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Daimler to split into two pure-play companies: cars & vans, trucks & buses

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Daimler plans a fundamental change in its structure, splitting into two independent pure-play companies: Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans, and Daimler Truck, which will be a spin-off the current Truck and Bus business.

Audi and Norway unleash Game of Thrones star on GM, Will Ferrell

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Audi is Norway’s best-selling electric vehicle brand. GM doesn’t sell vehicles in Norway. You didn’t think Audi—and especially its Norwegian operation—would sit idly by as GM and Will Ferrell challenged it in EVs, would you?

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Fraunhofer suggests e-scooters as application for its magnesium hydride paste hydrogen storage technology

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Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden have developed an ultra-high-capacity hydrogen storage substance for PEM fuel cell applications based on solid magnesium hydride.

New Flyer unveils Xcelsior AV: North America’s first automated heavy-duty transit bus

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New Flyer of America unveiled the Xcelsior AV automated transit bus, now in motion at Robotic Research, LLC in Maryland.

First Hualong One Gen III reactor in commercial operation

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Unit 5 of China’s Fuqing Nuclear Power Plant, the first project to adopt China’s indigenous Generation III nuclear power technology Hualong One (HPR 1000), has been put into commercial operation, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced.

Volkswagen begins production of ID.3 EV in Dresden; 2nd ID.3 site, 4th for MEB

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Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory in Dresden has begun series production of the battery-electric ID.3. This makes it the second production site for the ID.3 and the fourth site in the world producing Volkswagen models based on the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB).

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Roskill: rare earth magnet applications to account for ~40% of total RE demand by 2030, up from 29% in 2020

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ZF brake systems standard in Volkswagen ID.3, ID.4 and MEB

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The latest in ZF brake control solutions will be established as standard in Volkswagen’s ID.3 and ID.4 models as well as in Volkswagen Group’s globally marketed MEB modular e-drive system platform.

BMW Group sourcing aluminum produced using solar energy from EGA

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The BMW Group will begin sourcing aluminum produced using solar electricity with immediate effect. This marks an important milestone on the road to the company’s goal of lowering CO 2 emissions in its supplier network by 20% by 2030. Producing aluminum is extremely energy-intensive.

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Peugeot introduces new e-PARTNER electric van

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The Peugeot brand is now offering a full range of electric utility vehicles in Europe. Complementing the new Peugeot e-EXPERT (International VAN of The Year 2021) and Peugeot e-BOXER, Peugeot is presenting the new Peugeot e-PARTNER.

XL Fleet partnering with Curbtender to develop all-electric and plug-in hybrid refuse trucks

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XL Fleet Corp. has entered into a strategic partnership with Curbtender , a market leader in Under CDL (vehicles that do not require a Commercial Drivers License) refuse trucks and a pioneer in automated side-loader collection.

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Octillion to supply high-density batteries to FNM for 1,000 electric trucks for beverage maker Ambev

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Battery maker Octillion Power Systems will supply advanced lithium-ion batteries to Brazilian manufacturer FNM (Fábrica Nacional de Mobilidades) for the production of 1,000 electric trucks for beverage maker Ambev. Octillion and FNM announced their partnership in October 2020. Earlier post.). Ambev will use the electric trucks to deliver beverages throughout South America.

MIT study finds Uber & Lyft increase congestion, decrease transit ridership and don’t affect vehicle ownership

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Researchers at MIT report that the entrance of transportation network companies (TNCs)—specifically Uber and Lyft, which together have a 98% share of the market—in cities led to increased road congestion in terms of both intensity (by 0.9%) and duration (by 4.5%); an 8.9% decline in transit ridership; and an insignificant change in vehicle ownership.

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Rolls-Royce conducts first tests of 100% sustainable aviation fuel in Pearl 700 engine for use in business jets

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Rolls-Royce has conducted the first tests of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in a business jet engine.

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Volta Trucks selects Meritor to supply electric drivetrain for the Volta Zero

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Volta Trucks has selected Meritor as the strategic drivetrain component supplier for the Volta Zero electric truck. This major purchasing milestone will support the delivery of Volta Zero vehicles for customer trials during 2021, and the start of series production around 12 months afterwards.

2021 Tesla Model S and Model X drop the lead-acid accessory battery

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In a Tesla Model Y or Model 3 that is in some respects a glimpse of the future of motoring, you’ll find something surprising: a version of the same old cumbersome 12-volt lead-acid battery—that you’ll have to replace after some years of use.

Kawasaki Heavy taps Corvus Energy for batteries for first all-electric tanker

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries has selected Corvus Energy to supply the energy storage system (ESS) for the first zero-emissions electric “e5 tanker” currently under construction for Asahi Tanker Co., of Tokyo, Japan.

Study: EVs cannot succeed without developing parallel supercharging networks

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Electric vehicles cannot succeed without developing a nationwide network of fast-charging networks in parallel with the cars. Current EV business models are doomed unless manufacturers that have bet their futures on them, such as General Motors and VW, invest in or coordinate on a robust supercharger network. These are the observations in an in-depth study of the industry by management professors at the University of California, Davis, and Dartmouth College.

