’s current offerings are: emKERS.

2018 95

Toyota develops “Total-care Service” for ride-hailing companies; rollout with Grab in Singapore

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Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) is introducing “total-care service,” a pioneering set of mobility services specially designed for ride-hailing companies. In addition, both companies will work to increase the share of Toyota vehicles in Grab’s fleet in the region by 25% by 2020.

2018 101

DSM expands yeast, enzyme product offerings for the biofuels industry

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Royal DSM is expanding its product offering of low glycerol yeast technology for the biofuels industry with the introduction of eBOOST GT and a new enzyme for fiber conversion, eBREAK 1000F. DSM scientists at the company’s biotechnology centers in Delft, the Netherlands and Elgin, IL (USA) worked closely with customers to develop the new products and solutions.

2019 71

Ricardo forms company to commercialize cryogenic split-cycle engine: CryoPower

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Liquified nitrogen is already routinely produced in electrically powered air separation units by the industrial gases industry, both directly and as a by-product of the production of liquid oxygen from air.

2018 95

Volvo Cars and Uber present production vehicle ready for self-driving

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Volvo Cars and Uber presented a jointly developed production car capable of driving by itself, the next step in the strategic collaboration between both companies. We believe autonomous drive technology will allow us to further improve safety, the foundation of our company.

2019 101

Waste-to-biofuels company Enerkem produces bio-DME

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Waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer Enerkem has successfully produced a clean, renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector. Using the company’s proprietary thermochemical technology, its innovation group has tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste.

2018 65

Energy Impact Partners invests €5M in EV fleet efficiency company ViriCiti

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million (€5 million) in ViriCiti, a Europe-based EV fleet efficiency technology company ( earlier post ), in a Series A round. The company currently serves more than 50% of the e-bus market in Europe and North America, with its solution integrated into some of the largest urban transit networks, including New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Another EIP portfolio company, smart home security technology firm Ring, was acquired by Amazon in March 2018.

2019 82

Arbe launching 4D imaging radar beta product Phoenix

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Israel-based Arbe is launching Phoenix, its automotive 4D imaging radar beta product. Phoenix provides an image 100 times more detailed than other top industry radars, according to the company, offering superior separation of stationary and moving objects in real time—an industry first.

2019 135

Tesoro to acquire renewable fuels company Virent

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Renewable fuels and chemicals company Virent and petroleum refiner and marketer Tesoro have reached an agreement for Tesoro to become Virent’s new strategic owner. Virent has trademarked this product BioFormate.

2016 78

Adamas Intelligence: share prices of China’s REE materials companies skyrocketing in 2019

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China’s NdFeB permanent magnet production increased by 5% in 2018 while domestic NdFeB consumption increased by approximately 6%, keeping the market tightly balanced, as evidenced by a rise in prices for 31 NdFeB grades in 2018 versus the year prior.

2019 78

Battery company announces Volt production date

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The company responsible for producing lithium-ion battery cells for the Chevrolet Volt (pictured) has announced when its commercial production will begin.

Teijin acquires composites company Inapal to expand European automotive business

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the Teijin Group’s holding company in the Netherlands. The company’s capabilities include Class A body panels, structural and underbody components using a variety of materials and processes, including sheet molding compound (SMC), carbon fiber SMC, pre-preg compression molding (PCM), direct long fiber thermoplastic (D-LFT) and glass mat thermoplastic (GMT). Teijin Limited has acquired Inapal Plasticos SA (Inapal), a leading automotive composite supplier in Portugal.

2018 65

Elaphe to begin low-volume series production of L1500 in-wheel powertrain system

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The L1500 D-version in-wheel motor has been optimized for low-volume series production and its earlier versions have been tested on several vehicles including passenger cars and off-road-vehicles. The company will begin low-volume series production in the fourth quarter of 2019.

2019 135

Neste investing €1.4B to boost capacity for renewable drop-in fuels and products production in Singapore

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billion to add additional renewable products production capacity in Singapore. The investment will extend Neste’s renewable product overall capacity in Singapore by up to 1.3 million tons per year, bringing the total renewable product capacity close to 4.5

2018 91

Toyota invests in V2X chipset company Autotalks

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Additionally, current Autotalks’ investors increased their investment in the company. As the USDOT issued NPRM (Notice for Proposed Rule Making) will soon be in effect, leading global automotive companies are ahead of regulation. After several design wins, Autotalks is quickly preparing for mass production starting in 2019. As a result, Autotalks will continue to stay a step or two ahead of its competition as has been the case since the company’s inception.

2017 60

Has Permian Productivity Peaked?

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Or, more specifically, drilling costs are starting to rise and the enormous leaps in production that can be obtained by simply adding more rigs also appears to be running into some trouble. But it isn’t all rosy for service companies either. oil production will average 9.3

2017 85

Solar fuels company Joule teams with DNV GL for commercial validation of CO2-to-fuels production process

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The next step will be to define the specific areas of collaboration that will accelerate the global production of CO 2 -neutral fuels. Joule will also benefit from advisory services in the areas of value chain creation, risk mitigation, process modeling for specific plant locations, and blending and transport of Joule’s fuel products. This cleared the catalyst for commercial use at the company’s demonstration plant in Hobbs, New Mexico.

2014 79

Chevron invests in Prussian Blue battery tech company Natron Energy; stationary storage for EV charging stations

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This investment provides a terrific boost to us as we develop and demonstrate energy storage products that will make fast charging stations a reality. Natron Energy , a developer of new battery cell technology based on Prussian Blue analogue electrodes and a sodium-ion electrolyte, has closed a strategic investment by Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) to support the development of stationary energy storage systems for demand charge management at electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

2019 88

DLR and partners inaugurate largest solar-thermochemical H2 production plant

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The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with international project partners, has inaugurated the largest solar-chemical installation yet for the production of hydrogen. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Solar Solar fuels

2017 78

ION Energy acquires battery management company Freemens SAS

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Start-up ION Energy , a company building high-performance energy storage systems and electric vehicle infrastructure, has acquired the French battery management company, Freemens SAS. Among the products Freemens currently offers are the FreeSafe Extended (FS-XT) battery management system, the FreeSafe LT battery management system, Fusion firmware and Freeway cloud fleet management. Freemens products are chemistry-agnostic.

2018 73

Daimler takes 3.93% stake in Beijing Electric Vehicle Company

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As one of China’s leading pure electric vehicle manufacturers, BJEV’ s primary business scope covers research and development, production, as well as sales and services for New Energy Vehicles and core NEV components.

2018 78

Petrobras becomes largest oil producer among publicly traded companies

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In the third quarter of 2014, Petrobras surpassed ExxonMobil’s oil production, and is now the largest producer of liquid hydrocarbons among its publicly traded peers. Considering oil and natural gas, the company is now fourth in the ranking. In the first nine months of 2014, Petrobras also saw the biggest increase in oil production, in both percentage and absolute terms. Operated production in the pre-salt layer: 700,000 bpd on 16 December 2014.

2015 103

Tenneco acquires Federal-Mogul for $5.4B; to create two independent, public companies

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Tenneco, one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and distributors of Ride Performance and Clean Air products and technology solutions for diversified markets, signed a definitive agreement to acquire Federal-Mogul, a leading global supplier to OEMs and the aftermarket.

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