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DeepGreen Metals revises undersea polymetallic nodules resources upwards

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DeepGreen Metals, which is exploring for deep-ocean polymetallic nodules as a lower impact and more cost-effective alternative to land-based mining ( earlier post ), announced an upward revision to the nodule resource reported within the NORI-D exploration contract area held by its subsidiary, Nauru Ocean Resources, Inc.

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GM’s Will Ferrell Super Bowl ad challenges Norway, where it used to sell EVs

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In a General Motors ad for Sunday’s Super Bowl LV, released Wednesday, Will Ferrell finds out that Norwegians buy way more electric cars per capita than Americans.

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Washington state legislature considering bill mandating all-electric LDVs after MY 2030

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The Washington state legislature held a public hearing on Clean Cars 2030, a bill reintroduced with 27 co-sponsors. The bill, HB 1204 / SB 5256 , requires all model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in Washington State to be electric.

Audi Neckarsulm first plant in Group using RFID for vehicle ID throughout production; on-metal tags

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Audi’s Neckarsulm site is the first automotive plant in the Volkswagen Group to use RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology for vehicle identification throughout the entire production process, thereby laying another cornerstone for fully connected production.

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Karma will test a hydrogen fuel-cell car without the infrastructure hurdles

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One of many issues preventing the wider adoption of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles is that they’re tied closely to an infrastructure that’s been painfully slow to develop.

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Ballard announces follow-on orders for fuel cell modules to power 10 Solaris buses in Europe

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Ballard Power Systems announced purchase orders from Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. for 10 Ballard FCmove fuel cell modules to power 10 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses planned for deployment with Arriva Nederland in the Province of Gelderland, the Netherlands later in 2021. Earlier post.).

Merchants Fleet intends to buy 12,600 electric light commercial vehicles from GM’s BrightDrop

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Merchants Fleet, the nation’s fastest-growing fleet management company, plans to further electrify its portfolio with BrightDrop, the new business backed by General Motors, offering electric first-to-last-mile products and software services.

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Diamond Green Diesel to boost renewable diesel capacity to 1.2B gallons/year; $1.45B expansion project

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Darling and Valero jointly announced that their 50/50 joint venture, Diamond Green Diesel (DGD), has received approval from both companies’ Boards of Directors to proceed with the construction of the renewable diesel production facility to be located at Valero’s Port Arthur, Texas refinery.

Rheinmetall wins orders for innovative fuel tank isolation valve for plug-in hybrids

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Rheinmetall Automotive has booked its first orders for an environmentally friendly fuel tank isolation valve (FTIV).

Roskill: Rising prices could be new norm for lithium industry

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In its second quarterly update to its Lithium: Outlook to 2030, 17 th Edition report, Roskill maintains the view that future refined lithium supply will remain tight, with a period of sustained supply deficit in the mid-2020s. Further additions to lithium production capacity for mined and refined lithium products will be required to keep pace with demand growth, led by battery applications.

Japanese consortium reports successful demonstration of hydrogen supply chain system using MCH; semi-commercialization to begin

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Chiyoda Corporation, together with Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co. Ltd and NYK Line, the other members of the Advanced Hydrogen Energy chain Association for technology Development ( AHEAD ), reported the successful completion of the world’s first global hydrogen supply chain system.

Nidec to acquire Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool to support push into EV drives; E-Axle

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Nidec Corporation’s Board of Directors approved a resolution to acquire the shares of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool Co., Ltd. , a company that designs, manufactures, and sells machine tools, cutting tools, and related products.

First electric Urban Air Port secures UK government backing; eVTOL hub

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The Future Flight Challenge was created to develop aviation infrastructure and systems that enable the next generation of electric and autonomous air vehicles.

Rio Tinto launches START: the first sustainability label for aluminum using blockchain technology

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Rio Tinto has launched START, a sustainability label for aluminum based on blockchain technology. START will help customers meet the demand from consumers for transparency on where and how the products they purchase are made.

Volkswagen Group Components begins battery recycling pilot

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Volkswagen Group Components opened the Group’s first plant for recycling electric car batteries in Salzgitter.

Apple Car EV project reportedly converging on Kia and its Georgia plant

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Negotiations for Hyundai to become contract manufacturer for the rumored "Apple Car" EV are getting more specific—and pointing specifically to one of its brands and its U.S. assembly plant.

Porsche Taycan “alternative” Super Bowl ad: Do you get the feels for electric cars?

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One of the most memorable new EV ads of the year features the Porsche Taycan, and it won’t air during the Super Bowl. It’s called "Mr.


Electric coupe inspired by classic Porsche 356 showcases niche-EV skateboard platform

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based Watt Electric Vehicle Company has developed a flexible skateboard platform for low-volume manufacturers, and to show it off the company created an electric coupe inspired by the classic Porsche 356 sports car.